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Podcast Ep. 3 – Adaptogens

The third episode of The Activated Living Podcast is here and it’s all about adaptogens and simple ways to integrate adaptogens into your daily routine. Adaptogens have been around for hundreds and hundreds of years and have been known in several eastern cultures to help ease and eliminate many diseases and symptomatic conditions. Throughout the episode I talk about major tips on specific adaptogens and how I personally integrate certain adaptogenic herbs into my life.


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For those who are new, or haven’t taken a look around Activated Living in a while, you can listen to this podcast, and check out previous episodes over at the Podcast Page. You can also listen and download on iTunes, Spotify, and Youtube. If you’re listening on iTunes, please feel free to leave a rating and review + let me know of any other topics you’d like to hear me discuss in the future. Be sure to scroll down and check out the show notes below!

Activated Living Podcast Episode 3- Adaptogens Show Notes

1:10 – Disclaimer
3:08 – What are adaptogens?
3:38 – HPE Axis (wtf is that?!)
4:50 – EVERYTHING is connected
5:00 – We all are affected by stress
5:30 – Stress + the digital world + entrepreneurs and content creators
9:26 – Adaptogens are NOT a cure-all bandaid
12:20 – Holy Basil (Tulsi) Adaptogens
14:05 – Maca Adaptogens
18:00 – Reishi Adaptogens
19:45 – Reishi + Cancer treatment study http://bit.ly/2TgSIYO 21:30 – Reishi + Auto-immune diseases
23:40 – Ashwagandha Adaptogens
25:37 – The homeostasis state
27:50 – Ashwagandha + nightshades + AIP (Auto-immune protocol)
29:00 – Schizandra Adaptogens
34:20 – Schizandra and endometriosis


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Healing Mind

Herbal Remedies for Anxiety

Stress and anxiety are two of the most common mental health disorders that we all experience at some point in our life. For some, chronic anxiety is extremely common and is something they may experience on a daily or weekly basis. Currently, many people are looking for natural remedies to help ease stress and anxiety. Herbs are an excellent, natural source, full of healing medicine and power. Here are 3 herbal remedies for anxiety.


Why Are Herbs Important?

Before there were pharmaceuticals and big health corporations, our ancestors and those who came before us relied on plants and herbal remedies to ease any ailment. Herbs, plants and spices are packed with nutrition (as long as it comes from a good source), as well as antioxidants that can add therapeutic values to the food we eat. In many cultures, herbal medicine is still highly practiced and respected today. Herbal medicine involves the medicinal use of plants to treat disease and enhance general health and overall wellbeing. On a cellular level – herbs are important to our health as components for regeneration, rejuvenation, and creating balance if there are disturbances within the body.


Valerian

Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis) is a potent root to use to help aid in sleep disorders and anxiety. This perineal plant is known by other names as well such as: garden heliotrope, Valerianae radix, and Phu. The best way to consume Valerian root is through teas. Relaxation and calmness are promoted within the system due to Valerenic acid found in the root. GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) binds with the valerenic acid and can ease you into a calm and relaxed state. The Valepotriates are also responsible for gently effecting the central nervous system. What makes this plant so medicinal and magical is it has the ability to act as a sedative for agitated patients, while stimulates someone who is suffering from fatigue. Studies suggest that valerian root may help address generalized anxiety disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The main symptoms include anxious behaviors and may aid in alleviating anxiety caused by stressful situations.

Cautions
Use only as prescribed by your herbalist, naturopath, or qualified practitioner. Valerian has been noted to cause some people headaches, muscular spasms, and heart palpitation. Try to avoid large doses and prolonged use. Do not take valerian root if you’ll be driving or operating heavy machinery, as it can affect your thinking and reaction abilities. Avoid taking valerian root with alcohol as it can induce drowsiness. Those who experience liver-related problems should avoid valerian root.

