Posts Tagged ‘Immunity’

Fire Cider Cold and Flu Remedy, by Rosemary Gladstar

Our friend, Martha, posted this video on Facebook and David shared it with me. It combines a lot of things I’ve learned from various people along the way, including what the herbalist I apprenticed with in Seattle called “the triumvirate of herbs: garlic, onion and ginger.”

I also made a truly yummy antibiotic this summer when I had that cracked, infected tooth: apple cider vinegar, raw honey and many, many cloves of garlic. It turned out to be a terrible remedy for an infected tooth, due to the acid-sweet combo, but it certainly clears up any cold or other illness that wants to hitch a ride. (My teeth all healed, btw, through major energetic work that blasted the lurkers in there, but that’s another story.)

In addition, we keep oil of oregano on hand for sniffing, inhaling from a pot of steam, or taking internally in the event of flu or infection. I haven’t had a cold or flu since 2000. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and, as my friend Wendy says, “I don’t use my body for sickness.” ūüôā

The recipe Rosemary shares takes a month to prepare; however, the garlic-honey-ACV is ready in 3 days if you want something faster. As usual, no medical advice here … just sharing for your own research and inspiration. See also this post for a more unusual way of empowering your immune system.

Feeling Called to Post about this “Mysterious” and “Deadly” Flu

My own thoughts follow an excerpt from The Examiner’s post by Deborah Dupre, which includes the following passage:

H1N1 Swine Flu Bioweapon Research On Americans

“H1N1 Swine Flu has been widely reported to be a lab created bioweapon that a host of independent doctors, whistleblowers health advocates have warned the public about since 2009. [See: OPERATION H1N1:Vaccine Liberty or Death.]

“‘I am making a plea to everyone who reads this,’ Dr. Patricia Doyle had said in 2009. ‘Please, please DO NOT TAKE ANY VACCINE THAT IS PURPORTED TO “PREVENT” THIS FLU.’

“It won’t do a thing to prevent this flu. What it will do is serve up new genetic material to the Swine Flu virus that I have dubbed Spanish Flu 2, the Sequel. The Spanish Flu variant will use the gene sequences in the vaccine in humans to develop more of the changes that make the virus more readily infect humans. We do not want to give this virus more human genetic material so that it will infect humans more readily person to person. This is what vaccinated individuals do for pandemic strains. (Dr. A. Patricia Doyle, Do Not Take A Swine Flu Vaccine, Centre for Global Research, April 26, 2009)

“The H1N1 vaccine contains the live virus and can cause the deadly illness.”

You can click here to read the full article, which contains a lot more specifics about the current appearance of this “deadly” H1N1 strain in Texas and around the world.

Soooo, here’s the thing. The idea of a coming bioweapon “flu” has been nagging me for weeks, and I’ve been “told” to post a very specific reminder that I know will gross out most of the people who read it.

What keeps running across my brain is to remind people of the power of drinking their own urine in order to reverse engineer whatever health crisis they face. Urine therapy is a controversial but medically proven and ancient therapy that involves collecting your first urine of the morning and slowly drinking it. According to proponents, doing so allows your body, including your endocrine and immune systems to analyze exactly what’s happening in your own biochemistry. You can find out more about urine therapy here.

“For almost the entire course of the 20th century, unknown to the public, doctors and medical researchers have been proving in both laboratory and clinical testing that our own urine is an enormous source of vital nutrients, vitamins, hormones, enzymes and critical antibodies that cannot be duplicated or derived from any other source. They use urine for healing cancer, heart disease, allergies, auto-immune diseases, diabetes, asthma, infertility, infections, wounds and on and on — yet we’re taught that urine is a toxic waste product. This discrepancy between the medical truth andthe public information regarding urine is ludicrous and, as the news releases you’ve just read demonstrate, can mean the difference between life and death to you and to your loved ones.” Martha Christy

I’m posting this as a service and to get my intuition to stop harassing me! Please do your own research. I’ve posted before on some of my Favorite Immunity Boosters. See also yesterday’s important post on the power of orgone energy. Since I’m not legally allowed to dispense medical, herbal or dietary advice, all these posts are purely anecdotal and intuitive. Please do whatever you want with the information.

