Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A Splash Of Color

Colorful Pieces always get me into the Spring & Summer Spirit, I recently added a few new colorful prints to my Etsy Shop

The first one I made with Crayons, for the other two I used watercolors,
they where fun to make,
 Making Art can be very therapeutic, helps you express yourself and frees the mind 
I recommend making your own using recycled paper or up cycled wood, any material could be used so get creative.

Happy Creating and Enjoy The Warmer Weather!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Natural Ways To Prevent and Treat Asthma

Asthma is a very common disease now a day, I was doing some research today on Pinterest and here are some of the best tips I found if you are looking to help cope with it in a more natural way.

A few easy steps:

Avoid smoking, both active as well as passive. Smoking causes irritation in the lungs, thus initiating an asthma attack.

Avoid the usage of strong perfumes, shampoos, deodorants and sprays. They can act as triggers for an asthma attack.

Stay away from dust and smoke as much as possible. Keep your house dust free. Always put a cloth on your nose and mouth while going out or travelling.

Stay away from insects, especially cockroaches as they trigger asthma attack.

Humidity also triggers asthma. Humidity results in mites that cause an asthma attack. So remove humidity from your place by the use of dehumidifiers and exhaust fans. Keep the windows open to have proper air ventilation and to remove excess moisture in the air.

Eat food items rich in magnesium as they clear the air blockages, thus relaxing the breathing. Foods high in omega 3 are also considered useful in improving the lung functioning.

Drink as much water as you can to keep your system hydrated. Avoid high chlorinated water as chlorine triggers asthma attack.

Take good amount of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is believed to suppress any asthma attack.

Garlic and turmeric are effective herbal cure of asthma.

Stay well covered during cold. Protect yourself in cold - cover your chest, mouth and throat and try to remain warm as much as possible.

Use of herbs such as Ginseng helps to reduce any swelling in the bronchial tubes, thus decreasing the chance of an asthma attack.

Intake of Vitamin C and Vitamin E lowers down your chances of getting an asthma attack. These vitamins fight against the free radicals produced during an asthma attack.

Try to stay away from any stress as stress causes breathlessness which finally results in asthma.

Fight asthma naturally with raw nuts, vitamin c, pineapple, spinach, pumpkin, beans.

 Calcium controls muscle contractions at the cellular level.

 Magnesium helps muscles relax after a contraction. A diet low in magnesium can lead to poor lung function and respiratory fatigue. 

Vitamin D is believed to suppress any asthma attack.

Vitamin C and Vitamin E lowers down your chances of getting an asthma attack. These vitamins fight against the free radicals produced during an asthma attack.


Ginger is a well known health benefit that is composed of up to 3% natural essential oils. Ginger contains anti-viral, anti-toxic, anti-fungal properties and acts as an anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory. Proven to help asthma symptoms, relieves headaches, ease morning sickness and promotes menstrual regularity. Cut a few slices and add to your favorite tea

Garlic is; Antibiotic, natural Anti-fungus, Anti-viral, Arthritis, Asthma, Blood purifier, Bronchitis, Circulation, Cold,   Coughs, , High blood pressure, Infections, Liver- detoxifies, Lungs-Mucus, 

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) 
The Licorice root has been used traditionally to restore breathing and calm the breathing passageways. 

Adhatoda (Adhatoda vasica) 
This herb is a small evergreen shrub that is found at lower altitudes in India and South East Asia. The leaf has been used for centuries to treat asthma where it works as a bronchodilator and mild expectorant. Adhatoda also works by decreasing the viscosity of mucous to assist with expectoration. Key constituents of adhatoda leaf are the quinazoline alkaloids (0.5–2%). The major alkaloid is vasicine present at levels of 45–95% and is the original source of the drug bromhexine, which is often still used to assist expectoration. 

Ginkgo Biloba (Ginkgo biloba) 
One of the oldest herbs in use today, ginkgo has a broad range of indications. For asthma sufferers, ginkgo works to inhibit PAF (platelet activating factor), a powerful inducer of platelet aggregator and anaphylactic reactions. Natural Herbs that stimulate anti-PAF activity are known to assist in the treatment of asthma, allergic reactions, thrombosis and shock. One study showed that a 600mg standardised dose of ginkgo reduced airway hypersensitivity in patients with asthma. 

Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) 
It has been used medicinally as a cough suppressant. The plant has been used in historical times to treat lung ailments such as asthma as well as various coughs by way of smoking. 

