Sweet Dreams Darling

 

Are you Sleepless in Seattle like me? I find a lot of us are. This pandemic isn’t very pretty and a bit stressful too.

So here are a few tips I use or have started to use to get better sleep that I find are working and make me look better when I wake up too.

Drinking tea like Chamomile or Holy Basil are calming to the nervous system and great to enjoy a cup an hour or so before you go to bed.

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Buy fresh lavender online and get some muslin or organza bags you can find at the craft or Dollar store. Make yourself some fresh lavender bud sachets. Place in pillowcase or hang from the bed post. The soothing and calming scent will make you feel relaxed. You can even make an eye mask with them if you like to sew.

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Take a bath…Especially if you are a shower guy or gal. Baths are miracle workers and can really settle you down after a long day. Even more so now. Use Epsom salts and add a few drops of jojoba and lavender oil. I like the brand called Aura Cacia. Did you know they even make lavender tea? So delightful to the tongue and to your spirits.

If you want to refresh tired feet soak them in a water basin and give them a bath with a few drops of peppermint oil.

Discover Spongelle... it is a hand wash buffer sponge that gives you  at least 40 hand washings and sanitizes too. More effective at removing germs and dirt than soap alone. The best part it has aromatherapy like ThymeTea Tree Oil. You can use it in a bath,in the shower or hand washing. You can even travel with it. Since we need to wash our hands often and haven’t been able to get manicures. I love to use this to keep clean especially for behind the finger nails. I’ve cut my nails back and love how clean and soft yet not dry my hands are.

A good nights sleep I think also requires clean pretty sheets and a lush BETTER  pillow. I found a pillow that is great to not only sleep with but helps with sleep wrinkles,Morning puffiness and marks. Bye Bye puffy face when you wake up in the morning!

Sleep and Glow  is designed with your face in mind! And is the brand and I can’t wait for you to check it out too.

http://www.sleepandglow.com

Make a nightly SLEEP ritual… and I wish you Sweet Dreams!

This week I featured these tips on River City Live on TV here in Jacksonville Florida. The video is available below and or on YouTube too.

http://www.rivercitylive.com                       http://www.news4jax.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Delicious Way to Keep Calm

Tea! 🍵 What a beauty!

I love ❤️ taking time for tea. While I am still a coffee ☕️ gal. I have grown to love and enjoy tea too.

Blooming Flowering 💐 Teas come in round hand sewn tea ball like delights. Once brewed they are delicious to the tongue and look so pretty in a clear tea pot.

These exotic and unique beauties keep you calm and feeling relaxed. I created a ritual years ago sipping these green teas. I discovered them when given to me as gifts and on my visits to the Orient. My fave are jasmine flowers, green tea with lavender and green tea with roses.

  • Take one of the tea bulbs
  • Place in a heat resistant glass tea pot or in a large coffee cup.
  • Boil water and allow it to relax for one minute.
  • Pour the boiled water into the teapot or cup and fill it completely.

After 3-5 minutes the actual flowers and tea leaves will unravel themselves and tea steeped. I prefer not to add cream or sugar but you can if you wish. Sometimes I use honey to enhance a cup or the entire tea pot.

Now, enjoy the tea flower view before you!

Just sit,sip and relax drink to your good health. Now more than ever we need to take time for ourselves. Men love it too. Try and taste new things.

Enjoy every minute of life just a little bit more!

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Creating A Healing Garden —

I love this blog post by another fellow blogger on WordPress. I have a healing garden but this blog tells you what I would post and tell you and so much more. Surround yourself with ALL things healthy in the new year! Take care of yourself! Be good to yourself.

Enjoy!

From Marigold to Aloe Vera, these are some of our favourite plants and herbs to create a healing garden at home. Being surrounded by nature is a peaceful, restorative experience and having your own home garden gives you the opportunity to be with nature every day. Going one step further, creating a garden that is…

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The Beauty in TEA Time!

There’s so much beauty in sipping a cup of TEA. The process alone is so relaxing and calming…especially when I have time for it. Not just a quick cup of it in the morning.

How about you do you like coffee or tea or both?

A few weeks ago I had a flight delayed in Atlanta and instead of going to the Delta Sky Club we chose to go to P.F.Chang’s. Stressed from running from one Terminal to another. Tired because the day had been very long and just wanted a cozy spot to compose and chill. Their tea is delightful iced or hot. But my fave is hot served in this pot. This is the way they serve it. By the time we had a few potstickers and two pots of tea we were so chilled out for our next hour flight home with a midnight arrival. Look for them on your next trip via Atlanta.

