Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Forgiveness Meditation

This was shared with me by a friend and I wanted to share it with you as well. Enjoy

A simple and ultimately profound meditation is to close you eyes and breathe in the word "I" and exhale the words "forgive you."

Silently repeat “I forgive you” as long as needed and apply to all thoughts, feelings, and any other phenomena or sense of self or "other" in your meditation until still.

Neither reason, nor knowledge of an event is required to forgive.
Forgiveness is complete within itself, transcending all knowledge and reason.
It peels away the layers of judgment we hold on everything until we are finally left in the silent Love of God.

Our ultimate truth is unconditional Love.
Forgive means to first give (fore give).
All you really have to give from inside is unconditional Love.
The rest is conditioned responses of which you can also forgive.

It is wonderful to do going to sleep and waking up so that it penetrates deep into the subconscious.

Practicing this meditation instills the habit of being, knowing, and remembering love.
To first present unconditional love causes the spontaneous erasing of memories resulting in “forgive and forget.”

Only judgment holds onto past memories or future fears keeping you dead or asleep to your Truth.

“Forgiveness dissolves all but Love.”
- Robert Lodge Groves

Monday, August 23, 2010

Popcorn & Lung Disease

Is your microwave popcorn causing you lung disease? According to an article sent to me featured on some companies have reformulating to remove the deadly diacetyl, the chemical in artificial butter flavoring that has been blamed for sickening hundreds of workers, killing a handful and destroying the lungs of at least three microwave popcorn addicts. Unfortunately the ingredients they are now using may be just as bad or worse than the diacetyl they removed.

If you or anyone you love enjoys microwave popcorn this article is a must read especially if they have any lung issues!

Natural Mold Killers

We were blessed to receive a gently used bedroom suite for our middle son recently. The downside was that it came from relatives who have mold in their home and brought some mold with it. Mold is not a good thing for anyone to have around but son two has asthma so it is even more urgent to rid the furniture of the mold.

We started by wiping down the furniture with a vinegar water mixture to clean and disinfect. Then I started researching natural mold killers. I knew that lavendar is one natural mold killer but wanted more in my arsenal for peace of mind. These are some natural mold killers I found. I am starting with the tea tree oil spray and will report my results. In the meantime, I hope that these will help you in your fight against mold.

Natural Mold Killing Solutions:

Tea Tree Spray
2 tsp Tea Tree Oil
2 cups Pure Water

Mix in a spray bottle and spray over affected surface. Allow to dry. Tea tree doesn't smell the best but the smell will go away.

Grapefruit Seed Spray
20 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract
2 cups Pure Water

Mix in a spray bottle and spray over affected surface. Allow to dry. This mixture is recommended for showers and most effective when sprayed daily over the area.

Vinegar Spray
Pour vinegar straight into spray bottle (do not dilute) and spray affected area. Vinegar is a natural bleach so do not use this spray on areas you don't want lighter.

Borax naturally prevents mold and disinfects thus making it a great mold killer for your cloth shower curtains.

Our best result was with the Tea Tree Oil mixture.  It worked so well killing the mold and odor that my mom and dad bought some tea tree oil to treat their house as they were building it.
Please post if you have a favorite natural mold killer that you have had good results with.


Soap Nuts are the best natural laundry detergent I have found. These little beauties come from a tree and despite their name they are actually the dried fruit from the tree. The seeds are harvested to be used and to be planted to make sure there are soap nut trees for as long as people want soap nuts.

Reasons I love them -

- They're inexpensive! I'm frugal so this is my #1 reason for liking them. They average $0.15-$0.19 per load of laundry depending on the size of bag you purchase.

- They work! These little beauties keep the laundry odor free and clean as well as soft - even with boys!

- I no longer use fabric softener! Soap nuts softens your laundry much as vinegar does. (In case you didn't know it - vinegar is great for softening your laundry!) For a nice smell I simply put 10 or more drops of my favorite essential oil or oil blend on an old wash cloth that I planned to throw out and place it in the dryer.  Lavender works great when washing the sheets and Orange is wonderful for the towels.

