The Dragon Tempest

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The Dragon Tempest: Tales of Fantasy & Adventure (DKC Contest Anthology Book 2)   

The Dragon Tempest offers a collection of short stories in a variety of fantasy genres, including dark, light, adventure, and epic. Creatures from all worlds abound: dragons, angels, centaurs, witches, gods and goddesses, and those lurking below the water’s surface. Whether you’re moved by tales of battle and bloodshed, suspense, humor, or enlightenment, The Dragon Tempest will leave you craving more from each author. Such a diversity of great fantasy tales to enjoy will leave no room for disappointment.

Judges:
Allison D. Reid
KJ Hawkins
D.B. Mauldin
Joshua Robertson

1st Place Winners
Christine King
Katie Roxberry
Winter Bayne
Jane Dougherty
Wilson F. Engel, III

2nd Place Winners
Christine Haggerty
Randall Lemon
Deborah Jean Anderson
J. Abram Barneck
Louise Findlay

3rd Place Winners
Samuel Milner
Karen Brown

I am honored to have two short stories published in “The Dragon’s Tempest.”

Following is an excerpt from, “Queen of the Faeries”

The concert had been great. Aine and Dorrian made their way backstage to try to get a glimpse of the band members. Aine had fallen ‘head over heels in love with the band’s bass guitar player, Iarl Fitzgerald. Dorrian rolled her eyes at Aine. She was always falling ‘head over heels’ in love with somebody.

“There he is!” exclaimed Aine. She grabbed Dorrian’s arm and started leading her in Iarl’s direction.

As if he had heard her, Iarl looked up, right at Aine. Their eyes locked and Iarl walked toward Aine, meeting her halfway. Aine let go of Dorrian’s arm as she reached out to shake hands with Iarl.

“Hi! I am Aine. I just wanted to tell you that I love the way you play your bass guitar.”

Iarl smiled. Aine’s heart did a flip-flop; his smile made him even more gorgeous. He had a serious face, very cute, but serious. His shoulder-length, blonde curls framed his gorgeous face. His dark-green eyes were deep-set, giving him the overall appearance of a man who did not smile or laugh easily.

Still holding Aine’s hand in his, he turned and led them to his dressing room. There were other people bustling about and Dorrian joined them. Iarl sat Aine down in a chair next to his. He turned to look at her, and spoke for the first time.

Following is an excerpt from, “The Elementals Save Mother Earth”:

The ghost of Paracelsus roamed the earth. Never had he seen the earth in such a terrible state. The land was dry and ravaged by fire. Paracelsus knew the salamanders were thriving, but they were the only elemental to do so. Pollution inhabited the waters and air to the point that they were poisonous. They were losing the battle to help keep the earth livable for humans

Mother Earth had awoken Paracelsus.

“Paracelsus, I beg of you to arise from your resting place. I desperately need your help,” she had said.

Paracelsus did as Mother Earth asked. He stood looking around the devastation, wondering where to start.

“The four elemental forces are going to have to work together to clean up this mess,” Paracelsus muttered to himself.

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Top 5 Essential Oils for Healing with Aromatherapy

Top 5 Essential Oils for Healing with Aromatherapy

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Top 5 Essential Oils

If you’ve been with me for awhile, you know that aromatherapy and perfuming are high on my list of passions, which is why I want to share with you my top 5 essential oils for healing with aromatherapy.

Because essential oils come from plants, they carry the energetic properties of the plant they were extracted from. So when you work with these sacred tools, you’re layering the energy of the plant medicine with the magic of aromatherapy. For example, an oil like Patchouli, may be antibacterial, anti-fungal, and carry attraction and abundance energy.

At the same time that you are invoking these medicinal and metaphysical properties, you are also tapping into the response of the body to the aroma of the oil.

This is where the olfactory system, which is strongly linked to our deepest subconscious, comes in. We can literally tap into our deepest memories through the power of scent. If you’d like to learn more about the aromatherapy classes I teach, click here.

So now let’s explore the top 5 essential oils for healing with aromatherapy.

Lavender

No discussion on the benefits of essential oils can begin without first singing the praises of the versatile and wonderfully aromatic lavender. One of the most popular essential oils for aromatherapy, lavender has an amazing smell that is gentle enough for most, but which still packs a remarkably powerful punch. Lavender essential oil is extracted from the flowers of the plant and then steam distilled. Well known for its curative properties, including stress relief, this oil can be used in countless ways. The word lavender comes from the Latin ‘lavera’, which literally means to wash.

Lavender essential oil is famous for its calming and relaxing properties, but did you know it possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties? Lavender essential oil has been used to alleviate pain and swelling of achy joints and can ease sore muscles as well.

This is an ideal essential oil to use in your bathing rituals. Just a few drops in a warm bath will leave you feeling refreshed, energized, and ready for new challenges. Lavender essential oil is a favorite amongst massage therapists to help relax their clients. If you have trouble sleeping consider adding a little lavender to your diffuser, or feel free to anoint your pillow or headrest to encourage more restful sleep.

