September 13, 2013

The Dark History and Dangers of Coca-cola

Coca-cola the popular beverage drink used to be made with cocaine, which was considered a medicinal ingredient at the time. The cocaine was taken out around the turn of the century in 1903, but is still made up of decocanized coca leaves, which is the same plant that produces the illegal drug cocaine and is now referred to as coca extract. Other ingredients used to include the kola nut, a plant which has lots of caffeine and is where the name cola comes from for these popular types of drinks because it was used as a base. The Company claims they don’t use kola nut now, or can’t verify it because it claims it wants to keep the recipe secret, but there is still caffeine in Coke.
It also contains loads of sugar, which is high fructose corn syrup now and includes artificial sweeteners like aspartame, which have been linked to negative health effects. It now consists of phosphoric acid, high fructose corn syrup, caramel colour and other unknown ingredients may include pesticides.

Coca leaves are a native plant to Peru where the leaves are chewed medicinally or taken in a tea to relieve altitude sickness. The leaves have to be chemically altered to get cocaine the illegal drug stimulant. The coca leaves get shipped to an American company Stepan to be “treated” and the decocanized residue is sold to Coca-cola, but what does this company do with the cocaine part they take out? It used to go to the medical industry, which at one point considered it medicine, but where does the coke end up now?

There are many reasons to NOT drink Coke. It robs the bones of minerals and causes bone loss. A link has clearly been shown that it affects women more and causes oesteoarthritis. The acidity causes tooth decay and other health problems.
Read more about the negative consequences of drinking a coke. http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/09/22/what-happens-to-our-body-after-drinking-coca-cola/

The alleged pesticide use by this company in other countries like India have contaminated environments, the drink itself, and has led to water shortages, stealing much needed water from farmers. Coca-cola has had questionable labour practices including suppression of trade unions, monopolistic business practices, violation of intellectual property rights, poor environmental track record, and questionable marketing. The long, dark and controversial history of The Coca-cola company has been tied to Nazism, Eugenics, laundering and bribery and is too extensive to list, but further reading can be found here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Coca-Cola

http://killercoke.org/

Coca-cola also funnelled money through the Grocery Manufacturing Association GMA to block initiatives for GMO labelling. Other brand names owned by the Coca-cola company are Powerade, Vitamin, Simply orange, Odwalla, Zico coconut water, Honest tea. There is a campaign to boycott Coke and these brands due to their secretive funding and anti GMO labelling stance. It’s very clear this company uses GMO’s and is doing everything they can to not let the consumer know.
Please join, share, sign the petition and boycott http://www.cokeboycott.com

Other questionable and controversial ingredients in coca cola-

http://myscienceacademy.org/2013/08/15/10-controversial-ingredients-found-in-coca-cola/

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/9355754/Call-to-ban-cola-ingredient-linked-to-cancer.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coca-Cola_formula

The Coca-cola Santa Claus image of a bearded guy with a red and white furry suit that is now the popular representation of Santa comes from an image of a Siberian shaman.

http://www.dosenation.com/listing.php?id=5514

http://www.shamanswell.org/shaman/siberian-shamanism-origins-santa-claus-reindeer-pine-trees-and-mushrooms

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Other Coke subliminal ad messages were more overt. This Coke advertisement “Feel the Curves” was made in 1995 and Coke had to recall the ad costing them over 200, 000 dollars because the shadow shapes on the ice cubes contained images of oral sex. Subliminal advertisement is now less overt than this blatant attempt, but it was a popular technique to airbrush sex and death wish images in silhouette shapes onto ice cubes and various other places in the ad, like how images were shadowed on the musculature of the body in the popular Levi’s jeans ads in the 80’s State of Mind.

Ultimately the choice is up to you, but buyer beware of what comes along with your purchase.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/coca-cola-apologizes-for-offensive-bottle-cap-message-1.1861022

