<![CDATA[Chameleon Thoughts - Blog Home]]>Fri, 01 May 2020 18:16:53 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Small Business Spotlight:  Mooncraft Crochet]]>Wed, 19 Dec 2018 01:02:46 GMThttp://chameleonthoughts.imclyde.com/blog-home/small-business-spotlight-mooncraft-crochetLast month my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ImclydeCE2/ ran a little contest to promote “Small Business Saturday” and encourage people to shop small businesses as much as possible.  We asked people to nominate their favorite small business or business owner during the week.  The business with the most nominations at the end of the week won a feature blog post here.  Our winner was Mooncraft Crochet!  Mooncraft Crochet is located in Portland, OR and is owned by Joshua Gross.

Josh is a smart and creative young man and a very talented writer.  I asked him to reply to some interview questions.  The interview follows with some interruptions by me to add content related to the interview topics.   (Josh’s responses are in italics.)
When did you open your Business?
Back in 2013 I started an E-reader cozy business on Facebook and would occasionally showcase other items I crocheted.  E-reader cozies were not really in demand so I gradually just used the page for random posts about new crochet items.
                             Here is a photo of one of Josh's E-reader cozies
In 2017 I learned a basic doll pattern and tried making my very first voodoo doll. It turned out really cute, and I made several to be sold at my local metaphysical store, Moonshadow Magick, in SE Portland. I sold several voodoo dolls through Moonshadow on consignment, with the store taking a percentage and then me mostly spending what was left at the store.
he first voodoo doll that was made
In 2018, I saw an ad for the Season of the Witch craft fair at a witch shop in Tigard, OR, a place I had been and met the owner already. This seemed like the perfect foray into the craft show world, and I had a lot to do to prepare. I set up and established an online presence on Facebook under my new brand, and set up my new Etsy page so I'd have somewhere online to send customers. I printed out business cards, got a table and sign, and downloaded the square app for card purchases. Then I crocheted like crazy to set up a good amount of stock. The craft fair was extremely successful, in particular for me and my new business, and I also got several other in person sales and online sales. 
I maintain my Etsy site and am always on the lookout for the next craft fair.

What inspired you?
My mother initially inspired me to crochet. My whole young life she crocheted and it was always something I wanted to learn. Voodoo dolls in particular were inspired by my time living in the South and by my love of customizing things. I also like strange and unusual gifts and collectibles.
What kinds of products do you offer?
I sell pre-made voodoo dolls as well as custom - made voodoo dolls. I also sell other crochet items when needed or available. I also currently sell jewelry.
Where can customers find your products?
My Facebook page is MoonCraft Crochet

My Etsy shop is called MooncraftCrochet.

I'm also available by email:

Screenshot of Josh's Etsy Store

Tell us about your internet presence
In addition to my email, Etsy, and Facebook presence, I also use Instagram as Portland Book Stores to encourage people to shop at local book stores.
With the new year, I will also be starting a voodoo doll Instagram where we'll feature different voodoo dolls in little scenarios, so be sure to keep up with my Facebook page for more info. on that in the future.
I also have my own blog, Portland Stair Adventure, where I explore all the staircases in the
Portland Stair Book by Laura O Foster.
What else would you like your customers to know about you?
I am a big advocate of small business, in particular the local independent book stores of Portland and the family and friends who operate businesses online. I am a voracious reader and passionate advocate for reading, encouraging others to read and shop at local bookstores and other small businesses.

Following are links and contact info that Josh provided in this interview.  I encourage you to take the time to visit these links and enjoy the creativity of this talented young man.  You will enjoy his blog(s) I am certain.

Please make an effort to support small business owners in your community!

*Note: Clyde Enterprises / Chameleon Essentials  (CE2) sponsored this promotion
any businesses mentioned by CE2 during the promotion did not count as a nomination.   

<![CDATA[Magnesium may be more important than you think]]>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 01:23:58 GMThttp://chameleonthoughts.imclyde.com/blog-home/magnesium-may-be-more-important-than-you-thinkMy interest in digging around for more information on topics that may benefit my life has not waned during my absence.  It is my hope that somewhere among the random pages of this blog you will find something that interests you as well.  Thanks for stopping by.

We're going to just jump right in here with some of the findings from my latest round of research!

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) website says: “Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body.  It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, supports a healthy immune system, keeps heart rhythm steady, and helps bones remain strong.”

Signs that you may not be getting enough Magnesium

It is reported that 40-50% of People are not getting adequate levels of magnesium through nutrition.  In my research I found a variety of complaints that could be attributed to low levels of magnesium. 
I am listing only 10 of the most common symptoms that were mentioned.

   1.  Frequent Headaches / Migraines
   2.  Fatigue
   3.  Insomnia
   4.  Anxiety, depression and restlessness
   5.  Muscle Twitching / Cramping / Aches
   6.  Personality changes
   7.  Chronic High Blood Pressure
   8.  Difficulty concentrating
   9.  Carbohydrate cravings
 10. Thyroid problems

How to boost Magnesium Levels
Now that I’ve learned how important Magnesium is and what some of the signs of low magnesium levels are, it was time to find out the best way to increase magnesium levels in the body. I was  surprised to see how much information was available and also how common it is to not have enough magnesium in your system.

From an environmental standpoint, water filtration removes much of the naturally occurring magnesium in our water and over-farming combined with pesticide use have resulted in soil with low magnesium content.

Other factors related to our lifestyles can work against us and reduce the amount of magnesium we have available to our bodies. Lack of sleep, excess stress, or alcohol/caffeine/sugar consumption and many widely used prescription medications (including pain medications) will actually deplete magnesium levels.   Hmmm.
Magnesium-Rich Food seems like the first place to begin.  In an article for Medscape, Dr. George Lundburg wrote the following:
“Magnesium is a vital element that is required for a large number of metabolic cellular activities.  We should use food as our principal source of magnesium, especially almonds, cashews, shrimp, crab, spinach, peanuts, pecans, whole grains, soy, black beans, edamame, dark chocolate, brown rice, oatmeal, figs, apricots, and bran. Unfortunately, the best data I can find indicate that nearly half of all Americans and two thirds of teens and people over age 80 do not ingest the recommended daily allowance of 300-400 mg of magnesium.”

