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Do You Know How Many Pressure Points Are In Your Foot?

The application of direct pressure to the reflex-zones or pressure points in the feet, promotes a healing response (or reflex) in the corresponding anatomy.  Every part of the anatomy is connected to the foot and is represented by a reflex-zone located on a specific part of the foot.  By accurately applying pressure to these specific areas, the relevant part of the foot and/or body is contacted.  This picture shows the pressure points in the foot.  Identify the areas of the body you wish to target then refer to the picture to find the corresponding foot reflex zones.  Use your thumbs and fingers to apply pressure to the correct foot reflex zone. Apply enough pressure to generate a response, but not so much that the pain is constant and severe.  Be sure to apply pressure to the entire foot reflex zone.  Remember, like any holistic therapy, this should help you not hurt you.

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Do I Need To Detox?

Detoxing doesn’t cure disease, but cleanses the body so it can heal itself.

In Don Colbert, M.D.’s book, Toxic Relief, he says detoxifying our bodies can help with “heart disease, cancer, strokes, diabetes, obesity, fatigue, memory loss, premature aging, skin disorders, arthritis, hormone imbalances, chronic fatigue, anxiety, and emotional disorders.” He also says “Deep cleansing your body right down to the cellular level will renew your vitality, restore your energy, reclaim your health, shed toxic fat, lengthen your life and give you a healthy glow you haven’t had in years.”

So why wait until you are sick to start thinking about detoxification and living a healthier life?

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Do You Know How Many Pressure Points Are In Your Hand?

A pressure point is a spot on the body that is sensitive to pressure. This can be a nerve cluster or sensitive areas of muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, arteries or veins. They are utilized in therapy and by masseuses. Acupressure and Shiatsu focus on pressure points to treat the human body. This picture shows the pressure points in the hand. To apply acupressure, use prolonged finger pressure directly on the point; gradual, steady, penetrating pressure for approximately three minutes is ideal. Each point will feel somewhat different when you press it; some points feel tense, while others are often sore or ache when pressed. A general guideline to follow on how much pressure to apply is something between pleasant, firm pressure and outright pain. Remember, acupressure like any holistic therapy should help you not hurt you.

Detoxification? Cleansing?

The detoxification process is highly complex but I want to talk briefly in basic terms about how it works to help us fully understand the importance of detoxification and cleansing.

Detoxification is the body’s natural process to filter waste and toxins from our cells, organs and blood.  There are two primary organs responsible for detoxifying the body, and those are the liver and the kidneys.

Cleansing is the process of actually eliminating these toxins from our body.  After the liver and kidneys filter out and breakdown the toxins, the toxins are then sent to two different places, either into the urine or into bile to be removed.

Whether you are dieting or not, we expose ourselves to many different things that can cause toxicity in our bodies.  Arbonne’s Herbal Detox Tea is something you need to incorporate into your diet everyday.  This product is formulated to help rid your body of toxins while preparing your body for your successful weight loss goals and to maintain good health.  This product is an all-natural blend of botanical ingredients that supports the normal functions of the liver, kidneys and blood, while supporting toxin elimination.

Don’t confuse this product with the detox diets, where you do a severe detox diet for three to five days, and you fast, and you gradually incorporate liquids and solids back into your diet. This is a product that is designed to be used everyday; it is mild and contains all natural herbs, without the harshness of some of the trendy diets that are on the market today.

The key thing to remember about Arbonne’s Herbal Detox Tea is the antioxidant protection, the diuretic characteristics, and the fact that we are naturally supporting our detoxifying and cleansing processes, by removing the toxins, and eliminating them from the body.

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Do You Meditate?

Studies have shown that regular meditation can lower blood pressure, boost the immune system, improve the body’s response to stress, and even improve sleep patterns. Yet misinformation and misconceptions abound preventing many people from pursuing the practice in earnest.
To “clear things up” – both intellectually and spiritually, here are 5 myths of meditation, along with practical tips and advice for getting into a regular meditation habit.

 

Myth #1: The lotus position is the only way to go.
While sitting cross-legged on the floor works for some, it is neither comfortable nor practical for many of us, including myself. I sit in a straight-backed chair, feet flat on the floor, my open hands resting on my thighs, palms up in a gesture of “receiving.” There is also standing, walking, and lying-down meditation.

