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Dancing & Expressive Arts- Benefits

Posted by earthygirl81 on April 5, 2019 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (11)

As you may already know exercise & movement is an important part of our health & wellbeing. You may be asking yourself what does this have to do with mental health. I work Holistically, meaning I view the whole person~ Mind, Body, & Spirit, not just the ‘mental’ aspects, its all connected.


The body expresses things non-verbally that we can’t express with just our words. It is the biggest communicator of how we are feeling and provides data and information that something is right or is off for us. We know that research shows us that the body holds the trauma. This can show up as physical pains, somatic issues, muscle twitches, digestive issues, and so on. Emotions are energy and when this energy is not acknowledged/moved/processed through then issues arise. This can be on a subconscious level or conscious level. We often don’t have the words to express the emotions, especially after traumas. Dance & Art is another wonderful tool for expressing what we can’t verbal or choice not to. Either way we are moving this energy and expression. With dance we are expressing fully the energy and emotions, there is no buffer to stop it. Its primal innate expression.

The healing nature of Music, Dance, & Art brings us together and communicate to us on a deep level that we are safe after trauma or coming from unhealthy/unsafe environment. We can see and sense with our whole bodies that these people mean no harm to us and that we are ok and safe again. It can open up space for healing, expression, release, and relaxation to occur. I use music, dance, & art alongside with education of coping skills, mindfulness, nutrition, & lifestyles in my office as I am interested in the movement of this energy and releasing feelings out of the body to allow new fresh energy to flow in for healing. It brings our awareness mindfully into our bodies and the present moment. Meaning it gets us out of our heads and into our bodies.

Let’s talk Brain Health for a minute. The Right-Side of the brain has functions of~ creativity, music awareness, abstract thinking, intuitive, imagination, spatial & visual learning/awareness, emotions, big picture/holistic, random sequencing and it controls the left side of the body. On the other hand, the Left-Side of the brain’s functions are~ logic, language, verbal, detail oriented, ordered sequencing, mathematical skills, time awareness, literal, detached, and it controls right side of the body.

Both of these sides are equally important for us to function at our maximum ability, however, an imbalance I often see is Left-Side prodomient, meaning the person is detached from their creativity, emotions, and expression. This can be from trauma and/or avoidance of emotions. Ideally we want balance between these hemispheres and firing of neurons equally on both sides of the brain. Dancing & body movements tap into both sides of the body helping to create healing, balance, and to move stuck energy & emotions.


Other Benefits of Dance as a Therapy Tool:

  • Healing Expressive Techniques
  • Increased Self-Expression
  • Increased Creativity
  • Decreased Stress, Anxiety, & Depression
  • Increased Mindfulness- Alertness, Focus, & Concentration
  • Positive Self-Care
  • Increased Physical Activity/Fitness
  • Increased Emotional Awareness
  • Increased Body Awareness
  • Increase Self-Confidence
  • Positive Outlets for Emotions such as anger, frustration, sadness, & so on
  • Increased Communication Skills
  • Increased Social Connections
  • Increased Empathy & Understanding for Others
  • Increased Motor Skills, Agility, & Spatial Awareness
  • Increased Balance, Flexibility, & Coordination
  • Increased Muscle Strength & Endurance
  • Better Heart & Lung Health
  • Weight Management
  • Increased Ability to Work with Others

Spring Forward with Grace & Ease

Posted by earthygirl81 on March 20, 2019 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome First Day of Spring!!


Spring is the time for growth, movement, and coming back out into the world. We unfreeze from the stillness of the Winter Season- Kidney Organ & Water Element ready to Spring forward. For this blog entry I hope to provide some helpful suggestions for the Seasons start and how to bring balance into it this year.


In Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM, they look at the rhythms of nature and its cycles on how we should live, eat, and move through our lives. This observation of nature applied to daily living is True/Pure Wisdom of how the Divine/God/Universe intended for us to function.


As today is the first day of Spring lets take a look at the Liver & Gallbladder Organs and the Element of Wood as these rule the Spring season. The Liver is the Organ in the body that is in charge of the movement of Qi/Prana, which is the life force energy in the body. When this flow of energy gets disrupted imbalances can occur such as: feeling stuck, irritability, stiff neck and shoulders, PMS, alternating bowels (IBS like symptoms), gas, bloating, hormone issues, depression, anger, and so on.


