Ayurveda Honors the Individual Body

13 Jan

If you suffer from high blood pressure, chances are you’ll step into your doctor’s office and he or she will prescribe you one of the leading pharmaceutical drugs to treat your symptoms. After you leave, another patient may come in with high blood pressure and your doctor will probably prescribe him with the same drug.

But since our bodies are all unique individuals, why do we treat them as if they’re all the same?

Holistic-medical modality Ayurveda is really special to me because it’s focused on balance and wellness of the mind, body and spirit. It also treats each individual as a unique being, defining different body constitutions as “Doshas.”

If two people of a different Dosha both have high blood pressure, they won’t be given the same treatment in Ayurveda. They receive treatments that are optimal for their Dosha, because although they both have high blood pressure, their journey to get there was completely different.

Ayurveda believes that each person requires a different kind of care to optimize their health. This system focuses on balancing the mind, body and spirit through the use of herbs and other body therapies, and guess what? It’s all natural, and it’s already aced the test of time.

Origins

Ayurveda is believed to have originated in India somewhere between 3,500 and 5,000 years ago. It is believed that Ayurveda is the foundation of all modern medical practice, and that includes Greek medicine, Western medicine, naturopathy, homeopathy and even traditional Chinese medicine.

The modality is still practiced widely today in conjunction with Western medicine in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, some parts of China, and Afghanistan.

My Journey to Ayurveda

When I was eight years old, I suffered with excruciating abdominal discomfort. The Western doctors could not figure out what was going on, and I began a 17-year journey that included all kinds of pharmaceutical medications and a pelvic examination at the age of nine. Despite this, the doctors just could not figure out what was going on.

As I grew older, the intensity and frequency of the pain increased. I started playing with herbal remedies because I remembered that my grandmother had soothed me as a little girl with a homemade ginger tea. I found myself gravitating toward herbal relief, and as a teen I started doing herbal facials on my friends and myself and cured our acne.

By the time I was a sophomore in college, the discomfort grew worse and worse. When I could afford it, I got massages, and I spent time meditating and drinking herbal tea.

I went to nursing school and by my mid-twenties, I finally put all my knowledge of herbs and body treatments together in a consistent way. Despite my nurse friends trying to convince me to take pharmaceutical medications, I continued practicing my herbal remedies on myself.

After nine months of consistent practice, I was completely cured of what I later discovered to be a bleeding ulcer. I had naturally stumbled upon Ayurveda, and my mission is to share it with the world.

Have you had any experiences with Ayurveda, or do you see how it can help you overcome any physical, mental or spiritual discomfort? Leave a comment below to join the conversation.

Wishing you much health and wellness!

Namaste,

Rochel Marie Lawson, RN,AHP,CMS

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7 Ways to Boost Your Immunity and Energy – Part II

12 Jul

Often we think about boosting our immune system during cold and flu season, but throughout the entire year things come up that can throw us off-kilter and create havoc to our system and energy levels.

Last week, I talked about Ojas and Ama and explored how food choice can affect toxin-levels in our bodies. Today, I’m going to share a few more strategies that I use with my clients to help them stay healthy and energized 365 days a year.

Spices

anise-aroma-art-277253In Ayurveda, we use a lot of herbs in natural medicine and cooking, and spices play a very important role in assisting our bodies to absorb the intelligence that we eat. When you add spices to your cooked vegetables, grains and legumes, the food can more quickly convert into the essence of Ojas that helps naturally build our immune system and increase our energy. Try some of these spices the next time you’re whipping up a meal:

Turmeric

This spice has an immune modulating effect. It is a detoxifier and enhances the intelligence of the immune cells. Turmeric is really delicious and is often found in East Indian cooking.

Cumin

Often found in Latin dishes, this spice burns away the Ama in the digestive tract. It has a great smell and tastes wonderful.

Black Pepper

This spice clears tissue channels so the essence of the Ojas travel deeper into the body and build a healthy and stable foundation for good health.

