Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming “Wow, What a Ride!”

Monday, December 31, 2012

20 inspirational quotes to carry into 2013

     Here are twenty of my favorite inspirational quotes that I am going to carry with me into the New Year… 2013. Wow, can’t believe it is here already, it feels like I was just a teenager wondering in awe at the future. I have learned so many things, grown wiser in so many ways and now see not only the world, but life itself, differently. How enchanting it is to age, change, and live- how boring would it be to be exactly like we were when teenagers.

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” - Albert Einstein

”The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.” - Will Rogers

”Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” - Henry David Thoreau

”Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” - Mark Twain

“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” - Apple Computers

“When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’” - Sydney Harris

“I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.” - Oprah Winfrey

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain

“Cause change and lead; accept change and survive; resist change and die.” - Ray Norda

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” - Dennis P. Kimbro

“Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” - Dale Carnegie

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” - Dr. Seuss

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” - Thomas Edison

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” - Robert Brault

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”- Winston Churchill

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” - Lao Tzu

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Friday, December 28, 2012

fun friday photo~ hum?...

wonder what this little gal is thinking?
got any ideas?
I would  love to hear your suggestions 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

just for fun and beauty

~never park under an egret in a tree~
 the morning of 12-22-12; a beautiful sunrise to start a new era

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

meal ideas ~ a wonderful winter stew

The winter solstice met us with a cold, grey, rainy day and was perfect for a winter solstice meal. This is a flavorful stew with a rich gravy. You can half the recipe, however, it makes great leftovers and freezes beautifully. We also serve it with rustic mashed potatoes. Add some balsamic buttered green beans to complete your plate. Can you use beef shanks instead? yep! (for those not so fond of lamb people)

Winter Solstice Lamb Stew

5 bacon strips, diced
1/4 C flour- for dredging
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
6 lamb shanks- trimmed of fat
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can beef broth
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1/2 lb fresh mushroom
2 med. onions, chopped
1 C celery, chopped
1/2 C fresh parsley, minced
2 T prepared horseradish
1 T cider vinegar
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 to 2 cloves garlic, sliced thin

In a dutch oven, cook bacon until crisp; remove and set aside. Combine flour, salt and pepper in a large plastic bag; add lamb shanks and shake to coat lightly. Brown shanks on all sides n the bacon drippings; drain. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer. Cover and bake at 325 deg. for 4 hours or until meat is very tender; skim fat. Garnish with bacon.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

joyous holidays to all

may every joy be yours this holiday season and throughout the new year.
thank you for being a part of my "journey."

Monday, December 24, 2012

The Littlest Christmas Tree

The Littlest Christmas Tree
by Amy Peterson

The littlest Christmas tree,
lived in a meadow of green,
Among a family of tall evergreens,
He learned how to whisper the evergreen song,
with the slightest of wind that came gently along.

He watched as the birds made a home out of twigs,
and couldn't wait till he too was big.
For all of the trees offered a home,
the maple, the pine, and the oak, who's so strong.

"I hate being little", the little tree said,
"I can't even turn colors like the maple turns red",
"I can't help the animals, like the mighty old oak",
"He shelters them all in his wide mighty cloak".

The older tree said,
"Why little tree you don't know?
The story of a mighty king from the land with no snow?"
Little tree questioned, "A land with no snow?"
"Yes!" said old tree, "A very old story from so long ago".

"A star appeared giving great light,
over a manger on long winters night.
A baby was born a king of all kings,
and with him comes love over all things."

"He lived in a country all covered in sand,
and laid down his life to save all of man.'

Little tree thought of the gift given by him,
then the big tree said with the happiest grin,
"We're not just trees, but a reminder of that day,
there's a much bigger part of a role that we play!"

"For on Christmas eve my life I'll lay down,
in exchange for a happier loving ground.
And as I stand dying they'll adorn me in trim,
this all will be done in memory of him".

"Among a warm fire with family and friends,
in the sweet songs of Christmas,
I'll find my great end,
then ever so gently he'll come down to see,
and take me to heaven, Jesus and me".

