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Gemstones: Nature’s Gift

A gemstone is a piece of mineral crystal (a single mineral with a visible faceted, three-dimensional, geometric form) or certain rocks (generally formed from multiple minerals fused together) that are strong enough to be cut and shaped (lapis lazuli, jade).

Since early times, mankind has been fascinated with the beauty and power of gemstones. Druids used them for healing as well as for religious rituals. Medieval Europeans ground them into powders for medicinal purposes. The Tibetans regarded Quartz Crystals as one of the precious substances of Buddha. Today, gemstones form the building blocks of our modern technological age: Rubies for lasers, diamonds for cutting tools and quartz crystals for electronics are just a few examples.

Gemstones represent energy in its most solid form. Each gemstone has its own energetic characteristics that allow us to distinguish one from another as do each of us have our own electro-magnetic fields that are in turn impacted by the energetic quality of each gemstone. When selecting gemstones, the most important guideline is that the stone is appealing to you. The body has a way of being attracted to a gemstone that is appropriate for use at the time, whether you consciously realize it or not.

Currently our planet contains over 5500 identified minerals and growing. As inventor Nikola Tesla said, “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.”

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Yoga Mat Spray

Yoga is a great way to increase your physical and emotional well-being.
Whether you are an expert or are just beginning, a good yoga mat spray is a must.

Ingredients
¾ cup distilled water
¼ cup alcohol-free witch hazel or white vinegar
5 drops Lavender essential oil
3 drops Tea Tree essential oil
Spray bottle (preferably glass)

 

Instructions
1. Combine all ingredients in spray bottle
2. Shake well
3. To use, spray on mat and wipe
Note: Not all yoga mats are treated the same. Spray a test patch before using.

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4 Thieves for Your Palms & Your Sole

As many of you know we are big fans of 4 Thieves oil. If you have read some of our previous posts, (Arm Yourself and An Ancient Protective Blend), you can see why.

One of my favorite application methods is the bottom of the feet. Essential oils are easily absorbed and reach the bloodstream faster when applied to the soles of your feet.

Another great way to use 4 Thieves oil is on your hands. When you are on the go, it isn’t always convenient to wash – try this all-natural hand sanitizer made with 4 Thieves oil for that extra level of protection.

DIY 4 Thieves Gel Sanitizer:

  • 3 T aloe vera gel
  • ¼ tsp. vitamin E oil (a natural preservative)
  • 10 drops of 4 Thieves oil

Add to a high-quality travel size plastic squeeze bottle and shake. No drying alcohol. Moisturizes while it protects.

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Essential Oil Perfume

The Oxford Dictionaries defines “perfume” as “a fragrant liquid typically made from essential oils extracted from flowers and spices”.

Egyptians were responsible for the origin of perfume. They utilized scents in everything from religious ceremonies to burial preparations and even daily wear. They created ointments and balms with essential oils mixed in to provide scent.

Unfortunately today according to The Environmental Working Group (EWG) “while many popular perfumes, colognes and body sprays contain trace amounts of natural essences, they also typically contain a dozen or more potentially hazardous synthetic chemicals. To protect trade secrets, makers are allowed to withhold fragrance ingredients”.

A DIY essential oil perfume will have exactly the ingredients you choose plus by using therapeutic grade essential oils, you will benefit from the properties associated with each oil.

Traditionally, perfume is made by layering scents according to how volatile the oils are (how easily they evaporate). Top notes evaporate quickly—they are the first scent you smell in a perfume.  Middle or heart notes form the main body of a perfume. Base notes are fixatives—they hold and blend the other ingredients, and they stay on the skin the longest, so you always smell them in combination with the other aromas of the perfume.

Top notes: Sweet orange, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Bergamot, Basil, Anise

Middle notes: Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Rosemary, Pine

Base notes: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Myrrh, Vetiver

Try starting with 5-6 essential oils. Here are some examples:

  • Floral blend: Bergamot, Anise, Geranium, Jasmine, Sandalwood.
  • Green & Herbaceous Blend: Basil, Peppermint, Rosemary, Pine, Vetiver.

There is no steadfast rule regarding percentages of each note. I tend to like base notes so I start with our Meditation Blend (a lot of base) and add florals.

Don’t be afraid to experiment, remember it’s personal – use oils that you love!

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Ancient Egyptian Beauty Secret

cleopatra-beauty-secretsIn no other country or culture, was the concern with beautification and body care so extensive as that of ancient Egypt. Cosmetic implements have been discovered in the earliest graves. When the tomb of the young pharaoh Tutankhamun was opened, one particular jar was discovered to contain a perfumed unguent, still radiantly fragrant after so many centuries. Two of the oils thought to be contained in the unguent are spikenard and frankincense.

Cleopatra VII, 69 BC – 30 BC, was herself credited with writing a book of beauty secrets, an art that she was universally acknowledged as mastering.

