Soothing Anxiety and Stress with Herbs

An Article by Susan Deeley reposted from http://www.usenature.com/articles/mental-health/1645-soothing-anxiety-and-stress-with-herbs

I thought thus article was excellent and so chose to repost it.

This article will explain some ways to deal with acute or chronic anxiety and stress in a safe and immediate way with herbal medicine. Often, when we are in an anxious or otherwise distressed state of mind, we can forget the resources we have available to us to calm our activated nervous system. I work with herbs, nutrition and other simple but effective tools, but this article will just focus on a few of the herbs. 

First, just making a cup or pot of tea- any tea- is in itself a calming, rhythmic, activity that can begin to help calm an activated, anxious nervous system. Sitting down and drinking a cup of tea is similarly calming, especially if done with awareness, preferably away from the constant (over)stimulation of our personal devices (phones, ipads, computers etc). 

We have access to an abundance of plant-based resources to support our nervous system. Herbalists use two main types of plants for anxiety- one is called “nervines”, which nourish and relax the nervous system, and the other are “adaptogens” which help build a deeper, overall resilience to stress and anxiety, as well as strengthen our immune system. 

Herbal teas. 

The humble cup of herbal tea is an often undervalued way to soothe the nervous system. For a medicinal effect, make a stronger tea, what we call a herbal infusion. You might use 2 tsp, or up to a 1Tbs of herbs to 1.5 cups of boiled water for a mug of tea. With fresh herbs, you tend to use more than with dry herbs- experiment for yourself. 

 

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is a classic nervine that soothes an agitated, upset or irritable nervous system, with the added benefit of calming an upset digestive system. Chamomile can be used for PMS related anxiety, for babies and children, or for erratic moods swings. You can make a strong infusion by steeping a chamomile teabag (or two) for 10 minutes or or longer. Drink 3 cups a day. Add honey if desired. 

 

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is another nervine that makes a tasty tea. It’s slightly lemony scent is uplifting and can improve mood, but it is also beneficial for relaxing an uptight nervous system, calming irritability and healing anxiety. Yes, it can be combined with chamomile. You can grow this plant easily in many climates and I grow it here in Perth- it is part of the mint family- and I prefer to use the fresh plant to make tea because it is more lemony, but dried is also fine.  Again, make a stronger infusion and drink several cups a day. 

 

Tulsi or Holy Basil (Krishna type: Ocimum tenuiflorum.  Rama type:  Ocimum sanctum.  Vana:  Ocimum gratissimum) is an adaptogenic herb from the Ayurvedic medical system, and it has a long history of use for many conditions, such as colds and flus, but also for stress and anxiety. These are more connected than you might realise, because adaptogens help us “adapt” and respond to life, physiologically, which is why they have such a broad range of benefits. Growing a Tulsi plant is considered to be both spiritual and practical in India, hence one of it names, “Sacred Basil.” I usually have one or two Tulsi plants growing and they do grow well here in Perth- again, they are from the mint family. Although tulsi is a great plant to have around, and bees love it, the tea bags have become popular and are widely available. Again steep the tea for at least 10 minutes to get a more medicinal benefit, or use two bags. 

 

Sage (Salvia officinalis) is an under-utilised nervine that has a strong grounding and calming effect which helps nervous exhaustion, trembling, panic attacks and a sense of being “out of the body”. Good for Type A personalities. It promotes wisdom, clear memory and awareness, and so is a wonderful herb to remember for many anxiety states. You can make the strong tea/infusion with fresh or dried herbs, and adding honey gives a sweet but earthy flavour. You can also burn white sage, a different type of sage than the one we make tea from, for a grounding and calming effect. 

 

“Sage – More than a nervine, this is a tonic for rebuilding the nervous system where there has been deep and long-lasting trauma. It helps to restore the integrity of the feeling senses. Specifically useful where there’s shaking and tremors, anxiety with overwhelming fear, and profound burnout.” Kiva Rose, Herbalist

 

Nettles (Urtica dioica) is another herb that has immense benefit for the nervous system, although not specifically considered a nervine.  It is wonderful for nourishing the adrenals, and for worn out, pale, sad or depressed individuals. Susun Weed the American herbalist promotes nettle infusions for relieving anxiety, and building focused energy. I have nettle infusions regularly.  To make, add to a litre of boiled water to a cup full of dried nettles. I find a French coffee press to be an ideal way to make my nettle infusions. Let it sit for 4 hours or overnight, and drink over the next day. It has a pleasant “green” flavour. 