If you’re not traveling and at home. Save the tea bag or tea leaves from your tea and enjoy a facial steam with the leftovers. I like chamomile flowers found at your local fancy market. Lavender buds are also another great choice and both are calming. All you do is add the flowers or buds to a bowl of hot or very warm water you boiled from your tea pot. Place a lightweight towel over your head and go near the bowl for the steam to hit your face. Be careful. Do this for at least 10 minutes.Double-duty beauty! Inside and out.

So next time you’re stressed,rushed or just plain need a few minutes to yourself.

Skip the wine and have some tea time!

 

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Can you smell the lovely scent ?

On a long holiday weekend I love to make things and they are usually with a beauty or baking twist.

Cause I am on the road for work alot I am happy to stay in and chill. I made sugar cookies with lavender. And I made this scalp treat for my hair. I LOVE LAVEVDER! Do you? The scent is so relaxing, soothing,RELIEVES tension and great for migraines or a basic headache.

5 drops of essential oil. (I prefer Aura Cacia)

1/4 cup of olive oil (organic)

I Warm the oil and shut burner off. Sprinkle in the drops on the stove top and stir. The oil will make conditioning hair love~

I like to apply on wet hair. Massage into the scalp and the ends a bit too.I take a shower cap I have from my hotel stays and place my hair up in it. Leave on at least 15 minutes.

Shampoo when done. Rinse well.

If you are up to your lips in work or that TO DO list enjoy making and using this aromatic softer hair and happy hydrated scalp too!

ENJOY the beauty of lavender!

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Have you got a dirty little secret?

When was the last time you washed your… pillow ?

Every night you smoosh your face around and in the pillow. Picture this for months or a year or years! Not so pretty is it?

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Did you know that is recommended for us to wash our bed PILLOWS on a regular basis?

Who knew I never did this as often either too. However, washing them on a regular basis will get rid of sweat,makeup,skincare and those nasty dead skin cells and God knows what else that got on the pillow itself.

Check the label and see if they are washable and come clean!

What you will need to clean them is:

1/2 cup of laundry detergent

4-5 drops of lavender,rose or lemon oil (IFyou have another fave you like use that oil instead)

This is enough and great for washing 2 pillows!

  • Use enough detergent as for a full load of laundry.
  • Add the laundry detergent as the water fills. Then add your fave essential oil to the water in the machine.
  • Balance the pillows evenly and place them in the washing machine.
  • Run on gentle cycle.
  • I like to air dry them in the sun!

If you are tired of waking up to a never washed or smelly pillow… And perhaps you have acne or prone to blemishes too.

Come clean and you’ll see what I mean! I’ve been doing this for a few years and my complexion and face shows it and skin loves me!

Makes my pillows fluffier and fresh as a daisy too!

 

 

Relaxing Gifts…

IMG_0188.JPGSometimes giving a gift means giving one to yourself!

I think self-care is so important especially this crazy but beautiful time of year. I love to support the makers. You know sweet and small companies who make things with their hands. Like me. I love to whip up many beautiful things.

Rosie’s Handmade Jax makes an Aromatherapy Hot Pack that may be used hot or cold for when you need to relax and chill out and say “Goodbye to the bad days.”

Natural pain relief made by a MOMMY  (FYI Rosie is her little daughter) in Jacksonville Florida!  Made with 100% premium cotton and well made at that!

Lovely lavender takes the cares and stress away.

Do you or anyone on your list get migraine headaches or simply exhausted from working at the computer all day? Rosie’s HandmadeJax has a pack for your eyes too.

Find them on Instagram and Facebook at:

rosies.handmadejax

I’ve so loved these two handmade relaxing & calming beauties the past few weeks and simply had to share! You just might fall in love with them too! Or to give as a gift this holiday season.

You don’t have to spend a fortune on gifts! It truly is the thought you put into  that gift counts.

Come back to my blog for more gifts to make the people in your life smile!

 

 

 

 

 

LOVE you Lavender!

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Lavender is an aromatic delight that relaxes and soothes us just right!

To some people it may be an acquired taste OR scent. I so love sipping lavender tea. Lathering up with lavender scented body lotion and enjoy it’s relaxing properties in a lavender bubble bath.

