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24 Carat Gold Leaf Edible for Occassions

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For wedding favors using some luxury you can’t fail with options in gold and silver. The ideal thing is they don’t have to charge the ground and also add a wonderful bit of sparkle for your own tables.

You’ll come across a selection of various wedding favors in gold and silver in prefer shops and options vary from chrome or silver plated items to golden coloured cakes and candy. The ideal thing is you may readily eliminate mixing the two colours together also to acquire the best of both worlds! Listed below are a Couple of Tips for gold and silver favors for the wedding guests:

Confectionary: sugar coated cakes and chocolates can be found in a variety of colours, but seem especially good in gold and silver. Set them in fairly tulle wraps or plastic boxes to display them off for their whole effect.

Chocolates: search for lavish chocolates wrapped in gold or silver paper/foil and gift them on fairly silver coloured plastic trays that are available from marriage favors shops. You might even get chocolates that have been dusted with gold powder.

It’s possible to decorate them only having a silver or golden colored vanilla or chocolate, or possess them elaborately adorned with edible gold leaf, powders and icings. Have them introduced in gold or silver cake instances or wrappers.
Cookies: as with cakes you’ll have custom biscuits made and adorned with gold and silver coloured icings.

Candies: Although it could be more difficult to discover candies in metallic colours, you can substitute with orange, yellow and clear coloured candies. Consider mixing colored candy on your wedding colours with additives sugar coated in gold and silver and exhibit them in clear plastic boxes.

Chrome Plated Favors: prefer stores are filled with chrome plated goods like bud vases, photo frames, picture frames, coasters and bottle stoppers to mention but a couple. Some items might also be offered in a golden colorways, nevertheless producing products in golden coloring could be pricier than producing them which explains the reason why silver coloured items are somewhat more common.

Packaging: should you would like to use another fashion of wedding favors afterward you’re still able to organize your packing in gold or silver. Favor suppliers have a vast selection of packaging alternatives like metal card boxes, totes, cloth packs and tins. In case you’ve got the funds then why don’t you search for cheap silver plated boxes that you may fill with sweets to make wedding favors that will become appreciated.

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Benefits of Bath Bombs

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If you’re the shower and then go kind of person then you might not observe the usage of bath bombs. Once dropped in water that the baking soda effervesces thus the title “toilet bomb”. The applications of these goods are mostly to unwind and pamper yourself. You have to have encounter bathroom sets that have bath gel, cream along with other goodies such as candles and little tub beads in one. All these are to take your own showering ritual a notch. The usage of those products is a sort of odor treatment based on the sort of essential oil used in the toilet bomb.

There are lots of out there that like to pamper also a Sunday night tub with these goods, candles and rose petals. That is just what’s going to find a man all revived and prepared to deal with the forthcoming week.

Bath bombs also have health benefits too. Epsom salt and baking soda helps the body neutralize, releasing all of the toxins from your system while at the same time relieving muscle strain and relieving strain. The essential oil from the bath bomb may renew and rejuvenate you along with a mixture of aromas such as lavender, lavender and lavender is very soothing and stimulating to the senses along with the human body.

If you’re feeling creative then you may want to create your own. They’re simple to create and just require some basic household items and also a few brilliant add-ons like blossom colours and glitter. Do not utilize that mush bleach as synthetic dyes can damage skin and bath bathtub.

Mix all of the ingredients with a very small bit of water and then form them from the molds. Don’t use a mould with nice detailing otherwise the mix will simply crumble when it’s the right time to unmold. You may even add different goodies such as vitamin E, rosewater or even powder. Rose water besides using an incredible scent also has properties that your skin will thank you.

Water itself contains excellent soothing properties, only consider what these additional add-ons for can do to help your own well-being and human anatomy!

There’s no doubt bath bombs are useful and effective! Try to make bath bombs now! Here’s our link for step by step guide and recipes! https://ianschoice.com/bath_bomb_molds_guide/. Making a good bath bombs needs a great bath bomb molder. Visit our Amazon link right now and discover our new high quality bath bomb mold : https://www.amazon.com/Bath-Bomb-Molds-Plastic-Small/dp/B01CXCV4DE.

Sleep Matters. Don’t Deprive Yourself

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Sleep is a matter that is often studied and discussed. I’m sure you’ve found yourself wondering “How much sleep do I need?” or “Am I getting quality sleep?”. One thing is clear, sleep matters.

It takes the average person 7 minutes to fall asleep. If it takes you less time than this, it may be a sign of sleep deprivation. The recommend amount of sleep for adults is 7-8 hours. Yet, only 21% of adults are getting the recommended amount. Even if you think you are getting enough sleep, the quality of sleep may actually be more important the quantity. You might be waking up during the night and not realizing it. There could a be a lot of reasons for this. Your room might be too hot or too cold. 18.5 degrees Celsius is a good temperature to strive for. You may be drinking too much water before bed, causing you to have to use the restroom in the middle of the night. There have been numerous amounts of studies on how light affects your sleep. Try to sleep in a room that pitch black. Use black out curtains if street lights or other outside lights is getting into your room. Perhaps your bed is inhibiting the quality of your sleep. Continue reading

She Can Still Have Tea

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I came up with the idea of giving my grandmother a Nespresso machine for her birthday after going to the Cuppabean site. I had no idea that she couldn’t drink coffee. She wasn’t allowed to drink it under orders from her doctor. If I had asked her if she could drink coffee, she probably would have told me, but I wanted the machine to be a surprise. Even though she couldn’t have coffee, there was still something she could make with the machine. The machine was the perfect device for making tea, which my grandmother drinks often.

My grandmother drinks tea often enough that she might as well be a tea connoisseur. She’s tried all different kinds of tea that have come from all over the world. Continue reading

A Simple Switch to a Better Cat Food Helped My Pet

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I really love my cat, and she gets a lot of attention from me. The attention she receives helped me to see when she had a medical issue pretty quickly. She was licking her lips a lot, and I learned from the vet that means nausea. I ended up switching her food after looking at some Natural Balance Ultra Premium Cat Food reviews carefully and seeing some other cat owners state that their cat’s stomach issues went away after they put their cat on this food full time. That turned out to be true for my pet, too!

