Plants & Flowers
Whole Body Liquid Detox
For Your Bathwater
Detoxing may intrigue you if you experience regular constipation, carry excess body weight, feel tired constantly or want to remove toxins from your body.
This type of detoxing allows your body to flush out toxins that enter your body through chemically altered foods, environmental pollution and pesticides.
How it came about:
Through meditation with my loving and powerful spirits. Just as I was shown, with the "CLEAR & GO" and "PENDULUM CLEARING" spray's, that I make.
I have always used essential oils, stones and flower essences, which provide us with some amazing and natural pulling properties.
How to use:
It's so easy...Just drop a small capful into your bathwater (doesn't matter the size tub) and relax for up to 20 minutes. Enjoy a herbal tea, water or refreshing coconut water afterwards.
What it is good for:
Use "Magical cleanse" to cleanse, purify and recharge your bodies systems.
It has a much stronger pulling power than clay.
Think about all the toxins, chemicals, impurities we come in contact with everyday.
Here is just a few:
Prescription drugs, over the counter drugs and illegal drugs
From the stuff we put in our body to stuff we put on our body, the list goes on...
It isn’t hard to imagine that you’d need to clean your systems weekly.
Our bodies systems can just get overloaded. I run into people all the time, who simply just over-do it with detox programs and end up just going backwards. I have my clients doing one clay bath or one magical cleanse weekly...that's it.
Imagine how restored, rejuvenated and regenerated, you could feel , by just simplifiy your detoxing progam, with such a powerful, easy to use cleanse.
A body detox may help "jump-start" a weight loss program or a healthier way of life.
Your body naturally detoxifies itself by passing blood and wastes through your liver and kidneys.
During and after following a relaxing, detoxing bath, you may experience increased energy and improved focus.
What’s in it?
•Therapeutic grade Young Living Essential Oils
•Flower, Tree, Plant Essences
•Crystal Gemstones, rocks, stones, Essences
•LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!
As with any detox program, it may cause unwanted side effects, if done too often, causing nausea, fatigue or dizziness.
.I strongly recommend only doing 1- bath a week, as the Magical Cleanse is powerful and concentrated.
There is enough in this small 1/2 oz .bottle, for over 10 baths!
One capful per bath.
IMPORTANT: Magical cleanse is not a substitute for medical treatment from appropriate professionals and would be considered "alternative"
or "complementary" to the healing arts that are licensed in the United States.
sometimes called marigold
Product Notes: Calendula flowers have a slightly bitter and somewhat salty flavor, and a sweet, sharp, buttery aroma.
Calendula has been used an herbal remedy and as coloring and flavoring for food in Central and Southern Europe since the 1100s. Commonly known there as marigold, calendula is an annual flower native to the northern Mediterranean countries. It's well known for its skin-soothing properties — this gentle herb is used as an ingredient in all types of skin care preparations, including salves, body washes, creams, ointments and lotions.
To use calendula in medicinal recipes, you often must start with an infused oil. This oil can then be blended into creams and salves for topical use.
Calendula Infused Oil
- Wash one cup fresh calendula petals. Chop coarsely and put in a small saucepan.
- Just cover calendula with vegetable or olive oil and heat over very low heat for two hours, stirring occasionally. You only want to warm the petals to release their oils.
- Allow to cool and pour into glass jars. Place in a dark, cool area for a week. Then strain mixture into a new jar. Store in a cool, dark location.
You can also put fresh petals in a jar of oil in the sun for two weeks to create a solar-infused oil. Make sure the jar is tightly covered and strain the oil after those two weeks. For a stronger infusion, add more flowers to strained oil and let sit in the sun for two more weeks. Strain and store.
NOW TO THE SALVE....
- Blend four parts infused oil and one part melted bees wax. You may adjust the amount of oil and beeswax to create the consistency you want. salves are made by adding ¼ cup of beeswax to one cup of infused oil. Heat until the beeswax has melted.
- Pour into a wide jar and cover. This mixture will thicken into a salve that you can use for burns and abrasions. It is also useful for diaper rash and other skin ailments.
The Plant: Calendula is valued both as a natural remedy and as a colorful garden flower. This two-foot-tall, hardy annual can grow quite bushy, and its large, two- to three-inch flowers (which range from yellow to bright orange in color) are attractive additions to borders. Calendula blooms continuously throughout the winter in warmer climates and throughout the summer in the north. Cooler temperatures and picking the flowers promotes more flowering, while high heat in summer will stress the plant and stop flowering.
