DIY Vanilla Extract + Acupressure Video + Must See Documentary

 

Okay, full disclosure upfront…..this is one of those recipes I’m posting so I’ll always know where to find it, BUT I’m hoping there will be some of you out there who like to save money and are big fans, like me, of almost anything  vanilla flavored. If so, this should be right up your alley, plus, I found the article to be a very entertaining, insight-filled read and one of the best on DIY vanilla extract I’ve come across…..

Skip the store. Make your own!

You can make the ultimate, high-quality vanilla extract right in your kitchen. Yes, the gourmet stuff. Since you’ve made it yourself, you know it’s free of artificial colors, flavors, or other impurities. And it costs a tiny fraction of what you would pay at the store:

  • Vanilla extract = $18.19 per cup
  • Gourmet vanilla extract = $43.60 per cup
  • Homemade, gourmet vanilla extract = $8.74 per cup

Step #1: Gather Your Materials

You will need scissors (or a knife), a mason jar with a lid, alcohol (35%–50%), and vanilla beans.

Selecting the Right Vanilla Beans

Vanilla beans aren’t standard fare in most produce departments or farmer’s markets. You may need to get these online. Consider the following varieties of vanilla, to customize your gourmet creation:

  • Madagascar/Bourbon: This is the traditional vanilla you’re familiar with.
  • Tahitian: More floral and fruity
  • Mexican: Sweet and woody with a hint of spice
  • African/Ugandan: Smokier and bold

And these aren’t your only options. You can also explore Indian, Tonga, and Indonesia vanilla beans.

As you browse the selection, you may notice that vanilla beans are given an A, B, or C grade. Grade A beans are more expensive and are meant for cooking. They work fine in extracts, but the increased cost won’t yield much difference in your finished product. Grade B vanilla beans cost less and are intended for use in extracts.

You can often buy grade B beans for around $1.50 to $2.00 each, depending on how many you buy at once.

What Kind of Alcohol Should You Use?

Next, you’ll need to select an alcohol. Alcohol extracts the vanilla flavor and prevents spoilage. You’ll want something that’s between 35%–50% alcohol. Around 40% is ideal.

There’s no need to spend your money on a high-dollar alcohol. It’s the quality of the vanilla beans, not the alcohol, that makes great vanilla. So go ahead and get the cheap stuff. Most people choose an alcohol with a mild flavor, but you could also select one with a complementary flavor. Spiced rum, for example, could make your vanilla quite exotic.

Step #2: Assemble Your Ingredients

Use your scissors or knife to split the beans lengthwise and place them in the jar. If they’re too long, just cut them so that they fit. Then pour your alcohol over the vanilla beans.

For “better-than-supermarket” vanilla extract, use 2–3 beans for each cup of alcohol. For gourmet vanilla, use 5 beans per cup of alcohol. And for mind-blowing, legendary, sell-it-to-put-your-kid-through-college vanilla, use 7–8 beans per cup of alcohol. Any more than this and the FBI has to come and haul you away.

Cap it, shake it up, and put it away in the cupboard. Come back every few days to shake it up again. It really likes it when you do that. Tell it that it’s a good vanilla—a pretty vanilla. Sing it a little song. (You think I’m joking.)

Now comes the hardest part. Waiting.

How long do you have to wait? That depends. Do you want good vanilla, great vanilla, or life-altering vanilla?

  • For good vanilla, let it extract for 8 weeks. Go ahead and sniff if every so often. Maybe take a tiny sample. It’s okay. I won’t tell.
  • For great vanilla, let it extract for 6 months. Yes, 6 months. I know, I know. You want your vanilla now. But great vanilla takes time.
  • For mind-blowing, life-altering, legendary vanilla, let it extract for a full year. I’ll pause now, while you finish cursing your computer screen. ( … ) All done? Good, because I have a compromise for you. Make 2 batches of vanilla—each one being enough for an entire year.

Use the first batch as the year goes by. It will get better with time because it will keep extracting. Then when it’s used up, open your year-old vanilla and let the good times roll! Just remember to start a new batch for the next year.

Cheaters Never Win?

The 2 main factors in flavor extraction are time and surface area. (The alcohol-to-water ratio is important too, but we’ve already got that covered.) We could think of this as a formula:

Surface Area x Time = Great Vanilla

If we want to reduce the extraction time without diminishing the vanilla flavor, we need to increase the surface area.

To increase the surface area, we could cut our vanilla beans into smaller and smaller pieces with scissors. But who has time for that? Time is exactly the thing we’re trying to cut down on! Let’s just keep on cheating instead.

Toss those beans into your blender. Pour in your alcohol. Then blend it like you’re trying to destroy evidence! You’ll notice that the liquid turns darker right away.

Go ahead and cap it, and shake it up every few days, just as you would with the slower method. Open it up every week to sample it. You won’t get a year’s worth of flavor maturation in a week, but it will move along much faster.

This method does have a few downsides. For one, it’s less visually appealing in the jar. Your friends will be more impressed with a jar of vanilla beans than a jar of cloudy bean powder. Also, it’s hard to filter out the little bean pieces, and you may get them in your food. But that could also make it look more authentic, so that may actually be a bonus. Lastly, vanilla bean powder can’t easily be repurposed for vanilla sugar.

