понедельник, 31 июля 2017 г.

ヤギさんのお米 -おこめのおてがみギフトセット-

ヤギさんのお米 -おこめのおてがみギフトセット-
ヤギさんのお米 -おこめのおてがみギフトセット-

新潟三ヶ村「ヤギさんのお米」

こんにちは!かわいいものコレクターのkeecoです。

今日は、新潟・三ヶ村のこだわりのお米が詰まったギフトセット「ヤギさんのお米」をご紹介。

白ヤギさんと黒ヤギさんが描かれた米袋がとてもかわいらしいギフトセットなのです。


自然あふれる三ヶ村


新潟県十日町市にある三ヶ村(さんがむら)は、3集落が合わさった小さな村。 春には山いっぱいの山菜、夏にはホタルやカモシカが生活し、秋にはお米や野菜がとれる。そして冬には雪がたくさん舞い降りる、自然と動物がいっぱいの村です。


安心こだわりなお米


三ヶ村のお米はエコファーマーが生産する特別栽培米。

「エコファーマー」とは、減農薬に努め環境にやさしい土づくりを行う、知事が認定した農業者のこと。 そして「特別栽培米」とは、農林水産省のガイドラインに沿って化学農薬、化学肥料をなるべく使わず栽培されたお米のこと。


新米のおいしさを評価するコンクールでは、170点以上の点数を獲得し「日本が誇るおいしいお米」として証明されたそうです。


ギフトセットには、こんな安心でおいしいお米が入っています。


ヤギとおてがみがモチーフのギフトセット


それではかわいらしいパッケージを見ていきましょう!

「ヤギさんのお米 –おこめのおてがみギフトセット-」は、”三ヶ村のヤギさんからお米のおてがみが届きました”というのがテーマになっています。


新潟三ヶ村「ヤギさんのお米」
「ヤギさんのお米 おこめのおてがみギフトセット」3合×2袋 1,000円(税込)

”おてがみ”なので箱が封筒のデザインになっていますね。


新潟三ヶ村「ヤギさんのお米」

ゆるやかなフォントで「Okome no otegami」。


新潟三ヶ村「ヤギさんのお米」

箱を開けてみました。白ヤギさんと黒ヤギさん登場です*


新潟三ヶ村「ヤギさんのお米」

蓋の裏には三ヶ村の唄が書かれています。

この唄はギフトセットを作るときに一緒に作られたんだそう。


新潟三ヶ村「ヤギさんのお米」

ヤギさんを出してみました。


新潟三ヶ村「ヤギさんのお米」

ヤギさんが出ていったあとに小さな足あとを発見。


新潟三ヶ村「ヤギさんのお米」

ヤギさんにはそれぞれ小さなカードと鈴がついています。

白ヤギさんは白っぽい銀色のカードに銀色の鈴、


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黒ヤギさんはベージュっぽい金色のカードに金色の鈴がついています。

カードは光に当てるとキラキラしました。


表に描かれているのは三ヶ村のロゴです。

デザインを担当したあだちあさみさんによると、このロゴは「三ケ村のはざ掛け米とどこまでも広い静かな夜の空に三ケ村を見守る月」をイメージしているそう。


”はざ掛け”とは、刈り取った稲を束ねて天日乾燥させること。

(地方によって呼び名はいろいろありますが、新潟の魚沼地方ではこの呼び方なんだそうです)

秋の田んぼの風景といえば稲が干されているのをイメージしますよね。

でもそれは昔の風景のようで、今は機械で乾燥させるところが多いのだとか。

はざ掛けはたいへんな手間がかかるため減少傾向にありますが、ゆっくり天日乾燥させたお米は旨み・甘みが増すそうです◎


三ヶ村では天日干しさせたお米を「極上米」として販売しています。気になる方はを見てみてくださいね。大きいクラフトヤギ袋入りです*


新潟三ヶ村「ヤギさんのお米」

カードの裏にヤギさんからのおてがみがありました。


新潟三ヶ村「ヤギさんのお米」

それではお米を開けてみましょう。

紐をほどくとさらにヤギっぽくなりました♪


新潟三ヶ村「ヤギさんのお米」
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白ヤギさんには白米、黒ヤギさんには玄米が入っています。


新潟三ヶ村「ヤギさんのお米」

新潟三ヶ村「ヤギさんのお米」

新潟三ヶ村「ヤギさんのお米」

家にあるお米(右)と比べてみたけど、ヤギさんのお米(左)の方が粒が大きいような気がしました。

炊いて食べてみましたが、もちもちしてて甘みがあっておいしかったです!


