3 Beautifully Aromatic Essential Oil Ideas for the Holidays
***My favorite resources are listed at the end of this Blog.***
#1:Diffuse a festive blend in the air. Use these in an electric diffuser, or simply in a bowl with boiled water poured on top.
NOTE: The amounts below make 1 use in the diffuser which will last 1-3 hours. To make a larger amount for multiple use or to make stocking stuffers, multiply the drops of oil by 10 or less. For example, 3 drops of Peppermint x 10 = 30 drops.
(recipe via Kathryn Sharp, White Sage Landing)
1d Nutmeg - or substitute Allspice
3d Green Mandarin (or any Orange oil)
1d Vanilla – if you’re doing this in a bowl with boiled water, you can substitute 1/8 tsp cooking vanilla for the essential oil.
Winter Wonderland 3d Douglas Fir
3d Myrrh Note this blend works best in a bowl with boiled water as the resin quality of Myrrh tends to clog an electric diffuser.
Make stocking stuffers by getting some bulk quantity Sample Vials and filling them with your blend. Print a label on your computer, and wrap it around. Each vial will last for several uses of the blend.
Or keep it simple with any single Tree oil such as Pine, Fir, or Spruce. Not only do these smell woodsy refreshing, they help clean the air and support the health of our lungs.
#2: Make an Aromatic Salt Scrub for feet or add to a hot bath. With some small decorative storage jars, you can make this into a larger batch and create a fabulous gift to give others.
Stir together and transfer to a glass jar with a lid. Use 1 large spoonful in a hot bath, and about 1 tbsp per foot & leg in a spa style scrub.
There are all kinds of jars available in a variety of sizes that you can use to package up your Foot Spa Salt Scrub for the special people on your list. This makes a great gift for Massage Therapists to give to your regular clients too!
#3: Create a Room Spritz to add some quick ambience, refresh the air during and after a party, or just to jazz up cleaning day. These also make a great gift!
Spritzer Tops (aka Finger Misters) can be ordered to fit different bottle sizes. This one shown is a small size that fits a 1 or 2 oz glass bottle. Then use either plain water or a beautiful Aromatic Hydrosol as the base you add essential oils to.
In a 1oz Spritzer Bottle combine:
Use plain water or an Aromatic Hydrosol such as Spruce, Pine, or another type of Tree as the carrier base.
Blend #2: 4d May Chang or Lemon Tea Tree
Blend #3: 3d Palo Santo
3d White Sage
3d Douglas Fir
I hope this gets your creative juices flowing. Have fun & smell wonderful this holiday season! ~Cynthia McMullen, Essential Oil Instructor Alaska Institute of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture & Massage Therapy
You can study at our school in Alaska from anywhere in the world! We have a fabulous series of Online Essential Oil Courses - you can even get certified through us.
Some of my favorite RESOURCES:
White Sage Landing - beautiful organic essential oils - the ones I use - and a small variety of hydrosols. Use code CMCM when ordering.
SKS Bottles - huge variety of bottles and jars, spritz tops, droppers, in bulk quantity only.
Mountain Rose Herbs - smaller quantities of bottles and jars, spritz tops, droppers, essential oils and hydrosols. Also a nice selection of salt scrub supplies.
Oshadhi - I love their organic hydrosols, huge selection!
Natural Therapies for Anxiety
Natural Therapies for Anxiety Acupuncture & Herbs
Meditation – QiGong – Tai Chi
See video at the end - ANXIETY: Frankincense & Energy Work
Approximately 38 million Americans suffer with chronic anxiety or depression with one out of eight adults currently taking antidepressant medications for these symptoms. While these medications can offer support and benefit on certain occasions, there are many people that do not respond well to this form of treatment. What happens when you need to try something else?
Natural therapies can offer tremendously helpful support in healing the root causes of this epidemic. This approach is much more comprehensive and much less invasive to the brain than using SSRI medications. Oriental medicine looks at the whole mind-body-spirit, and treats on all 3 levels.