Oral Magnesium supplements are widely available in pill, but not all supplements are created equally and insufficient digestive health is a factor that can reduce the effectiveness of oral supplements.  I do have a family member that uses a magnesium supplement to help with muscle cramps with some success, as well as an essential oil blend I created for him to give him immediate relief.  He loves it.
Here's a link to and earlier blog post that talks about this particular oil combination:
Relief From Night-Time Leg Cramps.
Magnesium Oil is quickly becoming popular as a way to boost magnesium levels as it is highly concentrated. Applying Magnesium oil to the skin will allow the magnesium to transfer quickly and efficiently into our bodies.  Your skin will only take what it needs (unlike when taking oral supplements).  Magnesium oil can easily be made yourself by dissolving magnesium flakes in boiled distilled water or it can be purchased already made. You can find many brands of Magnesium oil available on Amazon and I’m sure there are many other sources. After researching the benefits of using magnesium oil, however, I will definitely be making my own large batches to keep on hand. I will not only encourage friends and family to give it a try, I will incorporate magnesium oil into some of my Chameleon Essential skincare and essential oil products.  `

Some of the reported benefits of using Magnesium Oil
From the many benefits I found listed in various articles and reports, I chose the following 11 benefits to share because they were not just frequently mentioned by various sources, but also because they related to issues that my family and friends deal with on a regular basis.

  1.   Relieves muscles spasms, pains, and cramps
Magnesium Oil has many relaxing qualities. It helps regulate neuromuscular signals, and balances calcium levels within the body.  According to NaturalHealingTools.com,  spraying magnesium oil on certain parts of the body such as the thighs, abdomen and arms may help to relieve aching joints, muscle spasms and sore muscles. Rubbing the oil into the skin enhances the absorption and distribution of the mineral to successfully relieve knots and spasms.
  2.  Improved Energy
By activating ATP (adenosine triphosphate), Magnesium Oil can help boost energy levels which in turn helps prevent fatigue.
  3.  Calms nerves and eases anxiety.
Magnesium is essential for regulating certain hormones that calm the brain and promote relaxation. This includes gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA),  a chemical messenger that helps to reduce anxiety
  4.  Promotes a good night’s sleep
By helping calm the brain and quiet a racing mind, magnesium oil promotes a good night’s sleep and helps to relieve insomnia. Magnesium supplements have also been shown to be effective at improving sleep efficiency by interacting with hormones that relate to sleep such as GABA and Melatonin.
  5.  Help for Chronic High Blood Pressure
Magnesium improves the body’s ability to absorb potassium and calcium. Proper levels of potassium and magnesium can eliminate hypertension and help prevent strokes.
  6.  Assist with asthma
Magnesium helps to relax the bronchial muscles, which in turn helps regulate breathing.
  7.  Relieves Headaches/Migraines
Due to its ability to lower blood pressure and to reduce blood vessel constriction, Magnesium supplementation is linked to a decrease in the frequency and severity of migraines.
  8.  Guard against Osteoporosis
According to organicfacts.net magnesium is a key part of bone health, but tests for magnesium deficiency often show up negative, because the body will leach magnesium from the bones to maintain other important functions. Therefore, to ensure the proper bone health and to help prevent against osteoporosis, using magnesium gel or oil is a wise choice.
  9.  Relief from Pain and Inflammation
Magnesium can actually act as a natural pain-killer. Magnesium Oil can prevent nerve pain and help to ease chronic pain when applied topically. Magnesium helps to re-balance the body’s systems and reduce inflammation which not only would benefit arthritis or sore muscles, but assist with gastrointestinal or respiratory distress.
  10.  Diabetes Support/Prevention
Insulin resistance has been linked to poor levels of magnesium in the body.  Applying Magnesium oil daily can help manage blood glucose levels and protect against dangerous drops or spikes in blood sugar.
  11.  Weight Loss – I’ll just share a whole section of an article I found on this benefit as it was written by the author:
In his publication A Guide to Magnesium – Part 2: Magnesium ‘Magic’ – Lose Weight, Sleep Better, and Boost Your Mood Dr. Steven Lin writes, “this important mineral is involved in over 600 enzymatic processes, so when you aren’t getting enough it can throw your whole body off. This can leave you struggling to maintain weight, sleep through the night or feeling anxious and depressed.
Here’s a closer look at how magnesium affects your ability to maintain a healthy weight:
  • Magnesium citrate helps you lose water and stool weight – Magnesium citrate is used as a stool softener to keep you regular. More importantly, it can help maintain healthy magnesium levels if you’re deficient, which improves hormone balance and increases energy production.
  • Lowers insulin resistance – Magnesium has been shown in numerous studies to reduce insulin resistance. When your body becomes resistant to insulin it can’t keep up with the increased glucose in the bloodstream. This leads to weight gain, fatigue and other health complications.
  • Boosts cellular energy – Magnesium is critical in the process that makes cellular energy within your mitochondria. Your cells have an energy currency called ATP that gives them the life they need to complete daily tasks. When you don’t have enough magnesium it lowers your ATP production, which makes you tired and lowers your metabolism.Your body needs sufficient magnesium for it to function properly. If you’re magnesium deficient it could be contributing to your weight gain or preventing you from losing weight.”

At the time of this post, I have not yet had a chance to try using magnesium oil on a consistent or long enough trial to give you a personal testimonial.  I did, however, make a small batch and sprayed it on my skin to just see how it felt.  There was a tingling sensation on my skin for a few minutes after application, but no adverse reaction.  I rubbed it in well and when the area was dry it felt like there was a slight non-greasy film present on the surface of my skin.   One of the articles I read suggested that if you did not like the way it felt on your skin, it was ok to wash the residue off after 30 minutes.  Another suggestion I read was to use it at night before going to bed and shower in the morning.  I didn’t find that the residue bothered me at all.  I had applied it to skin that would not be exposed so I just waited for it to dry completely and got dressed.

I intend to do a more structured and documented trial and I will, of course, share the outcome of that in an update. The information I have found about Magnesium in general, and Magnesium oil specifically, has me interested in further exploring regular use of Magnesium Oil.

It is important to note that the sharing of my research is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or cure any disease or medical condition.  It is recommended that you seek advice from your personal health professional before taking any sort of supplements or therapies in order to make sure there is no risk of harmful side-effects or contraindications for you.

Since I don’t personally know anyone who is currently using magnesium oil on a regular basis, I would welcome hearing any personal testimonials.
Just click this link to the Share/Contact Page to share your thoughts and/or email me directly.

I am hoping it won't be too long before I am able to re-open this topic to include personal testimonials from those who use Magnesium oil.  Thanks again for stopping by. 

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<![CDATA[I'm Still Here]]>Sun, 04 Nov 2018 02:07:56 GMThttp://chameleonthoughts.imclyde.com/blog-home/im-still-herePicture

Life just seems to have a way of sending me off on different paths.  The next thing I know, so much time has passed that it is startling.

I miss posting here about things that interest me, but have not abandoned this blog by any means.  I realize at the time of this writing it is likely only me who comes to visit.  I've seen many things that need editing and have many ideas for future posts.  What I am not finding is time.

