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Healing Soul

Self Care Tips When Your Energy Is Low

We all feel it; whether it’s creeping up on you at the beginning of your day, that mid-afternoon crash or sinking in at the end of your night, we all feel it. That sensation of your energy slipping away from you, the draining feeling you get when you’re finally able to sit down and take a breath. It can fully surround your mind and body like a crashing wave, leaving you in an overall “ugh” state of feeling. In the busy world of today, it can be hard to keep up with the non-stop hours we put in at work and the day to day tasks that consume our lives. We just barely have enough time at the end of the day to collect ourselves and try to recharge, just so we can do it all over again the next day and so on. It’s an endless cycle that unfortunately can make us feel like we’re continuously running on an empty tank. With all of us hustling hard to stay on top of things, even thinking about self-care sometimes can be almost humorous with how drained we’re feeling. So how can we try to combat such a thing you might ask? Coming from one exhausted human being to another, I’m here to share some of my personal self care tips and insight on to a subject that none of us are a stranger to.


Self Care Tips That Matter

One of the most important things, that I cannot stress enough, is to make rest a priority. I know, “easier said than done.” If you’re like me, you might put other people and their needs before your own, which in itself is a commendable trait but also not the healthiest for anyone, especially you. As someone with a caretaker mentality, I know how easy it can be to get wrapped up into taking care of others, to the point where you can lose yourself and in turn become toxic. In a previous blog entitled, “Realizing You’re In A Toxic Relationship”, I opened up more about this specific topic. But I will say that this statement couldn’t be truer; ‘you need to take care of yourself first in order to take care of others.’ When you’re rundown, how do you expect to properly take care of someone else when you can’t properly care for yourself? It’s like a battery that only has half of its power; sure you’ll be able to get some use out of it, but it won’t last as long or have the same efficiency as if it had its full power. Thinking of ourselves as these batteries, it’s important to remember we have the capacity to achieve more when we’re fully charged. True enough, life can hit us with some curve balls and roadblocks that throw us out of sync depleting our charge, but it’s our responsibly to ourselves to get back in sync. Mental, physical and emotional rest are essential for a healthy running system; when one’s out of commission, the others have to pick up the slack and therefore they can’t run as smoothly. Everything works in conjunction together, so when one thing is out of order, the others tend to follow.

If you’re like me, you might put other people and their needs before your own, which in itself is a commendable trait but also not the healthiest for anyone, especially you.

Doing something as simple as setting a specific time to go to sleep at night and sticking to it can help immensely. We all need rest, and what helps others rest might not work for you, so it’s important to figure what things you like to do to unwind. Whether it’s reading a book, taking a hot bath with essential oils or listening to an audio, find out what truly helps you detox from the chaos around so you can give yourself the rest you deserve.


Disconnect from Social Media

Another form of self-care that I found really helps is disconnecting from social media and taking a break from your phone. Now, now, no need to panic! I know in this digital age it seems unfathomable to put our phones down, let alone get off certain apps but it can do you a world of good from time to time. When I say “disconnecting,” I simply mean just closing down apps, turning off their notifications and clicking that phone screen off. There’s far less temptation when there are no notifications coming in! The great thing about this is that its only temporary, you set the time restraints so it can be as long or as short as you’d like.


Starting off slow and building your way up can help instead of jumping right into it. It probably won’t be very liked in the beginning as it’s a bit jarring, almost like you’re lost without hearing those familiar beeps and pings erupting from your phone. But when it’s difficult to stay away from your phone, that’s when you know it’s become a bad habit of sorts and it’s a good idea to take a step back. It’s all too easy to be sucked into the virtual universe with seemingly endless scrolling and liking, everything is just at your fingertips. But it starts to become an issue when you’re more glued to your phone then you are to your real life.


Putting our phones down and stepping outside to breathe in some fresh air can be so renewing. Just being outside for few minutes and taking in your surroundings can be the reset from cyber world that you need. Appreciate the beauty of nature by experiencing it firsthand instead of liking someone’s post about it online. Don’t feel like going outside? Open a window and get some of the same effects as if you were out there yourself. Disconnecting isn’t something that you should feel sorry for doing either, it’s necessary to find the right balance and give yourself time to be present in life without your eyes stuck on a screen. Letting the people in your life know that you’re taking a break opens up the lines of communications and can set everyone’s mind at ease; your people know you’re okay and you don’t have to worry about them thinking you’ve disappeared or ghosted them. Give your eyes and your mind a break from technology every once in a while and see the difference it can make for you, your energy and your mood!


Get Real with Your Feelings

One last point I’d like to talk about is feelings. When your energy and mood is low, sometimes we downplay what we’re feeling and going through for the benefit of others. I get it, we don’t want to bring others down with us and that’s quite considerate. But at the same time it doesn’t help anything, we may have covered up how we felt to them but that doesn’t take away from the fact that we’re still feeling those things. It’s important to be honest with others but it’s equally as important to be honest with ourselves. ‘It’s okay not to be okay’ is one of my very favorite sayings because it’s the truth.

You can’t make a flower flourish without water, just like you can’t quench your thirst from an empty glass. Self-care and being honest about your feelings is not selfish, it’s necessary.


There are going to be days when you feel like you can’t get out of bed because your energy is so depleted, and that’s okay. And there will be days that you’ll feel like staying in instead of going out and socializing and that okay as well. We all have good days and bad days. So don’t push yourself farther than you can handle on those bad days just to make it easier on the people around you. You can’t make a flower flourish without water, just like you can’t quench your thirst from an empty glass. Self-care and being honest about your feelings is not selfish, it’s necessary. Value yourself enough to take care of you and be honest to yourself and others about what you’re feeling. The more we’re able to openly communicate with each other, the more understanding and compassion we send out into the world.


