Interview With A Healer

Health and Wealth

Wellness is becoming more aware of the choices you make for a balanced life. Wellness is the pursuit of continued growth and balance. In the previous post on my blog, we have gone over a few pillars of wellness and, my favorites is spiritual wellness. Spiritual Wellness, the basis of spirituality is discovering a sense of meaningfulness in your life and coming to know that you have a purpose to fulfill to read more check out this blog post below. 

https://humblesoullifeofajuicer.blog/2021/07/17/spiritual-wellness/

In this blog post, I had the honor of talking to Jupiteria an animist astrologer, reader, reiki practitioner, and death doula in training. This is a mini-series I am working on to teach you all about different ways you can heal and amazing people who can help you. Check back in a few days to learn about another pillar of wellness. 

  • What healing modalities are you into? Choose one and Explain

At a basic level, a death doula is someone who provides non-medical support to a dying person and their loved ones. You always have to keep your scope of practice in mind and refer clients who may need certain medical or mental health professionals, but we can offer emotional, spiritual, and physical support. This involves a really wide array of spiritual healing tools and rituals, it’s whatever your client is open to! Oftentimes when someone is getting a death doula they are also working with a hospice team, which can mean western medicine has done all it can for the person and the goal is to keep them comfortable. Reiki is the perfect healing modality that can come in as a last line of defense to provide relief. 

  • In a few words what started you on your journey?

This is a story with a lot of moving parts, but basically it started back in 2012 when I was a CNA in a long term care facility. I saw first hand how neglected and alone our dying population can be and it really struck something deep in my soul. I knew I wanted to work with death and dying in some way but didn’t feel ready to at the time because I had a pretty paralyzing fear of death. After recently coming to terms with and understanding my own mortality I finally feel ready to empower and help people plan for a peaceful death so that they can live a more peaceful life.

  • Which spiritual principles steer your work?

First and foremost is the principle of service. I believe it’s such a powerful and loving spiritual gift you can give someone to be helpful to them- especially in sensitive moments like what you see as a death doula. Being able to hold space for someone and help them to transition peacefully from this life to the next is a very spiritual experience. The drive for honesty and justice is another one that really fuels my work. I have absolutely nothing against funeral homes, they are very necessary, but I have also seen where people can be taken advantage of by those in the funeral profession who don’t have the best intention. It is very important to me that people know all of their rights and options. My goal is to start hosting webinars and death cafes soon to help make people aware of these things. I truly believe that sharing this information and preparing for end of life, even if we’re young and healthy, can help give us a better sense of calm and help us feel more in control of our existence.

  • Which non-invasive healing strategies would you frequently employ?

I love incorporating reiki into my services, even if it’s just for a consultation to help someone with advanced directives or death care planning. I also love incorporating other healing techniques like meditation, crystals, etc. I’m really down for whatever is most supportive of my client.

  • How would you respond if your spiritual guidance was poorly received?

As a death doula I make sure to not project any of my beliefs or spirituality on to people because part of what were meant to do is help people get clear on their own wants and beliefs. However, if this were to come up I keep in mind that we are all our own sovereign beings and it’s okay if someone believes differently than me. 

  • What could spiritual work do to bolster community connections?

I think death work is just one of so many good things to consider when we’re talking about reconnecting with our communities. This is still practiced in many places in the world, but especially in more ancient times death was seen as a sacred right of passage that required the support from an entire village. Everyone helped out in some way or another throughout the process. We have become such a death phobic culture and push anything to do with dying out of sight and out of mind, which only enhances that collective fear. If we can meet death in a more sacred way and bring back that community involvement I really think that is a great step towards overall harmony and will help us not only connect deeper to our roots, but connect deeper to each other.

  • What are a few challenges of building your business and your following? If you have any or advice for someone up and coming? 

Getting people interested in what you’re doing can always be a big challenge- for any kind of business to be honest! The hardest part I’ve struggled with personally is pinpointing exactly what I want to offer. The pandemic has challenged me to really think about how I can still be virtually supportive of people going through one of the most vulnerable times of their life. I want to be able to offer so many things but there’s only so many hours in a day and so much energy that I have. I’m also an astrologer and when I started offering reading as a service the requests came in fast and I quickly got burnt out. My advice for someone up and coming would be to learn from my mistake and make a plan as soon as you can that outlines what you want to offer, what you don’t want to offer, and how many services you can reasonably do in a day/week/month without overwhelming yourself. 

  • How do you stay grounded?

