Weekly Drop of Wisdom: One Herb That Change's Your Mood and Improves Digestion

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When I’m using essential oils and Chinese Herbal Formulas, they are one in the same. The only difference is, one is an oil (the pure essence of a plant and the other is a dry form). Essential oils are aromatics. Though there are hundreds of them, there are several thousand Chinese Herbs. Chinese herbs are versatile. They can be combined with other herbs to make formulas like blending oils. One herb and essential oil that is found in many formulas to treat several kinds of conditions is an herb called Green Tangerine Peel.

In this blog I will share the difference between the Chinese method of use and the essential oil use.

Green Mandarin has strong actions of promoting flow of qi and soothing liver, breaking qi and dissipating nodulation, so it’s indicated for the treatment of syndrome of liver depression and qi stagnation. For liver qi stagnation due to emotional depression manifested as distending pain in hypochondrium, it is usually combined with the qi-moving and liver-soothing herbs. For breast swelling, hardness and distending pain, green tangerine peel is usually combined with Gua LouJu Ye and Si Gua Luo.

For swelling and pain due to acute mastitis, it is usually combined with the herbs for clearing heat and relieving toxicity, moving qi and dissipating nodulation. For colic of cold type, it is usually combined with the herbs for warming middle energizer and dispersing cold, moving qi and alleviating pain. You might notice that the essential oil has similar ways of promoting an uplifted mood and and supportive of digestive functions.

I like to put the spot light one of dōTERRA’s newest citrus oils, Green Mandarin. I love citrus oils, so you can image how excited I was to hear at Convention we are be adding a new one to our product line. One way I use my citrus oils is by diffusing them.

dōTERRA Green Mandarin is great for creating a soothing and uplifting environment when diffused.

Diffuse with Basil, Sandalwood, Lavender, or Spearmint to experience the positive emotional benefits of these essential oils.

Do you love the sweet smell of citrus fruits? dōTERRA Green Mandarin has a beautiful citrusy, yet slightly sweet and floral aroma that you’ll love. Green Mandarin is not only known for its citrusy scent, but for its soothing properties for the nervous system and can be supportive of healthy digestive function.*

 

For more information about dōTERRA Green Mandarin, check out its Product Information Page:

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Pregnancy Relief Blends

Pregnancy Relief Blends

Becoming pregnant might seem like a long road when the first several weeks of torture are upon you. Finding medication for nausea, headache and fatigue seems almost impossible especially late a night when symptoms are more frequent. In the drugstore every thing says, not recommended in pregnancy and consult your doctor before taking when pregnant. When carrying, it’s better to turn to a natural alternative that works. Let me show you how.

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TCM Herbal Formula: Cinnamon Twig Decoction Plus Cinnamon

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Harmonizing the immune system and providing nutrients

Promote sweating

Alleviate spontaneous sweating

Promote better stomach function

Resolve acid reflux with wheezing

Warm cold in the lower abdomen that causes cramping pains

Resolve discomfort and obstruction

Wheezing

Harmonize spleen wind in children

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What Spice Has A Long History of Culinary Use?

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This week is the perfect time to celebrate all the gifts the earth has given us! One great gift from the earth is dōTERRA’s Cinnamon Bark essential oil. Cinnamon has a long history of culinary uses like, adding spice to desserts, entrees, and even hot drinks. That’s why it’s one of my favorite essential oils for the holiday season. (I probably say that with every essential oil)

Traditional Chinese Medicine uses Cinnamon (known as guÌ zhì) in about 10 patent formulas. This means that not only is cinnamon a great essential oil, but this herb has been use for thousands of years to improve immunity, head tension, menstrual support, increase sweeting, joint pain and digestion when used with other Chinese herbs.

What is Chinese medicine and how can it help me? I share with you in this short video what spleen qi deficiency is and how essential oils can help.

 

Cinnamon Bark is well known for its use as a spice. Did you know when taken internally, supports healthy metabolic function and helps maintain a healthy immune system, especially when seasonal threats are high. Place 1 drop of dōTerra Cinnamon essential oil in hot water or tea and drink slowly to soothe your irritated throat or add one drop to two ounces of water and gargle for an effective mouth rinse before heading to bed.

Below are some wonderful and creative ways to include dōTERRA Cinnamon Bark in your favorite holiday dishes:

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Apple Cream Cheese Rose Tart

Healthy Pumpkin Pie

Chinese formula’s that include cinnamon are:

Cinnamon Twig plus Cinnamon Guì Zhī Jiā gui tāng

Cinnamon Twig Decoction

Cinnamon Twig Decoction plus Peony

Cinnamon Twig Decoction plus Magnolia Bark and Apricot KernelAconite Accessory Root Decoction

Cinnamon Twig Decoction plus Kudzu Root

Half Cinnamon Half Ephedra Decoction

Guì zhī èr yuè bì yī tāng

Wū tóu guì zhì tāng

Green Drinks For Best Health Lovers❤️

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If you have never tried Acupuncture you might love❤️ making your green drinks like one.

