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Are you holding Loss, Grief and Heartache in your Body?
Most, if not all of us have experienced loss in our lives. In these times, do we find our self loosing our breath and feeling tightness in the chest in response? Often this occurs when we haven’t given ourselves the permission or time to grieve, that grief then gets stored in our body. The introspectiveness of the Fall and Winter season might give rise to those feeling all over again and we may feel our body react in response.
The indigenous believed that unexpressed grief gets stored away in our lungs and interrupts our breath. The release of loss, disappointment and heartache therefore benefits the health of our respiratory system. Letting go, exhaling is not just physiological jargon, but in actuality is very real in the functioning of our out-breath. Our voice is also considered to be our out-breath, when the voice is weak or restricted the lungs are also weak. If your voice is strong, its a great indication that your lungs are healthy. Given expression the energy that was stanated by grief can now be released and that action restores health to the respiratory system.
Here are my top products for lung health:
Breath Easy Tea – A great blend for asthmatic concerns.
Restorative Lung Tonic – Restoring health to the lungs.
Hydrating Sinus Mist – Soothe your sinuses naturally.
Bronchial Congestion Syrup – Release lung congestion.
Lung and Allergy Tonic – Nourish the lungs naturally.
Here’s why you may have felt differently over the past few weeks…
We have just entered the onset of a beautiful Fall season! As the earth harmonizes it cycle between light and dark our bodies respond likewise, it seeks balance. The fall winds usher in seasonal changes and our bodies can respond to the changes by feeling un-grounded, light and air like. This can be felt most especially in our mind and digestive system, both harmonizing systems between light and dark . Air and wind in the digestive system leaves us feeling bloated, gassy, unable to digest food and changes. In our mind it gives rise to anxious thought patterns and a lack of focus.
To work with these seasonal changes and soften the affects on the body try warm, spice filled, fermented foods, such as kimchi, miso, and sauerkraut. And as always herbs are fabulous in bringing balance to the body!
Here are my top five products for this season of changes:
Digestive tonic – An absolute must for all digestive issues
Earth, Wind and Fire – A warming harmonizing blend for the Fall Equinox
Digestive tea – Our go to tea for gas and bloating
Anti-Anxietea – Easy your mind!
Immunity Chai – A great warming and protecting blend for a windy Fall.
Great Skin is Always In!
Great skin is always in and herbs can get you there!
The health of the skin begins on the inside! What we eat, drink OR what we don’t eat and drink is revealed on our skin. Radiant skin is a benefit of eating a nutritionally balanced diet, and being mindful of our fluid intake which is needed to feed the organs that support our skin. Our skin is more than just a covering, its tone and elasticity can show the state of our health or where we are in our lives. For example, perfect baby skin gives way to puberty skin, showing evidence of the hormonal fluctuations of a menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause; then it gradually becomes thinner, drier, and less supple as cell functions slow with age.
Herbs can help us through all the life cycles of your skin! Here are my favorite herbs for skin health:
Chamomile – Matricaria reuctita – Soothing and relaxing, it has anti-inflammatory properties when applied on the skin. Its great for soothing redness and irritation.
Calendula – Calendula officinalis – This bright yellow flower is brilliant for bringing the light to your skin. It is a great lymphatic cleanser and has supreme anti-inflammatory properties.
Lavender -Lavendula officinalis – Relaxing, great for cleansing skin, and it reduces surface oil so it great for acne.
Vitex – Angus catus – This herb is extra special for balancing hormones and therefore eases skin breakout due to hormonal fluctuations.
Oatstraw – Avena sativa – Brilliant for nourishing internally and externally. It lubricates the insides and you can see it on the outside. Great for dry skin.
Nettles – Urtica diocia – Supremely nourishing! Nettles increases the health of the capillaries to ensure a rich blood supply to our skin.
All of these herbs are available at our Apothecary. Take a look at our Pinterest Get that Glow! Board for some of my favorite herbal items to help you glow. Keep up with us on our Facebook or Twitter pages for more on our products and services.
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