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The Dangers of Aspartame

http://aspartame.mercola.com/

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September 12, 2013

The History of Chewing Gum

A Mayan shaman asked me if I knew what these hard slates of brownish gum resin were in a small baggie. I knew it was plant
material but wasn’t sure what it was. It turned out to be chicle the original natural source of chewing gum.
The source of the word chicle is where the name for Chiclets gum came from. Chiclets were the first gum to have a candy coated shell. Sugarless varieties now contain toxic dyes and chemicals. Original versions used natural flavours like peppermint and spearmint. Essential oils are considered natural flavours but usually cheaper quality versions are used in the food industry. I was told chicle came from a maya word meaning to chew.
Chicle is a latex gum rubber that is collected from the Manilkara species of tropical evergreen trees in Mexico and grows down to Colombia. The gum is like a milky latex that is collected from zig zag cuts on the tree trunks that run down to the base and then are boiled to the right consistency to use as a gum base. The shaman was surprised to know that I had seen how chiclets were made but yet didn’t know and was not told about the chicle. The chicle is mixed with so much stuff that it doesn’t resemble the original brown colour, it gets turned into light beige. Most companies do not use the natural source anymore opting for a cheaper synthetic alternative. The only US company that hasn’t replaced the chicle with a disgusting artificial substitute is Glee gum. The new artificial gum is toxic to people, birds and wildlife and remains a serious environmental pollutant. With people spitting it out everywhere this sticky substance has become a bit more than a nuisance, it is a dangerous hazard leading some countries to ban it. The older versions are completely natural and were used as medicine besides being a breath freshener. Many resins were chewed like gum such as frankincense and myrrh along with rubbers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicle Picture courtesy of Wikipedia
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Modern gum has no medicinal qualities anymore, in fact quite the opposite with the added artificial sweeteners it is making gum toxic. I don’t chew gum anymore and if you saw how it was made you probably wouldn’t either. If you do choose to chew gum please dispose of it properly and do not litter and leave it to hurt wildlife.
This is how long this stuff can stick around and who knows what the lifespan of fake gum is?

9,000 Year Old Chewing Gum found in Sweden. A 9,000-year-old piece of chewing gum, still bearing the teeth marks of a Stone-Age adolescent, was unearthed in Sweden. A testament to mankind’s deep-seated need to gnaw on flavored rubber. If its anything like its modern cousins, the blob of honey-sweetened resin probably lost its taste 8,999 years, 364 days, 23 hours and 59 minutes ago. The lump of birch bark tar dates back to Neolithic times and comes complete with Stone Age tooth prints. Sarah Pickin, 23, was among five British students volunteering at the Kierikki Stone Age Centre in Finland when she found the tiny, ancient blob. ‘I was delighted to find the gum and was very excited to learn more about the history,’ she said. Neolithic people are thought to have chewed the bark tar to heal mouth infections – and also used it to glue broken pots together. The tree tar contains phenols which have antiseptic properties, explained Prof Trevor Brown, who is Miss Pickin’s tutor at the University of Derby. The gum is to go on display at the centre in Finland.
Source:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1876&dat=19930815&id=mjQfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=

Ec8EAAAAIBAJ&pg=5768%2C4802911 Source:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/place-london/plain/A172342 Thanks to Open
Your Minds https://www.facebook.com/openyourmind12
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Picture of 9,000 year old chewing gum
Common modern chewing gum ingredients that may cause cancer

http://stateofglobe.com/2013/09/14/5-common-chewing-gum-ingredients-that-may-cause-cancer/

August 29, 2013

Meridians Are Proven Physical Pathways

I had a shiatsu treatment for my neck injury. If you have read the blog on comparing natural health therapies you know that Shiatsu is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine http://earthelixir.ca/2011/10/25/natural-health-therapies/

Shiatsu is acupressure without the needles of acupuncture, but uses the hands instead to follow the same meridian energy pathways. The meridians are really one long energy highway that moves through the twelve organ systems, and have now been detected by modern technology.
Recent CT scans show acupuncture points just like ancient maps show.
Radioactive isotopes have been injected in acupuncture points that show threadlike tubules 0.5-1.5 microns in diameter and matched ancient meridian maps.
These meridian transmissions of light have also shown up in infrared photography as “hot spots” that match the acupuncture points on the meridians.

There are two other meridians that zip up the centre line of the body, front and back. They open more out to the environment than the deeper running meridians that travel through muscle and organ groups. The organ/ meridian systems are paired in the Philosophy of the Chinese Five Elements to show the dynamic connected relationships in the body.

The meridian system is like an “energy bloodstream” and the pressure points or “hot spots” are tiny reservoirs of electromagnetic energy. Science states that everything is made up of energy including us. The body has several energy systems mapped by ancient sages that is recognized in cultures from around the world. The body is electromagnetic in nature. The heart system runs on an electric current system. The body is magnetic just like the magnetic properties shown in animals to help navigate, migrate and connect with the earth.
These electromagnetic points are stimulated with hands, fingers, elbows or needles to release and balance the flow of energy while giving the immune system a boost. The immune reaction induces self healing mechanisms while relieving congestion and blocks that cause pain.

