Saturday, 23 May 2015

Essence of Life ☔

Water is the driving force of all nature. ~Leonardo da Vinci

Even though water has no color, taste, or scent, and is devoid of calories or organic nutrients; it is a substance that is essential to all life forms.

We can last several weeks without food, but only days without water. Water comprises approximately 55-78% of the body (depending on body size), and is therefore essential for the human body to function properly. Water is contained in the lean muscle, fat and bones and forms the basis of our blood, digestive juices, urine and perspiration. The body is unable to store water, so in order for the body to perform almost every metabolic process, we require a fresh supply daily.

Water is the most perfect embodimenta pure and concentrated essence.

I have, for many years, been an avid fan of the caffeine beverage— coffee—black, with one sugar. I would drink anywhere from a few cups to a couple of pots of coffee daily. Yes, I was a coffee-aholic! If I happened to miss my morning coffee for some unconscionable reason, I would be the proud owner of a throbbing headache within a couple of hours. Headaches were not something that I had normally been prone to. However, a few months ago, headaches were becoming a common occurrence, staying with me for days at a time. As well, I was experiencing frequent leg cramps (charley horse) in the mornings.

Along with other symptoms such as fatigue, it was discovered that the headaches and leg cramps were due to dehydration. Even though coffee is a liquid, the body requires water with few impurities to supplement the other foods and beverages we consume. Caffeine, which acts as a diuretic, can dehydrate you.

*These symptoms could also be due to a deficiency in magnesium, so best to check in with your health care provider.

When your water intake doesn't equal your output, you can become dehydrated. Dehydration symptoms generally become noticeable after approximately 2% of normal water volume has been lost. Signs and symptoms of dehydration in adults may include dry mouth and increased thirst, weakness, dizziness, headaches, heart palpitations, sluggishness, confusion, decreased urine output and fainting. If urine color is concentrated and deep yellow or amber, you may be dehydrated.

Approximately 20% of our water intake comes from food or beverages (caffeinated included) other than drinking straight water. The adult body requires between 1.5 to 2 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration. The precise amount depends on temperature, humidity and level of activity. Water is excreted from the body through sweating, urine and feces, and by breathing (exhalation of water vapor). With physical exertion and heat exposure, water loss will increase and daily fluid requirements may increase as well.

Women who are pregnant should increase their water intake by 2 cups, while women who are breastfeeding, since a large amount of fluid is lost during nursing, should increase their fluids an additional 4 cups to stay hydrated.

While it is dangerous to drink too little, people can also drink far more water than necessary as well, putting them at risk of water intoxication or hyper-hydration—which can be fatal. For those who have healthy kidneys, it would be rather difficult to drink too much water, especially in warm humid weather and while exercising. Adequate fluid intake is also helpful in preventing constipation and studies have shown that extra water intake (up to 500 ml) at mealtime is conducive to weight loss. Not drinking enough water increases the risk of kidney stones and, in women, urinary tract infections, and can also lower your physical and mental performance.

It takes constant perseverance to make changes to habitual routines. I haven't completely cut out the coffee, but have reduced my caffeine intake considerably. I am now in the habit of filling up a water container and setting it beside my coffee pot (preferring my water to be at room temperature due to teeth sensitivity). Setting the water close to my coffee pot helps as a reminder in making a conscious choice.

Since drinking more water, I no longer have the headaches and leg cramps and my energy levels have improved.

Occasionally, I will add three tablespoons of lemon juice to my water jug, for the taste, as well as vitamins and minerals. Solutes are acceptable and even desirable for taste enhancement and to provide needed electrolytes.

Other ways you can give your water a little flavour and some visual appeal, if you prefer, is to add fruit ice cubes. Wash your fruit pieces or berries, place into your ice cube tray, fill with water and freeze.

Add them to your drink, and enjoy!

And if that doesn't get you drinking more water, take into consideration that depriving the body of it's much needed water can also make us look much older than we are. Water is good for the complexion.

Related Video: Water - Fuel for Your Body

Friday, 22 May 2015

Rumi Quotes

"Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the barriers
within yourself that you have built against it."

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Spirit Orb Joins in Play

Orbs are considered to be spirits or supernatural beings that travel in the form of balls of light. Orbs are also known as "ghost orbs" or "spirit orbs" and are often thought to be the souls of people.

They may not always be spherical in shape, but oblong and hazy on film and may or may not have a trail attached.

Although rare, they can be seen with the naked eye and can be caught on camera. Videos of orbs are quite common, showing light anomalies moving across the frame, either floating or traveling at a high rate of speed.

“If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet. Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.” – Niels Bohr

Monday, 11 May 2015

Exotic Lavender - Benefits ❧

"And lavender, whose spikes of azure bloom shall be, ere-while, in arid bundles bound to lurk amidst the labours of her loom, and crown her kerchiefs with mickle rare perfume."
~William Shenstone

A scent or aroma has the power to stimulate memory and profoundly affect one's mood. It can be more powerful than looking over old photos, having the ability to transport us back in time, re-awakening memories long forgotten.

The scent of spruce floods me with memories of childhood Christmases past; while the aroma of freshly baked bread takes me back to days spent in the kitchen with my mother baking bread. The exotic scent of lavender, being one of my grandmother's favorite scents, is still a favorite of mine today. With all the 'scent-free' zones now, having a chance encounter with someone wearing a perfume or aftershave has become few and far between. However, on those rare occasions that I should cross paths with someone wearing that particular scent, I am immediately taken back in time, to a moment which is very vivid and surreal.

Lavender, derived from the Latin word “lavare” which means “to wash”, is a flowering plant in the mint family which is native to the 'Old World'. It can be found in the Canary Islands, down through southern Europe, and the Mediterranean. Besides being used in gardens as an ornamental plant, lavender is also used as a culinary herb and for the extraction of essential oils.

Flowers of the lavender plant may be blue, violet or lilac in the wild species, occasionally blackish purple or yellowish in color, and are borne in whorls, held on spikes rising above the foliage. The leaf shape is simple in some of the more commonly cultivated species; whereas in others they are toothed in a feather-like arrangement. In most species the leaves are covered in fine hairs, which normally contain the essential oils.

The plant is grown mainly for the production of essential oil of lavender, which has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and was used in hospitals during World War I. The flowers and leaves are used as an herbal medicine, either in the form of lavender oil or as an herbal tea. These extracts are also used as fragrances for bath products. English lavender yields an essential oil with sweet overtones, and can be used in balms, salves, perfumes, cosmetics, and topical applications. Dutch lavender, yields a similar essential oil, but with higher levels of organic compounds, which add a sharper overtone to the fragrance.

The ancient Greeks called lavender nardus or nard, after the Syrian city of Naarda. The Greeks discovered early on that lavender, if crushed and treated correctly, would release a relaxing fume when burned. Lavender was one of the holy herbs used in the biblical temple to prepare the holy essence, and is mentioned in the Song of Solomon.

Lavender essential oil, when diluted with a carrier oil, is commonly used as a relaxant with massage therapy. Products for home use, such as lotions, eye pillows (including lavender flowers or the essential oil itself) and bath oils, etc., are also used. Both the petals and the oil are the most popular ingredients in handmade soap.

Dried lavender flowers and lavender essential oil are also used as a prevention against clothing moths, which do not like the scent.

Benefits of Lavender
• Helps suppress visible effects of aging by reducing the look of pores and fine lines
• Reduces acne outbreaks
• Protects skin from damaging free radicals
• Helps encourage wound healing and soothes inflammation
• Soothes insect bites and stings

Combining lavender oil with other essential oils, such as frankincense or cedarwood giving you a variety of scent options, which can also be used as a perfume.

Sleep Aid and Relaxation:

The following options can be used to aid sleep and relaxation, as well as alleviation related sleep disturbances and anxiety, (and also helps calm the elderly struggling with dementia).

1. Placing a sachet of lavender seeds and flowers in pillows.

2. Diluting 2 to 4 drops of the essential oil in 2 to 3 cups of boiling water, inhaling the vapor by wafting, not directly inhaling steam.

3. Adding flower heads to 2-3 cups of boiling water, again inhaling the vapor by wafting.

4. Drinking a cup of any of the organic lavender tea blends, such as honey-lavender herbal tea or chamomile- lavender tea.

5. Placing 2 to 3 drops of the lavender essential oil in the palms of your hands, and rubbing together and applying directly to the temples, hair, or clothing.

6. Also placing 2 drops of lavender oil into a spray bottle with approximately 1 cup of water (shake to mix and spray the area).

*There are also various essential oil diffusers available for a continual running air purifier.

Stress and Headache Relief:

Combine a drop of lavender oil and a drop of peppermint oil in the palms of your hands, apply directly to the temples.

Bee Stings and Insect Bites:
Lavender bundles, intended to repel insects.

To reduce redness, swelling and itching, place a drop of lavender oil on the affected area.

*Bunches of lavender will also repel insects.

Minor Cuts and Burns:

Cleanse area, place 2 to 3 drops of lavender oil on the affected area to alleviate pain and redness.

Cold Sores and Chapped Lips:

Add lavender oil to a carrier oil, such as coconut oil and apply to cold sore or chapped lips.

Dandruff or Dry Scalp:

Mix 10 drops of lavender oil with 2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil. Heat in the microwave for about 10 seconds or until it feels warm. Dampen hair and massage oil into your scalp, cover with a shower cap or towel for about an hour, then shampoo.

Hay Fever:

Alleviate symptoms of hay fever by rubbing a drop of lavender oil between your palms and inhaling deeply.

Acne and Sunburn:

Dilute 1 part lavender oil with 10 parts water, rosewater, or witch hazel and apply to acne or sunburned area.

Eczema or Psoriasis:

Mix a couple of drops of lavender oil with 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil.

Motion Sickness:

Spray lavender oil on your skin and clothes or rub it into your temples to alleviate motion sickness or upset stomach.

*A survey paper on lavender and the nervous system published in 2013 states that, "there is growing evidence suggesting that lavender oil may be an effective medicament in treatment of several neurological disorders."

Health precautions - Lavender is traditionally regarded as a 'safe' oil although it is not recommended for use while pregnant or breast-feeding. If used by young boys, caution should also be used due to possible hormonal effects; and may cause skin irritation.

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Famous People Who Failed Before They Were Famous

Even though you may face a failure, you can still find success!

Monday, 4 May 2015

A Mother's Prayer

A Mother's Day Prayer

Dear Lord, itʹs such a hectic day,
With little time to stop and pray,
For lifeʹs been anything but calm
Since You called me to be a Mom.
Running errands, matching socks,
Building dreams with wooden blocks,
Cooking, cleaning, finding shoes
And other stuff that children lose,
Fitting lids on bottled bugs,
Wiping tears and giving hugs,
A stack of last weekʹs mail to read
So whereʹs the quiet time I need?
Yet, when I steal a moment, Lord,
Just at the sink or ironing board,
To ask the blessings of Your grace,
I see then, in my small oneʹs face,
That you have blessed me all the while
And I stoop to kiss that precious smile.

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