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.

Aromatherapy Products and Aromatherapy Supplies

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.

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Best Tips and Recipes for Going Green Series

jBr1tv1355309168  It’s simple! Just follow this blog! 🙂 From now until the end of December, daily tips for going green in our life! Going green is cost effective, easy and fun! Why should you be Going Green in your Home? Do you enjoy the smell of Bleach or Synthetic Air Fresheners? Are you cleaning your body on one end (detoxing) by eating right and then bombarding it with toxins on another end by using toxic products in our home? About 98% of store bought products are made with synthetically made chemicals. And we wonder why we are tired of being tired and sick of being sick! Commercial products you are using in your home are not good for our planet and the environment The home products you are using are toxic to your our dogs, cats and…children! Who is Really Winning? The companies who manufacture drugs, cleaning products, paints, insecticides are slowing killing us with toxicity. They care about their bottom line; not our health. I hope you become committed to going green in your home. Do it as a gift to yourself, your children, your animals and your planet! I wish you the best in your life and your home!

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Headache & Belly Aches Be Gone! Drink

Headache & Belly Aches Be Gone! Drink
ingredients:
2 tspn mint or thyme in a tea ball
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 an inch of ginger root
2 Tablespoons of honey (use maple syrup in children under 15 months of age)
32 oz of water
In a small pot add water and ginger root. Bring water almost to a boil. Take pot off of heat. Add tea ball and let steep for 5 mins. Add lemon and honey.
For Iced tea: let the finished tea cool completely before adding ice or putting in the fridge.
Variations: Substitute mint or thyme for chamomile at night. Serve hot.

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Growing, Harvesting & Propogating Basil

Growing, Harvesting & Propogating Basil

This is a picture of what my Basil and Rosemary looked like after cutting and placing into small plastic bottles and glass jars to begin growing their roots.

Growing, Harvesting & Propogating Basil

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Basil, Week 2

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Ocimum basilicum, is a popular sweet herb of the Mint FamilyBasil grown indoors requires at least six hours of sunlight

Grows easily from seed ~ Basil loves well drained soil

I use organic soil & peat pots to grow the babies.  In the fall, I cover the way back of my yard with the leaves and every two years, I use that beautiful soil in my gardening.


Basil, Week 3

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Starting Basil indoors: 
Place peat pots in a flat; cover with a plastic dome.  Rotate flat each morning to provide equal sun on both sides.Lift dome & gently spray the pots with water every other day or as needed; replace dome top.  You are checking to see if the soil is moist.

Seed Germination Period is 5 to 10 days.  See pics on this page showing the progress.


Basil, Week 5

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Once the seedlings have developed two (2) pairs of true leaves, then you can thin out the weakest seedlings in each peat pot.  This is when you can begin to use organic fertilizer.
Think of a newborn baby.  The baby needs food and to be kept directly out of the sun or the baby will get sunburned, right?  As you grow your basil, think of your seedlings as babies.  Treat them as such.

Allow adequate drainage ~ after transplanting to a pot, line the base of the pot with dime sized rocks

Hang bunches of stems up to air dry.  We also keep basil cuttings in water in a little gatorade bottle on our dinner table for easy access – whatever works

Basil is easily propagated through herbaceous stem cuttings. Place cuttings in water to root.  You’ll see roots shortly.  It’s amazing to see – get your kids involved


Basil outdoors in the garden

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Mother nature provides most of what Basil needs naturally! Basil is an annual plant, and loves the sun!  

Plant basil outdoors after the last spring frost.  

Plant in well drained soil; basil will grow in soils ranging in acidity.  


Companion gardening with Basil

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Plant Basil near tomatoes to improve growth and flavor. Basil also does well with peppers, oregano, asparagus and petunias. 

Basil can be helpful in repelling thrips. 

Basil is said to repel flies and mosquitoes. 

Do not plant Basil near Sage. 


Basil in my garden!   

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Leaf production slows or stops on any stem which flowers, so you should pinch off any flower stems to keep the plant in production ~ SAVE THOSE SEEDS FOR FUTURE PLANTING    Or if you know that you want your Basil to return, pick the flowers and let them drop to the ground!

After your Basil is done for the season, the leaves are beginning to yellow or wilt, it is time to cut. 


Propagating Basil

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Basil propagation from cuttings is easy!  Share your basil!  Take new plantings and give them as gifts!  Swap herbs with others!  It’s free!Take a four to five (4-5) inch basil cutting right below a leaf node. Remove the leaves off the bottom; approx. two inches from the end making sure that this cutting hasn’t flowered yet.

Place the cutting in a glass of water and put it where it can get good sunlight. Use a clear container so you can watch your basil propagation grow root!  I use little gatorade bottles or cleaned out jelly and sauce jars 🙂

Change the water every few days until you see root growth. Once the roots on your basil cutting are two inches or longer, you can plant the cutting in a pot indoors. Make sure you put the planter in a place where the plant will get sunlight.

Keep the basil on hand for cooking and for adding to your food after it’s prepared!

All of the pictures here are of my basil, from different years.  I have grown to love this herb; in cooking, while growing, the smell of it on my fingertips…
Give it a try!  You’ve got nothing to lose 🙂
Thank you!

