4 uses of cypress essential oil

Cypress Essential Oil

 1. Respiratory healer.

Cypress antispasmodic and antiseptic properties make it a useful oil for treating respiratory complaints.

Using cypress in a room vapouriser  while you sleep is a gentle and shooting cure for congestion.

For a spasmodic cough – massage the chest and neck with 5 drops of cypress oil and 2 drops of cedarwood oil in 30 ml of grapeseed oil. This will have a drying effect on phlegm and cedarwood is an expectorant.

Congestion – add 1-2 drops of cypress and rosemary oil to a room vapouriser at night when suffering from congestion.

2. Deodorising 

Sweet-smeling feet – Combat sweatring feet by blending:

-10 drops cypress

-12 drops peppermint

-8 drops citronella

-100 gr talcum unscented powder

Leave for a few days than add to your sport shoes or trainers.

Kitchen cleaner – use cypress’s antibacterial action and clean. Add several drops of cypress oil to a bowl of water to rinse down surfaces.

3. To tone circulation and fluids

Cypress has a balancing action on the body’s fluids and tone the circulation.

Flush away toxins with a full body massage containing 4 drops each of cypress and fennel oil and 2 drops of juniper oil blended in 30 ml sweet almond oil.

Try a pebbles footbath for an effective remedy for swollen feet and ankles. Place smooth round pebbles in a bowl of warm water and add 1-2 drop each of cypress and lavender oil. Roll the soles of your feet over the pebbles.

4. Cypress for the monthly cicle

Cypress is tonifying for the uterus, giving  relief from  painful periods.

Painful flow  – reduce the excesive and painful flow by gently massaging the abdomen and lower back during the last two weeks of the menstrual cycle. Use a blend of:

  • 4 drops cypress
  • 3 drops geranium
  • 3 drops rose
  • 30 ml carrier oil
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Must-have essential oils for pain relief

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Peppermint

Peppermint is a natural painkiller and muscle relaxant. It has cooling and calming effect when applied to sore muscles. Dilute with a carrier oil before application to avoid any skin sensitivity.

Basil

Helps reduce feelings of tension. Basil’s analgesic properties provides relief from pain. May also help us gals ease monthly discomfort. Dilute with a carrier oil and apply topically to desired area.

Thyme

Relaxes the body and works well on joint and muscle pain. Dilute with a carrier oil and apply topically to desired area

Wintergreen

Acts as a natural analgesic and has a warming effect when applied on the skin. Once applied topically, it gets absorbed quickly and acts like a natural numbing agent. Dilute with a carrier oil and apply to desired area.

You can use one essential oil or a combination, find what works best for your body and pain.

 

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5 Easy Home Remedies For Hyperpigmentation

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Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition where brown to gray-brown patches appear on the face. While the exact cause is not known, exposure to the sun is considered a trigger.

How Can You Prevent It?

While there is no guaranteed cure for hyperpigmantation, you can prevent it to a great extent by protecting yourself adequately from the sun.Wearing a sunscreen every day and reapplying it every two hours, wearing wide-brimmed hats when outside are believed to give you the protection you need.

Home Remedies

1) Lemon Juice

The acidic nature of lemon juice, along with vitamin C, help remove the outer layer of the skin–the hyperpigmented skin in this case–thus making it a natural skin lightener.

How To Use

  • Extract the juice from one fresh lemon.
  • Apply it on the affected areas and gently rub it around for one minute.
  • Leave it on for about 15 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
  • Use twice a day for three weeks.

2) Apple Cider Vinegar

How To Use

  • Mix one part apple cider vinegar and one part water.
  • Apply this solution on the melasma spots and allow it to air dry.
  • Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
  • Gently pat dry the skin.
  • Use once a day.

3) Turmeric

The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. It has antioxidant and skin-lightening properties. Turmeric can also reduce the melanin content in the skin and help fight hyperpigmentation.

How To Use

  • Mix five tablespoons of turmeric powder with 10 tablespoons of milk to make a paste. (Use whole milk as it has lactic acid and calcium that help exfoliate and soften the skin)
  • Add one tablespoon of gram flour to thicken the mixture.
  • Apply this paste evenly on the affected area.
  • Allow it to dry keeping it for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.
  • Do it once every day.

4) Aloe Vera

How To Use

  • Cut open an aloe vera leaf and extract the fresh gel.
  • Apply the gel thoroughly on the affected area and gently massage for one or two minutes.
  • Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Then wash it off with lukewarm water.
  • Do this twice a day for a few weeks.

5) Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a natural exfoliating agent. It can effectively remove brown spots on the face and dissolve dead skin.

