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What Do Electronic Cigarettes Have To Do With Well-Being?

Many of you know that Seeds of Wellness’ mission is to improve your overall well-being. We hope the products we sell and services we provide bring you happiness, help decrease your stress and improve your physical body and mental state. So how do electronic cigarettes fit in?

Electronic cigarette accessories and e-liquid
Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, e-cigs and vaping pens, offer an alternative way for people to inhale nicotine without the tar, ash, smell and smoke. The main ingredients in electronic cigarette e-liquids (or e-juice) are water, nicotine, propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG) and flavoring, which amount to 15 or less ingredients. Compare this to the approximately 600 ingredients in a cigarette. These ingredients create more then 7,000 chemicals after the cigarette is lit.

So far research has shown that e-cigs are healthier than cigarettes. Chemical research of e-cigarettes shows that the e-liquid vapor contain less chemicals than cigarettes and similar or less chemicals to other nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) on the market. The effects of e-cig vapor on cardiovascular and respiratory functions are milder than smoking cigarettes. As for second-hand exposure, bystanders inhale minimal chemicals from electronic cigarette vapors. The main side effects reported by users of e-cigarettes are throat irritation and cough. To read more about the research results visit “Safety evaluation and risk assessment of electronic cigarettes as tobacco cigarette substitutes: a systematic review”.

E-cigarette and e-juice vaporHowever, like most of the things we inhale, electronic cigarettes are not 100% healthy. In a new study of e-cigs, they found that e-juice vapor with and with-out nicotine damages lung cells. Read more at “E-cigarette vapor, even when nicotine-free, found to damage lung cells”. More research needs to be completed to learn the long-term affects of e-liquid vapor on the lungs and other organs of the body.

While e-cigs are not healthy, so far research shows they are healthier than cigarettes. Therefore, when a person switches from cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, they are improving their overall well-being. Since we opened in 2010, several of our customers have completely switched over to e-cigarettes, and we know five of our customers quit nicotine entirely using e-cigs and have not picked up a cigarette or electronic cigarette since they stopped.

If you would like to know more about nicotine and e-liquid and its ingredients, please read our blog posts:

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Balancing Your Pet’s Energy Chakras Using a Pendulum

There are several ways to balance your pet’s energy. These instructions help you balance your pet’s chakras, energy centers in the body, using a pendulum. This process does not completely heal your pet, but it will help remove dis-ease from their chakras. By putting your pet’s energy in balance, your pet’s physical body’s ability to heal itself increases. Your pet also feels an overall sense of well-being.

 

Meaning of the Pendulum Swings

When the pendulum swings counter-clockwise, it is removing blocked or negative energy from the area below the pendulum.

If the pendulum swings clockwise, positive and healing energy is being channeled to the area below the pendulum to restore balance.

When the pendulum does not swing, the energy in the area below the pendulum is in balance.

 

Energy Balancing Instructions

Complete the following steps in a quiet location where your pet can relax. Your pet may sit, stand or lay down while you balance their energy. This process will not hurt your pet. Your pet may fall asleep during or after their chakra balancing.
How to hold pendulum
Most people hold the top of the pendulum chain (bead or fob) between their thumb and forefinger. Always hold the pendulum approximately 1- 2 inches above your pet.

  1.  1. Hold the pendulum above the tail
  2.  2. Move the pendulum from the tail towards your pet’s nose by following the spine
  3.  3. Stop moving the pendulum when you go past the entire body (This opens your pet’s energy centers)
  4.  4. Starting at your pet’s nose, move the pendulum slowly towards the tail
  5.  5. Stop moving the pendulum when it starts to swing
  6.  6. Allow the pendulum to swing over the area until it stops (if the swing was counter-clockwise, complete steps 7 through 10. If the swing was clockwise, go to step 11.)
  7.  7. Move the pendulum off your pet
  8.  8. Gently shake the pendulum
  9.  9. Return the pendulum to the last area where the swinging occurred
  10. 10. Allow the pendulum to swing until it stops
  11. 11. Repeat steps 4 through 10 until you have reached your pet’s tail without the pendulum swinging

Your pet’s energy and chakras are now in balance. You can balance your pet’s energy as often as you feel necessary.

