What Does Love Mean To Me

I shared this last week on Instagram and decided to share it on my blog and add a few things to the list.

This month we celebrate Valentine’s Day, yes another holiday created by Hallmark but there is history behind the holiday of roses, candy, expensive dinners, or gifts depending on who your partner is. There are so many stories about Saint Valentine and the meaning behind this holiday of love. I won’t get into the history, just GOOGLE it!

What does love mean to me? This question is both easy and challenging. Here goes the babbling:
Love is a feeling.
Love is bigger than everyone of us.
Love is not only romantic.
Love helps us live and grow.
Love protects and connects.
We can’t survive without it.
Love at first sight is looking at your new born baby.
Love is guiding, teaching, protecting, practicing and learning.
Love is silence.
Love is loud.
Love is making sacrifices.
Love is giving and receiving.
Love is human.
Love is not cruel or mean.
Love is not only about making it.
So many are wanting, seeking and fighting over it.
Look no further than within yourself.
Love is accepting.
Love is respect.
Love is gratitude.
Love is not hurtful or manipulation.
Love is truth.
Love is without ego.
Love is passion for what sets your soul on fire.
Love is a state of being.
Love is our dreams.
Love is our actions.
Love shouldn’t hurt.
Love should be equal.
Love is skinny, fat, short, tall, black, white and every color of the rainbow.
Love is life and life is love.
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The strongest love we will ever know is inside of you.
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The strongest love I have ever felt is being a mom. The kind of love that can make your heart cry when they are sad or sick. Struggling and confused. The “what if’s” that keeps us up all night. 
This love is the strongest. 
The strength that keeps me going. The drive, passion, and sacrifices is all because of the love for my kids. This is love. This is the strongest love I have ever known. It was love at first sight. 💕

Now for the other “things” I love

I love teaching yoga to ALL levels, shapes and sizes

I love how yoga has changed my life and watching it transform other lives

I love authentic people

I love essential oils and how just a few drops from nature can heal

I love flannel shirts

I love dark chocolate

I now love gluten free pasta

I love coffee enemas

I love celery juice and how it makes me feel. The Medical Medium is a genius

I love motivational quotes

I love podcasts

I love Oprah

I love Eckhart Tolle and Wayne Dyer

I love reading and writing. (who would have thought. I once couldn't stand either)

I love Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Baths

I love alone time

I love The WIZARD OF OZ (Happy Anniversary)

I love my life and everything from the past that has shaped me into who I am today.

I love that I have bad days and good ones.

I love that I am continuing to learn everyday.

I love that I can share these experiences with people who are willing to learn.

There will be a part 3!!! The list is LONG

xoxoxox

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Authentically Speaking

“Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else”-Judy Garland

Being authentic is being 100% yourself always but it doesn’t always come easy and it takes daily work.. Deep, inner work. Start by stop comparing yourselves to other people. Be the best you ALWAYS and start by choosing yourself. When you start the work you begin to be your truest version of yourself, you will find peace and you will no longer be a second rate version of someone else.

When we speak authentically we begin to live a life of passion, fulfillment and joy.

It’s hard work digging deep to figure out who you really are and speaking your truth. We have all been there. Begin by taking the steps to see who you really are. Are you more like Mrs. Jones next door that you have been keeping up with for years? Or are you super competitive at the office, the gym, yoga studios and other social settings where you will try to do what the others are doing for that recognition? Is this who you are? Are you in an unhealthy/unhappy relationship or marriage, but feel bad speaking your truth? Are you living a lie? Are you leading or following?

Free your mind, set your voice free. It is healing and feels good.

It took me years and I am still digging. Sometimes, I don’t like what I find, but I am a work in progress every day.

When I started teaching yoga three years ago and writing dharmas, Putting my thoughts and stories on paper and sharing with my class felt great. Then the blogging started shortly after, and that was even more healing. Journaling found it’s place in the line up and now I am authentically speaking on my podcast.

