Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Elderberries are a fantastic immune booster, cold and flu fighter and all around great for your health natural alternative. First listed in the  CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs as early as 1985, and used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1995, Elderberries have shown their worth time and time again. While there are many ways to enjoy elderberries such as food, wine, and tea, elderberry syrup is a tried and true way to keep your immune system strong by preventing, and quickening the ending to a cold or flu.

This syrup is good for 4-6 weeks in the refrigerator and can be taken by the teaspoon in the morning and night as preventive maintenance or by the tablespoon every 2-3 hours when sick. Enjoy and stay healthy!

Ingredients

1/2 cup Elderberries

1/4 cup Rosehips

1 1/2 Tablespoons cinnamon

1 3/4 cups water

1/2 cup honey

Directions:

1. Bring herbs to boil in a medium pot and lower to a low simmer for 20 minutes

2. Mash herbs a little in pot to remove excess juices.

3. Strain with a fine strainer or cheesecloth, keeping the juice but removing the herbs.

4. Let liquid cool and gently stir in honey.

5. Pour syrup into container and store in the refrigerator up to six weeks.

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Family Herbal Medicine Chest

Herbal medicine has been around for thousands of years. Ayurvedic medicine has been around at least 10,000 years. Chinese medicine has been around for at least 5,000, and people have used plants for their medicinal properties for our entire existence with record dating back to over 60,000 years ago. While modern medicine has it’s place, more and more people are looking for an alternative approach to healthcare and regaining interest in the oldest medicine known to man; herbal medicine.

There are many reasons for wanting to learn about herbs and natural medicine but with over 60,000 years of herbal medicine, the information can be overwhelming. Here are some tips and a few “must have” herbs to keep on hand for your family medicine chest.

1. Choose only high quality herbs

Anyone who’s ever decided to buy herbs has probably gone to the “herb” section of places like Walgreens, Ralphs, or Target thinking that all herbs are created equally when in fact that cannot be further from the truth. Even places like Whole Foods that sell higher quality organic herbs are still not up to the standard they should be. Why? Because herbs have a very limited shelf life ranging from 6 months to 2 years depending on the type of herb. When stores buy herbs that are in capsules or pre-packaged they are buying in mass quantities and leaving them in their warehouses sometimes longer than that! By the time you take the bottled herbs they may be years old, in an already watered down form, and leave with you bupkis. Sometimes you will feel the effects but in general, think of your herbs as food, because they are. If you wouldn’t buy or drink milk past it’s prime, don’t buy or take herbs that have been sitting on a shelf for longer than anyone knows.

2. There Are Many Ways To Enjoy The Benefit of Herbs

Depending on what herbs you are using and what benefits you’re hoping to gain herbs have tons of great methods for use including: tea, tea bath, epsom salts mixed with herbs, topically as paste or poultice, salves, oils, and much more! There’s no limit to how herbs can help you and accommodate you in your everyday life.

3. What Are The Main Herbs I Should Have or Use to Start My Medicine Cabinet? 

There are millions of herbs but there are a few great ones that are great to have on hand or to start collecting if you would like to grow your medicine cabinet. Just remember, pick high quality fresh dried organic herbs and toss them after 6 months- 1 Year if they are leaf of flower herbs and 2 years if they are root or bark herbs.

Here is the list of herbs including their benefits:

Catnip 

Catnip is an antispasmodic and is a a classic children’s remedy for colds, flues, fevers, anxiety, sleeplessness, restlessness, sore throats, diarrhea, colic, teething, stomachaches, and gas. It goes great in tea mixed with other herbs such as chamomile, lavender and lemon balm. If you’re little one is under the age of two and nursing, you can even drink catnip in your tea which will be passed on to baby!

Chamomile

Another classic, chamomile is an anti fungal, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antispasmodic. Chamomile stimulates and soothes the nervous system and is best used for restlessness, when you’re feeling irritable, sensitive and works well with teething, colic, and indigestion. Because of the pollen that comes with fresh chamomile many people do get allergies to anything containing chamomile. Before purchasing, test chamomile products in store or at an apothecary to insure you’re not buying something you might be allergic to.

