I’m sharing Nature’s Creation Arnica as came sharply and painfully to my attention last night when I spilled some water on my kitchen floor. I neglected to dry the floor completely and I found myself skating ungracefully across the floor and falling heavily on my terracotta tiles with my coccyx bone taking the brunt of the fall. I immediately applied arnica cream and ice and sat on the couch feeling sorry for myself and in a lot of pain.

Today, with the help of Arnica, I’m able to walk but still in pain. I will continue to use it until the deep bruising has diminished and I’m pain-free.

Reading the INSIGHT at the bottom reminded me that my focus and mind was on making my dinner and getting out of the kitchen as quickly as possible and not on AWARENESS. The accident would not have happened if I had been aware of my body and movements. A good lesson!

Natures Creation ARNICA

NATURE’S CREATION ARNICA

Family: Asteraceae (or Compositae) – Aster family

Botanical Names: Arnica montana, Arnica angustifolia

Flower of Reconnection

Planets: Saturn, Moon

Element: water

Arnica species, known as Leopard’s Bane, Mountain Tobacco or Wolf’s Bane, are native to Europe and Siberia, northern and southwestern United States and parts of Canada.  Arnica montana and Arnica angustifolia grow wild in the temperate mountain forests and grassy areas of the central part of the European continent and in the mountains of Siberia.  The circumboreal and montane genus of Arnica montana is present mostly in the temperate regions of western North America and southern Canada.  In countries where Arnica is indigenous, it has a long history as a potent herbal remedy.

A member of the aster (sunflower) group, Arnica is a genus of about 30 species in the Asteraceae (Compositae) family.  The genus name Arnica is said to be derived from the Greek word arna meaning “lamb” … in reference to the soft leaves that resemble lambs’ ears. Greek , an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages, is the language of the Greeks. Native to the southern Balkans, it has the longest documented history of any Indo-European language, spanning 34 centuries of written records. In its ancient form, it is the language of classical…


According to a European folk tale, the medicinal value of Arnica was first recognised by shepherds who observed that their injured animals were attracted to the Arnica plant.  During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, countless physicians utilised Arnica preparations for contusions, bruises, sore muscles, and pain from arthritis and rheumatism.

Arnica montana is probably best known as an ointment for bruises and sprains.  Its anti-inflammatory properties improve local blood supply and accelerate healing.  Europeans first discovered the healing properties of Arnica in the sixteenth century.  However, use of Arnica is thought to have prevailed for centuries before that.  Native Americans were familiar with Arnica by the time the early settlers arrived in the “New World.”   They were already applying poultices of Arnica to soothe and heal strained muscles and bruises.  The settlers recognised the North American Arnica species (A. fulgens, A. sororia and A. cordifolia) and found their medicinal qualities to be closely related to those of the familiar European plant, Arnica montana.

Italian physician and naturalist Matthiolus (1501-1577) documented conclusive beneficial results from the use of Arnica as a tincture for bruises, rheumatic pains, heart weakness and asthma.   German scientist and writer Goethe (1749-1832) claimed Arnica saved his life when he was overcome by a life-threatening illness and high fever.  Arnica also has a long history of medicinal use in Russian and Swiss folk medicine.

In herbal form, Arnica is primarily restricted to external use.  Arnica extracts, ointments and compresses are used to reduce inflammation and pain from bruises, sprains, tendons, dislocations and swelling.  Plastic surgeons now recommend Arnica creams to their patients to reduce post-surgical bruising, and many athletes carry a tube in their gym bags. 

Arnica must be consumed orally only under strict guidance from a health professional.  The internal use of Arnica is limited to homoeopathic dosages due to its potential toxicity.  Homoeopathic doses are extremely diluted with no detectable amount of the plant.  Arnica in this form is considered safe for internal use when taken according to the directions of a homoeopath.  It is most often the first homoeopathic remedy used for injuries such as sprains and bruises.