I work long hours, but when I am home, I make sure to spend quality time with her. Spending time together is very peaceful for me, and it’s important that I do what I can to make sure that she’s not bored since I don’t have any other pets. I’ve done a pretty good job of helping her to have good behavior thanks to the the attention I give her. I trim her claws so that she doesn’t rip up any furniture or carpeting. Continue reading

Effective, Affordable, and Quick Apartment Cleaning

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Post tenancy cleaning in Singapore is easy to find, but the quality varies greatly. I own an apartment building with a dozen tenants always moving in and moving out, and that means I am often confronted with the problem of getting an apartment back into shape after particularly sloppy people leave behind a huge mess. It happens more than you would think. At first I thought maybe I just had bad luck, but I’ve talked to other landlords and they all say the same thing: there are a lot of slobs out there who seem to relish making a mess.

Sometimes I’m happy when all they do is leave behind a lot of trash. At least they didn’t trash the appliances or put out cigarettes on the carpet. I’ve seen toilets left in conditions you wouldn’t believe. Continue reading

She is Now Getting an a in Physics

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I thought that my daughter would benefit from a private tutoring session. She agreed, but she did not want it to be a one on one session with a tutor. She enjoys the interaction with other students in her other classes, and she told me that she learns a lot from them too because of the questions that they ask. It also helps them learn when they can feed off each others ideas. Since she was leaning in this direction so strongly, I decided to find a good A level physics tuition centre that she could attend.

I knew there were a lot in the area, but I was not sure which one was the right fit for her. I thought it would take me a little while to figure it out, but as soon as I saw the group class at Waterloo Centre, I knew instantly that it was the one for her. I made this determination just from the website too, so you can imagine the impression that it left on me to choose just from that. The teacher is well known and regarded in the physics arena, and he has written books on the subject as well. Continue reading

Inspirational Hobby Ideas

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Are your children tired of playing computer games and watching too much T.V.? Not in the mood to read a book either? They may be suffering from boredom. If so, you need to check out these inspirational hobby ideas. Hobbies have been found to be therapeutic as they relieve stress and help the mind stay active.

People become bored, especially children when they lack physical activity. The usual cure for this would be to get involved in some kind of sports activity. Tennis, golf, or even bowling are great physical activities and form of exercise. Sports as a hobby gets you out of the house and out of boredom. Get inspired and join a sports team, it is a great way to make new friends too. If you are not the outdoors type, some active hobbies can be enjoyed in our own home, such as lifting weights, dancing, and exercise videos.

While on the subject, dancing (especially aerobics) or any kind of exercise video is great way to stay fit and past the time. When it comes to dancing, don’t forget the many forms of dance. There is group dancing, such as square dancing and line dancing. There is also ballet and modern dance for those with a more contemplative soul. You can be as creative as you want to be when it comes to dancing, even make up your own kind of dance.

Being cooped up in the house for long period of times will drive anyone crazy with boredom. If that’s the problem, here are a few more inspirational hobby ideas to get you out in the fresh air. Have you ever considered mountain biking, canoeing, hiking, hunting or even gardening? How about joining the boy or girl scouts? You can even get involved with environmental groups. There are programs in many states that allow you to form groups to clean riverbanks and monitor the quality of water. The state will even provide you with tools and clothing like t-shirts, work gloves, and first-aid kits. Perhaps you might like studying plants and wildlife of your region. It can be great fun to wander through the woods and fields with a guide, learning how to identify different species of insects, trees, and birds.

There are almost as many inspirational hobby ideas as there are bored people in the world, because you can put your own spin on whatever hobby you choose. Get inspired, get creative, you are only limited by your own imagination. Start your own rare collection of antiques, stamps, or refrigerator magnets, what ever you may be into. Perhaps you want to explore your culinary side and learn how to bake specialty breads and pastries from around the World. Discover your talents, you can try out for theater or maybe even learn to play a guitar. Boredom is just a lame excuse for being unmotivated and uninspired. There really is an almost unlimited amount of inspirational hobby ideas you can enjoy. Such as, the fine arts of painting with oils, candle making, basket weaving, soap making, fashion design, you name it. There is no reason for one to stay bored unless you want to.


Getting a Dental Implant for a Broken Tooth

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This past weekend was a very fun time that ended up in a bit of a disaster for me. You see, I was at a cookout with some friends and family to celebrate my best friends birthday. Everything went very well, that is until I decided to have a piece of corn on the cob. As I was biting down on the corn I felt my tooth break off and felt the worst pain along with it. I knew right away that I would need to go see my dentist to get a dental implant in Launceston. This was in no way the way I expected my fun planned weekend to turn out. Of course, I left the party early and simply went home because I was in agonizing pain and I also did not want anybody to see me with a missing tooth. I guess I’m a little vain in that way. Monday morning finally arrived and I scheduled an appointment for that very same day to have my dentist take a look at it and come up with a plan of action to fix this. I hope he is able to fix this pretty quickly. Continue reading

We Wanted to Have Lower Mortgage Payments

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My husband and I did not have the best credit when we decided we wanted to buy a house. We knew that if we worked hard, we would be able to refinance any home that we were living in for a better mortgage payment. The trouble was not in getting a mortgage but rather in getting a good rate. It took us nearly ten years to dig ourselves out of the hole that we were in, but we were finally ready to refinance. I did a search for a company that does home appraisal in Sacramento because I knew that was going to be one of the first things that we needed done.

I knew that the bank would be able to handle this for us, but I also knew that we could probably have it done at a much lower cost if we arranged for it ourselves. I looked at several different companies and people that provide this service, and it did not take me long to know that I wanted one company in particular to handle the appraisal. One of the things that I liked best about this company is how transparent they are. Continue reading

How a Lot of Modern Music is Made

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I have made a bunch of music using my phone. I never took it seriously. I would just make some beats and post them on social media. People started to like them. I had people ask me to make some more. I liked to make music and sort it by mood. I had groups of tracks you could listen to based on how you were feeling or how you wanted to feel. I started buying beats sometimes too. I would buy trap beats for my first foray into fast rap. Trap beats have drums, or percussion, that is very rapid. Down to the 1/64th beat. Some drums sound like the staccato of a machine gun. The sound is usually followed up with a heavy base drum thump or sound.