Cinnamon 

Aside from being delicious in cooking and baking, Cinnamon is a stimulant, wonderful for colds, flu, chills, and mild fever and helps the body regulate blood sugar by supporting the body’s predicating of insulin. Cinnamon foot baths are great for circulation and it’s also calming to the stomach for vomiting, indigestion, gas, and cramping.

Echinacea

As one of the most popularized herbs you’ve probably heard how incredible echinacea is for just about everything. Echinacea is an anti-inflammatory, immune booster, known as a blood purifier, stimulates wound healing, and is effective against viral and bacterial infections when used at the first signs of sickness. Although it can help cut sickness times down, it’s crucial to use at the first signs of sickness for optimum results.

Elderberry

Although having been around forever and having great following in places like England, Elderberry is having a moment right now. You can’t talk about herbs and medicine cabinets without hearing about elderberry teas, tonics, syrups and anything else you can put it into. As well as being wonderfully delicious elderberry is extremely beneficial against cold and flu. Make an Elderberry syrup and give them as gifts this Winter to friends and family to keep them healthy and cold free! Just remember to keep some for yourself as well.

Fennel

Fennel is another example of herbs that are great in cooking but what many people don’t know is that it’s amazing for your digestion. As a natural “antacid” fennel is unparalleled in relieving gas, colic, and cramps. Next time you reach for the Gas-X or Midol, try having some tea with fennel first and see if you can’t forgo the over the counter drugs for some yummy natural medicine found in fennel.

Garlic

As a super fan of garlic I couldn’t imagine needing another reason to eat garlic but if you need some here they are. Garlic is another one of those “cure all” herbs that is great for fevers, earaches, sore throats, lung disorders, coughs, pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma and breathing as well as being great for heart health, lowering blood pressure, reducing cholesterol and regulating blood sugar. You can buy garlic in capsules but again, make sure they are high quality and beware, you will smell like garlic! That may or may not be a bad thing…

Ginger

There is not really anything better for upset stomach then ginger. It’s famous for it’s ability to calm indigestion, gas and motion sickness. Many women swear by ginger as it can be one of the only reducers of morning sickness during pregnancy. There are many ways to use ginger including teas, ginger chews, and ginger ale. Please just make sure you get a high quality, organic ginger ale or ginger beer (which is non-alcoholic) instead of brands like Canada Dry which won’t actually help you but cam prolong your healing with massive amounts of sugar. Ginger is also a great preventive herb meaning taking it ahead of any sickness can build the immune system and keep sickness at bay.

Licorice

Confused by the picture? That’s because this is actual licorice root as opposed to the licorice candy you may be used to which comes in assorted colors, most commonly black. Licorice candy however, doesn’t actually contain real licorice but is instead manufactured with anise seed which is a similar taste but costs less to make. Licorice is an expectorant, and is good for coughs, nasal congestion, and upper respiratory infections. Licorice is also fantastic for topical use which makes it effective for treating chicken pox and herpes. Just remember, next time you reach for the licorice candy keep walking and pick up a licorice stick to chew on.

Peppermint

Refreshing, uplifting, and cooling, peppermint is excellant in many forms to assist in IBS, cramps, nausea, and vomiting. Be careful as too much when not feeling well can have the opposite effect.

The best way to insure you are using top quality, organic, herbs is to simply grow them yourself or find an apothecary with positive reviews, that you can trust. Many of these herbs are fairly easy to grow and maintain and the results are endless. This list is a great starting point for anyone looking to delve into natural health along with being fun and in many cases, very delicious. If you are interested in learning more there are numerous recources such as:

‘A Modern Herbal (All Volumes) The Medicinal, Culinary, Cosmetic, and Economic Properties, Cultivation and Folk Lore of Herbs, Grasses, Fungi Shrubs & Trees with Their Modern Scientific Uses’ By Margaret Grieve

‘The Way of Herbs’ By Michael Tierra

‘Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family’ By Rosemary Gladstar

If you are interested in gardening your own herb garden make sure to keep an eye out for The Dowdy Shepherd gardening series for the best tips for all levels, locations, and styles of gardening. Happy health!

*This information is provided for convenience and is not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent disease. It is not a substitute for medical advice. Information is based on general knowledge and is not meant as any type of health claim. If you would like diagnosis please contact a naturopath, or licensed herbalist for tailored healthcare.

