Poetry and life advice by Rumi : The Guesthouse

Good morning and  happy spring!neroliflowers

We all know spring is a time for new beginnings, sprucing up, new growth, and renewal. But, not everyone is jumping with boundless joy everyday.

Sometimes we just don’t feel we have the energy to do that.

It could be that we are depressed, or hurting inside. Maybe it’s a darkness that won’t seem to leave, or a painful memory that won’t go away.  Whatever it is that is bringing us down; we may just need a helping hand.

Sometimes we all need a bit of a boost to help get us going, or someone to tell us everything is going to be OK.

Sometimes spiritual guidance can get us through really tough times.

And sometimes we just need a really big hug.

One of the best poems I’ve ever read does just that;

Rumi embraces our souls,

gives us wings to fly,

and gives us the courage to try.

Know that you are truly loved…<3…<3…<3

The Guesthouse by Rumi

Here’s a little wisdom from the great Persian poet Rumi.

The Guesthouse

This being human is a guesthouse
Every morning a new arrival
A joy, a depression, a meanness
Some momentary awareness
Comes as an unexpected visitor

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows
Who violently sweep your house
Empty of its furniture
Still treat each guest honorably
He may be cleaning you out
For some new delight!

The dark thought, the shame, the malice
Meet them at the door laughing
And invite them in
Be grateful for whoever comes
Because each has been sent
As a guide from the beyond

Translated by Coleman Barks

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Rumi (Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi) was a 13th century Persian muslim poet, jurist, and theologian. His name literally means “Majesty of Religion”. He was born in Balkh (now part of Afghanistan) and died in present-day Turkey. His works are widely read in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and are in translation in Turkey, Azerbaijan, the U.S., and South Asia. He lived most of his life in, and produced his works under, the Seljuk Empire. Rumi’s importance is considered to transcend national and ethnic borders.

DIY Beauty Recipe : 8 Flower Nectar Elixir , Anti-aging serum

Hello beautiful!

people are like the stars...

I hope your day is bright!

This is for you daliajojo, and of course you too –  if you’re one of those that love DIY natural beauty, or just want to make sure what you’re using on your skin is totally good for you, read on for a gorgeous natural skincare recipe for all types of skin.

 Awhile back I wrote about a popular beauty product called Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood and how to make it yourself. This is  a follow up to that (plus I received a great comment/question –thanks daliajojo –)

She was wondering about another product from Darphin called: 8 Flower Nectar Elixir.

Here’s their product info for a little background:

darphin 8 flower nectar

A precious youth elixir

Rejuvenating elixir, in the pure tradition of aromatherapy, blends rare and radiance boosting aromatic essences from 8 precious flowers. Opulent formula with anti-oxidants, nourishes and helps smooth the look of lines and wrinkles, firm skin and renew skin suppleness, resilience and youthful radiance, key evidence of truly, younger-looking skin. With an exquisitely feminine, sensual fragrance that could double as a perfume, it is the quintessential holistic beauty care that creates a feeling of overall beauty and well-being while rejuvenating skin’s appearance.

The Result

  • Relieves discomfort due to dryness
  • Nourished, firmer skin
  • Renewed softness and suppleness
  • Youthful-looking and radiant complexion
  • Reduced appearance of lines and wrinkles

99% of the total ingredients from natural origin. Formulated without parabens. Non-comedogenic. Clinically-proven efficiency.

Ingredients:

Essential Oil of Everlasting, Iris, Jasmine, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Ylang Ylang

Usage:

PM. Apply 5 drops to face and neck. Massage 8 Flower Nectar gently in upward motions from the inner to the outer part of the face.

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That’s what they claim, and to be honest, I’ve never used it, but I can tell by the ingredients what this is, and what it can/can’t do.

Funny that they mentioned it could double as a perfume, because it totally is. In fact, I’ve got a natural perfume recipe that is almost the exact thing..except for the Everlasting otherwise known as Immortelle or Helichrysum Italicum essential oil.

Essential Oil of Iris is a rare and rejuvenating delight. Tuscan Iris from Florence is a majestic perennial plant with a rhizome and large spring flowers which give off a sophisticated fragrance. Initially classified as a lily, like all herbaceous plants with large flowers, this flower gained noble status in the XIIth century when it became the emblem of the kings of France. Iris was first used in perfumery in the XVIIth century, its rhizome, an excellent fixative and aromatic reservoir, is ground to obtain a violet-fragranced powder with cleansing properties for the skin and hair. The many benefits of Iris have also been exploited in cosmetics. In particular, this precious oil is derived from its rhizomes: Iris Essential Oil (Concrete). Astringent and moisturizing, Essential Oil of Iris has toning and stimulating properties, a real natural rejuvenating delight.
Tuscan Iris from Florence is a majestic perennial plant with a rhizome and large spring flowers which give off a sophisticated fragrance.
Initially classified as a lily, like all herbaceous plants with large flowers, this flower gained noble status in the XIIth century when it became the emblem of the kings of France.
Iris was first used in perfumery in the XVIIth century, its rhizome, an excellent fixative and aromatic reservoir, is ground to obtain a violet-fragranced powder with cleansing properties for the skin and hair.
Astringent and moisturizing, Essential Oil of Iris has toning and stimulating properties.

And here’s an ingredient that I’ve not mentioned before; Iris essential oil, which might also be called Orris Root Absolute or Concrete. This beautiful rarity is a special addition mostly because of it’s wonderful skin care toning properties. It’s also great as a base note in natural perfumes because of its fixative qualities.

Iris Absolute is beautiful material, the aroma is slightly sweet, earthy, green and violet.

Iris oil is a deeply fascinating and time consuming material to produce. The main producers today are located in China, France and Morocco.

The main species in bulk of production are;

To get the essential oil, the rhizomes/roots (orris root) are collected, washed, surface layer removed, cured and stored for as long as 4 years.

The length of time the orris root is stored is largely responsible for the percentage of the prized constituent – IRONE, the aroma of Irone is a lush green violet accord with excellent tenacity. Most material commercially offered will have a 1%, 8% and 15% Irone content.

