Juicing: substitute herbal tea for water for added health benefits

To add even more nutrients to your favorite juice, use an herbal or green tea instead of water.

You can brew your favorite tea bags (mine is Yogi Pomegranate Green Tea), or brew your favorite sun tea from tea bags or loose herbs. You can even brew green tea in your K-cup brewer or use a K-cup for loose tea.

My favorite herbal blend is: nettles, oatstraw, rosehips and hibiscus.  Sometimes I add K-cup brewed green tea to this blend.

Oatstraw:  aids in detoxification, boosts immune system (more benefits at   http://heal-thyself.ning.com/profiles/blogs/oatstraw-herbal-infusion-101

Nettles (stinging) – as a tea, helps with mucous congestion.  more benefits at http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/stinging-nettle-benefits-zmaz81mazkin.aspx#axzz2dN69ySBz

Rosehips are very high in vitamin C.  This link is to an article on rosehips at WebMD:  http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-839-ROSE%20HIP.aspx?activeIngredientId=839&activeIngredientName=ROSE%20HIP

Hibiscus is a natural refrigerant, makes your body feel cooler in the summer.  This information is from my herbalism class at SWIHA (Southwest Institute of Healing Arts) in Tempe AZ.  Most of the links, including WebMD list cardiovascular benefits, so the refrigerant properties are just an added benefit. 

As far as the many benefits of green tea, this is an article from WebMD entitled Health Benefits of Green Tea: Experts explain green tea’s potential benefits for everythinig from fighting cancer to helping your heart.   http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/health-benefits-of-green-tea 

You can also customize to your own specific needs: I add kelp or seaweed for extra iodine.  More information is available  at the links above. 

If you are interested in organic bulk herbs and do not have a local herbal shop, I have used www.mountainroseherbs.com for many years.   My local herb shop is Desert Sage Herbs in Chandler, AZ.   Also, my local Fry’s/Kroger just started carrying bulk herb teas, but although they are more inexpensive, they are much weaker than Teavana or some of the other more expensive tea shops.  Experiment for yourself, or post your own recommendations regarding juicing or herbal teas or blends below.  Please note: unrelated posts for business ventures will not be approved or posted.

 

Refreshing sunburn spray

Make-it-yourself refreshing sunburn spray:  In a spray bottle, mix 50% aloe vera gel with 50% spring water (or reverse osmosis water).  Add approximately 10 drops 100% pure lavender essential oil per ounce (optional, but the lavender provides additional healing).  Spray on affected areas as needed — the spray feels much better on a sunburn than applying an ointment or lotion.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnosis, treat or cure.  If sunburn is severe, be sure to see a physician.

Dehydration

Just a reminder that your body may need more water as temperatures rise (110 this week in AZ).   For information on monitoring your urine color to prevent dehydration, see chart at:   http://www.urinecolors.com/dehydration.php.

Many of my clients have discovered they have fewer headaches and decreased muscle/joint pain simply by increasing water intake —  especially for arthritis or arthritic-like symptoms.

If you are in pain or have an illness that has been worse the past few weeks (or months), imagine that there might be a natural cure available to you at NO COST.  You owe it to yourself (and your body) to try increasing your water intake for a week.  If on a fluid-restricted diet, you will need to substitute water for other liquids or check with your physician first.

For more information on how much water to drink, what kind of water to drink, as well as a new medical discovery known as UCD (Unintentional Chronic Dehydration), visit  http://www.watercure.com/udc.html

 

NOTE:  This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure.

Remembering to Breathe…

Deep breathing sounds simple:  always with you, don’t need equipment, doesn’t cost anything.  Many of us already know that even ten deep breaths can help reduce stress, improve circulation and blood flow.   Unfortunately, in stressful situations, many of us tend to shallow breathe or even hold our breath.  So how can we “remember” to breathe when we are in such stressful situations?  Below are a few suggestions:

Post “BREATHE” reminders on screen savers, on your phone home screen, and on post-it notes (BREATHE) placed in desk drawers, your purse or wallet, on the dashboard of your car, and other strategic places that you might see when you are stressed.

Get creative – design your own poster or picture that will remind you to breathe and fit into your office or work environment; the more personal it is, the better it will work.  For example, since breathing is good for your heart, use a heart sympol to remind you to breathe.  Other symbols could be a picture of plants, the sky, a relaxing outdoor picture, or the words “Just breathe”.

Do you have a picture of a place or something that relaxes you when you look at it?  Post the picture where you tend to get stressed.  For me, just looking at a picture of the Grand Canyon or the Shenandoah River (where we used to vacation) relaxes me and I automatically breathe deeper and easier – without even consciously thinking about it.

These are just a few suggestions that have worked for me.  I welcome other suggestions related to this topic; however, unrelated advertisements for online businesses will not be posted.

Click here for instructions and techniques on deep breathing.

Click here for the Top 4 Relaxation Strategies for Anxiety

 

LaStone Massage Therapy

What is LaStone®?   — the original hot and cold stone therapy

  • It is the science of the stones

LaStone challenges the circulatory and lymphatic systems, which will reduce inflammation and  congestion of body fluids.

This is achieved by alternating stones of  various temperatures to the body; resulting in a chemical response.

This is a “vascular gymnastics” which assists the body in self-healing.

  • It is the spirit of the stones

Chakra balancing, Energy work, toning with crystals and the stones blended with the science of thermal therapy benefits the client beyond measure. LaStone administers these principles and combines them with unerring elegance.

Why does LaStone work?

Circulation is rapidly changed within the practice of LaStone Therapy.  If circulation is increased, then so too is nutrition and the way that every cell in the body responds to the experience of the alternating temperatures being applied.

When using both heated and chilled stones in a massage there is an acceleration of blood, lymph, and digestive fluids within the body.

When you increase the blood flow through the skin, detoxification is increased,  supporting the liver, bowels, kidneys, lymphatic, and circulatory systems.

Isolating chilled/cool stones to an inflamed area will facilitate the removal of toxins and inflammation, encouraging a healing response deep within the body’s systems.

Acknowledgement

Thanks to Mary Nelson (www.lastonetherapy.com), founder of LaStone Therapy, for providing this information and for her dedication of more than 20 years to LaStone Therapy.