 

Oatstraw (Avena sativa) is another nervine herb, which can be prepared the same way as nettles, for long term nourishing of the nervous system. I alternate oatstraw and nettle infusions regularly. Milky oat tops can also be made into tinctures and are a good medicine for anxiety, and for rebuilding an exhausted nervous system.

Herbal Tinctures & Medicines 

 

Motherwort (Leonorus cardica) is a nervine herb with a huge reputation for calming anxiety quite quickly. It is not a herb which will make you sleepy- it somehow calms down the racing, anxious heart, and can be taken daily or as needed, such as during an anxiety attack. It can even lower blood pressure that is stress related.The tea is too bitter so this herb is used as a tincture.  

 

Vervain (Verbena officinalis/ hastata-blue vervain) is another useful tincture to have on hand, especially for those who are highly strung with tight neck and shoulders. It is for when there are intense feelings, a build up of tension, or a sense of being or going crazy. Great for PMS or menopausal anxiety. Only small doses are needed, but it is better as a tincture. It can go well with Motherwort. 

 

Rose (Rosa sp.) has been loved for thousands of years and should not be overlooked as a medicine for strengthening the heart, bringing calm, softening and opening. It can be beneficial for those who have experienced shock and trauma. I use fresh rose petals steeped in honey, (steep for 3 weeks, then use the honey and eat the petals), added to herbal tea blends; as a fresh plant tincture which I use instead of rescue remedy for shock; and as an essential oil (sparingly!). If you are a rose lover, find some ways to bring more of her into your life. Even looking at or smelling a fresh rose is soothing for the nervous system. Here is an in depth monograph on rose as a medicine. 

There are 3 herbs I use often for people with longer term stress, anxiety or adrenal burnout. They are all adaptogens, or what might also be called tonic herbs. They are all best taken over a period of time to strengthen the nervous system, the adrenals, the body’s resilience to handle stress. They build inner strength. They are generally not so effective short term, but are used longer term. 

These are reishi mushroom, ashwaghanda and Siberian ginseng. 

 

Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) is known as the herb of immortality in the Chinese medicine system, and has been studied extensively. In terms of mental health, it is known to help to calm the “heart spirit” and bring emotional balance. It is gentle, can be taken long term, and is particularly good for anxiety, depression, shock, trauma, and just feeling disturbed and unhappy. It restores a sense of peace and calm, is uplifting, and is considered a medicine for nourishing the spirit. It needs both water and alcohol extraction to be of most benefit and I make a product which has both of these. It is one of my favourite herbs, and it also benefits the immune system, like most adaptogens. 

 

Ashwaghanda (Withania somnifera) is another favourite and many people are discovering this widely researched Indian Ginseng, as it is sometimes known. It builds deep inner strength and resilience and is helpful for people who feel burned out, frazzled, move very fast, and are prone to insomnia and anxiety. I add this herb to my morning chai blend. 

 

Siberan GinsengEleutheroccocus senticosus) is known as a Chi tonic in Chinese medicine, and it is a far more gentle adaptogen than the hot, strong Korean ginseng. It is added to many different formulas for improving stamina and vitality, and is for those who need deep level nourishment and support, as well as having a beneficial effective on anxiety

Then there are the strong sedatives, the herbs that are best use short term for anxiety or insomnia, that have a strong fairly fast effect.  

 

Kava-kava (Piper methysticum)is a powerful anti-anxiety herb that is useful when there is deep muscular tension and can be used as an alternative to anti-anxiety medications for some people. It has its place, and can be beneficial for panic attacks as it is fast acting, and also for insomnia. It can be slightly euphoric, and it is cooling in nature. 

 

Valerian is warming sedative herb, for when you are frazzled and anxious and is also an effective alternative to anti-anxiety medications for some people. It is commonly used for insomnia, especially when there is pain or cramps, but dependency can develop, so it is best not used continually. 

 

There are many, many more herbs useful for anxious and stressful mental states than I have space to mention here. These are some of my favourites. As well as herbs, essential oils and flower essences also have much to offer. And these are just the gifts from the plant kingdom. Please be sure to get the support you need, and I highly recommend finding someone trained in Somatic Experiencing therapy to work with for anxiety and trauma. 

