Monthly Archives: November 2009

Thanks Giving…

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.  ~W.J. Cameron


If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.  ~Robert Quillen

Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal.  It’s a way to live.

Join us this season in lifting up our voices with Thanks!  There has never been a better time to cultivate a grateful spirit. My Gran used to have us go around the table before we shared a meal and tell her something that we were grateful for.  I would like to do that this year here, in her memory.

btw…Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day, so feel free to go wild!

I will go first to start us off…

I am thankful for the help & encouragement I have received this year with my business from my family, friends & customers!  Thank you all So Very Much!  I am grateful!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!

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Wordless Wednesday…Very Old Tree

The Angel Oak taken by http://steelatlas.deviantart.com/

Angel Oak-approximately 1,500 years old.


Healing properites of Lavender ♛

If you want to learn about Aromatherapy and are interested in starting to collect Essential Oils for your own use, Lavender is where you want to start!  Talk about a hard working multipurpose essential oil, lavender is king! ♛

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Lavender essential oil has soothing, calming, antiseptic and restorative properties.  Lavender is considered the multi purpose oil, is readily used neat, (undiluted) and combines well with almost all other oils for a wide variety of benefits.

Lavender Essential Oil Physical Benefits and Effects…

  • Skin care – especially dry or acne prone skin-I use this on my daughter for her eczema.
  • Natural Antibacterial – Lavender has a minimum inhibitory concentration of 0.32% against staphylococcus aureas. (in the presence of 0.32% of the oil this organism cannot grow).  I even add some to the water I mop my floors with.
  • Headaches – rub a drop or two on the temples for tension migraine relief.
  • Burns – The cooling, soothing and skin restorative effects are good for anti-inflammatory sunburn care. Documented use as an emergency care for heatstroke until medical personnel can arrive. I keep a bottle in the kitchen because I *always* burn myself cooking.
  • Insect Repellent/Bites and Stings – Repel bugs and takes the sting away from bites.
  • Blood Pressure and Heart – Soothes heart palpitations and lowers blood pressure because of anti-stress properties
  • Congestion/Asthma – Anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory effects make lavender good for respiratory support. Suitable for use with children as well.
  • Dandruff – Stimulating and moisturizing effects help with hair shine and dry scalp.

Lavender & your Mood…

  • Antidepressant – Lavender is a well-documented antidepressant essential oil.
  • Refreshing and Uplifting – Can help balance mood swings and PMS symptoms 
  • Anti-Stress – Calming and soothing effects help counteract stress hormones
  • Insomnia – A mild sedative effect for restless or anxious nights

Cautions for Using Lavender: There are very few precautions with the use of lavender essential oils.  High quality organic lavender essential oils are best.

We love ours mixed with some Madagascar Vanilla Essential Oil and added to our Organic Coconut wax Candles!

Lavender & Vanilla Organic candles

Sources:

  1. Tappan’s Handbook of Healing Massage Techniques by Tappan and Benjamin. 4th Edition.
  2. Aromatherapy Massage by Clare Maxwell-Hudson
  3. Aromatherapy: Scent and Psyche by Peter and Kate Damian
  4. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals by Len Price and Shirley Price

The meanings of Color.

In our culture different colors are associated with different meanings.  Hopefully this will give you some tips and ideas on how to choose great colors for your Candle’s .

A century after Sir Isaac Newton invented the first color wheel, Johann Wolfgang Goethe began studying psychological effect of colors. He noticed that blue gives a feeling of coolness and yellow has a warming effect. Goethe created a color wheel showing the psychological effect of each color.

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Redred rose

The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the color of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier. Since it is an extreme color, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations.

Light red represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, and love.
Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness.
Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.
Brown suggests stability and denotes masculine qualities.
Reddish-brown is associated with harvest and fall.

Orange orange-slices

Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.

To the human eye, orange is a very hot color, so it gives the sensation of heat. Nevertheless, orange is not as aggressive as red. Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity.

Orange has very high visibility, so you can use it to catch attention and highlight the most important elements of your design.

Dark orange can mean deceit and distrust.
Red-orange corresponds to desire, sexual passion, pleasure, domination, aggression, and thirst for action.
Gold evokes the feeling of prestige. The meaning of gold is illumination, wisdom, and wealth. Gold often symbolizes high quality.

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Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention getter. While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow enhances concentration, hence its use for legal pads. It also speeds metabolism.

Use yellow to evoke pleasant, cheerful feelings. Yellow is very effective for attracting attention, so use it to highlight the most important elements of your design.

Dull (dingy) yellow represents caution, decay, sickness, and jealousy.
Light yellow is associated with intellect, freshness, and joy.

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Green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money.

Green has great healing power. It is the most restful color for the human eye; it can improve vision. Green suggests stability and endurance.  Green is often favored by those with high IQ’s.

Dark green is associated with ambition, greed, and jealousy.
Yellow-green can indicate sickness, cowardice, discord, and jealousy.
Aqua is associated with emotional healing and protection.
Olive green is the traditional color of peace.