Authentically Speaking is another tool for me to share my stories and have people near and far share theirs. Real people, who inspire others, have a story they would like to share to help themselves and help others along the way. Men and Women who are learning, practicing, sharing and teaching.

So far on Authentically Speaking you have listened to ,a writer, traveler, and hopeless romantic share his story about healing after heartbreak through writing and finally speaking it out loud. A teen with type one Diabetes inspiring others how to live with it and not to be ashamed. A Creative Designer who overcame her fears, and loss of her mother at 15 years old and said she is now “FREE” after authentically speaking.

Someone recently asked how I was choosing my guests. I am asking authentic men and women who live their lives authentically, inspire others, who have a story to share that will help people who may be going through similar situations. From divorce to sports. Living with a broken heart or trying to mend one.

The next two months on Authentically Speaking will be inspiring and educational.

A single mom who left her 9 to 5 job to follow her dream.

A resilient, strong, principal, author and LGBTQ Advocate who authentically speaks about being gay, marriage, raising kids and the curricullum that is sitting on the Governor’s desk.

A holistic health coach who authentically speaks about hormone health and helping women all over the country using natures gifts.

A Spiritual Healer who left her corporate job to create beautiful healing tools and sharing her gifts authentically.

A role model for athletes who is so grateful to impact young men on the field and off and building a quality life of his own.

A Doctor with an insatiable thirst for learning and helping those in pain.

A Global Wanderer who is filling pages with stories of seas she has sailed, miles she has walked and the beautiful blue skies she has flown.

A couple who has overcome addiction, cancer, and together making an impact by helping others.

A mom spreading awareness to all the Big Hearts, so the Little Broken Hearts can be mended.

A strong mom with a strong family and supportive community with a SUPER STRONG baby girl who is fighting everyday against Hurlers Syndrome.

This is only a taste of the guest line up.

With so many more topics and genuine people who have inspirational stories to share authentically. Stay tuned as we learn, share and heal as we speak our truth.

Are you learning, sharing, practicing, teaching and inspiring others authentically? Share your story by emailing maribethwoodford@gmail.com to possibly have a chance to be a guest.

A Year of Good Books

2018 was a year of learning, practicing, sharing and teaching. Reading and writing played a very important part in everything I learned last year.

Before we get too far into 2019, I would like to share with all of you the book and tools that helped me grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually. You can conveniently order the books on Amazon right here!

If you are a fan of The Wizard of Oz or not, The Wizard of Us is a spiritual journey through Oz. This is my number one for 2018. After all these years of watching The Wizard of Oz, it finally makes sense! This book is filled with ways to open your heart, fill your brain with more knowledge, surrender and have the courage to make necessary changes and realize that everything you are looking for is in your own backyard.

Are you living in the present moment? Everyone talks about living in the moment. It is not as easy as we think. I had a hard time finding complete stillness and really taking time to be 100%, fully present. I needed a book and I couldn't have found it in a better book. Not only do I love Eckhart Tolle books, I watch and listen to his videos often. The Power of Now is the best daily guide on how to live in the NOW and stop living in the past and trying to stop using a crystal ball to see the future.

Once you get the hang of Living in the Now, now try to find complete stillness throughout your day!! Now this is challenging. Thanks to SuperSoul Conversations with Oprah, I found stillness. Oprah had Pico Iyer on as a guest and the interview was so amazing; not only did I listen to it six times, I had to buy the book. The Art of Stillness is small book with stories and information on how to unplug and find stillness in our lives.

Most of you that know me, are fully aware that I don’t like bullshit. No sugar coating. Real and authentic. I have a few books on The Chakras, but this is by far my favorite. Not only because I know the author personally, because this book is A Real-Life, No BS Guide to the Chakras. Lindsay Carricarte-Jones is authentic, honest, a Life Coach, Author, Yoga Instructor and friend. This book is “No Bullshit”. Are you stuck and can’t figure out why? Did you ever think about your chakras? Chances are they are blocked and need some help.