Practiced for over 2,500 years, acupuncture is a branch of Chinese medicine that treats the energetic level of the human body/mind. Did you know acupuncture is usually a profoundly relaxing experience that establishes a deep quality of restoration and balance to the central nervous system? Many people report a pleasant feeling of an altered mind state, floaty, dreamy, or sleepy after treatment. This feeling tends to stick around for a few hours after the treatment and becomes a more continuous experience with repetitive treatment.
Acupuncture works by balancing the flow of Qi, or internal life force, in the body. Energetically, anxiety is considered a byproduct of weakened Qi in the heart or kidneys. Other symptoms such as low back pain, heart palpitations, insomnia, irritability, or nightmares commonly accompany the anxiety and are naturally included as part of the treatment.
Chinese & Western Herbs
There are a number of Chinese herbal formulas that can work wonders for anxiety disorders. Here is a brief list of formulas an acupuncturist may use to treat anxiety followed by several common Western herbs that can be easily found at your local health food store:
Peaceful (or Calm) Spirit
Salvia and Amber
Heavenly Emperor's classic formula
Free and Easy Wanderer – one of our favorites!
Suan Zao Ren Tang
Many people have found Massage Therapy to have a wonderful effect in relaxing the body-mind and re-integrating a sense of peace and calm into the nervous system. Regular massage, which we suggest either once a week or every other week for about one season, trains our body to attain and maintain a strongly serene state. It can become much easier to avoid or release the feelings that anxiety brings on.
Many people find light touch/no touch energy healing helps them to reach a mind state that is so relaxed it becomes a mentally transformative experience. In this altered state, it can feel like floating, energetic sensations throughout the body or in focused areas, and simultaneously being in a deep sleep while being aware of not being asleep. Medical QiGong Energy Healing uses the same energy pathways as acupuncture, and externally re-balances energy (Qi) flow to assist in healing symptoms. The therapist helps the energy of your heart and kidneys communicate harmoniously again so that deep healing can occur.
Meditation – QiGong – Tai Chi
Many people find meditation, qigong, and tai chi to be their most powerful allies in healing anxiety. With regular practice of various breathing techniques and tai chi postures, people often feel that they have much more control over their anxiety and that it need not run their life anymore. These practices can be direct gateways to the rest and restore mode of the nervous system. On a deeper level, they can help us forge a spiritual connection with our lives that instills an unshakable sense of trust and safety in the workings of the universe.
From a holistic perspective, our symptoms are never random. There is always a reason why they creep up. In the case of anxiety, it is helpful to disengage from our personal feelings about it and look at the bigger picture. What is the anxiety telling us about ourselves and where we are at in life? Is it a warning sign that something is amiss and needs to be acknowledged or changed? In any regard, the practices mentioned here can offer a profound level of support in getting to the root of the problem and inducing a gentle course in a new direction of calmness and insight.
Natural Therapies for Insomnia
Natural Therapies for Insomnia Acupuncture & Herbs
Meditation / QiGong Essential Oils & Ear Reflexology
To learn more about studying Massage That Heals so you can do this type of treatment, click here.
Sleep disorders plague millions of Americans and can be attributed to a variety of causes. Perhaps the main cause of insomnia and restless sleep is the whirlwind pace that most modern people live with day in and day out. Our society emphasizes ‘doing’ much more than ‘being’.
From the perspective of acupuncture, the yin aspect of life is quite depleted for the average modern American. [
In case you have never heard of yin and yang, these are the polar forces that are reflected in everything in the natural world. Yin is related to stillness, tranquility, and contemplation. Yang is related to movement, accomplishment, and function. We need yin and yang to be in balance within ourselves in order to experience true health and wellbeing.
When we are yin deficient, we easily become restless, irritable, and excessively busy. Our ability to rest and restore is compromised, as we never seem to get a break from the constant activity in our minds and our lives.
