Archive for April, 2015

21 Ways to Pay It Forward

April 30th, 2015

In honor of National Pay It Forward Day, we’ve put together a list of 21 ways to spread smiles and positivity today and every day.

 

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1. Treat a friend to lunch.

2. Open the door for the person behind you.

3. Carry someone’s groceries to their car.

4. Write a positive review for a local restaurant on Yelp or another review site.

5. Donate blood.

6. Share your umbrella with a stranger.

7. Volunteer in your community garden.

8. Recycle.

9. Put some change in an expired parking meter.

10. Offer someone your seat on the bus/train/waiting room.

11. Pick up trash on the sidewalk.

12. Donate dog or cat food to your local animal shelter.

13. Give a random stranger a nice compliment.

14. During heavy traffic hours, let someone merge in front of you to get on the road.

15. Hug a friend, and tell them how much you appreciate them.

16. Give words of encouragement to your coworkers.

17. Send someone flowers.

18. Let someone with only a few items in their cart in front of you in the checkout line.

19. Let someone take your parking spot if the lot is crowded.

20. Share a 21 drops blend with a friend.

21. If someone pays it forward to you, spread the love and pay it forward to another!

4 Affordable Natural Cleaning Product Brands that We Love!

April 28th, 2015

Using natural cleaning products helps keep you and your family safe, but undertaking an organic lifestyle is not always affordable. Here are some great, natural cleaning brands that won’t hurt your wallet!

 

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1. Mrs. Meyer*s Clean Day– This naturally-scented collection of household cleaners contains naturally-derived ingredients to keep your home clean and fresh. This brand doesn’t test on animals, and the bottles are made from about 25% post-consumer plastic.

 

2. Honest– This kid-friendly and mom-approved brand provides an all natural, non-toxic way to clean and disinfect. These cleaning products are made in the USA without animal testing or by-products.

 

3. 7th GenerationCaring today for seven generations of tomorrows™.  This brand produces USDA Certified Biobased Products, fragranced with essential oils and botanical extracts. Their packaging is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, as well as being cruelty-free.

 

4. Green Works strives to create naturally-derived cleaners that are affordable, accessible and effective for everyone. This line of cleaning products is made of plant-based ingredients that deliver powerful cleaning results.

6 Yoga Poses & Techniques to Help Seasonal Allergies

April 23rd, 2015

We all know allergies are almost unavoidable during the spring and summer months. Adding a few yoga poses to your arsenal of allergy fighters is a simple and natural way to relieve blockage and build-up.

 

Here are a few inversions, backbends and breathing techniques that can help you breathe easy.

 

Inversions: Can help to open the nasal passageways and improve drainage.

1. Plow Pose helps release tension at the base of the skull and back of the neck, where pressure tends to build. Hold this pose for about 5-10 breaths to release this tension, which will help reduce blockage in the nasal passages.

 

 

2. Shoulder Stand is great if you are seeking a deeper, more challenging inversion to relieve congestion caused by allergies. Hold this pose for about 1-2 minutes to improve drainage in the nasal passages.

 

 

Backbends: Can help to open the chest and lungs.

3. Bridge Pose is great for those who are looking for a gentle pose to help expand the lungs and chest. We recommend holding this pose for 5 breaths.

 

 

4. Wheel Pose is a deep, challenging backbend for those seeking a more advanced yoga practice. This pose should be held for 3-5 breaths and will open up both the chest and lungs.

 

 

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5. Fish Pose is a wonderful way to open the chest, lungs and throat. Holding this pose for 3-5 breaths will help open and expand your airways.

 

 

Mindful Breathing:

6. Alternate Nostril Breathing, known in the yoga world as Anuloma Viloma, will help to create more balance between both of your nasal passageways. This breathing technique can assist in clearing old air out of the lungs and release toxins from the chest.

 

 

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How to properly execute Alternate Nostril Breathing:

1. Inhale once normally and exhale.

2. Close off your right nostril, and inhale through your left nostril.

3. Close off both nostrils and hold for one breath, then exhale out of your right nostril.

4. Inhale through your right nostril, and then close both nostrils to hold for one breath.

5. Exhale out of your left nostril.

This will complete one round of Alternate Breathing. It’s recommended to perform 3-5 rounds before sitting quietly in a seated meditation.

 

5 Reasons Laughter is the Best Medicine!

April 21st, 2015

The universal language of the world is laughter. There are no language barriers when it comes to interpreting it, everyones speaks laughter. It’s time to spread the best medicine on earth that has no negative side effects. We promise.

