Words are Very Important
Words can make or break our day. They can make us feel happy, sad, rejected or proud.
Words can bring hope, words can cause failure. Words can make you show the other person that you can do it and you are not a failure, or they can last with you for 80 years believing that you are no good because you were told so when you were a child.
Words can build you up with promises. In years gone by, words and a handshake were the same as your signature on a document today. Today we bandy words about, often for our own benefit. Empty promises hurt the receiver of the promise and take away the credibility of the person making the promise. People begin to see them in a different light when promises are broken again and again.
Politicians are great users of words for their own or their party's ends. They are also often great breakers of promises. Teachers are influential users of words, teaching children how to use them. The media has a great influence on the words used in our society. Parents are our first teacher of words either giving a child self esteem or robbing them of it with their words.
Doctors, nurses, naturopaths and therapists can bring hope, encouragement, and a belief in yourself. They can also take away hope, withhold encouragement and believe in their power instead of yours.
Think about your words and the powerful effect they have on others.
Louise Hay has made affirmations popular. Affirmations are a group of words you use to tell yourself repeatedly that you can achieve and change your way of thinking. Affirmations have great power.
I am careful about the words I use when talking to others.
I have positive thoughts and use positive words.
I always use positive words to make myself and others feel good.
Have a great day!
Christmas can be a time of happiness or sadness
Christmas is a Special Time
Christmas time is a special time of the year. It is special for its religious meaning.
It is special because it comes at the end of the year. Everyone is tired and wants a rest.
It is special because children look forward to it so much. They long for Santa to come.
It is special because it is a time when family gathers together. Everyone makes a special effort to come together to celebrate.
Christmas Can Bring Difficulties
Christmas can also be a difficult time for some people. Leading up to Christmas can be hard. There is a lot of shopping to be done, decisions to be made about what to buy and for whom. There can be financial difficulties because we want to give more than we can afford.
All the big bills seem to come at the same time as Christmas making things even harder. There may be family difficulties. Perhaps everyone does not get on well together. It may be that someone wants to go home and can't for some reason. All these things can make us anxious.
For some, Christmas is a time of sadness because a loved one is no longer with us. This may be permanent or from a family breakup.
Homeopathy can Help
Now is the time to do what you can to make this Christmas an easier time for you. Homeopathic remedies can help ease anxiety and grief.
Arg nit is a wonderful remedy that can help ease anxiety about the future. It is also good to ease the craving for sweets. It may be a good time to visit your naturopath or homeopath to get ready for Christmas.
Here are three remedies that may help with grief.
Nat mur is for deepseated grief and sorrow. This person is introverted and a perfectionist.
Ignatia shows hysteria with the grief. This person is easily offended and sighs a lot. The grief is more acute.
Phos ac is for people who become physically weak and exhausted from grief. They suffer in silence. It is a strong remedy for the relief of anguish and fatigue.
These remedies can also be bought at your local health food store or chemist.
Think about Christmas today if you tend to have difficulties at this time. Be prepared and work on your problems now before they overtake you again.
Have a great day!
Some children like to eat inedible things
Does your Child Crave Strange Things?
Some children and even some adults have a craving for eating odd things. Odd things can include soil, dirt, chalk, pencils, plastic pegs, dry rice, faeces, soap etc. Other children or adults feel the need to eat flour, dry rice, ice cubes, salt or starch.
This is an illness called Pica. It is not normal to eat these things.
Yes, there is something you can do about it. Some homeopathy remedies can help. Look for a homeopath in your area to go into greater detail for the right 'Designer Remedy' that is needed. Remedies are very broad yet specific.
Homeopathic Remedies to Help
Here are a few remedies to give you an idea. A homeopath always asks lots of questions about may things in your life, about likes and dislikes, times of day, emotions and lots more. This way the can find a remedy to help you.
Other Symptoms are Important Too
Some of these people may be fat or thin, have sweaty heads, large heads, be disturbed in other ways. They may get very excited, irritable, have sore ankles or cannot sleep. These symptoms have to matched up with the remedies then the best one selected.
Many of these things are not readily available these days and so people who crave soil and cannot get to it - they may live in high rise buildings instead of a farm, eat other things more readily available eg plastics, plastic pegs plastic toys, crayons, paper, cardboard etc.
Have a great day!