Egyptians used cosmetics regardless of sex and social status for both aesthetic and therapeutic reasons. Wrinkling of the skin was treated by applying a wax-based remedy containing gum of frankincense, moringa oil, ground Cyprus grass and fermented plant juice.

Ancient Egyptian Anti- Wrinkle Cream Updated

One teaspoon Sweet Almond Oil

Two Drops of Essential oil of Frankincense

Apply to the cleansed face nightly with a gentle massage

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Frankincense – The King of Oils

Frankincense has been traded in the Middle East and North Africa for upwards of 5,000 years. It is believed that the Babylonians and Assyrians burned it during religious ceremonies. The ancient Egyptians bought entire boatloads of the resin from the Phoenicians, using it in incense, insect repellent, perfume, cosmetics and salves for wounds and sores; as well as in the embalming process.

The ancient Greeks and Romans also imported massive amounts, which they burned as incense, used during cremations and took for a wide variety of ailments. By this time, medical practitioners had recognized and documented the substances’ antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Frankincense has been used by both the West and the East for centuries to treat a number of conditions, including rheumatism, skin disease, nervous complaints, digestive problems, and respiratory infections.

At the time Jesus is thought to have been born, frankincense and myrrh may have been worth more than their weight in the third gift presented by the wise men: gold.

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Arm Yourself Against Cold & Flu Season with 4 Thieves and Breathe Easy

coldnflu2According to the CDC, “While seasonal influenza (flu) viruses can be detected year-round in the United States, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February.” Not only is it ‘that time of year,’ but many of us drastically change our routines (eating and sleeping habits) during the holidays, which can challenge our immune system and put us more at risk of contracting the flu.

Research from Weber State University in Utah showed that the 4 Thieves Blend has an impressive 99.96% success rate at killing airborne bacteria. Diffuse 5-6 drops (or refer to your user manual) to clean the air in your home and boost your immunity. Another way to combat the spread of the flu is to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Add 12-24 drops to 4oz each of water and vodka (or vinegar) for a simple, green disinfecting spray to use around the house.

Should you happen to come down with a cold or the flu despite your best efforts, the Breathe Easy Blend clears congestion and promotes relaxed breathing. To inhale, add a few drops to a diffuser or fill a large bowl with boiling water, add 7-8 drops, lean your head over the bowl, close your eyes and inhale the steam. Another option is to add 15 drops to a carrier oil and apply to the chest.

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Peppermint Pain Relief

What is more synonymous with the holiday season than the smell and taste of peppermint? Candy canes, peppermint bark, peppermint hot chocolate, and the list could go on. But did you know that peppermint essential oil has a host of benefits including soothing digestion issues, relieving headaches, and improving mental focus? Numerous studies have shown that peppermint essential oil improves circulation and relaxes tense muscles thus making it an excellent pain reliever.

For headache relief: apply the oil to the forehead and temples. If the scent is overpowering for you, dilute in a few drops of carrier oil before applying.

One of the best features of peppermint oil is its’ anti-inflammatory properties. This, when coupled with its natural pain relieving properties, make it perfect for the topical treatment of painful inflammation. Add 10 drops to 1 oz. of carrier oil (such as sweet almond oil) for a pain relieving massage oil.

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Essential Oils for Your Horse

Teresa spends a lot of time at the barn with her favorite horse, Fargo. She protects both herself and Fargo from pesky insects with Lemongrass essential oil.

After every shower Teresa adds a couple drops of Lemongrass essential oil to her body lotion before applying. For Fargo, she places a couple drops in her hand and rubs on his face – avoiding his eyes. He loves the smell and it works like a charm.

For an easy fly spray to use at the barn: add 1 teaspoon of Lemongrass essential oil to 32 oz spray bottle and fill with water. Will enhance, not damage your horses coat.

When washing Fargo’s saddle pads, blankets and wraps, Teresa adds Tea Tree essential oil to the wash to help clean and disinfect. Add 8-15 drops essential oil per cap of unscented liquid detergent or 3-5 drops to the rinse cycle.

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Essential Oil Blending

Mixing essential oils is part art and part science. The chemistry of the oil is important; this determines its volatility, viscosity and its properties.

  • Lighter and smaller molecules produce thinner oils (less viscous) that are more volatile (aromatic) and absorb in the body faster.
  • Heavier and larger molecules produce thicker oils (more viscous) that are less volatile (aromatic) and absorb in the body more slowly.

When you combine lighter molecules with heavier molecules, their synergistic effect allows for the lighter molecules to last longer. More importantly, blending correctly produces a synergistic effect of the oils properties – meaning that the combined effect of the oils is greater than the sum of those oils individual effects.

Like most things in nature, the harmonious effects of multiple healing agents working together create amazing super remedies.