DIY-Healing Salve

My girls know my mantra by heart….put some Shea Butter on it. For every bruise , cut,burn or scar you can use it for healing the skin. I ran across this amazing healing salve and I loved the idea of adding healing essential oils to the mix. This recipe calls for beeswax pastilles, but I would substitute for Shea butter. Check out this easy recipe !!

All Purpose Healing Salve Recipe:

1  Cup Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

1  Cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4  T. Beeswax Pastilles

1/2 t. vitamin e oil (optional)

To each jar add:

10  drops Lavender

8  drops Lemon

6  drops Melaleuca

1/2  teaspoon Vitamin e oil (optional)

Fills {4} – 4 oz glass mason jars or small glass jars of choice. Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer as well as antibacterial.  Olive oil has lots of anti-oxidants, including Hydroxytyrosol as well as anti-inflammatory properties.  Lavender soothes and heals, Lemon cleanses and disinfects while Melaleuca is antibacterial and antifungal!

Melt the coconut, olive oil and beeswax in a warm bath, stirring with a knife every few minutes until melted. This will take at least 15 min, you want a slow melt.

Add the essential oils to the empty jars and pour into glass jars of your choice and let cool. Put a paper towel over the jars while cooling and wait to cover with lids until completely cooled down.  Shelf life is approximately 8 months.

Thanks to Camp Wandersalve

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EFT-Emotional Freedom Technique

Many years ago I had a friend who introduced me to EFT therapy. It was simple yet effective. It is an accupressure therapy that can help with food cravings, pain,negative emotions and just to feel better overall. During this busy time of year its a great time to take some time for yourself. This is a way you can reboot yourself and you can do it anytime, anywhere !! By using certain pressure points on your body, you basically tap the location while chanting a mantra of positivity. For example…. a proper EFT phrase will state, Even though I have (whatever issue you have) I deeply and completely love and except myself. Tap the location 5-10 times while stating the phrase, take deep breaths while tapping and keep water on hand. Closing your eyes helps you to stay centered and focused . You can use this technique as many times a day as you feel necessary to rid yourself of the issue. From headaches to emotional pain, EFT is a great technique that can help.

Example EFT Session:

EVEN THOUGH I HAVE FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING I DEEPLY AND COMPLETELY LOVE AND ACCEPT MYSELF

The pressure points are as follows:

Top of the head: Use gentle pressure to tap with the tips of fingers using both hands

Eyebrow: Tap right above the hair of your eyebrows

Side of the eye: Tap at the temple with both hands

Under the eye: Tap gently under the bone with both hands

Under the nose: Tap gently under the nose with one hand

Chin: Tap gently with one hand

Collar bone: Tap gently with both hands under the clavicle bone

Under the arm: Tap gently with both hands at an angle to your sides at about 4 inches below your armpit

Wrists: Use wrist on wrist tapping

Side of Hand or Karate Chop point: Use four fingers to tap gently on this area

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Acsension 2012

As the date of December 21, 2012 approaches, so many people have so many theories about the upcoming turn that our lives might take. There are theories that the earth will experience a spiritual evolution and we will all be vibrating at a higher more grateful and loving vibration, there are theories that the earth will change poles (from North to South) basically flipping over and causing flooding, earthquakes and widespread chaos. There are many more theories out there, but what I have come to conclude is that….no one really knows whats going to happen. If 12/21/12 comes and goes and we wake up and still have to go about our regular routines, what will happen? MY theory is to continue to live the way that I know best, while integrating positivity and love into the world. MY theory is to live in the NOW, so even if we have to go back to the mundane life,we are still open to the wonderful inbetween-ness (I made that up 🙂 )that makes life worth living, like our kids, a beautiful sunset, oceans, forests etc. Life is to be lived.Life is something that we should be grateful for and not just in cases of extreme peril or distress. Whatever happens,happens and we are all in the same boat. I am the eternal optimist and will always continue to strive to make my life as well as the lives of others better until the end of this physical life. So from my heart to yours I send much love and peace.

In the words of the prolific writer Bobby McFerrin;

DONT WORRY,BE HAPPY

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DIY…Dryer Sheets

I love to have my clothes and my kids clothes smelling fresh out the dryer, but I hate to spend money on dryer sheets or fabric softeners. Try these DIY ideas to make sure your clothes are clean and smelling great, with minimal money spent!!

 

Idea 1

You can tear dryer sheets in half, thirds or fourths to keep your clothes smelling great and static free.

Idea 2

Use old wash cloths,add 1 to 2 tsps of fabric softener and use like regular dryer sheets.

Idea 3

Recycle old t-shirts but cutting them up in squares. Add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil like citrus for energy, rosemary and marjoram to reduce physical stress,lavender, basil, grapefruit and rosemary oils to improve concentration and memory. This is a fun way to do it and you can make your clothes benefit your spiritual and physical well-being.

If you have any DIY ideas you’d like to share please leave us a comment!

 

Attention LightWorkers !!

If you’re wondering what a Lightworker is or if you are one, I will explain. A Lightworker is a person that has an overwhelming need to do good on this planet. They are people who see the greater good and do what it takes to do it. They will have flaws because that is human nature but the heart and soul are light. You’ve all met someone whom you felt drawn to because of the feeling of calmness, love and,or light that surrounded them. These are the Lightworkers. To you Lightworkers I give my thanks and gratitude for the work you do every day just by being yourselves. To shine in a land of darkness can bring unwanted issues but staying light and bright will see you out the dark every time. Your shining light is encouraging to so many . So stay light ,stay true to who you are, remember your purpose,and stay powered by love.