Repurposing Beans

Can you reuse vanilla beans? Yes, but the resulting extract won’t be as strong. Feel free to try it. You might like it just fine. If not, just toss in a fresh bean or two, and let it extract again.

Some people also like to use a sort of “perpetual vanilla” system. Any time they use a little vanilla extract, they’ll top the container back up with alcohol and let it continue extracting. Depending on how often you use your vanilla, this system works fine, though it does yield a diminishing quality of vanilla over time.

Alternately, you can create vanilla sugar. Take out the used vanilla beans and let them dry. Place them in an airtight container and fill it with sugar. Then, let it sit for a couple of weeks. Use the sugar in baking, coffee, tea, or anywhere else you’d like a sweet, vanilla flavor.

Gourmet Options

You now know how to make gourmet-quality vanilla. But it’s still just vanilla. What about fancy flavors? What about creativity? Let’s do it!

First of all, a flavored alcohol can really take your vanilla in a fun and unexpected direction. Another option is to add spices or herbs into the mix. How about adding a little cinnamon or clove? How does lavender vanilla or vanilla mint sound? Just put them right in the jar and let them extract together.

For a sweeter vanilla, add honey or maple syrup.

The only limit is your creativity and your bravery for experimenting with new flavor combinations.

Other Extracts

We’ve cracked the code for vanilla extract, but that’s not nearly the end of the story. You can make any of the extracts you find in the store, plus a whole lot more! The basic process is the same for all extracts, but I’ll give you a few tips for special cases.

Almond Extract

The skin on an almond can cause an extract to turn bitter. Before using them, drop them into boiling water. After 1 minute, remove them and let them cool. The skins should slide right off. Roughly chop the almonds (minus skins) and place them in the jar. About 15 almonds are enough for 2 cups of basic almond extract, but I like to use twice as much.

Fruit Extracts

Fruits usually have a high moisture content. This will dilute your alcohol content. Either slice and dehydrate your fruit first or use a slightly higher proof alcohol. If using fresh fruit, use a 1:1 ratio of fruit to alcohol (by volume). If using dehydrated fruit us a 1:2 ratio of fruit to alcohol. These ratios are just guidelines, not rules. Feel free to experiment.

Source: https://thegrownetwork.com/how-to-make-vanilla-extract/

 

I watched this a couple of days ago and wish it was required viewing for everyone!

This documentary is entertaining, enlightening, inspiring and informative, as well as depressing and disheartening at times when you see how the powers that be (including the Girl Scouts organization!) are so resistant to what will liberate humanity and provide a better, healthier, more abundant world for everyone. You’ll get to know a “No to GMOs” super cute little powerhouse w/ an angel of a mom, a visionary farmer on a mission, and a brilliant inventor, way-shower and humanitarian w/ soul-filled blue eyes who creates things you usually only encounter in sci-fi.😊

You can watch for free thru today, Sept 14th, BUT if you at least sign-up to watch by the end of today, you will  get an extra 3 days for viewing. OR get unlimited access for only $7 and help support the cause here.

And go here for video from Michael Reed Gach, PhD demonstrating DIY acupressure points for toning the face, increasing circulation, clearing sinuses, releasing toxins and more.

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Is Your Avocado Oil As Healthy As You Think? + Webinar On Increasing Your Energy

 

A number of years ago I started hearing about how much of the olive oil on the market was not as pure as advertised and often diluted with various inferior oils. Now, that sadly seems to be the same scenario with avocado oil, which is really disappointing since I have been using Primal Kitchen’s mayonnaise, both regular and garlic aioli versions, for several years. I made the switch because it had gotten to where almost every brand I checked was substituting canola for olive oil. 

I am hoping Primal Kitchen has enough integrity and quality control in place to be sure they are using pure, unadulterated avocado oil in their products, but there’s no way to know from the labeling. Extra virgin and/or organic would be an even bigger plus, but I would think if that was the case they would not miss the chance to mention that selling point in their marketing. I notice they sell bottles of unrefined extra virgin and organic avocado oils, but that’s not how the oil in their mayonnaise is listed in the ingredients, so I would be very pleasantly surprised if the higher quality oil is actually being used. 😦

 

Why can’t store bought avocado oil be trusted?

Whether served up solo in tasty slices, slathered on toast or used in dips and guacamole, avocados are riding a massive wave of popularity – and gaining nutritional popularity.  In addition to their buttery texture and appealing taste, avocados feature generous amounts of beneficial monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, B-complex vitamins and antioxidants.  But, what about avocado oil?  Is it good for us?

Avocado oil – which offers many of the same benefits – is surging in popularity as well. Yet, in an alarming new study of commercial avocado oil, researchers found that the majority of samples were low-quality, diluted and/or mislabeled.  Let’s take a closer look at the “bait and switch” game that manufacturers are playing with avocado oil.

First, the good news: Oleic acid in avocado oil provides anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering benefits

Avocado oil, which may be used as a cooking oil or added to recipes, is composed of 70 percent oleic acid. This monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid has been shown to reduce cholesterol and help to protect against cardiovascular disease and neuro-degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Avocado oil is available in both refined and unrefined varieties.  Refined avocado oil is deodorized or bleached after the extraction process. Unrefined oil is filtered for impurities after extraction, but is otherwise unaltered.