- I feel good about using them! They are sustainable and natural. I am protecting my family and my planet! Yeah me!

One bag of 5 soap nuts washes about 5-7 loads of laundry (depending on your water) and then you remove the old and put in new. My husband grew tired of having to change the soap nuts out so I started making liquid. (See recipe below) This made him very happy and since he does do laundry, as do my sons, it is important to make sure they are happy about the laundry procedures. :)

Check out our website for natural laundry soap you can feel good about.


To make Soap Nut Liquid simply add 16 soap nuts to 6 cups of pure water. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. I simmer mine covered. Simmer for about an hour. Allow liquid to cool and remove soap nuts. Store liquid in an airtight glass container. I store mine in the refrigerator to extend the shelf life. Even in the refrigerator the liquid should be used within a few days. Never a problem at my house.

If you like your clothes to smell good I recommend using an old wash cloth as a dryer sheet. Place a few drops of your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend on the wash cloth and through it in the dryer with your clothes.

If you have extra smelly clothes or want extra softness - use a quarter to half cup of white distilled vinegar along with the soap nuts liquid. I do this with our towels and sheets and I love the clean softness that results. Be careful with vinegar as it can lighten dark clothes if the dye is not colorfast. I use it as a bleach alternative since my youngest is allergic to chlorine bleach.

Wishing you wellness,


Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Eating well is just as important for beautiful skin as the products you put on your skin. I found a great article in the Energy Times magazine that listed the best foods for beautiful skin. My favorite is the dark chocolate, which I personally think should be a food group. ;) I've listed the highlights and created a link to the magazine at the bottom of this blog.

Dark Chocolate is packed with phytonutrients. The flavonols found in dark chocolate have been shown to increase blood flow - good for the heart and the skin. The recommendation is an ounce of at least 60% cacao chocolate.

Tomatoes provide beta-carotene, calcium, iron, lutein/zeaxanthin, lycopene, magnesium, potassium, vitamins C and E. Wow, all that in a tomato!

Yogurt provides B-complex vitamins (stress defense), calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and probiotics to keep your system running smooth.

Blueberries contain anhtocyanins (protect collagen from free-radicals), ellagic acid, lutein/zeaxanthin, potassium, and vitamins C and E.

Walnuts offer copper, ellagic acid ( a potent antioxidant that helps ease inflammation and retard collagen breakdown), L-arginine, manganese, melatonin, omega-3 fats, and vitamin E.

Spinach provides alpha lipoic acid (ALA) (works with other antioxidants in the skin to reduce inflammation caused by the sun), beta-carotene, folate, lutein/zeaxanthin, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins C and E.

There are more foods out there that a good for you so don't stop here. A wise doctor told me once "the key to health is a colorful plate." Make sure to choose organic as often as you can. A certified nutritionist friend told a class I was in that any food not organic can be GMO.

Wishing you wellness!



Since I gave you the scary bad info about refined and processed sugar I thought I should give you some good news about natural sweeteners. Here is a list that I have compiled. I will note my favorites and the ones I have had recommended by people I trust.

My personal favorite - Stevia. Stevia is a South American herb that has been used as a sweetener by the Guarani Indians of Paraguay for hundreds of years. The leaves of this small, green Stevia rebaudiana plant have a delicious and refreshing taste that can be 30 times sweeter than sugar. You can buy powdered or liquid. I love the liquid, especially the flavored. It works so well in my water and herb tea. Not good for baking though:(

Xylitol is commonly used in sugar free products and especially in chewing gum because of the positive effects on teeth. I was amazed at the many benefits of xylitol as reported by Wikipedia. Check it out

Erythritol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol that is found in our bodies, as well as in many fruits, vegetables and even certain fermented foods. Make sure the erythritol you use comes from an organic source!
• Virtually calorie-free (0.2 cals/gram)
• A glycemic index of zero, so while it sweetens, it does so without adding calories or spiking blood sugar the way other sweeteners often do.
• Research indicates that for most people, it's highly digestible!

