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Balance Your Mind, Body, & Spirit With These 5 Simple Ayurvedic Tips


Ayurveda is the ancient medicine from India that focuses on mind, body, and spirit health through diet, lifestyle, physical activity, and cleansing. Your metabolic type, or dosha, is determined and used to evaluate your current imbalances. 

 

In order to be in balance, you must be mindful of diet, yoga and physical activity, mental state and meditation, and maintaining internal and external cleanliness – a truly holistic approach to your health! Many Ayurvedic practices are effective for all people and help to maintain a balance regardless of your dosha. 

 

Here are a few of my favorite Ayurvedic practices:

 

1. Drink water in the morning. 

 

When you get out of bed in the morning, drink a glass of warm water. You can add lemon or lime if you like. The water will wake up your digestive system and the citrus will help to detox your system. Warm water balances all three doshas, promotes a good appetite, helps with weight loss, and helps flush toxins from your body. What more could you ask for from a simple glass of water?

 

2. Boost your immune system with a hot water detox. 

 

Most of your immune system is in your gut, so you need to keep the toxins flowing and flushing out as much as possible. If you are dehydrated or if you need to boost your immune system (and who doesn’t?) then try this free, simple hot water detox. 

 

Simply drink a mug of hot water with NOTHING in it every hour for a few days. The hot water will open up the immune system and allow it to drain naturally. Repeating it every hour or so will deep clean your gut immune system and get rid of potential illnesses. This is so much more appealing than taking antibiotics and prescriptions! 

 

3. Eat three meals a day with no snacks. 

 

The United States is the only country in the world where people are encouraged to eat every few hours – and it's also one of the unhealthiest country. Ayurveda teaches us to eat three meals a day only. 

 

4. Eat enough at each meal to get you through your day. 

 

In the morning, eat a breakfast that's just enough to get you to lunch. In the middle of the day, eat your largest meal as you are busiest during the day, but only eat enough to last you until dinner. For dinner, eat only enough to get yourself to sleep. For weight loss, eat less for dinner – a clear soup or green salad. It’s so simple and makes so much sense.

 

5. Use sesame oil to massage and moisturize yourself. 

 

When you shower in the morning or before bed, finish your shower with a few tablespoons of organic sesame oil. Massage your body well with it, especially areas of the driest skin. The oil will leave your skin healthy and glowing all day. You won’t need lotions and this way, you can avoid commercial chemical concoctions while saving money at the same time!

 

Incorporate these Ayurvedic habits into your daily routine and enjoy the simple results you'll receive. Stay in balance and your health will dramatically improve physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually!

 

(Source – MindBodyGreen, Author - Beth Anderson)


Ayurveda & Dosha Types for Beginners

Characteristics, Foods, Health Tips for Vata, Pitta, and Kappha Doshas

Ayurveda is a holistic science of health, focusing on maintaining a physically and emotionally balanced state. Ayurveda began about 5,000 - 6,000 years ago when Indian monks were looking for new ways to be healthy. Revering their bodies like temples, the monks believed that preserving their health would help them meditate and develop spiritually. Over thousands of years of observations, they gathered all their conclusions and advice and preserved it for future generations. This collection of knowledge came to be known as the "science or knowledge of life" -- Ayurveda.
 
How is Ayurveda different from modern medicine?
  • In Ayurveda, every individual is unique and there is no diet or lifestyle routine that works for everyone.
  • Prevention is key. Ayurveda focuses on providing specific advice and guidance on how to maintain physical and emotional health.
  • Food and lifestyle routines are considered the most important medicine. If you come to an Ayurvedic doctor with a complaint, you are more likely to leave with a recipe than with a prescription for pills.
How does Ayurveda work?
Ayurveda is based on the principles of three doshas. Doshas are the energies that make up every individual, which perform different physiological functions in the body:

The 3 Dosha types:

1. Vata Dosha -- Energy that controls bodily functions associated with motion, including blood circulation, breathing, blinking, and your heartbeat.
  • In balance: There is creativity and vitality.
  • Out of balance: Can produce fear and anxiety.

2. Pitta Dosha -- Energy that controls the body's metabolic systems, including digestion, absorption, nutrition, and your body's temperature.
  • In balance: Leads to contentment and intelligence.
  • Out of balance: Can cause ulcers and anger.

