Monday, May 11, 2015

This week's yoga, Meditation dates, April and May calendar, Herb/Spice of the Month: Lavender, reminders, and more

Hello,   I hope you had a lovely Mother's Day weekend.  I look forward to our yoga this week:

Tuesday, May 12 at 10:30AM at BUMC; meditation after yoga

Wednesday, May 13 at 6PM at BUMC; meditation after yoga, dinner after meditation

   Thursday, May 14 at 11:30AM at BUMC; Chair/Mat yoga at Fellowship Hall

Saturday, May 16 at 9:30AM at BUMC

Sunday, May 17 at 5PM at BUMC (Nina)

Optional Meditation during the Second Week of Each Month   

Remaining May dates: T. May 12; and W., May 13

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benefits Our House which provides care and education to homeless children and helps their parents to get to their feet.
lease remember to put your donation in the basket in lieu of extra fee.

  Lunch and Dinner Club Dates
Dinner: This Wed., May 13 at Desta's at 3086 Briarcliff Rd., NE; Atlanta, GA 30329; 404-929-0011
Bring friends and family or come by yourself.   Please let me know by tomorrow, T., May 12 so I can reserve a table.  So far, there are 6 of us going.

Lunch: Please send me suggestions for date and place for our next outing.


Please see May calendar attached
Please note that instead of Th., May 28, we will meet on F., May 29 at the Fellowship Hall for our Chair/Mat yoga at 11:30AM

Spice of the Month; Lavender
Lavender is a plant that most of us love for its aroma.  In addition to its beautiful fragrance, Lavender can be used for other purposes. 

For example:

- Lavender tea has cleansing effect.  To make tea, add 4 cups of boiling water to 2 teaspoons of lavender flowers and brew for 10 minutes.  Drink up to 4 cups per day.
- a hot compress alleviates pain; brew 1/4 cup of lavender flower with 4 cups of boiling water and brew for 10 minutes.
- A few drops of the lavender essential oil in a hot foot bath will banish fatigue.
-Applied on the body, it will act as a strong stimulant and may relieve various neuralgic pains, sprains, and rheumatism.
- A few drops of its essential oil on the forehead takes care of headache and minor depression.
- It is a great bug repellent.  Placing lavender flowers in the closets and drawers keeps moths out. 
-Applying it to the skin keeps the mosquito and midges away.  Add a few drops of the essential oil to your favorite oil such as almond or sesame oil.
-To make a cosmetic tonic, Add a handful of lavender flowers to 2 cups of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.  Add 6 cups of rose water or rose petals or jasmine petals.  Let the flowers steep for a week, but shake and turn the liquid each day.  Strain off the flowers.  Use this tonic on the face to restore the acid mantle or on the body to restore energy.  It is excellent for oily skin.
- To help with sleep, put a drop of lavender essential oil on a cotton ball and place it between your pillow and the pillowcase.

Food for Thought

"I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind."  Antoine de Saint-Exupery