子どもに食べさせたい、が始まり


このお米を買ったときに、なぜお手紙をモチーフにした「ヤギさんのお米」なのかを聞いてみました。

始まりは、自分たちが作っているお米を子どもに食べてもらいたいと思ったこと。

そして、子どもが持っていてかわいらしいお米の袋を作りたいということで、数年前から飼い始めた”ヤギ”をモチーフに。

さらに、お米を誰かに贈るときに気持ちも伝えられたらということで”おてがみ”が加わり。

ヤギとおてがみで「やぎさんゆうびん」の唄にかけて、白黒ヤギさんのおこめのおてがみギフトセットが誕生しました。


かわいらしいパッケージの誕生にはこんなお話があったんですね。


三ヶ村で過ごした時間をデザインに


このギフトセットを制作したのは、新潟在住のイラストレーター・あだちあさみさんと、コピーライター・横田孝優さんのお二人。

あだちあさみさんのfacebookの投稿には、制作時の様子が少し書かれていました。

二人で一緒に三ヶ村に行き、ヤギに出会ったり、稲刈りやはざ掛けを手伝ったり、村の人とふれあったり。人が優しくて暖かくて何かを思い出させてくれる村。そんな三ヶ村をそのまま閉じ込めた贈り物を作りたいとギフトセットを制作されたそうです。


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「ヤギさんのお米」は、現在のみとなっていますが、これから少しずつ取り扱いを広げていくそう。


いろいろな思いが詰まったかわいらしいお米。

自分への贈り物に、誰かへの贈り物にいかがでしょうか♪


Original article and pictures take http://kawacolle.jp/2016/04/yagisan-no-okome/ site


воскресенье, 30 июля 2017 г.

Working From Home – Sewing

Working From Home – Sewing
Working From Home – Sewing

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Hi! My name is Joy, I live in Australia, I am a mum, wife, writer and freelancer, thanks for having me.​


Congratulations on publishing your e-book about starting your own sewing business from home. Where did you get inspiration from to write this e-book? Who do you hope to inspire?


I wrote the book to help stay at home mums that are feeling deflated from “just being a mum” – I know the feeling all too well and I think the only thing that kept me sane was having something on the side to make me feel valued. This isn’t your million dollar income, though it could be, it’s more about providing a little more income without added stress.​


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You’ve been surrounded by business ventures in one way or another since you were young. Growing up, was your career aspirations business orientated or art orientated or did your dreams follow a different path?


Growing up my Dad worked for himself at markets and fairs so I was exposed to that life from about 3-4 years of age. I enjoyed it. I have always been entrepreneurial. My mum always said I could be anything I wanted when I grew up and I believed it. This led to me being 28 and having no idea what I wanted to do when I grew up. I decided not to grow up, and keep with my folded book art but share more of my knowledge.​



As I’m somebody who cannot knit or crochet and can barely sew despite 3 years of needlework lessons at school, I really am in awe of you! Do you find sewing/ craftwork therapeutic?


I personally am like you, I can do little more than basic alterations, I was working with a client to set up her sewing business when the inspiration for the book came to me, that you don’t need to be an expert to make money sewing.​


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I was mesmerised by the fantastic folded book art featured on your website & shop. Did it take long to learn? Is it a craft talent handed down by generations?


I would like to say it was easy, but when I started about 7 years ago there wasn’t a lot of information available. I purchased a tutorial for a basic folding pattern and with trial and error learnt how to create my own patterns. It is still one of my biggest forms of income. I decided to start selling tutorials myself because I was getting a lot of interest from the US but $40 for shipping was a killer.​


Apart from the folded book art, you have also launched themed book jewellery. Sounds very fiddly to me! What pieces of jewellery or folded book art in general are your most popular sellers? Is there a difference in preference in Australia compared with, say the UK & USA?


The book jewellery is a bit fiddly, and it’s the only item I make in batches -the process of all the gluing is just too hard for single pendants. I have found that popular books make popular pendants. I am working with the Twilight series at the moment, and they are proving popular. Another of my best sellers is wedding confetti cones – in fact, this last weekend, I coiled and posted 250 of them to celebrate various weddings!


Are you looking at writing other e-books in the future? What topics would you like to cover?


I will be writing more books. I am following a business start up trend – things you need to know, getting started with wordpress – internet marketing is the umbrella genre.​


What sort of book genre do you like reading? Favourite books or authors?


