Welcome to 2018!

Wellness Tips | January 1, 2018 | By

It turns out that the first day of 2018 falls on a Full Moon, and it just so happens that this moon symbolizes self-love. 

It is a powerful energy…and under a full moon it is the best time to…

Let. Things. Go.

Full Moon Ritual

Here is what you need: paper, pen, matches, fire pit or fireplace (or something safe to burn paper within)

1. With paper and pen write down all that you no longer need…all that you want to let go of…

2. As you write this…visualize…imagine…letting all of these things go…have fun with it (and keep breathing throughout it)

3. Once you are finished with your list, either in front of your fireplace, fire pit, or over the sink in your kitchen (please be careful) burn the list until it completely turns to ash…watch what you want to release, burn away…and Let. It. Go.

Releasing with fire under the full moon is an extremely powerful activity…a ritual if you will.

Know that what you have wanted to let go has truly been released.

And so it is.

Beginning the New Year in this way is refreshing…uplifting…and freeing…it creates space for new energy…

Source: twintreehealing.com

The Crystals You Should Always Have In Your Workspace

Healing, Wellness Tips | October 1, 2017 | By

Crystals have slowly been making their way into our mainstream consciousness and are now beating to a palpable collective vibration. Our affinity with stones that have served as tools and talismans for millennia is growing to include therapeutic benefits that aren’t just about the visual aid of a glimmering rock. With more than 4,000 varieties, there is truly a mineral stone for every need!

Gem Genius

Beauty is a state of mind, not a state of the body. It’s not about having a pretty face; it’s about having a pretty mind, a pretty heart, and a pretty soul. Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself. When you truly believe that you are beautiful, you have no need to convince the people around you—they can just feel and see it. Your soul illuminates, exuding confidence and radiating love.

You can have the best intentions for your beauty to shine from within, but sometimes there are external factors that can negatively affect your inner beauty, especially in the work environment. Whether it’s a confrontation with a coworker or a heated email from a client, deadlines, stress, and negative attitudes can definitely put a damper on your day. Connecting with your favorite crystals lifts your spirits and helps you feel more like yourself again. Keep these five crystals on your office desk to radiate beauty from the inside out, all day long!

Quartz

Quartz crystal reminds you to say beautiful things to yourself and others. Having a quartz crystal point on your desk throughout the day helps you to be crystal clear on the words you use. It serves as a constant reminder to be conscious of the kind of energy you are putting out to the world. When you are clear, focused, and conscious, then that energy vibrates within you and attracts like energy. Beautiful people on the inside and out always make others feel better, leaving them with an uplifted state of mind.

Malachite

Malachite is a stone of transformation. Its energy goes straight to the heart, demanding that you face and feel unresolved issues. It forces you to deal with whatever is bothering you so that any stuck or stagnant energy can be released, allowing you to move forward and let the past go.
Malachite is a wonderful crystal ally for times when frustration arises at work, whether it’s in regards to a particular job assignment or coworker. Festering frustration and unresolved issues keep your energy bogged down, which muddies your aura and affects your beauty. Your frustration, emotions, and disappointment often show up in your skin and your eyes, causing them to lose their sparkle. The key to beauty is being honest with yourself so that you can be a high-vibrating goddess. Close your eyes, hold a piece of malachite in each of your hands, and take three deep breaths when you feel frustrated and angry to deal with the issue head on.

Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz is the ultimate love and beauty stone. Its pink, heart-based energy deals with all aspects of the heart from self-love, to heartbreak, forgiveness, and attracting new love. Love is the truest, highest vibration on Earth, and this crystal helps you to love what you do, love yourself, and put love into your work.
After a confrontational call, a less-than-pleasant email, or when you’re not feeling like your most beautiful self, uplift your aura with the energy of rose quartz with this simple crystal spray. Combine six small pieces of rose quartz and six drops of rose oil with rose water in a small glass spray bottle. When dealing with delays, setbacks, or short tempers, a quick spritz to your face and around your body reminds you to take the high road and maintain your inner beauty. Feel the love energy all around you!

