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Tuesday, November 6th, 2007
1:13 pm - Skin Care during and after weight loss

 * Cross-posted *

I am endeavoring to lose a large amount of weight.  I am taking a whole food, natural and organic approach to my health and would very much like to begin caring for my skin along those guidelines to prevent as much as possible the sagging loose skin so many who lose a lot of weight deal with.  All suggestions are welcome!!!

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Tuesday, February 6th, 2007
4:02 pm - Home Made "Shower Soothers"

Now that my children are older, they don't care for steam treatments for cold and flu very much anymore. Inspired by a product I saw on television, these "Shower Soothers" are great for people who just won't sit still over the steam bowl, but will take showers.

Combine the following essential oils:

10 drops Tea Tree
5 drops Eucalyptis (Globulus)
3 drops Eucalyptis (Lemon, "Citridosa")
3 drops Ravensara
1-2 drops Red Thyme*

Place 2 regular Alka Selzter in a small bottle with a screw top or rubber seal ( like a mason jar). Add essential oil blend. Let soak, swirling occasionally. These can be made well in advance- I usually just keep a few on hand all the time in cold season.

To Use: Drop one Alka Selter in the shower just before starting. When the water hits it, the tablet dissolves, and the essential oils mix with the shower steam, creating am herbal "steam bath".

*Use extreme caution when blending with Red Thyme oil, as it can be caustic to the skin. I have included it in this blend for it's wide spectrum anti-viral and bacterial properties. Omit the Thyme oil if preparing this blend for anyone with sensitive skin, and NEVER apply directly to the skin.

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Thursday, September 7th, 2006
12:41 pm - Rosacea

Just wanted to write a brief post about my experience with Rosacea. Mine has been getting progressively worse as I age. The symptoms, besides irregular red splotches ( to me it looks like burns on my face when I flare-up) I also experience flaking and some scaling on my neck.

About 18 months ago, I was having a particularly intense flare-possibly due to an "natural" face cream I was trying. Sitting at my desk at work, I suddenly just knew Sea Buckthorn oil was the answer. I went at lunch to a health food type market and found a whole line of products by Aubrey Organics made with Sea Buckthorn oil.

I have been using them ever since, nd I haven't had a flare up since-well almost. I recently ran out and stupidly decided to try something else. Boy that was a failure-I got reminded in a BIG way how bad my skin can get! I went right back out and got the Sea Buckthorn and voila! I can practically forget I even have Rosacea anymore, even without makeup!

Hope this helps anyone out there experiencing the same thing!

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Sunday, July 16th, 2006
5:57 pm - materia_medica community

Hello all! I am very excited to have a new community up for people of like mind to share in the wealth of knowledge to be had in regards to herbalism, holistic healing, alternative therapies, mindful living, and evironmentalism. I am looking forward to reading all of the interesting posts that I am sure will become part of this fascinating endeavor and looking forward to making your aquaintance.

Hails and well met.


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Wednesday, May 17th, 2006
10:33 am - Holistic/natural ingredients...

I've watched this community for a while, but haven't joined for posting until today.  I suspect most of the people who watch this community are from the U.S., but I found this great site in the U.K. and thought I'd share, in case anyone else could find it useful.

It's a sort of one-stop shop for holistic supplies.  I found it useful, at least.


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Tuesday, May 16th, 2006
2:58 am - What you don't know about your cosmetic ingredients can hurt you...

Thought it would be important to bring up these scary facts regarding dangerous, toxic chemicals in numerous cosmetic products (among other common household products) that most of us use...

Here are some informative links:

Listing of unsafe and questionable chemical ingredients commonly used in cosmetics

Have your personal care products been assessed for safety?

The dark side of beauty

Not too pretty

Are your beauty products killing you?

Campaign for safe cosmetics

Household toxic tour

Chemical Body Burden

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2006
7:45 pm - Spa therapy career feedback needed

Hi there,

I am not sure where to post this question, so I've x-posted it to a variety of places. I hope that is okay, if not, please let me know and I'll delete it.

I am looking into a career as a wellness spa therapist / esthetician.

What I'm wondering is, if any of you are working in the spa therapy field, and what it is like. Particularly in regards to salary, benefits, upsides and downsides of working in a spa. I am unsure if I will be making enough money to live on, if it is minimum wage with tips? Do you get paid for sick days, or days with fewer clients?

