The path to self care is a very unique, personal journey. Everyone's journey is their own, personal path. What nurtures you? What comforts you? What challenges you to grow?
Here are some links and connections to some things that resonate with my path. Perhaps they will help you on your journey too.
Here are some interesting things I have learned about good health.
Balancing out "gut", balances our bodies. To properly balance the gut, one must eat good quality, whole foods and work to get a balance of good flora in your digestive track. Probiotics and prebiotics are very helpful as well as a good dose of fiber. Here is an interesting thing I learned about a sweetener called Inulin.
Here is a link that explains how these principals can bring digestion into good balance. Just make sure you go slow and increase things gradually. Healing your gut can do amazing things for your body! Click Here.
Here are some other great links. This one is on Gastric Esophogeal Reflux Disease which is so prevalent in our country today because of our over processed food. This will change the way you think about over-the-counter medicines. It is well worth reading.
This is a link on the Psychology of Eating. It is a simple practice that has the power to change your life.
Getting tired of paying high prices for prebiotics such a yogurt and other fermented foods? Check out this resource and make your own. It's really easy and they are so helpful. Check out Cultures for Health.
A dear friend of mine introduced me to this blessing. I am going to use it a lot in 2017.
The Five Contemplations: Food Blessing by Thich Nat Hahn
This food is the gift of the whole universe: the earth, the sky and much hard work.
May we live in a way that makes us worthy to receive it.
May we transform our own unskilled states of mind and learn to eat with moderation.
May we take only foods that nourish us and prevent illness.
We accept this food so that we may realize the path of understanding and love.
Bless this food.
Here are some of my favorite things.
I hope you find them helpful.
Reward yourself with a dry brush massage followed by a sesame oil massage which leaves your skin feeling 10 years younger! It's delightful! It is a great way to reward yourself.
Develop Self Compassion. This might just be the most important step to good health.
Here is a great Bee site that describes bee products.
The MELT method has really helped me with pain and increased my flexibility. I can't recommend this enough. It's wonderful stuff.
This Video explains why MELT is so effective and why it so important to keep our bodies flexible.
I love learning about how herbs help the body. The above PDF file comes from Dr. Axe about the history and use of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. I find it to be a great reference tool
As we move back to slow cooking, we need to reclaim those wonderful, healing soups our mothers and grandmothers use to make. Bone broth is very healthy. Here are some simple directions on how to make it.
I like to get my bones from the Chop Shop as they have delicious meets from local farms.
Want to learn more about edible plants that live in this area?
Place aloe gel, carrot seed oil, and vit E oil in blender
Place coconut oil and beeswax and gradually melt in Microwave. Check frequently and stir at 10 sec intervals
Stir in almond oil to beeswax mixture. Reheat if necessary to remain liquid. With blender on, slowly add oil to the mixture. As soon as it turns to a mayonnaise consistency, pour into clean jar.
The practice of Yoga is one of the best things we can do for our body, mind and spirit. By learning to stress and then relax our bodies on the mat, we teach our bodies to react to stress in a healthy manner. Yoga strengthens and balances us.
I practice using GaiaTV. There are many instructors and videos to choose from.
NIA is a unique movement class that incorporates dance, martial arts, and the healing arts. It is an amazing movement class that leaves one feeling full of joy.
Local classes are at Laughing Heart Lodge in the chapel at 11:45 am on Wednesdays. Lisa Mandle is the instructor. She is fabulous.
Most of my adult life, I have suffered with sinus infections that turn into bronchitis or lung infections. These happened routinely until I discovered some simple preventative measures.
1) Daily use of a Neti Pot. This is a daily hygiene practice that keeps your sinuses fresh. Always use safe water. I have natural spring water, but you may want to buy distilled water for this practice.
2) Routine oil pulling with coconut oil. If you have sensitive teeth, you will love this practice. It helps make your gums healthy and has a wonderful antibacterial effect on your mouth. A clean, disinfected mouth, helps keep our sinuses healthy and our upper respiratory system clean.
3) Gargling with an antiseptic mouthwash often when you have the first sign of a sore throat or sinus infection can be a big help. When I say often, I mean every 2 to 4 hours.
4) Practicing alternate nostril breathing not only balance your stress, but helps to clear your sinuses. You may need a box of tissues at your side, but it is worth it.
5) Take some extra vitamin C. I like to use Airborne or Emergence C just because they are soothing drinks. But, taking a Vitamin C supplement is just fine. You can take up to 3,000 mg per day to help prevent a cold.
6) Drinking ginger tea (boiled sliced ginger root works best) and taking a bath in boiled ginger water is also a great way to open the sinuses. Just make sure that you are well hydrated with water before you drink the tea or bathe in it. It will make you sweat. After your bath, make sure to rinse in tepid (skin temperature) water to close your pores. Then wrap up good and go take a nap.
Here is a wonderful video on improving digestion
Watch this video to learn more about medicinal uses for Nettle
As a very seasoned registered nurse and healing touch therapist, I continue to learn more about energy everyday. I am a forever student of vibrational medicine. This year I have had the very humbling experience of working with horses and their owners. It is such a privilege to work with such compassionate beings. I stand in awe of all that these enormous beings allow us to do with them, including healing people on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level.
I continue to study the way that our energetic relationships enhance one another. It's all so very fascinating. There is some wonderful scientific research being explained by Heart Math Institute. HMI has been around as a non profit since the early 90's. They have been collecting data for quite some time. They asked nurses and other employees to wear Heart Math monitors so that they could study the heart in a new way. It coincides nicely with my understanding of energy medicine. They offer free courses on their website as well as free tools. I think this is a wonderful resource.