Tuesday, March 29, 2011

BESTeam Feature: Accessories with Attitudes and Personality!

Residing in San Diego, CA, Ms. Formaldehyde is a creative individual who specialized in “carved skulls, sugar skulls, gothic, voodoo, glitter fashion, lowbrow, lolita pin up and dita burlesque accessories" (a quoted from her profile.)   Msformaldehyde's Shop is a unique little shop with a great variety of jewelry and hair barrettes.

Along with Skulls, tiki men, and cross bones, Ms. Formaldehyde also creates beautiful, Hawaiian flowers and lovely little butterflies.  She offer combines her soft delicate design with her bold gothic style resulting in a unique, yet attractive design.

Take a look at some of the different of Ms. Formaldehyde Designs and decided for yourself. Which would you Choose?  The Bright Beautiful Orange and Yellow Flower Barrettes or the Classic Black and White Flower Barrettes with a Skull Center?

Green Glitter Butterfly monarch
barrette or hair pin
Red Monarch Butterfly, Day of the dead skull barrette or bobby pin

Plumeria set of 4 flowers Sugar skull earrings, and posts.


Ms. Formaldehyde Shop is always open, so stop by and take a peak!
If you like what you see, you can follow her blog at http://msformaldehyde.blogspot.com

Talk to you soon!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

How to Naturally Cure Sinus Inflammation...

Recently, I had a battle with Sinus Inflammation.  It was a chilly day and I was at a workshop.  The room was cold and everyone had on coats.  In the room there was a gas fireplace.  So, the instructor not only turned up the heat, but she also turn on the fireplace.  It wasn't long before my sinuses swelled, head was throbbing and I felt miserable.

If you suffer from chronic sinus inflammation you know how annoying and painful it can be.  With spring time approaching I thought I would share some of my sinus relief tips with you.
1.  I try to make it a point to drink lots of fluids.  Fluids help to dilute the mucus in your inflamed sinuses and promote proper drainage.  The Mayo Clinic says the best options are water and juice.  However if you're like me and prefer soothing hot drinks like herbal teas, that's fine.  Just try to avoid caffeinated drinks that can dehydrate, making your symptoms worst.

2. Steam treatments are awesome!  Whether you decide to soak in a tub and enjoy a hot shower.  Breathing in the warm, moist air soothes irritation and can also decrease sinus pain, according to the Mayo Clinic.  Even,  a bowl filled with hot water will generates stream.  Just place a towel over your head to contain the steam and inhale.  Personal, I like add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the water.  Eucalyptus essential oil is an anti-inflammatory and will help to open the sinuses naturally.

3. The last thing I do is diffuse eucalyptus essential using a room diffuser.   Breathing in the oils while I sleep helps me to rest a bit easier.  You can also place of drop of oil on the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, then cup over you nose and inhaling.


Many Blessing!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

BESTeam Feature: Our Home to Yours

Debbi and Amanda, a mother/daughter team are the owners of "Our Home to Yours".
Debbi is a true loving soul with a heart large enough for not only her own children, but room enough for a couple of foster kids and an adopted one.  In this busy household, Debbie looks forward to a little time alone, where she focuses on her hobby, Art. 

Amanda (daughter) is a stay at home mom with a busy little toddler to liven up things.  Amanda is a talented artist with a Masters in Graphic Design Fine Art.  Together these two talent ladies are offering you a variety of items from handmade jewelry and scarves, to unique vintage items and more.

This wonderful long sparkling necklace was created by Debbi.  It is made with 2 different sizes multi-faceted amber beads spaced with white pearl beads and a collection of silver spacer beads. Strung on copper wire and fasten with a lobster clasp. 

Amber, pearl, and silver necklace


I love eternity scarves!  This warm, cozy and stylist scar was hand made by Amanda.  This creamy beige scarf was crocheted in the round so there are no seams.  Just wrap it twice for an awesome cowl neck look.

Eternity Scarf in Creamy Beige

Into vintage collectibles?  Here is a beautiful orange/yellow footed glass serving bowl. This is a vintage Jeannette Lombardi glass bowl. Size is approximately 10x8x6, perfect to display or use to impress.

Jeannette Lombardi glass compote serving bowl


If you like any of the items Above you must check out Our Home to Yours' on Etsy
You can also Follow them on their blog at Our Home to Yours

March Monthly Give-A-Way!

