Día de los Muertos

When we think of death or about relatives who have passed, our automatic reaction is to often be sad and/or to avoid the topic all together. It’s understandable to feel down when talking about a deceased loved one but many Hispanic cultures take the opposite approach. Every year on November 1 & 2, known as “Día de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead”, families prepare an altar-like set up in their home or town with offerings orofrendas for the deceased. The day is more of a time to celebrate the character qualities and personality of those who passed than to mourn. It is believed that the spirits come back to visit their living relatives and take time to enjoy their favorite earthly treasures, like tequila and tamales.

Instead of preparing for one of our own relatives, we decided to honor Frida Kahlo, the famous Mexican painter known for her self portraits. Photos of the deceased are placed at the altar to help honor and remember their life.

           

Pan dulce, which means “sweet bread”, is a classic Hispanic pastry often eaten for breakfast. We picked some up at a local panadería for our altar. Many people leave their favorite candy, like de La Rosa, as a sweet treat for their loved one. After the long journey, the spirits will definitely be hungry and need to refuel. Although they don’t actually eat the food, the spirits remove all nutritional value from the offerings. It’s also important to leave a bowl of water to cleanse themselves with. After all, who knows how long their travels took and what they encountered along the way.

Incense and candles are always seen at an altar. The spirits follow the aromatic smoke of burning incense and use the candles to guide themselves to their destination.

          

Look, we all seem to enjoy a drink or two and we’re ususally craving one after a stressful roadtrip or flight. How do you think the spirits feel after WHO KNOWS how long without some libations? Tequila is a popular spirit (no pun intended) found throughout Mexico and is found at an altar.

          

Vast majority of Hispanics are Catholic and many families incorporate their religious beliefs into their Day of the Dead altar by placing a crucifix. All Saints Day, a Catholic holiday, actually coincides with Day of the Dead and many Mexicans view it as the same holiday.

Flowers, specifically marigolds, are placed around the altar so the spirits can find their way into the home. The vibrant colors and fragrant scent lure the spirits in and remind us how fragile life truly is.

        

Tamales are a staple in Hispanic culture and are often made during big holidays and celebrations, like Christmas, and Day of the Dead is no exception. Many families put out other traditional foods like mole and even pumpkin. However, if grandma hated tamales and preferred a greasy hamburger, then that is what you would leave out for her. The offerings don’t always have to be traditional and can definitely be something more modern.

          

Even if you don’t come from a Hispanic background, you can still celebrate the day. Honoring those who have passed and keeping their memory alive is a universal tribute we can all get behind.

Day in the Life with Essential Oils

Essential oils are all the rage right now. From tupperware-style parties in homes to health food stores, these plant-based oils can be found almost everywhere. If you’re like me, then you might have been a bit skeptical at first. Some people believe they can cure anything from the common cold to even cancer. I became curious about these potion-like oils and started experimenting. I will say they do affect my mood and some oils definitely help when it comes to clearing toxins in your skin and balancing sebum. As someone with sensitive skin that is prone to acne, this seemed too good to be true. However, they do come straight from mother nature so there must be some truth to it.

Come explore with us as we try out different essential oils throughout our daily routine.

 


No matter how much sleep you got the night before, waking up in the morning can be a nightmare for some of us (hi, yes. that’s me. I’m a bear in the a.m.)  Many of us try to counteract the drowsy feeling with loads of caffeine, which can irritate sensitive stomachs and cause a horrible mental crash later. I like to start the morning on my mat with a diffuser by my side while I do a few simple yoga poses to get the blood and energy flowing. In the morning I especially love the scents of citrus like lemon, grapefruit and orange. Citrus is incredibly invigorating and will definitely help you wake up and give you the mental clarity that is so desperately needed.

1. Morning Pick Me Up Recipe: Use 10-20 drops total per oz. My favorite scent is lemon so I tend to use a little more.

  • lemon
  • grapefruit
  • peppermint
  • orange

After I’ve woken up my body with citrus essential oils and yoga, I wash my face to really feel recharged and ready to go. Many face washes and soaps can have chemicals that strip your face of its natural oils, which leaves you feeling either too dry or too oily. But unscented castile soap is known for having organic, all-natural ingredients like olive oil and coconut oil. Lemon is added to the face wash because it acts as an astringent and tea tree oil can help with acne.

Note: Lemon is a photosensitizing oil, meaning it can cause skin irritation after sun exposure so be careful!

 

2. All Natural Face Wash Recipe

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 15 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 tbsp tea tree essential oil

If you’re going through a stressful time or ate too much pizza the night before, then you may have a few acne flare-ups you need to deal with (we’ve all been there. And pizza is totally worth it). Tea tree oil is known for its anti-acne properties and lavender is known to calm irritated skin. The combination can be powerful so only add a small amount to the affected area with a q-tip.

