Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Focus and Concentrate Inhaler Blend

Focus and Concentration: Two areas that I definitely need help in! Some days, my mind just wants to wander all over the place and I find it hard to zero in on a project and give it my full attention. That's where Rosemary essential oil comes in.  Rosemary essential oil has a powerful, fresh, woody-herbaceous scent that I just love as well as aiding in memory retention and alertness.  And who of us can't use some of that in the morning?!   Think of this blend as "coffee that you can inhale."  :)

Focus and Concentration Inhaler Blend 

In a test done by a team of psychologists at Northumbria University, Newcastle, 66 people took part a study to test the effects of essential oils from rosemary and were randomly allocated to either the rosemary-scented room or another room with no scent.  The results showed that participants in the rosemary-scented room performed better on the prospective memory tasks than the participants in the room with no scent and the results from the blood analysis found that significantly greater amounts of 1,8-cineole were present in the plasma of those in the rosemary scented room, suggesting that sniffing the aroma led to higher concentrations.  You can read more about the study HERE.

All I know from personal experience is that if I need to focus and concentrate, I reach for my trusty bottle of Rosemary essential oil.  It hasn't failed me yet! 

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

MINT TEA in the Good Ol' Summertime

Nothing says summer like good ol' mint tea. I have a lot of it growing in my garden and am always searching for a good mint tea recipe. This one is a keeper!!

Mint Tea

Mint Tea:10 sprigs fresh mint1/2-1 cup sugar8-10 cups waterjuice of one lemon

  • Wash and tear mint leaves.  This will release the aroma and give your tea a lovely flavor.  Boil the water and pour over the torn mint leaves.  Mint leaves are hardy and can withstand boiling water being poured over them.  Stir in the sugar (or sweetener of your choice) and stir until dissolved.  Squeeze in the lemon juice.  Let mixture stand at room temperature until cool then strain your tea into a pitcher.  Discard the mint leaves.
  • Refrigerate & enjoy!!