• Awakening your Bliss
    through aromatic Ayurveda
    and aromanutrition.
  • The Spice Life

    “There is no life without a seed and there is no seed without a life”

    Venerable Bhante Buddharakkhita

    Ayurveda & Peace in the Middle East

    7 Virtues Middle East Peace Perfume

    Hello Beautiful Soul.

    I was absolutely over the moon to receive in the mail today this most cherished bottle of Middle East Peace perfume as a gift from The 7 Virtues Perfume Company .

    This grand delivery of aromatic peace came about through a synchronistic connection on Instagram noting how the three main ingredients are a beautiful Tridoshic blend (with hydrating sweet grapefruit for Vata, cooling lime for Pitta, and energizing basil for Kapha). The Sweetie Grapefruit essential oil is from Israel and the Lime and Basil from Iran. How profound that the aromatic plant medicines are being called to heal relationships on our planet when stewarded by awake souls through conscious business practices.

    When beauty aligns it manifests in the most mystical and tangible ways – for the good of all.

    I just LOVE women entrepreneurs and companies who are tuned in and inspired. They give so generously to uplift others with their vision. Thank you Barb and The 7 Virtues, I’m beyond delighted and mesmerized by your perfumes and their stories and so grateful for your gorgeous gift. I LOVE it.

    Barbara Stegemann is the founder of The 7 Virtues and has been on my radar since I watched how she took The Dragons Den investors by storm with her incredible heartwarming and authentic story of friendship, and radical social change through business. My nose, always interested in sniffing out aromatic beauty, was smitten.

    Barb started a perfume company with the vision of inspiring peace, and rebuilding and empowering communities through the procuring of essential oils from war torn countries such as Haiti, Afghanistan, and Rwanda. The company mission is Make Perfume Not War. That struck a note with me on so many levels. The documentary of the same name is a must-watch. 

    Barb’s book The 7 Virtues of a Philosopher Queen, a woman’s guide to living & leading in an illogical world, is a must-read for all women in business wanting to inspire, take action, and stand for social justice and change. I love that it is deeply about self-care and self-empowerment. Barb’s book lit me up and inspired me in my own practice and business.

    The perfumes are exquisite – Afghanistan Orange Blossom, Noble Rose of Afghanistan, Vetiver of Haiti, Patchouli of Rwanda, and Lisa ray Jasmine of India. These uplifting perfumes are all without phthalates, parabens or sulfates. This is goosebumpy on many levels. Good for people, the plants, and the planet.

    You can find Barb’s book, The 7 Virtues perfumes and about the powerful work they are doing here.
    I’m relishing my gorgeous perfume which feels like a sensual refreshing Summer breeze. I
    t feels like peace.

     

    THE 7 VIRTUES (OF A PHILOSOPHER QUEEN)…as per Barb’s book
    Wonder.
    Moderation.
    Truth.
    Courage.
    Justice.
    Wisdom.
    Beauty 


    LOOKING FOR INNER PEACE?

    The main ingredients in the 7 Virtues Middle East Peace Perfume captured my attention from an Ayurvedic perspective. Bright Juicy citrus fruits of Grapefruit and Lime with pungent Basil (or Tulsi which is holy Basil) have great benefits to the health of our body.

    Basil/Tulsi is in a class of adaptogenic herbs considered one of the primary herbal medicines for restoring harmony and balance to the mind. In Ayurvedic as well as Chinese medicine it is revered as an herb that is a rasayana or Shen-tonic which means it nourishes the spirit, and has a powerful restorative effect on the nervous system. 

    In other words, P E A C E.


    GRAPEFRUIT ESSENTIAL OIL
    Feel juicy Vata! Uplifting and hydrating, soothing to the nervous system and clarifying to the mind.

    LIME ESSENTIAL OIL
    Feel refreshed Pitta! An alkaline restorative tonic that reduces acidity. Restores energy when feeling burn-out.

    BASIL ESSENTIAL OIL
    Feel expansive Kapha! Energizing, clearing. Basil clears congestion in lungs, eliminates stagnancy in the tissues.

    This aromatic refreshing triad of essential oils are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial. The combined effect brings a sense of inner peace and wellbeing as they act as a restorative tonic to all the doshas.


    FINALLY THE DIVINE ROSE JAM RECIPE I PROMISED
    1 cup fresh rose petals washed and dried so no water remains on petals.
    2-3 cups coconut sugar.
    1/4 cup honey.
    1 TBSP toasted and ground cardamom seeds (not pods).
    1 TBSP fresh ginger juice (grate 2inch piece fresh ginger and squeeeeeze the juice out with your hands)
    1 tsp shatavari powder (optional)
    1/2 tsp white pearl powder (optional)
    METHOD: Pour all the honey into a glass bowl. On top of that, layer 1/4 cup at a time the rose petals and coconut sugar. Sprinkle a pinch of the cardamom, (and pearl and shatavari if using them) and drizzle ginger juice on each layer. Repeat until all ingredients are used. With your fingers (yes! get in there it feels amaaaazing) meld all together. Keep on melding layer into layer until rose petals have absorbed the sugar and become sticky. They will turn a deep purply pink colour. When the consistency is sticky and dense and all the rose petals have broken down enough your gulkand is ready. Keep in a well sealed mason jar out of the fridge.
    Note: if you are using rose petals that are partially but not completely dried add a tsp ghee to the layers and meld in well as you blend. Eat by the teaspoon or spread on toast, add to oats etc! This is a rejuvenating jam to boost your #ojas your immunity, and to act as a restorative tonic. Such good medicine.

     

    May your days be filled with beauty, your mind with peace, your body with freedom and your spirit with joy.

    Love and fragrant blessings,
    Your Spice Mistress
    Glynnis
    xoxo


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