This is one of the main dilemmas that we face in terms of experiencing deep states of continuous sleep. We have forgotten how to turn our minds off due to the frantic speed of everything around us and we have become yin deficient.
The common word is stress, but there is a lot more to this picture than is implied. Another way to look at this is that the sympathetic nervous system is on overdrive. We are stuck in fight or flight mode, as we are trying to keep up with our hectic schedules and myriad responsibilities. We have excessive amounts of cortisol and adrenaline in our systems, which keep us feeling amped up and unable to rest.
With the pattern of yin deficiency and a hyperactive sympathetic nervous system, we often feel too warm, excessively thirsty, dried out, and anxious. This pattern is extremely common in menopausal women. Due to the fact that we are in fight or flight, we sometimes can’t tell if we are tired. We often feel wired or manic. Yet other times a deep-seated exhaustion is felt that penetrates into our bones.
There are many other factors that contribute to insomnia, but this is the primary issue that many people are facing. Other potential inputs are nutritional imbalances, suppressed emotions, relationship troubles, hormonal imbalances, and energetic imbalances.
Let’s take a look at a few of the top natural treatment options for insomnia:
1) Acupuncture: All of the major organs of the body are related to specific kinds of insomnia. For instance, there is a liver/gall bladder insomnia in which one is kept awake strategizing, planning and scheduling their lives at night. This person often can’t turn their minds off unless they read or watch TV before bed. Likewise, there are kidney, heart, lung and spleen forms of insomnia that all have specific manifestations. Acupuncture is an excellent treatment option for insomnia, regardless of its etiology.
For chronic insomnia, we generally recommend receiving acupuncture once a week for 4-6 weeks, then we can assess for progress. Acupuncture helps to restore balance to the central nervous system and harmonize Qi, the functional energy that underlies our general state of health. Qi can either become stagnant, meaning that too much energy is locked up in a certain area or organ, or it can become deficient, meaning that there is not enough energy in an area or organ. Either pattern can cause insomnia and both are treatable with acupuncture.
2) Herbs: There are many Chinese and Western herbs that can be very helpful for insomnia. Chinese herbs are typically used in combination to create formulas that treat specific patterns of disharmony. Western herbs are frequently used on their own. The great thing about herbs is that they don’t cause the drowsiness and disorientation that many of the Western sedative drugs do.
Here is a great list, and our Acupuncturist can help you make an appropriate selection.
·Valerian: Has mild sedative properties that help to relax the nervous system and calm the mind.
·Chamomile: Has a mild tranquilizing and calming effect that soothes all major systems of the body.
·Kava: A highly prized medicinal that is used to alleviate anxiety and induce deeper sleeping patterns. Kava is contraindicated for those with Liver disease.
·Gui pi tang: A Chinese formula that nourishes the heart and spleen, for insomnia with low energy, nightmares, anxiety, depression, and possibly night sweats.
·Tian wan bu xin dan: A Chinese formula that balances the relationship between the heart and kidneys, for symptoms such as insomnia, low back pain, anxiety, feeling of heat, thirst, and night sweats.
·Suan zao ren tang: A Chinese formula that nourishes the heart and liver, for insomnia irritability.
·An mian pian: A Chinese formula translated as peaceful sleep, for insomnia due to heart blood deficiency.
3) Massage Therapy: This is the ultimate way of teaching our body how to go into a deeply relaxed state. Through massage, our muscles relax, circulation flows smoothly, and our mind quiets. For insomnia, we recommend getting a massage once per week for 5-8 weeks to start making full relaxation a welcome change. We like to reassess at this point to see if continued weekly massage is still needed, or changing the frequency to a massage every 2-4 weeks would be of better benefit. The goal is to re-train the body to attain and maintain a state of pure relaxation and great sleep on its own.
4) Energy Healing: Many people find light touch/no touch energy healing helps them to reach a mind state that is so relaxed it becomes a mentally transformed experience. In this altered state, it can feel like floating, energetic sensations throughout the body or in focused areas, and simultaneously being in a deep sleep while being aware of not being asleep. Medical QiGong Energy Healing uses the same energy pathways as acupuncture, and externally re-balances energy (Qi) flow to assist in healing symptoms.
