Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I've been tagged

There is a tagging game going on here among art and craft bloggers and I've been tagged by The Blue Cat

The rules:

1. Place a link to the person that tagged you

2. List seven unusual things about yourself

3. Tag (and link to) seven other artists at the end of your post, and post on their blogs to let them know they’ve been tagged.

Wow, I have to list 7 unusual things about me? 7?! I think someone else is better fit to say that for me, cuz I dont think I have anything unusual about

1. I have come to USA from Macedonia 10 years ago. Weird as it is, I still forget some words in english even though I have been studying it at home for 10 years + my 10 years of living here

2. I cant live without an SUV anymore :-( I know, maybe its a spoiled thing, but in MI I dont know what I would do without one.

3. I am a book worm. Geeky? Yeap, maybe :-(

4. A lot of times I am perfectly fine being by myself, for days

5. I get hurt by massages....yeap, I feel like I have bruises on my spine when my husband massages me

6. I dont like wearing earings or any kind of gold or silver....also, not crazy for diamonds either. I would rather wear a stone on a leather rope.

7. I hate, hate my red hair. Its not really bad though - its more brown than red, but growing up in a country where its 99% dark and blonde people, it didnt feel good to jump out with the looks like that

This is the blogs that I liked and tagged:

Mommy Melee

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The ULTIMATE healing cream!!!

I felt like creating something new. Seeing how many people around me have all kinds of combinations of skin problems, I decided to do a little research and come up with a cream that can be ALL-IN-ONE. Plus, I was bored!

I know that most healing creams are actually more like salves - greasy! I wanted something with enough greasiness so it can hold moisture throughout the day AND silky smooth and soaking into the skin within seconds.

This is what I came up with:

Shea butter has been used to help heal burns, sores, scars, dermatitis, psoriasis, dandruff, and stretch marks. It may also help diminish wrinkles by moisturizing the skin, promoting cell renewal. Shea butter is a particularly effective moisturizer because contains so many fatty acids, which are needed to retain skin moisture and elasticity.

Mango Butter helps with the elasticity of the skin thus preventing wrinkles and stretch marks; it helps with psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema; its extremely moisturizing; rejuvenates skin; helps with blemishes and rashes, wounds, cracks from dryness, scar reduction.

Mowrah Butter is known to reduce the degeneration of skin cells, prevent wrinkles and restore skin flexibility and prevents dryness.

Coconut oil's ability to nourish and heal the skin has been known in the tropics for hundreds of years. It has been used for centuries in Polynesia and by our ancestors to retain soft and wrinkle free skin.

Grapeseed Oil is a great moisturizer and contains a very high percentage of vitamin E.

Colloidal Oatmeal Colloidal oatmeal works great to help relieve dry, skin patches (Eczema), psoriasis, acne, bug bites, sunburns, and other minor skin irritations. It also helps relieve chicken pox, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and other itching and scratching rashes.

An excellent exfoliant, milk contains natural alpha hydroxy acids, which help to gently slough off dead skin cells. In addition, milk helps to reduce redness and soothe irritated skin.

Rose Floral Water maintains the pH balance, stimulates regeneration processes, has a calming effect in acne and sunburns. As a result the skin texture becomes even and elastic.

Bergamot essential oil is know to help with all skin conditions - including psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema

I fell in LOVE with this cream and so did everyone that tried it! My skin has never felt so smooth and soft.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The secret is always in the photo!

I have been obsessing about my photos since I started selling online. How are you to deliver the effect via the internet if not through a good photo? The people are not next to you so they can touch, smell, see. We shop with our eyes, even more so when we shop online. So, I just want to share the difference between a stock photo and the "prettyfied" one that I just listed today.

Here we go:



Now tell me, which one of these would you be more inclined to buy? The after one, I think.

One more set:



Friday, December 5, 2008

101 for the Sacral Chakra

Whew....a little time to breathe :-)

So, lets continue with the basic info on the chakras



Lower abdomen to navel area.


Energy center through which we perceive other peoples's emotions (clairsentience);
- Concerned with day-to-day physical aspects of living; also with the people to whom we relate and with the quality of our relationships
- Concerned with sexual energy and its point from which we send and receive sexual feelings
- Also concerened with creativity
- Sometimes refereed to as the "low heart" chakra in women


Cord in 2nd means either, "I am interested in you sexually", or "Give me your emotional support, pay attention to my emotions".
- Sex cord can be left in depending upon whether or not you are enjoying it
- Best to remove an emotion cord because it is a potential energy drain for you and is often accompanied by a "needy" vibration. (Its easier to respond to someone's emotional needs from your heart chakra than from your second chakra)

Mental, Emotional Issues:

Problems with money; sex and control issues with other people; blame and guilt; power or control in the physical world; emotional upset; fear of abandonment; sexual, emotional abuse/incest

Health Issues:

Sexual dysfunctions; reproductive disorders; fibroid tumors; allergies; skin disorders; hemorrhoids; prostate and bladder problems; pelvic/lower back pain; over-indulgence in food or sex.


Nature Therapy:

Relax in a body of water, feeling the water soothe you and lift you as it flows around your body; washing away any tension or negativity. As you look into the night sky, notice the glowing moonlight as it reflects of the water. Let the moons nurturing beam of light help balance the feminine energies of the second chakra. Oftentimes emotions are symbolically represented by water, so it is only appropriate that water would be one of the forms of relaxing and healing the emotional center, the 2nd chakra.

Sound Therapy:

Similar to the concept of flowing water, to relax the 2nd chakra you want to listen to music that seems to flow, is harmonious and soothing. There are a number of CD's that combine this soothing type of music with the sounds of ocean surf, waterfalls, rainfall, and running water to produce a very powerful sound therapy tool for this chakra.
Vocally you can chant the vowel "o" spoken as in "November", or you can sing it in the key of D.

Color Therapy:

For the 2nd chakra, clear orange is used to stimulate and renew your energy. It facilitates your letting go of rigid emotional patterns and lifts your self esteem.


A few scents can be used to balance the emotions, improve digestion (the ability to "let go" and release) and ease stress are bergamot, vanilla, bitter almond and sandalwood. Ylang Ylang stimulates sensuality and is often used to help "set the mood" for a romantic encounter with your loved one.


Locate the pressure point immediately above the inside heel, but not yet at the arch of the foot. Massage, applying gentle, steady pressure to the point to release blocked energies in the 2nd chakra.

