Sunday, October 30, 2011

Commonly Used Essential Oils

The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy reports that commonly used oils can have the following benefi
  • Headache relief: Peppermint
  • Immune system stimulation: Eucalyptus, rosemary, tea tree
  • Muscle tension relief: Chamomile, clary sage, eucalyptus, peppermint, ylang ylang
  • Indigestion relief: Peppermint
  • Relaxation: Ylang ylang, geranium, lavender, lemon, clary sage, and chamomile
  • Respiratory problem relief: Eucalyptus

Friday, October 28, 2011

Cinnamon Spice Home Diffusing Blend for a Healther Home!

This earthy, spicy blend is perfect for warming up your house during the cold winter months.
This blend also offers powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties - prefect for cold and flu season .
  • 5 drops Patchouli essential oil - relaxing, uplifting, soothing and is believed to be an aphrodisiac
  • 3 drops Cinnamon essential oil - stimulant, antiseptic, antibiotic, astringent, carminative, antimicrobial, anti-spasmodic
  • 4 drops Sweet Orange essential oil - antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, lymph stimulator, mildly sedative, tonic, uplifting
  • 2 drops Clove essential oil -analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, disinfectant, insecticidal
Blend the oils together and diffuse to creative a warm and cozy atmosphere.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

To all my readers "I Wish You Enough"

You may have read this already, as I’ve read it several times in forwarded e-mails, but brought on a little different meaning as I read it today . . .
I Wish You Enough

Recently at an airport, I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together. They had announced her departure and standing near the security gate, they hugged and he said, “I love you, I wish you enough.”She in turn said, “Daddy, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed, I wish you enough too, Daddy.” They kissed and she left.

He walked over toward the window where I was seated. Standing there, I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?”

“Yes, I have,” I replied, “forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?” I asked.

“I am old and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is, the next trip back would be for my funeral,” he said.

“When you were saying good-bye I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough’, may I ask what that means?”

He began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.” He paused for a moment and looking up as if trying to remember it in detail, he smiled ever more. “When we said, ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them,” he continued and then turning toward me he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory.

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Good-bye.”

Tears filled his eyes and he walked away.
And so,
I wish you enough.
(author unknown)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Aromatherapy Quote:

“Aromatherapy [utilizing therapeutic grade essential oils] is one of the most powerful yet safe healing modalities we have today. It should be considered much more in healing.” (Terry Friedmann, M.D., 1993)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Use of Essential Oil During War Time

Dr. Jean Valnet, a French physician, began using essential oils during World War II, using them to treat the wounds and burns of soldiers on the battle field. His subsequent research stimulated widespread interest in the use of essential oils, and his book, “The Clinical Practice of Aromatherapy”, is now regarded as a classic.
(Valnet, 1980)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

BESTeam Feature: What is Art?

Art is all about color and expression. Art can be a beautiful hand painted portrait or a lovely hand handcrafted piece of Jewelry or even, a hand knitted hat that let’s you expression who you are. Art can to view and appreciate in so many ways. Here at Etsy you can find ‘Art’ in various forms.

For Example just take a look at this elegant Red Lily Hahemuhle photograph Giclee, Fine Art Print. This fine Art Print is titled "Her Nature Stood Alone," created by Solhful

This dramatic, deep red lily has added digital textures and lighting effects for further artistic expression. this fine art photographic image is printed on heavy, 100% cotton, museum quality, archival Hahnemuhle paper using Giclee archival inking method. Then this 11x15 print is matted to 16x20, using cotton matting.


Then we have Blue and White wear with her creative Jewelry. Jewelry make is more Than String Beads together. Its about seeing your creation before its created then making it come to life.

A variety of stones and Chinese blue and white porcelain beads in a potpourri! There are quartz, howlite, sodalite, synthetic cat's eye, and rhodium beads mixed in with Chinese beads and attached to a silver-tone metal chain
Lastly, we have 'Knitful Dezigns, byVeronica Grace's.  Veronica's creations are not only wearable but functional.  We all like to expression ourselves in one way or another.  So, why not wear something created just for you.  This Newsboy hat is a perfect accent to any wardrobe and a great expression of crochet art.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Help Jason experience 'Burning Man'

This is a Post on Tumblr, created by a young man in his early 20's with his heart set on going to Burning Man.  Jason from Ohio is 24 and although very functional, is bond to a wheelchair. Jason a determine and independent young man, and is an Electron Media Student at the University of Cincinnati.  Working hard on his studies and taking care of his 1 year old pug 'Monkey' takes up a lot of his time. 

