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All You Need Is Love – Heart Chakra

The fourth chakra, also known as the heart or anahata chakra is associated love, compassion beauty, and joy. This energy center is located in the center of the chest and it is believed that it’s directly associated with the proper functioning of the heart and lungs. An unbalanced heart chakra is said to cause blood pressure issues, bad circulation or certain heart and lung problems. The emotional repercussions of an unbalanced heart chakra are jealousy, codependency, isolation, and difficulty developing and maintaining positive relationships with others. On the other hand, if the heart chakra is balanced, we feel connected with others, have empathy, accept and forgive. We also appreciate the beauty around us, are open to developing meaningful relationships as well as love ourselves and others. This chakra is usually represented by the color green and the element of air.

How to balance the heart chakra?

  • Because this chakra is related to the beauty around us, doing anything creative and artistic is a good way to balance it and bring joy to our lives.
  • Self-care is a fantastic way to nurture this chakra as you are loving and appreciating yourself. Love starts within you.
  • Meditate, meditate, meditate.
  • Breathe… DEEPLY.
  • Daily affirmations are everything!
  • Want some extra help? Here are some crystals: rose quartz, rhodochrosite, green jade and green tourmaline.
  • Essential oils that rule for the heart chakra: lavender, rose, sandalwood, and jasmine.

Compassion and love are a beautiful thing, practice them every day, start with yourself and then they will naturally flow outward.

Stay true – Chantal

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Honey Face Scrub

Looking for a face scrub that’s moisturizing, brightening, AND that you can eat?!.. Look no further. We’ve got you covered!

You’ll want to follow the recipe below for an all natural, at home scrub that will leave your face looking AH-MAZING. It’s super nourishing. And yes, you can actually eat it. Try out using it on your lips and lick off any residue! A snack and facial all in one, ha!

Mix together:

  • 1 TBSP Honey
  • 1 TBSP Sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon

Scrub on your face for a minute or so, rinse off, and voila!

XOXO, Kim

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Happy Galentine’s Day!

Hello my lovelies!!! It is that time of the year… yep, Valentine’s Day Eve better known as Galentine’s Day. A day to celebrate our gals and all the other people we love, the people that are there when we need them and when we don’t need them, the good and bad times, the people we see as family regardless of blood connection.

Having an amazing circle of friends, a great support system, and making time for fun and relaxation with them is essential for your mental, physical and emotional well-being. They give you the best medicine ever… laughter, great shoulders to cry on, and they even serve as counselors during your whining rants.

Hope you had an amazing day celebrating your people’s awesomeness and make sure to make them feel special every day of the year. Don’t forget to have a drink or two in the process, cheers to friendships and all the health benefits they bring to your life… cheers!

Stay True – Chantal

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Know Who You Are & Take Control of Your Life – Solar Plexus Chakra

It is time to talk a bit about our third chakra, also known as Solar Plexus or Manipura Chakra. This chakra is located between the stomach and the chest, and it is said to be the one in control of will, self-esteem, identity, self, compassion, and personal power. People that have a balanced solar plexus chakra are often perceived as purposeful, successful, confident and assertive individuals that learn from mistakes They also have good discipline, are independent, self-motivated, have good leadership skills, and demonstrate good judgement (aka me… JK!). This chakra is usually represented by the color yellow as it is associated with the element of fire (I think of it as the fire that drives you to attain all you want in life). The physical functions that are attributed to this chakra are digestion and metabolism; therefore, when the chakra is not balanced certain physical discomfort is said to happen, including stomach cramps, poor digestion, weight issues, poor digestion, nausea, among others.   

What are the emotional symptoms of an imbalanced solar plexus chakra?

If it is underactive – it may cause feelings of helplessness, lack of self-worth, lack of purpose, low self-esteem, and lack of confidence.

If it is overactive – it may lead to a constant need of validation, a need to control everything and everyone we meet, anxiety, and even manic episodes.