Many people ask “Why SUKHA”? “What does it mean”? “How did you choose the name”? Well, during my teacher training we were required to read The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

I have blogged many times about this and I continue to flipped through the Sutras for a refresh.

Pantanjali gives four keys. He says that if we always keep these four keys with us, when we come across any of the four locks, we will have the proper keys to open.

  1. SUKHA (happy people)

  2. dukha (unhappy people)

  3. punya (the virtuous people)

  4. apunya (the wicked)

Patanjali gives 4 keys to open these locks. He says that if we always keep these 4 keys with us, when we come across any of these four locks, we will have the proper key to open it. The four keys are: maitri (friendliness), karuna (compassion), mudita (delight), and upekshanam (disregard). Patanjali reminds us that there is a Yogic way of approaching all people, no matter what behaviors and attitudes they may be exhibiting at the moment.

When you see a happy person, use the “friendliness” key. This means being able to share in another person’s happiness or good fortune, instead of being jealous or trying to destroy their joy through a bitter attitude or negative verbal comments. Through jealousy, you will not disturb the happy person but you disturb your own serenity. So we should always have the friendliness key when we see happy people.

When you see an unhappy person, use the “compassion” key. When someone is upset, try to help them or comfort them if you can. If they need space, then leave them alone after letting them know you will be there for them when they are ready. Don’t take pleasure in seeing someone else suffer, but remember how it felt when it happened to you and have compassion for them. By doing that, you will retain the peace of your own mind. “Through compassion you find that all human beings are just like you.” – HH The Dalai Lama

When you see a virtuous person, use the “delight” key. If you see a virtuous person, feel delighted. Do not envy the person, but rather appreciate the virtuous qualities and try to cultivate them in your own life. As we rejoice in and appreciate their qualities, we are inspired by knowing such greatness is possible. Observing noble qualities in others is a virtue of the heart.

When you see a wicked (non-virtuous) person, use the “disregard” key. We need to develop equanimity towards those whose actions oppose our values. It would be wonderful if all people always acted with honor and consciousness, but unfortunately this is not always the way. We ourselves, may have acted, spoken, or thought unkindly or hurt another person. So become indifferent to the person who is wicked at the moment.

There are more books from 2018. Stay tuned for part 2!!

Have a great week my friends. Happy Reading!

See Ya 2018 and Thank You

Happy New Year everyone!!

As we said goodbye to another year last night, my hope is that everyone is all geared up for 2019.

Every New Year is a time for growth. The years that have past were all learning experiences and any experiences either good or bad were all lessons. Every lesson makes us stronger, heals us and allows us to be ready for the years to come.

2018 started off spending 10 days with my children and parents in Florida. Kelsey knocked swimming with Manatees off her bucket list, went to Spain and was indicted in the Spanish National Honor Society. Patrick had a great year of sports winning the Triple Crown in Soccer, Baseball and Basketball, first time in pads on the football field with a few touchdowns, and some amazing plays and made the high school basketball team.

I am one proud mom and all I hope for in 2019 and going forward is that they continue to work hard and play hard. (on the field that is) My advice now and always, don’t follow the crowds. Study hard because the parties and the friends won’t last forever. Make yourself the number one priority. Be you always. Continue to learn. Create. Inspire. Lead.

For Valentine’s Day Matt & I took a much needed trip to Antigua. Relaxation and much needed solo time. We met an amazing new friend, connected with nature and each other.

2018 was a year of learning, writing, growing, detoxing and healing. Detoxing the body and removing toxic people from my life.

Finding stillness, and living in the NOW. Setting boundaries and sticking to them.

Hiking in Utah as I continued my education about Nature’s Gifts.

Thank you 2018! You brought me peace, joy, clean living, a voice, knowledge and wisdom. You opened my eyes to many things. I am grateful to you. It was a magical year.

As I started my intentions and plans for 2019 early, I took speaking and writing to a whole new level with Authentically Speaking; a new podcast where I will be sharing my stories as well as guests who will share theirs. You can subscribe to the channel on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Anchor.

What are your plans? Intentions?