 

3. Skin Care Blend Recipe

  • 6 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 6 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops of peppermint or lemon essential oil

Add to 1 ounce of jojoba and apply with a q-tip essential oil


We’re all too familiar with that dragging, tired feeling we often get in the afternoon. Around 3 o’clock everyday I start yawning and grabbing for the coffee. Caffeine is a quick fix but it can leave you feeling super sluggish and can cause trouble sleeping even hours later. For an afternoon recharge, I use a USB diffuser on my desk with the essential oils below to keep my mind sharp and on track.

Sidenote: This little USB diffuser is one of my personal favorites because of its size. If you travel you can pack it in your bag to use in your hotel after a long day.


 

4. Afternoon Pick Me Up Recipe

  • 6 drops of rosemary
  • 3 drops of lemon
  • 2 drops of frankincense

After a long day when I simply can’t take anymore and I’m officially exhausted, I love unwinding with a warm bath (and a glass of wine. or three). Making your own bath salts is pretty simple and can have a huge impact on your mind and body. The scents help your mind escape to relaxation while the warm bath soothes aching muscles. This combination of oils, especially the eucalyptus, is perfect for alleviating symptoms of a stuffy nose or a sore throat.

5. Breath Easy Bath Salts Recipe: per 1 oz. of bath salts.

  • 4 drops of Eucalyptus
  • 3 drops of rosemary
  • 2 drops of lavender

There it is, a day in the life with essential oils. Finding ways to add these oils into your life can be simple and doesn’t have to be a huge overhaul of your everyday routine. Since everyone is different, some oils may work better with you than others and some scents you may not like at all, and that’s okay. Take time to experiment and find what works for you.
What recipes have you come up with and how do you like to use them?

Sacred Cleansing

The art of smudging is an ancient cleansing ritual practiced by Native Americans to remove negative energy from a space. The practice is simple but requires mindful intention with each step. Ideally you should smudge your home on a regular basis, just like you would dust or clean it. But if you’re new to smudging then a good time to cleanse is when you move into a new place. This time of year is filled with students transitioning into new homes and gearing up for another year. We don’t want the negativity of the previous owners affecting your studies or relationships so cleansing is important. Also, if you have had an argument with a significant other or friend, then we reccomend smudging the area the fight took place. Purifying your space will not only rid the area of bad energy, but also energize your spirit and mind.

Before we begin, make sure you have a sage bundle, matches and abalone shell. Open up windows and doors so the negative energy can leave (and so you don’t inhale the smoke).

     

Take a deep breath, think positively and begin by lighting the dried sage. This can be dangerous so make sure you aren’t near anything that can catch fire. Carefully waft the flame to distinguish it. The smoke should continue and now you are ready to begin.


Windows and doors are especially important and require attention. Focus on these areas to cleanse the entrances to your home and to force negative energy out of your space.

  

Palo Santo incense sticks originated in Peru and began with the Incan Empire. The scent is very uplifiting and will definitely energize your mind after it is lit. Simply light a stick for about 30 seconds to 1 minute and waft or blow it out. Take it around a room to disperse the positve energy throughout your space and cleanse the area.

           

 

Gems of Jaipur

 

These incredibly detailed medallion tapestries hail from the bustling city of Jaipur, India. Jaipur is known for its skilled artisans and colorful creations ranging from jewelry and antiques to textiles and rugs. Each tapestry is screen printed by hand to preserve the intricacies and ensure vibrancy. We’re always excited to share our new finds with our customers and bring a bit of culture into your home.

  

Tapestries are a diverse textile that can be used in many different ways to fit your needs. Traditionally they’re hung on a wall to easily brighten up a room but they can also be used on a bed or couch to add a touchy of whimsy. It’s a simple way to change up the vibe of a space without spending a ton.

 

Pair a tapestry with interesting textures, such as these macrame pillows, to create diversity and warmth within your home. The unique color pallettes give us a lot of room to experiment with different hues and styles.

 

Release your inner child and build a fort inside or out! Make a bohemian fort by linking various tapestries together to create a cozy and colorful space fit for relaxation and meditation. Hang part or all of it in front of a window to mimic a suncatcher. We love how the sun peaks through to illuminate the tapestry and bring it to life.

Essential Oils 101

We are excited to announce our new line of 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils! Unlike other oils, these can be used topically or in an aroma diffuser. They are highly concentrated liquids extracted from leaves, flowers, stems, bark or other aromatic plant elements.

Why use them?

Essential oils are known to have physiological and psychological effects on the human body. The aromatic scents can have a positive affect on our moods and feelings. Many use essential oils to assist in their meditation and prayer to create a deeper connection. Some oils have a cleansing action, which is useful in clearing toxins in the skin and balancing sebum.

