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How to “send good energy”—in gift form


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If you’re looking for a meaningful holiday present, what could be better than the gift of balanced, positive energy? Clean-living guru (and Well+Good Council member) Sophia Ruan Gushée shares her ideas for a healthy, energetically balanced future.

As​ ​2017​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​an​ ​end,​ ​I’m​ ​struck​ ​by​ ​the​ ​convergence​ ​of​ ​my​ ​work​ ​and​ ​personal​ ​experiences toward​ ​the​ ​common​ ​theme​ ​of​ ​energy.​ ​In​ ​this​ ​holiday​ ​gift​ ​guide,​ ​I​ ​share​ ​opportunities​ ​to​ ​create more​ ​boundaries​ ​from​ ​energy​ ​that​ ​is​ ​stressful​ ​on​ ​our​ ​bodies​ ​and​ ​distracting​ ​of​ ​our​ ​minds​ ​and attention.​ ​I​ ​also​ ​offer​ ​discoveries​ ​that​ ​help​ ​some​ ​people​ ​restore​ ​and​ ​rebalance​ ​energy. Collectively,​ ​this​ ​list​ ​is​ ​meant​ ​to​ ​help​ ​lead​ ​and​ ​navigate​ ​ourselves​ ​towards​ ​enhanced​ ​balance, awareness,​ ​presence,​ ​and​ ​vitality.

These 7 gift ideas will help your loved ones preserve their energy—give one or give them all!

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Leather cable organizer, $9

With the average person using multiple devices, related cables (like headphones and power cords) often become entangled. Avoid frustrating your energy by organizing cables with these adorable vegetable-dyed cable organizers. 

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Himalayan Salt Cart lamp, $26

Many in the holistic health world believe that Himalayan salt lamps release negative ions (ions are molecules that have gained or lost an electrical charge) into the air. The idea is that this can help neutralize the positive ions that computers and other technologies release while providing other health benefits.

While more research is needed, negative ions are reported to enhance our mood, stimulate senses, improve appetite, and provide relief from allergies. Buy from a reputable vendor, as some lamps have been recalled for safety reasons. Shannon Coppola, founder of the Montauk Salt Cave, recommends the Himalayan Salt Cart brand.

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Phone bed, $50

Keeping technology out of the bedroom at night protects your sleep quality. However, most of us need to recharge our devices in the evening. A fun addition to your home is this charging station by Thrive Global. You and your household can place it outside your bedrooms, and even create a bedtime routine for your devices.

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Shungite pyramid, $20

Carbon-rich shungite rocks, which are found throughout Russia, reportedly have antioxidant properties and detox abilities. The material is credited with the ability to purify water, rebalance energy, and to protect against electromagnetic fields. I recommend incorporating it into your water, as jewelry, placed around your home, and even on your cellphones!

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The Crystal Bible, $12

For those interested in learning about the reported powers of crystals, The Crystal Bible is an excellent place to start, by the internationally recognized author Judy Hall.

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Vitajuwel ViA, $78 and up

Indulge a loved one with the ability to infuse drinking water with precious stones. ViA helps pair you up with gemstones that reputedly create desired outcomes like love, balance, vitality, beauty, and more.

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The Ultimate 21-Day Digital Detox, $150

The Ultimate 21-Day Digital Detox shows you how to “edit” technology in your home to limit electromagnetic fields (EMFs), or energy emitted from wired and wireless technologies. EMFs are considered a possible carcinogen, and they have been linked to impairment of fertility, endocrine health, and hormonal balance.  I created this program (which starts January 22, 2018) so that each day’s micro-lesson will take no more than five minutes, and the program includes weekly online “office hours” in a private Facebook group, as well as exclusive videos with other experts on natural approaches to restoring and rebalancing energy through diet, detox baths, and more.

Sophia Gushée is a sought-after toxic exposures expert, author of A to Z of D-Toxing, and founder of Practical Nontoxic Living, a multimedia company that produces podcasts and is incubating the D-Tox Academy, an online portal to make practical nontoxic living simple and accessible.

What should Sophia write about next? Send your questions and suggestions to [email protected]