Bedtime should be an event to look forward to after a long day. There can be something so comforting about going through a methodical nightly routine that ends with cozying in under the covers and flicking off the lights. However, if you are one of the millions of Americans struggling with insomnia or related sleep disturbances, the evening hours can be a dreaded part of the day. Restless nights of tossing and turning can leave you feeling drained and distant rather than renewed come morning. This DIY Sleepy Time Balm offers a gentle solution; it uses a calming blend of essential oils designed to soothe the nervous system so that a deeper sleep can occur naturally.Read More
Migraines. There is really no way to describe them, no creative string of words nor playful metaphor that adequately portrays what it is like to have a migraine headache- except for maybe the adjective m-i-s-e-r-a-b-l-e. If you have ever struggled with a migraine before, or even watched a family member suffer through one, you likely understand how beastly and destructive they can be. As a migraine sufferer who has missed days of work and family gatherings with my face buried in a pillow in a dark room, this scenario is all too familiar. Yet recent studies have shown promise that a very simple treatment may provide a route of much needed relief for migraine sufferers: magnesium.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of vitamin C? Perhaps your mouth puckers at the idea of a taking a bite into the tart pink flesh of a grapefruit, or you think of ice cubes clinking in a tall glass of sweet fruit juice. Maybe vitamin C reminds you of the orange lozenges handed to you for a pending cold or sniffle in the winter. A popular nutrient known primarily for its immune-boosting properties, vitamin C can be found in many forms. The problem however, is that not all sources are created equal. We welcome back homeopath and traditional diet expert Joette Calabrese to our blog to give you a little more information on this important and often overlooked topic.
Stress. It’s everywhere. The shoulder-tensing kind of stress that leaves you wired but tired, and taunts you to devour lush chocolate cakes or guzzle steamy espressos just to keep up. When perusing articles on the subject, I noticed experts frequently warning that we must “learn how to control stress.” However, I find that this accusitory "or else!" attitude can create feelings of guilt, shame or frustration around worry and anxiety- only confounding the problem so that we are stressed about our stress! This situation is so overwhelming as there are often deeply entrenched physiological imbalances that make managing stress a nearly impossible feat, no matter how many flute-filled tunes we listen to. So, let’s take a look at the hormone cortisol as it relates the stress response to get a clearer understanding of the biochemical state of the body when we experience hyperarousal (that is, the scientific term for what we might so very eloquently call “freaking out”) and explore how we can return the body to a state of balance and stability.
How often do you wake up feeling frazzled, restless or disconnected? The shrill beep of the alarm clock cuts through the still morning all too soon and stumbling out of bed with pillow imprints mushed into your cheeks, you peer through drooping eyelids to search the cabinets for whatever munchies you can get your hands on for breakfast. Guzzle one, or two, or three large cups of a caffeinated beverage that leaves you buzzing and slightly nauseous...and you are off for the day! It is a scene that is all too familiar in today’s frenzied world, especially for the estimated 70 million problem sleepers in the United States. Oftentimes it feels that no matter how many sheep are counted, steaming cups of calming tea sipped, or room darkening shades piled onto the windows, a peaceful night's rest is completely out of reach. Recent evidence has shown that the simple practice of earthing may offer the relief of improved, restorative sleep that so many people need.
Muscle aches, cramps and spasms are just plain old annoying. A simple twinge in the back or a tight calf muscle can render you frustratingly out of commission, and it often seems that no concoction of lotions nor complex stretch regimens can bring lasting relief. Studies have shown that there is absolutely no proof that popular over-the-counter medicated muscle rubs are at all effective in the treatment of irritated muscles. As short term fixes to underlying inflammatory issues, most medicated "soothing lotions" and elaborate "pain-relieving" balms are far more harmful than they are any good. Many commercial muscle rubs contain potent analgesic drugs, which are quickly (and dangerously) absorbed into the blood stream when applied to the skin. Turns out there is an inexpensive natural remedy that big industry doesn't talk about, a remedy that gets to the core of the issue and not just the bothersome symptoms. This remedy is transdermal magnesium.
In our fast paced society, individuals are constantly scrambling to complete a medley of tasks before tucking into bed for the night, and sleep has somehow fallen to the bottom of our perceived hierarchy of needs. We are driven to stay up late staring deep into a glaring blue computer screen on a quest for the answers to our life questions, jolt awake to a vicious alarm for last minute food preparations or an ambitious trip to the gym, yet in turn find ourselves schlepping to work with large bags under our eyes sipping on a caffeinated beverage that we truly didn’t want to buy. We repeatedly manage to harshly disconnect ourselves from the beautifully intricate circadian mechanisms of nature, and then, when we try to return to a pattern of restorative sleep, we are simply unable to. What's worse, we go on adding a slew of addictive, toxic substances and convoluted rituals to help us get some sleep, and still we lie awake, panicked with self-negative thinking, "there must be something wrong with me!"
Did you know that when you are deficient in magnesium, over 300 enzymes in your body are unable to function properly? Magnesium is required for the body to produce and store energy. Without magnesium there is no energy, no movement, no life. What you don't know about magnesium is probably adversely affecting your health already!
Substantial and overwhelming research now shows that most all of us can reap significant benefit by incorporating basic changes in our habits and lifestyles. It is simply a matter of making a commitment to a healthy, vital and more robust life.
Our mother earth emits a constant flow of direct current that it continually stores from the sun’s energy. This current flows in the form of electrons from the earth having natural anti-inflammatory effects and moving relatively fast throughout the body, which is a good conductor. We can all (along with our animal counterparts!) benefit from tapping into this energy force by simply connecting with the earth’s surface. A simple walk while barefoot in the grass, along the beach or while swimming in our oceans, lakes and rivers, is all it takes to absorb this energy.