One of my fave’s I featured on TV in Las Vegas this week was a steamy water facial bath.

  • First wash your face.
  • Next boil some water.
  • Then pour the water into a glass bowl or you may leave it on the stove with the burner off and get ready to clean your pores with this steamy aromatic treat. I like to add a couple of drops of lavender essential and sprinkle in a few lavender buds.I favor the brand  Aura Cacia for my essential oil treat.
  • Next, place a lightweight tea towel over your head and bend over allowing the steam to reach your face and the towel will help the steam not to escape. Do this for at least 5 to 10 minutes for it to help open your pores and release the dead skin build up and clogged pores. It’s like a workout for your pores!
  • After you’ve sweat it out and enjoyed the steamy facial…rinse your face with a gentle complexion bar soap or cleanser.
  • Pat dry and place a smidge of moisturizer on your face. And a dash of eye gel.
  • Go to bed with a refreshed face and skin. Wake up with happier skin.

 

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Another all time treat I like to D.I.Y. is to make bedtime sachets to tuck inside my pillow cases. The one above is for Sweet Dreams and a good nights sleep. Add a drop of essential oil i lavender will make it even more aromatic.

If relaxing dried lavender isn’t your thing, try this D.I.Y. by preparing a mix of dried mini rose buds or fresh rose petals. Add a drop of rose essential oil to the sachet. The rose scent is soothing to the spirit and have you resting in no time.

I adore playing in my beauty kitchen and my bathroom which I affectionately call my beauty lab/apothecary. My husband LOVES being my tester and my clients in my beauty cottage love when I share my beauty secrets and potions with them too.

I hope you’ll take time to smell and maybe take a bite of the edible flowers and whip up something with lavender too!

 

 

SPAaaaaaaaaaaah and Rituals!

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I told you I would post about my spa visit in Santa Fe New Mexico. And here it is.

I fell in love with the resort and caring staff at the La Posada De Santa Fe hotel and then I discovered the SPA! The Spa Sage in Santa Fe is a sweet relaxing retreat. Tucked in between our quaint and unique  rooms.

The spa was filled with a wonderful mix of products. Not always do you see that. From beauty to fashion accessories and fragrance.

One thing that caught my undivided attention was a sign holder with the words below and square white patches of cloth and a paper twist tie. Next to it were pieces of this silver gray sage. Here is what it read:

Sage is held sacred by many Native Americans because of its purifying energies.Traditionally cleanses both the body and the mind. Traditionally it is used in areas in smudging ceremony to clear the energy and purify the body.

Upon arrival at SPA SAGE,please make a bundle of sage while thinking of a concern you would like to release as well as good thoughts you would like to bring in.

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This practice will prepare you for complete relaxation during your spa experience. At the end of your spa journey you may leave your worries with us to burn at night in the fireplace or take the bundle home with you to burn or keep for a memory of your experience with Spa Sage.

I never experienced a spa quite like this and this extra special touch!!!

I took my bundle of sage that I put together at the spa so I could photograph it and show you! Tonight I AM following the spas instructions and burning it with intentions.

I also love the fact that if you stay at the lodge you can get a eucalyptus & lavender aromatherapy steam room treatment. Can you smell it?

HEAVENLY! And just what my body needed as I arrived with a respiratory infection. The spa also offers fabulous facials,massage,mani & pedi’s and more!

Come to find out a fan of the hotel staying there told me that Hollywood called and they just shot a movie at this hotel with Benjamin Bratt and a few other celebrities.

If you are ever out that way…you need to see this resort and SPA!

 

 

 

Lemon Love

I have always loved lemons just typing on the keyboard and posting this blog post makes my mouth pucker and water.

And I am always whipping up new recipes for beauty and healthy skin in my kitchen lab or in my bathroom. So, today was no different.I made some fresh lemonade for my husband and I started to really crave lemons. So, I made this lemon toner for face and body.

4 cups of distilled water

12 drops of lemon essential oil (I love the brand Aura Cacia)

1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar

Optional: I like to add a drop of lavender for another version of this.

After I mixed all of the above together I  poured it in a pretty spray bottle.

My skin loves this skin toner.photo LEMON

Today I smelled like lemons all day and I received many compliments on the way I smelled today. Citrus lifts your spirits too!