How to make soap

How to make soap

How to make soap

Long ago my dad offered me a chemical box
And one of the tricks you could do
Was make your own soap

Wow, that sounded exciting

Being in an experimental mood
I remember the boiler exploded in my face
Because I did not read the manual

So… you better be warned
This is not for kids

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The basics

Making soap is a chemical reaction.
You need some ingredients and a method.

The ingredients.

You need oil (or fat) and lye.

First the oil. You can use palm oil, coconut oil, soybean oil and even cocoa butter. Let us take several cups for each type and fill with oil or butter.

Then the lye. Make sure to have it all ready and put it in different cups.

Add fragrance and color.

The methods

There are different ways to make soap.
And each method has its own fans.

The easiest one is the Melt and Pour process. Melt pre-made blocks of soap and add your own fragrance. Lavender officinalis in our case .

The most common method is the Cold Process. Soap is made from scratch with oils and lye.

Then the hot process (the one I used in my experiment as a kid) were the ingredients are heated … Just beware it is a chemical and thus dangerous process. Make sure to protect your eyes when using this method. And… follow the order of instructions… uh!

And finally, the Rebatching. A method where bars of soap are grinded with milk or water, and re-blended.

Sounds easy, no?

DIY

How to make soap
How to make soap, a course

Combine lye water and oils, eventually you can replace water with milk and use some natural oils and colorants on top of it. Use one of the four methods at your convenience.

For those who are really hooked, I suggest you follow a course with the hot method.

The Hot Soap Making course is a Complete Guide. Unlike The More Traditional Way Of Making Handmade Soap, This Is A Faster, Easier And More Predictable Way To Make Soap. The course includes 60+ Photos with 6 Bonuses Including Video.

Good to know

What is saponification ?

A video

How to make soap at home

Recipes

You will find many tutorials and recipes on the net. One of my favorite blogs is the 22 basic soap making recipes.

To your success!

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How to relieve stress fast?

How to relieve stress fast

There is no miracle solution!

Some people struggle to find an outlet while under stress.
Others think that doing fun activities will not reduce their stress issued from problems they tackle under career, social or personal pressure.

Which is a poor way to cope with the devastating consequences of stress.

Therapist around the world agree that fun activities like games, sports and art are helping people with their physical and behavioral problems. And many of those activities are used in stress management clinics as part of a routine treatment.

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What are those relieving activities?

Mind games

Stress affects the mental functions of an individual.

Mind games offer an alternative which allow stressed persons to divert their thought patterns to productive ones.

It is indeed primordial to teach a person to focus his mind on positive thoughts rather than dwelling on negative ones.

Many clinics encourage their patients to solve crossword puzzles and Sudoku. It is a way to divert attention, to switch of. And logical functions are put to the test with the Rubik’s Cube, Scrabble or Bridge.

You can easily incorporate these games into your daily routine to divert your mind from daily problems.

Sports

Stress affects the physical functions of an individual.

Engaging in sports is a great way to relieve stress.

Physical exercises can help your body to balance biological and muscular functions. It is a way to rejuvenate muscles that are tight due to stress.

Playing sports provides an outlet for emotional problems like anxiety, depression, irritation, anger, sadness, loneliness.

You can opt for team sports like basket, soccer or beach ball. They provide you with great socializing functions.
Or you can opt for individual sports like swimming, tennis or golf. Focus will be to win the game and to shape your own performance.

Go for a walk and Workout

Gym can be beneficial for your emotional, mental and physical health. Especially when you are stressed.

The routine exercise from your gym instructor will help you focus on the tasks at hand and allow your body to release chemicals and hormones that are good for your physiological well-being.

Specific exercises like cardiovascular workout will strengthen your heart and help you to avoid stress related problems like strokes, high-blood pressure, chest pains and rapid heart beat. The exercices will provide a steady circulation in your system that benefit your muscles with the fresh oxygen supply provided by these hearty fluids.

Best is to adopt a proper diet too. Fresh fruits and vegetables improve your digestion and supply your body with the required nutrients.

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Conclusion

A healthy dose of mental activities, physical exercise and a balanced diet can help to improve your health and avoid the signs and symptom of stress that destroy your health.
Better prevent than cure…!

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Sports sunglasses

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Sports sunglasses

The making of sunglasses goes back to the roman emperor Nero. It is said he used polished light emerald green gems to watch gladiators. The invention of sunglasses was much later.

The first glasses were worn in the twelfth century by Judges in chinese courts. The smoky quartz was used to hide the expression in their eyes.

Italy developped its first glasses in 1430 and by 1600 people realised the benefit for eldery people.

In the mid 18th Century, James Ayscough developed blue and green corrective lenses for correcting optical impairments. The start of a colored view!