If you have found your way to this blog and are wondering why it appears so abandoned, I thank you for visiting.  This space is not abandoned.  It is just untended due to life.   I feel my current path leading me back this way again soon. 
<![CDATA[Home is where the hearth is]]>Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:20:45 GMThttp://chameleonthoughts.imclyde.com/blog-home/home-is-where-the-hearth-is
I found this cute cross stitch on Pinterest. The link took me to seller SFStitch, but item was unavailable.  I'm hoping the pattern will become available again because Azeroth has indeed come to feel like home after all these years of playing World of Warcraft.  I especially loved the earlier expansion that added a garrison which gave  nod to the original Warcraft games.

The latest expansion, Legion, officially goes live in just a few days.  Are you ready?

So much to explore and so little time  *Sigh*

I was lucky enough to have someone gift me with a pre-order of the Legion expansion.  This gave me the opportunity to create a Demon Hunter a couple of weeks prior to the official launch.  The only problem I'm having is that I have so little time right now to indulge in my monster-killing hobby.  I did, however, find enough time to create a new character and get as far as starting on my garrison.  I hadn't been able to play in months, so it was like coming home.  Here are some screenshots of my first day back in Azeroth.
So here she is, my new Demon Hunter.  About to enter the world that has become my home away from home.

Screen shots from Azeroth

Sure, i love my Blizzard games and play when I can, but the truth is that I am certainly no expert gamer.  I know there are some of you out there who really know the world of gaming and I'm  hoping that you will step forward and offer your expert opinions on your favorite games.

No detailed gaming review, but I do have a  new pattern to share !

I first made these amigurumi crochet hearthstones a few years ago.  I have found many patterns online that were my inspiration to try making a version of my own.  I will post links to some of the other patterns I've found after sharing mine and you can decide which one(s) you want to try.

Clyde's Amigurumi Hearthstone Pattern

Supplies:  Crochet hook size: H/8/5 mm
                       Worsted weight yard - White and Blue
                      Stuffing and Yarn needle

Round 1:  Ch 2,  5 sc in first ch (do not turn. You will be working in a continuous spiral).
Marking the first stitch of each round is advised!  I found it helpful to make sure I counted the stitches in each round before going on to the next one just to make sure I was staying on track.
Round 2:  2 sc in each stitch around (10 stitches)
Round 3:  *1 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (15 stitches)
Round 3:  *2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (20 stitches)
Round 5:  sc in each sc around (20)
Round 6:  *3 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (25 stitches)
Another thing I found helpful was to write down which round I completed each time as it can be difficult to count your rounds when working in spiral.
Round 7-14:  sc in each sc around (25)
Method I used for sc decrease = place hook under next sc, yo and pull through that stitch, then place hook under next sc, yo and pull through that stitch, yo once more and pull through all loops on hook.
Round 15:  *3 sc, sc decrease* around (20 stitches)
Round 16:   sc in each sc around (20)
Round 17:   *2 sc, sc decrease* around (15 stitches)
Round 18:   *1 sc, sc decrease* around (10 stitches)
Round 19:   sc decrease around (5 stitches)
This is where you stuff with Poly-fill or other stuffing (more is better) 
I used end of the crochet hook to make sure stuffing was pushed evenly into the hearthstone.
Round 20 :   sc decrease until down to 1 stitch.
Fasten off and secure ends.  You may want to shape a bit with your hands and squeeze the stuffing into the areas that provide the exact shape you are looking for.

To make the swirl design, I used a blue worsted weight yarn and chained 35-40 (depends on your tension and how long you want your swirl to be).  After  finishing the chain, leave a tail that is at least twice as long as your chain before cutting yarn.  Lay out the chain in the design you want. I used straight pins to hold it in place (just don't squeeze the hearthstone too tightly while finishing your design, or you may end up with drops of blood on your hearthstone!)  Once the design is laid out as you want it, use the yarn needle with the long tail of yard to secure the design to your hearthstone using up and down stitches in the middle of each stitch on the blue chain.  Hide ends.

Please feel free to ask any questions you may have about this pattern in the comments. 
I am thinking I may hang my hearthstone from my rearview mirror (after putting a few drops of my favorite essential oil blend into the stuffing!)   If you make your own hearthstone, please share a picture.  I'd love to see.  You are welcome to share this pattern with others, but please provide a link back to this post if you share it anywhere online. 
As promised earlier, here are links to some of the other patterns that I found out there that gave me inspiration to try making one of my own.
<![CDATA[Clean your face with oil?  Yep!]]>Mon, 15 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMThttp://chameleonthoughts.imclyde.com/blog-home/clean-your-face-with-oil-yepPicture
I have been reading about this Oil Cleansing Method for the last few years on various blogs and online articles.  My initial reaction was, "Yeah, like I need MORE oil on my skin".   I actually have combination skin, but keeping my makeup from sliding off before the end of the day has always been a challenge.  In addition to that challenge, I was still having to deal with occasional acne and blackhead problems and troublesome dry, flaky patches.  The very last thing I wanted to put on my face was oil.   I often used harsh cleansers on my face in an attempt to keep oily areas under control and used products on my face designed to inhibit oil but it was an ongoing battle and the dry areas of my face were getting pretty bad.  My age was definitely showing in my skin. I would try expensive moisturizers on the dry areas but the only ones I really thought were helping were just too expensive for me to make a regular part of my daily routine.

I had been treating myself to occasional trips to a nearby spa for relaxing time in the jacuzzi and sauna area.  I would splurge on a massage or pedicure once in a while so I decided I would treat myself to my first real spa facial.  It was awesome and the aesthetician was very professional and knowledgeable.  She told me something about my skin that truly surprised me.  She said that my skin was dehydrated and lacked deep moisture.  I asked her how that could be when I struggled so much with oily areas.  She explained that the excess oil production was caused because I was regularly stripping away the natural oils in my skin and not replacing that with the proper moisturizer.  hmmm.  I had long ago learned that over-washing my hair caused it to be more oily.  She confirmed that this is based on the same principle. My body was working overtime trying to replace the natural oils that I was scrubbing away.    Of course she set me up with some amazing natural cleanser, moisturizer, and face serum.  It was some awesome stuff and while I did make the initial purchase, I knew that I would not be paying that price for face products on a regular basis.

The next time I ran across someone on the internet talking about the oil cleansing method I figured it sure wouldn't hurt to try.  Here is the basic method I used:


Get that hair out of the way with a headband

Apply a couple tablespoons of oil to face with fingertips and gently massage until entire face is covered               (I chose organic coconut oil but I will list some other popular oils later in this post)

Soak an absorbent washcloth with hot water (not too hot!) and wring out excess water
while still leaving it pretty wet.

Lay the steamy cloth over your face and enjoy the warmth until cloth cools to room temperature
(doesn't take long)

Gently wipe face with cloth and then repeat the Steam/Wipe until your face feels clean.

