DIY Beeswax Candles

DIY Beeswax Candles a mindful mantra

Candles are great at creating a warm, inviting atmosphere for any space. I absolutely love candles. Growing up, and even until this day, my mom and grandma are always burning candles – there’s a candle for every season. In the last few years I have been weening myself off of most store bought candles because of their chemical fragrances and dangerous waxes. After several candle-less years, I just couldn’t take it anymore! I need candles back in my life! Today I’m bringing you my handmade DIY Beeswax Candles made from local, organic Northwoods Apiaries beeswax to invite warmth into your home instead of dangerous chemicals!

What’s wrong with the average store-bought candle, you ask?

  • The majority of candles on the market are paraffin based. Paraffin is a by-product of the petroleum industry and emits carcinogens (cancer causing garbage) when burned.
  • Scented candles may have lead core wicks which releases lead into the air upon burning.
  • Artificial fragrances that cause irritation and allergic reactions in many people.
  • Chemicals galore - Acetone, Trichlorofluoromethane, Carbon Disulfide, 2-Butanone, Trichloroethane, Trichloroethene, Carbon Tetrachloride, Tetrachloroethene, Chlorobenzene, Ethylbenzene, Styrene, Xylene, Phenol, Cresol, Cyclopentene. — I don’t know about you, but I don’t want any of these in my house, let alone my lungs!

Sourced from: Keeper of the Home. To read more about the dangers of paraffin candles check out this great article from Empowered Sustenance that compares paraffin and beeswax candles!

Today we’re swapping all the crap, chemicals, and carcinogens for pure, organic beeswax candles with untreated wooden wicks.We’re taking it back to nature! Continue reading →

Lavender Rose Bath Sachets

DIY Lavender Rose Bath Sachets A Mindful Mantra

In case you haven’t heard, I am really into the holiday season. I love the joyful, generous, loving spirit. I also love finding just the right gift for my loved ones – gifts that say “I love you. You deserve all you desire and more.” The only issue is that I’m a few weeks shy of 25, I’ve been unemployed for 4 months (lots of prospects now though!), and just signed a lease on a new apartment. Needless to say, money is tight. This year I’ve stocked up on dried herbs from the local co-op and am giving the ladies in my life the most soothing gift of all – Lavender and Rose Bath Sachets.

These herbal bath sachets are the perfect gift for any woman in your life, particularly the stressed out, chronic go-getters. This is a gift that says, “Relax. Treat yourself. You deserve it.” Lavender is ultra-calming. It will allow your ladies to slow down and rest – something so many of us need after the busy holiday season. Rose offers a delicate aroma that soothes the soul and brightens one’s mood. Together lavender and rose are the perfect “treat yourself” gift. Continue reading →

Teach Others How to Treat You

teach others how to treat you

Mantra Monday – err, I mean Wednesday – is back with one of the most important mantras/life lessons I’ve learned in my (nearly) 25 years on this planet. We spend our days interacting with other people. Some interactions are pleasant, some are neutral, others awful, and some interactions are downright blissful. My whole life changed when I realized that how people treat me, how they interact with me is almost entirely dependent on me – not them. We can have mostly pleasant and blissful interactions with others, but we have to first teach them how to treat us. It is our responsibility to show others how we deserve to be treated. You can teach others how to treat you. Contrary to popular belief, you choose the way that people treat you – not the other way around.

For so long I traveled through life encountering folks of all dispositions and never stopped to address the folks that chose to interact negatively with me. As soon as I decided that those I interact with are only allowed to treat me as I deem appropriate, my relationships with others began to change. I became respected. I developed a voice. I discovered who I am and what I value.

I began to vocalize my opinions when someone treated me in a negative manner. These days I literally tell those who treat me negatively, “You are not allowed to treat me that way.” Speak firmly, with conviction, and you will be understood. This comment may be  met with resistance because so few people are used to others speaking in this matter-of-fact fashion. Stand by your statement – “You are not allowed to treat me that way.” Perhaps offer reasons why he/she/they are not allowed to do so. You might even want to add that you are to be treated with respect and kindness. Continue reading →

What My Doctor’s Didn’t Tell Me About My Chronic Yeast Infections

chronic yeast infetions

For years, I’ve suffered from chronic yeast infections and overgrowths. I first noticed them in my early teens and still suffer from yeast-related digestive issues to this day. There was a time in my life when I was having yeast infections lasting one or two weeks every month for years. I’m turning 25 next month, and I have already had at least 40 vaginal yeast infections.

You may be thinking, “Ew, TMI. Why is she telling us this?!” But if you’re one of the women who suffer from chronic recurrent yeast infections, you know that this is an embarrassing ailment that almost no one discusses. Even doctors only spend 5 to 10 minutes discussing it with you when you visit their offices. It’s isolating and depressing.

I am here to tell you that you’re not alone. I am also here to tell you that there’s relief, and I found it at home without prescription medications.

After 10 years and thousands of dollars in doctor visits, I’ve discovered the reason for my chronic, recurrent yeast infections and moderate to severe digestive issues. It was a long, slow process that only came about by listening to my body and learning how it functions. Too often we load our bodies with chemicals and prescriptions to mask symptoms without ever pursuing the root cause. Our bodies are always communicating with us, but we rarely stop to listen and understand.

To read more about how I discovered the reason for my chronic yeast infections visit the full article on MindBodyGreen.

Curried Pumpkin Stew

curried pumpkin stew a mindful mantra

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of delicious food and loving friends and family! I can’t let fall turn to winter without one more pumpkin recipe, so I am back with a hearty Curried Pumpkin Stew. The curry spices, lentils, and pumpkin in this stew offer the warmth that our bodies crave during the chilly winter months. This Curried Pumpkin Stew is the perfect meal for winter!

I love all things curry this time of year. Curry spices warm the body from the inside out and even help me better digest my meals. The heartiness of lentils, quinoa, and pumpkin keep me grounded during the darker winter months. All of these ingredients combined offer a soothing comfort that can be challenging to find when the days are shorter and the temperatures are colder. Take some time this winter to fuel your body with warming foods that offset the frigid cold outside. Listen to your body. If you aren’t craving those bright salads of summer, lean into it and nourish your body with heavier, warmer meals. Your body will be so grateful, and, most likely, less stressed and tired. Continue reading →