3. Kapha Dosha -- Energy that controls growth in the body. It supplies water to all body parts, moisturizes the skin, and maintains the immune system.
  • In balance: Expressed as love and forgiveness.
  • Out of balance: Can lead to insecurity and envy.
Each person has all three Doshas, but usually one or two dominate. Various Dosha proportions determine one's physiological and personality traits, as well as general likes and dislikes. For example Vata types will prefer hot weather to cold and Kapha types are more likely to crave spicy foods than other types. Generally these are considered to be characteristics of each mind/body type:
     
Characteristics for Vata predominant types: Creative; Quick to learn and grasp new knowledge, but also quick to forget, Slender; Tall and a fast-walker; Tendency toward cold hands and feet, discomfort in cold climates; Excitable, lively, fun personality; Changeable moods; Irregular daily routine; High energy in short bursts; Tendency to tire easily and to overexert; Full of joy and enthusiasm when in balance; Responds to stress with fear, worry, and anxiety, especially when out of balance; Tendency to act on impulse; Often have racing, disjointed thoughts; Generally have dry skin and dry hair and don't perspire much.
     
Characteristics for Pitta Predominant Types: Medium physique, strong, well-built; Sharp mind, good concentration powers; Orderly, focused; Assertive, self-confident, and entrepreneurial at their best; Aggressive, demanding, pushy when out of balance; Competitive, enjoy challenges; Passionate and romantic; Strong digestion, strong appetite, get irritated if they have to miss or wait for a meal; When under stress, Pittas become irritated and angry; Skin fair or reddish, often with freckles; sunburns easily; Uncomfortable in sun or hot weather, heat makes them very tired; Perspire a lot; Good public speakers; Generally good management and leadership ability, but can become authoritarian; Subject to temper tantrums, impatience, and anger; Typical physical problems include rashes or inflammations of the skin, acne, boils, skin cancer, ulcers, heartburn, acid stomach, insomnia, dry or burning eyes.
     
Characteristics for Kapha Predominant Types: Easygoing, relaxed, slow-paced; Affectionate and loving; Forgiving, compassionate, nonjudgmental nature; Stable and reliable; faithful; Physically strong and with a sturdy, heavier build; Have the most energy of all constitutions, but it is steady and enduring; Slow speech, reflecting a deliberate thought process; Slower to learn, but outstanding long-term memory; Soft hair and skin; tendency to have large "soft" eyes and a low, soft voice; Tend toward being overweight; may also suffer from sluggish digestion; Prone to depression; More self-sufficient; Gentle, and essentially undemanding approach to life; Excellent health, good immune system; Very calm; strive to maintain harmony and peace in their surroundings; Not easily upset and can be a point of stability for others; Tend to be possessive and hold on to things. Don't like cold, damp weather; Physical problems include colds and congestion, sinus headaches, respiratory problems including asthma, allergies, and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

How do I determine my type?
Most books and websites on Ayurveda will offer questionnaires that can be used to determine your mind/body constitution. My favorite one is offered by Holistic Online, which is very detailed and thorough. Most questionnaires are very similar and will provide similar results. Please keep in mind that shorter questionnaires will give a more generalized and approximate result. Also, your body changes with age, seasons, and life situations so the results will change as well. Taking a few different questionnaires will give you a more definite result for your Dosha type.
     
I know my Dosha type, now what?
Now you should try to follow the diet and lifestyle routine that fits your mind/body constitution. For example, if you are predominantly Vata, you should include more cooked, warm foods, stay away from icy drinks, and add more warming spices like cinnamon, cloves, and ginger to your food. This will prevent any digestion issues that Vata types tend to get, as well, as anxiety, dry skin, or insomnia. Here are some general guidelines for each type:
     
General Health Tips for Vata Types: Maintain regular habits, try to eat and sleep at the same time every night. Get enough rest and choose foods that are warm, cooked, nourishing, and easy to digest. Sweet berries, fruits, small beans, rice, and all nuts and dairy products are good choices for Vata types. Exercise intensity should be moderate. A more meditative yoga, Tai chi, walking, and swimming are all good. Avoid strenuous and frantic activities.
     