The first time I tried this I thought my skin felt kind of oily, but resisted the urge to steam/wipe a 4th time.  Literally within a couple of minutes my skin had soaked up any trace of oil from the surface and I had soft, smooth skin that wasn't the least bit greasy.  It was only a quick step from the basic method to adding my favorite essential oils and even other natural ingredients (like organic honey) to mix up my own face cleansers at home.  I no longer have problems with acne breakouts, I no longer have problems with dry skin or oily skin, (my makeup will still slide off after a day of Mississippi summer heat - but that's just because the heat and humidity melt it off!)    I immediately began formulating my own facial cleansers, masks, toners and serums using essential oils and other natural ingredients with great results.  I never dreamed that I would ever be cleansing my face with oil twice a day, but I can't imagine doing it any other way now.  I'm convinced :)

Some Oil Options for your OCM routine

  • Coconut Oil -  Nutrient and mineral rich. It not only detoxifies but also increases antioxidant levels which both provide anti-aging effect on the skin.  Rich in Lauric acid and medium chain fatty acids which give it anti-bacterial properties. Helps reduce inflammation.
  • Sweet Almond Oil - In addition to anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, it also helps with dark under-eye circles and has been used to treat spider veins and broken capillaries under the skin.
  • Jojoba Oil - Often used in beauty products as it closely resembles the natural oils our body produces.  It is not actually an oil, but a liquid wax which makes for a longer shelf life and helps prevent other oils combined with it from turning rancid. High in vitamin C which has been proven to be very beneficial to the skin.  Well tolerated by people with skin sensitivities
  • Grape Seed oil - Contains 73% linoleic acid which is great for dermatitis and dry itchy skin. High in anti-oxidants. Helps lighten sun damage and dark spots on skin. High levels of vitamin E. Helps treat broken capillaries and spider veins.

The above list is only a very short list of options and the descriptions of each are by no means exhaustive.  The benefits shown are just a few of the many benefits of each that I have selected to share as they relate to skin care specifically.
I recommend that whatever carrier oil you choose, that you make sure it is 100% pure, and preferably organic, for greatest benefit.  All of the above oils are ones that I have used in my beauty recipes and I love them all.  Since I began making my own oil cleansers and beauty products with essential oils I have seen such a dramatic improvement in my skin. I will share here one of the cleanser recipes I've made. I chose this one because it is the one I am using today.

Coconut-Honey Anti-Aging Cleanser

4 Tbs. Organic Coconut Oil
2 Tbs. Organic Honey
1 Tbs. Jojoba Oil
4 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
2 Drops Geranium Essential Oil
2 Drops Copaiba Essential Oil
2 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

Small container (I used a little plastic container I got at the dollar store. I recommend a glass container, but I knew this wouldn't last long enough for the essential oil to degrade the plastic!)

Small container of really hot water
Metal measuring Tablespoon
Spatula or whisk for mixing

METHOD:   Measure out 1 Tbs. of Coconut oil and hold  the bottom of the metal Tablespoon into the top of the hot water.  Coconut oil will melt quickly. Once melted add to the small mixing bowl.  Repeat this till all 4 Tbs. of coconut oil are melted and in bowl.   Measure out the Honey 1 tbsp at a time and hold over the hot water also just enough to smooth it out a bit. (makes it easier to blend with oils).

Add the Jojoba oil and essential oils then blend well.  For this batch I used a small rubber spatula and kind of pressed the mixture against the sides of the bowl to combine them well -- but next time I will likely use a whisk or an immersion blender to get them combined more quickly.  

Pour mixture into your container and allow to solidify. Coconut oil will liquefy when above 76 degrees.  If this happens, the oil and honey may separate. The quick solution is to put your container in the fridge for a few minutes until coconut oil starts to solidify again and then just stir it up.  This recipe can be used in liquid form or solid form - just make sure your ingredients are mixed well for full benefit.

Links to items mentioned in this post:

Carrington Farms Organic Coconut Oil

Billy Bee Organic Honey

Plant Therapy Jojoba Oil

Variety Pack of Carrier Oils  This is a handy, reasonably priced set that will give you a variety  to try.
(Fractionated Coconut oil, Avocado oil, Sweet Almond oil & Grape Seed oil) 
NOTE:  Fractionated coconut oil remains in a liquid state regardless of temperature.  If you choose to use fractionated coconut oil in this recipe, there will be no need to melt and your final product will be more liquid in nature than solid.  It will still work wonderfully, just make sure you put it in a container that will not leak and may be more prone to separating because the honey is so much heavier.

The essential oils used in this particular recipe came from Young Living. You can get a customer account at this link:   Young Living Essential Oils  or contact your Young Living Distributor.

I also use oils from Edens Garden. You can find their oils at amazon using the following link:
You can also order directly from their website:   www.edensgarden.com

If you decide to give this recipe a try, I'd love to hear how you like it.  Regardless of where you purchase your ingredients, please be sure to use high quality for the best results. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. 
<![CDATA[Soap Saver Massage Bag - Free Pattern]]>Fri, 12 Aug 2016 05:00:42 GMThttp://chameleonthoughts.imclyde.com/blog-home/soap-saver-massage-bag-free-pattern
I've always like the idea of soap bags.  Not only is it convenient to have a washcloth and soap combined, it's a great way to use up all those little pieces of soap that I always seem to have  in the corners of my shower and in soap dishes.  Now when the bar of soap gets to the size where nobody uses it, I just add it to my soap bag.
I have made other soap bags of different sizes and design, but particularly like the compact size and how the little bumps massage the skin while I'm getting clean.  I was going to get out my boxes of finished items that I have stashed in the back so I could share pictures of the other soap bag designs I have made; but just getting to the boxes was more of a task than I felt like tackling today!  Feel free to contact me with any questions if you decide to try the pattern and find yourself with questions.

Clyde's Pattern for Soap Saver Massage Bag

Materials I used:
US – J/10  (6.0 mm) hook
I used Cotton “Peaches & Cream” for the multi-color ones.  The solid Yellow was a little bit heavier cotton yarn from my stash that has no identifying tags.
I used what I’m gonna call a Bubble Stitch (Bubble) to make the bumps on the front.  I had used a similar technique on a blanket that is still one of my favorites.  Of course I couldn’t find the pattern for that blanket that had the exact name and instructions for the stitch – but after some trial and error I think I got it close enough for my purposes.
Instructions  for Bubble:  *Yo, insert hook into st, pull up a loop* 3 times, working in the same st each time. This should leave you 8 loops on the hook when you are done. Yo and pull through all but 1 of the loops, then yo one more time and pull through the two loops left. 
NOTE:  If you want larger bubbles then just add one or two more yo (4 or 5) before pulling through.
Row 1: Ch 8. Starting in the 2nd ch from hook, hdc in each ch to end. Turn. (7 hdc)
Row 2: Ch 1, hdc in each st to end of row. Turn. (7 hdc)

From this point on you'll work in rounds (around the edges of the rectangle made from rows 1 and 2.