The parts of the plant used are the flower heads — harvested while they are in full bloom — or the petals (ligulate florets), which are removed from the receptacle after harvesting.
Calendula flowers open in the morning and close in the late afternoon. They are of the highest quality when harvested late morning after the dew is dried off of the flowers — this is when the resin content is at its highest. When handpicking calendula, the flowers' dark tacky resin clings noticeably to the fingers.
Calendula has anti-inflammatory effects when it is used topically and it is also a potent antioxidant. Because of its antiviral and antibacterial qualities, it is also useful in treating minor wounds and abrasions.
The petals of calendula are often added to salads as well. Their bright orange color is an attractive contrast to salad green and their slightly bitter flavor compliments the other vegetables.
When cooked, the flavor mellows. Calendula can be used much like saffron by adding it to rice and pasta dishes.ds, main course dishes, and even dessert.
Calendula tea is easy to make. Simply put a couple of teaspoons of calendula petals in an infuser and pour a cup of boiling water over it. Allow to steep for at least 10 minutes.
Sweeten if desired and drink for minor digestive irritation or use the tea as a wash for minor wounds.
There are two methods of making soap.
'Cold process' is the term used to describe the traditional method of soap making and this is when oils such as palm or coconut oil are mixed with an alkaline solution and this reaction causes the oils to saponify and form soap. This is actually relatively easy to do at home, a new type of soap making known as 'melt and pour' has made making soap at home much more accessible.
Melt and pour soaps are blocks of glycerin soap base that can be melted down in a domestic kitchen, have fragrances and other additives included and then poured into molds to set. Melt and pour soaps come in clear and opaque form and there is now an organic version. These work extremely well with calendula petals. This is very straightforward to do, simply add some petals before pouring the melted soap into molds and stir them in well.
Constituents of Note: There are a number of potentially significant constituents in calendula. Triterpene glycosides (guercetin, isohamnetin), triterpene alcohols and triterpene saponins are major components. Carotenoids including beta-carotene, lycopene, violaxanthin and lutein are responsible for the color of the flowers and for the use of calendula as a food coloring. Other constituents include a small amount of essential oil (60% alpha-cardinal), flavonoids (narcissan) and a bitter principle (calendnin).
Quality: Marigold flowers have a slightly bitter and somewhat salty flavor and a sweet, sharp, buttery aroma. Not more than 2% other plant parts should be present — including sepals and the fruits (seeds).
Whole flowers (with the receptacle) should be carefully inspected to make sure they are properly dried as the receptacle dries much slower than the petals and can cause mold problems.
Calendula flower petals do not have this problem.
Good quality dried flowers have a slightly oily feel to them when rubbed between the fingers.
The flowers quickly fade when exposed to light, so they should always be stored in dark conditions. They also readily absorb moisture, which degrades the flowers, so calendula needs airtight storage, especially in humid conditions.
While both the whole calendula flowers and calendula petals are used interchangeably, the petals are considered superior for use in most applications.
Between single-petaled, double-petaled, yellow-colored and orange-colored varieties, there is not, as of yet, consensus on which is the best — or even if one type is better than another.
Herbs have to be considered outstanding in at least two of three categories—medicinal, culinary or decorative.
Calendula is outstanding in all three categories and well deserving of the title.
Many herb organizations, herb companies, retail stories and herb societies recognize the herb of the year and support public education on the chosen herb, throughout the year.
Directions: To make calendula skin care oil, place one cup of calendula flower petals (petals are better than whole flowers for this use) in a non-reactive container such as a glass jar. Cover with one cup of vegetable oil (a high quality oil such as extra-virgin olive oil or almond oil makes a good base), stir well, adding more oil if needed to keep the calendula completely submerged and the jar full.
To extract using the sun, place container in a bag or box to keep out the sunlight, then place in the sun for a week. Stir contents daily. Or alternately, put calendula and oil in a crock pot or other thermostatically controlled container. Keep crock pot on the warm setting, stirring several times a day, making sure the mixture does not get too hot (over 110 F.) and replacing oil as needed. When the oil takes on the color and aroma of the calendula (about a week), strain out all of the flowers, squeezing them well to remove as much of the oil as possible. Place in a glass jar and let stand for a few days to let any sediment remaining in the calendula oil fall to the bottom of the jar. Draw oil off the sediment and store in a tightly sealed glass container. Keep in a cool, dark place. Use the oil as a massage, skin care oil or as a base for salves. Adding a little vitamin E to the finished calendula flower oil will help increase its shelf life. Scenting the calendula oil with synergistic essential oils such as lavender and geranium enhances the benefits of the calendula oil.