A pathogenic influence to be mindful of as we enter into Spring is Wind, which is ruled by the Wood element, think of trees getting knocked over by storms/Wind. The Liver dislikes the Windy Climate and this is often increased in the season of Spring in most areas. Wind can create issues for many of us & manifest as colds, seasonal allergies, headaches, stiffness in neck, feeling dizzy, vertigo, off balance/bummping into things, itchy skin conditions, and tics (you know those pesky eye & muscle twitches, yep thats wind).  In Ayurvedic healing traditions this would be excess Vata Dosha that needs to be pacified/decreased. If these are affecting you consult a Certified Herbalist or Holistic Health Practitioner for guidance on getting back into balance.

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Our dietary needs are shifting during this time as well as we start to transition from our winter diets of root veggies, warming foods, and soups to the lighter foods of Spring. Below are suggesting on foods to eat this season to support your Liver.


Suggestions for Mind, Body, Spirit for this Springs Season and bringing it in with Grace & Ease:


Body:

  • Eat these Yums~ Greens of all kinds- dandelion, collard, kale, mustard, turnips, beets, lemons, lemon, asparagus, squash, artichokes, parsnips, black beans, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, black beans, aduki beans, eggplant, papayas, apples, seaweed, bitter melon, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, banana, oranges, grapefruit, apple cider vinegar as dressing and flavoring, lettuce, bok choy, hummus, celery, burdock root, whole grains- millet, brown rice, buckwheat, quinoa, legumes & lentils.

  • Local honey for allergies (remember to get the one harvested during the Spring season)


  • If your prone to Liver Imbalance symptoms then limit the following foods: spicy foods, large amounts of raw foods and smoothies, fried and fatty foods/fast food, nuts and nut butters (large amounts can stagnant liver), too many avocados, cheese, dairy, coffee, sugar, cokes/sodas (these are full of sugar), caffeinated foods and drinks, iced drinks and cold foods, sugar, soy products, lamb, beef, fried foods, turkey, drugs and stimulates.


  • Teas~ Peppermint, Rose Petals, Chamomile

  • Essential Oils~ Peppermint, Rose, Eucalyptus, Chamomile, Rosemary, Camphor. Lemon


  • Movement 30-60 minutes daily is ideal. yoga, walks in nature, gardening, dance, kayaking/canoeing, biking, tai chi, or whatever you enjoy


  • Get a massage or do a self-massage with warm Sesame Oil (your feet would love some attention)


Mind:

  • More green time and less screen time ~ The color of the Wood Element is Green, can you see why? IF not, get outside and look around


  • Play, Create, & Express~ The Liver needs expression and creativity to have a nice smooth flow of Qi. These are great outlets for anger, depression, and feelings of depression.



  • Acupuncture


  • Take a Vacation


  • Journal


  • Focus on Goals & new projects- Now is the time for action and movement


Spirit:

  • Start a Gratitude daily practice


  • Practice Meditation, prayer, & other spiritual practices daily


  • Reiki/Energy Healing


  • Journal


  • Let go of past hurts & anger

  • Use appropriate crystals to help bring in balance and healing


As Spring is the season of the seedlings to burst through the ground so must we.



With Gratitude,

Amber



Folate & Depression Connection

Posted by earthygirl81 on January 28, 2019 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Folate & Depression Connection


We are seeing that depression can have several underlying causes. When treated holistically through therapy and nutritional & lifestyle changes can help the person get back to life quicker.


Research is showing that a deficiency in vitamin B9-folate can cause depression and also block antidepressants from working properly.


Include foods rich in folate such as - beef liver, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, romaine lettuce, avocado, mushrooms, other leafy greens, soybeans, wheat germ, fruits, beans, whole grains, starchy veggies, other organ meats, & orange juice.


As always check with your doctor to see if you are deficient and before starting any supplements.


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What is Expressive Arts Therapy?

Posted by earthygirl81 on January 24, 2019 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

What is Expressive Arts Therapy?


My hope for this blog entry is to provide you with an understanding on my personal perspective on Expressive Arts and my approach use of it in office.


