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What Benefits Might I Receive from Meditation?

Over the years I have heard people talk about meditation and the need to quiet your mind. I remember sitting on my living room floor without a single TV or radio playing and trying to stop thinking. It didn’t work, so I never tried it again.

Lately, I have learned that there are many ways to meditate, and they don’t all involve shutting down all thoughts. “Our brain is like a wayward puppy, out of control. Catching it and putting it back to the object of focus is the mediation,” according to Mike Brooks, an Austin, Texas-based psychologist*.


What Is Meditation?

Man sitting on floor meditatingMeditation, a simple, easy and inexpensive way to calm your mind and find inner peace, has been practiced for centuries. The practice of meditation started as a way to help deepen your understanding of the mystical forces of life. Today, mediation is mainly used to help you relax and reduce your stress.

What makes meditation so popular is its simplicity. No special equipment, specific location or a certain position is needed to meditate. It can be as easy as focusing on your breathe as you let go of each thought as it arises.


Is There More Than One Way to Meditate?

There are different types of meditations. A few of the popular types are listed below:

  • Mindfulness: Also called “Vipassana”, is the most popular form of meditation in the western world and originates from a Buddhist tradition. As you become aware of your breathing, you let your thoughts and emotions run, being aware of each thought and emotion without judging or focusing on it.
  • Transcendental Meditation: Comes from Hinduism. You sit with your back straight while repeating a mantra or sacred word. At more advance levels, you focus on changing your breathing to change your state of being.
  • Kundalini: You focus on the chakras as you concentrate on your breathing. While meditating, you start at the root chakra and focus on the energy while working your way upward to the crown chakra.
  • Qi Gong: (pronounced CHEE-gung) A form of Taoist mediation has you focus your attention on your breathing while you envision circulating energy in and around your body and spirit. It combines relaxation, physical movement and breathing exercises to restore balance.
  • Guided Visualization: Involves concentrating on an image or imaginary environment and many times is done while listening to a recording. Some recordings provide a method that you can use to meditate with or without the recording.
  • Heart Rhythm Meditation: As you breathe full, deep, rhythmic breaths, you focus on different areas of your body to feel your heart beat in that location.

You may also enjoy moving forms of meditation such as Tai Chi, Yoga and walking meditation where you focus your mind on a sound, movement, object or single thought.


Are There Mental Benefits to Meditating?

Meditation helps reduce information overload that can contribute to your stress. In doing so, you may feel the following:

Meditation helps your body get back into balance

  • Reduced anxiety
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased mental focus and memory
  • Stabilized moods
  • Handled stressful situations better
  • Increased happiness
  • Decreased negative emotions
  • Improved self-awareness


What Are the Physical Benefits?

The physical benefits are still being debated, but there is growing scientific support showing that meditating does have medical benefits. Some of these benefits include the following:

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Decreases muscle tension
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Increases your energy level
  • Slows aging

Meditation doesn’t cure illnesses. If you have any serious illnesses, you should talk with your doctor about any pros and cons of meditation before you begin meditating.

To learn more about what happens to the brain during and after meditation, read this article on


Woman standing on the beach meditating

Overall, meditating helps you de-stress be releasing stress from your system and preventing stress from getting into your system simultaneously. This occurs no matter which type of meditation you choose to do. It takes only 20 minutes or less daily and can be accomplished almost any where.

If you are interested in being part of a meditation group once a month, please contact Seeds of Wellness at 440-933-7733. If we have enough interest and a common day and time, we will start offering monthly meditation sessions.


* article “Meditation Techniques for People Who Hate Meditation”.


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New Year’s Resolution? Let’s Try Something New – Intention

Let's New Year's intention instead of resolutionIf you are like me, you have given up on making a New Year’s resolution because you never kept it beyond a few weeks, if you start it at all. Why is this true for many of us?

Most of the New Year’s resolutions I’ve made and heard go something like this: I am going to lose 40 lbs., eat less sugar, quit smoking, etc. The resolutions usually focus on an aspect of ourselves we feel we need to change (fix) – something negative and in the past.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a resolution is “the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. : the act of resolving something; an answer or solution to something.”