Would you think it surprising that someone with a B.A. in psychology would want to pursue this kind of career? I'm just not sure if it's all I hope it to be, and if I will be making a mistake.

Any advice, input about these concerns would be greatly appreciated.

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Saturday, February 18th, 2006
11:03 pm - Preventing

Just wondering what success you all may have had preventing illness, or more specificly to the season, the flu or the cold.
Any ideas would be great!


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Wednesday, July 6th, 2005
10:41 am - Why does it take a question from a member to spark me into action lately...

It's been awhile since I've updated, obviously. Seems it takes a question from a member to get me sparked up. This time, there was a question from thenewyear about insomnia. Well this one's right up my alley. I had it as a child, a youth, a teen and still today. You learn coping methods. The worse for me is getting to sleep night before something's about to go on. As well as a few of the tricks I suggested to her in the last post for natural herbal mixtures and scents there's a method of putting myself to sleep that I learned reading a transcendental meditation book when I was about twelve that does the job amazingly. It was actually and excersize in attempting astral projection, but the relaxed state it puts you into is just the trick for "floating" off to morpheus' world of sleep. I've adapted it HIGHLY to fit my own usefulness and what I'm typing out below is how I've fine tuned it to work for ME. You can take this and use it as is, or over time, adjust it to suit what works for you. If you have problems sleeping give it a try, what could it hurt?

To sleep...perchance to dream....

Lie down in a position most comfortable to you, on your back is usually best for this but not necessary. I have apnea myself and need a bit of an adjustment OFF my back so I don't wake up gasping, so find what works for you. You can set the room as you wish, lavender rooms sprays, relaxing music, I have a channel on my satellite that plays nature sounds, I like to use that when I'm going heavy duty on trying to get to sleep.

Now that you're adjusted, acclimated and comfortable, close your eyes and breathe in deep. Hold it. Let it out slowly. Do this about 5 times. Then concentrate on your mind. Take a FEW moments to think about all the things cluttering up your mind, then push them out! Concentrate on a visual of a vast relaxing sky. Night or day, clear cloudy or starry, it doesn't matter, it's the expanse of the sky that matters. Watch the stars twinkle or the clouds drift by until your mind is blank of everything except that.
Then I want you to become aware of all sensation in your body. The twitches, the feelings, everything. Imagine every one of those feelings becoming a point of light.
Now, beginning at your toes, move these points of light up your body towards your navel. Do this one body part at a time, feeling all sensation leave that body part and then moving on to the next part. Start with the toes, mentally watch each point of light move to gather at the top of the foot. Then move it up the foot to gather at the upper ankle, bringing all the points of light along the whole foot with it. Continue this up the leg to the knee, etc until you have it all gathered at the navel. Then do the fingers, hands and arms bringing it down your chest leaving your body sensationless and relaxed. You may feel tingles and itches. Ignore them, your mind will learn to banish them in time. Treat the itch as a straggling points of light and bring them one at a time, over your body to your navel to meet with the others.
Now for your head and face. Take the TIME to clear these parts. Feel each movement of light as it travels across your hair. This usually gives me a pleasant shiver. Move it down to caress and relax your face. Start at the forhead and move it down slowly. The eyes, the nose and cheeks, the lips... chin.. then slowly down the neck. Feel the stress leave you with the points of light. Bring it down your chest to meet at the navel.
That gathered mass of light at your navel is now what's known as the "silver cord". In astral projection it's what keeps your astral body connected to your physical body. For the rest of this excersize we'll refer to it in these terms but even if you aren't into practicing this, the method is still powerful, and they say that dreamstates are just another form of astral projecting.
Feel your astral body waiver over your physical one. You can now feel yourself "seeming to float" over yourself. Your body and astral will be connected by the silver cord, allowing you to return/awaken whenver you concentrate on doing so. The cord will snap back and bring you home. Feel yourself waiver and rise.
Now create an image you wish to travel to. Somewhere serene and peaceful. My two personal favourites, "faery realm", exploring the wheel of the year, arriving in spring and travelling through the summer, autumn and winter circle of the wheel ending with the "in woods gathering" of the pagan world brought about by the end/beginning of the wheel's cycle... or... my personal escapes; a waterfall oasis in the middle of a deserted woods.. and sometimes in place of that, an underground cavern with a waterfalls lit up by the glowing lichen that gives these grottos their eerie beautiful aura. And if any of you grew up on "Goonies" there's always that cavernous lagoon with the abandoned pirate ship. ;) But wherever your relaxation place becomes it should be what's right for you. Moonlit forest, top of a mountain, wherever, as long as it makes you happy. Spend time there, enjoy it all, it may become part of your dream, or, it may end up just the thing that lets you drift off. One thing you will notice, you'll wake up feeling more refreshed and at ease than you have in a long time.

(For those of you that want to persue it further to attempting astral projection, when you get the that waivering stage, start concentrating on where you wish to be. A face, a place, anything that will set your destination. Concentrate on going there. With practice you should be able to achieve that. When you wish to return, think "I want to return home" and let your silver cord bring you back. Try to align and slowly re-enter your body or you could end up with a headache. ;) For further exploration into this on the astral projection level, I suggest "Forever, You" by T. Lobsang Rampa. It's the one that I first checked out and gave me the inspiration to use it as a place to retreat into my own world to help me sleep better, relax, and cope with all the hectic garbage life throws at me.)

Please, if any of you try any part of this, share it with us and let us know how it worked for you, maybe tell us the "haven" you created to slink away to, anything. Either here in this post under comments or in a new post.

Hope it helps!


****** On another note, I'm also looking for a few Mods to help me keep this place running. With my schedule lately, I've found I don't have that much computer time to put up many posts sharing cheap at home spa secrets, herbal hints and remedies, the amusing recipes like the home made "edible panties" recipe I posted awhile back, lol.. or tips and hints like these. If you're interested in the position and have the time to put up a few posts from time to time, let me know and I'll pick out a few of you to help out and share with you some of the sites I get my spa tricks and all of that with. Hopefully we can get this place rolling along again.

Thanks to you thenewyear for asking for a tip and reminding me that this place was an interesting little corner for awhile and making me want to get it rolling again.

current mood: contemplative

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1:31 am

Does anyone know of any natural sleep aids?

I know I have a problem with insomnia, but there is no way I am getting myself hooked on any harsh perscription sleeping pills.

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Tuesday, April 26th, 2005
11:37 am - Help For Rosacea

Hello all,

I have rosacea on my face and also some psoriasis issues on my neck. I have tried EVERYTHING!!! About two weeks ago, I decided Sea Buckthorn was the thing that would work ( intuitive healer,me)

Aubrey Organics has a Sea Buckthorn serum and also a moisturizer with Sea Buckthorn and ester C.

After about 2 weeks, my skin has never looked better and I just noticed the neck stuff is almost completly gone! I've varying degrees of that for over 10 years.

Just thought I'd share in case it might help anyone else.



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Friday, March 18th, 2005
6:33 pm - Poll results

Okay, I've compiled the results of the poll, both from the online poll and the ones I printed a hard copy of and handed out in my classes.

It looks like the top fragrance groups are:
1) Citrus
2) Amber/Oriental
3) Floral
4) Chypre

The top scents in each group are:
1) anything citrusy (those polled had a hard time differentiating between lemon/lime/orange etc.)
2) vanilla, musk, sugar
3) lavender, rose
4) patchouli, sandalwood

Lots of folks like fruity scents, they ranged all over the board. And people either love or hate patchouli, though my results show that more people dislike it than like it.

As far as stimulation, citrus-based scents were #1 again, followed by Oriental, Spicy and Floral. Least stimulating scents are in the Green category.

Blends cited as stimulating were citrus-fruity, fruity-floral, rain-musk, lavender-vanilla, rose-green, rose-ginger and cucumber-melon.

I created this poll because I'm a massage therapy student and I'm getting ready to graduate, so I'm looking at doing something to set myself apart in the market. I am a crafter of all sorts (soap, candles, quilting, crochet, knitting, etc.) and I've been looking into making my own lotions. My supplies arrived yesterday (though I think I'm going to be ordering more fragrance and essential oils) and I've already made three bottles of lotion. I'm toying with the idea of possibly marketing (on a small scale, for now) my own lotions and soaps in my studio. I'm toying with a few other ideas and possibilities too, but this is ultimately why I made this poll. I wanted to see what the majority of people want, because I have some seriously limited capital.

Thanks a WHOLE bunch to all who took the time to take my poll. Your time and information was very appreciated.

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Sunday, March 13th, 2005
10:21 pm


I'm a massage therapy student in central Texas and I'm working on a research project. In order to reach as many people as possible, I'm cross-posting this entry. Please accept my apologies if you see this more than once.