How To Use

  • Mix together two tablespoons of oatmeal powder, two tablespoons of milk and one tablespoon of honey.
  • Apply it on the affected area.
  • Wait 20 minutes and rub off the mixture with water.
  • Pat the face dry with a clean towel.
  • Do this twice or thrice a week for a month.

 

 

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Salmon and asparagus

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A quick and easy dinner. You need only a few ingredients for this healthy meal.

Ingredients:

  • salmon filet
  • green asparagus
  • olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

Coat the salmon and asparagus with olive oil, add a few drops of lemon juice, season with salt and pepper. Then, place the salmon and asparagus on  parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.

Dinner is ready!

7 attractions in Catania (Sicily)

 

 Visit the city of Catania

Sicily’s second largest city after Palermo, Catania is known for its Baroque buildings. Founded by Ionian Greeks in 729 BC, Catania prospered as an agricultural center and remained so after it became a Roman colony. Eclipsed by Syracuse and Palermo in the Byzantine and Arab periods, it regained its importance as a trading and seafaring power under Norman rule. Spanish rulers fostered the town’s prosperity, founding a university there in 1434, but natural catastrophes befell the town: the plague in 1576, lava flows in 1669 that destroyed the western part of the town, and the great earthquake of 1693, which left the rest in ruin. The 18th-century reconstruction, much of it designed by Giovanni Battista Vaccarini, left Catania its rich legacy of Baroque buildings, which are its major attractions for tourists.

1.Piazza Duomo

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2.Basilica Cattedrale Sant’Agata

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3.Fontana dell Elephante

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4.Fontana dell Amenano

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5.Giardini Bellini (Villa Bellini)

6.Monastero dei Benedictini

10 minutes walk from the Cathedral square you find the Monastery of San Nicolò l’Arena, a late baroque monument and one of the biggest Benedictine monastery in Europe. The construction of the building started in 1500 and has continued until today. It is an example of architectonical integration of different styles through different epochs:  you can find a roman house, the cloisters and a roof garden. The monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It hosts the Department of Humanities of the University of Catania.

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7.Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943.

The “Allied Landings in Sicily Museum” (Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943) is housed in one of the buildings forming the “Ciminiere” cultural centre. The museum narrates the events that took place in Sicily from 10 July to 8 September 1943. This period is still recent history, only seventy years have passed and many senior citizens can still recount the experience. Everything that we have forgotten is now conserved in this museum which aims to protect our most precious asset: peace.

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6 Essential Oils for Mind, Body and Soul

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Essential oils have therapeutic properties that can be incorporated into your daily routine. You can add drops of these oils to your morning cup of tea, or de-stress after a crazy workday in your bath. You can also use them as incense, for massages or for direct application on cuts and bruises.

 

1-Rose Essential Oil

This essential oil is known to open the heart chakra, Rose promotes love, compassion, and an ability to experience deeper and meaningful relationships. Suffering from menstrual cramps? Mix it with almond oil.

2-Lavender Essential Oil

The spiritual nature of this essential oil is all about restoration, purification, happiness and peace. It helps alleviate depression, feelings of isolation and loneliness and brings balance to the emotional body. It works as well as a moisturizer for lips and skin.

3-Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil is an effective natural painkiller and muscle relaxant. It is especially helpful in soothing an aching back, sore muscles. This oil is great for sleep. It increases awareness and perceptive abilities

4-Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree Essential Oil is a strengthening and medicinal one relating to the root and sacral chakra. It has been used for thousands of years by the Australian Aborigines; they inhaled it from crushed leaves to cure coughs and colds and applied it to fungal and bacterial infections, cuts and burns. Spiritually it is used to bring courage and faith in hard times.

5-Pine Essential Oil

Pine essential oil has strong healing effects on the respiratory system. It relieves respiratory and bronchial ailments such as coughs, colds, bronchitis and even sore throat. Pine is also a great antioxidant and improves eye sight and protects it from age-related ailments. It can also be used as an insect repellent by pouring about 10 drops to small pieces of raw wood and placing it around drawers and closets.

6-Frankincense Essential Oil

It reduce acne when topically applied.This oil helps in re-aligning all the chakras. Frankincense oil can be used to induce feelings of inspiration, introspection, and emotional stability. This oil is useful in alleviating chronic stress and fighting anxiety. It also eases pain, inflammation, boosts immunity and frankincense may be a safe and effective remedy for treating different types of cancer.

 

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Via Appia Antica

Via Appia Antica (Old Appian Way) was once one of the world’s most important roads and the most famous of all the roads that radiated from Rome towards the far ends of the Roman Empire.