I will say that if I ever find myself with some mysterious flu like symptoms despite all my healthy habits, positive energy, prayer and protection, then I will be drinking my morning pee until I recover. My intuition has been screaming at me about this topic for weeks, but the perceived ick factor and a desire not to sound paranoid have kept me from referencing it until now. Since it does appear that people are dying from some kind of space “plague” or (more likely) a bioweapon, I wanted to make readers aware that drinking your own urine allows your body to reverse engineer whatever it’s fighting. That’s a potent little factoid to tuck away in the event of “incurable” illnesses or unavailable “medicine.” Like Reiki, Runes, and meditation, you can take your pee wherever you go. No one can ban it, and you hold the power within you. Always.

Blessed Be!

Vitamin D … What’s the Deal?

Today’s post comes to us courtesy of integrative nutritionist and guest contributor, Karen Raden, MS, RD, CNN. Trained at Bastyr University, “the Harvard of Nutrition,” Karen runs a full practice in North Chicagoland. She and her husband Tony offer a gluten- and dairy-free meals delivery service designed to balance blood sugar for a variety of dietary styles and needs. She’s also one of the more passionate and intuitive people I know. I hope you enjoy her information as much as I did:

Vitamin D … What’s the Deal?

Everywhere you go these days people are talking about vitamin D…how much to take, what it does, and why it is so important. My goal is to clear up the myths and to provide you with the science so that you can feel “in the know.”

Vitamin D is the generic term for a group of fat-soluble sterol substances that have hormonal activity. Vitamin D compounds are derived from 3 sources: from plants as ergocalciferol (Vitamin D2), from animals as cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), or by conversion of 7-dihydrocholesterol to Vitamin D3 in the skin after ultraviolet exposure. These compounds are transported to the liver where they are converted to 25-hydroxyvitamin D2 and D3.

The primary role of vitamin D is to regulate blood levels of calcium and phosphorus by promoting absorption in the intestines and reabsorption in kidneys.

Calcium and phosphorus levels are important for bone mineralization and growth as well as for the prevention of hypocalcemic tetany. Vitamin D is also an important immune regulator. It promotes phagocytosis, anti-tumor activity, and immunomodulary functions that play a role in autoimmune disease. Additionally, vitamin D regulates cellular proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis and angiogenesis.

A team of researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine used the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to conclude that vitamin D is independently associated with all-cause mortality in the general population. Low Vitamin D levels increase the risk for osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, depression, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and many other diseases. Research like this highlights the need for re-evaluation of optimum vitamin D levels and the need for blood testing.

Even if you take walks outside daily, you still may be vitamin D deficient. Because of where we Chicagoans live on the planet:

above 42 degrees north latitude (a line approximately between the northern border of California and Boston) to be exact…you still may be deficient.

I was recently at a nutrition conference where 7 of the 10 health care practitioners presenting there stated that getting levels of vitamin D up to the “optimal” level of 50-60ng/ml is the BEST way to prevent swine flu and other immune compromising illnesses. Yes, toxicity above 100ng/ml is possible, so retesting is KEY!!!

What to do?

1. Request at your next physical to have your Vitamin D3 (25-OH-D) level checked.

2. If your level is lower than 50, you most likely need to supplement. The only caveat here is if you have been told that you have “calcification” issues, elevated calcium levels, elevated PTH or history of kidney stones. In these cases, you should work with a skilled practitioner who can direct you on dosage.

3. For most adults, it takes between 2000-4000iu vitamin D3 daily to raise vitamin D levels. Current dosage recommendations are: 35ius of vitamin D-3 per pound of body weight daily. For a child who weighs 50 pounds, that would be 1700 iu daily. I do not recommend taking more than 5000iu per day, unless you are working with a trained health care practitioner.

4. Start supplementing with the correct form of vitamin D: Vitamin D3 cholecalciferol. There are gummies, chewables, tablets and drops available. Vitamin D comes in 1000iu per drop to 5000iu per capsule. It is a very easy to use and inexpensive supplement. I have both of my children taking the drops of vitamin D daily. I give them 1 drop of vitamin D3 1000iu mixed in with applesauce daily. It has no taste! Makes compliance easy as can be!

5. AND, the most important thing is to RETEST YOUR 25-OH-D LEVELS EVERY 3 MONTHS. This is the only way to measure accurately. If your levels have not gone up, add 1000iu daily and then retest again. Once the summer months hit, and you are getting more sun, you can cut back on your dosage. If you are having your levels checked every 3 months, you can accurately monitor your dosage based on the season.

I hope that you found this information to be useful for you. Share it with your friends! Vitamin D supplementation, if needed, is such an easy thing that you can do for yourself and your family which can prevent so many illnesses. Vitamin D supplementation is inexpensive and easy to take. Once you know your exact level, you can start being proactive with your health and feel empowered to be making the right decisions for yourself and your family!

