Remedies into Action: My child got a mild boo-boo. How can I help him naturally?

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This is a series dedicated to showing you a real life event that occurred in my household and how I went about treating it in a natural way.  Sometimes people learn best this way and love to get exposure to this over time.  So I hope this helps you.  It’s taking remedies and turning them into real life action.  Just knowing the remedies exist does you no good if you don’t take action and learn how to apply them in real life.  ❤

Today, my 12 month old accidentally got another boo boo.  A little bump on the head.  She instantly started to cry.  I could see where she had hit her head, starting to turn red and swell a little.

So here’s what I did to treat it naturally.  Very first thing I did was scoop her up in my arms, spoke soothingly to her, and ran for the Bach’s Rescue Remedy.  I have it in spray form.  She immediately calmed down upon seeing that and opened her mouth.  She knows by now how much it helps her feel better.  A spray or two is all it takes.  At this point, crying lessened, but was still happening.  Bach’s Rescue Remedy is a homeopathic remedy made from the essences of flowers.  It is amazing for traumas, accidents, any time your adrenaline gets pumping, or your emotions are out of whack for no apparent reason.  We actually never step out of the house without this stuff.  Seriously.  It works THAT good.

The next thing I reached for was my bottle of Frankincense essential oil (EO).  I took one drop in my hand, then rubbed that between both my hands.  I rubbed some on the top of her head, some on her chest and the bottoms of her feet.  I then rubbed some on my own chest where she could smell it on me if I held her.  Finally, I took my hands and put them near her nose so she could take a couple of breaths from it.  At this point, she stops crying completely.  Frankincense is great for healing anything traumatic.  Sometimes when you get hurt, it’s not how much it hurts in that moment, but the traumatic memory of it all or the impact of the trauma itself.  Frankincense is incredible for that.

The next thing I reach for is my Arnica in tablet/pill form where it can be taken internally and I give her the correct dosage for her age.  Arnica internally helps with the actual bump and bruise part, helping the body to heal itself and speed healing.  I don’t know the actual damage or if she may have hurt her neck or anything, so I give the arnica to help with whatever damage may have happened at the site of where she bumped herself.

Finally, I take out my Arnica in gel form.  I can see where the mark is on her head and I apply a little bit of the Arnica gel right on where the mark is.  If it did end up being a situation where it could bruise, this helps it to avoid bruising and speed healing and really minimizes any damage that may have occurred.

So in less than 2 minutes, all the above happened.  My little 12 month old doesn’t even seem like anything happened now.  She is totally calm, reassured, and ready to play again.

If you have a scenario you would like to submit for this series, just comment below, email me at BlackSheepPrincess@gmail.com, or post it on my facebook page.  ❤

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Conquering Roadblocks: “I want to eat healthy, but where do I start? I’m overwhelmed!”

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Feeling overwhelmed?

I had a wonderful friend of mine over to my home this week.  She was looking at all the different things we were doing nutrition-wise.  I showed her our perpetual bone broth in a slow cooker that runs 24/7, our stash of raw, grassfed, whole fat milk, and made her a slice of cinnamon raisin sprouted bread, toasted, and topped with grassfed butter.  She loved it all.

But then she got honest with me.  She told me about how she was trying to eat healthy, but that she really did not know where to start, and how overwhelmed she felt about the whole thing.  She went on to state that she’s made trips to the health food store, but she doesn’t really know what to do when she gets there.  She feels that she ends up buying a lot of things that don’t end up tasting good, gets thrown away, and then she feels immensely frustrated that money is going down the drain.  And finally that feeling comes of, “What’s the use?”  Can anyone out there relate to this?

“Next time you are feeling overwhelmed remember the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, ‘The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.'”
~Catherine Pulsifer, from Overwhelmed

I can understand how nutrition can be overwhelming, especially if you’re starting late in life.  And there is so much conflicting information out there.  And I’m not here to give you a magical formula that will make it all perfectly transparent and simplify it down to three easy steps.  It doesn’t really work that way.

What I CAN offer you however, is one, simple, easy suggestion, that can set you on the path to where you want to be nutrition-wise.  Are you ready for that?  Promise me you won’t overlook its simplicity?

