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Balsamic Wishing Moon ~ New Moon in Taurus

We are entering the New Moon in Taurus this Wednesday, April 26th at 5:16 am (PST). Moon in Taurus slows us down and creates an earthy, sensual time. I cannot think of a better time to connect to my creative and sensual self ~ to plant the fertile seed and listen to the miracle of Mother Earth within as she shares her magic and guides us to manifesting our hearts dreams and songs. There is much going on under this Earth sign that is ruled by Venus and for this new moon I want to share a ritual to invoke the energy of the Balsamic Moon ~ the Wishing Moon. The Balsamic Moon phase is the three days before the New Moon and a beautiful, magical time for placing your wishes in the air. As Steve Nelson says, “A wish made on the Balsamic Moon is more likely to come true because needs are felt more deeply now…the more deeply a need is felt, the more invocative energy goes into the Moon cycle and the more likely this need will be met. You may be more aware of fears, self-doubts and difficult emotional tides at the close of the Moon cycle. The old emotional cycle is breaking down and everything that is wrong tends to come to awareness ~ let’s not forget, feeling invokes healing

As the moon wanes, awareness of what you no longer need waxes. This is a time to see what is standing in your way, holding you back ~ the New Moon in Taurus is a time to slow down, clear the way and allow yourself the space to plant your seeds ~ receive the insight

Here is a Bath Ritual for you to use under the Balsamic Moon (Today, Monday, Tuesday) 

A great way to cleanse during the Balsamic Moon is to bathe in salt water. A hot mineral bath is healing when your emotional and physical toxins are ready to be released. So take a bath to support your clearing of toxins and perceptions and open up to the awareness.

  • 1 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1 cup Sea Salt
  • Essential Oil ~ you can use quite a few drops and let it soak into the salts prior to using - remember the smell in the bath will be diluted so don’t be afraid to make it strong ~ a few oils I suggest are rosemary or geranium.
  • If you feel you are drawn to work on a chakra – use the color/smell to match that chakra – check out the ceremonial chakra baths on the website for more information.
  • Place a candle at the foot of the bath to aid in clearing the mind and focusing intentions.
  • Add flowers to bring the image, word and feeling of beauty to your time…remember your own beauty matches the beauty that surrounds you daily.
  • Play soft music or create a time of silence.

Then on Wednesday, April 26th once we move into the New Moon (5:16 am PST) create a vision board ~ one that can tap you into your center of creativity ~ the energy center that strengthens your ability to express yourself and your manifestations. It will be a great tool to guide you through to the Full Moon in Scorpio on May 10th.

Here are some thoughts on creating your vision board:

  1. Plan a time that will give you at least 2 hours for creating …
  2. Light a candle and tune into your vision for manifesting over the next few weeks or longer…
  3. Using a heavier paper like a Matboard ~ cut it into the circle or use it in the square…
  4. Grab magazines, colored pencils, stamps or anything that sparks you…
  5. Cut, write, paste and create….
  6. If you like, once you have completed your cuttings, blindly draw several to cover your paper and let your intuition guide you…
  7. Place your picture in a place where you can connect with your vision daily ~ preferably in the morning upon awakening and in the evening before going to sleep ~ maybe at the end of your bed! 

And remember sweet moon family, the universe is there for you ~ so use your powers to manifest your dreams and more! 

Sending New Moon Wishes Your Way,

Debra

 

 

April 23, 2017

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Live by the Sun, Thrive by the Moon

 

I’m going to admit it…It has been years since I had a consistent AM and PM skincare routine. When I first began working for Gemstone Organic ~ I fell in love with the face cremes and hydrosols!  Then one day, Debra asked me if I’d like to try the Sun and Moon Facial Cleansers. I’m not going to lie... I was less enthusiastic about this idea. Face Cremes and Hydrosols...yes please :), but twice a day cleansers sounded like work.

I put the jars on my shelf for a week and thought about trying them everyday. Finally, my co-worker mentioned how much she was lovin’ the cleansers. This got me thinking, what was I waiting for...so that night I decided to take the plunge!

Well, let me tell you...man was I wrong about the cleansers being “work”. I not only did not dread them, but I actually got excited to get up and wash my face and then do it again before I tucked myself in at night. The morning (sun) cleanser awakened my senses with its sweet, granulated mixture of raw honey and rose petals. The night (moon) cleanser calmed me down with its poppy seed infused clay and soft scent of lavender. The two cleansers reminded me that taking care of myself, taking care of my skin, could be a luxurious experience that I wanted to do everyday, not just needed to do.

