Gift Giving 101: 3 Really Unique Gift Ideas

The holiday season is upon us! We know that gift giving can be a large part of the holiday hustle and bustle, especially when you aren’t sure what to get for a special someone. There’s really no reason that something as joyful as gift giving should turn into something stressful, which is why we at The Om Shoppe & Spa wanted to make your holidays shopping as blissful as possible by offering three unique gift ideas which will appeal to anyone.

5 Ways You Can Benefit From Diffusing Essential Oils

If you’re interested in giving yourself a health boost without all the fuss, we at The Om Shoppe & Spa recommend diffusing essential oils! Diffusion is the process through which particles from a particular substance, through vibration, spread throughout a space. By utilizing one of our several diffusing devices, you can introduce the health benefits of an essential oil into any environment! We at The Om Shoppe & Spa wanted to share with you some ways you can use an aromatherapy diffuser to achieve maximum health.

Do You Know How Sound Healing Works?

Sound has long been recognized as an environmental element that can strongly influence the quality of life a space supports. Certain sounds like cooing, singing, or running water are natural and indicate safety and nature, whereas other sounds like slamming, cursing, or banging may find association with danger and uncertainty. Psychological studies have found that excessive sound can be stress inducing, as in the case of individuals living near highways, airports, or construction sites. At the same time, sound has been used as a tool for healing for thousands of years across many different cultures and civilizations. In order to understand how sound healing works, it is necessary to first understand what sound is.

What is Om?

We at The Om Shoppe & Spa are excited to announce that Saturday the 26th is the three year anniversary of our business! Part of the holiday season is showing your gratitude for all of life’s gifts, and we are so grateful to all of the supporters of The Om Shoppe & Spa. As part of our anniversary celebration, we wanted to take some time to explain the purpose of why we exist as a shoppe: to help bring you a sense of Om.

Do You Have an Attitude of Gratitude? 5 Things to do That'll Help You Say "Yes!"

The holiday season is all about expressing gratitude, but amidst the stress that accumulates during this sometimes stressful season, we sometimes forget to apply gratitude outside of the context of gift receiving. When we spend too much of our time overworking or abstain from practicing self-care, we lose the time and space for expressing gratitude. Even a small expression of gratitude has a powerful effect on mood, producing a bountiful sensation. That is why we’re explaining five minimal energy ways of introducing gratitude into your life

How to Make It Through a Stressful Holiday Season: 5 Tips

Spending time with your loved ones this holiday season? We at The Om Shoppe & Spa are reminded of a simple quote provided by the yoga sage B.K.S. Iyengar: “Think you’ve conquered the ego? Spend some time with your family and we’ll reapproach that question.” While family members are a source of joy and support, it is often difficult to remain composed when a family member expresses divergent political views or oversteps what you consider to be normal or appropriate. For this reason we wanted to offer some survival tips for dealing with disagreements over this holiday season.

Are you Aware of the Healing History of Halloween?

Typical symbols of Halloween
The history and meaning behind Halloween have long been concealed from public recognition due to the modern scientific-industrial zeitgeist that refutes the relevance of astrological influence. Many understand Halloween to be a modern interpretation of the reformed Celtic festival of Samhain, an ancient feasting celebration. However, throughout the northern hemisphere, Halloween-esque holidays have appeared cross-historically and cross-culturally for thousands of years in various forms during roughly the same time of year: at the midpoint between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice.

Explore Your Eternal Nature with Hypnotic Past Life Regression

A Hypnotic event is being made available at The Om Shoppe & Spa, and we wanted to dispel some myths about this often-misunderstood form of therapy.

Hypnosis is a phenomena often misrepresented by the media, being portrayed as a form of psychic penetration in which the recipient’s will is subsumed by the influence of the hypnotist. This is an inaccurate representation born from Hollywood’s love of exaggerating that which is misunderstood. Hypnosis is actually a far more common phenomenon than most people realize and always involves a self-induced trance state.

Is Salt Healthy?

Is salt healthy?

This question has been at the forefront of  nutritional controversy for decades in the Western world. On the one hand, salt is viewed as a life-sustaining mineral, something that animals naturally seek out in the wild. However, in recent decades, salt has become associated with an unhealthy diet, seen as something contributing towards hypertension, and heart disease. In order to better understand the nutritional nature of salt, it is first necessary to dissect what salt actually is.

Opal, Unlock the Inner Fire

Birthstones, also called natal stones, are gems whose vibrational potential is greater for individuals born during a cosmologically energetic time that corresponds to the energetic nature of the particular stones. Many people naturally feel a special attraction towards a birthstone associated with the month or astrological time period they were born into. Various traditions will proscribe different crystals as         your birthstone. In honor of the month of October we will be           highlighting one of our favorite birthstones: opal!

The Angels are With Us: Universal Positivity Explained

Across the span of history various names have been given to the mysterious forces of the universe acting upon the human level of reality. Some of these forces are arbitrary, such as the attraction of gravity or the polarity of magnetism, however, there exists a category of force which is non-arbitrary and in fact represents a mediating element between individual consciousness and the external universe. Throughout history, individuals with the highest intuitive abilities have been able to access and interpret this force for the benefit of others. Often, this force is interpreted in a historically specific way. In 4,000 BCE in India this force was enacted by the devas, in ancient Greece it was symbolized by the muses, and today this force is carried out by the guardian angels.

Celebrate the Change of Seasons!

As the seasons change, global energy dynamics shift concurrently.

Thursday September 22nd marks the day of the Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. An equinox occurs as the Sun crosses the celestial equator, an imaginary line in the sky corresponding to the earth’s equator. In September, the Sun crosses the celestial equator, leaving the Northern Hemisphere and entering the Southern Hemisphere. The equinox is significant in that it indicates astrologically a change in the seasons: here is the mid-point between summer and winter, between the high and low points of the year.

Orgone and the Principles of Universal Life Energy

Many names have been given to the mysterious energetic force associated with vitality and life. Often, this force has been studied in relation to its boundary within the human body, as in the case of the early yogis and their knowledge of prana or the qi of ancient Chinese medicine. Not until the middle of the 20th century was a theory of life energy expanded to include a ubiquitous principle of universal life energy extending beyond the confines of any organism.

Amethyst: Purple Stone of Dreams

“An illusion is a static image, displaced in the stream of time, and for that reason is unreal.”

In this fast paced era of telecommunications and media messages, it is easy to fall sway to the subliminal patterning of mass minded marketing dynamics. With so much bombardment from external stimuli, it is important to distinguish the illusory from reality. Only an awareness and acceptance of the present moment can combat the illusory values of materialism, competition, and commercialism.  While the ubiquity of foreign values may seem overwhelming, tools exist to penetrate the illusions of the technology age. One such tool is amethyst crystal, whose properties are related to the third eye chakra and penetrating illusions.

Himalayan Salt is Pristine Salt

Salt has been a prized substance for thousands of years across different cultures and continents; however historical trends in salt consumption have been changing in recent decades. It has been theorized that during the Paleolithic era humans consumed far less salt than what is recommended today.  In the modern age, salt has become a household product which a majority of Americans consume more than twice the daily recommended value. Excess salt and sodium has been blamed for a variety of serious health conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, and stroke.

Electromagnetic Radiation: Invisible Threat of the Technology Age

The current global dynamic is an unprecedented one: never before has technology permeated society to such a degree. While the affordances technology offers in terms of communication and information are substantial, it is important to remain aware of the potential risks associated with technological immersion. One concern points to the influence of electromagnetic fields (EMFs), physical energetic fields produced by electrically charged objects.

Vitex: Aromatherapy Utilizing Women's Herb

A mature vitex shrub
The precursor to the modern system of pharmaceutical healthcare was based on traditional herbal medicine. As ancient nomads and hunter-gatherers began to settle in geographically regular locations they became familiar with the plants, herbs, and other natural forms of life endemic to those areas. Living so closely among nature resulted in the eventual discovery of the medicinal qualities of various plants. Particular plants were revered as being useful in the treatment of a variety of ailments. One such plant is vitex, a shrub native to Greece and Italy whose berries and leaves have been used in herbal medicine for over 2000 years.

