Parsley Water Blackhead Treatment

April 11th, 2006

Cleanse and prevent blackheads with Parsley water.

Here’s How:

  1. Add Parsley to bowl.
  2. Cover with water.
  3. Let soak overnight.
  4. Using an unbleached coffee filter, strain into a clean bottle.
  5. Add 1/2 oz. of vodka to preserve it if you are not keeping it in the refrigerator.
  6. Using a cotton ball or pad, wipe over the face.

Tips:

  1. Use purified, distilled or mineral water.
  2. Keep in the refrigerator or add vodka to keep in the bathroom.

What You Need:

  • 1 Bunch Parsley
  • Water
  • Glass Bowl
  • Clean bottle
  • 1/2 oz. vodka
  • Unbleached coffee

Glossary of Definitions

April 11th, 2006

Abortificant causes induced or spontaneous abortion

Alterative helps to restore normal health, cleanses and purifies the blood, gradually restores normal bodily functions

Analgesic relieves pain

Anaphrodisiac reduces the sexual appetites

Anthelmintic helps kill and get rid of parasites in the body

Antibacterial destroys or stops the growth of bacteria

Antibiotic destroys or stops the growth of microorganisms in the body

Antifungal destroys or stops the growth of fungi, such as Athlete’s foot

Anti-Inflammatory reduces or counteracts inflammations

Antioxidant inhibits or prevents oxidation

Antispasmodic relieves voluntary and involuntary muscle spasms

Antitussive prevents or eliminates coughing

Antiviral inhibits or eliminates a virus

Aphrodisiac creates or enhances sexual arousal

Aromatherapy relies on the aroma of healing plants to stimulate healing, Relaxation, mood alteration, and overall well-being

Asthenia loss of or lack of strength, usually affecting the muscular system

Astringent firms organs and tissues as well as reduces excretions

Bolus an herbal suppository inserted in the vagina or rectum

Calmative soothing action on the body’s systems

Carcinogenic causes cancer

Cardiac about or relating to the heart

Carminative relieves Intestinal Gas and accompanying annoyances

Catarrh inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose and Breathing passages, sometimes chronically

Cathartic strong Laxative that acts fast

Cholagogue increases the flow of bile from the gall bladder

Choleretic stimulates the liver to produce more bile

Cirrhosis loss of tissue function of an organ, usually the liver

Cystitis inflammation and irritation of the urinary bladder

Decoction an extract made by putting the parts of a healing plant into water and bringing it to a boil, then cooled and strained for medicinal use

Demulcent protects and soothes internal mucous membranes

Dermatitis inflammation or irritation of the skin

Detoxicant eliminates toxins

Diaphoretic increases perspiration

Diuretic eliminates excess fluids and AIDS the kidneys and bladder

Emetic induces Vomiting

Emollient protects and soothes the skin

Enteritis irritation and inflammation of the small intestine

Essential Oil plant oils, usually highly scented, extracted from healing plants for healing applications

Expectorant AIDS discharge of phlegm and mucous from the lungs and throat

Extract withdrawing the desired constituents from a plant through physical and/or chemical means

Fast to abstain from all or most foods for a specific period

Febrifuge reduces fevers

Fomentation a hot compress made by soaking a cloth in a decoction or infusion, then applying externally

Gastroenteritis inflammation and irritation of the stomach and intestines

Hemostatic stops the flow of blood

Hepatic having to do with the liver

Herbalism the practice of identifying and using plants that have medicinal qualities

Homeopathy a system of medicine that stresses the administration of minute doses that would produce symptoms of the disease in healthy persons; it is based on the system belief that “like cures like”

Hypertensive raises the blood pressure, or deals with High Blood Pressure

Hypotensive lowers the blood pressure, or deals with low blood pressure

Hypnotic relaxant and sedative that induces sleep

Infusion medicinal made by pouring boiling water over an herb, or adding an herb to boiling water, similar to a tea

Inhalant a remedy breathed through the nose or mouth

Irritant something that causes irritation or inflammation

Jaundice yellowing of the skin caused by bile pigments in the tissues

Laxative AIDS in promoting Bowel Movements

Lesion a wound or inflammation, internal or external

Liniment a liquid or thin paste used externally as a pain reliever or counterirritant

Naturopathy medical treatment based on using natural plants and agents as well as natural healing methods to cause a cure or prevention

Nephritis inflammation and irritation of the kidneys

Nervine strengthens and normalizes the Nervous system

Ointment a solid form of medication applied to the skin

Opthalmic soothes and heals the eyes

Photosensitive a heightened sensitivity to light or direct sun

Poultice a plaster applied externally, usually hot

Prophylactic AIDS in warding off diseases

Purgative induces the evacuation of the intestines

Renal having to do with the kidneys

Salve the same as an ointment

Sclerosis hardening of tissue due to inflammation

Sedative calms by lowering the activity of an organ or body part

Stimulant increases internal body heat, strengthens Metabolism and body circulation

Tea a dried herb steeped in hot water for drinking

Thrombosis a blood clot that partially or completely blocks a blood vessel

Tincture a medication derived from the medicinal agents in Herbs being dissolved into alcohol

Tinnitus persistent ringing sound in the ear

Tonic stimulates the overall body systems

Toxins poisons

Ulcer a slow-healing wound, either internal or external

Vaginitis irritation, inflammation, or infection of the vagina

Vasodilator relaxes the blood vessels

Chapped Lip Balm

April 11th, 2006

General rule of thumb for winter chapped lips…basic lip balm recipe: melt together one ounce (by weight, not volume) of beeswax preferably grated, it will melt faster), a ’solid’ fat…shea butter, mango butter, Coconut Oil, etc. and one oz of a rich liquid oil. (I like to use Avocado oil or kukui nut for this.)

This makes a basic soothing balm or salve that can be divided into smaller portions and/or enriched in innumerable ways. Use herbal infused oils (infused Chamomile or Calendula) for skin soothing.

Add the Essential Oils of your choice…a drop of Peppermint or steam distilled Lime for lip balms… Lavender and German Chamomile for healing baby’s diaper RashPatchouli or Frankincense for badly chapped hands.

Less beeswax or more of the liquid oil makes a softer balm, more beeswax makes a firm ’stick’ that can be rubbed on.

Divine Health From Your Home Spa

April 11th, 2006

Once upon a time, a Home Spa was considered a luxury, an indulgence for the rich and famous. That is no longer the case. A Home Spa can now be considered, along with natural supplements, good nutrition and Exercise, an important strategy for maintaining good health, reducing Stress and living a long and healthy life. How could a Home Spa contribute to your good health?

In a Newsweek article entitled “The Good Heart”, Anne Underwood writes that “mounting evidence suggests that your psychological outlook is just as important” to maintaining cardiovascular health as is diet and Exercise (October 17, 2005, p 35). Deepak Chopra has long taught about the mind/body connection and that “if the forces inside us are kept in harmony and balance with the surrounding environment, we can be immune to illness”. He writes that “In Ayurveda we rely on the basic principle that any disorder can be prevented as long as balance is maintained not just in the body, but in the mind and spirit as well” (Perfect Health: The Complete Mind Body Guide, p 17).

Thus, it appears that science is catching up to ancient wisdom as researchers attempt to quantify the effects the mind has on the body as it relates to heart patients. In fact, writes Underwood, “doctors are finding that psychosocial factors pose far greater risks than they previously realized. Depression at least doubles an otherwise healthy person’s heart attack risk” (37).

So, why not make time for yourself on a regular basis to indulge in a personal care routine that can help maintain a healthy mindset, reduce Stress and keep your skin and hair healthy and glowing? Such a routine, that consistently contributes to an overall better balance between your mind, body and life overall?

You might ask, “Do I have to pay a lot of money to make a Home Spa in my house?” The answer is a resounding, “No”. It is not necessary to tear out the old bathroom and spend thousands of dollars to install a new one with a whirlpool bath, fancy fixtures and a sauna or bidet.

Even if your home boasts only one teeny bathroom, you have just the right space to begin. It is possible to transform the smallest bathroom into one with a spa feeling; one that pampers your senses and creates a calm refuge from the outside world.

First you’ll want to create the environment by making your space special. Get rid of clutter; master it, corral it into interesting containers or reorganize closet space to hold yet more. Try to keep this room “white glove” clean. Add pictures of a loved one or of a treasured scene from a favorite trip. Find a spot for a flower arrangement or some Lucky Bamboo. Do you have a favorite piece of pottery or crystal? Let it hold your make-up, wash clothes or a selection of Soaps. Get a book about Feng Shui to mine for ideas.

Color is important. Light, soft colors tend to calm. If necessary, grab a brush and repaint your bathroom in a color that reduces Stress and blood pressure, but first spend some time researching Color Therapy and decide which colors work best for you. Can’t paint? Then put Candles in the color you desire into your favorite Candle holders and place in safe spots around your Home Spa.