The American Art Therapy Association beautifully states, “Through integrative methods, art therapy engages the mind, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal articulation alone. Kinesthetic, sensory, perceptual, and symbolic opportunities invite alternative modes of receptive and expressive communication, which can circumvent the limitations of language. Visual and symbolic expression gives voice to experience and empowers individual, communal, and societal transformation.”


As a licensed Art Therapist I find art making taps into the unconscious mind and allows for free expression of worries, anxieties, fears, anger, and other emotions. This allows the energy to shift, move, and to be processed through the body. This process is often non-verbal allowing for the mind to stop blocking the healing process. Sometimes when words are not enough to express what we are experiencing, dance & art helps.


Let’s talk Brain Health for a minute. The Right-Side of the brain has functions of~ creativity, music awareness, abstract thinking, intuitive, imagination, spatial & visual learning/awareness, emotions, big picture/holistic, random sequencing and it controls the left side of the body. On the other hand, the Left-Side of the brain’s functions are~ logic, language, verbal, detail oriented, ordered sequencing, mathematical skills, time awareness, literal, detached, and it controls right side of the body.


Both of these sides are equally important for us to function at our maximum ability, however, an imbalance I offend see is Left-Side prodomient, meaning the person is detached from their creativity, emotions,and expression. Ideally we want balance between these hemispheres and firing of neurons equally on both sides of the brain.


The body holds the trauma as traumas and emotions can become trapped into the physical body causing several issues. Some issues are irritability, frustration, uncontrollable crying, lack of ability to express/understand what you are experiencing, insomnia, and somatic symptoms. This is the connection between the Mind & Body.


Expressive arts allows for this energy to move through creating healing and increased awareness. This taps into the Right Side of Brain allow for us to access our emotions and creativity for healthy expression. Most expressive art activities require us to utilize the Left-Side of the brain as well to problem solve and plan. Dance is my favorite form of expressive arts that I use in the office. This requires us to use both sides of the brain and body to do and ideal for mind-body connection expression.


Let me step over into the land of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to help you understand this from an energetic perspective as well. TCM talks about one pattern specifically that can create feelings of depression, irritability, feeling stuck, frustrations, and so on. This is called Stagnation of Qi (Liver Qi Stagnation). Qi is our lifeforce/energy in our bodies, often called prana in Ayurveda traditions. When these energies get stagnated it is like a traffic jam leaving feelings of frustration, annoyance, physical pain, and a stuck- hopeless feeling in our bodies.


This sounds a lot like an imbalance on the Right-side of brain here with the Left-Side being prodiment! One of the recommendations for someone with Liver Qi Stagnation I would provide as an Herbalist/TCM practitioner would be to do creative activities to move the Stagnated energy Qi in the body and to express what is not being expressed and held in the body. This would of course increase activity on the Right-Side of the brain.


In my office, I go beyond verbal/language expression and use Expressive Arts to help people to tap into their own subconscious and healing through- dance, movement, art, play, building, creating, pure expression, sensory activities, & etc. This helps to move the energy in body, express emotions in a healthy way, teach positive coping skills/ tools, and to increase mindfulness. Its not about painting a ‘pretty picture’, its about understanding and expressing ourselves on a deeper level in order to heal.


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Welcome this Winter Season with Grace & Ease

Posted by earthygirl81 on December 21, 2018 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome Winter! Today is your day.


Its the first day of Winter and Solstice. The days are dark and cold outside. This can take a toll on many of us, especially mentally. Todays blog is meant to help you understand the underlying reason why many of us suffer from increased depression, anxiety, and fear during the winter months and how to support yourself during this time.


According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM, we are now entering the season of the Element Water and the Organs of the Kidneys and the Bladder. The connection between Water and Kidneys makes sense even in the Western thought of the Organs. Here the Kidneys are all about maintaining the body's fluid balance, water. Looking through the lens of TCM we see the organs as more energetic and connected to nature and the seasons.


In simple terms, our Kidneys hold our ancestral energy/jing/lifeforce passed down from our parents. This is the element and Organs in charge of the persons Will/Zhi, the sexual energy, and vitality in the body. Our Will is our personal motivation, that energy that helps us get shit done! The Element of Water has the ability to flow through and around all obstacles that it encounters. When are Water Element is out of balance or deficient we have a lack of will or ability to overcome obstacles in our lives.


