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What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?

What does your handwriting say about your personality?


It is interesting to understand the language of handwriting, isn’t it? You may not be aware, but your handwriting is one of your prime identity.

Actually, not only your identity but your handwriting also defines your personality in many circumstances, only you need to perceive it. For example, did you know your handwriting can reveal up to 5,000 different personality traits? Or no two peopele in the world have the same handwriting? Yes, it’s true! To understand everything about your handwriting and how “Graphology” works, check out this mind-blowing infographic designed by Essay Writing Service UK.

It will let you know about different interesting facts including why nowadays in many relevant areas like recruitment, personality profiling, security checks, management selection, your handwriting is considered as your unique Identity. Check it out!

(See a larger version of this graphic in the Essay Writing Service UK blog.)

Written by Suzanne Jones


To get a better understanding of handwriting analysis, read what the handwriting of some famous people like Elvis Presley, Mother Theresa and John Gacy say about them by visiting Handwriting-L’s website.


Are you interested in what your handwriting says about you? Greg Nicholas will analyze your handwriting. Sign up for a reading when Greg is at the store or come into Seeds of Wellness to have your handwriting sample mailed to Greg for analysis. He will call you on a day and time you say you are available with your analysis.

Visit our Events & Services web page to learn when Greg will be doing readings at our store  as well as our other events and services.

To learn more about Greg Nicholas, please visit our Biographies web page.



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What Is Heart Intelligence?

Everywhere we go these days you hear people say that we need to be “heart centered”, “speak from our heart”, and “follow your heart”. Why is this? What does this really mean? Almost 60 years ago, research showed that the heart communicates with the brain in ways that affect how we look and react to the world around us.

Heart Intelligence is a higher level of awareness As far back as Aristoteles, Greek Philosopher and student of Plato; some people have known that our heart is the center of our intelligence, not the brain. For the past 30 years scientist have been talking about Heart Intelligence, a higher level of awareness that arises from the heart. These scientists have validated what our spiritual teachers and traditions have been teaching us for many years, the heart at the center of our intelligence gives us access to our soul’s wisdom and wisdom of the Universe (or our Higher Self).

Heart Intelligence is a higher level of awareness that arises when you are able to balance and connect your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual knowing. When you can connect your heart and brain you will have the ability to be fully real, present, connected and heart-directed in every area of your life.

Our hearts send messages to our brain every day, if we can operate from our hearts instead of our heads we can experience greater levels of living, creativity, intuition and thinking that is from higher consciousness.

Written by Rev. Donna Bretz

Rev. Donna Bretz


Did you know that by tapping into this intelligence you can change your life? Learn practical applications of Heart Intelligence for yourself and others with Rev. Donna Bretz on Saturday, February 11 from 11:00am to 12:00pm. Cost is $10.00 and there are a limited number of seats, so call Seeds of Wellness at 440-933-7733 to reserve your spot today!

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What Is a Tincture, and How Do I Use It?

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.


Dietary herbal supplements can be taken in the form of a liquid, called a tincture. Herbal tinctures are concentrated, convenient, easy to use, rapidly absorbed by the body and easy on the stomach. Like many herbal supplements, continual use on a daily bases for several weeks is needed before you notice results.

What Is a Tincture?

When herbs are steeped into a concentrated liquid, the result is called a tincture. Tinctures can be made using alcohol, vegetable glycerin and apple cider vinegar or through a process called super critical fluid extraction.

Brown glass bottles with droppersAll tinctures should be stored in a cool, dark place and be contained in dark glass bottles to help prevent the liquids from degrading in light. Glass bottles are used because the base and/or herbs may cause plastic bottles to leach into the liquid. Therefore, always keep your tincture in a dark glass bottle.

The shelf life of tinctures depends on how the herbs are extracted and how they are stored. Alcohol based tinctures have an almost unlimited shelf life. Apple cider based tinctures shelf lives are short – about a year – and are recommended to be stored in the refrigerator. Three to five years are the shelf life for vegetable glycerin based tinctures.

If you carry a tincture in your purse or briefcase, be sure not to leave these items in a hot location for a long time, like in your car, near a heater, etc. because heat may weaken the benefits of the tincture.

How Do I Use Tinctures?

Most tinctures can be taken with or without food and work best when taken daily.

Before using a tincture, shake the bottle to make sure all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.

DropperThe dosage depends on the tincture. However, many tinctures recommend a dropperful for adults – the amount of liquid suctioned into the pipette when you squeeze and release the rubber top once. The pipette becomes 1/3 to 1/2 full depending on how hard you squeezed the dropper. One dropperful contains approximately 25-30 drops (1 ml).