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

How To Grow, Use & Harvest Lemon Balm

How To Grow, Use & Harvest Lemon Balm

One of the easiest (in my experience) to grow from seed, rooted cuttings, or by root division

Adds a lemon aroma wherever it is planted

Lemon Balm is relaxing and soothing for the nerves

It calms anxiety & also acts to restore depleted energy and revitalize us

Said to act as a decongestant and antihistamine,  helping with chronic problems like asthma or allergies

Balm prefers loose, somewhat fertile soil

Thrives in full sun but likes some shade  during the hot part of the day or it will wilt slightly

Lemon balm that is shaded during the hottest part of the day will have deep green leaves and a  stronger aroma. In full sun, or poor soil, lemon balm leaves become yellow and  loses it’s strong scent

Balm does not send runners (like mint) ~ it’s self seeding

Plant next to other vigorous growers (perennials) because  balm competes for space

Sweet yet invasive herb

Grows from 2 to 2-1/2 feet tall, bushes out laterally, so give them some side space

Trim plants to maintain bushy appearance

Clip back when it flowers

Mulch so it’s root system will survive the coldest winters

Drought tolerant ~ I rarely water (doesn’t like wet feet)

Harvest and it comes back with vigor everytime. Leave several leaves on the plant to prevent it from dying

If you keep it harvested and  don’t allow it to go to seed it stays under control

To harvest ~ cut the whole stems 3-4″ from the base of the plant, gather into groups of 5-6 stems,  tie and hang in a warm, airy location.

When dry, strip off the leaves,  store in a covered container and use as needed

Or wash some after harvesting to use fresh

Divide in the spring or fall

Take cuttings in midsummer to bring in for the winter

Grow from seed ~ start indoors in late winter & transplant

Lemon Balm Uses

Lemon Balm, week 2

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Lemon Balm Astringent 

1 Tbsp. fresh Lemon Balm
1 cup witch hazel
Combine the ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

Allow to steep for 1 week. Strain. Use 1 teaspoon per application with a cotton ball. Refrigerate if you wish.


Lemon Balm, week 3

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Lemon Balm Herbal Oil Infusion

Chop the Lemon Balm and place it in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
Cover the Lemon Balm completely with olive oil or other oil.

Allow the Lemon Balm to infuse into the oil for at least 2 weeks ~ shaking it daily.

At the end of two weeks strain the Lemon Balm from the oil infusion to prevent mold.

Label the Lemon Balm infusion and store it in a cool, dark area.


Lemon Balm, week 4

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Add a handful of Lemon Balm to a hot bath to help skin ailmentsLemon balm aids in cleansing by opening the pores

Use Lemon Balm with seafood or vegetables.

Combine Lemon Balm with mint in cooking to enhance the flavors of both herbs

Lemon Balm makes a good substitute for the flavor of lemon in recipes when there is no lemon on hand

Add Lemon Balm to foods and beverages that use mint to give them a mild lemon flavor

Add Lemon Balm to hot black tea with mint

Lemon Balm is used as a conditioner for oily hair



Lemon Balm, week 5

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Lemon Herb Butter
2 tablespoons
lemon balm, chopped fine
2 tablespoons thyme, chopped fine
1 cup butter, softened
Cream butter and stir in herbs.
Chill for at least 3 hours to allow flavors to blend.Lemon Balm facial
Boil 1/4 cup of lemon balm in a quart of boiling water and then hold your face close to the bowl, using a towel to form a tent around the bowl and trap in steam.

After 10 minutes, rinse your face with warm and then cool water

Hope you enjoyed and learned something new!!  
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Making Fresh Herbal Tea

Stress relief in a cup. 

If you deadhead your flowers and grow your own herb garden, your tea is free.  Simple as that.

In my household, our favorite tea is Peppermint.  Lemon Balm comes in a close second.

Muddling is the process of crushing or simply bruising herbs.  


Mortar & Pestle – go marble. 

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Genuine marble is non-porous and keeps odors and oils from penetrating.  A porous material will soak up both the soap from washing and the oils from previous muddling.  You don’t want your peppermint tea to taste like peppermint, soap and chamomile from a previous brew & wash! 


Granite is considered fairly non-porous.  It is possible for detergent residue to get in the uneven surface.

If you don’t mind a little carry-over, don’t wash a granite mortar and pestle every single time after use.  However, when washing, use a light amount of detergent, and then dry it and grind white rice in it.

Grinding white rice is a very common practice.


Pick the leaves or flowers before the heat of the sun begins to draw the oils out of the plant (preferred).  
PictureGet your leaves ready – rub them together or muddle with a mortar & pestle (see picture) to release their essential oils.

I highly recommend a tea infuser/mesh tea ball.

Or you can add the leaves directly to a mug or cup or your teapot.  For each cup of tea, add approximately 2 to 3 teaspoons of fresh leaves and/or flowers.Steep for 4-5 minutes. This will allow the flavors to release and provide the full, natural benefits of the herb.

Come visit us at Mind Body Soul Essentials, browse the selection of teas, herbs and tea products (like a Bamboo Strainer).
Bamboo Tea Strainer
Herbology is the study of plants, herbs, minerals and supplements used in the growing, cultivating and harvesting of the natural world.There is so much more information out there on tea blends, recipes and so on.  Ask your friends what their favorite teas are.  Everyone loves tea!