인삼대추차 Ginseng Jujube Tea

Greetings everyone.

Today’s video is a recipe to help your body handle stress brought on by cold weather.

Here in Colorado recently it has been terribly cold. In my 22 years of living here, I have never experienced this kind of cold for so long. At the time of writing this almost a week has past where we haven’t risen above freezing.

Walking and riding the bus in this kind of weather has really taken a toll on my body, and I wish I had some of this lovely tea. Maybe once I get my next paycheck I can make some.

Stay warm out there, and enjoy.

For another tea recipe from Maangchi check out the Ginger Tea post.


How to Satisfy Cravings with Healthy Foods

As a person who very often indulges random cravings for starches and sweets, I can relate to the millions of others who give in to the temptation of unhealthy foods.

Cravings ChartThis wonderful chart can help us finally understand exactly what our bodies want and need when sudden cravings kick in.

Another thing to keep in mind is thirst. Often I mistake thirst for hunger and try to satisfy the craving with food. Whenever you feel “hungry” drink an eight-ounce glass of water, then wait for ten minutes.

If the craving persists, satisfy it with one of the foods above; however, many times a nice glass of water can make all the difference.

Eat well my friends.

Aromatherapy and Stress

Stress in SchoolArguably, everyone in the whole world is under stress of some description. It might be positive stress, of the sort joggers voluntarily put themselves under, or the negative stress that comes from, for example, from sitting in an open-plan office with a dozen telephones ringing at any given time. The kinds of stress and degrees of it are manifold, and so the oils we use and the combinations must reflect this diversity.

First of all let’s distinguish between positive stress, normal stress, and distress. Positive stress could be described as a “high,” the excited tension you get when performing your job fast and efficiently. It is, indeed, the kind of high that makes people enjoy working in the first place; the sheer joy of being a human being actually accomplishing something, whether that’s whizzing through the in-tray or writing a book.

Positive stress makes us aim that little bit higher, leap over the pitfalls life presents to each of us, and gives us the force to take on challenges. This is the kind of energy that increases stimulation, helps our energy level, and helps creativity flow. Since it contributes to our feeling up, we don’t treat it with essential oils. We don’t need to.

Test AnxietyNormal stress is a state during which the body performs its functions for survival in response to circumstances. For example, when you have a car accident the body is flooded with adrenaline which causes all kinds of physical phenomenon –everything goes into slow motion for example, or pain cannot be felt.

The out of the ordinary stress caused by accidents is all to the good because it increases your capacity and efficiency. Your heart may be pounding, you are shaking all over but somehow you manage to walk to the phone booth and call for help. “I don’t know how I did it,” you say later, looking at the gash in your leg, but you do know really –your mechanisms for survival took over and enabled you to do what you needed to at the time. You can collapse later, when the emergency has passed. These normal stress mechanism are good –very good- and we don’t need to treat them either.

Distress, however is another thing. This is when the healthy stress becomes chronic, with the result that we have no energy, no will, only frustration at the ever-increasing pressure load. This is when essential oils are needed.

Stress in the WorkplaceHere we look at the various types and degrees of stress and the oils which are best suited to deal with them. Of course different types can exacerbate each other, so that the environmental stress you suffer at work can cause mental stress which, when taken home, can lead to emotional stress.

Environmental Stress: Caused by, bright lights over your desk; noise of machinery; the constant ringing of telephones; a cramped office space; etc. Oils which help: Cedarwood, Coriander, Geranium, Cypress, Roman Chamomile, Basil, Bergamot

Chemical Stress: Caused by,  too many cups of coffee; too many lunchtime drinks; too much junk food; too many aspirins or antibiotics; inhaling substances at the factory or office; pollution on the way to work; smokers in the office; etc. Oils which help: Lavender, Patchouli, Pettigrain, Geranium, Clary-Sage, Grapefruit, Lemon, Rosemary

