Simple 2015 Feng Shui For Better Health, Love & Wealth

2015! It’s a new year, so many possibilities ahead. Maybe this is the year you will find a new love, a new job or improve your health. Almost anything can happen. So, why not use these simple Feng Shui tips to help you achieve your goals.

Feng Shui Tips for Love & Marriage:

love

Display sensual artwork in your bedroom, such as

couples embracing, mandarin ducks or doves.

Pair of Mandarin ducks in love

If single, be sure to sleep in a double bed to have room

for love.

double bed for love

Remove all items from past relationships to concentrate

on your existing or new love.

Feng Shui Tips for Health:

clutter disturbs your health

Clear clutter from your environment. Your mind, mood and health

are improved by a clean and simple home.

clean your stove for better health

Keep your appliances and electronics in good working condition.

Get rid of or fix anything broken, to symbolize good health.

Doorway

Keep your front door neat and unobstructed to attract

good energy into your home and life.

flowers

Keeping fresh flowers and lush green plants to clean

the air will symbolize good health.

bamboo in water

Be sure to araete your environment, by opening the

doors and windows regularly (even in winter).

Feng Shui Tips for Wealth/Luck:

broken pathway is bad for wealth

Keep pathways to your front door or business unblocked

and in nice shape to encourage good energy to enter.

Be sure your front entrance is bright and inviting, no

flaking paint, no rusty handles or broken window panes.

fish tank is good for wealth

Place an aquarium in the South East section of your home or business

with goldfish in multiples of nine to attract prosperity.

Sources: http://www.feng-shui-vibes.com and fengshuiabout.com

I really hope these tips help you in the new year. If you try anything be sure to let me know how it worked. Of course if you have any additional tips, I would be interested in hearing those in the comments.

Next Month!

Chinese New Year! Hong Kong Treasure released! February 19, 2015.

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A deadly Philippines typhoon stole Annie’s memory. And now, can a handsome Chinese stranger save her from the danger she has forgotten?

To read an excerpt: Hong Kong Treasure

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Blogiversary Contest Winner Announced!

A big THANK YOU to all who attended my blogiversary party and entered my contest! Without you, none of this would be any fun 🙂

And now,

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the winner is

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Marjorie Mallon!

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Marjorie has won a signed copy of my new book, Hong Kong Treasure.

Congrats, Marjorie! And thanks for your likes and comments over the year. Hope you enjoy my book and be sure to let us know what you think of it.

For anyone else, you can find out about Hong Kong Treasure and even read an excerpt at My Romance Books site.

And be sure to checkout Marjorie’s blog Kyrosmagica.

Tea is For Beauty – Inside and Out

Using tea as a beauty treatment is far from new. Being rich in antioxidants, many cultures have used tea to improve their health and beauty for centuries.

teapot

We’ll start with beauty treatments for the outside:

You can use tea to cool down sunburned skin. 

sunburnWhenever you forget your sun protection or take a little too much sun, wet a few tea bags, squeeze out the excess liquid and apply to the affected skin (make sure it isn’t too warm). If you need more than a few tea bags, drop several tea bags into a bath and soak for 10 minutes.

 

You can use tea to relieve puffy eyes or dark circles under the eyes.

tea bags for eyesSoak a couple of tea bags in warm water and place over your eyes for 20 minutes. The tannin in the tea will reduce puffiness and soothe tired eyes. The caffeine in the tea will help to shrink the blood vessels under the skin, thus eliminating dark circles under the eyes.

 

 

You can use tea to soothe razor burn.

shaverWet tea bags will soothe the burn and painful nicks and cuts from shaving. Apply a warm tea bag to the affected area and feel the relief.

 

 

You can use tea to color your hair. 