One way to take a tincture is to squeeze the liquid out of the dropper directly under the tongue (sublingual) as a direct means into the bloodstream. By taking tinctures sublingually, the response is quicker than when the same herbs are digested.

You can also add the tincture to a small amount of water or juice (2-4 ounces). If you add it to a warm or hot liquid, it is best if the liquid is heated before you add the tincture drops. Heat may kill or weaken some tincture’s benefits.

The pipette section of the dropper should not touch anything to prevent contamination. This means the pipette shouldn’t touch the inside of the mouth, be laid on the counter top, touched by hands, etc. If you do accidentally contaminate the pipette, DO NOT put the dropper back in the bottle. Clean the outside of the pipette with an alcohol pad or a cotton ball dampened with alcohol, and allow the pipette to air dry on an alcohol cleaned surface.

If you are interested in CBD tinctures, Seeds of Wellness now carries TruBlu CBD by Blue Moon Hemp. This tincture contains no THC or alcohol. The CBD is extracted from Industrial Hemp using the process called super critical fluid extraction making their tinctures 100% pure CBD oil. We currently sell 30 ml bottles of 250 mg of CBD. Higher levels of CBD are available and can be specially ordered for you. Please contact us to learn more.



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Cannabidiol (CBD) Hemp Oil – What Are the Benefits?

Cannabidiol (CBD) hemp oil is extracted from industrial hemp plant, a relative of marijuana, which contains only trace amounts (- 0.3%) of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), a psychotropic compound that causes a high. CBD offers many medical benefits with minimal side effects by interacting with the Endocannabinoid System (also called the Endogenouse Cannabinoid System) in our body.

The Endogenouse Cannabinoid System (ECS)

Discovered in the 1980’s, “the ECS regulates a variety of biological processes, like relaxation, eating, sleeping, certain inflammation responses and even cognitive function. In a nutshell, your ECS is responsible for making sure your entire body is working optimally—no small task!

Endocannabinoids (and plant-based cannabinoids) link with protein molecule receptors—called cannabinoid receptors—on the surface of cells. CBD has also been shown to strengthen and improve the efficiency of mitochondria, the ‘powerhouses’ of your cells that are responsible for ensuring that your cells work the way they should…

When a person ingests Hemp CBD Oil or other cannabinoids, these cannabinoid receptors are activated (CBD appears to have a greater affinity for CB2 receptors than CB1 receptors). Research indicates that when you supplement your ECS with non-toxic, non-habit-forming cannabinoids, you may create a healthier endocannabinoid system and, almost certainly, a healthier you.” [Source: About ECS (EndoCannabinoid System) – Blue Moon Hemp]

What does this mean? By ingesting CBD, you help balance and maintain the ECS within your body. It also helps improve the body’s control centers ability to communicate with every other system.

“In the past decade, The Endocannabinoid System has been implicated in a growing number of physiological functions, both in the central and peripheral nervous systems and in peripheral organs… modulating the activity of the Endocannabinoid System turned out to hold therapeutic promise in a wide range of disparate diseases and pathological conditions…” [Source: The Endocannabinoid System as an Emerging Target of Pharmacotherapy – National Institutes of Health]

CBD Benefits

The nutritional benefits of CBD include omega fatty acids, amino acids, protein, antioxidants, “minerals like iron, zinc and copper as well as calcium, magnesium, potassium, carotene, thiamin (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin B6 and vitamin E.” [Source: What Is Hemp Good For? – Food Facts by Mercola]

The health benefits of CBD that are documented in medical journals and research publications:

    • Epilepsy – some evidence that CBD works as an anticonvulsant
    • Chronic pain – especially nerve pain and pain due to inflammation
    • Anxiety – research show CBD reduces anxiety in humans and animals
    • Depression – small doses have an “active” effect that helps with focus and activity, but large doses result in a “sedative” effect.
    • Arthritis – shown to reduce joint pain both orally and as a topical
    • Diabetes – early findings, show slowing down cell damage related to diabetes
    • Drug Addiction, alcoholism and smoking – found to help curb the desire, especially for nicotine

    Source: What Are the Actual Benefits of CBD – Ministry of Hemp

    Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Always check with your physician before starting a new dietary supplement program.

    Is CBD Legal?

