To Heal

Today marks day 2, and while I’ve been sticking to some healthier choices, I felt it hard to find any gumption yesterday. Jack reminded me- “you still went out and did something, you have to start somewhere.” This is why I need him.

I’d like to focus more on meditative healing, mentally. I found a couple neat articles about the healing power of meditation, and I have to say… I’m a quote fanatic, I have a daily quote feed on my phone and my status on FB is almost always someone else’s wise words… though I’m still trying to polish some of my own.

Only a healthy bud can blossom. In the same way, only a healthy being can succeed.

-http://www.artofliving.org/healing-power-meditation

The Oxford Dictionary says ‘healing’ means to make sound or whole, or to restore to health.

-http://goodlifezen.com/2009/02/25/does-meditation-heal/

 

I’ll share my meditation experiences soon! Happy Healing!

To Tea & Tomato

This morning there is nothing more welcome then the joy of my tea. I read an article about the healing additives of tea; the power of healing comes not only from the herb- but the experience as well.

“Tea isn’t a casual drink; it requires the careful choice of the best leaves, the patience to wait for water to come to the right temperature, the knowledge of how long to steep, and the time to let the wisps of steam warm your face as you savor every sip.” –Text by Holly Lebowitz Rossiand Lilit Marcus

I’ve taken on some reading material lately that I found very interesting about herbalism and the power of holistic healing. http://www.naturalhealthschool.com/ If you’d like to do some reading as well. But it is all quite interesting the power of herb, vitamins and minerals. My mother and father both suffer from arthritic conditions; I want so badly to persuade them to take on a healthier, herb-enriched diet and practices daily. But the catch is that I must be learned to provide an influential argument. You wouldn’t take lessons on becoming a duck from a penguin would you? So today I enjoy my tea, it’s steam leaving my cheeks warm and my eyes low (though I’m convinced they are avoiding the glare of fluorescent lighting beaming above). Today I choose a Chai Malsala blend by Organic India… oh and in my favorite thrift store find- the right teacup always brings more joy to the tea!

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Another joy of Wednesday- the brilliant dark pink colors of our 2.65 lb.  Polish Heirloom!! How tasty this was in our vegetarian chili! The wonderful beefsteak-like cuts that come from a beauty like this…

With only one thought on my mind (4 hours until I get to run for the door and forget about this place until 8 am tomorrow…) I find solace among mantras. Thoughts and quotes, the beauty in words. And though I’m stuck listening to the click-clacking of keyboards, ringing of phones and complaints of clients- when I reach for power on my computer (fortune cookies these days are a joke, but I found a gem) I’m simply reminded to…


To Heal And To Herb…

I’m not specialist, guru or know-it-all. But I do know this- why would I prune my body with pills, creams, serums or bs remedies when I’ve got the ground.  There are over 10,000 different kinds of herbs being produced across the world. I would pay someone to try and convince me healing with them is impossible. (I might pay you, because I feel bad you’re so brainwashed, but I know I’ll come out on top when I’m healthy and you’re dealing with “a few” side effects.

Now doesn’t that hold a little bit of irony! Our modern medicines have got us so brainwashed we often forget what the problem was because we’re so busy dealing with a new problem. This has got to stop.

Humorous? Of course. True? Unfortunately, yes. I spent my morning being poked and prodded by the dentist. I’m watching Fresh Prince and starring into flower & butterfly covered light fixtures.  Now, in all honesty  go to a Dental Spa, I’m outfitted with a heated neck wrap, eye cover and the whole time my mouth is being mutilated- I get an arm/hand massage. Why am I complaining? There’s got to be alternatives. What can I use to cut my Dental visits from twice a year to once every two years? In fact, what can I do to cut my Doctor’s visits to once every few years? I know for a fact my ancestors didn’t have ibuprofen, muscle relaxers or technology to scrap decay off their teeth… I also know for a fact: They survived just fine!!!

So begins my path to find healing through herbs.

http://www.herbsguide.net/index.html This is my “herbs for dummies” Savior. I’ve found simple answers in this site that have helped immensely. Truth is I believe in Aromatherapy, Homeopathy & a Holistic approach to healing. I’m going to make my “I’ve got issues, everyone see them- List” and create with them herb-a-licious healings.

(Mind you, this is not easy! As I’m writing this I’m realizing, most of this can be prevented with diet and super foods!! Everyone has problems though, lets heal with nature first.)

Asthma? “Yerba Santa is used in bronchial and laryngeal troubles, chronic pulmonary affections, haemorrhoids and chronic catarrh of the bladder. Its leaves are often smoked in asthma.”

Menstrual Cramps? Ginger, Angelica, The essential oil of cinnamon is a potent antibacterial, anti-fungal, and uterine stimulant.  **In a 2009 study, women who took 250 mg capsules of ginger four times a day for three days from the start of their menstrual period experienced a level of pain relief equal to that of study members who treated their menstrual cramps with ibuprofen.** (http://altmedicine.about.com/od/premenstrualsyndromepms/a/cramps_herbs.htm)

Chronic Lower Back PainDevil’s claw (from a grapple plant) is used externally to treat swollen, arthritic joints and effective in treating lower back pain. A plaster made form cayenne has also been known as a placebo for medicines.

Migraines? Willowbark, feverfew & butterbur (Though take precaution with Buterbur!)! Willow bark contains salicin, a chemical similar to active ingredients in aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). The herb has been used for centuries to treat headaches, fever and pain, Feverfew may reduce headaches as well as symptoms associated with migraine attacks such as nausea and vomiting. Butterbur may reduce inflammation of blood vessels and other tissues associated with migraines. Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/93767-herbs-migraine-headaches/#ixzz26AvkazSt

Sore Gums/TeethMyrrh gum. This is known for its ability to heal gum infections and promote the health of your gums. White oak bark. This extract is especially useful for calming swollen tissues in the mouth and treating gum infections. Tea tree oil. In one study, a group that used a tea tree oil tooth gel experienced reduced gingivitis and bleeding compared with the placebo group. Goldenseal. May help reduce gum disease symptoms and improve gum health. Calendula. This is very effective for reducing gum pain and inflammation. Calendula also has antiseptic properties that reduce pathogenic bacteria in the mouth. Make an herbal tooth powder!
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/032311_tooth_powders_gums.html#ixzz26Awi0qBC

Muscle Soreness/Joint StiffnessThe indigenous people of North America used the roots, stalks and fruits of native plants to relieve muscle soreness, including calamus and cayenne. Herbal traditions around the world have used the oil of the flax seed to relieve muscle soreness as well as constipation and respiratory problems, such as coughing, sore throats or even emphysema.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/532573-herbs-muscle-soreness/#ixzz26Axat254

Allergies? Stinging Nettle, Horseradish, Chamomile, Fever-few & Garlic! Check out the article explaining what each can do for your body during the allergen seasons. http://suite101.com/article/top-5-herbs-for-seasonal-allergy-treatment-a220386

Enough of the funnies though, I do take this all seriously. I want to absorb this information and obtain as much remedy information as I can, it’s so important to me, and to be able to pass on to my family. If we can steer away from medicinal malarkey and towards the earth, why don’t why?? Simple lack of accessibility, conveniencey and knowledge. I might not be able to educate many, but I can educate mine: To heal and to herb.