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Starting a new year with resolutions is a mere glimpse of the struggles we have as humans because the urges surpass the need.  So this year instead of practicing resolutions, start a journey that allows you to stay on track all year, every year, forever.  

If you want to continue with resolutions, we have captured our favorite resolution solutions with essentials oils from our trusted partner, Plant Therapy®.  These are favorites because they incorporate solutions that you can continue instead of short term resolutions, that the new year tends to start us off with.

Strawberry-Mango Smoothie Bowl

Packed with nutrient-dense ingredients to give you a superior protein-filled, beauty enhancing experience! This Strawberry-Mango Smoothie Bowl will taste as amazing as it will make you

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Caramel Mocha Smoothie Bowl

Packed with nutrient-dense ingredients you have a superior protein-filled experience! This Caramel Mocha Smoothie Bowl will taste as amazing as it will make you feel!

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Lemon Berry Pancakes

Stacks of flavor and workout energy are yours for the taking with these Lemon Raspberry Pancakes boosted with MCT oil powder. These pancakes can be

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Sweet Green Smoothie Bowl

For a smoothie bowl that make all the other smoothie bowls green with envy is helping you with weight management and helping you get a tasty jump

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Dragonfruit Protein Acai Bowl

Smoothie bowls are delicious, refreshing, and packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. Add to that weight management and collagen benefits, and you’ll be smiling with

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Winter Skin Balm DIY

Exposure to cold and dry weather during the winter can be very hard on our skin. This soothing balm features the nourishing combination of fractionated coconut oil and shea butter, with the calming aromas of frankincense, lavender and cedarwood.

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Chocolate Cherry Smoothie Bowl

Packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals, a scoop of Sunwarrior’s Clean Greens and Protein and you have a superior nutrient-filled experience! So blend, pour, and enjoy! Ingredients

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Counting Sheep Body Cream DIY

What you’ll need: 1 oz Unscented Body Cream 9 drops Lavender 4 drops Chamomile German 2 drops Frankincense Carteri 2 drops Bergamot What you’ll do: Add the essential oils

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Hustle & Bustle Bath Salts DIY

What you’ll need:  1/2 cup Pink Himalayan Salt 2 Tbsp Almond Carrier Oil 5 Drops Lavender 5 Drops Frankincense Carteri 4 Drops Sandalwood Australian 2 Drops Vetiver What you’ll do:  Measure

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Marjoram Sweet Achy Leg Cream DIY

What you’ll need: 2 oz Olive Lotion 14 drops Frankincense Serrata 10 drops Lavender 10 drops Marjoram Sweet What you’ll do: To use, add all ingredients together and gently

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Mango-Peach Smoothie Bowl

For a smoothie bowl that is brilliant at helping you with weight management and helping you get a tasty jump start on your day, Sunwarrior’s Slim Collagen

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Mixed-Berry Smoothie Bowl

For a smoothie bowl that is berry good at helping you with weight management and helping you get a tasty jump start on your day, Sunwarrior’s Lean

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Coffee Body Scrub DIY

If you’re ready to give your skin a deep-down refreshing and energizing treatment before spring, exfoliation is the perfect thing to do! When you exfoliate,

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Ditch the resultions and start a new lifestyle that is both heathier and better for our environment.  Using Homeopathic Wellness, eaging natural and organic foods, practing spiritual health, and using eco-friendly household solutions you improve your lifespan, you improve your bodies overall styemes (mind, digestion, emotions) because you are removing toxins, harsh chemicals, and parabons that are not safe for the environment or your body’s endocrin system.

Going Natural and Organic

There are so many key phrases we’re told to look for when shopping for our makeup and skincare: natural, organic, chemical-free, cruelty-free, and eco-friendly. If only all of them were easier to decipher, skincare shopping would be a lot easier. But when natural can mean, “we use some natural ingredients,” and cruelty-free can mean “we still test our products on animals in China,” we have to know how to read a label, more now than ever.

 

One of the biggest misconceptions is the idea of natural versus organic and that they are interchangeable labels. A product can be natural and organic, but not all natural products are organic, or even 100 percent natural. It’s important for all of your skincare to be natural for your overall health, but the benefit of using natural and organic skincare provides your skin with the purest form of the ingredient on the market.

