Make Your Own Essential Oils

Feeling crafty? Why not try making your own essential oils this weekend?

IMG_0001Recipe from Willow and Sage by Stampington

Making your own essential oil is easier than you think. Gather dried herbs and oil of choice. Dried herbs are better than fresh to prevent mold. 

Here are some single oils you can infuse along with their healing benefits. 

Calendula Oil–Use for any skin remedies, like in lotion or facial oil.

Peppermint Oil–Wonderful for relieving aches and pains. It can be used as a massage oil or added to bath water. If you have a headache, rub a bit on your wrist and breath in the healing aroma.

Rosemary Oil–If you have hair troubles, such as poor growth, lice, or dandruff, rosemary is a great option. Add the infused oil to shampoo or use as a hair mask. 

Lemon Balm Oil–Lemon balm is a natural astringent and has antibacterial properties, which are amazing for healing cold sores and other skin…

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Therapeutic Lavender Oat Scrub

It is very important that we take the time to look after ourselves especially if you live with chronic illness and this lavender oil scrub shared by Melinda Sandor from looking for the light is the perfect way to treat yourself..

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This itch-relief scrub is therapeutic on so many levels. It contains sugar to help exfoliate, oils to help hydrate, and oatmeal to help alleviate any irritation. The ground lavender buds are optional but they do add some spa-like qualities-yes, please.

You Will Need

  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • Blender/Food Processor
  • 1 TB. dried lavender buds
  • Mortar & pestle
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 TB. sweet almond oil
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1 TB. coconut oil softened
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Bowl
  • Airtight jar/Container

To Make 

Add the steel-cut oats to a blender or food processor and pulse until the oats have a powder-like texture. Grind the lavender buds into a powder using the motar & pestle. Combine the oats, flowers, sugar, and oils together in a bowl. Store in airtight jar or container.

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March: Brain Injury Awareness Month

Vivian from Godswhispereroftruth has just informed me that March is also Brain Injury Awareness Month so I thought I’d share her post with you. It’s super informative and an easy read and I love the visuals so I hope you enjoy reading it too.  March seems to be an awareness month for everything.

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Check out these few facts that can help make us all more aware of just how prevalent brain injury is in the U.S.

Here are a few statistics I find very interesting regarding brain injury:

1) A TBI is a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain.

2) Falls are the leading causes of TBI in America.

3) Men are twice as likely to sustain a TBI than women.

4) 90 % percent of concussions do not involve loss of consciousness.

5) Each year, about 2.8 million people are treated for TBI in a United States ER.

6) A concussion is a mild brain injury. The consequences of multiple concussions can be far more dangerous than those of a first time TBI.

7) The area most often injured are the frontal lobes that control thinking and emotional regulation.

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More talk about MS!

March is MS Awareness Month so I thought I’d re-blog a post written by Alyssa from fightmsdaily who lives with MS and has written up this fantastic post on MS Awareness full of hope and positivity.  I wasn’t able to re-blog this to my new website https://all-hearts.org  which is all about raising awareness of multiple chronic illnesses through art as it is a WordPress hosted  website but through Bluehost so  I don’t have the re-blog feature on it  )Heather and Dizzy, I’m not sure if you have figured out how to work the reblogging on Bluehost) so I decided to just re-blog it here on coolncreative.

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ms march awarenessMultiple Sclerosis is a very complex and frustrating battle to face. Unfortunately, this illness does impact everyone’s life in  so many different ways and to the point it’s almost hard to pinpoint what is what! There have been various names people choose to use when referring to  MS; such as the snowflake disease or invisible illness. I think these terms can also be used in many other chronic illnesses as well because they are fitting. I mean if you think about it, there are no two snowflakes that are exactly the alike,  just like no illnesses experiences the exact same symptoms. Also, there are so many of these illnesses that are completely naked to the eye, so they are pretty much invisible in the bigger picture. 51209211_2039825619447292_5206443739896197656_n

Let me ask my wonderful fellow bloggers, whether you live with MS or know someone else that does, what do you already know about…

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World Brownie Day

Who here loves brownies? Mmmmmm. I sure do? the gooey, chocolate combined with a salty crunch. I am five days late but Saturday 8th December was World brownie Day, a day to celebrate brownies.

Talkative Tag

Kristy from  Miraculous Smile has tagged me to participate in this fun talkative tag. I am participating in this on my old Coolncreative blog as it’s not art or chronic illness related but if you want to continue following me I now also blog at all-hearts.org I don’t actually know if I am doing this thing right or not but I thought I’d have a go and I’ve finally got around to it among all of the fatigue I have been experiencing so I really hope you enjoy reading as it has taken me an hour to complete this post and used up a lot of the energy in my hands. Please correct me if I’ve done it all wrong.  Shout out to John at “The Eclectic Contrarian”  who created this talkative tag.  I just love thanking people. You get so much joy in it. OK here goes. 