Be sure not to set goals or resolutions to fix problems. Don’t make it for just one year. Make it for the next two to five. Set goals. Not tasks.

Try something for 20 days. Then it becomes a habit. Create daily habits that make you feel good. How good do you want to feel? Are you taking care of your body? What brings you joy? What will get you there? When do you feel good? When do you feel like shit? Think about it. What people, places and things make you feel good and what people, places and things make you feel like shit?

“Celebrate You. If it doesn’t bring you joy in 2019, get rid of it”-Denise Casagrande Authentically Speaking

This upcoming year and all to come is going to be great!! I have a vision. Do you? What do you want to see? Close your eyes and vision it.

I want to thank everyone who made my 2018 special. I have met amazing people locally and across the globe and I look forward to meeting more authentic people who are on the same path.

Cheers to you and many great years ahead.

Celebrate You. 100% authentically you.

Happy New Year!

xoxox

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"A Story at-a-Glance"

Sending some tough love on this Monday afternoon.

I love to share what I experience because sharing is caring. I share in class, Social Media, email, text, and talk about anything that has been working for me on this healing journey. Angel Cards, Akashic Record Reading, Hugging our Chaos, Mala Beads and Essential Oils just to name a few. I don't share if it is not genuine, or has not worked for me. I do my homework on people, places, and products. I share from my heart and so do all of the amazing, genuine people I meet that are here to do the same. 

So, those of you who listen and care, know how essential oils have helped me that last three years. I won't bore you, especially for those who think they know it all and are rolling their eyes. Just read this article. You can find my experiences under "New Blog" of sukhayogaclass.com , Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Links will be at the bottom of this blog. Happy Reading!

Let me know when you are done bad mouthing and bashing tools that people use to grow and heal. Keep your opinions to yourself. We all have different beliefs.

Essential Oils May Replace Antibiotics 

June 25,2018 Articles.mercola.com

  • Scientists say the overuse of antibiotics for people and animals is lessening their effectiveness so much that even a slight injury or infection could turn into a serious medical crisis
  • Using special techniques, researchers have used the antibacterial properties of essential oils to create a bioactive coating to protect against infection, which may help prevent millions of infections every year
  • Drug-resistant bacteria has caused farmers to take a closer look at plant extracts for both people and animals, while scientists are also targeting biofilm growth on failing aquatic sensors due to marine organisms
  • Essential oils such as tea tree oil, peppermint, cinnamon and lavender have potent properties that can kill harmful bacteria strains such as salmonella and E. coli, eliminate intestinal worms and improve acne, shingles and even MRSA

By Dr. Mercola

It's quite likely that whether you visit your doctor for back pain, anxiety or an ingrown toenail, you won't leave without a prescription of some kind. Cold and flu symptoms are among the most common reasons why people visit their doctors and, often, antibiotics are the go-to remedy. Repeatedly taking antibiotics causes major problems, however, as overuse of this type of medication, both in the health care setting and in industrial agriculture, has resulted in increased resistance.

In fact, every time you take antibiotics, your body builds resistance, they become less and less effective and, worse, any bacterium that survives the medication also builds resistance. One of the worst aspects of drug-resistant bacteria, or superbugs, is that an alarming number are found on the biofilm — a thin slimy surface substance — that forms on medical devices, including implants.

In one study, Mohan Jacob, head of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at James Cook University (JCU) in Queensland, Australia and his team of Ph.D. associates used nanotechnology to harness the power of antimicrobial molecules from plants to create antibacterial coatings. Their findings were recently published in Polymers.1 Jacob cites a recent study published in Microbial Biotechnology, which reported that approximately 17 million new biofilm infections are reported every year, leading to 550,000 fatalities.

In addition, about 80 percent of the surgery-associated infections worldwide may be associated with biofilm formation.2 That's why more doctors are turning to natural agents with antibacterial properties, such as tea tree oil, as studies show it may help prevent millions of infections every year. Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is an essential oil that creates a bioactive coating to keep harmful bacteria from adhering to medical devices.