If you notice any signs of distress during the steps – trying to leave, baring their teeth, raising hair on their back or other warning signs pause or stop the balancing session. Allow your pet to calm down or fall asleep before trying to balance their energy again. After several balancing sessions, your pet may become use to the process and may show signs of enjoyment or lying down when seeing you with your pendulum.

Note: The balancing of your pet’s energy should not be used as an alternative to veterinary medicine, but as a way to enhance your pet’s quality of life and well-being. If you are concerned about your pet’s health, please contact your veterinarian.

Onyx lying on futon

 

Benefits of Balancing Your Pet’s Chakras

Like humans, your pet will show behavior and emotional changes when their chakras are not in balance. After balancing their energy two or more times, you may notice the following changes:

  • Relaxed and calmer
  • Reduced anxiety, nervousness and stress
  • Increased happiness and energy
  • Easier ability to adapt to their environment
  • Better training sessions
  • Faster recovery from illness, surgery or minor health issues

These are only a few benefits you might notice in your pet after one or more balancing sessions.

You can balance your pet’s chakras at any age. In time you will notice when your pet’s energy is out of balance. If you are not comfortable balancing your pet’s chakras, look for a Reiki Master in your area who works with animals.

At Seeds of Wellness, we sell handmade gemstone pendulums and work with your pets using Reiki and pendulums to help balance their chakras. Both owners, Lynne Hamilton and Brenda Mayo, are Reiki Masters and willing to help your pet. Please give us a call for more information or to set up a balancing session for your pet.

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Make Your Own Insect Repellent Using Essential Oils

It is amazing how many chemicals are in commercial insect repellents, and what exactly is DEET. I don’t know about you, but I want to reduce the amount of chemicals I put into and on my body. So is there an alternative to these commercial bug sprays that work? Yes there is, and you can make them yourself with essential oils. Plants create chemicals to repel predator bugs and attract pollinating insects. There are several plants known to repel insects like citronella, clove, lemongrass, eucalyptus, lavender and cedar to name a few. Of course some plants repel certain bugs better than others as shown below (from Tasty Yummies): eucalyptus leaves and flowers

  • Mosquitoes – citronella, lemon eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, catnip, basil, clove, thyme, lemongrass, geranium, lavender
  • Fleas – cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, lemongrass, lavender, orange, pine
  • Ticks – rose geranium, juniper, rosewood, thyme, grapefruit, oregano

Make sure you purchase therapeutic grade essential oils for your insect repellent because they don’t contain any man-made toxins. Fragrance oils, on the other hand, are made using chemicals to recreate a plant’s scent. (See “Essential Oil or Fragrance Oil?” to learn more.) To make your insect repellent, you need the following:

  • 4 oz. dark colored spray bottle (preferably glass)
  • 2 oz. boiled or distilled water
  • 1 oz. vodka or witch hazel
  • Essential oils of your choice from list above

Fill the 4 oz. spray bottle with the water, vodka or witch hazel and 50 to 75 drops of essential oils from the list above (ex: 30 drops of citronella, 15 drops of eucalyptus, 10 drops of lavender, 10 drops of lemongrass and 10 drops of oregano). Because essential oils don’t dissolve in water, you must shake your bug spray before each use. Therefore, don’t fill the bottle completely full to allow shaking room. To reduce the strength of the insect repellent, reduce the amount of essential oils you add to the spay bottle. Apply your insect repellent to your skin every few hours for maximum effectiveness. Would you like your bug spray to contain a skin moisturizer? You can add coconut, olive, almond, grapeseed or jojoba oil to your mixture.

If you would like your insect repellent to be a lotion instead of a spray, put 8 oz. of your favorite oil in a dark colored jar, add 50-75 drops of essential oils and stir the mixture. Be sure to use a dark colored container or spray bottle (preferably glass) because essential oils deteriorate (oxidize) and lose there benefits over time when exposed to sunlight or continuous heating up and cooling down. Glass is preferred because some essential oils, like cinnamon, eat at plastic, which contaminates the oil. Read more about storing essential oils on AromaWeb. If you don’t want to purchase all these essential oils, we sell a proprietary essential oil that repels insects. This blend includes lemon eucalyptus, citronella and lemongrass as well as 12 other essential oils in a fractionate coconut oil base. Use this essential oil in the following ways:

  • Apply small amounts directly on your exposed skin.
  • Diffuse it into the air using a diffuser or by applying 1-2 drops on a string or ribbon and hang in the area where you want to keep out insects.
  • Make a spray by adding 2-3 drops of of the essential oil to 1-2 oz. of witch hazel or distilled or boiled water in a small spray bottle and shake well. You can apply this bug spray to your skin or small openings where bugs may be entering the area.
  • Dilute 3-5 drops in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil like coconut or olive oil and apply to your skin.

