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Bay leaves

True healthcare reform starts in your kitchen and it’s been a while since I did a health segment on the blog. Those little reminders for me have become more important than ever and here is a simple one anybody can do to reap some quick and powerful benefits.

Burning bay leaves in your home helps relieve anxiety, reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, increase alertness, open respiratory system, and increase mindfulness.



We are the co-creators of our life and the time is now. More than ever are we needed to support Mother Earth and each other. Together we discover and explore our unique gifts in times of strengths, in times we lean on each other, and in times when we learn from each other. This blog started as an outlet and what I ultimately called my “Warriors Journey.” It was a way to document the ups and downs of my life, sharing my hardships as well as my successes. It showcased the struggles, but more important the ways of how to overcome them. Although we are warriors each and every day, I realized that having to be a warrior, comes from a place of pain. I decided to rename this blog, and “Phoenix Rising” now stands for the story of overcoming such a painful place. My motivation for this blog hasn’t changed and I hope to share inspiration and hope, to create a sense of belonging, a space of being heard, and connecting with like minded beings who instill a sense of oneness. We are never alone, and we are unstoppable in the pursuit of what sets our soul on fire. Who I am in a nutshell... 
I am an energy healer and Reiki Master. I am surviving a chronic disease that I’ve sent into remission three times since my initial bout, 15 years ago. I continuously challenge the status quo and by doing so I change my stars. I am a believer that anything is possible. I am a hopeless romantic and I believe that true love exists on various levels. I am an optimist that will always see the glass as half full. I am a dreamer, believing in endless possibilities. Not even the sky is the limit. I have jumped off of the hamster wheel, and I am writing a new chapter. I am chasing my Nirvana to support my most authentic self. This is my story, I am that Phoenix and I am rising from the ashes. Namaste 🙏🏼💙🦋

10 thoughts on “Bay leaves

  1. An interesting thing, a few years back we had cockroaches everywhere and a little old lady in the building said just put bay leaves in your drawers and cupboards in your kitchen or wherever they are and they’ll all go. I thought yeah right, but I had had enough of the things leaving a mess everywhere so I tried it. Within a week there wasn’t one left. An old timers trick that works so much better than the chemicals they use, and all for a few dollars. And after your hint from above, I’ll now burn them off too…a little help for my lungs and a ‘send off’ for the cockroaches 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋 😂 🤣

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    1. Wow that is interesting and definitely one to keep in the back of my head while hoping that I will never have to use it lol 😂. Good good for you enjoying the benefits in more than one way my friend. 🙏🏼💙🦋

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  2. Herbs and essential oils are amazing to use. I doused cotton balls with mint or tea tree or even lavender to keep bugs out of my cupboards or closets. (moths are also bugs!) Remembering the movie A Good Year. Not sure it works or if there ARE scorpions in France, but the critters were repelled by lavender sprigs. Made for great scenes, though.

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      1. It always amazes me how fast nature can reclaim something man tried to grab. There are some stunning images of spots like that. Or my garden………

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      1. I have learned to be very careful with essential oils. Cats can find many toxic and rabbits are even worse!!! I had a smidge of scent on one of my hands and a baby sneezed when I reached out for it. So, I went inside and scrubbed with soap and hot water!!!

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      2. good work. I’ve also been more careful. Rabbits are super sensitive and as much as I enjoy the oils, I’d feel so horrible if I killed 15 rabbits with a scent!

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