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How to Control and Stop Your Pulse With the Power of Your Mind

One of the favourite tricks of master magicians is being able to control and stop their pulse. Most audiences consider this a most impressive feat of mind power. So, if you practice this well, you will create a fantastic reputation for yourself.

How It Looks To The Audience

The magician asks a spectator to place his hand on the magician’s wrist and feel his pulse. The magician tells him that through years of yoga training he is able to control his pulse rate. As the spectator measures his pulse, it begins to slow down and finally stop! Then the magician starts his pulse again.

How The Trick is Done

To perform this remarkable trick, you will need a small rubber ball, which you conceal under your armpit. It should be next to your bare skin. You will need to experiment with different sizes of balls until you find the one that is the right size for your body. Having placed the ball under your armpit, you are now ready to perform the trick.

Start by telling the spectator that by years of studying yoga and the mystic arts, you are able to use your mind to control your body. Ask him to feel your pulse with one hand and then hold up his other hand when he has found your pulse. Tell him to keep holding his hand up when he can feel your pulse and then lower it when he can no longer feel it.

As he is holding your wrist, slowly press your arm towards your body. This will cause the rubber ball in your armpit to slowly cut off the blood supply to your arm. Ask him if he can feel your pulse rate slowing. He will say he can. Remind him to lower his other hand when he feels it has stopped.

Keep increasing the pressure of your arm against your body until he can no longer feel your pulse. He will lower his arm to signify to everyone that this has happened. Having achieved the impossible, slowly release the pressure of your arm and allow the blood supply to start again.

The great thing about this trick is that your can roll your sleeves up or even wear a short-sleeved shirt while performing it. As the ball is concealed under your armpit, there is nothing for the spectators to see. This trick is a great reputation-maker.

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Manufacturing Process – Neoprene Rubber Sheets

The ingredients involved for Rubber Processing are Chemicals like Sulphur, Zinc Oxide, TMT, Titanium, MBTS. Minerals like Calcium Carbonate, Carbon. Processing oil called RPO (Rubber Processing Oil), all these ingredients are mixed together using Rubber processing machinery which includes Ban-bury mixture, Kneader machine, mixing mills, calendaring machine, extrude machine, hydraulic press, roto-cure & cooling conditioner.

There are two types of Rubber available namely Natural, Synthetic. Natural rubber is derived from Rubber Tree (Hevea brasiliensis) after processing of milk type of material licking from rubber tree (called Latex).

Synthetic Rubber is a petroleum based product, manufactured using content derived from crude oil & with the addition of certain chemicals by means of Industrial application. There are varieties of synthetic Rubber available in market like Chloroprene (Neoprene), Silicone, EPDM, Fluoro-elastomer, Nitrile, Hypalon, Butyl, all these grades differs in terms of there application & specifications,

For example- Neoprene – is resistant to Oil, Acid, Alkalies, hydrocarbons and are heat resistant.

Silicone – are highly resistant to temperature, these can bear up to 250 degree Celsius.

EPDM – are resistant to whether, temperature, aging, radiations, EPDM Rubber prevents Water or Liquid to pass through & that’s the reason it is widely used in Water Proof Roofing, Canal & Ponds Lining.

Nitrile – or NBR Sheets are permeable to gases, therefore used as gaskets for packing purposes.

Viton or Fluoroelastomer – is resistant to a wide range of oils and solvents. It exhibits good abrasion and tear resistance. These sheets can bear high temperature very well.

The demand for raw rubber has been increased rapidly over a fast few years, mostly because of revolution in Automobile sector, Tyre are a basic component of any automobile, due to which prices of both Natural & synthetic Rubber are getting up day by day. Tyre Industry account for at least 80% consumption of the total Rubber (both Natural & Synthetic) produced in the world.

The other major Rubber product is Industrial Rubber Sheets, these are use in a variety of applications such as gaskets, packing, Electrical Insulation & matting purposes. In modern days, rubber sheets are manufactured using blend of Natural & Synthetic Rubber & are available in different colors like green, red, blue, green, black but for industrial Purposes Black color is preferred.