5) Meditation and QiGong: Meditation – either still or gently moving like QiGong, is a deeply restorative practice and can replicate many of the benefits of sleep. In fact, meditation is often considered to be even more beneficial because it can lead to a state of non-thought, which is said by many spiritual traditions to be the deepest state of relaxation and healing possible for human beings. In sleep, our minds are still processing and dreaming. Spend 15 minutes before bed meditating and it will quite likely allow you to fall asleep faster and to sleep more peacefully. Not sure how to do this? We can teach you, and there are many excellent guided meditations.
6) See our YouTube video on Essential Oil and Ear Reflexology for Insomnia. Click the image to access the video.
To learn more about studying Massage That Heals so you can do this type of treatment, click here.
What Does Energy Healing Feel Like
Many people are drawn to Energy Healing and have a gnawing curiosity about it. If you find yourself in this position, read on and enjoy.
Energy Healing is mysterious, powerful, and deeply personal. There are many sensations, thoughts, emotions, memories, visualizations, and more that are experienced by both the giver and the receiver. Sometimes these are almost difficult to describe because they can be so unusual to what we recognize as normal, so it is strange to put words to what we feel.
We have found the strong majority of people describe these experiences as physically pleasant and deeply relaxing. At the same time, profound emotional shifts can occur that seem to directly precipitate internal healing that happens on many levels – including physical symptoms.
The following short case studies are real experiences noted by students in the Medical QiGong Energy Healing Class, and also participants in several of the special Energy Healing Clinics we have offered.
We hope these leave you with a sense of wonder, excitement, and possibility. Magical moments exist in our lives and we don’t have to explain them to benefit from them.
#1: Energy Healing Clinic Reports From Giver and Receiver
During one of our Medical QiGong energy healing clinics, I worked alone on a recipient while Cynthia (the instructor) guided us through the Medical QiGong healing pattern.
The person had his eyes closed and seemed relaxed while lying on the table. Partway through the pattern, he suddenly opened his eyes and looked around. Then he relaxed again and kept his eyes closed for the rest of the treatment.
I felt a good connection in my hands with his energy and also warmth in my hands while working on him.
When we were done and Cynthia asked the recipients for feedback, he was very excited and said that he felt something like out-of-body sensations several times during the treatment. He said that he opened his eyes once because he felt as if he was falling off the table, but he realized that his body hadn’t moved at all. He could feel energy moving inside him throughout the treatment.
This was a very positive experience for him and also for me.
During a follow-up Medical QiGong clinic the next week, I teamed up with a classmate to again work on the same recipient. Cynthia guided us through the energy healing pattern again.
The recipient’s energy field felt even stronger to me this time as we went through the healing pattern. About halfway through, he suddenly whispered, with excitement, “I’m floating!” I whispered back, “Enjoy it!”
My healing partner used the pendulum above his chakras during the treatment, and the pendulum spun very fast in big circles over each chakra.
Near the end of the healing pattern, when Cynthia instructed us to “Pump the Energy” over each of the three Dan Tians, I had trouble pumping down into his energy field with my hands because it had expanded so much. It was pushing back strongly against my hands as I tried to push down.
At the end, the recipient was again very excited about the treatment and reported that he felt as if he was floating above the table while we worked on him.
This was another very positive experience for both the recipient and for the two of us who did the energy healing treatment.
#2: Energy Healing Treatment Following a Heart Attack
While visiting a family member out of state 2 years ago, I had the opportunity to perform a Medical QiGong energy healing pattern we had practiced in class on a middle-aged family friend who had recently experienced a heart attack. He was out of the hospital at that point and was working on life changes to strengthen his heart and his overall health.
