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Are your beauty products making you sick?

When my battle with MS began about thirteen years ago, I had a host of other ailments too. Rosacea, multiple food allergies, chemical sensitivities, and digestive problems. One of the things that I kept noticing was that whenever I wore perfume, or my husband sprayed a bit of men’s fragrance on his neck, I’d be a dizzy mess for the whole day and would end up with a three-day migraine headache that would never go away.

It was my fabulous naturopath doctor that told me I should check all of my products on the Environmental Working Group cosmetics database. So I did. I checked out all my products for toxicity. They are ranked from zero to mild (in green), moderate (in yellow), to severe (in red.)

I was shocked to see that the Dove soap I was using wasn’t as clean and pure as I’d thought. Shocked to discover that my shampoo was rated a 7 (already in the red area.) And yep. I was shocked to discover that my daughter’s perfumes from Victoria’s Secret were RED and not looking clean and pretty like the company’s angels do.

My Chanel perfume? It was in the red zone too. (Shown below)

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Not a nice discovery, to realize I’d been slowly poisoning myself with chemicals for years. But at last an answer! An answer to why perfumes made me feel dizzy and like projectile vomiting whenever I dared to wear one. (Something that didn’t help my sex appeal and defeated the purpose of wearing perfume in the first place.)

I immediately replaced my soaps for castille soap, my shampoos for organic brands that were in the green, and yet I couldn’t find a good replacement for those high-end fragrances that didn’t make me woozy.

Until I one day, tried out an experiment. I dabbed a little drop of essential oil behind my ears, and on the inside of my wrists. They smelled SO nice, and NO nausea or wooziness. In fact, just the scent of these oils made me feel reenergized and natural.

I haven’t stopped since!

You can try geranium, sweet orange, lemongrass (but with this one, test a small spot first because it can tingle), or my favorite, the one that never fails me, rosemary oil.

I personally use the one by Sun Essential Oils.

The scent is just perfect and I’m always mindblown by the amount of compliments I get. It’s truly surreal that I get compliments every single time I wear it, but it stands out because of the purity of its aroma.

Plus it seems to be a scent that every nostril enjoys. ( <- did I just write that? Am I really talking about nostrils and their preferences? Oy!) But really. For every time I’d get complimented on any perfume, I get complimented about 5 times more when I wear this essential oil. Plus, it’s nontoxic. A total win-win and complete no-brainer. Try it today and let me know how it goes! 🙂 Until next time.

health · health tips · lifestyle · teeth

My my, what big teeth you have! (And so white too!)

Activated charcoal powder shot with macro lens

You know that little story. AH, OKAY, I CONFESS! It’s actually one of my favorites. Little Red Riding Hood. Those big gleaming teeth really did give the wolf away, didn’t they? And unfortunately they give us away too. I can always tell when I’m having too much coffee because my teeth start looking gross! So gross I can’t even tell you! I hate looking at them in the mirror and watching them get from white to worse.

I have tried the home whitening systems, but I find them uncomfortable to use – and they also make my teeth a little too sensitive. I don’t know about you, but I don’t go around searching for painful things for myself. I rather enjoy feeling pleasant instead. So I discovered one way to whiten my teeth that has been incredibly effective, cheap, and easy too!

Activated charcoal.

That’s right. Make it food grade, because aside from whitening your teeth, this baby can save you a visit to the hospital when you suffer from any kind of food poisoning. Trust me, I’ve been food poisoned five times – two with hospital visits. The other three, I was saved by activated charcoal.

I first discovered this black little gem when my dogs accidentally ate a couple of grapes that had fallen to the floor. It was Sunday, my vet was closed, and I panicked. I called the poisoning center and they told me to watch my dogs. I did, and yep, they began throwing up. By then I’d Googled remedies and heard about “activated charcoal” all over. I had none, but that wasn’t a problem. Because as long as you have some bread, you can slip a slice into the toaster and burn it until it’s completely charred black. You scrape all of the charred black stuff off the bread, down it with water, and voila! Activated charcoal to the rescue.

But back to shiny white teeth to put the wolf to shame: using the charcoal from bread might be a little tricky because ideally, a very fine black charcoal will stick (and draw impurities) from your teeth best. So order yourself a small bag of food grade activated charcoal. I use this one. Every night simply brush your teeth with the charcoal powder, and preferably, let it sit on your teeth for five minutes every night. That’s it.

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After the charcoal, if you want to brush with your normal toothpaste, that’s fine. But don’t forget to apply the charcoal FIVE minutes, every day, for a week or two. It’s really quite fast and SO effective you will be thrilled with your teeth and won’t be able to stop flashing those pearlys everywhere. You will definitely have reasons to smile about after this little miracle!

Just be careful when brushing because charcoal is so adhesive – it can hold 100 times its own weight. Don’t wear any white clothes that could stain.  Yep, it could stain your clothes but it will UNSTAIN your teeth! Great huh? I think so too!