To make your own hair color treatment –

  1. Steep 3 tea bags (or the equivalent amount of loose tea leaves) in 1 cup boiling water.
  2. Let stand overnight then strain.
  3. Shampoo as usual then pour tea over your hair, being sure to really saturate your hair.
  4. Blot with a towel but do not rinse. It may take several treatments to gain desired look.

tea for hair

This hair treatment will not turn black hair into blonde, but will enhance the natural highlights in hair. If you are a blonde, use Chamomile tea. If you are a redhead use Rooibos tea and black hair will benefit with using Black tea with Sage. This natural hair color will also work on those pesky gray hairs.

You can use tea to condition dry hair.

dry hairUse 1 quart (liter) of warm, unsweetened tea as a final rinse after shampooing your hair.

 

 

You can use tea to treat acne.

teenagersGreen tea works on acne both internally and externally. Internally, drink 2 to 3 cups a day. Externally, boil tea leaves then cool until warm. Dip a clean cloth into the tea and apply to the face and other areas. Tap gently for 15 to 20 minutes. Do these treatments for a couple of weeks and you should see quite an improvement.

 

Tea has hundreds of health benefits when consumed.

All teas have these health benefits:

  • helps with weight loss and weight management
  • detoxifies body
  • helps prevent cancers
  • increases bone strength
  • reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases

Each tea has individual health benefits:

tea - green

Green Tea increases metabolism, lowers blood pressure and heals acne.

tea -black

Black Tea manages or prevents diabetes, protects against plague and tooth decay.

 

tea - oolong china

Oolong Tea lowers the risk of high blood pressure and improves eczema.

tea - rooibos

Rooibos Tea (my personal favorite) improves liver health, is naturally caffeine-free, calms and helps with insomnia, can ease headaches and relieve allergy and hay fever symptoms.

So what is your favorite tea or tea treatment?

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Sources: http://www.rd.com/home, http://www.huffingtonpost.com, http://frugallygreen.org, http://www.teatalk.com

dragon illustrationHong Kong Treasure – A deadly Philippines typhoon stole Annie’s memory. And now, can a handsome stranger save her from the danger she had forgotten?

Release date: Chinese New Year, February 19, 2015

To read an excerpt – Hong Kong Treasure 

Tea Verses Coffee – Some Facts

Yes, the old controversy: tea or coffee?

We’ll start with coffee:

Legend has it that Ethiopian shepherds noticed that their goats became very frisky after eating coffee berries. But in truth it was African tribe members who mixed coffee berries with fat to make an edible energy ball, that first discovered caffeine.

coffee berry

The coffee bean is really a seed inside a bright red berry and only grows in the “Bean Belt” between Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Hawaii is the only state in the US which can grow coffee.

Hawaii coffee farms

In 1675 the King of England banned coffee houses because he claimed they were places where people met to conspire against him.

Islam contributed to the popularity of coffee because in their religion, alcohol was prohibited while coffee was acceptable.

Europeans originally called coffee “Arabian wine.”

coffee

70 % of the world consumes Arabica coffee (mild and aromatic) while 30 % consumes Robusta coffee (more bitter-tasting with 50 % more caffeine). Americans consume 400 million cups per day or 146 billion cups per year. This makes America the leading consumer of coffee in the world.

coffee cup with swirl

Caffe’ sospeso, in Italian means “suspended or pending coffee.” It is a tradition which involves paying for an extra cup of coffee for a future customer who may be down on their luck. Those people can come into the coffee shop and ask if there are any sospesos available. This tradition is reported to have originated in Naples around a 100 years ago but happily the practice has grown to internationally.

The Guinness-recognized “oldest cat ever,” Creme Puff, lived to be 38 years old. Her owner attributed her long life to feeding her coffee every day with her breakfast of eggs, bacon and broccoli.

black & white cat, clip artIf you really love your coffee, I mean really love your coffee you could pay 2,800 Yen (about $27) at the Yunessum Spa Resort in Hakone, Japan, to soak in a coffee pool. (They also have pools of green tea, wine and sake.)

coffee-pool-Yunessun

Wow.

Now, on to tea!

Legend says that tea was discovered in 2737 BC when tea leaves accidentally blew into Chinese Emperor Shen-Ning’s boiling water.

