Did you know that candles and candle holders not only provide a great ambiance, but can also help clean and detoxify the air and make you fell better? Now, we’re not talking about just any candle holder and certainly not just any candle.
For instance, most candles in the marketplace today are made with paraffin wax, a petroleum by-product, which is filled with toxins. On top of that, many of these candles also contain synthetic scents created to match some well loved scents, most of which can be found in nature ie. cinnamon, jasmine, etc… or various blends. When these candles are lit and heat up, they release these toxins into the air where they can be inhaled http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8211543.stm. But when a beeswax candle is lit, it’s a whole different story.
Beeswax is considered the cleanest and longest burning fuel and when lit, emits something called negative ions. Science has proven that anything floating in the air is positively charged. This includes all toxins, pollens, dust, molds, bacteria, viruses etc… and these are substances we can breath in. Due to the “opposites attract” law, these negative ions released by beeswax candles are then able to attach themselves to the positively charged matter floating in the air. Once attached, they become too heavy to stay in the air, and they fall to the ground where they can no longer be inhaled. Science has also found that negative ions can help with mood, stress and breathing, although the best way to gain significant exposure is by being outside in nature, especially barefoot [but that’s another post ;)].
The principle is similar with our candles holders. But again, we’re not talking about just any candle holders, we are talking about Pink Himalayan Salt Candle Holders. Pink Himalayan Salt has a crystalline structure and when the salt crystals are exposed to heat, which then combines with the moisture in the air, they create negative ions. These negative ions are then able to bind with the positively charged, often toxic particles floating in the air. Once again, these particles become too heavy to continue floating and fall to the ground.
So, pairing the Pink Himalayan Salt Candle Holders with Beeswax Candles increases this “feel good” negative ion power. Not only do you get a great ambiance, but you also get the additional benefit of cleaner air. It is this negative ion power that’s the reason behind the increasing popularity of salt caves, the latest in spa treatments.
These candle holders are a new addition to Fresh Unlimited. They come in a set of 3 spherical Pink Himalayan Salt Candle Holders with 3 beeswax tealight candles.
Check them out here!
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For years we’ve been told to avoid salt at all cost, and more recently there has even been talk about government stepping to regulate its use in the food industry, (more government regulations, just what we need). From the research I’ve found looking into this topic, it appears that the results are not quite as conclusive as the warnings would indicate and that the evidence pointing to the health risks posed by salt is flimsy at best.
“You can say without any shadow of a doubt, that the authorities pushing the eat-less-salt message had “made a commitment to salt education that goes way beyond the scientific facts.” (NYT oped)
“…the evidence from studies published over the past two years actually suggests that restricting how much salt we eat can increase our likelihood of dying prematurely. Put simply, the possibility has been raised that if we were to eat as little salt as the U.S.D.A. and the C.D.C. recommend, we’d be harming rather than helping ourselves.” (NYT oped)
This is reminiscent of the
scam issue we faced with trans-fats where the food industry was able to convince mainstream health agencies that transfats were a healthy option, when all along, it was the transfats that were responsible for the health risks the food industry was accusing saturated fats of causing ie. high cholesterol, heart disease… Though this time the food industry is not behind the salt reduction campaign (this cheap imitation salt is far too useful to them), health organizations seem similarly willing to buy into preliminary research and are jumping to conclusions full force. They have latched on to the demonization of salt as a whole and the belief that it must be severely restricted. And it doesn’t appear they will be letting this go any time soon.
The truth is…
Salt has been a treasured commodity for thousands of years and there is a very good reason for this – OUR BODIES NEED IT TO SURVIVE. Salt is needed for a number of the crucial functions our bodies perform everyday.
It should be noted here that the salt referred to in the studies is table salt or iodized salt, the lowest quality salt available (and coincidentally, also the cheapest salt). This is the type of salt used by the food industry, which apparently serves a number of purposes including acting as a preservative as well as intensifying the flavor of foods which masks less pleasant flavors in processed foods. It is estimated that 75 to 80% of salt in the average American’s diet comes from processed foods .
The health agencies in questions could better spend their time by looking into the differences between table salt, which is used in significant quantities by the food industry (Sodium Chloride) and the natural unprocessed salts (Sodium).
Given mainstream media and the mainstream medical community’s track record, it really is up to each one of us to individually remain vigilant about the various health claims made and educate ourselves in order to get to the real truth.
Our Flavors of Summer giveaway is now underway! Summer is in full swing and we’re beginning to see the garden fresh fruit and vegetables popping up at local stands and farmer’s markets. We’ve included in our Giveaway, all the essentials that will help bring out all of those amazing flavors. Our featured item is a bottle of Organic Icepressed Rallis Olive Oil, and also includes Organic New Zealand Sea Salt, an Artisan Pepper Collection, a bottle of O Champagne Vinegar and a Pink Himalayan Salt Sushi Plate. Perfect for summer entertaining.
