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neti-pot

The neti pot – available at health food stores. Follow the instructions.

When you feel that tickle, dry throat or the start of a cough, follow this routine! First, I gargle with sea salt and then use my neti pot filled with warm water and sea salt to clear my nasal passages. I have found doing the neti pot and salt water rinse every week works well preventatively too.

If you are already sick, try an Epsom salt bath with essential oils. My Tuscan Farm Gardens Muscle Soak works as a natural decongestant and it’s incredibly relaxing. Lavender, eucalyptus, thyme and camphor are all essential oils that help to decongest the chest area as well.

soupMy favorite soup to help with excess mucous is my simple onion, garlic and ginger soup with cayenne (go easy with the cayenne!). I usually make a big soup pot worth with a head of garlic, the same amount of ginger and 6 onions. This soup is a definite healer!

For the sinuses, add a few drops of tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil in a bowl of hot water and cover your head with towel over the bowl and breathe in deeply to feel immediate relief.

January is a time where our immune systems are often lower from the Christmas season indulgences, so take the time to slow down and support your immune system, so hopefully you can avoid the winter flus and blues!

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rose2Where in your life are the doors opening and where are you too busy knocking on the closed doors?

Last year, I started to notice how I was trying to create something with another that just wasn’t transpiring how I would have liked.. I was knocking on a door that just wasn’t opening very easily. It didn’t matter how much I desired it to be, I realized I was trying to force something that just wasn’t in alignment with me. Yes, I realized where I was trying to go was in a different resonance than with the other. I wasn’t resonating with this other person so we could not come together so easily.

As I came to terms with what was occurring, rather than trying to push my way or moving out of my alignment to meet the other, I stopped. I chose to sit with myself and surrender to what is; after I released my disappointment and attachment, I allowed it to do its course – acknowledging myself and truth and the truth of the other. I noticed that this acceptance of what is, gave me peace and I felt no need to place blame on the other or myself. I could look at them with eyes of love, knowing they were doing their best and so was I, we were both being authentic. It was a big revelation for me because so many times in the past, I held onto disappointments and stayed attached to what I desired leaving me feeling deep disappointment and frustration. It felt so wonderful to let go!

Days went by and I decided to notice which doors open easily in my life; who is energetically calling me and saying come on in, where do I feel ease, resonance and joy and which door were calling me to explore. Where could I fully show up and feel another or a situation moving with me, feel a mutual understanding. In the following days, I started to look at all areas of my life and truly take notice of which doors were not opening easily and choosing to move on to another path where the sun is shining, people are smiling and the door is wide open saying welcome.

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venusChange, transformation, authenticity and excitement!

I am growing and changing and so is Bella Donna Esthetics. I am creating change that is more in alignment with who I am at this moment and all that has transpired over the past 18 years.

I am very excited to share with everyone that Bella Donna Esthetics is getting a facelift and major changes are happening. I have undergone a rebranding and will be introducing a new name and new website this year.

trust-dreamIt did feel a bit bittersweet to let go of the name Bella Donna because I still do love the name and I have loved our time together. Bella Donna represents the beautiful Goddess Venus in her tranquility, beauty and grace, exuberating nurturance and nourishment. Venus will still be a part of the Spa in essence and her picture graces the new mediation space where I am teaching. But I feel the Goddess wants more and she is ready to take more action where she truly honours herself, her beauty and her brilliance.

I am excited to share the changes in the near future and I look forward to celebrating the everchanging women that we all are 🙂

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Package of the season

The gift of self-care

I highly recommend trying the Indian Head Massage after a stressful day or week. I arrived after a stressful day my mind was full of busyness and I felt exhausted, after my Indian Head massage treatment I felt relaxed and revitalized, my mind also felt calm, clear and peaceful, it was like my stress just melted away, I will definitely be back for this treatment.

Cheryl Turner

After many treatments and time with Lisa over the past 25 years, I have come to appreciate her spirit, her warmth, and to trust her and her spa as a safe and inspiring center. Recently Lisa helped me see that a facial was nourishment for the skin and also a relaxing massage treatment for healthy radiant glowing skin.

Margaret Litch

I have been a client of Lisa’s since I was 12 years old. I feel very comfortable at her spa and trust her with my skincare spa services. Being a University student and on a budget I tend to use drug store products on my skin. I decided to invest in Goddess Bliss skincare; it’s been 3 months now. I have noticed many changes and benefits such as my skin feels more balanced, healthy, my dryness has diminished, my skin’s tone is more even I wear less make-up because my skin feels radiant. I now see the value of investing in quality skin care; I am committed to my new regime and love it.  Thank you Lisa for your expertise and creating such an awesome skincare line!

Katie Davidson

Coming to Lisa for the past 8 years is an important part of my self-care, I look forward to seeing Lisa monthly as her waxing is the most gentle I have experienced. This is more than getting a service it’s become a friendship, someone I trust to share on a personal level.  Her passion for personal growth has also inspired me to be part of her Sacred Circles for women.  I’ve enjoyed this aspect of self-discovery and taking it to a deeper level in a safe setting with other likeminded women. I love taking time to awaken and acknowledge my inner Goddess strengths.

Hannah Ruller

Being in my 50’s I noticed my skin starting to sag so it was now or never to get on this. I contacted Lisa ready to take better care of my skin and also make time for just me to receive some nurturing. Within a week after having my facial treatment and using Goddess Bliss skincare, I noticed big changes. It has been almost a year now, my skin lines have softened my tonicity has improved, my skin feels radiant and alive. Regular monthly massage and facial treatments are a big part of my self-care now, I feel fantastic, I am worth it!  Thank you Lisa!

Shari Molchan

I love Lisa's monthly circle so much that it has become an essential part of my life - it is a ritual of sensual experience that encompasses aroma, words, song, meditation, movement, and self-expression. Lisa creates an atmosphere of magical beauty and peace that permeates her home; walking into her space is like stepping into a different dimension that we long for in our everyday lives. The sharing and connectedness amongst the group grows deeper with each circle and I leave feeling renewed and refreshed with a sense of joy and peace that filters into all aspects of my being. It grounds me back to my self and the core of goddess magic that resides within all of us but is forgotten in the daily stresses of living. I'm so grateful that I have this unique and beautiful experience to look forward to every month!

Louise Whyte