The Raw Material used in Rubber Sheet manufacturing differs on the basis of application, like silicone is used for Heat resistant purpose, Neoprene for Acid & Heat like wise other material for particular applications.

Apart of Industrial Rubber Sheeting, other products manufacturing by processing of Raw Rubber are Hoses, Mats, tyre, condoms, Medical equipments, Oil Seals, Gaskets, Yoga Mats, Conveyor Belts, Footwear, Printing rollers, Electrical Insulation Mats.

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Rahu The Shadow Planet

Rahu and Ketu are shadow planets and have no physical form like other seven planets. Taurus is its exaltation sign and Scorpio is its debilitated sign. Rahu also acts a catalyst agent to enhance the results of that strong planet with whom it is conjoined.

General charters tics of Rahu:

  • Considered as cruel, significator of bondage, dark complexion, tamsic or arrogant nature, harsh or evil thinking, Rahu also represents Akash element and contributes for fear psychosis and madness.
  • Rahu is a shadow planet hence deals with the shadow actions or psychological aspects of a person. Rahu represents serpent head, it strikes too fast, hence is an indicator of accident. It has secretive deals. People with strong Rahu even try to understand mysticism and secrets of universe.
  • Rahu is responsible for profession in investigation, scientist, computer programmer, lecturer, psychologist, expert in mental diseases, politicians and work related to radio/telephone/ television and astrology.
  • Rahu is responsible for sinking with ship or drawing, pleasure with diseased women, life in a cave. Being a significator of Akash element Rahu is also responsible for journey by aeroplane. Rahu can cause imprisonment if it is placed in 12th house.
  • Rahu like Saturn has separative tendencies hence breaks many houses and even business partnerships. It is responsible for marital or family discord. It is a planet of suddenness hence gives quick and sudden results. In human relations it, it commands the maternal -side and in-laws.
  • On the human body Rahu is indicator of skin diseases, causes abortions, and affects the nervous system, phobia, stammering, leprosy, tumours, serpent bits, amputation, leprosy, giddiness and early child deaths.

Planetary effects of Rahu:

  • Generally Rahu offers the results of the planets with which it is conjoined, or by which it is aspected or by the ruler of the sign in which they are placed.
  • Astrologers consider Rahu as a very strong and powerful and it snatches power of a planet/s to whom it is associated with. All attributes/qualities of that planet/s are being taken by Rahu and the result may happen accordingly in its period.
  • If Rahu placed in benefice houses like 5th/9th and if it is in conjunction with or aspected by lord of Maraka hose such that is 2nd/7th, it causes death in their Dasha, even through the lord of house 5th/9th are highly auspicious or produce raj-yoga.
  • If Rahu is in Maraka houses or in 2nd/7th and if it is conjoined with or aspected by lords of 5th/9th, it does not causes death, but it increases one’s health and contribute for the longer life span of the native.
  • If Rahu is paced in 2nd/7th and if lords of 2nd/7th are conjoined with it or aspect Rahu the latter then gets the power of inflicting death.
  • Rahu place in 6th/8th/12th house and associated with lords of quadrants/trines, the native will enjoy the beneficial results during the transition period or Mahadasa of such planet, but they will also suffer from diseases, undergo many difficulties and meet with accident during Antradasha of lord of 6th/8th/12th planets.
  • Rahu placed in 1st/3rd/4th/7th/9th/10th and benefice or Yogkarak planets conjoin or aspect it, one can expect happiness, health, wealth, children, power, prosperity and comforts of conveyance in their periods.
  • Rahu combine with Sun/Moon or in close conjunction with them produces Eclipse yoga. This yoga affects the digestion and progeny. The native faces many hardships in the life regarding luck, education career and child birth.