 

Choosing the right probiotics and microbiome enhancing foods

This again from a Sage Beauty* newsletter.  Thank you Junia Kerr –  such good advice – I wanted to share it.

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“Choosing the right probiotic

First you need to get your head around the fact that you’re going to swallow bacteria in a capsule AND that these bacteria are going to be GOOD for you.

Then you need a degree in microbiology to interpret the labels of all the probiotic supplements claiming that their bacteria are the best.  But what do these bacteria in probiotics and fermented foods actually do once they’re in your tummy?  Are there some species of bacteria that are best for you?  Or ones to avoid?  And do you really need probiotic supplements?

Recent research has revealed some interesting things about probiotic supplements and it turns out that they don’t do what we thought they did – probiotics ‘supplements don’t actually live happily ever after in your digestive tract.

To understand the benefits of probiotics it’s helpful to have some understanding of the trillions of microbes that make their home in your intestines – your gut microbiome.

Gut Gardening for Good Health

That’s an awful lot of interest in the critters that live in your gut.  You’ve probably seen some of the headlines in the news or shared on social media about gut bacteria being linked to depression, auto immune disease, weight and healthy skin. Recent research is helping to shed light on what naturopaths have been saying for years – your health stops and starts in your gut.

Looking at this research helps us to understand how focusing on improving the health of your gut with detoxes, antimicrobial herbs, probiotics and fermented foods can help you overcome many health problems including achieving clearer and healthier skin.

What is your gut microbiome?

Your gut microbiome is the complex mix of thousands of different species of bacteria, viruses and yeasts living in your digestive tract.

Competition is fierce for prime real estate in your gut and diversity in these microbes is the key to your good health.  Food, lifestyle, drugs and medication can all effect the diversity of your gut microbiome – for better and for worse.  The health and function of the critters that make up your gut microbiome is so intimately linked to your own health that it’s useful to think of your gut microbiome as an organ, like your liver, heart and kidneys.

Is there a perfect gut microbiome?

There’s a lot of talk and research about how the bugs in your gut influence your health and happiness and if you’ve been paying attention you’re probably wondering what the perfect microbiome is and how you can achieve it.

To cut a very long story short, researchers haven’t identified the ideal microbiome.

Our paleo ancestors and hunter gatherers are often held up as the yardstick of a healthy microbiome – but there is no consistent microbiome shared amongst these groups that is the ideal one size fits all ideal microbiome.  The only consistent feature discovered is that diversity appears to be extremely important for a healthy microbiome a larger variety of bacterial species confers the most benefits to your health.

Reduced diversity in bacteria has been linked to obesity, insulin resistance, inflammation and bowel disease.  Antibiotics are the single most destructive influence on the diversity of the bugs in your gut.

Thankfully we now have probiotics designed specifically to taking during and after antibiotic treatment to maintain or rebuild diversity.  Other medications (such as the contraceptive pill), a modern diet and lifestyle all reduce the diversity of microbes in your gut too.

Whilst researchers haven’t been able to pin point an ideal microbiome for optimal health, they have highlighted the importance of diversity.  Think of your gut microbiome as a bit like a botanical gardens. Gardens that are full of weeds with just a few different species of flowers, shrubs and trees would be pretty boring to visit and spend time in compared to one that was well tended and filled with plants and flowers of all shapes and sizes.

You can start improving the diversity of your gut microbiome right now by eating more plant based foods, getting more exercise, spending time in nature and out in the sun.  Your gut microbes aren’t just effected by the food you eat, your lifestyle can also influence them.

Probiotics are personal trainers

It turns out that we’ve all been taking probiotics for the wrong reasons. We used to think that taking probiotic supplements containing Acidophilus and Bifidobacteria could replace levels of these beneficial bacteria in our intestines.  But the very latest research on probiotics and fermented foods has revealed that this belief is wrong and that probiotic supplements function more like personal trainers than a packet of seeds.

We used to believe that probiotic bacteria in supplements and fermented food would live happily ever after in your gut and this resulted in the commonly held perception that supplements with more probiotic bacteria in them were better.  We now know that probiotics won’t set up home in your gut, instead these living organisms have all sorts of wonderful beneficial effects as they pass through – like travelling personal trainers!

