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Aromatherapy for inflammation

Posted by anne marie on June 20, 2014 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Chronic inflammation is at the root of a lot of modern illnesses including probably ones classified as auto immune.   A genius friend of mine with IBD said it should be called 'auto-inflammation' instead of 'auto-immune'. 

There are a lot of good recommendations for changing diet to reduce inflammation that are out of my scope of practice but can be researched in a lovely tome called Healing with Whole Foods.  As a layperson who wants to be able to reduce inflammation, I take the insights in this type of work seriously.  I have seen wonderful results.

This upcoming blog post will be about aromatherapy for inflammation....

Personal Transformation part 1

Posted by anne marie on January 20, 2014 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

As early as 500 BCE Greek philosopher Heraclitus noted that the only thing constant was change.  The seasons flow into each other, year after year, changing the landscape around us.  We see change as the day turns into night and the moon waxes and wanes.  It's a regular part of life.  Getting in tune with the natural cycle of change and flowing with the rhythms of nature can give us a boost when seeking personal transformation.  Some examples include:


  • A yoga practice such as the sun salutation.  The word 'yoga' is derived from a Sanskrit word which means 'union' or 'to unite' and is a great way to prepare the body for meditation.  A quick search of 'yoga for healing' on, ebay's book site shows many authors that want to guide you through the process of transformation of anxiety, chronic pain, or otherwise lead you to wellness through yoga.  Maybe there is a guide there that appeals to you.

  • Other practices that encourage one to sit still and focus on the positive for a few moments each day like meditation or prayer can be very helpful, especially when practiced daily.  

  • Other daily positive practices like writing morning pages (from the Artist's Way, a great resource for unblocking creatives) can help us transform ourselves, partly by the regularity of the practice.  

  • Walking barefoot on the ground at sunrise is a new fad (which may have some value!) is being called 'earthing' and people say it gives them a lot of energy.  If any of you are morning people and want to try this, contact me and let me know if it works!

  • New beginnings are great--I love the 'new page' feeling of opening a fresh new journal or turning the page in one.  Likewise, New Year's is a fun time to set goals and plan how to accomplish them, however resolutions on January first that are difficult to keep the entire year.  A resolution is not enough!  A plan is essential, and regular check ins with how things are going can keep a person on track.  Also, for some people the new year starts on the winter solstice (December 21st) while others celebrate closer to the end of January or first of Feburary (Chinese New Year).  I like to take this whole period as a time of reflection about what kind of changes I want in the upcoming year and planning the steps to bring them about.

  • Consider following the phase of the moon and making adjustments in your process each month. As the moon is waning (or going smaller) consider, review what projects, decisions and strategies are or aren't working.  Ask yourself if there are relationships you need to release or new boundaries you need to set.  Think about what you can let go of, what needs to be released.  What isn't working?  As the moon waxes (grows larger) think about what other goals or projects need more of your focus.  Consider what else needs to be done, or what adjustments can be made so that your energy is more effective.  

Change can be disconcerting, but getting into the natural flow and rhythm of change present in nature can be a helpful place to start!

Watch for blog post number 2 about personal transformation!  



Posted by anne marie on January 19, 2014 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

There is some debate among my peers whether or not happiness is a choice. It is less arguable that gratitude is something we can decide to cultivate and emanate. 

People that nurture grateful thinking and express it in their lives regularly have been shown to have increased energy, empathy and optimism--all things that can increase our success at happiness.  A Harvard mental health study from 2011 found that people who write about what they are grateful for visit the doctor less and exercise more!

Perhaps sometimes it's difficult to shift our thinking away from habitual worry or self-judging or critiquing others but try to practice gratitude as an alternate and perhaps an antidote to these.  Try reframing situations as positive by finding the positive spin for yourself.  Try keeping a gratitude journal to practice thankfulness.

If you're undergoing major change or are having intense stress, try this: before bed think of five things from the day that you are grateful for. Upon awakening, think of five things you are grateful for and see if things don't seem a little bit better!  Sometimes we cannot change our circumstances and then especially we can focus on what we can change:  our own point of view and response to our situation.  


“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

Today I am grateful for my health and the beautiful nurturing power of nature.