asthma, herbal remedies, natural tea, sinuses, vitamins, wellness

Natural Asthma Relief

Asthma is a condition that affects the lungs and can be deadly if not treated or maintained. I have a mild case of this ailment. My food and pollen allergies usually trigger it. However, in the winter months and when my chronic symptoms flares are when I have the most attacks. The cold air makes it harder to breathe which is why I cannot do much activity outside. When I need to go out, I can usually manage as long as I take my inhaler before I leave. Despite this, I still have symptoms, and my chest feels tight. I am now looking into a more natural asthma relief.

Earlier this week, was one of those days. The doctor’s office is close to my home. When I missed the bus, and I did not feel like waiting in the cold, I walked. I took my Ventolin before I left the house, but my chest still felt tight as I walked. My pace was slow. Focusing on my breathing to make sure I took deep breaths through my nose rather than my mouth helped very much. As I walked is when I thought of ideas to manage my asthma naturally and everything else.

Medication and Naturals

As I stated before, I have prescription “Ventolin” to manage my emergency symptoms. I can also take it before exercising that I know would cause an attack. I also found that over the counter external medication such as a chest rub such as “Vick’s Vapor Rub” or some other generic brand helps to ease the symptoms. Colds and allergies, I found trigger my asthma.

Taking turmeric and ginger. There are a few tea combinations of the two.

The best way I keep myself healthy is mixing teas depending on needs. I either create my loose tea with herbs and tea leaves from packets or put in a few different tea bags in one cup. It may sound counter-intuitive to mix tea bags, but it can make a strong tea that helps to get rid of the things that ail you. Natural asthma relief is important so that if you can better manage your symptoms.

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chronic pain, Disabilities, herbal remedies, natural tea, vitamins, wellness

Natural Chronic Pain Relief

Since grade school, I have suffered from pain. It wasn’t until a few years ago after seeing a chiropractor I thought it might be Fibromyalgia. I have been treating myself with natural chronic pain relief methods from others I that have this condition. Until I finally get a proper diagnosis, this will be what I have to do.

Dangers of Drugs

Before I figured out how to deal with my chronic pain naturally, I ended up taking Ibuprofen regularly. I began with 400mg every four hours while working in retail. Over the years the pain got so painful that I had to take about 600-900 mg regularly and sometimes it wasn’t even enough to cover all of it. One horrible side effect of this was the stomach problems that came from taking this daily to keep me forcing myself to live my day-to-day life. It only lessened when I quit my job at Ross to go back to school because I did not need to take those over-the-counter pills anymore.

As far as a possible diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, my primary doctor could help me start a low-dose of Cymbalta. I know that my issues must link to whatever this prescription helps in the diagnosis, because the moment I took this, the pain lessened so much I did not have to ingest those dangerous doses anymore. A friend of mine told me a specific set of vitamins that can help me. B12, C, D, E daily with Magnesium every other day.

Consistency

One thing I realized about taking natural medication for my pain is that I have to be consistent. At one point, I forgot to take my medicine for about a week, and it threw me off. I was trying to do a lot of side jobs to make money. I had a big flare all over, and my mind just shut down. I had “brain fog” where I could not think of anything or do anything. That is when I learned that to keep my health up and allow my entire body to function, I needed to be consistent.

Consistency is essential with any medication. Sometimes it is a life or death situation. If someone with Depression was to stop taking their medication, it could have dire circumstances.

Activity

Besides medication and vitamins, there are also things you can do to keep your pain at a minimum. Yoga is something that can help to stretch the sore muscles and nerves. It gives you more flexibility and balance. There are many days where the lack of energy from a chronic illness coincides with the pain. Yoga is the perfect way to get your body moving without using too much strain. On the better days, light exercise is great for helping you gain more movement and strength. When you get stronger, you can do the more intensified activity, but only in parts. It is never good to overdo it when you have chronic pain.

Reccommendations

Even if they are controversial, I also recommend cannabis products such as CBD oil, Hemp oil, or even cannabis itself. The first two are 100% legal and do not contain THC which is what gives people the “high” feeling. I take CBD every morning and night. During intense flares, I take it every few hours because it helps to keep my pain level to a minimum. For me, it gives me little to no side effects. I, personally, get my CBD from https://honeybhealthyliving.com/. Amazon offers a low dose of hemp products as well for those who want to see how this plant affects them.

Other than these recommendations, I also suggest looking into the various teas and herbs that can help reduce inflammation. I will definitely write a blog post someday about herbs and teas because I enjoy creating my loose tea mixtures. Amazon also has a few different tea mixes that helps with chronic pain.

Disabilities, Mental Health, wellness

Meditation and Chakras

My final project is on Fibromyalgia. I am not officially diagnosed yet, but I know from years of suffering that I have this chronic illness. I also know a few others who have it as well which is how I am able to know what vitamins, herbs, and techniques can soothe the symptoms of Fibro. I also suffer from severe anxiety and learning disabilities along with this illness. For this discussion, I have chosen the topic of meditation because it is a very big thing in my life. While I do admit that recently I have been unable to find time or ability to concentrate I find that meditation along with incense as a focusing mechanism helps with my mental and physical issues.

