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Emulsifying Wax

Emulsifying wax is a cosmetic emulsifying ingredient. The ingredient name is often followed by the initials NF, indicating that it conforms to the specifications of the National Formulary. Emulsifying wax is created when a wax material (either a vegetable wax of some kind or a petroleum-based wax) is treated with a detergent (typically sodium dodecyl sulfate or polysorbates) to cause …

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Tip of the Week

 

Stress Relief Techniques continued...

Shape.com has some simple tips to help you be more effective every day.

1. Prep for tomorrow.

Nothing is more stressful than being unprepared. Get organized so you're ready for the next day, taking a few minutes to make a to-do list and clean up before you leave. Knowing you've got everything covered means you'll be less likely to fret about work in the evenings. When you come in the next morning, you'll have the sense that you're in control of the situation and can handle it. This sets a positive tone for the day, which can help you get more accomplished.

2. Arm yourself with healthy snacks.

According to an American Psychological Association (APA) survey, more women than men (one in three) turn to comfort food such as ice cream and cookies to ease stress. It's common for women to deny themselves favorite foods because they're trying to lose weight. But under stress, the urge for them becomes even stronger. In fact, researchers at Montclair State University in New Jersey recently confirmed that dieters are more likely than non-dieters to overeat when under pressure, binging on the very same high-fat foods they normally try to avoid. The key is to not deprive yourself. Keep three or four healthy snacks on hand that you know you'll probably want--peanuts, if you like salty; string cheese, if you crave protein; a small piece of chocolate for something sweet--so you aren't tempted to binge.

3. Try a repeat performance.

Doing almost any routine, repetitive activity (like vacuuming, shredding paper or knitting), or reciting a word that represents how you wish you felt (such as calm) is a quick way to achieve a Zen-like state. Studies show the effects lower blood pressure and slow heart rate and breathing. The crucial elements are to focus on a word, your breathing or a movement and to bring your attention back to your task if your mind wanders or negative thoughts intrude. Or look to your faith for a mantra: A recent study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing found that repeating phrases with spiritual meanings helped participants cope with a range of problems, from anxiety to insomnia.

4. Use the proper hand washing technique.

When you're under pressure, you're more susceptible to cold viruses and other germs because your immune system is suppressed. Hand washing is your best defense. Lather up with soap and warm water for 10-20 seconds, or the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday.

5. Turn on some tunes.

According to a recent study published in the British journal Heart, slow or meditative music is a proven stress buster, so set your dial to a soothing station during your commute. And, if you're stuck in a traffic jam, sneak in this quick exercise: Grab your steering wheel and clench the muscles in your fingers, arms, shoulders and back. Do this until your muscles begin to tremble (about 45 seconds), then release. You'll produce a wave of relief in your upper neck and arms all the way down to your fingers. Just make sure your foot is on the brake when you let go of the wheel!

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Recipe of the Week

Pumpkin Roll Cake Recipe (Grain-Free)

DeliciouslyOrganic.net

Ingredients

For the Cake:

• 3 large eggs, room temperature

• 1/2 cup maple or coconut sugar

• 2/3 cup organic pureed pumpkin

• 1/4 cup coconut flour

• 1/4 cup tapioca flour

• 1/4 cup arrowroot flour

• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder (make sure it’s gf!)

• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

• 1 1/2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice

• 1/8 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

For the Filling:

• 1/2 cup maple sugar

• 2 teaspoons arrowroot flour

• 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

• Preheat the oven to 350ºF and adjust the rack to the middle position. Using a pastry brush, butter or oil a 13x18-inch cookie sheet and then line it with parchment paper . Place the eggs and sugar in the bowl of a standing mixer with the beater attached. Mix on medium-high for 8 minutes until thick and pale yellow. Fold in the pumpkin.

• Place the coconut flour, tapioca, arrowroot, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and sea salt in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine and remove any clumps. Fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture.

• Pour the cake batter onto the prepared cookie sheet and gently spread the cake batter with a spatula so it’s even across the pan. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Sprinkle the cake with a small amount of arrowroot and then place a large dishtowel that covers the entire cake over the cake. Grasp both ends of the pan and dishcloth (make sure to wear oven mitts) and quickly turn the cake upside down onto the dishcloth. Carefully peel off the parchment paper. Roll up the cake and the towel together, starting at one of the narrow edges. Cool completely.

