A Natural Remedy For Migraines That WORKS and No Awful Side Effects

Last year my husband and two boys were on their way up to Vashon Island for NVC Family Camp in my mini-van. As they were exiting the I-5 they were rear ended by an SUV. While my husband and older son were not too badly effected my youngest son Dax who was in the furthest back has suffered with migraines since the accident.

When a parent sees their child laying on the floor screaming in pain as they clutch their head it’s a heartbreaking.  The times I have felt helpless have been few but this is that moment when all that comes over you is to stop the pain. We have been to doctors, chiros, cranial sacral therapist, done energy work, adjusted diet (if you know me, you know we eat really well – no gluten, no dairy, whole foods, etc but I became even more vigilant).

I am always studying, reading, searching, asking for answers, not just for my son but for every single client and anyone who ever asks me about a holistic approach to help them with something. I keep searching because I know there is a solution to the root of the problem – not just a pill to mask a symptom.

Recently in my studies in herbs I found a wonderful new book called Alchemy of Herbs by Rosalee de La Foret. In it she describes essential kitchen herbs with a new light.

It was one paragraph that stood out – that of GINGER and it’s effects on migraines that had me excited.

While I couldn’t get my son to down straight ginger, I’ve started making more things with ginger. A ginger kefir “soda pop”. But my favorite is the Warm Gold Milk.

Here’s my recipe but I always encourage you to try your own and start building your own HEALING KITCHEN LAB NOTEBOOK!

Today I used 1 can of Organic Coconut Milk – full fat. I used 1 T of Coconut cream (oil) 2 teaspoons ginger (powder) 1 T turmeric (powder) 1 tiny pinch of black pepper (finely ground) in a saucepan. Warming, not quite a boil, Stirring constantly. Then I put the whole thing in my Vitamix and blended with about 1 T raw honey. Made 2 cups. Drink warm as this is so soothing but I think it is good when it’s cool too.

I’ve modified her Warm Golden Milk recipe a bit as my son cannot tolerate dairy of any kind and my other son cannot tolerate any pepper or capsicum. But the knowledge and this recipe has been not only a treat but a real solution to migraines for my son. I noticed since I began making and drinking this I have not suffered any migraines or any form of head ache which would sometimes occur weekly.

The most frustrating can be when you don’t know the cause – but knowing that ginger, and we use it in the form of the golden milk drink so turmeric is in there as well, I will continue to look into the properties of ginger and see what the root cause might be.

Since Ginger has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain and since I know ALL disease, illness stems from digestion in one form or another, this gives me more to work with.

We already know our digestion has been under attack since even when we are in the womb. With the understnading now that micro organism populate the gut and the intestines and anywhere we have an imbalance we will see problems. With the onslaught of over use and over prescribing of anti-biotics we are being attacked directly through this outdated thought process of doctoring.

That’s one more step to take back control of our health.

A few things I learned doing just a little more research on Ginger. I knew it was awesome but did you know?  It’s been called “universal medicine” but don’t take my word for it. Here is another great book to take a look at.

The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs: The Most Complete Guide to Natural Healing and …

By Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, Michael Tierra

 

BE BLESSED!

Here’s a Simple Trick To Avoid Gaining Extra Weight and Have Healthy Teeth Too!

When I was modeling in NYC (oh about 25 years ago!) I was always on a “diet”.

One of the best tips that helped me to take anxiety off of dieting was to brush and floss my teeth after I would eat.

After 10-12 times of brushing and flossing my teeth I realized I was eating too many times a day.

When you realize you could be snacking without even thinking – this is including sipping on drinks throughout the day as well as “nibbles” here and there from a candy dish, nut dish or whatever is left out or on hand. it adds up. Not only for the waist line but for the mouth.

After a visit with our dentist and one son having high bad bacteria in his mouth and the other nearly none I realized the difference. My youngest with the high bacteria was constantly nibbling and sipping on kombucha or some special concoction of a drink (usually laced with honey) and this would sit on his teeth and the bacteria would thrive.

