Peppermint - one of those oils with a whole lot of benefits.
When digested, it promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing. When diffused, it can boost energy and alleviate anxious feelings. When used topically, it can stimulate circulation and relieve head tension and muscle fatigue OR cool your jets when you need that relief fast. I particularly love it when I am feeling too much tension from sitting indoors when all my people are outside having fun. Or feeling "computer shoulders" and it's creeping up the back of my neck to cause problems.
This leaping season of spring, give the gift of peppermint by making these yummy chocolate brownies. They’ll curb your sweet cravings, boost protein, and give you all the added benefits of Peppermint oil.
Bonus! Kids (even the big ones) love them, and you don't need any added sugar for this minty splash with the chocolate!
Healthy Peppermint Black Bean Brownies
Peppermint black bean brownies are a delicious and nutritious twist to a traditional chocolate brownie. You might be nervous about baking with black beans, but don't be—they have a very mild flavor and are extremely rich, creamy, and full of protein. Peppermint boosts the flavor of your brownie with a nice twist on this rich classic!
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NEW MOON CIRCLE & WELLNESS COACHING
The gates are now open.
YOU are invited.
NEW MOONS are all about new beginnings and fresh starts... and exponentially more powerful due to the fresh new burst of Spring!
Today, I Invite YOU to give your Sacred YES.
Yes to Blending Wellness and Spiritual growth.
Yes to exploring your full potential while enjoying community energy in circle with custom wellness guidance.
As we are straddling in balance between light and dark right now during Equinox season, it will take a big burst of energy to move fully into the light. Can you feel the tug this week? It's been potent and maybe too powerful to sleep easily...like it has for me!
Our leap together into the active, exciting season of Light is similar to the energy a seed requires to break through its hull. There is a big burst and then, hopefully smooth sailing. Let's move through this burst together! I Invite you to Step into our Conscious Community to feel connected and supported during these times!
Registration closes soon for this living New Moon Circle + Personal Wellness workshop starting this coming moon circle on April 11. Drop-in for just the circle OR join us for three months of offerings & focus on your healthy habits in personal sessions. If you sign up by this coming Monday, 4/5/21 as a Master or Curious Basket Weaver, you will get the bonus new moon magic box in the mail!
Yay! Learn more about this unique living workshop HERE.
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You will receive a zoom link via email when we receive your registration.
What a time we are living through!
I find myself really needing to check my responses to things happening in daily life, and asking if I am reacting... or responding. I realize we are all carrying such baggage from things that happened in our past, maybe unresolved, even unforgiven. Part of our human condition, for sure, yielding reactions that may be overly strong, instead of appropriate responses.
Are these externally-directed responses to internal emotions? Maybe yes. Maybe no. Meditation helps, yes. Our new moon circle was soothing for these fires I feel within, this last Saturday. The Shadow work helps so much, soothing our inner child and learning more about what is needed there.
So when I worked on my family yesterday, preparing for vaccine repeat and helping soothe a sore throat with a protocol from my Symphony of the Cells book... I couldn't help but feeling such appreciation for the essence of thyme. The oil is similar to oregano, but somehow so much more soothing to me right now. My sequence of oils placed oregano and thyme right next to each other in the lineup, and while oregano felt harsh and almost obtrusive, thyme had a sweet, flexible scent and feel.
Dipping into the Essential Emotions book, I was comforted with what I learned about thyme oil being the oil of releasing and forgiving. That this oil is one of the most powerful cleansers of the emotional body and helpful in releasing trapped feelings that have been long buried. While thyme can bring out unresolved negativity, clearing stagnant feelings, it can be helpful in treating toxic emotions. Transformation of rage, anger, and resentment can empty the soul of negativity and open our hearts.
This appeals so much to me, I now understand why it was drawing me in on a subconscious level, into awareness. It is my goal to find those places where my heart is closed, and soothe them so I may receive and give love more. I am no therapist, but I do know in my cells that emotional bondage is not where I want to live.
It turns out, Thyme has been used by the ancient Greeks to fight against infectious illnesses. This oil has also historically showed tonic effects on the nerves and stomach. This has been helpful for respiratory challenges and imbalances in the throat, and has been described as helping to relieve depressive thoughts and aid in concentration.