My resolutions never included a plan or a solution and felt more like a test that I either passed or failed. I guess that is why they never happened. Isn’t there a better word than resolution that could help us focus on the future and be positive?

How about intention? After all intentions are the things you “plan to do or achieve : an aim or purpose,” as per the definition by Merriam-Webster. I think this fits much better and includes a purpose!

Intention is more about the journey than the destinationIntentions also allow for flexibility, are ongoing, can change as needed and focus on positive results. For example, I could intend to view exercise as a fun activity instead of a chore, look for something positive about each day and reduce my sugar intake by paying more attention to what I eat. Intentions are more about the journey instead of the destination.

However, you need to believe you can achieve your New Year’s intention, or it is as worthless as a New Year’s resolution. By keeping it simple and focusing on the bigger picture instead of a finite goal, you are more likely to get in touch with your feelings and desires. Remember intentions are not about failure or success, but the striving to be a better you.


Would you like to learn more about creating intentions for 2015? Donna Bretz will help us set our intentions; create affirmations and more by making vision boards to inspire us throughout the year. The two hour class takes place on Sunday, January 11, at 2:00 pm. Sign up online, call or come into Seeds of Wellness.

Only 7 seats available, so reserve your spot today!

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Snow Shoveling – How to Prevent Injuries

Our first snowfall is here whether we like it or not. It is time to find the snow shovel and the salt. While doing this, I remembered all the aches and pains I felt after shoveling, so I decided to find out if I can avoid that this year. Here is what I learned:

7% of injuries and all deaths relate to heart problems. Over 11,000 adults and children are seen in the ER each year with snow-shoveling related injuries. Many of these injures occur in the morning when our back is the most unstable because the back has not felt the forces of gravity for 6 – 9 hours.

This explains part of my aches, but how long should I wait before I go outside and shovel?

It is suggested that we do our morning routine for 30 minutes or more before going outside to shovel. This gets your back use to feeling the force of gravity and gets the muscles moving. However, who wants to get up that much earlier in the morning? I know I don’t. So is there an alternative?

Stretching helps prevent injuries while shoveling snowYes, stretching. By stretching our arms, legs and back before and after shoveling will help the muscles warm up and reduce muscle strains. This can be done by walking around, marching in place and doing a few warm up exercises.

Also, don’t drink that cup of coffee or alcohol before heading out the door. Coffee and other caffeinated beverages may increase your heart rate and can reduce your blood flow. Water or decaffeinated drinks like herbal tea will help hydrate our body before and after you shovel the snow. Fortunately for me, I never liked the taste of coffee.

I’ve warmed up my muscles and avoided caffeinated beverages and alcohol, so now what?

Dress in layers rather than just one large coat. The layers should allow freedom of movement, and you can remove the layers to avoid becoming over heated as you shovel. Make sure nothing gets in the way of your vision, like your hat or scarf. Ice can develop under the snow, so you need to be cautious at all times.

Make sure you are wearing appropriate footwear, gloves and head wear to avoid frostbite. You don’t want to be wearing loose shoes, shoes that aren’t water-resistant or footwear with smooth soles to prevent twisting your ankle, getting cold and wet feet or slipping on the ice.

I’m dressed in layers with the appropriate footwear and gloves, but how do I avoid injuries while I shovel?

Squat using your legs and hips when shoveling and avoid lifting the snow when possible. Keep your back straight, only bend at the waist and avoid twisting. Push the snow whenever possible. This helps reduce the amount of weight carried by your back.

Brush the snow off your car first. Start shoveling at the center of the area you are shoveling and work your way to the edges. This helps prevent having to move the snow twice. Always work the snow closest to you. The farther out you reach, the easier it is to strain your muscles and lower back.

If you must lift the snow, make sure you lift it using your knees and hips. Only put as much snow as you can easily lift, and lift the snow only as high as necessary. DO NOT twist at your waist or throw the snow over your shoulder. This could result in back and muscle injuries. Instead turn using your feet and face the direction you throwing the snow. Also switching the shovel from the right-hand to the left-hand and changing your hand grip periodically will help prevent overworking muscles on one side of your body.

