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Homemade Rose Water and Rose Oil

June 7th, 2006

You can make Rose water and extracts (or any other herb) at home.

Take a large pot, insert a clean brick or rock, fill with Rose Petals or Herbs or whatever around the brick. Cover with water and place a small glass dish on top of the brick. On top of the pot put a stainless bowl and fill with ice. Simmer about three hours depending how many Petals or Herbs you have, replacing the ice as needed.

The bowl with the ice will condense the steam and drip down into the glass bowl. The water in the glass bowl is your Rose water or whatever herb, on top will be a layer of oil. This is the Essential Oil.

You can separate these and use the water in cooking and the Essential Oil in potpourri, Lotions, Soaps or whatever. Or some believe it worked in cleansing space. And rids of entities you do not want around you.

Dry Skin Brushing for the Lymphatic System

June 7th, 2006

Our lymphatic system is our body’s Immune System. The lymphatic fluid can become sluggish over time and Dry Skin brushing can be a lymphatic stimulant. Skin brushing helps Exfoliate and invigorate our skin too. It increases our blood supply to the area bringing with it nourishment and oxygen.

Our circulatory system has its own pump (our heart) to move our blood through our bodies but our lymphatic system does not. It relies primarily on our movement to assist it. Typically, the more active we are the better condition our lymphatics are in. Skin brushing helps move our lymph fluid and gives us a jump-start on our health.

Supplies:

  • Natural bristle brush (do not use synthetic)
  • Shower

Directions:

Always use a dry brush. Using a light touch make long strokes towards the heart, except on your abdomen where your strokes should be towards your groin. Start with your arms and work your entire body ending with your toes. Shower and enjoy the day!

If you use a loofah pad instead of the natural bristle brush, place it in the washer and dryer prior to use the first time. This will loosen the fibers and make it more effective.

Caution:

Do not brush to the point of making your skin raw or sore. If irritation occurs you may be using too much pressure.

Natural System Detox Recipe

June 7th, 2006

**Note: Be sure to check with your doctor to make sure you are in good enough health to do an intensive detox and fast before beginning this plan.

This is a maple syrup detox recipe I have used. The first time I added the cayenne to the drink and I thought my mouth was going to burn off!!! (I’m a light weight) I now make my own cayenne capsules and it works great. I drank this mixture 3 times a day and lots of water, no food. I also lost 8 pounds during the 10 days. And I didn’t feel hungry.

It is recommended that the master Cleanser lemonade cleansing diet recipe be followed for a minimum of 10 days or more. It has all the nutrition needed during the body cleansing. Following the lemonade cleansing diet three to four times per year will do wonders to detox the body and keep it healthy.

The Lime or lemon juice recipe is as follows:

  • 2 Tbsp lemon or Lime juice (approximately 1/2 lemon)
  • 2 Tbsp genuine maple syrup (not maple flavored sugar syrup)
  • 1/10 tsp cayenne pepper red pepper) or to taste - Water - warm

Combine the juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper in a 10 oz. glass. Fill with warm water. Cool water may be used if preferred. Only freshly squeezed lemons or limes (preferably Organic) are to be used in the Lime or lemon juice recipe. Being a balanced form of positive and negative sugar, pure maple syrup must be used - not a substitute.

Follow the lemonade cleansing diet for a minimum of ten days - more if necessary. The cleansing diet has all the nutrition needed during this time. Three to four times per year will do wonders toward keeping the body in a healthy condition. The diet may be used more often for more serious conditions.

Hypnosis - Who It Will Work For and Why

June 7th, 2006

Hypnosis was accepted by the AMA in 1958 as an effective method for treating Stress, and Stress related symptoms. But does it really work, and what should a person look for when seeking a therapist, or purchasing Hypnosis tapes & CDs?

There are many different Hypnotic methods that are used to reach the unconscious mind to invoke change. Each method has it’s strengths, and it’s weaknesses. Every person is different, so it stands to reason that the best results will be obtained by utilizing the methods that each person will respond to.