Grounding honestly is not my strongest point, but I do whatever I can to try and stay in my body as much as possible! Some things that help me stay connected and focused are gardening, meditating, being with my family, reading books, and playing video games when I have time.

  • What is the definition of rest to you?

For me personally, rest has a lot to do with boundaries. Not only boundaries with others but also boundaries with yourself. I can get burnt out from things very quickly because I usually dive right into things I’m passionate about. So, catching myself before that process starts to happen is the best thing I can do for myself, and I think a lot of people can relate. Rest to me means setting and sticking with boundaries to ensure I have enough time to be a person outside of my passions and peacefully enjoy my existence.

Health Wellness: Emotional & Physical

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Wellness is becoming more aware of the choices you make for a balanced life. Wellness is the pursuit of continued growth and balance in the seven dimensions of Wellness. This week we will go through each one and learn how to take care of selves. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. 

We start with emotional health, which is an important part of overall health. Emotionally healthy people are in control of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They’re able to cope with life’s challenges. They can keep problems in perspective and bounce back from setbacks. You are able to acknowledge and feel the emotions but not be the emotions. Now always remember never to judge your journey with anyone else’s. Be kind to yourself. If you woke up this morning and just took a shower, I am proud of you, and even if you didn’t, I am still proud of you! Since this whole covid thing started, stress and doubt has been filling a lot of homes.

 Remember these things:

You are loved, You are important, You are needed, You deserve rest, You deserve Peace of mind. 

Emotional Wellness:

Having the ability to talk with someone about your emotional concerns and share your feelings with others. things you can do to stay on track:

  • Saying “no” when you need to without feeling guilty
  • Feeling content most of the time
  • Feeling you have a strong support network i.e.
  • Feeling good about who you are
  • Sticking up for yourself  
  • Speaking your mind 

Being emotionally healthy doesn’t mean you’re happy all the time. It means you’re aware of your emotions. You can deal with them, whether they’re positive or negative. Feeling stressed is normal and learning how to cope with stress is essential to being emotionally well. How each of us responds to stress is as individual as we are.

Check-in with yourself:

  • Do you see stress as something you can learn from or something to avoid?
  • Do you allow yourself to experience emotions, just as they are?
  • Are you able to ask for help when you need it?
  • Do you set clear boundaries with family, work, school, and friends?
  • Do you allow yourself to feel the emotions you are feeling, or do you self-sabotage? 

Be Positive: Focus on the good. Few things are all good or all bad. You’ll feel better if you look at the positive aspects of people, new experiences, meals, and everyday activities. Also, don’t be so hard on yourself!!! Everyone grows through hardships in life. Reach out for help and never be ashamed about it. 

Physical Wellness:

Physical Wellness promotes proper care of our bodies for optimal health and functioning. Being physically active is crucial to keeping your body in its top condition. A few proven benefits of physical activity are strengthened bones and muscles, reduced risk of disease and stroke, and more energy.

Understanding the relationship between your body’s physical health and mental health is crucial to develop balanced Physical Wellness. Physical Wellness is listening to and taking care of your body for optimal health and functioning. Taking care of your physical body will help you get through the stress of life.

Things to do for yourself:

  • Drinking 8 cups of water a day
  • Stretching every morning
  • Eating a balanced meal every day
  • Practicing safe sex
  • Exercising 30 Min or more a day

Check-in with yourself?:

  • Do you eat foods you enjoy, stay hydrated through the day, and listen to your hunger cues?
  • Are you able to keep a consistent sleep schedule and get 7 hours of sleep/night?
  • Do you move your body daily?
  • How much water do you drink a day?

Be kind to yourself: In the internet age, Youtube has well over in the thousand at-home workouts. And even if you don’t have the time do what you can today and try again tomorrow. Keep moving forward; if you wake up the next day, there is your chance.

Check back in a few days!

Herb Catalog Pt 1

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Hey everyone, and welcome back to my blog. With February almost over, I pray everyone has been wearing a mask and staying safe. Today, we are going to go over different vital points and herbs that can help. Think of this post as a reference guide to herbs. Remember to always consult with a doctor or trusted physician before changing your diet. Also, always consult with me or another herbalist before forging or buying new herbs, especially if you are pregnant or have a pre-existing condition. 

Jumping right into it, we start with the 

Immune System:

Vitamin C – Immune boosting and helps manage High blood pressure as well as prevent Iron deficiency.

Vitamin B12 – Immune System building, Cognition, Brain health and Boost energy.

Vitamin B Complex – Immune System building, Cognition, and Brain health.

