What Are Cleansing Grains and How Do I Use Them? 0

Cleansing Grain Facial Scrub Facial Mask with Rose and Wild CarrotWhat are cleansing grains?

Cleansing grains are powdered blends of clays and botanical ingredients such as herbs, nuts, and seeds. Sometimes called "buffing grains", they are used on their own or in addition to your favorite facial wash to gently cleanse and exfoliate your skin. Depending on the formula, cleansing grains may also be used as a facial mask, making them an ideal solution for anyone who loves the ease of 2-in-1 products.

Wunder Budder cleansing grains are a blend of fine mineral clays, freshly ground flowers, ground seeds, and specially blended essential oils. Handmade, they are shipped and stored dry, and can be used as both a face scrub for refreshing dull skin and as a purifying facial mask.

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Animal Ingredients Hidden in Your Food 0

Animal Ingredients Hidden in Your FoodFollowing a diet or lifestyle that minimizes or eliminates animal cruelty is not always easy when it comes to prepared food, whether that food is packaged or made in a kitchen. While we can usually find dishes not centered around animals when eating out, the terms vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian are so commonly confused, it's difficult to know whether or not our food has been contaminated. It's always a risk anyone who is a veg/an must take is we want to eat at restaurants, but something we can control is knowing what animal ingredients are common additives in our food.

Even if you don't follow an animal-restricted diet, you might be interested to know whether you're eating bugs or animal stomachs, so you can be aware and choose whether or not to eat them.

Here are some animal-based ingredients, under other names, that are commonly found in food:

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Inside Wunder Budder - Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) 3

Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)Jojoba (pronounced ho-HO-ba) is native to the Sonoran Desert area of southwestern Arizona, southern California, and northwestern New Mexico. It's a perennial shrub, with greyish-green waxy evergreen leaves. Jojoba grows to 10ft on average, and can live for 200 years.

Jojoba is usually dioecious (male and female flowers grow on different plants). The male plants produce yellow-green flowers which grow in small clusters, and the female plants produce green flowers, usually one per stem. The female flower hardens into a capsule, with up to 3 seeds inside containing about 50% oil each. The seeds continue to grow as the sun dries the capsule, until it bursts, releasing the peanut-sized seeds. The seeds are collected and pressed.

Although it's commonly referred to as jojoba "oil", it is technically a liquid wax with a chemical structure similar to both sperm whale oil and sebum (natural oil) produced by human skin. When the US banned the import of sperm whale oil in the 1970s, interest in jojoba began to grow. Its popularity has increased since then because of its usefulness, and its stability and long shelf life.

Jojoba is a viscous liquid wax, but when used correctly (a little goes a long way), it sinks into the skin and leaves no oily residue behind. It has a beautiful deep golden yellow color and a very light natural aroma.

While more expensive than many botanical oils, it can be used in smaller amounts due to its rich consistency. It's easy to spread and absorbs well. It can help regulate sebum production, doesn't clog pores, and is useful for all skin types. It may help reduce the appearance of superficial lines and wrinkles, making it excellent for facial care. It also makes a nice scalp oil and is thought to encourage new hair growth with its ability to regulate sebum production and remove hardened sebum from follicles. 

Jojoba can be used full strength or blended with a complimentary oil. With its low odor, its also a good base for natural perfumes.

3 Popular Diets Commonly Confused (never get them wrong again) 1

Vegan Vegetarian PescatarianWith constantly changing opinions on what foods are the healthiest, and what foods we should be avoiding, there are new diets emerging on a regular basis. From fad diets, to weight-loss plans, to entire lifestyle changes, it can be hard to keep track of which is which. Even three of the longest-standing, most common, and most well-known diets are continuously confused with each other. Everyone knows at least one vegetarian (a term used for over 150 years), a vegan, or a pescatarian, but do we all know what those terms really mean?

Knowing the difference is important for two major reasons:

The first reason is that calling one diet (or lifestyle) the wrong term is just that. Wrong. 

The second reason is that confusing someone's dietary restrictions could be dangerous. If a vegetarian is fed fish because a cook/friend/chef assumes incorrectly that vegetarians eat fish, that person could become sick, especially if there is an allergy involved. 

