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05 June 2010

Herbs for Anxiety

We all have some type of stress in our lives that is causing us to worry and get anxious. Anxiety herbs are an all around great natural remedy for your stressful, fast paced, day to day life. From worrying about our children to deadlines at work, or finding work and of course money. Money is a big cause of our stress, especially in these times. All this stress and worrying in our lives can eventually lead to anxiety. And those of us who have experienced any kind of anxiety know that it is no walk in the park. At some points you don’t want to even leave the house. It is just too nerve racking to be around people or do your job because you might have another ‘attack’. You will do anything to just make it stop. But before you go and spend money on the many types of anxiety medications that claim to relieve your anxiety, why not try to cure it naturally with anxiety herbs. Natural ingredients in anything is much better for us then some kind of medication made drug that can have a list of side effects and are mixed with all types of dependencies for the medication. Not only that, many of us don’t even have insurance to help us cover the costs of the very expensive prescription. So it is definitely worth to try an alternative method first. Anxiety herbs give you great relaxation for your mind and body. They will help you cope with the stress and anxiety that our everyday lives bring on by strengthening the body systems. However, there are many different types of herbs for anxiety to choose from. You may want to consult a health professional to find the right anxiety herb for you.
*Common Anxiety Herbs:
• St. John’s Wort – This is a mild sedative that affects the nervous system. It has been used for depression, anxiety and tension for over two thousand years and is becoming extremely popular in the U.S. Studies and research show that this herb can increase levels of existing serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine which can elevate your mood and can give you a feeling of euphoria.
• Passionflower – A perennial vine that grows all over the world, except in Africa and Antarctica, and has been used to treat anxiety and insomnia for centuries. It is a proven safe alternative to prescription and illegal drugs. The flowers, leaves and stems are all used in various ways for medicinal purposes.
• Kava Kava Herb – A South Pacific Island plant that promotes relaxation. Produces a relaxed but mentally alert state when taking small doses. Larger doses could lead to muscle relaxation and drowsiness. Studies have shown people with generalized anxiety and depression felt their mood improve and their anxiety lessen when taking Kava Kava.
• Chamomile Herb – Chamomile has been used since Greek, Egyptian, and Roman times. It works for nerves, digestion, and circulation. It has sedative and anti anxiety effects. It’s most common form of use is as in ingredient in herbal teas made from the dried blossoms of the plant.
• Rhodiola Rosea – A medicinal plant indigenous to Siberia that thrives in dry and cold arctic climates. Used to relieve occasional stress, anxiety, mental and physical fatigue and a depressed mood by stimulating serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine activity.
• Valerian Herb – Valerian has been a medicinal herb since ancient Greek and Roman times. Directly interacts with the GABA which promote a calming effect. Valerian is derived from the plant Valeriana Officinalis which relaxes muscles and improves sleep. It is usually used for mild to moderate anxiety problems and can be consumed in a capsule, liquid extract or in tea.
• Gotu Kola – This herb has been used in India for a long time. It rejuvenates the nervous system and has relaxing effects.
• Skullcap - Another herb that relaxes the central nervous system. It is also effective to reducing nervous tension.
• Oats (Avena sativa) – If you are really anxious, oats is very beneficial for your nervous system. It is recommend to use 1-2 teaspoons of this herb in tea.
• Motherwort (Leonurus Cardiaca) – This is commonly used for people who feel anxiety and have a rapidly beating heart. It directly impacts the cardiovascular system. Specifically, it is for people with anxiety that results from miter valve relapse.
• Rooibos – Popular in South Africa for many generations and now the use has spread to many countries. It is used in herbal tea to relieve nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems
• Lavender & Lemon Balm – A couple more common anxiety herbs used to promote calm, ease stress and feelings of agitation and irritation.
• Gaba, 5HTP – These herbs can be combined. Both contain naturally occurring amino acids which are very well known for their calming effects. Gaba works like a natural Valium with no side effects and 5HTP reduces anxiety and is also great for depression.

All these anxiety herbs have a long record of success when used as a natural medicine. They have been proven effective in many clinical research studies. Along with taking any of these anxiety herbs, you still may want to do some simple activities around the house that could also help reduce your stress. Like going for a walk, reading a book, or some type of meditation to relax your mind. Of course, you have to find time in your busy day to do these methods. Which is why things like anxiety herbs are becoming a more and more common way to relieve your stress and anxiety.

So if you are feeling anxious, stressed, or have a worrying mind, there is no need to resort to powerful over-the-counter drugs or prescription medication. Start with some calming natural remedies like the anxiety herbs and you could start feeling calm and relaxed fast without any kind of side effects.

*Three Steps To Help Your Anxiety Now:
1. Get plenty of sleep every night. This is simple but a lot of people don’t realize this. If you get regular sleep every night, 6-8 hours, then you will feel more relaxed and energetic throughout your day.
2. Exercise regularly. Very healthy for your body and mind. The more oxygen you take in the more increased blood flow to your brain. Also, your body secrets endorphins, nature’s answer to stress and anxiety.
3. Take a deep breath! It’s not just you. Lots of people go through this. When you are starting to feel anxious, step back and take a deep breath and calm yourself. Also practice taking deep breaths several times daily to make yourself more relaxed.

*Recommended Natural Product:
• Depression Fighters – This is an all natural supplement used to relieve anxiety and depression. Very popular and has been around since 2000. It is made to be an alternative to Prozac®, Zoloft®, Paxil®, Effexor®, Celexa®, Wellbutin®, and Adapin®. But unlike those prescription drugs this has no side effects or health risks and it is all natural so no prescription is needed. It provides an all natural boost to the feel good neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, and GABA and can help you feel a sense of joy, calm and happiness.

I highly suggest you try this out and take care of your anxiety now!

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10 May 2010

Natural Treatments Can Ease Menopausal Problems

Every month since puberty, your body has ripened some of the half-million, or so eggs stored in your ovaries. But now (usually around the age of 50), there are only a few eggs left. and the entire monthly cycle - the swelling and bursting of the egg sac, its release of the hormones estrogen and progesterone, the hormone-triggered thickening of the uterus with blood as it prepares to harbor and nourish a newly fertilized egg, and the menstrual shedding of uterine cells and blood if an egg isn't fertilized- is slowly coming to a halt.
Starting a few years before your final period (a time called peri-menopause), as your supply of eggs dwindles and reproductive hormones decline, you may begin to feel that "The Change" should be the title of a horror movie-with you as the unwilling star.
There can be hot flashes and night sweats. Fatigue and insomnia. Vaginal dryness and loss of sex drive. Depression, memory loss, or sudden mood swings. what's more, you intermittent periods may be the heaviest and most uncomfortable that you've ever experienced.
Of course, you can opt for hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and many women dealing with the symptoms of menopause can benefit from this type of medication. But it's likely that your doctor has told you that using HRT or enduring the symptoms are your only two choices.
Few women learn about alternative therapies to reduce menopausal symptoms. As a result, many women do not get the treatment that's best suited to their needs. With the alternative home remedies offered here, however, which are recommended by doctors and healers who specialize in treating menopause, you don't have to be one of them. I am now 48 years of age, and 5 years into menopause. I was very young (43 years), to have gone through menopause in which Doctors neglected to properly diagnose me. The following, is how I overcame my symptoms. Individual symptoms, age and treatments may differ.

~Cooling Hot Flashes and Night Sweats~

Most menopausal women experience hot flashes, and many seek medical care. It's not hard to under-stand why.
The "flash" usually begins in the chest, neck, or face and spreads to other parts of your body. You sweat-sometimes mildly, sometimes profusely. (If you have hot flashes at night, called night sweats, you may sweat so much that you have to change the sheets.) After you sweat, you shiver. Because you feel so uncomfortable - first hot, then cold, - you may shed and then add clothes throughout the day.
Hot flashes typically last from 30 seconds to 5 minutes, and they can happen infrequently as few timers a fear or as often as 30 to 40 times a day. Here's how to get relief.

