Peppermint Aromatherapy with Dev Khalsa

I came across a video from Dev Khalsa a couple weeks ago regarding muscle testing and found myself oddly attracted to just about all his videos. He’s got a couple websites and a YouTube channel where he’s shared, what I find as great tidbits of information (that are more like tips) regarding staying healthy. Basically, tips for living in harmony with yourself – which I always consider priceless!

I picked out a sample so you can judge for yourself. Most of his videos are short. This one is just over three minutes. This video is predominately about peppermint essential oil.

Before going there, I have to admit that I love peppermint essential oil. The first peppermint oil that I ever used was oil that I’d distilled myself. A whole lb of pure peppermint leaf produced about 50 drops pure essential oil. I took just one drop of this oil and added it to a little bit of green smoothie first thing in the morning as a digestive aid. Well, it works! After a few days the cramping and bloating that I’d experienced for years was under control. It also tends to move mucus out of the lungs. This is great for getting relief from colds.

Give it a try!

Note that this video was put up a few years ago. But if you visit one of his websites, you’ll notice that he’s still posting articles even if he’s not posting videos. He’s got lots of cool stories that I’m hoping to get the time to read through.

Good Day.


Pranayama as spoken by Mahamandaleshwar Swami Jasraj Puriji

Here is a short video that speaks briefly regarding the use of the lungs. I learned at a young age that the number one thing that will extend your life and keep your stress down is if you use your entire lungs to breathe. This Swami mentions something similar to what I learned.

The beautiful part about his understanding is that it seems to be rooted in his experience rather than standard ‘book’ learning. In other words, you can actually feel what he’s saying.

I would like to add to what he says in order to fill it out just a little. The lungs are like a pair of big balloons. Actually, each lung is like an inverted tree where the branches allow for air flows and the leaves are where the chemical reactions of respiration occur. When the air flows down into the lungs, if you only draw it half way, only half the tree works for you. Drawing it all the way allows every little ‘leaf’ to interact with the breath and perform respiration. You want to use the entire tree!

Notice what happens when you sit at a desk all day long. The spine stiffens up and the ribs tend to stop moving. When this happens, the top of the shoulders knot up and eventually, the body registers pain. The breathing is shallow and the air barely enters the body.

In order to directly counter pain from sitting, the fastest and most direct way is to start using more of your lungs. Breathe deep. Consciously allow the air to flow all the way down to the point where the abdomen is forced to move out of the way. Loosen restrictive clothing around the waist and fill up.

It also helps to move a little.

Ever wonder why singing is so good for you? Not only does it require deep breathing in order to carry the tune, but it creates vibrations in the body that trigger cells to shake lose what they no longer need, and accept the things that they do. Put on some good music and breathe!

Consciously Breathe. You’ll always feel better when you do!

Muscle testing video series

One of the most important things that can put you on the best healing path is to get the ego thoughts out of the way! The I think I know thoughts are the ones that generally get in the way. These are the thoughts that are defined as being part of our conscious education. They also tend to be thoughts that others have shared with us and we accept them as being the truth without even really questioning.

In order to set yourself on a path to discovering the real truth for you, these ego thoughts need to be set aside or circumvented in order to get to the I feel this is right thoughts. The I feel thoughts are ones that originate from the internal self rather than the worldly self that you normally identify with. The I feel thoughts are also the ones that are dominate during meditation or surface as intuitive thoughts.

One of the best ways to work around the I think thoughts is to remove intellect from the equation. Sure, you might have studied and practiced nutrition guidance for 20 years, but you can’t tell the body how to digest something. You can witness it happening, but you don’t really consciously get involved.

With the case of the nutritionist, they might be helping people because they’re getting lucky. Or, they might be helping people because the programs that they follow seem to help the most people based on the scientific studies that the3 nutritionists reads and follows.

But do you really need this type of education in order to get in touch with your own body?

I would contend no.

To demonstrate this idea, all we have to do is look at the concept of muscle testing. If you Google up Applied Kinesiology, you’ll find a bunch of information that both supports and denies the concept. Being a scientist, I find it very interesting that there are arguments both in support and in denial of this art. Yet, knowing that there are lots of things regarding human consciousness that haven’t been scientifically proven I tend to keep an open mind and give them a try.

Thus, I get to come to what I wanted to share today. I found a video series from Charlotte Reid where she demonstrates her own abilities and techniques with regards to her own essential oils treatment program. She has a YouTube channel, but her website doesn’t seem to be current.

I started with the video Using muscle testing with essential oils part 1 standing sway test muscle test and then watched the rest of the series that she made that day.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and that you give it some practice time.

Good day!

Buying Wheatgrass in the Puget Sound area

I’m totally excited to have found a supplier for wheatgrass in my neighborhood! The supplier is Indianola Organics located in Indianola, WA. Just south of Kingston. They have a website,, so you can see all the items they offer (not much) but it does include the equipment that goes with making the juice. When I talked to Teresa (I guess you could call her the wheatgrass lady), she mentioned that the best way to get the product was to order it on farmstr.

Wow,! What another great resource! Here is a site that brings together small farmers and consumers like myself. The concept here is that the small farmer delivers to known locations once, twice or more, times a week and the customers come pick up the merchandise. For wheatgrass, she just drops it off with your name on it and, within a few hours, you pick it up. It’s really pretty simple.

Note that the bottom of the farmstr page has a link to the pickup locations. Check to see if your city in on the list. Issaquah is not far from here.

It’s a small world! It turns out that the Redmond pickup location, KIS Farm is owned by a wonderful lady that attends my Wednesday morning yoga class. I got the best tomatoes and Pellegrini Bean starts there! If you haven’t had Pellegrini beans yet, you’re missing the best green (well yellow) beans that grow in the Puget Sound area! Nothing else compares.

Back to the Wheatgrass. A friend ordered up a few flats of which we juiced some together. This stuff was much better than the grass I’d been growing. It’s sweet and rich in flavor; genuinely smooth on the pallet. The price is totally reasonable too!

Ok, to sum things up.

Buy Wheatgrass from IndianolaOrganics via Farmstr and if you pickup at the KIS Farm, take a look around and maybe pick up some dirt! They sell the best topsoil this side of the Cascades.

One last thing. If you haven’t read Why Suffer by Ann Wigmore, it’s a great simple read. In just a few short hours you can learn a significant part of the back story of wheatgrass!

Green day!


Forgiveness means giving up all hope of a better past.

What a beautiful explanation for forgiveness. What happened, has happened. It’s in the past now. There is no changing what transpired. No matter how many times you relive the experience, it doesn’t change. Forgiveness is a realization of this fact and that you can give up on trying to change how it transpired.

It’s like waking up or becoming conscious at the end of a dream. The dream has happened, it might be that a bear chased you up a tree or you fell out of a plane and the feelings raise your heartbeat and shock you awake – and then you can’t let go of what happened! You place yourself back in the path of the bear and pretend there was a taser by your side and you use it to stop the bear. Or, you practice a kick against the bear over and over again until you find the most sensitive spot and then relive the dream applying the perfect kick to the bear in order to keep it from chasing you up the tree.

You can’t change what happened, but you can change how you feel about it right now.

It’s ok to forgive.

It’s ok to be forgiven.

A friend sent me a link to the Greater Good website where I found a couple really nice videos about forgiveness. The one that I’d like to duplicate here is the one titled The Ancient Heart of Forgiveness. It’s 56:56 minutes long and absolutely worth the time.

There are a couple shorter videos on the site that are simply clips of this longer one.

His words are beautiful. His storytelling is masterful. It was just simply perfect for me today.

Good Day.