I initially began meditation and unlocking the seven chakras, (root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, crown,) as a spiritual tool and a way to connect myself to the universe and the past lives that I have lived, but I also realized that when I was ill and cleared my chakras my sickness seemed to alleviate or go away completely. I remember at one time I was sick and, after clearing out my root chakra, I was healthy again. While meditation, in general, is good for the mind and spirit, delving deep and unlocking and clearing the chakras can offer even more health benefits in the ways of wellness.

Chakra-Energy-Body-Graphic

The chakras need to remain balanced in order to keep certain things in balance in your body to prevent health issues. I will now go over how each chakra’s unbalancing can affect the body and mind physically.

Root Chakra: If the root chakra is overactive, it can cause someone to be fearful, nervous, insecure, or ungrounded causing them to be materialistic, greedy, and resistant to change. IF it was underactive, there would be a lacking in the sense of feeling secure causing them to be codependent along with fears of abandonment. Physically, they are associated with as the adrenal glands, spine, blood, and reproductive organs. Symptoms of an unbalance can mean the inability to sit still, restlessness, unhealthy weight (either obesity or eating disorder), constipation, cramps, fatigue or sluggishness.

Sacral Chakra: If this chakra is overactive it can cause someone to be overemotional and very quick to attack or invest in others. They will be attracted to drama, moody, and lack personal boundaries. However, if it was underactive, they will become stiff and unemotional, closing themselves off to others with a lack of self-esteem or self-worth. They could possibly find themselves in an abusive relationship. They are also associated with the kidneys and reproductive organs. Symptoms can include lower-back pain or stiffness, urinary issues, kidney pain or infection, and infertility or impotence.

Navel (solar plexus): When overactive, this chakra causes the person to become domineering, aggressive, angry, and perfectionistic or overly critical of oneself or of others. When underactive, they can cause the person to be passive, indecisive, timid, and lack self-control. They are associated with the central nervous system, digestive system, liver, pancreas, and the metabolic system. With an unbalance, physical symptoms can result in various digestive problems, eating disorders, asthma or other respiratory ailments, nerve pain or fibromyalgia, infection in the liver or kidneys, and various other organ problems.

Heart Chakra: As with the idea of the heart, if this is overactive, someone can become extremely loving in a clingy and suffocating sort of way. They can lack the sense of self in a relationship and say yes to everything. Boundaries are lacking and they let everyone in. With it underactive, they can become cold, distant, lonely, and unable or unwilling to open up to others while often becoming grudgeful. The heart chakra is associated with the Thymus gland and immune system, lungs, breasts, arms, and hands. An unbalance can cause heart and circulatory problems such as high blood pressure, heart palpitations, and a heart attack. It can cause poor circulation or numbness, asthma or other respiratory ailments, breast cancer, stiff joints or joint problems in the hands.

Throat Chakra: With a throat chakra overactive, someone can become overly talkative but unable to listen while being highly critical, verbally abusive and condescending towards others. When it is underactive, a person can be introverted, shy, and have difficulty speaking the truth or express their needs. The throat chakra is associated with the thyroid, neck, throat, shoulders, ears, and mouth. An unbalance can cause stiffness or soreness in the neck or shoulders, sore throat, hoarseness or laryngitis, earaches or infection, dental issues or TMJ, and thyroid issues.

Third Eye Chakra: An overactive third eye chakra means that one is out of touch with reality causing someone to lack good judgment, have the inability to focus, and prone to hallucinations. When it is underactive, their thinking can be rigid while closing off new ideas. They can become too reliant on authority, and distrust their inner voice. They can be anxious or cling to the past while being fearful of the future. The third eye is associated with the pituitary, eyes, brow, base of the skull, and biorhythms. An unbalance can cause vision problems, headaches or migraines, insomnia or sleep disorders, seizures, and nightmares. Nightmares are not a physical symptom, but it is a common occurrence in many people.

Crown Chakra: When the crown is overactive, someone can become addicted to spirituality causing them to become heedless of bodily needs and have difficulty controlling their emotions. When it is underactive, they are not open to spirituality and are unable to maintain goals while lacking direction in their life. The crown chakra is associated with the pituitary and pineal glands, brain, hypothalamus, cerebral cortex, and central nervous system. Physical symptoms of an unbalance can cause dizziness, confusion, mental fog, neurological disorders, nerve pain, schizophrenia or other mental disorders.

All of these chakras are associated with different parts of the Endocrine glands and organs.

(Berman, December 26, 2017, paras 19-46)

Since wellness is about prevention and maintenance of good health, meditation can have a very big impact on every aspect of wellness. Spiritually it can help to unlock a higher self and an awareness of everyone and everything around you. Emotionally, keeping the chakras balanced can keep your emotions in check along with mental wellness. Physically, keeping these chakras clear and balanced can minimize issues that can stem from blockages or when the chakras are unbalanced. If everyone in society were able to meditate, I believe that various health issues could be avoided and everyone would be able to live a healthier life.

