Interesting Notes on Asberger’s Syndrome

We all know someone who is seemingly cold and distant, but seem to think everything is fine; I certainly have this in my family.

From a very busy girl sometimes blogging at
Shucky’s Kitchen
Nelsie’s Cupboard, and
Parkdale Knifty Knitters!

From, some of the symptoms that may be present are:

  • Lack of social awareness;
  • Lack of interest in socializing/making friends;
  • Difficulty making and sustaining friendships;
  • Inability to infer the thoughts, feelings, or emotions of others;
  • Either gazing too intently or avoiding eye contact;
  • Lack of changing facial expression, or use of exaggerated facial expressions;
  • Lack of use or comprehension of gestures;
  • Inability to perceive nonverbal cues or communications;
  • Failure to respect interpersonal boundaries;
  • Unusually sensitive to noises, touch, odors, tastes, or visual stimuli;
  • Inflexibility and over-adherence to or dependence on routines; and
  • Stereotypical and repetitive motor patterns such as hand flapping or arm waving.
  • Language may be interpreted literally, and difficulties can arise with interpreting language in a specific context.
  • There are difficulties with understanding the subtle use of language, such as irony or sarcasm.

For a great look at men who may have Asberger traits, read this fascinating article:


About Anorexia Nervosa…

I just wanted to pass on some historical information that may or may not be helpful.

Until 1932, if a girl started ‘pining’ the physician would prescribe Tincture of Cannabis, available at the pharmacy. A few drops in water and she would start eating.

To make a tincture, one measures a dry herb by volume, and covers it with the same volume of grain alcohol (like alcool, or vodka) in a covered jar. It is kept in a dark place and shaken daily. After 10 days it is filtered through an unbleached coffee filter into a sterile bottle. The typical dosage is then 3 drops in a glass of water, but may go up one drop at a time to 10 until the munchies occur.

Also, cannabis was one of the healing herbs in the Bible, so it is man’s law, not God’s, that prohibits its use.

Chamomile and Oat Moisturizing Hand Scrub

Chamomile and Oat Moisturizing Hand Scrub

1/2 c. Cornstarch

1/2 c. Glycerin

1/4 c. Chamomile tea, very strong infusion

2 T. Sweet Almond, Calendula or Arnica Oil

2 T. Oatmeal, very finely ground

2 T. Rice, very finely ground

Use a spice grinder for the oats and rice. Heat the glycerin and slowly add the cornstarch, stirring constantly to make a paste. Take off the heat and slowly stir in the chamomile infusion, then the oil, and finally the ground oats and finely ground rice. Store in a wide-mouthed jar or tin and use in the same way as you would a hand soap. It should keep for up to 2 months.

Aromahead’s September Newsletter

Andrea Butje is a well respected aromatherapist who also educates and certifies aromatherapists. She sends out a very good monthly email, which I hope inspires you!

This month, the entire Aromahead team is excited about our webinar on how to become an expert in Aromatherapy!

September 13, 2017
Aromahead’s September Newsletter

How to Make A Cream Or Lotion

There are things you need to know about making a cream or lotion before you make them.

First off, so many can be multi-purpose. I have a cream I made with Coconut Oil as the carrier, Jojoba as the support oil, and a blend of Rose and Sandalwood Floral Waters in the water phase. I emulsified it with Pola Wax, added a drop of Geranium Essential Oil, and a few drops of GSE as an antioxidant. I also like to put a pinch of Borax in the water phase.

That cream is now a make-up remover, my morning moisturiser, with my mineral face powder, a foundation on special days, the base for my deodorant,base for my Henna Mask, and shaving cream. It’s lovely. And oh, so versatile!

When you make a cream or lotion, you need to understand basic ratios.

The oil phase will include oils and waxes.

The oils will be comprised of 80 – 85% of your carrier oil, and 15 – 20% of your support oil; e.g., Sweet Almond and Sea Buckthorn.

The wax will be your emulsifying wax, such as Pola Wax, Self-Emulsifying Wax – N, or Beeswax (which needs Borax as a secondary emulsifier, or the product will just separate). The ratio should be about 30% for a thin emulsion, to 50% for a thick, waxy one.

