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Recipes: Sinus Reliever and Sore Throat Tea!

Sinus Reliever

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon raw local honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric

Enjoy!  

Sore Throat Tea

  • 2 tablespoons local honey
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • add to your favorite tea, I like to add it to “Traditional Medicinal” sore throat tea, or echinacea tea. 
Ten Things You Need To Know About Chronic Fatigue

1. It has many names.

Also called ME, PVFS, SEID and a number of other terrifying acronyms, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a medical condition whose characteristic symptom is long-term fatigue. This fatigue is a form of constant exhaustion which is not helped by sleep, and which gets significantly worse after exertion. And if you think that sounds like no big deal, it turns out that it really is…

2. Fatigue is a lot more than being tired.

If asked to describe the feeling of fatigue, I’ll say that it’s like having the flu: all you want to do is go to bed and not think about anything. My limbs feel like lead weights and a part of me is always waiting for my next nap. But unlike the flu, chronic fatigue never goes away - you can’t put your life on hold until you recover, you just have to power through it. Fatigue can make every day feel like a marathon.

3. Symptoms may vary.

Although fatigue is the distinguishing symptom for the condition, it’s far from the only one. Sufferers might experience pains in their muscles and joints, headaches, sore throats, memory problems, insomnia, vertigo, irritable bowel, difficulty concentrating and more. Every case is different: few suffer every possible symptom, and their severity can vary hugely too, leaving some sufferers bed-bound while others lead relatively active lives.

4. Exertion isn’t just physical.

All the symptoms of the condition become worse after exertion, making it important to take things slow and steady. But hard work isn’t only in the body - periods of focussing hard on a problem or doing intense mental arithmetic can also bring on a bout of increased symptoms. And those symptoms are mental too - when you’re struggling with mind fog and memory problems, it can be impossible to follow anything more complex than the plot of a Disney movie.

5. Small effort = huge consequences.

Although walking to the shops may seem like a small task to you, to me it would be disastrous. After exertion, every symptom gets worse - every muscle aches, concentration becomes impossible, and my fatigue makes it difficult to move. For me, the effects of a single bout of over-exertion can take up to three days to fully recover from, and that time extends exponentially if I over-exert again before I’m completely recovered.

6. Depression is closely related.

If you’ve ever been to a therapist, you’ve probably been asked if you have trouble sleeping or feel tired most of the time, because these are common symptoms of mood disorders. As you can imagine, when your answers are always ‘yes’, it can be difficult to have a positive outlook on life. Some doctors think depression might actually be a symptom of the disease, but even if it’s not, it’s definitely a frequent visitor alongside it.

7. There is no treatment.

There are no pills you can take or exercises you can do to cure chronic fatigue. Although it sometimes vanishes on its own, the only option while you have it is to manage your symptoms, and try to increase your activity levels so you can manage more without over-exerting. There are a number of methods to do this, but most focus on the need for consistency and gradual change; there are no easy solutions.

8. No-one knows the cause.

In some ways, chronic fatigue is a mystery illness: no-one is certain of the root cause of the syndrome. Although symptoms are often triggered by a virus, there is no definite diagnostic test - instead, a diagnosis is given if symptoms persist after every other possible diagnosis has been ruled out. In fact, research into the condition is woefully underfunded, and as a result very little information about chronic fatigue has been experimentally tested.

9. It can happen to anyone.

Before I developed chronic fatigue, I was a healthy and active university student with no family history of the condition - I had never even heard of it. The symptoms developed very suddenly - only a couple of weeks after I first felt unwell, I was struggling with tasks that had once been well within my abilities. My whole life was turned upside down within only a couple of months. Chronic fatigue can happen to anyone, at any time, and it’s no-one’s fault when it does.

10. It’s a disability.

Although this may sound obvious given everything I’ve just told you, chronic fatigue syndrome is a chronic illness and is legally and ethically entitled to the same reasonable accommodations as any other disability. The reason this might not be so obvious is that chronic fatigue is often invisible - while some sufferers might use wheelchairs or other mobility devices, many do not look ill while out and about.

When it comes to invisible illness, it’s vital to remember that you never know who might be disabled - whether parked in a handicapped bay, or choosing the lift over the stairs, never assume you know the level of help a stranger needs to live their day-to-day life.