 It is important to maintain this chakra balanced in order to have a successful and fulfilling life. We all know how important self-worth and self-confidence is; however; many people either lack these or have an extremely inflated ego.      

How to balance the solar plexus?

  • Aromatherapy: Some of the best essential oils to use for this chakra are: rosemary, chamomile, bergamot, grapefruit, lavender, and cedarwood. Essential oils can help stimulate the chakra when inhaled. They can be used in massage oils, lotions or in diffusers.
  • Healing stones: Citrine, amber, tiger’s eye, yellow tourmaline, and yellow jasper are great to help balance the solar plexus. Why? Well, part of it is the color of the gem. Colors can have an effect in our emotions and behaviors. Another benefit of the stones is that each stone has a different vibration that causes a reaction in our body. Keep in mind that different people have different reactions to the various types of stones; it is not the same result for everyone and therefore more than one is suggested.
  • Yoga: certain yoga poses help you balance the third chakra with great results. Find a quiet and relaxing place and try some of these: child’s pose, warrior I & III, mountain pose, bow, plank, and boat
  • Diet: certain foods that can help with your chakra healing are: chamomile tea, yellow peppers, and corn.

Love yourself and remember that wellness and beauty start from the inside. You attract what you let out into the world. If you radiate positive energy, you will get positive in return. Positive actions + positive thoughts + positive words + beautiful soul = beautiful human being.  

Stay true – Chantal

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Get Your Emotions in Check with The Sacral Chakra

Today I want to give continuity to the last wellness post in which I talked about the Root Chakra and move on to its neighbor, the second energetic point in the body called the Sacral Chakra. This is also called Svadhisthana and it derives from the Sanskrit words, “Swa” that means one’s own and “Adhisthana” that means seat. This is said to be the seat of emotions as it linked to your emotional responses as well as creativity, sensuality, pleasure, and reproductive functions.  People that have a balanced sacral chakra are often perceived as friendly, compassionate, emotionally stable, energetic, creative, and passionate (all great traits to have!).  

What happens if the sacral chakra is not balanced you ask?

If it is underactive, it can be linked to feelings of isolation, insecurities, low libido, fatigue, hypersensitivity, introversion, and lack of trust.

If it is overactive, it can be linked to emotional detachment of others, sex addiction, substance abuse, bipolarity, and eating disorders.

 Obviously, since this chakra is all about our emotions, it is a good idea to keep it balanced so we don’t have a complete emotional meltdown or engage in risky behaviors!    

Feeling on the verge of an emotional crisis?

There are several things you can do to balance your sacral chakra and it is a good idea to practice these on a regular basis in order to stay balanced:

  • Because this chakra is located in the lower abdomen, moving and stretching your hips is a great idea. You can try some yoga poses where you engage the hips or even try some belly dancing or merengue. Shakira’s got nothing on me! 😉  
  • Maintaining a healthy diet and incorporating exercise in your daily routine. Tip: incorporate ginger in your diet (i.e. in tea or shakes), this is a miracle root with many properties
  • Get a hobby that allows you to express yourself creatively
  • Speak to a counselor or spiritual guide. It is okay to seek help!
  • The sacral chakra is identified by the color orange; its opposite color is blue. If your chakra needs a little boost, surround yourself with the color orange; however, if the opposite is true, use the color blue
  • Meditation is a great practice to balance all your chakras. For the sacral chakra, utilize visualization, concentrating on your lower abdomen, breathing deeply, and imagining an orange light nourishing that energy point
  • Aromatherapy is also of great help. Some essential oils that work specifically for this chakra are: jasmine, orange, rose, sandalwood, and clary sage
  • Chakra stones that can be used for the healing of the sacral chakra are amber and orange carnelian

Remember, mental health and your inner well being are even more important than any outside beauty. Everything starts from within, take care of yourself starting from the inside and everything else will follow.

Stay true – Chantal

What is your favorite way to relax and take care of your inner self?

