THE MENTAL RUT

This month of February came through like a whirlwind, at least it did for me. I can’t believe how fast time is moving and how fast things are changing. It’s February 28th already and I’m wondering where the last two months have gone. Time waits for no one, it marches on whether you participate in using it wisely or you squander the precious minutes you’ve been given. When you are in a mental rut time moves at a rapid pace but you just aren’t aware of the time lost or the opportunities you’ve missed.

On February 2nd I started the Himalayan Sole Therapy, and took my health to a whole new level without the drastic cost to my bank account that ASEA was costing me. Funny thing about the ASEA was that at the beginning of January I told a friend that I would never stop taking it. Boy, was I wrong. I also added Rocket Coffee to my diet which included a tablespoon of coconut oil in my coffee everyday. Something really interesting happened, I don’t like coffee without it now. Through all this my blood pressure normalized, I no longer have to deal with severely low blood pressure and my digestion improved so much that I’ve been able to lose weight.

Mental Rut

I also disassociated myself with anything that involved network marketing, from revamping my Facebook page to unsubscribing to numerous marketing newsletters and blogs. I knew that the only way to move forward was to stop hanging on to the very thing that was holding me back. While I’m on the verge of something that will propel my vision and my potential¬†to the next level, I am getting back to my roots and doing what is important for me.

Life is not about winning, or about who dies with more money. Life is about using your talents to lift other people up, to build a bridge, to speak out, and to connect. When I stopped focusing on making money and remembered how much I love helping people reach their full potential, that’s when life began to change.¬†February has taught me that I was in a rut, but I didn’t even know I was there. These last couple of weeks has helped me see what I was made for and what I love doing.

I look forward to a magnificent March with eagerness to start the next leg of my journey.

MANY ROADS TO WELLNESS: I Took the One Less Traveled By

While I was walking out of the doctor’s office, Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” kept running through my mind’s eye. When it comes to my own wellness, I have always taken the road less traveled by. I have always gone the alternative route to keep myself well, and as I walked out of the urgent care facility, where my husband had insisted I go because I couldn’t catch my breath, I felt like I had been scolded by the doctor who barely spent five minutes with me.

I got the diagnosis of bronchitis, the doctor wrote 2 prescriptions, told me that fruit flavored Life Savers are the best cough drops, and that health food store remedies aren’t worth anything because they can’t do what prescription medicine can. Then he began to insinuate that because I didn’t get a flu shot is why I’m sick now. He asked me why I didn’t come in at the first sight of a sore throat, I told him “I don’t normally run to the doctor for every little symptom in life,” that’s when he turned his back and worked on his computer. He wrote me two prescriptions, one for antibiotics and another for cough suppressant.

My Road to Wellness

I filled the one for the cough suppressant but only took it for a day because I needed to get some sleep, and I was coughing my throat raw. For the antibiotic, I’ve used grapefruit seed extract, oil of oregano, whole garlic, and the Himalayan Sole Therapy (which I wrote about just two weeks ago.) I spent $122 on an office visit for the doctor to insult my lifestyle, and for writing prescriptions. According to my husband I need to stop being pigheaded and stubborn when it comes to my health in seeing a doctor, but I think I just need to keep doing what I have been doing and even go back to making my own herbal remedies for times like these. Although it was nice to see my blood pressure had gone down to 133/82 not bad for someone who was panicking because she couldn’t breathe.

In the past I’ve made my own tinctures of lobelia, ¬†burdock, chamomile, echinacea, peppermint, lavender, and dandelion just to name a few. I’ve used my own cough remedies (Onion and Honey Juice), my own sore throat remedies (Cayenne Ginger Gargle) to help my children heal from illnesses like strep throat and dry coughs. I’m thinking about all the herbs, apple cider vinegar, and rum I could have bought with that $122.

Yes I took the road less traveled by but this is my road to wellness. It’s paved with homemade tinctures and remedies, poultices, and herbal baths. It’s filled with hope, love, peace, joy, and research. If your road to wellness is the one less traveled by, then please leave a comment.

 

http://www.motherearthliving.com/health-and-wellness/homemade-medicine.aspx?PageId=3#ArticleContent

http://wellnessmama.com/8168/how-to-make-herbal-tinctures/

MY JOURNEY WITH COCONUT OIL

I’ve been using coconut oil for years, even before it’s become as nutritionally accepted as the best oil to use. I turned to coconut oil eight years ago because I’m allergic to dairy. Since then my journey with coconut oil has taken me on a path of real health and helped me to see that this highly saturated fat is one of the most important building blocks in my arsenal of alternative health therapies.

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil used to get a bad rap because it is a saturated fat which was said to raise cholesterol, blood pressure and can cause heart disease. Heart disease, something I’m all too familiar with. My father, my mother, two uncles, and an aunt died from it. All because they bought the claims that saturated fat caused their heart problems, so they ate margarine and anything else that was artificial.

I used to use only Promise margarine in the tub. Then one day, one of my sons forgot to put it back in the refrigerator after he used it on a piece of toast. In the morning, while the margarine sat at room temp overnight, it became as solid as a rock. You couldn’t get a knife into it. When we turned the container over it fell out of the plastic tub like a solid piece of plastic. That was the last time I used margarine because my inquisitive mind kept thinking that if margarine turns solid at room temp, which in our house was 68 degrees, then imagine how much harder it became at 98.6 degrees.

I tried refrigerating extra virgin olive oil. I used it on toast but it wasn’t the same. So I headed off to the health food store and researched other oils. That’s when coconut oil entered my life and changed it forever. I tried coconut oil on my toast (when I could still eat bread) first, and I loved how it tasted so good and light. Coconut oil also became the only oil I used in cooking.

Then I started using coconut oil for my skin and my hair. I use a tablespoon to wash my face every morning, no need to use soap, or makeup remover, or even any other moisturizer. I also use it on my hair as a deep conditioner. Since I dye my hair, (I know it’s not good for me, but I’m just not ready to stop yet), I deep condition my hair and scalp every 6 weeks. I also use coconut oil for oil pulling.

Today my journey with coconut oil took on another turn. I added it to some Vietnamese coffee, which I love, and it tasted like a cappuccino. It’s a great way to get coconut oil without having to resort to heating it up in the microwave (I’ll talk about how dangerous microwaves are in a future post).

I’ve heard all the stories of coconut oil helping with diabetes and blood sugar issues, fights aging, reverses dementia, balances cholesterol, aids in healthy thyroid and adrenal function, unclogs arteries, and aids in weight loss. I didn’t start my journey with coconut oil because I wanted to address a health issue but these are definitely some perks that have made this a life long choice.

Below are some articles and videos that you might find informative.

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/surprising-health-benefits-coconut-oil

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dckWiJ5x6K4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxR24JMAE0c

http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/oil_pulling.html

http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html

http://wakeup-world.com/2012/09/05/13-evidence-based-medicinal-properties-of-coconut-oil/