7 Joyful Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Brandy Oswald


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.

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Astrology and Essences - Unique Essence Pairings for Pisces

Brandy Oswald

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)

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

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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.


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12 Essences for a Happy, Stress-Free Holiday Season

Brandy Oswald

Happy Holidays

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes a wild whirling of emotions. It’s a beautiful melange of joy and stress. From family gatherings, to hanging decorations, to holiday parties, it seems there’s always something to do and somewhere to be. During a time of year that brings such immense joy and gratitude, we often find ourselves feeling overwhelmed and stressed out.

Allow gemstone and flower essences to transform your holiday season by raising your frequency and promoting harmony, balance, gratitude, and joy. Adding vibrational essences to your holiday season assists in releasing the stress and embracing all of the joyful moments that we are blessed to experience this time of year.

Today, we’re bringing you 12 essences for a happy, stress-free holiday season. We’ve outlined these essences by their ability to promote gratitude, joy, family harmony, and balance. Happy Holidays, Starry Friends!


Essences for Gratitude

I Am Gratitude

This Peruvian flower essence is great for raising the octave of love during the holiday season. Whether it’s at the family holiday party, the dinner table, or while giving and receiving holiday gifts - this essence will infuse you and your loved ones with abundance and gratitude. Add this essence to your holiday traditions and not only experience gratitude, but BE gratitude!



This Golden Bach flower essence is a powerful supporter of gratitude, joy, and emotional equilibrium. When families gather, and the holidays are upon us, emotions tend to be high. It’s a beautiful and messy melange of joy, gratitude, love, and stress. Using the mustard essence will help keep emotions balanced this holiday season, while enhancing feelings of gratitude and joy.

BONUS: Click here to get an insider’s look at the making of the Mustard Essence with Star Essence Founder, Star Riparetti!


Loving Thoughts

Keep a positive perspective and an open heart this holiday season with our Loving Thoughts essence blend. It supports optimistic, loving thoughts, which allow us to recognize and express gratitude for all of the blessings in our lives.


Essences for Joy

Celebration Blessings Spray

Celebrate the joy of the holiday season with our Celebration Blessings Spray. This essence blend is perfect for ceremonies and celebrations of all kinds. It makes everything happier. Spritz it at your family holiday party, at your office holiday party, and at all of your celebratory gatherings this holiday season.


Pure Joy

This magnificent orange blossom flower essence promotes enthusiasm, euphoria, and pure joy. Use it this holiday season to keep spirits high and joy abundant. Oh, did we mention it is the perfect addition to party punches!



Dance, our essence from the vibrant, red bougainvillea flower, supports grace and brilliance. It will get you flowing gracefully with life, while adding some vibrancy to your dance moves. This is a great essence to get you and the family moving gracefully during the holidays.


Essences for Family Harmony

Otter Delight

As our only animal essence on this list, Otter Delight supports family harmony and joyful play. It encourages heightened self-love, ensuring that you are able to give love this holiday season. Add this essence to your holiday traditions to strengthen family bonds and promote family playtime!


Holy Harmony Spray

Given the intensity of emotions and obligations that arise during the holiday season, allow our Holy Harmony Spray to offer some much needed peace and harmony. This essence blend is both soothing and healing, allowing you to stay calm and collected despite high emotions during the holidays. It has a simultaneously relaxing and uplifting blend of lavender and fennel essential oils. The perfect essence blend for some serenity now!


Art of Gentle Communication

If there is one thing that instantly improves family harmony, it’s gentle communication. With our Art of Gentle Communication calendula flower essence, encourage softer, more positive communication this holiday season. This essence will bring a calm, healing energy to your family as they gather for a joyous holiday.


Balance & Ease

Balance and Stability

Balance and ease are not necessarily sentiments that we associate with the holiday season. Release stress this year and return to a state of balance and harmony with our Balance and Stability essence. It is a great essence for feeling balanced in your environment, especially during times of stress. This essence is also great for children and animals. Say hello to balance and stability for the whole family!


Quintessential Balance

This broad spectrum stabilizer quickly returns equilibrium to those who use it. It’s anti-stress properties are great when you are feeling  off-center and in need of balance and ease. Bring quintessential balance to the entire family including kids, pets, and plants!



Lastly, we have the Azurite/Malachite gemstone essence for loving tolerance. This essence creates a willingness to listen, relate, and communicate while remaining in the heart space. Keep your family vibrating in the octave of love and tolerance this holiday season with this powerful gemstone essence.


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Spiced Berry ImmuniTea Recipe with Immune Boosting Flower Essences

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Spiced Berry Immunity Tea

What’s better on a chilly fall evening than warm, soothing tea? How about an immune boosting tea featuring our Super Immune Blend and the tantalizing aromas of orange, berry, and spices? This recipe for Spiced Berry ImmuniTea brings all of this and more.

The cinnamon in this tea provides great antimicrobial properties to fight off any fall illnesses that might be creeping in. This tea also provides a nice dose of immune boosting vitamin c from the oranges and berries. To really transform this immunitea into an illness-busting, immune booster, we’ve added a few drops of our very own Super Immune essence blend, featuring the healing powers of elderberry, nettle, and echinacea.

When brewing, this Spiced Berry ImmuniTea sends delicious autumn aromas swirling throughout your home. Imagine returning home and being greeted by the soothing scents of cinnamon, cloves, and warm winter berries. It’s magical!

Put on your cozy socks, cuddle up by the fireplace, and enjoy some wonderfully-scented Spiced Berry ImmuniTea!


Spiced Berry ImmuniTea

Serves: 12 cups


12 c. Water

1 Cinnamon Stick

1 tsp. Whole cloves

2 Whole Star Anise

1/2 Whole Nutmeg (about 1/2 – 1 tsp)

1/8 tsp. Whole Peppercorns

1 Vanilla Bean, sliced open lengthwise

1/2 inch Fresh Ginger

2 Tbsp. Honey

1 Orange, thinly sliced

1/2 Lemon, thinly sliced

1 c. Mixed Berries, fresh or frozen

14 drops of Super Immune Blend



Add water to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat. Add all ingredients to water, cover, and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and funnel into a mug for serving. For an autumn-scented house, simmer uncovered. Store remaining tea in large mason jars and refrigerate up to one week. Can be served hot or cold.

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