Other distinctions include virgin and extra virgin formulations.  According to the American Oil Chemists Society, only the highest-quality fruit may be used in “extra virgin” olive oil, which must be extracted mechanically at low temperatures. In addition, no chemical solvents may be used.

In “virgin” avocado oil, imperfections in the fruit are permitted – but the extraction methods must still be mechanical, and the oil must remain solvent-free.

Buyer beware: Study reveals that commercial avocado oils may be adulterated with inferior oils

In a study published recently in Food Control, researchers collected 22 avocado oil samples sourced from California, Mexico, Brazil and Spain – with an eye towards representing all the major brands and towards examining both refined and unrefined oils.

Fourteen of the samples were obtained from six grocery stores, and eight from online stores.

The researchers assessed the quality, purity and authenticity of the oils by measuring their levels of free fatty acids, plant sterols and tocopherols (natural vitamin E).  What they found was disturbing!

Most of the avocado oils – which were marketed as “pure,” “virgin” or “extra virgin” avocado oil – were found to be mixed with other oils.  Six of the samples were found to be adulterated with sunflower, safflower and soybean oils. (All three of these oils are believed to be nutritionally inferior to avocado oil – and pro-inflammatory to boot).

And, the degree of dilution was substantial.  In fact, three samples – labeled either “pure” or “extra virgin”- actually contained more soybean oil than avocado oil!

Alert: Study also found that oxidation was rampant

In addition, the team found that a shocking 82 percent of the oils had undergone oxidation (turned rancid) well before their printed expiration dates.

Oxidation, which causes a loss of antioxidant value and distortions in color and flavor, can result from improper or prolonged storage, damaged or rotten fruits and harsh processing methods. It can also occur due to exposure to light – with the scientists finding that the oils that oxidized most quickly were packaged in clear glass or plastic rather than dark-tinted materials.

By the way, high pricing was no guarantee of quality. The team reported that the most expensive oils had the highest peroxidation values, meaning they were most prone to becoming rancid.

Study leader Selina Wang, a cooperative extension specialist in the Department of Food Science and Technology at UC Davis, reported that there are currently no standards to determine if an avocado oil is of the quality and purity advertised. She warned of the urgent need for standards to protect consumers.

Sowhat’s an avocado oil fan to do?

As it happens, three of the avocado oils – Chosen Foods, Marianne’s Avocado Oil and CalPure – were found to be pure and unadulterated, exactly as advertised. Obviously, these are superior choices.

Unfortunately, the scandal is not confined to avocado oil. Olive oil can be suspect as well.

Warning: Olive oil may be polluted with pesticides and potential carcinogens

Olive oil, beloved by nutritionists and natural health experts for its high levels of healthful oleic acid and antioxidants, plays a major role in the Mediterranean diet, which has been linked in studies with heart health and longer life.

But this worthy oil is also subject to dilution with inferior oils. Even worse, it may be affected by outright contamination.  As NaturalHealth365 reported in 2016, Italian authorities uncovered a criminal enterprise surrounding olive oil, with fraudulent labeling and false documentation leading to charges of food fraud and tax evasion.

In the investigation, Italy’s State Forestry Corps seized over 10 tons of olives that had been artificially colored with a copper chlorophyllin complex that is prohibited by both Italian and European law.

According to separate research performed by a consumer protection organization in Germany, 20 of 26 olive oil samples studied contained pesticides. Other toxic ingredients included plasticizers, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene and styrene.  By the way, in 2018, styrene was classified by the World Health Organization as a probable carcinogen.

As with avocado oil, popularity and prestige is no guarantee of purity. Bertolli, the top-selling brand of olive oil in the United States, has been the subject of multiple class-actions lawsuits.  The brand’s “extra virgin” olive oil was allegedly found to be composed of low-quality oils.

How can I find high-quality olive oil?

The best bet for finding healthful olive oil is to forget about the imported brands and support domestic organic olive growers.  We, at NaturalHealth365, enjoy the olive oil from Apollo Olive Oil.  And, no, we do not receive any financial compensation to mention this to you.

To cut the odds of buying oxidized oils, bypass products sold in clear containers and look for dark-tinted bottles.  You can find quality olive oil through the California Olive Oil Council.

And, you can learn about a particularly healthful olive oil here.

It is truly an outrage that two of the most beneficial, nutrient-rich oils on the planet are subject to mislabeling and dilution by unscrupulous manufacturers.  But, seeking out pure, wholesome olive and avocado oils will be worth the effort.

Source: https://www.naturalhealth365.com/extra-virgin-avocado-oil-3484.html

 

And this webinar is something I just signed up for that you might be interested in. It’s a free presentation from Ari Whitten about how to increase your energy in just 5 minutes a day. Here’s what his e-mail said…

For the last few months, I’ve been working on a brand new presentation that compiles all of my top energy “hacks” to supercharge your brain and body — specifically, how to double your energy levels in less than 5 minutes a day.

I say “hacks” because this presentation is not about all of the foundational nutrition and lifestyle stuff (which I teach constantly in all my work), but is specifically about the ENERGY SECRETS that supercharge your energy levels with little to no effort, in just days.