The recipient was very open-minded about trying the treatment, which involved the use of crystals in conjunction with the Medical QiGong hand movements. He was familiar with concepts of Medical QiGong energy healing but had never experienced energy healing before.
He appeared to be very relaxed and kept his eyes closed during the treatment, which took about half an hour. When it was over, he reported that he felt calmer, more peaceful, and more relaxed and said that it was a positive experience.
He expressed interest in learning how to do the basic QiGong meditation that the energy healing pattern was based on, so he could continue to work with that at home. I demonstrated how to do the hand movements and also followed up later by emailing him some written instructions.
A month later, he emailed me to report that he was feeling very good and that he was doing the meditation every night before heading to bed. He shared the following: “The meditation helps me purge the daily grind and focus on centering positive thoughts and resting. The follow-up doctor visits confirm my self-diagnosis.”
The great news is that he is continuing to do well two years after the heart attack.
#3: Distance Energy Healing from 4,000 Miles Away
In 2009, I called the assisted-living home where my mom was living (4,000 miles away from Alaska) and asked to speak with her. The director of the home took the phone to my mom and immediately realized that something was wrong with her and that she was experiencing some kind of serious health crisis.
They called an ambulance, and my mom was rushed to the hospital. The director followed the ambulance to the hospital and, once there, reported to me that it didn’t look good and that my mom was fading fast. The doctors didn’t know what was wrong with her, but she was just fading away, as if going into a coma type of state. Her organs were fine, but she was dying.
I had a very strong bond with my mom, and I was not going to just give up on her so easily. I knew that distance energy healing could be very powerful, and I had experimented with it off and on over the years.
I grabbed two very large natural (uncut) crystals, held them against my chest (Heart Center), and began focusing my attention fully on my mom while repeating healing mantras silently in my head, asking the Universe to heal my mom with love and light in that moment and thanking the Universe for healing my mom.
My focus was so clear and so intense. There was nothing else in that moment except my mom and me and my love for her and my appreciation for those in Spirit who were channeling love and healing energy to my mom.
I could feel in my heart that I had made a genuine connection. I had a sense of peace as if everything was going to be okay, and I went to bed.
The next morning, I called my dad to see how my mom was doing. He was in my mom’s hospital room with my brother and my sister-in-law. Dad said that Mom was dying. The doctors thought that she would pass at any time. My heart sank. We began to talk about making funeral arrangements.
All at once, I heard my sister-in-law exclaiming, “She opened her eyes! She’s smiling at me!”
My mom had awakened and was smiling at my family members who were there with her. She was very weak, and she required some special care after that, but she lived a good life for two more months. Those two months gave me the opportunity to fly down and spend several wonderful days with her.
When she did pass away two months after she had nearly died, she left in exactly the same way, just fading out of her body—very peacefully, I think.
I can’t say with certainty that the distance energy healing work that I did for my mom helped extend her life, but I believe that it played a part in her recovery, as did, I’m sure, all of the prayers and good wishes that she received from other loved ones.
#4: Receiving a Distant Energy Healing
I had arranged to receive some distant energy healing, and we had agreed on the day and time it would happen. These are the notes I made immediately after the experience.
I set a timer to go off at 3:35pm, then laid down a few minutes before 3:00 and started to breathe/meditate and I intended to allow the energetic connection.
Several minutes into it all, I saw (in my mind) an eye. It saw me and the pupil became a whirlpool that sucked in everything around me, then stopped. For the next few minutes I felt tingling movement, slight pressure going up and down my body. I had a light spasm in my right lower leg.
At some point - I would guess 8-10 minutes, my teeth started to spontaneously move like shivering, only there was no tension or sensation of being cold at all. I just allowed it, and this came and went in rushes for maybe 2-3 minutes.
After this, I felt a variety of energetic pressure type sensations. At one point it was very clearly underneath me, then changed to where I could clearly feel over me, on my left side, then right side, at my head.
I "saw" eyes several times. A man that looked like Jesus (I'm kind of laughing here because I don't follow any Christian religion) looked at me and as his eyes came closer he was looking directly into my right eye and I had intense energy sensations there for a while.
