Earth Element Detox Challenge #5

This week, we’re treating ourselves with bentonite clay facials!  Bentonite clay usually comes in powdered form (although some versions are pre-mixed) and, when water is added, produces an electrical charge that attracts toxins stored in the body.  It’s basically a detox magnet.

To take advantage of bentonite clay’s powerful benefits, simply mix the powdered clay with enough distilled water to form a paste.  To make your mask even better, add a couple drops of skin-loving essential oils, like lavender, geranium, carrot seed, or helichrysum.  Apply the paste in a thin layer on your face, avoiding contact with your eyes.  Then kick back and watch my YouTube videos (shameless plug ;o) until the paste dries – about 5 to 10 minutes.  Rinse, pat dry, and apply your favorite skin moisturizer.  Mine is Derma E’s Firming DMAE Moisturizer.

Have fun with this one and enjoy doing something beautiful for yourself!

For more information on this challenge, check out my latest Earth Element video:

<3,
M.

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Earth Element Detox Challenge #4

Next challenge?  Let’s clean up those pits!  Armpits to be exact.

If you’ve been using a deodorant/antiperspirant that contains aluminum, chances are you have years of buildup in your underarms of this harmful neurotoxin.  And the ironic thing about it is that plugging your pores with aluminum to stop the body from detoxing naturally through sweat disrupts bacterial balance, making BO even worse than if you didn’t use deodorant at all.

At some point in your teenage years, you were probably advised by a soccer coach, camp counselor, or your parents to start using an antiperspirant.  But, what if you really don’t need it?  Let’s see if you do.

Take a week or two to detox from deodorant entirely and allow the body to sweat all that nasty gunk out.  Once the body rebalances itself, you may find that you really don’t smell as bad you thought you would without it.  If you do, however, find that you could still use a little something to feel fresh, try an aluminum free deodorant that uses anti-bacterial essential oils to keep things in check.

More information on the Detox Challenge and my entire series on the Earth Element can be found on my YouTube Channel.

Good luck!
M.

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Earth Element Detox Challenge #3

Continuing onward with our Earth Element Detox Challenge, this week we take a look at soap.  We want to make sure our soap is packaged in a biodegradable wrapper and that the ingredients are safe.  That typically means ditching the fancy liquid body wash bottled in plastic and going back to good, old fashioned bar soap packaged in paper.  Look for versions that are free of parabens, sulfates, and dioxins.  Opt for simple blends scented with essential oils rather than synthetic fragrances, and take advantage of the extra nourishing benefits those herbal concoctions can supply to your skin.  Once you make the switch, you’ll see just how much cleaner you feel.

For more details on this challenge and on the Earth Element, check out my latest video on YouTube.

Love,
M.

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Earth Element Detox Challenge #2

Last week, I invited you to take the Earth Element Detox Challenge by cleaning up your makeup bag.  This week, we turn our attention to dental care products, most of which contain fluoride.  What’s wrong with fluoride, you ask?  A recent study published in the Journal of Dental Research – Clinical & Translational Research indicates an upswing in dental fluorosis in the United States.  This makes sense, because we are getting repeatedly exposed to fluoride in the water we cook and clean in, in medications, and in certain foods, on top of what we already get in dental products and treatments.  The cumulative effect is actually an erosion of the teeth, not a strengthening of them.  We simply do not need fluoride at our current intake levels.

Moreover, fluoride added to tap water is a waste product from fertilizer manufacturing.  Do you really want to be putting that in your mouth or on your skin?

Let’s work on cleaning up some of the unnecessary fluoride in your life, starting with your toothpaste and mouth wash.  For Detox Challenge #2, take a look at your current dental hygiene products and see if they contain fluoride.  (Hint: If the label has a warning that you shouldn’t swallow it, it probably has fluoride.)  Ditch those products in favor fluoride-free versions, like Tom’s Propolis & Myrrh Cinnamint.  This one is my favorite, because myrrh is a common homeopathic remedy for sore gums and bad breath.

As you make these small steps to detox your life, you should start to see big benefits in how you feel.  Stick with it!

To learn more about the benefits of myrrh, check out Adam Barralet’s video, Myrrh – The Oil of Mother.

To learn more about fluoride, I very highly recommend The Hidden Cause of Acne: How Toxic Water Is Affecting Your Health and What You Can Do about It, by Melissa Gallico.  This book revolutionized the way I personally understand the fluoridation problem in America.

And don’t forget to check out my YouTube channel for more insight on how to connect with the Earth Element!  Until next time –

<3,
M.

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Earth Element Detox Challenge!

Our world has become a very toxic place to live in.  From the food we eat to the soap we use in the shower, we are getting hit on all fronts with thousands of chemicals, electrosmog, and other pollutants on a daily basis.  The cumulative effect can manifest in our bodies as a general feeling of chronic malaise and gradually build up to much more serious health concerns.

Throughout the Earth Element portion of my Elements Series, I will be putting out challenges to help make you aware of some areas where we can mitigate our exposure to environmental toxins.  Hopefully, by the end of the series you will begin to feel some relief from the symptoms many of us experience from being walking waste dumps.

Challenge #1 – Clean up your makeup! 