Most Hypnosis tape venders offer programs that consist of standard traditional Hypnosis techniques. A few vendors offer much more modern and effective Ericksonian Hypnosis techniques. And fewer still offer NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming techniques. The newest and possibly most effective technique available is video Hypnosis. Video Hypnosis utilizes the latest NLP mind patterns to produce instant change in an individual. Video Hypnosis methods are not subliminal in nature.

With “Traditional Hypnosis,” we simply make direct suggestions to the unconscious mind. In case you are wondering, as far as I’m concerned, the term unconscious, and subconscious are interchangeable - they refer to the same part of the mind. This type of Hypnosis works well for someone who generally accepts what they are told without a lot of questions.

Most Hypnosis tapes sold today are based on “Traditional Hypnosis” techniques. The reason for this is that it really doesn’t take much training or experience to write a script and just tell someone what to do. Unfortunately Traditional Hypnosis is not very effective for people who are critical or analytical in their thinking processes.

By contrast, Ericksonian Hypnosis and NLP techniques work far better for most members of today’s generation! This is because today people are taught to question everything, rather than just follow the flock. So these methods do work very well on people who are critical or analytical in their thinking processes.

These methods are much more effective at reaching and influencing the unconscious. However, it can take years of training, study, and most of all experience to learn how to apply these techniques effectively. This is a challenge that is only accepted by the truly dedicated Hypno-therapists.

With “Ericksonian Hypnosis,” we use little stories, called metaphors, to present suggestions and ideas to the unconscious mind. This is a powerful and effective method, because it usually eliminates the blockage of and resistance to suggestions that is often caused by the conscious mind. There are two types of metaphors, “Isomorphic,” and those of the imbedded command or “interspersal” nature.

Isomorphic metaphors offer direction to the unconscious by telling a story that offers up a moral. The unconscious draws a one-to-one relationship between elements of the story and elements of a problem situation or behavior. For example, if a child is telling a lot of lies, the parent might tell the child the story about the “Boy who cried wolf.” The unconscious would draw a parallel between the boy in the story and the child, and realize that telling lies could lead to disaster, so the child would probably stop lying.

With the Embedded Command technique, the hypnotist tells an interesting story that engages and distracts the conscious mind. The story contains hidden direct suggestions that are usually accepted by the unconscious. For example: While the client is in Hypnosis, he might hear the hypnotist say something like: I’m going to tell you a story about …a beach that has feelings. Isn’t that …strange to… you? It’s a warm summer’s day, and… the beach feels great.

The hypnotist pauses, shifts his voice tonality, and emphasizes the bolded text. The unconscious recognizes a “Selectional restriction violation.” Beaches can’t have feelings. So it’s like the unconscious says to itself: “Wait a minute, a beach can’t feel anything, so that must mean that I’m supposed to feel great.”

Since the suggestions are embedded in a story that is distracting the conscious mind, its unlikely that the conscious will realize that it has just received a command, so it won’t block it or resist it.

Process Instructions direct the unconscious to find a memory of an appropriate learning experience from the past, and then apply that experience to making a change in the present.

With “Neuro-Linguistic Programming” (NLP), rather than using suggestions, we use the same thought patterns that are creating a problem, like an excessive appetite or Stress, to eliminate the problem. NLP in the hands of an experienced practitioner can be very effective.

NLP Anchoring: Have you ever heard an old song A.D.H.D.it trigger feelings from the past? When you originally heard the song, you were feeling those feelings, and they unconsciously became attached to the sound of the song. So the song became an Anchor for the feelings. Now when you hear the song, it triggers the same feelings again.

Anchoring can be a very useful technique. Suppose that you have a memory of being commended for having done something well in the past. If you go back into that memory, you’ll be able to recreate the feelings of Self-Esteem that you had at that time. If you touch two fingers together while you re-experience those feelings of Self-Esteem, that touch will become an anchor for the feelings of Self-Esteem.

