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8 Hand Signs Yoga Masters Use To Get Rid Of Migraines, Anxiety, And Depression

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Many people practice yoga without knowing about Mudras.

If you’re looking for other ways to alleviate anxiety, depression and migraines…read on!

It’s time  to start using these hand gestures that stimulate different areas of your brain to promote health! Share these 8 poses with your fellow yoga lovers today.

This amazing article was written by Dr. Halland Chen, an MD who currently practices in New York at the Vein Institute and Pain Centers of America. —From The Hearty Soul

Eight Yoga Mudras for Better Health

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1. Gyan Mudra – Mudra of Knowledge

 

As the name suggests, this mudra increases our knowledge and improves memory and concentration. It stimulates the pituitary and endocrine glands and also helps with insomnia.

Description: You will often see this mudra used during meditation. Touch the tip of your thumb against the tip of the index finger. The other three fingers are stretched out, but can also remain slightly bend if that feels more free for you.

Other Instructions:  You can do this mudra any time of the day, but morning might be the most beneficial. It can be practiced in standing, sitting or even lying down.

2. Vayu Mudra – Mudra of Air

This mudra releases excess air from the stomach and can be beneficial for people suffering from chronic rheumatic conditions, arthritis, gout, Parkinson’s disease, paralysis and cervical spondylitis.

Description: There are three bones in each of the fingers called the phalanges (thumb only has two). Fold your index finger and place the base of your thumb against its distal phalanx (the bone close to the tip of the finger). The thumb comes over the index finger, and you should feel slight pressure. The other three fingers remain as stretched as possible.

Other Instructions: This mudra can be practiced any time of the day, on a full or empty stomach. To relieve the pain, hold it for 45 minutes and do it regularly. Once you achieve the desired benefits, you should stop with it as prolonged use can cause an imbalance in the body.

3. Prithvi Mudra – Mudra of Earth

This mudra is particularly beneficial when you are feeling exhausted and stressed out. It improves blood circulation naturally and reduces weakness as well as helps with the digestion system.

Description: In this mudrathe tip of the ring finger and the tip of your thumb touch. Press the tips together while the other three fingers remain as extended as possible.

Other Instructions: Preferably, perform this mudra in the morning, but other times of the day work, too.

4. Agni Mudra – Mudra of Fire

Agni mudra can also be called Surya Mudra (Mudra of the Sun). It stimulates the thyroid gland and deals with digestion, weight problems, and anxiety.

Directions: Bend your ring finger and press the base of your thumb against its second phalanx. The other fingers remain stretched out.

Other Instructions: This mudra should be practiced only in the mornings, on an empty stomach and in a sitting position. You should hold it for 5 to 15 minutes, twice daily. If you are feeling very weak, avoid this posture. Also, don’t overdo it in hot weather.

5. Varun Mudra – Mudra of Water

This simple mudra helps to regulate fluids in the body and is known for its beneficial effects on the skin. It moistens the skin as well as makes you glow.

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A must-read about grief

I came across this article today, and I believe it is imperative  we share this with everyone we can. …

For everyone’s  emotional well being…

I am compelled to share it here, in its entirety only because so many times when I’ve shared a great read, so often it disappears and is lost.
So, I’ve posted the whole article here and hopefully won’t be lost…

Original post from here: http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/1024302

Stifled Grief: How the West Has It Wrong

 Jun 03, 2016 | Updated Jun 07, 2016

Michelle E. Steinke Founder/CEO – One Fit Widow, My 1 Fit Life, Live the Life

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After nearly seven years of personal experience surrounding loss, I can tell who is going to read, share and comment on this article and it’s not necessarily the audience I’ve intended. Those who have walked the horrific road of loss will shake their collective heads “Yes” at many of my points below and share with pleads for the rest of the Western World to read, learn, evolve and embrace these concepts. Unfortunately, my words will fall short for my intended audience because the premise does not yet apply to their lives…yet. In time, my words will resonate with every human on the face of this earth, but until a personal journey with loss takes place, my words will be passed over in exchange for articles about gorillas and fights over public bathroom usage.

There is nothing sexy or exciting about grief.

There is nothing that grabs a reader with no personal interest to open my words and take heed to my writing.

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I’m here to say that the West has the concept of grieving all wrong.

I’d like to point out that we are a culture of emotionally stunted individuals who are scared of our mortality and have mastered the concept of stuffing our pain. Western society has created a neat little “grief box” where we place the grieving and wait for them to emerge fixed and whole again. The grief box is small and compact, and it comes full of expectations like that range from time frames to physical appearance. Everyone who has been pushed into the grief box understands it’s confining limitations, but all of our collective voices together can’t seem to change the intense indignation of a society too emotionally stifled to speak the truth. It’s become easier to hide our emotional depth than to reveal our vulnerability and risk harsh judgment. When asked if we are alright, it’s simpler to say yes and fake a smile then, to be honest, and show genuine human emotion.

Let me share below a few of the expectations and realities that surround grief for those who are open to listening. None of my concepts fit into societies grief box and despite the resounding amount of mutual support by the grieving for what I write below, many will discount my words and label us as “stuck” or “in need of good therapy.” I’m here to say those who are honest with the emotions that surround loss are the ones who are the least “stuck” and have received the best therapy around. You see, getting in touch with our true feelings, embracing the honest emotions of death only serve to expand the heart and allow us to move forward in a genuine and honest way. Death happens to us all so let’s turn the corner and embrace the truth behind life after loss.

Expectation: Grief looks a certain way in the early days. Tears, intense sadness, and hopelessness.

Reality: Grief looks different for every single person. Some people cry intensely, and some don’t cry at all. Some people break down, and others stand firm. There is no way to label what raw grief looks like as we all handle our loss in different ways due to different circumstances and various life backgrounds that shape who we are.