"So you see little tree we are not like the oak,
who shelters all things beneath his great cloak.
Nor are we like the maple in fall,
who's colors leave many standing in awe".

"The gift that we give is ourselves, limb for limb,
the greatest of honor in memory of him".

The little tree bowed his head down and cried,
and thought of the king who willingly died.
For what kind of gift can anyone give?
Then to lay down your life,
 when you wanted to live.

A swelling of pride came over the tree,
Can all of this happen? Because of just me?
Can I really bring honor? By adorning a home?
By reminding mankind that he's never alone?

With this thought, little tree,
began singing with glee,
Happy and proud to be a true Christmas tree.

You can still hear them singing,
even the smallest in height,
singing of Christmas and that one holy night.

wishing you a wonderful Christmas Eve

Friday, December 21, 2012

a winter solstice blessing to all

May the dawn of the Winter Solstice chase the dark away.
May it bring to you the promise of endless brand new days.
May all your sorrows vanish.
And all your dreams come true.
And may the light of the Winter Solstice always shine on you.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

~ ta da ~

the solstice is tomorrow and my wreath has been hanging on our fire mantle since last weekend.  I am excited to see what I can do next year with the knowledge I have gained making this one.  here the reasons I choose a few of these items.

squirrel- take life less seriously and have more fun
owl- show wisdom, smooth transitions in new endeavors, protect nature

pinecones- in memory of jesse

my herb bag contains:
cloves- optimism
ginger- love deeply
nutmeg- inspiration
rosemary- protection
saffron- happiness and strength
cinnamon- healing and spirituality
and a small heart shaped crystal 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

meals ideas ~ hot drinks for cold days

wow, this fall/winter so far has been really chilly for southern California… everyone is teasing me saying it is preparing, training, me for next winter when I plan to be in Colorado and it gets “really-really” cold! I know my love for baths will come in handy and my love for sipping a hot beverage.

The comfort found in wrapping your hands around a warm mug on a cold winter’s day cannot be beat. A heated winter beverage can be a spectacular choice on a chilly day; it can offer the comfort of an indulgent treat, but also pack a nutritional punch. Plus, hot beverages entice you to slow (and calm!) down. Here are a few steamy drinks I plan on having on hand:

Rejuvenating Chai Latte
Looking for something spicy? This chai tea will add some warmth and rejuvenation to even the coldest day. Chai is packed with flavonoids that support a healthy immune system, help with digestion, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and even protect against cancer. Plus, the warm combination of cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger make chai the ideal calming drink to help you beat wintertime stressors.

Vanilla chai tea bag
½ cup boiling water
½ cup steamed skim milk
½ tablespoon agave

Steep the tea bag in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, and stir in milk and agave. Sprinkle fresh cinnamon over the top for added aromatic benefits.

Latin Spiced Hot Chocolate
The recipe brings Latin flair to traditional hot chocolate with the addition of some spicy chili powder. Chili powder contains capsaicin, an antioxidant that has been shown to increase meal satisfaction and may also help burn fat. A cup of this hot chocolate will satisfy even the sweetest sweet tooth–making it the perfect way to end a wintry day!

¾ cup water
¼ cup 2% milk
2 tablespoon raw cocoa powder
1 tablespoon agave
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch chili powder
Dollop whipped cream

Combine and stir over heat, bring to boil, and top with whipped cream.

J’Adore Hot Chocolate
Chocolat chaud, anyone? Hot chocolate sounds even better in French! And our take on this typical French fare doesn’t disappoint. This recipe ditches traditional cow’s milk in favor of the almond variety. Almond milk is not only low in fat, sugar and calories but is also rich in bone-building calcium and vitamin D. It is also a source of vitamin E, which helps protect against heart disease, cancer, and stroke. It even helps fight aging.  À votre santé!