How a Bioactive Surface Is Made From an Essential Oil

In regard to the scientists' search for a way to turn plant compounds into bioactive coatings for medical devices to avoid having to rely on antibiotics, they used plant secondary metabolites, aka PSMs, of tea tree oil and its most important component, terpene-4-ol. Derived from essential oils and herb extracts, with relatively powerful broad-spectrum antibacterial activities, they're termed "secondary" as they're not vital to the plant's survival or function.

Jacob described them as a "low-cost renewable resource available in commercial quantities, with limited toxicity and, potentially, different mechanisms for fighting bacteria than synthetic antibiotics."3 But the biggest challenge Jacob and his team faced in developing antibacterial coatings from PSMs was converting the liquid state of the compounds into a solid without losing any of their antibacterial nature.

Medical News Today notes that scientists have used nanotechnology for this purpose for several years. Kateryna Bazaka, an adjunct senior research fellow at JCU and the study's coauthor, explained the scientists' procedure in creating polymers is somewhat like naturally occurring rubber and cellulose to make a resistant, "chain-like structure," in this case converting the PSMs of tea tree oil. She noted:

"We used plasma-enhanced techniques within a reactor containing the essential oil vapors. When the vapors are exposed to a glow discharge, they are transformed and settle on the surface of an implant as a solid biologically active coating."4

Essential Oils for Medical Device Polymers and Beyond

Plasma polymerization of this sort has been in use to create biological activity on surfaces for about 20 years. In the 2010 version of the "Handbook of Deposition Technologies for Films and Coatings," one scientist explained that plasma is the "fourth state of matter, consisting largely of ionized gas which maintains overall electrical neutrality."5

One reason the plasma technique is so effective for this kind of plant conversion is that it's environmentally friendly; no potentially harmful chemicals or solvents are used in the process that might remain in the coating or damage surfaces the coating is applied to. The upshot is that if tea tree oil can be converted to protect the surfaces of medical devices, millions of infections may be prevented every year.

According to Jacob, after publishing more than 70 research articles and six Ph.D. theses on the topic, the scientists involved in the project are bona fide pioneers in the world's development of bioactive polymers from plant compounds. But the concept has been extended. Because the thin polymer coatings are visually transparent, they're being tapped for coating contact lenses, as well as for optical windows in aquatic sensors.

Specifically, Jacob and his team are targeting biofilm growth on failing aquatic sensors due to marine organisms, working with Peter Mulvey and associate professor Jeff Warner at the JCU-based Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine. Controlled Environments notes:

"Even though synthetic antibiotics have been the best weapon for eradicating microbial infections since the arrival of penicillin, the overuse of these medications is gradually rendering them ineffective. Scientists think that if new strategies are not developed soon, medical treatments could retreat to the era where slight injuries and common infections develop into serious medical problems."6

Antibiotic Resistance Doesn't Stop There

Significantly, Cyril Gay, senior national program leader at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service, contends that losing the reliance on antibiotics due to the growing instances of antibiotic resistance is one of the most challenging problems faced by the medical profession in the 21st century. One case in point, Cari Romm reported in 20147 that livestock consumes as much as 80 percent of the antibiotics used in the U.S.

Between 2009 and 2012, that number increased by 16 percent, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).8 The trouble is, antibiotics are used on humans as well; about 70 percent of those used on farm animals are deemed "medically important" for humans. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that antibiotic resistance in the U.S. caused more than 2 million illnesses and an estimated 23,000 deaths,9 which resulted in an extra $20 billion in health care costs.10

Experts in the U.K. expect the problem to only get worse, as a 2014 report projects that more than 10 million deaths will be attributed to drug-resistant microbes by the year 2050.11

The reason livestock are treated with those kinds of drugs is explained by yet another FDA report12 asserting that farmers and food manufacturers rely on them not just for infections but to speed growth and girth for the marketplace, and as a sort of go-to remedy for the many infections livestock incur in cooped-up and unsanitary conditions, now known as concentrated animal feeding operations or CAFOs.

