No Hand Sanitizer? No Problem!

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No hand sanitizer? No problem. This article will give you some ideas on what you can do to stay healthy through the disease outbreak. But first, let’s talk about why not having hand sanitizer isn’t a big deal.

Why No Hand Sanitizer?

Hand sanitizer is a “better than nothing” solution for places where soap and water aren’t available, like petting zoos. It’s not a great idea for routine disease prevention for several reasons. While hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol will kill germs, it also strips your skin of beneficial bacterias and oils that protect you from disease. If it doesn’t contain alcohol, it probably contains an antibacterial agent which can lead to the development of bugs that are resistant to antibiotics. Finally, most contain toxic chemicals. Plain soap and warm water is effective at killing bad bugs while keeping your natural defenses intact.

Why No Masks?

There was a run on masks early on, but a mask is not a great prevention tool because there is a shortage. Medical professionals need them. If they can’t have a safe work environment, why should they go to work? Sick people need them to keep from spraying their germs to healthy people. While masks do prevent healthy people from inhaling toxins, I wouldn’t worry about not having one if you are not sick.

Vitamin C

There are conflicting reports about whether Vitamin C actually helps with COVID-19 or not, but Shanghai is endorsing it  as an official treatment. They say that intravenous Vitamin C taken as soon as symptoms appear lessen the severity and length of the disease. Vitamin C is cheap and seems to be in plentiful supply.

Vitamin D

Most Americans are deficient in Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency is related to a compromised immune system and depression. Studies show that taking vitamin D daily or weekly was more effective than larger doses taken in single or monthly boluses. The most common supplementary daily dose used was vitamin D3 300-4,000 IU. (Note: it takes 90 days for Vitamin D supplementation to make a noticeable change).

Garlic

Garlic has been used by lots of people around the world and throughout time for preventing disease outside of and within the body. In 2005, researchers at the University of Ottawa tested 19 natural health products that contain garlic and five fresh garlic extracts for active compounds and antimicrobial activity against three types of common bacteria: E. faecalis, which causes urinary tract infections; N. gonorrhoeae, which causes the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea; and S. aureus, which is responsible for many types of infections that are common in hospitals. The products most successful at eradicating these bacteria were the ones with the highest allicin content.

Oxygen

I always say taking a deep breath helps with everything! It is helping with Coronavirus in South Korea, too. They have increased oxygen through a mask, but there are other ways to increase oxygen. BEMER brings more oxygen to the micro vessels. Ozone water also helps.

Umcka

Umcka is an herbal remedy from South Africa. It plays a role in the production of a specialized protein, called cytokines, that may protect the body’s cells from viral infection. If you’d like to try this, supplement with 1.5 mL 1-3 times daily.

Zinc

Most people are low in zinc. It’s not easy to balance zinc in the body because it’s a mineral and minerals work in ratios. If you add one, it can unbalance others. This shows up in studies about zinc’s effectiveness against cold and flu. It appears to help if you take it within 24 hours of symptoms appearing. However, if you take too much, it can cause problems. 150 mg per day of zinc acetate is the maximum recommended dose.

Close Your Mouth

Lots of people are mouth breathers. The nose is a filter that keeps out pollen, dust, and pathogens. If your breath comes in through the mouth, you don’t get that filtration. An easy way to inhibit all airborne disease is to breath with your mouth closed.

Crystals

Crystals have been used for healing for centuries. If you are a crystal practitioner and already have a stash, why not use them now? I wouldn’t go out and buy some right now because you probably want to hold them to see what feels right. Now is not the best time to touch things that many others have had their hands on. If you don’t already have crystals, I’d opt for something else. For more information on which crystals to use and how to use them, click the link above.

Thieves Oil

Thieves oil has been used to prevent sickness for centuries. It’s a tried and true remedy that lots of people swear by. You can make your own or buy it. This also seems to be well stocked.

Rest

The immune system needs rest and routine to stay in top shape. Sleep is restorative. Be sure to get enough sleep.

