Introducing the Beloved, Rare Connemara Marble

Posted on March 27, 2017 by Brandy Oswald | 0 comments

Connemara Gemstone Essence
Last September we received an e-mail from a faithful customer (thank you Noell!) asking us if we had an essence of Connemara Marble. She said that it is around 500 million to over 900 million years old and can only be found in Ireland. Ahhhh the magical syncronicities - It just so happened that at that EXACT time my granddaughter was visiting Ireland. Yes, my granddaughter Kelsea who is now the managing partner of Star Essence. The guardians of the Connemara Marble got my attention. Thanks to technology, I could immediately text Kelsea and the rest is history. She found some of the Connemara Marble and sent it to me. I knew there would be a perfect moment to make it. That moment turned out to be Dec. 2 - my daughter Cara’s birthday. It felt like a good day to give birth to an essence. I was guided to a fairly remote location on Lake Ouachita, AR about an hour away from where I live now, and I made it there.  
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Connemara Marble Gemstone Essence
Connemara is one of the rarest marbles because of it’s limited supply. It comes in 40 shades of green and has a high magnesium content which is is thought to aid in the absorption of calcium and magnesium. This is very important as many of us are lacking magnesium and taking supplements. It can also be useful to take the magnesium energetically - with this special gem essence.

 

The Many Gifts of Connemara Marble

Connemara Marble heightens our ability to connect with the elemental kingdom and the Nature spirits, especially the faerie realm. You can pair this with the orchid essence Nature Communion for an enhanced Nature experience.

Connemara Marble Gemstone EssenceIt also addresses the heart chakra, connects us to our ancestors (especially the Celtic & Gallic conncetion), and promotes inner wisdom and common sense. Connemara Marble has also been known to help remember dreams connecting with Celtic and Gallic past lives. In addition, it provides access to the spiritual history of earth and creates a sense of peace, tranquility, restoration, and healing. This powerful gemstone also promotes love, emotional harmony, trust, and empathy. In fact, the famous Blarney Stone (kiss it and your wish will come true) is made of Connemara Marble! 

In regards to physical ailments, Connemara Marble helps with bone marrow disorders, viral and bacterial infections, sore throats, lower back pain, blood pressure issues, colds, and inflammation. 

What a powerful, wise gemmie!

    Posted in Gemstones, Making an essence, New Products

    Welcome to StArkansas

    Posted on March 26, 2017 by Star Riparetti | 0 comments

    About a year ago, a friend sent me a link to a channeling. For some reason, I woke up at 3 in the morning and listened to it. It spoke of the crystals in Arkansas and in Brazil being activated at a new level beginning 2015. I felt very strongly that I should go there and receive those transmissions. I decided 4 days would be plenty of time. I could handle 4 days in Arkansas.

    I ended up taking a powerful group of women there with me in June of 2016. While I was there (which is now HERE) I kept saying “I could live here.” The universe quickly conspired to make that happen.  

    The Backstory:

    My granddaughter Kelsea told me, in no uncertain terms, NOT to put any more money into my Honda (which had 211,000 miles on it) even though they were working on it at that moment. She said “cut your loses”. With her advice, I ended up buying a new car. The reason I tell you this is because if I hadn’t had a new car begging for a road trip when I got back from Arkansas this awesome new adventure might never have happened.

    Anyone who knows me knows that I follow signs (syncronicities) and my bliss. As soon as I got back from Arkansas, I really wanted to jump in my car and go back. I didn’t want to wait until September or October as I had “planned”. Everything fell into place for me to leave town. I took a leisurely trip, stopping at dessert hot springs, and visiting friends along the way. Kayse’s next door neighbor and friend Annie offered me a place to stay in Hot Springs. That was awesome! 

    Star Arkansas

    I arrived back in Hot Springs, AR on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 12th. Kayse met me with fresh squeezed green juice. That was a nice sign. We went to THE Lake. Ahhhhh- that was glorious. Worth the trip for sure!  Another nice sign.  

