A Simple Story About Small Gestures at Whole Foods Market

A Simple Story About Small Gestures at Whole Foods Market

This post is not about holistic skincare. And honestly I didn’t intend to write a blog post today. But something really cool just happened to me on the grocery line at Whole Foods Market that I wanted to share. And by the way, this isn’t the first time I’ve had good things happen at Whole Foods Market, which is the biggest reason I choose to shop there, despite the fact that they are certainly not the lowest priced store. Oh and if anyone from Amazon happens to read this…I truly hope you strive to keep the culture and ethos of Whole Foods that allows for cool things like this to keep happening.

But on this busy evening, I was so affected by this experience, that I put my groceries in my car, grabbed my laptop, and went back inside to write this.

It’s a simple story about small gestures, and I hope it makes you smile.

It was about 5 pm on a Monday evening, on the seventh day of Hanukkah and just days before Christmas. The store was crowded, and every single line was long. I got on what seemed to be the shortest of the long lines, and it was soon made clear that I had not chosen the fastest of the long lines. You know when you seem to get behind the person that has a TON of groceries, and then there are questions, or coupons, and conversation…and it just seems to take forever? Yup, that was the line I chose tonight. But as I looked around, I really had no idea if changing lines would have gotten me out of the store any sooner. So I decided to wait.

My makeshift Whole Foods Market “office” where I wrote this blog post after this event transpired.

I noticed that the cashier was very friendly, and was very chatty with each customer. That might annoy some customers–and I’ll admit, if I was in a rush, it would have annoyed me. But clearly I wasn’t in a rush because I’m literally sitting in the store, writing this now. The customers ahead of me had smiles on their faces as well, so clearly they were enjoying the conversation.

It was finally my turn–and I had a full cart full of groceries unloaded on the belt–when a gentleman came up behind me with only two things. I told him he should go ahead of me. He declined, saying I was there first, and that he didn’t mind waiting. I said, “no–you only have two things, please go ahead.” He thanked me, and as the cashier was finishing up with the customer ahead of me, the gentleman said to me “you know, I never mind waiting for her. She’s a kind and wonderful person.” Still, he went ahead, and the cashier recognized him immediately, came out from around the register to give him his receipt, bag, and a Happy Holidays hug.

I was finally up, and the cashier and I exchanged hellos. I asked how she was, and she said she was grateful to have woken up today, because not everyone got to. The rest of my checkout experience was pleasant–the cashier commented on how yummy this was, and what a great price on shampoo that was, and then complimented me for my fairly low bill, having chosen all organic foods, AND stocking up on shampoo (it was about $160 for a week’s worth of groceries and four bottles of haircare products for my family of four).

She then told me how much the store appreciated kind gestures like mine, and that my organic grape tomatoes were on the house.

I wanted to share this story for a couple of reasons.

1. We don’t always have to be in such a rush. It’s OK to wait on line sometimes, and it’s OK to be patient while others enjoy a nice conversation.

2. Have conversations. In this digital world, we all have a deficiency of human connection and actual conversation using spoken words. Take the time. Use your words. Make eye contact. Smile.

3. Do something nice just because. I didn’t let the gentleman go ahead of me to get free tomatoes. I simply didn’t see why he should have to wait for my big order. But it made him feel good, the cashier feel good, and me feel good. So one small thing positively affected three people.

4. Be kind to people in retail, restaurants, and at the checkout in the grocery store. Be kind to delivery people, sanitation workers, and customer service representatives. Always, yes, but especially during the holidays. They are working ridiculously long hours. Mostly on their feet. I know because I worked retail for a good 16 years of my life. I was yelled at, had things thrown at me, got cursed at, and witnessed extreme selfishness and pettiness–all for what? A few saved minutes? A couple of saved dollars? Come on.

The commercialization of the holidays has turned me into quite a grinch. But small moments like these–people slowing down, having kind conversations, and just being polite and decent, gave me faith that there are still good people out there.

Be one of them. Often.

Got any random acts of kindness or stories of humans being good humans to share?

