Happy Spring!

HAPPY SPRING! I looked back at my last year’s spring blog and decided to revise and re-share. Enjoy!

Historically, spring was the natural seasonal time that welcomed opening up the home and cleaning all the dingy corners and washing down walls and windows to make things feel fresh again after having the house closed in and warm from the dark winter months. Today, we get that natural notion to clean, clean, clean our homes and our bodies. There are many ways of natural spring cleansing, including using local and organic plant food medicine(vegetables and herbs)!

Keep your body in shape! Get a nice long walk in everyday or some other form of exercise! Exercise promotes a healthy lymphatic system, which promotes a health immune system. And, on those nicer days, doesn’t it just feel great to get that needed Vitamin D after the winter months of darker skies? Get plenty of sleep! When our bodies get the deeper stages of sleep, serotonin levels are at their lowest, meaning our bodies are under no stress so the focus can be on healing.

Dry brush your skin before showering. Skin is the largest organ in our body and can hold onto toxins, especially environmental exposure. Be careful if you have sensitive skin; maybe limit this idea to once a week or less. The hard bristly brush can cause irritation to your skin.

Eat lots of healthy plant food medicine! Use fresh organic local produce. Make cleansing juices, using carrots, beets, a little celery, parsley and any other yummy veggies that sound good! These are filled with bioflavanoids, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals that our bodies need while also cleansing your body. This allows you to get the nutrients without the fiber and other food debris, so your digestive system can take a short rest.

If drinking fresh juices is not a good option for you, make yourself some cleansing vegetable broths or puree your cleansing veggie soups. These will also be gentle on your digestive system while allowing those nutrients to cleanse your system.

Here are a few noteworthy cleansing, nourishing herbs:

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica): If you’re brave enough and use gloves, pick the young shoots and lightly steam them in your food for cleansing, or substitute them for spinach. Infuse nettle in tea, or take it as a tincture. Nettle is highly nutritious (Vitamins A and C, potassium, magnesium, iron, iodine, silicon, and calcium), and is a natural cleanser, anti-histamine(good prevention for allergies) and antioxidant.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): Cut dandelion greens and add them to your salads, eat the flowers and dig up the roots, make a strong herbal tea or tincture them. Dandelion cleanses the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, promotes production and excretion of bile and stimulates digestion. What an awesome plant! Dandelion in combination with Burdock, Whispers of Nature ‘Internal Toner’, is an excellent cleansing and toning combo.

Burdock (Arctium lappa) is valuable for purifying the blood and has many minerals, especially iron, and is useful for many skin disorders, promotes kidney function, digestion, and elimination of harmful substances. Its diaphoretic property helps further removal of wastes through the sweat glands.   If you grow this in your garden, dig the root and be prepared to sweat as you dig this out – it can take awhile!

Use roots of dandelion, burdock, and nettle greens, carrots, beets, celery, onions, garlic, ginger and anything else you fancy, in your nourishing soups and broths during this time of year!

Abundant plant food medicine also available in spring are arugula, kale, and chickweed. Add these to your salad greens, along with dandelion greens. When wild harvesting, please ensure that you’re identifying the plants you’re seeking 100%.

Another good option is to make an appointment for a spring cleansing neurological integration system (NIS) treatment. This work recognizes areas in the body that are not completely communicating and can give you an electrical(nervous system) cleanse, opening up the nervous system circuitry between your brain and body.

Be well and Happy Spring!

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Liberation, February 7, 2017

Release what no longer serves you! Clear away the minutia that does not matter. Now is the time to release our old patterns, old belief systems, old thoughts, old emotions… that are no longer helpful for your life, your family, community, country, and ultimately, for all of life.

In English Oxford Dictionaries the word liberation means to “set (someone) free from imprisonment, slavery, or oppression; free (a place or people) from enemy occupation; release (someone) from a situation which limits freedom of thought or behavior….”

Years ago the foreign subtitled movie “Life is Beautiful” completely inspired me to see through Nazi occupation, deeper into Human Spirit.

Change is inevitable, whether we are ready or not, and change will continue throughout our lives. With change chaos may form. Ironically, amidst the pandemonium, some of the greatest transformation also can happen.

In making way for change, chaos, foreseeable difference of opinion, there is choice! We can choose to be alive within ourselves and proceed with knowing of freedom’s importance, or we will prefer to stay held captive by old patterns, beliefs, emotions that bog us down. We must pull ourselves out of the murky swamp and stand tall for ourselves, and the world. If we allow ourselves to be prisoners within our own skin, we can do nothing but what is required of us to maintain life as it is.

