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Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to one cup of rose water. This can be used to tone oily skin, as well as after shampooing to restore the hair’s acid balance.

Rose Vinegar:

1 cup vinegar

1 tablespoon fresh or dried rose flowers

1 cup purified water

Heat the rose flowers with the vinegar and water. Bring to a boil and steep for 30 minutes. After cooling, place mixture in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and let sit for two weeks. Strain the rose flowers from the vinegar and use the liquid for bath, hair rinse, or facial soak.

For a vinegar facial soak, heat the rose vinegar slowly until it is a comfortable temperature to apply to the skin. Soak a clean, warm washcloth in the vinegar and lay over the face for five minutes, each time redipping the washcloth to reapply. For best results, keep the washcloth on the skin for a total of 20 minutes. This is an excellent exfoliant and skin stimulant.

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It appears that what accounts most for successful aging is simply a good attitude, a lust for living, resilience, an optimistic outlook, and an active lifestyle.

I have been lucky to have some really good role models in this area. My mother paid so little attention to how old she was that when she was asked her age, she always had to calculate back from the year she was born. Hence, the message was that it wasn’t important enough to walk around with it in your head, and it wasn’t anything to hide or be ashamed of. I’ve always thought if you lie about your age, then people may think you look really bad for the age you claim to be.

We are very fortunate in this day and age to know that we can look and be terrific until the day we die.

There are so many fantastic role models out there for us. Examples are Katharine Hepburn, Margaret Thatcher, and Georgia O’Keeffe.

How it used to be

According to Den Dychtwald, the author of Age Wave, “Throughout 99 percent of all the years that humans have walked this planet, the life expectancy was under 18 years. We have never before had a mass population of older people. Until very recently, most people didn’t age, they died.” [Den Dychtwald, Age Wave, Los Angeles, CA, and New York, NY: J. P. Tarcher Publisher, 1989.]

He continues, “How drastic an effect this will have on our lives and the traditional or middle-class values and mentalities. Life used to be so linear. You graduated from school; you maybe lost a few years dating, going to Europe, or tripping around in jobs; then you settled down and got married, bought a house, had a baby, spent 20-30 years raising them; and then if you were really lucky, you had a pension and you retired.”

More options today

Life for all of us can be much more promising, much more interesting, and much more flexible than that scenario. Many baby boomers have lived a 20 to 30-year adolescence, not really committing to jobs, children, or spouses. No generation before us has ever had such an extended youth and the opportunities available to enjoy true health and wealth. We have been offered so many options by this extended life span.

Aging really is all in your perception. Think you’re old and you are. Think you’re young and you are. I have seen so many people hit 40 and you can almost see them age and collapse before your very eyes in the length of time it takes them to tell you the sad story of how awful it is. And the entire time I’m thinking, “Hmm, two months ago you weren’t that much younger, but you sure were a lot more interesting, a lot more fun. I don’t get it; you’re only two months older than you were last time I saw you, and your life didn’t look so bleak then.”

It’s just getting stuck in your own negative and small universe. Open up! Smile! Do what makes you happy! Take excellent care of yourself, love yourself, and treat yourself to what you know will make you look and feel better. Take control, quit whining, get busy, and help someone less fortunate than yourself.

Whining about your age should be one of the mortal sins; forbidding it should be the eleventh commandment. After Buddha said, “Be a lamp unto yourself,” I think he should have added, “Thank God every morning for the continued gift of life.”

Whining about your age is spitting in the Creator’s face; it’s saying, “Hey, I’m sad you let me continue to live.” I mean, if death is sad, then shouldn’t life be good? Isn’t that why we celebrate birthdays? Hey, one more year. Thank you, God. I am going to get with my close friends and celebrate my good fortune of continued life.

Complaining about age doesn’t make sense. It is not even a problem, therefore it cannot have a solution.

Now, I am not saying people can’t whine about not feeling good, health problems, and life’s frustrations. But to complain only because you haven’t died yet is ridiculous.

Another theory

My theory on age is that since we have a life expectancy of at least ten more years than when we did when we were born, we can employ this: If you are 50, well, then you are really only 40, and if you are 40, 30, and if you are 30, you are only 20. It’s all in your head, so employ my theory and feel ten years younger. It’s the truth, you really do have ten more years, so start enjoying your windfall now, today! Why wait until the ten years between 80 and 90? Get your extra ten years in now.