Different rappers use trap beats. Continue reading

Cleaning My Apartment After I Moved

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When I received a job offer, I knew that I had to move fast on it. The job is one I had been wanting for years, and the pay offer was more impressive than I had been expecting. The only downside was that I had to start within two weeks of accepting the job offer, and I lived nearly two hours away from it. I figured I could just live in a hotel until I found the home I wanted, so the next thing I did was look at https://www.kleepers.com because while two weeks may seem like a long time, it isn’t at all.

I knew that I had to clear out of my apartment quickly so the landlord could put it back on the market. That was the condition for breaking my lease. Otherwise, I would have had to pay for two homes when one was just sitting empty. I arranged for my furniture and the belongings I would not need for weeks to go into self storage, then I looked at the company that will go in and clean an empty apartment from ceiling to floor. Continue reading

Benefits of Exfoliation With Moroccan Black Soap

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As we have nearly thirty layers of dead skin cells clogging in the pores, exfoliation plays a key part in achieving a beautiful skin. Exfoliation works by removing these dead skin cells from the outer layer of our skin (called the epidermis), making your skin smooth and radiant, with even skin tone. It also improves the health of your skin by improving your blood circulation and lymph nodes. And by using Moroccan Black Soap (Savon Noir Morocain), you can achieve a clear, beautiful skin that you desire.

Moroccan Black Soap may be found with various exotic scents such as Eucalyptus, Jasmine, and Orange Blossoms or even with Argan Oil. This soap is made with pure, natural, and organic ingredients. This product contains no polyethylene glycol, mineral oils, silicon, and preservatives from parabens. Formulated with base oils of Argan and olive that is rich in vitamin E, this soap is high in emollients and moisturizing properties that suitable for all skin types. Even aging, mature skin can definitely benefit the high potency of the oils that can visibly diminish the wrinkles from your face.

Argan oil is processed from the kernels of Argan tree, known as Argana Spinosa, which is abundantly grown in Morocco. The oil is highly valued for it medicinal, culinary, and cosmetic purposes. Extraordinarily rich in tocopherols (70.2mg per 100g), phenols and phenolic acid, carotenes, squalene, essential fatty acids, with 80% of unsaturated fatty acids, this oil is much more potent than olive oil.

Traditionally, the women of Berber tribes collect the undigested pits from goats’ waste as the goats are let freely to graze and eat the fruits. Due to its nature highly prized by many. UNESCO has taken a life – changing step in protection and conserving the population of Argan tree while providing it as a source of income for the women in Argan oil production by using machines in processing the oil directly harvested from the tree.

To reap up the potency of Argan oil, use the Moroccan Black Soap in conjunction with Kessa Royal Exfoliating Glove (Kessa, or kesse is glove in Arabic, or ‘gant de gommage’ in French). Apply the black soap when your skin to be warm and moist in circular movement. Leave on the soap for five and ten minutes as the soap works onto your skin, unclogging the pores with its positive benefits. Rinse thoroughly. Then you use the Exfoliating Glove to rub in vertical motion to remove the dead skin cells, toxins and impurities. Depending on how you rub it, you can see the dead skin shed from your face.

Make it as a part of your beauty routine on weekly basis for best results. With this exfoliating process you can achieve a radiant, healthy skin.


Aromatherapy – Make Your Own in Minutes For Pennies

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Perhaps the best thing about aromatherapy is that it is so easy and pleasurable to engage in; both for the creator of the concoction and most assuredly for the client. Few people will complain about receiving a prescription to bathe with scented oils or apply a fragrant body oil; two of the most popular aromatherapy techniques.

If you are considering starting an aromatherapy business for yourself–before you get started in this astonishing world of scent, it is important that you find out what practicing aromatherapists are doing so you can find that perfect niche for yourself.

Today many herbalists, body workers, cosmetologists, chiropractors and other holistic healers are discovering how multifaceted and versatile the healing art of aromatherapy is. To this end they are able to enrich their practices by introducing these pure essential oils for a compendium of maladies like: the altering of moods, stirring memories, arousing sexual desire and generally improving the quality of life. Many others concentrate on enhancing their client’s beauty and longevity by offering them a wide variety of healing beauty products.

The majority of our nation today is influenced by the economy–finding most people today going both ‘green’ and back-to-basics. However, as natural as they wish they could be, the majority live in a stressful world and are constantly on the lookout for natural alternatives for health challenges like depression, anxiety, fear, grief, loneliness, mental fatigue, mind fog, insomnia, PMS symptoms and so many more. The peace and tranquility that should manifest themselves as normal attributes are often weighed down by environmental factors such as stress in the workplace or–even worse–unemployment. Many others suffer from social isolation, poverty, chemicals and toxins or even poor diet and countless more conditions.

Aromatherapy is BIG business today and at the end of this article you can be assured that we keep our promise that you will never have to pay mega-bucks again! This article is more than an overview of this ancient 3000+ year old art. As you stroll down Lavender Lane’s aromatic healing path with us you will discover how–for more than a quarter-of-a-century we have been teaching and sharing how you can create a compendium of natural and therapeutic aromatherapy concoctions in mere ‘minutes for pennies’. Plus, should you desire to retail your products at craft fairs or onto store shelves or in spas or even mail order like us; we will happily show you how. We will also share with you one of the most important phases of your marketing–how to package your concoctions–making you appear as professional as is your creation.