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.  ~Confucius

Here goes.  I challenge you to make ONE nutritional change a week.  Just ONE.  It can be a VERY simple change.  Start off with something easy.  For example, this week, I will incorporate green tea once daily.  Or, I will eat organic apples as a snack once a day this week.  Or, I will switch to raw milk for all my milk intake this week.  Or, I will switch to real, organic butter instead of margarine all this week.

At the end of the week, take a look and see if what you did agrees with you and your family, and if you want to make that a lifestyle or permanent change or not.  You’ll find you’ll fall in love with some things and not find good fits with others.

Why is this a great thing to do?  Because first of all, it’s something simple.  You’ve GOT to make this simple.  You make it too hard, and you’re going to be defeated before you start.  Food should be fun and no stress.  Make it stressful and you’re sabotaging yourself at the starting gate.

Second, by making it simple and trying something for a week, it becomes a much higher chance percentage-wise that you will make a change into a LIFESTYLE  change for you.  Lifestyle changes will have more impact on you than a short temporary run.  Nutrition is a marathon, not a sprint race.

In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics you get shortsighted, if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end.
~Tom Seaver

Third, you are starting the process of making consistent changes.  Every week when you make those decisions about what you’re going to eat for the next week, you are starting a consistent process that will turn into a habit, of deciding a small nutritional change.  It’s the consistency that is the BIG thing here.  It’s not about making huge drastic changes overnight.  It’s about making small, consistent changes that are actually going to STICK for you and your family.

As far as deciding what changes to make each week, you may have to do some research.  Make that research fun.  Start with examining what you are already interested in.  There’s got to be something that piques your interest.  Maybe you feel led about more raw foods.  Maybe there’s just something about gluten free that you feel drawn to.  Maybe you’ve always had a thing for Japanese food cause you always feel so good when you eat that.  Maybe you’re a dessert person and your thing will be to find a new healthy dessert each week for awhile.  Maybe you’re a soda addict and you want to find an alternative that will make it easy to toss that soda habit.  Maybe you’re drawn to going back to real traditional foods and cooking, back before there were chronic diseases rampant in a world of processed fake foods and GMO’s.  Go where you are interested in.  Research what makes you excited about nutrition.  If you don’t make this fun, honestly, you won’t go anywhere.

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” ~Julia Child

My heart really went out to my friend when she said she was wasting all this money for food that didn’t taste good.  My friends, if you’re reading this, I want to tell you, that if it doesn’t taste good, don’t eat it.  You’ve gone somewhere off the path.  It’s a myth that eating healthy means you give up taste, or have to count calories, give up fatty desserts, or that what you are eating is something you will have to force yourself through.  All that is just LIES.  Utter LIES.  I NEVER force myself to eat anything.  I NEVER count calories.  I eat delicious, healthy fatty desserts that are better than anything I’ve ever had in a luxury restaurant or bakery, and wake up the next morning with not gaining a pound (and that’s NOT due to a fabulous genetic metabolism.)

For some people, it may be best for you to seek out a nutritional coach to help you get started or get through some road bumps.  If you don’t have the funds for that, then find a friend who seems to be glowing with health and is excited about tasty healthy food and learn from them.  Your friend can be your nutritional coach for awhile.  Another avenue you have is right here, in the BSP community.  If you have a specific question, have a health/nutrition topic you want explored or debunked, feel free to email me.  You can also post on our facebook page.  We are all here to help you on this.  Nutrition is your future and your family’s future.  It should be fun, exciting, and taste SO good, you don’t want that processed crap anymore, cause it simply does not compare.  ❤

“Those who think they have no time for healthy eating, will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” ~ Edward Stanley

1st Image Credit:  Stephen Poff
2nd Image Credit: Cacahuete_Sr, Flickr

How to live a life with no regrets: Tip #14 – Make everyday Valentine’s Day

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Ah me! why may not love and life be one?
~Henry Timrod

It seems people are either extremely positive or negative about Valentine’s Day.  And I can see all the sides.  Yes, it can be wonderful when you have that boy/girlfriend or spouse or child.  Yes, it can be celebrated absolutely sincerely.  And alternately, yes, it can be extremely “commercialistic”.  Yes, it can be horrible if you’re single.