The main question I ask my patients when learning about their eating habits is, 

Do you drink greens drinks?🤷🏻‍♂️ And What do you put in them?🤷🏽‍♀️

Nutrition and The study of Chinese Herbs are very important parts of the five branches within Chinese Medicine. 🎎

In fact the food we eat have theraputic properties and can benefit the patterns of deficiency that present themselves when the body is out of balance. That’s what this movie Eating You Alive is about. 

It blows me away that one Dr. 🧬 in this movie pulls out his perscription pad and instead of writing out a drug he writes out a smoothie formula! That’s exactly what I do and I see even my own families health change rapidly.  

Have a look at my vblog about micronizing your fruits 🍎 and 🌽  for a morning drink.  

Not sure how to make a smoothie?

Use this link to access over 80 recipes that are 100% delicious! 

Green Drinks for your best health

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 Let me know what you think 🤯. I love to see your questions about what Chinese Medicine is all about.🧧 

 

 

With Love and Kale🌱,

Antonika Chanel 🌺

Kid Approved Smoothies

 

 

School is starting your rushing around to get supplies, clothes, preparing after school plans and PTA meetings.

Since schools make lunch for kids, we tend to turn a blind eye to what our kids should be eating  

Does preventative care sound like too much work? 

A recent study says most people think preventive care is expensive, they don’t know what they need and some people don’t make it a priority. 

With a little bit of planing and prior thought we can feel more productive, happier and healthier. 

Will you give this a try?

for a whole list of recipes check out Jeff Permacks list. I makes smoothies from this list every day. 

St. Thomas Lilika Effect On Green Smoothie Crazies Like Me

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Of all the places I’ve traveled this contract St. Thomas is the winning port. My heart lives here, It’s a little bit of home on an island. One of my favorite place's to visit is  Yacht Haven Grande and this little smoothie bar called Lilika Juice Bar not too far from the cruise ships. Now everyone raves about Barefoot Buddha, it’s a great place to get food but it’s always so busy, packed, wall to wall busy. I've spent a lot of money in their one of a kind boutique. To be outside with a healthy drink in hand next to the water, that's my kind of afternoon. 

Any place near yachts is classy to begin with.   I feel at home when I run into the National Marine office while seeing yachts I’m familiar with and under the shade in at a place that makes green drinks like I make at home. 

 

Destiny and I talking about why St. Thomas is so special

Destiny and I talking about why St. Thomas is so special

The menu has so many options and they even ask your option of a base (water, almond milk, coconut milk etc). I always get half almond milk and water. The last time I was here I had two green drinks and felt so fresh. St. Thomas is one of those ports where I'm waiting at the gangway to be the first one off the ship. 

 

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In a previous blog called, How I Broke The Rules For A Green Smoothie, I shared that staying healthy and making health choices on a ship sometimes require breaking a few rules. 

 

The first thing I look for when I’m off the ship is a place where I can add boosters like chia seeds, dates, bee pollen and flax seeds. Ingredients that most people might roll their eyes at but then fall on the floor when I tell them my age. 

 

Ben and I soaking in the sun after some vegan food and a green drink

Ben and I soaking in the sun after some vegan food and a green drink

If you are in St. Thomas stop by Lilika in Yacht Haven Grand and pick up one of their green drinks. You will feel  energized, accomplished and completely satisfied. 

 

 

 

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Who wouldn't want to hang out here? 

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How I Broke The Rules for a Green Smoothie At Sea

How I Broke The Rules for a Green Smoothie At Sea

When I first started working on a cruise ship the most challenging thing for me was having available vegetarian and vegan options. I would have to sneak items from the salad bar in the Lido to my room so I can make a green smoothie in the morning. (Highly illegal for any crew member BTW)

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Gut dysfunction can be linked to virtually every disease and can cause conditions like fatigue, depression, food sensitivities, chronic pain, allergies and more. The Heal Your Gut Summit from January 18-25, will help you understand how these conditions are by and large preventable!

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Healing Foods for Diabetes

Type II diabetes is ramped in the US partly because of the American Diet.

 

we must be concious of what we eat as we age to prevent long term conditions that lead to the dependency of medication.

Chronic stress affects sugar levels big time. Skullcap and oats calm the nervous system as well as regular excercise to regulate blood sugar levels.

Type II diabetes happens in adulthood and followed by obesity being a high risk factor.   

The pancrease produces insulin but the body forgets how to use it efficiently. High blood sugar can be reversed by diet and weight loss. 

Herbs can help regulate blood sugar, improve digestion and intestinal absorption of nutrients, support circulation and strengthen immunity.

 healing food are:

Apples, avocado, blueberries, grapefruit, lemon, lime, pears, broccoli, artichoke, leafy greens and onions. 

Ideal herbs are cinnimon, clove, coriander, dandelion root, evening primrose oil, garlic, gingerC ginkgo, stevia, turmeric and yarrow.

fish oil, flax seed, legumes, oats, olive oil, pumpkin seed, soy milk, spiraling, tofu, yougart with active bacterial culture all help the healing process and prevent long term complications.

 

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