How To Use Palo Santo To Cleanse Your Space

Spiritual cleanses are as important as physical/nutritional ones. And they often go hand in hand. Just like going deep to cleanse your body is key to weight loss and overall health, going deep and addressing our emotional, spiritual and mental home is key to getting rid of behaviors that don’t serve us, clear them out and replace them with ones that help us grow and evolve.

Many years ago in my native Puerto Rico, I discovered a wonderful bark that has been used for centuries in South America for its energetically cleansing and healing properties and now it’s becoming more and more popular in the rest of the world: Palo Santo (Spanish for Holy Wood).

Check the video below to learn the benefits of Palo Santo and how to use it!

How To Cleanse The Home With Palo Santo

This is the easiest and safest way to use Palo Santo to clear the energy of your home or work space:

  • Burn 1-2 sticks at a time. Hold the bark at 45 degree angle and ignite the sticks. Let them burn for 45 seconds then blow out and allow the smoke to spread.
  • Close all doors and windows to keep as much of the smoke indoors.
  • Set your intentions for the energy clearing of your home. Recite your favorite prayers, mantras and/or chants out loud.
  • Move around your space (including bathrooms, kitchen and dens). Place close attention to the windows, door entrances, pipes and any other areas with access to the outside of the home/space.
  • When done, place the remaining stick in a fire proof bowl (metal or clay) and leave to smoke in a safe area (away from loose fabrics or furniture) overnight.
  • In the morning, open all doors and windows, to allow the excess of smoke (shouldn’t be too much) to take away any lingering heavy or negative energy.
International Left-Handers Day

It’s International Left-Handers Day 2015. I’m kinda proud of being left handed but life wasn’t as easy for lefties in the past as it may be now.

This video was a lot of fun to create, check it out to find out why!

Think about it:

  •  In the dark ages, left handed people were considered evil and burned or imprisoned
  • The bible has 25 mentions of left or being left-handed, all negative
  • Old paintings depicted the devil as a lefty
  • Children as late as the 50’s were hit with wooden sticks or their left hands were tied to prevent them from writing with their left hand (this from my father’s own stories)

Still in today’s society, the word “left” implies weak or no good, while the word right or righteous, means often positive things.

  • Left in Italian is Sinistra, the root word for “sinister”
  • The word left comes from the Anglo Saxon Lyft, which means weak or broken

Some trivia about the history of lefties is a little bit more positive

  • The Incas believed left handed people possessed healing powers
  • Some Natives of North America believed that being left-handed was a sign of luck

Some facts are silly and funny:

  • More likely to pursue creative careers
  • Left handed college graduates go on to become 26% richer than right handed graduates
  • Better at multi-tasking – well, of course

Then, there’s the crazy, bizarre trivia surrounding lefties, like:

  • More likely to have allergies, headaches or migraines
  • Three times more likely to become alcoholics
  • Tend to reach puberty 4 to 5 months later than right handers
  • More likely to suffer from stuttering
  • Twice as likely to be men
  • 39% more likely to be homosexual
  • Adjust to seeing underwater quicker
  • Less able to roll their tongue than a righty

The trivia and “facts” are endless but hopefully these will entertain you for now!

 

Smoothie Recipes For Weight Loss

This is one of the easiest smoothie recipes for weight loss. But it can be done as a juice or a smoothie (retaining the fiber). It’s a truly awesome recipe to help you burn fat from around the belly, increase your metabolism and lose weight.

As a smoothie, I normally use it as my breakfast, and if you make it as a juice (with a high power juicer that eliminates the fiber), you can have it in the morning, on an empty stomach and then have a healthy, high-protein mid-morning snack, like hummus.