VITAMIN E: As Effective as Estrogen
This nutrient can help control and even eliminate hot flashes. Recommended 400 to 1,200 international units (IU) daily. Start with 400 IU and gradually increase the dosage over 2 weeks until you obtain relief.
The best way to take the vitamin is in divided doses four or five times a day. I you have night sweats, take one dose before bed and another during the night if you wake up.
Once you're felling well, gradually start reducing the dosage back to 400 IU.
Vitamin E may also help ease other symptoms of menopause, such as vaginal dryness. Various studies show that vitamin E can be an effective substitute for estrogen in the majority of women.

FOOD: Add E to Your Diet
Foods that are good sources of vitamin E include; avocado, flax-seed, and wheat germ. I also urge women to regularly eat small quantities of E-rich seeds and nuts. *Sprinkle sunflower seeds over a salad, or chop a few Brazil nuts on a casserole or grain dish.

The effects of stress on menopausal women can be reduced by being sure that the multivitamins they take contain adequate doses of B vitamins. Take daily multivitamins that contain 25 to 100 milligrams of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, and B6, as well as 50 to 100 micrograms of B12.

BLACK COHOSH: For Hormonal Balance
This herb attaches to estrogen receptor sites in the body, helping to correct hormone imbalances and reducing many of the symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and night sweats.
I recommend using high-quality products such as standardized tinctures or tablets. If you want to make a tea, which is also helpful, buy some dried root at a health food store. cut 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of root, place it in a pan with 2 cups water, cover and simmer for 10 minutes on low heat. Strain the tea, let it cool to room temperature, and drink 1/2 to 1 cup three times a day.
For Tablets, I suggest taking 20 milligrams twice a day. If you use a tincture or liquid form of the herb, take 1/2 teaspoon as is or diluted in a small amount of water twice a day.
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you'll need to take the herb daily for anywhere from 5 days to 5 or 6 weeks before you feel better.

MOTHER-WORT: The "Cool" Herb
If you don't see results from black cohosh, look for another plant ally. Try mother wort, which cannot only help stop hot flashes but also alleviate irritability, a common problem during menopause.
To make motherwork tea, pour 1 pint of boiling water into a pot containing 1 ounce of the leaves, steep for 10 minutes, strain, and drink at room temperature. Drink 1/2 to 1 cup of tea three times a day as needed.
As a tincture, take two droppers every 10 minutes until your symptoms go away, which usually happens after two or three doses. If you can't take it that often, take two droppers once and hour, either straight or with a small amount of water. A tincture of this herb at these doses is quite safe.

SAGE: For Profuse Sweating
This herb works well for a woman who is having hot flashes throughout the day - taking her sweater off, putting it on, waking with night sweats, and driving everybody crazy, including herself. Make a sage tea, following the directions for mother-wort tea, above.

PROGESTERONE: To Halt Hot Flashes
Most women who used the hormone progesterone for 1 year will have improvement of their hot flashes. Pro-Gest, a natural progesterone cream applied 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cream twice daily, right after getting up in the morning and right before going to bed. Rub it into any area of your skin.

HYDROTHERAPY: Sweat More to Sweat Less
The body expels toxins during menstruation. When menstrual cycles decrease or stop, the body needs another outlet for the toxins, so it seats or has hot flashes. By sweating intentionally in a sauna or steam bath, you provide as outlet for the toxins and can eliminate hot flashes.

~Steps to More Energy and Better Sleep~

Fatigue and insomnia are major problems for menopausal women. Here are some effective ways to solve them.

SIBERIAN GINSENG: an Herbal Energy Booster
This herb helps restore energy and cool hot flashes. Recommended taking 200 to 1,000 milligrams in three divided doses throughout the day. Determine the size of the dose according to the severity of your hot flashes.
For some menopausal women, Siberian ginseng can cause increased menstrual bleeding, so if you experience this effect, discontinue the herb.

SUPPLEMENTS: Three for the Adrenals
Worn-out adrenal glands are a common cause of fatigue in menopausal women.
To regenerate your adrenals, recommended three adrenal-building supplements: 2,000 milligrams a day of vitamin C, 500 milligrams a day of pantothenic acid (a B vitamin), and 80 milligrams two to four times a day of desiccated adrenal extract. Take the extract for 2 or 3 months, then take a break for 1 to 2 months before restarting.

Dabbing a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow can help you sleep.

VALERIAN: For a Good Night's Sleep
Taking 300 to 500 milligrams of Valerian extract 1 hour before bedtime is a safe, nonaddictive herbal option for better sleep.

ACUPRESSURE: Resting Points
Stimulating two acupressure points on your feet once a day can help relieve insomnia and anxiety in menopausal women. To do the exercise, sit comfortably and press firmly but gently on each point for 1 to 3 minutes with your middle and index fingers.
*KI6 - Using your left hand, press the indentation on the inside of your right ankle, directly below the anklebone. Repeat, using your right hand on your left ankle.
*BL62 - Using your right hand, press the indentation on the outside of your right ankle, directly below the anklebone. Repeat with your left hand on you left ankle.

~Dealing with Vaginal Changes and Lowered Libido

As peri-menopause changes to menopause, early symptoms such as hot flashes and mood swings tend to go away.
Changes in the vagina increase, however. The tissues become thinner, drier, and less elastic, which could cause painful intercourse and reduced sexual desire. Sexuality itself is also estrogen-dependent, so after menopause, orgasms can be less frequent and can be less intense and clitoral sensitivity can be lessened.
Don't think that you have to take a vow of celibacy, though. You can stay sexually active and enjoy it after menopause. Here are a couple of suggestions.

KEGELS: Squeeze More Pleasure into Your Life
This repetitive squeezing of the pelvis muscles improves vaginal elasticity and increases sexual pleasure. Kegel exercises can be done anywhere, while standing, sitting, or lying down. Ideally, you should practice them five times a day for the rest of your life. Here are instructions for performing these simple exercises.
Slowly draw up the vaginal muscles and hold for 3 seconds, then relax. Repeat 10 times. Next, squeeze the vaginal muscles firmly, then alternately contract and relax them as rapidly as you can. Repeat 10 times.

CHASTEBERRY: Chases Away symptoms
this herb is believed to have a profound effect hormonally, not only helping to reverse vaginal changes and lowered libido but also relieving many of the symptoms of menopause. It takes about 3 months of daily use to see results.
Recommended using the herb in tincture form, following the dosage recommendations of the label. Chasteberry is often available in health food stores under the name Vitex.

~ Slowing Heavy Bleeding~

As hormones shift, periods can become less frequent and lighter. For some, however, periods become longer and heavier before ceasing. There are a number of nutrients that can help solve the problem.

VITAMIN A: Helps Stem the Flow
Women with excessive bleeding have lower-than-normal levels of vitamin A and that supplementing with the nutrient stops bleeding in most women with this problem. Recommended eating plenty of sweet potatoes and drinking carrot juice, both of which supply beta-carotene, the most beneficial form of vitamin A.

B-COMPLEX VITAMINS: Maintain Estrogen Levels
Take 50 to 100 milligrams a day of B-complex vitamins, which can help stabilize estrogen levels.

these nutrients can reduce heavy bleeding. Recommended 1,000 to 4,000 milligrams a day of vitamin C in combination with 500 to 2,000 milligrams of bioflavonoids.

~Natural relief from Memory Problems, Mood Swings, and Depression~

For many women, the emotional and mental effects of menopause - forgetfulness, wide mood swings, and depression - are worse than the physical ills. there are many simple solutions, however.

GINKGO: For Better Memory
This herb is an antioxidant and improves blood flow to the brain. Look for a standardized product containing 24 percent ginkgo flavoglycosides with 6 percent terpene lactones as the active ingredients. Taking a 40- to 80 milligram capsule three times a day can provide significant improvement.

ST. JOHN'S WORT: For Anxiety and Irritability
This herb is more effective than traditional antidepressants for mild to moderate depression. Take 100 to 300 milligrams of a supplement standardized for 0.3 percent hypericin three times a day.

YOGA: Pose As a Child
The yoga exercise known as the child's pose is excellent for calming anxiety and stress due to emotional causes and will also relieve menopause-related anxiety and irritability.
Begin on your hands and knees with your knees hip-width apart and your elbows straight but not locked. Exhale and sit back on your heels, rest your torso on your thighs and bring your forehead to the floor, stretching your spine. Rest your arms on the floor beside your torso with your palms up. Close your eyes, breathe easily, and hold the pose for as long as you're comfortable. You can do it for as long as you like without harm.