Full Spectrum Minerals – Immune System Health, High in Vitamin D, and is High in Vitamin B7.

Elderberry Syrup – Immune System Booster, High in Antioxidants, and helps tame inflammation.

Echinacea – Immune System booster, Improves Blood sugar, and helps with Inflammation

Goldenseal – Immune System booster, Antibacterial, Anti-Inflammatory, and helps with sinus infections and Indigestion.

Garlic – Immune System booster, Lowers Cholesterol, and fights colds and flu, and reduces heart disease.

Ginger – Immune System booster, helps with digestive aide, and treats nausea and Help with morning sickness.

Beta Glucan – Immune System booster, great source of fiber, reduces high cholesterol and improves skin conditions like eczema.

Oil of Oregano – Immune System booster, lowers cholesterol, helps treat yeast infections, and improves gut health.

Ashwagandha – Can be used as an immune tonic safe for everyday use. Good for stress relief.

Chinese Goldenthread – Purify’s blood, detox, & immune system repair

Turkey tail mushrooms – The natural antiviral and anti-fungal qualities of this mushroom support the body in fighting off viruses infections. This includes a range of health problems, from the common cold and pneumonia to E. coli, Herpes, and HIV. They also are said to have anti-cancer properties.

Anti-Inflammatory:

Turmeric – Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, and May help improve the symptoms of depression and arthritis.

Molecularly distilled fish oil/Krill Oil/Cod Liver Oil – May help with arthritis, fibromyalgia, brain, mood/depression, and heart health.

Wobenzym – May help as a Anti-inflammatory, and with joint health, environmental toxins, blood clots, and heart health.

Zinc – Used as an Anti-inflammatory, May be used as an immune system booster, free radical fighter, and May help with hormonal imbalance.

CBD Oil – Anti-inflammatory, cell regeneration, cancer help.

Cannabis with THC, Indica & Sativa – Used as an Anti-inflammatory, cell regeneration, and systemic restoration.

Resveratrol – Protects cells from free radical damage, inhibits the spread of cancer, especially prostate cancer, lowers blood pressure, keeps the heart healthy and improves elasticity in blood vessels, normalizes anti-inflammatory response, Helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Stress relief:

Passionflower – It’s a sedative; the German government has approved it for nervous restlessness. Some studies find that it can reduce symptoms of anxiety as effectively as prescription drugs. It’s often used for insomnia.

Hair, Skin, & Nails:

Silica – Strengthen’s hair growth and May prevent damage

Biotin – Stimulates keratin, and can increase follicle growth / For skin will help with any B7 deficiency.

Magnesium Oil – Can be ingested or applied to the skin to keep skin hydrated, reduce pain and strengthen teeth.

Emu Oil – Can be ingested ( capsules) or applied to the skin to moisturize your face, body, and skin. May decrease inflammation and improve scars.

Lavender Oil – Helps with scars, stress, skin irritation and fungal infections.

Coconut Oil – Helps with skin reducing wrinkles, good for oil pulling, on skin may clog pores, full of antioxidants.

Tea Tree Oil – Helps with skin blemishes, can be used in a DIY hand sanitizer, works to treat acne and acne scars, and Help with nail fungus.

MSM – Helps with skin health, helps strengthen hair, and with inflammation.

Joints/Bones/Body:

Glucosamine Chondroitin – Used to treat osteoarthritis (OA), and used as an Anti-inflammatory.

MSM – Used as an Anti-inflammatory, Helps with connective tissues, scar tissue, Skin, muscles, and newly discovered help for getting over the flu faster.

L-Glutamine – An Amino Acid that improves protein metabolization.

Calcium – Helps improve bone strength and development.

Feverfew – Prevention of migraines & headaches, arthritis, reduce fevers, muscle tension, and pain; helps lower blood pressure, lessen stomach irritation, stimulate the appetite, and to improve digestion and kidney function. It has been indicated for colitis, dizziness, tinnitus, and menstrual problems.

Kratom – Used to lower blood pressure, relieve pain, boost metabolism, increase sexual energy, improve the immune system, prevent diabetes, ease anxiety, help with addiction, eliminate stress, and induce healthy sleep.

Ceylon cinnamon – Lowers blood sugar levels, reduces heart disease risk factors, a high source of antioxidants, contains anti-inflammatory properties, protects heart health, fights diabetes, helps defend against cognitive decline & protects brain function, may help lower cancer risk, fights infections & viruses, protects dental health & freshens breath naturally.