Myth #2: If I don’t clear my mind of all thoughts, I’m not meditating.
The goal of meditation is not to have a blank mind but rather to focus your mind and slow down the multiple random thoughts that cause stress, confusion and overload. There are different practices you can try to keep your mind focused on the present moment as opposed to thinking ahead or reliving the past. Examples include counting while you inhale and exhale or using a mantra – a repetitive sound, word or phrase.

Myth #3: I don’t have time to meditate.
We always find the time for things that are important in our lives. We already have daily rituals and routines that we follow such as brushing our teeth, walking the dog, reading the newspaper, or going online. Meditation can become part of your daily ritual – morning, evening or anytime. Start with 5-10 minutes and work your way up to 15-20 minutes a day minimum.

Myth #4: Meditation is just another word for relaxation.
While relaxation and stress relief can be a byproduct, meditation itself is something different. It is a focused awareness of the body, of inner silence, of your existence in this moment. It creates a heightened consciousness which can help you to have more clear and deliberate thoughts and actions, and be more “present” in daily life.

Myth #5: Meditation is boring
If your mind is usually racing with all the things you need to do and if you’re used to constant motion, noise and stimulation in your environment, meditation can, on the outside, seem like unproductive time. But when you learn to transition your awareness from the external to the internal, you can experience a state of well being, calm and clarity that is tough to pull yourself away from. For those of us who meditate regularly, we feel something missing in our day when we don’t get to it.

All that being said, many people still find it difficult to get started and to maintain a regular meditation practice. To find some help, do an Internet search for meditation classes and groups in your community. Look for a meditation coach or consider attending a meditation retreat. Use meditation CDs and read instructional books.

Give it a try. Study the practice, find some support, and make a commitment to living a healthier life.

Are household spices great natural healers?

 Organic spices can be used as a safe and natural alternative to the synthetic drugs found in your medicine cabinet.  Spices can be used to treat problems ranging from headaches, diarrhea, and gas to high blood pressure and acute infections.

 
Below are 25 common household spices that are great natural healers!

Allspice
Great at relieving flatulence and dyspeptic pain, helps with nervous exhaustion, gas, and diarrhea.  It may be applied as a compress in cases of rheumatism and neuralgia

Anise
Excellent for improving memory, colds, flu, cough, bronchitis, sinusitis, gas, colic, tension, lactation (not pregnancy!), eye brightener, fresh breath.  Anise is very useful for breaking up mucus and is used for hard, dry coughs where expectoration is difficult.  A tea is made by adding a cup of boiled water to three teaspoons of crushed seeds, steeping for 20-minutes.  This may be used to stimulate the productions of mother’s milk.  The seeds may be smoked or added to a cough syrup formula.  It is also used as a stimulant and carminative to treat flatulence and colic, taken as a tea.  Added to laxative formulas, it will reduce cramping of the bowels.  For hacking coughs add 7 teaspoons of Anise Seeds to 1 quart of boiling water and then simmer down to 1 1/2 pints.  Strain and add 4 teaspoons each of honey and glycerin.  Take 2 tsp. of this syrup every few hours to relieve the cough.  To improve memory, take 2 tablespoons, 3 times a day.

Basil
A basil tea is good for lowering blood sugar levels and blood pressure, relieves colds, fever, congestion, joint pain, analgesic, anti-inflammatory. Externally applied to insect bites, skin infections.  A Basil tea is good to use for indigestion, fevers, colds, flu, kidney and bladder troubles, headaches, cramps, nausea, vomiting, constipation and nervous conditions.  A tea made of one heaping tablespoon to one pint of water simmered for 20-minutes with 3 crushed black peppercorns per cup will be effective for most fevers.  Traditional uses: coughs, colds, fevers, headaches, lung problems, abdominal distention, absorption, arthritis, memory, nasal congestion, nerve tissue strengthening,  clears the lungs, heart tonic, oxygenates the body, cleanses and clears the brain and nerves, relieves depression and the effects of poisons, difficult urination, prevents the accumulation of fat in the body (especialy for women after menopause), obstinate skin diseases, arthritis, rheumatism, first stages of many cancers, builds the immune system.   Basil contains the trace mineral copper (organic form), needed to absorb iron.

Bay Leaf
Internally good to stimulate appetite, promote digestion, relieve colic and flatulence.  Externally good for dandruff, boosting hair growth, rheumatism, sprains, scabies, and bruises. Also externally, can be applied as a poultice on the chest with a cloth covering to relieve bronchitis and coughs. An oil infused with Bay Leaves can be applied with great benefit to rheumatic and arthritic aches and pains as well as to swellings and sprains.