21 Self Care Tips For When Your Energy is Low


Here’s a quick list of tips to try for yourself when your energy is low. Try some or try them all and see
what works best for you!

  • Hydrate
  • Meditate
  • Spend time outside (at least 15 minutes to start, weather permitting)
  • Take a nap
  • Read a book
  • Talk to a friend or family member
  • Pamper Yourself
  • Write in your journal
  • Light some candles, incense, or sage
  • Cleanse your space
  • Put on a facial mask
  • Take a warm/hot bath or shower
  • Eat your favorite healthy snacks
  • Cuddle with your fur baby(ies)
  • Take a break from your phone
  • Listen to therapeutic healing music or tones
  • Stretch or do some light yoga
  • Watch your favorite movie or series
  • Listen to an inspiring Ted Talk
  • Listen to a podcast, audio book, or sleep story
  • Recite Affirmations full of positivity and self-love


Self Care is for EVERYONE

The takeaway from this is to make you a priority, no matter what your energy level is at, take the much needed steps to make sure you’re taking care of you. Self-care is needed at all times but when our energy is low, that is the time that self-care is needed the most. We’re all a little too hard on ourselves sometimes so give yourself (your mind, body and soul) rest you so rightly deserve. Because at the end of the day, our health is all that we really have, so we owe it to ourselves to take the extra care when it’s needed. Many things can be the culprit in our low energies; from life itself, not enough rest/sleep, illness, work, poor hydration/diet, seasonal changes, relationships, other stressors, you name it! As long as we consciously recognize these things and are actively working on improving them, (and seeking the proper professional help if need be) that’s all that really matters. We’re all doing the best that we can, so remember to be gentle with yourself. Treat yourself as you would treat a close friend going through the same thing, be that friend to yourself. So if you weren’t able to accomplish a lot today or get the things done that you wanted to, let me be that friend to you and say that I’m still proud of you and you should be proud of you too. Always remember, you got this!


About the Author
Rebecca Pallack is an inspiring writer born and raised in the Chicagoland area. When she’s not filing a page with her inner most thoughts, she has four legged creatures to keep her days busy. Writing has always been one of her passions, with words flowing as freely to her fingertips as air flows deeply into lungs. Through her writings hopes to make the world a better, more understanding place, one passage at a time.



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Healing Mind

How Alcohol Can Your Disrupt Your Mental Health

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Many people turn to alcohol when they need cheering up but it only serves as a band-aid solution for a far serious problem, and in fact, can lead to more problems both physically and mentally. A lot of addiction treatment centers have recommended lowering the intake of alcohol down to a few glasses per week in order to avoid incurring mental issues. 

 

Alcohol Changes Brain Chemistry


Our brain functions thanks in part to the critical balance of chemicals like hormones and neurotransmitters. Alcohol, being a depressant, can disrupt that balance and affect our thoughts, feelings, and actions. In some cases, it causes so much damage to the brain’s process that the damage becomes permanent. You might feel relaxed when you are under the influence of alcohol but that’s a sign that it is affecting the function of neurotransmitters. Alcohol dulls the effects of those chemical signals which is why we feel less anxious and a lot looser when we drink.

 

Alcohol Can Increase Stress + Anxiety

It is common for many to think that alcohol can be a solution to the stress and anxiety we feel in life. But this has been proven to be wrong. While one glass of wine after a particularly long day can ease the tension and help you relax, too much alcohol consumption can lead to feelings of depression and increase one’s anxiety. Long-term alcohol consumption can also exacerbate the stress in life. This is due to the fact that alcohol can lead to the suppression of many of the brain’s neurotransmitters the proper functioning of which is crucial for good mental health.

 

Alcohol Can Contribute to Depression

As mentioned previously, alcohol is a major factor in our feelings of depression. Drinking heavily and for too long can put you at risk for developing signs of depression. The brain chemistry is already disrupted due to the large amounts of alcohol in the system and the permanent damage it has already caused in the brain. Alcohol also lowers the level of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain, a chemical signal that helps regulate our mood. It is given the fact that there is a correlation between low serotonin levels and the onset of depression.

 

Alcohol Can Damage Your Brain

Not only does alcohol affect brain chemistry, but it can also lead to neuron death which slows the brain’s processing power and impairs the formation of memory. Large intakes of alcohol can completely stop the brain from forming new memories, commonly known as a “blackout.” Blackouts per se don’t necessarily mean neurons are dying in the brain but repeated sessions of heavy drinking can eventually lead to cell death. Once a brain cell dies, it is very rare that they regenerate.

 


 

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Lily Brooks is an avid blogger. She writes about a variety of topics including health, science, and literature. She is currently working with TheBeachesTreatmentCenter, a fully accredited & licensed Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Center.

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Body Healing

Invest in Your Health

Your health is a pure reflection of what is going on inside your body, mind and soul. Physical health is one of the most important things you can invest in, especially during the fall and winter months on the Northern Hemisphere. If you’re anything like how I used to be, you’d put off going to the doctors for your annual check up or avoid taking any real preventative measures for boosting your health and immunity.  Depending on how you grew up and where your parents landed on the socioeconomic scale, doctor visits and health insurance may seem like a simple necessity or a huge luxury. In my world, I was so used to compiling a list of things I “couldn’t afford”, that I ended up making myself even more sick and miserable, year after year. 