Peppermint

Did you smell that? Or rather, did you feel that? A naturally cooling agent, it only takes a quick whiff of peppermint to put the bounce back into your step. Peppermint essential oil is potent, so keep that in mind when you choose to work with it. The menthol component in peppermint can be an irritant for many people, and contact with the eyes should be strictly avoided. But it is this cooling effect which has made peppermint so valuable for aromatherapy and healing throughout the world.

A naturally occurring hybrid of spearmint and watermint, peppermint essential oil has a remarkably refreshing effect that can be effectively used to stimulate mental awareness and encourage alertness. It also boosts energy. Unlike lavender, peppermint essential oil is extracted before the plant actually blossoms, and is then steam distilled.

A favorite amongst the ancient Romans, who prized it for its welcoming aroma and medicinal properties, peppermint primarily works its magic by reducing inflammation. It brings relief from joint and muscle pain, dissolves headaches, and can also be used to help clear up various skin conditions. Nausea, gas, bloating, and other digestive issues respond amazingly to the cooling effects of peppermint. In fact, peppermint was used as far back as Ancient Egypt to aid with digestion.

Tea Tree

Tea tree is by far one of the most popular and effective essential oils for aromatherapy. A native of Australia, tea tree oil is famously known for its antimicrobial benefits. The local Aborigines used tea tree oil as an effective antiseptic for thousands of years before European contact, and legend has it that the name ‘tea tree’ actually came from the British explorer Captain Cook. Tea tree oil has a delightfully fresh, herbal aroma, and much like peppermint, this essential oil is very potent and contact with the eyes and mucous membranes should be avoided.

 

Tea tree essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the tree and steam distilled. There are so many ways to use this oil. Tea tree essential oil can be inhaled through a humidifier, but it can also be applied directly to the skin through a neutral lotion, oil, or cream which can then be massaged into the skin. Another wonderful way of benefitting from tea tree’s medicinal properties is to add a few drops to your warm bath and allow yourself to enjoy a nice, invigorating soak that will leave you deeply cleansed and feeling refreshed.

Eucalyptus

Another native of Australia, eucalyptus is a powerful essential oil with an incredibly recognizable scent. Known for its fresh and minty aroma, this essential oil is primarily used to treat respiratory diseases, but it also enhances concentration and focus. A powerful antimicrobial and autoimmune stimulant, eucalyptus is highly prized as an ingredient in decongestant chest rubs and many topical pain relievers.

Eucalyptus essential oil’s properties don’t stop there. It can also be used as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, decongestant, and as a diuretic. Much like peppermint, eucalyptus also has cooling properties which help it fight migraines and fevers. This cooling capability also relieves muscle aches and pains.

Eucalyptus essential oil can also be used to help treat colds and flus and nourish hair. If you’re under the weather, just a few drops of oil in your diffuser will help cleanse your body of the toxins which are making you feel sick. If you suffer from dandruff or an itchy scalp, feel free to rub some eucalyptus essential oil into your scalp to give your hair a rejuvenating moisturizing treatment.

Frankincense

Frankincense is one of the oldest and most useful essential oils in the world. Extracted from the resin of one of four species of the genus Boswellia, this essential oil is well-known as a traditional incense that can boast a range of amazing curative properties as well. In fact, its roots as a sacred incense are so deep that it has been used throughout history and across several cultures in numerous spiritual and religious ceremonies.

Frankincense has a unique aroma which is hard to describe in words. It is a perfect combination of woodsy, earthy, and citrus and it compliments almost every other essential oil you can think of. Frankincense essential oil can be used to boost low spirits, relieve stress, and to aid with digestion. It is also an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. It is also known that frankincense oil can help minimize the appearance of scars and can be used to help minor wounds heal faster. Insect bites and other skin ailments respond very well to this ancient oil.

Enjoy exploring the magic of aromatherapy, dear ones.

 

Feng Shui – Rosasite

Feng Shui – Rosasite

Found in the Rosas mine in Sardinia, rosasite is a mottled green and brown crystal with the power of precision and perceptiveness. If you’re trying to figure out what you’re good at in life or what your purpose may be, holding one of these stones in your hand once a day, sleeping with one on your nightstand, or even carrying one in your pocket may help you discover your aptitude for certain skills. …

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Daily Colors to Boost Your Energy and Mood

Daily Colors

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Monday– Monday’s energy supports dreams and memories. Monday’s colors are white, cream, silver and gray.

Tuesday– Tuesday’s energy supports actively pursuing your passions and desires. Tuesday’s colors are black, red, silver.

Wednesday- Wednesday’s energy supports communication and connection on all levels. Wednesday’ colors are brown, yellow, golden.

Thursday– Thursday energy supports expanding our vision and insight on all levels. Thursday’s colors are green, purple, turquois, burgandy.

Friday– Friday’s energy supports sharing in your realtionships on every level. Friday’s colors are pinks, purples, oranges.

Saturday– Saturday’s energy supports structure and responsibility on all levels. Saturday’s colors are black, blue, brown, gray.

