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for the Holidays

Maria Low
November – December 2022 • Vol 4, No 1

Essential oils, herbs, shrubs, and trees are mentioned in ancient scriptures from all over the world. The word “oil” occurs in the Bible 191 times. Olive oil is mentioned seven times, and the word “incense” appears 68 times. These primary Biblical oils are described as fragrances, odors, ointments, aromas, sacred smudges, and sweet savors. The following are the 14 principal oils mentioned in the Bible: Myrrh, Frankincense, Calamus, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Cassia, Galbanum, Onycha, Spikenard, Hyssop, Sandal-wood (Aloe), Myrtle, Cypress, and Rose of Sharon.

Students in seminary school are not taught about the virtues of the holy oils mentioned in the scriptures. I always wondered why! Unfortunately, their teachers often pass over the information about sacred essential oils.

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The Ultimate Healer

Bethel Wagner
November – December 2022 • Vol 4, No 1

Scientists estimate that stress is at the root of 80–90% of all diseases. I would argue that stress is involved with 100% of diseases because stress is anything that moves the body out of its balanced state of homeostasis. When we are ill, we are out of balance by definition!

I would also submit that all stress is a response to fear or danger, whether physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. It only makes sense that the opposite of stress and fear is the antidote to all imbalance, illness, and disease. The obvious question is, “What is the opposite of fear and stress?”

The opposite of fear is love, especially the infinite, unconditional love of God, the Creator of all that is. I believe this love is the light and life-giving energy that created and sustains all things. It is the love that brought every one of us into being, and it is the love that makes us whole.

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2022-10-29T11:49:29-06:00Energy Medicine, Natural Therapies/Remedies|

CranioSacral Therapy

What It Is… How It Works…

James V. Fix, RM, CST
November – December 2022 • Vol 4, No 1

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics.

Using a soft touch, which is generally no greater than about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it’s effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.

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What Is Iridology?

Can It Help Me Gain Control of My Health?

Crystal Maceira, LMT, MH
November-December 2022 • Vol 4, No 1

I have two favorite definitions of Iridology. The first is from Dorland’s Medical Dictionary: Iridology is a diagnostic technique based on the premise that early pathologic changes elsewhere in the body are reflected in the iris before disease becomes clinically apparent. An analysis of a person’s state of health may be made by visual examination of the iris, with the color, density, and position of deposited pigment helping to identify the pathologic process and the organ involved.

The second is from Dr. Ellen Tart Jensen, the person from whom I received my training: Iridology is the study of the color, pigmentations and structure of the iris or colored portion of the eye as they relate genetically through reflex response to the strengths and deficiencies of the body’s systems.

Iridology dates back more than 6000 years. The physician Hippocrates practiced it in ancient Greece, as well as the Chinese and Japanese who have used the whole eye for thousands of years to detect diseases of the body.

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Myofascial Release Technique

WELLNESS: It’s Never Too Late

Mary Loveless
November – December 2022 • Vol 4, No 1

Myofascial Release (MFR) and Yoga complement each other in so many ways. Both are for wellness and to increase balance to the body.

Myofascial Release is more specific to addressing dysfunctions of the soft tissue, such as injury, trauma and scar tissue. When practiced together, I have seen amazing results for clients.

One advantage is there are many Yoga studios and options to choose from—group settings, chair Yoga, and beginner-to-advanced levels. Regardless of the direction one takes to achieve wellness, improving one’s range of motion is always beneficial.

I see many clients who complain they have been very tight most of their lives and don’t feel that change is possible for them. The example I share with them is that we all gain weight and lose weight, women get pregnant and then return to their previous shape.

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Natural Joint Repair Without Pain Pills or Surgery!

My Story

Jennifer Carter
November – December 2022 • Vol 4, No 1

I remember when I could ride my bike, rollerblade, play racquetball, ski, hike, and work in the garden for hours on end. Then, seemingly all of a sudden, everything changed. Now there was a price to pay for my activities—PAIN in my neck, back, shoulders, hands, knees, and feet! Eventually, I developed a tear in my rotator cuff and, despite a doctor-prescribed steroid shot and physical therapy, I was never fully functional or pain-free again. I learned to compensate with the other arm and embrace new sleep positions.

