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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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What are Wool Dryer Balls and Why You Should Use Them

What are Wool Dryer Balls and Why You Should Use Them

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Laundry is a task all adults have to manage, after all, clean clothes are a necessity in this life. But many people would be shocked to know that they are unknowingly exposing themselves to toxic chemicals by using items such as dryer sheets.

Researchers at the University of Washington, led by Dr. Anne Steinemann, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and public affairs, expounded research to discover the chemical composition of laundry products. They conducted a study that examined laundry detergents, dryer sheets, soaps, and many other household products from a wide variety of companies.

The study revealed that every single product which was tested emitted at least one chemical classified as toxic or hazardous and eleven of the tested products emitted at least one probable carcinogen according to EPA classification standards.

For the best health possible, it is important to eliminate as much toxic exposure as you can. A great way to do this is to replace the chemical laden products in  your home with natural, alternative solutions.

One of the household items you can easily replace are dryer sheets. Dryer sheets are filled with chemicals and can be switched with wool dryer balls!

What are wool dryer balls?

Wool dryer balls are exactly what they sound like, balls of 100% wool that are felted and rolled into a circle to make them extremely durable.

Why should I switch to wool dryer balls?

Dryer balls are a great natural alternative to traditional dryer sheets for a number of reasons.

  • Save Money! Wool dryer balls are more cost effective than spending money on dryer sheets. You can use dryer balls for years instead of using disposable dryer sheets that you cannot re-use.
  • Love the Planet! Wool dryer balls are eco-friendly and because they are a natural compound are biodegradable. You will eliminate the trash you would have accumulated by using disposable dryer sheets.
  • Eliminate Chemicals! You can make your laundry loads smell clean and fresh by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil right onto the wool dryer balls. You can get great smelling clothes, sheets and towels without exposing yourself to harsh toxins.

How do I use wool dryer balls?

Wool dryer balls are as simple to use as purchasing a 100% pure wool product and popping it into your dryer! You can use 2-6 balls depending on the size of your load.

Wool dryer balls are a wonderful natural alternative to keeping your laundry fresh without exposing yourself and your family to chemicals.

For more information on natural household tips, check out the rest of our blog!

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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.