Certified Organic Sugar Cane. The cane juice, rich in molasses, vitamins and minerals, is extracted, clarified, evaporated and crystallized. The result is a blond- colored, delicious and natural organic sugar that will enhance all your favorite recipes. Use as a one-for-one replacement for refined white sugar. Great tasting but high glycemic index for those of us concerned about our blood sugar.

Organic Sucanat® is a whole cane sugar. It's made by simply crushing freshly cut sugar cane, extracting the juice and heating it in a large vat. Once the juice is reduced to a rich, dark syrup, it is hand-paddled. Hand paddling cools and dries the syrup, creating the dry porous granules.

Because Sucanat still contains all of the cane's natural molasses, it has a deep brown color and a distinct, natural molasses flavor that enhances many foods. It can be substituted for brown sugar in any recipe and it is especially good in chocolate-based recipes, for baking and for BBQ sauces and marinades. It is an excellent source of iron, calcium, vitamin B6, potassium and chromium, which helps balance blood sugar. This is what our cooking demo guru recommended for use in baked goods.

Organic Turbinado Sugar is made by crushing the freshly-cut sugar cane to squeeze out the juice, rich in, vitamins and minerals. The cane juice is evaporated and spun in a centrifuge, or turbine, to produce the large sparkling golden crystals. I have used this as a brown sugar substitute and people loved the taste.

Organic Molasses is a blackstrap molasses with a rich, full-bodied robust flavor that adds natural color and opulent caramel molasses tones to recipes. It is especially good in molasses cookies, in other baked goods, breads, sauces, BBQ sauces and in marinades. It can be used as a one-for-one replacement for refined blackstrap molasses. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals and trace elements naturally present in the sugar cane plant and is a good source of iron, vitamin B6, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

Now that you have some sweet choices (couldn't resist), experiment and enjoy!

Wishing you wellness,



Recently my husband and I attended a gluten-free baking demo at our local Whole Foods Market. The certified nutritionist mentioned that sugar disables white blood cells. Being a research nut I decided to look for the research and was shocked! Here is an excerpt from an article I found along with a link to the rest of the article. The irritating part is that this research was reported in 1973!! I don't know about you but I hadn't heard about it. Check it out for yourself.

First of all, in 1973 the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study by A. Sanchez et al, "Role of sugars in human neutrophilic phagocytosis", November, 1180-1184, showing that ingesting 100 grams of simple sugar lowers white blood cell activity for up to five hours. He got this result using processed honey, table sugar, and processed orange juice. This translates into a 50% reduction in the ability of white blood cells to engulf bacteria. The immune suppressing effect begins within ten minutes of ingesting the sugar. Lowered white blood cell activity means your immune system and it's ability to fight infection, is impaired.

White, refined sugar is also bleached with Chlorine Bleach, a substance that many people are sensitive to. Chlorine, when it combines with organic compounds, converts to Dioxin, a lethal chemical. No one should ever consume any substances that have been exposed to chlorine or chlorine bleach, nor use paper products that have been bleached.


Wishing you wellness,



Quite a few people have been asking me about Mineral Makeups lately. Specifically some have been asking why most mineral makeups cause them to break out. My research has shown a couple of common ingredients in mineral makeup that could very well be the culprits if you have experienced breakouts, irritation, redness, and dryness from your mineral makeups.

Bismuth Oxychloride an inorganic ingredient found in the majority of mineral cosmetics. In some brands it is the main irritant that often causes itching, rashes and mild to severe cystic acne. If you have had a reaction to mineral cosmetics in the past it is likely because of the bismuth oxychloride in the product.

Bismuth oxychloride is a by-product of copper and lead refining and it can be found on the periodic table. What surprised me is that bismuth oxychloride resembles arsenic and antimony chemically. It is also considered a heavy metal. Cosmetically, bismuth oxychloride is considered a pearlizing agent and produces a high shine.

