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An Uplifting Tea that will Make You Sparkle All Season

December 10, 2017

What was I thinking?

Of course we love the Holidays, or at least we want to love the Holidays.  We start off with great enthusiasm putting parties, lunches, shopping, and travel on our schedule only to look at it and say, “What was I thinking?”.  Backing out is not the preferred option, but now that you are committed what can you do?  Well, make a delicious tea that works to ease overindulgence, lack of sleep, and the mental fatigue that goes along with our busy Holiday schedule.

  

Simple Ingredients, Easy to Make

This tea has 9 ingredients, most of which you will find in your spice cabinet.  The rest can be toggled together using boxed tea. If you are lucky enough to have a store that carries loose/bulk herbs, like here in Aurora, Colorado with Natural Grocers (aka: Vitamin Cottage), you will have more control over flavor, but the tea will work either way.

Enjoyed Yourself A Little Too Much

This tea is designed to address stress, hangover, digestive upsets, mental fatigue and lack of sleep. It supports heart and blood sugar balance. The herbs were chosen for their accessibility as well as their actions, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding them in one form or another.  Make a quart in advance and have it ready to go, or mix it up and make it one cup at a time.  Delicious and helpful either way.  If you are using tea bags, it is easiest to make a quart and put it in the refrigerator.

 

Here’s the Recipe

  • 3 Tbls. Nettle  (2 tea bags)
  • 3 Tbls. Hibiscus (2 tea bags)
  • 2 Tbls. Chamomile (2 tea bag)
  • 2 Tbls. Ginkgo Biloba (2 tea bag)
  • 1 tbl. Orange peel – dried or fresh
  • 2 tsp. Rosemary
  • 2 tsp. Fennel
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp. Stevia - or to taste

Steeping Options

All Loose Herbs

  • Blend all ingredients together.
  • Put in jar or other airtight container
  • You can scoop and steep in the amount you desire

Tea Bags

  • Take ½ the recipe and put into a quart jar.
  • Pour hot water over and let steep for 10 minutes.

you can make a stronger tea by leaving the herbs to steep in the jar for 8 hours or over night.  Strain out herbs and put the tea in the refrigerator.  At this point you can either do a "shot" of the tea, or add ice and water, or reheat the tea (I pour a little into a festive Mug, and add hot water). 

 

Take A Breath and Sip a Cup of Tea

Simply sitting and relaxing with a cup of tea is in itself comforting, and gives you a break from the hustle of the season, but the added action of the herbs in this blend should give you a measure of joy to go along with the comfort.  Enjoy.

 

The Herbs For Those Who Want to Know:

Nettle - builds blood, clears toxins, balances adrenals and Kidneys, improves immunity

Hibiscus - decreases hangover, relieves constipation, reduces fever, relieves hypertension, improves stamina

Chamomile - relaxes nerves, decreases inflammation, clears toxins, reduces headache, improves digestion

Rosemary - improves memory, brain function, and stamina, decreases anxiety, relieves colds and bronchitis, reduces bad breath

Ginkgo Biloba - antibacterial, anti-fungal, improves memory and brain function, cardio and kidney tonic

Orange Peel - antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, relieves cough, improves digestion, fights colds, brightens mood and memory

Fennel - builds immunity, relaxes bronchi, stabilizes blood sugar, reduces fever and hangover

Cinnamon - improves digestion, fights colds and bacteria, improves immunity

Stevia - decreases dental decay, relieves fatigue, decreases heartburn, sweetener

CAM: 2 reasons to consider using Complementary and Alternative therapies (CAM) as part of your overall treatment plan.

November 17, 2017

“WELL, THAT’S WOO-WOO!”

We have all heard it, or said it “WELL, THAT’S WOO-WOO!” or “They are a little, you know, woo-woo”.  Since entering massage school in 2001 I have heard the term “woo-woo” and experienced the eye-roll that goes with the statement.  Those of us involved in “woo-woo” or Complementary and Alternative Therapies (CAM) such as Reiki, Massage, music therapy, and many others, have witnessed and experienced the benefits these therapies offer.

1 - They Work Alongside Medical Treatments

Complimentary therapies are services or products that work alongside medical treatments, and help to alleviate side effects and improve the patients sense of wellbeing.  These therapies are not considered part of conventional medicine, and skeptics often tag them with labels such as “WOO-WOO” and anti-science, and CAM benefits are often down played as placebo effect.  However, these therapies are used by over 60% of cancer patients, in part because these therapies give patients a degree of control over their treatments, help reduce many side effects of medical treatment, and appeal to their beliefs about health and life.  (http://bit.ly/MJcamutd)

 

2 - Real Life Examples

A recent article from WVLT, local8now.com, gives rea-life examples of how a few of these therapies are being incorporated into palliative care at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.  Massage therapy is providing therapeutic and nurturing touch to a child patient.  He states that it relieves pain, reduces nausea, and allows him to anticipate something other than his chemo treatment.  Another young patient receives visits from a music therapist who sings, and plays with the patient which naturally raises endorphins, and distracts him from his pain.  

 

It goes without saying the patient is the center of the therapies.  Giving access to as many tools as the patient needs is allowing them to get the most out of their recovery which improves their quality of life during and after medical interventions. (http://bit.ly/MJetennchild)

 

3 Steps To Take

Here are 3 steps you can take if you are thinking about including alternative therapies in your treatment plan.

