Proud mom of a Mermaid! <3

I don’t share a lot of mushy stuff here, but I *just have* to share this- I am really proud of my daughter Bella.
She is 11, and even though just a kid, she is willing to work hard for what she wants out of life!

bellas shellsShe has taken the entrepreneurial spirit to heart and makes her own products (Mermaid inspired headbands and barrettes) and sells them on her website and ETSY store.   She also has a Facebook page- Please stop by and say hello, she would love your support!  I love to see kids work hard for what they want and place value on their dreams.

Thank you!!!
Love, Laughter & Candlelight!

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The Birth of Essential Oils

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Lovely to think we can get back to that in our time…Nature has the best cures and helps <3

Originally posted on Scentual Wisdom:

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Essential oils have been used globally for centuries and are considered to be some of the first medicines ever used. They have been used in religious rituals, with treatment for various illnesses, and to overcome many physical, spiritual, and emotional issues.

Research dates the use of essential oils back to 4500 BC. Ancient Egyptians were the first to discover the potential of fragrance, and records demonstrate that oils and aromatics were used for treating illness and performing rituals and religious ceremonies in temples and pyramids. In fact, three oils that are still commonly used today—cedarwood, myrrh, and frankincense—were used in the embalming process.[1]

According to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts, priests and physicians used oils thousand of years before the time of Christ. There are more than 188 references to oils in the Bible, and some precious oils like frankincense, myrrh, rosemary, cassia, and cinnamon were used for…

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Amazing Helichrysum!

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You may not be familiar with this incredible oil, but helichrysum oil is known for its ability to relieve mental exhaustion, stress, and mild depression.

Plus, it stimulates the right hemisphere of the brain, which enhances artistic and creative expression. With a strong fruity/straw scent, light yellow to red color and thin texture,  this aromatic herb makes a low-key but highly effective remedy for stomach spasms, allergies, and excess water retention.

This essential oil can help heal stretch marks, skin blemishes, and scars due to wounds, boils, and rashes. Muscle aches and pains as well as digestive issues are relieved when the oil is diluted in a bath or inhaled during aromatherapy.

A few drops of helichrysum oil and rose hip oil can banish acne and heal wounds with minimal scarring. Some loyal users claim it reduces signs of aging by keeping the skin smooth and wrinkle free.

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A few drops of the oil on burns as soon after the incident as possible will speed up the healing process. When impact injuries occur, apply the oil as quickly as possible to reduce swelling and reduce the healing time. Helichrysum oil is the only essential oil that contains di-ketones, which play a major role in scar tissue reduction and skin healing.

Helichrysum essential oil therapeutic properties:

  • Anti-Spasmodic: Helps in relieving headaches, migraines, asthma, bronchitis and irritable bowels.
  • Anti-Haematoma: Helps in dissolving blood clots and aids healing of the surrounding tissues.
  • Anti-Inflammatory: Very effective in treating cuts, burns, infections and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Cicatrisant: This property makes your wounds and cuts heal and scars disappear. It is equally effective on spots left on your skin by pox, boils, etc.
  • Cytophylactic: It encourages recycling of dead cell and production of new cells. This property can be particularly beneficial for skin care, especially when used in rejuvenating facial oils.
  • Relaxant and Anti-Depressant: Curbs negative emotions and stimulates positive thoughts and actions.

 

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Love, Laughter & Candlelight!
lisa


The magic of Basil.

I love that historically Basil has been used to symbolize hatred, yet it is also used as a symbol for love. I wonder if this is where the term love hate relationship comes from?  Did you know there are more than 30 distinct and intensely aromatic varieties of basil?

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The first recorded mention of basil, in records dated to pre-206 B.C.E, states that it “exists only to drive men insane.” For the Greeks, and later the Romans, basil was associated with hatred.

To grow the most potent plants they believed the seeds needed to be sown with swearing and ranting.  (sounds like they were watching me pull weeds in the summertime ha!) However, basil later became a symbol of love in Italy, to the point that Giovanni Boccaccio used it to symbolize the tragic love between Lisabetta and Lorenzo in The Decameron. Sicilian folklore associates it with both love and death, and in Moldavian folklore a young man who accepts basil from a young woman will fall in love with her.

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Europe in general is rather conflicted on the subject of basil. Parkinson’s 17th century herbal says it can “procure a cheerful and merry heart” while Culpeper’s links it to poison through the observation of its effects in drawing venom out of wounds and the proclamation that “like draws to like.” He even goes so far as to say that basil can generate scorpions, possibly even inside someone’s skull.   This scorpion connection is often linked to the Greek story of the basilisk, which in turn is linked to basil in the name basilicum. In some folklore, basil is said to have been used to ward off both the look and bite of this king of serpents.