Gemstones and Crystals:

Amber, Carnelian, Citrine, Coral, Moonstone, Gold Calcite, Gold Topaz, Peach Aventurine

Thursday, December 4, 2008

101 for the Root Chakra

Lets do a little basic info on the 7 main chakras. They are all important and its very important that ALL of them are balanced and clear from all clogs that dont let the life energy within usu to flow freely.

So, I'll start with the basic, first, the chakra of primal instinct - the Root Chakra:


Base of spine in men and between the ovaries in women.


Sometimes called the "survival" chakra.
- Concerned with those mechanisms which keep the physical body alive: money, food, shelter;
- Family scars and social and familial information that form a persons idea of reality:
- Includes immediate and extended family, race, social status, educatial level, family legacy and family expectations as handed down through generations;
- "Tribal mind" ; concerned with loyalty - not love, kindness or tenderness. "Love" being confused with obligations to the tribe: "If you really loved me, you'd come visit your family and me more often."


Cord in 1st chakra means "I want you to help me survive".

Mental, Emotional Issues:

Inability to keep a job or permanent living situation; lack of commitment; operating out of fear; need for safety/security in the world; not able to stand up for Self or to provide for life's necessities; unfinished business with parents; abuse or neglect in childhood; limiting psychological programming ("You are stupid", "You are a bad person").

Health Issues:

Sciatica; varicose veins; chronic low back pain; rectal tumors or cancer.


Nature Therapy:

Sit on the ground with your legs crossed in the lotus position. This position brings the 1st chakra in direct contact with Earth and thus provides a grounding effect. Look at or imagine the beautiful red and orange colors that appear in the sky at sunset and at sunrise. Let the beauty and harmony of this natural display of color bring rejuvenation into your 1st chakra. Feel it spread warmth throughout the entire chakra system and body. The beautiful red and orange colors gently stimulate your senses, awaken the fire, the passion inside of you for life.

Sound Therapy:

Listening to music that contains a steady, driving and forceful rhythm awakens the primal energy forces of the 1st chakra. Drumming raises this energy throughout, at times leading to a ritualistic, ecstatic dance as the energy surges. You can even witness this on the dance floor in music clubs when the music has a driving bass or drumbeat. To relax the 1st chakra, listen to sounds of nature - birds singing, crickets chirping, frogs croaking in a rhythm attuned to nature.
Vocally you can chant the vowel "u" spoken as "ooh" or you can sing it in the key of lower C.

Color Therapy:

Clear bright red is used for this chakra. The red color warms, revitalizes and awakens the life force energy. I suggest the lighter, brighter end of the red color spectrum rather than bluish reds, as the darker reds are often associated with depression and unexpressed anger. As always, check it out for yourself.


A few of the scents that can be used to activate the 1st chakra, reduce depression, stimulate circulation, and generate warmth are rose, jasmine, patchouli and sandalwood. To improve your connection with Earth, you could try cedar. Clove is wonderful for dissolving blocked energies.


Locate the pressure point on your heel and slightly to the inside. Gently massage. Apply steady pressure to the spot to stimulate the chakra and release energy blocks.

Gemstones and Crystals:

Agate, Bloodstone, Black Tourmaline, Garnet, Hematite, Obsidian, Pyrite, Red Coral, Red Jasper, Ruby, Smoky Quartz, Snowflake Obsidian

Thats the Root Chakra basic info. If you guys are interested to read more about chakras, let me know....the next 6 will come later :-)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Came out with some new items

I have been so lazy lately. I am sitting here, on the computer - but doing actually NOTHING. My daughter was sick and waking up at night way too many times, then waking up way too early in the mornings. I was royally pooped! Wouldnt you be?

So, I got off my lazy butt and made some new things for my virtual store.

I love, just LOVE Almond Biscotti....oh, they are so good, crunchy and a bit bitter and they go so good with a cup of tea or coffee. So, I just had to make this Almond Biscotti Lotion for all those biscotti crazies out there. Yeah, yeah, I'm talking to YOU! LOL

Another thing that I have been hearing lately was this white tea and ginger scent. it really that popular? Well? Is it? Anyways.....I decided to give it a try and just do it. Make the darn thing and see for yourself. It DOES smell good though. Fresh, a little bit spicy, a bit of exotic tea.....ah, if I could just be somewhere else :-)

What do you think of a scent with apples, pears and melons? All the juiciness in one bottle. How about the name for it. BUTT NAKED. Yeap! You heard it right. Dare to bare!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I am looking for testers for my products

I need testers for my aftershaves, scents for lotions, shampoos or conditioners and sometimes for my skin care products. If you want to participate, can you please sign up? The sign up box is on the right.

I want to see how many people are interested so I can know a round number of sample bottles to buy. Thank you :-)

I am gonna send you e-mail asking you what you prefer to test and I am going to wait for a honest feedback.

Thank you :-)

Monday, November 10, 2008

What can girls do at a slumber party? DIY lotions, potions, mists, perfumes and bath salts projects!

They can play with essential and fragrance oils and make their own lotions and potions!!! They can create their own perfume oils! Their own bath salts and body mists!

I was thinking a lot while watching my 6 year old all in my stash of bottles, oils, lotions, shampoos, conditioners. We have made few mists together and I've seen her enjoy every second of it. Most importantly - she is so content and happy after she has done her own masterpiece :-)

So, I have created a DIY kit for girls. I have also given you your own choice of fragrances so its more personalized.

