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Teas for Digestive Health

Guest post by Jen Tea of Love & Tea

All through history, wise woman have turned to the elements found in nature to bring good health. A long lineage of natural health wisdom has demonstrated the value of herbs to nourish and support us. Teas and herbal infusions are a wonderful way to nourish children’s growing bodies and to support our own.

Our Tummy Tea was formulated to enhance greater digestive power and ease tummy discomfort. A tasty cup of  tea for children and adults!

Herbs behind this blend:

* Chamomile: Is said to uplift the spirits, soothes and calm’s the soul. Traditionally used as a carminative, while toning and balancing the stomach.

* Fennel Seed: Is used in many cultures to ease and settle digestion, especially in new mothers and infants.

Ginger: Is used traditionally as a tonic for the entire female reproductive system. Also used to help ward off colds and sore throats. This root is utilized in many cultures for it’s ability to increase digestive power. Ginger has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties and, has a healing effect on the stomach.

Peppermint & Spearmint: Mints are known to refresh and invigorate the mind. Toning and balancing to the stomach, while dispelling gas.

Check these other teas for greater digestive power:

Chai

Sweet Relief

Green Mt. mint

* Ginger Mountain Ginseng

 

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Sailing Away

Weaving Gold

I joined Lyn Thruman‘s October Writing Challenge: Writing the Wisdom of the Soul. I am expanding, evolving, shining, and taking the reins in my journey.

Prompt for October 7: The Emperor is a director and overseer, bringing order where chaos can reign supreme.  He’s logic, reason, experience, and boundary protection.

Write about where you could use the energy of The Emperor to protect your boundaries.  Where are you allowing energy or time leaks to occur?


Chaos is reigning in my beautiful, orderly life. It is rampaging through every cell in my body. It is wreaking havoc, destroying every idea and ideal that I’ve held.

Chaos has been demanding and brash. The Fool led me to the edge of a cliff, enticing me to step boldly (or timorously) into plummet into an unfamiliar gorge. And I stepped.

Chaos has been generous and supportive. The Magician bestowed gifts and tools

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Commandeering Myself

From my writer’s blog.

Weaving Gold

I joined Lyn Thruman‘s October Writing Challenge: Writing the Wisdom of the Soul. I am expanding, evolving, and shining.

Prompt for October 3: Channel your inner High Priestess and ask her to reveal your potential, the wisdom written on the scroll. Write her wisdom.


Yesterday, I wielded the Magician’s tools and arrived at Destination Heart. I drank the nectar of knowing and accepted the call to follow the urgings of my heart.

Today, my respite is interrupted by the appearance of a Priestess and the ever-increasing rate of whirling energies on the planet.

“I have the greatest secrets of all to share,” she whispers. “I am the Guardian of Mysteries and the guide to your path.” She hands me a scroll. “It reveals the secret of your highest potential,” she says before disappearing.

I delight at the easiness of today’s task. I am not being asked to step off a cliff or to travel a treacherous…

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Healthy Digestion 101

Guest Post by Jeffrey S. Sorna, DiHom of Hampton Natural Therapeutics

Jeffrey and I were classmates at the Institute for Natural Health Sciences. He is passionate about the role of diet in health building. If you are in the Detroit area, I highly recommend visiting Jeffrey at his clinic.

Most people that come into my clinic have digestive issues and which lead to these imbalances:

  • Allergies
  • GERD
  • Gout
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Low Cellular Energy (voltage drop)

Much of this occurs from the lack of alkaline minerals in the foods that we eat. The element that is critical for keeping stomach acid in balance is naturally occurring sodium in its whole food state. If your internal warning light just went off, that’s good!  There are few things in any kitchen more abused than table salt. But let’s not confuse this item with organic sodium in its whole food state. In its natural state, sodium is kept in balance by all the other elements.

Table salt, on the other hand, is refined, dyed and stripped of all other elements. Once again we have taken a gift from nature and ruined it with modern processing.

Sodium in the Stomach and in Joints

There are two major storehouses for sodium in the human body:  the stomach and the joints. Without sodium stored in its walls, the stomach would be devoured by hydrochloric acid. Without sodium present in the joints, we have a condition called “calcium out of solution” which often leads to arthritis and calcium deposits.

Many practitioners use okra, celery seed, and dandelion to help with digestive issues. This works out great and is very interesting because all three of these have a lot of natural sodium and the ability to balance the stomach pH.  (Natalia’s note: I wrote about juicing celery in When Your Child Won’t Eat)

Other approaches to digestive issues involve turning off the hydrochloric acid in the stomach. This is ridiculous as it only creates a whole new set of problems. The stomach can only have too much hydrochloric acid if it doesn’t have enough natural sodium to keep it in balance.

