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Are your scented products making you sick?

Reported Symptoms: Feeling dizzy, frequent headaches, sick to your stomach, shortness of breath, asthma attacks or even seizures.

Reason: Most scented cleaning products, laundry detergents, air fresheners (including scented candles), and personal care products emit at least one chemical that is federally regulated as toxic and/or hazardous however the chemicals, know as volatile organic compounds, are not required to be listed on the product labels.

Self Defense: Avoid any fragranced products, especially if you are sensitive to them. Also be aware that companies may use making fragrances in ‘fragrance-free’ products as well.

Activated Charcoal Cures:

Poison Control: Activated Charcoal’s ability to absorb large amounts of toxins before they have a chance to harm your body makes Activated Charcoal great at removing ingested poisons in the body, doctors at The Mayo Clinic report. Dosages depend on the type of poison taken and the time between the poisoning and the ingestion of Activated Charcoal, however researchers at Stanford University report that the Activated Charcoal treatment can begin to work immediately and can be an effective method for providing a window of time to get to a hospital. They also recommend including Activated Charcoal capsules in the first aid kit of all families. Activated Charcoal is most successful if used within the first hour of ingesting poison (before the poison gets fully into the bloodstream).

Insect Bites: Activated Charcoal has been shown to be an effective way to ease the discomfort associated with insect stings and bites because it immediately attaches itself to the poison and limits the spread through the body. Doctors recommend applying the Activated Charcoal powder to the affected area. Treated properly, Activated Charcoal will reduce the pain and swelling associated with the insect sting or bite. Activated charcoal can also be used on spider and snake bites.

Intestinal Problems: Activated Charcoal has been used for years by doctors to reduce problems like diarrhea, gas and bloating associated with many stomach complaints including discomfort from ulcerative colitis and spastic colons.

Warning: Activated Charcoal absorbs a wide range of drugs and nutrients. Those using Activate Charcoal should avoid using it within 2 hours of drug, food, nutritional supplement or herb intake. It can decrease your body’s absorption of certain nutrients and also interfere with medications. Because of this, frequent use is NOT recommended. Activated Charcoal may also cause abdominal pain or swelling – if this occurs, contact your doctor immediately — as it could be an indication of intestinal bleeding or blockage. Ordinarily, Activated Charcoal should not be used to treat the ingestion of corrosive poisons (lye, acids, fuel oil, alcohols, etc.).

Note: Water is necessary with each dose of Activated Charcoal, and distilled water is best since it is generally free of toxins. Other liquids are not a substitute for water, and some — such as milk and all dairy products can counter the Activated Charcoal’s benefit. Activated Charcoal loses its effectiveness when mixed with chocolate syrup, ice cream or sherbet – best when taken with nothing but water.

5 Daily Practices to Help You Forgive: By Iyanla Vanzant

Iyanla states; “Most of us were never taught that any experience that comes into your life comes by energetic invitation. For this reason, it is imperative that you learn how to keep your energy clear. The practice of forgiveness is your ticket to clarity, vitality, and freedom.”

“My book Forgiveness: 21 Days to Forgive Everyone for Everything is my loving challenge for you to come out of the darkness and into the light. In it, I share my practice that will help you to clear the decks of your mind and heart to create the space necessary for you to live with more love for yourself and others.”

  1. Still Your Mind – Begin your day by stilling your mind for at least 5 minutes. You can also listen to one of your favorite meditations.
  2. Begin a Forgiveness Journal – Get yourself a Forgiveness Journal and a special pen and start writing. Give yourself permission to be radically honest with yourself about yourself. Write your most heartfelt thought or memory to access your innermost thoughts and beliefs.
  3. Read a Forgiveness Prayer – Read a Forgiveness prayer twice a day—once silently and once aloud. Hearing this prayer will align you with the Holy Spirit, as it is the presence of the Creator that responds to our slightest request.
  4. Relax and Restore – Listen to my Gratitude Meditation that I have included here. This meditation will help to restore your mind and heart to balance.  “I am willing to heal. I have the courage to heal. I am ready to be whole.”
  5. Be Sure To Do Something Good for Yourself Today!

The Basic Effects of Reiki Therapy

This Japanese art can lend you a helping hand both physically and mentally. But what makes this Japanese healing art so unique and popular is that it involves the transfer of energy in order to restore balance in the life force.

Reiki therapy has several basic effects. These include deep relaxation, detoxification of the system, the increases the vibration or frequency of the body, provide new vitality in the form of healing energy and removal of negative energy. In Reiki therapy, the practitioner places his or her hands over the the recipient and they should be lying down so he or she is completely at ease and ready to welcome the positive energy.

Reiki therapy begins from the head and then works all the way down to the feet. Ideally, the practitioner’s hands  should be placed 2 to 4 inches away from the body of the recipient. For this to work, both the healer and the person being healed need to take an active part in the healing process. One sends forth the energy while the other should openly receive it.

Are there risks in Reiki therapy? The answer is no. The only thing the patient can do is block the positive energy that is being given but this does not cause him or her harm in any way.

Another thing people should remember is that Reiki therapy works in conjunction with western medicine and other practices. It is simply designed to help the person heal especially for those who need to undergo surgery. Often times it is good to schedule more than one Reiki session until the person is completely healed or until the body becomes in tune with itself. If you do this you can reduce the anxiety and stress that happens every day and live a happier life in both harmony and peace.

Excerpts taken from an article published @

Life Choices = Lifestyle 

Yes, it’s easy to fall into a habit (good or bad). Most people can recognize when they aren’t doing the best thing for their health but they’re the only one responsible for any change that needs to take place to make their health better.  Henry Ford said: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” “Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” “Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain.” So think about any or all of these famous quotes as a motivational boost when you’re climbing the ladder to better health… and never ever give up!

If you need a little helping hand to make a change in your lifestyle we can help! The Abundant Wellness Center houses a  wide range of experienced practitioners right here at your finger tips… just give us a call… once you’re on your path to achieving good health & wellness – you’ll be glad you did make that change!

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