Margie’s Favorite Holiday Finds

Margie’s Favorite Holiday Finds

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Margie’s Favorite Things

Our commitment to natural healing resonates with me this holiday season, I have found some fun finds this year.
Each gift thoughtfully reflects The Earth Heals’ mission of natural wellness.

Join me on a journey through my favorite finds—products that not only make wonderful presents but also will make you feel good about giving them. From nourishing self-care essentials to eco-conscious finds, each item encapsulates the spirit of nurturing well-being, both within and around us.

Let’s unwrap my top picks. 🌿🎁

Reusable Silicon Bags

The STASHER is endlessly reusable, resealable, silicone storage bag that eliminates single-use plastics.  I am replacing all of my single use storage bags. I love the idea of being able to use these for everyday and also for the freezer, They have a wide range of colors and lots of bundles too. Their locking seal is amazing for liquids. One side is smooth, and one side is matte finish. Great for labeling.
My favorite economy version is LERINE.

You will see these highlighted in my Meal Prep Series in January.

ONE BAG REPLACES 260 SINGLE USE PLASTIC BAGS EACH YEAR

BUDGET FRIENDLY FAVORITES

Electric Tea Kettle

The Cuisinart Electric kettle is our most used appliance. We used this multiple times a day!

  • Tea (morning, noon and nighttime)
  • Sanitizing kitchen sink and other items
  • French Press
  • Pour-over coffee
  • Reheating rice and pasta
  • Quick hot water for cooking
Vitamix Blender

This is a staple in our house. You first saw me use it in my Frozen Lemonade Tonic. I also shared with you one of my favorite soups, Tomato Soup.  I used this multiple times per day. I chose Vitamix because of its reputation of being handed down, not thrown away, which I love. It is powerful with it’s aircraft-grade stainless steel blades that breaks up even the toughest ingredients, it is a metal drive system that connects the container to the motor base—allowing better blends and a longer lifespan. And, it is self cleaning! Add warm water and a drop of soap and 30 seconds later, your blender is ready for it’s next task. 

  • Smoothies
  • Soups
  • Frozen Desserts
  • Nut Butters
  • Non Dairy Milks
  • Sauces
  • Baby Food
  • Dressings
  • Marinades
  • Flours
  • Food Prep
Mini Trampoline

If you are looking for something that will change the way YOU (and your loved ones) look at exercise, consider REBOUNDING. 

For MANY reasons, the mini trampoline is at the top of my list of favorite things this year! I feel like I have finally found the perfect exercise that I can stick with for the rest of my life. If you are looking for the perfect gift, you will never go wrong giving the gift of HEALTH.
Listed below are the long list of benefits. HERE ARE MINE:

  • Low Impact on my joints
  • 10 minutes of trampoline workout is the same as 40 minutes of running (See Report from NASA)
  • Convenient – At home and at any time, rain or shine!
  • It is FUN!!!! No, seriously! It.Is.Fun. You can keep your own pace during workouts. You can move without leaving the trampoline or you can jump high into the air –  Sign Up for the FREE Trial  It takes about 2 minutes of jumping to shake off a bad mood 😄
  • Lymphatic System Stimulations – this is the reason I tried this. I had my salivary gland removed a while back and some days I need to manually massage to reduce the swelling.
  • Weight Loss – The constant bouncing engages multiple muscle groups, revs up your metabolism, and aids in weight management. It strengthens every single cell of the body, both muscle and non-muscle.
  • I look forward to it – I don’t dread it. 200+ workouts accompanying this rebounder are incredibly fun. You can pick what you enjoy.
    Even rebounding while you watch the news or watch your YouTube in the morning will have dramatic benefits on your health.

1. Cardiovascular Fitness

Rebounding isn’t just about bouncing up and down; it’s a cardiovascular workout in disguise. The rhythmic bouncing engages large muscle groups and gets your heart pumping, improving blood circulation and enhancing your cardiovascular fitness. This low-impact exercise can be particularly beneficial for individuals who need a gentler option for their heart health.

