My cat Alex had two kittens last week. She delivered them at an unknown place but then brought them home yesterday.

These lovely softballs reduce the stress about life. The black kitten absolutely hates my touch. But the white one lets me touch him and then observes me closely. At this point black one calls him back ( stupid come back she is not mom ) then the white one protests. And I let him go

They have strict lifeguard policies. They trust me more when their mom is around me and if I pick them up in the presence of their mom, they are quiet. Years of keeping cats made me understand them. Now I can write a book about their behavior. 😄🥰🤩💓👶👶🐈🐈🐈

Happy Monday My dear kind WordPress neighbours. 😁😄

Touching the tail is a big offense for my cats. Grandma Alex and grandson Ambrie are in this video. Ambry will touch everything that moves, not his fault, just an instinct. Grandma should know. The same thing Alex did with her mother Sophie years back and Sophie spanked Alex. When instinct rules, lessons are never learned. To learn a lesson we need bigger brains than our instincts. My cats had the power to change me. I learned selfless service, humbleness, patience, and accepting a sense of loss and grief when anyone of my cat died. I adopted cats in 2018.

Happy Sunday my dear kind fellows.

Watercolor minimalist line art. This one I did last winter.

Loving Our Mother Earth

Beautiful post. I am reblogging this.

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“The earth laughs in flowers.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today I am grateful for being on a planet that sustains our life. We’ve been given a beautiful place to live, our Earth, and with it comes a great responsibility to keep her healthy and thriving. This means making sure the ground we walk on, the air we breathe and the water we drink are fervently protected.

Earth Day is not just a day, it’s a daily choice to honor that which gives us life. There are many ways we can do this. I’ve listed a few changes we’ve made in our household.


An Abundance of Trees

Steve planted over 150 trees on our property. Trees filter the air we breathe and provide oxygen into our atmosphere. They also provide homes for countless species of wildlife. So why not plant as many as we can?

We have an array of evergreens –…

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10 Most Beneficial Plants for the Production of Herbal Cosmetics

We need to live in harmony with nature. No doubt, nature is our ultimate destiny. If we want to thrive, we must make nature as our guide to save us from health damage. Mother Nature is our home. After creating so much harm in many ways, it is time to return home. The production of herbal cosmetics is one step towards healthy living.

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 The Organic, and the Herbal Cosmetics, what is the difference?

There is only one difference between organic and herbal products. Organic products are derived from plants that are grown without the addition of any chemicals, additives or pesticides. Plant based or herbal cosmetics are extracted from nature or plants that may or may not are grown without use of chemicals. All parts of plants provide raw material to the production of herbal cosmetics that are gentle to our body and nutritious.

The raw material or ingredients of herbal cosmetics

These herbal or botanical cosmetics use the raw material directly from plants. Natural cosmetics lack harmful ingredients. Therefore, they are getting more and more popular. Plant-derived cosmetics include flowers, roots, leaves, bark seeds etc.; Some natural or herbal cosmetics can be harmful to people who are susceptible to allergy. They should be careful about what product they use on their skin or hair.

The history of herbal cosmetics                                                                                                      

Ancient civilizations, especially Egypt and Greece, had discovered the healthy properties of essential oils. In the modern age, there is mass production of herbal cosmetics. It would be very interesting to know what flowers and plants are famous for their special characteristics, that make them sought out for the production of natural cosmetics.

The most common forms of herbal cosmetics

The most common herbal cosmetics are oils, creams, hair dyes, lip oils, perfumes balms, serum, toners, conditioners both for skin and hair. This wide range depends on nature for its preparation.  Flowers not only add color and fragrance to herbal products but also provide nutrients. Vitamins and antioxidants in plants help moisturize, rejuvenate, smooth and repair damaged skin. Following are some of the flowers and plants that are used in the production of herbal cosmetics.

  1. Geranium
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Geranium is not only popular for its bright color as decorative plant, but also it is a basic ingredient in various herbal  cosmetic  in the form of oil.  This oil has great cleansing and toning qualities. People with dry skin and pimples can benefit from geranium oil. Geranium is cultivated in Europe and some developing countries at a high cost. The quality of geranium oil varies significantly. China and Egypt produce low quality geranium oil. While South Africa and Madagascar produce best quality geranium oil.  France, UK, and Italy are the largest importers of this oil.

Henna

In Asia, Henna is a quite familiar plant. Henna leaves produce dark orang color when soaked in water.  This color is common dye for hair, skin, nails and clothes. Women use henna tattoos during celebrations. Henna extracts are used in cosmetics, hair dye and hair care products. This plant has antifungal properties. Henna hair mask gives volume to thin hair but also dries out the moisture. Hena hair dye is a healthy and natural herbal alternative to people who can’t use synthetic dyes due to allergic reaction.

Saffron

Saffron is a kind of crimson spice, cultivated from dried flowers of a plant called ‘Crocus Sativus”. Saffron has been incorporated in many beauty products.  It is most commonly used in skincare products like serums, masks, facial creams, cleansers and skin whiteners. Saffron has the healing property and repairs cells. Being the most luxurious spice in the world for beauty products, single pound of saffron comes from 75000 dried saffron blossoms  

Sandal wood

Sandal grows at high altitude and it is an aromatic evergreen tree. Sandal wood is a natural antiseptic; therefore, it is frequently used in the production of soaps, beauty creams and other toiletries. Sandal wood powder and oil both contain the remarkable beauty and health benefits. History tells us sandal wood has been used for making perfumes and oils since time unknown. Its oil is fairly beneficial for both hair and skin care products. Acne, pigmentation, blemishes, dandruff can be treated effectively by sandal wood.

