These are stressful times for most folks around the world. Everyone has an opinion about whether COVID19 is very dangerous or not. Even though I can not recall experiencing something like this in my lifetime, and it appears to be uncertain when this will all be over with, I am determined to make the most out of this situation by practicing some simple but profound self-care techniques.
As most of you know, and some of you do not know, I am a certified reflexologist, plant medicine enthusiast, and lover of all things natural. Reflexology is the practice of applying controlled pressure to reflex areas, which are areas on the feet, hands, face, and ears that represent body parts and organs. When pressure is applied to reflex areas systematically and in a controlled manner, benefits occur throughout the body. Some of the benefits are detoxification, boosted circulation, relaxation, and much more.
I want to share some simple but powerful techniques that may decrease your stress level and give your immune system a boost. The reflexes in your hand that can help if you are stressed are the Adrenal Gland Reflex and Solar Plexus Reflex. The adrenal glands in our body are shaped like a walnut and sit on top of our kidneys. Their function is to secrete hormones involved in essential bodily processes and to keep our reaction to stress in balance. The Solar Plexus is a network of tight nerves located right under the apex of the bottom of the rib cage. Its function is to keep our organs running smoothly by preparing the body to respond to stress through metabolic changes. The Adrenal Reflex is located between the tip of the thumb and your wrist. The Solar Plexus Reflex can be found on the palm side under your middle finger, right at the point that lines up just under the knuckle.
In addition to using reflexology, there are numerous teas that can help you during this time, such as chamomile, lavender, kava, valerian, and passionflower, to name a few. Remember to sip on a good quality tea, preferably loose leaf tea. You can also add other nutritionally satisfying flowers, herbs, tinctures, etc. Some additives I like to add to my teas are hibiscus, roses, lemons, cardamom, and flower essences. Just experiment and have fun!
Another simple but powerful technique is deep breathing, also known as abdominal breathing or belly breathing. The first step to deep breathing is to relax your shoulders and inhale through your nose (experience the air moving through your nose into your abdomen as you expand the stomach). Hold your breath for a few seconds and then slowly exhale, completely emptying your lungs. It helps if you put one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach. Deep breathing has numerous benefits and can help you relax, lower your blood pressure, and balance your heart rate. Always check with your medical provider before doing these breathing exercises if you have COPD, asthma or other lung issues.
Lastly, I want you to know the power to help ourselves is in our hands(reflexes) and in nature(teas, flowers and etc.). Let’s use what has been given to us to help us live a better life. If you know someone that could benefit from this virtual talk please share this information. Stay tuned for more information about our virtual talk or to speak individually with me contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Health & Healing,
Essential oils are organic compounds with intense healing properties. The use of essential oils for healing purposes is known as aromatherapy, and is characterized by the holistic medicinal treatment of the mind and body.
Lavender oil is an extremely beneficial herb, made of over 150 active ingredients that have antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying, calming and stimulating effects. Lavender oil is one of the most popular essential oils used in aromatherapy.
Uses of Lavender Oil:
One of the most common uses of lavender is its usage in curing mental exhaustion. Lavender oil is known to have a calming, sedative and anti-convulsive effect. This effect is received when the scent of about two drops of lavender oil is inhaled into the brain. It also helps to enhance the effectiveness of other relaxants.
Treat Wounds and Burns
The antiseptic properties of lavender oil make it very useful in soothing pain from minor burns, cuts, and bruises. Applying a few drops to wounds helps to increase cell growth around the wounded area causing the wound to heal faster. Its anti-microbial action helps to protect the wounds from infection during healing. Lavender oil can also be applied to insect bites or stings to reduce pain. It can be applied by soaking a towel in a bowl of water infused with a few drops of lavender oil. Apply this to sprains or muscle injuries.
Studies have shown that lavender essential oil is essential in improving blood circulation. Improved blood circulation is important for proper blood function, clears thinking and also helps to support cellular function. Lavender oil has a powerful frequency which can help to enhance your thoughts and inspire you spiritually. You could spray lavender oil on your pillow as this could help you promote restful sleep as you inhale the deep scents of lavender oil.