Caz from Invisibly Me You’ve actually commented on my blog posts the most and I want to say Thank you for following me and for continuing to follow me on my new all-hearts.org website. Thank you for taking the time to have a look at and at least like my blogs even when you may not have the time to comment and  for your first comment on my blog which put a smile on my face. When I  have felt  like giving up you always try your best to cheer me up.You are so thoughtful and encouraging.

Elaine from Roseelaineblog Thank you very much for sending me that angel during Dysautonomia Awareness Month in October. It was such a nice thing to do and it helped me to feel supported and like someone was thinking of me and your angel artworks are my favourites. So soft and fantasy like and your recent poem was beautiful. You are such a talented poet and artist. I admire your digital art skills and how you manage to complete so many beautiful artworks in a day. I don’t know how you manage to do it, sometimes I can’t keep up with all of your posts. 

Christy Istrate from Miraculous Smile A huge Thank You for tagging me to participate in this talkative tag and sorry it has taken me so long to get around to doing it. I have been feeling soooo exhausted lately. Everything that you say is beautiful whenever you comment on my blog posts. You have a lovely smile. thank you for encouraging me to blog and continue doing what I love and for also following me on my new blog I think.  I love your Wednesday cooking.recipe posts and your quotes. Your prayers are much appreciated.

Mishka from Craftschronicillnessandadulting I love how you always include your water colour paintings at the bottom of all of your blog posts. You have gotten better over the months and you are very talented with water colours. Of course there are always a few favorites of mine. You make me want to get my brush and water colour paints out again every time I see your posts. If only I had the time. 

Heather from Dinosaursdonkeys&MS A huge Thank you for helping me out and providing me with information on hosts for my website and once the website was up and running directing me with how to set up my shop etc. I ended up going with Blue Host. I love Dizzy. She is so cute and I really want my very own Dizzy and I love to read about the adventures you and Dizzy go on together.

Melindafromlookingforthelight  I think it is amazing how you have been able to move forward from all of your negative experiences and create not just your own personal blog but a blog where other bloggers can share their experiences to inspire others. Like you mention you are more than just your mental health condition. Behind the illness you are someone with interests in photography, animals etc. 

Comments by authors on Coolncreative

Once again Thank you to Kristy for tagging me. Since Elaine’s blog is an award free blog and Kristy you have already participated in this tag and you were the one who tagged me to participate I would like to tag the following  amazing bloggers to participate in this Talkative Tag.

Caz from Invisibly Me, Craftschronicillnessandadulting, Heather from Dinosaurs,Donkeys&MS, Melinda from Looking for The Light, Alyssa from FightMSdaily and Vivian from Gods Whispers of Truth.

Take care.

Nicole Xx (Coolncreative17)

How To Make Twinkle Christmas Ornaments By Using Hot Glue

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How To Make Twinkle Christmas Ornaments By Using Hot Glue

This is a very easy twinkle Christmas ornaments to make. You only need a steady hand to make it, because you’re going to use a hot glue gun. How? Next you are going to read the tutorial and things you need to make the Christmas ornaments from hot glue.

Things I used to make this hot glue twinkle Christmas ornaments :

  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue (clear)
  • Wire
  • Glitter glue
  • Glitter
  • Glue

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Below are the steps on how to make the hot glue Christmas ornaments and how to make it twinkle:

  1. Have your hot glue gun ready with the hot glue.
  2. Apply some lotion to your work surface, just thin layer for easy peeling job.
  3. Apply hot glue to the lotion surface with your desired shape. Let it dry. I made Christmas tree, snowflake, Christmas sock, snowman, star, Noel and Merry.

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10 Great Christmas gifts for people with fibromyalgia

10 Great gifts for people living with Fibromyalgia.
Check out this blog by Nikki (Brainless Blogger).

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So there are a lot of gift ideas that would make someone with Fibromyalgia happy. Because there are times we get products we cannot use due to skin sensitivities and scent sensitivities. So I have a few ideas based on things I use with fibromyalgia that just work for me.

10 great Christmas gifts for people with fibromyalgia

Shampoo without SLS

I am going to tell you this for sure about Fibromyalgia, we have sensitivities. And I became sensitive to SLS in shampoo. It made my scalp just crawl with itchiness. There are now a good selection of shampoos that do not have SLS sulphates or parabens

Moroccan Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner is a nice one for a gift.

But I personally use Live Clean which works great for me and you can’t beat the price

And that company has body wash, and hand soap. I mean they are a good company. And they have a…

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