Address Your Stress

By Guest Blogger: Tina Turner

We all have times in our lives when we feel stressed. Nature’s answer, flower essences! Flower essences help relieve stress and negative emotions.

Have you ever walked into a room with fresh flowers and feel your spirits lift? What you’re experiencing is the positive energy of the flowers. Flower essences are made from the bloom of the flower. Every flower has a specific action to relieve a particular negative emotion or state of mind.  For example, if someone is shy and timid, the flower essence, Mimulus, helps relieve fear and would help them feel more comfortable in social situations. Flower essences have no scent, are non- toxic, and can be used in conjunction with other healing methods.

Dr. Bach, a prominent English physician, created a remedy system of 38 flower essences. Dr. Bach felt that these 38 remedies addressed all negative states of mind and personality traits. Some common negative states Bach remedies help relieve are fear, anger, procrastination, and discouragement.  A combination of Bach remedies can be used simultaneously to help address the various emotions one is feeling. They are available at many health food stores and online. There are also Bach Foundation Registered Practitioners who are knowledgeable about the 38 remedies and trained to recommend which remedies match your specific needs.

When you’re looking to address stress, think Bach!

Tina M. Turner is a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner; which means she’s certified to work with flower essences and a Certified Mind Body Eating Coach. As a Bach practitioner she helps people relieve stress and negative emotions. As a Mind Body Eating Coach she uses Bach flower essences, along with mind body eating techniques to help clients achieve weight loss goals. Tina can be reached at 609-223-0359 or tina.thepowerofflowers@gmail.com

It’s Integumentary

Winter is an important time to focus on your integumentary system. Your epidermis. Your skin! This system is one of the 11 systems that make up your body. It’s often forgotten, unless there’s an issue. Lower temperatures, wind, and biting cold can leave skin feeling dull and  dry. Nourish it through diet and lifestyle, including filling up on warm, moist, grounding foods,  replenishing the skin (and other body parts) with warm oil, and getting plenty of rest. Here are some simple, holistic practices that are great for your skin:

1. Spiced Milk

Switch out afternoon coffee with spiced milk. In a pan, bring milk and spices to a low boil for five minutes. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup organic milk (or alternative)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Pinch cardamom powder or nutmeg
  • Pinch black pepper
  • Note: Spiced milk isn’t appropriate if fighting a fever, cold, flu, sinus infection, or during pregnancy.

4.  Organic Coconut Oil

Use this on skin and hair all winter as a head massage or on the ends of your hair. Use a small amount in your mouth and swish it around and pull it through your teeth for 10-15 minutes. Spit it out and then rinse with warm water. There are many benefits to oil pulling.

Voluntary Simplicity

“The impulse frequently arises in me to squeeze another this or another that into this moment. Just this phone call, just stopping off here. Never mind that it might be in the opposite direction.

I like to practice voluntary simplicity to counter such impulses and make sure nourishment comes at a deep level. It involves intentionally doing only one thing at a time and making sure I am here for it…Voluntary simplicity means going fewer places in one day rather than more, seeing less so I can see more, doing less so I can do more, acquiring less so I can have more…Within the organized chaos and complexity of family life and work, with all their demands and responsibilities, frustrations and unsurpassed gifts, there is ample opportunity for choosing simplicity in small ways.

Slowing everything down is a big part of this. Telling my mind and body to stay put with my daughter rather than answering the phone, not reacting to inner impulses to call someone who “needs calling” right in that moment, choosing not to acquire new things on impulse, or even to automatically answer the siren call of magazines or television or movies on the first ring are all ways to simplify one’s life a little…

A commitment to simplicity in the midst of the world is a delicate balancing act. It is always in need of retuning, further inquiry, attention. But I find the notion of voluntary simplicity keeps me mindful of what is important, of an ecology of mind and body and world in which everything is interconnected and every choice has far-reaching consequences. You don’t get to control it all. But choosing simplicity whenever possible adds to life an element of deepest freedom which so easily eludes us, and many opportunities to discover that less may actually be more.”

From: Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn (1994, published by Hyperion, New York, pp. 68 – 70)

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