Carbon Coco | Charcoal Tooth Polish

Any of you super paranoid about your teeth? I am crazy about oral health, I am always worried about enamel erosion, my tooth sensitivity, stuff I am doing to damage my teeth and any discoloring. I used to use whitening stripes but it was insanely painful, so I wanted to try a more natural approach to teeth whitening. I had heard amazing things about activated charcoal powders, but I had also heard that they are abrasive and damage your enamel. I decided to try Carbon Coco. It is a 100% natural, activated charcoal tooth polishing powder to whiten teeth.

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The Activated Charcoal Tooth Polish from Carbon Coco contains “100% Organic coconut shell activated charcoal with a hint of bentonite powder and lemon myrtle”. They also claim to be safe and non damaging while actually strengthening enamel and fighting plaque. They recommend you use this product once daily for 7-14 days and then reduce use to upkeep results. Each tub comes with about 2 months worth of product. Because I am so paranoid, I decided to only use the product 1-3 times a week.

I got the original, and there is absolutely no flavour and no smell. I think if I were to purchase it again I would get the Sweet Mint because I actually find it very odd to not have any flavour; I realize how strange that is. There is kind of a strange texture to it as you brush since it is such a fine powder, it feels kind of dry but not overly bothersome. It makes a HELL of a mess! Lots of black in my sink and definitely required a clean up.

I used this product for almost 3 months on and off and honestly, I noticed zero difference in the colour of my teeth. So that’s that.

 

 

 

Cruelty Free Wool Dryer Ball Options

Wool Dryer balls are a huge thing right now because not only are they all natural, toxic free options for your laundry they are also more Eco-friendly than the traditional plastic dryer sheets. But something that I have some across on social media, is vegans who refuse to use wool dryer balls because it is an animal product.

Y’all are dumb. Sheep NEED to be sheared at least once a year. If a sheep is not sheared it is far too much weight for it’s body to carry, the wool gets matted, the animal can overheat and it causes a horrible amount of trauma and stress for the animal; it is far worse to leave a sheep unsheared. As long as you are buying wool products that are ethically sourced, cruelty free and humanely sheared, it shouldn’t go against your beliefs as a vegan. So today I am going to share two companies with wool dryer balls that are made with wool out of New Zealand, where their laws basically prohibit them from causing any harm while sourcing the material.

This is a blurb about wool from New Zealand from the first site I will share, Friendsheep.

“Unlike in Australia and China, in New Zealand farmers operate under a range of regulations that ensure very high standards of environmental protection, sustainability, animal welfare and social responsibility. New Zealand’s climate is mild and sheep graze free-range in open pasture all year round. There is no fly strike, and mulesing is not practiced. Livestock exportation from New Zealand is prohibited, and this prevents the practice of horror trips on cargo ships around the world. New Zealand also leads the world in shearing technique and ability. Sheep grow wool continuously and need to be sheared once a year to better allow lambing and avoid them becoming uncomfortable, stressed, and eventually ill. Highly skilled craftsmen ensure that shearing is quick and pain-free to cause minimal stress on the animal. Our farmers believe that well-treated sheep live a happier life and will grow better wool, so they make sure their flocks are well looked after.”

Friendsheep offers a huge selection of wool dryer balls and pet products that are ethically sourced, Eco-friendly and they use recycled material for their packaging.

  • Naturally softens and fluffs your laundry while helping you reduce drying time
  • Completely chemical free, unscented, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic
  • Reusable up to 1000+ loads
  • Reduces wrinkles and static cling
  • Hand made of 100%  organic New Zealand wool.
  • Individually hand felted in Nepal for fair wages in ethical and environmentally friendly working conditions.
  • Biodegradable product in a completely recyclable packaging

A pack of 6 dryer balls costs $32.00 USD. This is a great option for Americans, they offer free shipping on purchases over $50; it’s actually pretty expensive for Canadians to pay shipping with this company. Visit their website to order from Friendsheep.

