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            May  2010
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A doodle is a type of sketch, an unfocused drawing made while a person's attention is otherwise  occupied. Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be abstract shapes.

People who doodled while listening to a recorded message had nearly one-third better recall of the details than those who didn't draw, according to a study published in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology. "Doodling acts as a buffer against daydreaming," it provides just enough distraction to stop you from drifting off, but you can still focus on what is being said."

The word doodle first appeared in the early 17th century to mean a fool or simpleton.

The American English  word 'dude' may be a derivation of doodle. The meaning "fool, simpleton"

is intended in the song title "Yankee Doodle," originally sung by British colonial troops prior to the American Revolutionary War. This is also the origin of the early eighteenth century verb to doodle, meaning "to swindle or to make a fool of." The modern meaning emerged in the 1930s either from this meaning or from the verb "to dawdle," which since the seventeenth century has had the meaning of wasting time or being lazy.

amma  Happy  Mothers Day!

Amma's (the Hugging Saint) life is her message.  In other words, Amma does not teach anything that she herself does not practice. Living from moment to moment in a constant state of supreme happiness, Amma warmly embraces thousands of people day after day, wiping their tears, giving them her divine guidance and offering solace to all who come to her.

It is hard to comprehend the source of Amma's inexhaustible energy that flows from moment to moment, day after day, in the form of a loving, motherly hug. Often she sits for more than 18-20 hours straight without even a moment's break. Over the past 35 years Amma has hugged more than 25 million people around the globe. When asked if she ever feels tired of listening to the same problems people have, and hugging them over and over again, Amma answered with a smile, "Where there is love, there is no effort."
Whether one believes in Amma or not, it remains an indisputable fact that she is one of the most hard working people that this world has ever seen.
Amma recommends the path of selfless-service through the example of her own life.  Amma says, "The beauty and charm of selfless love and service should not die away from the face of the earth. The world should know that a life of dedication is possible, that a life inspired by love and service to humanity is possible."

Every year in June, Amma visits Los Angeles.  I don't consider myself  her follower, but every year I am blessed to have an opportunity be in her presence.  It is powerful and transforming experience.

Thank you Amma and Happy Mothers Day!

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        Q&A          Dry And Dehydrated Skin
Q. How do I recognize dry skin condition?

A.  Dry skin appears dry and dehydrated with taut, fine lines, wrinkles and broken vessels.  Skin can become dehydrated by the accumulation of dead cells on it's surface.  Skin loses moisture by washing with bar soap or any liquid cleanser that foams with detergents.  Cleansers and toners with high alcohol content also contribute to dry skin.  Using compacts and loose powder that contain talc will dry out skin.

Q.  How do I recognize dehydrated skin?  Is there difference between dehydrated and dry skin?

 A. Dehydration can affect every skin type and every age.  Skin dehydration is the loss of water in the skin and occurs when the skin loses more moisture than it takes in. Dehydration often leads to thinning of the skin, promoting the development of fine lines, wrinkles and crow's feet.  Being dehydrated can change the appearance of your skin.  It may appear flushed, dry and older looking.  Skin dehydration is often the result of a hot, dry climate, not drinking enough water, prolonged exposure to the sun, poor skin hygiene, air conditioning and using harsh soaps.  Your skin naturally loses up to half a pint of water every day, which means it constantly needs replenishing. It's essential to seal moisture directly in to your skin to keep it healthy and well hydrated.

Q. Can oily skin be dehydrated?

A. Yes, oily skin can become dehydrated if the wrong products are used, particularly cleansers with detergents.  And it is very important to know that it becomes dehydrated by accumulation of dead cells on the skin surface.  What's the answer?  Exfoliation.  Please exfoliate your skin on a regular basis to keep it looking it's best.

                                         Help for Dehydrated Skin is here!
                        Sodium  Hyaluronate
Also known as nature's "moisture magnet," it delivers advanced levels of hydration. Sodium Hyaluronate is a high molecular weight substance belonging to the group of glycosaminoglycans. It has a molecular weight of 0.4-3 million. Owing to its high molecular weight, Sodium Hyaluronate is not absorbed when applied to the skin.  Instead, it forms a thin, invisible, transparent, viscous-elastic surface film. The film fixes moisture on the surface of the skin in a similar manner as Hyaloronic acid does in the ground substance of the tissues. The Sodium Hyaluronate film helps to retain the most important characteristics of youthful, healthy skin, such as suppleness, elasticity and tone. The Sodium Hyaluronate film supports the natural protective mechanisms of the skin.  Apply a few drops on a clean face and spread with long strokes.  Do not use on breakouts. Use ONLY a few drops, it is very effective.  If desired, you can follow it with any other cream.

