Posted in Awareness, Herbal, Herbology, Homemade Syrups,Tinctures,Rubs

Elderberry Syrup

If you have ever had a miserable case of the common cold or the flu, you know how miserable it can be.

Thankfully nature provides some remedies that can help avoid minor illnesses and or shorten the duration if you do get sick.

Black Elderberries aka (sambucus nigra) has been shown to help avoid these types of illnesses and speed recovery in those who already have them.

Elderberry Syrup to help me Avoid the Flu

prep 10 mins

cook 1 hour

yields about 4 cups

I took several herbology classes and learned so much , like how to make a simple elderberry syrup , tinctures, poultices etc… this recipe is made with dried or fresh elderberries,honey and herbs and spices for an immune boosting and delicious syrup.

I haven’t had the flu in 3 years.

Some people even use on homemade pancakes or waffles.

Elderberry Syrup

Ingredients

1 cup dried black elderberries, or 1 1/3 cups fresh or frozen

4 cups water

2 TBSP fresh or dried ginger root

1/2 teaspoon turmeric root or powder

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1/2 cup raw honey

Instructions

1. Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon

3. Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour.

5. Allow the liquid to reduce by almost half.

6. Remove from heat and let cool until it is cool enough to be handled.

7. Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil.

9. Pour through a strainer into a glass mason jar

11. Discard the rest of the elderberries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm.

12. When it is no longer hot, add the honey and stir well.

14. When the honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a quart sized mason jar with airtight lid

15. And there you have it. Elderberry syrup

Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties. Some sources recommend taking only during the week and not on the weekends to boost immunity.

I personally take 1 tablespoon a day. If the flu bug does get me , I take the normal dose every 4 to 5 hours instead of once a day, until my symptoms disappear.

A friend of mine told me she tried it on her pancakes and loved it 😍multipurpose .

Of course I personally use this and I would never tell you to take this or anything else. I just post things that I believe work for me.

And it’s a great Syrup with extra benefits.

*Never try anything without talking you your own primary care physician.

#Elderberry #FluFighter #Syrup #FoodIsThyMedicine #Flu # Pancakes #PancakeSyrup

This blog is for entertainment purposes only. Never intended as medical advice.

Disclaimer

https://chronicallygratefuldebla.com/

Posted in Awareness, Flu Fighter, Food Is Thy Medicine, Herbal, Homemade Syrups,Tinctures,Rubs

GaGa’s Flu And Cough Remedy

I make a lot of syrups, tinctures, pain rubs and I made this one after taking some Herbology classes. Since I am a GaGa (grandma)

I named it GaGa’s remedies.

The most important weapon against influenza that you can add to your herbal arsenal is elderberry extract.

Whether you are concerned with the seasonal flu or the potential of a deadly strain of influenza becoming pandemic, elderberry extract is a vital addition to your vault of flu remedies.

Unlike the highly touted flu shot, concentrated black elderberry extracts have actually been shown to be effective with all strains of the flu.

It is one of the few natural remedies that has been written up in the medical journals. The studies I’m listing here are based on black elderberry extract

(Sambucus nigra L) – name brand Sambucol.

An Ancient Panacea

The medicinal use of the elderberry is nothing new. Mentioned in ancient medicinal texts, the humble black elderberry has been used as a multi-purpose treatment for centuries. In 400 BC, Hippocrates referred to the elderberry bush as his “medicine chest” because of its varied uses, and it was mentioned several times in the writings of Pliny the Elder when he recorded the practices of the ancient Romans.

How It Works

Scientists have isolated the active compound in the elderberry. It is called Antivirin and is found in proteins of the black elderberry and is seen to have anti-viral properties potentially helping to stop the spread of the flu virus .

One study proposes that the active components in Sambucol activate the healthy immune system by increasing inflammatory cytokine production.

Effectiveness

Sambucol has been shown to reduce the symptoms and the duration of flu sufferers. It has been tested on both Influenza A and Influenza B strains. In one study it was noted that subjects taking Sambucol instead of a placebo took fewer over the counter medications to relieve symptoms like fever, aches and congestion.

There are many recipes and Tinctures I have and make.

This one contained no alcohol

GaGa’s Elderberry Syrup.

For cold and flu

Ingredients

1½ to 2 cups elderberries, dried

4 cups water, divided

4 herbal tea bags (use a cold & flu blend)

1½ -2 cups honey

1/3 cup Braggs apple cider vinegar (make sure that it contains “The Mother”)

2 lemons, juiced

Instructions

In a large saucepan add elderberries and 3 cups water.

Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer.

Simmer for 30-40 minutes or until liquid reduces by half.

Use a masher and mash the berries.

Strain into a large bowl. Set aside.

Heat remaining water and add tea bags.

Steep tea for 10-15 minutes and add to elderberry mixture.

Stir in honey, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice until honey is well incorporated.

Taste and add more honey or lemon to suit your taste.

Pour into a jar and store in the fridge for up to 3 months. ( I’ve kept it longer though. Freeze if you’re nervous about longevity )

Take 1 tablespoon daily or at the sign of a cold. Take 2-3 times a day once a cold has set in.

Notes

* For the tea, use a blend that is for cold & flu.

I use a Triple Leaf Cold & Flu

If you prefer a thicker syrup, let the finished mixture simmer very gently on the stove until it reduces.

However, it will thicken up a bit once it has cooled off so I never simmer the finished product.

———————————————-

GaGa’s Cough Remedy

Ingredients

1½ cups organic raw honey local is great but any raw honey will work.

1/4 cup organic extra virgin olive oil

4 organic lemons, juiced (the more the better)

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1Tablespoon Braggs vinegar

Instructions

Add honey, olive oil and lemon juice, ginger and cayenne to a small pot.

Stir.

Heat over low – medium heat just until steaming, stirring.

Remove from heat add 1 Tablespoon brags vinegar stir and let cool.

Place into a jar with a lid.

