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CARING FOR YOUR END-OF-SUMMER SKIN

Mimi Young

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While summer in Vancouver this year has been cooler, wetter, and greener, it doesn’t mean that my skin feels as vibrant. Having spent more time away (for work, for pleasure, for family grieving) these past months, my skin has experienced dusty winds, icy air conditioning, salty waters, prickly fluctuations, general neglect, and like the fallen fruit that lays on the ground end of summer, I am reminded that while my skin is resilient, she also is craving sweetness and holding not from blush or bb creams, but from care, attention, and time to be. Our skin is precious. I think sometimes we forget this.

Here are my favourite rituals and plant medicines that honour skin that has been over air conditioned, over sun-kissed, wind burned, over traveled, and skin that has had too much of one thing and not enough of whatever else.

  • Replacing your morning beverage with broth (bone, mushroom, or sea vegetable based broth). If you’re looking for a quality broth recipe that is rich in collagen, minerals, and adaptogens, here’s mine, which has been passed down in my family.

  • Washing your face before bed and upon waking. (Before bed is obvious, and while you are sleeping, your pores open to release toxins onto the skin’s surface. Washing your face before you apply skincare and/or make up is an important step to prevent toxin reabsorption).

  • Washing your face with warm water using a soft cotton facecloth, and using a clean cloth each time (dead skin cells and debris get trapped into the cloths, hence a clean cloth each time). I always mention this at my Sacred Skin workshops - the best skincare investment is not your serum, but getting 2 dozen inexpensive cotton washcloths that you can rotate. While travelling and you are staying at a hotel, make a point to request extra facecloths.

  • When applying skincare, always start with water-based products, followed by gels, then oils last. This optimizes absorption of all products, and minimizes how much you use.

  • Massage your face upwards, and towards the back of your head.

  • Your face isn’t flat / 2 dimensional. The muscles on your entire head (yes, your top, side, and back of scalp!!) also can be massaged and stimulated, which in turn, can support circulation, facial muscle tone, detoxing, and general vitality (aka maintaining youthfulness).

  • Carrot Seed Essential Oil or Extract - promotes cellular regeneration and prevents free radical damage, detoxifies on a cellular level, and is immensely nutritive. Carrot promotes elasticity, suppleness, and a natural glow in the skin.

  • Helichrysum (Immortelle) Flower Essential Oil - energetically cooling (without becoming stimulating, like say, how Peppermint can be too cooling), Helichrysum can soothe burns and inflammation, and also repairs damaged skin. Many studies have revealed that this flower is far more repairing than Lavender. A prized and precious oil.

  • Camellia Seed Oil - from the seeds of the tea bush, Camellia is highly moisturizing and absorbing, leaving no sheen on the surface of the skin within a few minutes. Tea has long been associated with mysticism (I offer an On-Demand course, Shamanism + Tea HERE), and as you develop a relationship with plants, you can speak to the actual tea seed oil, inviting her soothing, protective, and grounding properties to come through.

  • There is something very special about applying a body oil or body butter all over your body, including your ears (they always appreciate a loving massage), toes, and finger tips. My personal favourite at the time of the year is a body oil that contains Douglas Fir, Frankincense, Patchouli, and a hint of Peppermint. Start with 98 ml of a carrier oil you like (I used Camellia Seed Oil), then add 20 drops of Douglas Fir, 7-8 drops of Frankincense, 8 drops of Patchouli (choose a quality, aged one to avoid the ‘dirty hippie’ scent - I write more about Patchouli HERE), and 6 drops of Peppermint. Finally, add 1-2 ml tocopherols (vit E) to enhance shelf life. Avoid eyes and nose when you apply this body oil.


When we take the time to really and consciously honour our skin, to give gratitude to her and to offer a gesture of appreciation, our whole beings benefit. Our skin, after all, is holding us together.