Check out the short, fun video and recipe below:

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Recipe Below:

1 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries
3/4 cup chilled unsweetened coconut milk
½ cup of blueberries

2 TSP of Boku Protein Powder (vegan)
1 inch fresh ginger
1 tsp fresh lemon juice

1 TSP Lakanto sweetener (optional)

2-3 ice cubes, optional

Best Natural Sugar Substitute

What is the best natural sugar substitute in the market? I’m always looking for healthy alternatives, researching and trying new ingredients to share with you here. Sugar, who we now know it to be pretty dangerous and bad for our health is also one of the most consumed substances on earth. Sugar is everywhere and we are all a little addicted to sugar. And unfortunately, it is making us really sick and unhappy in the process.

So, while I strongly recommend you to limit your sugar intake to whole, fresh fruit in the morning, what about those instances when you absolutely, positively MUST has a little sugar? Or perhaps you need an alternative for a recipe?

Check out the video below to learn what it is and why it’s so awesome!

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This new sugar option who is a great natural sugar substitute is also one of the best sugars for diabetic people. Diabetic patients can use this sugar for many reasons. But first, let me show you what it is!

Lakanto is a zero calorie and zero GI alternative sweetener that can be used as an equal replacement to sugar in recipes. Lakanto is made from fermented erythritol, which is the sugar alcohol found in grapes, pears & mushrooms, to name a few. It is also extracted from his Asian fruit called the luo han guo fruit.

Lakanto as I mentioned is excellent for diabetics, people with candida or anyone looking for a healthier option to sugar because of it’s zero GI, so it doesn’t raise your sugar levels.

I bought this one on Amazon but you can get it in most health food stores in many parts of the world.

Home Remedy For Yeast Infections

This video is for the ladies in my life (sorry guys) who have suffered from pesky and sometimes painful yeast infections. If you are a woman, chances are you have or will have a yeast infection at least once in your lifetime. I’ll show you the home remedies for yeast infection that helped me.

Go to the video here!

First of, what’s a yeast infection? It is simply put an overgrowth of yeast. Yeast is one of the many types of bacteria that grow in your gut, mouth, genitalia and other body parts. Normally yeast levels at kept at bay by other beneficial bacteria but sometimes, that balance is thrown out of whack, causing the yeast to grow and causing the awful symptoms you may have experienced, like:

  • burning sensation
  • intense itch
  • pain and discomfort
  • redness (probably from scratching
  • discharge

What causes the infections? Well, I asked my OB-GYN and he essentially said that a hundred things can cause yeast overgrowth. The most common causes are:

  • use of antibiotics
  • poor diet
  • not cleaning up after sex
  • use of douches
  • excessive stress

Check out the video to learn my natural remedy for yeast infections!

How To Support Someone With Depression

How to support someone with depression? There’s a lot being said about people who suffer from it and how to get help but I feel like not a lot is being said or expressed by those who have a loved one that suffers from depression.

I am one of those. A very dear person in my life has struggled with depression for years. It is hard for me to talk about this and I won’t go into details about my loved one ordeal.  This is video is for you, the person who has a loved one who may be depressed. your support and encouragement can play an important role in his or her recovery.

Check out the video here:

I promise you, they appreciate it, even though it feels like you’re repeating yourself over and over and nothing. Rest assure, you MUST take care of yourself as well.

What you need to remember:

  • It is not personal
  • This is not a game, it is serious
  • Ignoring it, won’t make it go away
  • You. Can’t. Fix. It.

BUT your are the first line of defense in the fight against depression. Always remember that 2 ears 1 mouth ratio. Just encourage them to talk in a kind way and listen, listen, listen.  And of course, ask if they need advice – don’t just offer it.

You can also try asking questions like:

  • Did something happen that made you start feeling this way?
  • How can I best support you right now?
  • Have you thought about getting help?

Avoid saying:

  • Just snap out of it.
  • What’s wrong with you?
  • Shouldn’t you be better by now?
  • It’s all in your head.
  • We all go through times like this.
  • Look on the bright side.
  • You have so much to live for why do you want to die?
  • I can’t do anything about your situation.

How to do take care of yourself???

