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Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Skin

The Skin 


 
The skin is the body's largest organ, responsible for numerous essential bodily functions, including breathing oxygen, eliminating carbon dioxide and other forms of waste, acting as a shield against toxins from the outside, and helping to maintain body temperature.  The skin is continually repairing and renewing itself.  It responds almost instantly to sudden changes in emotions, and who would have guessed that it is the body's main organ of sexual attraction. 

The surface layer of the skin, which is composed of cells, sweat pores, and sebaceous glands, is covered with a thin sheath of dead cells, which are continually being pushed up to the surface from below.  If the dead cells are not removed, they can reduce and even block the skin's effort to breathe and eliminate waste. 

At the surface lies a slightly acidic coating of oil, called the acid mantle, which can protect the skin against some bacteria.  Below the surface is a complex of sweat and oil glands, hair follicles, blood vessels, nerves, and muscle tissue.  These are held together by a tough connective tissue called collagen, which runs in strands or fibers.  The relative health of your collagen determines the contour of your skin, and how wrinkled and lined it is.  Healthy collagen is sometimes called soluble collagen because it can absorb and hold moisture.   Right below the collagen is a layer of fat and muscle, which also provides some contour and acts as a cushion and insulation. 

The two major skin problems most people face are wrinkling, due to age and blemishes or acne.  Aging of the skin occurs when collagen becomes hard to cross-link with neighboring collagen fibers.  This prevents it from holding water and plumping up.   Instead, it collapses on itself, binds with other collagen fibers, and forms a kind of fishnet below the surface of the skin, which looks like wrinkled skin.   

Acne

Acne occurs when oil, called sebum blocks the pores and hair follicles at the skin's surface preventing the skin from eliminating oil and waste.  This causes waste to accumulate in the pores, resulting in pockets of infection; red sores, boils, and pimples.  Acne does not occur when the pores are unblocked.

Basic Skin Care

Everyone should follow a basic skincare routine.   The skin surface is mildly acidic, having a pH of around 5.  Most soaps are well over 7, some as high as 10.  Soaps with high pH will dry the skin out and eliminate its acid mantle.  Effective skin cleansers, also known as surfactants can contain a number of different vegetable oils, including coconut, sesame, or palm oils.  These are safe and effective cleansers and have a low pH.  Seaweeds are also used as skin cleansers.  their high mineral content stimulates circulation, helps eliminate toxins embedded in the skin, and leaves the skin feeling smooth.  Seaweeds can to some degree re-mineralize the skin and strengthen its immune and healing functions.   
  •  Facial Scrubs; use a facial scrub that contains a mild abrasive, such as oatmeal, etc., at least 2 - 3 times a week. 

Toner

After the skin is cleansed, skin toner or rinse that has an astringent effect closes the pores, tightens the skin, and helps to keep it from being exposed to many of the toxins floating in the air.   There are a wide variety of natural toners that are effective such as geranium, vitamin e, honey, and witch hazel, however, witch hazel is very strong and can have drying effects.  My favorite is geranium. 

Moisturizers
Moisturizers also known as humectants, attract moisture to the skin's surface and hold it there, moisturizers make the skin softer and prevent it from drying, and chapping, and slow down the aging process.  Some effective moisturizers will include the following; hyaluronic acid, rose water, jojoba oil, vitamin e oils, iris, and aloe vera.   Be careful with a moisturizer that contains mineral oil (used in mass-market skin care products)  it is a petrochemical that can dry the skin, block pores, and prevent it from breathing and eliminating waste. 

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Anti Aging

Anti Aging skin tissue can be slowed and improved by halting free radical formation, which means preventing the breakdown and decay of tissues.  Eating food that is rich in beta-carotene (vegetable source of vitamin A) and vitamins E and C restores harmony to the tissues throughout the body.  

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Chakras

Chakras


 
 
Energy from the spiritual, mental, and etheric planes which we use for healing, enters the physical plane through energy centers called chakras.

The energy from the higher planes directly affects our emotions and our physical health.  We all have seven chakras (chakra means the wheel).  They appear within us as wheel-like openings on the surface of our etheric body.  They appear like long, thin funnels with a larger opening on the surface (kinda like an old hearing device).
 
