Calendula, Calendula, Calendula

They should make a song about Calendula.  Or maybe they already have.  It should be catchy and light and fancy free.  Simply put, Calendula ROCKS.

Calendula is is a beautiful flower, when looked upon brings a smile to your face.  An even bigger smile should appear when you find out that it is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial – among other things.

Look at this gorgeous creature

Calendula

Calendula Powder, Flowers, Oil can be fund to purchase at Mind Body Soul Essentials!

Calendula has been used medicinally for centuries to heal wounds, burns and rashes, internally and externally. Calendula flowers have also been used traditionally to support the immune system and lift the spirits.

Calendula flowers, are also known as Calendula officinalis, Gold-bloom, Marigold, Marybud and Pot Marigold.

The resin, which forms at the green base of the Calendula flower head, are an important part of calendula’s healing. If you are buying calendula, make sure it has a bright yellow or orange color, which is a good measure of its freshness and medicinal quality.

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Therapeutic Properties: Anti-inflammatory to skin and mucosa, Lymphagogue (moves lymph), promotes healing of damaged tissue, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, stimulates menstrual flow, warming, drying, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial

Topical Uses: poultice, compress, infused oil and salve. Dilute tincture with water (1 part tincture to 3 parts water) for topical use.

Common Uses: Rashes, stings, wounds, burns, sunburns, abrasions, swellings, eczema, acne, surgical wounds, scrapes, chicken pox, cold sores, genital herpes sores, and as a douche for bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection and cervical dysplasia.

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Calendula Inspiring Information

Calendula tea is commonly used to help heal peptic ulcers, esophageal irritation from GERD, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Calendula may be called upon for grief and sadness along with other cheering flowers: rose, mimosa and lavender.

Gargle for sore throat, canker sores, periodontal disease, thrush, sore and bleeding gums.

Calendula helps heal inflammation from infection or irritation through its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial actions.

Used for poor immunity, respiratory infection, to help prevent infection through stimulating the lymphatic system.

Helpful herbal companions, Lemon Balm and Lemon Verbena.

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How to Make Calendula Infused Oil Recipe

Put calendula flowers into a mason jar. Cover calendula to the top of the jar with olive oil, stir slowly to relase air bubbles and cover tightly. Let sit for two weeks to infuse. Remember, the long it sits, the stronger the infusion. Drain with a cheescloth and ta-da! You’ve made an herbal infusion! Now store the covered jar in a cool, dark place.
You can also put fresh petals in a jar of oil in the sun for two weeks to create a solar-infused oil.

Organic Calendula Flowers

How to Make Calendula Salve Recipe

To create a calendula salve, blend four parts infused oil and one part melted bees wax. Or combine four parts cocoa butter, shea butter, or a combination with one part beeswax and one part oil. Definately adjust the amount of oil and beeswax to create the consistency you want. According to renown herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, salves are made by adding ¼ cup of beeswax to one cup of infused oil. Heat until the beeswax has melted.
Pour into a wide jar and cover. This mixture will thicken into a salve that you can use for burns and abrasions. It is also useful for diaper rash and other skin ailments.

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How to Make Calendula Tea Recipe
Calendula tea is so easy to make. Put a couple of teaspoons of calendula petals in an infuser ball and pour a cup of boiling water over it; steep for 7-10 minutes. Drink up for tummy aches or use the tea to make a hot or cold compress.

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Making your own herbal products gives you control over the ingredients you chose to put in or on your body. Experiment, experiment, experiment!!  Add other herbs to your salves and infusions.

 

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How you can use Flower Waters (Hydrosols)

Create a relaxed state of mind...