A gentle but powerful herb, calendula flowers can used on damaged, sensitive, chafed or irritated skin. Calendula is often combined with other herbs such as comfrey leaf, aloes, St. John’s wort and lavender flowers.
In foods, calendula petals are sometimes used as a substitute for saffron, to provide a similar color to saffron and somewhat mimic the rich flavor of saffron. The spicy flavor of calendula is used to season baked goods such as breads and cakes, egg dishes, soups and fish and to decorate desserts.
Of gourmet interest are such treats as calendula butter, calendula vinegar and calendula salad dressing.
Historically calendula was also used to color butter and cheese.
Another great recipe.....
Have a backyard bed of marigolds? Share some with guests the next time you entertain by adding them to a cream cheese dip. It's a surprisingly delicious appetizer.
MARIGOLD CHEESE DIP
8 Servings Prep: 10 min. + chilling
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon minced chives
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh savory
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh marigold petals
- Assorted crackers
- In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, vanilla, salt and
- pepper until smooth. Stir in the chives, savory and marigold petals.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with crackers.
- Yield: 2 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 160 calories, 15 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 173 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.
Calendula flowers are an ingredient in hair rinses, shampoos, shaving creams and deodorants. In shampoo and hair rinse, calendula is added to formulas made for light-colored hair as it helps to brighten blonde or red hair. A dye for fabric can also be extracted from the flowers.
Caution/Safety: The Botanical Safety Handbook* classifies Calendula as:Class:1 herbs which can be safely consumed when used appropriately Per the German Commission E Monograph** for calendula flower, there are no known contraindications, side effects or drug interactions. People who are allergic or sensitive to other members of the Asteraceae family, such as daisies or ragweed, should exercise caution until they have established they do not have a reaction to calendula flowers.
Flowers and meanings
have been the subject of conversation for as long as humankind has taken the time to behold the beauty enfolded in each petal.
Symbolism is endless in flowers and meanings range from protection, to love, to warnings, to wealth.Granted, certain types of flowers, are rife with symbolic meaning. However, the flower itself unfolds worlds of deeper meaning. From stem, petal, leaves, color
, stamen and pistol, there is so much to consider in the deeper realms of flower meanings. Take the time to contemplate the various nuances of "flower-power" in a symbolic perspective. You'll be delighted at every turn.As flowers are the actual reproductive systems
of plants, most generally flower meanings deal with:
Over the ages humans have devised symbolic languages of flowers, which became popularized in the Victorian era. In the 1600's, Lady Mary Wortley was pivotal in bringing flowers and meanings to the public attention. Prior to her research and observations the symbolism of flowers was quite esoteric.Floral symbolism varies according to the type of flower, how it is arranged, how many flowers in the arrangements, and combinations of flowers. Effectually, a floral bouquet as a gift could have endless symbolic meanings. Only someone savvy in the language of flowers and meanings would be able to crack the secret code.Further, the Victorian era wasn't the only phase of intense floral discovery. Deeper meanings of flowers were used and interpreted by:
...and many more cultures around the world have their own specialized flower-language.In the end, whether you are a Wortley devotee, or ascribe to the Chinese symbolism of flowers, keep in mind they are always a symbol of generosity and love when they are given away.
Take the time to share a deeper symbolic meaning and give some flowers to someone you know today. Below are a few flowers and meanings to get you started:
.Amaryllis Flower Meanings
Symbolic of success won after a struggle. These were often given in recognition of a job well done - particularly in scholastics, writing, and artistic endeavors. Give the poet in your life a bunch of amaryllis and you are encouraging his/her creative muse. You are also recognizing his/her achievements in the arts..
Apple Blossom Meanings
Intoxicating by their very nature, apple blossoms are symbolic of heady love, peace, sensuality, and fertility. , and they would decorate their bedchambers with these blossoms to entice amorous nights..
Camellia Flower Meanings
With its delicate soft, round petals and gentle curves the camellia is considered a symbol of desire, passion, and refinement. It indicates a deep longing in the heart for your beloved. It is also a symbol of perfection and excellence. Give camellia's to your sweetheart. Better yet, give some of these lovely flowers as a secret admirer!.
Daffodil Flowers and Meanings
Daffodil's have meanings of faith, honesty, truth, forgiveness, and forthrightness. They are ever vigilant in returning each spring, and with their return we are reminded that their beauty is capable of following on the shirttails of even the harshest winters (or tribulations). Give daffodils to someone when as a token of forgiveness or give them away as a token of appreciation for their honesty.
