Rituals for Raising your Vibe
"Raising your Vibe" means being at your best - improving. Everything in the world is vibrating at a frequency - and, there are simple things you can do to raise your vibe. I love the term vibrations - and it always reminds me of a story I heard, Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys) recalled a time when he was young, walking with his mom and he asked her why neighborhood dogs barked at some people and not others. His mom told him something like it's because everyone gives off vibrations - and some of those vibes will make dogs bark. And, that's what inspired Wilson to write the hit tune Good Vibrations. So - in today's episode, I suggest ideas for making the vibrations you're giving off - high vibrations (or, as the song goes "Good Vibrations"). The suggested essential oil to enhance your listening experience is SAGE - as Sage is known for purifying air and cleansing. You can receive a F R E E bottle of Sage Vitality essential oil this summer - when you order a Premium Starter Kit of 12 essential oils + diffuder from me - at AromaThrive.com
17 Aug 2019
Riding the Waves of Life
So you're moving thru your day - normal routine - and then, BAM! Something comes out of the blue and you wipe out. That's what happened to me the other day when I was rear-ended on Los Angeles traffic. It could have been much worse - so, I can't complain too much. In this episode, I'm joined by Elizabeth Gould, author of Your Best Health by Friday, to talk about the link between emotional pain and physical pain. She offers insights into feeling your best, and shares what get her on the road to natural wellness. The suggested essential oil for this episode is Valor, a blend of Frankincense, Spruce and other pure essential oils. This aromatic blend inspires feelings of confidence and courage, and helps keep me focused on seeing what I want to achieve, rather than being pushed around on the whitecaps of life. Valor is one of the 12essential oils & blends you'll receive (along with a diffuser) when you get a Premium Starter Kit at AromaThrive.com
18 Sep 2019
Ritual for Weeding your Mind Garden
How many thoughts roll through your head each day that are the same thoughts as you had yesterday? If you are like me, a LOT! Here's a simple process for weeding your mind garden - downloading the thoughts in your head onto paper so you don't have to keep thinking about them. In this episode, life coach Jenifer Paredes shares this simple ritual. And, I recommend some 'high vibe' essential oils - including White Angelica with rose and Frankincense - to enhance this powerful ritual. You can order your 'high-vibe' oils - in a generous premium start kit (big savings!) at AromaThrive.com . Questions about getting started with essential oils and plant based wellness products? Message me and we can book a time to talk. (photo by Ken Pfeiffer Photography)
2 Oct 2019
New Essential Oils Products + CBD Oils
Move above the wellness line with these new products, unveiled today at the Young Living 25th Anniversary Convention. In this episode, I unpack the new product releases, including two new nutritional supplements (Olive Essential, an antioxidant capsule and IlluminEyes eye health supplement); there are two new scents of essential oils - Chivalry and Davana + the popular Peace & Calming blend is now in a roll on. And, the cutest kids diffuser, ever! It diffuses + plays soothing sounds. Young Living also has CBD oils - and, if you are interested in ordering any of these products, go to AromaThrive.com/order-oils - and, when signing up, please be sure to use my referral #1734225 (enroller/sponsor) so we can be on the same team :-) I am happy to walk you thru the process - and answer all of your questions about how to use these powerful products to support good health. Are you in the Santa Barbara area? You're invited to attend an upcoming class as my guest. Message me at Aromathrive.com for details!
18 Jul 2019
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Beautiful tributes are on display in the Santa Barbara Harbor for the 34 souls who lost their lives in a dive boat disaster off the coast of the nearby Channel Islands. Walking among the flowers, photos and other mementos, it was hard to not feel a sense of loss - for the victims' families & loved ones, as well as everyone whose lives will be forever changed by this event. Working through grief can be a roller-coaster of emotions. In this episode, I'm joined by my partner, Dr. Ken Pfeiffer, PhD, a psychologist and expert on the link between emotional and physical pain. He provides ideas for how to get to a place of acceptance without sabotaging the healing process. The recommended essential oil for this podcast is Frankincense. Its warm, balsamic aroma is a key ingredient in essential oils blends which support emotional well being, including Valor. Both of these oils are included in the Premium Starter Kit of essential oils, along with a diffuser, it's a great way to start using therapeutic quality oils into your healthy lifestyle. Order your kit at AromaThrive.com You can also see photos of the memorials and tributes to the victims of the Conception dive boat disaster by clicking this link.