Round 1: Ch 1, hdc in each st to end of row, then work 1 hdc in the ends of each row end, continue down the side of the starting chain with 1 hdc in each ch, 1 hdc in each of the other ends of the rows. Join with a sl st to first hdc.  Don’t turn. (This is the only time you will not turn your work at the end of each round.) You should have a total of 18 hdc in the round when finished.

Round 2: Ch 1. *Sc in next st, dc in next st* 4 times. Sc in next 1 st. **Bubble  in next st, sc in next 2 sts** 2 times. Bubble in next st, 1 sc in next st, dc in last st, and join with sl st to first sc. Turn. (18 sts)
Round 3:  Ch 1. Start in the last dc (not the sl st)  *Sc in next st, dc in next st* 9 times.  join with sl st to first sc. Turn. (18 sts)
Round 4 – 9:  Repeat Rounds 2 & 3 three times.
Round 10: Ch 2, dc in each st.  Turn. (18 dc)

Round 11: Ch 1, hdc in each st (18 hdc). Tie off and weave in the tail.
To make a Drawstring: Chain 50 (keep chain tight). Weave through top of Round 10 tie knots in ends  of each side and and trim. You can leave drawstring with 2 ends to make a bow, or tie the 2 ends together to make a loop for hanging in your shower.  Because the cotton yarn holds water so well, I always hang mine from one of the shower curtain hooks in the shower so it will dry better. When it dries, the soap will be stuck to the inside of the bag until you soak the bag again the next time you are in the shower/bath.
Now you can add your favorite soap and it’s ready to go!

If you have a favorite Soap Saver pattern of your own that you would like to share, feel free to post a link in the comment section.  I've enjoyed seeing all the different variations on this popular item.
<![CDATA[Essential Oils for Dogs - Guest Testimonial Included]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 02:15:41 GMThttp://chameleonthoughts.imclyde.com/blog-home/essential-oils-for-dogs-guest-testimonial-includedI've been doing quite a bit of research on using essential oils for pets.  There is certainly lots of information out there about what is safe to use and what is not.  I have chosen to use only oils that have been reported safe to use (from several sources) and to only use them after properly introducing each one slowly once diluted with a carrier oil.  Our fur-babies are family in our house and I intend to be just as cautious in treating them as I would be with small children.

I have read information on both cats and dogs, but for the purpose of this post I'll just be using information as it relates to only dogs.  It appears that using essential oils on cats requires even more care and caution than with dogs so PLEASE be sure to do your own research and check with a holistic veterinarian about what is appropriate for your own family pet.


Meet our Fur-Babies!  These photos were taken not long after we got each of them.  The little guy with the bat ears is my grand-dog Bruce Wayne.   He showed up on our porch a couple of years ago looking like he'd been on his own for some time. After not being able to locate his owner, my daughter decide to make him her own.  We found out on his first trip to the vet that this poor little guy had heart worms .  Treatment was difficult on little Bruce and expensive for my daughter, but they both persevered and he is now healthy and happy.    Bobbi (photo on the right) was a birthday present to me from my husband about 7 years ago.  She is a smart and loyal companion.  One of Bobbi's favorite things is sitting next to the diffuser when it has peppermint / lavender mist filling the room.
I began my research on essential oil uses for pets initially because of Bobbi's sensitive skin.  She has a flea allergy that sometimes results in a trip to the vet for a cortisone shot.  I am very pleased to report that the last time she had a bad reaction I was successful in treating it with lavender-water washes followed by applying  lavender essential oil (diluted to about 7% solution with sweet almond oil) directly onto the irritated areas  .  Because she is already so fond of lavender, it was a pleasant process for her.  We saw results almost immediately and complete healing within 4-5 days.

Some Precautions

Make sure that you purchase only high quality, therapeutic grade, 100% pure essential oils.  There are many companies out there that are selling "scents" or will dilute the essential oils before bottling to cut down on the cost.  There are 3 companies so far that I am confident have quality oils (because I have used them). I'm sure there are many others. The comparisons I have been doing on different companies is still ongoing and include more than just oil quality, but so far I am confident that at least these 3 have quality essential oils:  Young Living, Edens Garden and Rocky Mountain Oils.  I will be including a testimonial in this post from a gal who will share with you where she purchases her oils.

You also need to make sure before using ANY essential oil on your pets that it is safe for them.  I ran across lists of various lengths of oils that are NOT safe for use on dogs.  In the book "Essential Oils for Dogs – Safe Natural Remedies for Your Dogs Care Guide Book" Author, Dave Lay, has quite an extensive list that included some oils that I have never heard of.   The following list of unsafe oils for dogs was included in Amy Joyson's book "Essential Oils for Dogs – The complete guide to Safely using Essential oils" and most all of them were also listed in other sources:
  • Clove
    Melaleuca (Tea Tree Oil)

So what oils do I recommend for use on your dog?

As I mentioned before, Lavender essential oil is one of my favorites to use on the dogs because it is gentle and has multiple benefits. It is anti-bacterial, helps to relieve itching, is good for treating irritated skin and allergic reactions, calms an anxious dog, and even helps repel insects.

Cedarwood has antiseptic properties, repels fleas, conditions skin and fights all types of dermatitis.

Citronella repels insects, treats insect bites, and calms a barking dog.

Eucalyptus is good at repelling fleas and relieving chest congestion.

Geranium repels ticks, fights fungal infections and is also good for skin irritations.

Peppermint repels insects, relieves motion sickness and improves digestion (and breath!)

Vetiver is very calming and is good for cleansing the skin.

Ylang Ylang is good for stress and anxiety, prevents wound infection and speeds healing, and helps to maintain healthy skin.

Organic Coconut oil is not an essential oil, but is commonly used as a carrier oil and has all kinds of handy and helpful uses.  I cook with it, make beauty products with it, and frequently use it as a carrier oil in many of my essential oil recipes. Turns out it is also quite good for your dog.  It is good for the immune system and the digestive system.  It is great for treating itchy/dry skin and I recommend it as a carrier oil for any of the essential oil applications for your dog.  It is safe (and beneficial) for your dog to ingest coconut oil in small quantities daily.  It can even be applied to a rag and rubbed on their teeth to freshen breath and whiten their teeth. Because of it's detoxifying properties it is best to introduce it to your dog in very small daily doses at first to see how they tolerate it and to give their bodies time to adjust.  After gradually increasing dosage, the recommended daily maintenance dose for a 20 lb. dog would be a teaspoon or less.  With close observation you can adjust the dose for your own dog's weight and tolerance.  Do not introduce too much coconut oil into your dogs diet too quickly or they could experience tummy upset and digestive issues.

