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Calming the Mind; the Root of Disease
The mind in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is commonly referred to as the shen.
In Chinese medicine, the shen is interpreted as the spirit or consciousness. The shen lives in the heart organ system and is one of the vital substances of the body. The shen is said to preside over the activities that take place in the spiritual and mental planes.
Ultimately, we want to have a balanced shen. This means we may have emotional responses to external stimuli or internally generated thoughts, or feelings. Normally, we can control and recover from these situations without much incident. Somebody who has a disturbed shen, would not know how or be able to deal with a similar situation and may act out irrationally while drawing attention to themselves. An example would be when a person with a balanced shen becomes angry or cries for some reason. They tend to feel relief after the emotion has passed. While somebody with a disturbed shen may continue the irrational behavior for quite some time without ever feeling that relief and they might need intervention to return to a somewhat balanced state.
Maintaining a healthy shen also means that we maintain a healthy body. A strong shen is fundamental to good health. When the shen is weak, the body will eventually fail. To keep the shen healthy we should focus on maintaining a positive mindset, getting enough rest, seeking peace, connecting with nature, meditating and showing compassion. This means we ultimately need to avoid overwork, chronic stress, an erratic daily schedule, lack of sleep and volatile emotions such as anger, hatred and resentment. This may seem pretty logical but based on the amount of shen disturbance/mental illness in the world, it is clear we have lost our way to some degree.
The good news is the cumulative shen of the planet can be changed over time and we can all have a hand in making that change.
Definition of Stress
The definition of stress is a physical, chemical or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. Stress can come from external physical trauma, overloading, repetitive strain, poor posture, contracted and inflexible muscles, lack of physical exertion, inflammation from poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, infections from bacteria, viruses, yeast, or fungi. There is also the mental aspect of overthinking, worry, anger, sadness, fear, negative outlook, and emotional imbalances.
Stress and the Mind-Shen can be managed by harmonizing the Chakra-energy centers. There are ways you can accomplish this yourself. But first, let’s explain the charkas.
What are Chakras
Chakras are swirling vortexes of psycho-neuro-endocrine (PNE) bio-electric energy located along our anterior and posterior midline. It’s easier to just call these energy centers chakras! The chakras are part of Ayurveda Medicine, from India. Traditional Chinese Medical and Ayurvedic Medical systems have much overlap, and they work together in harmony. The chakras correlate to major acupuncture points along the midline of the body. Both systems help stimulate, move or clear blockages of negative energy.
The chakra energy centers are responsible for carrying or releasing stored memories, emotional or physical trauma.
There are 7 main chakras and 21 minor chakras (if we include the eyes and scapula there are 25). The chakras are the root, sacral, solar, heart, throat, brow, and crown. The minor chakras are bilateral consisting of the feet, hands, elbows, knees, groin-gonads, clavicles, intercostals, ears-jaw, shoulders, navel, and one spleen chakra found only on the left side below the rib cage. Some sources consider the eyes and scapula to be minor chakras as well.
Chakras Regulate Hormones, Glands, Thoughts and Feelings
Each of the main 7 chakras are associated with one of the nine endocrine glands, a group of nerves called a plexus, and a band of connective tissue called fascia. From these, Neuropeptides are released in response to our thoughts and feelings. Thoughts and emotions of anger, joy, worry, grief, or fear have their own identifiable frequencies. That’s how your body knows which neuropeptide to release.
Whether pain or disease stems from an emotional or spiritual disharmony or not, both physical or emotional trauma as well as behavioral or mental habits are stored in our musculature, and connective tissue called fascia, creating tension, blocking circulation, which can lead to pain or disease. Sometimes it’s a direct connection from acute assault to the body or it develops over time.
Restore Balance and Harmony to Your Chakras
Our chakras can become congested, over-stimulated or uncoordinated. Restoring balance to your chakras helps with stress, emotional-wellbeing, the mind-shen, pain and disease.
There are forms of vibrational medicine that harmonize and decongest the chakra-meridian systems. Chakra-Meridian balancing has beneficial effects on the autonomic nervous system and internal Organs (as understood by Chinese Medicine).
