Monday, November 12, 2018

Why do we Celebrate Thanksgiving?

This post is part of a Thankful Loop post as part of the Natural Living Bloggers Helping Each Other facebook Group. Please click the links below the post to read other bloggers post within the loop.

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? Is it because we want to remember the story behind this day? Is it because this is an opportunity for family and friends to come together for food and fun? Is it because we want to take this day to reflect on everything we have to be thankful for? I wonder how many people/families actually focus on what they are thankful for.

For me it is just another day for I feel we should express thankfulness and gratitude every day. With this in mind I am going to share with you all that I am thankful for every day of the year. Gratitude is one of the most powerful emotions we can send out into the universe.

Family


I give thanks for my family every week as they are a big force behind every success in my life. Not only that, but they each bring something into my life that I feel I wouldn't have without them. Let's start with my husband, he supports me no matter what crazy idea I might come up with. He is also a financial genius and keeps in line when it comes to my finances. I'm very thankful that we both share the same ideas and views as to the way we live our lives. We love to laugh and have fun joking around in public, some get it and laugh others just look at us like we are crazy. No matter we love to have fun, go rockhounding, sit a the beach, travel and being around family.




My oldest child my daughter is a beautiful friend and so much more. She is twenty seven and brings knowledge into my life, she makes me think. Neither one of us had a sister and we feel this gives more strength to our relationship. My two sons always say she is my favorite, not true. We just have a lot in common, we both love nature, we love to be creative, we are free thinkers, we are always open to  new thoughts and ideas. She can draw, write and has a great eye to see something as something else or see how to make it better. She loves the thrift store and finds items that need a new home and gives them a new life.



My big teddy bear, my middle child is a big man with a bigger heart. He is also a free thinker and we have had many intense conversations that led to both of us going hmm. He just turned twenty two and works in IT which comes in handy when computer or phone issues arise. I love his sense of humor, he always makes me laugh along with others around him. If he didn't have stage fright he might have been a great actor. He can create a whole script with multiple characters and put the whole thing on himself. He inherited his drawing abilities from his father and writing skills from me. I encouraged him to become a published writer, but he said no. He was afraid that would make him not liking writing anymore and didn't want that to happen.




My youngest is nineteen and has been known as the walking encyclopedia. He craves knowledge in every aspect, but really like anything having to do with science. I remember one day walking into his room and seeing a thesaurus and dictionary laying on his bed next to his pillow. I asked him if he slept with them and he said yes. It appears that his brain was just absorbing all that knowledge as he slept. He has an extensive vocabulary and at times I'm like what does that mean to which he often replies you don't know? He prefers to be by himself or with the family especially his older brother, his best friend. We have very intense conversation which most of the time feels more like a debate. At the same time he also makes me think about certain things I would have never thought of.

I could go on about the amazing attributes of my family, but I will it right there. The most important aspect of our family is our generosity towards others, our empathy for others and the love we feel and show each other. I am truly thankful for my family.

Friends?

I really do not have any friends except my daughter and husband, I have a lot of acquaintances though. I am thankful for them because they teach me things and force me to take a different look at things. The biggest thing they have pointed out to me is that with my business I am too trusting of other people who ask questions. I have been told I say too much. I can't help it, though I have gotten better, I like to see the good in people and believe they are not out to steal my ideas.

Daily Life

When it comes to my daily life I wake up being thankful for the bed I just got to sleep in. I'm thankful for my home, the material objects, which is not much, that I have in it. That parking space that is close to the store when it's raining. I'm thankful for every customer that purchases from me, both at the market and on my website. I'm thankful for the lives I get to change on a daily basis. I'm thankful for those in my life who believe in me and want to see me succeed. I'm thankful for the gifts and talents that I have and that I can share them with others. I am thankful for all that nature gives to us. I am thankful I am strong and healthy. I am thankful for the new opportunities that come into my life. I am thankful for the new people who come into my life that I can help them grow their business through collaboration. I am thankful for those willing to help me grow my business and not want anything in return. I am thankful for all the knowledgeable people who cross my path that I get to learn from.

Always be Thankful

Always be thankful especially when you don't feel thankful it will make you feel better. There is always, always something to be thankful for just look around you. Don't just wait for that one day a year, Thanksgiving, to give thanks in everything give thanks. Namaste.












Thursday, August 2, 2018

Women Helping Women



I first met Angel on a Facebook group called Women Helping Women  Entrepreneurs. We were talking about what we were doing as far as our business and she told me she was in the process of purchasing a website called the "Green Woman Store."

The "Green Woman Store" is a unique place where woman put their products or services on the website. There is no monthly fee and three options for payment. All the products sold on the site are by women for women. If you would like more information on this unique opportunity contact Angel at angel@greenwomanstore.com.

 When one fills out the form to submit a product or service to "Green Woman Store" there is a prompt to include it in the "Treasures From the Universe" monthly box. You will receive wholesale price for your product or service to be incorporated into the box.

 "Green Woman Store" has a weekly podcast, which is prerecorded, geared towards woman. Anyone who has a story, product or service that they would like to promote is welcome to contact me or Angel to be a guest. Send an email with your website and a date and time we can discuss how you want to use the podcast and create an outline. A blog post will be created to promote the podcast by us and yourself. The podcast will be uploaded on YouTube and other media as well. We will send you the links.

To be a guest send an email to joyce@heavenlybodies7.com with "Podcast Guest" in the subject line. I will get back to you and confirm if the date requested is available or not. It is also important to let me know your time zone, I am on central time.

Closing

The "Green Woman Store" is a great way for women to uplift and encourage other women through the products and services they provide. If you have nothing to contribute please stop by and show some support to the other women who have a small business.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Skin Care, Crystals & Kombucha Oh My!

I have been soooo busy these days with my business I hardly have time to blog, which I miss very much. I started my own business because one I love helping people and two I'm not going to work for someone else's dream, I have my own.


My Business

I started making organic skin care products for myself after learning how toxic store bought brands can be. At the same time I was learning about herbs over at the Herb Mentor. There are a number of herbalists on the site such as Rosemary Gladstar and Rosalee de la Foret. There are many more all have been herbalists for 15 to 25 years.

Okay so, my business got started with a salve I formulated. Southern Man drives a truck and let a woman try it at truck stop for her psoriasis. When he went back she asked where he got it and how she could get it. Word spread and my husband said you have something there. 

I formulated a whole skin care regime for my self and hesitate to share them with others due to their appearance. They do not look appealing, nor do they smell pretty, but they work and the complements on get on my skin on a regular basis are proof. So, I started selling my skin care products at a local farmer's market, but wasn't doing the business I hoped I would.

Unique Ingredients

Due to the fact the skin care business is so vast even the organic industry I had to find a way to stand out. I thought this would help selling at the market, but nope. The two unique ingredients I use in my products are Kombucha and infuse my water and oils with the mineral Shungite

Learning More

I wanted to learn more about formulating organic skin care products, so I searched around for a place I could get more knowledge. Unfortunately there is no place close by for me to do this, so unto the internet I went. I found some on the internet, but really liked "Create Your Skincare." I liked the fact that I have access to the information, including any updates, for the rest of my life. The course was great and I took the two part test to get certified in October 2017. The second part of the test I had to formulate a full skin care regimen for 3 fictitious clients. I really enjoyed that part and love to formulate custom skin care products for my clients.

Kombucha

I started brewing Kombucha about 2012 and if you ever brewed you know that it is a time process and can quickly take over the fridge. At that time I was the only one drinking it and I had a ton of it, so I stopped brewing. Then I had the idea to start brewing again and sell that at the market as well. I had one problem, at this time I had a banner that read "Heavenly Bodies" organic skin care. I was like hmmmm what does Kombucha have to do with skin care, so off to research I went. I spent 5 hours researching and it turns out it is very good for the skin. So, I started brewing, selling it at the markets and using it in my skin care products.

Crystals

I have always been attracted to crystals. Some might think it is because they are so beautiful, but my studies have led to the energy. Everything around has a certain vibrational frequency including our bodies. The energy from the crystals can aid us with issues in our every day lives. Some are grounding, absorb negativity, are calming the list goes on.

I wanted to bring the benefits of crystals to others, so I started making jewelry, key chains and prisms to sell at the market. The majority of what I create is unique one of a kind items. After us women do not like to see another woman wearing the same thing. There are some items I have duplicated due to requests. I also create one of a kind items upon request at the market and on my website. 

Essential Oil Diffusers

Right now the thing that I am asked the most is if I have diffuser bracelets, the answer is yes. I create diffuser bracelets with lava beads, wood beads and crystal beads. I do not use any other materials because I feel the interaction with the oils may cause a negative effect. 

The diffuser necklaces I create does have a silver bead cap that the lava bead sits in, but it sits up on it rather than in it. Some of my customers us them in their cars over the rear view mirror. Love products that are versatile. 

Closing

So as you have read I am busy!! I do miss blogging, but a lot of the blogs I write require research. I spend hours doing research to ensure I am writing the most factual information I can. Looking at website after website to seek out consistences. I also listen to various speakers and webinars that deal with living a happy, healthy natural life while I tend to my many artistic creations. Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again real soon. Oh almost forgot, my Southern Man and I are working on starting an online radio station in the near future, so watch out for that also.

