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New Year, New Goals

As you’ve probably noticed, I took a hiatus from posting for most of December. I wanted to take some time to think about where I want to go in the future. Most of you know that I am also a reiki master. I’ve decided to put this blog aside for now and focus on my reiki business and spiritual development. It takes a lot of my spare time to write this blog and it hasn’t left much room in my life for anything else. That is the reason why I’ve decided to put this blog on hold. This has been a difficult decision to make, as I love writing about all thing eco-friendly.

The site will remain up as a free site for those who wish to use it as a reference. There are still lots of useful links, DIYs, product reviews, articles on toxic ingredients, and book reviews for your exploration. I hope this blog has helped some of you to realize that going eco-friendly doesn’t need to be expensive. Though it’s certainly fun to splurge sometimes!

You can find me at my new site: Radiant Reiki. Hope to see you there!

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Book Review: One Spirit Medicine by Alberto Vilioldo

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About the Author:

Alberto Vilioldo, Ph.D., is a Cuban-born psychologist, medical anthropologist and author, writing primarily in the field of neo-shamanism.1 Vilioldo has studied the shamanic healing practices of the Amazon and Andes for more than 25 years. In 1984 he founded the Four Winds Society, which offers extensive education in the philosophy and practice of energy medicine, training students to become modern-day shamans. He also directs the Center for Energy Medicine in Chile, where he investigates and practices the neuroscience of enlightenment.2 Read more about the author on his Biography page.

Book Review:

This book is an interesting mix of general wellness advice and spirituality. Vilioldo presents a lot of information in this book about the connection that physical health has with the emotional and psychic well being of the body. If you’re a medical practitioner this book may blow your mind. If you’re a spiritual person you may find this book as interesting as I did. I never thought of my body the way that Vilioldo describes things. It’s a refreshing way to look at your physical health. The only thing I found frustrating was that Vilioldo would talk about the disadvantages of how life is often lived in the modern world and the ailments that arise from it. But he didn’t provide that many solutions in the book. I would read about all sorts of illness he’s talking about and think okay, that’s good to know. But how do I fix it? He would only provide solutions to some issues but not to the many, many issues he brought up. There is a lot of information that he presents in this book (see Table of Contents above). There are so many topics he touches upon so I’ve chosen just to do an overview in this review. One of the many topics are that everyone should make sure their digestive systems (gut brain) are working properly. He basically says that if your digestive system isn’t working at optimal levels it can seriously impact not only your health but your spiritual journey. It makes sense to me that a pure body helps to contribute to a clear, functioning mind. When our minds are clear then we have a greater chance of making the right decisions for ourselves spiritually and otherwise. Vilioldo characterizes each stage in the spiritual journey with an archetype: the healer, divine feminine, sage, visionary, etc.

I haven’t decided yet how seriously I want to take this book. Certainly, a lot of things he suggests the reader do for a more balanced life seem like common sense to me. For example, his 7 day detox plan sounds interesting. But for some people it would not be affordable to buy the amount of supplements he suggests for the detox. The dosage of the supplements seem high to me, but I suppose one would seek the advice of their doctor before embarking on such a detox. In any case, this book will open your mind to the possibilities of a dialogue between spirit, body and mind. I would suggest readers take this book with a grain of salt. While I think Vilioldo makes a lot of valid points I wouldn’t take his word as gospel, nor would I take any author’s word as gospel. For many people the best thing to do is accept the information that makes sense to you and leave the rest.

Rating: 4/5


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DIY Toothpaste

DIY Toothpaste

I’ve started DIYing things that I use very often. One of those is toothpaste. I ‘ve tried and liked Earthpaste so I thought why not make my own version? It would be a lot cheaper than buying it all the time. I found this recipe from Overthrow Martha and modified to my needs. For those living in an old house or a house with small pipes you may want to decrease the amount of bentonite clay and increase the baking soda. I’ve had reports that bentonite clay can clog pipes but I personally have never had a problem with the clay. I have omitted the salt from this recipe because I find the baking soda salty enough. Although dead sea salt is supposedly good for teeth because of its mineral content.