Baby boomers are the luckiest generation ever. Up until the early 1970s, turning 30 was a drastic sign of aging for a woman, and God forbid if you hadn’t snagged a husband yet. You were too old to have children. I escaped the dreaded aging game, which is demonstrated by the old saying, “A beautiful woman dies twice, once when she loses her looks and again when they bury her.”

Perhaps I never thought of myself as the least bit attractive; I knew “my good looks” were not going to open doors for me. Good looks do open doors, and they get you invited in, but I don’t think they get you invited back for the important events. So I figured I had to develop my brains. I had the good fortune of teachers, counselors, and tests telling me I had brains. (An interesting caveat to all this is if you ask my high school chums, they would not confirm I was that unattractive, and if you ask my family, they would not confirm anyone told me I was that smart—but don’t ever underestimate the power of perception. My perception was that I was not attractive, and so maybe I had to cling to the fact I was smart, because I had to have something going for me.)

We are the luckiest generation of women in the history of the world. Look at how drastically better our lives are than our mothers. This is not to say that a lot of our mothers weren’t really happy with their lives, but you had better have wanted children and a husband, and you better have landed yourself a good one.

Women my age are even more lucky. We had so many role models, so many women around who were 10 to 40 or more years older than us, beautiful, brainy, and sexy, letting us know that we too could look good at their ages.

So let’s get up each morning and before we start our busy days, let’s take a moment to thank God for this precious gift of life. Let’s thank God that we as American women have it better than any other women on the planet, and better than any other women in history.

If all this doesn’t help, here are some cold facts: About 80% of Americans live normal active lives until the end of their lives. Disease, incontinence, cataracts, depression, and senility are not a normal part of aging among most Americans.

If, for one minute, you think you are too old to accomplish your dreams, consider the following from The Speaker’s Sourcebook by Glenn Van Ekeren:

  • George Burns did not receive his first Oscar until he was 80.
  • Golda Meir did not become prime minister of Israel until she was 71.
  • Michelangelo was 71 when he painted the Sistine Chapel.
  • Grandma Moses did not start painting until she was 80; she completed over 1500 paintings and over 300 of those were done after she was 100.
  • At 58, Doc Counsilman became the oldest person to swim the English Channel. [Glenn Van Ekeren, The Speaker’s Sourcebook, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1998.]
Jack London had it right

“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not spend my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”

The trick, I think, is to live fully in beauty, health, and happiness your entire life, from beginning to end, thanking your Maker for each and every moment you are given life on earth.

For more information and beauty tips you can purchase Beauty, Health and Happiness–A way of life an online version for only $2.99!

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Good news/bad news

The good news is that people with dry skin seldom have to suffer from acne when they are young. The bad news is they may pay a price as they get older.

Dry skin can be especially difficult to deal with in cold and dry climates such as Colorado’s. Most people here have dry skin. The situation is even more extreme in New Mexico. A good moisturizer is worth its weight in gold under these conditions.

Low moisture is one major reason for dry skin. This can occur as the result of age, climate, race, general disposition, excessive cleansing, or physiologic factors. Constant lubrication of the skin is absolutely necessary if you don’t want a dried-out, wrinkled prune face.

Dry skin responds well to oils and heavy creams. You need to apply enough moisturizer to give your face and body the elasticity they need to function without straining the skin. You need to make sure that when you smile, your face doesn’t feel like it’s going to crack.

Traditional tried-and-true remedies to help combat dryness of the skin include taking herbal teas with reputations for improving the blood, such as sarsaparilla, burdock, yellow dock, and nettle. Also:

  • Eat lots of nuts and high-quality vegetable oils.
  • Cleanse the skin with a non-drying cleanser ensuring that all debris of dead skin is removed.
  • Use a moisturizer, such as a cream or lotion.
  • After the cream soaks in, apply a nut or vegetable oil with a tissue and pat off the excess; allow the rest to soak in.
  • Rub the inside of an avocado skin all over a clean face and let sit for twenty minutes to moisturize and nourish dry skin.
  • Take vitamin E internally and apply externally.
  • Take evening primrose oil and apply topically.
  • Drink aloe juice and apply topically.
  • Add a cup or two of cider vinegar to your bath.
  • Use a bag of oatmeal as a wash cloth.
  • Give your skin a break; only wear natural fabrics: cotton, linen, and wool.
  • Make a fresh apple juice and brewer’s yeast mask by blending together into a paste.
  • Add one tablespoon of brewer’s yeast to eight ounces fresh apple juice for a daily drink.
  • Put a humidifier in your bedroom to provide moisture while you sleep.
  • Take unsaturated fatty acid oils or GLA; taking zinc supplements also is helpful.