All three of these spices are great for any dosha type.

Fruit

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The main goal in eating fruit is to keep your bowel cleansed and free of undigested foods that can create Ama. Organic, tree-ripened fruit is the best option. If you don’t have access to fresh fruit, frozen is next best, but be careful to avoid canned fruit. It’s dead, it’s dead, it’s dead.

Apples contain antioxidants, and insoluble and soluble fiber which helps cleanse the bowel. They are also sweet and juicy. Whoever said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away was really tapping into some higher intelligence.

Pears, peachesplumssweet pineapples and mango are some fruits that transform quickly into the essence of Ojas. Pomegranate seed juice or chutney keeps the body in balance as well.

I love having some papaya after a big meal to satisfy my sweet tooth without adding excess fat in the middle of my waist.

Essential Oils

aromatherapy-bottles-close-up-672051Essential oils are a really powerful way to support the immune system. If you’re newer to essential oils and would like to find out how you can use them and where to find them, there is more information HERE [LINK: previous essential oils post].

Peppermint Essential Oil

naturally supports the respiratory system and is awakening and energy enhancing. It gently increases the essence of Ojas in the body.

Lemon Essential Oil

helps to naturally jumpstart the liver into detoxification mode and push Ama out of the body. It’s great at assisting the body in absorbing the nutrients from our food without over-taxing the system (it’s also really great for naturally increasing energy levels).
If you do all these things, in no time you will be digesting your food in a much more healthy and productive manner! Did you love all this information, and want to go a little deeper? Visit http://www.FreeGiftsFromRochele.com for more tips

7 Ways to Boost Your Immunity and Energy – Part I

2 Jul

Often we think about boosting our immune system during cold and flu season, but throughout the entire year things come up that can throw us off-kilter and create havoc to our system and energy levels. Today I’d like to share some strategies that I use with my clients to help them stay healthy and energized 365 days a year.

Ojas, Ama and Toxins

adult-autumn-autumnal-712413In Ayurveda, we refer to the essences that help keep our immune system strong as Ojas. When we eat healthy, nourishing, organic, non-GMO food, the nutrients are absorbed in our body and the end product of those wonderful essences creates Ojas. This then helps us complete our digestion and create radiant skin and good health, as well as instilling a sense of happiness and well-being.

If the food we eat is full of pesticides, or if we don’t eat the right food for our body type, we can build up Ama, which are toxins. The goal is to always try to keep your body as free from Ama as possible because it’s so debilitating and can cause illness.

The term “toxins” in Ayurveda doesn’t only refer to chemicals like pesticides. It also refers to toxins we take in through our environment, things that we see and hear. This might look like a violent television show or music with aggressive or sexually explicit lyrics. Toxins, or Ama, are anything that assaults our sense of wellness and balance.

When our system is under attack or working very hard, our bodies become fertile ground for illness. The goal is to keep the seeds of disease from sprouting in the first place by maintaining low levels of Ama and high levels of Ojas.

Food Choice

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One of the most basic and important things to look at in building Ojas is food choice. It is optimal to choose intelligent, immune-boosting types of food that are easy to digest. When I say “intelligent,” I mean fresh vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and lite, fresh, organic, non-GMO dairy products.

When you choose foods that are unaltered by genetic modification and pesticides, you give your body a great foundation to absorb the nutrients. These foods help us wake up the intelligent nature of our bodies and create Ojas.

The foods to stay away from are processed, canned, frozen or packaged goods. They are the hardest to digest and create Ama in our digestive tract since they are so difficult to break down. When food stays in our colon, it petrifies and can be harmful to our immune system and deplete our energy.

Preservatives, pesticides and GMO’s deplete foods of their intelligence. When we consume them, they deplete our intelligence on a cellular level and set us up for illness and disease.

