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Metaphysical Properties of Chalcopyrite (Peacock Ore)

Chalcopyrite (kal-co-pie-right), aka Peacock Ore, attracts attention with its blue, purple, green, red and/or gold metallic luster. For centuries, chalcopyrite has been the primary source of copper. Due to chalcopyrite’s main component, copper iron sulfide, it oxidizes to a dull grey-green color, so acid is used to bring out the hidden colors in the ore. Therefore, this stone should not be left in a bowl of water.

 

Chalcopyrite/Peacock Ore

Mineral vs. Gemstone – What Is the Difference?

Minerals “occur naturally in the earth’s crust and are defined as inorganic solids that have characteristic chemical composition and crystalline structures”* To put it simply, minerals form when molten rock (magma) cools or by water in caverns under the sea.

Therefore, almost all stones and rocks are minerals with some exceptions like lapis lazuli, amber, coral, jade, opal, pearl and jet, which were produced by an organic process. “Minerals are identified by seven properties i.e., color, luster, hardness, streak, cleavage, fracture, and crystal form.”*

Stones cut, polished and used as jewelry because of their beauty are mineral crystals categorized as gemstones. The value of these stones depend on the hardness, clarity, color, size and rarity. To learn more gemstones, visit our blog post, “Differences in Gemstones”.

 

What Are the Metaphysical Properties of Peacock Ore?

Known as the “tonic stone”, chalcopyrite gives a quick uplift when your energy is low and increases vitality. You can also use this ore to decrease confusion and disorientation. Other abilities of peacock ore include the following:

    Chalcopyrite also known as Peacock Ore

  • Remove negative energy blockages within the chakras
  • Activates mostly the higher chakras (crown and third eye)
  • Heighten perception
  • Increases happiness, joy and self-esteem
  • Enhances our life force energy to stimulate cellular energy
  • Helps heal viruses, bacterial infections and fever
  • Improves ability to reach and maintain a meditative state
  • Grounds and smooths the energy flow in our body
  • Helps you find missing or lost items
  • Provides protection to energy healers during their healing sessions
  • Shields you when having a prolonged or lengthy medical treatments
  • Helps attract money and abundance
  • Decreases feelings of guilt and judgment
  • Stimulates creativity and new ideas

Chalcopyrite can be used in different ways. One way is to hold it in your hand as you meditate because it helps clear your mind and strengthens your connection to the universe and mystical realms. As part of a healing grid, peacock ore cleanses, activates and balances the chakras to improve your bodies ability to heal itself. Wearing the ore as jewelry or putting it in your pocket helps protect you from evil influences and illness as well as increase your positive energy and happiness.

Seeds of Wellness now carries chalcopyrite (peacock ore) from Mexico. Stop in to see this ore and several new gemstones we purchased recently.

 
Sources:
*What’s the difference between a mineral and a gemstone?” on Elegant Fused Glass

Chalcopyrite” on Crystalpedia

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What Is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is not sleep, unconsciousness, mind control or magic. In fact it is a heightened state of awareness. The person is fully aware, in control and able to respond to requests, either verbally or by a signal. There is no surrender of control – no magic.

No one can be hypnotized against his/her “will” or made to do anything he/she does not want to do. Anyone of average intelligence and higher can be hypnotized if they chose. Hypnosis is a helpful tool in over-coming fears, eliminating bad habits like smoking and overeating. It is also helpful in pain control, managing stress and more.

Can you be hypnotized?
Hypnosis is a practice older than medicine. It dates back to the early Egyptians. Today there are many false myths and half-truths aspired about hypnosis and hypnotherapists – (hyp-no-‘ther-a-pists) who use hypnosis to treat patients with emotional disorders and help them over come bad habits.

Like daydreaming, hypnosis is a state of calm relaxation and an education-communication process that allows a person’s conscious and subconscious minds to believe in the same message. Hypnosis can be used to help a person change behaviors they desire to change like the following:

  • Reduce Stress
  • Enhance memory
  • Improve athletic performance
  • Increase motivation
  • Eliminate phobias
  • Decrease pain
  • Improve sexual function
  • Stop smoking

When choosing a hypnotherapist, be sure they are certified in hypnotherapy from a reputable school or organization.

Author: Elizabeth Howell

 

Seeds of Wellness is offering two hypnosis group sessions in May and June with Rev. Elizabeth Howell. She is a certified hypnotherapist by the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association through the School of Personal Growth Hypnosis in Strongsville, Ohio, and has over 15 years experience.