I’d love to read about it in the comments below 🙂

*Image credit: Kate Ter Haar

 

The Lung-Skin Connection Part 2: Herbal Allies

The Lung-Skin Connection Part 2: Herbal Allies

In Part 1 of the Lung-Skin Connection, we talked about how lung health often influences skin health. We also discussed the importance of air quality–both indoor and outdoor–and shared a few tips on how to freshen up your indoor air and protect yourself outside–especially if you live in a city, or an area with compromised air quality as a result of environmental disasters such as smoke from wildfires, or mold from hurricanes. So what are some other ways we can help protect and rejuvenate our lungs, and therefore, our skin?

Herbs, of course. While there are too many herbs to list here that benefit the herbs and skin, I figured I’d start you off with five of my favorites. Here are…

5 herbs to support a healthy lung-skin connection

Fenugreek Seed

This herb has dozens of benefits. For the lungs, it encourages the clearing of mucus and reduces your mucus production, helping to keep you free and clear. It is helpful to take at the tail end of illness, as it soothes dry coughs and sore throats, and acts as a recuperative tonic.

Remember, the lungs are associated with air–and too much dryness in the lungs and body often lead to chronically dry skin on the outside. Because this demulcent herb helps to keep the body moisturized from the inside out, I recommend drinking it as a tea regularly. The more moisturized your body is, the better it is at warding off infections and getting rid of toxins from the body.

Thyme

ThymeIt’s great to be able to recommend an herb that people are already familiar with using. It’s sometimes easier to add herbs into meals you already eat, than worry about making teas or tinctures. Truly, some of the herbs many of us use regularly in cooking have amazing benefits that we might not realize.

Thyme is definitely one of them! Its antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties make it helpful in supporting a healthy respiratory system. Plus, it has expectorant qualities, making it helpful to relieve dry, unproductive coughs.

Oregano

Oregano is another example of a common culinary herb that packs serious medicinal punch! Oregano is perhaps Oreganomore known in the world of herbalism for its antibacterial qualities. They are strong! And many people enjoy using oil of oregano or oregano essential oil to reap these benefits. Take caution when using oregano essential oil, though. It is powerful, and should not be taken internally or used undiluted.

Another way to get the benefits of oregano, besides cooking with it, is to take the powdered herb in capsule form. Doing so regularly can help keep your lungs clean.

Eucalyptus

EucalyptusThis invigorating herb already has a reputation as an ally of the lungs. Especially pleasant when used in a diffuser, eucalyptus has a palpable effect on the lungs and sinuses when inhaled. If you don’t have a diffuser, you can add a couple drops of the essential oil in a pot of boiling water and let the steam wash over your home, or use it in a hot shower. If you don’t have the essential oil, you can tie a bunch of fresh eucalyptus to your showered and the hot, steamy shower will act as a diffuser.

Eucalyptus is a great example of an herb that supports a healthy lung-skin connection, quite literally in fact, since you can benefit from it both by inhaling it and by applying it topically. You can also dilute eucalyptus essential oil or in a carrier oil or infuse a carrier oil with the herb itself to use as a massage oil, or in a salve.

Osha Root

OshaThis special herb increases oxygenation of the lungs, soothes sore throats and inflammation, and is highly effective against viral respiratory infections. Quite the resume!

Osha is not to be used lightly, but can be very effective. A tea or tincture induces sweating, which can help in the elimination of toxins. This is a great herb to use under the guidance of a trained herbalist if you’re noticing clear signs of respiratory distress.

There is a lot to take in regarding lung health, air quality, and the skin. Recognizing the lung-skin connection is important, and it’s a good idea to keep air quality on your radar and pay attention to any signs of lung distress. But don’t let the stress transfer over to you. Do your best to get out into nature when you can, reduce your environmental impact, and nourish your body with lung-nurturing herbs! Your skin will thank you.

Have you tried any of these herbal remedies for healthy lungs?

And if so, have you noticed a change in your skin? Please share in the comments below!