Louise Hay was one of the first authors I read who describes our mind-body connection, and the need to delve beneath the surface of any injury. She shares that healing the underpinnings of imbalanced physical states, those emotional or mental connections, we may bring light and a condition for healing. I so appreciate this insight and affirmation it provides, and the ability to share her insights with my own experience.
I have been thinking a lot lately about Fear. As a people, we have experienced huge fear over this last bit of time. Fear causes contraction, the opposite of expansion...as we have planted the seeds of our move into Aquarius, we are called to expand! So if things are feeling incongruent or inconsistent to you lately, this could be why.
The Heroes Journey is something Joseph Campbell wrote about as inevitable in our soul's evolution. This journey is the foundation of so many epic movies and legendary tales: the story line involves a hero who goes on an adventure, is victorious in a decisive crisis, and comes home changed or transformed. This journey is presented in our everyday lives, but how many of us recognize it as such?
In it lies the answer of how to step out of fear, find our truth, and move forward in the decisive action! If we look to this model, then we see the antidote for fear is Courage. Like Joan of Arc, who was incredibly afraid, but also recognized her soul's journey, and her life's mission: "I was made for this, and I have no choice." Courage (coming from Coeur-age, or open heartedness) can bring us into the truest and most authentic version of ourselves. And this allows us to move out of fear and into our highest self. Our soul's mission. Our own personal dharma.
As a Scorpio, firstborn daughter of a master mariner, member of the Rainbow Tribe, children's author, researched Scientist and Shaman's apprentice...I have been through some deep, dark shadow work. My own healing has been lifelong and always comes through in waves. We talk about the path of ascension looking like a spiral ladder, as we rise with our work and realizations, we see the same issues, but from a slightly different point of view. I have gone to the ends of the earth to study with masters and gurus, at ashram and monastery, trail and beach, narrowly avoiding natural disaster and finding the gems hidden within. What I realized is our ability to take our own journey right here, where we are, with what we are being offered. It is never too late to begin or to take the next step.
What I have uncovered in the intersection between my scientific research and my spiritual/wellness path... is that personal wellness and global health goes hand in hand. Surely, this can look like the Hero's Journey as we are in the spiral and going through it. When we are able to process when we feel safe, whole, held, nourished, and loved, then we can digest what needs to be inspired, adventured, uncovered, discovered, thus overflowing our own cup and living in a state of decision making to protect our planet and serve the higher good. I have found the new moon to be ripe with opportunity for shadow work, and as we get quiet, we are able to glean the jewels from our own depths. Our own darkness. Shadow. Over the last few years, my practice with the new moon cycles has been growing and strengthening. To this end, I have found much joy in creating a rich basket of community and safe nurturing inner work space for others.
I am so excited to let you know that in this coming moon cycle, I'll be opening up spots in a New Moon Magic program I am curating! This will be a consistent, nurturing way for you to join our circle and find support for your own creative personal process for a period of the 3 moons of winter! This will be a guided new moon circle as an online gathering with ritual, ceremony, journal prompts, guided journey and other tools for inner exploration. You will be prompted a week ahead of time with any tools you may need or supplies I have for you. The growth possibilities are truly endless with this richly supported program. Knowing how feelings of community and connectedness can prompt daring steps of karmic growth and dharmic mission, this program grows common-unity. To support this, our schedule will also include a 1:1 session with me halfway through each month, to help support your personal intentions and help you to bring them into fruition in the most rich and connected, nourished way.
Align yourself to the stars to remember what you are made of.
Ground yourself deeply to the center of the earth.
Find your footing.
Take some deep breaths.
See with your third eye, the vantage point of angels and eagles.
We are here to support you.
Our connections are many and strong. Our basket of community is complex and rich in its texture, culture, elements, jewel toned hues. Reach out if it has been too quiet of late and you need reminding. I am here.
I see you. I celebrate you. Keep going. You are doing great.
Keep up your self care. Overflow your own cup. Call those who remind you of your gifts and love who you truly are. This New Moon Magic circle will launch on January 13, with the first new moon cycle of 2021. You are wholeheartedly invited, please reply to this note if you want to know more and claim your seat!
A Blessed turning of the Ages and entry into the Age of Aquarius to you and your sweet familiars. I don’t know about you, but I am So Ready for unity and a clear sense of connectedness!
This can feel bumpy. Uncomfortable. Not familiar. Even icky as we try to integrate what we've never seen done before.