Samuel Hahnemann, M.D., (1755-1843) pioneered today’s system of homoeopathic medicine.  Dr Hahnemann researched Arnica and experimented with it on hundreds of subjects.  The subjects, who were unaware of what they were taking, were asked to document the effects of Arnica over a long period of time.  The results were significant and he found that Arnica healed everything from physical injury trauma, gout and rheumatism to sleeping problems and emotional problems.  Today, Arnica montana is one of the most effective sports medicines, referred to as “the aspirin of homoeopathy.”

Plant-based medications are well researched in Germany, where Arnica is extremely popular and well known and an ingredient in as many as 300 herbal preparations.  Commission E (a therapeutic guide to herbal medicine), Germany’s authority on herbal medications and preparations, specifies Arnica as a treatment for various post-traumatic conditions such as bruises, sprains, contusions and rheumatic disorders.  Once prevalent, wild Arnica is now on the decline in Europe and America.  Since Arnica montana has become scarce in parts of Europe, the focus is now on cultivated crops.  

Arnica contains numerous active chemical constituents.  Recent studies confirm that terpenoids such as the sesquiterpene lactones helenalin and dihydrohelenalin are the major ingredients responsible for its beneficial effects, particularly the potent anti-inflammatory and antiseptic action.  The alkaloid arnicin is another main active principle of Arnica.  Other important constituents are 0.1 percent volatile oil containing thymol (antiseptic) and flavonoids (antioxidant). 

Daisy-like plants from the Asteraceae family that contain a high percentage of sesquiterpenoid lactones such as helenalin can cause allergic dermatis in some people.  Although Arnica is a valuable and dynamic herbal remedy, it is best to use it with caution and never take internally or apply to broken skin or open wounds.  To avoid an allergic reaction, it is best to use Arnica ointments and creams containing not more than 20-25 percent Arnica tincture. 

Parts Used Medicinally

The flowers, fresh or dried, are the parts most commonly used medicinally in tinctures, creams and ointments.  The constituents in the stems, leaves and rootstocks have a different composition to those in the florets and are seldom used.

Insight    

Studies show that 70 percent of human immune system response is connected to emotions.  If one is discontented or depressed the immune system becomes susceptible to dis-ease.  Modern Western philosophy and medicine are only just beginning to understand the relationship between the mind and physical health and how feelings, thoughts, attitudes and behaviour are interconnected with overall health.  Psychological and social stress have a strong effect on the immune system.  This knowledge is not new in Eastern philosophy.

Ayurveda is an ancient system of life (ayur) knowledge (veda) developed in India over 5000 years ago.  Chinese philosophy follows a similar belief system.

Ayurvedic belief is that man is a complex structure of physical, biological, mental and spiritual factors.  Disease or optimum health result from the interconnectedness between the self and the physical, mental and emotional environment.  Balance and harmony (homeostasis) must exist in order for the body to remain in a healthy state.  The goal of Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine is freedom from disease through a strong immune system.  It is acknowledged that negative thoughts and lifestyle can result in dis-ease and that illness is often a direct result of the relationship between self, personality and everything that goes into our mental, emotional and spiritual being.

Nature has designed us all to maintain perfect health.  Every day our immune system is exposed to millions of bacteria, viruses, allergens and other toxins.  If we are balanced on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels, we are able to maintain homoeostatic equilibrium, and the immune system remains strong and resists infection.  However, when stress, fatigue or poor nutrition weaken the immune system, ill health can develop.  If you have chosen the Arnica card, you may be having some “ah ha!” moments at this time, possibly relating to this information.

Optimal health is our birthright and in large part up to each of us.  Arnica teaches us this important lesson.  Every day we’re given the option to reconnect with our intuitive knowledge and make either positive or negative choices.  The body knows its own nature and what it requires to maintain proper balance.  When we make wise choices, we maintain wellbeing and happiness.  The universe has a way of giving us what we need and getting the message across in whatever manner necessary. Sometimes the learning process may appear negative and even harsh, but these lessons are actually a wake-up call and the Arnica card is letting you know it is worth listening.