Other aspects of the Water Element are its flavor of salt- which we know is also involved in fluid balance in the body, color black-think how we have darkest days of the year during this season, cold, direction of north, sound of groaning- like when we are extremely tired and have no vitaily, smell is putrid, body parts and orifices of the bones, bone marrow, ears, urethra, anus, & genitals. It manifest in the hair on the head, and it connected to the emotion fear as your adrenals sit on top of the Kidneys and release the hormones associated with fight, flight, & freight.


Thinking about water from a psychological, Freudian/Jungian perspective, I can see the connection between it and the subconscious. As the depths of the water pulls us down into ourselves into our most deepest and darkest fears- our subconscious. This is the same thought that TCM has regarding the Winter season and Water Element. It is the time for reflection, introspection, & hybration into oneself. The Water freezes and we become (or should) less active, slow down, and retreat to gather and preserve our strength the harshness of winter.


I have been taking about fear on my blog lately and how it feels like it is in the air. Because it is! Winter is here, you can keep running and fight nature or slow down and accept it and your truth. Its scary for us, even me, to slow down and take time for self-reflection and to get intune with our own selves. We typically hurry through our days running and hiding from pain and discomfort until the body manifest something and we can no longer able to escape ourselves. Fearful thoughts and emotions may come to the surface during this time, below are some nutritional and natural suggestions for embracing this winter season with grace & ease.


Nutrition & Supplement Support: Eat all cooked foods! Soups are wonderfully healthy and great all winter long. Foods to include in your diet: Parsnips, Squash, pumpkin, kale, mustard greens, butternut squash, beets, chards, winter squash, carrots, cauliflower, carrots, sweet potatoes, peppers, bell peppers, green beans, onions, leeks, green onions, fermented kimchi/sauerkraut/vegetable, beets, turkey, chicken, eggs, trout, lamb, duck, wild salmon,tilapia, kidney beans, black beans, legumes, adzuki beans, some beef , shrimp, goji berries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, fig, peach, grapes, dates, cherries, coconut meat, raisins, lemons and lemon water, oats, brown rice, quinoa, walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, chestnuts, black sesame seeds, ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, goats milk and cheese, and coconut milk.


Think black foods and Kidney shaped foods associated with the Water Element.


Limit: raw cold foods or drinks (its cold lets keep you warm), sugar, and coffee.


Make sure and get enough B vitamins and D3 in your supplements.


Herbs & Spices: basil, fennel, rosemary, sage, thyme,cumin, anise, dill, garlic, ginger, cayenne, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, parsley, turmeric. These are available in tea, tincture, and capsules form at your local Natural foods store: Valerian Root, Kava Kava Root, Chai Tea, Eleuthero, Turmeric, Maca Root, specific herbs/formulas if needed.


Essential Oils: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, cedarwood, sweet orange, lavender, & chamomile.


Lifestyle: Allow time to slow down and reflect, practice gratitude, journal, protect and keep your lower back warm- extra layers of clothes around this area or a haramaki are available as well, therapy, yoga, Tai Chi, spiritual practices, reiki, mediation, going for a walk, spending time in nature, acupuncture, exercise appreciate for your body, and get plenty of rest.


*Always consult a Herbalist and your Physician before taking any herbs and/or supplements.

Moving From Fear to Gratitude

Posted by earthygirl81 on December 17, 2018 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Have you noticed the energy of fear seems to be the underlying current these days? I have both inside my office and outside. People are taking about and experiencing feelings of Anxiety and Fear all around. I too have struggled with anxiety and fearful thinking most of my life and I am still learning and healing. Anxiety manifest in varies ways for many people from obsessive thoughts, compulsive behaviors, chest palpations, excessive worry, making up situations and issues that could happen but are not currently happening nor may ever happen, and so on. These are just a few of the ways anxiety and fear shows up in our lives. For me, I know fear shows up in situations where I feel powerless and have no control over the outcome, the dark unknown. Yuck right...