Perhaps reflecting the plant’s conflicted history, the Victorian language of flowers has two meaning for basil: common basil signifies hatred and sweet basil conveys the sender’s best wishes.

To the ancient Romans, it was a symbol of hatred, yet basil eventually became a token of love in Italy. Young maidens would wear a sprig of basil in their hair to profess their availibility. In some regions of Italy, basil is known as “kiss-me-Nicholas.” One can only wonder if the conflicting symbolism of basil in Rome is the origin of a love-hate relationship?

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The royal herb is regarded in a similar manner in Romania where if a boy accepts a sprig of basil from a girl, it means they are engaged to be married.

In Greece today, basil is readily grown as an ornamental and is used in certain religious rituals as a symbol of fertility..

It’s one of my favorite herbs! I love the flavor and the fragrance so much so that we offer a candle and perfume in our Blackberry Basil fragrance.
What does it smell like?  I’m so glad you asked…
It is a delicious mix of rich sweetness!  Sun kissed Blackberries entwined with green leaves, white musk and the unexpected herbal zing of basil. The rich, winey Blackberry takes predominance over the edible leaves and lightly anise-scented basil. It is a fresh, fruity, wild and sensual scent, blending fresh sweetness with a dry herbal accord. 

Perfect for the coming spring days ahead!

Blackberry Basil perfume & candles!   http://www.bluemooncandles.com

Blackberry Basil perfume & candles! http://www.bluemooncandles.com

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!

lisa


Custom Memorial Candles

We would love to share with you something we have been working on.  Here is  a picture of our Memorial Candles that were commissioned by a Blue Moon Candles customer to send to the families of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Custom Memorial Candles

Custom Memorial Candles

Each Candle features their name, Angel Wings (boys with a blue wash, girls with pink and teachers silver), and one of two poems.  These candles are made with all natural wax and an essential oil blend of Lavender & Vanilla for peacefulness.

Emotionally it was difficult for me making these candles, as I thought of each name, each person-I can only begin to imagine the loss each family endures.  As a mother my heart is broken for them.

As I made these, I took the time to pray for the families and send all the love and positive energy I could their way.  I hope these candles bring them light, and a peaceful mood for them to remember each loved one.

The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God.  ~Quoted in The Angels’ Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.  ~Kahlil Gibran

Wishing you all peace tonight…kiss your loved ones, hold them tight and tell them how very dear to you they truly are.

With much Love!

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Oreo Cookie Cheesecakes? Yes please!

Don’t these look great! (And easy!)

I found this edible magic on The Girl Who Ate Everything blog! Lot’s of good stuff to check out on her blog-it is one of my new favorites, I bet you will like it too!

Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes
Source: original recipe by Martha Stewart; via Cookin’ and Kickin’

Ingredients:
42 Oreos, 30 left whole and 12 coarsely chopped
2 pounds (32 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup sour cream
pinch of salt

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 275°. Line standard muffin pans with liners. Place 1 whole cookie in the bottom of each liner.

Beat cream cheese at medium speed using an electric mixer. Gradually add the sugar, beating until combined. Beat in vanilla.

Drizzle in eggs, a bit at a time. Beat in sour cream and salt. Stir in chopped cookies by hand.

Divide batter evenly among cookie-lined cups, filling each almost to the top. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until filling is set, about 22 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Refrigerate at least 4 hours (or up to overnight). Remove from tins just before serving. Best served really cold! You can garnish with fresh whipped cream and crumbled Oreos if desired.

Makes 30 cheesecakes.

yep…making these!
Hope you and yours have a Very HAPPY Thanksgiving!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


My kind of exhibit!

NY Museum Stages First ‘Scent’ Exhibit

Chandler Burr calls his works ‘olfactory art,’ and says he’s not a freak—he just uses his nose more often and more carefully than the rest of us. Blake Gopnik reports.

What a fantastic idea! The very thought stirs my scent loving soul… I wish I was closer so I could attend. Although if I were making real wishes I would wish to share a bottle of red wine with Chandler Burr and talk scent for an afternoon.

I personally disagree with his idea that “a thing must be artificial; it is impossible to create art entirely with nature”—but I understand the point he is making.

Art by Katerina Silva Follow her talented work here: https://www.facebook.com/KatarinaSilvaArt

I love all kinds of fragrance; traditional as well as all natural.

There is room in my world and my shop for both!
What fragrances move your soul?

Leave us a comment to join the discussion.

For me this fall I am continuing my love affair with Cinnamon.

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!

 


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