Ingredients:

1.5 tbsp Bentonite Clay
2 tbsp Distilled water or aloe Vera juice
1 tbsp coconut oil
5 to 10 drops of essential oil like peppermint, wintergreen mint, clove, holy basil,rosemary, sage (optional)
A container (mason jar or a squeeze bottle)

Options: If you get clogged pipes from the bentonite clay you can use this ratio below and keep the rest of the ingredients the same.
1 tbsp baking soda & 1 tsp bentonite clay

Instructions:

Put the clay, coconut oil, and baking soda (if using) in a bowl and blend with water. Add the essential oils you like. Clove is good for getting rid of strong flavours like garlic breath. Keeps for several months in a container.

Using this toothpaste along with oil pulling helped me decrease the amount of plaque on my teeth. At least that’s what my dentist told me. I didn’t tell her that I was making my own toothpaste and oil pulling however. I’ve found some conventional dentists can be opposed to ideas like that.


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Spotlight on: Beekeeper’s Naturals


Note: Logo images are from the Beekeeper’s Naturals website.

This past March I attended the Yoga Conference with a friend and encountered Carly Stein of Beekeeper’s Naturals there. I got to sample the Throat Relief Spray and then purchased one to try. I’m loving it and if you’ve read the review from yesterday you’ll know that I’ve already repurchased three more bottles. Carly and I had a fascinating conversation about yoga, bees and reiki. I asked if Carly if she would allow me to interview her for my blog and she very graciously agreed. Here is the interview below. I hope you enjoy it!

081014_2303_SpotlightEr11.jpg   How did you first get involved with bees?

BKN Logo (new)   A few years ago, I was studying abroad in Italy and came down with a bout of tonsillitis. I was desperately looking for something to help and was stumbled across an Italian pharmacy, which introduced me to the wonders of propolis. Propolis helped me make a full recovery and avoid surgery. After this experience, I was eager to learn more about this seemingly magical product, which brought me to the door of a local beekeeper. After my first experience with the hives, I was hooked!

081014_2303_SpotlightEr11.jpg Did you ever think you would become a beekeeper?

BKN Logo (new)  Honestly, no. I did not know very much about the bees and was misinformed about their role. I saw them more as a nuisance – how wrong I was! Bees are such amazing creatures and play such a crucial role in our everyday lives and spending time with them gives you a much greater appreciation for just how important they are.

081014_2303_SpotlightEr11.jpg  What do you think is the most important thing the average person needs to know about bees?

BKN Logo (new)  The average person needs to know that bees (through all of their hard pollination work) are responsible for 1/3 of our food supply. In other words, every third bite of food we take is the product of the bees’ hard work. From almonds and apples to avocados and raspberries, many of the foods that we love would not exist (or at the very least be a lot more expensive).

081014_2303_SpotlightEr11.jpg  How else can people help the bees? Does planting bee-friendly plants help them?

BKN Logo (new)  Planting bee friendly plants is an easy thing that everyone can do in their own backyards (or condo balconies) to help the bees! We encourage people to plant a variety of local native flowers that bloom at various times throughout the year (so the bees always have something to snack on). Bees love bright colours and they will reward you by giving you an amazing garden.

081014_2303_SpotlightEr11.jpg What one product or ingredient would you never ever use and why?

BKN Logo (new)  Aspartame. I try to avoid chemicals and artificial ingredients at all costs!

081014_2303_SpotlightEr11.jpg Where do you hope to take Beekeeper’s Naturals in the future?

BKN Logo (new)  We hope to be the company that consumers trust for innovative and sustainably sourced bee products to improve their health. As our company grows, our goal is to continue to use our expanded platform and reach to raise awareness about the bees and truly make a difference for our buzzing friends.

My thanks to Carly Stein for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer these questions. The Throat Relief Spray is available for purchase on the Beekeeper’s Naturals site and select locations. You can follow Beekeeper’s Naturals on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.