Iris Absolute (Iris pallida) Botanical Name: Iris pallida Origin: Morocco

To get the Iris essential oil, or orris root , the rhizomes (roots) are taken out of storage, blitzed, until material resembles a starchy pulp. This is then steam distilled to produce essential oil and due to the chemistry containing myristic acid, so the material hardens up very quickly – resembling a waxy concrete and this is the reason so many people refer to the essential oil as Iris Essential Oil, or Iris Butter.

Then to get Iris Absolute the Iris Butter/Essential oil is alcohol washed to remove the myristic acid and the oil left is vacuum distilled to get the absolute oil. Although now quite rare, Iris Absolute with a content of 80% Irone or more is still produced, but the current starting price is 70’000GBP/105’000USD per kilo.!!

Click here at Oshadhi to get an understanding of how they price their essential oils. This is how a good company should price their essential oils.

Places I’ve found to buy pure Iris essential oil or orris root concrete butter:

RECIPE for 8 flower nectar elixir:

This makes approx. 0.5 oz (15ml) of product.

And making this at home is so much easier than you might think.

The hardest part is getting all the ingredients. They are quite expensive, but you’ll be able to make them go a very long way,  and include your close friends and family too. so it’s totally worth it.

But one thing they don’t mention in their ingredients list is the carrier oil. Most likely they have used essential oils diluted in jojoba since this carrier is closest to the natural oils in our skin.

List of ingredients: Essential Oils of:

that’s it….well, almost. Just make sure that you’re using jojoba diluted essential oils. You never want to use straight (or undiluted) essential oils on your skin. With the exception of lavender or tea tree.

Treat Essential Oils With Respect

Treat essential oils with the same care that you treat medicines. You don’t need to be afraid or avoid essential oils and I’m certainly not trying to scare anyone out of enjoying all the benefits that aromatherapy offers. They can be an amazing blessing within a holistic lifestyle. Do remember, however, that when working with essential oils, less is more.

Dilute your essential oils prior to use on the skin and avoid the oils that are more likely to cause irritation and sensitization. When using an essential oil for the first time, do a skin patch test. You can learn how to do a skin patch test by reading AromaWeb’s Aromatherapy Safety article.

Add all drops to a pretty glass bottle and use in the evenings before bed and after cleansing your face. I use a 1 oz (30ml) serum bottle, but if you want it filled to the very top, use a 1/2 oz (0.5 oz) or 15 ml bottle with glass eye dropper.

How to get Radiant Skin

Essential Oils for the Different Types of SkinNow for those that are concerned about wrinkles or want an anti-aging serum the recipe’s essential oils are wonderful, but I would add the following for extra benefits:

GREAT ADDITIONS for anti-aging effects: Frankincense, Sandalwood, Myrrh, and Carrot seed oil,

for sensitive skin use Frankincense, Myrrh, Lavender, and Roman Chamomile, you may want to use Neroli too in a 2% dilution (or about 12 drops pure e.o. to 1 oz carrier).

Excellent carriers like Rosehip seed oil, jojoba, argan, tamanu (aka; inophyllum calophyllum), evening primrose, avocado, olive, sesame, sunflower, centella (gotu kola) and kukui nut oils are perfect for mature skin.

Always get enough water, sleep, and good nutrition for a glow that starts on the inside!

Start with a base of jojoba oil and add the oils suited to your skin type.  For example, dry skin likes jojoba + Argan , Evening Primrose, and Rose Hip Seed oils. I love to add a couple Vitamin E capsules (use a needle to make a hole in the capsule and squeeze to empty the liquid inside) to every recipe.  If you have acne-prone skin, you could create a combination of jojoba and tamanu oil.  Got combination skin?  Try jojoba, grapeseed and argan with Vitamin E.  It’s all about finding what works for your skin.

It may take a bit of experimentation to find just the right combination for your personal skin type.

Start with an 80% ratio of jojoba and 20% of another oil specific for your skin type.  You can adjust this ratio as needed.  Several carrier oils can be combined to get the perfect combination.

And quality does matter.  I recommend buying the best quality oils that you can find.  Your skin is your biggest organ, and everything you put on it absorbs directly into your bloodstream.  The best oils are cold-pressed, pure, and unrefined oil with no additives.

Resources and more reading:

how to dilute essential oils; http://www.aromaweb.com/articles/dilutingessentialoils.asp

Rejuvinating face mask recipe; https://yellowstaressentials.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/diy-rejuvenating-face-mask-recipe/

http://www.savorylotus.com/7-best-carrier-oils-for-radiant-skin/

Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood and how to make it yourself.

dry skin winter anti-aging facial cream

Iris pallida,

Iris germanica

Iris florentina.

Must-Haves Aromatherapy Books:

Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, Steffen Arctander, self-published, Elizabeth, NJ, 1960.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Julia Lawless, Element Books, Dorset, UK, 1995.

375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols, Jeanne Rose.

Essential Aromatherapy: A Pocket Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, Worwood & Worwood.

Essential Oils Could Replace Overused, Increasingly Dangerous Antibiotics

DIY Herbal TincturesMore about essential oils as healing modalities…

When we think of essential oils we think of aromas, spas and beauty 
products,” says Dr. Lynn Anderson, Doctor of Natural Health, 
author and yoga/exercise professional. “But essential oils are so much more. Essential oils are healing
 modalities.” Their antiseptic power comes from phenolic content, and oils with higher phenolic content, like oregano, thyme, cinnamon and clove, are more potent, she adds.

The centuries-long lasting power of essential oils as a remedy is due to their antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. However, to date, “there is little published research on many of them,” according to the University of Minnesota.

“Research studies on essential oils” that do exist, the University of Minnesota website explains, “show positive effects for a variety of health concerns including infections, pain, anxiety, depression, tumors, premenstrual syndrome, nausea, and many others.”

