Monday, December 8, 2008

Tropical Eye Cream

Ingredients: 2 tbsp grated cocoa butter (find at health food stores); 3 tbsp coconut oil

Mix ingredients in an heat-proof container. Melt in microwave or in a water bath. Pour the melted mixture into a small clean container and allow it to cool completely. To use, apply nightly under your eyes. Makes 3 oz.

Hand and Foot Sugar Scrub

Ingredients: 2 tbsp light olive oil (not extra-virgin, which gets sticky) or grapeseed oil;
2 tbsp granulated sugar

Rub this mixture onto hands and feet, focusing on calloused areas. Rinse under warm water and pat dry. Voila! Fabulously silky-smooth skin.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Healthy Appearance

Facial appearance

Negative emotions can alter the appearance of the face by triggering stress hormones that cause acne outbreaks, dilating the pupils, which makes your eye color appear to change, and brings on frowns and scowls that can etch lasting lines.

Overall Health

Bad moods can harm your health. Chronic depression can lead to headaches, backaches, muscle pain, poor sleep and possibly even decreased immune functioning and cardiovascular damage. Thousands of women turn their lives around every year, but it's easier to start by driving in the right direction in the first place. Come out from under the covers and start now!

Our beauty regime should evolve as the years pass

When you're young, it's not hard to look great. It's all about natural beauty and simply taking care of your health. As you get older, it's a lot more work to look as young and healthy as you can. And every year it takes more. Don't wait for the whole thing to fall down. Looking beautiful is a journey and not a destination, and if you want to be beautiful, it's a daily process.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Natural Make~Up

The History of Make~Up

From the copper and lead ore that the ancient Egyptians used to create the world's first cosmetics to the scientifically advanced products of today that can do everything from hide pores, smooth complexions and turn the pale green of your eyes a vivid shade of emerald, makeup has been an integral part of humankind for thousands of years. Over the centuries, women used burnt matches to darken their eyes, berries to stain their lips and young boys' urine to fade their freckles. They even swallowed ox blood in some misguided attempt to improve their complexions. Women throughout history put their health at risk with many of their homemade cosmetics. In some cultures, for example, women used arsenic, lead, mercury and even leeches to give themselves the pale appearance deemed beautiful in the old days.

Make~Up Today

You have many choices today in cosmetics and coming to the forefront rapidly is the Natural and Organic. They don't contain synthetic FD&C dyes, artificial fragrances, or petro-chemicals. Because natural makeups are made from mineral pigments and organic plant extracts, oils and waxes, they're gentle and healing.
There is also the category of Skin Care Make~Up which allows the skin to breath and function normally while still protecting it from air-born pollutants.

Camouflage Make~Up

Is great for any Vascular Lesions including Rosacea, Pigmentary Disorders, Scars, Chronic Skin Diseases including acne and Temporary outcomes after surgery such as laser, chemical peels, dermabrasion and surgical procedures and Temporary Tattoo removal.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Art of Mehndi

The history and origin of Mehndi (known as Henna) is hard to track, with centuries of migration and cultural interaction it's difficult to determine where particular traditions began. There is some historical evidence that henna originated in ancient India as a ceremonial art form. Others believe that Mehndi was introduced to India in the 12th century. It's been used for at least 5000 years as a cosmetic and for it's natural healing properties. There's also documentation that Mehndi was used in ancient Egypt to stain the fingers and toes of the Pharaohs prior to mummification. Mehndi is popular in India since an era of Mewar Rajput Kings and Mughal Regime.

The existence and use of Mehndi for the last 5000 years can be found in overwhelming archeological evidence: in the books of Charaka and Sushruta, the scientists and physicians of ancient India, in the paintings, sculptures and texts, and in the remains of ancient Egypt. Mehndi body art is an ancient form of body adornment, with origins in Egypt, India, and the Middle East. For centuries Mehndi has been used for ritual adornment in Hindu and Islamic cultures. Happily, Mehndi body art has found its way to the West.

For more than 5000 years, cultures from India to Africa to the Middle East have embraced the art of henna body decoration-for fashion and beauty, for personal expression, for social and religious occasions, for healing purposes and more. In recent years global travel and migration, along with increased communication and cultural sharing has brought henna to many parts of the West, mingling traditional practices with new interpretations and uses.

Henna body art (often referred to as "mehndi") is all natural, temporary, painless, and safe for all skin types - a unique way to decorate your personality, spirit, and body. Henna derives from a plant known as Lawsonia Inermis, whose leaves are dried and crushed to make a powder with natural dying properties. Henna designers create beautiful designs that temporarily stain the skin a reddish brown that develops into a rich brown color and lasts one to three weeks, depending on the care the dyed skin receives. The application of henna has four distinct benefits ("the four C's"), as it cools, conditions, cleanses, and colors the skin. Henna is also commonly applied to hair -- on which it is has a similar effect -- by millions in Asia and Africa, where it is inexpensive and readily available, and helps cool the scalp in the hot summer months.

The henna plant grows in hot climates and can be found in countries such as Iran, Pakistan, Syria, Morocco, Yemen, Egypt, Uganda, Tanzania, Afghanistan, Senegal, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and India. It is known by many names, including Henne, Al-Khanna, Jamaica Mignonette, Egyptian Privet, and Smooth Lawsonia. The art of applying henna is referred to as 'henna' and 'mehndi', depending on which culture or country one comes from.

From the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt to modern-day wedding parties, from Morocco to India, henna has enjoyed a variety of applications and meanings throughout the centuries.(

Henna has medicinal value too. It is considered an anti-irritant, a deodorant and an antiseptic. It is used by Ayurvedic physicians for the treatment of heat rashes and skin allergies and to cool the body against the intense heat of summers. Because of it's cooling property henna leaves and flowers are made into lotions and ointments to be used externally for boils, burns and skin inflammations, including sores from leprosy. Henna has been used as medical treatments for a wide range of ailments to cure almost anything from headaches to leprosy and other skin disorders. It is used to create an instant 'scab' on large areas and is believed to have antiseptic properties. Henna is also used for rheumatic and arthritic pains. (

The clusters of small rosy white flowers that cover a henna bush are very fragrant and used to make perfumes. Sleeping on a pillow stuffed with henna flowers is considered to have a soporific effect on patients suffering from sleeplessness.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Botox May Move From Face to Brain

Posted: 2008-04-05 19:33:52

A woman receives a Botox injection. A study on rats suggested that the active ingredient in the drug may end up in parts of the brain connected to injection sites.

(April 2) -- Botox may do more than diminish wrinkles. A new study suggests that the botulinum toxin -- the active ingredient in the skin treatment -- may move from its injection site to the brain.

According to a study in the Journal of Neuroscience, scientists injected the toxin into rats' whisker muscles. Within three days, they saw evidence that the substance had moved to the animals' brain stems.

The toxin "was generally thought to act locally," said Christopher von Bartheld, a University of Nevada doctor, in a press release on the study from the Society for Neuroscience. "But these basic research findings show how it can be transported and spread along axons to distant sites in the central nervous system of animals, where it can have significant and long-lasting effects on neuronal function."
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Monday, March 24, 2008

the art and ritual of hot stone therapy

Hot Stone Therapy - throughout history various cultures of the world have used hot and cold rocks for healing.

The European cultures used hot rocks to heat their saunas, and applied hot stones to tired and sore muscles to alleviate tension and muscle pain. Native Americans also used hot rocks in their traditional sweat lodge ceremony, large rocks were used to heat the sweat lodge while smaller hot rocks were passed around to place on specific areas of tension.

Various cultures also used cold rocks to slow bleeding after labour, women also held the stones during labour believing it would add to their strength and endurance.

The Chinese history dating back four thousand years to the Shang Dynasty also shows the use of hot stones to relieve stress, tension and pain. In Oriental Medicine hot stones are used in conjunction with the Meridian channels to promote a better flow of energy around the body.

In Ayurvedic medicine in India, the hot stones were used in conjunction with their knowledge of the Marma points.

The Japanese used hot stones in Anma, the oldest form of East Asian Massage. The Japanese hot stone therapy techniques create similar effects to moxibustion, in that heat penetrates and stimulates the tsubo, or acupoints.

The Hawaiians also used lava rocks in their Lomi-Lomi. Rough stones were used to exfoliate after a massage, while smooth lava rocks were either placed on the body in ti-leaves or used to massage. At times two stones were tapped together against the body to allow deep tissue vibrational healing. The lava stone was used as a symbol for healing and protection.

Hot rocks have also been used in Ancient Egypt, Africa and South America playing an important part in the healing rituals of these ancient cultures.

