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The Zest of Mustard

Mustard, the simple condiment we use to top our hot dogs and hamburgers, has so much more to it than just being part of our summer cook-outs. The bright yellow topping holds great value for your health, too. The zesty spice  has been cultivated around the world for centuries. In the past, it has been used a healing herb by the Chinese, Greeks, and in Ayurvedic medicine.

The seeds are where the most valuable aspects of mustard lie. By crushing them and mixing them with a liquid, many of its healing properties are activated, including its antiseptic, antibacterial, and antiviral abilities.

Mustard can aid in digestion, ease an upset stomach, and be effective as a laxative, making it especially beneficial to have around during our warm-weather picnics. It can also increase blood flow to the surface of the skin, which can relieve some symptoms of rheumatism, sciatica, and muscles aches and pains. There are also cases where mustard has been used to treat chest colds, coughing, and hiccups.

It is important to keep in mind, when using mustard, that it can be quite powerful. There is the possibility of skin irritation and inflammation, thus it should not be applied as an undiluted oil directly to the skin nor should it be left on for more than 10 minutes.

This summer, as you top your favorite dishes with mustard, make sure to keep in mind all the many ways this zesty spice can improve your own and your friends’ and family members’ health!

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Jazzy Jasmine

The sensual and exotic fragrance of jasmine flowers are what Cleopatra used to woo Mark Antony. In India, jasmine is revered as sacred to Vishnu and the flowers are often strung into garlands for votive offerings in religious ceremonies.  Jasmine, is used in many fine perfumes. It is very time consuming and uses a large amount of Jasmine flowers to produce a small amount.

Jasmine’s essential oil is useful in relieving symptoms of many ailments. Known as an aphrodisiac, jasmine can aid in resolving impotence in men and frigidity in women. It is also a uterine tonic reducing menstrual cramps and has the ability to strengthen contractions making it one of the best oils used in child birth.

Jasmine also is very beneficial to the nervous system as it is a great stress reliever. The uplifting aroma of jasmine is soothing to the nerves and can help with depression.

This beautiful flower also has many benefits for the skin. It is great at helping with the reduction of wrinkles and helps with softening scars and smoothing skin by increasing the skin’s elasticity.It also has antiseptic and expectorant properties which make it beneficial in fighting infections of the throat and chest.

Whether you use it in a diffuser, as a balm, or mixed with a carrier oil, I hope you will take the time to enjoy all the many benefits of the sensual and exotic scent of Jasmine.

Visit Laina’s website Mother’s Nature Store and Consultations to view handcrafted, high quality balms and soaps containing jasmine and other essential oils.

Hello Sexy! Balm

Hello Sexy! Balm available at Mother’s Nature Store