(like a mason canning jar)

Store in the refrigerator

Take 1 tablespoon warmed as needed. ~TIPS~ I Use as soon as i feel a cold coming Stir and warm before using.

Use by the teaspoon or tablespoon as needed.Also great for seasonal allergies

This is not to be taken as medical advice this is just Recipes I use when I become sick.

If you become I’ll consult your family doctor.

#GaGa

#FluFighter

#Flu

#HomeRemedy

Posted in Awareness, Blessed, Faith, Herbal, Life, Meditation, Mindfulness

Holiday Stress Relief

The holidays are a time to enjoy family and gatherings, delicious meals, and decorating the tree & the house.

There never seems to be enough time to accommodate all the traditions and activities while still maintaining your normal life buying gifts or preparing your home for company also adds up rather quickly.

Family situations are another factor that add to increased stress levels during this time of year. Getting the right gift. Or worried you cannot afford gifts because your company laid off.

Whether it’s dealing with family members who are ill, or kids acting up or just deciding where to celebrate the holidays or who to invite can be a struggle in itself.

Worried that your Uncle drinks to much and falls into the Christmas tree. Or cousin sue is off so busy using drugs and doesn’t even bother to show up at all.

Or if you live hundreds of miles away facing they holiday alone can be stressful and also bring about sadness and anxiety.

When your living with a chronic condition we are often hard on ourselves because we can’t always do the things we used to do.

Let’s face it Holidays are Stressful!

And even though we can’t wave a magic wand and make it all disappear there are a few ways to help ease our stress and anxiety.

Because stress can lead to many things that can effect our health and mental wellness including, but not limited to:

Elevated blood pressure

Exhaustion

Headaches

Moodiness

Trouble sleeping

Anxiety

Depression

More pain if you suffer from a chronic condition

While holiday stress may seem quite inevitable, don’t worry, there are many ways to naturally cope with holiday stress!

Methods such as acupuncture, massage therapy, hydrotherapy aromatherapy, yoga, meditation, and exercise can help bust up the stress.

Acupressure

isan effective form of stimulation used to help relax the muscles. If done regularly, this method of self-massage can sustain improvement and minimize recurrence of symptoms. Be patient and consistent when practicing acupressure on them. A simple way to stimulate these points is to press firmly with a finger in a rotary movement or an up-and-down movement for several minutes at a time. It is recommended that you use this information under the guidance of your physician.

Massage therapy appears to have few risks when performed by a trained practitioner. However, massage therapists should take some precautions in people with certain health conditions.Make sure they are licensed. Examples

In Swedish massage, the therapist uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration, and tapping. Sports massage is similar to Swedish massage, adapted specifically to the needs of athletes. Among the many other examples are deep tissue massage and trigger point massage, which focuses on myofascial trigger points muscle “knots” that are painful when pressed and can cause symptoms elsewhere in the body.

Hydrotherapy

Water in all of its forms, such as liquid, steam or ice, continues to be a therapeutic method of helping people feel better during stressful times in life. Hydrotherapy is a popular and effective way to help people ease life’s stressors. Research has shown a link between starting hydrotherapy and seeing a decrease in a person’s depression or anxiety levels.

The idea of hydrotherapy originated in the 19th century with Sebastian Kneipp’s water therapy practices designed to rid the body of toxins. Now, hydrotherapy is a widely used method to treat many different medical ailments or chronic issues, such as stress and chronic pain.

Aromatherapy Essential Oils for Stress Relief and Sleep. Scents are powerful a simple smell can immediately trigger a powerful memory, place, or person.

Essential oils like lavender have even been shown to react the same way biochemically that anti-anxiety medications do with certain neuroreceptors.

LavenderLavender essential oil is the most used essential oil in the world today. Today, lavender oil benefits for your body include the following:

lowers anxiety and emotional stress,Improve brain function Improve sleep. It’s relaxing to Spray some on your pillows.

Vetiver oil

Vetiver is known as a sacred herb valued because of its uplifting, soothing, healing and protective properties. It’s a natural body cooler making it extremely popular in tropical countries. In fact, in India and Sri Lanka it’s known as the “oil of tranquility.”

Ylang Ylang

This popular essential oil can treat anxiety and depression due to its calming and uplifting effects. Ylang ylang helps with cheerfulness, courage, optimism and soothes fearfulness. It may calm heart agitation and nervous palpitations and is a moderately strong sedative, which can help with insomnia.

Bergamot is commonly found in Earl Grey tea and has a distinctive floral taste and aroma. Bergamot oil is calming and often used to treat depression by providing energy; however, it can also help with insomnia induce relaxation and reduce agitation.

Chamomile

A peaceful, calming scent, chamomile benefits inner harmony and decreases irritability, overthinking, anxiety and worry. An explorative study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine on the antidepressant activity in chamomile found that this essential oil “may provide clinically meaningful antidepressant activity that occurs in addition to its previously observed anxiolytic activity.”

Yoga

Practicing yoga is proven to calm you It can lower your blood pressure, provide relief for chronic back pain and even relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Check with your doctor if you have muscle skeleton issues before starting

Meditation

Anaturally hypervigilant brain is not well-suited to modern life and can easily turn into an anxious mind. If you want to overcome anxiety without medication, mindfulness meditation is a proven way to reduce anxiety and stress and improve your overall well-being. It does more than temporarily help you relax.

How to meditate: Simple meditation for beginners

1. Sit or lie comfortably. You may even want to invest in a meditation chair or cushion.

2. Close your eyes.

3. Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.

4. Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation.

5. Start with 5 minutes a day twice a day then build up to 15 minutes

Exercise

Stress is an inevitable part of life. Seven out of ten adults in the United States say they experience stress or anxiety daily, and most say it interferes at least moderately with their lives. Exercising Body and Mind

The physical benefits of exercise-improving physical condition and fighting disease—have long been established, and physicians always encourage staying physically active. Exercise is also considered vital for maintaining mental fitness, and it can reduce stress. Studies show that it is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and at enhancing overall cognitive function. This can be especially helpful when stress has depleted your energy or ability to concentrate.