Do you have favorite music that you play because it soothes your soul? Find a way to bring this music into your Home Spa. Perhaps you have a small radio/CD player? Or a portable CD player with headset that you wear while running? Either will work so long as they are placed in a dry area. Think serene music, soft orchestral music, nature sounds such as ocean waves and rain or spiritual chants. You could even stop by a local Yoga studio to check out the music they’re playing.

Don’t forget aromatherapy to enhance your senses and relieve Stress. Think Lavender for its healing powers, Vanilla for its soothing and calming powers or select from scents that soothe your soul. If your light switch is on a rheostat, remember to turn it down until the light reaches a relaxing intensity.

Collect items you already have for your moments of indulgence; a favorite cozy bathrobe, neck Pillow, fluffy slippers. Then how about some plush new towels in your chosen spa color, a small whirlpool foot bath, or even massage rollers for your back and feet. Don’t forget some spa accessories; loofah, pumice stone, and more.

Even if you don’t have time for a long, leisurely soak in the tub followed by a Facial Mask and slathering your body with a Body Lotion or butter, the atmosphere you have created will turn the simple act of brushing your teeth into a spa experience! Make it a habit to indulge yourself on a consistent basis, regardless if you have just fifteen uninterrupted minutes or two hours.

Other possibilities? How about taking a steaming mug of your favorite herbal tea into your Home Spa? Or the novel you just can’t wait to get back to? Maybe even your favorite magazine to enjoy while soaking in your favorite scent of Dead Sea Bath Salts?

Think of your Home Spa as a way to make consistent deposits into your “good health savings account” so that you will be more likely to become immune to illness, or at the very least, less likely to be a Candidate for Heart Disease. The only limitation to creating an enticing Home Spa that contributes to your overall good health is your imagination.

Natural Crows Feet Remedy

April 11th, 2006

Stir enough double cream into an egg white to make the mixture spreadable.

Leave on crow’s feet for at least an hour or all night if possible, wash off throughly when finished.

Cocoa Butter Eye Cream

April 11th, 2006

2 Tbsp petroleum jelly 2 Tbsp cocoa butter 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil

Mix all of the ingredients together in an ovenproof glass container. Heat gently in the microwave or in a water bath (place the glass pitcher in a pan with 1 or 2 inches of water and heat).

Pour into a clean container and cool completely; the mixture will solidify as it cools. Use nightly around your eyes.

Yields 3 oz.

(The sensitive skin under the eye needs extra care and conditioning. Cocoa Butter has been used for years to treat age lines around the eyes and mouth. It helps soften and protect delicate skin. This eye cream is rich, so a small amount is all that is needed nightly)

Manage Allergies and Asthma

April 11th, 2006

More and more people are affected by seasonal Allergies. Twenty years ago, about 10% of the population experienced seasonal Allergies; today the numbers have doubled to more around 20% to 25%. One in ten people suffer from some form of Allergy.

Allergies can lead to other chronic conditions such as asthma and they should not be trivialized or ignored by any means.

“It’s a lot easier to treat the Allergic reactions before they start happening than to wait until you’ve had symptoms,” according to Andrew Singer, M.D., an allergist at the University of Michigan Health System. “Typically, this means starting a couple weeks before Allergy season even begins to get your body ready for the onslaught of Allergens. Once the Allergic reaction happens, it takes more medication and it’s much more difficult to calm things down and make you feel better.”

Starting and treating Allergies and asthma early means being ready any day now. Depending on what part of the country you live in, Allergy season is likely to begin around March or April and continue straight through to early fall. The earliest Allergens to pop up are tree pollens, followed by grass pollens and then different types of weed pollens. Ragweed, one of the most common Allergens, usually comes in to play around late August or early September.

Allergies and Asthma

Allergies can also be linked to asthma. Among children with Allergies, 50% to 70% may have underlying asthma as well. For some people, Allergens in the environment specifically trigger their asthma.

“Certainly when asthma’s involved, Allergies become a little bit more dangerous because the asthma can get to the point where a child or adult can have difficulty Breathing, may need supplemental oxygen, or may need to be seen in the emergency room for further treatment,” Singer says.

Allergic asthma is characterized by symptoms that are triggered by an Allergic reaction. Allergic asthma is the most common form of asthma, affecting over 50% of the 20 million asthma sufferers. Symptoms of Allergic asthma can include coughing, Wheezing, Shortness of Breath or rapid Breathing, and chest tightness. However, Allergic asthma is triggered by inhaled Allergens such as dust mite Allergen, pet dander, pollen and mold resulting in asthma symptoms.

Allergic Rhinitis, or Hayfever, is triggered by “Allergens,” substances that initiate an Allergic response, such as pollens or molds, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). Grass, weeds and pollen trigger hay Fever and Allergies.

