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Skin Care is Essential

Essentials of Skin Care

Our skin is the largest part of our nervous system. We have a wide variety of touch receptors to alarm our body of threats; chemical, physical and mechanical. Our skin also is a direct route to our blood stream. One indirect and subconscious way of treating certain dis-eases may be achieved through the skin. A practice I utilize daily for integrating plant medicine into my body, is through use of topical essential oils.

Essential oils are powerful. There are many opinions on whether they cure dis-eases or can be harmful to the body if ingested or applied incorrectly. The basic school of thought when dealing with aromatic compounds is, less is more.

Dilution

Different age groups, demographics and species are compatible with different doses and combinations. Elderly, pregnant women and infants should only use a 1% dilution or less.

Pregnant Women

 

Children & Infants

For older children it is recommended to dilute 1-2 drops of essential oils with a 1/2-1 tsp of carrier oil.

Common Carrier oils include;

  • Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil

**1 drop per 1tsp is a 1% dilution**

Oils generally considered safe for use with children include;

  • Melaluca
  • Lavender
  • Lemon * (photosensitive)
  • Sandalwood
  • Rosemary ** (never use undiluted)
  • Sandalwood
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Thyme
  • Orange * (photosensitive)
  • Majoram
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Frankincense
  • Cypress

**Various applications of different oils paired with intentions can promote healing of dis-eases such as; Colic, Common Cold (Antiviral), Constipation, Cradle Cap, Croup, Crying, Diaper Rash, Digestion (Sluggish), Dry Skin, Earache, Fever, Flu, Hyperactive, Jaundice, Premature, Rashes, Teeth Grinding, Tonsillitits and Thrush (Antifungal).**

 

Animals

With animals, it is only necessary to dilute 1-2 drops of essential oils per 1tsp of fractionated coconut oil when applied to larger areas. Heavier dilution is required with use on small animals (cats).

CATS
    • AVOID MELALUCA AND USE OILS WITH EXTREME CAUTION
    • Treat a cat like you would your child (see list above)
DOGS

For Anxiety/Nervousness;

    • Recommended to use
      • Serenity by Doterra
      • Lavender
      • Balance by Doterra
    • Use 1-2 drops between hands
    • Apply areas between toes, on top of feet, edges of ears and muzzle
COWS

For scours it is recommended to apply 5 drops of Doterra’s DigestZen Blend onto their stomach. If covering a larger area it is also suggested to use fractionated coconut oil.

**Repeat 2 hours later**

HORSES

For Anxiety/Nervousness;

    • Recommended to use
      • Serenity by Doterra
    • Rub 1-2 drops between hands and then apply to front of chest, tongue, nose and knees

For Hoof Rot

    • Recommended to combine
      • 1 drop Roman Chamomile
      • 1 drop Thyme
      • 1 drop Melissa
      • Into 1 tsp of fractionated coconut oil and apply directly to location
PARASITES

Use of either

    • Lavender
    • DigestZen Blend by Doterra
    • Apply onto paws to release any parasites
Wound HEaling

For all wounds it is suggested to use Helichrysm

ARTHRITIS

For all symptoms of arthritis it is recommended to use Frankincense

CALMING

It is suggested to Topically apply;

  • Serenity
  • Lavender
  • Citrus Bliss

**You may also diffuse this to gift your pet aromatherapy through use of smelling the oils**

TICKS & BUG BITES

Suggested to directly drop onto Tick and also dilute before putting onto wound

    • Purify Blend by Doterra

 

Blends Commonly Referenced Above

SERENITY

    • Lavender
    • Sweet Majoram
    • Roman Chamomile
    • Ylang Ylang
    • Sandalwood
    • Vanilla Bean Extract

PURIFY

    • Lemon
    • Lime
    • Pine
    • Citronella
    • Melaluca
    • Cilantro

DIGESTZEN

    • Ginger
    • Peppermint
    • Tarragon
    • Fennel
    • Caraway
    • Coriander
    • Anise

 

 

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Chakras Fountain of Youth Heart Bridge Preventative Methods

Polarity

What’s in a Word

Words are spells, that is why it is called Spelling. Words are used as symbols to quantify and qualify our reality. Yet, what happens when we are diagnosed with words that take our power away and give it to our dis-ease(s)?