Saje Wellness is the best option for Canadians. Saje offers dryer balls that are made with wool from New Zealand and they are made in Nepal where workers are paid fair wages so basically the same scenario as Friendsheep. You get fewer dryer balls in a pack but it is much easier for Canadians to get. Saje has a package with three dryer balls and it also includes an essential oil blend to add to your dryer balls, cost is $24.95 CAD. Saje’s dryer balls will also reduce static and drying time while softening your laundry without harmful chemicals.

These are two of the best options I’ve found but there are other options, just do the research and purchase wool dryer balls from companies that ethically source their wool out of New Zealand. Don’t be ignorant when it comes to what is actually harmful to the animals.

 

 

How To Use Your Essential Oils | Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus has the ability to make any home smell like a relaxing spa, but it also has some pretty great health benefits.

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Eucalyptus is great for your respiratory health, it also clears the air of allergens, so it’s perfect to diffuse for people with asthma or allergies (seasonal or dust). It’s also antibacterial which will help battle illnesses like cough and cold.

You can diffuse it and inhale to help with cough and cold symptoms but you can also mix it with a carrier oil and some peppermint for a homemade vapo rub. Another great way to enjoy the benefits of eucalyptus and clear sinuses, add a few drops to your shower and allow the steam to work it’s magic. I like to diffuse eucalyptus with spearmint; because not only do I find that it refreshes the air and makes it easier to breath, it leaves my home smelling fresh, clean and spa like instead of like a house full of dogs.

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How To Use Your Essential Oils | Lavender

So the most obvious use for lavender oil is your bedtime routine. Lavender is a calming oil which allows you to be lulled into a deep rest. It’s calming affects are also great for anxiety in both people AND animals!

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Not only can lavender oil be diffused. It can also be applied topically when mixed with a carrier oil. You can use it with peppermint to relieve tension and headache. Mix it with eucalyptus to make your home smell like a day spa. You can also mix it in a spray bottle with water for a room/linen spray. It also reduces itching and swelling in bug bites. You can also mix it with epsom salts for a relaxing bed time bath.

If you want to use this oil to relieve anxiety in your pets, you can diffuse throughout the day while you’re away or you can make a room/linen spray and spray it in spots your pet likes to lay; it’s bed, your bed, it’s kennel etc.

 

How To Use Your Essential Oils | Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil is a MUST HAVE for me.

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One of my favourite ways to use peppermint oil is mixing it with a roll on with lavender oil and liquid coconut oil in a roll on and applying it to my neck when I have a headache or to relieve tension in my back.

Another great use for peppermint oil is applying it to your stomach to ease digestion. When I am bloated I loved to drink peppermint tea, and this has the same affect when applied topically.

Peppermint also works well with citrus oils for an awakening, energizing and refreshing blend to either diffuse or apply topically.

Lastly, diffusing peppermint oil alone not only makes my house smell fresh like a candy cane, it also makes it so much easier to breath when I’m feeling stuffy and need some sinus relief.

A Saje Haul : March, 2017

So I recently made purchased my first ever essential oils from Saje and you can read all about it here but I was enjoying them so much that I went ahead and bought a bunch more!

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So I picked up the AromaGem 2.0 Diffuser and I originally wanted this in black but I got it in chrome because I thought it would look really cool in my house cause our walls are very bright and I do a lot of black and white accents. I’m really happy with the way it looks! This diffuser was $75. It comes in chrome, gold and black. It’s heat free and runs very quietly. It shuts off automatically and can be used for 4hrs steady or in intervals for 9.5hrs. The water tank is 115ml and it fills a room that’s about 200-300 square feet. Right now I have it in my living room but I think I might move it to our bedroom and put my other diffuser in the living room since it covers a bigger space.

I really enjoyed the Pain Release bath salts so I got some more of those but I forgot to include it in the photos, I also picked up the pain release Roll On Remedy for targeted pain relief. The Pain Release blend contains marjoram, roman chamomile, and rosemary to calm and relieve aches and pains, arthritis as well as sprains and strains. I really love the way it smells, it’s very calming, and it’s great to relieve tension in my back and neck.