Stuart B. Levy, hematologist and professor at Tufts University and author of the book "The Antibiotic Paradox: How the Misuse of Antibiotics Destroys Their Curative Powers," has been deeply concerned about the impact that is looming due to the overuse of antibiotics. His study in 197613 noted that chickens began developing resistant bacteria in their guts from the antibiotic tetracycline within a week.

It's unnerving to hear the rest of the story: The resistant bacteria became resistant to other antibiotics the chickens hadn't even consumed, and months later, the illnesses spread to untreated chickens and even to the farmers. According to Levy, "Resistance doesn't stay in that environment, and resistance is transferrable among bacteria of different types."14

Essential Oils: The New Antibiotics

Levy believes the lobby for continued antibiotic use is so strong that it's difficult for wiser voices to get legislation to change. Farmers still insist that drugs are their only choice to combat infection on their farms, so the problem is ongoing. The Atlantic asks:

"What's being done to confront this major contributor to this obvious, growing world health threat? The FDA has asked those in the agricultural industry to voluntarily reduce their use of antibiotics, but no one is keeping track of whether they do (nor has there been a record of the antibiotic use all these decades)."15

The key is to get farmers to see viable alternatives. Studies show that essential oils may exert greater power against infection than many realize. Here are several examples of how essential oils have been found extremely powerful for dealing with bacterial infections:

  • One study found that chickens eating feed with oregano oil added had a 59 percent lower mortality rate due to ascites, a common infection in poultry, compared with untreated chickens.16
  • Rosemary and oregano oils brought about the same growth rate in chickens as the antibiotic avilamycin.17
  • Other essential oils killed bacteria and helped reduce salmonella in chickens.18
  • A blend of oils can help keep salmonella from spreading between animals.19
  • Extracts from oregano, cinnamon and chili peppers helped chickens with weight gain and protection against an injected intestinal infection.20

So tea tree oil isn't the only type of essential oil studied for antibacterial potential. Drug-resistant bacteria have caused farmers as well as scientists to take a closer look at plant extracts for both people and animals. Usually associated with the scent of candles or body lotions, they're also used in products used for pest control and over-the-counter medications. The Atlantic notes:

"They're used in the food industry because of their preservative potency against foodborne pathogens — thanks to their antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Various oils have also been shown to effectively treat a wide range of common health issues such as nausea and migraines, and a rapidly growing body of research is finding that they are powerful enough to kill human cancer cells of the breast, colon, mouth, skin and more."21

Why Taking Antibiotics Wreaks Havoc in Your System

Resilient bacteria that survive can even pass that ability to resist antibiotics to other bacteria. One big problem with relying on antibiotics (by both doctors and their patients) is that it radically affects the rate it takes place, as well as the degree the resistance occurs. One thing you may not realize is that, while antibiotics are busy killing off bad bacteria that cause and prolong certain infections, they nail the good bacteria, too.

If you've heard of "good bacteria," they are what your body needs to maintain health and fight toxins naturally. When they're killed, your system is left vulnerable to all kinds of other physical problems. Are the antibiotics in the meat you eat harmful? Answer: Yes. As previously noted, the agriculture industry is responsible for 70 percent of all the antibiotics used in the U.S., which means the other 30 percent is used by humans. According to Daily Health Post:

"As the bacteria grow stronger and are no longer resistant to antibiotics, these once life-saving drugs will no longer be of any help. Minor infections will run rampant with no way to stop them. It will be like living in the Middle Ages when even a small cut could end up killing you."22

Doctors sometimes advise their patients that if they decide to take an antibiotic, to follow it with a good probiotic to make up for the damage. This is good advice (I recommend taking a high-quality probiotic both during and following antibiotic treatment); however, it's better to avoid antibiotics in the first place unless they're absolutely necessary. Even if you're not in the habit of taking antibiotics, there are other ways they can end up in your system. So what can you do? Here's a list of some healthy alternatives:

  • Consume only organic, grass fed meat and dairy products as often as possible.
  • Take an antibiotic only when absolutely necessary. Find a doctor who's aware of the issue and will only prescribe antibiotics when needed.
  • Improve and build your immune system and gut bacteria naturally.
  • Consider getting to know the properties in essential oils such as tea tree oil and others.
  • Consume fermented foods regularly.