Wishing you the very best,

Karen

*Thanks to Karen Raden for this wonderful contribution! When I received her November newsletter I asked her permission to share this information on my blog — especially as I have so many vegan and raw vegan visitors. As Karen shares, anyone can benefit from Vitamin D testing, but vegans and raw vegans in wintery climates run a higher risk of getting low. You can learn more about Karen here.

Thin Mint Immunity Smoothie

I made this today in honor of 11:11 and to supercharge my immune system. I had high hopes, but little did I know it would be the best thing … ever!!

Thin Mint Immuni-Tea Smoothie

1 zucchini

2 TBSP hemp seeds

1 cup cooled echinacea immunity tea

2 TBSP spirulina

1 TBSP carob powder

1 cup So Delicious Vanilla coconut kefir

1 schizandra berry

1 dropper of cordyceps mushroom tincture

1 TBSP sage honey

1 frozen banana

3 drops peppermint essential oil

Blend ‘n’ chug. This was super yum and super immunity building! It tasted like a Thin Mint Girl Scouts cookie, but with richer flavors and (gasp!) no cacao.

Brought to you by The Lazy Raw Foodist.

Healing Lyme Disease

January 2019 Update: after another 10 years of sessions and research, I’ve just released “Lyme Journal: A Guided Recovery Workbook,” which you can find here. I’m still working on my book, “The Metaphysics of Lyme Disease,” also based on 17 years as a Medical Intuitive.

Healing Lyme Disease

Several people have contacted me since I announced that my [now ex-] husband had managed to heal from severely debilitating Lyme Disease. I have written on this topic before in my book, If I Only Had a Brain Injury: A TBI Survivor and Life Coach’s Guide to Chronic Fatigue, Concussion, Lyme Disease, Migraine or Other Medical Mystery, available as an ebook and or paperback through me. The book went to print before Stephen recovered, but it does include our protocol from late 2004 until early 2008, when he had mostly recovered. Since early 2009, he has appeared to be completely Lyme-symptom-free, and people have asked if we discovered anything between 2008 and 2009.

I will share some of those things in this article.¬†As I explain in the book and in other articles, Lyme Disease¬†tends to affect people who have big things to offer the world. These people may already seem to be “on their path” and often excel in multiple areas at once, including the healing arts.¬† What¬†I’ve noticed as a Medical Intuitive, spouse and friend to many people with Lyme Disease, is that the illness tends to appear in people who could go even deeper with their healing and creative gifts¬†but for one reason or another¬†feel locked into their current lifestyle. Perhaps they have unexpressed creative gifts like photography, painting or writing. Maybe they’ve been waiting for life to “let up” before they indulge¬†such longings. I’ve noticed without fail, though, that the creative pursuits themselves¬†offer healing — not just for the Lyme folks, but for the world in a bigger way.

Lyme seems to show up like a roto-rooter, forcing people to dig deep and remove ALL blocks to creativity and healing. To the outside world, these people usually look¬†like they have no blocks because they’re moving so effectively through life,¬†but Life has other plans. It’s as though these people came in with a bigger mission than their current lifestyle or world view allows. They may get nudged a few times, but if they don’t respond fully, then along come some little spirochetes to terrorize the immune and neurological systems into action. Like a guerilla army, the bacteria sneak inside without detection and then launch a massive attack that captures attention through shock and awe.

I have seen many patterns with Lyme patients: brighter than average in both intelligence and spirit, healing gifts that need even more expression than currently allowed, highly creative, and usually highly energetic prior to the Lyme fatigue. Things that do NOT seem related: diet, exercise level, and spiritual awareness. I have seen people catch Lyme while they eat all types of diets: South Beach, SAD, vegan, 100% raw vegan, vegetarian … it just doesn’t seem to matter in terms of who catches the disease. I’ve seen major athletes catch Lyme as well as total couch potatoes who just happened to cross paths with a rogue tick. I’ve seen people who’ve followed yoga for 20 years catch Lyme, as well as people for whom Lyme marked their very first foray into alternative spirituality.