9 Sep 2019
Rituals for Being In Tune: Music as the Bridge to Mindfulness
Discover how to use sound - and silence - to lead you into relaxation. I speak with producer Richard "Wolfie" Wolf about how meditating has supported him in his career as an Emmy-Award-Winning music composer for TV and Film. Wolf is the author of "In Tune: Music as the Bridge to Mindfulness." He also teaches mindfulness to students at USC's Thornton School of Music and in this podcast he will share with you simple exercises for meditating and will lead a mindfulness exercise at the end of the conversation. Wolf suggests that listening to calming music - and continuing to listen to silence (ambient sound) once the music ends - can help draw you into a meditative state. We breathed in the aromas of tangerine and peppermint essential oils at the beginning of this podcast - and reflected on how essential oils can also be a gateway into mindfulness and meditation. Experiment for yourself - order a Premium Starter Kit of 12 essential oils & cold-air diffuser at AromaThrive.com. For more information about Richard Wolf, go to RichardWolf.net
23 May 2019
Summer Solstice + Time in Nature Makes You Healthy
Happy Solstice - in Santa Barbara, we are welcoming Summer this weekend with a colorful & creative people-powered parade (no motors, no corporate branding) that draws tens of thousands to State Street to see the spectacle, followed by a celebration in the park. Wherever you are this weekend, consider taking time to mark this major turning point of the year - equal parts of light and dark. In this episode, I share ideas for a Solstice ritual - as well as findings from a new study that reveals people who spend two hours a week in nature (anywhere, doing anything), reported better well-being and satisfaction with their life (read more in The Guardian). Plus - how do you use your Premium Starter Kit of essential oils once your order them at AromaThrive.com? I offer some tips for working these pure nature's essences into daily life. Finally - are you in Santa Barbara Solstice Weekend, you're invited to an essential oils infused meditation/goal setting ritual at the beach. Message me for details, and listen for more at the end of this episode. For more information and to order your Premium Starter kit of Essential oils, go to AromaThrive.com
19 Jun 2019
My friends who have migraines tell me they can be so severe they are throwing up, or bed ridden. How do migraines differ from other kinds of headaches? And, what are the latest treatments and alternative remedies being used to treat the discomfort? In this episode, I speak with Dr. Adam Harcourt of Imagine X Functional Neurology in Santa Barbara, to find out about the latest research and treatments for migraines. Peppermint is the essential oil recommended to enhance your listening experience for this episode. It's an extremely versatile oil - can be relaxing or uplifting, and it definitely can freshen up a room - or your mood. If you would like to get the essential oils Premium Starter Kit and ultrasonic diffuser mentioned at the end of this podcast, click here, or go to AromaThrive.com (photo by Lisa Osborn/AromaThrive)
7 Jun 2019
Daily Ritual for Gratitude
One of my best friends always said 'gratitude is the grease' that helps you attain your desires. So, why is giving thanks so powerful? My guest Jacque Book, a mindset coach who speaks on gratitude and mindfulness explains the power of gratitude - and how important it is to speak about what you DO want, and not about what you don't. Jacque shares a simple gratitude ritual she practices daily before she opens her eyes in the morning. She explains how you can do it, and why it's important to work this ritual into your daily routine. The essential oils aromas recommended to enhance this podcast listening experience are Idaho Blue Spruce and (Jacque's favorite), peppermint. You can order your essential oils at AromaThrive.com - where, you can receive 12 versatile pure essential oils & blends + a diffuser and other goodies all for a bargain price. Find out more about Jacque and her work at JacqueBook.com
14 Jun 2019
Acceptance: You, Your Shadow & Others
Imagine being more supportive of all of the wonderful aspects of YOU! Sometimes we are harder on ourselves than we are on anyone else. In this episode, author & energy healer Dani Antman, talks about being okay with the side of ourselves that we don't want others to see (the shadow). She will also walk you through a guided imagery experience. The essential oil recommended for this episode include Acceptance - one of my favorite blends, it helps me to feel relaxed and supported in my life, regardless of what is going on. To order your Premium Starter Kit + Acceptance oil, go to AromaThrive.com Find out more about Dani Antman & her book by clicking here: Dani Antman, author of Wired for God: Adventures of a Jewish Yogi."