    Flan flavored Blue Moon Hemp 100mg CBDSince CBD hemp oil is sold as a health dietary supplement and is not derived from marijuana, CBD is legal in almost every state in the USA and over 45 countries. Therefore, you can purchase CBD without a prescription or permit.

    Seeds of Wellness now sells 100mg of CBD by Blue Moon Hemp made from organic, non-GMO and “plant only” industrial hemp from Switzerland. This 100mg CBD liquid can be put under your tongue, in other liquids and food and/or vaped in an e-cig alone or added to another e-liquid.  We also have 250mg CBD Tinctures for sublingual use or to be added to a liquid by the end of the year. Stop in to learn more.

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What Is Jasper?

Of all the stones we carry at Seeds of Wellness, there are more varieties of jasper than any other gemstone. However, jasper is actually in the quartz family.

Jasper, meaning ‘spotted stone’ in Greek, can be found in virtually any color and even multicolored. These gemstones can be striped, spotted or flamed in appearance. Scientists classify Jasper in its own category due to the distinctive grainy structure. Twenty percent of jasper’s density can be made of foreign materials causing the stone to be rarely uniform. As an opaque stone, the most common patterns include spots, streaks, rings, marbling, veining, flaming and banding.

Many places in the world contain jasper gemstones, but the most notable deposits are found in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mexico, Russia, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela. If you want to hunt for jasper in America the best states to find these stones include Arizona, Arkansas, California, Idaho, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

Throughout history, jasper has been worn by priests, kings, warriors and shamans. Egyptians buried Red Jasper with mummified remains to provide safe passage into the after life. Native Americans used jasper to help bring rain. Jasper was also used to carve other gemstones like carnelian and lapis lazuli.

Jasper GemstonesRed is the most common color of jasper due to the iron oxide in the stone. Other common colors are brown and yellow. While unicolored jasper is extremely rare, it has occurred. Jasper is associated with the zodiac signs Aries (Bloodstone), Aquarius (Rainforest Jasper), Capricorn (Ocean Jasper), Leo (Picture Jasper), Libra (Bloodstone) and Pisces (Ocean Jasper) and is the stone for October (jasper) and February (Bloodstone). Jasper names come from the color, similarities to places and animals, from the regions where they were mined or for the name of the person who discovered them.

While the energy of jasper varies from one jasper stone to another, the ‘supreme nurturer’ fits for all jasper stones as well as the ability to balance and stabilize the root chakra’s energy. Jasper also provides protection by absorbing negative energy and banishing harmful thoughts.

Due to jasper’s durability, it can be cleaned with warm soapy water and a soft cloth or brush. Be sure to rinse the gemstones well to remove all the soap. Do not use any harsh chemicals on jasper stones, because they are porous and easily stained and discolored.

Seeds of Wellness sells the following jasper gemstones:

  • Bloodstone
  • Brecciated Jasper (contains Hematite)
  • Leopardskin Jasper
  • Mookaite Jasper (many times Jasper is not added to the name)
  • Ocean Jasper (also called Sea Jasper)
  • Picture Jasper
  • Rainforest Jasper
  • Red Jasper
  • Unakite Jasper (many times Jasper is not added to the name)
  • Zebra Jasper (also called Zebra Stone)

Come into the store to learn more.



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Experience Your Passion with the Sacral Chakra

Each Chakra is directly linked to your mental, physical and spiritual attributes. By understanding each Chakra and how to keep the energy flowing freely, you can achieve harmony within yourself.

Located above the pubic bone and below the navel, the Sacral Chakra, also called the Relationship Chakra and Svadhisthana (Hindu), helps us express yourself through creativity, be in touch with our feelings and emotions, experience the moment and sense changes in your body.

Sacral Chakra Information:

  • Color: orange
  • Element: water
  • Sound: D/Ohm
  • Identity: emotional
  • Sense: taste
  • Body functions: movement and connection
  • Organs: womb, genitals, kidney, bladder, stomach, large intestine, appendix
  • Developmental stage: 6 months – 2 years
  • Incense: sandalwood, cinnamon and gardenia
  • Herb: fennel, coriander, sweet paprika, cinnamon


Why Is a Balanced Sacral Chakra Important?

When the Sacral Chakra is in balance, you feel generous and giving, able to express yourself through creativity and experience pleasure. You feel your connection with the world around you, have energy and a zest for life as well as nurture yourself and have healthy boundaries. Living your authentic self with confidence is your motto!


How Do I Know If My Sacral Chakra Is Out of Balance?