Jason is a personable, good humor young man who you can't help but like.  In spite of all his challenges, he is always smiling and joking around.  Not afraid to poke fun of himself or make light of his disability, he immediately puts others at easy. 

Right now Jason is asking for your help in making a small dream come true.  Although very functional, and self reliant he it limited to the terrain that his manual chair can handle.  So he is asking for your help...

Please help send me to Burning Man next year. I'm a full time student with no money. I'm currently saving up for the ticket itself, but I need extra money to either fix up my wheelchair or get a better electric scooter to navigate the vast playa. Any thing you can do to help is appreciated. I need your Lincolns, not necessarily your Benjamins. Whatever you can/want to contribute.  I love you all. 

Essential Oils and Cancer: A Review of Published Scientific Studies

The practice of 'aroma medicine', rather than the somewhat more vague 'aromatherapy', is making very strong gains in the United States. The primary reasons are twofold: Many individuals have become completely disenchanted with our current conventional medical system. We're paying HUGE amounts of money for very questionable therapies -- with many medicines having threatening health warnings (are these making us sicker while making us 'better'?) accompanying their high price tags. At the same time, people are realizing the value of 'traditional' medicines may be far greater than they've been lead to believe. That the healing power available in properly prescribed and employed natural medicines have the potential to not only alleviate the symptoms of an illness, but move the body to an equilibrium of long term health.

The Medical Uses of Essential Oils

Research into the area of medicinal applications of essential oils has been significant in recent years. Many oils have been proven to have significant antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal action. Now, the body of evidence of essential oils being strongly anti-tumorial, with specific anti-cancer action is growing, too. A search of Pub Med, the National Institute of Health's online research database produces 391 results for the search 'essential oils cancer' and 444 results for 'essential oil tumor'. MANY of the studies show a direct correlation in tumor and cancer cell line eradication with the use of essential oils. A great many have conclusions that indicate the studies results warrant further investigation of essential oils for the development of accepted therapies. Here's a review of some very promising results:

Frankincense Essential Oil Targets Cancer Cells

A study in the journal BioMed Central journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, March 2009, titled: "Frankincense oil derived from Boswellia carteri induces tumor cell specific cytotoxicity" concludes with: "Frankincense oil appears to distinguish cancerous from normal bladder cells and suppress cancer cell viability. Microarray and bioinformatics analysis proposed multiple pathways that can be activated by frankincense oil to induce bladder cancer cell death. Frankincense oil might represent an alternative intravesical agent for bladder cancer treatment." ...while a bit technical, this is very, very promising -- essentially saying that this easily obtained, inexpensive, NON-TOXIC natural compound can eradicate cancer cells without harming normal, healthy cells in the same organ. Frankincense has a long, long history of medicinal use, and searching for 'frankincense cancer' produces 30 results just for this material. If choosing an essential oil of Frankincense, the 'carteri' species has been the subject of most research, with cold-process Carbon Dioxide distilled oils considered the most therapeutic (seek CO2 or SCO2 distilled oils or extracts).

Lemongrass Essential Oil Induces Cancer Cell Death

Lemongrass, after Frankincense, may next most commonly researched essential oil for anti-cancer activity. In the May 2009 journal of Chemico-Biological Interactions, researchers tested Lemongrass essential oil against 12 human cancer cell lines. Colon cancer and neuron cancer cell lines were found most susceptible to the essential oil. The study concluded: "Our results indicate that the oil has a promising anticancer activity and causes loss in tumor cell viability by activating the apoptotic process as identified by electron microscopy." This indicates that Lemongrass may induce natural cell death of cancer cells (apoptotic process), a process that is inherently dysfunctional in cancer cells.

