Showing posts with label Natural Healing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Natural Healing. Show all posts

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Elderberries to the Rescue



I guess it had to happen.  The crud.  You know the one.  The one my son gets each February and then is passed on to me as the primary cleaner of snot, maker of hot tea, in other words - Mom.  For the first time in MANY years he was not hit as hard as usual.  I believe it is because we have slowed our lives down by homeschooling which has allowed us to rest when we are ill without the stress of knowing we should be "somewhere".  Also, the focus on essential oil use with near constant diffusing and applications, the use of rich homemade broths and staying hydrated has also helped.  Just to add a little something extra in the healing department I ordered a large quantity of Frontier dried elderberries last week from Vitacost.  After a few days of not being delivered due to the ice storm hitting our area, it finally arrived!

Happy Happy, Joy, Joy!

Pinterest has been, of course, a great resource, but if I am discussing healing the body, I want to be very sure that what I am saying is correct or at least has some basis in science.   And, recipes vary slightly depending on which source you are using.  Many sources use cinnamon to enhance flavor, some list ginger as optional and some bloggers suggest adding essential oils. Below is my recipe to add to the many sources you will find on the web. 




Elderberry Syrup Recipe

1/2 cup dried elderberries 
3 cups water
1 cup local raw honey
1 tbs freshly grated ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon

If sick take one spoonful in the morning and one at night.

Bring elderberries and water to a boil on medium high heat.  Reduce, cover and simmer for 
30 minutes.  Remove lid, add ginger and cinnamon and cook for an additional 15 minutes on
 low (no lid).  Remove pot from stove and allow to cool for 10 minutes.  Stir in honey until completed mixed.  Pour into 2 mason jars.  Add lid and store one in fridge and if desired, place
 the second jar in the freezer (or preferred freezer container) to be used as needed.   If you are freezing a jar of syrup, it must be completely cooled without the lid for one hour.  Also, you must leave at least one inch between the syrup and lid for expansion.  I find that placing jars on a wire rack is safer than placing on hard freezer surface to prevent cracking.  


You'll notice that I have NO GINGER in my photo though I do have it in the recipe.  As I pulled out all of my ingredients, as luck would have it, I had no ginger.  Not only did I have no ginger, but after being stuck at home for four days due to an ice storm, I also had no car keys.  My wonderful good samaritan husband dug my car out of the ice and accidentally pocketed not only his keys - but mine.  That's okay!  Many recipes do not call for ginger, so we forged ahead using the resources we had.  Let's talk about the ingredients and let's begin with the elderberry.  There are many sources available explaining on elderberries and their health benefits.  This one from the University of Maryland Medical Center tells us, 

"Elderberry, or elder, has been used for centuries to treat wounds, when applied to the skin. It is also taken by mouth to treat respiratory illnesses such as cold and flu. In many countries, including Germany, elder flower is used to treat colds and flu. Elder may have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anticancer properties."

A study from Purdue tells us that elderberries are filled with vitamins A and C as well as powerful antioxidants.  It also tells us that elderberries have been used for generations as folk medicine to treat sore throat, cold and flu.  Now we know a little bit about elderberry.  Why raw local honey and why ginger?   Many health experts such as Dr. Oz, Dr. Mercola and Dr. Axe sing the praises of honey. 

The two most important things honey does in this
 recipe  is helps boost your immune system and soothes
 coughs and sore throats. 

(We know honey has lots of other great uses as well!)  And, as the elderberries are slightly tart, it's nice to have something sweet to help it go down.  Finally, let's talk about the ginger.  Ginger is another immune booster and induces sweating which we all know if healthy.    It has,

"broad-spectrum antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-parasitic properties, to name just several of its more than 40 pharmacological actions.1 " (Dr. Mercola)
  
Now that you know the secrects of elderberries, honey and ginger and have reliable sources to support this centuries old folk remedy you are on your way to keeping yourself and your family happy and healthy as we wrap up these long winter days.  As for me, I have armed myself with as many wellness tools as I can while we wait out this winter storm and am dreaming of the return of the sun as I mark the pages of my newly arrived seed catalogs. 

"Everyone should be his own physician. We ought to assist and not force nature. Eat with moderation what agrees with your constitution. Nothing is good for the body but what we can digest. What medicine can produce digestion? Exercise. What will recruit strength? Sleep. What will alleviate incurable ills? Patience." ~Voltaire


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Saturday, February 7, 2015

21 Day Root Chakra Challenge

Let's talk about your Muladhara - your root - your first chakra.  Did you know you have one?  Everyone does!  I first learned of the chakras when I began my Reiki training in 1997 and spent many years working on balancing what I know to be the foundation of my physical body.   Through the many years of being a mom, working, losing a parent, etc., I feel I have lost touch with that vital part of my health.  I think that is one of the best parts of my essential oil renewal.  For many months I have been reacquainting myself with a deeper spiritual practice that I sort of let slip by as I focused on the mundane yet important aspects of life.  My Reiki practice is once again part of my daily life and I love incorporating essential oils from the cellular level up.



