Friday, April 15, 2022

Root Chakra Tips to Support, Stabilize, and Sustain You

 

Tips to Align the Root Chakra

The ROOT CHAKRA is the first subtle energy center in the body, and it is associated with a basic human need for a healthy body, a sense of connection to the Earth, and is key to creating and maintaining a sturdy foundation for work and play.

Chakra means wheels in Sanskrit, and describes areas of energy running from the base of the spine and lower pelvic area, upward to slightly above the crown of the head.


Colors and Locations of the 7 Main Chakras


Ancient Hindus formulated that people have seven major energy wheels, each a different color and spinning in a clockwise direction. 

The root chakra or Muladhara is symbolized by the color RED, and this chakra is located at the base the spine in the lower pelvic region. 


Tips to Align the Root Chakra


According to the Chopra Center, the word Muladhara breaks down into two Sanskrit words. Mula means root and Adhara means support or base. Learn more about this on the Chopra Center Website.

When you doubt your ability to withstand challenges, or feel shaky and fidget, it may indicate the root chakra is out of balance. 

Read on to discover tips that help you regain your equilibrium and stabilize both your physical and emotional foundation.  

Most energy healers agree that to balance the other chakras, the root chakra must be in alignment.

If you feel unsettled now or want to use root chakra energy to reduce the jitters in the future, practice envisioning RED, the color of the root chakra. 

Meditating or visualizing on the color RED helps you feel centered, provides clarity to help you get on with your day, and reminds you that you're safe, secure, and supported.

If this seems too abstract, plant roses or other red flowers in your garden and use your sense of smell to ground you to the earth and the here and now.

Another simple way to ground yourself to our planet through the root chakra is to take a walk in nature. 

I particularly like to walk on a beach, but please feel free to select a spot in the great outdoors that makes you feel calm yet vibrantly alive.

The color red traditionally signifies love, passion, and romance. 

When you restore balance to the root chakra, it helps you find strength and willingness to do your share in improving interactions including those with family, friends, business associates, and romantic relationships.

Another technique that nourishes the root chakra is to compose and say a root chakra affirmation aloud. 

If you prefer, select one of the affirmations I supply below and use it to set your root chakra intention for the day.


Root Chakra Affirmations 

"I respect and cherish our planet and live in harmony with nature and all her creatures." 

"I am grateful for my body, and use healthy self-care practices today."

"I am aligned with abundance, and I choose to save as well as spend."

"I maintain a budget and am fully responsible for my own living expenses."

"I feel relaxed, safe, secure, and supported with each inhale and exhale."

"I choose to wear red apparel to energize me."

Root Chakra Affirmations


Another practice that helps tune the root chakra is to chant a mantra. Consider chanting the sound associated with the root chakra "LAM" to help you release fear and worries. 

If you enjoy yoga, take off your shoes and practice doing poses that align the root chakra. 

The mountain pose, tree pose,  warrior pose, or standing forward bend (hand to foot pose) helps restore a body-earth connection. 

The standing forward bend can also help with stomach problems, strengthens the spine, increases circulation, helps reduce mensural issues, and reduces belly fat..

Standing Forward Bend, Yoga, Root Chakra



I hope you try at least one or two of the simple ways I've provided to help you connect with the color red and root chakra energy. Each can help restore equilibrium and grounding. 💃

Please share comments below. Is chakra a familiar term or is the idea new to you?

Do you enjoy seeing red objects and select this color for clothing, home furnishing, office décor, or include red in your lifestyle in other ways? Please explain below.

What does grounding look like or feel like to you?

Which self-care practice helps you feel more secure, supported, and stable?

What makes you feel centered and empowered?

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Friday, April 1, 2022

Tips to Make Deep Kitchen Cleaning Green and Healthy

 

Green Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen


The kitchen is the heart of most homes. It can be a more healthful and cleaner space, if we learn to make deep kitchen cleaning greener and more mindful.