Sweet Linalool for Liver Cancer

Linalool is a very common essential oil constituent. Essential oils are naturally made up of many individual chemical constituents, and linalool is a sweet, relaxing aromatic found in many floral and sweeter spice essential oils. Linalool itself, separated from the essential oil of Coriander (Cilantro seeds) was the subject of research published in the June 2009 issue of the journal of Chemico-Biological interactions. Linalool was found to completely eradicate the HepG2 liver cancer cell line in VERY low concentrations. Linalool has a great many other effects, having been shown to lower anxiety and even significantly improve sleep. And now it even has anti-cancer effects! So even if one is notle directly targeting cancer, but using aromatherapy in a more 'casual' application, there may be important protective effects occurring at the same time.
Skin cancer is a major concern for many folks, and a series of studies have shown Sandalwood to be effective at preventing tumor development. Alpha-santalol, a component also shown to have anti-anxiety and sleep enhancing action, may be the constituent to which most of these effects may be attributed. This is fortunate, as Sandalwood from India is becoming more rare and expensive, though Sandalwood from Australia and other South Pacific islands is still readily available. A study published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention, a formula used for containing just 5% Sandalwood essential oil used before exposure to toxins significantly reduced the formation of skin cancer tumors. A study published in January 2008 in the Journal of Anitcancer Research showed a significant reduction in tumor development in skin exposed to UVB radiation -- Sandalwood would make an excellent addition to a pre-sun body or face care formula.

The Powerful Protection of Spice Oils

Components of Thyme and Oregano essential oils have been shown to actually protect human DNA strands from breaking when exposed to extreme oxidative stress. DNA damage is a leading cause of cancer development, as this can lead to an abnormal cell life cycle, essentially turning off the process of natural cell death. Carvacrol and Thymol were singled out in a study by Slovakian researchers in 2007, though they also note that other components of these oils may have chemoprotective effects as well. Other spice essential oils that have demonstrated cancer preventative effects include Ginger, Tumeric, Basil, Garlic and Sage.

Essential Oils Offer Immune System Support

Beyond the direct effects on tumor cells, essential oils have been shown to positively effect the immune system on a chemical level. They can enhance the activity of white blood cells, making them more efficient and removing foreign material and microbes from the body. This would likely result in more effective cancer outcomes. Futher, there's the psychological component of any disease, and many essential oils have demonstrated anti-stress activity in scientific investigations.

Essential Oils as Anti Cancer Agents for the Future

So, like many plant medicines, essential oils work on a number of levels for many diseases, with cancer being one of them. While its important to recognize that essential oil use is in-fact contra-indicated during chemotherapy (as they may reduce the cytotoxic effects of the treatment), they can certainly be an integral part of any cancer preventative protocol. For any application where an individual has already been diagnosed with the illness, it is important to check with their physician to ensure essential oils and aroma-medicine is an appropriate choice. The overall picture is very bright for the use of essential oils in cancer treatment, and further investigation is certainly warranted by the scientific and medical communities for the development of effective medical protocols for this profoundly life-altering condition.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

BESTeam Feature: Holiday shopping

As we get ready for the holiday’s finding the perfect gift can be difficult. At etsy’s BESTeam we have lots of handmade jewelry crafters that are very talent and take great pride and care in the work.  There are two that I will be featuring this week 'Cksilver' & 'Headpinwear.'  Both artisans work with nature stones, crystals and pearls to create beautiful jewelry that anyone would love.  Whether your looking for a bright fun style for everyday or an elegant evening look.  Our Artisan are professional and deliver quality pieces

By: CKSilver     
Sunrise on the Lake Turquoise and 
Pearl Sterling Silver Bracelet

By: Headpinwear
Swarovski Gold Pearl Bracelet

Once you’re done with you holiday shopping scroll on over to UpcycleRecyleReuse for some handmade Gift Boxes, Cards and Tags to give you gift that final touch.

Three Snowmen Gift Box
 So here you go... There wonderful Shops to choose from!  CKSilver, Headpinwear, and

Sunday, September 18, 2011

BESTeam Feature: Baba Moon - Baby Hat!

Adorable Animal Baby Animal Hat!  I love visiting BabaMoon's shop, the pictures a precious!  BabaMoon is owned by Naomi Morgan, f rom Birmingham, England.

Each hat is hand crochet in all sizes and styles.  So what are you looking for bunny beanies, animal hats, newsboy caps, photography props, or aviator earflap hats. BabaMoon has them all!