Nathan (darling hubby) and I have been using Do Yoga With Me for our at-home yoga practice.  When I decided to use February to focus on the first chakra, I went immediately to their website to find a great meditation and yoga video to support this important work.  I do my meditation in the afternoon as it is the part of the day when I have the lowest energy.  You can do your meditation whenever it best suits your schedule or level of energy.

I began to really research which oils would support Muladhara balance.  Could timing be any more perfect?  Cypress is doterra's February special and is the perfect oil to support grounding oneself and bringing balance to your life-force.  Frankincense has a similar effect in that it helps ground but brings an overall feeling of wellness and balance but most importantly, heals on a cellular level which is ideal when working with the first chakra.  You may be asking yourself, "why Wild Orange?"  Typically a second chakra oil, I decided to add WO to my Muladhara blend to bring clarity.  One of the issues with the first chakra is feeling untethered and confused with a general lack of control.  The wild orange will serve to help shake off the uncertainty and bring a healthy emotional state to your practice.  In addition, oranges are considered to be an Aphrodisiac!  If your libido is suffering, you most likely have first chakra issues.  By pairing the wild orange to with the oils that promote grounding, you may be able to increase your loving during this month of LOVE! 
  
Try to end your day with a detox bath of epsom salts.  The Epsom Salt Council recommended this article on a ritual bath that may explain why epsom salt baths work.  You can follow their directions and add baking soda and sea salt for an added kick to your bath.  

I recommend that you attempt to do this challenge each day.  This can be a challenge for sure!  If not, set your start date and your end date 21 days later.  Do the challenge on as many days as you can.  It may amaze you what these steps plus good intentions will do for your during that time.  

I'm going to be updating my own successes on my blog and on my FB page.  I'd love to hear from you if you are doing the challenge and what you are finding from this combination of yoga/meditationa and essential oils.

"Surely a man needs a closed place wherein he may strike root and, like the seed, become.  But also he needs the great Milky Way above him and the vast sea spaces, though neither stars nor ocean serve his daily needs."  ~Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert



Friday, November 14, 2014

Essential Oils 101 - Lime

I am sharing with you a portion of the most recent Doterra blog post on the essential oil - LIME. (Click on "LIME" to read the full article.)  This is one of my favorite oils, which, I am, unfortunately out of!  (Guess what's getting ordered this week?) 



Primary Benefits:
A Powerful antioxidant that supports healthy immune function
Positively affect mood with stimulating and refreshing properties
Used as an aromatic, topical, and internal cleanser
Promotes emotional balance and well-being

Uses:
Diffuse to cleanse the air and uplift your mood
Put lime on a cotton pad to help remove grease spots and sticker residue
Add a drop of lime to your drinking water for enhanced flavor and antioxidants
Add 1 drop to facial cleanser or shampoo for added cleansing properties