Think Alternatively for Your Health

It's amazing how nature is already equipped to help you stay healthy and alternatively, deal with symptoms of disease naturally rather than resorting to drugs. One study, titled "Essential Oils, A New Horizon in Combating Bacterial Antibiotic Resistance," notes:

"Combination therapy combining conventional antibiotics and essential oils is currently blooming and represents a potential area for future investigations. This new generation of phytopharmaceuticals may shed light on the development of new pharmacological regimes in combating antibiotic resistance."23

Here's a short list of some of the more popular essential oils and their uses (but there are many more besides):

Eucalyptus oil aids in faster wound healing, protects from air exposure and offers antimicrobial activity

Oregano is a known protector against several bacterial strains such as E. coli, staphylococcus (Staph) and salmonella

Peppermint is useful in dental care due to its antibacterial activity and antiviral properties

Bergamot's antibacterial properties can kill parasites, help speed healing of mouth ulcers, cold sores and herpes, and combat shingles and chicken pox

Thyme is known to be effective against myriad bacteria, including MRSA and Staph infections

Lemon grass has antimicrobial properties that inhibit bacterial growth both internally and externally, i.e., urinary tract infections, malaria, typhoid, food poisoning and body odor

Lavender has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, making it good for inflammatory skin conditions like acne and psoriasis, helps speed healing of cuts, burns and sunburns and helps prevent scarring

Eucalyptus is a potent germicide and antiseptic, making it good for treating wounds, burns, cuts, ulcers, sores and abrasions

Cinnamon may be one of the strongest antibacterial oils, working against such strains as E. coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus

When using essential oils, a carrier oil such a jojoba or coconut oil is often recommended because they are very potent. In many cases, a topical application of essential oils is much safer than taking antibiotics internally. When in doubt, consult an aromatherapist who can provide you with more information and exact oils for your specific condition. Healthy Focus advises:

"Combine a few drops of your chosen oil or oils with a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba and apply the oil to the affected area of your body. Massaging the oil into your abdomen is also a great way to help fight internal infections. You can also apply some diluted essential oils to help treat common skin infections like acne or even warts."24

As often as possible, look to natural alternatives instead of antibiotics. Depending on your symptoms, there are many articles covered on this website that can expand your knowledge and increase your awareness of natural instead of conventional health. Mercola.com is focused on a "whole person" approach to your entire person rather than just your symptoms. In preventive health care, providers help patients develop attitudes and lifestyles that don't just fight illness, but help prevent it, too.

articles.mercola.com June 25, 2018

Make sure you do your homework on essential oils. Not all essential oils are pure. DO NOT BUY them in Marshalls or Bed Bath!! Look out for companies that have added essential oils to their skin care line or even clothing line.

I am learning everyday. There is so much and it can be overwhelming. Start small like I did three years ago with the basics. As you learn more, you practice more. As you practice more, you can share and teach.

When you choose doTERRA, you are choosing essential oils gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. 

Each doTERRA essential oil is also carefully and thoroughly tested using the strict CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize the superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade doTERRA essential oils.  

While there is a science to the distillation of essential oils, it is also an art. Distillers not only rely on years of experience, they also employ modern technologies and techniques. 

The most common method of extracting essential oils is a low-heat steam distillation process. In this process, pressurized steam is circulated through plant material. The essential oils are liberated from the plant and carried away by the steam. When the steam cools, the water and oils naturally separate and the oil is collected. To ensure the highest quality oil extract with the correct chemical composition, the temperature and pressure must be closely monitored. Too little heat or pressure and the oil will not release; too much, and the oil’s composition and potency will be affected. 