Use patience and caution when introducing your pet to a new essential oil.  Try diffusing it in the room  and watch to see if they show any signs of aversion.  You may also apply a couple drops of a diluted oil to your hands or soft rag and allow them to smell it.  It is not a good idea to put a bottle of undiluted essential oil near your dog's face for them to smell.  Not only could it possibly cause them distress (their sense of smell is highly developed and pure essential oil is highly aromatic), but it would be too easy to accidentally get some of the oil in their nose, eyes, or mouth which could be very irritating or even damaging depending on the oil.

If your dog exhibits no signs of distress when exposed to the aroma , then you may take the next step of rubbing some diluted oil on your hands and gently applying it to their fur on their back.  Signs of distress may include heavy breathing or lethargy.

Before applying essential oil directly to their skin, always dilute the oil with a carrier oil and apply to a very small test area first.  Watch the area for 24 hours to be certain there will not be any sort of adverse or allergic reaction to having the oil on their skin.


Here are a couple of recipes you may want to try:

To freshen and help get rid of bad smell you can mix up the following ingredients into a spray bottle (I would suggest glass or aluminum spray bottle).
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 6 drops Orange essential oil
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
Shake well before each use. Spray lightly over your dog's coat being careful to avoid face, ears, and genital area.

Flea and Tick Repellent Drops - Combine the following in a 30 ml glass dropper bottle:
  • 6 drops Cedarwood essential oil
  • 2 drops Citronella essential oil
  • 6 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 7 drops Lavender Essential oil
  • 15-20 ml of a carrier oil such as Fractionated coconut oil, Sweet Almond oil, or EVOO.
Use the dropper to apply several drops to your dogs collar and a few drops down the back to the top of tail.

To help ease cracked or dry toe pads, you can make a balm from coconut oil (the type that is solid at room temperature) and a few drops of Lavender essential oil and apply it to the pads on the bottom of your dog's feet. 

I recently saw some posts on my Facebook feed from a very sweet young lady.  She was sharing how much she and her husband were enjoying their experience with essential oils and in particular what a benefit the oils had been for them and their dog.  I am very happy that Mary Ann agreed to allow me to share her testimonial here:

by Mary Ann S.

So I wanted to start off by saying if you ever thought about using essential oils for your pet and have questioned if it is safe to use for them, I can say that it is in fact completely safe to use for them!!

Back in 2014 my husband and I decided that our family needed a new addition so we decided to get us a little puppy. Not long after we got Fisher, we realized he some serious dandruff that would pile up on his back really bad even after he had a bath, he was shedding horribly all the time, his eyes were runny and we also started to realize he was developing some really bad rashes!! At first when we took him to the groomers and the vet they kept giving us these dirty looks like we had not been properly taking care of him and just letting this get out of control, note that the vet never seemed concerned or ever said anything about him being this way.

A few months ago I decided that it was time to order young living essential oils that my friends had been telling me so much about. My husband and I started to use them to help with our allergies and my husbands asthma, we went from having a sinus infection once a month to no sinus infections, also my husband was using his inhaler 2-3 times a day, now he might use essential oils for his asthma twice a month which is a huge difference for us!!!

After seeing how well the oils worked for my husband and I, I decided it was overdue to try to figure out something to help my sweet Fisher. After looking it up and seeing other dogs who suffered from seasonal allergies I decided to try to use a few oils such as lavender, lemon, and peppermint in his shampoo just to see how it worked on him. Even while giving him his bath I could already see how well the lavender was working because I always have a hard time with him being everywhere in the tub and for once he was calm, he stood still and was really enjoying his bath. That night after getting him out of his bath I already noticed a change in his hair, it wasn't so wiry and was soft and smooth. By the next morning I could notice his rash was starting to clear up and his eyes were not runny so I decided to add a drop of lemon, lavender and peppermint to his water, by that afternoon it had cleared up even more plus he had not started to develop any dandruff. After just two days of using peppermint, lavender and lemon young living essential oils his skin has completely healed up, his eyes were no longer runny, his shedding has died down a lot and still no dandruff!! After a week he is still doing wonderful!! I am so thankful I decided to make a decision that I felt was best for my sweet Fisher. Using the young living essential oils has changed our lives and I am so thankful to have a healthy and even more happy puppy thanks to God and their products.

If you have ever thought about using young living essential oils it is definitely worth trying. It has changed our family and we are so happy we took a step out to try the product and it feels great to know that not only know that it is 100% all natural, but to know that it is good for us and our pets!!  Here is the link to my page for the young living essential oils. I recommend that you look into it, it is amazing how these oils can no only change the way we live life but how it is so much better for our bodies then the medicines we can put into our system. I started off by using the premium starter kit with the home diffuser and it has been wonderful!! I hope you get the chance to experience these wonderful oils and see how much it can change our way of life.
This link is a list of their products that they sell.
If you decide you want to order you have to make a member account so that you can buy these amazing products. It will ask you if you have a member who referred you and that would be my member number which is 3951842.

I hope you get to experience this wonderful product and see all the great ways it can change your life!!

Here are some pictures of Fisher before his bath:


I'd like to thank Mary Ann for sharing Fisher's story with us. 

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Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed veterinarian. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your holistic veterinarian before using alternative medicine or making a change to your pet's regimen.
<![CDATA[Repel Pests with Essential Oils]]>Sat, 16 Jul 2016 23:01:30 GMThttp://chameleonthoughts.imclyde.com/blog-home/repel-pests-with-essential-oilsSince adding essential oils into my everyday life I am always looking for ways to use them.  I have done quite a bit of research on the effectiveness of essential oils as a pest repellent.  One of the most important things to know is:


Essential oils can be very powerful and what is safe for use on adults is not necessarily safe for children or pets.  As a matter of fact, it is always a good idea to use a carrier oil even in adult applications and to always test a small area of skin before applying topically or inhaling.


Now that I live in the Deep South, I can think of all kinds of things that are bugging me! (I'm speaking of pests, of course.)  Seems like at least once per year we have an invasion of ants, and the ants down here bite, so do flies, gnats, mosquitoes, and the list goes on.   The only place I have lived where the mosquitoes were more aggressive was in the Alaskan Interior.  I had to see what I could find out about how to keep the nasty bugs away.  Since research is what I do, I started reading, making databases, and testing out a few things.

There is a lot more information out there about which oils are effective against pests than what I am going to share here, but maybe this will give you some quick solutions for keeping away some of the most common pests.  In the list below I will highlight in Red the oils that I personally would not feel comfortable using on children, and will highlight in Yellow the oils that I would only use on children after serious dilution with carrier oil.

