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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!


Passion and Poetry…

I like to think I live my life as vibrantly as I can, I want to experience everything, feel everything, soak up every moment.  This poem moved me, so I thought I would share it with you…

The things I love with a passion.

I rock and roll with passion
I talk out my soul with a passion

I eat good food with passion
I defeat bad mood with a passion

I sleep well with passion
I weep hell with a passion

I dream endlessly with passion
I gleam ceaselessly with a passion

I aim for money with passion
I do the same for honey with a passion

I listen carefully with passion
I glisten dutifully with a passion

I search for fame with passion
I research to blame with a passion

I walk everyday with passion
I talk and play with a passion

I embrace life with passion
I face nightlife with a passion

I laugh out with passion
I chaffe about with a passion

I cook with others with passion
I look at mothers with a passion

I touch gently with passion
I clutch tightly with a passion

I work hard with a passion
I rock mad with a passion

I gear up goals with passion
I stir up roles with a passion

I make friends with passion
I take weekends with a passion

I love kissing with passion
I love teasing with a passion

I make love with passion
I take from above with a passion

If push comes to shove
Label me old fashioned
For these are things I caption
In life with all my passion

Copyright 2006 – Sylvia Chidi

Sylvia Chidi

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Sweet Dreams Essential Oil linen spray~

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! ❤

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


An easy step towards conquering Chaos ❥

Welcome to my life. ☺

It is a little crazy here sometimes!

If you are like me you are juggling lots of balls at the same time, which can be challenging at best.

I am the owner/candlemaker for Blue Moon Candles an Indie Business (check out the Indie Beauty Network) making Organic wax Candles, I am a mom that works both in and out of the home, I also manage a Dental office.  On top of that I have many interests and love to do lots of other things!   All of these things add joy and purpose to my life.  They can also conspire to wreak havoc if I am not careful & organized.

Here is a fantastic resource I have found, it is helping me get my life and home in order, so I would like to share it with you.

The site is called The Fly lady.

The description of her site is: that The Fly Lady has a special way of weaving housecleaning tips with homespun humor and daily musings about life. She has a no-nonsense approach to getting your house and your life in order. She mixes housekeeping advice with insights about life and love and anything else that is on her mind.

For me it is a helpful step by step guide on how to stay on track…here is her info on Beginning Baby Steps. I like it that there are limits, so I do not get as easily overwhelmed…you can do anything for 15 minutes right?!  There are some good recipes and lots of other resources for busy people there too.

Check it out and let me know what you think…and I will keep you posted on my progress.  Wish me luck!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Baked Cinnamon Apples

* 4 tart green apples
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 4 tablespoons butter
* 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Scoop out the core from top of the apple, leaving a well.
3. Stuff each apple with a premixed amount of 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 tablespoon butter. Add a handful of walnuts or pecans if desired. Place in a shallow baking dish that has a layer of water in the bottom, Sprinkle apples and water with nutmeg and a generous amount of cinnamon.
4. Bake at 350 for 20 min. covered with foil and then for another 10 min. uncovered.
5. Finally, serve in bowl with the caramel/nut sauce around base of each apple. Vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt in the center drizzled with caramel ice cream topping is another incredible addition.

This is one of my favorite winter night snacks…I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Spice up your life with Cinnamon! ❥

Cinnamon can spice up your life!

Did you know that Cinnamon is mentioned in Chinese writings as far back as 2800 BC.?

Cinnamon was one of the first trade spices of the ancient world. Biblical references indicate that merchants carried the Asian spice all the way from Ceylon to Palestine – that’s a 24-hour airplane trip today – before the pyramids were built.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) is a tree belonging to the Lauraceae family. The bark of the tree is what is used as a spice.

The Egyptians used cinnamon medicinally and as a flavoring in food and beverages as well as during funeral ceremonies.

Cinnamon was used on funeral pyres in Ancient Rome. In 65 AD, Nero burned a year’s supply of cinnamon at his second wife Poppaea Sabina’s funeral in order to show the depth of his grief.

In the Middle Ages, cinnamon was only affordable by the wealthy elite of society. A person’s social rank could be determined by the number of spices they could afford.

