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Due to time constraints Mother Gaia's News will be sent out once a month from now on. We expect to publish the new monthly newsletter on the first Sunday of every month. This will help reduce the emails you receive from us as well.

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We hope you have a wonderful day!

Jennifer Lawson, aka Mother Gaia

Owner & Creator of MotherGaias.com

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Ginger Root

Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale) By Photograph: Frank C. Müller, Baden-Baden - Self-photographed, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4129876 Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root or simply ginger, is widely used as a spice or a folk medicine. It is a herbaceous perennial which grows annual pseudostems (false stems made of the rolled bases of leaves) about a …

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Why We Can’t Avoid GMOs

Why We Can’t Avoid Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2015/08/12/gmos-from-ancient-history-to-the-future/ Whether we like it or not, we cannot avoid genetically modified foods. We have been eating them for centuries. From the first selectively bred herbs and grasses for medicines and foods thousands of years ago or the corn crops we have enhanced since Egyptian times, genetically modified foods are unavoidable. Look …

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Lupine Trail in Crested Butte. Photograph by ©TrailSource.com

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Tip of the Month

8 Tips for a Healthy, Active Spring By Stephanie Burke

https://www.spine-health.com/blog/8-tips-healthy-active-spring

Use heat therapy to soothe muscles before and after exercise

Most people know that a heating pad or warm bath after a workout or slight injury can make a significant difference in terms of pain reduction and comfort. What is not so well known is that heat can play a preventative role, too.

• Applying heat before a workout session can minimize muscle strain. A study compared pain felt by exercisers who applied a heat wrap to their lower back before their workout session with those who did not. That treatment group rated their post-exercise pain as about 50% less intense as the group that only did stretching. Using commercial heat wrap products available in drugstores may be able to keep you comfortable and get you back to action sooner.

See How to Apply Heat Therapy

• Heat therapy calms muscles and prevents cramping. After a workout, muscles and joints are potentially dehydrated and, because they are attenuated (weakened), not as stable as when they have been resting. Applying a heating pad or wrap for 10 minutes or so while seated or lying down after a workout session or strenuous activity like spring cleaning can help muscles calm down and return to their normal state without seizing up.

See Heat Wrap Therapy Can Reduce Post-Exercise Low Back Pain

Stretch to release stiff joints and prevent injury

Whether it's golf, tennis, gardening, or just walking, stretching is one way to keep you in action longer. Similar to heat therapy, a stretching session of five minutes both before and after physical activity can pay big dividends by keeping you healthy and preserving your motivation to stay active.

• Focus on the big muscles first. The quadriceps and hamstrings in your thighs are generally the largest muscles of the body and deserve special attention. That means stretching the back, front, and inner and outer thigh. It may seem a bit much, but you can't really move without them so it's worth the effort, particularly because they play a key supporting role for your back.

• Stretch the whole body. One approach to stretching is to concentrate on these muscles first, and then work up through the back, arms, and neck, and then down through the calf and ankle.

See Stretching for Back Pain Relief

See Hamstring Stretches for a guide to treating this muscle well, and Sports Injuries and Back Pain for additional stretching tips.

Don't shortchange your sleep

It can be difficult to adjust to the longer days of springtime, particularly with abrupt daylight savings adjustments. Sleep deprivation and insomnia are major causes of on-the-job injury, as well as other health problems since a tired body is a weakened body. How can you get the shut-eye you need?

• Have a sleep routine. Your body responds to routine on both conscious and unconscious levels. Going to bed at the same time, for instance, and only using the bedroom at nighttime can help switch your mindset into 'sleep mode'.

See Practicing Good Sleep Hygiene

• Make food and drink work for, not against, sleep. Sometimes it seems like there is a coffee shop on every corner. Caffeine has even been injected into bottled water. Moderation is the key, and most doctors recommend eliminating caffeinated drinks after lunch, assuming you turn in around 10 p.m. Java in the morning is OK. Have coffee in the evening and you may be in for a long night of counting sheep.

For more on sleep, consider these 11 Unconventional Sleep Tips.

Move away from your desk, couch, car or gardening stool

It's all too easy to focus on a task only to look up and realize that you have been in essentially the same position for two hours. Your neck, your back, your arms—they all ache. Sitting too long in one position slows down blood flow to both appendages and your brain, so move them—because they are designed to move.

• Set a reminder to move every 20 to 30 minutes. Use your cell phone or watch to set an alarm. That will be your signal to get up and walk around the house or office, or fold a load of laundry, or take out the trash. It doesn't matter what you do, really, only that you change position and use the major limbs in a different way.

See Ergonomics of the Office and Workplace: An Overview

• Do stretches at your table or in your cube. Maybe you don't have the luxury of taking a little walk. No matter. Simply standing up and reaching your hands over your head and then trying to touch your toes may be enough to activate the blood flow.

Learn more:

Easy Exercise Program for Low Back Pain Relief

Office Chair Advice

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Recipe of the Week

https://www.cleaneatingmag.com/recipes/paleo

Spring Roll Chicken Salad

Ingredients

Dressing

1 tbsp raw almond butter
1 tbsp coconut aminos 
1 tbsp fresh lime juice + additional to taste 
1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar + additional to taste 
1/4 tsp toasted sesame oil
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes 

Salad

1/2 tbsp avocado oil
4 1.5-oz chicken breast tenders 
½ tsp ground black pepper
Pinch sea salt 
1 English cucumber, spiralized 
1 carrot, spiralized or peeled into ribbons 
1 green onion, thinly sliced 
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint 
1 tbsp hemp hearts 

Preparation

1. Prepare dressing: Add all dressing ingredients to a small jar; seal and shake vigorously until smooth. Taste and adjust to desired thickness using additional lime juice or vinegar.