When stress affects the brain, with its many nerve connections, the rest of the body feels the impact as well. So it stands to reason that if your body feels better, so does your mind. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins—chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers—and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress. Meditation, acupuncture, massage therapy, even breathing deeply can cause your body to produce endorphins. And conventional wisdom holds that a workout of low to moderate intensity makes you feel energized and healthy.

Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. Even five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects.

Prayer

When stress & anxiety’s got you in its grip, it’s hard to avoid worrying. But there’s a technique that can help. I call it “breathing prayer

Try this: Close your eyes and inhale slowly, imagining pulling the Spirit in so fully that it fills every pore of your body. Make sure your stomach expands; you want to be pregnant with peace. Exhale slowly through your nose.

You can pray while you do this (though if you’re anxious when you start, you probably won’t think of it until after a few breaths, when your head starts to clear). Simple prayers work best:

While inhaling

While exhaling

Come Holy Spirit…

fill my heart

Lord Jesus…

grant me your peace

Lord Jesus…

I love you

If you practice when you’re not in the throes of wild anxiety, it will be easier to pray this way when you are. But “breathing prayer” is a good addition to any regular prayer time. Anything that clears the head and calms the body frees us up to hear God better. And that’s what prayer is all about.

Always Check with your doctor if you have muscle skeleton issues before starting any yoga or exercise program.

Posted in Bone Health, Eat Healthy, Flush not Blush, Gluten Free, Herbal, Inflammation, Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetables

Vegan Garlic Pasta And Roasted Veggies Two Ways.

This is a 20 minute virtually fool-proof dinner.
While you get your sauce going by sauteeing garlic and shallot in a little olive oil, roast your tomatoes.
When you roast tomatoes in a little olive oil and sea salt, it enhances their natural flavor and gives them an almost sweet yet smoky, fire-roasted taste, which pairs perfectly with the creamy garlic sauce.

I make this about once a month.

This was my second time using gluten free pasta
I bought quinoa pasta ( thin spaghetti style) and this time (penne style) quinoa
It wasn't bad but I'm so used to whole wheat pasta it's going to take a minute.

Ingredients
• 4 cups (450 g) grape tomatoes, halved I use red and yellow when available
• 10 ounces (283 g) whole wheat pasta (such as penne, linguini, or fettuccine | Use less if you want a higher sauce:pasta ratio | Use gluten-free pasta for GF eaters)
• Olive oil
• 2 medium shallots, diced (~1/4 cup or 40 g)
• 6 large cloves garlic, minced/grated (1/4 cup or 24 g)
• Pinch each sea salt and black pepper
• 3-4 Tbsp (25-33 g) unbleached all-purpose flour (or another thickener of choice)*
• 2 1/2 cups (600 ml) unsweetened plain Almond Breeze (sub up to 1 cup with veggie stock, if preferred)

Instructions
1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and toss tomatoes in a bit of olive oil and sea salt. Place cut side up on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes while you prepare the rest of the dish. Then set aside.
2 Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package instructions. When done, drain, cover and set aside.
3 In the meantime, prepare the sauce. In a large skillet over medium-low heat, add 1 Tbsp (15 ml) olive oil and the garlic and shallot. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper and stir frequently, cooking for 3-4 minutes until softened and fragrant.
4 Stir in 3-4 Tbsp flour (or other thickener of choice – see notes) and mix with a whisk. Once combined, slowly whisk in the almond milk a little at a time so clumps don’t form. Add another healthy pinch of salt and black pepper, bring to a simmer and continue cooking for another 4-5 minutes to thicken. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. (Optional: You can also add a few shakes of vegan parmesan for extra flavor at this time if you wish.)
5 If you want an ultra creamy sauce, transfer sauce to a blender (or use an immersion blender) to blend the sauce until creamy and smooth. Place back in pan and reduce heat to a low simmer until desired thickness is reached.
6 Once the sauce is to your desired thickness, taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Then add pasta and roasted tomatoes and stir.
7 Serve immediately and garnish with extra black pepper, fresh basil, and/or vegan parmesan cheese.

Notes
*To keep this recipe gluten-free, sub the flour for cornstarch or another thickener. Add 1-2 Tbsp during the blending process to make sure it’s completely blended. Then add back to the pan to thicken for 5-7 minutes. Alternatively, make a slurry with the cornstarch and a few Tbsp of the sauce in a small bowl and then whisk it directly into the pan during the simmering process. Repeat in 1/2 Tbsp amounts until desired consistency is reached.

I have also made it with regular pasta and tons of roasted eggplant, zucchini , garlic but I'm going to stick with the quinoa pasta.

To roast veggies
I peel and slice 2 small eggplants
3 medium zucchinis
2 semi hot peppers deseeded
Coat with olive oil
Salt and pepper
Place on parchment lined baking dish

Roast 400 degrees for 18-20 min.
Allow to slightly cool then chop and add to your favorite pasta
Top with basil and light cheese if you choose.

Posted in Arthritis, AtomicBlonde, Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Blessed, Chronic Pain, Disclaimer, Eat Healthy, exercise, Factor V Leiden, Flush not Blush, Food, Gluten Free, Happiness, Herbal, Homemade Syrups,Tinctures,Rubs, Inflammation, Meditation, Mindfulness, OA, Osteonecrosis, Positivity, Rosacea, Stem Cell, StopTheClot, Support Group, Hope, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Vision

Get To Know Me

Hi, I'm Debbie and I have Avascular Necrosis/Osteonecrosis, It's a rare disease/disorder where you have a temporary or permanent loss of blood supply to the bone.
I developed my avascular necrosis/osteonecrosis after I suffered a meniscal tear. I'm lucky and very grateful because the doctors don't feel it will go to any other joints . Others including small children are not so fortunate.

We need more research on so many levels and trials.

I love to learn.
I love to educate
I love to help people realize their is always hope.
I have started to go to a more plant-based diet to help the pain caused by inflammation.