Gooseberry.

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 Gooseberry is a translucent and sour fruit. Gooseberry juice leaves black color on skin and hair. Therefore, sometimes it is mixed in hair mask to enhance the hair color. Because of its sour nature it cleanses skin and hair. Gooseberry extract conditions the scalp, promotes healthy hair growth, reduces gray hair, increases hair volume, and eliminates dandruff. Gooseberry has high concentration of vitamin C, iron, phosphorus, calcium and vitamin E.

Rosemary

Rosemary is cultivated in many parts of the world. European countries are the main suppliers of the rosemary. But it is also cultivated in Turkey, Morocco and North America. Rosemary has antiseptic properties. It is used in making natural cosmetics like masks, facial creams, hair products, oils and tones. These are nature ‘s gifts endowed to human beings. The salient features of rosemary flower are as under;

  •  Revitalizes hair growth
  •  Good for the treatment of alopecia
  •  Acts as excellent hair conditioner
  •   Treats acne successfully
  •    Rosemary oils moisturize dry skin and smooths the fine creases
  •   Contains vitamin C, calcium and iron,
  •  Anti-inflammatory characteristics heal the damaged skin

Honeysuckle

The honeysuckle flower has strong sweet smell. Nevertheless, the leaves, flowers and seeds have medicinal qualities. Honeysuckle essential oils are antimicrobial and antiviral, therefore used to preserve cosmetics. These oils correct brittle hair ends, reduce dryness and dandruff.  This plant is rich with antioxidants. The antiseptic characteristics keep skin clean and also help to smooth the skin tone. Honeysuckle extract makes skin supple and elastic.  The manufacturers of herbal cosmetic  products take advantage of these natural qualities of the plant. Massage oil, hair and skin masks, cleanser and exfoliants are derived from honeysuckles.   

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Verbena

Verbena extract is anti-dandruff, skin conditioner, anti-acne and anti-inflammatory. All these properties make verbena skin friendly flower. The flowers have lemony fragrance. Verbena is mostly used in soaps, after shave lotions, moisturizers, facial creams and scrubs. Verbena products are ideal for sensitive skin. Face wipes, body sprays and deodorants saturated with verbena fragrance are excellent herbal products. The pleasant refreshing aroma lasts for hours, excellent during hot summer days.

Chamomile

 Chamomile oil has the power to heal and sooth the delicate skin. Chamomile extract speeds up the healing of burns, reduces eczema, and imparts natural glow to the skin. likewise, it is very beneficial when added to shampoos, soaps, facial serums, hair and skin masks. Chamomile oil and chamomile extract are very different from each other in their composition and usage. Chamomile bath gives relaxing effect on  the skin of people. This flower carries antiseptic, disinfectant, analgesic and healing characteristics.

Hibiscus

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Hibiscus contains mild acids. The flowers have   all those ingredients our skin needs. They exfoliate, hydrate, tighten and cleans the skin. Hibiscus is rich with amino acids, oligopeptides, antioxidants that help in reducing fine lines and wrinkles from the skin. Some experts even consider hibiscus as natural Botox because of its skin tightening qualities. Hibiscus creams and cleansers purify and hydrate skin. Hibiscus is rightfully called anti-aging plant as it firms and lifts sagging skin.  Both flowers and leaves of hibiscus are used in making skin and hair herbal cosmetics.   

Conclusion

Ancient civilizations used flowers, and herbs not only to treat wounds and infections but also to enhance their beauty. The herbs had sacred appeal to them. Herbal cosmetics gained popularity again in the modern time because people want to get closer to nature. Botanical extracts have many uses in all kinds of herbal cosmetics.

Disclaimer:

This information is for general educational purpose only and is not intended to replace the expert’s advice.

Happy Friday my dear kind fellows . Praise to Almighty God.

One smile can be a sufficient remedy both to your physical and mental pain. Don’t allow anyone to take away your smile. 😃😄😆 An acrylic portrait I did some years back. Hopefully I will resume to my art soon.

Blessed Thursday to all of you. Thanks to Almighty God who granted me another day to live.

I feel great to share my life with my fellow beings. May God enable me always to do good until I am living on the outer surface of the earth. This vintage-inspired piece of art I did almost two years back. Why I am talking biggg words? Because I am feeling these. There are some days in my life when I take a bungee jump with Rumi into the spiritual world. 😁😂🤣🤔🙏🙏🙏

Happy Wednesday my dear kind fellows. God bless you.

Then came the cute tractor to lay down all the standing wheat crop. This place is behind my home. I recorded a video from my rooftop. This video cost me knee pain. I leave you guessing why? 😀😃😂😁

Happy Tuesday my dear kind fellows. God bless you.

Mixed media portrait of Princess Alice of Hesse. Daughter of Queen Victoria. This portrait I did a couple of years back. The reference photo was black and white.