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Reiki Defined

Posted by earthygirl81 on December 11, 2018 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

What is Reiki?


A Brief Overview


Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.


The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."


A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.


Many have reported miraculous results. Reiki is both powerful and gentle. In its long history of use it has aided in healing virtually every known illness and injury including serious problems like: multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and cancer as well as skin problems, cuts, bruises, broken bones, headache, colds, flu, sore throat, sunburn, fatigue, insomnia, impotence, poor memory, lack of confidence, etc. Drink plenty of water after your reiki treatment as it can have mild detoxifying effects.


This information is sourced from The International Center for Reiki Training website.

More information can be found online at www.reiki.org/


Warming Winter Butternut Squash Recipe

Posted by earthygirl81 on December 11, 2018 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This recipe is great to warm the body up in the cooler seasons of Autumn and Winter.

Simple & Easy!

Ingredients & Equipment:

Butternut squash

Glass casserole dish with lid or aluminum foil to cover top

1/8-1/4 cup of water

Season with the Savory or Sweet & Warm ideas below.

Savory: Rosemary, thyme, sage, & marjoram

Sweet and warming: Cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, & nutmeg

Procedure:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

2. Wash, cut squash in half, & scraping out seeds

3. Add squash & water into a glass casserole dish

4. Add Seasoning

5. Cover & bake for 40-45 minutes

6. Serve and Enjoy!

Aromatherapy Healing Properties and Uses

Posted by earthygirl81 on November 26, 2018 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Aromatherapy has become a big hit over the last few years. You may still be unsure what Essential oils are and how to use them. As an Herbalist and former Natural product business owner and maker I hope to answer a few of the FAQ’s here.


What are Essential oils?

Essential oils are 300x concentrated oils/extracts of plant materials. These contain Constituents including Volatile Oil, which is what gives them their beautiful smell and magic. They are divided into the type of note they have. Top (light and evaporate quickly, ½ hour, smell first), Middle (last 4-5 hours), and Base (deep and staying power 8-12 hours, smell last underneath) notes are used to create your formula.


How can I use them?

This medicine can be absorbed into the body through inhaling and topical applications. Since these oils are highly concentrated they need to be diluted in order to be used.I never support Essentials to be taken internally. If you have to dilate something in order to apply it to your skin, doesn't sound smart to take them internally. If you do, however, decide to take these internally please consult an Aromatherapist, Herbalist, and your Physican before doing so.

Diffusers - electric and tealight are available almost everywhere now.

Add them into a carrier oil to apply to skin ~ ratios for diluation are 12 drops per fl. oz. of carrier oil or 2 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil.   (Carrier oils are oils such as Olive oil, Grapeseed OIl, Coconut oils, etc.)

Add to creams, lotions, soaps, and other skin care for therapeutic values and smell

On Clay room diffusers for cars

Plug in room air fresheners

Inhale on a cotton ball or simply out of the bottle for a quick use


What brand do I use?

I recommend- Mountain Rose Herbs & Aura Cacia as they are undilated, available organic, and easily attainable. If the Essential contains other ingredients it is not at the full strength and as already been dilated.


Should I use Therapeutic grade Essential Oils?

Essentials oils can not be graded therapeutically. They are already ‘therapeutic’ as the plants contain the healing powers. I focus more on organic and undiluted as the raw plant materials, source, and treatment/process of extraction is what is important.


What do they do? How can they help me?

Here is a list of some common Essential Oils and their healing properties and notes:

Bergamot- fresh, uplifting, citrus, lift sadness & depression (may discolor skin-sun) Top

Lavender-middle, floral/herbal, calming, antidepressant, harmonizing/balancing, anti-bacital, anxiety, insomnia, acne, skin irritations (burns, rashes, etc.

