How to Revitalize Your Water

Put one of each, or any of the combination of the crystals listed below, pebble sized, into a gallon or 2.5 gallon sized glass or clay pitcher/container. Fill with distilled water and let it sit for 8 hours. Cover the container with a cloth. You may also refrigerate the water if you desire. I have a 2.5 gallon container on my kitchen counter that has my crystals and I continually add water to it when it is almost depleted.

 

Once a month clean the container to avoid any bacterial growth and reenergize the crystals by placing them outside for 24 hours. This exposes the crystals to natural piezoelectric and solar frequencies which in turn revitalizes the water. It is that simple!!

 

Possible Crystals to use and their purported healing indications;

Amethyst-Alertness, awareness, justice, release of attachment, clarification, inner release, encourages perception and the ability to discern, and helps in dealing with sorrow and conflict. For the brain, nerves, lungs, skin and intestinal tract; releases tensions; helps reduce pain, bruising and swelling, has a blood-pressure reducing effect.

 

Sodalite-(blue) -Awareness, striving for truth, idealism, being true to oneself. Good for the throat, larynx, vocal cords, kidneys and bladder. Has a cooling, fever-abating effect, regulates high blood pressure and water balance. Supports the absorption of fluids.

 

Fluorite-(green) -Order, self-determination, flexibility, free spirit. Encourages concentration, thinking and learning; promotes clarity. Regulates growth, strengthens teeth and bones; helps with ganglions and joint problems. Good for the skin, mucous membranes, respiratory system, lungs, intestines, nerves and brain. Alleviates allergies.

 

Clear Quartz-Clarity, awareness, neutrality, a firm stand point. Strengthens perception, attention, memory and understanding. A good energy distributor, lowers temperatures,alleviates pain. Harmonizes brain, nerves, glands,and balances water and hormones. Good for the skin, hair and nails. Increases the effect of other crystals.

 

Rose Quartz-Warmth, love, empathy, directness, sensitivity, sensuality, romance. Makes one aware of one’s own needs. Strengthens the heart, circulatory system, reproductive organs; encourages fertility in women. Helps sexual problems. Makes skin soft and velvety.

 

Calcite-Stability, steadfastness, self confidence, healthy growth, harmonious development. Combats laziness; strengthens the ability to overcome difficulties; makes one capable and successful. Regulates the digestion, metabolismand elimination. Good for bones, teeth, connective tissue, the skin, mucous membranes and intestines.

WATER WATER WATER!

Our Body: A ”Walking“ Body of Water With most of our body weight made up of water, humans are truly a walking body of water. In fact, I like to think of our body’s dependency on water for efficiently transporting nutrients and removing waste much like Venice, the ”city of water,“ depends on water in its infrastructure for effectively transporting people and products.

 

Making up 60 to 75 percent of our body weight, water plays an integral role in virtually EVERY bodily function. This powerful yet simple nutrient definitely needs to move to the top of the list in BIG BOLD letters on everyone’s healthy lifestyle plan.

 

This essential, but forgotten hero…

 

regulates your body temperature by allowing you to perspire and in turn cool your skin and blood

lubricates your joints, eyes, nose, mouth and the air you breath

provides shock protection to your joints and organs

prevents your skin from becoming dry and itchy

reduces the level of the stress hormone, cortisol, which in turn helps reduce acne

removes waste and prevents constipation

flushes toxins

maximizes your energy and prevents headaches, lethargy and dizziness

helps dissolve minerals and other nutrients for maximum accessibility throughout your body

strengthens your natural healing process

acts as a calorie-free, caffeine-free appetite suppressant

 

Avocado All Natural Facial

 

Avocado makes a great all-natural facial.  Packed with essential  vitamins A, E, B and K, including minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium, sodium, copper, magnesium, etc. With these vitamins and minerals you can replenish your beautiful skin without worrying about harmful chemicals leaking into your bloodstream through your pours.  All natural for an all natural beauty.