  • On May 26, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Elizabeth provides a weight control hypnosis group session .
  • Stop smoking hypnosis group session occurs on June 16, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.

Cost for both group hypnosis sessions: $45 (payment due 5 days before the session with no refund if cancel less than 36 hours before the date of the event)

Seating is limited to 8, so be sure to reserve your spot by calling 440-933-7733 now.

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Healthy Habits Can Help You Stand Firm and Stay Sober

Making the decision to get sober isn’t one you take lightly. In fact, it’s one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. It makes sense to embrace every tool at your disposal to help you stay clean. One of the best things you can do for your recovery is to make healthy habits a foundation in your new lifestyle.

Stand firm

Break the Cycle

Addiction can be a vicious cycle. Stressors and triggers lead addicts to making poor choices, and then poor choices leave addicts susceptible to more stressors and triggers. Part of breaking the addiction cycle is finding new coping skills and incorporating them into your lifestyle. Without these tools and skills at your disposal, you leave yourself vulnerable to relapse. Developing new habits can give you a firm foundation for successfully navigating some of the obstacles involved in recovery. Here are some of the basics that will help you stay clean.

 

Healthy Activity

Exercise can be one of the best tools in your toolkit when it comes to staying sober. It’s through the self-awareness associated with a well-rounded exercise program that some experts feel you can better manage stressors, triggers, and cravings. If you’re just beginning a workout program, Mayo Clinic recommends starting slowly and cautiously. Find ways to make exercise part of your daily lifestyle, whether it’s cycling after work or walking on your lunch break. Yoga is a popular choice for those in recovery because it embraces mindfulness and meditation, which can help make you more aware of triggers. Engage in a variety of activities to help you stay motivated and avoid boredom, and don’t overdo your fitness program as it can lead to injury. It’s always best to discuss any new exercise regimen with your health care professional.

 

Healthy Sleep

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services tells us that the average adult requires seven to eight hours of quality sleep to stay healthy. Sleep improves your body’s immunity, helps you maintain a healthy weight, lowers stress, improves your mood, helps you think clearly, and reduces your risk for health issues such as heart disease and diabetes. Note that it’s important to try to get your sleep during the night. Not only does nighttime sleep allow you to better interact with people during the day and avoid becoming isolated, it helps your body maintain normal rhythm patterns. If you’re struggling with getting a healthy sleep, try setting a regular bedtime and sticking to it. Establish a ritual that helps your mind and body relax before you turn in, and make sure your bedroom is quiet and dark.

 

Healthy Eating

Without good nutrition as part of your lifestyle, you leave yourself at risk. With a healthy diet, you can maintain a your metabolism and feel more energetic, and your body will be able to make muscle and reduce fat. One recommendation is to start with better choices at the grocery store. Make a list before going shopping and ensure it has your basics for meals along with a couple snacks. Include lean meats such as chicken and fish and eat a variety of fresh vegetables and fruit. Avoid processed foods and drink plenty of water. Try eating several small meals through the day so you aren’t tempted to binge-eat. Eat a small snack so you aren’t hungry and then head to the grocery store after your workout. Shopping on an empty stomach is never a good idea because you can be tempted to put everything you see in your shopping cart. It’s beneficial to go shopping after your workout because you will feel good about having done something positive for yourself, adding to your motivation to purchase healthy foods.

 

Your Firm Foundation

With a lifestyle formed around good choices, you can successfully navigate obstacles that come your way. Exercise, get enough sleep, and eat right. These healthy habits can be your firm foundation for staying sober!

Author: Michelle Peterson (michelle@recoverypride.org)
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Benefits of Aromatherapy

Disclaimer: This blog information is general in nature and for informational purposes. It is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. If you suspect you have a disease or health-related condition of any kind, you should contact your health care professional immediately. Please read all product packaging carefully and consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise, supplementation or medication program.

When you inhale an aroma from essential oils, herbs, flowers and other scents directly or indirectly to enhance your feeling of emotional and spiritual well-being, it is called aromatherapy. Most people use therapeutic-grade essential oils for aromatherapy.

“Aromatherapy is thought to work by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system — the part of the brain that controls emotions.” *

Due to the strong aroma of essential oils, they are usually added to a carrier oil like olive, coconut or jojoba oil before applying them to the skin or using them in some diffusers. Smelling the aromas from the bottle, on a cloth or added to bath water can be done without the carrier oil.