(for example, this pandemic has wreaked havoc in our little house with not being able to find enough social variability. Our Christmas morning was sweet and quickly overwhelmed with technology and frustration, sugar and caffeine. We needed to get a change of emotional scenery so we piled into the green toaster and headed uphill. Fresh air, connection with nature, a blizzard and some squeals got us back on track)
And yet, this time can prove out the brightest positive change we have felt! I have been receiving some great downloads lately, my friends. In sharing the essence of these, I want to give hope. Inspiration. A sense of belonging. Maybe some reasonable explanations for the wacky things we are all feeling and moving through.
...We ARE One.
You are not alone.
I see You.
You are Loved.
You are Held.
We can speak different languages but the golden thread of our human experience connects us.
We can want the same outcomes for humanity, and have different ideas about how we get there.
Our hearts are unified.
You are Beautiful.
It is Time.
What is at least one thing YOU Dream of Birthing in this new time? I'd love to know. How can I support YOUR Dreams?
Part of my dream is detoxing. Would you be interested in a full body cleanse starting in two weeks time? The 30 day protocol is up on my Personal & Planetary Health FB group, if you are interested... reach out! Let's coordinate and support each other in this path.
Holding the torch for us each, together, for grace and for our greatest turning,
Today is a new moon and a solar eclipse. These are wild times, with the massive energetic ride culminating at the Winter Solstice, December 21!
YOU get to decide what you wish to create during this great shifting sand of time.
This time can feel like a runaway train. So much uncertainty, so much feeling of not knowing, of not trusting, of confusion. Picking up speed.
Getting still, listening, uncovering and naming our clear intentions, finding insights and heart centered openness together can be an antidote.
Would a little assistance be welcome to facilitate your own clearing and healing through this? Let us play in this generosity of spirit together.
This Tuesday evening, tomorrow, I will lead a guided meditation for the new moon and solar eclipse and gear us up for the Winter Solstice online. We will drop into our heartspace and talk briefly about accessing all our 3 brains (head, heart, and belly) to bring authenticity to our experience. There will be cards pulled, and I will play a role I simply love, taking you on a guided journey. Plus, I will be making a smoothing, inspiring roller ball essential oils Changing Ages blend tomorrow to share, and these will be available for your curbside pickup! If you are not local, I can ship to you.
With this Solstice also serving to conjunct Jupiter and Saturn, we see this configuration supporting all systems being up for review. The last time this configuration occurred, the Magna Carta was signed. All the things we have lived with for the last 800 years, are under question and ready for some critical review. If we are able to keep our eyes trained to the stars, we are able to move in gracefully grounding, giving up what does not serve, and finding presence in creating a life made up of our collective highest good.
What do you dream of bringing into being or allowing? Do you dream of improved health, creating our dream life, learning to train eyes to the stars, or finding inner calm to weather this storm?
YOU ARE INVITED!
New moon- solar eclipse guided meditation and connection to prepare for the opening of the conjunction portal on the longest night of the year.
When? Tuesday, 12/15/20, 5:30 pm PST.
Where? My Zoom Room! Doors open from 5:20 until 5:35 pm.
The link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89663157686
How? Must RSVP/ Register early! By honor/donation,
$13-22 USD recommended.
Venmo @lynell-garfield OR apple pay 530-277-8719
Guided meditation is a wonderful tool to trust and sink into our higher self for the wisdom we do possess within! YOU DO have all the answers within, and you have a natural state of inspired health and wellness. I am blessed to be here to help you find this. There are so many light beings rooting you on! YOU are doing great.
I feel so blessed to be able to help facilitate your and our collective growth. You deserve to find your most genuine light for yourself to light up, and by taking good care of you with robust self care and forgiveness, you give others permission to do the same.
Thank you for your authentic presence through these times. YOU are the one you have been waiting for.
For Our Connection.
For Your Presence.
For Open Heartedness.
For All the Possibilities.
Fo Reflections of Greatness.
Now I know, we need to find inner balance to create outer health.
Im-Balance compromises Immunity. On All Levels. Are you open to finding your balance and most resilient self? Maybe it's time for your next level of healing!I Love to help others find better health and resonance through living our best lives. If I can help you with this niggling challenges; sleep, exercise, metabolism, pain, inflammation, heart hurts, or detoxing, my zoom door is open and the tea kettle is warm!