First, here is a ‘crash course’ on aromatherapy that the ‘newbie’ should at least have some concept of. Each essential oil contains numberless chemical components. To best illustrate a comparison, take an apple for instance. FACT: One, whole, clean, fresh apple contains over 10,000 nutrients in combinations of antioxidants, phytochemicals (plant vitamins) enzymes and more. Yet science so far has only recognized a fraction of them, and until more are discovered; they haven’t got a clue what the rest of them are or what they do–and apples have been around since the beginning. Aromatherapy (the art of implementing an essential oil to this end or that) has been around since people have. Nevertheless, each type of essential oil is composed of many different aromatic molecules of which more than 30,000 have been identified and named, and it is common for a single essential oil to contain one hundred different aromatic molecules. One can only fathom their countless true complexities and their inconceivable properties or restorative benefits.

Exactly how aromatherapy works is still unclear. What we do know is that merely smelling a fragrance can influence us physically and emotionally by altering hormone production, brain chemistry, stress levels and general metabolism..

An ‘essential oil’—or the ‘soul’ of the plant if you will, is 50 times more concentrated than that of the herb or flower it was carefully extracted from. Essential oils give plants their characteristic odors, enabling us to take deep drafts of a fragrant rose bloom or drink in the perfume of lilacs and lavender. It is because essential oils are by their very nature aromatic, that the therapy involving their use has been christened “Aromatherapy.” And whether a person is looking to enhance their beauty, relieve pain, increase energy, reduce stress, grow hair, promote sleep, heal wounds, evoke special emotions, or even kill fleas–there is an essential oil for all these and countless other conditions.

BEAUTY SECRETS? Billions of dollars a year are spent every year by consumers who are trying to slow down the aging process–or at least cling to as youthful an appearance as they can for as long as they can. The face is usually the most exposed part of the body–bombarded by heat, cold, drying, sweating, wrinkling, dirt, smoke and a world of other invisible toxins. Today especially, stress is on the increase, having a huge impact on most people’s lives. And as such, takes a great toll on the body which is very much mirrored in the face. If the consumer is looking to enhance their beauty they must take special care of it and there is a compendium of products that can be incorporated into their regime–each of which contains the right essential oil(s) to meet their purpose.

These products are found in the forms of cleansers, steams, exfoliants, masques, toners, floral waters, moisturizers, bath oils, massage oils, and more. When these pure essential oils are added into these mediums (carrier oils, waxes, sea salt, lotions, floral waters, butters, soaps, etc.) the essential oils penetrate to the dermal layer of the skin where new cells are developing. And depending upon which essential oil is used in which application, their varied attributes will either stimulate and regenerate skin cells, reduce bacterial and fungal infections such as acne and other related skin problems, soothe delicate, sensitive, inflamed skin, promote the release and removal of metabolic waste products, and produce healthy skin cells quickly following sun damage, burns, wrinkles or healing of wounds. Additionally, these essential oils contain plant “hormones” that help balance and alleviate hormonally related skin problems. When incorporated into a bath or massage, or through inhalation, these essential oils may be of aid in the relief of muscle pain, menstruation, lung congestion, insomnia, fever, headaches, infections, indigestion, constipation, etc.

Scent and the psyche too is nothing new. The manipulating of fragrance to affect the emotions dates back to the ancients and today is no different. According to a 1992 issue of the British Journal of Occupational Therapy, it describes the potential of aromatherapy to “promote health and well-being”. In hospital environments, patients receive aid through massage, inhalation, baths, compresses, creams and lotions. According to the journal’s extensive list of potential uses, aromatherapy can diminish stress, sedate, relieve depression, invigorate, promote activity and alertness, stimulate sensory awareness, facilitate interaction and communication, treat certain medical problems and provide pain relief.

Scent is an integral part of society. From the time we get up we are accustomed to bathing or showering with a scented body soap or gel, a fragranced shampoo and/or conditioner, followed by a scented deodorant and then perhaps by a scented after-shave, perfume or cologne. Our cleaning supplies are laden with scent to make our clothes, our dishes and our houses smell fresh and clean. We buy scented candles, incense, oil lamps and potpourris that we may be surrounded by aromas. Yet—these are probably ALL synthetic in nature.

“Pure” essential oils are extracted right from the plant, wherein any allergies usually associated with fragrance are almost non-existent. It is the “synthetic” fragrances that create many problems. With the rise of synthetic chemicals, and the increased strength of these fragrances, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration estimates that 4,000 different chemicals are currently used in fragrances–most of which are in perfumes and colognes and is on the increase. The problem is that through the inhalation of “synthetics”—many suffer a wide range of physical difficulties from sinus pain to anaphylactic shock and seizures. This fact alone should be reason enough to educate people toward the incorporation of “pure essential oils” over synthetics–especially if they could make their own sweet scented body and skin care products as well as their own therapeutic concoctions.

NOTE: Please be assured that there is MUCH ADULTERATION out there due to a general lack of education coupled with greed as to essential oils versus the synthetic fragrance oils–and that is why it is doubly important that YOU, John & Jane-Q-Public become educated of these important differences.

So that the beginner will not be overwhelmed or confused as to how aromatherapy works–here is an easy to visualize, easy to understand example of how these pure healing oils get into the blood-stream–do their thing–and get out. We all know how good garlic is for the body–curing a compendium of ills. Take a clove of garlic, cut it in half and rub the soles of your feet a couple of times. Put your socks and shoes on and go about your business. In about 3 hours you can taste it. That’s it. When you bathe, your body’s pores open to receive these healing oils, as does your body react accordingly through massage or through inhalation. Studies with brain wave frequency has shown that smelling Lavender increases the alpha waves in the back of the head, which are associated with relaxation. The fragrance of Jasmine increases beta waves in the front of the head, which is associated with a more alert state.

Aromatherapy is sweeping the world like wildfire and as we journey through this enlightening article; if the reader believes that this healing skill is something that they would like to incorporate into their lives as well as that of others; we highly recommend you consider this avenue.

There has been a good deal of information passed on to you so far and before you view the essential oil list, the intention of this article is to share with its readers that they or their families or friends may seek aromatherapy to allay their respective problems, and that they absolutely can–and never need pay mega-bucks again for these therapeutic and exotic preparations.

The following is but a smattering of the most commonly used essential oils and some of their numerous uses. Note: These oils are recommended for external use only.

