SELF CARE TIPS
HOW TO USE A NETTI POT
For anyone with allergies, or seasonal dry sinuses, a neti pot is a lifesaver! When the mucous membranes dry out, they become more susceptible to germs and viruses. A neti pot flushes the nasal passages with warm salt water and is an invaluable tool for sinus health. Neti pots have been around for centuries and originally come from the Ayurvedic/yoga medical tradition.
MAKING NETTLE TEA
Nettles … aaahhh nettles … the most amazing herb out there! It’s a blood builder, a blood cleanser, a galactagogue (milk producing herb), a yin strengthener, an energy-enhancer, immune-builder and it addresses the health of so many organ systems!
TAP TAP TAPPING FOR COLON HEALTH
Here is a simple exercise you can do on yourself, your children, and your patients to inspire the Large Intestine to keep moving. It is best used with a Manaka wooden hammer (photo above), but you can also use your hands to tap instead.
FULL BREATH EXERCISES / 360° BREATHING
You can do this type of breathing anywhere – sitting down, reclining, in a car, standing on line, walking about. However, if you are new to this breathing, it’s best that you consciously pay attention to the steps until they become second nature. You may find eventually that in a stressful situation, you will go to this full breath to relax. But at first, it’s best to stop other activities to take this breath break.
Spring is a perfect time to cleanse the body! This cleanse routine is something easily added to your regimen – try it for a week or preferably two weeks. This is not a fast – but do cut back on sugar, salts, caffeine, alcohol.
HOW TO MAKE HERBAL TINCTURES
Herbal tinctures are made using fresh or dried plant material and a liquid base (called the menstruum), such as grain alcohol, vodka, brandy, apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerin. Tinctures remain potent for many years. The small dropper bottles are convenient to carry. While teas and infusions can be a very effective way of taking herbs, there are some herbal compounds that can only be extracted with alcohol.
THE POWER OF GREENS
1 – 2 cups of greens (start out with one cup and work your way up)
2 – 3 fruits (could be frozen)
2 cups of fluid: water, coconut water or water with a little fruit juice, (e.g. pomegranate juice)