Your Sacral Chakra can be under- or overactive, which causes it to be out of balance. Review the lists below to see if your Sacral Chakra is imbalanced:

Underactive Sacral Chakra:

  • UnemotionalSacral Chakra location
  • Self-deprivation
  • Poor social skills
  • Guarded (trust issues)
  • Low or no libido
  • Lazy, feeling sluggish
  • Denial of pleasure
  • Fearful
  • Depression
  • Lack of creativity

Overactive Sacral Chakra:

  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Frustration
  • Overly emotional
  • Excessive sex drive
  • Muscle tension and abdominal cramps
  • Emotional dependency (needy)
  • Hypersensitive


  • Menstrual difficulties
  • Lack of flexibility
  • Disorders of reproductive organs
  • Problems with urinary system including bladder, kidneys, spleen and gallbladder
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Deadened senses
  • Fertility issues


How Do I Balance (Open) My Sacral Chakra?

The following techniques help open, unblock and balance your Sacral Chakra. You can do one or more of these techniques to bring the Chakra back into balance. Experiment with each to see which techniques work best for you.

Physical Exercises:

  • As you inhale through your left nostril only by using two fingers on your right hand to close the right nostril. Breathe in from your belly and exhale slowly for 8 to 10 breaths.
  • Swimming, wading, being near water and/or listening to water
  • Yoga poses – dancer, child, twisting triangle

Meditation: As you meditate, visualize yourself on a beach listening to the water and enjoying a beautiful red orange sunset. Imagine the fiery rays emanating from within the blazing sun moving in a circular motion towards your sacral chakra. Once the rays reach your pelvic area, imagine them swirling and energizing your sacred area. Allow this cleansing orange energy to radiate throughout your lower abdomen, and into your genitals, lower back and sacrum. Learn more here.

Chanting/Tonal Sounds: The sound vibrations help the cells work together in harmony, and the Sacral Chakra harmonizes with the D note. The mantra sound for the Sacral Chakra is VAM – see this video. These techniques can be incorporated into your meditation.

Gemstones: Lie down and place gemstones on the area of the Sacral Chakra for 15 minutes to help realign the Chakra – Ruby and Carnelian for underactive Sacral Chakra, and Chrysocolla; Jade and Clear Quartz when the Sacral Chakra is overactive. Women can also use Moonstone. You can use one or many types of gemstones during this process.

Aromas, Herbs and Essential Oils: Black pepper, cinnamon, cypress, rose, ylang-ylang, clary sage, tangerine and orange can be sniffed, diffused or applied to your skin (dilute when necessary) daily. You can also burn cedar incense or sage.

Color Therapy: Focus on a lit orange candle, wear orange cloths and paint your finger and/or toe nails orange to activate your Sacral Chakra energy.

Food: Eat orange food like oranges, tangerines, mandarins, passion fruit, sweet potatoes and carrots. Other foods to eat include melons, mangos, coconuts, strawberries, honey, sunflower seeds and almonds.


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Himalayan Salt – More Beneficial Than Table Salt

The health benefits of salt has been known for centuries and used often to dry and rid sinuses of bacteria. There are many different types of salt, but Himalayan salt is considered the purest salt on earth. Himalayan salt contains over 84 natural minerals and trace elements and found deep within the Himalayan Mountains where minimal air pollutants are found.

Himalayan salt lamp benefits may include the following:

  • Cleanses the air
  • Removes moisture from the air
  • Improve respiratory ailments
  • Releases negative ions into the air
  • Neutralize positive ions


Why are negative ions beneficial?

High concentrations of negative ions are found in the air when you are at sea, in high mountain elevations, and near swiftly moving water.  When negative ions enter the human body, a sense of calm and well-being may result.  This is the reason many people feel better after being near the ocean, waterfalls and after thunderstorms.

Himalayan Salt Lamps offer many benefitsNegative ions also reduce allergens, smoke and irritants by making them heavier than the air.  Ionic cleaners use this same principle.  The amount of negative ions release depends on the size of the lamp and the amount of heat given off by the candle or light bulb inside the crystal.

The negative ions released by the Himalayan salt lamp helps to balance the positive ions in the air.  Positively charge ions are put out by our electronic devices like the television, microwave, computer, etc.

If you have large concentrations of positive ions in the air, you may be feeling the following effects in that environment:

  • Increase nervousness
  • Added bodily stress
  • Increase sleeplessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Increased feeling of depression


Where should a Himalayan salt lamp be place in the home?

