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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Canning Jar CANDLES

We have all seen those beautiful canning jar candles with the pretty ribbon and potpourri. It is very easy to make your own canning jar candles with just a few inexpensive items that you can get from your local craft store or online. You will need wide mouth canning jars, ribbon, potpourri, votive candles with holders, and a hot glue gun. Make your own canning jar candles to add charm to the dinner table as a center piece or gift them to family and friends for gifts.

Floating Candle Jars
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To start, fill the jar with potpourri. If you desire, add some extras such as dried apples or cinnamon sticks. Fill the jar full enough that when you set the candle holder on top it is even with the top of the jar. Place the candle in the holder once you have got the fit right. Next, glue the ribbon around the top mouth area of the canning jar. You can further personalize your canning jar candles by gluing on decorations. Canning jar candles are a great idea for Mother’s Day or crafts for young children to take home.

Canning jar candles are great for all Holidays as well. Add pumpkin cut outs for Halloween, little bunnies for Easter, and Christmas trees or small ornaments for Christmas. Canning candle jars make excellent fundraisers or items to sell at the next craft show. The internet offers many great canning jar candle d├ęcor ideas, especially for the holidays. Your local craft stores and the internet are great places to get canning jar candle ideas. Those of you who are more creative will have no trouble designing your own.

McCall’s canning jar candles are already made. They come with wonderful labels that are very rustic looking. This candle collection comes in many wonderful fragrances with a zinc wick. These canning jar candles come in two sizes, the 5 ounce that burns for about 30-35 hours and the 16 ounce burns for 110-115 hours. The small candles retail for $13.63 and the larger ones are $24.63. While these are great candles as well, you will miss out on the experience of candle making if you choose to purchase them. You will also be able to make several of your own for the cost of one McCall’s canning jar candle.

To save even more money when making canning jar candles, consider making your own votives. You can do this easily in you home. You will need paraffin wax, wick, and candle holders. You can choose to use dye for colored votives or scents to add a wonderful smell to the candles. It is very easy to melt the wax and add in whatever you want to make the color and smell you desire. Then simply pour the hot wax into the candle holders. To save even more, shop at thrift stores and yard sales for canning jars and votive holders at a very low price.

Canning jar candles are very easy to make and they are very beautiful. You can make them in very little time and young children will be able to do this with ease as long as you help them with the glue gun. Make canning jar candles for you own personal use or as gifts. These cute candles are very inexpensive to make and they last a very long time, giving a delicious aroma.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Inducting RASAYANA Therapy in Our Daily Routine

Introduction:   Ayurveda , the oldest health science  has eight branches. Rasayana (rejuvenation) is one of them. Rasa has different meanings like ”juice”, "taste “, “essence," "flavor”, or “emotion", but is not limited to any of these in itself. In therapeutic process Rasa is concerned with the conservation, transformation, and revitalization of energy. Rasa nourishes our body, boosts immunity and helps to keep the body and mind in best of health.

English: Supari Palm or Betelnut Areca catechu...
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The Aim Of Rsayana :
 The Rasayana therapy enhances the qualities of rasa, enriches it with nutrients. With such enriched   excellent Rasa, one attains longevity, memory, intelligence, freedom from disorder, youthfulness, excellence of luster, complexion & voice, optimum development of physique and sense organs, mastery over phonetics, respectability and brilliance.

Types of Rasayana:  

1. Types of rasayana preparations which can be consumed according to the needs.

A . Kamya Rasayanas: Kamya rasayanas are promoters of normal health. These boost body energy levels, immunity and general health.

Pranakamya –  Promoter  of vitality and longevity
Medhakamya – Promoter of intelligence.
Srikamya -   – Promoter of complexion.

B .Naimittika Rasayana- : Naimittika rasayanas help to fight a specific disease.