Table of Pests and some Essential Oils that Repel them

  • Ants:   Peppermint   Spearmint
  • Aphids:   Cedarwood   Peppermint   Spearmint
  • Beetles:   Peppermint   Thyme
  • Caterpillars:   Peppermint   Spearmint
  • Chiggers:   Lavender   Lemongrass   Sage   Thyme
  • Fleas:   Lavender   Lemongrass   Peppermint   Spearmint
  • Flies:   Basil   Cedarwood   Patchouli   Peppermint   Rosemary   Spearmint
  • Gnats:   Patchouli   Spearmint
  • Lice:   Cedarwood   Peppermint   Spearmint
  • Mice:   Peppermint
  • Mosquitoes:   Basil   Cedarwood   Cinnamon Bark   Citronella   Eucalyptus   Geranium   Lavender   Lemongrass   Peppermint   Rosemary   Spearmint   Tea Tree(Melaleuca)
  • Moths:   Cedarwood   Lavender   Peppermint   Spearmint
  • Slugs:   Cedarwood 
  • Snails:   Cedarwood   Patchouli
  • Spiders:   Peppermint   Spearmint
  • Ticks:   Basil   Cedarwood   Cinnamon Bark   Citronella   Eucalyptus   Lavender   Lemongrass   Rosemary   Sage   Thyme
  • Weevils:   Cedarwood   Patchouli

For ants, spiders, and other things that can creep into the house, I have used the essential oils to keep them out by putting a few drops (undiluted) onto a cotton ball and poking them into areas where I have seen a problem.  I have no young children in the house, so I don't need to be as careful about keeping the cotton balls out of reach of curious hands.

For personal bug repellent, you can put your choice of oils into a 10 ml roller bottle with a carrier oil and roll it directly on your skin or clothing.  Another option that would be particularly useful for children would be to apply drops of diluted oils onto a cotton bracelet or cuffs of clothing.

I have a post on how to crochet an Aromatherapy/Bug Repellent Bracelet if you want to make your own.  But any bracelet made of an absorbent material will work.

Recipe Possibilities:

Roll on bug repellent for Adults:   In a 10 ml glass roller bottle (w/metal roller-ball) add 5 drops each of: Citronella, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender & Rosemary.  Fill bottle (leave a little space at the top) with your carrier oil of choice. Put the roller top on and shake gently. 

Repellent drops (Kid Friendly):  In a 10 ml glass dropper bottle add 5 drops Spearmint, Cedarwood, Citronella, Geranium and Lavender.  Fill to the shoulder of bottle with fractionated Coconut Oil. Shake Gently.  Put a few drops onto cuffs & collars of clothing and/or put several drops onto an absorbent Aromatherapy Bracelet.

Bug Spray (Kid Friendly): In 2 oz glass spray bottle add 10 drops each of Lavender, Citronella and Geranium.  Fill to shoulder with a 50/50 mixture of distilled water/witch hazel.  Spritz some on before going outside.  *Be sure not to spray near face where it could get into eyes or mouth.

I encourage you to try different combinations to see what works best for you.  A simple Lavender/Peppermint blend may work just great for you.   Citronella oil on it's own may be enough.  Just remember that less is more when it comes to essential oils and when experimenting, always start with less and increase concentration if you need to.

Remember this:  If you have bug bites driving you (or your child) crazy, reach for the Lavender.  Lavender is good for just about everything!

Please  share any of your favorite bug repellent recipes that have worked well for you!  Be sure to check back for a future post we are working on now about using essential oils on your fur-babies.

Where to find items mentioned in this post:

Roller Bottles:

6 New, High Quality, Cobalt Blue, 10 ml Glass Roll-on Bottles with Stainless Steel Roller Balls - .5 ml Dropper Included

Glass Spray Bottles

2 oz Cobalt Blue Glass Bottles, with Black Fine Mist Sprayers

Fractionated Coconut Oil

Coconut (Fractionated) Carrier Oil. (2 oz)

Witch Hazel can be purchased in most drug stores. I usually buy mine online here:

T.N. Dickinson's Astringent, 100% Natural, Witch Hazel 16 fl oz (473 ml)

I purchase my essential oils from only a few reputable sources. Here are 2 options.

Young Living Essential Oils can be purchased here:


Edens Garden Essential Oils can be purchased directly from their website (www.edensgarden.com) or you can find them on Amazon:

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Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.
<![CDATA[Aroma Therapy/Bug Repellent Bracelets]]>Sat, 16 Jul 2016 20:31:53 GMThttp://chameleonthoughts.imclyde.com/blog-home/aroma-therapybug-repellent-bracelets
Here is an awesome way to wear your favorite essential oils!  This project started when a friend mentioned those rubbery bracelets that you can buy and wear as a mosquito repellent.  She mentioned how she had bought them for her grandchildren to wear when they were fishing.  I started thinking about how much more economical it would be to have bracelets that could be re-used with the added benefit of using essential oils rather than toxic chemicals to ward of those pesky bugs.

I tried a couple of different ideas for making the bracelets.  I settled on a cotton yarn so that it would have good absorbancy and "hold onto" the oils dropped onto them.  The first bracelet I made was a closed circle - (I joined the 2 ends).  This worked fine - but I started thinking about my friend's grandkids and the fact that they were different ages.  Each bracelet would have to be custom-sized for the wrist that would wear it.  Could be done -- but wouldn't it be easier to have an adjustable bracelet?  A little trial and error resulted in the product shown above.  You simply hold the strings while pushing up the bead until the bracelet fits snugly.  It's a good idea I hoard craft supplies!  I already had a bag of pony beads and plenty of different cotton yarns to work with to develop the following pattern:

Basic Pattern


For the bracelet pictured above I used a cotton yard that I had on a spool -- can't tell you the exact weight as it has been sitting in my stash for some time and I think it originally came from a yard sale or something.  But it is the type you would use to make washcloths or dishcloths. I found a size "G" aluminum crochet hook in my pencil holder next to my chair so that's what I used for a hook!

