Seasonal Transition Meditation

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Each of the seasons has its own particular energy that represents where nature is in its recurring cycle of birth, transformation, and death.  In the months when summer transitions to fall, nature prepares for the coming changes by shedding what it no longer needs.

However, winter is really about hibernation and the incubation of what will be renewed again with the coming of spring. In actuality, there is no death—just a long, deep sleep as nature’s energy changes form.

Let Go of Unnecessary Things

You know that the days will be shorter, the temperature will be colder, and some of your creature comforts won’t be available. What do you want to let go of? What has become too burdensome or unnecessary on your journey?

Like nature, you need to clear out the thick brush and rid yourself of things you’ve been afraid to let go of. It’s time to abandon the rules of society that seek to convince you it’s not acceptable to speak your truth—to quiet that voice that convinces you to stay uncomfortably comfortable right where you are.

Now Breathe… and Meditate

During this fall season, retreat inward, light a candle, and see what cobwebs need clearing.  

Try this guided meditation to tune in, listen, and reflect on where you are in your life.

Find a comfortable seat on your couch, chair, or in your favorite place in nature.

Settle into your body by connecting with your breath—slowly inhaling through your nose, slowly exhaling through your mouth. Notice how your body and mind begin to soften and relax.

Visualize a scene from nature during the fall: the reds, browns, darker greens, and yellows of the terrain around you, a cool breeze blowing, and the dryness of the brush, branches, and earth.

Now, imagine that your body, your breath, your emotions, and your mind are an extension of nature. Perhaps you see yourself as a tall oak tree, the mist rising off a lake at dawn, or you’re simply basking in the late afternoon sunset or the golden glow of a harvest moon.

Be aware that you are about to embark on an inward journey. As you prepare to rest and prepare for the budding of a new you after the winter ice thaws, dare yourself to dream of:

  • who you would like to be
  • the activities you want to do
  • the environment you thrive in most
  • the lifestyle you want to have when you wake up from your deep sleep

Next, notice an area of your life where there is some heaviness—a burden or an unnecessary load. Let yourself see where there is an over-accumulation of physical stuff, emotional upset, mental challenges, or spiritual disconnect.

Next, reconnect with your dream of what your life could look like, feel like, and sound like once you are free of the burdensome weight you have been carrying. Create an internal representation (a visual image, a feeling, or a sound) of how you, your life, and your surroundings could be different.

Now, envisioning the traits or characteristics that are empowering you to create change, ask yourself “what action steps do I need to take to feel inspired and motivated to charge powerfully forward?  Ask your heart for guidance rather than your intellect, and allow yourself to hear what practice you need to cultivate or what action you need to take to prune your inner-outer world to clear a path for your next journey.

When you are ready, take a few slow, deep breaths and open your eyes. Take out your journal or notebook and make notes about whatever came up for you during the guided meditation. Write down:

  • How you want to be living your life
  • What needs to be cleared out or pruned
  • What qualities or characteristics you need to embrace
  • What specific action steps you need to take, including something you can do today

Go do that thing today. Tomorrow, do the next thing, and so on.

This will help you take charge of your life. It’s a process of letting go of anything that isn’t you—toxic relationships, limiting beliefs, and obstacles that prevent you from living your dream.

So now is the time to let go of anything you need to leave behind as you begin a new season.

Be Natural Organics uses the finest ingredients available for all of our products. We use organic, wild crafted and Co2 derived plant materials in crafting each product. These ingredient are essential in producing the finest grade oils, for optimal skin nourishment and repair.

Fantastic Fall Things to do in Michigan

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Be Natural Organics is a Michigan based business. #MadeinMichigan. Be Natural Organics is committed to providing the finest organic and natural skin care. Here are some great adventures that you can do in Michigan.

Go Hiking – Michigan’s beautiful hiking trails grow even more beautiful in the fall, when trees blaze with color. Visit the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the U.P. to see that brilliant foliage against a backdrop of Lake Superior and the Lake of the Clouds. Or head to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to combine your autumn hike with a breathtaking run down the dunes.

