Practice Gratitude

“When we learn to see our world through grateful eyes,
we find that the world we see is full of beauty and love.”

That’s a quote from the Attitude of Gratitude Project – a community page on Facebook where people post the many things they are grateful for – a real pleasure to read.

What are you grateful for today? Practicing gratitude, say many pundits, is one of the best routes to achieve real happiness and true inner beauty.

Working on your “attitude of gratitude” can be a great way to energize yourself to start your day and a relaxing way to end it. Here are a few ideas culled from fellow bloggers who make gratitude a daily practice:

    Gratitude Journal – Take a bit of time each night before heading into dreamland to write down 5 things you are grateful for, especially the good things that happened that day. Your dreams may be sweeter!

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    Gratitude Rock Carry around a rock in your pocket, one that fits comfortably in your hand. “The idea is simple. Whenever my hand contacts the stone – usually several times a day – I give thanks for whatever is happening at that moment, whether good or bad,” wrote blogger Michael Hyatt.

    Gratitude Beads Tina Su suggests finding a necklace or set of prayer beads that you can use to count off your blessings each day. The simple act of counting can soothe your soul.

    Wheel of Gratitude – Bagua or Mandala Since ancient times, philosophers and artists have created maps of the universe: the 8-sided bagua of Chinese Feng Shui practices, the circles-within-circles mandalas of Buddhist and Hindu practices, and the modern Enneagram just to name a few. Life coach and blogger Simon Perkins suggests writing down all the things you are grateful for in the major areas that surround your life: family, friends, money, career, health, and more.

To quote Thornton Wilder:“We can only be said to be alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

By Teviot Fairservis.


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The flora of Paul Penders – Today: Turmeric

This is the twenty-first part of our series where we take a look at all the 22 ingredients in Paul Penders’ patent pending LevensESSENTIE Gold® herbal extract which is a part of all Paul Penders products.

Turmeric root (Curcuma Longa Root) is an excellent natural antibiotic herb with fungicide properties. It is used traditionally for bruises and wounds and it stimulates circulation. This is another rainforest herb that has become a part of LevensESSENTIE Gold® herbal extract.

Turmeric rhizome: Being a part of the ginger family, turmeric is native to tropical South Asia, and needs a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive. Plants are gathered annually for their rhizomes (roots), and are re-seeded from some of those rhizomes in the following season.

Turmeric grows wild in the forests of South East Asia and plays a large role as a cooking ingredient. It has become the key ingredient for many Indian, Persian, Thai and Malay dishes.

The rhizomes are boiled for several hours and then dried in hot ovens, after which they are ground into a deep orange-yellow powder commonly used as a spice in curries and to impart color to other ingredients. It has a distinctly earthy, slightly bitter, slightly hot peppery flavor and a smell similar to mustard.

In medieval Europe, turmeric became known as ‘Indian Saffron’, since it was widely used as an alternative to the far more expensive saffron spice.

In non-South Asian recipes, turmeric is sometimes used as an agent to impart a rich, custard-like yellow color. It is used in canned beverages and baked products, dairy products, ice cream, yogurt, yellow cakes, orange juice, biscuits, popcorn color, sweets, cake icings, cereals, sauces, gelatins, etc. It is a significant ingredient in most commercial curry powders.

Turmeric in folk medicine: In Ayurvedic practices, turmeric has many medicinal properties and many in South Asia use it as a readily available antiseptic for cuts, burns and bruises. It is also used as an antibacterial agent.

It is taken in some Asian countries as a dietary supplement, which helps with stomach problems; as an anti-inflammatory agent, and in northwest Pakistan turmeric is applied to a piece of burnt cloth, and placed over a wound to cleanse and stimulate recovery. Indians use turmeric in a wide variety of skin creams due to its Ayurvedic properties.

Turmeric in medicine: Turmeric is currently being investigated for possible benefits in Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, arthritis, and other clinical disorders.

Turmeric in cosmetics: Is most commonly used in sunscreens and in some skin products as an antibacterial agent. The government of Thailand is funding a project to extract and isolate a compound called THC from turmeric. THC’s are colorless compounds that might have antioxidant and skin-lightening properties and might be used to treat skin inflammations, making these compounds useful in cosmetics formulations.

Natural organic turmeric root is one of the newest members of LevensESSENTIE Gold® herbal extract, simply because this outstanding rainforest herb is an excellent natural antibiotic plant with fungicide and skin glowing properties.

Related posts:
Patent Application on LevensESSENTIE Gold®
LevensESSENTIE Gold® Herbal Extract – All 22 Herbs in Details

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Your Beautiful Skin, Part 3: Best Care for Skin

Exercise is an important part of your anti-aging skin care!

In our ongoing series of beauty tips, Paul Penders has lots of great advice about good skin and hair care to share on this blog. Do you have questions? Write to us at We love to hear from you!

Can you give us some advice on the best ways to take care of our skin?

Paul Penders says:

Try to use skin products which are designed for your skin type

Choose your skin products carefully. Some can be harmful so choose ones that are appropriate for your skin type: dry, mixed, oily. Natural cosmetics can be highly beneficial for the skin since most of them contain ingredients which are meant to offer the skin the moisture and nutrients it needs to give a healthy glow – without harmful additives.

Using moisturizing creams — especially after taking a bath or a shower — can prevent dry skin and help the skin to have a soft, glowing look.

Watch your water intake

Your skin needs water to remain hydrated and to maintain its healthy aspect and flexibility. Water helps combat skin dullness so try to drink about 8 glasses of water daily. Once you get used to drinking so much water, you will not only look better but feel better as well.