2. Types of Rasayanas on the basis of place of Therapy

A. Kuti  Praveshika Rasayana – Indoor rasayanaTherapy .

B. Vatatapika Rasayana – Out door rasayana  Therapy.

3. Types of Rasayanas On the basis diet and life styles.

A. .Aushdha  Rasayana – Drug based Rasayana.
B. Ahara Rasayana – Dietary Rasayana.
C. Achara Rasayana – Life style Rasayana.

Preparation for Rasayana therapy :

 It is very essential for a person who wishes to undergo rasayana therapy to undergo samshodhana (detoxification) as a preparatory procedure. The samshodhana process detoxifies both body and mind. A detoxified body and mind is a like a clean cloth which readily absorbs the color in which it has been dipped unlike a soiled cloth which looks soiled even after coloring with best colors.

But when a person is not eligible for samshodhana or is not able to get samshodhana then he can also consume rasayana preparations which still boost the qualities of rasa in his body.

Effect of rasayana therapy

Rasayana therapy  enriches nutritional quality of Rasa, enhances digestion and metabolism by normalizing agni or body fire, and promoting the competence of  channels 
Benefits of rasayana :  The main purpose of Rasayana   therapy is to retard the aging process and to delay the degenerative process in the body
It enhances the intelligence, memory, body strength, luster of the skin, and modulation of voice
It nourishes the blood, lymph, muscles, tissues, semen, and thus prevents Chronic degenerative disorders like Arthritis.
Improves metabolic process and quality of body tissues and eradicates diseases of old age.
Helps to attain optimal physical strength  and sharpness of sense organs.
Rasayana has marked action on reproductive organs and also nourishes shukra dhatu (semen)
Rasayana nourishes the whole body and improves Immune system and hence the natural resistance to infection will be more.
By following Achara Rasayana  one can be more Satwik  and surge ahead in the spiritual field by his pure daily routines like speaking truth ,not getting angry, by having control over his sense organs and calmness,.

Natural foods which act as Rasayanas 

Haritaki: (Embelica officinalis)
It is called as Haritaki because it cures all the diseases.It has been alternatively named as  Abhaya with appreciation on its action since it bestows permanent long life to those who use it always. It is also known as Vijaya since it is  a conqueror of all the diseases. 

A fresh , round and heavy fruits of haritaki are always best. It should sink in water and also devoid of any diseases.Such fruits are rich in taste and potency. 

The fruit should be slit into two or three pieces and seed is removed .Such fruit pieces are cooked with four parts of water till they soften. Then they should be removed and allowed to cool. One part of ghee and one part of  honey is added to this and kept aside for three days. It should be consumed later  taking care of digestion power. After this rasayana is digested  shstika sahli rice with cow’s milk is consumed. By using this rasayna one will be free from wrinkles, baldness and premature greying of hair. This gives  very good memory power, eye sight and a long healthy life..

Ghee ( Clarified butter):
is the  best known Rasayana which is  very good rejuvenator and Longevity promoter,.   It also improves digestion, has soothening effects on the nervous system, Iimproves the glow of skin, enhances memory power, helps to retain the grasped matters and increases ojus. Ghee has a very good rate of absorption and it is a very good medium for transporting the nutrients of the food to the tissue So make sure that you use a spoon of to your daily food which is very easily and readily available to one and all. (This is not applicable to people who have high blood cholesterol).

These are the very rich source of Vitamin C and are known for there unique action like improving the resistance to cold, controlling the bleeding of gums, healing wounds and formation of scar tissue. The lemon acts as purifier and nourishing agent. 

Squeeze half lime in a glass of luke warm water and add two tea spoons of honey to it. This helps to reduce weight when consumed in empty stomach at early hours of day.

Ginger improves digestion, removes ama (body toxin which causes diseases). Hence it is accepted world wide as medicine. Always use dry ground ginger which is more concentrated in its effects and flavor. 
Sprinkle little dry ginger powder on a spoon of lemon juice and add little salt. This should be consumed forty-five minutes before meals to have a very good appetite and digestion.

