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Back to School Life Hacks

Going back to school can be a stressful yet exciting time of year. There are many life hacks you can add to your child’s life to get the school year started right!

Below is a list of ways you can help your child get back to school easier.

  • Set a Sleep Schedule.

The National Sleep foundation recommends adults need at least 8 hours of sleep per night for adequate function and also suggest that children may need 10 to 12 hours, depending on their age.  It is important to set a regular sleep schedule with a consistent bedtime and wake up time to help your child function at their best capacity. A child who does not get enough sleep can be cranky and may not function as well during the day. They need proper sleep to learn and be their best selves!

 

  • Adequate Nutrition.

A breakfast of pop tarts, doughnuts or other sugary foods such as syrup covered pancakes or sugary cereals are not the healthiest choices for your child to eat before they head off to school. A balanced breakfast of a protein source such as eggs and organic milk is a much better option. Your child will be able to focus better and can avoid a sugar high with a nutritious breakfast.

Also, if you are packing your child’s lunch, be sure you are providing them with healthy options they will actually eat. Picky children may need to try a variety of healthy choices before sticking to a healthy snack they prefer. You are not helping your child in the long run if you only feed them processed, unhealthy snack foods.

 

 

  • Use Essential Oils.

Many children have separation anxiety when going back to school. Applying a small diluted amount of a comforting essential oil to your child’s neck, wrists and collarbone may help them feel calmer and have a better morning when you drop them off at school. Good examples of calming essential oils are lavender, sweet orange, chamomile and lime. Basically, any essential oil your child prefers can be safely applied in a diluted solution.  (Olive oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil or sunflower oil can be used for dilution)

 

Mornings can be quite hectic, so it can benefit you and your child to prepare for the next school day the night before. Create a system that ensures homework is completed and in its rightful place, lunches are prepared and bookbags are ready to go. You can also help your child find some autonomy by allowing them to help pick out their clothes for the next day!

 

 

  • Don’t forget to Play!

At the end of the day, you and your child will most likely be fatigued and need some sort of destressing. It is important to remember that children still need to be children. Ensure they have a time of play and are able to relax after being at school all day. You as a parent can use this time to learn about their day, speak with them and bond with your kids. Be a listening ear and encourage your child to communicate with you about how their day was. In the time between school, homework and bedtime those are the moments you can spend one on one with your kids.

 

Here’s to an amazing school year!

 

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Chromotherapy: Can color improve your health?

Chromotherapy: Can color improve your health?

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In ancient times, Egyptians widely used color therapy in their healing rituals by utilizing items such as crystals, minerals, stones, plants and dyes. Archaeologist have even discovered differently colored healing chambers in ancient treatment areas. The Egyptians highly regarded colors as powerful and believed their god, Thoth, aided in the use of healing with colors.

Chromotherapy is defined as a practice that exposes patients to a visible spectrum of colors in the form of electromagnetic light to promote healing.

 

But in the current day, are colors really able to help us find better health?

A study published by the Department of Physics at the University of Balochista stated that colors generate electrical vibrations and emit energy that activate processes in the human body. Chromotherapy is believed to promote hormonal secretions of stimulants and sedatives the body releases to balance functioning systems such as the sleep/wake cycle and the natural circadian rhythm.

Scientist Dinshah P. Ghadiali, author of the Spectro-Chrome Encyclopaedia stated that the main goal of Chromotherapy is to promote healing by resetting the balance of energies in the body. His research discovered that colors emit energy and vibrations that either sedate or stimulate natural biochemical reactions. His research claims when energy of certain colors is exposed to different organs and systems of the body, one could apply the correct color to help balance an organ or body system and promote healing.

Currently, light therapy is an accepted practice in some forms of modern medicine. For example, in neonatal care units, babies with jaundice are exposed to blue light. This blue light exposure is used to break down an excess of bilirubin in the newborn’s liver. Modern physicians also use light therapy in patients with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) to help manage symptoms of depression, anxiety and low moods.

Certain colors are believed to impact specific body systems. Yellow light is said to provide healing to internal tissues and purify the skin. Red light is believed to impact the circulatory and nervous system, promote red blood cell production and encourage the body to burn fat. Orange light has been shown to aid in respiratory issues and induce a more calming mood. This is why many alternative practitioners recommend the use of Himalayan salt lamps, which emit healing negative ions, purify the air and provide a serene orange glow. Green light in chromotherapy is used to promote calm energy and relaxation. Purple light is believed to directly impact the lymphatic system and treat various forms of inflammation. And as previously stated, blue light is used to treat liver issues and to lower bilirubin levels. Blue light exposure has also been linked to inducing the production of melatonin and to help promote a better night’s sleep.

How to practice Chromotherapy

Many people find health benefits from experiencing sessions in a chromotherapy sauna, which is an infrared sauna that contains healing lights to promote detoxification, balance and wellness.

