Thoughts and insights from a Holistic Health practitioner
Proper breathing is one of the most beneficial things that you can do for your physical and emotional health.
We can survive for a time without food or even water. We cannot survive without breathing!
Breathing not only supplies our organs with oxygen, it also rids the body of waste products and toxins.
When we are in pain, stressed or anxious we have a tendency to hold our breathe or breathe shallow breathes. This sends a distress signal to our brain and can make the situation worse.
By using breathing exercises we can avoid this.
Are you a chest breather? or an abdomen breather?
Place your right hand on your chest and your left hand on your abdomen. Breathe in , which hand moves higher. If your right hand is higher, you are a chest breather. If your left hand is higher, you are an abdomen breather.
When you are Chest breathing it is inefficient because then the greatest amount of blood flow occurs in the lower lobes of the lungs, areas that have limited air expansion in chest breathers. Rapid, shallow, chest breathing results in less oxygen transfer to the blood and subsequent poor delivery of nutrients to the tissues. This is a learned habit, so therefore, like when you learn to drive, you can train the body to improve its breathing technique.
If you do this consciously and regularly you will breathe from the abdomen most of the time, even while asleep.
Breathing exercises should be done at least twice a day, when you wake up and before you go to sleep.It is also beneficial to do them if you feel stressed, anxious or are in pain.
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Pearl - a person or thing of great worth
Who you are is a result of where you have been , the experiences you have had and most importantly, how we process them internally.
We are taught so often that we have had so many"bad" things happen in our life and that in order to heal we have to learn how to deal with them and let them go.
What if ?......what if we had never had a "bad" experience? What if every experience we had ever had held within it a pearl of wisdom.
We are so busy looking at how to deal with the "problems" that we seldom look for or see the good in any given situation.
What if we looked at this in a different way. Are you prepared to think outside the box for a minute and consider something different?
I believe that all the experiences we have contain a pearl of wisdom within them. Every "bad" experience we have forms a layer that over time, if we allow it to, becomes a pearl.
Pearls are formed as a defense mechanism against a potentially threatening irritant. A layer of "nacre" is laid over the threat and , over time, many layers make the mother of pearl.
In the same way that an oyster makes a pearl we can turn the "irritants" in our life into pearls.
The pearl is a metaphor for something rare ,fine, admirable and valuable.
We are all natural pearls - all shapes and sizes.
I AM A PEARL ! Are YOU?
Bee, Wasp and Hornet Stings
I am usually of the opinion that Bees, Wasps and Hornets will not sting unless provoked. Well today I was proved wrong! Minding my own business lying in the sun and I felt something crawling on my leg, I swiped it away and that's when I felt the sting. Now luckily I am a Health Practitioner and teach first aid, I´m also into natural medicine.
I instinctively looked to see if the sting was still there and it was, sticking out of my thigh. I ran to get the tweezers and removed the sting and then doused the area with white vinegar. After about 5 - 10 minutes the pain subsided and luckily no swelling just a bit of redness.
It made me think though about the difference between a Bee sting and a Wasp or Hornet sting and how many people would know how to quickly stop any adverse effects.
If a stinger is left in the body it needs to be removed as soon as possible. It is important that you don't squeeze the area as you can push it deeper in and release the poison. Use whatever you have available to remove it. That can be a credit card, tweezers, or a needle. It is best to clean the area with water before applying remedies however time is a factor so do not delay.
Wasp and Hornet stings
The venom released by the Wasp and Hornet is alkaline and therefore an acid, like vinegar will neutralize it you can also use Apple Cider Vinegar or lemon juice. Soak the area with the vinegar / lemon juice first of all applying directly to the skin and then using a cloth or bandage apply to the sting site for about 10 - 15 minutes the skin will absorb the vinegar / lemon juice and help to prevent the venom being absorbed.
The venom from Bee stings is acidic, so in this case we want an alkaline agent to neutralize the venom.
Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) is a great remedy to use you can make a paste by mixing the sodium bicarbonate with water. Apply the paste to the sting site and leave on for about 15 minutes or more. The skin will absorb the sodium bicarbonate and help to neutralize the venom. Also useful if you do not have any sodium bicarbonate is a potato, slice the potato and apply directly to the sting site, again for about 15 minutes.
Emergency Allergic Reactions
If you experience any difficulty breathing, nausea, blurred vision, extreme swelling or dizziness, then there is a possibility that you may have an allergic reaction. If you are experiencing symptoms please seek medical attention immediately as an allergic reaction can lead to anaphylactic shock.
A normal reaction is to experience pain, burning, itchiness, redness and swelling. Pain will last for anything from a few minutes to a few hours then should disappear. If you notice your hands or fingers starting to swell, remove rings immediately. Avoid rubbing the site.
Natural childbirth is a philosophy of childbirth that believes through adequate education and preparation all women have an inherent ability to give birth without routine medical intervention and without the pain that society attaches to this amazing process. The term "natural childbirth" was coined by obstetrician Grantly Dick-Read upon publication of his book Natural Childbirth in the 1930s.
During natural childbirth, the woman allows instinct to prevail and she maintains control of her body and her labour. This is usually aided by a birthing partner and / or midwife.
Many women want to experience the labour and birth process as nature intended.
If you watch an animal giving birth without any interference, you can see how the body responds to the stages of labour and it is the same in human beings. When the time is right an animal will normally find a quiet corner away from people, noise and bright lights. The “animal mother” will get comfortable and go “into the zone”; much in the same way an athlete will describe their experience when they accomplish a major win. During labour and the birth the “animal mother” will allow the natural process of labour to take over its body and usually will birth her babies in a relatively calm and controlled manner. This has major implications for human birthing. In our society the norm is to have people around in labour with bright lights, noise, well meaning intervention and this can lead to tension and the woman not connecting to her body and allowing the natural process of labour to take place as it can. It is important for the woman to connect the mind and the body. If this can be accomplished it is possible to have a virtually pain free childbirth.
As outlined by Grantly Dick-Read in his book Childbirth without Fear:
“Fear, Tension and Pain are the three evils opposed to the natural design, which have been introduced in the course of civilisation by the ignorance of those who have been concerned with preparations for and attendance at childbirth. If fear, tension and pain go hand in hand, then it must be necessary to relieve tension and to overcome fear in order to eliminate pain.”
In childbirth the tension is caused by fear, which is caused by our perception of what childbirth is supposed to be like. All our preconceived ideas of labour and childbirth lead to fear of the pain and fear of complications, this in turn leads to tension in the body, which leads to pain. Can you see the cycle? So what if, childbirth was actually not meant to be painful? What if, birthing your baby was actually one of the most natural, wonderful experiences that you would ever have? Would that be something that you were interested in?
From the moment you conceive until the birth of your baby, you are in the process of labour. Your body changes, adapts, protects and nourishes the growing child in readiness for the birth. Every “symptom” you have during pregnancy is your body telling you what it needs to allow this process to continue.
Natural childbirth starts from the moment of conception, some even say before. If you are interested in learning more about how to experience an amazing pregnancy and childbirth contact me here….mailto:email@example.com
So..What´s stopping you?
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself this question?
Every day as we go about our daily lives we are in constant communication with our self. We have this constant babbling going on in our mind....this self talk. Most of us aren´t even aware of it and if we are, we do it without realising just how powerful it is and the effect that it has on our health, work, relationships and finances.
Stop for just a minute and listen to what you are saying to yourself about what you have just read.
Every thought we have is an inner dialogue with our subconscious mind.
This dictates how we react and behave in every situation.
The power that this has over our life is immense.
The thing is that you have the power to improve your life in every area very simply by noticing what you are telling yourself.
Lets look at what you tell yourself when you wake up in the morning.
Do you get out of bed and think...hey gorgeous, what amazing experiences are we going to have today? ..or
do you get out of bed and think...here we go again another day of doing things that I don't really want to do?
What do you say to yourself when you look in the mirror?
OMG I look tired / old/ I have lines under my eyes/ my bum is too big....need I go on?
What if all it took to change your life was to be kinder to yourself.
I can hear you now...yeah really!
Well, yeah REALLY!
Our subconscious mind is responsible for keeping us safe.
Our subconscious mind loves us and does all it can to make sure that we get everything we ask for. It doesn´t discriminate EVER, it has no sense of right or wrong, true or false, it takes everything we think and say and creates according to our beliefs.
How often do you say to yourself "I´m overweight / not good at ....../ I don´t have the time/ money or ability". All of these things without the realisation that you are actually creating the situation where that cannot change.
We all have basic belief systems in place that have been nurtured over our lifetime starting with our parents then moving on to our teachers, religious leaders, doctors, work colleagues, etc.,.
We are taught from birth to look to others for what is acceptable and right when in fact we are all unique and have an inner knowledge that tells us what is right for us. What if everything that you believed to be true about everything you have learned was actually not true for you? I know that's a very challenging statement however just think for a minute about how many times you have believed something to be true only to find out that it wasn´t necessarily.
I´m not asking you believe me, I´m just asking you to consider the possibility that you know what´s best for you. What if you had the choice in every second to believe in YOU. What if you noticed what you were telling yourself and then chose to tell yourself something different?
The challenge, if you wish to accept it, is quite simply to notice what you are telling yourself. Notice how you communicate with you and then just be kinder to you, give yourself a break, look at what a wonderful, amazing being you really are and what you are really capable of....and then watch your life change!
"You are what you think.
Would you like to change your life? It´s easy!
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Linda Ledwidge -
Qualified General Nurse
Certified Practioner Level IV
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