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so, you’ve got a cold or the flu, and life is not in a good place.

First, let me say I’m sorry and I hope that you get better soon.

Now, as I said in the previous cold and flu season post, I believe in mainstream medicine but I believe in alternative medicine too. Most of all, I believe that you should do what works best for you, whether that’s nighttime cold medicine, chicken soup or unblocking stuck chi.

That being said, here are seven alternative medicine approaches to colds and flus that are easy, affordable and that most people have access to.

Hot liquids a basic. Hot liquids increase the moisture of your 577442_3521710873755_1617833526_nmucous membranes, let clogged noses unclog, ease discomfort, and sooth sore throats. They also help with chills by warming you from the inside out. Most people think of tea, but I find hot lemonade very helpful. (It adds some vitamin C and relieves my scratchy throat.)

Soup Soup is a hot liquid that has all of the above virtues and also helps to get some easy nutrition inside of you. Chicken soup has been found to be particularly healthy and easy to digest.

Honey and Lemon If you have a heavy cough, you may want a serious cough suppressant, but for a mild cough or scratchy throat, honey and lemon can sooth and relieve the pain. Take it in your tea or by the spoonful.

Saline Spray got a stuffed up head? Saline sprays are just salt and water, and can be used as often as you need to clear congestion. Great when you blow and blow and nothing comes out.

Spicy Foods Spicy foods tend to get those noses running to clear out infections and open your head and chest up. Many of them not only contain garlic (which we already knew was good) or capsaicin (which is anti inflamatory, eases pain and anti viral) but also have vitamin C in them ( from such ingredients as hot peppers or tomatoes.)

Massage eases aches and pains, loosens up tightness in places  like your chest so you can cough better, and supports a healthy immune system. A massage from a person helps more, but even a massage pillow on your back can help

Acupressure Acupressure sounds exotic, but it’s something you can learn to do yourself to clear congestion, ease aches and pains, and support your immune system. If you’re interested in trying this,  I’d recommend the book “Acupressure Potent Points” which you can pull up as an ebook in minutes, even if you’re stuck at home.

So, do what you need to do. Find the combination that works best for your own needs.

And, once again,  I hope that you feel better soon…

Catherine

Foresight

1/28/16

www.ForesightYourPsychic.com

www.ForesightYourCTPsychic.wordpress.com

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her new book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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It’s the cold and flu season and, now that the weather has gotten cold, there’s lots of people sneezing and whuffling and coughing and just plain having the assorted miseries.

Now, I believe in mainstream medicine, whether prescription or over the counter, but I also believe in alternative medical approaches. Mainstream medicine can have side effects, can be expensive, can interact badly with other meds you’re taking and doesn’t work the same for every single person. Many alternative methods are less expensive, more available and can be easier on the body.

My advice is to try different approaches  and see what works best for you.

And here’s 6 simple alternative health methods to help you avoid getting colds or the flu.

Vitamin C has been established for years as a great way to cut down on your vulnerability to catching cold. Most people think of pill or of drinking orange juice, but you can as easily drink lemonade, eat grapefruit or tomatoes, or spritz citrus juice on your vegetables (which, by the way, tastes great.)
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Garlic doesn’t just keep vampires away. It’s an anti viral and tastes great. Try it in pasta sauce or on pizza, in stir fry, or roast it and spread it on bread.

Echinacea is an antiviral and also boosts your immune system. Try this one in pills.

Moisture The air is very dry at this time of year and that can lead to dried out mucous membranes in your nose and throat and possibly infections and sinus pain.  Putting some moisture back into the air can keep your nose and throat comfortable, let mucous flow (so it’s easier to blow out) rather than dry up, and help with nosebleeds, congestion, and infections including sinus. You can use a vaporizer (if so, remember to clean it regularly) or put a fountain in places you want to moisturize (not great feng shui in the bed room, but helps you to sleep better if you’re congested.)

Sleep During the holidays, we tend to run ourselves ragged, which is why a lot of folks come down with a cold at the present time of year. Listen to your body and give it the sleep it needs, regardless of other important things you want to/have to do. When you’re sleep deprived, your immune system gets depressed and you’re more vulnerable to catching things.

Wash Your Hands A lot. At this time of year, a lot of people have colds or the flu and one way that they caught them was because they touched things that other people with colds or flu touched first. Door knobs. Phones. Cups. They touched things that had germs on them and then they touched their face, eyes, nose or mouth and transferred them into their own bodies. Don’t want to make you paranoid, but washing your hands more can cut down on your chances of catching something and also of giving something to someone else.