Valerian Root should not be mixed with or used in conjunction with Kava, St. John’s Wort, Melatonin, Benzodiazepines like Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Halcion, Barbiturates or central nervous system (CNS) depressants like phenobarbital (Luminal), morphine and propofol (Diprivan).

I absolutely love sipping on Valerian tea to ease any anxiety I may be feeling. My favorite, USDA organic tea from Buddha Teas can be ordered here.


Motherwort

Motherwort has an origin throughout Europe. This herb is especially aligned with women’s health which can aid in menstruation, labor and post-birth. It is also known to help ease anxiety. There are several forms to ingest Motherwort. There are tinctures available in almost any health food store, you can drink the tea up to three times a day, or you can simply infuse the dried cut up herbs. Motherwort also aids in nourishing the emotional heart too. Indicated for grief, anger and upset, this plant is said to give the heart of a lion – calm yet strong. For people who suffer from panic attacks, there have been several studies that found a decrease in anxiety in patients who took Motherwort regularly, especially before they felt a panic attack arise. Studies have shown that Motherwort also is an excellent aid in lowering cholesterol and triglycerides.


Cautions
Use only as prescribed by your herbalist, naturopath, or qualified practitioner. Motherwort is not recommended for those who take anticoagulants and or blood thinners such as: aspirin, garlic, willow bark, vitamin E in supplement form. Do not ingest if you are someone with clotting a disorder. Pregnant and breast-feeding women should not use Motherwort since it can lead to uterine contractions and cause miscarriage. Motherwort is also a natural sedative. You should not take it with sedative medications or sleeping pills.

Whenever I’m traveling I always make sure to bring my Motherwort tincture from HawaiiPharm. It’s the perfect size. Typically I do 10 drops 3x a day when my body feels like it’s needing the calming medicinal effects of Motherwort.


Lemon Balm

Lemon balm has been said to help ease anxiety and stress. This herb is in the mint family and is fairly common to find in any health food store or farmer’s market. Studies in the past suggest that a compound found in lemon balm (Rosmarinic acid) may produce anti-anxiety effects by increasing the availability of GABA (a signaling chemical) in the brain. When you combine Lemon Balm with Valerian root, the two herbs have an extremely relaxing and calming affect on the body and has been said to induce sleep for those who suffer from insomnia. Lemon balm also aids in enhancing cognitive function, aids in relieving menstrual cramps, strengthen the immune system and may help alleviate digestive issues. As an herbal tea, lemon balm tea does not contain caffeine. This may explain why it may be beneficial for calming upset nerves and relax and sooth any anxiety or disruptions within the body.


Cautions
Use only as prescribed by your herbalist, naturopath, or qualified practitioner. Lemon balm may cause sedation. The herb could possibly interact and disturb the system if mixed with other supplements and medications, such as sedatives, thyroid medication, chemotherapy (like tamoxifen and irinotecan), warfarin, glaucoma medication, and drugs that affect serotonin and GABA. Do not mix lemon balm while drinking alcohol. It isn’t recommended to take lemon balm in high dosages or long term. If you’re undergoing a surgical procedure, do not drink lemon balm tea two weeks before it, because the tea’s sedative nature may negatively interact with the anesthesia.

You can find Traditional Medicinals Lemon Balm Tea  in almost every grocery store (Vons, Ralphs, Whole Foods, Safeway, Albertsons..etc.,) or you can buy it online through Amazon here. BONUS –One of my absolute favorite teas came from my dear friend when she came back from the UK and visited me in Mexico. Clipper’s Snore & Peace Tea blend of Lemon Balm, Lavender and Chamomile is LIFE. I love mixing in some steamed coconut milk or almond milk and sipping on this after a long day.


When looking for natural ways to heal and ease any ailment or discomfort you may be experiencing, it’s always important to do your research and find what works well for you, your body, and your symptoms.