The article in the references explains all this in more detail along with giving some exercises that can help one get started. I would also like to suggest a book that helped me a lot. It’s called “The Path of Energy” by Dr. Synthia Andrews, ND. I highly, highly recommend this book. I also suggest going onto YouTube and looking up guided meditations. However, if you are like me and cannot focus with a voice guiding you, try to find some instrumental music that appeals to your focus. Binaural beats are also a good choice and can help guide your brain into the focus you need to balance your chakras. For Binaural beats, it is highly suggested to use headphones or earbuds to ensure that you have the highest frequency.

 

Some YouTube links:

Bi-neural beats for chakra balance

Guided meditation for chakra balancing and healing

 

Amazon listing for “The Path of Energy.”

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References

Berman, L., Ph. D. (2017, December 26). Balancing Your Energy Body: A Complete Guide to Chakra Healing. Retrieved from https://www.consciouslifestylemag.com/chakra-healing-energy-body-balancing/

 

Disabilities, Mental Health, wellness

Beginning a Wellness Class

I wanted to start by saying that I have been a bit stressed the past few weeks which is why I am posting so late. I try to post.

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Wellness class: Week 1

After starting at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) in June, I was happy to find out that I was able to take a class about Wellness. Since this blog is based on that aspect of life and trying to find natural ways to help with our everyday lives, I decided that while I was taking this class, I would make my weekly posts as a reflection of the previous week of class.

This week it was an obvious introduction and we were asked what the difference between health and wellness was. I am going to say again what I posted and elaborate a bit more.

I think a complete definition of health would be the state of someone’s body. Like, if they are free from illness if they have ongoing chronic pain, etcetera. Wellness I believe is the way you take care of your body to either keep yourself healthy or aid in the management of an illness you already have. Such things would be your state of mind as well as physical things such as taking vitamins as well as doing Yoga and meditation. I think the main difference between health and wellness is that health is just that. Health, which is the state of how your body is while wellness is the way you take care of your body whether it is in good condition or not.

With wellness, especially with learning natural ways to stay healthy or maintain health, there are so many ways to do it. Even the simple idea of positivity is a perfect start to a wellness plan. I think that this class will be a great asset to learning more about this topic and being able to help others who want to know more about how to use wellness.

Disabilities, Mental Health

Natural Ways to Deal With Anxiety

Some people who are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder have it so severe that they must be on prescription medication to deal with it. I feel very thankful that I am not one of those individuals. I have very bad anxiety, but I have found natural ways to deal with it instead of being on a prescription anti-depressant.

*When reading this, please do not drop all the medications that your doctor has given you to try my methods. I am not a professional. I am just here to give suggestions to help relieve the anxiety and stress that can interrupt life. I want to help people like me who wish to live a more natural life as much as possible. I take prescriptions when I really need them. I take the generic of Cymbalta to treat my Fibromyalgia symptoms. However, these suggestions can be used alongside medications to aid in easing Anxiety

One main way that I deal with my anxiety, is that I try to meditate at least five minutes a day. I found that this method really works if you keep at it. However, not everyone has time for meditation or has the energy to do so. There are some days where I am so exhausted, that I go to bed instead of meditating. There are other times where I am sick and cannot focus enough to meditate.

I found the best way to meditate is to clear and balance all the Chakras. You can find Chakra meditations anywhere online and there are some apps that guide you through a chakra meditation. Clearing out chakras not only clears your mind and anxiety but helps in various ways as well. One time, I had a stomach ache that would not go away. Once I cleared out my stomach Chakra, the ache was gone. I’m not saying that aches and pains are always stemming from clogged chakras, but sometimes they might be. It’s just an observation.

I also found that starting out learning how to meditate, binaural beats help you learn how to get to that state of mind. These beats help, because they are designed to make the brain act a certain way by giving a certain tone to different parts of the brain. I am not a scientist so I cannot exactly elaborate, but it is a great tool for learning how to go into a deep meditation. There are many apps out there with these beats, along with YouTube videos. The best suggestion is to wear earbuds but does not let the volume exceed a certain point or it might hurt your ears.

Another way I relieve stress and anxiety is indulging in my hobbies. I have many of them. I love to write, role play, belly dance, crafts, and cosplay. Role play and writing usually go hand in hand, since I have a few co-written projects with a friend and we role play them in order to work out the kinks. It is not only fun and relieves stress, but it is also productive at the same time. Instead of shutting down my brain, I am engaged in a story and new ideas.

I found that with anxiety, as long as I keep my brain active I do not feel anxiety as much as I would if I was thinking of nothing. If I keep my brain thinking of other things when I have free time, it helps me avoid thinking of negative things that could cause an anxiety attack. This is why I always try to think positive even when everyone around me is thinking negative. I find that positive thinking makes everyone’s day at least a little brighter.

However, sometimes too much brain activity can cause even more anxiety at times. For the times where anxiety is so bad that none of these ideas could quell them, I was previously at a loss until someone suggested to take CBD oil. This oil can take the form of oral or vape. It is an oil that is taken from the hemp/marijuana plant however, it does not contain the chemical THC that causes the “high” and the part that is illegal. I find that one drop of this during one of my anxiety attacks can ease the tension and let me think clearly.

I hope this information can help someone who wants to win their life back.