Shovel the snow often during the snowfall to avoid heavy, packed snow and results in less chance of injury. Keep your back to the wind, so you won’t get a face full of snow. Work at a steady pace, about 15 scoops a minute or less, to avoid overworking your muscles. Also, if you are sweating, when you stop you could become chilled. Remove layers to avoid overheating as you shovel. Shoveling snow can take 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the area you are shoveling.

Enjoy the snow without injuries while shovelingIf the snow is sticking to the shovel, spray cooking spray on the shovel blade. If you don’t have cooking spray, car wax, floor wax and candle wax will work as well. This will help the snow easily slide off the shovel and reducing muscle strain.

Above all, don’t overexert yourself. If it is very cold or windy outside, make sure you take breaks when you become too cold, tired or your body is aching. A good rule is to rest for the same length of time that you were shoveling, i.e., 15 minutes of shoveling and 15 minutes of rest.

Most importantly – if you feel pain or anything not normal, STOP. By continuing, you can cause a more serious injuring or health issue. Consult your doctor if you have any health concerns before shoveling the snow.

I survived the first shoveling of the season. I did my warm ups, dress appropriately and drank plenty of fluid to keep hydrated. However, I still had a few aches. Is there anything I can do to limit the aching without taking pain medication?

If you are only have minor muscle soreness, treatment options include rest, ice in first 48 hours and a topical cream. Rest is, of course, the simplest treatment, but who has time to rest especially if the snow starts falling again. Ice only works soon after the soreness begins, but if you are heading off to work after shoveling, this may not be an option.

doTERRA's Deep Blue helps relieve muscle pain and sorenessThe topical creams, like IcyHot, BenGay, Biofreeze, etc., will help reduce the pain, but they don’t help the underlying muscles. However, the cream will help until you are able to use a more effective treatment. Deep Blue by doTERRA essential oils, a stainless and greaseless cream or liquid, is an effective temporary painkiller that soothes inflammation and reduces muscle soreness. To learn more about Deep Blue, please go to our “News” webpage under “New Products”.

Simple Stretching Exercises: from Mayo Clinic, from Real Simple and from SparkPeople

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Séance – Real for Fake?

Many of us have seen séances on TV or in the movies. The table moves, bells ring, tapping noises respond to questions and even lights or a ghostly shape appears. Usually a woman screams and a message of death is heard in the horror films. Is this reality?

What is a séance? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, séance is “a spiritualist meeting to receive spirit communications”. Usually it is a group of people sitting around a table with a medium that is contacting spirits and relaying the messages to the group.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the popularity of séances grew. Some of the most well known séances were performed for Mary Todd Lincoln in the White House as she tried to contact her son after he died. Harry Houdini attended many séances to debunk them and prove the leaders were scam artists. He even performed his own séances using magic tricks. However, Harry did leave a code that only his wife, Bess, knew in case he did contact her from the spirit world. For 10 years after Harry’s death, Bess held a séance on Halloween but claims the code was never conveyed to her by any medium.

Crystal balls have been used in seancesThere are many psychics, mediums, clairvoyants, etc today that claim they can talk with the dead. There is even a television show, “Long Island Medium”, about Theresa Caputo’s life as a medium, and how she helps people by conveying messages from spirits to them. Theresa does perform group readings which some people may call a séance.

Séances have been performed in a number of ways. “Receiving messages”, a part of the Spiritualist religious, is when the minister or contact medium relates messages from the spirits to the living during the service. Sometimes a person stands on stage in front of an audience and gives messages to specific people from the afterlife. Best known séances are performed with a medium leader who communicates the spirit’s messages to the group. However, some séances are performed without a leader and many times using a Ouija board to receive a message from the deceased.

But do you hear the spirits talk, have the table levitate, etc. during a séance? Aromas of perfume, cigarettes, cooking, etc. maybe noticed. The room temperature may change. Some people say they feel a tickling feeling or a part of their body being touched. Noises, not normal to the room, may be heard. However, lights, ghostly apparitions, orbs and unknown voices are not a normal occurrence at a séance.

There are many criticisms and objections to séances. Scandal, scams and fraud have plagued séances for years. Also, children, people with negative attitudes towards the process and people looking for entertainment should not attend a séance because they hinder the spirits from talking or may attract dysfunctional spirits. Like people there are good, bad, and dysfunctional spirits. Also make sure the medium leading the séance has several years of experience and is well known.