8 oz of unscented lotion
2 2oz empty lotion bottles
1 oz of your choice carrier oil
6 vials of 4ml fragrance and/or essential oil
1 1/2oz empty roll on perfume bottle
1 dropper

Choice of fragrance and essential oils:

Champa fragrance oil
Cinnamon fragrance oil
Juniper fragrance oil
Green tea fragrance oil
Lotus fragrance oil
Mandarin fragrance oil
Mimosa fragrance oil
Nerolli fragrance oil
Spearmint fragrance oil
Verbena fragrance oil
Water lilly fragrance oil
Water lotus fragrance oil
Wintergreen fragrance oil
Yuzu fragrance oil
Jasmine fragrance oil
Pineapple fragrance oil
Lilly of the valley fragrance oil
Sensual amber fragrance oil
Sandalwood FO
Musk FO
Lemon blossom FO
Vanilla FO
Coconut cream FO
Pomegranate FO
Mango madness FO
Chocolate FO

Peppermint Supreme essential oil
Sweet orange 5 fold EO
Lime EO
Eucalyptus EO
Anise EO
Lemon EO

Choice of carrier oil:

Jojoba oil
Sweet Almond oil
Grapeseed oil
Olive oil
Sunflower oil
Apricot Kernel oil
Hemp Seed oil

If you prefer already mixed fragrances, the choices are:




ANGELICA - FO (A light and airy blend of aquatic notes, delicate citruses balanced with soft rose, soft sandalwoods and musks. )

MEDITATION KRISHNA - FO (Strong robust woods infused with spices, spiritual nag champa and frankincense)

ORIENTAL - FO (Asian blend of ylang ylang, cherry blossoms and vanilla secured patchoulis, sandalwoods, vetiver)

ABSINTHE - FO (Anise, sugar, juniper, spices and citruses leading to a unique version of this legendary underground favorite)

ANOMALY - FO (Sexy and complex, this fragrance is beguiling, with notes of white florals, musks, sandalwoods, and grapefruit)

LOVELY - FO (Light musks to sandalwoods, delicately mixed with earthy champa and vetiver)

MOONLIGHT PATH (TYPE) - FO (The scent is the familiar one of lavender, mandarin, bergamot with the invigorating florals like rose, jasmine, violet, ylang, lily of the valley....all of it held together with mysterious and enticing sandalwood, vetiver, oakmoss, vanilla, amber and musk)

ALMOND BISCOTTI - FO (a delicate biscuit with hints of toasted sweet almonds)

BUTT NAKED - FO (fresh green apples perfectly harmonized with refreshing melons and juicy pears)

DRAGONS BLOOD - FO (warm, woody and earthy scent, with notes of amber, vanilla, sandalwood, light tones of powdery musks and hints of asian florals to bring out subtle spice undertones)

JAMAICAN ME CRAZY - FO (Think fun, fruity, fresh and edgy with a sly kick, an original of passion fruit, mangoes, citrus and SSHHH...secretly introduced splash of cannabis)

WHITE TEA AND GINGER - FO (Fresh and slightly spiced, this fragrance is invigorating with subtle notes of exotic tea. Its Refreshing to the senses while evoking a warm feeling timelessness.

ZEN GARDEN - FO (Aquatic water lily, green tea and osmanthus grounded with sweet sandalwood)

I am working on making a kit that would include bath salts, mist bottles, mesh pouches and again - your choice of 6 oils! And for the ones that want it all - I will have a DELUXE kit that includes all of the above! Isnt that great?!


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Creme for psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, dry itchy skin

Eczema is usually a very persistent, itchy skin condition consisting of skin dryness and inflammation manifested by redness of the skin, crusting and thickening of the skin. Eczema is an inflammation of the skin and may be associated with an allergic reaction, although the cause is not always known.

In adults, eczema is commonly found on the inner elbow or behind the knee. If you also have acne, this will treat acne too and is better than most chemical acne products. Once skin is exposed to a trigger, it releases chemicals to the surface of the skin, which causes a patient to itch.

To get control of your skin condition it does take time and energy to follow a successful skin care routine. Serious types of eczema include nummular, discoid and dyshidrotic. We know that when someone is experiencing stress they are more likely to feel itchy and then start scratching the skin.

I am using an extra thick lotion (creme) with Jojoba Oil and Coconut Oil. I added my most precious absolutes and essential oils for this one, just so every single one can add to the fullest effect of giving relief to eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

Violet Leaf Absolute - is very good for the skin. It opens up the pores, , it soothes red, irritated, dry, itchy and sensitive skin. It helps A LOT with psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis. Used it with Rose Morroc, they become powerful antioxidants known to help, clean, detoxify and sooth the skin while assisting in the prevention of free radical damage.

Rose Morocc is especially good for dry or sensitive skin. Used routinely it provides a soothing and healing effect on Dry Skin, Atopic Eczema, Irritant Contact Dermatitis, Infantile Seborrheic Eczema, Varicose Eczema, Discoid Eczema.

Carrot Seed Oil has been used to treat psoriasis, skin ulcers, acne, eczema and other skin problems. It is good for general skin health and may reduce wrinkles while improving elasticity and tone.

Patchouli Essential Oil is used in aromatherapy to treat skin complaints. It is thought to have a regenerative effect on skin tone and to help clear conditions such as eczema and acne.

Coconut Oil - An emollient pressed from coconuts. It is frequently used for its lathering and moisturizing properties. Unprocessed organic virgin coconut oil soothes the area immediately and goes to work on healing eczema, dermatitis or just about any skin condition.

Bergamot oil, expressed from the peel, assists in avoiding infectious diseases, it is used in preventing oily skin, Psoriasis and acne.

In case of skin irritations or chronic conditions like eczema, soreness, itchiness, dryness and inflammation, almond oil is the best carrier for medicines. It absorbs quickly leaving the skin soft and toned, hence is ideal massage oil.

This is perfect for ANY skin condition. If you prefer this mix in a carrier oil, please contact me at . The best carrier oil would be Sweet Almond.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Essential Oils and the eyes area

The eyes are said to be the seat of the soul. We spend enough making them look attractive, but no amounts of mascara or eyeliner can hide the problems that afflict the very delicate skin that surrounds the eye, the crow's feet wrinkles, creased skin, bags under the eyes and darkening around the whole area can depress even the brightest of souls!

With regular use, the essential oils applied around the eyes can diminish the creasing and smooth out the tiny cracks and crevices. The skin around the eyes, however, is extremely fragile and it is important only to use the lightest of base oils and the minimum of essential oils. If any oil gets into the eye, flush it out immediately with water.

Use the oil relevant to your age group.


18 TO 25 YEARS

2 teaspoons Hazelnut Oil
2 drops Borage Seed Oil
1 drop Chamomile German
1 drop Carrot Oil

25 TO 40 YEARS

2 teaspoons Hazulnut Oil
2 drops Botage Seed
3 drops Evening Primrose
2 drops Lavender
1 drop Lemon
1 capsule Vitamin E
2 drops Carrot

40 TO 45 YEARS

2 teaspoons Hazelnut Oil
6 drops Evening Primrose
2 drops Borage Seed
2 drops Palmarosa
2 drops Lavender
1 capsule Vitamin E
3 drops Carrot


2 teaspoons Hazulnut Oil
5 drops Jojoba Oil
2 capsules Vitamin E
1 drop Lavender
1 drop Lemon
1 drop Bois de rose
3 drops Carrot

* 1 capsule Vitamin E = 250 IUs

Mix the ingredients together well and use the lightest amount around the eye area. Weight around th eye area causes it to sag - and that applies to all oils and creams. Leave the oil for a few minutes and then gently wipe off the excess. Apply th eoil every night.