2. Lymphatic System Boost

Your lymphatic system plays a vital role in removing toxins and waste from your body. Rebounding helps stimulate the lymphatic system, promoting detoxification and improving immune function. The up-and-down motion of bouncing helps to open and close lymphatic valves, allowing the lymph fluid to flow more efficiently. This can contribute to a healthier immune system and better overall well-being.

3. Bone Density Enhancement

As you bounce, the gravitational force changes with each jump, creating a light impact on your bones. This can be especially advantageous for those concerned about bone density loss. Rebounding is known to stimulate bone remodeling, promoting the growth of stronger bones. It’s a valuable exercise for individuals of all ages, especially older adults looking to prevent osteoporosis.

4. Core Strengthening

Maintaining balance and stability on the trampoline engages your core muscles. With consistent rebounding, you can tone and strengthen your abdominal and back muscles. A strong core not only helps with posture but also provides a solid foundation for other physical activities.

5. Stress Reduction

Exercise, in general, is a great stress reliever, and rebounding is no exception. The repetitive motion and the rush of endorphins that come with it can help alleviate stress and improve your mood. It’s a playful way to release tension and clear your mind after a long day.

6. Joint Health

Unlike high-impact exercises that can strain joints, rebounding offers a low-impact option that’s gentle on your joints. The cushioning effect of the trampoline reduces the risk of joint injuries, making it suitable for individuals with joint pain or arthritis. Regular rebounding can improve joint mobility and flexibility.

7. Weight Management

Rebounding is an effective calorie-burning activity. The constant bouncing engages multiple muscle groups, revs up your metabolism, and aids in weight management. It’s a versatile workout that can be tailored to different fitness levels and goals.

8. Improved Coordination and Balance

Maintaining stability while bouncing challenges your coordination and balance skills. Over time, these skills can improve, benefiting your overall physical performance and reducing the risk of falls, especially in older individuals.

9. Cognitive Enhancement

Believe it or not, rebounding can also have positive effects on your brain. The increased blood flow and oxygen delivery that come with cardiovascular exercise can enhance cognitive function, including memory and focus. Bouncing on a trampoline might just be the fun brain boost you didn’t know you needed.

10. Convenience and Enjoyment

Rebounding offers the convenience of being a home-based exercise. You don’t need a large space to set up a mini trampoline, and you can fit in a quick workout whenever you have a few spare minutes. The playful nature of bouncing can also make your workout sessions more enjoyable, encouraging consistency in your routine.

In a world where staying active is essential for overall health, rebounding presents itself as a versatile and enjoyable option. From cardiovascular fitness and bone density enhancement to stress reduction and cognitive enhancement, the benefits of rebounding are as diverse as they are impressive. Whether you’re seeking a low-impact exercise, a creative way to boost your lymphatic system, or an effective stress reliever, bouncing on a mini trampoline offers something for everyone.

Remember, as with any new exercise, it’s important to start slowly and listen to your body.
So, why not add a little bounce to your life and reap the rewards of this fun and effective workout?

Your health and well-being will thank you for it!

Use code EARTHHEALS for 10% off just in time for the holidays. They are currently running some amazing deals for the holidays as well. I just discovered their workouts to go with the trampolines.

I LOVE THE OPTIONS.

From the type of workout, to the duration, and the music, it is perfect!
And, I love the instructor, Sydney. She is friendly, fun-loving, and most important, Authentic. She has struggled with her weight after a gymnastics injury that led her to rebounding as a safe exercise for lower back pain. 

There are many rebounder options to choose from $129.00 – $649.00. This one is $129.99 + 10% Off with EARTHHEALS Discount Code. ONETWOFIT 48″ SILENT REBOUNDER
Regular price$129.99 USD ($116.99) + FREE Shipping.  I chose this one because of the size and their reputation. 

I highly recommend the workouts at Bounce N’ Burn . They offer 200 + workouts with 3 new ones released each week. They have a 5-day trial to see if this is for you. I just signed up for a year. They have a special at 50% off per month and per year.

CLICK FOR FREE 5 DAY FREE TRIAL

They have a Facebook Group, monthly challenges, and a variety of fun workouts with great music. That is what sold me.

Sign Up for the FREE Trial 

5 Days to take a look at their offerings. Here is a peak at their classes:

www.bouncenburn.com/home#learnmore

Use Discount Code MARGIEESPE2212 at checkout for 50% off!