This can debilitating for thousands of people. It can cause us not to do what we want or need to do in our lives, stop us from connecting with others, and ultimately steals our joy. Fear can also show up in the biggest moments and places of joy in our lives. Its so vulnerable to feel love and joy for someone or something. Or even feeling vulnerable to be really seen by others. Scary shit right! Because this means we have something in our lives worth losing. There is truth, according to Buddhist philosophy, that everything has the essences of impermanence, so fear holds us right where it hurts in our reality. I say this only to shine light on reality, and how hard it is to push through and overcome when fear has a grip on our minds and lives. Fear also helps us, it tells us there is danger and to be careful, so its a needed emotion that we can't just turn off. It saves us, at times.


What can I do then when fear takes over you may be asking yourself. I think really looking at what the fear is telling you, what are you afraid of losing or afraid of happening. Ask yourself whats the root of your fear in the situation. This gives you information into what you hold sacred and what you hold dear. You can thank the fear for helping you see and then get fucking grateful for that thing or person you hold so dear. It a daily practice of awareness and mindfully shifting your energy and thoughts. Some days are better than others and the healing is slow, however very possible. Gratitude can help to shift us from a place of fear to realizing that what you hold dear and brings you joy is to be mindfully cherished.


Along with a gratitude practice, there are several herbs that can be used to help manage anxiety and fear. As a herbalist & reiki practitioner, I am always looking at what natural foods, plants, and alternatives can help us along our healing journey. These are not a magic pill or tea to take away the feelings of anxiety, instead, they help soften the blow the intensity so you can relax enough to reflect on what your body and mind are telling you.


Herbs- Albizzia (wonderful for grief related anxiety and depression), Skullcap, Kava Kava, Chamomile, & Passionflower. These can be taken 3x daily in tea, capsule, or tincture form. There are other formulas available that I can provide with a deeper look at your bodies constitution. Most of these can be find at your local Natural Food store. Locally Rainbow Blossom has 5 locations and Whole Foods on Shelbyville Road.


Essential Oils- Lavender, Chamomile, & Lemon


Supplements- Magnesium powder (Calm from Natural Vitality, and Magnesium Serene from Source Naturals- both taste great and are sugar free, safe for kiddos). GABA is also helpful for anxiety as it is an amino acid and neurotransmitter in the brain that regulates communication between the brain cells. When this is low we may have increased anxiety levels.


Lifestyle Suggestions- A daily gratitude practice, acupuncture, journaling, therapy services, yoga, spiritual practices, reiki, mediation, going for a walk, and spending time in nature.


*Always consult a Herbalist and your Physician before taking any herbs and/or supplements.

Herbal Medicine, What's That?

Posted by earthygirl81 on December 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Herbal Medicine, What's That?

Today lots of words and information get thrown around in the healing world. My hopes for this blog is to share what I really do as a Herbalist. I hope to help you gain clarity and answer common questions I get asked as a Herbalist and also my personal approach to healing.


What is a Herbal Medicine?

Common names this field gets called is Herbology, Herbalism, Herbal Medicine, Plant Medicine, and Botanical Medicine. A Herbalist is trained in Herbal Medicine meaning they study and/or practice in the medicinal and therapeutic use of plants and botanicals as a means of alternative medicine. Essentially what this means is that a Herbalist is educated and trained to use what grows from the earth to heal our bodies. Herbalist are trained in several different views from, but not limited to, Western Herbalism/ Folk Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurvedic Medicine. This includes our foods and actually are the most important aspect of what I personally focus on. Herbalist also use other modalities depending on their personal trainings.


How long have plants been used for healing?

The use of plants for healing is the oldest form of medicine. The Ancient wisdom of plant medicine has been passed down through many cultures. This is scared healing wisdom of how the Divine intended for us to heal ourselves. Many of today's pharmaceuticals have been originally derived from plants. For example, aspirin was originally created by isolating the constitution salicylic acid found in the herb Meadowsweet. The problem here is that this leaves out many of the other healing constitutions of that plant that are meant to work synergistically together with your body for healing.


What do you do?

I educate, educate, educate. The herbal work I do is primarily food based education and healing as I see that nutrition can be a huge factor of the underlying issues manifesting in the mind and body. The foods we eat possess energy and can shift our minds and moods. My view is Holistic and based on the energetics of you and the foods and/or herbs I suggest for your body, mind, & spirit. What I do is at its core energy healing. I recommend food, other modalities, & herbs as needed to bring the disharmonies and dis-eases (by dis-eases I mean a body not at ease) of your body back into balance. I am not physician and do not treat or cure any diseases or diagnosis.


