Monday, December 27, 2010

Just a Smile...

As much as I enjoy our customs and traditions, what I enjoy most is the unity and love that is show through out the season.  I try to carry this joyous season in my heart through the year.  I even make a conscious effort to share it with others.  A gentle smile shared with a complete strangers in the mass hysteria of a mall.  Those who find my simple gesture of peace and friendship odd and unexpected, can't help but reciprocate with a nod as a sign of understand; "Yes, I see and acknowledge you, even though I believe you are probably insane."
Occasional, someone will respond with a 'Thank You.'  Now, I'm taken off guard.  Thank You? 

I have had people express their loneliness.  How much my smile or kind word meant to them.  For others it was a reminder the there is still kindness in the world.  Then their are those who were having the most awful day, filled with worry and sorrow.  To them I have shared a spark of the Creators Love.  All and all, a smile is the simplest of gifts one can share with other and it's value is unmeasurable.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Did you know Christopher Columbus brought Bergamot Essential Oil...

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) – This considered the number one essential oil for the nervous system.  Bergamot is very calming and soothing. It works well for stress-related skin issues such as acne and eczema.  It is also excellent  for general stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia.  If you are one of those unfortunate people who suffer from Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), this an excellent oil to try.
Did you know that bergamot is the most use fragrance in perfumes?  It usually used as a Base note in perfume because of its abilities to relieve anxiety and lift moods.

History:
 It is believed that Christopher Columbus brought bergamot to Bergamo in Northern Italy from the Canary Islands.  A mainstay in traditional Italian medicine, bergamot has been used in the Middle East for hundreds of years for skin conditions associated with an oily complexion.  Bergamot is responsible for the distinctive flavor of the renowned Earl Grey Tea, and was used in the first genuine eau de cologne.  (Essential Oil Desk reference 4th Edition)

Uses for Bergamot oil:
Add 5-10 drops to running bath water.
Diffusion in an electric or candle diffusion
Or make a room spray by adding 10-20 drops in a 4 oz spray bottle filled with water.

Caution:
Bergamot is highly phototoxic.  First of all, bergamot should not be applied directly to the skin.  Dilute Bergamot in a 50/50 dilution with a carrier oil such as olive oil, almond oil, or jojoba oil.    Another option would be bergapten-free bergamot.  Unfortunately, although its not phototoxic, it’s sedative properties are less affective.