Let’s take Polarity for instance. What does it mean to have polarity? Poles of course; to have electro-magnetism, an attraction to opposites. Our Earth and Sun both have 2 poles; North and South.

Akin to the planet on which we reside, we too have poles. We have a Right/Head poles (+) and a Left/Feet pole (-), their electrical charges creating a magnetism. When opposite poles contact each other, there is an attractive current connecting them

When we look at the word bi-polar, it suggests a disconnection between Two Poles. The reality is we are polar beings and when we begin to feel bi-polar it is because we are disconnecting ourselves from the connection to All That Is and separating ourselves from the world.

Being Bi-Polar

What does it mean to be “bi-polar?” The DSM-5 defines a person with Bipolar I disorder into 6 Categories;

  • Single Manic Episode
  • Most Recent Episode Hypomanic
  • Most Recent Episode Manic
  • Most Recent Episode Mixed
  • Most Recent Episode Depressed
  • Most Recent Episode Unspecified

This describes the mood swings which serves as diagnostic criteria for Bipolar — it does not describe HOW a person begins to feel bi-polar.

If you are someone who is diagnosed as bi-polar, it is rooted in a misalignment of chakras. Our chakras help our body through neurological and hormonal regulation. Our chakras integrate light codes into information and allow assimilation. If we are suffering from dis-ease(s) such a disconnect of poles, the ease is found in reconnecting them.

When our body is out of alignment, the aura is constricted or too open, there may be stains on it from trauma. Our ability to integrate light energy is imbalanced. One way to seek balance and open up your chakras to alignment is a practice known as Earthing, or Grounding. If everything is energy, then all we need is more energy right? And what better way than Grounding into Her.

Grand-Mother Earth

Grandmother Earth’s surface carries a powerful electrical charge due to the movement of free electrons. She carries on her, an abundant flow of energy which we may easily access through our feet. Our feet not only carry a negative charge, they also have on them a whole map of our body systems directly connected to our reflexes. Reflexes control our chemical synapses. By Grounding into Her, you can connect more energy to your reflexes allowing a sufficient attractive current to flow through you and promote balance within your systems.

When we have sufficient energy in our body, our immune systems are supercharged and ready to rumble. When we are suffering from a dis-ease, it can be greatly alleviated by rebooting and recharging our body’s battery. Our body’s battery is it’s nervous system, it is a pure electrochemical system of connections carrying information as light codes throughout the entire body.

Earthing allows us to give our stagnant energies back to Grandmother Earth, supercharge our body’s batteries and promote heart health, cardiovascular health, improved tissue blood and oxygen flow, and improved immunity. I would recommend 5 minutes a day, if possible.

Other Grounding Options

The weather may impede our desire to stand outside barefoot to ground down. Luckily, there are other practices one can do to spark the creativity and open up other dimensions of healing.

  • Daily prayer of Gratitude promotes a great-ttiude
  • Eating foods from the earth; roots, vegetables, fruit, legumes with emphasis on eating locally/organically
  • Tree Hug; find a giving tree to visit and meditate with, hug and give back to
  • Green Thumb; planting and connecting to Her with your hands is an excellent way of rooting yourself
  • Polarity therapy
  • Reiki

 

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Solar Plexus and Leaky Gut

Sugar is Poison

What is Candida? Candida albicans is the most common form of yeast found in the human body. It can be found in the mouth, throat, gut and vagina. In low concentrations it is not harmful. Yet Candida is an opportunistic and pathogenic yeast, that if given the right circumstances, will convert to a fungal infection. When abnormal levels are on our skin we may experience a fungal infection. Elevated levels in our gut may cause gastrointestinal upset. If healthy bacteria populations are imbalanced or immunity has been compromised all Candida needs to grow, is sugar. Ergo… sugar is poison.