I walk with you making nutritional, supplemental, and lifestyle recommendations specifically created for you. Each body is different and I treat them as such. This is meant to help you see what needs you really have to care and heal yourself.


Your body holds the trauma and always wins. Meaning I have a Holistic view of the mind and body. I look at the connections between the manifestations in your body and how this relates to mind and spirit, it is all connected as you are a spirit with a mind in a body. These are not separate in and of themselves so I can’t treat them as such. I may use other modalities such as: cupping, moxi, ear seeding, reiki, aromatherapy, and so on during sessions. The training I received was specifically in TCM, Western Herbalism, and Ayurvedic Medicine.


What do you not do?

I do not have a miracle cure or magic herb or pill to heal you. I am not a doctor and do not claim to heal or cure any disorders or diseases. I do not have formulas that are standard for everyone to use. This depends on your personal constitution and the constitution of the plant(s) an formula(s) needed.


So you use pot/cbd in your practice right?

No, I do not and nor am I against it. Though there are several practitioners who utilize the healing power of Cannabidiol in practice.


What can herbal medicine help with?

The list is endless really.

Here are some common issues that I work with:

Digestive issues- diarrhea, constipation, IBS symptoms

PMS

Anxiety

Depression

Anger

Arthritis

General Pain

Back Pain

Menopause

Insomnia

Preventative and Strength Building

And much more...


*Note~Some clients only need short term use of herbs and can maintain with food and lifestyle changes. Other clients may need to adjust or continue formulas. This really depends on a few things such as your willingness to follow the recommendations provided. In order for healing to happen doing your part is key.


Is herbal medicine the right approach for me?

I view this as the medicine the Divine/Source provided for use for healing our bodies. So at the heart of it I think yes, yes it is. However, this is really a question you need to ask yourself. If you are in search of a ‘fix it’ pill or a quick easy solution then this method of healing is not for you. This is a different way of viewing medicine. Its slower, more gentle, and about getting in tune with yourself. It has works on the underlying root of your issue as this is where the true healing happens. You did not get to where you are in one day so healing takes time and comes in layers. 


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Reiki Defined

Posted by earthygirl81 on December 11, 2018 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (3)

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.

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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 a Herbalist and former Natural product business owner and maker for over 12 years I hope to answer a few of the FAQ’s here.


I also consider and find through my personal experience the Energetics of the plant materials are important. Energetics are simply the energy of the plant itself. Meaning does this plant have heating properties increasing Yang in the body or are the properties cooling and increase Yin in the body. The list provided below has the propriety listed next to the oil. This is important to consider (esp. for topical applications) when selecting your oils.


The process is easy- think about how you are feeling and your intentions for the oils use. If you are feeling warm/hot, irritable, angry, & so on you may want to select cooling oils such as peppermint or Ylang Ylang to help reduce and soothe this excess Yang your body has. The same is true the other way as well. If you tend towards depression, slow moving, low energy, feeling cold, and etc. you may find warming, circulating, uplifting oils stimulating and helpful such as cinnamon and sweet orange. Ideally you are trying to achieve a balance between to warm or to cold, like Goldie Locks porridge, finding that just right temperature, so mixing warming and cooling oils may be ideal for you. Listening intuitively to what your body needs is key here. Some plants are neutral in energy meaning they are helpful for both excess heat or excess coldness.


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.


What are Notes in Essential Oils?

Each Essential Oils is classified in Notes. Meaning how long do they linger for during use. 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.


What brand do I use?

I recommend- Mountain Rose Herbs & Aura Cacia as they are undiluted, 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.


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 Physician before doing so.

Diffusers - electric and tea lights are available almost everywhere now.

Add them into a carrier oil to apply to skin ~ ratios for dilution 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 do specific oils do? How can they help me?

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

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

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

Sweet Orange- warming, 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- neutral to warming, 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- warming, Base, earthy, deep, need very little, depression, antiseptic, deodorant, anti-fungal

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

Rosemary- warming, great for muscle aches and pains topically, and memory issues.

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.




Welcome Winter with Grace & Ease

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Welcome Winter! Today is your day.


