Combining the practices of yoga and meditation allows you to holistically better your mind and body health. Meditation calms the mind, relives anxiety, and is good for heart health, cognition, focus, and memory. Yoga has more than fifty different benefits for physical, emotional, and mental health.
The benefits of yoga and meditation are well known, but to name a few major advantages of yoga include: lower blood pressure; healthy immune system, emotional stability, and sharpened focus just to name a few. Never underestimate the powers of meditation and yoga.
To achieve even greater results from your practice, you will need to take your yoga and meditation to another level. Adding aromatherapy can help you in achieving a much higher level of discipline. The greater your discipline, the better your results.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to promote a positive mind and body health. Essentials oils are derived from various plants, flowers, fruits, roots, stems, bark, and other botanicals.
These organic materials are greatly concentrated in essential oils, giving us a strong olfactory experience. Oils stimulate the all-important sense of smell and olfactory glands, and then communicate with the brain’s memories and emotions,
Skip the fancy drinks
Both, alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks add to only calories in a meal. The margaritas, pina coladas and the other fancy drinks are laden with sugar. If a drink is must, a glass of wine or a simple martini can be an option. For those preferring a non alcoholic drink, buttermilk, jal jeera or a light lemonade can keep away the unwanted calories. However, plain water is always the best option.
Appetizers and Soups
Avoid fried or breaded appetizers, which are generally high in calories. Of course, you can also save calories by skipping the appetizer altogether. Steamed appetizers like momos, grilled chicken, dimsums, etc are good options. When choosing soups the best choices are broth-based or tomato-based soups. Cream soups, chowders and pureed soups can contain heavy cream or egg yolks.
Those opting for salads before the main course tend to eat fewer overall calories. However, avoid creamy cheese, honey based dressings, cheese, potatoes, bacon, fried noodles, croutons etc in salads as they are high in calories. Instead, squeeze a lemon or try rice vinegar or balsamic vinegar. If you want to order a dressing based
Self-hypnosis generates the same mental states that meditation does. It does it in a very different way, though. The techniques and principles are easy to learn and just as effective. In many cases, they are easier and more powerful than meditation.
It even overcomes the main obstacle with meditation. What’s seen as failure is actually raw fuel for self-hypnosis.
Some people say that meditation and self-hypnosis are the same thing. Others believe that they are completely different. I wouldn’t disagree with either perspective. The way I see it, there is a lot of overlap between the two. I practice both and I use them in unique ways.
Does that make them the same or different? I choose to separate them. That’s a choice though, a belief and perspective. You can take it or leave it.
If meditation is hard for you, then I encourage you to embrace this idea. Self-hypnosis is different enough to be exactly what you need.
Meditation involves clearing your mind and emptying your thoughts. This is tricky to do (at first). It’s hard to know whether you’re succeeding. Realising that it’s working is a thought, which sets you back.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger is well known for its ability to heal motion sickness. More than that, it helps expelling the heat from the skin by its warming action. Thus, if you get fever, it should not be neglected in your blend. This is due to its rubifacient therapeutic property, and by generalizing localized increase in blood flow and circulation, heat can be released through the skin by means of perspiration. Though there are many functions of Ginger essential oils, these few make it stand out of the rest in healing ailments concerning fever.
A case in point
A client with mild fever came to ask for help, she had headache and running nose. The reason for her sickness was catching wind cold. To relieve her sickness, the following blend was made:
- 1 drop of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
- 1 drop of geranium (Pelargonium roseum x asperum)
- 2 drops of ginger (Zingiber officinale)
- 1 tsp (5ml) of olive oil
This helped her relieve the symptoms and she slept well. She felt a lot better the other day after her first applications. Actually, in Chinese medicine, ginger is praised for its ability
Agarwood, which is also known as “Wood of the Gods,” has been highly valued and traded for thousands of years. This aromatic wood is used for medicinal purposes, as incense, and in the distilled form, it is used as a perfume component and perfume. Agarwood is known around the globe and it is used by religious healers in the Middle East at healing ceremonies. The Japanese pilgrims donate Agarwood oil and flowers to Shinto-Buddhist temples. In other Delta communities, Vietnamese religious groups must bring Agarwood to temple ceremonies. Agarwood oil is dark and thick, yet non sticky. Agarwood oil has been used in treating lung and stomach tumors, fevers, asthma, cancer, nausea, bronchial problems, and general pains.
