Sunday, March 28, 2010

Zora Neale Hurston

I have another blog that I use to express other interests that I have. My second love being literature, this is dedicated to Zora Neale Hurston one of my favorite authors. I have studied much about her life and her work. Although she passed in obscurity, people now recognize the gem that she was. Her research and interst in folklore, anthropology and sociology are to be commended.

Bit-O'-Herbs: Chamomile

Singing its Praises: Egyptians use to worship Chamomile for its healing properties. Greek physicians used it to cure fevers and female disorders. Many beauty salons offer their customers chamomile tea to relax the facial muscles before their treatments.

Parts of the Plant: The leaves, when dried, are especially useful in potpourri as their apple-like scent is long lasting. The active ingredients for teas, compresses and baths of Chamomile are found in the yellow center of the flower. To active, boil for 20 min.

Uses and Remedies: Yellow chamomile flowers(Anthemis tinctoria) may be boiled for a strong yellow-brown dye. You may infuse the flowers to make your tonics, teas, etc. Also, as a cosmetic remedy, try infusing it as a facial steam. It is said to soften and reduce the redness of irritated skin. Herbal eye pillows with chamomile will inflammation and reduce dark circles.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Crystal-Clear: Moonstone


Moonstone is inextricably linked to the moon and all qualities that we think about the moon... especially knowledge as it is linked to intuition and the subconscious. It also affects mentrual cycles, which are also in accordance with the ebb and flow of the moon. In the case of headaches caused by food, moonstone may be used to relieve symptoms.

In the Zodiac:

The zodiac sign Cancer rules this stone, as Cancer rules intuition and empathy. Also, Moonstone tends to calm overreactions and sensitivities (touchiness if you will) to which Pisces may be apt. It is a feminine stone, as a water sign crystal, and is associated with psychic and cleansing abilities.