Read more at http://reset.me/story/essential-oils-replace-overused-increasingly-dangerous-antibiotics/

Also read

The most important post you’ll read about medicine

Essential oils for life and health

The most important post you’ll ever read about medicine

Once in awhile we come across something that is so important we just want to share it with everyone…. this is one of those things.

according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, more than 100,000 Americans die every year. Not from illegal drugs, not from over-the-counter drugs, not from drug overdoses, and not from drug abuses. But from properly prescribed, properly taken prescriptions. In this country, more people die from doctor’s prescriptions every ten days than were killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

What is the truth about modern medicine? What is the truth about how we are taught to protect our bodies? As I continue to search for these answers, I have come across some fascinating articles by doctors who are trying to find the truth.

Read this fascinating article for yourself, then…

Pass it on!!!

HOW ESSENTIAL OILS COMPARE TO MODERN MEDICINE

http://www.celestinevision.com/2014/10/health/how-essential-oils-compares-to-modern-medicine/

DIY Herbal Tinctures

Many people like taking herbal supplements in the form of pills , but lately herbal pills have come under scrutiny for having no active ingredients and unhealthy additives.

Pills are usually filled with dried up and ground herbs, which oxidize and weaken herbal effectiveness as essential oil content and other constituents degrade.

DIY Herbal Tinctures

Herbal Pills:

Are NOT as bioavailable as liquid, meaning that they don’t absorb as well or as fast into the body as liquid forms such as tinctures

Cannot be tasted, which impairs results .

Pills are not easy to swallow. They are hard to digest and contain unhealthy binders

Most herbal pill casings are not vegetarian, because they contain gelatin which is from an
animal source most of the time, because it is cheaper.

Most casings and binders are not kosher .

Improper drying and over processed preparations may cause essential oils and other constituents to degrade and herbs to dissipate, and may contain contaminants.

Tinctures absorb better, are more effective and cheaper. If you make them yourself then you have quality control.

Learn how to make your own tinctures here > http://earthelixir.ca/herbs/diy-herbal-tinctures/

DIY Herbal Tinctures.

Essential oils for life and health

Essential oils are becoming more popular every day, isn’t it time you tried them?

For those who like the survivalist train of thought…it is ESSENTIAL to have essential oils in your first aid kit 🙂 lol.

To find out what I mean by that read this post I found from; natural cures notmedicine.com /huge-list-of-essential-oils-for-health-and-survival.

Think about your family’s health needs, and ask yourself these questions…

1. What would you do if your one of your children had an asthma attack and you couldn’t find the inhaler?

2. What would you do if someone in your family developed a bacterial infection and no medical help was available?

3. What would you do in the case of a bad toothache and you had no access to a dentist?

4. How would you handle the stress and anxiety associated with a natural disaster, man-made disaster or economic crisis?

This all brings us to today’s topic, a big fat list of essential oils for survival situations, along with suggested uses.

Essential Oils for Health and Survival

Lavender:

This is the Swiss Army knife of EOs.  Heals burns, cuts, relieve insomnia, reduces stress, a powerful antihistamine, bug bites, bruises, sleep deprivation, inflammation, sunburn, lice.  Soothing to skin irritations, earache and depression.  Lavender is the number one essential oil to have in your survival kit, in fact I would keep two bottles.

Lemon:

Known for it’s cleansing ability.  Add a few drops to water to purify (this was suggested in a seminar I attended but I have no proof, however, in dire circumstance, I would do it).  Great for intestinal parasites, dissolves petrochemicals in your body, effective for colds and flu, helps digestive and liver work, gout, sore throat, disinfectant, antiseptic.

peppermintPeppermint:

Effective for nausea, digestive issues, allergies, menstrual problems, reduces fever, increase alertness, focus and oxygen absorption.  Great for headaches, muscle aches.  Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, use for shock, colds, colic and heartburn.

Oregano:

Effective in treating bacterial infections and yeast infections, relieves back and joint pain, inflammation, cold and flu, kills warts and skin tags, athlete’s foot, effective cleanse for GI health.

Melaleuca:

Can be used as a first aid ointment, useful for skin irritations, bug bites, athlete’s foot, eczema and psoriasis.  Aids in immune function and supports against throat and respiratory pathogens, helps with slivers in the skin.

Helichrysum:

For painful bruising, sprains, swelling.  Stems bleeding. Used to treat shock, help with broken bones, help with allergies, beneficial against infections and viruses.  Excellent for wounds, speeds healing and reduces pain.

Myrrh:

Good for antiseptic needs, pain relief and swelling of cuts, wounds or bruises.  Can be applied on open wounds. Stimulates the immune system and blood circulation, promotes tissue regeneration.  Astringent and analgesic properties, eases coughing/tonsillitis and other infections.

clove plantClove:

With antibiotic and analgesic properties Clove helps relieve toothaches, headaches, and other pain.  Can be used to draw toxins and infections from the body. Aids in relieving nausea or constipation.

Frankincense:

Enhances the effects of other essential oils, reduces inflammation, relieves headaches, supports skin tissue recovery, soothe hyperactivity, restlessness, facilitates clarity and focus of mind.  With it’s regenerative properties, Frankincense is important EO in all manner of emergency.

Lemongrass:

Soothes sore and cramping muscles, naturally cleansing, warms feet in winter, an effective bug repellent.

http://wakeup-world.com/2014/06/14/a-big-fat-list-of-essential-oils-for-health-and-survival/

Recipe and uses for natural vapor rub and unpetroleum jelly recipe

Do you use Vaseline?  Or are you a purist who refuses to use any petrol-type product or anything with mineral oil?

I love making my own products anyway, so my answer was a no-brainer.

Anything that I can make with my own ingredients is A+++’s over anything store-bought, but for those that don’t mind read on.

 

Vaseline (also know as petroleum jelly) has been in use since the 1860’s. A chemist from New York, who upon visiting an oil rig, noticed the raw material of petrolatum (a gooey substance known as “rod wax”) stuck to the drilling rigs. After much experimentation, he developed a process to distill the rod wax into petrolatum.

What is petroleum jelly?