3/4 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons half and half
1 tablespoon sugar
1 ounce 70% dark chocolate

Combine the sugar, chocolate, and half and half in a saucepan to form a paste over a low flame. Stir in almond milk and heat almost to a boil. (This cocoa can be garnished with a candy cane, cinnamon stick, or dark chocolate shavings.)

Soul-Replenishing Cider
You will want to eat even the steam coming off of this delicious recipe! No flavors marry as well as apples and spices–and this cider is no exception. Cinnamon, a great source of fiber and calcium, has been linked to cancer prevention, anti clotting of the blood, and management of blood sugar. This drink is perfect in a thermos for the whole family during winter outings.

8 ounce cider
1 teaspoon agave
Pinch of sea salt
1 stick cinnamon
1 whole clove
Sprinkle of allspice

Combine all ingredients, heat to boil, simmer for 5 minutes, then cool and let stand for two hours to blend flavors. Just before serving reheat and strain out spices.

make it even cozier… snuggle up with your favorite hot drink and this little gal
CocoPup-  the newest member of my friend Cindy's family

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

healthy living ~ onions vs flu virus

yep, that time of the year has come and once again I feel the need to post this brilliant remedy...  because I know this works!

Onions - Can flu virus be absorbed in onions? history and science says... maybe so.

Flu season is coming upon us and, in my constitutionally protected opinion, I feel that in many cases vaccines cause more problems than they help.  I grew up the child of a chemical pharmacist who believed that as well; other than several factors, my father, believed that a child needed to develop a strong immune system that would not be developed through simply being vaccinated. Polio & Small Pox were two vaccines he advocated. Measles, Chicken Pox, Mumps, etc.—up to a certain age, the body would be better off in adulthood if these were acquired naturally by contacting the disease in childhood.  After a certain age, and I believe it was just before puberty, if you did not contact a childhood disease, then, the risk factors outweighed the benefits. 

 I have yet to get a flu shot or the flu and for 16 years I worked right in the hubbub of germs being in an emergency room all day.  I also truly believe that simple pure soap and water and hand washing is your biggest ally.  All these fandangled antibacterial products have done nothing but create “designer bugs” that will be humanities downfall.  I also think that the more rain and bad weather we have from October to March helps keep the illnesses at bay. Why? Because there is less travel, people stay home and out of public areas, and the “bugs” stay home with them.  Just a thought.

The buzz this time of year: put a onion, sliced in half, in a bowel in each room of your house it will absorb any flu virus that would be in your home.  Worth a try... you've got nothing to lose by trying.

A little history on this theory:
In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu. Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died.

The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different, the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the virus particles, therefore, keeping the family healthy.

The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home. If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office or under your desk or even on top somewhere. Try it and see what happens. 

If this helps you and your loved ones from getting sick, all the better. If you do get the flu, it just might be a mild case.

What have you to lose? Just a few bucks on onions!!!!!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

acknowledge our shared humanness

 A few weeks ago the news was filled with the story of the NYPD police officer who purchased a pair of shoes for a homeless man on his "beat." It was an amazing thing, altruism in its beauty. I believe in the sincerity of the officer, however, I was somewhat ashamed of some others who not only berated the homeless man, but the officer as well. Especially when some people in the news media tried to make up stories that the man wanted a piece of the officer’s fame and wanted money -- not true! Why, why would they do this? If you don't approve, then just ignore the story. 

Too many times I find myself trying to avoid a homeless person; then, the other day, for reasons unknown at the moment, as I passed an older homeless man sitting at a bus stop I sent a bright smile his way. He returned my smile and said softly, "thank you for your smile.” Wow, did that send my brain on the road to some heavy pondering. How easy was that to make someone feel a little better- didn’t cost me anything, I smile at other people all the time, why don’t I do that more often? It got me thinking…

Homeless people in our communities are a fact of life, especially in big cities. Many of us don't know how to interpret this situation or what we can do to help. We may vacillate between feeling guilty, as if we are personally responsible, and feeling angry, as if being homeless is entirely on their shoulders. The situation is, of course, far more complex than either scenario. Still, not knowing how to respond, we may fall into the habit of not responding at all. We may look over their heads and not make eye contact, or look down at the ground as we pass, falling into a habit of ignoring them. Each time we do this, we disconnect ourselves from a large portion of the human family, and it doesn't feel right.