Oils are packaged as individual scents or blends of scents, called “Synergistic Blends”. These blends are created to enhance everyday life and invoke a positive mood. You are welcome to experiment and create your own unique blend or try out pre-blended options, such as “Anxiety Release” or “Sleepy Time”.

Click here for essential oil recipes 

The aroma or scents of a specific essential oil are often categorized in levels of “notes”: Top Notes, Middle Notes, and Base Notes. Levels are determined by how fast the oil evaporates. Top notes evaporate the fastest.

  • Top Notes are fast acting and therefore release an immediate aroma but it dissipates quickly. They are made from flowers, leaves, and flower herbs, which create an uplifting, stimulating and energizing feeling. Recommended for acute conditions.
  • Middle Notes are warmer and softer scents, made from spices and herbs, which creates balance within major systems of the body. It is usually the primary body of an aroma blend.
  • Based Notes are solid, intense, deep-bodied aromas with the longest evaporation time. It can slow down evaporation of other oils and is the last to be smelled in a blend.

How are they made?

Plants, such as lavender, are harvested in a natural and pesticide free habitat. Experts then distill the plants through a steaming process. The plant material is added to a container where it is steamed, releasing the aromatic molecules. The vapor is then condensed from a gaseous to a liquid form. The oil is separated from the water, creating a super concentrated, aromatic, essential oil.

Obsessed yet? Get shopping.

Get More Out of Essential Oils

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There are a variety of uses for essential oils and they can be tailored to fit your needs. Use them in a diffuser to enjoy the aroma or on your body to create a deeper connection. Since essential oils are extremely concentrated, a buffer or carrier oil is recommended to dispense the scent and positive properties.

  • Many people create their own lotion blends by using an unscented, moisturizing lotion and adding 3-6 drops of essential oils per ounce of cream.
  • Carrier oils such as Jojoba oil, Sesame oil, and Sweet Almond oil are also popular options. These carrier oils are beneficial in controlling acne, and nourishing and relieving itching skin. Generally 5–10 drops per ounce of carrier oil is recommended to create balms or massage oils.
  • Essential oils can be simply added to a bath or bath salts to enhance your relaxation and help you wind down. All it takes is 3 – 15 drops in the tub or 15-30 drops per 16 ounces of bath salts.
  • Create your own room spray by adding 20 drops per 4 fl oz of water (shake well)

Obsessed yet? Get shopping.

The Impact of a Nickel

Every time a customer makes an in-store purchase from Earthbound, there’s an option to opt-out of a shopping bag. When you makes that selfless decision, 5 cents is donated to the Arbor Day Foundation. A measly 5 cents might not sound like a lot, but each donation is crucial to the Arbor Day Foundation’s end result.

Each quarter these donations are made and this last one was pretty substantial. Because of our gracious customers, over $11,000 was donated.  Just because you said ‘NO’ to bags.

This organization does so much more than simply plant trees. They’re responsible for aiding communities while they rebuild after a natural disaster. They work with utility companies so trees can be a part of our urban communities. The foundation also works to restore and maintain our national forests as well as protect our rain forests around the world.

So thank YOU, Earthbound customer! Without your generiosity, we wouldn’t be able to make this sort of impact on our world.

Gemstone & Crystals 101

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Our newest collection of home items sparks curiosity and ignites energy within. Sacred Spaces inspires us to meditate, reflect and improve our overall well-being. Join us as we explore the world of gemstones and crystals.

Gemstones naturally possess their own set of energy levels that can become attuned with your own energies to bring about the intent you want in your life.

Gold Tiger Eye: attracts helpful people and material things toward you.

Provides balance and harmony in your life. Assists in clear-minded thinking and allows the mind to focus. Ideal for use during stressful periods or when important decision making occurs

Black Tourmaline: A very powerful stone for luck and happiness. Rubbing intensifies the energy charge and doubles your luck.

This stone is very effective in protecting against negative energy by converting it into positive enrgy. It is recommended to keep near or on you at all times and in spaces such as a bedroom

Green Aventurine: A positive stone for luck. Carry one in your pocket for such things as playing the lottery to stimulate money energy.

It can boost your chance for success in almost any situation, from a job interview, new date or big test. It is able to achieve this by releasing old patterns and negativity so new ideas and postivity can come through.

Moonstone: A passionate lucky stone for love associated with the moon and the Goddess Diana.

It is recomended to use moonstone during a full moon to gain the full effect. It is thought to be especially helpful for females  

Quartz crystals are extremely energizing and can regulate energy levels. Simply soak them in salt water or hold them over burning incense to cleanse them of unwanted, negative energy. Once you are through with this process, hold them up to the sunlight to restore the energy levels. Roll them around in your hands to activate the energy. Harness your thoughts and focus on what you desire the most, such as forgiveness, inner peace or creativity.

This crystal pendulum can be used as a tool to connect your conscious mind to the subconscious. This can help you make choices that affect your everyday life.