 

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Insight Timer

The World’s Largest Library of FREE Guided Meditations on Earth – with 150,000 tracks from psychologists, spiritual leaders and mindfulness teachers.
Meditation, Sleep, Breathwork, Yoga, Contemplation. Wellness means different things to different people. With a focus on personalization and choice, more time is spent on Insight Timer than all other meditation apps.

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Yuka 

Yuka deciphers product labels and analyzes the health impact of food products and cosmetics. This FREE tool is invaluable when it comes to making healthy choices while at the store. It rates foods and cosmetics on a scale from 1 – 100. It has a community of almost 47 million subscribers. It is completely independent: no ads, no influencers, and responsible financing. This app is amazing. It is addicting once you start using it. You will be going through your pantry, the grocery stores and your medicine cabinets. 

Exploring the Benefits of Activated Charcoal

Exploring the Benefits of Activated Charcoal

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Exploring the Benefits of Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal, a seemingly simple substance derived from natural sources, has gained significant popularity in recent years for its potential health and beauty benefits. While it may be surprising to associate charcoal with wellness, its “activated” form possesses unique properties that make it a versatile tool for a variety of applications. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the world of activated charcoal, exploring its potential benefits and how it can be utilized for improved well-being.

 

Understanding Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is a fine, black powder made from natural materials like coconut shells, wood, peat, bamboo, or sawdust. The process of activation involves exposing the charcoal to high temperatures combined with specific gases or chemicals. This treatment creates a highly porous surface, increasing its surface area and making it more adsorbent.

Potential Benefits of Activated Charcoal

1. Detoxification and Digestive Health 

Activated charcoal’s porous structure allows it to adsorb toxins and chemicals in the digestive tract, preventing their absorption into the bloodstream. It’s often used to alleviate digestive discomfort, such as bloating and gas. Moreover, in cases of poisoning or overdose, activated charcoal can be administered in medical settings to reduce the body’s absorption of harmful substances.

2. Teeth Whitening and Oral Health

Activated charcoal is widely acclaimed for its teeth-whitening properties. When used as a toothpaste or powder, it can help remove surface stains from the teeth, resulting in a brighter smile. Additionally, its antibacterial properties may contribute to improved oral health by reducing bacteria and preventing bad breath.

3. Skincare and Acne Treatment

The adsorbent properties of activated charcoal make it an excellent ingredient for skincare products. It can help draw out impurities, excess oil, and toxins from the skin, making it beneficial for those with acne-prone skin. Activated charcoal masks and cleansers are popular for deep cleansing and detoxifying the skin.

4. Relief from Gas and Bloating

Due to its ability to adsorb gas and toxins, activated charcoal is often used to relieve bloating and gas. It can help reduce discomfort and support a more comfortable digestive experience.

5. Water Filtration

Activated charcoal is widely used in water filtration systems to adsorb impurities and pollutants, making water safer and better tasting. It can effectively trap chemicals, bacteria, and harmful substances from water sources.

How to Use Activated Charcoal

  1. Oral Use: Use activated charcoal toothpaste or powder a few times a week to help whiten teeth and maintain oral hygiene.
  2. Digestive Health: Take activated charcoal supplements or consume activated charcoal-infused foods to aid in digestive health. Ensure you follow recommended dosages.
  3. Skincare: Incorporate activated charcoal masks, cleansers, or scrubs into your skincare routine for deep cleansing and detoxification.
  4. Water Filtration: Utilize activated charcoal water filters to purify and enhance the taste of your drinking water.

*Caution and Considerations*

  • Consult a Professional: Before using activated charcoal for medicinal purposes, consult a healthcare professional, especially if you’re on medications or have existing health conditions.
  • Dosage and Usage: Follow recommended dosages and usage instructions carefully to ensure safe and effective use.
  • Quality Matters: Use high-quality, food-grade activated charcoal for ingestion or topical applications to ensure safety and efficacy.

In conclusion, activated charcoal presents a range of potential benefits that span from oral care to detoxification. However, it’s essential to approach its use mindfully, ensuring you opt for high-quality products and consult professionals when necessary. Incorporating activated charcoal into your wellness routine, with appropriate guidance, may offer a natural and effective way to support various aspects of your health and well-being.