However I still will eat meat once a week no more than 2x a week.

I also personally take supplements all ok'd by my PCP

Vitamin D varies from 2000 to 5000 iu a day based on lab results

CoQ10 400mg a day

CuraMed Curcumin 375mg my
Ortho had me start with 1 in a.m and 1 in p.m for the first week, then take 1 a day.

Krill Oil – Not Fish oil
I buy Antarctic Krill Oil Platinum by 1MD because it's top quality.

Krill and fish oil similarly contain EPA and DHA, but they differ in the way that the omegas are bonded. The omegas in krill oil are mostly bonded to phospholipids while in fish oil they are bonded to triglycerides. The fat cells in humans are also in phospholipid form. A study done on the metabolic effects of krill oil concluded that the omega-3s from krill oil may be more readily and effectively absorbed after ingestion and distribution into the bloodstream.

I have gone from eating food that really wasn't that healthy to eating mostly plants real food. To help my body by giving it the best nutrients possible.
I have to say my pain has decreased.
I will have a cheat day now and then.
But when you get used to eating good healthy food anything other than that just doesn't taste as good.

So I will be posting various recipes on my main blog and sometimes here as well , ones that I tried and loved as well as some information about myself and about Osteonecrosis aka Avascular Necrosis and a few other things

I Research a lot of things
Osteoarthritis
Osteonecrosis
Spondylolisthesis
Factor V Leiden Heterogeneous
Hypothyroidism
Rosecea
Clinical Trials
Stem Cell and Prolotherapy

I love history and being outdoors

One thing I know I will do again someday is hike . Since diagnosed with Avn I haven't lived or hiked as much as I used to do to limitations because of bone problems.

I love learning and applying new things into my own life.

I truly believe we can help our pain and diminish symptoms and heal our own body most of the time if not all the time.

We just need the right tools and the know how.

My Links

Facebook Main Profile https://m.facebook.com/public/Deborah-Andio

Main Blog ChronicallyGratefulDebla.com

YouTube Awareness Videos https://m.youtube.com/user/debbieandio

New Blog on Google 3/8/2017 http://chronicallygratefuldebla.blogspot.com/2017/03/hello-i-am-debbie-andio-i-am-blogger.html

Link to Mini Fact Videos http://cortanavideo.trade/user/UC1RtmEwtWKC8w9EgE2IwOFg

Twitter https://mobile.twitter.com/debbiea001

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/debbiea_1962

FB Information and Awareness Pages Bone info and Joint of the Day https://m.facebook.com/AvascularNecrosisRareDiseaseDayFeb29/

ON/AVN https://m.facebook.com/Osteonecrosis-Avascular-Necrosis-Support-913679995417381/

ON/AVN https://m.facebook.com/ONAvascular-Necrosis-Knowledge-752404224891578/

Recipes https://m.facebook.com/YummyGoodness/

Facebook Link https://m.facebook.com/ChronicallyGrateful.Me/

NewMorning Talk Anyone who wants to do a f b live via a guest message me. Various topics health, pain, food https://m.facebook.com/MorningTalk.Healh/

Posted in Arthritis, AtomicBlonde, Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Blessed, Bone Health, Cardiovascular, Chronic Pain, Diagnosed, Disclaimer, Eat Healthy, exercise, Factor V Leiden, Food, Hacks, Happiness, Herbal, Inflammation, Life, Meditation, Mindfulness, Music, OA, Osteonecrosis, Positivity, Uncategorized, Vision

Various Relaxation Techniques

See full Disclaimer at bottom
of the post

Here is a partial
Disclaimer
Usage Policy

The information provided on this website is for educational purposes only. By using the website you are participating at your own risk.

With so much stress that comes with having a chronic condition and the world we live in is full of several fast paced situations , hurry here, hurry there , doctor appointments, tests,people with little to no patience and they want us to move a bit faster!
Excuse You! But I have a bone disease and I am going as fast as I can.
People judging us
It can be overwhelming
It's no wonder at the end of a day we can't sleep.

I think personally everyone needs to learn how to just open our mind relax and chill a little.

Relaxation Techniques
Using the Relaxation Response to Relieve Stress

For many of us, relaxation means zoning out in front of the TV at the end of a stressful day.

But this does little to reduce the damaging effects of stress.

To effectively combat stress, we need to activate the body's natural relaxation response.
You can do this by practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, rhythmic exercise, and yoga or chair yoga if you are challenged with Bone and joint issues.

Fitting these activities into your life can help reduce everyday stress, boost your energy and mood, and improve your mental and physical health..

What is the relaxation response? Well based on what I have read …
When stress overwhelms your nervous system, your body is flooded with chemicals that prepare you for "fight or flight."
This stress response can be lifesaving in emergency situations where you need to act quickly.
But when it’s constantly activated by the stresses of everyday life, it can wear your body down and take a toll on your emotional health.

No one can avoid all stress, but you can counteract its detrimental effects by learning how to produce the relaxation response, a state of deep rest that is the polar opposite of the stress response. The relaxation response puts the brakes on stress and brings your body and mind back into a state of equilibrium.
When the relaxation response is activated, your:
heart rate slows down
breathing becomes slower and deeper
blood pressure drops or stabilizes
muscles relax
blood flow to the brain increases

In addition to its calming physical effects, the relaxation response also increases energy and focus, combats illness, relieves aches and pains, heightens problem-solving abilities, and boosts motivation and productivity. Best of all, anyone can reap these benefits with regular practice.
How to produce the relaxation response
Simply laying on the couch, reading, or watching TV while sometimes relaxing isn’t going to produce the physical and psychological benefits of the relaxation response. For that, you’ll need to actively practice a relaxation technique.
Finding the relaxation technique that’s best for you may be interesting because there is no single relaxation technique that is best for everyone.
So I am going to touch base on a few and post their YouTube links below.

The right relaxation technique is the one that resonates with you, fits your lifestyle, and is able to focus your mind and interrupt your everyday thoughts to elicit the relaxation response. You may even find that alternating or combining different techniques provide the best results.

