|by Liz Koch
Long before indoor plumbing, bathing was a
Throughout the world people have established
Bath salts pull toxins, stimulate the skin and balance the electrical system. Sea salt returns us to the sea, feeding our cellular memory. The common mineral salt product Epson salts found in every drug, food and health food store not only sooths tight aching muscles but calms and relaxes nerves and emotional stress.
Combined or used alone fresh and or dried herbs offer array of healing benefits; stimulating, soothing, decongesting, uplifting. Chamomile well known for its calming effects as an herbal tea when added to the bath continues to enhance a sense of wellbeing. Chamaimelon or “earth apple” was well known to the ancient Greeks” writes Barbara Close author of WELL BEING: Rejuvenating Recipes for Body and Soul. “Its sedative properties have been used for centuries to treat insomnia and anxiety.” A combination of peppermint, sage, eucalyptus and calendula flowers offer to uplift and invigorate; opening the pores, increasing elimination, soothing the skin and refreshing the digestion.
For those without a bath tub, a hot herbal foot soak is an excellent way to pull tension out of the head, sooth the feet and stimulate circulation. National herbalist Rosemary Gladstar explains” all of the nerves in the entire body pass through the feet and hands, making them a map of our inner being…in fact, soaking your feet in a warm bath while resting with a cold pack on your head will often stop a migraine in its tracts.” In her book FAMILY HERBAL: A Guide to Living Life with Energy, Health and Vitality she recommends using mustard powder, ginger, sage or rosemary for your foot bath.
Whether preparing a whole body bath or a foot bath soak prepare the herbs ahead of time. This keeps the drain from getting clogged and makes for simple clean up. Use cheese cloth bags filled with herbs like a large tea bag slung over the spout lets hot water release the properties into your bath. Or in a large pot filled with water place your herbs and let simmer over a low heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain and pour into your bathwater or into a large basin. Adjust the temperature with cold water. If using bath salts, simply add directly into the bath. Swish and enjoy.
Taken From Flower Essence Repertory
by Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz:
Calendula ( Calendua Officinalis)
Positive qualities: healing warmth and receptivity, especially in the use of the spoken word and in dialogue with others.
Patterns of imbalance: Using cutting or sharp words; argumentative, lack of receptivity in communication with others.
The Calendula flower imparts a warm, golden light of healing for those souls who must learn to use “the Word” as a truly creative spiritual force. ….Calendula flower essence helps those whose innate creative potential to use the spoken word often deteriorates into arguments and misunderstandings…
California Wild Rose (Rosa Californica)
Positive qualities; Love for the Earth and for human life, enthusiasm for doing and serving
Patterns of imbalance: Apathy or resignation, inability to catalyze will forces through the heart.
California wild rose is among the most beautiful and fundamental of flower remedies, for it helps the soul to incarnate and really take hold of its responsibilities and tasks on Earth. It is often said that hate is not the opposite of love, only a distortion of it. Rather it is apathy which is the true polarity of love. The ability to really care and to give oneself to life, to others and to the Earth characterizes a truly loving soul. ….California Wild rose stimulates the love forces of the heart, so that the soul finds enthusiasm for earthly life, worldly tasks and human relationships.
With a little work, there’s hope for preventing diabetes
LIZ KOCH – Special to the Sentinel
Original Article Launched: 09/26/2005 3:00:00 AM PDT Santa Cruz Sentinel, reprinted with permission
For many of us, diabetes can be crossed off our list of possible diseases if only we are willing to take action. Prevention is the key. Easier said than done, prevention includes personal lifestyle changes and even more difficult cultural and social changes. But that’s what prevention is all about. Pre- comes from the root before. By taking proactive steps before symptoms arise we can eliminate unnecessary struggles.
According to the American diabetes Association, more than 14 million Americans are estimated to have diabetes and one-third of these cases are believed to be undiagnosed. Children are a growing statistic with adolescent diabetes on the rise. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body loses its sensitivity to insulin, the blood sugar-regulating hormone. When this occurs, blood sugar, or glucose, rises to levels that can, over time increase a person’s risk of developing heart disease, kidney failure, nerve damage and blindness. [Read more…] about Prevent Diabetes
For travel & home
LIZ KOCH – SENTINEL CORRESPONDENT
Article Launched: 03/28/2005 3:00:00 AM PST
Having a safety kit in your car, home, RV, purse or backpack can be a life-saver at best and simply take up a bit of space at worse. With spring here and summer plans in the works, it’s the perfect time to expand and create a self-care kit to go along with your basic safety kit.
A self care kit can include personal items for putting you at ease, a book of poems, pictures of loved ones or paper and pen for journaling and should include specific items such as a list of important contacts, statements from your doctor describing any medical problems, prescriptions that may be required, treatment information regarding your health problem, and a very clear explanation about any drugs or medical paraphernalia you are carrying with you.
It can also include time-tested natural remedies that our forebearers found essential. Acupuncturist and herbalist Mariposa Bernstein will talk Thursday about both Eastern and Western-based traditional remedies for maintaining balance and re-establishing health for an array of travel and emergency situations.