Remember, dry skin loves:

  • Olive oil
  • Primrose oil
  • Rosehip seed oil (topically only)
  • Almond oil
  • Wheat germ oil
  • Kukui oil (topically only)
  • Avocado oil
  • Flaxseed
  • Apples
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Honey

Further suggestions for improving your skin:

  • Exercise; get lots of fresh air and sunshine; walk, skip, hike, take deep breaths of air; get your circulation going.
  • Use botanical enzyme masks or just apply fresh pineapple and papaya to the skin.
  • Do yoga; especially postures that reverse the body: headstand, plow, and shoulder stand; a milder way is to lie on a slant board.
  • Frequently moisturize; carry moisturizer with you at all times.
  • Frequently hydrate with moisture mists.
  • Do seasonal internal cleansings.
  • Think kind thoughts; among its many benefits, it gives you a softer look.
  • Take spirulina.
  • Use products that contain horsetail, coltsfoot, rosehip seed, and primrose oil.
  • Use a skin brush or a loofah sponge to remove dead skin from your limbs and stimulate circulation.

Avoid synthetic chemicals as much as possible because those of you with dry skin don’t have as much sebum on your face. It is less acidic and, therefore, doesn’t have as much of a protective barrier as oily skin. This is one reason you are so much more sensitive to products than your more oily-skinned sisters.

Make a dry skin therapy oil containing frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, and sandalwood, diluted in almond oil. Apply to areas of dry skin.

Mix any of these essential oils with pure sweet almond oil for dry skin during cold weather:

  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Patchouli
  • Sandalwood
  • Clary sage
  • Geranium
  • Jasmine
  • Rosewood
  • Rosemary
  • Rose
  • Palmarosa
  • Neroli
  • Lavender

For more information and beauty tips you can purchase Beauty, Health and Happiness–A way of life an online version for only $2.99!

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Camphor is anti-inflammatory, helps stimulate the skin, reduces pain, and acts as a sedative. A gum, it is a very soothing ingredient at low levels in skin care products. It makes a nice addition to many perfumes and calms the mind. It is used to reduce tired and sore muscles. It is excellent in cleansers for its clean and classic scent.

For more information and beauty tips you can purchase Beauty, Health and Happiness–A way of life an online version for only $2.99!

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The word propolis, meaning “defenses before a town,” comes from the Greek. It is one of the bee’s building materials. The bees use this sticky substance in making and repairing their hives. The raw material is a resinous substance exuded by the leaf buds of trees such as the horse chestnut and poplar, and is found in cracks in the bark of trees such as spruce, larch, and other conifers. The bees collect it, take it back to the hive, and use it as a cement. In addition, whenever a foreign insect is in the hive, the bees encase it in propolis; because of its antibacterial qualities, the propolis disinfects the foreign object, thus protecting the hive and its occupants.

According to Propolis, the Natural Antibiotic by Ray Hill [Ray Hill, Propolis, the Natural Antibiotic, Wellingborough, Northhamptonshire, England: Thorsons Publishers Limited, 1981.], propolis is a sticky substance which protects leaf buds and prevents them from drying out. Its biologically active components may vary according to its plant source. A test of propolis collected in fifteen different districts of the USSR showed uniform constituents, the approximate breakdown of which was 50 to 55% resin and balsam, up to 30% wax, about 8 to 10% fragrant essential oils, and about 5% solid matter. It is said to be rich in fats, amino acids, organic acids, composite ethers of univalents alcohols, and trace elements such as iron, copper, tannic acid, phytocides, and antibiotics.

Antibiotic properties

The antibiotic properties of propolis are believed to come from the flavonoids it contains, particularly galangin. The name comes from galingale, an aromatic plant root from the East, which is related to ginger and has always been used medicinally. Plants containing flavonoids have been used as healing agents for centuries before these active substances were ever scientifically identified.

According to Ray Hill, it was quite accidental that Dr. Lavie, while studying the natural biochemical defense of insects, learned that bees killed recently and put into a liquid medium without any preservative developed no bacteria. Dr. Lavie proved that the bees and their surroundings provided over seven antibiotics.

Interestingly, Dr. Lavie found that extracts he made from the buds of poplar tree resin were identical in chemical consistency and potency to the propolis.

Propolis can be valuable for anything involving bacteria or germs. It is said that any propolis treatment should work within three weeks or it is not going to work. The best way I have found to extract the properties from propolis is through an alcohol/water extraction. You can apply it with the alcohol, or you can slowly heat it, after straining, to evaporate the alcohol. Be careful never to get it too hot; many chemical constituents are heat sensitive.