Its the first day of Winter and Solstice. The days get shorter, colder, and darker outside. This can take a toll on many of us, especially mentally. Todays blog is meant to help you understand the underlying reason why many of us suffer from increased depression, anxiety, and fear during the winter months and how to support yourself during this time.


According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM, we are now entering the season of the Element Water and the Organs of the Kidneys and the Bladder. The connection between Water and Kidneys makes sense even in the Western thought of the Organs. Here the Kidneys are all about maintaining the body's fluid balance, water. Looking through the lens of TCM we see the organs as more energetic and connected to nature and the seasons.


In simple terms, our Kidneys hold our ancestral energy/jing/lifeforce passed down from our parents. This is the element and Organs in charge of the persons Will/Zhi, the sexual energy, and vitality in the body. Our Will is our personal motivation, that energy that helps us get shit done! The Element of Water has the ability to flow through and around all obstacles that it encounters. When are Water Element is out of balance or deficient we have a lack of will or ability to overcome obstacles in our lives.


Other aspects of the Water Element are its flavor of salt- which we know is also involved in fluid balance in the body, color black-think how we have darkest days of the year during this season, cold, direction of north, sound of groaning- like when we are extremely tired and have no vitaily, smell is putrid, body parts and orifices of the bones, bone marrow, ears, urethra, anus, & genitals. It manifest in the hair on the head, and it connected to the emotion fear as your adrenals sit on top of the Kidneys and release the hormones associated with fight, flight, & freight.


Thinking about water from a psychological, Freudian/Jungian perspective, I can see the connection between it and the subconscious. As the depths of the water pulls us down into ourselves into our most deepest and darkest fears- our subconscious. This is the same thought that TCM has regarding the Winter season and Water Element. It is the time for reflection, introspection, & hybration into oneself. The Water freezes and we become (or should) less active, slow down, and retreat to gather and preserve our strength the harshness of winter.


I have been taking about fear on my blog lately and how it feels like it is in the air. Because it is! Winter is here, you can keep running and fight nature or slow down and accept it and your truth. Its scary for us, even me, to slow down and take time for self-reflection and to get intune with our own selves. We typically hurry through our days running and hiding from pain and discomfort until the body manifest something and we can no longer able to escape ourselves. Fearful thoughts and emotions may come to the surface during this time, below are some nutritional and natural suggestions for embracing this winter season with grace & ease.


Nutrition & Supplement Support: Eat all cooked foods! Soups are wonderfully healthy and great all winter long. Foods to include in your diet: Parsnips, Squash, pumpkin, kale, mustard greens, butternut squash, beets, chards, winter squash, carrots, cauliflower, carrots, sweet potatoes, peppers, bell peppers, green beans, onions, leeks, green onions, fermented kimchi/sauerkraut/vegetable, beets, turkey, chicken, eggs, trout, lamb, duck, wild salmon,tilapia, kidney beans, black beans, legumes, adzuki beans, some beef , shrimp, goji berries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, fig, peach, grapes, dates, cherries, coconut meat, raisins, lemons and lemon water, oats, brown rice, quinoa, walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, chestnuts, black sesame seeds, ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, goats milk and cheese, and coconut milk.

Think black foods and Kidney shaped foods associated with the Water Element.

Limit: raw cold foods or drinks (its cold lets keep you warm), sugar, and coffee.


Make sure and get enough B vitamins and D3 in your supplements.


Herbs & Spices: basil, fennel, rosemary, sage, thyme,cumin, anise, dill, garlic, ginger, cayenne, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, parsley, turmeric. These are available in tea, tincture, and capsules form at your local Natural foods store: Valerian Root, Kava Kava Root, Chai Tea, Eleuthero, Turmeric, Maca Root, specific herbs/formulas if needed.


Essential Oils: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, cedarwood, sweet orange, lavender, & chamomile.

Lifestyle: Allow time to slow down and reflect, practice gratitude, journal, protect and keep your lower back warm- extra layers of clothes around this area or a haramaki are available as well, therapy, yoga, Tai Chi, spiritual practices, reiki, mediation, going for a walk, spending time in nature, acupuncture, exercise appreciate for your body, and get plenty of rest.


*Always consult a Herbalist and your Physician before taking any herbs and/or supplements.