Posted in Animals, Health, Holistic Healing

Eye health for dogs

This weeks health segment goes out to our four legged family members and the focus is on eye health.

I’ve noticed a few things with Cinnamon this week that make me wonder if she is struggling with poor eye sight. First it was a stick in the water that I threw. It was seemingly right next to her and still she had a hard time making it out. Sure it could have been the glare on the water from the sun. 🤔Then a miscalculated jump and run in with a kitchen cabinet that left a big scrape with lost fur on the right side of her face. She does get a bit rambunctious. 🤔 Next, another failed attempt jumping on the couch, missing it and falling off backwards. A play with her toy that I kicked around the floor and which at times she couldn’t make out where it landed. Sure it’s brown like the floor and blends in, but 🤔…how many excuses can I make for her while not following a hunch or satisfying that gut feeling.

A vet appointment is scheduled for the 6th of August and it’s the earliest I could get. Crazy, but it’s important to me that she treated by the same amazing man that already cared for my prior two dogs Sparky and Nikki. In the meantime we are doing our own thing and here are a few tips. Tonight Cinnamon received half of a sweet potato mixed in with her normal food and luckily she loved it. Here is a list of foods and things that can promote good eye health in dogs. Even if everything checks out just fine and fur-momma is just over worried about her baby, these are still good things to incorporate into her diet.

Blueberries

Broccoli

Carrots

Cold water fish

Eggs

Garlic

Kale

Pumpkin

Sweet Potato

Tomatoes

Moisture (dog I drops) if you live in a hot, dry and dusty climate which I think is key for us here

Zinc

Taurine

Omega 3 fatty acids

Carotenoids

Bilberry

Eyebright

Posted in Healing, Health, Holistic Healing, Homeopathic

Anti inflammatory tea

In our health segment this week, I am addressing inflammation in the body. It is the cause for many chronic diseases and illnesses and is no friend of ours.

Inflammation in the body is caused in many forms and here are just a few of them. Poor diet, not enough exercise and stress are the main contributors to inflammation.

Do you have swollen joints, stiff muscles, flu like symptoms, fever, chills, fatigue, loss of energy, headaches, or a loss of appetite? If so you might be at risk of having inflammation in the body.

6 steps for reducing and managing inflammation in the body.

  1. Load up on anti inflammatory foods
  2. Control blood sugar
  3. Cut back or eliminate inflammatory foods
  4. Make time to exercise
  5. Lose weight
  6. Manage stress

An impressive list, but also one that’s not often managed so easily. We know how hard it can be to lose a few extra pounds and that stressful job is still needed to pay the bills. A vicious cycle that’s often hard to break. But here is one little thing you cc’s n incorporate that can make a world of difference and it’s as simple as a few cups of tea a day. It really helps.

What you need is a cup of green tea, with 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric. Heat and stir well to dissolve as best as possible. It’s a little stubborn but can be done with a little extra TLC. You can also add a turmeric supplement to your daily routine and don’t forget about our Limes from last week to flush out the toxins.

Posted in Chronic illness, Holistic Healing, Homeopathic, Inspiration

Reinventing time…once more

Warning: lots to say today and a longer one

The last couple of weeks have been kind of “meh” on the health front. I have fallen off of my exercise routine and step goal, and clearly I have been much less active than usual. I think the only thing I did stick to was to be conscious of what I eat, continue my green juice intake, and still get a few hikes in, here and there. Not too bad overall you’d think, but for me it was like taking a step backwards, an interruption, a halt, a standstill in the pursuit of my goals.

It wasn’t that I got lazy all of a sudden, but what brought everything to a head was a reminder of what it’s like to deal with chronic pain and that it can strike at any time. Things can change in a heartbeat and no two days are the same. You’re ok one day and the next one you don’t know to perform the simplest of tasks. All of a sudden the left knee started clicking and became painful. Walking was annoying, stairs were a pain and hiking became non enjoyable or possible. Then there was a lot of tension in my neck that spread to the shoulders and arms. I tore my entire bed apart, changing pillows for maximum support, all to little avail. The wrists were on fire, the elbow felt like the tendons were overstretched into a abnormal position, and at times I was unable to bend my arm to blow my nose, or perform other simple things. Even dressing was a drag and each morning started with a lot of time requirements just to get going. I needed an intervention, to reinvent myself.