One of our goals is to bring attention to both the low quality of ingredients that have been made available to us and the impact these can have on our health as well as to provide access to high quality ingredients, exotic ingredients and superfoods that not only have a superior flavor but also contain actual nutrients that are bodies are craving. As any great chef will tell you, the flavor of an culinary creation depends on the quality of the ingredients used. At Fresh Unlimited, we believe that GMO-free ingredients, that are also free of synthetic chemical pesticide and herbicide residues, and that have been grown in mineral rich soils should always be the starting point.
We’ve been warned about our poor state of our soils since the 1930’s when Document 264 was presented to the Senate. The document had been requested by the Senate to look into the state of minerals in our foods and provided evidence of the mineral deficient state of the soils in America. In more recent years, the official report of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit showed that over the last 100 years, average mineral levels in agricultural soils had fallen worldwide by 72% in Europe,
76% in Asia and 85% in North America. As a result the large majority of us are extremely deficient in a number of key nutrients that are critical to our wellbeing.
Luckily, there there are some producers out there who have a passion for what they do and will not in anyway compromise their beliefs. The result is authentic, high quality ingredients that provide the full flavor we seek along with the nutrients we so desperately lack. Our featured product, Organic Icepressed Rallis Olive Oil exemplifies all of these high standards resulting in a truly authentic Olive Oil bursting with flavor and nutrients. It is these type of high quality ingredients we want to make available to our customers.
Real Flavor + Real Nutrients = Real Food
The Giveaway Includes:
- 1 Organic Ice Pressed Rallis Olive Oil (375 ml) ( made using olives from a family owned century old olive grove in Greece and pressed within 12 hours of hand harvesting using a new technique that uses Zero heat – near flawless acidity level of .14% )
- 1 Organic New Zealand Sea Salt (100 gms) (containing a rich assortment of minerals from the sea)
- 1 Artisanal Pepper Collection (sustainably sourced, free from additives includes ground muntok, ground long, ground comet’s tail, ground lampung, long peppercorns, and comet’s tail peppercorns)
- 1 O Champagne Vinegar (200 ml) (GMO-free, handcrafted using old world techniques of natural aging in wood barrels to provide a light complex flavor)
- 1 Pink Himalayan Salt Sushi Plate (4 x 8 x 1 1/4) (sustainably sourced, mineral rich, perfect for entertaining, will hold sushi, sushimi, hors d’oeuvres, fruit, vegetables, cheese etc… to absorb some of the rich mineral salt).
To enter: Simply visit Fresh Unlimited’s Facebook Page, click on the Giveaway Offer Tab, and if you haven’t already done so, click the “Like” button. Then, just leave a comment about your favorite way to enjoy Olive Oil. (All recipes and pictures are welcome). The winner will be selected in a random draw on August 5th, 2012. (Open to anyone with a Canada or USA address).
For more information on Icepressed Rallis Olive Oil, see our video here.
Well, Halloween’s over and that can only mean one thing… the holiday season is now underway and with it come the invitations to the various festivities and parties. Now is a great time to look into hostess gifts (and host gifts), especially for those last minute invitations.
Hostess gifts don’t have to be elaborate, but it ultimately depends on the occasion and whether an overnight stay is involved. When it comes to holiday parties, however, hostess gifts are usually a small gesture of appreciation for being welcomed into someone’s home.
Wine remains one of the more popular hostess gifts. According to many sources, wine consumption is growing in North America, with the US now the world’s largest market for wine by volume (source: Gomberg-Fredrikson), though Canada’s per capital consumption is a bit higher than that of the US. Wine consumers are also becoming more knowledgeable and more adventurous with an increasing interest in the different varieties of wine from different geographical locations. This presents an excellent opportunity for Hostess Gifts, particularly when it comes to Organic wines. There are now a number of excellent organic wine options and at varying price levels including some great local Organic wines such as Frog Pond Farms in Ontario, Summerhill Pyramid Winery in BC and Bonterra in the US. There are also a great number of excellent organic wines worldwide.
Spirits are also an appropriate gift and it is becoming increasingly easier to find Organic versions of spirits, especially vodka. Here are a few options
Food gifts, whether homemade or gift baskets are also a good option for a hostess gift, but etiquette states that the recipient should not be expected to serve the food gift as part of the celebration. Rather it should be clear to the recipient that it is intended solely for their enjoyment and left completely at their discretion whether or not to serve it. Our Fresh Unlimited Organic Gift Baskets Collection features a number of great options for hostess gifts, from our Coffee Bliss gift basket to a more elaborate Distinctive Gourmet Gift Baskets. Simple gourmet foods items are also excellent ideas, particularly for those who love to cook such as our Pink Himalayan Salt Gift Set or our Organic Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Set.
Other great alternatives for hostess gifts include items that would add a touch of beauty to the host’s home without overwhelming their decor. Our Tres’Or Beeswax Candle Cube Trio would add a nice touch of ambiance to any setting while our Glycerine Soap Trio, (three glycerine cubes in a translucent green and a translucent purple), would add a great touch of beauty and color!