Expectation: The grieving need about a year to heal.

Reality: Sometimes grief does not even get started till after the first year. I’ve heard countless grieving people say year two is harder than year one. There is the shock, end of life arrangements and other business matters that often consume the first year and the grieving do not have the time actually to sit back and take the time to grieve. The reality is there is no acceptable time frame associated with grief.

Expectation: The grieving will need you most the first few weeks.

Reality: The grieving are flooded with offers of help the first few weeks. In many cases, helping the grieving six months or a year down the line can be far more helpful because everyone has returned to their lives and the grief stricken are left to figure it out alone.

Expectation: The grieving should bury the dead forever. After a year, it is uncomfortable for the grieving to speak of their lost loved one. If they continue to talk about them, they are stuck in their grief and need to “move on.”

Reality: The grieving should speak of the dead forever if that’s what they wish to do. When someone dies, that does not erase the memories you made, the love you shared and their place in your heart. It is not only okay to speak of the dead after they are gone, but it’s also a healthy and peaceful way to move forward.

Expectation: For the widowed – If you remarry you shouldn’t speak of your lost loved one otherwise you take away from your new spouse.

Reality: You never stop loving what came before, and that does not in any way lessen the love you have for what comes after. When you lose a friend – you don’t stop having friends, and you love them all uniquely. If you lose a child and have another, the next child does not replace or diminish the love you had for the first. If you lose a spouse, you are capable of loving what was and loving what is….one does not cancel out or minimize the next. Love expands the heart, and it’s okay to honor the past and embrace the future.

Expectation: Time heals all wounds.

Reality: Time softens the impact of the pain, but you are never completely healed. Rather than setting up false expectations of healing let’s talk about realistic expectations of growth and forward movement. Grief changes who you are at the deepest levels and while you may not forever be in an active mode of grief you will forever be shaped by the loss you have endured.

Expectation: If you reflect on loss beyond a year you are “stuck.”

Reality: Not a day goes by where I am not personally affected by my loss. Seeing my children play sports, looking at my son who is the carbon copy of his Dad or hearing a song on the radio or smell in the air. Loss because part of who you are and even though I don’t choose to dwell on grief it has a way of sneaking in now and again even when I’m most in love with life at the current moment. It’s not because we dwell or focus, and it’s not because we don’t make daily choices to move forward. It’s because we loved and we lost, and it touches us for the remainder of our days in the most profound ways.

Expectation: When you speak of the dead you make the griever sad, so it’s best not to bring them up.

Reality: When we talk about our lost loved one we are often happy and filled with joy. My loss was six and a half years ago and to this day, my late husband is one of my favorite people to talk and hear about. Hearing his name makes me smile and floods my mind with happy memories of a life well lived. It makes the grieving sadder when everyone around them refuses to say their name. Forgetting they existed is cruel and a perfect example of our stifled need to fix the unfixable.

Expectation: If you move forward you never loved them or conversely if you don’t move forward you never loved them.

Reality: The grieving need to do what is right for them, and nobody knows what that is except the person going through it.

Expectation: It’s time to “move on.”

Reality: There is no moving on – there is only moving forward. From the time death touches our lives we move forward, in fact, we are not given a choice but to move forward. However, we never get to a place where the words move on resonate. The words “move on” have a negative connotation to the grieving. They suggest a closure that is nonexistent and a fictitious door we pass through.

Expectation: Grief is a linear process and a series of steps to be taken. Each level is neatly defined and the order predetermined.

Reality: Grief is an ugly mess full of pitfalls, missteps, sinking, and swimming. Like a game of shoots and ladders, you never know when the board might pull you back and send you down the ladder screaming at the top of your lungs. Just when you think you’ve arrived at the finish, you draw a card that sends you back to start and just when it appears you’ve lost the game you jump ahead and come one step closer to the front of the line.

Expectation: The grieving should seek professional forms of counseling exclusively.

Reality: The grieving should seek professional forms of counseling but also the grieving should look strongly towards alternative modes of therapy like fitness, art, music, meditation, journaling and animal therapy. The grieving should take an “active” part in their grief process and understand that coping comes in many different forms for all the different people who walk this earth.

Expectation: The grieving either live in the past or the present. IT is not possible to have a multitude of emotions.

Reality: The grieving live their lives with intense moments of duality. Moments of incredible happiness mixed with feelings of deep sadness. There is a depth of emotion that forever accompany those who have lived with a loss. That duality can cause constant reflection, and a deeper appreciation of all life has to offer.

Expectation: The grieving should be able to handle business as usual within a few weeks.

Reality: The brain of a grieving person can be in a thick fog, especially for those who have experienced extreme shock, for more than a year. Expect forgetfulness, a reduced ability to handle stress and grayness to be commonplace after a loss.

I’ve just scratched the surface above on the many areas where grief is misunderstood in our society.

One hundred percent of the people who walk this earth will deal with death. Each of us will experience the passing of someone close that we love or our personal morality. It is about time we open up the discussion around death, dying and grief and stop the stigma that surrounds our common bond. Judgment, time frames, and neat little grief boxes have no place in the reality that surrounds loss. Western culture asks us to suppress our pain, stuff our emotions and restrain our cries. Social media has given many who grieve the opportunity to open up dialogue, be vulnerable on a large scale level and take the combined heat that comes with that honesty. As a whole, society does not want to hear or accept that grief stays with us in some capacity for the rest of our lives. Just like so many other aspects of our culture, we want to hear there is a quick fix, a cure-all, a pill or a healthy dose of “get over it” to be handed out discreetly and dealt with quietly.