 

Here are 5 reasons laughter is the best medicine:

1. Laughter is infectious:

Spread the happiness and brighten someone’s day by sharing a few laughs to lift the spirits and suppress negative emotions.

2. It strengthens your immune system:

People with a positive outlook and happy attitude tend to laugh more than people who focus on negativity. By laughing more, you decrease your stress level, especially during difficult times, which can lead to a more healthy life!

3. Boosts energy:

Laughter can give you the will power to push forward and muster up the strength to get back on the horse. It can give you the energy and motivation to get through an illness or tragedy and move forward.

4. Helps ease symptoms of depression:

Often times people suffering from depression have many physical symptoms, such as body aches and pains. Laughing to brighten your mood can alleviate depression and the symptoms associated with it.

5. Alleviates stress:

Stress is a common daily occurrence that can easily overcome our lives. Try to laugh at least once day and release some of that built up negative energy.

4 Reasons to Love Peppermint Essential Oil!

April 16th, 2015

Mentha Piperita, more commonly known as Peppermint, has stimulating, fresh and minty qualities. Let’s explore some of the amazing, natural health benefits of this essential oil!

 

 

Here are 4 reasons to love Peppermint EO:

1. Its cooling properties help ease headaches and migraines.

2. Peppermint oil is well-known for relaxing the intestinal tract, making it highly-effective in combating nausea, digestive problems and heartburn.

3.  Its decongestant, expectorant and analgesic properties are well-documented.

4. Emotionally, it awakes, refreshes and uplifts, stimulating the mind and increasing focus.

 

Whether you’re in need of headache relief or just need to get focused, peppermint essential oil is a great natural aid to easing these common symptoms!

 

For quick and simple solution featuring Peppermint essential oil, try our Headache Blend or Focus Blend.

 

 

Shop Smart: 10 Best Sustainable Certification Seals

April 14th, 2015

Earth Day is around the corner, which is a friendly reminder to stay environmentally conscious as a consumer. Here are 10 certified seals to look for on products that go above and beyond standard sustainable environmental regulations.

 

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1. Eco-Cert

They are an inspection and certification body for sustainable development. Eco-cert promotes, encourages and recognizes companies that follow environmentally responsible and sustainable practices. They focus on natural and organic cosmetic, textiles, green spaces, etc.

 

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2. Rainforest Alliance Certified

They are an international non-profit organization dedicated to conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods. To be awarded this certification, farms and forestlands must meet rigorous, third-party standards of the Sustainable Agriculture Network or the Forest Stewardship Council.

 

 

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3. Non GMO Project Verified

This is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and build the non-GMO food supply, also to educate and provide verified non-GMO choices to consumers.

 

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4.  Global Organic Textiles Standard

The mission of GOTS is the development, implementation, verification and protection of a global organic textile standard. They promote environmental sustainability and strict labor regulations in textiles and apparel manufacturing. They enforce organic farming practices which include cruelty-free treatment of animals, non-GMO and pesticide-free farming.

 

5. PETA- Beauty Without Bunnies

This seal was designed to help consumers easily identify cruelty-free cosmetic, personal care and household cleaning products. Products displaying this logo have been produced without animal testing.

6. Green America

This organization certifies businesses that are actively promoting positive social change, environmental sustainability, environmental responsibility (sourcing/manufacturing/operations), and social equality. They look for businesses that take accountability for their work, and who are constantly evolving their day-to-day operations to create a better world.

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This is an incredibly thorough organic certification agency that is continually evolving their organic standards to improve environmental sustainability. They advocate for animal welfare, social equality, non-GMOs, reducing greenhouse gases and minimizing our carbon footprint.

 

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8. Forest Stewardship Council

FSC certifies that products come from well-managed and regulated forests that implement environmental, social and economic benefits.

 

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9. Food Alliance

This is a non-profit organization that acts as a strict third-party audit, that is a credible and effective way for farmers and food companies to pledge their commitment to sustainable management/farming practices. Products that have this seal are grown, handled and packed by an FA producer, they’re non-GMO, they’re free of preservatives/colors/artificial flavors, verified supply chain traceability, and maintain humane treatment of livestock without the use of antibiotics or growth hormones.

 

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10. Marine Stewardship Council

The MSC mission is to ensure sustainable fishing practices and ethical trade of seafood for businesses around the world.

10 Eco-Friendly Festival Essentials

April 9th, 2015

With festival season already underway, it’s time to gear up with some amazing eco-friendly sustainable products!

