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I HEART HIMALAYAN SALT CANDLE LAMPS

At first, they seemed all hippie-dippy. A bit tacky like lava-lamps. But then I learned about its energy properties and now I totally get why wellness-lovers covet this candle lamp.

Now I have one myself and have come to appreciate its raw beauty and iridescent warm glow. I prefer the raw jagged ones, like the ones pictured above. And I also prefer the tealight candle design over the bulb design. Just saying.

After all, I did profess my love for sole or Himalayan rock salt brine — still do (refresher HERE).

WHAT IS A HIMALAYAN SALT LAMP? 

Himalayan rock salt is harvested deep within the Himalayan Mountains, where its collected from the remains of the Primal Sea — an area that some scientists believe is where life originated (whoa). The salt is over 250 million years old, people. For reals. The salt here contains 84 natural minerals and elements that optimize health and heal the body and environment.

This salt is chipped away by hand, then artisans sculpt them into shapes. This is why no two Himalayan salt lamps are the same. They are also unique because each one has its own pattern of veins and striations. I prefer the rounded yet raw shape, while others may like the ones shaped into spheres, pyramids, cubes, and bowls.

The colours are gorgeous too: hues of pink, peach, orange, white, or red. I adore the peachy-pink ones.

THE BENEFITS OF A HIMALAYAN SALT LAMP 

Here is the part where you may think this is all hooey, but I assure you that it makes sense if you remember highschool chemistry. So do you remember that the air is filled with negative and positive ions (electrical charges)? Well, we’ll start from there.

So when a lit tealight candle warms up the Himalayan salt lamp vessel from within, the salt will start to emit negative ions (an electrical charge). How? The heat from the candle attracts moisture from the salt. The moisture evaporates and emits the negative ions into the air. Cool, huh?

Don’t worry, although all you may see is the word ‘negative,’ rest assured that negative ions are a good thing. In our daily lives, we are surrounded by electronic devices (especially laptops, cell phones, TV, computers, tablets, electric fans, etc) and they produce way too many positive ions. Not good. A healthy atmosphere occurs only when negative and positive ions are balanced. When the balance is tilted, you’ll find your stress levels high, even at home where you just want to relax.

NEGATIVE IONS = GOOD

Himalayan salt lamps produce negative ions naturally — which neutralize and balance out these negative ions to restore and purify the air, your attitude and your energy level. You can’t even see them but they are abundant in nature (re: salt=nature). A great big whack of negative ions are produced naturally by waterfalls, thunderstorms, oceans, beaches, and mountains, which is why you feel so calm and refreshed after a visit to these places. And the air feels and smells so clean and fresh. Ooooh yeah, right?

**Under the cut you will find more info about:  Where to Put It :: How Long To Keep It On :: Taking Care Of It

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I ♥ turmeric tea

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I HEART TURMERIC
I don’t know too much about turmeric, but I do know that it’s mighty good for my health, its even nicknamed “the spice of life.” In its root form, it looks like ginger, its cousin. It gives the yellow colour to Indian curries and to hotdog mustard. After prayers, Hindu priests use it to make a dot on the third-eye area. According to Ayurveda, turmeric provides the flavour profile of bitterness to food, and balances all the doshas.
TURMERIC IS GOOD FOR YOU

There are many a reasons turmeric is good for you, and some of them may be hooey and not proven by Western medicine (if that’s your barometer for safety) but there are some centuries-proven knowledge as well: 

* Has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties that keeps infection at bay 

* Elders in India who eat a ton of turmeric in their curry meals have a low rate of getting Alzheimer’s disease.

* Okinawans in their Blue Zone are amongst the longest surviving peoples on the earth (and healthy!) and they apparently drink tons of turmeric tea — something the mainland Japanese don’t do. 

* It also is said to detox the liver, slow down metabolism, relieve stress and even depression, ease arthritis, repairs cuts and burns topically, aid digestion, settle an upset stomach, and relieve a sore and irritated throat. 

* Dewy skin 1: Blend 1/2 tsp turmeric into 3 tbsp plain yogurt. Put this mask all over your face. Leave on for 5-10 minutes. Wash off. Glow.

* Dewy skin 2: Blend in a teeny pinch of turmeric (not too much or you’ll stain your skin a mustard-yellow) onto your night cream before smoothing it over your face.  

TURMERIC TEA 

My favourite way to get my turmeric on, is to make a soothing and creamy turmeric tea. There are many types of turmeric tea recipes out there, but I prefer this version which is a melding together of various recipes. Enjoy!

PS: I use Arayuma Ground Turmeric that I bought at Ten Thousand Villages. It’s organic and fair-trade, and harvested by small organic farmers in Sri Lanka and India. 

CREAMY TURMERIC TEA | single serving | (adapted from Mark’s Daily Apple)

*Recipe below the cut, along with other turmeric tea recipes*

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OH DESPAIR!

Yes, I listen to French music (refresher HERE). It’s rather weird since it’s not a language that I’m strong at. I would say that I can read it better than I can either speak or understand it. Such a gorgeous language, no? I mean, I studied French from Grade 4 until Grade 12 (9 years!) — but ever since I was 18 I haven’t touched it, except the times that I’ve visited Québec and the time I worked on a project in Normandy, France.

So, yes, I’ve listened to French music since I was in highschool when my French was actually quite good. While I prefer French rap, what I really like is the desperately sad French music that’s out there. It’s so f*cking good. Despair sounds so much more devastating and emotional in French than English. God, yes. So, so good if you’re going through heartache. 

STROMAE | FORMIDABLE

One of my all-time favourites is Formidable” by Stromae — the french word not the English word. Stromae was recently in my city for a concert but I missed it. Oh, despair! 

So although the title is “wonderful” or “terrific,” it’s actually an emotional song about a break-up — he’s basically a guy who’s broken up with his girl and he’s wasted drunk and lamenting the end of the relationship. In this song, the beats are amazing. The piano bits? So good.

The lyrics make you wince — he’s so pathetic in his heartache. You know that feeling? When you’ve broken up with someone and you’re angry and bitter and ranting about stupid things. Well, that’s this song.

LISTEN EVEN IF YOU DON’T KNOW FRENCH

The French in this song is a bit different — maybe slang or a dialect, I can’t tell, but there’s parts where the French doesn’t sound familiar to me (but maybe that’s because I learned Québécois French). And he pronounces the ‘t‘ sound as ‘ch’ sound. 

Anyways, even if you don’t know any French you can still appreciate and enjoy the music since you’ll definitely feel all the deep emotions in Stromae’s voice, the sincerity and pain, the fluidity of the language, and the beats. Such a great song. 

And if this song doesn’t move you, I don’t know what to say…maybe you have a stone heart? 

Anyways, the chorus: 

Formidable, formidable (Wonderful, wonderful)
Tu étais formidable, j’étais fort minable, (You were wonderful, I was quite pathetic)
Nous étions formidables, (We were wonderful)
Formidable, (Wonderful)
Tu étais formidable, j’étais fort minable, (You were wonderful, I was quite pathetic)
Nous étions formidables (We were wonderful)…

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