Healthy!

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Healthy living in every way-Spiritually, physically, in our minds!

I am so thankful today. I am thankful that God has given me wisdom to change un healthy habits to healthy ones. I am thankful I can continue to morph in my mind…to exchange stinking thinkin’- for life, hope, and healthy thoughts.I am thankful that I can yield more and more to God to hear His voice and not have to strive and be as stressed. I am thankful that I can get up and take a long walk, or do a yoga routine every day. And all of those things, in synergy, open our hearts and minds to be able to embrace the day and face struggles with more courage.

Add some essential oils to your day! Inhale some citrus to lift your mood. Take a walk today instead of having that caffeine- even if it is to the mail box ! Pray! Are you doing the same thing every day and expecting a different result? I am here to encourage you to take a step in a different (but healthy) direction!

I want to hear from you today!

 

 

Snore No More

 

Come out to The Oil City Farmer’s Market today and Thursday  from 9-4 in front of the Oil City Library! Pick up some Snore No More for your snoring and sleep disturbance issues! It will support open airways and relaxing slumber- our biggest seller because it works!

We want to hear from you today! Come and see us- or shoot us an email!Snore No More-white

Shame on you!

Shame, is a topic none of us want to talk about…. and….that is where it gets it’s power. We all have it. Some of us have dealt with it better than others, or we are completely disconnected people and we become sociopaths!

As I was reading a book called Search for Significance by Robert McGee, a friend of mine gave me the book Daring Greatly by Brene’ Brown. OK! I am paying attention, this is some thing that God wants me to deal with in my life!

McGee says about shame; “too often our personality becomes glued to the failures. Our self-image becomes no more than a reflection of our past.” That, McGee says,” leads us to believing a lie; I am what I am, I cannot change.”

Brown says; ” as we work to understand shame, one of the simpler reasons that shame is so difficult to talk about is vocabulary. We often use the terms embarrassment, guilt, humiliation and shame interchangeably. It might seem overly picky to stress the importance of using the appropriate term to describe and experience or emotion; however, it is much more than semantics.” “The difference between shame and guilt is best understood as the difference between ” I am bad” and “I did some thing bad. Guilt=I did some thing bad. Shame= I am bad.”

If we live our lives based on these lies about our selves, OR if “we use shame to keep people in line, it is not only wrong, it is dangerous. Shame is highly correlated with addiction, violence, aggression, depression, eating disorders and bullying. Researchers don’t find shame correlated with positive outcomes at all” Brown says.

Well, that is a list right there!One where I can see some of that in myself, and a list I see throughout society.  Maybe you do not find yourself in that list…McGee gives one of his own. “Inferiority, Habitual Destructive Behavior, Self-Pity, Passivity, Isolation and Withdraw, Loss of Creativity, Codependent Relationships and Despising Our Appearance.”  Can you see your self in that list? I have all my life and still struggle with some of those things.

Here are some steps that Brown gives to help you out of the shame attack.

  1. Practice courage and reach out! Yes I want to hide, but the way to fight shame and to honor who we are is by sharing our experience with someone who has earned the right to hear it- someone who loves us, not despite our vulnerabilities, but because of them.
  2.  Talk to myself the way I would talk to some one I really love and whom I’m trying to comfort in the midst of a meltdown; Your’re okay. Your’re human- we all make mistakes. I’ve got your back. Normally during a shame attack we talk to ourselves in ways we would NEVER talk to people we love and respect.,
  3. Own the story! Don’t bury it and let it fester or define me. I often say this aloud; “if you own this story you get to write the ending. When we bury the story we forever stay the subject of the story. If we won the story we get to narrate the ending. As Carl Jung said, “I am not what has happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”

This is good stuff! It is what I need to hear right now in my life, AND it has given me a real eye opener to what I can do to my children when I don’t agree with their behavior. My loving husband said to me; “You are not defined by your failure, you are defined by who you are….and you are not that.” I loved that. I want to believe that, I want to be that to others.

Isaiah says; “He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God and afflicted but He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities the chastisement for our peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, everyone, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Is. 53:4-6

He took our sin and shame and our defeat. I need to remember that every day and want to remind all of those in my life the same.

An amazing essential oil that can calm broken hearts and emotions with it’s chemical components is; Rose Otto. I have been spraying that profusely on myself and through my home surrounding myself with the fragrance of love and healing. Just as Jesus did for us.

What are your thoughts on shame? What are your thoughts on Rose? We want to hear from you today!<3

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One of My Favorite Workouts!