To treat puffy eyes and dark shadows around the eyes, these are the ingredients you need:

2 teaspoons Hazelnut oil
1 tablespoon Witch Hazel
2 drops Fennel
2 drops Chamomile German

First, dissolve the oils as far as possible in ice cold witch hazel, and place it in the fridge. Wrap an ice cube in a cotton-wool ball, dip it in the essential oil and witch hazel mixture and place it over your closed eye and the puffy area. Leave it in place for a few seconds and then, while the skin is still wet, apply a small quantity of hazelnut oil to the area.

Tired eyes benefit from dabbing with a cold rosehip or green tea. Make up the tea and keep it in the fridge and just dab it around the eyes when they feel that they need it.

You can make up your own eye oil, using the following . It would be ideal to use this while g yourself a face k reatment, for your eyes will be closed and relaxing , and you can lie down and take it completely easy for 5 minutes or so. Apply the oil around the eye area, not on the eyelids.


Chamomile German




Evening Primrose
Borage Seed

If you would like anything done, you can contact me at

If you would want to use the info for DIY, have fun creating and playing with the oils, you will enjoy it!

Monday, November 3, 2008


Lavender is best known and loved for its fragrance.
The herb has been used since ancient times in perfumery.
As an aromatic plant, lavender lifts the spirits and chases
melancholy. Taking just a few whiffs of this sweetsmelling
herb is said to dispel dizziness. Traditionally,
women in labor clutched sprigs of lavender to bring
added courage and strength to the task of childbearing. A
decoction of the flower may be used as a feminine
douche for leucorrhoea. The dried blossoms, sewn into
sachets, may be used to repel moths and to scent clothing,
or may be lit like incense to scent a room. Because
of its fumigant properties, the herb was hung in the home
to repel flies and mosquitoes, and strewn about to sanitize
the floors. Lavender essential oil was a component
of smelling salts in Victorian times.
The essential oil of certain lavender species has a
sedative, antispasmodic, and tranquilizing effect. Lavender
has been long valued as a headache remedy. It can be
taken in a mild infusion, or can be rubbed on the temples,
or sniffed like smelling salts to provide relief from
headaches caused by stress. Lavender oil is antiseptic, and
has been used as a topical disinfectant for wounds. In high
doses, it can kill many common bacteria such as typhoid,
diphtheria, streptococcus, and pneumococcus, according to
some research. The essential oil has also been used as a
folk treatment for the bite of some venomous snakes.
When used in hydrotherapy as part of an aromatic,
Epsom salt bath, the essential oils of some species will
soothe tired nerves and relieve the pain of neuralgia. They
are also used topically on burns and have been shown to
speed healing. It is also a fine addition to a foot bath for
sore feet. Lavender essence makes a pleasant massage oil
for kneading sore muscles and joints. Acting internally,
lavender’s chemical properties increase the flow of bile
into the intestines, relieving indigestion. Its carminative
properties help expel intestinal gas. Lavender is an adjuvant
and may be used in combination with other herbs to
make a tonic cordial to strengthen the nervous system.
A 2002 report from Korea showed that aromatherapy
massage with lavender oil and tea tree oil on patients
undergoing hemodialysis for kidney failure received
relief from the itching the treatment often causes.

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The medicinal properties of lavender are extracted
primarily from the oil glands in the leaf and blossom. The
plant contains volatile oil, tannins, coumarins, flavonoids,
and triterpenoids as active chemical components. These
phytochemicals are the plant constituents responsible for
the medicinal properties. Lavender’s volatile oil is best
when extracted from flowers picked before they reach
maximum bloom and following a long period of hot and
dry temperatures. The flower spikes dry quickly when
spread on a mat in an airy place away from direct sun.

Distilled oil: The essential oil of lavender is extracted
by steam distillation. Just a few drops of this essential
oil are effective for topical applications. Commercial distillations
of this essential oil are readily available.

Lavender tea: An infusion of the fresh or dried flowers
and leaf can be made by pouring a pint of boiling
water over one ounce of the dry leaf and flower, or two
ounces fresh herb, in a non-metallic pot. It can be
steeped (covered) for about ten minutes, strained and
sweetened to taste. It should be drunk while still warm.
Lavender tea may be taken throughout the day, a mouthful
at a time, or warm, by the cup, up to three cups per
day. Lavender works well in combination with other
medicinal herbs in infusion.

Lavender oil extract: In a glass container, one ounce
of freshly harvested lavender flowers can be combined
with 1-1/2 pints of olive oil, sufficient to cover the herb.
It should be placed in a sunny windowsill for about three
days and shaken daily. After three days, the mixture
should be strained through muslin or cheesecloth. More
fresh flowers should be added and the process repeated
until the oil has the desired aromatic strength. Lavender
extract can be safely used internally to treat migraines,
and nervous indigestion. A few drops on a sugar cube
can speed headache relief. Externally, a small amount of
lavender oil, rubbed on sore joints, can relieve rheumatism.
The essential oil has also been used to minimize
scar tissue when applied to burned skin.

Lavender sachet: Dried lavender blossoms and
leaves can be sewn into a small cloth bag to scent linens
and deter insects. The bag may be placed beneath the pillow
as an aromatherapy.

Lavender vinegar: Fresh leaves and blossoms may
be steeped in white vinegar for seven days, then strained
and stored in a tightly capped bottle.

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Lavender has a long history of use as an essential oil
and as a mildly sedative tea. When taken in moderation
the tea is safe. It is important to note that, as with all essential
oils, high or chronic doses of lavender essential
oil are toxic to the kidney and liver. Infants are even
more easily overdosed than adults.
Interestingly, lavenderís relaxant effects were put to
the test in a 2002 study on aromatherapyís effects on improved
mental or physical performance. It seems that
study subjects who smelled lavender actually did worse
on mental tests than those who smelled nothing at all. So
those choosing to use lavenderís soothing effects should
perhaps choose the timing carefully.