Besides making great Christmas gifts, these hats would make great baby shower gifts, and even an easy Halloween costume for anyone.  Yes, anyone!  BabaMoon's hat come in  Adult sizes too, so you don't have to feel left out.  These fuzzy hats are warm and cozy and sure to get attention. 

Since each hat is hand made, the current production 6 to 8 business days, about a week.  Not bad for a custom made hat.

 Newsboy-beanie   or Rose Cap
Both adorable for any occasions

If you like what you see stroll on over to BabaMoon .  Even if it's just to window shop.  It is worth to visit.

Are you on Facebook?  Facebook followers benefit from BabaMoon facebook page with updates and discount coupon codes!  BabaMoon also has a blog as check it out!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

BESTeam Feature: Las flores del sur

Christmas has always been a special holiday in my home.   On Christmas Eve we stay up late eating treats and drinking apple cider.   Due to the little one’s anxious nature, we were all allowed to open one gift.   On Christmas morning the children would rush to their stockings and excitedly would dump them out going through all their goodies.  This kept them entertained while Mommy had her morning coffee. ;D

Anymore, finding new fun items for their stocking, year after year can be a challenge.  That is why I thought Marisa from Las flores del sur might be able to help with this...

Las flores del sur, which means the Southern flowers, is a little shop on esty owned by Marisa Kraiselburd from Montevideo, Uruguay.  This little shop is full of… Yes, flowers!  Beautiful, Bright little flowers!  Fabric Flowers, Felt flowers and ribbon flowers to wear in your hair or clothes.  This lovely little flowers are perfect as stocking stuffs, grad bag gifts, etc. 
Light Blue Rose Poppy Fabric Pin
Each Handmade fabric poppy pin has three black glass beads in the center. A great detail for a coat or sweater! 

With the holidays quickly approaching I'm sure you have a long list of family and friends.  With most of Las flores del sur's Flower pins pricing as little as $6, how can you lost? If you have your own craft ideas for these precious little flowers... that's fine with Marisa,  at Las flores del sur you can purchase a set of poppy seed flower to create you own design or accessory.   

All hand cut and sewn with a center of black beads. They have a little circle of felt in the back, so they are ready to be attached to your favorite project.

So why delay,  get a head start on your holiday shopping by visiting Las flores del sur
or follow her on her blog or facebook.   Happy Shopping!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

DIY: Room Mist Air Freshener!

Making your own room mist air freshener spray to freshen up a room is very simple and you don't have to deal with all the artificial fragrances and their chemicals. To create a room mist air freshener you will need 3 things:
  • a 8 oz spray bottle
  • distilled water enough to fill the bottle
  • an you choice of essential oils

Recipes for creating your own natural room scent:

Christmas Tree
Room Mist Air Freshener

  • 4 drops Fir needle essential oils
  • 3 drops Black Spruce essential oils
  • 3 drops Cedarwood (or Juniper) essential oils

The scent of pine says Christmas. It's also the most popular scent for freshening up cars.

Pumpkin Spice Room Mist Air Freshener

  • 6 drops cinnamon essential oils
  • 3 drops clove (or nutmeg) essential oils
  • 2 drops ginger essential oils
This scent says family, warm and delicious food!

Orange Spice Room Mist Air Freshener

  • 5 drops orange essential oils
  • 2 drops cinnamon essential oils 
This is my favorite holiday scent, it's warm and inviting.

Stress Reliever Air Mist Freshener Spray

  • 4 drops lavender oil
  • 3 drops rose essential oils
  • 2 drops clary sage essential oils (optional)   
This is a perfect office blend. Keep it in you desk draw. When the press builds give a spritz or two and inhale the wonderful soothing aroma.

Sleepy-Hour Relaxation Air Freshener Spray

  • 4 drops lavender oil
  • 3 drops chamomile essential oils 
This blend is great for children's room.  Spray a bit on their bed linen for a peaceful night's rest.


  1. Pour the cup of distilled water into the spray bottle.
  2. Add the drops of essential oils and shake well.
  3. Cap the bottle, and allow to sit over night.
  4. Water and Oils do not blend well, so be sure to shake the bottle before each use.
  5. That's it!  How easy was that?  Now label your bottle for a profession look and you have a great  gift.

