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

 

Blender babe

It’s until recently that I discovered the deliciousness of green smoothies. So, bought myself a powerful blender and started smoothing away!
I thought sharing here with you my favourite green smoothie so far:
-green apples
-celery sticks
-cucumber
-zucchini
-a quarter of a whole organic lemon (by the way the rest of the ingredients are organic too)
-hemp powder, a wonderful source of plant protein.

The wonderful thing with juices or smoothies is that all the vitamins and other important elements entere directly our bloodstream within 20 minutes. It’s a wonderful kick of energy nurturing our whole body with goodness.

What is your favourite green juice or smoothie?

Have a wonderful Friday!

-The Curious Mind-

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A Japanese friend called Konjac your skin will adore

Since going vegan, using organic natural cold-pressed oils on my skin like coconut oil, argan oil or sweet almond oil my curiosity on natural beauty grew even stronger. Especially when I can see that my skin is less inflamed, feels softer, stays hydrated is a truly wonderful thing!

I’m a big fun of using natural products as well as incorporating simple but wholesome beauty routine that will not steal my time from doing other things. A.k.a simple-natural-effective-loving to our body.

Moisturising the skin is not a trivial matter but….cleansing the skin is equally important. I like to change my organic oils so to give the skin different nutrients, support it based on season, current imbalance or just to escape a beauty regime routine. I’ve been doing the same for the cleansing part of it and it’s called Konjac! The hot cloth and coconut oil is my best way of getting rid of make-up, dust or other pollutants that can stay on the skin during the day.

 

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The Konjac plant

 

Konjac offers the same in a jiffy! A little bit about this little japanese friend now. A sponge that is made of the root of the konjac plant and this has been used by the Japanese as a food source (it is similar to the potato plant) and over the last century they have been using it as a beauty treatment.

The sponge is very soft, it needs to be soaked in warm water in order to be used for the face or the whole body. It is 100% biodegradable and lasts for 2-3 months with proper care.

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Before: dry, hard sponge

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After: soft, squishy sponge!

 

 

What does the konjac sponge do?

  • gently exfoliates the dead skin cells in the most gentle, delicate way
  • removes make up (water based especially)
  • cleanses gently but in-depth the pores from extra oil, dirt and blackheads-ideal for acne prone skins! **Natural Antibecterial, yay!!!***
  • removes water-resistant sunscreens leaving the skin clean
  • It’s loaded with lipids, sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, copper, pantothenic acid or vitamin B5, fatty acids, zinc, vitamins A, B, B2, B6, B12, D, E and P. In other words, food for our skins, baby!

 

How to use the konjac sponge?

-It comes dry and hard in a sealed packet. You need to soak the sponge in warm water until it is super soft and squishy.

-Once wet, soft, use it in circular motions around your face gently. This will promote blodd circulation, remove gently dirt and make up, leaving it soft and clean.

-When done with your konjac friend, rinse it squeeze it between your hands until there’s no water coming out at all. Do not wring out your sponge, it will shorten its life span as the fibers will be destroyed.

-You can also use a small amount of your cleanser directly onto the sponge and use it to cleanse your face, but this may shorten its life span.

 

I bought mine at a big pharmacy in Zurich but you can also find it online.

My verdict

I use it only in the evening without a cleanser with just warm water. My skin feels soft, clean, not tight. The areas of forehead and around the nose that are sensitive due to occasional dermatitis are not irritated at all but soothed. When I apply oil to my face it seems to be absorbed better and go deeper, if I can say that. My Japanese friend called Konjac is here to stay!

 

Let me know if you tried this magic sponge too!

 

PS: In Japanese it is called Konnyaku and you can eat it too! I bought a few months ago konnyaku gel, so you can see it’s so versatile and healthy!

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Konnyaku gel

 

 

 

 

 

-The Curious Mind-

 

Can your mind heal your body? Hypnotherapy, Fertility, Women and Yoga

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Modern Human Being

 

I’d like to start with the definition of Hypnotherapy, which is this: A type of psychological treatment where a person is put into a state of altered consciousness (that is, a trance) and deep relaxation, with the goal of improving a person’s ability to access certain internal experiences, such as memories or emotions.

It is ever so wonderful when we have the ability to heal our body and mind with modalities that allow us to reach to the root issues of certain imbalances. I am referring to the modalities of Hypnotherapy and Yoga this time. Both have as the ultimate goal to help us reach deep relaxation, alter mind patterns that no longer serve us allowing us to heal. Fertility is something that for a lot of women is an issue, as our modern lifestyle robs women off their true essence.

It is a true blessing when women realise their true nature (each one of us is unique with a unique life purpose) and aspire to fulfil their life purpose. For sometime now, practising mindfulness, non-judgment, self-acceptance is a truly wonderful way of taking each day as a special gift and not a struggle to get things done in a selfish, one-sided way. I’ve been researching for some months now the effects of healthy eating, specialised exercising and meditation on fertility. The more relaxed I feel, the better the body feels. That’s a no brainer. However, how many women with any type of fertility issue know that this is the holy trinity for maintaining our female reproductive system at its best? We tend to focus on what is wrong, looking for the best solution which most of the time is concentrating on eating better, or starting exercising or just wondering what’s wrong with us.

It is time that we look at ourselves as a whole and not as a list of problems, health issues, bad experiences, etc. A holistic approach, to my experience allows body and mind to synchronise, remember their core purpose and eventually heal.

For me, Hypnotherapy was the next experiment to achieve deeper mind and body relaxation. But something was missing, until I realised that a combination of meditation and yoga focusing on balancing fertility would be the thing for me. I am so grateful and feel so blessed for having a session with Flavia from mamalovesme.

Her holistic approach to women’s health  is wonderful!  The session started with a short discussion about where I am emotionally and physically at the moment, how I ear, what I need and how I can fulfil my needs. I found Flavia very down to earth, gentle, warm and very knowledgeable in her field. She also explained the importance of mind and body unity. Hearing that I felt like home.

The next thing was to relax body and mind with a guided fertility meditation. A lot of visualisation took place that helped me relax and accept the moment. Now, I could add those visualisations to my daily meditation/hypnotherapy sessions. Flavia also explained that for restoring fertility, gentle exercising or micro movements are very important. I was guided through gentle yoga asanas and breathing that my body needed. During this time, Flavia would add the benefits of some of the asanas, something I found very interesting!

 

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Flavia during our session. Thank you!

Benefits of Fertility Yoga:

  • Restore hormonal imbalances
  • Reduce PMS
  • Relax the body
  • Increase blood flow in the reproductive organs and improve ovulation, overall health in the area
  • Keep the body, tissues, muscles flexible
  • Reduce stress and negative thoughts.

Benefits of Hypnotherapy:

  • Stress buster
  • Release negative mind patters
  • Manage chronic pain
  • Deal with traumatic issues and memories
  • Improve sleep
  • Help with anxiety and depression or mood swings
  • Help with anger or aggressiveness

Taking the time to listen to your body and what it needs is key, can take some time. As a Curious Mind, I felt that Flavia took the time to connect with me, to assist me in achieving optimal mind and body relaxation by creating a wonderful, restorative yoga routine.

I am ever so grateful that my curiosity brings me closer to wonderful, interesting, positive people.

Hypnotherapy is Hypnos= sleep (deep meditative state) and therapy=healing. Our mind can heal our body and that is a fact.

This blog entry is dedicated to all women.

 

-The Curious Mind-

 

 

Expressing Gratefulness

This is a post where I would like to thank you, the Curious Mind readers, followers or anyone who found this blog.

I believe that we are defined by the degree of appreciation or gratefulness we hold for those around us as this allows us to appreciate our true selves.

Thank you, for accompanying me to my blogging journey that still unravels, thank you for reading what my curious minds pushes me to discover, thank you for commenting or interacting with me here. My passion for discovering more, experiencing and experimenting more with things pushing me to meet my true self is bigger, more ardent than ever!

Cheers toYOU

I’d like to ask you to take on a small experiment with me: write three things you are grateful about and see how this makes you happy, satisfied or ….you see for yourself!
If you like share it here with a comment.

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Cheers to You!

 

Creative Visualisation, get curious about it

Serendipity can happen when we are seeking for answers, when we need to extract the positive out of a situation that is not in our favour or when something good is supposed to find us.

A while ago I started experimenting with Mindfulness. I was impressed how our brain and body can work to our advantage, help us destress, unwind, relax. And that is more than enough when our reality is the constant hustle and bustle in the cities we live. Decompressing, having the ability to see clear that it’s necessary to slow down, even for a few minutes, can have a great impact on the way we think, act, speak and end up in the type of life we are leading.

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Mindfulness

So clarity means happiness, joy? And is happiness something we can attain daily? If so, how? All these questions occupy my mind every now and then. They are simple, legitimate questions that we all have. The pursuit of happiness is or is not something achievable in the end?