The reality is you will grieve in some capacity for the rest of your life. Once loss touches you-you are forever changed despite what society tells you. Stop looking at the expectations of an emotionally numbed society as your threshold and measuring stick for success. Instead, turn inward and look at the vulnerable reality of a heart that knows the truth about loss. With your firsthand knowledge escape the grief box and run out screaming truth as you go. If we make enough noise maybe someday societies warped expectation will shift to align with reality.

 

Clean your home green while saving lots of green

We all want the best for our families…what’s good for the environment, our budget, and for our health. Using eco-friendly natural cleansers is a great way to go green. Here are some great tips:

 

 

This was previously published at Yahoo Voices in 2009, but since that site is now closed, I’m sharing the full article in it’s entirety here:

 

We are all making a difference by taking care of our surroundings, and choosing to live ‘greener’ or at least more ‘eco-friendly’. We are teaching our children who will in turn teach their children. And who wouldn’t want to do that? Especially when we are able to do these things without breaking the bank.

I for one, am constantly on the lookout for natural products that don’t cost a fortune. It’s tough being green because all the “organic” and “natural” products are always twice the price of their synthetic counterparts (which is just backwards). But I’ve found a way to clean green without spending too much green.

Making natural cleaners and organic home products is not only fun, but really easy. There’s nothing like the satisfaction of knowing you’ve done something good for yourself, your family and future generations. Who knew cleaning naturally could be so rewarding and at the same time so much fun?

Natural Floor Cleaner

When we had our new Pergo floors installed, the salesman gave me this great recipe for homemade floor cleaner. He told me how great it had worked on his own wood flooring. And since then, I’ve used nothing else. Of course I tweaked the recipe a bit by adding pure essential oils for all their added benefits.
This fantastic floor cleaner can be used on everything from ceramic tile to Pergo, from natural wood to linoleum, it works brilliantly, better than the brand name cleansers– and safer too.

Just find a 16 oz. spray bottle, you can find one at the dollar store (or use a sanitized recycled one).
Fill the 16 oz. spray bottle with:

  • 1/3 distilled water,
  • 1/3 distilled white vinegar,
  • and 1/3 alcohol

Rubbing alcohol works fine, but better still would be grain alcohol for a less ether smell.
Add about 2-3 drops of natural liquid Castile soap, or liquid dish soap, and about 25 drops of pure essential oils such as; Lavender, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Rosemary, Lemon or Orange essential oil.
Shake well before each use.

To Use: Spray small sections of floor from about 18 in. away, and clean as you go (works best if you spray and let sit for about 30 sec. to a minute). For tougher spots, spray and let sit for 1 minute and re-spray right before cleaning. Smells great! Cleans great! And best of all it doesn’t hurt you, your family or your environment! This bottle usually lasts me about a month or so and is so cost effective; you’ll never have to purchase one of those expensive brands ever again.

 

Air Freshener

To make this eco-friendly air-freshener, just add distilled water to a spray bottle, a few other easy ingredients, and add 30-40 drops of your favorite/favorites essential oils from the following list:

The essential oils are listed in descending order of anti-bacterial/antiseptic qualities (approx.), as well as other suggested e.o.s for a nice air freshener;

Thyme, Tea Tree, Clove, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon,
and Lavender, Sandalwood, Orange, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Geranium, Rose, Jasmine, Neroli.

Each one is excellent for purifying and cleaning the air. You may choose a combination of your favorites, or use only one of them. It won’t really matter, they all work brilliantly.

Just dissolve 30-40 drops of your chosen essential oils into 10 ml of grain alcohol (not isopropyl, something like Everclear or other neutral grain spirit );

or you can also use 10ml of mentholated spirits instead.

Add that mixture to approx. 500 ml (16 ounces) of distilled water.

Shake well to mix (and be sure to shake before each use)

Spray wherever you want a fresh scent while cleaning the air.

Be sure to always label your bottles. I use a Sharpie and write “Shake & Spray Air Freshener” and the ‘scent’ I’ve used so I won’t forget to shake the contents each time and with a glance see the ingredients clearly. It helps to add the date as well so you know when to make a fresh bottle. It’s best to discard unused portions after a month or so and start fresh.

 

Natural All Purpose Cleaner

I use this all purpose cleaner on almost everything except the floors. It works just as good as the more expensive natural brands.

  • 2 teaspoons borax
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap
  • 2 cups hot water
  • Optional essential oil blend (lavender, orange, lemon or whatever scent you like) approx. 5-25 drops

Combine the washing soda, borax, and soap in a spray bottle. Pour in the hot water (it will dissolve the minerals), screw on the lid, and shake to completely blend and dissolve. Just spray and wipe away. For tough to clean surfaces, leave it on for a few minutes before wiping it off.

Shake well before each use.

Storage: Leave in a labeled spray bottle w/date, use in one month.

 

Soft Scrub Cleaner

This great cleaner is especially good for those glass top stoves, and is so simple to make you probably have these everyday items in your kitchen handy enough to make this whenever needed.
This scrub can be used on the bathtub, sinks, shower, even delicate marble or Formica counter tops. Just use ½ cup baking soda with enough liquid soap (organic castile soap is the best) to make a frosting like consistency. You can add 5 to 10 drops of an antibacterial essential oil, such as lavender, lemon, or orange (optional of course, but I think it adds more benefits– like orange oil with its awesome grease cutting properties).
Scoop your soft scrub mixture onto the surface that you want cleaned with a sponge, then scrub, wash, and rinse. Make only as much as you will use at the time as this recipe will dry out in a short time.
Mold Cleaner / Inhibitor: Tea Tree Treasure;

This mixture can last for months and is super easy to make. Just add 2 tsp. of Tea Tree Oil (5ml = 1 tsp) to 2 cups water (16 ounces = 480ml); Shake well before use and spray on problem areas. Do not Rinse. The strong odor will dissipate in a day or so. Store in a cool dry place with an appropriate label.

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I hope you find many wonderful uses for these natural recipes in your ‘green’ home. Try them once, and see how much you save…you’ll go back to these recipes again and again after you realize they work just as good if not better than their more expensive counterparts. Plus, isn’t it great knowing you’re doing something good for future generations by helping to keep our world beautiful instead of adding more pollutants and toxins?

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Sources;

Amazon
Neutral grain spirit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutral_grain_spirit

Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils/affiliate
http://www.organicreverence.com/id6.html

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Clean Your Home “Green” While Saving Lots of Green

How to Make Environmentally Friendly Laundry Detergent, Air Fresheners & Other Household Cleaners

How to MAKE YOUR OWN “Green” LAUNDRY DETERGENT
This is really much easier than you think, it works great, will be gentler on the environment (and your septic system), and will save you money.

With this recipe, you’ll only be spending about $0.01 – $0.02 per load of wash. Wow, huh?
First, gather your ingredients for the 1:1:1 ratio of; borax, powdered soap and washing soda (not baking soda).

You can get the inexpensive unscented or hypoallergenic soap (comes in a pack of three) and grate it into a fine powder (this is the most time consuming part of the whole recipe but quite worth it).

Then mix everything together and scent the soap powder with a few drops of the essential oil of your choice. You can use whichever one(s) you want. I like to change it up and use different scents / essential oils everytime;

Like- lavender and vanilla,

or tangerine and grapefruit,

or jasmine and lemon…whatever you like.

Just make sure to not over-do the scenting with essential oils. Use less than you think you’ll need, adding only a drop or two at a time and mixing well.

One trick is to let it set over night and give it a sniff the next morning so it has time to permeate the whole batch. Never use essential oils directly on the skin and test patch for allergies first. You’ll find that you use a lot less than you think you’ll need. Just remember less is more!

TO USE:

You only need to use about one tablespoon of this homemade laundry soap mixture per load. It cleans clothes really well and it’s an all around winner.

It’s best to add detergent to the water before you add the clothes so the powder is fully dissolved. You don’t want to end up with soap spots on your clothes!

Congratulations! You just ‘greened’ your laundry and saved a bunch of $$$!!!

You are a fabulous frugalista!!!

 

 

DIY Natural Travel Kit with Essential Oils

imagesHow to Make a Natural Travel Kit with Essential Oils

Plus Recipes For; Sunburn Relief Spray, Jet Lag, Migraines, Stress Headaches, Nausea, Travel Sickness, Queasiness, Fear of Flying, and Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis

Aromatherapy can be a very helpful companion

when embarking upona long journey,

or even just a short trip,

and may even effectively replace some other

traditional medicines for those that are looking for

a natural alternative.

 

If you suffer from travel sickness,

headaches or migraines,

queasiness, fear of flying, jet lag,

insect bites and/or sun burns,

read on to find essential oil remedies that help with those maladies.

Original article published 2008 on Associated Content- posted here in full..Enjoy! Hope these tips help you on your next trip!

 

Aromatherapy can be a very helpful companion when embarking upon a long journey, or even just a short trip, and may even effectively replace some other traditional medicines for those that are looking for a natural alternative. While traveling may be a part of our work and our play, for those that suffer from travel-troubles it can be a nightmare. If you suffer from travel sickness, headaches or migraines, queasiness, fear of flying, jet lag, insect bites and sun burns, here you will find essential oil remedies to help with those maladies. I’ve also included a recipe for a massage blend to keep deep vein thrombosis at bay, as well.

Important Notes for Using Essential Oils; Dilutions and Usage of Essential Oils:

Always dilute essential oils, as they are very potent and too concentrated to use undiluted on the skin. To use essential oils in a massage, use the following dilutions:

For most people ages 12-65 add no more than 20 drops of your chosen essential oil(s) per ounce of carrier oils.

For those aged 4-6 or those over age 65, do not use more than 10 drops per ounce of carrier, and those aged 1-4, no more than 5 drops per ounce of carrier of safe essential oils.

For pregnant women or babies, only minute quantities of safe essential oils should be used. For instance, only 1-4 drops of essential oils should be used per ounce of carrier.

NOTE: Only Tea Tree, Lavender, Roman Chamomile 3%, Dill, and Mandarin (be careful of phototoxicity with citrus oils), as well as Eucalyptus Smithii (the mildest of all the Eucalyptus’) are safe for children and the elderly, and are the only essential oils that should be used on pregnant women, or children under 4 years old.

Here’s how to make your own natural travel kit with essential oils:

First, gather ingredients. Here’s a list of essential oils and items you’ll need;

  • Peppermint essential oil (peppermint supreme is best)
  • Lavender (French Lavender is best),
  • Ginger Root essential oil,
  • Eucalyptus Globulus (or Eucalyptus Smithii if using on children) essential oil,
  • Geranium essential oil,
  • Cypress essential oil (French Cypress is best),
  • Chamomile (Roman Chamomile 3% is best as it is less expensive than pure and is already diluted),
  • Grapeseed oil (or other carrier oil such as sweet almond, fractionated coconut, olive, sunflower, or mixture of carrier oils),
  • Aloe Vera liquid or gel (for insect bite relief roll-on)
  • Aromatherapy Inhalers (empty inhalers you can fill yourself),
  • 3.4 oz. (100ml) spray bottle (for sunburn relief spray), and
  • 3.4 oz. (100ml) plastic disc top bottle (for massage blend).
  • Small roll-on bottle for insect bite relief blend. I found a package of 12 roll-on bottles in 5ml size on amazon here.