Therefore, the lesson Arnica is imparting is to look to positive ways of releasing stress or negative patterns and find new or old (forgotten) ways of maintaining balance and good health.  If it feels right, look into nurturing yourself with some Ayurvedic massages.  Talk to an Ayurvedic practitioner for the best Ayurvedic treatment for you.  Ayurveda and yoga go hand in hand.  Taking up yoga and/or meditation along with Ayurvedic treatments would be ideal.  Use Arnica as a homoeopathic remedy to help with reconnecting whilst moving through this process.

“Please keep in mind the distinction between healing and treatment:  treatment originates from outside, whereas healing comes from within.”

Andrew Weil


 The Celestine Prophecy

I read the Celestine Prophecy some 20+ years ago. One of the most important teachings I learned from this wonderful book, and still use today, is how to determine and recognise the subtle energy manipulations that people use to draw most of us into their dramas. Learning and distinguishing between the four types of Energy Dramas has been a blessing. Once I learned this skill, I’ve been able to extinguishpotential flare-ups before they evolve, avoid energy drain and to give and receive energy in a positive way.

A subtle energy exists, previously undetected by science, that forms the basis of all things. Human perception of that energy starts with an increased awareness of beauty: people, animals, plants, ecosystems that have a high level of that energy appear particularly beautiful. By becoming aware of that energy, we become able to notice when and how we give and receive energy.

A fundamental assumption underlies most human interactions: we must compete for this energy, drawing it from others and protecting ourselves from others’ attempts to draw it from us. This leads to some nasty interactions.  

There are four main methods used to get energy, called “Control Dramas“

The 4 types of energy theft

Living The New Spiritual Awareness

Below James Redfield Explains the Control Dramas from the Celestine Prophecy and how to overcome them.

OVERCOMING THE POWER STRUGGLE

The great achievement of the interaction of psychologists was to identify and explain the way humans tend to compete and dominate each other because of a deep existential insecurity. It has been from the East, however, that we have gained further clarification of the psychology underlying this phenomenon.

As both science and mysticism demonstrate, humans are in essence a field of energy. Yet the East maintains that our normal energy levels are weak and flat until we open up to the absolute energies available in the universe. When this opening occurs, our chi – or perhaps we should call it our level of quantum energy – is raised to a height that resolves our existential insecurity. But until then we move around seeking additional energy from other people.

Let’s begin our discussion by looking at what really happens when two humans interact. There is an old mystical saying that where attention goes, energy flows. Thus, when two people turn their attention to one another, they literally merge energy fields, pooling their energy. The issue quickly becomes: Who is going to control this accumulated energy? If one can dominate, managing to get the other to defer to his point of view, to look at the world in his way, through his eyes, then this individual has captured both energies as his own. He feels an immediate rush of power, security, self-worth, even euphoria.

But those positive feelings are won at the other person’s expense, for the dominated individual feels off center, anxious, and drained of energy.

All of us have felt this way at one time or another. When we are forced to defer to someone who has manipulated us into confusion, thrown us off balance, shown us up, we suddenly feel deflated. And our natural tendency is to try to win energy back from the dominator, usually by any means necessary.

This process of psychological domination can be observed everywhere, and it is the underlying source of all irrational conflict in the human world, from the level of individuals and families all the way to cultures and nations. If we look realistically at society, therefore, we see it is an energy-competitive world, with people manipulating other people in very ingenious (and usually quite unconscious) ways. In light of the new understanding of the universe, we can also see that most of the manipulations used in this regard, most of the games people play, are the result of basic life assumptions. In other words, they form the individual’s field of intention.

When we move into interaction with another human being, we must keep all this in mind. Every person is an energy field consisting of a set of assumptions and beliefs that radiate outward and influence the world. This includes beliefs about what an individual thinks other people are like, and how to win inconversation.

Everyone has a unique set of assumptions and style of interaction in this regard, which I have called control dramas. I believe that these “dramas” fall along a continuum ranging from very passive to very aggressive.

Everything is EnergyAlbert Einstein

OVERCOMING OUR CONTROL DRAMA

Most of us, throughout life, hear various complaints from others about our behavioral patterns. The human tendency is to ignore or rationalize away these complaints in order to go on with our preferred style of life. Even now, when knowledge of self-defeating scripts and habits is becoming a greater part of human awareness, we find it very difficult to view our personal behavior in an objective manner.