Experience with different blends, be creative and have fun!. 
Please note that essential oils can vary in potency- for this reason, you may want to add or reduce the amounts of essential oil recommended in each recipe. 

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Creative Soap Making!

This is my Mango/Papaya Soaps... Yummy!

I created the designs with the help of a candy mold
and adhesive the design with soap!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Mint with Chocolate Swirls Soap

This is my Newest Soap...Mint with Chocolate Swirls Soap.

Wow, talk about an indulgent bath!   It’s like bathing with a delicious Minty dessert with a deep chocolate undertone.   Of course this soap is made with real Cocoa butter, peppermint essential oil and real cocoa powder for the swirls. Doesn't it look Great and smells Great!

This is a great morning soap with it’s stimulating and invigorating aroma.  Peppermint essential oil is a great oil for reducing fatigue and to increases mental alertness.  Peppermint clears the head leaving you feeling fresh and bright.  Some of the medicinal properties associated with peppermint essential oil are:  analgesic, decongestant, expectorant, insecticidal, and stimulant among other.

This All Natural Coconut oil base soap contains real Cocoa butter.  Cocoa butter has a soft, sweet cocoa aroma and is one of the most stable fats known. Cocoa butter which is thought to reduce skin dryness and improve elasticity. Cocoa Butter is one of the most stable fats known and it contains natural antioxidants that prevent rancidity.  A coconut oil base creates a smooth creamy lather.  With a bit of Olive Oil for it’s nourishing properties and lastly, beeswax to extend the life of the soap.

As a soap all I can say is that this is a great aroma to start the day off with and a delicious, refreshing blend to end the day with.    Each bar weights approximately 5.5 ounces – net weight.   Price: $6.00

Friday, August 26, 2011

BESTeam Feature: Everything Scrapebooking!

If you are into scrapebook, handmade cards, mini books Creative Bug is the shop for you.  I personally don't scrapebook but love the handmade cards.  My Mother-in-law would work for hours, even days on making all the grand child individualized holiday cards.  Needless to say we all loved them.  The detail and love that she put into making each and every one of those cards was unmeasurable.

Beautifully handcrafted Thank You card
Card dimensions are 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches and includes matching envelope. 

Now whenever I come across a homemade card, I think of her.  I truly appreciate the time that goes into hand crafting these beautiful little cards.  I guess that's why I think so highly of Creativity Bugs

Creativity Bugs is a shop owned by two sisters named Sandy and Sue from Wauconda, Illinois.  At Creativity Bugs they pour their hearts and souls into creating these special handmade cards for you. A matter of fact, their Our company motto is:
"lovingly creting items for others to love & cherish". 

Butterfly Thank You card
Card dimensions are 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches and includes matching envelope.

That Creativity Bug, they specialize in handcrafted mini books, paper crafting kits, handcrafted gifts, handmade cards, paper crafts, cardmaking supplies, scrapbooking supplies, embellishments, craft suppllies, and more.  Literally a one stop shopping experience! 

Pink Tea Light Flower Favor

These hand crafted tea light flowers are perfect as favors for bridal showers, ladies luncheons, and tea parties. They also make wonderful thank you gifts for teachers and administrative assistants

If your worry about quality & workmanship,  Creativity Bugs assured us that nothing leaves the "shop" unless it has been crafted with 100% craftmanship mixed in with creativity and a pinch of kindness & love".

So if your looking for that special card stop by  Creativity Bugs @ etsy or follow them on their blog.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

BESTeam Feature: Vintage Inspirited Jewelry and the story of the Dragonfly

I love Victorian style jewelry, the intricate laces, romantic florals, and delicate beauty of this era. It is a style of femininity. As you admire the delicate, complicity and details of the Victorian patterns you can’t help but associate them with the grace and beauty of women. Each piece hand crafted to compliment, not over power or compete with you, but to compliment and bring notice to YOU!
Plum Beadacious is a boutique on etsy, owned by LeAllyson Meyer. As you could guess, this artisan’s specialty is vintage inspired and flower/garden themed jewelry. Allsyon goal is only to bring you joy, as you modestly wear these beautiful Vintage pieces. Of course, you will be stopped, complimented, and admired, as you joyfully go about your day.
One of my personal favorites is the Butter cream filigree ring. I really like the simplicity of this ring, the butter cream color and the filigree band. Isn't it just Lovely! 
If you prefer a brighter color then the Rose Pink Sakura Flower maybe more your style. 