Most of us know in our hearts that the homeless and the poor are not so very different from us. They may be the victims of poor planning or an unavoidable crisis. Some of them are mentally ill, some are addicted to drugs or alcohol, and some are choosing to be homeless for reasons we may never understand. We can imagine that, given their lives, we would likely have ended up in the same place. This does not mean that we are meant to rescue them as they are on their own learning path, but it does remind us that we can treat them as equals, because that is what they are. Even if we aren't able to offer food, shelter, or money, we can offer a blessing or a simple smile as we pass. We can look them in the eye and acknowledge our shared humanness, even if we don't know how to help them. This simple act of kindness and silent or spoken blessings can be helpful to those living on the street.

If you want to help, you can learn about the services in your area and share the locations of food banks, shelters, and other resources. As parents, perhaps you would like to plan ahead, talking with your children about how as a family you would like to handle these situations. Teach your children to smile at everyone regardless. (Is that not part of the “golden rule”?) Whatever you decide to do, make a conscious choice not to simply look away; and remember their soul’s are on a journey, even if a different path, as is yours. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

fun friday photo ~ now that's a frosty shetland

 how cold can it get in Wales?   
     according to Tony of Tales From The Rock~ "cold enough for brass monkeys to complain."
even Trevor, aka: the shitland escape artist, one of their welsh shetland ponies was a bit frosty about the weather. I think he's trying to disguise himself as a burrrrrrro. 

 for more fun stories of a welsh holding visit:

Thursday, December 13, 2012

my Yule Wreath ~ the beginning

My wreath base is done.... it was fun. I know that my tree guys were quite surprised and curious when I started digging into their pile of branches. I ended up making my wreath a little smaller than planned, next year, having learned the skill, it will be larger. My goal was to use only the branches, no string, hooks, or wire. (I had some handy just in case.) It took a couple of tries weaving, but I finally got the jest of just how to twist and braid them. Then I took some very thin and flexible branches and wrapped them around to secure the ring.  It was a little more squared than I wanted, but it works. I had to go to work that afternoon and left the wreath on the patio table to work on it again the next day; surprisingly it rained that night and in the morning I was quite pleased with how the wreath looked and felt- the moisture actually helped make it stronger. I hung it in the garage for a couple of days while occasionally shaping it to be more round and it dried out beautifully.

My friend in the UK, Liz, gave me some great suggestions on what to put on the wreath and what they meant. ~From Liz, love the way she worded this: "Holly to ward off evil spirits, mistletoe for helping the fertility of the coming summer, ivy for its soft "feminine" life and yew for death of the night."~

I also found some other suggestions in a couple of Celtic books I had, now I can start to plan; beginning with a few items I already have, such as jesse's pine cones and some adorable “bristle” critters that I have been saving for a special use- I would consider this a special use. (she smiles brightly.)  In my garden I have some cypress, birch, and ivy for the greenery- I also have trimmed our Ming Aralias that may prove to be a beautiful foliage if the cuttings last until next week. And, of course a small bag of herbs- hum, this should prove to be challenging.

a little information I found~

Yule Wreaths ~  Wreaths represent the year's cycle.

Bases for the Yule Wreath and Suggestions
The wreath can be “store bought,” or one a person has created. Children can make Yule wreaths by gluing symbolic pictures onto cardboard circles. Silk plants are advised because they’re easier to work with and last from year to year. The colors of Yule are red, green, gold, white, yellow, orange and silver. Wishes written in parchment can be placed on the wreaths. An old Pagan tradition involves hanging these from holly branches. The herbs are placed inside of small sachet bags. Crystals can be wrapped in gold or silver colored wire or in net fabric. Decorated wreaths, in addition to being hung from doors and windows, can be used as centerpieces with bowls of fruit, nuts, Yule plants, cookies, candles within glass containers or small Yule trees inside of them.