Side effects

No known side effects.


As an adjuvant, lavender can enhance the helpful
properties of other herbs when used in combination.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) leaves can be combined
with lavender as a headache infusion. For cramping, an infusion
of lavender and valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
makes a soothing tea. Lavender’s pleasant scent works
well to cover disagreeable odors of other herbs in medicinal
combinations. A tonic cordial can be made by combining
fresh rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) leaves, cinnamon,
nutmeg, and sandlewood with the lavender blossoms
and steeping the mixture in brandy for about a week
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Floral Waters

I read this about floral waters on the internet:

Briefly stated, a hydrosol is the aromatic water that remains after producing an essential oil via steam or water distillation. Hydrosols are sometimes also referred to as a floral water or distillate water.
The plant matter used in essential oil distillation imparts a wonderful aroma to the water. This hydrosol offers therapeutic benefit, and some plants are specifically distilled for the resulting hydrosol instead of the hydrosol being simply a byproduct of the distillation.

Unlike essential oils that should be deluted prior to application to the skin, hydrosols are water soluble, are much more gentle than their essential oil counterparts and can be used directly on the skin without further dilution.

Hydrosols can be used in place of water in creating natural fragrances, lotions, creams, facial toners and other skin care products. They can also be added to the bath, and used on their own as a light cologne or body spray. Hydrosol can be added to finger bowls for elegant, romantic dinners. Examples of commonly available hydrosols are rose, roman chamomile, neroli and lavender.

It kept giving me ideas about what to do with my floral waters. I have arabic friend that I remember his mom was using Orange Blossom Floral Water when his kids were having an upset stomach. Now, I cant do THAT. But I can use them in my facial treatments.

I made an astrigent with Orange Blossom Floral Water, Witch Hazel, Lime and Grapefruit Essential Oils.

Orange Blossom water helps inhibit sebum production in oily skins, making this an especially useful skin care product for teenagers who often have an excess of skin oils. Regenerative properties promotes the production of collagen and fights wrinkles by helping old cells to shred off. Purifying, cleansing and moisturizing.

Witch Hazel is one of nature's best astringents, there is probably no better tonic or toner for skin care preparations. In skin care Witch Hazel can be used as toner or in place of a cleanser. It is particularly beneficial for oil and problem skin through its more gentle properties.

Used in a base cream, lotion or as a wash, grapefruit oil can help to clear a greasy, congested and acne skin, while also helping the tissue get rid of cellulite and drain any excess retained water.

Lime has an astringent and toning action to clear oily skin and acne, and also helps with herpes, insect bites and cuts.

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Rose Floral is one of the best tonics in the world. Tonics stimulate the circulation, reduce oiliness, and help refine open pores and unevenly textured skin. They are usually applied after cleansing to ensure complete removal of any residue left from creams and lotions.

I made Tonic with Rose Water and Palmarosa Essential Oil.

Palmarosa oil moisturizes the skin, while balancing the hydration levels and stimulating cell regeneration. It balances production of sebum, to keep the skin supple and elastic and is valuable for use with acne, dermatitis, preventing scarring, rejuvenating and regenerating the skin, as well as fighting minor skin infections, sore tired feet and athlete's foot.

Rose Water is a gently cleansing and toning product for all skin types. Maintains the pH balance, stimulates regeneration processes, has a calming effect in acne and sunburns. As a result the skin texture becomes even and elastic.

This can be used by people with mature AND young skin!

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Now I am even thinking of adding them maybe to my lotions, making some mists with them....the opportunities are endless!

Grab some before my sale ends OCTOBER 31!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Essential OIls for some common illnesess


Abdominal Pain should be checked by a doctor if it persists and increases in intensity because it could be appendicitis or another condition that needs to be properly diagnosed.

Upper Abdominal Area.
Apply the following oil over the painful area in a clockwise direction:

Peppermint 3 drops
Clove 2 drops

Diluted in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (sunflower, olive, jojoba, sweet almond, apricot kernel, grapeseed etc)

Lower Abdominal Area.
Apply the following oil over the painful area in a clockwise direction:

Thyme 2 drops
Eucalyptus 3 drops

Diluted in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (sunflower, olive, jojoba, sweet almond, apricot kernel, grapeseed etc)


Make up a mixture of 2 drops of tea tree and 1 drop of lavender, dip a cotton-wool ball into it and smear it between the toes and around the nails. Also, make up the following massage oil and rub it over your feet, paying special attention to the toes:

Tea tree 5 drops
Lemon 1 drop

Diluted in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (sunflower, olive, jojoba, sweet almond, apricot kernel, grapeseed etc)


Make up the following oil and massage over the chapped area, including the face if affected:

Geranium 10 drops
Chamomile 10 drops
Lemon 5 drops
Lavender 5 drops

Diluted in 2 teaspoon vegetable oil (sunflower, olive, jojoba, sweet almond, apricot kernel, grapeseed etc)


Use the following oils in a hot bath. Lie back and inhale deeply:
Thyme 2 drops
Tea tree 2 drops
Eucalyptus 1 drop
Lemon 3 drops

For steam inhalation method, use one drop each of the following: tea tree, lavender, thyme and clove.

Carry with you tissue on which you have placed one drop each of red thyme, peppermint, eucalyptus and clove, and inhale deeply whenever possible.

Massage around the chest, neck and sinus area (forehead, nose and cheekbones) with the following:

Lemon 1 drop
Eucalyptus 2 drops
Rosemary 3 drops

Diluted in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (sunflower, olive, jojoba, sweet almond, apricot kernel, grapeseed etc)


Dry cough. Mix 2 drops of eucalyptus and 2 drops of lemon oil with 2 tablespoons honey. Take 1 teaspoon of this and dilute in a wine glass of wam water. Sip it slowly.

Massage over the back and chest with:

Eucalyptus 3 drops
Thyme 2 drops

Diluted in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (sunflower, olive, jojoba, sweet almond, apricot kernel, grapeseed etc)

For the steam inhalation method, use 3 drops of lavender.

Cough with mucus. Follow the treatment outlined above except for the drink. For this mix of the following essential oils into the tablespoon of honey:

Eucalyptus 2 drops
Thyme 1 drop
Tea tree 1 drop

Blend together and use 1 drop only.