How you can use Flower Waters (Hydrosols)

 

Spritz yourself with Flower Waters to cool off, soothe a hot flash, relieve sunburn pain or itching, bolster concentration and wakefulness, or brighten a dull mood,

Add a few cups of Flower Waters to bathwater,

Spritz Flower Waters on face over makeup, on hair for set and scent, and fingernails to maintain health and growth,

Add a few drops of Flower Waters to your creams and lotions to benefit from the plant’s healing and soothing properties,

Many hydrosols are natural airborne disinfectants. Use Flower Waters to disinfect your hands, clean the air, or make homemade wet wipes,

Air Fresheners: Use Flower Waters to add both natural fragrance and healthy, botanical substances to your indoor air,

Flower Waters are free of the cancerous or toxic synthetic chemicals found in most air fresheners,

Spray Flower Waters in dryer before putting in clothes,

Spray Flower Waters on clothes during ironing,

Use Flower Waters as a linen sprays on sheets

Aromatherapy Flower Waters

Jasmine Flower Water

Lavender Flower Water

Orange Blossom Flower Water

Roman Chamomile Flower Water

Rose Flower Water

Ylang Ylang Flower Water

 

“Look in the perfume of flowers and of nature for peace of mind and joy of life.”
-Wang Wei

Create a relaxed state of mind…

Aromatherapy waters have been used as a natural healing alternative for centuries to harness the combined power hidden in essential oils extracted from flowers, herbs, fruits, plants and trees.

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Flower Waters are lovely fragrances ~pleasantly aromatic and not overbearing~
Naturally made with 100% Pure Essential Oils and distilled water
Enjoyed for their wonderful aroma, flower waters also provide hydrating and refreshing benefits to the skin. Mist your body, pour into a bath, or use as a natural room freshener. The most popular flower waters, Sweet Rose and fragrant Orange Blossom, are also suitable for food use as delightful additions to desserts, beverages and candies. The other flower waters include relaxing Lavender, calming Chamomile, sensual Jasmine, and alluring Ylang Ylang, each one packaged in a blue cobalt bottle with accompanying mist sprayer.

Ingredients: Distilled water and 100% pure essential oils.

Come check them out! 🙂

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Candy Cane Bath Salt Gift Recipe

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CANDY CANE BATH SALT RECIPEIngredients:
4-5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
1/2 cup Sea Salt
2 cups Epson Salt
2-3 drops red food coloring
2 mixing bowls or gallon sized ziploc bags
large glass jar (see picture)

Mixing Bowl/Bag One: 
1 cup of Epsom salt and 1/4 cup of sea salt
Add 2-3 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil and mix.

Mixing Bowl/Bag Two: 
1 cup of Epsom salt and 1/4 cup of sea salt
Add 2-3 drops food coloring and mix until the color is even.
Add 2-3 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil and stir.

Create stripes in the jar by layering the white salts and the colored salts, like a candy cane! For gift giving, top off the jar with red ribbon, a bow and a few real candy canes.
Have fun!

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Click here to purchase Therapeutic Mineral Bath Celtic Sea Salt 

Company’s Coming Over! Argh, my house stinks!

Company’s coming over.  Quick, clean up and spray the house and especially the entrance way with Febreeze or Glade!

NO!

Those commercial sprays are unhealthy and the scent is gone quickly.  They don’t do anything but smell good for a quick second and contain chemicals that we breathe in. Do you like inhaling chemicals?

It’s just as easy to light a candle in a candle burner that holds water & a few drops of essential oil in lieu of a candle tart. No chemicals.

Seriously, if you can just light a candle and make your entire home smell just as wonderful, but have the scent last!!! And have the healthy benefits of antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, congestion busting Essential Oil properties spread throughout the house at the same time – why not?

Oh yeah, and it costs LESS!!!

Why isn’t everyone doing it?

Put some water in the bowl on top of the candle holder.  Then add a few drops of Essential Oil to the water.  Light the candle and you’re DONE!

Choose your Essential Oil for the properties you want or need.  Need energy? Stressed out? Want to clear your sinuses and feel better?

I personally love diffusing Lavender, Lemongrass or Orange.  Lavender relaxes me and the kids and helps me get to sleep, Lemongrass helps with nervous exhaustion and is a mild antidepressant and Orange puts some pep in my step.