Your Health is an Investment, Not an Expense

Somewhere down the line, we became disconnected from our bodies. We stopped eating whole foods full of nutrients and vitamins. We substituted exercise and moving in the fresh air to globo-gyms with recycled air and repetitive, aggressive movements. We forgot about the mantras, the chants, the medicine of song and dance. Many of us find ourselves in the cycle of feeling stressed, tired, overweight, unhappy, unsatisfied, and bored. This is not how we were meant to live. We aren’t supposed to strictly “survive” our day-to-day, we’re meant to thrive.


When we find ourselves in a cycle similar to what I mentioned above, it’s easy for us to find reasons why we won’t be able to get out of said cycle. We blame genetics, our lack of income to see a doctor or pay for the expensive supplements all the health gurus tell us we need. We tell ourselves the story we don’t have the time, the money, the support- the list goes on. But here’s the solid truth that no one has dared to say because quite frankly, it isn’t sexy and it isn’t profitable- You aren’t making your health and well-being a priority. Period. This usually comes from a lack of value systems and understanding our self-worth. I’m going to tell you RIGHT NOW, you are SO worth investing in, and your HEALTH is so worth the investment. 


How do we go from a “lack-mentality” in our consciousness to an “abundance mentality”? Changing our inner dialogue from “I can’t afford this” to “I deserve this” is one of the easiest steps to take, and it doesn’t cost you anything. My twenties pretty much consisted of avoiding doctor visits, and doing my best not to end up in a hospital because I didn’t have health insurance. I looked at anything outside the realm of going to the gym as a luxury I just simply couldn’t afford. I was viewing these outside sources as unnecessary expenses, not an investment for my future self and my health.


Protect Your Health During, “Flu Season”


Hmm.. Why the quotation marks, you ask? Because the, “Flu Season” isn’t a thing. As a collective, many people come down with the flu during the fall and winter months especially because of the inability for our bodies to adapt to decrease sun exposure. Mix this with stress for end of the year holidays, shuttling the kids back and forth to their practices and training, less water intake and usually more alcohol intake, and let’s not forget the extra sugary snacks, artificial holiday drinks, and an increase in heavy “comfort” food. It’s a recipe for disaster. We create internal chaos for our system, our immunity levels are super low, and we catch the flu of the week. 


Want some immunity-boosting tips for the Fall? Listen to, Welcoming the Fall Equinox” podcast with Erin Oberlander for some practical tips and advice for thriving during the fall and winter months.


How can we support our bodies and our immune system in the most ethical and economic ways? Below is a list of a few natural remedies that are super worth the once-in-a-while splurge and investment, as well as practical tips you can incorporate in your daily practice that will help boost your immunity and protect your health. 


Holistic Practices That Are Worth The Investment


High Quality Probiotics

I know. Five or six years ago if you told me I’d be buying $65 dollar bottles of probiotics I would have laughed and said, “yah, sure bro.” I also at the point had not experienced dengue in the midst of the jungles in Mexico. Want to know one of the main things that got me out of that horrible, less than desirable experience? Probiotics. Of course, high quality doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be expensive. And what works for me may not work for you. We all have different genetics, and have gone through different traumas in our lives. For me, I had constant ulcers and stomach problems as a child all the way through my teenage years. I was a nervous, stressed out, introverted being and I did absolutely nothing for probably 25 years to address my gut-health. 


What Are Probiotics? Probiotics are live bacteria that line your digestive tract and support your body’s ability to fight off infection and absorb proper nutrients. According to a study in 2016, it was found that our bodies contain almost the same amount of bacteria in our gut as it does for cells in our entire body. This really puts into perspective how important our gut health is. 


Why Should I Invest in Probiotics for My Health? Having healthy amounts of good gut-bacteria is extremely beneficial for your health. It’s responsible for creating enzymes that destroy harmful bacteria. Good gut-bacteria is responsible for producing vitamin B12 and vitamin K2. Vitamin k2 helps activate certain proteins that play a role in calcium metabolism, heart health, and blood clotting. In 2015, a study revealed the direct link to the “gut-brain connection” and notes the complex dance that happens within our gut and brain. Some early research suggests a link to aiding in our mental health with the use of good quality probiotics.


Which Probiotics are Best For Me?

This is very dependent on you,  your body, and what it needs. I always suggest to get the real deal before spending money on secondary supplementation. What foods are naturally high in probiotics?

  • Fermented vegetables such as Kimchi and Sauerkraut
  • Probiotic-rich non-pasturized greek yogurt
  • Kombucha
  • Kefir
  • Miso Soup
  • Pickles/ Pickled vegetables


For those who already know they have difficulty absorbing nutrients (ahem, Hi!), a probiotic supplement is probably the route you want to take. ALWAYS consult with your doctor, nutritionist or naturopath before beginning new supplements into your diet. 

Below are some of my most recommended probiotic supplements.


Bone Broth

Bone broth is extremely nutritious and holds so many health benefits. Bone broth is a highly nutrient dense liquid containing brewed bones, herbs, vegetables and connective tissues. To make bone broth, you can use cow, pork, chicken, and or fish bones. Drinking bone broth has been studied extensively in the past five years and may be beneficial for the joints, immunity and digestive system, among many other things.

Photo from Dr.Axe


Can I buy bone broth? Or do I need to make my own? Personally, I prefer to make my own bone broth. It is a labor of love and patience is definitely needed as it takes up to 8-12 hours for some recipes. However, when I make my own broth, I know exactly which ingredients are being used and I can alter the flavors. Over the past three to five years, bone broth has been growing in popularity and companies have hopped on the Bone Broth train- allowing for the health benefits of this liquid gold concoction along with the convenience of buying pre-made. Either way, as long as you take into account where the bones and produce are coming from, both are fine options.


