I want to share a wonderful little video about the craniosacral waves that ebb and flow within each of us in every moment. This rhythm is a fundamental part of your inner Elemental Flow. Connecting with your craniosacral tide can help you access more creativity and joy, heal your body and calm your mind.
You are elemental flowing energy. No particle in the Universe stays static for long – and you are no exception! Your body is constantly flowing and vibrating at the elemental level. Your tissues are created from elemental carbon, hydrogen, magnesium, oxygen, potassium, nitrogen, etc. You are actually made from billions of tiny elemental forms dancing and oscillating in space.
Each atomic element has a signature vibration. And each type of tissue within your body has its own unique vibrational pattern: lung tissue vibrates in a distinct way. And the vibrational dance of liver is also unique. Bone vibration is different from brain vibration. And blood and lymph each create a unique dance of their own. Each tissue has its own dance. And when a tissue is hurt, diseased or in some way unhealthy, its vibrational dance shifts into an out of balance dissonant state. True healing is all about coaxing your diseased, injured tissues to shift back into a balanced vibratory state where your physical body can dance and flow again.
“You are a watery creature living on a watery planet.
Your optimal state of being is flow.”
Pause Open Flow
I wrote the first version of this article over 12 years ago. And these natural remedies are still in my cold and flu arsenal. I have also added a few new remedies that I’ve collected over the past decade.
Cold and flu season has officially arrived. And now is the perfect time to stock up the medicine cabinet with remedies that work. Stock up now, before the kids bring a bug home. Some of the natural remedies that I personally use and recommend are listed below:
Water: My body needs moisture and lots of it when I am sick with a cold or flu. So, besides using a neti pot, I add 3-4 extra glasses of water to my day when I have a cold or the flu. Pure, fresh water is what my body needs to loosen up and expel all the mucous and secretions.
Vitamin C: When I feel a cold brewing, I start taking 2-3 packets of Emergen-C™ per day and I keep taking it until my cold is gone. Each packet of Emergen-C™ contains 1000 mg Vitamin C as well as a mixture of B Complex Vitamins and essential minerals. The human body uses Vitamin C to build strong, healthy cell membranes that are able to protect from viral and bacterial invaders. The B vitamins are known as the stress vitamins because they are used heavily by the body when stressed or fighting off an illness. Vitamin C also helps to thin down all that mucous, so you can get rid of it more easily. If I could only take only one cold/flu remedy with me to a deserted island, I would choose Emergen-C™.
Kick-Ass Immune: This is the first herbal remedy that I reach for when I feel a cold coming on. Kick-Ass from Wish Garden Herbs enhances and boosts infection fighting components of the immune system. If I start taking Kick-Ass Immune at the first sign of a cold, my illness is much shorter and less severe.
Echinacea: A tried and true herbal cold remedy that is perfectly safe for babies and kids. I personally prefer to use Echinacea tincture drops that can be added to water or juice. Echinacea is made from the root of the purple coneflower and its healing properties have been researched extensively. Echinacea works best when taken short term. Save this one and only use it at the first sign of a cold.
Herbal Tea: I find a warm mug of tea very comforting when I am sick. And tea is a great way to give my cold or flu an “herbal treatment.” There are numerous herbs out there that alleviate the symptoms of the common cold or flu. Here are a few herbal teas to try:
Decrease congestion & mucous with horehound, licorice, slippery elm, ginger
Soothe cough and sore throat with Slippery elm, anise, marsh mallow, mullein
Note: Many of these herbs are also available in tincture, capsule or lozenge form.
Neti Pot: This is an ancient Ayurvedic way to wash out the sinuses, removing debris, mucous, viruses and bacteria. Use a neti pot and a minor head cold does not have the chance to turn into a sinus infection. My clients with chronic sinus problems swear that it makes a huge difference. I “pour” a warm salt water solution from the neti pot into one nostril where it flows through my sinuses and out the other nostril. It may sound gross, but the relief is almost instantaneous.
Zinc Lozenges: I have found nothing better for relieving the pain of a sore throat than zinc lozenges. Zinc is a mineral that is used heavily by the body when fighting off an illness. The lozenges taste good and they work. I suck on a zinc lozenge 3-4 times per day if my throat is sore or scratchy, or I have a head cold.
Homeopathic Remedies: Homeopathy has been popular in England, France and other parts of Europe since the 1800’s. When used correctly, homeopathic remedies are the closest thing to magic that I have ever found. Based on the principle of “like cures like”, homeopathic remedies stimulate the immune system to kick on and heal the body. Homeopathy works quickly and is very safe and effective against numerous ailments including the common cold and flu. But there is a trick to using homeopathic compounds; you must match your symptoms up carefully with the right compound. A good homeopathic reference book is invaluable. Look for these remedies online or at your local health food store:
Oscillococcinum: This mix of several homeopathic substances is from Boiron: Forget about annual flu shots – this stuff works! Take it for flu with the symptoms of fever, chills, and all over body aches. And don’t wait! For best results, take it at the very first sign of flu symptoms.