Additives such as Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, GSE and essential oils will be added just before the emulsifying begins.

The water phase will include Distilled Water, Floral Waters or Witch Hazel, herbal infusions and decoctions, or any tinctures. Additives like citric acid, ascorbic acid, and Borax will go into the water phase just before emulsifying.

You have to know what you want your cream to do, the skin type it is for, and the oils you want to use.

To be continued…

Nelsie’s Complexion Soap

Nelsie’s Complexion Soap

  • 2 c. extra-virgin coconut oil
  • ½ c. hemp seed butter
  • ½ c. water
  • 2 T. Borax
  • 2 T. lye

Dissolve the Borax in the water. When it is dissolved, add the lye (do not bend over it) and stir very gently. When the lye is dissolved, heat the coconut oil and hemp seed butter just until melted. When you can just hold your hand to the sides of the oil and the lye, pour the lye into the oil (not the other way around!), and stir. Keep stirring until it comes to ‘trace’, which is, when you drizzle soap across the surface, it does not sink back into the soap but stays on top. You will know it is almost there when it sinks into the soap at level, but does not lose the shape of the drizzle.

When it comes to trace, pour into soap molds. When it becomes solid (in about an hour), turn the oven on to its lowest setting, though if it is a gas oven you will not need to do this. Wrap in a towel, turn off the oven, and place the soap in the oven to incubate for 24 hours. Hang a sign on the oven so that no-one will turn it on.

After 24 hours, pop the soaps out and place them on a baker’s rack. After 10 days, turn them. You can test them after 14 days by licking the soap – if it tingles, it is still curing. Give it another 7 days before testing again. As soon as it no-longer tingles, you can wrap it for sale.

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Interesting Facts about the Pineapple

The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family. It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit. The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today.

It is a multiple fruit. One pineapple is actually made up of dozens of individual flowerets that grow together to form the entire fruit. Each scale on a pineapple is evidence of a separate flower.

Pineapples stop ripening the minute they are picked. No special way of storing them will help ripen them further.
Colour is relatively unimportant in determining ripeness. Choose your pineapple by smell. If it smells fresh, tropical and sweet, it will be a good fruit.

The more scales on the pineapple, the sweeter and juicier the taste.

After you cut off the top, you can plant it. It should grow much like a sweet potato will.

This delicious fruit is not only sweet and tropical; it also offers many benefits to our health. Pineapple is a remarkable fruit.

We find it enjoyable because of its lush, sweet and exotic flavor, but it may also be one of the most healthful foods available today.

If we take a more detailed look at it, we will find that pineapple is valuable for easing indigestion, arthritis or sinusitis.

The juice has an anthelmintic effect; it helps get rid of intestinal worms.

Let’s look at how pineapple affects other conditions.

Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to development of strong bones and connective tissue. A cup of fresh pineapple will give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount. It is particularly helpful to older adults, whose bones tend to become brittle with age.

Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, is the key to pineapple’s value. Proteolytic means “breaks down protein”, which is why pineapple is known to be a digestive aid. It helps the body digest proteins more efficiently. Bromelain is also considered an effective anti-inflammatory.

Regular ingestion of at least one half cup of fresh pineapple daily is purported to relieve painful joints common to osteoarthritis. It also produces mild pain relief.

In Germany, bromelain is approved as a post-injury medication because it is thought to reduce inflammation and swelling.

Orange juice is a popular liquid for those suffering from a cold because it is high in Vitamin C. Fresh pineapple is not only high in this vitamin, but because of the Bromelain, it has the ability to reduce mucous in the throat. If you have a cold with a productive cough, add pineapple to your diet. It is commonly used in Europe as a post-operative measure to cut mucous after certain sinus and throat operations.

Those individuals who eat fresh pineapple daily report fewer sinus problems related to allergies. In and of itself, pineapple has a very low risk for allergies.

Pineapple is also known to discourage blood clot development. This makes it a valuable dietary addition for frequent fliers and others who may be at risk for blood clots.

An old folk remedy for morning sickness is fresh pineapple juice. It really works! Fresh juice and some nuts first thing in the morning often make a difference.

It’s also good for a healthier mouth. The fresh juice discourages plaque growth.