In addition to daily and weekly kitchen cleaning chores, spring and fall are ideal times to deep-clean kitchen appliances, cabinets, windows, blinds or other window coverings, pantry, fixtures, walls, counters, and floors. 


Temperatures are usually more moderate in these seasons, and cleaning tasks are pleasant to do, when we're not sweating or chilled.


Twice-a-year deep kitchen cleaning helps us freshen this important room of our abode, and put it into tip-top shape.


Let's fling open the windows and let the kitchen cleaning process begin.


Keep on reading for 


Tips to Make Deep Kitchen Cleaning 

Green and 

Health Enhancing


Tip #1. Instead of using commercial cleaning products including Pledge and Windex that have been found to be contaminants in waterways as well as endocrine disruptors, let's streamline cleaning supplies to more healthful, eco-friendly ones. 


Making homemade kitchen cleaning products keeps home maintenance costs down, uses environmentally green ingredients, and contributes to a sustainable lifestyle.


Safe and Healthy DIY Kitchen Cleaning Products
DIY Cleaning, clockwise from left front: whole lemon, scrub brush, white cloth, spray bottle with vinegar and water, liquid soap, hydrogen peroxide, tooth brush, micro-fiber cloth, purple rubber gloves, center: baking soda. All fit into a bin for easy handling and storage


white vinegar

baking soda

fresh lemon ( lemon cleaning ideas below) 

liquid dish soap (unscented)

water

hydrogen peroxide

scrub brushes, toothbrushes, reusable rubber gloves, and micro fiber cloths or rags


Tip #2. Read Eco-friendly Tips and Tricks for Cleaning Your Home. Learn which methods are favored by cleaning pros. 


Tip #3. Don colorful reusable rubber gloves to protect skin and nails for all cleaning, and wear comfortable clothing to help you feel relaxed as you work. 


Tip #4. Encourage housemates, friends, and or/family to join in. Notice how teaming up with a cleaning squad can prove to be more enjoyable and productive than working alone. 


Tip #5. It's best to test a new housecleaning product on an inconspicuous spot, before using it on a larger area.


Tip #6. Most cleaning experts advise us to start from the top and work down. Dust and remove cob webs and dirt from the ceiling and light fixtures first. 


Save time, energy, and avoid aches and pains from over-stretching, by using a long handled brush to reach high and low places. 


If you dampen the brush with a few drops of water or one of the homemade cleaning solutions mentioned in this post, more dust will adhere to the brush than if it's dry.


After each cleaning job, clean the brush. 


Tip #7. To clean a ceiling fan: Slide brush along each fan blade, and voilà, the fan is dusted. 

Cleaning ceiling fan at colors 4 health


A vacuum cleaner can complete this task and here are the particulars


The third way to clean a ceiling fan is to use an old pillow case as a dust catcher. Slide the case over each individual fan blade. Use hands to press on both sides of the fan blade while sliding the pillow case off. 


Simply invert the pillow case and shake debris or dust into a trash can. To finish, clean the pillow case by throwing it in the wash inside out. 


Tip #8. If we lose interest and need extra motivation, select whatever kitchen area is the worst eye sore or germ collector. Tackle that now. 


This is a creative way to nip procrastination in the bud, and provides incentive to move full steam ahead. 


Tip #9. Think small. If the catch-all junk drawer is overflowing, the dust on top of the refrigerator is an inch thick, or the sink or food disposal drain is so smelly we gag, perhaps it's best to start there. 


Tip #10. Set a timer, and focus on one thing for 10 minutes. Then move on to the next mess, one area at a time. 


Tip #11. Put the contents of a cabinet or drawer on the counter, and remove those items that are never used by donating, recycling, or giving them away. 


While the drawer or cabinet is empty, clean the item itself and the shelving paper. Use this technique for the pantry and refrigerator (dispose of spoiled or outdated foods as well).

 

Put back only those small appliances, pots and pans, dishes, cooking utensils, or food that we definitely use.


Weeding out the "unused" creates storage space for those essential everyday items most of us had previously placed on countertops, crowded in, or stacked somewhere else. 