One teeny step I've learned... that a ritual of writing notes expressing gratitude – especially if we are feeling anxious, depressed, or stressed out – can strengthen those parts of the brain that give us the power to improve our behavior and to change our limiting habits. Those niggling things that limit our ability to achieve the goals we want. The health we crave. The life we dream of. The love we are worthy of!
In calling forth our own highest good in these pressurized weeks leading up to the end of the year, I am loving these oils for courageousness and think you might also.
Friends, the new moon is but a week away. This period of waning brings us through forgiveness into surrender to what is. These oils will support you in gracefully grounding, giving up what does not serve, and finding presence in creating a life made up of your highest good.
You are Invited!
If you would like to grow your toolkit for more resiliency and strong health, I invite you to join me for a super relevant short course I am offering through the Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) in January. This is focused on Immunity to support our collective highest good as humanity. The link: Resilient Immunity Course.
I am also wanting to remind you of your ability to receive free Frankincense this month only, and if you are quick on your toes, a free Balsam Fir and ornament too! Looking to feel good and naturalize your healthy care with cellular function support?
Frankincense and Lifelong Vitality are the ticket.
I am excited to be YOUR personal shopper for those on your list this year,
so you can earn your free Frank!
(a free 70$ value when you order 200 pv in product during December).
To take me up on this offer, reply to this note and let's set a short call to compare notes for your family and friends! I can simplify and help focus your gifting ideas for bringing health to those you love!
As we move through our own challenges into our dreams, I want to encourage you to get still at least once a day, and listen. Those inner voices can bring so much clear grace, and natural growth leading to overflow! Be good to yourself. Relax into the the idea that you have a natural state of health and wellness, and that YOU can do hard things!
I welcome you to reach out to me. How are YOU weathering these tumultuous times? I'd love to know, with any tools, tips and tricks for finding your center. Just click the reply button, and drop me a note!
Your presence is such a gift to those around you, and you deserve to feel good. Thank you for sharing part of your day with me and brightening up this world with your light!
Surgery can be a traumatic and stressful experience for anyone; as a single person, married, parent or grandparent; this challenge does not skip anyone and so it connects us. If undergoing elective surgery, there are many things you can do ahead of your admission date which will significantly improve your recovery and healing time. If you have very little time to plan because of the urgency of the problem or if you are taken to hospital as an emergency with no time to plan at all, don’t worry: there is much that can be done once the worst is over and the operation is complete, even while you are still in the hospital.
Don’t feel concerned if you don’t find specific instructions for your type of surgery — these recommendations are appropriate for any type of surgery and are based on strengthening your immunity, increasing and supporting your body’s natural healing capabilities and restoring the intricate mind-body connection, balance and harmony which is critical to achieving deep and lasting health.
Remember to always consult your GP, anaesthetist or surgeon if you feel doubts or uncertainty about any natural therapy or supplements you may wish to take.
Preparing for elective surgery
You can take steps to speed up your recovery even before you go under the surgeon’s knife. Ensuring you have good foundation of nutrition prior to your admission, is paramount for recovering after surgery. Ensure you drink plenty of water and cut down on fatty foods, caffeine, sugar and alcohol. Plenty of water: over half your body weight in ounces. My rule of thumb is 100 oz/day. Eat plenty of whole grains, fruit and vegetables, healthy protein sources and in particular foods high in Vitamin C and A. High-quality protein such as found in fish, eggs, legumes, nuts and seeds (walnuts, almonds) will greatly support your body’s healing mechanisms.
The use of specific vitamin and mineral supplements before surgery can help quicken healing of tissue damage after surgery and reduce wound healing time. They will also help you build a healthy and strong immune system to protect you from infection and assist in strengthening your adrenal glands (the endocrine glands responsible for managing all types of stress) for optimal recovery.
Some of the most important pre-surgery supplements are antioxidants including Vitamins A and C, selenium, and zinc. Zinc is best taken prior to surgery and has been shown to reduce wound healing time, rapidly reduce wound size and bolster immune function to help ward off infection. Vitamins A and C are integral to immune function and healing and are recommended to be taken before and after surgery. Also, B12 and iron both aid bone marrow in forming new blood cells.
Finally, it’s quite normal to be nervous before your surgery and you may wish to try a few drops of the Bach flower Rescue Remedy, which helps calm the nerves and reduce worry. Aromatherapy, using frankincense, copaiba, lavender, and citrus essential oils are wonderful for calming as well. There are many that can help to calm, because we are all biological beings and our systems may prefer something a little different than your neighbor. It's great that there are options with similar endpoints.