Cumin Seeds: 
Cumin seeds helps in digestion, digests and expels ama and balances doshas. To expel body toxins start the day with drinking Luke warm water with powdered cumin and ginger. 

Green Gram :
Green gram is very light to digest and  are best for people who have digestion problems. They are among the best legumes for there supreme digestibility and health giving qualities. Those who prefer light food can opt for this food.

 Dates and figs: 
These are known excellent source of energy. They also help to build the body tissues and improve the hemoglobin  percentage . Hence eat two to three dates or figs a day.

These are nourishing and life –supporting . Eat five to six Almonds a day to build  energy and strength. It is proved that Almonds helps in reducing the blood Cholesterol levels.

Lassi :
It is beverage prepared by mixing two part of water and one part of yogurt. It can be made a sweet beverage by adding little sugar or honey and little ground cardamom. For people who do not like sweet taste it can be made as a delicious salt and sour beverage by adding roasted cumin seeds and little salt. It is an excellent nutritive, digestive beverage and can be  used during meals or taken as a desert after meal.

Seasonal Fruits: 
Always use the juicy fresh fruits which are available in the season. They are of high nutritive value and are body purifiers also.

Along with all these food and medicinal Rasyana one should follow Achara Rasayna to have very good effects of rasayana.

Refs:.  Charaka  su sthana. Shu. Su .Sthana.  Astanga sangraha uttar stahna

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Astral Twins,- the Proof of ASTROLOGY

If you have ever had the slightest doubt as to whether or not Astrology works, consider the phenomenon of Astral-Twins. We know about identical twins (two individuals born of the same mother from the same egg) because they have identical physical features, their mannerisms are the same and so too are their attitudes. In fact, to exaggerate their sameness, many identical twins dress alike and try to fool  people as to their identity.

My twins
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We also know about fraternal twins (two individuals born of the same mother, from two different eggs). Each of these twins have their own distinct physical characteristics, tend to be more independent than identical twins, and if not for the fact that they were born from the same parent, would sometimes be hardly recognizable as twins at all.

Astral-Twins is a phenomenon that belongs only to astrology. Here, we find that it is possible to call two individuals twins if they are born at the same time at the same degrees of latitude and longitude, regardless of the fact that they may have two different mothers and come from different eggs. Thus, identical twins and fraternal twins can both in a sense also be Astral-Twins, (if they are born close enough in time to each other), but most Astral-Twins are in fact neither identical or fraternal twins.

They are for the most part born of different parents who do not even know each other. The coincidence happens because within the same degree of latitude and longitude it is possible for two different mothers to give birth in two different hospitals or different rooms in the same hospital.

The exciting thing about Astral-Twins is that many go through life without realizing they have a twin brother or sister until some unlikely coincidence brings them together. Then the realization   is brought to light as they share the incredible coincidences that have occurred in their lives. Studies show that similar events occur at similar ages all through the lives of Astral-Twins.

In one instances the lives of Astral Twins (born of different parents) went to the same school, graduated school the same year. Then both of them got married in the same year and on the same day. They in fact, married each other!

What is even more interesting is that if Astral Twins are born almost the same minute in time, then they would also have the same Ascendant or Rising Sign, which influences physical appearance. As a result, there is a good likelihood that many Astral Twins resemble each other in physical characteristics.

The age old question then of whether heredity or environment plays a greater role in how one's life unfolds, may have a new twist. There is no question that identical twins having almost the same DNA would be very similar. But, what about two individuals, whose lives parallel each other in almost every way, including the same illnesses at the same ages, the same experiences at the same ages, similarities in appearance, as well as their making identical choices in life at almost identical points in time, even though their DNA is entirely different?

There is something worthwhile noting here and it may well be that the birth stamp of the heavens, as it creates the imprint for life to begin and to become, may well be the final proof that Astrology whether we believe it or not, is playing a much larger role in life than we have given it credit for!

Copyright ©2006 Martin Schulman All rights reserved. (You may use this article for your website, provided you keep the author information and live links intact).