To balance your meridians you can learn to trace your own meridians and hold, tap and massage pressure points or get an acupuncture or acupressure shiatsu massage to help heal any ailment.

I have tried a lot of different massage therapies after my car accidents and I have found shiatsu to be the best at relieving pain. Skeptics are entitled to their opinion after they have tried it for themselves. Shiatsu is an ancient massage therapy that has a lot of empirical and documented evidence. Massage therapies have been proven to give benefits to many ailments and acupressure shouldn’t be considered any different.
Having been trained as an aromatherapy masseuse myself I can attest to the wonderful techniques of shiatsu, but I also enjoy learning various other massage techniques from around the world. I find all massage techniques really beneficial along with the healing power of touch. While other massages are mostly skin contact shiatsu is done through a sheet or in comfortable fitting clothes if you prefer not to have skin on skin contact. The choice is ultimately up to you all I can do is give you my experience and research on it. I wish you much healing on your journey.

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    References:

    New CT scans reveal acupuncture points

    http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1230-new-ct-scans-reveal-acupuncture-points

    A writers Journal, H.D. Thoreau, Lawrence Stapleton Ed. New York, Dover 1960

    Vibrational Medicine, Richard Gerber rev.ed. Santa Fe, N. Mex. Bear 1996

    Subtle Energies, William Collinge, New York, Warner brothers, 1998

    Cross Currents: The promise of electro medicine, the perils of electro pollution, Robert O. Becker, Los Angeles: Tharcher 1990

    Energy medicine, Donna Eden

    Displaying of the infrared radiant track long meridians in the back of the human body, P. Wang X. Hu, B. Wu, Chen Tzu yen Chiu acupuncture research

    The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher Lewis Thomas rev. ed. New york, penguin 1995

    Dynamical Energy Systems and Modern Physics in Alternative Therapies May 1997,3 (3), 46-56

    Journals:
    Alternative and complementary therapies, alternative therapies in clinical practice, alternative therapies in health and medicine, American journal of natural medicine, journal of alternative and complementary medicines.

    August 22, 2013

    Birch and Wintergreen Essential Oil Have Almost Identical Chemistry

    P. Wintergreen, may4 '03

    Birch and Wintergreen essential oil have 98% the same chemistry and smell almost identical, but wintergreen has a stronger aroma being more fruity, fresher, greener, and sweeter smelling. What makes them chemically the same is that they share a key ingredient called methyl salicylate, and they are the heaviest essential oils known to date. Each plant is 98% esters, which turn into methyl salicylate after acetylation from the fermented fresh leaves in warm water induces an enzymatic reaction to free the glycoside bound methyl salicylate.

    Wintergreen was traditionally used for its key ingredient methyl salicylate, which was used as food flavouring for confections, non-alcoholic drinks, chewing gum, and toothpaste. It has also been used by the perfume and pharmaceutical industry but is now replaced by a cheaper synthetic alternative. It has a long history of use by Native Americans as a pain reliever and it is used in the form of teas, baths, and ointments. Methyl salicylates are aspirin like compounds.

    Wintergreen grows in open woods, moist soil and underneath evergreens. The creeping stems send up erect branches 2-6 inches high. Alternate oval leathery leaves with serrate margins hold nodding white waxy flowers near the top of the stem. It blooms anywhere from May to September. Gaultheria fragrantissima from the Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and East Asia is a different species but it is used in the same way and has the same chemistry too.

    COMMON NAME WINTERGREEN aka Checkerberry, Spiceberry, Teaberry

     

    Latin Name Gaultheria procumbens
    Family Ericaceae (Heath family)
    Country of Origin Native North America, China, India
    Volatility Top
    Extraction Steam distilled from fermented fresh leaves. Warm water enzymatic reaction frees glycoside bound methyl salicylate

     

    Colour Clear yellow
    Aroma Sweet, fat, green, fruity, wet

     

    Caution Contraindications Medium Strength: Do not use neat, undiluted.Dermocaustic, irritating to skin.

    Anticoagulant. Caution in conjunction with blood thinning drugs

    Do not use with nephritis, it is an irritant to kidneys.

    Do not use with compromised liver function.

    Do not use in pregnancy, lactation, with children or those who are allergic to aspirin.