Affirmations are positive statements that help change negative, unhappy emotional and mental states. Here are some of my recommended affirmations for menopause. to do the affirmations, sit in a comfortable position and repeat each statement three times, slowly and clearly.
* My mood is clam and relaxed.
* I handle stress easily and effortlessly.
* I feel wonderful as I go through menopause.
* Menopause is a beautiful time of growth and change for me.
* I am enjoying my life more and more.
* My life brings me pleasure.


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29 April 2010


Indian spiceImage via Wikipedia

You probably already sprinkle cinnamon on your oatmeal for flavor or maybe you turn to ginger to soothe an upset stomach. But have you ever considered spicing up your beauty regimen? applying spices topically with lotions, tonics, and washes helps maintain the health of your body's largest organ-your skin. Look for products containing these spices.

*Turmeric: this Ayurvedic spice is a potent antioxidant, helping keep skin wrinkle free by fighting skin-damaging free radicals. Plus, it's anti-inflammatory properties make it a prime skin soother. Some research even suggests turmeric may slow skin cancer growth.

*Cinnamon: Studies show just a small concentration of cinnamon cassia effectively fights bacteria. Cinnamon also stimulates blood circulation, bringing nutrients and oxygen to the skin to help eliminate blemishes.

*Mustard: Mustard seed's oil contains high levels of selenium and zinc, important antioxidants that may help fight free-radical damage. High levels of beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids can reduce signs of aging and counter inflammation.

*Chili Pepper: Capsaicin, the purified, extracted alkaloid from red chili peppers, helps fight skin pain and itching when applied topically. By depleting substance P, a neuropeptide that transmits pain from the skin to the spinal cord, topical capsaicin goes beyond soothing the skin, it reduces join pain in arthritis patients.

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25 March 2010

Ten cleansing foods for daily detox.

1. Organic, leafy green vegetables.
Raw or cooked, greens like kale, collards, spinach, bok choy, and broccoli are packed with chlorophyll, which helps eliminate toxins and protect the liver. Lightly diuretic greens, especially watercress and arugula, work with the liver to flush out toxins while their rich minerals keep you strong.

2. Daikon.
This peppery root looks like a large white carrot; it's packed with vitamins and minerals to stimulate weight loss.

3. Lemon.
A rich source of vitamin C, lemon helps convert toxins into water-soluble form so they are easily flushed from the system.

4. Garlic.
Garlic activates liver enzymes that help filter out toxins. It also stimulates circulation and contains antibacterials that help the body to cleanse efficiently.

5. Whole grains.
Unprocessed grains are excellent sources of soluble fiber, which mops up toxins and strengthens digestion so you assimilate nutrients more effectively.

6. Green Tea.
Loaded with catechins, which improve liver function, green tea is the perfect detox brew.

7. Broccoli sprouts.
While all sprouts aid the body in breaking down fats, broccoli sprouts contain the most cancer-fighting enzyme-stimulating compounds.

8. Cabbage.
A potent anti-inflammatory food, cabbage powerfully activates both types of detox enzymes in the liver.

9. Fresh fruit.
Although high in simple sugars, the fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants in whole fruits trump that downside any day.

10. Water.
When all is said and done, if you aren't properly hydrated, all your cleansing efforts will be compromised. Eat lots of water-rich plant foods and drink at least eight glasses a day for optimal health.

