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Holistic Indigestion Relief

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And now, on with the herbal wisdom you’ve come to expect from me.

Whether you prefer to call it acid reflux, GERD or simply indigestion; the problem is quite uncomfortable, potentially harmful to health, and growing. Chronic We’re finding that even children and babies can be chronically affected these days.

Virtually all the reflux medications on the market either work to reduce or neutralize hydrochloric acid in the stomach, or they turn off the pumps that produce it altogether. The problem is that we cannot digest our food properly once this happens, no matter how fresh and healthy that food is.

You see, hydrochloric acid is produced so that when our well-chewed, liquefied food reaches the stomach, the proteins can be separated from the rest of the contents, to allow for proper absorption of all nutrients in the intestinal tract.

Hydrochloric acid also acts as a protective barrier to kill dozens of potentially harmful microorganisms that ride in with our food and water.
When we turn off the acid production, we’ve opened the doors to a profusion of characters that may do us harm.

And here is a little known fact, the majority of indigestion sufferers Continue Reading »

You Deserve Pure Water

It is important that we trust the water we drink and cook with. When we have refreshing, clean, pure, delicious water available, we’re more likely to enjoy drinking enough for optimal health. When we have concerns about water quality or distrust the old pipes in our homes and cities, we simply won’t tend to drink enough.

We should ideally consume 1/2 our body weight in fluid ounces daily. So a 150 lb person would drink 75 oz of water, or nearly (9) 8 oz. glasses, each day. When we get up to around 10 – 12 glasses, that’s about the top limit most bodies need, unless we’re working out particularly hard, practicing an aggressive weight-loss program, or  doing a therapeutic cleanse program. I find it helpful to measure my water by using a pint glass and keeping track each time I refill it.

Now, let’s consider our options. Bottled water is expensive, exposed to plastic, often for years, and is not always as clean as your local water source. Pitcher-style or small contraptions attached to your faucet have been shown to do little to improve water quality, and sometimes they can even make water more contaminated!

Consider purchasing a real water filter today if you are concerned about your tap water quality, old pipes, prdoucts that don’t really filter well, or potentially cancer-causing plastic bottles. I’m not talking about those pitchers or small contraptions on your sink, either.

I’ve researched over 100 companies and filter types, and the best water filters I’ve ever found Continue Reading »

Quit Smoking for Good!

The statistics on smoking, and the effect it has on our health, are well documented. And second-hand smoke can be just as harmful for our friends, loved ones, and strangers alike. That doesn’t make it any easier to quit when you think you should be ready to give it up, does it? In fact, what usually happens is that we decide to quit, and then life happens and we find ourselves smoking more than ever. The patch, gum and other devices are actually sending nicotine directly into the bloodstream, and nicotine is considered to be one of the most harmful chemicals found in cigarettes! But, for some, these methods can and do work, sometimes for good, and oftentimes only for a while.

There are, however, safer and healthier ways to quit the butts habit forever. I have witnessed the following method(s) to work hundreds of times, and most of the people I’ve known to quit in this way did it in the first try and NEVER went back to smoking! Sounds good, doesn’t it? Here is how you, too, can become cig-free for life! Continue Reading »

By now, we must all know someone who has had the stubborn cold/ flu thing going around. And don’t they seem to be getting tougher to fight off as the years go by?While it doesn’t go away easily, it responds to several tools you may already have in your ‘herbal tool kit’. Here is how you can strengthen your family’s immune system!

First, and most importantly, Continue Reading »

It’s that time of year again when the way we learn and retain information comes into focus. Whether we are students, parents, employees, younger or more mature, memory retention and critical thinking skills can contribute to our quality of life or, when lacking, increase life’s challenges.

The good news is that we can improve our learning skills naturally. Have you heard about the remarkable nutritional benefits found in Continue Reading »

One of the least spoken about challenges in a post petroleum age is wellness and healthcare. Our present-day pharmaceutical and medical technology is very much petroleum-based, and hence, much like food transportation and energy, our healthcare system is threatened by the decline of the oil supply.