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) 
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and has been used as a colouring agent, spice and medicine for thousands of years. The active constituents are the diarylhepanoids, including curcumin, which are found in the vividly yellow rhizome. In an uncontrolled trial in India, 60% of asthma patients given 6-12grams of turmeric powder that had been fryed in ghee showed a relief in their symptoms. Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory in both acute and chronic conditions, and it is believed to work in a variety of biological pathways to reduce inflammation. In some models studied, curcumin showed a similar efficacy to cortisone and phenylbutazone. 

Chinese Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) 
The root of this plant has been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for a variety of conditions including asthma. Chinese skullcap contains flavone derivatives including baicalin, wogonin and baicalein which inhibit histamine release from mast cells in vitro. Baicalin showed antiasthmatic activity (antihistaminic and anticholinergic activity) in isolated tracheal muscle from asthmatic guinea pigs. Reducing hypesensitivity and inflammation in airways is vital to managing asthma. 

Grindelia (Grindelia spp.) 
This is an expectorant herb with bronchospasmolytic activity. It is traditionally recommended for the treatment of spasmodic respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis. The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia 1983 lists the specific indication as bronchial asthma with tachycardia. Californian Native Americans used grindelia not only for skin infections but also for bronchial conditions where grindelia eventually gained the attention of the Catholic missionaries. The dried leaf and flowering tops of grindelia were official in the United States Pharmacopoeia 1882– 1926, and have been in the National Formulary, 1926–1960. 

Other natural herbs that have been used for asthma treatment.

Ephedra (Ma huang) - (Ephedra sinica)
Garlic - (Allium sativum)
Red Clover - (Trifolium pratense)
Coleus - (Coleus barbatus)
Echinacea - (Echinacea angustifolia)
Skullcap - (Scutellaria lateriflora)
Great Mullein - (Verbascum thapsus)
Mugwort - (Artemisia vulgaris)
Hyssop - (Hyssopus officinalis)
Elecampane - (Inula helenium)
Black Walnut - (Juglans nigra)
Cat's Claw - (Uncaria tomentosa)
Mistletoe - (Viscum album)
Yellow Dock - (Rumex crispus)
Lavender - (Lavandula officinalis)
American Ginseng - (Panax quinquefolius)
Styrax Benzoin - (Styrax benzoin)
Henbane - (Hyoscyamus niger)
Pinellia - (Pinellia ternata)
St. John’s Wort - (Hypericum perforatum)
Comfrey - (Symphytum officinale)
Saw Palmetto - (Serenoa repens)
Lobelia - (Lobelia inflata)
Stinging Nettle - (Urtica galeopsifolia)
White Horehound - (Marrubium vulgare)
Anise - (Pimpinella anisum)
Maritime Pine Bark - (Pinus maritima)
Picrorhiza Kurroa - (Picrorhiza kurroa)
Pleurisy Root - (Asclepias tuberosa)
Agrimony - (Agrimonia eupatoria)
English Ivy - (Hedera helix)
Astragalus - (Astragalus propinquus)
Vervain - (Verbena officinalis)
Common Mallow - (Malva sylvestris)
Dwarf Milkwort - (Polygala amarella)


Chrysanthemum Tea: flowers contain Adenline Choine Stachydrine which is natural fragrant oil that provides herbal remedies for inflammatory, head ache, eyes pain, and indigestion.

RED CLOVER: widely used for its antispasmodic & expectorant properties. Helps to relieve lungs of congestion & can soothe a sore throat. It's in many remedies for whopping cough, bronchitis, asthma, & numerous other cough-related issues. In a honey sweetened tea, red clover flower has been known to loosen phlegm & calm bronchial spasm.

Elderberry (tea or infusion)
Immune system builder - tones mucus membranes, wards off viruses, anti-infectious, expectorant, relaxant.

Blue Violet Leaf (tea or infusion)
Anti-inflammatory, expectorant. Excellent herb for bronchitis, respiratory catarrh, coughs, and asthma. A mild and delicious tea for asthma with a teeny, tiny hint of licorice flavor. A good, everyday maintenance tea for your lungs. 

Honeysuckle (tea or infusion)
Anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic. The "Echinacea of Chinese Medicine". For colds, flu, bronchitis and pneumonia. Tastes kinda bitter. Try crumbling the herb and filling your own capsules with it.