• LAVENDER for stress, muscle pain, headaches, prevents scarring, stretch marks and has a reputation for slowing wrinkles, etc.

• ORANGE for high blood pressure, treating flu, colds, congestion and for killing fleas…

• ROSE GERANIUM for reducing inflammation, infection, eczema, acne, burn injuries, scarring, stretch marks, regulation blood pressure, etc.

• PEPPERMINT for headaches, muscle spasms, inflammation, indigestion, nausea, congestion, etc.

• ROSEMARY for memory, poor circulation, low blood pressure, sore muscles, rheumatism, cellulite, etc. (And-balding. However, you have to have a little life left up there.)

• EUCALYPTUS for sinus & throat infection, fever, flu, herpes, acne, boils, insect bites, lice, herpes, vapor rubs, aftershaves, colognes, etc.

• LEMON oil for viral & bacterial infections, hypertension, water retention, weight gain, bruises, increasing general well-being, etc.

• TEA TREE oil for insect bites, cuts, sunburn, shingles, candida, diaper rash, earaches, acne, paper cuts, head lice, abrasions, scalds, herpes lesions, ringworm, athlete’s foot, boils, eczema, and much, much more.

SAFETY: Overexposure to essential oils, either through the skin or by nose, can result in nausea, headache, skin irritation, emotional unease, or an overall “spaced out” feeling. Getting some fresh air will help you to overcome these symptoms.

Just to show you how easy recipes can be–here are some examples:

For thousands of years the ancients established elaborate rituals that combine hot and cold baths, ointments and aromatic massages.


1 cup Dead Sea Salt (course or fine grind).

Add 25-35 drops of essential oil or oils depending upon what therapeutic oils you have chosen for what malady. If you have chosen a blend you need to consider that each oil has a high-note, middle-note or base note which is the evaporation time; so the end scent may change from what you smell during preparation.

1 tablespoon ‘Turkey Red’ oil which is water-soluble. Almost all oils float, but not this one. Instead it will marry with the bath water and soothe and moisturize your body.

If you choose to color your salts use a few drops of food-safe food coloring until the desired color is attained.

If you choose to make a fine grind all you need to do is put the salts in your blender and blend. It won’t hurt your blender a bit and I prefer to grind before I add the other ingredients.

Mix everything well and package. Be sure to use a pretty, wide-mouthed container and then package accordingly. Remember–presentation is as important as is the creation itself.

Depending how much water is in the tub–add 1/2 to 1 cup per bath. Once mixed in the bath, the salt will melt, the color will dissipate, the ‘Turkey Red’ oil will soothe and moisturize, and the essential oils will penetrate your body within minutes. Additionally, by the very inhalation of the chosen oil(s) and the fragrance, it will either relax your or invigorate you. This application is wonderful because your skin is the largest organ of your body.


For those who prefer showers, these are great exfoliants. (Do not use on the face).

To 1 cup of fine Dead Sea salt add 25-35 drops of essential(s) and enough carrier oil (Safflower, Grapeseed, Olive, Turkey Red, etc.) to totally moisten the salt. You don’t want it too dry and you don’t want it too runny. Rub on to loosen all those dead cells and invigorate the new ones, then wash off.


Using the above recipe, instead of salt use raw sugar. We use turbinado.


To 16 ounces of carrier oil (Turkey Red, Sweet Almond, Grapeseed, etc.) add approximately 160 to 200 drops (total) of essential oil or oils. This equates to 16-20 drops per ounce. Shake well and let the oils marry overnight. For a bath oil use approximately 1/4 cup of oil. The carrier oils may be mixed and matched.


As we hope you have discovered, most of these natural, healing and therapeutic creations are very simple to make for you and your family and friends–and they make awesome gifts too.


A Few Basic Facts That We Ought to Learn About Sodium Hydroxide

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Sodium hydroxide, a white crystalline substance, is also known in other terms such as lye, caustic soda, white caustic, soda lye, and sodium hydrate. Its chemical formula is NaOH, and it is known to be corrosive as well as soluble in water, alcohol, and glycerin.

The chemical may sound unfamiliar to you but it can be found in household products such as oven cleaners and drain cleaners. The thing about cleaners that contain the substance is that they tend to turn fats into soap, making them efficient in removing clogs from pipes which are usually a mixture of fats and grease.

Its value does not end in being found in these household products, though. It is valuable in many other ways just like its role in the paper industry where it is used to break down lignin in wood. Lignin holds together cellulose fibers in wood, and its removal is responsible for having the freed cellulose fibers form into paper. So you can now imagine how important the substance in the paper industry is.

Besides being a contributor to paper production, the substance is also of value to the food industry. It plays a vital role in chocolate and cocoa processing, caramel coloring production, chemical peeling of fruits and vegetables, and poultry scalding. The unique crust of the German pretzels also owes something to sodium hydroxide as they are poached in a cold solution of the substance first before baking. Moreover, the gelling of egg whites in Century production is caused by the substance.

The chemical is also used in manufacturing other chemicals, where it is commonly used in acid neutralization, pH control, and off-gas scrubbing. It is also used to remove acidic contaminants in the processing of oil and gas, thus making it valuable to the petroleum and natural gas industry.

It is also used in water treatment, glass making, cotton mercerizing and scouring, rubber reclamation, mining, laundering and bleaching, metal processing and cleaning, oxide coating, electroplating, and electrolytic extracting. Moreover, it is both available in solid form just like chips, sticks, and pellets, and in solutions. Other factors that contribute to its being widely used are its being cheap and being easy to detect and dispose.

You have learned the different uses of caustic soda, but it is also important to learn the first aid measures that can be taken just in case accidents relating to the storage and handling of the substance take place. If it comes into contact with the skin, the affected part of the skin must be flushed with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes. If it is with the eyes, the eyes must also be flushed with water for at least 15 minutes. If someone swallows a solution of the substance, never induce vomiting. What should be done instead is to have the person rinse their mouth thoroughly with water. Also, the person must be given with 240 to 300 ml. of water to drink.