How you react to stress may also influence the relaxation technique that works best for you:

The “fight” response. If you tend to become angry, agitated, or keyed up under stress, you will respond best to stress relief activities that quiet you down, such as meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, or guided imagery.
The “flight” response. If you tend to become depressed, withdrawn, or spaced out under stress, you will respond best to stress relief activities that are stimulating and energize your nervous system, such as rhythmic exercise, massage, mindfulness, or power yoga.

The immobilization response. If you’ve experienced some type of trauma and tend to “freeze” or become “stuck” under stress, your challenge is to first rouse your nervous system to a fight or flight response (above) so you can employ the applicable stress relief techniques.
To do this, choose physical activity that engages both your arms and legs, such as running, dancing, or tai chi, and perform it mindfully, focusing on the sensations in your limbs as you move.

Deep breathing
With its focus on full, cleansing breaths, deep breathing is a simple yet powerful relaxation technique. It’s easy to learn, can be practiced almost anywhere, and provides a quick way to get your stress levels in check. Deep breathing is the cornerstone of many other relaxation practices, too, and can be combined with other relaxing elements such as aromatherapy and music. All you really need is a few minutes and a place to stretch out.
How to practice deep breathing
The key to deep breathing is to breathe deeply from the abdomen, getting as much fresh air as possible in your lungs. When you take deep breaths from the abdomen, rather than shallow breaths from your upper chest, you inhale more oxygen. The more oxygen you get, the less tense, short of breath, and anxious you feel.
Sit comfortably with your back straight. Put one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach.
Breathe in through your nose. The hand on your stomach should rise. The hand on your chest should move very little.
Exhale through your mouth, pushing out as much air as you can while contracting your abdominal muscles. The hand on your stomach should move in as you exhale, but your other hand should move very little.
Continue to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try to inhale enough so that your lower abdomen rises and falls. Count slowly as you exhale.

If you find it difficult breathing from your abdomen while sitting up, try lying down. Put a small book on your stomach, and breathe so that the book rises as you inhale and falls as you exhale.

Progressive muscle relaxation
Progressive muscle relaxation is a two-step process in which you systematically tense and relax different muscle groups in the body. With regular practice, it gives you an intimate familiarity with what tension as well as complete relaxation feels like in different parts of the body. This can help you to you react to the first signs of the muscular tension that accompanies stress. And as your body relaxes, so will your mind.

Progressive muscle relaxation can be combined with deep breathing for additional stress relief.
Practicing progressive muscle relaxation
Consult with your doctor first if you have a history of muscle spasms, back problems, or other serious injuries that may be aggravated by tensing muscles.
Start at your feet and work your way up to your face, trying to only tense those muscles intended.
1. Loosen clothing, take off your shoes, and get comfortable.
2. Take a few minutes to breathe in and out in slow, deep breaths.
3. When you’re ready, shift your attention to your right foot. Take a moment to focus on the way it feels.
4. Slowly tense the muscles in your right foot, squeezing as tightly as you can. Hold for a count of 10.
5. Relax your foot. Focus on the tension flowing away and how your foot feels as it becomes limp and loose.
6. Stay in this relaxed state for a moment, breathing deeply and slowly.
7. Shift your attention to your left foot. Follow the same sequence of muscle tension and release.
8. Move slowly up through your body, contracting and relaxing the different muscle groups.
9. It may take some practice at first, but try not to tense muscles other than those intended.

Mindfulness meditation
Rather than worrying about the future or dwelling on the past, mindfulness meditation switches the focus to what’s happening right now, enabling you to be fully engaged in the present moment.

Meditations that cultivate mindfulness have long been used to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and other negative emotions. Some of these meditations bring you into the present by focusing your attention on a single repetitive action, such as your breathing, a few repeated words, or the flickering light of a candle. Other forms of mindfulness meditation encourage you to follow and then release internal thoughts or sensations. Mindfulness can also be applied to activities such as walking, exercising, or eating.
A basic mindfulness exercise:
1. Sit on a straight-backed chair or cross-legged on the floor.
2. Focus on an aspect of your breathing, such as the sensation of air flowing into your nostrils and out of your mouth, or your belly rising and falling.
3. Once you've narrowed your concentration in this way, begin to widen your focus. Become aware of sounds, sensations, and thoughts.
4. Embrace and consider each thought or sensation without judging it good or bad. If your mind starts to race, return your focus to your breathing. Then expand your awareness again.

