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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} A Bronzite Stone is a protective and grounding mineral that helps to restore harmony in your life. It strengthens your self-confidence and self-esteem, especially in situations where you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or powerless. Bronzite healing properties help to alleviate any feelings of doubt or indecisiveness. This particular bronzite meaning makes this a very beneficial stone to use when considering plans for the future.

Bronzite stones help you to take responsibility for your actions, while balancing, grounding and stabilizing your energy body in the process. Bronzite healing properties not only repel, but send back the negative energies to the sender. They instill the inner strength and courage to follow through with your actions to pave way for your dreams to come true.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} A Selenite wand (pictured) is the ideal energy tool for all types of energy cleansing. Everyone needs one in their home. It is one of the the very few minerals that has the ability to quickly unblock stagnant energy and remove negative energy. Place one on each of your windowsills to protect your space and raise its vibration. Selenite crystals also greatly magnify the energy of anything that is placed upon them. Place your tumbled stones on top of them to clear their energy. 💎
Selenite is one of our must-have crystals—it’s one that we both wear each and everyday. It is a mineral that holds a very, very high vibration, working on many different energetic levels to cleanse, purify and clear your body of any negativity or energy blockages. Selenite crystals dispel all negative energy from the body and mind, bringing calming energies, deep peace and mental clarity.
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Unknown to many, Selenite also promotes fertility as well as unlocks any creative blocks. It is excellent for healers, light workers and people in the public to wear, as they act as an energetic shield surrounding your aura. Some even believe that its' natural ability to cleanse, purify and create energy flow throughout the entire energy system will help to restructure and regenerate cells. It is often used in holistic medicine treatments for physical healing, including cancer treatment and tumor reduction. 💎
Wearing a selenite necklace also shields and protects you from lower energy frequencies, especially energy vampires, spirits or ghosts. Selenite is a form of liquid light that infuses your aura and spirit with white light when worn or held.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} An Andalusite stone is very powerful for psychic protection, grounding and motivation. Carry it with you when you are feeling anxious, stressed or fearful to help you feel more secure and protected.

Since ancient times, Andalusite stones have been used for protection. They believed that the Andalusite meaning as a sign from God, as it has a very unique, natural black cross within it. Andalusite stones carry a very highly protective vibration, especially for psychic protection. In ancient times, it was used to ward off the evil eye and any negativity directed at them. An Andalusite Stone is a powerful healing stone for focus and grounding, helping to strengthen all of your chakras so that you feel more balanced. It increases your motivation and willpower, so that you are fully focused on your task or goal. The andalusite metaphysical properties include having a deep connection with the Earth. When you hold these stones in your hands, you will feel a spiritually grounding and comforting energy. It helps you to change any negative energy into positive, fostering harmony and peace. Andalusite stones are also wonderful stones to carry when you are feeling fearful, depressed, anxious or stressed, as it helps to relieve stress and leaves you feeling more secure. 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Peacock Ore’s (also called Chalcopyrite) rainbow color surrounds you with light to inspire positivity. It is a stone of creativity, innovation and blessings that helps to increase creative energies and stimulate new ideas. Hold it in your hands and say: Negative energy will not enter my space. I am surrounded by light and peace. This will amplify its properties for peace and protection.