Chain 3.  (leave a bit of a tail - you will use it later)
Place hook in first stitch (3rd from hook) and make a shell (Shell=1 sc, ch2, 1sc in same stitch)

*When shell is complete, ch 2 and turn. make 1 shell in the ch2space of previous shell*
Repeat from * until the bracelet is the length that you want.  This bracelet works up very quickly and since it is worked vertically, it is very easy to just make the length you want without having to figure out how many stitches you need in a foundation row.
When you reach the desired length cut the yard a couple inches out and pull through last loop. This will give you another tail to work with.  You can join the 2 sides of the bracelet using a needle, but I simply weave the tail from one side through the stitches on the other, then tie the 2 tails together and weave in the loose ends.
You should now have a perfectly serviceable bracelet.  This stitch allows for some stretching to get it over your hand, but in order to make it adjustable there are just a few more steps:
  Make a chain just an inch or two longer than the circumference of the bracelet and fasten off.  (keep in mind that when bracelet is tightened it will make the strings longer, so I usually go shorter rather than longer on the chain).  The shell stitch leaves a little hole at the center of each shell. I use my hook to weave the chain in and out of these holes all the way around the bracelet.  You will want to end on a hole that leaves both ends of the chain hanging on the outside. Pull and adjust until both sides of the chain are of equal length.
Thread a pony bead onto one string then thread the second string through the bead (from the same direction).  Once you slide the bead up onto the part of the string that has the chain (not just the tails) it should fit snugly.  If it doesn't, you'll need to use a bead with a smaller hole or start over with a larger yarn!  At this point I made a knot at the end of each chain and wove in the tails.
That's all there is to it!

If you are looking for ideas on which essential oils to use as bug repellent, you can check out my post: Repel Pests with Essential Oils.

While this cotton yarn made a great bracelet for holding oils and was sturdy enough to hold up to kids, I wanted something a little more feminine that I could wear at work and drop my favorite custom blend onto. (Vetiver, Sandalwood, Frankinscense with just a touch of Lavender and Lemon).   I had some black cotton thread that I thought would do.  I dug up one of those little bitty aluminum hooks for this project and started to work the same pattern.

Turns out that the pattern I used above made just a sliver of a bracelet when using Cotton thread and a smaller hook so I modified the pattern a bit.  I started with ch 6 and made 2 shells per row (no extra ch between shells - only the ch 2 and the end of each row)  It made a nice lacy-looking bracelet.  I did not add the chain to adjust size since I made it just to fit me, but I did add a little "button" on the top to hold the essential oil.  There's no pattern for the button because I didn't write anything down.  I basically just made a small circle (like the first few rows when making a doily) then started decreasing the edge so it curled back in on itself.  I kept reducing until I was back to just 1 stitch.  I sewed it onto the bracelet with the same black thread it was made from and it turned out pretty good :)

More info on modification made later:
     It doesn't take long for the lacy bracelet made from cotton thread to stretch out to a point where it doesn't spring back into shape.  I promised to send my Auntie a bracelet and a little bottle of my special blend, but she needed one that could be adjusted and tightened as needed.  For her bracelet I added the chain that wove through the length of the bracelet. (like in the first pattern) Because the thread was so small, I used one of my jade beads that had a much smaller hole than the pony beads.
     I have enjoyed playing with different variations of this bracelet because they are so quick and easy to work up.  Hope you will enjoy it too.
<![CDATA[Vetiver Essential Oil]]>Sat, 09 Jul 2016 01:29:20 GMThttp://chameleonthoughts.imclyde.com/blog-home/vetiver-essential-oil
A continuing series of posts on my favorite essential oils must include Vetiver.  Like Frankincense and Australian Sandalwood essential oils, I cannot seem to get enough of Vetiver.  I find the earthy/smokey aroma to be calming and I use it in my personal blend that I keep with me at all times. My blend combines the following essential oils in a roller bottle with Sweet Almond Oil:
Vetiver/Australian Sandalwood/Frankincense/Lemon

In my comparison of essential oil companies I have intentions to purchase vetiver for at least 2-3 other sources, but as of the date of this post I have only purchased from Young Living.


The botanical name for is Vetiveria Zizanioides. The word "Vetiver" is from a Tamil word that means "Hatcheted up".   it is also often referred to as Khas Khas Grass. This tall, scented perennial grass has a  network of white roots that grow downward (2-4 meters) unlike most grasses which have a more wide-spread, shallower mat configuration.  The essential oil is distilled from the roots and rootlets.
Vetiver is native to India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka but has also been cultivated in other areas such as the Philippines, Japan, West Africa and South America.  The roots are mainly steam-distilled in Haiti and Java.  Haiti is reputed for producing the highest quality of Vetiver essential oil.


Vetiver use dates back to the 12th century where it was actually a taxed item in India. 
The cooling properties of Vetiver resulted in it's use for bringing natural freshness and cooling during the warmer summer months by weaving mats of the Vetiver roots for use in the home.  The roots were also placed into earthen pots to naturally cool drinking water and keep it fresh. The grass was used in making roof thatches and Africans used the grass for making rugs, baskets, and other items for their homes.
Vetiver was used in folk medicine due to the belief that it had properties that produced abundance and is known in India as the "Oil of Tranquility".

What's so good about Vetiver?

Because of it's calming properties, Vetiver essential oil  has been shown to be helpful for people who suffer from anxiety and studies have also shown some effectiveness for ADHD when the oil is inhaled. It helps to balance the mind and spirit and strengthen the reproductive system. It is an effective tonic and sedative, proven anti-oxidant, and is even being studied for it's possible uses as a natural insecticide. Other documented properties include: antiseptic, immune-stimulant, circulatory stimulant,  anti-spasmodic, and it helps with the production of red corpuscles.
Vetiver oil also helps with many skin problems including acne and aging skin due to it's ability to promote skin regeneration and strengthen connective tissue.

Common Uses:

Vetiver is commonly used to help treat anxiety, depression, insomnia, acne, anorexia and more.  Because the aroma has grounding, calming, and tranquilizing properties is has been a valuable tool in relieving stress and helping to induce a good night's sleep.

Popular ways of using Vetiver essential oil:

Clyde’s Note:  I recommend that you always combine your essential oil with a carrier oil (such as jojoba, sweet almond, coconut, avocado, etc.)  when applying essential oils to the skin or adding to your bath.
  • Add a few drops to your favorite carrier oil and use to cleanse your face using the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM).  I use organic coconut oil most often for this purpose,
  • Add drops to a natural home made after shave or face toner.  Make a 50/50 solution of distilled water and witch hazel, Put the mixture in a glass spray bottle and spray onto cleansed face,
  • Diffuse by itself or combined with other essential oils.  I love the relaxing scent of Vetiver and Australian Sandalwood being diffused together. (no carrier oil needed)
  • Use in a warm bath (make sure you add to carrier oil first and THEN put a few drops into your bathwater)
  • Add to your favorite massage oil


Vetiver should not be used on children under the age of 6 and should be greatly diluted for children over age 6.   Pregnant or nursing women should consult their health care providers before using any essential oils.
Internal use of frankincense (and other essential oils) may have toxic effects and should not be ingested without supervision of a health professional.
Always test for skin sensitivity prior to use. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose.
Not all oils are created equal, so be particular about the brand of essential oil you use.


Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.