Share Your World – 2014 Week 33

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Share Your World – 2014 Week 33

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Do you believe in ghosts?

I do believe in ghosts. Luckily, I’ve never had to deal with a bad, evil, or mean ghost, but I do believe they are out there. I have had experiences where my grandmother has come back to visit me and my mother-in-law lives in our home. I have experienced other ghosts that told me they were my ancient ancestors.

I do not do séances or Ouija boards. I don’t actively seek ghosts, but if they want to come to me, peacefully, I will accept them. 

Irregardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility:  If you could play any sport professionally what would it be?  Or if you can’t picture yourself playing sports, what is your favorite sport?

With my height, I would play professional women’s basketball. Girls basketball teams were just starting when I graduated high school in 1977. None of the colleges I attended had women’s basketball teams, so I haven’t shot a hoop in some time, but if I had been born ten years later, I would be playing.

My favorite sport is football.

Do you prefer long hair or short hair for yourself?

I prefer long hair for myself. Short hair shows my long neck and makes me look like a giraffe. :)

If you were on an small island, who would you want to be with? And where is it?  How big is it?

If I were on a small island, I would like for it to be near Hawaii and at least 50 miles wide and 50 miles long. I would love to have my whole family with me.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful that my kidney doctor is taking aggressive measures to deal with my high blood pressure, even if it means taking more prescription medications. I’m not ready to drop dead from a heart attack or be crippled from a stroke.

I am grateful that my short story anthology is coming along nicely. I am looking forward to at least getting two more short stories written this week. I may be able to publish it before the end of 2014 after all. :)

Call for Submissions, News, and Reminders

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REMINDER

Our July/August Writing Contest is coming to a close. The deadline for short stories is August 30th, 2014. Only 14 days left!

July/August Writing Contest Prompt is ‘Half Blood’. Read more about the prompt at:

http://dkchronicles2013.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/half-blood-contest-prompt/

NEWS

Readers’ Corner

reading_an_old_book_200992Welcome to Readers’ Corner, if you are a bookworm or writer you are in the right place. Readers’ Corner is a special sub-category site that is connected to Dragon Knight Chronicles. DKC decided to branch out with Readers’ Corner to help fellow writers promote their work to you our beloved readers.

This site will cater to many different genres but will focus mainly in the lines of fiction. With DKC evolving over the last few months we were in need of a special place to post all our materials for our blog tours and launch weeks. This is the main reason for its creation to give a direct route to you the readers.

Readers’ Corner, will feature a variety of our three different styles of Interviews from Author, Book, and Characters. There also will be a special home for: Book Reviews, Featured Books, New Releases and a Story Corner for our authors that take part in our sister site; “Writers’ Corner” prompt series.

We are always looking for new additions so feel free to add suggestions that you would like to see added onto the site.

Thank you and happy reading everyone,

Katie :)

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Writers’ Corner

diary_journal_bookDragon Knight Chronicles would like to welcome you to our new sub-blog that is dedicated to new and experienced writers worldwide. If you are in need of inspiration or advice this is the perfect place for you.

This site was created for one specific person in mind, you the writer. Writer’s Corner was created to offer you several features that will help you along your journey to becoming the writer you want to be.

Every writer has their ups and downs. That is why we created this site to help you out of your slumps and to push you beyond your limits. We will offer you bi-weekly prompts to keep yourself motivated. Along with this feature you will be given the chance to have your story featured on our sister site “Readers’ Corner”. This way your writing is up front and personal for readers worldwide to follow along on your journey.

But, that won’t be the only great feature for you on this site. We will also have a special area set aside for articles on how to help you grow as a writer. The materials that will be covered will be in a vast area of subjects from editing, self-publishing, promoting and so much more. Then to add-on even more we will be having a special area for you to ask for advice. If we happen to not know the answer you can trust that we will stop at nothing to find it for you.

We will also hold a special place for a writer to be featured up on our site. This is going to be called our “Spotlight Corner”. We hope to have this updated weekly…if you happen to know an author you would like to nominate there will be a form to fill out.

Last but not least we will also have a special area for guest writers that would like to have their pieces featured up on the site. These items can be originals or published on other blogs. The more eyes you draw to your work the better. There will be a form to fill out and we will send you the information for being a guest writer on the site.

There is still plenty of room to expand on more features for this site. If you would like a certain feature added please don’t hesitate to contact us and share your ideas.

Thank you for joining our site.

Happy Writing Everyone

Katie

CALL FOR GUEST WRITERS AND SUBMISSIONS

Prompts

Many writers face the horror of writers block at some point in their career. One of the strongest weapons to fight off this evil villain are writing prompts. That is why below we will be providing you with a bi-weekly prompt. Hopefully, this will help your muse fight his/her way back to your side to help you create a beautiful story for everyone to enjoy.

This prompt will run till Monday September 1st…after that it will be deleted and replaced with a new one.

“You’re running through a forest. Someone is chasing you…but are they friend or foe that is up to you.”