Chalcopyrite is a wonderful meditation stone because it breaks up energy blockages to open up the crown chakra. It is also believed to be one of the strongest healing stones in the mineral kingdom, as it has the ability to align every chakra when placed upon it. Using it in body layouts causes a transformative experience that removes negative energy and replaces it with strong, positive energy. Meditating with them on a regular basis increases your intuition and helps you to become more in tune with the universe. It is also said to help us overcome the idea of “perfection,” encouraging us to embrace who we are and accept ourselves. 💎 
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Black Tourmaline is one the ultimate protection crystals. If you are looking to clear, cleanse and unlock any energy blockages in your home, place a piece of Black Tourmaline in each of the 4 corners of the room or at the 4 corners of your property. This creates a protective shield of energy to ensure that no negative and harmful energy permeates your space. The human body is constantly bombarded with positive and negative energies. When you come in contact with people everyday, you often pick up some of their energy. To maintain a balanced mind, body and spirit, you want to make sure that your energy is 100% your own, so knowing how to remove negative energy from your energy field is key. 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} One of the oldest stones on the planet, Shungite is a must-have for any crystal collection. All gemstones have healing qualities, but in the case of this super stone, the unique purifying and cleansing properties of shungite make it unlike any of the other protection crystals. Found only in Russia, shungite has been a source of healing since long before the discovery of fullerenes within the stone. The natural fullerenes within this carbon dense stone have the ability to reduce the concentration of free radicals. That's why we always recommend setting shungite protection properties on your desk, to shield against the free radicals cast off by your tech devices. It's also great to place shungite in a glass of water to create a healing elixir. The high-carbon content within shungite acts as a filter. Modern water filtration systems use active charcoal carbon for the same reason. In Karelia, Russia, where shungite is found, they've been using shungite in their water for centuries! 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Black Onyx is one of the best crystals for protection because it facilitates better decision making. In connecting with a black onyx protection crystal, you can work to shield your energy from regressing into negative habits or patterns. It's ideal for releasing tension, and guides you to find grounding within. Use black onyx to find stability during times of turmoil in your relationships. The self-confidence this stone imbues you with comes from that sense of balance within. It will encourage you to pursue your dreams without fear. Wear it as protection crystal jewelry and always have a bodyguard to shield your inner spirit from unwanted intrusions. 💎 
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Energy is your most precious human resource. Your energy makes you, you. Your physical energy, emotional energy, mental energy and spiritual energy all contribute to how you feel and show up to your life on a day to day basis. 
Your mind, body and spirit are constantly bombarded with positive and negative energies. Even when you do your best to maintain a positive mindset, you are still susceptible to the energies of others and your surroundings. When your co-worker or loved one is stressed, you may pick up that energy and take it on as your own. If you walk into a room where an argument just occurred, your energy field picks up the energetic residue left in the space. This is why it’s of utmost importance to prioritize protecting your energy.

When you feel safe, secure and energized on all levels, you just feel good. You are grounded, calm and able to make better decisions. Your performance at work sky rockets. Your relationships become easier. And your home feels like a safe, harmonious haven.

So what can you do to protect your energy? That’s where crystal energy comes into play. Throughout this week on the @ecobeautyeditor feed, you’ll learn what crystals are best for protection of your space and your energy.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK This week’s @ecobeautyeditor feed will be guest edited by Heather and Timmi from (my all-time favourite) crystal house, @energymuse The women are going to be talking about crystals for energy protection — one of the most overlooked health and wellness subjects on the planet IMO. We are actually first and foremost energetic beings, so it makes complete sense that we would need to put certain protocols in place to protect (and nourish) our energy reserves. If you’re a crystal lover like me, stay tuned to find out what ones Heather and Timmi recommend, and why.
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Cultivating Beautiful Skin with Fermented Foods

March 30, 2018
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While creams, gels and lotions may be labeled with promises of skin-youthening miracles, they can’t match the power of internal nutrition. Fermented foods are gaining widespread attention for their beautifying properities and preparing them is simple.

It’s easy to get caught up in the latest anti-ageing hype, from vitamin-infused elixirs to laser resurfacing. However, tackling wrinkles, sagging and sunspots from the outside is only temporary fix and does little to reach the cause of our skin’s woes once we hit the age where gravity takes hold.

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Ageing, as we’ve come to know it through media campaigns and movies, isn’t inevitable, nor is it treatable in the long term simply with topical creams. But understanding why this is so may be the key to slowing down the ageing process—and learning to love the skin we’re in.

Despite what beauty industry hype suggests, applying a chemical-based product to the outer layers of the skin, the epidermis, can do very little to plump and nourish what’s underneath—the dermis—which is made up of collagen, elastin, nerves and follicles. Rather, it’s primarily the body’s overall health that determines our outer glow and youthful looks; and such health relies on a balance of nutrition, adequate sunshine (but not to the point of sunburn) without sunblock or sunscreen, as well as regular exercise and a positive outlook.

How (and Why) we Age

It’s from about 30 years of age that the skin begins to lose elasticity, explains anti-ageing expert Dr Marilyn Golden, who recently published her first book: Golden Energy, which boasts living food recipes for health, beauty and longevity.

“Skin ages as an enzyme called NOX becomes activated,” she says. “Fibrin, elastin and collagen degenerate and skin cells repair less efficiently. Youth cluster genes in the skin contain the code for expression of proteins, fibrin, collagen, elastin and hydration… as skin ages, the ageing genes express differently.”

Despite what beauty industry hype suggests, applying a chemical-based product to the outer layers of the skin, the epidermis, can do very little to plump and nourish what’s underneath—the dermis.

Dr Golden also says testosterone receptors in the skin bind to testosterone. This becomes more active in older women, which leads to breakdown of fibrin and elastin. This is what increases wrinkles.