Herbs and supplements to avoid at least 2 weeks before surgery
May increase bleeding/affect blood pressure:
Garlic, ginseng, ginkgo biloba, feverfew, vitamin E, liquorice, fish oils.
May affect anaesthetic/medications:
St John’s Wort, liquorice, kava root, valerian, melatonin, gotu kola, echinacea, goldenseal.
Remember to consult your doctor about any supplements and medications you may be taking, especially if taking warfarin or other blood-thinning medications.
Hypnosis, visualisation, guided imagery and meditation
Studies from numerous American hospitals including the Mayo and Cleveland clinics and the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City have shown that patients who use self-help techniques before and after surgery — including hypnosis, music therapy, relaxation, breathing, visualization, guided imagery and meditation — may require less medication, undergo less pain and experience faster wound healing and shorter hospital stays.
“Simple mind-body techniques like relaxation breathing and vividly imagining the best possible outcome of surgery prior to the procedure can reduce anxiety, sleep disturbance and even the surgical stress response itself,” says psychologist Jeffrey Greeson. More than 30 institutions in the States have these practices as part of their treatment and care regimens.
I have personally used positive visualization techniques to create calming and help promote the best possible outcome during a high risk pregnancy. It worked well for me! They say that the mind must first see what the body is expected to do. Many athletes have created success for themselves leaning heavily on mind-training techniques, as they complete the rigorous physical training required.
In - hospital stay
Following your operation, you will likely spend at least one night in the hospital, where the medical staff can closely monitor you, control your pain and ensure you are on your way to recovering. While in hospital it may be impossible or impractical to take supplements, be in control of what you eat or get adequate sleep. However, there are some simple things which will start you on the road to recovery!
Herbal teas can help in the days following surgery. For example, ginger has been shown to reduce nausea, a common side-effect of anaesthesia and pain-relieving drugs. In one study of 60 women undergoing major gynaecological surgery, ginger was found equally effective to metoclopramide, a traditional medication used for preventing postoperative nausea. Chamomile tea will relax you and help you sleep. You could have a friend or relative bring some to you in a thermos or even as tea bags which you can pop into hot water. Always make sure you get your healthcare providers’ approval before using herbal teas.
Hospitals are not exactly renowned for their appetizing, nutritious meals so, if you’re able, ask a friend or relative to bring food in which will help build your strength and immunity. If you’re able to eat in hospital and have an appetite, try to keep your choices low-fat and easy to digest. Good examples would be broths and juices (especially fresh) and salads. Miso soup would be perfect, because it’s easily digested and helps replenish the intestinal flora. You will probably have to ask a relative or friend to bring these in for you because most hospitals won’t have it on their menu.
In hospital, make sure you are receiving something in the form of a laxative support from the staff to help prevent constipation. Analgesics and staying in bed will contribute to constipation. They may forget to ask specifically how your bowel habits are and it is crucial not to become constipated as this increases abdominal pain, places increasing strain on abdominal incisions due to the distension and prevents good elimination of toxins. When ordering your meals, don’t forgot good old-fashioned prunes and drink plenty of fluids if you are able. A nice option is essential oils which can tone the bowels and improve movement. Certified pure therapeutic grade oils are sourced, tested, and formulated in such a way to be considered "generally safe for consumption" by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (US FDA). When we see a "supplement facts" box on the bottle of essential oils, this indicates this standard and ability to be used internally. With this high quality of oils, internal supplementation can be helpful to soothe using just a drop or two at a time in water: any of the digestive stimulating oils found in ancient Ayurvedic teachings, including peppermint, ginger, fennel, anise, tarragon.
Unpack your healing, soothing music to play in your portable tape or CD player just in case you have trouble sleeping or need a little inspiration or encouragement. Use some aromatherapy oils that have both relaxing and antidepressant effects, such as neroli, chamomile, magnolia and lavender.
Recovering at home after surgery
The path to recovery, as mentioned previously, is obviously going to be different in different patients and will certainly vary depending on the type of procedure and whether elective or unplanned (emergency). However, there are general principles and therapies that will help everyone recovering from surgery, regardless of procedure, to help heal the body, mind and spirit.