Cinnamon has many health benefits. It has shown promise in the treatment of diabetes, arthritis, high cholesterol, memory function, and even leukemia and lymphoma.

The Chinese believe that cinnamon heats up a cold body, improves the circulation, and generally gets the blood rushing around, stoking up the waning fire, and they prescribe it for loss of vigor, whether due to stress, aging, or illness. They believe the spice warms the kidneys and cures impotence, weak legs, and backache. Specifically, cinnamon is held supreme for blood deficiencies that leave one feeling weak.

One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.  It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.

Two teaspoons of cinnamon has about 12 calories.  Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.  Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.

Cinnamon has been used as a tranquilizer and is excellent as a tea used to relieve a stressed out spirit and overworked nerves.  Cinnamon Tea is even used in Asia as a treatment for asthma and is a great tonic when feeling run down. Take four cinnamon sticks, or two teaspoons of cinnamon, and add to two cups of boiling water. Let it boil for ten minutes, and then add honey to sweeten to taste.

One of my favorite easy ways to incorporate Cinnamon is shaking a teaspoon on top of my waffles.

My favorite chili with cinnamon and Chocolate! https://bluemooncandles.wordpress.com/2009/10/31/chocolate-chili-3/

or try Baked Cinnamon Apples.

Try our all natural Eco Friendly Organic wax Candles with Essential oil fragrant blends in Cedar & Cinnamon and Cinnamon Ginger Mint!  What better way to set the mood?!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Make Some Noise!

Make Some Noise!

New Year’s Eve—December 31
Among the various superstitions surrounding the advent of the New Year is the nearly mandatory practice of noisemaking at midnight.

Now looked upon as mere revelry, it was once meant to drive out the old year and banish evil spirits, who would be scared off by the noise.

Many end-of-year practices actually date from ancient times. As early as 2600 B.C., Babylonians celebrated the new year with 11-day-long feasts and originated the noisemaking habit.

• In ancient Thailand, guns were fired to frighten off demons.
• In China, firecrackers routed the forces of darkness.
• In the early American colonies, the sounds of pistol shots rang through the air.

Today, Italians let their church bells peal, the Swiss beat drums and pots and pans, and North Americans sound sirens, car horns, boat whistles, and party horns—as well as set off fireworks—to bid the old year farewell.

This year, ring out the old and ring in the new with a traditional custom or two!

Info taken from Old Farmers Almanac.

I plan to ring it in watching the Ball drop, drinking some Blue Moon Beer or perhaps one of these…

Cointreau Tease Recipe

4 cl (1 1/2oz) Cointreau
2 cl (3/4oz) Apple juice
1,5 cl (1/2oz) Monin violet syrup
1,5 cl (1/2oz) Fresh lemon juice
Frost ginger around the rim of the glass


Easy Peasy Holiday dip-Texas Caviar…

Funny…I got this from my girlfriend Tisha *who hates to cook*~but everything she makes is yummy! ❥ Thanks for sharing Tish!☺

Texas Caviar:

2 cans Pinto Beans

2 cans Black Beans

2 cans White Corn

Drain and rinse and put in a large bowl.

Add 1 green, 1 red and 1 yellow bell pepper diced.

1 red onion diced

1 bunch of cilantro diced

1 jalapeno or serrano chili diced (more if you like it)

1 bottle of zesty Italian dressing (or whatever brand you like).

Mix well and serve with chips.  Yummy & healthy!

Great to take to holiday parties…I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! ❆


Why not use lead candle wicks?

What is the big deal with lead candle wicks?

My husband Scott recently asked me “why do some candle makers use Lead Wicks?”  this got me thinking that perhaps others wonder the same thing, so here is my answer.☺

The metal lead core provides rigidity for the candle wick to keep it upright while burning.  Most American companies voluntarily no longer use lead wicks.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to ban Lead wicks, most metal wicks used in the USA today are either Zinc or Tin.

How can you tell if your candles have a metal cored wick?

As you trim the unlit wick, look for a metal wire inside.  If your candles have a metal core, how can you tell if it is lead?  The best way is to check with the company you bought your candles from.  They should be able to tell you.  If they cannot, you can always ask to trade for a candle with no metal in the wick.