Other things that are critical for the production of hydrochloric acid include: Vitamin B1 thiamine; zinc; iodine.

A Stomach in Balance

Without the stomach in balance, the breakdown of food cannot occur. Proteins that provide us with key amino acids and minerals are the most difficult to process and simulate. For example, without the amino acid L-Tryptophan, we cannot produce the neurotransmitter serotonin and we become depressed.

This brings me to the main offender that causes this condition, carbonated beverages. These things are a script for ill health. Carbonation destroys hydrochloric acid, sugar destroys the immune system, and phosphoric acid in soda lowers the systemic pH (cellular voltage). Then, in the final assault, the phosphoric acid further robs your body of magnesium. Magnesium is the conduit between sunlight energy and physical energy. So this robs our bodies of the ability to convert energy from the sunlight to physical energy.  As you can see, the good digestion is a must for healing in the body to occur.

How do we balance all these things?

Find a natural health practitioner, someone that does EAV or EDS testing, iridology, homeopathy or applied kinesiology, to help with the complexities of body balancing and building health and get off the sugar and pop. It’s a struggle for the first couple weeks, but you’ll feel much better once you’re free of it.

 

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Just a Little Bit of Magic Pulls Me Through

Weaving Gold

I joined Lyn Thruman‘s October Writing Challenge: Writing the Wisdom of the Soul. I am writing.

Prompt for October 2: The Magician brings the tools to write the story. He’s the magic mojo man —with faith and the right mix of elements, anything is possible.

Write about the miracles you want or need to manifest with your miracle-maker kit.  What’s going to make your journey sweeter?


The magician has delivered my miracle-maker kit: a chalice, a wand, a sword and a pentacle. I am grateful for each item, but I’ve been on The Journey long enough to know that it is I who am the miracle-maker, or not. Tools can be useful, but they are inert. I must determine how and when to wield them.

In this life alone, my journey has been exhilarating and eviscerating, blissful and busy, wearying and mind-numbingly dull. Yesterday, I embarked on a particularly perilous section of the…

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Homeopathy and Cell Salts for Healing Broken Bones

Bone is an active tissue, forming and remodeling constantly in response to the physical stresses and structural demands put on the body. Bones’ healing capacity can be enhanced and supported with homeopathic remedies, cell salts, nourishing foods, and healing words.

The first moments after an injury set the course for healing or create an imprint of the trauma that may have long-lasting effects. Perhaps you yourself have a wrist that’s been weak since you injured it in second grade, neck pains since a car accident, or have never been well since some traumatic event.

Injuries affect both our physical and energetic bodies.  You can heal the effects of old traumas using Matrix Reimprinting and homeopathic medicines.  For your children (and yourself), you can also stop traumas from creating a chronic affect by speaking healing words and giving the appropriate homeopathic first aid remedies immediately after injury.

First Aid for Trauma

I almost always carry a very small case of homeopathic first aid remedies. (I wrote about my must-have remedies in the article Super-Easy Homeopathic First Aid – and Why You Need It.) I have had many occasions to use it.

The first remedy to administer after an accident is arnica.

Arnica is the first remedy for bumps and bruises. Children needing arnica may be very upset, but adults often say, “No, no. I don’t need anything. I’m fine,” when they clearly are not.

Not all bumps and falls require arnica. Sometimes a bit of Verbal First Aid and an “All better!” kiss is all the child needs. Serious injuries, including all head injuries, warrant a call to your doctor or a trip to an Urgent Care Clinic. If you’re not sure what to do, call your doctor. You can give arnica and follow the suggestions presented here on your way to the clinic or hospital.

For injuries that really hurt, begin by administering arnica in 200c potency. Don’t wait! The sooner you give the remedy, the sooner healing begins.

Verbal First Aid

As you’re giving the arnica, speak words that will initiate healing. Take a moment to take a few breaths to calm yourself. Your attitude is contagious.

Mother:       Oh, you fell off the play structure. I’ve got you now. Let’s see how you’re doing.

Child:           (Crying) Both my arms really hurt!

Mother:       I can see that you’re hurt.

Child:           Ouch!!!

Mother:       We’re going to get some help for that right now. You can help me by holding on to me as we walk to the car. (Driving to hospital.) You can begin to let your body begin to heal itself. The way it always does when you get hurt. Remember when you fell off your bike last summer and had that humongous scrape?

Child:             Uh-huh.

Mother:       You can’t even see a scar because your body did such a good job of healing it. It is already starting to heal your arms too.

Other Remedies for Bone Injury

An injury that is severe enough to break a bone will also damage surrounding tissues. Here are a few other remedies that might be helpful. (I like to purchase remedies from 800homeopathy.com.)