Rose Pink Sakura  Brass Filigree Ring

Buttercream Brass Filigree Ring

Pink Flower Victorian Style Antiqued Silver Cuff 

I think these Victorian style filigree cuff bracelets are so romantic with the soft rose pink flowers. 

Dragonfly Necklace

Dragonfly's are said to be Dragons who had been tricked by an evil sorcerer.  The sorcerer wanted to contain the majestic creature's powers for himself so he trick the dragon by saying, "If you are truly a great and powerful breast you can do any, include become the smallest of creatures.  If you are as powerful as you say turn yourself into a fly."  The dragon wanting to prove how powerful he truly was took the sorcerer's dare and became a Dragonfly. The evil sorcerer immediately capture the great creature and trap him in a jar for him own pleasure.  It is now said that the Dragonfly contains the strength and power of a dragon, one of the most magically creatures ever to exist. 

To view more of LeAllyson's Vintage inspirited Jewelry visit  PlumBeadacious
or follow LeAllyson on her Blog

Friday, August 12, 2011

BESTeam Feature: “Blue & White Wear.”

If you’re looking for Jewelry with an Oriental flair, you have have to visit “Blue & White Wear.”
Claire, the owner of “Blue & White Wear” has traveled around the world a bit. A matter of fact, although American born, Claire has spent 9 years in Bangkok, Thailand. Which, I’m sure has only deepened her love for the Chinese Blue and White beads she so loves to work with.

Pearls and Porcelain

I love this Necklace with the hand paint Chinese characters representing longevity, happiness, wealth, love, and good fortune.

I Say a Little Prayer Necklace

This Tibetan prayer wheel caught my attention from as soon as I laid eyes on it Being an Energy Healer as well as an Aromatherapist, I studied and use varies types of Tibetan healing techniques. I consider this little Prayer Necklace to be a great symbol of Love and Healing.  

Oriental Fan Necklace

This light weight Bronze Oriental fan is another piece I would love to have The added smoky quartz beads finish the necklace off beautifully.

If you like what you've seen so far, you have to check out “Blue & White Wear.” on

You can also keep up with Claire on her blog or follow her on twitter.

DIY - Strawberry Facial Mask

Making a Strawberry Facial mask is Fun and Easy 
and the Benefits are Amazing!  
Straw contains Alpha Hydroxy acid and Salycilic acid, and tons of vitamin c which are very good for the skin.  Salycilic acid and alpha hydroxy acid helps to exfoliate dead skin cells, as well as shrinks pores for brighter, healthier looking skin.  It also remove impurities, and inflammation, make this facial both cleansing and supportive to the skin.  The part is the antioxidants that strawberries contain.  They help to repair damage skin and counteract the effects of aging.  

In our youth skin, our cells regenerate every 30-40 days. Unfortunately, as we enter own 30’s natural cell rejuvenation is slowed.   At this time, the skin can benefit from a strawberry facial mask.  

Use at least twice a week during a longer time of at least three to six months to see lasting effects.  Here are some general tips for homemade facial masks:
  • Cleanse your face well with a toner prior to applying a mask
  • Always apply facial mask starting at the chin and jaw area in upward stroke, till your reach the forehead.  This technique helps to prevent sagging.
  • When apply the mask on the nose, start at the tip and move outward toward the cheeks. Be sure to leave space around the mouth, eyes, and eyebrows.
  • Finally, apply the mask to the neck.  Starting at the decollate area and apply upward towards the jawline.
  • Fresh strawberries Mixture Will Not keep, so use immediately!
Below you will find two Strawberries Facial Mask to experiment with:

Strawberries & Cream scrub

4 to 5 very ripe, medium size strawberries
2 teaspoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon honey


Strawberry Sugar Scrub with Coconut Oil

1-2 large, ripe strawberries
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil, heated slightly till it melts

Choose your Mask and gather your ingredients.  First, rinse the strawberries and dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. In a small bowl, mash them with a fork. Next add all reminding ingredients.  That's it!
Apply immediately and leave on for about 20 minutes. Rinse with lots of warm water and you Done! 