China is the world’s largest producer of tea with India coming in second.

Chinese Tea House

Chinese Tea House

Ireland is the largest nation of tea drinkers with Great Britain coming in second.

Over 1.42 million pounds of tea is consumed in the US every day with an estimated 85 % of it being iced tea.

iced tea

Solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia until the 19th Century.

There are many different kinds of tea but they all come from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis. The color and variety (green, black, white or oolong) depends on how the leaves are treated.

Tea bags were invented in America in the early 1800s.

tea cup

On average, tea has half the amount of caffeine of coffee.

“Women are like tea bags. They do not know how strong they are until they get into hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

Tea has always been considered a healthy drink, especially green tea. Tea is a natural antioxidant and rich in vitamins B2, B1 & B6, potassium, manganese, folic acid and calcium. It can reduce some forms of cancer, help with bad breath, reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and blood pressure, help with weight control, kill bacteria and viruses, and has neuro-protective powers.

It also has relaxing effects that can help improve your sex life.

red silk sheets

Tea leaves are a natural way of keeping mosquitoes away. Just spread slightly damp leaves to add the scent of tea in the area you want insect-free.

There are many uses for used tea bags. To read about some, check out my post 5 Uses for Used Tea Bags.

The most expensive High Tea is at the Ritz Carlton of Hong Kong. For $8,888 Dollars per couple you get the best teas, finger foods, fantastic cakes and view of Hong Kong.

tea service - silver

The most expensive tea in the world is the rare Chinese tea, Tieguanyin. It costs around $1,500 Dollars a pound and is named after the Buddhist deity, Guan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy). It is an oolong tea.

So, if you haven’t guessed, I am a tea drinker. I love herbal teas with green and white tea.

How about you? Which do you prefer? Tell me in the comments if you’re a tea sipper or a coffee guzzler and what’s your favorite blend or type.

**There is still time to check out my Blogiversary Party and enter my contest to win a signed copy of my new book, Hong Kong Treasure. Click here.

Sources: http://theoatmeal.com/, http://www.huffingtonpost.com, http://www.neatorama.com, http://www.finedininglovers.com,  http://facts.randomhistory.com/tea-facts.html

dragon illustrationHong Kong Treasure – A deadly Philippines typhoon stole Annie’s memory. Now, can a handsome Chinese stranger save her from the danger she has forgotten?

Release date: Chinese New Year, February 19, 2015.

 

7 Lucky Feng Shui Animals

This is the second part of my Animal Feng Shui post. To read part one click here.

These seven animals are protective and symbols of long life and good fortune.

1. Tortoise – This animal brings wealth and protection to the home and family by harmonizing interior and exterior designs. To take advantage of the protection benefits from this ancient Feng Shui animal, place a tortoise in the back of your house facing toward the front door (West) and in a garden pond in your backyard facing your house.

Three turtles

2. Cat – In Ancient Egypt the cat was considered the Goddess of Health, bringing to women protection and marital happiness. Since cats can see in the dark, they protect and bring love and happiness to a home. Place cat figurines in the Marriage/Relationship and Career areas of your home and place Lucky Cats in your place of business.

Bau Compass

Bau Compass

Chinese Lucky Cats

Chinese Lucky Cats

large breed cat

3. Birds & Butterflies – Yes, butterflies, who flutter and fly close to the Heavens. When used in the Marriage/Relationships Area could attract a romantic partner and when used in the Creativity/Children Area could release a free-flowing of creative energy in your life.

Black & Blue butterfly

Mandarin Ducks have been known as the “love birds” since ancient times in China. They mate for life and symbolize devotion and fidelity so use them in the Marriage/Relationship Area (always in pairs).