  • Research different therapies:  There are lots of possibilities, so start with the well known modalities like massage therapy, Reiki, reflexology, EMT and then see where your research takes you.  Not all therapies will resonate with you so pick the one or two that seem appropriate. 
  • Find skilled therapists:  A skilled therapist will inquire about medical devices, fatigue levels, time intervals with medication or surgery, to name a few considerations.  They will be able to adapt the treatment to your environment, so they can provide you with the best experience possible.  
  • Talk to your medical team:  If at all possible, let your doctor know what you are doing.  Not only does this keep your team up on your decisions, but if the alternative treatment provides relief it may encourage the medical team to open up to the therapies you use.

 

Seek out CAM therapies to ease symptoms associated with injury, chronic illness, cancer, or mental illness.  You will be amazed at how much better you can feel. 

 

Marie Jahne is a licensed Massage Therapist and Clinical Herbalist in the Aurora/Denver CO area.  She has been providing Massage Therapy since 2001, and Herbal Consultations since 2012.  As a massage therapist she spent 7 years with Hospice of St. John, and participated in the University of Colorado REST Study.  Currently she is contracted with Medical Massage of the Rockies providing treatment for Workman’s Compensation, and Prime Health for auto accident patients, and is as student with NUSocial Marketing offered through Coursera (@NUsocialmktg).  She has been in private practice since 2001 at her company Massage Aurora.  You can contact Marie through her website www.massageaurora.com, call or text her at 303-349-5196, or Facebook at Massage Aurora. 

 

 

 

Comments on Freedom

November 17, 2017

I’m having an interesting summer.

There’s a lot of light always associated with this season for me. Eating lighter foods, wearing lighter clothes, enjoying more light in the evening. I like to lighten up the daily routine as well, doing less and en -joying the day around me.

Something that has my attention right now is non attachment to what I get done and how that feels. Lightening the load is allowing me to focus right where I am and what’s going on around me. I make lists and don’t get them all accomplished. This is actually okay. It’s giving me more freedom not only in how I physically feel, but mentally as well. Some days I’m better at this than others, but I’m not giving up. I ask myself “how do you feel right now?” Honestly, I don’t always like my answer,but there it is. I’m getting familiar with accepting that daily living isn’t always bright and cheery. The days soar, they hum along and they crash and burn (not too many of these, thankfully). I’m grateful for the presence of mind that I am experiencing. I’m loving the freedom to look about the ordinary day and be glad.

This, right now is enough.

Maryann Kosinski, LMT, Rieki Master Teacher

Burpees Are Making Me Aware Today.

November 17, 2017

Aware of my quad, biceps and backside that is!

What are you aware of today?

My crazy fitness leader aka drill instructor (I love her!) started a new “circuit training” class that looked interesting, so I signed up.  Little did I know how aware I would soon become of my quads, biceps, backside and oh, so much more.  What’s making you aware today?

 

What is “Awareness”?

According to Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/ “Awareness is the ability to directly know and perceive, to feel, or to be cognizant of events. More broadly, it is the state of being conscious of something.”

You likely know that entire months are devoted to “Awareness” of a health concern, a cause or an initiative.  Some examples are: June is Cataract Awareness Month and July is National Ice Cream Month (looking forward to that one!) and September is Pain Awareness Month (I don’t have to wait until September for that one!).  Month-long observances provide an opportunity for us to focus on an event, to become educated or to spread the word about a health concern we may personally be experiencing.

Is Social Media Destroying Awareness?

We’ve likely all chuckled at video showing someone fall into a pit or fountain on a city sidewalk, crash into a pillar at the mall, or even nearly collide with on-coming traffic because their focus and conscious attention—awareness – was strictly on their electronic device (usually a phone).  Now, I’m not against phones (I own one and it is an asset for my everyday business dealings); yet I’m not on my phone checking social media posts while I’m doing activities that require my full awareness, e.g. when I’m driving, walking or in session with a client.

An article published on the MentalHelp.net  website entitled “Facebook And Mental Health: Is Social Media Hurting Or Helping?” cites statistics, including:

“The use of Facebook and social media has grown tremendously over the past ten years. Most people who use the internet utilize social media.

  • 95% of all teens (13-17 years of age) are online.
  • 81% of online teens frequent some type of social media, up from 55% of online teens in 2006.1
  • 77% of online teens use Facebook.2
  • 74% of adult internet users use social media, compared to just 8% ten years ago.3

The time people spend on social media is substantial.

  • An estimated 28% of all time online is spent on social networking.4
  • 22% of teens log on to a social media site more than 10 times a day, and more than half of adolescents log on to a social media site more than once a day.5
  • In 2014 Facebook estimated that the average user spends 8.3 hours a month on the site.6

Read the entire article for more information: https://www.mentalhelp.net/articles/facebook-and-mental-health-is-social-media-hurting-or-helping/

Now, I’m not picking on Facebook, but I am curious if social media is impacting in a negative way our ability to be aware, with a detrimental effect to mental and emotional health, potentially exacerbating conditions such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, eating disorders or addictions among heavy users of social media.

We will never return to a device-free world, and that’s OK, but how about a device-free day or even device-free hour to focus our awareness on the beauty around us, communicate with each other, read a book (yes, a book actually printed on real paper) or do a few burpees.  I guarantee each of these activities are definitely worth your time, and your awareness.

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