Cooking

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When cooking, it’s important to be mindful of how long different foods need to be cooked. Steaming vegetables can make them more easily digestible for the body, but when they start to lose their natural color they’ve been cooked for too long. Overcooking reduces the immune-producing part of the food, depleting it of important vitamins and minerals.

Meat does need to be cooked to a certain temperature in order to kill harmful bacteria, but it should also be eaten in moderation, as it can be difficult for some body types to digest.

Stay tuned! Next week, I’m going to talk about how cooking with spices, eating certain fruits, and essential oils can all help boost the immune system.

In the meantime, if you want to take a more personal look at boosting immunity for your body type, click here for some great starting tips.

Sensuality and Romance, Naturally

2 Apr

Throughout time, fragrance has played a subtle yet significant role in the art of romance. In Indonesia sweetly scented ylang ylang flowers are scattered on the bed of a newly married couple. Cleopatra, one of the most renowned lovers of all time, was reputed to have scented the sallies of her barge with rose water to seduce Mark Antony as she sailed to meet him. Studies have shown that the majority of people consider smell to be the lease valuable of the five sense, yet it is the most highly developed at birth, and we choose our mates in part because of their unique scent.

 

Today, the perfume industry is a multi-billion dollar business based on the notion that fragrance makes people more attractive to one another. It’s more than marketing and fancy packaging- there’s a logical explanation for why scent has such a powerful effect on romantic feelings.

 

The olfactory lobe of the brain is part of the limbic system, the same area associated with memory, emotion, learning and sexual desire. When scents are inhaled, they have an immediate, powerful effect on the emotions, Scents perceived as pleasant and stimulate the production of neurotransmitter, the body’s “feel good” hormones.

 

There was a study conducted to see which scents naturally aroused men and women and the results were quite interesting. The scents that naturally aroused men sensually the most were lavender, and pumpkin pie, which produced a 40% increase. Other high ranking scents included orange and the combination of black licorice and doughnuts.

 

The women’s result of the study proved to be even more interesting. The scent of baby powder, a mixture of Good and Plenty licorice candy and cucumber were the top sensuality arousing scents.  The scents of lavender and pumpkin pie also ranked high with women.

 

Now there is some food for thought however most people aren’t going to have Good and Plenty candy around… hopefully but lavender, pumpkin pie and cucumber are much easier scents to incorporate into our lives.

 

Sensuality and Romance blossoms in a relaxing and beautiful environment.  You can easily create this type of environment to fit your taste, desires and needs, naturally by using aromatherapy like Cleopatra did.

 

Here are some tips and suggestions on how you can use fragrance play a role in the art of your Sensuality and Romance.

  • Lighting candles is a sensual and romance environment enhancer, the preference is to use aromatherapy candles or scented candles.
  • Aphrodisiac scents you can use are: Vanilla, Sandalwood, Rose, Clary sage, Jasmine, Neroli, Pathouli, Vetiver and Ylang Ylang. These scents can be used in a diffuser or topically on pulse points such as the wrist, heart center, abdomen, behind the ear and throat area.
  • Adding fresh flowers to the environment can add to the feeling of freshness, aliveness and comfort.
  • Misting comfy pillows for lounging, with a mist of a mixture of distilled water and Rose, lavender or one of those other essential oils suggested is a seductive way to further enhance the romantic environment.
  • Start with a Seductive Blissful Beginning– This includes taking a warm bath where the water is just warm enough to be relaxing and not make you sleepy. Add 3 to 10 drops of the essential oil of your choice along with ½ cup of Epsom sale to relax tense muscles and 1 cup of baking soda to soften the skin. Float a few Rose petals in the water, light a few candles and bathe by candle light.

 

May your Sensuality and Romance be naturally taken to another level!