Potassium – Used to relief from stroke, blood pressure, heart and kidney disorders, anxiety, and stress, as well as enhanced muscle strength, metabolism, water balance, electrolytic functions, and nervous system.

Check back for part 2 and 3 this weekend!

Leave any questions below

Herbal Blends

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Hey, hey everyone, so this post is a sneak peek of my Patreon its the second part of a series I am doing about herbal blends. If you want to check out my herb school, click the link below.

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Jumping right into this post, this post will cover tea blends and some of their excellent benefits. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Sage Tea:

  • 4 cups of water 
  • 1/2 ounce fresh sage leaves (40-45)
  • 11/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice 

Boil water and steep for 20-30 minutes. Strain and serve the best hot or cold.

Sage benefits include being rich in antioxidants, promote healthy skin, may improve brain health and mood.

Mint Tea:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 15 peppermint or spearmint leaves fresh if using dried 2-3 tbsp 
  • Other options: lemon zest, lemon juice, or sweetener 

Boil water and steep for 10-15 minutes. Best served hot.

Peppermint benefits include helping with headaches, energy levels, and an upset stomach.

Lemon and Elderflower:

  • 1 tbsp of elderflowers
  • 1-2 tsp of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of honey or to taste
  • 2 cups of water

Boil for 15-20 minutes, let sit for 5 minutes, and strain. Sweeten to taste

Elderflower and lemon both have incredible healing benefits, including boosting the immune system and fighting flu and cold.

Ginger Tea:

  • 1/2-1 inch fresh ginger 
  • a tsp of honey or agave
  • a dash of peppercorns
  • 2 cups of water

Boil for 10-15 minutes, let sit for 5 minutes, and strain. Sweeten to taste.

Of course, it’s not our famous ginger tea, but this recipe will help with your digestive system and mood.

Mint & Lavender:

  • 1 tsp of mint
  • 1/4 tsp of lavender flowers 
  • 1 tsp of sweetener or to taste 
  • 1 1/2 cups of water 

Boil for 10-15 minutes, let sit for 5 minutes, and strain. Sweeten to taste. If boiled too long, lavender may become bitter, so be careful ad more honey if so.

Mint benefits range from help with nausea to help with menstrual pain mixed with lavender, which helps claim the body and mind. Combined, they are a match made in heaven. 

Chamomile & Lemon Balm

  • 1 tbsp of chamomile 
  • 1 tbsp dried and crushed lemon balm leaves 
  • 2 to 3 cups of water 

Boil for 10-15 minutes, let sit for 5 minutes, and strain. Sweeten to taste

Both of these herbs are a match made in heaven. They both have relaxing properties and make a perfect sleepy time tea.

Other great blends are:

  • Herbal Chai Tea (Rooibos tea, ginger powder, crushed cinnamon bark, crushed cardamom, cloves)
  • Cinnamon and apple(1 tbsp of dried apple pieces, 1/2 tsp crushed cinnamon bark)
  • Elderberry Tea( 1 tbsp elderberry tea, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2tsp cloves)
  • Citrus Mint(1 tbsp lemon mint, 1 tbsp orange mint, 1 tbsp peppermint)
  • Fruity Tea (2 tsp raspberry leaf, 1 tsp hibiscus, 1 tsp orange peel, 1 tsp lemon peel, 1/2 tsp sweetener)
  • Bedtime Tea(1 tbsp chamomile tea, 1 tbsp catnip, 1 tsp spearmint)

Teas for an Energy boost:

Green Tea, ginseng tea, ginger tea, eucalyptus tea, hawthorn tea

Teas that Help you Sleep:

Chamomile, valerian root, lavender, lemon balm, passionflower, magnolia bark

Teas for Sore throat:

Slippery elm, turmeric tea, peppermint tea, green tea, chamomile tea

Teas for Weight Loss:

Green Tea, Matcha, White Tea, Black Tea, lemon tea, ashwagandha tea, oolong tea

Teas for Inflammation:

Ginger tea, turmeric tea, rose petal tea, black tea, rooibos tea, rosemary tea

Teas for Anxiety:

Chamomile tea, passionflower tea, lemon balm tea, peppermint tea, lavender Tea, Rose tea, valerian root

Teas to Reduce Bloating:

Lemon balm tea, wormwood tea, fennel tea, chamomile tea, angelica root, ginger tea, gentian tea

Teas for when you are Sick:

Peppermint, chamomile, echinacea, ginger, elderberry, green tea, nettle tea

Please always do your research before you start mixing herbs and such. As always, please let me know if you have questions.

