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8 Ways To Release Anxiety Mentally And Physically

We all have times when stress,anxiety and sleeplessness enter our lives, especially with everything that’s going on these days. The rhythm of our lives can become quite fast-paced, and at times it can all become overwhelming. If that is happening, we need to pay more attention to our bodies, respect and honour them.

The body, heart, mind – they are all linked together. Stress and anxiety are not not only in your mind! They can manifest in our bodies as well! 

Put simply, anxiety is a sense of fear and apprehension that puts you on alert. Biologically, it’s meant to put us in a heightened sense of awareness so we’re prepared for potential threats. Unfortunately, when we start to feel excessive anxiety, or we live in a constant state of anxiety, we’re in trouble. Our bodies never turn off our fight or flight response, and we live with the physical and emotional effects of anxiety on a day to day basis, even when there’s no reason or cause for them.

On its face, anxiety can look like stress; but the reality isn’t so simple. Anxiety can arise as a result of stress, but stress can manifest in other ways. Stressors can make a person sad, angry, worried, or anxious, while anxiety is specifically that feeling of fear, dread, and apprehension we mentioned. You may never even know what’s causing your anxiety, or in some cases, it can manifest on its own, without any real “trigger” or cause. Stress is often caused by external influences, while anxiety is an internal response. That’s part of what makes anxiety intrinsically different than stress, and also what makes it so difficult to manage.

However, there are many ways to not only manage stress and anxiety, but release it, or at least reduce it till the point where it no longer impacts our day-to-day lives.

As I’ve mentioned above, we can’t heal an imbalance only on a physical level, or only on a mental level. It’s all connected, which is why I’m going to provide with information on remedies for the physical(body), as well as for the mental (mind).

Here are the natural remedies to heal anxiety and stress:

4 remedies for the body
  1. Chamomile Tea – The most recent study, from the UK’s University of Nottingham Medical School, found that chamomile significantly relaxed blood vessels and smooth muscle fibers. This effect was indicated specifically with the application of three of chamomile’s central constituents, apigenin, luteolin and bisabolol – all hydroxylates. Traditional herbalists will typically recommend the use of anti-anxiety herbs such as chamomile, lavender, St. John’s wort and others over a period of three months to a year in order for them to reach their full effectiveness. After that, they are often recommended to be continued at least periodically or as needed. The good news about chamomile, as evidenced by this and other studies, is that it has no known adverse side effects and is non-addictive. This is in stark contrast to anti-depressant pharmaceuticals, some of which are known for being significantly addictive in addition to having numerous other adverse effects.
  2. Exercise – Exercise will not only make you feel better about yourself, but will flood your body with feel-good endorphins. Some researchers even believe that increasing your body heat, a natural result of exercise, may alter neural circuits controlling cognitive function and mood, including those that affect the neurotransmitter serotonin. Researchers believe this response can boost your mood, increase relaxation, and alleviate anxiety.
  3. Natural sunlight – This is the best way to naturally increase your vitamin-D levels, which can decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety. A short 15 minute break will not only take your mind of stress, but also let you reap the benefits of outdoor activity. And the greener the better—one Japanese study found that people who walked through a forest for 20 minutes had lower stress hormone levels after their walk than those who took a comparable walk in an urban area. If you’re stuck in an urban area, look for parks or quiet tree-lined streets to take a stroll.
  4. Eat foods that reduce anxiety – Asparagus, Blueberries, Avocado, Almonds, Oranges and Spinach are some of the foods that dissolve anxiety
4 remedies for the mind
  1. Face the fear. “If something makes you scared, face it,” says Cassiday. If you feel shy, go out to social functions, she says. Scared of clowns? Go to the circus. It can help, too, to understand that when you worry about what might happen — such as no one will talk to you at the party — your anxiety just rises. Your anxious worry is about the uncertainty, she says. “What a worrier really wants is a promise that everything is going to be OK.” But uncertainty is part of life, she says. Exposure therapy, or facing the fear, helps you learn to live with risk and uncertainty.
  2. Ground yourself. When anxiety hits, ”do something tangible,” says John Tsilimparis, MFT, a marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles and adjunct professor of psychiatry at Pepperdine University.”Take your house keys out, run your fingers along the keys,” says Tsilimparis. “That sensation will give you ‘grounding.’ Pick up a paperweight, hold it in your hand. Or, get an ice cube. Hold it as long as you can do it.”Why does this work? “Your brain can’t be in two places at once,” he says. The activity distracts you from the anxious feelings. “Your mind will shift from racing, catastrophic thoughts [that accompany anxiety] to the cold ice cube in your hand,” he says.According to some research, using a virtual reality distraction system can reduce anxiety during dental procedures. Patients immersed in VR — a computer-generated realistic environment — reported less pain and anxiety than when they didn’t use it.
  3. Laugh it off. Cultivate a good sense of humor and laugh, says  Karen Lynn Cassiday, PhD, president-elect of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and a clinical psychologist in Chicago.  “Even if you do a fake laugh, you get an instant hit of dopamine,” says Dr. Cassiday. Dopamine is a brain chemical that controls feelings of reward and pleasure.If you’re too tense to laugh on your own, try using technology, she suggests. For example, find a laugh track phone app. Just google phone apps for laughing.In a study presented at a medical meeting, Loma Linda University researchersfound that even anticipating a mirthful laugh reduces the stress hormone cortisol, which increases when you are anxious.
  4. Schedule relaxation. “Sit down and look at your schedule,” says Katherine Raymer, MD, ND, associate clinical professor of naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University, Seattle.”Is there a time to put in a half hour to do whatever you do that is relaxing?” Dr. Raymer asks. That can be a walk, meditation, yoga, tai chi or anything you find relaxing. Click here for good meditation to release anxiety.Researchers trying to help shy men with social anxiety found that a period of relaxation helped them, lowering their heart rates after they interacted with people.

 Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Sources:

www.everydayhealth.com

www.rd.com

lifehacker.com

www.realnatural.org

Sore Throat ? Here Are The 5 Best Natural Remedies

Disclaimer: The site aims to provide the best possible information on health, herbal medicines and medicinal plants. This information should not replace professional advice by a qualified medical or herbal practitioner.

Over that last few decades, the overuse of antibiotics has contributed to resistant bacterial infections and it’s becoming something that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls “one of the world’s most pressing public health problems.”

Usually, when we are having pains of any kind, we turn to antibiotics to ease them, which by now we should know that it is not the best idea as the use or more so the abuse of antibiotics may cause some long-term harm on our body.

A sore throat is often the first sign of a cold. However, a sore throat from a cold often gets better or goes away after the first day or two. Other cold symptoms such as a runny nose and congestion may follow the sore throat.

Strep throat, which is an infection due to streptococcus bacteria, is another cause of sore throats and tonsillitis. With strep throat, the sore throat is often more severe and persists.

With that being said, I have gathered five natural remedies that can help ease the soreness:

  1. Honey

Honey mixed in tea or simply taken straight up has long been a home remedy for sore throat. Scientific studies have confirmed this natural wonder works. A study of 139 children with upper respiratory infections, for example, found that honey was even more effective at taming nighttime coughs than common cough suppressants.

Studies have also shown that honey is an effective wound healer, which means it may also help speed healing for sore throats.

2. Salt Water

Your mother may have recommended gargling with salt water. If so, she was probably right. According to Student Health Services at the University of Connecticut, gargling with warm salt water can help soothe a sore throat and break down secretions. It’s also known to help kill bacteria in the throat.

The University of Puget Sound adds that a salt water solution consisting of a half teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water can help reduce swelling and keep the throat clean.

3. Peppermint
Fresh mint in closeup
Fresh mint in closeup

The main active compound in peppermint is menthol. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, menthol is soothing, numbing and calming for sore throats. Furthermore, a report published in the journal “Harefuah” in 2008 suggests that peppermint has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral activities.

Taking peppermint may therefore help to destroy the infective organisms that are causing the sore throat.

Menthol, the active ingredient in peppermint, is available in a variety of over-the-counter products for treating colds and related sore throat and cough. These include chest rubs, inhalations, lozenges and syrups. Some people inhale peppermint oil for treating symptoms of cough and colds, and as a painkiller.

4. Garlic

Yes, it sounds repulsive, and you probably don’t want to go on a dinner date right afterwards, but garlic is a natural remedy that can kick a sore throat right in it’s painfully swollen tush.

The reason lies in the garlic’s allicin, a compound that can kill the bacteria that causes strep and fight the germs causing pain and irritation.

Place 1 piece of garlic in each cheek, and suck on it like a cough drop. Occasionally crush your teeth against it to release the allicin- there’s no need to actually bite it. Try this once daily.

5. Tumeric

Turmeric

This yellow spice is a powerful antioxidant, and scientists think it has the strength to fight many serious diseases.  Turmeric works against a sore throat by inhibiting inflammation and provides relief symptoms like burning, itching (or that scratchy feeling), pain and swelling within the throat.