This essential oil lasts up to six hours when used full strength. If you diluted this essential oil blend, you will need to reapply it every four hours. It is always best to test your insect repellent on a small area of your skin to make sure you are not sensitive to the mixture. If your skin is sensitive to full strength essential oils, dilute them as stated above and test again on a small area of skin.

Your homemade bug spray can also be used on fabrics, carpet, plants and more. Watch spaying your repellent around animals. They may be sensitive to one or more of the essential oils. Please consult your veterinarian before using your insect repellant on any animal, especially cats. Due to the way cats process and filter what they eat, they are more sensitive to essential oils and can be allergic to them (ex. Melaleuca or Tea Tree Oil).

If you would like to try our proprietary essential oil or using other essential oils to make your own insect repellent, stop into the store. We sell this essential oil, oregano, lemon, lavender and peppermint in small bottles of 20 drops.

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Differences in Gemstones

We love gemstones, especially in jewelry, but what do you know about them?

Precious vs. Semiprecious Gemstones

Various GemstonesPrecious gemstones are diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires. These stones have been considered precious since the min-1800’s due to their rarity. All the other stones are considered semiprecious. However, this does not mean that precious gemstones cost more than semiprecious gemstones. Some jades and opals have been sold for over $1 million.

Natural vs. Lab-created Gemstones

Natural stones are created in and mined from the earth. However, sometimes the natural stone’s color and/or clarity are enhanced through a treatment process, such as heat.

There are gemstones being created in laboratories which look like natural stones. Opalite, diamonds, rubies and other stones are created using the same composition as natural stones to make gemstones more affordable.

Neither of these gemstone types should be confused with imitation gemstones. These stones are made using dyes, paint, foil, glass and various other materials. Cubic zirconia is an imitation gemstone.

What to Look for When Purchasing Gemstones

Gemstones range in color, clarity, cut and caratColor – A gemstone’s color varies in hue like the different shades of paint colors (i.e., yellow can be bright to dark to pastel). Hue, tone and saturation are aspects of color. The primary color of the gemstone is the hue. The lightness or darkness of the color is called tone. Saturation means the intensity of the color. Gemstones best color consists of bright, intense, pure and vivid color.

Cut – The cut of a gemstone affects its appearance, maintains maximum weight and optimizes it color and brilliance. A well cut gemstone comes alive in the light as it dances through the many facets in the gemstone.

Clarity – All natural stones have imperfections that can enhance or decrease the beauty of the gemstone. These imperfections are call inclusions and affect the transparency of the gemstone. Inclusions include spots, cavities, cracks, and fractures. Three types of clarity are transparent, translucent or opaque. A diamond, amethyst and quartz are transparent while an agate, moonstone and aventurine are translucent. Opaque gemstones include jasper, bloodstones, lapis lazuli, malachite and hematite.

Carat – (gemstone’s weight) One carat equals 200 milligrams or 0.20 grams (1/5 of a gram). The more carats, the more the gemstone weighs, and the higher the price.
All of these gemstone description deal with its appearance. However there is more to gemstones than appearance alone.

Gemstone class - amethyst

To learn more, call and sign up for our “Gemstones – Properties and Uses” class on Thursday, April 9. Go to our “News” webpage to learn more about the class.

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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 lifehacker.com.

 

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.

 

* FastCompany.com 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.

The 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. Our proprietary essential oil, a stainless and greaseless cream or liquid, is an effective temporary painkiller that soothe and reduces muscle soreness.

Links:
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:

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  • 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.

 

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*Quote from GoodTherapy.org

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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:

Do’s

  • 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.

Don’ts

  • 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.

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