Relaxation

Stress depletes you and makes you more susceptible to dis-ease. The calmer you are, the healthier you are. If situations are stressing you out, do something. Meditate. Read. Talk to someone. Help someone. Sing. Breathe. Fix something. Dance. Distract yourself with pleasant or useful activity. It will pass the time in a more joyous way.

Minimize Social Contact

People are carriers of disease. It only takes exposure to the wrong one to get a disease. If you want to limit the risk, minimize social contact. Have only one person make bank, grocery, and other necessary runs. If you don’t have to go out, don’t. Think of it as time to do all those things you wanted to do and never had the time.

I’m not a doctor, so I can’t say what is the right thing to do right now. Most doctors don’t know much about COVID-19 either because it’s so new. I do know that people feel more empowered and calm when they feel like they have a sense of control.

So while perhaps none of these ideas are proven to help against COVID-19, I wouldn’t wait for someone to tell you what to do. Do your research. Then help yourself by doing one or more of these things or coming up with your own solutions.

Empowerment reduces anxiety. It’s your life. Take charge. And if there is no hand sanitizer, so what? Doing something is better than doing nothing. Things are not hopeless. Take charge of your life and your health. Work with Nature. Focus on what you can do and let go of the rest.

Crystals to Boost the Immune System

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Lots of people are focused on staying healthy right now. In addition to washing your hands, and social isolation, now is a good time to use crystals to boost the immune system. So, which ones are the best?

Amethyst

If you ask 10 crystal users what they use for immunity, I’d guess 9 out of 10 would have amethyst at the top of the list.

Amethyst has really interesting mythology associated with it. The word itself is Greek and it means “not intoxicated.” A beautiful Greek maiden was on her way to the temple of Diana when a ferocious beast sprang upon her. Unbeknownst to Amethyst, the wine god Bacchus was angry over an insult. In a fit of anger, he vowed that the first person he met would be torn apart by his tigers. Amethyst appealed to Diana for help. Diana saved her by turning her into a clear, white crystal. Bacchus felt sorry for his wrath and poured grape juice over the crystal as an offering, turning it purple.

Amethyst is sobering, grounding, and helps to control evil thoughts. It protects from treachery, surprise attacks, physical harm, psychic attack, disease, and infection. The high vibrations purifies and protects and helps the user to connect to the spirit realms.

Black Tourmaline

Everyone has at least one black tourmaline, right? It has so many uses! Probably the most common reason people work with black tourmaline is for grounding and protection. In ancient times, it was used to protect spell casters from earth demons as they did their magic. It’s still used today as a psychic shield deflecting and dispelling negative energies, entities, or destructive forces. Additionally, it guards against radiation and environmental pollutants, and is highly useful in purifying and neutralizing one’s own negativity.

As for physical uses, black tourmaline defends against debilitating disease and strengthens the immune system, heart, and adrenal glands. It also is beneficial in treating the bowels, constipation, IBS, and diseases of the colon, as well as ridding the body of heavy metal toxins and environmental pollutants. For mental uses, it helps to relieve anxiety and paranoia, keeping one grounded.

Emerald

Emerald works well alone, but it’s especially good for boosting the immune system when paired with other crystals with like qualities. It is associated with spring, youth, the heart chakra, unconditional love, and overall vitality. As the heart impacts all the other organs, emerald can revitalize all organs. It may be useful in treating the lungs, liver, gall bladder, pancreas and kidneys, as well as the spine and muscle system. It also aids recovery after infectious illness. Additionally, it helps with emotional heaviness.

Fluorite

Fluorite cleans negative energies by absorbing them, so it should be cleaned often. It aligns the body to its natural energetic state of mind, body, and spirit wellness. It may be used to dispel disorders at the beginning of symptoms, and is regarded as a natural antiviral, immune stimulator, and anti-inflammatory agent.

All colors of fluorite are highly beneficial to the skin, mucous membranes and respiratory tract, and may be utilized to dissipate symptoms of colds and flu, sinusitis, bronchitis, dry cough, emphysema and pneumonia, as well as staph and strep infections, canker sores and herpes, ulcers, shingles and nerve-related pain. Fluorite may also be used in treatments of violent or highly infectious disease, as well as a protective preventative for those who work with infected patients.