The following are proven benefits of aromatherapy:

Lavender plantsPromotes Relaxation: many different scents are know to be relaxants, but most people think of lavender first. However, other aromas may help with reducing stress like lemon, peppermint, ylang-ylang, clary sage, geranium, and bergamont.

Improves Sleep: several people drink chamomile tea or use lavender to help them sleep. Here are some other aromas to try – jasmine, rose, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, vetiver and sweet marjoram.

Increases Energy/Uplifting: peppermint, cinnamon, clove, lemon, grapefruit, orange, lime, ginger, jasmine, rosemary and sage all may increase your circulation, raise energy levels and stimulate your body.

Decreases Respiratory Issues: some aromatherapy oils have antiseptic properties that cleanse fungus, mold and bacteria from the air. Orange, lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus, frankincense, myrrh, rosemary, tea tree (melaleuca), black pepper and oregano can help with respiratory problems.

Lemons help improve several health issuesSpeeds Healing: Tea tree (melaleuca) oil’s antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties have made it popular for treating dandruff and other skin problems. Other known healing aromas include lavender, calendula, lemon, orange, jasmine, frankincense, juniper berry and clary sage.

Relieves Pain or Inflammation: one of the best known uses for aromatherapy, and the scents that can help reduce pain include frankincense, ginger, lavender, clary sage, rose and geranium. For inflammation, you can try rosemary, peppermint, frankincense and spearmint.

Improves Libido: by increasing the blood flow and improving hormonal balance, your libido improves. Try ylang-ylang, clary sage, sandalwood, rosemary and geranium aromas.

Improve Digestion: aromas can help with nausea, bloating, indigestion and constipation by speeding up your metabolism which results in faster digestion of your food. The scents to try are lemon, ginger, peppermint, thyme, clove, turmeric, grapefruit, eucalyptus and chamomile.

Boosts Memory and Focus: Sage is know to increase memory capacity for a period of time in some people. Lavender, orange, frankincense, basil, peppermint and rosemary may boost your mental alertness and concentration.

Due to our uniqueness, aromas may or may not help us for a specific problem. Therefore, you will need to try different aromas to see which scents and applications work best for you. Also, it is not uncommon for people to have allergic reactions to some aromas especially if you are allergic to it in food.

 

Note: Aromatherapy use of essential oils is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Therefore, anyone can market a product as suitable for aromatherapy. If a product says it is “Made with Essential Oils” or “Made with Natural Ingredients”, it means the product contains a minute quantity of essential oils and the rest of the product may be synthetic.

Pinch Me Therapy Dough
Seeds of Wellness carries a variety of aromatherapy products – Sacred Path Candles, Pinch Me Therapy Dough, Wild Berry Incense, natural skin care products and some essential oils. Stop in and see what products work best for you.

 

Sources:

*What Are the Benefits of Aromatherapy?” written by Brent A. Bauer, M.D. on Mayo Clinic website

What is Aromatherapy? 9 Ways It Benefits Health” by Dr. Axe

10 Amazing Benefits of Aromatherapy” by Organic Facts

Emotional Benefits of Aromatherapy” by doTERRA

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Crystal Healing – What Is It?

Everything has energy including us. For centuries healers have used crystals to help heal a person’s energy and bring the energy back into harmony, restoring the energy’s natural vibration. How do crystals heal your energy?

  • Cleanse – Absorbs and/or removes energy blocks from your body
  • Energize – Sends energy into your body and energy field using frequencies
  • Balance – Brings body into harmony by repelling and attracting energy

The crystal healer places the crystals on areas of your body where you need healing. For example: a quartz could be placed on your forehead to cleanse your energy and a jade stone on your heart to bring balance to your energy field.

Placement of cyrstals for healing

The benefits of crystal healing ranges from deep relaxation to reduced pain and sleep issues. Some people say their mental clarity and focus improves. The most important thing is to keep an open mind and have no expectations.

Crystal healing is tailored specifically to you and results vary from person to person. Even the length of the session could depend on the amount of energy healing you require. The crystal healer may chat with you before the session to get a picture of your life and energy issues.

 

Learn more about crystal healing at our class on Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. The class teachers are Patty Slevey, Lucile Tereletsky and Donna Bell from 3rd House Celestial Communications. They have decades of training and experience as spiritual healers and Reiki Masters.

