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Lust after Lavender

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Lavender is the star of the herbal world. Regarded as one of the most beneficial and versatile herbs for therapeutic and cosmetic purposes, the ancient secrets of lavender are out. Here are ten reasons to surround yourself in all things lavender.

1. It rejuvenates the skin

Lavender’s antiseptic and antifungal properties have assisted in the treatment of pesky skin problems for centuries. Its balancing action helps clear acne, prevent tissue degeneration, calm psoriasis, and aid the formation of scar tissue. As it contains a high percentage of linalool, naturopaths also use it to promote the healing of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburn.

2. It strengthens hair

Keep tresses glossy and follicles strong through regular massages with lavender oil. Lavender is found in numerous hair care products, and for good reason – it’s known to balance scalp oils and rejuvenate the hair from root to tip.

3. It smoothes cellulite

Beautiful legs are achievable with a little flower power. Lavender improves circulation, tones the skin, prevents stretch marks and dispels fluid retention, thus helping with the appearance of cellulite.

4. It eases anxiety and insomnia

Scientific evidence suggests aromatherapy with lavender may be as effective in soothing the nervous system as some pharmaceutical relaxants. It’s renowned for promoting relaxation and improving sleep quality, and is even used by herbalists to ease mood swings and depression.

5. It relieves headache and pain

Lavender is famous among aromatherapists as the oil of choice for pain relief. Gentle massage with lavender oil not only melts away body-tension, it is an effective way to relieve pain from headache, sore muscles, aching joints, rheumatism and sprains.

6. It helps clear respiratory disorders

Don’t spend another sleepless night coughing. Lavender eases muscle spasms, fights infection, dulls pain, and most importantly helps you sleep. It is extensively used for a number of respiratory problems including coughing, throat infections, asthma, sinus congestion, bronchitis, whooping cough, and laryngitis.

7. It aids digestion

Your tummy has as many nerves as your brain so it’s no surprise lavender can calm the d

igestive system as it can calm the mind. Both an antispasmodic and a sedative, lavender can work wonders on ‘nervous stomach’ and cramps, as well as aid indigestion by stimulating the production of gastric juices and bile.

8. It helps clear respiratory disorders

Don’t spend another sleepless night coughing. Lavender eases

muscle spasms, fights infection, dulls pain, and most importantly helps you sleep. It is extensively used for a number of respiratory problems including coughing, throat infections, asthma, sinus congestion, bronchitis, whooping cough, and laryngitis.

9. It boosts immunity

Regular use of lavender oil has been shown to boost resistance to disease by lowering the flow of the stress hormone Cortisol. Cortisol lowers your immunity, which makes you more susceptible to colds and influenza during stressful times.

10. It’s soothing and calming

The scent of lavender brings about a sense of calm. Research has shown that lavender has soothing and even slight sedative effects when inhaled.

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Home made body butter

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Body Butter

Makes 2 1/2 to 3 cups whipped butter.

  • 1 cup organic raw shea butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (solid)
  • 1/2 cup almond oil (liquid)
  • 20 drops of essential oils of your choosing

1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes.

2. Stir in almond oil and essential oils of your choosing.*

3, Place oil mixture in freezer to chill.

4. Wait until oils start to partially solidify then whip until a butter-like consistency is achieved.

4. Place in clean, glass jar and enjoy! A little goes a long way.

*Not all essential oils are skin friendly or child friendly. Please do your research before adding.

TIPS:

1. You can use what ever oils you wish, just make sure you keep the ratio 75% solid to 25% liquid.Clearly avoid oils and butters you may be allergic too.  Just make sure you replace a solid for a solid and a liquid for a liquid.

2. The chilling step is crucial. If you don’t chill it properly, it won’t whip or stay whipped. About 20 minutes in the freezer usually does the trick for this batch. Make sure you scrape down the sides before mixing.

3. It does not have to be refrigerated.

4. I do not know the exact shelf life but I know it will keep at least a few months, mind you mine never last that long..

5. The body butter melts as it goes on and gets a little oily but absorbs beautifully, quickly and leaves your skin very soft.

6. Coconut oil and almond oil are quite easy to locate at your local health food store or supermarket

7. This recipe has been tested many times. If you don’t follow the recipe, you will not get the same results.

8. Many people ask for exact amounts of essential oils. I start with at least 20 drops of what ever oil I want to use and just increase slowly until I am happy with how it smells.

Be work wise a spend a few minutes stretching to improve your day.

