How Lotus Wei Enabled this Blog

This past autumn was a tough one. My daughter was three and I was utterly lost.  Motherhood had radically shifted my path, but in ways I could not understand.  For months I had pushed the status quo to the limit, but could not see through the fog to find my new path.  So much seemed to be at stake. Our daughter!  How could my husband and I create the best world for her if we could not create the best world for ourselves? Stuck and afraid: not a good place to be. 

Knowing my love of products, (and probably having done some browser-history-research) my husband surprised me with the Serum Sampler from Lotus Wei in my Christmas stocking. Thank goodness he did!  

After poring over the cheerful looking parcel, and devouring the informative website, I sat for awhile with my options. Did I need Inspired Action? Yes. Did I need Inner Peace? Did I need Joy Juice?  Yes, yes, and yes. As I examined them and myself, I saw that what I needed most, for anything else to be possible, was Inner Peace.  So I began faithfully applying the serum to my pulse points five times a day.  

The effects were nothing short of astonishing.  Within a week I began to feel a long-carried weight lifting.  I was able to find clarity on concerns that had deeply troubled me.  It felt like discovering myself.  One evening I applied a little Joy Juice, just to see.  As I sat quietly watching my family, I felt a wild jolt of joy.  I gasped out with happiness, so overflowing with joy!  Extraordinary.

Several months into my Lotus Wei experience, I was clear enough to conceive of this blog and open enough to be able to pursue it.  I’m still using Inner Peace, and have added Inspired Action to help me work with focus and passion.  I use Quiet Mind to support deep sleep (I’ve never slept better- well, at least since having a baby!)  As a Librarian, I spray myself with Infinite Love when heading to the reference desk, to help me offer love and service to the motley crew of New York City’s library users.  

I’ve tried all three delivery systems: Serum, Mist and Elixir, and I find each is suitable for different situations.  My favorite is the serum.  The combination of aromatherapy with flower therapy simply wins the day.  It takes a little longer to apply, but forces me, five times a day, to think about Inner Peace, or Joy, or Love.  The mists are a quick jolt, a lingering reminder.  The elixirs are first of all, delicious.  And they provide a long lasting effect.  My daughter loves the Joy Elixir, and is always angling to get some more.  But if I could only choose one, it would be the serums.

I come to see my flower essences as vitamins, the foundation of my more peaceful existence.  I’ve gladly paid similar prices for supplements without any discernible benefit, so this is a no brainer.  

We easily accept the power of music to transform our moods, bring us focus, calm us down. Flower remedies also work on our subtle bodies, transforming us in remarkable ways, lifting us, soothing us, inspiring us.  Think of bringing home a bouquet of perfect spring peonies; what a mood changer that can be!  Flower essences are like that but more, with the super power of flowers distilled and increased.  The Lotus Wei website provides wonderful information about the hows and whys.  I highly suggest spending some time reading founder Katie Hess’s insights.  The home page has a fun tool in which you pick your three favorite flowers from those pictured.  You receive an email telling you about how those flowers reflect your current state of mind. Cool!  

Put aside any skepticism, and dive in.  You won’t regret it!

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Essential Oxygen Brushing Rinse= Crazy Sparkle!

There are two facts, many would say shameful, that you should know about me.

  1. I am a vegetarian who despises mushrooms.
  2. I am a green beauty devotee who can’t stand coconut.

Seriously.  Coconut is just a deal breaker.  I’ve tried so many times to like it.  It’s benefits are legendary, it’s fans legion.  But I just cannot get past the taste or smell.  So for me, the idea of oil pulling, i.e. swishing coconut oil around in your mouth…just…no.

A few months ago, I was thrilled to discover oil pulling’s kid sister: Essential Oxygen Brushing Rinse.  Basically a mouthwash, it contains food grade Hydrogen Peroxide and a nice balance of essential oils.  The first time I used it, I actually understood what is meant by a sparkling smile.  So white and shiny!  I actually pranced over to my husband and smiled in his face.  Look at my teeth, I exclaimed!  He agreed.

According to the company, food grade hydrogen peroxide is made without the stabilizers of the regular drugstore variety.  These contain chemicals laden with heavy metals.  Not the stuff of a healthy mouth.  It is also formulated without glycerin, alcohol and sodium laurel sulfate, common ingredients in toothpaste and mouthwash.  Interestingly, glycerin is found in most ”natural” toothpastes as well, and inhibits the the ability of the teeth to re-enamel themselves.  I checked my toothpaste, and sure enough, glycerin was the third ingredient.  There are many other health benefits, too numerous to list.  The one I’m most excited about is as a cure for (and probably a preventer of) canker sores.  I’ve suffered mercilessly my whole life, and I can’t wait to see the results.  

How do you use it?  Easy!  They’ve created a protocol!  

“Toxic Morning Mouth Protocol

First thing in the morning when you wake up:

Squirt a small amount of the Brushing Rinse in your mouth.

Swish for a minute or so while you multitask.

With the Rinse still in your mouth, brush your teeth and tongue.

Spit out the massive amount of foam.

When you drink your morning water, your immune system will be thrilled that you haven’t re-ingested yesterday’s toxins.”

Now, I have to admit, I don’t always do the first-thing-in-the-morning part.  While I dream of a lovely morning filled with self-care rituals and intention setting, life with a 3 year old is generally more about being awakened with a start, and hurtling headlong into giggles, demands, questions, and other pre-schooler delights.  Occasionally I remember to rinse first thing, but it has replaced my toothpaste, and I’m never looking back.  

My only complaint: it’s hard to travel with.  So I haven’t completely kicked to old toothpaste to the curb.  I also dream of a more luxurious looking bottle.  Something about squirting it into your mouth is less than…glamourous.  So when we get a new bottle, I decant half for myself into a lovely container, and the other half goes in the shower for my husband.  

Coconut oil, who needs you?