Many trees, grasses and weeds have small, light and dry pollens that are easily carried by the wind. Some of the major outdoor Allergens that cause Allergic reactions during this time of year are trees such as oak, elm, Birch, ash, hickory, poplar, sycamore, maple, Cypress, walnut, and Western Red Cedar; and grasses such as timothy, Bermuda, orchard, red top, and sweet vernal. In late summer and fall weeds such as ragweed, sagebrush, pigweed, Russian thistle and cocklebur, become problematic for Allergy sufferers.

For natural asthma relief, Native RemediesBioVent assists with the management of Chronic Asthma and the control and prevention of Asthma Attacks.

Allergies and Sinusitis

Hay Fever and other Allergic reactions can be contributing factors to Sinusitis. Allergies can trigger swelling in the sinus and nasal mucous linings. The swelling can cause sinus passages to close up, trapping bacteria in the upper respiratory tract. Bacteria in the sinuses can develop into a sinus infection.

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the hollow cavities around the eyes and nose known as the nasal sinuses. While Allergic Rhinitis (hay Fever) is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose, Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses.

Allergy and Sinusitis Symptoms

Frequent Allergic reactions, resulting in Sinusitis, can cause Sinusitis to become a chronic condition. Chronic Sinusitis sufferers have frequent and ongoing inflammation of the sinus membranes. According to The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases some symptoms associated with Sinusitis include:

  • Headache in the morning
  • Pain when pressure is applied to the forehead over the frontal sinuses
  • Aching in the upper jaw and teeth along with tender cheeks
  • Swelling of the eyelids and tissues around the eye
  • Pain between the eyes
  • Tenderness when pressure is put on the sides of the nose
  • Loss of smell and nasal congestion or Runny Nose
  • Earaches, neck pain, and deep aching at the top of the head
  • Fever
  • Weakness and tiredness
  • Coughing that can increase in severity at night
  • Postnasal drip causing a sore throa

Native RemediesAllergiClear naturally protects against all airborne and seasonal Allergies, Allergic Rhinitis and Hayfever. SOS-HistaDrops can be used when needed for quick natural relief of acute attacks of Allergic Rhinitis and Hayfever to relieve major symptoms.

Allergy and Asthma Management

An important component of any Allergy and asthma management plan is avoiding the pollens and molds that make you sneeze, have Itchy Eyes and wheeze. While Allergies can’t be cured, there are things you can do to limit or lessen your exposure:

  • Keep windows closed at night to prevent pollens or molds from drifting into the home.
  • Use an air conditioner and dehumidifier to keep air clean, cool, and dry in your house.
  • Keep car windows closed when traveling.
  • Minimize outdoor activity on days when the pollen count or humidity is reported to be high or on windy days when mold and pollen are blown about. Avoid going outdoors during peak times of year for pollen exposure.
  • Take vacations to a more pollen-free area, such as the beach or sea.
  • Wear a Mask when doing lawn or garden work, such mowing or raking, which stirs up pollens and molds.
  • Avoid hanging sheets or clothing out to dry, pollen and molds collect on them.
  • Vacuum your carpets, curtains and soft furniture often.
  • Take medications as prescribed in the recommended dosage. Do not take more medication to alleviate severe symptoms.
  • Take a shower after spending time outdoors to remove pollen and mold that may be on your skin and hair. Also, shower or bathe at night to remove pollens or other Allergen from your hair and skin.
  • Remove any mold you find in your home.

“It’s impossible to completely eliminate all the things that might trigger your Allergies, but taking steps to delay your exposure to certain Allergens may help,” said Jonathan Bernstein, MD, AAAAI fellow and member of the Indoor Allergen Committee.

If you lead the fast paced life, eat fast food, get insufficient rest and take unnatural chemicals – including chemical drugs both prescription and OTC - for Headaches, backaches, etc., you can exacerbate your Allergies.

In 99 out of 100 adults the body is depleted of chemicals. These chemicals are nothing more than the minerals your body needs to function properly. In this day and age it is an absolute necessity to put those minerals into your body by supplementing. Foods do not contain enough to give you the proper balance, even if you eat 100% Organic. When your minerals (chemical) balance is where it should be your system will tend to give you less or no problems as with Allergies, asthma and other illnesses and for those few who that simple step doesn’t solve the problem, it will require rebuilding the immune balance. Balancing the Immune System requires a number of Herbs and Vitamins to accomplish the proper and healthy balancing. Native Remedies offers a wide array of different tissue salts are composed of minerals which occur naturally in your body and all Organic matter on earth, such as plants, rocks and soil and are all safe for use during Pregnancy, breastfeeding and for all ages.

