Natural Emotional Health – Page 2

“Yarn is Oxygen for My Hands”

You may already be aware of this lovely lady but just in case you’re not… Melody Hoffman of Mandarine’s is a knitting pattern designer and natural crafter. Her designs all have the spirit of the outdoors. She also sells naturally died yarn in small batches that work beautifully with her patterns.

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Print your Own – Rose Cards

As you have probably guessed, I really love to take photos. We have a great Botanical Garden here in town and I have a great time just walking around and shooting blooms and plants. The roses there are great! Continue Reading →

Foot Scrub with Essential Oils

I don’t know about you, but my continuously bare feet are looking a bit rough about this time of the summer. I knew I needed a little intervention and, of course, a handmade solution is the one for me. I looked through lots of recipes but decided to go at it myself.

The ingredients are:

  • 1 1/2 cups Coarse Sea Salt (I love that this Coarse Sea Salt has a pink tint to it. Pretty!)
  • 1/3 Sweet Almond Oil
  • 3-5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (I used the full 5 drops for mine, I like a stronger aroma.)
  • 3-5 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil (I find Cedarwood essential oil to have a woodsy, calming aroma. A good mix with Peppermint.)

To find out more about essential oils, click here!

Pour the sea salt into a bowl.

Add the sweet almond oil and mix.

Add essential oils and mix again. Spoon into a pretty jar.

To use, simply wet your feet and rub it around all over your feet. After a good scrubbing, rinse well. To keep this pampering going, slather on coconut oil, shea butter lotion, or a good natural lotion you have on hand. Pull on cozy socks and let the lotion soak in over night. Simple right? But a great solution to summer flip-flop feet.



Teaching Kids to Knit

I have been knitting for several years now and truly love doing it. I hadn’t really thought about teaching Malcolm to knit until I started reading and thinking about what is involved in the craft. There is so much more to it than just making a scarf or a sweater. The following is an excerpt of an article on children and knitting:

“What occurs when a child sets about to knit? Needles are held in both hands, with each hand assigned its respective activity. Laterality is immediately established, as well as the eye’s control over the hand. From the outset, the child is asserting a degree of control over his will. The right needle must enter a rather tightly-wound loop of yarn on the left needle, weave it through and pull it away, in the process tying a knot. Only a steady, controlled hand can accomplish such a feat, so the power of concentration is awakened — indeed, there is no other activity performed by seven or eight year-olds that can evoke such a degree of attentiveness as knitting.” – Discover Waldorf Education: Knitting and Intellectual Development: The Role of Handwork in the Waldorf Curriculum from the Millenial Child Blog