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10 March 2010

The Healing Powers of Oxygen Treatments

Oxygen produces an immediate well-being and energetic sensation. Main importance is that it increases skin micro-circulation and oxygenation of the tissue. High pressurized injection of mixture,oxygen and serum. The actives will penetrate to the deepest level of the dermis. Excellent with Vitamin C Serum for age spots and expression wrinkles. Oxygen is essential to proper healing of bodily tissues, whether it's the skin, or muscles. In most cases, the act of breathing combined with a healthy network of veins and arteries provide enough oxygen for the body tissues to heal. However, in certain circumstances, oxygen treatment is used to substantially increase oxygen flow within tissues to improve healing. Oxygen Treatments used for: Crush Injuries: complications of crush injuries, such as from motor vehicle accidents, falls...etc just to name a few. By increasing oxygen delivery to injured tissues, oxygen treatments reduce swelling, improve healing and help fight infection. Problem Wounds: Wounds may fail to respond to standard care because of low oxygen levels and impaired circulation. Foot ulcers in diabetics are one such problem. By increasing oxygen levels within the wound tissues, therapy promotes healing. Anemia/Blood Loss: In cases where a patient can't accept a blood transfusion for medical or religious reasons, sufficient oxygen delivery (via red blood cells) might be compromised. Oxygen treatments will increase the oxygen content of existing red blood cells. Intra-cranial Abscess: A sinus infection may form an abscess within the body. antibiotics may be ineffective and white blood cells require a minimum oxygen level to kill bacteria. Treatment provides oxygen for white blood cells and inhibits bacteria that need low oxygen levels to grow. Soft Tissue Infections: These are serious infections- in which tissue is dying- that may be complicated by conditions such as diabetes or vascular disease. While primary treatments are removing the infected tissue and administering antibiotics, oxygen may inhibit bacteria from growing and enhance the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria. Radiation Therapy Complications: Chronic complications of radiation therapy used to treat cancer may result form scarring and narrowing of the blood vessels. Oxygen treatments allow more oxygen to reach these damaged areas and help prevent issue form dying for lack of blood and oxygen flow. Skin Grafts: The success of transferred skin grafts or flaps (which might include skin, deeper tissue, muscle and bone) is largely dependent on sufficient oxygen supply to the affected area. Oxygen treatment can be used to saturate the area with oxygen before and after grafting. Burns: Oxygen Therapy is sometimes used to treat burns. Oxygen therapy reduces swelling, limits progression of the burn injury (which continues 3-4 days after the initial injury) and may diminish lung damage from inhalation of heat and smoke. Oxygen Facial~ $110. Oxygen is a life-sustaining element. With oxygen, we have more energy, metabolic function and regeneration occurs. Oxygen infused into the skin reduces the appearance of expression aging, dehydrated skin and fine lines. During this treatment, you will receive cleansing, toning, exfoliation, face, neck, arm and hand massage, concentrated molecular oxygen together with vital skin nutrients are sprayed onto skin, assuring that delivery occurs in it's purest, most energizing and vital form. * Oxygen Mask Treatment additional $50. Sage Skin Spa 945 Spring Street Suite 1 (Bates Plaza) Paso Robles, Ca 93446 805-674-1341

04 March 2010

7 Beauty Myths that Deserve to Die.

We are all so-called experts on skin care. After all, my friend's mother swore by smearing globs and globs of Vaseline on her face each and every night. And her skin was weathered like a piece of leather, so it must be true. Come close and let me share a secret. Would you believe me if I told you that not everything you hear or read is true? (Which might lead one to argue that that statement could therefore be false, which would negate this entire post... ouch I think I just pulled a muscle in my brain.) Here are some common beauty myths and what I found out about each. Myth: Cucumber Reduces Eye Puffiness The cucumber itself does not reduce puffiness. But consider this, have you ever heard of someone being referred to as hot as a cucumber? No, it's cool as a cucumber. Cucumbers are able to stay cold for long periods of time outside of a refrigerator.  That cold is what actually reduces puffiness (it causes blood vessels around our eyes to contract, thereby reducing swelling). That being said, you could lay a dirty sock over your eyes and it could help. As long as it is cold. Myth: Preparation H Reduces Eye Puffiness Yeah okay. NO. In fact, using Preparation H around the eyes can cause dry and inflamed skin. Therefore, you'll just end up with dry, inflamed, greasy eyes. You're better off just saving it for your nether region. Myth: Your Skin Pores Open and Close A pore is not a door or window - they can not open and close. However, if something is built up in the pore (like dead skin cells) the pores can appear enlarged. Seek out an expert esthetician for deep exfoliating in order to remove that gunk stuff. Myth: Soap is Bad for Your Skin When soaps contained lye and animal fat, this was true. But newer soaps are less harsh and often have good stuff like moisturizers. Recommendation - soaps of sage, handcrafted organic olive oil based soaps in 9 varieties. Myth: Vaseline on Your Face every Night will Prevent Wrinkles Petroleum can make wrinkles less apparent by softening lines, but can't prevent aging. Myth: Cutting Your Hair and Eyelashes Once a Week will Make Them Grow Longer We'll believe just about anything, won't we? Try this one out and you'll just end up bald. Myth: Never Pluck a Gray Hair; Ten More will Grow in it's Place Answer me this: If you grow some carrots and pull them up out of the ground, will a bunch more pop up in it's place?  It's just not possible.