At the moment I am following author Dave Koziel, who is also an entrepreneur. I do like reading success stories and advice. I implement them and then write about how to model them for smaller businesses.


If you could visit any place in the world to give you art & craft or business inspiration, which place would you love to venture to & why?


Ooooh, such a tough question! I imagine doing a folded book art lesson in the castles of the UK or Europe would be amazing.​


When you’re not sewing, blogging or running your art & craft business, what hobbies/past times do you enjoy?


My internet business/entrepreneurial pursuits are my hobbies. I love getting out there, learning the latest changes and helping others achieve their success. It’s a bit of a running joke in my household. I truly am earning doing what I love.​


Personal now – what outfits and shoes would you normally be found wearing?


Normally in jeans and a shirt, something comfortable. We have up to 5 children home at any one time and much more than this is just too impractical for me.​


Do you have any favourite shops or online sites?


I love vintage and used clothing so mostly I will purchase awesome finds on ebay or etsy.​


What’s next on your clothes/shoe wish list?


For the last 3 seasons I have not been able to find knee high boots I like – they are still on the list and I guess since it is nearly Summer here they will need to wait until next season.​


Boots or Shoes?


I can’t make such a choice, it’s all about the heel! I am addicted to heels but I have no where to wear them.​


Links you would like to share e.g. website/facebook/twitter etc so that readers of the blog can learn more about you, your crafts & e-books.


Book art can be found at http://tintiara.com

​Small business advice and a link to Amazon for my book can be found at http://joyouscreature.com

Twitter @joyouscreature​



It’s been a total joy to speak to you and I wish you all the best in your business ventures. I must say, your dream of holding folded book art lessons in a castle sounds good …. Thornbury Castle in South West England is now a hotel but it still has original features and lounges lined with bookshelves galore – I can imagine that being a good venue! Any readers got any good ideas of the perfect location? Do share, I’d

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love to know!


Linda x


All photos have been published with kind permission from Joy Ireland.


Original article and pictures take http://bootsshoesandfashion.com/working-from-home-sewing/ site


пятница, 28 июля 2017 г.

What can go wrong....(moaning about Monday) - Anna Rosenblum Palmer

What can go wrong....(moaning about Monday) - Anna Rosenblum Palmer
What can go wrong....(moaning about Monday) - Anna Rosenblum Palmer

Monday quote
This is not usually how I feel…

I am not a Monday hater. I see grumpy cat memes and listen to pop songs lamenting another school week and I shrug. At least I used to shrug when I could move my shoulders. Now I just mentally shrug and on good days lets add a knowing chuckle where I am both “with you” and “above you” Monday moaners.


Steve steps it up even more and walks around with a Weekends are Overrated t -shirt on…issuing a challenge to the undercaffeinated. Now that he works from home I am the only one to read his message. I think I have begun to take on my new role. He is the Monday lover leaving me left to loathe it.


On Monday’s my tea is evil.


How do I know?


Because there are steps to my coffee shop morning routine and I have fucked up each of them in some way or another.


  1. Making an entrance. I have three days to write this week before I take two weeks off and I have a two articles and a blog post to get through before 11. I can do this. First I need to open the door to the coffee shop. It is a bit sticky and I don’t have time to waste with the extra pull or two so I approached it with gusto. It flung wide to greet me and hit me in the face. I immediately made eye contact with the barista who greeted me with an “its definitely Monday.” I am hear enough so I know that her Wednesday is my Friday making my Monday not her Monday. As I try to calculate which relative day of the week has left her laughing at me I trip over one of the metal stools that is protruding from the coffee bar. It wasn’t so bad. It wasn’t one tenth as bad as the time I knocked over two tables, three computers, and three cell phones spilling my evidently endless tea on all of us. This time it was a little trip. I was still upright! So I held me head high and went to replace the stool in its place getting it tangled in the legs of its brother. Bang. Scrape. Then I was trying to catch two stool with my phone hand and the whole thing collapsed. It was loud. But there were only three customers that had to look up from their work and I was still standing on two feet. I consider that a win. I walk myself over to…
  2. Select my table. The BEST table was available. It is the end two top that nestles into a wall allowing three chairs.
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    My cousin. His bag and coat will have their own chair! Other cousin took this photo ianliptonphoto.com

    So when my cousin and I aren’t waiting for Elijah we have a designated bag and coat chair. It is a luxury. There is also an outlet. Lastly, and most importantly as I mentioned this table is at the END of a row. So I can slide out with my ass to the wall and a friendly smile to my family. When we are next to strangers not only do I have to pretend not to eavesdrop…but I also have to slide my butt along the edge of their table every time I get up to pee or carry a dangerous drink to and from the counter. So only the wall gets my back side. Pleased with my table choice I hang my backpack on Elijahs chair (jew reference) plug in my laptop (already at 100% but it is part of the ritual so it can’t be stopped) and sit briefly to log onto the correct network. Despite working here five times a week my computer has a love affair with AZ2Net876!. Every day I need to break them up. So my role as spoiler over I am ready to get sustenance. With a smile I turn my ass to the wall and begin to exit my area, but I trip over my power cord taking my laptop with me. I actually manage to catch the thing. Yet another win. I am on my way to the counter to…

  3. Place my order and pay. When I make it to the counter to 6 sympathetic and 2 amused eyes I see my order has already been entered into the POS. Usually this would be good but I am not having the spinach sandwich because, lets say, the spinach hasn’t been a happy ending. I consider eating it to make her happy but decide to correct the order. I stumble over this as I try to enter my email for our “spot on” extra credit. I have always liked extra credit and I am amassing points. It takes me three tries though and I back a way a bit sheepishly. I usually enjoy ordering, having a quick chat with the friendly staff about vagina surgery, or anti depressant medication always makes my morning. Instead I have wasted our time together correcting my order and messing up my email. Back at my table without tripping I sigh at the eleventeen open chrome tabs just as Amina arrives with my tab. I had forgotten to tip or sign. So she checked me out with no tip and brought me my card. I try to insist that I head back up there to tip but she won’t hear of it so I sit down with my tab and my tabs and feel guilty times two. On a normal day I would…
  4. Retrieve my order. This Monday I see my tea at the bar waiting to be picked up. I am not going up to get it because I will spill it. I see its liquid forming a meniscus at the top of the
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    custom cup and it taunts me. “I will be on your chest soon caught by your overlarge, undersupported breasts. I will dribble down your fingers causing you to whimper and jolt and with the jolt even more of me will be free, discoloring your jaunty green clogs and making a big splash on the floor. When you bend down to wipe me up the whole coffee shop will see your butt crack. Ha! I have you! ” Then I remember that I haven’t tipped AT ALL today let alone 100% and I head to get the tea myself…pulling my computer off the table by tripping over the cord. AGAIN. I set it on the table and back into the server who is bringing me my tea. I spill it down his chest. They insist on making me another one. Then they bring it to me.
    My tea...
    My tea…

    Even though all I want to do is hid it is instead time to…

  5. Greet my co-workers. For the beautiful blond woman who parks for longer than I have have a curt nod. That will show her. My lack of enthusiasm will instantly educate her to how she is ruining the nice man’s business. She orders a single cup of coffee (in a fucking to go cup even though she is here a minimum of 5 hours) and sits alone at a table without tipping. I order more food than I eat, tip $9 on my $9 order and share a table almost 100% of the time. Mondays are days for righteousness. Then rest my hand on the back of a friends chair in a true gesture of intimacy. Finally I take my seat. Just then I look up to Steve walking towards me. “Hey Babe” I offer in surprise and enthusiasm. One of those emotions is matched as a total stranger looks at me. I make what I hope is a comical face of embarrassment but his brows knit even more closely together and he picks up his pace as he passes my table. Whoops. Maybe I shouldn’t pat myself on the back quite so much about being good for business. Despite all of that what I am here to do is…
  6. Work. I have already abandoned the plan. I was supposed to read and share other people’s work then write one parenting article and one sex article (except in the other order because thats how it works.) Then IF there was time I was going to write a blog post. Instead I am here with you…because it is Monday and nothing is going as it should.

What did you mess up this morning?


Anna Rosenblum Palmer is a freelance writer based in Denver, CO. She writes about sex, parenting, cat pee, bi-polar disorder and the NFL; all things inextricably intertwined with her mental health. In her free time she teaches her boys creative swear words, seeks the last missing puzzle piece and thinks deeply about how she is not exercising. Her writing can be found on Babble, Parent.co, Great Moments in Parenting, Ravishly, Good Men Project, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Playpen, Crazy Good Parent, and YourTango. She also does a fair amount of navel gazing on her own blog at annarosenblumpalmer.com.


Original article and pictures take http://annarosenblumpalmer.com/can-go-wrong/ site


среда, 26 июля 2017 г.

Training Your Cat to Walk on a Leash

Training Your Cat to Walk on a Leash
Training Your Cat to Walk on a Leash



This is especially important. There are thousands of harnesses on the market, but many fewer designed specifically for a cat's anatomy - which differs from dogs. You can choose from cat harnesses, walking jackets, or holsters. Look for those that have the leash attachment at the middle of the back, rather than at the neck, which is safer for your kitty. We use and recommend the Come With Me Kitty Harness and Bungee Leash by PetSafe. Never attach a leash to a collar on your cat! Most cat collars have a breakaway buckle and if your cat pulls away, the buckle with open and your cat will be able to run away. Additionally, we recommend attaching an ID tag with your contact information to your cat's harness, on the off-chance that you and your cat should become separated during a walk.



Don't strap the harness and leash on your cat and head straight outdoors - that's a recipe for failure! In order for your cat to successfully walk on a leash, you'll need to first get him used to wearing his harness. So, start indoors where he's comfortable. Put the harness on your cat but don't attach the leash yet. Immediately distract him

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with his favorite high-reward treats. Adjust the harness to fit properly. You should be able to fit two of your fingers between the harness and your kitty's body. Leave the harness on for a few minutes a day for several days, rewarding your cat every time he's wearing it. If he doesn't mind wearing it, increase the amount of time it stays on.



Once your cat is comfortable wearing the harness, it's time to attach the leash! Still inside your home, attach the leash and allow it to drag behind your cat. Remember to continue giving your cat treats or distract him with his favorite toys while he's wearing the harness and leash. Repeat this for a few minutes a day for several days.


When your cat is used to the leash dragging behind him, then it's time to pick up the leash. Hold it gently - don't pull against it - and follow your cat as he walks around the house. Let your cat lead you, and praise and reward him. Practice this for a few days.


If you're content with simply following your cat around where he wants to go, it's now safe to proceed outdoors! Or, you can continue the training and encourage your cat to walk along with you.



Apply very gentle but consistent pressure on the leash, pulling in the direction you want your cat to go. When your cat finally takes a step toward you, reward him with a high-reward treat. He'll also be rewarded with relief from the tension on the leash, which will reinforce the behavior. Remember, aversive training techniques do not work with cats. So, jerking and popping the leash will not work! In fact, it will only serve to scare your cat and undo any training you've done up to this point.



No doubt you're aware how differently even the most confident cat will act when she's outside of her home. Cats who have never been outside will be nervous and easily startled, so start somewhere quiet. Let your kitty move at her own pace.


Pay attention to your cat's body language and you'll know if she's scared or stressed. Look for flat ears, nervous tail twitching, meowing, and body low to the ground. When you notice these signs, try to figure out what's making your cat so nervous and move to a better spot or end your outdoor adventure and try again another time. And, obviously, don't let your cat lick or eat anything off the ground while you're on a walk and never leave her tied up outside, unattended.



Leash walking for cats is gaining more and more popularity these days, and that's because it's a safe alternative to letting our precious pets outside on their own. It provides them with much needed environmental enrichment while keeping them out of harm's way. If you're going to be one of the thousands of cat parents who enjoy leash walking their kitties, just be sure your feline friend is up-to-date on vaccines and current on parasite prevention should you encounter any other critters on your walks. Most of all, have fun!


Need more help or other information on cats? Then see these other guides by The Catington Post:


Original article and pictures take http://www.ebay.com/gds/Training-Your-Cat-to-Walk-on-a-Leash-/10000000205616175/g.html?roken2=ti.pQnJvb2tlIEFybm9sZA== site


вторник, 25 июля 2017 г.

Top 4 Essential Oils for Depression - Dr. Axe

Top 4 Essential Oils for Depression - Dr. Axe
Top 4 Essential Oils for Depression - Dr. Axe

Essential oils for depression - Dr. Axe

Depression is incredibly common. In fact, you may be near someone every day and not even know that he or she is suffering from depression.


However, there are symptoms that may signal signs of depression, such as fatigue, sadness, moodiness, low sex drive, low self-esteem, loss of appetite, feelings that the tough days will never end, and never accepting invitations to go out with friends or get involved in activities. I know that seems like quite a list, but there are many more behaviors that could be an indication that you or someone you know is suffering from depression.


Luckily, there are natural remedies for depression out there, including using certain essential oils — similar to the way you can use essential oils for anxiety. Below are my top four essential oils for depression treatment.


Top Essential Oils for Depression


In clinical trials, essential oils have been proven to elevate mood. You may be wondering how essential oils work. Because smells are carried directly to the brain, they serve as emotional triggers. The limbic system evaluates the sensory stimuli, registering pleasure, pain, danger or safety. This then creates and ultimately directs our emotional response, which can include feelings of fear, anger, depression and attraction.


