2015 January

Pre-Paid Massages

Have you pre-paid for massages?
I have them logged for you safe and sound, but I do not call you to schedule the sessions.  They don’t expire, but come on in and use them.  You ‘knead’ it!!

Happy New Year!
Monica Leibacher

Ode to White Space

Who doesn’t feel as if there aren’t enough hours in the day? We rush through days running here and there and end up exhausted. Days full of duty and obligation have become our lifestyle.  We’ve come to believe that being productive and crossing things off our to-do list is the ultimate goal.

The truth is, life on Earth is a brief gift.   Our time is far too precious. Balanced, healthy lives require lighter loads, down time, and listening. This means planning less, prioritizing things that make our hearts sing, and opting out of the un-imperative.

How can we cultivate the art of going slowly?
-Take a moment before you climb out of bed in the morning.
-Ask yourself:  What to you want from the day?
-Leave your watch on the nightstand.
-Take the scenic route.
-Sit for a moment with your eyes closed when you start your computer.
-Check email only twice a day…really!
-Don’t pack your schedule so tightly that there’s no time for a short walk.
-Light candles before you start to cook dinner.

Add one moment here and there for slowness; it can be done simply and will have a profound effect on your well-being.


Last month we looked at cinnamon.  Now let’s get to know the warm, seasonal smell of clove….

Clove bud is an evergreen which also grows up to 45′ tall with glossy green leaves, red flowers, and purple fruits.  The clove bud – calyx – is beat out of the tree and dried and distilled.

The Han Dynasty is credited with the first recorded use – to sweeten the breath.  Arabs provided this spice to Europeans and the history of clove is tied to that of Cinnamon.  Today’s largest supplier of cloves is Zanzibar.  A tea of cloves may help nausea, and application of the oil to the gums may help a toothache or relieve oral pain.  It is an anti-septic and may inhibit a large spectrum of microbes.  It can be used for arthritis and sprains, as a means to generate warmth, and it may help stimulate digestion and appetite.  As a dermal irritant,clove should be properly diluted it if used neat.

It is interesting to note that research has shown that cinnamon and clove oil are effective snake repellents.  With the danger of live snakes being inadvertently imported into the U.S. snake-sniffing dogs have been used to detect their unwanted presence.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service have found that diffusing cinnamon and/or clove oil into a container repels snakes and drive them out.

Well, whatdaya know!

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