What are the Benefits of Bone Broth? There are SO many benefits for drinking and enjoying bone broth for your health and immunity. As the fall and winter months approach, one of the best things you can do for your immune system is drink some broth on a regular basis. Below are some key benefits of bone broth.

  • May protect joints and benefit joint health
  • May help fight osteoarthritis
  • Can help reduce inflammation
  • Heals the gut
  • May aid in restful sleep
  • Boost in collagen (cellular rejuvenation)
  • Increase in bone strength


High Quality Bone Broth Brands

I completely understand. You have a life, maybe you have kids, maybe you have a full course load for school and work part time. Maybe you aren’t very time-rich yet, but you want to take the right steps towards your holistic health journey. Here are a few of my absolute favorite, high quality, ethical bone broth brands and companies.


Holistic Practices That Are Economical

If you aren’t fully able to invest in your health due to financial reasons – I have you covered! There are a handful of simple changes you can do to your routine that will help boost your immunity and benefit your health and overall well-being. I know- this is probably “health advice” you have heard a million times. However, I want to challenge you to try these tips in a week and see how your body responds. You never know- it may just turn into part of your holistic routine.


Get Restful Sleep

I know this isn’t news to anyone, and we hear this ALL the time. When it comes to your immunity and health, sleep plays a huge role. TO be clear, sleeping or getting extra sleep won’t prevent you from getting sick. Lack of sleep will trigger our immune response and possibly suppress your immune system, leaving you susceptible to the cold or flu. Our body needs time to rest and regenerate. If you find your schedule being disrupted by obligations, busy work week, etc., it’s best to fully invest in some naps. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “Taking two naps that are no longer than 30 minutes each —one in the morning and one in the afternoon—has been shown to help decrease stress and offset the negative effects that sleep deprivation has on the immune system.  “


In a recent study published in 2017 mentions, “when sleep deprived people are given a vaccine, there is a lower antibody response and if you expose sleep deprived people to a rhinovirus they are more likely to get the virus,” Generally speaking, a healthy sleeping pattern is integral for our survival. Our bodies need sleep to fight off infectious diseases as well.


Long term lack of sleep can also increase your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart and blood vessel diseases. Research indicates your body reacts to sleep deprivation by producing what scientists call a “c-reactive protein”. This particular protein is a marker for inflammation, which plays a huge role in many diseases.


Stay Hydrated!

This also is another tip that sounds so simple (because it is!), but many of us don’t get our recommended amounts of water daily. Typically during the winter months we find ourselves dehydrated and inflamed which is a welcome mat for virus’s and dis-ease. If you think about it, our physical composition is like 70% water. If we’re not drinking water then we’re depriving our body of hydration. Want to know something else? We typically tend to get a more restful sleep when we’re fully hydrated and less stressed.


Drinking fluids and staying hydrated is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the function of our organs and body, including your heart, brain, and muscles. Fluids carry nutrients to your cells, flush bacteria from your bladder, and helps prevent from being constipated, which can lead to a lot of GI and lower abdominal discomfort.


Many people find it hard to start drinking more water on a daily basis. When we find ourselves chronically dehydrated, our bodies tend to be a little bit more acidic within our Ph – system. An acidic body = a welcome mat for dis-ease. An alkalized body = healthy. Making sure our bodies are in an alkaline state also helps fight free-radical damage and inflammation while supporting healthy cellular regeneration within your body so you can stay healthy and thrive.


Invest In Your Health Now For A Healthy Future


Life rips sometimes. And its hard for many of us to focus on our health or create healthy habits for ourselves. Falling off the ball or having a difficult time “starting” a new routine is perfectly normal and doesn’t make you less of human being. Hopefully these tips gave you some insight and can encourage you to implement at least one or two new things on your road to health and wellness. Be well!


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Canna-recipes Healing

How To Make Cannabis Coconut Oil

Cooking with cannabis doesn’t have to be difficult or intimidating! The first skill to master on your cannabis culinary path is creating a solid base for your edibles. Typically cannabis has been infused with butter, however, if a plant based option is more your style, you’ll definitely want to try making cannabis infused coconut oil.


Benefits of Cannabis Coconut Oil

These are some benefits when it comes to cannabis coconut oil. Coconut oil is quite arguably one of the best oils for creating strong cannabis infusions, salves, topicals and medicinal edibles because it has a high saturated fat content. Coconut oil is naturally high in fat and is a great alternative to animal products such as butter (no shade, I still love making medicated ghee). What makes cannabis coconut oil so potent is the unusually high amount of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) found in the oil, which is a great binder for the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant and is an excellent “driver” of nutrients to the body. What does this all mean? The coconut oil makes it capable of absorbing more THC, Terpenes, Flavinoids and Cannabinoids than the traditional route when using butter or other types of oils for medicated infusions. While butter has a saturated fat of about 60%, coconut oil is about 90% saturated (GOOD) fat.


Dosing & Potency

When it comes to cooking with cannabis and cannabis infusions- dosage is an important factor. Too much THC can lead to an overwhelming feeling of anxiety or paranoia – yeah, not fun. In this recipe, I use 7 grams of flower to 1 cup of coconut oil. Keep in mind that this is an estimation, as potency can get lost in the process of making your infusion. It also depends on the strength and potency of the flower you choose.

Example Break Down: Every 1 gram of cannabis bud has 1,000 mg of dry weight. If a strain has about 10% THC, 10% of 1,000mg would be 100mg. For cooking with cannabis and baking at home you can assume that a gram of cannabis contains about 100mg THC.