Sound too good to be true?

Well, I plan on PROVING it to you!

I will literally show you the scientific evidence that within the next few weeks, you can literally DOUBLE or even TRIPLE your energy levels — in just a few MINUTES a day.

(Oh, and I will be showing you how to do this WITHOUT using stimulants or caffeine).

No joke. There is science to back it all up.

Here’s what you will learn:

  • 4 strategies that are each proven to reduce depression by over 30% or 40% within just days.
  • A special compound that supercharges your mitochondrial health (and a breakthrough in how to hack it).
  • Science-backed supplements that supercharge your brain function (decrease anxiety, balance neurotransmitters, eliminate brain fog, and protect against brain diseases).
  • A major hidden cause of fatigue that few people are aware of (this affects more than 9 out of 10 people).
  • A daily routine that can literally DOUBLE or even TRIPLE your energy levels (and dramatically improve your mood and brain function) in just 5 minutes a day.

And much more!

The webinar will happen on Thursday, August 13th, at 4:30 PM PST. Reserve your spot here.

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

A Great Place To Find Glyphosate-free Products!

 

A few years ago I featured a post about the health risks of glyphosate in our food, and since then it’s only become more of a problem. If you take the time to listen to this interview by Dr. Zach Bush on GMOs and glyphosate ( or another interview here), you’ll start to understand how pervasive they are in our food system and how numerous the health issues they cause can be. Truly scary and depressing at this point. That’s why I’m really grateful there are a few companies out there that actually test and verify that their products are GMO- and glyphosate-free.

The main place I’ve found for verified items is the Health Ranger Store, started by prominent health advocate Mike Adams, who built his own state-of-the-art testing lab after he found that so many “high quality” health products on the market were actually found to contain heavy metals, pesticides and other less than stellar ingredients. He opened his own on-line store as a way to make products that have been rigorously tested and verified available, and since then the store has continued to grow and add more great items to its inventory, plus offers a rewards program, as well as periodic discounts and specials.

If you’ve done any real research on where to be able to get really truly raw, unpasteurized, NON-IRRADIATED/-FUMIGATED almonds, you’ll know how hard they are to come by. Often Italy has been one of the few sources. Up until several years ago I never knew that almost all almonds labeled “raw” were still irradiated and fumigated! What?! So it’s great to know that Health Ranger almonds are the real deal!

Another thing I’m excited to see that the store has added to its inventory is lab-verified organic brown rice. I used to eat A LOT of brown rice, until I started reading about how rice is commonly contaminated with high amounts of arsenic….ESPECIALLY organic brown rice. That was a shocker to me!

Anyway, I’m happy to know there is now a source for it that not only tests for arsenic (contains nearly zero levels) and other heavy metals, but also tests for glyphosate (negligible traces). And the mini-bucket packaging is a great way to buy in bulk and store easily. What makes brown rice special is that it is less processed than white rice and retains its bran and germ, thus contains more dietary fiber and nutrients. Organic brown rice also contains protein, magnesium and selenium, has a nutty, chewy taste, and is one of the best sources of ready-to-use energy.

  • Packed with vitamins and minerals like potassium, calcium, and vitamin E
  • Lab tested to ensure near-zero levels of arsenic, lead, and other contaminants
  • Certified organic, non-GMO and has a low glycemic index
  • Promotes healthy immune system, skin, brain and heart function
  • An ideal addition to a variety of recipes such as grain bowls, soups, pasta, and more

I’m also excited about many of the other innovative products and formulas that have been added to the store since it first opened, including the powdered organic coconut milk and coconut water, Organic Cocoa Mojo, and Organic Hemp Juvenate protein powder with chia, chlorella, monk fruit, functional mushrooms and, of course, hemp. 🙂 And check out the Chinese-cupping set that I featured in a post several years ago. Cupping is a wonderful healing technique to be able to do on yourself, as well as loved ones and clients!

p. s. There’s another place I’ve found that offers great, high quality products that are tested and verified as heavy metal-, GMO- and glyphosate-free, but I’ll write about that in a future post. In the meantime, check out the Health Ranger Store, plus sign up for the free Super Human Energy Summit and get some great bonuses in the bargain…… 

41 expert talks sharing the science and secrets of unlocking SUPERHUMAN ENERGY!
Overcome fatigue, cultivate higher energy levels, improve immunity and elevate your zest for life when you step into a supercharged version of yourself! Dive into the science of human energy and share the secrets of the world’s top experts on energy enhancement. By taking charge of your biology and building a high-energy body, you can transform the most critical element to living a happy and successful life. Gain access to these secrets and learn how you can live your life with a supercharged brain and body!
The Superhuman Energy Summit is free and on-line from July 13-19, 2020. Grab your free Red Light Therapy e-book and other bonuses here!

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

28-Day Joy Challenge to Benefit You & The Rest of the World

 

Here’s something you can do during this challenging time on the planet that will be of benefit not only to yourself, but to everyone around you. And it’s free….all it requires is a little of your time and the desire to create more joy in your life…

 

How Does It Work?

A new video will be released every day so you can follow a different person leading you through the Joy Challenge, which only takes a few minutes. (A few of the videos were created before social distancing, so you might see some of us unmasked and standing close together.)