Disclaimer:

Although I am speaking about my own personal experience, I am not a licensed therapist 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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Healing

Walking Away from Abusive Relationships

I’m going to start this off by mentioning this blog post will potentially be filled with triggers. For those who are currently seeking help to leave an abusive relationship, call your local authorities or find a hotline to speak to a representative/ advocate at https://www.thehotline.org

I’ve tried so many times to make a vlog or make a serious video. I’ve written and re-written over 100 times and there’s just never been a good way to just segue way into this subject. The unsettling truth is 1 out of 3 young adults in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner. 1 out of 4 women in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. There are so many crazy-sad and scary statistics about domestic violence in relationships and abuse from partners in both teenagers and adults. And unfortunately, I am someone who has experienced several forms of abuse from multiple partners throughout my young adult life all the way up to April of 2018.


What Makes Me Qualified to Talk About Abuse?

I won’t go into a laundry list of my traumas or situations I had put myself in the past. I won’t go into extreme details at this point because it’s something I’m still working on and healing. But I guess in the span of 15 years I somehow became an expert in dating and almost marrying abusive men. I’ve experienced the entire spectrum of emotional abuse, physical / violent abuse, mental abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse and even stalking.


For a long time, I felt more comfortable thinking the world was just a cold, dark place. I thought maybe I had done something extremely horrible in my childhood or past lives to “deserve” this kind of treatment. Little did I know my lack of values, my lack of understanding of my self worth, and little emotional intelligence along with identifying as an empath or just highly sensitive person was just a deadly cocktail that invited these men to prey upon me and take advantage of me.


How Do You Know if You’re in an Abusive Relationship?

If you’re reading this, or googling other articles to find “tell tale signs” that you may be in an abusive relationship, you probably are in one. This was one of the biggest “ah-ha” moments for me. I was sitting across from my therapist, tears rolling down my face after I had just linked previous abusive relationships together dating back to early adolescence, and finding some toxic family connections woven in there. My therapist stopped me momentarily and asked, “In the past, did you ever have a suspicion the abuse was actually abuse before it escalated?”. I kind of paused, not knowing how to respond. “Have you ever found yourself googling, ‘signs and symptoms’ of abusive relationships?”. To answer that questions – at some points I was looking at articles 2 or 4 times a day. I was SO focused to find the ONE thing in those articles that would point me towards another direction. If I found one piece of information that may not have aligned with my experience- it was as if that was enough validation for me to sweep it all under the rug. I was the queen of excuses for all of my partners.  Oh, it’s just cultural differences. He had a horrible childhood. His parents abandoned him when he was 5. He doesn’t know how to act on his emotions so he just blows up sometimes. He’s stressed because of work. He’s stressed because he isn’t working. He hasn’t slept or eaten well in a long time. He’s just worried about money, he isn’t usually like this all the time. Trust me- I had an excuse for EVERYTHING


In abusive relationships – it takes two to tango. And I know some people who may still be playing the “victim” role may not agree or want to read these words- but both people participate in the abusive relationship. For me, I felt like I had gone through hell and back so many times. I wore my scars and my armor covering my heart like a badge of honor. I thought, “I’ve learned SO many spiritual principles and tools, I have so much good, loving intentions, I can help this person”. That was strike one for me right there. It was not my JOB to help this person. Especially if this person didn’t WANT my help. Strike two was then I would go into play this role of caregiver/ wounded maiden. I’d over give. I’d be pouring from an empty cup. I’d receive some form of abuse and then just keep GIVING, as if THIS time it would be different. This time he won’t cheat. This time he won’t lie. This time he won’t get upset out of nowhere and blow up. Strike 3 was allowing the abuse to continue and keeping my mouth shut.


When to Walk Away

This is different for everyone. Thankfully for me, I was already in therapy when the abuse began and I could see it escalating. My fiancé and I were in couples therapy and he admitted the abuse which I felt was a good first step- he wanted to change and he wanted to get help. Therapy seemed like the best solution. However, after several attempts to go together or to encourage my fiancé to go to his solo sessions, it felt like I was pulling teeth. I ended up going by myself every week. I was doing my inner emotional work and saw how things just kept getting worse and worse until one morning after a big fight there was a knife to my face and my fiancé had grabbed my hand and yanked my engagement ring off my finger. In hindsight, there were so many times I knew I should have left, but I never did. I wanted to fight for this person, for this hope of a loving relationship. For me- knowing when to leave was a completely different story than when I had to courage and love for myself to leave.