Recovering involves three key things from our wellness pyramid: rest, good nutrition, and exercise. Sufficient sleep and rest are essential to strengthening the immune system, rebuilding the nerves and speeding the healing of injuries or recovery from surgery. You may find you need frequent naps throughout the day, which is normal and to be expected.
Eat a healthy diet of foods that you enjoy eating to stimulate the appetite and boost energy levels. Post-surgical patients require increased protein intake to repair injured tissue, strengthen the immune system and support vital organ function. Avoid junk food during the healing process, especially processed fats such as hydrogenated oils and homogenised milk fats — they interfere with healthy cell wall construction and healing tissue.
Gentle exercise such as slow, short walks strengthens the muscles, restores healthy circulation, strengthens the immune system and helps prevent respiratory problems like pneumonia and deep-vein thrombosis or clots, often associated with lengthy periods of bed rest. Walking and other exercise will also improve lymphatic circulation, helping your body move the waste products out so new blood can circulate to your wound site and any damaged tissue can rebuild without stagnation. Start slowly and gradually increase the length and intensity of the exercise as your body recovers.
Essential recovery plan
Reduce worry by focusing on other activities such as reading, listening to music, or watching a movie. Practise deep breathing exercises to release stress and tension. Learn to relax by listening to calming music or thinking of pleasant images. Interaction with friends and family will increase your recovery. Resume previous interests and hobbies and try and get out of the house for short periods of time.
Yoga involves specific breathing exercises that are tailored for post-surgical recovery. Meditation provides immense benefits, as it has numerous restorative powers, helps in healing with visualisation and provides peace of mind, which is really essential post-surgery. Numerous studies have shown it boosts the immune system and helps control pain. Both yoga and meditation are well recognized to reduce stress and anxiety, which is critical for recovery and healing.
Supplements for healing
After your surgery, your body’s tissues and cells need extra nutrients and support to heal. Unless there is an ongoing issue with bleeding or the need for blood thinners, you may restart the herbs and supplements you stopped prior to your surgery. Once again, remember to let your doctor know.
Amino acids complex.
Post-surgical patients tend to exhibit accelerated protein turnover and synthesis, but the increased synthesis rates seem to be inadequate to support required amino acid levels. Therefore it’s ideal to take supplements in the form of an amino acid complex which can be bought at any healthfood store. The amino acids serve to enhance immune system function, support vital organ function and promote wound repair.
Essential fatty acids.
Just as increased protein consumption is required for surgical patients, essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants are valuable micronutrients that are crucial for healing. Fatty Acids such as omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 polyunsaturated fatty acids are essential for repair of cell walls after a stressful event. Great dietary sources of these are to be found in flaxseed, walnuts, eggs, fish, fish oils and marine sources such as mussels.
Silica, zinc, calcium and magnesium.
Silica helps heal skin, ligaments, and other tissues. Zinc is critical to the body’s immune system, DNA synthesis and repair processes. Magnesium is important for wound healing and calcium for bone growth and repair, and also calming to the nervous system.
The sun has long been known to accelerate wound healing quite dramatically, probably by producing vitamin D in the skin. Patients who are exposed to sunlight heal much faster than those who are not. Phototherapy can also help wounds heal quickly. Cellular DNA responds by speeding up the repair process.
Echinacea, garlic, goldenseal.
If you have any concerns regarding infections, whether they are wound or even chest infections, remember nature’s own antibiotics. Do not take goldenseal if pregnant as its chief constituent, berberine, has been reported to cause uterine contractions and increase levels of bilirubin. We have also seen evidence of immune boosting and infection busting effects with cinnamon, clove, oregano, tea tree and Melissa essential oils.
Siberian ginseng, gentian, astragalus, rhodiola.
Tonic and strengthening herbs such as these can help with stress, digestion and immune function. Also, the herb horsetail is known to support wound healing due to its high silica content, which can help strengthen tissues. On an essential oils front, frankincense oil is powerful for tissue support and celery seed oil works as a tonic for esophagus, upper GI, stomach, lower GI, and colon, soothing all the tissues as it proceeds along.
Acupuncture can help speed wound recovery.
Needling the tissues near the wound can boost local circulation and help eliminate scar tissue. Scars often run across the body’s meridians; that is, the channels of the body that spread qi (vital energy). Acupuncture techniques heal by stimulating the movement of blood and qi, which may be constricted by incisions and scars.
Acidophilus/probiotics and yogurt.
