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Feng Shui Tips for Office & Work Surroundings
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Feng Shui Tips for the Kitchen & Pantry
Uplifting Dining Areas
In times past, front doors were often the same ones customers entered to purchase their wares with the family often living in smaller quarters upstairs or behind the curtain at the far end of the room. In some places, this still holds true. Your front door (or gangplank) provides the first impression to everyone coming through it, even you. What does the entryway to your home say to others, to you? Is there adequate lighting? Are the light fixtures clean and bug-free or are there old moths inside with dusty spider webs clinging to the shades or sails? Are your steps free of debris? Do your keys work well in their locks? Once inside the door, are people going to trip over things in the dark or is it light and airy with plenty of space to maneuver around? These things say a lot about your energy level or your vibration. What vibe are you giving off?
Feng Shui Tips for Entries Ways & Hallways
When light enters the body, it affects the major gland of the endocrine system, which is the pituitary. The pituitary gland controls hormones released by the endocrine glands. These regulate body functions such as metabolism, energy levels, appetite, sex drive, quality of sleep and growth.
You don't have to see color to be influenced by it. By choosing, more carefully, what colors you wear and bring into your environment, you can bring about better emotional, physical, and mental balance. The colors you choose to have around you communicate to the world what you feel and who you are.
While you may have a certain affinity to certain favorite colors because they support and resonate your own personal vibrations, it is still important to include both warm and cool shades in the colors you wear and include in your personal spaces. For example, coordinating your outfit with a complementary color or to your color scheme at home can instantly help to balance personal and environmental energy. A color wheel can help with this. To find a color wheel you might visit a paint store, local library, or bookstore.
Color positioning can help to create more harmony in your environment as well. Just adding just a splash of color here and there can instantly change the energy of a room.
The photograph is of our beloved Birdie Sheepskins (2003~2018)
One of the duties of the lady of the castle was to ensure the planting and harvesting of the herb garden each year. Without a proper supply of herbs, the inhabitants of the castle may not last through a harsh winter. I thought you might find it interesting to learn which herbs she found most important and their uses. Most of these "castle" herbs are still available today and can be grown year-round in your garden or in pots on your kitchen windowsill.
Basil, Coriander, Curry, Chives, Garlic, Lavender, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, and Winter Savory. Chives, Garlic, some types of Oregano, and Winter Savory were often able to continue to grow through winter conditions. These herbs were used to give flavor to meals, used as a tea and often hid the taste of rancid meat.
Citron, Lavender, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Parsley, Rosemary, and Sage were used to freshen the air. Lavender, Rosemary, and Citron kept fleas and moths away. They were often used in sachets and as deodorants during months when bathing was not an option.
Boneset, Dandelion, Feverfew, Garlic, Goosegrass, Lavender, Peppermint, Sage, Self-heal, Tansy, and Willowbark.
Dandelion was used as a purgative and diuretic, Self-heal, Feverfew and Willowbark for fever and pain and Goosegrass, and Boneset were used for breaks, cuts, and lesions.
Often, these herbs would be mixed with a bit of fat and applied topically or ground and used in poultices. Of course, you can always buy them predried or capsuled and ready to use from herb retailers, such as Mountain Rose Herbs.
Thyme was commonly used to treat various ailments, from flu to epileptic seizures. During the middle ages, people mixed thyme with lavender in equal amounts and sprinkled on the floors of churches to get rid of any unwanted odors. Moreover, thyme was also used in making a poultice and applied to areas of the body to heal wounds and prevent infections.
Visit The Captains Lady's The Tiny Medieval Garden board on Pinterest for some fascinating ideas on how to create your very own medieval garden and ways to use your herbs for natural healing.
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If you have never heard of Thieves oil it probably sounds like some hokey snake oil treatment sold back in the day and you'd be half right. It was sold as a treatment, but there is nothing hokey about it. It actually works to fight off viruses. In fact, some believe it was the only treatment that worked to keep folks from contracting the Black Death (Bubonic Plague) in the 14th century.
Thieves oil was created by a handful of spice merchants who became thieves after the plague crashed the economy. They used the oil as a rub on their bodies and under their noses in order to be able to rob the diseased and the dead without becoming sick themselves.
In the old world, Thieves oil was actually made by creating herbal infusions, vinegar and tinctures with fresh or dried herbs, which takes a little longer to make, but can still be made today. It was often made in large batches in advance for cold and flu season epidemics. When needed immediately a stove top method for infusing the herbs could be used.
There are a variety of recipes for making old world Thieves oil. Each seems to claim authenticity. I'm inclined to believe it this is because Thieves oil was made from, either, fresh or dried herbs that were available according to the area one lived in, as well as the season of the year and economic status.
Here are just a few of the ingredients I've discovered along the way from various old world recipes. not all were used in every recipe.
The herbs and spices were placed in a jar, topped with oil or vinegar (not both) and sealed tightly. It was stored in a cool, dark place and shaken gently to turn the herbs once every day for two weeks. Then, strained well and bottled up.
After the infusion period, Thieves oil was taken by mouth (1 teaspoon every day) and applied to face, hands, body and feet for, both, prevention and healing.
Modern Day Thieves Oil
You can make your own modern day Thieves oil with, either, fresh herbs or essential oils (or both).
Many modern day Thieves oils contain only essential oils of Clove, Cinnamon, Lemon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary measured out equally. If you prefer, you can certainly start out with this very basic and potent recipe and get very good results for warding off bacteria, fungi, and viruses, including Herpes Simplex Virus. But, do your research.
After 3 days of non-stop, extensive researching, I realized some of the sources out there are, at best, dubious.