Now suppose that you want to create motivation to stick to a diet and Lose Weight. If you make a mental image of yourself with a thin, sexy body, and simultaneously trigger the anchor - (press the two fingers together again), your unconscious will attach the feelings of Self-Esteem to the image of you with the thin body and your level of motivation to Lose Weight will increase dramatically.

NLP Flash: This is a very powerful Neuro-Linguistic Programming technique that can be used to “flip” things around in the unconscious, so that thoughts and experiences that used to trigger feelings of Stress actually trigger Relaxation instead.

The NLP Flash technique is also extremely effective for extinguishing conditioned responses. For example: If a smoker has a cigarette while drinking coffee, his/her unconscious will pair the two behaviors together so that he/she automatically gets a craving for a cigarette anytime he/she has a cup of coffee. The Flash will cause the smoker’s mind to disassociate the image of a cigarette from the cup of coffee so that he/she does NOT get an urge to smoke just because he/she is drinking coffee.

With “Subliminal” programs, the recording has two tracks. One track contains a cover sound that is heard by the conscious mind. The cover sound could be anything from music to nature sounds. The second track contains direct suggestions that are heard by the unconscious mind. These suggestions are repeated hundreds of times during a session.

Subliminal programs can be played in the background while you are working, or watching TV. You don’t have to stop what you are doing and Relax like you do with Hypnosis or NLP. Subliminals can be an addition to Hypnotic programs. But Subliminals will never replace Hypnosis or NLP because they are not as effective! They don’t even come close!! Some studies have claimed that it can take up to 80 hours of listening to a subliminal recording before it will have any effect on many people.

The last form of Hypnosis that we’re going to discuss is Video Hypnosis, which is the most effective form of Hypnosis! The techniques used in video Hypnosis are based on the Neuro-Linguistic Programming technology. NLP works based on the utilization of a person’s existing thought processes instead of post-Hypnotic suggestion.

Over 70% of the population learns much more quickly and easily by seeing, rather then by hearing. Think about it. If you feel an urge to eat or smoke when watching television, it’s because your mind recorded the video image of either food in your hand, or a cigarette in your hand, and then associated that image with the image of the TV. You never spoke to yourself and told yourself in words to associate them together, did you?

And that’s why the Video Hypnosis technology is so effective. Video Hypnosis is not Hypnotic in the traditional sense, relying on the spoken word. But if you’ve ever cried when watching a sad movie, then you know how effective Video Hypnosis can be at reaching the unconscious mind. With this technology, results usually start with the very first viewing!

About the author

Alan B. Densky, Pres. Neuro-VISION, INC. Change Your Life In A Flash! Video and Audio Hypnosis & NLP CD’s http://www.neuro-vision.us/

Mr. Densky is the developer of the Neuro-VISION Video Hypnosis Technology, which received a US Patent because of it’s uniqueness and effectiveness. Mr. Densky’s latest undertaking has been to make the Neuro-VISION Appetite & Smoking Control Videos, and a long list of his other recorded Hypnosis titles available to the general public thru his company’s web site.

Salad Facial Mask

June 7th, 2006

Take some lettuce, cucumber, tomato and Avocado (exact amounts don’t matter) and puree them until liquid. Add a small spoonful of mayonnaise and enough oatmeal to make it stick to your face.

Soothes and moisturizes, as well as cooling red, sweaty faces.

Aloe Vera - Herbal Profile

June 7th, 2006

Identification:

A large succulent perennial plant with a strong fibrous root and a large stem supporting a rosette of fleshy, narrow, lanceolate leaves, green on both sides, bearing spiny teeth on the margins, and growing 1 to 2 feet long. The yellow to purplish drooping flowers grow in a long raceme at the top of the flower stalk, growing up to 4-1/2 feet high. The fruit is a triangular capsule containing numerous seeds.

Habitat:

It is native to East and South Africa and cultivated in the West Indies and other tropical areas throughout the world. Although there are over 200 species of Aloe there are probably only three or four with medicinal properties. Of these, Aloe Vera barbadensis is the most potent.