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Lasagna Soup Recipe

These cold winter nights call for warm, hearty, homemade soup. When I heard about lasagna soup I knew it was one I had to try. Here is the recipe I came up with and can I just say, be prepared, it’s delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1-1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 3 cup chopped onions
  • 1 red pepper
  • 3 handfuls spinach
  • 2 elephant garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes, Italian style
  • 6 c. chicken stock
  • 8 oz. lasagna noodles, broken
  • 1/2 c. finely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz. ricotta
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

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Things You Need To Know When Buying Your First Rural Home

My husband and I recently went through our first experience buying a home and like many people these days, our purchase was considered rural. These days many people are forgoing the typical city home and looking for their little piece of paradise with more desire to become somewhat to fully self sufficient. Read on to see what you need to know to make your dreams of owning land, a farm, or self sufficient home come true in the easiest, best, and most lucrative, ways possible.

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1. Loan Types

Rural land is becoming easier and easier to finance. There are a few different types of loans that work for this type of property and the one you chose should be dependent on what works best for you but also what is accepted by the county or lender for a specific home.

FHA Loan

The first type of loan that you can purchase rural property with is an FHA loan. An FHA loan is a first time home buyers loan and does cover many rural purchases. This loan requires mortgage insurance in case of a default on the property so the end monthly payment may be a little higher but it takes far less to be able to get approved for an FHA loan then any other type of loan.  With an FHA loan you are also required to take a first time home buyers class which is actually a really awesome resource for homebuyers. These classes are free if taken in person, or cost a little if done online but I would highly recommend taking them in person so you can ask any questions you have. Taking this class saved us A LOT of time and money and gave us insight that wouldn’t have happened had we Googled our questions. When buying a home you don’t want to take “the shortest route”. Make sure you’re getting as much information as possible as this is a legal agreement you’re stepping into for the next 30 years and a bad deal or misinformation can cost you everything. An FHA loan also has great government grants and loans outside of the initial loan, that can help you pay for downpayment and closing costs. Make sure you ask your mortgage broker what options are available for the county, state, and specific home your looking at to insure you’re getting the most assistance possible. Since an FHA loan doesn’t have as strict of guidelines your credit also doesn’t need to be as high as with other loans, whichcan also help your interest rate. And although an FHA loan does require mortgage insurance, depending on your interest rate this option might not be that more expensive then a USDA Loan, which specializes in rural properties.

USDA Loan

A USDA loan specializes in rural properties which is great for a few reasons. When you get your home appraisal you want someone who specializes in that type of property. USDA loans are very strict with their specifications on what makes a property “profitable” which is prohibited with this type of loan. With a USDA loan owners are not allowed to use the land for profit such as for profit farming, using a shop on the property for industrial services such as auto repair, welding, construction etc. If you’re plan is to use your land for profit it would be better to look at your other options. If however, you are only wanting the land for your own personal use and enjoyment and the property has any outbuildings, shops etc. and you get the property appraised by an appraiser through a loan such as FHA, they usually don’t have the same knowledge and experience with that type of land which may hurt you in the long run. When my husband and I were looking at a house that had a loafing shed the FHA appraiser didn’t know if it would pass because they thought it could be used for profit. Once the USDA appraiser saw the property it passed with flying colors. Having knowledgeable professionals working with you is a must during this process and USDA appraisers our hands down better for a rural property.

2. Homeowners Insurance

Homeowners insurance is covered in the loan and applied to your monthly mortgage cost. You’ll need to contact the insurance company you chose  and forward their information to the lender you’ll be working with. Rates will vary based on size, and style of property and are rated on a scale from 1-10. This scale determines how much you’ll be paying based on the hazard level of your property. Rural properties with a lot of tress, national forests, or other fire hazards will cost you considerably more than a home located in town, next to a fire station. The insurance companies may even contact the nearest fire departments to answer some questions. If there is no fire hydrant located on the street your price will increase, and there must be a fire station (volunteer fire stations not included) within five miles of the home. Without all of these things you’re looking at few companies that will insure the property, along with the highest rates possible. There are a few things that can cut the rate slightly which include a home security system. If you have a home security system setup the insurance agents will consider it less of a hazard and lower the rates but only by a little, and depending on the insurance company you work with it may even out in the end. It’s valuable to get an idea of what your home owners insurance will be as early on because it’s included in your debt to income ratio and if it’s too high it could actually cost you the loan if you already have a high debt to income ratio. Make sure you get an idea of these rates and discuss it with your lender as soon as possible so they are considering the highest rates possible and it doesn’t come back to bite you later.