Brief description of effects produced by placement of Rahu in different house:

  • 1st — cruel, courageous, dark complexion, faith in religion.
  • 2nd— argumentative, quarrelsome, knowledge in computer or electronics.
  • 3rd— wealthy, wrestler, sportsman, healthy.
  • 4th— unhappy, problem related with mother and property.
  • 5th— progeny problems, abortions, timid, poor intelligence.
  • 6th— winner, no enemy, freedom from diseases.
  • 7th— late/unconventional marriage, diabetic and egoistic.
  • 8th— exile, loose morals, litigation and settlement away from the birth place.
  • 9th— political career, wealthy and expert in many fields.
  • 10th— politics, interest in literature and scholar.
  • 11th — excess flow of income and fame.
  • 12th— imprisonment, saint fame gained outside the country.

BY

GEETA JHA [SPIRITUAL HEALER]

INDIA

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4 Steps to Take Stock of Your Life on Your Journey to Happiness

Our ultimate mission in life is to achieve happiness. People seek it, but it eludes many of us. Perhaps it is because we cannot decide on what the definition of true happiness actually is!

I guess that happiness is essentially the absence of pain and sorrow. But that description only elevates you to a neutral position. What do you need to do to bring your emotions higher, and place yourself on a level of being very content with your life? The important phrase is “What do you need to do?” You must take action to achieve what you want.

Here are some steps to take stock to help you bring more fulfillment and happiness into your life.

1) Carry out an inventory of what you already have in your life. Make a long list of all of the good things you have. As well as material possessions, your list should include the names of friends and family, and the talents and strengths that you have.

2) Look through your list, and be so very grateful for what you have. If you are grateful for the wonderful relationships with your friends and family, tell them. When looking through your list of talents and strengths, are you using these to benefit yourself and others? If not, write down ways in which you can utilise these to their full advantage.

3) Reflect on your life, and write down your major achievements. This is a wonderful way to boost your self-esteem and confidence in yourself. By writing your accomplishments down, you can then acknowledge and fully appreciate what you have done in your life. Congratulate yourself on these achievements.

4) Now that you have your list of what you have and what you have achieved, write down a list of things that you don’t have and don’t want in your life. This is probably a list that you have never, ever compiled before! Here, you should write down the things that you are grateful for not having in your life. Examples may be that you are grateful for not having a particular life threatening disease, or that you are not homeless.

Take stock of what you have in your life, and show gratitude for these. Reflect on your achievements. These steps will help you appreciate your life so much more, and you will have started on your journey to happiness.

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Getting Off SSRI Medication Using the Brain’s Power to Change

SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome (SDS) and How to Overcome It

This applies to the majority of antidepressants, however due to the popularity of SSRI’s, this problem is usually discussed in terms of “SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome”. Here are the key points –

* SDS is basically the drug withdrawal your brain and body goes through when you stop taking the drug in question. It is essentially the same concept as quitting smoking or heroin – your brain is used to having that substance and when it is taken away, it undergoes stress.

* Drug companies initially denied the existence of this and doctors previously did not warn of it. I believe most doctors now warn of it when prescribing but there will always be exceptions

* This is why your doctor will tell you to not stop taking the drug suddenly without supervision. All kinds of freaky stuff can happen – some of them life-threatening.

* The likelihood of you having SDS and the severity of your symptoms are usually determined by –

1. The length of time you were on the meds (The longer, the more likely you will have adverse symptoms)

2. The dosage you were on (the higher the dosage the harder to come off)

* In general I would say to expect SDS if and when you decide to stop taking SSRI’s

* Many people have said that SDS can be one of the most unpleasant experiences there is – it has been compared unfavourably to Heroin withdrawal! So don’t think you are alone if you are going through (temporary) hell.

Some key questions to consider before you decide to come off SSRI’s –

1. Why do I want to come off SSRIs? Is it a trivial reason? Or is it because of debilitating side-effects?

2. Was I a suicide risk before going on SSRI’s? If so, you need to discuss seriously with a trained professional (doctor or psychologist) before proceeding.

