Monday Health & Beauty: 15 Benefits of Lemons

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Nature has given us amazing gifts that can help us get healthier, and feel and look better. Lemons are among those simple wonders of nature. Let’s take a look at 15 health & beauty benefits of lemons:

1. Drinking a warm glass of water with lemon first thing in the morning helps your body detox, and clear your digestive system. And drinking warm lemon water throughout the day aids in the detox. If you start to get loose motion, reduce the quantity of lemon water. Do rinse your mouth with water after drinking lemon water, because lemon juice can harm tooth enamel.

2. Applying lemon juice to dark pigmentation like age spots, acne marks, scars etc lightens those marks, and over time erase them. Apply lemon juice and keep it for 10-20 minutes before washing with water.

3. Drinking lemon water, especially a warm glass on empty stomach in the morning helps in weight loss. Some people like to add a teaspoon of local, raw, organic honey as well to the lemon water.

4. Applying lemon juice with honey to your skin helps in diminishing blemishes and helps make the skin glow. Keep it on for 15-20 minutes and then wash off.

5. Rinsing your mouth with lemon water or drinking lemon water freshens your breath. After that rinse mouth once more with plain water so that your teeth enamel is not harmed.

6. Rubbing lemon halves to your elbows and knees helps improve the darkened skin pigmentation there.

7. Applying Lemon juice directly to warts regularly for several days starts to dissolve warts.

8. Applying lemon juice to your scalp and leaving it on for about 10-15 minutes before rinsing helps with dandruff. You can also mix lemon juice with coconut oil and massage to your scalp and leave for an hour before washing off. This too helps with dandruff.

9. Lemons are a good source of Vitamin C and Pottasium.

10. Lemons help with joint pain, as it dissolves uric acid that causes inflammation in the joints. Mix lemon juice with warm water and drink through the day.

11. Lemons are anti-bacterial.

12. Warm lemon water helps with sore throat.

13. If your teeth are not sensitive, you can make a paste of lemon juice and baking soda, and apply to your teeth for teeth whitening. Keep for a minute, then brush with your tooth brush (without toothpaste) and rinse off really well.

14. Lemons are very powerful for aromatherapy use. You can either smell a fresh lemon, or lemon essential oil, or smell the lemon in the warm lemon water you drink. The smell of lemon is a powerful aid in helping one feel happier.

15. You can whiten and clean your nails by immersing your nails in warm lemon water. Or you can mix lemon with olive oil and massage your nails and cuticles to whiten and strengthen them.

Can you add some benefits you know of that I have not listed here? Please leave me your comments, and share this article with others. Thank you so much. :)signature

Sunday Guest Blog on Life Purpose: “Living a Life of Purpose” by Sue Fitzmaurice

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At some point in your life, I hope you’ll ask the question either “what is my purpose?” or “what is the purpose of life?” They are the most important questions you can ask, since it indicates you have some sense that life has meaning other than that we are born, we work from nine-to-five, we acquire some things, we have a little fun, and then we die.

If you should first of all ask me the question “does life have a purpose?”, then my answer will be a resounding “YES!”. It’s irrelevant whether life really does have a purpose or whether we just choose to believe it does, because ultimately we are more satisfied when we are living a purposeful life than when we are not.

So what is your life purpose? It’s quite simple: it is to live a life of purpose.

What is your purpose? Very simply, it is taking what you love and making a difference; to make the world a better place by doing something we love. You may not even be very good at the thing that you’re passionate about, although almost certainly you will become good at it if you love it enough.

Finding your purpose though, and then living it, still seems to elude most of us. Even when we think we have it clear in our heads, it will escape sometimes and even trick us into thinking that wasn’t ‘it’ after all, that something else is ‘it’.

So there’s finding your purpose, and then there’s holding onto it.

In school we’re given the resources we need to pass exams to gain our high school qualifications. We are encouraged to think about what we’re interested in and what we’d like to be when we leave school. If we don’t think we’re cut out for university or we’re not interested in university, then most likely we’re encouraged to get a job. If we do have some sense of a career – one that involves tertiary study – we are rarely if ever shown or told about this in terms of purpose. Job or career are the overarching terms in use. And that’s not surprising since purpose has connotations that are not generally a part of the lexicon of modern education or job and career-seeking.

