Posted on Leave a comment

When functional is where the pain is

What does depression look like to you?

300 million people around the world struggle with depression, and 3.5 million Americans experience functional depression.

Functional depression is not debilitating. You carry on with your everyday life, but it may feel like you’re under a cloud. You can see the opportunities for joy, but not feel them.

When I was in my early 20’s, I lost 2 cousins within a year of each other. It was so hard for me, and I ended up with functional depression for awhile. I remember how heavy my feet felt. Whenever I walked, even across a room, they were weighted. The people that surrounded me didn’t get it, so they just got mad at me for not getting over it.

Then one day, walking the same path that I always walked, my feet weren’t so heavy anymore! They got lighter and lighter each day until I felt like me again.

Simple food and lifestyle tweaks can help enormously with mental health symptoms. I’ve seen it in myself, and I’ve had the honor to help others.

You absolutely deserve to love your life! If you are struggling, please feel free to reach out to me, or anyone that will support you.

Posted on Leave a comment

Tea is so good for me

My essentials everyday.

Since I had just recovered from a nasty virus before beginning a busy week, I have been steeping a mug of Get Well tea every morning to keep my immune system strong.

Also, it contains mullein, which supports the throat. Since I’m teaching, I’m doing a lot of talking, and can use that support as well.

Last night, I comforted myself and prepped for bed with a soothing cup of 101 Sheep. This morning I noticed my daughter got in on the action with her own mug to go ๐Ÿ˜€

I seriously don’t know what I’d do without these teas.

Posted on Leave a comment

Toeing the line of balance with jammed piggies

This week, I jammed 3 toes. Just in time for dance campย . Yes, on my feet all day, dancing, for a week.

That’s the beauty of life though (moderate sarcasm). It always gives you the opportunity to toe the line (see what I did there ๐Ÿ˜œ) of balance between self care and commitments.

We all have our own things that need nurturing, but the world doesn’t stop. So you have to work it in.

In my particular case, I will be armed with Rescue Remedy and Aches & Pains salve. Also, when the kids take a break, so will I, meaning I will actually sit down with them. Lastly, I will let them know my plan because kids make REALLY good accountability partners ๐Ÿ˜‚

What are you nurturing today? How can I support you?

Posted on Leave a comment

I’m Revealing My Natural First Aid Kit

When I started learning about natural health and remedies, one of the first things I phased out was over the counter pain killers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen. I suppose it was fairly easy since they were not something that I regularly took.

When I reflect back searching for the reason I intuitively felt like I didn’t want it in the house anymore, I remember my daughter was a baby at the time, and it seemed like children’s acetaminophen was the go to recommendation for everything baby related. I knew I didn’t want that for her, or for me.

Most people consider painkillers completely harmless, yet over time they can contribute to gastrointestinal issues, kidney and liver toxicity. In other words, over time, the solution becomes the problem.

So, what to use now?

Often times, the need for pain relief is in connection with illness or chronic pain. Both of these are prevented with good ol’ fashioned healthy living. A diet consisting of unprocessed foods, physical activity, and managing stress helps keep immunity up and inflammation down. This reduces pain and other issues that even create a need for OTC painkillers.

However, situational stuff does come up, and we need some support. Over time I have created my own natural first aid kit. Here’s what’s in my kit:

  • Super Salve – for anything skin related, such as rashes, bites, scrapes, etc
  • Aches & Pains Salve – for bumps, bruises, muscle/ joint pain, sprains/ strains
  • Arnica Homeopathic Pellets – for bruises, swelling, injuries, arthritis and pain relief
  • Hypericum Homeopathic Pellets – for minor head injuries, nerve issues, dental injuries/ pain

and I have certainly saved the best for last. This is my go to, all around, keep it on me at all times remedy:

  • Rescue Remedy Drops or Pastilles – great for any situational physical or mental stress

I have seen Rescue Remedy do some amazing things. I offered it to someone who had a bad fall that busted her lip and caused swelling in her face. After taking Rescue Remedy, the pain and swelling went down, and brought her immediate relief. A friend’s son had an anaphylactic reaction to acetaminophen, so she gave him Rescue Remedy, which reduced the swelling immediately. It has helped with test anxiety, stress, and countless falls. I could go on and on about it.

The salves are also miraculous, but my own creations. Feel free to reach out for more info.

I have included links to my favorite options for my natural first aid kit. They are affiliate links, which means that I may get a bit of compensation, but you will not pay any more for it. However, I appreciate your support.

How does your first aid kit look? Are you still using OTC pain killers and antibiotic ointments, or have you started using more natural alternatives?

Do you have some favorite natural remedies in your kit not mentioned here?

Comment and share with us!

The information provided here isnโ€™t meant to identify, treat, cure, or protect against illness. For those who have a health problem of any sort speak with your health care specialist. It is for educational purposes only and isnโ€™t meant to substitute the recommendation of a doctor and other medical professional.