So enough about me. Try them for yourself. I went from only using a cleanser in the shower to now putting a couple of minutes aside each morning and night to happily commune with my face.

Not convinced yet. Let’s get down to the science of why these mixtures not only feel good, but also are bangin’ for your skin. Here are the ingredients in the two cleansers:

Sun Clean: raw, unfiltered organic honey, organic rose petals, organic thyme essential oil

Moon Clean: bentonite clay, organic lavender hydrosol, organic chia seeds, organic poppy seeds, and organic lavender essential oil

Let’s start with...The Sun Cleanser ~ raw honey has both antibacterial properties to help with acne and also skin saving antioxidants to help slow down the effects of aging. Honey is also great at unclogging pores and clarifying skin. Rose petals have natural oils that help trap moisture and hydrate skin. These dried petals are also great at gently exfoliating the skin. And lastly, thyme essential oil is a great antiseptic and antibacterial that can tone aged skin and prevent acne outbreaks.

And now to….The Moon Cleanser ~ bentonite clay is known for unclogging dirt and oil from your pores and helping to shrink them. The clay can also draw out heavy metals and other toxins from the skin and it is loaded with silica that helps make skin super soft :). The poppy and chia seeds are both gentle scrubs that exfoliate the skin while also leaving the skin soft and moisturized. The lavender hydrosol is a wonderful skin toner while the lavender essential oil has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help fight off blemishes and heal burns.

So there you have it. These cleansers are not just a yummy experience for your senses, but they are also a natural way to protect, heal, and nourish your skin from morning through night :).

With Love, Meagan
Gemstone Sorceress

 

 

April 19, 2017

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The Bee’s Knees of Candles


Beeswax Candles

When I want to relax I like to connect with the elements that call me. I might take a walk in the woods (Earth) and let the wind blow through my hair (Air), or I’ll unwind my tensions in a bath (Water) and light a candle (Fire).

In our modern way of living, candles safely provide the element of fire in every home. Candles are relaxing, and they certainly soften up an environment. Gazing into a fire can be meditative, and the flame itself casts a warm light that is easy on our eyes. But what if I told you that most candles were unhealthy? Not for the flame itself, but for the wax that is burned.

When you are not conscious about the type of candles you are purchasing, you could be damaging your health and environment. Most candles are made from paraffin wax.  Paraffin wax is a petroleum by-product, and, when burned, releases toxins like benzene and toluene (known carcinogens) into the air. Not only that, but the soot can also damage your house and appliances, which in turn causes continuous damage to your body. If you are using these types of candles you are unconsciously poisoning the environment you are trying to lighten.

Today we have alternative choices to select from that can actually be healthy and helpful for our bodies and our environment; I’m talking about beeswax.

Beeswax candles are an alternative to paraffin wax candles. They are natural and have so many benefits.

  • Air Purifier: Beeswax candles emit negative ions, so they neutralize the charge of pollutants in the air such as- pollen, dust and dirt.
  • Help with allergies and asthma: After the candles neutralize the space- the ions get sucked into the candle or fall onto the floor which cleans the air. For those with soy allergies, these are a beautiful alternative and some even claim they help those with cat fur allergies.
  • Natural scent: These candles naturally radiate a honey scent ~ a sweetness of the flower.
  • Long lasting: Although beeswax candles may cost more, they are cost effective- as they are a typically longer lasting wax and lack synthetic material that may cause candles to burn faster.

The next time you think about relaxing with the elements, try using beeswax candles and relax a little more knowing what you now know.

And for those of you who want to treat yourselves. Take our chakra quiz and try one of our Ceremonial Chakra BathsThe Ceremonial Chakra Baths were made with the intention to heal. Included are chakra aligned beeswax candles...bathe with the elements, relax … and truly heal.

With Sweetness,
Debra

April 10, 2017

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Full Moon in Libra

BEAUTY ~ BALANCE ~ LOVE

‘When your heart speaks, take good notes’ ~ Judith Campbell

We are coming into our Full Moon in Libra next week on Monday, April 10th at 11:08 pm PST and Tuesday, April 11th at 12:08 am MST, 1:08 am CST, 2:08 am EST and I wanted to share the wisdom this beautiful heart filled Libra Moon has to offer you now, so you have plenty of time to prepare for it’s energy!

Full Moons are in opposition to the Sun and as Beatrex Quntanna says, “this creates a tension between where you want to shine and how your feelings are flowing on a sensory level about the Sun’s directive. The two forces seem like they are working against each other, yet they are on the same team, displaying different techniques to obtain the same mission’.

