Saturday, October 30, 2010
When it comes to smelling and looking good, my motto is "wear organic or wear nothing!" I'm a very simple down-to-earth woman and I prefer to keep my beauty and cleanliness regimen simple and down-to-earth. When I begin my day, I splash my face with cool water, drink a cup of spring water, and do a little facial yoga to keep my facial muscles healthy and comfortable. When I shower, I use organic lavender castile soap and rinse my face under the shower. I comb and de-tangle my wet hair and allow my hair to dry naturally. I wear makeup only on special occasions, but when I do, I wear a little translucent foundation powder, a little blush, eye shadow, and lipstick. Sometimes, I just wear a little lipstick and absorb some Vitamin D from the sun, allowing the warmth to make my cheeks naturally rosy.
When my skin feels itchy, dry, or uncomfortable, I gently massage the uncomfortable areas with a teaspoon of organic unrefined untoasted sesame oil. When I want to smell lovely and feel good, I pour a drop of organic sandalwood oil on my wrists, ankles, and neck. I'm grateful for the lovely gifts Mother Nature gives me. If we could all learn to be grateful for the lovely gifts Mother Nature gives us and simplify our lives, perhaps we could learn to appreciate what we have and be happy without trying to make unnecessary dramatic painful changes to our appearance.
The addiction to synthetic toxic fragrance is out of control. You'll find fragrance in perfume, shampoo, deodorizer, (or what I refer to as air poisoner) lotion, detergent, even carpet shampoo. It's gotten to the point where when I step outside and I am forced to breathe those nasty toxic poisons, I can't distinguish between the smells. The smells give me a headache, make me feel very dizzy and ill, and I have to bolt back inside my home just to breathe safe clean air. Last night, I went into the kitchen to check on my laundry, and feed my cats and I felt overwhelmed by an overpowering smell of fragrance. I ran back to my bedroom to catch my breath and I had to cover my face with my pillow just to breathe! It was awful! I then took a shower and I even smelled it in the shower! It occurred to me that someone nearby was shampooing their carpet or something similar, but I realized that I'd have to wait it out and hope for the air to clear. I'm grateful that the indoor air in my home is clean and healthy.
This is the painful plight of all asthmatics and chemically sensitive canaries like me. This is the reason I have a portable washing machine that I hook up to the kitchen sink because I cannot share a washing machine with any mainstream person who uses toxic commercial detergents. I believe in "living simply so that others may simply live," Gandhi. I'm a very simple, plain, down-to-earth woman and I don't need my clothing, my home, and my person to smell like a proverbial perfume factory in order to smell and feel good. I keep my life as green and simple as possible because I care about the air I breathe and I care about the environment and the wildlife. For more information on how to live a fragrance-free life and protecting your health, please visit my website: http://www.notperfume.com
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I made a wonderful discovery recently that greatly lifted my Spirits. When I pulled some clothing out of my drawer, it smelled lovely. I keep all my organic essential oil aromatherapy bottles in my clothing drawer and the essence permeates everything, making all my clothing smell lovely. My clothing smells like a lovely combination of organic sandalwood, lavender, peppermint, and lemon. I keep the bottles in close proximity to my clothing and the result is very lovely. The combination of enjoying a lovely cleansing warm shower with organic lavender castile soap and wearing clothing that has a lovely organic aroma is wonderful. The organic healing aromatherapy makes me feel very good, rejuvenated, and alive. I then pour a drop of organic sandalwood oil on my wrist and neck and create a lovely aromatic combination. This adds a wonderful dimension to enjoying lovely healing aromatherapy. These are great ways of enjoying aromatherapy and smelling of lovely organic fragrance.
With all the stress in my life, one important thing I've learned that helps me stay on an even keel is cleaning and de-cluttering. Being buried in a mountain of clutter is horrible for the psyche and is very draining, emotionally and physically. There is nothing to be gained by accumulating so much stuff that you become disorganized, stressed out, and unable to focus. For me, Spring cleaning is more than just cleaning the dirt and grime and making my home sparkling clean. Spring cleaning is about separating the wheat from the chaff and out with the old and in with the new. I'm a very simple down-to-earth woman and I don't need a mountain of stuff and I especially don't need three of everything. My husband and I were fortunate enough to find an interesting set of rules online that's served as a great guideline for de-cluttering.