Allergies encompass a wide range of triggers and symptoms. Treatment can also be varied. Allergies and asthma do not have to put major limits on your life. Nothing should stand in your way of having a full and active life. With proper diagnosis, prevention and treatment, there are no limits to what you and anyone with asthma and Allergies can do!

Leap into the season with Native Remedies to have a naturally healthy spring in your step.

References: AAAAI, Allergy Prevention Center; A Natural Environmental Health Facts Ezine – Lena Sancehez.

What Is Reflexology?

April 11th, 2006

For the Reflexologist, the feet are a microcosm of the human body and every organ and body part is represented in the feet. Where there are two organs in the body they will be represented on both feet, e.g. lungs and kidney and where there is only one organ, this will be represented on one foot, e.g. the liver will be on the right foot while the heart will be on the left. Where the organ or body part is reflected in the feet, this is called the “organ” reflex, e.g. the heart reflex.

The right foot represents the right side of the body as well as the past while the left foot represents the left side of the body as well as the present and future.

Each foot has over 7,000 nerve endings, 26 bones, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles. This type of drugless therapy creates a physiological change in the body by naturally improving your circulation, which reduces our body Tension and enhances Relaxation. It AIDS in the elimination of the body waste and restoring the body functions to better health.

THE PRINCIPLES OF Reflexology

By stimulating reflexes on the feet with a type of pressure massage, the organs of the body are stimulated, thus allowing them to start unblocking and healing themselves. In addition to this, the stimulation of these reflexes allows the body to begin detoxing and eliminating poisons which have built up through bad diet, thinking and habit.

Centuries ago, man mapped out a healing energy that circulates through the body on specific pathways. This energy we call “life force” or “vital energy”. This force can be “tapped” at more than 800 points in your body.

Ancient medical philosophy teaches that to obtain and maintain health, which is the balance and maintenance of harmony within the body, there must be a free and unimpeded circulation of energy flowing through the body’s organs.

Traditional medicine, not only of the Chinese, but from the use of Acupuncture in other countries as well, we learn that traditional medicine is based on the belief that the body’s blood circulation follows the flow of energy. If this energy circulation, which follows circulates freely in an endless cycle from the main organs through the channels beneath the skin, is blocked at some point, then the circulation is impaired.

This blockage results in a deficient oxygenation of the tissues around the affected area and throws the body off balance. This imbalance produces malfunctioning not only of the tissues surrounding it, but, if not corrected, spreads to related organs nearby.

Tapping this healing current can bring prompt and natural relief from practically all of your Aches and Pains, chronic or acute, by the simple process of working the ‘reflex buttons’ located in your hands, feet and/or body.

Stimulating, pressing or ‘working’ a reflex point (or button) connected to a particular body organ, system or part sends a surge of healing energy for prompt relief of a condition. Working a reflex also loosens and flushes out Crystals and blockages within the body’s energy channels allowing the life force or vital energy to resume its free and natural flow through the channels. This encourages the body to swing back into its normal balance, so harmony and health are again established.

This method of restoring the body to normal functioning involves no expense, no special equipment (although reflex tools can be utilized and do help save wear and tear on your finger and thumb joints!), no drugs or medication. The results are amazingly fast, bringing relief often in a matter of seconds.

Reflexology, which helps a wide range of situations, not only cures specific ailments but can be used to keep you in good health and help build resistance to attacks of disease. In addition, this method often detects health problems before they become serious by you recognizing a sore or tender reflex.

Reflexology is a simple technique that can be applied at any time and practically anywhere. It is Nature’s ‘push button’ secret for dynamic living, abundant physical energy, vibrant health, better living without pain, retaining youthful vigor and enjoying life to the fullest.

Stress AND Reflexology

The benefits of Reflexology and Stress can be explained physiologically. Tension can be equated with Stress. There are as many definitions of Stress as there are authors of books on Stress. Today everyone suffers from Stress but no one knows what Stress is. It could be stated that Stress is the difference between a persons perceived ability to deal with the stressor and the reality of the environmental demand.

This definition allows for varying degrees of Stress to be felt by different people in the same situation. Irrespective of what the stressor is, the Stress reaction is always the same.

Seyle, 1956, termed the reaction to Stress as the fight or flight syndrome. What this means is that when we are faced with a stressful situation, we either fight it or run away. The body releases hormones into the system that allow us to physiologically cope with this. For example, you have all heard of mothers who have had the strength to lift up a car to rescue their children. This ability comes from the rush of Stress hormones, e.g. adrenaline into the bloodstream.

