Thursday, May 4, 2017

Benefits & Uses for Peppermint Oil

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Where Did Peppermint Come From?

Who loves a good story? No? How about an interesting story? Well no matter you can skip the story. It is said that peppermint came from a Greek water nymph named Minthe. She caught the attention of Hades, the god of the underworld, who just happened to married to the goddess Persephone. Well, Persephone found out about this love affair and in a rage went to avenge herself. Now here is where the story gets tricky because there are 2 no 3 different versions, so pick the one you like best.

  1. Persephone kicked and stomped Minthe into the ground. When Hades found out he turned her into a plant that everyone would be attracted to.
  2. Hades came upon the two women and seeing the wrath in his wife's eyes turned Minthe into a plant before Persephone could do her any harm.
  3. Persephone was giving Minthe a working over and Hades turned her into a plant. Persephone began stomping on the plant releasing the aromatic smell of peppermint which calmed her.

Background on Peppermint Essential Oil   
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Due to the fact that there are conflicting facts on peppermint I will only write the things I found to be consistent. Peppermint is in the mint family and is a cross between water mint and spearmint. Peppermint has grown in Europe and the Middle East for hundreds of years. It has also been found in the tombs of Egypt. Today it is grown in various places around the world. 

  • Processing -  Peppermint essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and stems
  • Species - Menta Piperita 

Therapeutic Properties

  • Analgesic - Relieves pain
  • Antiseptic - Prevents the growth of disease causing microorganisms 
  • Antigalactagogue - Reduces a mother's milk supply
  • Antiphlogistic - Reduces inflammation
  • Antispasmodic - Used to reduce muscle spasms 
  • Astringent - Causes the contraction of body tissues usually the skin
  • Carminative -  Relieves gas
  • Cholagogue - Promotes the discharge of bile from the system
  • Decongestant -  Relieves nasal congestion 
  • Emmenagogue - Increases menstrual flow
  • Expectorant - Helps to bring up mucus from the lungs
  • Febrifuge -  Fever reducer
  • Nervine -  Calms nerves
  • Stimulant - Raises the levels of physiological or nervous activity within the body
  • Stomachic - Promotes appetite or assists with digestion  
  • Sudorific -  Induces sweating
  • Vasoconstrictor - Causes blood vessels to narrow
  • Vermifuge - Relieves worms and parasites 

Ways To Use Peppermint Oil

Aromatic
  • ·          Place 2 to 3 drops of oil in a diffuser
  • ·         Put a drop on each palm, rub together, place over nose and mouth, and breathe normally
  • ·         Inhale directly from the bottle
  •       Put a few drops on the collar of the shirt and inhale as needed
  •       Put a few drops on a piece of cloth inhale as needed
Topical

Peppermint oil may be applied as is to the skin, but those with sensitive skin, young children and the elderly should dilute it using a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba. The carrier oil will take nothing away from the medicinal properties of the essential oil.

  • Reflex Points - For some issues applying diluted oil to specific areas of the souls of the feet are recommended. 

To dilute choose the carrier oil, use 1 drop of oil for every 1 teaspoon of carrier oil.

Internal  
  • Add 1 - 3 drops of oil to tea or water
  • Fill a vegetable capsule with 1 drop oil and 2 drops carrier oil, such as coconut to see how your body reacts. You may then consider increasing the oil to 2 drops with 4 drops carrier oil. 

Everyday Uses                                        
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Household Uses
     Insecticide – Apply 1 – 2 drops onto a cotton ball and then place it in the problem area

Mental & Emotional Health
     Alertness – Combine one drop each of peppermint,  frankincense, and orange; then apply a drop on each palm (as mentioned above in aromatic)
     Autism – Apply by rubbing in one drop of diluted oil on the chest each day
     Endurance – Refer to any options mentioned above in aromatic suggestions
     Memory – Diffuse thoroughly within the room when seeking to enhance memory

Oral Health –
     Halitosis – Apply 1 drop onto your toothbrush, or create a homemade mouthwash by using ½ cup filtered water, 2 tsp organic baking soda, 4 drops of peppermint oil, or simply add 1 – 2 drops to a 2 ounce glass of water

