Mother Gaia’s Moisturizing Lotion

Mother Gaia’s Moisturizing Lotion has been reformulated to prevent the need for preservatives (prevent bacterial growth) during long-term storage. It is also a perfect carrier for essential oils that fully emulsifies them as well as assists in their transport through the skin. It is not your typical skin-blocking, petroleum-based lotion!

Through continued use of her own products Mother Gaia began to see that water as an ingredient in oil-based products without preservatives (natural or man-made) is unstable and a breeding ground for bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Even distilled and saline water are easy for fungi to use.

This interfered with Mother Gaia’s desire to provide “preservative-free” products. This is because all forms of preservatives, both natural and artificial, have unfavorable effects on the digestive tract and overall individual health. Including the microbiome in the gut and the direct connection to immune function. See the References for more information on this.

Therefore, Mother Gaia has chosen the following ingredients:

Beeswax – this is raw and unfiltered beeswax from Del Norte, Colorado (Haefeli’s Honey).

Learn more about Beeswax here.

Honey – this is raw and unfiltered honey from the same farms in Del Norte, Colorado

Learn more about Honey here.

Organic Coconut Oil – this is cold-pressed and unfiltered from organic farms using conscious and sustainable farming methods.

Learn more about Coconut Oil here.

Organic Sunflower Oil – this is cold-pressed organic sunflower oil from the seeds of organically grown American plants.

Learn more about Sunflower Oil here.

These ingredients are gently heated, melted together, and hand blended in small artisan style batches that will remain stable in cool, dark places, away from sunlight, for 6 months without preservatives. Therefore, they are made in small batches and the date is was made is written right on the label. You will always know you are getting a fresh, handmade product.

Order your Moisturizing Lotion here.

This is my 42 year old skin after using this lotion.

References:

  1. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171218090930.htm
  2. https://www.nature.com/news/food-preservatives-linked-to-obesity-and-gut-disease-1.16984
  3. https://newatlas.com/gut-bacteria-food-additives-preservatives/52661/
  4. https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/food-additives-alter-gut-microbes-cause-diseases-mice
  5. https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2017/11/20/preservatives-may-harm-good-human-bacteria/
  6. http://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2017/11/study-common-food-preservative-harms-good-gut-bacteria/
  7. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0186629
  8. https://www.prebiotin.com/the-problem-with-emulsifiers-part-2/
  9. http://www.thegoodgut.org/8-foods-toxins-that-harm-our-gut-bacteria/
  10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5646858/
  11. http://www.sicb.org/meetings/2017/schedule/abstractdetails.php?id=1744

 

 

Setting SMARTER Goals

We all have things we would like to change about ourselves or in our lives to help us feel better or be more successful and happier. We can achieve change if we set goals. As you can see SMARTER goal setting is an invaluable tool in setting and accomplishing your personal goals, no matter what they are. Here are some tips to assist in your goal setting:

Understand why you need to change – You will never commit to change if you feel making change is useless. Consider your Doctors recommendations or contemplate your satisfaction with your health or life in general. This can help you see why making a change in your life could be important.

Brainstorm all your options – Taking the time to look at, break down, and analyze your options opens your mind up to the process of goal setting. Making a list of all the changes you have thought of making can help you prioritize your goals and assist in planning.

State each goal as a positive statement – Expressing your goals positively assists in keeping a positive mindset and maintaining healthy motivation. Negative statements tend to reduce motivation and commitment.

Be precise – Set precise goals, putting in dates, times and amounts so that you can measure achievement. If you do this, you will know exactly when you have achieved the goal and can take complete satisfaction from having achieved it.

Set priorities – When you have several goals, give each a priority. This helps you to avoid feeling overwhelmed by having too many goals and helps to direct your attention to the most important ones. If you are having trouble picking a goal, start making a list of pros and cons for each goal in your list to help you set your priorities.

Write goals down – This crystallizes them and gives them more force. Keeping a goal journal where you can also record your progress, evaluations, and modifications will help in your planning,  motivation, commitment and success.