A Moon in Libra will warm our hearts and heighten our aesthetics. Beauty and balance are at the core of Libra’s defining characteristics. You may find yourself uncomfortable with discord involving loved ones and sisters/brothers. If you are born under a Libra Moon you have the gift of seeing beauty everywhere, even in the unlikeliest of places and learning to shine in relationships of all types. 

Astrologically, Libra is ruled by the planet Venus, ahhh Venus, we love you so! The chakra associated with Venus and Libra is the Heart. This is a wonderful time to engage in working with your Heart Chakra to connect to Self-Love and Forgiveness. The Heart Chakra or Anahata is the fourth chakra and is located at the center of the chest near the heart, lungs and thymus gland. Working with the heart chakra will teach you how to give and receive love, and how to forgive yourself and others. Green or Pink is the color associated with this chakra and the element is Air. The heart chakra unites the three earth energy chakras below and the three spirit energy chakras above. Balancing this chakra will help you to grow in your spirituality, for it is at this center that you can heal both emotionally and physically.

When the Moon is in Libra we may find ourselves wanting to create, beautify, and find our core balance: within, and without. It is the best time to work magic around partnerships, unions, and spiritual or emotional balance.

This is also the time of Ostara, the Goddess of the Spring Equinox. She represents abundance, new growth and fertility. This moon is the harbinger of Spring, and Mother Nature is putting forth a spectacular show of spring blooms to celebrate her arrival!

Here are a few ways to celebrate this Full Moon in Libra:

  1. Work with Rose Quartz and/or Jade gemstones to harness the energy of their heart opening energy. Rose Quartz is a gemstone well known, and loved by all. It is a heart opening crystal with so much softness in its energetic field and color, even summoning it’s image to mind can pull me into the softness it holds. It is the stone of self-love, universal love, and unconditional love! Jade is a gemstone that is calming to the nerves and soothes the heart rhythm. It supports new love and promotes healing, cleansing and transformation. Use them in your bath, hold them during your morning meditation, or place them under your pillow on the night of the full moon.
  2. Take a Heart Chakra Ceremonial Bath. My bath rituals are a beautiful way to work with this Full Moon in Libra and the upcoming New Moon in Taurus. Connect with your body and work closely with your own healing energy. This self-love ceremony gift set has tools that will balance your heart energy center through a gentle bathing ritual. It connects you to your heart chakra through your five senses, with color, gemstones, essential oils and tea. This bath is a lovely choice for you if you are working with grief or jealousy, have a difficult time forgiving yourself and others, or have been feeling underappreciated of late. Use the coupon code ‘Heart’ to receive 15% off through April 10th.
  3. Rose Quartz Crème and Jade Crème are the crèmes I make that will help connect you to your heart chakra. The gem essences used in these crèmes are great for promoting heart centering, balance, and grounding. Use them on your face, lips (for speaking kindness to yourself and others) or on the area of the heart chakra to aide you in the difficult trials of forgiveness, and helping to create space for new love to enter your life.
  4. Do Ho’oponopono. This is a Hawaiian Huna ritual for forgiveness. You may find that a few days prior to the full moon the energies will activate what needs to be released in areas of guilt, or your need to justify or defend yourself. Notice how these old wounds may play themselves out in your response/reaction to certain situations and then practice this ritual to help you to release these negative patterns: look in the mirror and for each negative trait, tell yourself I am sorry, I forgive you, thank you for your awareness and I love you.

This is a time to bloom dear Moon Family ~ take time to bathe in the moonlight and smell the blossoms of spring on the fast-warming evening breezes of spring.

And don't forget to put your Full Moon Water out gems!

Wishing you the Moon & the Stars,
Moon Mama
Debra

April 04, 2017

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Liquid Love

 

Last week, I watched as my newest team member gleefully spritzed and sprayed herself head to toe in my Gem Juice Hydrosol. Through a huge grin she said~ “Deb, I have no idea what a hydrosol is...but I think I’m in love.” That got me thinking - how many others are curious to know more about what a hydrosol is?  So I decided to share more about how they are beneficial to our skin and overall health.

Lets first talk about what they are ~ what distinguishes a hydrosol from other types of aromatherapy. Hydrosols come from the same distillation process that creates essential oils. To create a hydrosol, one can steam-distill plant leaves, fruit, flowers, and other plant material. Because hydrosols come from steam distillation of plant matter, it is very important to check that the company is using both organic plant material and filtered water to ensure highest quality product. The concentrated oils that come from the distillation process make up essential oils while hydrosols are the water based products. They have similar therapeutic properties to their essential oil counterparts, but are a lot less concentrated. This makes hydrosols gentle and great for sensitive skin.

