Do crystals contain healing powers?

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hmm interesting question!

I have always been drawn to these rocks. When I was a child I would collect them and lay them out in the sun for no real reason. Or was there a reason?

According to "Crystal healing philosophy taps into the traditional Asian concepts of life-energy (chi or qi) and chakras, which are vortices of this life-energy said to connect the physical and supernatural elements of the body" (resource).

After further research I have found that different crystals vibrate or resonate at different frequencies,meaning if we need emotional healing we can choose a crystal with a vibration known to sooth emotional trauma. The same applies for physical, mental, and even spiritual healing.

Crystals have been used for centuries, some of the first accounts we have are from the era of Ancient Rome when husbands would place a diamond on the third finger of the left hand because the underlying vein of that finger ran directly to the heart and they would infuse their love into the diamond.

Edgar Cayce (The sleeping prophet) said The ruby was to be worn "on hand or body" to "develop greater abilities for concentration" (Edgar Cayce Reading 531-3).

I'm sure you have heard of dowsing, it is a practice used when looking for water? Crystal dowsing is also a way of using the energy within ourselves to find things like water, lost objects, or even answers to questions.

The Crystal Pendulum amplifies small muscle movements that result from changes in the subtle energy flow through the body. There is a lot of very helpful information out there about this process, but I can tell you from experience it is definitely an interesting experiment that must be met with open-mindedness!

Where do you find crystals?

Some people prefer to buy theirs in gift shops, metaphysics stores, or in jewelry stores. Others like to go gem mining in the river, or at a local gem mine. In most areas of the world you can find the crystals in raw form by taking a walk in nature. One of my favorite stones came out of a river in Hiddenite, NC. Pictured to the right --->

The Quartz stones that contains mineral inclusions are called "rutilated quartz" or "sagenite", popularly known as Venus-hair stone. I was amazed when I reached into the rushing water and held this lovely stone in the sunlight. I had never seen a crystal quite this beautiful! As it turns out a rutilated quartz helps you to manifest your dreams. 

There are many types of crystals, and many uses even if only to inspire awe when gazing upon them. Crystals are an indigenous part of our world and some of the best real estate in the world sits on crystals also known as mountains. Asheville NC for example is made almost entirely of quarts!

What are your thoughts about the healing potential of crystals? Do you use crystals? If so how? Which are your favorite and why? Tell us in the comments section below! Thank you for reading, if you all enjoyed this post we may write more about crystals in the future! -The Winters

Kombucha: Put it in your cup and Drink it up!!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Well hello! Have you ever heard of Kombucha?

There seems to be a Kombucha craze going on.. everyone's doing it.. what is it?

Kombucha is highly debated at the moment and when something is highly debated I like to look at it myself and see what my intuition and body tells me, along with proper research of course!

We have been drinking it for almost a year now, every day (or at-least when we remember). I can honestly say I crave it when I don't have my small yellow cupful each morning!

Alright, alright I know it's more information you want! My friend from The Backyard Project was nice enough to trade a SCOBY for some homemade toothpaste. SCOBY is the "Mother" layer that makes all of the probiotic goodness happen!

S- Symbiotic
C- Colony
O- of
B- Bacteria and
Y- Yeast

The SCOBY is the floating layer in the photo ->

The process of fermenting your own tea is as simple as brewing a gallon of tea, placing your SCOBY in, and waiting for two to three weeks. Alright it may not be that simple but it is overall a fairly simple process.

The article that my friend over at The Backyard Project sent me can be found: HERE. With ample instructions and advice.

There are so many reasons you should at-least try this fizzy tea and these are a few:

  1. Improved Digestion
  2. Increased Metabolism
  3. Regulated hunger and blood sugar
  4. Detoxification
  5. Fighting Cancer
  6. Fighting Arthritis
  7. Building Immune System
Although you can choose to flavor yours we do not flavor ours.. so we say cheers, clink cups, and then chug! My auntie makes smoothies with a half cup of kombucha and once she has added her fruits, and sometimes cocoa, she says you can't taste it at all!!

Flavoring it pretty much covers up any bitterness at all. After you brew you can add in your favorite juices (organic preferably). We have played around with pomegranate, but I want to try strawberry or blueberry.. ahh so many berries so little time.. anyways.. like I said before we usually drink it plain.

We use the Continious Brew method at the Winterstead,helps with sanitation and makes the brew a breeze! One of the many benefits of the continuous brew is that I can easily strain the kombucha (pictured above) as I am double bottling it. Read about the continuous brew method here.

Double bottling your Kombucha takes a lot of the bitterness out. Read about that here! 

There are SO many blog posts about kombucha, there is some negativity floating around out there but hey.. is the cup half full or half empty? I'm a realist and I can say that this cup has helped my body to regulate itself and I feel better when I drink it! Try it for yourself, let me know what you think in the comments below, and do your own research!

Here are a few of my favorite posts about it if you want to read up on it some more! -Cheers!!

Food Renegade| Kombucha Health Benefits

The-Bee-Queen|The Buss on Kombucha

The Faulk Farmstead| Brewin' the 'Booch

All about Activated Charcoal

What is it? How is it used? Wait.. is this bbq charcoal?

Hello wonderful reader! I would love to introduce you to my dear friend Activated Charcoal!

This is not the same thing that you use on your grill. It is carbon that has been activated to increase its adsorption.

Adsorption, to explain simply, is the process of one substance attracting/ catching another substance (in this case a toxin) to remove it from a given surface.