One day while working in the garden, my back went out. I spent that summer unable to stand upright or walk without pain. I spent hours lying flat. After a few months, despair set in. As a 40-something mom of three young children, I was in no position to be down like this. My family needed me!

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Natural Joint Repair Without Pain Pills or Surgery!

Ed Nordby’s Testimonial

Ed Nordby
September – October 2022 • Vol 3, No 123

My name is Ed Nordby, and I am a construction and building inspector here in the Gallatin Valley. My wife, Jean, and I have lived in Bozeman since 2007; I have 3 lovely daughters and 3 grandchildren. I enjoy keeping active outdoors, and my favorite pastimes include hunting and downhill skiing.

My work requires me to be moving around all day. It is common for me to walk several miles a day, in addition to climbing, crouching and even crawling through small spaces. I began working at the age of 10, and I just turned 78 this year.

Several years ago, I was involved in a plane crash. We were flying in a small airplane at 70 air miles per hour when we plowed into the side of a mountain and totaled the airplane. We hit a big stump that knocked a wing off the plane and caused it to flip. I suffered severe whiplash in my neck from the steering column and in my back from the impact that literally split the seat open. Thankfully I was able to crawl out of the windshield and get to safety, but the accident left me with residual pain.

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2022-10-13T11:27:18-06:00Natural Therapies/Remedies|

The Miracle of Balanced pH

The Secrets of pH Balance Should Be Shouted from the Housetops!

Maria Low
September – October 2022 • Vol 3, No 123

I first became aware of pH many years ago when I worked as a hair designer. In order to design haircuts optimally, I used products with formulas that had a similar pH to hair. This made a dramatic improvement in my work and in the appearance of my clients. I made many changes in my business based on this understanding of acid and alkaline.

What is pH?
A pH of 7.0 at 25C is defined as neutral because the concentration of H30+ (hydronium ions) equals the concentration of 0H- (hydroxide anions) in pure water. The measurement runs on a scale from 0 to 14. Acidity is on the lower end of the scale from 0 to 7. Alkalinity is the upper end of the scale from 7 to 14. Acidity creates an expanding energy whereas alkalinity creates a contracting energy.

The Danish chemist Søren P. L. Sørensen invented the pH scale in 1909. His original work was with beer. He learned how to prevent mold while fermenting beer by controlling the acidity and alkalinity.

Henry John Heinz, founder of the Heinz Ketchup company, ran similar experiments. He encountered mold problems while making tomato sauce to bottle and sell. When he made changes to make the sauce more acidic, the mold problem was solved. He created a product that made him a millionaire at the turn of the 20th century!

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Holy Basil

Queen of the Herbs

Crystal Maceira
September – October 2022 • Vol 3, No 123

In this last printed issue, I have chosen to write about a very special adaptogenic herb. I must admit, I had neglected to get to know this herb until just recently. Now it is one of my top-ten favorites! I think it will be yours, too, when you find out just what this herb can do! Everyone knows about Basil. It is such an aromatic herb to cook with. But how many people know about holy basil?

The Hindu people revere this herb and have used it for many aliments in their Ayurvedic medicine. I will tell what it is, the therapeutic actions, nutrients, what it has been used for, some of the research that has been done on it, and its uses, dosages, and drug interactions.

What Is Holy Basil?
Ocimum tenuiflorum or Ocimum sanctum are both aromatic shrubs in the Lamiaceae basil plant family. Holy basil is thought to have originated in north central India and now grows throughout the Eastern world. Also known as tulsi, which means “the incomparable one” in Hindu, the holy basil plant is a perennial that has a light lemon scent and purple-pink flowers. It is also called “Queen of the Herbs.”

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Release Your Pain for Good!

Resources & Events at Sage Wellness Center & Apothecary

Johanna Paulston
September – October 2022 • Vol 3, No 123

Experiencing pain in some form is a fact of life on Earth. Unfortunately, many people experience chronic daily pain and come to accept it as part of the “human condition.” But have you ever asked yourself why we experience pain?

Pain is a teacher. It comes when we need to make a change, whether it be physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, or relationally. Some of us avoid pain by silencing it or covering it, and some of us surrender to it as our forever reality. When we take these other actions instead of responding to the pain and making the change it is prompting, the pain continues. The level of pain increases according to how much we try to block it out. Pain will be heard. It needs to be heard.

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2022-09-14T09:39:42-06:00Natural Therapies/Remedies|
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