Chakras are like terminals in which energy (prana) is transferred from the higher planes to the physical body.  Chakras can become blocked on the higher planes thus affecting the energy system which creates physical disease.  When chakras become blocked, it is necessary to open and balance them to maintain good health.  If the person does not have a medical condition, bringing the chakras into balance will promote rapid healing and recovery. 


 
The First Chakra
 
Also, call the "Root" is located at the base of the spine and is fiery orange-red when active.  It channels subtle energies entering the earth plane.  When functioning properly you will feel a deep personal attachment to the earth.  This first chakra corresponds to the adrenal glands which control the chemical constitution of the body fluids and lie one above each kidney.
 
The Second Chakra
 
Also known as the "Sacral" chakra, it is located in the area of the reproductive organs.   This chakra corresponds with the sun when functioning properly radiates all the colors of vital force (prana); red, orange, yellow, blue, and violet.  It controls both sexual and creative energy. 
 
The Third Chakra
 
Also known as the "Solar Plexus Center".  Through it, we feel connected to the physical and etheric world.  It's the outlet through which our emotional energy flows.  It is associated with the colors red and green.  The solar plexus chakra corresponds to the pancreas, a flat organ that lies behind and slightly below the stomach.  The enzymes secreted from the pancreas are important in the metabolism of fats and proteins.  The pancreas also secretes insulin, which balances blood sugar levels and controls carbohydrate metabolism. 
 
The Fourth Chakra
 
The Fourth chakra is the "Heart Center" and is a glowing golden color.  It is the source of light and love, not only human love but Divine love.  It is very important in healing.  Thinking from the heart allows us to project our consciousness from that vital center.   The Heart chakra is located just above the heart and it corresponds with the heart chakra and connects with the immune systems. 
 
The Fifth Chakra
 
Known as the "Throat" chakra.  The center of this chakra is at the back of the neck and reaches towards the front of the throat just below Adam's apple.  This is a very important chakra because it represents communication (expression) of the soul to the outside world.  It is associated with the thyroid gland, which guards body equilibrium by controlling the rate of metabolism. 

The Sixth Chakra
 
Also known as the "Third Eye" and is located directly between and slightly above the eyebrows.  It is associated with two colors, yellow and deep blue borderline violet blue.  It is directly related to seeing; not only in the physical sense but in the mystical sense of seeing into the higher planes, intuitive seeing, clairvoyance, and other paranormal forms of knowing.  It is considered the seat of creativity and of Divine intelligence.   It is associated with the pituitary gland, which is located at the base of the skull and which secretes several hormones whose general overall function is to regulate growth and metabolism. 
 
The Seventh Chaka
 
The seventh chakra is also known as the "Crown" chakra, when active it is the most vibrant of them all.  It seems to vibrate with a lot of colors, to the trained eye, it is predominantly violet.  When fully active it can also reverse itself and radiates like a central sun, showering love into the surrounding environment.   It is located at the top of the head and is called the "Thousand Petalled Lotus" in Hindu scripture.  It is the last chakra to be awakened and corresponds to the highest level of spiritual perfection.   The crown chakra corresponds to the pineal gland which is located on the underside of the midbrain.  The function is not fully understood in medical terms, but there is evidence it is concerned with growth.  The energies which enter through the crown are renewable; and as more spiritual force is generated, the more energy flows in this chakra, forming above the head an individual crown of pure light and Divine energy.  ~ Spiritual Healing



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    Thursday, November 8, 2012

    Dandruff


    Dandruff


    Symptoms

    Symptoms of dandruff are flaking and scaling of the scalp, often accompanied by itching.  Occasionally, a rash or broken skin will appear.

    What is Dandruff?

    Western Medicine
    Dandruff is the flaking and shedding of dead skin from the scalp.  Dandruff may be accompanied by an itchy, scaly rash, and seborrheic dermatitis, which can occur on the face, chest, and back, as well.  The primary treatment is the use of anti-dandruff shampoo.  Physicians also prescribe anti-fungal cream or lotion, if the shampoo does not work. 