You are appreciated.

From one Lightworker to another.

For more info on Lightworkers check out Lightworkers.org

DIY…Shea Butter #1 !!

As my friends and close family know, I love DIY EVERYTHING !! To me it is much more fulfilling and you can make it uniquely you. I have started with my favorite head to toe product..Shea Butter !! Shea butter is the most wonderful thing because it heals you from head to toe. You can use it on hair, for eczema, cuts, burns, stretch marks, wind and sun burn and just to have beautiful, healthy moisturized skin. I make mine with the white Shea butter because its less oily and I melt it down slowly (So it still has big chunks in it). If  you melt it down too fast it will become grainy and all the nutrients will be melted away as well. I  make it unique to our family by adding almond oil, olive oil, and coconut oil  with a hand mixer and whipping it to spreadable heaven . My nine-year old has eczema so we add in aloe and tea tree oil and it combats this problem. For the baby we add in lavender and it smells almost like baby powder for baby dry skin. You can add in any kind of essential oil and get the mix whipped to your liking and for your skin type.

You can purchase Shea Butter from: Back2Africa.com

Shea Butter Benefits: all-natural African Shea Butter can be used to treat all of the following conditions: Dry Skin, Dry Hair & Scalp, Eczema, Infant Eczema, Psoriasis, Arthritis & Rheumatism, Wrinkle Prevention, Diaper Rash, Muscle Fatigue, Scar Minimization,
Skin Discoloration, Stretch Mark Prevention & Minimization and as a natural
shaving agent.

Almond Oil Benefits: It contains vitamin E in abundance. Vitamin E also known as  the food for our skin. Vitamin E is protects our skin from damaging ultraviolet lights. It prevents cell damage and  also fights with some skin disorders. Some studies have shown that vitamin E is helpful to reduce stress.

Olive Oil Benefits:EXTRA VIRGIN olive oil, from the first pressing of the olives, contains higher levels of antioxidants, particularly vitamin E and
phenols, because it is less processed.

Coconut Oil Benefits:Coconut oil can help to cure and prevent acne by encouraging a pH balance that  allows one’s natural oils to combat infection. The lauric acid in coconut oil  has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.  Thus, coconut oil can be used to  help heal infections, such as athlete’s foot and ringworm.  Coconut oil also aids in healing cuts and minor burns.

Aloe Benefits:Aloe gel, extracted from the plant’s leaves, is a natural moisturizer and  conditioner for the skin.  Place the gel directly on your skin or use a topical  ointment, cream or cleanser that contains aloe.  Although aloe vera does not  provide protection from the sun, it can enhance the use of sunscreen lotion.  Additionally, you can use aloe to get relief from insect bites, itches, rashes  and acne.

Tea Tree Oil Benefits: Tea tree oil can help treat skin infections, since it’s known to be a natural  antibiotic. It heals the skin, and can be treated on cuts, eczema, dermatitis,  blisters, boils, and cysts. It also can be successfully used to treat acne  problems as well. If you have any fungus or yeast, tea tree oil can treat it.  Tea tree oil has been useful in eliminating odors and athlete’s foot. Since it  is antibacterial and anti-fungal. You can also use tea tree oil to reduce pain.

Lavender Benefits : Lavender essential oil is especially popular as it has a pleasing scent and it  has antibacterial, antifungal properties and is so gentle, it can be used with  infants.

Breastfeeding…..in PUBLIC !!??!!

It has been 7 years since I had to breastfeed, so now that I’m doing it again here are some thoughts and dilemmas I go through on a daily basis if I have to leave the house !!

  • BreastFeeding ROCKS !!

I am an advocate of Breastfeeding but it seems lately that there have been so many stories about the backlash that breastfeeding mothers get when they are feeding their babies in public. I commend women that “whip it out” in public and get the job done. Me on the other hand I get shy about it and usually find my way to my car to “take care of business”. I am working on being better about feeding my son in public, and I will get to that point because in the end it’s not about what people think or how they feel about it,its your job as a parent to provide for your child.

At the hospital when I had Knight he latched right out of the womb. I was so relieved because he was only 4 lbs 8 oz. Within 3 weeks of his birth he had already gained a pound and that was with breastfeeding only.

 

  • The Benefits are astronomical

The don’t call Breast Milk liquid gold for nothing !! With Antibodies and nutrients perfect for newborns and preemies, it is the ultimate newborn food. The cells, hormones, and antibodies in breast milk protect babies from illness, and so many other great benefits(To many to list here ) . Check out WomensHealth.gov for more info

  • Bonding

To be able to go through the process of being born(and giving birth) and then be put on your breast has a calming effect for baby and mom…You start the bonding process right away. The first face they see is yours and the first nutrients they receive to start their lives ,you supply.

  • Benefits for US moms

Breastfeeding  saves so much money compared to buying formula. All you would need is time a breast pump and milk storage bags  !! Oh yea you will also need a breastfeeding wrap or a baby blanket for those times when you are in public !!

 

Breastfeeding to me just fits and it makes sense. Not everyone will be able or willing to breastfeed, but we should all respect and cheer on a mom who is doing what nature intended.

 

Welcome Earth Star Mamas !!

Greeting Earth Star Mamas !! This Blog is just for YOU !! This will be a lighthearted and motivating romp to help inspire and motivate you in your day to day life. We will have creative ideas for family life, phenomenal ideas for relaxation, beautifying and embracing your wellbeing, awesome DIY ideas and so much more. So welcome home and please visit often !  We will always have something special for you.

Peace and Love Earth Stars