For a sore throat remedy, mix 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon of salt into 1 cup of hot water and gargle.

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Sources:

livestrong.com

healthline.com

everydayroots.com

thehealthsite.com

webmd.com

10 Essential Home Remedies You Need To Know About

The following natural remedies are extremely beneficial and can only help your body function organically, as it should. These are remedies you might want to have in your house.

1.Carrot sticks and apples for whiter teeth 

Apples, cauliflower, celery and carrots work to whiten because they function as an abrasive scrub for teeth. These foods are nature’s toothbrush. They also stimulate the production of saliva, which helps keep plaque from forming. Stain sticks to plaque.

2.Lavender essential oil for stress relief

The soothing properties of lavender have been known since ancient times. When feeling anxious or overwhelmed, try some aromatherapy with lavender essential oil. This oil is also great for a soothing, stress-busting massage.

3.Cardamom for freshening breath

There is a reason for the Indian tradition of offering a bowl of cardamom seeds to guests to follow their meals. These antioxidant-packed little seeds, with their strong, refreshing flavor, can cleanse your palate and leave your mouth tasting great.

4.Yogurt to fight bad breath

Another fresh breath trick: plain, organic yogurt. The live bacteria cultures in the yogurt help neutralize the odor-causing bacteria in your mouth.

5.Witch hazel for cuts, scrapes and blisters

Pour a liberal amount ofwitch hazel over the cut or sore and allow it to dry. Add a bandage and you’re set. You can also use witch hazel on bruises or skin that is blistered or cracked.

Works just as well as rubbing alcohol, but is less drying on the skin.

6.Ginger for digestion

Ginger’s ability to settle the stomach is no old wive’s tale. This powerful rhizome is your first line of defense against upset stomachs and nausea.

7.Olives to help prevent motion sickness

For your next road trip, don’t forget to pack a jar of olives. The tannins that they contain can help to dissipate the first signs of nausea by drying your mouth. However, this remedy may not work if you are already ill; eat a couple olives at the first sign of motion sickness to help prevent worsening.

8.Prune juice to ease constipation

Treating constipation may require changes to your diet, including some prunes or prune juice can also help but it should be combined with other lifestyle changes.

9.Raw honey for disinfecting wounds

For minor wounds, raw honey can’t be beat. It has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties to clean the wound, and also provides moisture and seals it in.

10.Onion for insect bites

To get rid of the itch of a bug bite, slice an onion in half and rub the juice right on the bite. The sulfur compounds contained in the onion work to neutralize the itch.

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Some information taken from:

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/44008827/ns/health-oral_health/t/eat-drink-your-way-whiter-healthier-smile/#.ViEXP_lViko

http://www.livestrong.com/article/472550-how-much-prune-juice-do-you-drink-to-relieve-constipation/

http://www.livescience.com/31977-homeopathy.html

Natural Remedies To Cure Anxiety

With all the the changes that are happening on every level, may it be physical, emotional, mental or spiritual, anxiety might arise more often and more intense than usual. I’m not saying this might be the case for everyone, but for the ones who are experiencing more anxiety than usual, I’ve done some research and gathered some of the remedies that I feel are more beneficial and effective.

Please note: I feel that anxiety has different branches. If your anxiety levels are high, try to understand what’s causing that anxiety in the first place and let it go.

If you simply feel anxious without knowing why, try these remedies, they will definitely help the body to be rid of anxiety and stress.

These remedies are most helpful on a physical level, as in when the body is integrating and processing certain light codes that are currently coming in, he might feel like he’s overstimulated therefore reacting with impulses we call “aches. ” The light waves coming in might feel overwhelming to the body, because we haven’t been feeling them for eons. They are powerful, but also come in as a fine vibration as well. It’s important to take care of ourselves during times when light codes are coming in more strongly than usual.