Pepper (black)
Pepper is an excellent remedy one can take at the first sign of most diseases.  Yogis consider Pepper to be one of nature’s most perfect foods and useful not only to cure disease but also as a preventive, taking a dose of seven peppercorns, ground, and mixed with honey each morning.  The mixture of pepper and honey is useful to overcome cold mucous diseases and sore throats.  When treating acute diseases, it may be used three to four times a day.  Useful for asthma, boils, colic, cough, diarrhea, fever, gas, hemorrhoids, indigestion, chronic rheumatism, obesity, phlegm, sinus congestion, skin diseases, sore throat, and worms.

Cardomom
Cardamom is often used to treat indigestion and gas.  It warms the body and is good for darrhea, colic and headaches.  It is an important ingredient in Chai tea, an Indian spice valued for its warm, stimulating effects.  To make this tea, mix one teaspoon of ginger, add seven peppercorns, a cinnamon stick, five cloves, and 15 cardamom seeds and heat in one pint of water, simmering for 10-minutes.  Then add one-half cup of milk and simmer for another 10-minutes.  Add a sprinkle of nutmeg and a few drops of vanilla extract.  Drink one cup of the tea, sweetened with honey, twice per day or as needed for warmth.

Cayenne (red) Pepper
Considered a superior crisis herb, useful as a first aid remedy for most conditions.  Taken as a daily tonic, one-quarter teaspoon three times daily, it is beneficial for the heart and circulation, preventing heart attack, strokes, colds, flu, dimished vitality, headaches, indidgestion, depression, and arthritis.  Cayenne is hot, but it not harmful. It may be difficult to swallow for a beginning user.  Cayenne powder can be rubbed on toothaches, swellings, and inflammations.  A remedy for arthritis is to rub a little Cayenne over the inflamed joint and wrap a red flannel around it to remain throughout the night.  The pain is usually relieved by morning.  A little Cayenne on a banana skin placed on the skin with a bandage will remarkably draw out any foreign object (splinters, etc) embedded in the flesh.

Cilantro
Used traditionally for digestive and gastric complaints as well as for coughs, chest pains, bladder complaints, leprosy rash, fever, dysentery, externally for headaches, oral and pharyngeal disorders, halitosis, and post-partal complications.  Can be applied externally for rheumatism and painful joints.  It improves the flavor of other medicinal preparations.  Once thought to be an aphrodisiac.  Chinese herbalists use Cilantro to remove unpleasant odors occurring in the genital areas of men and women, as well as bad breath.

Cinnamon
Very helpful for digestive problems especially when accompanied by gas and cramping, diarrhea, vomiting.  Also used to treat colds, flu, arthritis and rheumatism. Medicinally it is used to warm the organs to treat chronic diarrhea, cramps, heart and abdominal pain.  It is effectively used as a tincture given every fifteen minutes or so to stop bleeding from the uterus.  Simmered in milk and taken with a little honey, Cinnamon is very effective for indigestion and gas, diarrhea, and dysentery.  Not for the pregnant.   Traditional uses: backaches, bronchitis, colds, congestion, diarrhea, dysentery, edema, flu, gas, headaches, hiccup, indigestion, liver problems, menorrhagia, menstrual pain, melancholy, muscle tension, nausea, pain of the waist and knees, palpitations, toothache, vomiting.

Cloves
Internally good for pain relief, nausea, vomiting, digestive problems, antifungal, antibacterial, hiccups.  Cloves will kill intestinal parasites and act as an antimicrobial agent against fungi and bacteria.  Externally good for insect bites, myalgia, and rheumatism. May be chewed for toothaches.  Eating cloves is said to be an aphrodisiac.  To make an infusion, use 1 teaspoon of powdered herb per cup of boiling water, steep 10-20 minutes and drink up to 3 cups a day.

Coriander Seed
Coriander Seeds are added to hot stimulating foods to impart a balanced coolness.  Steeped in tea, it is useful to relieve fevers (a small amount of black pepper may be added to stimulate its action).  Use 2 teaspoons of crushed seeds in a cup of boiled water and steep for 20-minutes.  Before the invention of toothpaste, coriander seeds were chewed as a breath sweetener.  Coriander is added to laxative formulas to help prevent cramping. 

Curry
A blend of ginger, turmeric, cardamom and other spices that have been shown to increase metabolism, help breathing, and reduce cholesterol.