This giveaway will run until Midnight, Thursday March 31. The winner will be announced April 1.  You can enter the drawing by following one of  Ancient Oils' blogs or making an AncientOils purchase.
* Winners will be Posted on Facebook, Blogspot, and Tumblr.   So, be sure to check back for the 'Winner,' after all it could be you!.
To enter via Facebook, Like the Ancient oils page then go to the 'March Monthly Drawing' Event, and click 'Attending'.  It's a virtual entry only!
To Follow 'LivingVibrations.Tumblr.com' and command to the 'March Monthly Give-A-Way' Post.
Follow us HERE! Be sure to comment to this Post, so I know you are interested in being entered.

Good Luck!

This Month Prize:   Pampering Herbal Bath tea bags

Xochiquetzal, Goddess of Pleasure and Indulgence 

(3 large 3.5 x 5 -Bath teas)

Goddess Xochiquetzal understands the true meaning of indulgence. Now you can too, submerge yourself in a warm tub infused with pampering botanicals such as Rose, Passion Flowers, Jasmine Flowers and other wonderful herbs.

This delightful and nurturing combination of Dead Sea Salt, Oatmeal and Goats milk powder will add needed moisture to your skin during the long winter months. This Tea blend is sure to leave you feeling like a Goddess.

Customer Reviews:

***** I absolutely love the bath tea bags, “Indulgence Tea Bag”. They are even better than the bath salts, if that’s possible. All the salts, petal and oils are all contained in a generously sized bag that you just throw away after the fact. No mess! They also smell heavenly and moisturize your skin. What a treat! - Tanya R. - OH

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

BESTeam Feature on 'Your Daily Jewelry'

Norah's the owner of 'Your Daily Jewels' has a deep passion for jewelry making. She loves giving life to images that only exist in her mind. The knowledge that someone is wearing her pieces, enjoying them, truly makes her happy.

Norah can't wait to get home to her workbench, to learn more about the art of jewelry design, and to create modern, glamorous and affordable jewelry that women would be proud to wear.

Norah creates handmade, designer jewelry using semiprecious, modern gemstone with gold filled and sterling silver metals, as well as other base metals. Norah jewelry are unique, modern with gemstones that burst with color.

Just take a look at these Sexy teardrop earring. Great for spicing up any look.
LEMON DROPS Hoop Earrings With Lemon Yellow Calcite Chalcedony.

Wow, love this JET BLACK TURKISH JADE PENDANT, WITH MATTE GOLD SWIRL. This lovely fretwork pendant encloses a faceted black pillow cut jade from Turkey. The matte gold is 22 karat gold plated brass with a matte gold rolo chain which closes with an oversized toggle clasp.

Amazing, hand crafted, one of a kind pendant adds a touch of charm to any outfit.
ANTIQUED SILVER Flower Petal Pendant Necklace with Fresh Water Pearl Stamens

For more handcrafted jewelry by Norah, be sure to stop by 'Your Daily Jewelry'

As an added bonus, Norah holds Monthly "give a way" on her Facebook page. So be sure to check out YourDailyJewels on facebook!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Many Benefits of Frankincense

Extracting the Frankincense Resin

The word Frankincense actually refers to the dried resin from the Olibanum tree. Frankincense essential oil is distilled from the resin itself, not from the tree.

Frankincense is a derived from the plant genus Boswellia, family Burseraceae indigenous to the Arabian Peninsula (Yemen and Sultanate of Oman), India and the Red Sea region of North-East Africa (Somalia and Eritrea). Incisions, about two inches long, are made in the trunk of the tree which then exudes a milky gum-like substance or resin. This resin, when exposed to air, hardens into droplets or “tears”. These tears are allowed to dry for about two weeks before collection and then stored for approximately twelve weeks to harden. The exception is made for production of some essential oil. In this situation, the resin is not allowed to dry but collected as a semi-solid material, yet in most cases the oil is extracted from dried resin.

The method of harvesting, or tapping, of Boswellia varies according to species and the customs of the region. For example, in Somalia tapping usually occurs in two separate periods, each lasting 3-4 months with successive 15-day intervals. The period between harvests depends upon the onset and extent of rains. In India, the collection is done once a year, commencing at the end of October. In Oman, there are ancient rituals pertaining to resin harvest as well as a sense of guardianship for the trees passed down to each generation.

Active Components

There are numerous species and varieties of Boswellia trees; major species being Boswellia serrata found in India, Boswellia carteri in East Africa and China, Boswellia frereana in Somalia, and Boswellia sacra in Arabia. Quality of frankincense resin is based upon colour, purity, aroma and age. In general, it is thought that the more opaque the resin the higher the quality with Omani frankincense regarded as the best in the world. The majority of ultra-superior Omani B. sacra is said to be purchased by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said the ruler of Oman.

Active medicinal ingredients of frankincense have been reported in recent science journals to be sesquiterpene hydrocarbons, monoterpenes, diterpenes and boswellic acids; compound variation differs between species and even among the same species depending upon the climate, geographic origin and harvesting conditions.