Put 1 drop each of chamomile and lemon essential oils onto a tissue and inhale. Add the following combination to baths:

Chamomile 2 drops
Lemon 2 drops
Lavender 1 drop

Massage the neck, chest and back with:

Chamomile 2 drops
Geranium 1 drop
Lemon 1 drop

Diluted in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (sunflower, olive, jojoba, sweet almond, apricot kernel, grapeseed etc)

Because hey fever affects people in different ways, treatment is often a case of trial and error. Experiment with the essential oils.


Use steam inhalations with the following oils added:

Chamomile 2 drops
Lavender 3 drops
Thyme 1 drop

Massage all over the neck area and behind the ears with the following:

Chamomile 5 drops
Thyme 1 drop
Lemon 2 drops

Diluted in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (sunflower, olive, jojoba, sweet almond, apricot kernel, grapeseed etc)

To reduce the soreness, make a drink by adding 2 drops of lemon and 1 drop lavender to 2 teaspoons of honey and mixing it into a wine glassfull of rosewater which has been boiled.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Violet Leaf Absolut Essential Oil and the cost

Its been bothering me for a while. I know the awesome properties of this oil. But I dont know if people would be willing to pay for a product with this in it. See, Violet Leaf is very good for the skin. It opens up the pores, , it soothes red, irritated, dry, itchy and sensitive skin. It helps A LOT with psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis. Its excellent for oily skin. It helps with acne and blackheads. If I use it with Rose Absolute (or Rose Morroc) and Yarrow, they all become powerful antioxidants known to help, clean, detoxify and sooth the skin while assisting in the prevention of free radical damage.

Now, Violet Leaf Essential Oil is also good for any kind of cough, whooping cough, helps circulation. Soothing and cooling and can be used to treat swelling and bruises. It acts as expectorant and demulcent and may be used for laryngitis and tonsillitis also. They can relieve fibrosis and rheumatism. Grieves reports anti-cancer and anti-tumor activity of the leaves.

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On emotional field, its soothing, relaxing, aids sleep, comforting and reassuring. Comforts grief and loss, encouraging, promotes independence and acceptance of change.

Its renowned in spiritual circles, used in ceremonies and healing for its high vibrational qualities.

I bought it on an impuls and until now I didnt know what to do with it. I expected floral aroma, but I was wrong. Its very green. And I mean VERY GREEN scent, like freshly cut stem of the flower, not the flower itself.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

What kind of scents would you like to see in my shop?

I am debating AGAIN what to buy and what not. You can help me out to see what actually people like. Please vote on the poll on the right.

Fragrance Choices:

Dragon Blood - autumn-like warm, woody and earthy scent, with notes of amber, vanilla, sandalwood, light tones of powdery musks and hints of asian florals to bring out subtle spice undertones

Almond Biscotti - a delicate biscuit with hints of toasted sweet almonds.

Desert Rose - an alluring rose tapered with musks and sandalwoods

Dragon's Breath - Earthy, yet smooth, a silky blend of Champa, vanillas, heliotrope that is a more delicate version of the classic Dragon's Blood.

Enchanted Evening - Spicy and sharp yet seductive oriental composition of musks, lilies, patchoulis, sandalwoods

Coconut Lime Verbena - The smoothness of coconut infused with lime zest grounded by unique verbena provides a nice rounded scent.


Butt Naked - resh green apples perfectly harmonized with refreshing melons and juicy pears.

Black Berry


Geisha - A delicate infusion of asian spices, musks and florals, very feminine, seductive and complex.

Hazelnut Cappuccino - Roasted coffee, light chocolate with nutty, full bodied hazelnuts.

Hot Rose - Soft rose with a hint of cinnamon to spice things up

Indian Luck - Warm, unique, and intriquing -- a ubiquitous blend of soft middle eastern spices and soft earthy woods.




Friday, October 10, 2008

HEADLINE: Chatting with Bohtieque Design, a shop on Etsy

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What is your stores name and what do you sell (and anything else that you wanna share about it)?

My store's name is Bohtieque Design, and I design and sell labels and cards, mostly. I started out with photo announcements, but then posted one or two label designs and they just took off, so I concentrate on them the most!

How long have you been crafting for yourself before you decided to share your designs with other?

Actually, I've been working with graphic design for probably 8 years, but before my son came along, I was doing business identity design for small businesses. After my son came home, I changed over to photo announcements and cards. A year later, I started my Etsy shop.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Everywhere. I do often look at fabric designs, old photos and images and design blogs for inspiration.

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How do you see yourself down the road?

In a few years, I'd like to see myself doing something very similar, still connecting one on one with clients and still working Etsy in the evenings and summers. I really love my day job--teaching--so I wouldn't want to leave. Hopefully, though, I'll be able to buy a few of those cool Pottery Barn office organization systems, though, so I'll be sitting in a well organized office. (And that, of course, is a total dream. Organizational system or not, I'm still a mess.)

Do you do this for fun or for serious business?

I do this seriously--I think I do most things seriously. I've got a few goals for what I want my business to get me, and those goals require that I take it seriously.

Do you ever get a creative block? If yes, how frustrating is it and how do you deal with that?

I do, sometimes. It usually isn't too hard to get over. Instead of sitting there being upset about it, I'll grab my camera and go take some shots, organize the mess a little, do some cooking or gaze at the TV for a while. Sooner or later, the block just disappears.

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What is one favorite thing that you made and felt bad selling it - only because you liked it so much?

I never feel bad--most of my things can be remade easily. I do sometimes feel a little bad when my favorites, like, don't get sales. I want so share them with people!

What is a normal day like for you?

Get up at 5 a.m., get ready while checking convos and working up proofs, and leave before 7 a.m. I work until 4:30 or so, then come home and spend time with my family, who really DO rock. After my son goes to bed, I work on Etsy until 10 or 11. It's a busy, packed day!

What else interests you besides your craft?

I LOVE photography. Love. Love. Love. Did I say I love photography?

Is there something you would like to say as the end of the talk?

I love Etsy--and I am doing my best to buy only Etsy work Christmas--it's so worth it!

