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Natural Beauty Secrets And Tips


You don’t need harsh chemicals or tons of money to get beautiful skin and shiny, healthy hair.  Read on for easy, inexpensive ways to look gorgeous naturally.  They are simple, yet luxurious.  Enjoy. : )


Luminous Face


1. For a radiant complexion slice a few grapes in half and rub the cut sides over clean skin. “The fruit acids are natural exfoliators,” explains Regine Berthelot, head aesthetician at the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza in New York City.


2. Chilean women credit the antioxidant powers of red grapes for their luminous skin. They create a paste by mashing up a handful of the fruit and adding 2 tablespoons of white flour. They then apply the mask to their face and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off. “It wakes up the appearance of tired and fatigued skin to give you an amazing glow,” says Shalini Vadhera, author of Passport to Beauty.


3. Actress Emma Stone revealed she uses grapeseed oil as facial moisturizer for her allergy-prone skin. Grapeseed oil is suitable for a wide range of skins types: those with acne-prone skin and those who are concerned about the appearance of aging. Apply about 3-4 drops of this antioxidant-packed oil with your fingers or using a cotton pad. Read more

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Back To The Garden: Rosemary Herbal Remedies


There is a bountiful garden in our backyard.  We grew many types of vegetables and herbs. Yesterday, while picking some lettuce in the garden to prepare for the evening’s dinner, I noticed that there’s an abundance of rosemary that is ready for harvesting.


I researched Jethro Kloss’ Back to Eden (a classic book on herbs, natural diet, and holistic health and lifestyle) for information about rosemary.  Besides using the leaves to flavor food, I want to find out what other uses it has.  According to the book, rosemary is a remedy for colds, colic and nervous conditions.  It’s very good in headaches caused by nervousness.  It is helpful in some cases of mental disturbance.  It aids digestion, cough, consumption and strengthens the eyes.  There are other uses but I would like to keep the list short. : )


Among many uses, rosemary is also an excellent ingredient for shampoos and is reported to prevent premature baldness or hair loss by stimulating the hair follicles.  Then, I researched the web and discovered that the herb may also relieve dandruff and dry, itchy scalp.  It stimulates and improves circulation to the scalp thus encouraging hair growth.  Additionally, rosemary leaves your hair soft and shiny. Read more

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Merging With Your Infinite Self Meditation


You can record the following meditation and play back for your personal use. Or you may click on the following link to listen to the video recording. Merging With Your Infinite Self Meditation


Background Information


In this meditation, your Infinite Self and your Soul are used interchangeably, and refers to the same Being.  However, for clarification, your Soul is a stepdown version and smaller aspect of your Infinite Self which is omnipotent and omniscient.


As you connect to the loving consciousness of your Infinite Self, life becomes more flowing.  Your priorities change.  You feel more confident because you know that you are one with the Source of all life and will always have all you need.  There is a rhythm of peace, joy and lightness in your life.


You can do this meditation in a sitting or lying down position. Read more

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56 Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint


In a previous post, Ranking Food’s Carbon Footprint, I wrote about the 12 ways to reduce our food carbon footprint and the importance of switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet.  For this blog entry, I will list 56 more ways on how we can live a more eco-friendly life by being more conscious of our carbon footprint and taking further steps to reduce it.


56 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint:


1. Only use your dryer, dishwasher and washing machine when you have a full load; don’t do half loads. This reduces the number of loads and the electricity used.


2. Whenever possible, hang your washing out on the clothesline rather than using the dryer.


3. Clean the lint filter in your dryer. This will reduce your energy used, saving the environment and your electric bill.


4. Bring your own mug to your favorite coffee shop. This will reduce the usage of the paper cups, the energy used to produce them and save trees. Paper cups are usually not 100% recycled.


5. To save water, turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. Read more

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Ranking Food’s Carbon Footprint


Carbon Footprint of Food


A carbon footprint is defined as the total set of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by an event, product, person or organization.  The carbon footprint of food is the greenhouse gas emissions produced by growing, rearing, farming, processing, transporting, storing, cooking and disposing of the food on your plate.  Food’s carbon footprint accounts for 25% of each household’s total carbon footprint, so your food choices do have a big impact on your overall contribution to global warming.


Ranking Food’s Carbon Footprint


The Environmental Working Group has released a guide which ranks proteins based on their environmental impact.  The chart above shows the lifecycle total of greenhouse gas emissions for common protein foods and vegetables, expressed as kilograms (kg) of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) per kg of consumed product.  Lentils top the list of the most eco-friendly foods you can eat.  The worst choice is lamb, followed by beef and then cheese.  The production of meat, fish and dairy has much higher greenhouse gas emissions than fruits, legumes and vegetables.  So eat smart by switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet to lower your personal carbon footprint. Read more