3. Have SSRI’s worked for me?

4. Have they changed my personality? (for good or bad)

5. While on SSRI’s have I changed the circumstances which triggered or contributed to my initial symptoms?

6. Have I worked on changing my thoughts and behaviors which contributed to my initial problems?

My Plastic Brain Plan for Coming Off SSRI’s (and other AD’s)

1. Three words – TAPER, TAPER, TAPER. You are not going to like this – the easiest way to come off meds takes a LONG time. I recommend the following regime –

* First 3 months – 1/2 of original dosage

* Second 3 months – 1/4 of original dosage

* Third 3 months – 1/8 of original dosage

* When you get down to 1/8 dosage you will probably need a pill-cutter which you can buy from a pharmacy. Also check with your doctor if your medication is available in a smaller dosage

* Why 3 months? This is approximately the time it takes your brain to adapt and make plastic changes to the change in dosage

2. Exercise –

1. Exercise stimulates the production of BDNF. You can think of BDNF as a kind of fertilizer for your brain. It assists in making plastic changes to your brain which will help your brain to adjust to your new, non-medicated state.

2. Exercise stimulates the production of all kinds of good neuro-chemicals and hormones such as Endorphins, Serotonin (which you will be low on when coming off AD’s), Norepinephrine (Noradrenaline) and Dopamine

3. When coming off SSRI’s you can feel physically and mentally horrible – if you get out and exercise vigorously, you feel great and you are distracted from how you were feeling

4. Depression subconsciously involves an element of ‘helplessness’. You may feel the situation is inescapable. On a subconscious level, when you get out and exercise you are sending a message to yourself that you have the power to overcome your situation.

3. Nutrition/Supplements

Apart from Omega-3, the others are optional. Too many supplements can get expensive and onerous to stick to taking every day. However if you have the budget and the inclination, the others also have reasonably strong evidence to back up their claims of effectiveness. I won’t go into too much detail for each of these – you can look them up if you are interested. Supplements are just little helpers – whatever you do, don’t sit back and just expect the supplements to do all the work! Also, the other thing which concerns me about trying to rely on supplements is that is perpetuates the subconscious belief in your mind that you require some external agent (drug, supplement) to recover.

Omega-3/Fish Oil

For at least the first month or so I would recommend a high dose of this – 8 capsules a day – you can then halve when you like. There is no overdose risk so feel free to continue on 8 capsules a day – you won’t suddenly turn into a tuna fish. Why Omega-3? The brain essentially constructs parts of itself from Omega-3 so you are providing ample fuel to give it the building blocks it requires

B-Group Multi-Vitamin

A single Mega B (or equivalent) should suffice. Among other things, B Group Vitamins are vital for a healthy nervous system. In this case, B6 is particularly important due to its involvement in conversion of the amino-acid L-Tryptophan into Serotonin

Vitamin C –

Vitamin C is one of the co-factors your brain uses to make Serotonin. Also extremely important for a strong immune system which may be compromised as your body adapts.

Choline

Choline is used to make the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine, which is vital for various brain functions including mood and memory.

Rhodiola Rosea

This is a supplement characterised as an Adaptogen which means it assists the body to deal with stress. In general I am quite dubious of Adaptogens as they have vague, difficult to quantify benefits attached to them by various streams of Natural Medicine.

However Rhodiola appears to have better than average efficacy (compared to other Adaptogens). It appears to work like a mild antidepressant, affecting Serotonin, Dopamine & Norepinephrine

Phosphatidyl Serine (PS)

PS enhances the function of nerve transmission in the brain, potentially exhibiting a therapeutic effect. This is one of the newer proposed supplements for the brain so research is still a little sketchy.

St. John’s Wort

This is perhaps the most popular natural anti-depressant in the world. It is backed up by numerous placebo-controlled studies. It is believed to work as a mild SSRI. As such it may assist the transition from a strong SSRI to nothing.

5-htp

5-htp is the direct precursor to Serotonin in the brain and many people swear by 5-htp as a natural antidepressant. There is conjecture as to how much of it actually crosses the blood-brain barrier. It appears to be much stronger than its predecessor L-Tryptophan (on a milligram for milligram basis). Often used also as a sleep aid and to assist in the recovery for those who have ‘raved’ it up too much on the weekend.

L-Theanine

L-Theanine is the amino acid found almost exclusively in Tea (green, black, white, oolong – made from Camelia Sinensis)

Theanine has strong evidence supporting claims that it enhances the production of GABA (relaxation) and Dopamine (energy, motivation).

