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December 24, 2007 at 6:08 pm

Unfortunately, the holidays can be filled with stress as well as bliss.  Most of us like being with family and friends, eating good food, and having a little time off from work.  But, because we try to jam so much into this season, we often end up not enjoying the very things we were looking forward to for months.  One lady I spoke with said it was like getting ready for a wedding, you plan for months and then it is over in minutes.

While we can’t change many of the things we do this holiday, we can try to grab some relaxing time in between events.  Here are some ideas for 15 minute stress relievers:

Deep breathing exercises help relax and reenergize your system

Put on some relaxing music and close your eyes for 15 minutes

Take a 15 minutes walk outside or dance to music for 15 minutes (this helps release the built up stress homones)

If you have a friend around, take 15 minutes to give each other a quick back. foot, or even hand massage.

If you have a bit more time, you might try these:

Go for a longer walk or plan some other work out time

Take a power nap

Schedule a massage

Take a long bath with lavendar essential oil in your bath water.

Drink a cup of cammomile tea and listen to some peaceful music. (Yoyo Ma playing on his cello – Ahhh)

Watch the funniest sitcom episode you can find.  (My favorite is I Love Lucy doing “Vitameatavegimin”)

It is also important to gravitate towards healthy food when possible and drink a lot of water to keep your system working well.  Crunch on some organic carrots, apples, or celery and snack on almonds for energy.

Feel free to add your own stress relief ideas, the more the better.

Happy holidays to you all!


Posted in (News) by Debbie
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Gift giving
December 14, 2007 at 2:06 pm

This time of year everyone loves to receive gifts.  The act of giving a gift can also be very pleasurable.  I really enjoy making things for my family.  I have the pleasure of thinking about the recipient the whole time I am making their gift.  Plus with some gifts, I have the comfort of knowing exactly what I am giving them.

Two of my favorite gifts to give are homemade bath salts and homemade lip balm.  These two gifts are simple to make and I can choose good organic ingredients so I am sure I am gving something healthy.

For lip balm you will need:

a double boiler or one pan that fits inside another

measuring spoons

3 teaspoons of grated organic bees wax (I use the kind I would chew, it’s harder to grate but still has a bit of honey in it)

5 teaspoons of organic sunflower oil or jojoba oil

Sometime I like to put a teaspoon of organic coconut oil in too.

organic food grade essential oil

organic honey

Place a little water (about 1 inch) in the lower pan of the double boiler (or the larger pan).  Place the other pan on top and melt the beeswax and oil together in the top pan.  Make sure you stir.  Remove from the heat and add 6 drops of essential oil like peppermint, orange, lemon, etc.  Add 1 teaspoon of honey.  Stir and pour into little containers.  Yum, you’re done.

For bath salts you will need:

a bowl for mixing

Organic Sea Salt or Kosher Salt

Food grade essential oils (do not use the aromatherapy oils found in department stores, use real organic essential oil)

Herbs if desired (Comfrey Leaf, Sage Leaf, Lavender Petal, Chamomile Flower, Spearmint Leaf, Elder Flower, Licorice Root, Lemon Peel, Rosehips)

reusable tea bags if you use herbs

To make the bath salts, measure out 6 cups of salt into the bowl.  Add 8 drops of oil, stirring as you add the oil to distribute it evenly.  Add herbs like lavender, sage, and the others listed above sooth the skin.  Add about 1/2 cup to the 6 cups of bath salts and mix thoroughly.  Pour your creation into one or two pretty jars (I look for these at thrift shops).  Include reusable tea bags (you can buy these at most health food stores or make your own) or a tea ball if you have put herbs in your mixture.  Using the tea bags will prevent the giftee from having a mess in the bathtub and herbs stuck to their body when they get out of the tub.  Include these instructions on a nice piece of paper:  Place 1/4 cup of mixture in tea bag (or ball), place in warm or hot bath water and enjoy!

Be sure to make an extra batch for yourself so you can relax and enjoy them. 



Posted in (News) by Debbie
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