.Dahlia Flower Meanings
Dahlia's are spicy flowers, and their meanings range from a sign of warning, to change, to travel, to even a portent of betrayal. The varied symbolic meanings of the dahlia make this flower a wild card. Give to that unique, eclectic person whom you wish to compliment his/her wild side. Combine them with slender flowers like irises or tulips for a striking visual display as well as a combined symbolic message that says "temper your adventures with a kind heart.".
Lily Flowers and Meanings
Lilies are the flowers of the spiritually advanced. They are also the totem flowers of mothers (especially new ones), fertility and nurturing. Lilies are also appropriate flowers to present during weddings as they are symbolic of unions, partnerships, and long lasting relationships. Give lilies to new mothers and brides-to-be; share the symbolism of these beautiful blossoms with them, and watch their faces light up with delight.
.Pansy Flower Meanings
Pansies have long been flowers of remembrance. Indeed, they have often been placed upon memorial markers and stones to honor and remember those who are no longer on the physical plane. They are also a symbol of togetherness and union, and perhaps this is why they are so appropriate for remembering those who have passed from our lives. Their beauty is the perfect testimony to the love we have shared with others in the past. Keep pansies around you when you wish to remember the fond memories and kindnesses of loved ones who have passed from this earth.
Rose meanings vary according to color.
On the whole, however, roses are symbolic of deep love, concentration, intelligence, balance, and passion. They are also sometimes seen as a message for healing, revitalization, rejuvenation and courage. Roses are very complex in their features, and so therefore have complex meanings. More than just Valentine's Day favorites, roses bear the mark of honor, devotion and intense commitment on many levels. Give roses only when you are serious about your intentions.
.Tulip Flowers and Meanings
Tulips are also voracious sun seekers (like the sunflower) and will sway their heads in crazy contortions seeking out the best angle for light. This makes them a symbol of opportunity, adjustment, advancement, and aspiration. They are commonly thought to represent attainment of spiritual awareness too. Because they are from bulbs, and return every year (like the daffodil) tulips are symbolic of resurrection and determination.
I hope you have enjoyed these flowers and meanings. Take the time to do some research on the symbolism of flowers in various cultures. Share your findings with those around you. You will find the energy of flowers is high-voltage and incredibly beneficial.
Minty Fresh PeppermintPeppermint Teas
A powerhouse in the world of herbal teas, peppermint partners well with a wide variety of other herbs (raspberry, rosehips, lemongrass, ginger—you name it) for tea blends. Delicious hot or iced, it has an uncanny ability to both refresh and calm
. Peppermint tea freshens the breath and is traditionally served after meals. It’s been relied upon for centuries to address a wide variety of ailments. (The herb first appeared in the London Pharmacopoeia in 1721.)
Is delicious when combined with other beverages like fruit juices and sparkling water. (Peppermint ice cubes are a fun way to add subtle flavor to drinks, too.) And be sure to try it in hot cocoa. Simply steep the leaves in the hot water or milk before adding to the cocoa.
Pampering with Peppermint
Your toiletry cabinet likely contains something (shampoo, soap, toothpaste) with the cool scent and cleansing properties of peppermint. Peppermint oil is drying, but the leaf is an emollient. Try it in facial toners, masks, and steams; hair rinses; tooth powders and mouthwashes; baths and lotions. (Some people are sensitive to peppermint, so test a batch of your product first on a small area on the inside of your arm.)
Most of us think of baths as bedtime rituals, but a morning bath is a great way to start the day. (You can prepare the herbal “tea” the night before.) For an evening bath, substitute elder flowers and chamomile for the lavender and rosemary. Combine 1 tablespoon each: lavender, rosemary, and peppermint in a medium-size bowl. Pour 1 quart of boiling water over the herbs and steep for 20 minutes. Strain. Add to bathwater.
Cooking with Peppermint
You might be surprised at how versatile peppermint is in
the kitchen. Try it in:
- Fruit salads, green salads, and salad dressings
- Egg dishes, like frittatas, omelets, and quiche
- Sauces for grains, pasta and veggies
- Soups, such as bean, beef, and fish soups and stews
- Vegetables, especially peas and carrots, green beans, spinach, potatoes, and squash
- Yogurt dishes, like raitas
- Jellies and jams
- Side salads, like tabouleh, cucumber, and carrot salads
- Sandwich salads, such as chicken salad and egg salad
- Desserts, like custard, ice cream, chocolate candies and pudding, fruit pies and pound cake
It’s fun when peppermint shows up unexpectedly, as in this easy eggplant dish. Peppermint is the perfect foil for other—hot and spicy—seasonings.
