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Mama Needs Some Taking Care Of!

Let’s face it, being a Mom is hard work!  BUT being a “New Mom” is even harder!  Our Emotions are going haywire between exhaustion, elation and just plain ‘ole feeling erratic.  This blog would be way too long to tackle all of this but how about we talk about a little immediate assistance for New Mom who had a vaginal birth. 

Plan ahead and stock these in your home.  There are many resources online but my favorites include…

1.      Maxi Pads for additional bleeding and “Big” underwear.

2.      Postpartum Herbal Bath Bags for tearing of perineum (check out this link from yours truly http://theherbalcabinet.com/cart/postpartum-herbal-bath-bag ).

3.      Peri Squirt Bottle – make your own.  Use an 8 oz. bottle with a squirt top.  Now…I want you to use excellent quality essential oils.  Add 3 drops of Frankincense essential oil, 3 drops of Helichrysum and fill the rest with witch hazel.  Use each time you empty your bladder or have a bowel movement.  You’ll want to make a much larger bottle so that you can refill this often.

(My Soapbox:  You get what you pay for with essential oils and you are worth the best right?!?!  Use an excellent quality brand.)

4.      An Ice Pack.  Helps relieve pain around the perineum.

5.      Cold and warm compresses, combined with gentle massage, might help with breast and nipple pain.  I love recommending Myrrh essential oil topically on the breast and nipple to help with cracking and soreness, particularly right before a cold or warm compress.

6.      Comfy Clothes!

7.      Healthy snacks that include protein, healthy fats, veggies and whole fruit!  Portion out as much as you can ahead of time and store in your pantry, refrigerator or freezer to easily grab when needed.  Idea:  At your baby shower, ask for things like this to be made for you!

8.      Help with Meals…ask friends and family ahead of time to help with meals for a couple weeks.  This gives you more time to spend with your baby and helps you get your much needed rest.

9.      Clean House?  Do NOT worry about this!  It’ll get cleaned eventually.

10.   Lastly, get that essential oil diffuser going every day…day and night!  Some favorites are Myrrh with Wild Orange.  Myrrh is the “Oil of Mother Earth” and Wild Orange is very uplifting to our mood.

I’d love to hear your comments???

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Raising Vibrations Radio...Interview with Jennifer Gilman, Master Herbalist

 

Reverend Raven interviews Jennifer Gilman, Master Herbalist in Saint Petersburg, Florida on Essential Oils for Natural Health Solutions

Copy and paste this link below into your web browser, sit back and enjoy!  (90-minute interview)

http://broadcaster.intuitalks.com/playback/presentation/0.9.0/playback.html?meetingId=2817ec155c3b4f107b127c999f86ad6d87aa518a-1469492556407

What is Psoriasis?

      Are you dealing with Psoriasis?

Since Psoriasis has often been related to an impaired liver function, immune system glitch or toxins trapped in the body, I would recommend aids for the bowel, kidney, liver, gall bladder and bloodstream with herbs AND suggest a very "clean" diet.  For external use on elbows, scalp and other affected areas, I would recommend an herbal salve to be applied daily to aid these areas.  As a Master Herbalist, you’ll find that I incorporate not just herbs but nutrition, exercise and water into my education to natural healing. 

An Extended Herbal Cleanse is what I would use to aid the bowel, kidney, liver, gall bladder and bloodstream.  I like to use the Extended Herbal Cleanse listed on my website.  Dr. Christopher's Complete Tissue & Bone Formula Salve is something I like to apply externally.  Other equally important suggestions are listed below:

*Nutrition – eat 1-2 servings of cold-water fish weekly, make sure you are eating protein at every meal (preferably grass-fed, no antibiotics, free-range, humanely raised, etc.), cut down or eliminate refined carbohydrates, processed foods and sugars.  Eat LOTS of vegetables (carrots, chile peppers and beets are particularly good for you) and try to make 50% of your vegetables RAW.  Avoid alcohol, smoking, eat leaner cuts of beef or if you eat grass-fed beef you don’t have to worry about lean cuts then.  Flax seed, honey, olive oil and turmeric are all good for psoriasis.  Other things to avoid include fried and fatty foods, grapefruit juice and tomatoes including tomato-based dishes.  You may want to keep a food log to determine which foods bother you the most.

*Sun – expose affected skin to sunlight daily for about 15-20 minutes of morning or evening sun.  Never during prime times.

*Water – try to drink 10-12 glasses of good, clean water daily.

*Teas – chamomile tea and green tea have shown benefits to psoriasis.  