Also called petrolatum or soft paraffin, petroleum jelly is a mix of mineral oils, paraffin, and microcrystalline waxes. With a melting point of just above 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, it literally melts on the skin, in the process, filling the gaps in the lipid barrier. It doesn’t really add any moisture to skin, but keeps it from naturally losing moisture to evaporation (for instance, in extremely dry weather) and also serves as a protective barrier, keeping harsh cold weather and wind out. It is a by-product of oil production.

However, petrolatum is also highly associated with carcinogens, i.e. studies have shown it can cause cancer.
It is refined into petroleum jelly that you buy in the Vaseline tub through very specific processes. This refining is done by a number of sources.

This refining is also the key to the carcinogenic classification by the European Union in its ‘Dangerous Substance Directive.’ Since petrolatum is derived from oil, it needs to be refined. Some of the methods for this refining and some methods of petrolatum production, have been shown to contain hazardous, toxic or carcinogenic components. One of the most notable contaminants, PHAs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), have been linked to cancer.
Yet, these contaminants are removed in the refining process. Thus, the product Vaseline itself is NOT carcinogenic, never has been, and never will be, if handled and refined properly. –Samantha from makeupandbeauty.com

Everyone has their own opinion of petroleum jelly, and some consider it unsafe; such as DR. OZ.

the dangers of Petroleum Jelly from Dr. Oz:

Petroleum jelly is a byproduct of oil drilling, and when you spread it on your lips, you end up eating it, which is essentially the same as drinking gasoline. Add up the amount of lip-gloss the average woman uses (and consumes) over a decade, and it equals 7 pounds. The European Union has banned many petroleum jelly products, and experts are concerned they could be linked to cancer. Women with breast cancer have twice the levels of hydrocarbons (substances found in petroleum jelly) in their breasts than women who haven’t had breast cancer. Steer clear of any products that list petroleum jelly or mineral oil on the ingredient list.     ~~~Dr. Oz

Ok, so no matter how you feel about it, I have a great recipe for a perfect unpetroleum jelly that works just as well as Vaseline and you ask…how do we get the great benefits of this wonder product without harming our bodies?

Here’s a great all purpose recipe for the best UNpetroleum jelly, and the only one you’ll ever need. Plus, read on for more than 50 uses for this all-around must have item.

UN-petroleum jelly recipe

1/4 cup oil or 2 oz.  of  Coconut oil (or favorite carrier oil will do) I like to use organic coconut oil for its extended shelf life, but you can use more than one oil if you choose (like olive and coconut, or sweet almond and hazelnut, or any carrier oils you like!)

1 tablespoon vitamin e oil

1/2 oz beeswax or even candililla wax (vegan alternative) or  Carnauba Wax Natural-Vegan- hardest wax

Directions:

Warm oils and waxes to melt together (over double boiler) or use pyrex glass measuring cup in microwave in short bursts so the oils and waxes don’t burn.  Pour into 2 oz. container, cool, and use within 6-8 months. This recipe can be doubled, tripled, or even halved for your convenience. If you like a harder product; use less oil and more wax, and for softer spread, use more oil and less wax.

Use just like Vaseline or petroleum jelly. You can even add some essential oils to make your own Vicks.

Vicks vapor rub is basically petroleum jelly with camphor, eucalyptus oil and menthol.  The three most important ingredients in Vicks, relieve congestion and coughing when breathed in. The product also works as a good topical analgesic for other issues like:

Headaches- rub a bit on the temples,  and for sinus headache,  rub a little under the nose.

Muscle aches-  rub into sore muscles to soothe aching muscles

Ear aches- for minor ear ache add a bit to a cotton ball and place in ear every night till symptoms subside

Dry cracked heels- rub into just showered or soaked wet skin and cover with socks over night

Toenail fungus- rub into just washed feet and cover with socks overnight till problem subsides.

And more!  Like chest colds,  flu,  fever,  colds,  etc.  Rub on chest,  under nose and bottom of feet then wear socks to bed.

 

 Vapor Rub Recipe

Melt wax and oils in double boiler, remove and  stir in essential oils and menthol crystals. Pour into jars.

OVER 50 beauty tips and ways to use your un-petroleum jelly

or if you must, the original Vaseline (Courtesy of Christina Loves)

1. Put a coat on your eyelashes before you go to bed. Lots of people swear by this – and say it will make your lashes grow longer and thicker over time.
2. Put a coat of Vaseline on your feet at night, cover them with socks and wake up to softer feet – every day!
3. Put Vaseline on your elbows every day – they will stay soft!
4. Put Vaseline on your cuticles several times a day for softer and better looking cuticles every day.
5. Put Vaseline on chapped lips
6. Use Vaseline as lip gloss
7. Mix a little Vaseline with a little Kool-Aid powder and make a colored and flavored lip gloss!
8. Melt Vaseline and one chocolate chip in the microwave, mix and let re solidify for chocolate lip gloss!
9. Maintains perfume scent longer when applied at perfume points before spritzing the perfume.
10. Can be used as a moisturizer for acne sufferers (it is a misconception that it clogs pores)
11. Moisturizes severe dry skin
12. Use Vaseline on your knees to prevent that dry, ashy look
13. Mix with sea salts to make a scrub!
14. Applying Vaseline on your teeth prevents lips from sticking to teeth for celebrities and contestants in beauty pageants who smile a lot
15. Applied on teeth before applying lipstick prevents lipstick from sticking on them
16. Massage, baby!
17. Warmed up can be used as a night cream
18. Makeup remover
19. Protects skin exposed to adverse weather
20. Applied under eye shadow it can create a shiny effect
21. Applied on cheeks for a dewy look
22. Can be used to smooth and soothe skin after shaving
23. Used in manicures under cuticles
24. Gets rid of dry skin lines which can arise from washing
25. Lubricates ear lobes and helps to make earring insertion easy and painless
26. Keeps fingernails pliable and resilient
27. Use with your lipstick to create a cream blusher for your cheeks
28. Helps to ease off stuck on rings
29. Tames unruly eyebrows
30. Defines eyelashes and leaves them with a glossy and waterproof look
31. Conditions scalp pre-shampooing
32. Can help prevent chaffing
33. Aids with healing after cosmetic surgery procedures
34. Reduces scaling and itching associated with dandruff
35. Theraputic when applied to lesions caused by poison ivy
36. Can help improve condition of those with atopic eczema
37. Helps heal and protect new tattoos
38. Can protect against harmful hair dyeing, perming and straightening chemicals when used as a mask around the hairline
39. Use a tiny dab to put a quick shine on your shoes and bags
40. Smear a tiny bit on your hands and scrunch through your hair for a choppy look
41. Use just a touch on the ends of your hair to hide dry and split ends
42. Remove makeup stains from clothing
43. Rub Vaseline on the neck of your nail polish bottles and they won’t get stuck to the caps
44. Make your week old nail polish look new again – rub a small dab over the polish.
45. Use a touch of Vaseline mixed with powder eyeshadow pigment to make new colors, or a more solid eyeshadow that won’t get all over your face when you put it on.
46. Stretch your favorite lotion by mixing it with Vaseline.
47. Put Vaseline on your lips, leave it a few minutes, then scrub your lips with a toothbrush to exfoliate and leave them SO smooth
48. Remove false eyelash glue from your lash line
49. Apply a small amount on dry spots on your body before fake tanning lotions are applied, and prevent uneven tanning!
50. Generously apply Vaseline all over before taking flights to combat associated dryness