Abnormal levels of candida, a condition called candidiasis, is linked to a dis-ease called Leaky Gut. Leaky Gut is when the permeability of the gut wall becomes compromised due to a decrease of integrity of the bacterial populations causing a decrease in structural integrity of the intestinal wall. This causes an increase in permeability and allows larger proteins and other molecules to prematurely escape from the gut back into the blood. And these proteins tend to escape because of a various number of causes.

Most Common Causes of Leaky Gut
    • Overgrowth of Candida (most likely C. Albicans) or other infectious agents (Protozoa, viral, bacteria)
    • Inflammatory bowel disease (such as Crohn’s)
    • Celiac disease (gluten sensitivity)
    • Ethanol (sugar alcohol)
    • Chemotherapy
    • Chronic Kidney Disease

Gut Flora

Gut Flora is another term for Gut Microbiota. Microbiota refers to a collection of microorganisms within a place, space or time.

  • 90% of our Serotonin is synthesized in our Gut
  • The Intestinal tract has a collection of bacteria significant to each person called the Gut Microbiota
  • There are roughly 1,000 different species and approximately 5,000 various strains of gut bacteria.
  • They are responsible for creating up to half the daily vitamin K supply, which is essential for blood clots
  • They also help our intestinal wall synthesize water soluble vitamins B1, 2, 5, 7,9 and some medications

Antibiotics to treat bacterial infections may have a catch 22.  Although they are prescribed to kill “bad” bacteria, broad spectrum antibiotics will also kill our “good” bacteria leaving opportunities for others to take over and run the show. The good bacteria act as a protective barrier against intestinal infections. If our good bacteria is overrun, our gut can influence our mood and emotions. How? Because our digestive system is energetically regulated by the Solar Plexus.

Solar Plexus

    • 3rd Major Chakra
    • Associated with the color yellow and the Celiac Plexus of Spinal Nerves which control and connect the pancreas, stomach, liver, gallbladder and intestines to our spinal cord
    • Located behind the pancreas and near the Aorta
    • Known as our Inner Sun
    • Seat of our Creativity, Willpower, Self-Esteem and Self-Worth
    • Holds the ability to digest life and is strongly influenced by boundaries set by our parents when we are young and may alter our ability to be confident in our choices
    • Chronic and long-term emotional disturbances in this energy center promote dis-ease and can have damaging effects to the body

Intestinal upsets and issues may be multi-faceted. In order to treat a multi-faceted issue, it is wise to address it both addressed both physically and energetically. Physically through changing what is put into our gut to address the leaks. Energetically through addressing a root cause stemming from our emotions regulated by our Solar Plexus.

Treating Leaky Gut

 “All diseases begin in the gut.” — Hippocrates

So is one approach to treating Leaky Gut eat less sugar? Well Yes and No. The more stressed out we get, the more fatigued we become, the less recovery time our adrenal glands have had to reboot for the next round of stress hormones and the more sugar we crave. For more about adrenal fatigue, ________. The more sugar we eat, the more opportunities some bacteria have over others to reproduce and overpopulate.

So how do we break the cycle?

In order to inspire change, awareness to that which you want to change must occur first. Begin by observing habits around eating and your emotions. Do you notice irritability after eating dairy? Lethargy after eating wheat? There are a few ways to alter habits in order to bring about changes towards desired results.

1) A Great-titude of Gratitude will take you far — the words we speak to ourselves are exponentially more powerful than any words spoken to us by others. By speaking with gratitude and positive affirmations, we are calling in higher vibrations of being and casting out doubt and negativity which may impede our energetic flow. We even have the capacity to call in our highest and best good, even if that means saying a statement we do not feel is true to us, yet. Such a statement can be “I AM grateful for my health and vitality. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”

2) Establish healthy bacteria again — If we take a broad spectrum antibiotic for 10-14 days, chances are we are allowing imbalances in our microbiota. Fermented foods are an excellent way to ingest probiotics.