It is claimed that the high levels of Theanine in Tea are behind why drinking Tea can be so relaxing despite its caffeine content

4. Meditation

See the main section on this here.

Meditation has far too many benefits to mention here. From a neurological perspective is has been shown to increase levels of serotonin. Put simply, it can make you calm and relaxed.

However meditation is not recommended for the earliest stages of SSRI discontinuation if you are not an experienced meditator. It can actually make you more agitated if you are not used to simply sitting and being with your thoughts. Exercise is a far better option for this stage as it gives the opposite – sweet distraction!

Meditation is no quick fix – in fact the mindset behind meditation is almost the exact opposite from taking meds – there is no easy ‘pop a pill’ option – you have to work at it – but the rewards are immense.

Other general points –

* One of the key issues which comes up when you are going through discontinuation is “Is this discontinuation syndrome or is this my depression/anxiety returning?”. There is no definitive answer but my sense of logic dictates the following – if you take a single dose of the medication and your symptoms have eased within a day or two it is most likely to be discontinuation syndrome and, if possible, you should try to persist. As you will recall from when you started the medication, it takes a while to begin to treat depression/anxiety – so if it alleviates your discontinuation symptoms quickly it’s a good sign it is just withdrawal, not a return of your original illness.

* If you have any suicidal thoughts, as always, immediately seek professional help

* If you feel its too tough and you are not coping, talk to your doctor about starting the medication again – you can always try again later. It is relatively common so have several attempts before successfully stopping SSRI’s

* If possible, schedule the beginning of each new, lower dosage around a time when you have minimal stress in your work or home life. Try to take some time off work for the first week or so of the first taper.

* Do things that you enjoy like reading a book or watching a movie

* Keep connected with your friends – schedule in as much social time as possible (even if you don’t feel like it) – you may have a natural inclination to isolate yourself when you are withdrawing – you need to fight this instinct as it is counter-productive.

* Do things which feel physically nice like getting a massage or taking a nice long bath

* Avoid too much caffeine or alcohol. Caffeine increases anxiety and alcohol messes with your sleep. That said, if you are a heavy drinker or drink a lot of coffee you need to address this before coming off meds. You don’t want caffeine withdrawal on top of SSRI withdrawal!

* For the first few months be prepared for overly emotional reactions to daily situations – your emotions will take time to adjust

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The Best Rosacea Treatment Cream – Metronidazole Vs Finacea

Two of the most common treatment options prescribed in the treatment of rosacea are metronidazole cream and finacea gel. Both these topical antibiotics are prescribed for the mild to moderate symptoms of rosacea, but is one better than the other? Based upon research that has been undertaken, I will discuss how effective these creams are and whether one is more effective than the other.

Topical metronidazole was first reported as an effective treatment of rosacea back in 1983 and remains the most popular treatment option today. It is a broad spectrum antibiotic which helps to reduce inflammation and to treat bacterial infections. It’s available in lotion, cream and gel form and is commonly prescribed as metrogel, acea, anabact, metrosa, rosiced, rozex and zyomet.

Studies have shown that it is effective in treating mild to moderate rosacea, significantly reducing papulopustular lesions, but it is less effective in treating redness of the face. The use of this topical antibiotic cream is generally well tolerated and only small percentage of people report side effects such as burning, stinging, dryness and itching. Compared to taking oral antibiotics such as tetracycline, topical metronidazole has been shown to maintain remission from further relapses of rosacea.

Even though metronidazole has been a popular choice for many years, there is now a new kid on the block. In 2003 finacea gel was brought onto the market to also addressing mild to moderate rosacea. Finacea gel contains azelaic acid which is found naturally in wheat, rye and barley. In studies comparing finacea gel and metronidazole, the results have shown that finacea was significantly better in reducing redness of the face, papules and pustules. Finacea also produced a better overall improvement. However, it was found that metronidazole caused far less skin irritation than finacea gel.