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

BESTeam Feature: Crafting for the Soul

In spiritual work, meditation is very important. It keeps us grounded and sane! In order to meditate we must leave the logical world, (just for a little while) and enter a space of balance, and serenity.

For some, meditation is easily achieved; whether sitting in a chair or lying down, they can leave reality for a brief while and center themselves. Release all their tension, worries and are able to focus on what is important. For others, the thought of meditation is a nightmare. With too many thoughts to fight off and the strain of focusing to clear the mind, often result in more stress and even a headache.

But there are other ways to Meditate. For Maureen Kirchdoerfer, owner of Release Me Creations from Fort Worth, TX, crafting was a form of grounding and centering herself while her father, and Brave Knight underwent Cancer treatment. Here is Maureen’s Story…

Tiny Hand Bound Book Necklace
Vintage Almanac pages Brass Heart
Swarovski Crystal AB Pendant
In April of 2009 my Dad was diagnosed with Stage IV Cancer. Eight months later, on January 2, 2010, he passed away after an incredibly brave and difficult battle with the disease. His loss to me was, and is still a crushing blow to my heart. He was a pillar of strength in my life. But from his ordeal, I learned how important it is to take advantage of every minute we have here on this earth. It made me realize the value of appreciating everything, and everyone I have, and how fleeting our time is here. Perhaps most importantly, I realized the importance of doing in those minutes the things that make your heart happy.

I began crafting jewelry while I was staying with my parents during my father's last months of life. In my down time I needed something to channel my energies in a positive way. I needed a distraction, and a release. I suddenly felt the urge to begin crafting jewelry. Call it chance, call it coincidence, or call it fate. All I know is that creating jewelry for me has become my meditation, my peace. I put so much of myself into each and every piece, that it creates an incredible release for my heart, mind, and soul. Thus, the birth of Release Me Creations.
This enchantingly Carousel necklace features a tiny little carousel that is freely movable. the little horse silhouettes contrast beautifully against as they go round and round. A tiny pink resin rose, and a tiny glass pearl rest atop the carousel to add that perfect dainty little touch.
As you can see, meditation can be achieved through various methods.  So next time you are overwhelm with life and need to release… Meditate and creating something beautiful!

Our Lady of Guadalupe Metal Unisex Cuff

Nikon Camera Necklace

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Friday, July 22, 2011

July's Giveaway!

It’s giveaway time again! I can’t believe it’s been so long since we’ve done one of these, but with no further ado our giveaway this time around is for my New Maiden's Facial soap. The winner will receive one bar of this wonderful Shea butter/Aloe Vera Facial soap.

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** The more entries you put in the more you’re likely to win!

This giveaway begins now and ends on July 31 at midnight (eastern time). The The winner will have 3 days to respond before another winner is chosen

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

BESTeam Feature: Ardent Reverie!

Ardent Reverie is a Shop on Etsy owner by Melanie and Meghan Mina.  Two very talented sisters who messed their individual style together to creating Ardent Reverie.

These two young ladies began crafting at a young age. Their love for crafting carried on and they soon began to wonder if they could make more of their abilities and share them with other people. On October 8, 2009 they launched their Etsy store. It was a learning process to say the least and will always be a continuous learning process that will allow their shop to grow.

The first piece I would like to share with you is this adorable, Origami Crane Hair Clip!  I find it hard enough to fold an origami paper critter on crisp folder paper. Name is folding pieces of fabric and into these amazing hair Origami Hair Clips.  This is the type of piece that makes a subtle statement with a uniqueness that one can’t help with notice.
Next, I'll like to show you this beautiful 12' Paradise Cove Feather Earrings .  I have long, dark hair and most earrings disappear on me.  This however wouldn’t!  Long and beautiful but not overwhelming, it has a simplistic beauty.   This piece of jewelry say’s “you can’t help but notice me” but doesn’t yell it. Instead, they seem to frame the face and elongate the neck, bringing instant notice to you.  
To see more of Ardent Reverie unique pieces visit their Etsy shop at: Ardentreverie

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Friday, July 15, 2011

BESTeam Feature: JBling Collector of Children's StoryBooks

This week’s feature is on a wonderful new shop dedicate to sell vintage and classic storybooks and prints!  Jane Peyrouse is the owner of  “JBing.”  By day Jane is a marketing executive, loving wife and mother.   Although, these are all satisfying challenges Etsy and her Blog help to complete the challenges of the day. Jane Peyrouse from Somerville, Massachusett,  is an enthusiastic lover of vintage, crafts, and adventure.  She enjoys bringing together her love of the world and its incredible beauty and variety.

