Posts made in May, 2014

Depressed or feeling down?…. Here’s Borage to the rescue!

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Article | Comments Off on Depressed or feeling down?…. Here’s Borage to the rescue!

Depression is something that all of us experience at one time or the other.  It can be because of a fight we have had with a loved one; a promotion that fell through;  a competition we failed to win; feeling unloved or unappreciated; or feeling like nothing is working out.  Depression can be a short-lived emotion that you literally shrug off shortly or it can be a debilitating one.  Depending on how you let the emotion affect you, depression can become a serious condition. I have met patients who suffer from serious depression and who are put on anti-depressants to overcome their condition.  I have had so many who, in spite of their medications, still cannot get rid of the condition.  I have had also one friend who killed himself because of it….but that will be for another discussion. For now, i would like to share, that I am feeling down and depressed.  But i have learned that the first rule to winning over anything and everything in life is by admitting your weakness or issue.  It is only after you acknowledge a problem that the solution will come to hand.  I was sitting down on the computer and feeling down and sorry for myself, when i decided to tap into the wica in me….. I mean the witch in me….lol…for those that don’t know what it means.  I decided that i didn’t want to waste my day feeling down and useless.  It is easy to get stuck in feeling depressed and sorry for yourself.  I didn’t want to look back at my day and realise that it was only that. After admitting i was depressed and deciding i wasn’t going to let it overcome me, I looked outside and remembered that one beautiful flower in my garden always lifted my spirits and always made me smile.  So not wanting to keep wallowing in self-pity and depression, i went out and picked up these beautiful blue (and i just discovered 1 pink flower) flowers and put them in a clear glass with 9.5pH alkaline water.  I held the glass and meditated and tapped into the frequency of the water and flowers and felt warm in my heart and saw visions of my heart being kissed and being given a massive hug.  I carried out my glass into the sun to tap into the warmth of the beautiful Canberra sun on this beautiful autumn day. The flower I am talking about is Borage.  Borage grows to a rather big plant with hollow hairy stems.  It has huge hairy leaves and beautiful flowers.  The Borage flower essence is known to bring happiness and warmth to the heart, uplifting the spirits and bringing a smile on your lips….hmmmm…. i thought that was exactly what i needed. The herbalist, John Gerard, in one of his writings said that “A syrup made of the flowers of Borage comforteth the heart, purgeth melancholy, and quieteth the phrenetic or lunatic person.” … though it isn’t good to be labelled a lunatic…lol… i think that is a good confirmation of borage being good for depression.  Borage is used as tea and tincture as well, for various other issues, but for this article, i all limit discussions, to just its role as an anti-depressant. So if you are feeling down or going through a roller coaster of emotions, get hold of some borage flower essence and start feeling better about yourself and about your day 🙂  Otherwise, you can also join our workshops to learn how to create your own flower essence from...

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Eat Right: Caloric Restriction

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Article | Comments Off on Eat Right: Caloric Restriction

Caloric Restriction is a controversial topic because people always get worried about eating less than eating more. We have turned into a society that keeps eating food thinking and believing that it is what will make us healthier. The funny truth is that caloric restriction retards several aspects of ageing and eating too much promotes illness and ageing. The studies of caloric restrictions are so amazing that research have been on going to find the perfect supplement, medicine, or herb that can duplicate its results. Studies have shown that caloric restriction retards several aspects of ageing including: age-related mortality, tumorigenesis, physiological decline, establishment of age-related profiles. In lay-man terms caloric restrictions keep you younger longer. In fact studies have also shown that caloric restriction alters gene expressions in our body, affecting and altering 747 genes in the heart thus preventing cardiac ageing; 1164 genes in our muscles, preventing bone disease like osteoporosis; and 1129 genes in the brain, preventing dementia. Caloric restrictions have also been proven to improve insulin sensitivity and thus decrease and balance blood sugar levels. So instead of looking for the fountain of youth; instead of looking for that perfect pill; instead of spending so much money on your health, why don’t you just divide your usual meals in half or even 3/4 and see how much better you will start feeling. Cut all the crap you are eating like junk foods and softdrinks and start drinking more water and eating more fruit and vegetables. Remember, unlike other drugs, caloric restriction not only extends your life, but it also gives you a longer, healthier, and better quality life to live. Leave your comments and if you would like more information on health and wellness, sign up for our newsletters...

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STRESS NOT. INSTEAD LIVE ABUNDANTLY!

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Article | Comments Off on STRESS NOT. INSTEAD LIVE ABUNDANTLY!

STRESS is one of the most overused words in the English language. Every time we are bombarded by deadlines, responsibilities, work, or problems, we say we are stressed. But what is stress? In 1936, Hans Selye invented the term STRESS and defined it as “the nonspecific response of the organism to any pressure or demand.” Later on, as he progressed in his studies, he modified the definition to: “The rate of wear and tear on the body.” While these are very general definitions, they are very accurate in describing how stress is perceived. Stress is not about the difficulty of a situation or the awfulness of an experience. It is the result of a person’s inability to cope. The imbalance his body goes through because of the chemicals released in his body as he struggles to deal with the stressful situation. A stressful event for one person may not be considered stressful to another. Whether you have an urgent project that needs to be done to perfection or you’re going through an emotional crisis, the effect of stress will depend on how well you handle and cope with that situation. Because the emotional response is such an important aspect of stress, I like this more modern definition a lot better: “Stress refers to any reaction to a physical, mental, social, or emotional stimulus that requires a response or alteration to the way we perform, think, or feel.” If the failure to adapt to a situation exists, this results in stress. In many cases, stress occurs if we are encountering something new or unknown. But stress isn’t always originated by a failure to adapt. Pushing yourself to complete a presentation or even the thrill of landing that prestigious position can cause your body to experience stress. Whether it’s a good change or a bad change, any change is bound to be stressful. Finding a good strategy to cope with pressure, change, and responsibility can significantly reduce the negative effects of stress.  If you find that you are experiencing chronic stress, check out our 2-week special STRESS & ANXIETY AWAY program and start de-stressing your mind, body, and spirit. Leave a comment.  I would love to know what you are going through and the challenges of trying to live a stress-free...

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STRESS NOT. INSTEAD LIVE ABUNDANTLY!

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Article | Comments Off on STRESS NOT. INSTEAD LIVE ABUNDANTLY!

Ever since the term was first coined in 1936, there’s been an ongoing debate about the definition of stress. Being such an ambiguous concept, people think that stress isn’t real. But the truth is that as common as stress is, it can have serious effects to your health if left unmanaged. Taking time off every now and then helps keep you balanced, burns off adrenaline, and your mind stress-free. A stress free person is able to do more, think clearer, and work better. Plan your next holiday or even just a de-stress walk to the lake where you take a few minutes to sit and smell the...

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