Maryellen LaBelle

Qigong • Yoga • Reiki • Thai Foot Reflexology

My Dog Eats Better Than I Do

With each passing day, month, year I realize that to progress, my eating habits need to change! Logically, I know this and really want to shift to a new way of eating BUT it’s not that easy.  Food is medicine and I get that.

As I watch my self-sabotage and shake my head I notice that for my precious Scarlett I am fixated on providing the best nutrients possible. Researching, testing what works well for her and our traveling way of life, she is getting the best of the best.  My goal is for her to stay healthy, have a bounce in her step and live a long life.

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Science Proves Meridians Exist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ancient traditional Chinese medicine utilizes meridians in the five branches which include acupuncture, acupressure, qigong, massage and nutrition.  Click on this article for details on the scientific proof.

Music is Healing

Chronic Fatique Got You Down? Qigong . . .

 

 

Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice designed to balance your energy, invigorate you while at the same time allowing you to be calm.  Statistics showed that there was a reduction in fatigue scores of 39%. See study.

The gentle, slow movements with focus on breath is gaining popularity. Qigong may be done by anyone, at any age and fitness level and you need no equipment.  Find a class or training near you and be amazed at how quickly you can let go of stress and feel peace.

A Guide To Winter

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) it is believed that our body rhythm follows our seasons throughout the year.

To balance and support our body remember to:

  • Go to bed early and get lots of rest.
  • Listen clearly and observe your interactions during this time of hibernation and stillness.  As we spend time in quiet and peace, notice how grounding and nourishing this is to our spirit.
  • Get moving with gentle exercises.  Our internal water is susceptible to becoming cold and stagnant.
  • Eat lots of warm soups, salty flavors and stews.
  • Stay warm by covering neck and also cover legs and feet to nurture your kidney qi.  An ancient practice to use before bed is to soak your feet in hot water and then jump into bed for a great nights’ sleep.

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True Believer in Essential Oils – That’s Me

My recent and ongoing studies with essential oils has made me a true believer in their benefits and impact on how they support us in so many ways (the long lost medicine/healer in me has been activated).  Utilizing Michelle Meramour’s Body Feedback System  has upgraded my energy work to a new level.  Clients love the process and provide feedback by confirming results real-time.  

Since ancient times, herbs and plants were known to have healing properties.  We lost touch with this knowledge overtime, but essential oils are now jumping back into popularity.  We see them everywhere from natural health, pet care to DIY projects and more.  The truth is that that these oils which come from nature support us in mind, body and spirit.

Essential oils are concentrated properties of flowers and plants and once picked, they go thru a distillation process to extracts oils from the flower, branch, leaves or roots. 

Components found in essential oils are terpenes, alcohols, esters, ketones, aldehydes, and phenols. These organic chemicals impact the smell. The antioxidant value in some essential oils alone is incredible. 

There are three types of terpenes (one of the major organic chemicals) contained in essential oils which are phenylpropanoids, monoterpenes, and sesquiterpenes. Phenylpropanoids cleans the receptor sites on cells, which in turn support a healthy body. For example phenylpropanoids are found in clove, basil and cinnamon.  Monoterpenes help break up mucus and act as a decongestant and are found in lots of  essential oils. Lastly, sesquiterpenes can cross the blood brain barrier increasing the oxygen in cells and may be found, fore example, in cedarwood, vetiver and patchouli. 

Essential oils can be used topically, diffused, or added to food.  Essential oils are very small and easily enter through the skin and when inhaling they disperse and get carried throughout the body. 

Using a few drops of essential oil on the soles of your feet is a great way to apply the essential oil (remembering that the oils enter through the skin and  travel through the body very quickly) and this location is perfect to test to see if you have a reaction to the oil.  Using a carrier oil (like coconut oil on the sole first) is a great base for the essential oil and many essential oils may need to be diluted.

Lastly, are all brands of essential oils equal?  The answer is no.   My “go to” for essential oils is Young Living.  Young Living is committed to establishing and maintaining the ultimate, industry-leading standard in essential oil products.  

What I learned pretty quickly is that my home was filled with toxic products which were easily replaced and some I created with fun, easy recipes.  One of my favorite ways to clear my home is with diffusers.  Depending on what’s happening at home guides me as to what essential oils to use.  Many times, friends and family come through the door and comment on how nice it smells and remember, a few drops goes a long way!

Tangerine Essential Oil: I think I have fallen in love . . .

 

Here are a few ways to incorporate tangerine essential oil into your day.  It is now one of my favorites!  For those on a path to incorporate natural ways to feel good, try these. For me, it’s easy to grab a drop and place behind my ear before I teach or turn on the diffuser and go about my day.  There are endless ways to integrate them and oh, by the way, I love to share them-everyone seems to appreciate their benefits.  Since the three primary ways to work with essential oils are  inhalation {you will gain their health benefits simply by breathing in their scents}, topical or ingestion, let’s explore these  categories:

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The Ritual of Smudging ~ Clear the Field

 

The ancient ritual of smudging is a tradition that goes back thousands of years.  Done by cultures throughout the world, this practice is very popular.  Since we know that energy is everywhere, not only in our bodies, but in our thoughts, the wind, our dreams, in trees, rocks, and the energy of other people, it’s important to also realize that we should smudge to clear our aura field, the space we work and live, our car, and clothes.

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