Maintaining life, as it is, if you feel at peace, happy, joy, love, etc…is like a child in a candy store! If we feel trapped, however, daily maintenance becomes droning, like automatic pilot.

Time is of the essence. We think we have ridded ourselves of old patterns, beliefs, emotions…and yet many are unhappy and dissatisfied with life.

Children are so impressionable. All of us can probably remember things, that, as a child were not helpful or supportive, which brought us feelings of fear, anger, frustration, anxiety… We are creatures of habit and routine. Those old patterns can oftentimes follow us through life and become triggers to old emotions and thoughts of the past. Now is the time to allow yourself, your body, mind, spirit to release those old patterns and habits, permitting yourself for more space within, for liberation, freedom, empowerment, for your highest hopes and dreams to be more clear!

Release yourself from your own imprisonment. Walk in nature, meditate, have morning quiet-time, pray, listen to your gut, play music, sing, dance, write, build, paint, walk a labyrinth, or do whatever brings you to center – come into alignment with yourself and listen to what is still with you that no longer serves you! Agree for yourself, mind, body, spirit, to be more liberated and free!

If we are truly free within ourselves no form of domination will keep us oppressed.

Think Globally, Act Locally!

Namaste,

Susie

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Immune System Building – Quercetin

“How was the immune system and herbal workshop this weekend”, many folks have been asking. Great! We had an awesome group! We all learned about quercetin, antioxidants, anti-virals and other herbal properties. We also made several herbal preparations through the day, including decoctions, infusions, tea bags, immune system soup(with lots of quercetin) for lunch, tinctures and elderberry syrup, taking home a few of these creations as well. Thanks so much to Nick, who helped significantly, mostly dishwashing and helping me keep the organizational flow.

Interactive and experiential learning is my favorite way of sharing my knowledge and skills in classes, and I also enjoy sharing written and verbal information as another way of learning.

I decided to share with you a snippet of what we talked about, if you’re interested…quercetin.

Quercetin is a fabulous bioflavonoid antioxidant found in many healthy foods, including apples, onions, red wine, cocoa, dark cherries & berries, grapes, leafy greens & broccoli, beans, green teas, elderberries, sage, gingko biloba, and even St. John’s Wort.

A big buzzword in the health-food world is “Superfoods”, many of which are mentioned above.  Although there is not a lot of science for the word “superfood”, quercetin proves to be one of the most well researched bioflavonoids. Quercetin, amazing in its own right, is also a synergist with other flavonoids and antioxidants, helping to increase the absorption of healthy properties.

Quercetin helps build endurance for healthy immune system function. This powerful antioxidant acts as an anti-inflammatory and anti-viral, which can be helpful for chronic fatigue, allergies, infection, and arthritis. Quercetin promotes proper cell functioning and healthy immune response to outside stressors. Also there are some studies showing quercetin to stimulate brain neurogenesis.

Quercetin helps to scavenge and stop damage from free radicals(molecules that are missing an electron), that cause oxidation in your body. Antioxidants like quercetin help to neutralize free radicals, to maintain balance and natural detoxification in your body.

When your body is out of balance oxidative stress is more likely to happen. Smoking, environmental toxins, poor diet, lack of sleep, too much stress, and even over-exercising can be conditions which contribute to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress can cause toxins to build up in your body, which can lead to all sorts of issues. Quercetin protects the body against oxidative stress.

These are just a few highlights of quercetin! In the class we did much more than quercetin talk but thought this would be fun to share with you!

EAT your leafy greens, dark cherries & berries, apples, onions, grapes! Drink green tea, Use elderberry syrup and tincture. For more information please contact me!

Resources for this article:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4808895/

http://www.integrativepro.com/Resources/Integrative-Blog/2016/Quercetin-Food-Compared-Supplementation

https://draxe.com/quercetin/

http://www.integrativepro.com/Resources/Integrative-Blog/2016/What-are-Free-Radicals-and-Oxidative-Stress

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Javier_Gonzalez-Gallego/publication/7587142_Quercetin_decreases_oxidative_stress_NF-kB_activation_and_iNOS_overexpression_in_liver_of_streptozotocin-induced_diabetic_rats/links/0c96052a5f41dd7353000000.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19661619

http://ajpregu.physiology.org/content/296/4/R1071

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