Pair of Mandarins

4. Fu Dogs – These dogs have always guarded Imperial and wealthy homes and businesses by intimidating the negative energies and preventing them from entering the home or business. Use the Fu Dogs as pairs and place them where they will face the front door of your home or business.

chinese-foo-dogs

5. Elephant – I was surprised to find the elephant is considered a protective and wish-granting animal. White elephants are especially auspicious and bring the owner great luck. To use an elephant for fertility, make sure the elephant’s trunk is pointed down but if using the animal for good luck you want the trunk to point up to hold the luck.

elephants

6. Deer – The name deer in Chinese sounds like the word for wealth and prosperity. It is a symbol of a long and prosperous life so use your deer figurine in the East section (Family Area) of your home.

Deer

7. Horses – Historically horses were given, laden with offerings & gifts, to the winner of competitions or battles. In Feng Shui the horse symbolizes a rising in wealth, prestige and promotion. Place your horse figurines and art in the Career Area of your home or office.

Horse racing

If you are an animal lover like me, you will have no problem displaying these lucky animals about your home and yard and reap the protection, happiness and health benefits.

If you try any of these Feng Shui tips, I would love to hear how it went or tell me about other methods you have tried.

 

Sources: http://www.lushome.com/feng-shui-home-pets/2693, http://www.fengshui.com, http://www.redlotusletter.com

 

dragon illustrationHong Kong Treasure – A deadly Philippines typhoon stole Annie’s memory. And now can a handsome Chinese stranger save her from the danger she has forgotten?

Coming Chinese New Year (February 19, 2015) from Assent Publishing!

To read an excerpt, click here.

Animal Feng Shui

Pets are good Feng Shui!

My cat, Aggie.

My cat, Aggie.

I was so glad to find that out because I couldn’t give up Aggie for anything. She’s been a part of our family ever since that icy, November day, 8 years ago, when she showed up on our porch and no one claimed her.

Animals have naturally positive chi energy which is good for people and homes. If you’ve been feeling bored, tired or depressed lately you should get yourself a pet. Pets represent fire energy, which could make you more passionate about life in general. (Of course, always remember taking care of a pet is a commitment not to be taken lightly.) When considering a pet, remember:

Adopt don't shop logo

Even people who like to travel can have pets, such as low-maintenance tropical fish. There are food tablets that slowly dissolve in the tank to feed fish up to a week.

aquarium-fish-32

There’s just some things you need to know to keep that chi energy positive and flowing.

Do not neglect your pets:

  • A dirty fish tank with stagnant water will bring financial loss to the home.
  • A dog with a matted coat will cause you to be overlooked for a promotion.
  • An overweight cat could drive away a new romance!Overweight cat

Give your pet a special place that’s just for them, be it a cage, bed, cushion, whatever to show honor to them, benefiting the whole household. Keep this area clean and orderly.  Making a special area for your pets will make it easier for you to be recognized for your talents. The best spot for an animal area is near the left corner or center of the far wall of your house.

Don’t let your pets run wild in the home. Counters and tables should be off-limits because if you fail to master your pets, people will be more likely to take advantage of you in your life. Dogs that bark and jump on people who visit your home, bring fear into the house. Also, single people should not let their pets sleep on their bed. It could hamper their love life.

If you have cats, the question is where to put the litter box. The best place for a litter box is in the right corner of your home, representing the Helpful People Area (Consult gua compass below to see areas of home and for Feng Shui basics check out The Tao of Dana). Keeping the litter box clean and well-maintained will prompt others to be more compassionate to you. The worst place to put the litter box is in the Relationship or Prosperity Areas.

Bau Compass

Bau Compass

At the beginning of this post I mentioned Don’t Shop, Adopt, so let’s talk about how to Feng Shui with a shelter animal.

In shelter animals their naturally positive energy may have turned negative because of their past experiences with neglect and abandonment. So be patient, a good loving home can turn that energy back into positive.