In conclusion, both these topical antibiotic preparations have their pros and cons. Metronidazole causes less irritation, but is not as effective in treating redness of the face, whereas finacea gel is significantly more effective in reducing facial redness, but can cause more irritation to the skin.

Both metronidazole and finacea gel are obtained by prescription only for the treatment of mild to moderate rosacea. With the facts in hand, you can discuss the pros and cons of which is the best rosacea treatment cream to use with your doctor of dermatologist.

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Eye Exercises To Improve Your Vision Naturally – The Close And Distance Vision Eye Exercise

Glasses certainly provide a convenient way to see clearly as your eyesight becomes clear instantly as you put them on. However, are you getting tired of the relationship of dependency that you have been developing in terms of feeling lost without your glasses? If you think that it’s time for a change and if you feel that you would be willing to try a different vision improvement alternative other than glasses, contacts or laser surgery, then you may want to keep an open mind about pursuing an effective program of eye exercises to improve your vision naturally.

Once you practice these easy and simple vision techniques on a regular basis you will see positive results in your vision health such as eye strain relief, dry eye relief and sharper vision without glasses. These eye exercise techniques improve the flexibility of the focusing mechanism of the eyes. You have muscles in your eyes like you do in other parts of the body. These eye muscles like other muscles of the body need exercise to function efficiently. You can correct visual imbalances and vision conditions with the regular practice of these eye exercise techniques. These eye exercises can help to reduce the damage done to the visual system caused by years of excessive close up work. These techniques also and strengthen the eye muscles that control the focusing power of the eyes for better natural eyesight.

One common vision condition called myopia (nearsightedness), affects about 30 – 40 percent of the American population. If you are concerned about this particular vision condition eye exercises are a natural vision correction remedy that helps you to improve your vision naturally without glasses. Therefore, here is a vision exercise to improve nearsightedness:

This eye exercise is called the close and distance vision eye exercise. In order to perform this technique hold a card with a black letter on it and cup your left eye with your palm. Focus on the black letter on the card while you are holding it at arm’s length. Then, at a moderate speed pull the card closer to you so that it is at least 8 inches from your face. Keep alternating the movement of the card from a near to a far distance for about 7-10 repetitions as you maintain your focus on the letter of that card. Then, switch eyes and place your palm over your right eye and repeat the same process as you did with your left eye for about several repetitions. Then, perform this technique by following the same procedure with both eyes open. This vision exercise is also useful for improving presbyopia and farsightedness.

This vision exercise improves the ability of the eye muscles to accommodate. This term is defined as the action of the six muscles upon the eyeball that enables us to see near and distant objects clearly. Eye exercises are a natural vision correction remedy for a variety of vision conditions. The close and distance eye exercise is one example of such a technique that corrects vision problems associated with presbyopia, farsightedness and astigmatism. Ultimately, the practice of these eye exercise techniques leads to better natural eyesight and an improvement in your vision health.

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Why You Can’t Experience Progress Without a Struggle

Are you contented with your life? How about a little struggle? Why? Read on to find out.

Struggles in your life help you to measure milestones of progress. Without struggles, there is no progress in life. How is that?

With every struggle, you get to rise up to a challenge and hopefully overcome it. There’s beauty in it. You get to reap the fruits of your struggle. With almost every struggle, there is a blessing – something to look forward to – some hidden treasure or gift, which says yes, you have done a good job and you deserve it. This is that milestone of progress.

Say, you want to earn good grades in school. There are competitors around. But that’s not the point. You put in your efforts and struggle through your courses to come out on top. There’s beauty in it – yes there is. You have the blessing of a good GPA in school which will always work to open up opportunities for good job purposes through your resumes. It is earned only once but work for you in benign ways a lifetime. In fact, it is a milestone of your life’s progress.

Now suppose, you have a good job reputation, but you suddenly need to change areas and work in a different zone because of someone’s demise, accident, or simply to be near your old parents. Your good job reputation is a milestone of your life’s progress which will help you to progress another milestone if you do need to change areas or zones.