If your story is one of the top three that is submitted you will have your story featured on our sister site Readers’ Corner. This will bring your writing to many readers attention.

Also, don’t forget to submit articles on ‘writing advice’ to be featured in our Reader’s Corner.

For more information, visit: http://dkcwriterscorner.wordpress.com/prompts/

Ten Essential Oils for Health and Survival

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Top 10 Essential Oils for Health and Survival

Many practitioners of alternative medicine are now encouraging the use of essential oils for minor ailments such as wounds, insect bites, nausea, headaches, digestive disorders and more. This is not hocus pocus. We are talking about the use of pure essential oils from plants and flowers that adapt to nature organically. It is our opinion that essential oils will become an important line of defense that will insure our health and well-being over the long term.

A wonderful tidbit about EOs is that they don’t contain any fatty acids that can turn rancid or mold AND the environment of a pure EO is too tough for bacteria to grow in. Most essential oils will outlive you and I. There is no shelf life for pure plant essence with the exception of citrus EOs which should be replaced annually. This is a very special benefit and, an economical one! When you invest in pure essential oils you’re providing your family a security and empowerment knowing that you can take care of most health needs efficiently, without side effects. Be Safe, be Well!

Lavender

This is the Swiss Army knife of EOs.  Heals burns, cuts, relieve insomnia, reduces stress, a powerful antihistamine, bug bites, bruises, sleep deprivation, inflammation, sunburn, lice.  Soothing to skin irritations, earache and depression.  Lavender is the number one essential oil to have in your survival kit, in fact I would keep two bottles.

Lemon

Known for it’s cleansing ability.  Add a few drops to water to purify (this was suggested in a seminar I attended but I have no proof, however, in dire circumstance, I would do it).  Great for intestinal parasites, dissolves petrochemicals in your body, effective for colds and flu, helps digestive and liver work, gout, sore throat, disinfectant, antiseptic.

Peppermint

Effective for nausea, digestive issues, allergies, menstrual problems, reduces fever, increase alertness, focus and oxygen absorption.  Great for headaches, muscle aches.  Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, use for shock, colds, colic and heartburn.

Oregano

Effective in treating bacterial infections and yeast infections, relieves back and joint pain, inflammation, cold and flu, kills warts and skin tags, athlete’s foot, effective cleanse for GI health.

Melaleuca

Can be used as a first aid ointment, useful for skin irritations, bug bites, athlete’s foot, eczema and psoriasis.  Aids in immune function and supports against throat and respiratory pathogens, helps with slivers in the skin.

Helichrysum

For painful bruising, sprains, swelling.  Stems bleeding. Used to treat shock, help with broken bones, help with allergies, beneficial against infections and viruses.  Excellent for wounds, speeds healing and reduces pain.

Myrrh

Good for antiseptic needs, pain relief and swelling of cuts, wounds or bruises.  Can be applied on open wounds. Stimulates the immune system and blood circulation, promotes tissue regeneration.  Astringent and analgesic properties, eases coughing/tonsillitis and other infections.

Clove

With antibiotic and analgesic properties Clove helps relieve toothaches, headaches, and other pain.  Can be used to draw toxins and infections from the body. Aids in relieving nausea or constipation.

Frankincense

Enhances the effects of other essential oils, reduces inflammation, relieves headaches, supports skin tissue recovery, soothe hyperactivity, restlessness, facilitates clarity and focus of mind.  With it’s regenerative properties, Frankincense is important EO in all manner of emergency.

Lemongrass

Soothes sore and cramping muscles, naturally cleansing, warms feet in winter, an effective bug repellent.

http://theunboundedspirit.com/top-10-essential-oils-for-health-and-survival/

Rosemary Essential Oil Can Improve Memory

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Scientists Find Sniffing Rosemary Can Increase Memory By 75%

Looking at the needles and colorful flowers of a rosemary plant doesn’t indicate it’s amazing potential for human body. It’s been used in aromatics, cosmetics and medicine for flu and headaches, but recent studies have unveiled an amazing new use for rosemary: enhancing your mental capability and improving your memory by 75%.

Smelling Rosemary to Enhance Your Memory

One might think the next huge development in mental development would be a computer chip implanted into the brain. It turns out, enhancing your memory is much easier and far less invasive, not to mention it uses completely natural methods.

Aromatherapy is one of the most evasive forms of alternative medicine, sometimes with results backed by science and other times complete pseudo science. The truth of the matter is that the olfactory system has a direct correlation to the brain. They depend on each other to form the reality we perceive, which is why so many scholars have taken an interest in aromatherapy.

I’ll be discussing several studies on rosemary and what they’ve unveiled about the plant’s potential over recent decades, but first a historical look back will help us understand the depth of rosemary’s involvement in human history.

The History of Rosemary Research

Greek mythology describes the god of beauty and love, Aphrodite, originating from the sea with rosemary draped over her body. The Middle Ages saw the frequent use during wedding ceremonies and funerals, as well as mixed into alcoholic drinks to restore vitality.

