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Learn About the Ancient Practice of Burning Sage

Learn About the Ancient Practice of Burning Sage

You’ve probably come across sage in your spice cabinet, or maybe you’ve even grown it in a pot? But did you know sage has far more uses than just cooking? Burning sage is one such use, and it's steeped in some pretty ancient traditions. In fact, if you’ve ever moved into a new house and had a friend show up with a bundle of sage to “purify” your new space, you’ve experienced one of the oldest herbal practices in history. The Ancient History of Burning Sage Sage burning, or smudging, is a...

October 9, 2018
How to Make Dairy-Free, Vegan Kefir

How to Make Dairy-Free, Vegan Kefir

Everywhere you turn these days, you hear about probiotics and healthy gut flora. Coinciding with the rising popularity of probiotics are probiotic-rich foods, like kombucha, kimchi, and kefir. These three probiotic foods are easy to make at home, but for some people, kefir poses a bit of a problem; it contains dairy. For anyone who is lactose intolerant or vegan, kefir isn't an option. But there's good news! Vegan kefir does exist, and it's easy to make at home. Healthy Gut Flora A healthy...

October 2, 2018
How To Find Happiness Within

How To Find Happiness Within

You’ve felt happiness before, right? That wonderful feeling you get from being around the people you love or making your dreams a reality? Well, that feeling has real power. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last forever, because there are things in life that also cause feelings of loss and disappointment. So, even when you are finding happiness, you might be waiting for the other shoe to drop. But is there a way to keep finding happiness in order to hold onto that sensation? Is happiness concrete?...

September 25, 2018
5 Reasons You Should Add Matcha Tea to Your Daily Routine

5 Reasons You Should Add Matcha Tea to Your Daily Routine

Matcha green tea and regular tea both come from the same plant. Known as Camellia sinensis, the green tea leaves are similar, however, matcha tea is not grown in the same way as regular varieties of this popular beverage. Usually, with matcha tea, the bushes are covered up to 30 days before harvest, to reduce the amount of direct sunlight they receive. This process of shaded growing is said to boost the number of phytonutrients found in the final cup of tea including proteins, antioxidants,...

September 18, 2018
5 Reasons Why You Need Wheatgrass in Your Diet

5 Reasons Why You Need Wheatgrass in Your Diet

It started as a fad in the early 2000s. Walking through a shopping mall at 10 a.m., you’d start to notice person after person throwing back these shots. Did you miss the memo to a new kind of party? But this wasn’t vodka. It was a bright green liquid with zero alcohol. Believe it or not, they were shooting, well, grass! Wheatgrass, to be specific. But why? What led to its popularity? Well, for starters, wheatgrass has great potential health benefits, of which there are many. But first... What...

September 11, 2018
How Coffee Affects Your Brain

How Coffee Affects Your Brain

Did you know that coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world, only matched by water and tea? And, according to studies, 90 percent of adults in North America consume some form of caffeine on a daily basis, whether it's caffeine in coffee or another caffeinated drink.1 The question over whether the caffeine in coffee is really good or bad for your health continues to be hotly debated by scientists and doctors, but there are certainly some interesting pro and cons relating to...

September 4, 2018
10 Self-Care Rituals For A Healthier Body And Mind

10 Self-Care Rituals For A Healthier Body And Mind

Do you rush through life, juggling more than is healthy? You’re not alone. Many people focus on the needs of others while continuously neglecting their own. But you can only push yourself so far before your body and mind rebel, making you stressed out, anxious, and possibly even sick. Listen, there's no first-place medal for burning yourself out. In fact, it's incredibly unhealthy. Instead, try adopting a practice of something called "self-care." Not only will you reap huge benefits because of...

August 21, 2018
3 Easy Stress Management Hacks Anyone Can Do

3 Easy Stress Management Hacks Anyone Can Do

Everyone deals with stress and anxiety in their own way, but trying to beat the stress while you’re stressed can be tough. However, finding the right stress management activities that work for you might be easier than you think. The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, overworked, or just plain stressed out, try out these three easy stress management techniques anyone can do, and watch your stress levels melt away! 1. Get Some Exercise When you’re feeling stressed out, sometimes the last...

August 14, 2018
Feng Shui House Plants and What They Mean

Feng Shui House Plants and What They Mean

Ever wondered how to utilize feng shui to bring more luck, love, health, or abundance into your life? For that matter, have you ever wondered what feng shui even is? Well, a great way to boost your feng shui is by bringing a few houseplants into your home or office. But which plants are the best? Let’s take a look... What Is Feng Shui? An ancient Chinese philosophy, feng shui (pronounced “fung shway”) is based on the idea that all living things are both connected to, and affected by, their...

August 7, 2018