An article from reveals that Talc is closely related to the potent carcinogen asbestos. Talc particles have been shown to cause tumors in the ovaries and lungs of cancer victims. For the last 30 years, scientists have closely scrutinized talc particles and found dangerous similarities to asbestos. Responding to this evidence in 1973, the FDA drafted a resolution that would limit the amount of asbestos-like fibers in cosmetic grade talc. However, no ruling has ever been made and today, cosmetic grade talc remains non-regulated by the federal government. This inaction ignores a 1993 National Toxicology Program report which found that cosmetic grade talc, without any asbestos-like fibers, caused tumors in animal subjects. Read more from

Another concern I have read time and again is "nano-particles." There is much concern that particles too small will be easily absorbed into the skin and become a health concern.

As with all your products, reading the label is important but knowing what to look for is even better. If you have a question about an ingredient and aren't sure where to look, let us know. We're happy to help.

Wishing you health and wellness!


The older I get the more I want to find things that help keep my metabolism going strong and keep my energy level up. As you know I do Tai Chi and Qigong of a morning. Among all the wonderful things this does for me, it wakes up my metabolism giving me energy for my day. Nutrients that should be a part of our diet can also provide energy for our bodies. Recently I came across a list of some and wanted to share them with you.

Amino Acids: Amino acids are building blocks to protein. They help to maintain muscle mass and tissue and provide fuel for the body. They also help metabolism.

Pyruvate: Pyruvate improves endurance by enhancing the transport of glucose into the muscles, increasing energy and stamina, allowing you to exercise, work, and play harder and longer. This aids in burning more calories.

Ubiquinone: A nutrient that aids the body in transforming food to energy.

Biotin: helpful in metabolizing protein, fats, and carbohydrates.

Magnesium Citrate: helps convert blood sugar into energy.

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): is essential in producing, transporting, and releasing energy from fat.

Niacin: helps to metabolize fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.

These statements are not intended as medical advice, and have not been evaluated by the FDA.

Wishing you wellness,



I have been practicing Tai Chi and Qigong for almost six years now. I originally started because I was looking for something I could do that would not cause my heart arrhythmia to flair up. I had always been active and when the cardiologist said I needed to not allow stress of any kind because it could kill me I was motivated to find an activity that would help heal me and my heart.

I searched the Internet and found Tai Chi and Qigong. According to articles on WebMD and Mayo Clinic there is research showing the benefits for both body and heart. (See article links below.) I even found an article from a local hospital about the success they have had using Tai Chi for their heart patients. I decided to give it a try.

Since then I am not the only one who has noticed a difference. Tai Chi and Qigong gets my engine running in the morning. Routine practice along with nutrition has allowed me to be off my heart medicine and arrhythmia is a rarity and much less severe when it does occur.

If you are looking for a relaxing yet effective exercise to promote health and wellness I would encourage you to take a look at Tai Chi and Qigong. Check your local listings for an instructor. In order to practice when I want without leaving my house I use Gaiam DVD's.

Wishing you wellness!



This is one of those recipe finds that I tried because it sounded so ridiculous. Guess what? I love it! I have fine, limp hair and this holds well without feeling like a helmet head. Word of warning! If you use a fine mist sprayer (I did) then trust that it is on your hair - don't keep spraying until you see it on your hair! By then it's too late and you may as well wash and start over. Enjoy!

2 - 4 Organic lemons

Pure Water - enough to cover lemons

Slice lemons and simmer for about an hour. Add water to keep lemons covered with water. Cool, strain, and put into spray bottle. Lasts about a week refrigerated.

Wishing you wellness,


Tuesday, July 20, 2010


The first thing you should do after exposure or possible exposure to poison ivy is to clean the affected areas with cold water or rubbing alcohol right after exposure can help control any reaction. You should also wash any contaminated items or clothing with soap or detergent, and bathe your pets to get the oil out of their fur.

