2020 has sucked.

And not in a good way.

2020 has been the year of changes…and hardships. Troupe Zephyr has rocked with smaller, in-person events at Vino Bellisimo in Lima, Ohio; and we have reeled with the assorted shutdowns and the changes in our regular “real job” employment situations.

BUT YA KNOW WHAT? We have not faded away into oblivion. No! We have not gone silently into that dark night! HELL NO! That’s just not our style! Instead, we sat back a hot sec. We observed. We found we have what it takes to go the long haul. Enjoy our first venture into online “shows” with the following compilation. No…Troupe Zephyr is NOT GOING ANY DAMN WHERE! We are here…large and in charge…in the corn belt of the i75 corridor…and we are bringing the performing arts to YOU!


The crown chakra

We have covered most of the major energy centers considered by many ancient healing systems to be the “backbone” of the energetic body. It is only fitting that we now talk about Sahasrara

The crown chakra
The seventh chakra is at the crown

The crown Chakra, or energy center is thought to be located directly at the top of the head. Some texts place it in the air slightly above the top of the head. The symbol is the “Om” which is extremely familiar to those who have studied yoga or have delved into any philosophical studies from the east.

This energy center is the one associated with uniting us with the universe, more or less being the bridge between the physical world and the greater spiritual realm. The color associated with this energy center is violet. It is said those who are able to access this energy center are able to transcend his/her ego to tap into the greater consciousness. This is no easy task.

I hesitated for some time to compose this installment on the chakras. Those of you who are regular readers may have noticed. I felt I was not qualified to discuss an idea of such a high order.

However, I have been “working on it” as of late. I have been working on my 200 hour yoga teacher training. Through this endeavor, I have been paying more attention to meditation. I have been paying more attention to quieting my outward focus and bringing it a bit more inward. It has been through this effort, that I have felt more secure in writing about this chakra.

I feel it is important to nourish this center to aid in banishing feelings of exclusion and loneliness. Many emotional issues can arise from this feeling of isolation. Whether it is pure meditation or meditation with prayer recitation, the crown chakra is activated to foster a feeling of connectivity. This connectivity helps us with our feelings of belonging and knowing. This knowing is when we realize that although we are each a separate person, we are a part of the whole of creation. In order for the crown chakra to be open, we must be evolved enough to realize this and be at peace with the concept. This then manifests as joy, serenity, and deep peace about life.

With the election in my country being just a couple short days away, I feel it must be emphasized that we are all one – whether we like it or not; whether we all realize it or not. There are some who are at the level to realize this and accept it, and many who argue to the contrary. This difference in evolutionary levels causes dissonance on a grand scheme and is painful for all. On a personal level each individual who evolves begins to live with trust, gratitude and faith. These are quite the accomplishments.

This energy center is represented by the thousand petal lotus. In this energy center our selves are unleashed to merge with the greater consciousness as well as being firmly grounded in our individual selves, simultaneously.

The pineal is the associated gland. The pineal gland has been greatly misunderstood throughout history. It is just relatively recently that medical science has understood a few of its functions, including the perception of light & dark and then secrete hormones’ like melatonin. The pineal gland tends to harden into adulthood. It was once thought to be useless.

Some research indicates high levels of fluoride and heavy metals lead to the hardening of the pineal. Herbs like Chaga, milk thistle, Gotu kola, algae, ginkgo, moringa, schizandra, aloe, turmeric, reishi, noni, and others are said to help “decalcify” the pineal. Iodine rich herbs like black walnut, Irish moss may help, as well. Cilantro has been shown to help purge heavy metals from the body. Myrrh is the essential oil most often associated with this energy center.


Some affirmations to assist:

-I honor the Divine within me

-I am part of the Divine

-I trust my intuition

-I am one in the Spirit

-I move with Grace

Many of us are aware of the effects of catnip upon felines, but what about its usefulness to humans?

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a common herb throughout Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Asia. It has been naturalized in North America, New Zealand, and northern Europe. It has a history of being used as a relaxant and a stomachic. I have found relief of minor digestive discomfort using catnip tea and glycerin based extracts of this plant.

Check out more in this video.

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My second son recently moved out on his own. I have mixed feelings on that. I miss having my older boys home, but there comes a time when they have to be on their own. It was time for him to move out. Now number two is a very independent and introverted kind of guy. It surprised me when he started following me on social media.

Then one day he stopped over at my house. He wasted no time in asking, “why do you post so much crap about herb stuff?” I’m sure some other people in my life wonder, too.

I post about it because it works for me. When I was in high school I was sick A LOT. I was a frequent flyer at the local emergency room. My family doctor didn’t even require I make appointments anymore – I could walk in as needed. It got to the point where he told me and my mother I needed to go to a health food store because I needed to build myself up. I found out, through trial and error, herbs and natural approaches work for me.

Just one, more visible, example is the management of the cold sores which sometimes appear on my face. Those started when I was approximately 16.

I fell off the wagon last week. Three days after taking no supplements, I broke out in a cold sores. This picture is a week after the initial blister. 

I would get them so severely the sores would stretch almost to my chin. They left scars. Let me tell you, that was not what a 16 year old me needed for my self-esteem.  I found that by supporting myself with herbal supplements I could keep them at bay. Even now, if I slack and stop taking my supplements for more than three days, I break out with these HSV-1 caused sores.

Cold sores are just one of the things I deal with. I use it as an example because they are very visual.  There are other discomforts I experience and herbal & complementary therapies eleviate them.

I post about these things because it’s my business.  I post about these things because I can’t possibly be the only person who experiences these things. I post because maybe it will help someone else.

Next Level CBD

Everyone is jumping on the CBD train, right? Its everywhere – the grocery store, the gas station, the video store. There are super expensive brands and dirt cheap brands on Amazon.  But which ones actually work? Which ones do what they say they’re going to do?

Enter QEMP

Qemp is made by a dietary supplement industry leader: Nature’s Sunshine Products.  NSP is notorious for their strict quality control. Qemp is no different. It is CO2 extracted (the best extraction method for CBD). It contains no artificial colors nor sweeteners.  It retains the benefits of the hemp seed oil. They offer different strengths and blends.

Why use CBD?

Turns out the body has something called a cannabinoid system. This is a complex system of neurotransmitters and receivers already present in the body which control certain factors like pain, mood, etc. Researchers are unclear on which factors contribute to defects in a body’s ability to manufacture it’s own CBD. Its thought to be a combination of many factors including genetics, diet, lifestyle, shock and traum . One thing that has been clear is the responses to supplement forms of CBD have been great!



I’ve got a preference for certain herbal supplement manufacturers.  I’ve never tried to conceal that. Now my favorite manufacturer has finally released their CBD! I’m so excited!