Category Archives: healthy living

My love affair with Essential Oils…

This coming fall season I hope we can help you fall in love with the transformational and earthy scent of Essential Oils.

Natural oils are something we wish to promote and offer as a valuable option to the chemical laden scents on the market today.  Nature’s Essential oils smell wonderful AND they can aid healing, help balance emotions and transform mood with just a few sniffs!

Everyone loves to get a massage, but sometimes we forget how healing simple touch can be.
Ancient people knew of the skin balancing and healing use of Essential Oils, it seems to me we should re-learn some of these natural tricks instead of our chemical and process laden drugstore offerings.

Here is a quick easy recipe for a Foot Soak we love that you can do at home yourself.  It feels blissful during these hot merciless end of summer days!

You will need: Neroli, Lavender & Chamomile essential oils. (Can be purchased online or at your local health food store).

Add 4-8 drops of each oil to a large bowl filled with water.  Stir the water to mix the oils.  Soak your feet for 15 minutes to give your skin time to absorb some of these wonderful oils and relax!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


The beauty of Kelp and how it is used in Cosmetics.

Kelp…my favorite underwater forest.  I love the way the long lines of kelp sway with the ocean surge…hypnotic.

Did you know Kelp is known to contain at least 60 different minerals and elements, as well as 12 vitamins and 21 amino acids. This wealth of nutrition is aided by the fact that it comes in plant form that is quite easily digested through the human system.  Benefits from consuming this plant range from preventing strokes and heart attacks, improving circulation and maintaining a healthy metabolic rate.  For these reasons, kelp should make anyone’s list of Super Foods hands down.

The impressive list of nutrients contained in kelp can not only make us healthier on the inside, but improve our outward appearance as well.  Kelp is a natural detoxifier, both topically and systemically, and can reduce cellulite or accumulated fatty deposits, that sit near the surface of our skin.

There’s a large number of body lotions, treatments and bath products that contain kelp due to another benefit as well:  it can give the appearance of firmer skin

In cellulite creams, algae helps draw out impurities and temporarily “tightens” the skin. This firming ability is also an asset in eye gels or wrinkle creams. Sea herbs in facial masks heal, hydrate, detoxify, and re-mineralize the skin. While we still don’t know how much of the nutrients actually penetrate the skin, their amino acids—and slippery texture—do act as conditioners.

Kelp is used in everything from soap to dog food. A compound of kelp is a thickener used in making jelly, toothpaste, salad dressing, and ice cream. The ash is used in the production of soap and glass. Kelp kills the herpes virus and reduces hair loss. It also maintains mucous membranes in the body and lowers cholesterol levels.

To identify seaweed on labels, look for either common or Latin names: bladderwrack ( fucus ), kelp (laminaria), Irish moss (sometimes listed as carrageenan, the name of the extract), SuperPhycoDismutase (or SPD, the name of an extract of a French coastal seaweed), or simply algae extract. Most of these sea herbs contribute a silky texture to creams and act as natural thickening agents, making it easy to benefit from the power of the ocean—even if you live far from its shores.

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Dinner tonight:Stracciatella (Italian Egg Drop Soup)

For a quick, healthy dinner on a cold night try Stracciatella!

Stracciatella comes from the Italian word stracciato meaning ragged or shredded…

  • You begin with a pot of 6 cups Chicken Broth (you can use Veggie Broth too!)
  • 3 large Eggs (more if you wish to use only eggwhites)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped Italian parsley
  • a generous handful of chopped fresh Spinach.
  • freshly grated Nutmeg (just a pinch)
  • Sea Salt and Fresh Black Pepper to taste.

Bring the broth to boil in a saucepan.  Combine eggs, parsley, cheese and nutmeg whisk together in a separate bowl.

Whisk the mixture into the boiling stock and reduce heat to low. Continue to whisk for 3 to 4 minutes. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and divide evenly among 6 warmed soup bowls. Serve immediately, topped with more grated cheese if desired. This is also delicious if you float a slice of garlic rubbed toasted baguette bread on top!  You could add more veggies or mushrooms too!

Mangia!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!

 

 

 

 


Make you own Essential Oil Blend for Happiness! ☺

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!


