Lemongrass loves to go Barefoot

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Lemongrass loves to go barefoot.

It dances barefoot around its house, carries its shoes as it walks along the beach, and rolls up its jeans to wade barefoot in streams. There is something about having its feet in direct contact with the earth that makes Lemongrass feel natural and playful.

That doesn’t mean it likes its feet to be dirty!

This recipe is for a foot scrub that Lemongrass uses to clean off the dirt, reduce germs (and fungus!), and leave its tootsies smelling and feeling good.

Barefoot and Carefree Foot Scrub

  • 1 oz (28 g) pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 4 drops Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
  • 3 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • 6 drops Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini var. motia)

Make your blend in a 2 oz (60 ml) glass jar. First, combine the pink salt and jojoba, then add the essential oils and stir gently with a glass stirring rod, or the handle of a stainless steel spoon.

When it’s time to scrub your feet, you can use the whole jar. The blend will feel oily, and your feet and hands will feel so moisturized.

If you don’t have pink Himalayan salt, that’s okay. You can use any salt you like. I happen to love the pink salts (they are so beautiful). Salts come in a variety of “grains,” and I like medium grain for foot scrubs. If you need a good resource for essential oils, definitely consider  Rocky Mountain Oils . NON MLM company.

Again, where you purchase your oils and salt is definitely your preference.  It’s a personal decision and you should feel positive about your ingredients.

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Marshmallows are good for you

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Yes, you heard it from the hubby’s mouth “Marshmallows are good for you” as he eats a rice krispie treat.  I chuckle and remind him that marshmallows contain all kinds of not so good for you ingredients.  In his normal fashion, he looks to the internet to prove to me that he read it somewhere.  Yes, I’m sure my herbalist friends have guessed it, he’s talking about Marshmallow Root.

Although in the old days, marshmallows were made from the true Marshmallow root, it’s not how it is produced today.  However, you can make homemade marshmallows from it and I’ll have a recipe at the end of this blog.  Marshmallow, known scientifically as Althaea officinalis, is an African plant with short roundish leaves and small pale flowers. It was originally used medicinally by the Egyptians. Its usage was later adopted by the French. Today, it has a wide variety of medicinal uses.

What are it’s uses

Marshmallow is most commonly used to ease sore throats and dry coughs. The Marshmallow plant, especially the leaves and roots, contains polysaccharides that have antitussive, mucilaginous, and antibacterial properties. Because of this, marshmallow has a soothing effect on inflamed membranes in the mouth and throat when ingested orally, specifically a sore throat. The antitussive properties help reduce dry coughing and prevent further irritation.

More recently, marshmallow has been used to treat certain digestive disorders, including heartburn, indigestion, ulcerative colitis, stomach ulcers and Crohn’s disease. The mechanism by which it soothes sore throats applies to gastrointestinal mucosa as well and regular consumption of marshmallow can help with the pain of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s, and prevent stomach ulcers from perforation. Marshmallow extract is sometimes added to creams and used to treat inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema and contact dermatitis. Additional uses are currently being investigated. Marshmallow may be a helpful aid to radiologic esophageal examination. There is tentative evidence that marshmallow may also help with respiratory disorders such as asthma. Researchers may soon test marshmallow as a natural alternative to blood sugar management in diabetes.

Mechanism of Action

Marshmallow works as a mucilage, producing a thick sticky substance that coats membranes. Marshmallow extract contains flavanoids, which contain anti-inflammatory properties. The flavanoids are able to reduce inflammation while the mucilage holds them in place and prevents further damage. The extracts also induce phagocytosis, which is the process in which certain cells engulf bacteria, dead cell tissues or other solid particles. This helps speed up the healing process. The mucilage remains unaltered until it reaches the colon, which is why marshmallow works well on most inflammatory digestive disorders.

Marshmallow also contains Asparagine, which is a naturally occurring amino acid. It is not an Essential amino acid as it can be produced by the body so is not needed as a dietary supplement. Asparagine was first identified from Asparagus juice, in which it is abundant, and hence its name Asparagine. It was then identified in a range of other plant and animal food sources and identified as an amino acid.