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It is a fabulous idea to just make a little time for yourself to have a few minutes several times a day to do some easy stretches whilst at work. This will make a big difference to how your body manages working at a desk. It has the added benefit of you arriving home in better shape as you will not be as stressed because you have actively worked to reduce some of the strain within you.

Eyes

  • Keep your head still and look up, down and to both sides.
  • Look up and away from the screen, at something more than 3 metres away, regularly.


Neck

  • Gently lower your ear to your shoulder and hold for 10 seconds.
  • Slowly roll your chin to your chest and up to the other shoulder. Hold 10 seconds.
  • Turn your head and look over your shoulder for 10 seconds on each side.
  • Tuck your chin in and upwards and hold for 10 seconds.

Shoulders

  • Rotate your shoulders several times forward and backwards. Repeat a few times.
  • Stretch your arms behind your head. Bend one arm and use the other to gently pull your elbow downwards for 10 seconds. Repeat several times on both sides.
  • Shrug your shoulders up on and in vreath and let them drop on the exhale.

Wrists

  • Interlace your fingers and extend your arms with your palms turned outwards. Hold for 10 seconds then repeat.
  • shake your wrists to literally flick out the stress.

Back

  • Interlace your fingers, turn your palms outward and stretch your arms in the air. Lean slightly from side to side. Repeat several times.
  • Sit up and inhale arch outwards, exhale inwards (seated cat cow!)
  • Stand and support your lower back with your hands. Gently arch back for 5 to 10 seconds.

Legs

  • Lift each foot and rotate your ankle in both directions.
  • Point your toes and then curl them up.
  • hop up and jump an down for a few moments, this really moves the energy about and free concentrated stress from your being.

 

Super food – Raw cacao

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The Taste of Healthy  Cacao Beans. cacao
Cacao was the ‘Food of the Gods & Goddesses’ and the Mexican Mayans drank cacao chocolate drinks to maintain their vigour and valued the bean so highly that it was used as currency.
The Kuna Indians of the Panamian Islands of San Blas  who consume raw cacao in significantly high amounts, have extremely low blood pressure that doesn’t climb with age.

Raw cacao is possibly the best food source of magnesium which relieves stress and relaxes muscles and also maintains healthy heart and brain vitality.

– Raw cacao contains an array of natural neurochemicals such as tryptophan (the feel good chemical in serotonin production), anandamide (the bliss chemical), phenylethylmine… (the love chemical).

– Adding dairy, sugar or heat treating (like most commercial chocolates do) destroys most of the amazing healing properties of cacao.

Raw cacao is classified as a SUPERFOOD.
Raw cacao has a high antioxidant rating of  95,500 (on the ORAC scale) – which is 21 times more than green tea and 7 times more than dark chocolate.

Raw Cacao has over 360% more antioxidants than regular heated cacao

Raw cacao is possibly the best food source of magnesium which relieves stress and relaxes muscles and also maintains healthy heart and brain vitality.

Raw cacao contains an array of natural neurochemicals such as tryptophan (the feel good chemical in serotonin production), anandamide (the bliss chemical), phenylethylmine… (the love chemical).

Adding dairy, sugar or heat treating (like most commercial chocolates do) destroys most of the amazing healing properties of cacao! So don’t…..

Are you polluting our oceans?

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Did you know that many facial scrubs and shower gels, toothpastes and other personal care products contain tiny plastic beads. these beads are too small to be removed by water treatment plants and are ending up as plastic in the ocean. The beads are unfortunately consumed by fish and other marine animals, not only causing harm to these animals but also ending up in us as part of the food we consume. Some exfoliants contain as many as 350,000 beads in one tube. In the USA the states of New York and Illanois have moved to ban these beads from skin and other personal care items.

What can you do?

Check out the labels of the products you purchase. It they contain the words ‘ployethylene’ or ‘polypropylene’ in the ingredients list, as this indicates that the product contains plastic. Opt instead for products that use beads made from clays, bamboo. The Australian Jojoba Company is one of many ethical Companies producing products that are safe for you and safe for the planet.

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Nutricious and Delicious Nasturtiums

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ImageDid you know that this beautiful bright flower comes in a variety of colours and is high in B group vitamins, Vitamin C, iron, calcium, Phosphorous, potassium and manganese. Nasturtium tea has been traditionally used to relieve coughs and aid digestion.

Add the beautiful peppery petals or whole flowers to salads and pasta dishes to give them a bit of an extra punch. The leaves of this garden gem are also edible. The buds can be picked and used like capers. The seeds can be dried and used as a pepper substitute or in a savoury salt blend.

You will not look at this garden favourite in the same way after you add it is to your diet.

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