3. How Much Should I Have Saved When Buying A Home?

How much money down do you need when buying a home? That of course depends on a million factors as to what type of loan your approved for, who covers closing, if you get approved for grants and so on, but how much should you have saved bare minimum? A good rule of thumb is to have at least three months of mortgage  payments in savings plus at least $1,000 for closing. The lenders want to see that you have at least three months of “just in case” money in the bank so that if the worst happens, you won’t have to go into foreclosure. If you were to get sick or lose your job you would have three months of savings to get on your feet or sell and not go into default which is very comforting to the people lending the money. If your payment is $1,200 a month that would mean having at least $3,600 saved just for that portion. You can get a loan without this but it ups your odds greatly to have it and with how the market it right now if you don’t have the savings and put in an offer and the someone else puts in an offer with that and some, you might not be accepted. It’s a competitive market right now so you want to make sure all your ducks are in a row before game time.

With our deal, the seller was willing to pay $5,000 in closing costs and we were approved for a few different grants which meant we only had to come up with a very small amount of money for closing. However, with our loan type we were still required by law to pay at least $1,000 to close. Had we not received all the grants and closing costs, closing would have been about $11,000. There’s also a limit to how much the seller can cover for closing costs. The standard amount to ask for is $5,000, sometimes $6,000 and the usual maximum is $7,00 but is rare to get. It’s important to know these numbers because when we went into the home buying process we were unaware of how much down and in savings we would actually need. There are lenders who will say there’s no money down, sellers who won’t cover closing, and grants that won’t get approved so knowing these numbers at least gives an idea of what you’re looking at. As I said, these amounts vary greatly but the best thing you can do is ask your mortgage lender. When you first meet with your lender and get an idea of what you can get approved for ask them the numbers based off of your credit, loan type you’re looking at, and cost of the home. Even if it changes a little, it’s easier to come up with a little money at the end then trying to come up with thousands of dollars right before closing.

4. Work With A Real Estate Agent Who Specializes in Rural Properties 

Before we had signed with an agent my husband and I were doing drivebys of homes we liked. At one of the country homes we liked we met a realtor that was showing the property. After asking her some questions and getting to know her a little better we decided to meet with, and eventually sign with her. Upon one of our meetings I asked, “do you specialize in rural properties?” She replied, “I don’t specialize in them but I have experience with them.” That should have been a red flag right there. Why? because there is a big difference between urban and rural homes and lack of knowledge in rural properties can be devastating to a buyer. Example: When we got the house inspection the inspector mentioned the well (most rural properties are on a shared or single well) and had some questions about the condition, repair, installation and so on. Our agent knew nothing. She was completely unaware of any of that information which meant we hadn’t requested a well inspection. He then told us a story of a couple who were purchasing a home with a well and were mere days away from closing before deciding to get a well inspection. Upon inspection they learned there was a tree root obstructing the well and the repair would cost $20,000. Had they not done the inspection they would have closed on the home and accepted a $20,000 bill for a new well.

Rural properties have wells, irrigation, and many other things to take into consideration that are absolutely dire to have all the ins and outs on. If your agent is unaware of how the properties and laws work, your dream home may end up becoming a burden and bottomless pit you have to put money into.

5. Covenants and HOAs

You buy your home and decide to start a farm, get some animals, live off the land and do whatever you like, after all, you own the property, you can do whatever you want right? Not so fast! Even rural properties have HOAs now, and something called Covenants. Covenants are similar to HOAs and consist of community rules that must be abided by. HOAs usually include fees and dues and well as the rules whereas covenants usually only require the community guidelines to be followed. For some people this is totally acceptable and they find it quite simple to live within the terms of the community but for others it can be a deal breaker. My husband and I found a home we really liked and were interested in possibly putting in an offer. Upon researching the home we discovered it was part of a covenant which only allowed two horses and no other types of livestock, chicken, goats, or anything else, which for us, was a deal breaker. All covenants differ so if you are looking at a home within one of these communities do some research to see just what guidelines and restrictions you would have to follow.