Do you sell at a local farmer's market? If so what do you sell?




Friday, February 23, 2018

Fleur De Lis Jewelry Set Giveaway


Peshah from 12:13 Jewelry is giving away one of her most popular items, a Fleur De Lis necklace and earring set. She has been designing jewelry for 32 years.

Currently her designs are sold in various museums and stores. She designs one of a kind pieces for non-profits, which receive a portion of the funds generated by that specific piece. Designing one of kind pieces for individuals and also wedding parties. This design is the  #1 seller on her website and in the museums. 

Peshah has been featured on WLOX radio, "Gulf Coast Women" magazine, along with other media.

Peshah designs with the following materials.       
  • Sterling Silver chains 
  • Pearls                                              
  • Alloy
  • Wood
  • Semi Precious stones
  • Cut glass
  • Crystals
  • Stainless steal earring wire
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Salt Scrubs vs Sugar Scrubs


Getting certified as a Boutique Skincare Designer was the best thing I have ever done. Before I use to use recipes off the internet or that I found on Pintrest. What I didn't know was the difference between some of the ingredients or even if they were good for my skin. I was really interested when we discussed salt scrubs vs sugar scrubs during the course.

The image on the left is my daytime scrub, which is one of the first homemade products I made to use for myself I also created one for night time. This scrub contains Himalayan Pink Sea Salt. Turns out I did something right with this ingredient.

Salt for Exfolating

Salt is a gentle exfoliate for the face. Turns out that the minerals in the salt are actually absorb into the skin and therefore the skin is feed. It is great for oily skin and for those who deal with acne as it absorbs oil, tightens the skin and is beneficial for those with large pores.

Benefits of Himalayan Pink Salt

Just the rubbing motion with the salt aids with fluid flow which hydrates the skin. It can be used in areas where cellulite is an issue to reduce the problem. The salt contains various minerals and trace minerals which are absorbed into the skin giving it a more healthy look, even skin tone and beautiful, radiant texture. 


Not all Salt is Equal

If you plan on creating your own salt scrub be aware that not all salt is going to be beneficial for your skin. The regular table salt one might purchase is bleached and contains no nutrients for the body or the skin. Himalayan Pink Salt is the best option for the cost and the nutrients. 
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Fairy Dusting

Beware of products that claim to shrink pores as pores do not shrink. You can tighten them up, but not shrink them. This is what we call Fairy Dusting, using gimmicks to get people to buy your products. The industry is full of companies who use this tactic in order to sell their products.

Sugar Scrubs

Sugar scrubs are excellent for the body, but should never, never be used on the face. The granules are to harsh for the sensitive skin on our face, so only use them on the body. Now while they are excellent for the body they do not feed the skin the way that salt does.

Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin I don't recommend using salt on your beautiful face, but instead use manuka honey. One of the biggest surprises I learned while taking my skin care course is that honey is a natural exfoliator and very gentle for those with sensitive skin. It also has minimal preservative properties as well depending on the formulation you are using. 






Monday, November 20, 2017

Perimenopause/ Menopause?

So, when I had the signs of perimenopause I knew I had to find a natural way to deal with this. One that would support my body to do what it is suppose to do instead of fooling it into thinking everything is okay.


I'm always listening to natural health talks and doing research on different health issues me or my family is dealing with to learn how to deal with it naturally. Just before I started going through perimenopause I listened to a week long webiner on women's hormones. I took away many great points on how to deal with this issue naturally and applied some and also created a tincture to deal with my symptoms. Here are some of the ways we can produce the hormones are bodies are lacking naturally.

  • 'Exercise helps to create hormones
  • Eating green vegetables helps to create hormones
Taking anything to replace hormones causes are bodies to stop producing them naturally, yes even herbs


Support the Body Naturally

I went to our naturopathic doctor to find out which organs I needed support for to deal with the symptoms of perimenopause. I tried the Dong Quai and while it helped I found I needed to be careful as it would trigger menstruation and I was having irrational thoughts, so I stopped taking it. So, let's try the Black Cohosh, it is suppose to aid with hot flashed, nope no go. 

Locally I sell organic skin care, Kombucha, handcrafted crystal jewelry and key chains. While I was at a local event another vendor wanted to barter for my Night Time Facial Scrub. I'm totally up for a barter and knew they had some tinctures, so I asked if they had anything for menopause. They did and I noticed a difference in my symptoms within 2 weeks. I went to order some more and that didn't go to good, so I decided to do some research and make my own tincture. 