Steam Distillation

Steam distillation is the most common way to extract aromatic compounds (essential oil) from a plant. During the steam distillation process, steam passes through the plant material. The combination of heated steam and gentle pressure causes the essential oil to be released from microscopic protective sacs. As the vapor mixture flows through a condenser and cools, it yields a layer of oil and a layer of water. The essential oil rises to the top and is separated from the hydrosol (floral water) and collected.

Some have asked about the difference between first distillations in comparison to complete distillations. The temperature for steam distilling is usually between 140–212 degrees Fahrenheit. Since different plants require different pressures, times, and temperatures, using this particular distillation method makes it possible to adjust the temperature based on the plant type, making it a very effective and precise way to obtain the purest compounds.

 

Expression

Unlike steam distillation, expression, sometimes referred to as “cold pressed,” does not involve heat. In this process, oil is extracted from the product under mechanical pressure. doTERRA uses expression to extract all of its citrus oils, such as Wild Orange, Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, and Grapefruit, from the rind.

Proper distillation requires a consideration for the uniqueness of pressure, temperature, time, and harvesting practices, each of which may be as diverse as the plants themselves. A poor distillation process can alter or destroy the necessary aromatic compounds that comprise the essential oil, leaving a substance far different from the intended goal and something that would not be used to support health and wellness. For this reason, the best distillation artisans dedicate their efforts and work to only a few select plants. This focused effort develops proper knowledge and experience, helping ensure congruency between the oil chemistry of the plant and its distilled form.

 

 

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Are You Living Courageous and Free?

Today we celebrate Independence Day. Music Speaks Dharma has been my description of all of my classes since I started SUKHA in 2015 and I traditionally teach all of the holidays. By now, many try to do the same, and I am so honored to have inspired others.

I decided today I would change it up slightly and steer away from the normal July 4th class.

Independence-" the fact or state of being independent. self-determination, freedom" 

Independent- "free from outside control; not depending on others authority"

You see, I am very independent. Always was and always will be. I can honestly say that if I was dependent, I would not be living a truly authentic life.

Many people live in a state of co-dependence and allow others to shape our beliefs and decisions from how to dress, political views, financial decisions and so many other things that we forget who we really are and this I can't seem to digest. (it gets my blood boiling)

Independence is knowing who you are, owning it, being aware of boundaries, saying no, speaking your truth, being clear on exactly what you want and most importantly respecting yourself and owning your life.

Today, start making your own decisions, give yourself permission to think, feel, support, love and do whatever the fuck makes you happy.

How the hell do people survive, achieve and live a life based on what someone else dictates to them?

America is the LAND OF THE FREE!! Get your shit together and start living your life, YOUR WAY.

The place where we can do whatever we wish. So let's do it. Do what you believe in. Follow your heart, your dreams, wear what you want, be whoever you want, travel, quit the job that you are constantly complaining about and find a new one, stop bitching and start doing. Stop asking permission and advice from the people that will tell you "don't do it". (this will be for another dharma)

America. "Home of the Brave"

Are you courageous? Do you step into your true self? Do you tell your story? Are you afraid of making decisions on your own? What is holding you back from having the courage to do what you want? Is it you that keeps telling yourself that you are not smart enough, pretty enough, skinny enough, educated enough or is it someone from the past or the present that has planted these thoughts in your head. Those thoughts are going to stop TODAY!!

"Courage is required in almost every basic human activity or endeavor. For instance, to allow oneself to love and commit to another person takes courage. Separating from our parents and forging an independent life for ourselves is a courageous act. To survive an abusive, traumatic or neglected childhood or relationship with dignity and integrity demonstrates courage and resilience." -Wizard of Us

Stop basing your dreams and decisions on someone else. Put on your big girl/big boy pants and take the step into independence. You will begin to start doing everything that inspires you on your terms. Stop wasting time living someone else's life.

Let's begin to have the confidence, courage, self-love to live the life you want to live. In the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

Be happy

Be healthy

Be strong

Be free

Be Brave

Today and always

Have a Happy Independent Life!