Pick Apples

Autumn’s sunshine brings apple season to Michigan. Head to Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery in Grand Rapids for fresh-picked bushels of Macintosh and Delicious and stay for sweet-tart cider and warm donuts. Your family can pick their own fruit at Crane Orchards U-Pick and Corn Maze in Fennville, each tidy row of apple trees labeled to help you find the perfect variety for pie baking.

Sip Cider

Sip a glass of cider at Rochester Hills’ Yates Cider Mill and you’ll be following a tradition that stretches back to Civil War days—Yates has produced cider from its water-powered mill since 1863. The name is funny, but the cider-sipping is good at Knaebe’s Mmmunchy Krunchy Apple Farm and Cider Mill in Rogers City. Looking for something a little stronger? Vander Mill Cider Mill & Winery in Spring Lake promises soft and hard ciders made solely from locally-grown apples, or jazzed up with ginger, berries, hops or poblano peppers.

Visit a Winery

Autumn brings the crush to Michigan’s 100+ wineries. Sample the state’s crisp Pinot Grigios, fruity Rieslings and dry Pinot Noirs at one of the state’s wine trails: The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail and Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula Trails near Traverse City; the Bay View Wine Trail in the Petoskey Area; the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail in southwest Michigan; and the Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail near Jackson.

Celebrate Oktoberfest in Frankenmuth

With the nickname “Michigan’s Little Bavaria,” it’s no surprise that Frankenmuth celebrates Oktoberfest like no place else in the state. Enjoy live polka music and dancing, traditional German food, wiener dog races and a glass of beer from Frankenmuth Brewery.

Fish for Salmon

Life slows down on Michigan’s pristine rivers, and never more so than with a fly rod in your hands. Try your hand at landing a salmon, steelhead or trout at one of the state’s best fly fishing rivers: the Pere Marquette near Baldwin; the Manistee River; St. Mary’s River near Sault Ste. Marie; or the Grand River near Grand Rapids.

Book a Room

Check into a cozy Michigan inn, and wile away the hours on colorful forest walks or before a roaring fire. Relax at the turn-of-the-century Laurium Manor Inn on the Keweenaw Peninsula, once the elaborate mansion of a copper mine owner. The 100-year-old Walloon Lake Inn sits on the sparkling shore of its namesake lake and just a short drive from the golf courses and shopping in Petoskey. Or visit the National House Inn, Michigan’s oldest. Set in the heart of Marshall, the inn was built in 1835 and once served as a stagecoach inn and a stop along the Underground Railroad.

Corn Maze!

Kids and adults love the challenge of finding their way through intricate labyrinths carved out of towering corn fields. Bestmaze in Williamston combines a 20-acre corn maze with laser tag. Crane Orchards U-Pick and Corn Maze in Fennville promises a 20-acre corn maze in west Michigan, while Alber’s Orchard & Cider Mill boasts a 7-acre corn maze and a smaller straw bale maze on their farm in Manchester, in southeast Michigan. 

Be Natural Organics uses the finest ingredients available for all of our products. We use organic, wild crafted and Co2 derived plant materials in crafting each product. These ingredient are essential in producing the finest grade oils, for optimal skin nourishment and repair.

The Benefits of Moisturizing your Skin

 

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Moisturizing your skin should be a part of your morning and nighttime skin care routines – no matter what your skin type may be. It’s essential that you replenish your skin with moisture it may have lost after cleansing. For beautiful skin that glows it must be hydrated and able to retain that moisture throughout your day.

Moisturizing benefit #1: It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Regular hydration will better protect your skin against fine line and wrinkle development in general. When your skin is properly moisturized it is stronger, plumper and more radiant looking.

Moisturizing benefit #2: It helps balance your skin’s natural oil production. If you have oily skin, you may think it is best to dry your skin out. This is really the worst thing you could do if you want to have balanced, beautiful skin. Instead of drying out the skin, you should aim to balance out your skin’s natural oil production.

Moisturizing benefit #3: It helps your makeup apply better. When your skin is hydrated, it is smooth and supple. A flaky, patchy and dry surface will make for a creasy canvas when applying concealer, foundation and powders – and make fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes more noticeable. Moisturized skin will improve your makeup application giving it a smooth, seamless surface as its base.