9 Jul 2019
“Shift and Shine” to Transform Stress
The holidays are sneaking up, and extreme emotions sneak up on us, too, this time of year. In this episode, I speak with my friend, author Deborah Richards, who offers insights for shining thru the holidays even if they bring up memories that can feel overwhelming. In her book, Shift & Shine, Deb details how she survived the death of her husband who committed suicide, and how her belief that they will be together again in the afterlife warms her heart. She also speaks of struggles with two of her children who went thru addiction and recovery. She is blessed this holiday that both daughters are living sober. Deb shares a five minute morning ritual that enables her to Shift & Shine throughout her day. You can find her book on Amazon. In this podcast we recommend the essential oil of Frankincense to enhance your listening experience. It's an earthy aroma that can inspire feelings of higher consciousness, and reflection. Order your Frankincense and other essential oils at AromaThrive.com
12 Dec 2019
Gratitude Wednesday pre Thanksgiving Episode
Here we are heading into the holiday season already! In this episode let's look at the health benefits of being grateful, aromas that can help you get more in the holiday spirit - and, why the average life expectancy of Americans continues to decline. The suggested essential oils blend for this episode is HOPE, a sweet blend of Melissa, Myrrh and more, to uplift spirits and inspire feelings of hopefulness. Wishing you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
28 Nov 2019
Cultivating your Tribe thru Live Events
Being part of a tribe - people you relate to, and who get you - can be good for your health. Festivals strive to cultivate a cool vibe that brings together like-minded people for a good time, and there's an art to that. FestForums, a conference that brings together people who create festivals- and those who provide services that support festivals and live events - is coming to Santa Barbara November 21-23. It's a very cool hang! In this episode I speak with Laurie Kirby, co-founder of FestForums, about trends in conferences, what it takes to put on a successful live event - and what will be happening at FestForums this year. Special guests at FestForums this year include Penelope Spheeris, Jon Anderson (YES), Skip Parker, Ray Parker, Jr. and many more. And, this is an event where everyone feels like a VIP, being treated to a variety of events and activities from wine tastings - and live performances, to panels, awards and presentations. I will be there to offer Aroma Experiences, so I hope to see you there. For more information and to register (use the promo code "FRIENDOFLAURIE" for a deal), go to FestForums.com
15 Nov 2019
Dia de Los Muertos: Connect with the Other Side
This is the time of year that the ancestors come to visit - some believe they come in the form of Monarch Butterflies migrating through the area. In this episode, I share ideas for connecting with your inner guidance, and possibly lost loved ones. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, along with Halloween and All Saint's Day all fall within a few days of each other. Tradition says it's the time of year the veils are thinnest between earthly life and the 'other side.' The suggested essential oils for this podcast are Abundance -a spicy blend of Frankincense, Myrrh, clove and cinnamon - or just Frankincense alone. I will also let you know how to get a bottle of Abundance essential oil FREE in November, along with other essential oils blends known to help raise your vibrational frequency. Here's to high vibes - peace, and knowing - as we head into the final days of the year - and decade. Visit AromaThrive.com for more information on this high-vibe line of essential oils and other lifestyle products free from harsh toxins and chemicals.
1 Nov 2019
All About Energy Healing
Energy healing - what is it, and is it something anyone can learn to do? I posed this question to my guest, Dani Antman, author of Wired for God: Adventures of a Jewish Yogi." Dani is a Santa Barbara based energy healer. She's internationally known and has trained for years in her craft. She shares information on her work and how everything in the universe has a vibration or energy. The podcast opens with news out of UC Berkeley, where researchers found that anxiety levels among college students are at epidemic levels. I work on a UC campus, and I can often feel the nervous energy when I'm around groups of people. Sometimes, when I feel anxious at the end of a busy day, I'll use Epsom salt with essential oils in a bath, to help me calm down. The recommended essential oils in this episode include Dorado Azul ( for lung and respiratory support) and the blend White Angelica - in honor of Dani, who loves sandalwood oil. To get started with your very own set of Premium Essential Oils, click here. Enjoy!