 

Namaste,

Pain Relief Naturally

19 Mar

Pain can serve as a protective function by letting us know that something is wrong and needs to be corrected before relief can be gained. Pain is often due to inflammation, which is a protective function, preventing bacteria, toxins, and foreign material at the injury site from spreading. Injured tissues release nerve irritating chemicals such as histamine, which dilates blood vessels, increasing their permeability so healing can begin. The brain responds to pain by producing morphine-like hormones known as endorphins.  Though drugs may offer relief, they can also cause side-effects and usually don’t help in removing the cause of pain.

 

Ayurveda medicine has been in existence for thousands of years. Herbs that help relieve pain have been used by sages and practitioners alike and are natural ways to allow the body to correct and heal itself.  It is the knowledge of this wisdom that can be used to help free the body from pain and allow natural healing to take place. The food, herbs and spices that we eat can be used as medicine and healing when we know what to eat to assist us with this. Herbs that have analgesic properties help allay pain when used internally without affecting consciousness. Anodynes are sedating and help keep pain from being transmitted. Antispasmodics relax muscles spasms and sedatives promote rest and peace.

 

We all know that food can alter our brain chemistry in a way that can affect perception. If you didn’t know that, you do now. The amino acid tryptophan found in avocados, bananas, grapefruit, nuts and seeds such as flax and sesame, papayas, peaches, tomatoes, millet, black rice, buckwheat, oats, quinoa, poultry encourages production of the calming neurotransmitter serotonin. If you eat seafood, you may get relief from pain due to their content of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Strawberries contain natural salicylates and are cooling and anti-inflammatory. Enzymes present in fresh foods such as salad greens, raw vegetables and fruit can reduce inflammation.

 

Other pain relieving options that may be helpful to include in the diet because of their ability to improve circulation and reduce inflammation include turmeric, rosemary, ginger, sage and olive oil.

 

Cayenne pepper stimulated endorphin production and is an anti-inflammatory agent. It contains a compound called capsaicin that blocks transmission of substance P which transports pain messages to the brain.

 

Ginger root is warming and improves circulation. It can lessen the pain of arthritis, backache and menstrual cramps. Chewing on a piece of fresh ginger root can be a wonderful reliever for sore throat. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory and analgesic. It makes a wonderful tea but is also available in capsules and tinctures.

 

 

White Willow Bark is an herb that contains salicin, one of the original aspirin compounds and is a traditional herb for arthritis, backache, gout, headache, joint inflammation, migraine, and general body pain. It is an analgesic, anodyne and anti-inflammatory.

 

Valerian root is a smooth muscle and skeletal relaxant. It is wonderful for cramps, headache, insomnia, neuralgia, shingles, stress and trauma. Valerian root is an anodyne, antispasmodic and sedative.

 

 

By combining several pain relieving foods, herbs and spices in your diet you allow the body to repair itself and obtain natural pain relieve without any untoward side effects.

 

Wishing you peace, wellness and tranquility!

Blissful Sleep with Aromatherapy

5 Mar

Essential oils give flowers, herbs, spices and fruit their characteristic scents. But these fragrant plant essences do far more than just provide pleasing aromas. In Ayurveda, essential oils and herbs have been used for easing physical and psychological disorders including sleep problems.

 

Research now shows that essential oils with calming properties such as lavender, jasmine and rose, elicit alpha and theta brain waves, which induce relaxation. In fact, lavender essential oil has been proven to improve sleep. A study in the British medical journal Lancet reported that lavender helped participants fall asleep more quickly and helped them sleep longer. Lavender has also been used in dental offices to help ease anxiety in patients with dental phobia. It actually calmed these patients down tremendously.

 

Essential oils can be used in a variety of way to enhance a Blissful sleep. Make a simple body room spray by combining 10 to 20 drops of an essential oil such as lavender with distilled water in a 4 ounce spray bottle, shake it gently and spray it on your pillows, sheets and bedding prior to retiring to sleep.

 

If you are a person that likes to take a bath you can try this; soak in a warm bath with 4 to 10 drops of an essential oil one hour before bedtime and let the slumber of Bliss take over your body. Some wonderful essential oils to use for a bath of bliss that leads to Blissful Slumber are: Chamomile, Clary Sage, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Marjoram, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, and Ylang ylang.