Body scan meditation
This is a type of meditation that that focuses your attention on various parts of your body. Like progressive muscle relaxation, you start with your feet and work your way up. But instead of tensing and relaxing muscles, you simply focus on the way each part of your body feels, without labeling the sensations as either “good” or “bad”.
Practicing body scan meditation
Lie on your back, legs uncrossed, arms relaxed at your sides, eyes open or closed. Focus on your breathing for about two minutes until you start to feel relaxed.
Turn your focus to the toes of your right foot. Notice any sensations you feel while continuing to also focus on your breathing. Imagine each deep breath flowing to your toes. Remain focused on this area for one to two minutes.
Move your focus to the sole of your right foot. Tune in to any sensations you feel in that part of your body and imagine each breath flowing from the sole of your foot. After one or two minutes, move your focus to your right ankle and repeat. Move to your calf, knee, thigh, hip, and then repeat the sequence for your left leg. From there, move up the torso, through the lower back and abdomen, the upper back and chest, and the shoulders. Pay close attention to any area of the body that causes you pain or discomfort.
After completing the body scan, relax for a while in silence and stillness, noting how your body feels. Then slowly open your eyes and stretch, if necessary.
Rhythmic movement and mindful exercise
The idea of exercising may not sound particularly soothing, but rhythmic exercise that gets you into a flow of repetitive movement can be very relaxing. Examples include:
Running
Walking
Swimming
Dancing
Rowing
Climbing
For maximum stress relief, add mindfulness to your workout
While simply engaging in rhythmic exercise will help you relieve stress, if you add a mindfulness component on top, you’ll get even more benefit.
As with meditation, mindful exercise requires being fully engaged in the present moment—paying attention to how your body feels right now, rather than your daily worries or concerns. In order to “turn off” your thoughts, focus on the sensations in your limbs and how your breathing complements your movement.
If you’re walking or running, for example, focus on the sensation of your feet touching the ground, the rhythm of your breath, and the feeling of the wind against your face. If your mind wanders to other thoughts, gently return to focusing on your breathing and movement.
Visualization
Visualization, or guided imagery, is a variation on traditional meditation that involves imagining a scene in which you feel at peace, free to let go of all tension and anxiety. Choose whatever setting is most calming to you, whether it’s a tropical beach, a favorite childhood spot, or a quiet wooded glen.
You can practice visualization on your own or with a therapist (or an audio recording of a therapist) guiding you through the imagery. You can also choose to do your visualization in silence or use listening aids, such as soothing music or a sound machine or recording that matches your chosen setting—the sound of ocean waves if you’ve chosen a beach, for example.
Practicing visualization
Close your eyes and imagine your restful place. Picture it as vividly as you can—everything you can see, hear, smell, taste, and feel. Just “looking” at it like you would a photograph is not enough. Visualization works best if you incorporate as many sensory details as possible.
For example, if you are thinking about a dock on a quiet lake:
See the sun setting over the water
Hear the birds singing
Smell the pine trees
Feel the cool water on your bare feet
Taste the fresh, clean air
Enjoy the feeling of your worries drifting away as you slowly explore your restful place. When you are ready, gently open your eyes and come back to the present.
Don't worry if you sometimes zone out or lose track of where you are during a visualization session. This is normal. You may also experience feelings of heaviness in your limbs, muscle twitches, or yawning. Again, these are normal responses.
Yoga and tai chi
Yoga involves a series of both moving and stationary poses, combined with deep breathing. As well as reducing anxiety and stress, yoga can also improve flexibility, strength, balance, and stamina. Since injuries can happen when yoga is practiced incorrectly, it’s best to learn by attending group classes, hiring a private teacher, or at least following video instructions. Once you’ve learned the basics, you can practice alone or with others, tailoring your practice as you see fit.

If you’re unsure whether a specific yoga class is appropriate for stress relief, call the studio or ask the teacher.
Tai chi
If you’ve seen a group of people in the park slowly moving in synch, you’ve probably witnessed tai chi. Tai chi is a self-paced, non-competitive series of slow, flowing body movements. By focusing your mind on the movements and your breathing, you keep your attention on the present, which clears the mind and leads to a relaxed state.
Tai chi is a safe, low-impact option for people of all ages and fitness levels, including older adults and those recovering from injuries. As with yoga, it's best learned in a class or from a private instructor. Once you’ve learned the basics, you can practice alone or with others.
Self-massage
You’re probably already aware how much a professional massage at a spa or health club can help reduce stress, relieve pain, and ease muscle tension. What you may not be aware of is that you can experience many of the same benefits at home or work by practicing self-massage—or trading massages with a loved one.
Try taking a few minutes to massage yourself at your desk between tasks, on the couch at the end of a hectic day, or in bed to help you unwind before sleep. To enhance relaxation, you can use aromatic oil, scented lotion, or combine self-message with mindfulness or deep breathing techniques.

Starting a regular relaxation practice
Learning the basics of these relaxation techniques isn’t difficult, but it takes regular practice to truly harness their stress-relieving power. Most stress experts recommend setting aside at least 10 to 20 minutes a day for your relaxation practice. If you’d like to maximize the benefits, aim for 30 minutes to an hour.
Tips for making relaxation techniques part of your life
Set aside time in your daily schedule. If possible, schedule a set time once or twice a day for your practice. If your schedule is already packed, remember that many relaxation techniques can be practiced while you’re doing other things. Try meditating while commuting on the bus or train, taking a yoga or tai chi break at lunchtime, or practicing mindful walking while exercising your dog.
Don't practice when you're sleepy. These techniques are so relaxing that they can make you very sleepy. However, you will get the most benefit if you practice when you’re fully alert. Avoid practicing close to bedtime or after a heavy meal or alcohol.
Expect ups and downs. Don’t be discouraged if you skip a few days or even a few weeks. Just get started again and slowly build up to your old momentum.
If you exercise, improve the relaxation benefits by adopting mindfulness. Instead of zoning out or staring at a TV as you exercise, try focusing your attention on your body. If you’re resistance training, for example, focus on coordinating your breathing with your movements and pay attention to how your body feels as you raise and lower weights.

Here is a few links I use to
relax
reduce pain
help me sleep better

These are my favorites and I listen to it daily and a few I listen to now and then

Daily
Mindfulness
https://youtu.be/-2zdUXve6fQ

Stress Relief and Confidence
https://youtu.be/-KMngzCWgTw

Morning Meditation for Healing
https://youtu.be/q9ZR_CJhuLc

Reiki for pain relief
https://youtu.be/3nJtajgAb34

Relax Video Male Voice
https://youtu.be/_jD3VxSGM-k

https://youtu.be/oA_rY4N8XJA

Sounds for Anxiety depression
https://youtu.be/AmqDOA-JALg

Meditation Sounds for pain relief
https://youtu.be/XiNne25uMK8

To help you sleep
https://youtu.be/xQ6xgDI7Whc

Disclaimer
Usage Policy

The information provided on this website is for educational purposes only. By using the website you are participating at your own risk.
• Make sure you practise with enough free space around you. Wear comfortable clothing so you can move freely.
• Please take responsibility for your own body and include extra warm up and cool down stretches where appropriate.
• You should avoid alcohol and drugs before yoga and meditation. Also no heavy meals for two hours before practice. Keep yourself hydrated before and after your yoga practice.
• If you feel dizzy, light-headed, faint, or if you experience any other discomfort, stop exercising immediately and consult a medical doctor. You are responsible for your condition during your practice. Exercise within your limits. Never force or strain. Seek attention and advice as appropriate.
• We offer no medical advice. You should consult a medical practitioner before starting any new exercise regime. This is particularly important if you are overweight, pregnant, nursing, regularly taking medications, or have any existing medical conditions. This website may not be tailored to your current physical and mental health. We accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of this website.
• We do not recommend that you attempt any of this or yoga exercises for the first time without suitable experience or supervision.
• While This website takes reasonable efforts to maintain this website in an accurate and up-to-date fashion it may contain some technical or other mistakes, inaccuracies or typographical errors. This website cannot be held responsible for any mistakes or omissions on this website.