Garlic
Useful for asthma, bronchitis, circulation, colitis, coughs, gas, high blood pressure, intestinal infections, lungs, parasitic diarrhea, warts, worms, anti-fungal, arthritis, blood purifier, cancer, cold, fever, flu, infections, detox liver, mucus, prostate, toothache, tumors, whooping cough, and yeast infections.

Ginger
Good for bronchitis, colds, muscle and menstrual cramps, energy, sore throat, circulation, cough, digestion, flu.  Externally, Ginger is applied as a fomentation for the treatment of pain, inflammation, and stiff joints. Simmer one ounce of dried Ginger Root in two quarts of water for ten minutes. Strain and soak a cloth in the water and apply to the affected area.  Keep changing the cloth to keep a constant warm temperature on the skin.  The skin should become red as the circulation increased.   For children and adults with bronchial coughs: mix Ginger Root powder with a non-petroleum jelly and rub on their chest to help loosen coughs and expel mucous.  Works great!

Lemongrass
Useful for menstruation disorders, congestive and neuralgic forms of dysmenorrhea, vomiting, diarrhea, colic, flatulence, muscle spasms, fever, catarrh. For fevers, combine with ginger, sugar, and cinnamon.  Good for children’s digestive system. Externally, great for lumbago, chronic rheumatism, neuralgia, ringworm, lice, athletes foot, scabies, and sprains.  Mix with pure coconut oil to apply as a liniment.

Marjoram
A tea made from Marjoram is used for an upset stomach, headache, colic, and a variety of nervous complaints.  It can be used for cramps and nausea associated with menstruation and for severe cases of abdominal cramps.  It is also considered helpful for seasickness.  It can be added to the bath to promote a calming effect and to relieve insomnia.  Marjoram is applied as a fomentation to painful swellings and rheumatic joints and in salves to stimulate the circulation.

Mustard
Internally, a teaspoon full of crushed seeds in warm water acts as a mild laxative and blood purifier.  Externally, a Mustard infused oil is used to stimulate local circulation.  A Mustard plaster is used for aches, sprains, spasms, and cold areas needing ciruculation.  It should not be used on tender, sensitive areas and if it seems to strong, the Mustard may be diluted with a little rye flour.

Nutmeg
A small amount of Nutmeg, about the size of a pea, can be taken once daily over a long period to relieve chronic nervous disorders and heart problems.  Internally good for diarrhea, dysentery, gastroenteritis, vomiting, bloating, indigestion, colic.  Externally good for eczema, rheumatic and abdominal pain. 

Oregano
Oregano helps to settle flatulence and stimulates the flow of bile, useful promoter of menstruation. Great for headaches.  It is often used in the treatment of colds and flu also, the infusion is used in coughs and whooping cough. Use as a mouthwash for inflammations of the mouth and throat. It may also be used externally for infected cuts and wounds and may be applied as a hot fomentation to relieve painful swellings and rheumatism, as well as for colic.  A lotion may be made which will soothe stings and bites.  As with basil, it has been suggested that eating a lot of oregano can help repel mosquitoes.  Oregano has many of the medicinal attributes of the other marjorams, but it also contains further essential oils which make it much more antiseptic in action, both internally and externally.

Paprika
Good source of Vitamin C. Acts as antioxidant. Mild form of cayenne pepper which serves as a carrier for other nutrients. 

Parsley
Internally used as a diuretic, to relax spasms, reduce inflammation, clear toxins in the body, inhibit tumor growth, menstrual complaints, urinary tract problems, gas, dyspepsia, rheumatism, arthritis, anemia, anorexia, colic, indigestion, lactation.  Externally relieves itching.

Rosemary
Commonly used as an aspirin substitute for headaches. Internally good for improving digestion, gas, rheumatism, circulatory problems, headaches, nervous complaints, antifungal, antioxidant, antibacterial. Good as a mouthwash for gums and sore throat.  Externally use in baldness shampoos, increases circulation, scalp stimulation, and dandruff.

Sage
Internally good for indigestion, gas, reduce excessive lactation, night sweats-especially menopausal, excessive salivation, profuse perspiration, anxiety, depression, female sterility, and menopausal problems.  It should not be used for more than a week, but during this period, the tea may be taken up to 3 times per day.  Externally good for insect bites, throat mouth and gum infections, vaginal discharge, combats greasy and oily hair and scalp and helpful with acne.

