“Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.”
Certain essential oils are said to be helpful with some of the symptoms of IBS
, including managing stress, which everyone could use a little help with. It is meant not as a cure-all but as a gentle aid. These oils in particular have a relaxing and antispasmodic affect.
•Lavender- Helps in all areas of stress, anxiety and worry.
•Clary Sage- Helps with panic attacks, depression and relaxation, and restores energy.
•Chamomile- Helps with feelings of frustration and anger; it is soothing to both mind and body and is also an anti-depressant.
•Peppermint- Treats indigestion, respiratory problems, headache, nausea, fever, stomach and bowel spasms and pain.
•Frankincense- Lifts fatigue and restores energy, imparts a feeling of strength and well-being.
Massage is the most effective way of getting the oils into the body. The easiest way with an attack of IBS or even a tummy ache, is to use one or two drops in a basic cream or lotion and to rub it gently in circular motions over your stomach. You also might like to try a cold diffuser
with your favourite scent when feeling a little stressed!!
"...with immediacy and intensity, smell activates the memory, allowing our minds to travel freely in time."
The aroma of lavender is floral, sweet, and slightly herbal. Lavender essential oils are often used in aromatherapy. They offer many benefits and perform some of the following functions:
- Reduce Stress
- Promote relaxation
- Encourage a restful night's sleep
- Relieve muscle pain
- Treat migraines
- Prevent scarring and stretch marks
- Slow the development of wrinkles
- Treat sun damaged skin
~ Try a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow before bedtime.....
Easy Soap Recipe for Beginners
1. Please protect yourself. Wear safety goggles, gloves and long sleeves.
2. Add the lye to the water. Stir well taking precautions to not breathe in the fumes. Set the mixture to the side and allow it to cool to approximately 110F. You can put the lye water mixture outside if you are not in a well ventilated area.
3. Add all your oils together and melt. Allow them to cool to approximately 110F, or within 5 degrees of the lye water.
4. Add the lye water mixture to the melted oils, carefully. Stir vigorously until it looks like a thin pudding. If you are stirring by hand, these recipes may take up to an hour to get desired consistency.
5. Pour your soap mixture into your molds. Take out after 3 to 5 days and allow to sit for a full 4 to 6 weeks to cure.
Beginner 4.5 pound Soap Recipe - makes just under 4.5 lbs of soap
16oz Canola Oil
16oz Coconut Oil
16oz Palm Oil
6.9oz Lye (5% superfatted)
Beginner 6.5 pound Soap Recipe - makes just over 6.5 lbs of soap
5oz Canola Oil
5oz Castor Oil
32oz Coconut Oil
32oz Palm Oil
11 oz Lye (5% superfatted)
24.4 oz Water
Easy Lotion Bars
4 ounces shea butter
4 ounces beeswax, yellow or white
5 ounces liquid oil (jojoba or grapeseed are both excellent)
2 teaspoons of essential oil or fragrance oil
This lotion bar does not use cocoa butter so you can use any fragrance or essential oil that you wish.
Melt the beeswax in a separate container and the butter/oil in another container. Add together, mix well, stir in essential or fragrance oil and pour into containers. Mixture will harden in approximately 1-2 hours. The cooler the mixture is upon pouring it, the less 'divets' you'll get in the bar.
Honey Oatmeal Scrub
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup ground oatmeal (not instant)
1/4 cup pure honey
3/4 to 1 cup Grapeseed or almond oil
1/4 tsp essential oil of choice (optional) Vanilla works nicely.
Mix the brown sugar and oatmeal together in a large bowl. Add the honey. Drizzle the oil over the mix. Mix well. When all your mix is saturated and sinks to the bottom of the bowl and you have oil on top you're done. Add your essential oil or fragrance oil. A six or eight ounce wide-mouthed jar is ideal for storing.
Sugar, Salt and Nut Scrub
1/2 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup ground oatmeal
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup salt
1/4 cup almond oil
45-60 drops fragrance or essential oil
Add 2 tablespoons of honey for an extra-moisturizing scrub.
Mix almond oil and fragrance or essential oil together in a glass bowl. Add the sugar, finely ground almonds and salt together in a separate bowl and mix thoroughly together. Add this mixture to the almond oil. Mix well with your hands to incorporate and you're done!
Avocadoes are not only good for you to eat with plenty of the healthy fats that our body likes....your face likes them too!!
Avocadoes are rich in Vitamin E. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene and heavy cream is high in calcium. This mask with improve your skins texture and leave you glowing....
Soothing Avocado Mask
1 ripe avocado, masked
1 carrot, cooked and mashed
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 egg, beaten
3 TBSP honey
Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Lightly spread over face and neck and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Gently rinse with cool water.
"We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons." ~Alfred E. Newman
Making your own nontoxic cleaning kit will take you no time at all with these simple easy to follow directions. Even your six year old can do it...mine has!!
Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, and add enough liquid soap to make a texture like frosting. Add 5 drops lavender essential oil and/or 5 drops Tea Tree oil.
Scoop the mixture onto a sponge, and wash the surface. This mixture is great for cleaning the bathtub because it rinses easily and doesn’t leave grit.
Note: Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin to the mixture and store in a sealed glass jar, to keep the product moist. Otherwise just make as much as you need at a time.
Pure soaps do not contain any scents, additives or synthetic colors and are usually available in health and natural product stores. Pure soap is great for basic light cleaning and can be combined with a few drops of an essential oil for an added air-freshener effect.
Crystal Clear Window Cleaner
1/4-1/2 teaspoon pure liquid soap
3 tablespoons white vinegar
2 cups water
Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it up a bit. Voila!! It doesn't get any easier than that!!
All in One Spray Cleaner
1/2 teaspoon washing soda (found at Walmart or Canadian Tire)
A dab of liquid soap
2 cups hot tap water
Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing soda has dissolved. Apply and wipe off with a sponge.
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice
Mix the ingredients in a glass jar. Dab a soft rag into the solution and wipe onto wood surfaces. Cover the glass jar and store indefinitely.
For a quick fabric softener......Add 1/4 cup white vinegar to your washer's final rinse cycle.
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