My teeth shook again, just briefly.
I felt more energetic pressure sensations moving up and down my overall body. At a certain point the sensations became very vibrational, like my entire body was floating and vibrating at a very fast rate.
Then it all stopped and I only felt myself, very quiet and peaceful, altered mind state was gone and I knew it just ended. After a moment I picked up the timer and I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was 3:33.
It was a wonderful experience!
#5: Practicing Energy Healing at Home
My husband has been a wonderfully cooperative and appreciative recipient of my energy healing treatments for quite some time.
We have recently been working on two specific areas of concern. The first is his difficulty maintaining restful sleep, and the second is pain and soreness in his legs which occurs when he stands still for a sustained period of time.
I like to do a little qigong with him before we begin. I often use crystals and a lovely essential oil spritz to complement each treatment.
I applied a lavender/sage essential oil blend in a carrier oil to his wrists and ankles, as suggested by Cynthia in her Essential Oils Insomnia video. With relaxing music and dim lights, I administered the energy pattern we practiced most recently in class.
Extending my arms above his reclining body and lowering my hands until I felt a shift in energy, I began the treatment using my hands moving above his body to strengthen and facilitate movement of qi.
I could feel the qi become fuller as I worked. His breathing became slower and deeper as his body relaxed. He fell asleep.
The incidence of broken sleep has lessened following treatments and it is easier for him to fall back asleep once awakened. The pain in his legs, although still present, has become less limiting.
I think energy work is somewhat of a “two-fer”. Not only does the recipient benefit from the experience, but as the practitioner, I come away from each experience with renewed energy and feeling absolutely wonderful!
#6: Playing Around in Energy Healing Opens to Other Experiences
Several years ago I was working on an automobile. In the 70's and 80's once retired you often bought a Lincoln or Cadillac car.
A woman brought in a Lincoln car that just would not run right. Sometimes it would be fine but many times it was unreliable. She had taken it to many different shops and spent quite a bit of money trying to fix it. The car ended up in my shop.
I was doing all of the usual tests when I noticed what I can only call an odd energy about the car. I glanced up about the same time the car started running really bad.
There in the back seat was her deceased husband. Not for real, but in the spiritual realm. I had to convince him to make his journey. It took about an hour or so but he finally left.
The car ran great after this. I couldn't explain to the owner what I did and I didn't charge her anything. She was ecstatic! She had spent a lot of money on the car with no results. I told her I didn't know what it was or how it got fixed.
#7: How I Feel Receiving Energy Healing
On receiving energy healing, most times I feel warmth or tingly sensations in my fingers or hands. Sometimes my body will twitch or spontaneously move.
The last time I was on the table on 8/21/16, I felt very strong sensation from my head to my waist, also down my arms. It was the most intense feeling I ever had – in a very good way. I had to slowly rise from the table and sit for a few minutes to recover from that experience. It left me feeling great!
#8: My Experience Learning Medical QiGong
My experience with Medical QiGong has been incredible. In January 2015 I had very little knowledge of Qi Gong. I knew it had something to do with vibration which equaled sound, right? I’ve discovered through my journey that sound is the ice cube on the iceberg.
My health was in bad shape. I was sleeping when I was not working and I was beginning to have migraines every week. After going to a doctor that told me chronic fatigue syndrome was in my head I decided it was time to look into alternative medicine.
In February 2015 I began to get massage and medical qigong energy healing. My life began to transform. Slowly I was sleeping a little less each week, gaining energy and looking forward to what each day would bring. Now 20 months after starting my journey with medical qigong I have more energy and motivation than I have had in the last 15 years.
We are energetic beings. By encouraging my own energy to flow and with Cynthia’s help my health is better at 50 than it was at 35. The healing has touched me through my emotions and physical status. I have gone from working a desk job and sleeping to becoming a Massage Therapist with time and energy for other activities.