We also perspire profusely, (to slip out of a grasp), blood pressure increases as the blood leaves the extremities (so you do not bleed badly when cut), Proteins and fats convert to glucose (to give you energy) etc. Once the Stress situation is over the Stress hormones come back to normal levels.

Today however, it would be socially unacceptable to hit your boss if he was stressing you or to run away from home if your kids or spouse were stressing you. This means that the Stress hormones are continually being secreted and do not come back to a normal level. While these Stress hormones play a vital role when faced with a stressor, they have a detrimental effect on the individual if they do not come back to normal levels. Prolonged secretion and circulation of these Stress hormones causes damage to the body.

The white blood cells (infection fighters) become depleted, neurotransmitters controlling mood are depleted and T-cells in the lymphatic system are broken down. Examples of the effects of this are not hard to find. Just look at how many people who have been under Stress become sick. How many people do you know who have lost a “significant other” through death or divorce or who became ill or contracted cancer?

Reflexology, by inducing Relaxation, reduces the Stress hormones so that the body is able to produce T-cells, white cells and neurotransmitters so as to start healing itself.

Color Therapy Part I

April 11th, 2006

by Helen Graham

The effects of color on life must have been of great significance to early human beings, whose very existence was governed by light and darkness. Most living things appear to be vitalized by the bright reds, oranges, and yellows of daylight — and calmed and rejuvenated by the blues, indigos, and violets of the night. For the ancients, the colors that make up sunlight were each considered to show a different aspect of the divine and to influence different qualities of life. Color is therefore an important feature in the symbolism of ancient cultures throughout the world, and the origins of Healing With Color in Western civilization can be traced back to the mythology of Ancient Egypt and Greece.

IN THE ANCIENT WORLD

According to Ancient Egyptian mythology, the art of Healing With Color was founded by the god Thoth. He was known to the Ancient Greeks as Hermes Trismegistus, literally “Hermes thrice-greatest”, because he was also credited with various works on mysticism and magic. Teachings attributed to him include the use of color in healing. In the Hermetic tradition, the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks used colored minerals, stones, Crystals, salves, and dyes as remedies, and painted treatment sanctuaries in various shades of color.

Interest in the physical nature of color developed in Ancient Greece alongside the concept of the elements — air, fire, water, and earth. These fundamental constituents of the universe were associated with the qualities of coldness, heat, wetness and dryness, and also with four humors or bodily fluids — choler or yellow bile, blood (red), phlegm (white), and melancholy or black bile. These were thought to arise in four organs — the spleen, heart, liver, and brain — and to determine emotional and physical disposition. Health involved the proper balance of these humors, and disease would result if their mixture was in an unbalanced proportion. Color was intrinsic to healing, which involved restoring the balance. Colored garments, oils, plasters, ointments, and salves were used to treat disease.

By the end of the Classical period in Greece, these principles were included in the scientific framework that was to remain largely unchanged in the West until the Middle Ages. In the first century A.D., Aurelius Cornelius Celsus followed the doctrines established by Pythagoras and Hippocrates and included the use of colored ointments, plasters, and flowers in several treatises on medicine.

DURING THE MIDDLE AGES

With the coming of Christianity, however, all that was pagan was exorcised, including the healing practices of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. The progress of medicine throughout Europe was effectively halted while those who clung to traditional principles and practices of healing were persecuted. The ancient healing arts, preserved by secret oral tradition passed on to the initiates, thus became hidden or “occult”.

It was an Arab physician and disciple of Aristotle, Avicenna (980-circa 1037), who advanced the art of healing. In his Canon of Medicine he made clear the vital importance of color in both diagnosis and treatment. Avicenna, noting that color was an observable symptom of disease, developed a chart which related color to temperament and the physical condition of the body. He used color in treatment — insisting that red moved the blood, blue or white cooled it, and yellow reduced pain and inflammation — prescribing potions of red flowers to cure blood disorders, and yellow flowers and morning sunlight to cure disorders of the biliary system.

Avicenna wrote also of the possible dangers of color in treatment, observing that a person with a nosebleed, for example, should not gaze at things of a brilliant red color or be exposed to red light because this would stimulate the sanguineous humor, whereas blue would soothe it and reduce blood flow.

The Renaissance saw a resurgence in the art of healing in Europe. One of the most renowned healers of the period was Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim (1493-1541), known as Paracelsus, who attributed his understanding of the laws and practices of medicine to his conversations with witches (women who were primarily pagan healers purged by the Church).