It is a truth that things are what you make them to be.  Ultimately, you get to decide how you will view and celebrate Valentine’s Day.  The choice is up to you.

But if you know me, I love to take things deeper.  You know, provoke the issue a little further and see if something else can’t be brought out of it.

Do everything with so much love in your heart that you would never want to do it any other way. ~Amrit Desai

In living a life with no regrets, I propose something to you that I ultimately do myself.  Make EVERYDAY Valentine’s Day.

It is puzzling to me why the mainstream thing to do is only tell people how you really feel about them on special occasions.  And often, I find even that doesn’t end up happening.  When was the last time it was someone’s birthday that you really cared about, and you took some time to sit them down and tell them, in a non-generic way, what they really meant to you, how they impact, affect, and change your life, and told them your heart for them?  Seriously?  When?

This is not meant to be a guilt trip, just sincerely asking.  I see many people live with regret when their loved ones die.  They say, well, we never got to have such and such conversation, I wished I had told them this, I wish they knew how I felt about them, etc.  Too often we discuss and verbalize about someone’s impact on us and our heart towards them at funeral gatherings.

Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning. ~Unknown

It’s sad.  They are worth more than that.  And you are worth more than that.  The price of regret is costly and a heavy burden to bear.  Regret is something I wish for no one to have.

I live my life with intention.  To me, I believe that every day is special.  Every day, I want to live with purpose and decided intent.  Every day, I want to sow into the people that I love and care about and tell them my heart for them.  They are worth that.  I am worth that.

So here is another official tip to living your life without regret:  Make every day Valentine’s Day.  Tell everyone, as often as you can, throughout the normal everyday, how you feel about them.  Get creative about it.  Make it NORMAL.  Make it a habit.  Decide right now that every day is a holiday to tell people your heart for them.  It will take some practice and effort, but it will get easier.  It eventually will become automatic.  Sow those seeds and see, not only what they reap from it, but what YOU reap from it too.  I can assure you, that you won’t regret that.  ❤

A bell is no bell ’til you ring it,
A song is no song ’til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn’t put there to stay –
Love isn’t love
‘Til you give it away.
~Oscar Hammerstein, Sound of Music, “You Are Sixteen (Reprise)”

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The story behind the name: Fearless Trust

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Fearless Trust, at 8 weeks old

Recently, we just celebrated my daughter’s first birthday. Her name is Fearless Trust. That is her first name. She actually has a different middle name. And to answer another popular question, yes, 95% of the time, we actually do call her Fearless Trust and not just Fearless.

I get asked a lot about the story behind where her name came from. I thought the story might be relevant to you all, so here it is.

If you asked me the number one thing I have struggled with in my life, my answer to you would be fear. I grew up afraid.

Now you might be saying, afraid of what? And to that I say, what wasn’t I afraid of?  I was afraid of what other people would think of me. I was afraid of how other people would treat me. I was afraid of being judged. I was afraid of being accused. I was afraid of being myself. I was afraid of being a kid. I was afraid of being punished. I was afraid of having no future.

In fact, I grew up being trained to be afraid. If things went too long in my family without something wrong happening, I remember my parents commenting that they were getting really nervous for something really bad that was about to happen.  There always was just an atmosphere of fear.

Fear is the worst enemy that I currently know of.  It can be incredibly disabling and for some, even drive you insane.  It is a battle that is serious and not of small consequence.

When I found out I was pregnant, I began researching and praying about names.  In talking with the husby, I told him that I really felt like naming our children after things that we wanted in our family legacy.  Things that our family would be known for.  And as we named each child, we would be giving them a greater piece of that legacy to them and speaking that meaning over them each time we called them by name.  He thought that was great.  So then we started making a list of things we wanted our family legacy to be known for.  Overcoming fear and being able to fearlessly trust God was at the top of that list.  We played around with that for while and eventually came up with a very specific name:  Fearless Trust.

Even now, after one year has passed, it seems totally normal and right that we gave her this name.  She really does have a fearless attitude and yet her trust of us is significant.  I am really glad to speak this over her each time her name is said.  I love that we are creating a legacy against fear in our lives as a family.

What do you want your family to be known for?