Although first aid measures can be taken when accidents take place, it is always better to prevent these accidents from taking place as much as possible. This can be achieved by maintaining proper storage and use of the substance. Its container must be tightly closed and it must be stored in cool, dry, and ventilated area. When handling the chemical, protective equipment must be worn, including protective eyeglasses and gloves.

These are just some of the basic things that you need to know about sodium hydroxide. Being informed about its uses will make us appreciate its importance in our day-to-day living and being informed about its proper use will help us prevent accidents from happening.


Old Memories Can Be Both Bittersweet and Lovely

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When my mom passed away, I was tasked with going emptying out her house. It killed me to do it because I missed her so much. The bright side of clearing the house out was finding old things that brought back so many memories such as finding the cheap portable record player that my mom used to play all her favorite albums on. I slogged through all of the things in my mother’s home with a heavy heart, but I also found myself smiling over some of the great things that I found, including all her old music records.

I was very close to my mother. I thought that I would live in the same city with her for life, but our hometown is very small with few work opportunities. Continue reading

I Got Home As Soon As I Could to Help My Family

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When my stepfather called me and asked me to sit down, I did exactly that. He told me that my mother was not doing good and that he needed immediate help with her. I was living on my own, so I had to think quickly. I moved everything out of my apartment and then put my car into vehicle storage so that it could stay safe while staying with my mom and stepdad for a couple of months. He had told me that he would let me use my mother’s car while there, so there was no reason for me to bring it. He had told me to get there as fast as I could.

When I arrived at the airport, mom’s husband of only one year filled me in on more news of my mom. I felt very sorry for him. He is a senior himself, and as much as he thought he and my mother would have many more happy years together, they had both found themselves having a lot of medical issues soon after they married. Continue reading

Custom Wallpaper Will Blow Your Mind

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When my wife and I looked into custom wallpaper in Sydney as part of our decision to redecorate several rooms in our home, I was pretty skeptical about something called custom wallpaper. I wasn’t even sure we should even be thinking about wallpaper as it seems to have gone out of fashion in recent years. I’ve been inside a lot of buildings and homes and don’t recall seeing a lot of wallpaper up. If I did it see it, the home was usually quite a bit older. I also didn’t relish the thought of actually hanging the wallpaper. I’ve done it and it’s difficult.

My wife insisted we go check this place out so I went along to humor her. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that custom wallpaper might well be the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. These guys can make virtually and design you want and put it on wallpaper. Continue reading

Top 10 Doris Day Movies

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Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1922, Doris Day aspired to be a professional dancer but a car accident forced her to reassess her career as she spent part of her teenage years in a wheel chair recovering. Taking to singing on radio instead it wasn’t until 1948 that Doris made her first movie as Miss Georgia Garrett in “It’s Magic” (originally known as “Romance on the High Seas”). And so her movie career began which would span 20 years and 39 movies before she left the big screen and went to the small screen with her TV show “The Doris Day Show” which ran from 1968 – 1973.

Often regarded as the “eternal virgin” thanks mainly to a series of movies where the subject of sex was taboo, Day was in fact a very accomplished actress capable of delivering comedy, romance as well as heavy drama and of course was able to sing and dance as well. A seriously well rounded star who was top box-office star for 1963 and is often regarded as the ‘all-time’ top female box office star.

During her career she starred opposite some of Hollywood’s major stars such as Gordon MacRae, David Niven, Clark Gable, Kirk Douglas, James Stewart, Gig Young, Howard Keel, James Garner, Jack Lemmon and of course Rock Husdon whose trio of movies that they made together are some of her most popular.

Whilst it’s fair to say that some of Doris Day’s movies were remarkably similar with a recurring theme of being either a career minded young woman or duped by a man they worked well and made for some marvelous movies made memorable usually by at least one musical scene showcasing Day’s wonderful singing voice.

From out of her 39 movies it is actually quite difficult to narrow it down to just 10 but here is my personal choice for the “Top 10 Doris Day Movies”.

#10 Teacher’s Pet (1958)

The first movie to see what would become a very familiar storyline as Doris Day plays a career minded woman duped by a man pretending to be someone else. Here we watch Doris Day play Erica Stone a lecturer in journalism who ends up being duped by James Gannon (Clark Gable) a bit city newspaper editor who initially wants to give Stone a piece of his mind but ends up falling for her. The trouble is he pretends to be someone else when they meet and you know it will cause problem when his true identity is revealed.

Although “Teacher’s Pet” would be the first of these romantic-comedies which featured very similar storylines it was noticeable for the fact that Doris Day played things straight, whilst still delivering that charming and lovable performance which would fill many of these romantic comedies. Instead we had Clark Gable delivering the comedy as James Gannon with a wonderful array of face pulling with makes “Teacher’s Pet” a hugely enjoyable movie.

#9 Young Man With a Horn (1950)

In all fairness “Young Man With a Horn” or “Young Man of Music” as it is also known is not really a Doris Day movie rather than a Kirk Douglas movie with Doris Day in a supporting role. But the story of Rick Martin (Kirk Douglas) who learns to play the trumpet from legendary musician Art Hazzard and goes on to become a troubled star musician is a brilliant movie full of drama, emotion and music as well as a little comedy.

It is a brilliant performance from Kirk Douglas in the lead role but Doris Day is equally as good even in the lesser role of songstress Jo Jordan who ends up becoming a close friend to Rick. Although she only gets to sing 4 songs in the movie each one is beautiful done and in between each of these songs Day shows what a talented actress she is, so natural in every scene.

#8 It Happened to Jane (1959)

In the same year that Doris Day would make her first movie with Rock Hudson she also made another romantic comedy, this time with Jack Lemmon and Ernie Kovacs. In “It Happened to Jane” Doris plays Jane Osgood a career minded mother who breeds and sells lobsters who finds herself taking on the might of Harry Foster Malone (Ernie Kovacs) the owner of a train line which cost her a lot of money in dead lobsters. With the help of her best friend, lawyer George Denham (Jack Lemmon) she battles Malone in anyway she can but despite her troubles things may turn out alright in more sense than one.

