Why Stress is Bad for Your Heart

Modern life is full of hassles.

Jobs, bills, mortgages, households to run, children to raise, demands, deadlines, frustrations, responsibilities! And then we add on more without even thinking. Continuing our education, working for that promotion, taking on a car payment,  remodeling the house, spinning all those plates and hoping one doesn’t fall.

Whether we realize it or not, whether we like it or not, our body responds.  And we have no control over it.  The nervous system releases a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol.  These hormones force the body to go into emergency response. The heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, your senses become sharper.  The purpose of all this is to get you to rise up and meet the challenges that you face.  We are preparing for fight or flight!

Stress related diseases are on the rise and are not only  affecting our ability to cope, but are also destroying our immune function. Read More→

Heart Work

What is Healing Touch, anyway?

Healing Touch is Heart Work

Healing Touch, is a technique that has its origin in the laying-on of hands which can be found in all spiritual paths. This form of healing is based on a philosophy of caring and compassion and is oriented towards service to community. It is healing not for its own sake but for the sake of others. In the Judeo-Christian path, there are many ways to use one’s hands with the intention of healing that are based in the Scriptures and in Christian tradition. Read More→

I’m Branching Out

Nursing Isn’t  ‘all that’

Twelve years ago my life went through dramatic change and I was faced with making a decision about my future so I decided to go back to school and chose nursing as a second career. From my first day of my first nursing class, I wondered if I made the right choice. I was trained, educated, and indoctrinated about the wonders of modern medicine. The pharmaceuticals, the devices, the procedures, the surgeries, the reactive approach to illness and disease, the vaccines, the infections that don’t respond to antibiotics anymore, the management of medication side effects, the sometimes mindless following of doctor’s orders, the virtual requirement of a doctor’s order to touch a patient (I exaggerate a little).     All this didn’t make sense and I quickly became disenchanted.   My ears always perked up when a topic would involve alternative or complementary therapies.   Unfortunately, we never spent much time on them, because they were on the periphery of medicine and “not scientific”. But I persevered, flew through nursing school, passed my state board exam with flying colors and quickly became gainfully employed as a nurse. Being that I wasn’t a 22 year old fresh out of college new grad, but a seasoned ‘forty something’ mom, I thought I knew the direction to take, and I fast-tracked my career through floor nursing, charge nurse, case manager and director of nursing. I was a success but never lost my taste and passion for alternative healing. Read More→

West Wind Healing

Vibration underlies every aspect of life.  

From atoms, molecules, cells, tissues, organs, bodies, and entire systems.  From cellular respiration and division, the heart beat, nerve impulses up and down the spine, to brain waves, our bodies each have their own vibrational signature and rhythm.  This is orderly and organized.  There is no chaos.  The entire body oscillates within its own electromagnetic energy field and subtle energy field.  The body is a vibrant energy system containing the mind, spirit and physical body.

What is Aromatherapy?

In life, our bodies want harmony. Health is a positive energy that flows strong and coherent, while illness and disease manifest as negative, weak, incoherent energies.   When illness or disease are present, they might show up as chemical imbalances, but underlying this is an electromagnetic imbalance that has changed the molecules, cells, tissues and organs of the body.  Healing will occur when a healthy, positive frequency brings the cells back to a state of balance.  This is where energy work and essential oils come in. Read More→

Brewing Kombucha at Home

Brewing Kombucha at Home

I like drinking Kombucha. I love the tangy, tingly, bubbliness of it. I also love the health benefits, mainly, the probiotics. What I don’t like is the price of buying it at the grocery store of Whole Foods.  So, I started brewing Kombucha at home a few years ago.Making Kombucha

Brewing Kombucha at home can be intimidating, but with a little practice, it is very easy. Just follow the directions, do your homework, and, learn from my mistakes so that hopefully you can avoid the ones I made.

So, are you ready to start brewing Kombucha at home?

Before you get started, you will need to plan ahead, order some supplies, and gather all the items you’ll need.    You can get everything you need from Hannah Crum, The Kombucha Mamma, and my kombucha guru.  The only place I would ever purchase a SCOBY is from Hannah. Read More→

GMOs and the New Classical Liberal

Are GMOs Bad?

These are my thoughts. I’m not here to prove anything, I don’t have a bunch of scientific research, facts, or papers that “prove” my opinions. Some of my closest friends say I’m too critical. (as if that’s a bad thing) I am critical. I look at the world as a critic. I’ve always been a skeptic of sorts. One of my colleagues, with tongue-in-cheek, tells me I need to stop asking “why?” so much, because it usually results in more work. I can’t help it. I need things to make sense in my world.

Are People Who Are Against GMOs  Stupid?

GMO fruitWhile listening to a local conservative morning radio show the other day, “they” were discussing a proposed bill regarding  GMO labeling. Rather than discuss the merits or flaws of the bill,  the show hosts chose to hail the goodness of GMOs by making claims without any substantiation. They proceeded to rip into the organic food movement, and equated anyone with those leanings to be idiots, lefties, liberals, socialists,  and hippies. Hmmmmm, I thought.   Why don’t I fit into any mold? I’m not a leftie, a liberal, a socialist, or an idiot. In discussing this with my son, he called me a classical liberal.

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Your Natural Medicine Cabinet and First Aid Kit Part 4

Natural Medicine Cabinet Item#4 Eucalyptus Oil

Fresh herbs in first aid kitAs you build your all natural first aid kit and medicine cabinet, you now have Lavender,   Peppermint, and Tea Tree essential oils, which are 3 of the staples of any aromatherapist. As you have read in the individual posts for those three oils, the list of things that they can do is impressive. No natural medicine cabinet or first aid kit would be complete without our next essential oil: Eucalyptus.

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Your Natural Medicine Cabinet and First Aid Kit Part 3

Natural Medicine Cabinet Item #3: Peppermint Oil

Fresh herbs in first aid kitThe third essential for your natural first aid kit and medicine cabinet is Peppermint Oil (mentha piperita), right there next to your Lavender and  Tea Tree oil. Peppermint is another essential oil that is a foundational item for everyone’s medicine cabinet and first aid kit. Peppermint has a fresh, piercing, minty aroma that acts as a dilator, or “opener”in the body. It opens up the lungs and veins to bring more air into the lungs and more blood to the brain. Peppermint can be used as a mental stimulant, to improve memory, increase efficiency and productivity. It is a great way to fight sleepiness, fatigue, and mental fog.

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Your Natural Medicine Cabinet and First Aid Kit Part 2

Natural Medicine Cabinet  Item #2:   Tea Tree Oil

The second item you need in your natural first aid kit and medicine cabinet is Tea Tree Oil, right there next to your  Lavender. Tea Tree oil  is another essential oil that is a foundational item for everyone’s medicine cabinet and first aid kit. Tea Tree Oil is a basic essential oil, but has countless uses. If you’ve never smelled Tea Tree oil, it is not necessarily aromatically pleasing like lavender, rather it has a medicinal, terpene, antiseptic aroma. Despite the strong odor, it is very gentle and can be used neat (undiluted) on adult skin.

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Your Natural Medicine Cabinet and First Aid Kit Part 1

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender (Lavender angustifolia) is generally regarded as the most versatile therapeutic  essence and if you have only one essential oil in your home medicine cabinet, first aid kit, car or purse, Lavender is the one to have.

It is both strong and gentle and can be used “neat” (undiluted) directly on the skin. Beware, however, because as amazing and therapeutic Lavender is, it is also the most corrupted essential oil on the market. Take care to buy True Lavender, Lavendula angustifolia.  Read More→