A few weeks ago, serendipity happened. And Creative Visualisation happened too! I became familiar with this technique trough an online free call led by Lisa Nichols, an expert in Creative Visualisation. Her name didn’t ring a bell, Creative Visualisation ( I like to call it Positive Visualisation) was just another “fancy” way to get “happy” in my mind. At the end of the call, I was left astound by the power of my mind, I had created very clear pictures in my head through a very inspirational guided meditation.

So what is all the fuss about? It is about what Lisa said: Our words, our actions send signals to our brain and body and they react according to these signals. So when we visualise a place where we feel at ease and safe, we immediately begin to relax. When relaxed, choice of vocabulary is more positive hence, the brain-body relation is in a constant loop of positive thinking. Then we take action bringing in that positive attitude, seeing ourselves completing easier tiresome tasks, keeping a clear mind along the way. We might think “it’s too good to be true” reacting with caution as we were taught to behave when faced with something new. Can we be content, happy, positive all the time?

The highlight of Creative Visualisation is this in a nutshell: All changes, even positive ones, are scary. Attempts to reach goals through radical or revolutionary means often fail because they heighten the fear. But the small steps of intention disarm the brain’s fear response, stimulating intention and action.

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Basic 5 steps to try Creative Visualisation:

  1. We visualise best when in a relaxed state of mind. Meditating in the morning or before going to bed is ideal.
  2. Actually visualise! Imagine you are in the cinema with a huge screen and project your visualisation there.
  3. Be grateful for the present not the future. Start with gratitude.
  4. Visualise with all 5 senses. Bring in colours, sounds, taste, smells and feeling of touch.
  5. Let go of the visualisation, but keep the feelings and emotions of what you meditated on.

We are what we think and we think what we are is a universal truth: Have you ever wondered how strongly connected are our words to our actions? First, you say it in your mind, then you say it with your tongue and then you act upon it. We already perform visualizations, perhaps try to be more creative with yours!

What Mindful Awareness and Creative Visualisation have taught me is to be grateful for the present, remember to breathe and act upon our thoughts with gratitude.

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We are what we think and we think what we are

I would be interested to know what is your favourite type of meditation or relaxation technique. Feel free to contribute your thoughts and experiences.

-The Curious Mind-

Reclaiming Fertility and Femininity with the Aviva Method

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Aviva Vol. II

It has been a while since I wrote about fertility related issues and the Aviva Method. The reason was moving to a new apartment, preoccupying myself with a million other things than practicing Aviva and that brought a slight guilt. It was hard to admit that I had fallen out of the Aviva wagon. At the same time, it was interesting to observe how my body reacted these last 4 months without the “fertility dance”. I have noticed a few small but constant signs:

-I become “warmer”actually, I get hot flushes when menses approach

-I need to rest and nest as my body prepares to work hard cleaning itself

-Better quality of menses in terms of blood quality (Qi -energy- flows better) migraine-free too!

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We are like flowers, just the right conditions will help us bloom!

Today, after another interesting Skype session with my wonderful Aviva instructor which happened last month (she’s always there for me), I tried for the first time on my own the Ovulation Inducing Exercises. Yes, the wonderful thing with the Aviva Method is that not only it supports irregular menstruation but also is a wonderful support for ovulation as well. After completing the whole “ovulation dance” a sense of happiness came over me. It must be the endorphins being released in my body. Also a pleasant warm feeling in the whole pelvic area that signifies that these movements helped with blood circulation in the ovaries. What is important to note: The “ovulation dance” needs to be done 2-3 days consecutively (starting on CD10) so to achieve ovulation. And of course, be patient as all things need time to grow, heal, change and develop. Staying warm after completing the Aviva ovulation series is key! A warm cup of water (to hydrate and flush any toxins out of the body) or tea is a wonderful idea. Also keep warm and relaxAvoid showering or taking a bath for at least 24 hours after you have practiced any Aviva exercises as it would drive the “warm feeling” you have achieved out of your body.

The Aviva Ovulation Induction steps or exercises are wonderful. From the first to the last one, you feel your pelvic area, more specifically your whole abdomen stretching wonderfully.

On a psychosomatic level, my experience with Aviva is always this: through body movement I get a confirmation from deep within that this “dance” is beneficial for my well-being.  Through the Aviva dancing, it was obvious that my body needed these specific 18-steps (Simple Method) to feel in balance. Balance in body and in emotions. It is like a wise old friend never judging but helping you discover how wonderful your body is again and again. It is also worth adding: reclaiming fertility and femininity doesn’t have to be through a strict regime. It involves self-love, self-respect and believe it or not connecting with other women out there!

The journey is far more exciting than the destination itself, don’t you agree?

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Celebrating Nature