Posted in Arthritis, Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Blessed, Bone Health, Chronic Pain, Diagnosed, Eat Healthy, Factor V Leiden, Herbal, Inflammation, Meditation, Mindfulness, Osteonecrosis, Uncategorized

Learning To Live Mindfully When You Have A Chronic Condition 

Mindfulness is an incomparable tool to get past the mental struggles caused by pain and reduced mobility.Employing “mindfulness” also known as “restful alertness” can be described as being present in the moment. Training your mind to stay in the moment and not wander to anxiety and fear-driven thoughts will keep anxiety and stress at bay.

In 2015 there was a clinical trial study done Mindfulness meditation was been shown in clinical trial studies to reduce chronic pain by up to 57 percent.  

57 percent is a great number. Just think if you had 25 percent less pain, or 50 percent.

Just think what  that would do for so many and their overall happiness , quality of life. 
Living with chronic pain and illness can be intolerable. Even  for some after taking the maximum dose of painkillers, the aching soon returns with a vengeance. You want to do something, anything, to stop the pain, but whatever you try seems to fail. Moving hurts. Doing nothing hurts. Ignoring it hurts.

But it’s not just the pain that hurts; your mind can start to suffer as you desperately try to find a way of escaping. Pointed and bitter questions can begin nagging at your soul: What will happen if I don’t recover? What if it gets worse? I can’t cope with this . ~ Please, I just want it to stop~
It’s only natural to want to fight back against pain and illness in times such as these, but what if this struggle actually made your suffering worse?
 What if it was more effective to explore the sensations of pain and illness as they rose and fell in your body? 
This may seem like the worst thing imaginable, but the latest medical advances show that it can be more powerful than the most commonly prescribed painkillers.
I know when I was first diagnosed with Avascular Necrosis \Osteonecrosis my pain was so intense so mind bending at times I could not even think clearly.
I hate pills all pills and I didn’t want to take them but at first I did but I noticed it just eased the pain the pain never actually went away. 

Then in my searches for a good honest qualified orthopedic doctor who would help me by trying new things vs always wanting to inject me with steroids or hand me an rx for them with the phrase “Well Deb we just have to wait until the knee collapses and then we can replace it”

SAY WHAT !!

I would leave their offices frustrated and furious. Vowing to find my own relief, treatment etc

I was scared to death about what was going to happen to my mobility, my job why wasn’t any ortho interested in actually helping me vs waiting for my knee to collapse and then replace it?
I read book after book 

Seeking out my own remedy 

I Spoke to (paying copays and X-rays and Mri’s & blood test along the way) 

Orthopedics 

Physical Therapists

Osteopath’s

Rheumatologist’s

Endocrinologist’s

Vascular Specialists 

Hematologist’s

The best they came up with we will wait until your knee joint collapses and replace it. 

So many areas of physicians: osteopathic and allopathic and naturopathic 
Let’s learn the difference 

I mean I felt cheated-  My family doctor at that time was a DO –

Doctor of Osteopath Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, are fully licensed physicians who practice in all areas of medicine. Emphasizing a whole-person approach to treatment and care, DOs are trained to listen and partner with their patients to help them get healthy and stay well. DOs receive special training in the musculoskeletal system, your body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones. By combining this knowledge with the latest advances in medical technology, they offer patients the most comprehensive care available in medicine today. Osteopathic physicians focus on prevention, tuning into how a patient’s lifestyle and environment can impact their wellbeing. DOs strive to help you be truly healthy in mind, body and spirit — not just free of symptoms.
I think mine was either absent that day or became so busy seeing patients he forgot what his title really meant.  I got none of the treatment or knowledge of the above definition. 

Naturopathic physicians combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Steeped in traditional healing methods, principles and practices, naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. By using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, naturopathic physicians help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. It is the naturopathic physician’s role to identify and remove barriers to good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment. NDs treat all medical conditions and can provide both individual and family health care. Among the most common ailments they treat are allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause, adrenal fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. NDs can perform minor surgeries, such as removing cysts or stitching up superficial wounds. However, they do not practice major surgery. NDs are trained to utilize prescription drugs, although the emphasis of naturopathic medicine is the use of natural healing agents.

Allopathic Physician MD Nurses and physicians are on the front line of medicine. As practitioners, they work in solo or group practices examining patients and obtaining medical histories; ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests; and prescribing and administering treatment for patients suffering from injury or disease. They also counsel patients about illness, injuries, health conditions and preventive healthcare (diet/fitness, smoking cessation, etc.).

In hospitals, they provide emergency care, perform surgery and care for patients with injuries or life-threatening illnesses like cancer or serious conditions like asthma. In laboratories across the country, physician researchers look for the cause of illnesses and for new and better ways to treat all kinds of diseases and injuries. They run medical centers and teach future generations of physicians and other health care practitioners.
They all sound great right? So what happens to many doctors when they come across a patient who’s medical is difficult,challenging. Sometimes it seems they don’t have time or want to make time because either they are to busy or they aren’t very knowledgeable in that area of  condition disease or illness. So they seem fudge through it. 

Many never think outside the box. 

