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Coconut Milk Egg Nog

Coconut Milk Egg Nog

Egg nog is what my husband looks forward to most during the holidays. I have to agree with him, however, store-bought varieties can be really frustrating to me, with all the ridiculous ingredients added to preserve, thicken, and sweeten it.   A good quality cream […]

Top Benefits & Uses for Colloidal Silver

Top Benefits & Uses for Colloidal Silver

Years ago I was introduced to colloidal silver and was a little hesitant about using it since I had heard that it could turn your skin blue. The crazy thing is that it can if  you use a low quality solution that contains salts and […]

Creamy Sweet Potato Broccoli Soup

Creamy Sweet Potato Broccoli Soup

This is my 4-yr-old daughter’s favorite soup right now.  She gobbles it up without question, while repeatedly telling me how I’m the best cook in the whole world. 🙂  It’s also very easy to make, and oh so good for you!


 

 

The Alchemist – A Bookshelf Must Have

The Alchemist – A Bookshelf Must Have

Early this Spring a dear friend of mine, who is a freelance writer and Nonfiction Writing student, and I were out enjoying the beautiful views of Montana on horseback. We often did this when I could drag her away from her pile of books and […]

Being busy is a good thing, right?

Being busy is a good thing, right?

Several years ago I was talking with a business coach and I was telling her how busy I always was and she said to me “Are you busy on the right things though?”. The statement stopped me in my tracks and in one instant I […]

The Benefits of Grounding or Earthing

The Benefits of Grounding or Earthing

Recently I was chatting with my sister and she mentioned “grounding” to me. In the context she gave it to me, I instantly became lost. Her words to me were, “I am not surprised you don’t know what grounding is because it’s something you do all the time.” That didn’t make sense either…If it something I do on a regular basis shouldn’t I know what it is?

Background…I grew up in what most people like to call the “sticks” Wyoming. Not only was I raised in a small town but my home was located up on a mountain outside of town. My parents’ passion for the outdoors was passed down to me and is so deeply ingrained into the person I am. I am the youngest of 5 children by quite a few years so by the time I was 5 all of my siblings were out of the house and living their own lives. My dad worked out of town, and my mom also worked a full time job as well as took care of my beautiful grandmother. This left me a lot of time on my own and being cooped up in the house was not my idea of fun. I was often found in the pasture petting, walking, or talking to the horses, building forts in the ravine with my trusty bordercollie at my heals, and on a hot summer day I would spend all day playing/swimming in the irrigation ditch.

As I grew older and my dad retired we spent a lot of time in the mountains hiking. This is still one of my favorite past times. I have found that when I am stressed, anxious, or sad, a good walk in the woods is the key to alleviating my troubles. Not only the walk, but the time spent sitting on a rock or on a clump of grass in the middle of a meadow, deep breaths of clean mountain air, dipping my feet in a stream or lake, or if I am lucky, spending the day in my kayak are all so healing to me. I look forward to them and seek them out in times of difficulty in my life. It has been that ways since I was a small child.

So why did my sister tell me that I grounded myself often? What is grounding? I love the explanation found here:

“Human beings evolved in connection with the Earth’s energy. We walked barefoot and we slept in contact with the Earth never realizing that its surface contained limitless, natural, healing energy. Walking around barefoot is not our main mode of travel any longer. We live indoors much of the time and when we do walk or run outside we wear rubber soled shoes which prevent our feet from being able to absorb the Earth’s subtle energy. Rubber is not conductive, but our bodies are!

So here we find ourselves. Civilized in a modern world, but disconnected from a primal, powerful source of energy and healing. See, the Earth is basically a six sextillion (that’s a six followed by twenty-one zeroes) metric ton battery that is continually being replenished by solar radiation, lightning, and heat from its deep-down molten core. The natural rhythmic pulsations of energy flowing through and emanating from the surface of the Earth keep the biological machinery and global life running in rhythm and balance-and that includes you! Unfortunately, we live like cut flowers, detached from the nourishing Earth energy. Earthing, also known as grounding, is simply reconnecting to the Earth’s healing energy.”

The notion is that the earth has a negative charge to it. Over time, especially in modern life, our bodies build up a positive charge. Direct contact with the earth can even out this positive charge and return the body to a neutral state. Makes sense right? It did to me! All those times that I was walking on a beach, sitting by a lake reading my book, sitting in a meadow after a long hike just relaxing, I thought I was just feeding my soul but in all actuality I was doing much more. I was healing myself using the earth’s energy.

So What Are The Benefits of Grounding?

