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Nov 8, 2018

Homemade Pumpkin Soup

by RidgeCrest Herbals


Nov 8, 2018

November Organtics 2018

by RidgeCrest Herbals


Nov 6, 2018

Saving and Showcasing Your Photos

by Abbie, Graphics Goddess


Nov 6, 2018

Refreshing Your Life Through Your Home

by Shae - Service and Social Media Goddess

Have you ever had one of those months where you were so restless that you wanted to fake your death, run away and start a whole new life or set your house (and life) on fire and revel in the ashes? While unrealistic, this has been on my mind and sounds rather pleasant. It’s bleeding into all areas of my life, leaving my emotions and physical body feeling rather icky and lethargic.

I am one to always question my emotions, try to understand them so that I can fix them.

I moved around a lot as a child, never staying more than 4 years in one place. With each move we threw away things we no longer wanted and left the old house that was dirty with the settlement of staying. The new house was always clean and I got to set up my room the way I wanted, there was always change.

Now that I am an adult with my own house, I am closing in on staying in the same house for 6 years now. There has been little change outside of a few rooms being painted. When I came to the realization that all the moving around in my childhood has left me with a box hoarding problem, I decided it’s time to go through everything, purge all that is no longer needed, wanted or broken, deep clean and let go.

I read once that the things in our houses have energy, that they hold on to our memories and emotions we attach to them and can keep us from letting go. Removing of all these things I have collected through my life brought me anxiety and at times was very hard, but I did it. Things feel fresh, new and I don’t want to run away.

So next time you feel like burning down your house, don’t. Purge and clean instead.


Nov 6, 2018

Your Guide to Protein Powders

by Nichole Carver, Your Magical Marketing Millennial

From crickets to cows to peas - there are all kinds of proteins available out there. And it can be confusing to know which is right for you. This short list of the most common proteins will help you narrow down which is the best fit for you.

Animal-Based Proteins

Whey Protein Concentrate - a by-product of the process of making milk into cheese; easily digestible and the least processed of the milk-based proteins.

Pros: comes in easily accessible forms, available in many flavors.

Cons: animal based, contains lactose.

Whey Protein Isolate - whey protein concentrate that’s been refined to remove more of the non-protein content. Has the same benefits of Whey Concentrate, but with higher protein yield per serving. Fastest digesting, making it great for recovery.

Pros: high protein yield.

Cons: denatured.

New Zealand Whey Protein - this product comes in a concentrate and isolate, but it is a protein that comes from some of the happiest cows in the world that live in Canada (not what you thought, huh?). These cows are treated without any hormones and fed a really nutritious diet. It’s one of the true un-denatured protein products, but you do pay a heftier price for the quality. Pros: truly clean and natural protein product, undenatured. Cons: price.

Casein (Milk Protein) - produced using a separation process applied to liquid milk that can concentrate or isolate the milk protein from the carbs and fats. It digests over a long period of time making it a great protein for before bed or better appetite control. However, it is more expensive than whey and much less palatable.

Pros: sustaining, great mix in with whey.

Cons: price, taste.

Egg Protein - a complete protein made by separating out the yolks and dehydrating the egg whites. Rice in vitamins and minerals, it is a more expensive protein option.

Pros: highly nutritious.

Cons: price.

Bone Broth Protein - the hottest new protein on the market; made from the broth produced by boiling bones. It is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat! Proteins are also very versatile, including in recipes. It does taste like broth.

Pros: highly nutritious, flavor.

Cons: animal based.

Beef Protein - exactly what it sounds like, but defatted to remove the fat and cholesterol, and has no taste. Non-dairy, non-plant, and a great source of natural creatine. It is one of the more expensive proteins.

Pros: nutritious, flavor-less naturally.

Cons: price, animal-based.

Plant Based Proteins

Soy Protein - protein from soybeans; it is more nutrient dense, showing benefits for the immune and circulatory systems. Contains isoflavones which can have an effect on hormones. Highly genetically modified.

Pros: nutrient dense, affordable.

Cons: possible hormone interaction, GMO’s.