Aquamarine

Ancient lore touts aquamarine as a stone that restores youth and beauty. Said to be the treasure of mermaids, it is strongly linked with the calming, soothing energy of the ocean. When you feel relaxed and vibrate in radiant health, the cells in your body are vibrating at their peak potential.
Aquamarine has a special connection with water, vibrating with the energy of fluidity. Keeping it close to you during your workday helps to keep your energy body feeling revitalized. Drop a couple of pieces of aquamarine into your glass of water and rejuvenate yourself from the inside out. Every time you take a sip of your beauty water, visualize a peaceful, tranquil, loving energy flow all through your body.

Citrine

Yellow citrine is connected with the energy of the sun, beaming light and happiness into your space. It helps you to feel good about yourself, infusing your aura with confidence, joy, and overall energy. Placing this crystal in your space is like adding a pillar of positivity and joy. As soon as you see it and hold it in your hands, its energy puts a smile on your face. When you’re at your desk each morning, close your eyes and hold a piece of citrine in your hands. Visualize love and light all around you. Place it atop your business card on your desk as a reminder throughout the day to vibrate at your highest level. The citrine will also invite in optimism, abundance, and new opportunities. When you are abundant and radiating positivity, you will feel and evoke the essence of beauty. Yellow citrine is connected with the energy of the sun, beaming light and happiness into your space. It helps you to feel good about yourself, infusing your aura with confidence, joy, and overall energy. Placing this crystal in your space is like adding a pillar of positivity and joy. As soon as you see it and hold it in your hands, its energy puts a smile on your face.
When you’re at your desk each morning, close your eyes and hold a piece of citrine in your hands. Visualize love and light all around you. Place it atop your business card on your desk as a reminder throughout the day to vibrate at your highest level. The citrine will also invite in optimism, abundance, and new opportunities. When you are abundant and radiating positivity, you will feel and evoke the essence of beauty.

Source: mindbodygreen.com

Essential oils for calming, anxiety, and sleep

Schools back in session, the Holidays are coming! To keep you rested and living High Vibe here are recommendations for which oils to use for calming, sleep, and anxiety:

1) Peace and Calming for calming whenever needed

This blend creates a calming and pleasant aroma when inhaled from hands, diffused, or applied topically to the body. When calming is needed apply 2 drops to each foot and 2 drops on chest. She can use this throughout the day.

It’s a blend of Tangerine, Orange, YlangYlang, Patchouli, German Chamomile, Vetiver, Cistus, Beramot, Cassia, Davana, Northern Lights Black Spruce.

2) StressAway Roll-On for calming whenever needed (this is a MIRACLE worker!!)

It’s a unique, light blend of Vanilla, Lime, Copaiba, and other pure essential oils with a relaxing fragrance. Apply generously to writs, temples, neck, or any desired area as needed.

For Sleep:

Lavender, Purification, and/or Joy on feet.

Lavender – Apply to feet before bed 2 drops each foot. Apply 2 drops behind neck. Inhale from hands. 8-10 drops in diffuser at bedtime. Place diffuser close to bed as possible. (I diffuse lavender every single night)

Purification – 15 drops in diffuser while sleeping. Place diffuser as close to bed as possible.

Joy – 1 drop over heart at bedtime each night. If you don’t like the smell then apply 1 drop to feet at bedtime. Okay to layer the Joy over the Lavender.

The oils mentioned here are by Young Living. A great resource for recipes is www.theoilygirlsguide.com

The Frequency of Healing: How To Raise Your Vibration

Wellness Tips | August 23, 2017 | By

“Everything in the universe including human beings vibrates at a frequency because we all are made up of energy. The Earth vibrates at a frequency of 528Hz which is the same frequency as Love” – the Universal Healer

This frequency is highly beneficial to us because it can repair and restore DNA damage, bring peace and harmony and create equilibrium in the environment.

Many people believe that modern day music and television programs are set at a lower and unnatural frequency of 440Hz which is designed to stimulate fear, sickness and oppression.

When your environment and your body begin vibrating at a lower or an unnatural frequency, it can cause illness throughout your body, mind and spirit. When your body is in harmony, it vibrates at the frequency of 62-68Hz and anything lower than this could lead to a weak immune system.

For example, cold or flu is believed to start around 58Hz, whereas cancer can appear around 42Hz. Also, before death our energy dips below 20 Hz.

