I got some new candles for the yoga studio that I manage….I like them!
This week, I saw a good friend from college and we had so much fun catching up. We spent four hours at her parent’s home just chatting and exchanging information. When I got home, I realized that I didn’t put sunscreen on my back and sat a little too long in the sun.
Fortunately, I just ordered some great aloe vera gel and was able to relieve my red skin with the delicious lotion. After I soothed my skin, I decided to make a body scrub to use in the shower so that I could reap the benefits of aloe vera everyday. I added some lemon essential oil so it doesn’t smell too much like a cactus, as my husband says. I love it!
Here is the recipe:
This summer, I got inspired to create a few photo books since I realize that we don’t very often print photos any more. There are so many great ones, but we often just leave them on our phone and rarely look at them again. I decided to try and hold onto these great memories a little bit longer with photobooks.
My mom was in her hometown of Prague for eight weeks and my step-dad is a great photographer. He took her photo is so many fabulous places, with beautiful flowers, and with family that we don’t see very often. I sent her the book that arrived upon their arrival back to the U.S. and she loved it. I’m looking forward to flipping through the pages in a few years and reminiscing on the good times she had in 2015.
Book by Shutterfly and Montage. Choose Montage if you want a really high quality one!
Over the past few years, dandelion has become very popular as source for improving healthy. I see it in the grocery store in the vegetable aisle for making salads and I also have it in my tea cabinet. I looked up the full list of benefits and this is what I found. According to the How To Herb Book Dandelion is:
Here’s to getting on our dandelion besides just blowing the seeds around for wishes!
As you may know, I am very much into finding natural solutions to life’s everyday issues. One of my biggest remedies is creating my own sunscreen to get away from the chemicals that pharmaceutical companies put into them to maintain consistency, fragrance, or a variety of other nice things to have. Since I don’t care about many of these items and care more about what is going into my body, I prefer to make a basic version that only contains natural ingredients.
This week I learned of a new product that is created from a plant native to Latin America and can be ingested in the form of a tablet. Polypodium Leucotomos is a type of fern that helps protect the skin from UV rays. They say that if you expect to be out in the sun for prolonged periods of time, this supplement can be useful to help protect against sunburn. The most useful case is one in where you don’t have time to reapply sunscreen consistently and/or are sweating a lot which wipes the sunscreen away.
When I googled this plant and solution, I found that it is still to be determined if the supplement truly helps protect against the sun, but since it’s a natural product, I figure it can’t hurt. There are very limited side effects such as an upset stomach and which can happen with any supplement. The benefits also go beyond skin protection to areas such as helping to prevent dementia and eczema.
Here’s a link to the Wikipedia article if you would like to find out more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phlebodium_aureum.
As many of you know, I make my own homemade sunscreen because I like to exclude the chemicals that are often in store-bought products. For many people, the process can be intimidating. It has a little bit of a learning curve to ensure you’re melting the beeswax easily, adding the correct amount of coconut oil, and finding the right container to do it all in.
For some of my friends, they prefer to just use a moisturizer that they like and add zinc oxide which creates the SPF. I recently got a tea tree oil product that has minimal ingredients and I’m going to go this route for this batch since it is so simple and easy.
Although store-bought sunscreen may have its place when we are looking for something to hold its consistency or be an exact amount of SPF, but for me and my summer, I’m happy with my tea tree oil, zinc oxide, and chemical experiments in the kitchen.
I recently read an article from the NIH that points to Turmeric as a way to relieve pain in osteoarthritis. Since so many of my yoga students come to class with aches in their fingers and other joints, I thought I would pass this information along.
Although Turmeric is often found in Middle Eastern dishes, it’s also available in supplement form.
Here is the quote from the NIH website (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/662.html):
“Osteoarthritis. Some research shows that taking turmeric extracts, alone or in combination with other herbal ingredients, can reduce the pain caused by osteoarthritis. In one study, turmeric worked about as well as ibuprofen for reducing osteoarthritis pain”
My mom and my step-dad just came back from a short vacation in Munich and they had such a good time. My mom was telling me all about their view of BMW HQ, the delicious schnitzel that they ate, and the friendly people. It reminded me of the many visits I have made to that lovely city and the many fantastic experiences.
This week, I also got a new foam pillow that was made in Germany and it reminded me also of the quality products that come from there. Besides BMW, there are so many good things that we use or see everyday like Henkel knives, the Disney castle modeled after Neuschwanstein and German beer.
With the recent debate between Greece and the EU, I think again on the leadership of Germany. They are a large country and doing their job well by leading the guidelines for which Greece needs to follow to succeed.
I look forward to sleeping peacefully tonight on my pillow, dreaming of my adventures in Bavaria, and wishing good things for the future in Greece.
Although my parents have been divorced for almost 30 years, I still feel like they have some interesting things in common and can see how they got together in the first place. I can also see why it didn’t last, but their interest in fashion, European living, and parenting are ones that I am sure brought them together initially and easily.
One of the other things that has commonly developed for them both individually is their amazing ability to remove stains. When they come to visit, each of them often help me review my closet and my house for items that need some upkeep. My whites always look whiter and my colors always look brighter after they leave.
This week, I discovered a new product that I am looking forward to trying when they come out next as we are all often comparing the latest soaps and technologies. I learned that lemon essential oil is a great way to take out stains. I found these directions on www.homemademommy.net and am looking forward to trying it out:
“Stain Remover Directions
Apply the Lemon essential oil (http://www.amazon.com/La-Lune-Naturals-Recipes-Included/dp/B00UK4Q762/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=A28IXOORA7LYQV) all over the stain. Immediately throw the item in the washing machine and wash. This does not work like other stain removers. You can use it on old dried out stains and I have done this before but the trick is to apply the Lemon essential oil right before you throw it in the washer. If you let the Lemon sit on there to ‘pre-treat’ the stain then you might end up with a bit of a yellowing effect!
– See more at: http://www.homemademommy.net/…/easy-homemade-stain-remover.…”