Both types of empty bottles (spray bottles and massage blend bottles) can be purchased at Walmart or Dollar Tree, and Mountain Rose Herbs is a great place for essential oils and carriers . An easy way to label the aromatherapy inhalers is to write the title on a small piece of paper (about 1/2 in. by 1.5 in. will fit most inhalers), and cover the label with clear tape to prevent water ruining the label. Then attach the label to the inhaler with more clear tape. I use clear shipping tape, as it is wide enough to cover the label and reach over the edges, so it sticks to the label and the inhaler. Same goes for the massage bottle label, except for the size of the paper.

Recipes for Natural Travel Kit:

Sunburn relief spray – For the 3.4 oz (100ml) bottle

  • 1 oz Aloe Vera Gel
  • 2 oz purified water
  • 20 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops Vitamin E Oil (or 2-3 Vit. E oil caplets)
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 15 drops Roman Chamomile 3% essential oil

Mix, and shake well before each use. Spray over affected area whenever needed.

Here are a few extra tips to help heal sunburn quickly: Drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun until the sunburn completely heals, and avoid drinking any alcohol–because alcohol dehydrates you and your body needs water to repair the damaged skin. Also, wear loose natural clothing like light cottons, or silks.

Insect bite relief– For the 5ml roll-on bottle

  • 25 drops of Lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops of Tea Tree essential oil
  • 50 drops of Aloe Vera liquid (or thinned-out aloe gel)

Add ingredients to roll-on bottle, shake well. Replace roller ball and cap. Roll directly on the bite to relieve itching as well as promote healing.

Jet lag aromatherapy inhaler

  • 2 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops Geranium or Rose Geranium essential oil

Open the inhaler; add the drops of essential oils on the cotton filter. Place the cotton filter in the inhaler tube and close the bottom. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. Inhale gently whenever needed. Here are a few extra tips for naturally preventing jet lag: Make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, no alcoholic or caffeinated drinks. Try ordering a ginger ale or a water when you are flying. Also, for some, taking two capsules of ginger before flying really helps. Also make sure to keep moving, it isn’t helpful to stay stagnant the whole trip. If you can’t walk around, just do some simple exercises while sitting. Try some leg raises, palm contractions, or roll your ankles and feet in circles with your legs stretched out as far as they can. Also be sure to eat healthy meals on time, don’t skip any meals.

Aromatherapy inhaler and massage oil recipe for migraines, stress headache, nausea and depression

  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Peppermint

Make an aromatherapy inhaler by opening the empty inhaler, adding the drops to the filter, replacing filter, and closing the inhaler tube. You can take this with you on any trip because of its small size. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. You can also make a massage oil by adding these oils to a carrier. To make this into a massage oil in the 3.4 oz (100ml) bottle, use 30 drops Lavender, 15 drops R.Chamomile, and 15 drops Peppermint essential oils to 3 oz. of carrier like Grapeseed oil. Shake well, and be sure to add a label to the bottle or inhaler, so you always know what’s inside. To use the massage oil, shake well, and massage about 1 tsp. of the blend into the mastoids behind the ear, as well as the temples (being careful not to get any in the eyes). You may also massage over the abdominal/naval area if you wish. Do this hourly. You can also place a warm compress over the stomach after the oils are applied. Use the inhaler 4-6 times per hour, or as needed.

Travel sickness aromatherapy inhaler

If you get travel sickness when you fly, or when on a cruise ship, make an aromatherapy inhaler and gently inhale before and during your trip. This will help to calm and relax you, inside and out, whenever you feel ill from traveling. This blend is also good for stress when dealing with flight turbulence.

  • 4 drops of Peppermint
  • 4 drops of Lavender

To make the aromatherapy travel sickness inhaler open the inhaler; add the drops of essential oils on the cotton filter, then put the cotton filter back in the inhaler tube and close the bottom. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. Inhale gently whenever needed.

Travel queasiness aromatherapy inhaler

If you are prone to your stomach leaping, turning and churning during a flight, make this blend for your inhaler as it really helps with queasiness. This blend is also good for stress when dealing with flight turbulence.

  • 6 drops of Ginger
  • 2 drops of Peppermint

To make the aromatherapy queasiness inhaler open the inhaler; add the drops of essential oils on the cotton filter, then put the cotton filter back in the inhaler tube and close the bottom. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. Inhale gently to help settle your stomach.

Fear of flying aromatherapy inhaler

This blend is perfect for those who suffer from fear of flying. Inhale for a few minutes before takeoff, and again during the flight.

  • 4 drops of Chamomile Roman 3%
  • 2 drops of Lavender

To make the aromatherapy fear of flying inhaler open the inhaler; add the drops of essential oils on the cotton filter, then put the cotton filter back in the inhaler tube and close the bottom. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. Inhale gently whenever needed. The calming properties of these oils will help you relax the entire flight.

Travel massage oil

  • 3 oz. or 90 ml of grape seed oil
  • 15 drops Eucalyptus globulus (or Eucalyptus Smitii)
  • 5 drops of Cypress French
  • 5 drops Ginger essential oil

Combine all ingredients in the disc-top bottle and shake well before use. Apply to the skin by pouring out about 1 tabelspoon in your palm, rubbing palms together to warm oil, and gently massaging your legs. Here are a few other tips for preventing deep vein thrombosis:

Try to move as often as possible during long trips to prevent deep vein thrombosis from occurring, (which is caused by blood clots forming in the legs due to the lack of movement). Exercise your lower calf muscles if you’ll be sitting a long time. Whenever possible, get up and walk around. If you can’t get up to walk around, try raising and lowering your heels while keeping your toes on the floor, then raising your toes while your heels are on the floor.

Extra Notes on Essential Oils for Travel:

Peppermint, Ginger, and Lavender essential oils are the best for relieving nausea, motion sickness, or just feeling queasy. Keep these close at hand for trips.