Clearing Blockages in the Chakras

There are several methods whereby one can directly work with the chakras, however, I am only going to address three; those which are the simplest and easiest to bring to fruition for the average layperson. And, of course, there are dedicated yoga asanas that are quite effective for specific chakras, but more on that aspect at another time. The three methods I am going to discuss are: aromatherapy, vocalisation, and Bach Flower Therapy.

Aromatherapy - our sense of smell is deeply connected to our unconscious; a specific fragrance can instantly affect our mood and trigger certain physiological reactions. The olfactory nerve is straightaway linked to the limbic system; this section of the brain stem is intensely cogent in association with our feelings and hormonal levels. 

Vocalisation - each of the seven chakras has a unique vowel sound that fine tunes the chakra when the sound is intoned. Close your eyes, visualise the chakra you are working on, breathe in through the nose and exhale through the mouth vocalising the chosen vowel sound. Use a low to moderate tone, repeating for several minutes (in a meditation posture is best) two times per day.

Bach Flower Therapy - I won’t go into the complete history of Dr. Bach and his flower essences, it can easily be researched online for those of you who are curious. It is a holistic method that is focused on targeting the chakra energies. I personally have had great success with flower essences and have also used them to address stress issues with one of my Australian Cattle dogs. There are 38 different essences and which one you will use is dependent on the chakra you are working with. Three drops of two different essences should be placed on the tongue and held for a minute before swallowing, three times per day; preferably before mealtimes.

When you should work on your Root Chakra:

  • you have an overwhelming fear of the future
  • you lack energy and feel exhausted all the time
  • life frequently overwhelms you
  • you have digestive or colon issues

Aromatherapy: using an aroma diffuser works best. Use Cedar, Cypress, Rosemary or Cloves. You can also carry a scented sachet to inhale throughout the day while you are at work or school. Vocalisation: the vowel u is linked to the root chakra. Intone it as a long drawn out yoo sound. Bach Flowers: Clemantis, Sweet Chestnut, and Rock Rose are used for the root chakra. It’s best to use a combination of two essences in the fashion described above.

When you should work on your Sacral Chakra:

  • you have issues with sex and/or sexuality
  • you are too critical of yourself, you have issues with self-control
  • you have menstrual and/or back pain
  • you don’t enjoy life

Aromatherapy: Bitter Orange, Sandalwood, Myrrh, and Vanilla. Vocalisation: the vowel o is used in intonation. Draw it out as in the word sew. Bach Flowers: Oak, Olive, and Pine

When you should work on your Navel Chakra:

  • you are too emotional and later regret your actions
  • you have anxiety, nightmares, or insomnia
  • you are jealous or aggressive, you dislike criticism
  • you have heartburn, stomach problems, or queasiness

Aromatherapy: Lemon, Anise, Chamomile, and Lavender. Vocalisation: the vowel sound of the short o as in the word ought. Bach Flowers: Hornbeam, Impatiens, and Scleranthus.

When you should work on your Heart Chakra:

  • you have relationship issues, you feel lonely or isolated
  • you want to feel more compassion and inner peace
  • you have skin problems, asthma, respiratory, or circulatory issues
  • you are at loggerheads with your partner, you have difficulty with friends

Aromatherapy: Tarragon, Jasmine, and Rose. Vocalisation: the vowel a as it sounds in the word father. Bach Flowers: Chicory, Willow, and Red Chestnut.

When you should work on your Throat Chakra:

  • you are inhibited, shy, or can’t express yourself adequately to others
  • you are manipulative, lie, or say things you regret later
  • you have thyroid problems, sore throats, or speech impediments
  • you constantly talk over other people and interrupt

Aromatherapy: Camphor, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus. Vocalisation: the vowel a as in the word game. Bach Flowers: Mimulus, Cerato, and Agrimony.

When you should work on your Forehead Chakra:

  • you don’t feel your path or purpose in life
  • you want to achieve a higher consciousness
  • you are anxious, depressed, or feel that life is meaningless
  • you have headaches, sinus issues, or vision problems

Aromatherapy: Lemongrass, Cajeput, and Violet. Vocalisation: the vowel sound e as in the word meet. Bach Flowers: Walnut, Crab Apple, and Vine.

When you should work on your Crown Chakra:

  • you feel tired and run down even if you are sleeping deeply
  • you do not believe in an existence after death
  • you can find no joy in life, happiness is elusive
  • you wish to explore the inner silence

Aromatherapy: Rosewood. Vocalisation: Om. Bach Flowers: White Chestnut and Wild Rose.