This is the list of remedies I’ve gathered to cure anxiety:

  1. Chamomile – According to health.com, if you have a jittery moment, a cuppa chamomile tea might help calm you down. Some compounds in chamomile (Matricaria recutita)bind to the same brain receptors as drugs like Valium.You can also take it as a supplement, typically standardized to contain 1.2% apigenin (an active ingredient), along with dried chamomile flowers. In one study at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, in Philadelphia, patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) who took chamomile supplements for eight weeks had a significant decrease in anxiety symptoms compared to patients taking placebo.
  2. St. John’s WortAnxietyuk.org.uk says St John”s Wort (Hypericum perforatum L) has been used as a remedy for nerve disorders for more than 2000 years.  This bushy perennial plant, which has bright yellow flowers, grows wild in many parts of the world including Europe, Asia and the USA.  The petals and leaves of the plant contain a number of unique substances such as hypericin and hyperforin. The herb is a popular herbal medicine for the treatment of low mood, with at least 30 studies on more than 1,700 patients showing that St John”s Wort can be an effective remedy for mild- to-moderate depression without the side effects of more conventional anti-depressants. While it is not clear exactly how St John”s Wort works, it is thought that is helps to prolong the action of serotonin, a brain neurotransmitter, which when deficient can result in low mood.  It also often used for symptoms associated with sleep problems, SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and PMS.
  3. Valerian – Valerian is found growing in North America and Europe and is recognisable from its pinkish flowers that grow from a tuberous rhizome and its distinctive rather unpleasant smell.  Throughout history, Valerian has been used medically to treat nervous anxiety, reduce muscle tension and relieve mild insomnia. Valerian is now widely cultivated for medical use as it contains several unique substances, such as valerenic acid and valeranon that have a relaxant action that is particularly effective in treating stress and anxiety. Valerian is also widely used for sleep problems, particularly sleep disturbances due to anxiety.  Valerian helps to calm the brain and body rather than inducing sleep directly, allowing sleep to occur naturally.  It is often combined with other herbs such as lemon balm and hops, both of which are well known for their calming properties. – See more at: anxietyuk.org.uk
  4. Exercise – Exercise is safe, good for the brain, and a powerful antidote to depression and anxiety, both immediately and in the long term. “If you exercise on a regular basis, you’ll have more self-esteem and feel healthier,” says Drew Ramsey, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University, who blogs at www.DrewRamseyMD.com.”One of the major causes of anxiety is worrying about illness and health, and that dissipates when you are fit.”
  5. Yoga and/or Meditation– Regular yoga practice can help you stay calm and relaxed in daily life and can also give you the strength to face events as they come without getting restless. Yoga practice ideally includes the complete package of asanas (body postures), pranayamas (breathing techniques), meditation, and the ancient yoga philosophy, all of which has helped several anxiety patients recover and face life with new positivity and strength.

    Taking your attention to the breath can help free the mind of the unnecessary clutter of thoughts that breed anxiety. Try the following breathing practices:

    • Kapal Bhati Pranayama (Skull-Shining Breathing Technique)
    • Bhastrika Pranayama
    • Nadi Shodhan Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing) – effective in releasing stress from the system (where the exhalation is longer than the inhalation)
    • Bhramari Pranayama (Bee Breath)

There are a lot more remedies in nature to ease anxiety, but these are the ones I found to be working best.

Some information from this article has been taken from:

http://www.artofliving.org/yoga/health-and-wellness/yoga-for-anxiety-disorder

http://www.livestrong.com/article/18814-yoga-breathing-exercises-anxiety/

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20669377_10,00.html

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

5 Best Natural Remedies To Heal Insomnia

We experience insomnia when we find it difficult to fall asleep or when we can’t get enough sleep to feel refreshed in the morning, so we feel drained during the day and can’t concentrate properly. The causes of insomnia could be many: joint and muscle pain, restless legs, anxiety, fear, acid reflux, and pain from chronic disease.

With all that being said, if you have insomnia there are many natural cures, tasty foods to help you overcome that and I am going to list below. These natural remedies and foods can help tremendously on a physical level, as they relax your nervous system, however if your insomnia is caused by anxiety or fear (same thing), then it needs to be acknowledged, dealt with and overcome. There’s no hiding from it, the only way is through. There are many articles on The Power Within Us to assist you with transmuting fear, you can use the search button on the right.

Also, our mind tends to be overactive at night especially, so you have to simply observe the thoughts flowing without engaging in the chatter and but at the same time, calm the mind. Most recommended is to just relax and maybe listen to some soothing music, nature sounds and just meditate, just be. Make sure your room is not too noisy or hot or cold as that can make you restless and that the energy of the room is just perfect for you. Insomnia can be avoided easily if you take proper care of yourself and your environment, but if you’re already experiencing insomnia symptoms here are a few very practical and simple to do natural remedies.

1. Toast and raw milk – Studies have shown that drinking warm milk releases melatonin — the sleep hormone — as well as endorphins to relax you and encourage sleep. A small amount of complex carbohydrates such as whole grain toast or cereal will fill your stomach, relieving hunger pains at bedtime, and cure insomnia. Whole grains release tryptophan, a precursor to seratonin production — the calming brain chemical.