The biggest common denominator seems to be that Lyme arrives when some anger has gone unexpressed and when self-love does not match the degree of love and blessings these folks spread into the world. The anger may stem from an anger at the way society treats the disenfranchised, or it may stem from early child abuse; it may relate to seething resentment from a relationship or series of relationships; it may come from a feeling that life has unfairly passed the person by even though they’ve sacrificed a lot to serve others. I don’t notice a pattern to the cause of anger, but the anger seems consistent among the many, many Lyme folks who’ve contacted me for Medical Intuitive readings. The second common denominator comes from the disparity between all the love going out from these folks and the degree to which they allow themselves truly to receive¬†nurturing and love without a sense of earning it or paying it back. Lyme folks tend to be major givers with high vibes before they catch the spirochetes. Lyme arrives as a chance — albeit a difficult¬†one — to become one with all that love flowing¬†through their words and deeds. It becomes a chance to experience their own love the way others experience it … to realize that the universe supports and loves them and wants them to shine¬†even brighter than they¬†allowed themselves to imagine before.

As such, Lyme remains a very difficult disease to treat. Most of those affected are, in this lifetime or certainly in previous ones, highly advanced healers. This awareness (whether conscious or completely subconscious) makes them adept at sidestepping treatments that would bring about healing before the lessons take root. Intuitively, Lyme sufferers have a sense that something must need to shift, even though they may not realize what or to what degree things need changing.  I find this true of most diseases. Lyme just seems to operate at a faster and more aggressive level, outsmarting anyone who might offer relief before the soul receives its full blessing. I find it incredibly important to examine and treat the soul as well as the body. I wrote If I Only Had a Brain Injury because I know that most people with Lyme, brain injuries, or other medical mysteries cannot afford ongoing sessions. The book allows them to take steps to coach themselves.

That said, I have found a number of supplements that work very well on the physical level — providing the relief needed in order to focus on the mental, emotional and spiritual factors. Please remember, I am NOT a doctor. I am not offering medical advice here. I’m just sharing some things that have worked well for Stephen and/or for other Lyme survivors. I would never want anyone to suffer unnecessarily, so I’m offering some ideas here, which you can research on your own to see if they resonate with you. I am in no way affiliated with any of these supplements.

Prima Una de Gato: TOA-Free Cat’s Claw, also known as Samento. We started Stephen on this in 2006 and found major improvement with his speech impairment (he stopped talking in opposites), memory and some improvement in joint pain. A little goes a long way, and it must be added in gradually in order to avoid a major Herxheimer reaction.

Oil of Oregano This is just a great supplement to have on hand anyway, given all the concern about Swine Flu. Oil of Oregano is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic. Its structure is complex and therefore less likely for the spirochetes to develop an immunity to. The pills tend to make people burp, but the liquid burns going down. Mixed in water with Liquid Chlorophyll seemed the easiest way for Stephen to swallow this consistently. It also offered extra alkalizing effects due to the chlorophyll. Those with respiratory illnesses can also inhale the steam from a few drops in a pot of boiling water.

Teasel Root Tincture This one’s hard to come by, but if you can find it, you may find it very helpful for joint aches. Taking teasel root completely removed years of arthritic symptoms in Stephen’s knees — almost overnight. I’ve heard similar stories from other Lyme folks who’ve managed to grow their own or find tinctures or teas online. You’ll have to Google this one for more info.

Reishi Mushrooms I tried putting Stephen on this early on and the die-off was too intense for him. Once he had improved significantly, though, I put him back on Reishi and his memory completely returned. He now seems sharper mentally than he did prior to his Lyme ordeal, which continues to amaze me.

Host Defense This is a specific blend of medicinal mushrooms. I don’t have Stephen on this now, but he and a number of others noticed major benefits while taking it. Stephen in particular had less joint pain and almost a normal amount of energy while taking this, as opposed to overwhelming fatigue when ill and not taking it.

Maitake Mushrooms Another medicinal mushroom, which seems to work well for Lyme and supporting the immune system. I switched from Host Defense to Maitake and Stephen made a leap forward in terms of energy and vitality. I’ve worked this in as a regular supplement even though he no longer shows any Lyme symptoms.

Resveratrol Found in skins of dark grapes, red wine, and Japanese Knotwood, this extract supposedly offers strong support for the immune system. I have Stephen on this as a regular supplement, and in addition to keeping the Lyme completely at bay, he’s noticed improved vision to the point of not needing glasses with his laptop computer. His periodontist also commented that his gums look better than ever and seem to be regenerating way faster than anticipated.