Basic instructions:

Peel  1/2 of a ripe avocado and mash it into a paste. Spread it onto your skin, leave it for 15 minutes, and then rinse it away. and feel the refreshed feeling of your soft skin.

Home Remedies for Dry Skin

Dry skin has no permanent cure but the skin can be softened and made smoother by using a few remedies. Most popularly, lotions and creams are used to soothe the dry skin. Using a mild soap or a cleansing body wash might eliminate the problem temporarily. However, this option can turn out to be pretty expensive if the skin is genetically dry or just exceptionally dry. Certain remedies can be used to soften the dry skin right at home.

 

A face pack made of fruits rich in vitamins and water can have a good effect on the dry skin. Some of the fruits that can be used are papaya, peach, and banana. Mashed avocado can also be applied to the skin for a glowing effect. A mild lotion or moisturizer can follow these face packs, to retain the moisture produced by the face pack. It is advised to use oil-based lotions in such instances. Moisture has to be applied with upward circular motion always.

 

Night creams containing alpha hydroxy acids can be used as night cream so as to have a fresh looking skin in the mornings. These are more oily than the regular creams and work more effectively for longer time during the nights.

 

A diet consisting of a lot of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and Vitamin E can be taken for an inner glow in the skin. Leafy vegetables help the most in replenishing the moisture in the skin. The water intake needs to increase a lot to help the body have the required amount of fluids. Fruit juices are also considered to be very helpful in softening the skin.

 

Rose water, almond oil, honey, olive oil, and beaten curd can all be used as good face packs. Other than this, daily massage or facial sauna with herbal oils and use of mild detergent and fragrance free soap can work wonders on dry skin.

 

Source: JimmySturo

Herbs That Ease Anxiety & Fear

Fear and anxiety are closely linked, but quite different. Fear is focused, anxiety is diffuse. Fear is health promoting and protective: it keeps us from jumping off cliffs. Anxiety can destroy health and increase our vulnerability: it shortens our breath, narrows our blood vessels, and interferes with the functioning of the immune system. Fear is useful energy; it calls to our courage. Anxiety is useless; it promotes feelings of insecurity, helplessness, weakness.

 

Notice the difference in yourself between fear and anxiety. Whenever possible, find the fear hidden in your anxiety and let it call forth your strength and power. The following remedies can help you make this transformation.

 

Bach flower remedies are easy to carry and use. A dose is 1-4 drops, taken as needed. One or more of the following may ease your anxiety:

 

Aspen (anxious about the future)

Mimulus (anxious about the past)

Red Chestnut (anxious about the safety of others)

Elm (overwhelming anxiety)

Rock Rose (anxiety that escalates into panic)

 

 

 

The smell of roses has been used for centuries to ease anxiety. A touch of rose essential oil on the seam of your sleeve will wrap you in calming fragrance all day. To magnify the effect, have a massage with rose-scented balms. Even one massage can cause a marked decrease in anxiety for weeks afterwards.

 

Yoga postures, yoga breathing, and quiet, focused meditation are excellent ways to tonify (and soothe) the sympathetic nervous system. Regular practice alleviates anxiety, often permanently. If you feel so anxious you think you might burst, try the lion pose:

 

Open your mouth very wide; even wider!

Stick your tongue out; even further.

Open your eyes really wide; bigger.

Rotate eyes left, then right.

Breathe deeply and exhale fully up to ten times.

Keep the shoulders and the forehead relaxed.

 

 

 

This pose unblocks the throat, releases facial tension, relaxes the breathing muscles, and relieves anxiety.

 

Stinging nettle infusion strengthens the adrenals: relieving anxiety and building focused energy. Depleted adrenals often over-react, giving rise to sudden sensations of anxiety, fear, and nervousness. Use bulk herb, not tea bags, not capsules.

 

Put one ounce by weight (about a cup by volume) of the dried nettle herb in a quart jar.