Whenever we clear clutter to make white space, we lighten the atmosphere and free energy for new recipes, ideas, people, and opportunities.

Tips for de-cluttering

 

Tip #12. Being proactive feels marvelous, and scratching something off our deep kitchen cleaning to-do list gives us a sense of accomplishment. 


Kitchen Cleaning Tip #12





To prevent kitchen cleaning overwhelm, continue to think small and do one job at a time. 


Tip #13. A DIY cleaning product I love is fresh lemon/lemon juice. Cut a fresh lemon in half, and rub it on stained laminate countertops, cutting boards, and the like. It whitens objects naturally and removes grease


Use lemon to remove lime scale from your faucet and sink, and make glassware shine. 


Fresh lemons are safe, pleasant smelling cleaning agents, and the citric acid in lemon acts as a natural antibacterial bleach. 


Just a word of caution: when cleaning granite do not use lemon, vinegar, or anything acidic. Acidic cleaners erode the finish and wear down the stone. Follow manufacturers' directions for cleaning granite.


Tip #14. Essential oils including thyme, cinnamon, clove, rosemary, and tea tree oil tend to destroy several bacterial, fungal, and viral pathogens. 

 

These essential oils have earthy scents rather than a floral or citrus fragrance. We may want to add a few drops of essential oil into an all- purpose cleaner to sanitize as we go.


If you like a citrus scent, use lemon, grapefruit, or orange essential oil in a diffuser to freshen unwelcome odors in the air, instead of commercial air fresheners.


Tip #15. Wipe down walls with one of these homemade cleaning solutions. For pantry door, backsplashes, cupboards, table and chairs, and window frames, either spray product then rinse or use a cloth to apply and rinse.


Tip #16. It's best to read manufacturers' instructions for cleaning kitchen appliances. Save user manuals and refer to them before turning on a self-cleaning oven control, the cleaning cycle of the dishwasher, food disposal unit, etc.  


If an appliance breaks down and can't be fixed, replace it with an energy efficient one. This makes sense for the environment and saves money in the long run. 


Tip #17. Vinegar and water is a mixture that makes an awesome window cleaner. Fill an empty spray bottle with a combo of one part white vinegar to 3 parts water. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down your windows, laminate counter tops, and most appliances.


Tip #18. Tile floors need a thorough going over at least twice a year. Here's the method I recommend. 


Vacuum or sweep floor. Then make a paste of 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/4 vinegar to scrub those missed areas that have crevices and cracks (spots you may have overlooked during a regular weekly cleaning). 


Then use a clean mop and fill a bucket with hot water, a half cup of vinegar, and half a teaspoon of dish soap. Don't use too much soap, because a soapy residue  can make floors look dull or be slippery. This mixture does wonders on laminate floors as well.

Healthy, Green Way to Mop the Floor


Tip #19. We mustn't forget to inspect and/or install and maintain smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors. Safe, clean air is a must for good health.

Home and Safety Tips for Green Living at Home


When we are consistent with daily and weekly cleaning chores, we'll find deep kitchen cleaning the kitchen easier. 


If we forget to wipe up spills as soon as they happen, cook fried foods and don't clean grease or oil up, or have a cluttered kitchen, we'll have more to do during a deep cleaning. 


No matter how often we clean our kitchen, it pays off to deep clean the kitchen twice a year. 


The additional care and time spent when deep cleaning assures even those areas that may have been missed during a regular cleaning, are covered. 


When we rid our kitchen of toxic chemicals and sanitize cutting boards, counters, the sink, and the like with non-toxic products, our kitchen will be a safer space to prepare and eat food


Be kind to our planet and health of adults, children, and pets alike by using green cleaning products spring, summer, winter, and fall. This is an important step in enhancing total well-being.

 

Have you ever compared the cost of commercial kitchen cleaning products with ones made at home? Please share about it in the comments section below.


What cleaning job do you resist the most or enjoy doing the most and why?


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