Seven Natural Remedies For – and Before – Cold and Flu Season

Cold and flu season has arrived, and with that comes the runny nose, sneezing, sore throat and worst of it all, the dreaded body aches. 

Did you know that when you are inflicted by a virus, your white blood cells rush to attack that virus, leaving your body unable to fend off inflammation?  The level of pain you experience could be an indication of the amount of inflammation that your body is fighting on a daily basis, which could also be an indication of some lifestyle changes that are calling.  Below are seven remedies that can be used not only during and illness, but also before it strikes.

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  • Fluids – Say yes to chicken soup, and be sure to add turmeric, ginger, carrot and celery.  You can also juice those four ingredients together and skip the soup. The combination is full of essential, disease-fighting nutrients, as well as is anti-inflammatory.  If you need a little sweetener, studies have shown that honey really can be effective, especially for children. So the honey-lemon tea, like Grandma used to make, is still a good idea. Electrolyte drinks are also a good choice if for any reason dehydration is a concern. When choosing, look for ones that have the least amount of sugar and most vitamin C.  The little packets full of nutrients can be added to a water bottle anytime.  Do your part in keeping your cells fed and hydrated so that they can work optimally in keeping you healthy.  
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Reflexology Offers Empowerment

At first one may wonder how it can be. And yet, really, how can it not?

Think outside of the box –  Joan Cosway-Hayes on October 15, 2018 in Cochrane, Alberta

In her book, Reflexology For Every Body, she describes reflexology as applying pressure to points on the hands, feet or ears, which sends messages to the corresponding body parts.  The parts then begin to let go of excess tension, blood flows in, wastes are removed and circulation is normalized.  “The body begins to heal itself.”

“Your feet are like opening a book, they tell about your life and everything that has happened to you,” explains 64-year-old Cosway-Hayes, who resides in Cochrane, Alberta.

As the story is told connections are made and normalizing takes place.  From emotions to physical injuries “it all comes out.”  As clients observe their own body during a session, some describe a sensation on their foot, while others tell of sensations directly in the corresponding part of the body.

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Discover Your Purpose QUIZ

Take this QUIZ to help lead you to your purpose in your occupational aspect of wellness.  Choose one word for each of the following questions.  Be honest, be dynamic and dreamy!

  1. What is important for you to be physically or for your physical aspect of wellness?
  2. What do you want for your relationships or out of your social aspect of wellness?    
  3. What do you hope your intelligence says about you or your wisdom, for your intellectual aspect of wellness?  
  4. What do you want out of your life’s work – your occupational aspect of wellness?  
  5. What do you need to be surrounded by to be your best, which is environmental aspect of wellness?  
  6. What do you really want to feel in your overall emotional aspect of wellness? 
  7. What is your essence?  What word did you choose as a prayer or intention for your spiritual aspect of wellness?  or Discover your essence.

Use your own words to fill in the blanks.  You may need to add or change a suffix to make the sentences lucid.

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Discover Your Essence

Essence is the flavour of the juice that is squeezed from the fruit.  It was who you were at birth, who you are now and who you will become.  It is also what you require to thrive in life.  

Take a moment to envision yourself on your dream vacation.  You are fit, healthy and fully alive.  You have not a single worry at home, everything is taken care of.  The vacation is fully paid for, you have unlimited money to do anything you want, and you can stay as long as you want.  Picture where you would be and what you would be doing. Who is with you?  What surrounds you?  Imagine what it feels like to have accomplished what you have to get to where you are without any fears or burdens – in this perfect moment.  

You have also been given an amazing gift of knowledge and understanding of all.  And yet, you are completely unattached to any of it.  The thoughts and realizations pass through you like a warm breeze and make you smile because of the absolute, yet simple perfection.

As all of this knowing flows in and around you, you also have an understanding of who you are.  You realize your essence.  It is what is inside of you that has sustained you and provided you with the inspiration to grow.  

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The Seven Chakras – Body, Mind, Soul Connection

This section may serve as a week of readings or simply as a reference. The intention is to present the basics of the chakras—the connection between our physical bodies and our emotional and spiritual selves.

My hope is that you come away with an understanding of the importance of remaining open to allow for a steady flow in each area of the body for overall optimum health and wellness. I am going to refer only to the seven main chakras in the body. To keep it simple, the basic chakra colours are the same as the seven colours of the rainbow.

It is common to feel strange emotions after an opening or a release in a chakra. It may be a sense of overwhelming peace, joy, or even sadness or anger. It means you may have experienced a release in your physical body and is an indicator of where to look for further balance or healing. So, please give yourself grace as you journey towards true healing. Also note that chakras flow up and down from one to the other. Therefore, if you do have a release in a chakra that has been blocked, the chakras connected to it are going to feel the flood like a dam that has burst, and they too will then call for you to steady the flow.

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A New Place and Thyme

There are many ways to reach or attain a goal, choosing the path that will bring you the most joy in the process is what true living is all about. If the end result is going to be the same, it is in how you get there that will really count. So decide what seeds you are going to plant by visualizing your endgame, be sure what you are planting can withstand your potential elements and know that when they do fully bloom you may be in a new place and time (or in my case thyme) – and live.

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Lead the Exchange

The world is constantly giving and receiving. Oxygen, as we know, is an essential component of life for cellular respiration, without which we could not survive. Plants supply us with oxygen while we supply plants with carbon dioxide. The perfect exchange.  Picture what happens when one is not providing its share. Now let that lead you to redirect your wind, your day – your position at work – as you strive to lead for a perfect exchange through respect.

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Become the Glass

During yoga teacher training Yogis are taught the Yamas and Niyams: the ten ethical practices or rules of right-living that are derived from Hinduism. These, amongst other gifts offer an opportunity to live with respect. Respect for yourself, others and the Greater plan.

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A New Beginning

Ahhhh, the signs of spring are starting to arrive – noticed by a sign seeker, who often finds herself making deals with the universe: give me one more reason, one more sign. This is possibly just proof of her inability to live in the moment or perhaps her own little way of igniting a flame hope.

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The Rise and Fall of the Trend: Women and Alcohol

Alcohol is killing Canadian women at dramatically increasing rates. 

In May of 2018, the Canadian Institute for Health Information reported a sobering 26 per cent rate increase of alcohol-related deaths in women since 2001.  Girls 10 to 19 had higher hospital rates than boys their age.[i]

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