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Lavender SAP🌱 is used for stress and anxiety relief as well as sleep support. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has been traditionally used in herbal medicine for centuries for its anti-anxiety and calming properties. The lavender is obtained from steam distillation of the flowering tops of L. angustifolia.

What’s Trending – Worry Stones

Our team at A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic will be featuring a “What’s Trending” section, covering the latest and greatest trends within the naturopathic and holistic healing community. This week we will touch on Worry Stones.

Worry Stones, also known as Stress Pebbles, are smooth gem stones that are the shape of an oval with a thumb-sized indentation.

These stones are used to soothe stress and anxiety, while being a versatile aid for self-calming and meditation. Worry Stones are used by holding the stone between the index finger and thumb, and gently moving one’s thumb back and forth across the stone. Rub the stone when you feel worried or stressed.

Worry stones have the power to help soothe frazzled nerves. They are discreet, inexpensive, and all-natural. People who use worry stones report that they help ease creeping anxiety and other negative feelings. Research has shown that physical activity, even slight touch or movement, interrupts the brain from playing negative thoughts. While it may not solve your problems, it can diminish the intensity of the worry and help you move towards positive solutions.

Sourced from: Grove and Grotto

Christmas Fun Facts!

With Christmas right around the corner (8 days – eek!) we thought we’d share our favorite holiday fun facts from Factinate!

  1. Did you know… The first artificial tree Christmas Tree wasn’t a tree at all. It was created out of goose feathers that were dyed green!
  2. One of the reasons we leave milk and cookies for Santa is because Dutch children would leave food and drink out for St. Nicholas on his feast day.
  3. Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer was almost named Rollo or Reginald.
  4. Santa’s iconic red suit wasn’t always red. Prior to the 1930’s it was often pictured as white, green, and blue. Thomas Nast depicted Santa with a red coat in the late 19th century, and this inspired illustrator Haddon Sundblom in 1931 when he was tasked with creating advertisements for Coca-Cola. He depicted Santa as the red-suited, white haired, and rosy-cheeked man that we all know and love today.
  5. “Silent Night” is the most recorded Christmas song in history, with over 733 different versions copyrighted since 1978.
  6. The highest grossing Christmas movie of all time is “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”, the Jim Carrey version.
  7. One of the most popular times of the year for break-ups according to Facebook stats is the last two weeks leading up to Christmas! Maybe it’s the stress of the season. Interestingly, Christmas Day is the least common day to end a relationship (whewf!)
  8. Spiders are common Christmas tree decorations in Poland because, according to a legend, a spider wove the blanket for baby Jesus.
  9. Due to an incredibly successful marketing campaign, KFC became the best-selling restaurant for Christmas dinner throughout Japan. In Japan today, you must order your meal two months in advance if you want finger-lickin-good chicken on December 25!
  10. The Christmas tree became popular in 1846, after Prince Albert brought it to England when he married Queen Victoria. The two were sketched in front of a Christmas tree and the tradition became popular.

Lemon and Lavender Salt Soak

Discover just how soothing this lemon and lavender salt soak is in a nice cozy, warm bath (especially on a chilly November day!)

Lemon and Lavender Salt Soak – How To:

  • 3/4 cup Epsom salt
  • 1 tbsp Pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tbsp dried lavender buds (or 5 drops lavender essential oil)
  • Zest from ½ lemon (or 5 drops lemon essential oil)

Combine Epsom salts with Himalayan salt, then carefully mix in the lavender flowers and/or essential oil.  

Zest the lemon into the salts (or add lemon essential oil), stir, and then let rest for about 20 minutes so the ingredients can mingle.

Store the salt soak in a sealed container, refrigerated, until ready to use. (Salt soak that contains only essential oils instead of fresh lavender and lemon zest doesn’t need to be refrigerated.) 

To use, add to warm-hot running bath water, and enjoy a relaxing and soothing soak!