(Please use caution and common sense when using any essential oils, especially if taking internally.)
Primary Benefits:
  • A powerful antioxidant that supports healthy immune function
  • Positively affects mood with stimulating and refreshing properties
  • Used as an aromatic, topical, and internal cleanser
  • Promotes emotional balance and well-being
Uses:
Diffuse to cleanse the air and uplift your mood.
Put some Lime on a cotton pad to help remove grease spots and sticker residue.
Add a drop of Lime to your drinking water for enhanced flavor and antioxidants.
Add 1 drop to your facial cleanser or shampoo for added cleansing properties.
- See more at: http://doterrablog.com/essential-oil-spotlight-lime/#sthash.4tE9uR18.dpuf
Primary Benefits:
  • A powerful antioxidant that supports healthy immune function
  • Positively affects mood with stimulating and refreshing properties
  • Used as an aromatic, topical, and internal cleanser
  • Promotes emotional balance and well-being
Uses:
Diffuse to cleanse the air and uplift your mood.
Put some Lime on a cotton pad to help remove grease spots and sticker residue.
Add a drop of Lime to your drinking water for enhanced flavor and antioxidants.
Add 1 drop to your facial cleanser or shampoo for added cleansing properties.
- See more at: http://doterrablog.com/essential-oil-spotlight-lime/#sthash.4tE9uR18.dpuf
In the 18th century, British sailors drank lime juice daily to prevent scurvy while at sea, thus giving British seamen the nickname “Limeys.” Lime essential oil contains powerful antioxidants that ward off free radicals and enhance immunity. Due to its high limonene content, Lime provides internal cleansing benefits and can be diffused to help purify the air. It’s also an effective and natural surface cleanser. Lime is known for its ability to uplift mood, and balance and energize the mind and body. Lime is frequently used in facial and body cleansers for its purifying properties and uplifting scent. - See more at: http://doterrablog.com/essential-oil-spotlight-lime/#sthash.4tE9uR18.dpuf
In the 18th century, British sailors drank lime juice daily to prevent scurvy while at sea, thus giving British seamen the nickname “Limeys.” Lime essential oil contains powerful antioxidants that ward off free radicals and enhance immunity. Due to its high limonene content, Lime provides internal cleansing benefits and can be diffused to help purify the air. It’s also an effective and natural surface cleanser. Lime is known for its ability to uplift mood, and balance and energize the mind and body. Lime is frequently used in facial and body cleansers for its purifying properties and uplifting scent. - See more at: http://doterrablog.com/essential-oil-spotlight-lime/#sthash.4tE9uR18.dpuf
In the 18th century, British sailors drank lime juice daily to prevent scurvy while at sea, thus giving British seamen the nickname “Limeys.” Lime essential oil contains powerful antioxidants that ward off free radicals and enhance immunity. Due to its high limonene content, Lime provides internal cleansing benefits and can be diffused to help purify the air. It’s also an effective and natural surface cleanser. Lime is known for its ability to uplift mood, and balance and energize the mind and body. Lime is frequently used in facial and body cleansers for its purifying properties and uplifting scent. - See more at: http://doterrablog.com/essential-oil-spotlight-lime/#sthash.4tE9uR18.dpuf
In the 18th century, British sailors drank lime juice daily to prevent scurvy while at sea, thus giving British seamen the nickname “Limeys.” Lime essential oil contains powerful antioxidants that ward off free radicals and enhance immunity. Due to its high limonene content, Lime provides internal cleansing benefits and can be diffused to help purify the air. It’s also an effective and natural surface cleanser. Lime is known for its ability to uplift mood, and balance and energize the mind and body. Lime is frequently used in facial and body cleansers for its purifying properties and uplifting scent. - See more at: http://doterrablog.com/essential-oil-spotlight-lime/#sthash.4tE9uR18.dpuf
In the 18th century, British sailors drank lime juice daily to prevent scurvy while at sea, thus giving British seamen the nickname “Limeys.” Lime essential oil contains powerful antioxidants that ward off free radicals and enhance immunity. Due to its high limonene content, Lime provides internal cleansing benefits and can be diffused to help purify the air. It’s also an effective and natural surface cleanser. Lime is known for its ability to uplift mood, and balance and energize the mind and body. Lime is frequently used in facial and body cleansers for its purifying properties and uplifting scent. - See more at: http://doterrablog.com/essential-oil-spotlight-lime/#sthash.4tE9uR18.dpuf
In the 18th century, British sailors drank lime juice daily to prevent scurvy while at sea, thus giving British seamen the nickname “Limeys.” Lime essential oil contains powerful antioxidants that ward off free radicals and enhance immunity. Due to its high limonene content, Lime provides internal cleansing benefits and can be diffused to help purify the air. It’s also an effective and natural surface cleanser. Lime is known for its ability to uplift mood, and balance and energize the mind and body. Lime is frequently used in facial and body cleansers for its purifying properties and uplifting scent. - See more at: http://doterrablog.com/essential-oil-spotlight-lime/#sthash.4tE9uR18.dpuf
In the 18th century, British sailors drank lime juice daily to prevent scurvy while at sea, thus giving British seamen the nickname “Limeys.” Lime essential oil contains powerful antioxidants that ward off free radicals and enhance immunity. Due to its high limonene content, Lime provides internal cleansing benefits and can be diffused to help purify the air. It’s also an effective and natural surface cleanser. Lime is known for its ability to uplift mood, and balance and energize the mind and body. Lime is frequently used in facial and body cleansers for its purifying properties and uplifting scent. - See more at: http://doterrablog.com/essential-oil-spotlight-lime/#sthash.4tE9uR18.dpuf

Monday, August 11, 2014

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Apple Cider Vinegar - Does A Body Good


A few years ago I asked my mother if there was anything in particular that her mother-in-law (my father's mother) did to stay healthy.  She lived into her 80's and was never sick.  She gave birth to 8 children at home and only was ill one time, when she had her gall bladder removed.  (8 children, enough said.)  My mother did not hesitate and said "she drank a small amount of apple cider vinegar each day."    

Not only did my grandmother know this secret, but it is detailed in a great book that a friend gave me a few years ago called Folk Medicine.   

My favorite ACV is from Bragg.   From the Bragg website:  
Apple Cider Vinegar has been highly regarded throughout history. In 400 B.C. the great Hippocrates, Father of Medicine, used it for its amazing health qualities.
Check out the link to this great book, check out the Bragg link and have some apple cider today.