Medicinal and Therapeutic Uses

Compounds of frankincense have been found to exhibit in vitro (outside a living organism, usually in a test tube or Petri dish) antibacterial, antifungal, immunomodualtory (ability to regulate functions of the immune system) and in recent years immunostimulant activity. Studies have also found anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties of Boswellia. It is thus apparent that frankincense has a wide range of uses. Selected below are just three traditional applications for treating illness and are currently of interest in medical research.

A search of PubMed.gov for Frankincense oil and Cancer will bring up many interesting results, so whereas much research uses the resin, the essential oil, and again particularly the CO2 distilled essential oil has great therapeutic value.

Injury: Powder of the dried resin of Boswellia is a common ingredient of herbal plasters and pastes to treat wounds. A recent study from Hebrew University, Israel (J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2008 Jul;28(7):1341-52) indicated that Incensole acetate (IA), an isolated from frankincense resin, was shown to reduce neurological damage from head injuries.

Oral Health: The dried resin of Boswellia has been used to support oral health for thousands of years in Middle Eastern areas. It is common for Arabian people to place the resin in their mouths and chew it to strengthen teeth and gums. Known for its antimicrobial properties, it is also used to assist with infection of the teeth and gums.

Asthma: Much like arthritis, asthma is an inflammatory-caused illness. A 2006 paper from the University of Tuebingen, Germany indicates that boswellic acid, an active component of frankincense, has shown to act as an anti-inflammatory agent in preliminary studies. The paper further states that boswellic acid inhibits 5-lipoxygenase as well as cytokines and thus promising for treatment of asthma without the side effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.


It is evident that frankincense holds historical and traditional significance. Research indicating the current medicinal value of Boswellia species is growing. Such positive initial results merit further investigation into potential clinical uses; it is now recognized that some of the ancient remedies may result in the creation of novel drugs. Such results also stir a sense of excitement and possibility for those seeking alternative treatments to debilitating and even life-suppressing illnesses. The value of frankincense was recorded as being a gift for the baby Jesus and is now a gift for modern people as well.

posted by Tarah Michelle Cech, ND @ 8:17 PM

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Rose Otto - Essential Oil

Rose Otto is a beautiful aroma with amazing benefits, its fragrance and wealth of therapeutic healing benefits sets it aside from other essential oils.  There are various names for Rose oil on the market.  The two seems most often are Rose Otto and Rose Absolute.  The names refer to the extraction process.  Rose Otto is the steam-distillation of rose oil.  Rose Otto is used in creams, lotions and soaps for its mild anti-viral and bactericidal properties, as well as for its fragrance.

Rose water is the product left from the distillation of rose oil.  Rose water offers similar benefits to rose oil but at a lesser intensity making Rose water an excellent product for skin care.  It is often used as a mild astringent, cleansing and refreshing dry, sensitive skin.

Rose absolute is produced through a refined, liquid chemical extraction of fragrant compounds from fresh rose flowers. Although the rose absolute contains essential oil compounds it differs from distilled essential oils. The rose absolute oil is a concentration of aromatic compounds including essential oil constituents. Rose absolute is widely used in perfumery, cosmetics, aromatherapy and many other areas.
Medical properties:
Anti-inflammatory, relaxant, reduces scarring, wrinkles, anti-ulcer
Hypertension, anxiety, circulatory problems, viral infections (Herpes simplex), skin conditions (scarring, wrinkles), ulcers, and helps balance female hormones and menstrual cycle.
Fragrant influence:
Its beautiful fragrance is intoxicating and aphrodisiac like.  It helps bring balance and harmony, allowing one to overcome insecurities.  It is stimulating and elevating to the mind, creating a sense of well-being.
Today, pure rose oil is one of the most expensive and precious essential oils on the earth. It takes 5,000 pounds of fresh rose petals to make just one pound of rose oil. Rose essential oil is uplifting, calming, and has aphrodisiac qualities and is beneficial when used on all types of skin.

How to use Rose oil:
Diffuse, massage, bath, compress, inhalation and facial

* Cautions:  Avoid use in the first trimester of pregnancy

Rose Water and Rose Oil are included in Ancient Oils Mineral Mud Mask

Essential Oils Desk Reference Fourth Edition
The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

BESTeam Feature ElizabethMD - Jewelry Designer

Elizabeth, owner of ‘ElizabethMD’ is a Jewelry Designer from Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.  ElizabethMD is an Etsy Shop with handmade Designer Jewelry made by no other then Elizabeth herself.  Elizabeth prides herself on quality products and services.  So be assure, you will only get the best from ElizabethMD.