Major brands are catching on to the fact to that consumers want natural and organic skincare. Without even changing the formulas, many are slapping a “natural” or “organic” sticker when it’s not. If it says “natural,” read the label fully. If it says “organic,” make sure it’s labeled USDA certified organic. While major corporations may want you to stick to the brands you’ve always been exposed to in magazines and on television, it’s time to treat your body with respect by switching to what it really needs: natural and organic skincare.

What Does Organic Mean? 

If the product is USDA certified organic, that means it is made of 95 percent or more of organic ingredients derived from plant sources. All of these ingredients were grown without pesticides, bioengineered genes, or petroleum-based fertilizers, which could be toxic to the environment. Also, these ingredients were farmed using organic farming methods that recycle sources and promote biodiversity. Natural products are simply derived from natural sources without added synthetic compounds.

 

Signs that will tell you that what you are eating is real:

  • It can have variables in quality, taste, color and texture
  • Spoils fairly quickly (between 1 and 7 days)
  • Requires preparation before it can be cooked
  • Was grown without (or minimal) chemicals
  • Has not been genetically altered
  • Contains no antibiotics, growth hormones, or other types of drugs
  • Has no artificial anything
  • Has no chemical preservatives
  • Lived a normal lifestyle before slaughter

Processed foods, however, are easily identified by the following:

  • Are always uniform in color, shape, taste, and texture
  • Can stay “fresh,” literally, for weeks or even months
  • Cooks very quickly, is convenient, and needs no prep before cooking
  • Are colored or flavored with chemicals
  • Grown with chemicals
  • Often contains at least one genetically modified item
  • Were given antibiotics, growth hormones, or other drugs
  • Contain artificial flavors, colors, fillers, and other artificial chemicals
  • Contain chemical preservatives
  • Lived an unnatural life in a cage and fed an unnatural diet before slaughter

Everyone will benefit from eating high-quality, clean animal protein, especially if you are an athlete or have a physically demanding job. This means eating animals that lived as natural a life as possible, such as walking in fields, eating grass or insects, and not being given tons of antibiotics or growth hormones. If we are talking about fish, you want to consume wild caught fish, not factory farmed fish. Animals that live and eat a natural diet optimize the nutrition of the meat you will later eat. Most factory farmed animals are fed GMO foods that have glyphosate contamination. This toxic chemical, as well as the GM corn or soy the animal was fed, along with any antibiotics or hormones goes into their meat, which you will also later eat.

When people say that you are what you eat, they really mean it!

If you want your body to be filled with chemicals, pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics, eating factory farmed meat is the quickest way to get there!

Find Spiritual Wellness

Spiritual awareness is an expansive process of living each day, at work and at home, in alignment with a sense of purpose and deeply held values. While spiritual wellness may involve engaging in religious practice, doing so is not required to achieve wellness.  Spiritual wellness involves finding your life’s meaning and purpose and understanding the values, beliefs, and morals that guide your actions.

 

Spiritual wellness is a part of balancing your life. When you take the time to care for your spiritual health as part of a holistic wellness approach, you can reach the promotion, delegate responsibilities, be an inclusive leader, and set up goals aligned with your new role with more ease. And you can live a meaningful life connected to your core values, beliefs, and morals.

 

Spiritual Wellness is Not

  • Being a deeply religious person.
  • Going to a worship place on a regular basis.
  • Forcing a set belief system on self and expecting others to follow.
  • Living life according to rigid rules and cultural norms.
  • Doing what you want to do, and not caring for what others think because your way and belief system is the right way to live.

Spiritual Wellness IS

  • Having a relationship with yourself, your heart, and your soul (essence of your being and life purpose).
  • Having a relationship with The Divine (God).
  • Having a relationship with people around you and, and relating to your environment and culture.
  • Experiencing life according to your life purpose and values.
  • Committing to your life purpose, values, and faith. Surrendering to “what is” (anything that is here in the present moment).
Why is spiritual wellness important?

When we strengthen our spiritual wellness, we:

  • Strengthen our relationships with others around us.
  • Breathe positivity into the spaces we occupy.
  • Impact our lives in a way that supports our life purpose and values.
  • Are mindful and at peace as we connect with others.
  • Are more likely to practice self-compassion, confidence, and resilience.
  • Are accountable and responsible for our own actions.