The problems for developing glasses were manyfold:
How to keep the glasses on the nose
How to use sidepieces
How to hold the glasses

A long story of trial and error that leaded to our modern glasses.

And it was in 1929 that Sam Foster launched his brand with the first mass-produced sunglasses for walkers on the beaches of Atlantic ity and New Jersey.

Followed in 1930 by Bausch & Lomb who developped sunglasses to reduce high-altitude sun glare for pilots. The military took in! A dark green tint that absorbed light to its yellow spectrum.

Later Edward H. Land invented the Polaroid filter and used it in sunglasses. And Ray Ban applied polarization for his anti-glare sunglasses.

The niche boomed. Everybody wanted sunglasses. Design, fashion and stars developped their own brands.

And people started protecting their eyes from the harmful effects of the Ultra Violet (UV) rays of the sun and the blue light of screen, computers and tablets.

Today many professions have their own protective glasses, from sporters to pilots.

Some keepers!

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Spring, Nature VS Insect Repellents

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Spring, Nature VS Insect Repellents

Most of us see spring as a exceptional season. It is a time for renewal. Everything is fresh and brand new. New baby animals are being born, like fawns and bunnies.

So many colors are springing up with fresh new flowers, beautiful red roses, vibrant violet lavender plants, and many more. Not to mention the eye opening, deep green, new grass. All the wonderful sights and smells makes this a great season to have on this beautiful earth.

Be Cautious

However, just as much as spring is a glorious time it can also be a very annoying time. As there are brand new things being born and springing up there is also those pesky insects and bugs being born and coming out of hiding as well. Bugs and insects like mosquitoes, fleas, spiders, ticks, and even flies.

Being annoying is only one small problem with these types of bugs and insects. The bigger problems with these are they can also carry diseases, like tick fever, Malaria, and even yellow fever. This is why it is so important that in this beautiful season we make sure to take precautions against these insects and bugs.

Now you can always go to your local retail store and buys chemical products to help keep these bugs at bay. You know the usual things like OFF or Citronella candles. But do you realize by buying these type of products you could be doing just as much harm to yourself as these bugs can be doing to you?

I mean stop and think about it for a minute. These products have a horrible smell that comes from all the chemicals they use. And if you have ever used a product like OFF, then you know after using it your skin feels kinda sticky.

Why? Well that is those wonderful chemicals they are using to either kill the bugs or ward them off. Now here is the kicker of it, those chemicals are going into your body! Yes those chemicals are now soaking through your skin and into your system. Hmm right!

Well the Citronella candles you don’t apply to yourself so they can’t be harmful can they? Sorry to say but yes they can still be very harmful. You breathe in the chemicals that it puts off in the air and this is still entering your body.

Some pretty scary thoughts right! I don’t know about you, but for me I have set out to find better ways to fight off these harmful bugs without doing more harm to me. So you want to know what I have found?

Natural Solutions

You can take a deep breathe there is good news! You can fight off these pests in an all natural and safe way. Nature has provided us with several great tools.

Nature’s Tools

  • Lavender plants
  • Vanilla
  • Lemon grass
  • Petunias
  • Marigolds
  • Rosemary
  • Oregano

These are just a small handful of natural plants and flowers that can help fight off bugs like spiders, mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.

Although most of us thoroughly enjoy the smell of these, bugs and insects often hate the smell and look of these plants. And in the end they have more of a tendency to avoid areas that have these plants/flowers in them.

Don’t have room for flower beds? No worries there! Some of these nature’s tools can also be found in essential oils as well. You can take these oils and spray or apply them to your body as well. And because these are all natural this is completely safe (unless you are allergic, then please do not apply)

That’s right these essential oils can work just as effectively as live plants. Not to mention with the oils you can also pour them in a small container and spread them around the inside of your house to help ward off these harmful and pesky bugs as well.

Which One Will You Choose?

Now that leaves you with making a choice. When spring starts rolling in are you going to go into a retail store and buy one of these products like OFF and Citronella candles? Yes these will help you ward off pesky and dangerous bugs. However, at the same time could be just as harmful if not more so to you.

Or does nature’s way sound more like a better option to you? Not only will you have a glorious looking yard, but you will also free of chemicals and pest free. Better for your health and fabulous smells!

©️ Melissa Hazlett

When Third Eye is active

When your third eye is active

Become aware…

When your Third Eye is active
you have super intelligence

Beyond daily reality

When your two eyes are active
You worry about the external reality

The one we face daily

What are we  going to buy
Who is going to pay

the bank balance becomes reality
because it is externally oriented

What happened to the internal oriented reality?

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When your third eye is active
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