Natural solutions for treating poison ivy rash include:
1) Witch Hazel - Apply to all exposed sites topically to reduce itching and swelling
2) Oatmeal - Add colloidal oatmeal to a cool or lukewarm bath can calm and soothe your skin.
3) Aloe Vera - has soothing, anti-inflammatory properties. Apply to exposed site to help heal irritated skin.
4) Menthol-Based Creams - Use an organic compound sourced from peppermint and other mint plants. Menthol has a cooling effect on skin.

See a doctor immediately if you experience severe poison-ivy symptoms (such as a fever higher than 100 F, difficulty breathing, yellow fluid oozing from blisters, or irritation in sensitive areas like eyes and mouth).

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


So many things have made living and learning easier. But the real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful, to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures and to be cheerful and have courage when things go wrong.

- Laura Ingalls Wilder

What's In Your Tub?

Do you know what chemicals you are putting in your tub? What is in your bath & body products and what are they doing to your health? I came across a very informative article I wanted to share with you "No More Toxic Tub" on Fran Drescher's website Cancer Schmansher. Check out the article and her website.

Vinegar - The Natural Home's Friend!

When I first started looking for natural alternatives for cleaning my house I found this article on using plain white distilled vinegar for all sorts of things. It was amazing so I had to share it!

My favorite uses are:

- cleaning the floors, toilets, bathtubs, etc

- adding it to white clothes to brighten and soften clothes (handy with boys at home)
- pouring down the garbage disposal to kill odors

Check out all the uses for your vinegar, I think you'll be amazed. Share your favorites and let us know if you use it for something not listed.

Melinda shared that she uses apple cider vinegar for congestion and to keep mosquitoes away.

So here's to the lowly white distilled vinegar and it's many uses around the house!


Let me know what you use vinegar for.
Wishing you wellness,



My son suddenly discovered body spray last year. When I read the label and saw phthalates I decided to find out what they were. What follows is some of the information I found.

Twenty years of research has suggested that phthalates disrupt the hormone system. Developmental and reproductive issues have been associated to some phthalates. Other research suggests the same mechanism may contribute to the growth of breast tumor cells.

Phthalates are used in a variety of common products from toys to air fresheners to skin care and cosmetics. Unfortunately most labels do not list phthalates as an ingredient because of a loophole that allows phthalates to be included in “fragrance” without being listed. Because fragrance is added to nearly every product consumers are being exposed to phthalates daily and often without even knowing it.

The easiest way to reduce your exposure to phthalates is to choose natural skin care and cosmetics that do not allow phthalates in their products. If you love fragrance choose products with essential oil blends or phthalate-free fragrances. is a great resource for information and offers a list of companies who have signed their Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Be sure to look up Beaute Purpose you are there.

Wishing you health and wellness,


Empowering Wellness Presentation

I have been asked to speak to many groups about the toxins commonly found in our personal care products.  In order to empower more people for wellness I share my presentation handout information with you. Do your own research, educate yourself, so you are empowered to make choices for wellness.


Parabens (alkyl-p-hydroxybenzoates) - The EPA states that all parabens, methyl, propyl, butyl, have been proven to interfere with the function of the endocrine system. The Center for Children’s Health and the Environment at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York says endocrine disruptors have been suspected of contributing to reproductive and developmental disorders, learning problems and immune system dysfunction in children. (Source: Environmental Working Group)

Phthalates - Commonly used in mascara, fingernail polish, and fragrances. Evidence indicates that phthalates can harm the developing fetuses and children. According to the Breast Cancer Fund, hundreds of animal studies have shown that phthalates can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive system, primarily in male offspring. Phthalates affect the hormone system. (Source: Environmental Working Group)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) - SLS is not a carcinogen however, it is a skin irritant. When SLS is being produced 1, 4 Dioxane (seriously toxic and linked to cancer , reproductive toxicity and organ system toxicity) can creep in just from the manufacturing process. Wikipedia stated is as being “an accidental byproduct of the ethoxylation process in cosmetics manufacturing.” (Source: Environmental Working Group)

Oxybenzone - widely used sunscreen ingredient, has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage. Another study revealed a link to low birthweight in baby girls whose mothers are exposed during pregnancy. Oxybenzone is also a penetration enhancer, a chemical that helps other chemicals penetrate the skin.

