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“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~Hippocrates
IN THIS ISSUE:
1) THE WELLNESS DESIGN BENEFITS OF GROUNDING
2) THIS MIGRAINE RELIEF SMOOTHIE CAN BE THE BEST DRINK TO FIX BAD HEADACHE
3) SIX REMEDIES FOR CRACKED HEELS
4) UPCOMING NO COST ONLINE EVENTS:
YOUR TOOLS FOR BETTER HEALTH AND BETTER LIFE
1) THE WELLNESS DESIGN BENEFITS OF GROUNDING
By Jamie Gold
Remember the sensate joys of playing barefoot in a field of grass? Or skipping along a stream bed? Or sleeping out at night under the stars? These were among the pleasures of a childhood spent outdoors, sometimes lost to an adulthood spent almost entirely in homes, cars, shops, gyms and offices.
Health professionals say our indoor-dominant lives are costing us, and are prescribing time in contact with natural elements to offset this deficit. “The power of nature is being used widely in the integrative medicine community both through activity, diet, surroundings as well as herbal medicine,” observes associate professor of clinical medicine and fellowship director Ann Marie Chiasson with the University of Arizona’s Andrew Weil Center for
One emerging approach to reconnecting with nature is called grounding (or earthing) and involves physical contact between skin and natural elements, often, but not exclusively, grass or soil. In her book on the subject, Barefoot Wisdom: Better Health Through Grounding, Chiasson and co-author Sharon Whiteley describe the concept this way: “Grounding means tapping into the Earth’s freely available, always accessible, and ever-powerful natural energy to rebalance your body and restore your health.”
Wellness Benefits of Grounding
This is an under-studied area, Chiasson points out. Small-scale tests have looked at the potential for decreasing inflammation and pain, shortening time for muscle recovery after exercising and improving mood, she reports. In these various limited studies, no negative side effects showed up, she adds, except potential contact with stings, sunburn, lyme, fire ants or similar hazards common to
“I use it personally as I have always gone barefoot,” Chiasson adds. “I had chronic pain for years (it has since resolved) and I used to go out and lay on the ground and it would decrease.” It’s not a primary modality of treatment the doctor currently employs but she encourages it for patients. ”Being in nature and grounding are adjuncts to a whole plan for healing (based on the diagnosis).”
Adding Grounding Space to Your Life and Property
If your home has a grassy yard free of hazards, it’s already set up for grounding time, but many properties in urban or even suburban environments lack this space. Landscape architect Siobhan Hussey, senior project manager at Urban Arena’s Oakland, California office, looks at bringing nature into projects like senior housing, memory care, assisted living, private homes, transit communities and master planned developments.
“In landscape architecture we have a term we use
called ‘genius loci,’ otherwise known as spirit of place,” she explains. In order to access that spirit, Hussey focuses on the natural elements of the site. For your property, that can mean incorporating the various senses of sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste and the elements of nature, including earth, water, fire and air, Hussey says.That can include natural materials like stone, water features like fountains or ponds, wind chimes, plants, flowers and herbs and a quiet area away from electronics to savor nature. “I would recommend finding a space to create a relaxation/meditation zone that one can sit in silence, energetically ground into the earth and connect with the genius loci,” she suggests.
That can be harder to achieve in the city, the landscape architect notes, and the outdoor natural elements might be shared with other residents. “In outdoor urban residential community spaces, such as within multi-family transit-oriented developments, I have
incorporated labyrinths, perennial gardens, meditation and yoga zones, social spaces with fire-pit or BBQ, water features, and open lawn spaces,” she shares.
Adding Grounding Potential to Your Life
If you’re an urbanite without any private or semi-private outdoor space, but you live close to a lake, river, bay or beach where it’s safe to rest on the shore or immerse yourself in the water, you have access to a viable grounding alternative, writes Healthline.com, a medically-reviewed consumer website. Busy schedules, parking hassles and family responsibilities may make those visits impractical on a regular basis.