If you are interested in attending a séance, psychic Gary St. John will be performing one at Seeds of Wellness on Wed, November 19, 2014, at 7:00 pm. Reservations and payment must be made in advance because seating is limited.

Contact Seeds of Wellness or visit their website to learn more about our events.

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Wellness – What’s It All About?

September this year is a month full of health related observances from Alzheimer’s to farm safety. These observances are recognized throughout the world, on a national level or by specific organizations and communities. We are seeing more and more articles, books, TV programs, etc. that focus on health and wellness. So what is wellness?

Man balancing on high wireDefinition of “wellness” according to Merriam-Webster dictionary: “the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal <lifestyles that promote wellness>”. But what exactly does that mean?

Many times “wellness” refers to a balance of mind, body and spirit, which results in a feeling of overall well-being. This includes mental, physical, spiritual, social, environmental and occupational aspects of our lives. Keeping all of these aspects in balance for most of us is a challenge.

There are many books and health practitioners that promote wellness to help prevent disease. Mostly they talk about having your weight at the right BMI, exercising, getting enough sleep, watching what you eat, dropping bad habits like smoking and drinking and, of course, seeing your doctor at least once a year. This isn’t realistic for me. How about you?

If you are like me, you can come up with many excuses for not doing one or more of these items. The main one for me is exercise. Let’s face it; we are our own worst enemies. Some people may attribute this to laziness, low self-esteem or lack of self-motivation. However, I think it is about what we feel is important in our lives today.

However, we can make small changes in our lives when necessary to help stay happy and as healthy as possible. By educating ourselves about food, medication, exercise techniques and other products, we can make better choices to help improve our wellness. Laura Crooks, a RN and certified wellness coach has seven tips to achieve wellness is all areas of our lives*. They are listed below:

Mom and son washing their dog outside

  • Surround yourself with positive and supportive people.
  • Weed out things and relationships that do not support you.
  • Have what you want AND want what you have.
  • Practice gratitude.
  • Care for your body: eat well, sleep well, exercise.
  • Know your values, and live them.
  • Find activities that give you a sense of purpose and connectedness.

For once I have found wellness tips that I don’t find unachievable or unrealistic. What about you?

I don’t think we can achieve wellness overnight, but by focusing on one aspect of our lives at a time, we can work towards wellness and happiness. It is all up to you.


Seed of Wellness provides a variety of products and services that help with relaxation, skin care and body health using natural ingredients and a healthier alternative to smoking regular cigarettes. Go to our Products webpage, stop in or call (440-933-7733) to find out how we can help you on your goal towards wellness.

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How to Prolong Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries Lifespan

Lithium-ion batteries are found in laptop computers, cell phones, electronic cigarettes and more. These batteries hold a longer charge and carry a higher voltage than nickel cadmium and alkaline batteries. Unlike lithium batteries, lithium-ion batteries are rechargeable. This makes these batteries the best solution for electronics requiring high energy and long battery life.

Lithium-ion batteries produce energy as ions move between the positive and negative electrodes. As the battery ages its performance decreases due to environmental conditions, discharge/charge cycles and use. As a result, the life of most lithium-ion batteries is 300 to 500 discharge/charge cycles.

Below are tips to help prolong lithium-ion batteries lifespan:


  • Smart phoneAllow partial discharges and charges. Lithium-ion batteries do not have a charge memory like NiCad batteries. Several full discharges in a row put a strain on the battery that reduces its life.
  • Fully discharge of lithium-ion battery after 30 charges or once a month. A condition called “digital memory” occurs when a battery has continuous partial discharges. By recharging the battery after it has reached the discharge “cut-off” point, the power gauge is recalibrated to show the correct discharge life on the fuel gauge in the electronic.
  • Unplug the battery when it is fully charged. By leaving it plugged in once it is fully charged, the battery health degrades because the charger may continues to try to charge the battery even when it is at 100%. Read the battery manual to be sure the charger stops charging after the battery is full if you want to keep it on the charger overnight.