Different species of probiotic bacteria have their own specific effects upon the microbes, immune system, cells and functions in your digestive tract as they move through.  This has seen a move towards more specific and targeted probiotics depending upon your symptoms or health concerns.  More is not better when it comes to probiotics, instead it’s a case of choosing the right strain for the right job.

Probiotic super stars

Bifidobacterium animalis ssp lactis BB-12 is a superhero at helping to modulate, restore and support your gut microbiome and prevent the growth of ‘bad bugs’.  It can be taken at the same time as antibiotics to prevent and minimise antibiotic devastation of your microbiome and has an impressive 300+ scientific publications under its belt, including 130 clinical studies.

Saccharomyces boulardii is a therapeutic yeast that is a veritable magic mushroom, helping your gut recover quickly from antibiotics.  Antibiotics are the single most destructive factor for your gut microbiome. Thank goodness we have such effective probiotics that can undo the damage they cause to the bacteria in your digestive tract.

Lactobacillus rhamnosus (LGG) bacteria is one of the worlds most researched strains of bacteria and helps to promote the growth and function of many of the core and most important species of bacteria in your microbiome.

Lactobacillus plantarum 299V helps to relieve the symptoms of IBS such as pain, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation.  It has an anti-inflammatory effect and helps to protect against pathogens such as E coli and Listeria.

When you think about healthy food and healthy eating you’re probably thinking about how to maximise nutrition to the cells of your body rather than the creepy crawly residents of your gut.

 

How often do you stop to think about how well fed your microbial passengers are? Do you even know what they eat?

Thankfully feeding your microbes well is really quite easy and you DON’T need to visit any specialist stores to buy them their favourite expensive tasty snacks.

Their food of choice is plain and simple fibre. Some fibres are better than others, like that found in plant based foods such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, oats, linseeds and chia seeds.  In fact the only reason that we need to eat fibre is to feed up the good species of bacteria in your large intestine.  Your microbes ferment this fibre and produce some wonderful by-products that benefit the health of your gut and your body. These by products of fibre fermentation include butyrate and other short chain fatty acids.  These short chain fatty acids help to fuel the cells of your digestive tract and other species of good bacteria, they’re also anti inflammatory, help to stop food cravings by acting as an energy source to your cells between meals and giving you a sense of satiety.

Some of the best microbiome enhancing foods include:

  • Garlic
  • Leek
  • Onion
  • Dandelion greens
  • Asparagus
  • Banana – ripe and green
  • Honey
  • Tomato
  • Rye
  • Potato that has been cooked and then cooled
  • Cashews, pistachios
  • Oats
  • Chickpeas, kidney beans, White beans and lentils
  • Flax seeds/linseeds
  • Berries: Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries
  • Cocoa
  • Chocolate
  • Peaches and plums
  • Kiwifruit
  • Beetroot
  • Fennel bulb
  • Green peas and snow peas
  • Sweet corn
  • Cabbage
  • Pomegranate
  • Watermelon
  • Dates and Figs
Eating a low fibre diet starves your microbiota and since a bug’s gotta eat they’ll quite happily turn to chomping on the highly protective mucous barrier that lines your digestive tract and create a raft of problems as a result.

Improvements in your microbiome can be seen within a week of adopting healthier eating habits so you don’t have to wait long to start reaping the benefits.  In fact researchers begin to see improvements in the microbiome after just 24 hours of eating healthy foods! The same holds true for eating processed foods. A week’s binge on junk food is all it takes to see noticeably negative changes to your gut microbes and your health.

Your gut microbiome is not static.  It can be changed for the better or worse.  Be in charge of your health and change it for the better – it’s not hard and the benefits are worth it.
Hopefully by now you’re pretty clear about how important it is to have a healthy symbiotic relationship with the populations of beneficial bacteria living inside your gut. But what happens when the bad bugs take over and your once lush and beautiful microbial garden turns to a weed infested wasteland?

There are a few different types of bad bugs that can set up home in your gut.  When bacteria such as E coli, Campylobacter and Salmonella are present, the resulting diarrhoea makes it quite obvious that all is not well.  There are other sneakier parasites that are very good at evading your immune system and hiding out in your gut causing a myriad of health problems that can affect every organ and body system.