 

References:

https://www.starwest-botanicals.com/content/respiratory_herbs.html

https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/lung-care-extract/profile

http://theheartysoul.com/best-herbs-for-lung-health/

Image credits:

Fenugreek seed by Bhaskaranaidu ,Thymus vulgaris by Kurt Stuber, Oregano by Thomas Then, Eucalyptus by Toby Hudson, Osha by Jerry Friedman via Wikimedia Commons

The Lung-Skin Connection: Part 1

The Lung-Skin Connection: Part 1

Ah, the great outdoors! I wouldn’t be a true holistic health advocate if I didn’t wholeheartedly believe in the power of getting outside and experiencing nature. But in our current climate of car-clogged highways and pollution-exuding factories that never sleep, sometimes outdoor air isn’t exactly fresh. Does that mean we should spend more time indoors? Hardly. Indoor quality is often just as polluted, if not moreso, than outdoor air. When we breathe in polluted air, day in and day out, our bodies must work overtime to remove them. Out of the five main detoxifying organs of the body (kidneys, lungs, colon, liver, and skin), the lungs and the skin tend to become most taxed in the presence of constant air pollution. While all of our organs and systems are interdependent on each other for optimal functioning, the lung-skin connection often gets ignored.

You hear a lot about associations between skin health and heart, liver, gut, and endocrine health. But when our lung health is compromised, we our skin reacts too, often with chronic dryness, eczema flare-ups, and premature signs of aging such as hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles. While our organs all perform multiple tasks to keep us healthy, the lungs and the skin have those of respiration and detoxification in common. 

The lung-skin connection is well known in Eastern healing modalities.

Both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine share the school of thought that says that skin eruptions and flare-ups that occur on certain areas on the face are linked with certain health issues. Sometimes called face mapping, it tells us that we see pimples popping up on a certain area of our face, it’s a signal that we need to be examining different areas of our health.

Acute flare-ups and sudden skin changes are more often associated with the liver, however more chronic skin issues are associated with the lungs. The lungs are associated with air, metal, and movement. When toxicants enter into the lungs, they must be expelled, otherwise they can build up and cause stagnation, mucus build-up, and inflammation. The skin, too, acts as a semipermeable barrier between outside pollutants and our inner organs. If the skin can’t “breathe” due to overexposure to toxicants or improper usage of skincare products, then similar stagnation-related problems also occur.

Lung health and wrinkles

It’s widely known that smoking has a powerful negative affect on the appearance and health of the skin.

Click HERE to read about how smoking affects the skin.

But toxicants in the air also take a huge toll on the way we age, and there have been a couple studies that have demonstrated this.

The Journal of Investigative Dermatology published a study that examined 400 women between 70 and 80 years old for signs of skin aging. They also took into consideration where these women lived and took measurements of general traffic emissions as well as ambient particles from fixed monitoring sites.

Here’s the one I thought was hilarious. They also tested dust in the women’s homes and analyzed it for pollutants. Imagine having your home scientifically analyzed for how clean or dirty it was. What a nightmare!

But I digress. Using what they measured about these women’s environments and how much their skin had aged, they found that air pollution was significantly linked to visible signs of skin aging, including hyperpigmentation, age spots, and wrinkles.

Traffic pollution was associated with twenty percent more age spots on the forehead and cheeks, and all types of pollution were found to be linked with more pronounced smile lines.

Now, women are beautiful no matter how we age, and our worth is certainly not correlated with how deep our wrinkles are. I am, however, realistic in knowing that for many women, this is a concern. If knowing these statistics motivates you to take care of your lungs, I’m happy.

Another study published in the Journal of Dermatological Science reviewed pollution and skin. They looked at research that had been done so far, collaborating with experts on environmental health, clinical research in dermatology and cosmetic dermatology. They looked only at studies that examined the effects of pollution on skin.

Their findings confirmed that air pollution damages skin, ozone depletes skin antioxidants, and that pollution-induced skin damage is a global problem.

