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The Hamsa: Up or Down?

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The hamsa hand is a popular apotropaic talisman for magical protection against the evil eye. The word ‘Hamsa’ means “5” and refers to the five fingers. The number “5” is a powerful number and represents defense, power and fortune.

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The hamsa hand conveys a message to the devil, so upwardly hamsa is good against the ‘evil eye’. A downward hamsa is an auspicious sign of prosperity and success.

The Hamsa hand is a prominent Jewish motif that can be found almost everywhere: charms, door entrances, Jewish jewelry, blessings for home and much more. According to the tradition, the Hamsa hand protects the ones who display it in their homes or wear it around their necks. Many believers place the Hamsa hand in their homes and at their work place to ward off the “evil eye”. Hamsa hand is also believed to bless the ones who own it with good fortune and success. Shaped as a hand with five fingers, the Hamsa hand is also known as the hand of Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron.

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Hamsa: The Spiritual Fragrance By Celine Leora

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  • Magnificent fragrance in stunning keepsake bottle.
  • Stylized hand represents the positive power of spirituality
  • The Hand of Fatima, also known as The Hand of Miriam.
  • Ancient symbol found in Kabbalah, very popular today with all people
  • Symbol of power it elevates those who wear it to a higher spiritual potential.

This Hamsa amulet is a good luck symbol appreciated by all people of faith who value spirituality. The symbol looks like a stylized hand and many believe it brings prosperity and good luck while scaring away evil.

Designer Celine Leora developed the idea of using the Hamsa symbol on fragrance bottles so that the symbol and its power will always be present in the home and on those who wear it. The fragrance, or cologne, permeates a scent that reminds the wearer of their positive spiritual potential. This magnificent keepsake bottle combines art, spirituality and personal mystical experiences to bring meaning to all who wear it. Worn by both men and women.

History of the fragrance: “Oil from Lebanon” is the name frankincense is derived from. It is from medieval French, translated to be: “real incense” Frankincense is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East and has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. The fragrance increases spiritual awareness, promotes meditation, improves attitude and uplifts spirits. Frankincense contains sesquiterpenes which stimulates the limbic system of the brain, the center of memory and emotions. It also stimulates the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands. The fragrance of the lotus flower’s essence is seens as a spiritual exlixir. It helps in meditation by calming the mind, promoting peace, serenity and improving concentration.

This striking fragrance is worn by both women and men.

Sells in European boutiques and salons for $95. Available to customers for $59 at http://www.hamsa-perfume.com

Ingredients
White Lotus, Frankincense, Black Currant, Coffee

A Healing Art: Aromatherapy

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What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants for healing. Although the word “aroma” makes it sound as if the oils are inhaled, they can also be massaged into the skin or — rarely — taken by mouth. You should never take essential oils by mouth without specific instruction from a trained and qualified specialist. Whether inhaled or applied on the skin, essential oils are gaining new attention as an alternative treatment for infections, stress, and other health problems. However, in most cases scientific evidence is still lacking.

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What are essential oils?

Essential oils are concentrated extracts taken from the roots, leaves, seeds, or blossoms of plants. Each contains its own mix of active ingredients, and this mix determines what the oil is used for. Some oils are used to promote physical healing — for example, to treat swelling or fungal infections. Others are used for their emotional value — they may enhance relaxation or make a room smell pleasant. Orange blossom oil, for example, contains a large amount of an active ingredient that is thought to be calming.

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How does aromatherapy work?

Researchers are not entirely clear how aromatherapy may work. Some experts believe our sense of smell may play a role. The “smell” receptors in your nose communicate with parts of your brain (the amygdala and hippocampus) that serve as storehouses for emotions and memories. When you breathe in essential oil molecules, some researchers believe they stimulate these parts of your brain and influence physical, emotional, and mental health. For example, scientists believe lavender stimulates the activity of brain cells in the amygdala similar to the way some sedative medications work. Other researchers think that molecules from essential oils may interact in the blood with hormones or enzymes.

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Aromatherapy massage is a popular way of using essential oils because it works in several ways at the same time. Your skin absorbs essential oils and you also breathe them in. Plus, you experience the physical therapy of the massage itself.

Source:
Aromatherapy | University of Maryland Medical Center
University of Maryland Medical Center

The Wonders of the Natural Coffee Bean

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Loved throughout the world, the coffee bean has always been a worldwide favorite. Originating out of Ethiopia, the coffee bean quickly spread throughout the world between the 11th and 17th centuries.

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Packed with antioxidants, the fruit of the coffee tree can bring you happiness, energy, clearer skin and even a healthier appetite! It’s also been known to reduce fevers, lift spirits and is great for combating depression. Even a few drops of coffee bean oil in the bath will make tense muscles relax and, when applied topically, this concoction will heal bee stings and other insect bites.

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With all of the Coffee Beans incredible benefits, it’s no surprise that we all love coffee so much. Here’s a video to help you understand how the oil is extracted.

The pressed oil contains a high amount of natural antioxidants, making it an excellent choice for skin serums and formulations. Rich in Phytosterols, Roasted Coffee Oil can help the skin retain moisture. Though Roasted Coffee Oil is quite viscous, it penetrates the skin quickly and easily.

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This aromatic oil makes an excellent ingredient for use in perfumes, body lotions, candles, bath products, and more.

Black Currant: The Next Super-Fruit.

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Black currants are small berries that are native to Europe and parts of Asia. It was illegal to grow the plant in the United States for much of the 20th century. The oil from the berry’s seeds contain large amounts of vitamins and nutrients. Though all parts of the shrub are used—berries, bark, leaves, and seeds—it is the oil of the seed that is used most commonly today.

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Black currant seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids, which promote and maintain the body’s vital functions. Essential fatty acids provide energy, regulate body temperature and metabolism, protect tissues, and insulate nerves. Black currant oil contains more vitamin C than oranges and more potassium than bananas. It is also a source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

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Because black currant seed oil is so high in gamma-linolenic acid, which makes prostaglandins, it is a highly effective anti-inflammatory herb. The oil is best used for chronic inflammatory conditions, cramps, and aches. It also boosts the immune system, and helps women with their menstrual cycles and menopause, while also easing discomforts associated with premenstrual syndrome. Black currant seed oil is also used to treat skin disorders.

Frankincense: An Ancient and Healing Oil

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Frankincense is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East and has been part of religious and cultural ceremonies dating back to ancient times. Also known as “oliganum” or “Oil from Lebanon” the name frankincense is derived from the Medieval French word for “real incense”. It was well known during the time of Christ for its anointing and healing powers and was one of the gifts given to Christ at his birth.

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“Used to treat every concievable ill known to man”, frankincense was valued more than gold during ancient times, and only those with great wealth and abundance posessed it. Frankincense is mentioned in one of the oldest known medical records, Ebers Papyrus (dating from sixteenth century BC), an ancient Egyptian list of 877 prescriptions and recipes. Anciently, the Chinese used frankincense as a treatment for a range of ailments.

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More recently however, Frankincense has been making headlines in its ability to stunt cancer cell growth in a few studies. International laboratory research has demonstrated frankincense essential oil’s ability to shut down cancer cells without harming healthy cells. It shuts the cancer cells down by probing the nucleus and resetting the cancerous DNA to normal cellular DNA.

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This post is not intended to give medical advice.