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Can Negative Energy Attach to Objects and "Stick" to Your Space?

Can negative energy get attached (or assigned) to objects, and therefore contribute to negative energy in your home?

There are different ways of considering this. A common way objects can create negative, toxic energy is simply by its association with a difficult experience, which results in those objects being triggers of a biochemical cascade of hormones that can contribute to stress and depression. When this is the situation and these objects are in your home, seeing...

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What is a healing space?

by Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

An environment—like in our homes, schools, and workspaces—can be designed to support therapeutic effects. Evidence has found that many hospital patients can enjoy better recovery than those in spaces without healing elements.

And many of these healing elements can be applied to our daily lives.

Optimal Healing Environment (OHE), a term coined in 2004 by the Samueli Institute, is used to describe a healthcare...

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Health tips for burning candles and incense as well as smudging sage or Palo Santo

Candles have been a part of our rituals and celebrations for more than 5,000 years. Burning incense and "smudging"—ceremonial practices of burning sacred herbs and woods to "cleanse" or bless spaces—have also been performed since ancient times. Given that these practices have existed for millenia, could they pose health risks?

Aside from accidental fires, the process of burning anything always runs the risk of emitting unhealthy fumes or particles. And which...

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Is your furniture burdening your nervous system?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Neurotoxicity sounds like a big complex word, doesn’t it? But if you break it down it’s pretty simple to understand: “Neuro” refers to the neurons in the human nervous system, and “toxicity” references adverse effects. 

The brain—along with the spinal cord and nerves that communicate with our senses, muscles, and glands—is a key component of the human nervous system. Add a bunch...

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Consider Phthalates in Furniture

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Did you know there are phthalates in furniture?

“More than 470 million pounds of phthalates are produced or imported in the United States each year,” according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (1)

With amounts that large, it may be in your home.

Let’s look at where these phthalates could be lurking.

Where are phthalates found?

Phthalates are used to soften plastics and increase their flexibility. It’s...

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Detox Your Holiday Lights of Lead

Holiday string lights are often an integral part of the festive decor. But did you know that holiday string lights can contain lead that can rub off on hands and contaminate your dust? 

Below are tips for healthier string lights.

1. Seek lead-free string lights. They exist! Each year, there are more options available too.

2. Look for ones that are also RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) compliant.  RoHS restricts the use of specific hazardous materials--such as lead,...

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Warm, Welcoming Nontoxic Candles

ambiance Dec 01, 2017

by Angela Cummings


Back in the day, I used to burn candles to make our home smell comforting and welcoming. Especially in the fall and winter when we gathered with family and friends. There was something about having our guests arrive to the smell of a freshly-lit candle that gave me comfort, an expectation that they’d feel right at home.

But behind that comforting scent was a dirty little secret that I would never have imagined.

How Standard Scented Candles are Made

That dirty little...

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