Physical Issues
     Antioxidant – All of the methods for aromatic, topical, or even internal, can be utilized for this purpose
     Appetite Suppressant – Inhale directly from the bottle or add 1 drop to a cup of filtered water
     Asthma – Diffuse, or apply by rubbing, a diluted drop of oil onto the chest
     Bacterial Infections – Rub a diluted drop of oil on the problem area
     Bell’s Palsy – Can be used topically and aromatically as directed above
     Brain Injury – The same method as described under Bell’s Palsy
     Chronic Fatigue – Diffuse throughout the room, or apply a diluted drop of oil by rubbing or massaging onto the bottom of both feet
     Common Polyps – Take a dose in a veggie capsule, or rub a diluted drop of oil on the problem area
     Congestion – Diffuse throughout the room, inhale directly from the bottle, or rub a drop of diluted oil onto the chest area
     Constipation – Slowly rub one diluted drop of oil on the abdomen in a clockwise motion
     Cooling -  Rub or massage the diluted oil on back of the neck, wrists, behind the knees, and even apply onto the tailbone
     Cramps – Rub diluted oil on the problem area
     Crohn’s Disease – Add one drop of oil to 2 ounces of water, drink this several times throughout the day, or rub in one drop of diluted oil on the abdomen area
     Decrease Milk Supply (nursing moms) – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil on both breasts 1 – 2 times a day to increase milk supply
     Diarrhea -  Take a dose orally or rub a drop of diluted oil on the abdomen using a clockwise motion
     Endurance – Utilize any or all of the aromatic suggestions and methods listed above
     Fainting – Hold the bottle under the nose of the person who may faint or feel faint
     Fever – Rub or massage a single drop of diluted oil onto the bottoms of both feet, on the back of the neck, and even on the tailbone
     Gamma Radiation Exposure – Rub or massage 1 drop of diluted oil onto the bottoms of both feet, or take internally
     Gastritis – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil in a clockwise motion onto the abdomen or take orally
     Headaches – Rub or massage 1 drop of diluted oil onto each temple, avoid the eyes due to irritation
     Heartburn – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil onto the chest area or take orally
     Hernia – Rub 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil over the problem area
     Herpes Simplex – Rub 1 diluted drop over the problem area
     Hot Flashes – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil onto the back of the neck and also onto the bottom of each foot
     Huntington’s  Disease – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil onto the bottoms of each foot, or diffuse throughout the room
     Hypothyroidism – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil on directly onto the thyroid area and reflex points on the bottom of both feet 
     Indigestion – Diffuse throughout the room, take orally, rub 1 drop of diluted oil onto the reflex points of each foot, or apply by rubbing 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil using a clockwise motion onto the abdomen
     Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Apply by rubbing 1 drop of diluted oil in a clockwise motion onto the abdomen, rub 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil on the reflex points on the bottom of both feet, or take orally by adding 1 drop to a 4 ounce glass of water and drinking several times throughout a day
     Jet Lag – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil on the bottom of each foot
     Menstrual Cramps – Apply by rubbing a drop of diluted oil over the problem area
     Motion Sickness – Place a drop of oil directly onto a shirt, inhale directly from the bottle, even on car seats, or apply a few drops onto a cotton ball or scrap of cloth to inhale when needed
     MRSA – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil onto the problem area
     Multiple Sclerosis – Rub 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil directly on the problem area
     Muscle Aches – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil directly on the problem area
     Myelin Sheath – Rub 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil directly on the problem area
     Nausea – See Motion Sickness method listed above
     Osteoporosis – Rub 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil on the problem area
     Paralysis – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil to the area of concern, or diffuse thoroughly throughout the room
     Rhinitis – Inhale directly from the bottle, or apply by rubbing 1 drop of diluted oil  on the side of the nose, avoid the eyes due to irritation
     Sciatica – Rub 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil onto the hips, begin at the center of the sacrum and work the rubbing in an outward motion
     Shock – Utilize any of the aromatic methods listed above or massage 1 drop of diluted oil on the neck, chest, and both shoulders
     Sinusitis – Inhale directly from the bottle or rub 1 drop of diluted oil on the sinus area, avoid the eyes due to irritation
     Surgical Wounds – Gently pat 1 drop of diluted oil onto the problem area to avoid itching the wound, use as needed when irritation or itching occurs
     Swollen Eyes – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil onto the temple next to the swollen eye, avoid the eyes due to irritation
     Tennis Elbow – Rub 1 – 2 drops of diluted oil directly onto the problem area
     Throat Infection – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil on the throat and chest area - at the same time gargle with 1 cup of warm water that contains ½ tsp of sea salt and 1 drop of oil use several times throughout the day, or diffuse throughout the room
     Typhoid – Diffuse throughout the room, take orally, or apply by rubbing 1 drop of diluted oil on the bottom of each foot, consider adding some of the oil into a natural household cleaners
     Ulcer – Apply by rubbing 1 drop of diluted oil on the abdomen, or add 1 drop of oil to 1 cup of filtered water and take orally 
     Vomiting – Add 1 drop of pure oil to 1 cup of water, if unable to keep this down due to illness, instead diffuse throughout the room or inhale directly from the bottle