  • Hypericum – for injury to nerves and nerve-rich tissues
  • Rhus Tox – blows, joint sprains, muscular strains
  • Ruta – injury or strain to joint, tendon, cartilage, perioseum

Immediately after the injury, arnica may be administered frequently if the pain level is high. If the injury is very severe, give arnica every ten minutes for three doses or until the pain subsides. After the most intense pain is relieved, repeat arnica at longer intervals or switch to one of the above remedies if they match your symptoms.

Once the bone is set, give the remedy Symphytum in 12 or 30x potency, three times per day for one week. Symphytum is very effective in bone healing.

Cell Salts for Bone Health

As the bones heal, the cell salts Calc Phos and Ferrum Phos will support mending. Take four tablets of each four times per day for three weeks. Then, take Silica and Calc Fluor in the same way.

As always, exercise fanatical self-responsibility in matters of  health. These suggestions should be used in addition to the care provided by your doctor.

References and Resources:

800homeopathy.com

Verbal First Aid: Help Your Kids Heal from Fear and Pain–and Come Out Strong

Natural Healing with Cell Salts
Homeopathy for Musculoskeletal Healing

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The Longest Journey

Weaving Gold

I joined Lyn Thruman‘s October Writing Challenge: Writing the Wisdom of the Soul. I am writing.

Prompt for October 1: Write about a journey you want to take in life…


Love is an enigma for me: a word bandied about in writing about partners and children, a feeling that should dwell in my heart, a mystery that is the key to enlightenment. The thought of love causes my pulse to race, my body to quiver, and terror to swish through my belly.

I discern no cause for my trepidation. I had a happy childhood. I was, by every definition, loved. I was valued, honored, and supported. I am in a beautiful marriage. I am, by every definition, loved. I am appreciated, encouraged, and celebrated. I have three amazing children who shower me with hugs, kisses, and conversation. I have friends and community. I have everything I need, except the understanding, experiencing, and embracing of the greatest…

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Good Enough Parenting

This is the curious paradox: when we accept ourselves as we are, then we change. (Carl Rogers)

Mothering is Our Job

In our work as parents, we strive for an ideal. We know how we want our parenting to look:  joyful connection with our children, preparation of healthy meals, living in a clean and beautiful environment, reading and playing together, gently supporting our children in times of need. As these tasks become impossibly difficult, we push and struggle and wonder why we can’t make it work. We beat ourselves up, blame situations or people or our history or situation.

Hating Parenting

A group of friends has been discussing some painful realizations:

  • I don’t want to play with my children.
  • There’s nothing I want more than time away from the kids.
  • I’m angry that he doesn’t talk.
  • I hate that she’s not potty trained.

Astute parents try to shift out of these feelings by feeling gratitude for the things they do like about their children, situations and themselves. Gratitude is a lovely practice, but faking it isn’t gratitude. It becomes another should (I should be grateful for my children. Why aren’t I?) The idea that we should be grateful becomes another reason for guilt and sorrow.

Radical Acceptance

When you experience such feelings, acknowledge them and love yourself anyway.  Try some meridian tapping with phrases like those below. Modify the words so that they feel right. (If you don’t want to click the link, simply tap on your fingertips with the index finger of the other hand while saying the following.)

  • Even though I don’t want to play with my children, I can love myself anyway.
  • Even though I want to get away from my children, I am a good enough mother.
  • Even though I hate things about my child, I can consider forgiving myself.

Tap using those phrases for three rounds. Finish with a round of tapping “I have enough. I do enough. I am enough.”

The purpose of the tapping exercise is not to cheer up, but to love, accept and forgive yourself no matter what.

Keep Tapping

If you tapping on these phrases – or even just say them – you may be surprised one day to discover that you really do accept yourself as you are. Perhaps you will then be even more astonished that the ways and means for more satisfactory parenting and living show up for you.

Enoughness is the container of self-kindness. (Jennifer Louden)

Getting There

More quick ideas for reaching peace and acceptance:

1.       Join the Swan Mothers’ Circle and learn to Love Life with Atypical Children

2.       Soften your belly and breathe.

3.       Lay on the couch for five minutes. Put an eye pillow scented with lavender on your eyes.

4.       Have self-mercy and awareness in scared times.

5.       Go outside. Walk. Dig. Lay on the Earth.

6.       Gaze into the distance. Look up and out for a few minutes. See the big picture.

Several of the Getting There suggestions were inspired by Jennifer Louden’s words during an interview with Pace Smith. I highly recommend reading Jennifer Louden’s The Life Organizer: A Woman’s Guide to a Mindful Year and joining the Connection Revolution.

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Revealing Myself, Libra

Our bodies are made of stardust. The moon moves the waters of the world in an intricate pattern of rise and fall. The Earth’s angle toward and rotation around the sun dictate seasons for planting and reaping. Wise Women and Men have long recognized the influence of sun, stars, moon, and planets on life. For many of us, synchronizing projects, plans, and selves with celestial and terrestrial rhythms leads to increased enjoyment and productivity.