In the case of severe control dramas in which a person has sought professional help, crisis reactions can undo years of progress and growth in counseling as the old patterns, once thought conquered, reappear. In fact, one of the emerging revelations among professional counselors is that true progress takes more than the catharsis that occurs during the personal exploration of early childhood traumas. 

We now know that to end these unconscious attempts to gain energyandsecurity, we must focus on the deeper, existential basis of the problem and look beyond intellectual insight to tap a new source of security that can function regardless of external circumstances.

Here I am referring to a different type of catharsis – one that the mystics have pointed to throughout history and one that we are rapidly hearing more about. Knowing what we do about the energy competitions in human society, our challenge is to look closely at ourselves, to identify our particular set of assumptions and the intentions that constitute our drama, and to find another experience that allows us to open up to our energy within.  

Here is a link to a good YouTube video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9vcRr3Wqnw 

 


If we can do one thing to benefit our overall well-being we should focus on maintaining vigorous gut health. I ended up with severe gut issues, bordering on leaky gut because I ignored the obvious signs of food intolerances and allergies. I continued eating gluten loaded food (because I love bread), high GI sugar foods and dairy. I was aware that my gut was in poor shape and what was causing the problem but I was stuck in a “Ground Hog Day” scenario where I was repeating these lifelong habits until my gut finally said, “NO MORE!”

Almost a year ago I went to an amazing wellness retreat and I began to listen after I was tested for food intolerances and allergies and clearly explained the dire consequences of continuing to eat these foods. Most of us have an idea of what foods our gut likes or dislikes and deep down we know which ones we are intolerant of. However, we tend to ignore the signs because we love certain foods and we really don’t want (or know how) to change anything. As a herbalist, I was aware I had gut issues with certain foods but I didn’t realise how much damage I was creating by continuing to eat these foods. I was taking all the right supplements, however in the wrong form. Because of my severe gut issues, I was unable to assimilate these supplements in the solid form. I was literally “spinning my wheels” and going nowhere. With fairly severe arthritis, along with my gut issues, and my continued weight gain, I decided it was time to get to the root cause and make whatever changes necessary.

If you have been having gut issues for a while and none of the recommendations below help, I suggest you look into having food intolerance and allergy testing. I recommend going to a Naturopath or an alternative doctor who can do live and dry blood testing or

guide you to a practitioner who can. In Australia, I know of only a small handful of people who do this type of testing. This testing will also identify parasites, abnormal bacteria, yeasts and other gastrointestinal issues, which will help you create a supplement and diet plan. The test will also show up heavy metals in the body but an additional test like the Oligo scan will identify which heavy metals are involved. I had mercury, cadmium, and lead. Heavy metals can cause myriad health problems, but a good Naturopath will know how to eliminate them.

Excerpts from Kris Carr’s – 7 Ways to Improve Gut Health

Your gut holds trillions of bacteria that help process your food, produce nutrients, and fight disease. In fact, there are ten times more bacteria in your gut than cells in your entire body! Balanced gut bacteria is fundamental to overall health. Since what you eat, drink and think affects the environment in your gut. Your daily choices play a critical role in whether those trillion plus bacteria help or hinder your well-being.

But when the harmful bacteria stage a revolt, all hell breaks loose. They totally gum up the works and cause painful problems like inflammation and infection, which can then lead to health issues such as constipation, candida, allergies, arthritis, headaches, depression, autoimmune diseases and more.

Medications (especially antibiotics and antacids), environmental toxins and chemicals, stress and illness greatly affect the ratio of good to bad bacteria. When bacteria are wiped out indiscriminately, the good guys get mowed down, giving the bad guys a chance to increase their ranks. Hello, chronic health issues.

The food you eat also affects the ratio of good to bad bacteria. Everything you consume is processed and either absorbed into your body or eliminated via your gut. Your gut completes the amazing task of digesting your food and pulling the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals out of the food so that they can be absorbed into your bloodstream.

