Tips to Not Hate Winter but to Actually Enjoy It

It’s getting colder…

The days are getting darker.

‘oh… noo…’ I know what your thinking.

Autumn is over and the winter equinox is upon us.

Winter doesn’t have to be all that bad, it can be beautiful. I know, it can be unbearable at times cause where I am it can be 6 months long but there are ways to make it not just bearable but wonderful!

Here are some health inspired tips to not only bear it but enjoy it! 🙂 * From experience!

  1. Drink GINGER tea every morning! I swear by this. I have been doing this for 4 months now and I feel great. It gives you an inspiring jump of energy and your circulation improves, no more cold hands and feet. Your digestion gets better and you feel warmer. How to do it? Chop up a two-inch piece of FRESH ginger and boil it in water, simmer once at boiling point (2 cups about) for 20 mins. Enjoy! (I make mine quite strong, try different amounts to get the perfect taste for you). Tip- it has to be fresh to get the benefits and not to imbalance any of the doshas, ayurvedically speaking.
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  2. Wake up to watch the sunrise. I know you’re probably thinking, ‘are you crazy, all I want to do is sleep’. ‘Well yes…’ But if you wake up just before the sun rises and then find a window in your house where you can see it rise and get those sun rays I bet your mood will improve, you will have more energy during the day and a brighter outlook. Vitamin D the natural way is always great. If you totally can’t see yourself doing this.. then please take Vitamin D.
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  3. Enjoy more warming foods/herbs in the winter like cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, black pepper, cloves etc. Have soups, stews and lean protein sources to give you the energy to stay warm. Avoid and stay clear of anything cold or raw during the winter, your digestion and circulation will thank you.
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  4. Get outside. I know its cold, but your body still needs to move and I truly believe exercise is one of the most important ways to stay healthy. Go skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, snowboarding or even biking! If you really can’t bear it then do yoga.. inside… or some kind of YMCA class.
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  5. Take care of yourself. Cold hands and feet – drink ginger tea, if still cold or you didn’t listen to me or you need immediate effect, put cayenne pepper powder in your socks (make sure no open cuts). Cover your neck and back and make sure to protect your core. Best to be warm and avoid drafts/cold on your hardworking organs. Keep the core warm always. It’s an eastern secret. 
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  6. Socialize, don’t hide away. I know most of us just want to stay as a hermit away from civilization during those cold days. But it is so important for your mental and emotional health to go out of your house and actually talk to a human, not just a computer. Like I mean not typing, like real one on one human interaction where you can actually touch a human being… which leads me to my next point!
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  7. Do as the Danish do, create ‘hygge’! What is that? Well, it’s creating a cosy atmosphere in your home. Lighting candles, playing soft music and making yourself comfortable. Better yet, create it and invite someone else to enjoy it with you 😉 If you catch my drift… (side note: that is another indoor activity you can do to exercise).
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  8. Take care of your immune system. If you do get sick or before you feel you are getting ill. Because prevention is key! Take vitamin C at 1000mg, follow directions on the bottle. For herbs-  elderberry is used traditionally to combat viruses and the flu. It works wonders. Ginger, as mentioned above, is also great for colds, add some lemon and honey to increase its effectiveness. If you want to learn more holistic flu remedies click here.
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Elderberry Juice – Makes a great syrup too! 

Well, that’s it for now.

I hope you enjoy these winter wonderland – fun land tips. Please comment below and let me know if they improve your winter and make you enjoy it any better?

Much love to you,

Thalita Angelika

DISCLAIMER: THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website
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Spring Equinox Health Tips

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The flowers are blooming, the earth is moist and the air has a fresh scent that inspires you to create. But to create, we first have to create space and to do that we need to let go of what is old and outdated- what we wish to release once and for all. We want to move into the summer season with lightness and health, but this begins by investing in our health in the Spring. Spring is the time of the liver in Chinese Medicine and it is, for this reason, the best time to cleanse the liver. The liver also governs our vision and if we can’t see what we want, then we won’t be able to create what we want.

Signs of a liver that is in need of cleansing is:  acne, skin issues, inflammation in the eyes, sluggishness, foggy head, poor elimination, digestive issues, anger, frustration, hormone imbalances, fatigue, pain on the right upper portion of your abdomen, malabsorption of nutrients, chemical sensitivities and the list goes on. The liver is a very important member of your body and when it’s not functioning optimally, the rest of our body suffers.