The lavender herb is also known as a natural stress reliever. Inhaling the scent of lavender helps you spend more time in deep sleep which can relieve you of stress. When taken with other anti-depressants, it can help reduce the severity of depression, anxiety and insomnia.
Lavender herbs have a very sweet scent and can be used to enhance the aroma and scent of food and drinks. Dried lavender flowers can be used in making lavender tea. A few drops of lavender oil can also be added to a stale potpourri mixture. The amazing aroma of lavender essential oil helps to revitalize the taste. They have a powerful flavor and should be taken in small quantities.
How Does Lavender Oil Work?
Lavender is very effective because of the psychological effects of its scent, as well as its physiological effects on your brain. Lavender oil can be applied topically or aromatically. Avoid ingesting lavender oil, as it may lead to side effects, such as constipation, headache, burning eyes, blurred vision, and increased appetite. Lavender essential oil is a natural sedative, beneficial for a wide range of uses. It is a great secret weapon for total vitality of the mind, spirit and body!
Experience the relaxing and revitalizing effects of lavender essential oil with our Relax & Restore roll on and Blessed Face spray. Our Restful Sleep bath tea, and Restful Sleep Pillow spray, are great for winding down right before bedtime while also giving you the added benefits of boosting your stamina and energy. So if you were looking to purchase high quality lavender herbs and essential oil based products, now is the perfect time to seize the opportunity!
We must take care of our hearts in 3 ways in order for it to be full of Purpose. The 3 R,s of heart health.
The 1st thing we must do is Release all unforgiveness and bless both good and bad experiences as its for your highest good. Never allowing a person, place or situation to allow you to keep negativity in your heart as this keeps the negative emotion alive within you and may even cause sickness, disease and worse.
We must renew our hearts daily allowing goodness and mercy in. As I understand that grief is stored in the heart. We can walk around for years carrying pain, disappointment, anger, hatred and a bout load of other emotions that rob us of our good. We must release daily negative emotions and there is many ways to do that but I will just expand on a few.
The 1st way to release is to acknowledge it immediately and remember if someone did something offense toward you its really about them and how they feel not about you. The insult is never about you. This took me awhile to realize this but I finally got it! The book "The Four Agreements" by Don Miquel is a wonderful book.
Do me a favor as you observe the insults to other people or maybe even yourself watch the person doing the insulting and you will soon discover its all about what their perspective is and how they feel about a particular person or situation. No matter how justified they feel in feeling this way if they somehow changed there perspective they would have a different experience. I dare you to change your perspective on something right now perhaps a co-worker that was mean to you and tried to sabotage you.
If you would think about why are people mean mostly fear so she may fear you taking her position of getting more shine. So actually if you knew her story you may even feel sorry for her perhaps she never received attention from her parents growing up which lead her to always be an overachiever. It still gives her no reason to take her actions out on you but you get my point. So really what's in order is to pray for her as you may never know what's going on with her but trust me it is and it may be deeply rooted and she maybe unaware of her behavioral. So release anything that appears to be an offense and pray for the other person.
The 2nd R is Roses for heart Health. Yes! Beautiful roses uplift the spirits and can have an uplifting affect on the heart. Roses have many benefits mainly known for skin health using rosewater. The rose is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help with cancer, heart disease, menstrual issues digestion and help soothe skin and lifts depression and reduce anxiety which makes it suitable to help with sleep. In the Ayurevedic world which is 5,000 years old have long figured out roses and its connection to the human heart.
Rosemary essential oil is a steam distilled oil that is derived from the rosemary plant. It has an intense and distinctive woody fragrance and belongs to the mint family. Several functions have been associated with the use of this essential oil in the modern society. They are classified into three major categories namely:
• Mental health
• Physical health
• In home.
For Mental Health
Stress has become part of life in the modern world today; this oil has been termed as a stress reliever. A drop of this essential oil in the oil diffuser will reduce stress and boost happy moods instantly. Inhaling this oil has a calming effect reducing any anxiety that one might be experiencing.