Blue Moon Candles has always been lead and metal free in all our wicks with health & safety in mind.

You can enjoy your sweetly scented candle light guilt free!

Blue Moon Candles is proud to be listed at Candle Safety.Org

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


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!


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.

ColorWheel

 

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.

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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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Dreams of Dracula™ perfume WINNER! :)

We wish everyone could win this great perfume!  But alas…only one can win it for free.

It will be listed on our site for sale this week, but our winner gets it First and FREE tonight!

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Thank you to all of our friends that spread the word about our products and site.  The best compliment you can ever give us is to refer us to your friends & family.  We are grateful!

On to the good stuff.  We have switched to Random.org for the drawing service (rather than the name in the hat) to make things more legit.

The winner of this drawing is Danyale Hammiel Small! Congratulations Danyale!  Your perfume is sealed away in its dark casket ready to wing it’s way to you today!  Email me (lisa@bluemooncandles.com) and let me know your chosen shipping address and it will go right out.

There are TONS of upcoming events and loads of free giveaways.  Stay tuned here and on our FaceBook Fan page for advanced notice, secret sales and one of a kinds!

Our next giveaway starts later this week!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!
~Lisa


Easy Potato Bacon Cheddar Soup! *It’s what’s for dinner!*

Tonight I remembered how much I like reading blogs that share the writers favorite tried and true recipes.  Like most people I am busy almost all of the time, and coming up with dinner ideas is sometimes last on my very long list.

So…tonight I am going to share with you.  This is what I am making right now!

Potato & Smoked Bacon Cheddar Soup!

(One of the best thing about this dish is that it is flexible.  Like my Gran I never really measure much, just eyeball it and tweak it to be the way you like it!)  This can serve anywhere from one to as many people as you’d like.

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3 large russet potatoes (1 large russet potato per serving.-add more for more people) Peel & dice into small chunks.

1 large onion diced (I like Vidalia)

4  14.5 oz. cans of chicken broth-you can make this fresh or cheat and use canned -it is yummy either way.

3 cloves of garlic diced

1 package of your favorite bacon (I like Applewood Smoked bacon from Niman Ranch and it’s nitrate free too!) You can cheat and use precooked bacon if you are in a rush.

2 tablespoons of butter

dash of smoke seasoning to taste.

1-3 cups of cream or half and half to taste.

Cheddar cheese to taste (I like Cracker Barrel brand aged new york cheddar.)

Melt the butter in a large saucepan, then saute the onion, garlic & potatoes until beginning to brown.  Add in the Chicken broth, bacon (keeping out a little for garnish) and a dash of smoke flavoring. Cook until the potatoes are tender.  Then add the cream.

To thicken the soup give a few quick blends with a stick beater, or stir in about a half a cup instant potato flakes, or more if you like it thicker.

Top with extra bacon and shredded cheese! Serve with crusty warm french bread…YUM!

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What is your favorite fall evening recipe?


Enter Sandman…..

Don’t underestimate the power of sleep.

Did you know not getting enough sleep can impair your immunity causing you to get sick more often, create constant low grade inflammation,  increase your risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and even make you fatter!

Most of us need between 7-9 hours of shut eye a night, with those getting 6 hours or less facing the increased risk of disease.

Here are some tips to hep you fall out faster!

  • Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day, even on weekends.
  • Limit your intake of alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco products during the day, especially in the hours before sleep.
  • Finish eating 2 to 3 hours before bedtime, avoiding big meals.
  • Exercise regularly. Finish your exercise a few hours before bedtime.
  • Eliminate napping or limit the duration to 20 to 30 minutes.

Create the Best Possible Sleep Environment

  • Remove electronics like computers and televisions from your room.
  • Keep the room cool, comfortable, quiet, and dark.
  • Use a comfortable mattress and pillows.
  • Use the bed only for sleep and intimacy.

