DIY: All Natural Homemade Bug Repellents

My favorite season is here and I hope you are enjoying the summer as much as I am. I am taking advantage of the season to dedicate my time and energy to all the things I love, to my favorite pastimes and discovering some new ones.  I recently went on my first camping trip and was so excited about this new experience… However, as I shared my excitement with friends and family about my upcoming trip, I kept getting the same reaction: “but what about the bugs and mosquitoes”?  I mean, spending time in nature surrounded by wildlife and looking up at the starry sky by a campfire all sounded magical to me, but the reactions I was getting made me feel like if I was going to enjoy this experience, I had to be prepared.  Of course, if I was to prepare, I had to do it the natural way.  And I am glad I did! I came home from a three-day camping trip with no more than three minor mosquito bites!  Here are my favorite tips and tricks to help keep mosquitoes at bay.

-10 drops of lemon essential oil

-10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil

-2 tbs of vegetable oil

Mix & add to you unscented moisturizer and apply on your skin.

-10 drops of lavender essential oil

-10 drops of citronella essential oil

-10 drops of peppermint essential oil

– 1/4 of a cup of apple cider vinegar or water

Put in a spray bottle and spritz away!

-Staphysagria 30CH

-Ledum homeopathic remedy in 30 CH

Add two pellets of each to your bottle of water and sip every 2 to 3 hours.

DIY Natural Henna Hair Dye 💁

I’m sure you’ve all heard of henna before and maybe even gotten a henna tattoo in the past. As you can probably tell from some of my previous posts, my love for henna is undeniable. I usually count the days until my favorite professional henna artist, Allie Bee, dazzles me by adorning my body with her intricate henna tattoo designs. One of the things I like the most about her is that she never uses any pre-made or black henna which can be toxic but rather makes her own paste from natural products.

But my love for henna doesn’t stop there! And seeing as I always try to find more natural and healthy alternatives for everything from diet to skincare, I thought my hair deserved the same treatment. Lucky for me, henna is a flowering plant native to the Middle East that has multiple uses. For centuries, it has been used as an organic hair dye. Henna, not only serves as an all-natural hair dye, but also nourishes the hair leaving it silky and smooth.

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Here are some quick and easy DIY natural henna hair dyeing instructions.

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  • Cover your working space with newspaper in case any spilling or dripping occurs.
  • Take your henna block and break it into smaller pieces. Place these small chunks in a heatproof bowl.
  • Boil water in saucepan and place the heatproof bowl over it.
  • Pour hot water over the henna while stirring continuously until the consistency of the mixture is mud-like or chocolate-fondue-like (sounds way more appetizing than it is!)

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  • Starting with the back of your head, apply the henna mixture to dry hair starting at the roots all the way to the tips. I used my gloved hands to apply it but you can also use a coloring brush. Gradually move to the front of the hair.
  • For better result, keep the henna warm by putting it in a saucepan with hot water.
  • Depending on the vibrancy that you want to achieve, leave the henna for at least one hour. I kept mine for 6 hours and didn’t wrap my hair seeing as I wanted a darker color. If, on the other hand, you are looking to get a redder color, you could try wrapping your hair in plastic or wearing a shower cap. Wash with shampoo.

Benefits of henna:

  • Protects the hair by covering it with a protective layer around the strands.
  • While henna doesn’t entirely cover grey hairs, it will highlight them in a darker shade, thus minimizing their appearance.
  • Nourishes the hair leaving it healthy, glossy and shiny.
  • Can help with dry scalp and dandruff.
  • Natural and chemical-free hair-coloring option.

Try this all-natural hair-dye for more lustrous and gorgeous locks and let the vibrant results shine through!

Valentine’s Day: Love Yourself

Valentine’s day is here and thus we will all be celebrating LOVE. Often times it’s the love between couples that comes front and center during this special day. For some, this a time where they deal with feelings of insecurity and sadness when faced with spending Valentine’s day as a single person. Indeed, it can be really daunting for certain people. But the important thing is not to allow negative self-talk dictate how you view this day… and everyday really.

Growing up, my family always celebrated Valentine’s as a day to honor love in all its forms. Not just the love between couples but love towards family members and friends. But, as I’m sitting here today I want to tell you to take a advantage of this holiday to remind yourself of the importance of loving yourself. Celebrate that. Love the skin you’re in. Loving the magnificence of your body, mind & soul is one of the greatest acts of kindness you can carry out.