In this recipe, the potency breakdown goes as follows:

  • THC % = 24.09% ( In this recipe I used Amnesia Haze strain which was testing very high)
  • THC in entire infusion = 1,686.30 mg
  • THC per teaspoon of infusion = 35.13 mg
  • THC per ml of infusion = 7.12 mg

***These numbers and potency will vary depending on the strain of your cannabis, cook time, and decarb. As a rule of thumb, whenever I’m cooking a recipe with medicated oil for the first time, I test it out by adding 1-2 tbsp and go from there.


Recipe

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Healing

Realizing You’re in a Toxic Relationship

I’ve had a lot of toxic people weave themselves in and out of my life; they’ve come in the forms of acquaintances, so called “friends,” romantic relationships and even family members. Toxic people seek out gentle souls; they want someone to pick apart, to dismantle from the inside out and poison them with their manipulation until they’re a shell of their former selves. They see something beautiful within you, something they don’t have or see within themselves. They want to destroy that light that’s in you, to bring you down to their level. It’s sometimes hard to see a situation for what it is when you’re in it yourself. You can’t really see it from an “outside looking in” perspective, making it more difficult to identify. 


But once you’ve hit that realization, that overwhelming knowledge of, “What happening?”- it hits you like a bolt of lightning; completely shocking your system and leaving you in a state of distress. It’s a hard pill to swallow, that you couldn’t see what was right in front of you. But coming to that realization, that’s the beginning of how you take your power back. When a toxic person can no longer control you, they may try to control how others see you. That’s their way of trying to keep the control they had over you intact but with your new knowledge, you now know the game they’re playing. You may feel inclined to react, to reach out to them to say something, but that’s exactly what they want. And here’s the thing. You. Don’t. Owe. Them. Anything.

“They see something beautiful within you, something they don’t have or see within themselves. They want to destroy that light that’s in you, to bring you down to their level. “

You have every right to cut toxic people off and out of your life without any explanation or warning. It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but you owe it to yourself to drop the baggage of them holding you down. They’ve taken enough from you, they don’t deserve to get anything else out of you. You deserve to make yourself a priority. The road to healing isn’t an easy one; it’s bumpy, difficult and sometimes hard to face. But know this; you WILL get through it, you WILL heal from the damage they have inflicted. The scars that are left behind from them do not define you, they are apart of you, but they are not who you are. It’s an everyday thing healing, an every minute thing, to heal from various types of trauma. Some days will be easier than others but little by little, the weight of the situation will lessen over time. I know this first handedly because I’m a sadly no stranger to this type of treatment and I myself am still healing everyday.

“…we are only human and we all make mistakes. And sometimes, some of those mistakes just happen to be people. “

The most important take away is to be kind and forgive yourself, we are only human and we all make mistakes. And sometimes, some of those mistakes just happen to be people. Unfortunately people don’t come with a warning label and looks can be deceiving, you never really know whats lying just underneath the surface of someone’s intentions. But everything is a learning experience, whether it’s good or bad. Life is all about the journey, not the destination. It doesn’t matter how long the journey takes because the journey is never ending, so don’t give up along the way to get there. Remember to be gentle with yourself, we’re all just a work in progress. 

So I’ll end this with a short but powerful statement. When you forgive, you heal. And when you let go, you grow. And that, that is where your power lies.


Rebecca Pallack is an inspiring writer born and raised in the Chicagoland area. When she’s not filing a page with her inner most thoughts, she has four legged creatures to keep her days busy. Writing has always been one of her passions, with words flowing as freely to her fingertips as air flows deeply into lungs. Through her writings hopes to make the world a better, more understanding place, one passage at a time.

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Canna-recipes Healing Nourish

Medicated Turmeric Quinoa Bowls

Medicated turmeric quinoa bowls are one of my favorite plant-based meals. This recipe can be modified to your liking, so this can be a completely vegan, plant-based meal or your can add your favorite meats. This recipe utilizes four main ingredients that bring plenty of nutrition to the body. The four main ingredients include:


Medicated Coconut Oil Benefits

Coconut oil is a popular form to make medicated oil. Coconut oil contains Lauric acid — when digested, lauric acid creates a monoglyceride that acts as an antimicrobial agent. Coconut oil has among the highest concentration of fatty acids (good saturated fats). The abundance of these fatty acids in the coconut oil create a stronger binding agent for cannabinoids. Compounds in cannabis are fat soluble. Coconut oil has a very high saturated fat content for a plant-derived oil. Combination of these as a mixture can help boost the immunity and improve health


Turmeric Benefits

Turmeric is considered to be one of the most powerful herbs on the planet. As of right now, there are over 13,000 peer-reviewed studies on the topic of turmeric. Turmeric contains Curcumin, which is the active ingredient responsible for so many of its benefits. Research has shown that turmeric plays a responsible role in aiding in helping with depression. These results seem to be connected to the way curcumin impacts neurotransmitter function through the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).


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Medicated Turmeric Golden Latte

Turmeric Tea or Golden Lattes have been a huge buzzword since 2016. If you’ve been in the wellness world for a while, you probably know about the immense amounts of nutritional and healing benefits turmeric has. If you haven’t tried a golden latte yet, you’re missing out! It is a creamy and dairy-free hot drink that’s packed with nutrients. By adding cannabis to this delicious and potent latte, not only will you be ingesting the nutrients of turmeric and ginger but you will be getting a lot of benefits from the cannabis plant as well. Turmeric may be one of the most effective nutritional supplement in existence. Curcumin is a component found in Turmeric that is strongly anti-inflammatory. In fact, curcumin is so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs, without the side effects.


When is the Best Time to Drink a Medicated Golden Latte?