There are 3 ways to follow along. Choose whichever one works for you:

1. Click here to get a daily email reminder about this FREE Challenge.
When you click the above link, we will automatically add you to our Joy Challenge Email list. We will email you the videos every day so you can create a new healthy habit. The challenge runs from June 9 – July 6, 2020. Be sure to check your spam/junk folders for your emails.

2. Click here to do the free Joy Challenge on Facebook
A video will be released every day, starting on June 9 at 5am Pacific Time on Facebook, so you can follow a different person leading you through the Challenge and you can join anytime throughout the day! Do not worry if you are not a member of Facebook — you can still join us, and no registration is required! Just visit our page every day or follow us to get the video in your feed.

3. Click here to do the free Joy Challenge on YouTube
A video will be released every day, starting on June 9 at 5am Pacific Time on YouTube, so you can follow a different person leading you through the Challenge and you can join anytime throughout the day! You can subscribe to our YouTube channel or just visit our channel for the daily videos.

We want you to know…

For decades, our motto has been, “Raising the Vibration of the Planet, One Person at a Time.” By raising your personal energies, you are also raising our collective energies. Racism is big now in our collective awareness, and it exists at many levels. As major brands like Nike, Adidas, and Ben & Jerry’s have spoken out against racism, and as protests were seen across the world – from the U.S. to places like New Zealand and Brazil – we want to make it very clear where we stand at Eden Method.

We are against racism.

We also believe that “raising the vibration of the person and of the planet” is a powerful antidote to the energetics of racism. A lot to think about there, but the more you think about it, the more sense it makes. And the Joy Challenge is all about raising your vibration and the vibration of all those you touch.

Now is the perfect time to join us in the Joy Challenge because it can help you get clear about where you stand, release worrisome thoughts, see the big picture, and help reduce the probability of future events making you feel helpless.

The Joy Challenge is a routine for resetting your energies, getting centered, and moving forward with a clear mindset of what you believe and how you want to live in a healthy and productive way.

We will be doing the Joy Challenge with you and we can all raise the vibration of the planet together during these trying times.

Your Friends at The Eden Method

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Stress Relief & Immune Support On-line Seminar

 

Here’s another free resource you may want to check out. I have never been to Prama Wellness Center, but a friend of mine has been there several times and loves the staff and quality of information and expertise….

 

Are you STRESSED OUT??? Join us for this valuable on-line seminar with Dr. Sid Jordan and Ramesh Bjonnes of the Prama Wellness Center and co-hosted by Red Wing Enterprises, Saturday, 10 AM to 12:30 PM ET on a natural approach through diet, yoga, meditation, compassionate communication, and juice cleansing. Free or suggested donation!

In these days of the COVID-19 pandemic, we hear the same message from MDs as well as natural health practitioners: Now is the time to prioritize preventive health, both physically and mentally.

In this one-day online program, we at the Prama Wellness Center will share some effective tools to help strengthen our physical and psychological immune systems so that we can build resiliency in dealing with the stress and uncertainty we now are facing.

This online seminar will cover the following topics:

Tools to strengthen our physical immune system
with Ramesh Bjonnes, Director of the Prama Wellness Center

Now is definitely not the time to burn the candle at both ends. Rather, now is the time to do our workouts, eat a nutrient dense diet, take preventive herbs and vitamins as well as practice yoga and meditation. We can do that by following a few simple guidelines at home.

Topics to be covered in this workshop include:

Meditation for better immunity
Diet to strengthen the immune system response
Herbs to strengthen nerves, improve digestion and boost the immune system
Intermittent fasting tips to build stamina and immunity

Tools for Psychological Immunity during the Coronavirus Crisis
with Dr. Sid Jordan, Psychologist and Co-founder of the Prama Institute

This workshop will focus on the social support and stress management we all need during this crisis.

Practicing “distant socializing” can ameliorate the social isolation induced by “social distancing”. In times of crisis, our efforts to observe sound physical care guidelines and strengthen social ties can be deepened during this social lock down.

We all have to hit the reset button to find a new normal for work (or unemployment) and a balance in self-care and care of others. Let’s seek this new balance together by building psychological immunity through positive thoughts, words and actions.

Self-Care tools to be covered in the workshop:

How to slow down and take deep breaths
How to meditate on and off the mat
How to define and confront obstacles and fears
How to care for Self and Others
How to stay in touch with family and friends
How to listen attentively with your heart to yourself and others
How to make loving requests to family and friends related to your needs

You can sign up on Prama’s Facebook page here. Just scroll down a couple of posts until you see the notice about the seminar.

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Free Class With Donna Eden

 

Just a quick post to let you know about this free class being offered by Donna Eden. Here’s the announcement I just got by e-mail…

 

In her 60-minute Energy Class, Donna will personally show you how to have more energy, more joy, and more health in your life.

In this class, you will see Donna’s pure genius…and it can be a turning point in your health and well-being.

Among other powerful insights, you will explore:

* How a “death sentence” turned a young 30-something into one of the best healers of our time . . . and what you can learn from her journey.

* You need medication to heal, right? Often there is a better route… Discover ways of healing yourself naturally. In this class you will learn how medication might be hurting you and how to use your body’s natural energies to look better, feel better, and think better.

