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10 Houseplants for Cleaner Indoor Air

April 9, 2015

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, our indoor air can be 2-5x more polluted than the outdoor air we breathe. Yuck! Dust mites, allergens and a multitude of toxic chemicals pollute our home air. Studies run by NASA have proven that house plants can reduce up to 85% of indoor air pollutants. Adding indoor plants is a natural and beautiful way to detoxify the air in your home. A good rule of thumb is 7-10 plants per 900 square…

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Non-Dairy Milk Additives & Healthier Alternatives

April 5, 2015

Whether you or your child is allergic to milk, lactose intolerant, vegan, or simply in search of a non-dairy option, you’re in luck. Alternatives to cow’s milk have never been more numerous or popular. Your local grocery store is likely stocked with alternatives such as almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, hazelnut milk, oat milk and hemp milk. While these non-dairy milk alternatives are marketed to sound good according to the claims made on the packaging, the nasty additives tell…

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Healing Benefits of Bentonite Clay

January 9, 2014

Bentonite clay has many internal and external healing benefits for the whole family — including pets! Bentonite is composed of aged volcanic ash and has a large and varied mineral content including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium which have been used for ages by many cultures for detoxification. It has a unique ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. When it is mixed with fluid, its electrical components change and stretched open like a highly porous sponge giving it the ability to absorb…

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Setting Intentions on a New Moon

December 31, 2013

Not only is it a fresh year with fresh possibilities, it is also a new moon ~ an opportune time in the moon cycle to set our sacred intentions. The January 1 new moon, called a super moon because of its powerful energy, gives us an exceedingly rare and doubly powerful canvas for birthing new visions and creating change and growth in our lives! Rather than making a resolution (looking at a problem and resolving to fix it), I invite…

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The Old-Fashioned Hot Water Bottle

October 24, 2013

It’s the simple things in life that bring comfort, a sense of joy and well-being. Behold, the old-fashioned hot water bottle. Cuddling up with a “hottie” is like sipping a big mug of hot cocoa, snuggling by a toasty fire, or eating a bowl of Bubbie’s matzah ball soup. It means someone is taking good care of you—even if that person is you. Economical and eco-friendly, the hot water bottle will keep warm all night making it easier to turn down the…

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Being Present with a Quiet Mind & Open Heart

October 11, 2013

Chances are if you are reading this post, then you have an overactive mind like mine. Whether it’s ongoing chatter filling up space in our minds, inattention, distraction, or busyness, we often miss connecting with ourselves and the world around us. A quiet mind cultivates an open heart by enabling us to be better listeners so we can be more compassionate by actually hearing ourselves and others. The word compassion means “to feel with,” so a compassionate heart, or an open heart, which can…

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Healing Spiced Camu Cider

October 4, 2013

There’s nothing like curling up by a toasty fire and sipping a hot cup of cider on a chilly night. This healing cider not only warms the body and soul, but contains the Brazilian superfood, camu camu. The buzz about this potent berry has spread around the world, earning it the nickname “nature’s vitamin pill” due to its antioxidant and anti-viral properties. The camu berry is one of the world’s most abundant sources of vitamin C—as much as 60 times more…

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A Guide to Farming Methods, Terminology & Labeling

September 29, 2013

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” ~ Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution Consumers are becoming more and more conscientious about our planet, what goes on our plates, in our bodies, and the correlation between food as medicine ― or food as disease. However, knowing exactly what we are eating these days can feel like an exercise in futility. It is no longer as simple as consuming whole, unprocessed foods. By…

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Detoxifying Your Life of Negativity

September 17, 2013

I have written about removing toxins from your home, but today I want to focus on removing toxic people and negative thought patterns from your life. Walking away from people and relationships that drag you down and releasing negative thoughts that no longer serve you will allow you to invest more energy into the positive and meaningful relationships you do have, while creating space for more like-minded people to come into your life. It’s important to understand that toxic people are usually stuck in…

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Healing Benefits of Palo Santo

September 12, 2013

During a recent stay in Ojai, I discovered the magical and mystical Palo Santo. It’s warm, delicately sweet and woodsy aroma filled me with a sense of peace and tranquility. Intrigued, I learned that Palo Santo grows on the coast of South America and is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. In Spanish, Palo Santo literally means “Holy Wood.” The magic is in the alchemical process that happens after the death of a limb or tree. In order for the Palo Santo to gain…

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