3) Surround yourself in Yellow. This could mean spending more time in the sunshine and/or wearing yellow clothing. This could also mean eating papaya, ginger and pineapple.

4) Essential oils — plant medicine is potent and highly effective if diluted and applied correctly. Oils such as peppermint, lemon, fennel and clove can be used aromatically, topically or ingested. Doterra has an excellent blend of oil called DigestZen.

5) Empower your Inner Sun by staring at your fears in the face until they have no place to hide. What are you afraid of? Why? What’s on the other side of fear? Imagine it, dive into it, allow it to happen. Our only limitations in this life is our imaginations.

6) Movement is life, life is energy. Exercise promotes movement of life energy and helps us feel strong both within and without. Our Solar Plexus chakra is all about willpower and self-esteem, we can easily boost both of those by committing to a minimum of 20 minutes of exercise a few days a week. Life moves in waves, waves require energy for propagation. Get your body moving and move through your emotions.

7) Consistent intake of Collagen — collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. Proteins are the building blocks of the body. Therefore, collagen functions as a main building block for skin, hair, bones, cartilage and connective tissues. There are various Collagen supplements to choose from. The easiest way to get collagen into our body, is through bone broth.

Incorporating these concepts and observing what we put into our gut will create an elevation in our quality of living. Our body is a vibrational center of energy and color. As we all have probably heard many times before, we are what we eat.

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Adrenal Fatigue

How Well Are You Adapting?

Do you ever have days, weeks or even months where no matter how much sleep, you are still fatigued and consistently feel depleted of energy both day in and day out? Are you experiencing salt/sugar cravings? Body Aches? Unexplained weight loss? Maybe long periods of Anger and Fear? You may be experiencing symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue.

Good news is, if you find yourself stressed about being stressed do not worry. I suggest you let your worries fade away — there are gifts given to us called adaptogenic herbs to help restore balance.

Adrenal Fatigue

Our Adrenals (Suprarenal Glands) are located on top of our kidneys.  function to synthesize and secrete specific hormones to chain start specific enzymatic reactions in the body, they are known as chemical messengers. Each cell in the body carries on its membrane specific receptors associated with specific hormones. These receptors will then communicate with the inside of each cell to relay instructions about how it will respond to its environment.

For instance, almost every system of organs in the body carries specialized tissues, each tissue is made up of collections of cells and these cells may or may not carry receptors for Cortisol. Along with Cortisol, Epinephrine, Norepinephrine, and Aldosterone will be briefly discussed to elaborate why long-periods of distress may lead to adrenal insufficiency.

CORTISOL

A primary stress hormone used to elevate glucose levels in the bloodstream. Glucose is fuel for many cellular reactions and travels with Insulin to be accepted into a cell. When both Insulin and Glucose are released at a constant level due to stress, the body burns out it’s resources. The person begins to fatigue and crave sugar. When this hormone is released over long periods of time it can be a factor leading to the development of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.

NOREPINEPHRINE (NE)

Also known as Noradrenaline, it is the antagonist for epinephrine. NE is a hormone that regulates heart rate and systemic blood pressure. During periods where the fight-or-flight stress response is activated, it increases heart rate and the amount of blood being pumped throughout the body. Extended periods of NE being released may lead to heart conditions such as hypertension or high blood pressure. One large factor of influence on blood pressure is salt. When someone has hypertension or high blood pressure it is recommended by the FDA to decrease salt intake to below to one tsp a day (about 2,300 mg). Water follows salt and our body is roughly 70% water.

EPINEPHRINE

Also known as adrenaline, this chemical messenger allows for an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, sugar metabolism and muscle strength. Blood rushes from vital organs of rest-and-digest to focus on getting out of danger or away from a threat to survival. It is also used as a medical treatment for Type 1 Hypersensitivity IgE Reaction or Anaphylaxis.

ALDOSTERONE

Aldosterone is a steroid and its main role is to control blood pressure by regulating how much salt and water are stored in tissues. This hormone is unique because it is part of a linked system of hormones referred to as the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System (RAAS)

Adaptogenic Herbs