    Primary Uses Pain: in general-Headache, aches and pains, arthritis, rheumatism, backache, sciatica, neuralgia, gout, fever, fibromyalgia, sprains, cramps, gas, bloating, bunions, corns, cysts, warts, calluses

    Caution: blood thinner

    Respiratory: coughs, spasms

    Properties Analgesic, aromatic, anti-inflammatory, febrifuge, astringent, stimulant, antibacterial, anti-rheumatic, carminative, haemostatic, cholagogue, diuretic, expectorant, counter irritant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-coagulant

     

     

    Constituents Essential Oil Yield: .5%

    Esters 98%:

    after acetylating forms-

    methyl salicylate

    Betula spp. L. Birch bark has the same chemistry

    August 21, 2013

    Goldenrod is Falsely Blamed for Allergies

    Many people blame goldenrod for their allergies and dread seeing the tall golden plumage bloom in late summer, but goldenrod is not wind pollinated. It is hard to be allergic to goldenrod unless it is an allergy from touching the plant. Most people that blame goldenrod for their allergies are really allergic to ragweed. It blooms at the same time, but is smaller and has unnoticeable greenish flowers that are wind pollinated and often grows underneath or near goldenrod.

    Goldenrod is one of the best urinary tonics and is useful in those conditions that require a diuretic, like water retention, edema, congestion, inflammation and infection of the urinary tract and gout rheumatic conditions. There are over 30 species in Ontario and other hybrids sub-species but all of them are used in the same way. Goldenrod is native to Canada and the Solidago canadensis is the standard herb of use. Flowers were also used to make a yellow dye as well as herbal medicinal use as a tea or tincture in which case the fresh is superior to the dried versions. There is goldenrod essential oil as well used for the same purposes and helps reduce water retention and swelling externally.

    Common Name  Goldenrod herb
    Latin Name  Solidago canadensis spp.
    Family Asteraceae
    Parts Used Perennial- pick top 30% herb/ flower-late summer August
    Target Organs urinary, skin, lymph, immune, digestion
    Common Uses kidney bladder prostate tonic, infections, gout, oedema, external wounds, vascular tonic, UTI, kidney stones, inflammation infection of urinary tract, upper respiratory catarrh, gargle, laryngitis
    Properties urinary kidney prostate tonic, diuretic, astringent, antiseptic, antioxidant, vulnerary, Antifungal, styptic, lymphatic, anticatarrhal, diaphoretic
    Constituents Essential Oil, flavonoids, tannins, bitter, saponins
    Cautions mild remedy do not take during pregnancy. Use in formulations of up to 20% continuous use of no more than 2-3 months
    Dosage Tincture: 2-4ml Tea: 2-3 tsp 10-15 min fresh is preferred

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    August 20, 2013

    Elecampane Beautiful Garden Flower with Medicinal Roots

    imageElecampane is a tall perennial that grows over four feet tall and has cheery golden yellow sunflower like flowers, but elecampane has thinner floret petals with fringe tips.

    The Latin name is Inula helenium with the species name Helen stemming from Helen of Troy, the face that launched a thousand ships. Elecampane flowers are really that stunning and it did launch a thousand ships when it was brought to North America from Europe. It likes to grow in full sun in open moist meadows. The plant is best propagated by root division spacing four or feet apart because they have huge course leaves.

    The genus name Inula refers to the inulin content found in almost half of the plant, which has been shown to help control blood sugar levels as a fibre and regulates the immune system which is good for autoimmune disorders. Inulin is a fibre but should only be used in whole form, attached to the whole plant root it is soluble starch fibre. The whole plant is greater than the sum of its parts. Whenever plant parts are removed the outcome and quality are always compromised.

    The root is used in herbal medicine for coughs, colds and parasites mainly but it is a good restorative and tonic for chronic fatigue and infections. It benefits the hypothalamus, and is a thymus, spleen, endocrine tonic that has digestive, respiratory and immune stimulating properties that make it good to combat infections, especially of the respiratory, digestive tract or in cases of parasitic, worm infections or food poisoning. The root was popular candied and to make ale or beer drinks out of, but even then the candied root tastes bitter and pungent. The bitter quality helps to stimulate the body through reflex reactions of the digestive and respiratory tracts.