This Psyche Truth Yoga for Weight loss Work Out 2 video is a great straightforward and effective workout I do on a regular basis. It took me about a year to build up the strength to do it. ..just keep at it even if you fall over!!

As a side note, Helichrysum is a great essential oil to use while you are making life changes and need some strength and encouragement.

Give it a try, give yourself a goal! I am here doing it with you!!

Did you try the video? Let us know what you think!

 

Neuropathy

Hello everyone!

Recently I’ve been working with a client who experiences severe nerve pain. I just wanted to share some tips for those of you who deal with the same thing. Neuropathy can be an overwhelming issue. Debilitating pain and numbness can keep you from living your day to day life, while conventional treatments often have no effect.

There is not a “silver bullet” for neuropathy, but from a holistic standpoint, several lifestyle changes are extremely helpful. It all starts in your diet. Following a paleo, gluten-free, fat-rich diet reverses the damage to your nerves and helps the nerve cells rebuild. This has worked for my current client and for a dear friend of mine, who, as a young mother with three children and debilitating pain and numbness, was able to completely heal! The amino acid L-Glutamine, a wonderful supplement, is super helpful to rebuild your system as well.

As a supplement to the nutritional changes, St. John’s Wort oil is extremely helpful for nerve pain. It does not reverse the condition, but it deals with the pain while your body is being replenished. Together, these changes will help heal your body from all the damage!

The Herbal Guy has a brand new St. John’s Wort Oil for sale, which I highly recommend. Check out our original post on St. John’s Wort in general – the herb itself has many wonderful properties besides helping with neuropathy. And as always, if you have any questions, leave a comment or shoot us an email!

We will not be at the Oil City Farmer’s Market today. Catch us on Thursday!

“Home Herbal” by Penelope Ody

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When a friend first lent me this book nearly twenty years ago, I was in awe. So much knowledge in a small, easy to read book!

Home Herbal looks at health needs according to age, herbs that can be used medicinally for all manner of maladies, practical ways to use and prepare herbal remedies, and common complaints with instructions on how to treat them. Through beautiful pictures and expert advice, my knowledge was expanded. I got so excited! Mullein and St. John’s wort and calendula and arnica and licorice! Tinctures and infusions and emulsions and ointments!

This book helped me learn to treat my chronic bronchitis (with mullein) and set me on a road to looking at health and medicine differently than I ever had before. I got my own copy and I still keep it as a reference for using herbal remedies. Check it out yourself; you won’t be sorry! It’s an invaluable tool for anyone wanting to learn more about holistic health. Click the picture below to find it on Amazon for a penny!

Have you ever read Home Herbal? What do you think?

What resources have been invaluable to you in your journey towards healthful living?

What is Holistic Health?

On this blog we talk a lot (and will talk a lot) about “holistic health.” But what does that mean?

What is Holistic

By definition, holistic means “relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts” (merriam-webster.com).

Whereas mainstream medicine treats individual health issues as they pop up (say a cold), holistic medicine is concerned with caring for the entire body as well as the mind.

This is why aromatherapy is considered holistic – when I am consulting with someone who’d like an essential oil blend, I don’t just dump in a bunch of oils that are good for the common cold. I probe deeper. I ask the person if they have any allergies, if they’ve been going through a stressful time, or how their mood has been. All these and other factors affect how I treat what seems to be the simplest of problems – a cold.

This might sound exhaustive or even a little unnecessary, but think about it. Our bodies are a collection of systems working together to keep us alive and well. The respiratory system is not independent of the cardiac system, nor is the muscular system independent of the nervous system. They all work together and rely on each other.

It follows, then, that a health issue affecting one will affect the other. If the immune system is struggling, the entire body will respond in order to fill in the deficiency. This is why I believe a holistic approach is so important: a cold does not just affect your nose or your throat. The rest of the body doesn’t just let your nose fall of and say “well the rest of us are fine!” Your entire immune system is weakened, your mood is affected, and it’s harder to carry out everyday tasks as usual. Cutting off your nose would not make this better!

So I hope this helps clear up any misconceptions you may have about holistic health, or at least clarifies for you what it even is. Holistic medicine is a bit of a fad right now, and as such it is easy to think that this or that is what holistic health means. But really the concept is simple. How you practice it and how it plays out in your individual life will look different to different people.

And honestly, that’s the spirit of holistic health: everyone’s different, with different bodies and health needs and reactions. Medicine should help each individual body and mind the way that they specifically need it. If you believe that, then congratulations! You’re thinking holistically.

What comes to mind when you think of holistic health?

Does this post clear up any misconceptions, answer any questions, or spark more?

Let me know in the comments below!