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Ahhh, is there anything sweeter than the woodsy scent of rosemary? Aside from being a favorite seasoning for roast chicken, rosemary is also a staple in homesteaders’ medicine cabinets.

A popular medicinal herb since ancient Greece, rosemary’s potent power lies in its evergreen leaves. Rosemary contains some of the highest antioxidant levels found in common herbs. Oils are extracted from the leaves to make potent medicines.

If you’ve never used rosemary for healing, now’s the time to start! Here are a few of my favorite rosemary cures.

Skin healing

Rosemary’s antioxidants help heal skin more quickly. Use it as an anti-ager to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, or even to heal blemishes. It’s also a fantastic herb for getting a healthy shine back to your complexion.

Hair growth

Studies suggest that rosemary promotes hair growth. When massaged into the scalp, rosemary oil increases blood flow and circulation. It’s even been known to prevent baldness and treat dry, itchy scalps.

Muscle stiffness

Are your feet aching after working on the homestead all week? Don’t fret! Massage rosemary oil onto the soles of sore feet or any other sore muscle. Rosemary speeds up the healing process by increasing circulation, getting you back on your feet in no time.

Germ buster

If you find your home overrun with sniffles, guard your immune system with a daily cup of rosemary tea. Use the dried rosemary leaves to make a zesty tea with a hit of lemon. Rosemary helps boost your immune system and can even be used to speed up recovery times if you come down with a bug.

Stress reduction

There’s something soothing about the scent of rosemary. If you’re prone to stress or anxiety, diffuse rosemary oil for a soothing scent. In a pinch, you can also rub rosemary oil on your wrists for quick relief.
Some people report that they feel more relaxed after drinking a tea made of rosemary leaves. So sit down, enjoy the aroma, and have yourself a nice, hot cup of tea.

The bottom line

Rosemary is good for way more than seasoning chicken. This wonder of an herb is good for nearly anything that ails you. Remember to go to your doctor for recurring or more serious maladies. But if you suffer from minor ailments, give rosemary a try!

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10 Themes for the Perfect Bachelorette Party

Every great party starts with a fantastic theme. Whether you are planning a quiet day of relaxation for the bride-to-be or an evening of wild abandon, focusing on a theme will help your party plans fall into place.

These 10 ideas range from traditional to unconventional, and they are sure to spark your imagination when it comes to planning an amazing bachelorette party that you and the bride will always remember.

Slumber Party

Pretend you’re 15 again, and throw an old-fashioned overnight party. Make popcorn, order pizza, and rent movies you liked as a teenager. Take time to do each other’s nails and indulge in a game of truth or dare.

Before the party, gather the ingredients for some brightly colored cocktails. Depending on the games you choose to play, the movies you rent, and any planned surprises, you can make your slumber party as innocent or as raunchy as you like.

Remember that sleepovers last longer than the night. Have supplies on hand to make a big breakfast in the morning.

Lingerie Party

Combining a bachelorette bash with a lingerie shower can be fun. Ask guests to bring some sexy lingerie for the bride-to-be, and see whose gift can shock her. For a more adult event, guests can bring grown-up toys as well.

To get the evening started, ask each guest to bring panties that express her personality. Then ask the bride to determine which panties were brought by which guest.

Spa Party

Take the bride to a spa for a day of pampering. Enjoy massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures. You could also throw this party at home. If you have the money to spend, hire massage therapists to come to you.

For a less expensive option, set up some at-home spa treatment stations with homemade skin treatments to try on each other. See if you can borrow a massage chair and a home foot spa.

Ask friends who are great at nails to bring their supplies. Serve fancy cocktails and appetizers for guests to enjoy as they relax.

Wine Tasting

Book your group for a vineyard tour and wine tasting event. This choice is perfect for an upscale afternoon, especially for the bride who appreciates good wine.

Alternatively, you could buy several different kinds of wine to taste at home. Ask each guest to bring her favorite for everyone to try. If you aren’t wine experts, print out a guide to the proper way to sample wine.

Chartered Boat

Take your guests out on the water in a rented boat. Opt for a party boat, a luxurious yacht, or a relaxing catamaran. Some boating services will offer drinks and food, while others will require you to bring your refreshments.

You can save money by making reservations for your group on a touring boat rather than chartering the whole vessel yourself. Some short cruises will have dancing and other entertainment.

If the bride-to-be is less of a party girl and more into the outdoors, you might want to reserve space on a fishing boat and try catching your dinner.

Shooting Range

Take your gun loving group for an adventure at a shooting range. A guide will teach each guest how to shoot a weapon correctly, and then you will have a chance to test your skills.

You can also try your skills at a shooting range that allows you to fire automatic weapons and other guns that you might not have a chance to experience anywhere else. Just remember to do any drinking after your visit to the shooting range.

Dance Class

Head to a local dance studio, and reserve some time with a professional dance teacher. Learn sexy salsa dancing, country line dancing, or ballroom techniques.

For a sexier party, take a class in pole dancing. When you’ve finished your lessons, take the party to a club where you can try out your new skills.

Race Across Town

Divide guests into pairs or teams, and lead them on a crazy night through your hometown. Each group should get a clue pointing them from the first location to the next. At the second place, arrange for them to get a clue for the third one. When everyone has made their way through retails stores, playgrounds, car washes, or any other creative destination, send them to your house or a restaurant where the party will continue.

Comedy Club

Bring on the laughs by spending the evening at a comedy club. If you make it clear by your appearance that you are a bachelorette party, the bride-to-be is likely to get plenty of attention from the stage.

If you have budding comediennes among your friends, attend an open mic night and encourage each other to participate. That can be an especially fun evening when combined with karaoke.

Camping

Appreciate nature and chill out under the stars on a camping trip. Borrow a camper or set up tents, and spend the evening laughing and bonding over a campfire. Ask musicians in your group to bring guitars for a sing-a-long, and don’t forget the marshmallows.

Not all bachelorette parties are the same, and you can throw the perfect party for the bride-to-be you love. Take her interests, personality, and comfort into account as you consider just the right theme for a pre-wedding celebration she will look back on with joy for the rest of her life.


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