How to Use Crystals to Boost the Immune System

Wear it. Keeping the crystal close to your skin will help to heal you through resonance. This is where the energy of the crystal balances your energy.

Meditation with them. Crystals are intelligent. They have things to teach. When you create a relationship with them, you will begin to hear them speak (or see, we all receive information differently). They tend to stay within their energetic wheelhouse so don’t ask a crystal that is good for travel about love affairs!

Create an elixir. Putting them in water or oil (either on the full moon or not) imbues the water with the essence of the crystal which you can then drink or use for annointing. Be careful though! Crystals that are water soluable will dissolve! The rule of thumb is, if it ends in -ite, it’s water soluable. However, you still want to check because there are others that don’t end in -ite that are also water soluable like turquoise and lapis lazuli.

Another caution is to be sure that the crystal is safe to ingest or put on the skin. Some carry impurities or toxins, like cinnabar! To be safest, put the crystals in a glass container, then put that in a larger container of fluid so that the crystal is within the fluid, but not actually touching it.

Do a ritual with them. Follow your own inner guidance about how to use crystals in ritual. It helps to already have a relationship with your crystals and include them in the planning. The more interactive it is, the better.

Health is one of the most important things we all possess. When it’s threatened, things can get really scary. If you have crystals and do crystal work, you can use crystals to boost the immune system and help yourself.

Sovereignty in a Time of Disease

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Wayne Dyer said, “When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out because that’s what’s inside.” The corona virus is squeezing us. What’s coming out? Are you really a modern animist? We’re all being tested.  How do you practice sovereignty in a time of disease outbreak?

How you conduct yourself is up to you. Here are some ideas.

Take Care of Yourself First

Nature has a order. Children needs adults to protect them, provide for them, and nurture them until they are mature enough to do it for themselves. The elderly and sick also need this support from adults. Adults are Atlas who holds up the sky for everyone else. As an adult, your primary responsibility is to yourself. If you have dependents and animals, you are also responsible for them. If adults can’t care for themselves, the whole system collapses.

There are always going to be dependent people. When we have a society of responsible adults who can take care of themselves, the load is easier on those who bear it. “Responsible adult” means someone who provides for his own food, healthcare, transportation, shelter, clothing, water, and other necessities.

During a disease outbreak, you make the call whether it’s in your best interest to isolate or serve in some way. That choice impacts others. Choose wisely.

Remember also that sometimes exercising sovereignty is knowing when to ask for help. If you can’t do it alone, no one will know if you don’t speak up.

Reduce Your Vulnerabilities

All adults want to feel secure and competent- especially if you are to assume responsibility for yourself. The more vulnerabilities you have, the less power you perceive yourself to have. The less power you have, the more fear you have. This is not a great place to be when there is a disease outbreak. Fear creates mistakes and panic. You can’t hold up the world if you are afraid. So how to you become less fearful?

Have Resources

The most commonly used resource is money. Money buys products, services, and experiences. It can assure your safety in some cases. However, in times of disease outbreak, the things you need may not be able to be bought at any price. So what do you do when your money is useless?

There are human resources – family, friends, and neighbors are resources. If you have cultivated relationships, you can work together to do things that would be harder or impossible to do alone. It’s like Stone Soup. If we all get together and pool resources, we can share the work, food, hardship, and happiness.

Information is another resource. If you have useful information, you can make wise decisions. Of course, it’s only as good as your ability to interpret it.

Land is another resource. It gives you a place to live, provides food, and helps you to stay healthy. If you care for it, it can care for you. There other resources, but you get the idea.

Develop Skills

Skills allow you to take charge, do things for yourself, help others, and be independent. Some skills can help you to acquire money if you use them in employment. Other skills- like emotional regulation- help you to get along better with others.