Petrochemicals are used in the manufacture of thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications, and are the base for most commercial body and facial care products. Things like dry cleaning fluids, nail polish remover, and other industrial solvents can’t be good for us, right? Continue Reading »

When my daughter, Kaia, was three years old, she and I were severely burned in a scalding water accident from a defective heating system in our home. We lived in the Boston area and so she was rushed to the Shriners Burn Institute. I was taken to Mass. General and treated briefly. They prepared a room for me, but I didn’t want to stay. I could not imagine being separated from my daughter at that critical time. A doctor escorted me through a tunnel to the Shriners Hospital, speaking about the importance of following the program he had outlined for me to use. I thanked him and rushed to my child’s bedside.

On the day we were burned, New Year’s Day 1984, after hearing Kaia’s prognosis, I discharged myself from Massachusetts General Hospital against my doctor’s wishes. I then received a detailed consultation from a friend who was an acupuncturist, western herbalist, and had studied Ayurveda in India for three years.

The first thing he told me was to be sure to do everything the doctors at Shriner’s Hospital suggested, exactly as they advised. He spoke to me about incorporating several complimentary practices and holistic therapies into our healing program: Continue Reading »

The aromatic leaves and soft purple flowers of the common Thyme plant offer us nourishing health benefits as we use them to flavor soups, stews, salads, chicken, lasagna, roasted vegetables, and whatever we add them to.

Garden Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) and Wild Thyme (Thymus serpyllum) both make excellent garden herbs, patio garden plantings, and a fragrant ground cover. The spicy floral scent in the summer months encourages deep breathing and a relaxed mind. I once had a friend who split a potted thyme plant into six parts, placing them in six regions of her lawn. Eleven years later, her 3/4 acre backyard was nearly covered with a carpet of strongly scented, pale lilac blooms that the whole neighborhood enjoyed.

Aromatic plants like the numerous varieties of Thyme are rich in volatile oils. As they are breathed in, these powerful oils begin to clear the sinuses and open the lungs, as they move directly to the limbic brain, offering us a feeling of inner peace.

For hundreds of years, Thyme was used predominantly for calming anxiousness, agitation, irritability and a ’scattered mind’. It was also used for the relief of tension headaches, rashes and irritating skin conditions, women’s reproductive disorders, and prevention of wound infections.

In the past twenty or thirty years, Thyme has become an increasingly popular remedy for respiratory issues, especially sinus problems. Continue Reading »

The statistics on smoking and the effect it has in relation to dozens of health conditions have been well documented for decades. That doesn’t make it any easier to quit when you’re a smoker, does it? The patch, gum and other devices are actually sending nicotine directly into the bloodstream, and nicotine is considered to be one of the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes! These methods can work for so, but often with other costs to your health.

There are, however, safer healthier ways to quit the cigarette habit forever. I have witnessed the following method(s) to work dozens, possibly even hundreds of times by now (including for my own cigarette smoking), and most of the people I’ve known to quit in this way never went back to smoking! Sounds good, doesn’t it? Here is how you, too, can become cig-free for life!

There seem to be four main components to smoking addiction:

Chemical dependence- Cigarettes are well-known for their chemical load that is deposited into our lungs and into our bloodstream. Continue Reading »

Have you heard about the remarkable nutritional benefits found in hempseeds? These small, round seeds are a full 33% protein and 9% Omega-3 fatty acids by weight. They are rich in Vitamin E, fiber and several important minerals.

Hempseeds contain all 21 amino acids, the building blocks of protein that are essential to life. The protein in hempseeds is considered to be easily digestible, absorbed and assimilated (utilized within the cells), a rare find in the vegetable kingdom. The protein, especially the 8 essential amino acids that we are unable to manufacture within the body, found in hempseeds are well represented, making it one of the few vegetarian/ vegan foods containing ‘complete protein’.