Yule Plants and their Symbolism
There are several plants that are associated with Yule. Each plant symbolizes a different concept.
  • Bayberry - good fortune and wealth
  • Evergreens - everlasting life, eternity, repels negativity
  • Holly - winter magick, everlasting life, protects against negativity
  • Ivy - immortality
  • Mistletoe - fertility, healing, protection
  • Pine Cones - endurance, longevity

Yule Herb Symbolism
Yule herbs vary in terms of their symbolism. Herb symbolism should be considered when selecting herbs for a Yule wreath.
  • Cloves - repel negativity and hostility
  • Ginger - love, wealth, success, power
  • Myrrh - protection, purification
  • Nutmeg - clairvoyance
  • Rosemary - love, purification, protection, intellectualism
  • Saffron - healing, clairvoyance and purification
  • Valerian - harmony and love
  • Wintergreen - healing, breaking hexes and protection

Crystals Symbolic of Yuletide
When selecting a Yuletide crystal, consider the following meanings associated with the various stones.
  • Bloodstone - victory, courage, wealth, strength, healing
  • Cat's eye - beauty, protection, healing, wealth, luck
  • Crystal quartz- can substitute for all other crystals
  • Garnet - strength, healing, protection
  • Ruby- joy, banishes nightmares, power, protection, wealth
  • Topaz - love, wealth, healing and protection
how about this for a start?
I plan on completing it tomorrow, a week before the 21st, the Winter Solstice.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

meal ideas~ more holiday yummies

Lemon Cardamom Meringue Cookies
If you think there's no such thing as a cookie with only 9 calories and 2 grams of carb, think again! These sophisticated meringue cookies are sure to become a holiday tradition. Bite into one of these cookies and you'll discover the subtle flavor of spice kissed with a hint of citrus.  30 servings= 1 cookie. CARBS: 2

3 egg whites
1/4 cup sugar*
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon, lime, or orange peel

1. Let egg whites stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Line a very large cookie sheet (or two smaller cookie sheets) with parchment paper or foil; set aside. In a small bowl, stir together sugar, cornstarch, and cardamom; set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine egg whites, vanilla, and cream of tartar. Beat with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form (tips curl over). Gradually add the sugar mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Fold in citrus peel.

3. Spoon egg white mixture into a piping bag fitted with an extra-large star tip. Pipe mixture into thirty swirls onto prepared cookie sheet, making each swirl about 2 inches in diameter and 1-1/2 inches tall and leaving a 1-1/2-inch space between swirls. (Or spoon egg white mixture into a resealable plastic bag. Snip off one corner. Pipe into thirty "kiss" shapes that are the same size as the swirls.)

4. Bake for 20 minutes (if using two cookie sheets, bake at the same time on separate racks). Turn off oven. Let cookies dry in oven, with door closed, for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and gently peel off the parchment paper or foil.

To Store: Layer cookies between waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

* I do not recommend using sugar substitute for this recipe.

Black Forest Tartlets
Perfect for holiday parties, these mini desserts are filled with a great-tasting blend of pudding and dried cherries. MAKES: 8 servings (3 tartlets per serving) CARBS: 22

1/3 cup 60 to 70% tub-style vegetable oil spread
1/2 8 ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar or brown sugar substitute
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 4-serving-size package sugar-free, fat-free instant chocolate pudding mix
1 3/4 cups fat-free milk
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons snipped dried tart cherries
24 frozen unsweetened tart red cherries, thawed and drained

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For pastry dough, in a large bowl, combine vegetable oil spread, cream cheese, brown sugar, and cocoa powder; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until well mixed. Stir in flour. Press a rounded teaspoon of the pastry dough evenly into the bottom and up the side of each of 24 ungreased 1-3/4-inch muffin cups.