Agarwood oil is used in hair products to manage dry and frizzy hair. It is also used for facial creams and body lotions.
In countries such as Malaysia and Taiwan, Agarwood oil is used to add flavor to curries and local wines.
Agarwood oil contains a natural component, Valerian, which functions to calm the nervous system and relieves insomnia, which allows a person to have a longer, deeper sleep.
Agarwood has been loved and treasured for thousands
If someone you know is experiencing the above mentioned signs and effects of an alcohol addiction, then your support can be a great aid.
It is with your support that attaining recovery can become a priority for them and everything they love does not have to come last. When that happens, the afflicted person learns to persevere and be remembered for his/her recovery and not his/her addiction.
Here are ways of helping someone with an alcohol addiction:
- Understand the nuances of alcohol addiction by seeking guidance from published resources and qualified experts.
- Encourage them to be open about the challenges faced so that you can help them find alternates or solutions to the same.
- Tell them about the effects their habits are having on you/others so that they do not take you/others for granted.
- Convey to them that you are by their side always irrespective of how bad or good the situation may be.
- Convince them to join a support group or attend community meetings to learn from people facing similar battles.
- Spare time to take them to detox or therapy sessions whenever possible so that they do not feel alone or demotivated.
- Lead by example by making a no-drinking pact
Physiologically, limbic system is the brain’s reward system. Mesolimbic and mesocortical pathways (Mid-brain) have our cognitive control and functions which would be both reward related and aversion related. Reward related functions are always stronger and more motivating than aversion, hence drug abuse behavior is stronger in addicts. The reward system connects certain structures in such a way that they generate the feeling of pleasure for certain behaviors or stimulus given to the body. In day-to-day life, it is activated by healthy, life-sustaining activities like eating and socializing. But ‘Drug Abuse’ is another behavior that generates euphoria, which is enjoyed by the mind. And human nature is to repeat those actions that give us some definite satisfaction. The limbic system does more than just giving a reward response. For any behavior to be reinforced, it has to be first registered as pleasant to the mind and body. Limbic system in the brain recognizes our positive and negative emotions, which very well explains, how our body and mind get dependent on any psychoactive mood altering substance.
However, with recent developments, neurobiology has been able to study how addiction is related to the brain. Researchers and scientists studied the brain’s
Researchers allowed rats to dose themselves at-will with cocaine until they became addicted. At the end of the period, they gave some of the animals transdermal patches that provided an infusion of cannabidiol. Rats that received the patches reduced cocaine intake, whereas the ones that didn’t continued to consume as much cocaine as before. Miguel Hernandez, researcher at the University in Spain, reported on an initial study showing that cannabidiol reduced alcohol consumption, as well as the desire to drink and any impulse toward relapse.
Another possible measure being discussed would be to use THC to steer pain sufferers away from opioids. A chemical in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), can alleviate pain but it also makes the user high. Researchers found a possible way to treat neuropathic pain-the kind produced by nerve damage.
Marijuana is chemically complex, and the plant’s therapeutic potential comes laden with entanglements. Pot ingredients may reduce cravings for some drugs but they may also produce dependence on their own.
All of this attention comes on the heels of multiple states legalizing sales and use of cannabis products. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) have a stronghold
One of the main reasons why scented candles are bad for you is because of the paraffin that is used in creating them. Paraffin releases chemicals that can cause cancer when it is burned. Although most people don’t realize it, it is a waste product that is produced in the petroleum industry. Burning a paraffin candle in the home is similar to running a diesel engine in your house and breathing the fumes. The effects of burning this type of candle can be severe and can lead to cancer and respiratory problems, such as asthma.
All-natural candles, on the other hand, are made with soy wax. You can burn these candles in the home and enjoy what they have to offer without worrying about the negative effects that are produced with paraffin candles. This is not only going to be seen in your health, it is also seen in the cleanliness with which they burn. Many paraffin candles produce black soot that can be seen in the direct area where they are burning but it will also be throughout the home. Soy candles, on the other hand, are clean burning.
Another part of the candle that