Explore our various collections of gemstones and crystals in stores. Find a store near you.

Bone Blog: Sad to the Bone

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It’s that time of year again when we trade in long and sunny days by the water for schedules and uncomfortable desks. As hard as it is to get back into the swing of things, it’s even more “ruff” for our beloved furry friends. Man (or woman’s) best friend spends all summer lounging around or going on adventures with their favorite human. Once the dog days are over, the house gets quiet and the world of a pooch is turned upside down.

Did you know nearly 20% of dogs have separation anxiety? Drastic changes in our schedules can really mess with their emotions and cause them to act out. Excessive barking, whining, scratching at doors, soiling the floor, and chewing (no Fido…Not the sugar skulls!) are all signs of anxiety. Here’s a few tips to make sure your fur baby stays zen while you’re away:

Dog Treat

Earthbound Peace Dog Toy

1. Give your dog a yummy treat or fun toy before you head out the door. We recommend spreading some Dog for Dog Dogsbutter in a hollow toy or dipping a biscuit in it. Unlike regular PB, it’s made without salt, sugar and hydrogenated oils. They’ll never know you left!

2. Leave a TV show or playlist on for some background noise.

3. Take your dog out for some exercise before you leave the house. It will help them get out their extra energy and get your endorphins pumping too!

4. When it’s time to depart, don’t be dramatic. A simple “namaste” and pat on the head is all they need.

We know leaving your dog behind can be difficult. That’s why we love Dog Fridays in the home office! We hope these tips make the transition a little easier.

Bone Blog: Did you know? It’s Not Just Chocolate that is Unsafe for Dogs

Whether you’ve heard it from the vet, loved ones, or on a TV show, you likely know that your pet and chocolate do not mix.  But did you know there is a lengthy list of other foods which our furry friends cannot tolerate?

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 We found some of the foods surprising, like everyone’s favorite peanut butter.  If you’re like us, you’ve been eating peanut butter since, essentially, the beginning of time. Little did you know that peanut butter is filled with hydrogenated oils and sugars which can be harmful to your pet.  Next time you want to hide bitter tasting medication in a spoonful of peanut butter or want to give your pooch a treat, be sure to use Dog For Dog’s Dogsbutter instead. Dogsbutter is not only an all natural and healthy alternative to peanut butter, but it tastes great too! (Yes, we tried it.)

We are proud to announce that Dog For Dog treats, butters and bars are available at all Earthbound Trading Co. locations! Stop by and grab your dog’s new favorite treat today! For every product we sell, Dog For Dog will donate a product to a dog in need!

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Check out some of the other surprising foods your pet should avoid below:

Milk and Dairy Products:

Believe it or not, dogs can be lactose intolerant.  While you don’t need to buy your pooch almond or soy milk, it is important to switch your pet’s diet if you notice them vomiting or having diarrhea.

Coffee, Tea, and Other Caffeine:

Sure, it’s a part of most people’s morning routine, but coffee, tea, and caffeine should not be a part of our pet’s day.  Caffeine poisoning can result in heart palpitations, muscle tremors, and even death when consumed in large quantities.  Be sure to keep your medicine cabinet locked up as well, because some cold medicines and pain killers contain caffeine; not to mention those medications can be lethal to your pet.

Avocados:

‘Chips and guac’ may be one of your favorite snacks but avocados contain a substance which is toxic to pets known as persin.  Persin is in the leaves, seed and bark, as well as the actual fruit of an avocado, so keep that in mind if there are avocado trees nearby. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty (ASPCA) says that pet foods containing avocado ingredients are generally not hazardous, but when it comes to your pet, it’s better to err on the side of caution, no?

Onions and Garlic:

Dropping food, accidentally of course, for our four-legged friends to taste is a frequent occurrence when cooking up good eats.  But drop the wrong thing, like scallions, garlic, shallots, or onions and your treat may turn unpleasant in a hurry.  These foods are known to destroy red-blood cells in your pet which can lead to anemia.

Xylitol:

It may be best known as an alternative to sugar, but little do many of us know, xylitol is a sweetener in candy, gum, and toothpaste.  Xylitol can make your dog’s blood sugar drop and cause insulin to increase, resulting in liver failure.  Symptoms can include vomiting, lethargy, and loss of coordination.  If you have reason to believe that your pet ate any form of xylitol, bring them to your vet immediately.

Mushrooms: 

We’re not talking about the fungi you buy from the market, it’s the wild mushrooms often found in your yard that can cause distress to your dog. Mushroom poisoning can happen as a result of consumption with symptoms that include fever, vomiting, and nervous system abnormalities.

Corn:

There are several reasons why corn isn’t safe for your pet to consume, most importantly because it is a known allergen that affects dogs.  It isn’t easily digested in its whole grain form and adds no nutritional value to your dog’s diet.  Keep this for your summertime BBQs and far from your dog’s bowl.