Scents & ‘Scentsibility’ for the Winter Months

Certain Fragrances Can Be Uplifting and Stir Up Memories

Maria Low
Jan – Feb 2022 • Vol 3, No 119

Certain fragrances during the winter months can be uplifting and stir up positive memories of past times. Think of the aroma of baked goods with cinnamon, the fresh smell of oranges and lemons, the clean pine smell in a winter forest. Did you know they can enhance health as well?

Essential oils provide help at many different levels throughout the body and the mind. Essential oils from trees, shrubs, roots, and flowers work in such a way that they do enhance the body’s ability to heal itself. There are several essential oils that are especially nice to enjoy during the winter season. Not only are their fragrances uplifting and purifying, but they also leave the environment feeling clean, remove bad odors from your home, and support a strong immune system!

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2022-01-10T11:15:31-07:00Natural Therapies/Remedies|

How to Get Whole-Food Minerals

Recipe: Quick & Easy Vegan Mineral Broth

Marlenea La Shomb, N.D., LMT
Jan – Feb 2022 • Vol 3, No 119

Dear Dr. Ma,
I was told I need more minerals, but the tablets recommended constipate me. What are my options?
— Susan

Dear Susan,
Great question! I was just reading the other day a statement that struck me funny: “If we could get all our minerals from the earth’s crust, we would have eaten it away to nothing.” Yet, as you are experiencing, our bodies don’t digest and process minerals straight. All plants, whether growing in the sea or on land, are made to do this job for us. Simply put, the roots pull the minerals out of the soil, we eat the plants, and receive the benefits of easily digested, assimilated, utilized, and eliminated minerals. Whole-food minerals, or balanced mineral salts, as they are called in the body, are needed in every interaction and process in our body’s systems.

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2022-01-10T11:22:50-07:00Natural Therapies/Remedies, Recipes|

Replacing Fear of Covid & Chaos with Hope

Taking Actions that Will Boost Your Health

Crystal Maceira, CBP, LMT, MH
Nov – Dec 2021 • Vol 3, No 118

How can we stop living in fear of Covid-19? How can we mitigate the chaos of these times in our lives? What actions can we take to strengthen our own and our loved ones’ bodies and immune systems? The following answers will be helpful, I believe, both if you have taken the vaccine, and if you haven’t. These solutions will keep you healthy and counteract the effects of both the virus and the vaccine.

False Evidence Appearing Real (F.E.A.R.)

There’s no need to live in fear. Fear and anxiety only produce more illness in the body, as cortisol rises and the immune system’s ability to do its work diminishes. So please, take action and watch how your fears will subside. So, what actions can you take?

There are many solutions available to keep your body healthy and to fight against the viruses going around. Many of these solutions come from a video and book by Dr. Robert O. Young, one of the top research scientists in the world. He advocates the theory that “the human organism is alkaline by design and acidic by function.”

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2021-11-07T07:55:03-07:00Natural Therapies/Remedies|

Holiday Gifts with Essential Oils

Giving Liberates the Soul of the Giver!

Marlenea La Shomb, N.D., LMT
Nov – Dec 2021 • Vol 3, No 118

Maya Angelou once said, “I have found that, among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” How true! This season, liberate your soul and nurture the souls of others by giving them healing aromas!

Essential oils can be added to any Christmas craft, from homemade candles to home-baked goods. Imagine the feeling your friends and family will get as they smell the aromas that escape when they open their gift boxes. Here are a few ideas:

Gather dried leaves and flower petals. Place in a large glass jar. Add a couple of drops of your favorite oils. Close the lid and shake. Store overnight. Sew little fabric pillows out of a sheer fabric. Fill them with the potpourri. Seal and trim with ribbons and bows.

Not sure which oils to add? Look for essential-oil blends, too, as they work well, and have been specially formulated to evoke a special mood or feeling (usually expressed in the blend name). Here is a short list of popular and common oils that can be used, along with the feelings they invoke:

Geranium—Emotional support

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2021-11-07T07:50:15-07:00Natural Therapies/Remedies|

The Intersection of Love & Pain

Transformation in a Cauldron of Alchemical Change

Bethel Wagner
Nov – Dec 2021 • Vol 3, No 118

“True transformation happens at the intersection of pain and love.” I recently heard this quote from a breathwork facilitator and trainer, Samantha Skelly, and it struck me as profound. It rang true in every way, because it applies so well to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. If this idea is correct, then we need to be asking:

  • How can we allow love to intersect, run through, and transform our pain and dis-ease?
  • How do we open body, mind, and spirit to receive transformational love?
  • How do we give that kind of love to ourselves and to others?

If we could keep these questions in mind, I believe we would make radically different decisions in our daily lives. Let’s look at how we can love ourselves through the way we eat, breathe, move, sleep, and think. Let’s consider how to create a safe environment that allows for transformation and the healing of pain through love.

It is all too easy in our culture to neglect and abuse our bodies by consuming toxic, food-like substances. It’s time to start telling ourselves the truth about what we’re putting into our mouths.

A simple way to love your body is to talk to yourself about the food in front of you. Is it a whole food, full of healing and nourishment? Or, is it a dead, toxic, and inflammatory food-like substance that you are ingesting unconsciously, perhaps as entertainment or as a numbing mechanism?

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What’s a Breathwork Seminar?

& Myofascial Release Technique & Breathwork

Denis Ouellette & Mary Loveless, LMT, PTA, C.Ped.
September – October 2021 • Vol 3, No 117

B reathing isn’t work—it’s automatic—right? So, why attend a Breathwork Seminar? This seminar focuses on the most important, yet most neglected, activity you do to provide yourself with life and vitality! At the Integral Breathwork Seminars, we measure, assess, and work on improving your breathing function first. Then we lie down for a breathwork session that will likely be one of the most life-changing experiences of your life, so far!