    Common Name Elecampane root
    Latin Name Inula helenium
    Family Asteraceae
    Parts Used Perennial- harvest second year or older root in the Fall
    Target Organs immune, endocrine, digestion, respiratory, stomach, pancreas, spleen, uterus, nerves, liver, kidney/ bladder
    Common Uses endocrine restorative, spleen thymus tonic, immune stimulant, infections, coughs, colds, catarrh, bronchitis, UTI, digestive, parasites, worms, stomach upset, food poisoning, fatigue, allergies,diabetes,
    Properties digestive immune respiratory stimulant, antimicrobial, demulcent, expectorant, anti-tussive, stomachic, astringent, demulcent, bitter tonic, warming, drying, anti-allergenic
    Constituents 40% inulin,E.O: camphor, sesquiterpenes lactones; mucilage, triterpenes, bitter resin, alkaloid, helinin, sterols, calcium, magnesium
    Cautions mild remedy: combine with demulcents for dry coughs. Do not use during pregnancy it is a uterine stimulant.
    Dosage Tincture: 2-4mlTea: 2-3 tsp steep 10-15 min

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    August 19, 2013

    Eucalyptus Herb and Essential Oil DIY Decongestant

     

    Eucalyptus is an evergreen tree native to Australia but is now highly cultivated around the world.

    The largest varieties grow in Tasmania and Victoria and reach up to heights of 375 ft., making it one of the largest trees in the world. It is the floral emblem of Tasmania.

    The young leaves are covered with a blue grey wax which is the origin of the name blue gum, and are in opposite pairs on a square stem. The older leaves are blue-green, alternate and sword shaped. The bark peels off in large chunks after time.

    Eucalyptus oil is known as being one of the most powerful remedies to combat colds and clear the respiratory system. Use in a tincture or essential oil.
    Eucalyptus oil is used in products like Vick’s Vaporub TM. Make your own eucalyptus rub without the petroleum by-products and use carrier oil mixed with eucalyptus essential oil to rub on the body as a healthier cheaper alternative when you need to decongest. Popular carrier oils to use are coconut oil, jojoba, hempseed or even use olive oil.
    Buy a sprig of eucalyptus at the florist to hang in the shower, or put a couple of drops of eucalyptus essential oil on a facecloth or in a small bowl or Chinese tea cup and place on the bottom of the tub or shower floor. When the water or heat hits the essential oils it will release the aroma and turn your shower into an aromatherapy steam room.
    Use Eucalyptus radiata with children.

    COMMON NAME EUCALYPTUS aka Blue Gum
    Latin Name Eucalyptus globulus
    Family Myrtaceae (Myrtle Family)
    Country of Origin Australia, Tasmania

    main distributor China

    Volatility Top note
    Extraction steam distilled from leaves of the tree
    Colour clear to slight yellow
    Aroma sharp, strong, camphor
    Caution Contraindications Do not use during pregnancy, with high blood pressure, epilepsy, severe asthma, or with chemotherapy treatments. Do not store with homeopathic remedies.
    Primary Uses Respiratory: bronchitis, coughs, colds, flu, sinusitis

     

    Muscular: pain, arthritis, aches

     

    Skin: wound healing, burns, aids in circulation and oxidation of cells,

     

    Insect repellent

    Properties analgesic, anthelmintic, antibacterial, anticatarrhal anti-inflammatory, antiprotozoal, antispasmodic, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, astringent, deodorant, diuretic, anti-infective, astringent, carminative, decongestant, diaphoretic, drying, stimulating expectorant, febrifuge, hypoglycaemic, immune stimulant, rubefacients,

    (Primary properties are underlined)

    Constituents Essential Oil Yield:

    1 -2.4%

     

    Sesquiterpene alcohols: <10% globulol, ledol, viridifloral,

     

    Aldehydes:

    valeric aldehydes

     

    Oxides: 50-85% Eucalyptol aka 1, 8 cineole,

     

    Monoterpene alcohol: terpineole,

     

    Monoterpenes: 10-15% a+b pinene, phellandrene, cymene, camphene,

     

    Sesquiterpenes: aromadendrene,

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    July 27, 2013

    A Natural Bird Deterrent for Wind Turbines and Windows

    Windows and wind turbines are a hazard to birds who cannot see them. If birds are flying into wind turbines and windows why not stick bird deterrent spider web stickers on them? These kind of stickers found at the nature and garden store works by bio-mimicry. Bio-mimicry is a new scientific term and science that copies nature or looks to natural elements and systems to solve problems. Nature of course has all the solutions.

    imageThis web sticker idea bird deterrent works by simulating a spiders web design, which picks up a UV light spectrum that humans can’t see. Birds see this reflection or refraction and it acts a warning that something is there and to stay away. Spiders naturally spin webs in windows where birds will see the light refraction. The design of the web helps to breaks up the window reflecting trees, which the birds think is wide open forest.