    Traditional Medicine
    Dandruff is the body's way of eliminating excess proteins and fats that are accumulating in the system and cannot be assimilated.  These proteins and fats prevent the healthful circulation of oils and water in the scalp.   Dandruff is also a symptom of liver and kidney imbalances, organs that detoxify the body and eliminate waste from the blood.  Highly acidic foods, such as spices and tomatoes, also play a role.  Treatment includes a sharp reduction in aminal foods. 

    REMEDIES

    General Recommendations
    • Reduce or eliminate animal proteins until the condition subsides.
    • Increase exercise to promote better circulation and elimination of fats and oils.
    Foods to Eat
    • A diet composed primarily of whole grains, fresh vegetables, beans, and fruits.
    • Most vegetables should be cooked, though raw vegetables can be eaten regularly, but in smaller amounts than those that are cooked.
    • Low-fat animal products, such as white fish.
    • Fruits-berries, apples, pears; avoid citrus until dandruff clears.
    • Raw vegetable juices.
    • Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
    • Salads.
    • Tofu.
    • Seaweed.
    Food to Avoid
    • Foods are rich in saturated fats, especially red meats, eggs, and dairy products.
    • Citrus.
    • Excess salt.
    • Sugar
    • Alcohol
    Herbs to Treat Dandruff
    • Ginger Sesame Oil; Rub on the scalp and leave it overnight, shower off in the morning.  Repeat two to three times a week.  To make this mixture, use equal amounts of sesame oil and fresh ginger juice.  To extract ginger juice, grate the ginger and express the juice by squeezing it through a cheesecloth.  Rubbing sage on the affected area also helps, as well as drinking sage tea.
    Supplements
    • Beta carotene;16mg per day
    • Zinc;15mg per day
    • Calcium;500mg per day
    Exercise
    • Walking, jogging, bike riding, aerobic sport regularly... ~ Natural Healing!
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    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    Forgiveness




    Forgiveness

    Carrying a grudge is a heavy weight that is exhausting for everyone.  The word forgive comes from the Greek language.  It means "to let go"  and that is exactly what "forgiveness" is.  It's working through and resolving your thoughts and feelings about an incident or a person so you don't have to let it keep you down, replaying it over and over in your head. 
     
    Gift Yourself
     
    Forgiveness is something you give yourself not the other person.  Forgiveness does not mean the other person that offended you is getting away with something.  It really helps you to stop being the victim, to take steps to control, protect and assert yourself.  If you want to revenge the best way to get it is by being happy, and forgiveness let you be just that "happy".  When you do not forgive you leave yourself open to negative people, negative energy, lower immune system, sickness, and disease.  I agree learning to forgive is not easy, but if you want happiness you have to learn to do it for "YOU".
     
    SCREAM AND CRY
     
    Screaming and crying is usually the first step.  Screaming allows you to get rid of the poison that is in your body..... SCREAM AND HOLLER (let it all out).  Then comes the crying, the sadness and disappointment, let it all come over you because only then you can start healing. 
     
    Forgiving ~ Strike a Pose
     
    Certain body postures can evoke specific feelings.  For a pose that generates feelings of security and forgiveness, put your left hand over your heart and your right hand over your navel.  Do this in a sitting position if you are feeling confused or standing if you are feeling confronted.   Doing this lying down, generate self-love.   Stay in this pose as you go through the process of letting go.
     
    Details, Details, Details
     
    You need to remember the details, trying to forget the details is another form of denial.  Remembering fully helps us take note of what we do not want to see repeated.  Though we are forgiving that person we do not want to give anyone permission to commit the same mistakes again and again.   Review the details like a slow-motion movie a few times until you can observe it without getting emotionally caught up in it until you feel like you are an outside witness observing it.   You will begin to have a different perspective. 
     
    Trade Places
     
    This is crucial to the forgiveness process;  mentally put yourself in the offender's place.  This allows you to get a better understanding of that person as to why the person acted the way they did, their fear, anger, hurt, and their need for respect, acknowledgment, and love.   Also explore your own role in the incident, instead of saying why did he (or) she do it, try saying why did I react the way I did.  
     