The air, your lungs, and your skin

The EPA has a grim list of potential risks associated with breathing bad air. It’s not pretty.

Ozone, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide are among some of the airborne materials that can irritate or damage lung tissue, putting you at greater risk for infections. Repeated or high levels of exposure to some of these can cause permanent damage, cancer, or even premature death.

Many of these symptoms aren’t observed right away. During fire events it’s more obvious that air quality is low, but on a normal day you may not be aware that what you’re breathing isn’t totally healthy.

Air quality isn’t something we have much control over, but we can benefit from being aware of our local air quality, its fluctuations, and knowing what we can do to help our lungs stay healthy.

Where’s the good air?

Different factors affect the air quality in the place you live, such as topography (valleys tend collect smog), amount of cars on the road, density of trees, number of factories and other high-emission buildings, and incidents of fires.

My friend Dr. Trevor Cates wrote an article on air quality and health and in it she shared this awesome resource for checking the air quality in your city. Don’t worry– if your city doesn’t score well, you’re not completely doomed. I share this because it’s always better to know what you’re dealing with, so you can put some attention on nurturing and protecting your lungs.

Depending on where you live, the air quality inside your house and can actually be worse! In fact, the EPA ranks indoor air quality among the top five environmental risks to public health. Off-gassing of chemicals from carpet and furniture, household cleaning supplies, as well as toxins brought into the house on clothing and shoes can accumulate and wreak havoc on your home air quality.

Here are some solutions for dealing with poor air quality both inside and outside the home:

Outdoor air pollution:

  • Avoid exercising on high pollution days or near heavy traffic areas.
  • Spend time in your local forests or highly vegetated areas.
  • Do your part to improve the air quality in your region! Reduce your use of wood burning stoves, drive as little as possible and don’t idle your vehicle, and support local efforts to reduce pollution.

Indoor air pollution:

  • Open your windows whenever possible to circulate fresh air throughout your space.
  • Invest in an air purifier, especially if your outdoor air quality is poor and thus opening the windows isn’t always the ideal solution.
  • Fill your house with plants that clean the air such as Spider Plant and Dracaena
  • Vacuum often if you have carpet.
  • Diffuse essential oils, especially those that support the lungs (keep reading to find out which herbs I recommend!)

In next week’s post, we’ll continue this discussion, and I’ll share some herbs with you that you can use to support healthy lung and skin health inside and out.

I’d love to hear from you!

Have you noticed a lung-skin connection in your own health? Please share in the comments below.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3230460/

https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-qualityiaq

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25278222https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20664556

https://www.annmariegianni.com/pollution-and-skin-aging/https://www.annmariegianni.com/plants-that-clean-the-air/

Image credits: Air-pollution.JPG: Zakysant at the German, designmilk 

Flower Elixirs: Your Introductory Guide with Katie Hess

Flower Elixirs: Your Introductory Guide with Katie Hess

One of my favorite things about plants is how many different positive ways they can affect people. Some plants are used as medicine or to support normal functions of our physical organs and systems. Others are used to boost the mood and aid in mental clarity. And others are used to lift our spirits, help us balance our emotions, work through challenges, or teach us lessons. This is particularly the case with flowers–especially in the form flower essences or flower elixirs.

While many flowers are certainly used in preparations intended for acute and general physical health and wellbeing, in the forms of tinctures, oils, hydrosols, or teas; flowers are special because their beauty and essence really draws us in and helps to balance out our energetic fields, emotions, and spirits. I, for one, was absolutely drawn to flowers for their beauty. I’m partial to roses, lavender, irises, and orchids–just being around them instantly lifts my mood. But I also regularly take flower essences, also known as flower elixirs.

What are flower elixirs?

Flower elixirs, or essences, are traditional herbal preparations that capture the subtle energies of flowers, typically through lunar infusion. Any plant or gemstone can be made into elixirs, but for today’s purposes, we’re referring to those made from flowers. Flower elixirs do not contain the chemical constituents of the plant in a way that affects the physical body like other preparations (teas, tinctures, etc) do. Instead, they carry the plant’s frequencies which work on our own energetic frequencies to help restore balance.