2 May 2019
Spring Cleaning: Weeding Your Mind Garden
Spring Cleaning is a tradition for some. But, as you clean your surroundings - do you ever think about cleaning Yourself? Consider using this season of rebirth (and new moon on April 5) to detox your body, or weed your mind garden. In this podcast, I offer ideas for detoxing using a line of wellness vitamin supplements & essential oils that are pure and natural. In addition, consider your thoughts - some experts say we are creating our future 30 seconds at a time, with the thoughts & ideas we are thinking about. The suggested essential oils to enhance this podcast are a blend: lemon, lavender and peppermint. This blend is known to support seasonal discomfort, you know, the sniffles, sneezes, itchy eyes. Good news is - each of these oils (lemon, lavender, peppermint) are included in the premium starter kit - a dozen essential oils + electric home diffuser + premium samples, when you order at AromaThrive.com. I will also tell you about a bill that's making its way through the California Assembly (AB 495) that would ban the 'toxic twenty' cosmetics known to include 'any of the highly toxic chemicals known to cause cancer, reproductive harm or hormone disruption.' Did you know that the US allows many chemicals that are banned in Europe and other countries? Can you imagine, toxic ingredients like those that disrupt hormones, and cause skin rashes are allowed to be in products sold in the US. Avoid being harmed (as I was recently by using a lipstick that left me with a nasty rash that required a trip to the doctor to treat) by this 'dirty make up' when you shop for clean cosmetics at AromaThrive.com.
5 Apr 2019
Supermoon Eclipse: Anchoring Dreams
Do you have a Dream? The stars will be aligning on this year's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday to assist you in anchoring your dreams and goals. In this podcast, I'll share with you tips for setting goals and intentions during the full moon lunar eclipse and supermoon, which will be visible on the west coast of the USA and all across north and south america on the evening of January 20-21, 2019. This full moon will appear extra large in the sky because of its close proximity to earth, that's why it's a supermoon. Legend has it that during any full moon humans may be feeling more emotional than usual, and if you quiet your mind and tune-in to your inner guidance, there's the opportunity for an Aha! moment - gaining insights - and coming up with creative new ideas. The full moon might also shine light on what was previously unknown. A vision board is a powerful way to anchor in your dreams and goals. The Los Angeles Times recently published a story on how to create a vision board, and they turned to my friend, Joyce Schwarz author of The Vision Board book for advice. Click here to read the story, and be inspired to create your own vision board. The essential oils I recommend to enhance your listening experience during this podcast are lemon & rosemary (for focus!), lemon & peppermint can also help your mind to feel sharp. And, since eclipses have the power to 'eclipse out' something from our lives - I also recommend the essential oil blend Release, to help you let go of people and things that have run their course in your life. Looking for the best essential oils on the planet? I recommend starting with a Premium Starter Kit from Young Living - you can order at AromaThrive.com , choose 'become a member' and you will save 25% on all of your future purchases. Young Living is a wellness lifestyle company- they have hundreds of products to support your well being. I mentioned the "Slique in 60 Challenge," which starts in February and can help you to achieve your ideal weight. And, I love Mindwise, the liquid vitamin that supports brain and heart health. I love it because it contains vitamin D3, which provides a natural energy boost. If you have questions about getting started with essential oils or would like some product recommendations, please get in touch, I'd be happy to speak with you. You can reach me through this page, or at AromaThrive.com. Here's to you achieving your dreams in 2019! Photo by Ken Pfeiffer, Ken's Pro Media
17 Jan 2019
"In the Moment" with Tracy Lehr
So many of us are often thinking of the past or projecting into the future, but being in the moment is where you have the power to guide your destiny. In this episode of my 'Rituals' series, I speak with Santa Barbara TV news reporter Tracy Lehr, of KEYT News. In order for her to do her job of reporting the news on a tight deadline, Lehr says a key to her success on the job is being in the moment. The California Assembly recently recognized Lehr as 'Woman of the Year' for her continuous coverage of the two disasters that hit the Santa Barbara area in the Winter of 2018, the Thomas Fire followed by the 1/9 Montecito Debris Flow. Lehr shares how one photographer's single word of HOPE helped her to regain composure after starting to cry on camera in the time following the January 9th mudslides. Lehr explains what it's like to be a news reporter, being assigned stories with little notices and expected to get them on TV sometimes in as little as 30 minutes. She also shares some tips for what it takes to be a good reporter. Tracy is also a big fan of essential oils, especially grapefruit and (her new fav) lime. So, these are the recommended scents for this episode to enhance your listening experience. (I'll help you get set up with your pure essential oils & diffuser at AromaThrive.com) Keep up with what Tracy is covering on social media, you can follow her on Twitter @KEYTNC3Tracy and Facebook, and see her stories on KEYT TV Santa Barbara.