19 February 2010

How to summer proof your makeup

Summer is almost here, so it's time to change your makeup application routine to avoid makeup meltdown in the torrid summer days.

Making a full face makeup last all day in hot, muggy conditions is not easy, just as for some stepping outside 'bare face' is just as difficult.

If you still want to be able to wear makeup in the hot summer, let's get down to the nitty-gritty of makeup to know how to summer-proof your makeup.

Makeup Base

During the hot season we tend to sweat much more than in other season, which can instantly spoil our makeup.
Foundation can be very difficult in heat, it might melt down or smudge - to avoid any accidents - swap the liquid foundation to a waterproof powder foundation or mineral foundations.

This will give you the coverage you'll need, but your skin will still be able to breathe.

Carefully blend it into your skin, apply foundation only to certain spots, forget covering all your face with it.
Always have blotting paper at hand. It will will help you in removing the oil excess.


Obviously waterproof mascara!
Opt for formulas that won't dry out your lashes. It is very important to let them breathe and keep them hydrated.

Take care how you wipe it off, your lashes might be very sensitive, as waterproof makeup is more stubborn.

In terms of eye shadows, you might look on the bright side with sheer, fresh colors. Pastel shades, neutrals, gold and aqua tones are very hot this season.

Eyeshadow primers are without a doubt essential weapons in summer-proofing your makeup.

Cream eyeshadows are definitely your best choice. Less is more, that's why keep things simple, apply only one or two shades to ease the proofing job.
Minerals, minerals, and again avoid getting the panda eyes.


Lips can be as heavily affected by the sun just as your skin. So, you better take extra care of those kissies with proper conditioning and moisturizing.

Your lipstick might easily melt if you don't apply foundation to your lips.
This will keep it from smudging and smearing all over the place.

Lip liners are vital before applying the lipstick, these enhance its long-lasting effect. Then apply the lipstick or lip gloss for a natural look.

Choose tones that are close to your natural skin color. Your lips can also look fabulous if you use lip stains. Apply these to moisturized lips, since these are long lasting and can easily dry out your lips.
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09 January 2010

Practical Aromatherapy

How to dilute and use essential oils.

Aromatherapy enters the body in several ways.  When inhales, essential oils pass directly from the lungs into the bloodstream.  When absorbed through the skin in dilutions, aromatherapy oils enter the circulatory system.  If you carefully follow the guidelines for diluting and suggested uses, you'll be amazed at the efficacy of these plant-based remedies.

Start Safely:
Essential oils must be diluted before application to the skin.  Adding them to carrier oils such as hazelnut, grape seed, almond, or olive helps prevent skin irritation.  some citrus oils are photosensitizing, so avoid sun exposure for 12 hours after their application.

*Do not take essential oils internally.
Avoid essential oil use in the first trimester of pregnancy.  Later in pregnancy floral oils are best: rose, lavender, ylang ylang, jasmine, chamomile, and neroli.  Safe exceptions to flower oils include geranium, mandarin, orange, frankincense, and spearmint.  Use in 1/2 to 1 percent dilutions.

Dilution Guidelines:
1 percent dilution = 5 to 6 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil (best for babies, the elderly, or those of weak constitution).
2 percent dilution = 10 to 12 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil (for general use). Do not exceed 15 drops per ounce of carrier oil.

Methods of Application:
Here's how to prepare essential oils before use:
  • Massage oil: 2 percent dilution.
  • Bath oil: 2 to 10 drops per tub (don't use irritant oils: peppermint, citrus, lemongrass, spice oils).
  • Foot bath: 5 to 10 drops per gallon of water or herbat tea.
  • Compress: 4 drops per quart of water.
  • Gargle or mouthwash: 2 drops in one cup of water.
  • Inhalant: 5 to 10 drops in bowl of hot water with towel tent; or sprinkle on hankie.