Monthly Archives: May 2010

Feng Shui and Artificial Scents: Are you poisoning your home?

4929035One of the many things I do as a Feng Shui consultant is to help my client make their home as happy and health as I possibly can.  That said, I can’t begin to count how many times I have walked into a client’s home and been overtaken by the sweet, cloying smell of artificial scent.  Frequently my nose starts to run and I get a headache, not to mention feeling irritable.

The problem with artificial scent such as plug-in devises, sprays and scented sticks is that they are made of toxic chemicals.  Once airborne, the toxic chemicals are inhaled and taken directly into the blood stream.  If you use these products, take a look at the label and ask yourself if you would consider drinking the chemicals listed.  Because like it or not, once you breathe in these products, you might as well be.  

I once had a client who told me her son became ill every time he came home from school.  He would feel fine all day, but the minute he got home he would get a migraine headache and have to lie down.  The mother had taken him to many doctors and no one could figure out what was wrong.  When I walked into her home I was almost knocked over by the amount of artificial scent in the home.  When asked, the client told me she loved room fresheners and preferred the plug-in variety.  With my nose running and eyes burning I explained to her how toxic and unhealthy these devices were and that they may be the source of her son’s headaches.  She was shocked.  She never considered that this was the source of her son’s health issues.

We went from room to room unplugging these things and ended up with a whopping 36 of them!  A week later my client called me to tell me her son no longer suffered headaches and that she would never, ever use artificial scent in her home again. 

If you enjoy having scent in your home, consider Aromatherapy using natural, therapeutic grade essential oils.

Aromatherapy using natural essential oils is a healing and stress-reduction technique that is thousands of years old.  Essential oils promote and restore physical, mental and emotional health, and impart a sense of well-being. Various aromas are thought to affect stress levels, hormone levels, metabolism, appetite, body temperature, immunity, and conscious thoughts.  

Specific essential oils produce specific effects. Some are said to be uplifting and energizing, and others are calming and sedating. Still others are said to help balance mind and body.

Relaxing oils include: bergamot, chamomile, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, rose, and ylang ylang. Others, such as clary sage, elemi, fennel, frankincense, rosewood, sandalwood, and vetiver are also recommended to assist with stress problems. Basil, cedarwood, geranium, lavender, lemon, myrrh, orange, patchouli and thyme are said to produce a balancing effect by either stimulating or relaxing you, depending on your body’s needs. Peppermint oil awakens the mind and increases the powers of concentration, and so on.

The quality of essential oils varies greatly.  What you find in the health food store may say Lavender oil, when in actuality it is mostly a carrier oil (such as grape seed or almond oil) with just a few drops of lavender added for scent.   There is no regulation in the United States for essential oils, so it is very important that you purchase a brand you can trust.

When using essential oils in your home or office it is VERY important that you are using therapeutic grade essential oils. The best company for essential oils is a company I have used for over 16 years.  These oils are 100% natural and are the very best essential oils available. They are very concentrated, so only a small amount is needed.
    Below you will find a link to an incredible site that explains in detail the benefits of essential oils and provides a convenient way to order them. By diffusing them in the air using an ultrasonic diffuser you not only freshen the scent in your home, but you will be providing therapeutic value as pure therapeutic-grade essential oils kill airborne germs and viruses.  This is one area where you want to accept no substitutes! 

Save your health and well-being…throw away those artificial scents NOW!

Here is a link to where you can find out more and order the oils.  There is also a link on that page where you can contact me for more information.  I have used these oils for many, many years and I can assure you that their benefits to body, mind, and spirit are nothing short of amazing. 

For further reference here is a link to an incredible book and resource for essential oils. 

Here’s to your health!

Copyright protected c. 2010 Cathleen McCandless



Feng Shui for Prosperity

It seems like every day I get emails and calls from people wanting to know how to enhance their Feng Shui for wealth and abundance as they watch the economic crisis eat away at their savings, business, and other means of economic security. They are worried that they have done something “wrong” with their Feng Shui, or that they are not doing enough.  The fact of the matter is that even if your Feng Shui is perfect, it is not going to keep you from experiencing the lessons you need in your life that are for your higher good, and we all know sometimes those lessons are not fun.

 One thing I know for sure, is that Feng Shui helps raise the vibration of our spaces and our lives to one of excellence, and always leads us to something “better”.  We will still experience life’s challenges, but the outcome of those challenges actually ends up bringing us something that is even better than what we may have hoped for.    The Rolling Stones said it best, “You can’t always get what you want, but you just might find, you get what you need” really applies to Feng Shui. 