Take for instance, you have a challenging health problem. You want to overcome it and live your best life. With the will of your determination, you can rise up to the challenge and beat it – yes, you obviously can. A positive attitude and positive thoughts all along will help you further to cover the milestone of progress. You beat your health problem and give yourself an optimal life to live the rest of your life. How good is that?

How about earning the gold medal for swimming in the Olympics? You have to rehearse a lot. After practices and practices with your coach and fellow mates, you have to prove you are worthy and finally get selected to participate. All along it’s been a struggle of struggles. But finally when the grand day comes, you are able to make it and win the desired medal triumphantly. So, on top of everything, it’s a milestone of progress.

One milestone leads to another milestone of progress through struggles and winning battles. You pat yourself on the back along the way but not for long. You go on struggling and making milestones of progress until you are lying on your deathbed happy with the minimum regrets. Yes, you have lived a worthy life. You don’t regret. You are smug and happy.

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How Do You Use Essential Oils to Make "Aromatherapy" Candles?

The term “aromatherapy” is a branch of alternative medicine which claims that the specific “aromas” carried by the essential oils have curative effects. The healing art “aromatherapy” traces back to 4,000 B.C. where the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Persians use to burn herbs and flowers for curative and cosmetic purposes. In ancient Egypt, plant oils were widely used for spiritual relaxation, cosmetics and for embalming and mummification of the dead.

The term “aromatherapy candles” is used loosely in Western societies, because, unlike other cultures, we mainly use “aromatherapy candles” for “aesthetic” qualities vs. healing qualities. We want the calming, soothing aromas to aid in meditation, bathing and relaxing activities.

Natural candles are becoming more popular with the development of natural waxes such as soy wax and palm waxes. There is a greater desire by consumers to go “green” with all natural ingredients in candle making. Using all natural soy wax that is a renewable resource, grown right here in the U.S.A. has gained popularity in the few years, since the development of soy wax in 1998. Soy wax is hydrogenated soybean oil that is non-toxic, biodegradable and environmentally friendly. Combining all natural ingredients, including natural scents, to make an “aromatherapy” candle is highly desirable.

A lot of so called “aromatherapy” candles out on the market today contain paraffin wax (which is a byproduct of the crude oil process) and fragrance oils that are chemically derived. Some major manufacturers have paraffin wax, combined with natural scents. Some have natural waxes combined with chemical derived synthetic scents. My idea of a natural “aromatherapy candle” is one that is all natural. So, what are natural scents? They are essential oils.

Essential oils are volatile parts of plants, trees, fruits and roots that are extracted by various methods: steam distillation, cold-press extraction, chemical solvent extraction and the effleurage method. Essential oils that are “pure” will mostly have their botanical name on the jar, and come in dark colored bottles for protection from sunlight. They should be stored in cool, dark places, and out of reach of children and pets. Other essential oils are blended with carrier oils such as jojoba and are considered “diluted”. Some candle manufacturers sell “essential oils”, but they come in clear plastic containers, and are synthetically derived, or are blended with alcohol or other solvents.

Because of their concentrated nature, pure essential oils can be more expensive than fragrance oils and come in small bottles – drams (1/8 oz), 1/6 oz., etc. They either have a closed lid or a dropper to distribute the essential oils. Price can range from anywhere from $5 to $75 for a fraction of an ounce of pure essential oils.

So, how do you use essential oils in candle making? Good question – and there are many answers to that question, depending on who you talk to. When I originally tried to research this topic a year ago, there was very little information out on the Internet, with candle supply companies, or any e-books I purchased. One year later, there is a wide variety of answers published in articles, candle supply websites, and so-called “candle gurus”. Some experts claim that usage per pound of wax is 1 oz – which is similar to using fragrance oils. Now, 1 oz of pure essential oils can be either incredibly strong or incredibly expensive. Others claim that using as little 3-20 drops/pound of wax.

I personally believe that the aromatherapy candles should use much less essential oils than fragrance oils for two reasons:

1 Style & Taste. When using essential oils in aromatherapy candles, I want a milder, less dominant, natural scent aroma from the essential oils. I don’t want an over-powering Cinnamon Spice fragrance oil aroma that’s going to fill my entire house for days. I want a “natural” candle, because I want a soothing, relaxing, mild, fresh, natural aroma that gives just enough scent to soothe my senses for a beautiful bubble bath, meditation, yoga or Pilates exercises. I don’t want the aroma competing with what I’m trying to achieve – relaxation.

