Art therapy

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  1. a form of psychotherapy involving the encouragement of free self-expression through painting, drawing, or modelling, used as a remedial or diagnostic activity.

I love art therapy! I actually love anything that is considered creative.

Sounds silly? Well it is a very important for all ages – especially the elderly.

  1. Art therapy can positively improve a person’s mood.
    The elderly sometimes feel frustrated by their loss of mobility, hearing, or the physical changes due to the aging process. Taking time to do some art therapy can relieve the feelings of anxiety and stress.
  2. Art therapy can be a new form of expression for the elderly with difficulty in verbal communication or for those who have difficulty in writing. Those with memory loss will also benefit from art therapy. Art allows for a new way of communication and expression.  It opens up a whole new world for the elderly with limitations.
  3. Art therapy can reduce the feelings of depression.
  4. Art therapy has been known to assist in encouraging socialization in the elderly. It is hard to think of topics to talk about if you are not learning anything new, if you can’t read or even speak. Art therapy makes opportunities for talking and discussions.
  5. Art therapy gives the person a increased feeling of self – esteem. They are proud of their latest creation. People will admire and discuss the latest handiwork.
  6. And lastly, art therapy will reduce the feelings of boredom. It will help the day to pass in a short time. Sitting all day and looking at the 4 walls of the room can really be boring and depressing. I can say from the experience of being in hospital a lot of my childhood, the walls can start to feel like they are getting closer and closer. It is not a pleasant feeling. Don’t forget to display the finished project in the best possible way. It can be on the wall, on a bed or couch, or even hung up to move in the breeze from an open window. Please make sure that the art is visible to the creator.

The types of art therapy:

  • painting
  • line drawing
  • collages
  • pastels
  • chalk
  • stenciling

Art therapy can also benefit you as the primary caregiver. It gives you time to connect to your creative side. And art therapy can help relieve the stress that caregiving brings.  And you don’t need to be highly gifted to participate in art therapy. If I may, I strongly believe that if you can paint or draw lines, you are creative. There is no manual to creativity. Give it a try, you are creative in your way.


Tissue Salt no.6

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Tissue salt no.6: Kali. Phos. (Kalium Phosphate)

This tissue salt is characterized by the functions: brain and nerve tonic. It specializes in the nervous system’s health.

It is perfect for assisting:

  • Nervous exhaustion
  • Nervous indigestion
  • Nervous headaches
  • ADHD
  • Insomnia
  • Exam stress
  • Poor memory
  • Exhaustion
  • Age related memory loss
  • Irritability
  • Grief
  • Halitosis
  • And even – Foul-smelling sweat or secretion
  • Nervous asthma
  • Chronic asthma
  • Eases painful periods
  • Gangrene

You can read more about this Tissue Salt in the Tissue Salts for healthy Living by Margaret Roberts.

Information in this article obtained from the following sources:

Tissue salt for Healthy Living by Margaret Roberts




Tissue Salt no. 5

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It’s time for our next tissue salt…Kali mur. – Kalium Muriaticum

This tissue salt is a decongestant, a second stage inflammation reduce and a waste eliminator.

I need to add that I always used this when I got a cold and my nose and sinuses became very congested. It worked like a bomb. It’s more effective than pharmaceutical decongestants and without the side affects.

When you have the flu, your nose is all congested and there is a thick mucus discharge, your throat is sore, your eyes are having a discharge, your tonsils are swollen with pustules or you are experiencing crackling noises in the ears then Kali Mur is for you.

If you are experiencing heartburn, burping, take 2 tablets 3 to 4 times a day.

Kali mur. aids the skeletal system and the joints in numerous ways. If you are experiencing backache, shoulder pains, stiffness and arthritis pains take Kali mur. to sooth the pain.

Information taken from:
Tissue Salts for healthy living by Margaret Roberts


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I love the ocean. I enjoy swimming a few laps and then just lay in the water looking at the sky. Not everyone loves the ocean and not everyone can stand the cold water on their skin. The elderly are no different. Some may enjoy the cool water on their ankles and others may not. If your parent used to enjoy swimming, why not take them to beach? Let them enjoy the cool water on their skins. The benefits of ocean water will also benefit them. Note: One can mix their own salt and water at home and add a little epsom salt if you are too far from the ocean or landlocked.

Just be cautious and observant with your parent’s balance when walking on the sand. It is not a firm or solid ground and they might lose balance often and falling might result in twisted ankles or fractured hips. 

But don’t let this fear stop your elderly parent from having fun. Let them also experience the benefits of ocean water on their skins. Just be careful with mobility.

The ocean has many benefits on the human body:

The salty ocean water provides minerals that benefit the skin. Here are a few minerals found in the water: magnesium, calcium, and potassium. These all help to treat skin infections, absorb toxins in and on the body, encourages the skin to heal and works to treat eczema.

Ocean water helps to soothe itchy, flaky or dry scalp.

The ocean sounds can help to reduce stress and encourages a person to relax. There is that calm quiet and peaceful feeling oceans bring to a person.

Ocean/sea air is very beneficial for the respiratory organs. The air causes the mucus in the lungs and bronchiole tracts to loosen and this makes coughing easier and it will encourage the airways to become clear. The sea air is also free of pollution and this makes it free from harmful particles.

Ocean air improves circulation in the body.

Ocean air improves sleeping habits.