Because of its anti-bacterial properties, propolis has received rave reviews for blemishes. Bee propolis in a product helps keep the skin clean and free from germs. For serious blemishes or acne, it can be applied topically as well as taken internally.

Propolis is often recommended for dry eczema with wonderful results; however, it has been known to aggravate wet eczema. It is also an age-old remedy for corns. Apply a propolis cream with a small gauze pad.

In the first century A.D., Pliny mentioned the uses of bee propolis. His recommendations included to reduce swelling, to soothe pain, and to heal sores when they seemed hopeless to mend. In Russia during World War II, propolis was applied to wounds.

Other uses

Propolis ointment was often recommended for second-degree burns, and healing took place without scarring. Propolis has a stimulating effect and works with the skin’s natural regenerative process.

I use bee propolis in many of my products; I find it most advantageous in astringents, creams, and products for blemishes.

Caution: About 0.05% of the population is allergic to propolis.

For more information and beauty tips you can purchase Beauty, Health and Happiness–A way of life an online version for only $2.99!

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Vetiver oil is produced from distilling the plant’s roots. Vetiver oil is a wonderful skin oil. It is stimulating to the skin and a humectant that brings moisture to your skin from the air. It is especially beneficial in a skin oil for people over 35. Years ago, almost all perfumes had vetiver.

For more information and beauty tips you can purchase Beauty, Health and Happiness–A way of life an online version for only $2.99!

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  • Colorado agriculture provides abundant, nutritional products for consumers within the state and around the globe.

  • Farmers and ranchers play a vital role in producing wholesome, safe food provided to consumers.

  • Agriculture is one of largest contributors to the State’s economy, supporting more than 173,000 jobs in Colorado, generates more than $40 billion of economic activity annually, and exported over $2 billion of food and agricultural products in 2013.

  • Land in farms and ranches provides habitat for wildlife and open space, and innovative and sustainable farming practices ensure that our state’s resources will remain protected for generations to come.

  • Farmers and ranchers are critical to Colorado agritourism, welcoming tourists from around the world and giving them a taste of the Colorado experience.

  • Farmers and ranchers are innovative entrepreneurs and business leaders who remain resilient in their dedication to Colorado agriculture.

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The word vinegar is from the French vin aigre, meaning sour or acid wine. It is a dilute acetic obtained from the fermentation process. When fresh apples are pressed into cider and are fermented organically, they make vinegar that contains natural sediment with enzymes, pectin, and good bacteria.

Please note: When I say vinegar, I mean only pure, natural, unrefined, unfiltered, raw, organic apple cider vinegar. You can tell it is the genuine article if when you hold it up to the light, it has the “mother” floating in it, a sediment and web-like substance. I always thought it looked like a jellyfish in the bottom of the jug. It is best purchased at a health food store or a farm market where the grower makes his own naturally.

My personal connection with vinegar

As mentioned previously, I have a personal affinity with apples, both as part of my history as well as that of my family. Not only did I grow up working on the family apple orchard, but my family has been composed of apple growers for zoo years.

My dad used to make his own vinegar, which he used heavily in cooking. He put it in coleslaw. He pickled eggs and beets together with it, turning the eggs purple as well as preserving them. All were delicious.

I remember Dad speaking of the “mother,” the cloudy substance in the vinegar, as the giver of its life. He used to speak of the energetic old farmer who drank a shot of vinegar daily just like people do shots of tequila or whiskey. He said that the vinegar gave the farmer the substance and power to keep up with his hard work.

Vinegar elixirs

I make several different, perfectly wonderful vinegar elixirs, which I drink daily. In one of them, I soak garlic, horseradish, and onion in vinegar for a month and then I add about 20% of a tincture of elethro ginseng, dong quai, and vitex. This is a consummate health drink for women. I have not been sick in the last two years since I began taking it daily, not even with a cold. It gives me the strength and energy to keep up and stay on target with my ever-so-many activities. I highly recommend this formula for everyone. Men can just do the vinegar mixture without the herbs.

Versatile vinegar

Vinegar must be one of the most useful things on earth for humankind. Just to name a few things, vinegar is used to clean windows, disinfect, in the laundry to brighten colors, on the carpet to absorb odors and remove stains, polish furniture, remove ink stains, absorb cat box odors, dissolve chewing gum, remove perspiration stains, make an air freshener, and clean the entire household for “pennies on the dollar” without any harm to the environment.