There’s no wrong way to drink this medicated golden latte. However, due to the specific spices and herbs in this drink, studies have shown that this combination may help with better, restful sleep and relaxation. This drink is very warming and comforting, which is why I enjoy drinking this in the evening. Consuming turmeric supports digestion, immune function, liver function, and may even offer protection from some types of cancer.

What I love about this medicated golden latte recipe is that this drink actually maximizes the natural antioxidant power of turmeric because it is served hot and is combined with other beneficial spices and a little bit of fat.


Disclaimer

You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your mental or physical health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional.


References

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Medicated Vegan Gluten-Free Pancake Recipe

Who doesn’t love pancakes? Cannabis is an intelligent, nutrient-dense plant and my goal is to treat it as any other culinary ingredient. Enjoy this delicious, vegan and gluten free medicated pancake recipe with an organic blueberry compote.


What I love about this recipe is that it’s extremely versatile and great for the morning. The specific strain I used for my medicated coconut oil is Cannatonic. This strain is known to be lower in THC and higher and CBD. I like using this strain for my meals when I know I want a more mellow and relaxing experience.


This is also a great recipe to have in the morning because you won’t be left feeling too heavy or sluggish after enjoying your medicated pancakes.


Disclaimer

You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your mental or physical health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional.

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Body Healing

Top 3 Adaptogens For Better Sleep



Ask any health or wellness Guru, sleep is VITAL for a healthy, vibrant life. I have received a lot of feedback and questions from a previous post about How To Navigate Stress. Many people are currently looking for more holistic and natural ways to help navigate stress and find a healthier solution for deeper sleep, and believe it or not, adaptogens can help. It’s important to remember not ALL adaptogens are the same. And it’s equally important to note that not all people metabolize and digest these herbs the same. These intelligent plants, herbs and roots have been around for hundreds of years and have been used for medicinal healing.


What Are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are a class of plants and herbs that are thought to fight stress and bring balance and harmony to the body. Sounds amazing right? The concept of “adaptogens” comes from a Hungarian-Canadian endocrinologist named Hans Selye. In his early work, Hans Selye broke down the human stress response into three phases: Alarm, Resistance, and Exhaustion.

Imagine this: Many of us work and hustle and grind until we hit a wall of bricks and we call that exhaustion or burn out. At this point, we may be experiencing acute insomnia, having issues getting a deep, restful sleep, or even consistently waking up at the same time in the middle of the night. Based upon Hans Selye’s 3 levels of stress responses, it’s safe to say once our body/mind hits “resistance”, that’s our cue to look inwardly and figure out how to fix that. There’s NO reason for us to reach burn-out mode to finally start giving our bodies and soul the love and care it’s been screaming out for.


Can Adaptogens Make You Tired?

Adaptogens won’t necessarily give you a drowsy affect to sleep – but many will have immediate responses to lowering your stress levels, targeting areas of your body where there might be some over compensation or over-working, and helps bring that stress down. This in turn allows for your body to get into a deeper and more restful sleep. Equally, adaptogens are also able to simultaneously elevate your energy if that is lacking.


Eleuthero

Eleuthero is also referred to as Siberian Ginseng. Eleuthero is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for muscle spasms, lowering blood pressure, cognitive function, joint pain, insomnia, and fatigue. In Germany, its use is approved for chronic fatigue syndrome, impaired concentration, and convalescing after illness.

Dose: 2-3 grams per day of the dried root.

Caution: As with Asian ginseng, Eleuthero is generally safe. But occasionally it has been associated with agitation, palpitations or insomnia in patients with cardiovascular disorders. If you have high blood pressure, your blood pressure should be monitored when taking it.


Holy Basil

Holy Basil is also referred to as, Tulsi. Holy Basil has been used for hundreds of years in Ayurvedic Medicine. In regards to sleep, it’s helpful to know that holy basil is overall very calming and gives the body and overall sense of relaxation and wellbeing.

Dose: The appropriate dose of holy basil depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. The easiest way to incorporate Holy Basil into your routine is to enjoy some tea and follow the instructions on the package.

Caution: Holy basil might lower blood sugar levels. This might interfere with controlling blood sugar levels. People with type 2 diabetes may need to adjust dosing for insulin or antidiabetes drugs. Holy basil might slow blood clotting, so there is a concern that it could increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using holy basil at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.


Cordyceps

Cordyceps are a fungal spore (mushroom) that grows native to China and is all around the Tibetan area. Cordyceps have been described in ancient Chinese and Traditional Tibetan medicine books for hundreds of years. This potent mushroom has been said to improve people’s energy, sleep habits, digestion, stamina, libido and endurance. Be VERY CAREFUL to read the ingredients of any supplement that promotes or advertises cordyceps. Wild, Natural sources of cordyceps come with a heavy price tag (about $20,000 USD / Kilo). If a Cordyceps supplement is claiming to be Cordyceps sinensis and it is made in China, it is almost certainly Cordyceps Cs-4.

Dose: Dosing supported by quality data is unavailable and there is not enough scientific studies to promote a specific dosage. Many herbal supplements on the market contain varying undefined levels of this product.

Caution: Cordyceps is generally considered safe. However, mild GI discomfort, including diarrhea, dry mouth, and nausea, has been reported in clinical studies.


Disclaimer:

Although I am speaking about my own personal experience, I am not a licensed therapist, doctor, or nutritionist. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your mental or physical health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional.


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5 Types of CBD

CBD is everywhere. It’s about damn time. With the Cannabis Boom that we’re currently in, many companies are popping up overnight with CBD-infused elixirs, oils, gummies… You get the idea. But with SO many amazing products to choose from, it can seem a little intimidating when you look at the label and see, “Nano-enhanced CBD Hemp Oil” or what the heck is Full-Spectrum CBD ? No worries, I got you.


What Is CBD ?

CBD is one of the many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids interact with the body’s Endo-cannabinoid System in ways that researchers are still learning and understanding. CBD stands for cannabidiol and does NOT contain any psychoactive properties. Basically, you won’t get stoned when using CBD. There is much evidence and many scientific studies looking at the connection with CBD and working in conjunction with symptoms such as dizziness, pain, anxiety, insomnia, and even used for seizures, opioid addiction, arthritis, epilepsy, PTSD among many others.


What Type of CBD is right for me?

It’s important to note that we are all comprised of different genetic backgrounds, experience different triumphs and traumas, and metabolize at different rates. Understanding which CBD product is right for you is a kind invitation to understanding and listening to your body a little more effectively and frequently. In my personal experience, feeding my Endocannabinoid system daily is an effective way for me to heal and thrive, as well as practice cultivating an appreciation of preventative wellness. Let me clearly define the 5 different types of CBD.


Full-Spectrum CBD

Full-Spectrum CBD is a cannabis-derived compound that comes from the whole plant that contains CBD and a handful of other phytocannabinoids. Some of these phytocannabinoids include THC, CBN, THCA, CBC, and the newly popular CBG.


Broad-Spectrum CBD

Broad-Spectrum CBD contains all phytocannabinoids in the plant but does not contain any detectable amount of THC. Broad-spectrum CBD is a fantastic choice for those who can’t have any trace of THC is their system, whether it be due to legal purposes, passing a drug test, etc.,


CBD Isolate

Some oil companies and beverage companies now advertise CBD Isolate. This means it contains only the CBD isolate, which is a purified CBD molecule. The key difference here is that it does not contain other phytocannabinoids like full or broad spectrum.


Nano CBD

Nano CBD is a compound where the molecules of CBD are shrunken down and turned into a water-based form. With this particular process, it allows the CBD to pass through skin and blood stream barrier much more easily and quickly than any oil-based form. This is a great option for those in chronic pain needing fast relief.


Hemp Seed Oil / Hemp Oil

Hemp seed oil is cold pressed from hemp seeds. It does not contain CBD or any phytocannabinoids. There are many companies out there that claim their product provides the best form of CBD but if you see the word “Hemp” on the packaging, by law there product should not contain CBD unless stated in ingredients or packaging.

Although there is still a long way to go to understanding the intricacies of the endocannabinoid system and how our bodies interact with the different components of the cannabis plant, it is clear that CBD may be an effective way to help heal any dis-ease or ailment you may be experiencing. Always remember to do your research, use this as your medicine with an open mind and expansive heart.


Disclaimer:

Although I am speaking about my own personal experience, I am not a licensed therapist, doctor, or nutritionist. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your mental or physical health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional.


References

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3165946/
  • https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnins.2018.00502/full
  • https://www.medicaljane.com/2014/05/29/finding-the-optimal-therapeutic-ratio-of-thc-and-cbd/
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Cannabis Strains That Help With Anxiety

Anxiety and stress happens to us all on a certain degree. We are all complex beings with different backgrounds, beliefs, upbringings, and come with different variables of traumas and triumphs. For many people, cannabis is used as an ally for healing and rejuvenation. For others, they may be stuck to particular belief systems or already know that cannabis tends to provoke more anxiety rather than help ease it. All of those instances are perfectly ok. For those who want to look for holistic and compassionate forms for healing with cannabis, this article is for you.


On my previous post about navigating stress, Hannah talks about different forms of holistic and healthy ways to maneuver through stressful situations. Many people turn to cannabis as they seek out a plant form to help ease their anxiety. For me personally, I have been navigating through my therapy and PTSD, along with medicating holistically with cannabis, medicinal mushrooms, and several other forms of plant medicine. I’ve worked with prayer, meditation, medication and amazing therapists. Through this journey I have been able to successfully navigate through my emotions and day to day life.


What Is Anxiety?

Fear, stress, and anxiety are “normal feelings and experiences” that affect us all. However, once these feelings become more and more intense or seem to linger longer than normal, it may be time to look into finding some solutions to help ease your anxiety. Knowing the difference between normal feelings of anxiety and an anxiety disorder requiring medical attention can help a person identify and treat the condition.


Dr. Ethan Russo, who is the author of the book, Cannabinoids as Therapeutics , notes the potential effects of cannabis to ease anxiety and depression. In his book, Dr. Ethan Russo mentioned the healing properties of the cannabis plant that was used all the way back in 1500 B.C in India. The Chinese have used the cannabis plant to help with mental illnesses and pain management for hundreds of years. There are several forms of healing that this plant can offer due to the anti-inflammatory properties of the plant.


It’s important to note that cannabis affects us all differently. Over the course of the past few years as medical marijuana has become more readily available to patients, anxiety has been one of the top three reasons why patients seek out this medicine. Although there are plenty of studies on the medical use for cannabis, there still is not enough scientific evidence to prove that specific strains can ease specific ailments. Within the components of the cannabis plant, there are several hundred healing properties, cannabinoids, and terpenes. Within every strain of cannabis there are also several different components that make every strain unique and different. Below are my top three favorite strains I personally use that help with my anxiety.


Cannatonic

Cannatonic is a strain that’s great for those who are THC – sensitive. This cannabis strain typically has a higher percentage of CBD than THC which can aid in many healing properties. Cannatonic tends to also boast high levels of the terpene myrcene, which contributes to this strain’s deeply relaxing attributes. People that use cannatonic to help ease anxiety note that they feel a great sense of relaxation with happy and uplifted feelings. This strain has been noted to deeply enhance the mood. Increased optimism and feelings of positivity, tied together with boosts of energy have been noted as some of the effects from this strain, which makes it very desirable to help with anxiety.