With the exception of “Teacher’s Pet” prior to “It Happened to Jane” the majority of Doris Day’s romantic movies had largely been largely musicals. But here we had Day showing her ability in a more straight forward romantic comedy with barely a musical scene in sight, except for one heavily manufactured one featuring “Be Prepared”. What makes this movie feature in my “Top 10 Doris Day Movies” is the combination of Doris Day and Jack Lemmon who between them light up the screen with a perfect amount of comedy.

#7 The Thrill of It All (1963)

“The Thrill of It All” would be the first of Doris Day and James Garner’s 2 movies together and see once more Doris Day taking on a familiar role of a house wife and mother. During a dinner party Beverly Boyer (Doris Day), wife of obstetrician Gerald (James Garner), regales the hosts with a tale about how she used ‘Happy Soap’ to wash her children’s hair, as it happens her hosts are the owners of ‘Happy Soap’. Before she knows it Beverly is the new face of ‘Happy Soap’ making adverts, appearing on bill boards and being wined and dined at big socials. All of which ends up annoying Gerald who barely sees his wife causing a rift in their happy marriage.

Although their second movie together, “Move Over, Darling” would end up a bigger box-office success I prefer “The Thrill of It All” out of Doris Day and James Garner’s 2 movies together. It’s for the most rather routine with Doris Day playing that beautiful and slightly kooky house wife to James Garner’s tall dark and handsome husband but it’s full of memorable, funny scenes. The fake posing for the billboard and the swimming pool full of suds are two of just many innocently amusing moments in a movie full of them.

#6 On Moonlight Bay (1951)

In her 20 year movie career and despite making several movies which used the same sort of storyline Doris Day only made one sequel which was “By the Light of the Silvery Moon”. The predecessor to it was the beautifully titled “On Moonlight Bay” which saw Day take on the role of Marjie Winfield a tomboy who falls for Bill Sherman (Gordon MacRae). The trouble is that Bill has some unorthodox views on relationships and marriage and also on a few other things which end up annoying Marjie’s father George.

Although “On Moonlight Bay” has a storyline, in fact it has a few storylines it is very much a musical with numerous musical moments featuring either the wonderful Doris Day or the equally wonderful Gordon MacRae and often together. But it is the way everything comes together to make a thoroughly pleasant and charming movie, completely innocent and a lot of fun.

#5 The Pajama Game (1957)

This would be the last of Doris Day’s movies which were firstly musical and drama second but it is surprisingly good fun. Set in the Sleeptite Pajama Factory Doris plays Babe Williams a union rep who finds herself coming up against new superintendent Sid Sorokin (John Raitt) who falls head over heels for her, except business and pleasure start to make things rather messy especially as Babe’s fellow workers want a rise.

“The Pajama Game” has it roots as a Broadway musical and what makes the screen version work is that it feels like you are watching a stage musical. With many of the Broadway cast reprising their roles for the movie and with a vibrant styling which really brings it to life it is a very entertaining movie. And of course it features Doris Day at her feisty best as she plays up against John Raitt whilst delivering plenty of cheerful musical numbers.

#4 Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

During her career Doris Day performed in a few movies which were based or inspired by real people, in “Love Me or Leave Me” she stars as Ruth Etting in a fictionalized account of the jazz singer’s life. Having been spotted by Chicago hood Marty Snyder (James Cagney) Ruth goes from a wannabee singer to a major star, but with Snyder controlling her life the public image Ruth presented was vastly different to her unhappy private one.

What makes Doris Day’s performance in “Love Me or Leave Me” so brilliant comes in hindsight of information that Doris Day revealed in her autobiography. Day herself suffered an unhappy marriage to Martin Melcher who basically controlled her life and much of which almost mirrors what you watch in “Love Me or Leave Me”. As such there is a real sense of pain and emotion in many of the scenes in the movie where Snyder inflicts his rage and control over Ruth. Plus of course being a movie about a singer means we get plenty of brilliant musical moments including renditions of “Ten Cents a Dance” and “I’ll Never Stop Loving You”.

#3 By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)

As already mentioned “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” is the equally beautifully titled sequel to “On Moonlight Bay” and follows a very similar storyline with Marjie Winfield still having relationship issues with Bill who having agreed to marry her before heading off to war returns not quite ready to walk down the aisle. And that’s not the only problem as other member’s of the Winfield household are having a few issues.

To many “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” is inferior to “on Moonlight Bay” and basically just rehashes the whole storyline, which in all fairness it does. But to me it has a lot more charm especially with the wintry setting and memorable ending on the frozen pond with a wonderful family sing-a-long. It also helps that Day is at her cutest best as Marjie easy on the eyes and easy to fall in love with.

#2 Pillow Talk (1959)

It may come as a surprise to some but Doris Day and Rock Hudson only made 3 movie together, although it often feels like more because Day made several similar movies all of with quite similar handsome stars. Their first movie together was “Pillow Talk” with saw Day playing Jan Morrow who shares a party phone line with Brad Allen (Rock Hudson) much to her annoyance as he hogs the line with calls to and from various women. But when Allen finds himself in the company of Morrow he has a bit of fun pretending to be an out of town Texan called Rex Stetson, except what started as a bit of fun turns into more when they genuinely fall for each other.

As already mentioned Doris Day made several similar movies and here again we see her being duped by a man pretending to be someone else. It is the best version of this type of storyline thanks to the amazing chemistry between Doris Day and Rock Hudson making it extremely funny and quite romantic, which in an ironic way is quite funny thanks to certain revelations about both of the stars. And despite the concept of Day being duped by another man had already been done it is the one most people remember with Day delivering her kooky, face pulling comedy to the max whilst Hudson charms his way through every scene.

#1 Calamity Jane (1953)

And finally my number 1 Doris Day movie in my list of “Top 10 Doris Day Movies” and it has to be the award winning “Calamity Jane”. In “Calamity Jane” Doris Day stars as Jane a feisty Indian tracker in the town of Deadwood who likes to boast a little too much. When the owner of the local saloon is desperate to get someone to perform, Jane boasts she can bring back acclaimed stage performer Adelaid Adams from Chicago to perform on their small stage. But having headed off to Chicago Jane mistakes Adelaid’s maid Kate for the big star and returns with her instead. Well it all comes out that Jane didn’t bring back Adelaid but her and Kate become friends leaving to a bit of unexpected rivalry in the romantic department.