Sweet Orange-uplifting, citrus, top, bright, sunny, refreshing, balancing, depression, uplifting toning skin

Cinnamon Sticks - warming, Base/Middle, spicy, increases circulation, sore muscle

Lemon- cooling, bright, sunny, toning for skin, antiseptic, astringent, anxiety, depression, digestive issues

Cedarwood- Base, grief, increase hair growth, depression, skin support, insomnia, insect repellant, relaxing

Peppermint- cooling, uplifting, top, rejuvenating, headaches, refreshing, sinus congestion, sore muscle, fatigue, antiseptic, mental stimulant

Eucalyptus- Top, cooling, sinus congestion, sore muscles, insect repellant, antiseptic, chest congestion

Ginger- Middle, nausea, sore muscles, warming, digestive issues, earthy

Grapefruit- bright uplifting, clean, cleansing, balance appetite and emotions,

Patchouli- Base, earthy, deep, need very little, depression, antiseptic, deodorant, anti-fungal

Ylang Ylang- Base, floral, sweet, strong, calming, relaxing, depression, antiseptic


Autumn & the Effects of Nutrition on Our Moods

Posted by earthygirl81 on October 19, 2018 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Autumn & the Effects of Nutrition on Our Moods

Autumn is ruled by the Lungs/ Large Intestines Organs and the Element Metal in TCM. This is the time to release and let go of what no longer services us. The Metal Element also rules dryness in our bodies and the weather, direction of the West, color of white, flavor of spicy, rotten smell of decay, the nose/skin/ body hair, and the emotion of grief. Autumn can present to be challenging to many who struggle with letting go and releasing the old and by those sensitive to cooler and less sunny months of the year. Both of these Organs are connected to releasing in the outside world. The view on this release is beautiful as the Lungs are our connection to the outside world, we breathe in what we need and breath out what is old and no longer needed. The Large Intestines release substances that are useless after the nutrients has been absorbed by other organs in the body. In Western thought, we view Spring as time to release with Spring Cleaning. However, if we look to nature it is doing its releasing in the Fall with the leaves falling and the last Harvest before many plants die. Showing us how to send back to the earth what is dead to be transmuted into fresh life in the Spring, Pure Alchemy.


I often see many who struggle to release the old and get stuck and/or fight the feelings of grief. This can manifest in many ways such as Seasonal Affective Disorder, depression, excessive crying/grieving, and holding on. According to the Mayo Clinic website, “Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons. If you're like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.”


As an Expressive Arts Holistic Health Counselor I look at the whole person I am working with and alternative ways to treat. This includes considering the changes of season and the effects it has on the mind and body. This helps me make suggestions for my kid and teen clients, and their parents regarding foods, herbs, and lifestyles changes.


As a Herbalist, I take the view that food is the people's medicine and its the first place I start with clients in my office. Here are some suggestions I use for creating a smoother transition into the Fall months ahead. Eat root vegetables (onions, carrots, turnips, parsnips, radishes, beets, potatoes, yams, beets, sweet potatoes–if it grows underground, it is an Autumn food), whole grains, lentils and legumes, winter squash (Hubbards, pumpkins, spaghetti, acorn, butternut), meats (roast, bake or stew the meat and make up broths), autumn fruits(peaches, pears, nectarines, grapes and apples), and use herbs and spices such as cinnamon, ginger, rosemary, thyme, sage, and garlic.


Remember its important to reduce stress and excessive worry, get out in nature, breath, and to exercise-build strength and muscle to protect you during the cold months ahead. Let go of what no longer is for your highest good with grace. Nurture yourself and get supportive services such as: therapy, acupuncture, reiki, massages, and whatever else works for you as soon as you notice any symptoms of depression start. Follow my blog and check my website for upcoming workshops to learn more nutrition and herbal tips.




Spring- Wood Element & Energy

Posted by earthygirl81 on March 21, 2018 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome Spring!

We have all missed you and have been awaiting your promise of new seedlings and sprouts of growth. With the spring equinox yesterday, March 20th, I was surprised to see inches of snow piled up on my car and on the grass this morning. No worries, we are well on our way to greener days. Speaking of greener days, did you know that green is the color of the Wood Element as we start to see green come alive all around us during Spring.


In Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM, we look to nature to guide our rhythms, diet, and lifestyle. As we are transiting from winter, the Water Element which is connected to our Kidneys, we step in the powerful energy of the Wood Element corresponding to the Liver and the Gallbladder Organs. This is the element that springs forth the energy for seedlings to burst through the ground after winters hibernation. The seeds were long planted like us during winter, as we went inside to nourish, recharge, and restore ourselves. I know I could feel myself ready to reconnect and come out this past week in a desire for spring energy in my life.


Transitioning from one season to another often causes imbalances for many of us. Especially moving into Spring which can flare up allergies for many people, the eyes are connected to the Liver Organ. Taking care of your body during this time and adjusting to the seasons rhythm can help.


First, let's talk briefly about how the Wood Element Energy feels and shows up for us. Wood energy needs to grow and move, our Liver and Gallbladder Organs are all about movement and the flow of our Qi in our bodies. Qi, in simple terms, is the vital life force, prana, and energy in each of us. The Liver makes sure this energy is moving smoothly in our bodies. When the Wood Element is in balance we are motivated and able to plan and move towards our goals. When out of balance or stagnated one can may feel stuck, depressed, angry, or frustrated.


Now, how do you bring balance to your life this Spring:


• Get Creative!!- Making art and music are wonderful outlets for healing and spring is the perfect time to do so. Wood energy loves movement (remember the Liver control the flow of Qi) so creating is a perfect healing tool. Try a painting or pottery class, learn to play an instrument, sing, or make Earth Art to help your Qi flow! Journaling is a great outlet and way to connect with yourself. Spice up your journal and create an Art Journal.

• Move Your Body- Exercise and movement are a great way to break through the ground of Winter Energy and Spring forward. Getting outside for a walk, hike, or to kayak so you can also connect you with nature. Yoga, dance, riding a bike, cleaning, tai chi, or joining a gym are also great ways to move your body. Movement will also help lower the increasing frustration levels with this Wood Energy.

• Eat Fresh- As its getting warmer outside we can start to add in fresh greens such as dandelion and chickweeds. Sour is the flavor of Wood so adding lemon to your morning water will help you detox your Liver. Olive oil & Vinegar dressing, pickles, fermented foods, and all greens are wonderful additions this Spring.

• Sleep- Get to bed by 11pm every night. The times of the Liver and Gallbladder Organs in TCM are 11pm-3am and is an important time to detox your body.

• Be Flexible- Just like the trees bend and sway with the wind, be flexible in your home and work lives. This can help lower stress and anxiety levels. Remember if a tree doesn't bend it breaks. Wood Element rules the muscles and ligaments of the body as many of us hold tense in our muscles, do yoga to increase flexibility. This flexibility is both mental and physical so practicing it on and off your mat is vital.

• Spiritual Practice- Try mediation, prayer, connecting with nature, or your personal religious practice. Even just 5-10 minutes a day of mediating and focusing on your breath can help you slow down, focus, and be more mindful.

• Herbal Support- Help the movement of Qi along with herbal & supplement support. You can find these herbs in tincture, tea, or capsule forms.


  • Rose Petals- Warming, PMS and Depression.


  • Albizzia- Neutral, anxiety, depression, and anger. We call this the happiness bark.


  • St. Johns Wort- Depression with anger, sciatica/nerve pain, and irritability


  • Peppermint- Cooling, Moves Qi, and helps with colds and flus.

 

  • Chrysanthemums- Cooling, great for dry/ red/ irritated eyes, anger, and irritability.


  • Lemon Balm- Cooling, colds/flus, depression, anxiety, colic, teething, irritable.


  • Orange Peel - Warming, indigestion, gas, loose stool, nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite.


  • Liver supportive/detoxing herbs- dandelion root, milk thistle, and burdock root.


  • Magnesium powder is wonderful for insomnia, stress, and muscle aches.


Always consult with a Herbalist or Health Care Professional before starting any herbal medications or supplements.


Burst through the ground strong this Spring!

Amber





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