Our basic emotions and hormonal balance are in response to the most basic smells. This makes scents very powerful in our day-to-day lives because they’re a direct pathway to memory and emotion — which is why they can fight depression and anxiety. Here are my top for essential oils for depression:


1. Bergamot


Bergamot oil is a great antidepressant because it’s very stimulating. Bergamot can create a feeling of joy, freshness and energy by improving the circulation of your blood. It’s also shown the ability to work as a natural remedy for anxiety, as a 2011 study in Thailand found that bergamot lowered the anxiety response in rats. (1)


Another 2011 study hypothesizes that applying a blended essential oil that includes bergamot to participants helps treat depression. The blended essential oil mixed bergamot with lavender essential oil, and participants were analyzed based on their blood pressure, pulse rates, breathing rates and skin temperature. In addition, subjects had to rate their emotional condition in terms of relaxation, vigor, calmness, attentiveness, mood and alertness in order to assess behavioral changes.


Compared with the placebo, blended essential oil caused significant decreases of pulse rate and blood pressure. At the emotional level, subjects in the blended essential oil group rated themselves as “more calm” and “more relaxed” than subjects in the control group. The investigation demonstrates the relaxing effect of a mixture of lavender and bergamot oils, and it provides evidence for its use in medicine for treating depression or anxiety in humans. (2)


You can use bergamot oil by rubbing two to three drops into your hands and cupping your mouth and nose. Breathe in the oil slowly. Try rubbing the oil on your feet and stomach, too.


2. Lavender


Lavender oil benefits mood and has long been used to help battle depression. A study published by the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice reported that 80-milligram

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capsules of lavender essential oil can help alleviate anxiety and depression. The study also showed that there were no adverse side effects from using lavender oil to treat anxiety and depression. This is great news since we know that synthetic medications and psychotropic drugs often have many negative side effects. (3)


A 2012 study published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice evaluatd 28 women at high risk for postpartum depression and found that by diffusing lavender in their home, they had a significant reduction of postnatal depression and reduced anxiety disorder after a four-week treatment plan of lavender aromatherapy. (4)


Yet another study showcasing that lavender aromatherapy improves mood was done on people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can result in depression. Lavender had amazing results, showing signs of enhanced moods. The results revealed that the lavender oil, when used daily, helped decrease depression by 32.7 percent and dramatically decreased sleep disturbances, moodiness and overall health status in 47 people suffering from PTSD. (5)


To relieve stress and improve sleep, put a diffuser by your bed and diffuse oils while you sleep at night or in the family room while you’re reading or winding down in the evening. Also, it can be rubbed topically behind your ears for the same benefits.


Top four essential oils for depression - Dr. Axe

3. Roman Chamomile


Chamomile is one the best medicinal herbs for fighting stress and promoting relaxation. This is why you see chamomile as a popular ingredient in candles and other aromatherapy products, whether in tea, tincture or essential oil form.


Chamomile benefits your emotions by providing soothing qualities to help with depression. According to research from Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine and Pharmacognosy Review, inhaling chamomile vapors using chamomile oil is often recommended as a natural remedy for anxiety and general depression. (6, 7)


4. Ylang Ylang


Ylang ylang may have a funny name, but it has amazing benefits for helping stave off depression and negative emotions associated with depression. Inhaling ylang ylang can have immediate, positive effects on your mood and act like a mild, remedy for depression. Research shows it can help release negative emotions such as anger, low self-esteem and even jealousy! (8)


Ylang ylang works because of its mild sedative effects, which can lower stress responses helping you relax. To enhance confidence, mood and self-love, try diffusing the oil in your home or massaging it into your skin.


Depression by the Numbers


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, conducted a survey in 2013 on mental behavior disorders. It covered both residents of households (persons living in houses/townhouses, apartments, condominiums; civilians living in housing on military bases; etc.) and persons in non-institutional group quarters (e.g., shelters, rooming/boarding houses, college dormitories, migratory workers’ camps, halfway houses). They noted that major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S..


According to the World Health Organization (WHO, 2010), major depression also carries the heaviest burden of disability among mental and behavioral disorders. In 2013, an estimated 15.7 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. This represented 6.7 percent of all U.S. adults.