Smudging: A Simple Way of Cleansing Energy

A white sage bundle smolders on a
heat resistant smudge plate
Negative energy accumulates just like dust in a house. This negativity may attach itself to a person being targeted by or generating the energy, an object, or even a location. When allowed to accumulate, negative energy manifests in the form of physical, mental, spiritual, and environmental dis-ease. To the unattuned eye this energy acts as a lurking vampire continuously consuming life-force energy, creating a draining atmospheric fugue. Energetically sensitive individuals may be especially prone to attract this negativity, however these individuals are also the best equipped to combat such energetic intrusions. The technique of smudging, a gift of Native American wisdom, is a simple and effective means of eliminating stagnant negative energy.

Crystal Healing Explained by the Law of Resonance

Humans have long sensed that crystals and unusual minerals hold an inherent uniqueness among objects of the physical earth-plane. For many, this uniqueness is based on an aesthetic appreciation for the colors, textures, sheens, and reflections crystals afford which are rarely found in nature in stable and durable formation.

Selenite: the Universal Harmonizer

Selenite is a crystal whose appearance appropriately indicates the energetic potential contained within its lattice structure. This crystal, named after the Greek moon goddess Selene is known for its ability to harness the soft, feminine power of the moon. Known for its white, transparent color, the glassy sheen of selenite is most reminiscent of a moonbeam stored in crystal form.

Zafu Cushions: Introduce Comfort into Your Meditation Routine

The oldest recorded system of meditation dates back almost 7000 years and is recorded among the holy books (Vedas) of the Hindu religion. The inspired poets (called rishis) responsible for these volumes attributed their insight regarding mythology, religion, and morality to a natural process of awakening that occurs following an intense commitment to meditation.

Chromotherapy: Let Colored Light into Your Life

The metaphysical properties of light have been apparent for thousands of years, as citizens of earlier civilizations would bathe in the sun for energy, warmth, and strength and the moon for serenity, coolness, and focus.

A Brief History of Incense

The burning of fragrant herbs, berries, roots, and resins for the purpose of ritual and holistic benefits has likely taken place cross-culturally and cross-historically since the invention of fire. Incense burning in its various forms emerged independently in the geographically isolated regions of the great river valley civilizations between 5500 and 2500 BCE. The most distinct lineage of incense making belongs to the Indus river valley, which is credited with having formulated the first unified and codified system of incense making, the earliest mention of which is found recorded in the Vedic texts of India dating back to 5000 BCE.

Shungite: The Healing Stone of the 21st Century

Shungite is a powerful black lustrous crystal found only in Russia. Mined in large deposits, Shungite is extracted from the ground in Karelia, an area near a small settlement called Shunga from where the crystal draws its name. Chemical tests conducted on shungite deposits have corroborated what local citizens of the Karelian area in Russia have known for hundreds of years: that shungite is a special stone with multidimensional properties.

Choosing a Crystal Singing Bowl

Singing bowls have been used for healing and meditation as far back as about 500 B.C. Singing bowls are thought to have been used by religious leaders in Tibet at that time, long before other religious practices came into the region.

The Source of Natural Salt Impacts its Health Benefits

Life would not be possible without salt. Your ability to think, remember and reason would be impaired. Your muscles would no longer work. Your heart would stop beating. 

Although salt sometimes gets blamed for many health ills, your salt's source can make all the difference. To understand the superiority of Himalayan gourmet salt, it helps to understand just how available salts are sourced.

The Glorious Benefits of Ginger Essential Oil

Whether you’ve diced it for your stir fry, minced it for your marinade or pressed it fresh for your morning juice, chances are you’ve enjoyed ginger in one form or another. Although you may have been busy focusing your energies on ginger’s spicy and distinctive taste, the odd-looking root rapidly went into action in your body to bring you a host of healthy benefits.

The same benefits can stand firm if you move ginger out of the kitchen and into your aromatherapy lineup with the use of organic ginger essential oil.

Crystal Singing Bowls for Balancing Your Seven Primary Chakras

The understanding of the seven primary chakras and their significance as energy centers in the body affecting physical, mental and emotional health, dates back as far as 1,000 B.C. One of the most effective ways of keeping your chakras in balance is the use of a meditation singing bowl. 

These bowls are known by many names--including singing crystal bowls, crystal singing bowls or crystal healing bowls--but all refer to special crystal bowls that, when struck or rubbed with a mallet, emit a note on the musical scale that corresponds to one of the primary chakras.

Essential Oils and Depression: Uplifting the Body, Mind and Soul

Depression may be a condition in your life, but with the help of pure essential oils, it certainly doesn’t have to be a way of life. 

Essential oils are becoming more well-known for their ability to promote overall health and wellness, producing an overall calmness and uplifting of the body, mind and spirit. That uplifting can apply to the heavy burden of depression when you choose essential oils that contain antidepressant properties.

Himalayan Salt Inhalers Can Have You Breathing Easier

While it is sad to consider, today's environment can be sickening to your respiratory health. It is no wonder there has been a rise in asthma among children, as well as increases in a whole host of respiratory ills.

The pharmaceutical companies are more than happy to provide consumers with a myriad of medications, all designed to bring relief of symptoms ranging from persistent cough to stuffiness to breathing difficulty. The only problem is, exposing your body to additional chemicals that bring with them all kinds of potential side effects has never been the best route to better health.

Fusion Crystal Singing Bowls for Sonic Healing

One of the most exciting additions to crystal sonic therapy world has been the innovation of the fusion crystal singing bowls.
 Fusion Crystal Singing Bowls are created with only pure minerals, gemstones, precious metals and pure quartz crystal. Quartz crystal has the ability to amplify the frequencies of your favorite healing minerals, gemstones and precious metals creating a profoundly more powerful transformation medium that can be easily experienced.
The most common immediate responses noted are improved mood and a calm relaxation setting in. Quite often, those two states of being alone can take care of the rest of any healing needed. Fusion sonic crystal healing is a fast and easy way to bring them about.

Himalayn Salt Lamps Provide Welcomed Relief for Allergy Sufferers

Long a favorite of holistic health proponents, Himalayan salt crystal lamps are revered for their healing powers stemming from their ability to preserve and restore air quality. Their natural ionization properties can increase negative ion presence in the air by as much as 300 percent. 

This is especially beneficial for providing electromagnetic force, or EMF protection, in today's modern household where electronics abound. But these lamps are also prized for their ability to remove other impurities from the air, including allergens.

What Camu Camu Can do for You

As if the name alone isn’t delightful enough, camu camu can likewise delight your body and mind. That’s because this plump and potent berry is packed with a profusion of nutrients that provide an equally wide array of benefits.

Fulvic Acid is Fabulous for Brain Function and Body Detox

You may already know humus can help your garden grow, and the fulvic acid in humus can help your body in much the same way. While you may not suddenly develop roots or start sprouting leaves, you may notice your body and mind beginning to hum along more smoothly when you begin to include a fulvic acid supplement into your regular routine.

Why is fulvic acid so beneficial in promoting brain function and body detox?

Mud on Your Face is a Good Thing When It's a Dead Sea Black Mud Mask

Plunge yourself into the Dead Sea and you’re plunging yourself into one of the most nutrient-rich environments on the planet. It’s one that has the power to treat numerous ailments, clear up stubborn skin conditions and attract tourists from across the globe.

Top Perks of Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli is one of those scents that can make you swoon with delight from its fragrance alone, but its benefits extend far beyond its alluring aroma. Originally hailing from Indonesia, patchouli has a long and rich history of being one of the most widely used and sought-after plants on the planet. 

Turn to NAC Antioxidant for Prevention, Relief, Detox and Overall Health and Wellness

Free radicals can kiss their free ride of destruction goodbye when they’re faced with NAC. Officially known as N-acetyl cysteine, NAC is a nutritional supplement that originates from the amino acid L-cysteine. Its top honors may go for purging your system of free radicals, those nasty little buggers that like to damage cells and make you look old before your time.

Red Pine Needle Oil: Letting the Best Body Detox Secret Out of the Bag

Growing deep in the wild forests of Korea, in the highest mount elevations, is a tree, whose precious needle oil has been used for over 4,000 years in the treatment of over 170 different health issues.

In Traditional Oriental Medical Books, Dongwee Bogam and Boncho Kangmok, cite many cases spanning over hundreds of years where patients experienced miraculous results in short periods of time. It continues to be used today for almost every health issue and is gaining in popularity specifically for its performance in anti-aging/age-reversal, cardiovascular health, candida albicans and fungal inflections,  increased vitally, full body detox and brain function support.