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    Martin Schulman is the published author of over 50 astrology best-sellers in many languages. He is especially known as the founder of Karmic Astrology,- the kind of astrology that sees this life as a continuation of the soul learning its evolutionary lessons that it began in past lives. Much more about this author and his recent works including new audio book editions, more articles, stories and the famous Martin Schulman Sign Allegory as well as many astrology features including photo gallarys of celebrities for each astrology sign and new transits and aspects for each days' planet positions can be found at Classic Legend Books- Official 
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Monday, April 24, 2017


Aromatherapy oils come in many types and provide many benefits based on their combinations. By using plants and herbs, a person can create a sense of wellbeing as well as provide relief for ailments, illnesses and diseases of all kinds, alleviating their symptoms and providing a better quality of life for sufferers. The different types of oils for aromatherapy use combinations of these herbs and plants or use one at a time in order to provide necessary benefits.

English: Oil of cloves can be purchased over t...
Oil of cloves can be purchased over the counter at pharmacies. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are several herbs and plants that give off an aroma that is used in perfumery such as basil and bergamot. Basil helps an individual improve concentration by making them more sharp as well as relieving migraines, depression and headaches - an amazing set of benefits. While the benefits of basil are wonderful, pregnant women should be sure not to use it as it is known to stimulate contractions. Along with being popular in perfumery, bergamot repels insects, and improves the functioning of both the digestive tract and the urinary tract. Individuals suffering from stress based ailments such as chicken pox and cold sores can rely on the aromatherapy oil of bergamot to relieve those symptoms along with some eucalyptus oil.

Circulation is stimulated with the use of black pepper, with its spicy and sharp smell. Sufferers of pains and aches in their muscles can use black pepper to sooth those discomforts. Bruises also quickly disappear when black pepper is applied to the skin. The oil of cloves in aromatherapy is used in dentistry as an analgesic, and is also used as an antiseptic, antiemetic, carminative and antispasmodic. Used with peppermint, eucalyptus provides much needed relief to sufferers of flu and cold by opening and relaxing the airway, a wonderful natural remedy to use in combination with other remedies. Many people find the benefit of aromatherapy oils surprising after they give it a try.

A person can depending on the antiseptic, diuretic and astringent benefits of geranium oil as well as the antiseptic qualities of lavender to relieve the discomfort of burns and minor cuts. There are many plants that are used as aphrodisiacs as well, such as ylang-ylang, sandalwood, rose and jasmine. If an individual´s mood is low, that person can rely on the effects of lemon which has been used in a study in Japan to prove that it lowers the stress levels of mice while in the form of vapor.

    Uma Ilango is a programmer from profession. Has lots of interest in non-technical writing too. She has written articles in several topics. Her hobbies include reading, surfing, writing and playing chess.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

ENDORPHINS the Happy Hormone

Location of the pituitary gland in the human brain
Location of the pituitary gland in the human brain
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Endorphins are natural hormones that your brain releases when it senses happiness. These endorphins give you a sense of happiness, satisfaction and well-being; they tell you all is well with your body.

It’s that relaxed sense after a good meal, a good workout, a good laugh or great sex.

Endorphins are produced in the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus gland and release an opioid-like secretion that masks pain with a natural analgesic and tells the body that all is fine with the world.

Acupuncture has been found to have the ability to release these compounds and relieve pain, at least for the short term, and to leave you with a wonderful sense of wellbeing.

Exercise, extreme happiness, good food and orgasm releases natural endorphins, and endorphins make you feel happy and satisfied with life.

The more often you can stimulate your brain to release these natural hormones, the better you will feel, and the easier it will be to put yourself into this happy state of being.

Endorphins cannot be bought; only through your own effort can you bring them into being.

There is no downside to putting yourself into the position of happiness, either through laughter, sex,
food or exercise.

Happy creates happy; it is a cycle that you should never break and you should take every chance to spur these hormones on. Let them do what they do naturally; light their fire and reap the benefits!