Be Natural Organics uses the finest ingredients available for all of our products. We use organic, wild crafted and Co2 derived plant materials in crafting each product. These ingredient are essential in producing the finest grade oils, for optimal skin nourishment and repair.

The Power of Kiwi

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Kiwis are small fruits that pack a lot of flavor and plenty of health benefits. Their green flesh is sweet and tangy. It’s also full of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, folate, and potassium. They also have a lot of antioxidants and are a good source of fiber. Their small black seeds are edible, as is the fuzzy brown peel, though many prefer to peel the kiwi before eating it.

Kiwi can help treat asthma

It’s thought that the high amount of vitamin C and antioxidants that kiwis contain can actually help treat people with asthma. Fresh fruit like kiwi may reduce wheezing in susceptible children.

Aids digestion

Kiwis have plenty of fiber, which is already good for digestion. They also contain a proteolytic enzyme called actinidin that can help break down protein.

Boosts the immune system

Kiwis are nutrient-dense and full of vitamin C. In fact, just 1 cup of kiwi provides about 273% of your daily recommended value. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient when it comes to boosting your immune system to ward off disease.

Kiwis help manage blood pressure

Not only can kiwi fruits provide an extra boost to our immune system, they can also help us to manage our blood pressure.

Reduces blood clotting

In addition to helping us manage our blood pressure, kiwis can actually reduce blood clotting. They were also found to reduce the amount of fat in the blood.

Protects against vision loss

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss, and kiwis might help protect your eyes from it. Eating three servings of fruit a day, macular degeneration was decreased by 36%. Kiwis’ high levels of zeaxanthin and lutein are thought to contribute to this effect.

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Be Natural Organics uses the finest ingredients available for all of our products. We use organic, wild crafted and Co2 derived plant materials in crafting each product. These ingredient are essential in producing the finest grade oils, for optimal skin nourishment and repair.

What’s With Cucumber Water?

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Cucumber water isn’t just for spas anymore. More people are enjoying this healthy, refreshing drink at home, and why not? It’s delicious and easy to make.

It keeps you hydrated.

Your body can’t function properly without water. Most people should aim to six to eight glasses of water per day. But sometimes plain water gets boring. Adding cucumber gives it some extra flavor, encouraging you to drink more.

It helps with weight loss.

If you’re trying to lose weight, replacing sugary sodas, sports drinks and juices with cucumber water can help you cut some serious calories from your diet.

Staying hydrated also helps you feel full. Sometimes your body confuses thirst with hunger. You may feel like you’re hungry, when you’re actually thirsty. How will you know the difference? Reach for a tall glass of cucumber water first. If your hunger goes away after finishing the drink, you were thirsty. If you’re still hungry, then you know it’s hunger.

It delivers antioxidants.

Antioxidants are substances that help prevent and delay cell damage from oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Oxidative stress can lead to chronic conditions like:

• Cancer

• Diabetes

• Alzheimer’s

• Eye degeneration

It may help prevent cancer.

Some early research suggests that cucumbers may help in the fight against cancer. Along with antioxidants, cucumbers also have compounds called cucurbitacins and a group of nutrients called lignans, which may have a role in protecting us from cancer.

It lowers your blood pressure.

One contributing factor to high blood pressure is having too much salt (sodium) and too little potassium in your diet. The excess salt causes your body to hold fluids, which raises blood pressure. Potassium is an electrolyte that helps regulate the amount of sodium retained by the kidneys.

Cucumbers are a good source of potassium. Drinking cucumber water helps your body get more potassium, potentially helping to lower your blood pressure.

It supports healthy skin.

Cucumber water can help soothe your skin from the inside out. Staying hydrated helps your body to flush out toxins and maintain a healthy complexion. Cucumbers are also high in pantothenic acid or vitamin B-5, which has been used to treat acne. One cup of sliced cucumbers has about 5% of the recommended daily value of vitamin B-5.

It boosts bone health.