Hydrosols have a small amount of the essential oil, but also contain water soluble healing compounds which are not present in the fully distilled essential oil. One of the water based compounds you find in hydrosols that aren’t found in essential oils are plant acids. Plant acids are wonderful toners that can both balance your skin’s pH and help heal and beautify the skin.

Now let’s explore a few of my favorite ways to use hydrosols. I love to use hydrosols as a facial toner, to uplift my mood, freshen the air or spray on my pillow before bed.  I have four of my favorites that I share on the website that are specific for each skin type. They each have different medicinal qualities, but I notice all of them have the capacity to ground me. They help me take a moment for a deep belly breathe and help remind me of the beauty of myself and the world around me.

If you aren’t already hooked let’s talk about the healing benefits of my four hydrosols ~

Organic Lavender (lavendula angustifolia): this type of lavender is most healing for the skin. It is anti-inflammatory, helps relieve headaches, and soothes irritated skin. It calms the nervous system and reduces anxiety.

Organic Clary Sage: made from the plant’s flowering tops. It balances hormonal skin, helps calm hot flashes, and can be used as an astringent. It is great for alleviating depression and uplifting one’s mood.

Organic Rose Otto: made from Bulgarian rose petals. It can help balance the endocrine system, moisturize dry skin, and is a natural aphrodisiac.

Organic Forest Alchemy: my own special blend of leaves and trimmings of sacred native trees. It is anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, and great for combination skin. It is both grounding and energizing.

And lastly ~ what makes my hydrosols so very special. I not only source my hydrosols from biodynamic farms that use all organic plant matter and the highest quality water in their creation, but I also charge them with gemstones and add crystals to each bottle. This is why I call my hydrosols “Gem Juice”. I believe the gems boost the medicinal properties of each plant and increase the healing potential for your skin. I use color-coded gemstones that match the hue of each plant to create a vibrational link between mineral & botanical worlds. I believe that hydrosols are not only for aromatherapy, but also for skin and whole body wellness. Hydrosols can help heal the skin, heal the soul, and calm the brain. They are my favorite beauty water and I hope now they will become yours too!

With So Much Love
Your Moon Mama

Debra
March 29, 2017

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New Moon Garden Ceremony

  

I love this time of year ~ I am sure the feeling is mutual! With all the green sprouting energies of spring, warmer weather and fresh, earthy smells how can we not feel our bodies following suit.

So let’s bring this beautiful energy into ceremony and plant a Moon Garden dear sisters and brothers. Lets plant the seeds of flowers ~the seeds of our intentions ~ and watch them grow; internally and externally.

Following on the tail of the Spring Equinox tomorrow we move into the New Moon in Aries (7:57 pm PST) ~ a time of birthing, renewal and heightened energies. When the Sun & Moon are both in Aries we are inspired to harness the fiery, invigorating energy of spring. I feel the shift of energy in the morning air, the song of the birds, the pattern sunlight makes in my home; and even when I enter a restaurant or coffee shop that is full of people whose energy is greater ~ it is palpable!

A Moon Garden is something new for me and I am so excited to plant my own that I thought it would be a lovely ceremony to share with you under this New Moon in Aries. Many of you may already be aware that during the heightened energies of the New and Full Moons we experience our highest tides ~ but did you know that it is a time when the waters beneath the earth are also affected? The same gravitational pull that is placed on the waters of the ocean also pull the ground water upward bringing moisture to the soils at the surface, encouraging your seeds to swell and burst into sprouts!

We are made up of 60% water, so it is only natural that under the wane and waxing of the Moon we too feel her gravitational pull ~ also swelling, bursting and sprouting.

Planting a Moon Garden is a lovely way to connect to the energy, cycles and beauty of the Moon. And if you love to garden it is a way to nurture both you and mother earth. I find gardening a practice of meditation: I love placing my hands in the dirt, breaking up the clumps, smoothing out the surface and then planting the seeds. It is water for my soul.

Planting Your Moon Garden 

Design your Moon Garden. You can plant your flowers in a circle or a half moon shape so that when they bloom the shape of the Moon is revealed. Find space in your garden, start some seedlings indoors, or plan your garden for the next New Moon. Whatever you do, it will carry the energy and intentions of your heart ~ so don’t wait, start today <3.

Planting a garden of white and silvery flowers that bloom at night can add a radiant, shimmering energy to your evening rituals. Here are a few flowers I love.

These Flowers are Fragrant and if you can place them
close to your home you can enjoy their evening fragrance.