Physical Stress: Caused by, pushing your body to the limits; running in the office “fun run”; working out at the gym; driving long distances continually; etc. Oils which help: Rosemary, Roman Chamomile, Marjoram, Lavender, Bergamot, Thyme, Geranium, Fennel

Stress Mental Stress: Caused by, for example, trying to achieve; taking exams; anguish over uncompleted jobs; unemployment; financial worries. Oils which help: Geranium, Lavender, Sandalwood, Basil, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Cardamom, Patchouli

Emotional Stress: Caused by, relationship problems; parental guilt; the inability to give or receive love; grief; etc. Oils which help: Geranium, Sandalwood, Palma Rosa, Bergamot, Vetiver, Rose, Cardamom

These different types of stress occur in varying degrees and the oils and formulas recommended take these levels of stress into consideration. Identify the level of your stress from the categories below and then you can choose from the formulas and oils that follow for the most effective treatment for your personal needs.

Treat the first level before it develops into the second and so on. Mental health is as precious as physical health; indeed the sharp distinction so often drawn between the two is misleading. They are at different ends of the same phenomenon but they are actually the same thing. The human being works as an integrated unit of body and mind, and to take care of one is to take care of the other.

Level 1: Starts as tiredness and develops into irritability, headaches, and insomnia.

Level 2: Depression, anxiety, muscular pain, chronic headaches, persistent infections, guilt, apathy, helplessness.

Level 3: Persecution complex, agoraphobia, claustrophobia, despair, increasing guilt and depression, susceptibility to viral infections and bacterial invasions.

Level 4: Now the body is really crying for help. Unexplained pain, heart problems, strokes, and high blood pressure may be experienced, along with all the other diseases that are thought to have their roots in stress, like ulcers and even arthritis. The immune system is further depressed, leading to all manners of physical distress.

Reaching a Breaking PointFirst here are some synergistic blends. Level 1 and 3 are grouped together because these need sedatives and relaxants. At level 2 however, you need something that will add a level of stimulation that will prevent you from slipping into level 3. This is to get you out of the quagmire and motivated, and to stimulate your immune system to prevent infection. If you have reached level 4, it’s time for the heavier sedatives which are known as “hypnotics.”

Only those synergistic blends at level 2 and essential oils listed later under level 2, the stimulant oils for stress-related disorders, can be used in the open workplace. All the blends and oils can be used in the atmosphere if you have a fairly closed office, and in any other method that you choose.

At all levels of stress a bath after work every night is a must –use 6-8 drops of chosen formula or oil. You may also make up a massage oil which can double as a body rub to put on before going to work. Also use it in the shower, if you have one, in the morning. Any of the room methods can be used at home, and at work perhaps the best solution is to have a bottle of oils ready with a plant-spray so you can spray your workplace when it’s convenient –perhaps when everyone else has gone out for lunch.

Mental StressYou can of course, also use the tissue or handkerchief method –you can pretend you’ve got another cold – or just sniff the bottle or put a dab of oil on the space between your nose and upper lip.

As Level 1 of stress is grouped with Level 3, let’s start with the level 2 synergistic blends that will, as well as helping you, benefit your fellow workers and boss too. The three general formulas are ideal for reducing stress levels throughout the work place, enabling everyone to cope before they get stressed out.

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Honey Lemon Slices

Hello everyone!

Today I am sharing a lovely tutorial from an even lovelier Japanese YouTuber named Ochikeron.

Her channel is full of absolutely yummy food, and fun sweets. I highly recommend it.

This simple recipe is good for fatigue in the summer, or warding off colds in the winter; and with only two ingredients, it couldn’t be simpler.

I really hope you give it a try.


Cucumber Eye Pads

Hello everyone! Once again, sorry for the inactivity lately. I’m hoping to get back to my normal posting schedule very soon, and I want to thank all of you who have stood by me; and those of you who have just started following. It means so much to me to be able to share with you all!