Skin Issues
     Cold Sores – Dab a diluted drop of oil on the problem area
     Hives – Gently rub 1 - 2 drops of diluted oil on the problem area
     Itching – Same method as seen listed under Hives
     Scabies – Same method as seen listed under Hives
     Ticks – Put 1 pure drop on the tick and it will release easily, fall off, or back away from the area

Oils that Combine well with Peppermint

  • Cypress
  • Eucalyptus 
  • Geranium
  • Grapefruit
  • Juniper
  • Lavender 
  • Lemon
  • Marjoram 
  • Rosemary
  • Tea Tree (melaleuca) 
DISCLAIMER: Prior to utilizing peppermint oil and the methods listed, always consult your healthcare professional or physician directly, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, planning on becoming pregnant, dealing with a current health problem, or taking additional medications. In addition, due to the strength of the oil and scent, peppermint oil should not be used for treating children under the age of 7. Remember, peppermint oil should always be diluted before used internally or directly applied onto certain areas of skin. If irritation or allergic reaction occurs stop the use of peppermint oil and consult a medical professional immediately.

Do you use Peppermint Oil? How are some ways you use it?
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Wind Proof Jewelry Stand for Out Door Events

I do two farmer's markets every week and during the winter months here in Louisiana it gets windy. The last two Sundays at the market my stand for holding my handcrafted crystal necklaces kept blowing down. It was so windy I had to take my tent down. After setting up the jewelry stand and having it blow again and again I just took the necklaces off the stand and laid them on the table. With the tent gone my chalk board signs down and the jewelry stand down my booth was not inviting at all.
Not my tent
Now let me just back a bit. This past summer, on my birthday no less, a wind came out of no where, blew my tent over the low fence next to me, and then started to rain. It was horrible, I struggled to get my tent back over the low fence and had a couple of young women stop to help. I could not close the frame back up it looked like a dead spider.

The wind is the biggest enemy for vendors at any out door event. Needless to say I have been traumatized by the event. While I have taken steps to secure my tent I didn't think about my display, until now. I woke up Monday thinking of ways to wind proof my display and then searched Pintrest for some inspiration.

Jewelry Stand

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This is what I found on Pintrest and was my source of inspiration. I liked this idea because I have not seen any other jewelry vendor use it. The container in the image is to small and everything I had around the house was as well. 

I went to the dollar store and found a round vase with a big base, some stones, glass stones and sand. Now for a trip to Hobby Lobby. I went to the floral department in search of something to use and found some branches. When I walked up to my husband with them he easily broke one off and said that's not going to work. We happened to be in the wrought iron department and began to look for something there. He spotted a tree that we both agreed would be perfect. 

Tree Jewelry Stand Holder



I placed the bigger rocks in the bottom of the vase while making sure my tree was centered. Then I added some of the glass stones to fill in the gaps. Lastly I began to add the sand while at the same time adding more of the glass stones until the sand was gone and topped of the vase with the remaining glass stones. 

What I really like about this idea, outside of the fact it is wind proof, is that I can twist some of the branches out separating the necklaces for easy viewing. 





Do you display at events? 
What has been your biggest challenge? 
Have you been able to resolve the issue?





Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Tuesday's With a Twist #194 Link Up

Quotes for the Day

“In the place of stillness, rises potential. From the place of potential, emerges possibility. Where there is possibility, there is choice. And where there is choice, there is freedom!” —Gabrielle Goddard

“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.” —Elizabeth Bibesco

It's Your Life



Our co-hosts are....

Joyce from Heavenly Bodies
Angie from God's Growing Garden

Okay there is one rule family friendly posts only. Link up begins Tuesdays at 7:00 am eastern and runs through Friday 11:59 pm eastern. Don't just link up and leave if we all did that no one would gain any readers, new friends, or followers. While you are there leave a comment and let them know you followed them from Tuesday's With a Twist. I don't know about you, but I like to know how my readers found me. On to the party.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Rose Quartz & Skin Elixir

Rose Quartz is known as the crystal of unconditional love. It is beneficial with those who seek to bond with those they truly care to bond with more deeply.

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This crystal has a feminine energy which contributes to compassion, tenderness, healing, comfort, peace and nourishment. Sounds like a mommy doesn't it? Rose Quartz resonates with heart chakra and aids with eliminating fears, wounds and resentment and for us to fully love and receive love from others. Not only does it aid with loving others, but also everything that is beautiful in the world art, music, nature etc.