    Love 
     
    Sit quietly with your eyes closed and envision the person you are forgiven, then send that person loving thoughts, and tell them in your mind's eye that you love them.  I know that this will seem impossible, but you can do it.   Don't give up on the first or second try, practice makes perfect.  Keep trying this exercise until the anger slowly diminish and say "I release you from the grip of my sadness, disapproval, or condemnation".  Remember, just because you forgive does not mean you have to trust them.  Trust must be earned.  Release negativity and take back control of your life!  Energy Forever~
     
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    Thursday, October 18, 2012

    Fungal Infections of the Skin





    What is a Fungal Infection?


    Fungal infections range widely in their severity and significance.  Fungi are in constant contact with the skin, mucous membranes, and tissues of the body.  Most of these are harmless; some are irritating; others are severe and others are lethal.  Called mycoses, fungal infections are dealt with through the body's immune system.  They are most severe in people who have been taking antibiotics over a long period because antibiotics weaken the immune response and kill off bacteria that destroy fungi in the body. 
     
    Common fungal infections include candidiases and tinea (including ringworm and athlete's foot) among others.  Fungal infections arise because of an impaired immune system.  The immune response has been weakened by accumulated toxins that already exist within the lymph, liver, intestines, and spleen, which require ongoing protection by the immune cells. 
     
    All natural remedies are designed to cleanse the system and boost the immune response.  Here are some foods and lifestyle recommendations that promote an immune response. 

    Foods to Eat
    • Raw, saltless sauerkraut
    • Chlorophyll-rich foods stop the spread of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms.  Good sources are barley grass and wheat grass (probably the most effective of all in treating yeasts), parsley, kale, collards, dandelion greens, watercress, romaine lettuce, and cabbage.  Avoid taking these with juice. 
    • Seaweed contains selenium and many other minerals that rebuild immunity.  Seaweed is rich in iodine, which was the preferred treatment for yeasts before antifungal drugs. 
    Foods to Avoid
    • Excess salt
    • Fruits
    Herbs to Treat Fungal Infections
    • Echinacea
    • Burdock root
    • Dandelion
    • Goldenseal
    A healing remedy is to combine echinacea, burdock root, and dandelion as a decoction.  Boil 3 cups of water, then lower the flame; add 1 tsp. of each herb and simmer for ten minutes; turn off flame and steep for another ten minutes.  Drink one cup of tea.   Natural Healing~
     
     
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    Friday, October 12, 2012

    "Women Only" Aromatic Bath for PMS!




    Easing the Symptoms of Premenstrual Tension


    PMS is caused primarily by the increase in estrogen level and the decrease in progesterone.  Many women may experience a wide variety of uncomfortable symptoms ranging from mild to severe.  Some of these symptoms may include the following:
    • Bloating
    • Cramping
    • Headaches
    • Breast Swelling
    • Acne
    • Constipation
    • Diarrhea
    • Insomnia
    • Weight Gain
    • Nervous Tension
    • Depression
    • Decreased Libido
    • Fatigue
    • Anger
    • Tearfulness
    • Food Cravings
    YES,,, WE HAVE IT ALL AND THEN SOME:) Some of these conditions will be more intense if you have a poor diet and exercise lifestyle.  Massages, yoga, aromatherapy, and essential oil can help to balance your emotional and physical state as well as proper diet and exercise.

    Try this Aromatic Bath for PMS 
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    3 Drops of Lavender essential oil
    2 Drops of Geranium essential oil
    2 Drops of Grapefruit essential oil
    2 Drops of Clary Sage essential oil
    1/2 Cup Epsom Salts
    1 Teaspoon Coconut Oil

    Mix all ingredients together making a paste.  Fill the bathtub with warm water, using your hands add the ingredients into the water.  Soak for 20 to 30 minutes.

    Other items needed:
    1 white candle, do not disturb sign, deep breaths ~ ENJOY!



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    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

    Blood Cleanser for Fall Season





    Blood Cleanser for Fall Season

    Fall Season is a good time for cleansing your body.  It helps to strengthen your body for the change of season and boosts your immune system.  The following is my blood purifier recipe:
    • Barberry
    • Burdock
    • Cascara Sagrada
    • Chaparral
    • Dandelion
    • Licorice
    • Red Clover
    • Yellow Dock
    One half (1/2) of a teaspoon of each into a medium pot of water, to about 1/2 teaspoon of Cascara Sagrada if your lifestyle is active you'll need to be home and close to the bathroom for this because this tea will loosen your bowels.   Drink daily for 5 - 7 days.