Here are some of the rules we follow. If we haven't used the item in six months and we're not going to use it in six months, we freecycle, donate, or discard it. If an item would sell for less than $10, it's not worth selling; therefore, recycle, donate, or discard it. If the clothing or item is tattered and too grimy to clean, discard it. A surprising thing happened when we de-cluttered. We found many things that we can recycle and underneath the pile, we found several items that we've been looking for that we thought we'd either lost or accidentally discarded. The best part of de-cluttering is the tremendous feeling of relief knowing that we're lightening our load and creating positive space for more positive in-flow.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
When I was a young girl, my Mom did the most unusual amazing thing to clean the indoor air. She'd run the garbage disposal and gently throw in a few whole fresh lemons cut into wedges and let the water run. The natural lemon aroma filled the air of the entire house and smelled wonderful and beautiful! I remember this as if it were yesterday! She never sprayed any kind of synthetic deodorizer around the house to deal with odors or germs. She didn't believe in throwing away her money on such nonsense. She did the lemon aromatherapy in the kitchen at least three times a week and everyone who was in the house loved it! She did this with oranges and limes too! I used to think it was a bit odd and unusual, but thinking back to the indelible memory makes me smile at her creative ingenuity and down-to-earth simplicity! I'm very deeply grateful for the wisdom my Mom imparted to me as a young girl and it's largely because of her that I'm so down-to-earth.
One of my favorite pastimes is unwinding in and connecting with Mother Earth and all her beautiful glory! Natural wild places beckon me constantly and I cannot resist the call. The moment I'm at a beautiful park or beach, I feel a sense of Peace and calm and I begin to feel energized, rejuvenated, and alive. This afternoon, my husband and I were enjoying some quiet moments, enjoying the cool white sand, the beautiful rhythmic oceanic waves, and the precious sea gulls gracing the beautiful blue sky. He started to rest a little and I enjoyed a little sunbathing. However, there is one thing that painfully disrupts that sense of calm and that's when people smoke cigarettes and wear overpowering perfume that suffocates our lungs! Everything was going well until we both started choking and I had to bury my face deep into our blanket just to try to breathe!
A couple people were smoking and nearly every person stank of overpowering perfume! I went to the restroom to take care of a basic bodily need when I noticed that a woman was applying makeup, spraying her hair, and using a hair dryer! The worst part about this is that it ruins my enjoyment and takes away my desire to return to the beach or parks. The toxic synthetic scent doesn't just affect my health. I can't even imagine how it affects the wildlife. People rarely think about how the volatile vapors of the toxic synthetic scent affect the cetaceans, the sea gulls, and other beautiful wildlife, but then again, they don't have a voice, so they can't tell you how they feel. Maybe it's time we
Thursday, October 7, 2010
When was the last time you took a few moments to pause and observe silence? When was the last time you appreciated and respected the subtle sounds of Mother Nature and made the effort to quiet your cell phone and other mobile gadgets to really appreciate Mother Nature's wondrous sounds? This blogpost is dedicated to all those special beautiful people out there who enjoy peace and quiet and prefer and appreciate the subtle natural sounds of life, including singing birds, crickets, and hummingbirds. In a world where escaping loud noise is becoming virtually impossible, it's very refreshing to know that there are natural wild places in the USA where you can enjoy many special moments of peace and quiet.
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One such beautiful place is Olympic National Park, USA. They dedicated Earth Day as a day of complete silence. The staff and visitors observe various forms of noise pollution that intrude upon their quiet enjoyment, such as aircraft, and make an effort to write notes to each other instead of talking out loud to each other. They've made this rule of silence a rule and they're striving to extend this to other days in the week. Let's work together and restore the beautiful wonderful sounds of silence.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Organic lemon essential oil is another must have for your everyday needs and survival. It's been known for decades to have healing, energizing, and anti-microbial benefits. Here are some of the ways my husband and I use this wonderful Magickal healing wonder. I pour a drop of organic lemon essential oil into the palm of my hands and rub my palms together to create lovely healing aromatherapy inside our home. The aromatherapy is very uplifting and creates positive healing energy in the indoor environment. Organic lemon essential oil is very effective in cleaning the air. I pour one or two drops of the organic lemon oil into a glass of water to clean it and add a cool refreshing flavor, which is an added benefit on an oppressively hot day. Organic lemon essential oil is a must for your emergency preparedness kit and first aid kit.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Organic lavender essential oil is another wonderful oil known for its phenomenal healing benefits. Lavender has many wonderful purposes and these are a couple of my favorites. I pour a drop of organic lavender essential oil into the palm of my hand and rub my palms together to create lovely healing aromatherapy in my home. But even more important is lavender's healing benefits in times of survival. When I started learning about organic essential oils, I learned how powerful and healing they are and that I should not leave home without them. I read about lavender's healing benefits for sunburns and minor kitchen burns, and I was relieved and grateful to discover that a few drops of lavender essential oil on burned skin brings immediate soothing relief and expedites the healing process.
After my husband and I had been swimming and sunbathing for several hours, we returned home to discover that we were as red as lobsters and very fatigued. We were afraid we wouldn't be able to sleep. We treated each other's skin with several drops of organic lavender essential oil and covered many areas of our bodies. We repeated this process the next day and we were amazed to discover that our sunburns had healed and our energy returned. We felt much better and more alive and refreshed. We've also experienced amazing results when we suffered minor burns while cooking. Organic lavender essential oil is a must have in your emergency preparedness kit and first aid kit.