The more skills you have, the fewer problems you have because if something comes up, you can just deal with it if you have the appropriate skills. Otherwise you struggle.

Skills also give you options. If I can weave a basket, I have a choice whether I want to weave one, buy one, or sell one. If I can make natural medicines, I can go to the doctor, care for myself, care for others, or do nothing. Choice is a huge component of stress. The more options I have, the more secure I feel.

What skills you cultivate are entirely up to your values and desires. Some suggestions are: communication, emotional intelligence, wild crafting, sewing, hunting, medicine making, cooking, writing, leadership, driving, food storage, carpentry, auto repair, small engine repair, energy healing, conducting rituals, and gardening.

Help Others

Now assuming you’re healthy, can take care of yourself, and have skills, you’re in a position to help others. Situations like disease outbreak overwhelm the system. Too many people have the same needs all at once. Too many people need help all at once. If you are in a position to serve, how can you help so that everyone else can stay safe? Here are some suggestions.

  • Make grocery store or pharmacy runs for people who are in isolation.
  • If it’s safe and you are well, go to work so that products and services continue to be produced.
  • Care the for sick.
  • Check on your neighbors, the homeless, or other vulnerable populations.
  • If you have food or supplies to share, share.
  • Care for the animals that belong to the sick.
  • Can you fix something for someone who is unwell?
  • If you are unwell, you can voluntarily isolate and ask for help meeting your needs so you can stay in isolation so that you don’t expose others.
  • Can you house others so that someone can stay in isolation?
  • Are there kids who need care so that their parent can stay in isolation?
  • Are you leading, helping, healing, and inspiring – or creating panic and anxiety? Calm and joy are great healers.

A disease outbreak is not my problem or your problem. It’s our problem. We can all get through if we do our part. When we show up in the world as our highest, best, and most skillful selves, we all benefit.

Five Things You Might Not Know About Food

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Most people are so removed from their food that there are many things you might not know about what we eat. The more you know, the better food choices you can make. Here are five things that could spark an interest in knowing more about your food.

Chickens are Not Vegetarians

I am always amazed when I see packaging labels on chicken that says they are vegetarian fed. I guess it’s a marketing ploy to appeal to those who want cruelty free food, but chickens are not vegetarians. Healthy chickens eat bugs, worms, mice, little snakes, and all sorts of critters they find in the pasture and woods. Vegetarian fed chickens are probably fed grain, which is processed and not what chickens naturally eat.

Fresh Eggs Don’t Have to Be Refrigerated

Eggs are refrigerated in the USA (not in other countries) because they have been washed and sprayed with chemicals to prevent salmonella. When eggs are raised in clean, healthy environments, this is not necessary. The washing increases the risk of contamination because wetting the shell makes conditions better for bacterial growth and penetration of the shell. Egg shells are strong enough to keep an embryo intact and disease free for 21 days until the chick hatches. So fresh eggs don’t require refrigeration.

Some Bottled Salad Dressings Contain An Ingredient Found in Paint

Titanium dioxide gives paint and sunscreen their white color. It’s also found in salad dressings, cake, and candies. There haven’t been a lot of studies done on titanium dioxide safety. Those that have been completed show conflicting evidence about safety. Still, France is considering banning it as it’s associated with increased risk of inflammatory bowel disease.

Almond Milk is Not “Health Food”

Almond milk is made up for 4 to 5 almonds, water, vitamins, and additives. It’s processed food, not a healthy alternative to cow’s milk. If you like milk and want a healthier option, try goat milk. It’s easier to digest and natural.

Shredded Cheese Contains Wood Pulp

That all natural parmesan cheese that you’re eating can be called “natural” despite containing wood pulp because trees are natural. Wood pulp is added to keep it from clumping together. If you see “cellulose” on the label, know that the other name is wood pulp. Next time you might want to shred your own.

These are just a few things that the average person probably doesn’t know. It pays to be a label reader and to know what can be omitted from labels. A good rule of thumb is to choose foods that are on the outside aisles of the grocery store. Growing your own food also helps to educate you about what is natural and what is not.

If you want to make animism a lifestyle, it pays to know a little about how food is grown, sourced, and created. This knowledge can help you make wiser choices about what to eat as it impacts not only your body, but the environment too.

Nine Ways Playing the Fool (Archetype) Is Good For You

Nine Ways Playing the Fool (Archetype) Is Good For You

April Fool’s Day is coming right up. That’s the perfect time to talk about the Fool Archetype and see how playing the fool is good for you. Before we do that though, let’s talk about what the Fool is. If you were ever told, “Don’t be a fool” you might think that fools are bad. However, as with all archetypes, there is a positive side and a shadow side.

The Fool is the prankster who loves to laugh and make others laugh. He pursues fun and wants to lighten dark spaces. He can say tough truths to people who may not be open to hearing them because he does it in a humorous way. Other people may not know whether to take him seriously, but the Fool doesn’t really care what others think. This adds to his strength as a wise teacher.

Another attribute of the fool is that he doesn’t take anything too seriously. Everything can be made into a joke. In fact, life is just a big game for the Fool. This moment is all that matters, and so he’s a master of present moment awareness. He doesn’t get stuck in “supposed tos.” If he doesn’t like something, he will just make up a new rule. He doesn’t need to control the game, just play it.

The Fool’s shadow can show up with overindulgence. Sloth, gluttony, hedonism, lust, impulsivity, and addiction can be the Fool’s playground. When the Fool fears that things aren’t fun or light, he can go to extremes to avoid feeling bored or dead inside. He loses all self control and dignity. The shadow Fool can also leave a trail of destruction behind him when his games are too over the top.

Now that we have an overview of the Fool archetype, let’s look at how playing the Fool is good for you. Spring is the perfect time for renewing your relationship with childlike innocence of the Fool. New beginnings are happening all around. The Fool archetype can help you keep the energy moving so that you stay in the wheel of life.

  1. Honesty. The Fool has the eyes of a child and sees everything. He’s not politically correct. He’s got no filter. This doesn’t mean that he’s brutal or rough necessarily, just truthful.
  2. Perpetual Trust. No matter how many times a Fool is hurt or disappointed, he never gets jaded. He is always optimistic and believes that this is a new day. He exhibits eternal trust in everyone and doesn’t see new adventures as taking a chance. It’s just a new game.
  3. Always Present. The only moment is this one for the Fool. He’s always right here. He’s not checking his stocks to see if he will have enough money for tomorrow. You’d never see him crying over last week’s spilled milk.
  4. Authenticity. The Fool doesn’t care about fashion, form, expectations, or saving face. He cries when he’s sad and laughs when he’s happy. When he’s sleepy, he sleeps. What you see is what you get. There is no conformity or restraint. If you think about it, it’s a bit ironic that fools often wear a mask but are more transparent than those without one.
  5. Innovation. The Fool is amazingly creative. He uses his words and body to entertain but also his imagination to solve problems.
  6. Fun. Perhaps the Fool’s biggest motivation is to have fun. Who doesn’t need more of that? Routine and obligations too often bog us down.
  7. Resilience. When life gets tough, the Fool keeps going. Like a Bobo doll, he keeps popping up no matter how many times he’s knocked down.
  8. Trusts in the Plan. Some people portray the Fool as an puppet master who whispers in the king’s ear, thus controlling the realm. I don’t agree with that at all. While the Fool often does have the king’s ear, he is not a conniver. He isn’t that forward thinking. The Fool is the one who trusts that whatever is happening is what needs to happen. He doesn’t have an agenda.
  9. Wisdom. The Fool is a paradoxical creature. He has many childlike qualities that can make him seem simple. Yet he’s not a child. He’s able to see what’s important, functional, and effective and often chooses this path and advises others to do the same.

If you are stuck, depressed, anxious, distrustful, or feeling foolish, check in with your Inner Fool. Listen for his lessons. We all have access to this energy. It’s here to help us through the journey of life, so why not use it? And when you see it alive and well in others, enjoy it. It’s a beautiful thing.