During the late 14th century in England, known as the country’s golden age under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I, rosemary was described in Shakespeare’s Hamlet as the “herb of remembrance”. It mainly served as a memorial symbol during times of commemoration, but were humans subconsciously linking the effects of rosemary on memory?

What Makes Rosemary Work?

There are several biologically active compounds within rosemary that give it therapeutic potential. Antioxidants such as rosmarinic and carnosic acid protect living cells from radiation and carcinogens, and also exhibit antimicrobial effects (according to wikipedia). Other compounds found in rosemary such as caffeic acid, camphor, rosmanol and betulinic acid all have potential to interact positively with living cells. But how does any of this come into play if we’re simply smelling the plant?

Smell and Memory

There has been research linking the senses to memory, especially smell. Some people smell their father’s aftershave, their wife’s perfume, or the type of flowers growing around their childhood home and are instantly stricken with unearthed memories.
The studies discussed below build on the connection between smell and memory in a more scientific way. Experts go beyond the psychological science and look at chemical interactions that bind smell with cognitive function. Thanks to them, a clear connection has been made, proving that rosemary’s scent can indeed make your memory stronger – by up to 75 percent.

The Studies

Scientific studies on rosemary made their first major leap in 1987 when the Planta Medica journal published a study backed by four scientists on the plant’s effect on mice. They found that the levels of 1,8-cineole in the blood and locomotion capability were increased after the critters inhaled rosemary oil. Cineole, more commonly known as eucalyptol, is compound that comprises the majority of eucalyptus oil.

Eucalyptol has been used medicinally and in food for years. A 2012 study by Mark Moss and Lorraine Oliver stated that “performance on cognitive tasks is significantly related to concentration of absorbed 1,8-cineole.” This was the first definitive sign that rosemary could indeed have biological effects through inhalation, but it certainly wasn’t the last development in research of the herb.

The next scientific development came in 1998 with a study in the International Journal of Neuroscience. Nine individuals from the University of Miami School of Medicine moved from rats to humans in their application of rosemary. There were 40 adults that were given several minutes of aromatherapy, some with lavender and others with rosemary. Each participant was given math problems to solve before and after the therapy.

What the study found was that the lavender participants came out of aromatherapy with increased drowsiness and relaxed. They did better on the math problems, but not as quickly as other participants. Those who inhaled rosemary experienced increased alertness and less anxiety. They were able to finish the problems much faster.

The experts weren’t completely satisfied with these results, and future testing was in their scope. In January of 2003 the International Journal of Neuroscience published a similar study that involved more people and intricate testing. In this study 144 participants were divided into three groups: one that was exposed to no smell, one exposed to lavender and another exposed to rosemary. They weren’t told the exact purpose of the study to keep from placebo interference. A Cognitive Drug Research assessment that tested six different aspects of mental function was administered to each group in a small cubicle. The rosemary group experienced an unexpected boost in the quality of their memory performance. The groups that didn’t experience rosemary lagged behind in testing, and the proof of essential oils interacting with cognitive ability was solidified even further.

A more recent study conducted by the Herbal Medicine Department of the Tai Sophia Institute in 2012 tested the effect of rosemary leaf powder on people over the age of 75. It found that the dosage taken played a pivotal role in how the participants’ memory functioned.

There are other herbs that can improve your memory and brain function and you can read all about them in my post The Best Herbs to Improve Memory and Brain Function. This post also includes a brain enhancer tonic recipe. There are also certain foods that can improve your memory and you can read about them in my post Improve Memory With These Foods.

Rosemary is indeed a super herb to improve your memory.

Jenny Hills – Healthy And Natural World

For more information on Rosemary Essential, visit:

http://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/aromatherapy-information-about/past-articles/

or

http://www.inlightimes.com/old_site/archives/2001/04/rosemary.htm

 

 

 

Share Your World – 2014 Week 32

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Share Your World – 2014 Week 32

Do you prefer ketchup or mustard?

I enjoy them mixed, but if I had to choose one over the other, Ketchup would win!

If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?

A movie of my life would have a bit of all the above; more drama than comedy and more science fiction that action.

If you could be given any gift what would it be?

I would like the gift of being a foot shorter and 150 pounds lighter.

For potlucks or parties do you cook it yourself, buy from a grocery store, or pay for catering?

Sometimes I cook myself and sometimes I buy from a grocery store. It depends on the situation.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for sharing my youngest grandson’s life this past weekend.

I’m looking forward, to hopefully, have more writing time during this week.

Homemade Rosemary Mint Shampoo

Homemade Rosemary Mint Shampoo

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Total Time: 2 minutes

Serves: 10-15

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together
  2. Store in an 8oz glass or plastic bottle

Conventional shampoo can be expensive and contain harmful chemicals that strip your hair of its natural oils. Instead, try this homemade rosemary mint shampoo recipe! It’s very easy to make, can help thicken hair and reduce dandruff! Try it today!