I am still working on the healing process. With the support of a therapist, Cynthia, at Oriental Healing Arts and the support and compassion of the whole staff I am healing and growing in the most wonderful ways.
GALLSTONES Essential Oils QiGong and More
DISCLAIMER: Natural methods work best to prevent or lessen the degree and occurrence of gall stones in someone who may be prone to them. This information is not intended to replace proper medical attention for someone experiencing acute symptoms related to gall stones. If you are in severe pain that lasts more than a few hours and feel like you should be calling your doctor – please do! If the doctor determines it is an emergency and wants to remove your gall bladder this may be the best course of action under the circumstances. If the doctor stabilizes your pain and sends you home, it should be safe to use natural methods as a form of future prevention.
Gall Bladder Flush: (Source, Healing With Whole Foods, by Paul Pitchford)
There is quite a bit of internet controversy over this gall bladder flush concerning the “pea-like poop pellets” that come out in the morning. Are they the gall stones or a formation of the oil and lemon juice? This point should not negate the positive results so many experience.
Regardless of this controversy, I have seen this flush work extremely well in numerous people in the clinical setting, and I stand by it. When you understand the relationship of the 5-Element Energy of the food to what it does in the body, it makes sense, and it is gentle enough that it won’t hurt someone to try it. And if you try it and it doesn’t work – no harm done.
CAUTION: If you have an actual blocked or infected bile duct, your stool is very light or white in color, or your skin and eyes are yellow with jaundice, seek medical attention and do not do this flush.
Supplies you will need:
Organic tart green apples – get as many as you think you might like to eat all day 1-3 Organic lemons, squeezed to make ½ cup fresh lemon juice ¼ cup Olive oil
For one day, eat only tart green apples – as many as you want. Drink only water and plain herbal tea if desired.
At night before going to bed, mix together the fresh lemon juice and olive oil. Drink it down quickly. This is the hardest part, but you can do it.
Go to sleep on your right side with your leg pulled up to squeeze your abdomen on that side.
That’s it. When you wake up in the morning your bowels should move and the infamous “pellets” will be expelled. Most people report feeling nicely cleaned out, healthier, and more vibrant at this point.
How often to do this?
For most people, once is enough to start. Rarely I have seen someone repeat the flush about 3-5 days later because they felt the need to. After this as long as you make other healthy lifestyle changes doing the flush every Spring is a great idea, or use it only as needed.
Energy of the Flush:
The Liver and Gall Bladder belong to the Wood Element. The flavor associated with Wood is sour and the color is green.
The tart green apples have a natural affinity to Wood because of their color and flavor. In addition, the pectin in the apples helps to soften accumulations – like stones.
Once the pectin has softened the accumulations, the sour lemon juice has a constricting action, while the olive oil will cause bile to flush out in order to emulsify it for digestion. This squeeze/release action is the Flush.
The olive oil also acts like a lubricant in the intestines so that they can empty more efficiently – good news for the Liver, and as a way to expel the toxins released by flushing the liver.
Variation: If you feel like this is too much, there is a great 28-day variation outlined in the Healing With Whole Foods book.
Additional Supplements: For anyone who has their gall bladder removed, or in the case of being prone to gall stone issues, I recommend considering a supplement of Milk Thistle. This herb has a long and safe history of use in supporting liver health. However, it is known to interact with a variety of medications including birth control, anti-psychotics, some allergy pills, some seizure medications, and more. If you are taking any other herbs or prescribed medications be sure to consult with a qualified health care practitioner prior to taking this supplement.
Essential Oil Compress: (see the video overview)
Make an essential oil blend to apply topically over the liver area (right side of the rib cage, under the ribs). This blend helps to clear damp heat and invigorate blood. The oils used have known benefits to the liver and gall bladder.
1 oz Carrier Oil – I suggest 20% Cucumber Seed Botanical Oil* if available, to 80% plain carrier oil such as coconut, jojoba, sweet almond, apricot, or olive.