Fragrances of Life

July 13th, 2007

By Theresa Loe - Courtesy of Mountain Rose Herbs

Since ancient times, scented body products have been used to seduce, entice, influence and heal. The queen of Sheba reportedly used aromatics to seduce King Solomon. Cleopatra used scents to influence the Greeks and Romans. People of many different cultures wore plant essences in an effort to prevent illness and plague. Even Napoleon enjoyed herbal scents; he reportedly used up to 60 bottles of Rosemary cologne a month!

For me, making herbal perfumes, powders and oils is a way of capturing a little bit of my garden to be enjoyed later. Fragrance is the very heart and soul of my patch of Herbs, and wearing that fragrance is a way of keeping my garden close throughout the day.

Even if you don’t have a garden of your own, there are many ways to capture and wear herbal fragrances. Essential oils and a few ingredients found at the local supermarket can be combined to create delightful perfumes, powders and body sprays. You can use just one fragrance note at a time, such as Lavender, Rose or Peppermint, or you can combine essential oils to create your personal signature fragrance.

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Simple and healthy weight loss tips

July 13th, 2007

Some of the most common causes of obesity are:

  1. Heredity
  2. Medical conditions like mental stress and Hypothyroidism
  3. Overeating
  4. Inactivity and lack of exercise
  5. Improper dietary habits

The body converts food into energy and nutrients that are needed for the proper functioning of the various body organs. If the food energy intake is higher than the energy expenditure, the fat cells store the energy as fat. However, this does not mean that we should aim at zero fat in the body.

A certain amount of fat is essential for the systems to function normally. This is particularly true for certain parts of the body like the brain. Fats play an important role in the entire system and act like a buffer against many diseases. Removing fat totally from dietary intake is not recommended and people who adopt completely fatless diets are prone to develop brain diseases.

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