Heat oil in a large skillet. Add eggplant and sauté for five minutes. Add bell pepper and continue to sauté until both the eggplant and pepper are softened and nicely browned. Add peppermint and spices. Cook, stirring gently, for another 5 minutes. ~ 4 servings
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Ask the Experts
Is there a difference in mints?
Yes; “mint” doesn’t necessarily mean “peppermint.” In fact, there are over two dozen species of mints, each with its own subtle or obvious distinction. (Square stems are characteristic of the entire mint family.) Spearmint, perhaps the next most familiar mint, is a bit milder than peppermint when it comes to taste. Other mints you may come across include the citrusy /lavender bergamot mint, the variegated ginger mint, and the mildly flavored pineapple mint.
Most of my recipes call for fresh mint. Can I substitute dried peppermint?
Well, it doesn’t make an attractive garnish for a mint julep, but because dried peppermint retains the plant’s essential oils nicely, it stands in just fine for the fresh herb in most recipes. If your recipe calls for fresh peppermint, substitute one third the amount of dried.
Is it true that peppermint deters pests?
As a matter of fact, it is. Mice, in particular, don’t appreciate the scent of peppermint. To deter them, simply sprinkle some peppermint leaf where you think they might scurry. Or dab a little peppermint essential oil on cotton balls and then place the balls strategically around the house. Crush some dried leaves and place them in potpourris or sachets around your home to deter flies.
If we could see the miracle of a flower clearly,
our whole life would change.
Many people know that herbs and plants can be used to cleanse and heal the body. Flowers can be used to cleanse and heal the mind and emotions.
There are 38 different - negative moods or states of mind that afflict man. The vibrational properties of certain flowers when ingested could help release and soothe certain deep-seated emotions.
Many health conditions from Parkinson's disease to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) to headaches and chronic fatigue are linked to a suppressed or unresolved feelings.
There are some common sayings that reflect the notion the emotions effect the body such as he suffers from a "broken heart" or he "died of grief".
We also refer to being stressed out, worn out, exhausted when, in fact, the foundation of that physical feeling is emotional.
I would venture to say that most people have felt a physical connection to their emotional state. Perhaps the theory that Dr. Bach believed so deeply should be given some thought.
Listed are the 38 different flower remedies:
fear of known things - Mimulus
fear or over-concern of others - Red Chestnut
fear of mind giving way - Cherry Plum
terror - Rock Rose
fears and worries of unknown origin - Aspen
Monday morning feeling - Hornbeam
hopelessness and despair - Gorse
discouragement, despondency - Gentian
uncertainty and indecision - Scleranthus
uncertainty as to correct path in life - Wild Oat
seeks advice and confirmation from others - Cerato
Insufficient interest in present circumstances
lack of energy - Olive
unwanted thoughts, mental arguments - White Chestnut
lives in the past - Honeysuckle
failure to learn from past mistakes - Chestnut Bud
dreaminess, lack of interest in present - Clematis
self-centred, self-concern - Heather
impatience - Impatiens
deep gloom with no origin - Mustard
resignation, apathy - Wild Rose
proud, aloof - Water Violet
Oversensitive to influences and ideas
hatred, envy, jealousy - Holly
weak willed and subservient - Centaury
mental torment behind a brave face - Agrimony
protection from change and outside influences - Walnut
Despondency or despair
lack of confidence - Larch
exhausted but struggles on - Oak
self hatred, sense of uncleanliness - Crab Apple
after effects of shock - Star of Bethlehem
resentment - Willow
overwhelmed by responsibility - Elm
self reproach, guilt - Pine
extreme mental anguish - Sweet Chestnut
Over-care for the welfare of others
domineering, inflexible - Vine
over enthusiasm - Vervain
intolerance - Beech
selfish, possessive - Chicory
self repression, self denial - Rock Water
There is also a remedy called RESCUE REMEDY and an improved remedy called Distress Remedy which is a generic emotional stabilizer. Also, beneficial for dreaming and bringing emotions to the surface.
The vibration of the flowers are meant to allow a deeply suppressed emotion or memory to surface so that it can be worked out.
The Chinese believe that for ultimate health you must balance and consider the body as a whole.
I believe that a healthy mind and attitude are needed to help create a healthy body. I am open to the idea that Bach Flower Remedies can assist in achieving a healthy mind and attitude.
ALOE VERA PLANT
The healing and magical properties of nature
Internal use: inflammation of the stomach, gastritis and gastric ulcers
External use: cures wounds, ulcers, burns, stings of insects
Living plants guard against evil influences and prevent household accidents