Fertility and Womb Health, Herbalism, Physical Health

No more Cramps, Bloating, and Migraines

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How many of you suffer from terrible cramps, bloating, weight gain, and/or migraines during your moon time? I too used to be a part of this camp. I would barricade myself in my room with lots of chocolate, peanut butter, and salty potato chips, watching sad and depressing movies about love gone wrong. My husband and my oldest son steered clear or they knew I’d let loose and they would have to deal with the Wrath of a Crazed Mama. So, I wallowed in my bloodiness, popping Pamprin, Midol, and Advil. Oh yeah, can’t forget that I was taking synthetic birth control pills back then to regulate my cycle, too. All the while, cursing God for cursing Eve and dying to get to Heaven just to smack her in the face for eating that daggone forbidden fruit, knowing she wasn’t even hungry. Yes, this was my sick and pathetic life. As much as I despise who I was back then, I honor those experiences as I continue to transform into a woman who embraces all things feminine. I no longer subscribe to biblical Bru Ha Ha written by men who could never understand or even value the very essence of womanhood. Now that I understand who I am and what I’m made of, I’m free to run, free to dance, free to worship, and do all that with no cramps, bloating, migraine, or attitude. My husband is probably clapping if he’s reading this.

What’s my secret? Well,  I have four. Clean eating, body movement, herbal infusions, and intimacy.

Clean Eating

Clean eating is one sure-fire way to either get rid of menstrual cramps or reduce their intensity. It’s a good idea to eliminate or extremely reduce your intake of foods that clog up the small intestines, make your body produce excessive mucous to digest, or cause bloating/inflammation. Examples of those foods include breads and sweets made with yeast or glutenous grains such as wheat, barley, or rye, meat (especially the sacred cow), processed foods, dairy products, table salt, and refined sugar (including high fructose corn syrup). I suggest eating out of your own kitchen as much as possible. When you prepare food at home, you know what ingredients are in it.

Your goal is to have two-three bowel movements a day with frequent urination (let it flow, mamas). It’s also key to drink an ample amount of spring water. For an extra boost of vitamin C and constipation relief, add lots of lemon juice to that water. To learn more, check out my blog post entitled Overcoming Chronic Constipation.

Body Movement

In addition to keeping the digestive tract cleansed, it’s a good idea to get in at least 30 minutes of movement each day. I also suggest spontaneous dancing or walking. Belly dancing is great during moon time, too. Another great option is yoga full of twists and turns to help detox your body of all the yucky stuff that needs to come out. You can do all of this in the comfort of your own home. You Tube videos are free and there are some great options out there. The extra movement will help to boost your endorphin release which will help fight against that yucky feeling many of us have experienced during moon time.

Herbs

My next secret weapon is herbs. I drink herbal infusions almost every day. They are full of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay nourished and they have tons of medicinal properties. My favorite herbs for womb health are nettles, oat straw, and red raspberry leaf.

Intimacy

The last secret weapon is intimacy – personal intimacy and intimacy with your spouse or significant other. In fact, I probably should have listed this one first. Here’s the deal. I steal away from everything around me even if it’s just for fifteen minutes to honor my moon time to rest, meditation, and do personal rituals. I believe the power than emanates from a menstruating women enhances her ability to create. You’ll be amazed at what you can do. Once you’ve spent that time alone, don’t be afraid to engage in intimacy with your spouse or significant other. Let your lover massage you, kiss you, and love on you while you sit back and take it all in. I hear there’s magical power when couples join together on the fourth day. I dare you to try it.

Summary

To sum up my secrets for getting rid of cramps, bloating, and migraines, eat clean, move your body, drink herbal infusions, and get intimate. Pretty simple solutions that won’t cost you a whole bunch of money. In fact, you’ll save money because you won’t need the Midol, Advil, and Pamprin AND you won’t be eating processed or fast foods. I look forward to hearing your success stories about your moon time.

Love and light.

Herbalism, Physical Health

What’s HERstory?


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Lately, I’ve been reflecting on my ways and how I acquired them. Was I just born this way or did some grand or traumatic experience lead me to them. I saw this T-shirt online and decided I just had to have it. The word “HERstory” resonated in my spirit because it reminds me that most of our history is written by men and the feminine ways are left to folklore and tradition. Some which was stolen away from us through witch trials, misogyny, and patriarchy. So, I want to start by sharing a few funny things about me that show up in my character even today that led me to live a holistic life.

In my younger days, I didn’t exercise or eat well. Despite that fact, I was always attracted to the lifestyle. Not sure why. I just know that I’ve always had a strong dislike for medicine/drugs. Cough syrup made me gag, antacids made my stomach hurt even more, street drugs just didn’t work for me, and prescription drugs were so out the question.