Alright, that’s six different simple things you can do to decrease your risk of catching something.

But what if you catch something anyway?

Watch for Thursday’s post on things you can do to get better faster…..

Catherine

Foresight

1/26/16

www.ForesightYourPsychic.com

www.ForesightYourCTPsychic.wordpress.com

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her new book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

 

 

 

 

 

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Here we are in the dark time of the year, and it’s easy to get down and blue when the days are short and dark and cold. When we get the blues, the vibrational level of our  energy fields also drops down lower, and tends to attract more of the things we don’t want and less of the things we do.

How do we break out of this downwards cycle? Well, as noted in previous posts, you need to fill your own bucket. You need to pay attention to what gives you joy or strength or peace and make a point of making time for more of that in your life on a regular basis.Copy of Fotolia_44996157_M

But what if you don’t know what that is?…

Many of us have spent so much time doing the things we’ve been told are important that we’ve lost track of what actually makes us happy. We rarely get a moment to nurture ourselves… and when that moment occasionally happens, it speeds by and is gone before we can figure out what to do with it.

There’s lots of good ways to figure that out, and I’ll be talking about them in upcoming posts. For now, I’d like to recommend a book called The Woman’s Comfort Book by Jennifer Loudon. It’s a great reference for figuring out and remembering how to nurture yourself. Check it out and enjoy.

previous posts- (Some Things Fill Your Bucket, Filling Your Bucket, Filling Your Bucket- Make a List, Filling Your Bucket- Everybody Needs Theme MusicFilling Your Bucket- Listen To Your Body,  Filling Your Bucket- Visual Aids, and  Filling Your Bucket- Make a Date)

Catherine

Foresight

1/21/16

www.ForesightYourPsychic.com

www.ForesightYourCTPsychic.wordpress.com

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her new book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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Mainstream medicine does a great job of helping us return to health when we’re sick or injured. Alternative health does a great job of Copy of Fotolia_44996157_Mhelping us keep from going there in the first place.

But it’s not always fun or easy to live a healthy life style. So, one great gift can be something that makes it easy and fun.

You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink. Likewise, you cannot make someone do things that you think would be healthy for them. Different people have different needs and interests, and what you think is great might be just what that person doesn’t need

But, sometimes people are ready and interested, and all that they need is a little help to get started. And at that point, that little help truly is a gift

Hydration-

55-60% of the human body is made up of water, and both mainstream and alternative medicine agree that one of the most healthy things we can do for ourselves is to drink enough clean water everyday, (Something a lot of us have problems doing.)

Want to give the gift of hydration? A water filter, whether attatched to the tap or on a pitcher or water bottle provides a regular source of water that’s clean and free of many impurities. A fun water bottle makes it easy to keep track of how much water you’ve drunk and to carry water with you (and therefore drink it) throughout the day. (Aluminum has a possible link with alzheimers, and some plastic can leach chemicals into the contents with prolonged use, so the best choice is a stainless steel bottle.)

A healthy meal-

In this crazy, multitasking world, it’s often easier and more convenient to grab some fast food or convenience food when the day is busy. While that’s ok in moderation, it’s not always the most healthy choice.

To give the gift of nutrition, it’s first important to remember that a meal isn’t healthy if the person won’t eat it. Pushing an extreme dietary change on someone who doesn’t like it is not a gift.

That being said, you can offer to cook something healthier that your recipiant does like, or take them out for a healthy,balanced meal, or give them a gift certificate to a food service (such as one offering fruit, or prepackaged healthy meals) where they can make their choice of something healthy.

Environmental sounds –

The modern active lifestyle can create stress, and it can be difficult to calm down and release that stress at the end of the day.

Environmental sounds, whether music, sound effects, or sounds of nature are designed to be played quietly in the background as you go about your day, and to lead your brain waves into more calm, relaxed, less stressed patterns.

Two good sources of these recordings are The Relaxation Company (http://www.soundstrue.com/relaxationco/index.php)     and Brain Sync(http://www.brainsync.com/)  (Free samples at Brain Sync)

The gift of rest-

One of big causes of illness and injury these days is insufficient rest. Folks are so busy trying to be all things to all people that they end up not getting enough sleep and downtime. And stress doesn’t help with this either.