51. Prevents or helps remove stretchmarks (see my article How to erase or remove stretchmarks scars or keloids with essential oils) http://yellowstar2000.hubpages.com/hub/Reduce-Stretchmarks-Keloids-or-Scars-with-Essential-Oils

Also is great for pumpkin carvings:
Once you carve your Halloween pumpkin, rub Vaseline on the exposed edges. it keeps it from rotting or going dry.

OTHER USES :

Keep an outdoor light bulb from sticking
Have you ever unscrewed a light bulb and found yourself holding the glass while the metal base remains in the socket? It won’t happen again if you remember to apply petroleum jelly to the base of the bulb before screwing it into the fixture. This is an especially good idea for light bulbs used outdoors.

Remove watermarks on wood
Your most recent party left lots of watermark rings on your wood furniture. To make them disappear, apply petroleum jelly and let it sit overnight. In the morning, wipe the watermark away with the jelly.

Around the House
Take out lipstick stains
You set the table at that lovely dinner party with your favorite cloth napkins, but your girlfriends left their mark all over them. Now dotted with lipstick stains, those napkins may be headed for the trash. But try this first. Before you wash them, blot petroleum jelly on the stain. Launder as usual and hopefully you will kiss the stains good-bye.

Eject wax from candlesticks
The long red tapers you used at last night’s candlelit dinner were a beautiful sight until you saw the candle wax drippings left in the candle holders. Next time apply petroleum jelly to the insides of the holders before you put the candles in. The wax will pop out for easy cleaning.

Remove chewing gum from wood
Did you discover bubble gum stuck under the dining room table or behind the headboard of Junior’s bed? Trouble yourself about it no further. Squeeze some petroleum jelly on the offending wad, rub it in until the gum starts to disintegrate, then remove.

Keep a bottle lid from sticking
If you’re having a hard time unscrewing that bottle of glue or nail polish, remember this tip for when you finally do get it open. Rub a little petroleum jelly along the rim of the bottle. Next time, the top won’t stick.

For Personal Grooming
Moisturize your lips and more
If you don’t want to pay a lot for expensive lip balm, makeup remover, or even facial moisturizer, then your answer is a tube of petroleum jelly. It can soothe lips; take off foundation, eye shadow, mascara, and more. It will even act as a moisturizer on your face.

Make emergency makeup
Oh no! You’ve run out of your favorite shade of eye shadow. What do you do now? It’s easy — make your own. Add a bit of food coloring to petroleum jelly and apply as usual. This is a quick way to make stopgap blush, lipstick, or eye shadow.

Lengthen the life of perfume
You’ve picked out a great scent to wear on your night out, but it’s got to last. Worry not. Dab a bit of petroleum jelly on your pulse points. Then spray on the perfume. Now you can dance the night away and not worry about your perfume turning in early.

Soften chapped hands
If you’re constantly applying hand lotion to your tired, chapped hands, but then taking it off again so you can get more work done, try this tip. Apply a liberal amount of petroleum jelly to your hands just before you go to bed. By morning, they’ll be soft and smooth.

Smooth wild eyebrow hairs
If you have runaway eyebrows — the ones where the hairs won’t lie flat but curl up instead, control the wildness with some petroleum jelly. Rub a dab into your brows. They’ll calm down and behave.

Heal wind burned skin
You’ve just had a glorious hike through the countryside in autumn. And as much as you enjoyed the changing colors of the season, the hike has left you with an unpleasant souvenir: windburn. Grab a jar of petroleum jelly and apply it liberally to your face or wherever you’ve been chapped. The jelly helps relieve the pain.

Use as a lube
Of course you crafty fags from the 1970′s have been using Vaseline as a lubricant. Hence that is why all these 70 year old queens have the face of an shriveled apple but the cocks of a fifteen year old. LOL!!!!!!!!!! I would not recommend using them with condoms, but as a gel to masturbate with it is extremely handy. (Courtesy of Hedda Lettuce; http://heddalettuce.com/?p=4063)

Thanks for reading!

sources and more reading;

Aromatherapy Remedy Reference; Physical, Emotional & Mental Symptoms List

Aromatherapy Remedy Reference …Cont…

Aromatherapy Recipes;

Mental Fatigue,

Apathy-buster blend,

Ease Exhaustion Blend,

Romantic massage oil,

Exotic aftershave recipe

Reduce Stretchmarks, Scars or Keloids with Essential Oils, Scar Serum Recipe

All about Lavender

Read more about Helichrysum oil in action:Buy Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, Advanced Aromatherapy.