Fill the jar to the top with boiling water and cover tightly.

Let steep for at least four hours; overnight is fine.

Strain herb out and drink the remaining liquid.

 

 

 

Iced nettle infusion is particularly good. The taste is green, like spinach broth, and is better seasoned with salt than sugar or honey. Refrigerate your nettle infusion after straining it and drink it promptly as it is likely to ferment if kept for more than two days.

 

Oatstraw infusion is another favorite of those who want to feel less anxious. Preparation is the same as for nettle infusion; remember to avoid tea bags and capsules. The taste of oatstraw is softer and more mellow; you will enjoy it warm with a little honey. Green oat tincture is much more powerful than oatstraw infusion. It is especially useful for those whose anxiety is combined with excessive nervous energy. Or try a hot bath with lemon balm or oatstraw; an ancient remedy for bad cases of the “nerves.” Ahhhh…

 

Motherwort tincture is my favorite calmative. It is not sleep inducing nor mind numbing. A dose of 10-20 drops can safely be taken as often as every ten minutes if needed, to calm and soothe sore spirits. “Like sitting in my mother’s lap,” one satisfied user commented. Motherwort tea tastes terrible and is not very effective; likewise the capsules are not useful. Motherwort tincture can be taken every day if you wish, but you will find that you don’t need it as you have used it for a while.

 

A dropperful of St. Joan’s/John’s wort tincture is the remedy to reach for when you are on edge and feel like anything will push you over it. The dose can be repeated safely several times an hour if needed. This nerve-nourishing and nerve-strengthening herb relieves the immediate anxiety and helps prevent future distress as well.

 

Herbal tranquilizers are safer than prescription tranquilizers, but are best reserved for occasional use. Valerian is the best known. Because its action can be quite strong, it is best to begin with a five-drop dose, which can be repeated every 10-15 minutes until you are calm (and probably asleep). To avoid addiction, use valerian root as a tea or a tincture, not in capsules, and take it for no more than three weeks. Skullcap tincture is less addictive and often more effective. The dose is 10-20 drops of fresh plant tincture or 1-2 dropperfuls of dried plant tincture. Skullcap can also be sleep inducing, but it is rarely habituating.

 

Exercise is a ready remedy for overwhelming anxiety. If you feel like running away from it all, running or skating or walking briskly might be the very thing to do. Fifteen to twenty minutes of heart-pounding exercise will use up your excess adrenalin and “eat up” your stress.

 

Extreme fear or anxiety may lead to hyperventilation. If you are breathing rapidly and shallowly and feel spaced out you can:

 

breathe into a paper bag until normal breathing resumes or

hold your breath (you can actually put your hand over your nose and mouth) for a count of 20; then breathe out as slowly as you can.

 

 

 

Calcium keeps the nerves steady. A glass of warm milk is an old wives’ trusted ally for relieving anxiety. Stinging nettle is an excellent source of calcium when brewed as an infusion; one cup can contain as much as 500 mg of calcium. Oatstraw infusion is also loaded with calcium, with one cup containing up to 300 mg. Soy beverage can have the opposite effect – that is, it may increase anxiety – due to its ability to disrupt thyroid functioning and interfere with calcium metabolism. One herbalist who consumed large quantities of soy “milk” and soy protein bars wound up in the hospital with an irregular heartbeat and severe anxiety. If you think you are lactose intolerant, drink no more than four ounces of milk at a time, or use yogurt instead of milk. (Yogurt is generally free of lactose.)

 

Of course, you don’t want to do all these things at once! But you could join a yoga class, use nettle or oatstraw infusion daily, and have a bottle of motherwort or skullcap tincture handy for times when you are exceptionally anxious. By working with strengthening herbs and exercises, you not only relieve the bothersome symptoms but also improve your overall health. That’s the Wise Woman Way.

Source: Susun S Weed

DIY Mouth Care

DIY Mouth Care

Keep your lips supple and your breath smelling fresh with simple, natural remedies you can make yourself.