General Health Tips for Pitta Types: It's important for Pittas to keep cool by avoiding overexposure to direct sunlight and fried and spicy foods. Avoid alcohol and tobacco, overworking, and overheating. When aggravated, susceptible to feeling negative emotions like hostility, hatred, intolerance, and jealousy. Choose fresh vegetables and fruits that are watery and sweet, especially cherries, mangoes, cucumbers, water melon, and avocado. Have lots of salads with dark greens such as arugula, dandelions, and kale. Avoid conflicts. Cultivate the virtues of honesty, morality, kindness, generosity, and self-control.
     
General Health Tips for Kapha Types: It's important to be active on a daily basis as Kapha types are prone to sluggishness, depression, and being overweight. Getting out of the house and actively seeking new experiences is also recommended. Be receptive to useful change, be intentional in implementing life-enhancing actions. Choose foods that are light, warm, and spicy. Tea with dried ginger and lemon is a great pick-me-up for Kaphas. Avoid heavy oily and processed sugars, which are detrimental to Kaphas. Use lots of spices such as black pepper, ginger, cumin, chili and lots of bitter dark greens.

(Source - MindBodyGreen, Author - Nadya Andreeva)

A fantastic book on this topic is "Perfect Health" by Deepak Chopra, you can check it out by clicking on the book itself below or alternatively HERE

Yoga

Yoga is a fantastic practice for all over mind, body & soul relaxation & rejuvenation. Yoga is a series of structured poses linked with your breathing. The benefits of regular practice include increased fitness and lower levels of stress and anxiety. Yoga is a renowned antidote to stress. Over time, yoga practitioners report lower levels of stress and increased feelings of happiness and wellbeing. This is because concentrating on the postures and the breath acts as a powerful form of meditation.

Benefits of yoga
The physical building blocks of yoga are the posture (asana) and the breath. A series of poses held in time with breathing, exercises every part of the body. Benefits include:
  • Cardiovascular system (heart and arteries) asanas are isometric, which means they rely on holding muscle tension for a short period of time. This improves cardiovascular fitness and circulation. Studies show that regular yoga practice may help normalise blood pressure.
  • Digestive system improved blood circulation and the massaging effect of surrounding muscles speeds up a sluggish digestion.
  • Musculo-skeletal joints are moved through their full range of motion, which encourages mobility and eases pressure. The gentle stretching releases muscle tension and increases flexibility. Maintaining many of the asanas encourages strength and endurance. Weight-bearing asanas may help prevent osteoporosis, and may also help those already diagnosed with osteoporosis, practiced with care, under the supervision of a qualified yoga teacher. Long-term benefits include reduced back pain and improved posture.
  • Nervous system improved blood circulation, easing of muscle tension and the act of focusing the mind on the breath all combine to soothe the nervous system. Long-term benefits include reduced stress and anxiety levels, and increased feelings of calm and wellbeing.


Below you will find a free yoga session from YouTube, for more free yoga video's please check out my 'Detox & Movement' page under this catergory. Enjoy :)

                                                                                                                               How To Meditate


Meditation is a mental discipline by which one attempts to get beyond the conditioned, "thinking" mind into a deeper state of self awareness. To free one's awareness from associating solely with the mind and its soul. There are many different meditation methods.

At the core of meditation is the goal to focus and eventually quiet your mind, thus freeing your awareness. As you progress, you will find that you can meditate anywhere and at any time, accessing an inner calm no matter what's going on around you. You will also find that you can better control your reactions to things as you become increasingly aware of your thoughts (letting go of anger, for example). But first, you have to learn to tame your mind and control your breathing.


Make time to meditate. Set aside enough time in your daily routine for meditating; early morning and in the evening are often most preferable. The steadiness of mind meditation is most noticeable when you do it regularly; some people like to end the day by clearing their mind, and some prefer to find refuge in meditation in the middle of a busy day. The easiest time to meditate is in the morning, before the day tires your body out and gives your mind more to think about. Just take care to avoid spending too long meditating––start with around 5 to 15 minutes a day.

Find or create a quiet, relaxing environment
. For the beginner, it's especially important to avoid any obstacles to attention. Turn off TV sets, the phone or other noisy appliances. If you play music, choose calm, repetitive and gentle tunes, so as not to break your concentration.