Looking at my hands it was clear that inflammation had returned. The entire backs of my hands and fingers were swollen like plump sausages. It’s always there to some degree, but at various levels of intensity. It was back and it was painful, by no means how it used to be, but dull and naggingly painful most of the day. It became a every day thing again, and that alone can scare you to pieces if you ever experienced how bad it can get.

I made the decision to stop pushing myself. To put topping a record productivity week to the wayside and to listen to my body and let it rest. Continuing was not optimal or optional under these conditions. I felt I would do more harm then good, and I slowed down. My body has been working so hard to support me in my quest of a healthier lifestyle, losing weight and getting stronger. I felt guilty to stop so abrupt, but I knew it was the right thing to do.

Hadn’t I achieved so much already? Didn’t I accomplish it all? I was stronger, with more stamina, building muscle and endurance. I waived goodbye to fat, and by now I was almost 16 lbs lighter. Yes I still have a long ways to go, but it was undeniable of how much better I felt. Not just on the weight and physical side of things, but also on the mental and confidence side. It’s amazing how just a little can have such a huge impact.

Looking back, it’s been a fairly good year for me when it comes to personal progress and my chronic disease. I have somehow managed to manage it, but it took and continues to take hard work and commitment. It can slip at any moment. It takes drive and motivation. It takes making up your mind and just doing it, regardless of what others think, because no one else will do it for you and it’s your life to live.

This is what I mean with reinvention. In review and hindsight, first came eliminating some of the stress that had me in constant chaos. Next was Reiki, becoming a Reiki Master and Energy healer. Then I dabbled into the foods I was consuming, including elimination, portion control and times, as well as water consumption, staying hydrated and flushing the bad stuff out. I stumbled across essential oils and herbalism, choose a more active lifestyle once I grew stronger and was physically able to, and layered on increasing healthy veggies with my green juice. Each effort got me so far, steering me into the right direction, but each eventually became somewhat stagnant. The results were there but it appeared that no further progress could be made. I wanted to go further.

Stiffness and pains reappeared, just enough for an annoyance and to make things difficult and hurtful, but mostly to remind me that this was not what I wanted to go back to. It was time for yet another reinvention of myself. What was going to be next? What was my next building block to get behind in this grant scheme of becoming the healthiest, best version of myself. What was my next lesson.

It came in the form of another holistic approach to fight pain and inflammation. To repair gut flora and digestion for the proper elimination of toxins. To boost and strengthen my immune system. My Ginger Syrup came to the rescue, not just for myself but also to gain popularity in the world as well. There is a need for natural approaches and healing out there and I am truly happy to contribute my little part to it. Also, I would like to say a huge thank you to you who have supported me in this quest. I thank you for your trust in my product and your care. I hope you soon share similar success stories of how my syrup has made a difference for you.

Further I have made a natural muscle rub including essential oils. I have used it over the last couple of days, and the results are amazing. Pain and inflammation (swelling) is minimal again and my flexibility and ease of motion has retuned. I can function again and I am back with a vengeance.

So what’s the morale of this story. I guess there will always be challenges in life, times of stagnation when we feel stuck or perhaps on halt. These times will require you to reinvent yourself and everything you have been doing. You will need to layer on to what you have learned so far, and you will need to change. There will be days when what you have been doing will not be enough anymore. It will require a new way of thinking, new education, new wisdom, and a new YOU to propel you forward, not having you stuck in a rut. So how do achieve a new you? Never stop learning and pursuing the best version of yourself. Be your own best friend and listen to your body, your heart and your mind. Your soul already knows the way. Trust, believe, and reinvent yourself, because every next level will require a new and different version of yourself.

Posted in Holistic Healing, Homeopathic, Natural Remedies

Ginger Syrup

I dabbled back into my holistic roots and made some homemade Ginger Syrup. Ginger is an amazing and useful herb. It’s well known for its anti nausea and digestive properties, but it’s also anti inflammatory which is very helpful if you are suffering from chronic disease such as myself.

Further it is antispasmodic, diaphoretic, a circulatory stimulant, and appetite stimulant. It’s great for diabetics suffering from diabetic nerve pain and poor circulation.

