Healthy Living

Why should you use organic products?

Why should you use organic products?

The question of whether organic products are necessary or not is a current topic in today’s world. Are the  chemicals in household cleaning supplies, makeup and beauty products really toxic to you and your family’s health?

The Consumer Protection Agency has vastly growing concerns regarding the chemical exposure to the current population. A recent report released by the CPA revealed, “150 chemicals found in the home are connected to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological disorders.” (Source: Consumer Protection Agency)

Additionally, the Environmental Policy and Children’s Health Association states that, “Children have chemical exposures from birth that their parents didn’t have until they were adults. Because children are exposed to toxins at an earlier age than adults, they have more time to develop environmentally triggered diseases, with long latency periods, such as cancer.” (Source: Environmental Policy and Children’s Health, Future of Children, Summer/Fall 1995; 5(2): 34-52)

Knowing this information, it is no wonder why families are searching for natural, organic options to replace the harsh chemicals used in household products. The awareness regarding toxic exposure is an important step towards protecting our health from toxins.

The United States House of Representatives Report in 1989 published some alarming statistics regarding the toxicity that American’s are regularly exposed to. “Of the chemicals found in personal care products: 884 are toxic, 146 cause tumors, 218 cause reproductive complications, 778 cause acute toxicity, 314 cause biological mutations, 376 cause skin and eye irritations.” (Source: United States House of Representatives Report, 1989)

Americans are unknowingly exposed to more toxins in the current day and age than ever before. Perhaps this is why cancer, autoimmune disease and allergic reactions are increasing at an alarming rate?

Chemicals are especially present in products used in our homes such as cleaning supplies, laundry detergents, make-up and even in our foods and beverages. For example, Parabens and phthalates are commonly used chemicals which have been researched to cause cancer and type II diabetes. These two chemicals can be found in shampoo, make-up and various beauty products. Aluminum is also a common additive used in antiperspirants and scented products despite the fact that this toxin has been directly linked to increasing the risks of developing Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer. (Source: Global Healing Center)

To find our best health possible, it is imperative we reduce our exposure to environmental toxins. Despite the alarming statistics of chemical toxicity in the current age, there is good news! You can take control of your chemical exposure!

Hope, Healing, Happy Co is passionate about offering our customers the best organic products to enhance their lives and provide safer alternatives to chemical exposures. We offer an extensive variety of natural products and education if you are searching for ways to reduce chemical exposure!

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Can Binaural beats benefit your health?

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Can Binaural beats benefit your health?

Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, who was a physicist and meteorologist from Prussia, discovered what we know today as binaural beats. His discovery of the concept of high frequency sound localization led to the modern alternative treatments of healing, meditation and sleep induction through sound frequencies.

What are Binaural Beats?

Two sound tones played in each ear at slightly different frequencies, causes your brain to process a beat by differentiating the changes in the frequencies. These are referred to as binaural beats.

What are the health benefits?

Binaural beats are believed to help the brain enter a state much like it would during meditation. Alternative practitioners promote binaural beats to boost mental clarity, reduce anxiety and induce sleep and restfulness.

Binaural beats are categorized into different frequencies used to induce certain moods and brain patterns.

Delta (1 to 4 Hz) Used to induce deep sleep.

Theta (4 to 8 Hz) Used to reduce anxiety, promote meaningful meditation, and boost creativity.

Alpha (8 to 13 Hz) Used to induce relaxation and decrease depressive moods.

Beta (14 to 30 Hz) Used to improve mental alertness, critical thinking, and memory recall.

You should use caution when using binaural beats if you have a heart condition, epilepsy or any condition that impacts brain waves.

How to use Binaural Beats

  • Find a safe, calming place free of interruptions.
  • Get a pair of high-quality headphones.
  • Close your eyes and enter a relaxed state of mind.
  • Listen to the binaural beats for at least 30 minutes
  • Do not listen to binaural beats while driving or operating machinery.