Meditating outside works for many meditators. As long as you don't sit near a busy roadway or another source of loud noise, you can find peace under a tree or sitting upon some lush grass in a favorite corner of the garden.

Sit on level ground
. Sit on a cushion if the ground is uncomfortable. You don't have to twist your limbs into the half lotus or full lotus position or adopt any unusual postures. The important thing is to keep your back straight, as this will help with breathing later on.
    • Tilt your pelvis forward by sitting on the forward edge of a thick cushion, or on a chair that has its back legs lifted off the ground 8 to 10cm (3 or 4 inches).
    • Starting from your bottom, stack up the vertebrae in your spine, so that they are balanced one on top of another and support the whole weight of your torso, neck, and head. Done correctly, it feels as if no effort is required to hold your torso up. (A small amount of effort is in fact required, but with the right posture, it is so small and evenly distributed you don't notice it.)
    • Relax your arms and legs. They don't need to be in any special position, just as long as they are relaxed and don't interfere with balancing your torso. You can put your hands on your thighs, but it might be easier at first to let your arms hang at your sides––the hanging weight helps reveal where things are out of alignment.
  1. Relax everything. Keep searching for parts of your body that aren't relaxed. When you find them, (and you will), consciously relax them. You may find that you can't relax them unless you adjust your posture so that you are better aligned, and that place doesn't need to work anymore. This commonly happens with muscles near your spine. You may also notice that you are twisted a little and need to straighten out. Little muscles in your face often keep getting tense, too.
  2. Let your attention rest on the flow of your breath. Listen to it, follow it, but make no judgments on it (such as "It sounds a little raspy... maybe I'm getting a cold?"). The goal is to allow the "chattering" in your mind to gradually fade away. Find an "anchor" to settle your mind.
    • Try reciting a mantra (repetition of a sacred word). A single word like "om" uttered at a steady rhythm is best. You can recite it verbally or just with the voice in your mind. Beginners may find it easier to count their breaths. Try counting your breath from 1 through 10, then simply start again at 1.
    • To circumvent images that keep intruding on your thoughts, visualize a place that calms you. It can be real or imaginary. Imagine you are at the top of a staircase leading to a peaceful place. Count your way down the steps until you are peaceful and relaxed.

  3. Silence your mind. Once you've trained your mind to focus on just one thing at a time, the next step is focus on nothing at all, essentially "clearing" your mind. This requires tremendous discipline but it is the pinnacle of meditation. After focusing on a single point as described in the previous step, you can either cast it away, or observe it impartially and let it come and then go, without labeling it as "good" or "bad". Take the same approach to any thoughts which return to your mind until silence perseveres.                                    (Source - WikiHow)

Want more detailed information on meditation?? Click on the book below :)

Let Go Of The Past & Embrace The Future

10 Tips to Let Go of the Past & Embrace the Future

 

"Two monks were on a pilgrimage. One day, they came to a deep river. At the edge of the river, a young woman sat weeping because she was afraid to cross the river without help. She begged the two monks to help her. The younger monk turned his back. The members of their order were forbidden to touch a woman.

 

But the older monk picked up the woman without a word and carried her across the river. He put her down on the far side and continued his journey. The younger monk came after him, scolding him and berating him for breaking his vows. He went on this way for a long time.

 

Finally, at the end of the day the older monk turned to the younger one. "I only carried her across the river. You have been carrying her all day."

 

Letting go can be difficult. Letting go of people, ideas, expectations, desires; letting go of bad habits, false beliefs and unhealthy relationships... the list goes on. Every day, every moment presents an opportunity to create ourselves anew, to shrug off the baggage of the past, open ourselves up to the possibility of the moment and take action to create an incredible future. 

 

Although we can understand this intellectually, knowing it and living it are two very different things. 

 

Here is my Top Ten Action list for letting go to get going:

 

1. Meditate. Find stillness, breathe. Meditation is action. Our mind is much harder to still than our body. Our lives are busy and fast paced, filled with external noise and distractions. Clarity comes from quiet.  Meditation, even in small amounts, will make room for the next 9 steps.