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Thursday, October 9, 2008


I have been thinking a lot lately is it OK to make Coffee Mocha Lotion. I know it smells good....who doesnt like a cup of freshly brewed mocha? Its so creamy and the aroma so rich, that it captures your senses and takes you away.
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Soooo, I grabbed my tools and my oils and had to whip up something. The coffee aroma from the essential oil had me right away. I was laughing thinking how I just want to drink this. But - you would find me in the ER from lotion overdoze :-) The chocolate fragrance oil was so rich and dark in the scent, that I wished I had a bar of chocolate. But hey! If I cant eat that calorie-full-thing, then at least my nose is getting a whiff of the fat free thing, right?
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Luckily for me...tee heeee....I had an ounse of leftover. So, guess what? Yeap, I am keeping it so I can use it on myself. I already put a little bit on my arm and I am in LOVE!!! Who needs real coffee anyways?

Well, not really. I DO need real coffee too. Maybe thats why I like this scent so much.

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Yeap, that one above is mine!


Thursday, October 2, 2008

HEADLINE: Chatting with earthandsunfolk, a shop on Etsy

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What is your stores name and what do you sell (and anything else that you wanna share about it)?

earthandsunfolk ~ eco~friendly goods

How long have you been crafting for yourself before you decided to share your designs with other?

i've always been interested in some form of art. sewing is my main focus right now and i've been doing it for about 6 years.

Where do you get your inspiration?

nature..all the beautiful things around me!

Is there a funny story where you accidentally screwed something up, but it turned out better than you planned?

(can't think of one really! yes i have made my share of mistakes though!)

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How do you see yourself down the road?

hopefully making a good living from my work...becoming more self sufficient and living off of our own land with my family.whatever the future holds for me, it will be happy.

Do you do this for fun or for serious business?

earthandsunfolk is a seriously fun business.

Do you ever get a creative block? If yes, how frustrating is it and how do you deal with that?

i do a lot...that's probably why i work on several different pieces at once. it helps to change things up a bit.

What is one favorite thing that you made and felt bad selling it - only because you liked it so much?

i usually want to keep most of my things, but i love that something my hands created falls into other hands that appreciate it!

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What is a normal day like for you?

raising three girls and trying to keep the house from falling completely apart while i sqeeze in as much sewing and etsy time as i can....then a few hours sleep so i can start all over again!

What else interests you besides your craft?

live music...i love jambands and bluegrass and going to festivals with my family. we also love going up into the mountains and getting lost.

Is there something you would like to say as the end of the talk?

my favorite quote "My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them."
~Jack Kerouac

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008


The Australian aborigines have used eucalyptus for
hundreds of years as a remedy for fever, wounds,
coughs, asthma, and joint pain. Australian settlers
named the eucalyptus the fever tree because of its disease-
fighting properties. Baron Ferdinand von Miller, a
German botanist and explorer, was responsible for making
the properties of eucalyptus known to the world in
the mid-1800s. Likening eucalyptus’ scent to that of cajaput
oil (a disinfectant), von Miller suggested that eucalyptus
might also be used as a disinfectant in fever districts.
Seeds of the tree were sent to Algiers, France and
planted. The trees thrived and, because of the drying action
of the roots, turned one of the marshiest areas of Algiers
into a dry and healthy environment, thereby driving
away malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Eucalyptus trees
were then planted in temperate areas around the world to
prevent malaria. As a result, eucalyptus trees are now
cultivated in China, India, Portugal, Spain, Egypt, South
and North Africa, Algeria, South America, and in the
southern portion of the United States.
Commercial production of eucalyptus began in Victoria,
Australia in 1860. The nineteenth century eclectic
doctors adopted eucalyptus as a treatment for fevers,
laryngitis, asthma, chronic bronchitis, whooping
cough, gonorrhea, ulcers, gangrenous tissue, edema,
and gastrointestinal disturbances. European doctors used
eucalyptus oil to sterilize their surgical and medical
equipment. Eucalyptus leaves were often made into cigars
or cigarettes and smoked to relieve asthma and
bronchial congestion.
Modern medicines around the world have included
eucalyptus in their practices. Indian ayurvedics use eucalyptus
to treat headaches resulting from colds. Eucalyptus
is listed in the Indian Pharmacopoeia as an expectorant
and in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia as a skin irritant
used in nerve pain. In France, eucalyptus leaves are applied
topically to relieve congestion from colds and to
treat acute bronchial disease. A standardized eucalyptus
tea is licensed in Germany to treat bronchitis and throat
inflammations. Eucalyptus is also an ingredient in German
herbal cough preparations. The German Commission
E has approved the internal use of eucalyptus to
treat congestion of the respiratory tract, and the external
use to treat rheumatic complaints. In the United States,
eucalyptus is a component of many decongestant and expectorating
cough and cold remedies, such as cough
drops, cough syrups, and vapor baths. Eucalyptus is
often used in veterinary medicine. It is used to treat horses
with flu, dogs with distemper, and to treat parasitic
skin conditions.