Cucumbers are high in vitamin K. In fact, one cup of sliced cucumbers has about 19% of the recommended daily value. Your body needs vitamin K to help form proteins that are needed to make healthy bones and tissues as well as to help your blood clot properly. What better way to get this vitamin than through refreshing cucumber water?

So, go get yourself a glass of cucumber water! Learn more about the amazing benefits of cucumbers in your daily routine.

Be Natural Organics uses the finest ingredients available for all of our products. We use organic, wild crafted and Co2 derived plant materials in crafting each product. These ingredient are essential in producing the finest grade oils, for optimal skin nourishment and repair.

What You May Not Know About Blueberries

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Blueberries are sweet, nutritious and wildly popular. Often labeled a superfood, they are low in calories and incredibly good for you. They’re so tasty and convenient that many people consider them their favorite fruit.

Blueberries Are Low in Calories But High in Nutrients

The blueberry bush is a flowering shrub that produces berries with a bluish, purple hue — also known as blueberries. It is closely related to similar shrubs, such as those that produce cranberries and huckleberries. Blueberries are small — around 0.2–0.6 inches (5–16 millimeters) in diameter — and feature a flared crown at the end. They are green in color when they first appear, then deepen to purple and blue as they ripen.

The two most common types are:

• Highbush blueberries: The most common cultivated variety in the US.

• Lowbush or “wild” blueberries: Typically smaller and richer in some antioxidants.

Blueberries are among the most nutrient dense berries. They are also about 85% water, and an entire cup contains only 84 calories, with 15 grams of carbs. A 1-cup (148-gram) serving of blueberries contains:

• Fiber: 4 grams

• Vitamin C: 24% of the RDI

• Vitamin K: 36% of the RDI

• Manganese: 25% of the RDI

• Small amounts of various other nutrients

Excellent Source of Antioxidants

Antioxidants protect your body from free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can damage your cells and contribute to aging and diseases, such as cancer.

Blueberries are believed to have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all common fruits and vegetables. The main antioxidant compounds in blueberries belong to a family of polyphenols antioxidants called flavonoids. One group of flavonoids in particular — anthocyanins — is thought to be responsible for much of these berries’ beneficial health effects. Blueberries have been shown to directly increase antioxidant levels in your body

Blueberries Reduce DNA Damage, Which May Help Protect Against Aging and Cancer.

Oxidative DNA damage is an unavoidable part of everyday life. It is said to occur tens of thousands of times per day in every cell in your body. DNA damage is part of the reason we grow older. It also plays an important role in the development of diseases like cancer. Because blueberries are high in antioxidants, they can neutralize some of the free radicals that damage your DNA.

Blueberries Protect Cholesterol in Your Blood From Becoming Damaged. Oxidative damage is not limited to your cells and DNA. It is also problematic when your “bad” LDL cholesterol is oxidized. In fact, oxidation of “bad” LDL cholesterol is a crucial step in the heart disease process. The antioxidants in blueberries are strongly linked to reduced levels of oxidized LDL. This makes blueberries very good for the heart. A daily 2-ounce (50-gram) serving of blueberries lowered LDL oxidation by 27% over eight weeks in obese people who were obese.

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Be Natural Organics uses the finest ingredients available for all of our products. We use organic, wild crafted and Co2 derived plant materials in crafting each product. These ingredient are essential in producing the finest grade oils, for optimal skin nourishment and repair.

10 Positive Affirmations for Success

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Positive affirmations for success аrе important and when they are dоnе on a regular basis and properly, they can prevent уоu frоm thinking nеgаtіvеlу and sabotaging yourself. Thеу саn hеlр уоu reprogram your mind and hеlр уоu with уоur limiting beliefs.

Positive Affirmations are Important

In order for you to achieve your goals and possess the courage to keep moving forward, it is vital that you practice saying positive affirmations for success every day.

Every time you use positive affirmations for success, it sends a positive message to your subconscious mind. A good set of positive affirmations for success can help invite money, good health and better status in your life.

10 Positive Affirmations for Success

1. Mу bоdу іѕ healthy; mу mind іѕ intelligent; my soul is at peace.

A healthy body starts with a healthy mind and soul. If either suffers from negative emotions, the others will be affected.