Keep operational goals small – Keep the low-level goals that you are working towards small and achievable. If a goal is too large, then it can seem that you are not making progress towards it. Keeping goals small and incremental gives more opportunities for reward. Small and cumulative steps are more achievable than large generalized steps.

Set performance goals, not outcome goals – You should take care to set goals over which you have as much control as possible. It can be quite dispiriting to fail to achieve a personal goal for reasons beyond your control! If you base your goals on personal performance, then you can keep control over the achievement of your goals and draw satisfaction from them.

Set realistic goals – It is important to set goals that you can achieve. All sorts of people (for example, employers, parents, media, or society) can set unrealistic goals for you. They will often do this in ignorance of your own desires and ambitions. It is also possible to set goals that are too difficult because you might not appreciate either the obstacles in the way or understand quite how much skill you need to develop to achieve a level of performance.

Set deadlines and stick with them – Deadlines differ on a person-to-person basis. Just as your ambitions need to be achievable, deadlines should allow adequate time to complete the task. Pressure to meet an objective in too little time can decrease your motivation and chance of success.

Anticipate barriers – Anything can happen that can disrupt your plan and interrupt your progress. Determining how you can deal with unexpected situations will help you be prepared when they arise. Even though you cannot plan for everything, being prepared for some events can increase your self-confidence and attribute to your continued success.

Use visual reminders – Keeping pictures, notes, or magazine clippings in places that will be seen throughout your daily routine can help remind you of why you chose to make a change and assist in your commitment and success. Creating a dream board with these items can help you concentrate on the purpose and improve the outcome.

Ask for help – Getting support and information from professionals, coaches, medical providers, etc., can assist in your achievement. This support team can help you be knowledgeable in abilities you have to start with and plan for obstacles that you may encounter.

Find cheerleaders – Enlisting the help of friends, coworkers, family members, etc., can help you stick to your plan, make you more accountable, help you avoid slips and overcome obstacles, and increase your success.

Celebrate your successes – Once you’ve successfully achieved a goal take time to enjoy the satisfaction. Give yourself time to absorb the implications of your success before you start another goal. Rewarding yourself appropriately helps build self-efficacy and self-confidence which are essential for continued success.

Keep going – After you have celebrated your success it is time to re-evaluate and create a new goal with a new plan. Never give up on being better, doing more, gaining success, learning more, and accomplishing more. Persistence is essential to life-long success.

Work sheets for self-help can be found in the DOCUMENTS page.

References:

  1. https://www.health.harvard.edu/mens-health/an-easier-way-to-set-and-achieve-health-goals
  2. https://www.mindtools.com/page6.html
  3. https://www.wanderlustworker.com/setting-s-m-a-r-t-e-r-goals-7-steps-to-achieving-any-goal/
  4. http://www.diabetesforecast.org/2012/dec/11-steps-to-setting-your-health-goals.html
  5. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/in-depth/weight-loss/art-20048224
  6. https://www.acefitness.org/education-and-resources/lifestyle/blog/6763/smart-goal-setting-guide
  7. https://www.acefitness.org/fitness-certifications/resource-center/exam-preparation-blog/3646/goal-setting-create-a-goal-the-smart-way
  8. https://www.acefitness.org/education-and-resources/professional/expert-articles/2715/gain-optimal-advantage-for-life-with-breakthrough-goal-setting

Understanding Yourself

https://www.wydale.org/events/2018/10/20/understanding-yourself-and-others

There are a few reasons why you might want to know your own nature:

Happiness. You will be happier when you can express who you are. Expressing your desires, moreover, will make it more likely that you get what you want.

Less inner conflict.  When your outside actions are in accordance with your inside feelings and values, you will experience less inner conflict.

Better decision-making.  When you know yourself, you are able to make better choices about everything, from small decisions like which sweater you’ll buy to big decisions like which partner you’ll spend your life with. You’ll have guidelines you can apply to solve life’s varied problems.