Purpose goes beyond just what you’re interested in. I’m interested in photography, but I don’t want a career in it since it has no sense of purpose attached to it for me. I enjoy it, I appreciate it, I could even be quite good at it, but it’s not my purpose. It will be someone’s purpose – lots of people – but it’s not mine.

Holding many of us back is that on the way to achieving our purpose we all still have to pay bills, put food on the table, meet our obligations to our children, our communities and so on. This frequently – in fact almost always at some point – necessitates us having to do work that is not our purpose especially, but that supports us while we’re going about working towards other goals. So it’s worthwhile taking the view that if it is getting us to where we want to be in some way, shape or form, it also forms a part of our purpose and there is little point in resenting it or hating it, even if we believe it is menial work that is somehow beneath us.

Actually there is no work that is beneath anyone; at least that is one important perspective to consider. As long as you take a negative attitude towards the work you do, you will find it takes you longer to escape that work. Your purpose will unfold with the positivity you put into your daily world. If you practice happiness, you will move more quickly towards your larger goals. If you understand that the work you do now is helping you along the path towards your greater goals then you will appreciate it, you will be better at it, you will be happier with it, and you will move more speedily in the direction of your dreams.

Unless we’re fortunate enough to have some very unique kind of education or upbringing that teaches us we need to find our purpose, then we will usually come to this concept of purpose from one or both of two particular directions: either we have just always known that we have a purpose; or we experience increasing frustration from the work we are doing, or from the nature of life about us and the stage of life we’re at, and eventually hit on the idea that we lack purpose and we’d like to have some.

Whichever direction we come at it, we usually experience the need for purpose as a spiritual need. And by spiritual I do not mean religious, although for many these two are intertwined. By spiritual, I am referring to a need for self-fulfilment – what Abraham Maslow would refer to as self-actualization – that will often combine with a desire to make a contribution or to be of service in the world. It is a deep-seated need that arises from within and goes beyond intellectual or emotional fulfilment.

Maslow says “what a man can be, he must be” and describes self-actualization in terms of achieving all that one can. I believe the desire for purpose goes beyond mere achievement and requires a connection to a higher self, to God, to the Universe, to destiny, or any similar concept that draws you into a realm that is greater than yourself. When I refer to mere achievement, I don’t mean to say that achievements are not things to attain to; en route to achieving purpose we may complete a university degree, travel overseas, win an art competition, get married, get published in a prestigious journal, have a baby, and much more… all achievements that may bring satisfaction and pride. Such achievements may or may not bring with them a sense of purpose though, or they may bring a greater or lesser sense of purpose.

Possibly, once you have come to this idea of needing a purpose, you may feel this as quite an urgency. You may even feel frustrated or depressed at not having a purpose or not being able to figure out what your purpose is. Definitely do everything you can to keep anxiety or frustration or depression from creeping in; none of these things will help you in uncovering your purpose, and in fact they will act as obstacles.

There is no doubt in my mind that we, each of us as human beings, have purpose. I’ve not always been without doubt, but mostly I can say I’ve courted my doubts with a view to questioning my beliefs and where I’ve got to in my understanding; something I’ve tried to do throughout my life. I don’t hold firmly to my beliefs in the sense that they define me; it is more the case that I have become aware of certain truths, and then only because my limited human senses grasp some small part of something far more complex than my tiny mind can know in full. I think this is the nature of much of what we think of as universal truths; some people with one view see one part of it and some people see some other part, and the groups can argue black and blue for generations because they think their limited minds have grasped the whole truth when actually this is very rare. Those that have a larger view of any particular truth never fight about it. So in this regard I don’t have beliefs so much as I have some things I’ve seen and understood and am sharing. Because my experience of the world and of learning has been reasonably broad and open, I believe I have a reasonably useful view that’s worth sharing and you should feel free to take from it whatever works for you and discard that which doesn’t.