Learn to appreciate your own company. After all, you have to spend the rest of your life with yourself. And try not to attach so much value to your relationship status that you begin to question your own self-worth. You are your own person. You are whole. You are complete. You are a beautiful human being with your own flaws, your own talents, your own quirks, your own aspirations, your own qualities, your own thoughts… Become more mindful of yourself and of the things that bring you happiness. Selflove teaches us to be more in tune with our authentic self and the way we think, feel and with what we truly want. On this day, allow the love you have for yourself to let you act on this knowledge.

Embrace yourself. LOVE yourself. ALL of it.

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Letter from a client to his Reiki practitioner

To make reiki, you need audacity and a lot of love. Think about it. When you do a bad massage, you still do a massage. But when you make bad reiki, what do you do? Nothing. Foolishness, as they say. That is why it takes audacity to make reiki, to pretend to make it. And Tatiana does not just pretend to make reiki, she actually does.

To tell the truth, I do not care what it’s called, what Tatiana does with her hands. Only, I know it has strength: it’s powerful. It’s unpredictable like the wind. But it does, in my case, sometimes tornado. One time I sweated like a pig and felt overturned by a truck. Nothing less. Fortunately other times, it’s calmer. But more often than not, I do not expect anything, I feel nothing when I am stretched and Tatiana brushes my body, while boom, I am the first surprised.
The reiki with Tatiana, therefore, is not a matter of belief, but rather a matter of sensation. That is why I spoke of audacity. The audacity to share the sensation, the audacity to go to fret, at least to give the impression of fury in the sensations of another on which one imposes the hands. That’s the reiki, the reiki with Tatiana, in his company. And there’s love, I said. Love modest. Tatiana claims she is not for much in our energy exchanges. Of course, I think it exaggerates. For me, his gift is true. And then, after the session, there is the patient listening to Tatiana. Not easy for me to talk about the meaning of my strange sensations. And this is where all this talk about the chakras (speech that I take with a grain of salt) helps create a comforting distance.

All this theory on the energy that goes from head to foot allows me to approach my ills with other words. And slowly, trust is established, because Tatiana listens to what I have to say, and in return I am less afraid of what I have to say to myself. His answers to my objections make me think, in the right direction. “To do good, it helps to feel better. This is where love meets with audacity. It is a subtle art that to do good to the soul (to be “psycho-therapist”) by first passing through the body. It is a loving art to exchange words on all this.

Thank you Tatiana.

Gift Idea: DIY How to Make Her Home Lip Balm?

P.S.I did it … just for you

The holiday season is on our doorstep and says holiday time says gifts! (Exchange of gifts). It brings with it the marvelous tradition of gifts. Admittedly, it is a magnificent tradition, but one that involves finding the ideal present, which is sometimes a rather difficult task. One of the best ways to make sure you have found an original gift for our loved ones is to do it yourself (ourselves). A well-created creation

Undoubtedly, this kind of gift gives a little personal touch … a certain I-do-do-what that demonstrates that you have taken care of unearthing, that you have made an extra effort to give them a tailor-made gift and unique. And you will not only enjoy pampering your loved ones, but you will also have the opportunity to enjoy the creative process. This is a gift idea that guarantees that everyone will win!

This month, I decided to put my hand to the dough and concoct a lip balm with peppermint to prepare for the freezing cold of the months to come. And if we add to this the wind and the heating, we arrive at a precise conclusion: And yes! Dehydration is waiting for us. This is why a super moisturizing balm is needed to prevent the cold from desiccating your beautiful smile. Any good Montrealer knows that he can not separate himself from this secret weapon against chapped lips, for our winter is absolutely pitiless. This personalized gift is not only of great use, but it also serves to garnish the Christmas stockings of those you love.

Shea butter as well as coconut oil give suppleness to the balm in order to moisturize the dry lips. The beeswax is used to firm the balm and the essential oil of peppermint, for its part, the aromatize and gives a pleasant sensation of freshness. In addition, this balm emanates an absolutely intoxicating menthol fragrance!
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Ingredients:

1 ct. Of coconut oil
1 ct. Of beeswax

1 ct. Of shea butter
3-4 drops of peppermint essential oil
2 pots of lip balm
A little fairy dust and a lot of love

* For 2 containers or jars of lip balm.