Herbs

I took a piece of paper and wrote down categories for all the symptoms myself and others deal with.
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  • Hot Flashes
  • Regulating Hormones
  • Energy
  • Menstrual Cycle
  • Mood Swings, Anxiety, Stress
  • Vaginal Dryness

I then set out on my research cross referencing all the herbs I found to be sure they would do what was previously said. I also searched for any warnings of any sort on each herb I came across. By the end of my 2 weeks of research my paper looked something like this.

Hot Flashes                                    Regulating Hormones                           

Red Raspberry Leaf                          Red Raspberry Leaf                        
Dong Quai                                         Dong Quai                                      
Licorice Root                                     Licorice Root                                  
Black Cohosh                                     Chasteberry
Elder Flowers

Energy                                             Menstrual Cycle

Red Raspberry Leaf                       Red Raspberry Leaf
Oatstraw

Mood Swings, Anxiety, Stress          Vaginal Dryness

Red Raspberry Leaf                                Dong Quai
Dong Quai                                               Oatstraw
Chasteberry
Licorice Root
Oatstraw


Warning

As I said I searched any warnings and side effect of these herbs. Now keep in mine my research was for perimenopause/menopause, so keep this in mind if you are planning on creating something for yourself. The only warning I came across multiple times during my research was for Licorice Root. Oh and by the way the Licorice Root also amps up the medicinal properties of the other herbs. Okay if you have any of the following health issues Licorice Root might not be for you. Always consult with a health care professional.
Licorice Root

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Kidney Issues
  • Liver Issues
  • Diabetes 
My tincture has a very small percentage of Licorice Root, but we still need to be aware of issues. For this reason I ask anyone if they have any of these issues and omit this ingredient for precautions. Do your own research on this root before ingesting. 


My Tincture

Instead of using alcohol I decided to infuse apple cider vinegar with the herbs. So, I ordered my herbs and waited, and waited, and waited some more. Meanwhile I had bought something from the local health store to hold me over, it didn't work as good as the tincture I had bartered for, but I had no choice at that point. Once it was ready I anxiously filled my bottle and started taking a dropper full every night. Well it wasn't really a full dropper as it will not fill the full dropper, so it was more like 2 half droppers. Once again after 2 weeks I noticed a difference in how many hot flashes I had, bye bye mood swings, night sweats still happening, but not as bad. 


Time Elapse 

So, getting symptom free at 53 didn't happen over night. It took about 4 to 6 months before all the symptoms were gone. However, they were less and less over the months of taking the tincture. I continue to take it and not sure if I will for the rest of my life, I mean it can't hurt and the herbs have other benefits besides aiding with the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. 

How About Others?

Purchase 

Now to find out if other women would have the same experience as I did. I gave 3 friends a 2 oz bottle of the tincture, which lasts about a month, and yes!!!!!! They all had a positive experience and one has even come back for more. The others still have some, but they'll be back.

So, how about you? Taking medications and hormones is not the solution however, for some it might be, not me. What are you doing for your symptoms during perimenopause/menopause? Is it working? If not you might consider "Change" menopause tincture. 

If you found this helpful please share.



                               

Thursday, November 16, 2017

KoKum Butter

I first found out about Kokum butter while shopping at one of my favorite companies for ingredients to create skin care products. Because I want to be unique and different from other formulators I'm always looking for unique ingredients.

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Where Does Kokum Butter Come From?

Kokum butter comes from a tree, Garcinia Indica, which yields a fruit commonly used as a spice in the southern part of India where this tree grows. However, the seeds of this fruit is where the oil is extracted from to create Kokum butter.





Benefits for the Skin

  • Absorbs into the skin quickly
  • Does not clog pores
  • Aids with acne
  • Soothes dry skin quickly
  • Tightens pores
  • Regenerates skin cells
  • Fights free radicals
  • Promotes skin elasticity
  • Softens the skin 
  • Aids in repairing skin damage
  • Aids with rashes
  • Aids with burns
  • Aids with scalds 
  • Aids with skin ulcers
  • Aids with skin infections
  • Reduces stretch marks
  • Reduces scarring
  • Reduces callouses
  • Reduces dry, rough skin on feet 
  • Has antioxidant properties due to the vitamin E
  • Antibacterial properties

Benefits for the Hair

  • Reduces dandruff
  • Doesn't clog hair follicles
  • Aids with dry hair
  • Aids with split ends
  • Aids with hair growth 
  • Aids with stronger hair
  • Manageable hair
As you can see Kokum butter has many benefits for both the skin and hair, view products that contains this butter. 


Have you ever used Kokum butter? If so leave a comment sharing your experience.