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Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.

Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Blue is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness.

As opposed to emotionally warm colors like red, orange, and yellow; blue is linked to consciousness and intellect.

Light blue is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness.
Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness.

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Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.

Light purple evokes romantic and nostalgic feelings.
Dark purple evokes gloom and sad feelings. It can cause frustration.

White moonflower

White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection.

White means safety, purity, and cleanliness. As opposed to black, white usually has a positive connotation. White can represent a successful beginning.

In advertising, white is associated with coolness and cleanliness because it’s the color of snow.

Black rainbow-obsidian

Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery.

Black is a mysterious color associated with fear and the unknown (black holes). It usually has a negative connotation (blacklist, black humor, ‘black death’). Black denotes strength and authority; it is considered to be a very formal, elegant, and prestigious color (black tie, black Mercedes).

Black gives the feeling of perspective and depth, but a black background diminishes readability. A black suit or dress can make you look thinner. When designing for a gallery of art or photography, you can use a black or gray background to make the other colors stand out. Black contrasts well with bright colors.

I seem to favor Black a lot, although I also love vibrant jewel tones…what is your favorite?

Did you know that at Blue Moon Candles we can make your candles in Your favorite color at no extra cost?!   What color candles are your favorite?

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!

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10 Reasons It’s Awesome People Don’t Like You

10 Reasons It’s Awesome People Don’t Like You .

What? 10 Reasons It’s Awesome People DON’T Like You? Yes, you read it right. This is an excerpt of a great blog post I found on Twitter today… it was written by Lori Deschene, of SeeingGood.com which is a pretty neat blog that I am grateful to have found and am going to add to my reader!

You can read the entire posting HERE, but I’ve excerpted the 10 reasons for you to give you good reason to head on over to Lori’s blog and read some more!

This is all SO true and I am feeling a lot of these things right now, as I’ve recently come to terms with the fact that it’s impossible for one person to be everything for everyone. Some people are just going to not like you. And that’s just part of life. The sooner you learn that lesson, the better… because look at what it frees you up to do!

read on ladies…

10. It allows you to be true to yourself. The biggest disservice you can do yourself is shape-shifting to please your audience. It’s exhausting (even to watch) and, more importantly, pointless. No one will get to know who you really are, which will leave you feeling empty.

9. It gives you the power to say no. I truly believe people are good at heart. That being said, it’s human nature to test boundaries; and it happens all the time in relationships. When you’re willing to be disliked, you’re not afraid to say no as it suits you. Both your yeses and nos shape your future, so choose them wisely.

8. You’ll be more comfortable exploring your feelings. I know–this isn’t a popular one for the male persuasion. But doesn’t it feel good to just be where you are without pretending for someone else’s sake? I’m not saying you should act in anger or fear; just that it’s pretty empowering to say, “Hell yeah–I’m terrified” (or lonely or weak or struggling) regardless of what people will think.

7. You can help other people. An angst-filled younger me made a faux voodoo doll for a middle school teacher who forever changed my life (not my proudest moment). It’s often the least popular people who strike the deepest chord in us. Be unpopular when necessary and push people to be their best. You just may save someone’s life.

6. You can freely express your thoughts. I’ve always said one of the kindest things you can do for someone else is to listen without forming an opinion. You deserve that same kindness, but the reality is you won’t always get it. People will form opinions when you speak. Talk anyways. Be kind in your words, but fearless.

5. It prepares you for great success. Pick one of your favorite popular Twitterers, be it a celebrity or social media guru (there are a ton). Go look at their @replies. Odds are they field their fair share of harsh comments. The higher you rise the more negative feedback you’ll receive, both constructive and unnecessary. Being disliked and OK with it prepares you for making it big.

4. It teaches you to offer kindness and compassion without expectations. It’s not too difficult to offer someone compassion when they’ve treated you with respect and kindness. What’s more valuable for your development as a person, and to mankind as whole, is the ability to do what’s right because it’s right–not because you’ll get something in return.

3. You’ll inspire other people. There is someone I know who has the uncanny ability to keep going, even when others try to pull her down. I learn from her every day. Every person who doesn’t love her assertive, over-the-top personality is a reminder she is unique and not afraid.

2. You can use your time wisely. If you’re liked by everyone, odds are you’re spreading yourself way too thin trying to keep them all happy. I disagree with people who say life is too short. Most of us have plenty of time. We just have to use it well, bettering ourselves and the lives of people around us instead of worrying about other people’s perceptions.

1. You can choose to smile anyways. You could use your energy to make daily inventories of everything that’s wrong–the money you don’t have, the esteem you didn’t earn, the people you disappointed. Or you could commit to being your best, and then sit back and smile. Life will always be a balancing act. Learn to teeter in serenity.

By Lori Deschene, Seeinggood.com © Lori Deschene


How to use your left over candle wax.

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
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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?