Some of these other bad bugs include normal neutral microbial residents that have overgrown their welcome.  There are many bacteria that live in your microbiome that are normal residents and don’t really offer much benefit but are also not harmful.  Under certain situations, these bacteria can switch from neutral to nasty with too many of them crowding out the more beneficial good bacteria and producing harmful chemicals and toxins.  These chemicals can directly damage your digestive system and can also be absorbed into your body and place enormous stress upon your liver, detoxification process and your immune system.  The most potent of these bacterial toxins is called lipopolysaccharide or LPS, it’s also known as endotoxin (meaning toxin from within).

LPS is highly inflammatory and can provoke a massive immune reaction, it’s also linked to autoimmune disease and even obesity.

A good gut detox that includes antimicrobial herbs and foods is one of the most effective ways to help reset your gut and remove parasites and other unwanted microbial squatters.

Re-Set Your Microbiome with a Gut Gardening Detox

An annual gut detox is one of the best ways to press the re-set switch on your gut microbiome and your health and wellbeing.

Having an overgrowth of bad bugs crowding out your microbiome increases the toxic load that your liver and immune system have to deal with on a daily basis.  You could be eating the cleanest, healthiest, 100% organic diet and lifestyle but suffering symptoms of toxicity due to bacterial overgrowth in your gut and their toxic chemicals (remember, endotoxin means toxins from within).

Common symptoms include:

  • Waking in the morning feeling like you have a hangover (even when you’ve had no alcohol!)
  • Feeling tired and fuzzy brained
  • Sugar cravings
  • Alcohol cravings
  • Joint pain
  • Bloated tummy
  • Digestive problems including IBS, diarrhoea and constipation
  • Skin problems including adult acne
  • Hormonal problems
  • Fertility issues
  • Allergies including hay fever
  • Lowered immunity to infections
  • Poor healing

A good gut detox helps to weed out parasites and unwanted microbes from your microbiome.”

*Sage Beauty not only are experts in holistic skin care but also offer acupuncture, massage, homeopathy, and more ……   they use and recommend the Metagenics Integrated Detox, a practitioner only prescription detox that can be tailored to suit needs and health.     info@sagebeauty.com.au 

Gut Detox for well being and inner glow

The fantastic team at Sage Beauty, North Bondi* emailed me a wonderful article about adult acne.  The article gives plenty of good advice BUT I really liked the advice on a gut detox as it assists the body in so many ways.

 

This excerpt from their newsletter …..

  • Get 8 hours sleep as many nights as you possibly can
  • Fix up the lighting in your home and on your phone and tablets.  Stop using your phone or tablet at least one hour before bed and use a red light filter in the evening.  Use dim lighting in your home at night time.  No harsh and bright lights and make sure your lightbulbs are warm rather than cool.
  • Get out into sunlight, without sunscreen, as often as you can.
  • Stop sugar.
  • Get enough protein, zinc, fibre and good quality fats.
  • Start drinking dandelion root tea.
  • Filter your drinking, tea and cooking water.
  • Acupuncture is VERY helpful
  • Regular appropriate-for-your skin facial treatments are VERY beneficial
  • Support your liver with herbal medicines and therapeutic foods that help stimulate and support detoxification.
  • Herbal medicines can be prescribed that help support your body under stress and also address the hormonal imbalance.
  • Follow a nutrient dense, anti inflammatory diet.
  • Avoid sources of synthetic oestrogen such as storing oily or fatty food in plastic, heating food in plastic, pesticides and skincare that contains chemicals such as phthalates and parabens and resorcinol (ironically found in many acne treatment products)”

 

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Sage beauty can assist with getting your hormones healthy the natural way.  They not only are experts in holistic skin care but also offer acupuncture, massage, homeopathy and more……       info@sagebeauty.com.au 

13 reasons why NOT to

MAY 8 2017 Sydney Morning Herald printed a moving article letter by Claire Orange.  She wrote an open letter to her 4 boys in response to 13 Reasons Why, the Netflix series that has created an uproar over its depiction of teenage suicide.