Evening Primrose (oenothera) ~ a night bloomer that attracts moths and nocturnal bee’s. The flowers are said to be from the ethereal realm of fairies and have a sweet fragrance that can be enjoyed during the moonlight hours. The symbolism of primrose flowers is patience, kindness and gentleness ~ connecting you to the solar plexus and heart chakra.
Moonflower (datura inoxia) ~ catching her unawares in the moonlight hours is magical, as you can be sure to experience the full glory of her blooms; the night air swirling with her rich, intoxicating scent. Glowing like the moon these blooms contain the mysteries of your intuition and connect you with the mystical movement of the stars and moon. This love is connected to the crown chakra. note: these flowers are cousins to morning glories so they will need a trellis or support to climb
Night Phlox (zaluzianskya capensis) ~ also known as midnight candy; the fragrance of the night blooms are reminiscent of honey or vanilla. Coming from the greek meaning “flame” these beauties are connected to the crown chakra will bring up courage and honesty to all that look upon them.
Night Gladiolus (gladiolus tristis)~ although night gladiolus are not a nocturnal plant ~ these creamy yellow, spicy scented flowers have the strongest scent at night. These flowers symbolize strength and moral integrity. 

Bring the Moon out during the day by planting these sweet plants

Dusty Miller (senecio cineraria) beautiful silvery, velvety soft plant that is wonderful for contrasting dark foliage and is also a great bed plant ~ represents happiness and delicacy. 
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) this plant is not only connected to the Moon but is also known for enhancing your dreams.

A few other day plants for you to consider are Lambs Ears, Silver Thyme, and Silver Sage.

And I could not leave out this most auspicious herb!

  

Moonwort (lunaria annua) ~ in the language of flowers this plant represents money, sincerity & honesty. It has dried pods that are beautiful and can be used later in ceremony. However, please note that this is a biannual plant ~ meaning it lives two years and will flower in the second year. It's flowers will be followed by a dollar coin sized flat pod that changes from green to brown and then as the seed drops, to the beautiful silver color… so planting these for the first two years will ensure flowering each year.

Ways that you can use your flowers after they have blossomed under the energy of the moon are many! You can cut and dry the flowers to use in creating mandalas or art work; add them to your sage bundle; pluck the flowers at the height of their bloom and place them in a bath to catch their healing energy. Explore the myriad of possibilities in which their energy speaks to your creativity.

Pulling up the old weeds in the garden to make room for the new seedlings can hold the symbolism of letting go and bringing in the now. The beauty of flowers has been shared throughout time as a way to evoke feelings and thoughts that are sometimes difficult to find words for ~ enjoy your garden and please share your experiences, I would love to hear what heart openings your garden has to offer you.

Sending New Moon Wishes Your Way,
Debra

March 26, 2017

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Whole Body Health

 

In our last blog on the digestive tract we discussed how important our gut health is in relationship to our skin. So lets take it a step further and discuss a few steps to creating an environment for good gut bacteria to flourish by giving our digestive tract the ammunition is needs to defend itself ~ supporting us internally as well as externally.  

Gut health is systemic to whole body health because we all know that our body systems all work together as one mean machine. A great example is we can eat good, healthy foods, but if our digestive tract is not working properly or is lacking in health, we are not assimilating the nutrients from our foods and therefore not getting much from our efforts to eat well. 

Here are 5-steps to encourage good gut bacteria so that your body can absorb those important nutrients from the foods you eat.

  1. Increase You Intake of High Alkaline Foods
    • Up Your Intake of Fresh Green Vegetables…kale, spinach, swiss chard and turnip greens are packed full of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants, and fiber. All of which improve your digestive tract and is why your body loves you back when you eat them! Toting a pH of 9 ~ you don’t want to miss out on adding them to your salads, smoothies or juices.
    • Drink alkaline or filtered water…chlorine is hard on intestinal health and can disrupt the micro biome. Alkaline water is a great way to support the gut in reaching a non-acidic state and keeping inflammation down. Also, please, let go of drinking out of plastic bottles, choose reusable bottles made from glass or stainless steel.
    • Eat more Lemons ~ although lemons are acidic, because of their low sugar content once they are processed by your body they become extremely alkaline. With a pH of 9 a slice of lemon added to a glass of water is a great boost and cleansing to your kidneys too! Or squeeze this beauty over your leafy greens or throw them into your smoothie. Lemon heaven.
    • Avocado Daily ~ did you know that the Avocado is technically a fruit? And this high alkaline fruit is packed with much more than good fat. It has a serious amount nutrients that contain anti-inflammatory and anti cancer benefits. Incorporating this little dynamo into your daily diet is a win-win and so delicious.
    • Cucumbers ~ hydrating beauties…these are one of my favorite snacks and vegetables to juice. I love the variety of antioxidants they contain not to mention the minerals: calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, selenium, copper, manganese, iron and zinc! These juicy treats will keep you hydrated with their 95% water content.



