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Dreams…they’re all in your head
30 September 2007, 8:41 am
Filed under: dreams

angeldrawings_angel11.jpgSo when you dream, is it as real to your brain and emotions as “reality” when you’re awake?  I’ve always been a super vivid dreamer. I’ve got great dream recal, immense detail…and wacky dreams that play out real enough to be a sci-fi novel instead of a dream. And I love to dream. I savor it. If I get woken up too early in the morning, I’m a bear. But if I happened to be dreaming?…oh. Watch out. Major grump. When I dream I float, and usually all my dreams leave me feeling really fine.  Of course, then there are the dreams that effect me emotionally in a negative way. I’ll have a dream where I’m upset at my husband for something, and I wake up grumpy and upset with him for nothing he’s done. But emotionally, I still feel upset at him. Until I realize it’s because of some silly dream that is very emotionally real. 

Or like the other night, I wake up from a bad dream with a God/Devil theme, and I wake up feeling like I’m getting sucked down into a pit and the Devil’s knuckles are crawling up my spine. Blink. I woke up, and what do I see?  A huge man standing in the bedroom. And then I remember that the house wasn’t locked up, and I really freak. I can’t see without my glasses, the man is just standing there, and I’m not sure, but I don’t think he has a head. I start praying to my guardian angels, and stay still while I keep blinking to see if the Man goes away. At that point, since the man hasn’t moved and he doesn’t look to have a head, I get up to check it out. It’s my husband’s suit, hanging on the back of the bedroom door. The situation was funny enough to clear away that initial evil feeling, but sometimes it lingers. It’s very real, no matter that it was all in my head. 

Fiona Apple has a lyric that reads as if she doesn’t think the love interest of the song really feels for her. He says “‘It’s all in your head,’ and she said, ‘So’s everything.'”  It really is…it’s all in your head. All of your existance is in your head, heart and soul. Good, bad and indifferent. And for me, dreaming is a big part of that. Do you make your dreams a part of you? Do you make your dreams a part of your reality?

And for dreams that are thought of during the day…those dreams of ‘someday’…I once heard someone say that reality is exactly what you dream or think it to be.  A doctor or an astronaut is who they are because one day, a child said, “when I grow up, I want to be…” I’m not writing this well, but their existance was once just a dream. Every dream can be a reality. The choices made along the way determine the transformation of the dream. Find your dream, make it happen, work your ass off and focus.  Advice I should listen to more often. 

A phrase that helps me remember that dreams are possible: Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut that held its ground.


ps, image is from Angel Drawing; a cool site about automatic drawing


…my blond roots are showing…You can now Comment
24 September 2007, 4:03 pm
Filed under: blog

Yeah! Comments are now active. If you’d like to comment, or read others’ comments, click on the red “comments” indicator at the bottom of each blog entry.

The reason comments wouldn’t work before?  As I originally thought, it’s because I’m an idiot.  I overlooked the simple solution, and instead looked into every complicated scenario possible.  Thank you Help Desk!  Which just goes to prove that “smart brunette” is as inaccurate as “dumb blonde.”

stuff that’s “good” for you
24 September 2007, 2:41 pm
Filed under: herbs, TCM

Here I am, drinking my herbal tea….and all I can think is “ick, ick, nasty, ick.”  I know some typical herbal teas can be pretty downright unappealing…like Dandelion, or Golden Seal, or Valerian.  I’ve tried and use each, as needed. But MAN!  What I’ve got here is a TCM tea… Traditional Chinese Medicine…medicinal tea “prescribed” by my acupuncturist (Master DOM…makes a difference!)   I know he’d admonish that I’m making a bad name for TCM treatment. I’m not; it’s been super effective. But the stuff that’s “good” for you doesn’t always seem so.  And here in America, we’re so used to sugar and sweet stuff….even the cough-syrup over the counter is packed with corn syrup (which, truly, corn syrup IS the most essential ingredient in making a body healthy, yes?)

Anyway, I’ve been drinking these teas every day for a couple of years…the formula changes according to what my pulse tells him (it’s all very facinating…Yoda-like stuff). And yeah….the tea always tastes pretty darn strong and nasty. But you get used to it. I also add to the tea powdered Ginseng (Ren Shen), as instructed by the Dr.  It tastes like old dust. But as awful as the ginseng tastes, it somehow balances out the herbal tea formula…and mellows out the overall puke factor. Well, last week, I ran out of the ginseng, and I’ve had to suffer in taking my tea without it. Which is where I get to the “ick, ick, nasty, ick” part. It’s Awful. I can’t wait till I go back to pick up more “old dust” to add into my tea. Yum!