I picked up the Immune diffuser blend and I haven’t had the chance to use it but it’s antibacterial for use when you’re sick so I’m really excited about that. It contains eucalyptus, cinnamon and tea tree to soothe coughs and relieve you of congestion. I also experience pretty bad seasonal allergies so I picked up Allergy Release to relieve my spring allergies when the time comes.

Update: Immune makes my whole house smell like Vicks and I weirdly love it. It makes it so much easier to breath and I feel so comforted knowing it’s killing all of that airborne bacteria.

I got Stress Release for the diffuser which is pretty self explanatory. It contains lavender, roman chamomile and orange to relax you and promote happiness.

The last diffuser blend I picked up is House Warming which contains orange, vanilla and cedarwood and was developed to encourage relaxation and a welcoming feeling to put you at ease.

This is another purchase from Saje that I am really enjoying and I have to mention that Saje has the most incredible customer service that I have ever experienced. They are so friendly in store and on the phone and they promptly respond to emails. They also truly use and believe in the products so they give great recommendations and are so happy to answer your questions. I am a lover of the Saje brand!

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SAJE HAUL: My First Essential Oils

So I decided to jump on the band wagon and try essential oils. I got a pretty big haul from the Saje Wellness store. I started with one trip and then went back for more the next day cause I was just so excited!

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Limited Edition AromaBreeze Marble Diffuser
Snore No More Roll On
Peppermint Halo Roll On
Pain Release Bath Salts
Refresh Diffuser Blend
Tranquility Diffuser Blend
Energy Roll On
Liquid Sunshine Diffuser Blend
Wooden Blend Bar

So I picked up the Limited Edition AromaBreeze Marble Diffuser because it was $60 when you spent $40 on oils. I figured I was going to spend $40 on oils so I might as well pick up the diffuser on sale! The diffuser is pretty quiet, it does have sort of a weird sound when the moisture drips in side that sounds like my dog licking himself. It goes for 8 hours which is awesome and it fills a room 300-500 square ft. I think the marble finish on this diffuser is beautiful and it looks gorgeous in any room.

For the diffuser I picked up the Refresh, Tranquility and Liquid Sunshine blends:

Refresh is pretty self explanatory; it’s kind of a pick me up. Eucalyptus to calm, lemon to refresh and uplift, peppermint to invigorate the senses. I really like this blend, it smells great and makes a room smell so welcoming and refreshing. It’s very spa-like.

Tranquility is for sleep. Roman chamomile, lavender and ylang ylang to relax, soothe and de-stress. This blend is really relaxing, it smells great. I’ve really been enjoying it at bed time. I put it in my diffuser about an hour or so before I want to go to sleep and then just let it fill the room.

Liquid Sunshine really gives me that pick me up that I get from the warm sun. Grapefruit to boost your mood, lime to wake your senses and bergamot for relaxation. This amazing citrus blend smells fantastic and makes me feel fresh. I really enjoy this one; I think this would be a great pick me up during the dark winter months or just on a rainy day.

I got the Peppermint Halo roll on which is for relieving headache. I get really bad headaches caused by tense muscles in my neck but this works so quickly to relieve that tension and help with my headaches. It feels very cooling on the skin. Peppermint to relieve aches and pains, lavender to calm the mind and relieve headache symptoms, rosemary for stress and aches. I really like this one, I can see myself going through it quickly. I was told by the woman in the store that this peppermint isn’t meant for the diffuser but that they have another peppermint for that. Something about being diluted for application to the skin.

I picked up the Snore No More roll on for my boyfriend. You roll it on the bottom of your feet before bed to relieve respiratory problems that cause snoring. It contains myrtle and marjoram to relieve the respiratory problems and to treat cold and flu symptoms, and roman chamomile for relaxation to promote sound sleep. My boyfriend has only used this once since I got it because he’s been out of town but I really did notice he snored far less. It is supposed to work better the more you use it and your body adapts to the oils.

The Energy roll on is a little pick me up for when I get wonky at work mid afternoon. This blend has peppermint and lemon to uplift and boost mood, and rosemary to de-stress and keep your mind sharp. I have found that this is perfect for use throughout the work day. I work in a space where I sit in front of a computer all day and there isn’t a lot of air flow unless my door and/or window is open for this helps to keep me from using focus.