2. Two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar mixed with 10 to 12 ounces of water relieves burning from acid reflux that may prevent sleep. Additionally, arthritis and fibromyalgia pain may lessen or disappear after alkalizing with this drink.

3. Tea – Such as chamomile tea, valerian or lemon balm. They both have calming effects and help with restlesness and anxiety. Passionflower and skullcap soothe agitated nervous systems and can help with mental chatter. At the same time, too much of these herbs can actually do the opposite, make you more agitated, anxious and irritated.

4.  Jasmine Essential Oil – Put a drop of jasmine essential oil on each wrist just before you go to bed. In studies conducted at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia, researchers discovered that people who spent the night in jasmine-scented rooms slept more peacefully than people who stayed in unscented—or even lavender-scented—rooms.
Try a soothing aromatic bath before bedtime. Add 5 drops lavender oil and 3 drops ylang-ylang oil to warm bathwater and enjoy a nice soak.

5. Breathing. Inhale deeply through the nose till you feel your belly is popping out a bit and exhale through the mouth as if you are spitting fire. Conscious breathing can help tremendously in so many areas, especially relaxing our nervous system, muscles and mind as well. Repeat that simple breathing exercise for as long as you wish.

Another incredible article with useful information to help you cure insomnia is The Ultimate Guide To Curing Insomnia and Getting A Good Nights Sleep.

I hope you found this article useful and practical. Have a blissful day!

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Sources: wholeliving.com

naturalnews.com

bupa.co.uk

helpguide.org

besthealthmag.ca

5 Herbal Remedies For Natural Pain Relief

With all the body changes we are currently undergoing, it is quite difficult to avoid the uncomfortable part of it, which is the body pains, migraines and other uncomfortable ” ascension symptoms “.

Many of these uncomfortable symptoms can be a result of dehydration, which is why it is important for us to make sure we are well hydrated at all times. If the symptoms continue, here are a few natural herbal remedies that you can use to relief pain:

1. Feverfew – This herb is perfect to treat fever, migraines, irregular menstrual periods, arthritis, a skin disorder called psioriasis, allergies, asthma and also nausea. It can also be applied directly to the gums for toothaches or to the skin to kill germs.

2. Ginger – It is one of the best most effective natural remedies you can use for muscle pain, joint pain, chest pain, low back pain and also pain that comes from bronchitis, cough, arthritis and menstrual pain.  It has numerous therapeutic properties such as antioxidant effects and anti-inflammatory effects. It is also used to treat stomach issues such as motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea and nausea.

3. Tumeric – It is used to treat heartburns and arthritis as well as stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomachbloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders. People also use turmeric directly on the skin for pain, ringworm, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, inflammatory skin conditions, soreness inside of the mouth and infected wounds.

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Photo: Tumeric

4. Capsaicin – With all the heart activations, expansions and upgrades and solar flares we’ve been experiencing lately, capsaicin ( also called the chilli pepper) is the perfect herb to have in your house as it is used for conditions of the heart and blood vessels including poor circulation, excessive blood clotting, high cholesterol and preventing heart disease. Other uses of the chilli pepper are relief of toothache, seasickness, alcoholism, malaria and fever. It is also used to help people who have difficulty swallowing. Some people put capsicum inside the nose to treat hay fever, migraine, headache, cluster headache, and sinus infections (sinusitis).

5. Devil’s Claw – This herb contains chemicals that might decrease inflammation and swelling and resulting pain. That’s why it is used for hardening of the arteries, gout, muscle pain, back pain, tendonitis, chest pain, gastrointestinal (GI) upset or heart burn, fever and headache. It is also used for difficulties in childbirth, menstrual problems, allergic reactions and loss of appetite. 

Sometimes when your body has pains, it could be that it is trying to bring something into your awareness, it is trying to show you the areas that need to be nurtured more and paid attention to. Most diseases come from an energy level, a more subtle level, so if you pay attention to the signs your body is showing you, you can transform the energy and heal yourself before it manifests as a disease in your physical body.

However, at the same time, these intense waves of light that are incoming and that we’re integrating within our beingness can be quite hard on the body, so at times all you can do is just find ways to soothe the pains until it passes, which is why I wanted to write about modalities to relief pain. Use your own intuition/guidance system/heart feeling to discern what is the reason behind your pain.

There are many more ways to relief the pain, which I am going to write about in the next few articles, so stay tuned!

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie