Happiness is the highest from of health

About Sleep and Bullied Kids

Despite how much I ate, I could not seem to gain much muscle. It was not until years later, when I became more independent and confident that I was able to rest and sleep deeper and gain more muscle weight. I could concentrate better as well. So, later I attended university and would actually remember what I was supposed to.

Rest is often ignored by those in a hurry to lose weight, gain muscle, get through school or learn to defend themselves. That is often because the adrenaline glands are stuck on high. Trust me on this one.

To support this theory, I read about a study in Montreal, Canada, in 1958, where school children were on meal programs and generally ate about the same amount of food. Fairly consistently, the children from high-stress families almost always were under-weight and tired.

Well, this was a relief as I realized that I was not a total moron. My mind could not process information while stuck in the survival mode most of the time.

So, what does this means to you, my friends, who might be struggling with under or over-weight (too much cortisol from stress)?

It means that to make greater muscle gains, fat burning and improved concentration, you must include rest and sleep in your routine. If you have topped up your school course load and are holding down two jobs, then it is time for a serious rescheduling as the lack of sleep can ruin your school marks, ability to earn a living and your relationships.

I used to work 12 to 18 hour days all summer and then return home to school and/or work and be tired and restless for about three weeks while my mind and body tried to recover from the hectic pace of training with the army reserves. Sleep is nature’s loan shark. It will collect that recovery period eventually.

Train hard. But, give yourself that well-deserved rest and sleep. Your mind and body will thank you for it.

Benefits Of Chamomile Essential Oil

Skin benefits

When applied to the skin, chamomile essential oil helps in relieving pain, inflammation and acts as an anti-microbial treatment. It can be used with carrier oil as a remedy for skin problems like wounds, burns, diaper rash and cracked nipples.

The oil is good for eczema and acne because it has anti-inflammatory properties that put an end to the pain, redness and inflammation. For inflammations, it can be mixed with Evening Primrose.

Chamomile essential oil eases rashes on the skin and reduces or prevents scarring. It calms skin irritation and at the same time moisturizes and hydrates the skin, adding a natural radiance to it. Apart from the rashes and prevention of scarring, it can be used as a remedy for sunburns. A few drops can be added to bath water for the benefits to be enjoyed.

The oil has the benefit of getting rid of dark circles under the eyes and crow’s feet with regular application. It eases all blemishes to achieve an even skin tone. You will also enjoy added benefits such as skin repair, strengthening and regeneration for a young youthful look.

Hair benefits

Chamomile essential oil enriches hair radiance and color. A few oil drops can be sprinkled on hair that is towel dried for a natural shine. You can also mix the oil with henna to accentuate natural highlights.

The oil can be used as a natural remedy for dandruff and hair lice. It soothes the scalp and at the same time hydrates it thus keeping itching and irritation at bay.

The oil also softens and moisturizes the hair thanks to the nerve soothing properties that it has. If you want to nourish your scalp hair and take good care of brittle, dry hair, then this is the essential oil to go for. It retains hair moisture levels and strengthens it from within.

Health benefits

The sweet aroma of chamomile essential oil helps in calming and relaxing your body and mind thus lifting moods. It has sedating and tranquilizing properties, making it useful in pre-natal massages. It can also be mixed with lemon grass oil in hyperactive children to calm them down.

The oil is also known to help in easing the pain and inflammation resulting from arthritis and it also eases migraine, sinusitis and cold related headaches. This is because it has analgesic properties.

The essential oil also helps stomach disorders, conditions the nervous system, cleans the urinary tract and the kidneys and safeguards against cardiovascular conditions.

Path to Crystal Clear Health

Most schools of thought consider the following areas of the body as chakra points: the crown/tip of the skull, the eyebrow region, the throat, the heart and lungs region, the stomach and lower abdomen, the sacral, and the root nodes.

Crystal healers believe that a person is ill primarily because his chakras are not well balanced. There is a distortion in certain nodes. To overcome these distortions, special crystals can be placed at these nodes, and in the process, energy will be supplied to these regions. In this way, crystals can be used to restore balance and revive health. Many gems and stones are used in crystal healing, but the most effective is quartz.

Even though quartz and other crystals are inert, they resonate with the fundamental source of life. Let’s take the fact that our bodies are majorly made of silicone and water. We have a natural affinity with crystals. It’s natural to believe that crystals can act as an energy intermediate.

Nature has configured quartz with many special properties. It’s unique angles allow it to reflect many different sources of energy at different frequencies. In fact, quartz is a professional favourite in not only crystal healing but in sound healing techniques as well.

In the book, “Vibrational Medicine: The #1 Handbook of Subtle-Energy Therapies” by Richard Gerber, some fundamentals of quartz healing techniques are elucidated. Quoting from the book,

“When utilizing a single quartz crystal in meditation, it should be held in the left hand. The reason behind this practice is that the left hand is neurologically connected to the right cerebral hemisphere. The right hemisphere, in turn, seems to be attuned to the higher dimensional fields of consciousness, of the Higher Self because the right brain has unique crystalline connections to the pineal gland.”

This is one of the many ways that crystals can specifically target and cure.

Perhaps the most unique part about crystal healing is that each crystal has a specific function. An expert healer will first observe his client’s ailments in detail, view the general energy state of the client and supervise the type of crystals that are required for the healing procedure.

There are many different systems of stones and different healers will adopt their own understanding of these stones. Each stone of different colour is intended for a specific purpose. For example, the heart region generally requires Green or Pink crystals, and this can range from rose quartz to Esmerald.

A client is required to observe his stones, and there is usually a trial period where the healer will determine what stones the client is most sensitive to. These stones will turn out to be the most effective crystals. The client is then made to lie down and the crystals are placed at his vital points. As time passes, the crystals absorb certain frequencies and transfer this energy to the spots, resulting in a balance in chakra.

Crystal healing, like most holistic techniques, requires a little faith in the healer. It’s a method that has been fruitful for multiple ancient civilisations, and continues to be a popular choice. The key is to approach an experienced healer.

Depression In Pregnant Women

There are some people who attribute these symptoms of depression in women to the effect of hormones. However, depression during pregnancy is a very real problem that many are struggling to combat and cope with. In fact, many women do not even realize that they are suffering from depression during pregnancy because they attribute much of what they feel to changes in hormones. It is therefore to watch out for these symptoms of depression in young women and get help if needed when these symptoms appear during pregnancy.

Identifying Depression During Pregnancy
While the initial stages of symptoms of depression in women who are pregnant include anxiety, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and other general mood changes that occur during pregnancy, the following symptoms of depression in young women should be monitored if they become more frequent and severe. Pregnant women require a great deal of more understanding as well as love and support to deal with this period in their lives.

However, if the following symptoms persist, the right medical help might be required to deal with these symptoms and get over them:

  1. Anxiety and irritability.
  2. Panic attacks.
  3. Insomnia or sleeping too much.
  4. Lack of appetite or eating too much.
  5. The feeling of being unable to care for oneself and for the baby that is growing inside.
  6. The inability to follow medical directions for self-care during pregnancy.
  7. The of use of drugs and alcohol to combat feelings of depression.
  8. Persistent sadness.
  9. Feelings of worthlessness.
  10. Thoughts of suicide.

In most cases, the younger the woman, the higher is the risk of depression during pregnancy. Considering this as a real problem of depression in young women who are pregnant, is essential.

Essentials Of Aromatherapy

Take eucalyptus for example. This is a fast growing plant, and evergreen even and it is native to Australia. You may think of it first as the main diet for the koala but the leaves can be used to make an essential oil that helps to reduce coughing, colds and congestion, it is antiseptic, it is antimicrobial and it is great to counter respiratory issues. As a cream preparation, it can be used in a massage to help relieve muscle and joint pain and since it’s cooling in nature, it is wonderful for everyday aches and pains too.

Bergamot is a citrus scented oil that is used to treat stress, depression and anxiety. It too has healing properties and works well to help skin infections heal. It also stimulates the liver, the spleen and the digestive system. Added to massage oil, bergamot helps you relax as the tension leaves your body. What could be better than that?

Chamomile has long known to be a major calming agent. It’s popular in tea and also popular in the spa setting as it is an antidepressant and a mood lifter. Chamomile is also used for its antiseptic and antibiotic properties.

Tea tree oil is very widely used so it’s no surprise that it is the most popular of the essential oils and one used a lot in aromatherapy situations. It has lots of uses not the least of which is it is a natural immune system booster. It also fights infections, heals the skin of minor cuts and burns, alleviates muscle aches, the flu and even things like athlete’s foot! Talk about a multipurpose essential oil!

If you are looking for aromatherapy to alleviate hyperactivity look no further than marjoram. It also relieves anxiety, helps with digestion and helps with issues like cramps. In a massage, it can help alleviate headaches and tension and it also combats fatigue.

Choose an Oil Diffuser

There are various diffusers available in the market today and we need to choose one that completely fulfills our preferences. Two most popular diffusers are listed below:

  • Ultrasonic Diffusers: These are one of the best oil diffusers available in the market. These diffusers use water along with the oils so that a cool mist of water/oils is released into the air. The best part with ultrasonic diffusers is that they utilize non-heat ultrasonic waves, which do not affect the natural healing properties of essential oils. The ultrasonic frequencies create vibrations in water to vaporize the essential oils. Added features of these diffusers are humidifier functionality (best for winters), auto-shut functionality and color-changing LED lights. Some selected models are also available with remote-control functionality.
  • Nebulizing Diffusers: Unlike ultrasonic ones, nebulizing diffusers do not need water to be added to essential oils. They create fine particles with the help of an atomizer and blow them into air. As far as oil diffusion is concerned, these diffusers provide the strongest concentration of essential oils released into air. But these are louder that ultrasonic diffusers and do not have any LEDs fitted. Secondly, because of no water added, these diffusers use oils more quickly, have short run-time and are more expensive as compared to ultrasonic ones.
  • Evaporative Diffusers: These are very basic aromatherapy diffusers in which essential oil is applied on a pad or filter and is then evaporated / vaporized through a fan. Inhalers and clay pendants are some of the basic examples of this functionality only. As compared to other diffusers, these are not effective in large rooms or bigger area – but smaller area like your vehicle. However, if you are travelling, these are wonderful for your personal use.
  • Heat Diffusers: These diffusers are wonderful to spread the fragrance throughout your home or office. But as far as the therapeutic properties of essential oils are concerned, heat diffusers are not at all effective. In heat diffusers, the essential oils are heated to get diffused. Well, in that process, the user gets lovely aroma but healing properties of the oils are removed with heat.

 

Aromatic Gums

Gum Acaroidea, Gum Blackboy is an aromatic resinous gum from the Australian grass tree or Blackboy-a native plant from the genus Xanthorrhoea. Their trunks abound with a powerful aromatic resin known as Blackboy Gum or Acaroid Gum.

Gum Agarwood, Aloeswood Aquilaria malaccensis sometimes known as jinko or oud is a rare and precious wood that is burned as incense and used as perfume. Western and Oriental people enjoy its distinctive, soothing scent and spiritual influence in their meditations but stocks of the wild source have dwindled and trees now listed as potentially endangered.

Gum Amber – several fossilized resins are known as amber with those from the northern hemisphere claiming first to be known and that from the Baltic region most valued. The resin originates from several species and some are commercially produced from current pine resins New Zealand Amber or Kauri Gum is a subfossil Copal from the kauri trees Agathis australis forests that covered the islands before white settlement.

Gum Ammoniac is an aromatic gum from damaged stems of the tree Ammoniac Dorema ammoniacum. This occurs naturally through stings of a beetle. The gum is a traditional glue for gilding and applying gold leaf after extensive filtering and preparation and was used by scribes in ancient times as it is used by artists and craftsmen today. The gum can be applied successfully to dry on various materials and surfaces. It has no outstanding scent but it was once considered sacred and in use in incense in Libya in worship of Jupiter.

Gum Asafoetida from Iran and Afghanistan is used in food, medicine and perfume ingredient. In its raw state its odour is highly objectionable but can be used in food preparations to advantage by those familiar with traditional preparations. Other uses are as animal baits for wolf and some fish; as a fly trap for moths. Humans utilize it in preparing a positive psychic field against evil influences.

Gum, Balm of Gilead, Balsam of Mecca Commiphora gileadensis from the Mediterranean region and Arabia. Cherished for its healing properties and sought after by kings and temple priests. There is considerable mystique associated with this substance and its magical properties.

Gum Balsam of Peru /Balsam of Tolu Myroxylon balsamum, M.peruiferum, Toluifera pereirae, used in medicine and also in incense and perfume preparations. A reaction to Balsam of Peru is used to indicate any allergic reaction to fragrance. It is a sticky aromatic harvested from cutting the bark of the tree Myroxolon balsamum, a tree that is native to El Salvador. Its scent is a mixture of vanilla and cinnamon with citric tones is in demand in the perfume business. It is adaptable to either stronger character perfumes, or gentle florals and provides a reliable fixative.

Gum Bdellium (Gum Guggal) Commiphora wightii, C. africana, C.stocksiana (Indian)

Is an aromatic gum that is exudes from the tree. It is used as a perfume fixative and in some perfumers’ unique formulations. Known since ancient times with Theophrasts first to mention it as a thorn tree producing tears of resin resembling myrrh. In China, bdellium, known as an hsi hsiang or called the Parthian aromatic was among the varieties of incense that reached China along the Silk Route.

Gum Benzoin, Gum Benjamin, Benzoin Tree, Styrax, Styrax benzoin This is a tree from Indonesia and Sumatra, the main source of benzoin resin. Its common names are also, Loban (Arabic) or kemenyan in Indonensia and Malaysia. This resin once commonly called Gum Benjamin was used as a perfume, incense and as a medicine in the early trade of the Phoenicians in the period B.C. Legend has it that Styrax incense serves to deter snakes that inhibited harvesting. The resin is balsamic and is used in perfumes, incense and also medicinally. It has popular appeal because of is pleasing vanilla type of scent and the resin’s fixative properties. It remains a major component of the type of Christian church incense.

Gum Cedarwood Cedrus libani Cedar of Lebanon pine cone showing flecks of resin as used in the mummification process of the ancient Egyptians. For many hundreds of years the Cedar of Lebanon has been the national emblem of Lebanon. It is one of the most sacred trees yet presently suffering present conditions that threaten the trees that have survived centuries. The resin is believed to directly impart strength to those who inhale and are responsive to its fumes and influence.

Gum Cistus, Gum labdanum Cistus ladaniferus or Rock Rose is a species found in Spain that produces this sticky substance with strong aromatic character. Once in great demand as an aromatic.

Gum Copal Hymenaea courbaril, Bursena odorata is used in manufacturing of incense and to specifically offer viscosity where industrial purposes require it. Copal is a name given to the aromatic tree resin that has a composition of immature amber. The name copalli from the old Mayan language means incense and still in use as such by indigenous people of Central America. Copal was also grown in East Africa (the common species there being Hymenaea verrucosa.

Gum Dammar comes from the tree Canarium strictum and sometimes collected from the ground. It is used in foods as well as incense and other preparations such as varnishing of oil paintings when the gum is mixed with turpentine.

Gum Dragon’s Blood is the grey or yellowish resin from several genera Shorea, Balancocarpus and Hopea obtained by tapping the trees. However the bright red resin known as Dragon’s Blood comes from distinct species of Croton, Dracaena, Daemonorops, Calamus and Pterocarpus. Valued in medicine and in used for centuries as incense.

Gum Elemi The tropical Elemi tree Canarium luzonicum,is native to the Philippines and produces a soft resin with a light, fresh aroma, softly spicy with a hint of lemon. It is a delightful room fragrance. he scent has a harmonising effect particularly suited to meditation and visualization, aiding aa state of deep peacefulness without drowsiness.

Gum Frankincense, Olibanum Boswellia sacra, B. carteri produces a resin imported direct from Somalia. This is the most well known and valued traditional resinous aromatics used for centuries for its subtle influence to lift the human spirit – whether by thought, devotion, prayer or meditation. It is the most favoured aromatic used as an oil or as resin with legend strongly associated with the Christ child and the gift from the Three Wise Men. Trees have been heavily exploited and are not considered as endangered species.

Gum Kauri, New Zealand Amber, kauri gum from Agathis australis, like true amber, sometimes includes insects and plant material in its early stages or fossilized form. Other Kauri species also exude gum from the heavy trunks or branches. The burning fumes are used in traditional healing practices and most species provide incense material.

Gum Mastic resin from the tree Pistacia lentiscus is a transparent, lemon-white coloured, tear-shaped natural resin popular in ancient Greece, Egypt, and the Mediterranean region. It was a key ingredient in their ancient “Kyphi” recipes in creating a light, balsamic, fresh, and gentle fragrance called “the fragrance that pleases the gods.” It is cleansing, clarifying and mentally refreshing. Mastic as well as providing a subtle brain tonic was used in embalming. In addition to its use in incense it is used as a chewing gum and also in foods. Mastic works well for meditation and reflection with its bright, radiant energy.

Gum Myrrh is the aromatic natural oleoresin from a small, thorny tree species of the genus Commiphora,myrrh and C. momol from Yemen and Ethiopia. The gum is yellowish and may be clear or opaque. It darkens deeply as it ages, and white streaks emerge. Myrrh was used in the religious rituals of the ancient Egyptians and was an ingredient in Ketoret, the sacred incense of Jerusalem as recorded in the Hebrew Bible and Talmud. As the Christian legend states, myrrh was a gift of the Three Wise Men was to help Jesus him overcome the pain that was to follow at his crucifixion. Myrrh is the medicine to relieve pain of many kinds. It is a usual component of incense used in healing rituals.

Gum Opoponax, Sweet Myrrh, Opopanax chironium The plant thrives in the warmer climates of Iran, Greece and Somalia but is reasonably adaptable in cooler climates although the resin content is claimed to be inferior in quality. The highly flammable resin is burned as incense has a balsamic scent likened to lavender. It is used medicinally to relieve spasms, asthma and hysteria. Legend has it that Opopanax was regarded by King Solomon as the noblest of incense gums.

Imperial Opoponax is based on a mixture of sweet resinous aroma of opoponax blended with oriental ingredients considered the noblest such as benzoin, sandalwood, amber and vanilla.

Gum Pine Resin refers to the gum from a range of sources of conifers or pines including Pinus jefferyi from U.S. and Pinus pinaster, P. palustris, P. sylvestris and P. halepensis a from Europe. Many resins are valued as constituents of incense and perfumes. The English word originates from the late 14th century Old French resine, from L. resina “resin,” from Greek rhetine “resin of the pine,” of unknown earlier origin. The gum is believed to hold the captured energies and vitality of the sun and it represents powerful masculine traits and properties. Resin has a huge range of practical applications.

Gum Sandarac, Gum Juniper comes from Callitris quadrivalcis in Africa and other conifers in Morocco and Australia. Pale yellow resin tears are brittle and clear as amber. This is one of the oldest known therapeutic resins. It is used by artists and those desiring work requiring a light yellow resin. It is a common ingredient in incense and male toiletries.

Gum Sweetgum, Liquidambar formosana, L. Styrax, L. styraciflua The sap harvested from the Liquidambar tree hardens enough to be chewed like a chewing gum that heals many problems as is the custom of many in the southern American states. The Chinese believe its value in medicine and are aware of its subtle beneficial influence and valued scent.

Gum Tragacanth from Astragalus gummifer is native to Iran. The natural dried sap from this and several other species including A. adscendens, A. brachycalyx and A tragacanthus, are sources of shiraz gum or gum dragon. This is highly valued as medicine when applied externally for burns and traditionally for tumours. Modern research is exploring its anti-tumour properties and there are indications it could stimulate the immune system. There is insufficient evidence at present of its full value in aromatherapy when applied to psychiatric practice.

Rosemary Oil Exposed

In ancient times, a number of cultures and religions believed that rosemary was a sacred plant – one with powers and properties to ward off evil spirits and intentions. It was often employed in rituals of protection, purification, love and intellect.

Rosemary oil can be used “neat” – on a cloth, cotton ball or using aromatherapy inhalers. Diffusers and vaporizers are also popular dispersion methods. The essential oil can also be added to shampoos, body butters, massage oils or even added directly to your bath, with or without Epsom salts.

Depending on the application method employed, rosemary has been prized in a host of uncomfortable situations, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Circulation problems
  • Gout
  • Intestinal troubles
  • Mental fatigue
  • Stress
  • Migraines and other headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Respiratory issues
  • Skin inflammation and puffiness
  • Varicose Veins
  • Thinning Hair
  • An immune booster
  • Indigestion aid
  • Coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms
  • As a study aid and memory tool

Rosemary oil has also been used to treat dandruff, to stimulate hair growth, as a mouthwash and to treat problems like cellulite and stretch marks. As an added bonus, rosemary has also been shown as an effective insect repellant.

Rosemary can be great all alone. It’s a common favorite among members of both sexes and depending on who it is for, can be made more masculine or feminine based upon which complimentary oils you pair it with. Prime candidates include bergamot, cedarwood, cinnamon, cypress, citronella, geranium, hyssop, lavender, neroli, nutmeg, peppermint, spearmint and thyme.

Essential oils are very volatile and have powerful properties that can prove hazardous to your health. It’s a good idea to consult with your medical practitioner before launching an aromatherapy protocol.

Those at the greatest risk in regards to rosemary usage include pregnant women, those who suffer from epilepsy and those battling high blood pressure.

Types of Drug Rehab

In-patient treatment

This kind of rehab provides supervision on a full time basis in an environment that is tightly controlled. The patient can live in a community outreach center, psychiatric cent, or a facility that is connected with a hospital. The drug rehab center provides support with housing and meal plans. This form of drug rehab will usually involve an interventionary program. This can be as few as thirty days along with the belief that the patient will continue treatment as an out-patient.

Out-patient treatment

This type of rehab relies on addicts voluntarily attending treatment as an out-patient. This means that the patients will work and live independently, attend meeting, classes, or counseling sessions that are designed to give them new coping mechanisms to manage stress so they do not return to drugs. It includes a 12-step program like what is used with Alcoholics Anonymous and has a strong spiritual center. This form of drug rehab can be casual or during group therapy with a counselor trained in drug addictions in a out-patient setting.

Holistic approach to drug rehab

With this approach there are community centers and half-way houses where they can receive practical advice, acquire job skills, and sufficient time to remove themselves completely from old acquaintances that are still into drugs. Many times, they will allow them to stay six to twelve months. When they leave they are confident they can manage on their own without going back to drugs.

Start Your Day With Healthy Habits

Get Up Early

Make a powerful habit of getting up early in the morning as there is something magical about the morning hours. Steer away from the practice of snoozing your alarm clock every time it starts ringing. Waking up early is an important habit which can set the tempo for your entire day. Once you make a dedicated effort to accomplish this goal, you would realise how much extra work you can fulfil with the extra time found in the morning.

Meditate

Once you have learned to wake up early in the morning, now you should focus on some concentration building ideas to set your intention for the day. Performing meditation for 10-15 minutes can be good practice to train your mind and emotions. It teaches to react positively to challenges which you may experience during the day.

Meditation also gives you a bright idea of how to go ahead with the day. When you breathe deeply during meditation, you let all your worries leave you far behind and experience inner peace. The silence of meditation has a remarkable effect on your mind and soul.

Hydrate Yourself

Top and famous nutritionists also suggest beginning the day with a glass of water with honey as it helps you to rehydrate your body. Since you have woken up after long hours of sleep, your body may experience dehydration early in the morning. Drinking a glass of lemon water also cleanses your system and removes the toxins from your digestive tract. Moreover, lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C; it helps to combat obesity and freshen breath.

Exercise

A workout session in the morning helps you to stay fit and active throughout the day. You can opt for yoga, brisk walk, cycling, a quick set of sit-ups and push-ups, jogging or swimming. It also keeps you safe from many deadly lifestyle diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart ailments and obesity. You may take the help of a trainer to decide the right type of exercises keeping in mind your body structure and other health condition. Exercises improve the oxygen and nutrient level in your blood and energise your mind and body.