DIY Breath Fresheners

While chomping on gum can mask bad breath, truly freshening your mouth calls for killing the bacteria causing that uninviting odor. Brushing, flossing, and tongue-scraping should do the trick, but these remedies can also help.

Fennel
Chewing on fennel seeds stimulates saliva production (key for stopping bad breath). Pop a small handful of seeds after a pungent meal. (Chewing on fresh mint, anise seeds, or parsley can also help.)

 

DIY Breath Fresheners

Probiotics
These friendly bacteria can help prevent bad breath by restoring your body’s balance of good bugs and bad bugs. Take a probiotics supplement such as acidophilus, or include more yogurt, kefir, and other fermented foods in your daily diet.

DIY Breath Fresheners

Peppermint or Cinnamon Essential Oils
Antibacterial peppermint and cinnamon essential oils can help wipe out stinky sulfur compounds left behind by garlic or onions. Place one or two drops of peppermint or cinnamon oil on your tongue; do not ingest more than this amount.

DIY Eye Soothers

DIY Eye Soothers

 

Make yourself beautiful with natural remedies made with simple ingredients you can put together at home.

 

The skin in the eye area is especially thin and sensitive, so it flares up fast when you’re stressed and fatigued — or surviving on a less-than-perfect diet. Natural remedies, though, can lessen redness or puffiness almost as quickly as it appears. Many remedies use simple ingredients that are already in your kitchen. Here are five of the most effective solutions.

 

Chamomile, Green, or Black Tea

 

Chamomile tea, a natural anti-inflammatory, helps ease redness and puffiness around the eyes. Green and black teas contain compounds called tannins, plus caffeine. Tannins have an astringent effect on the skin and shrink swollen tissue, while caffeine constricts blood vessels to reduce swelling.

 

Steep two chamomile, green, or black tea bags in just-boiled water for three minutes. Remove them from the water and place in the refrigerator until cooled. Place one bag over each eye and relax for 15 minutes.

 

Spoons

 

The cool temperature of chilled metal spoons constricts blood vessels, which helps decrease redness and puffiness in the eye area.

 

Place four metal spoons in a glass of ice water. When chilled, place one spoon on each eye, following the contour of your eye socket. As the spoons begin to warm, switch them with the spoons chilling in the glass of ice water. Continue this process until swelling subsides.

 

Milk

 

Cold milk constricts blood vessels and reduces swelling. The fat in whole milk soothes dry, irritated skin.

 

Pour ice-cold whole milk or cream into a small bowl; soak two cotton balls in the liquid. Then squeeze out the cotton balls slightly and put one over each eye. Once the cotton balls warm up, soak two more and repeat for up to 15 minutes.

 

Cucumber Slices

 

A classic remedy for puffy, irritated eyes, cucumbers contain ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and caffeic acid, both of which help reduce swelling.

 

Rest two 1/2-inch-thick cucumber slices on a bed of ice to chill. Once cool, place one slice over each eye, lean your head back, and relax for 10 to15 minutes. Remove the slices and rinse your face with cool water.

 

Egg Whites

Egg whites act as an astringent, making your skin appear tighter and smoother. They are also high in vitamin B2, or riboflavin, which is associated with improved circulation.

 

Beat two egg whites until stiff, and then apply to the under-eye area using a brush. Let the mixture dry for about 15 minutes; rinse well with water. Try adding a drop or two of witch hazel to the beaten whites, which further reduces swelling and keeps the egg whites from drying too rapidly.

Top 10 Foods for Healthy Hair

When it comes to healthy hair, it’s not just what you put on your tresses that count — it’s what you put in your body, too.

Healthy Hair Food No. 1: Salmon

When it comes to foods that pack a beauty punch, it’s hard to beat salmon. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, this high-quality protein source is also filled with vitamin B-12 and iron.