Reduce Stress and Provide Inner Calm

We all face stress in our day to day lives, from small annoyances like traffic jams, to major concerns like health problems. Regardless of the cause, stress can flood your body with hormones. This can increase heart rate, breathing, and tense muscles. The “Stress Response” is a normal bodily reaction to uncomfortable and threatening situations, honed in our history to help us survive threats like animal attacks or floods. In present day, we rarely face these threats, but challenging situations in daily life can still set off the stress response. We’ve provided some healthy ways to respond to stress, based on the “Relaxation Response.”

The Relaxation Response technique was first developed in the 1970’s at Harvard Medical School by Cardiologist, Dr. Herbert Benson. This response is the opposite of the stress response. It’s a state of profound rest that can be elicited in a number of different ways. With regular practice, you create a well of calm to dip into as the need arises.

  1. Breath Focus – In this simple yet powerful technique, you take long, slow, deep breaths (also known as abdominal or belly breathing). As you breathe, you gently disengage your mind from distracting thoughts and sensations.

    2. Body Scan – This technique blends breath focus with progressive muscle relaxation. After a few minutes of deep breathing, you focus on one part of the body or group of muscles at a time and mentally releasing any physical tension you feel there. A body scan can help boost your awareness of the mind-body connection.

    3. Guided Imagery – For this technique, you conjure up soothing scenes, places, or experiences in your mind to help you relax and focus. You can find free apps and online recordings of calming scenes – just make sure to choose imagery you find soothing and that has personal significance.

    4. Mindfulness Meditation – This practice involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing, and bringing your minds attention to the present moment without drifting into concerns about the past or the future. This form of meditation has enjoyed increasing popularity in recent years. Research suggests it may be helpful for people with anxiety, depression, and pain.

    5. Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong – These three ancient arts combine rhythmic breathing with a series of postures or flowing movements. The physical aspects of these practices offer a mental focus that can help distract you from racing thoughts. They can also enhance your flexibility and balance.

    6. Repetitive Mantras – For this technique, you silently repeat a short mantra or phrase while practicing breath focus. Some examples of repetitive mantras include, “I am enough”, “All is well”, or “Be still.”

Rather than choosing just one technique, experts recommend sampling several to see which one works best for you. Try to practice for at least 20 minutes a day, although even just a few minutes can help. The longer and the more often you practice these relaxation techniques, the greater the benefits and the more you can reduce stress.


Information sourced from: https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/six-relaxation-techniques-to-reduce-stress

Ways To Relax (5 minutes or less!)

Ways To Relax (in 5 minutes or less!)

  1. Sip green tea – Herbal green tea contains a source of L-Theanine, a chemical that helps relieve anger.
  2. Meditate – All it takes is five minutes of peace to reap the benefits of meditation. Find a comfortable spot in a quiet place, concentrate on your breath, and feel your anxiety disappear.
  3. Remember your breathing – Slow, deep breaths can lower blood pressure and heart rate.
  4. Rub your feet over a golf ball – Get an impromptu foot massage by rubbing your feet back and forth over a golf ball.
  5. Nosh on chocolate – A square of dark chocolate can help calm nerves, regulate levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and stabilize the metabolism. (And it’s delicious.)
  6. Drip cold water on your wrists – When stress hits, head for the sink and drop cold water on your wrists & behind your earlobes. There are major arteries right underneath the skin, so cooling these areas can help calm the entire body.
  7. Find the sun – If it’s a sunny day, head outside for an easy way to lift your spirits.
  8. Stretch – Take a few minutes to stand up for a quick stretch, which will help relieve muscle tension and relax your body during a busy work day.
  9. Write it down – Putting our emotions on paper can make them seem less intimidating. Try journalling to get your thoughts out.
  10. Try aromatherapy – Drip some lavender, tea tree, or spearmint oil into your palm and inhale. The soothing scents help quiet anxiety and stress by stimulating smell receptors in the nose that connect to the part of the brain that regulates emotions.

 

Courtesy of: https://greatist.com/happiness/40-ways-relax-5-minutes-or-less