Paracelsus regarded light and color as essential for good health and used them extensively in treatment, together with elixirs, charms and talismans, Herbs and minerals. A great exponent of alchemy, Paracelsus insisted that its true purpose was not to make gold, but to prepare effective medicines. He used liquid gold to treat ailments of all kinds, apparently with a good deal of success. Consequently his fame as a great physician spread throughout Europe.

ENLIGHTENMENT, SCIENCE & HEALING

However, after the Middle Ages Paracelsus and other alchemists lost their prestige when mysticism and magic were overtaken by rationalism and science. By the eighteenth century, “enlightenment” had taken on a new meaning. It was the name given to a philosophical movement that Stressed the importance of reason and the critical appraisal of existing ideas. Reason dictated that all knowledge had to be certain and evident; anything about which there could be doubt was rejected. As a result the divine gradually disappeared from the scientific world view.

By the nineteenth century, the emphasis in science was exclusively on the material rather than the spiritual. As medicine came under the umbrella of science it, too, focused on the material physical body, ignoring the mind and spirit. With the advent of physical medicine, and such treatments as Surgery and antiseptics, interest in Healing With Color declined. It didn’t resurface until the nineteenth century, and then not in Europe but North America.

In 1876, Augustus Pleasanton published Blue and Sun-lights, in which he reported his findings on the effects of color in plants, animals, and humans. He claimed that the quality, yield, and size of grapes could be significantly increased if they were grown in greenhouses made with alternating blue and transparent panes of glass. He also reported having cured certain diseases and increased Fertility, as well as the rate of physical maturation in animals, by exposing them to blue light. In addition, Pleasanton maintained that blue light was effective in treating human disease and pain. His work gained supporters but was dismissed by the medical establishment as unscientific.

However, in 1877 a distinguished physician named Dr. Seth Pancoast published Blue and Red Lights, in which he, too, advocated the use of color in healing.

Edwin Babbit’s The Principles of Light and Color was published in 1878; the second edition, published in 1896, attracted worldwide attention. Babbit advanced a comprehensive theory of Healing With Color. He identified the color red as a stimulant, notably of blood and to a lesser extent to the nerves; yellow and Orange as nerve stimulants; blue and Violet as soothing to all systems and with Anti-Inflammatory properties. Accordingly, Babbit prescribed red for paralysis, consumption, physical exhaustion, and chronic Rheumatism; yellow as a Laxative, emetic and purgative, and for bronchial difficulties; and blue for inflammatory conditions, sciatica, meningitis, Nervous headache, Irritability, and sunstroke. Babbit developed various devices, including a special cabinet called the Thermolume, which used colored glass and natural light to produce colored light; and the Chromo Disk, a funnel-shaped device fitted with special color filters that could localize light onto various parts of the body.

Babbit established the correspondence between colors and minerals, which he used as an addition to treatment with colored light, and developed elixirs by irradiating water with sunlight filtered through colored lenses. He claimed that this “potentized” water retained the energy of the vital elements within the particular color filter used, and that it had remarkable healing power. Solar tinctures of this kind are still made and used today by many color therapists.

Chromopaths then sprang up throughout the country and Britain, developing extensive color prescriptions for every conceivable ailment. By the end of the nineteenth century, red light was used to prevent Scars from forming in cases of smallpox, and startling cures were later reported among tuberculosis patients exposed to sunlight and ultraviolet rays. Nevertheless, the medical profession remained skeptical of claims made about Healing With Color.

About the Author

Helen Graham is a lecturer in psychology at Keele University in England and she has specialized in color research for a number of years. She also presents workshops on the use of color healing. This article was excerpted with permission from her book Discover Color Therapy, published by Ulysses Press. Ulysses Press/Seastone Books are available at bookstores throughout the US, Canada, and the UK, or can be ordered directly from Ulysses Press by calling 800-377-2542, faxing 510-601-8307, or writing to Ulysses Press, PO Box 3440, Berleley, CA 94703, email ulysses@hiddenguides.com Their website is www.hiddenguides.com

Clearing Crystals

April 11th, 2006

Clearing isn’t the same as cleaning, although both acts can be accomplished by the same process. Whether or not your Crystals often need to be cleared they will sometimes need to be cleaned. I recommend immersing them in water for a minute or so, then gently drying them with a towel.

Don’t use any kind of detergent unless for some reason grease has gotten on them. Detergents, even Organic ones, tend to leave a film on Crystals. Inner Dust

Clearing Crystals is more an act of getting rid of inner, psychic dust. Crystals are valuable in the technical world because they record and store information. When we translate this role into spiritual terms we say that Crystals take in and store the vibrations which surround them.

