Sunday, August 28, 2011

Lymph system and Infection - Sunday, August 28, 2011

What does the lymph system do anyway?
  • carries nutrients to cells
  • carries waste from cells
  • drains to the heart and dumps
  • lymph is interstitial fluid and has no red blood cells
  • lymph nodes are base camps (neck, armpits, groin)
  • Important: IMMUNE system (learns and creates fighters; new and exciting ways to get ride of things in the body)
  • clear-ish fluid that moves slowly; passively
  • helps move and digest fat
  • the body moves 4-liters of blood per day
  • flows only one way; towards the heart
  • tonsils are lymph material; defenders
  • the appendix may store beneficial bacteria; “safe spot”
The lymph system likes:
  • gentle massage and touch in the direction towards the heart
  • exercise
  • deep and full breathing
  • hydrotherapy
  • drinking lots of water
  • fresh leafy greens
The lymph system dislikes:
  • stagnation
  • sugar (feeds patogens)
  • radiation (kills white blood cells)
  • steroids
  • tranquilzers
  • tight clothes
  • too much fat intake
Amazing lymph herbs include: Clevers, Redroot, Calendula, Echinacea, Pokeroot (LOW DOSE)
Deep immune drivers include: ~*~TAKE WHEN HEALTHY ONLY~*~
  • Astragalus! root from the pea family; a great addition to cooking or tea (boil me!); a good everyday tonic.
  • Ganoderma mushroom for long-term use, not acute; helps protect healthy cells and expel unhealthy cells especially cancer cells. (Shiitake mushroom too! - try face up, drizzle with olive oil and tamari and place in toaster oven)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Flower Essences, Stress, & The Heart - Sunday, August 7, 2011

Flower Essences

Today we each made a flower essences! I chose to make a lavendar flower essence. I sat with the lavendar for a while which felt like a nice hug. After some time and consideration I chose the flower that wanted to be part of my flower essence. Carefully without touch the flower and exchanging energy with it, I picked the flower from the plant and placed it in a glass bowl that contained filtered water. The flower sat in the water near it’s plant for most of the afternoon. Then I took the water and placed it in a tincture bottle of 1:1 Brandy. This is the Mother Flower Essence. The remainder of the lavendar water was sprinkled on me and on the lavendar plant in thanks. The mother can be cut 1:1 with Brandy to make the Stock bottle. The stock can the be cut 1:1 with Brandy to make the dosage bottle. It is important to remember to not touch the dropper when taking the flower essence as it make take up my energy. The flower essence can be dropped under the tongue or drops on the wrist. Taken over time flower essences gradually shift body and energy. 

Example of how people experience stress
  • in back and shoulders
  • short circuit to the brain
  • lack of focus
  • headache
  • communication breakdown
  • deep within chest
  • slouched shallow breathing
  • muscle pain
  • irritability
  • crying easily
  • lack of appetite
  • fidgety
  • chest tightness
  • nausea
  • unstable
  • itchy rashes 
  • fuzzy thinking
  • obsessive thinking
  • agitative
  • can’t think
  • all goes into the gut
  • rapid digestion
Examples of how people reduce stress
  • bath with rose, comfrey and mugwort
  • taking a walk
  • deep breathing
  • wallowing in the stress and not dealing with it
  • going out into nature; barefoot focusing on posture
  • cuddle puddle
  • eating well (nourishing food; good fats)
  • yoga
  • talking with friends; venting and working it out
  • water; showers and bath
  • hugs
  • massages
  • running; biking riding; exercise
  • physical yard work
  • anger release; active energy
  • funny movies; laughter
  • emotional release; throwing a fit &/or crying
  • recap for learning for next time
  • breathing
  • naked time
  • music
  • distraction; tv, facebook, video games
  • beer, etc.
The Heart
The heart is a special muscle that circulates blood by pumping it through the body and the heart helps with waste removal.
The Heart likes:
  • exercise
  • fiber (removes excess fiber)
  • HDL
  • potassium, calcium and magnesium
  • moderate intake of alcohol
  • relaxation, good sleep and deep breathing
  • good oral hygiene (teeth plaque = artery plaque)
The Heart dislikes:
  • stress
  • cigarettes
  • obesity
  • LDL
  • excess sodium
  • lots of alcohol
  • loud noise
  • excess caffeine
#1 heart herb: Hawthorne (Crataegus)
Other amazing heart helping herbs: Borage, Linden, Motherwort, Yarrow, Garlic, Cayenne Pepper, Rosemary, Sage and Peppermint.