Aromatherapy CandlesWritten by M J Plaster
Nothing turns a commonplace, ho-hum room into a radiant, inviting setting faster than flicker of a few ordinary candles scattered strategically throughout room. Add scented candles and you can quickly evoke childhood memories, transport your imagination to a tropical island, or infuse room with crisp scent of a pine forest. Aromatherapy candles add yet another dimension to equation.
Aromatherapy candles release a small, but continuous stream of herbal and floral essential oils into air as they burn. The chemicals in essential oils enter your body as you breathe, and travel throughout body, including brain, through bloodstream. You receive subtle benefits as chemicals interact with your body. Don't expect to receive full healing benefits by lighting a candle, but aromatherapy candles provide same dual benefits inherent in conventional aromatherapy in less concentrated doses: smell therapy and chemical reactions to essential oils.
Burn aromatherapy candles to alter, enhance, and improve your state of mind while adding a touch of nature's pure perfume to your surroundings. What a pleasant, powerful quick fix to an otherwise rotten day, not to mention a less destructive alternative to downing a pint of ice cream or a pound of chocolate to chase away blahs.
Let aromatherapy candles help set right mood for others with whom you spend time. Your guests will only know that you have that "special something," that magical touch when it comes to hospitality.
Tips for Using Aromatherapy Candles:
Make sure that you purchase aromatherapy candles, not just scented candles. Look for labels that include "pure essential oils."
Select right candle for situation. The best way to ensure that you have selected best candle to achieve your goal is to purchase a candle with labeling that reflects your desired effect.
Invigorate - Perhaps you arrive home lethargic and drained after a grueling day at work, and like so many other busy parents, your workday at home is just beginning—with no time for an intervening catnap. Treat yourself to a short break, and light an energizing aromatherapy candle. Invigorating candles typically contain some mixture of oils from mint and citrus families. The mint essential oils—peppermint, spearmint, basil, and eucalyptus—provide quick stimulation, revitalization, and an extra dose of energy. Other invigorating essential oils include cedar, rosemary, cinnamon, geranium, cassia, and vanilla.
INSTALLING VINYL REPLACEMENT WINDOWS ON THE SECOND FLOORWritten by John Rocco
I hope all of you had a nice Thanksgiving Holiday. Sometimes we get so busy in our lives that we forget how fortunate we all are to live in greatest country on this earth. Those brave men and women in our armed forces make it possible, so keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
If you have a two story house, and you are going to replace windows on both first and second floor, there are little tricks that you can use to make upper floor job a bit safer and easier. If windows are replacement style frames, you install them from inside house, so only thing that you will do different than first floor windows is to use an extension ladder to caulk exterior. So, let's talk about doing retrofit style windows on second floor. You can usually remove old window from inside house, but if you have a picture window, you have to use extension ladder to remove stops holding glass in place. Then, you can go inside house and cut glass free from frame using a utility knife. Put a tarp on ground below window, to catch any glass pieces that may fall during removal. Also, don't forget to keep people and animals away from area below window.
Once you are ready to install new window, you can do it from inside house. Remember, when installing retrofit style frames, you install them from outside and raise them into place. Instead, carry window upstairs. If it's a slider, remove screen and sliding panel. Then, using a helper, you can angle window frame through opening, extending retrofit lip completely outside of opening before pulling window back toward you, and installing window as if you were outside. Have your helper hold center bar while you put a screw into top center to hold frame in place. You can do entire installation from inside. The only time you will need to go on extension ladder is when you're ready to caulk exterior. Make sure you put a generous amount of caulk where top of frame meets stucco or exterior material. You don't want any water getting past new frame, otherwise it can work it's way through wall and down through ceiling or walls. You would be surprised how easily two people can install an 8' wide by 5' tall sliding window on second floor if you remove sliding panels and screens. In fact, my helper and I did one 10' wide and 5' high. That was biggest one I ever did on second floor. You can run a bead of caulk on outside face of old frame before installing new frame right from inside room.