The BEST toothpaste you will EVER use.

The BEST toothpaste you will EVER use is quite a statement, and but for Nelsons Naturals, I honestly have to agree. I came across Nelsons Naturals at Market Collective during a Christmas market in 2016, and being obsessed with oral health care, I had to give them a try.

I will say this without holding back, Nelsons Naturals has the best toothpaste I have ever tried. My teeth feel ultra clean when I use their toothpaste and they have definitely gotten whiter since the addition of their activated charcoal toothpaste.

This brand has absolutely perfected their natural product; not only does it excel compared to other products but I’m confident this could be the best toothpaste to ever hit the market.

They have a huge selection of flavors including Fennel, Cinnamon, Spearmint, and Activated Charcoal. They also have a Strawberry/Banana flavor which I haven’t tried yet but just placed an order while writing this so come back for my option 🙂

Nelson Naturals Re-mineralizing toothpaste combines powerful and effective ingredients to create a product that is not only as good but better than chemical based toothpastes. I promise you will not be disappointed.

On a personal note, it can seem like these little jars are rather expensive compared to the giant tubs of toothpaste at the local store, but 100% these jars are worth every penny and these jars also last a very long time. We got 3 jars for Christmas and between my boyfriend and I brushing at least twice a day, they lasted a full 3 months!  A little goes a very long way. You definitely get every penny out of these jars, plus you are investing in a product that is better for you and the environment as well.

You can shop their entire selection online here: https://nelsonnaturals.com/collections/all

Zenned Out – Makers Supporting Makers

Our first spotlight is on a very magical business called “Zenned Out” and is run by Cassie Uhl. This was one of the first products I came across that inspired this series! As one maker to another, I believe I have a heightened sense for passion behind a product. There is no question that you cannot feel a love from a product when it is made with intention.

What I truly love about each piece is that they are made my hand. Handmade products take a little bit longer to make, and I believe when you are committing that extra time to create more, thought and intention plays a huge role in the final product. Zenned Out jewelry was created to remind the wearer of how divinely inspired you truly are. Each piece has a inspiration saying or spiritual symbols, and I was personally drawn to the moon phases as a reminder of that magic energy of the moon. Each piece is made with thoughtful designs and have deep, spiritual messages that are not overtly obvious.

 

My theme this year has been about surrounding yourself with those that support you and intentionally releasing what holds you back. This can be with the people directly in your life, not so directly in your life such as social media, and about the products in your life that you use daily. Ensuring that each of these areas are filled with people, role models and products empowering you to be your best self. Zenned Out pieces are simple but powerful, looking down on my wrist and seeing the “trust your soul” bracelet is a daily reminder that I need to support and believe in myself. I’m a firm believer that you should always surround yourself with the people and things that support you, and a daily reminder on your wrist to make that happen is a perfect step towards that goal!

Also in my order was a beautiful empowering note and a super cool magnet that now hangs out on my soap melter while I create too! I loved my entire experience with this business and feel 100% more inspired and empowered, if you have a few minutes watch the video below about the business and check out their products! This is definitely and experience and brand I would recommend to anyone!

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8 Reasons to start Oil Pulling

Today I want to share a practice that has done wonders for my dental and oral health, Oil Pulling. This practice helps reduce bacteria and plaque in the mouth as well as strengthen teeth. I started oil pulling a few years ago and have been doing it regularly for the last year.

Oil pulling is super easy. Swish a small amount of  coconut oil around in your mouth, I started with 5 mins and now go for 15-20 minutes than spit it out. The oil pulls out the toxins stored in your salivary glands. The less toxins you have in our mouth the less bacteria and plaque will accumulate.

The first few times I tried oil pulling I couldn’t do it for more than five minutes, to be honest the texture took quite some time to get use to. It’s totally fine to work your way up. Just start slow, do it as you walk around as you get ready in the morning. It takes about 20 minutes for the plaque in your mouth to breakdown.

Oil pulling has become part of my morning ritual . It’s important to spit out the oil into the trash as it can eventually clog the drain. Afterwards I rinse my mouth well with water and brush my teeth. Oil pulling has become a daily ritual for me and I waned to share to 8 benefits of Oil Pulling with you.

 

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  1. Removes Toxins – The oil filters the toxin in our blood through the blood stream in your month.
  2. Whitens Teeth – The oil possesses natural antibiotic and antiviral properties that brighten and cleans teeth, keeping them pearly white.
  3. Repairs Cracked Lips – the oil leaves the lightest layer over your lips making it an extra source of moisture for your lips, just an added bonus!
  4. Improves Oral Health – Some studies suggest that oil pulling may decrease harmful bacteria in your mouth, prevent plaque formation and improve both gum health and oral hygiene.**
  5. Boosts Immune System – When there are no bacteria living in your mouth, your immune system is freed up to focus on the problems in other parts of your body.
  6. Improves Skin – The benefits even extend to your skin! Removing toxins from the body that would otherwise make it into the bloodstream means the skin has a chance to shine.
  7. Reduces Inflammations – It works primarily by decreasing the harmful bacteria and plaque in the mouth that contribute to gum disease
  8. Prevents Cavities – Several studies have found that oil pulling can help reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth, preventing cavities and tooth decay.

**Additionally, note that it should not be used in place of traditional oral hygiene practices, such as brushing your teeth, flossing, getting routine cleanings and consulting your dentist regarding any oral hygiene problems.

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Self Care for Business Owners

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This may be one of my most personal post – nothing has been harder for me than running a “self care holistic” business while struggling personally with my own self-care practices. My work/life balance has been a roller coaster ride over the years, in the beginning I found it easy to adapt self care practices but as the business grew those practices seems to slip away.

Than the worst came,

the endless guilt from not feeling authentic enough to run a self-care business. I mean, how could I sell a spiritual tool while not practicing self-care myself? I’ve had to spend a lot of time finding a balance that works for me while also growing my business. So here is a few tips I have for anyone needed to find a little more balance in their life.

1.Breath and Reflect

When life starts to get overwhelmed, take a breathe and a step back, look for what seems out of balance. It should be clear in some way where you are spending to much time and lacking in others. Take a moment to refocus your attention and make some changes to help your mental state and juggle your business. Remember its ok to ask for help too.

2. Take a break

Lets be honest business owners, do we ever take breaks? Even if we are not physically working our minds seem to never rest. Yet, from my personal experience taking a break can be the most healing form of self-care. Now, I don’t mean a little 10 minute break – get out of the house! Call some friends, plan a date, think about a gathering or event for a day rather than work. I promise you will find new forms of inspiration for this little bit of reality and be able to come back to work and thrive with new ideas.

3. TRIBE is Important

Surround yourself with those and things that empower you, when self doubt creeps into our minds our TRIBE is an essential tool for keeping our minds focused on the good rather than the bad. Even if you just need a good self help audio book or a note from your past self, anything is a tool to remind yourself how amazing you truly are.

4. Create your own Zen space.

Create a space in your world that has nothing to do with your business, a space that allows you to relax your mind, relax and unwind, and replenish your mind, body and soul. Fill your space with everything that increases your frequency, photos, crystals, candles, fluffy pillows – all things that make you feel good and inspired.

I hope these tips will help you replenish yourself and empower you to maintain your hustle and grow yourself and your brand. Self-care is much more than a hot bath and a green juice – its an entire mental state and I hope these tips will help you in all the ways that matter.