One way that the ocean can indirectly benefit an elderly person, is that you get bonding time together. You have a chance to get a change of scenery and spend time together while you sit on the beach, or in the car. You both will benefit from the outing together.

I do understand that not everyone can get to the ocean or seaside, so if that is the case for you here is what you could do to set the ‘seaside’ scene. Play some ocean sounds on a ipad, tablet, laptop or CD, sit together and let the sounds flow over you. You can enjoy a cup of tea, or a cold beverage while listening to the ocean sounds. One can even get some builder’s ‘white’ sand and put your feet into it. There are a few ways to set up your own home beach. Don’t forget sunscreen if you sit outside.

I hope you enjoyed this article.

Herb, Spice and All Things Nice


Herbs and spices are today’s topic.

I love working with herbs and I am always ready to try new spices in all my dishes. I know that herbs and spices have many health benefits for the human body. In fact they are all very useful to have in the house. If you were wanting to start a little indoor garden, I would recommend you try a herb garden. Herbs are reasonably easy to grow and they are perfect for beginners in the gardening hobby.

But why am I talking about herbs and spices? Well, let me get to it then…

Most people loose their appetite as they age. This can cause the elderly to acquire nutritional deficiencies and lose weight. A poor appetite can lead to illness. This is where spices and herbs come in to the diet.

Herbs and spices can flavor the foods, boost appetite, and prevent diseases.


Rosemary is has a refreshing and uplifting aroma. It is easy to grow – trust me my rosemary plant is huge! Rosemary can be used as a room scent and this will help improve memory. It is perfect to add rosemary to soups, meats and potatoes. Rosemary essential oil can help with the prevention or treatment of Alzheimer’s. Rosemary essential oil is also very beneficial for the relief of indigestion, bloating and constipation.




Turmeric is an orange spice with an earthy flavor. This spice has been known to alleviate arthritic pain. Turmeric is also perfect for stomach pain, bypass surgery, headaches, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and urinary bladder infections.




Ginger is a spice that is a relative of curcumin. It is a great spice that is used to treat gastrointestinal complaints. Ginger is used as a pain-reliever and it may used in the treatment for degenerative health disorders. This spice has also been known to show antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.




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Cinnamon helps with regulating treatment for type 2 diabetes by increasing the action of insulin. Cinnamon contains antioxidants and is an anti-inflammatory spice. Cinnamon also helps to regulate blood sugar levels by decreasing the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream after a meal.

Cinnamon has an effect on neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.

Well this is some of the spices of the world which I have listed. There are so many more spices in the world, and they all have many benefits on our health.


Fun with Farting!!!

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I thought I would write a blog on something lighthearted today. We all fart, pass wind or have flatulence and it’s considered impolite to speak about farting, farts, and smells in public. It is also considered rude to fart in public, whether it’s loud, soft, smelly or odourless. Not to mention, it’s embarrassing to do it in public.

Today, I say it’s cool to speak about them. Let’s go and have a look at the benefits of farting, the dangers of holding it and so much more.

Okay let’s start with my saying that we all fart. All day to be exact. About 18 times a day to be more accurate. Not only the aged fart, younger people are also guilty of letting a little wind out here and there.

The components of farts:

According to,

  • 9% nitrogen
  • 21% hydrogen
  • 9% carbon dioxide
  • 7% methane
  • 4% oxygen
  • 1% hydrogen sulfide (this is what makes it smell)

It is true that smelling your farts can have health benefits for us. Gross, right?

The methane smell can help to reduce life altering diseases. The most important one is the dreaded DEMENTIA. The hydrogen sulfide can change the enzymes’ function in the diease.

And new recent studies by Exeter University in England explain that farts help prevent mitochondrial damage. This will help prevent the risk of strokes, heart disease, and arthritis from happening.

Foods that contain sulfur make our farts smelly, and some intestinal bacteria can add an odour to our farts.

Here is a list of foods that our bodies can’t properly digest, which causes us to become windy:

  • Beans and lentils
  • Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and onions
  • Whole-grain foods such as cereals, breads, and crackers
  • Sugars found in fruit and juices, but also in processed foods containing high-fructose corn syrup
  • Sugars and some artificial sweeteners found in diet drinks and foods. Sorbitol is super gassy and is found in both.

Lactose intolerant people will also get windy when they intake dairy products.


The benefits of farting:

  • Farting helps the body to get rid of digested foods that the body can’t use.
  • Farting helps with the awful bloating we get on occasion.
  • Farts can be a warn sign that you are eating something that your stomach can’t fully or properly digest.
  • Fart holding can injure your colon. It may cause your colon to burst if you suffer with colon obstruction. Don’t worry, it is such a rare injury.
  • Farts provide the obvious – relief.

If you feel that you fart, pass wind and toot way more than 18 times in the day, there is a simply solution. All you have to do is adjust your diet, reduce the use of many spices, and stay away from foods that you may have allergies to.

Now I am at the end of my smelly subject.

I obtained all my information from various reliable sources and experiences.



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Crochet and my health

I crochet a lot. I have been crocheting since I was 15 years old and 13 years later I am still at it. I am hardly ever without my hook and wool. I have found crocheting to help keep me sane in my work. It has also helped me get through the most stressful times in my life.

I found this picture in my gallery and thought I should share it with you all.

Enjoy the read.