 

Another way to enhance Blissful sleep is to make a warm or hot beverage utilize herbs that are good for sleeping. An herbal tea made of dried chamomile flowers, dried lemon balm and dried passionflower  is a yummy and soothing way to induce a blissful sleep. The aroma from the herbs are not only pleasing to smell, they actually stimulate the sleep receptors in the brain that begin the release of the sleep inducing hormones within the body.

 

Studies have shown that passionflower improved sleep quality and can be an effective treatment for insomnia. Lemon Balm has been used for ages to naturally calm anxiety, nervousness and insomnia and since chamomile has powerful sedative effects, its great for reducing anxiety and insomnia too. The combination of these 3 herbs makes for a Blissful Slumber Herbal Tea that can be enjoyed whenever needed without addictive effects.

 

The next time sleep is evading you, try a lavender essential oil warm bath or some Blissful Slumber Herbal Tea and allow the essence of the aromas bring therapeutic slumber to you.

 

Wishing you a Blissful Sleep!

Getting a Blissful Night’s Sleep- Tips to help you get the rest you need

19 Feb

With sleep being a pillar of life, it is very important that we nurture it and make this pillar a very important part of our life because how we take care of this pillar has a tremendous effect on our health and wellbeing.

With all the stimulation that we have our lives, it has become more and more difficult to shut down from the activities of the day to allow our mind and body to connect to begin the slow down process that leads to a good night’s sleep. We are stimulated by television, cellphones, computers and tablets that alert us when anything and everything occurs. In fact, some people actually have difficulty in putting their cellphones down.  Its no wonder, a third of the adults and kids in the United States suffer from type of sleep issue or challenge.

 

Ok so you may asking yourself do I suffer from sleep challenges, am I one of those folks that just can shut off my technology, put down my cellphone or take a break from my television… Is all this modern technology depriving me from being the best that I can be with mental, physical and emotional alertness, balance and energy? Or you may saying to yourself… yeah I know this is a challenge for me but I’m so productive and I can always catch up on sleep… right…  Yet still you may be the person that knows this is a problem for you and you want to know what you can do about it.

 

Here are 6 ways to better sleep that you can begin doing immediately so that you can get that good night’s sleep that you desire, deserve, crave and want.

 

  1. Eat for Blissful Sleep – What you eat and when you eat it has a profound effect on sleep quality. Eat dinner at least three hours prior to bedtime to give you body plenty of time to complete digestion before sleep. You’ll rest better if your stomach isn’t overly full and you’ll also prevent nighttime heartburn.

  2. Drink For Blissful Sleep– A glass of wine or an adult beverage with dinner can help you unwind from the day’s stressors, but avoid too much more than that and have none of these types of beverages at least 3 hours prior to retiring to bed. Although Alcohol has an initial sedative effect, excessive alcohol stimulates the release of cortisol, which can cause restless sleep and awakening during the night.
  3. Exercise For Blissful Sleep – Studies show that exercise is as beneficial as prescription drugs for promoting restful sleep. Consistent daily exercise is crucial for keeping stress, worry, anxiety and depression – all of which are prime contributors to sleep problems – at bay.
  4. Exercise Outdoors For An Extra Blissful Sleep Boost – If you exercise outdoors, you’ll benefit from the sun’s effect on harmonizing your body clock. Spending just one-half-hour in the sun everyday, especially in the morning, modulates your body’s production of the hormone melatonin, which helps to regulate your sleep cycles.
  5. Create a Blissful Sleep Environment – Make your bedroom a tranquil haven by surrounding yourself with soothing colors. Blues, greens, and purples are traditionally thought to be the most calming shades. To create a blissful environment, clear away all clutter and ban televisions and computers from the bedroom (this is what I do and I love it) Make your room as dark as possible. Light from any source, even a small light from a digital clock can significantly interfere with sleep. Light disrupts the circadian rhythm by diminishing the production of melatonin, which signals the body to awaken. Turn your cell phone off or to vibrate and place it in another room so that you don’t hear the tings and vibration of the phone with every alert.
  6. Establish a Regular Bedtime – Creating a set bedtime for going to bed and getting up in the morning helps your body establish a blissful sleep-wake cycle. Once you set your sleep schedule it’s beneficial to maintain it even on weekend and during vacations.
    A good bedtime is between the hours of 10pm -11pm. This allows the body time to begin it healing and repair work with fluidity and ease.