I would like to start with cosmetics, because they are a completely optional source of toxic intake.  Yes, makeup is fun.  Our appearance is one of the ways that we are able to really get creative with our self-expression, and I would never want to take that away from someone.  Luckily, more and more cosmetics companies are popping up that offer safer alternatives than traditional brands.  So, for our first challenge, take some time to evaluate what you currently have in your makeup bag using the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.  Ditch the most dangerous cosmetics you currently have and locate better options using the directions below:

Makeup can be expensive, so if you find that you have a lot to clean up, I suggest replacing a few products at a time, starting with the most hazardous, heavily, and frequently used items.  For example, if the foundation you use every day scores higher in the red zone than a moderately scored eyeliner you use only when you go out on Friday nights, replace the foundation first.  You cover more of your skin with the foundation on a more regular basis than an eyeliner you only use on date nights.

You may choose to give up certain cosmetics altogether or pick at least one day at week when you go totally au naturel.  Even taking an occasional break from makeup can help reduce your exposure to toxins.  It can even become your new beautiful form of self-expression!

Stay tuned for more challenges!  And remember to subscribe to my YouTube channel for weekly videos and more spiritual crazy for the solitary witch!

<3,
M.

“EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database” and “EWG Verified” are the intellectual property of the Environmental Working Group, which is not affiliated with Mara on Fire.

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Water Element Giveaway!

The Water Element portion of my Element Series is almost over, so time is running out to enter to win this session’s giveaway!

On February 23, 2019, I will be announcing the winner of one Water Element Ritual Oil, aqua aura crystal, and a 15% discount code for my Etsy shop, Moonstone & Garnet.  I will also be throwing in an End Human Trafficking awareness bracelet.

To enter, all you have to do is “thumbs up” any Water Element video and subscribe to my YouTube channel.  That’s it!  Good luck!!

 

EDITED: The winners have been crowned!  Congratulations Diane and Alicia!  Thank you to all who participated, and stay tuned for a new contest for the Earth Element!

 

A Prayer to Brigid to End Human Trafficking

An estimated 40 million victims around the globe are enslaved through human trafficking.  Although the number is staggering, we are not powerless.  The greatest threat to any establishment is when we come together as one voice and say: “Enough!”  Please join me in calling upon the Great Goddess Brigid, a protector and healer of women and children, to assist us in bringing this nightmare to an end.

I encourage you to dedicate a white candle on your altar to this endeavor.  Light it and recite this prayer as often as you feel inspired to do so.  From the bottom of my heart, I truly thank you! – M.

Brigid of Sacred Wells,
Lady of the Fiery Arrow,
Protector of Women and Children –
Please teach us, with your power over
The Element of Water,
To be more connected to one another,
As the currents of your streams and tributaries
Connect all Life on the Planet.

Grant us the patience of the Tides.
Help us to see each other with compassion –
To set aside our differences,
And to heal one another’s suffering
By knowing when to be silent
And when to rise.

Bestow us with wisdom
As deep as the Oceans.
Allow what has been kept in darkness
To be brought to the Surface
In your divine and perfect timing.

Inspire us to act justly when action is needed,
And calm us to stillness when listening is required.
Set our course on these troubled Waters
With compass and stone –
With our Intuition as our guide,
And our Senses to ground us.

May you watch over those in trouble.
Give us Sight that they may be found,
And show them the way to safety.
Bathe their wounds in your Holy Wells.
Touch them where they need Healing,
And bring Peace to us all.

We thank you, Great Goddess.
We thank you.

 

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Element Series: Books & Movies

One of the ways we can connect with an Element is through artistic expression – either of our own creation or someone else’s.  If you’re not the artistic type yourself, perhaps enjoying a film or book will suit you better than painting or writing a poem.  Below are a few ideas, listed by Element, that might inspire you.

Water

Gift From the Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea: A Tour of the Underwater World, by Jules Verne (book) / 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (movie)

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville (book) / In the Heart of the Sea (movie)

Aquaman (comic book) / Aquaman (movie)

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock, by Imogen Hermes Gowar

Earth

Ley Lines and Earth Energies: An Extraordinary Journey into the Earth’s Natural Energy System, by David Cowen and Chris Arnold

Fire

Fire” / Sara Bareilles

 

[I will continue to update this list as we move through the Element Series on my YouTube channel.]

 

 

 

Element Series: Preparing for Spell Work in Week 5

I hope you are enjoying my Element Series on YouTube.

To prepare for Week 5, where we will discuss how to use the Water Element in our spell work, here are a few prompts for the Yearly Closing Ceremony we will walk through together during our session.

Releasing 2018:

  • What lessons did you learn?

    Charging Water Element crystals under the Full Moon in Cancer / Winter Solstice
  • What dreams came true?
  • What would you like to let go of and leave behind?
  • What are you grateful for?

Invoking 2019:

  • What do you most want to experience in 2019?
  • How will you bring joy into your life this year?
  • What are your five biggest goals?

Use two separate pieces of paper to work on this writing exercise – one for 2018 and one for 2019.

I hope you are having a beautiful Yuletide, and I will see you next week!

Mara.