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Start Your Journaling Routine

Start Your Journaling Routine

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Start Your Journaling Routine – A Step By Step Guide

I created this journal as a personal project to begin my journaling journey. After searching, I couldn’t find one that included everything I wanted. I needed a journal to start by feeling gratitude. This journal starts by asking to list 3 things you are grateful for. I find that no matter what mood I am in, feeling gratitude can instantly switch my mindset. I also wanted a place that to keep track of my water intake, my steps, my protein intake, fiber and my sleep. I also wanted a space to list my personal mantra each day. I have learned it is important to enrich your mind, body, and spirit on a daily basis. I also wanted a blank page for basic journaling. Some days, I journal about how I feel, Some days I journal about what I did, Some days I journal about ideas. It is just a space to freely write. Starting a journaling routine can be a wonderful way to enhance self-reflection, boost mindfulness, and track personal growth. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you establish a successful journaling practice.

How to Start Your Journaling Routine

Set Clear Intentions:
Begin by clarifying why you want to start journaling. Whether it’s for self-discovery, stress relief, creativity, or personal growth, having a clear intention will give your journaling practice a purpose. It is important to be clear on your intention. For me, it is about mental well being and physical well being. I am trying to shift my focus to my health. After years of focusing on my Mom’s wellbeing, it has taken a toll on my personal wellbeing.

Choose Your Journaling Format:
Decide whether you want to journal digitally (using apps or word processing software) or with pen and paper. Choose the format that feels most comfortable and accessible to you. For me, I’m old fashioned. I need to write down my thoughts.

Select a Journaling Time:
Determine the best time for your journaling practice. It could be in the morning to set intentions for the day or in the evening to reflect on your experiences. Consistency is key, so choose a time you can commit to daily or several times a week. I choose the early morning. I have found that if I don’t steal this time, I won’t do it that day.

Create a Relaxing Environment:
Choose a quiet and comfortable space where you can focus without distractions. Creating a calming atmosphere can help you get into the journaling mindset. I choose outside (until the weather shifts) I take my coffee or matcha with me and just focus on the temperature, the taste and the sight of the drink. By noticing these things, you instantly feel happy, calm and grateful. The absolute perfect way to start the day. If your mornings are crazy, by getting up just a half our earlier will change your life.

Start Simple:
If you’re new to journaling, don’t feel pressured to write long essays. Start with a simple routine, such as writing a few sentences or bullet points about your thoughts, feelings, or experiences. My journaling started with more of a diary type format. It then shifted into an emotional dump of feelings, thoughts and goals.

Use Prompts or Themes:
Sometimes it’s helpful to have a prompt or theme to guide your journaling. This could be a question you want to explore, a goal you’re working towards, or a particular emotion you’re experiencing. For me, it has been this website. The Earth Heals. This year has been about moving to a natural and healthy way of life. Finally I am at a point where I can share with our community.

Let Go of Perfection:
Remember that journaling is a personal practice, and there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Don’t worry about grammar, spelling, or making everything sound perfect. Just focus on expressing yourself. Some days, I will write a single sentence. This is usually when I am pissed at something. 😀 But, by writing that sentence, it brings my feelings to the present moment and forces me to fix the ‘why’ I am upset.

Write Freely:
Write whatever comes to mind without overthinking. Let your thoughts flow naturally. This can help you access your subconscious and gain insights you might not be aware of otherwise. I find that this comes freely to me now that i have been journaling for a few months.

Practice Gratitude:
Consider incorporating gratitude into your journaling routine. Write down a few things you’re grateful for each day. This can help shift your focus towards the positive aspects of your life.

Reflect and Review:
Over time, you can look back on your journal entries to track your progress, observe patterns, and see how your thoughts and feelings have evolved. I do this all the time. When something great happens, I look back at the previous days before the event happened. It is fascinating how your thoughts directly affect your future. The key is consistency. Daily journaling is transformational. I would not have believed it if I didn’t experience this myself.