Typically Activated Charcoal is used for dietary purposes as a laxative or aid for food poisoning. It is great to have on hand and you can even put it on snake bites to pull out the poison.

How I use it:

When I began my natural journey I threw away all of my makeup. I used to love eyeliner and mascara.. but I gave it all up in the name of a toxic free, all new me!

For eyeliner I carefully open one of the capsules and store it in a small plastic container. I lightly wet the end of an eyeliner brush and apply. Activated charcoal works great as eyeliner and comes off easily as well.

Mascara.. ah the fights I have fought with myself over the perfect mascara recipe.. after many wasted attempts, where I end up with more on my cheeks than my eyelashes, I have finally won the battle! :)

I only make this recipe in tiny amounts because now that I have gotten used to life without make up I rarely wear it. So when I have an occasion where I want to wear mascara I mix:

1 part bentonite clay, 1 part activated charcoal, 1 part vegetable glycerin & mix. Because I use tiny amounts at a time 1 part is equal to one capsule of activated charcoal.

Beauty Mask: This is super simple, and effective. Activated charcoal works wonders for purifying your skin. This mask may look scary but it really pulls out the bacteria and toxins hiding in your pores and makes your skin smooth.

Mix 1 capsule of activated charcoal with 1/8 cup of rose water, or regular water.. your call. Apply to your face, leave for 3-5 minutes and wash off.

Oral Hygiene: Many bloggers have talked about how well activated charcoal works as an all natural teeth whitener.(The picture above is for added entertainment, and because I'm cool like that!)

I had to try it, and now I'm hooked!

It's simple too; just open a capsule, wet your toothbrush, dip your toothbrush in the activated charcoal powder and brush your teeth. I like to leave the activated charcoal in my mouth for a minute or two and swish it around before I spit it out. Then brush your teeth as normal. Hopefully with hemp-paste! ;) I use this method once every two weeks or so. If I have an event or night out planned I will use it before I leave the house that day.

Tips for using activated charcoal:

First, it will make a mess if you buy it in the capsule form and open a new capsule each time. Why do I use the capsules then? Let's just say I've cried over my fair share of spilled ingredients/ makeup before and I would rather have a little mess than a dustpan full of it!

The solution here is simple, lay out a paper towel and try to bust open the end, don't pull the capsule apart just bust one of the ends. If you have any small jars laying around or even a plastic bag/ container (pill sized) you can bust open a few capsules at a time and store the rest for later use.

Also, this has nothing to do with health or beauty but... when I used activated charcoal on my teeth for the first time I made a HUGE mess in our white porcelain sink in the bathroom. Instead of freaking out I just sprinkled a little baking soda on a scrub brush and used the mess to my advantage! The activated charcoal made our old white sink sparkle like new. Hey.. if it will remove stains from my teeth why wouldn't it work on my sink right? I don't advise using it on furniture or your floors, I am only sharing this cleaning tip so that you don't freak out if you get it everywhere! ;)

I buy my activated charcoal from Vitacost,
click the image to the right for more info!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Some days I feel as though I wasted time being nice to someone or helping someone because they are so quick to place the blame on me, or the ones that I love.

On those days I like to disconnect myself from the internet for a while to think about the choice that I have made to be a good person and to contemplate the tests that keep appearing where I decide to be the bigger person and step away from an argument/ situation/ feud where my voice/ thoughts/ emotions mean nothing and would only add fire to fire.

When I do get back online (usually to finish up a homework assignment) I find myself "Googleing" quotes about the type of day I've had or situation I am going through. Today my search was:

"quotes about being a good person and doing the right thing"

I wanted to share a few of those quotes here because.. doing the right thing and choosing to be a good person is the route I take everyday not only when it is convenient, although it seems to be the road less traveled. I know that there are so many others who run this daily race of bringing goodness into their lives and I hope you enjoy these quotes as much as I do!

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”
Maya Angelou

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
Desmond Tutu

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice  

“Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth. [Verse 223]”
Gautama Buddha, The Dhammapada  

 “No more roundabout discussions of what makes a good man. Be one!”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 

These quotes show me that others, well respected others should I say, also believe that it is important to be a good person.

Thanks for reading and letting me vent! -Kay

D.I.Y. Hairspray

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A super simple recipe that works without making your hair feel crunchy..

Well.. as it turns out Raw Sugar, water, and grapefruit essential oil are the ingredients for an awesome all natural hairspray recipe!!

The trick is in how you mix these ingredients!

To start out you will take a small sauce pan and boil 2 parts water with 1 part raw sugar. Once the sugar has dissolved you will remove the mixture from the heat and add in your favorite essential oil. Add to the container of your choice, I use the small brown one pictured in the photo above because it has a fine mist atomizer, which ensures even coverage.

This hairspray is the perfect blend, I am amazed at how well it works! It does not leave your hair feeling sticky or crunchy, it simply holds.

I hope to investigate the world of all natural hair dye at some point. I am proud to say that after 14 years of continual abuse to my scalp I quit coloring my hair cold turkey over a year ago. =)

As far as the essential oil goes I use grapefruit essential oil because the scent reminds me of summer! Usually I choose an essential oil such as rosemary or peppermint when it comes to my all natural hair care routine, however since I bought this grapefruit essential oil from Eden's garden I can't get enough of how awesome it smells!

If you are interested in my complete haircare routine you can read more about that in my brand new book! Apothekayla Year One =)

Thanks for reading, please let me know what you think about this recipe in the comments section below!

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