Thyme
A tea made with thyme is commonly used for bronchial problems such as acute bronchitis, whooping cough and laryngitis.  It is aso beneficail for the treatment of diarrhea, chronic gastritis, and lack of appetite.  Uses: alcoholism, headache, mucus, stomach, worms, parasites, hangover, infection, respiratory, stomach cramps.  Externally, its antiseptic properties make it a useful mouthwash and cleansing wash for the skin.  It will destroy fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and skin parasites such as scabies, crabs and lice.  For those purposes, a tincture made from 4 ounces of Thyme to a pint of alcohol is used.  It is said that Thyme is to the trachea and bronchitis what peppermint is to the intestines and stomach. It contains an aromatic oil called thymol that is responsible for many of its excellent properties.

Turmeric
Makes an excellent arthritis tea! Strong anti-inflammatory, blood purifier, hepatitis, inflammatory bowel diseases, bruises, colic, ulcers, hemorrhages, yeast infections, antiseptic. It can be used internally and externally to heal wounds, relieve pains in the limbs, break up congestion and as a restorative after the loss of blood from childbirth.  Turmeric Arthritis Tea Recipe: 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric, 3 cardamom pods (optional), 1/4 cup water. Simmer 5 to 7 minutes, then add 1 cup of milk, 2 tablespoons almond oil (cold pressed). Bring just to the boiling point (but do not boil). Add honey or Agave Nectar to taste. Sip slowly as a hot tea.

Do You Detox?

We get toxins frombody-cleanse
– breathing polluted air,
– drinking water that includes harmful chemicals and bacteria,
– going barefoot or wearing sandals – we pick up fertilizer and pesticides walking through treated grass,
– processed foods with saturated fats and refined sugars,
– if we are eating non-organic fruits and vegetables, we get toxins. Produce is coated with pesticides to keep bugs from destroying it during growth and transport, they’re coated with preservatives so they can last in stores longer, and bananas are picked green and sprayed with a ripening agent once they get to their destination. So, if you don’t currently wash your produce before you eat it, please do that much for yourself and your family. But, be careful what you wash it with.
– Skin care and personal care products:
In the US our products frequently contain Propylene Glycol, DEA and SLS, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. According to Kevin Trudeau’s book, More Natural Cures Revealed, Propylene Glycol causes cancer, dermatitis, kidney damage, liver abnormalities, skin rashes, dry skin, skin damage, nausea, headaches, vomiting, depression, gastrointestinal disturbances and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate causes cancer, changes the genetic structure of cells, irritates skin cells, impairs the ability for hair to grow, adverse affects on the heart, liver, lungs, brain, eyes, immune system, and causes inflammation of the skin. He also says that these products do not naturally leave your body. They’re found in antifreeze, brake fluid, soaps, shampoos, deodorant, toothpaste, lotions and recently propylene glycol has been added to processed food as a preservative.

What ARE toxic ingredients in skin care products?
· Mineral oil and other petroleum and SD40 alcohols
· Collagen, elastin, lanolin (animal by-products from the rendering industry)
· Propylene Glycol, DEA (diethanolamine) and SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate)

A 1994 study by the USDA revealed that ”Deaths related to our toxic diet and lifestyle account for most deaths in America. Heart disease, cancer, strokes, diabetes, obesity, and other diseases cause more than 85% of all deaths” in America.

Changing your diet and lifestyle isn’t enough. If our arteries, intestines, and colon are coated with toxins and fats, the healthy, nutritious foods we eat can’t break through effectively. The colon weighs about 7 pounds, the average autopsied colon in Fairfield County weighs about 40 pounds and John Waynes’ colon weighed 80 pounds when he died. That’s because our colon and veins get clogged with toxins like a pipe gets clogged with gunk. We need to clean it out so the good nutrients can flow through and get absorbed easily.

In Don Colbert, M.D.’s book, Toxic Relief, he says detoxifying our bodies can help with “heart disease, cancer, strokes, diabetes, obesity, fatigue, memory loss, premature aging, skin disorders, arthritis, hormone imbalances, chronic fatigue, anxiety, and emotional disorders.” He also says “Deep cleansing your body right down to the cellular level will renew your vitality, restore your energy, reclaim your health, shed toxic fat, lengthen your life and give you a healthy glow you haven’t had in years.”

That’s exactly what I did. In my search for safe health and beauty products for me and my family, I discovered Arbonne. Arbonne has a line of detox products – I have tried them and they work! Some Arbonne Detox products I use are 7-Day Body Cleanse, Purifying Sea Soak, Detoxifying Rescue Wash and a Daily Detox Tea.

Detoxing doesn’t cure the disease, but cleanses the body so it can heal itself.

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