Why I Don’t Write Poetry, Paint Or Sketch

I don’t write poetry as I don’t think I am poetic.  I don’t paint or sketch as I don’t think of myself as artistic.  However, my creativity comes from making homemade skin care products.

Back in the 90’s I used to work at one of our local malls in their management office.  Towards the end of my tenure and due to some corporate restructuring, I was moved to our Marketing Dept.  This department was in charge of the mall events and public relations.

One weekend we held a health fair and one of the participants was a natural skin care company.  You may ask what skin care has to do with health.  I asked the same thing.  So, one of my associates and I went to their booth and listened to what they had to say about their product.  This company promotes products that are pure, safe and beneficial and botanical in nature.  No harmful ingredients including mineral oil, perfumes, chemicals and dyes are used in these products.  We then agreed to have a hand treatment and I was hooked.  I was so in love with the product and its ideals that I became a consultant right then and there.

Although I still have an association with this company I no longer sell their products.  The concept of safe products has followed me through the years and it has become a habit for me to read labels.  I not only care about what I put into my body, I also care about what I put on my body.

Fast forward several years and I am now making and selling my own home made bath and body care products that are all natural, on a website called Etsy.  My store is Heartfelt Inspirations.  These products are not perfect, but I am not a professional, a fact that I hope to change in the future.

To accomplish this goal I would like to learn more about herbs and essential oils and aromatherapy and take classes to learn how to make a more professional product.  My hope is that this will become my reality in the near future as I now have a vehicle that will afford me the time and financial freedom to accomplish the things that I dream about.

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Healthy Benefits of Drinking Black Tea

 

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Today we will explore the health benefits of drinking black tea.  Most of us are familiar with the black tea bags you can purchase in stores for drinking hot or as iced tea.  Yet there is so much more to explore and enjoy.  Tea is consumed by most cultures of the world and tea can be done ritually or not.  It is taken as an elixir or as a tasty beverage.

First, let me begin with this information taken from Wikipedia:

What is black tea?  Black tea is more oxidized than Oolong, Green and White teas and has a stronger flavor than its counterparts.  Green tea can lose its flavor in a year where as black tea will hold the flavor for several years.

All four types are made from leaves of the shrub (or small tree) Camellia sinensis.  Tea comes from two varieties – the small-leaved Chinese variety plant (C. sinensis subsp. sinensis), used for most other types of teas, and the large-leaved Assamese plant (C. sinensis subsp. assamica), which was traditionally mainly used for black tea, although in recent years some green and white have been produced.

Some of the most familiar black teas are Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling and Kenyan.

Popular blends of black tea are:

Earl Grey Tea which is black tea blended with Bergamot

English Breakfast Tea which is full bodied and robust and made to be blended with milk and sugar.

English Afternoon Tea is medium bodied, bright and refreshing and is blended with Assam, Kenyan and Ceylon teas.

Irish Breakfast Tea is a blend of several black teas: most often Assam teas and, less often, other types of black tea.

Masala Chai combines black tea, spices, milk, and a sweetener such as sugar or honey; a traditional beverage from India which has been adapted in the West with changes to the method of preparation.

For added health benefits, many of these teas can be blended with additional herbs and flowers.

Health Diaries shares the following benefits of drinking black tea:

Cardiovascular Health
Black tea is abundant in antioxidants, such as flavonoids, demonstrated to prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, preventing damage in both the bloodstream and at artery walls, and lowering the risk of heart disease. Additionally, it has been shown that black tea flavonoids are able to both improve coronary vasodilation and reduce clots. Polypehnols found in black tea are also very strong antioxidants, and the manganese in black tea may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by helping cardiac muscle function.

Bone and Connective Tissue
Studies indicate that the bones of regular tea drinkers are stronger than those of non-tea drinkers, even when other variables were adjusted for. Scientists theorize it may be an effect of the powerful tea’s phytochemicals.

Digestive Tract Health
The tannins in tea have a therapeutic effect on gastric and intestinal illnesses and make it a great digestive aid, used in China as such for thousands of years. These tannins decrease intestinal activity and exercise an antidiarrheal effect. The polyphenols in green tea have been demonstrated to have an effect on intestinal inflammation suffered by people afflicted with conditions like irritable bowel syndrome.

Increased Energy
In moderation caffeine can be a benefit – in black tea it stimulates the metabolism, increases brain function and aids alertness. The caffeine in tea acts as more of a subtle stimulant, taking more than a few minutes to take effect, rather than hitting your system as quickly as coffee or cola. This effect is assisted by another compound found only in tea, theophylline. While caffeine chiefly targets the brain and muscles, theophylline stimulates the respiratory system, heart and kidneys. This helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.