The Supportive Healing of Helichrysum A.K.A Everlasting & Immortelle: Wondrous Essential Oil Support for Healing Wounds and Scars with Essential Oils

Helichrysum italicum spp. serotinum: The best Helichrysum italicum is produced in Corsica,

Blue Healer (you can buy blue healer from; http://www.theoilshop.com)

wrinkle repair and reducer recipe

DIY Beauty Recipe : 8 Flower Nectar Elixir , Anti-aging serum

DIY rejuvenation face mask recipe, helps to smooth wrinkles, fine lines, chapped, oily or unbalanced skin

Candice’s hubpages articles

more awesome information about Helichrysum; http://theida.com/essential-oils/helichrysum-helichrysum-italicum

Original Swiss Aromatics, www.originalswissaromatics.com

Racine, P. (2003). Inhibition of 5-Lipoxygenaxe by essential oils and other natural fragrant extracts. International Journal of Aromatherapy, 13.2/3, p. 138-142.

Schnaubelt, K. (1995). Advanced Aromatherapy. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.

Schnaubelt, K. (1999). Medical Aromatherapy. Berkely, CA: Frog, Ltd.

Haas, M. (2004). Quick Reference Guide for 114 Important Essential Oils. San Rafael, CA: Linda Scent and Image             books.

Holmes, P. Helichrysum notes. Retrieved on October 23, 2007 from: http://www.snowlotus.org/html/oils/photos3.html

Holmes, P. (n/d). Clinical Aromatherapy: Using Essential Oils for Healing Body and Soul. Self-published.

Horrigan, C. (2004). The benefits and possibilities for the use of aromatherapy in palliative care. International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy, 1/2, p.23-27

http://draxe.com/peppermint-oil-uses-benefits/

Recipe and Uses for Homemade Unpetroleum Jelly, and vapor rub recipe

 

http://draxe.com/peppermint-oil-uses-benefits/

 

Feel Great, Lose Weight and Boost Metabolism

Hi there! Thanks for checking this out. This article, too is one of the many homeless orphans from my Yahoo repertoire and this seemed like the best place for it. Please be patient with me as I’m still updating links and adding new places for them. There are tons to weed through, so if a link doesn’t work, please know I am working on it :)Your patience is much appreciated!

walking © Andrzej Burak

The beginning of a new year gives us all sorts of inspiration to start things off right.What better time to give your body the care it deserves? Start off with a regiment that will help you feel great inside and out.

Possibly the best way to feel great, lose weight and boost metabolism is to get moving. Even a walking regimen to get things going is better than sitting at your computer.
Walking will not only make you feel great inside and out, but will melt the pounds off, give a boost to your metabolism as well as your immune system, bring you closer to nature, and have long lasting benefits on your physical and spiritual health.
Just by adding a movement regimen to your daily routine, you can burn fat and build muscle which speeds up your metabolism and helps you to continue to burn fat even when you’re sleeping.

That should grab your attention, ….yes…while you’re sleeping your body can still be burning fat!

Read on to find out how you can benefit your mind, body and spirit while losing weight and feel great again.

Things You’ll Need:

  • walking shoes
  • 30-60 min. / day

Step 1 : TAKE STOCK OF YOUR HEALTH

If you are just starting a walking regimen it’s always wise to check with your doctor first to make sure you are physically able to accomplish your mission. Most times and most people are able to start a walking regimen with no problems, but if there is any doubt; check with a physician.

Step 2 : START BY STRETCHING AND BREATHING

Always begin any routine with some kind of deep breathing and stretching, don’t laugh about the breathing. Breathing is a very important part in helping to get the body ready for anything. Not only will this benefit muscles and surrounding tissue,but will get your heart going and primed for action. Make sure to take at least three deep breaths (in through the nose, out through the mouth, counting to five on the in and out). Then stretch out every muscle from top to bottom, breathing with each repetition.

Step 3 : START WALKING

Whether it’s around your block, at a beautiful park close by, at a gym, or anywhere you feel comfortable, it doesn’t matter, just start walking! Not only is walking fantastic for your heart (it cuts your risk of heart disease) it’s great for lessening your chances of cancer (all types), even diabetes and strokes. All that by just walking! Walking at a moderate pace for 30-60 minutes is great. But if you’re just starting, even slow walking will burn approximately 100 calories per mile for a 180 pound person. Once you get a routine going you’ll notice that your weight will plateau and after a time the body has adjusted to that movement; it’s because you can only get so far with your weight loss by walking. Increase your walking time and distance as time progresses as walking is a perfect starting place, but once your body has become accustomed to the activity, it will adapt and to lose anymore weight you’ll have to kick it up a notch. But by this time your body will be craving more than just walking and you’ll be loving how your new body feels and how you feel because of it.

Step 4 ADD RESISTANCE TRAINING

KAI Moves (www.Kaimoves.com), NIA (Neuromuscular Integrative Action, Yoga and Pilates are perfect candidates for this when you don’t want to have the highly muscled body of a weightlifter or Miss Universe. What is Kai? (rhymes with “sky”). In Hawaiian it means”Ocean”. In Japanese it means “Opening”. In Swahili it means “Loveable”. Simply put Kai is a creative dance fitness class that offers non-traditional benefits. That is just one way to add and extra burst to your health, body-mind-and-soul.

Resistance training doesn’t have to include dumbbells and weight lifting machines. Both Pilates and Yoga offer “core strengthening” by using your own body weight as resistance, and both Kai moves and NIA offer fun, dancing and aerobic activity to the meditational workouts. There are so many added benefits of resistance training like; better posture, mood, increased metabolic rate, bone density all while toning and defining the muscles. Yoga, Pilates, Kai Moves, and NIA also offer wonderful side effects of mental, emotional and spiritual connections to your inner self adding personal growth to the long list of benefits. If you are just not into NIA, Kai, Yoga or Pilates, you can always try other types of exercise that will use a lot of oxygen (which burns fat) like swimming, rowing, running, biking, cross-country skiing, tennis, or whatever you enjoy that keeps you moving. Check Resources at the bottom of this article for more information.