They introduce you to a new crystal healing modality where they use their crystals as tools with other healing techniques. They work on your energy field to bring about change in your physical body.

 

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How to Make Changes in Your Home that Protect the Environment

The evidence for climate change is getting harder and harder to refute. NASA satellite monitoring has shown that carbon dioxide levels stand at about 400 parts per million. Before 1950, that level had never been higher than 300 parts per million, reflecting a precipitous increase in the buildup of carbon dioxide and other gases that trap heat. Many homeowners are responding to the crisis by looking for new and innovative ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Many of the most fundamental materials used in home construction and renovations are made of toxic components that are known to be harmful to the environment. Fortunately, there are many green-friendly changes you can make in your home that are also friendly to your budget.

Decrease toxins in your home

Pay close attention to the composition of things like insulation, carpeting, and paints. If they’re high in volatile organic compounds and harmful chemicals, replace them with alternatives that minimize or eliminate substances that find their way into the ecosystem and break down the fragile balance of nature. If you’re concerned that going green means going off the grid and swearing off dairy and red meats, relax. You can be an environmentally sensitive homeowner and still lead a comfortable life in an attractive home.

Insulation

Insulation is one of those things you don’t think about, but you certainly notice when it’s ineffective. That’s why so many homeowners are content with traditional fiberglass insulation (as long as their homes are warm and their heating bills are under control). However, small fiberglass particles that break away pose a serious indoor air quality threat and escape into the atmosphere—children are especially vulnerable. Look for a safer option, such as GreenFiber Cocoon, which is made of recycled newspaper and treated with a flame-retardant substance. Best of all for retrofitters, it can be blown through walls via small holes.

Carpeting

Homeowners also tend to overlook the toxic effects of carpeting, even though it contains a host of carcinogens, like toluene, formaldehyde, benzene, and styrene, which have been proven lethal in laboratory animal studies. In humans, these chemicals can cause respiratory problems and even nerve damage. You can protect the environment and your home’s indoor air quality with floor coverings made from natural, recyclable fibers, such as jute, rush, or even seagrass.

PaintMan Pouring Paint Into Tray

Enamel and other commonly used house paints contain toxic solvents that may produce headaches, dizziness, and labored breathing, particularly in people who struggle with allergies and asthma problems. They also contribute to widespread atmospheric pollution. Consider replacing enamel-based paints with alternatives made from safe, natural products like clay, water, bee’s wax, plant dyes, natural oils, or chalk. If you’re uncertain whether a product is environmentally safe, look for the Green Seal stamp, meaning it’s been certified by a nationwide nonprofit organization.

Ceiling Fans

Inefficient heating and cooling is a problem in many homes, especially those with aging HVAC units. Ceiling fans are an excellent year-round investment because they can blow warm air down to floor level during the cold months and circulate cool air during the summer. They’re relatively easy to install, which makes them good candidates for remodeling and home upgrades. Most importantly, they can substantially reduce heating and cooling costs. If you’re looking for a more ambitious home-heating option, check into solar panels. According to HomeAdvisor, the national average price to install solar panels ranges from $15,513 to $29,016.

Grassroots Change

Environmentally responsible community action can take many forms. Composting and community gardens are excellent ways to produce sustainable, healthy food (they’re also a good way to get some exercise and fresh air). Community-wide recycling has also become a popular activity in recent years. In fact, neighborhood recycling drives are pretty commonplace these days.

Environmental responsibility begins at home. Using products made from natural materials can protect our environment as well as your family from dangerous chemicals. Just bear in mind that it’s easier to take it a step at a time than to try and change everything at once.

Article by Natalie Jones
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Balancing Your Chakras with Gemstones

Locations of seven chakrasDo you feel your energy and/or body is out of balance? Using gemstones that correspond to each chakra can help re-align your energy and body.

Below is a guide to help you choose a gemstone for each chakra:

  • Crown (white/violet) – Clear Quartz, Selenite or Diamond
  • Third Eye (indigo) – Amethyst, Lepidolite or Fluorite
  • Throat (blue) – Kyanite, Turquoise or Lapis Lazuli
  • Heart (green) – Rose Quartz, Jade or Rhodochrosite
  • Solar Plexus (yellow) – Citrine, Yellow Tiger’s Eye or Calcite
  • Sacral (orange) – Carnelian, Moonstone or Amber
  • Root (red) – Bloodstone, Hematite or Red Jasper

Different sources name different gemstones, but the ones listed above are the most common.

To balance a chakra, lay on your back. Place the gemstone on or near its corresponding chakra. Close your eyes and visualize your energy flowing freely through that chakra for 7 to 15 minutes. You can balance several chakras by placing a gemstone on each chakra you need to balance.

These stones can also be placed near you as you sleep, wearing them as jewelry or carrying them with you. The closer the gemstone is to its corresponding chakra the faster the gemstone balances that chakra.

Some gemstones help balance the chakras in more than one way:

  • Smoky Quartz – grounds the chakras from the crown to the root
  • Malachite – opens and cleanses all the chakras
  • Tourmaline – cleanses and protects all the chakras
  • Kyanite – aligns all the chakras to each other

Note: Before and after the chakra balancing, the gemstones you used should be cleansed with salt water, placing in the sunlight or putting the gemstones with Citrine or Kyanite.

When your chakras are in balance you may feel relaxed, less stressed and/or energized. However, balancing your chakras is not a medical solution. Call your doctor if you are experiencing any health concerns.

Want to learn more about the energy of gemstones for healing, balancing and protection? Call 440-933-7733 to register for our class, “Learning About Gemstone Energy”, on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Learn more about chakras on our blog post, “What Are Chakras?”.

 

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Home Improvements that Help Support a Healthy Life

Sometimes, you make home improvements to increase value. However, there are changes you can make that help support a healthy life for you and your family. From reducing allergens to building peace of mind, these home improvements increase your comfort and health.

Improving Your Physical Health

You may have heard of toxic building syndrome. This is when a large structure sickens the people who work there. This can happen to your home and hurt your family’s health. But by making a few changes, you can have a home that’s healthy for everyone.

ClevelandClinic.org recommends you focus on the air quality. Change the filters in your HVAC system every two to three months. If possible, stick with hard floors. Carpeting looks nice, but it ends up trapping allergens and dust that contribute to indoor air pollution. In addition, make sure you ventilate the home when using cleaning chemicals. These can linger in the air and trigger asthma attacks.

Another health problem in the home is sunlight. Although natural light is a good thing to have in a home, sunlight has ultraviolet rays that can lead to skin cancer. Since you’re not outdoors, it’s easy to forget the impact of sunlight. Living Better 50 suggests adding UVA-filtering films to the windows in your house. This way, you can enjoy the natural lighting while protecting your family.

Improving your health

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Creating a Mental Health Retreat

When looking into home improvements you can make, don’t neglect your family’s mental health, which plays a huge role in physical well-being. That’s why you should consider creating a room in your home for a mental health retreat.

One such space is a reading room. As Bustle explains, reading has many mental health benefits. It relaxes you, improves your empathy, and decreases your stress. Even though this is a short respite, it can help you feel better. To create a reading room, start with a room that goes unused like a spare bedroom. Paint the walls in natural but muted colors, and keep the decorations to a minimum. Finally, put in a relaxing place to read like a comfortable chair or couch.

Building Peace of Mind

Building your peace of mind also supports a healthy life. You can achieve this by making sure your home is secure through a home security system and timed lights for when you’re away. Modern systems work over the internet and can be very affordable. Imagine being at work each day knowing your home is safe.

Beyond that, install both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Test them regularly and replace the batteries each season. While these might not sound like a major home improvement, they are crucial to protecting your family at home.

Improving Home & Health

Overall, making the right home improvements can help support you and your family’s health. Get rid of carpeting, create a reading room, and install smoke detectors and timed lights. Your home should be a restful and healthy place for your entire family, and these improvements can help that become a reality.

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How Gratitude Can Improve Your Life

At least once a year in November we celebrate what we are thankful for in our lives. Why is this important and should we be doing it more than once or twice a year?

What is Gratitude?

According to the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, Robert Emmons, there are two key components to gratitude. “First, it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good thing in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received. …The second part of gratitude is figuring out where that goodness comes from. We recognize the sources of this goodness as being outside of ourselves.”*

What Are The Benefits of Being Grateful?

There are 7 scientifically proven benefits of gratitude**:

  • Gratitude opens the door to more relationships” – by saying “thank you” to others, it shows we appreciate them. Many times, saying “thank you” can lead to new opportunities.
  • Gratitude improves physical health” – according to a 2012 study, people who are thankful take better care of their health and have few aches and pains.
  • Woman smiling as she thinks about what she is thankful for today.Gratitude improves psychological health” – Robert Emmons’ studies show that gratitude increases happiness and reduces depression.
  • Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression” – grateful people are less likely to retaliate and show more empathy towards people, according to a University of Kentucky study.
  • Grateful people sleep better” – a 2011 study about gratitude journals found people who wrote grateful statements before bed slept better and longer.
  • Gratitude improves self-esteem” – appreciation of other’s accomplishments is an essential aspect of peak and better job performance.
  • Gratitude increases mental strength” – many studies over the years prove that being thankful and showing gratitude makes the person more resilient, quicker to over come trauma and have lower stress levels.

Many of these same benefits are listed in a Times article, “7 Surprising Health Benefits of Gratitude”. For a larger list of benefits, visit “The 31 Benefits of Gratitude You Didn’t Know About: How Gratitude Can Change Your Life” by Amit Amin on Happier Human.

Ways to Explore Gratitude

Here are some suggestions to cultivate gratitude***:

  • Keep a gratitude journal – every night before going to bed write down a couple of sentences about one or two things you’re grateful for today.
  • Write a thank you note – thank a person for something they do which improves your life and send it to them or give it to them personally. You may consider writing a thank you note to yourself.
  • Mediate – as you clear your mind, focus on something you are grateful for like the warmth of the sun, your pet(s), a favorite food, etc.
  • Pray – say prayers of gratitude, thanking the divine for people and things you have in your life that bring you happiness.
  • Say thank you to someone – tell a person “thank you” even if it is a stranger who held the door open for you.

Write a thank you note to someone
Like any new habit, taking time to be grateful everyday will not come easy at first and the benefits not seen right away. However, the more you do it, the easier it will become and the more you will see the benefits it has on your life.

 
Get support and encouragement to be grateful and show gratitude by joining Seeds of Wellness’ free “Sharing Gratitude Group” that meets the second Saturday of every month from 10:30 to 11:30am. We will share what we are thankful for in our lives, talk about our struggles to be grateful and discuss the benefits we are noticing as we explore reasons for gratitude.  See the dates for this group in our Google Calendar on our Events and Services page.

 
Sources:

* “Why Gratitude Is Good”, by Robert Emmons, Greater Good Magazine

** “7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude” by Amy Morin, Psychology Today

*** “In Praise of Gratitude” from Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School

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Bayberry Candle Christmas and New Year’s Eve Tradition

Giving and lighting a bayberry candle on Christmas Eve and/or New Year’s Eve has been a long time American tradition. The history dates back to colonial times.

The early colonists of North America discovered bayberries gave off a greenish-white waxy residue when boiled. By saving the bayberry wax, they used it to make taper candles. However, it was time-consuming and took many bayberries – “nearly 18 pounds of the berries to get about 2 pounds of wax” – to make enough wax for a single candle. “Some communities passed laws to protect the bayberry crop from early harvest. The result was a high value; bayberry candles became a luxury item, saved for special use.

Adding beeswax to the bayberry wax helped the candles hold their shape and not break due to the brittleness of the pure bayberry wax. Most of these candles were only burned during the darkest times of the year. Therefore, a ritual of burning the bayberry candle at Christmas Eve and/or New Year’s Eve became a tradition.

The bayberry candle was lit at a specific time, so it stays burning after midnight.  The candle remained alight until it burned out on its own. “If the candle burned down to the socket, abundance would bless everyone participating in the ritual,” according to the tradition.

 

Bayberry Candle Poems

Verse 1

This bayberry candle comes from a friendBayberry votive and pillar candles
So on Christmas Eve burn it down to the end.
For a bayberry candle burned to the socket,
Will bring joy to the heart and gold to the pocket.

 

Verse 2

Here’s a Bayberry Candle that’s meant just for you,
With Holiday Tradition that’s tried and true.
When you light this candle on Christmas Eve Day,
Love and Luck come to you when it’s burned all the way!

 

Verse 3

To bring good luck for a year,
you must burn a Bayberry Candle on Christmas Day.
And if the flame burns bright, and the light shines clear,
then heaven will bless you all the year.

“A slightly different version of the invocation delivers the same message: ‘A bayberry candle burned to the socket brings luck to the household, food to the larder and gold to the pocket.’”

 

We hope that burning a bayberry candle this Christmas Eve and/or New Year’s Eve will bring you good fortune and prosperity for the coming year.

If you are looking for a bayberry candle, Seeds of Wellness sell bayberry votive and pillar candles made by Sacred Path Candles.

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