I really enjoy classic children’s story books and have a small collection of my own.  When I ask Jane what inspire her to open  “JBing”  a shop for vintage book?  She responded with…

I started JBing” as a tribute to my love of old style children's book illustrations. I fell in love with some of the classic books of the thirties and the great illustrations that came from that time, like The Sugar Plum Tree by Eugene Feld with illustrations by the amazing Fern Bisel Peat.
In Jane's shop “JBing”, you will find Vintage children’s Books like,

                                        “The Wonderful Adventures”
                                  of Paul Bunyan - a 1945 First Edition.

I think this is a wonderful idea for a shop.  It provides us the opportunity to share our favorite vintage and classic stories with our children and grandchildren.  Especially, since some of these books are out of print and extremely difficult to get hold of.  When I ask Jane, “How do you acquire these books?”  Her answer was simple…

              How would you like to own the 1946 illustrated Edition of:
                             “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”
                                       This is a great find!

Over time, I think I've learned that I may love the books more than the illustrations. Living in Boston, there are tons of old books coming out of old houses of people who own big collections of books. I have a couple of reliable sources of books. I haven't really begun to list alot in my shop yet, as I am pausing to do research on the illustrators, the authors and the back story on these wonderful books. Like this Charming vintage book by Alison Uttley…
                                    “Squirrel Goes Skating”
                                     -1934 Children's Book

I’m truly looking forward to seeing this little shop grow.  To see “JBing’s” full collection of vintage and classic storybooks visit “JBing” at
Jane also has a second shop”JVoyage” for vintage treasure.  You can learn more about Jane and her shops on her blog
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hestia - Goddess of "Sanctuary"

I just created a wonderful new item, a Therapeutic Foot Scrub soap! Going by my traditional Goddess theme, I named it after "Hestia" Goddess of Hospitality. Although the match may not seem fitting. I assure you that after learning all I could about Hestia, I think this Goddess would gracefully welcome those with tired, sore feet from a hard day's work.

Hestia is not only the goddess of hospitality, but she is also known as the originator of the concept of “Sanctuary”. Dependable and caring, Hestia was always there to helped others manage their busy lives.  It was an offense to Hestia to refuse hospitality to a stranger. It is also said that it was Hestia's sacred obligation to sheltered those in need and protected them from ill-treatment.
After a long day of being on your feet, there is nothing like a pampering foot massage. Add a luffa scrub and some peppermint essential oils and you're in heaven.
Hestia, therapeutic foot Scrub is soothing and relaxing, this pedicure soap scrub brings the spa experience right into your very home! This wonderful 2 layer soap has an embedded luffa scrub that slough away dead skin cells as it massages, soothes then washes away the stresses of the day. The bottom layer is enriched with oatmeal to moisturize the skin and relieve itching. 

Then we have our Peppermint essential oil with analgesic and anesthetic properties.  These properties are great for relieving foot pain, as well as aching feet, rheumatism, neuralgia and muscular pains.

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Tips and Tricks: Naturally Plump your Lips with Cinnamon!

To get fuller, luxurious lips use lip products that contain Cinnamon, Ginger, or Cayenne pepper.

Personally, I prefer Cinnamon e.o..  As you probably know all three ingredient listed above are consider hot.  When they come in contact with your lips, your lips tend to heat up increasing the circulation and blood flow to the lips giving your a plumper look with a red tinge. This effect will usually last for a couple of hours so enjoy.

To make your own lip plumping lip gloss, just mix a tiny drop of Cinnamon Leaf Oil into a lip gloss. The gloss or balm will cool the initial sting of the cinnamon, which can manifest itself as a slight “burning” sensation. When experimenting with essential oils, remember a little bit of the oil goes a long way.  Less is better!

Caution: Cinnamon can be irritating to some, so always dilute!