As part of my journey to embrace my Swan Mother Essence and to be my best self, I have joined the Magic and Wisdom Circle. During the cycle which begins when new moon in libra, our theme is self-love.

I decided to join the circle about a week ago. Though the circle was closed until the moon moved into libra this morning, self-love information began to show up for me as soon as my intention was set. Last week, I was reviewing an advance copy of Sasha Allenby‘s “Write an Evolutionary Self-Help Book.” In Chapter 3 – Your Life, Sasha writes:

Magical Mirror by Ironshod Digital Art / Drawings & Paintings / Fantasy©2009-2014 Ironshod via DeviantArt

Self-love is a term that is bandied about very flippantly in the self-help and transformation industries. Here, it is not a term that I am using lightly. If you did nothing else, other than commit to experiencing as much self-love as you have the capacity for in this given moment, and if you are committed to expanding that capacity in each moment, then all the other aspects of your life inventory will fall into place.

I wonder if you are willing to come on that kind of journey with me as we go through this book together? To put self-love at the heart of all you do?

Am I willing to put self-love at the heart of all I do? What a question! I turned off my Kindle and let the idea of self-love (putting it first being a leap I saved for another day), first.

Yesterday, YouTube suggested a video for me: Self Love – The Great Shortcut to Enlightenment by Teal Swan. Teal calls self-love the root from which everything grows.

By setting my intention, my journey to loving myself truly and deeply began. I am, in motion. As I appreciate all aspects of me and practice self-acceptance, I fill myself with a love and harmony so grand, they flow from me. And so it is.

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Two Words (Cruise Ship) Lead to New Thinking

From the archives. Fun conversations with my children when they were younger.

“If you were going to be on an island and could have only five things with you, what would you bring?”  I asked my children at breakfast to stimulate conversation.

“What would you bring Mama?” Ellana asked before any of the children answered.

“Well,” I mused, carefully considering. “I would bring a knife, a butane lighter, a book about survival skills so that I would know what I could eat, a water purifier, and a blanket.”

I was quite proud of myself for coming up with this list on the spot. I meant to start a discussion with my children, not to have to think myself.

After my family nodded appreciatively (or so I imagined), I asked my youngest, “What would you bring Jonathon?”

He grinned broadly and his eyes sparkled. “A cruise ship . . .”

I don’t recall what he said next because I was stunned at the tremendous disparity of our answers. In the seconds before I replied, I contemplated, “What’s the right answer to this question?” My choices were logical and practical. I was thinking survival. It was going to be tough on that island. Like a good scout, I needed to plan and prepare, and to fortify myself.

Jonathon was not burdened with such limited thinking. He did not think, “How can I survive?”  He thought, “How can I have everything I want? And why should I be restricted to the island?” Actually, he probably didn’t even think. He tuned in to my question and gave an answer that met all of his needs and desires.

All too often, I find myself stuck in limited thinking. I carefully contemplate how things “should” be: What is the proper way to act? Which are the correct items to bring?

My thinking limits and confines me.

A Prison of My Own Creation

A simple question, meant as a distraction while we waited for the server to bring our food, opened my eyes and my mind. Maybe you too have created an island prison?

For parents of today’s uniquely magnificent and unusually challenging children, it can appear that our children’s way of being is what keeps us separate from family, friends, activities, and society.  All the evidence is there.

  • No one invites us over.
  • People give us dirty looks when our children act strange.
  • No one understands.
  • We have to do this alone.
  • We don’t get the support we need from our husbands/the school/the insurance company.

What if these stories we tell ourselves are our knives and blankets and lighters?

Could we can trade them in for a cruise ship and sail away in style?

Instead of thinking about how we would survive on the island, we could be sailing on open seas.  Instead of thinking how to find food and shelter ourselves, we could imagine a top chef preparing our meals while we nap on deck or in our state rooms.

Back to Reality

Will you join me in examining your own limiting beliefs? Let’s make a shift from struggling for survival on a lonely island and seize control of our own destiny.

One Technique for Shifting

If all of the above sounds nice — but like nonsense — take a few minutes to try a bit of tapping. Using the points from my Super-Easy Tapping Guide, say some phrases like these:

  • Even though it seems crazy and impossible that there is an easy, magical solution to my problems, I am willing to consider that there might be.
  • Maybe this (name situation) could be surprisingly easy.
  • Maybe someone will offer to help me.
  • Maybe I’ll be amazed at how everything comes together and works out just fine.

A Request

I would really love for you to leave a comment. Let’s explore the assumptions that are keeping us isolated and restrained.  Let’s find away to think differently.

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