Doing it Like Mom and Dad*

Doing it Like Mom and Dad: Is that Such a Bad Thing?

Today everyone is in such a rush to be the first, to try the new and spurn the old ways – that sometimes we end up throwing the baby out with the bath water!

Sometimes, doing things like Mom and Dad is actually better for us… cleaning house.

Old Fashioned Ways for Timeless Tasks

A few old fashioned household cleaning aids are not only more effective than their modern equivalents – they are also much less toxic to you and the environment (and cheaper too).  Below are a couple of things you can try:

  • Windows – white wine vinegar (a natural antibacterial) mixed with equal parts of warm water – shake, apply and then wipe with a soft cloth or your old newspapers (when the paper dries, you can drop in the recycle bin!)
  • Stains – soda crystals — a fraction of the cost of your high street detergents(!), they contain no bleach or enzymes, so can tackle stains on any fabric.
  • Kitchens – Lemons – from cleaning your chopping boards (another natural antibacterial) to removing stains (use gloves – it can end up bleaching your skin if exposed to sunlight!), lemons freshen and clean the kitchen and brighten your mood too.
  • Bathroom – Grapefruit and Salt – A grapefruit, the juice squeezed onto the surface being cleaned and then mixed with table salt will leave your bathroom shining.  Grapefruit, by the way, is another mood-lifting citrus fruit.

Reduce Your (Environmental) Stress

The suggestions above are just a few of the ways you can reduce the amount of toxic chemicals used in your home, as well as save money on cleaning products. Environmental (di)stress is a growing problem – from degraded soil and resulting poor nutrition, to noise and visual pollution.

Isn’t it time you started to find ways of reducing stress – in all its’ forms – in your life?

*Cleaning, that is!

The Essence(s) of Memory: Memory Series Pt 3

The Essence(s) of Memory

texas-bluebonnet-flower In the third and final part of my Memory Series, we turn our attention to flower and vibrational essences which, besides being excellent emotional supports in little bottles, can also help encourage recall and stimulate memory.


Memory Enhancing Tips

Here are a few more low-tech tips which can help your memory:

  • Paint a Picture – An easy mnemonic (memory aid) relies on images rather than words.  For example, to remember John Bridge – imagine a door to the gents’ loo on a bridge….the image may be bizarre (or even faintly unpleasant!), but long after the image fades, you’ll remember the information!
  • DoodleA Plymouth University study found that when people were asked to recall names and places, 29% of the subjects did better (doodlers) versus non-doodlers.  I can attest to this — I had a fellow student on my psychotherapy course whose notes were nothing but doodles (and quite beautiful, too!). How she ever remembered anything looking at those drawings, I’ll never know – but it worked for her!
  • Eat Greek Style – A study published in the journal Neurology found that a Mediterranean diet can help preserve memory and reduce the risk of dementia, according to US researchers.

The Essence(s) of Memory

In the short video below, some flower and vibrational essences are suggested as memory aids and enhancers — why not give them a try?

Or, if you’re not confident in your ability to choose the right essence, why not give ME a try?  Information on how to contact me for an appointment are at the end of the video!

Crystal Clear Memory: Memory Series Part 2

Crystal Clear Memory

labradorite_crystalIn part 2 of my Memory Series, we turn our attention to crystals and their ability to help enhance recall and memory.

But before taking a look at the memory-boosting crystals below, here’s a few tips to help sharpen your memory:

  • Speak Up – According to studies conducted, saying what you want to remember out loud (or just mouth the words silently)helps you to recall the information more easily.
  • Break it Up – Like the old joke – “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!” Dendritic-agate-agate-gemstone– break up information into smaller “chunks” for easier memorisation and recall.
  • Give Yourself a Clue – If you need to do something at a specific time every day, yet often forget (e.g. taking medication), try saying aloud what it is you want to remember, linking it to your routine.  For example, “Whenever I have my first cuppa, I will take my medicine”.

Written in Stone(s): Crystals to Enhance Memory

Below are a few crystals which can help with that memory full of holes….

The Essence(s) of Good Memory

In the third and final part of my Memory Series, we will turn our attention to flower and vibrational essences for improved recall and memory.

Sweet Memories: Memory Series Pt 1

Sweet Memories….Where Did They Go?

A romatherapy burner with lit candle

Photo: nuchylee

In this series, we will look at simple techniques and natural healing methods to help enhance memory and recall.  In part 1, aromatherapy will be the focus – learn how sweet smells can encourage a better memory.

When we’re young, our brains have more plasticity, i.e. neural pathways are still in development and we learn and remember things more easily.  As we age, however, it’s as if the brain has to “discard” memories (or at least bury them deeply!) to make room for newer memories.  Strangely enough, as we grow older our long-term memory seems to remain, while short term memory (e.g. “Did I eat breakfast?” “Did I turn off the cooker?”) fades.

While it appears that some memory loss is a function of age – it doesn’t HAVE to be!

Sharpen Up Your Recall

A study by researchers at Northumbria University found that students could improve their exam performance by using Rosemary essential oil – just like the ancient Greeks and Shakespeare pointed out!  Remember the phrase, “Rosemary is for remembrance”?  Rosemary is fabulous  for studying – but avoid it if you suffer with epilepsy or are subject to seizures.

Flower Petals and essential oil in bowlA few simple tips can help improve your ability to strengthen your memory, such as:

  • Review information just before going to sleep – as there are fewer “new” memories to interfere, you will remember it more easily the next day.
  • Say your ABCs – going through the alphabet  to identify the first letter of the word or name when you can’t remember something (e.g. the name of a actor)
  • Ditch the drink – While alcohol may help you to sleep, it also disturbs your rest by disrupting the natural stages of sleep – which in turns hampers memory and concentration.

Sweet Memories:  Aromatherapy for Memory Boosting

Below are some suggested essential oils for improving concentration and boosting your memory.

To be able to get the best results, a consultation with a qualfied aromatherapist (like me!) will make blends that are specifically for your individual situation!

Memory Series Part 2: Crystal Clear Memory

In part 2 of the Memory Series, we will turn our attention to the power of healing crystals to help boost memory.

Free Preview of My Poetry on Amazon

Preview My New Poetry Book on Amazon

Click below for a little taste of what you’ll find in my new poetry book, Two Loves Have I: Poetry for Frustrated Lovers  

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