Some of the things that lower our vibrational energy are:

  1. Stress, anger and anxiety
  2. Negative thoughts and toxic people
  3. Habits like smoking, drinking and drug abuse
  4. Unhealthy diet and consuming too much processed food
  5. Electromagnetic waves from equipment like mobile phones etc.
  6. Radiation from microwaves, WIFI
  7. Exposure to chemicals and pesticides
  8. Watching violent movies or TV shows

In contrast, we have frequencies that stimulate healing and bring about regeneration. These frequencies are known as the Solfeggio scale. It is believed to have been used in ancient sacred music and Gregorian chants for healing purposes.

Six main tones of the Solfeggio scale are:

  1. 396 Hz: Helps in emancipation from guilt and fear
  2. 417 Hz: Helps us to deal with changes in life
  3. 528 Hz: Helps in bringing love in the atmosphere
  4. 741 Hz: Helps in solving problems, is a powerful cleanser.
  5. 852 Hz: Helps in awakening of the soul, also develops intuition.
  6. 963Hz: Helps in connecting us with God.

Other methods to cultivate positive, healing frequencies around you are:

1. Vibrational Medicine

Essential oils, flower essences and homeopathic medicines are all believed to hold a powerful vibration and frequency. Rose oil has the frequency of 320Hz while Lavender oil’s is 118Hz. Fresh herbs also have a frequency of 20-27 Hz.

2. Organic Food

Fresh, organic foods seem to have the highest frequency ranging from 20-27 Hz. That is why healthy dietary habits are essential for our bodies.

3. Gems and Crystals

Every gem or crystal has its own unique frequency. It will depend on its clarity, cut and how it has been processed. Astrologers suggest us to wear certain gems which work in harmony with our magnetic fields.

4. Positive thoughts

Positive thoughts carry a vibration of 10-15 Hz. Due to this they affect our overall well-being in a positive, healthy way.

5. Mediation, Chanting and Deep Breathing

Meditation can help raise your vibrational energy along with deep breathing and chanting. These practices are good for establishing peace and harmony in our spirit.

6. Nature

Spending time in nature is a great way to harmonize your energy and bring equilibrium to the body. A walk in the park is sufficient to restore your energies to the highest level. Walking barefoot on the grass is a great way to connect with the energy of the Earth.

Source: simplecapacity.com

Stay hydrated with flavorful infused water

Ask a roomful of people if they enjoy drinking water, and you’re bound to get polar opinions. While some say nothing else quenches their thirst quite like water, others can’t stand the “taste.” But whatever your thoughts on water, hydration is crucial for good health. The human body is made largely of water which keeps it running smoothly, whether it’s helping cells grow, delivering oxygen, regulating body temperature and more. Luckily, there are easy ways to add it to your diet.

Infuse your water.
If water is too bland for your taste, try adding refreshing slices of lemon, cucumber, lime, strawberries, or mint—the possibilities are endless! When you’re on the go, you can even pack an infuser water bottle. Here’s a handy infographic about ways to invigorate your water.

Add fizz.
Naturally flavored carbonated water is becoming more and more popular as people cut out sugary sodas, and it’s a great alternative to hydrate yourself if you can’t stand the taste of water. Just keep in mind that some experts say it may erode tooth enamel in large quantities, especially if you’re adding a fresh squeeze of citrus fruit for taste.

Buy a giant water bottle.
For some, drinking water is all about convenience. When you’re too busy to leave your desk (even though you know you should leave your desk regularly to avoid the effects of being sedentary), a large bottle of water can help you stay hydrated.

Eat hydrating foods.
Water is found in many foods that you can add to your diet for extra hydration. Cucumbers, apples and peppers are just a few of the water powerhouses to choose from. Check out Shape.com’s list of top 30 hydrating foods for inspiration. Bonus: Most hydrating foods are packed with vitamins.

Keep track.
Tally how many glasses of water you’re drinking each day. Simply jot it down in a notebook or download a fitness app to help you. After all, you may only think you’re drinking enough water. If you’re the type who forgets to mark your water intake, you can even invest in a bottle that links to your cellphone and automatically records how much water you drink.

Keep a mini fridge nearby.
If you live in a two-storied house, stash some water in a mini fridge upstairs. Likewise, if your office is far from the kitchen, keep a cooler or small fridge nearby. If you simply can’t leave your office on busy days, a standing desk placed near your water-filled mini fridge can keep you hydrated and healthy.