This is an excerpt from it

……….. “I simply can’t imagine life without every one of you. Having to endure a lifetime of self-blame and self-hatred that would blacken my soul and create a void that could never be filled, lightened or lessened. That’s what suicide leaves. These are my 13 reasons why suicide is not the answer:

1. There is always someone there. Always. And if not me – because today I’m not your favourite person – then a grandparent, an auntie, a cousin, a brother, a friend.

2. Despite what’s happened to you or what you have been part of by choice or proximity, I will always love you as much as the moment I first knew you were there. I might not love what you’ve done but I will always love you with my entire being.

3. You are here for a reason. You have a life ahead full of love, relationships, achievements and setbacks. And I will be there beside you.

4. However busy I am, whatever else is happening for me, I will put it aside for you. Hell, I’d lay down my life for yours to sustain.

5. You are loved.

6. You are valued.

7. You are resilient.

8. You are more than the sum of your experiences, more than anything anyone can and will ever say about you.

9. This too shall pass. Life is a series of stages, each with its own unique teachings and learnings.

10. Nothing is too big, too embarrassing, too … anything to talk about. I’m honoured when you confide in me, but remember your safety net of people. They love you too.

11. Every life – yours, mine has high and low points. Storm clouds gather, they might linger but they won’t be there forever. Promise.

12. You come from a long line of resilient survivors. It’s in your blood.

13. My love for you is more powerful than anything you’ve seen on a superhero movie. My love transcends time. It will be there for generations to come, wrapping itself around you and your children one day, and their children, and theirs.

My sons, 13 Reason Why should be called 13 Reasons Why Not. As viewed material, it now forms part of the complex neural network through which you interpret and respond to life. Let’s keep talking, learning from it and making it part of your lifelong love of, lust for and link to life.

My Sons. My life. My breath.”

 

Claire Orange is a children’s wellbeing expert – therapist, author, speaker and mother of four. She is a director and co-founder of BEST Programs 4 Kids, a national organisation that specialises in developing effective social and emotional wellbeing resources for families and schools.

Lifeline 131 114

MensLine 1300 789 978

Beyondblue 1300 224 636.

 

Reference MAY 8 2017 Sydney Morning Herald

The Brain and Learning

Our learning is affected by optimal fibre transport!! While the brain appears to be 2 halves (left/right brain theory), it is in fact a single ‘whole unit’ with a series of fibres running all over the place.

The main fibres running from one hemisphere to the other are called the ‘Corpus Callosum’, while fibres running from the front to the back of the brain are called the ‘association’ (long ones) and the ‘arcuate’ (short ones). There are also fibres that spread from the bottom up and throughout the brain, which are called ‘projection’.  Overall and generally –  the association, arcuate and projection fibres are mirrored on the left and right hemispheres.

The best way to think of these fibres is as internet cables. Most of the time the information you need is there when you tap on your keyboard – but when your ISP (Internet Provider) puts a cap on your internet, the information you receive is slow and sometimes it doesn’t get through at all. Kinesiology can assist in uncapping the connections thus restoring the flow of information for optimum capacity.

Discoveries have found that learning difficulties and issues such as Asperger’s, Autism, ADD can be caused by information in the brain not being able to be transported along these fibres (brain ‘internet cables’) and what occurs is known as a loss of brain integration.

 Loss of brain integration: scale and effect

Think of your own life; when you try to do something new or different but you can’t quite seem to grasp it – you may get a bit frustrated, give up, or persevering with it until you finally succeed. This, in some form, is an example of a loss of brain integration. It’s akin to remembering a favourite movie star but the name escapes you – loss of brain integration.

A truly integrated brain is capable of a lot but most of us have never fully experienced, a fully integrated brain.  This can be due to our upbringing, environmental issues, diet, and many other factors.

The feeling of anxiety or distress when you can’t remember where you left an important item is a feeling we have all experienced. Not finding the item at all because you no longer know where you left it, is akin to what it is like for a child with learning issues. They try as hard as they can (under parental pressure and time constraints), yet still no luck.

Another common situation is where a child, often as a result of experiencing some kind of learning difficulty, starts acting out and misbehaving. If left unchecked, this loss of brain integration can quickly spiral into a destructive cycle with much wider ramifications.