Instructions:

The time has come to roll up the sleeves. Go hop! At work!

1. Use a double boiler to melt the coconut oil, the beeswax and the shea butter. If you do not have a double boiler, you can make your own. Basically what you want to place a heatproof container above or in a pan of simmering water. Use a mason jar if you have one. Simply place the jar in the pan. Fill the pan with water halfway up the jar. Then, place the pan on high heat until it begins to boil and then reduce heat to medium.

1. Melt the coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter in a bain-marie.

2. Stir the ingredients well with a spatula.

3. Once the mixture is melted, extinguish the fire.

4. Add 3-4 drops of peppermint essential oil.

5. Pour the mixture quickly into the lip balm jars. Warning! Be quick! The mixture solidifies very quickly!

6. Allow to cool for 2-3 hours.

7. Decorate the pots to taste. Be creative!

At the end, do not forget the most important step! Sprinkle it with fairy dust and infuse your creation with good energies!

This holiday season, charm your loved ones with this gift made to measure

By Jennifer Toro

💎 The Magical Properties of Crystals & Gemstones 💎

The Virtues of Crystals:

Colorful, gleaming, magnificent, captivating…Gemstones have captured our attention since the dawn of time! For centuries, various civilizations have used stones both for their adornment – the symbol of power they confer – as for their curative attributes.

For my part, I always felt an undeniable attraction for minerals for their aesthetic appearance. However, my fascination with their energetic properties grew over time. Growing up, my mother used to put crystals in my bag to promote harmony and protection. I was raised in an environment where we explored not only the physical properties of everything around us, but also their metaphysical properties.

Indeed, many consider crystals to have a holistic healing power with a physical, a mental, an emotional and  a spiritual influence. Their vibratory properties affect the chakras in order to restore balance and harmony in the body. Moreover, traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine address common health ailments using gemstones. Hematite, for example, was originally used to soothe blood circulation disorders and even to fight insomnia.


Crystals in our daily lives:

There are several ways to surround ourselves with crystals and thus to benefit from their benefits. It is common to place them in the house as decorative pieces or put them in your bag. Another way to surround ourselves with a crystal that we love is by wearing it as a jewel.

Personally, I love wearing jewelry for its beauty and its energetic virtues. Over the years, I have amassed a large collection of jewels (rings, necklaces, bracelets, crowns, etc.) made of a wide variety of gemstones. One of my personal favorites is citrine which is known to attract abundance, promote concentration and eliminate bad energies. Others like the rutilated quartz, as seen on the picture, helps to promote spiritual growth.

On an emotional level, it alleviates anxiety, fear and fights self-hatred. Moreover, this stone facilitates forgiveness towards others and towards oneself. At the psychological level, it facilitates change of direction, transition and adaptation. The virtues of stones are infinite!

How to Choose a Crystal:

When you are in a crystal shop, it is advisable to move around the store and hold several crystals in your hands to find the one that suits you best. One can feel attracted, on a subconscious level, by a particular stone because of the energy and the vibrations it releases. So follow your intuition. Trust yourself. Most of the time, when our choice is made and we discover the properties of the crystal that we have selected, we realize that this is exactly what we were looking for.

💎Let yourself be enchanted by the beauty and magic of the mineral world!💎

On the pictures, Tatiana is wearing a rutilated quartz headpiece which is recognized for its energizing properties. It helps balance emotions and soothe fears. It also helps to destroy the barriers to evolution and change by assisting in decision-making processes.

How to relieve the common cold?

Above all, what is the cold?

The common cold is a benign viral infection of the nose and throat. It is very common and can occur at any age, any time of the year. It requires rest, both physically and mentally, and often arises as a warning signal in times of fatigue. The symptoms associated with it are runny nose congestion, sneezing, wet or dry cough and sore throat. Depending on the person’s state of health, the common cold may give way to other infections such as sinusitis, bronchitis or otitis, which is why it is important to take care of it.

How to relieve it?
Here are some natural remedies:

    • Decongest the airways:

-Eucalyptus and peppermint: inhalation of diluted essential oils (4 to 6 drops in boiling water, or in a diffuser).
-Tiger balm: rub it on the chest.
– Blowing the nose rather than bringing the mucus back into the respiratory tract.

