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Aromatherapy – DIY Soothing Cold Away Salve

Clinical Aromatherapy

One of my life long hobbies is studying healing plants in the form of herbals, essential oils and flower essences.  I studied for my aromatherapy certification in 2014 with Liz Fulcher at her Aromatic Wisdom Institute in Pennsylvania. It was a wonderful course and she mentored me further into the secret life of plants. I discovered a whole network of wise women working with plant secrets. It was a great experience.

Anyway, here’s a recipe for a soothing congestion salve to help open up stuffed nasal passages I made for a friend who has three little ones who often get sick all at once, passing it around to each other!

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Mindfulness Everyday – Serenity Meditation

Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Close your eyes, quiet your thoughts. Sometimes when you’re just beginning mindfulness practice, your mind isn’t used to being quiet. Your mind has lots of thoughts rushing in.  Just imagine them as waves moving about. Be gentle with yourself. It takes time to habituate  your mind to calmness, just as it takes time to build a muscle at the gym.

Imagine being in a peaceful place.  It could be a place you know or one from your wonderful imagination. Be aware of the sounds around you. Sounds can be distracting when we try to block them out, so acknowledge the sounds and be at peace with them. Visualize any cares or worries gently drifting away.

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12 Ways I Use Flower Essences

Aromatherapists and herbalists use essential oils, herbs and flower essences. I’m a trained aromatherapist, but I have allergies, so I use flower essences instead of essential oils, which are quite potent. I am also very sensitive to energy modalities, so I respond to the emotional energy of flower essences.

Flower essences are subtle liquid extracts of wildflowers or organic garden flowers, diluted in water and infused in the sun. The extreme dilution produces a vibrational essence that carries the imprint of the flower or plant. The extremely diluted flower water is preserved in brandy.

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Line A Day – Journal and Record Memories with Convenient App!

When we hear the word “journal,” the first thing that often comes to mind is “time consuming” or “habit.”  In many cases, we associate the term “habit” with something negative, however, when it comes to journaling, it is a positive habit that we should all adopt.  Unfortunately, although there are many benefits to journaling, very few people take the time to sit down for just a few minutes every day and reflect on their day.  This is because they think it takes too much time, it is hard to get into the habit of doing so, or because they think it is hard to keep all of their memories in one place.  That is where Line A Day comes in.

Created by a University of Maryland student, Line A Day is a journal-like mobile app with group sharing and media features.  With Line A Day, you have the ability to remember anything and everything from your day in a simple and user-friendly application.  Whether it is a highlight, a memorable quote, a deep thought, a line from a story, or really anything, this unique app enables you to remember and capture that moment.  The best part is that by using the app for only a few minutes a day, your memories will last forever.  With Line A Day, there are endless possibilities.  Each day, users have the ability to capture the moment and reflect on their thoughts and feelings by adding text, pictures, voice recordings and saving a location.  Users even have the opportunity to keep their entries private to themselves, or they can choose to share them in small groups of family and friends.

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5 Delicious Vegan Sources of Protein

For you to be considered healthy, you have to eat 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram of your body weight. Bodybuilders and athletes, on the other hand, require around 2 grams of protein for every kilogram of their body weight. But in the case of vegetarians, they usually have trouble in getting the suggested protein amount that the body needs. Although there are a lot of good substitutes for meat available on the market right now, many of them are highly process, with some containing harmful ingredients. The best protein rich foods for vegetarians are those that are either unprocessed or minimally processed. Protein plays a crucial role in supporting your body for it to function properly. It also stimulates red blood cells productions and promotes the repair and growth of body tissue.

To help you get your require protein amount while following your vegetarian diet, here are some foods that you might want to add to your meal plan. Read the rest of this entry »

Psychological Benefits of Dogs!

When you meet someone who owns a dog, you might think that they are simply dog-lovers, and you may very well be right.  After all, these days, what reason could there be to own a pet other than because you simply like pets? But why might that person actually like dogs in particular? There are many things that a dog does for you beyond just, well, being a dog, and everyone gets something different out of their relationship with their dog. Determining what you want to get out of a relationship with a dog is the first and most important step in the going-from-not-dog-owner-to-dog-owner process.

How a Dog Can Change You

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Trauma and the Brain, Vagus Nerve and Body

 

Mindfulness practices are considered Top Down Skills that can be learned and can help regulate PTSD reactivity  (Istock/awelo)

“We use our minds not to discover facts but to hide them, One of the things the screen hides most effectively is the body, our own body, by which I mean, the ins and outs of it, its interiors. Like a veil thrown over the skin to secure its modesty, the screen partially removes from the mind the inner states of the body, those that constitute the flow of like as it wanders in the journey of each day. ” – Antonio Damascio, The Feeling of What Happens

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5 Things I Say Most in a Therapy Session

 

Deep listening is deeply healing (istock/izusek)

1. This is not a quick fix. I think it’s funny when programs promise great big “breakthrough” or “aha!” moments where you suddenly become this new person or jump up and down on the couch in ecstatic realization. Anyone of you who have been through therapy know this is just not how it is…

Therapy is actually deep, slow personal work. It’s a long, slow process of growth. And you can do the therapy for a while, take break and do life with this new perspective for a while and then come back to it again.

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How Aromatherapy Helps With Relaxing And Sleeping

Aromatherapy is an age-old technique involving essentials oils that are beneficial to the mind and the body. The nervous system is the part of your body where the mind and body lie. Aromatherapy is also known for healing and influencing positive emotions along with helping individuals with headaches and easing the pain of nervous tension. You can also benefit from the positive affects of aromatherapy on the immune system. If done properly, aromatherapy can also help you relax and help you with erratic sleeping patterns. Aromatherapy will help people that suffer from fatigue and help you fall asleep easier while sleeping calmly throughout the night.

How Aromatherapy Helps With Relaxing

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