Availability and Dosage

The roots and leaves of the marshmallow are the parts most commonly used medicinally. Marshmallow can be commonly found in the form of tinctures, capsules and tea. The preferred form and dosage depends on the specific ailment being treated. Tincture is the preferred form for treatment of sore throats and dry coughs. One to two teaspoons should be taken two to three times a day. For stomach ulcers and indigestion, tea works well. Pre-made teas can be purchased or tea can be made by using two to five teaspoons of either powdered root or dried leaves and and boiling them in five ounces of water. Tea containing both powdered root and dry leaves appears to be most effective. Capsules can be used for Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis at a dosage of six grams a day. Marshmallow can also come commercially in ointments, creams and cough syrups, though these forms are notoriously hard to find. The more common forms can be found in most local herbal supply stores and in some natural or organic grocery stores and health food stores.  I use organic Marshmallow Root to make my own herbal capsule supplements.

Side Effects and Precautions

Marshmallow is considered a very safe herb and virtually no side effects have been reported with its use. Marshmallow may, however, cause low blood sugar in some people, so those with low blood sugar should check with a physician or herbalist before using marshmallow. Because of the way marshmallow coats the stomach, it may affect absorption of other drugs. Anyone taking medications should take marshmallow either six hours before or six hours after taking other medication.

I am NOT a Medical Doctor, I consider myself a Holistic Healer.  Therefore, I make no medical claims here.  I only know what I have seen and read from other Herbalists/Healers, resources and the internet.

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Recipe for Home Made Marshmallows

Ingredients:
  • 4tablespoons marshmallows, roots
  • 28tablespoons refined sugar
  • 20tablespoons gum tragacanth (or gum arabic)
  • 2cups water (Water of orange flowers for aroma or instead of plain water)
  • 1 -2egg whites, well beaten

 

Directions:

  1. Make sure the mallow roots aren’t moldy or too woody. Marshmallow gives off almost twice its own weight of mucilaginous gel when placed in water.
  2. Make a tea of marshmallow roots by simmering in a pint of water for twenty to thirty minutes. Add additional water if it simmers down. Strain out the roots.
  3. Heat the gum and marshmallow decoction (water) in a double boiler until they are dissolved together. Strain with pressure.
  4. Stir in the sugar as quickly as possible. When dissolved, add the well beaten egg whites, stirring constantly, but take off the fire and continue to stir. Lay out on a flat surface. Let cool, and cut into smaller pieces.

 

Let me know how Marshmallow has helped you!

~Namaste

The Power of Smudging

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Smudging originates in Native American practices, as the act of purifying a room or space with the smoke of sacred herbs as a means of clearing negative energy. But, smudging isn’t only for spaces; it’s also about clearing your body, mind, and spirit to rid of any negativity or pessimism that are compromising your energy and wellbeing.

Smudging is scientifically-proven to release negative ions to which research has proven to be linked to release positive mood receptors in humans. By burning healing herbs and wafting the incense-like smoke around, it’s believed to encourage feelings of wellness and positivity.

The science of smudging is strong, with healers and experts alike asserting that positive ions, and their by-product, free radicals, in the air are unhealthy and polluting to the human body, mind, and spirit.

The art of smudging is administered with the use of smudge bowl and sacred herbs directly lit of burned on a coal tablet. It can also be performed using herbs tied together in bundles – called smudge sticks.

 While the methods vary, the concepts are the same: the sacred smoke is used to cleanse an individual or space from moods or dispositions that retract from their wellbeing and higher consciousness. To do this, smoke is ‘washed’ over the person or object with a feather accessory or by fanning the smoke with one’s hand.

Smudging and the Varieties of Blessing Herbs

  • Sage: removes negativity

  • Cedar: restorative and transformative

  • Sweetgrass: gentleness, love, and kindness of Mother Earth

  • Lavender: protection, cleansing and attracting love

  • Copal: attracts positivity and good spirits

  • Myrrh: enlightenment, youthfulness, and truth

How to Perform a Smudging Ritual: Guidelines and Tips

When practicing smudging at home, it’s important to be respectful and handle these sacred herbs according to traditional Native American protocols. The smudging process is sacred and must be treated with reverence.

The smudging ceremony, ideally, ought to be performed when:

·      Before and after a guest enters your home

·      Before meditation or yoga

·      Directly following a heated argument

·      Subsequent to any mental or physical illness

·      When you move into a space – or returning after an extended period of time

·      At the forefront of a new beginning – personal or professional

Smudging processes vary based on their purpose and ceremonial origins. Performing smudging at home can sound a bit intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. To practicing smudging at home, this simple 7-step method is both the easiest and most effective way to rid and cleanse your space of negative energy:

What You Need:

  • A smudge stick

  • Matches

  • A fireproof container or bowl

What to Do:

1.     Before beginning the ritual, open a window or door.

2.     Place the sacred herbs of your choice in an abalone shell or clay bowl.

3.     Light the blessing herbs with a match.

4.     Gently blow out the flame, allowing to herbs to continue to smolder.

5.     Take the smoke and emblematically wash your hands the smoke, submerging your eyes, ears, brain, and heart through the herbaceous fumes.