Although soy contains more protein when we compare the raw numbers, unfermented soy products contain significant anti-nutrients that interfere with the body’s ability to digest and utilize soy protein. Hempseeds contain no anti-nutrients, allowing their protein to absorb easily to build strong organs, tissues, blood, immune defenses, and literally every cell in our bodies. Continue Reading »

Stinging Nettles, Urtica dioica, is considered a noxious weed in many circles, but when it comes to good health, Nettles is an astonishing herbal remedy and a nutritional powerhouse! Native species may be found throughout much of the globe, and the earliest recorded use of this nourishing plant dates back some five thousand years.

Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.) considered Nettles a cure-all and used it for dozens of illnesses, In the second century, Galen, the Greek physician, recommended Nettles as “a diuretic and laxative, for dog bites, gangrenous wounds, swellings, nose bleeding, excessive menstruation, spleen-related illness, pleurisy, pneumonia, asthma, tinea, and mouth sores.”

Well-known for the pain it can inflict if you accidentally walk or fall into it, Nettles can cause the skin to sting and swell, causing a burning sensation that may last for minutes, hours, and sometimes for days. This is caused by constituents found in the tiny hairs that cover the leaves of the plant called formic acid, histamine and acetylcholine; formic acid is the same compound found in a bee sting. If you get ‘stung’ by Nettles, immediately apply the crumpled leaves of burdock, yellow dock, rosemary, mint or sage, or try rubbing with clay-rich mud to reduce the sting.

Some people actually use this burning sensation for the relief of chronic pain, especially with rheumatoid arthritis and bursitis. Flogging, or whipping oneself with the aerial parts of the plant, is referred to as urtificatiion, and has been practiced since ancient times for arthritic joints, coma, typhus, paralysis, lethargy, circulatory problems and muscle spasms.

Nettles are considered to be the most nutritious land plant on Earth. They’re loaded with the vitamins C, A and B complex, and are very rich Continue Reading »

Red clover, a common perennial herb that grows wild in meadows through much of the world, is in the legume family, just as beans, peas and peanuts are. Its Latin name, Trifolium pretense, means “three leaves, found in the meadow”. Red clover is well-known by organic farmers as a cover crop, ideal for fixing nitrogen to increase soil fertility. Some of its other common names are purple clover, cow clover, meadow clover and wild clover.

There are hundreds of species, and many are grown for feeding livestock, but red clover is believed to be of great medicinal value. The flowering tops, on the one day when they are at the peak of perfection, are harvested for use in tinctures, teas, capsules and body care products. Because red clover, once dried, easily loses its medicinal value, it is important to choose products carefully so that we may enjoy their numerous benefits.

Red clover is a powerful herb for a broad variety of ailments. It is considered an alterative, meaning that it’s a remedy that restores overall good health. Well known for its ability to cleanse and purify the blood, red clover is believed to help prevent Continue Reading »

Ginger, Zingiber Officinale, originally from Asia, is well known throughout the world and has been consumed for thousands of years as a food, culinary spice and medicinal herb. The rhizome, or horizontal and branching root, is the part used. The pale brown skin should appear thin and smooth for maximum flavor and benefits. The flesh should be juicy and may be yellow, off-white or pale red.

Ginger is used in a variety of dishes and varies in flavor depending on whether it is cooked a long while or added at the end of preparation. Vegetable or meat marinades may be prepared with fresh or dried ginger to help tenderize and increase digestibility of whatever is marinated. Ginger is well known to help protect us from many food-borne pathogens, including those found in several food scares in recent years, E. coli, Salmonella and Shigella.

Ginger is believed to possess a wide variety of beneficial constituents to improve overall health. It is considered:

  • antibacterial (selectively),
  • antifungal,
  • anti-ulcer,
  • pain relieving,
  • anti-tumor,
  • anti-inflammatory
  • and it supports cardiovascular health.
  • Ginger tea or capsules are often consumed with meals to improve digestion and help relieve Continue Reading »

I have to say, I was very impressed and proud of American parents this morning when I heard on the radio that as many as 2/3 of parents were vowing to NOT allow their children to receive the H1N1 flu vaccine. I hope that pregnant women will join this boycott.

Vaccines are potentially dangerous in numerous ways, due to the quantities of vaccines given and chemical and heavy metal additives used in production and for preserving them. Both of my daughters had severe reactions to being vaccinated more than 20 years ago, causing years of difficulties for both children and parents, and there are so many more vaccines given to our babies and children today. Although there are many reasons for the sharp increases in autism in children, and Alzheimer’s and other dementia in elders, I firmly believe that immunizations, including annual flu shots, (which often contain mercury and other harmful chemicals and heavy metals).

People of all ages should know how they may safely strengthen their immune health to help prevent illness, and recover quickly anytime ickness occurs. But this information is not easily available. There are dozens of simple, often inexpensive, solutions that are considered safe for people of all ages, unless otherwise noted in the text. If you prefer to have more personalized information, please consider a Healing Wellness Consultation with me. I’d be happy to support your wellness education in any way I am able.

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Healing Oneself

Healing: Becoming whole and sound; a return to health.

I believe that one can truly heal oneself. Each of us possesses an internal healer, that part of ourselves that always guides us to safety, wellness and to make wise choices that support our good health, and rejuvenation from illness and injury. We may call upon others to help us with this process, to guide us as we learn our options and help us make choices that lead to wellness and optimal health. But someone else cannot heal me. Only I can.

This instinctive healer within each of us has the ability to restore health from virtually any disease or condition, regardless of the degree or magnitude, whether the current medical system says there is a cure or not. All we need to do is call upon this part of ourselves, listen to its wisdom, the lessons it bestows and follow its instruction. We hear of self-healing miracles all the time; people who have beaten the odds and come back from the brink of death, either from injury or illness. When you listen to these people describe how they’ve done it, they report a voice or internal wisdom guiding them.

“Just breathe. Pull the air in, deeper. Let it out. Do it again, and again. You’ll be all right,” said a voice to a young man after a near-fatal car crash. The doctors had no idea how he was able to breathe on his own, but much later, he told them of the voice he heard clearly in his ear giving him instructions.

If we still have breath within us, I believe we still have the opportunity to heal. A client a few years ago came to me in the late stages of Parkinson’s disease. His adoring wife guided him into my classroom for the first time and as I saw how far his health had deteriorated from this dreaded condition, even I had doubts about his ability to heal.

For his benefit, I provided that self-healing series with a special emphasis on detoxifying the nervous system. We consulted between classes and after the program, fine-tuning their choices of healing foods, how to use the purest, most beneficial herbal remedies for the greatest benefit, and lifestyle choices to support his wellness. The couple noticed immediately that the progression of his symptoms had seemed to halt. His wife said she saw improvements in his walk, his ability to control his hands and hold onto objects. At first, these changes were modest. Continue Reading »

Holy basil (Latin name: Ocimum sanctum), is an Ayurvedic herb originating from the Indian subcontinent. Also known as sacred basil, or by its Sanskrit name, tulsi, holy basil has been revered as the “incomparable one” for thousands of years. For those who consume it regularly, holy basil is believed to strengthen the body and mind, support physical and emotional endurance, and provide a deep sense of calm and well-being.

A cousin of the culinary European and Thai basils, holy basil has been the subject of numerous research studies. It is shown to help reduce stress, anxiety, over stimulation, excess inflammation and hypersensitivity by helping the body to regulate cortisol, a chemical released by the adrenals when we’re upset, deeply stressed, fearful and have repeated negative thoughts. Excess cortisol levels have been linked to conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, IBS, arthritis and numerous autoimmune disorders.

A wealth of information is known about this gentle, yet powerful adaptogenic herb. Continue Reading »

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