After the breathwork session, it’s hard to describe how you feel, but some have tried. Here are some actual words that participants have used:

Happy… Relieved… Alive & free… Expanded…
I feel like myself again!… Peaceful… Warm & tingly…
Strong… Connected to life… Radiant… Aerated!…
Drained & refilled… Comfortable… Effervescent…
Clearer… More present… Phenomenal!

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2021-09-07T10:02:38-06:00Energy Medicine, Natural Therapies/Remedies|

Iridology: Ciliary Body Marketings

What Does the Outside of the Iris Tell Us?

Crystal Maceira, CBP, LMT, MH
September – October 2021 • Vol 3, No 117

I am so happy to have been able to write about Iridology in the past several issues. By now, you should have a basic understanding of what to look for in the irises. Let’s do a recap. In the Nov/Dec 2017 issue, I explained just what Iridology was and a little bit of the history behind it. Starting exactly a year ago, I have explained the three main iris constitutions, subtypes based on color (that was in two parts), subtypes based on physical integrity, the nutritive zone, and the collarette. This article will be on the Ciliary Body and will complete this series. (Go to my column in to find all of these Iridology articles.)

The Ciliary Body & the Way Iridologists Look at the Iris

The ciliary body is the area of the iris that covers the most area. It is located from outside the collarette (around the pupil after Zones 1 and 2), to the outside edge of the iris. Looking at the Zone Chart, it covers Zones 3 through 7.

First, Iridologists look at the iris markings based on what zone they are in. The second method is to look at where the markings are as if we are placing it on a clock. For example, when we see a marking in the lung area in the right eye, we will mark down on our notes that it is in the 9 o’clock area. The third way we place markings are by iris positions: Frontal or Superior (top), Superior Temporal, Temporal (temple side), Inferior temporal, Ventral or Inferior (bottom), Inferior nasal, Medial (nasal side), Superior nasal.

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2021-09-07T10:02:38-06:00Natural Therapies/Remedies|

Health Coaching—

A Bright Light for the Future of Health Care

Bethel Wagner
September – October 2021 • Vol 3, No 117

Our current “health care” system is broken. In fact, it might be more accurate to call it our “disease management” or “sick-care system.” It rarely offers true healing to anyone. But what if it doesn’t have to be that way? What if we could reimagine and create something better? What if we could create a TRUE health-care system aimed at:

  • Maintaining vibrant health
  • Preventing chronic diseases
  • Offering the multifaceted support needed for genuine healing to occur
  • Honoring the bio-individual needs of each and every person?

I believe we are beginning to see a shift in this direction. Many doctors are rethinking the way they care for their patients. They are looking to address their needs in a more personalized, in-depth fashion. Additionally, thousands of certified health coaches are being trained every year. These coaches have the potential to provide a solution to many of the problems within our current system.

Health coaching is relatively new to the health-and-wellness scene. It is already proving to be one of the most effective tools for helping people recover and maintain their health. Health coaches can relieve much of the burden placed upon doctors and improve health outcomes for patients, providing a win-win situation for everyone involved.

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Iridology: The Collarette

Also Called the Autonomic Nerve Wreath

Crystal Maceira, CBP, LMT, MH
July – August 2021 • Vol 3, No 116

I hope you have been enjoying the last four or five issues where I have covered many aspects of how Iridologists conduct an iris reading. If you have, then you’re getting a good understanding of the basics of Iridology. (If you’ve missed a few—no worries, just go to the Natural Life News Archives to catch up.) In this issue, we are going to learn some of major ways iridologists look at the collarette in relation to the rest of the body. The collarette surrounds the pupil and is the dividing line between the Nutritive Zone and the Ciliary Zone. The collarette is also called the Autonomic Nerve Wreath, or the wreath for short.

The collarette tells us many things about the colon and the nervous system. If it is light or even white in color, it shows structural contraction, irritability and inflammation. The color of the wreath also suggests different tendencies to the corresponding organs. The iridologist breaks it down into two aspects or sections: Placement and Appearance. When we look at appearance, we break it down again into two sections: Quality and Shape.

First there is placement. Is it too close to the pupil, too far from the pupil, or is it balanced? When the collarette is in balance (approximately 1/3 the distance between the pupil and the outside edge of the iris), it means there typically is not any negative influence on bowel behavior.

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2021-07-09T13:38:49-06:00Natural Therapies/Remedies|

Herbal Detoxification:

The Body’s Power to Heal Itself

Elaine Rylin
July – August 2021 • Vol 3, No 116

Excerpts from The Essiac Report: Canada’s Remarkable Unknown Cancer Remedy

“Chemotherapy and radiation are, for the most part, indiscriminate killers. Skeptics conclude that, in most cases, these “therapies” are no better and sometimes much worse than the actual disease.

An alternative is the Native-American formula for Essiac Tea that consists of 4 or 5 herbs (see their descriptions below). It’s a simple, inexpensive, highly effective and natural approach that has no side effects and is available to everyone. For over a century, detoxification programs using this tea have restored health to thousands of cancer victims.

Rene M. Caisse, RN (1889–1978) was the Canadian nurse responsible for Essiac being used as treatment for cancer; although, it was never made legal in her lifetime. At age 33 in 1922, Caisse was the head nurse at a hospital in Ontario, Canada. A patient revealed to her she had discovered large, hard masses in her breast. Cassie and her husband were camped by some Ojibwa Indians, and their medicine man said that he had a remedy—“a holy drink that would purify the body and put it back in balance with the Great Spirit.”

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2021-07-09T13:38:49-06:00Natural Therapies/Remedies|
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