When in doubt, research and talk to the professionals you are working with. There is so much overwhelming information when buying a home, make sure you have a good solid team that you can put your trust in and stay as informed as possible during the process.

I would love to hear from you! Please comment and let me know what types of issues or concerns arose for you during your rural home buying and what did you do about it? What types of things were you not informed about? What do you wish you would have known? Home buying can be stressful but by sharing our experiences we can pay it forward and help take the stress out of someone else’s experience. I look forward to hearing from you and thank you for sharing!

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DIY: How to Cover Light Switch Covers

I woke up this morning with the need for a project so I decided to beautify our light switch covers. If you’re looking for a fun, inexpensive, but totally worth while personalization for your home, this is a great way to do that. It’s easy and all supplies can be picked up from any type of crafting store like Jo-Anne’s or Hobby Lobby.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Light switch covers from your house

Paint brush

Decoupage glue

x acto knife

Light weight scrapbook paper

Scissors

Directions:

1. The first step is to take the scrapbook paper and measure about 1/2″-1″ passed the light switch plate. You’ll be folding it over the plate so you need ample paper for it to lay flat.

2. Once the paper is cut out put some glue on the backside of the paper. (The side that is not seen and will be sticking to the plate)

3. Take your x acto knife and cut an x in the middle where you’re light switch will go and put a little glue on it.

4. Fold the center x back so that it’s sticking to the back part of the plate.

5. Cut corners of paper at an angle.

6. By now your project should look like this.

7. Fold sides back around plate. For me it worked best to do the long sides first, then the short sides but whatever works for you is fine.

8. Lastly, put a little glue on the two small screw holes in the back. Poke two tiny holes where the screws should go then push something through from the front. I used a double pointed knitting needle but you can use anything that will fit. Give it a little twist so that the paper sticks to the inside and back of the plate.

And you’re done! Place the cover back on the wall, put the screws in and watch how such a little touch changes your whole room.

I used the Once Upon A Time scrapbook paper which is fairy tale based and I really love the way it turned out. If you’re interested in picking some up for yourself you can get it at a lot of craft stores or online from sellers like this one:

Once Upon A Time Scrapbook Paper

Just a heads up, this paper is pretty thick. It’s more of a card stock and took A LOT of taming and glue to get it to work but if you just have to have it I can assure you the final results were well worth the battle.

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What Are Chakras?

After finishing my new line of chakra stitch markers I decided to give a more in depth look at what the chakras are and how they function. There’s a lot of misinformation about chakras so I thought this would be the perfect time to give a better insight into them. Chakras are like most ancient theories, misunderstood and watered down, but really interesting and useful when you actually understand them. Chakras are part of Indian thought and tradition, with mention of them as far back as 1700BCE-11BCE. They are the idea that we have seven major non psychical energy points along the middle of our body that connects to our seven major glands, and relates to our seven spiritual paths. It also consists of keeping these energy points balanced and using certain techniques to balance them in order to obtain and remain in the best health. Sound too woo woo? The best non woo woo way to explain it is this: Every thing in this world has energy. It is a scientific fact that you have energy, animals have energy, plants have energy etc. When we are emotional, tired, or stressed, our energy is depleted, we can get sick, and we get unbalanced. The chakras, when broken down to basics, are the result of when we are balanced, or feeling out of balance.  Here is a brief understanding of what chakras are, how they work, and how better understanding of them came help in our day to day life.

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1. Root Chakra 

Located at the base of the spine, the root chakra is the color red and is  responsible for being and feeling grounded. When balanced some of the positive traits a person would portray would be: courage, strong will, confidence and self security. They would have financial independence, and be balanced sexually. Some of the traits of an unbalanced root chakra would be: insecurity, aggression, fear, and self pity. It relates mostly to the kidneys and bladder and when unbalanced can affect anything in that region ranging from bladder infection to kidney stones, constipation, hip problems etc. When the root chakra is unbalanced one tends to live a more “survival skills” type life. They would have money issues, and be over sexual.

Courtesy of chakraanatomy.com

Courtesy of chakraanatomy.com

2. Sacral Chakra

The sacral chakra is located in the lower abdomen and is the color orange. It relates to happiness, and a person with a properly balanced sacral chakra might appear: social, active, enthusiastic and positive. A person with an unbalanced sacral chakra might appear the opposite as: destructive, co-dependant and withdrawn. The sacral chakra relates to the uterus, prostate and ovaries and problems with these areas can ensue such as menstrual issue, liver disease

Courtesy of chakraanatomy.com

Courtesy of chakraanatomy.com

3. Solar Plexus 

This term is used semi frequently and can be heard in just about any yoga type class as it refers to the stomach and is situated just below the ribcage and is yellow.  A person who has a balanced solar plexus would be: good willed, good humored, optimistic, with great self-esteem. They would have great control over their lives and have wonderful self worth.

Courtesy of chakraanatomy.com

Courtesy of chakraanatomy.com

4. Heart Chakra

Our ability to love: accept love, give love, and be loved. The location of this chakra is actually just above the heart and is green. When balanced a person would feel, love, joy, inner peace, happiness, and self control. If unbalanced, anything in that region would be affected leading to heart disease, breast cancer, and even effect the immune system. A person with a balanced heart chakra would feel love, harmony generosity, compassion, and empathy, while a person needing a heart chakra tune up would appear: bitter, jealous,or unkind.

Courtesy of chakra-anatomy.com

Courtesy of chakra-anatomy.com

5. Throat Chakra

The throat chakra is blue and governs our self expression. A person with a balanced throat chakra tends to be: tactful, calm, trustworthy,  speak the truth and communicate very well. On the flip side, if a person’s throat chakra is unbalanced they might sound: crass, or cold, and be unloyal, untrustworthy, or self-righteous. Being in the throat region, and unbalanced throat chakra could case: asthma, thyroid issues, sore throat and bronchitis.

Curtsey of chakraanatomy.com

Courtesy of chakraanatomy.com

6. Brow Chakra/Third Eye

Referred to as the third eye because of it’s connection to intuition, the brow chakra is an indigo color and rests in the center of the forehead. When someone is highly intuitive or “psychic” they have a powerful, balanced, third eye chakra and are very clear headed, insightful, integrous, wise, faithful, and trustworthy. Many psychic readers have or and strong brow chakra. A person who is lacking balance here would be: scatter brained, inconsiderate or get a lot of “feeling” they themselves can’t trust. They might also suffer headaches, ear, sinus, and eye problems.

Courtesy of chakraanatomy.com

Courtesy of chakraanatomy.com

7. Crown Chakra

The crown chakra is considered by many to be the highest level of the chakras and is a violet or light purple color. It relates to our self knowledge and spiritual awareness and is used by many New Age and Spiritual Teachers as their logo and branding colors for this very reason. A person with a strong crown chakra is wise, creative, giving to others, insightful, and knowledgeable. They tend to be leaders and humanitarians and being around them is calming and blissful. A person with an unbalanced crown chakra would have a superiority complex and feel they are better then others. They have no concern for others and are short sided. They might also suffer from depression, and many other types of mental disorders.

How To Balance A Chakra

If one or more of these chakras is unbalanced this guide should give you a better understanding of which ones might need a little fine tuning. Here are some examples of what can help balance your chakras.

Breathing

Breath work focusing on the color and rotation of your chakra is a quick and easy way to make sure all of your “wheels” are rotating properly.

Meditation 

Yoga

Using Chakra Colors

By using the colors associated with your chakras it helps to keep them balanced. Wearing chakra jewelry, keeping certain colors in your home pertaining to that chakra or using them in other aspects of your life helps to keep those energies flowing properly.

The idea and tradition of the chakras is one of the oldest traditions that is still used and considered relevant today. I hope this gives you a better understanding of what they really are and how you can utilize this knowledge for your highest good. Although the idea of the chakras has been misconstrued by many, the history and teachings of them is really powerful and actually quite interesting when you get to know it a  little better. Give them a try and see how tapping into this ancient tradition works for you.

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Stitches For Kids Holiday Drive

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We had a slow start but strong finish with our first Stitches For Kids Holiday Drive ending with six full trash bag size bags full of goodies for foster children!
What is especially great is that last year we barley received anything for ages 10-18 but this year it was our strongest category.

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We received great donations such as these great dolls and something for everyone from stylish hats to Bronco themed beanies.

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Thank you to everyone who made this holiday drive possible and for the support from Fancy Tiger Crafts and Clothes To Kids, we couldn’t have done it without you!

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