Be Consistent:
Consistency is key to building a journaling routine. Set a goal to journal for a certain amount of time each day or week and stick to it. Every.Single.Day. Even if it is only 5 minutes.

Experiment and Adapt:
Your journaling routine doesn’t have to stay the same forever. Feel free to experiment with different formats, prompts, or techniques to keep your practice fresh and engaging.

Be Patient:
Like any habit, journaling takes time to become a routine. Be patient with yourself and don’t get discouraged if you miss a day or two. Just pick up where you left off. I noticed a big differnce after a month of journaling. It takes 21 days to form a habit. Then, it becomes a welcome time.

Remember, the most important thing is to make journaling a positive and enriching experience for yourself. It’s a tool for self-discovery and personal growth, so adapt it to your needs and preferences. I think it will change your life.  The journal below is one that I have published. I hope you will try it and that it will change your life too.
I hope you will Start Your Journaling Routine Today!

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Embracing Self-Care in a Busy World

Embracing Self-Care in a Busy World

Embracing Self Care for Wellbeing

Embracing Self-Care in a Busy World: Nurturing Your Well-Being Naturally

Why is it that it’s so easy to take care of everyone else but not take care of ourselves? In today’s fast-paced world, self-care often takes a backseat as we juggle numerous responsibilities and commitments. However, it is essential to recognize that self-care is not a luxury but a vital component of overall well-being. Embracing self-care amidst our busy lives is a transformative act of nurturing ourselves naturally. In this blog, we explore the significance of self-care and share practical and natural approaches to integrate self-care into your daily routine, helping you achieve a harmonious balance between mind, body, and spirit.

Self-care is more than just pampering or indulgence; it encompasses a holistic approach to nourishing ourselves on all levels—physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. It involves tuning in to our needs and desires and providing the love and attention we deserve.

In a busy world, it’s crucial to set boundaries to protect our time and energy. Learn to say no to commitments that do not align with your values or overload your schedule. Prioritize activities that bring joy and fulfillment, and make room for self-care without guilt.

Nature offers a sanctuary for self-care. Spend time outdoors, immerse yourself in the beauty of natural surroundings, and allow nature’s calming influence to rejuvenate your spirit. Whether it’s a walk in the park, gardening, or simply sitting under a tree, connecting with nature is a natural healing balm for the soul.

Incorporate mindful movement practices like yoga, tai chi, or qigong into your routine. These activities not only promote physical well-being but also cultivate mindfulness and inner peace, reducing stress and improving overall mental health.

Nourishing your body with wholesome, nutrient-rich foods is an essential aspect of self-care. Embrace a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats. Mindful eating practices allow you to savor each bite and develop a harmonious relationship with food.

Designate a sacred space in your home where you can retreat for moments of peace and introspection. Fill this space with items that inspire you, such as candles, crystals, or calming artwork. Dedicate time to be present in this space and connect with your inner self.

Prioritize quality sleep and ensure you get sufficient rest to rejuvenate your body and mind. Create a bedtime routine that promotes relaxation, such as reading a book, practicing gentle stretches, or enjoying a soothing cup of herbal tea.

Practice mindfulness, meditation, and prayer to quiet the mind and cultivate a sense of inner calm. Regular meditation sessions help reduce stress, enhance focus, and foster a deeper connection with yourself.

Treat yourself to natural self-care rituals using essential oils, herbal baths, or DIY skincare products. These remedies not only nourish the body but also uplift the spirit, allowing you to indulge in a blissful self-care experience.

Take intentional breaks from technology and social media. Unplugging allows you to be fully present in the moment and recharge your mental energy, reducing the overwhelm of a busy digital world.

In a world that glorifies busyness, embracing self-care becomes a radical act of love and respect for ourselves. By prioritizing self-care and nurturing our well-being naturally, we cultivate a sense of balance and inner harmony. Remember that self-care is a deeply personal journey, and what works for one person may not work for another. Listen to your intuition and discover the self-care practices that resonate with your unique needs and values. Embrace self-care as a natural healing ritual, guiding you towards a more fulfilling and joyful life amidst the hustle and bustle of a busy world.

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Earth + Moon 10% off with code MARGIE10
Gratitude Journal by Margie Espe

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