    • Relieve sore throat:

-Thym and turmeric: infusion (dry cough).
– Black pepper: in infusion, put a teaspoon of ground pepper for two tablespoons of honey (wet cough).
-Cinnamon: in powder, added to a ginger-honey infusion to expel the secretions.
-Salt, cider vinegar or tea tree essential oil: diluted with water to gargle (3 times a day).

    • Boost the immune system:

-Echinacea: Orally (infusion or mother tincture up to 4 times a day)
– Tea tree: dermal application of essential oil along the vertebral column, mixed with vegetable oil, for its anti-viral, anti-bacterial and immune modulating properties.
-Lemon: Oral (1/2 lemon juice) in lukewarm water in the morning, also known for its detoxifying properties.
-Vitamins D and C: in capsules (or drink a berry juice in the sun, while remaining well bundled-up of course!).
-Garlic: to be introduced in the meals to fight against the viruses.
-Oregano: take a small spoon of oregano oil (3 times a day) or inhale the diffusion, to counter infections.

    • To rest:

Preferably choose a warm but not too dry environment (50% minimum humidity, use an air humidifier if needed).
Move away from sources of stress.
Take ginseng to recover well (powder, capsule or mother tincture).
For adept meditators, take advantage of this moment to practice meditation to relieve the mind and soothe the anger of the moment. As for beginners, here is a good opportunity to start

  • Drink plenty of water, again and again:

Do you know that the mass of your cells is composed of 65% to 90% of water? In addition, when fighting an infection, it is particularly important to stay well hydrated to remove toxins, moisturize nasal mucous membranes and relieve congestion (your urine becomes clear when you drink enough water).

These tips help fight a cold, as well as prevent it. In cure, and in case of fever (seeing a doctor above 38.5 °), the symptoms dissipate after 3 to 7 days. Finally, you should know that fever helps the body fight the infection by preventing the growth of bacteria and viruses and by activating the immune system. Do not panic, this is a natural reaction of the body! If the cold affects you in a chronic way, consult your naturopath to receive specific advice adapted to your own needs!
Wishing you a speedy recovery!
*These tips are not suitable for young children, pregnant women or people undergoing certain medical treatments.
*This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.

Osteopathy and Postural Disorders

It is more and more frequent that we adopt postures that move away from the natural postures for which the human body has been designed and dimensioned. Lack of physical exercise, sedentary lifestyle, prolonged sitting, etc., all contribute to this unfavorable trend. These disorders can also be the result of anomalies of birth, any accident or may be related to the psychology of the person concerned however in all cases, they will have a major impact on health.

■ The posture

The posture makes the link between the morphology and the way of moving, depending directly on the activity in progress, the gestural habits and the state of the moment. It is determined by the points of support it puts into play with its support. Different works carried out for decades lead us to consider the postural system as a “whole” structured with multiple entries having several complementary functions:

– to combat gravity and maintain an erected station; – to oppose external forces;

– be located in the structured space-time around us;

– balance in the movement, guide and reinforce it. Postural tendencies are closely related to morphology, “body inheritance” through mimicry, sporting and professional activities, psycho

-affective history and behavioral trends. They are organized gradually according to the specific distribution of tensions over the whole body and are therefore very specific to each.

■ The troubles

Poor posture can cause disturbances by compression, slippage and may cause inflammation if the peritoneal fluid is affected. Moreover, since the organs of the abdomen and the pelvis are interrelated with one another and with the rest of the surrounding structures (by tissues called “fascias”), any disharmony has an impact on a larger scale in the body. A postural disorder can affect, among other things:

-the vertebral column (vertebral slippage, crushing of an intervertebral disk, hernia of the disc, scoliosis);
-the circulation of fluids (the blood circulation which ensures the proper functioning of the body by the continuous supply of nutrients and oxygen and the elimination of metabolic waste and carbon dioxide; the lymphatic circulation which ensures tissue drainage; Fat absorption, immune defenses, etc.);
– transmission of nerve signals, particularly in the vicinity of joints (crushing or pinching of nerve fibers);
-the respiratory system (decreased expansion);
-the digestive system (burning sensations, stasis, ptosis, hernias, etc.);
– the muscular system (chained diffusion of tensions, asymmetries, compensations, etc.).

