An interview with Ellie Seilern
We’d love to hear about what you’re currently up to with work?
My work currently falls into three areas. I work with sound healing in a 1:1 or group capacity, I work closely with Cacao, a plant medicine, and finally, I partner with doTERRA essential oils and have a thriving client base of people wanting to learn more about creating a “lo-tox” home and overhauling their lifestyles. Nothing brings me more joy than to show people how to build their own remedy kits using just plants to completely make-over their homes into a divine smelling, plant-filled cocoon of lushness.
What does “home” mean to you and how that changed for you over time?
Home was very much the city. Aside from a stint in Durham for University, I have never lived anywhere else but London. Then one day, I decided to get a dog. And as anyone with a dog knows, you have to take that dog out for a walk every single day and I began to yearn for more time in nature. A vision of a new life began to crystallise; a home by the sea. A life spent outdoors. A fireplace. The image of that house overlooking the water was so vivid in my mind. And then one day, out of the blue, I met my now-husband, Simon. He lived between London and Cornwall, had the children I had always dreamed of (four of them…..) and we fell in love. He was looking for a new home in Falmouth and together we embarked upon a search. There was only one house that popped up and it was five minutes away from his children. A house on the water over a tiny tucked away beach. We walked inside and I knew instantly that this was THE house. It had been on the market for 9 years. People had been put off by the tidal beach that cuts you off for hours every day, for us, it’s a beautifully quirky bonus.
What would be the first steps you’d recommend when starting to detox your home?
The very first step would be to look underneath your kitchen sink, or bathroom, and pull out all those bottles of bleach and harsh cleaners. Throw those away and never, ever look back. You do not need those kinds of substances in your home in order to keep it clean. The science has spoken, we now know that the chemicals inside those cleaning products are damaging our bodies in Frankenstein-like ways. Especially women. Our hormones are being manipulated and switched around by the “endocrine disruptors” within so many conventional household cleaners and it makes me sick to my stomach to think how far behind we are in terms of mass awareness of gentler and more natural options. You can now walk into any supermarket and find at least a slightly more natural option. But ultimately what you want to do is to learn how to create your own household cleaning products using simple ingredients such as baking soda, white vinegar, lemons and essential oils. Even just those few products would cover 99% of your household cleaning needs. What I urge people to do is to consider the environmental impact of flushing these horrific chemicals down the toilet, into our water systems, into the earth and all over our surfaces. There are so many resources now to create your own natural products, you can find lots of recipes for creating your own products on my website!
Are there specific blends or oils you’d recommend for relaxation in the home?
This is one of my favourite things to do every day; to select the oils for the various diffusers scattered around the house! This morning, in my kitchen, I created a blend of Black Spruce (for grounding), Lime (to bring some zest and to cleanse the air) and Lavender (to bring calm for the day ahead). In my bedroom, I always use a diffuse blend called Air containing oils like Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Cardamom, Ravensara. So that my bedroom feels aired and cleansed. What I always suggest is to imagine what kind of atmosphere you’d like to create in the home. I always ask my clients to go deeper than just “calm” or “relaxed”. Do they want to feel forgiving? Do they want to calm the mind chatter? Feel positive about the next day? Different oils can support very specific emotional states and I always encourage people to pick up a few books so that they can look up the emotional benefits of each oil. This means they can also create blends to wear as “purefume” during the day, knowing that not only do they smell divine but that their emotional needs are being supported.
We’d love to hear more about Cacao Ceremonies. Can one host these at home and, if so, how?
Absolutely you can! So what we need to specify first is that the Cacao that we are speaking of is not the powdered cacao you can buy in a health food store. I am speaking of ceremonial grade, native strain plant medicine which can only be sourced from a few places in the world. I work exclusively with Fly Kakao, a beautiful not-for-profit that works with farmers in Peru to source and protect the native Chuncho bean. I’ve been drinking a cup, in ceremony, most mornings for around 3 years and it has profoundly impacted my life in so many ways. Cacao is an extremely powerful (and yet gentle) plant medicine and if we create the proper ceremony at home, we can experience immense emotional healing. It can be as simple as preparing a cup, setting an intention and creating the space to receive. I often just put my headphones on and sit for five minutes, allowing any bursts of inspiration to come to the surface. I recommend preparing a cup of Cacao at home before any kind of difficult conversation, or any situation in which you feel nervous to communicate your feelings. It is uncanny how quickly and how powerfully it works.
Finally, can you recommend any books and/or podcasts for those interested in looking at how to bring maximum calm into the home?
YES. My favourite book about how to create a beautiful, simple home is “Off the Grid: Houses for Escape” by Dominic Bradbury. The most impactful book I have read in the last few years is “Do: Breathe — Calm your mind. Find focus. Get stuff done” by Michael Townsend Williams. It has taught me some absolute gems like only using one notebook for everything and the order in which we should respond to things to ensure we don’t get overwhelmed. I’m also a big fan of listening to guided meditations at night to help me fall asleep. There are so many on YouTube that I love.
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