 

2. Understand. Take time to reflect on your own history as a third party looking in without judgment: simply observe. Understand that you are not your past. Understand that the situations and patterns and people in your life created your experiences, they didn’t create you. Knowing and understanding your past and some of your patterns will help you to recognize why you hold on and repeat self-destructive behaviours. Understanding creates awareness; awareness helps you break the cycle.

 

3. Accept. Accept your history and the people that have been a part of your history; accept your circumstances and remember that none of these define you. Acceptance is the first step to letting go and setting yourself free. Learn from the monk in the story: carrying bitterness, anger or animosity burdens no one but you.

 

4. Empty your cup. Consciously and actively work at letting go of your story; your judgments and ideals, the material things, all your stuff. They have no real value. They do not make you stronger, healthier or more powerful, and belief in them is a delusion. Pour out your expectations of how, who, where and what you should be as they, too, are part of a story that holds you back from simply being.  Once you let go of this story and empty your cup, your life purpose will open up and flow.

 

5. Align. Take a moment (or several: you’re worth the time) to write down the following: 

i. Your core beliefs/values

ii. Your Life Goals

iii. The actions that you are taking to pursue those goals.

Now take an honest look at your core beliefs/values and determine whether or not they align with your goals and actions. If not, ask yourself: is it time to create new core beliefs, set new goals OR take new action? What actions must you take to align your actions with your beliefs in order to attain your goals. Write down 3 actions that you will take this week to get yourself moving. 

 

6. Flex. It may seem paradoxical to detach from outcomes, yet set goals and work toward them. But if you are flexible -- that is, willing to let go of the end result -- aligning your goals and true purpose with the greater good is righteous action. Be flexible; allow the path to unfold as it will, opening up to opportunities. Flex and flow with the current of life. 

 

7. Contribute. When you find yourself lamenting about your past or angry about your present or brooding about your future, find a way to making someone’s day better. Offering a smile to someone as you pass, opening a door, putting a bit of extra change in the parking meter, dropping off some food for the food bank: these simple actions can have lasting impact and help you to put your situation into perspective. Contributing to the well-being of others is the best way to align with your true self.

 

8. Believe in yourself. Believe in your purpose. Believe that the universe is unfolding as it should and that you have a divine roll to play. Believe that holding on does nothing in fact but hold you back from that purpose.

 

9. Love the process.  Have fun. Be playful, cheerful and positive. Give power to positivity. Love yourself, love others and love this life. It is a gift to unwrap each and every day, to gaze upon with new and excited eyes.

 

10. Be grateful.  Be true. Once you have taken all of these actions, just be. 

 

Here’s to letting go of the past and embracing the future. 

 

(Source - MindBodyGreen, Author -Cat O'Connor)

Something That Changed My Life

I sincerely hope that you've enjoyed the content on my site thus far and that it may have inspired you in one way or another. Now on a more personal note, in case you haven't already come across it, I'd like to introduce you to a book I came across in my very early twenties while on my personal quest for answers. This book is called "You Can Heal Your Life" by Louise Hay. This was the book that set the course for me on my own personal healing journey for the next 10 years or so. I still refer back to parts of it on occaision, after all these years! It is a fantastic book for all ages to read, & a must read for anyone on a healing journey of their own.


 If you'd like to get your hands on a copy simply click on the image below, or alternatively click HERE.


Hope you found this helpful and are enjoying own personal healing & transformational journey :)


                                                        THE DALAI LAMAS 18 RULES FOR LIVING

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three Rs:

1. Respect for self

2. Respect for others

3. Responsibility for all your actions

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

 

5 Aromatherapy Oils Everyone Should Have at Home

I have never been a huge fan of conventional medicine. I stay away from medications as much as possible and I place a stronger focus on homeopathic remedies. In the past years I have fallen in love with aromatherapy and its healing properties. I now use it when I’m in need of a pick me up; to soothe sunburns, achy muscles, relieve some anxiety, as an antiseptic, and plethora of other applications. Aromatherapy oils are made by extracting the natural oils from various parts of plants. Typically, steam distillation is used to produce the oils. Steam will run through the plant breaking down the cells that carry the oil. The oil and steam are then carried to a cooling chamber where they are separated resulting in the capture of the essential oil.

Below we’ll take a look at the top five oils I always have on hand at home.