6.     Once finished, you can leave the bowl in a safe secure place and let it burn out, allowing the fragrant vapors to fill the space.

7.     Celebrate and treat the leftover herbs with respect, ideally, disposing of them outside and dispersing across the earth.

Let me know how smudging has helped you and your space! ❤  With love and light always….

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Safe Face & Body Products

I wanted to make my own skin and body care products and have. But I’ve found that marketing them is difficult because it would cost me more than I could possibly charge while being effective treatments for aging, sensitive skin, etc. So I was on a mission to find a company out there who has what I’m personally looking for and I have found it!!  This company embodies a lot of the things that I hold close to my heart. Cruelty free, Natural, Bee Campaigns, Organic, Essential Oil infused etc. I encourage you to check out my affiliate site. If you wanted a product that is “safe”, consider NYR Organics.

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Argan Oil

Argan oil is extracted from the kernels of the argan tree, Argania spinosa, found only in the southwest of Morocco. If you’re using argan oil for skin care, you’ve chosen a great oil to protect and nourish your skin, hair and nails.

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The women of Morocco’s native Berber people have produced and used argan oil for skin care for centuries. It has amazing therapeutic properties.

There are two grades of argan oil:

1. Culinary argan oil is toasted. Before the oil is extracted, argan kernels are roasted over a low fire. This gives the oil its extraordinary nutty aroma, and a dark color. I’ve read that the heat from the toasting affects the chemistry of the oil enough that the anti-aging and healing properties associated with raw cosmetic argan oil are lost. I haven’t seen any research on this, but it’s commonly expressed.

2. Raw argan oil (cosmetic grade) is pounded out of raw kernels and has a light golden color. I visited Morocco and was able to see this process firsthand–believe me, it is a lot of work! Raw argan has a very slight nutty aroma and a mild flavor.

Argan Oil has the following healing properties:

  • Softens and moisturizes skin
  • Helps maintain the skin’s natural elasticity
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acts as an anti-inflammatory to sooth irritated or damaged skin
  • Is rich in vitamin E, antioxidants and essential fatty acids
  • Can be applied topically to help nourish dry hair and brittle nails
  • Is effective in soothing acne, psoriasis, and other skin disorders

Here’s a simple DIY recipe for Argan Oil Facial Wash:

3/4 oz (22.5 ml) cosmetic raw argan oil
1/4 oz (7 gm) aloe vera gel
1 drop Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
1 drop Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carterii)

Five Essential Oils for Fall

Imagine you could only pick five essential oils for the rest of your life…which would you pick?  lol  I know I know, I don’t think I could do it either!!

As summer is waning, we can definitely pick our top 5 oils for the Fall Season!  Here are some I recommend!  Let me know what your top 5 would be and why!

1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) has a spicy aroma and is considered a base to middle note. It blends well with frankincense, orange, and peppermint, forming a lovely seasonal scent. Medicinally, cinnamon has antiseptic, antispasmodic, and bactericidal qualities, making it an effective air purifier. Blend cinnamon with some of our other favorites (like clove, lavender, and peppermint) to create a room spray that’s both seasonal and germicidal.

2. Clove 

Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) was an important commodity for the Greeks and Romans and was heavily traded. Clove bud oil has been shown to inhibit the production of free radicals and to have anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Recent studies have highlighted its use especially for oral hygiene. It’s a good oil for travel! You can add 2 drops of the essential oil to 1 cup of water to make an on-hand mouthwash. For aromatherapeutic blends, clove imparts a fresh top note and blends well with bergamot, lavender, vanilla, and ylang ylang.

3. Eucalyptus (This would be on my top 5 forever list!) lol

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) is a versatile essential oil and another good oil for travel. In addition to its analgesic properties, natural pain relieving and soothing action, eucalyptus is antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, and a useful respiratory support. For an immune support (use with adults and children older than two), you can add 1 teaspoon of eucalyptus oil to a pan of water; leave the burner on low so the vapor diffuses during the night. You can also use eucalyptus with a vaporizer or diffuser to achieve the same effect; the vapors will help break up mucus and reduce coughing.