Benefits of Himalayan Salt

Salt. It seems like a simple substance, and yet you may be shocked to learn not all salts are alike.

Most people have heard the warning to avoid excessive salt intake because it causes hypertension. This is because your body recognizes typical table salt as a toxin, since processing has changed its chemical structure. Your body is trying to move it away from your heart as quickly as possible. This processing also depletes salt of important trace minerals. Instead, manufacturers bleach salt white and add chemical additives like MSG, sugar, and toxic levels of potassium iodide.

Singing Bowls Have History in Meditation and Healing, But Quartz Crystal is Key

They are called healing bowls by some, while other times they are known as mediation bowls or  simply as singing crystal bowls. Whatever name you choose, these artistic, inverted bells produce unique tones that resonate with the human body and spirit, and have a rich history.

The use of singing bowls can be difficult to trace to an exact date, but it is thought that their first use goes all the way back before the time of Buddhism, to around 500 B.C. in Tibet. This is why you will sometimes find crystal singing bowls referred to as Tibetan singing bowls or less often, Himalayan singing bowls. It is believed that singing bowls were an integral part of practicing the early religion of that time.

All Hail the Queen of Fruits: Meet the Magnificent Mangosteen

While England may have a queen of the country, Southeast Asia is home to the Queen of Fruits. This deliciously delightful queen comes in the form of mangosteen, an orange-sized fruit featuring a creamy flesh protected beneath a durable rind.

Unlike the orange, however, the mangosteen is packed with benefits in both its juicy flesh and its textured rind. Premium mangosteen powder capitalizes on this fact by grinding both into fine powder that can bring a nutritious burst of goodness to your daily diet.

There is one caveat: the Queen of Fruits cannot be hailed in all her glory unless the proper preparation methods are in place. Proper, for this queen, means ensuring the mangosteen is kept raw and grown only with organic methods.

Essential Oils and Cancer: How They Help Symptoms and Survivors

While essential oils may not be able to serve as a magic cure for cancer, studies have shown they may certainly play a role in cancer prevention and treatment. 

The Mayo Clinic reports that aromatherapy essential oils can also go a long way toward helping cancer survivors cope with the hardship they’ve just experienced and renew their zest for life as well as their overall health and wellness.

Meet the Power of Purple, the Power of Acai Berry Powder Superfood Benefits

Vivacious violet. Exquisite amethyst. Deep plum. Magnificent magenta. 

Think purple and think kings, queens, nobility. Think rituals and magic. Think bravery, courage, opulence and wealth. Think luxury, awareness and inspiration. 

Purple is passion, passion that swirls in your mind, dances in your eyes and penetrates your soul. Purple is passion for your health when you meet the deep purple acai berry superfood. 

Raw Vanilla Bean Powder Benefits: A Love Story

Vanilla exists because of love, the love story of Princess Xanat and her dashing yet mortal paramour. The young starry-eyed couple fled to the forest to defy her father’s wishes, his decree that they never should marry.

They were soon captured by his henchmen and where they did fall, the vanilla orchid soon did grow.

Vanilla originally sprouted only in Mexico, near the lands of the ancient Totonaco Indian tribe who created the myth to explain how such a magical plant could come to be. Only one type of small Mexican bee was able to successfully pollinate vanilla, further increasing its allure, its rarity, its mystery.

Using Himalayan Salt Lamps for Natural Air Purification

The air we breathe is vital to our overall health, from our lung tissue to our circulatory system to our digestion. Despite the importance of air quality, many people don’t stop to consider whether their health issues are caused, or exacerbated, by the immediate air around them.

In recent years, as pollutants and allergens have become more prevalent, more research has been dedicated to examining how air quality affects us.  Scientists are also exploring how we can purify the air we breathe by reducing pollution using technology and natural solutions like salt crystal lamps and salt inhalers.

Crystal Singing Bowls Mean Healing for Many

Sound is powerful medicine that is used in many alternative medicine circles to promote healing and a sense of mental well-being. Sound therapy is based on the principal that the chakra centers of the body respond to various notes and create a sense of harmony within the body’s systems.

Many people report feeling a renewed sense of wellness after being exposed to the melodic sounds of certain notes and music. Although sound therapy has been used for many decades, a new kind of sound therapy, often called sound healing, has attracted a new following. 

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