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Plant lore for inquiring minds !

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

  Traveling among these plants that grow so well in the light of day Is beautiful to watch while we all hold hands and play! Playing hide and seek behind the trees, be careful where you step for you never know what you will see Oh, look, a dandelion! They’re everywhere and all around Across our planet, they’re truly needed when finally found. Did you know you can eat their flowers and their green leaves too? They are good for your liver, it’s really, really true! And when you need a big cleanse, a wash from the inside out You can drink it just like the others, in a nice, warm tea And you’ll be at your best, feeling young, wild and free! Echinacea is a very special flower indeed, and we’ll see it growing in the first months of spring It’s purple, pink, sometimes yellow and white You won’t be able to miss it for its colors are always so very bright! It’s a cone flower, made to perfection It helps our white blood cells heal any infection It boosts your immune system, fighting flus and colds It helps stop your coughing and a runny nose The roots are the best, though the flowers are pretty to smell Keep Echinacea close by and let this be a secret that you can have with all the friends you tell Horehound is a plant, my dears, that was once made into a candy back in the day For its sweet and bitterness has been used for kids when they got sick, or so my grandmother did say! It’s quite a strong plant, thriving by a roadside or a ditch White horehound has the ability to kill pain and relax a twitch! It can make you sweat and make you pee. It can help you digest when you drink its tea. If you’ve got a cold, flu or cut, use the leaves and young shoots                                                             And if a rattlesnake has bitten you, be sure to use the...

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The Chemistry of Laughter

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

The Chemistry of Laughter

The chemistry of laughter   Well the sun’s still shining and the sky’s still blue, I do look funny and I’m a mirror of you! We can make silly faces and watch the sunrise We can fall to our knees and smile with our eyes No, we don’t always need words to say what we mean, Cause I know that you’re grouchy when you’re face is turning green! And, I know what it likes when life tastes too sour And if we want to change, give it less than an hour For impermanence, is the name of the game And LAUGH AT YOURSELF, especially when you’re feeling ashamed For the rain may fall and flood your home Your dreams may shatter and you may be left all alone Still remember that, the sun will shine and let it happen to be so Get off your own ass and on your way you will go! To a whole new morning- surprise your own heart- give your head no warning… To the faces you will see, to the places you will be, to the spaces that rest oh in the between For the joke is cosmic- it’s funny cause it’s true, and don’t be so serious! Be rubber not glue. And the sun’s still shining and the sky’s still blue As the joke that’s on me is the joke that’s on you!   Did you know that happy, good chemicals produced when you laugh look like this? [1],[2]     * When we laugh, Endorphins are released from the pituitary gland into the blood and then into the brain and into the spine. When laughing, the dopamine chemical get’s released in the brain and then are sent as a signal to other nerves in the body! Two guys walk into a bar…(ouch!) They both sit down and the bartender says, “What can I get for you guys?” One asks for an H2O. Bartender brings it out to him. The other guy asks for an H2O too! Bartender brings it out to him. Guy takes a sip and dies.               [1] title=β-Endorphin: Analgesic and hormonal effects in humans http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC413146/ title=β-Endorphin: Analgesic and hormonal effects in humans [2] Chemical structure of dopamine. Psychology Department of Northeastern University. August 2007. http://nuweb.neu.edu/rmelloni/schwartzer.html. Site visited 11 August...

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Gala’s plant poetry continues with…..

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

Gala’s plant poetry continues with…..

And next on our journey, as we skip and smile, dream and chase The butterflies and bees will be sure to show us what next plant to find in place If you look up high and sometimes low, you’ll be sure to find where cedar grows When you want to remember your dreams at night, be sure to drink a tea of its leaves and you’ll be flying like a kite! Cedar is a special plant and tree that helps your kidneys and your lungs, so when you’re walking past one next, be sure to breathe it in and you’re bound to have some fun    

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Gala’s Story of Plants through Poetry

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in blog | 1 comment

Gala’s Story of Plants through Poetry

Herbal medicine, plant identification, and poetry and rhyme creatively weave into story telling adventures! Here is a beginning to one of Gala’s creative expressions as she aims and strives to share her passion for wellness and nature through a fun education on plants “Okay ladies and jelly’s ! Let’s wander about as we travel out to mysterious lands, smelling with our eyes and listening with our hands! And as we pass high green leaves and low growing grass, Keep your eyes wide open to the different plants we pass For over there to your right is burdock quite important and easy to carry It’ll stick with you and to you because its burs are spiky and hairy It cleans your blood with its roots; will help to balance and protect It fights infections from fungi and parasites; you know it will have great effects Heat it up with some water and make it into a tea. You can even cook its roots for a treat to eat! For this is burdock the great, and it’s a plant strong and tough for you to appreciate!   Stay tuned for the next plant- the next rhyme– the next revealing treasure on our plant identifying...

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Giggle for good health!

Posted by on Aug 8, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

Giggle for good health!

Although humor itself is difficult to evaluate, the response to humor and laughter can be readily studied. Research has shown that laugher increases the secretion of naturally-inducing feel-good chemicals, such as, catecholamines and endorphins. The response to humor and laughter also decreases cortisol secretion and lowers the sedimentation rate, which implies a stimulated immune response. Oxygenation of the blood increases, and residual air in the lungs decreases. Heart rate initially speeds up, and blood pressure rises; then the arteries relax, causing heart rate and blood pressure to lower. Skin temperature rises as a result of increased peripheral circulation. Thus, laughter appears to have a positive effect on many cardiovascular and respiratory problems. In addition, laughter has superb muscle relaxation qualities. Muscle physiologists have shown that anxiety and muscle relaxation cannot occur at the same time, and that the relaxation response after a hearty laugh can last up to forty-five...

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Massage and Chiropractic care: Go Hand in Hand!

Posted by on Aug 8, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

Massage and Chiropractic care: Go Hand in Hand!

The therapeutic application of Massage therapy is important, if not necessary, to the relief of suffering in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of health and wellness. The two primary purposes of massage are to relieve stress and correct problems. Integrating massage therapy into one’s wellness lifestyle provides substantial benefits for the musculoskeletal system as well as the nervous system, circulatory system, lymphatic and digestive systems of the body. Chiropractic Care is an integrative approach to maintaining and sustaining a healthy well being. Chiropractic care is considered to be a method of natural healing, “most chosen by those seeking complementary/alternative health care for acute and chronic conditions.” Chiropractic care as previously mentioned is a health care modality whose philosophy complements and parallels Integrative Wellness. Chiropractic professionals acknowledge that there is a multitude of factors that contribute to one’s health. This profession focuses on maintaining health naturally, supporting it in preventing disease and encouraging the body to trust its innate intelligence. Furthermore, chiropractic care assists in maintaining nervous, skeletal and muscular health and is a valuable therapeutic modality that supports overall health and well...

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