    1. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast that can fuel healthy gut bacteria. Here are my two favorite probiotic rich foods to incorporate in my diet:
      • Kimchi ~ today you can find so many varieties of these beautiful fermented vegetables. I love to add them to a meal as a side dish or with rice wrapped in seaweed.
      • Sauerkraut ~ I love sauerkraut with my salad, as a side dish or in a sandwich. Be sure to get the real thing and not sauerkraut soaked in vinegar!).
      • Pickles ~ did you know this is one of the most basic and beloved probiotics! Many of us grew up with pickles in our diet, but to get the real benefits remember to choose brined pickles that have been refrigerated. If you are adventurous making your own sauerkraut or kimchi is a great way to add the ingredients you love!


      1. Prebiotic's are also fuel for the beneficial bacteria that live in your gut and are known to enhance mineral absorption. You can find probiotics in raw garlic, leeks, jicama and raw onions. I love a combination of freshly made cashew butter, raw garlic, squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of Tamari or Braggs. A great dip for cucumbers!
      2. Breathe like a baby breathes Contrary to what many people do the best way to breathe is to make your belly bigger on the inhale and pull your stomach in on the exhale. Many people pull the belly in when inhaling and this confuses your vagus nerve (the nerve that plays walkie talkie with the brain), which is responsible for calming anxiety and regulating gut health. A good example of good breathing is to watch how a baby breathes.  Here is a video you can watch.
      3. Up your Glutathione levels ~ great for your digestive tract, immune system and nervous system. A few ways to increase your levels are by incorporating Milk Thistle and Turmeric (curcumin) in your diet.
        • Milk thistle seed powder is a great addition to your smoothie. Milk thistle is wonderful for the skin and liver as well by removing toxins and free radicals.



        • Tumeric, in my opinion, is good in just about everything! Add it to your stir-fry, breakfast eggs, salad dressings, nut milk and so much more. The best way to get the benefits of this power packed spice is to be sure to use it with black pepper so that you enhance the bioavailability of the curcumin. 

        I am loving my gut right now and hope you are too. I will be sharing more on cleansing the gut in the coming weeks as we move through spring and into summer. 

        xx Debra

        March 16, 2017

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        Dancing Under the Full Moon

        We are entering the Full Moon in Virgo on March 12th at 7:53 am PST (`)~ also known as the Worm Moon by Native Americans as this is the time of the year when the earth begins to soften and the earthworms begin to make their way to the surface. Tomorrow we also turn our clocks back ~ creating more light in our days.

        Full Moons are in opposition to the Sun ~ this month the Full Moon is in Virgo while the Sun is in Pisces. It may feel as if they are working against each other, however, they are really working towards the same goal from different directions. According to Beatrix Qunttana ~ this Virgo Moon/Pisces Sun is a time when you may find tension between doing your work and finding your path.  Looking at things from different directions can shift your perspective and healing. And remember even small shifts can lead to big awakenings and healing. 

        A Virgo Full Moon is a time to work with your Throat Chakra. Clearing the Throat Chakra helps you to have good, clear communication enabling you to express yourself authentically. The Moon in Virgo opens up your energy around seeking your path and encourages you to bring your radiance into the world to support healing for yourself and others.

        Full Moon Ceremony

        Taking the time to create and share in ceremony/rituals under the Full Moon can be food for your soul. This is a time of the month when many women ovulate, symbolizing Purna energy, a time of fullness, expansiveness and productivity. Rituals/ceremonies deeply nourish our spirit and soul and afterwards you will find that you are more clear and connected to your center.

        Here is a simple chakra ceremony that you can use under this Virgo Moon ~

        Morning

        • Start your day with a blueberry and coconut water smoothie ~ healing and energizing for your throat chakra with the healing blue color and cooling liquid.
          • Blend together blueberries, coconut water, avocado and a protein powder of your choice in a high ~ top with your favorite toppings (roasted sunflower seeds, bee pollen, coconut sprinkles etc).

        Afternoon

        • Prepare for your evening ceremony by gathering the following:

          • Music: I recommend downloading the Song: Dancing Through the Chakras by Terry Oldfield & Soraya Saraswati (you can find it online)
          • Pick out a Mandala Picture here & print it out on a heavy stock paper for coloring later;
          • Coloring pencils, water colors, markers or chalk for coloring your mandala;
          • Candles;
          • Sage
          • Gemstones (emerald, turquoise, aquamarine);
          • Lavender essential oil
          • Tea;
          • Blue or turquoise pajama’s or something colored to wear while you dance, color and sleep! 