    After our time on the lake, Kayse wanted to visit some friends down the street from where she lived to say good bye because they were moving moving out of state. While visiting I found out their place was for sale or rent. They moved out on Thursday, I meditated and made a very quick decision and called the owners. I made an appointment to meet with them the next day. They already had appointments with other people. I meditated again to know if I should take it, if they would rent it to me.  I got a resounding yes- which really was mind blowing. This was totally out of left field and seemed quite crazy. As it turned out they liked me and they rented it to me with an option to buy! They were so generous! They brought me an airbed, a camp chair, bed sheets, and a pillow!! They even blew up the airbed with the generator in their motor home because the power was temporarily out. That was everything I needed. Remember - I had absolutely no plan to move at that moment or to rent a place. I was just coming to check it out.   

    Every single move seemed divinely choreographed.  

    It felt like I had to accept this this cute lake house with a boat dock that is located right down the street from my new bestie, Kayse. Holy Divine Choreography! Every single thing had fallen into place. The timing was impeccable. I feel every guide I have collaborated to get me here, and I am SO GRATEFUL.  

    Who knew there was life beyond Santa Barbara? Certainly not me.

    A dear friend asked me 2 months before this happened if I would ever leave Santa Barbara. I said no. I’d rather live in a closet in Santa Barbara than in a mansion somewhere else. I’m eating those words, and happy to do so.

    Now that I’ve been here for a little over 6 months the question that arises is what do I love about being here?  Let me count the ways.

    When my mother moved to Santa Barbara (from Tennessee- before I was born) there was one stop light in the town. Living in Santa Barbara all of my life, I had become accustomed to the growing traffic. People talked about it, and I was like the frog in that slow boiling water. I didn’t realize it was happening - that is, until I left for awhile and went back. Yikes! I love all the country roads here in Hot Springs. Birds, trees, water, and even driving around you encountered very little traffic and lots of gorgeous trees. Even the “freeway” isn’t like its Californian equivalent. Here 5 o’clock traffic means waiting for two traffic lights, but there is even a shortcut that my local friend showed me to escape the wait.

    The downtown is exceptionally cute and colorful and in the process of undergoing a revitalization. They have a first Friday art walk, which I went to recently. It was super fun. They also have a documentary film festival that has been going on for many years. I’m already starting to see people I’ve met before. It reminds me of how Santa Barbara was 30, 40, 50 years ago.

    There is also lots of water, including excellent spring drinking water for free! You can go into town and visit any of 5 specific locations to fill your bottles with clean, delicious spring water.

    There are so many places to explore nearby, including the Garvan Woodland Gardens. I love the Santa Barbara botanic gardens and the Garvan Woodland Gardens is well on par with them. In fact, the Garvan Woodland Gardens are three times the size of the Santa Barbara botanic gardens and is located on the lakefront. It features flowers, hiking, bridges, and even classes. My kind of Disneyland! 

    I also went to the Daffodil Festival in Camden recently. It’s nice to have new festivals. How many Santa Barbara Fiesta Parades have I attended?! Probably 70! It’s time for something new in my life!!! 

     

    Star Arkansas

    If you're interested in cultural activities, Little Rock has more than you can even imagine.  I went to a garden show there a few weeks ago that was off the charts for me. They had a photo booth which is where the above photo was taken. 

    And, of course there are the hot springs, which are inside beautiful bath houses. This is the thing to do in the winter when the lake water is fairly cold. People come from all over the world to soak in the bath houses and their hot spring waters.

    Another thing to note is that there aren’t as many rules regarding building and what you are allowed to do on your land. If you are in the county, you can pretty much do what you want. FREEDOM! 

    Lake Ouachita

    And the main thing - The Lake -  Lake Ouachita. Running beneath Lake Ouachita is the largest vein of Quartz in the country.

     Lake Ouachita

    Miraculously, I got a boat with a slip at a perfect Marina 20 minutes from my house - the slip being a very important piece. Slips are challenging to get unless you buy a boat with one, which I was able to do (very affordably).  

    Lake OuachitaThe boat allows us to get out into the lake where the vortexs are, and in the summer the water is so warm you can swim there any time, day or night. It’s safe. We swam at midnight under a full moon. Yumm.  

    I feel going into that water is transformational. It feels like that is part of my mission, part of why I was guided here, to get people into that water for a crystalline baptism. 