Lavender is one of those essential oils that you should always have for a multitude of purposes, as it can be used for almost anything because of it being a natural balancer,

Also, Rosemary, Peppermint, and Grapefruit are great for an invigorating blend that stimulates physical and mental energy.

Cypress essential oil is also great for cellulite, varicose veins, water retention, stress, nervous tension, menstrual problems, as well as a good anti-inflammatory.

Ginger essential oil is also useful for treating rheumatism, arthritis, nausea, hangovers, colds and flu, congestion, coughs, sinusitis, cramps, chills, fever, bruising, sore throat and diarrhea.


Resources & More Reading:

Esoteric Oils; http://www.essentialoils.co.za/treatment/jet-lag.htm

BirchHillHappenings; http://birchhillhappenings.com/motion.htm

New Directions Aromatics; essential oils for travel

Find Ingredients and Supplies:

Roll-on Bottles

Aromatherapy Inhalers

Mountain Rose Herbs for essential oils and carriers

Bottle (100mL)+Spray Pump Atomizer Sprayer Empty Bottle

Yellowstar Essentials Essential Oil Travel Kit; http://sites.google.com/site/yellowstaressentials/Home/aromatherapy

More Reading on Essential Oils & Natural Remedies

List of Essential Oils for Specific Emotions

Can Essential Oils Help with Depression & Anxiety? Using Aromatherapy as a Mood Regulator

 

Original article at :  http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7884542/how_to_make_a_natural_travel_kit_with.html?cat=5

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Essential Oil Recipe Blends & Dilutions for Energy Work; Clearing & Balancing the Chakras

If you’re interested in making your own essential oil blends, or just wondered what might go into specific recipes for energy work, read on, I have a real treat for you. This was originally written for YahooContributor back in ’09, but since they’ve shut down the site, it needed a home.

It includes:

Primer, “Rose Base” Recipe (used in many of the following recipes), Clearing Room Spray, Positive Energy Spray, Setting Up Boundaries or for Protection Blend, Asking for Spiritual Guidance Blend, Clearing the Aura After Energy Healing Work Blend, and a beautiful Facial Winter Spritzer.

None of the links in this article work, they are no longer linked to Yahoo as the site has been taken down.So here’s another of my orphaned articles I’ll share it with you here… I’m working on finding homes for the rest of them. 🙂

enjoy!!

 First, a primer, or a little refresher course-

 About Dilution of Essential Oils:

Almost all pure essential oils should be used diluted (mixed with a carrier such as sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, etc.), especially if you will be using them on the skin. Remember that essential oils are extremely concentrated, as they include the whole spirit or “life blood” of the plant, flower, resin or root they originated from. Did you know that it takes 30 large roses to make 1 drop of rose oil, and 60,000 roses (about 180 lbs. of rose petals) to make 1 ounce of Rose oil? Now you know why it is so expensive!

Really, none of the essential oils should be applied neat (undiluted) with the exception of lavender or tea tree essential oils. And remember too, that they come from natural plants so some may be allergic to their properties. Please try a patch test before using any essential oil blend on your skin by applying 1 drop of diluted essential oil to the inside of your elbow, cover it with a band-aid and leave for 24 hours to check for allergic reaction.

Dilution Ratios for Blends and Essential Oil Recipes

Using the following ratios for your essential oil blends and recipes should keep you within the safe zone.

  • 60 drops e.o. / 1 oz. carrier = 10% dilution ( for room sprays, aromatic spritzers, + inhalers)
  • 30 drops of e.o. (like rose, jasmine, neroli, sandalwood, etc.) to 1 oz carrier such as Fractionated Coconut Oil or Jojoba makes 5% dilution.
  • 20 drops e.o. / 1 oz = 3% dilution.
  • 15 drops essential oils / 1 oz of carrier is called a 2.5% “normal” dilution.
  • 9 drops essential oils / 1 oz of carrier would constitute a “light dilution”, also called a 1.5% dilution.
  • 6 drops e.o. / 1 oz carrier is 1% dilution
  • FOR INFANTS or SMALL CHILDREN, ELDERLY or PREGNANT use 3-6 drops e.o.  / 1 oz of carrier for a  0.5-1% dilution
  • There’s about 600 total drops in 1 fluid ounce if you want to figure out a different dilution percentage.

Body sprays can handle up to 60 drops of e.o. per every 4 ounces of carrier, and for room sprays, up to 100 drops per every 4 ounces of water (or carrier) is the normal range .

 ON to the good stuff!!

Extending Expensive Essential Oils and “Rose Base” Recipe:

Creating a 5% or 10% dilution is also a great way to extend the life of the more expensive oils (like rose, sandalwood, jasmine or neroli). For example, to make a “rose base” add 30 drops of rose otto to 1 ounce of fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil –because of their little to no scent and long lasting properties – use this as your “scented base” for the recipes calling for rose.

If you have a really nice rose otto or rose absolute use this method to really open up the scent, as right out of the bottle rose absolute is quite overpowering and bombards the senses. With most essential oils it seems the more they are diluted, the more delicate the aroma, allowing the scent to fully open and be appreciated for all its attributes. Essential oils like lemon or lavender do not need to be stored this way, as they are light enough to begin with, so just keep them in the dark bottles they came in, and store in a cool and dark place.

For Energy Work use this Cleansing and Clearing Blend:

  • 25 drops of Lavender,
  • 20 drops of Rosemary,
  • 20 drops of Lemon,
  • 15 drops of Cedarwood (Atlas),
  • 5 drops of Eucalyptus,
  • 5 drops of Juniper,
  • 5 drops of Pine, and
  • 5 drops of “rose base”
  • in 4 ounces of purified water

Makes a lovely room or “space-clearing” spray, or use a few drops of the undiluted blend in a diffuser.