     Use Rose Quartz for the Following

  • To deal with the lose of a mother
  • Place on the abdomen of pregnant women
  • Keep near when giving birth
  • Create a circle of Rose Quartz around the food of a baby to aid with colic & feeding issues
  • Strengthen a romantic relationship learn how to create a love alter here
  • Place under the pillow for beautiful dreams or aid with fear of the dark
  • Wear Rose Quartz or carry for dealing with trauma, emotions and to deal with change
  • Place a large Rose Quartz unpolished crystal in the work place to disband gossip 
  • Wear or carry those who are in the beauty consultation business

Physical Healing with Rose Quartz

  • Rub a polished stone lightly over a blister or burn for relief or create an elixir
  • May aid in reducing scars
  • Create an elixir to aid with various skin issues related to aging
  • Carry, wear or create an elixir to aid with various heart issues works for children also
  •  An elixir would benefit clearing the fluids in the cells of the body
  • Aids with kidneys
  • Aids with the adrenal gland 
  • Place on the thymus for chest or lung issues
  • Aids with vertigo 
  • Supports the female reproductive system
  • Great for women who have had a difficult delivery 

Rose Quartz for Mental & Emotional Issues

  • For those who have never known love
  • Dissolves unresolved issues of the heart sorrows, fears, worries, resentments etc
  • Aids with self love

Other Information about Rose Quartz

Element -  Water
Hardness - 7
Vibrates to - 7
Planet - Venus
Zodiac - Scorpio, Tauras, Libra 
Chakra - Heart

Rose Quartz for the Skin

In Egypt it was known that Rose Quartz had many benefits for the skin. Masks were created from the crystal and used as a beauty treatment. I would imagine that they must have been heavy. There is a easier way to get the benefits from this crystal for out skin.

Rose Quartz Elixir 


Before you start be sure to charge the crystal with your intentions. So, let's say you want to attack those wrinkles you can say "Thank you for eliminating my eye wrinkles." This has to be heart felt and you want to be holding the crystal and repeating your intention multiple times until you feel comfortable that your intention has been recorded in the crystal. 

Any type of glass container
Filtered water do not use tap water
1 or more Rose Quartz crystals

Place the water and crystals in a glass container and place it outside during the full moon (full moon tomorrow September 16, 2016) do not put out in the sun as the UV rays will cause it to fade. Remember color has a frequency and the lose of color will cause the crystal to lose energy. 

You can also make the elixir when there is no full moon just place the crystals in water and let it sit for 24 hours. 

It is recommended that you only make what you will use as the healing properties fade quickly.


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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tuesdays With a Twist #179 Link Up

It's Your Life



Our co-hosts are....

Joyce from Heavenly Bodies
Angie from God's Growing Garden

Okay there is one rule family friendly posts only. Link up begins Tuesdays at 7:00 am eastern and runs through Friday 11:59 pm eastern. Don't just link up and leave if we all did that no one would gain any readers, new friends, or followers. While you are there leave a comment and let them know you followed them from Tuesday's With a Twist. I don't know about you, but I like to know how my readers found me. On to the party.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tuesdays With a Twist #178 Link Up

It's Your Life



Our co-hosts are....

Joyce from Heavenly Bodies
Angie from God's Growing Garden

Okay there is one rule family friendly posts only. Link up begins Tuesdays at 7:00 am eastern and runs through Friday 11:59 pm eastern. Don't just link up and leave if we all did that no one would gain any readers, new friends, or followers. While you are there leave a comment and let them know you followed them from Tuesday's With a Twist. I don't know about you, but I like to know how my readers found me. On to the party.

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Future


I want to learn more about creating organic skin care products and now I have the opportunity. Formula Botanicals is offering a full scholarship for their entrepreneur class in organic skin care.

In order to be one of the 10 finalists I have to generate the most votes. Please take time to go and vote for me and share here. No registration is required it is a Facebook page.

My Why

Those who know me know that I am passionate about helping others. I do this through blogging here and on my other blog "It's Your Life." I started a digital magazine by the same name in April 2015 which is based on natural living along with a weekly podcast. This allows me to be able to educate others on how to live a healthy, happy life. 

Heavenly Bodies Mission

My mission for Heavenly Bodies is to learn all I can about creating organic skin care. I have researched everything I know about to this point, but there is so much to learn. Bottom line my mission is to create unique, quality organic skin care. Make them available to everyone through the online store, hotels, and spas. The most important thing to me is to make them affordable to everyone. It is for that reason that I have trial sizes available for the line of products. 

The Future

Heavenly Bodies future consists of my products being available to everyone via the online store, spas and hotels. There will also be a chain of Health & Wellness Spas which will use the products and some of them available for purchase. The spas will over all be based on natural living, organic food and drinks, speakers, workshops, classes, and much more.

Because I will always remember where I started and appreciate this opportunity for a free scholarship the following will also be incorporated. Once a month all the spas will offer those with financial hardships to attend the spa for a day at no cost to them. There will be a children's camp twice a year with scholarships available to those unable to cover the costs. These camps will not only focus on teaching the children how to live naturally, but also loads of fun.

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Please go and vote for me as it will aid me in fulfilling my passion for helping others live a happy, healthy life. Don't forget to share, thank you.