    In actuality, Lake Hamilton and Lake Ouachita are two separate lakes. No one lives on Lake Ouachita - making it one of the cleanest lakes in the country. There are 200 islands on it where you can visit or camp for free. Lake Ouachita feeds lake Hamilton - which is where I live. I also have a boat dock there, as well.

    Of course there are the crystals and minerals, too. You can find quartz nearly everywhere, so things are a buzz - a very sweet buzz. There are places to go and dig for them. There's even a place to dig for diamonds. Feels like being on the fast track for awakening, if that is what you choose.

     Lake Ouachita

    Affordability comes into play as well, though that was not the driving force, it is what allowed me to move here even before my land in Santa Barbara has been sold.  I am trusting that will happen very soon, and that it will afford me the ability to create some spaces for visitors.  I already have the boats to play on.  

    Did you know Arkansas is called “The natural state”? Or that the license plates feature a diamond? It’s gorgeous here. I always thought Santa Barbara was paradise.  Many people here say welcome to paradise. This is truly a hidden treasure.  It’s hard for me to imagine that this lake is such a secret. It has expanded my mind, heart and soul in such a good way. To me, this whole area feels like a new Machu Picchu and it's as if the lake is connected to Lake Titicaca. I have synchronistic stories about that too, but this is already too long!

    So think about coming to the retreat in June. It will be pure Blisssssssss!  Or as my friend Kayse says Bliss ola.

    Posted in Feature Articles, Our Founder

    7 Joyful Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

    Posted on March 10, 2017 by Brandy Oswald | 0 comments

     

    joyful ways to beat the winter blues

    We are in it - the depths of winter.  For many, the winter blues have officially set in. It happens to us all. The good news is that there are many blissful ways to experience joy and positivity even in the coldest, darkest months of winter.

    As philosopher and writer Albert Camus so eloquently stated, In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.

    Tap into your invincible summer with these 7 joyful ways to beat the winter blues...

    1. Spend time in nature

    With chilly winter temperatures and fewer hours of sunlight per day, it can be challenging to get outside during the winter months. Prioritize 20 minutes a day to suit-up and head for the great outdoors. Spending time in nature has a beautiful way of lifting our spirits and infusing us with joy and optimism - not to mention the benefits of some good ol’ vitamin d. Warm sun, fresh air, perhaps even some snow-covered hills - reconnect to the many joys of nature!

    Need a little motivation to get outside this winter? Try our Nature Communion, Andean orchid essence, for enhancing not only your connection to nature, but your connection to your own physical body as well.

    2. Stretch out the winter blues

    Physical activity is a great way to support joy and well-being throughout winter. Physical activity releases endorphins, hormones that reduce discomfort and promote feelings of joy. Take to your yoga mat and stretch out the winter blues, while simultaneously infusing your mind and body with positivity and optimism.

    For added support, reach for our Yoga Mind Mouth Mist. This citrus-y mouth mist will keep your vibes high, while supporting a balanced, yet flexible body and mind. Perfect for powering through the final few weeks of winter!

    3. Dance away the blues

    Wiggle out the winter blues with a joyful, uplifting dance party. Whether you attend a live concert or dance wildly to your favorite tunes in your living room, a dance party is a surefire way to boost your spirit this winter. Wiggle your body, raise your vibrations, and dance away the winter blues!

    Looking for a dance partner this winter? Grab our Dance flower essence to get moving and dance through life with grace and brilliance.

    4. Turn off & Tune in

    Turn off from the overwhelming distractions of email, social media, news outlets, and electronic devices. Take a break from the incessant bombardment of information and tune into your own needs, wants, and desires. Create time for journaling, meditation, reading, and any other activities that allow you to turn off, tune in, and invite balance and equilibrium back into your life.

    Struggling to find ease and balance this winter? Try our Quintessential Balance essence blend. It is the perfect rescue remedy for decreasing stress, while promoting increased feelings of balance and stability.

    5. Take a trip

    One of the best ways to avoid cabin fever is to tap into your adventurous spirit and take a trip. A mid-winter trip will invite excitement, anticipation, and a welcomed change of scenery to the long, monotonous months of winter. Though it can be simply divine to travel someplace warm and sunny during the winter, it isn’t necessary. Even day trips to nearby locales can lift our spirits and provide a sense of adventure throughout the chilly winter months.