In closing, I would like to remind everyone that chakra work should not in any way replace seeking medical attention from a qualified practitioner in dealing with any serious or chronic medical conditions. Again, Chakra work does not replace medical attention, it should work alongside it.

Love and Blessings,

Stardust

anonymous asked:

Watching the video diaries.. I feel like everyone was in love with Louis .. If any of them made a joke, they looked at Louis for confirmation that they are funny. Niall is copying Louis non-stop and sad if Louis does not acknowledge him.. Zayn finds Louis supercool and is already whipped. Liam tries hard not to laugh but just can't help himself.. and well Harry, he's just embarrassing..

Everyone is in love with Louis, still is!

Louis missing from the judges houses? “There’s something missing. We are not the same.”

Louis is cold? No problem, Niall gives him his jumper so he can be the one freezing in a t-shirt.

Louis needs a desk to sign a jersey? Here comes Niall offering his back.

Louis wants to get wet in a water fight? Liam is always there.

Louis wants to show off how he can singlehandedly undress a man in a button up? Yup, Liam is there again.

Louis has a sore throat? No problem. Harry runs off stage to get throat lozenge.

Louis in need of a hairband? Harry has one.

Taurus info page (sun sign)
  • Duality: Feminine
  • Element: Earth
  • Quality: Fixed
  • Traits: Quiet, affectionate, patient, stable, determined, practical, stubborn, resistant to change.
  • Ruling planet: Venus
  • Info: Roman goddess of beauty, the arts, pleasure, and emotions
  • Symbol: The bull
  • Glyph: ♉️
  • Represents: Horns and head of a bull; outlines chin and adams apple of the throat; a half moon forming a cup that rests on the sun (circle). The cup represents power and wealth through the force of will (circle).
  • Key word: I HAVE.
  • Sister sign: Scorpio
  • Taurus: Sign of property and money
  • Scorpio: Legacies and shared wealth
  • Body part: Neck and throat
  • Prone to: colds, laryngitis, sore throats, thyroid problems.
  • Lucky number: 6 and 4
  • Lucky day: Friday
  • Birthstone: Emerald
  • Info: Protects against infidelity, deceit, insures loyalty, improves memory
  • Color: Pale blue and mauve
  • Represents: Refinement and gentleness
  • Cities: Dublin, Lucerne, Leipzig, St. Louis
  • Countries: Ireland, Switzerland, Cyprus, Greece
  • Flowers: Violet and Poppy
  • Trees: Cypress and Apple
  • Metal: Copper
  • Animals: Cattle
  • DANGER!!!!: Has a tendency ti get involved in dangerous situations involving love or money. Antagonizes others and incites passions of lovers because of stubbornness and possessiveness.
  • Most likable trait: Dependability

anonymous asked:

What would you say is the weirdest thing about british culture?? :D Maybe something little you don't really think about till someone points it out?

There are lots of things that have made me think “yeah, that’s actually odd” when friends from other countries have pointed it out to me (the British tradition of avoiding your neighbours for as long as possible; the many eccentricities in our sense of humour; the odd nicknaming conventions we have where “Gareth” can become “Gazza”, etc) but I think the weirdest thing both as a British person and to explain to foreigners is probably Tea Culture. People seem to think it’s a joke or a parody, but it isn’t – there is literally a culture around tea. It’s not just England, either. There are variations all across the board. I think it’s so weird because other countries have traditions based around tea that can make it a very organised or formal event, but our tea culture is primarily based around social norms. That’s right – we can literally insult someone with a cup of tea, if we make it right (wrong?) or serve it in a particular way.

Two major facts first of all:

  • British people seem to have a reputation of being tea snobs; this is completely false. Many of us have only tried one type of tea (traditional breakfast tea). I have six different teas in my house and I’m actually considered weird for it.
  • Arguments have started and families have been destroyed over all the “correct” ways you can make a cup of tea. It’s a minefield out there and as a result, the Most Feared Job in any office is the tea run.

I’ve lived for an extended period of time in three British countries, two of which contest their Britishness loudly and regularly. It seems the whole tea thing is just ingrained into the culture, though. Now I have the main facts out of the way, here’s a long and disorganised list of the many points of tea culture that really makes us look weird when explaining them to other cultures.

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