“Essential omega-3 fatty acids are needed to support scalp health,” says Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, a dietitian in Los Angeles and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. “A deficiency can result in a dry scalp and thus hair, giving it a dull look.”

Vegetarian? Include one or two tablespoons of ground flaxseed in your daily diet for some plant-based omega-3 fats.

Healthy Hair Food No. 2: Dark Green Vegetables

Popeye the Sailor Man didn’t eat all that spinach for healthy hair, but he could have. Spinach, like broccoli and Swiss chard, is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which your body needs to produce sebum. The oily substance, secreted by your hair follicles, is the body’s natural hair conditioner.

Dark green vegetables also provide iron and calcium.

Healthy Hair Food No. 3: Beans

Beans, beans, they’re good for your … hair?

Yes, it’s true. Legumes like kidney beans and lentils should be an important part of your hair-care diet. Not only do they provide plentiful protein to promote hair growth, but ample iron, zinc, and biotin. While rare, biotin deficiencies can result in brittle hair.

Blatner, who is also a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, recommends three or more cups of lentils or beans each week.

Healthy Hair Food No. 4: Nuts

Do you go nuts for thick, shiny hair? You should.

Brazil nuts are one of nature’s best sources of selenium, an important mineral for the health of your scalp.

Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that may help condition your hair. They are also a terrific source of zinc, as are cashews, pecans, and almonds. A zinc deficiency can lead to hair shedding, so make sure nuts are a regular on your healthy hair menu.

 

Healthy Hair Food No. 5: Poultry

Chickens and turkeys may have feathers, but the high-quality protein they provide will help give you the healthy hair you crave.

“Without adequate protein or with low-quality protein, one can experience weak brittle hair, while a profound protein deficiency can result in loss of hair color,” Giancoli tells WebMD.

Poultry also provides iron with a high degree of bioavailability, meaning your body can easily reap its benefits.

Healthy Hair Food No. 6: Eggs

When it comes to healthy hair, it doesn’t matter whether you like your eggs scrambled, fried, or over easy. However they’re served up, eggs are one of the best protein sources you can find.

They also contain biotin and vitamin B-12, which are important beauty nutrients.

Healthy Hair Food No. 7: Whole Grains

Sink your teeth into hearty whole grains, including whole-wheat bread and fortified whole-grain breakfast cereals, for a hair-healthy dose of zinc, iron, and B vitamins.

A whole-grain snack can also be a great go-to food when your energy is zapped halfway through the afternoon, and you’ve still got hours to go before dinner.

Healthy Hair Food No. 8: Oysters

Oysters may be better known for their reputation as an aphrodisiac, but they can also lead to healthy hair — and who doesn’t love that?

The key to their love and hair-boosting abilities is zinc — a powerful antioxidant.

If oysters don’t make a regular appearance on your dinner plate, don’t despair. In addition to getting it from whole grains and nuts, you can also get zinc from beef and lamb.

Healthy Hair Food No. 9: Low-Fat Dairy Products

Low-fat dairy products like skim milk and yogurt are great sources of calcium, an important mineral for hair growth. They also contain whey and casein, two high-quality protein sources.

For some healthy hair foods “to-go,” try throwing a yogurt or cottage cheese cup in your bag when you head out in the morning to snack on later in the day. You can even boost their hair benefits by stirring in a couple of tablespoons of ground flaxseeds or walnuts for omega-3 fatty acids and zinc.

Healthy Hair Food No. 10: Carrots

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, which promotes a healthy scalp along with good vision.

Since a healthy scalp is essential for a shiny, well-conditioned head of hair, you’d be wise to include carrots in your diet as snacks or toppings on your salad.

Source: realsimple, webmd

Active Folks Have Fewer Colds

A recent study suggests that staying physically active may reduce the number of colds you get. The study participants who were most active had 25 percent fewer colds than those who were least active.

Experts offer this caveat, however: More is not necessarily better. Exercising too much can actually weaken the immune system and compromise its illness-fighting power.

Source: BallyTotalFitness