As a medicine, it kills infection, soothes coughs, eases the pain of a sore throat, and calms nausea. Taken with honey before bed, it instills sleep.

A few of the skin remedies vinegar has been used for are to treat burns, soothe sunburn, help aching feet, and relieve the itch of welts, hives, and bee stings. It also fades age spots. Vinegar helps control appetite and aids in digestion, and therefore can aid in weight reduction.

Vinegar’s history and importance

Vinegar has a long history. It is literally a key player in the overall destiny of mankind. Vinegar may have been a major ingredient in getting rid of the black plague in Europe in the Middle Ages.

Vinegar is so important in folk medicine because it associates minerals with potassium. Vinegar contains phosphorus, chlorine, sodium, magnesium, calcium, sulfur, iron, fluorine, silica, and many trace minerals. Folk medicine holds potassium to be the most important mineral, in fact, the key mineral in the constellation of minerals. Potassium is found with acids. P. C. Bragg, in the book Apple Cider Vinegar Health System, refers to it as the “mineral of youthfulness.” [Paul C. Bragg and Patricia Bragg, Apple Cider Vinegar Health System, Santa Barbara, CA: Health Science, 1987.]

Vinegar’s role in skin care

Apple cider vinegar is helpful to both dry and oily skin. It acts to refine the skin pores, and reestablishes a natural acid balance while softening the skin. When the skin is acidic, it seems to attract blood. The presence of the needed amount of blood in the skin gives it a wonderful glow. Soap is often needed to remove dirt and makeup, but following the cleansing process with a rinse of an herbal astringent or apple cider vinegar is beneficial to restore acid balance.

If your skin has a reaction to soap, such as itching, you may want to stop using soap and use apple cider vinegar instead, particularly in the bath. Vinegar is a natural deodorizer and acid balance restorer. Just add one cup of vinegar to your bath water and let it soak into the pores for at least twenty minutes.

If you have an itchy scalp, try dipping your hairbrush in a glass of water with one-teaspoon vinegar enough times to get your hair wet. This will not only help reduce itching but it will make your hair soft and easy to manage. One caution: Vinegar may straighten perms.

For skin blemishes

Vinegar helps soften skin and restore the skin’s natural acid mantle. It is a great rinse for blemished skin. Steam the face with lavender to cleanse the skin. Bring a pan of water to a boil, put a small handful of lavender flowers in the water, and remove from the heat. Hold your head over the pan and drape a towel over your head to allow the lavender-enhanced steam to loosen the grease and dirt. Then, take a cotton ball drenched in vinegar and lightly pat on the skin. Repeat this twice. Then pat on vinegar that has been chilled in the refrigerator, to close the pores and tone the skin.

For tired muscles and joints, take a vinegar bath. Soak in warm water to which one and a half cups of vinegar have been added.

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Essential oils capture the essence of plants, or specific parts of plants.

Flowers from which essential oils are made include rose, jasmine, orange flower, ylang ylang, violet, narcissus, jonquil, hyacinth, tuberose, acacia, cassia, and mimosa.

Grasses from which essential oils are drawn are lemongrass, gingergrass, vetiver, and palmarosa.

Spices and herbs also are used to make essential oils. Clove, ginger root, nutmeg fruit/nut, thyme, vanilla bean, costus, clary sage, lavender, and rosemary are among those favored.

Citrus chosen for their essential oils are orange, bergamot, lemon, lime, and petitgrain.

Woods used for their essential oils are sandalwood, cedarwood, and rosewood.

Gums and balsams in demand for their essential oils include labdanum, myrrh, galbanum, olibanum, benzoin, opopanax, storax, balsam peru, and balsam tolu.

Emotional healing with essential oils

Essential oils have a history of use in enhancing relaxation as well as diminishing negative emotions.

Essential oils used to combat fears include sandalwood, cypress, lemon, chamomile, lavender, cedarwood, vetiver, and neroli.

Essential oils that bring calm relaxation include lavender, neroli, sandalwood, chamomile, clary sage, and ylang ylang.

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How would our global landscape change if every skin care company
grew 100% organic ingredients on 100% organic farms?

• What if chemical factories would close and instead be replaced by acres of flowers?
How many rivers and lakes would no longer need to take in the entire chemicals by
product pollutants into their streams?
• What if every skin care company in the world walked their ingredients over from
the field to their laboratory to make them fresh? How much less pollution in
transportation and carbon in the air?
• What if every skin care company refused to use wasteful over-packaged boxes?
How many tons of waste would that avoid in our landfills?

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