Our price $33 for 0.5 oz, $60 for 1 oz.

                                                                 Fresh Sea Plant Mask
An effective mask made with 100% Fresh Sea Plants to hydrate and nourish the skin. Contains Algin, Chlorophyll and Beta-carotene. The algin in the sea plants is an excellent moisturizer and the chlorophyll is very good in nourishing and soothing the skin. Sea Plants are rich in minerals, protein and amino acids.  It has been estimated that seaweed contains up to 10 times more minerals than land plants.  Ocean vegetation contains approximately 60% concentrated seawater.  Because sea plants have no roots, they soak up all the beneficial amino acids, vitamins, minerals and proteins that seawater offers.  This wonderful mask has an excellent moisturizing, nourishing and revitalizing effect.
Apply all over the face, throat, around the eyes. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off with plenty of water. Use  it two three or more times per week. To be stored in the refrigerator.  Do not use on breakouts.
Our price $25 for 2 oz jar

We are offering deep hydrating treatments with a peel off mask, which is a very effective addition to your facials with me (add $13).  It feels cool and is very soothing.  It aids all active ingredients for better penetration into your skin.  We are NOT using any machines to achieve this result.  Some of you have had this special mask and are requesting it every time.  We offer a variety of masks for sensitive skin: Marine extract mask, Hydrating mask, and the  top of the line collagen sheet mask.  Try it.  It's a great experience!!

 peel off mask      My masks definitely look much prettier  :)
                                                           Make your own deodorant


Many people consider using deodorants and antiperspirants essential to preventing body odor. Finding a good deodorant that does not contain aluminum oxide, aluminum compounds, synthetic fragrances or stabilizers makes for a tough search.  Brands advertised as organic, all natural or herbal often contain the same chemicals, either with lesser quantities or with certain additives removed but others added.  Alternative, natural deodorants can be homemade, are cost effective and very simple to make.  Best of all, they are not damaging to your health.

Natural Alternatives to Chemical Laden Deodorants

- By mixing cornstarch and baking soda with a few drops of essential oil, an effective and natural dry deodorant can be created.

- A wet deodorant can be created by mixing witch hazel and glycerin combined with the essential oil of your choice.

- Blending pure essential oils with a base oil (such as olive oil or jojoba oil), or blending a few drops of essential oil to use directly on the skin can make a delightfully scented, natural deodorant.

- Crystals or salt rocks that leave an almost unnoticeable residue when applied can take care of underarm odor. Salt rock crystal deodorants are safe, even for people with allergies and skin sensitivity. They do not leave behind any noticeable residue on skin or clothing. Though there are several brands available, verify that you are choosing a pure salt crystal without any additives or artificial fragrances.

Essential Oil Blends - What to Consider

For body odor, use essential oils that will limit the bacterial growth that causes odor.  Be careful of oils that may irritate the skin, especially the sensitive skin under the arms.  Try lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, patchouli, cinnamon and clove essential oils.

Be sure to use very good quality essential oil, since some oils are poorly processed or contain additives that may irritate the skin.  Look for organically sourced oil, pressed at low temperatures that are safe to use topically.

Recipe for Deodorant Powder Using Essential Oils

Deodorant powder

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/3 cup baking soda

3/4 teaspoon pulverized lavender flowers

15 drops pure lavender essential oil

Mix lavender oil with the pulverized lavender flowers.  Add the other ingredients and mix.  Store in an airtight glass container away from any light for a day or two.

To use, lightly dust the underarms using a shaving brush or blush brush and/or apply to any other area of your body you wish to feel fresh.

For external use only.

Recipe for Natural Spray Deodorant Using Tea Tree Oil

Pour 2 ounces of clean water

4 drops of tea tree essential oil

Mix together, shake up and spray whenever necessary for a natural deodorant that can double as a mosquito repellent.

(Natural News)

Holistic Facials by Karina offers the highest quality Essential Oils from Provence (France) as well as any blends.  Please note these are Professional strength oils you cannot buy in the stores.  Over 50 scents to choose from.

If you are interested, you can also a purchase wall diffuser to make your home or office smell fantastic all day ($20)

Thought  for today:
"If things are not as you wish, wish them as they are."
                                                    Yiddish Proverb

Cheers and joy,
Karina Kara

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