Here are some things to do when you bring home a shelter animal:

  • Write your pet’s name on a small, black octagon and attach to the bottom of a silver or black water dish and place just inside the front door. This gives the animal ownership of some nice life path energy.
  • Using a collar with a bit of pink on it is good feng shui.
  • Put your name and your pet’s name onto a pink octagon and place it under their new bed which you have placed in the Love Area.
  • If you already have a pet, introduce the new shelter pet while in the Family Area of your home and add a touch of green with a scarf or collar to both animals.

You can tell pets who radiate positive chi by their relaxed attitude, friendly nature, good health and good appetite. To keep your pet exuding positive energy:

  • Feed them a healthy, organic diet.
  • Keep water bowls clean and filled with fresh water.
  • Keep a cushion or bed in the Fire Area where they can recharge their fire energy.
  • Keep their bathroom area spotless and easily accessible.
  • Keep your house uncluttered so they can race around and keep their chi flowing.

Puppy

Pet options:

  • Dogs infuse a home with lively energy.
  • Fish bring success.
  • Turtles symbolize longevity.
  • Cats are symbols of financial luck (ex. Lucky Cats on display at Chinese businesses).

    Chinese Lucky Cats

    Chinese Lucky Cats

If you are a multiple pet household and there are tensions between pets, try some of these Feng Shui tips, wait awhile and see if things improve. Let me know how it goes, I’d love to hear from you.

Has anyone else had any experience with Feng Shui? I’d love to hear from you, too.

Sources: http://www.daily.horoscope.com, Feng-Shui.lovetoknow.com, http://www.furshui.com,omtimes.com


 dragon illustrationHong Kong Treasure – A deadly Philippines typhoon stole Annie’s memory. And now can a handsome Chinese stranger save her from the danger she has forgotten?

Coming out Chinese New Year, February 19, 2015!

To read an excerpt go to Romance by D. Dominik Wickles 

Wing Chun Legend, Yip Man

In my last post (My 4 Favorite Male Martial Artists) I mentioned that I loved Donnie Yen in the Ip Man movies. So this post is about that legendary Grandmaster, Ip Man (Yip Man).

Ip Man portrait

On October 1st, 1893, Man was born the 3rd of 4 children to a wealthy merchant family in Foshan, Guangdong. He began learning Wing Chun, a style of martial arts developed in Southern China more than 300 years ago by a woman, at the age of 7.

He became a policeman when he was 24 years old and started informally teaching Wing Chun to his friends and coworkers. From 1937 through 1941, Man served in the army then in 1949 when the Chinese Communist Party came into power he fled to Hong Kong, where he eventually opened a martial arts school, becoming the first master to train students publicly.

Ip Man with wooden dummy

Ip Man with wooden dummy

Despite being 5′ tall and 120 pounds, Man was one of the most respected masters of his time and among his notable students was Bruce Lee. (For more on Wing Chun and Bruce Lee, check out my post: Could Bruce Lee Owe His Fame to 2 Females? )

Ip Man & Bruce Lee

Ip Man & Bruce Lee

To read an interview with Ip Man: www.kwokwingchun.com

Ip Man died of cancer on December 2, 1972. Artifacts from his life are on display at the Yip Man Tong Museum on the Foshan Ancestral Temple grounds.

There have been several movies based on his life. My favorite are the Ip Man movies starring Donnie Yen. To watch a trailer from the movie: www.imdb.com/title/tt1220719/

Ip Man movie cover

 

Donnie Yen as Ip Man

Donnie Yen as Ip Man

“It is difficult for a student to pick a good teacher but it is more difficult for a teacher to pick a good student.”

“Regardless of who starts first, ability decides seniority in Wing Chun.”

Ip Man

 

Sources: wikipedia.org, http://www.biography.com & http://www.malineage.com

 

Do you study martial arts? Have you seen any of the movies based on Ip Man’s life? I would love to hear from you.

 

dragon illustrationHong Kong Treasure – A deadly Philippines typhoon stole Annie’s memory. And now, can a handsome Chinese stranger save her from the danger she has forgotten?

Coming in 2015 from Assent Publishing.

To read an excerpt: romancebyddominikwickles.wordpress.com