This knowledge and work with Purpose has emerged from several areas of research and points of learning, and in large part from my experience teaching, talking to and coaching others in the pursuit of their purpose over several years. My own pursuit of purpose has been a journey of many years; aided by the instruction I’ve received from coaches and spiritual teachers around the world. I don’t know everything there is to know about purpose, but it’s a worthwhile amount and I’ve structured some of this into my online course “Living a Life of Purpose” at www.suefitzmaurice.com/purpose. Once this makes sense and you have absorbed this into your understanding, there will be more; so much more.

My experience in teaching and coaching on the topic of purpose has almost exclusively been with people who are definitely seeking to make a positive contribution to the world, to bring something of Light and beauty into others’ lives. The term Light bearer has been used to describe these people who are to all intents and purposes entirely ordinary. They are not gurus or great spiritual teachers, although some may become this; they are people with some talent (perhaps as yet unexplored and undeveloped), with a desire to be of service, with a need for meaning and Light in their own lives, albeit that for many that may just be some vague and undefined notion. There are millions of these people; they generally feel things deeply and it seems to me that a lot more than half of them are women. They are the future of humanity, and they are seeking purpose and meaning, sometimes desperately. Many of them are youth and they in particular find much of modern life, with all its cruelty and superficiality, a burden. They are rarely supported in their school system to explore the world in a way that suits their view of it, and sadly they are often not supported by their parents either in a manner conducive to their soulful development; and we know too well some of the downsides of this lack of support, in the alarming statistics of substance abuse, mental illness and suicide.

The need to understand purpose seems recent – a part of some new era that is exploding with information about new ways of living and experiencing the world and connecting with the Divine. While any one Faith or philosophy may be deeply fulfilling for any of its adherents, no religion or body of learning has exclusive rights to the recipe for the good life, and indeed much of new and popular learning has emerged from spiritual teachers wholly unaligned with a particular group. There is much to be gleaned; I hope my contribution assists your journey.

(A note about God: I use the terms God, the Universe, the Divine, Energy, Source, the Light and other such terms more or less interchangeably. If one of these terms doesn’t sit well with you for whatever reason, feel free to replace it with your own, or you could just not fuss about it too much and recognise that they are all just words to describe the one great Essence that animates all of life.

 

Author Information:

SueF10463913_10153103935651318_7895702108548249348_nSue Fitzmaurice was born and raised in New Zealand. She has been a nurse, a CEO, an executive business consultant and coach, and is the mother of a teenage son and daughter, pursuing careers as a comedian and an artist respectively. Sue has an undergraduate degree in philosophy and political science, and a First Class Honours in international law and international relations from the University of Canterbury; and a Masters in Business from Massey University.

She is the author of Angels in the Architecture, a novel, inspired by her severely autistic nephew. The book began with the idea that there is more going on in the heads of autists than we generally think and it grew into an historic tale, a discussion on prejudice and an exploration of our beliefs about what is real and what we can truly know.

Sue has been open about her own clinical depression, which lasted 15 years following the birth of her daughter, and how she has slowly healed this. She has also talked about her own limitations in discovering and living her own purpose, including self-destructive behaviours and a habit of judging others as harshly as she judged herself.

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Saturday (Parenting): Bullying, What to do if Your Child is Being Bullied

by Melissa Richardson

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What is Bullying:
Bullying involves repeated acts of physical, emotional, or social behavior that are intentional, controlling, and hurtful. Bullying is a learned behavior, evident as early as 2 years of age.

* Bullying is defined by a power imbalance between the bully and the target.

* A bully’s power can be derived from physical size, strength, verbal skill, popularity, or gender.

* A bully’s target feels tormented, helpless, and defenseless.

What to do:
** If you think your child is being bullied talk with your child and believe them.

** Discuss how being bullied is not their fault and that they don’t have to face it alone.

** Collect as much information as possible about the situation.

** Teach your child to not react, but be assertive and walk away or get help if needed.

** Tell your child to report bullying immediately to a trusted adult.

** Contact the school, teacher, or counselor. (STAY CALM ALWAYS)

** DON’T EVER RESPOND TO ANY BULLYING

What is Cyber-bullying:
When kids bully each other using the Internet, mobile phones, or other cyber technology.

* Sending mean or vicious text, e-mail, or instant messages (IM/PM).