The healers and bodyworkers used tools to assist the healing process, including crystals, essences, flowers and stones. The hot stone therapy evolved as stones from river beds were warmed in the hot sun, in hot coals or hot water, they were then laid directly on the body, on a cloth on the body or used to massage with (depending on the temperature of the stone).

This tradition continues today as the knowledge of the ancient stones is rediscovered and used more and more. People are once again realising the benefits of this special and unique healing therapy.

'heat is healing' and when you have a hot stone therapy treatment the eminating heat from the stones is gently, yet continually penetrating into your muscle fibres and literally melting away layers of tension.

As tension is the root cause of illness, when tension is alleviated, the body quickly returns to it's natural state of wellbeing, promoting a sense of inner peace.
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Sunday, March 23, 2008

waxing rituals

History - The pursuit of a hair-free body may be as old as the cavemen. Archaeologists have evidence that men shaved their faces as far back as twenty thousand years ago, using sharpened rocks and shells to scrape off hair. The Sumerians removed hair with tweezers. Ancient Arabians used string. Egyptians, including Cleopatra, also did it -- some with bronze razors they took to their tombs, some with sugar and others with beeswax. The Greeks, who equated smooth with civilized, did it, too. Roman men shaved their faces until Emperor Hadrian -- although Julius Caesar is said to have had his facial hairs plucked. Roman ladies also plucked their eyebrows with tweezers. Another primitive method of hair removal, actually used by women as late as the 1940s, involved rubbing off the hair by rubbing skin with abrasive mitts or discs the consistency of fine sandpaper.

Please allow two weeks growth before appointment. Avoid suntanning for 12-hours before and after waxing. If needed, exfoliation products may be used once the hair has begun to grow back.

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rituals for the ears

The practice of ear candling dates back approximately 2,500 years to the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Tibetan and American Indian cultures. Today, it is practiced by many cultures and is taught in German medical schools.

As the candle burns, smoke moves the debris out of the ear. Osmosis (diffusion through a semi-permeable membrane, e.g., skin) plays an important role as the smoke soothes the sinus and nasal cavities. Excess ear wax is moved through the ear canal into the cone.

It has benefits for people with sinus problems, allergies, ear aches, swimmers ears, chronic headaches, hearing difficulties, sore throat and promotes general well being.

Sessions are approximately one hour.

Ear candling is not recommended as a replacement for responsible medical care. If you have a serious ailment or suspect a serious ailment, please consult your physician before beginning ear candling.

Information regarding ear candling is not to be construed as a diagnosis or a medical prescription. The diagnosis of illness and prescriptions are to be made by a licensed physician. No claims are made for the cure of any disease. Remember, if in doubt, please ask.

Friday, March 21, 2008

aroma rituals

Essential oils are holistic, natural products that sever as perfume, beauty aid, and medicine all at the same time. Their task is to take care of the skin, regulate its functions, maintain its health, heal diseases and irritations, stimulate and support the body's own healing powers, and-as the most pleasant result-promote and protect your natural beauty.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

the essential beauty rituals

Modern life is tough on skin. When your emotions, stress levels and hormones are on a roller coaster, your skin will follow. Luckily, it is possible to balance the ups and downs, the highs and lows.

your skin care rituals should:

~Cleanse the skin - a good cleansing system has the power to actually improve the condition of the skin.

~Protect the skin from the elements.

~Deliver moisture to the surface of the skin and help prevent it from escaping.

Revitalize, condition and nourish the skin by providing it with all the nutrients it needs to keep it healthy, and stimulate cell renewal with active anti-aging ingredients to help it remain fresh-looking for longer.

Make a Healthy Choice

A robust, satisfying life doesn't happen by accident. It's the nurtured, crafted culmination of a series of sound and conscious decisions. From the work you do to the food you buy, from what you take on to what you turn down, your wellness is ultimately determined by the quality of each and every choice. No, they're not all going to be perfect, nor should they be. They just have to be ones you make mindfully. That's when magic happens: Life starts to become something you do, not something you merely leave to chance.

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Sunday, March 9, 2008

About Purepathics

pure: (1) : Sanskrit punAti he cleanses (2) : *peu-/*pu- "to purify, cleanse"
pathics: Latin -pathia, from Greek -patheia, : system of medicine

fusing rituals of many cultures to form an apothecary for body,mind & skin