        Your Ceremony ~ you can do this in the evening or in the morning during the Full Moon ~

        • Find your space where you will be able to hold your ceremony (preferably somewhere you can experience the light of Grandmother Moons fullness) and create a small alter using your gemstones, candles, tarot cards and a blue, green or earth tone colored cloth or pictures.
        • Lay out your mandala paper and materials for coloring on your table/floor.
        • Light your sage and cleanse the room, yourself and your altar.
        • Light your candles and use the lavender oil on yourself and around the room to lightly permeate your senses and surroundings.
        • If you use tarot cards, draw a card to work with during your ceremony. One card is good as it can speak to you more clearly when you ask a clear and concise question.
        • Light your candles and turn out the lights ~ if not candles turn your lights down low or off if you feel so inclined so that you tune into your body fully.
        • Start your music and follow the dance through all your Chakra’s paying special attention to the Throat Chakra. When you are done ~ stop and take a deep breath. Take a few minutes feel your body and energy. Where is the energy moving? How do you feel? Notice your throat chakra.
        • Move to your space to create and color your mandala… stay connected to your body and the energy from the dance. If you are drawn to write ~ do! This is a great time to listen to what your body wants to share with you.
        • Make your tea and sip on your tea and write in your journal before bed.

        Place your mandala somewhere that you will see if often during the next two weeks ~ for me this is an important part of the healing power of ceremony. To bring it forward is how we hold onto the power and healing we experienced during the ceremony.

        I will be sharing chakra ceremonies throughout this year during the Full and New Moons. Regularly dancing through the charka’s helps you to feel more alive and energized, bringing balance to your whole body. I think by the end of the year you will be able to notice very real changes in yourself and so will others!

        Here are a few questions to think about during your ceremony:

        • Have you every taken time to contemplate what it means to express yourself authentically?
        • Do you take time to listen to others and yourself daily?
        • What words do you choose daily to speak out to the world?

        Moon Light Your Way,

        Debra

        March 11, 2017

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        Healthy Gut, Healthy Skin

        Do you know how important your gut health is in relationship to your skin?  This is a short but potent blog on how to maintain a healthy gut. We will follow up with a short series of steps to take and some fun recipes!

        So let’s start with why and how your inner Ecosystem is connected to the health of your skin.  Gut bacteria.  Gut bacteria is crucial in maintaining healthy skin and for the overall health of your body. Your body is composed of trillions of bacteria, some good and some bad. Our guts contain 100 trillion microorganisms, a number that is hard to imagine for such a small area in our bodies! We are made up of about 80% good bacteria and 20% bad bacteria- keeping this in balance is important for our skin and overall health.  The good bacteria help to digest nutrients, convert starches into useful energy, and keep candida in check.

        When your gut is filled with too much bad bacteria and yeast, the pores in the your digestive tract widen. This widening allows toxins to leak into your bloodstream, which creates leaky gut syndrome. Your body detects these large protein molecules as ‘foreign protein molecules’ and moves into attack mode.  This will lead to negative  outward symptoms, the first of which is inflammation. There are lots of symptoms and issues that are connected to inflammation. We are familiar with fevers, arthritis and joint pain, but did you know that inflammation is one of the culprits of rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, and acne?

        Another common issue of the intestinal tract is small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). This is when the bacteria that belong in our large intestine move into our small intestine.  Now what you need to know is that our small intestine is sterile for the most part and contains a very limited number of bacteria. So when these bacteria migrate from the large intestine into the small intestine ~ we get gas, lots of gas, and bloating.  Why?  Because these little rascals break down your food before it gets to the large intestine (where it is actually supposed to be broken down).  Then there is low stomach acid, which creates a vicious cycle of poor digestion, chronic gut inflammation, microbial overgrowth, leaky gut, elevated stress hormones, and lowered nutrient absorption.  And guess what one of the main causes of low stomach acid is? Stress. It is hard to say which comes first- low stomach acid or SIBO, but what is known is that they are connected and both need to be addressed.

        Lastly, not only is gut bacteria crucial to maintaining healthy skin, but also the bacteria living on our skin is important as well.  When we treat our skin disorders with antibiotics the microorganisms on our skin are killed off. These micoorganisms protect us from the outside world and without them we become susceptible to anything in our environment.  Most times when we take antibiotics, they behave as a temporary band-aid and because they also mess with our gut bacteria it can end up as a double whammy of trouble.