Your gut is a major component of your immune system.

Did you know that about 60-70% of your immune system lives in your gut?

Meet your GALT, also known as gut-associated lymphoid tissue. Your GALT lies just below the mucosal lining of the gut wall. It’s very thin (only one cell thick!), and most importantly — it’s integral to your immune system. The GALT contains specialized immune structures called Peyer’s patches that are filled with immune cells, such as B cells and T cells, which are responsible for recognizing and neutralizing harmful bacteria. When pathogenic bacteria visit your gut via food or your environment, the Peyer’s patches trigger your immune response to prevent them from passing through the gut wall.

Another way your gut protects you from infection and disease is through an abundance of healthy bacteria.

To keep harmful bacteria from overthrowing your gut, healthy bacteria need to thrive and cover your gut wall — the only thing standing between everything inside your gut and your bloodstream. It helps to imagine that your gut wall is a parking lot. There are a limited number of “parking spots” along your gut wall. You want good bacteria parked in those spaces so bad bacteria are crowded out. Keep those spaces filled by adopting the following gut health.

Now that you know how important your gut health is to your overall wellbeing, how can you take care of your spectacular gut?

1. Take a probiotic supplement: A daily probiotic supplement will help boost the good bacteria in your gut, keeping the bad guys under control, boosting your immune system and easing digestive issues. This is especially helpful when you’re taking a medication, such as an antibiotic that has wiped out a large amount of gut bacteria. Any health food shop can recommend a probiotic.

2. Eat probiotic whole foods: You can also eat whole foods that are fermented and contain large amounts of good bacteria. Sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, microalgae and coconut kefir are fantastic plant-based probiotic-rich foods. When looking for probiotic-rich foods, avoid vinegar-based and/or pasteurized varieties, since these elements kill good bacteria. You want to pick up (or make!) lacto-fermented probiotic foods (FYI–this is a plant-friendly approach, no whey is necessary). If you’re interested in making your own probiotic foods, Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz is a popular book on the subject. Word to the wise: Get educated on fermenting at home before diving in–it can be risky if you don’t know what you’re doing!

3. Eat prebiotic whole foods: Certain foods feed and support the growth of good bacteria. By eating more whole, plant-based, fibre-filled foods, you’re fuelling the bacteria that support your health. Raw onions, garlic, dandelion greens, artichokes, and bananas are some of the best prebiotic foods to add to your diet.

4. Eat regularly, but not constantly (eat your last meal of the day preferably before 6pm): To give your gut a chance to clean up and clear out bacteria and waste, it needs a rest from digestion. Every 90 minutes to two hours, the smooth muscle in your intestines move and groove to keep bacteria and waste truckin’ through your digestive tract. But this process is put on hold every time you eat. Can you see why snacking constantly slows down digestion and contributes to bacterial overgrowth? I’m not saying that you need to fast for long periods — eating regularly helps prevent constipation and bloating — but it’s best to take breaks between meals.

5. Stay hydrated: A good rule of thumb for staying hydrated is drinking half your bodyweight in ounces of water each day. For example, if you weigh 130 pounds, you should drink about 65 ounces of water. That’s about eight 8-ounce glasses of water. Your gut needs water to keep bacteria and waste moving through your digestive system, which will help prevent constipation and bloating. When you’re dehydrated, these issues can throw off the balance of bacteria in your gut and lead to inflammation. Give your gut a hand and drink more H2O!

6. Cut out refined sugar and processed foods: When you consume processed, sugar-laden, refined foods, you’re giving bad bacteria an all-you-can-eat buffet, which increases the likelihood of developing gut issues and associated illnesses.

7. Reduce stress:  The brain and the gut are closely connected and communicate with each other. When you experience chronic stress, your brain goes into fight or flight mode, causing your digestion and blood flow in the gut to slow down, the muscles that push along waste and bacteria to freeze up and the secretions for digestion to decrease. All of these stress responses equal a poorly functioning gut! Take care of your gut health by coping with stress through breath work, yoga, meditation, therapy, time in the outdoors and the countless other stress reduction techniques available to you.