Our emotions affect our health, so if we can be happy, this can help to keep us healthy.
The small Asian country of Bhutan, situated between India and China, has taken on the idea of happiness and wants its people to be happy. To this end, they have studied happiness with the help of scholars from the West.
They have found that when we are materially and spiritually developed then we are at our happiest. They have named four things as being of great importance - sustainable development, cultural values, conservation of the natural environment and good governance.
These areas have been broken down into eight areas.
Physical, mental and spiritual health
Social and community vitality
Keep a Diary
Happiness can be measured by keeping a diary. This only needs to be short. When writing your diary some or all of the above may be addressed. Take note of your economic state, your environment, your spiritual, physical and mental health, your working and social life. By recapping each day, you can become aware of any imbalances and try to do something about it before it gets out of hand.
I sometimes think of the British and Irish men and women who came to Australia over 200 years ago. The settlers who took up land in the far flung areas of this vast country had noboby to talk to. Some kept a diary and spilled their thoughts into it. What a treasure for the ones who could write. This helped them keep track of what went on in their life.
Having enjoyment in our life brings the sunshine into our heart and soul. Try to include some of it in your everyday life. Bitterness and unhappiness in our life only brings illness with it.
In the words of the famous song
Don't worry, Be happy!
A story of illness and natural ways to overcome it
Allergies and Chronic Fatigue A Natural Approach
The person we are today is the sum total of all our experiences throughout our life. We can change the person we will become through the new experiences we have. Some of these experiences we can choose and others seem to be thrust upon us. Hopefully we learn from our experiences and can use them to help others.
I am trying to help others by the sharing the knowledge I have gained throughout my life.
This book chronicles the story of illness of allergies, asthma, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and just about any other name you can add.
But what is in a name? Do we need a name to know that we do not feel well? People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have tried for years to get help for their mysterious illness. Because I could get no relief from Western medicine, I chose to look into natural ways to improve my health. The journey is never ending.
This ebook tells you many different ways that you can try. If you don't like one, then try another.
There is always something to help if we will only open our mind and let the help in.
EBook all about asthma and allergies
Asthma and Allergies
This book focuses more on asthma and allergies, sore throats and hay fever. It discusses the many things that cause asthma and ways to relieve it.
Homeopathy and Cell salts or Tissue salts are discussed and how they may help and my secret elixir for hay fever.
This is a smaller book written in an easy conversational tone. It contains practical information to help you.
Both books written and designed by Therese Vahland
Fuel sources will need to change for factories too
Wikipedia states that there are only about 50 years of crude oil reserves left. Mmmmm. I wonder what we are going to do after that?
The lack of oil won't affect me, but will affect my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I wonder what source of fuel they will be using for transport? Will there still be cars? Will horses become popular again?
Many sources of fuel and different types of engines for cars have been designed in the last 80 years or so and each has been shut down because the motor industry was geared to the petrol engine. Factories were designed for the path they are still on.
How many years has it taken to get any electric cars on the road? In Australia, I still do not know of any public place where you can charge your car. I believe there are some in parts of US. In China millions of motorbikes/scooters are electric. However the millions of cars still spew forth petrol fumes.
Are we in the western civilisation going to do anything serious about providing alternative fuels for our transport? We are thought to be the ones leading the world in new technologies.
Our cars and trucks are not the only thing that will be affected when the sources of crude oil run out. I have been writing in some of my recent articles about synthetic clothing. Polyester, nylon, acrylic, viscose, acetate and many other synthetic materials are all byptoducts of the fuel industry. These will no longer be made. At least that will be a benefit. People may have to wear natural fibres again.
Lipstick, baby oil, synthetic rubber, plastics and resins and many other products we use each day are also going to be a thing of the past. Well, the old stock will still be there, the things we are using today because they will never break down in the environment. Our plastic utensils in the kitchen will be around for a long time, but new ones will not be made once crude oil runs out. And we will only have to wait for a few million years for some more crude oil to develop.
The lack of crude oil will not only affect the people who own cars. It will affect the pharmaceutical industry and the agricultural industry as well as the transport industry. As the supply becomes more scarce, the countries who do not have their own reserves of oil or gas will have to pay very high prices to those who control the reserves.