Do not neglect the importance of physical exercise

Exercising improves blood circulation, which will help your skin have a healthier glow as well as a tighter feeling. Firm skin creates a very sexy and appealing look. If you are not into doing a lot of exercise, then turn to massage, as they too can be highly beneficial for your body and mind.

Wash your face with cold water

Whenever you are looking tired, cold water helps stimulate blood circulation, which will help revive your skin. If you have puffy eyes, after cleansing your face, apply eye gel under your eyes, as this will help diminish puffiness.

Do pay attention to delicate skin

The skin on your neck is much more sensitive than the rest of your body. Try to avoid spritzing perfume on your neck as it can irritate skin and cause it to age faster.

The skin around the eyes is extra sensitive so use special eye creams for the eyes. When applying, use a patting motion, don’t rub.

Your hands need to receive an equal amount of care as they are always subjected to external damaging factors. Do moisturize your hands on a daily basis so they remain soft and beautiful as well.

By Paul Penders

Based on an article published in Sisters Magazine, Malaysia

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The Attitude of Gratitude

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! And all very best wishes for a wonderful New Year!

It’s a beautiful tradition to look back at the year gone by and count your blessings. As 2012 draws to a close and people all over the world celebrate the holiday season, there are so many things to be grateful for in this past year.

Paul Penders has challenged me as your blog writer to consider the nature of beauty and the beauties of Nature in new ways – with an attitude of gratitude!

A friend once told me, “The attitude of gratitude is beatitude…” Beatitude – I had to look it up. Definition? Supreme blessedness or happiness. It’s simple: being grateful can make you happy.

“Gratitude creates a powerful state of happiness because it returns us to the natural place where we notice what’s right instead of what’s wrong.” – M.J. Ryan

This time of year too, I remember my father’s last Christmas gift to me — a book titled 14,000 Things to Be Happy About created by a woman who simply started journaling a list that grew and grew until it became a book. I am grateful for that inspiration! I am deeply grateful for my wonderful family – and their support of many kinds in this past year and all the years of my life.

What or who are you grateful for today?

Tops among all the experiences of 2012 that I’m grateful for? Meeting Paul Penders, as well as his wonderful family and staff, and the other extraordinary people he draws together around him.

I am so grateful to Paul for the opportunity to hone my writing skills, to think and learn about beauty and Nature in new ways, and to encounter amazing people from all around the world – like you, the reader!

By reading this blog, you fulfill a blogger’s dream!

Many thanks to you – the readers! Here’s wishing you a wonderful 2013!

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By Teviot Fairservis.


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Your Beautiful Skin, Part 2: Causes of Skin Aging

Laugh and the world laughs with you! Frown and your face may wrinkle!

In our ongoing series of beauty tips, Paul Penders has lots of great advice about good skin and hair care to share on this blog. Do you have questions? Write to us at We love to hear from you!

What are some of the main causes of skin aging?

Paul Penders says:

Stress: Stress and worry can cause frowning — and over time, the muscles in the face actually get fixed in that pattern. Be aware of your stress levels. And don’t frown!

A beneficial anti-aging program should include meditation, yoga, gentle exercise or other relaxation techniques. Trying to keep stress in check will help one to look and feel younger.

Sun exposure: Sun exposure is aging to skin. Unprotected skin exposed to the sun becomes more mottled in appearance. Freckles can turn into brown sun spots. Skin takes on a dry, leathery appearance, and wrinkles and sagging of skin increases.

The risk of skin cancer is significantly increased by sun exposure. But the good news is that sun damage is avoidable, and if one starts early, one can improve the condition of sun damaged skin. See your health care provider to assess the amount of sun damage you may have, and to rule out possible skin cancers. He or she may be able to prescribe medication that can help to reduce existing sun damage.

If you want to avoid aging skin but don’t want to avoid the sun, make sure you use sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Choose sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher, and use it all year-round, even on cloudy days. Clouds do not protect you from ultraviolet ray exposure. Also try always to wear head covering as much as possible.

Lack of exercise: Living a sedentary life contributes to aging skin, because exercise helps to tone your muscles and to get blood flowing. Exercise is an important part of every anti-aging skincare programme. Physical benefits of exercise will show on the face in a younger looking appearance. Having a bright smile and lots of energy will help one to feel younger at any age.

Alcohol use: A limited amount of red wine can be beneficial to many. However too much alcohol contributes to aging skin by dilating small blood vessels in the skin and increasing blood flow near the skin’s surface where these blood vessels can become permanently damaged, creating a flushed appearance and broken blood vessels on the skin’s surface.

Cigarette smoke: Whether you smoke, or even when you spend time with a smoker, cigarette smoke is damaging and aging to your skin. Research has shown that exposure to cigarette smoke significantly increases skin wrinkles and dryness. This is partly due to the fact that smoking depletes your body of Vitamin C which is a key ingredient for keeping skin plump and moist.

Lack of sleep: Too little sleep makes one look and feel tired. One of the first places a lack of sleep shows up is on the face, with dark circles and bags under the eyes and sagging skin. Lack of sleep is also a factor in memory loss and symptoms of depression that include low interest in daily activities and negative thinking. Most adults function best with 8 hours sleep.

There’s a lot one can do to look their best at any age. Taking good care of yourself is a most important step in any anti-aging skincare program.


To keep your skin looking its best, try Paul Penders line of skincare products including our popular Chamomile & Moringa Skin Toner.

By Paul Penders
Based on an article published in Sisters Magazine, Malaysia

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