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We Should All Write – Here is Why

We Should All Write – Here is Why

I have been writing in one way, shape, or form for many years, but it wasn’t until the last couple of years that I took upon doing so as a habit.  I have found it to be extremely beneficial.

Now, I write every day.  And, I do different kinds of writing, including stream of consciousness writing, creative writing, business writing, and these articles that I write weekly. I don’t do all types of writing every day, with the exception of stream of consciousness writing, which I do daily, ideally in the mornings.  I learned the habit after reading The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

I have found writing to be beneficial and studies support it.  I will share some of the benefits of writing and provide encouragement for you to do the same.

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How a Great Herb Got a Bad Rap: Benefits of Comfrey

How a Great Herb Got a Bad Rap: Benefits of Comfrey

The World Health Organization estimates that 80% of people around the world use herbal medicine (Null & Gale, 2018).  In fact, most of us turn to herbal options before opting for conventional drugs.

Despite these trends, herbal and alternative healing options are quickly reported when someone has an adverse effect.  Comfrey, Symphytum officinale, is one of these herbs, despite its great benefits to our health.

The name comfrey comes from the Latin word “confirma,” which means to heal or to unite.  It can be used as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, demulcent, emollient, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, and tonic (Petersen, 2014).

It also can cause harm when it is over-consumed or over-used and should thus be used with caution. Believe it or not, this is the case with most things we consume.  Take alcohol for example.  It is readily available, but if we over-consume it, it can have dire negative consequences on our health.  That is why proper use is cautioned for alcohol and other such substances.

Natural medicines are not given the same treatment.  In fact, natural medicines are often vilified to make us wary of them and to instead lead us to commercially available medical options.  This is what has happened with comfrey.

Please read this article in its entirety to make sure you understand the full effects of using comfrey.

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More Reasons to Stop Consuming GMOs

More Reasons to Stop Consuming GMOs

Earlier this summer, Monsanto was ordered to pay over $250 million in damages to a groundskeeper who developed terminal cancer. He used Roundup weed killer an estimated 30 times a year, and the defense team was able to prove that his cancer was not just linked to its use but could have also been prevented if Monsanto had proper warnings on the product label (Robbins, 2018).

Why does this matter and what does it have to do with consuming GMOs?  One of the main reasons GMOs or genetically modified organisms have been created in agriculture is for them to be resistant to Roundup type products.

Roundup is sprayed over crops to prevent weeds, insects, and other pests and diseases to develop in the crop.  But, they are so effective they can also kill the crop. Crops from GMO seeds are able to withstand the onslaught from Roundup.

The problem is that we then consume produce and food that is laden with Roundup and other pesticides.  The journal Environmental Sciences Europe predicted that 1.8 million tons of chemicals similar to Roundup were used in 1974 compared to 9.8 million in 2016 (Main, 2016). This chemical is named glyphosate.

Glyphosate is sprayed on 89% of corn and 94% of soybeans grown in the United States (Robbins, 2018).  It is so prevalent in our food, that in a recent test conducted by the Environmental Working Group, the chemical was found in 31 out of 45 breakfast cereals (Robbins, 2018).

One of the most effective ways to avoid consuming glyphosate is to avoid consuming GMOs.  Here I list the most important foods to avoid.

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4 Worthwhile Books on Wellness

4 Worthwhile Books on Wellness

A couple of weeks ago I provided a list of five books that could transform you.  Those books were about self-development.

This time I have decided to give you a list of four books on wellness that are worth your while.

Each book provides a plan or insight to improve health and wellbeing, and although each book presents different approaches, there are similarities.  They all involve some type of shift to habits and practices that involve more care- care for our health, ourselves, our communities, our tribe, our planet or other.

Read all four books on this list and take the parts that resonate from each.  Or go through my descriptions below and select the healing approach that you most identify with.

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5 Books That Can Transform You

5 Books That Can Transform You

I read.  A lot.  I’ve done it since I was a child, and I have continued this habit as an adult. I read all types of books including fiction, non-fiction, historical, reference, self-development, and spiritual.

Books offer an escape, a diversion, a learning tool, and a transformational vehicle.  I often encounter books that change my perspective and open my eyes in unexpected ways.

The books I have included in this list have done just that.  They may be classified under the self-development or self-help category, but they are not what you expect.  Some offer profanity, humor, and even cynicism, and others offer spirituality, but they all provide the possibility for transformation.