    Need help adapting as you venture out on your next trip? Reach for our Travel Solution essence blend to infuse your travels with comfort and ease. This blend supports adaptability while traveling and protects against electromagnetic radiation experienced when traveling via airplane. This blend is also great for those who experience altitude or motion sickness. The coca flower essence in this blend soothes motion sickness, altitude challenges, and jet lag.

    6. Stoke your creative fire

    The days of winter may be dark and cold, but the fire within does not have to be. Stoke your creative fire and burn bright with warmth by diving into a passion project this winter. Few things lift the spirit like inspiration and joyful self-expression. Revel in your creative passions to shake free from the winter blues this year.

    Seeking extra motivation to get started on your passion project? Stoke your creative fire and motivate for magic with our Project Catalyst flower essence, the perfect essence for bringing your passion project to life!

     

    7. Have a Treat Yourself Day

    The winter months may seem bleak, but the truth is that abundance is in our nature. Make time for gratitude and appreciation this winter, especially for yourself. Show yourself some love with a Treat Yourself Day - a day filled with your favorite soul-soothing, uplifting activities. Spa treatments, yoga classes, outdoor fun, creamy chocolates, coffee with your best friend - in your own unique way go ahead and treat yourself. Cherish the goodness already present in your life, while attracting more abundance and goodness your way!

    Ready to move into the frequency of prosperity and abundance? Invite our Prosperity Alchemy Spray into your life. It’s great for shifting our perspectives towards generosity and gratitude, while igniting hidden sources of energy, light, and prosperity.

    Posted in Winter

    Astrology and Essences - Unique Essence Pairings for Pisces

    Posted on March 01, 2017 by Brandy Oswald | 0 comments

    Astrology and Flower Essences - PiscesAs we find ourselves in the cold, dark days of winter, we are met by the romantic, nurturing, sensitive Pisces. Our Pisces friends, born approximately February 19 to March 20, bring a sense of comfort and sensitivity to the frigid cold months of winter. As one of the emotional, sensitive water signs, Pisces tends to crave intimacy and provide deep support of loved ones.

    Occasionally, this fluid, mystical water sign flows towards vagueness and escaping reality. Pisces can also find themselves flowing towards a martyr mentality, perhaps because of their deep desire to comfort and nurture.

    For both the highs and the lows, the good and the bad, there are flower and gemstone essences that are perfect for Pisces. Every vibrational essence uniquely addresses particular emotional states or tendencies. It is for this reason that essences pair so well with the astrological world. Essences harness the relationship between the frequencies of the human body (emotions, thoughts, and spirit) and the frequencies, or vibrational energy, of the natural world. Similarly, astrology explores the relationship between the frequencies in our bodies and the frequencies of the planets. While it might seem that essences and astrology are unrelated, they both address the energetic relationship between nature and the human body. For this reason, vibrational essences offer powerful support for each of the zodiac signs.

    Pisces, let’s raise your frequency and get you vibrating at an all-time high!


    Below are a list of Star Essence flower and gemstone essences to help support the positive characteristics of your sign and additional essences to help counter any undesired Pisces characteristics.


    How it works:

    Essences listed next to positive characteristics work to support and encourage the associated positive trait. Essences listed next to less desirable characteristics work to counteract the associated trait.



    PiscesAstrology and Flower Essences for Pisces

    February 19 to March 20

    Romantic, nurturing, imaginative Pisces, your sensitive sign brings comfort to the cold, harsh winters. Continue nurturing and comforting the world with our Be Nurtured essence, perfect for offering loving support. Channel your creative, sensitive side with our Artistic Inspiration essence. It is made from the Iris flower and is perfect for soulful creativity.

    For those times when you feel like escaping reality reach for our Clematis and About Face essences. Experience the magic in the waking world with the Clematis essence, while finding the strength to face the issues with the About Face essence.