2. Bake about 15 minutes or until pastry is dry, evenly colored, and set. Cool pastry in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Carefully transfer pastry cups to a wire rack to cool completely.

3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine pudding mix, milk, and almond extract. Whisk for 1 minute. Cover and chill about 5 minutes or until mixture sets up slightly. Transfer half of the mixture to an airtight container and refrigerate for another use. Fold dried cherries into the remaining mixture.

4. Generously spoon or pipe cherry-pudding mixture into cooled pastry cups. To serve, top each tartlet with a tart cherry.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

healthy living~ puff away morning fatigue

Is this holiday season leaving you a bit tuckered, even after a night’s sleep? Can a simple body-dusting powder help eliminate morning fatigue? Of course!

What is a dusting powder?
A dusting powder is a fine powder that’s commonly spread, or dusted, all over your body. The powder may be unscented or may be perfumed. Historically, dusting powders were used by both men and women to absorb perspiration and help prevent body odour (they weren’t very good at washing in the olden days!) Many people still use dusting powder as a way of enjoying a favorite fragrance, to absorb perspiration and skin oils, and to prevent skin chafing.

If you want to behave like your wig wearing regency ancestors, you can also powder your hair with a dusting powder – a bit like a dry shampoo, if you’re in a rush.

In the 18th century, men's wigs were powdered in order to give them their distinctive white or off-white color, whereas women mainly powdered their hair grey, or blue-ish grey. Wig powder was made from finely ground starch that was scented with orange flower, lavender, or orris root.  By the 1780s, young men had given up wearing wigs and were setting a new trend of simply lightly powdering their natural hair, as women had been doing for all those years. In 1795, the British government imposed a tax on hair powder of one guinea per year. This tax effectively put an end to the fashion for both wigs and powder.

Body powder in this millennium is a normal part of personal care. Unfortunately some talcum powders are contaminated with asbestos fiber and aluminum. It makes me shudder to think that we put that on our bodies and our babies. Nevertheless, who can resist breathing in the sweet scent of a freshly bathed, powdered baby? A safe solution is to make your own baby powder. What I found is it's very easy and not expensive to make your own body powder.

Body powders can be made from simple things you have at home. Plain cornstarch, arrowroot, oat flour, white clay, rice starch, baking soda, orris root, and zinc oxide powder, are just a few of the things you can use. You can add dried herbs as much as you find pleasing and any kind you find pleasant, powdered cinnamon (like you cook with) to herbs like lavender, rose blossoms, thyme leaves, peppermint leaves, whatever you want.

need to get refreshed?
Here’s a stimulating, refreshing powder to keep you cool and dry and start your day off on an energized note. The chilling effects of the powdered peppermint and the concentrated menthol send signals to your brain that energy is abundant. Powdered ginger root revitalized circulation as well, but it is a warming-stimulant. Your body and senses are being bombarded by herbal re-chargers that say… “get up and go forth- a new day has arrived!”

1/4 c. dried peppermint leaves
1 teaspoon menthol crystals *
1/2 c. baking soda
1/2 c. cornstarch
3 tablespoons ground ginger

Grind the dried peppermint leaves and menthol crystals into a fine powder using a spice grinder, or my choice a mortar and pestle. Sift out the larger, grainy particles using a super-fine mesh or flour sifter, if needed. Combine the ground peppermint and menthol crystals with the baking soda, cornstarch, clay and ground ginger in a medium bowl and whisk until well blended. Avoid deeply breathing in the dust, though there is no real danger of irritation.

Store the powder in an airtight storage container in a cool dark place for 3 days to allow the herbal scents to permeate the mixture. Then package the powder in smaller containers, if desired.  use within a year.

Application- apply as you would a body powder, sprinkling or using a “puff” where needed.

This powder can double as a simple underarm deodorant for those who want to avoid the chemicals in commercial deodorants or as a foot powder for odoriferous tootsies.

*(the links above are only for information about the ingredient; although when needing to purchase my products online I do use the Mountain Rose Herbs site most often.)