I was first introduced to flower essences through the Bach Flower Remedies, which I used to help me through some of the self-confidence issues that stuck with me after my skin healed from acne. But I then moved past the Bach pantheon when I first arrived at Katie Hess’ website, Lotuswei.com, when I found out about her Flowerevolution program.

Katie’s flower elixirs intrigued me, because they were NOT the typical flowers used in the Bach remedies–in fact, many of them were flowers I had never heard of. I’ve since done multiple cycles of Flowerevolution, attended Katie’s FlowerLounge event in Philadelphia this past spring, and regularly use her book, Flowerevolution (get a free preview here) whenever I need to brighten my day with beauty or spark creative inspiration. I think it’s safe to say that I am a fan of Katie Hess, and Lotuswei.

Katie and I also connected through my online course Create Your Skincare, when she generously shared some of her favorite topical uses for flower and gemstone elixirs in an exclusive bonus interview for my students.

Click HERE to sample a free Create Your Skincare class!

Like Katie, I believe in the healing power of flowers for individual people, as well as for us humans collectively, and it’s my pleasure to share her work with you. I was so excited to have Katie as a guest on the Rachael Pontillo Show, to talk about flower elixirs, Flowerevolution, and some of the other amazing ways Lotuswei is using flower power to help heal the planet.

It sounds lofty, doesn’t it? Using flower elixirs to heal the world?

It’s a very romantic idea, but after spending time with the flowers themselves, regularly using flower elixirs (Katie talks about using them as a type of love vitamin), and connecting with other flower-loving women at the FlowerLounge event, I believe it’s an excellent starting point.

Watch my video with Katie Hess below, and see if you agree:


Click HERE to download the audio version of this episode free on my iTunes channel (and subscribe while you’re at it!)

About Katie Hess:

Katie Hess is a flower alchemist, the founder of LOTUSWEI, one of the world’s leading floral apothecaries, and author of Flowerevolution: Blooming into Your Full Potential with the Magic of Flowers . After 15 years of independent research of flower and plant-based healing, her flower-powered community is thriving in over 15 countries. She instigates a revolution with the premise that you transform the world by transforming yourself (with a little help from flowers!). Katie travels worldwide to seek out flowers that reduce stress, improve sleep, and accelerate personal growth. Her work has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Sunset and Organic Spa Magazine. Discover what your favorite flower means about you at lotuswei.com.

Get a sneak peek at beauty of the FlowerLounge experience below:

You can also join the beauty and deliciousness of Flowerevolution program yourself (so you can experience what I’ve been raving about for yourself!) here. Katie’s new Flowerevolution card deck is also now available for purchase here.

*Images courtesy of Katie Hess/Lotuswei.com. This post contains affiliate links.

Soul Care: How it’s Different from Self-Care

Soul Care: How it’s Different from Self-Care

I had a bit of an epiphany the other day after my acupuncture treatment. See, I was all excited that I was treating myself to a bit of self-care before the session, but afterwards, I realized that what I’d experienced was not self-care at all–it was soul care. It’s a similar feeling to how you feel after an amazing facial, massage, Reiki treatment, or other type of hands-on beauty, wellness, or energy session.

Think about that feeling yourself. Think about how you felt right after the last treatment you received. What words and phrases come to mind? Peaceful? Relaxed? Blissful? Loved? Cared for? For me, after that acupuncture treatment, I felt completely relaxed and cared for. And that’s when I realized that what I had just experienced was not self-care at all. It was soul care.

The definition of self-care can be confusing.

Rachael DIY Facial Mask

DIY facials are a great form of self-care.

I was first introduced to the concept of self-care during my holistic nutrition education at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. The idea taught was that you cannot give from an empty cup. The now cliche examples that come up to describe the why behind self-care are how “when mom’s not happy, no one’s happy,” and of course how you’re always supposed to put on your own air mask before helping others during a plane crash.

But what is it exactly? Is it as simple as doing something nice for yourself just for the sake of doing something nice for yourself? That’s part of it, but if it was really that simple, then we wouldn’t have to have multiple blog posts, books, articles, and online courses dedicated to it.

It seems that self-care should be something that’s related to pampering or wellness in order to really be considered self-care, right? Something like a spa day, or massage, or really well-prepared nourishing meal? Maybe drinking enough water, meditating, doing yoga, or getting enough sleep? This is about the point where people get confused, and even overwhelmed and the self-conversation turns to “I can’t afford that,” or “who has time for that?” or “I’m not that kind of person (who needs to be pampered all the time).”

In my coaching practice, that’s typically when I tell my clients that self-care doesn’t have to be a big ordeal like an expensive spa retreat or time consuming yoga practice. It can be as simple as taking an extra long bath or shower with candles and relaxing music. Or as brief as a few sun salutations or rounds of deep breathing. Coaches like me who make this recommendation are well intended–and trust me, these little things do add up to really nice results. But there’s a problem with this kind of self-care–it another thing you “should” or “have to” do. It doesn’t necessarily seem like a treat. And no matter how great you are at at-home facial massage or giving yourself your own Reiki treatment (if you have Reiki), let’s face it–it’s not the same thing as having it done for you by someone else.

We all need to be cared for by someone else from time to time.

Body treatments are excellent soul careWhen I give myself facials at home with my own handmade products, that is self-care. When I clean and declutter my home to make it a pleasant environment to live and work in, that is self-care. When I cook a really nourishing meal for myself, that is self-care. Is the quality of what I do as good or better than what someone else could do for me? Sure. Does it save money? Absolutely. But does it give me the same feeling? It depends on what it is.

Cleaning my house–no matter how great I feel after it’s done–is just part of the routine. But having someone else clean my house–well THAT is a treat. While I give myself amazing facials, it’s not the same as getting a facial from an aesthetician at a spa (even though I still bring my own products!). I can’t zone out and fully relax, and I certainly won’t take a full hour or longer on my own skin. When I do yoga at home, it’s great–but it’s not the same as having helpful hands from my instructor adjust me when needed or give me a little extra love during savasana.

When we allow ourselves to be touched, cared for, guided, and yes–pampered–by others, it becomes soul care. Because we all deserve to not have to do the work all of the time. My acupuncture treatment was so amazing, because my acupuncturist was there for the sole reason to care for me. My only job was to be open and honest during the consultation, and then to just lie there and receive. The same goes for when I get a facial, or a massage, or a chiropractic adjustment. All I need to do is show up, maybe talk a little, then just lie there and receive.

While it does take self-motivation and self-action to get oneself to the acupuncturist, or spa, or wellness center–the treatment itself is not self-care because it is not delivered to oneself by oneself. So I’m drawing the line and calling this type of care soul care.

Self-care is still important.

Rachael Pontillo making skincareSelf-care is a positive–and usually pleasant–practice, routine, or treat that is delivered to oneself by oneself. It requires no outside help or location, little-to-no special equipment, little-to-no spending, and can be done for just a few minutes or for as long as you want. It’s great for stress management, lifting the mood, and maintaining one’s overall level of wellness. Keep doing it regularly. Keep making room for it on your calendar.

But also make room for soul care. It is equally important to allow yourself to be cared for by another person. It’s even better if it’s someone who doesn’t know you personally, because there won’t be any attachments or energetic baggage involved.

If regular soul care treatments aren’t in the budget for you, here are three suggestions:

  • Get treatments from the student clinic at a local school
  • If you’re a wellness practitioner yourself, find a colleague or referral partner to trade services with
  • Ask for soul care for gifts for holidays, birthdays, or any other time it’s gift giving time. Gift cards to wellness centers or spas that offer multiple modalities are great, so you can choose what resonates, when you want.

Remember–just because you can do something doesn’t mean you always have to be the one to do it for yourself.