Self-control. When you know yourself, you understand what motivates you to resist bad habits and develop good ones. You’ll have the insight to know which values and goals activate your willpower.

Resistance to social pressure.  When you are grounded in your values and preferences, you are less likely to say “yes” when you want to say “no.”

Tolerance and understanding of others. Your awareness of your own foibles and struggles can help you empathize with others.

Vitality and pleasure:  Being who you truly are helps you feel more alive and makes your experience of life richer, larger, and more exciting.

https://www.acefitness.org/education-and-resources/professional/expert-articles/5933/exercises-for-different-personality-types

 A huge part of holistic health care is your partnership with your providers and caregivers. You must work with them by communicating what you are experiencing and what you need. Understanding who you are, what you believe, what you can/can’t do, and what you need is the first step to communicating these things effectively. The diagram above helps you to determine what type of person you are.

Dominant Personalities:

·        Fast-paced

·        Direct

·        Results-oriented

·        Thrive on challenge

·        Problem-solving

These individuals typically enjoy both one-on-one and group environments, if they feel they are sufficiently challenged or have the chance to quantify their results. Competitions or tracking metrics like number of reps performed, time for distance or amount of weight lifted may challenge these individuals to work harder.

Inspiring Personalities:

·        Outgoing

·        Interactive

·        People-oriented

·        Decision-makers

·        Connect easily with others

·        Having fun

These outgoing individuals typically prefer the group environment where they can work with others; they may also be your front-row participants who thrive on the social aspect of exercise. The process of working with others may be preferable than a specific performance outcome.

Cautious Personalities:

·        Reserved

·        Task-oriented

·        Less emotion

·        Prefer data and facts

·        Purposeful

·        Prefer own space

·        Follow the rules

These individuals typically prefer exercising on their own as opposed to being in a group. May not be motivated by challenges, but more interested in tracking their workouts through data like heart rate, amount of weight lifted or the time to complete an assigned workout.

Supportive Personalities:

·        Reserved

·        People-oriented

·        Fast-movers

·        Decision-makers

·        Desire to be appreciated

·        Promote collaboration

Because they are considered reserved, these individuals may prefer small-group training programs that focus on everyone working toward the same (or similar) goal(s). Taking the opportunity to provide these individuals with specific feedback and appreciation can go a long way to establishing a long-term relationship with this client.

Get to Know Yourself with an Objective Assessment.

The first thing you can do to gain a greater understanding of yourself is to get some objective assessment. Of course, you can ask people you know, but their experience of you will lead them to the same biases that you have. Getting some objective opinions will give you a more accurate picture and lead you to consider some things you might not even have thought of. There are several established tests that you can take to learn about the different aspects of yourself.

 http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/

The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/tests

Are you outgoing or introverted? Do you have a high traditional IQ or emotional IQ? Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Find the answers to these questions and more with Psychology Today.

https://www.wikihow.com/Understand-Yourself

Sometimes you find yourself doing things and you have no idea why. Why did you yell at your son? Why did you choose to stay with your current job instead of taking a new one? Why did you argue with your parents about something you don’t even care about? Our subconscious controls a huge amount of our behavior and thus the reasoning behind many of our decisions in life can be shrouded in mystery. However, if you know how to look, you can gain a greater understanding of yourself: why you make the decisions that you do, what makes you happy, and how you might change for the better.

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/25-questions-help-you-understand-yourself-and-unlock-your-potential.html

When you don’t take the time to understand yourself and who you are, your sense of individuality weakens. You become easily influenced and pushed into a lifestyle that doesn’t represent who you are. The good news is you can gradually transition into the life you want by periodically “checking in” with yourself – the better you understand yourself, the easier it will be to steer your life in the right direction. Here are 25 questions to get you started. Each answer will shed light on your individuality and unlock your potential.

Mother Gaia’s Allergy Relief Tea

With February coming to a close we are all starting to think about Spring. Allergy season is just around the corner and we’re all dreading it. So, what’s your plan this year? Suffer with antihistamine side effects or try something different?

