Frankincense-Boswellia carterii, frereana, and sacra

Renowned as one of the most prized and precious essential oils, Frankincense has extraordinary internal and external health benefits. In addition to its notoriety in the New Testament, the Babylonians and Assyrians would burn Frankincense in religious ceremonies and the ancient Egyptians used Frankincense

Aromatic Description:
Warm, spicy, clean
Main Chemical Components:
Alpha pinene

resin for everything from perfume to salves for soothing skin. This centuries-old knowledge contributes to the modern uses of Frankincense today. It’s soothing and beautifying properties are used to rejuvenate skin and reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. As the king of oils, Frankincense is known to promote cellular health and immunity and can be consumed daily for these internal benefits. It also promotes a healthy inflammatory response and acts as an overall tonic to the body’s systems, helping them function optimally. When inhaled or diffused, Frankincense induces feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness.

Plant Part:
Resin from Boswellia
carterii, frereana,
and sacra

USES

  • Rub Frankincense on your hands after a long day of gardening or working to promote a normal inflammatory response.
  •  Can help promote youthful, radiant–looking skin and slow the signs of aging by reducing the appearance of skin imperfections.
  • Can be applied to the bottoms of feet to relax and balance mood swings.
  • Dry weather can take a toll on your nails. Try applying a drop of Frankincense to strengthen weak fingernails.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice. Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.                                 Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with fractionated coconut oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Primary Benifits
  • Helps build and maintain a healthy immune system
  • Promotes cellular health
  • Reduces the appearance of scars and stretch marks

CAUTIONS Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

 

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March Block-A-Month

Emmalynn 12″,  Bobbly Flower 6″ and Spiro Star 12″ Squares.

Here they are the blocks for March’s Block-A-Month Crochet-A-Long are they beautiful or what? One of the things I have found out is that I do have a little bit of artistic license with the block-a-month patterns, I am truly appreciative of that.

For instance the Emmalynn 12″ block, I saw a flower and in the center of the flower the spokes reminded me of filaments holding the stamens coming out of the center towards the petals.

Lillium Stamens
1. Stigma, 2. Style, 3. Stamens, 4. Filament, 5. Petal
It’s difficult if not a little tricky to try to make a 3D object out of something flat, but this is what I saw when I looked at the pattern for Emmalynn so I had to try to duplicate what I saw in my minds eye with color. The only changes I made to this pattern was when I crocheted around the flower I crocheted into the back posts with the greens to get the flower petals to pop up a bit. I also crocheted into back post of row #8 with the dark plum, all the back post stitches were made with original stitch from  the pattern.

Bobbly Flower 6″, I love this little square! I have this theme going where all the 6″ squares are going to be chocolate-brown, I’ll work them in with the rose-colored 12″ squares to make a lapghan ( a lapghan is a bit smaller than a afghan).  But, to work this square in all chocolate would do it a great  injustice I felt, so I added a dab of heather. Doesn’t it look like a chocolate cookie with a dab of cream cheese frosting on it yummy! Oh here goes my sweet tooth!

Last but not least is the Spiro Star 12″, I followed the instructions on this square I didn’t need to change anything. Except for the hook size, which I used to crochet all three squares I used a G/4.00mm hook.

Until next month,

Keep hook’n!

Credits:

Emmalynn, Bobbly Flower & Spiro Star:  Hand Crocheted by Artisan Patricia Geraghty-Gaddis

Here is a big Thank You to the Designers

Emmalynn:  Carol Christmas

Bobbly Flower:  Mad Blanketer

Spiro Star:  Helen Shrimpton

The image of the parts of a flower were taken by:  JJ Harrison and I found it on Wikipedia

Sophie’s Mandala

Today is officially the second day of spring here in the Pacific NW, there is no better time then this to finish Sophie’s Mandala.  Some of you have already seen part of Sophie’s Mandala it is the mandala I used for my front page, it wasn’t finished yet! [I couldn’t help myself I liked it so much that I had to use it even though It only had four rows to go before I had it finished…………………  🙂 ]  I was going to post this yesterday but when I saw that the media was calling the 2015 spring equinox freaky friday and with the solar eclipse and supermoon ……. well I had second thoughts. Not to mention when my sister got home from work and asked me if I wanted to go get a bit to eat I just couldn’t refuse!