“In traditional Chinese medicine theory, the skin is part of the lung meridian system and is paired with the large intestine meridian system,” she says. “(In short) the skin reflects the health of the gut.”

Nutrition is Key

While the natural ageing process, as well as sunburn, environmental pollution and alcohol contribute to premature skin ageing, nutrition is key if you want to repair damage and retain an outer glow.

“The lesson is that both internal nutrition of high nutrient density and external application of appropriate antioxidants are necessary to inhibit skin ageing,” says Dr Golden.

Studies have confirmed the connection between gut and skin health, with many dermatologists witnessing gut and skin issues occurring together. Research by Dr H. Zhang, published in the Journal of Dermatology in 2008, studied 13,000 adolescents. Those with acne were more likely to suffer from gastrointestinal distress such as constipation and heartburn. It was also discovered that abdominal bloating—a sign of intestinal dysbiosis and inflammation—was 37 percent more likely to be associated with acne.

The lesson is that both internal nutrition of high nutrient density and external application of appropriate antioxidants are necessary to inhibit skin ageing.

Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, who famously said, “all disease begins in the gut”, also knew well that what we eat largely determines our good health or lack of it. Fill the stomach with junk food and sugary drinks and we soon become ill, and our skin, sallow. It’s when we do the opposite—eat organic wholefoods and drink spring water—our health thrives and the skin clears. Yet there’s more we can do than just eat our greens to ward off skin conditions and allowing it to become vibrant from a cellular level.

The Friendly Flora Factor

In the age of antibiotics, the probiotic is often relied on to repopulate the gut with beneficial bacteria. However, lactobacilli acidophilus—known as friendly flora—isn’t simply available in pill form, nor does it only do a great job of bringing our intestinal health back to balance. Probiotics, as fermented foods, is a potent form of anti-ageing that can improve inflammatory skin conditions and boost the skin’s overall health, says Body Ecology’s Donna Gates, who has long studied the beneficial effects of good bacteria.

“Fermented foods naturally heal the gut mucosa and nurture a healthy inner ecosystem,” Gates says. “The research suggests that probiotic-rich foods are an essential component in maintaining clear, healthy skin, as well as a clear, healthy mind.”

Dr Golden agrees: “Fermented foods and probiotics may benefit digestion and absorption of nutrients, which will in turn improve skin appearance,” she says.

Eating fermented fare such as raw sauerkraut and kimchi leads to a healthier gut and in turn less blemishes, rash outbreaks, and cells begin to repair. Some skincare experts and dermatologists suggest applying the juice from fermented plant-based food directly onto the skin. This natural approach to skin rejuvenation helps nourish the outer layers, with the skin becoming more vibrant and youthful. However, it’s when these foods and drinks are consumed that the true and lasting beauty benefits are witnessed.

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A Lesson from our Ancestors

Our fascination with good bacteria isn’t new. Fermenting foods such as milks dates back hundreds of years. However, it wasn’t until the 1930s that physicians began to take note of its undeniable healing properties and word began to spread.

Yet it was 20 years earlier that Nobel Prize winner bacteriologist Elie Metchnikoff noticed that Bulgarians, who consumed large quantities of fermented milks, enjoyed a longer life span than most. Bulgarian peasant Baba Vasilka lived until 126, while her son, Tudor, died at 101—their longevity attributed to the regular drinking of “soured” milk.

While milks remain a popular way to include good bacteria into the diet, according to Hippocrates Health Institute director, Dr Brian Clement, raw organic cabbage sauerkraut and root vegetables, which are chopped and soaked in fermented cabbage juice, are “at the top of the list of best choice”. He says this is due to the high amount of nutrients, including sulfur, which fights disease, inflammation and infection.

How Much Fermented Foods are Enough?

Sitting down to a meal of fermented food once a week won’t guarantee better skin. Rather, it’s the habit of including a good amount of food that boasts beneficial bacteria into your diet.

Dr Clement says it’s necessary to consume approximately 12 to 13 ounces of raw sauerkraut as a snack or appetizer, three to four times per week. This, he says, would “go a long way in making the youth factor rise”.

Although, it’s moderation that’s key when changing one’s diet initially, suggests Gates, who says overdoing fermented foods before the gut has had time to begin healing and cleansing can aggravate certain conditions, such as acne and migraines.

“Many fermented foods contain tyramine, arginine and histamine,” she says. “These are all molecules that affect vasculature—in fact, while too much tyramine can increase blood pressure, it has been found that arginine actually reduces blood pressure. Histamine, the molecule involved in an allergic response, also promotes blood flow. They all have been found to aggravate chronic migraines.”