Immune System
Tea is full of substances called “tannins,” which studies have shown have the ability to fight viruses such as influenza, dysentery and hepatitis. One such tannin named “catechin” helps suppress tumors.  Black tea also contains alkylamine antigens, which help boost immune response.

This is just a small handful of benefits to be enjoyed while drinking your tea.  You can enjoy your tea with a “spot” of milk, cream, lemon, sugar, honey or stevia.  Enjoy a cup anyway you want and as often as you want.  Do you know you can also add black tea to recipes?  Try Earl Grey cookies!

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Persevere And Never Give Up

Today is inspirational Thursday.  I would like to offer you a couple of quotes I found that help me to remember to never give up.  If I want something badly enough, I need to persevere.  I have to put positive information before my eyes daily.  It is as important to me as breathing.

Determine what you want in life and go after your dreams.  This quote is a great one.

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Inflammation ~ What It Is And How to Fix It

Wikipedia states that inflammation is “part of the complex biological response of body tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants,[1] and is a protective response involving immune cells, blood vessels, and molecular mediators. The function of inflammation is to eliminate the initial cause of cell injury, clear out necrotic cells and tissues damaged from the original insult and the inflammatory process, and to initiate tissue repair.” You could say the inflammation is protecting your body, because it is the body’s natural response to injury or infection.

Inflammation can be acute (sudden onset) or chronic.  An Acute inflammation can be caused by a series of biochemical events that propagate and mature the inflammatory response. Classic symptoms can be a tumor, pain, heat, redness and swelling.

On the other hand, Chronic inflammation may do much more damage. Chronic inflammation, a prolonged inflammation can lead to a progressive shift in the type of cells present at the site of the inflammation, such as mononuclear cells (blood cells having a round nucleous and consist of T cells, B cells, NK cells and monocytes), and is characterized by a simultaneous destruction and healing of the tissue from the inflammatory process.

An article written in the November 9, 2009 issue of US News by Deborah Kotz states that normally, inflammation is part of the body’s immune response.   She states that “Chronic “hidden” inflammation occurs throughout the body when something kick-starts the immune system and disengages the shut-off button.”

What the cause  is can differ from person to person: repeated or prolonged infections, smoking, or gum disease. Obesity and diet can cause an inflammatory response. Prolonged inflammation can lead to cancer and can lead to a build-up of plaque in the arteries.

Talk to your doctor if you have concerns. A test that measures an inflammatory marker called C-Reactive protein is available for those at a high risk of heart disease.

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Truly, this is a lot of medical information that most people, including myself, don’t quite understand, but it is important to try to. I too have suffered with chronic inflammation and I have had to make changes in my lifestyle to obtain optimal health.

As mentioned, diet can cause inflammation. If you are on a fast food diet, eat lots of refined sugars and/or artificial sugars, you can be at a higher risk for disease.

A natural way of dealing with inflammation and to start seeing positive changes in your body, is to start eating more natural foods. Good foods that come from the earth are full of nutrients and enzymes that can assist your body with the healing process.

A great quote I found is an Ayurvedic proverb and simply says: When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct medicine is of no need.” I love that. Basically, “let food be thy medicine.”

Of course, medicine has its place, but if we treat our bodies with respect, there is less need for medicine.

Other foods that can help heal the body and reduce inflammation are Tumeric, Ginger, Cinnamon, Garlic, Cayenne, Black Pepper and Clove. Your meals should not be boring if using these herbs and spices.

A source to utilize if you want to change your diet is Dr. Andrew Weil. Check at his website at www.drweil.com. He has a great anti-inflammatory diet based on the Mediterranean diet. He gives you a plethora of food choices that will get you feeling better in no time at all.

Also check out www.reliv.com. This supplement is a complete and balanced food source that you can use either as a supplement or meal replacement with the addition of a few good ingredients.

Another great source of nutrition is Isagenix. Check out this website: www.janetshernandez.isagenix.com

I have personally used and sold both Reliv and Isagenix, but am now a full time distributor for Isagenix. Both products are great!

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Wisdom Quotes

Today I am sharing few quotes about wisdom that I hope you will enjoy.  These are taken from heartquotes.com

Doc Childre and Bruce Cryer, From Chaos to Coherence Intuition does not always appear as the ingenious breakthrough or something grandiose. Intuitive thoughts, feelings, and solutions often manifest themselves as good old common sense. Common sense is efficient.

Lao-Tzu (600 B.C.) Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.

Mahatma Gandhi As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world — that is the myth of the atomic age — as in being able to remake ourselves.

Sandra Carey Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living, the other helps you make a life.