Among adults aged 18 or older in 2013, 10 million (4.2 percent) had serious mental illness (SMI) in the past year. The percentage of adults in 2013 with any mental illness (AMI) in the past year was highest for adults aged 26 to 49 (21.5 percent), followed by those aged 18 to 25 (19.4 percent), then by those aged 50 or older (15.3 percent). Women aged 18 or older were more likely than men aged 18 or older to have AMI (22.3 vs. 14.4 percent) and SMI (4.9 vs. 3.5 percent) in 2013. And to add to these shocking numbers, in 2013, there were 2.6 million youths aged 12 to 17 (10.7 percent) who had major depressive episode (MDE) during the past year. The most common reason that youths aged 12 to 17 gave for receiving specialty mental health services in 2013 was feeling depressed (50.2 percent). (9, 10)


The causes of depression are numerous as well. Chronic stress, emotional problems from the past, hormonal imbalances, alcohol, poor diet causing nutritional deficiencies, lack of sun exposure, toxins in the body and food allergies are all contributing causes.


One of the most common ways that people are treated for depression is through prescription medication. While everyone’s situation is different, it’s all too often that these meds have serious side effects, such as suicidal thoughts, weight gain and unusual personality changes.


A government study that was published in the Washington Post stated: “Antidepressants fail to cure the symptoms of major depression in half of all patients with the disease even if they receive the best possible care.” (11) While I’m not suggesting that all meds cause this problem and I want to make it clear that you should talk to a doctor immediately if you feel you’re suffering from depression, I do believe that it’s possible to treat depression through other means, like the essential oils for depression mentioned above.


A 2008 study with 58 hospice patients presented some interesting conclusions regarding the effectiveness of essential oils for depression. The hospice patients were given hand massages once a day for one week with an essential oil blend in 1.5 percent dilution with sweet almond oil. The essential oil blend consisted of these essential oils in equal ratios:


  • bergamot C. aurantium var. bergamia
  • frankincense Boswellia carterii (Birdw.)
  • lavender Lavandula angustifolia (Mill.)

All patients who received the aromatherapy hand massage reported less pain and depression with the conclusion that aromatherapy massage with this essential oil blend is more effective for pain and depression management than massage alone. (12)


Depression by the numbers - Dr. Axe

How to Use Essential Oils for Depression


There are several ways you can use essential oils for depression.


To relieve stress while improving sleep, put a diffuser by your bed and diffuse oils while you sleep at night. You can also rub topically behind your ears, on the back of the neck, your tummy and bottoms of the feet.


The right oils can make a great massage oil, whether you have a full body massage or just use self-massage techniques. Below is a great recipe that you can try!


Lavender and Chamomile Massage Blend for Depression


INGREDIENTS:


  • 20–30 drops pure lavender essential oil
  • 20–30 drops pure chamomile essential oil

DIRECTIONS:


  1. Blend all ingredients well into a glass jar.
  2. Massage into your entire body, or take it to your masseuse and ask him or her to use it, 2–3 times per month.
  3. You can also use hand and neck massage oil daily or even massage into the bottoms of your feet at night before going to bed.

Essential Oils for Depression Risks


Use any essential oils sparingly, whether internally or topically. High levels might cause reactions and sensitivity, so be sure to do a skin patch check before using on a regular basis. You also want to use caution if you take blood pressure medications or have an existing heart condition. Always talk to your doctor before beginning any new treatment.


It’s important to make sure that any essential oils you choose are 100 percent pure. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, check with your doctor first. While most oils are safe for children, please do proper research and review with your physician.


Original article and pictures take http://draxe.com/essential-oils-for-depression/ site


воскресенье, 23 июля 2017 г.

Tiny transgressions that erode an excellent marriage - Anna Rosenblum Palmer

Tiny transgressions that erode an excellent marriage - Anna Rosenblum Palmer
Tiny transgressions that erode an excellent marriage - Anna Rosenblum Palmer

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Maintaining a happy marriage requires communication, team work, flexibilityin the bedroom and in the world outside of it. This post is about none of that. It is about the little things. The tiny transgressions that work so slowly to undermine the foundation of your marriage that you don’t even know that they are eroding things. If you look out for these little things you might just avoid the way the upset can upset your relationship.


When you choose share your life, bed, car, and dishwasher with someone else there are four eyes, four hands and two ways to do everything. Here are the steps to take to make sure the most irritating irritants don’t derail you.


