Monday, September 7, 2009

Ruby Rose

It's Ruby Tuesday over at Work of the Poet. This is only my second time to participate, but really enjoy showing off my reds. And, even more, I love to visit the other Ruby Tuesday postings too. Always colorful and fun, and we may learn a few things along the way!

Little difficult (okay -- a whole lot difficult) to read the label on the little bottle. So, I'll tell you, this is the most prized oil in the collection. It is rose oil.

A couple of facts:

It takes 2,000 pounds of fresh, hand picked, prime rose petals to yield 1 pound of pure Rose (Rosa damascena) essential oil.

"The healing properties of the rose have been utilized throughout the ages and (rose) still plays an important role in the East. It has been used for digestive and menstrual problems, headaches and nervous tension, liver congestion, poor circulation, fever (plague), eye infections and skin complaints."***
~~ Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Alan & Connie Higley

"Rose has been used for the skin for thousands of years. The Arab physician, Avicenna, was responsible for first distilling rose oil, eentually authoring an entire book on the healing attributes of the rose water derived from the distillation of rose. Throughout much of ancient history, the oil was produced by enfleurage, a process ofpressing the petals along with a vegetable oil to extract the essence. Today, however, almost all rose oils are solvent extracted.....

....It's 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."***

~~ Essential Oils Desk Reference (compiled by Essential Science Publishing)

Young Living's absolutely pure unadulterated and optimally produced rose oil is made from a variety of roses grown in Bulgaria, and a 5 ml bottle (about 80 drops) retails for a mere $236.51. I was so blessed to receive a FREE bottle as a bonus with an order I recently placed. As quoted below, Veronica believes its value is well above that of gold. (It is important to note that the information supplied here is in consideration of using these high quality therapeutic grade essential oils.

"I use to have bloating in my abdomen before my cycle along with cramping and other female 'symptoms'. I now use 1-2 drops of pure 'wonderful' rose oil on my abdomen starting 10 days before and up to my menstual cycle, no more bloating! Even during the month for other symptoms (depression, melancholy, etc.) I also apply it in circular motion on my heart, breath it in and apply to my ankles. Some may think it costly but believe me it is well worth more than gold. Give it a try!"***

~~ Veronica Mitchell, San Jose, CA, "oil-testimonials"

To learn more about essential oils please visit Heaven Scent Essentials. It is akin to an encylopedia of information on these wonderful oils and their benefits for holistic health and wellness -- body, mind, and spirit.

Again, be sure to visit Work of the Poet to see all the lovely Ruby Tuesday posts. And, of course, your comments are a blessing! Thank you for visiting Alive!

***DISCLAIMER: This is for informational purposes only, and does not substitute for professional medical care. Please consult and obtain permission from your doctor or health care professional before using essential oils and other complementary therapies.

Blue Water - Blue Monday

Today is Labor Day. A day to rest from one's labors -- so they say. From "Alive!" that means no special health and wellness information in the post today, but be looking for a very special post for Ruby Tuesday tomorrow where you'll be able to learn much about highly prized Rose Essential Oil and its tremendous benefits for your well being.

We've been spending lots of time with the family this weekend. All three of the grandbabies together is a real treat. So, I'm keeping it simple and sharing a few photos of the swimming adventures on Saturday for this Labor Day Blue Monday over at Smiling Sally's blog. The water was blue and chilly. You may discover a blue lip or two in the photos as well.

Little Emerson has this opinion of the swimming pool most of the time. She also has a "shiner" from falling off the slide at Kids Day Out. Poor little Emmy.

Before the afternoon was over her Daddy convinced Emerson to come into the water with him. She wouldn't have any part of riding in this cute toy, but she thought it was a hoot to give the little guy kisses.

Isaac just enjoyed himself every way he could. Always exploring new points of interest. This bucket kept him busy for quite some time.

Bananas are one of his favorite treats. Do you suppose Isaac thinks this noodle is really a fruity treat. I'm not believing those bites he kept taking were very tasty. Don't you just love the size of those trunks on him?!?!

Mikah is three and a half. She taught herself to "swim on top of the water" this summer. She's checking out her goggles in this photo, I believe.

Just a perfect Kodak moment of Mikah and her Daddy!

Papa found a spot in the shade and fell asleep....

Be sure to leave your comment so I'll know you've been here. I would be pleased if you also checked out some of my other blog posts. Also, please be sure to visit many of the other bloggers posting for Smiling Sally's Blue Monday.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Reflexology for Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)... I'm asked about reflexology for this challenging condition so often....I'm thinking that I've posted about it a while back, too. Today I would like to share an article by one of my favorite fellow reflexologists, Amy Kreydin. You will find some very useful information here that, I pray, will lead you to consider reflexology for RLS if this is a challenge for you. Amy has a knack for getting right to the heart of the challenge, presenting the facts about it, and offering hope through her suggestions about reflexology (and other complementary therapies) that may be helpful as well. To learn more about reflexology's many benefits visit Footsteps In Eden.

(Photo from Stock Vault)