The Via Appia, originally built in 312 BC, was the brainchild of Appius Claudius Caecus, the then-censor of Rome, who was known for organizing bold public works that helped make life easier for the people of Rome.

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Appius Claudius’ most famous project was this road, which would eventually run all the way from Rome to the port city of Brindisi.

The road began as a level dirt surface upon which mortar and small stones were laid. On top of that, gravel was placed, topped with interlocking stones that would provide a flat surface for those traveling the road. Historians say the stones fit together so well that it was nearly impossible to stick a knife between them. Ditches were dug on either side of the road and were protected by retaining walls.

A 560 km long road

Via Appia began at the Circus Maximus, passing along the Baths of Caracalla, and later, the Aurelian Wall. Near Rome the road was lined with tombs.

When the road left the city, it traveled through wealthy suburbs on its way straight through the Appian Mountains and over the former Pontine Marshes to Terracina, a coastal town 56 km south of Rome. From there the Appian Way followed the western coast, eventually ending at Capua, making the original road about 210 km long.

This road achieved its goals by helping the Roman army move military supplies where they were needed in a quick manner, resulting in several victories for the army.
Sometime around 295 BC, the road was extended to Benevenutum and then, within the next five years, to Venusia and Tarentum. Eventually, the Appian Way made it all the way to the port city of Brindisi on Italy’s southeast coast, 560 km from Rome (about 350 miles)

Walking along the Via Appia

Today the Via Appia starts at the Aurelian wall, at the Porta San Sebastiano. The first part of the road is not exactly pedestrian friendly. It leads along the Quo Vadis church, the catacombs of San Callisto and the catacombs of San Sebastiano to the imposing tomb of Cecilia Metella. From here the road is paved with the authentic Roman stones. You can walk for many kilometers passing the remains of numerous historic tombs.

Villa Adriana (Tivoli)

Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli is one of the Italian UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Built by the request of the Emperor Hadrian, the Villa is a monumental living complex that even today continues to display the lavishness and enormous power of Ancient Rome.

In Tivoli, Hadrian’s Villa (Villa Adriana) was designed to be a home for the Roman Emperor Hadrian in 117 A.D. Construction began on top of the foundation of a pre-existing villa that belonged to his wife Vibia Sabina. The Villa, located 28 km (17.4 mi) from the Capital on the Monti Tiburtini, could be reached via the ancient Roman roads Tiburtina and Prenestina, or else by the River Aniene.
The area was chosen for its abundant waters and availability of four aqueducts that passed through to Rome: Anio Vetus, Anio Nobus, Aqua Marcia and Aqua Claudia.
One can still find here the sulphur water springs (the Acque Albule) that the Emperor enjoyed – today’s Tivoli Baths!

Given archaeological evidence and certain written sources, we know that the Roman villa and the domus were partitioned into different settings with precise functions and according to a scheme that is often repeated; for example, the floor-plan of Hadrian’s Villa is comparable to those of the Villa of Mysteries in Pompeii and the Villa of Poppaea in Oplontis (near Torre Annunziata). Despite the fact that the Villa utilizes traditional architectonic language and iconography, it was in any case projected in a rather different, original style.

Inside the Villa complex, one can see the Poecile, a huge garden surrounded by an arcade with a swimming pool. This area was built so that one could take walks whether it was winter or summer. Then there is the Canopus, a long water basin embellished with columns and statues that culminate in a temple topped by an umbrella dome, and the remains of two bath areas: the Grandi Terme and the Piccole Terme (the large and small baths or thermae). The former contained a frigidarium or large pool of cold water (open-air) and a round room with a coffered dome; these coffers were rather particular in that they opened into five large windows. Covered in valuable and decorative stucco, these structures were purposed for the Imperial Family and their guests.

The Grandi Terme, reserved for the personnel of the Villa, consisted of a heating system located under the floor, and a circular room outfitted as a sudatio or sauna. Noteworthy is the large vaulted-arch ceiling in the central room, still in perfect condition (structurally)  today, despite the collapse of one of the four supporting piers. Some of the – relatively – best preserved areas of the villa are the accademia, the stadio or arena, the Imperial Palace, the Philosophers’ Room, the Greek Theatre, and the Piazza d’oro, a majestic square the purpose of which was to be a “representation;” it was large enough to allow a vast peristyle decorated in refined stucco. Finally, the splendid Teatro Marittimo (Maritime Theatre) is an island of sorts elaborated with an iconic colonnade and circumscribed by a canal. This is where the Emperor isolated himself when he wanted to think amidst silence and tranquility.

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