Ask a Herbalist; Part 2

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Hey everyone, welcome back for Part two of Ask a herbalist. Today, we are going to answering more questions I have received. If you have a question, please be sure to leave us a message. We are not responsible or liable for any allergic reactions. You are the sole authority over your own body. These statements are not medical advice and are not regulated or approved by the FDA or any other certifying agency. These recipes are not meant to cure a disease or act in any medical capacity. Always consult with your doctor if you have any concerns before changing your diet. I am just a Humble herbalist and juicer trying to help heal the world. 

Now let’s get into it. 

  • How do I incorporate herbs into my daily life?

This is a loaded question because it depends on the cause of the change and what you are trying to heal. You add them by merely changing your diet, drinking more tea, or even taking natural supplements. See the next question for a more in-depth answer. 

  • Common herbs for every day ( Headaches, Soreness, Insomnia, etc.) Now this section is a bit long but bear with me! 

Headaches: 

Peppermint Oil can be used for headaches or migraines. Use a small dab on each side and rub gently on your temples, taking deep breaths in one the count of 5 in and out. Peppermint tea or creams can also be used for cramps, stomach issues, nausea, and appetite suppression. 

Rosemary tea helps with headaches. Boil water, then pour over fresh or dry rosemary. Let steep for 10 to 15 minutes. The herb can be applied in oil form directly on temples like peppermint oil. You can make a vapor to be inhaled as well. Rosemary can also be used for mouthwash, hair growth and helps improve memory. 

Fennel tea will also work wonders for a quick headache fix. It can also be used to ease digestion. You can use either seeds or fresh stalks. For the fresh leaf, pour one cup of boiling water over leaves and steep for 15-minutes. After you finish, steeping removes leaves and add water. 

Catnip, my new found love. Yes, I mean an actual plant called catnip; and yes, if you have cats, they will love it. No, please do not buy a catnip from the store and try to make tea. To make tea, place 1-2 tsp of dried catnip flowers into a cup and pour hot but not boiling water. Steep for 10-15 minutes. 

Insomnia:

Lemon balm, which is also suitable for digestion and dementia. For anyone on thyroid medicine, I would stay clear. For a teacup, add 1 tsp dried leaf and cup of water let steep 10-15 minutes. 

Skullcap helps with insomnia and headaches—steep 1 tbsp of fresh herbs, 1 tsp of dried herbs, and 1 1/2 cup of water. Steep for 5 to 10 minutes. 

Muscle Soreness:

Bayberry (Salve) can be used as a cream to help with pain and muscle soreness. 

Unicorn root, I know the name throws you off, but this a real herb. It’s essential to use as directed. This herb can also be used for PCOS, menopause, a sedative, and aftercare of a miscarriage. (High in estrogen) A salve is better in most cases. Please always do your own research and remember everyone’s body is different. 

Witch Hazel, no, not the liquid kind, the actual herb. Applying to sore muscles helps with pain and inflammation. In tea form, it can help with a cold, asthma, or a cough. 

Lemon Verbena is really good for muscle and joint soreness, which also helps with bloating, anxiety, and digestive issues. Drinking the tea for 2 to 3 months will help improve and fade away the soreness. 

Bloating:

Lemon Verbena, like you just read about but in herbal tea.

Activated Charcoal, yes, the black powder that cures all. It is used to detox the body. Never start a detox without consulting your doctor. For a detox, 10 grams are taken with water 1 to 2 hours before eating a meal. Do this for 2 to 3 days; make sure to drink 10 to 15 glasses of water (roughly 1 gallon). Charcoal is also great for acne mixed with aloe gel. 

Hiccups:

This is going to sound crazy, but a teaspoon of sugar swallowed dry. Don’t knock it till you try it. Also not officially a herb, but it helps. 

Another remedy for hiccups is to bite into a lemon wedge doused with Angostura bitters. Or if peanut butter is your thing, eat 2 tsp, and they should go away in a jiffy. ( LOL) Did you get the joke? (^_^)

Upset Stomach:

For an upset stomach, pour 1 cup of boiling water over a hefty 1 tbsp of chamomile blossoms. Let steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain, then sweeten as you like. 

Other herbs that will help with an upset stomach are Anise seeds, Catnip, Cinnamon, Dill, Ginger, Lemon balm, Peppermint, Sage, and Yellowroot.

Now, of course, after reading all of that, you are probably exhausted. So I will see you tomorrow. Dream big and dream well.