We need to do some ‘Spring Cleaning’! Cleaning the external and the internal. We must let go of old clothes, clutter, dysfunctional relationships, unhealthy lifestyle patterns, whatever is dead.  Reflecting on what is outdated and dead in my life? What am I carrying around that is done and doesn’t nourish me anymore? This applies to everything in our life, as well as our health. This is the time to do cleanses, detoxification of the body, to shed old skin like a snake and welcome rebirth.

There are some simple changes you can make that can have a positive effect on your health. They are:

  • Eating lots of fresh greens and veggies- if your digestion is sensitive or you feel cold often, steam them.
  • Eating more foods that have a bitter taste like bitter melon, kale, dandelion leaves etc
  • Drinking warm water with some lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in the morning
  • Incorporating herbs into your diet that help your liver like Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Burdock etc (Please check with a qualified health practitioner or a Medical Doctor if you have any health concerns or issues before taking any herbs. A qualified herbalist will be able to tell you if a specific herb is a good choice for you).
  • Camomile Tea is gentle and effective in assisting the liver and is calming
  • Reduce and eventually eliminate refined sugar and wheat
  • Cut back on red meat and dairy
  • Decrease consumption of fried, oily foods
  • Exercise daily to break a sweat

Have full integrating these tips into your life and feel revived and revitalized after winter. Spring is a time of creating a vision for the coming year and with a healthy liver, you will be ready to do it!

 

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DISCLAIMER: THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE
The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

Magic – The Real Power Behind Intention

Magic? What is it exactly? Hollywood and many authors have shown it as something witches and wizards possess. They use it to their advantage against innocent victims. It’s been presented in a very dark and twisted way. But it’s not like that at all!

Magic is mystical but it is positive and there are rules that come with using magic. What would we say magic is? I believe magic is a creation of desired events that appear miraculously because it transcends time and space in how it presents itself.

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How we do we get magic in our lives?

It comes through using the mind as a focused and precise channel for creation. 

Anyone is capable of making magic!

It is using your mind in a clear and focused way, channeling your intention in whatever you are doing and seeing (visualizing) your desired goal. Human beings were made in the image of God (as many monotheistic traditions say), that means we have the same capacity to create. However, our minds are full of thoughts. We create many things we don’t want because our thoughts are messy. We think about the problems we have, we focus on the drama or our dog ripping apart our sofa.When those thoughts get cleared with techniques like meditation and yoga then we begin to be able to focus on our thoughts in a constructive manner.

You are what you think and your dreams are directly correlated with how your life looks like. You can tell the limit of people’s thoughts by how their life is. If you believe something is impossible, it becomes impossible. The matrix is real and it is here and now, but it’s not in the way you think. It’s in your mind, not outside of you.  Your ability to control your thoughts directly impacts the environment around you.

A human being is a creator and they all possess the ability to manifest magic. 

It is believing that you have this ability, it is a belief in your ability to create, that allows this gift to blossom.

Magic is here and now and it’s only desire is for you to awaken and use it. You are powerful, you create everything around you both good and bad. What will you choose?

 Laws of Magic:

  • Do no harm.
  • Whatever you do will come back to you 3x times, either good or bad. So focus on the good
  • Make sure that you are not intending to interfere in anyone’s life or take away their free will
  • Be clear- affirm your intention strongly. If you don’t take it seriously, how can the universe?
  • visualize your intention as being a success, feel it, smell it, taste it. Engage all of your senses
  • Have fun 🙂

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The Importance of Reflection

There is a time for everything in life: Action and Inaction.

When we are in the midst of rapid change, frustration, major events it can seem that its crazy-madness; but there is order in the chaos. It takes a moment to step out of it, take some perspective and re-evaluate whats really happening. But that usually doesn’t happen when its happening (unless we are a super yogi…). And that’s okay.

We are humans and we were born to make mistakes. Its one of the main  ways to learn. The important thing is that once life has settled we take a moment to pause, breath and take in what happened. As much action there is, there needs to be the polarity of relaxation, of revaluation and contemplation. If we are constantly moving and never take  time to take in the sights then we miss the point of life. Life happens in the simple, in the little moments and its not about the end, its about how we got there.; Its about the experience learned, the conversations we had and the difficulties we over came along the way.

Radical self love, self forgiveness is a must and it takes patience and work to get there. To love ourselves as much as we love others, the divine etc. To forgive ourselves when we lost our footing, our head amongst the noise and say to ourselves ” It’s okay, I can do better next time”. We can be our worst enemy or our best friend. It is important to develop a strong and good relationship with ourselves because lets face it, you are with yourself 24/7. It takes practice but every time we take a moment after the fact to evaluate what happened and what we could do better the next time, it makes us better. It opens our minds and lets us see different perspectives. It creates space for change. 