If this happens move on. Find a new Dr. 
I Spoke to herbalists and a  naturopath  or two , one  I really wish was covered by insurance. The other was just interested in $.
But the one that I would love to see if I could afford her was so knowledgeable in the brief time I met her and sat down for about an hour and just spoke to her she gave me general suggestions that honestly have helped me more than others I paid to see regularly.

I learned to be more mindful 

I learned to do basic meditation 

I changed the way I was thinking 

I began to exercise again this time I had a plan. 

I started a journal and a food log which I could see if what I was eating contributed to my pain. And my feeling when I ate. I will get into that tomorrow.
 I exercised whether in pain or no pain. I started out with 5 minutes 3-4x a day on a recumbent bike to see how my joints felt. 
Then went to 7 minutes, then 10 then 15

I did my research on supplements 

I started to take herbology classes 

I was living in the moment and being mindful about everything.

I began transforming my pain into a glorious and grateful  appreciation  for which is right in front of me.  

Eating Healthy and taking my supplements and Exercising a new mindful way and added meditation was working. ,

It wasn’t over night but in a couple weeks I noticed I felt happier, not as still all the time, and pain was not as intense as usual.

Over time I noticed more improvements.

I then quit smoking after 40 years 

I can tell you meditation and diet and any exercise helps .

Try it 

Talk to your doctor and what do you have to lose. 

To be continued tomorrow….

Check out these  cute videos and learn about meditation and mindfulness 
Meditation Info https://youtu.be/rqoxYKtEWEc
Beginners Guide to Meditation https://youtu.be/w6T02g5hnT4
How being Mindful Empowers Us https://youtu.be/vzKryaN44ss
MeditationVideo          https://youtu.be/YeeDo-c3lDI

Posted in Ahlbacks Disease, Arthritis, Avascular Necrosis, Bone Health, Chronic Pain, Diagnosed, Faith, Herbal, Inflammation, Uncategorized

My New Homemade Pain Rub. 

Real pure essential oils are not cheap. So don’t be fooled by cheap oils. You want them pure.
Essential oils have so many uses, including for serious health problems. This ointment uses the three powerful essentials oils, frankincense, ginger and myrrh, alongside the solid carrier oil, coconut oil.

It’s believed that frankincense oil transmits messages to the limbic system of the brain, which is known to influence the nervous system. It can help improve circulation and lower symptoms of joint pain or muscle pain related to conditions like arthritis, digestive disorders and even asthma.

Ginger essential oil is also made up of about 90 percent sesquiterpenes, which are defensive agents that have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

The bioactive ingredients in ginger essential oil, especially gingerol, have been thoroughly evaluated clinically, and the research suggests that ginger should be used on a regular basis.

A component of ginger essential oil, called Zingibain, is responsible for the oil’s anti-inflammatory properties. This important component provides pain relief and helps ease muscle aches, arthritis discomfort, migraines and also works as a headache remedy.

Lastly, myrrh essential oil also contains sesquiterpenes as well as another primary active compounds called terpenoids, both of which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

Mix all four ingredients into a bowl until well blended. Place this DIY arthritis ointment into a glass jar with a lid for continued use.

Simply massage the ointment in the areas where you feel pain. I use twice daily.

You can also take it to your masseuse and ask him or her to use it while performing a mild massage.

Do not use on open cuts ,sores or stitches
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Pain Ointment with Frankincense, Ginger and Myrrh

Total Time: 5 minutes

20-25 uses from one recipe

INGREDIENTS:

* 30 drops pure frankincense essential oil

* 15 drops pure ginger essential oil

* 30 drops myrrh essential oil

* 5-6 ounces unrefined coconut oil.                  ( I use 6oz)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Mix all ingredients into a bowl until well blended.

2. Place into a small glass Mason jar with a lid for continued use.

3. Label what it is

4. List all ingredients and how many of each.

5. Store in a cool dark place.

6. Massage the ointment in the areas where you feel pain. I Use once twice daily.

7. Keep away from children and animals

8. Wash hands after use.

**I store mine in the refrigerator but I don’t have any small children in my home **
I also am an adult and have not ever used on a child for pain.

Thus is not medical advice just information on what has helped me.

Never use without your doctors consent

Posted in Eat Healthy, Herbal, Homemade Syrups,Tinctures,Rubs, Inflammation, Life, Recipes, Uncategorized

Homemade Pineapple Syrup For Sore Throat and Coughs 

Since I took herbology classes which I love! I love learning to me new things but actually this form of natural medicine has been around for thousands of years. 
My teacher is a Board Certified Naturopath DN

She is very interesting 
I  feel blessed to have her as a teacher and grateful I found this class. 

I enjoy her classes and could listen to her for hours. 

But she not only teaches she inspired me , and I’m sure others as well. 
I now read every label , 
I make so many of my own tinctures and pain rubs. And it saves money.
I am more mindful of what I put in my body. 


So I made my own sore throat / cough medicine. I take this during allergy season. 
The deal is that pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain, which is a natural anti-inflammatory, and it’s been proven to help control coughing and mucus. 
 I mixed it with ginger, another natural anti-inflammatory, honey, a throat soother, warming chili pepper, and astringent lemon to make a potent but delicious cough remedy.   

At the first sign of a tickle in my throat, I mix up a batch and keep it in the fridge.  Take it as often as needed; it will give you a nutrition boost with each dose!  It’s easy to mix up in a blender, and it will keep in the fridge for at least a week or more.

* 2 thick slices of fresh pineapple, peel removed, but core intact (about two good cups)

* 1 Tbsp honey

* 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 

* a thumb sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced or rough chopped

* juice of 1 lemon 🍋 Instructions 

1. Give the pineapple a rough chop, including the core, which is not only edible but particularly healthy.

2. Blend everything up in a blender or food processor until smooth.

3. Use as is, or push the mixture through a mesh strainer to get a smoother syrup.

4. I Keep in the refrigerator and I take as needed.
* DO NOT EVER give anything with honey to children under 2 years old. 

* If you have a persistent cough, seek medical attention.

* This is not medical advice just information on things I’ve learned and tried for myself based on herbology classes.