Hemp Protein - made from hemp seeds and is from a variety of the cannabis family, but contains no THC. Has over 20 amino acids (including the nine essential) and is one of the most nutritious protein powders available. Mild taste with slight nutty flavor. High in Omega-3 and Omega-6, two critically important essential fatty acids. 

Good source of fiber.

Pros: highly nutritious. Cons: price.

Pea Protein - one of the most hypoallergenic powders available, made from where its name comes from, peas. It contains no gluten or dairy, is easy on the stomach and doesn’t cause bloating. It’s beneficial for blood sugar levels, a healthy heart, and even your kidneys.

Pros: nutrient dense, hypoallergenic.

Cons: can be harder to find, cost.

Rice Protein - also hypoallergenic, comes from various forms of rice (look for brown rice). Proven just as effective as whey protein for building muscle and weight loss. Does not contain all the essential amino acids unless blended with quinoa or chia proteins.

Pros: effective as whey, affordable.

Cons: not a complete amino acid complex.


 


Oct 31, 2018

October Window to Wanderlust 2018

by Abbie, Graphics Goddess


Oct 31, 2018

Homemade Lavender Lip Balm

by Eva Chacon

Lovely Lavender Lip Balm

This balm is perfect for those cold winters when your lips are just begging for some love. This recipe is super easy to make and it smells amazing!! Try making a few for your friends or even keep it all for you! This balm is so heavenly no one would blame you.  

5 tbs Beeswax

5 tbs. Coconut Oil

10-12 drops of Lavender Oil

  1. Melt Coconut Oil and Beeswax over medium heat.

  2. Once fully melted remove from heat and stir in essential oil.

  3. Pour mixture into an airtight container or lip balm tubes.

*makes 15-20 lip balm tubes or 4 (2oz) containers*


Oct 31, 2018

Dealing With Your Inner Critic

by Aspen, Herbal Authoress


Dropping the Ball
You would not believe the things I have screwed up lately. For example, I was supposed to reach out to Shae, our Service and Social Media Goddess, two weeks ago to have her write this special message. Did I? Nope. I messed up. I also opened my freezer and realized I didn't have enough breastmilk to send to my daycare, paid two weeks salary to the wrong employee at my store, and forgot to get cat food. And that was just yesterday!
 As a single mom of an infant who is still not sleeping through the night, I am constantly overloaded and overwhelmed. The sheer number of tabs open on my computer (so I don't forget anything) has me stressed. I can show up to work for eight hours like a whirling dervish, then feel like I am further behind than when I started, and all I can think about is the things I didn't get to! It is a constant battle between choosing to go to bed at a decent hour or cleaning and setting myself up for success tomorrow. 
I used to be really good at forgiving myself for not being perfect. I understood that I was only human, that it was ok to not expect to get everything right all the time, and that the little things didn't matter anyway, people do. But it is harder now. Now life is more complicated, and I have years of memories my former spouse telling me how incompetent and stupid I was if they didn't have a clean towel after a shower, or if the battery on my phone died. I find that negativity eating away at me, and while I would never, ever judge someone for making a simple mistake like spilling yogurt over half the fridge (this morning), if I do it I will emotionally beat myself up (especially after I lost the crucial binky strap - where the hell did it go? He had it all night!?). And it seems like the more I stress about my mistakes, the more mistakes I make. 
So what is there to learn from this? I wish I had some answers, some simple three-step process for simplifying your life, having a perfect home, and being as organized as a mommy blogger. But I don't think there is an easy answer. It takes time, and effort, and not giving up on yourself. It takes recognizing where your negative energy is coming from, analyzing why you feel the way you do. It takes being ok with life being messy, and forgiving yourself for having limits. It also takes learning how to say no and standing up for yourself and your boundaries so you don't make the problem worse.
It is going to take some time to learn self-love again, to erase the negative voice in my head telling me I am not worthy of love if there are dishes in the sink when I go to bed. No one (that matters, anyway) thinks any less of me for not having everything together all the time. And if they did, would it matter? No. We are all just doing the best we can. And that should be enough for yourself - it's enough for everyone else. 
I promise you will get Shae next time!

