Wednesday, January 25, 2017

DIY Facial Toner

DIY Facial Toner

Witch Hazel
Essential Oils

Fill your bottle with Witch Hazel and add up to 3 essential oils at 2 drops each. That is all you need for 4 oz. The bigger the bottle the more you can add. 

Essential Oils I used were: Lavender, Clary Sage and Frankincense

Recipe from HERE

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

DIY Eye Make-up Remover

DIY Eye Make-up Remover

2 oz. Witch Hazel
2 oz. Olive Oil (or other oil you like)

Mix the 2 ingredients together and you have eye make-up remover. Shake before each use. Pour little bit onto a cotton pad or ball (or washcloth) and gently rub on eyes then rinse with water.

Recipe from HERE

Monday, January 23, 2017

DIY Witch Hazel

DIY Witch Hazel
1 Cup distilled water
1 Tbsp. Witch Hazel bark/leaves
Vodka or other grain whiskey
Glass Jar

Soak bark/leaves for 30 minutes in water. Then bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 20 minutes. Then remove from heat and let steep while it completely cools. Pour tea through strainer into glass jar. Has a 1-2 shelf life. Store in a dark cool area. If not using vodka or other whiskey store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. 

Note** You can double this recipe to make more if your making for many people. Which is what I have done. I also used bourbon instead vodka for that is what I had. I also used just witch hazel leaves since I was out of bark. Simmer for only 10 minutes with leaves and 20 minutes for the bark. 

Recipe from HERE

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Coconut Oil Scrub

Coconut Oil Scrub
1 to 1-1/2 cups Organic white sugar

1 cup Organic coconut oil
Essential oils (optional)

Heat coconut oil slightly (not melted, just enough to be workable). Stir in sugar until all blended well. You can leave unscented or add essential oils. Just a couple of drops or to your scent level. Less is best. I use Lavender for it is great anti-inflammatory, calming good for dry skin. Tea tree is another good one great for acne. If you use lemon in it, use sunscreen for lemon is citrus and you can easily get sunburned. Coconut and lemon together will help to lighten your skin fade age and sun spots.
To use: This can be used on whole body. Use 2 to 3 times a week or as often as you need to. If you use on your feet it will be very slick so please be careful if you do. The coconut oil will melt in your hand as you you rub it on. When out of shower pat dry or very lightly rub dry.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

DIY Hair Conditioner

I found myself out of conditioner one morning and if you have hair that you can't get a comb through when wet and sometimes dry this is a great to use when in a pinch. I now use it all the time and my hair hasn't felt this soft or this shiny in ages. It is a simple recipe only 2 ingredients. Mostly likely you have on hand...

DIY Hair Conditioner
 2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
1 cup of Water, I used just tap water

Mix in a bowl or measuring cup and pour into an 8 oz clean spray bottle. After washing your hair spray a generous amount on and let set for 3-5 minutes then rinse off. Shake bottle before each uses. The vinegar smell will go away after you have dried your hair. 

*TIP* You can double or triple and so on for a bigger bottle. That's all that is to. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

View #2 -- Thomas Centolella

View #2
It was just one task to recover the taken-for-granted.
There were others.  Such as: simply recover.
And then?  And then consider
there's no time off for good behavior,
that the city was a carnival of incandescent streets
but also a dim labyrinth, that the beloved bridge
connecting two wonders of solid ground
provided as well a jumping-off point
for those who had lost heart.
That some roads, no matter how far
they take you, will double back.
And then? And then consult the window
for weather.  Put on some clothes
and good intentions.  Begin again.

~ Thomas Centolella ~

(Views from along the Middle Way)

Daily OM: Staying in Pain October 28, 2016

October 28, 2016
Staying in Pain
Stuck in the Mud

by Madisyn Taylor

Pain can serve as one of life's great teachers, but it is important to move through it and not become stuck in our pain.

Pain comes and it goes. It is just one component to the grand cycle of life. And when experienced as such, pain can serve as an important teacher. It is when we get stuck in our pain that it becomes detrimental to our well-being and development. If you notice that you feel closed-off, resentful, heavy-hearted, or that you try very hard to avoid being hurt again, there may be a part of you that is still stuck in pain.

We can get stuck in our pain for many reasons. As children, it was natural for us to cry, throw a tantrum, and let the experience move through us. By fully feeling our pain in this way, our emotions would wash us clean, leaving us open and available to new experiences. With age, though, we might have determined that expressing emotion was no longer appropriate, and so we developed a variety of coping strategies to deal with our discomfort. We may have learned to stuff our feelings down or to run away from them. Perhaps we began thinking that staying closed and unwilling to try new things would keep us safe from heartbreak, safe from rejection, and safe from failure. We may have even gotten so used to being in pain that the thought of being without it scares us. But, if we continue to hold onto it longer than necessary, we are expending a lot of energy that could instead be channeled into making our life experiences more positive.

If you notice that you are continually connecting with the same familiar patterns of pain, consider embracing your feelings and letting go of your hurt. Whether your pain is from childhood or from an experience last week, see if you can give it room to move. When it does, you will reconnect with a wonderful source of your own vital energy.