Granddaddy Purple

Grand Daddy Purple has been noted to help with stress and anxiety. This strain helps ease you into a peaceful mindset while urging your body to release stress and tension. Like most heavy indica strains, Granddaddy Purple is typically suggested for consumers looking to combat pain, stress, insomnia, appetite loss, and muscle spasms. When consuming Granddaddy Purple, many patients note the blissful, relaxed body high.


Northern Lights

Northern Lights is a fairly easily-accessible strain you can find in almost any dispensary. This is one of the most popular indica-dominant cannabis strains. A sense of happiness and well-being also accompanies this effect. Many people notice the ultra relaxing and drowsy affects of this strain which is important to note that you do not make plans after consuming Northern Lights. Some users also use it to increase focus and creativity. This specific strain is used to help alleviate pain, help with acute and chronic insomnia, loss of appetite and anxiety.


Cannabis is a plant which has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. For those who are looking to help ease their anxiety in a holistic and natural form and incorporate plants as their medicine, these particular strains of cannabis may be the right strains for you. As with any plant used as medicine, be sure to listen to your body. You may find it helpful to experiment with different strains with variable concentrations and ratios until you find a strain that produces the effects you’re seeking.


Disclaimer:

Although I am speaking about my own personal experience, I am not a licensed therapist, doctor, or nutritionist. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your mental or physical health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional.


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Cannabis Consciousness

Cannabis has had a horrible PR Agent for centuries. For as long as the cannabis plant has been used recreationally as well as for healing purposes, there has always been some force larger than itself that has deemed cannabis unsafe and unsavory. For centuries, all over the world, cannabis has been used for healing modalities, hemp used to make ropes, clothing and paper materials. When it comes to medicine, cannabis has been used to treat an array of diseases and ailments that had a reach as great as China, India, Egypt, Greece, Netherlands, and several Middle Eastern Countries.

Cannabis Consciousness is a term that came to me during an evening of one of my favorite new explorations of the healing modalities of this plant: Bend + Blaze. I sat down and rolled out my yoga mat and began stretching and moving while take moments in between child’s pose to light up a joint, relax, really feel the music, actually be conscious of my breath through the flow of ever movement and asana. For once I felt the openness and freedom from yoga and stretching, but also felt aligned, grounded, present. In that moment – although as trivial as it may sound to an experienced yogi – I truly understood the power this plant has, and the medicine it is able to provide not only on a mental and physical level, but within our spirit bodies and consciousness.

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Working with Cannabis for Healing

Cannabis is a complex plant with over 400 chemical compounds of which more than 80+ of them are cannabinoid compounds. There are several studies over the past three years alone that have shown the healing properties of the cannabis plant. For many who understand the basic concept of disease, thanks to science we know that most chronic diseases are formed in extremely “acidic” and “inflammatory” environments. Both CBD and THC have been studied with results showing decrease in inflammation after consumption. Although there have been many tests and studies that have shown the healing properties of the cannabis plant, the two major cannabinoids (CBD and THC) were discovered just over fifty years ago. In 1963, the second cannabinoid that was isolated and studied was CBD.

Just like we have an Endocrine System which is a chemical messenger system consisting of hormones within the body, we also have an Endocannabinoid System. The Endocannabinoid System is basically cannabis-like substances that naturally occur inside our bodies. In 1992, the Endocannabinoid System was discovered by Raphael Mechoulam as well as NIMH researchers William Devane and Dr. Lumir Hanus. In Scientific terms, this is a fairly new system that has been tested and studied.

Cannabis has been shown for hundreds of years to aid in healing on all dimensions of the self from the mental, emotional, and spiritual / soul levels. Currently, there are many studies being done to find the healing properties and ailments cannabis provides.


Treatment Possibilities

Many believe that medical cannabis or medical marijuana has the ability to cure and control several different diseases such as cancer. Researchers found that marijuana could slow down Alzheimer’s disease and it could also help people with diabetes. Here are a few possible treatments that cannabis provides.

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Neurological, neurodegenerative, neurodevelopmental, and psychiatric illnesses
  • Chronic Pain Conditions
  • Glaucoma
  • Arthritis
  • HIV
  • Bone Deficiencies
  • Acute AND Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Auto-Immune Diseases
  • PTSD


Everlasting Words

Currently, the divide on cannabis seems to be the same divide we have for different political parties or whether eating a high carb high fat diet is better than a vegan, plant based diet is better for you. When speaking about Cannabis Consciousness, I always urge people to look beyond the criminalizing and fear-based opinions that are projected in the media and government. Carl Sagan was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science communicator in astronomy and other forms of natural sciences. in 1969, he wrote in his essay, “Cannabis brings us an awareness that we spend a lifetime being trained to overlook and forget and put out of our minds”.

This statement holds so true. When we use cannabis consciously, ethically, responsibly, and honor the plant for its divine wisdom and medicine it has to offer, everything begins to shift. I want to emphasize, for me and my own personal experience and use for cannabis medically, it has worked on so many levels for me. However, I walked into this journey working with this medicine with an open heart and open mind. For those who work with this plant for it’s healing properties and medicine- this is what Cannabis Consciousness is about. It’s for all my brothers and sisters who are looking to plants as their medicine and allies. By returning back to our ancestral roots, we look for healing solutions rather than covering wounds with temporary, pharmaceutical bandages. May you be well. May you heal. May you find peace and joy in the process and with this medicine.


Disclaimer:

Although I am speaking about my own personal experience, I am not a licensed therapist, doctor, or nutritionist. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your mental or physical health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional.