Chamomile is a wonderful flowering herb with many healing uses. Known since ancient times, wise women and shamans have used chamomile in their medicine bags to treat everything from diarrhea to depression.
Posted by Administrator on 8/16/2013 to Herbs
Hand-sanitizer is a good germ-killing alternative when soap and water is not available, but some of the ingredients in commercial hand-sanitizer are questionable. Fortunately, making your own hand-sanitizer is a viable option.
Posted by Administrator on 8/9/2013 to Healing
It used to be that whatever religion your parents were raised with, that religion would be yours as well but times are changing. More parents are deciding to wait until their children are old enough to choose for themselves what religious path, if any, they choose to follow.
Posted by Administrator on 8/2/2013 to Wiccan/Pagan
Experienced by as much as 80% of the general population, tension headaches are a real obstacle that many people deal with on a daily basis. The pain of a tension headache is thought to be caused by muscle constriction that results in the reduction of blood flow. Tension headaches can be caused by stressful situations or they can be brought on by staying in one position for too long, but many times there is not an obvious trigger. The pain of a tension headache can range from mild to severe and generally affects the upper back, neck, and scalp and jaw areas. People often refer to the pain as a tight band around their head. Although many people seek relief through over-the-counter medications, there are other methods, like self-massage, that are being used to successfully to treat annoying tension headaches.
Posted by WiccanWay.com Administrator on 7/26/2013 to Massage
Headache Relief through Simple Self-Massage
Massage is the practice of applying pressure to soft body tissues in order to relieve muscle tension, manage pain and improve blood circulation. Massaging away a headache can be accomplished by targeting a few key pressure points on your head.
Begin by getting in a comfortable position in a quiet space. Get relaxed by lying on a couch, bed or reclining in a chair. Since headaches can enhance sensitivity to light, dim the lights in the room as much as possible to encourage relaxation and eliminate distraction. Here are four key areas to focus on when tackling a tough tension headache.
After you have performed the massage exercises, lift your shoulders towards your ears and hold for five to ten seconds. Gently roll them backwards and let them come back to their natural position. Repeat if you feel it is necessary. Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, but they are also the type that responds well to simple self-massage techniques.
- Massaging under the eye area. With eyes closed, position your middle fingers directly above your cheekbones. Massage this whole area using circular motion. Alternatively, a light sweeping motion under the eye can be used.
- Massaging above the eyes to nose area. Using your thumb, rub the area along the underside of eyebrows above the eye socket. Where this bone meets the bridge of your nose and eyes, there is a point with a small indentation. Using gentle pressure, gently push your thumbs into the points and hold for a few seconds. Repeat as necessary.
- Massaging the neck area. With your fingertips, locate the muscles at the back of the neck where they meet the base of your skull. Massage this entire area using all four fingers on both hands. Applying a comfortable amount of pressure, use back and forth motion or circular motion. Be sure to reach as far down your back as you can go for maximum relief.
- Massaging the scalp area. With fingers spread, begin at the forehead and massage toward the back of the scalp using circular motion. Apply enough pressure to make the scalp move. Alternatively, you can use gentle back and forth strokes on the scalp, similar to the motion you use when washing hair.
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If you think Kombucha sounds like a TaeKwonDo maneuver or a warm shawl for cool evenings in Moscow, you would definitely get points for creativity, but you'd be wrong. Kombucha — pronounced "kom-boo-sha" — is a sweetened tea fermented with the Kombucha “mushroom,” a symbiotic colony of various yeasts and bacteria, that has its roots in the Qin Dynasty in China in 250 B.C., where it was called the "Immortal Health Elixir" because of its reputed healing properties.
Posted by WiccanWay.com Administrator on 7/19/2013 to Teas
Comfrey has long been one of the most respected of medicinal plants, although today it is not recommended for internal use, the FDA having determined that repeated ingestion can lead to liver damage.
Posted by WiccanWay.com Administrator on 7/12/2013 to Healing
The popularity of green tea continues to grow as more people enjoy the delicious taste and immense health benefits this drink has to offer. When buying and preparing green tea, it pays to use caution since not all teas are created equal and such subtleties as how the tea is prepared can enhance or detract from its health benefits. Here’s how to maximize the health benefits of drinking green tea:
Posted by WiccanWay.com Administrator on 7/5/2013 to Healing
As many of you know, work can create a lot of stress in our lives. This stress can then manifest into physical ailments such as stomach problems, headaches and anxiety. That's why it's important to make your personal work space as comfortable and stress-free as possible. One way to do this is through the use of aromatherapy, which is the use of aroma oils to help bring about feelings of physical and psychological well-being. The theory behind aromatherapy is that the inhalation of aroma oil fragrances stimulates the area of the brain controlling emotions and memory. Chemicals in the brain are then released, helping a person feel more calm, relaxed or energized.
Posted by WiccanWay.com Administrator on 6/28/2013 to Aromatherapy
Biofeedback is a form of alternative medicine that falls under the category of mind-body therapy. It uses feedback from different monitoring procedures and equipment to measure a person’s internal and involuntary bodily processes (like blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, skin temperature and sweating) and relays the information to the subject in real-time. This is so that he can start employing specific techniques to gain conscious control over the related physiological activities, alleviate symptoms and manage his specific health conditions.
Posted by WiccanWay.com Administrator on 6/21/2013 to Healing
Reiki is a therapy that originated in Japan involving the use of a universal healing energy which the practitioner channels and transmits to the patient. Transference of the Reiki energy happens when the practitioner lays his hands onto the patient with the purpose of adjusting the frequency of the patient's aura, modifying and cleansing the body energy and promoting healing on the different levels: physical, emotional and spiritual.
Posted by WiccanWay.com Administrator on 6/14/2013 to Healing
An herbal tea is not really a tea (that is, a beverage made from straining tea leaves), but rather a tisane. A tisane is an herbal infusion, usually made by steeping plant parts in boiling water. As they are not made in the same way as traditional teas, they contain no caffeine, but they may contain the medicinal properties of the flowers or herbs from which they are made.
Posted by WiccanWay.com Administrator on 6/7/2013 to Healing
Your house number is more than just a convenience for the postman. According to the precepts of numerology, it can mean the difference between a house and a home. Are you compatible with your house number? Read on and find out.
Posted by WiccanWay.com Administrator on 5/31/2013 to Divination
As described by parents and psychic practitioners, Indigo Children are unusually precocious children born after 1992. Their label derives from the color indigo which surrounds their auras - a color associated with the third eye, or psychic, chakra.
Posted by WiccanWay.com Administrator on 5/24/2013 to Chakras
Magnet therapy has been used by different cultures for healing for a very long time. Cleopatra may have been the first historical figure to use magnet therapy as she was known to sleep on lodestone or magnetite to keep her skin youthful. This could also be the same reason why ancient rulers wore metallic headbands and bracelets. Even Aristotle and Plato were said to mention the benefits of lodestone in their works.
Posted by WiccanWay.com Administrator on 5/17/2013 to Healing
Ctenocephalides canis and Ctenocephalides felis are two uninvited guests that like to make themselves at home on our dogs and cats - and because we love our pets, we shudder at the thought of dowsing them in potentially harmful chemicals to kill those pesky fleas. But there is a better way, if we take a holistic approach.
Posted by Gail Kavanagh on 5/10/2013 to Healing
If you haven’t experienced having a massage, then it’s high time for you to try one. And, if you expect a massage to be a gentle and soothing encounter, you could be wrong. But it would definitely work on that tension you feel in your shoulders and lower back.
Posted by WiccanWay.com Administrator on 4/27/2012 to Massage
A lot of people enjoy the soft lighting afforded by burning candles. If you are one of them, you probably know that most candles will dribble hot wax on your table cloth or carpet if given a chance.
Posted by WiccanWay.com Administrator on 3/30/2012 to Candles
Smudge sticks are a beautiful way to fragrance and purify your home, and if you're a crafty person, you might want to try to make them on your own. If that's the case, here's some information on how to do it.
Posted by WiccanWay.com Administrator on 3/23/2012 to Herbs
Crystals are minerals that form a crystalline structure with its atoms and ions arranged in geometrically precise patterns. Quartz, with its characteristic clear points, is the most common crystal. Quartz caught the attention of many people in the United States in the mid-1980s during the surge of the New Age movement, spirituality, mysticism, metaphysics and other related activities. Note that crystals were already popularly used by other cultures long before they were commercialized by the American shops and establishments that rode the new wave.
Posted by WiccanWay.com Administrator on 3/9/2012 to Crystals