I've posted a poll in my own journal, which can be found at auroraselene. It's about fragrances and which ones you like. There are four questions, it'll take less than five minutes to take the poll. Please help with my research project. Thanks, I really appreciate it!

x-posted to

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Monday, February 28th, 2005
12:22 pm - Hello!

I'm new to the community - just found it, s'matter of fact. I'm hoping there are enough Canadians to help me with this question. Do you know of any chains or stores in Canada that carry green tea extract cream? I don't know if it's so common no one sees fit to advertise having it or if it's so obscure that I'll be ordering online.

Also, any recommendations for reasonably inexpensive but decent brands (and where I might purchase them) of sensitive skin cleansers with Vitamin C?

Thanks much!

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Friday, February 25th, 2005
3:52 pm - Appetite suppressants

Does anyone know of any natural appetite suppressents?

Am dieting and want something i can either injest or use as say a tea or even for aromatherapy.

Thanks :- )

current mood: cheerful

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Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005
6:18 pm - Psoriasis

I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for psoriasis treatments. Thank you.

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Monday, January 10th, 2005
10:13 am - Herbal Toner/Face Wash


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2 tbsp lavender (healing, antiseptic, disinfectant, cleanser)
2 tbsp echinacea (protects skin from solar radiation, antioxidant, fights bacteria)
2 tbsp red clover (fights skin infection, cleansing)
2 tbsp calendula (great skin wash, dries and heals breakouts, soothing)
3 cups water

Boil water and pour over herbs in a medium sized bowl. Let steep for 2 hours, or until cool. Strain herbs out and you've got the perfect skin wash/toner. Apply with soft cotton ball, pressing wash into skin.

Keep refrigerated for a longer shelf life.

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current mood: fresh

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Thursday, October 28th, 2004
10:14 am - Beating a Fever

When my girls were little and trying to fight a fever seemed darn near impossible someone told me an old folk cure that works. It's gross, but works. You need:

-white socks
-one whole onion

Slice onion thinly and place half in each sock. Put on feet, and leave on all night. By morning the onions are cooked, and the fever either gone or reduced dramatically. The smell is horrible, so make sure the socks can be thrown out, and wash the bedding. I used to sprinkle rose water on the bedding, especially the pillow cases so they'd inhale that instead of the onion scent. Or I'd grab some cheese cloth, fill with aromatic spices or herbs and place between pillow and pillow case so the lovely aroma would filter out and the girls would not complain overly about the onions.

For a sore, red, and raw nose I used glycerine and rose water to dab on to keep the skin soft and less likely to crack and become irritated from too much tissue use.


current mood: awake

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Friday, September 24th, 2004
8:12 pm - Essential Oil Perfume

A handy trick I learned from an herbalist I worked for is how to make an essential oil perfume without using alcohol. This works for me for a few reasons: First, perfumes made without alcohol smell more like the essential oils and do not have a strong alcohol scent; Second, any allergic reactions to alcohol are eliminated; Third, the following carrier agent can be used in formulas where oils seem too heavy and alcohol would irritate delicate tissues.

Essential Oil Perfume/room refresher

30 drops essential oils of choice

1/2 tablespoon vegetable glycerin

4 oz water

When I made this I just shook it repeatedly in a cobalt blue bottle (brown also works to protect the essential oils from degredation) and used it as soon as possible. Every time you use it shake it first. The glycerin disperses the essential oil mix into the water with shaking, even though some of the essential oils will float on the surface after sitting for awhile.

Vegetable glycerin can also be used as a carrier agent when making essential oil mixes for the bath. It is a skin softener, and can be used in formulas for dry skin. It is relatively cheap being somewhere around four to five dollars for four oz. which go a long way. It can be used as a face and body lotion, (although you will want to dilute it because it is highly sticky in it's concentrated pure form.) Add a little bit of this to rose water to make a spray lotion that is lightweight and smells good. I use a rosewater/orange blossom/glycerin mix to mist on my hair/body... conditions and smells really good. It can also be used to sweeten herbal medicines. I have a natural cough syrup that has vegetable glycerin added for just such a purpose.

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Tuesday, September 21st, 2004
1:32 am - I need to breathe

I'm laying in bed, desperately trying to sleep. However, I have what I can best guess is the flu and the burning, stifling feeling in my chest when I breathe (aside from the congestion) keeps me from sleeping.

Anyone have any suggestions? Ways of relief...to shorten the lifespan of this illness?


current mood: sick

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