2. I believe I саn dо anything that I put my mind to.

Say this affirmation for at least 25 days to program your subconscious mind.

3. Everything that is happening now is happening for my ultimate good.

There are no accidents, no coincidences, no victims EVER. They simply do not exist in this reality as you and others will only attract what you and they are parts of.

4. I am the creator of my life; I built its foundation and choose its contents.

Affirmation is something that you should tell yourself when you wake up every morning, during the day and at night before you go to bed.

5. I forgive those who have harmed me in my past and peacefully detach from them.

That doesn’t mean you forget what they did, but you are at peace with what they did and the lessons served.

6. My potential to succeed is infinite.

Plain and simple, you have no limits but those you place on yourself.

7. Today, I abandon my old thoughts and take up new positive ones.

Realize that any difficult time is only a short phase of life. This too shall pass along with your old thoughts habits as you take in the new.

8. I deserve greatness.

One of the most powerful affirmations is to tell yourself on a daily basis that you deserve all the greatness in life. Focus on your dreams and visions and then attach the emotion to that vision.

By telling this positive affirmation to yourself and believing that you can achieve greatness, you give yourself the power to create the life you desire.

9. Tоdау, I аm overflowing with energy and  joy.

happiness starts from within, not from outside of yourself.

10. I ассерt and lоvе myself for who I am.

Self love is meant to be the purest and the highest form of love. When you love yourself, you automatically start appreciating and respecting yourself.

Be Natural Organics is a cosmetics company that uses the finest ingredients available for all of our products. We use organic, wild crafted and Co2 derived plant materials in crafting each product. 

Benefits of Echinacea

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When applied to the skin, the compounds found in echinacea can prevent and fight acne, treat inflammation, and diminish wrinkles. Echinacea is rich in tannins. These astringent (tightening) molecules can shrink pores and lead to firmer, taut-looking skin with diminished wrinkles and fine lines.

Combating Acne

Echinacea extract is capable of phagocytosis, a process of devouring damaged cells, bacteria, and other microorganisms that cause infection. Whether taken internally or applied topically, echinacea can boost the immune system and resist acne-causing bacteria. Since acne is often caused by infection and inflammation, echinacea can stop it before it even begins to show. Echinacea’s anti-inflammatory properties can also reduce the appearance of red and painful acne.

Smoother Skin

Another one of echinacea’s benefits for your skin is anti-aging. Echinacea is rich in tannins. These astringent (tightening) molecules can shrink pores and lead to firmer, taut-looking skin with diminished wrinkles and fine lines.

How to Use Echinacea Extract

Echinacea is available in many forms intended for internal use, including teas, supplement pills, and tinctures. You can take these to create natural beauty from the inside out.

To use echinacea topically, you can either try it in pure extract form or as a part of echinacea lotions, creams, or serums. Because some pure echinacea extracts available on the market are purely for topical and not internal use, be sure to check the bottle before ingesting anything.

For more information about Echinacea, click here.

Be Natural Organics uses the finest ingredients available for all of our products. We use organic, wild crafted and Co2 derived plant materials in crafting each product. These ingredient are essential in producing the finest grade oils, for optimal skin nourishment and repair.

How Much Water Should You Drink Per Day?

water imageThe body is about 60% water, give or take. You are constantly losing water from your body, primarily via urine and sweat. To prevent dehydration, you need to drink adequate amounts of water.

Health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. This is called the 8×8 rule and is very easy to remember.

However, some health gurus believe that you need to sip on water constantly throughout the day, even when you’re not thirsty. As with most things, this depends on the individual. Many factors (both internal and external) ultimately affect your need for water.

How Much Water Is Best?

At the end of the day, no one can tell you exactly how much water you need. This depends on the individual. Try experimenting to see what works best for you. Some people may function better with more water than usual, while for others it only results in more frequent trips to the bathroom.

If you want to keep things simple, these guidelines should apply to the majority of people:

When you’re thirsty, drink.

When you’re not thirsty anymore, stop.

During high heat and exercise, make sure to drink enough to compensate for the lost fluids.

That’s it!

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