*Exercise – do whatever exercise you can enjoy to work up a sweat…toxins come out through the skin as well and sweating is good for you.

Have you used any other natural methods successfully?  Please comment.

 

Are you eating a SAD breakfast?

  Does your breakfast look like this? 

Are you eating a Standard American Diet (SAD)?

When an American sits down to a typical breakfast, chances are they are eating bug spray, weed killer, an embalming agent and arsenic.  It's not a joke!  Favorite foods such as fruits, cereal, milk and toast may contain traces of lethal compounds.  Many of these poisons could accumulatie in your body and potentially cause disease.  The body is composed of more than 30 elements and when you eat devitalized foods, not only could you be poisoning your human tissue but there could be a huge shortage of the important elements and may be a major cause of many ailments. 

It's time to EAT RESPONSIBLY!  Read labels, find out where your vegetables, fruits and animal protein are coming from, buy local and know the farms you are buying from.  I encourage you to get involved in your local food co-op or buying club.  Better yet, plant your own garden and reap the rewards of less stress and a healthier body.

I would love to hear your comments on how to avoid these devitalized foods...please leave a comment and share.

Experiencing Difficulty with Blood Sugar Regulation?

Have you gotten the diagnosis? 

Are you insulin-dependent?

Let's get this out of the way first...is there a magic pill? NO

Is it possible that adult-onset diabetes can be reversed? YES

High Blood Sugar may be controllable but it takes a strong commitment to change your life-style.  It can be devastating because it affects every system in the body which is why it is worth it to do whatever you can to help yourself.

Changing your diet, getting enough exercise and getting to your normal body weight will probably be enough to correct the situation.  However, if you are insulin-dependent, it is going to take a lot more to obtain your health goal. 

Using herbs to support your pancreas, liver, adrenal glands and bowels may be a good place to start...some of these herbs might include licorice root, golden seal, uva ursi, cayenne, cedar berries, mullein, barberry bark, wild yam root, fennel seed, ginger root, peppermint leaf, eleuthero, gota kola, hawthorne berries, lobelia, cascara sagrada and raspberry leaf.  If it were me, I would do a mild herbal cleanse once a month until I obtained a normal, healthy weight and my blood sugar was shown to be in the normal range.  Organic flaxseed oil taken daily has been shown to decrease blood levels of tryglycerides, decrease potent inflammatory mediators, decrease risk of atherosclerosis, increase favorable fatty acids (HDL) and get blood platelet aggregation to levels of healthy control.  Wheat grass juice, 2-4 oz. per day may help to alkalize and nourish the entire body. 

Eating Nutrient Dense Foods - this is the most important suggestion that I have.  I would stop eating white flour, sugar, bread, pasta, processed foods, fried foods and "junk" foods.  Additionally, I would stop drinking the soda and juices made with sugars, additives and juice concentrates.  So what can I eat?  Fresh vegetables, lots of them both RAW and slightly cooked.  1-2 servings of fresh fruit per day and juicing is good but be sure to make your blend at least 3/4ths vegetable and 1/4th fruit...all fresh and organic or local with no pesticides.  Good animal protein is great for you...I would suggest staying away from animals that are injected with antibiotics and hormones.  I like to buy animal protein that is grass-fed, humanely raised, no antibiotics and free-range.  If you enjoy eating grains, experiment with quinoa, millet, wild rice, amaranth.  Here is a list of suggested foods and herbs/spices you can cook with that can by of great help in lowering blood sugar levels.  Cinnamon, green beans, fenugreek, chicory, bay leaf, onions, garlic, turmeric, vinegar, almonds, blueberries, buckwheat, cloves, and prunes.  Eating on a regular schedule and not skipping meals has shown to be beneficial.

Water, water and more water...it is recommended that women drink (10-12) 8 oz. glasses of water daily and men 12-16 glasses of water daily...I suggest "clean" water. 

Externally I would use salves or liniments made with cayenne and/or St. John's wort.  These can be applied regularly and can aid troublesome areas.

If you enjoy using Pure Essential Oils, my favorite blend is mixing 10 drops of juniper, 10 drops of geranium and 10 drops of helichrysum into 1/2 oz. of a carrier oil or massage oil base.  Massage on the areas that are tingling or numb daily.  For more information on Pure Essential Oils, please contact me directly at Jennifer@TheHerbalCabinet.com

Lastly, exercise is a necessity...try to get some form of exercise daily.

Are there other natural methods that have helped you?  Please tell us by using comments.

Notes on Herbs:

*Licorice Root - do not take if you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, high blood pressure or an estrogen-sensitive disorder such as breast cancer or endometriosis.