Step 5 :TREAT YOUR BODY AS A TEMPLE

Your body is the temple for your soul. It is beautiful with all of it’s imperfections and perfections alike. Make sure to treat yourself in a loving way. Eat beautiful, healthy foods and give yourself time everyday to appreciate the wonders of your human body, mind and spirit. Thank your body for all the wonderful things it does for you. Treat it with respect and compassion.

Step 6 : HAVE FUN!

Don’t forget to HAVE FUN! If you get in a rut or start losing interest in a certain exercise or routine, change it up! Try dancing while making dinner, that will heat things up! The ingredients you need to make a meal are located all over your kitchen, so why not boogie over to the pantry and do a shimmy-shake with your rice, then try some squats to retrieve your pots and pans. Or how about a slide on over to the fridge to grab your gallon of water and lift it above your head and whoo hoo, switch hands! Now you’re getting into it!
Or instead of boring same-old, same-old cleaning your house, try lunges and dancing through housework. (I love waltzing, and dancing to classical music when vacuuming, and sometimes I’ll put on a funky groove, or whatever I’m in the mood for to get moving while doing chores). Get creative and have a ball and get your kids, friends and family involved, they’ll love it.
Or if your girlfriend calls, instead of standing or sitting there gabbing, walk around while chatting. Get in some steps while talking and you’ll be surprised at how much movement you can get into a regular conversation. Just try making it fun for yourself and enjoy moving every chance you get.

Step 7 : HEALTHY CHOICES

Try drinking a cup of green tea everyday while practicing positive affirmations. Green Tea has been studied for it’s weight loss and fat burning benefits and even raising metabolism naturally along with many other pluses.
Choose colorful foods and healthy snacks to get you through your day. And make sure to get plenty of sleep. Proper rest can help with stress, weight loss and overall well being. Also make sure to drink plenty of water!!! Water is key for a healthy mind/body/spirit. (Take your body weight, cut it in half, and drink that many ounces per day…eg.100 pound person should drink 50 ounces of water per day.)

Now smile and take a deep breath. Give thanks for your health.
You’re on your way to a better, happier you, and it will show.

Resources

NIA information

KAI moves information

YOGA information

Pilates Information

Calorie Burning Calculator

Types of exercise info

Exercise FAQ

Photo Credit

http://sierra.mmic.net/walking.jpg,

Springtime in Florida and neroli… my favorite soul medicine

neroliflowersSpringtime is my favorite time of year in Florida…not just because of the gorgeous weather, but for the hypnotic and beautiful aromas of orange blossoms wafting through the balmy breezes tickling my nose and sending smiles and light through my soul.

There’s just nothing like the scent of the orange blossom (or neroli)….and it will always be my favorite.

Neroli oil is a plant oil produced from the blossom of the bitter orange tree (Citrus aurantium subsp. amara or Bigaradia). Its scent is sweet, honeyed and hypnotic citrusy/floral. Even better is the lovely effect it has on the body, mind and soul.

Neroli Oil is an angelic fragrance that is like a beacon of hope, and a light for the spirit, and it can aid healing with many emotional and spiritual issues.

The fragrance is warm, soft, floral, and light, yet grounding.

The aroma triggers a feeling of happiness and safety almost immediately.

Neroli oil comes from the flowers of the bitter orange tree, which bloom in the spring, when new life reawakens after winter’s chill.

Neroli oil’s healing benefits for the body include:

  • Healing for dry, sensitive skin
  • Rejuvenating to mature skin, complexion
  • Healing to small broken blood vessels under skin
  • Useful for insomnia
  • Helpful for psychosomatic illness
  • Supports heart and cardiovascular health

Neroli brings light to the soul.

  • Relieves grief, depression
  • Treats feelings of hopelessness
  • Promotes strength, courage
  • Hypnotic, euphoric scent can uplift the spirit
  • Stabilizes mood

Neroli is relaxing and gently strengthening. Its fresh and comforting floral aroma inspires courage, quiet resolve and happiness. Petitgrain inspires strength and commitment. Its fresh, woody aroma is stabilizing and reassuring.

A mixture of neroli and petitgrain produces a fragrant blend. Not only do their respective aromas meld perfectly, but the benefits they inspire are reinforced through their bond. Individuals who are sad and lacking confidence will find it helpful to focus on a combination of pleasantly reassuring neroli and strengthening petitgrain.

Combine 20 drops of neroli and 20 drops of petitgrain with 8 ounces of distilled water. Place the mixture in a bottle with a spray atomizer attachment. In times of stress shake the bottle, then lightly mist the face and inhale the aroma.

The blended oils can also be diffused using an aromatherapy lamp. Or try adding 3 drops of the mixture to a teaspoon of oil and use as a gently relaxing massage. Sweet therapy indeed. –thanks auracacia.com 🙂

HISTORY:

Although oranges had been known since the first century, it wasn’t until the late seventeenth century that neroli oil was discovered; it is thought to have been named after Anna Maria de la Tremoille, Princess of Neroli (near Rome). The oil and the therapeutic properties of the flowers were particularly valued at this time by the people of Venice, who used it against the plague and other fevers, drank it as a tisane, and rubbed a distilled water into their bodies twice a day. At one time, neroli was used as a perfume by prostitutes in Madrid (customers could recognize them by the smell), but now orange perfumes have undergone a sea change, signifying purity, and blossoms are worn in bridal headdresses.

Bitter Orange is widely grown in the western parts of India, eastern Africa and Himalayas. Spaniards brought sour orange into St. Augustine, Florida, in the mid-1500s. By 1763, sour oranges were being exported from St. Augustine to England, setting the grounds for what is Florida today – one of the world’s largest producers of oranges. This state even uses the orange blossom as the official state symbol since May 5, 1909. During the orange blossom time, in spring, millions of delicate waxy white flowers scent the air throughout central and south Florida. Being one of the most fragrant flowers, orange blossoms are an indispensible material in perfume industry.

Neroli is used as both a base note and a top note depending on the oils that it is blended with.