So moral of the story – eat your meal then close the kitchen, brush your teeth and don’t eat again or drink (except water) until your next meal. Then repeat! That’s it. Pretty simple. Try it out and let me know how it goes!

Blissed Out Bath With Epsom Salt

I am a big fan of “hydro therapy” and part of the treatment is Pure Epsom Salt!

The gift of water cannot be overlooked.

Hot Springs is a decadent pleasure I learned to love when my husband and I vacationed in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. There is something vitally healing when you soak in water straight from Mother Earth. With it’s spectacular mineral content and elan, you’ll

But if you don’t have a hot spring near you or can’t get to one for Valentine’s Day, create your own mineral bath and treat yourself to a nice soak. I add an abundance of the Epsom Salt.I usually buy the bulk bags at Costco and they carry Dr Teal’s which I find to be an excellent brand. I add my own essential oils of lavender, eucalyptus and something peppermint or spearmint.

Spending 20 minutes on a good soak can do wonders for tired, sore muscles. Don’t like full body baths, try just a foot bath – similar effect and invigorates tired sore feet.

Epsom Salt Bath
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways:

1. Soothes sore muscles
2. Relieves Aches and pains
3. Helps body release toxins
4. Reduces stress
5. Minimizes swelling
6. Refreshes skin’s appearance
7. Rejuvenates tired achy feet

Excellent for whole body relief and wellness!

Happy Valentine’s Eve!

5 Ways To Know Your True Nature

You can learn much from Mother Nature especially as she prepares for winter. Just as the daffodil seemingly lies dormant in the earth or seemingly the chrysalis is lying dormant, so must you trust that in your REST there is great transformation and preparation taking place.

The daffodil does not need anything else to blossom.

The chrysalis does not need anything else to become a butterfly.

Innately you have all you need if you just trust your perfection to blossom completely unto yourself.

When you meet the world and appreciate each opportunity to be who you are, you can realize your greatest potential that often lies dormant for a time.

Feelings sometimes deemed wrong or bad are mistakenly taken for something to suppress or get rid of, when they are part of the blooming process of your very being.

Here are 5 ways to begin a practice of allowing, of being in this place of dormant knowing.

1. Silence – find a quiet place where you will be undisturbed (including distractions of phones, pings, and other) for at least 5 minutes. You may find it helpful to put a timer on so you can remove your attention from time keeping. Then just BE in the silence. There is nothing else to do. Just experience yourself in the whole and perfection that you are. Judgements and contemplation is not silence.  A regular practice of silence can be astonishingly healing.

2. Meditation – light a candle and allow your gaze to be with the flame. Follow your breath flowing in and out, allowing for deeper breaths, more relaxed shoulders, eyelids, any other area of tension to release and become more relaxed with each breath. Do this for at least 1 minute and longer if you can.

3. Walk in nature observing the life that is going dormant or has already moved into it’s dormant state. Feel the settling in energy and observe with delight the natural laws of Mother Nature.

4. Rest – Take a 10-20 minute “cat nap”.  Set up a safe and comfortable place to experience the deliciousness of rest during the day. Wrap yourself in an energetic cocoon of warmth and nurturing rest.

5. Nourishing Sleep – each night as the sun begins to set, allow for the settling in process. Gradually bring the constant borage of artificial light, activity and random chaos to settle. Establish a safe and nurturing sleeping environment free of the digitally programmed world and come back to your true nature to reconnect with your deepest innermost sacred self through natural sleep. I love using natural herbs and essential oils like Valerian root, chamomile or lavender and will add a natural magnesium drink if I am feeling anxious and unable to settle into deep sleep for the night.
Don’t allow for the rushed, overwhelmed, over stimulated condition humans seem to be racing towards forfeit your need for restorative rest and nourishing sleep, for deep reflection to tune in and realign to the only truth that can only blossom from deep within your own roots.

You are whole. You are complete. You are perfection.

You may have just been distracted or interrupted from your own very nature.

I encourage you to take the opportunity to bloom into yourself with one or all of the steps above.

Peace and Blessings.