2. Cost. Essential oils are expensive, and cost should be considered when buying and using “pure” essential oils in candle making. First of all one dram (1/8 oz) of 100% pure Peppermint oil (made right here in the U.S.A.) on sale was $5/dram plus shipping. Honestly, do you think you it’s cost effective to use $5 of Peppermint oil in one 8-12 oz. soy candle? I don’t think so, besides, it may be too strong. Fragrance oils (mainly synthetics) can be 10 times less expensive when purchased in bulk. I’ve used blends of essential oils with 1/6 oz. and made three 12 oz. soy candles, and they were perfectly scented. So, it’s the cost/benefit rule you have to apply in determining how much you’re willing to pay to achieve your desired outcome.

Another important consideration in how much essential oils to use in candle making, is using the wax manufacturers guide in how much fragrance/essential oils that the wax will absorb in order to make a safe candle. I primarily use 100% soy waxes for my candle making, and the manufacturers recommendation is to use 3-9% of fragrance oil per pound of soy wax. There are additives which can increase those percentages, but I mainly use 1 oz. of fragrance oil/pound of soy wax, which is approximately 6%. When using essential oils, I use much less than 1%/pound of wax. It all depends on how strong or pure the natural oil is and my taste, of course!

So, with those facts explained, using essential oils is a matter of style, taste and cost. If you are selling your candles, you pass along your costs to the consumer, but hopefully, you can market and price your candles effectively to sell them at a profit. If you are making candles for your own enjoyment, then it’s a matter of what you’re happy with – milder/stronger, and whether cost is a factor for you.

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How I Beat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 2 Weeks

I was a competitive tri-athlete in 1989. Fortunately, I had a job that allowed me time to train pretty seriously. Serious training for triathalons means practicing the three principles involved. Running, swimming, and bicycling.

One day during a training ride I had a cycling accident which threw me about 20 feet in the air and landed on my left arm. At that time I didn’t realize I had fractured my forearm.

During this time I was still teaching martial arts. Whenever my left arm got hit and it would go dead. That’s when I found out I had bone chips in my elbow. I had surgery to remove 3 chips about ¼ size of a dime.

This is how I contacted my CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). Apparently my immune system was beaten up from all the training and the anesthesia/antibiotics during surgery triggered the CFS.

If anyone reading this still has CFS from that time, you’d probably remember it was first called Epstein-Barr Disease (the Yuppie disease).

It was also suggested that CFS was a yeast infection of the blood system.

It didn’t matter to me what was the cause, I only wanted a cure. Anyone familiar with CFS will know about the mood swings, depression, suicidal thoughts, anger, weight bloating, etc. I had bloated up to 174 lbs. My in shape weight is 154 lbs. and always ripped. I was pudgy despite eating only salads. CFS throws your whole body into chaos!

Fortunately, my chiropractor was familiar with CFS at that time and turned me onto an acupuncturist who treated CFS patients. The acupuncture treatment was similar to allergy testing, I would be injected with herbs and needles. This was only one part of my treatment.

The treatment that worked for me was coffee enemas. In those days they were not as familiar as today. I don’t know where the coffee enema originated, but I know coffee is an herb.

We now utilize herbs in various ways for healing and health.

At first I thought it was crazy and I mentally resisted. I started my coffee enemas and 2 weeks later had my CFS under total control, and almost gone.

My CFS regiment consisted of the coffee enema, and low carbohydrate diet.

I dropped 20 lbs in 10 days and was ripped again. I cut back my workout routine to yoga everyday, and a 3 mile jog.

If you have CFS and haven’t been able to beat it, you should consider the coffee enema and diet regiment.

For me the coffee enema proved the most effective detoxification. I still do a coffee enema every 2 months to keep my liver, kidneys, and intestines putrid free.

I feel any detoxification program will help you overcome CFS. Try it!

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