In today’s activities, one can be overwhelmed and experience mental inaccuracy, merely rubbing the essential oil and smelling it will help in making everything clear and reduce the tension and provide a calming relief resulting in mental clarity. Research has shown that a little rosemary oil will help in memory enhancement and general improvement in learning. Patients with Alzheimer’s have shown notable improvement by inhaling the scent of the oil.
For Physical health
Rosemary essential oil is known for improving general blood circulation in the body. A massage with this oil on the affected areas will ease the muscle cramps and soreness. When applied to the skin this oils improves circulation and relieves headaches and migraines. If the pain is stress related, this oil will treat the cause and offer lasting relief to the user.
This oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help in strengthening the immune system of our bodies especially from colds and flu attacks. It also helps in relieving respiratory infections. The lymphatic system cleans the wastes in our bodies, a lymphatic massage with the rosemary essential oil can help in relaxing and recharging of this system to enhance its functions in our bodies.
The rosemary essential oil can be used externally for relief from indigestion, a simple massage with the oil, warm bath with few drops in it will alleviate heartburn.
A few drops of the essential oil with water will make a natural air freshener that will be used around the house. This will save you some cash and keep away the toxic air fresheners that are found in shops. The rosemary plant is known to repel mosquitoes and other bugs around the home. When placed on window sills and doors, rosemary oil will keep flies and any flying insects away from the house A mixture of rosemary essential oil and water in a spray bottle will result in an effective mosquito repellent spray minus the toxic chemicals. In the kitchen, this essential oil mixed with white vinegar and water can be used for cleaning counter-tops leaving them clean, smelling fresh and germ-free.
With the above few mentioned benefits of rosemary essential oil, it is a must-have in every household. With our day to day activities, we experience different pains and aches, both emotional and physical. This essential oil has capabilities to alleviate the pain in all areas!
Orange essential oils are popular for their immune-boosting effects. They are derived from the outer peels of the orange fruit. Unknown to most of us, we have come across these oils numerous times in our lives. They are used in most soaps, kitchen cleaners and detergents to improve their cleaning abilities and scent.
In the body, these oils can have multiple health benefits. The major ones are discussed below:
Orange essential oils can be used to alleviate inflammation, whether external or internal. Regardless of the contributing factor, be it indigestion of toxic substances, narcotics, side-effects of gas, infections, fever and so on, the oils can provide quick and effective relief.
Abrasions and cuts have high chances of becoming septic due to bacterial infections. This is more likely if the wounds are inflicted by iron objects as they might be infected by tetanus germs. In this case, orange essential oils can be applied to avoid both tetanus and septic fungal infections. This is because they inhibit microbial growth and also disinfect the wounds.
These magic oils will assist the body in getting rid of toxins and excess gas in the body. They promote urination which is crucial in eliminating excess water, pollutants, salts, bile and uric acid. Proper urination also aids in digestion and appetite. More benefits include improved heart functioning and loss of excess weight.
Did you know that the smell of orange essential oils can bring pleasant thought to your mind and remind you of happy moments? Well, the truth is that it does! This is why they are widely used in aromatherapy. The happy, relaxed feelings that it brings act as mood lifters, which in turn relieve depression and chronic anxiety.
This tough word, “cholagogue” means proper functioning of the endocrine and exocrine glands. These glands are critical in the functioning of the body. As such, it is a common regulator for lactation and menstruation as well as the secretion of digestive juices and hormones.
A tonic element has the same effects to the body like servicing and overhauling has to a vehicle. It ensures that all body organs function effectively. A properly-maintained body remains in good shape and has very strong immunity. So, next time you service any of your machines, remember to do the same to your body.
A carminative agent is one that helps in the removal of excess gases from the intestines. Excess gas can move up the intestines and result in abdominal discomfort, indigestion and chest pain. In addition, it can prevent high blood pressure. The good news is that essential orange oils have these properties. The best thing about them is that they do not let the gases to form in the first place.
This essential oil has tones of health benefits. The ones mentioned herein are just but a tip of the iceberg. You can find more benefits online although the ones already mentioned here should be enough to convince you to start using the orange essential oil.
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