Is it an Essential Oil or an Infused Oil? 0

The more I talk to people, the more I find that there is a lot of confusion over what exactly an essential oil is. Many people tell me that they are making essential oils at home, but the further we get into the conversation, I realize what they're actually talking about it infused oils. There is a huge difference between the two. With all the misinformation being spread across the internet, especially through social media sites like Facebook, it's easy for the average person to get confused. But once you know the difference, it will be simple to tell which is which. These are the basics:

Chakra Series, Part IV: What is the Heart Chakra? 0

Chakra Man HeartWhat is the Heart Chakra?

The fourth major chakra is our Heart Chakra. It's found in the center of the sternum (the breastbone) and projects outward in a cone-like spiral, from both the front and the back of the body. It is visually expressed by the color green, although sometimes a light smokey pink, like a rose quartz, may be used to represent its energy. Its simple shape is a crescent moon, and it corresponds with our skin and hands and our sense of touch, and with the element of air.

The heart chakra is the center chakra. It is the meeting place of the upper and lower chakras, the link between the mind and the body. It corresponds with our astral body and is where we find our ability to unconditionally love both ourselves and others. The ages between 21 and 28 correlate to this chakra. We have struggled to learn who we are at the core, and are now ready to learn to love, starting with ourselves. If you've ever been on a flight, you've heard the attendants tell you to put on your oxygen mask first before helping others. Only when we are able to love ourselves, are we able to truly love others and let others love us. When we love ourselves, we are able to give and receive love without limits.

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Chakra Series, Part III: What is the Solar Plexus Chakra? 0

Chakra Man Solar PlexusWhat is the Solar Plexus?

Below the rib cage and above the naval, right where we feel our intuitive "gut feelings", we find our third major chakra, the Solar Plexus Chakra. It projects outward in a cone-like spiral, with the small end closest to the body. The Solar Plexus is represented by the color yellow and the element of fire, and corresponds with our sense of sight.

The Solar Plexus Chakra rules our mental body, our identity, and our ego. Between the ages of 14 and 21, we begin to form our sense of self. We start to break away from family and friends to experience new things and learn who we are, leaving the expectations of others behind. We learn to rely on our Self, giving us personal power, self-confidence, courage, and a feeling of self worth. With every new experience, we find more about ourselves, and learn to trust our instincts with everything from personal relationships to our finances.

Chakra Series, Part II: What is the Sacral Chakra? 0

What is the Sacral Chakra?

The Sacral Chakra is our second major chakra, located in the lower abdomen, below the belly button. Like all chakras, the Sacral Chakra projects outward from both the front and the back of our bodies in a cone-like swirl of energy. It is represented by the color orange and the element of water, and is associated with the sense of taste.

The Sacral Chakra represents our emotional body and our emotional identity. It houses our sexual energy and influences our intimate relationships. It is the seat of our feelings and emotions, and controls our creativity, imagination, and the flow of ideas. The Sacral Chakra corresponds to our development between the ages of 7 and 14, an important time of growth and forming our identities and personal boundaries.  It tells us that it's ok to say "no" when we need to. When balanced, it lets us know that what we do is good enough, that we are good enough, and that we deserve the best, from others, but most importantly, from ourselves.

Chakra Series, Part I: What is the Root Chakra? 0

Chakra Man - Root Chakra

What is the Root Chakra?

The Root Chakra is our first major chakra. It is located at the base of our spine and projects outward in a cone-like spiral, with the opening becoming wider the further it moves from the body. It is visually expressed by the color red, is associated with the element of earth, and corresponds with our sense of smell. Often the bottoms of the feet are used as grounding points in massage, energy work, meditation, and visualization to help connect the Root Chakra to the earth.

The Root Chakra is the foundation of the chakra system. It represents our physical bodies and our physical identities and lessons. It holds our fight or flight instinct and controls issues surrounding survival, from the will to live to financial security. The Root Chakra corresponds to our development from conception to the age of seven, and holds onto not only the experiences we had during that time in our lives, but also our genetic inheritance. Anything that may have threatened our survival when we were young is held in the Root Chakra. Issues surrounding our families and the emotional patterns and habits we learn from them, both positive and negative, are held here.