Gratitude is the heart’s memory.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
-Melody Beattie


Everynight as I fall asleep I always think of the things I am most grateful for.  Some of my friends keep a journal to list these things-I like to simply recall mine.

Here are 101 things that I am grateful for lately (in no particular order).

God
family
sound of kids laughing
books
bookstores
music
gardenias
freedom
full Moons
bonfires
gothic things
smell of rain
thunderstorms
fresh cut grass
tea
Fairies
beauty
sunsets
Moonrise
gardening
people speaking in accents
graphic design
sidewalk cafes
black eyeliner
Candles (of course!)
Vintage Victorian things
ghost stories
film noir
laughing till you cry
makeup
bare feet
new friends
old friends
hot coffee
dancing
pictures of faraway places
piano
jasmine
good red wine
vintage pin up art
tubing on the river
lavender plants
beer
holidays
parties
summer nights
barbeques
love
dry leaves crunching
hot coffee
unexpected kindness
dreams
forests full of green
vintage shops
big soft sweatshirts
pancakes with nuts
crisp fall nights
spaghetti
mom and dad
perfume
high heels
stars
swimming
palm trees
Pirates
sunshine on my back
warm sand
silly cats
dogs
cool crisp sheets
waves on the shore
tiny babies
smiles
sleeping in
staying up late
hot showers
fresh soap
new places
crackle of a warm fire
birds chirping
fountains splashing
butterflies
Santa Claus
movie nights
chocolate
lullabies
glitter
color
purple sweet tarts
mentors
haunting cello music
summer strawberries
poetry
sealing wax
boating
massages
aromatherapy
swimming
fireworks

What are YOU most thankful for?!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight,


Uglies need love too!

Here at Blue Moon Candles we always strive for Beauty.  One of the things I enjoy most is hearing how our made for you creations delight our customers.  We truly enjoy handcrafting our all natural wax candles and products just for you!

However

sometimes when testing something new, a new color or technique…well-things in the lab don’t always go as planned.  So what do we do with our Uglies you ask?  We give them to a loving home of course!

All of our Uglies Candles have the same great Blue Moon Candles burn you can expect every time.  They smell fantastic!  (They just may not “match”-such as a Banana candle that is Blue instead of Yellow).  They just look a little “different” lol.

If you would like to adopt our Uglies-leave us a message!  Every month or two we will be giving our Uglies away to a good home-FREE.

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.  ~Kahlil Gibran

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Aromatherapy and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Aromatherapy and massage can be used to provide wonderful benefits for Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.

Aromatherapy is herbal medicine that uses the medicinal properties of essential oils from plants and herbs.  French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse coined the term aromatherapy in 1937, when he witnessed first-hand the healing power of lavender oil on healing skin burns.  (I keep a bottle of lavender essential oil in the kitchen near my spice for that very reason).

Essential oils can affect almost every system in the body. Each essential oil has a unique pharmacological effect, such as anti-bacterial, antiviral, diuretic, vasodilator, tranquilizing, and adrenal stimulating.

Combining a variety of essential oils and the act of touch can bring someone suffering from Alzheimer’s a sense of relaxation and well being. For patients in late stages of the disease process, essential oils are critical, instead of using a scented lotion. The oil is directly absorbed into the skin and blood stream with the ability to cross the blood brain barrier–lotions and moisturizers  are unable to achieve this effect. The essential oils continue to aid in relaxation when scent receptors are no longer working-such as those in the late stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Here is a great video on how to do relaxing hand massage (this is what we do for Scott’s mom Emily Ruth-we just go a little more gently on hers.)

You can also spray citrus essential oils onto a handkerchief or tissue in the morning. Allow your friend or family member to hold and smell the tissue. Citrus (I use a blend Bergamot and Sweet Orange) has natural energizing and uplifting properties.  I used to place a few drops on a cotton ball and pin it to my Gran’s shirt so she could smell it-she called it a “flower”.   The aroma commonly stimulates appetite and energy.

Incorporating air diffusers that release essential oils such as lavender and vanilla can go a long way to creating a relaxing environment. The diffusers can be used in bathrooms to disperse lavender scents while showering, as well as sitting areas and bedrooms.

Our Lavender & Vanilla as well as our Sweet Orange and Bergamot Massage oil can be found on our website. (http://www.bluemooncandles.com )

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!