Q&A Sunday: Feng Shui Crystals

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Where is the best place to put the crystals? One lady told me by the window because of the light. 

Elsie Y. C.

HI Elsie, 

Thank you for your question! Feng shui crystals are a beautiful way to make adjustments in your space. Though I do use natural crystals for healing and intention, in this case, I feel you're asking about the feng shui crystals available for purchase on the Holistic Spaces website here. There are many ways to use this multi-faceted crystal ball, depending on your individual needs. 

One of the best places to use a feng shui crystal is in your entry way. Placing a crystal here can welcome more opportunities into your life and more clarity within in your own mind and in how to represent yourself to the world. Feng shui crystals expand space and light, making them a great addition to small, cramped and dark entries. Because your entrance represents the face you show the world, using a feng shui crystal for adjustment here can also improve how others see you and help you present your best side to the universe. 

Long hallways are also wonderful places for feng shui crystals. A long hallway creates a rushing of energy, which can sometimes be dangerous. By hanging a feng shui crystal, you can disperse that energy and reduce negativity in your life. 

Finally, a feng shui crystal can be useful in the center of your home. On the feng shui bagua map, this area represents health and affects all other bagua areas in your space. A feng shui crystal ball can energetically attract and disperse positive clarity, energy and brightness in the center of your home, as well as to all other areas and inhabitants. 

Feng shui crystal balls have a variety of uses, and the best place to hang yours may be different depending on your specific situation, but these are some of the most common ways to use this feng shui tool. Take a look here at my feng shui crystal video for Homeclick.com! 

by Anjie Cho

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Feng Shui Tips: Crystal Balls

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In case you missed it, I was featured on Homeclick earlier this year with tips on how to properly hang a feng shui crystal ball. Check out what Homeclick had to say below, and view the video and instructions here! You can also purchase a feng shui crystal ball with red hanging cord on the Holistic Spaces store here.

We're really digging this latest video with architect and feng shui consultant Anjie Cho. We were first wowed when we saw how a designer like Cho can seamlessly weave feng shui sensibilities into her design work for clients without compromising taste or preference. Feng shui is an intriguing, attractive art-meets-science practice that has been around for thousands of years. Crystals, it turns out, play an important role in creating good feng shui in the home

The basic concept of feng shui crystals is fairly straightforward. When properly cleaned and used, crystals can attract and disperse good feng shui energy in the home. Different crystals can attract different energies, while placement of crystals around the house can also affect outcome. 

In her video, Cho uses a Swarovski 40mm faceted crystal ball and discusses proper cleaning of the crystal as well as three potential rooms in which to use it: an entryway, hallway, or a home's center. 

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eHow.com Video: How to Use a Food Processor For Leftover Soap Pieces

How to Use a Food Processor for Leftover Soap Pieces

How to Use a Food Processor for Leftover Soap Pieces

Learn how to recycle leftover bits of soap into new, original bars using a food processor

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Video Transcript:

I'm Anjie Cho, and this is how to use a food processor for leftover soap pieces.

I love using bar soap, especially super nice, natural soap. Bar soap is more eco-friendly because you can use less of it and it lasts longer. And you don't have the disposable containers. But you do end up with those leftover soap pieces. I'll show you how to recycle your leftover soap pieces using a food processor.

First, you need a processor, some leftover soap pieces, a saucepan, some oil and a soap molder of some sort. First, grease your soap mold, mine is a glass bowl. You can also use a fancy soap mold or a paper cup.

Second, place all your leftover soap pieces in a food processor and pulse until you have grated soap pieces. Place these in your pan over low heat with just enough water to cover. Here's where you can get creative and use milk, tea, coffee, water, it's up to you.

Milk can give a creamier, moisturizing soap. Different herbal teas can add the benefits of the herbs. Such as peppermint, which is tingly and invigorating. Coffee and caffeinated teas can help wake you up and make your skin firmer. And then, there's water for the purists.

Once you have a smooth texture, take your mixture and let it cool a bit. After it's cooled to the touch, at this point you can add other things such oatmeal, coffee grounds. etc. And you can add some scrubbing power. Or you could just add some essential oils.

Pour it into your mold and cover it with plastic wrap. You can leave it out or put it in the fridge. When it's set after a few hours, you can take it out and let it cure, meaning dry and harden for at least a week. Maybe longer if you used a lot of liquid.

This is a great way to use leftover soap pieces and make a special bar that's all your own.

by Anjie Cho

eHow.com Video: Natural Way to Make a Chair Smell Good

Natural Way to Make a Chair Smell Good

Natural Way to Make a Chair Smell Good

Restore used and lived-in chairs to good smell with natural products like vinegar, baking soda and sunlight

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Video Transcript:

I'm Anjie Cho and this is natural ways to make a chair smell good.

Because upholstered chairs get used, sat on, spilled on, etc. and because they can't easily be cleaned, sometimes they start to smell, well, not so good. But there are natural ways to make a chair smell better. You don't have to use chemicals, you can go the eco-friendly route.

First of all, don't try to cover it up, I think it makes it worse. The best way to go is to deodorize and remove the bad odors. Some ways to do this for upholstered fabric is to sprinkle baking soda and let it sit overnight. Baking soda deodorizes by absorbing the odors. After it has sat overnight, vacuum the baking soda. This should help tremendously.

If necessary, move onto step two using white vinegar. Make a solution of equal parts water to vinegar and pour into a spray bottle. Make sure to test an area first. For instance, this will not work for silk. If that area's o.k., then spray the entire chair with vinegar spray. I promise you the vinegar smell will absolutely dissipate and leave the chair smelling better.

Finally, step three, if it still needs some deodorizing. Vacuum the chair one more time and leave it out in the sunlight all day. Did you know that sunlight actually can kill bacteria and a lot of the odors come from bacteria? Be mindful if the fabric has a possibility of fading in the sunlight. Again, do a test of you can.

There are natural and eco-friendly ways to make a chair smell good using baking soda, vinegar and natural sunlight. Net time skip the chemicals and try to do it the green, natural way.

by Anjie Cho

eHow.com Video: How to Make a Natural Cleaner With Peroxide

How to Make a Natural Cleaner With Peroxide

How to Make a Natural Cleaner With Peroxide

Using peroxide is an inexpensive and eco-friendly alternative to toxic cleaning products

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Video Transcript:

I'm Anjie Cho, and this is how to make natural cleaners with peroxide.

Unfortunately, many conventional cleaning products are made up of toxic chemicals. Not only do we breathe in these toxins, they get directly absorbed into our bloodstream through our skin. They also release toxins into the air and water supply. You absolutely don't want these products in your home. They poison you, your family and the planet as a whole.

It's easy to make a non-toxic alternative natural cleaner using hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is safe for our water supply because it breaks down in the water. It's also inexpensive at one or two dollars for a bottle like this. It's great as a cleaner because it's naturally antibacterial, and that's why we use it to clean cuts. Some uses for peroxide as a cleaner are one, mix it with some club soda to clean surfaces like counter tops.

Two, as a substitute for bleach. It's a natural whitener. Three, use it undiluted to sanitize toothbrushes, cutting boards and waste bins. My favorite way to use peroxide is to add a few drops of essential oil, like eucalyptus, which is naturally antibacterial, and use it for an anti-mildew shower tub spray. I just take a spray bottle, take the top off, screw it right onto the brown bottle.

By the way, the reason why hydrogen peroxide often comes in those opaque brown bottles is that the peroxide can easily break down in sunlight.

So it's best to keep it out of the sun and in the brown bottles. So have some fun and make your own do it yourself natural cleaner with peroxide.

by Anjie Cho