Emotional Freedom Technique
Use Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to move stuck Qi-energy and strengthen the charka centers. These are known acupuncture points that effectively release tension, stress, anxiety and pain.
First, rate yourself with how you feel on a scale of 0, no pain to 10, worst possible pain.
Tap each one using the tips of your index, middle and ring fingers together. Tap 10 X or up to 1 minute each. Check in with yourself. Repeat as often as you need.
A Few of my Favorite Calming and Stress Relieving Essential Oils
These oils can be used to harmonize chakra energy centers as well as specific complaints such as joint pain, low energy, or poor nervous system function.
These are only examples of a few oils that support the chakras. More than one oil can provide balancing to one or more chakras. That is why you may find different opinions of which oil to use for a chakra or meridian system. Intention can be powerful when using aromatherapy. If you’re using lavender to balance your throat chakra, and that is your intention it will work. If you place it over your third eye (brow chakra), and your intention is to enhance vision and clarity, then lavender will help because it does those things too.
These oils can be placed over the EFT points, and then gently place your finger over the spot and hold for a minute or two, or until you feel yourself release tension.
Lavender: Throat Chakra. This oil helps on the emotional level of expression, speaking, listening, and being heard. It helps relieve minor pain, itching, and minor burns. Many people love it for its calming, sedative effects enabling a good night’s sleep. It can be used alone or combined with another essential oil. I find that when mixed with Bergamot, the stress reducing effects are heightened.
Bergamot: Heart Chakra. This oil also helps with sleep and is a potent stress reducer. It is also beneficial for muscle cramps, joint pain, skin irritation, and fungus. On the emotional-spiritual level it enhances one’s feeling of self-worth.
Copaiba: Solar Plexus: Supports the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive and respiratory systems. It acts like a powerful antioxidant. Helps calm, soothe, and support the nervous system.
It is beneficial for clear, smooth skin and reduces the appearance of blemishes. The effects are enhanced when combined with black pepper.
Basil: Root Chakra. Basil is wonderful for clear, and healthy skin. It promotes mental alertness and lessens anxious feelings when diffused in the air. It supports the cardiovascular and nervous systems. In Chinese Medicine basil is believed to support the adrenal glands and kidney health.
Black Pepper: Brow Chakra. It provides antioxidant support, promotes healthy circulation, aids digestion, and soothes anxious feelings. It is warming, and soothing when used in massage therapy. This oil should always be diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut or sweet almond oil.
Frankincense: Crown Chakra. When in doubt try frankincense. It can be used whenever you aren’t sure of what oil to choose. It improves with age like a fine wine. I find it works well for many chronic conditions. Therefore, I often include this oil in many oil blends for a variety of conditions.
It supports healthy cellular function, promotes feelings of relaxation, helps with skin issues when applied topically, it supports healthy immune, nervous, and digestive function.
Wild Orange: Sacral Chakra. Acts as a powerful cleanser and purifying agent, supports healthy immune function, and is uplifting to the mood. It is often combined with cinnamon, jasmine, or clove to enhance libido, and sexuality.
Wintergreen: Supports sacral and root chakras. Beneficial for joints, skeletal structure, has cortisone like effect without the side-effects because of the body’s own natural production is stimulated. Analgesic effect is like aspirin. It feels warming, and goes to the bladder, and kidney meridians. It expels damp-cold bi syndrome for chronic low back problems. The main chemical component in Wintergreen is methyl salicylate, which provides soothing qualities.
How to Use:
You can use a single oil by placing 1-2 drops in the palm of your hand and add a few drops of a carrier oil such as coconut oil, or sweet almond oil, rub palms together, and then rub over area of concern. You can also rub over the chakra or chakras that need balancing.
You can mix a few drops from a few oils to create your own unique blend. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
*Always discontinue if you notice skin irritation.
Apply as needed. For severe conditions you may apply frequently every 30 minutes, or every hour. Reducing to a maintenance use of twice daily as you improve. Reduce frequency or dilute with more carrier oil if you are sensitive or discontinue.
All these oils are fantastic for the emotions and lift the mood when diffused into the air.
Bergamot and Lavender: Stress release, and joint pain.
