7 Amazing Uses for Vervain.

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Vervain – From the Druid Plant Oracle © www.willworthingtonart.co.uk

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The ancient Romans held vervain in high regard and used this ‘sacred’ herb to sanitize their homes. In addition, they knew several therapeutic advantages of the herb and used it to treat numerous disorders. The root of vervain was chewed by people with a view to strengthen their teeth and gums.

The Egyptians had dedicated the herb to their Goddess of birth Isis. Vervain has also been regarded as a sacred herb that was used during ceremonies of different Western religions. The Druids or priests in the ancient Celtic religion regarded the herb as sacred as the mistletoe, a parasitic evergreen bush used as a decoration during Yule.

Vervain, scientifically known as Verbena Officinalis, was brought from Europe to North America by the Puritans. Currently, the herb is common in North America like the continent’s native species American Verbena.

Some exciting uses of Vervain:

  1. enhances the lactation
  2. induces menstruation cycles
  3.  vervain is known to invigorate the contraction of uterine muscles during labor and hence herbalists suggest that it is best to avoid using the herb during pregnancy
  4. however, vervain may be used during labor as it makes child birth easier
  5. vervain has substantial amount of tannins that makes it an effective astringent and useful as a mouthwash to treat bleeding gums and mouth ulcers
  6. remedies prepared with the herb are also used effectively to treat sores and wounds
  7. lotions or ointments prepared with vervain act as valuable medication for insect bites and skin disorders.

How do you use Vervain either in your practice or at home? I’d love to hear from you. Email me at faye@celticsageholistictherapy.com or leave a comment right here on the site.

Here at Celtic Sage, we are prepared to help you put your health back on track. Please call 905-478-2463  to book your appointment.  You can also reach me by clicking the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this on the website.

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Slán go fóill (goodbye for now),

Faye

2 Essential Oils That Help Alleviate Asthma Symptoms

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Asthma and allergies are on the rise and many people are developing them later in life.  Today I want to specifically address asthma and 2 essential oils that can help alleviate symptoms.

We all know, without reading the multitude of studies out there that upper respiratory illness is on the rise. The number of peanut allergies is one example. I am sure there are a few of us who remember when peanut butter sandwiches in our lunch bag, was a staple. I offer that the rise in the toxicity of our air, food and water plays a large part in this phenomenon.

Asthma is an inflammatory disease that affects the passageways carrying air to and from the lungs. When asthma attacks occur, the inside walls of the airways become inflamed, causing them to become sensitive and making breathing hard. Symptoms include wheezing, chest tightness and coughing.

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for asthma. The best thing your doctor can do is find out factors that trigger your symptoms and help you avoid them. You may also be prescribed certain medications such as an inhaler to manage your condition and counteract asthma attacks. These have been shown to effectively treat asthma attacks. While I don’t recommend replacing your inhaler, if you’re looking for natural supplemental remedies that can help alleviate these symptoms, here are 2 great essential oils you can start using today.

1. Peppermint Essential Oil

A chest rub made from peppermint essential oil can provide relief to a person suffering from asthma thanks to its antihistamine and decongestant properties. When you are exposed to an allergen or irritants such as airborne pollen and dust mites, histamines are released into your body which can trigger asthma attacks. Peppermint can inhibit the release of histamine.

You can make the chest rub by combining 2 drops of peppermint oil with 8 drops of lavender and a drop of lemon. Add this mixture to about 1ounce of carrier oil (you may use either fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil). Applying this chest rub two times a day can help alleviate asthma attacks.

2. Lavender

Lavender has anti-inflammatory and sedative properties that can help manage asthma. Inhaling a lavender essential oil preparation (usually combined with peppermint or eucalyptus) will allow your airways to open in the event of mild asthma attacks.

One way of using lavender oil as an asthma remedy is by adding several drops into a bowl of hot water and inhaling the steam. You may want to drape a towel over your head to inhale as much steam as you can. Apart from clearing the airways, this technique provides you with the additional benefit of cleansing the skin.

How do you deal with your asthma? I’d love to hear from you. Email me at faye@celticsageholistictherapy.com or leave a comment right here on the site.

Here at Celtic Sage, we are prepared to help you put your health back on track. Please call 905-478-2463 to book your appointment.  You can also reach me by clicking the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this on the website.

Learn how to live stress and anxiety free! Book your appointment now!

Slán go fóill (goodbye for now),

Faye

 

Honouring Summer Solstice – June 21st

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Saturday, June 21st  is our Summer Solstice; the longest day of the year and the shortest night. From here on out the days get shorter and the nights get longer. The solstice, sometimes called midsummer because by now farmers have long done their planting. It both ushers in the warmest season, and reminds that the season is short, slipping away day by day. For those who revere nature, summer solstice may be celebrated by a bonfire, and staying up to greet the dawn.