No need to judge, criticize, or put ourselves or others down. See yourself and others a small child, although the body has grown we are just as sensitive and vulnerable as when we were younger. Acknowledge what happened and move forward with acceptance, gratitude for the lesson and with optimism. Life will throw everything it can at us, but its how we deal with it that creates character and a legacy.

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Yoga + Essential Oils- How to enhance your Practice

How to Enhance Your Yoga Practice with
Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils
By: Allison Petroski

Essential oils and plants have been a part of spiritual practices since the beginning of time. Frankincense and myrrh, for example, have a long standing history in ancient traditions such as Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and African healing. They are mentioned repeatedly in the Bible and were used in ancient Greece and Egypt. The medicinal benefits of therapeutic grade essential oils are limitless, but what I find to be one of the most fascinating qualities is that they carry their own, often very elevated, frequency, which can greatly improve your physical, emotional, and spiritual well being. Therapeutic essential oils have the highest known electromagnetic frequency in any natural substance known to man. Starting at 52 MHz they escalate up to 320MHz, which is what pure rose oil resonates at. When you combine these highly charged oils with yoga and meditation, your practice can be greatly enhanced.

Therapeutic grade essential oils can be applied topically or inhaled to increase energy, relaxation, and focus, or to decrease stress and deepen meditation. This applies only to therapeutic grade oils, which only make up 2% of the oils available on the market. It does not include the oils found in health food stores and perfumeries, despite the claims of purity found on many labels. In this article I am referring to Young Living Essential Oils. Both Yoga Journal and yoga master Rodney Yee are working with Young Living to educate people on the power of therapeutic grade essential oils.

When therapeutic grade essential oils are inhaled the miniscule molecules travel up the nasal passages, into the lungs, and into the blood stream, oxygenating the blood. The aromatic molecules of the oils also reach the amygdala, a component of the limbic system where emotion, instinct, memory and vital functions are controlled. Oils high in certain chemical constituents can reprogram cells and stimulate emotional release. Below is a brief outline of suggested ways to implement essential oils into your practice.

Oils and Yoga
Before Practice-
Start by diffusing your favorite oils in the air with a cool-air diffuser. Lemon, peppermint, and/or lavender will purify the air and enhance physical stamina, while decreasing stress. These will also keep your studio germ free as lemon and peppermint are anti-viral, anti-microbial, and anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal.

Balance your chakras and ground yourself-
Place a few drops of lavender on your sacrum and on the bottom of your feet to bring harmony to your chakras. Rosemary opens the chakras. Sandalwood harmonizes and balances the emotions and enhances meditation by opening the third eye. Vetiver and Cedarwood are very grounding.

Pranayama, Meditation, and Yoga-
Place a few drops of frankincense in the center of your palms and rub them together. Cup your hands over your nose and inhale deeply for several breaths. Place a drop over your third eye and at the base of your skull to increase focus to these two powerful energy points. You can also rub a few drops at the base of your nostrils for continual inhalation. Frankincense and sandalwood are both very high in sesquiterpenes, a chemical constituent which aides in removing negative programming and increases oxygen to the pineal and pituitary glands providing a deeper meditation.

Inhaling peppermint oil is also very invigorating and will open the nasal passages and lungs for a very clear breathing experience, allowing more oxygen into the blood stream. Use peppermint sparingly and before the other oils, as it is a strong oil that will overpower the lighter scents of frankincense and sandalwood. On its own it is wonderfully soothing to any digestive issues, headaches, and muscle aches.

Any of these oils will greatly enhance breathing techniques. After you have finished your breathing exercises you can add more oil to any of the spots that were mentioned, and continue on with your meditation or yoga practice. You cannot overdose on therapeutic essential oils- so keep putting them on!

Essential Oils and Chakras
Frankincense, sandalwood, and lavender are three oils that are both grounding and highly spiritual. All three can be used on any of the energy centers for balancing, clearing, and enhancing the qualities of the individual chakra.

After Your Practice-
Lavender and peppermint oils may help alleviate muscle soreness and tension. Due to the regenerative nature of essential oils, applying them during and after your practice will help keep your muscles and joints limber and provide the ability to heal faster if any damage does occur.

I have touched on just a few ways that essential oils can elevate your frequency and improve your spiritual practice. Once you begin exploring the realm of essential oils yourself, you will discover the unlimited potential of nature’s living energy.