Black Pepper and Copaiba: For joints, low back, respiratory, or nervous system
Basil, Lavender, Frankincense: To calm the mind, reduce feelings of fear, and promotes self-confidence. Can improve cardiovascular health and reduce feelings of pain.
Wild orange and Frankincense: For swelling, fluid retention, digestion, and to boost feelings of abundance.
Wintergreen, basil, lavender: For lower back, hips, and feet. Emotionally helps one feel safe, and secure.
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These forms of vibrational medicine harmonize and decongest the chakra-meridian systems. Chakra-Meridian balancing has beneficial effects on the autonomic nervous system and internal Organs (as understood by Chinese Medicine).
Our chakras can become congested, over-stimulated or uncoordinated. Restoring balance to your chakras helps with stress, emotional-wellbeing, pain and disease.
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How Tuning Forks Work
The vibration of a tuning fork is felt as it resonates through muscle, bones, and organs creating entrainment. This is synchronization of the body’s systems, organs, and tissues to the frequency of the fork reaching a harmonic natural rhythm.
The treatment stimulates healing of tissue at the cellular level getting to the root cause of disharmony.
It works because each of our tissues, organs and cells have their own frequency. Musical instruments have varying sound waves, which penetrate the human body, causing vibrations within the cell. Specific vibrations strengthen healthy cells while regenerating weaker cells.
However, it is different from traditional music therapy, which uses signals received through the ears that focuses on the mind. Tuning fork sound frequencies are received through the ears, skin, tissue, bones, organs and cells. Therefore, it works on all three levels of the human body, which are the body, mind, and spirit.
Tuning forks used for sound healing come in a variety of sets and frequencies. By directing the sound waves of correct tuning forks at key acupuncture and reflexology points, the sound travels through the body to the appropriate organ, gland, bone, or tissue. The healing frequency directs the body’s cells to tune up to their proper healthy pitch enabling them to function as they should.
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Be ready with a natural sunscreen that doesn’t contain any harsh ingredients. First, here is some information you may need to know.
There are two types of UV (ultraviolet) rays from the sun: UVA and UVB.
UVA rays are primarily responsible for skin damage from excessive sun exposure that can lead to cancer and skin aging.
However, although UVB rays can also cause damage and sunburn, they are necessary for your body to produce its own cancer protective vitamin D via the skin.
Sunlight is by far the optimal way to produce your vitamin D. Blocking UVB rays may inadvertently be increasing your cancer risk by blocking vitamin D absorption. Plus, sunscreen causes cancer through carcinogenic ingredients and SPF protects only against UVB rays.
Extra Virgin Coconut oil has an spf of 10, and blocks 90% of UVB Rays, thus providing 90% of its Vitamin D synthesizing abilities.
So, now are you ready for my recipe that I use for a natural sunblock?
1/2 C olive oil
1/4 Cup extra virgin coconut oil
2 Tbsp. cocoa butter
2Tbsp. Zinc oxide
Essential Oils: 12 drops helichrysum, 3 drops arborvitae, 10 drops lavender, 5 drops melaleuca.
Place all ingredients, except the zinc oxide and essential oils, into a double boiler or water bath on the stove top.
Heat and mix gently, stirring together all ingredients as they melt. Once melted and mixed together, remove from heat then add zinc oxide and essential oils. Mix together. Let cool completely. Pour into a clean glass jar, and store in a cool place.
Apply to your skin before going out into the sun, and reapply every hour during your time outdoors. Don’t forget to reapply after a swim.
Care should always be taken when sunbathing to avoid a sunburn. If you burn easily, know your threshold for time in the sun before burning.
Olive oil has one of the highest ratings for ultraviolet radiation absorption, but is not a sunblock. The zinc oxide is added to provide further sunblock.
It’s also a good idea to wear sunglasses, a hat, and avoid direct sunlight during the middle of the day. This is from about 10 am to 3 pm.
Remember that citrus oils such as lemon, wild orange, lime, or bergamot may increase photo-sensitivity. Therefore, don’t apply these oils to the skin at least 24 hours before going out into the sun.
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Disclaimer: This information has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent illness or disease. Please consult with a licensed health professional to address specific health concerns you might have.
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