  • Expose to extreme heat for long periods of time. For instance – left inside the car during warm temperatures, stored near a heating vent, setting out in the sun for long periods of time, etc. Heat is the number one reason for shortened lithium-ion battery lifespan.
  • Store or charge in areas of high humidity. It is not recommended that you have your cell phone in the bathroom while you shower or charge the electronic near the laundry area. Water can get inside the battery and reduce the lifespan.
    Continue using a lithium-ion when it is at the “cut-off” point. When you completely discharge a lithium-ion battery beyond the “cut-off” point, a safety circuit in the battery is activated, and it will not charge using the original charger.
  • Fully discharge the battery frequently because it puts a strain on the battery and shortens the amount of time it holds a charge.
  • Store the battery for a long period of time at a 100% charge because the oxidation of the battery is at its highest rate. Instead store the battery with a 50%-40% discharge in a dark cool location.
  • Use a charger that did not come with the battery. Lithium-ion batteries require a specific charge rate and voltage to avoid damaging or overcharging the battery.
  • Charge to 100% all the time. Lithium-ion batteries retain a longer lifespan when charged between 40% and 80% on a regular basis.

Premium Vapes electronic cigarette batteriesMost lithium-ion batteries are partially charged at the factory. Make sure you read the manual for the electronic for initial charging instructions. For example, some manufacturers tell you to place the electronic on the charger for 24 hours before the first use. Some electronic cigarette lithium-ion battery instructions say to use the battery until it indicates that it needs to be charge. Premium Vapes recommend fully charging the battery for 3-5 hours the first time it is charged to receive optimal battery life. After the initial charge, Premium Vapes does not recommend leaving the battery on the charger for long periods of time or overnight.

If you would like more information about electronic cigarettes, please visit Seeds of Wellness’ electronic cigarette product web page.

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Wind Chimes: History and Purpose

I have always been fascinated by wind chimes and love hearing their sound as the wind blows by them. My earliest memory of wind chimes is the small metal one that hung inside my grandmother’s home in the doorway leading from the living room into the rest of her small house.

Wind chimes consist of suspended tubes, rods, bells or other objects that make a noise when the wind blows causing them to hit each other. Usually hung outside, wind chimes are used as visual ornaments and for the pleasant sounds they make. Some wind chimes use a central clapper or ringer shaped like a ball or disk that strikes the chimes as the windcatcher hanging below it catches the breeze.



Wind chimesWind chimes have been around for thousands of years. Archeologists have unearthed wind chimes in Southeastern Asia, Greece and Egypt made from bones, shells and stones. Around 1100 B.C., the wind chime became modernized by the Chinese with the use of different sized tonal iron bells that they used in their religious ceremonies. Wind chimes are also found early in Buddhists history as an integral part of their rituals and hung from the eaves, walls and ceilings of their sacred structures.

The use of wind chimes moved from China to Japan and into the western world by the 1800s. Europeans and Americans were influenced by Asia art, design and philosophy. The practice of Feng Shui continued the spread of wind chimes into the home.

By the 1970s, wind chimes gained popularity as companies began producing sophisticated and precision-tonal musical chimes. Some are even produced with a specific cultural tuning as seen in Japan, Bali and Hawaii.

Today wind chimes are seen both inside and outside, integrated in rituals and ceremonies and heard in music, including some of the Beatle’s songs. Wind chimes are also used for decorative purposes in homes and businesses.

I don’t remember hearing or seeing wind chimes very often as a child. Perhaps that is why the one at my grandmother’s house fascinated me so much. My parents started hanging wind chimes outside on the porch when I was a teenager. However, since the 1980s every place I’ve lived the sound of wind chimes are heard throughout the neighborhood. Some people have five or more that create a symphony of sound as the wind blows by.



Variety of wind chimesThe Romans believed the sound of bells kept evil spirits away. The same is true for the Chinese who hung them on the corners of the pagodas and temples to frighten away birds as well as evil spirits and attract benevolent ones. Today the Chinese believe wind chimes connect people to nature and themselves to bring greater awareness and to live in the moment.

In many parts of Asia, wind chimes are thought to bring good luck and are used in Feng Shui, the arrangement of objects to achieve harmony and peace in a home or garden. Many teachings of Feng Shui say that wind chimes cure negative energies, provide protection and bring calm and balance to people.

By observing a wind chime, you can see the changes in the wind’s direction and strength as well as being a signal for oncoming storms. This made them an effective tool for sailors, loggers and farmers. Farmers also use wind chimes in their fields to scare away birds and other pests.

Many people today hang wind chimes in doorways and windows to keep bad luck from entering their home. Wind chimes hung in the front door can also alert you when someone enters. In movies, the sound of wind chimes and bells signals danger.

For me, hearing the sound of wind chimes during a calm breeze brings me peace. I enjoy sitting outside on a warm summer day listening to the chimes, drinking ice tea and reading a book. However, when the wind is blowing hard, the sound keeps me alert, on edge and ready to take the wind chime down to stop all the noise. I can see how this helped forecast the weather and scare way pests.

If you like wind chimes, check out the selection of small wind chimes at Seeds of Wellness.

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Massage – What Are the Benefits and Risks?

There are many types of massage techniques, but they all revolve around the same principle: the kneading and stroking of muscles and other soft tissue to improve health and well-being. Various types of massage oil may be use to help reduce friction and nourish the skin.

Massage has been used as part of healing for centuries in nearly every culture. However, in the early 20th century, massage therapy was overshadowed by prescription drugs and the rise of technology. With the increased interest in alternative medicines, healing through the use of massage has grown since the 1970s.



Massage has been generally used to reduce tension, stress and fatigue while improving circulation. Below is a list of benefits you may receive:

  • Man receiving a massagePromote relaxation
  • Reduce back and migraine pain
  • Enhance the immune system
  • Improve flexibility and relieve tight muscles and muscle spasms
  • Nourish the skin
  • Increase circulation
  • Relieve tension and stress
  • Cleanse the body of toxins
  • Improve emotional well-being
  • Aid in athletic performance and speed recovery



As long as massage is performed by a trained therapist, there are few risks. Side effects can include pain or discomfort, bruising, swelling and sensitivity to massage oils. You should always tell the massage therapist about any health conditions, allergies and pregnancies before you start a session.

 Greg Kendzior, LMT

It is suggested that you drink plenty of water after the massage to help remove toxins from the body that are loosened during the massage. Stretching or taking a warm bath before the massage can help loosen your muscles, which improves the therapist ability to manipulate the muscles.

If you are interested in receiving a massage treatment, Greg Kendzior, LMT, is at Seeds of Wellness once a month.  Click here or call to learn more.

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How Can Reflexology Improve My Health?

Thousands of years ago in Egypt and China a healing technique using the hands in reflex areas was used. It was introduced to the US in 1913 by Dr. William Fitzgerald, an ear, nose and throat specialist, and Dr. Edwin Bowers. Eunice Ingham, a nurse and physiotherapist, modified the technique in the 1930s and 1940s, which is now called “zone therapy” and is the main technique used today in the US. People who practice reflexology must be certified according to the laws of their state. In Ohio, the certification for reflexology is the same as a person practicing massage.

Foot reflexology sessionReflexology is an alternative medicine, which a person applies pressure to specific areas of the feet, hands or ears using thumb, finger and hand techniques. It is not used to diagnose or cure health disorders. The philosophy behind reflexology is that the hands & feet mirror all the organs, glands & parts of the body. The pressure prompts change to the related part of the body and helps stimulate healing to that area. It is similar to acupuncture, but no needles are used.

The major benefit of reflexology is the reduction of stress because the hands and feet help set the tension level for the rest of the body. As the hands and feet relax during a reflexology treatment, the rest of the body relaxes as well. Therefore, any stress related conditions like headaches, migraines, constipation, sleep issues, etc. improve after a treatment.

Other benefits include the following:

  • Reduces many pains/ills in the body
  • Increases energy and motivation
  • Improves circulation and digestion
  • Enhances mental clarity and focus
  • Increases recovery time after surgery and cancer treatments
  • Helps with detoxification of the body
  • Encourages overall healing within the body

If you have a stressful job, currently feeling stress in your personal life or both, reflexology will help. Research has shown that many health issues begin with stress. By having regular reflexology sessions during stressful times in your life, your body will handle the stress better because it brings your body back into balance and helps the body heal itself.

Seeds of Wellness offers reflexology once a month. Call Seeds of Wellness or go to our News webpage to learn more. To learn more about our regular services, please see our Services webpage.