Happy skin honouring,

Mimi Young
founder, shamanic medicine teacher + ritualist

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SENSING IN THE DARK

Mimi Young

shamanic shadow work

This Mercury Rx that has asked us to turn inwards, to swim in murkiness, to let uncertainty take the lead, to lose not in the sense of not winning, but losing in the sense of surrendering to ending cycles and embracing conditions of re-membering, redirection, and re-creation. This work is not just for Autumn and Winter. In fact, for me, this type of inner work often takes place during the Summer. Seasons aren't fixed and our internal landscapes do not just hold one archetype at a time. We can be Maiden, Mother, Wise Woman of varying degrees, of varying expressions, at varying times. Yes, we can enter internal rites of passages and initiations, but embodying archetypes need not be linear. They almost always demand incubation periods that involve some form of loss and surrender.

Many, many of my clients and friends seem to be describing they are fumbling in the dark these past few weeks (even months). A time of questioning identity, meaning, and purpose. I feel that way, too. A LOT. Humbling, disorienting, pulling and stretching. But I need this type of condition to begin envisioning fire and illumination. Darkness can be a form of playing, invoking, conjuring. And because I am there (here!) often, I am so happy to cheer you on.

Remember this: For plants, when they are confronted with environmental demands (over rain, drought, pests), their physiology responds with compounds that overtime strengthens them and lends additional nutrients to those who are fortunate to consume them. This is why Rosemary and Lavender thrive in high altitude, thin, nutrient-sparse soil rather than rich, sea level loam.

Spirit always provides timely messages. On a day when I felt drained from the constant sensing in the dark, this poem appeared to me, like a beacon:


ONE ART by Elizabeth Bishop

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

—Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.


With love and in service,

Mimi Young
founder, shamanic medicine teacher + ritualist

If you enjoyed this post, and would like more, please feel free to share with your friends. I also welcome you to follow Ceremonie on Instagram or the email list! My neurofeedback work can be found via Open Minds Performance, also on IG.

UNDER THE NEW MOON: DECOLONIZING, GROWTH, MANIFESTING

Mimi Young

Sometimes, my own fears and irrational habits surprise myself. I have internalized oppression of general Chinese/Taiwanese culture (not to mention cultural purging that modern China has experienced) and Christian patriarchy; being a female in a white-centric worldview also adds nuanced complexity. So many painful and limiting layers. So much living small and self-oppression. But I'm hopeful. I think the first step is awareness, then release, and lots and lots of patience and self-love. I find using shamanic and ritual-based practices effective in identifying the limitations as well as work through them. (For those who know me and my work, I’m all about integrating the spiritual with practical, everyday life. Spirituality without real-life application is lip service).

I did a powerful New Moon ritual last month and invited spirits allies I have a relationship with, and my deceased grandfather (who had escaped China during a tumultuous and pivotal time and fled to Taiwan to seek political freedom) to surround me with support. It was as much of a spell to commit to personal growth as well as a surrender of me being comfortable enough to walk with my demons and call them my friends. You’d think my personal and professional work shamanically journeying would make me more open to Spirit, but this lesson of trust, trust, trust, is something I am still learning how to do.

I then wrote down some goals - all of which were completely impossible to achieve in my rational mind. They were (in my mind) lofty goals - some likely would take a year to achieve. I had deliberately put down ambitious goals because it was a challenge to live big - to show up in a way where I am not downplaying who I am, where I can embrace where I came from. What's incredible is that I just reviewed my goals these past couple of days (as I prepare for a New Moon ritual tomorrow), and all but 2 goals (there were 8) - have manifested - shifts in how I relate to work, to my relationships, to my health. I am overwhelmed with breathless awe and inexplicable gratitude. I am also pinching myself ever so often wondering why I waited so long to show up fully. What was I so afraid of? How can I call those demons ‘bad’, when the devil’s work in whispering lies is to invite us to explore our greatest truths? Releasing duality, layer by layer, is so liberating. As I let go of what I cling to, my hands are freed to invite new, prosperous, and loving realities in.

Happy New Moon, beloved tribe.
 

Mimi Young
founder + plant spirit medicine practitioner

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Image credits: Me, taken by Heather Pennell of The Essence Oracle