1. Lavender. Lavender oil has this yummy, fresh floral scent with a dash of sweetness and herby aroma. I find it completely intoxicating. On top of it smelling amazing, it is also the most versatile of all essential oils. Therapeutically, lavender oil has a calming effect which does wonders for those suffering from anxiety. Medicinally, it can be used as an antiseptic and pain reliever to soothe minor burns, insect bites and stings, and muscle or joint pain. This is also a great scent to use for savasana during yoga practice; one breath and you’ll feel blissful.

2. Peppermint. Peppermint oil has a very stimulating yet soothing aroma and is what I like to call “mother nature’s Icy Hot” due to its main constituent, menthol. This stuff is amazing. Not only is it effective in arousing your mental sharpness but it can be used to relieve congestion, headaches, migraines, digestive problems, and soothe achy muscles. I typically use it to get rid of headaches by rubbing a tiny bit on my temples or to relieve muscle soreness by diluting it with a carrier oil, like grape seed oil, and rubbing it into whatever is sore.

3. Eucalyptus. This oil has a very fresh and clean aroma that is sure to open your airways up.  Eucalyptus oil is anti-everything, and for once that’s a good thing. It is a natural antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. It is best used for respiratory problems like colds, coughs, asthma, and congestion in addition to wounds, muscle pain, mental exhaustion, dental care, and skin care. I love to drop a little of this in a hot bath when I am feeling congested; it’s a great natural way to clear my nasal passages up.

4. Lemon. With its uplifting and fresh scent, lemon oil can help get rid of bad vibes and increase concentration and mental awareness. It is also an antiseptic and antifungal making it a wonderful fix for scrapes, cuts, and other open wounds. Feeling less than inspired to get your flow on? Rub a few drops on your chest and throat while you set your intention and you’ll be flowin’ in no time!

5. Tea Tree. A widely popular form of alternative medicine, tea tree oil is awesome! Not only is tea tree oil’s astringent properties great for alleviating oily secretions of the skin – think oily face & scalp issues – but it’s terpinen content soothes minor wounds without irritation. I love to add a few drops to my shampoo prior to washing; it leaves my scalp squeaky clean.

Make sure that when you are purchasing or using essential oils that they are 100% pure, therapeutic grade.  You should also dilute essential oils. You can dilute essential oils with carrier oils or water depending on what you are going to use the essential oil for. As with all things – if you have any health concerns, consult with your personal physician.


(Source MindBodyGreen, Author - Allison Hetrick)

10 Ways To Go Green

(Source - mymerrymessylife)


Came across this along my internet travels, some great stuff here although I'm not too keen on getting rid of my toilet paper! lol. You can check out the original source at http://mymerrymessylife.com/2012/12/10-ways-to-go-green.html but here is the article for interests sake :)


Going green is not only good for the environment, it is good for us humans, too, as it greatly reduces our exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins and in many instances, it saves the green in your wallet, too! So, here are some of the ways I have chosen to go green, and how you can, too.


#1 – Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies (or buy green products)

Commercial cleaning products are full of chemicals that have been linked to asthma, cancer, hormone disruption, and more! The good news is that making your own cleaning supplies is cheap, easy and still very effective at cleaning dirt, scum, bacteria, mold and mildew and it’s not toxic or poisonous for your family. If you’re not a DIY kinda person, then here are my reviews of Seventh Generation’s cleaning products. My homemade products come with free printable labels that include the recipes.


#2 – Make Your Own Laundry Detergent (or buy green)

Commercial laundry detergent contributes to toxins in lakes and rivers, harming aquatic life and ground water. It also coats our clothes in unwanted chemicals. Thankfully, it’s really easy to make your own with my 5-minute recipe – no soap grating necessary! Comes with a free printable label that includes the recipe.

 

#3 – Make Your Own Dishwashing Detergent (or buy green)

Just like laundry detergent, commercial dishwashing detergent is laden with chemicals that are harmful to both aquatic life, ground water, and our drinking water. Plus, residue ends up on our dishes that we then ingest. Making your own is easy, cheap and effective!

 

#4 - Buy Green Toys

Buying green, eco-friendly toys has become much easier in recent years, as companies like Green Toys and Plan Toys are now both sold on Amazon! These toy companies use recycled and/or sustainable materials to make their toys.