Put into places where you spend the most time, especially in rooms with more than one electronic device.  The negative ions dissipate within a few feet of the lamp, so it is best to place it near electronic devices or close to your sitting area.  Because they draw moisture to them, the lamp should be kept out of high humidity areas like bathrooms and basements.

Interested in seeing and learning more about Himalayan salt lamps, stop into Seeds of Wellness.

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Purpose of Animal Guides

Native Americans and many other cultures honor and respect the earth, nature and animals. Through their connection with Mother Earth, they recognized the power of spirit guides and their teachings because they believe the spirit of the Great Spirit (God) is in all things. These teachings can be seen in the Native American medicine wheel in the way they incorporate colors, animals and nature lessons for each direction.

For centuries, Native Americans looked at animals as teachers, guides and guardians of the land. Each animal has unique gifts given to them by the Great Spirit. These gifts help Animal Guides (also called animal totems and power animals) offer protection and teachings to help guide us as we walk our spiritual path. Animal Guides also offer insights into our subconscious mind by bringing attention to qualities in our current spiritual path that need to be explored and developed.

Animal Guide walking ahead on our path
Each of us has one main Animal Guide that represents our inner self. However, each direction of the medicine wheel is represented by a personal Animal Guide to help teach us the direction’s lessons. These Animal Guides can be used as spiritual tools to help us become aware of our personal path. As we go through our lives and our spiritual paths change, our Animal Guides may also change to offer guidance for our new life path challenges.

Learn about your Animal Guides and their lessons for you at Seeds of Wellness. Brenda Mayo teaches you about your Animal Guides and their guidance for each direction of the Seneca medicine wheel. You can choose to learn about five or all seven of your Animal Guides. After the reading, you will receive your Animal Guide teachings, so you can explore them further. Call Seeds of Wellness to make an appointment for an Animal Guide Reading.

Note: An Animal Guide Reading is for entertainment purposes only, and you must be 18 or older.

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Healing with Calendula and Comfrey Salves

The use of herbs for medicinal purposes can be traced back to the Egyptians around 1500 BC. Many people still rely on herbal remedies because their safety and effectiveness have not changed over time. A common external form for herbal remedies is salves, “an ointment used to promote healing of the skin or as protection” (Oxford Dictionary). Salves are usually a combination of herbs, beeswax (for vegans Carnauba Wax) and oil. Two herbs used in salves are Calendula and Comfrey.


Calendula Salve

Calendula Salve helps heal your skinThis flowering plant native to Mediterranean countries provides many healing benefits to the skin when applied as a salve or ointment:

  • Promotes healing of wounds, bruises, sunburns and mild rashes
  • Reduces pain and swelling
  • Relieves athlete’s foot
  • Nourishes dry and damaged skin
  • Reduces itching of insect bites

For more information about Calendula, visit

Note: If you are allergic to marigold or pot marigold, you should not use Calendula salves or any product containing Calendula.


Comfrey Salve

Comfrey Salve helps heal muscles and jointsNative to Ireland and Britain, the Comfrey plant has been used for centuries because of the following healing benefits:

  • Relieves muscle and joint pain and inflammation
  • Speeds healing of wounds, muscle strains and bone fractures
  • Reduces skin irritations like insect bites

For more information about Comfrey, visit

Note: Do not use on open sores and wounds or when nursing.


Natural healing slaves and powders by The Garden Variety
Seeds of Wellness now carries Calendula and Comfrey Salve as well as other 100% natural and organic herbal remedies by The Garden Variety. Stop in to see which salves and powders will help you.

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Are There Benefits to Group Meditation?

Meditation helps you relax, regenerate your energy and balances. It also helps you connect with your inner peace, improves your self-awareness and deepens your spiritual connection.

Group meditation elevates each individual’s intent and great shifts can occur. A real connection happens by tapping into the same peace and silence together. This provides stronger healing powers than meditating alone.


  • Strengthens your connectionsGroup of people meditating
  • Support of others
  • Learn new meditation techniques
  • Inspires and motivates to commit to regular practice
  • Meditate longer than when you meditate alone
  • Sense of acceptance and belonging
  • Unifies and strengthens intention
  • Enhances spiritual growth
  • Learn from each other

Seeds of Wellness offers a monthly group meditation that explores different types of meditation. Please join us on the second Sunday of each month at 12:30 pm. During the meeting, we discuss the meditation technique we are doing and then meditate together using this technique. The group is free – donations are welcome.

Go to our Events webpage to learn more about our Exploring Meditation Group.

Source:6 Reasons Why Group Meditation Is Awesome” by Kathryn Remati

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