These pathologies cause pains that act as warning signals that must not be neglected. To treat them, osteopathy is particularly adapted because it offers a global vision of the health condition of the patient which makes it possible to draw up a balance sheet and thereafter address directly to the cause of discomfort.

■ Osteopathic intervention

We often neglect our posture when it often has major impacts on our well-being. Correcting it is essential for effective rehabilitation. To do this, the osteopath performs pre-treatment tests and then uses cranial, structural and visceral manipulative techniques to lift the various blockages encountered. The latter is supplemented by key advice to improve the quality of life of the patient (conscientization, specific exercises, etc.). The dysfunctions and pains generated fade or disappear completely and the body then finds its mobility. Better balanced, the patient no longer suffers and tires less; Its possibilities both physical and intellectual improve.
Osteopathy also allows preventive treatment of possible disturbances of balance and posture, regardless of the age of the patient. The child and the newborn are enjoying harmonious growth while the adult enjoys increased energy during their daily activities. To look after your posture is to be better in your body … and in your head!

■ Key tips for your posture:

-Support (with back support):
Grow up. Toss the top and bottom of your back on the chair (the back should be at an angle of 100 °). Adjust the height of your seat so that your feet are at rest on the floor (do not cross the legs for good circulation) and make sure your knees are at your hips. Do not fall backward or forward. Release your shoulders. Take care to get up every 30 minutes, walk and do some stretching.
Use cushions as needed.
If you are working on a computer:
Be close and centered in front of the keyboard. Your forearms are horizontal, aligned with your wrists and hands. Wrist stretches with counter force.
Adjust the tilt of your monitor and keyboard as needed and hold the mouse next to it. Your neck should remain straight and relaxed.
Rest your eyes looking away and putting the palms of your hands warmed for 30 seconds.

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-Standing :
Your spine is straight and balanced. You can breathe deeply as your lungs and diaphragm now have enough room to swell and contract.
Point your toes forward. Engage your buttocks and support your feet so that they are naturally relaxed, as well as your ankle. Tighten the thighs half their capacity and subtly engage your abdominals. Adjust the tilt of your pelvis naturally.
Release your shoulders. Bring them backwards by bringing your shoulder blades closer together and allowing your chest to open forwards. Keep your shoulders aligned and your chest perpendicular to the ground.
Grow up, bringing the top of your head to the sky and keeping your gaze horizontal.
Turn your hands so that your thumbs are facing forward.
Invest in quality shoes as needed.
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-Layer :
On the side :
Get a firm pillow, the thickness of which corresponds to the space between the side of your shoulder and your homolateral ear, no more and no less, to keep your neck in neutral position. Use a thin cushion between (or under) your knees for better support. Fold them lightly.
If you have a tendency to change your position during your sleep, wrap a pillow between your arms, which also helps to avoid compressing your shoulder and resting on your arm in contact with the mattress.
Prefer a firm mattress.
On the back :
Use a pillow that allows you to keep the neck in neutral position and a lumbar support if you feel the need.
Sleeping on your stomach is not recommended, as it creates pressure on your cervical.

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Mais, avant tout… soyez confortables !
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DIY: Aromatherapy: Create a cozy atmosphere

Essential oils are known for their therapeutic virtues. They affect not only the body, but can also affect our emotions and our state of mind. Here is a small mixture of essential oils to put in the diffuser to create a warm atmosphere by these rather cold times:

– 5 ml of balsam fir (Abies balsamea)
– 1 ml of Ceylon cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
– 4 ml of sweet orange (Citrus sinesis)
To diffuse between 5 and 10 minutes taking advantage of the benefits. Go for it! Breathe … naturally.

Symbolic of our logo

One question we often get from our friends and clients is: “Why the bull?” Of course, Toro, which in Spanish means bull, is my last name. It is therefore quite natural to have named the center so is not it? This answer is partially correct. Nevertheless, the reason why I chose the image of this mammal is for its symbolic. In many cultures, the bull is perceived as a symbol of fertility and abundance.

It is an animal that is known to use its strength and power to resist adversity and thus make its desires a reality. This fiery animal is distinguished by its patient and persevering work. His constancy ensures that he does not lose sight of his goals. The bull teaches us to draw strength from our interior to create the reality we want as well as to create abundance around us in all these forms.