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Mindfulness is simply taking your mind off of things for a while. It doesn't have to be complicated. Consider it as just a few minutes out of your day to gain your balance, refresh your perspective, and give yourself a break from any overwhelm you may be experiencing.
Mindfulness is not like praying. When you pray, you ask or thank. In mindfulness, you focus and listen. The key to mindful meditation is to concentrate on something positive, without being distracted, for a certain length of time. Don't worry if your mind keeps drifting to your shopping list or last night's events. This is normal. It's OK. You don't have to make your mind a blank page, which is difficult for most people these days.
Go somewhere quiet where you will not be disturbed and get into a comfortable position. It's nice to have a spot in your home for just this, a place to be quiet or pray. Close your eyes and regulate your breathing, neither too shallowly or too deeply. As you breathe out, imagine you are expelling all of your tensions and worries. Let negative out. As you breathe in, you are taking in peace and love. Let positive in.
While being mindful you might also focus on what you hear, smell or feel around you. For example, really feel the sun on your face, smell the earth and newly fallen leaves in the rain, hear the birds singing, the wind in the trees or waves rolling up on the beach, focus on the warm coffee cup in your hands or hot sand between your toes. Or, simply picture a place in your mind you would like to be that is calming and focus on your senses as if you were already there.
Being mindful isn't about creating exciting, mental rendezvous or preparing for meditation. No. It's about creating a mental oasis of serenity that you can pull into place wherever and whenever you feel stressed for a short or as long as you like. Of course, the longer your mindful practice lasts the more relaxed you'll feel.
After your mindful "meditation" sit for a moment or two and reorient yourself to your surroundings, your breathing and your senses. Smile and give yourself a shoulder hug for taking a mindful timeout.
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This following simple deep breathing exercise is a simple way to melt away stress. Before you begin, sit on a straight-backed chair with your back straight, palms on thighs and feet flat on the floor.
Close your eyes, breathe naturally, and inhale to the count of 4 and hold your breath for the count of 4. Without straining, exhale to a count of 4 and hold your breath for a count of 4. This is one breath cycle.
Repeat this cycle (inhale to 4, hold 4, exhale 4, hold 4, etc.) while focusing on your Solar Plexus, which is located at upper stomach area just below your breastbone. This is where your inner light resides, your sun. Feel the warmth of your inner sun spreading from your Solar Plexus throughout the rest of your body as you breathe in and out.
You might not be used to breathing deeply. Tension and stress cause you to become a shallow breather. If you become lightheaded or dizzy you are breathing too deeply. Don't take in so much air. Take more shallow breaths. Or, breathe in and out to the count of 2 or 3 and increase your count to 4 only as you get used to breathing more deeply over time. The idea is to breathe naturally and relax.
Calming benefits are immediate while it can take up to 6 weeks to experience a profound meditative state.
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Mari J. Dionne ~ CHP, CLC
"The older I get the more sure I am that one's thoughts create one's reality. They say home is where the heart is but I have found it is the mind that that determines where one's heart resides."
Forgotten English Health Terms
Fish-Whole - as sound as a fish or healthy
Blind Cupid - the backside
Accoucheur - a male mid-wife
Kingsevil - a disease or swelling of the cervical lymph nodes
Valitudinary - subject to sickness; crazy
Chime-Child -a child born on Sunday who was immune to witchcraft, could see ghosts, and was a natural healer
Periblepsis - a delirious stare of the eyes
Wormland - churchyard
Green-Sickness - a disease incident to virgins; sickly paleness, with green tint of complexion
Tissek or Tissicky Cough - a tickling faint cough
Multiplying Medicine - an elixer of the alchemists, used in making and multiplying gold
Peat-Reek-Whisky - highland whiskey, distilled over peat fires
Belly-Brussen - a distended stomach or having a protuberant stomach
Oint - to smear with an unctuous substance (usually having to do with painting or disguising something)
Farbed-Up - confused
Nyctobasis - somnambulism; to walk in one's sleep
Roozles - wretchedness of mind and body
Coolth - coolness (opposite of warmth)
Pharmacopolist - an apothecary
Laver - to wash (before dinner)
Gothicism - to be rude or rudeness
Desuetude - lack of use
Splay the Bream - to cut up that fish
Doctor of Skill - a physician
Dendranthoplology - the theory that man sprang from trees
Fash - to care, to trouble one's self, anxiety
Satisfy Colon - to satisfy one's hunger
Neurasthenia - debility or impairment of the nerves
Trollibags - the intestines
Cothish - faint, sickly, ailing
Fogo - a disagreeable stink, stench, or smell
With Squirrel - pregnant
Pottinger - a cook, apothecary, druggist (Scotland)
Pomster - a quack doctor; to treat illness without knowledge or skill
Bleflummery - vain imaginings
Venefice - a practice of poisoning
Weaponsalve - a salve that was supposed to cure the wound by applying it to the weapon that caused it
Overset - to recover from mental shock
Fordolked - wounded
Wamblecropped - humiliated
Peffle - in a nervous state
Measondue - a hospital or poor house
Dead-Nip - a blue mark on the body not caused by an injury or any known cause...sometimes called a witch's nip
Sadly On - expressing that a person is ill or in a bad way
Whirligigs or Tallywags - testicles
Betwattled - to be surprised, confounded, out of one’s senses
Bone Box - the mouth
Dicked in the Nob - silly, crazed
Head Rails - teeth
Hickey - tipsy, hiccupping
Knowledge box - a term for the head
Sugar stick - the virile member
Pimpish - Dainty in the matter of food (taking in small quantities)
Witchify - to bewitch
Naufrage - shipwreck
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