This benefits us in that we are able to program them to translate our desires and dreams into a vibration which attracts the energy which will materialize them. Crystals, however, not being us, don’t discriminate between “good” and “bad” vibrations, and collect whatever’s around. Making a Crystal Yours

When you first purchase Crystals you want to make them yours. You will want to erase or clear from them the vibrations of all those who have handled them — even those of the nice people at Beyond the Rainbow — not because those vibrations are bad, but because your Crystals, in order to respond to your needs and wishes, must be attuned to your vibrations.

There are times when you don’t want a crystal to have your vibrations, either.

* If you've been working with Crystals to heal emotional pain, your Crystals may absorb these vibrations.
* The same can be true if you've been doing a lot of releasing work.
* If you've programmed Crystals for specific purposes, you'll need to clear them if you want to program them for new Goals/dreams.

Crystal Baths

One way to clear your Crystals is to bury them in sea or kosher salt overnight. Wash them afterwards and, if possible, put them in a place where they can dry in the sun. You can get similar results by using salt water, and this is a better idea for highly polished stones, as salt Crystals may scratch your Crystals’ surfaces. Immersing them in salt water serves the dual purposes of cleaning and clearing.

My method is to fill bowls in filtered water into which I shake some salt (probably the equivalent of two tablespoons per pint of water.) I leave the Crystals in the water overnight. The next day I rinse them and put them out to dry. I prefer to let them dry by themselves.

If the temperature is warm (Crystals may crack in subfreezing temperatures) I put the bowls outside and let them dry in the sun. Precautions

Although I’ve used this method for many years without traumatized Crystals, I think it’s appropriate to say that other people feel this is too harsh a clearing method. If you’d like to try this method, use it with a few Crystals and see how you feel.

Some Crystals shouldn’t be placed in water, particularly soft stones such as azurite, Malachite, rough chrysocolla, selenite. I’ve heard that calcite shouldn’t be placed in water, but I’ve done so with no negative results. A variant on the Sea Salt method is to clear your Crystals by placing them in the ocean. I recommend putting them in a pail unless you plan to give a gift to the sea. Smudging

This is the least invasive and most popular method for clearing Crystals. You can use a smudge stick for this. A smudge stick may consist of some of the following herbs: include Cedar, Sage, Lavender, Juniper, Pine.

Pass your Crystals through the smoke — or, if you have arrangements of Crystals around your house, pass the smudge stick over the Crystals. This method is excellent as well for clearing yourself and your environment. Cleaning/Clearing with Essential Oils

The relationship between Crystals and Essential Oils deserves an article of its own. My Focus here is on particular oils that have cleaning/clearing properties. The most economical method for using oils is to place Crystals in a container, fill it with filtered water as you would for the salt water method, and put a drop or two of Essential Oil into the water.

Lemon: This has a purifying effect and, on a practical level, cuts grease.

Juniper: Like Juniper in a smudge stick, Juniper oil has the ability to help release any negative vibrations.

Lavender: If you’ve been doing any kind of intense emotional work with your Crystals, Lavender oil has a calming and balancing effect. Put some on yourself, too.

The previous methods can work well for large quantities of Crystals. The following methods are better for individual Crystals or small quantities of small Crystals. The Earth Method

You can bury your Crystals in the earth. (Do not use this method on iron-based stones such as hematite and tiger iron.) This method can clear any rough energy from your Crystals and give them a kind of rebirth in the earth (from which most Crystals are mined). It’s like taking them home.

Be sure to mark the place where you’ve buried them. Visualization

Close your eyes, Relax, and while holding your Crystal, visualize it glowing with white light or rainbow hues. Feel it radiating smooth, balanced energy. Reiki

Using Reiki alone or in combination with visualization can be effective in clearing your Crystals.

If you’re Reiki Level I hold the crystal in your hand and simply Reiki it. If you’re Reiki II you can also draw the mental/emotional symbol over your Crystals. How Often Do Crystals Need to be Cleared?

It depends on how much you use them. If they’re sitting on your desk, looking pretty (and you can get a great deal of value just from having them around) once every three months is probably sufficientÑin which case they probably need baths, too. Crystals you work with every day need to be cleared no less than once a month.

If, as mentioned above, you do intense emotional work with your Crystals, clear them after each session.

If a crystal looks cloudy or has a dull feeling it probably needs to be cleared.

It is always a good idea to clear a crystal before you program it. However, once you’ve programmed it don’t clear it until it’s done its work.



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