Learn how Donna’s clients have healed themselves from pain and chronic health issues.

* Learn how Stephanie, one of her students, said goodbye to fatigue, stress, and anxiety … Get started right away with 4 energy techniques you can use immediately, even during the class, and see the results almost instantly (And this is only the beginning…)

* How to balance your energies so your body becomes your best friend and gets stronger year after year without hours and hours of study and practice.

* With so many competing do’s and don’ts when it comes to your health, how do you know what’s right for you? The answer might surprise you.

What to do when your doctors don’t have a solution for you and how to take charge of your own health in new ways!

* …and so much more!

Reserve Your Seat Here>>

p. s. Here’s a note w/ a link to an exercise you can learn now from Donna’s daughter to those who are signing up for the class….

While you’re waiting for this class, join us for an exercise that teachers, speakers, and leaders of companies are doing to communicate more effectively and keep their minds sharp.  It is an exercise called the Wayne Cook Posture (named after the man who originally created it to help people who had dyslexia or stuttered).

Out of hundreds of exercises and protocols in the Eden Method, this is Donna’s favorite exercise!  It can help with a wide range of problems, including confusion, obsessiveness, depression, and excessive anger.  But, it is also great for students who are wanting to retain information from classes!

When I was in theater, I used the Wayne Cook Posture to remember my script.  There I was, standing in the wings on the sides of the stage, ready to go into the spotlight and I was doing the Wayne Cook Posture.  Before too long, the entire cast would be using this powerful technique to remember and clearly deliver their lines.

Click here to do this Energy Minute with me!

If you have decreased mobility in your legs, are confined to a bed, or you are in a wheelchair, this exercise is a variation on the standard Wayne Cook Posture but brings the same results. Click here for the variation.

Join me in doing this exercises so you can be ready for the Energy Class. — Dondi

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

Easy Liver Cleanse Tonic

 

This morning I received a newsletter from Ross Bridgeford at LiveEnergized.com with the following recipe to help detoxify the liver, and I happened to think that right now might be a great time for many people to do a full-out cleanse, since you need a couple of days when you can stay home and lay low and that’s actually the norm right now. But if you’re not ready to go that route and want something less stringent, this recipe sounds like it will be a good way to give your liver function a boost. I plan to give it a try soon myself, especially since I haven’t done a formal cleanse in quite awhile…..

 

When your liver is stressed it affects every area of your health…

But this simple, delicious recipe works so quickly, and so effectively, it can be a huge helping hand…because…

The bottom line is this: you cannot achieve vibrant health with a tired, overworked, out-of-balance liver.

It’s too important and it does too much!

Your liver: cleanses and filters your blood, stores and releases glucose (tired? it could be your liver), removes toxins, metabolizes fat, makes proteins, produces critical hormones and so much more…

Right now, and this could be essential, your liver also fights infections by making immune factors and removing bacteria from the bloodstream…

This recipe is a great start…

It will immediately get to work to support your liver and give you a huge boost.

I have supercharged it with some of the most powerful liver-nourishing ingredients and the combination of nutrients from the garlic, ginger, grapefruit, lemon and oils heals, soothes and detoxifies the liver…

And the taste is refreshing and delicious too!

Liver Cleansing Tonic

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 large grapefruits
4 lemons
300 ml of filtered water
2 tablespoons of cold-pressed flax oil
1 clove of fresh garlic
2 inches of fresh root ginger
A dash of cayenne pepper!

Directions:

  • Squeeze the juice of the grapefruit and lemon into a blender
  • Next, grate the garlic and the ginger, and then using a garlic press, squeeze this into the juice
  • Now add the water, plant-based omega oil and blend for 30 seconds (and add more ginger/garlic to taste)

Why This Recipe Works:

Garlic: contains numerous sulfur-containing compounds that are known to activate the liver enzymes responsible for expelling toxins from the body. Another lies in the presence of both allicin and selenium, two important nutrients that play an integral role in the protection of the liver from damage.

Garlic is also proven to activate cells that specifically protect us from liver cancer, and also to lower cholesterol, prevent fatty liver and so much more.

Ginger: has also shown remarkable abilities to prevent liver damage, scarring and prevent fibroids as well as fatty liver.

Grapefruit: Phytonutrients in grapefruit called limonoids prevent tumor formation by promoting the production of one of the master antioxidants: glutathione-S-transferase.

This detoxifying enzyme ignites a reaction in the liver that helps to make toxic compounds easier to remove from body, protecting the liver (and kidneys) in the process.

Lemons: while also containing the limonoids mentioned above, lemons also supports liver function by strengthening liver enzymes, regulating blood carbohydrate levels and serving as the basis for new enzyme creation.

Omega 3: strongly proven to prevent fatty liver and liver disease, omega 3 is also powerfully anti-inflammatory and helps prevent toxic buildup, thus removing a lot of stress on the liver too.

These delicious, liver-cleansing ingredients will leave you feeling invigorated and your liver feeling nourished and loved.

I urge you to give it a go, and for more delicious cleansing recipes and my full cleanse protocol, check out The Alkaline Reset Cleanse.

Enjoy!