    Buy the loose herbs at any health food store or shop online, it's also a good idea to take the following supplements while doing a detox, such as vitamins A, B, C, E, Choline, Folic Acid, and Minerals. A good source of minerals is Irish Sea Moss and it also has many health benefits including detoxifying the body as a whole. If you don't like teas, you can use our Irish Sea Moss Gels or purchase RAW by the   Buy Now  


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    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

    Undress De-Stress Bath


    Undress De-Stress Bath
    This bath is to Undress and De-Stress; For nervous tension and anxiety 
    6 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
    3 Drops of Clary Sage
    Tub of warm water, one white candle, lights off, deep relaxing breaths
    Add 3 drops each of Geranium and Bergamont essential oils to regulate pre-menopause, menopause, or post-menopause symptoms.
     
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    Monday, October 8, 2012

    Relaxing for Energy







    Relaxing for Energy 
    Everyone needs a little downtime in other words Rest & Relaxation (R&R), your body refuels when you relax.  As you breathe deeply you take in more oxygen, your blood pressure lowers, your heart muscle relaxes and pumps more blood, and all tense muscle start to relax.

    • Finding Peace, Piece by Piece
    Used by itself or in combination with visualization, autogenic relaxation, a form of progressive muscle relaxation, is a useful and effective way to let go of tension.  It relaxes you, body part by body part, inch by inch.  Created more than 50 years ago by doctors Johannes H. Schultz and Woff gang Luthe in Germany, autogenic relaxation works by a process of mentally talking your body into a relaxed state.  The word autogenic means "self-regulation" (without outside influence). According to the experts, the following is how to use autogenic relaxation to help banish the tension and stress that robs your energy.
    • Be comfortable ~ wear loose clothing, lie down, unplug your phone, and find a quiet place
    • Set the scene ~ to speak to yourself in a soft, slow modulated voice
    • Find repose from head to toe ~ you accomplish this by imagining each body part feeling warm, heavy, and thoroughly relaxed.
    1. Face & head.  Feel your facial and scalp muscles relax.  Imagine that your face feels like a pool of calm water. 
    2. Neck and shoulders. Take extra time to focus on these commonly tense spots until you can actually feel the muscle tension unwind.
    3. Arms.  Work downward from your right shoulder to your right hand.  Do the same on the other arm.
    4. Fingers. Slowly relax each finger on your right hand, one at a time, until you feel your entire hand go limp.  then do the other hand.
    5. Chest. Relax your entire chest and upper torso.
    6. Abdomen. After relaxing your chest and arms, concentrate on your abdomen.
    7. Buttocks and back. Release the tension in these areas to finish relaxing your entire torso.
    8. Thighs, calves, and legs. Do one leg at a time, making sure they're both entirely relaxed.
    9. Toes.  Relax the big toe on your right foot, then the other toes.  Repeat with your other foot.
    Don't be discouraged if you don't get it the first time, as with anything, practice makes perfect... So, be patient and learn about your body as you go.  It is recommended to practice for 20 minutes each session. 

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    Saturday, October 6, 2012

    Slowing Down the Aging Process




    Slowing Down the Aging Process
    Aging; You get older with every breath you take.  And with age come some inevitable facts like;  Your hair gets grayer and thinner.  Your metabolism will slow down.  Your reflexes will lose some sharpness.  Body parts will show signs of wear and tear.  Changes are inevitable, but there are lots of things you can do to slow down the aging process.

    • Don't give up
    • Have a positive attitude
    • Keep sex alive
    • Eat healthy foods
    • Exercise
    • Stay young in mind
    • Stay productive
    • Take vitamins
    • Have a sense of humor
    • Accept yourself
    • Stay open
    • Stay connected
    • Take chances
    • Learn new things
    • Limit sugar intake
    • Don't drink
    • Don't smoke
    • Begin and end each day with meditation

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    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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