 

 

 

1. Waterproof Electronic PouchUO Custom Waterproof Iphone Pouch will help keep your smartphone dry and safe from the outdoor elements. It can be submersed in up to 9 inches of water and comes with an awesome external aux.

 

2. Toilet Paper: Stall Mates Wipes are convenient, portable and completely biodegradable. This company not only takes great pride in the quality of their products, but works diligently to give back to organizations like Trees, Water & People (TWP).

 

3. Sneakers/Closed-Toed ShoesBucketfeet is an amazing art-focused shoe company on a mission to connect people through art by tapping into the creativity and diversity of the world. Every time you purchase from Bucketfeet, you share an artist’s story with the world. We love the Peacock Canvas Slip-Ons by Inkheart designed in London, England.

 

4. Bug Spray: Honest Bug Spray is a safe, all-natural way to keep those pesky bugs away. This certified organic bug repellent will protect you for up to 4 hours against mosquitoes and stable flies. It’s hypoallergenic, non-irritating, vegan and biodegradable.

 

5. Backpack: STATE- Henry Micro Backpack can be easily attached to your belt loop and is great for holding your phone and other small essentials without weighing you down. For every STATE bag purchased, STATE hand delivers a backpack full of essential supplies for success to an American child in need. This company’s commitment goes above and beyond material donations. To read more about their inspiring story click here.

 

6. Sunglasses: Panda is on a journey to change the environmental and social impact of sunglasses. These super cute, high-end, sustainable sunglasses are made entirely out of bamboo. What’s amazing is that each purchase gives the gift of vision to someone in need! We love the Hepburn- Natural Collection for stellar eye protection during this festival season.

 

7. Protein Bar: Fro Pro is a healthy and affordable protein bar that’s great to eat on-the-go with their resealable packaging! These bite-sized protein bars packed with plant protein, peanut butter, oats, honey and cinnamon are guaranteed to satisfy your hunger. They will help provide the energy you need to party all day/night long.

 

8. Water Bottle: Vapur Eclipse 0.7 Liter Water Anti-Bottle is made in the USA out of BPA-free plastic. It’s light, portable and can roll up to fit easily into your bag or pocket.

 

9. Sunscreen: Raw Elements scores a top safety and efficiency rating from The Environmental Working Group. It’s 100% all-natural and certified organic, not to mention it’s hypoallergenic and safe for all ages! This product is very water resistant and sweat resistant, so you won’t get fried while dancing under the hot sun.

 

10. Essential Oils: 21 Drops Essential Oil BlendsDetox, Invigorate and Headache are a great combination of our portable essential oil blends to keep you going during those hot and hazy festival days and nights.

 

How to Infuse Your Beer with Fresh Herbs!

April 7th, 2015

In honor of National Beer Day, we want to show you a super simple way to infuse your beer with fresh herbs!

 

Ingredients/Tools:

– Handful of fresh mint leaves (washed)

– 2 12oz beers – IPA or blondes (We used Hop Gun, a local Florida IPA from Funky Buddha Brewery.)

– French press

 

 

Directions: Prep Time – 5-10 minutes

 

1. Put the mint leaves into the French press.

 

 

2. Pour the beers into the French press.

 

 

3. Secure the top onto the french press. Let the beer and mint leaves infuse for about 5 minutes before pressing.

 

 

4. Press the mint.

 

 

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 5. Enjoy!

 

Fun Tip: If you’re looking to sip on something with a reduced amount of calories, try replacing one of the beers with club soda. It’s a refreshing beer spritzer with half the guilt!

6 Ways Ho Wood Essential Oil Can Help With Headaches!

April 2nd, 2015

Cinnamomun Camphora ct linalol, more commonly known as Ho Wood, is very similar to Rosewood essential oil, however Ho Wood is considered to be more renewable and sustainable.

 

 

Here are 6 ways Ho Wood EO can help you avoid or ease headaches: 

1. It’s emotionally uplifting and calming to the mind.

2. Ho Wood contains a high percent of linalool, which supports the immune system. This can help avoid allergies that can cause pesky headaches.

3. This essential oil helps to fight infections in the body, such as colds and flu that are often a cause of headaches.

4. It works as a sedative, which supports sleep. We all know a lack of sleep can cause some serious headaches.

5. It is known to reduce inflammation, spasms, muscle and joint pain.

6. Ho Wood essential oil is a mood booster, so it can help you avoid tension headaches.

 

For a quick easy solution try our Headache Blend, and if you have any additional questions on how to use Ho Wood essential oil, ask our founder.