Mother Gaia’s has the simple answer with her Organic Allergy Relief Tea!

This simple combination of Stinging Nettles Leaf and Red Clover Flowers and Herb has strong antihistamine (anti-allergy) and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce sinus pressure and stop histamine reactions. All of this without any side effects! No drowsiness! No foggy brain! No painful over-drying of sinuses!

Why Does It Work?

This proprietary blend of Stinging Nettles, Red Clover Flowers, and Red Clover Leaf provides a wide variety of nutrients essential for health. The specific combination of nutrients found in these herbs are known to reduce allergy symptoms with the first dose and to continue reducing allergic reactions and their symptoms with continued use.

The great thing about these herbs is that they are simply nutrient dense vegetables that you would have extreme difficulty overdosing or getting ill from consuming them in tea multiple times daily. They provide support without side effects for the entire season and on if you also struggle with inside allergens.

Consuming this tea on a daily basis has been known to reduce or eliminate indoor and pet allergies as well, with continued use and depending on the severity of your allergies. You can get relief without feeling drunk and dumb, that’s how drugs like Sudafed always made me feel anyway.

Either way your eliminating the horrible side effects of antihistamines and reducing the chemicals in your body while also getting more water and nutrients. Four very important, and yet so simple, ways to improve your overall health and wellness.

by Uwe H. Friese, Bremerhaven 2003

Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica): an herbaceous perennial flowering plant originally from Europe, Africa, and Asia. It is cultivated for food, textiles, medicines, and teas worldwide now.

Cooked Nettles taste similar to spinach and is rich in vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, manganese, and calcium. Fresh leaves contain approximately 82.4% water, 17.6% dry matter, 5.5% protein, 0.7 to 3.3% fat, and 7.1% carbohydrates. They must be cooked or dried to be safely handled or eaten.

  • Nettle has agglutinin, acetophenone, alkaloids, acetylcholine, chlorogenic acid, butyric acid, chlorophyll, caffeic acid, carbonic acid, choline, histamine, coumaric acid, formic acid, pantothenic acid, kaempferol, coproporphyrin, lectin, lecithin, lignan, linoleic and linolenic acids, palmitic acid, xanthophyll, quercetin, quinic acid, serotonin, stigmasterol, terpenes, violaxanthin, and succinic acid in its chemical content.
  • Nettle also contains 2,5% fatty substance, 14–17% albumins, and 18% protein in dry matter. Seeds of nettle contain 8–10% fixed oil. 1 kg fresh plant contains 130 mg vitamin C, 730 mg carotene, and oxalate.
  • Stinging hair of nettle contains formic acid, histamine, and acetylcholine.
  • Leaves of nettle contain provitamin A, vitamin B1, K, xanthophylls, and sistosterin
  • Ashes of nettle contain 6,3% ferric oxide, potassium, calcium, and silicium.

Dried Nettles herb has been used in the traditional Austrian medicine internally (as tea or fresh leaves) to treat disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract, gastrointestinal tract, locomotor system, skin, cardiovascular system, hemorrhage, influenza, rheumatism, and gout.

Nettle stems contain a bast fiber that has been traditionally used for the same purposes as linen and is produced by a similar retting process. Unlike cotton, nettles grow easily without pesticides. The fibers are coarser, however.

Historically, nettles have been used to make clothing for 2,000 years, and German Army uniforms were almost all made from nettle during World War I due to a potential shortage of cotton. More recently, companies in Austria, Germany, and Italy have started to produce commercial nettle textiles.

Red Clover (Trifolium pretense): a short-lived herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the bean family, native to Europe, Western Asia, and Africa. Is now naturalized in many other regions.

Red clover’s flowers and leaves are edible and can be added as garnishes to any dish. The flowers often are used to make jelly and tisanes and are used in essiac recipes. Their essential oil may be extracted, and its unique scent used in aromatherapy.