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3 Ways to Use Avocado

Y’all – if you’re not using avocado for literally EVERY use in your life.. you’re missing out! I won’t take total credit for these “recipes” (Chantal is the resident beauty expert here), but I got to be the guinea pig and L-O-V-E-D all of this.

In case you didn’t know, you can use avocado in your meals (duh), for your face, and for your hair. Avocado is rich in healthy fatty acids, and can be extremely moisturizing externally. It also has potassium, letithin, and more minerals that nourish your body inside and out.

Avocado Toast

Ingredients:
Toast
Avocado
Corn
Cilantro
Greek Yogurt
Cotija Cheese
Salt/Pepper (optional)

 

Avocado Hair Mask

Ingredients:
1 1/2- 1 3/4 Avocado
2-3 tbsp Honey
2-3 tbsp Olive Oil 

(Adjust ingredients based on how long your hair is)

 Put on your hair for 20-30 minutes to hydrate! Then wash your hair as normal.

Avocado Face Mask

Ingredients:
1/4 Avocado
1-2 tbsp plain yogurt
1-2 tbsp honey

Place a THICK layer all over your face and leave on for 20-30 minutes! Once it’s dry, wash off and feel the difference!

Hopefully you try out these recipes to get all the benefits out of avocados. Have a great weekend!  

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Inner Well Being & Your Root Chakra

I believe that everything comes from within and therefore we need to look inward to achieve emotional and physical well-being as well as beauty. We need to understand that we need to be able to connect with our inner self, our spirit, and the energy of the universe to connect with others in a harmonious way and to live a fulfilled life. We need to radiate positive energy in order to attract positive things to our life. I love meditation, it has helped me beyond measure when it comes to depression, anxiety, to have a positive outlook in life, and to feel at peace. I am in no way an expert in the subject, but I am a big believer that understanding the Chakras and meditating can help improve your life in many ways.

What are Chakras?

The Chakras are energetic points within our body that allow for energy to flow. There are 7 chakras with different purposes but all equally important to have a healthy and well-balanced body, mind and spirit. Today I will focus on the Root Chakra, explain what it does, how to identify when it needs attention, and provide an exercise to help you balance this, your first Chakra.

What is the Root Chakra?

The official name for this Chakra is actually Muladhara and it comes from the Sanskrit words Mula, meaning “root”and Adhara, meaning “support”.  This Chakra is located at the base of the spine (tailbone area) and it goes up to below your belly button. When this Chakra is well-balanced, you feel a sense of stability, accomplishment, and peace. You feel grounded, connected with your human experience and your survival needs are being met.   

How to identify a Root Chakra imbalance?

You may experience anxiety, fear or jitteriness and trouble concentrating. It is said that it can also be linked to digestive problems, lower back and/or lower extremities issues, bladder issues, among others.

How to balance the Root Chakra through meditation?

  • Meditate in a quiet place where you can avoid distractions. Adopt a comfortable standing or seated position for this practice.
  • Intention is key. Be still and place attention on your breath. Inhale through your nose and exhale though your nose (not mouth), in a slow and controlled manner.
  • As you meditate, practice visualization. Focus on your connection to your spirit and your connection with the universe. Imagine this red energy flowing up from your legs to your spine (the location of the Chakra) and see this energy being absorbed by the it and getting nourished this energy.
  • You can further enhance your experience by utilizing aromatherapy during your meditation. There are essential oils that are made with scents specifically meant to help balance the Root Chakra. These are: myrrh, oakmoss, vetiver, angelica root, cedarwood, linden blossom, spikenard, benzoin, patchouli, and frankincense.
  • Chanting or playing meditation music can help during the meditative state.
  • Gemstones that help balance the Root Chakra include garnet, bloodstone, obsidian, black tourmaline, red carnelian and red jasper.

Try this out for at least 21 days and see how you feel. Share your experience with us!

Stay true – Chantal