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Eucalyptus is most popular for its ability to clear
congestion due to colds, coughs, flu, asthma, and sinusitis.
The tannins found in eucalyptus have astringent
properties that reduce mucous membrane inflammation
of the upper respiratory tract. Eucalyptol, the chemical
component of the oil, works to loosen phlegm. Cough
drops containing eucalyptus promote saliva production,
which increases swallowing and lessens the coughing
impulse. Earaches can also be treated with eucalyptus.
When inhaled, the eucalyptus fumes open the eustachian
tubes, draining fluids and relieving pressure. Eucalyptus
enhances breathing, which makes it an effective
remedy for asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, whooping
cough, and colds.
Eucalyptus is a component of many topical arthritis
creams and analgesic ointments. When applied to the skin,
eucalyptus stimulates blood flow and creates a warm feeling
to the area, relieving pain in muscles and joints
The oil extracted from the eucalyptus leaf has powerful
antiseptic, deodorizing, and antibacterial properties. It is especially
effective in killing several strains of Staphylococcus
bacteria. A mixture of 2% eucalyptus oil evaporated in
an aroma lamp has been shown to destroy 70% of the
Staphylococcus bacteria in the affected room. When the oil
is applied to cuts, scrapes, and other minor wounds, it inhibits
infections and viruses. A 2002 report out of Australia
made researchers around the world take note when two
cases of patients with staph infections resistant to traditional
antibiotic therapy responded to a mixture of eucalyptus leaf
oil abstract. The Australian researchers recommended formal
clinical trials to test the therapy, based on an ancient
aboriginal remedy. Eucalyptus also fights plaque-forming
bacteria and is used to treat gum disease and gingivitis.
In large doses, the oil can be a kidney irritant and
can induce excretion of bodily fluids and waste products.
Eucalyptus oil added to water may be gargled to relieve
sore throat pain or used as a mouthwash to heal mouth
sores or gum disorders. Consequently, eucalyptus is an
ingredient in many commercial mouthwashes.
Eucalyptus’ pain-relieving properties make it a good
remedy for muscle tension. One study showed that a
mixture of eucalyptus, peppermint, and ethanol oils successfully
relieved headache-related muscle tension.
Eucalyptus may lower blood sugar levels. Placing a
drop of the oil on the tongue may reduce nausea. The oil
has also been used to kill dust mites and fleas.
Eucalyptus oil is one of the most well-known fragrances
in aromatherapy. Two species of eucalyptus are
used in aromatherapy oils: E. globulus and E. citriodora.
The essential oil of eucalyptus is used to relieve cramps,
cleanse the blood, heal wounds, disinfect the air, and to
treat conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, throat and
sinus infections, fevers, kidney infections, rheumatism,
bladder infections, and sore muscles.
The essential oil can be diluted and added to a massage
oil to ease aching muscles. The oil can be added to
hot water and inhaled to reduce nasal congestion. It can
also be diffused in the room of a sick patient to disinfect
the air.
Some believe that inhaling the diffused oil can enhance
concentration and thought processes. Studies have
shown that inhalation of the cineole compound of eucalyptus
stimulates coordination and motor activities in
mice. Eucalyptus oil may also uplift the spirit during
times of emotional overload or general sluggishness.
Applying a diluted oil to the skin instead of inhaling
it increases the rate of absorption into the blood. Often
the speed with which it is absorbed is so fast, the odor
can be detected on the breath within minutes
The oil is also an effective febrifuge, and a cold
compress with eucalyptus oil added to it has a cooling
effect that is useful in helping to reduce a fever. The essential
oil of eucalyptus is also used to treat wounds, herpes
simplex virus, skin ulcers, and acne. Combined with
water, the oil makes an effective insect repellant. Because
of its skin-moistening properties, the oil is often an
ingredient in dandruff shampoo.
Eucalyptus oil may be combined with other oils that
have similar properties, such as niaouli, pine, Swiss pine,
hyssop, and thyme oils. It also mixes well with lemon,
verbena, balm, and lavender oils.

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Eucalyptus is available as a tincture, cream, ointment,
essential oil, or lozenge. Many health food stores
carry fresh or dried eucalyptus leaf in bulk. Eucalyptus
can be ingested through the use of teas or tincture preparations,
inhaled, or applied externally.
Eucalyptus infusion is ingested to treat coughs,
colds, bronchitis, congestion, and throat infections. To
create an infusion, 1 cup of boiling water is poured over
1-2 teaspoons of crushed eucalyptus leaves. The mixture
is covered and steeped for 10 minutes and is then
strained. Up to 2 cups can be drunk daily.
Inhaling eucalyptus vapors is beneficial for sinus
and bronchial congestion that occurs with bronchitis,
whooping cough, colds, asthma, influenza, and other
respiratory illnesses. A drop of eucalyptus oil or two to
three fresh or dried leaves are added to a pan of boiling
water or to a commercial vaporizer. The pan is removed
from the heat, a towel is placed over the pan and the patient’s
head, and the patient inhales the rising steam. Patients
should close their eyes when inhaling the steam to
protect them from eucalyptus’ strong fumes.
For healing wounds and preventing infection, the
wound is washed and then diluted eucalyptus oil or
crushed eucalyptus leaves are applied to the affected area.
For relief of muscle aches or arthritis pain, several
drops of the diluted oil are rubbed onto the affected area,
or a few drops of diluted oil are added to bath water for a
healing bath. Adding eucalyptus leaves wrapped in a
cloth to running bath water is also effective.
For gum disease, a few drops of diluted oil are
placed on a fingertip and massaged into the gums.
Tinctures should contain 5-10% essential oil of eucalyptus.
A person can take 1 ml three times daily.
Ointments should contain 5-20% essential oil of eucalyptus.
The person should use as directed for chapped
hands, joint and muscle pains, and dandruff.


Children or infants should not be treated with eucalyptus.
Of special note, eucalyptus oil should not be applied
to the facial areas (especially the nose or eyes) of
small children or infants. Pregnant or breast-feeding
women should not use eucalyptus.
People with digestive problems, stomach or intestinal
inflammations, biliary duct disorders, or liver disease
should not take eucalyptus.
Undiluted eucalyptus oil should never be ingested.
Small amounts of undiluted oil (even in amounts as little as
one teaspoon) are toxic and may cause circulatory problems,
collapse, suffocation, or death. Eucalyptus oil should
always be diluted in a carrier oil such as almond, grapeseed,
or other vegetable oil before applying to the skin.


Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea may occur in rare
cases. Applying eucalyptus to the skin may cause a rash
in those who are sensitive or allergic to eucalyptus.


Eucalyptus works to detoxify the body. If it is used
simultaneously with other drugs, the effects of those
drugs may be weakened.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

HEADLINE: Chatting with CILLA ROSE, a shop on Etsy

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Q: What is your stores name and what do you sell (and anything else that you wanna share about it)?

My stores name is CILLA ROSE and I sell fashion fabulous stationery and home accessories.

Q: How long have you been crafting for yourself before you decided to share your designs with other?

I've been designing since high school{that I can remember}... except back then, I didn't realize it would be my passion.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration?

I know this sounds really cliche but I get it from just about everywhere.

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Q: Is there a funny story where you accidentally screwed something up, but it turned out better than you planned?

Yes, we just bought a house and I was replacing the switch plates with newer version plates. I screwed one of them too tight and it cracked in half. Nonetheless... I now sell decorative swith plates in my store. Can you guess why???

Q: How do you see yourself down the road?

Down the road I'll be doing a "Grand Opening" for Cilla Rose. Can't wait...

Q: Do you do this for fun or for serious business?

You have to do what you love... and I love it. Isn't it great to get paid for doing what you love?

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Q: What is one favorite thing that you made and felt bad selling it - only because you liked it so much?

I really hate selling my switch plates and wooden frames... they are adorable.

Q: What is a normal day like for you?

A normal day for me... what's norma? I have a full time job, two online stores, two sons, a husband, a dog and everything else in between. And then I do it again the next day.

Q: What else interests you besides your craft?

I live in a house with males {2 sons, a husband and a dog named Ace}. It's a girl thing!

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