Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Swollen Ankles, Legs & Feet?

If you’re on your feet all day or do a lot of driving, chances are your feet and ankles look like this by the end of the day, uncomfortable and swollen. 

Lucky for us, there are several essential oils you can use to get your circulation moving as well as a couple of ideas for DIY spa treatments that can really make a difference too. Combine both and you have a few new entries for your EO journal!

If you’re a slave to your feet these days, try an EO remedy… 
Apply 2 drops each of Lemongrass, Grapefruit and Cypress essential oils diluted in 1 T. of fractionated coconut oil, massage into feet, ankles and calves upwards towards the heart. If you can someone to do it for you, all the better!

DIY Spa Treatment, try this! 
  • All you need are 1 dozen or so smooth stones. You can find them at your local nursery, even Walmart has them in the craft and candle section. 
  • A large, shallow bowl ~ big enough for both the stones and your feet. 
  • Very warm water and 2 drops each of Lavender and Cypress (flower petals optional, but nice!) 
  • Now, roll the soles of your feet slowly over the pebbles for a few minutes. Bliss! 

When you consider the science of Reflexology, a simple remedy such as the stone foot massage will not only relieve swelling, it will benefit many other areas of your body as well ~ don’t you just love DIY, multi-tasking beauty treatments?
For generally poor circulation, especially for the elderly (thin skin), Geranium essential oil is lovely and can show great improvement with regular use!

An added bonus is the mood and skin brightening effects of Geranium.

Add 10 drops ofGeranium to 2 T. of fractionated coconut oil and massage from thehands to the elbows and from the feet to the knees. Always with an upwards motion. Geranium is one of the best revitalizing oils and will make your skin softer and smoother while aiding circulation, a win win!

Geranium is also Spark’s Oil of the Month Club feature EO for the month of JUNE, sign up to receive a 15ml bottle delivered to you every month at a discounted price {FREE shipping too}.

As always, enjoy 10% off every Spark Naturals order!
coupon code: campwander

Certainly the easiest socks ever to expand...

Like to do something to keep busy........

by: Ansie Oelofse

Using "double knit" wool cast approximately 32 stitches (depending on foot size) 

Start by knitting 10 "Plain" stitches then the 11th "PURL" and then 10 "Plain" and the 11th "PURL" and "Plain to the end. 
Knit the next rows exactly the same, this will form a rif which will show as the sole of the sock
Knit until long enough, not too long, as it will still stretch. 
Finally knit the "ribbing" before ending off.
Leave a long enough piece of wool that can be used to thread through from one end to the other, and pull tight.   Stitch theseam on top of the foot and at the heel.

 Enjoy your socks!!!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Generation Y

People born before 1946 were called - 
The Greatest Generation. 

People born between 1946 and 1964 are called - 
The Baby Boomers. 

People born between 1965 and 1979 are called - 
Generation X. 

People born between 1980 and 2010 are called -
Generation Y. 

Why do we call the last group - Generation Y?
Y should I get a job? 
Y should I leave home and find my own place? 
Y should I get a car when I can borrow yours? 
Y should I clean my room? 
Y should I wash and iron my own clothes? 
Y should I buy any food?

But perhaps a cartoonist explained it most eloquently below...

Keep Smiling

If at times you feel you want to cry,
And life seems such a trial;
Above the clouds there's a bright blue sky,
So make your tears a smile....
As you travel on life's way,
With its many ups and downs;
Remember its quite true to say,
One smile is worth a dozen frowns.

Among the world's expensive things, 
A smile is very cheap;
And when you give a smile away,
You get one back to keep. 

Happiness comes at times to all,
But sadness comes unbidden;
And sometimes a few tears must fall,
Among the laughter hidden.

So when friends have sadness on their face,
And troubles round them piled;
The world will seem a better place,
And all because you smiled!"

~ Author Unknown ~