Oct 28, 2018

The Benefits of Brewing Kombucha

by Chris, Director of Sales


Oct 28, 2018

An Introduction to Chakras

by Shae - Service and Social Media Goddess

Chakra (chuck-ra) is a Sanskrit word that translates to "wheel." Chakras are energy centers within the body that govern the distribution and flow of prana - our energy life force. The concept is found in the traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. There are seven main chakras and a total of 114 in the body. These wheels of energy correspond to nerve centers in the body and align with the spine. chakras can influence both physical and emotional health, making balanced chakras important to overall health and well-being. Sometimes the flow of prana can become blocked, leading to emotional and health issues. Learning how to re-balance our chakras can help energy flow more smoothly, improving mood and energy.

The root chakra, or The Muladhara, is located at the base of the spine. It represents survival issues, basic needs, our foundation, and feelings of being grounded. It correlates with the color red. Being the chakra that is closest to the earth, its function is concerned largely with earthly grounding and physical survival. It is associated with legs, feet, bones, bladder, large intestine, and adrenal glands. This chakra also controls flight or flight response. When this chakra is out of balance, it may manifest as paranoia, fear, procrastination, and defensiveness. When this chakra is open and balanced, we feel safe and fearless.

The sacral chakra, or The Svadhisthana, is located in the lower abdomen about two inches below the navel. It represents our connection, the ability to accept others and/or new experiences, feeling a sense of abundance, well being, and pleasure. It is our creativity and sexual center and correlates with the color orange. It is associated with emotions, the lower abdomen, kidneys, bladder, circulatory system, reproductive organs, and glands. A blockage here may manifest as emotional issues, compulsive or obsessive behavior, and sexual guilt.

The solar plexus chakra, or The Manipura, is located in the upper abdomen/stomach area. It represents our source of personal power, our ability to be confident and in control of life. This is our center for self-worth, confidence, and self-esteem, and correlates with the color yellow. It is associated with the digestive system, muscles, pancreas, and adrenals. Often called the seat of emotional life, our sensitivity, ambition, and ability to achieve are stored here. A blockage here may manifest as anger, frustration, lack of direction, and a sense of victimization.

The heart chakra, or The Anahata, is located in the center of the chest just above the heart. It represents our ability to love and be loved, our joy and inner peace. This chakra unites the lower chakras of matter and the upper chakras of spirit. It serves as a bridge between our body, mind, emotions, and spirit. This chakra correlates with the color green and is considered the house of the soul. It is associated with the lungs, heart, arms, hands, and thymus gland. A blockage here can manifest as issues with the immune system, lungs, heart, or as inhumanity, lack of compassion, or unprincipled behavior.

The throat chakra, or The Vishuddha, is located in the throat. It represents our ability to communicate, our self-expression, and our feelings of truth. It correlates with the color blue and is the center for our verbal expression and ability to speak our highest truths. It is associated with the neck, shoulders, thyroid, parathyroid glands, jaw, mouth, and tongue, as well as the senses of inner and outer hearing, ideas, health, transformation, and purification. A blockage here can result in creative blocks, dishonesty, and problems communicating.

The third eye chakra, or the Ajna, is located between the eyebrows. It represents our ability to focus and see the big picture, imagination, and wisdom, as well as the ability to think and make decisions.  It is our center of intuition and correlates with the color indigo. It is concerned with inner vision, intuition, wisdom, and dreams. A blockage here may manifest as problems with lack of foresight, mental rigidity, selective memory, and depression.

The crown chakra, or The Sahasrara, is located at the top of the head. It represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually, our inner & outer beauty, understanding, acceptance, and pure bliss. This is the center of enlightenment, our higher selves and our access to the ultimate divine. It correlates with the color violet and is associated with the cerebral cortex, central nervous system, and the pituitary gland. It is also called the chakra of divine purpose and personal destiny. A blockage here may manifest as psychological problems.

When one chakra begins to fall out of balance, the other chakras attempt to compensate, much like our muscles. This can lead to imbalance and stress throughout the body. There are many ways to open up and recenter the chakras, including meditation, breath work, yoga, crystals, body work like Reiki or massage, etc. Try to incorporate balancing your chakras into your daily routine and see what happens!








 



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