Flower Power

Lotuswei Flowerlounge NYC February 13th 2018

Fall in love with the world through poetry, movement, meditation + love elixirs. Dive deep into your own beauty, wisdom + big-hearted love in all its forms. It’s time to bloom! Join Katie Hess, Flower Alchemist of Lotuswei & Author of Flowerevolution, for a flower-filled gathering, a powerful distillation of good vibes featuring mandalas, meditations, elixirs & flower readings with special guests: Poet + Story Whisperer Morgan Farley; Movement Magician Lynda Sing; and Luminary Intuitive Robin Sandomirsky, for Flowerlounge’s one and only East Coast event of the year. Tap into the power of the last days of the Fire Phoenix Year + an imminent New Moon Solar Eclipse with this one-of-a-kind, transformative evening. For rapid growth, accelerated transformation & energetic wow! Tickets here.

Acquainting oneself with Hess’s new book & accompanying card deck “Flowerevolution” + appreciating the Lotuswei range of magical elixirs = great prerequisites for the event.

Flowerevolution: Blooming into Your Full Potential with the Magic of Flowers, by Katie Hess (Author) & Louie Schwartzberg (Photographer), 2016.

 In Flowerevolution, Flower Alchemist Katie Hess & photographer Louie Schwartzberg invite us to venture into the vast and beautiful world of flowers, and learn how they can be used to give us a fuller experience of our everyday lives. This flower-filled guidebook is rich with information, stories, images, and rituals that demonstrate the largely untapped power of flowers. Most people are unaware that quiet, unassuming flowers can amplify our positive qualities and awaken new joy in everyday life, but in fact, flowers are ready to spark us to reach our greatest potential -one that is likely bigger than we can even imagine!

Flowerevolution is designed to open you up to a fresh new world of magic and possibility. In it, you choose the flowers you’re most attracted to from the 48 different profiles, and discover what your favorite flowers reveal about you. You’ll find out how flowers can be used for a variety of conditions, including pregnancy and postpartum, travel and jet lag, and addiction; and learn the answers to the 10 most commonly asked questions about flower elixirs. The book also features ancient and modern methods for harnessing flowers’ unique qualities, including flower baths, elixirs, mandalas, body oils, desserts & more!

Energy Muse

New Moon Wishes Ritual From Crystal Muse

Learn how to harness the energy of the Earth using crystal rituals from Energy Muse debut book: Crystal Muse by Heather Askinosie & Timmi Jandro. The incredible women behind Energy Muse -California-based lifestyle brand founded with the mission to demystify the world of crystals and provide a platform to connect with an ancient wisdom healing modality, and purchase beautiful pieces. Crystal Muse is a how-to book that shares simple “crystal recipes,” many of which you can do daily in less than a few minutes, to shift your energy field.

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It clarifies the New Age stigma that crystals have been given over the years and brings it back to the basics. As a universal crystal healing book, it has something for everyone. Perfect for the crystal novice & advanced enough for someone who has been on this path for years. The author’s triumphs & trials throughout life are explained in terms of how crystals were used as touchstones to get through those times + shows how the remedies found along the way can work for the reader’s life as well. An artful blend of authentic storytelling & practical daily rituals that brings the world of crystals to life with words & images. Ancient wisdom for modern times.

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As a recipe book, you can begin anywhere and thumb through the book to find information including how to choose your crystal, the meanings of different crystals, how to cleanse them and your space in general + essential practices for using your crystals. You’ll find step-by-step rituals in meditation, self-reflection, grounding, attracting abundance, and spiritual cleansing among many others. See Energy Muse site for excellent recommendations. You can shop by chakra, intention, or gemstone. All of the pieces therein are ethically sourced, and before they are sent out to customers, they go through a thorough cleansing process (sacred smoke, sound, sacred geometry etc) so that they are clear, cleansed & ready for use.

Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals To Tune In To the Real You, 2017, By Heather Askinosie & Timmi Jandro. Crystal Muse explores how you can transform life’s challenges into opportunities for growth by being equipped with the right crystals and mindset. Learn how to connect with crystals and empower your life by using this guide to set transformational intentions such as:

  • Attracting love through learning to love yourself
  • Relieving anxiety by surrendering to meditation
  • Becoming a magnet for prosperity
  • Crystallizing a breakthrough
  • Consciously conceiving a new life
  • Cutting your unhealthy energy cords
  • Getting rid of insomnia to sleep with your mind fully at rest
  • Cultivating the connection with your creative spirit
  • Aligning with the energy of the moon
  • Grounding yourself with the energy of the Earth; and
  • Finding the temple within

Best In Balms

Enjoy the feeling of having nourished your body, mind, and spirit and carry that with you throughout your day with these extraordinary wellness beauty balms from founder-driven indie beauty brands that lean clean and embody integrity, passion and spirit. Companies that tell a story, and care about ingredients, product purity, efficacy, and artisanship. Balms made with love and plant powered ingredients used for physical and psychological wellbeing since the beginning of time, recommended by The Artful Blog to incorporate into your daily self-care rituals. For seasonal support, healthy skin, peace of mind, and scentsational aromatherapy head to toe. Miracle worker balms = the bomb gift for self, mindful minimalist and health & healing enthusiast on the list!

Black Hills Honey Farm Peppermint Lavender & Arnica Bee Balm 

 Black Hills Honey Farm is a fully integrated sustainable Beekeeping operation crafting natural personal care “Products From The Hive” developed to protect, soothe & heal. They seek to define the best practices for natural beekeeping with the secondary focus on the agricultural products of apiculture (honey, pollen & propolis).  All products are 100% natural with no synthetic fragrances, isopropyl alcohol, benzene, mineral oil, sodium lareth sulfate, propylene glycol, or aluminum. The Peppermint & Lavender Temple Rub, a personal favorite, with honey & essential oil blend of Lavender, Chamomile, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Sweet Orange, Bergamot & Grapefruit, is a headache sufferer’s must-have for alleviating aroma-therapeutic relief & the warmingly wonderful Arnica & Ginger Arthritus Rub is their best-selling product for good reason. The Bees Knees balms.

Badger Sleep Balm & Sore Joint Rub & Apothecary Badger Artwork

Badger is a small, family-owned, family-run & family-friendly company nestled in the woods of New Hampshire that began making their signature healing balm back in 1995. Now 20+ years later, still going strong, the beloved by New Englanders and beyond brand has blossomed into a full line of 100 high-quality products known for its distinctly artful tins. Badger blends the finest organic ingredients to make safe products to calm, heal, protect & treat your body. They also keep a careful eye on the environment by sourcing only ecologically harvested, wild-crafted & fairly traded ingredients. As a Certified Organic company, most products are clean enough to eat. The entire line is playful, purposeful & powerful. Personal picks: Badger’s Lavender & Bergamot Sleep Balm & Arnica Blend Sore Joint Rub. Balms for all reasons.

Botanical Therapy Antidepressant & Headache Balm

Botanical Therapy was born from a life-long love and respect for nature. Products are handcrafted by founder Michelle Jefferson, a Native-American Master Clinical Aromatherapist who honors the plants, the customer, and the research & wisdom of those who came before us. Collection includes 36 made-to-order customizable & effective adult through kid-safe personal care medicinal quality synergy balms imbued with healing energy. With care, botanical ingredients, Bergamot, Grapefruit & Lavender historically used for stimulating cheer and contentment are combined with shea butter & beeswax to create an uplifting Antidepressant Balm, and Frankincense, Lavender & Peppermint, used for reducing pain & swelling, soothing nerves, alleviating tension & creating a sedating effect, form a marvelous Headache & Migraine Balm. Excellent carry-with-you for efficacious relief on-the-go balm.