This video is from one of my favorite people on YouTube. I say that a lot don’t I? I honestly can’t help myself, there are so many wonderful people who make videos.

Michelle Phan was one of the original make-up gurus, and is probably the most well known. She has enjoyed great success, and never disappoints.

Her tutorial for cucumber eye pads is one I enjoy pretty often. I don’t sleep as much as I need too, and I often have dark circles under my eyes. As such I need a little help to get rid of them.

Some other eye pads I would highly recommend can be made just as easily, and can help out with a multitude of problems.

  • Chamomile Tea: Helps soothe tired eyes
  • Green Tea: Helps tighten the skin around the eyes and reduces puffiness
  • Ginger Tea: Reduces swelling and helps regulate blood flow to help alleviate blood shot eyes
  • Carrot Juice: Wonderful treatment for skin anywhere, but especially helps the eyes look fresh and rested
  • Lettuce Juice: Reduces puffiness and darkness, and are especially soothing at the end of a long day

One vital tip when using these eye pads is to keep your eyes shut tightly. These teas and juices can easily irritate the eyes, so use caution when applying them.

It is also good to have a towel nearby to dry your eyes before opening them.

Enjoy this lovely tip, and good luck.

Check out more of Michelle’s videos here. She has wonderful make up tutorials and lots of natural skin care tips.

Beauty from Your Bathtub

A Relaxing BathThe bathtub can be one of your best friends when it comes to relaxation, healing, and even beauty. Essential oils can be added to the water to calm and revitalize you, various moisturizers can be added to help repair tired skin, and salts help to relax muscles and pull toxins from our overworked bodies.

The recipes that follow are special treats for the skin and can also help to calm a frazzled mind and relax a tense body. Simply add these wonderful treatments to your bath, sit back, breathe deeply, and enjoy.

Herbal Bath Sachet

This simple recipe does wonders for skin of all types, but it especially helps troubled skin to recover. Use it when your skin isn’t feeling its best.

2 bags of unflavored green tea
½ cup Lavender flowers (dried preferred)
½ cup Chamomile flowers (dried preferred)

Directions: Simply add the herbs  to a sachet or wash cloth and tie it closed. The tea bags can be opened and poured into the fabric or they can be left as is. Once it is completed, add it to your bath water and relax.

Milk BathMilk Baths

It is important to note here that only whole milk will do. The reasoning behind this is dairy fats help hydrate your skin. If there is little to no dairy fat in your milk, your skin won’t be able to absorb any.

Now there are three kinds of milk I recommend and all can be used in the recipes below:

Whole Milk– Whole milk provides many nourishing vitamins and minerals as well as a large supply of hydrating dairy fats. It also contains lactic acid which can help to gently exfoliate the skin.

Butter Milk– Butter milk has the same properties as whole milk, but it also has a higher acid content. It is best if the skin needs to be thoroughly exfoliated.

Goat’s Milk– By far the best option. It has a higher nutritional value than cow’s milk, and a beneficial blend of complex acids makes it the most suitable to moisturize and exfoliate. The only drawback is it’s slight pungent odor. This can easily be covered up however with essential oils.

Relaxing Bath 2In addition to using fresh milk, you can find all of these in a powdered form which is best if you want to make up large batches. Simply halve the amount of powder that you would use compared to fresh milk. Likewise if the recipe calls for powder simply double the amount of fresh.

Milk and Honey Bath

2 cups Milk
½ cup Honey (powdered if you are making large batches to use for later)
¼ cup Rolled Oats (in a sachet or wash cloth)

Directions: Simply add the ingredients to the bath, or if you are making some for later and using powdered ingredients use about a half cup of the mixture per bath.

Hot Coco Bath

3 cups Milk Powder
1 ½ cups Cocoa Powder
2 cups Corn Starch

Directions: Whisk all of the ingredients together and store in an airtight container. Use ½ cup per bath for a luxurious treat.

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