The air is more dry, the wind has picked up, it rained just enough to stir things up... My sinuses are aching and the brain fog descends.
I mixed up a jar of Allergy Tea. Rooibos, Nettle, Peppermint, and Lemon Balm.
Rooibos, also called Red Bush Tea, comes from South Africa. It is naturally caffeine-free and contains two bioflavonoids called rutin and quercetin. Both of these compounds block the release of histamine (the chemical our bodies produce in response to allergens.) Rooibos may also have benefits for skin irritations.
Peppermint acts as a decongestant, possible anti-inflammatory and has mild antibacterial properties.
Nettles seem to be the very best and most often recommended remedy for seasonal allergies. Drinking tea or eating the nettles are both beneficial. You might have less than fond memories of stinging nettles from your childhood. These are the same nettles, but they turn from irritant to healer when boiled into tea. Boiling fresh nettles will remove the stinging properties, while taking them in capsule, fresh, or dried form can help relieve itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, and runny nose.
Lemon balm belongs to the mint family, but has a lemony scent, hence it’s name. It’s calming and it can help with headaches, the common cold, and other respiratory issues.
The fog is lifting and I'm feeling better. I'll hopefully have this blend available in the shop later this week!
Not only do I have a slight Depeche Mode obession (thank you late 80's/early 90's of my youth), but I really and truly do have an obsession with all things silent and serene.
I want this. I need this.
A float pod with light therapy, the feeling of being weightless... set this in a warm, sound proof room and I am sold. A home model will set me back nearly $17,000... I'm afraid to ask about the cost of a commercial model for my someday-dream-herb-shop-and-wellness-clinic, but someday...
In the meantime, I'm calculating how much salt I need to add to my bathtub to achieve optimal floating and I'll turn off the lights, light a candle, shove in some ear plugs, and pretend I can't hear the kids fighting outside the bathroom door.
It's not a magic pill, or an incantation, but it is just like magic.
I finally got my hands on some organic arnica a few weeks ago and I steeped the flowers in extra virgin olive oil for a week. I rubbed a little oil on my hands... the same hands that have nerve damage and give me such grief when I cut and sand and paint... instant and perfect relief.
Don't worry, I'm not keeping it all to myself. I'll be bottling more and get the roller bottles of arnica oil in the SHOP later this week! Topically, arnica is amazing for wound healing and it's a pain reliever/analgesic as well.
I started day 1 a bit of green juice (love my Omega juicer - it cold presses (well, grinds) just about anything). I sipped my apple, cucumber, lemon, kale, celery all morning. I thought this was going to be a piece of cake. How hard could it be? I would just fill up on liquids and all would be well, right? Wrong.
At lunch time, I made some Beau-Tea (a cleansing and beauty boosting tea blend). It held me for about 2 hours, but I still found myself wandering in to the kitchen every 20 minutes with the urge to shove something in my face. Deep breathing exercises are the only way forward.
Now that dinner is here, and my husband decided to make the kids homemade oven fries... the smell of roasting potatoes is filling the whole house. My brain is scattered and I am distracted and I want to shove all the food in my face. Time for more deep breathing and some lemon-ginger water. I think a walk will help too.
To keep me distracted, I invited the family for a brisk walk around the neighborhood after dinner, but slowly, I'm being overtaken by a headache on this fine Tuesday evening.
It started well... I felt lighter and more calm. I seriously feel more relaxed than I have in a long, long, time.
I started the day with a huge glass of green tea with hibiscus. The kids and I popped downtown for a long stroll along the Riverwalk and around the Marina too. We did some stairs at the amphitheater and, all in all, covered about 1.5 miles. I felt really good. Almost euphoric.
The feelings of lightness and serenity lasted just about all day, even the hours I spent in the workshop cutting and sanding. The only issue was dinner (again). At the request of my oldest, I made Lentil Madras. Yum... unless you're cooking it and can't have any. I made it through with lemon ginger water and made her taste test to see if the lentils were done.
The nightly headache is creeping back, but that's here whether or not I'm fasting.
It's been a challenge today. I still have the peace, but I'm hungry. Yup, today, I am finally really hungry, and tired.... and emotional.
I took the kids to the symphony this morning and I cried. I couldn't help it. The music was just so beautiful.
As afternoon turned to evening, we made our way to the soccer fields and I was COLD. It was 70-something, but I required a cowl scarf and quilt (along with the thick pants, sweater, and wool socks). This might be why they say you need to stay active when fasting... and that saunas are a good idea. Sitting outside as the sun goes down is not a great idea.
I'm looking forward to eating tomorrow.
Day 4 - Conculsion
Today, I'll be easing my self out of the fast, and I feel great this morning too. Breakfast will be a little green juice and maybe I'll make some carrot-ginger juice for lunch... or dinner will be carrot ginger soup.
In 3 days, I'm down nearly 10 lbs, and hopefully I've reset my body and given my digestive system a much needed break. More than all this, I know I DO have self control. I've seriously doubted this in the past - my ability to control my own food intake. I cook amazing super healthy food, but I've only lost 40 lbs so far this year. My issue? I graze... I snack. Now, I know I can NOT put the food in my mouth.
I think I like fasting. I like the euphoric feeling, the giddiness (I found myself laughing all the time at random things), and it felt like my sense of smell of more acute, and my vision was sharper. I felt present but removed. For future fasts, I think I would like more "me-time." I might want to build a sweat lodge or find a sauna (as of yesterday afternoon, I was cold... and saunas are great for purging toxins). I want time for meditation. I want time to take long silent walks.
Then again, these are things I want, fasting or not.
We're finally home from our working adventure in Washington and I need to reset... a whole lot of things need to be reset. I need to get back to my focus on health, I need to refocus on my peace of mind, I need to de-clutter and clean my home, I need to finish the kitchen project and the fall garden, and get the kids school back on track too (and my school).
Starting with the basics is best. Starting from the inside out. I'm starting with my focus on health.
I've read quite a bit recently about the benefits of intermittent fasting - for either short or longer periods of time. I understand the science behind fasting, but I would never recommend a course of action to a future client that I haven't tried myself. The benefits include the following:
1. Improves Body Composition and Fitness
2. Promotes Greater Satiety
3. Boosts Your Metabolism
4. Supports Fat Loss and Ketosis
5. Encourages Better Insulin Sensitivity
6. Improves Cardiovascular Health
7. Lowers Blood Pressure
8. Decreases Blood Sugar
9. Improves Blood Triglycerides
10. Promotes Heart Health
11. May Slow Aging and Enhance Longevity
12. Decreases Inflammation
13. Increases Resistance to Oxidative Stress
14. Improves Cell Recycling
15. Increases Growth Regulation
16. Protects Your Brain
17. Reduces Harmful Protein Production
18. Promotes a Healthy Stress Response
19. Enhances Recovery From Injury
20. Supports Healthier Collagen in Skin
One of the many sources of information: https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/health-benefits-of-fasting/
Time to fast and focus on my health. This morning, I eased in to a 3 day fast with some fresh green juice. The next 72 hours will be water and tea. I'll be keeping a diary and I'll report back in a few days. Wish me luck!
A work in progress