Nature is the best place to look for answers

Nature is always fresh and ever so changing. This perpetuity is the key for what what what we should be looking for. Free flowing energy, I have lately rediscovered, is only achieved when we reconnect to nature, observe its slight adaptations that keep it alive and so doing the same.

Happy weekend!

-The Curious Mind

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Anthroposophic Medicine, is it as complicated as it sounds?

 

I have been blessed to be able to speak a language that has been the foundation for other languages that exist today. My curiosity and karma directed me to a wonderful woman who practices Anthroposophic Medicine. Antropo- what? To me the word is not weird or strange, so let’s talk about its meaning:

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Anthropos

 

Anthropos, in Greek, means human being, Sophic, again in Greek, means wisdom. Putting together these two words we actually talk about healing modalities that have as their center the human being and his/her needs. How beautiful is that, if I may say so!

Previous experiences in medical practices had left me misunderstood, not heard by the health practitioner or even scared when “absorbing” the diagnosis, feeling helpless as it was always a struggle for me to take conventional western medicine. And it was a struggle for in a cellular level I felt I was betraying my body, my heart. It is a personal choice which path to follow in life, mine has been so far the one that leads to self-understanding, self-evolution, self-rebalancing. How to do all that when your GP is trained to see you as a list of problems or symptoms rather as a human being that is imbalanced for particular reasons? If we are curious enough we can end up finding wonderful doctors that really, really love working with you as a whole entity, respecting your body awareness.

 

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We are more than symptoms

 

So, Anthroposophic Medicine, how come I hadn’t heard of this? Doing some research I found the following quote amazing, resonating with me so much: “These are sometimes homeopathic, sometimes herbal or mineral based remedies which may well help to heal the illness by showing  the body how it has to function again in a healthy way.  This means healing from the inside out.”  This quote carries so much truth, one we have forgotten and it’s time we are reminded again.

Personally, I started to realise that an illness, a health complaint or imbalance is here to teach us something. The illness leads us through a process, a learning curve. I started to realise that the mission of an ilness is to teach us something, it is our choice to understand that lesson. That quote sums up beautifully what I am trying to say: “The concept of the illness as a teacher can be applied to all illnesses even to minor illnesses such as a flu or a sore throat.  The hidden message will reveal itself once we learn to read the illness as a picture and realise which important impulse has yet been overlooked by us and needs to be taken up.

 

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R. Steiner

 

My research on Anthroposophy or else Holistic Understanding of the Human Being has led me to understand the following: It was developed by Dr. Rudolf Steiner. It is a multifaceted understanding of the human being from the aspect of nutrition, pedagogy, medicine, arts, etc. We are the result of our experiences, habits, thoughts and actions, Anthroposophy helps to heal the human being and create a better Earth.

 

Finding the underlying cause of an illness whether a light or a serious one could take some time. I prefer to give this time to myself and ‘decode’ this state so I can learn from it, become more aware and thus healthy again. I’m on day 3 on my anthroposophic medicine which consists of certain homeopathic solutions which need to be taken a few times a day with some water. How I feel already? Calmer, an important step for healing to begin.

 

We are all beautiful, unique, so let's bloom!

We are all beautiful, unique, so let’s bloom!

 

 

If you have tried  Anthroposophic Medicine and would like to share your experience with me, please leave a comment under this post!

 

Much Love and Health to You!

 

-The Curious Mind-

Are deodorants safe? Natural powerful alternatives can save the day

We all hate the feeling of having sweaty armpits but the ultimate low is when you get a hint of  your own smell in the underarm area. Then you wished you had used more of that antiperspirant deodorant, right? So, whenever a new deodorant is advertised promising 24 hour or ever 48 hour protection from sweat and your own body scent we tend to buy it. We are somehow trained to an all perfect image of ourselves so when we try to mask the natural function of our body we actually do more harm than good.

Our underarm area is a wonderful gland system that helps up rid of toxins through sweat. Sweat carries bacteria hence the unpleasant smell we want to eliminate with deodorants.

So what is the function of our armpits? Their official name is Axilla and there are more than 20 lymph nodes (small lumps of tissue that are part of the body’s lymphatic system, which helps fight infection) in the armpit where these lymphs cannot be felt through the skin. This area has high concentration of hair follicles and sweat glands.

Now think again, would you block a natural function that helps you stay detoxed and healthy with products that we have no idea what their ingredients mean? Use of deodorants or antiperspirants have been found to be the reason for breast cancer or cause hormonal imbalances in both men and women.

 

Here are the top toxic ingredients that your deodorant or antiperspirant usually contains and their effects on our system:

  • Aluminum-linked to breast cancer in women, prostate cancer and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parabens-disruptors of our delicate hormone balance that can lead to things like early puberty in children and an increased risk of hormonal cancers, even infertility
  • Propylene Glycol-can cause damage to liver and heart
  • Phthalates-may disrupt hormones receptors
  • Triclosan-classified as a pesticide by the FDA. Classified as a probable carcinogen by the EPA
    One or more animal studies show kidney or renal system effects at very low doses, mammalian cells show positive mutation results, animal studies show reproductive effects at moderate doses Read More: http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2013/02/how-safe-is-your-deodorant.html
    One or more animal studies show kidney or renal system effects at very low doses, mammalian cells show positive mutation results, animal studies show reproductive effects at moderate doses Read More: http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2013/02/how-safe-is-your-deodorant.html
  • Fragrance-often is Diethyl Phtahalate or DEP, an endocrine disruptor that has been linked to various reproductive problems.

 

My awareness on natural health and natural living has been increased from the moment I started to be careful with my nutrition, then naturally it expanded to products I have been using for my personal hygiene. Reading the labels with the ingredients can be somewhat daunting, difficult words to pronounce even. It made clear sense that none of these ingredients would help me in the long run. Threw my deo roll-on, my antiperspirant spray and never looked back!

 

 

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Natural, naturally

 

The Curious Mind’s Natural Deodorants choice:

They are all-natural products, free of chemicals, parabens, aluminum as well as cruelty-free!

Natural Crystal: Odour protection, seriously for up to 10 hours and more, if you perspire within the normal range! Environmentally friendly, lasts for ever, doesn’t stain clothes, mess-free, easy to take with you anywhere, fragrance-free. Need to know: It’s not antiperspirant, must be applied wet and then allowed to dry.

Deodorant Paste/Cream: My Kokomo Cream deodorant was a happy find! Hand-made, organic ingredients: coconut oil, essential oils and mango butter. Easy to apply, doesn’t stain clothes, gives the softest underarm skin ever, smells gorgeous, lasts for 7-8 months with daily use, mild antiperspirant. Need to know: online order only, use only a very small amount, in my case a bit more when I feel I need extra protection.

 

Spray Deodorant: Sage Deodorant, natural antibacterial properties, tea trea essential oil for extra odour protection, easy to take with you anywhere, doesn’t stain clothes, dries fast after application. Need to know: It’s not antiperspirant, might irritate the skin if applied after shaving the area as it contains alcohol.

 

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Natural Trinity

 

 

It’s wonderful to rely on nature for maintaining health, vitality as well as mental balance. Smelling fresh in combination with allowing our body to use its natural detoxification mechanisms is possible!

Give a try to a natural deodorant and see for yourself the benefits. Feel free to share your favourite natural deodorant and your experience with it!

 

 

Love-The Curious Mind