Use a “normal” or “light” dilution if using as a body spray. Make sure to always shake well before each use.

MORE RECIPES:

Positive Energy Spray:

  • 4 ounces of purified (or distilled) water
  • 10 drops of “Rose base”,
  • 10 drops of cedarwood (Atlas),
  • 7 drops of vetiver,
  • 7 drops rosewood ,
  • 9 drops of lavender,
  • 6 drops “neroli base”,
  • 12 drops pink grapefruit,
  • 12 drops of orange,
  • 12 drops of tangerine,
  • 8 drops of lemon,
  • 8 drops of bergamot (BF–bergaptene free)

Shake well and use as a room spray. For a body spray, use about 45-60 drops of this blend and add it to 4 ounces of distilled or purified water, shake well each time before use.

Cleansing and Positive Energy Combination Spray:

To cleanse the space and bring positive energy at the same time, you might want to try one of these combinations:

  • 30 drops Pink Grapefruit,
  • 25 drops Lemon,
  • 25 drops Tangerine, and
  • 20 drops Lavender
  • with 4 ounces purified water.

Or

  • 35 drops Cedarwood (Atlas),
  • 35 drops Grapefruit,
  • 20 drops of Orange, and
  • 10 drops “rose base”
  • added to 4 ounces of purified water.

Always shake well before using.

Setting up Boundaries or Protection blend:

You might want to use this blend to aid in protecting your space from negativity or bad energy:

  • 1 drop fennel,
  • 3 drops of rosemary,
  • 3 drops of juniper,
  • 8 drops of lemon,
  • 2 drops of hyssop and
  • 3 drops of vetiver
  • diluted into 1-4 ounces of carrier

You can use a few drops of this blend for an anointing oil, or use a few drops of the blend diluted in 4 ounces of purified water as a spray.

Asking for Spiritual Guidance blend:

Add 1 drop of the following blend placed on the “third eye” chakra before meditation or asking for spiritual guidance:

  • 7 drops of cedarwood (Atlas),
  • 3 drops “neroli base”,
  • 3 drops of “rose base”,
  • 2 drops of jasmine,
  • 1 tiny drop of angelica (pre-diluted at in a carrier as angelica is VERY strong),
  • 1 drop of both German and Roman chamomiles,
  • 7 drops of lavender,
  • 4 drops of geranium,
  • 1 drop of cistus (pre-diluted in a carrier) and
  • 4 drops of frankincense (pre-diluted in a carrier)

blended into 1 ounce of jojoba, sweet almond, grapeseed, or unscented coconut oil,

this may also be added to 2 ounces of purified water to make a spray if you’d rather not place anointing blend directly on skin.

To clear the Aura after Energy Healing work;

It is best to use a drop of rose base diluted in purified water sprayed around you, or one drop of rose base diluted in a carrier oil as an anointing oil to clear the aura, though, the clearing spray works fine too.

Facial Spritzer Winter Recipe:

A nice winter facial spritzer for almost all skin types

  • 3 drops of the “rose base”
  • and 3 drops of the “neroli base”
  • ( no more than 10 drops total maximum)

added to 4 ounces of one of the following;

  • purified water,
  • rose,lavender or neroli hydrosols,
  • or even distilled water.

My favorite facial spritzer in the winter is;

  • 4 oz. of neroli hydrosol,
  • 4 drops of “neroli base” (you can also use a 3% dilution for any of the “base” recipes such as “rose base” or “neroli base” ),
  • 2 drops of geranium,
  • 2 drops of sandalwood and
  • 2 drops of bergamot; but make sure the bergamot is bergaptene free (or bf). Bergaptene content in regular bergamot causes photosensitivity and since the bergaptene has been removed in this type, it allows it to be used in skin and hair care formulations without worrying about sun exposure after use.

Mix together the essential oils and hydrosols in a dark glass or PET plastic (PET is a type of plastic that can withstand essential oils) spray bottle, shake well before each use, and spray over face anytime for a nice moisturizing spritz.

Resources & More Reading;

http://www.naturesgift.com/methods.htm

Great books:

Hands of Light: A Guide to Healing Through the Human Energy Field

Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Compassionate Healing with Essential Oils

Aromatherapy for the Soul: Healing the Spirit with Fragrance and Essential Oils

Subtle Aromatherapy

Be sure to check out more of my articles on chakras: (working on linking these back to this blog)

Essential Oils and Chakras Part One; Introduction to Using Essential Oils for Balancing the Chakras

Essential Oils and Chakras Part Two; Using Essential Oils for Balancing Chakras 1-3

Essential Oils and Chakras Part Three; Using Essential Oils for Balancing Chakras 4-7

original link: http://voices.yahoo.com/essential-oil-recipe-blends-clearing-7336602.html

Beautiful words to live by, “Anyway” poem

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Happy day to you!!

Though it is sometimes cold and lonely walking the path of our life,

let these words become a part of you inside and out,

and that once disheartening pilgrimage

becomes a joyous journey and

a voluminous voyage full of warmth, community and love.

Anyway

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true friends; succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world your best anyway.
You see, in the end, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway. 

 

These words to live by/ poem/ life advice was thought to be written by Mother Teresa, but in fact was from a book called,
The Paradoxical Commandments written by Kent M. Keith when he was 19, a sophomore at Harvard College.
He wrote them as part of a book for student leaders entitled The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council, published by Harvard Student Agencies in 1968. The Paradoxical Commandments subsequently spread all over the world, and have been used by millions of people.
 