If you had to take a course of antibiotics due to your surgery, remember that the body has lower levels of all types of bacteria, including the beneficial bacteria produced in the colon, such as acidophilus. The effects of antibiotic use on intestinal flora can last for many weeks even after stopping the drug and lead to yeast overgrowth, chronic infections, poor digestion, fatigue or allergies. One of best ways to repopulate the good bacteria is to consume yogurt with probiotics. Probiotics are living organisms which, when ingested in large enough quantities, produce beneficial effects. It is important to choose the right probiotic supplement for you, preferably one that is enteric ally coated to make it through stomach acid intact, and one containing a prebiotic as well is even better.
Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapples and is useful for reducing post-op swelling and inflammation. This can found in digestive enzyme supplements made from raw, whole foods and will accelerate healing by supporting the survival need, digestive enzymes. Quercetin is also an excellent anti-inflammatory and will assist recovery from surgery and traumatic injuries. Quercetin is found in capsule form in high level supplements, sourced from dependable sources. Curcumin, the active principle in turmeric oil, has been shown in clinical studies to reduce the inflammation that occurs following surgery and facilitate wound healing following surgery. You may have heard that turmeric needs to be bioactivated, and this is due to the complex chemistry within. Curcuminoids are present in turmeric oil, and Turmerols present in the turmeric spice, and these compounds can bioactivate each other. By using the oil and spice together, we see the best results by integrating the two.
Grape seed extract is an extremely powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals and promotes healthy circulation. Twenty times stronger than Vitamin C and 50 times stronger than Vitamin E, it has been shown to reduce the oedema (fluid retention) that occurs after surgery and improve the structural integrity of blood vessels.
A number of essential oils can be very helpful in your recovery on a physical, mental and emotional level. Helichrysum is thought to release energy, unblocking and regulating this essential energy in the body, and is known to reduce pain, work as an analgesic and regenerative. Lavender oil is highly regarded for its relaxing effect on the nervous system, with an overall balancing effect on the mind and the emotions. Sprinkling a few drops on your pillow before bed will help you sleep calmly and soundly. Chamomile essential oil has a soothing, calming effect which helps relieve cramps and spasms. It is very important to source essential oils which have been tested and are trusted. One such signal of this is the Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade symbol on the bottle. Another is the supplement facts box, added to the label by the US FDA.
B vitamins. It is recommended that patients take a high-potency B-Complex vitamin to help post-operative healing, boost the immune system and adrenals and increase energy production and nerve repair.
Vitamin C is an extremely important component for full post-operative recovery. The minimum required intake of vitamin C to maintain healthy bodily function is about 500mg to 1g per day following surgery. Vitamin C is required to make collagen, the connective tissue in the skin that helps healing and prevents blistering. It strengthens scar tissue, helps to strengthen the immune system and is critical to adrenal function.
Vitamin E is a wonderful wound healer and also works as an antioxidant, mopping up all the surgery-initiated production of large amounts of free radicals. Surgery also increases the likelihood of vitamin E depletion.
If you want to rub something on your post-surgical scar to help speed healing and minimize its appearance, there are a number of topical creams and ointments available in health food stores and pharmacies. The important ingredients to look for are vitamin E, zinc, calendula, St John’s Wort, aloe vera and papaya. These will not necessarily all be present in one cream, remember, so you may need to look around for just the right one.
There are two excellent proven therapies for infected wounds: Manuka honey and Manuka oil and tea tree oil. Manuka honey has extraordinary anti-inflammatory and healing properties which reach deeply into tissues as well as being able to draw out bacteria and dirt from tissues and wounds. Manuka oil carries much of the characteristics as the honey, as it is the oil from the flowers and is a powerful tool for protecting skin and wounds. Tea tree oil has strong antiseptic, antifungal and antimicrobial properties. It is a great anti-inflammatory which penetrates the skin easily and heals wounds faster by avoiding swelling.
The best essential oils for scars are lavender, frankincense, chamomile and helichrysum, which can be applied several times a day. Lavender is highly regarded for its ability to promote tissue regeneration and speed wound healing. Chamomile helps skin regeneration and calming for the nervous system. Helichrysum is well known for its strong skin healing properties. Frankincense is a powerful healing agent for skin and tissues. For reducing scar tissue once formed, a blend of Myrrh and Frankincense, Sandalwood and Ylang yang is recommended for use topically.