  • Set boundaries: ask your loved one to get a therapist
  • Take some time for yourself every day, especially if you live with the depressed person
  • Seek support from a trusted friend – make sure they are discreet
  • Keep living your own life
How Constellation Therapy Can Affect Your Weight, Health And Happiness

There’s a unique type of detox (or cleanse) work that is more energetic and has to do with family dynamics.

Your relationship with your family can affect your weight, health and happiness. I’ve interviewed here a Family Constellation facilitator and therapist Natalie Berthold to learn a bit more about this powerful type of work.

Check out this amazing video and learn how constellation therapies can affect your health and happiness.

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The Power Of Words

Do you words have power? Is there some truth to the claim some people make about the power of words? Most people have strong opinions about this and I was one of them.

But after watching a documentary about water, where a scientist (dr. Masaru Emoto) that explains how your words and even your thoughts (positive or negative) can affect molecules of water. I was curious, even fascinated. Then, a few months ago, I saw a Facebook post from Danielle Laporte about an experiment she did with her son. So I set out to recreate the exact same experiment on video and see for myself.

Here’s what my experiment looked like: I cut out 1 apple in half, sealed each half in an identical Mason jar and stored them in the exact window sill for approx. 21 days.

Every day for a month I said negative and demeaning words to what I called the “bad apple”. Things like “you’re nasty, fat and ugly. You’re stupid and incapable. You can’t do anything right. Why do you even try! You suck and I hate you”.

The other half, the “good apple” heard beautiful words of encouragement. I told her things like: “you are so smart, amazing, sweet and gentle. You are amazing and I am in awe of you, you are the best, I love you”.

The first 7-10 days not much was happening… but then things started to change.

Check out the video above to learn the results.

Home-Made Candida Treatment

This home-made candida treatment is my go-to remedy to get rid of the symptoms of candida in a flash. An anti candida diet is key to control candida overgrowth but this video will show you one of the best home remedies for candida I’ve seen. Hope it helps!

Check the video for my candida treatment below!

And below the video, tell me: are you willing to try the remedy (even though it may not taste that great)?! Let me know!

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Foods That Detox Every Time You Eat Them

As the weather gets warmer and you get excited about the prospect of going to the beach and enjoy the sun on your skin, many of us scramble to lose as many pounds as we can, get our skin to glow and our complexion to shine. You can enjoy all of these every day of the year by consuming these amazing foods that detox your body every time to eat them.

No need for cleanses and juice only diets. Just add these foods that naturally detox to your diet and you’ll help out your natural detox channels.

This video will give you lots of food options and will show you why they are so amazing for you!

How many of these amazing foods do you consume every day? Let me know in the comments below!

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Food Allergy Elimination Diet

Ever wonder how to do a food allergy elimination diet? IF you are having food allergies or intolerances, you might want to eliminate certain foods from your diet for a few weeks, allow your body to heal and then slowly re-introduce foods to help you learn what helps and what doesn’t.

And on the comments below the video, tell me: Have you tried something similar before? If so, what was your experience? Let me know in the comments below the video!

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The Blue Zones Project Review

Have you heard of the Blue Zones? A guy named Dan Buettner started following people in certain pockets of the world to live well into their 80’s and 90’s with lots of vitality, happiness and strength. I checked out their research and I’m sharing my findings here on this video. This will definitely surprise you!

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Now tell me, did you know about this book and the research? If not, which of their “longevity clues” are you willing to implement into your lifestyle today? Let me know in the comments below!

And check out the new infographic here!

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Best Natural Hair Mask

People ask me all the time how do I keep my hair strong, healthy and shiny even when it’s processed and straightened.

Well, the secret is out on this video! Here’s the secret hair mask I’ve been using for years!

Give it a try and let me know how you like it in the comments below!

About Jovanka

Jovanka Ciares is a former entertainment executive turned Wellness expert, detox specialist, nutrition educator and author. She is the creator of the Wellness Smackdown™, a proprietary detox and weight loss program for natural weight loss which was featured on the first season of ABC’s “My Diet Is Better Than Yours”...

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