14 Dec 2018
Art of Emotional Self Care
How well do you take care of yourself? Emotionally, I mean. Many people (often women) are great at taking care of others - but fall short when it comes to giving themselves the same loving care as they are sharing. In this podcast, I speak with Petra Beumer of the Mindful Eating Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. Petra coaches her clients on how to nurture themselves. She offers tips for you to incorporate easy self-care tips to support your emotional well-being. Enhance your emotional-self-care experience with Essential Oils! Some of my favorite fragrances for this include geranium, lavender and citrus oils such as lemon and Citrus Fresh. You can get started on your essential oils lifestyle journey at AromaThrive.com To find out more about Petra Beumer and her work at the Mindful Eating Institute, go to MindfulEatingInstitute.net
28 Jul 2018
Soothe Your Soul: 8 Minutes to Bliss
I'm super excited to share with you this simple technique for relaxation, which blends the soothing aroma of an essential oil blend with a brief guided meditation. I'd like to introduce you to my good friend and partner, Dr. Ken Pfeiffer -- Hi there, I am Doctor Ken Pfeiffer, a psychologist. If you suffer from stress or anxiety, or any associated health problems such as headaches, backaches, insomnia, or digestive problems, I have a simple meditation technique that uses the soothing aroma of a natural essential oil that can help you. Stress is an increasingly common problem in our modern society. Too much to do in too little time is a recipe for stress, anxiety, and anger. Chronic stress harms the body in many ways by increasing stress hormones and muscle tension, and changing normal blood flow and body functions. To alleviate stress, it is important to put things into perspective and take some time for yourself to relax and rejuvenate. I have three things today to help you: 1) Essential Oils: The sense of smell is intimately connected with the emotional part of your brain. Smells have the ability to create emotions, or to recall emotions associated with the smells. For example, the ingredients and soothing aroma of "Stress Away" essential oil blend are naturally calming. And the more the smell of this oil is associated with actually being calm and relaxed, the more effective the smell is in eliciting calm. 2) Meditation: Meditation is a great way to reduce stress and to relax. There are many forms of meditation, and you can choose whatever technique works well for you. Simple forms such as focusing on the breath or counting the breath work well. I will give you a demonstration of a guided meditation that relies on letting go of body tension, and imagining cooling the head and warming the extremities that I have found very effective. This specific technique counters the "fight or flight" reaction, or the "defensive reflex" that is the opposite of relaxation and calm. 3) Combining Essential Oils with Meditation in "classical conditioning": When events are paired together over time, the occurrence of one event can elicit the other. For example, suppose you usually come home after work, pour your favorite beverage, turn on the TV, and watch your favorite show and relax. Repeatedly pairing the beverage and TV with relaxation causes the beverage and TV to be a cue for relaxation, and can actually cause you to relax in the future. So what we will do is to pair the unique smell of a relaxing essential oil with the relaxation of meditation to enhance the relaxing effect. The oil will become a cue for relaxation and can be used in the future to help de-stress. It is important that the smell of the oil is unique, and at first you only smell it when you are already relaxed from meditation. Then in the future you can use it to de-stress when needed. To illustrate this, we are going to do a brief guided meditation of about 8 minutes. To help you relax there will be some background sounds of waves at the beach. Toward the end of the session you can open your little package that contains a stone saturated with the calming aroma of Stress-Away essential oil. Practice once a day, and soon you will have a special "relaxation" stone you can use to de-stress anytime you need. You can order Stress Away oil at AromaThrive.com, purchase a single bottle or, get a 'premium starter kit' including the Stress Away oil and ten other oils, along with an electric cold air diffuser.
20 Jan 2018