Just take a look that these elegance, yet simplistic streamline butterflies earrings. As the light reflects on them, their whimsical dance of brilliance call all to attention.  

Silver Butterfly 2" Earrings

Stand Up and Take Notice!  If you are looking for a ONE of a Kind, Signature Piece, this is IT!  This gorgeous long opera length pendant necklace has a very unique galvanized steel pendant on it. The galvanized steel gives the pendant an industrial feel, with a soft touch from the dark lavender round czech glass in the middle. The pendant it self is very geometric, therefore a guarantee NO ONE will ever have anything similar.  

Opera Length Geometric Pendant Necklace With Purple Blown Glass

Elizabeth’s jewelry is professionally created from metals and Gemstones.  Her love for color and vintage design are passionately revealed in the creation of her beautiful designs. 

As you can see Elizabeth’s jewelry pieces are design to appeal to a variety of taste.  She creates pieces that are Fun and Funky, to Elegant and Chic. 

Looking for a gift for a friend and don’t know what Gift get?
Surprise your friend with a ElizabethMD - Gift Certificate.  Your dear friend will have 6 months to choose their gift and it will be the absolute perfect gift for her.  There is something to suite anyone’s taste. 

You must stop by Elizabeth’s blog!  Elizabeth’s blog contains a wealth of information on the meaning of Gemstone and their properties.   Did you know that Kunzite is a stone for Love?  Elizabeth tells us that this stone facilities loving communication, helps the wearer to connect to the unconditional love “Universal love” and increases self love;  while, Garnet is recommended to those who suffer from body pains, headaches etc. Garnet is associated with gentleness, affectionate nature, kind heartedness, sincerity, frankness, charity, constancy and truthfulness.

To see more amazing Jewelry by Elizabeth visit: http://ElizabethMD.etsy.com

Or for information regarding Gemstones visit Elizabeth's blog at: http://elizabethmdesigns.blogspot.com

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Lavender Universal Essential Oil

Lavender E. O. is considered the universal oil, lavender is readily used neat, or undiluted, and combines well with almost all other oils for a wide variety of benefits.

Properties: Antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and restorative, Analgesic, Diuretic, Insecticide, Sedative.

* Skin care to include dry skin and acne
* Headaches
* Burns
* Insect Repellent/Bites and Stings
* Blood Pressure and Heart
* Congestion/Asthma
* Dandruff
* Anti-Stress
* Antidepressant
* Refreshing and Uplifting
* Insomnia

Always look for Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil for the best qualities.

Lavender blends:.
* For PMS or mood swings, combining lavender with ylang ylang or clary sage essential oils.
* For respiratory support combine with eucalyptus or rosemary essential oils.
* For depression symptoms use lavender with orange, bergamot or sandalwood essential oils.
* For insomnia use lavender with chamomile (Roman)
* For Insect bites and stings try mixing lavender with tea tree or geranium essential oil.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Books for Making your own Natural Products!

As you can probably guess, Aromatherapy and Natural Living is a huge part of my life.  That is why I put this list together.  Each of the Books that I selected are for beginners to intermediate level.  For those of you who would like you try your hands on making your own Natural products, whether bath & body or household products, here are a few suggestions.

1. ‘Ecobeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, Rinses, and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends.’  Here you will find some awesome facial recipes that uses fresh ingredient like fruit, vegetable and yogurt.

2. Go Green with Julie Gabriel’s!  ‘Green Beauty Recipes: Easy Homemade Recipes to Make Your Own Organic and Natural skincare, Hair Care and Body Care Products.’   Julie gives for a wide range of formulas for beauty products to cleaning products.

3. The Girls’ World Book of Bath & Beauty: Fresh Ideas & Fun Recipes for Hair, Skin, Nails & More (Kids Crafts).  Gather the girls for an awesome spa party.

Check out the list! Scroll your mouse over the image for book rating and price.  Click on the image to take you to amazons, Editorial and Customers Reviews. Have Fun!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

BESTeam Feature: Beader Bubbe - semi precious stone jewelry

Agnus is the creative owner of Beader Bubbe, an Etsy jewelry shop, and a BESTeam member.   Agnus loves to craft using a variety of mediums, but her collection of glass and semi precious stone jewelry are my favorite.

Just take a look at this precious black and white glass pendant both unique and classic.

Whether your style is casual, or city chic this Crazy Agate Beige Bracelet will make a great accent to any look.

If you're looking for something fun, here are a couple of pieces that are sure to catch your eye. Like this bright and Whimsical butterfly earrings for young and old a like 


Beader Bubbe Jewelry collection is Timeless, Unique and Beautiful.  There is something to fit everyone's style. So, stop by and browse!