Ginger is an immune booster and definitely a great helper with Covid cases still at large. The best part about ginger is that it is natural, health promoting, and great tasting, which isn’t always the case with other herbal preparations. It is delicious food as well as powerful medicine.

It’s amazing when poured over vanilla ice cream, stirred into oatmeal or yogurt. To use ginger for health benefits, take a spoonful if you’re not feeling well, if you’re nauseous, or if you’re suffering from sluggish digestion. It’s wonderful stirred into hot tea. You can also enjoy your ginger syrup stirred into mineral water. It makes a natural ginger ale that settles your stomach and tastes great at the same time.

I am thinking of making this product available on my Etsy Shop, of course fresh to order. I think it’s amazing with the flu season just around the corner and with a little extra that we can arm ourselves with.

Posted in Goals, Holistic Healing, Life

Becoming….

A few days after the natural remedies book fell into my lap, another sign appeared confirming that I was on the right path. It felt a little like a urge to keep going, to continue the thought process I had entertained, although I hadn’t bought the book yet.

As mentioned before I dabbled into homeopathy a little bit here and there, always looking for ways to cut out toxins and inflammation, while leading a healthier lifestyle. With much under control already, there was also much left to go. To seal the deal and into my lap it fell, was an affordable online course to become a certified master herbalist. 😳 There was no denying it was a message, just like it had been in April of last year as the Reiki course miraculously fell into my lap in the same manner. Right away I recalled all the successes since becoming a Reiki master, and the rest is really history. I bought the course and with only one chapter in and 9 to go, I am not perfectly a 100% but I am at a passing score and plan to keep it that way. Wish me luck… 😉

Posted in Essential Oils, Holistic Healing

No ordinary moments

I’ve been on a journey to improve my health and my life for quite some time now. I have learned that nothing ever happens over night, and much of this process requires time and the patience, as well as the dedication and staying power to see it through. Another thing I have learned is to listen to my intuition that gently nudges me when I’m ready to expand and take the next step. So no, I’m not a fan of coincidences or things happening by accident, but I am a fan of reading the signs, of listening to the messages that are always here for us, and I’m a fan of believing that there are no ordinary moments. I can’t tell you how many messages I might have missed already, but I challenge myself to pay attention and keep my perception open so I can recognize these moments. After all nothing is lost as I can’t interpret-ate these moments as missed. How could I not Ebene being aware that it is happening, however it just takes longer to get to where this path is leading me.

Last year one of these moments happened in a life changing way as I came across the powers of energy healing. Most of you have followed my journey and know what a difference it has made in my life and in my health. About two weeks ago, I feel another such moment presented itself to me in the form of making my own natural skincare products and working with, as well as diffusing essential oils. I couldn’t explain the sudden interest until I learned that these oils not only make your house smell amazing, but also pack a bunch of health benefits. I started to do my own research, still not having a clue that I would need to call on what I was learning very quickly. I just followed my intuition, believing there was a reason all this information was falling into my lap.

And then it happened and I had a number of days I just didn’t feel good at all. Some symptoms of which were scary in these current times, but I still remained calm and surrendered my energy, calling upon my guardian angels and guides to help me through this. Further, my left side was hurting a lot which took the attention from corona and indicated an inflamed spleen, courtesy side affect of the rheumatoid arthritis. A day later a migraine headache I couldn’t shake settled in in addition to what was going on already, which kept me woke most of that night. Between the pain in my side, the headache, nausea, and feeling like I was going to pass out, it was simply impossible to drift off to dreamland. Something needed to change and it did the very next morning. This was the perfect time to test my new friends, the essential oils. I made myself a rollerball I call headache away, and low and behold, I noticed a difference as soon as I applied the mixture to my forehead. Within that day in a matter of hours the migraine headache vanished completely, and I haven’t had any problems since. But I went a little further and made myself a immune boosting diffuser mix, placed it in this handy little guy pictured above and allowed it to mist and humidify the air for several hours. The next morning I woke up and for the first time in days I have no ill symptoms, and no pain in my side. I am beyond amazed and already, I am a believer. Coincidence…well, you know my answer.

I can’t wait to explore further remedies and see what this can do for my allergies. Have you had your own experience with essential oils? I would love to hear your take.