 


#5 - Ditch the Shampoo and Conditioner and Go No-Poo

This is my number one post on the blog, and I go into depth about how to use baking soda as shampoo and apple cider vinegar as conditioner. I don’t think I’ll ever use shampoo and conditioner again because this method is more effective in cleaning and moisturizing my hair AND it’s extremely cheap!


#6 – Switch from Paper Towels to Cloth (with no sewing)

I cut up receiving blankets I bought at the Salvation Army to make cloth towels and now prefer using cloth to paper – they are so much more absorbent! This helps to save so many trees and reduce trash.


#7 – Switch from Toilet Paper to Toilet Cloth (with no sewing)

I still get jokes from my family since switching to toilet cloth. I know, I know. It does seem pretty gross and weird to most people, but I find it to be quite normal and even preferred to paper! It’s so soft and feels much better on the bum than paper. If you can make the switch, then you’ve REALLY gone green!

 

#8 – Switch from Paper Napkins to Cloth  (with no sewing)

Switching to all paper napkins has been the easiest of all – I just cut up old bed sheets with pinking shears and voila! A whole basket-full of cloth napkins. I haven’t bought cloth napkins in about six months and we never even think about it anymore. It’s just become a way of life!

 

#9 – Switch from Paper Diapers to Cloth Diapers

Anyone can switch to cloth diapers after reading my five-part series on how to make the switch! It is a lifestyle change, but man, is it worth it! It saves so much money and tons of landfill space. I’m so happy we are a cloth-diapering family!

 

#10 – Make Your Green and Natural Beauty Products

Cosmetics are one of the worst offenders (right up there with cleaning products) of using toxic chemicals, experimenting on animals and ripping us off. Making your own is much easier than you might think, and of course, cheaper! I have recipes for organic lotion and body butter, diaper rash cream, lip balm, baby shampoo, deodorant, body scrub, anti-itch rub, bug repellent and more to come!

8 Secrets To Having Natural High Energy

Here's something we'd all love to know right!?! Check out the article below :)

If there is one thing everyone I work with would like more of, it’s energy. Not the edgy stimulated kind that comes from energy drinks and chocolate either. It’s the natural, free flowing energy that is there consistently all day long that you are seeking.
The kind that supports you to do, be and experience everything you wish to and wake up the next day feeling fresh and ready for the gloriousness of life!

Is this what your energy is like…or does it sound like a distant dream?

Even if you feel like you have enough energy, it’s worthwhile looking at what you “use” to keep yourself going.

Are you drinking caffeinated tea (including green tea), coffee, alcohol and energy drinks? 

Are you eating sugar, processed food and chocolate? 

Do you smoke, take drugs or use any other form of stimulation to get you through your day?

The majority of people I speak with are using one or many of these forms of stimulation to get through their day and have no real understanding of their natural energy levels.
Take away the stimulants for a week and see how your body feels. You might feel great…or you might be in for quite the shock at how low your energy is and how exhausted your adrenals are.
Today I have my 8 favourite ways to keep my energy high naturally to share with you. These will give you a tremendous boost to your health and energy, even if you are still using some stimulants.
As your natural energy reserve increases, the desire for stimulation from false and addictive sources will likely decrease and you can experience greater health and energy…without the erratic highs and lows.

Here are my top eight tips for having high energy naturally…

1. Hydrate with pure water, ideally spring water. Without sufficient hydration from pure water, you simply cannot expect to feel energised and light. Water is a primary driving force of energy production inside the cells , so even the slightest water loss causes a big drop in energy. Choose the best source of water you can find. Spring water from the source is best (check out my friend Daniel Vitalis’ website findaspring.com), but any form of well purified water, ideally with minerals, will help to hydrate your body.

2. Drink fresh pressed green vegetable juice daily. I have shared the benefits of daily vegetable juice on this blog repeatedly, but I will mention it again because it makes such a huge difference to your energy level. Drinking fresh green vegetable juice hydrates, nourishes and alkalises your cells quickly and thoroughly and it quickly becomes a natural addiction for the feeling of lightness, vitality and energy it provides!