Different frequencies (as listed above) are associated with various effects on the brain, so you can experiment with different frequencies and waves of binaural beats to find out what works best for you.  Binaural beats are considered an alternative therapy and should not be used to treat or cure any condition.

 

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Great Ways to Celebrate Independence Day

Great Ways to Celebrate Independence Day

 

July 4th has been a favorite American holiday since 1776. It is the day set aside to celebrate the legal founding of the United States of America. According to historians, the first 4th of July was celebrated with bell ringing, gun salutes and of course, fireworks, which remain a touted tradition!

John Adams, the second US president, wanted to make sure Independence Day was made an American tradition. He wrote to his wife in a letter stating, “I believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.”

Below is a list of great activities to celebrate Independence Day!

Gardening

A great way to celebrate July 4th is to plant a garden. You can find colorful flowers, plants and herbs at your local greenhouse or home improvement store. Gardening is a great way to get your family involved and to take advantage of the freedom to grow your own food in America.

Chalk Art

Go purchase a chalk art kit at your local department store and create a masterpiece in your driveway or sidewalk. You can decorate the concrete or asphalt with designs, words and art to celebrate! This is a great activity for kids to be creative.

(Note: Be sure to check the temperature of the concrete or asphalt before allowing children to play on it, as it can be hot and cause burns. It is best to do this activity in the cool of the day or early evening.)

Enjoy Nature

Taking a walk in the sunshine, enjoying a nature hike or visiting a local park are great ways to take advantage of your July 4th holiday. If you don’t want to go far, simply enjoy the day in your very own backyard!

Discover Local History

America has many historic sites and places you can visit. You can search the internet for local historical sites and discover the history around you. You may be surprised to find out the story behind the place you live or the famous people who may have lived there too!

 

No matter how you celebrate Independence Day, remember that the best life is a natural life and we here at Hope, healing, happy co are here to help!

 

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Natural Uses for Lemon

Natural Uses for Lemon

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Lemons are one of the most popular citrus fruits, but did you know they can be used for a variety of natural remedies?  Below is a list of great ways you can incorporate the use of lemon to improve your life!

  • Fruit & Vegetable Wash

Soaking your fruits and vegetables in warm water and lemon juice can naturally cleanse your produce and reduce dirt and pesticides.

To use: Add a teaspoon of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of baking soda to 2 cups of warm water and soak for 15-30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and enjoy your clean veggies or fruits!

  • Acne Astringent

Lemons are naturally alkalizing agents, which means they can help your body balance PH levels. Applying a diluted lemon juice solution to your skin can help detoxify pores and prevent acne breakouts.

To use: Slice a lemon in half and soak a q-tip or cotton swab in the lemon to soak up the juice. Apply to acne breakouts and let sit for 5 minutes before rinsing with cold water.

Note: Lemons are naturally acidic, so if they are causing any skin irritation discontinue use immediately.

  • Household cleaner

Disinfectants can contain harsh chemicals that can be toxic for your health, so using lemons can be a great alternative to clean your home.

To use: Add lemon slices or lemon juice into a glass spray bottle and mix with ¼ cup white vinegar and 2 cups of water to create a natural cleaning solution.

  • Furniture Polish

Lemons can be used to naturally polish wood furniture and even to clean wood floors.

To use: Squeeze lemon juice into ¼ cup of olive oil, apply of few drops to a dry cloth and buff onto wood furniture to naturally polish hardwood surfaces.

  • Laundry Booster

Wine, food and dirt stains can be difficult to remove out of your clothing and chemicals like bleach can damage their appearance. Lemon juice can be used as a natural stain remover that won’t damage your clothes like harsh chemicals like bleach can.

To use: Add ½ cup of lemon juice to a load of laundry. Use warm or hot water for best results.

Lemon can also be used in variety of forms such as the fruit itself, lemon juice or lemon essential oil. It is important to choose a high-quality lemon product to get the most benefit for your natural remedies.

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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.