  • initial loss of brain integration – the initial cause
  • then, punishment’ (or lack of reward) for not being able to do the ‘the thing’ that was expected of them
  • the child then tries harder to get it right  but often gets frustrated by the situation, because they simply can’t do what is expected of them, and this is where the problem can occur
  • this in turn can cause to become anxious as their sense of identity is being undermined – causing the child to go into self-preservation mode – what can often be seen as poor behaviour.
  • the poor behaviour makes it more difficult for them to learn (or to succeed next time), and the cycle continues, escalating each time as it goes.
  • This ‘lack of success’ can plague a person throughout their entire life; either by preventing them from facing life’s adversities and perceived failures, or from even attempting the challenges to begin with – their subconscious hardwired to ‘expect’ failure.

Kinesiology has many tools that can assist the Brain with learning:

  • Brain Points for integration
  • Cross Crawl Exercises such as marching
  • Vibrational Healing
  • Self Esteem, Success and Confidence Goals
  • Essential oils that pass through the Blood Brain Barrier
  • Eye modes                                                                                                          to name a few.

Children respond really well to Kinesiology, so book an appointment for your child if you feel they would benefit.

 

Many thanks to http://empowering.theproduct.com.au/  for enhancing my knowledge of the brain. They are based in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland and offer a specialised Kinesiology called LEAP that is specifically targeted at Learning difficulties.  They can be contacted on 0499 309 655.

 

 

 

Feng Shui your house for Winter

Winter is a time of introspection, but we also want to maintain flow within our lives and avoid stagnancy.  Feng Shui reminders and enhancers that can be used in your home to activate areas, encourage flow and maintain positive vibes are:

  • Always keep the bathroom and toilet door closed.
  • Place healthy plants around the home.
  • Do some repainting to make rooms as bright as possible.
  • Play music or the radio for lively Yang energy.
  • Keep a pet to bring in yang energy to the house.
  • Do not have Bonsai or Cacti in the house – stunted growth plants should be moved outside.
  • Throw away chipped / broken crockery and any broken items at once.
  • Display fresh flowers and remove dead or dried flowers.
  • De-clutter rooms and sort through your wardrobe. Send unwanted items to be recycled.
  • Place a bold red item such as a rug, vase or cushion in the bedroom to ignite passion and romance.

Colour up your Winter with a new crystal

Winter is a time of regeneration, introspection and resting.  The cooler weather inspires us to stay indoors more and to become a homebody.

With Winter just around the corner, how about going Crystal shopping for some crystals to aid healing, rejuvenation and to brighten the nights.  Allow the crystal to choose you and perfect places to find your crystal are markets and fairs.  You can also google Crystal warehouses in your area.

Good Winter crystals are:

Clear quartz for harmonising and alignment

Moonstone for relationship harmony within the home

Chalcedony for harmonising mind, body and spirit and clear expression

Citrine for protection and inner calm

Smoky quartz for dispelling negativity

Lapis Lazuli for enhancing intuition

Amber for it’s soothing abilities

Amethyst for a calm outlook

Rose Quartz for inspiring “Love” all around

 

Safe haven within your home

Following on from last months’ newsletter about endorsing an Australian company that aids protection – I found an article …..

Release that negative energy from your home!

They gave some good tips on how to create a  haven within your home.

  1. Aim to minimise tense encounters taking place in your house. Go to a neutral location. Or if you take work home, limit where it’s done in the house.
  2. If you are building or renovating, choose the tradespeople with care. Be selective about their “energy” and attitude as well as their fees and skills. Not only will this help you select tradespeople you are happy to have around and have in your space, you will also minimise the risk of negative energy becoming embedded within the structure.
  3. Add your own touches to a new home, even if everything seems perfect as it is.
  4. Establish your own regular DIY clearing routine: clear clutter, play clean-sounding, uplifting music and consciously purge the place of any negativity that has occurred there.
  5. Create a feeling of space, freshness and light. Good ventilation and natural light are critical to feeling positive in a space.
  6. Research the history of the house you’re thinking of buying; that is, its previous inhabitants as well as neighbourly relations.
  7. Create pleasant gardens and place plants within your house.
  8. Make good use of fresh, bright, happy colours and sounds, as they can have a purifying effect.
  9. Bush Flower Essences and sprays as well as sandalwood, sage and wormwood (burnt) make excellent space clearers.
  10. Declutter to create a feeling of calm, space and control over your space.
  11. Simmer fresh rosemary in a pot of water and let the scent stream through your house. It will impart a lovely clear, fresh, enlivening scent that is even more effective than scented candles or oils.
  12. Make the approach to your house inviting. For instance, paint the facade of your house a positive colour and frame the doorway/walkway with plants or flowers. That way you’ll be more open to feeling positive when you enter the house.
  13. Meditation and visualisation can be useful tools to help you settle into a new space and feel comfortable there on a deeper level.

