The dark moon was actually on June 22, the day after the Summer Solstice
and Fathers Day. I sent my
Midsummer/Summer Solstice Newsletter that day too. Today is the
full moon and heres the new newsletter, thus giving a two week
break between them.
Todays full moon is called the Blessing Moon, take some time
today to count your blessings, I bet you will find you have more than
you realize. Thank the Goddess/God/Powers That Be for all those blessings
and enjoy the full moon energy.
New Items on Infinite Flame Site
New to the site, I am finally adding my
jewelry. Its not all there yet but its a start! In the description
of each piece I have included the properties of the materials used
and the inspiration for it, if any.
2014: The jewelry section is always being
updated as I make new items and sell some. I have added a Jewelry
Archive page to show off not only items that have sold but special
orders and jewelry I have made for myself.
Pamper Your Feet with a Homemade Scrub
Its summer and you know what that means.....skimpy sandals and
bare feet. You want your feet to look their best but occasionally we
all are plagued with dry flaky skin. Dont hide them, exfoliate
them! There are many expensive products you can buy but why waste your
money when you can create your own scrub with ingredients found right
in your own kitchen.
In The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy I
found a recipe for a facial scrub. It consists of 1 teaspoon ground
almonds (finely ground for the face), 1 teaspoon oatmeal, a pinch of
salt, 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar and 1 drop basil essential oil. I have
used this face scrub and found it to be gentle yet effective. Then I
decided to change it for use on the feet.
First, I changed the basil to peppermint as it is very refreshing and
deodorizing. I then coarsely ground some of the almonds to make them
rougher. By the way, use raw whole almonds which are available at a
health food store. Instead of cider vinegar I used a carrier oil like
sweet almond. While this helps soften your feet it also makes the tub
slippery when used in a shower so do it last and wipe out the shower
afterwards. I still added the oatmeal but dropped the salt (not literally!).
You can experiment with measurements to make as much or as little as
you want. The consistency should be like a paste but not too firm. The
best time to use this is after your shower or after soaking your feet
for about 5 minutes to soften the skin. Rub gently but firmly all over
the bottoms of your feet and rinse well.
If you are a coffee drinker, heres a wonderful way to use those
grounds. Scrub your feet with them. I have been doing this all summer
and it works wonders. There are several ways you can use them. Either
substitute them for the ground almonds in the above recipe (not recommend
for the face unless you use very little coffee grounds, a pinch at most).
Use just the coffee grounds as they are with nothing added, or add a
little bit of sweet almond or another carrier oil. Or, my new favorite
way to use them, mix some coffee grounds with a sugar and/or salt scrub.
I have been using my own sugar salt scrub (lavender clove scent) but
you can use any that you have. Use more coffee than scrub, like a 2
to 1 ratio, and enjoy.
Have a blessed and warm summer!