There are also other ways you can practice chromotherapy at home. An inexpensive way to do this is to purchase colored incandescent bulbs and place them into lamps around your home. As mentioned previously, certain colors promote different things. For example, if you have a fussy child who struggles to fall asleep, placing a blue light bulb in the lamp in there room and exposing them to that light an hour before bedtime may help induce a feeling of calmness and help them fall asleep easier. You can use a variety of other colors to promote different atmospheres.  People have reported an increase in physical stamina and internal will-power when they exercised while being exposed to red light. Red is a color that, for most people, symbolizes strength and power.

Color photons have their own wavelength and frequency. The way we perceive colors is because of their emitted vibrations and each color reacts to our eyes and body cells in a certain way as a result. Everyone’s perception is different as well. Therefore, one color may be calming to one person, but alarming to another. This is why natural practitioners work with clients to find colors, lights, sounds and other natural modalities that promote healing specific to each patient.

In your own home, you can place differently colored light bulbs in your lamps and see what your body responds to. You may find that a specific color makes you feel better verses another color.

Color therapy is a unique therapy because it does not require any physical effort or internal consumption to try. If you think chromotherapy would benefit you, we would be happy to help you get started!

Wishing you hope, healing and happiness~

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Candles: Comforting or Cancer Causing?

Candles: Comforting or Cancer Causing?

Candles are a staple of relaxing comfort in most American homes, but most people would be alarmed to discover that candles can be toxic and harmful to their health. Candles can contain chemicals which are known to damage the human body and cause cancer. Exposure to these chemicals have also been linked to lung and central nervous system damage and have been a precursor to developmental difficulties in children. (Source: Professor of Civil Engineering, and Chair of Sustainable Cities, at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Anne Steinemann)

The University of Michigan released a study that revealed 30% of candles contained lead. When lit, these candles emit toxins into the air and we inhale them. Our lungs can easily become damaged when exposed to led, so the safety of lead containing candles is definitely questionable.

Paraffin is another common candle ingredient which is toxic. It is a waste product created from petroleum, and yet it is placed into candles and sold despite it’s negative effects. When heated, paraffin releases a carcinogenic chemical in the air. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that, “Pure paraffin wax is widely regarded as non-toxic, but may possess some carcinogenic properties.” (Source: OSHA- Ref 5.3)

The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 passed in the State of California revealed that there are at least seven major toxins in paraffin wax. Paraffin wax falls into the category of toxic chemicals known as petrochemicals, which are byproducts derived from petroleum.  Yes! Petroleum, which includes fuels such as gasoline, kerosene, and diesel oil.  So essentially, when you are lighting a paraffin wax candle you are allowing gasoline-like toxins to enter the air in your home.

Fortunately, there are natural replacements for the toxin filled candles in your home. Beeswax candles are a natural, safe alternative you can add to your household instead. Mary Tylor Naturals, LLC proudly offers organic beeswax which can be used in a variety ways, including homemade candles!

Replacing the toxic chemicals we are exposed to is a critical step into achieving optimal health.  Beeswax is an all-natural, yellow or dark brown wax secreted by honeybees. It can be used to replace the toxins in beauty products, polishes, creams and even candles!

Beeswax is a 100% natural product. Candles made from beeswax also have many health benefits unlike toxic paraffin candles. When heated, Beeswax candles emit negative ions. Negative ions are believed to increase the body’s production of serotonin, which is the brain’s “happy chemical.” The release of negative ions can aid in stress relief and improve our moods. Negative ions also purify  the air and are especially beneficial to those with respiratory issues such as asthma, emphysema and lung diseases.  (Source: Dr. Michael Terman, PhD, of Columbia University in New York.)

If you are looking for a safe alternative to toxic chemicals, beeswax candles are a great substitute with amazing health benefits. Hope, Healing, Happy Co offers high quality beeswax candles that are sure to improve your life!

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Kid Friendly Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

Kid Friendly Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender can be a great addition to your child’s life. There are many ways to incorporate this natural remedy into your parenting. Below is a list of great ways you can use lavender for your kids.

Make Bedtime Easier. Spraying a light mist of lavender hydrosol or spray to your child’s pillow can help them fall asleep easier. You can also add lavender to the diffuser in their room before bed.

Boost Bath Time. Adding a few drops lavender essential oil to a warm bath is a pampering, calming experience for any child.  Be sure they do not ingest the water or get it into their eyes or mouth.

Reduce Anxiety.  Applying a diluted solution of lavender essential oil to your child’s wrists, chest and soles of their feet can help reduce anxiety and induce a calmer state.

Skin Care Remedy.  Lavender can be a safe, natural remedy to treat common skin irritants such as poison ivy, mosquito bites and eczema.

Head Lice Treatment. Lavender essential oil can be used to naturally get rid of head lice when adding a diluted solution directly to the scalp.

Be sure to use a 100% natural lavender product and check with your child’s doctor before trying any holistic treatment.