Working on Wellness & Bergamont Linen Spray

Did you know that stress causes over half of every ten doctor visits? Did you know that stress can negatively effect nutrient absorption? Even if you are eating a whole foods, nutrient dense diet... too much stress will hinder our bodies ability to process much needed nutrients.

Did you know that stress can also shut down your immune system... all of this occurs with just the simple - first stage of stress levels, as in a normal reaction like the fight or flight response. But by stage three of "prolonged stress" we have physical manifestations within our bodies - such as headaches, exhaustion, skin problems, irritability and other health concerns. In short if the stress lasts for long enough it will cripple you and your health. And it's serious!

Readers, this is where I was and it's no joke. Honestly, I am still on the healing end of two years of intense stress, but I am healing and I give all the Glory to God! You see, after some in depth and sound education, and lots of prayer... ruling out other possibilities as I was trying to figure out what was my issue - I was given confirmation that it was stress over load. It was not so much that my life needed radical changes, but more of a combination in how I processed the stress and then taking extra measures to simplify my life that fosters that processing.

Enter the Bergamont Linen Spray ~

Bergamont ~ Citrus Bergamia ~ of the botanical family rutaceae, commonly used for agitation, emotional and mental stress, infection, PMS, has a sedative effect and it contains antiviral compounds as well.

One measure that I have taken to help foster emotional wellness was to create a linen spray for my pillows. Yes, I diffuse too, but I love the little extra touch of spraying my pillows and sheets each night as I prepare for my nights rest...

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The Recipe:

1/4 c distilled water
1/4 c vodka
6 to 8 drops of pure, essential bergamont oil

Combine in a glass a spray bottle, label and shake well before each use. I make it in smaller batches because I like to have opportunities to create a new batch a little sooner and express some creativity.

Bergamont blends well with Lemon, and Ylang Ylang. You could also use Lavender, but not this momma... Lavender stimulates and energizes me. Which is not what I am looking for just before heading to bed.

Remember that one of the keys to combating stress is being consistent in your approaches, and that healing takes time. This is something I must remind my self often.

"Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret - it only causes harm"
~ Psalm 37:8 ~

~ Blessings!

{Family Herbalist} what is it really?

The end is in sight - as I finish up my last unit and prepare for my final exam. I am so excited and now that I have made it here I am really looking forward to taking the next step... Master Herbalist! It will be a little bit yet before I can upgrade, so until then I will continue to use my holistic learning here at home and make wise use of my time...

But the question I have been hearing is:

So I will do my best to answer the question for your inquisitive minds.

A Family Herbalist is trained in approaching various needs within the family, holistically. Covering areas such as nutrition, herbalism, essential oils and supplementation. It also involves knowing what is within your scope of knowledge and what is not... in other words when to contact outside help.

"As Family Herbalists, we are now in a situation where we can responsibly care for most of our family's daily needs. Studies tell us this will eliminate nearly 80% of standard visits to the doctor or hospital." - Jessie Hawkins, Botanical Medicine in the Home, page 227

My personal education covered over 100 herbs, 28 essential oils and roughly 360 hours of study through Vintage Remedies. Whom I chose for three important reasons - the first being that it is a Christian based learning. Second - was because I wanted a class that would be based on scientific studies and evidence and not folklore and mysticism. Finally - the cost and the author of the text - the class is comparable and Jessie Hawkins (and her staff) are extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

I hope that helped give an idea of what a Family Herbalist is, I directly linked to the course description of the exact class I have taken above and I would encourage you all to check them out.

Just recently I was able to listen to a webinar on Ebola from them as well!

~ Blessings!

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