How to Do a Fire Cleanse to Get Rid of Negativity, Stress & Past Trauma

Stress, negativity and past traumas cause all kinds of problems, including anxiety, depression and physical problems like headaches, IBS and other digestive issues. In this episode, The Little Shaman demonstrates how to do a fire cleanse to rid yourself of negativity, stress, past trauma and more.

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15 Foods That Naturally Detox & Cleanse

15 Foods That Naturally Detox & Cleanse

Understanding Reflexology

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What is reflexology? 

Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands and ears. Reflexology is generally relaxing and may be an effective way to alleviate stress. The Reflexology Association of Canada defines reflexology as:

“A natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears and their referral areas within zone related areas, which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes without the use of tools, creams or lotions, the feet being the primary area of application, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body.”

How does reflexology work?

The theory behind reflexology is that these areas correspond to organs and systems of the body. Proponents believe that pressure applied to these areas affects the organs and benefits the person’s health.

Reflexologists use foot charts to guide them as they apply pressure to specific areas. Sometimes these practitioners use tools, such as rubber balls, rubber bands and sticks of wood, to assist in their work. Practitioners of reflexology include chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists, among others.

Does reflexology work?

Several studies funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep. Studies also show that reflexology may have benefits in palliative care of people with cancer.

5 Best Essential Oils For Your First Aid Kit

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Essential oils are one of the cornerstones of natural medicine. They have powerful therapeutic benefits and many different applications for health, beauty and much more. Here is a list of some of the most popular essential oils for your first aid applications and what they are commonly used for.

Lavender:

This is one of the most versatile oils there is. It can be used for so many things but it is best known for it’s calming and relaxation properties. Lavender essential oil is antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory decongestant, deodorant, diuretic and a sedative. It’s fabulous for the skin and is excellent for pain relief, especially muscle aches and headaches. A very effective hand sanitizing spritz can be made from some lavender essential oil and distilled water. No first aid kid or medicine box is complete without lavender.

Peppermint: 

Great for headaches, pain relief, stomach upset, congestion and fevers, peppermint essential oil is another very versatile oil. It’s wonderful refreshing scent reminds us of holidays and warm memories. Peppermint oil can be applied “neat” (undiluted) to the skin for irritations and redness. Peppermint essential oil helps sharpen mental focus, clear up cobwebs, and to refresh and brighten moods.

Tea Tree:

This oil is one of the kings of medicinal oils. Like lavender, it’s applications are many, from treating minor cuts to dandruff and everything in between. A few drops of tea tree oil added to a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar makes an excellent disinfectant spray. Add a bit more water to the mix and you can use this as a wonderful skin toner. Burning it in the aromatherapy oil burner will not just deodorize the room but actually kills the bacteria causing the odor. It can be a little overwhelming when used this way, so if you are sensitive open the windows. Tea tree oil is antiseptic, antifungal, an immune system booster and a natural insecticide. If you have no other essential oils in your home at all, you should have tea tree oil.

Chamomile:

World-renowned for it’s relaxing properties, chamomile is also great as an anti-inflammatory agent. Chamomile essential oil is antibiotic, antiseptic, antidepressant and a mood booster. There are two types of chamomile, Roman and German. The healing properties of both are similar, with the German type being better suited for digestive and urinary problems.

Rose:

Often described as the Queen of Oils, Rose essential oil is wonderful for skin and hair applications, particularly maturing skin. It’s aroma is heavenly, making rose oil excellent for anxiety, depression, digestion problems, ladies’ problems and it’s a fantastic aphrodisiac, as well. It’s best used in lotions, toners, massage and bath oils.

BONUS! Eucalyptus:

You’ll recognize the scent of this one immediately; it smells like Vicks Vapo-Rub and it’s uses are similar. Eucalyptus essential oil is used best for coughs, colds, sinus problems and decongestant. Burning it in the aromatherapy burner will kill the germs in any sickroom. It’s great in the vaporizer or in the shower, where it can work with the steam to ease respiratory problems. Eucalyptus oil is antiseptic, antispasmodic, decongestant, diuretic and a stimulant. It’s cooling, like peppermint and helps with headaches and muscle pain.

If you are just starting to get into essential oils, this is a great list to get you going. These oils are versatile, powerful and have many therapeutic applications. If you are trying to create a natural first aid kit, these oils are perfect for it, able to treat everything from fevers and coughing to cuts and scrapes.

Need more info about essential oils?

You can download the most popular essential oil encyclopedia app on Amazon. This app is also available on the Google Play store.

Hot Compress For Injured Muscles & Much More

There’s nothing worse than an injured muscle. They hurt and depending on where they are, they can impact your ability to walk, move around or even breathe. What follows are very simple instructions for making a hot compress that works very well for pulled, strained and otherwise sore muscles.

  • Take a washrag and run it under very hot water. You can also wet the rag and heat it in the microwave a few seconds. Be very careful if you choose to do this.
  • Fold the rag into a rectangle or large square; whichever fits better depending on the size of the affected muscle and where it is.
  • Place 3 drops peppermint essential oil, 3 drops lavender essential oil and 2 drops Texas cedarwood essential oil across the rag.
  • Place the hot rag oil side down on the affected muscle and let it sit.

That’s it! Easy and very effective. If you don’t have all of these, just peppermint oil or just lavender oil works just fine. They work well together because peppermint kills the pain, lavender kills the pain and relaxes the muscle, and Texas cedarwood oil increases blood flow to the muscle, helping it heal. A drop of lemongrass essential oil can help with relaxation of the muscle as well.

This compress also works to help relieve the pain of sprains, pinched nerves, sinuses*, headaches* and more. Try it the next time something hurts. You will be glad you did. 🙂

*Please be very careful not to get the oils or water from the rag in your eye.

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