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    Figure out what is happening most frequently, let go of the outliers.
    The list of things that we do that irritate each other is pretty long. When things are going well we let almost all of them drift away. Here is a sampling of what we do to annoy each other. How we load the dishwasher, which screen is displayed on the car dashboard, where we put our keys on the counter, whether we yell for each other’s attention, how many tabs are open on my laptop, how long we take at the grocery store, how much crap is on our bedside table, which way to fold the shirts, which beer glasses can be on the open shelf, how we load the car for travel, which route we drive to the airport, whether we buy scented trash bags, leaving lights on, where the mail goes…and so many more. The first step we took it cease our squabbling was to ignore the things that aren’t regular problems. The route to the airport, the beer glasses, and loading the car for travel got shelved (along with the beer glasses with black font only.) What’s left on the list? How we load the dishwasher, which screen is displayed on the car dashboard, where we put our keys on the counter, whether we yell for each other’s attention, how many tabs are open on my laptop, how long we take at the grocery store, how much crap is on our bedside table, which way to fold the shirts, which beer glasses can be on the open shelf, how we load the car for travel, which route we drive to the airport, whether we buy scented trash bags, leaving lights on, where the mail goes.
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    Back off the other person’s territory.
    In our case my laptop (Steve hates the tabs) and his bedside table (it really is his space) get cut from the list. In a co-joined life we really need to be able to carve out and control some things. Laptops and bedside tables are two of them. What’s left on the list? How we load the dishwasher, which screen is displayed on the car dashboard, where we put our keys on the counter, whether we yell for
    Cat Spraying No More
    each other’s attention, how many tabs are open on my laptop, how long we take at the grocery store, how much crap is on our bedside table, which way to fold the shirts, whether we buy scented trash bags, leaving lights on, where the mail goes.
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    Use the toilet seat test.
    At first glance it seems anti-feminist that the default toilet seat position is the one that favors the woman. Why should the ladies have all the love in the lav? A deeper dive reveals the toilet seat test…the cost to one party (sitting in cold pee) is much greater than the other (lifting the seat with a single finger). In the case of yelling for each other’s attention (or the kids’) it is Steve that suffers more. I sit on my butt and scream. If he is closer than I think I hurt his already damaged hearing. In this case a blow to his health seriously trumps the cost of me standing up and finding my family.
  4. Keys.
    Understand where the other person is coming from. Celebrate the way the quirks improve your life. The fact that he wanders the aisles of the grocery store as if he is seeing each item for the first time drives me batty. I am impatient. He is fastidious. Yet, since Steve does 70% of the shopping and 90% of the cooking in our house I have decided to let him camp out in the grocery store as long as he likes. It may mean I have to bide my time, but at least I have great food to eat while I am waiting. Steve likes to drop his sunglasses and keys on the end of the kitchen counter as he walks in. It is simple. I spend a lot of time making our kitchen look good (after all I manage the beer glasses carefully). After 200 or so times I asked him if he would drop his stuff somewhere else because a clean counter is particularly important to my mental health. Because he loves me, and secretly loves a clean counter, his keys land on the shelf near the side door.
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    What works for the world, or the household.
    Sometimes a greater issue can break a stalemate. I like it light at night. Steve likes it dark. Our feelings on the issue are about equal. So the planet wins. As for the mail…I like to stash it in the office out of sight (remember the clean counters…) However, the bills sometimes went unpaid and the piles began to look like Pisa. So the mail stays out and gets dealt with… As for the dishes it is a case of fast versus fastidious again. I like to cram things in and run it. Steve likes to solve the dishwasher like a puzzle. After having to handwash plates post wash cycle I have pretty much seen the benefit of Steve’s method. Plus I like puzzles.
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    Give in to the passion.
    If one person cares a whole hell of a lot for no reason and the other person cares only a little bit the crazy person should win. There will be NO scented trash bags in our house. They make me sick.
  7. Listen to reason. Steve folds the shirts in half…then deals with the arms then in half again. I deal with both arms then make a square shape. After years of arguing for the aesthetics of my way…and both of us folding his shirts one way and mine the other I finally admitted that his way was faster. Don’t tell.
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    Make it a win-win.
    Steve likes to drive with the tire pressure displayed on the dashboard. Perhaps it is because he has run over the same cub three times and had to replace six tires as a result. There is just no saying. I prefer just about any other display. So we just split it. When I drive I look at something quirky…like mileage. Steve can spend as much time on PSI as the NFL and I keep my mouth shut. Mostly. I’m calling this a win-win. On off days it might feel like a lose lose. But isn’t it easier to push a button to switch the display than push each other’s button?

Guess what I am getting him for his stocking this Christmas?


What are your triggers? Which ones can you ditch?


Original article and pictures take http://annarosenblumpalmer.com/tiny-transgression-erode-excellent-marriage/ site