 

 

May your sleep time be more Restorative, Healing and Blissful!

A Good Night’s Sleep is Important

5 Feb

Do you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep? Do you have difficulty falling to sleep or staying asleep? You have plenty of company. Today there are a third of adults in the United States that experience occasional sleep problems and one our of every 10 suffers from chronic insomnia.

 

Most people associate insomnia as a condition where people can’t fall asleep but it is so much more. There are many people that have no problem falling asleep easily but wake up during the night and find it difficulty to get back to sleep. My friends is a form of insomnia. How about this, you might even be getting a sufficient amount of sleep but you still wake up tired and groggy in the morning. This my friends is also a form of insomnia. Since sleep is one of the pillars of life, it is very important that we get the best sleep possible.

 

It is no accident or fable that sleep is a pillar of life. We need good sleep to feel energetic and alert. What’s even more important is that while we’re sleeping our bodies perform a variety of essential restorative tasks, including healing and repair, detoxification, repairing cellular damage and searching out and destroying foreign invaders. Sleep is so powerful that it restores the proper levels of brain chemicals thus playing an essential role in emotional well-being.

 

A lack of sleep wears down the body, resulting in a lower immune capacity of the body, which increases susceptibility to disease, obesity, and premature aging. There is absolutely no question that getting enough sleep and getting good quality sleep is vitally important for optimal physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing.

 

There is a myth about sleep that we all have heard. That myth is that we need eight hours of sleep per night. The reality is that depending on your body type, you may be a person that needs just 6 hours of sleep or you may be a person that needs 9 hours of sleep or a person that falls somewhere in that range. The bottom line is you must make it a priority to get sufficient, restorative and healing sleep. It’s one of the most important habits you can cultivate for your health and your happiness.

 

Wishing you peace and tranquility,

Using Food As Medicine

19 Jan

Not long ago I struggled with my health and wellbeing. I was always not feeling well and my tummy always bothered me until I discovered that I could use my food as my medicine. Once I realized that my health improved to the point that I no longer suffer from stomach troubles or anything else.

 

When we learn to use our food as medicine a miraculous thing begins to happen. We begin to fight off infection and disease. We begin to look younger and feel stronger and we begin to feel absolutely amazing. Because the root of our health starts with a healthy digestive system, it’s vitally important that you eat the best foods possible for your body. And when you do this, you literally eat your way to good health.

 

Antioxidant rich foods are my favorites because they do the body good in so many ways. First of all I like the fact that they are natural. Secondly, I like the fact that you can never eat too much of them and lastly I like the fact that they are so good for the body.

 

Let’s start with the amazing Apple.  Someone knew what they were talking about when they said that an Apple a day helps keep the doctor away. Apples are packed with antioxidants that treat liver disorders, diabetes and heart disease. They also ease stomach disorders and constipation. Any type of Apple is good however the Red Delicious Apples contain twice the antioxidants as the other varieties. Eat them peeled and enjoy the antioxidants lurking underneath the peel.

 

Basil curbs nausea even nausea from chemotherapy when eaten before and after treatment. Eating Basil pesto on Gluten free pasta is a yummy way to enjoy the antioxidants that this herb provides. You will get the antioxidants whether you eat the Basil fresh or dried.