Prepare for Sleep

  • Establish a relaxing bedtime routine: take a bath, read a book, bask in candlelight and stare peacefully into the flame, listen to relaxing music before bed.
  • Don’t watch the clock—it can cause anxiety about sleep.
  • Get out of bed if you can’t fall asleep within 15 to 20 minutes. Only spend time in bed when you are actually sleeping.
  • Write down concerns that keep you awake, creating a “to do” list for tomorrow. Also keep a sleep journal to help you see patterns in your sleep.

Let  aromatherapy relax you-we love our Lavanilla scented natural wax candles, but really you can use any fragrance you love.

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Share your tips for a peace filled night, what helps you drift off to dreamland?


The healthiest of all human emotions is Gratitude…

In this world of downturns and difficulty it is easy to give in to the negative vibe around us…I think that is even more reason we should hold on to gratefulness.

Gratitude will not only make you healthy and happy, it will also change your perspective in life.  Happy people basically focus on others; unhappy people focus on themselves and wallow in self-pity and doubt.  Grateful people are far more optimistic and see whatever circumstances they’re in as an opportunity for good.

Gratitude sweetens our disposition, brightens our day, and encourages those around us.  Gratitude will help make us healthy, is the antidote for every negative emotion in our lives, and that virtually every negative thought – anger, worry, fear, hostility or doubt – has at its root ingratitude.

This holds true not just in business but in life…my grandpa always said you do not have to be Happy to be Grateful.  Think about how you feel attracted to a positive person with passion- it draws friends and customers alike.

Sure, this does not come easy for everyone, or in every situation.  Here is a video by Zig Ziglar that speaks to me…make that list, I did and I can tell you, you will NEVER regret it!

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.

What are you grateful for?  Leave us a comment and let’s start a list!  🙂


Are YOU the Real Deal?

Are you the Real Deal?

As I look around me in this changing economy, I hear a lot of negative depressing things.  I also see several key leaders; some that are just regular people living with great integrity.  These are the people that run their lives and their businesses with a great amount of passion and relentless drive.

For me one such example is the Stephen Curtis Chapman family.

In May of 2009 the Chapman family endured one of my greatest fears, the loss of their daughter, 5 year old Maria.  They have drawn upon their love for each other and their faith to continue living example worthy lives.  The Chapman family has recently opened Maria’s Big House of Hope in China, a healing home dedicated to saving the lives of special needs orphans, stating “Love of God is pure when joy and suffering inspire an equal degree of gratitude”.

For me, this really is The Real Deal!  In these uncertain times when things can be VERY challenging, keep your eyes on the prize so to speak, and keep doing your best at what you love.

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Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs.  Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger.  If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.  ~Dale Carnegie

Are YOU the Real Deal?


Make a Difference Monday!

I will start with a big giant Thank You to all our family & friends that have been such a great help lately!  It is never fun when life tosses you that little unexpected curve ball.  And it is also true that you never appreciate your good health enough!   I am happy to be feeling so much better and am very grateful for all the prayers, well wishes, understanding & help I received!

I noticed something when I was feeling so terrible-that nothing makes you feel better than helping someone else.  A burden shared is a lighter load right?

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We here at BMC have decided to participate in Make a Difference Mondays!   It is a great idea really, and you can pick whatever works for you.  The idea is simple…do something for someone else, without expecting anything in return.

Ideas are as endless as your imagination…Carry in groceries for an elderly neighbor, pay for the order of the car behind you at Starbucks, help a frazzled neighborhood mom to an hour of peace by inviting her kids to play with yours for awhile, visit the local nursing home during your lunch hour-be that visitor someone there is desperate for.

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Whatever idea you choose to use, you will spread unexpected encouragement in a regularly rough day, and you cannot help spilling some of that happiness on yourself!

Let me know what you think.  What ideas do you have?!


Peppermint Oil & Headache relief.

Well, if you are like me and get those stress headaches now and then, relief is a must!  Since life can’t wait while you curl up in a ball in a dark corner, here are some natural options that can have big results!

Peppermint Essential Oil is a great natural option that provides wonderful relief!

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Check out our All Natural Essential Oil Candles (try the Peppermint Thyme for headache releif and to de-stress).

Visit the blog Here We Are with Luci for fantastic tips on how to lead a better, brighter & easier lifestyle.