2. Prepare salad: In a nonstick skillet on medium-high, heat avocado oil. Add chicken and season with pepper and salt. Cook 6 to 8 minutes, turning once, until golden and cooked through. Transfer to a plate.

3. In a large bowl, toss together cucumber and carrot. Add onion, cilantro and mint. Pour dressing over everything and toss to coat. Sprinkle with hemp hearts and top with chicken. (NOTE: Store leftover salad and dressing separately; toss before eating.)

Nutrition Information

• Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe

• Calories: 261

• Carbohydrate Content: 12 g

• Cholesterol Content: 62 mg

• Fat Content: 13 g

• Fiber Content: 4 g

• Protein Content: 25 g

• Saturated Fat Content: 2 g

• Sodium Content: 257 mg

• Sugar Content: 5 g

• Monounsaturated Fat Content: 6 g

• Polyunsaturated Fat Content: 4 g

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Geranium

Geranium, Red (Rose) flower & oil (Pelargonium graveolens) Pelargonium graveolens, Rose Geranium, is an uncommon Pelargonium species native to the Cape Provinces and the Northern Provinces of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It is in the subgenus Pelargonium along with Pelargonium crispum, Pelargonium tomentosum and Pelargonium capitatum. There are many cultivars of P. graveolens and they have a wide variety …

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Frankincense

Frankincense Resin & Oil  (Boswellia carterii, serrata, & sacra) Frankincense is an aromatic resin used in incense and perfumes, obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia in the family Burseraceae, particularly Boswellia sacra (syn: B. bhaw-dajiana), B. carterii, B. frereana, B. serrata (B. thurifera, Indian frankincense), and B. papyrifera. The English word is derived from Old French "franc encens" (i.e., high …

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Why are Liquid Extracts better than Dried Supplements?

Shop now at MotherGaias.com Forms of Herbal Supplements The tea is where you steep a small quantity of dried herbs in boiled water for 10 to 30 minutes, then strain and drink. The infusion is where you steep a larger quantity of herbs in boiled water for several hours to overnight, then strain and drink. Obviously, the infusion is more …

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Product of the Month

Mother Gaia's Allergy Tea

Nettles Leaf & Red Clover Flower & Herb

Have seasonal allergies?

This wonderful tea can help reduce or eliminate your allergic reactions and the corresponding symptoms. This dark green tea provides quercitin which is used by the body to prevent histamine and other inflammatory immune response molecules from being released in the body. This alleviates the allergic response you feel when inhaling irritants and allergens.

Steep for 15 minutes in boiled water and simply enjoy with or without honey or lemon up to three times a day with no side effects.

Effective without chemicals!

Find yours here.

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Upcoming Events & Classes

Please see Mother Gaia's Events Calendar for more information.

 

Aroma Craft with Mother Gaia

Sunday May 6th, 2018 from Noon to 4pm.

Learn about essential oils and blend your own natural products to take home. $20 per person for four products. Additional products are available for purchase. Held in Cheyenne, WY. Send Mother Gaia an email for more information.

 

Wellness Education

Classes held at the Eaton Senior Community, main floor community room, the first Saturday of each month @ 1:30pm

323 S Eaton St in Lakewood, CO 80226 (open to the public)

What do you get to learn about?

• Ten dimensions health and wellness

• Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness 

• Understanding your body.

• Alternative Medicine — other than surgery and medications

• Ways to improve your health without spending money.

• Cheap and easy remedies to use at home.

• Simple, gentle exercise to improve function.

• Free gifts and handouts for attending.

 

Dancing Gaia: The Nature of Movement & Meditation

We’ll begin class with deep breathing, energy building, and gentle stretching warm-ups. Class continues with a unique blend of Tai Chi, Yoga, Qigong, and Tae Kwon Do style movements. Then we finish each class with a cool down and seated hand posture practice. These classes are for anyone that wants to get fit without hurting themselves. 

Dancing Gaia offers seated versions for those who are less capable.

Want Dancing Gaia in your community? Send Mother Gaia an email here.

 

Group Classes Mother Gaia Brings to You

How about an unusual birthday party for that open minded teen, loved one, or friend that has everything? Or just a fun way to learn and experience the benefits of natural healing with friends and/or family? Mother Gaia brings all the supplies and information needed for a great educational experience.

Combine classes for a more complete experience and save $10 per person. Host a class and get your first complete set for free! Send Mother Gaia an email and we can schedule it on your time in your space. Mother Gaia is fully insured for your protection, references can be provided upon request.

Aromacraft  

Learn about and experience essential oils and all of their wonderful benefits, create up to seven (7) of your own products to take home including a ZERO water based spray, moisturizing lotion, aroma body/bath oil, natural skin toner, deeply cleansing mudd mask, strengthening tooth powder, and nourishing mineral milk bath. 

Herbalcraft 

Learn about and experience herbal remedies, their amazing benefits and simple uses, and blend up to six (6) products including an herbal tea, naturally scented herbal sachet, moisturizing herbal infused mineral milk bath, infused body/bath oil, cleansing mudd mask, and strengthening and antibacterial tooth powder.

 ***Every participant receives a handout booklet packed full of useful information.***

Looking to try out a class? Mother Gaia offers many great classes here.

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