 

Blueberries are so very pretty and I just love the deep blue/purple color that they have. What’s great about these jewels is you can eat them fresh or frozen and still do the body good. They protect the heart from damage and they reduce inflammation, high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries, which are all associated with cardiovascular disease.

 

Pomegranates have become the rage in recent times. I remember eating these by the dozen as a kid and I also remember my mom saying eat those outside because the stain from Pomegranates don’t come out. Little did I know that I was doing my heart Good! In fact, this fruit is so heart healthy that the FDA approves the statement of them being heart healthy on their label.

 

Cherries are great for the heart as well Cherries have been shown to lower blood pressure and are as effective as some medications.

 

Other goodies for heart health include tomatoes, strawberries and watermelon

Looking to fight off fatigue? Instead of reaching for that energy drink or another cup of coffee, try eating a melon Honeydew melons and Cantaloupe reduce not only physical fatigue but mental fatigue as well. Cantaloupe is loaded with the potent antioxidant enzyme SOD (superoxide dismutase) that is also sold as a supplement. But I would rather eat the fresh fruit.

 

Have you been told that you have high cholesterol…Well the hot compound in chili peppers that make them hot capsaicin not only helps the body break down cholesterol, it helps the body to get rid of it. Plus it blocks a gene that makes the arteries contract that reduces blood flow.

 

Lastly, if you are a Garlic lover like I am, you will love it even more. Check this out. Garlic fights a wide range of infections from bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses thanks to sulfur compounds like Allicin. It destroys some bacterial strains so resistant to antibiotics that drugs prove useless against. The lungs release Allicin, helping to clear respiratory infections and bronchial disorders such as Asthma. It may even help prevent lung cancer. The bottom line is Garlic is great for your respiratory system so feel free to indulge and indulge often, just make sure to have some peppermints for your breath…

 

Wishing you peace, health and tranquility.

The Medicine Cabinet In Your Kitchen

5 Jan

Healthcare starts with your digestive system and begins in the kitchen. Did you know that you have an arsenal of items in your kitchen that completely changes your wellbeing from shabby to fabulous? In fact you have some time tested remedies that are available to you that are right in your cupboard, pantry or spice rack that can increase your health and wellbeing and improve your vitality during not only during autumn and winter but throughout the entire year. It has been shown that high spice intake equals lower rates of chronic disease.

Using ginger, turmeric, cayenne, garlic and other herbs in delicious ways can improve your digestion, soothe a sore throat and reduce inflammation.

The spice Ginger is a warming spice that can be used for better digestion, to loosen up congestion and calm heartburn.  You can enjoy ginger by adding it to the food you eat, as a cup of tea with a touch of lemon and honey or you can eat candied ginger after you eat to aid with digestion.

Turmeric is a beautiful tonic for the liver, is a digestive aid, a powerful anti-inflammatory. And a decongestive. It’s great to add to rice, meat or hot almond milk.

Garlic is known for fighting off bacterial infections and viruses. This goody is great to keep on hand for cough/cold syrups, to spread on toast and to add to marinades, dressings, steamed greens or grains.

Peasants in Italy to fight off Cholera used cayenne pepper during World War II. The peasants that ate hot pepper and garlic daily remained healthy and well. It is a good source for adding vitamin C to your intake. A great sore throat reliever can be made of Cayenne and honey.

Just the aroma of Cinnamon can be a winter blues lifter and a brain booster. This good is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties and helps fight bacterial, fungal infections and viruses too. You can drizzle a little flax seed oil on toast, spread some honey on it and sprinkle it with a little cinnamon. Mmmmm Mmmmm Good!

There is a new rave about Apple Cider Vinegar and here is just one of the reasons why. This vinegar is a potassium rich, antibacterial, antimicrobial and excellent digestive aid. If you want to relieve gas, bloating, reflux, or heartburn you can try this, add 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of honey. This also helps to relieve stuffy noses and nighttime leg cramps.