Rain Bee Essential Remedies Balm

Rain is a curated line of responsibly handmade products using natural ingredients with African origins designed to reveal and enhance the true inner beauty of your body, mind, and spirit. Indigenous plants used since antiquity by African healers are the heart and soul of the Rain range. Extracts & oils from Kalahari melons, Mongongo nuts, Marula fruit, Mafura seeds, the pods of the giant Baobab and the delicate fynbos of the Cape Floral Kingdom, all packed with antioxidants, moisturizers & nutrients to protect & replenish your skin. Rain’s Bee Essential Remedies harness the active properties of honey & beeswax in spa style treatments which deliver tangible results. Bee Essential Heel Balm & Sleep Balm slow-beauty remedies are must-haves for carving a few moments out of each day to practice mindful self-care & wellness. Balms created with love & care for craftspeople & the planet.

Rosebud Perfume Co. Rose Mandarin & Brambleberry Balm 

Founded in 1892 the now iconic family-run Rosebud Perfume Company set out with a simple mission: To provide simple, multi-usage products that are both affordable & effective. In addition to the world-famous, cult-favorite Rosebud Salve that boasts to be the cure-all for a wide array of skin ailments, notable are the newest offerings: Rose Mandarin & Brambleberry Rose Balm which can be used as both lip & body balm, or experienced as a sensuous perfume applied to pulse points. Housed in vintage inspired tins, these balms are brimming with a Balsam of fragrant essential oils & botanicals that embraces the skin/lips. Stress-reducing flavors of Mandarin Orange, Vintage Rose, Nostalgic Berry, overtones of honey & vanilla, moisturized with shea butter & vitamin E. Sweet giftable & covetable balm.

Sundãri Makeup Remover Balm & Skinveda Saffron-Dhatelo Balm 

Ayurveda, acknowledged as the oldest medical science in India, is a 5000 year old science of life advocating a methodology that seeks to establish ones holistic balance. Ayurveda teaches that the balancing of mind, body and spirit will ultimately lead to peace, harmony and lasting beauty. Inspired by Ayurvedic wisdom Sundãri & Skinveda skincare lines embody the principles of this Indian philosophy with balanced formulations that utilize the powerful regenerative properties of plants, herbs, roots, essential oils & floral extracts to harmonize and normalize skin conditions & imbalances. Sundãri’s Makeup Remover Balm & Skinveda’s Saffron-Dhatelo Lip Restoring Balm are nourishing & therapeutic precious seed oil drenched Ylang Ylang & Sandalwood scented sublimely divine nighttime skin-loving indulgences. Science meets nature through ancient wisdom balm.

Yoga Balm & Bayan Botanicals Beauty Balm

Ayurveda is based on the premise that the universe is made up of five elements: air, fire, water, earth & ether, represented in humans by three “doshas” or energies: Vata, Pitta & Kapha. When any of the doshas accumulate in the body, balance is lost. Health & wellbeing depends on right balance of the three doshas = tridoshas. The term Yoga itself means to unite, combine, harmonize, or integrate. A yogic approach is inherently an integrative approach, harmonizing body, prana, senses, mind & consciousness. Yoga & Ayurveda are two interrelated branches of the same great tree of Vedic knowledge. Support your practice with joyously handcrafted in small batches Yoga Balmfairly traded, sustainable & elevated combination of seven powerful healing oils join to detoxify, promote cell growth, reduce inflammation & improve blood flow with progression toward long-term holistic wellness. Excellent before & after yoga practice & for use with healing arts clients. Also recommended are industry leader Banyan Botanicals 6 Ayurvedic balms. Award-winning Beauty Balm, with Shatavari, Ashwagandha & Rose Geranium is an essential does everything & more scentsationally balm.

Waxing Kara Sweet Lips & Sweet Body Balm

What began as artisan Kara Brook’s quest for beeswax, years later resulted in a small but mighty company Waxing Kara, a multi-dimensional “Honey House” with a full line of charming & elegantly packaged products with a mission to craft beautiful & functional handmade goods in a sustainable way using natural ingredients thanks to bees. Waxing Kara honey products are now sold in over 250 stores across the US, including Anthropologie, West Elm Local & Uncommon Goods. So in love with the conditioning Honey Lip Balm & Sweet Body Balm -right-sized solid balm made from organic ingredients including honey, coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter & essential oils to provide a rich beneficial treat for the skin. Find daily peace with this group of finely tuned aromatherapy essential oil blends formulated to recharge your body mind & spirit: Blossoms & Bourbon, Peace of Mind, Good Fortune & Strength. For transformative results, apply liberally to palms, rub hands together & inhale deeply. Bee-inspired balm.