Give water to guests.
Offer visitors a glass of water when they arrive, and pour one for yourself in the process. Although this isn’t a daily habit, it’s particularly useful during the holidays when loved ones are in town. (Plus, it’s polite!) At the office, place a pitcher of water on the table for all to enjoy during meetings.

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Food for Thought: Nature’s Way

Healing, Wellness Tips | December 26, 2016 | By

1. Natural health is not alternative medicine. Natural health is traditional medicine. 

2. Nature’s way is hundreds of thousands of years old. Chemical medicine is only 125 years old.

3. Since the advent of chemical medicine, disease has skyrocketed.

4. Medicine should only consist of natural remedies that alkalize, clean and regenerate the body.

Author: Robert Morse, N.D.

The Alkaline Foods You Need To Nourish Your Body

Disease loves a toxic body, but feels the opposite about an alkaline body. This list will help you choose alkaline fruits and vegetables.

FRUITS
Apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, berries, cantaloupe, carob, cherries, currants, dates, figs, grapes, grapefruit, guavas, kumquats, lemons, limes, loquats, mangos, nectarines, olives, oranges, papayas, passion fruit, peaches, pears, persimmons, pineapple, pomegranates, all melons, raisins, sapotes, tamarind, tangerines, and tomatoes.?

VEGETABLES
Alfalfa sprouts, artichokes, asparagus, bamboo shoots, green, lima, wax, string beans, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, celery, cauliflower, chard, chicory, corn, ?cucumber, dill, dulse, eggplant, endive, escarole, garlic, horseradish, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, onions, parsley, parsnips, peas, ?bell peppers, potatoes, pumpkin, radish, romaine lettuce, rutabagas, sauerkraut ?spinach, sprouts, squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, watercress, and yams.

Grains
Amaranth, Quinoa, Buckwheat, and Millet.

If we aren’t eating enough alkaline-forming foods to make this process happen naturally, then the body needs to locate and use those minerals from elsewhere in the body. So it looks to our bones, teeth, and organs and finds and utilizes the minerals found there, which may result in a compromised immune system and decrease in energy levels.

Eating an alkaline diet will help keep your body and pH levels in balance. In your body, blood pH levels need to maintain a slightly alkaline level in order to keep you strong and healthy. Just stay hydrated, add a few foods a day and you’ll be on your way to alkalinity!

Alkaline List Source: Mimi Kirk

Learn how to use nature to boost health

“Earthing or Grounding” is a simple thing we can do each day that helps keep stress levels (and cortisol levels) in healthy ranges, can improve sleep and also reduce inflammation. 

Basically, the theory is that our bodies are meant to come into contact with the Earth (a “grounding” force) on a regular basis. Positive electrons in the form of free radicals can build up in our bodies and direct contact with the ground balances this out as it is a negative grounding charge.

Our bodies and cells have electrical energy, and especially with the high prevalence of Electromagnetic waves, Wi-Fi and mobile phone waves, many of us have a high amount of positive electrons built up in our bodies.

Throughout history, humans have spent time outdoors much more than we do in modern time and have been in direct contact with the soil. From walking on the ground barefoot, to gardening or tilling the soil, humans have always touched the earth… until recently.

Now, we live in houses, wear rubber shoes, are exposed to EMFs daily and don’t often come into direct contact with the ground. For the same basic reason that we ground electrical outlets to avoid the build up of excess positive charge, our bodies need the same ground effect. 

The possibility of grounding or earthing resolving inflammation is exciting, as many chronic diseases cause and stem from inflammation in the body. Either way there is nothing to lose by trying earthing, and the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? is filled with first hand stories of those who have benefited, as well as research and information from doctors, a cardiologist and an electrical engineer.

Source: Clinton Ober

5 reasons to practice tongue scraping

Wellness Tips | December 14, 2015 | By

Dental research has concluded that a tongue scraper is more effective at removing toxins and bacteria from the tongue than a toothbrush. Although brushing and flossing will loosen and move debris around, they do not actually remove the bacteria. Almost half of our oral bacteria live on and in the deep crevices of our tongue; the scraping action of a tongue scraper collects these toxic tongue coatings (which can range in color from clear, white, yellow, or green) and removes them from the body.

