Ticks and oils

I have once again had good reason to marvel at the wonderful Lavender essential oil from Young Living.  And this is just one of its numerous uses.

This morning as I was making my breakfast, all of a sudden I started itching like crazy high up on my inner thigh. As I checked to see what it was all about, I found I’d been bitten by a tick. I removed the tick, but the area was already red, swollen and itchy. 

Using information I found in the Refguide 4 EO app, I started putting on a drop of Lavender oil once every 5 minutes for 30 minutes. 

That done, the bite is barely visible and the itch was gone after the second drop. 

I just love how these Young Living essential oils are helpful in my daily life! 

If you want to know more about them, please don’t hesitate to contact me. There are so many uses for essential oils to support your health and wellbeing. All naturally and chemical free. 

I wish you all a good start on the autumn season! Hard to believe it’s September, when the sun is blaring down on us from a clear blue sky and the temperature is 22° C out here by the sea. 

Have a lovely Sunday everyone!


September 1, 2019

Young Living supplement Sulfurzyme

Since I’m not able to organize or participate in any Young Living Day event tomorrow, August 10th, I decided to put together a little information about one of my favorite Young Living supplements, Sulfurzyme. 
Did you know that Young Living isn’t only about essential oils, they have a whole heap of other products to support your health as well?

Sulfur is important for the health of your skin, nails, hair and connective tissue. Every single cell membrane in the body uses sulfur as a building block.

In Sulfurzyme Young Living has combined MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), which is a sulfur donor, with wolfberry. This berry in its turn provides the minerals that your body needs to assimilate the sulfur. In addition, wolfberries (as in NingXia Red) are a fabulous source of antioxidants. 

MSM also supports the immune system, liver and circulation. As does wolfberries, it fights free radicals and reduces oxidative stress.

In addition MSM a building block for a very important detoxifying molecule called glutathione. This molecule, with a big sulfur atom in the middle, detects fatty toxins in your body. It then sticks to the fatty toxin and makes it water soluble, so that the body can get rid of it through its normal elimination. 

Sulfurzyme also supports healthy joints and helps the body recover after exercise. 

In other words, a supplement beneficial to all of us!

The next stage

Once I healed from the fracture in the left knee and started moving again, I began to notice that my right leg was rotating externally every time I did a forward bend. Slowly I started experiencing pain in the joint as I practiced and fairly soon also when I walked. Having had an MRI it showed that the cartilage wear was substantial. The orthopedic surgeon talked me into having a shot of cortisone given straight into the joint using ultrasound. This was done in late september last year. It kept the pain away for almost two months. And I was happily walking and moving around. Practicing, although not with the same flexibility as before. Then the pain came back and the process was renewed a little before Christmas last year. This time the shot didn’t help. It actually made things worse. And since that time it’s been a long slide downhill.

I tried to maintain mobility in the joint through my yoga practice, the specific ones my teacher Aadil Palkhivala had recommended and other exercises designed to strengthen the muscles around the joint given to me by my daughter, the physiotherapist. I added supplements for joint health to my diet. I used Sunrider foods to support it and Young Living oils to ease the discomfort. I saw my wonderful osteopath Jonna regularly, had massages and acupuncture. And I used the Heartfull™ Meditation techniques recommended by my teacher Savitri to support the hip.

However whenever I did any kind of extension of the hip, external or internal rotation the pain was severe and the movement extremely limited.

Although in the end I wasn’t able to stop the progress of the osteoarthritis, I am ever so thankful that I did all of this! Why? You’ll see.

The images below are from Orthoinfo AAOS and picture a healthy hip joint and one with osteoarthritis, meaning that the cartilage that absorbes shocks and makes the movement of the joint smooth has worn down. In my case I was completely bone on bone.

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November 24, 2018


A little over a week ago I wrote the following post on my facebook page:

This morning I went through hip replacement surgery. And I would like to, once again, share with you the amazing power of the combination of Heartfull™️ Meditation and Young Living Essential Oils! 

Before going in I used White Angelica while cocooning – helping to connect deeper with my soul and to ward off negative energy.
On my chest and temples I put Valor for bravery and on my wrists I rolled Tranquil.
This combo worked like Magic! I was not nervous at all and felt trusting and confident.
In the evening before I used some other oils as well, and slept like a baby through the night! 

