Cassia – Cinnamomum cassia

A close relative to Cinnamon, Cassia has a strong, spicy aroma that can be used in small quantities to transform any essential oil blend. Cassia has been used for thousands of years to maintain physical health and promote emotional well-being. It’s one of the few essential oils mentioned in the Old Testament, noted for its unmistakable fragrance and calming properties. Cassia is a “warming” oil that helps promote circulation while maintaining healthy immune function. It can also aid in digestion, lessen nausea, and is a great oil to diffuse during cold months due to its warming properties and spicy scent. Due to its caustic nature, Cassia should be diluted with fractionated coconut oil when applied to the skin and can be very strong when inhaled directly. When diluted, Cassia can help soothe sore, achy joints. Cassia can be used in cooking either as a replacement for Cinnamon in pies and breads or by itself in a myriad of entrees and desserts.

Cassia_barkPlant Part: Bark

Aromatic Description: Warm, spicy, cinnamon

Main Chemical Components: Cinnamaldehyde

 PRIMARY BENEFITS
  • Promotes healthy digestion
  • Supports healthy immune function
  • Warming, uplifting aroma

USES

  • Add one drop to citrus blends or diffuse with Clove and Ginger during Fall and Winter.
  • Take one to two drops in veggie capsules for added immune when seasonal threats are high.
  • Combine one drop with  fractionated coconut oil and apply to sore, achy joints.
  • Combine one to two drops along with Lemon in a glass of water to aid digestion or ward off hunger cravings.

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: Dilute one to two drops with fractionated coconut oil then apply to desired area.

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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Image by Michael Boym (or possibly an associate of his) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Cassia Bark via Wikimedia

Quote of John Lennon :)

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
⇔John Lennon

Trauma Oil Recipy

TRAUMA OIL

Ingredients:
1 part St. John’s Wort Flowers  (Hypericum perforatum)
1 part Arnica Flowers  (Arnica montana)
1 part Calendula  (Calendula officinalis)
Approx. 3 parts Organic Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:
Mix all of the above in a blender and pour into your jar. When the plant matter settles after a few hours, it should take up a minimum of 2/3 rds of the total mixture in the jar. If you start off with a minimum of oil, you can always add more later.
This formula is great for scrapes, bangs, and bruises and makes
the pain disappear almost immediately.

via Trauma Oil | Nutritional Institute.

Diamond Trellis Basket

I’ve wanted to make this basket since I first saw it on Make My Day Creative’s web site and I finally started it around the end of July and finished it today (Aug. 18). I’ve got quite a collection of crocheted blocks made from a couple of crochet-a-longs I’ve been involved with and I thought, “I need a basket to put my loose squares in until I sew them together”.  So wallah I crocheted a basket!

I used a G/4.00 mm hook on this project and I crochet the basket holding 2 strands of Red Heart Super Saver, Rose Pink  held together through out the basket and pulled in 1 strand of Red Heart, thick & lofty cape cod multi  for the diamonds.  My basket came out to 10.5 Inches  in diameter X 7 inches tall and I have to say the instructions for this basket are spot on which is always a joy. One of the things I really liked about the instructions is that Esther wrote them in a way that if you want a bigger basket it is really easy to make it bigger.

I love my new basket

Until next time,

Keep Hook’n

CREDITS

Hand Crocheted by Artisan Patricia Geraghty-Gaddis

Thank You,

Designer: Esther Chandler of Make My Day Creative

Cardamom – Elettaria cardamomum

A close relative to Ginger, Cardamom is known as being the most expensive cooking spice and for being beneficial to the digestive system in a variety of ways. Cardamom is commonly used to help reduce indigestion and nausea, and to soothe stomach discomfort and promote digestion. Its distinct scent can lessen motion sickness while promoting a positive mood. Cardamom has profound effects on the respiratory system due to its high 1,8-cineole content, which promotes clear breathing and respiratory health. Native to Southeast Asia, Cardamom is added to traditional Indian sweets and teas for its cool, yet minty aroma and flavor.

CardamonePlant Part: Seed
Aromatic Description: Spicy, fruity, warm, balsamic
Main Chemical Components: Terpinyl acetate, 1,8-cineole, linalool

PRIMARY BENEFITS
  • Eases indigestion and maintains an optimal gastrointestinal balance
  • Promotes clear breathing and respiratory health
  • Calms stomach upset and uplifts mood
  • Flavorful spice for cooking and baking
 USES
  • Use internally as part of a daily health regimen to support healthy gastrointestinal function.
  • Diffuse or apply topically to promote clear breathing.
  • Add to bread, smoothies, meats, and salads to enhance food flavor and aid digestion.
  • Diffuse or inhale to alleviate feelings of nausea or motion sickness.
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.
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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Plant Image by Chhe [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsI,

Seed image by Luc Viatour [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons