Herbalism, Physical Health

Prepare for the Cold Season When Its Warm

IMG_3626

Before this cold season gets going, get or do the following stuff. Preparation is the key.

1. Mullein and garlic oil

2. Netipot and enema bag

3. Eucalyptus and camphor essential oil

4. Egyptian blackseed oil

5. Elderberries

6. Raw honey

7. Keep lemons and limes in the fridge for you water, teas, and infusions.

8. Make vegetable broth and freeze it.

9. Mullein, red clover, blue vervain, alfalfa and Kalawalla organic and non GMO herbs.

10. Irish moss aka sea moss.

11. Turmeric, ginger, and basil

Herbalism, Physical Health

Klip Dagga – Better than a Massage!

klip dagga

As you all know, I’m an herbal enthusiast and when I discover something amazing, I tell the world about it. Not too long ago, I was that quintessential career woman who uncorked an amazing bottle of red wine at least twice per week. It was my way to relax after working with people all day long. Since that time, I’ve incorporated energy work into my lifestyle yet, I still missed that relaxing feeling from an amazing glass of Chianti so I decided to try Klip Dagga.

Most people smoke this lovely flower as an alternative to marijuana. I’m not into the whole smoking thing and definitely not into “getting high,” so I decided to make an infusion. Within minutes, I felt a relaxation that words can’t describe. I was mellow and chill yet quite functional. Almost how you feel after a good relaxing massage while you’re on a cleanse but even better. Many of the other herbs that bring about this effect make me want to sleep. Not this one. It was relaxing and amazing. Now, I enjoy a mason jar full whenever I want to “chill out.” I was also glad to learn about the physical benefits of this herb. It’s an antihistamine, antispasmodic, great for headaches, and so much more. I’ve found that it’s great for that meditative time, as well.

I still love my Chianti as an occasional treat. In fact, I found a great red blend called 1448 when I went to Wine and Vibe at Lindsey’s Door 7. An amazing healing experience led by the amazing Satori Seals. Maybe next time, I’ll take some Klip Dagga infusion. I bet they would all get a kick out of that. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy that treat from time to time with my hubby.

If you are a lover of the daggas, I’d love to hear about your experiences. Love and light!

Herbalism, Physical Health, Spiritual Healing

Clever Comfrey

Comfrey

The spirit of comfrey speaks to me daily as I walk by my personal plant. It says, “Sherrice. Grow wild as I grow wild. Grow strong as I grow strong. Saturate yourself with physical and spiritual nutrients, then grow, grow, grow.” I love to hear it in the ethers and I smile when it speaks. This herb will grow in the most harsh conditions and it’s strength begets powerful healing. This green earth plant has mastered the art of growth.

Used externally, comfrey is great for healing skin ailments and bone fractures. I’ve also found it to work wonders on sprains, bruises, and burns. In fact, it has been known to reduce injury related swelling.

I had the pleasure of ingesting this herb internally as part of a formula I created when I eradicated those pesky fibroids in my uterus. It stops internal bleeding and heals up those places we can’t reach. There’s amazing power in that chlorophyll filled gem. Check out my post about Uterine Fibroids to learn more.

So, let’s talk about controversial matters. The wild woman in me likes to defy all odds and dig deeper into forbidden things. I’ve heard the advice against the use of comfrey and I believe my favorite herb in the whole wide world has been the victim of bad research and bad press. I’ve used this herb internally for years and thus far haven’t experienced liver issues, as the studies claim. In fact, I’ve experienced amazing results. Of course, I only use it when I need it. I enjoy an occasional comfrey leaf infusion and get excited about the thickness of the extracts I make. DISCLAIMER – I AM NOT RECOMMENDING YOU TAKE THIS HERB INTERNALLY. That’s just what I do and it happens to work for me.

I encourage you to do some research and learn more about this clever herb that works it’s magic to speed up your healing time.

Herbalism, Magic and rituals, Physical Health, Spiritual Healing

Magnificient Mugwort!

image

Mugwort is the universal herb for protection and prophecy in the dream world.  It’s a visionary herb, so it’s often used for divination and ritual practices. While it’s great for infusions, some people mix it with damiana and mullein for smoking blends. I’ve even burned it along with or in place of sage when we sit by the fire outside at night for protection and clearing. It’s a nice herb to burn for meditation practice, as well.  Magnificient mugwort also relaxes the uterus to bring on late menstural cycles. This herb is an abortifacient so don’t consume it if you’re expecting a bundle of joy.

Physical Health, Spiritual Healing

My Three Day Fast

Sherrice Meditating

This summer, I decided to embark on a three day liquid fast to enhance my spiritual practices. While I’ve completed fasts in the past, the intention was different this time. The experience was so amazing and humbling. Words cannot explain the enlightenment I experienced through the emotional breakdowns and breakthroughs. I’d like to share just a bit of my experience with you.

The week before the fast, I consumed a raw vegan diet and performed fenugreek seed infusion enemas each evening. My goal was to curb cravings for carbs and sugar of any kind. I knew this was necessary to have a successful fasting experience. During this time, I went about my days as normal with a few exceptions. I focused more on my daily journaling practice and enhanced my meditation time by playing music that released healing sounds into all seven of my auric bodies. My goal was to align my bodies so that they could be on one accord.

8 bodies

Here are the beverages I consumed on the fast.

  • Purified water with trace minerals
  • Diatomaceous Earth water – Prepared each morning of the fast
  • Gorilla juice – Prepared each morning of the fast
  • Fresh vegetable juice – Prepared each morning of the fast
  • Herbal infusions with stevia – Prepared enough on the night before the first day of the fast to last for three days
  • Warm vegetable broth – Prepared enough on the first day of the fast to last for three days

What I learned about the consumption aspect of the fast is that preparation is key. Each time I wanted to gobble down some actual food, having these beverages ready to go was the key to my success with this experience. I also learned that food cravings can be satisfied with vitamin and mineral packed liquids and the need to chew can be satisfied by “chewing” the beverages prior to swallowing them. What wasn’t satisfied was my mental addictions and habits related to food. I know that’s something I’ll need to continue to work on.

I didn’t follow any particular schedule for beverage consumption. I simply keep a beverage nearby throughout the day so that I wouldn’t be ravenous and tempted to break my fast early. I also made sure that my husband was able to care for the children and the household most of the time while I was fasting. This helped decrease stress and frustration that can come about when children misbehave or you have to do housework. If he were not available or willing, I would have gladly paid a trusted relative to help me out.

I turned our bedroom into a spiritual oasis with incense, candles, crystals, yoni eggs, yoga mats, yoga DVDs, qi gong DVDs, spiritual reading material, journal, Tibetan singing bowls, frankincense resin burner, sage, feather of Ma’at, spiritual books, mandala coloring books and crayons, healing music and any other spiritual thing I could find. As I was led, I partook in my spiritual practice of choice. No agenda. No schedule. In fact, sometimes, I simply rested in my bed or in a hot bath of pink salt and essential oils.

As I went through the days, thoughts would come to me and I’d write them down. In fact, a full blown plan came to me about how to address a specific issue in my life and I was able to map it out with ease. My mind was so clear, I couldn’t believe it. I could literally hear and see angels, spirit guides, and a few things I didn’t want to see like never before.

Mandalas

Now that I’ve shared the amazing things that were happening, I’d like to share some strange occurrences with my body and mind. Since the liquid fast was entirely sugar free (not just refined sugar, even natural sugars, including fruit) my tongue was coated with candida thrush. I used my tongue scraper to get rid of it and did coconut oil pulls with a little tea tree and clove bud oil in the mix. The level and thickness of the thrush was like cottage cheese. It was the most digusting experience I’ve had in a long time. The enemas were beyond gross. Remember, I started them a week early so once all of the feces was out of my system, black tar and mucus started coming out. I saw parasites, worms, and all kinds of sick things. I’m a fairly clean eater so if all of that was coming out of my system, I could only imagine how this would work from someone who followed the standard American diet.

On day three of the fast, I felt a little snippy and actually had an attitude. I didn’t feel like meditating or doing anything spiritual. I knew this would happen and remembered Karyn Calabrese addressing this in one of her cleansing books, Soak Your Nuts, Cleansing with Karyn, so I took a few drops of wild oregano oil as she suggested. I added some olive leaf extract and within an hour, felt so much better. I immediately jumped right into my spiritual practices. While I didn’t experience the same things as I did on days one and two, I was able to still hear clearly in the spirit realm.

I broke the fast in the morning with some fruit juice. For the rest of the day, I consumed smoothies and salad. I continued to feel rejuvenated and thankful for all I’d learned in such a short period of time. Just imagine if I could have experienced this even longer.

I have completed several three day liquid fasts since this experience and each one brings different challenges and beautiful experiences. My next goal is to complete a ten day liquid fast. I’d like to do this one at a retreat center, with others who are doing the same thing because I believe the energy will be amazing and it will take me to higher heights of my journey.

Have you ever fasted for spiritual reasons? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.

Peace and blessings.

Physical Health

Overcoming Chronic Constipation

Bristol Stool Chart

As I child, I remember being in awe of my sister’s ability to have a bowel movement several times a day. I was doing good to have a bowel movement two – three times per week and she could do that with ease in one day. Over the years, I experienced a variety of degenerative diseases and issues not understanding that my inability to have proper bowel movement was the cause. Once I received the knowledge, I was able to heal myself. My goal with this blog post is to pass some valuable information along that helped me through the process.

So what causes constipation? Here’s a list of possibilities.

  • Not eating enough for each meal or often enough throughout the day
  • Not going to the bathroom when you feel the urge
  • Intestinal lining is unhealthy and doesn’t produce enough mucous to properly lubricate your stools
  • Insufficient intake of foods with vitamin A (e.g. dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, squash, marjoram, dill, oregano, dried apricots, cantaloupe, any lettuce except for iceberg, carrots, cod liver oil, or organic grass-fed organ meat)
  • Insufficient intake of spring water
  • Insufficient intake of water-rich foods (e.g. apples, cucumbers, tomatoes, grapefruit, any lettuce except iceberg, watermelon, broccoli, grapes, melons, berries, pears, celery, and papaya)
  • Insufficient intake of fiber-rich foods (e.g. avocados, pears, oranges, bananas, mangos, papayas, artichoke, squash, sweet potatoes, cabbage, dark leafy greens, and non-glutenous grains)
  • Stress and holding in negative emotions
  • Not consuming healthy fats (e.g. extra virgin coconut oil, red palm oil, organic butter from grass-fed cows)
  • Lack of friendly bacteria in digestive tract
  • Intake of prescription or street drugs leaving heavy metals and toxins in the body
  • Excessive consumption of refined and natural sugars (including turbinado, evaporated cane juice, raw honey, sucanut, and raw agave)
  • Excessive intake of dairy (e.g. cheese, cow’s milk, sour cream, cream cheese, etc.)

Your goal is to have two-three bowel movements a day with frequent urination. It’s also key to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of spring water each day.  So, if you weigh 150 lbs, you should be drinking 75 ounces or more of spring water each day. If half your weight in ounces is more than a gallon of spring water, just drink the gallon. For an extra boost of vitamin C and constipation relief, add fresh lemon juice to that water (not the bottled kind, it contains preservatives that aren’t good for you, plus it’s in a plastic bottle from which the liquid leaches toxins). Herbal infusions with bitter herbs can help, too.

Stress has a negative impact on your nervous system which can impact your colon’s ability to release properly. For some, it manifests as excessive release like irritable bowel syndrome or chronic diarrhea. For others, constipation is the way the emotional distress shows up. For this reason, it’s important to practice having conversations about the issues that bother you. If you’re not ready to have those conversations or feel as if they would be a waste of time, journal. Journaling is a powerful exercise as it helps you release emotions in both the natural and spiritual realm. Prayer, deep breathing, and meditation are also powerful ways to release emotions, connect in the spirit realm, and hear from God. Crystals to use during meditation for good digestion and overcoming constipation are citrine, obsidian, or jasper. For finding your voice, lapis lazuli is and excellent choice. Yoga is another stress reliever that has a powerful impact on bowel related issues.

The Bristol Stool Chart pictured above helps us understand what healthy bowel movements should look like so pay close attention to it, as well.

Love and light.

Physical Health

How to Prepare for a Cleanse or Detox

Image

How many of you have decided to go on a cleanse or detox and didn’t have the slightest clue where to start? I’ve been there and know that success happens when opportunity meets preparation. Here’s how to be prepare for an amazing cleanse or detox opportunity.

  1. Set your intentions about cleansing or detoxing.
  2. Pray and meditate on your intention during the days and weeks prior to the start.
  3. Determine which cleanse or detox option will help you attain your goals.
  4. Using the meal plan templates provided, map out your meals for at least a week.
  5. Using the meal plans you mapped out, create a grocery list.
  6. Go shopping with the list you prepared. Make sure you aren’t hungry when you go to the grocery store.
  7. Write a list of positive affirmations. While cleanse support groups tend to provide daily affirmations, you may want to have your own as they will be more meaningful to you and your situation.
  8. Purchase or create a journal for the detox. It’s important to journal about your experiences as often as you can.
  9. Purchase or gather the crystals/gemstones you plan to use for meditations during the cleanse or detox.
  10. Purchase or gather the herbs you’ll use during the cleanse or detox.
  11. Purchase or gather the products you’ll need for spiritual baths (e.g. pink Himalayan sea salt, Borax, epsom salt, frankincense essential oil, myrrh essential oil, rose essential oil, hydrogen peroxide, aluminum free baking soda, herbs, mason jars to soak/prepare herbs, candles, etc.)
  12. Decide what other spiritual practices you would like to do while cleansing or detoxing.
  13. Make a calendar of these activities or be spontaneous. Whatever works for you.
  14. To help you stay steady on the path, consider practicing this meditation from Rhythm and Breath – Meditation to Keep You Steady and on the Path.

This list will help you get started. If you have questions or needs some additional support, feel free to reach out to me.

Peace and blessings.

Herbalism, Physical Health

Gymnema Sylvestre – “Sugar Destroyer”

gymnema-sylvestre

Working as a health coach has allowed me to see the danger of sugar in many people’s lives. Sometimes, we need help to overcome this addiction. I suggest turning to gymenema sylvestre. This amazing herb decreases the absorption of sugar in the intestine, promotes regeneration of insulin-secreting cells in the pancreas, positively impacts cholesterol levels, helps increase insulin levels, reduces physical cravings for sugar and literally masks it’s taste. In fact, it makes any sugary treat taste rather gross if you drink it prior to (within two hours) ingesting it. It’s a great option for those trying to balance candida levels, release weight, or balance blood sugar levels.

While this herb doesn’t have pain killing power, many of my clients who have used it have reported that they no longer experience joint pain. Since most joint pain is caused by mucus and inflammation prone to acid body environments and sugar is a primary cause of this condition, I believe the pain relief claims are possible. The reduction in sugar in the diet as a result of consuming this herb along with the herbs ability to help the body eliminate sugar from the blood in a productive manner are just two of the reasons their pain might be going away. Body builders may find a friend in this herb because when taken with a high-carbohydrate meal or with a meal high in sugar, it passes through sugars and makes carbs available for burning and prevents them from turning into fat stores. This promotes lean muscle mass.

This herb can be ingested as  tea or one can simply chew on the leaves. It should be taken with food as it could upset the stomach. Also, drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water each day when consuming this herb. In fact, make sure that you drink room temperature or warm lemon water when you wake up in the morning. This will help your liver to excrete the excess sugar. The herb should not be used as a way to eat all the sweets your heart desires. Instead, use it in conjunction with a clean diet.

Love and light.

Fertility and Womb Health, Physical Health

Candida Gone Wild

candida-resultsCandida is a fungus and a form of yeast that lives inside our mouths and intestines in small quantities. It’s sole purpose is to aid with digestion and nutrient absorption.  When we  over indulge in refined sugar, alcohol, fermented foods, live stressful lives or take oral contraceptives or antibiotics, we open the door for the tiny amount of candida to multiply. Once multiplied, your body will let the candida grow unchecked, resulting in yeast overgrowth. This overgrowth takes over the gut and lives off of sugar. Since they are living organisms, they can send signals to your brain when they need to be fed, which is why many of us crave sugar. The overgrown yeast produces metabolites, which can lead to leaky gut syndrome, allowing undigested food particles, chemicals and other substances to get into the blood. As a result, the body’s ability to properly digest food or expel toxins is adversely impacted. Those who suffer from candida overgrowth experience one of more of the following symptoms.

  • Athlete’s feet
  • Toenail infections
  • Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, rashes, and hives
  • Bloating, constipation, and diarrhea
  • Autoimmune disease such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis
  • Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD and brain fog
  • Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression
  • Recurring vaginal or urinary tract infections
  • Rectal or vaginal issues
  • White thrush or red bumps on the male penis
  • Mild – severe food or seasonal allergies
  • Itchy ears
  • Intense cravings for sugar and refined carbohydrates cravings
  • Tired and worn down feeling
  • White film on tongue or thrush

In fact, in some cases of cancer, physicians have determined that candida is the true culprit. That’s why it’s important to keep it in check.

To determine whether or not your candida levels are out of balance, you can perform a test at home. First thing in the morning, spit into a clear glass of water. If the saliva floats to the top, your candida levels are acceptable. If within 15 minutes, you see think projections extending downward into the water or the saliva is cloudy and sinks to the bottom of the glass, you probably have a candida imbalance in your body.

So, how do you get this condition under control? Focus on restoring the balance in your gut flora by consuming foods that don’t feed the excess candida. There are a myriad of essential oils and herbs that can expedite this process. If you would like to learn more, feel free to reach out and set up an initial consultation with me.

Love and light.

Fertility and Womb Health, Herbalism, Physical Health

No more Cramps, Bloating, and Migraines

shutterstock_103334591

Give thanks.

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.