Lemons are usually very abundant during winter and one of he most luscious fragrances to have around. Lemons are antiviral and antibacterial.

A Squeeze of lemon juice in a cup of warm water and taken on an empty stomach in the morning is a fabulous way to wake up your digestive system, help alkalize and cleanse the body, detoxify your liver, reduce mucus and phlegm, increase hydration, lower inflammation and boost the immune system.

Sot the next time you think about going to the store to pick up a remedy for something that may be ailing you, you may want to just go to your spice rack or find a lemon tree and indulge in some natural healing.

Wishing you peace, health and tranquility!

 

The Essence of Essential Oils ~ Tip for safe and effective use

3 Jun

A few years ago I created a document that provided 101 uses for the essential oils of lavender, lemon and peppermint (www.feelingfabulous.net) and now I want to share tips for safe and effective use of essential oils.

From the calming aroma of lavender to the invigorating scent of peppermint, essential oils can stimulate our senses, influence our mood, and even heal our hurts. For thousands of years, essential oils have been used in a countless way for health and well-being. The leaves, petals and other plant components naturally contain hundreds of beneficial chemicals that help attract pollinators, protect the plant from harm such as pests or bacteria and provide healing and nourishment to the plant. Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts from plants that harness these diverse chemicals. If you want to get started using essential oils, here are some tips:

  • FIND AN EXPERT. Many health food stores have essential oil selections that they’ve researched extensively before bringing them into the store and they usually have at least one person on staff with in-depth knowledge about the products they sell.
  • DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH. A company’s literature and website can tell you a lot about the quality of its products, but don’t rely on them as your sole source of information. Watch out for companies that aren’t transparent about how they source their oils, or make outrageous claims that don’t measure up to an independent investigation.
  • LOOK FOR BOTANICAL NAMES. All essential oil products should include the Latin names of the botanicals as different species of plants can have different effects. Did you know that there are over 30 species of lavender alone and over 400 varieties? Stay away from products that don’t list this important information on the label.
  • BUY ORGANIC. Certified organic oils must meet stringent requirements regarding the use of fertilizers, pesticides, chemicals and additives. A company that obtains certification has already met these numerous and rigorous specifications, making it a good bet that quality is important to them.
  • BE CAUTIOUS OF TERMINOLOGY. Words like “pure” and “therapeutic grade’ are not regulated in any way, anyone can use them. Ask yourself how the company backs up the words it uses to describe its products. If you’re not satisfied, look elsewhere.
  • PAY FOR QUALITY. In the case of essential oils, price really can predict quality or a lack of quality. Stay away from essential oils that are cheaper than reputable brands. Cheap oils can indicate poor quality or dilution of the key ingredients that render these oils ineffective.
  • START SMALL. It’s best to start with one or two well-known essential oils that are easy to use. Try lavender for relaxation, lemon to give energy or eucalyptus as a decongestant.
  • DIFFUSE THEM. Diffusing an essential oil spreads the health promoting properties through the air. This can be as simple as putting a few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and then placing the cotton ball nearby. Of course, a wide variety of diffusers is available for purchase. You can contact me and I will help you find one that meets your specific needs. (info@healthhealingwellness.com)
  • STORE ESSENTIAL OILS CORRECTLY. Essential oils should come in dark-colored bottles to protect the contents from light and should be stored in a dark, cool place. Do not store plastic eyedroppers in an essential oil bottle as the concentrated oils can dissolve the plastic.
  • Most essential oils are incredibly safe, but only when used properly. Pets and children can be sensitive to certain aromas, so do your research and don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Let these tips be your guide to the safe and effective use of essential oils. Have fun and experiment with aromas that suit your needs and smell preferences. Allow the essence of this beautiful, healing gift to invade the essence of your being and surround you with goodness, energy, wellbeing and the feeling of Bliss.

Wishing you peace, wellness & tranquility!

Namaste,

Rochel Marie Lawson, RN,AHP,CMS                                                                  

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