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Why Should I Have a House Blessing and Cleansing?

Your house and belongings absorbs energy like a sponge, both positive and negative, and holds onto that energy. This energy reflects and affects the people and animals living there. The energy can change when guests visit, when your emotions are altered for an extended period of time and when drastic changes occur in your life. Depending on the situation, the energy will become more positive or negative similar to the odor of a sponge changing with each use.


House Blessing

Cross on the bibleMany religions and cultures perform blessings of the home. The blessing of a household is mentioned in the bible (2 Samuel 6:12, Psalm 4:8) asking for God’s favor and protection. However, the blessing can be religious or nonreligious and is also known as a spiritual house warming.

During the blessing, prayers are said out loud or silently for peace, love and protection, holy water or bless water may be sprinkled in each room and on the outside of the home, and some ceremonies involve incense (commonly frankincense and/or myrrh), holy oil and/or candles. The blessing helps release the negative energy within the home and promotes positive energy and balance. It also helps protect from future outside negative influences and energy.


House Cleansing

Like house blessings, the house cleansing (sometimes call house clearing) removes negative energy and brings positive energy and harmony into the home. Some people also cleanse the home to remove unwelcome spirits, which may or may not work. The house cleansing is intended to clear out all negative energy, curses and entities from the home.

Most house cleansing involves smudging, the burning of sage or sandalwood incense to remove negative energy from each room. Smoke absorbs the negative energy and carries it away. Sea salt, cedar, sweetgrass, candles, bells, singing bowl, rattles and/or drum may also be used during a house cleansing.



For centuries, house blessing and cleansing have been done to cleanse, renew, protect and consecrate the home or business. Many think of it as an “environmental healing”. After the ceremony is complete, there is a feeling of balance, peace and happiness. The blessing provides protection from unwanted outside influences.

Some reasons for doing a house blessing and cleansing at your home or work:Moving into a new house

  • Moving into a new home
  • Working in a new office
  • Preparing for a new baby
  • Helping clear home after a period of sadness or negativity
  • Removing energy after a social gathering
  • Changing energy after a renovation or major cleaning
  • Bringing many new items into the home, especially antiques or second-hand items
  • Experiencing a bad or traumatic event in your home or at work
  • Starting a new job
  • Sensing spiritual or ghostly presence

House blessing and cleansing can be done separately or together. However, house blessing does not remove negative spirits or entities. It only clears negative energy and provides protection. Most of the time, house blessings and cleansing are done together to remove negative energies and influences, provide protection from future outside negative influences and promote love, peace and harmony.

Above all, the house blessing and cleansing is about your intent. During the ceremony, a positive intent must be kept in order to remove ALL negative energy. This means your thoughts and feelings must be focused on the positive. For this reason, many people choose to hire someone to perform the house blessing and cleansing instead of doing it themselves. Also, if you feel there is a negative entity in your home, please consider hiring someone who has experience with ghost or asking your priest to perform the ceremony.

After the ceremony, the atmosphere in the home is like a fresh clean sponge ready to absorb prosperity, happiness, friendship, growth, peace, luck and protection.

Who Can I Hire?

Lynne Hamilton and Brenda Mayo, co-owners of Seeds of Wellness, offer house blessing and cleansing services. We are able to do the ceremonies separately or together depending on your needs.

Brenda provides the house cleansing from a Native American tradition. She smudges each room using white sage as she envisions white light washing the room of negative energies and entities while thanking Great Spirit for cleansing the home and providing protection. If you do not want the smoke from the sage in your home or work, Brenda will spray a light mist of water infused with white sage to provide similar cleansing as smudging offers.

Praying handsLynne uses her religious beliefs as she blesses and mists the home with blessed water while saying prayers for love and protection in each room. If you prefer a less religion blessing, Lynne is able to generalize her prayers to be specific to the house and people living within it.

When combined with the house cleansing, Lynne sprinkles sea salt in each room and on the window sills to seal out the negative energy. Sea salt is also used at the doorways and around the outside of the home to keep the negative energy and entities from going back into the home and provide protection from outside influences. A mixture of sea salt and water can be used instead of sea salt alone if you prefer the salt to not be visible.

For more information or to set up an appointment, please call Seeds of Wellness at 440-933-7733.

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