Sunday– Sunday’s energy supports creating and renewing your intentions. Sundays colors are orange, yellow, gold.

Daily colors are based on the energy flow for each day. Using these colors in your wardrobe in any way will give a boost and more confidence for that…

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Spring Cleaning – Part 3

Spring Cleaning – Part 3

Today’s Spring Cleaning post will be the last in the ‘Spring Cleaning’ series. In ‘Part III’ we are going to discuss the antibacterial and antiviral properties of White Thyme Essential Oil.

White Thyme (Thymus zygis)

Organic Thyme Sweet White Essential Oil (1/3 oz)

White Thyme Essential Oil helps kill airborne bacteria and fends off infectious diseases. Try using 3-5 drops in an Oil Burner. White Thyme Essential Oil can also be used in cleaning mixtures.

Antibacterial Spray

2 cups Water

2 Tablespoons Liquid Castile Soap

1 Tablespoon White Thyme Essential Oil

10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Pour ingredients into a spray bottle. Shake to mix. Use this mixture to clean sinks, toilet seats, and other surface areas you wish to disinfect. Spray surfaces and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Wipe down with a clean, damp cloth.

White Thyme Essential Oil can also be added to your laundry (2-4 Tablespoons per load, depending on load size) for fresh, clean, disinfected towels and bath cloths.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Debra Mauldin (Certified Aromatherapist)

Email: mauldinfamily1@yahoo.com

Read more about ‘Spring Cleaning’ at:

https://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/spring-cleaning-part-1/

https://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/spring-cleaning-part-2/

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Sources:

The Essential Oils Book by Colleen K. Dodt

Whip Up Your Own Cleaning Products in All You Issue 3 2012

Feng Shui – Garuda

Feng Shui – Garuda

The Garuda is a mythical creature with incredible power. In Feng Shui it’s often used to defeat demon spirits and drive away illness and setbacks. Placing one in the center of your home establishes it as one of your primary protectors. Or put one in the western family and health sector to make sure everyone in your brood stays disease free. It is even used to help avoid the dreaded colds that get passed from person to person. …

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Spring Cleaning – Part 2

Spring Cleaning – Part 2

Today we are going to talk about Tea Tree Essential Oil. It is truly an ‘essential’ for the household when it comes to ‘spring cleaning’ and a good essential oil to have on hand year round.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Tea Tree Essential Oil Organic (1/3 oz)

Tea Tree Essential Oil is antiseptic, anti-infectious, and antiviral. It is fungicidal and acts as a parasiticide. Tea Tree Essential Oil has a medicinal aroma that will leave your home smelling fresh and clean. It fights bacteria and mildew safely and naturally.

Try Tea Tree Essential Oil as a toilet bowl cleanser. Mix together: 1/2 cup Baking Soda, 1/2 cup Distilled White Vinegar, and 10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil. Pour this mixture into your toilet bowl and leave for 10-15 minutes. Then use a toilet brush to scrub bowl and flush.

Tea Tree Essential Oil can also be added to a tub and tile scrub mixture. Using a funnel, pour 2 teaspoon Borax, 1/2 teaspoon Liquid Castille Soap, 1/2 cup Distilled White Vinegar, 30 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil, and 3 cups Hot Water into a spray bottle. Shake well to mix. Put on your gloves, spray surface to be cleansed, and scrub with a sponge. When finished, rinse with hot water. Step back, sniff, and enjoy your fresh, clean bathroom.

Another use for Tea Tree Essential Oil is in your mop water. In a 2 gallon bucket, mix: 1 cup Distilled White Vinegar, 2 teaspoons Liquid Castille Soap, 10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil, 1 gallon hot water. Mop your floors as usual. No need to rinse, just let it air-dry.

You can add other Essential Oils to this mixture for different aromas: Grapefruit, Lemon, or White Thyme. All three contain antibacterial properties. Just add 10 drops of your chosen Essential Oil to the mixture above. We will discuss some of these Essential Oils further in later blogs.

Place 6-8 drops of Tea Tree Essential oil to a cotton ball and place these anywhere in the home that mold and mildew are prone to grow.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Debra Mauldin (Certified Aromatherapist)

Email: mauldinfamily1@yahoo.com

Read ‘Spring Cleaning – Part 1’ at:

https://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/spring-cleaning-part-1/?frame-nonce=d761e24089

Please support my work by purchasing all of your aromatherapy needs at:

Sources:

The Essential Oils Book by Colleen K. Dodt

Whip Up Your Own Cleaning Products in All You Issue 3 2012

Feng Shui – Sapphire

Feng Shui – Sapphire

Hope is sometimes lacking in today’s world. We all want to get ahead or at least believe that a better future is possible. Good thing we have the sapphire on our side. This beautiful gem is associated with intuition and meditation. It can also bring peace, joy, and hope. Placing a sapphire in the center of your home brings a general sense of well-being to your abode, while including one in the southwest corner promotes hope for better things to come….

Sappire

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