According to Lucinda Vardey, in Mother Teresa: A Simple Path (New York: Ballantine Books, 1995), page 185, there was “a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the children’s home in Calcutta.” This is what the sign said:

ANYWAY
People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered,
LOVE THEM ANYWAY
If you do good, people will accuse you of
selfish, ulterior motives,
DO GOOD ANYWAY
If you are successful,
you win false friends and true enemies,
SUCCEED ANYWAY
The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow,
DO GOOD ANYWAY
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable,
BE HONEST AND FRANK ANYWAY
What you spent years building may be
destroyed overnight,
BUILD ANYWAY
People really need help
but may attack you if you help them,
HELP PEOPLE ANYWAY
Give the world the best you have
And you’ll get kicked in the teeth,
GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU’VE GOT ANYWAY.

This version includes eight of the original ten Paradoxical Commandments. The two that are missing are the sixth (Think big anyway) and the seventh (Fight for a few underdogs anyway). The wording of the other eight commandments is very close to Kent Keith’s original, written in 1968.

–read more about this from the source: http://www.kentmkeith.com/mother_teresa.html

No matter where it originated, and in any case, these words are a marvelous way to give our lives meaning, and by giving, doing, and living for others, we indeed make our own lives worth living at all.

why chocolate is good for you!

Did You Know…

… that the world’s most incredibly sweet, decadent and satisfying food is actually good for you?

     Once considered the “bad guy” in the world of food, chocolate has turned into a national health-food phenomenon.  Read on to find out why and how chocolate is considered the “No. 1 longevity food in the world.

Chocolate is formed out of raw cacao seeds, the product of a fruit grown on the cacao tree (theobroma cacao).  Cacao trees are exotic—growing naturally in the shade of tropical rainforests in South America and the West Indies.  According to researchers, “The raw cacao bean is one of nature’s most fantastic superfoods due to its mineral content and wide array of unique properties.”

No wonder experts like nutritionist David Wolfe, author of Naked Chocolate, are extolling the benefits of the world’s most popular comfort food.  Its benefits are far-reaching:

check out the book: Naked Chocolate: The Astounding Truth About The World’s Greatest Food

Chocolate is good for sufferers of asthma, as it contains the anti-asthmatic compounds theobromine and theyophilline.
Cocoa, a component of chocolate, contains flavonels, antioxidants that increase blood flow to the brain.
Cacao also contains high levels of sulfur and magnesium, increasing your focus and alertness.
Chocolate can actually make you happier, longer. That’s because cacao enhances the amount of time the happiness-inducing compound anandamide stays in your system.
Chocolate decreases your anxiety and stress levels. A clinical trial demonstrated that dark chocolate reduced the production of stress hormones in as little as two weeks!
Chocolate is good for your teeth; the theobromine compound contained in chocolate kills the bacteria that cause cavities.
Chocolate contains zinc, a key mineral that contributes to the health of your immune system, liver, pancreas and skin.
Chocolate ensures your blood stays healthy, as it contains the key mineral copper.
Chocolate is considered by many nutritionists to be the best food for your heart.  A study conducted by the German Institute of Human Nutrition found that chocolate consumption lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, in part due to chocolate’s ability to reduce blood pressure.


In addition, a 15-year study involving men ages 65 and older, scientists studied the eating and exercising habits of 470 men, tracking their chocolate intake as well.  Their results?  “The men in the group that consumed the least cocoa were twice as likely to die from a heart attack than those in the group that consumed the most cocoa.”  Additionally, “Men in the study who consumed the most cocoa were less likely to die of any cause.”

     Just because chocolate is good for your health doesn’t mean you should indulge in the rich, calorific, sugar-laden chocolates that are widely available.  Many commercial chocolate bars contain ingredients such as refined sugar or unhealthy sweeteners, trans fatty acids and artificial flavors.  The key to gaining the most benefit from the world’s No. 1 longevity food is to choose chocolate that is …

organic

dark (as opposed to milk chocolate)

raw

stone-ground and/or cold-processed  … with a minimum of additives that can negate the health benefits.

Such chocolates  like; organic dark chocolate, especially; xocai brand cold processed natural dark chocolate are available at raw-food and natural-food stores, as well as online chocolate retailers like Amazon, Sacred Chocolate.

Not only is chocolate good for your insides, but ere’s a few Benefits of cocoa absolute essential oil: aphrodisiac, creates a feeling of well being and contentment, clarity, relaxes the muscles, anti-aging, decreases anxiety, anti-bacterial, an overall balancer of the body and mind.

Botanical Name: Theobroma cacao
Method of Extraction: Hexane Free extraction
Parts Used: bean
Country of Origin: France
Principal Constituents:
Arginine – an amino acid responsible for helping blood flow and increasing sexual desire
Phenylethylamine – unites with dopamine in the brain which creates a feeling like being in love, and increases focus, intuition, along with a sense of well-being and contentment
Theobromine – gently activates the neurosystem which then provides clear thoughts and relaxes muscles, speeds up metabolism, is anti-aging and can successfully prevent the growth of 102 types of bacteria
Tryptophan – is a mood enhancer and decreases anxiety
Anandimide – generates a feeling of calm

Cocoa essential oil (or absolute) makes a luscious lip balm too. For a peppermint patty lip balm; Just use 1 oz. of coconut oil, 1/2 oz. beeswax and add a few drops of this lovely chocolately goodness and a drop or two of peppermint essential oil and you’ve got yourself an awesome lip treat!

where to Find cocoa absolute essential oil:

OrganicInfustionswholesale:

Cacao Absolute (Chocolate Essential Oil), from Theobroma cacao

http://www.anandaapothecary.com/.

Cocoa Absolute at Wholesale prices – New Directions Aromatics

http://www.newdirectionsaromatics.com

Cocoa Absolute Essential Oil – $4.99 – Bless Your Body

http://www.blessyourbody.comRare and Exotic

 

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