Red Clover is used in traditional medicine of India as deobstruent, antispasmodic, expectorant, sedative, anti-inflammatory and antidermatosis agent. In alternative medicine, red clover is promoted as a treatment for a variety of human maladies, including symptoms of menopause, coughs, disorders of the lymphatic system and a variety of cancers.

Dietary amounts of red clover are safe, but dietary supplement extracts may cause rash-like reactions, muscle ache, headache, nausea, vaginal bleeding in women, and slow blood clotting. Due to its coumarin derivatives, T. pratense should be used with caution in individuals with coagulation disorders or currently undergoing anticoagulation therapy.

https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/red-clover-blossoms/profile

References:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urtica_dioica
  2. https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/nettle-leaf/profile
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Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

By Andrea_44 from Leamington, Ontario , Canada – Lemon Balm, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54215765

Lemon Balm, also known as Melissa, balm, balm mint, or common balm that is an herbaceous and perennial plant of the mint family. The plant is used in herbal remedies, teas, perfumes, and as flavoring. It is also known as bee attractant because it is used to attract bees when creating a hive for honey production. Melissa is Greek for honey bee.

Lemon balm is used for digestive problems, including upset stomach, bloating, intestinal gas (flatulence), vomiting, and colic; for pain, including menstrual cramps, headache and toothache; and for mental disorders, including hysteria and melancholia.

Many people believe lemon balm has calming effects, so they take it for anxiety, sleep problems, and restlessness. Lemon balm is also used for Alzheimer’s disease, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), an autoimmune disease involving the thyroid (Graves’ disease), swollen airways, rapid heartbeat due to nervousness, high blood pressure, sores, tumors, and insect bites.

Lemon Balm contains the flavonoids, quercitrin and rhamnocitrin; the 7-glucosides, apigenin, kaempferol, quercetin, and luteolin; phenolic acids and tannins; rosmarinic acid and glycosidically bound caffeic and chlorogenic acids; and the triterpenes, ursolic and oleanolic acids.

Lemon balm leaf is full of quercetin, which is a naturally occurring chemical compound produced by the body to prevent allergies. People with allergies do not produce enough quercetin.

Research on Benefits of Lemon Balm

Anxiety: when taken in combination with other herbs can reduce anxiety symptoms.

Colic in Breast-Fed Infants: when combined with fennel and German chamomile reduced crying time.

Dementia: supplementing lemon balm by mouth three times a day has proven to improve symptoms of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

Herpes Simplex viral infections: lemon balm lip balm has proven effective at shorten healing time and reduce symptoms and recurring infections.

Insomnia: lemon balm supplementation twice daily has shown improvement in sleep in people with sleep disorders.

Stress: research shows that taking a single dose of lemon balm reduces anxiety, improves memory, and increases alertness. Has been proven to reduce child anxiety when visiting the dentist. Low doses are best, higher doses have been known to increase anxiety.

https://www.planttherapy.com/mm5/graphics/00000001/2-5ml-EO-melissa-stretch_480x480.jpg

Steam distilled from the fresh aerial parts of the Melissa plant, USDA Certified Organic Melissa Essential Oil is revered amongst oil users. This high-quality Organic Melissa Essential Oil is 100% pure and undiluted with absolutely no additives or fillers.

When you open a bottle of Organic Melissa your senses will be taken over by the fresh, lemony scent that is uplifting and calming during times of gloom and extreme worry. Only a small amount is necessary to enjoy its incredible therapeutic properties.

Organic Melissa can help ease occasional digestive upset, help calm the mind in order to fall asleep more peacefully and relieve tension in the head or neck.

Add 1 drop of Organic Melissa Essential Oil to your Plant Therapy Aroma Diffuser, personal inhaler, or diffuser necklace to create a peaceful atmosphere that can help reduce worry or calm the mind during times of emotional gloom.

Dilute at a maximum of 1% with your favorite Plant Therapy carrier oil and rub on the abdomen in a clockwise motion when occasional digestive upset occurs.

References:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemon_balm
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