Mandala Golden Flower C.G. Jung
Mandala Golden Flower C.G. Jung

“I Sketched every morning in a notebook a small circular drawing,…which seemed to correspond to my inner situation at the time….Only gradually did I discover what the mandala really is:…the Self, the wholeness of the personality, which if all goes well is harmonious.”—Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, pp 195 – 196.

Here is a little history on the mandala thanks to Wikipedia:

Mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल Maṇḍala, ‘circle’) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe.[1] The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the general shape of a T.[2][3] Mandalas often exhibit radial balance.[4]

Hindu Mandala

The term is of Sanskrit origin. It appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other religions and philosophies, particularly Buddhism.

In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction.

In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.

The mandala I crocheted ended up being considerably larger than Debri’s pattern, even though I used an F/3.75mm hook I still came out with a 21.5″ mandala, which is a nice sized piece. I’ve already decided that I’m going to hang it on the wall in the most perfect of all spots where I can look at it when I need inspiration. Like when I’m writing a blog post and lose my train of thought or when I just can’t seem to come up with the right words for what I want to convey or when I’m crocheting and need to give my fingers a rest.  Any excuse will do! They are so colorful and I like the texture and dimension that can be achieved I enjoy crocheting mandala’s and will be playing around with different stitches and idea’s for creating more of them.

Until next time,

Have A Great Day!

 Credits:

Sophie’s Mandala: Hand Crocheted by Artisan Patricia Geraghty-Gaddis

Designer of Sophie’s Mandala:  Debri Uys

Reference Material: Wikipedia

My Nomination for the Liebster Award

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My blog has been  nominated for the Liebster Award by: TRAVELLING BANANA.

This is exciting, it is the first nomination for an award of any kind. This award is for up and coming blogs of 200 follower or less.  So, with that said, I humbly accept! 🙂  I am honored Thank You, Travelling Banana.

My answers to Travelling Banana’s questions:

1. Who is your role model?  Grizzly Adams I love that guy!
2. What is the thing that you are most passionate about, your purpose/calling?  Being true to who I am no matter where I am or what I’m doing.
3. If you had to sum up yourself in a word, what would it be?  Adventurous.
4. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?  Yellowstone National Park.
5. What is the most important piece of advice you could give?  Forgive, life is too short to hold grudges.
6. Create a list of things that make you smile.  A beautiful sunset/sunrise, my dog Strawberry, a chipmunk, the first spring flower, thunder and lightning, walking in the woods, catching rain on my tongue, the thought of love.
7. Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?  Both!
8. Pancakes or Crepes?  Pancakes.
9. Describe a moment of unshakeable courage in your life.  Living my dreams.
10. What is your greatest attribute?  The ability to see the world from different perspectives.
11. What is your purpose for blogging?  To share what inspires me, to be helpful and maybe a little bit entertaining.


 

There are several rules by which I by being nominated and you by being nominated must do in order to accept the Liebster Award:

1. Link the person who nominated you (that’s me) to your blog post and let them know you answered their questions.
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominator.
3. Nominate other bloggers (11) for the award that have fewer than 200 followers.
4. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.


 

Here are the 11 blogs I nominate for the Liebster Award followed by the 11 questions that I made up for you all to answer!

Congratulations Everyone!

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In Cahoots With Muddy Boots

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Herbs and Wildcrafting

Angie’s Kitchen Shenanigans

Gifford MacShane

Everyday Here On Earth

Another Bonny Irish Lass

Ancient Wisdom Modern Research

Container Crazy Cathy

It’s all in a Nutshell!

  1. What is the best time of day for you?
  2. Of everything on this planet what drives you bonkers?
  3. What is your favorite pastime?
  4. Are you living your dream, what is it?
  5. Make a list of inspirational moments?
  6. What is your favorite color?
  7. Are you city, country or a suburb type of person?
  8. Indoors or Outdoors?
  9. If you were an animal what would you be and why?
  10. Tell me one thing that you love about yourself?
  11. Why do you blog?

🙂