It helps regenerate skin cells, improves skin elasticity, and even helps with acne, scarring, and stretch marks. Internally, neroli acts as a natural tranquilizer, and can relieve chronic anxiety, depression, and stress. Besides being a beloved oil by aromatherapists all over the globe, neroli is also often used in bridal bouquets, both as a symbol of purity, and for its ability to calm the bride’s nerves.

Neroli Properties & Uses:

Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, carminative, fungicidal, sedative, tonic. Great for; Acne, antispasmodic, anxiety, aphrodisiac, circulation, depression, headaches, hysteria, insomnia, lethargy, mature skin, menopause, neuralgia, panic, premenstrual discomfort, scars, shock, stress and stretch marks.

neroliOrange Blossom is a fragrant distillation of fresh bitter-orange flower. This orange, also known as sour orange, is usually too sour to be enjoyed out of hand, but this very same bitterness makes this type of orange much more aromatic than the rest of the orange varieties. Almost all parts of bitter orange are used to produce beautiful and aromatic materials for the fragrance industry: the essential oil is derived from peel of a fruit, orange leaves are used in production of Petitgrain oil, while delicate white flowers serve in production of Neroli and Orange Blossom absolute.

Neroli increases circulation and stimulates new cell growth. It can prevent scarring and stretch marks, and has been found useful in treating skin conditions linked to emotional stress. Any type of skin can benefit from this oil, although it is particularly good for dry, irritated or sensitive skin. It regulates oiliness and minimizes enlarged pores. Neroli Oil helps to clear acne and blemished skin, especially if the skin lacks moisture. With regular treatment, it can reduce the appearance of fragile or broken capillaries and varicose veins.

more with neroli: Must-read articles & books:

Aromatherapy for the Spirit- http://yellowstar2000.hubpages.com/hub/Aromatherapy-for-the-Spirit

NEROLI & CANCER: from miraclebotanicals.com

Neroli Essential Oil has been used throughout aromatherapy for a variety of health benefits due to its antibacterial, antifungal, sedative, and carminative properties. More recently however, Neroli Essential Oil has been discovered to attain anti-cancer effects. Studies have proven Neroli to be an effective inhibitor of tumor and cancer cell growth, due to the presence of its Farnesol chemical component.

Farnesol is an acyclic sesquiterpene alcohol naturally occurring in some citrus essential oils, including Neroli. The Farnesol found in Neroli Essential Oil has been shown to effectively promote the death of cancer cells through apoptosis. Apoptosis is a natural occurrence in a human’s daily life, in which averages of 50 to 70 billion cells die each day. When apoptosis occurs insufficiently in the body, uncontrolled cell proliferation occurs, causing cancer.

Neroli Essential Oil is a widely known powerful sedative and tonic for the nervous system. The oil is able to calm one’s mind and body on a cellular level, allowing for relief from anxiety and all nervous tension. This property of Neroli Essential Oil will induce anti-cancer effects, as all dis-eases are caused by emotional disorder, leading to stress and tension throughout the entire body.

Here are a few of my favorite books on healing the spirit with essential oils in no particular order:

 

other posts w/Neroli:

 

Where to find neroli:

It’s rare to find a pure 100% neroli oil, as it’s impossible for companies to be able to offer it for a low cost. It takes approximately 1,000 pounds of orange blossoms to make one pound of neroli oil….so keep this in mind when buying it as it’s most likely cut or diluted with other oils….especially if the price is low.

YOUNG LIVING OILS:  if you order from them use: youngliving.org and my distributor. # 1064822

mountain rose herbs;- 

Eden’s Garden; Neroli 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil- 5 ml

 

NewDirectionsAromatics offers: 
 Neroli (Morocco) Essential Oil
 Neroli 3%
 Neroli Commercial Grade Essential Oil
 Neroli Floral Water
 Neroli Fragrant Oil
 Neroli Nature Identical Essential Oil (Phthalate Free)

 

 

special thanks to; chakra4online.com/…oils/precious-essential-oils-for-body-mind-and-soul‎, newdirectionsaromatics.com, and http://www.aromatherapybible.com/neroli.html

 

 

 

DIY rejuvenating face mask recipe

essential oilFor all the DIY -ers, and those just curious about a recipe for rejuvenating face mask that helps to smooth wrinkles, fine lines, chapped, oily or unbalanced skin; Frankincense is the one essential oil to have in your arsenal. Plus, if you like essential oil recipes, or all natural recipes, try these beauties.
People have used frankincense for centuries, for all types of physical, mental, and spiritual purposes, one of those things frankincense is known for is that it balances mature skin, and is a well known wrinkle reducer.

Dr. Sabina DeVita ( an international speaker, author, a holistic energy practitioner, registered nutritionist, environmentalist, energy psychologist) writes “…Frankincense …known for centuries for its beautifying properties. The restorative, regenerating and rejuvenating actions are especially useful for dry, mature/sensitive skin…smooths lines and wrinkles…soothes and softens raw, chapped skin.. Balances oily skin,,, accelerates the healing of blemishes, inflammations, sores, scars, skin ulcers and wounds…”. Frankincense has the ability to tighten and uplift skin which helps prevents wrinkles.
Rejuvenating Facial Mask Dry / Mature Skin

  • 4 teaspoons honey or agave
  • 1 drop Frankincense essential oil
  • 1 drop Sandalwood essential oil
  • 1 drop Rose essential oil
  • 1 drop Lavender
  • 1 drop neroli
  • 1 drop patchouli
  • 10 dps. rosehip seed oil

Mix well in the palm of your hand, or a non-plastic bowl, and apply to clean skin. Relax for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm, then cold water. Makes enough for 2-3 applications.
Dry Skin Toner / Balancer Mask

  • 4 tsp. honey or agave
  • 1 drop Frankincense
  • 1 drop Rosewood
  • 1 drop Vetiver

Mix together with 4 oz distilled water and 4 oz. witch hazel, apply with cotton swab or natural cloth.

For another awesome recipe for a natural winter skin anti-aging facial creme click here ; https://yellowstaressentials.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/natural-diy-winter-skin-anti-aging-facial-cream/