I would also like to thank my teachers Savitri: and Aadil Palkhivala for their love and support throughout the entire process and all the rest of you who have supported me in this, teachers and students and friends alike. 💖

Love and gratitude to you all! ❤️❤️❤️

Since then several friends and fellow yoga teachers have asked me to blog about my experience of the process. I was quite reluctant to the idea to start with but as I understood that it could be of use to others, I’ve decided to go along with the request. It was pointed out to me that mine might not be the typical experience, so if anything I’ve done can help either others in a similar situation or yoga teachers to take better care of students with hip replacements, I’m glad to be of help.

A bit of background:

It recently came to me that the very first time I felt that something was off in my right hip was three years ago. I had just come back on a long flight from a Therapeutic Teacher Training with my teacher Aadil Palkhivala at the Alive & Shine Center in Bellevue, Washington, USA. Only shortly thereafter as I was walking the streets of Stockholm a very sharp pain in the hip joint stopped me. The pain slowly faded after a few days, but from about then on the mobility in the hip started changing. Both X-rays and an MRI were taken and they showed that the cartilage was fairly worn. But the pain went away and I continued as before.

If I go even further back in time, some 25 years or so, while I was practicing Ashtanga Yoga six times per week, that same hip would sometimes feel as if it would dislocate.

My joints have always been extremely mobile and for years I did a very strong asana practice with very little awareness of alignment or anatomy. Maybe that’s when the physical process started. Who knows?

However, in February of 2017 I slipped on black ice and fractured my left kneecap. In a brace and on crutches for 6 or 7 weeks is what finally started the slide toward the surgery.

I’ll leave you with that for now and will tell you more about the stage after that in my next post.

Editing ‘When obstacles come in your way’

My new website

As of today the website www.tovepalmgren.com that has been in the making for a good while is live and up and running! It feels good and a bit nerve-racking to have it exposed to anyone and everyone to look at.

I am really grateful to Tiina Gaasedelen, who has been the co-creator of it and to Brad Waites for his valuable input!

With the new website I am moving my active (yes, I will be more active) blog there and if you want to continue reading what I’m sharing this is the link for you.Skärmavbild 2018-06-18 kl. 17.01.19

Where am I?

When I first arrived here it was very confusing as to where the different locations are in relation to each other. But after a few days the picture started to get clear.

Whereas the Matrimandir is in Auroville, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram is in Pondicherry, the distance between the two being about 12 km. The Quiet Healing Centre, where I’m staying, lies pretty much right in the middle between the two.
Pondicherry was a French colony until 1954 and that is where Sri Aurobindo settled when he left the movement for independence from British rule for spiritual work. The actual city has about 650 000 inhabitants and the different Ashram departments are spread out through the center.


The Main Building is situated close to the Bay of Bengal in the eastern part of town. The gates open at 4:30 am and close at 11 pm. Between those times anyone can go inside and sit around the Samadhi to meditate or just be still. Every day there is a constant flow of people coming to pay their respect, to meditate or just to sit and absorb the energy that is tangible there. I’ve been there at all times of the day and there are always people coming and going.  Samadhi is located in the inner courtyard of the Ashram Main Building and it is where the bodies of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother are kept in peace. The photo is from the Ashram website, since no cameras are allowed inside.


Auroville again is centered around the Matrimandir. Auroville is not a town as we are used to them and I haven’t quite figured out the lay-out of it. The town has a master plan designed by the Mother and the Charter of it you will find in the photo below. For more information on Auroville click here.


The Quiet Healing Centre is part of Auroville. The Mother had walked on the beach here some time in the 1960’s and noted that the energy of this place is very healing and would be good for a healing center, but it wasn’t until about 20 years ago that the Quiet was built.IMG_9472.jpg

It is a very special place and there are so many wonderful therapists of different modalities here. One who has helped me a lot with my hip is a Dutch man who speaks fluent Finnish after living in Finland for 27 years which is kind of funny!

The most amazing experience though has been Watsu; a technique that was developed in California in the 1980’s by a shiatsu therapist who started giving his treatments in a swimmingpool. The Watsu offered here has been developed from that. The original is only done on the surface of the water, whereas this also consists of an underwater part. The pool is heated to 35°C, so it’s really nice and warm. There’s a link here if you’re interested in watching a video about it from Quiet.

Watsu has been an incredible experience! The most profoundly relaxing thing I’ve ever done. It was as if flying through space while being in the womb. All the while the therapist works on your body using the water as a tool. It’s amazing!!  

I’m already looking forward to all the sessions I’m going to have next year…