10 Ways to Save the Planet

by bloomingmoon on April 23, 2015

On days like today, we are reminded of all the special things this beautiful planet has to offer. Think back to a time where all you could say was “wow.” Earth Day is a day to reflect on those momentsearth that left us speechless.

You are in the middle of a thick forest when you finally see rays of sunshine breaking through the trees. Despite the aching of your muscles, you are running towards to the end of the trail. You reach the viewpoint. You quietly utter “wow” as your eyes wildly try to take in the entire view.

You dip your toes into the refreshing ocean water and you admire its stunning blue hues. Before you know it, a wild wave knocks you down. You surface from the waves. You quietly utter “wow” as you try to get the salt water out of your ears and the sand out of your swimsuit.

You are hurrying to an important meeting in the city. As you impatiently wait for the crosswalk signal to change, your eyes shift to the ground and you see a single flower blooming between the cracks of the sidewalk. You quietly utter “wow” as you appreciate the simplicity and splendor of the blossom.

Moments like these display humankind’s admiration of the Earth’s beauty and grandeur. We appreciate the Earth for giving us forests to explore, oceans to swim in, and flowers to smell. Despite our gratitude for it, we do not always value the Earth as highly as we should. If we want to continue to experience our “wow moments” here on Earth, we need to take steps to protect it! We’ve come up with 8 things you can do to save the planet.

 

  1. Discover your Carbon Footprint Your first step to protect the Earth is to determine the amount of carbon emissions that are a direct result of your lifestyle choices. Go to www.nature.org/greenliving/carboncalculator/ to see how your food, gas, and electricity usages affect your carbon footprint.
  2. Use Natural, Organic Products Most cleaning and beauty products are made of a mixture of synthetically produced chemicals. These products are harmful for the environment and your body. Here at Blooming Moon Spa we strictly use natural and organic products. They are significantly healthier for you and the planet. We think you should use them too!
  3. Buy Local Shopping locally is important for environmental and economic sustainability. When you chose to purchase goods or services from a local business, you reduce travel time and the need for shipping. If you are in the Portland area, stop by Blooming Moon Spa! We are a local business who supports other local businesses!
  4. Plant a Tree Over the past 50 years, about half the world’s original forests have been lost to deforestation. Trees are vital for the land, water, and air. When you plant a tree seed, remember that the smallest things can produce the largest forms of life this planet has to offer.
  5. Change your light. If everyone would replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs, Americans would save enough energy to light more than 2.5 million homes for a year. This is a quick, easy, and cheap way to help the environment. Light bulbs matter!
  6. Go Vegetarian Once a Week. It takes nearly 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef. On top of that, consider all the energy it takes to raise cattle and to transport meat. Implement Meatless Monday in your home today!
  7. Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints. When you are enjoying the beauty of the Earth’s natural settings always remember to treat it well! Never leave garbage or harm any form of wildlife. Treat the outdoors with respect, and nature in return will provide you with wonderful moments.
  8. Share! Share these tips with everyone! Tell your mom, your neighbor, your garbage man, your barista, and everyone in-between!

Spring Detox Tips

by bloomingmoon on February 27, 2015

With Spring Equinox approaching quickly on Friday, March 20th, we are entirely excited to welcome the return of our lovely sun! Albeit a most mild winter, the emergence of those intoxicatingBlooming Moon Spring Detox Tips Daphne and Cherry Blossoms reboots our psyche and that winter drudgery becomes a thing of the past. Vitamin D seeps through those extra-expansive and open skies and we, along with each living organism, experience a sharp rise in our energy. Our muscles feel more engaged, our sight becomes that much sharper, our voices grow with audacity and even our capacity to plan expands. Our bodies, drastically identical to our environment, experience an internal renaissance.

The green Spring season, with its windy climate and its feeling of growth and expansion through the process of birth, is a perfect time to “sweep house”, cleanse and detoxify our bodies! It’s a new year, everybody! It’s time to reclaim, root and rejuvinate!

We have all directly experienced our bodies being affected by seasonal change—the ever-occurring common cold, dry skin in the winter, or exhaustion or nausea from a sharp rise in heat and humidity. These physical symptoms are caused by the blockages or weaknesses of an internal organ. The functioning of our internal organs, as well as our emotional, psychological and spiritual harmony rests in a supportive, healthy lifestyle. Particularly, two organs associated with all organ health and functions running smoothly are the liver and its gall bladder assistant. In Eastern medical approach, these two organs are directly associated with Spring’s growth and supported expansion. Thus, by knowing a few key nutritional ingredients both Eastern and Western medicine understands to support liver and gall bladder vitality, detoxing and spring’s “sweeping house” is easy!

LIVER & GALL BLADDER SPRING DETOX / SUPPORT

The two principle functions of the liver are storing blood and helping all body functions run smoothly. This includes processing nutrients from food, making bile, removing toxins from the body and building proteins. The liver also releases blood to assist movement of tendons and ligaments during activity as well as nourish the eyes. The gall bladder stores and secretes bile, which aids digestion, especially of fats. Those with poor gall bladder function have difficulty digesting rich, fatty foods which ultimately manifests in temple headache, eye and ear pain, stiffness or pain in the jaw, shoulders, ribs, hips, or knee and ankle pain.

Foods to help cleanse the liver and gall bladder:

  1. Garlic- Just a small amount of this pungent white bulb has the ability to activate liver enzymes that help your body flush out toxins. Garlic also holds high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing.
  2. Grapefruit- High in both vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit increases the natural cleansing processes of the liver. A small glass of freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice will help boost production of the liver detoxification enzymes that help flush out carcinogens and other toxins.
  3. Beets and Carrots- Both are extremely high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene; eating beets and carrots can help stimulate and improve overall liver function.
  4. Green Tea- This liver-loving beverage is full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, a compound known to assist liver function. Green tea is not only delicious, it’s also a great way to improve your overall diet. Learn more about the benefits of green tea.
  5. Leafy Green Vegetables- One of our most powerful allies in cleansing the liver, leafy greens can be eaten raw, cooked, or juiced. Extremely high in plant chlorophylls, greens suck up environmental toxins from the blood stream. With their distinct ability to neutralize heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, these cleansing foods offer a powerful protective mechanism for the liver. Try incorporating leafy greens such as bitter gourd, arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens, and chicory into your diet. This will help increase the creation and flow of bile, the substance that removes waste from the organs and blood.
  6. Avocados- This nutrient-dense super-food helps the body produce glutathione, a compound that is necessary for the liver to cleanse harmful toxins.
  7. Apples- High in pectin, apples hold the chemical constituents necessary for the body to cleanse and release toxins from the digestive tract. This, in turn, makes it easier for the liver to handle the toxic load during the cleansing process.
  8. Olive Oil- Cold-pressed organic oils such as olive, hemp and flax-seed are great for the liver, when used in moderation. They help the body by providing a lipid base that can suck up harmful toxins in the body. In this way, it takes some of the burden off the liver in terms of the toxic overload many of us suffer from.
  9. Alternative Grains- It’s not only that you need alternative grains like quinoa, millet and buckwheat in your diet, it’s that if you’ve got wheat, flour, or other whole grains in your diet, it’s time to make changes. Your liver is your body’s filter for toxins, and grains that contain gluten are full of them. A study last year found that persons who experienced gluten sensitivities also had abnormal liver enzyme test results, and that’s just one of many.
  10. Cruciferous Vegetables- Eating broccoli and cauliflower will increase the amount of glucosinolate in your system, adding to enzyme production in the liver. These natural enzymes help flush out carcinogens, and other toxins, out of our body which may significantly lower risks associated with cancer.
  11. Lemons & Limes- These citrus fruits contain very high amounts of vitamin C, which aids the body in synthesizing toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water. Drinking freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice in the morning helps stimulate the liver.
  12. Walnuts- Holding high amounts of the amino acid arginine, walnuts aid the liver in detoxifying ammonia. Walnuts are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids, which support normal liver cleansing actions. Make sure you chew the nuts well (until they are liquefied) before swallowing.
  13. Cabbage- Much like broccoli and cauliflower, eating cabbage helps stimulate the activation of two crucial liver detoxifying enzymes that help flush out toxins. Try eating more kimchi, coleslaw, cabbage soup and sauerkraut.
  14. Turmeric- The liver’s favorite spice! Try adding some of this detoxifying goodness into your next lentil stew or veggie dish for an instant liver pick-me-up. Turmeric helps boost liver detox, by assisting enzymes that actively flush out dietary carcinogens.

SPRING EMOTIONAL DETOX

During sleep, the liver is actually at its peak work hours storing blood. Therefore by engaging in healthy bedtime and late-night hour habits, our livers have the ability to support all of our organ and joint function. Thus, in order for our minds and bodies to truly “reboot”, we must learn to “unplug” and disconnect our overly-connected modern minds.

Yes, we all have busy lives, but no good will come from fooling ourselves into thinking four or five hours of sleep is enough. Don’t skimp on sleep because that’s when our bodies crank out important hormones that help repair cells and tissues, fight off infection and boost our immune system.

As a rule, unplugging all devices 30 mins to one hour before bedtime can create a healthy boundary with the world at large. Not only is the content of the device stimulating, but electronics emit a blue hue that mimics daylight and stops your body from producing the sleep hormone melatonin. In lieu of gadget distraction, just a few minutes of mindful breathing helps the brain’s ability to manage stress. The more practice at “watching” ones breath, ultimately the more stable the days and weeks to come!

Spa Memberships at Blooming Moon Spa

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Pampering yourself monthly may seem unnecessary or over the top, but with Blooming Moon’s monthly spa membership, you will ensure monthly relaxation to add balance, health and wellbeing to your life. A spa membership at Blooming Moon is the perfect answer to many New Year’s resolutions. The simple act of relaxation lowers blood pressure, stress-level […]

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Season Change Affects Your Skin

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Every three months, like clockwork, the seasons are going to change. The summer heat, winter cold, wind and rain can have a serious affect on skin. While a relaxing facial with non-toxic facial products can prove to be an easy fix, but we encourage you to take precautions in your home care and regular facials! […]

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Monthly Facials Improve Your Skin!

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A monthly facial improves your complexion by reducing the daily damaging effects your skin endures. Regular facials increase circulation and stimulate natural oils, which can facilitates skin cell renewal and improve our skin’s elasticity. Receiving a facial also removes environmental impurities and reduces the harmful effects of sun damage. Relaxation, peace, and a glowing complexion […]

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Summer 2014: Berry Pedicures & 100% Pure Body Lotions

July 7, 2014

See what’s new this summer at Blooming Moon by checking out our monthly newsletters! This month’s newsletter we introduce Hanna Buschor, esthetician, make-up artist and nail technician! She gives amazing gel manicures (that last over 2 weeks!), spa pedicures and ALL waxing!!! She is so talented and we are extremely happy to add Hanna to […]

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June Newsletter

June 4, 2014

Get the low-down on the all natural SPFs we have at Blooming Moon and  enjoy summer specials on waxing, make-up and more! READ JUNE NEWSLETTER HERE! 

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Chinook Book!

May 7, 2014

Blooming Moon Wellness Spa is featured in this year’s 2014 Chinook Book! Pick-up a Portland Chinook Book at your local New Seasons Market to get your Blooming Moon Wellness Spa coupon. Chinook Book is a great guide to support your local economy, while getting discounts on your favorite restaurants, retail shops, spas and more! Chinook Book […]

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April Newsletter~Earth Day Everyday @ Blooming Moon!

April 22, 2014

Spring Clean your body with our April Special ~ Detox Facial and Dead Sea Salt Body Scrub! ($100) Read our April Newsletter to find out how you can begin spring cleaning your skin with a new product regimen, discover a NEW Portland candle line Blooming Moon Spa is now carrying and find a way to […]

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New Epicuren’s Himalayan Superfruit Facial Peel

April 10, 2014

  Discover the rejuvenating power of this Polish & Peel Exfoliation–IN ONE! The Superfruit in Epicuren’s new Enzyme Polish includes berries like; goji, pomegranate, bilberry, blueberry, cranberry, acai and noni fruit. This Polish & Peel combo exfoliates, brightens and evens your skin tone! The enzyme polish & peel is packed with vitamin C, minerals, proteins […]

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