PAHs - (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) are common contaminants in petrolatum, also called petroleum jelly. Petrolatum is found in one of every 14 products on the market including lipstick, baby lotions and baby oils. PAHs have been linked to breast cancer and banned by the September 2004 European Union Directive.

Environmental Working Group (EWG)


Simple steps to removing the toxic overload on your system. Wellness involves Mind, Body, and Spirit. To achieve Whole Wellness be certain to balance healing in all aspects of your being.

1. Become a Label Reader! As you learn what to avoid, watch for them in your products.

2. Use Caution! Be picky about the companies you choose to deal with. lists companies who have pledged to offer safe products for your families health.

3. Choose Organic! EWG (website above) offers a “Dirty Dozen” list of the food you need to be eating organic. Remember, if it’s not organic it can be genetically modified and they don’t have to tell you. See the movie Food, Inc.

4. Slow and Steady Wins the Race! Don’t try to change everything at once! Choose the things that concern you most (e.g. organic food) and start there. Making little modifications consistently is much better than being overwhelmed and making no changes at all.

5. Join sites and email lists that encourage and provide helpful information. There are many out there, find one that resonates with you.

6. Balance Your Life! - It’s your life, choose to balance the time you have.

7. Be Proactive! It’s your life - choose how you want to live it!

Wishing you Health & Wellness!

Regina Collins, Founder of Beaute Purpose ~ Natural, Organic, Gluten Free Skin Care

I would be honored to speak for your group. Simply contact me at to schedule.

The Disappearing Male

"The Disappearing Male is about one of the most important, and least publicized, issues facing the human species: the toxic threat to the male reproductive system." From the Information Liberation. A film about the ingredients commonly found in our personal care products and their role in the disappearing male.

The Disappearing Male

Wishing you Wellness,


From Natural News - (NaturalNews) One of the major issues being tackled by consumer watchdog
groups this year is the presence of 1,4-dioxane, a synthetic
petrochemical carcinogen, in consumer products. Since hair care
products, cleaning formulas and laundry detergents are all susceptible
to containing this toxic chemical byproduct, which is not listed on
product labels, David Steinman from the Green Patriot Working Group
(GPWG) began a study in 2007 to see which consumer products are the
worst offenders. This year, his organization along with the Organic
Consumers Association (OCA), released the results of a portion of the
study conducted last year on laundry detergents. Read more

Here is their list -

Conventional brands:
1. Tide (P&G) – 55 parts per million (ppm)
2. Ivory Snow Gentle (P&G) – 31 ppm
3. Tide Free (P&G) – 29 ppm
4. Purex (Dial Corp.) – 25 ppm
5. Gain 2X Ultra (P&G) – 21 ppm
6. Cheer BrightClean Detergent (P&G) – 20 ppm
7. Era 2X Ultra (P&G) – 14 ppm
8. Arm & Hammer (Church & Dwight Co.) – 5.0 ppm
9. Wisk 2X Ultra (Sun Products Corp.) – 3.9 ppm
10. Woolite Complete Detergent (Reckitt Benckiser) – 1.3 ppm
11. All laundry detergent (Unilever) – 0.6 ppm
12. Dreft powdered detergent (P&G) – non-detectable (ND)
13. Sun Burst (Sun Products Corp.) – ND

"Natural" brands:
1. Planet Ultra Liquid laundry detergent – 6.1 ppm
2. Mrs. Meyers laundry detergent – 1.5 ppm
3. Clorox Green Works Natural laundry detergent – ND
4. Ecos laundry detergent (Earth Friendly Products) – ND
5. Life Tree Laundry Liquid – ND
6. Method Squeaky Green laundry detergent – ND
7. Seventh Generation Free & Clear laundry detergent – ND

For laundry soap from nature, check out Beaute Purpose Soap Nuts

Wishing you wellness,