    These bird deterrent spider webs have inspired a German company to develop invisible paint using this UV spectrum designed after an Orb spider web. The paint is visible to the birds but invisible to us. Why not paint this UV paint on big turbines and windows and anything else that will endanger birds? Even though the paint is invisible I think the spider web design would be cool to look at too.

    http://www.sciencebuzz.org/blog/spider-webs-inspire-invisible-bird-safe-window-treatment

    Instead of saying wind technology doesn’t work maybe it’s the design that needs  changing.

    There are many new designs that are less costly, more efficient, and bird and human friendly.
    Why not put sensors on wind socks to harvest energy? Wind socks of the world unite!image
    This is one of the many new designs

    http://www.geek.com/science/super-efficient-wind-turbine-600-more-1554866/

     

    July 20, 2013

    Rare Mammatus “Breast” Clouds

    Mammatus, also known as mammatocumulus (meaning “mammary cloud” or “breast cloud”), is a meteorological term applied to a cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud. They are a rare example of clouds sinking in air, most form in rising air, and are associated with severe storms.

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    I saw these marshmallow skies at sunset over Toronto, Canada last night after the severe wind thunderstorm blew through. Trees were damaged and one huge tree had fallen on the path blocking it in the park.
    These “Breast” clouds, probably named by a man, are seen with severe weather usually after a storm, but it is pretty hard to see during.

    These cloud formations were named Mammatus because some scientist said it looked like a cows udder. I thought they looked like marshmallows, I would have named them Marshmalltus.

    If seen before a storm seek shelter immediately, some heavy weather and wind is coming your way. Although some people associate these clouds with tornadoes, it is not always the case. It was a wicked wind thunderstorm yesterday and some power lines and big trees came down as proof.
    It is advised not to chase these types of storm clouds, so I’m sure lots more will now.
    It is fitting that these breast clouds showed themselves on the anniversary of the arrest of Gwen Jacob who changed the law and got topless rights for women. The goddess thanks you from the skies and so do a lot of men I’m sure. Thanks for the mammaries!!! May the Breast Cloud be with you always.

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    July 15, 2013

    DIY Aromatherapy Body Spray

    imageCreate your own multi-purpose aromatherapy spray to use for body spritzers, perfume, cologne, first aid, linen or room spray.

    Create amazing smelling essential oil recipes to use as a first aid spray treating wounds and burns, or use the spray as a body mist, perfume, aftershave cologne or deodorant. Spray it on clothes and linens in closets to repel bugs and to make it smell fresh. Making your own body mist and room spray is better for your health and more economical.

    For a body spray use cooling essential oils to lower body temperature when it is too hot or use warming essential oils to warm the body when it is cold.

    One way to beat the summertime heat wave is to cool off using essential oils that lower body temperature. An easy and effective recipe is to use the powerful cooling action of peppermint essential oil in a spray bottle.

    Peppermint is really strong so be careful and keep spray and essential oils away from eyes.

    Read more about the many medicinal uses and cautions of peppermint essential oil

    Here ->

    http://earthelixir.ca/2013/06/06/do-not-use-peppermint-essential-oil-in-the-bath/

    imageCool Peppermint Spray Recipe

    ITEMS NEEDED:

    Spray bottle
    Essential oils
    Witch hazel or vodka
    Distilled water

    DIRECTIONS:

    1. In a spray bottle add essential oils.
    If using an 8 oz bottle which equals 1 cup or 250 ml

    Add 16-17 drops of peppermint essential oil

    For a strong oil like peppermint I use less drops-

    Around 1 drop per 15 ml of liquid.

    Use other cooling essential oils of your choice to create your own blends.

    Make it stronger or weaker depending on if you run hot or cold.

    When using other less strong oils like citrus top notes add more essential oil drops to make stronger smelling room sprays. An estimation is 1 drop per 2 ml

    2. Add 1 Tablespoon (which is equal to 15 ml)
    of distilled witch hazel or rose-water/ hydrosol for body recipes
    Or use vodka or pure ethyl alcohol for room spray

    3. Fill up the rest with distilled water

    (around 75 ml in a 100 ml bottle )

    You can make it with just water but adding the witch hazel or vodka makes it lasts longer and the essential oils mix together better. Adding Aloe Vera juice will help to treat burns or wounds.

    Make your own cooling recipes with these cooling herbs and essential oils found here -> http://earthelixir.ca/2013/07/15/keep-cool-in-the-summer-heat-with-herbs-and-essential-oils/

    Mix together and spray all over for a refreshing cool down.

    More information about peppermint herb found here->

    http://earthelixir.ca/2013/06/06/healing-properties-of-peppermint-herb/

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