Lemon Balm (tea or infusion)
Mild and delicious. Relaxing, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-spasmodic. A great herb for adults and children.

Linden Flowers and Leaves (tea or infusion) 
Anti-spasmodic, tones, soothes inflammation, calms. This tea is a little gelatinous. Wonderful as a hair rinse. 

Mullein Leaves and Flowers (tea or infusion) 
A lovely, multi-purpose, anti-inflammatory herb. Excellent for lung problems, coughs, - healing, sedative, good for pain. Delicious, mild taste. Mullein is an expectorant and a demulcent that helps dry coughs, dry asthma, and chronic lung conditions.

Thyme (tea or infusion)
Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, expectorant, anti-tussive. Great for respiratory infections, allergies, asthma, colds, and coughs. Encourages coughing up of phlegm and stops spasms of the bronchial passages.

Other options:

Pure Himalayan Pink Salt Crystal Lamp.
 This lamp naturally purifies the air around you by emitting negative ions that kill allergens and other toxins in the air. Good for people with asthma, and other toxins in the air

Salt Air pipe
 Himalayan salt crystals are placed between the inhaler chambers, and as you breathe through the inhaler, moisture in the air absorbs soothing micron-size salt particles into your respiratory system. This safe, 100% natural breathing remedy helps relieve symptoms of asthma, hay fever, congestion, colds and allergies.

Essential Oils Against Asthma
Asthma is mainly a respiratory disease; therefore, you need to use essential oils that contain a massaging effect on your respiratory system. The beneficial properties can be found in decongestant, tonic, and anti-inflammatory essential oils. Here are considered most effective essential oils: 
ylang ylang
German chamomile
atlas cedarwood
clary sage

Here is a Great post with instructions on how to use essential oils for treating asthma like
Massage Oil For Asthma,Asthma Steam,Inhalation Rub for Asthma,Chest Rub for Asthma,Asthma Face Splash


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Time in Russia

It has been a while since I posted but since the Holidays and Winter are in full swing here is a post That will combine them both.
All of these items are from my Etsy Favorites and would make Great Gifts.. Hint Hint!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Blakenetizen's DIY Halloween

Halloween is one of my favorite Holidays, this year doe to my lack of budget I decided to make it a DIY Halloween, its a last minute thing but I am going to decorate my apartment building with all handmade decorations on the big day!

 Here are a few ideas:

Collect materials from all over the house, even the garden

You can make spooky zombie Halloween Dolls, just add a little acrylic paint to some neglected or broken dolls!

Empty Milk jugs and glass jars are perfect to make luminaries, just tape on a spooky image and add a tea light, you can add some sand, stones or gravel to keep the tea light in place

You can make "bloodshot eye" window decals out of recycled paper,or a spooky wreath for your door out of dry garden materials

 Make a graveyard out of cardboard tombstones!

Cut the tombstones out of a large box and add a little spray paint and detail them w a sharpie or black crayon!

Make bones for your graveyard!

Make the bones out of wrapped up bubble wrap, white tissue paper and tape.

Make Fun Bats out of cardboard and paint! make sure to punch a hole on top so you can add string to hang them.

I hope These ideas help inspire you, Have a Fun Safe Halloween Everyone! 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Vintage Dino Trouble

So today a set of my vintage rubber dinosaurs sold over at my Etsy shop! Yipee!
The bad news is that later that day while I was still at work the SAME set sold at my Yardsellr store,
I didn't get a chance to remove it from my other shop!

 I usually list the same items in multiple shops to get more exposure, but i guess that isn't going to work anymore, i'm gonna have to dedicate each shop its own inventory or something,

So I had to refund the yardsellr customer, I listed a similar set exclusively at my yardsellr at the same price in case she comes back :) which I hope she does,

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bought a New Vintage Percolator Today

We visited one of our local thrift shops today and we ran into this awesome Vintage percolator, we got it for a Great price!I Love it, its HUGE it fits 30 cups! We plan on using it this Sunday to warm up water for our Pancake Party :)

This brings our collection up to 4 Vintage Percolators! 3 electric  and 1 stove top.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Dinosaurs have taken over my desk

I got a hold of these cool little Vintage Dinosaurs today while thrifty-ing, I cant wait to make them into something neat, paper weights perhaps ? key chains? I'm not sure yet :) but when I make it ill be sure to post it at my Etsy Shop