* Posting hateful pictures or messages about others in chat rooms, on bulletin boards, on blogs, or on Web sites.

* Using someone else’s user name to spread rumors or lies about someone.

What to do:
** Report any threats of serious bodily harm or death threats to law enforcement IMMEDIATELY.

** Use monitoring software to record all communications including IM/Pms.

** Identify the bully, if possible. Notify the bully’s parents, school, or anyone effective in stopping the attacks.

** Contact the ISP (Internet Service Provider). Most cyber-bullying violates the terms of service. Forward any correspondence to them. They can shut down the bully’s account.

** DON’T EVER RESPOND TO ANY CYBERBULLYING AND SCREEN SHOT AND SAVE ALL CORRESPONDENCE OR POSTINGS.

If Your Child Is Physically Assaulted:
Physically pushing, hitting, or otherwise attacking.

* Talk to teachers and the school principal IMMEDIATELY!

* Take photos of any injuries, and have your child write down a detailed description of what happened.

* Call the Police right away if there is a physical assault of any type. This is hitting, kicking, slapping, tripping, and hair-pulling.

* Talk to a Lawyer if your child has been physically assaulted by another student. (Local Attorney, Attorneys who sue public school districts or concentrate in personal injury lawsuits, may be best suited for you.)

Questions For Your Attorney:
* What should I do if my child is teased because of race color?

* What if my child is subject to vicious rumors at school? Is it a crime or the basis for a lawsuit?

* Can I write a letter to my child’s school Principal to let them know I am serious about wanting the school to stop bullying against my child?

Social Media Sites that you can find Payton’s Pledge on are as follows:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaytonsPledge
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg0wtOPOqVksnVYNna-yu4g
Instagram: https://instagram.com/paytonspledge/
Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/paytonspledge
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/Paytonspledge/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Paytonspledge
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bullycide


Author Information:
Payton11081615_1061056197255126_74966508_nI am, Melissa Richardson, mother of 12 year old Payton Ruth Anne Richardson, bullycide 2012, from New Auburn, Wisconsin.

I now run an Anti Bully Campaign in her honor and we are “Payton’s Pledge to Stop the Bullying”, on most all social media sites. My mission in life now as Payton, was my one and only child; is to make a positive change from her tragedy in hopes that we can save many children from this growing epidemic that is creeping into our communities. I speak at many community based events, school programs, and youth groups about bullying, being an up-stander, telling Payton’s Bully Biography, and have everyone participating take Payton’s Anti Bully Pledge.

I am also working to pass the first Wisconsin cyber bully bill, “Payton’s Law”, we have passed the House of Representatives unanimously and now await the Senate Floor.

Please share this important information. And if you have any more ideas on how to deal with bullying, please add your comments.

Friday Spiritual/Psychic Development: All About the Root Chakra

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What are Chakras? I have written an overview of chakras as part 1 of this series: http://thepurpleflower.com/friday-spiritiual-psychic-development-what-are-chakras/

Where is the Root chakra located? The Root chakra is the first main chakra that is within our physical body. It is at the base of the spine, and in the pelvic floor.

What is the color of the Root chakra? The color of the Root chakra is Ruby Red.

What does the Root chakra do? The Root chakra is called the “Muladhara” chakra in Sanskrit. Its functions are:

1. Basic needs of Survival: eating, sleeping, shelter etc.

2. Feelings of safety & security.

3. Financial stability.

4. Pulls positive grounding energy up from the core of the earth by acting as our root.

5. Confidence.

6. Feeling centered and balanced.

7. Passion about life and activities.

8. Sense of smell.

What problems might an imbalanced & blocked Root chakra cause?

1. Feeling ungrounded.

2. Not feeling safe in life. Feeling worried and scared all the time.

3. Financial instability, having a hard time earning money or saving money. Even sometimes to the extent of facing poverty.

4. Feeling tired all the time.

5. Diarrhea or constipation.

6. Low self-esteem.

7. Poor sense of smell.

8. Greediness.

9. Lower back pain.

10. Arthritis.

11. Piles.

What body parts are associated with the Root chakra? Thighs, legs, bones, large intestine, anus, back.

