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Archive for April, 2012

Honoring our Living Source, the EARTH.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

“Earth Day” has only been around a short time (first celebrated in 1970) but has quickly given rise to the opportunity for increased awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s immeasurable value to our existence.  We cannot live without her and her life-giving and sustaining ways of nurturing all beings.  We use “Earth Day” as a reminder that we are all accountable for the health and vitality of our planet – all 7 billion of us – every day, with every choice.  Live this week in reverence for our beautiful, amazing Earth and see what comes up – how are your choices and actions affected? Here I share with you some of my guiding thoughts as I approach this week with deep gratitude and respect….

All beings, the Earth and the entire universe are inexorably connected; spiritually as well as physically, all being from One Source, we arrive at the understanding that we are undeniably linked to every form of life – human, animal, plant. The Earth is a spiritual being, a living organism, just as we are; this spiritual significance and presence is found in all living things – in every leaf, every blade of grass, every breeze, every rock, every mineral, every drop of rain and every ray of sunshine. Head into the world this week (and every week!) with the reminder that we are vast, interconnected, vibrating energetic beings with the ability to create positive influence through our daily thoughts and actions when they come from a place of pure consciousness – a place of remembering Our Source and that we are ALL ONE. 

Above all else take time to see, feel, and connect with the beauty and magic of all living things. Be kind, compassionate and respectful to all…embrace your natural surroundings and give gratitude to the living vibration that sings through each of us.

And don’t forget to take action!  Dive into your habitual, unconscious behaviors and see what you can change to show greater love to the Earth that nurtures you.

 1.  Truly be diligent about recycling – if you already do it at home, implement a system in your workplace and hold each other accountable for following through. We use 100% recyclable glass for all of our products – put them in your bin at home or bring them back to us – and know that your efforts make a difference.

2.       Eat a plant based diet. It takes a lot of energy and natural resources to process animal-based foods.  The Earth and your body will thank you!

3.       Plant an herb garden.  Start with several pots, organic soil & seeds.  Pick your favorites – some of mine include rosemary, spearmint, basil and parsley.  You will be bringing new life and oxygen into the world!

4.       Turn off your lights, computers, electronics. Unplug your kitchen appliances – only draw from energy sources as they are needed. 

5.       Change your transportation – can you walk or ride your bike?  Enjoy (and save) nature by replacing your habitual car trip with another option.  Carpool whenever you can.

6.       Bring your own bags anytime you shop (for food, clothes, etc).  Our local supermarket is going to transition away from providing plastic/paper bags all together and our community is 100% supportive.

7.       Stop drinking from water bottles.   Get an at-home filter and glass bottles that can be reused/refilled. Get one at work, too!

8.       Buy natural, organic, safe (food, cosmetics, cleaning agents).

9.       Unsubscribe from junk mail. Go paperless whenever possible. 

10.   Be a good role model.  People respond to actions – make sure yours are in alignment with what you value most and those behaviors will shine through to others! 

 

 

The Power of Ingredients

Monday, April 9th, 2012

“What goes in” has always been my curious (and passionate!) approach to life…..what goes in to that amazing salad dressing I love, what goes in to the sunscreen I put on my children, what goes in to the beef & chicken that ends up on our plates, what goes in to our minds and hearts as we go about our day….simply put, what are the “ingredients” that go into our life – from food and thoughts to cosmetics and daily pollutants – we absorb it all holistically – on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.  This is a vast topic and I could go on and on and on….but, I want to stick to specifics today and link this “what goes in” philosophy back to my world of creating healing & transformational formulations for the skin.  I am an ingredient purist and I know that this is the foundation of what makes my formulations so powerful, medicinal and healing.  A final product can only be as good as the ingredients that go in to it, so I am going to shine a spotlight every month on some of our hero ingredients – why I use them and why your skin drinks them in (and responds with illumination!). 

The Amazing Power of Silica

Silica (a compound found in the Earth, most prominent in quartz and sand), is known to be the reviver of youth and beauty because of its ability to promote the natural synthesis of collagen; it smoothes, softens and clears the complexion and is the master mineral for hair, skin, nails and bones. 

The plant “horsetail” is one of the most abundant sources of silica in the plant kingdom.  The recorded history of Horsetail goes back to the Devonian period, almost 350 million years ago. To have a healthy, well functioning, self-healing, self-repairing body with flexibility, strength, resilience and elasticity you must maintain approx. 7 grams of Silica in your body. 

The first ingredient in my newest formulation, Spontaneous Recovery Crème, is the certified organic herbal infusion of Horsetail – it is the high silica content of this miracle herb that brings recovery, healing and radiance to the skin within a single application.  Read more about my newest creme here.

 Some of my favorite authors and healers have written in depth about this incredible ingredient:

 David Wolfe writes in Eating For Beauty“The mineral silicon possesses many hidden properties, one of which is its ability to be transformed into calcium. Silicon is a conscious mineral; it seems to posses a form of intelligence. Both of the minerals silicon and sulfur work together with vitamin C to create glowing skin.”

Gabriel Cousens writes in Spiritual Nutrition:  “Silica is the beauty element. It gives sheen, resilience, and smoothness to the skin, hair and naisl.  It is also essential for all neuron transmission in the form of electrical impulses through the neurons, acting as a link between the nervous system and blood system. People with adequate silicon have a certain kind of beauty of movement, a sense of charm and charismatic personality. Silicon is also a protector of the skin as well as an insulating agent. Silica is one of the most important minerals for connective tissue, hair, ligaments, lungs, lymph nodes, muscles, nail, skin, teeth and tendons. Silicon is connected with consciousness. The more silica we have, the more we have the energetics and radiant flow of the liquid human crystal that we are.  Because silica/silicon is a binding element, it helps with the flow of electricity, heat and energy movement throughout the body.  Silicon is needed for the plumpness of the skin and functioning strength of all connective tissue in the body. The highest concentration of silica is in the nails and hair.”

Get more Silica in your body by including these foods in your diet:  Barley, bamboo shoots, kelp, oats, brown rice, brown rice syrup, alfalfa, horsetail tea, cucumbers, bell peppers, hemp leaves, nettles, spinach, radish, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, nuts, seeds (sunflower, sesame, flax), cereals and grains.



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