I store my roll-on essential oils in this little plastic lipstick organizer, which is working quite nicely for me.

I carry a lot of tension in my neck and shoulders which causes a lot of headaches. I also get really sore in my lower back. I picked up the pain release bath salts in just a small bag to try them out. I really, really enjoyed them. They feel like a hot/cold lotion for muscles but they smell so relaxing. I feel so great after every use. The Pain Release contains marjoram, roman chamomile and rosemary; they all work to de-stress your mind and calm the body to relieve strains, sprains and arthritis.

Lastly, I picked up this cute little wooden blend bar. It’s totally unnecessary but it was only like $5.95.

I’m really happy with all of my oils and I’m really excited to see how they improve my overall health and well being. If you have any oil recommendations please leave them in the comments! I’d love to hear what oils you’re loving.

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My Misophonia

I learned a new word yesterday. Misophonia, pronounced mis-oh-foe-nia. It’s a neurological disorder that literally means, “hatred of sound”. Emotions like anger, hatred or disgust are triggered by certain sounds. As soon as I heard that I thought, I totally have that. 

The sound of my dog licking himself or even eating or drinking is enough to drive me insane. Or worse, that adorable sound he makes when he’s dreaming is like what most people hear when someone runs their nails on a chalk board. The sound of my boyfriend breathing in my ear as I try to fall asleep makes my skin crawl. And the sound of someone blowing their nose makes my blood boil. I could never stand the sound of my sister eating. The buzzing of a fly, whistling, a phone ringing and who doesn’t hate the beeping of a truck backing up. It’s like now that I know there’s a word for it all I can think about is all the minuscule sounds that drive me absolutely insane.

From what I’ve read, I would say I have level two misophonia. When I hear a trigger, I focus on the sound and only the sound. I can’t push it to the background, it’s up front and center.

I’ve always known that I was quirky. But now I think I might be fucked up beyond repair.

CRANIAL SACRAL THERAPY

Veronica Lambert (soon to be Paul) is a registered massage therapist in the Peace Country. But recently she’s been working towards something completely different, and taking a more holistic approach to healing. Cranial Sacral Therapy sounded like total hippy shit when Veronica first explained how she would essentially be sending “healing energy to my body”. I thought, if she uses the words ‘chakra’ or ‘aura’ I’m out the door.  By using specific, therapeutic holds she would send ‘messages’ to my nerves and muscles. Just kind of a “Hey guys, there’s stuff going on in this part of the body, you should fix it!”

She started by simply holding my ankles for a minute, which made me go WTF? She then moved to my head; just resting her hands beneath it, cradling it in her palms. Sounds like crap right? Well after about 15 minutes of her simply holding my head, I began to feel a stretching sensation in the left side of my neck. Like she had began to just slightly pull my head toward her, but she hadn’t moved her hands from their resting position. It was bizarre. This feeling was following by the sensation that I needed to crack my neck, which I feel multiple times a day. Then a throbbing in the right side of my neck, which she explained was likely that side of my neck wanting to release tension but just not allowing itself to. Maybe it’s a placebo effect, maybe it’s black magic. But I definitely felt things happening. After the session my neck felt loose, like I had just had a really great stretch. I rubbed it and didn’t feel any of the usual knots which was a huge relief. But within a few hours I began to tense up again as back and shoulder pains traveled up my neck.

When I asked her about how the treatments had affect other clients, she specifically mentioned a client who has always experienced issues with her jaw locking. During this clients session she felt stretching in her jaw and afterward she went days without any problems at all before these jaw issues returned.

She said that this is an ideal therapy to heal the body of people who have experienced extreme trauma, whether physical or emotional. Because it encourages the body to relieve all tension, based on the belief that your body and mind are interconnected.

The next day I was feeling pretty normal. The usual back pains and neck cracking. By the next evening my neck was absolutely killing me again. But as someone who has a lot of back issues and also suffers from anxiety and depression,  this is still a form of therapy that I’m incredibly curious about and would be interested to see how it would affect my body/mind with continued treatment.

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