I have a homework assignment for you. After you finish reading this, make a list of treatments you know you love to receive and treatments you’ve never received but have been dying to try. Then brainstorm out if you know anyone who provides those treatments that you can trade with, if there’s a gifting occasion coming up, or do an online search for student clinics in your area. Then, make an appointment!

share-your-thoughts-2-150x150I’d love to hear from you–does separating self-care from soul care make either or both easier for you?

Please share your thoughts in the comments!

 

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What Your Favorite Color Says About You

What Your Favorite Color Says About You

We’re drawn to color throughout our lives. There’s a reason that as a child, one of the common questions you get asked is ‘What’s your favorite color?’

Is it just me, or does this question get harder and harder to answer as you get older?

As adults, color becomes less fanciful and more regimented. Think house colors, sock choices, work wear. We find ourselves picking whichever color we think is the ‘right choice’ in the situation, disregarding how the color makes us feel. The muted, bland colors seem to fit better in the image of adulthood we’ve created for ourselves. I personally think that many people default to neutrals because they’re either afraid of color (maybe they’ve been told that they ‘can’t’ wear a certain hue), or they haven’t found colors that they feel flatter them. Lucky, there is something called color analysis, which helps you understand which hues work best with the undertones of your skin or hair. Read about my experience with that here. But wearing the right colors for your skin tone isn’t the only way we can use color to help improve our lives.

Is there a better way we can use color?

Living Life in ColourFor Kylie Boyd, author of the book, Living Life in Colour, who I interview in today’s video, answering this question has become her mission. And like many inspiring stories, it started during a low point in her life, which she talks a bit about in our interview. During this time she was led to another book The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron, which is one that has been influential for me as well. I encourage you to read both!

She talks about one of the exercises in this book that was particularly influential for her. It sounds so simple: wear red lipstick every day for a week. Not only did she not own red lipstick, she’d hardly worn anything brighter than a beige. Committed to the challenge, she went out and bought one. And so the week started out challenging for her. She felt subconscious, she felt like everyone was looking at her.

Fast forward a few days and she was looking at the world differently.

Kylie’s life in red

After her week in red lipstick, a color she had never loved, Kylie found herself armed with a new energy. So she didn’t stop there–she filled her house with red flowers, wore a bright red scarf, and incorporated it into her house decorations. Friends were asking her what had changed about life lately… ‘What are you on??’

‘I’m on red,’ she said.

She started studying holistic counseling and complementary therapies, which as it happens includes color therapy. Pretty soon she was focusing a lot of her work on color and using it to help her clients experience better moods, more energy, an overall more ecstatic life.

Kylie’s book Living Life in Colour takes the reader through 8 different colors, helping you understand how incorporating them into your life can help you with problems you may be facing.

For example, yellow is linked with the solar plexus chakra, which connects to your self esteem. Or red, the color she found so empowering, but isn’t the best for people who experience anger problems, high blood pressure, or rosacea.

And we have to talk about pink.

Before I interviewed Kylie, she asked me to send her a list of my favorite and least favorite colors. Of course, I sent her a long list of both, which we then narrowed down, with one concerning conclusion: I don’t like pink. There are several reasons why, as I discuss in our interview. And this may sound trivial to someone who hasn’t studied color therapy, but to Kylie this was a significant clue as to something I need to pay more attention to in my life.

Check out our interview to find out what that is.

Click HERE to download the audio version of this episode free on my iTunes channel (and subscribe while you’re at it!)

Kylie BoydAbout Kylie Boyd

Kylie has a Dual Diploma in Holistic Counseling and Complementary Therapies, which includes Colour Therapy, Crystal Healing, Feng Shui, EFT, Guided meditation and Numerology. Kylie is also a 12 Tone Sci\ART Personal Colour Analyst. Her passion is to help women highlight their natural beauty and create a life and a home that’s true to them.

Connect with Kylie:

Click HERE to get her book, Living Life in Color. Click HERE to Get Kylie’s free guide and connect with her further on her website. Click HERE to follow Kylie on Facebook.

I’d love to know–what is your favorite color and least favorite color?

Please share in the comments below!

 

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