Kali Bichromicum: Use it to treat nasal discharge that is thick and yellow or green in color. It also is recommended for thick postnasal drip.
Allium Cepa: use this remedy for nasal discharge that is profuse, watery and burns the nose and eyes.
Bryonia Alba: for dry, hacking cough.
Herbal Bath: Soaking in a hot, steamy bath is a great way to loosen up sinus and chest congestion. Add one of the essential oils listed below (available at health food stores) to the bath water for even more decongestant power.
Eucalyptus is a powerful antiviral and antibacterial compound. Add 6-8 drops of Eucalyptus to your bathwater or mix a few drops into 1/8 cup of oil (olive, sunflower or almond) and apply to the chest and neck.
Thieves is a powerful mixture of essential oils that dates back to the Middle Ages. This herbal “recipe” is said to have been used to ward off the plague by grave robbers! Wherever it came from originally, it is an anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal wonder. The most popular brand of Thieves is made by Young Living™, but you can also find recipes for a Thieves essential oil compound online – just Google Thieves essential oil.
Garlic: This root vegetable is a very powerful anti-viral, anti=bacterial and anti-fungal compound. It also decreases mucous secretions. Raw garlic is the most potent, but I cannot stomach gnawing on raw garlic. So I cook with it. Add it to soups, stir fry, scrambled eggs, chicken and meat dishes, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, etc. Yum! You can also buy garlic capsules, if you prefer.
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There is a tidal flow within you. This tide was the first motion within your tiny baby body as you formed in your mother’s womb; its gentle waves actually helped your physical body to grow. Many Craniosacral Therapists and Osteopaths call this flow the “Breath of Life” because it is so important to human development.
This rhythmic tide flows around and within your brain and spinal column for your entire life. This motion within your cerebrospinal fluid has a profound impact on the performance of nerves throughout your brain and body. Small restrictions in the tissues around your brain and spine can inhibit the flow and block the breath of life. And a restricted flow can cause severe sensory and motor problems such as chronic pain, palsy, loss of sensation or movement, hyperactivity, headaches, insomnia and sucking, chewing or speech difficulties.
CranioSacral Flow has been part of my healing practice for 20 years. I have synthesized many of the teachings of Sutherland, Becker, Sills, Upledger and Milne into my energetic version of CranioSacral Therapy because I believe that helping your nervous system return to its healthy, flowing and juicy state is absolutely key to healing.
“Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water.
Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible,
nothing can surpass it.
The soft overcomes the hard;
the gentle overcomes the rigid.”
~Lao Tzu in Tao Te Ching
I’d like to share a potent mindfulness practice with you today.
In this 10 minute exercise, I guide you through creating and holding a sacred space for yourself. Holding space is simple yet so powerful! It is about being as grounded in your bones as a mountain is to Mother Earth. And at the same time being as open and spacious as the sky, and as flowing and reflective as a lake. Relax and just play with the guided imagery…
“The little space within the heart is as great as the vast universe…”
What happens if I stay open-hearted and vulnerable, no matter what happens around me?
Can I be spacious and hard-hearted?
No, when my heart is open and spacious, my mean malicious thoughts just blow away.
Can I have a spacious heart and be sad?
Not for long – if I hold my heart open and allow my grief and sadness to flow, they wash away.
Isn’t that what Jesus and Gandhi and Buddha taught – to stay open-hearted and spacious?
I am reminded of a story I read once about the Dalai Lama; a woman came to see the Dalai Lama and told him a story of how she and other Buddhist nuns had been put down, abused and mistreated by the male monks in their spiritual communities. Upon hearing her story, the Dalai Lama bowed his head and wept. He wept openly in the middle of his great hall, surrounded by his advisors. He wept openly in front of the many important people who were waiting to speak to him. And everyone in the great hall that day, was changed. The Dalai Lama embodied vulnerability and spacious heart for everyone to see and feel.
I choose a spacious heart today
I choose spacious even when it feels vulnerable.
I choose spacious even when it gets scary.
I choose spacious.
Defintion: Spa·cious – /ˈspāSHəs/
Adjective: Having ample space. capacious – roomy – wide – large – ample – extensive
“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world
and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
Why choose one or the other? What if BOTH are possible?
What if I can work with Joy, eat with Joy, move with Joy, live with Joy AND leave the world a better place?
What if the simple act of going for Joy brings light to the entire world, to all humanity?
What if the seemingly selfish act of pursuing Joy is the easiest, most graceful way to change everything?
EVERYTHING within me that’s getting in the way of JOY, blow it up!
Make space for Joy now.