Start Thinking Renewable
So start thinking RENEWABLE now. Each of us can do it in our own way. Whether it is growing a pot of herbs on the windowsill, growing your own sprouts, growing your own vegetables, walking instead of driving when possible or taking public transport instead of the car when possible. Try to reuse or recycle things before you throw them out. Make new from old.
Talking Can Help Too
Talking about these problems is also a way to help. Educate yourself and help others become more aware that in the future there will be drastic changes for our descendants unless we become more responsible with the things we use now. Let your voice be heard to help find new and natural ways to fuel our cars or grow our food. We don't want to go down in history as the wasteful, greedy people in the 20th and 21st centuries.
When you find people trying to preserve our environment, support them and their business. It is the only way we can gain a sustainable future.
Our children are the future of the world. Train them to renew, recycle and reuse so that they can become responsible citizens of tomorrow. Tomorrow is never far off!
Renewable Fuel for Cars
Painting by Therese Vahland
Australian Essential oils can ease aches and pains
Aussie Massage Oil for Aches and Pains
Aussie Massage Oil for Aches and Pains has been made especially for the relief of muscular and joint aches and pains. It includes Eucalyptus oil, Lemon scented Tea Tree oil and grapeseed oil.
All these oils are anti-inflammatory. This means they help ease inflammation. I have written a lot about inflammation. Its symptoms include heat and redness causing pain.
Eucalyptus oil is the most typical oil for Australia. The aboriginal people were already using the eucalyptus tree for healing when British settlers arrived on the shores. Eucalyptus oil contains tannins which are believed to help reduce inflammation.
Eucalyptus oil is used by athletes for muscular aches and pains as well as by people with Arthritis.
Lemon scented tea tree oil (Leptospermum petersonii) is also an anti-inflammatory. It smells nicer than Tea tree oil. It is not the same plant as tea tree oil.
Grapeseed oil also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps reduce pain.
Multi Purpose Oil
Although this oil is suggested to be only for muscular and joint aches and pains, it is really a multipurpose oil as each of the oils have other healing properties.
Eucalyptus oil is also wonderful to help relieve coughs and colds, nasal and bronchial congestion, it helps heal wounds and fungal infections and kills bacteria, some viruses and fungi - moulds.
Lemon scented tea tree oil is also multi purpose. It prevents moulds, is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It is a powerful insect repellent and also helps kill off some lung infections.
Other articles on the same subject
Inflammation and Essential Oils
Natural Supplements for Inflammation
Is there a Connection between Potatoes and Arthritis?
Is There a Connection between Potatoes and Arthritis? Part 2
Photo and design by Therese Vahland
Walk barefoot in the water at the beach
Electrical Charges in our Body
A buildup of electrical charges in our body can cause unpleasant sensations and even pain.
Some of us may have felt a zap when we have been getting out of the car or touching a metal door. This is called static electricity. It is not the same as an electric shock but it can frighten and even hurt. Sensations vary from a tingle to pain. A zapping sound may sometimes be heard.
Static electricity is increased around synthetic materials and electrical equipment. Many cars have synthetic seat covers or are made out of synthetic materials. Synthetic materials include vinyl, polyester, viscose and nylon. When we slide or turn in the car as we get out of it, then touch the metal of the car we can get a zap of static electricity. The rubbing of synthetic materials causes a buildup of electrical charges.
Walking, running or sliding on synthetic carpets can also cause the same problem. Some years ago my husband was working in a computer lab. This was in the early days of computers. He was sitting on a vinyl chair - what else - and it had plastic castors. He rolled across the synthetic flooring on his synthetic chair and touched the keyboard of the computer. This shorted it out! Kaboom! Keyboard was dead.
So you can see that this electrical buildup in our body and the equipment around us can cause big problems.
Static electricity is worse in winter time when the air is dry. Rooms are warmed by air conditioners and the air tends to be drier. Anyone working around office equipment eg photocopiers, printers, fans can also get a buildup of electrical charges.
My friend Annie always had problems. When she went to open the fridge, the door tingled. When she used the sewing machine she got buzzes going right through her. When she got out of a car she was scared to touch the car door to close it because of the painful zap she got. Even when shopping she had to be careful not to touch any metal doors or shelving in the shops. Door handles were out.
How to Reduce Static Electricity in your Body
If you live near the beach, go walk in the water. Annie reported an amazing sensation as soon as her feet touched wet sand. She could feel the electrical energy draining from her head and travelling down through her body and out through her feet.