4. Tea Tree Australia

Tea Tree Australia (Melaleuca alternifolia) is prized for its antibacterial properties. It has been shown to be effective with mouth sores and also helps promote healthy skin. Though tea tree Australia has a somewhat medicinal aroma, it has a sweet middle note and soft tones as it dries out. Tea Tree Australia blends well with bay leaf, bergamot, black pepper, cajuput, cedarwood atlas, cinnamon, clove bud, elemi, ginger, juniper, lavandin, lavender, nutmeg, peppermint, rosemary, sandalwood, thyme, and vetiver.

5. Vetiver

Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides) essential oil has been used in the East for years to fragrance linens and clothes. The oil is complex and has more than 50 active constituents, but the earthy aroma is attributed to the ketonic sesquiterpene and the ester. Vetiver is a natural antimicrobial, antioxidant, immune system stimulant, and tonic. Medicinally, vetiver is useful for anxiety, colds, depression, nail infections, cracked and dry skin, and stress, among other uses. The rich, burnt, and smoky aroma blends well with bay leaf, black pepper, cedarwood atlas, cinnamon, ginger, juniper, nutmeg, cassia, clary sage, lavender, jasmine, mimosa, oakmoss, opoponax, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, violet, and ylang ylang.

 

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Reiki and Your Aging Dog

Recently, I came across several articles about how Reiki can help your pets.  I was inspired to post a synopsis of some here because I think we forget how much our senior dogs need us..it should be, after all, their golden years…let’s help keep their sparkle!

If you’re like me, dogs have always been the loves of your life and at the center of your heart. They never live long enough, and as they get older, it can be hard to admit that they are indeed “seniors,” entering their twilight years. Older dogs often develop certain chronic conditions, and besides finding the support of a caring, holistic vet, sharing Reiki meditations with your dog can help both of you navigate the twists and turns of your aging dog’s health journey. Here are five powerful ways Reiki can help your beloved senior dogs:

1. An improved appetite. Older dogs often get finicky about eating in their old age. Besides getting creative with food choices, Reiki is a wonderful way to support senior dogs when they just don’t seem interested in food. Many times, I’ve had the beautiful experience of the dog going over to his food bowl and finally choosing to eat, either during or just after a Reiki session. It’s amazing!

2. Physical and emotional comfort. Old dogs deal with a multitude of unsettling physical symptoms, either from disease or just old age: an unsteady gait, a tilted head, nausea, arthritis, deafness and blindness—to name a few. Sharing Reiki sessions can address these issues and help dogs feel more comfortable in their aging bodies.

3. Renewed sense of connection and belonging for the dog.Blindness and deafness can lead to fear and a sense of isolation. Dogs with one or both of these issues may begin to lie on their beds all day instead of interacting with the family. This is where Reiki can play a very important role.  Reiki shows us that connecting with our hearts is a profound way to communicate with and relate to our dogs.

Reiki meditation is about connecting from the heart. We learn to breathe and focus into the heart of our being, to uncover the central core of who we are. When we remember our inner heart, we realize that although we often rely on our eyes and ears to connect us to our world, these senses don’t define who we are. When these senses dim, Reiki helps us to heighten our most important awareness—the awareness that comes from an open heart—in order to stay connected. Reiki shows us that connecting with our hearts is a much more profound way to communicate with and relate to our dogs!

4. Improved mobility. Arthritis is one of the most common chronic conditions present in senior dogs. But when dogs receive regular Reiki treatments, they often show significant signs of improvement in comfort and mobility. It brings me great joy to see many of my arthritic clients getting a spring back into their steps after some Reiki. Some clients will show a renewed emotional sparkle, bringing me toys to play with after a Reiki session, even if they haven’t shown interest in play for a very long time.

5. Additional support during hospice. Sharing Reiki is a wonderful way to improve your pet’s comfort level during hospice, as well as your own mental/emotional state in caring for him/her.  Imagine the deep connection and sense of love, companionship and caring you will have with your senior pet.  Imagine knowing you did all you could to help him/her; not just physically but emotionally and spiritually as well.

Our gray-muzzled companions benefit greatly from Reiki, especially as they age. So much inspiration in my work comes from seeing the benefits first hand in the elderly animals.  Although not a replacement for proper veterinary care, it may be a low cost option to assist your pet in some relief and perhaps live out thier lives naturally in in peace.

If you are interested in learning how Reiki can improve your life and the life of your pet, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I offer classes locally in Reiki Certification Levels I, II and III.  Contact me for details:  AmadorHolisticHealings@gmail.com . ~Namaste