In college, I experimented with marijuana for three weeks. I’m sure it wasn’t pure. Probably that genetically modified stuff. I remember this experiment as if it were yesterday. One Sunday, my best friend and I went to dinner after church and while eating, we discussed our desire to try marijuana. We called up two of our male friends who smoked quite frequently and decided to have a house party. Yes, Sunday after church we were partying like rock stars. They left us with a huge stash and all the necessary paraphernalia. For three weeks, we had free marijuana and we had a ball. My grades soared and I slept like a baby each night. When the stash was depleted, I suddenly quit my new found habit, as I had a strict rule about spending money on frivolous things.

My first year working in corporate America, I caught the flu and my mother gave me Alka-Seltzer Cold Plus and I slept for 11 hours straight. In fact, I would have slept longer if my sister didn’t wake me up. My three weeks of rock star partying and my flu experience had one thing in common. A foreign or genetically modified substance entered my body and I did nothing but sleep. I didn’t take naps as a child so I wasn’t about to start taking drug induced naps as an adult. This led me to seeking other ways to get euphoric feelings and stay well – practicing yoga, meditating, eating well, and drinking herbal infusions. Oh yeah, there is nothing wrong with marijuana, it just shouldn’t be smoked (salads, tinctures and extracts are best) and it should be pure (is that possible these days?).

That’s “MYstory” about what led me to live a holistic life. What’s “YOURstory?” What journey led you to live a more holistic life? Maybe we can buy matching “HERstory” t-shirts, kick back, drink some nettle infusion, and shoot the breeze one day. I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Give thanks!

Body Care, Herbalism, Physical Health, Spiritual Healing

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are like muscles in the uterus that don’t know how to stop growing. I call them waste receptacles because they are filled with toxic mucus to protect our wombs from the trash we’ve accumulated over time. They are caused by one or more of the following issues.

  • Emotional wounds from abortions, miscarriages, sexual trauma, and/or molestation that breed negative energy
  • High estrogen and progesterone production from taking birth control pills and consuming excessive amounts of soy
  • Consuming acidic foods that contain dairy, refined sugar, refined and enriched flour, and/or caffeine, especially processed or fried, all which create mucus in the body
  • Damage from sexually transmitted diseases and vaginal infections
  • Exchange of bodily fluids with sexual partners that create soul ties and open you up to the other person’s issues and history
  • Karmic debt from past lives, for those who believe in reincarnation
  • Generational curses in the family bloodline
  • Toxins from body care products that contain chlorine bleach, parabens, sulfates, and other harmful chemicals
  • Hormonal issues with menopausal women taking synthetic hormones to increase estrogen levels
  • Hormonal issues with women who are undergoing invitro fertilization

These situations produce toxic mucus that gets trapped in the womb, which can contribute to the growth of fibroids, both inside or outside of the uterus. They develop in the uterus because it is our womb, the center of life and creativity. Here, we birth new lives and ideas. Some say that fibroids are hereditary and that they run in families, passed down from generation to generation. Since we tend to inherit diseases at birth and live the same lifestyle as our family members, the heredity theory is somewhat true. If we have the same eating habits, lifestyle, and/or thinking patterns as our living relatives and/or ancestors, then we will most likely have the same health issues.

Symptoms

  • None – they may be small and not causing symptoms – best time to smash them
  • Heavy bleeding during or outside of menstural cycle
  • Headaches
  • Bloating – can make you look up to six months pregnant
  • Extreme cramping – caused by strong uterine spasms
  • Lower back pain
  • Infertility
  • Miscarriages
  • Dull ache to extreme burning sensation in the womb area
  • Constipation
  • Frequent urination
  • Frequent urinary tract infections
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Low libido
  • Painful intercourse

Treatment

As far as the treatment, there is no miracle herb or essential oil that prevents or shrinks fibriods. The goal is a holistic solution that promotes excellent womb health. That solution involves cleansing and nourishing both one’s external and internal environments as opposed to trying to heal the condition. The body operates as a whole, not in pieces or parts. Herbs like chapparal, comfrey, vitex, nettles, shepherd’s purse, and cesaree have been known to help with this condition. I also strongly suggest the elimination of the acidic foods mentioned above during the healing process. Meditation, journaling, and yoga have been known to add great value during this time, as well. Specifically, to help deal with the spiritual reasons for fibroids mentioned above. For some, the fibroid smash takes 3 months. For others it takes longer. The lifestyle change should be long term so that the fibroids don’t grow back.

Here are a few pictures of fibroids to help you know what they might look like inside your body. images-6dhs_fibroid_buster_cleanse images-5images-3images-4

If you’re suffering from uterine fibroids, know you’re not alone and there is help. If you have questions, thoughts, or stories to share, I’d love to hear from you. Love and light.

Note: The pictures above are a results of a Google images search.

Herbalism, Physical Health

Herbal Infusions – How to Nourish Your Body with Forgotten Foods

What’s the one of the best ways to nourish your body? Try making an infusion of herbs, the forgotten food. What’s an infusion? A infusion is a concentrated herbal extraction that brings out the medicinal quality of the herbs in a liquid form. Some call this tea, yet technically, herbal tea is not the proper term. Herbal tistane or herbal infusion are the terms we should be using. For the sake of this post, we’ll use the term herbal infusion. When you ingest herbs in a liquid form, they are more easily absorbed into your system. People who make weak infusions or consume herbs in capsule form will not experience the same benefit as those who make infusions because the absorption factor isn’t the same. Absorption is the key to your healing experience so infusions provide a way for this to happen. The nutrients from those infusions will nourish your body to fight off viruses, infections, and free radicals that cause disease. Red clover, oat straw, stinging nettles, and chickweed are just a few of my favorite herbs to infuse. This is a daily practice for me and the quality of my health has improved tremendously.

Some folks confuse infusions with extracts or tinctures. Extracts and tinctures are made with water, grain alcohol, glycerine, or apple cider vinegar, depending upon the herb. The steeping time for extracts or tinctures is much longer than that of an infusion.

How do you make an infusion? It’s rather easy. Follow these steps to nourish your body with these yummy herbs daily.

  • Boil 1 quart of spring or filtered water in a tea kettle.
  • Remove the kettle of hot water from the heat.
  • Add 1 ounce or so of the single herb of your choice in a large mason jar (1 quart size).
  • Add stevia or raw honey to taste (the infusion is more beneficial with no sweetener).
  • Pour the hot water in the jar. Be sure that it’s almost overflowing so that there’s no air in your jar.
  • Place the cap on the jar.
  • Allow it to sit undisturbed for the allotted amount of time.

– Roots/Bark: 8 hours

 Leaves: 4 hours

 Flowers: 2 hours

– Seeds/berries: 30 minutes

  • For a super charge, let it bake in the sun rays on a hot summer day. Any sunny day will do.
  • Strain the mixture to separate the herbs from the liquid.
  • With clean hands, squeeze the herbs to get all of the medicinal juice into your infusion. (Optional)
  • Place it in the refrigerator if you prefer it cold.
  • Sip on the infusion throughout the day. The infusion can last up to three days, if refrigerated.

Once you get the hang of it, consider making your own herbal blends. Keep in mind that just like a pair of shoes doesn’t match every outfit, all herbs aren’t meant to be blended, so do your research. Pregnant mamas should consider using herbal infusions to maintain good health and prepare for labor and postpartum care.  An infusion of burdock and yellowdock roots work wonders when you need a boost of iron or a variety of other vital nutrients and minerals. Much better than those yucky pills full of synthetic vitamins, magnesium sterate, and fillers that many of us can’t absorb.

Love and light.

WARNINGHerbal infusions can cause adverse reactions if you are taking prescription medication. Also, it’s a good idea to research the herbs you’re using to determine whether or not they should be taken on an empty stomach.

Herbalism, Physical Health

Autumn Healing with Herbs, Roots, and Spices

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It’s autumn and here in the midwest, the leaves are turning beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow. The days are shorter and the nights are longer. The cool crisp air feels good against my skin as I put on my red London Fog trench coat. Eventually, the leaves will die and the snow will come as we welcome the winter equinox. That’s why it’s a good idea to nourish your body with healing herbs, roots, and spices that boost your immunity system and cleanse your blood and major organs. Here’s a list to spark your thoughts as you craft your plan. Enjoy!

Echinacea: immune system boost

Burdock Root: blood purifier

Fenugreek: reduce cholestorol, relieve constipation, and reduces menopausal symptoms

Cinnamon: helps control blood sugar level and treats urinary tract and yeast infection

Nutmeg: improves digestion, enhances memory, kills cavity causing bacteria in the mouth (not for expectant mothers)

Anise: Improves digestion and sweetens the breath

Sage: great for cold, sore throats, etc. and can help control some symptoms of diabetes (not for expectant mothers)

Turmeric: anti-inflammatory and immune system boost

Dandelion Root or Flower: liver cleaner

Yerba Mate: energy and elmination (great alternative to coffee)

Milk Thistle: cleanses liver, lowers cholestorol, and helps with diabetes

Ginger: treats naseau, motion sickness, menstrual cramps, and can help with those on chemo (me no likey chemo)

Alfalfa: Helps with kidney, liver, and bladder conditions, and helps lowers cholestorol,

Triphala: cleanses toxins from the body

Garlic: natural antibiotic, reduces blood pressure, and treats yeast infections

Comfrey: healing bones and wounds

Red Raspberry Leaf: women’s health

Stinging Nettles (plant and root): urinary tract health

Cayenne Pepper: pain relief and digestive aid

Rosemary: circulatory system building; great for men’s sexual health

St. John’s Wort: helps beat those fall and winter blues

Licorice Root: hormonal balance, great for women during the moon cycle

Chickweed: immunity booster, skin cleanser, and blood purifier

Fennel: liver detoxifier and diuretic

Curcumin: great for treating HIV

Guggul: helps lower cholesterol

Note: Pregnant mamas cannot use some of these, especially comfrey. While comfrey is great for sitz baths after you have the baby, it’s not good while you’re pregnant. Nutmeg isn’t good for you either. Sage will dry up the breastmilk so it’s a no no. If you have questions, do your research or contact me.