From the opening scene with the lively “The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away)” right through to the credits “Calamity Jane” is an out and out classic musical full of big musical song and dance numbers which makes the storyline almost unimportant despite not being that bad. But why “Calamity Jane” is my number 1 movie is because it showcases everyone of Doris Day’s wonderful talents from dancing, singing, comedy as well as a touch of drama and alongside solid performances from Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie and Philip Carey there is not a single dull moment in it’s entire length.


How to Make Natural Candles – Choosing the Best Wax For Making Candles at Home

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There are several natural waxes to choose from for your homemade candle.

While paraffin may be natural in that it’s a petroleum-based wax it has been shown to be not so healthy & doesn’t burn clean so I think we can eliminate this wax.

Healthier natural candle waxes are Palm, Beeswax, and Soy & Ghee.

Let’s check out some pros & cons of each of these waxes.

Palm in made from the wax of the berry of the Palm tree. It’s white, all natural, renewable & clean burning.

Palm wax has a unique crystalline structure that is very attractive.

It can hold a very high scent load. Some palm waxes can hold up to twice as much scent as paraffin or soy wax.

Palm wax comes in granular form, is very easy to work with & it pools evenly when lit. It doesn’t need any additives & it cleans up easily with soap & warm water.

Cons of palm wax; the cost of palm wax is a slightly more than Soy wax.

Turning to Soy candle making, this wax has lots of Pros too. It burns long, cool & clean.

Here is a list of advantages a manufacturer gives about their soy wax:

o Made with pure, 100% natural soybeans

o Longer, cooler and cleaner burning without soot buildup

o Made in the USA with domestically grown crops

o Produced containing NO Genetically Modified Material

o Manufactured meeting FDA and Kosher standards

o Easy to clean up with soap and hot water eliminating solvents

o Renewable sustainable resources requiring plant growth

o Biodegradable and free from pesticides and herbicides

o Very stable allowing for long shelf life

o Not subject to animal testing

Cons of soy candles:

It’s stated by some manufactures that soy candles are produced containing no Genetically Modified Material. For most soy waxes this is only true because after processing there is no DNA in the wax left to assess whether the soy beans used were GMO or not. In the United States in 2002, 98% of the soybean harvest was either genetically modified (GMO) or non-GMO mixed in with GMO soybeans. The only reliable source of non-GMO soybeans are Identity Preserved or Certified Organic, these are very few. This means buying soy wax that is not Identity Preserved or certified organic is supporting the biotech industry. This is a disadvantage of soy wax in my opinion. Also I feel soy candles made from GMO soybeans can’t really be called “natural” as their DNA was humanly modified, the fact that the DNA was later removed doesn’t negate that.

Now lets look at Beeswax which has been used for candles since ancient times.

It burns slow & clean & has its own sweet fragrance.

It gives of more light & heat than other waxes & is virtually drip less.

Beeswax is the only fuel to emit negative ions when burning & this process cleans the air of positive ions such as dust, odors, toxins, pollen, mold, dust mites feces, and viruses.

Lighting a beeswax candle inspires a spiritual feeling; they have traditionally been the candles of choice in many churches.

Using a sheet of beeswax & rolling it up with a wick inside is such a simple way to start making candles, a pair of scissors are the only equipment needed. Beeswax candle making with sheets is child’s play.

Poured beeswax candles are just as easy to make as candles make with other waxes.

One con for beeswax is that the price is significantly more than other waxes but this is balanced by the quality it has of burning slower & lasting longer than other waxes. Beeswax can be added to other waxes to increase their burn time. Beeswax candles have their own natural sweet fragrance with which only some aromas will nicely blend. Beeswax can be bought in either a yellow or white color. Some white beeswax may have been bleached & have chemicals added, best check with the supplier.

Bayberry wax is an aromatic greenish vegetable wax that is removed from the surface of the Bayberry by boiling the berries in water and skimming the wax from the surface. Burning a Bayberry candle to the nub during the holidays is a 300-year tradition supposed to bring good luck in the coming year. Bayberry wax is recommended for making dipped tapers only & may not burn well as votive, tea-light or pillar candles.

Bayberry wax costs about 4 times that of Beeswax. It takes 15 pounds of Bayberries to make one pound of wax. It has a warm, earthy fragrance reminiscent of newly mown hay, and dries to a lovely olive green color. A small amount can be added to other waxes to make them harder & impart its green color. This is a pro as there are no other natural colorants for candles apart from the yellow of the beeswax. All natural candles, that is totally natural candles, are white unless they have beeswax or bayberry wax added.

Ghee lamps have traditionally been used by Sikhs & Hindus for thousands of years as a spiritual practice. Lighting the light dispels darkness & brings comfort, hope & peace. Lighting a light with cow ghee specifically is said to ensure radiance & heavenly bliss, prosperity, health & happiness.

Ghee is made from unsalted clarified butter. It is easy to make for one’s self at home or one can buy it from the grocery store. Organic ghee is available. Once one learns to make a container candle one can make a ghee candle. Securing the wick in the middle of the container without glue is the trick. Traditionally the receptacle of the ghee is earthen mud, silver, gold or brass, never stainless steel. The wick traditionally is laid on the bottom of the container & is propped up on the side of the lamp rather than standing up straight in the middle. I have bought a ghee candle made in a small glass jar with a lid that has a central wick & it works fine. I would be very careful about propping the wick on the side of a glass container. Ghee is very soft at room temperature & a liquid when heated so it needs a container. My ghee candle burns without a ghee smell & gives a very sweet feeling. Now I know how to wick the jar I can keep renewing the candle by adding ghee & wicks or I can make a much bigger one that burns longer for the same price as my little store bought candle.

Whichever material you use for your candle, don’t let having to decide which wax delay you making one! Choose a wax & make a candle, its fun, can save you money & using the candles brings bliss.