1. Halitosis is horrible. 

Bad breath can have a negative impact on a person’s life, relationships, and self-esteem. Given that most bad breath comes from the bacteria at the back of the tongue (an area that’s difficult to reach with a toothbrush), clinical studies have shown that tongue scraping significantly reduces and removes oral bacteria from the crevices of all areas the tongue. 

2. You want to experience the flavors of your food. 

Proper digestion begins with taste and salivation. If you don’t take steps to remove toxic mucus on the tongue, your taste buds can become blocked. This may lead to false cravings or an inability to recognize the taste of food. Removing build-up from the surface of your tongue will open up its pores and better expose your taste buds, allow for greater enjoyment of food flavors, and help your body digest and assimilate food. 

3. You want to boost your immunity. 

The tongue is part of the first line of defense in your immune system. Scraping your tongue prevents toxins from being reabsorbed into your body and boosts overall immune function. 

4. You’re down with dental health. 

This oral hygiene practice promotes general tooth and gum health and removes bacteria and toxins responsible for periodontal problems, plaque build-up, tooth decay, loss of teeth, gum infections, and gum recession. 

5. You’d like to improve your digestive health. 

In Ayurveda, proper digestion is considered to be the foundation of health. Given that digestion begins with taste, it’s important to remove any toxins that may obstruct optimal functioning. Scraping also activates saliva production and promotes agni (the body’s digestive fire) to help with digestion throughout the day. 

How to scrape your tongue

This Ayurvedic daily routine for maintaining oral health should be done on a regular basis, in the morning upon rising, and on an empty stomach. A tongue scraper is a long, thin, flat piece of metal that is bent in a “U” shape. 

Standing in front of a mirror, you scrape your tongue by simply holding the two ends of the scraper in both hands, sticking out your tongue, and placing the scraper as far back on you tongue as possible. With firm but gentle pressure, scrape the surface of your tongue in one long stroke. Rinse the scraper and repeat until your tongue feels clean and is free of coating (usually 5 to 10 times). 

Where to buy a tongue scraper?

Tongue scrapers are inexpensive, and can be found at most health food stores as well as online. Chose a stainless steel scraper because they are easier to clean and are ideal for balancing for all Ayurvedic constitutions and imbalances. In a pinch, the side of a metal spoon can be effective.

Source & Image Credit: mindbodygreen.com

How to break bad food habits the easy way

Try “Crowding Out

This concept truly flips the conventional belief about dieting on its head by adding more healthy foods to the diet rather than taking things away. By eating more vegetables, fruits, and other nutrient-dense foods, your cravings for less healthy foods will naturally diminish. There simply isn’t room for junk food and unhealthy overeating when you’re satisfied and nourished by real food!

While most conventional diets are governed by strict rules and deprivation, Integrative Nutrition takes a more gradual path towards helping students and their clients reach a state of balance. Taking small daily steps and focusing on increasing healthy food rather than avoiding indulgences creates a much more positive framework for implementing lasting change.

Here are a few ways you can begin experimenting with crowding out in your own diet:

  1. Drink more water. Sometimes what we experience as cravings or hunger are actually the body’s misunderstood signals of dehydration. Simply increasing your water intake will reduce your desire for other beverages and unhealthy snacks between meals.
  2. Eat the healthiest foods first. When in the midst of holiday festivities that are centered around food consumption, load up your plate with the healthiest options first. If your belly is full of salad and raw veggies, cooked vegetables, and whole grains then you’re far less likely to overconsume the meats, starches, and desserts.
  3. Plan ahead. Whether it’s for the holidays or just a regular workweek, planning what you’ll eat in advance will greatly help you implement crowding out into your lifestyle. Perhaps this means brining a healthy dish to share for the holidays, or packing carrot sticks and healthy dinner leftovers to eat at work the next day. If you plan ahead, you’re more likely to stay satisfied with the good stuff and avoid having to consume less healthy alternatives due to a lack of options.

The great thing about crowding out is that it doesn’t have to mean going without your favorite foods. The holidays, after all, are a time to enjoy the company of your loved ones and sometimes that involves a little indulgence. 

Source: integrativenutrition.com