• Place the ½ cup maple sugar and 2 teaspoons arrowroot flour in a coffee grinder and grind until it’s a fine powder. Place the cream cheese, sugar mixture, butter and vanilla extract in a bowl and beat with a mixer until fluffy, about 2 minutes.

• Carefully unroll the cake. Using a spatula, spread the cream cheese over the cake and then reroll the cake. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Avoiding Carbonation Is Necessary

Carbon dioxide, also known as CO2, is a compound made of one carbon atom and two oxygen atoms. Beverages are artificially carbonated when carbon dioxide is dissolved into the liquid under high pressure; when that pressure is released, small gas bubbles develop. Some of the carbon dioxide produces carbonic acid, which is acidic. A common concern with carbonated beverages is …

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Product of the Month

Mother Gaia's Hand Sanitizer

Homemade lotion base with beeswax, coconut and sunflower oils with Red Thyme, Tea Tree, Lavender & Sweet Orange essential oils.

Prevent the flu without alcohol or petroleum. Naturally antibacterial. 

Boosting immunity and killing bacteria.

Perfect for sanitizing hands of any age. Safe and effective.

Find yours here.

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Offers only for subscribers of Mother Gaia's Newsletter

January: BUY ONE GET ONE - Resolutions Anointing Oil

Keep your New Year Resolutions with the help of Aromatherapy!

Anoint yourself, your tools, your bath, etc, etc.

Find it here.

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Upcoming Events & Classes

 

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

Thunder Baseball League Fundraiser

Join Mother Gaia's and many other small businesses in supporting a great baseball league. From 1:00pm to 5:00pm @ Silver Hills Middle School, 12400 Huron St. Westminster, CO 80234


Dancing Gaia: The Nature of Movement & Meditation

We’ll begin class with deep breathing, energy building, and gentle stretching warm-ups. Class continues with a unique blend of Tai Chi, Yoga, Qigong, and Tae Kwon Do style movements. Then we finish each class with a cool down and seated hand posture practice. These classes are for anyone that wants to get fit without hurting themselves. 

Dancing Gaia offers seated versions for those who are less capable.

Want Dancing Gaia in your community? Send Mother Gaia an email here.

Wellness Education

Classes held at the Eaton Senior Community, main floor community room, the first Saturday of each month @ 1:30pm

323 S Eaton St in Lakewood, CO 80226 (open to the public)

What do you get to learn about?

• Nine dimensions health and wellness

• Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness 

• Understanding your body.

• Alternative Medicine — other than surgery and medications

• Ways to improve your health without spending money.

• Cheap and easy remedies to use at home.

• Simple, gentle exercise to improve function.

• Free gifts, snacks, and handouts for attending.

 

Group Classes Mother Gaia Brings to You

How about an unusual birthday party for that open minded teen, loved one, or friend that has everything? Or just a fun way to learn and experience the benefits of natural healing with friends and/or family? Mother Gaia brings all the supplies and information needed for a great educational experience.

Combine classes for a more complete experience and save $10 per person. Host a class and get your first complete set for free! Send Mother Gaia an email and we can schedule it on your time in your space. Mother Gaia is fully insured for your protection, references can be provided upon request.

Aromacraft  

Learn about and experience essential oils and all of their wonderful benefits, create up to seven (7) of your own products to take home including a ZERO water based spray, moisturizing lotion, aroma body/bath oil, natural skin toner, deeply cleansing mudd mask, strengthening tooth powder, and nourishing mineral milk bath. 

Herbalcraft 

Learn about and experience herbal remedies, their amazing benefits and simple uses, and blend up to six (6) products including an herbal tea, naturally scented herbal sachet, moisturizing herbal infused mineral milk bath, infused body/bath oil, cleansing mudd mask, and strengthening and antibacterial tooth powder.

 ***Every participant receives a handout booklet packed full of useful information.***

Looking to try out a class? Mother Gaia offers many great classes here.

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