Ross

Related Self-help Health posts:

Keeping the Liver & Gall Bladder Healthy

Cleansing the Liver & Gall Bladder Part I

UPDATE 5/10/21: Just found out about this easy routine from Donna Eden for helping cleanse and detox the liver and gall bladder…

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Tips For Strengthening The Immune System & Remaining Calm During These Challenging Times

 

For those who are looking for some natural ways to strengthen the immune system and remain balanced and as anxiety-free as possible during these times of challenging conditions in the world, here’s a short article from the Doctors Are Dangerous newsletter recommending that “miracle” multi-purpose health aid coconut oil, plus ginger, as well as a list of some Self-health Health posts you may find helpful…..

Fight Colds, Flu and Other Viruses with Coconut Oil and Ginger

Coconut oil contains a fatty acid called lauric acid, which has anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has anti-viral properties, which make it perfect for fighting winter colds, viruses including Coronavirus and other respiratory illnesses. Studies have shown that coconut oil can bolster a weakened immune system by improving the white blood cell count, which helps the body directly fight viruses and infections.

To prevent colds, adults can consume 3-4 tablespoons of coconut oil or more per day. This can be added to other foods or used in cooking. Some people like the flavor so well that they eat it directly from the container. Regular consumption can strengthen the immune system, so we have a better chance of fighting colds before they ever start.

Once cold symptoms manifest, however, coconut oil can help alleviate many symptoms and even shorten the duration of the cold. In order to help clear sinus passages, an ill person can rub organic, cold-pressed coconut oil with two drops of peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil on his or her chest. It should be massaged into the upper back and the head as well. Being able to breathe more easily will allow the sufferer to sleep better, and a good night`s rest is important to the healing process.

When added to tea or broth, coconut oil can gently soothe a sore throat and ease coughing in addition to boosting immunity and fighting the virus directly. It can also be mixed with foods, or you can have coconut oil in a smoothie.

To further support your health through the winter months try incorporating ginger into your health routine. It can also be taken as a tea added to smoothies, juices, soups, broths or other meals. Ginger is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful health benefits. In particular, it has been demonstrated to possess anti-inflammatory, anti-nociceptive, anti-ulcer, antioxidant, anticancer, anti-microbial, anti-hyperglycemic, anti-allergic, antioxidant, and anti-platelet activities at different doses/concentrations.

With the combined benefits of coconut oil and ginger you should be able to sail through winter and into spring vibrant and healthy.

Source: Doctors Are Dangerous newsletter

I also recommend having a high quality colloidal silver on hand; this can be used internally, as well as sprayed up the nose and/or used in a neti pot to keep viruses and bacteria from adhering to the mucus lining of the nasal passages. Also, liposomal vitamin C  (and see this article about using high doses of C),  the Master Tonic, and Wisdom of the Ages Advantage grapefruit seed extract are great DIY “first aid” products to help keep immunity strong and “bad bugs” at bay, regardless of what flu or virus is currently going around. And check out these past Self-help Health posts for more useful ideas:

Feeling Stressed?! Rub Your Ear!

Don’t Under-estimate The Power Of Vitamin C

A Kick-ass Remedy For the Flu

Master Tonic: Anti-bacterial, Anti-viral, Anti-Fungal, Anti-Everything

+40 Natural Cold & Flu Remedies

Jin Shin Jyutsu: One Of My Favorite Self-help Health Tools 

Jin Shin Jyutsu For Dealing With Fear, Plus Sign-up For Free Scalar Energy Sessions

Ascorbic Acid Flush & Lemon Routine

Anti-anxiety Music Track

Neti Your Nose

And from a more metaphysical perspective, you might reflect on this information from Abraham-Hicks. Not giving into fear, reducing stress and anxiety, and having an attitude of  gratitude are probably the most potent immunity boosters there are:

Your sophisticated physical body exists because of the intelligence of your cells. And the intelligence of your cells exists because of their Connection to Source Energy.

When doctors and scientists try to find cures for diseases without taking into consideration the Vibrational relationship between the physical Being and Source Energy, they are looking for cures in all the wrong places. If the resistance that disallowed the Well-Being to begin with is not released, it will show up in the form of another and another disease.

Your cells, because of their connection to the intelligence of Source Energy, know exactly what to do in order to become the incredible variety of functioning cells in your magnificent physical body. And in the absence of the hindrance that is caused by your resistant negative thought, that communication stays open to clear, up-to-the-moment interaction, keeping your physical body at peak and perfect performance.

In the absence of negative emotion—and therefore the allowance of complete alignment and communication with Source Energy—your physical body can reclaim its balance and recover from any imbalance. And once balance has resumed, it is easy to maintain with consistently good-feeling thoughts.

p. s. For “regular” vitamin C, ascorbic acid and ingredients for making your own liposomal version at discount prices, iHerb.com is a great place to shop (use code CJG192 if you are a new customer and spend more than $40 and you will get money off). Plus, shipping is free on orders of $20 or more, and you get an extra 5% off on orders over $60.  

Vitacost.com is another one of my favorite on-line places to shop. Great discount prices, ever-expanding inventory, free shipping on $49 and up, and if you have an eBates/Rakuten account (free to set up using the link toward the bottom of my Resources webpage) you will earn cash back when you shop thru their portal at Vitacost (as well as at 100s of other stores!), plus get a $10 off coupon with your first order of $25 or more. Woo-hoo! 