        How do we maintain a healthy gut?  The goal is to reduce systemic inflammation by healing the gut wall and increasing the ‘good guys’!  So here are a few initial steps to restore your gut flora:

        • Eat plenty of fermentable fibers (starches like garlic, , chicory root, ,dandelion greens, and yams, to name a few) they have a beneficial effect on the proliferation of good bacteria in the lower colon;
        • Eat fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and tempeh, these are foods that natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid to preserve the food and creating beneficial enzymes and more.
        • Take high-quality, multi -species probiotics, essential for optimal digestion of food and absorption of nutrients and minerals
        • Drink bone broth ~bone broth is high in compounds such as collagen, glycine and glutamine that can transform your health. It is a gut and skin healing superfood.
        • Seek treatment  yearly or bi-yearly for pathogens, such as parasites, that may be present (watch for our upcoming blog on parasites)
        • Take steps to manage your stress: get enough sleep, eat a healthy, balanced diet, and exercise regularly.

        Healing your gut may not magically clear up your complexion ~ however, the importance of a healthy gut plays a significant role in the health of your skin.  

        Love, love,

        Debra


        Stay tuned for more information on restoring your gut flora in upcoming blogs <3

         

        March 02, 2017

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        THE ART OF RITUAL

        I wholeheartedly believe that the art of rituals, setting aside a few moments in the day to be still with our body, mind and being, is sacrosanct for our sanity. And that in today’s fast paced world, self-care rituals are needed now more than ever. Our lives have become so busy. We’ve become prisoners of time. So caught up in our ‘doing’ that we’ve disconnected from our ‘being’.  With our digital devices, growing to-do lists, and #followme targets that we perceive as a measure of worthiness, it’s no wonder so many of us are drowning in a sea of discontent behind that happy smile. Looking for likes in all the wrong places. What if we looked for ‘likes’ within ourself? 

        From my point-of-view the most important target to strive towards is self-acceptance and self-love. Because when we make peace with the reflection in the mirror, free from judgments, free from comparisons, and accepting ourself for who we are, whilst also desiring to be the best version of ourself, our days are filled with more love, peace, and compassion. And that love radiates out to all we come in contact with. It’s infectious. 

        So often we focus our attention on caring for others. And yes, it’s a beautiful quality to have. But when that plane is going down, there’s a very good reason why they say to place that oxygen mask on your own face before helping another. If we can’t care for ourself, how can we possibly care for someone else? Everything starts with ourself. And what I’ve found, is that when I am nurturing and nourishing and looking after my physical, emotional and spiritual self, then everything in my life gets exponentially better.

        One of my favourite ways to nurture my body, mind and spirit is by creating a space in the comfort of my own home. Shutting the bathroom door for a 20 minute moment of me-time. So, as you can imagine, when lovely Debra from Gemstone Organic created her Ceremonial Chakra Bath Sets, I was jumping out of my skin to try one, as they contain all the tools in one not-so-little box to create a personal ritual, with a ‘how-to’ guide if you’re new to this style of self-care. Naturally, the Gemstone Ritual was, for me, a truly beautiful nurturing and personally nourishing experience. And just what I needed at a time where I was burning the candle at both ends, entering in to our busiest time for work and moving home and office at the same time. It could have been all too easy to say “ I don’t have the time.” But if not now, when? We all know that tomorrow never comes. And we all know that the entire world will not come crashing down if we press the pause button for 20 minutes.

        Reconnecting with your body, mind and being, by setting aside a window of time in your diary just for you with one of the Gemstone Chakra Bath Sets is one of the most beautiful gifts you can give to you. To be present with yourself so that you can let go of any stuck emotions that aren’t bringing you joy; or soothe any physical aches and pains; or heal the relationship that you have with yourself letting go of the judgments; or to recharge your energy battery by gifting you back to you. Or any other intention that you would like to focus on.  I wonder what seeds of happiness, love and joy we could plant if we became a little more loving? Starting with ourselves.

        Written by Our Moon Sister Samantha Sargent

         Samantha Sargent is the founder of Be Naturally You, an Australian  online shop that  bridges the gap between natural and luxury.  She  carries products with integrity that work.  Samantha is an advocate  for natural beauty,  health and wellbeing.  She shares her 16+  years  of industry experience by offering  common sense beauty tips to help  encourage  women (and men) to fall in love with  themselves (and  their bodies) again.
         We are  proud to share that Be Naturally You carries  Gemstone Organic  Products, including our Ceremonial Chakra Baths, which are onsale  now for our Australian Moon Sisters & Brothers!
        February 23, 2017

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