There are also rods, mats, sheets, blankets, bands, patches and socks sold as grounding resources online. “I know there are many products out on the market. I know they have a small bit of research. I am not an expert on the products,” Chiasson says. “ I am a fan of grounding naturally, feet on ground, body on
About the Author: I’m a Wellness Design Consultant and Mayo Clinic Certified Wellness Coach with 17 years in the building, home design and remodeling sphere. Simon & Schuster/Tiller Press published my third book, Wellness by Design, on September 1, 2020.
In addition to writing, I speak on wellness design topics for regional meetings and national conferences, and consult for design industry firms and analysts.
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My two previous books, New Kitchen Ideas That Work and the New Bathroom Idea Book, (both Taunton Press), are available on my website at jamiegold.net.
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2) THIS MIGRAINE RELIEF SMOOTHIE CAN BE THE BEST DRINK TO FIX BAD
By Nibedita Roy
Did you know whipping up a delightful smoothie can relieve bad headache and Migraine pain? Well, this may seem strange, but smoothies with Kale, Spinach and leafy greens can instantly improve bad headaches and heal the pain. Here’s all you need to know about this healing blend.
To make this quick pain healing smoothie, just wash and chop the veggies and leafy greens.
Take a blender and blend in the 4-5 Kale leaves, 1 cup pineapple, 1 chopped cucumber, 1 inch ginger root, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and a dash of rock salt and pepper.
Blend the smoothie so that there are no lumps and mix it with some ice and drink it unstrained. You can squeeze some more lime to accentuate the taste.
How can this pain relieving smoothie heal headache?
Migraine headaches can be unnerving and may leave you feeling drained. While most people rely on medicines to heal the pain, this natural remedy
can help in relieving the pain by just drinking a simple blend.
This is because leafy greens like Kale and Spinach are rich in folate, iron and magnesium, which helps in reducing the cortisol levels. Increased cortisol levels in the body may affect digestion, stress and severe headaches.Apart from that, leafy greens are rich in Vitamin B and B9 which helps in reducing the chances of Migraine attacks. Here’s a simple smoothie that you can whip up and cure your headaches naturally.
3) SIX REMEDIES FOR CRACKED HEELS
During the winter season, the crack deepens on foot for a few. But this is reducible by attempting some natural ways at home.
A cracked heel often disturbs many people. During the winter season, the crack deepens on foot for a few. But this is reducible by attempting some natural ways at home. Here are a few ways to reduce the extreme painful
Olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil or any vegetable oil are good for cracked heels. Soak the legs in water before going to bed for half an hour. Rub the heels on a rock. Then apply any of the vegetable oil and wear socks on it.
The acidic nature of the lemon can heal the cracked heels. Take some lukewarm water and squeeze a lemon into it. Soak the legs in the water for
Then rub the heels on a rock and lean it. Then clean the legs with running water and drain with a towel.
Fruits like avocado, papaya, pineapple, banana etc are good to reduce cracks on the heels. Take a banana, half of an avocado and some grated coconut. Mix this well and apply it to the cracked heels. Massage for some time. After 15 minutes wash it off with normal water. Papaya can also be used.
Take a handful of rice flour and
add 2 tablespoons of honey and Apple cider vinegar. Mix it well until it thickens. Apply this paste on the heels and and massage. If the crack is a deepened one, add some olive oil to it. Before applying the paste, soak the feet in warm water.
Neem leaves and turmeric are natural healers. Make a paste out of the two with a little water and apply it on the foot. Massage and keep it for half an hour. Wash the legs and dry them with a towel.
Glycerine and rose water
Make a solution of rose water and glycerin in equal proportion, apply it before going to bed.
4) UPCOMING NO COST ONLINE EVENTS: YOUR TOOLS FOR BETTER HEALTH AND LIFE
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Beyond the Veil Summit, October 11-15, 2021: you’ll hear illuminating insights from 30 medical professionals, researchers, those who’ve tasted death and come back from it, and experts who can communicate with those who have crossed over (and can teach you how to do the same).
Supercharge Your Chakra Practice: How to Heal Your Energy Centers & Unleash the Full Power of Your Life Force.
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