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Jin Shin Jyutsu For Stiff Neck & Shoulder Pain, Eyes, Detoxification, Arthritis & More + Free 21- Day Perfect Health Series

 

Oh, I’m so excited to give this new (to me) Jin Shin Jyutsu hold/flow a try. Like the other ones I’ve posted about here, it’s simple, easy to do and helps with multiple things (eyes, neck & shoulder pain, detoxification, osteoporosis, etc)….

 

Flows For Life Jin Shin Jyutsu Stiff Neck Shoulder

A pain in the neck

Using Jin Shin Jyutsu, the neck and shoulders can be released relatively quickly.

It’s about how the energy travels in the body

This is because we all have an energy pathway that crosses the shoulders and hips, traveling up and down the arms into the middle fingers and also traveling up and down the legs doing kind of a “loop de loop” all over the body. This energy also goes round the head and around the chest.

This simple self help exercise does so much

This little gem of a self help hold that I learned and often use, does many things as it
* eases a stiff neck and shoulder pain
* alleviates pain down the arm, in the elbow, in the hand & fingers
* detoxes the body
* helps protect the body against osteoporosis
* eases aches and pains in the body (also fibromyalgia)
* lubricates the joints (so good for knee pain, elbow pain)
* and even helps with all arthritic “projects”/problems
* helps the skeletal structure
* helps the eyes

A gem of a hold

Place left hand over left shoulder and right hand on the left elbow crease. For the other side, place right hand over right shoulder and left hand on the right elbow crease.

Do this self help hold every day for a few minutes to ‘clean’, and within a short time you’ll definitely notice a difference in your neck and shoulders.

If you are working on a project/issue like fibromyalgia, then hold for a minimum of 20 minutes each side or until there is relief.

If you find it difficult to do the side that is tense or uncomfortable, start by working on the other side. So, say the right shoulder and neck hurts. Do the exercise on the left side until you can comfortably do the hold on the right side.

This is one of my absolute favorite holds because it is so simple, yet helps so much! I have used it  many times on myself and in my practice.

In this video, Astrid explains the exercise (actual instructions about the hold start around the 3 minute mark)

Source: https://www.flowsforlife.com/self-help-stiff-neck-shoulder-pain/

You might also like to check out Astrid’s Hands on Self help Mini eCourse and/or her free download self-help guide.

Related Self-help Health posts: Jin Shin Jyutsu  and Prime Mover


 

Also, I just found out yesterday that Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey (or “Deeprah” as I like to refer to them :-)) are offering another one of their free 21-day meditation series, and this time the topic/focus is Perfect Health. I always enjoy their series and this one is sure to be filled with lots of wisdom about how to create and maintain conscious well-being. Plus, meditating in and of itself is a great health aid, and Deepak’s voice is so soothing and relaxing to listen to, so I’m definitely looking forward to Feb 3rd . 🙂

You can sign-up here: https://chopracentermeditation.com

 

  Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on any future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Free Radical Well-being Series With Deepak Chopra

 

Just a quick post in case you’d like to sign up for this free series. Deepak Chopra has been a leader in the field of alternative health for years; I find his voice , which is so resonant, grounded and soothing to my body, mind and spirit that I feel healthier just listening to him. 🙂 So I’m really looking forward to hearing what he has to share….

Radical Well-Being with Deepak Chopra
A Free Comprehensive Healing Program!
Please join us for Radical Well-Being – a powerful, free online event with Deepak Chopra, M.D. In this video series – originally recorded at a live event in Australia – Deepak brings together the “keys to health,” which he’s learned from his research over the past 50 years.

Are you ready to learn…

…how to heal yourself at a genetic level by enhancing your mind, body, and spirit?
…how certain actions affect your healing power?
…simple healing practices you can use to calm your nervous system and decrease inflammation (the true root cause of so many common diseases and ailments)?
Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Deepak empowers you with answers to questions that have gone unanswered for so long. Over the course of six days, you’ll experience more than eight hours of video – and each lesson is packed with knowledge, strategies, and practical advice to help you heal.

For an overview of each day’s topics, please see the schedule of events below. But trust us, you won’t want to miss a single moment! Be sure to block off some time each day!

Important Information About This Radical Well-Being Online Event

Radical Well-Being is a free, six-day online event – with one video lesson being presented each day and remaining available for 24 hours. The first lesson will be released on Wednesday, December 11, and new lessons will become available each day until Monday, December 16.

All the videos in this series will be hosted on a Welcome Page, which you can access by clicking the link below.

If you want to start experiencing Deepak’s wisdom right away, you’re invited to visit the Welcome Page to watch a 45-minute interview – called “Overcoming Emotions” – that Deepak recorded last year for the Hay House HEAL Summit. In this interview, he draws a bridge between modern medicine and Eastern mysticism, delivering a rare understanding of your most basic nature, the origins of disease, and the abilities you have right now to heal your body.

Make sure to watch this video soon, as it expires at 11:59 PM PT on December 10 – right as the free series begins. You can sign up HERE.

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information. 

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained health care practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.