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Canadian Reiki Treatments Now Covered Under Benefits

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am so excited! I went to the Canadian Reiki Association’s annual general meeting this past Saturday. What an amazing event, to be in a room with 100 Reiki Practioners…..wow!!!! the energy. The one thing I am most excited about is that there are a number of Health and Benefit providers who are now covering reiki treatments, so check with your provider! My reiki treatments may be covered. And even if they aren’t I will give you the form to submit and the providers track these kinds of requests and you may influence their decision to move forward and provide this coverage.

The picture at the top is me!! I had my aura photographed and that reflects the highest level of healing..who would have known? I just love it.

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5 Uses for Mugwort Essential Oil

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Mugwort can be considered both famous and infamous. In China, its medicinal properties were used to treat various ailments, while in European countries like England and others, it was used in witchcraft and black magic. Mugwort Essential Oil is extracted by steam distillation of leaves, buds, and flowering tops of the Mugwort tree, which has the scientific name Artemisia Vulgaris. Below are 5 uses for this essential oil.

Health Benefits :

The various medicinal properties of this oil are summarized below.

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Chamomile – Treatment for Restlessness, Tension or Allergy Sufferers

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Did you know Chamomile is an excellent treatment for restlessness, tension and for those who suffer from allergies? Chamomile brings with it a feeling of calm, rest and an overall sense of well-being. Our lives have become so frenetic that even when we do take time to rest, we find it hard to calm down.

The dried flowers can be used to make a tisane which will help relax and calm you before going to bed to enable you to have a good night’s sleep.

The most important component is Azulene; a fatty aromatic substance which is an anti-inflammatory and promotes rapid healing of skin problems and wounds. This substance is not present in the flower, but is formed during the distillation of the oil.

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4 Types of Anxiety

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Agrimony (featured here on the right) in the Druid tradition, is used to dispel sorrow, depression and lethargy by eliminating negative energy from you. Did you know there are 4 different types of Anxiety?

Here are just a few that you might recognize:

1.  Tense Anxiety – Symptoms include:

  • bodily tension
  • muscle pains
  • aches, and,
  • a generalized soreness

2.  Restless Anxiety – Here one feels:

  • dizzy
  • sweaty
  • overactive, with palpitations
  • the sense of a lump in the throat
  • frequent urination
  • diarrhea, or,
  • upset stomach

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Physical Signs of Stress

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The Ravens have returned to our trees! They bring with them the very deepest form of healing.

Did you know that stress is part of life? It has a powerful effect on the body and takes its toll on both mental and physical well-being. The physical signs of stress can be things like headaches, nervous indigestion, or heart palpitations. Medical research now says that stress may be largely responsible for causing or at least promoting more serious disorders such as heart disease and allergies.

Stress also overworks the adrenal glands. Repeated release of an overabundance of adrenaline from these glands eventually disrupts the delicate balance of your brain chemistry and hormonal production. Initially this will make you feel like you are always on edge. Eventually, the adrenal glands become exhausted and the opposite reaction occurs. You become tired, sluggish, listless, and emotions may easily fly out of control.

It is not always easy to avoid stress, but there are ways you can cope with it better. Fortunately, aromatherapy offers some of the best types of natural prescriptions for easing stress.

Are you stressed?  

We at Celtic Sage are prepared to help you put the spring back in your Spring by offering you a huge discount during the month of April. To receive 25% off all services plus no HST, call 905-478-2463 or email me at faye@celticsageholistictherapy.com to book your appointment.  You can also reach me by clicking the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this on the website.

Let the de-stressing begin!

Faye

 

4 Health Benefits of Aromatherapy

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In Druid tradition the Hare represents Rebirth, Intuition, and Balance. The Hare’s time in the wheel of the year is Alban Eiler (Spring Equinox). This image seemed fitting as I move forward with rebirthing my business using my intuition and creating balance in my life. In this blog post, I would like to share with you, 4 Health Benefits of Aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy can help you feel good, relaxed and comfortable. Research suggests that aromatherapy can also help to:

1. Reduce Stress

Aromatherapy using lavender scents has been shown to reduce stress. In one particular study, participants who were using aromatherapy felt less pain and had reduced stress levels during a stressful situation, compared to participants who were not using aromatherapy. Other studies showed improved quality of life, including reduced stress levels, in cancer patients who had undergone aromatherapy treatment.

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2014 – The Year of the Horse

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It’s 2014 and the Year of the Horse. In the Druid tradition, the horse invites us to create change and rebirth and that is exactly what we are planning for Celtic Sage Holistic Therapy.

Here are some of the changes we will be implementing this year:

  • We are rebirthing our website…stay tuned
  • We are putting more focus on our services and adding two new ones;
    • life guide
    • motivational speaker
  • We are looking for a treatment and training location so if you know of something please email me
  • We will be offering regular guided meditations, as well as,
  • Celtic Reiki classes.

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