Well the new year is a great time for a new start. Many people are dieting, for me that really never seems to work, here is a little about what I am doing.
I think that many of the diet programs out there make a lot of promises without delivering on them. I really think that the changes we want will come through educating ourselves and hard work, pretty much like everything else in life. Diets only work for so long, and when you get off the program results fail because our habits really never changed.
Here is a short video that I liked and it has lots of tips on how to do it.
I liked what Dr. Weil has to say about dieting here.
Did you know that according to Christopher Adams a molecular biologist “Eighty percent of what you perceive as taste is actually smell”.
Dr. Alan Hirsch actually provided his patients with a fragrant inhaler of peppermint to use prior to eating and discovered his patients lost an average of 5 pounds per month with no other behavioral changes than just adding the inhaler. Topping the list of weight reducing fragrances are Peppermint and Green Apple.
We are making Candles this week in both fragrances as well as to-go car and skin scents. Check our Facebook page for availability later this week. <3 Check them out and give it a try yourself. If nothing else, you will enjoy the clean fresh fragrances!
What fresh fragrances inspire you?
Love, Laughter & Candlelight,
Have you ever thought about making your own Essential Oil blend for happiness?
Sweet Orange oil has a sweet and tangy smell to it. Just uncorking the bottle and inhaling the sweet scent makes me immediately feel it’s warming, uplifting properties. Some but not all properties of orange essential oil are anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, diuretic, sedative and tonic.
Aromatherapists use this oil for treatment of depression, anxiety, moodiness, stress and frustration. The oil is known for it’s uplifting quality and tends to make a person more cheerful when used.
This is a blend I love-I call it my happiness in a bottle…
- 3 drops Bergamot
- 1 drop Ylang Ylang
- 3 drops Sweet Orange
- 2 drops Jasmine
- 2 drops Rose
You can mix several drops into a jar with Sea Salt for a heart lifting bath, use in a diffuser to uplift the spirits of the entire household or make your own nontoxic dryer sheets, sprinkle a few drops of oil into potpourri to improve the fragrance.
Mix it up and get Happy! ☺
Love, Laughter & Candlelight!
Many members of my family are sensitive to the fragrance in commercial laundry softeners and dryer sheets. Here is a great alternative that I use.
This is a recipe I use for linen spray to add natural beneficial fragrance to our sheets and towels. (I also have first hand knowledge that it makes a fantastic Monster Banishing Spray for little ones to spray under the bed before sleep).
- 4 oz. clean spray bottle with a fine mist setting (do not use a bottle that previously contained cleaning products or hair products such as hair spray).
- 30-40 drops of your favorite calming/relaxing or sensual essential oil or essential oil blend keeping the safety data of the chosen essential oil(s) in mind.
- 1.5 ounces of distilled water and 1.5 ounces of high-proof alcohol (vodka is suitable, rubbing alcohol is not) or 3 ounces of distilled water.
This is my favorite blend:
- 15 drops Sandalwood- relaxing, soothing, cooling, and sensual. It promotes restful sleep and helps to ease an anxious mind. It’s considered an aid in meditation and prayer- It is grounding in times of emotional distraction and aids with peace and acceptance in times of loss. In vapor therapy, Sandalwood Oil can be used to help clear bronchitis, coughs, chest infections, asthma, insomnia and irritability.
- 15 drops Grapefruit or Bergamot-(I love the Bergamot)- used in the treatment of depression, stress, tension, fear, hysteria, infection (all types including skin), anorexia, psoriasis, eczema and general convalescence.
- 2 drops Rose- an exotic aphrodisiac, an emollient in skin care products, and a balancer of the spirit.
- 2 drops Jasmine- a sensual, soothing, calming oil that promotes love and peace.
Be sure and take heed in the safety data for the oil(s) you choose to use.
Directions: Fill the spray bottle with your choice of either 1.5 ounces of distilled water and 1.5 ounces of alcohol or 3 ounces of distilled water. (Even though a 4 oz. bottle is suggested, leave about 1 oz. unfilled so you can shake the bottle well between uses.)
Then, add 30-40 drops of essential oil. Essential oils can very in strength. You may want to try 20 drops at first especially if you or your partner are sensitive to strong aromas. Shake the bottle prior to each use, and let it sit for about a day before making a conclusion that the aroma is too weak; the aroma can change after the linen spray has had time to sit. Mist your sheets lightly. Be especially careful not to allow the mist to fall onto your skin, furniture or into open beverages. Be careful also to only use lightly colored essential oils otherwise your linen spray could stain your bed linens.
Sweet Dreams! <3
Love, Laughter & Candlelight!
Here are some of our best uses for left over candle wax. (Although our goal at Blue Moon Candles is to never leave any wax behind.)
Pine cone Fire Starters
You can make fire starters for yourself or for gifts, with pine cones compliments of Mother Nature and scented wax from leftover candles.
Use a double boiler to melt down the left over wax (or melt it in the jar over a candle warmer) and then dip pine cones in it (or drizzle it over the pine cones). I sprinkle mine with cinnamon or nutmeg while the wax is warm so they stick easily-any crushed spice you like will do. Let the wax covered pine cones cool in refrigerated muffin tins or on an old baking sheet. These make great fire starters for your fireplace or bonfire and smell good just sitting in a pretty basket. They can be easily decorated by putting them in gift bags and tying with ribbon to make thoughtful & fragrant gifts.
Candle warmers work great too for flame-less candle fragrance! Just place any jar candle that has wax remaining on the warmer, to melt the wax and diffuse the fragrance.
You can also pour the melted wax into mini muffin tins and make wax tarts for a tart burner. This way you get all of the scent and do not waste any wax.
I usually keep any leftover scented chunks and use them in a tartwarmer. Also, I put them in little snack size zipper baggies and poke a few pinholes in the bag to let out the scent. These can be stashed in the dresser or linen closet and the coat closet as well as under a car seat.
Candy Molds can be used to pour the leftover pillar wax in and when dry, thread with pretty ribbon and you have cute ornaments!
Are these ideas helpful? Let us know what you think…do you have any ideas on how to use leftover wax?
House Partay! Former NASA scientist Bill Wolverton knows House Plants do a whole lot more than just beautify a room-they help remove air toxins that cause indoor air contamination. Check out his new indoor high tech air filter-it looks like a potted plant.
Green is one of my favorite colors-I love lush greenery, and find inspiration in growing things. I prefer the real thing. Here we list five of the best House Plants that do exceptionally well at helping remove formaldehyde (found in synthetic fabrics, plastics, carpeting) which is listed by the EPA as a possible carcinogen.
Peace Lily-med. to bright light-water thoroughly, let dry out between watering.
Bamboo Palm-med to bright light-thrives in humid environment.
Janet Craig (Corn Plant)-bright light, no direct sun-let soil dry out between watering.
Mother-in-law’s Tongue (Snake Plant)-Very durable, grows in all light-be careful not to overwater.
Spider Plant-med. To bright light, water thoroughly, let dry out between watering.
You can also try our All Natural Palm Wax candles-100% pure vegtable wax that forms stunning crystal patterns in the wax. Eco friendly and from a US grown renewable source. Combine this wax with our Lemongrass essential oil for a gorgeous fresh clensing candle.