With the help of several friends where I was living in Mexico and communicating vaguely to family members and friends back in the US, I figured out where to place my things, who would take care of my dogs for the time being, and got a plane ticket to return home and leave everything behind. It was the hardest thing because every time I thought I had the strength to move on or more forward, like clock work I’d receive a text message with paragraph long apologies, or voice messages… but this was the pattern I was used to and finally for the first time I had to just erase and block everything from this person to be able to escape from their toxic behavior and lies and abuse.

It’s SO easy for someone to say, “You need to walk away” when they’re giving advice. But it’s one of the most difficult things I had to do in my adult life. It seems like such an easy and simple solution. And I’ll go more into the scientific nature of abuse and trauma bonding in later posts. But for now- simply knowing when to leave and actually leaving it all behind are very different things. Here are a few things I would suggest that have helped me in the past when I realized it was time to walk away:

  • Contacting a women’s or men’s abuse shelter and asking to speak with a counselor about your situation
  • Going into regular therapy or speaking with a psychologist about your situation and getting the proper mental health you need to recover from an abusive relationship
  • Speaking with a trusted friend or person who you know holds no judgement for you and be honest about your situation and interactions with your partner
  • Find a safe place where you can stay/ someone can watch your pets/ someone can store your things as you safely transition out of the abusive environment
  • Always have a stash of cash hidden some place where only you know about in case you need to leave suddenly or unexpectedly
  • Take time out of your day (Every day) and make a mental list of 3 things that you’re currently doing/ making/ creating/ experiencing in your life that you’re fully loving
  • After making that mental note, think about 1 thing that you love about yourself


I’m fully aware that the above list has a lot of things there that may be huge privileges for some and may not be available to others. I was able to financially support myself while paying for my therapy in Mexico because the price was significantly lower than it is in southern California. I went from 2-3 sessions a week when my depression and anxiety and PTSD was at it’s worse, and once a week after, then it was once every two weeks. If I tried to do that in the U.S and tried to work an extra part time job just to pay for my therapy I know my mental stability and emotional capacity would be at it’s tipping point.


The last two points are super important, especially if finding a shelter or therapy isn’t within your means. In abusive relationships, it’s so easy to lose yourself. I lost myself in this person. I lost my desires, my spark for life, my connection to my spiritual body and so much more. By making a mental list every day of 3 things that I was currently doing in my life that I absolutely loved, as well as thinking about things that I love about myself gave me so much more gratitude and space to remember who I am as a person.

Disclaimer:

Although I am speaking about my own personal experience, I am not a licensed therapist or psychologist.  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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Navigating Stress

Nobody is immune to stress. It doesn’t matter if you’re old or young, rich or poor, have brown eyes or blue, have five kids or none. Stress can stem from many different factors and it can create many different symptoms, especially health problems. It’s incredibly important that you recognize when you’re stressed and that you work to navigate through it.

I can say for certain that I have felt much stress in all aspects of my life. Specifically my senior year of university being one of the toughest times I have experienced. I was taking a full course-load and working 40 hours a week between two jobs to be able to pay my bills. Between school, work, staying healthy and trying to have fun my senior year, I was a complete mess. My norm was having a panic attack at least once a month where I found myself sobbing on my bedroom floor because I felt so overwhelmed. I spent most of the year that way until I distinctly began taking time for myself to ensure I was lowering my stress levels.

When I first started my business I also experienced great amounts of stress. Between working 60-plus hours a week building my business, networking like crazy, trying to get clients, and constantly worrying about money I gained 20 pounds and had super high blood pressure. My blood pressure was so high that my doctor made me switch my form of birth control from estrogen-based to progestin-based. My doctor worried that the extra estrogen coupled with my high blood pressure would cause me to have a heart attack or stroke. I cut back my hours severely and focused on managing my mindset and spending more time on myself. It only took a couple months, but my blood pressure decreased to a normal level and I was so much happier without all of the stress in my life. Plus, my business started booming as soon as I stopped worrying so much!

So, what exactly is stress?

Stress is basically your body’s reaction to a harmful situation, whether or not it is actually harmful. It’s your heart rate increasing, your breath quickening and your blood pressure rising. As you can probably imagine, having your heart rate and blood pressure raised for long periods of time can be quite detrimental to your body.

 

What causes stress?

Stress can be caused by a plethora of things. It’s usually a feeling of overwhelm caused by too many things happening in your life at the same time. Your body and mind have may not know how to respond in a certain situation. This results in feeling threatened in some manner.

It can be something that is out of the norm for you. A few examples include:

  • moving
  • breaking up or getting a divorce with a significant other
  • death of a loved one
  • sudden financial difficulties
  • a car breaking down
  • getting sick
  • a traumatic occurence of an event

Maybe you’re having a tough time at your job. You have too much on your plate, you’re unhappy, or you’re having trouble with some coworkers.

Sometimes it is due to anxiety and mindset. If you’re naturally anxious, normally pessimistic, have a scarcity mindset, worry about things you know you don’t need to worry about, you probably have unnecessary extra stress.

 

So you’re stressed. Now what?

 

Remember that stress causes raised blood pressure, heart rate and breathing. If these all remain elevated for a long period of time then detrimental health problems may arise. So, you need to start working to combat stress and get your heart rate and blood pressure lowered. Here are some ways you can do that:

  1. Meditation and Deep Breathing. Taking several calming, deep breaths in a row allows for more oxygen to enter your body, circulate, and your heart rate and blood pressure to lower. This is certainly not a long-term solution, but can help create an instant small-scale lowering of stress.
  2. Talk to a trusted confidante. Talk about everything that is stressing you out. As simple as it sounds, sometimes just talking about it and getting it out in the open can really help reduce the stress. This trusted confidante could even be a journal where you write all of your thoughts and feelings.
  3. Exercise. Increase the amount of dopamine and serotonin that flows into your brain by exercising, which will lead to more happiness and agreeability in your life. You may even find that with consistent exercise you are less bothered by known stressors.
  4. Practice self-care. Spend some ‘you’ time doing things you love to do. Maybe you want to binge-watch a show on Netflix, take a relaxing bath, go for a walk in nature by yourself, or read your favorite book. Just make sure it’s something that you enjoy doing and that you make time to do it often.
  5. Take some time off. Leave your stressful daily life in favor of a relaxing and fun trip somewhere, even if it is only for a day or two. You will return refreshed, invigorated and feeling like you can take on any challenge that comes your way.
  6. Eat more ginger. Ginger contains compounds that are known to increase serotonin and dopamine. So, as with exercise, consuming ginger root will help increase your feeling of happiness. You can add grated ginger to meals, take it in the form of supplements and in tea.
  7. Eliminate coffee and other caffeinated drinks.  Although caffeine increases cortisol levels in the body, once the caffeine runs its course and leaves your system, there is a huge let-down. It’s the let-down that causes people to feel exhaustion, sadness and more stress.
  8. Take flaxseed oil. Flaxseed oil contains Omega 3, which increases serotonin. As you know by now, Serotonin helps increase happiness and makes it easier to cope with difficulties in life.
  9. Get enough sleep. Don’t neglect your body by not giving it enough time to rest and heal itself. Be sure to get ample sleep so you are able to function to your fullest ability! If you don’t you might just be adding more stress to your mind and body.

Knowing and recognizing the causes and symptoms of stress, you can implement the simple suggestions to begin alleviating stress from your life. Feel free to try a couple and see how you feel. Try more tips until you figure out which help you the most. Be sure to always remember how important it is to take care of yourself and the importance to combat stress so that you can live your best and healthiest life.

 


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Hannah is a Personal Business Coach and Owner/Founder of  Limitless Millennials. She focuses and works with ambitious Millennials who are looking to create, monetize and uplevel with ease and clarity in their coaching businesses. Her mission is to help others leave their 9-5s by pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors. When she’s not working on her business, you will find Hannah travelling, binge-watching Netflix (Parks & Rec and The Office, obviously 🙂 ), reading personal growth books, trying a new recipe, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family.

 

 

 

 

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Ancient Temazcal Experience in Sayulita

When I first moved to Mexico in 2015, I had no idea that the ancient indigenous tradition of a healing Temazcal would be so prominent in that season of my life. I had never heard of Temazcals and had no previous knowledge of the ancient traditions. I had never done a sweat lodge, so I didn’t even have that to compare it to. “Temazcal” comes from the Nahuatl word temāzcalli, meaning “house of heat”.  My first traditional temezcal was in Sayulita in the middle of the jungle.

temazcal-sayulita

What is a Temazcal?

A temazcal is an ancient ceremony that originates from indigenous mesoamerican people (Aztec, Mayan, Olmecs). The ancient ceremony and rituals are said to hold many healing properties that cleanse your body, mind and spirit. To participate, you gather around the ceremonial grandfather fire and your guide (shaman, temazcalero/a) will typically burn copal to bless the four directions. The fire is representative of the great Grandfather spirit, and the Temazcal itself is to represent the Mother Womb. The ritual will usually be in either Spanish or an ancient dialect. Depending on the ceremonial ritual or if that specific day has a special meaning for a different God on the Mayan calendar, the prayer / blessing may be different. Each sweat celebrates different occasions, seasonal changes, days of recognition, moon cycles, etc.,

Once the prayer is over, everyone participating will line up and one by one the shaman will be blessing you, your body and spirit. Crawling on all fours and going clockwise, you will find yourself siting in a small temazcal.

Inside the Temazcal

As the temazcal is to represent the Mother Womb, as you enter, you bow forward and give the affirmation, “Strength for all my relations, Aho!”  As everyone comes in, the shaman will enter with a drum, or some musical instrument, and a large pot of water that has been boiling next to the fire. Inside the large pots of water are herbs and flowers that not only help cleanse the body, but the spirit as well.

There are four rounds to the cycle of the ceremony, and each cycle or “door” is representative of something special. During the ceremony, there tends to be singing, affirmations or those asking for prayers and strength. The shaman may ask everyone to mention their names and any specific blessings they would like to offer. Depending on the size of your group, your temazcal can last anywhere from an hour to several hours. After the final round, one by one you leave the sacred temazcal, feeling fresh, renewed and hopefully a little less “heavy” (in the spiritual, emotional and physical sense of the word).

ancient-offerings

My Experience

I was invited to attend the last day of a women’s workshop focusing on healing the sacred feminine soul. That afternoon was one of the most challenging and most healing experiences of my life. The entire workshop was in Spanish and it was clear all these women had known each other well before the workshop. I felt nervous, scared, a little light headed. What was going to happen? During the beginning of the ceremony the shaman welcomed all of us, and mentioned this Temazcal was to heal our sacred feminine spirit, and since many of these women were mothers- they were asked to also release themselves of the traumas and challenges and wounds and burdens that so many mothers carry. Prayers for sons, daughters, nieces and nephews were encouraged.

Offerings were brought to the altar in between the Temazcal and the fire. As we all stood around the fire, the shaman held up a cup of burning copal. The smell of copal was absolutely intoxicating. I felt as if I was taken back to my ancestors. The smokey, rich smell of wet earth and notes of sandal wood tickled my nose. Our Temazcalera gave offerings to the four directions. After each blessing, three men blew the Conch shell and I could hear it echo throughout the jungle. It was mesmerizing.

offerings

We sat inside and I could feel the hard earth beneath my knee length skirt. After four people came in after me I could already feel the heat rising. The man helping with the fire brought in the first set of rocks. As 5 large volcanic rocks came into the temazcal, the man would shout, “Hot Rocks of the Earth” and we would respond, “Welcome grandparents”. The hot volcanic stones being heated from the fire represent the grandmother and grandfather spirit. Copal is placed on each rock as it was put into the middle of our sweat lodge in a 2 foot deep hole. More rocks would be added to the Temazcal after every “cycle”. The thought of this kept my mind racing and anxiety building up.

“I’m not going to be able to do this….”

As we all settled in, our shaman asked us to go around the circle, say our names, where we’re from, and what blessings or words we would like to share. Immediately I did a head count inside and realized there were 13 of us, and I was number 6. I then realized this was going to take a while. I immediately felt a sudden surge of judgement and equal parts fear. “I’m not going to be able to do this”, I kept thinking.

As it was my turn to talk, I just felt this urge to cry. Bawling in English I just cried and felt this sense of sadness. I jumbled my words and couldn’t get the last words out. I kept thinking, where is this coming from? Most of the women had no idea what I was saying. As I spoke, the shaman just kept putting more and more water onto the hot stones. Hot steam brushed upon my face and made my body feel instantly hot and cold. I realized at that moment this was going to be an extremely difficult and emotional purge for myself.

Is a Temazcal for Everyone?

The short answer to this question is, yes. If you have found that an experience has found you (yes, please read again, the experience and healing has COME to you), the medicine is there to help you. I would caution those who are very claustrophobic, have high blood pressure, or may have a lot of emotional blockages and traumas they are not ready to heal. The temazcal, as a result, holds many beneficial healing modalities.

If you’re looking and desperately seeking out spiritual enlightenment or trying to find some kind of “experience”, you may not be ready for what the experience has to fully offer you. For those who are looking and ready for major shifts to happen, or are seeking answers, or  simply looking to connect to spirit and source- a Temazcal may be an experience waiting for you.

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What is Nano-enhanced hemp oil?


Nano-enhanced hemp oil is a beneficial natural product that is slowly gaining popular attention. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of a number of molecules that the cannabis plant produces. Vital oil is extracted from the hemp plant. The oil is extracted from the stalks and seeds of the industrial hemp plant. It is a natural substance that contains high levels of cannabidiol (CBD) and  low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Hemp Oil has become an increasingly popular product. Additionally, hemp oil is sold in the form of capsules, drops, and edible infusions. It has the potential to support the vital communication network responsible for regulating many essential functions throughout your body.

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of the many cannabinoids that can found in the cannabis plant. A cannabinoid is a chemical compound that reacts with the cannabinoid receptors in cells. Cannabinoid receptors are located throughout the body and are a part of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for keeping the body in homeostasis (stability, balance, or equilibrium within the body).

Is CBD/ Hemp Oil Legal in the U.S ?

Is CBD oil legal to buy or sell in the United States? The legal status of the oil can be confusing as you will find different answers within different states and regulations. Many hemp oil and hemp-related products are legal in all 50 states. In order for hemp products to be legal they must be legally sourced. Hemp oil can also be imported to the U.S. legally. Additionally, hemp can be grown in certain U.S. states for commercial use.

Does CBD get you high?

There are many misconceptions about the effects of CBD hemp oil. The chemical makeup varies depending on the variety. CBD hemp oil is derived from industrial hemp and contains less than 0.3 percent THC. CBD oil does not contain the psychoactive properties of THC. Lastly, CBD has been proven to counteract the properties of THC that get you high.

What effects can CBD have on the body?

Cannabinoids vary and some interact with CB receptors and cause different effects. CBD may help with regulating mood and helping with concentration, aiding in better, more restful sleep, easing pain and inflammation, and additionally help with anxiety and depression.


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