Fast, Detox, Cleanse, Metaphysics, Physical Health, Spiritual Healing

Super Sleep

Super Hero Sleep

As many of you know, I believe there is power in sleep and that power goes far beyond the scientific documentation of the physical benefits.  It’s so powerful that militaries use sleep deprivation as a form of torture for prisoners of war. It’s one of the most heinous forms of torture because it’s effects can result in immune system breakdowns, heart defects, memory loss, confusion, hallucinations, inability to make decisions, psychosis, aches and pains, growth suppression, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. As healers, we’re so quick to suggest dietary changes, herbs and other natural remedies for maladies yet we often forget about good old fashioned sleep.

What is Sleep?
According to Webster’s dictionary, sleep is a condition of body and mind such as that which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is relatively inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended.

Why do we need it?
When we are asleep, our bodies use nutrients (we’ve either fed it or stimulated it to produce) to regenerate. During sleeping hours, most of the body is at total rest. The parts that aren’t are operating at a reduced capacity. With no energy going out for walking, talking, exercising, working, etc., our bodies direct all of that energy to healing.

Sleep isn’t just for healing the body. It’s also for healing the mind. While we sleep we dream. Dreams are the minds way of sorting through the thoughts and experiences of the day. Many people don’t realize they are dreaming because they haven’t trained themselves in dream recall. According to Medical News Today, the average person has 3-6 dreams per night.

Some historians have shared that the Atlantean’s never dreamed, which I find to be strange for such an advanced culture. Yet, when we plug in the fact that they practically lived in a bubble and did a great deal of metaphysical and spiritual work in their waking state, their need to dream could have been diminished. Some physicians use this to support their theory that people who have vivid dreams or participate in lucid dreams, astral traveling, or astral projection are mentally ill. As we all know, this is a gross misunderstanding of the spirit realm.

Speaking of the spirit realm, when our physical body sleeps, our astral body travels. That’s why dream work is crucial to the life of the metaphysician and spiritual healer. It’s crucial for everyone however, not all of us have elected to be time lords who master the reincarnation cycle in this lifetime. We can learn techniques to intentionally participate in our dreams versus letting our minds take us on a journey. We can put our bodies to sleep, grow our spirits to absorb higher vibrations and frequencies, and  travel throughout the universe through with our astral bodies. Those who master this process can travel to the future and the past and can work rituals and change life experiences to guide future reincarnations. Keep in mind, time only exists in this dense dimension here on earth. In the universe, all things are occurring (past, present, and future) simultaneously.

How much sleep do we need?
The average person eating the SAD (Standard American Diet) needs 8-9 hours of sleep per night. On average, most people get 4-6, so they are extremely deprived of sleep which challenges their healing experience. As you’ve probably already guessed from the Atlantean example, the more your body is healed, the less sleep you need. At the beginning of your healing journey, you’ll find yourself sleeping more. As you heal, the need for sleep decreases. As you enhance your spiritual practices and learn to quiet your mind, your need for dreaming decreases. No matter how much time you need, I encourage the following practices aligned with the circadian rhythms of the earth (since we live here).

Circadian Rhythm

  • Meditate 20 minutes or more each day.
  • Do not eat, workout, or do strenuous or deep thinking activities after 6pm.
  • Drink a cup of a relaxing herbal infusion like catnip, linden flower, skullcap, or sacred blue lotus.
  • Get to bed between 8:30-9:30 pm each night.
  • Sleep in a pitch black room.
  • Remove all electronic devices from your room or at least unplug them.
  • Make sure your bed doesn’t directly face your bedroom door.
  • Place your bed so that your head is pointing in the direction of the rising sun.
  • Cover bedroom mirrors while sleeping.
  • Practice deep breathing prior to sleeping.
  • While breathing deep, imagine your body sleeping and your astral body hovering above, connected by a silver cord.

If none of these techniques help, you may want to consider a parasite and candida detox.

Now that we understand more about the mechanics of sleep, I challenge you to make some beneficial adjustments to your sleep pattern and share how it impacts your health. By doing so, you will enhance the quality of your holistic health and have first hand experience to share with your clients.

Peace and light!

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.