Nitrous Oxide This one sounds controversial, but we stumbled upon it “accidentally.” I had read that nitrous gets rid of Lyme Disease and Stephen needed some gum work. Late 2008, he was in severe pain and we ended up getting him some long overdue gum surgery. This involved some big rounds of antibiotics (helpful for Lyme, but they hadn’t killed it off over the years) as well as the option of nitrous oxide. He chose to use the nitrous and his symptoms improved exponentially each time he had a dose/gum surgery/periodontal cleaning. It is impossible to calculate how much of his improvement stems from ridding himself of the simultaneous infection in his gums that diverted his immune system from treating the Lyme … and how much direct improvement he received from the nitrous oxide itself. Again, this is controversial, but if you or someone you know suffers gum disease or dental issues AND has Lyme, you might at least want to get rid of the secondary infection.

Heat Some people have been known to inject themselves with malaria in order to overcome Lyme Disease — a fact that gives the unknowing some idea of just how devastating and desperate life with Lyme can seem. I spoke with a naturopath about this phenomenon and he told me that it’s the fever associated with malaria that does the trick. “If it doesn’t kill you, it kills the Lyme.” Some people use far-infrared saunas for similar results. Stephen and I just “lucked” into an odd situation in our new home. His office is on the upper level in what would normally be the master bedroom. While the downstairs stays cool during the day, the upstairs feels like a slow-cook oven. H-O-T, also known as miserably, unbelievably hot, even while the rest of the house stays quite cool in the Northern CA summer. Whatever lingering spirochetes he may have had when we moved in seem to have disappeared the more time he’s spent in the steamy upstairs. For this reason, we opted not to get a window A/C unit. I do keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn’t get heat exhaustion, and I give him coconut water to balance his electrolytes, but oddly enough, the heat seems to have done him a world of good.

Raw Foods As many of you know, I am the author of The Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide, and in there I share that Stephen is not a raw foodist. He does, however, eat plenty of salads and drink the occasional juice. He also spent years drinking a “witch’s brew” of oil of oregano, prima una de gato, teasel root and liquid cholorophyll. Raw foods and chlorophyll alkalize the system, and Lyme Disease likes an acidic system. As mentioned above, I’ve known raw foodies who got Lyme anyway, but anything that alkalizes does create a less welcoming environment for spirochetes.

Colostrum Stephen sometimes takes this and at one point relied on it heavily. This is not a vegan product, but some vegans have opted to include it in their Lyme arsenal because it does seem to boost the immune system in a major way. Combined with Bach Flower Rescue Remedy, at one time Colostrum would instantly resolve any Lyme rage or Lyme anxiety, both common side effects of neurological Lyme.

Goji Juice High quality, pure goji juice seemed to boost Stephen’s immune system, but we stopped using it because the sugars coated his teeth and aggravated his gums. Some Lyme folks swear by goji juice or goji tea, though.

Probiotics Since most Lyme sufferers get hit with multiple rounds of intense antibiotics, some strong probiotics — from the refrigerated section — help to rebuild the gut. Keeping the intestinal flora balanced helps the body to fight any and all illnesses.

Chaga I have heard good things about chaga — another medicinal mushroom — but I haven’t given it to Stephen since I have him on so many other supplements right now and he’s asymptomatic. From an energetic perspective, chaga does seem to have a polar opposite vibe of Lyme Disease, so finding a sugar-free version may really help. I know David Wolfe has recommended chaga as a rebuilder of the immune system, and I’ve tried it myself. I don’t know any Lyme folks who’ve used it, though, so my comments here are based primarily on my energetic read of the plant.

I hope this post gives some people a place to start. I do not sell any of these products, and I am not wed to any particular brand. If you decide to research the products themselves, please take time to research brand quality on your own. I’ve just listed these items as a service since I know how difficult it can be to find diagnosis and treatment for Lyme Disease. Stephen’s doctors told us that if I hadn’t used alternative treatments on him he might have died before they recognized what was really going on. (He had Lyme meningitis.) His illness initially did not show up in blood tests — very common with Lyme — and no one would prescribe any antibiotics. In the case of Lyme, the antibiotics do seem to help, but the immune building herbs and mushrooms offer extra potent ways of rejuvenating the body and raising it from the realm of spirochetes to the realm of wholeness and bliss. Combined with life-path assessments, anger release and self-love, physical treatment offers real hope in the face of a growing epidemic.

Blessings!