She walked in the sea water regularly to drain this energy out of her and it worked. Her buildup was so strong that it took a few months to get rid of the sensations but they did disappear entirely. Annie now no longer needs to be careful when getting out of a car or opening a door. She feels safer and much better. She goes for a walk in the water every few months just to drain any excess electrical energy from her body.
If you do not live near a beach try walking on damp grass early in the morning. This may be in your backyard or in the local park.
Wear clothing made from natural fibres. Natural fibres do not build up electrical charges in your body. Shoes made of natural fibres will help too. Shoes can be made of leather, cotton, sisal or hemp and have cork or leather soles. They are harder to find but are available.
People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, low immune system, allergies and eczema are sometimes more susceptible to the buildup of static electricity in their
system. All the more reason to wear clothing made of natural fibres.
Try moisturising your body so that it does not get too dry. This may help if you are unable to do any of the above.
Have a great static free day. Cheers
Photo by Therese Vahland
Colours can have an impact on your children
Colours are very important to consider for our babies and children. If you want your child to be hyped up and excited, try dressing him in red.
Warm and Cool Colours
Colours are divided into warm and cool colours. Warm colours are red, orange and yellow. Cool colours are green, blue and violet. These colours have an impact on our moods. Red, orange and yellow can spark us up if we are feeling down. However if we are already excited by what is going on in our life we can surround ourselves with the cooler colours of green, blue and purple.
Colour Affects Mood
If your child is excitable try dressing him/her in cool colours. These include shades of pale blue, mid blue, sky blue, royal blue, dark blue, navy, teal, green, emerald, aqua, mauve, violet, lavender. Pale pink is also a calming colour.
When your child wears red, burgundy, orange and bright yellow, he will be more stimulated.
Pastel shades of colours are also calming. You can use pink, apricot and lemon here as these warm colours do not have the intensity when they are very pale. A soft green, baby blue and lavender or mauve are also good pastel colours to use.
Babies are best dressed in pastel colours. Their aura or energy system is still soft and gentle. Any bright colours around them can be too stimulating. After all we do want our babies to be calm and to sleep well because then we feel better too.
Other articles about children
Cleaning without Chemicals
MDF and Chemical Sensitivities
Clothing made from natural fibres is better for children
There must be a reason why so many children these days are hyperactive. Have you ever thought it might be the clothing they wear?
Synthetic materials have edged into our way of life. Looking in a wardrobe today I would be surprised if you found an article of clothing that did not have some synthetic fibre in it. Even a lot of cotton clothing often has some percentage of polyester in it.
Children are very susceptible to everything. Their immune system is just developing. As adults we may be able to wear something that children just cannot handle. A baby or toddler cannot tell you if an article of clothing is irritating it.
Most likely irritants
Any synthetic fibres are most likely to irritate your child. Sometimes you can see a rash and so you know that your child is reacting to a piece of clothing or elastic. Other times it is something invisible.
By the age of two or three some children show signs of hyperactivity. Especially in these children, I recommend eliminating all synthetic fibres from their clothing. Look for natural fibres. Cotton is good, especially organic cotton. Keep in mind that cotton is grown using vast amounts of deadly pesticides. There must be some residue of this in the fibres.
However synthetic clothing like polyester and nylon and acrylics are made from petrochemicals. They do not allow the body to breathe. They do not take moisture away from the body as does clothing made from cotton and bamboo.
Children become hotter when wearing synthetic clothing. They can also be irritated when wearing it. ‘Irritated’ does not mean as in having a rash. If a child wears synthetic clothing he may be on edge, cranky and irritated. The only way he can express this is by being naughty.
Have you ever noticed your child hot and bothered and take off his/her jacket? Not only does it relieve him of the extra warmth but most jackets, hoodies, cardigans, raincoats and parkas are made of synthetic fibres. Your are relieving your child of the buildup of static electricity in their system. Static electricity builds up when you wear synthetic fibres. Natural fibres prevent the buildup of static electricity.
So when you are out shopping for clothing for your child the next time, look for articles of clothing made from cotton, bamboo, tencel or wool, jute or hemp. Try to minimize synthetic clothing made from nylon, acetate, polyester, viscose, triacetate and acrylic.
I am a trained Natural Therapist, Teacher, published Author and Artist who lives on the south eastern coast of Australia.
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