Stress

There’s no doubt we are an over-stimulated society and the pressures of today are immense. Knowing that our bodies and our brains are connected, the need for stress relief and emotional wellness are more important now than ever before. Understanding how stress can impact your health and how to you can stay emotionally balanced will help lay the foundation for your total wellness. Discover self-care, relaxation, stress reduction and the development of inner strength.

EPA/DHA essentials 90s Though DHA is the omega 3 oil best for the brain, the high amount of it in one capsule makes this a great support for not only brain, but for the whole body – and at a good price. It’s a high quality, eco-friendly version of omega 3 fish oils – and is tested for mercury, lead, PCBs and just about everything else that can be to ensure its safety. Inexpensive fish oils you can buy elsewhere are generally not as well tested as Pure Encapsulations’. Take 1 or 2 each day; give one to your child each day. Again, their brains depend upon this kind of oil to help increase function and resilience.

 

There is a reason the spice trade is what stimulated much of the commerce during Europe’s age of world discovery. Life becomes more interesting when we draw upon more of Nature’s many principles that plants put into the flavors of a spice.

Along those lines, it’s worth considering how spices serve as a first level to our use of herbs. It’s because spices are filled with molecules that have health-strengthening properties. Some of them will kill parasites within your gut, others will help you digest food, or stimulate your peristalsis; others are good against inflammations present in your body, some will help to stabilize your blood sugar, protect your brain, and give you energy.

Each spice’s gustatory flavors as well as its body-affecting properties are what the old herbalists would call its array of herbal principles.

We’ve been noting that these non-caloric parts of food have a more primitive nature. Humankind’s spices (and herbs in general) are filled with compounds that manifest the deeper energies of life. We are meant to engage plants that have these rich biochemistries of life, so we might draw them into ourselves on a regular basis.

As you increase the use of vegetables in your diet, you’ll benefit from having a variety of spices and condiments on hand to make your sautés, stir-fries, casseroles, and roasted vegetable dishes more varied and flavorful. These spices could be individually put in, they might be part of a rub (or mix), or they might be the spices making up a curry paste, the spicy sweetness of a chutney from India, the harissa paste of Morocco.

And of course, you can throw in dashes of traditional American spices like dill, oregano, basil. While black pepper and some hot sauce can work, you may be missing out on drawing in the power of valuable principles-spices when you rely too much on those standbys.

In addition to all those above, I am a proponent of having at the ready for your everyday use, a foursome of anise (or fennel) seed, caraway seed, cumin seed and celery seed. Even as there is a commonality to this family of herbs-spices, there is a useful spectrum of principles that compose them.

In herbalism, we have “the law of signatures”, meaning the look of an herb gives an outward expression to its inner energetics. Here, this herb family’s very airy, slender, upright “umbels” – umbrella-like stiff flower stalks (think dill plant, another from this umbelliferae family of plants) – speaks of the chi, or Air element energy in this family of plants.

In addition to that, seeds (along with roots) are a place where plants often store their vital forces. I regularly put dashes of one or more of these four seeds into my stovetop cooking pots; more often some pinches of them go directly onto my plate. There will be some of you out there who will find that this part of a four element lifestyle is kind of fun as you aim to balance the tastes-principles of life as you cook.

You’ll find yourself balancing the bitter to the sweet; assessing whether you want warm, pungent, floral, or earthy spices; how much salt, perhaps the organic acid sour principles of vinegars, or citrus; or a sweet or tart fruit, a butter’s oil richness, an earthy crunch – they are all there to enjoy and balance as you make great food for yourself and your family. You may want to see what special spices, rubs and other condiments are out there at the 4 Element Lifestyle website.

Walk Away Your Stress A significant problem for many people is the amount of stress they feel each day. Various studies have shown that stress plays a great role in many diseases – it weakens your body and permits your weak links to rise up to the surface… [read more…]

Stress

There’s no doubt we are an over-stimulated society and the pressures of today are immense. Knowing that our bodies and our brains are connected, the need for stress relief and emotional wellness are more important now than ever before. Understanding how stress can impact your health and how to you can stay emotionally balanced will help lay the foundation for your total wellness. Discover self-care, relaxation, stress reduction and the development of inner strength.

EPA/DHA essentials 90s Though DHA is the omega 3 oil best for the brain, the high amount of it in one capsule makes this a great support for not only brain, but for the whole body – and at a good price. It’s a high quality, eco-friendly version of omega 3 fish oils – and is tested for mercury, lead, PCBs and just about everything else that can be to ensure its safety. Inexpensive fish oils you can buy elsewhere are generally not as well tested as Pure Encapsulations’. Take 1 or 2 each day; give one to your child each day. Again, their brains depend upon this kind of oil to help increase function and resilience.

 

Walk Away Your Stress A significant problem for many people is the amount of stress they feel each day. Various studies have shown that stress plays a great role in many diseases – it weakens your body and permits your weak links to rise up to the surface… [read more…]

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