3. Use tonic herbs to boost your energy. I love making tonic herb teas and elixirs (or Alchemy ice-cream) with herbs that balance my body, build my Jing, Qi and Shen, add to my natural energy and provide deep blood and organ support. A favourite for building natural energy without false stimulation is ginseng. It boosts physical and mental energy, increases ability to handle stress, improves metabolism and heightens immune function.

4. Remove or decrease false stimulants in your diet and lifestyle that steal your energy reserves. Start reducing or removing the chocolate, coffee, tea, processed sugars, refined carbohydrates and other stimulants in your diet. First add in the fresh juice, water and tonic herbs for boosting energy and then decrease these at the same time. Your natural energy will become stronger as your body re-balances without these substances.

5. Get into regular colon cleansing. Colon cleansing via enemas or professionally administered colonics will remove excess waste and toxicity from the body, allowing energy to flow more freely through the body and a beautiful lightness. If you are sceptical, simply try it out and see for yourself.

6. Breathe deeply in fresh air daily. Breathing deeply outside where you can take in beautiful fresh oxygen and breathe out toxins will deeply energise your body. Take five minutes outside every day to simply breathe and bask in the glory of nature.

7. Move your body daily. Getting regular movement will dramatically increase your natural energy flow. Sluggishness, heaviness and stagnation will begin to shift,  you will increase your oxygen intake and get endorphins flowing. Your energy will be much higher within days of beginning to move regularly. It doesn’t have to be a one hour power sweat session either – simply going for a good paced walk or doing a series of your favourite yoga poses will boost your vitality quickly.

8. De-stress by staying present. If you are focusing on the past or worrying about the future instead of dealing only with what you are experiencing in the current moment, it is likely your stress level will be much higher. Stress instantly depletes your energy…in a BIG way. Continually remind yourself to come back to the present moment. The whirlwind of thoughts creating stress and fatigue will decrease, your focus will increase and you will find your energy quickly rebuilding!

(Source - MindBodyGreen, Author -Casey McCluskey)

5 Tips To Increase Your Energetic Vibrational Frequency

The quantum physicists have proven it: We are not just this physical body. Our presence doesn't end at our skin line. We have an energy field around us.

This energetic aura connects us to other living beings and the universe around us. We are all interconnected. Each one of us has a unique aura, and we are part of the same divine brilliance that created the infinite cosmos.

When we are in touch with this feeling of being a part of the divine, our true essence being love, then our energy vibrates at a high frequency. Our positive thoughts and feelings and healthy practices support a bright energy field.

On the other hand, if we live in a state of fear, negativity, and separation, and fill our body with unhealthy substances (low-vibrational food, alcohol, and drugs), then our energy field becomes blocked, clouded, and dark.

Our energy is a magnet. It attracts experiences in the world to match our energetic field. Because we create our energy with how we treat ourselves inside and out, we are responsible for our energy and our life experiences. Life doesn't happen to us. Rather, our outer experience reflects our inner state.

Here are some of the ways you can take responsibility for your energy:

1. Focus on your breath.

This practice takes us right into our body, calms our nervous system, and shifts our energetic presence.

2. Take time to slow down.

Most of us are so busy filling our lives with unending tasks. Put SLOW DOWN on your to-do list and trust that's its a very important task.

3. Process and consciously feel your feelings.

Many of us learned to stuff our feelings down, especially if they are negative or “un”spiritual. Actually, the spiritual practice is to feel all of our feelings. The sooner you feel and process the feeling, the sooner and easier it will release. Being human is the doorway to the divine.

4. Repeat a mantra like, “I am divine love."

Mantras help to retrain your mind away from conditioned beliefs. They help us return to our true essence, as mantras carry a vibrational frequency that permeates throughout the body.

5. Cultivate compassion

Your energy is something you put out into the world. It either uplifts or drains others. When you notice this interconnection, how we affect one another, we start to take more responsibility for the energy we radiate.

By engaging in daily practices like mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and healthy eating we shift our energy. We begin to operate at a high-vibrational frequency, the frequency of love, and that's when we are a magnet for more positive relationships and experiences.

When our energetic aura shifts, our consciousness expands, our nervous system neutralizes, and we begin to fully realize and experience a spiritual awakening... the recognition of our divine essence. Things become possible that weren't before. A miraculous life unfolds in front of us.

(Source - MindBodyGreen, Author - Tara Mullarkey)