Until next time 🙂 xox

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The mind/body/soul connection – and how to fuel it

Zen lotus with petals moved by wind

We all want happier selves. We all want to feel connected, inspired, and happy. The problem is that in the quest for happiness, we sometimes get caught up in the rat race as we look for all of the external ways we can become happier – cars, homes, trips, bags, shoes, lovely furniture. I love that! You probably do too. We all do! (Unless you’re a guru, but in that case, you wouldn’t be reading this blog. You’d be out there, at the tip of a tall mountain, levitating or something cool like that.) So what happens when our quest for all of that GOODNESS (the money, the fame, the fortune, the comforts!) we end up sacrificing that inner connection with our inner compass, and our most truest self?

Things get bad. And sad. Bad and sad.

Because things start to fail us. We acquire the car, but it doesn’t help us feel complete. We land the promotion, but we’re miserable and unhappy even with that huge bonus we’ll be getting. This isn’t because the GOODNESS that we have achieved (yay!! *Pat on the back*) isn’t good, but because we suddenly feel like strangers to ourselves.

So how do you reconnect with YOU? That most important person in your life that is YOU?

Passion here is the compass. You see, when you were born, you were given a certain predisposition that has continued to developed through your life and experience. You were predisposed to like solitude, or to love to be in nature, these are things that are essential to us and to our wellbeing. The things that we like are actually the things that we need to pursue in order to feel connected to our soul. So when that connection feels lost, there has to be a little something that you enjoy, maybe even miss doing, that you can go back to. Or what if you’ve always had that little wiggling niggling feeling inside you that you wanted to learn photography? Go do it.

Perhaps you LOVE training and want to do a marathon. Do it.

When we are happy, the state of happiness brings us into a higher vibration and into alignment with our better, higher selves. In following your passions, you’re not only allowing your soul to guide you toward your path, but you’re also allowing yourself the happiness that will reconnect you fully to your amazing, incredible, unique self once again.

If, however, you’ve come to a point where things feel so off that you have trouble remembering what you’re passionate about, there are other ways to help reconnect with yourself. I know you think I’m going to say meditation, but I’m actually not. I’ve found that meditation is hard to do sometimes, and when I’m feeling stressed it’s near impossible. So my solution is actually chakra alignment.

It’s astonishing, but every time I feel off and go to have a chakra massage, I always notice the masseuse discovers at least one blocked chakra. And it always relates to the problem that I’m having. The throat chakra if I’m swallowing back my words. My solar plexus chakra if I am experiencing low confidence and self-esteem, etc.

A chakra massage is a great way to rebalance all of your energy centers and start to feel like yourself again. But if you don’t know anyone in your town or city who offers these services, fear not! Listening to a chakra balancing guided meditation video can be equally helpful.

I usually head over to You Tube and search “chakra balancing guided meditation” and pick the one that most calls to me. Usually listening to just one clears up my problem, but if it comes back the next day, I will repeat the video twice or three times, until I feel calm, grounded and happy again.

The rat race isn’t a bad thing. It’s quite fun, and it gets all of our juices flowing in our efforts to become better selves, have better lives, and build the future of our dreams. We just need to remember to stop for a moment and fuel up the soul so that we don’t leave it behind. We want our soul there with us in every milestone, every step of the way. 🙂

 

 

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Mud mud, glorious mud!

When you think of mud, what’s the one word that comes to mind? Is it maybe…dirty? We have been conditioned our whole lives to associate mud with dirtiness. How many times have we freaked out when our pets, children, or ourselves get dirty? So many I laugh at the idea of counting!

But what if you knew for sure that in order to help get your body clean, the cleanest EVER, you would need mud? A whole TUB of mud. That’s right. Mud helps your body detox in marvelous ways, ways that are difficult to detox without it, and in order to get squeaky clean inside, you need to get a little dirty!

So what to do?

Women have known for a long time that mud masks do wonders to clear their skin. People traveling to the Dead Sea, hoping for cures to multiple ailments, have sought to bathe in its healing mud. Well, now you have a mud bath at home! What you want is to have the most nutrient-dense mud available. I’ve found the Multi Body Pack from Premier Health and have used it consistently to marvelous results. This pack is absolutely brilliant!! It’s packed with goodness for your skin and body, and made to enhance your body’s own natural detoxing abilities. You basically fill your tub with warm water, pour in a cup or several, then soak in for 15 to 20 minutes.

While you soak in your relaxing tub (add candles and music to make it a luxurious experience!), your body will begin to draw out stored toxins through your skin. Not only will this mud help pull out toxins, but it will also nurture your body with rich minerals.

Detoxing doesn’t need to be an awful, oh-my-gosh-I’m-having-Herxheimer-reactions ordeal. It can be something pleasing, relaxing, and heavenly too.

Just get a little dirty, and the more you do it, the cleaner you will be and feel.

Mud is natural. The best most pure mud in the world is a luxury our fellow animal friends know how to enjoy. Let’s remember how to enjoy too, and take advantage of its properties ourselves. 😀

Elephant Mud Bath