Check out our 100% Pure Essential Oil selection at Mind Body Soul Essentials.  It’s one click and you’ll discover all the benefits of using essential oils.

Do yourself and your family a favor and clean up the air you breathe inside our home.  You’re worth it.  Click below to explore & learn!

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Halloween Classroom Activities – Witch’s Brew & Halloween BINGO

Two Classroom Festivities that I’ve done before that were hits!  I have not and do not dare try this is middle school (7th grade and up).  I think that my daughter would be mortified.  No, I KNOW she would be.  But I can say that up until 6th grade, all the kids loved the brew and bingo!

Halloween BINGO: Play a few rounds of Halloween BINGO with prizes for the lucky winners!  The favorite prizes were not candy; the kids like sticky, oozing, gooey goop, slime and other things like that.  (Eww)  In lieu of numbers, I made bingo cards with pictures of witches, pumpkins, ghosts, candy corn, etc.  I printed out the pictures to use in the classroom to call from and printed out the bingo sheets for the kids to play on.  We use candy corn as markers. Pour the candy corn in little cups OR before arriving at school, place one bingo card and some candy corn in a Halloween decorated plastic ziploc, so it’s easier to hand out and takes less time to start the game.  Buy at least three bags of candy corn, because most of the candy corn is eaten! Yummy

Witches Brew: Sent a letter to all of the parents through the teacher.  Ask one parent to arrive to the classroom dressed as a friendly witch, who will help the class make the special Witches Brew.  Each child is asked to bring an ingredient for the brew to the party.  With the witch’s help, they add their ingredient into the cauldron one by one and as the witch stirs the cauldron, they all help make the Witches Brew.   A little cooperation + taking turns = Halloween fun!!  Also ask for additional items, like plastic baggies because after they snack, there will be leftovers to be brought home.  See below.

Sample letter:

Witches Brew: A friendly witch will help us make the special Witches Brew.  Each child has been asked to bring an ingredient for the brew to the party.  With the witch’s help, they will add their ingredient into the cauldron, as she stirs, to help make the Witches Brew.   A little cooperation + taking turns = Halloween fun!!

Please find your child’s name and their ingredient to bring into class below:

Child’s Name – Bat Brains (Smartfood Popcorn)

Child’s Name – Witches’ Warts (Milk Chocolate Chips)

Child’s Name – Bloated Ants (Raisins)

Child’s Name – Ghost Guts (Mini Marshmallows)

Child’s Name – Plops of Pigeon Poop (White Chocolate Chips)

Child’s Name – Cheesy Owl Eyes (Puffed Cheese Balls)

Child’s Name – Boiled Lady Bugs (Red Jelly Beans)

Child’s Name – Candied Spider Eggs (Gum Drops)

Child’s Name – Goblin’s Belly Button Lint Balls (M&Ms, Any Style)

Child’s Name – Wolf Toenails (Candy Corn)

Child’s Name – Earthworm Knots (Miniature Pretzel Twists)

Child’s Name – Dehydrated Dragon’s Wings (Doritos)

Child’s Name – Splintered Turkey Bones (Shoestrings Potato Chips)

Child’s Name – Compressed Cobwebs (Chex Brand or Similar Cereal)

Child’s Name – Crumbled Bat Wings (Smartfood Popcorn)

Child’s Name – Cheesy Owl Eyes (Puffed Cheese Balls)

Child’s Name – Chocolate-Dipped Houseflies (Chocolate-Covered Raisins)

Child’s Name – Flattened Slugs (Sour Patch or similar type Earthworms)

Please email, text or call if you can send in any of these additional items:

~ Plates             ~ Napkins

~ Cups        ~ Goodie Bags

~ Ziploc Bags ~ Juice boxes or pouches

We are shooting for smiles, fun, laughter, good times and happy memories!!

I hope you can use this!  I love Halloween!!  If you do, let me know how it went!  If you have any questions, email me at vmbsrm@mindbodysoulessentials.com  ~ Vanessa