    Essences for Pisces Qualities:

    Nurturing ~ Be Nurtured (White Ceanothus), Clear Moonstone

    Sensitive, Imaginative ~ Artistic Inspiration (Iris), Divine Child (Andean Orchid)

    Fluid ~ Wilka Mayu/Sacred River (Yanali Tree), Riverstone

    Mystical, Ethereal ~ Grace of Creation (Blue Water Lily), Clear Quartz, Transcendence Spray

    Martyr Mentality ~ Chicory, Willow

    Vague ~ Articulate Expression (Cosmos), Snow Jade

    Escaping Reality ~ Clematis, About Face (Dandelion), Emancipation (Tobacco flower)

    Posted in Astrology, Winter, Zodiac

    Treat yourself to a flower-fueled, love-filled Valentine's Day!

    Posted on February 14, 2017 by Brandy Oswald | 1 comment

    self love valentine's day

    With Valentine’s Day upon us, it seems that the season of love is in full force! From Cupid with his lovestruck arrow, to giant teddy bears, to heart-shaped everything - Valentine’s Day can feel simultaneously overwhelming and inauthentic. Truthfully, it doesn’t have to be like that. There is another way.

    We’re here to bring love, sensuality, and authenticity back into your Valentine’s Day with our Love Apothecary Trilogy, a flower-fueled tool kit for greater self-love and love of others. As your love alchemists, we’ve brewed three enticing blends of flower essences, essential oils, and sacred healing water to infuse your Valentine’s day with the authentic passion and joy that you deserve. Allow us to explain…

    The Love Apothecary Trilogy

    1. Beloved Anointing Oil

    Anoint your luscious self (or lover!) with this intoxicating blend of essences and essential oils that inspire free expression of love and joy. The warm, spicy blend of essential oils of clove, bergamot, and sandalwood paired with the playfully wild, and unifying essences of wild potato, mango, and banana make this anointing oil perfect for channeling the frequencies of ecstatic love!

    1. Love, Lover, Beloved Spray

    Made from the same blend as our Beloved Anointing Oil, the Love, Lover, Beloved Spray allows you to spritz your space with the enchanting, intoxicating aroma of our warm and spicy Beloved Anointing Oil. Spray pillows, bedding, and clothing to fill your sacred spaces with the frequencies of elation and love. Even better, spritz your luscious self to enhance your ability to give and receive love.

    1. Radiant Sensuality Constellation

    You’ve anointed yourself and/or your lover with Beloved Anointing Oil. You’ve spritzed your sacred spaces with the warm, spicy aromas of the Love, Lover, Beloved Spray. Now, it’s time for a sensual love potion. Our Radiant Sensuality constellation inspires you to be the love that you desire, while also cherishing yourself and your lover. This constellation is one of intimacy and has been known to excite a beautiful range of sexual vitality and sensuality rooted in trust and authenticity. It can be especially beneficial in helping to magnetize you to your love. Get creative with how you use this radiant constellation. Take a soothing bath infused with radiant sensuality. Craft an essence cocktail. Add a few drops to your favorite moisturizer. Treat yourself to radiant sensuality this Valentine’s Day!


    Forget oversized teddy bears and heart-shaped everything and invite love, sensuality, and authenticity into your Valentine’s Day. This year, be the love that you deserve.

    *Note - The Love Apothecary Trilogy includes each of the products listed above, though they may be purchased separately if desired.

     

    Posted in Love, Winter

    Astrology & Essences - Unique Essence Pairings for Aquarius

    Posted on February 07, 2017 by Brandy Oswald | 1 comment

    Aquarius

    It’s Aquarius season, which means it is a time of altruism, tolerance, and visionaries. Our Aquarius friends (including our Founder Star Riparetti!), born approximately January 20 to February 18, are one of the three social, intellectual, philosophical air signs. Their benevolent nature gives way to acceptance and humanitarianism, while their friendly personalities foster social gatherings and group-oriented behaviors.

    Though Aquarius is altruistic and social, they may find themselves becoming a bit too erratic and stubborn. This is a sign for which groundedness and adaptability are very important.

    For both the highs and the lows, there are flower and gemstone essences that are perfect for Aquarius. Every vibrational essence uniquely addresses particular emotional states or tendencies. It is for this reason that essences pair so well with the astrological world. Essences harness the relationship between the frequencies of the human body (emotions, thoughts, and spirit) and the frequencies, or vibrational energy, of the natural world. Similarly, astrology explores the relationship between the frequencies in our bodies and the frequencies of the planets. While it might seem that essences and astrology are unrelated, they both address the energetic relationship between nature and the human body. For this reason, vibrational essences offer powerful support for each of the zodiac signs.

