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Stress Posts

The Language of the Skies & The Feeding of the Soul: The Astrothecary

The first time I picked up an astrology book was when I was 15. Connecting to my sun sign of Aquarius was like opening up a book and reading about my life. From then on, astrology flitted in and out of my life. About 6 years ago, I started really delving into it, reading as much as I could and pulling up charts to try to decipher them. A year ago I made the leap to start studying with a teacher and mentor who has been doing astrology for almost 40 years.

You may ask “what the heck does this all have to do with wellness, Cathy?” It took me this long to realize what an important, historical, life art that astrology is and how it has woven itself in and out of my own wellness path, but it kept showing up in sessions with clients, my classes and life in general. And isn’t wellness the overall arc of life?

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Everyone Has Stress (Even the Good Kind)

After doing a little estimating, I realized I’ve had at least 6,000 appointments (thousands of people) for wellness appointments (massage, reiki, meditation, self care classes) over the past 10 years. Every single one of them comes in with some type of stress, even if they’re coming in for injuries or chronic pain.
So many lives and stories all pointing back to one thing: stress.

Stress does not necessarily mean something bad either. Some have stress from happy events or even things they enjoy doing regularly.

So… are you taking time to just Be? Are you taking time to do nothing? I know. Many people prickle at the thought of doing nothing: they think it may be lazy, unproductive, or even boring. I’m not talking about days on end. I’m talking about an afternoon, an hour or even 5 minutes of actually breathing. Listening to your breath travel through your nose and down into your lungs- one of the things that keep you alive.

I’m also talking about putting time aside for that thing you enjoy doing but causes you stress because you’ve crammed it into an already too-packed schedule.

I know, some say “no time! No privacy”. Take your kids to the swings in a park. Sit by a tree for 5 minutes. Go to the bathroom and lock the door for 10 minutes.

Ask for help.
I have to ask for help too.

Now take a deep breath.

A New Resolution: Taking Care of Yourself

Whether or not you make resolutions, it’s become more important than ever to take care of yourself. Besides living a long life and being around for your loved ones (including children), don’t you want your long life to be as stress-free as possible? Many people are probably laughing at that last thought, but of all the things you can  control: How to relieve your body of unwanted stress.

Have you heard of 21st Century Stress? Yes, it’s a real thing. Whether we want to admit it or not, our lives are a constant buzzing around, checking emails, posting on facebook, tweeting this and texting that. We’ve actually somehow added to the day to day stress of just living, working, and even playing.

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Women’s Self-Care

For a very long time, women were pushed further and further into the background. Though we have been making strides in the last century, women still tend to forget themselves. Taking care of loved ones, working, keeping up the home, and general modern life stress can take a toll. We make excuses, even sub-consciously, “no time”, “too tired”, “not in the budget”. But it is extremely important to even take a moment each day to breathe. Being tapped out on energy can leak into other areas of our lives.

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Herbalism Education: Linden Blossom

The Linden flower comes from the Tilia tree family. Some common names you might recognize are Basswood trees or Linden tree or Lime Flower Tree.

Linden flowers may be used fresh or dried in infusions, teas, tinctures, infused oils and essential oil. It has a sweet taste and aroma. Suggested uses: uplifting, calming, expectorant, anti-inflammation, anti-spasmodic, sedative.

Quick Tip: Use the light green straight leaf attached to the flowers in a tea for a cheerful treat, served hot or iced.

Herbalism Education: Herbs in Massage

Did you know you can add food into the mix without being messy?
Did you know you can make massage oils without buying expensive essential oils?

Making your own herbal infused massage oil is actually very easy! You only need 3 supplies and a good 6 weeks to make it happen.
Read below to see which type of massage oil you would like to make.

Pick an herb
Lavender – relaxing
Chamomile – relaxing
Comfrey – soothing
Ginger – warming
Calendula – hydrating
Rosemary – muscle rub
or pick an herb to experiment with. There are SO many!
Pick a carrier oil
Almond Oil
Grapeseed Oil
Olive Oil
Jojoba Oil
or pick another carrier oil that you love.
Mason Jar with Lid

Directions: You can use dried or fresh herbs (make sure you leave no space for any bacteria to grow if you are using fresh). Fill the jar with chopped herb, cover completely with your carrier oil, cap the jar tight and set in a sunny area in the house. You will notice infusion with some herbs with the oil changes color (depending on the herb) or just wait 6 weeks until it’s ready. Strain the oil through cheesecloth and bottle your lovely, new herbal massage oil and keep it in a dark, cool cabinet when not in use.

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Herbalism Education: Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

Essential Oil: Steam distilled

Uses: antiviral, nervine, sedative, carminative, mild antidepressant. Fresh or dried leaves and flowers can be used in essential oils, teas, tinctures, and infused oils.

Quick Tip: For a little burst of sunshine in the winter months, infuse an ounce of lemon balm in a quart of boiling water, cap it tightly, and leave it overnight. Strain and drink the next couple days (refrigerate).

Herb of the week is to give you a brief overview of the many plants that grace our Earth. Please research further into herbs before using these on yourself and loved ones. Especially if you are pregnant.