Evening Poetry, April 10

In honor of National Poetry Month, and Mary Oliver, our beloved national poet who passed away in January, I will be posting one of her poems each evening in April. I am hoping to follow in the footsteps of Sarah Clarkson and read a poem on Instagram Live in the evenings as well…Follow me on Instagram to tune in.

I Don’t Want to Lose

I don’t want to lose a single thread

from the intricate brocade of this happiness.

I want to remember everything.

Which is why I’m lying awake, sleepy

but not sleepy enough to give it up.

Just now, a moment from years ago:

the early morning light, the deft, sweet

gesture of your hand

reaching for me.

This poem can be found in the collection Felicity.

Bay Laurel Essential Oil: Benefits and Uses

Each Tuesday I go Live on Facebook at 12pm ET and Instagram at 12:15pm ET with a series called “What Should I Do With My Oils”. I focus on one essential oil each week, sharing benefits, ways to use it, blends and recipes, as well as any safety concerns. And on Wednesday I share the info here on the blog. This week I’m focusing on Bay Laurel also known as Laurel Leaf or Sweet Laurel.

Bay Laurel

Latin binomial: Laurus nobilis; Family: Lauraceae; Parts used: Leaves and branches

Aroma: Fresh, Spicy, Sweet, Camphoraceous, 

Safety Concerns: Do not apply to the face or near the nose of infants and children under the age of 5. Use caution when applying to hypersensitive, damaged or diseased skin or on skin of children under the age of 2.

Blends Well With: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Niaouli, Grapefruit, Lemon, Juniper Berry, Rosemary, cypress, Cinnamon Leaf

Therapeutic actions: analgesic, antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, antispasmodic, expectorant, mucolytic, stimulant, neurotonic, immune modulatory.

Core Indications:

Lymph and immune system: lymphatic congestion, edema

Musculoskeletal system: muscle or joint stiffness, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, 

Nervous system: poor concentration, lack of memory, depression, exhaustion, nervous tension

Respiratory system: colds, flu, viral infections, bronchitis, 

Psyche/emotion: lack of energy, self-doubt, low self-esteem, inability to move forward

Keep Going Diffuser Blend

5 drops Bay Laurel 

4 drops Juniper Berry

3 drops Grapefruit

Just Breathe Diffuser Blend

6 drops Bay Laurel 

4 drops White Spruce 

2 drops Frankincense 

Laurel and Lemon Leg Lotion 

For varicose veins, poor circulation

2 oz fragrance free lotion

20 drops Laurel

16 drops Lemon

www.aromaticstudies.com