One way you can give the gift of rest is to give the gift of your time. Is there something you could do for that person to free up some of their time so that they can take a nap/ get to bed earlier/ or just relax? There are many things (child care, errands, cooking) where it only takes slightly longer to do them for two people than it does for one, and the time and energy you save the recipiant of your gift can be the best thing you can give them.

So there’s four things from the world of alternative health that you can give to people you care for to make their world a better place. More ideas coming up in the future

Catherine

Foresight

12/15/15

www.ForesightYourPsychic.com

www.ForesightYourCTPsychic.wordpress.com

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her newest book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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So here we are in the holiday times of the year. It’s a wonderful time, but it can also be a stressful one.

No matter what spiritual path you’re on, , it’s easy to get stressed during the holidays, given everything we  try to get done then. Even if we’re working hard at making merry, we all can use a way to let go of stress at holiday time

In expectation of miracleLet me make you an early holiday gift of one…(It’s a gift that keeps giving…)

The next time you’re feeling anxious, angry, overwhelmed or down, instead of suffering, try this:

Take a deep breath, and

Look up at the ceiling.

(Repeat as needed…)

Give it a try now. Think of something that brings you down (income taxes, your least-favorite co-worker, cleaning out the fridge,…). Notice how it makes you feel,where it hits you in the body and in the spirit…

Then breath deep and look up. Feel the difference?

While it’s no substitute for Prozaac, most people find that when they do this, they feel more positive, centered and able to cope with whatever’s going on in their lives.

Why does this work?

When we’re stressed, we breath in a short and shallow way. Breathing deeply and slowly triggers a mind-body connection saying “all is well”, and actually puts us in a better place, health and emotion-wise. Looking up seems to strengthen this reaction ( and when I’m facing challenges, I find looking up valuable for spiritual reasons as well…).

I like to think that we’re all hardwired with ways to change our beliefs, heal ourselves, find our centers and create our own best lives.

And, by the by, this technique is not just for the holidays, but works all year long. …

In any case, remember next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or down, breath deep and look up… and have a better day (or holiday)

PS  and just a thought- don’t do this in front of your pushy aunt  Margaret, your boss or any other person that is contributing to stress you’re feeling. They will surely take it the wrong way and this is the path to more stress…

Catherine

Foresight

12/1/15

www.ForesightYourPsychic.com

www.ForesightYourCTPsychic.wordpress.com

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her new book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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Earlier this year, I posted a link to an article that claimed that people who stayed up late were smarter (Are Night Owls Wiser?)

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I’m not sure about that. If that were the case, I think I’d have more insight.
and now, in somewhat related fashion, here’s an article that claims that people who sleep in are smarter (People  Who Sleep Late Are Actually Smarter and More Creative)

So there’s a reason, eh?

How do you sleep?

Catherine

Foresight

11/24/15

www.ForesightYourPsychic.com

www.ForesightYourCTPsychic.wordpress.com

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her new book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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We know that, when our vibrational level is higher, we tend to attract better people, things and experiences into our lives.

We know that nurturing ourselves is one way to fill our buckets and raise our vibrational levels.

And still, many times, we forget to do it.

So, what’s up with that?

Most of us are raised with beliefs that work against nurturing ourselves

  • Don’t be selfish.
  • Work before play.
  • Put others before yourself.
  • Don’t be lazy

Now, there’s truth and value in all of these beliefs, but they completely overlook that we also need to take care of ourselves. To nurture ourselves. To do things that make us happy. To laugh and rest and fool around.

And that, when we don’t nurture ourselves, when we don’t fill our own buckets, sooner or later we burn out.

We need to put ourselves on our own lists. To give self nurturing theCopy of Fotolia_44996157_M same value that we do working hard or taking care of others.

One way to do that is to make a date with yourself

  • write “Shopping trip” on your calendar
  • put “meditation” in your date book
  • record your favorite shows

Make a firm commitment, preferably in writing, of what you’re gonna do and when you’re gonna do it to fill your bucket

and then keep that date…

previous posts- (Some Things Fill Your Bucket, Filling Your Bucket, Filling Your Bucket- Make a List, Filling Your Bucket- Everybody Needs Theme MusicFilling Your Bucket- Listen To Your Body, and Filling Your Bucket- Visual Aids)

Catherine

Foresight

10/15/15

www.ForesightYourPsychic.com

www.ForesightYourCTPsychic.wordpress.com

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her new book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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