 

Based on the benefits listed above, we can enjoy a prosperous life. Being more connected to our life purpose and values grounds us into who we are as individuals. This grounding can manifest in a better relationship with ourselves and others around us. Gaining a deeper connection to self leads to increased self-awareness, which supports how we think and behave.

 

Slowing down and being mindful are benefits of spiritual wellness. Mindfulness supports us to be more present and focus on the moment. Mindfulness is a tool to practice our faith (our connection to The Divine) and helps us be more self-compassionate and better cope with adversities. Our choices in life are more resonant with who we are as individual humans and when we respond to any situation, we respond with less reactivity and more creativity

Eco-Friendly Household Solutions

The term “eco-friendly” gets thrown around a lot — you see it on labels for everything from sandwich bags to sheet sets. Since it’s used so often, it can be hard to understand the importance of eco-friendly lifestyles and products. And if you aren’t sure what the word truly means, there’s a greater risk of being misled by companies claiming to be conscious of the environment.

“Environmentally friendly,” “eco-friendly,” and “earth-friendly” are just other words for “not environmentally harmful.”

“Green” is a “casual term that people use in exchange for any word relating to eco-consciousness,” says Birnur Aral, Ph.D., Director of the GH Institute’s Health, Beauty, and Environmental Sciences Lab. “It’s a multi-faceted term, but it generally implies better practices for both the environment and the people involved.” When we surveyed over 5,000 people from our consumer panel, we found that 65% think the word “green” is synonymous to environmentally friendly and eco-conscious.

“Sustainable” and “sustainability” can be defined in many ways, but it’s generally “the practice of making sure we don’t deplete the natural resources while maintaining a prospering economy for future generations,” says Aral. “It is thought to have three pillars: people, planet, and profit. For a business, this means that ensuring the wealth of employees (and people related to that business) and minimizing or even reversing its environmental impacts should be as important as turning a profit for it to be sustainable in the long run.” Environmental experts prefer to use the term “sustainable” rather than eco-friendly. Why? When it comes to product production, everything has some sort of negative impact on the environment (think: water usage, energy and product waste, etc.), and that means there really aren’t products that actually fit the definition of eco-friendly. Keep in mind, when we call something sustainable, it means that a single attribute is good for the environment — not necessarily everything about the product.

How to find products that are truly eco-friendly

When it comes to products, there are ways to “make smart and educated decisions before you purchase something new,” says Sabina Wizemann, senior chemist at the GH Institute’s Health, Beauty, and Environmental Sciences Lab. That’s where our rigorous testing comes in — our experts help you find the products that actually work and are less harmful to the planet. “An effective product is less likely to be thrown away or replaced,” which cuts down on waste, says Wizemann.

Look for products with established, third-party emblems like EcoCert Cosmos for organic cosmetics or Fair Trade Certified ingredients. Don’t get greenwashed by products with false emblems and bold claims: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Below are the logos you can actually trust. They signify a certain aspect of the product is environmentally friendly:

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Use plant-based cleaners. “Look for products that contain safer ingredients, like plant-based cleaners and those with EPA Safer Choice certifications,” says Carolyn Forte, director of the GH Institute’s Home Care and Cleaning Products Lab. Even though ingredient transparency isn’t required by law yet, more and more companies (like Seventh Generation) are choosing to list all ingredients in a product. This encourages companies to use more renewable resources that are better for the environment. Plus, people simply like to know what ingredients are in their products and where they come from.

 

Opt for concentrated cleaning and health products. The best option for the environment is cleaning concentrates that you can dilute with water in reusable containers, like Brandless Cleaning Concentrates. Forte says this helps eliminate excess packaging and waste.

 

Seek minimal packaging. Avoid products with secondary packaging and films. Instead, look for items with minimal packaging made of recycled materials (like cardboard and aluminum instead of plastic). For example, bar soaps are usually a great option because they often have little packaging and can be completely used. There are even toys (like the Green Toys Fire Truck) that are packaged with sustainable materials. To learn more about why we chose the below products, check out our Sustainable Packaging Awards.

CaHerbanLife.com has gone above and beyond to only source brands that follow natural, organic, and eco-friendly standards and that led us to build the “Brands We Trust” Source that highlights these brands that we have verified their standards and have chosen them as featured brands on our site.  Each year we review the brands and seek out new brands to sell.  Please visit “Brands We Trust” and review our featured  brands for 2022.

Here are a few of the Brands We Trust