I’m supposed to drink it hot, which is fine by me. The hotter the better, because the hotter it is, the less I taste it. A lot of “interesting” and exotic things are ground up as “herbs”.   Animal organs, horns, leaves, roots, berries, etc.  TCM is estimated at 4,000 years old in practice, so there’s nothing off limits. It’s all been explored.  I once asked my acupuncturist if he had ever given me a formula with ground-up insects or animal dung.  He paused in the middle of making my latest formula, set his face in a frown of concentration, and replied, “Not dung.”


Here’s to what’s good for you!

(Renée now drinks what’s left of her tea…COLD)

Synonyms for AWFUL:   abhorrent, atrocious, awful, base, contemptible, cursed, deplorable, despicable, detestable, disgusting, execrable, foul, grim, hateful, heinous, hellish, horrible, loathsome, lousy, nasty, nauseating, obnoxious, odious, offensive, repellent, reprehensible, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, rotten, stinking, terrible, very bad, vile, wretched

yeah….this about covers it.  Except that it’s also very NECESSARY.

…and so it goes. And Neem+Hair.
20 September 2007, 10:54 pm
Filed under: dandruff, hair+balding, parasites

I’ve been trying to clear up some issues on the blog; progress is being made. But unfortunately for bloggers tuning in, I can’t receive comments right now without a nice “You must be logged in to comment.”  At which point your comment disappears, unsaved. So, please, don’t comment until I write that the Commenting Function is fixed….or whatever.

On the topic of Neem…..I took some pictures of my husband’s (slightly thinning) head of hair the other day, as a Before and After scenario.  (to my husband: Sorry Honey…I figure I’m now following the rules of comedians. If it’s funny – or in this case, dealing with Neem – it’s fair game. Love ya!)  In any case, back to the pictures of my husband’s hair. Poor guy probably feels like a 1st class guinea pig.  But he’s interested in seeing the results from the photos too.

We’re at the Before stage.  Several months back, before I learned that Neem has been used with some success to re-grow hair / fortify hair roots, I purchased some treatment using Jojoba oil (pronounced “ho-hoa-baa”).  But those products will run out soon, so after that I’d like to try Neem Scalp Massage Oil and see what happens, along with Neem Shampoo ; which will also prevent any dandruff, and kill any parasites that live in (and eat / kill) hair follicles.  The only problem is, he doesn’t use the current products everyday.  And you’re supposed to use the Jojoba system at least once a day if not more. A 2-month supply has lasted..ohh…4 months so far, and it’s only 1/2 used.  

I don’t think things will change when we get the Neem product in; maybe I’ll offer to massage more than his scalp?  Of course, he might freak out, thinking that he’ll start growing hair on non-hair parts.    : ] 


Hello world!

This is my first blog posting for NeemFirst. Woo!

This blog is about Neem, an amazing tree with amazing applications. Enough with the “amazing”, but it really is. Neem is a tree relatively unknown in the U.S., especially for its health and insect-control applications.  Health and insect-control from the same herb? Yeah – keep reading.

It’s one of the most diversified herbs out there, categorized among the safest, least toxic of substances. Neem kills bacteria, candida, fungus, virus; stimulates the immune system; kills and deters hundreds of insects; and it’s soothing to the skin, with increased tissue elasticity (ie less wrinkles).  Amazing, right?  The applications could be limitless. But I didn’t learn about Neem until years of exposure to the arena of vitamins and herbs.

Anyway, I’m in my 30’s, and have endured some “strange” health challenges for about 10 years, one after the other, like layers in an onion. Regular medical doctors told me I was “fine”.  Nothing showed in my bloodwork, which meant that nothing was wrong with me (at least not physically, my friends would say). But I knew the body wasn’t meant to feel as awful as mine did. So, amidst my relatives’ whispers that I was a hypochondriac, I set out on a journey to find some answers. Neem was one of those answers.  This Blog is part of my website,, created to inform others looking for their own answers. Neem could be it. What could be more perfect than a blog?

Please join me in discovering Neem, what Neem can do for you and the hundred (+) ways Neem can be used to improve health: for the body, a beloved pet, your home and garden.

See you in the Blog-o-Sphere!

– NeemFirst Lady


ps, before you use Neem, check the contraindications of using this herb. Remarkably safe, there are a few things you should know.