    Aquarius, let’s raise your frequency and get you vibrating at an all-time high!

    Below are a list of Star Essence flower and gemstone essences to support the positive characteristics of Aquarius and additional essences to balance any undesired characteristics.

    How it Works:

    Essences listed next to positive characteristics work to support and encourage the associated positive trait. Essences listed next to less desirable characteristics work to balance the associated trait.

    Essences for Aquarius: 

    Humanitarian, Altruistic ~ I Am Generosity (Chijchipa), Aquamarine, Epic Tolerance

    Group-Oriented ~ Soul Family (Blue Ceanothus), DolFUN~Being Love, Chaska

    Visionary ~ Open Mind/Future Vision (Mugwort), Amethyst, Blue Lotus Temple Spray

    Non-Conforming, Eccentric ~ Stand Tall (Goldenrod), Zania (Zinnia)

    Impersonal ~ Intimacy (Poison Oak Flower), One Heart (Andean Orchid)

    Erratic ~ Down to Earth, Moss Agate

    Fixed, Stubborn ~ Adaptability (Aster), Let Go and Trust (Oregano)

    Posted in Astrology, Zodiac

    Astrology and Essences - Unique Essence Pairings for Capricorn

    Posted on January 05, 2017 by Brandy Oswald | 0 comments

    Capricorn

    With the start of another new year comes the ambitious, persevering, and reliable Capricorn. Our Capricorn friends, born approximately December 22 to January 19, are one of the three grounded, realistic, loyal water signs. Their loyal nature fosters perseverance  and a desire to support their people even through hard times.

    Though Capricorn is realistic and dedicated, their practical, persevering nature can transform into rigidity and pessimism.

    For both the highs and the lows, the good and the bad, there are flower and gemstone essences that are perfect for Capricorn. Every vibrational essence uniquely addresses particular emotional states or tendencies. It is for this reason that essences pair so well with the astrological world. Essences harness the relationship between the frequencies of the human body (emotions, thoughts, and spirit) and the frequencies, or vibrational energy, of the natural world. Similarly, astrology explores the relationship between the frequencies in our bodies and the frequencies of the planets. While it might seem that essences and astrology are unrelated, they both address the energetic relationship between nature and the human body. For this reason, vibrational essences offer powerful support for each of the zodiac signs.

    Capricorn, let’s raise your frequency and get you vibrating at an all-time high!


    Below are a list of Star Essence flower and gemstone essences to help support the positive characteristics of your sign and additional essences to help counter any undesired Capricorn characteristics.


    How it works:

    Essences listed next to positive characteristics work to support and encourage the associated positive trait. Essences listed next to less desirable characteristics work to counteract the associated trait.

    astrology and essences

    CAPRICORN

    December 22 to January 19

    Devoted, fearless Capricorn you an ambitious and dedicated leader. Support your ambitious nature and discover the adventure of new projects with our Soul Purpose and Project Catalyst essences. Soul Purpose is great for exploring what gifts you have to offer the world, while Project Catalyst is perfect for bringing those gifts to life.

    Capricorns, we know you can easily get stuck in a cycle of negativity and can become a bit rigid. Grab our I Am Gratitude mustard essence to let go of pessimism and embrace the many joys already present in your life. Support flexibility and your ability to adapt with the willow essence.


    Essences for Capricorn Qualities:

    Ambitious ~ Soul Purpose, Project Catalyst (Indian Paintbrush), Chalcopyrite

    Persevering ~ Faith and Courage, Inocencia Coca (Coca), Lepidolite

    Mature, Reliable ~ Early Bloomer (Oxalis), Oak

    Family-Oriented ~ Soul Family (Blue Ceanothus), Otter Delight

    Pessimistic ~ I Am Gratitude / Mustard, Wild Rose, Celebration Blessings Spray

    Rigid ~ Willow, Azurite/Malachite

    Snobbish ~ Beech, DolFUN~Being Love

    Posted in Astrology, Zodiac

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