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We're Surrounded

When I hear the word environment, a scene of forest and stream reel through my mind to the tune of a melodic morning flute chime.  A gif of the poster board Save the Trees display I made in second grade.  Not so, of course.  Your environment is so much more than an idea.  It's the air you breathe, the forces all around you, the sounds and scents you're exposed to, the potions and creams you smear on your body and what you ingest.  I would even include your thoughts; many of which are allowed to linger longer that is productive or healthy for you.  Your environment has a direct affect on your overall health and wellness.  

Your personal circumference of daily exposure is filled with variable factors.  Some of those are within your control and some are not.  Rude, isn't it?  To be inside your circle but outside of your control.  It's almost like we are being continually reminded of the balance inherent in creation.  


Personal Space

The area of your circle closer to you is the controllable domain.  Breathing fresh outdoor air is obviously the best option.  The trees work in concert with the people in a beautiful cooperation of oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange.  Let's be honest though, most of life is now lived indoors.  So what is lurking in your immediate presence.  What do you clean with?  Are you spraying carcinogens and neurotoxins in an effort to keep your space clean?  A common naturalist's notion is that if an ingredient is toxic to eat, you shouldn't otherwise ingest or topically apply it.


Would You Eat That?

Plant based cleaners are more commercially available as awareness rises on the hazards of chemicals in the home. I love making my own. A simple solution of vinegar, orange peels and water yields an antimicrobial cleaner for nearly any hard surface. Lemon oil is fantastic on wood. Baking soda is another safe cleaning powerhouse that will scour your sink and toilet, without adding dangerous chemicals back into your community's water supply and into our rivers and oceans.


People have grown to love their air fresheners. We plug in this scent and spray that odor eraser, with little thought to the cost. Artificial fragrances are chocked full of BHT and aldehydes which are known neurotoxins.  Compounds that are toxic to the brain and central nervous system are responsible for a host of conditions including MS, Fibromyalgia, Vertigo, Mood disorders and many more. Rather than masking household or personal odor, you can use therapeutic essential oils. The Crystal Room and Body sprays at Roots to Remedies contain the highest quality of oils. They also contain precious crystals such as Lapis Lazuli and Peridot. The crystals chosen are done so for their many beneficial properties, which are said to include healing physical and emotional suffering, and opening the mind's pathways to the metaphysical. Because of this higher consciousness connection, crystals are used in many cultures for treating migraines and as a stress management resource.


Unlock your potential

The pineal gland located in the center of the brain plays a crucial role. The Pineal Gland is the gland with the highest concentration of energy in the body. That`s because it is bathed in highly charged cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and has more blood flow per cubic volume than any other organ. The Pineal Gland is also the primary source of the body`s melatonin. Fluoride and aluminum calcify in the pineal glad rendering it sluggish and clogged. Without smooth hormone production and brain blood flow channels, a host of problems arise. Cancers of the breasts and reproductive organs, nervous disorders and stagnant and undernourished blood result over time. There is a large body of evidence that the pineal glad is an interactive part of the third eye, or the spiritually-aware part of your being. If you have felt disconnected from the great energy source, or apathetic about deeper meanings; it certainly might be time to tend to your environment. If you want God to visit your space, or if you desire to feel in closer commune with spiritual endeavors, removing toxins that block these pathways is a must.


There are some wonderful options for improving your toxic load. Throw out that tube of toothpaste and try an all natural remineralizing tooth powder. If you still wear deodorant because of some pressure to adhere to societal norms, I beg you to research the health implications. My favorite antiperspirant and odor remover is a wedge of lime. It works fantastic applied to clean armpits. Your skin is your largest and first line of defense for external pathogens. When choosing a skin care routine, consider nourishment. If your soaps and creams have unpronounceables, I assure you they mean you some harm. Pick an ingredient. Do an internet search on said ingredient and side effects. Your skin has its own microbiome. When you over cleanse with unnatural products you inadvertently kill off beneficial bacteria which keep you in balance and healthy. If you struggle with acne or other skin issues, the flora on your surface is out of balance. Roots to Remedies has a great skin care line, as well as non toxic shampoo options.



Fine Tune Your Thinker

Lastly; but continually - tend to your thoughts. What is the voice in your head contributing to your environment. Research has shown that mindfulness improves health. Mindfulness is just a trendy term for being present and aware. Most of us daydream. We relive the past and calculate what we could have done better for a more desirable result. We project ahead to the future and worry about what it might hold for us, and whether we will be prepared. All of these thoughts are contributing to your personal smog problem. Be more simple. The voice in your head has kind and uplifting words for you. Stop interrupting it with excuses as to why it owes you mistreatment. If you are present with yourself in any moment, you will notice how clear your mental environment becomes. Check in with yourself. What am I seeing or hearing or smelling or feeling or tasting right now? What blessing is it bringing to my life? What is it showing me about myself? Move more slowly and watch how quickly you grow.


We All Heal Together,

- Roots to Remedies













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