I'm having a great time creating body balms and letting them set in cake pop containers. They're so handy: you don't even have to get anything on your hands if you don't want to. Just push up the container and roll it on wherever you want it. Even though I'm having fun experimenting with essential oil combinations and different fixed oils and butters, I'm unsuccessful in finding a way to swirl the oil-soluble micas throughout the blend so it looks like a parfait, a delicious dessert! Nothing I've tried has worked. This last time I came up with the great idea of putting a tiny amount of the mica in a pill cup and when the recipe was ready, I'd take a little bit of the melted butters and oils and liquefy the mica with it. Then I'd take a syringe, suck it up, dip the syringe into the poured blend and slowly disperse the color in a swirling pattern. It looked like it was going to work but everything slowly sank to the bottom. There just has to be a way to do this. Anybody got any good ideas?
Right off the bat, I'll admit I'm self-diagnosing based on two prior episodes that appear to have the same trigger - high winds and lots of blowing dust. In both prior cases (and this one), I shortly developed blocked sinuses, sneezing, watery eyes and a bit of a cough due to the draining sinus passages. This time I decided to make an herbal tea. It contains Echinacea, Goldenseal leaf, Eucalyptus, Gingko, Oregano, Feverfew, Nettles and a good amount of Chamomile, Peppermint and Stevia to make the combination palatable. Almost made it palatable but even if it will never make my top ten list, I'll drink it! I must admit, I feel a little better today but it's still slow going. Maybe I'll start on a glycerin-based tincture right now so I'll have it handy if this happens a 4th time.
Got a favorite recipe for allergies and/or sinusitis? Please share. I'm sure there are some choices that work better than my concoction.
Made some wonderful light body butters today called Skinourishment. They have essential oils of Lavender, Geranium, Carrot Seed, Myrrh, Sandalwood and German Chamomile in Shea Butter, Apricot Oil and Safflower Oil. Smell great, feel smooth and not too thick.
By the way, the 21-day challenge from the last blog? Already gone by the wayside. The only one that made it through that I'm still doing consistently is the 10-minute j
I read an article this week where the author undertook a 21-day challenge to establish positive habits (the amount of days he'd been told it took to establish new patterns). He found that if he took his goals, which were often too optimistic and cut them in half and then ticked them off a chart every day, he was not only prompted by the physical chart to accomplish his goal, but by not overestimating his enthusiasm and sticking to achievable goals, he was able to accomplish the feat. He chose two goals; I chose four. Yes, I know what you're thinking: already I'm overdoing it. Maybe. But I did cut each one down into bite-size pieces that I think I'm more likely to do. So play along if you want. Put in a comment and tell me what you've decided to tackle. I'm going to meditate 10 minutes every day; walk 15 minutes; write half an hour (that'll be the hard one because I'm sure my indecision over when's the best time to do this will frustrate me until I settle on morning or evening); and eat a healthy green salad least 14 times in the 21 days (realistically, I won't do this every day but if I give myself a break, perhaps I'll make it a habit to eat them more than I do now). If these work, I may extend the challenge and tackle a few more because there are a ton of things I'd like to improve about my health habits and life goals. So come on. Join me.
Since I asked Cindy Black to be one of my analysts on the "unexpected reaction" reports that I feel certain will start pouring in any day now, I thought it was only fair I listen in to her free webinar on Spring Qi. I have to admit that I didn't expect to get much out of it but found it quite fascinating. Enough so that I registered for her four-week course on the 5 elements that starts this Tuesday. You can still sign up at Meridian Massage Institute (www.meridianmassageinstitute.com). It's only $149 for the 4 weeks and there's an informative and fun facebook page set up for students where she posts questions to ponder. I would love to figure out a way to marry my essential oils, herbs and Chinese studies into one practice but that will take some time and thought. I've even looked into a four-year course on Tibetan medicine or Chinese medicine but, really? Who has $17,000 a year? I'd need some serious financing for that. So for now, I'll take Cindy's course and study on my own and see how far I get.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.