Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions. – Pablo Picasso

In 1666, English scientist Sir Isaac Newton discovered that when pure white light passes through a prism, it separates into all of the visible colors. Newton also found that each color is made up of a single wavelength and cannot be separated any further into other colors.

While perceptions of color are somewhat subjective, there are some color effects that have universal meaning. Colors including red, orange and yellow are known as warm colors and can evoke emotions ranging from feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of anger and hostility. Red is even thought to stimulate the appetite. Colors including blue, purple and green are known as cool colors and can induce a feeling of calm, as well as sadness.

Several ancient cultures, including the Egyptians and Chinese, practiced chromotherapy, or using colors to heal and it is still used today as a holistic or alternative treatment. Doctors trained in chromotherapy will treat certain ailments by having the patient look through tinted glass lenses, or look into a light box that is displaying a certain color. But the truth is, even if you’re sceptical about chromotherapy as a treatment for illness, color (and light, which are inextricably linked) certainly has an impact on us emotionally. We should surround ourselves with colors we love. We should put color on our walls and into our wardrobes, and we should plant our gardens. And we should embrace the proven health benefits of sunlight (which contains all the colors of the spectrum) by spending some time outside each day.

For a more in-depth explanation of chromotherapy, read here.

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Wisdom overcomes forturne. ~ Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) ~ Roman poet, 1st Century A.D.

 

Dietary supplements, or vitamins as we sometimes call them, are preparations intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or insufficient in a person’s diet. Supplements are not meant to replace nutrition from food. But you have to ask yourself – do I have the perfect diet? Am I receiving all the nutrition my body demands for optimal health? The answer may be yes – but consuming adequate nutrition through food alone is extremely difficult for a variety of reasons. If you purchase your food (versus growing it yourself), that food may have been grown in soil that is depleted of vital nutrients, it may have been harvested before it was ripe, or it may be processed – depleting the food of certain nutrients. Even little ‘holes’ in our diet can negatively impact our health and energy level. As Benjamin Franklin said, “A small leak can sink a great ship.”

If you choose to add nutritional supplements to your diet, it is important to pay as close attention to the quality of the supplement as you would to any food you eat. At Nu Skin, we have exceptional supplements based in science and the understanding of how the body’s systems age. Are you feeling your best? Is your energy level high? Don’t hesitate to contact us, Vicki and Ed, with any questions you may have. We’ll be happy to share with you our story, and give you information on how supplements can improve your quality of life.

Baked Havarti Egg – recipe from Carrington’s Bluff Bed and Breakfast, Austin, TX

For each egg that you are making:

1 teaspoon butter

1 tablespoon half-and-half

1 large egg

1 heaping tablespoon Havarti cheese, grated

1/8 teaspoon dried dill

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt the butter in individual custard cups, or a muffin tin. Add the half-and-half. Crack the eggs individually  into the cups or the muffin tin and cover each with Havarti. Sprinkle with dill. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until set.

 

 

What is an Angel?

The word angel is thought to be derived from the Greek word “Angelos” which means “messenger”. In Christian, Muslim, Jewish and other theologies an angel can be one who acts as a messenger, attendant or agent of God. Many of us also associate these messengers with guardians, who have charge over people. Whatever your personal belief about the existence of these beings, there is something peaceful and powerful in the symbology of “angels watching over me.”

These ethereal creatures with gossamer wings have come to symboize many things: peace, strength, safety, and hope among them. My friend who had cancer was given an “angel of courage” while she was sick – a small, winged figure with her arms raised high in victory. And when she looked at her angel, she thought, “I, too, am courageous. I, too, will be victorious.” It’s not that the angel was real in any sense, but that little figurine helped her fill her mind with thoughts of hope. 

At Purple Sage, we believe in the power of symbols to lead one to healing and strength. Among our products, we have beautiful stone carvings of angels, as well as other figures. The symbolic meanings of these images are myriad. What really matters is this: what do they mean to you?

Reading novels has been shown to relieve depression, so it should come as no surprise that reading also reduces stress. Reading is the best way to relax and even six minutes can be enough to reduce stress levels by more than two thirds, according to the British newspaper The Telegraph. Research found that reading actually works better and faster than other methods of relaxation, including walking or settling down with a very English cup of tea.

Psychologists believe this is because the human mind has to concentrate on reading and the distraction of being taken into a literary world eases the tensions in muscles and the heart. Those of us who love to lose ourselves in a good book know it’s not just an act of escapism. Reading actively engages the imagination and improves our concentration. As Dr. Lewis, who conducted the research says, “This is more than merely a distraction but an active engaging of the imagination as the words on the printed page stimulate your creativity and cause you to enter what is essentially an altered state of consciousness.” Researchers found that physical indicators of stress were reduced by 68% after just six minutes of reading.

Of course, studying for a test or reading about the latest tragedy on the front page of the paper can actualy increase stress. And what you read impacts who you are. So when you’re feeling the daily grind, pick up something you enjoy and take a relaxing and cost-free vacation to another place. Whether it’s a novel, a cookbook, a self-help book, or a religious Scripture, just lose yourself in the words. It’s good for you, after all.

The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one’s self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.  ~Michelangelo