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Forget Diets: Eat Intuitively

Forget Diets: Eat Intuitively

Our bodies communicate regularly with us.  They tell us when things are going well.  We feel comfortable in our own skin, we move with ease, and we do things freely.  We go on with our lives without much thought.

They also tell us when things are off.  We feel tightness, aches, pains, illness, or discomfort.  We know there is something amiss, and we rest, we take supplements and/or medication, we exercise, and we do what we feel is necessary to take corrective steps.

The same thing happens to us with our food.  When we eat something, and it works well for our bodies we respond well. In fact, we don’t even think about it. But, when we eat something that is not good for us, we feel discomfort.  Often, we get so used to the discomfort, either because it happens frequently or because there is too much going on in our lives, that we stop listening.

The key behind getting control of our diet is remembering to listen to our bodies. That means learning to eat intuitively. I mentioned eating intuitively in an article about how to get vitamins from our diet, and I mentioned I would dedicate a separate article on how to eat intuitively, and here it is.

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Why Balanced Chakras Are the Key to Vitality

Why Balanced Chakras Are the Key to Vitality

I have explained chakras in the past, and provided basics on how to balance them.

Chakras are energetic forces in and around our bodies. Different schools of thought claim a different number of chakras, some located within and some just outside our bodies. There is no dispute, however, that there are at least seven chakra points within our bodies.  These seven chakras are the ones I focus on.

Chakras work on us on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level.  The epicenter of each chakra sits in the midline or center of our body, and they rotate forming vortexes or wheels around our being.  The word chakra is Sanskrit for wheel.  I will tell you the vitality we experience when our chakras are balanced.

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How Do We Get Vitamins from Our Diet?

How Do We Get Vitamins from Our Diet?

I wrote about vitamins back in December, and I explained the different kinds of vitamins.  I also shared with you that if we are relatively healthy, I do not believe we need to take vitamins tablets or other supplements.  Instead, we can get the vitamins we need from our daily diet.

Recently, I came across 16 Best, a website that specializes on doing research on a myriad of products from clothing and travel to food items.  They curate the internet to find the best options available, and vitamins was one of the topics they wrote about.

The snapshot of the infographic above is included in its entirety below.  It goes through the vitamins we consume, their uses, signs to know if we are deficient, and natural sources where we can find them.  You will have to scroll down a bit below to see the wealth of information they provide on each of the vitamins.  I do recommend you look at it as it provides succinct, yet valuable information.  The image is courtesy of 16 Best.

Here is some more about what they have to say.

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How Pine Essential Oils Could be the Key to Arthritis Support

How Pine Essential Oils Could be the Key to Arthritis Support

Arthritis means inflammation of the joints.  It is a debilitating disease that results in swelling, stiffness, and pain due to the destruction of cartilage, bone, and/or synovial fluid around the joints.  Causes of arthritis are varied, and can be due to wear and tear, infections, autoimmune conditions, or other conditions.  There are different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

We often think that arthritis is a symptom of us getting older, but arthritis can strike at any time. I have known people in their 20s who suffer from arthritis, although it is more typical to see arthritis in older adults.

Arthritis is not believed to be curable, and treatment is typically focused on alleviating symptoms.

Essential oils from the pine family or the Pineaceae family, can provide great support for arthritis.  I will tell you about these oils, but first start by sharing some information about joint development and health.

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Happiness Measures- The Nordic Way

Happiness Measures- The Nordic Way

May is Mental Health month, and I thought it appropriate to touch on the topic of happiness.  Finland was awarded 2018’s top World Happiness Country by The United Nations.  The UN released its annual report ranking 156 countries, and it’s notable that Finland has either won or been within the top 10 spots for the last few years (Khan & Blau, 2018).

In fact, the top 10 spots usually include Scandinavian & Nordic countries.  In addition to Finland, in the 2018 report included Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Sweden. The only non-Scandinavian countries in the top 10 spots were Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, and New Zealand (Helliwell, Layard, & Sachs, 2018).

What do these countries have that is so unique, and that ranks them so high on the happiness scale?  Apart from being Nordic, what do they have in common?  I wrote about Sweden’s concept of Lagom and how they strive for balance, but I wanted to look at this in more depth. Here is what I found.

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