D.J. Kaufman Wisdom is the reward for a lifetime of listening … when you’d have preferred to talk.

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Harmful Effects Of Mineral Oil

Your skin may suffer from Mineral Oil!  Did that catch your attention?  Did you know that mineral oil is nothing more than refined crude oil?  It is a cheap filler, therefore, you will find it in most skin care products.  Mineral Oil is a mixture of refined liquid hydrocarbons derived from petroleum.  Really, who wants that on their skin?

Sadly, many products have claims of the healthy benefits from mineral oil.  The truth is the molecular structure of mineral oil, is too large to penetrate the pores of the skin and just gives it a false sense of shine and softness.  It blocks natural respiration, excretion and absorption of other nutrients.  It doesn’t allow any nutrients that may be in that skin care product to enter the body and unfortunately it won’t allow the toxins to escape either.

After using products with this ingredient for a long time, your skin will actually become dry and dehydrated as it affects the skin’s own natural lubrication process.   It is difficult to wash off leaving a film over the skin that can result in white heads. Mineral oil clogs the pores and produces blackheads and bumps beneath the surface of the skin. Because it is a derivative of petroleum, no matter how refined it is, it is not compatible with your skin.

This information is found in Uptown Consulting and a fact sheet from Arbonne International Pure, Swiss, Skin Care.

A product that is readily available in any store and is relatively cheap – Petroleum Jelly.  Health claims are also made about this product.  There are a host of other names used to describe this ingredient.  A few that may be more recognizable is petrolatum, white mineral oil, lubricating oil, and liquid paraffin. Also beware of baby oil which is nothing more than fragranced mineral oil.  Where do babies put their hands and feet?  Into their mouths so they are ingesting this product!

Unfortunately, there is now food grade mineral oil.  I don’t know about you, but if I am going to use any oil in my food, it will be a healthy food based such as Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Grape Seed Oil and Sesame Oil.  Not something that gas and motor oil is derived from. So beware!

The truth of the matter is you must learn to read labels.  You have to not only be aware of what you are putting into your body, you must also be careful about what you put on your body.  Your skin is the largest organ of your body and to keep it healthy you must use good, quality skin care.  There are a lot of good brands out there.  My personal favorite is Arbonne, Pure Swiss Skin Care.  Their products contain no artificial colors or dyes that can be harmful to the skin and more importantly, NO mineral oil of any kind.  Although I no longer sell this product I believe in the many benefits of their skin care line.  They are a good company and have been around for about 35 years.  There concept is what has inspired me to follow the path I am currently on.

Health care for the skin and body, herbs and essential oils and now blogging are passions of mine.  If you are looking for additional income or a way to quit your job and live the lifestyle you desire, then click on the link below to learn more about how to generate an income online.

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How To Avoid Holiday Stress

Why do we allow ourselves to become overly stressed, expecially during the holidays?  From MedicineNet.com, the definition of stress given is:

In a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. Stresses can be external (from the environment, psychological, or social situations) or internal (illness, or from a medical procedure). Stress can initiate the “fight or flight” response, a complex reaction of neurologic and endocrinologic systems.

As you can see, stress is a major problem.  Yet during holidays or big events, we can sometimes allow ourselves to become overly stressed.  One cause could be that you have company coming for dinner during the holidays and you want to put out a huge spread.  Cudos for wanting to do that, however, if you are like me and have a full time job and unfortunately have to work until the very last minute, then begin the process of food preparation, being the best Suzy Homemaker isn’t always practical.

One way to help alleviate all that stress is to assign duties to your family members.  Children can be a great help.  If you are having a problem with them not eating certain foods, perhaps helping you and seeing the process will tempt your little ones to be a little more experimental with food because they helped.

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How about assigning a dish to your guests?  This is a good way to try recipes that are their family favorites that you could possibly incorporate into your menu in the future.

Another way, something that our household adopted last year was to postpone Thanksgiving until the following day to accommodate family members that couldn’t be with us on the actual holiday.  I have to say, this was probably one of the most stress free holidays I have had in a very long time.

Unfortunately, sometimes stress can be brought on by the loss of a friend or loved one or even your family pet.  Last year, a week before Christmas I had to put one of my elderly cats to sleep.  Although stressful,  I am grateful her passing was quick and gentle.

A few ways to deal with this stress is to get a good night’s rest, relaxation techniques, meditation and doing your best to have a positive attitude.  Other ways to alleviate stress is to take a walk or some other form of exercise.  It helps to clear my head and I have a better perspective about things.  Take up a hobby, travel and do the things you love that give you peace.  Sounds like a dream, but it can be your reality

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