How do you balance, unblock, heal & clear the Root chakra? There are several things you can do to balance, unblock & heal your root chakra.

1. Wear Red colored clothes, especially on the lower half of your body if possible.

2. Affirmations like, “I am safe”, “I am confident”, “I am financially well off”, “Money flows easily into my life”, “I belong here on earth”, “I have a right to be here”, “I am connected to Mother Earth”, “I am balanced”, “I am stable” repeated with emotion help greatly over time.

3. Gemstones like Ruby, Garnet, Hematite help. Lie down on your stomach, and place the gemstone at the base of your spine and rest for 10-20 minutes. The vibrations of the stone will balance your root chakra.

4. Exercising, running, walking bare-foot  outdoors in nature grounds you and heals your root chakra.

5. Chanting the mantra “Lam” or a deep throated “Uhhhhh” opens and balances your root chakra.

6. The “Kapalbhati” pranayam helps open, heal, and balance the root chakra. Especially if you focus your attention on the root chakra while doing this pranayam. However, you cannot do Kapalbhati alone. You will need to follow it with “Anulom Vilom” pranyam (the alternate nose breathing).

7. Focus and meditate on a root chakra mandala like this one below:

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8. Breathe in red light into your root chakra. This is how you do it: Close your eyes, and when you breathe in, imagine a bright and beautiful Ruby Red light entering your root chakra, and brightening and clearing your root chakra.

9. I find visualization most effective for this purpose. Close your eyes, and imagine a red circle/disc where your root chakra is. You can imagine it to be of a diameter of about 5″. Focus on it for a few seconds, and then start enlarging and brightening this red circle. Enlarge it to extend out of your body and around it to a diameter of about 2 feet. Say in your mind, “My root chakra is now balanced, opened, and healed”. However, this needs to be done for all the 7 chakras, so they are all balanced. Doing this once or twice a day for all your 7 chakras keeps your chakras balanced, opened, unblocked, and helps you be physically, emotionally, energetically, and spiritually healthy. It also improves your psychic senses.

10. Tree posture in yoga is very beneficial.

11. Doing Kegel exercises help as well.

Next Friday I will write about the Sacral Chakra.

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Thursday Crafts & Hobbies: How to Make Soap at Home

Handmade soap, oil in bottles anise and cinnamon on the tableNOTE: I will bring you information and tutorial on new hobbies, art, craft ideas every Thursday. The reason I am doing this is, these days often people do not do things just or fun. People have got much too serious. :) And often when someone is feeling unmotivated, sad etc, just learning something new is all that is needed to bring new energy and enthusiasm back for life.

These tutorials might not always be by me. I’ll bring these ideas for you, so you can try and see if you have fun doing this. Who knows…sometimes what starts as a hobby might turn into a business.

Today I am bringing “Soap Making” for you. How to make soap at home! :)

I have made soap at home (this video is not by me), and it is so much fun!! :D And you are assured of making soaps with pure ingredients when you make them yourself.

The soap I bring for you today is the simplest one. Make sure you follow the directions EXACTLY – the measurements, and the safety instructions. Lye can seriously hurt your skin if you are not careful. So make sure you follow the instructions 100%.

After you make this, if you feel that you enjoy soap making, look for books, videos etc to learn how to make really exotic and beautiful soap at home. You can sell them, give them as gifts, and did I say it is loads of fun? :D

So watch this video, and make your own soap. Show me pictures of your soap after you make yours. This week I’ll try and find time to make some more soap and will post the photos later. Or if I manage to make a video or take steps of the process, I’ll post it here next Thursday.

The ingredients are very simple — Olive oil, distilled water, and Lye. You can buy Lye anywhere online. I get my stuff from Amazon.com. You can get it from there too, or from online soap making stores. Once again, be VERY careful with Lye. Do not get scared. I did it. And I am fine. :D But just be very careful.

The tools are – goggles, mask, rubber gloves, stainless steel bowls (don’t use them for cooking ever again), hand held blender (do not use this for food again), digital measuring scale, plastic and silicone spatula, glass measuring cups, kitchen thermometer, some plastic boxes for molds.

Let me know if you made the soap. I have friends who have made very successful business with soap making.

Leave me comments :).