Indigo Elixirs Balms & Prismologie Rose Quartz & Rose Balm

Interested in an exquisitely unique balm that leans toward the miraculous, magical & maybe a little mysterious? Indigo Elixirs & Prismologie have you covered. Crafted by herbalist & natural perfumer Deanna Rose in her Manoa jungle apothecary, Indigo Elixirs are healing medicines for skin & soul. As part of your dream ritual discover Lucid Dream Balm, a hydrating & calming balm to apply specifically to the third eye, temples, under the nose & on your neck, before you go to sleep, that contains occult & medicinal plants like Mugwort, which has an ancient reputation for bringing clarity, lucidity & premonition to our dreams, and Sandalwood to calm the third eye. Also features a center of Neon Green Big-Island grown & distilled Vetiver essential oil, for grounding the entire being. Handcrafted with love & plants mythic medicine balm.

Prismologie, created by a dynamic Kuwaiti mother-daughter team, is an innovative bespoke mood-enhancing multi-sensory gemstones & enriching fragrances body care range that harnesses the transformative power of 6 distinctive colors: White for Clarity, Yellow for Confidence, Pink for Comfort, Green for Serenity, Red for Vigour & Indigo for Stillness. Diamonds, Citrines, Rose Quartz, Jades, Rubies & Sapphires are crushed into the formulas for their wellbeing properties. Used on your declouge –close to the heart chakra, the Rose Quartz & Rose Body Comforting Body Balm, with its cream-to-powder texture, restorative & heavenly Artic Rose scent + subtle shimmer, leaves the skin softly kissed with light & love. Elemental healing balm.

Autumn Aura

 Maple Leaf Graham Cookies. The air is crisp, the leaves are turning and festive, and cozy country kitchen aromas are emanating from every open window -it’s an Autumn afternoon in New England! From apple-cinnamon to mulled-cider and woodsy-pine to pumpkin-spice and everything nice, this is the most aromatic and flavorful time of the year. Sweet & spicy seasonal treats & tea + scents = Recipe For Fall!


  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp pure maple extract
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil

The Artful Blog’s favorite wellness teas company with roots that go back to a third generation herbalist named Rosemary Gladstar, has a stellar new tea offering: Organic Turmeric with Meadowsweet & Ginger. Traditional Medicinals artfully blends turmeric, a root praised by healers around the world, with the power of meadowsweet & ginger’s warming properties for an herbal trifecta of ancient wisdom and soothing relief. Perfect Autumn afternoon tea time treat with Maple Leaf Grahams.


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Place all your dry ingredients in the bowl of your mixer & combine. Add all of the wet ingredients & mix until everything comes together. Add about 1-2 tablespoons of water if needed -depending on dough consistency.
  • Divide the dough in half and roll half out on a floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. Use Fall inspired cookie cutters, cut out shapes. Transfer the cookies on a parchment-paper-lined cookie sheet, poke them with a fork few times, and bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges just slightly darken. They will harden as they cool. Store in an air tight container.
  • While cookies are baking brew Traditional Medicinals Stress Ease Cinnamon Tea. Serve. Savor!

DIY Autumn Essential Oil Diffuser Blends. No worries if you’re not culinary inclined, you can still let the scents of golden Fall fill your senses and home with these warm earthy & aromatic body mind soul diffuser blends -Pumpkin Spice Latte, Mulled Cider, Autumn Afternoon, Fireside and Walk in the Woods. Diffusing is a stylish and beneficial way to instantly transport the best parts of Autumn to your indoor living space, and create sublime year-round seasonal spa-like magic with essential oils. Best in therapeutic-grade essential oil brands at various price points recommended by The Artful Blog to consider when crafting your blends: Young Living Essential Oils, Aura Cacia, dōTERRA, Edens GardenFloracopeia, & Rocky Mountain Oils. Just Breathe!

For More Naturally Scentsational Autumn Ambiance See Previous Post: Scents & Sensibilities.