A Return to Colour

When we think of skin, our hard-working scalp is little considered, however, it’s a vital part of the body’s largest organ. Besides lessening the chemical load we put upon it with use of colours, shampoos and conditioners, its health also relies on what we put in our mouths. A healthy scalp, free of product build-up, means blood is circulating and hair is soft and vibrant.

Natural health pioneer and founder of the Hippocrates Health Institute, Ann Wigmore, knew very well the benefits of a healthy scalp, and the role fermented foods played in helping it reach such a state. She witnessed her grey hair return to its natural dark colour after regularly consuming rejuvelac, a juice made from fermenting wheat berries.

Dr Clement confirms that consistently including fermented foods into your diet—and directly onto the scalp—can help its health, while assisting grey hair reversal.

“Fermented foods can help all of your skin, including your scalp,” he says. “The juices of this plant-based fare can actually be directly applied to the scalp. When these organic choices have high zinc and copper content they can help to reverse premature greying of one’s hair.”

He adds: “Every long-lived culture has consumed fermented food. We have been utilising them successfully here at the Institute over the last 57 years with hundreds of thousands of people. They really are a superior food for serious health seekers.”

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The Real Food Chef’s Fermented Dairy-free Yoghurt with Added Probiotic Powder

Ingredients

2 cups of cashews (raw)

1 cup of good clean water (alkaline if possible PH7.5)

1 1/2 teaspoons of a really good probiotic powder (dairy-free is found in the fridge at your local health food store)

Method

Put all into a blender and mix until really creamy, silky and smooth—so it looks like plain yoghurt. Add just a little more water until the blade stops

moving. Pour into a non-metal bowl, cover with a tea towel and let sit for

12 to 16 hours, then mix with a whisk.

This is so yummy and can be made into fruit yoghurt by blending up fresh mango or any fresh berries and swirling this into the fermented yoghurt! Find more cultured recipes from The Real Food Chef at www.facebook.com/TheRealFoodChef

Donna Gates’ Cultured Veggie Recipe

One important secret to making really delicious cultured veggies is to use freshly harvested, organic, well-cleaned vegetables. After washing the veggies, spin them dry. It’s essential that you scald your equipment in boiling water before you use it! For more recipes, visit www.bodyecology.com

Ingredients

  • 1 head green cabbage, shredded in a food processor
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped very finely by hand
  • 5 or 6 collard leaves chopped very finely by hand
  • ½ head cauliflower, broken in tiny florets, or chopped very, very small
  • 2 to 3 carrots, shredded in a food processor
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 Tbsp. celery seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • ½ Tbsp. dried basil
  1. Using a starter culture to ensure a perfect and potent product
  2. Dissolve a package of Body Ecology Veggie Starter Culture in ¼ cup warm (90 degrees F) filtered water.
  3. Add Body Ecology’s EcoBloom to feed the starter if desired. You might also use a ½ tsp of Rapadura sugar or a bit of honey.
  4. Let this starter mixture sit for approx. 20 minutes or longer while the L. Plantarum and other bacteria wake up and begin enjoying the sugar.
  5. Add this starter culture to the brine in step 3 below.
  6. Begin preparing vegetable mixture.
  7. Combine all veggies, seeds, and herbs in a very large bowl.
  8. Remove approx ½ of the above mixture and put into a blender.
  9. Add enough filtered water to blender to create a “brine” the consistency of thick juice.
  10. Blend well then add starter culture above to this brine.
  11. Add brine with culture back into veggies, celery seeds and herbs from step one.
  12. Mix together well. Note: If your blender is small you may have to do step 3 in two batches but you only need to add the starter culture once.
  13. Pack mixture down into as many pint or quart sized glass jars as necessary to hold all the mixture. Use a potato masher or your fist to pack veggies very tightly. You want to force out most of the air.
  14. Fill container almost full, but leave about 2 inches of room at the top for veggies to expand.
  15. Roll up several outer cabbage leaves into a tight “log” and place them on top to fill the remaining 2-inch space. Clamp jar closed, or screw on lid very tightly.
  16. Let veggies sit at approx 70 degrees F or room temperature for at least a week. Two weeks may be even better. Refrigerate to slow down fermentation.
  17. Veggies will keep in the fridge for many weeks, becoming softer and more delicious as time passes!
  18. Eat at least ½ cup of cultured veggies with every meal and… enjoy!

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