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Mid-Week Pick Me Up

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Open Up Life:

A Wonderful Wednesday Reminder from “The Presents of Presents:

Originally posted on Misifusa's Blog:


Look at the sky:  That is for YOU.

Look at each person’s face as YOU pass on the street: 

Those faces are for YOU….

Remember this when YOU wake up in the the morning and think YOU have nothing. ~ Miranda July

I received an email from Oprah today and inside were different quotes (the above being one of them).  Because it spoke to me, I thought I would pass it along to you.  As ‘Hump Day’ it’s a great reminder for the rest of the week should you need a little pick me up!

You are Loved.

Shine on!


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Celebrate Nelson Mandela Today

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This is  a day to celebrate Nelson Mandela.  A man who may be gone but never forgotten for his many actions of peace throughout the world.


Happy Birthday Mom!


Today is my mother’s birthday and she is still beautiful as ever!

Happy Birthday mom!  Without you my life would be empty.

I love you!

Essential Oils for Summer

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Healing Fragrances for Bites, Allergies and Sunburn

A breath of sweet lavender oil can quickly reduce stress.  A whiff of lemon oil can energize us.

“Essential oils are not magic or folklore.  There is solid science behind them,” says Elizabeth Jones, founder of the College of Botanical Healing Arts, in Santa Cruz, California.

Here’s what happens after inhaling lavender, the most popular of all essential oils:  The cilia–microscopic cellular fibers in the nose-transport the aroma to the olfactory bulb at the bottom of the brain, from where it proceeds to the limbic brain and directly affects the nerves, delivering a soothing effect.  “Or put it on your skin and other properties of essential oils are absorbed straight into the bloodstream,” advises Jones, author of Awaken to Healing Fragrance.

Thai studies show that a whiff of lavender oil is calming and lowers blood pressure and heart rate, yet there are many more benefits attributed to the art and science of aromatherapy and essential oils.  For those struggling with summer maladies, here are several simple solutions essential oils can provide.

Minor Scrapes, Cuts and Blisters

Tea tree oil (melaleuca) is tops, because it contains terpenes that kill staphylococcus and other nasty bacteria and works to prevent infection, according to a meta-analysis from the University of Western Australia.  The researchers further suggest that tea tree oil may be used in some cases instead of antibiotics.  Oregano and eucalyptus oils are likewise acknowledged for their natural abilities to eliminate infection-causing bacteria, fungi and viruses.

“Blend all three for a synergistic effect,” says aromatherapy expert Robert Tisserand (RobertTisserand.com), of Ojai, California.  “They sort of leapfrog over each other to penetrate the skin and cell walls.”

Sunburn, Bug Bits and Poison Ivy

A small amount of undiluted lavender oil will cool sunburn fast, advises Tisserand.  Add a few drops to a dollop of cooling aloe vera gel for extra relief and moisture, suggests Jones.  Undiluted Lavender is also a great remedy for insect bites, says Tisserand.  “You can stop the pain of a bee sting in 20 seconds with a few drops.”

Chamomile, either the German or Roman variety, helps with rashes, according to Jones, especially when mixed with her summertime favorite, aloe vera gel.  She recommends mugwort oil for poison oak or poison ivy, a benefit affirmed by animal research from the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine’s Herbal Medicine Formulation Research Group.

***Best Carriers***

Almost all essential oils are so strong that they must be diluted before use to prevent skin irritation.  Use cold pressed oils and mix 10 to 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier substance.  Some of the best carriers are almond oil, aloe vera gel, apricot oil, cocoa butter, glycerin, jojoba oil and olive oil.


Allergy Relief

During hay fever season, several aromatherapy oils from a diffuser can offer relief, counsels Tisserand.  He recommends eucalyptus, geranium and lavender oils, all of which contain antihistamines.  Use them separately or blended.  When using a diffuser, it’s not necessary to put the oils into a diluting carrier oil or gel.  He notes that steam tent containing 10 drops of each of the three oils mixed with two cups of boiling water is highly effective.

Sprains, Strains and Joint Pain

Lessen inflammation and the pains from tendon and muscle sprains and strains with rosemary or peppermint, adding a dash of ginger for additional benefit, says Tisserand.  He recommends rubbing the oils (diluted in a carrier) directly on the sore spot.

Rosemary is particularly effective for bringing blood flow to an injury site, and the menthol in peppermint is a great pain reliever, adds Jones.  A Chinese study published in the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics confirms the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory abilities of peppermint oil.  Researchers from Taiwan confirm that ginger is anti-inflammatory and can even reduce intense nerve pain.

Jones believes that essential oils have a place in everyone’s medicine chest.  “Sometimes I feel like David up against Goliath,” she remarks.  “I encourage everyone to use natural healing products from plants instead of pharmaceutical drugs, the side effects of which actually diminish the body’s natural ability to heal.”


Article source:  Kathleen Barnes, natural health author of Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow.  Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.



The Sun Shines on Everyone

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This video touched my soul and my heart. Remembering that God loves everyone, He does not pick and chose, and He has no favorites. If you know someone is unhappy today, why not share your love and peace with that person or persons and make their heart shine!

Peace and love to everyone,


The Heart is Happiest When it Beats for Others

I saw this on a local church marquee and it made me stop and really think about what this means.  Life gets busy and we all get wrapped up now and again with ourselves and what WE want.  Yes, it’s nice to have things and to love ourselves and our family, but when you focus on this particular phrase, our real purpose on this earth is to LOVE others.

Loving others, especially if you don’t know them is sometimes difficult.  But when you have faith, and the eternal love in your heart that God gave to us, love is never too difficult to share.

I mean who isn’t happy they have love or are receiving love.  Maybe not love, but a kind word, a smile, a thank you,  helping someone do a task they can no longer do.  Giving a person a meal,  coffee or a ride.

Whatever and whoever you share your love and kindness  with truly is a blessing because we are all one in this universe.  Our physical bodies are different, but our hearts and our love is all the same.

The day that I saw this was unique because not only did I reflect on it, but an amazing act of kindness happened at work.

Two young men were sitting in a booth, eating pizza.  There was a couple sitting in the booth in front of them.  Your probably saying, so what about it?  Well, after the couple finished  their meal, the woman came up to the counter to pay for her dinner.  Before she paid, she said she wanted to pay for the young men’s meal as well.   That just brought a smile to my face and my heart.

I politely asked her why and she said because she heard one of the young men say they were having financial trouble, so she wanted to help.  I thought that was very nice.  She continued to say not to let them know until she left.

When we told them what happened, they were so happy and shocked that they too had big smiles on their face.

So you see we are all connected, we just never know when our heart will become happy or what moment it will beat for others.

May you enjoy your day!  Peace and love to all!



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