Family: Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Other Names: Burn Plant, Medicine Plant, First Aid Plant, Lily Of The Dessert

Flowers: Most of the year

Parts Used: Leaves

Cultivation:

Keep in sandy soil that is well drained. Potted plants need filtered sun or full shade.

History:

The name was derived from Arabic meaning “bitter” because of the bitter liquid found in the leaves. In 1500 B.C. Egyptians recorded use of the herbal plant in treating burns, infections and parasites. Egyptian Queens Cleopatra and Nefertiti both gave tribute to Aloe Vera as one of their most important Beauty secrets.

Alexander the Great carried the Aloe Vera plant into battle to treat wounded soldiers. The plant dates back 6,000 years, and has been in use for all that time. Ancient Greeks, Arabs and Spaniards have used the plant throughout the millennia. African hunters still rub the gel on their bodies to reduce perspiration and their scent.

Constituents:

Hydroxyanthracene derivatives of the anthrone type (principally barbaloin); 7-hydroxyaloin isomers, Aloe-emodin, chrysophanol and their glycosides; chromone derivatives (aloesin and its derivatives aloeresins A and C, and the aglycone aloesone.

Gel:

glucomannan (a polysaccharide), steroids, Organic acids, enzymes, antibiotic principles, Amino Acids, saponins, Minerals.

Medicinal Properties:

Properties:

Anti-Inflammatory, anesthetic, antiseptic, emmenagogue (uterine stimulant), emollient, purgative, vulnerary.

Main Uses:

It is very wise to keep this plant in the kitchen. When the leaf is broken, its gel is placed on burns to relieve pain and prevent Blisters. Aloe may reduce inflammation, decrease swelling and redness, and accelerate wound healing. Aloe can aid in keeping the skin supple, and has been used in the control of Acne and Eczema.

It can relieve itching due to insect bites and Allergies. It is also good for sunburn and skin irritation. Aloe’s healing power comes from increasing the availability of oxygen to the skin, and by increasing the synthesis and strength of tissue.

Aloe Vera contains many ingredients, including Vitamins, Minerals; seven of the eight essential Amino Acids, sugars - including the important muco-poly saccharides which act on the Immune System as well as helping to Detoxify the body -and essential Fatty Acids.

Aloe Vera also contains Lignin which gives it its penetrative ability to reach deep into the skin; saponins which exert a powerful anti microbial effect against bacteria, Viruses, fungi and yeasts such as Candida and anthraquinones, including aloin and emodin, which are strong painkillers and antibacterial, they are also powerful laxatives.

Aloe contains at least three Anti-Inflammatory Fatty Acids that are helpful for the stomach, small intestine and colon. It naturally alkalizes digestive juices to prevent over acidity - a common cause of Indigestion. It helps cleanse the digestive tract by exerting a soothing, balancing effect.

Take in conjunction with antispasmodics or carminatives (anti-gas) such as Calamus or Angelica to counteract griping.

Caution:

Over dosage can cause Gastritis, diarrhea and nephritis. As Aloe stimulates uterine contractions, it should be avoided during Pregnancy. Also, because it is excreted in breast milk, it should be avoided during lactation as it may be purgative to the child. Aloes should be taken for a maximum of 8-10 days.

Preparations:

Salve: Remove the thin outer skin and process the leaves in a blender, add 500 units of vitamin C powder to each cup and store in refrigerator.

Tincture: 15 to 60 drops.

Dried Juice: Aloe Vera juice containing the equivalent of 360 - 900 mg of dried sap is recommended by most herbalists per day.

For Burns, Scalds, and Insect Bites: Break off a piece of the leaf and apply the juice directly to skin.

Rose Petal Deep Conditioner

June 7th, 2006

Pour 1 cup hot water over 1/2 cup Rose Petals and let them sit until they wilt (approximately 10 minutes). In a blender, combine 1 peeled and chopped banana, 1 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp Almond Oil. Slowly add the Rose mix and blend into a cream.

Apply to hair and leave on for 20-30 minutes (put on a shower cap to avoid drips), then rinse well.

Herbs for Anxiety: How You Can Find an Alternative to Anti-Anxiety Prescription Medication

June 7th, 2006

Anxiety Disorder can be a debilitating and all-consuming condition for many of those who suffer from it. Whether you are affected by Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder or one of the many other forms of the disorder, you may have investigated the option of using prescription medication as part of your treatment.

With over 19 million people in the U.S. alone reporting suffering from some type of it, Anxiety disorder is the most common of all mental health disorders. Fortunately, Anxiety disorder is highly treatable, and with professional help, it can often be completely overcome. Many times, successful treatment depends only upon individual or group therapy and learned Relaxation techniques. In some cases, however, anti-Anxiety prescription medication is also recommended. The most commonly prescribed Anxiety medications are benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, because they tend to have fewer side effects than Anti-Depressant medications. But benzodiazepines also carry a risk of alarming side effects and can be highly addictive, spurring many people to seek safer, more natural alternatives.

There are many natural Herbs for Anxiety which have been proven to effectively ease many of the symptoms of Anxiety with a very low risk of side effects. Just as with prescription medications, everyone reacts differently to natural medications, and it can take time to find the right combination and dosage for your body. There are many combination remedies on the market that include a mixture of effective ingredients, and that may provide you with long-lasting Anxiety relief.

Passion Flower, an ingredient that is often used in natural medicine, alleviates hyperactivity, Anxiety, Insomnia, Nervous Tension — and is even sometimes used to treat Parkinson’s Disease. Passion Flower soothes and calms and can lower High Blood Pressure.

Lemon Balm is a general restorative for the Nervous system, can reduce blood pressure and also calm the Digestive System.

Lavender is an excellent Anxiety treatment and one of the best natural Panic Attack treatments. Lavender is a general tonic for the Nervous system and a natural relaxant.

Valerian is a popular natural ingredient that can be used as a sedative and a painkiller. It is often effectively employed as a treatment for Anxiety and for Insomnia, as well.

You may find that with psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, Relaxation exercises or support groups, or some combination of all of them, you do not need any medication. But if you do decide to explore the option of medication, natural treatments for Anxiety can provide you with safe, effective results, without the risk of side effects that prescription medications pose. Natural medications are becoming increasingly popular as awareness of them grows, and you might find that they are the right treatment for you as well.

Carrot Face Mask

June 7th, 2006

Boil three large carrots and puree in a food processor. Add 5 tbsp. yogurt and mix well. Apply in an upward motion, and leave on for 15 minutes, then splash off with warm water.

Makes a soothing, moisturizing Mask that leaves Dry Skin soft and silky.

Recognizing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: The First Step Toward Healing

June 7th, 2006

10 Ways to Recognize Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

After a loss, it is normal to go through a natural grieving process. Sometimes, however, after a tragedy, feelings of loss surface several weeks or months after the tragedy occurred. This is called post-traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD). Recognizing these symptoms in yourself or others is the first step toward recovery and finding appropriate treatment.

  1. Re-experiencing the event through vivid memories or flash backs.
  2. Feeling “emotionally numb.”
  3. Feeling overwhelmed by what would normally be considered everyday situations and diminished interest in performing normal tasks or pursuing usual interests.
  4. Crying uncontrollably.
  5. Isolating oneself from family and friends and avoiding social situations.
  6. Relying increasingly on alcohol or drugs to get through the day.
  7. Feeling extremely moody, Irritable, angry, suspicious, or frightened.
  8. Having difficulty falling or staying asleep, sleeping too much and experiencing nightmares.
  9. Feeling guilty about surviving the event or being unable to solve the problem, change the event or prevent the disaster.
  10. Feeling fears and sense of doom about the future.

For help dealing with the sudden loss of a loved one, see: Unique concerns when grieving for a sudden loss.

RESOURCES:

American Counseling Association http://www.counseling.org

National Institute of Mental Health http://www.nimh.nih.gov

National Mental Health Association http://www.nmha.org



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