That said, there are some things you can do to help align your surroundings for greater abundance.

1. Get rid of or fix anything that is broken, unloved, or unwanted. When you do this you are aligning your space for attracting the energy of excellence and abundance.  Anything less than excellent is not acceptable!

 2. Get in the habit of practicing the Attitude of Gratitude.  I can’t emphasize this enough!!!  Being in a state of gratitude brings us more to be grateful for.

3.  In the north, place a fountain and keep it running.  This area is associated with your career and your life path and helps things to run more smoothly.

4. Place healthy plants in the southeast and remove any metal you have there.  The southeast is associated with wealth and abundance.

 5. In the south, place a lamp and have it turned on for at least three hours every day.  The south is associated with fame and opportunities.

 6. Conduct a Space Clearing to remove old energy (for space clearing energy chimes, click here )

 7.  Call me to set up a Feng Shui appointment.  Feng Shui is a very, very complex subject and if you want it done thoroughly and correctly, you need someone who has a great deal of experience and expertise to help you.  It is not as expensive as you may think, and I must say I am still amazed by the results it brings.   If this is something you have been thinking about doing and have been putting it off, now is the time to do it!

 Copyright 2010 Cathleen McCandless

All Rights Reserved

Positive Energy and Positive Attitudes

Feng Shui is all about creating positive energy in our spaces.  In order to get the most out of our Feng Shui efforts we need to keep our attitude positive as well.

With all the negativity regarding the environment, gas prices, the economy, and just about everything else in the news, it is easy to become discouraged and taken in by all the naysayers and negative thinkers.  Now more than ever, it is essential that we focus on positive thoughts, actions, and deeds in order to raise our own vibration and the vibration of those around us.  Here are five easy tips to practice when you are feeling oppressed, stressed, or depressed! 

1. Be Grateful 

If you are feeling down, take a moment to count on your fingers ten things you are grateful for.  They don’t have to be grand or sophisticated, just ten things that are in your life that you feel blessed to have.  It is amazing how powerful this simple activity is to get your mind turned around from focusing on lack to focusing on having.

2. Stop watching the News

That’s right…turn it off.  Being fed nothing but negative words and images for at least a half hour is a sure way to lower your vibration and increase your stress level.  If you truly must “keep informed” use the Internet to pick and choose what kind of information you are being exposed to.

3. Avoid Negative People 

There will always be people full of negativity and gloom and doom.  Stay clear of these “downers” and only spend  your precious time with positive people and those that uplift you by their presence.  It is your life and your time, so take control over whom you choose to share it with!

4. Spend time in Nature

 Even if you only have five or ten minutes, spend time outside and be present while you are doing that.  Listen to the birds, the wind moving in the trees, and notice the majesty of the natural environment.  We are restored and soothed by images of nature, and spending time outside serves to remind us of the greater picture and our own space in the Universe.

5. Do at least one kind thing for another person each Day 

The saying, “Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” applies here. Sometimes the simple act of a sincere compliment, smile, or kind word can totally change the energy of someone’s day, and therefore creates a ripple of positive energy that can be passed on to others.  If everyone did this, think of how different society would function!  It starts with each one of us, here and now.  We are all connected, so a simple act of kindness benefits us all.  

  Go forth and BE joyful!

copyright 2010 Cathleen McCandless All Rights Reserved

Hands-On Home Staging Workshop

Date: Saturday, June 19th

Time: 10:00-4:00
Fee: $75
Location: To be Announced
Are you trying to sell a home or condo? It’s a buyer’s market in real estate right now, so sellers need all the help they can get in order to sell their property quickly for a decent price.
This class will meet at an actual home that needs staging where you will learn first-hand easy tips and techniques to help your property stand out from the pack.  Click the link below for more information about this fun and informative hands-on workshop
This informative workshop will cover:
  • Subliminal messages that turn off potential buyers
  • How the buyer experiences each property (this may surprise you!)
  • How to prioritize what needs to be improved to enhance a home sale
  • How to simply stage a house for the least money and most impact
  • Design choices that can make or break a sale
  • Three small things every seller needs to be aware of
  • The role nature and natural elements plays in home buying and selling (again, this may surprise you!)
  • The different ways men and women buy property
  • And much more!

This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone involved with real estate, home staging, or for anyone trying to sell their home. 

For more information or to register, please email me