Other tips that I myself use to keep my house a safe haven are:

  1. Ensure lovely air flow by opening windows and doors in good weather.
  2. Introduce some Feng Shui tools –  a red front door and placing a 3 legged frog at the threshold are well known ones.
  3. Use chimes or tingshas to clear stagnant energy.
  4. Use diluted essential oils to wipe surfaces – my favourite is Eucalyptus.
  5. Imagine a guardian angel hovering over the house with a giant magnet – drawing all negative energy away.
  6. Send light and love to lost roaming souls that may have arrived, so that they can move on up into the light in to the realm of the divine.

Release that negative energy from your home!

An Australian company that assists with protection

I don’t usually promote businesses but I am often prompted to recommend this company to my clients.  I met Gerard Bini at a Kinesiology Conference and he did a gratis short remote google earth consult for my house and clinic.  He was so accurate and I continue to use the products I purchased from him.

If you “need protection” in all aspects of your life then his website is definitely wth a look…… google orgone effects australia

From his website….

“The OEA Ionic Orgonium tools/products are designed to be used for:-

  • Building Energetics
  • Personal Energy Protection
  • Water & Food Ionising & Rejuvenation
  • Automotive & Aviation Cabin EMR

Our Consulting Service covers the following aspects of Building Energetics:-

  • Earth Magnetic Grids and Nets
  • Electromagnetic Radiation, Radio Frequency
  • Wi-Fi, Microwave, Satellite, and RF Beams
  • Underground Water Veins
  • Sewer & Grey Water Lines
  • Fault Lines
  • Paranormal Interferences
  • Earth Radiation caused by Radioactive Geological Matter
  • Noxious Resonance from the presence of mould and fungus
  • Negative Psychic Impressions

OEA also offers a short remote phone consultation using Google Earth to detect exactly what EMF energies may be present in your home or workplace. This may assist you to decide which energy balancing products you may require for you and your family. This service is free.

  • Does your house make you feel sick or depressed?
  • Do you suffer from headaches or fatigue in an office environment?
  • Do you have trouble sleeping?
  • Is there a room or space in your home that feels heavy and sickly?
  • Do the energies in your home or workplace support your health?
  • Are you being frightened by paranormal activity at night?
  • Have you been diagnosed with Electro-hypersensitivity?
  • Do you feel lethargic or lack drive to perform the simplest of tasks at home?

Our mission is to create a crystal clear living and workspace that supports your health and is a happier space to reside in, so you can get on with your life in a more healthy and vibrant environment.”

Motivate your child to love learning

Being a parent is no easy task and one of the many areas we need to focus on in while bringing up balanced kids is to teach them how much fun learning can be.

Some tips include:

  • Help them identify and do things that they are good at – lego, chess, gardening, cooking, drafts ….
  • Visit parks and outdoor gardens or make an indoor garden with them
  • Suggest starting a collection such as shells, buttons, stamps, pressed flowers
  • Catch multitude types of public transport with them and use the timetables and maps with them
  • Use the local library – not just for borrowing books but engage them in the library activities on offer
  • Discuss news items that are in the paper
  • Watch documentaries together
  • Show them how to find information on the internet for their school projects
  • Listen to and value their view point
  • Treat them to a museum or exhibition outings often
  • Praise and acknowledge them regularly
  • Do activities together as a family
  • Promote siblings working together rather than competing with each other
  • Make the most of teachable moments
  • Understand that “fear of failure” is often the reason for resistance to learning tasks – let them know that mistakes are a great way to learn
  • Praise resilience as often as you see it
  • Teach them to talk in positive self-talk such as “this maths didn’t go too well but I know I can do better next time” rather than “I am really bad at maths!”
  • Encourage then to join a team sport – coordination of hands and feet are great for the brain.  Walking / marching / skipping is also good for left right brain integration
  • Help them find their favourite essential oils – these do wonders for their emotions and wake up the brain