Laura Bruno

Favorite Immunity Boosters

With all the concern over the Flu, I thought I’d post some of my favorite tips for staying well. You don’t need to buy into the American pharmaceutical industry in order to benefit from some extra health precautions. I haven’t gotten a cold or flu since 2004, despite working in close proximity with many people who’ve been very ill and coughed or sneezed all over me. ūüôā Here are my top-twelve quick fixes whenever I feel a bit under the weather. As usual, I’m just sharing my own experiences and observations; nothing here constitutes medical advice:

1 )¬† Oil of Oregano. This stuff rocks! I bring some with me every time I travel by plane, because it’s anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-parasitic. A few drops in water (putting it on the tongue as instructed burns like crazy) helps me feel immune to any sneezing or coughing going straight into recirculated air.

*Note that in some women, Oil of Oregano seems to cause breast tenderness. If you already suffer from monthly breast pain, you might want to choose #3, Colloidal Silver, instead, or just use O of O in the event of direct exposure.

2 ) Yogi Tea¬† Echinacea Immune Support. Full of a synergistic blend of herbs and spices. If my glands feel swollen, I drink a cup of this, and I usually feel fine by the time I’ve finished the mug. I also love pau d’arco tea for its fortifying and anti-fungal, anti-viral ¬†qualities.

3 ) Colloidal Silver Throat Spray. Not for continuous everyday use, I do find this valuable when that first throat tickle comes on. Like Oil of Oregano, Colloidal Silver also offers anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal activity.

4 ) Probiotics (non-dairy based). I often use Garden of Life’s Primal Defense. Keeping gut ecology healthy helps the body stay healthier all around.

5 ) Green Juice. Lots and lots of celery, parsley, spinach, kale and collards mixed with small amounts of fruit or veggies in juice form. Alkalizing the body automatically prevents most pathogens from thriving. Some people believe regular juice fasting keeps them more resistant to disease and common colds.  In the wild, many animals will not eat when they feel sick. Giving the digestive system a break allows more energy to be directed towards healing.

6 ) Vitamin C. Common knowledge, but also effective! Whether you get it from camu camu powder, Trader Joe’s freeze-dried strawberries, capsules or freshly squeezed orange juice, a little extra vitamin C gives the immune system a boost.

7 ) Medicinal Mushrooms. I don’t use these all the time, but in a pinch, I like New Chapter Organics’ tincture called Host Defense, featuring a synergistic combination of mushrooms designed to amp up immune activity. Some top players include: Reishi, Maitaki and Cordyceps.

8 ) Miso Soup. Miso doesn’t always mean soy. You can find chick pea miso in some health food stores. A warm cup of miso does wonders for sore throats.

*NOTE: If you have Candida problems, skip the miso until you get that under control. Sometimes the koji culture in miso can aggravate Candida.

9 ) Omega-3 Oils. Supposedly, peasants who ate a lot of hemp and flax did not succomb as heavily to the plague. More recent research validates the importance of cold-pressed Omega-3 oils or whole foods containing these oils. They support both immune and hormonal function. If you do not regularly consume hemp and coconut oils together, a high quality vegetarian DHA oil can also help.

10 ) Essential Oils. Other Black Plague lore: supposedly perfumers, who spent their days and nights surrounded by essential oils, did not get sick. These oils¬†not only smell good; they have medicinal effects. My favorites include lavender, jasmine, frankincense, and¬†lemongrass, for their mood-lifting and anti-bacterial effects. Jasmine, in particular, creates a nice scent while also easing coughs. Eucalyptus — of Vick’s Vapo-rub fame — also works well. Most essential oils offer some kind of healing benefit. For more information, you might enjoy this site.

11 ) Garlic, Onion and Ginger. Normally, I do not like too much garlic and onion, but if I feel a cold coming on, this combo stops it in its tracks. Juiced or added into Chinese or Indian dishes, the triple whammy of garlic, onion and ginger has never let me down.

12 ) Rest. Good, old-fashioned R & R, does wonders for the body, mind, soul and spirit. Since illness affects all these levels, it makes sense to cultivate good health in each area.

I drive myself hard, squeezing novel-writing in between busy, intense hours of coaching and intuitive sessions and a marriage. When I start feeling a little sluggish or ill, I know it’s time to take a break. I may not want the break, but the warning signs of illness come as “permission” to slow down and recharge.

Finding your own, proactive¬†version of R & R lets your body and soul¬†know¬†they don’t need to manifest a full-blown illness in order to receive a full-blown break. Go ahead: take a¬†walk; take a nap; watch a movie; read a book; get some Reiki; or … do nothing at all! You deserve a break today. ūüôā

In health,

Laura

www.internationalrenaissancecoaching.com