Using Herbs to Improve Your Quality of Life

Written by Burgundy Shank

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- Userepparttar freshest herbs in your cooking. Many people use dried herbs for their convenience, but often keep them long after they have lost their best flavor. To ensure that you’re usingrepparttar 135111 freshest herbs possible, store them in a dry area away fromrepparttar 135112 stove, where heat will cause them to more quickly lose their flavor. Also, when measuring out herbs, pourrepparttar 135113 necessary amount in your hand away fromrepparttar 135114 top ofrepparttar 135115 pot or pan, so steam rising from your dish doesn’t enterrepparttar 135116 container, causing your herbs to spoil more quickly. Also, spend a few extra dollars on quality herbs. They always taste better, and you’ll end up using less. Most importantly, use fresh herbs whenever you can, either purchasing small amounts atrepparttar 135117 market or growing a small windowsill garden in your kitchen for easy access.

- Decorate with nature. A few drops of your favorite essential oil in a warm container of oil can improve your mood and makerepparttar 135118 house smell wonderful. Wreaths made from bunches of herbs can be both attractive and add color to your front door. Coming up with projects to make your home more lively, or givingrepparttar 135119 gift of herbs and essential oils to friends and family can add an enriching element to your life.

- Prevent common illnesses with essential oils instead of using prescribed and over-the counter medicines. Prior to learning about essential oils, I had regular sinus infections and headaches that caused me to take frequent amounts of decongestants and aspirin. Atrepparttar 135120 time I was unaware that these drugs were really only masking my symptoms, and not really curing my problems at all. I later learned that many headaches come from dehydration; a glass of water and some eucalyptus oil usually didrepparttar 135121 trick.

- Make homemade skincare recipes whenever possible. While natural skincare may not last as long withoutrepparttar 135122 preservatives,repparttar 135123 fresh ingredients withoutrepparttar 135124 inclusion of chemical ingredients will certainly show a difference on your skin. Ingredients such as fresh fruits and vegetables can easily be pureed or juiced, then added to milk, honey, and oatmeal to make delicious cleansers, scrubs and bath soaks. You can even use some ofrepparttar 135125 herbs and spices that you keep in your kitchen to prepare natural skincare remedies.

Burgundy Shank makes handmade personal care products using essential oils, dried botanicals and other natural ingredients. You can receive natural skincare recipes by joining her newsletter, “Beauty Secrets from Around the World” at

Combat Worrying

Written by Frhazda Munir

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To bring harmony into your life is to accept that some things are quite beyond our control. Asrepparttar saying goes 'Change what you can change and accept what you can't'.

Worry thrives on inactivity and lack of choice, it lies coiled in quiet places. So launch yourself into a busy routine of work and leisure, by keeping your mind occupied on other things will give it less time to worry.

Worry also thrives on delay and procrastination, so take action against anything that worries you, putrepparttar 135110 same energy in solving problems as worrying about them and sufference will soon be a thing ofrepparttar 135111 past. When you have taken all possible action then remember to let go ofrepparttar 135112 problem.

Failure is an attitude, a state of mind. It is not reality. Cultivate a postive attitude and affirm to yourself your intention to succeed.

Worry closes doors and narrows horizons, its a fruitless activity but tenacious inrepparttar 135113 grip it has on our minds. So you have to be alert for positive opportunities.

The world isn't what we see, but what we think we see. Andrepparttar 135114 way we see it determinesrepparttar 135115 degree of happiness we enjoy each day. So start looking at life more positively, this isn't always easy to do but by forcing your mind to think positively it will eventually become a habit.

Our days can be problem-ridden, each problem bringing with itrepparttar 135116 burden of worry. But to know that a problem is a preception is already to have divested ourselves of some of its weight. Problems left unchecked flower inrepparttar 135117 mind but properly regarded, they are diminished, and we are free to invest our time and energy in living, rather than in profitless worrying.

In most cases, for most ofrepparttar 135118 time, problems are simply thoughts inrepparttar 135119 imagination, without necessarily any firm basis in external reality. Worrying is a waste of our precious time, we cannot control events or circumstances, we can only do our very best in trying to solverepparttar 135120 problem. So instead of using up your energy in worrying, userepparttar 135121 energy to take action.

Worry is a guest which has stayed to long. It moves in invitied, and by its presence claimsrepparttar 135122 right to stay. It is unwelcome, unwanted, burdonsome. Andrepparttar 135123 irony of it all is that it creeps into our lives while we're still living there. Go in there and kick worry out. Take extreme measures - take any measures you know will succeed.

Some people will go to enormous lengths to avoid doing something they find embarrassing or difficult, tedious, unfamiliar, new. The trouble is that many problems just don't go away by themselves. In procrastinating, we hold ourselves back. We may wishrepparttar 135124 problem had never happened. But it has. Andrepparttar 135125 only way through to a trouble free tomorrow is to tackle those troubles today.

Worry makes us think things can never change - except to get worse. While worrying, we can't solverepparttar 135126 problem or enjoyrepparttar 135127 other aspects of our life, which might not be linked withrepparttar 135128 problem at all.

'The pearl is lovelier thanrepparttar 135129 most brilliant of crystalline gems, because it is made throughrepparttar 135130 suffering of a living creature...' H. G. Wells

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