  • Reducing inflammation
  • Reducing chronic pain
  • Speeds healing- used in some places to prevent bed sores
  • Improving Sleep and reduce snoring
  • Shortening recovery time from injury or athletic activity
  • Increasing Energy
  • Lowering stress and promoting calmness by reducing stress hormones (I can vouch for this one!)
  • Normalizing biological rhythms including circadian rhythm (it helps you sleep when you’re meant to)
  • Normalizing blood pressure and blood flow
  • Relieving muscle tension and headache (vouching for this one too)
  • Improving menstrual and female hormone symptoms
  • Reducing jet lag
  • Protecting the body from effects of EMFs (ie: too much time on electronics)
  • Helping  support adrenal health

What are some of the ways that one might earth or ground themselves? The best way is through bare skin contact with the earth’s surface such as soil, sand, water, and rocks. The beach/ocean is possibly the best place as not only are sand and saltwater extremely conductive, but saltwater is also very high in magnesium. Swimming in lakes or letting your feet dangle in a stream or river are also great ways. Even standing barefoot or laying in the grass in your backyard does the trick.

How about those who do not have access to the earth in those forms? Those who don’t have access or don’t want to be in the outdoors can get the same results by using an earthing mat and and earthing sheet. The mat can be used in an office under your feet at your desk to reduce the exposure to EMF’s. It is also easily transportable so you can take it with you when you travel.  A half-size earthing sheet can be used on any sized bed to achieve grounding benefits. There is no way to fully replace what earth can provide but these are good alternative options. What I have come to know by experience, is that giving yourself the chance to connect with the earth is one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself (body and mind)!

We’d love to hear from you! What is your favorite way to ground yourself and release stress?

Essential Oil Infused Pine Cones

Essential Oil Infused Pine Cones

I love walking by a counter, tv stand, coffee table, or bookshelf in my home and getting a quick whiff of a delightful aroma. This often is created by the use of a candle, potpourri, or synthetic air freshener. With the use of essential oils […]

Is it Cinnamon or is it Cassia?

Is it Cinnamon or is it Cassia?

  Is it Cinnamon or is it Cassia…and what’s the difference? Most people don’t know that the “cinnamon” they are purchasing from the store is usually “cassia” or that there is even a difference. While they are related in both species and genus (Cinnamomum), they […]

30 Days of Thanksgiving

30 Days of Thanksgiving

 

I once read a quote which stated “What if you woke up today with only what you thanked God for last night”. As I pondered on this I realized how “ungrateful” I was without even knowing it.

I spend a lot of my free time in the mountains; enjoying that view from a beautiful mountain top, taking the opportunity to work my muscles on a never ending trail, giving my mind a chance to wander or reflect, breathing in crisp clean air, seeing amazing animals living unkept lives…wild and free. Living in Montana, these little blessings are always readily available. Often times the most effort you need to put into achieving their benefit is simply getting in your car and making the 10 minute drive to the trail head. It is one of my greatest joys but until I read that quote did I realize that I took for granted something as simple as the nature around me. I have always lived somewhere where the mountains/nature were available to me. So I had to ask myself, what if they weren’t? What if this simple joy in my life was no longer available to me? How different would my life be?

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

-Melody Beattie

We live in a time where everything is so readily available to us. We can get almost anything we want in the blink of an eye. You need that last minute item to be able to cook that family favorite meal? You go to the grocery store, no need to wait for the garden to grow. You need a new shirt? Head on over to your favorite retailer and pick one up, no need to wait for mom to sew you a new one. You love the song you are listening to on the radio? In a matter of seconds you can have it downloaded into your favorite playlist. You have to make it to school, work or an activity by a certain time and it is on the other side of town? Jump on the bus, take your car, ride your bike, call for a ride. No need to saddle up that old nag in the back pasture (who, let’s be honest, is gonna give you one heck of a run around before you get him caught) and ride him into town. So many conveniences in life! Are we truly thankful for them? I know I am guilty of taking them for granted mostly because they have always been accessible in my life. I’ve been fortunate enough to never have gone without. That doesn’t give me the right to be any less grateful for them.

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”

-Tecumseh

What a great medicine it is to be thankful! To truly acknowledge all of the things in your life, great or small, that bless it every day. That smell that uplifts you, that sound that touches your soul, that view that brings a smile to your face, that every day item of convenience that you can’t imagine living without, that person that helps bare your burdens, that purpose you wake up for. These things are in our lives every day which make them routine or of little significance in a way; you don’t think twice about them. But ask yourself, what if you woke up one morning and they were no longer present in your life because you were not thankful for them yesterday?

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

-Melody Beattie

Here is a challenge for you, for the next 30 days think of something you are thankful/grateful for. Post it on your social media, tell a friend or family member (ask them in return what they are thankful/grateful for), or write it down in a journal. Look at all you have been blessed with and make a mental note to be grateful for what you have and the opportunities you get to experience.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

-William Arthur Ward

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are my all-time favorite kind of cookie.  I love the cakey texture, pumpkin flavor, and of course the addition of chocolate.  I didn’t think it was possible to make a healthified version of this traditional flour-based cookie, but these will knock […]