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5 Ways To De-Clutter Your Chakras

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Your chakras are a part of you, they are your energy centres.  Just like blood flows through your veins and arteries energy flows through your meridians and energy centres. Some of the chakras are located along the ganglia of nerves located along the spine.

This is why you can feel butterflies in your tummy when you get anxious or you may feel a twinge in your heart if someone hurts you.  You are actually feeling the emotions in your enegy centres.    It is in the chakras that negative emotions (or what you perceive to be negative emotions) and beliefs about yourself can become blocked.

When you become familiar and be-friend your own energy centres you will find out what needs to be de-cluttered in each of them so that you can get the results you are looking for.

Here are 5 tips to de-cluttering the chakras.

1     See the reality of your stories. Did you ever step back from a story and realise that you were seeing it in a way that didn’t really reflect the true situation? Maybe you hadn’t realised that the missing piece of information you needed was there, right in front of you but, because of the clutter on top of it you couldn’t see it?

When you work with de-cluttering your third eye chakra, in the centre of your forehead, it is like you are pulling back a curtain to see the actual truth.   You begin to see the reality and can then choose which actions to take in the future to make your stories better for yourself.

Get stuff out of your head. You may really want to get a work project off the ground but find that it is all in your head. You might always be described as someone who is very “heady” or “very intelligent” but perhaps this stops you at times from grounding something.   You may find you have no problem with getting the ideas together but when it comes to actually doing it .. you can’t seem to get it done.

If you want to learn to ground your projects into reality you can work on the first chakra which has to do with bringing your projects into the world, birthing them almost.

3   Open your heart. Perhaps you find that you always get stopped by the same old emotion each time you enter a relationship.   Maybe you are actually sabotaging yourself and you don’t realise it.

An old wound in your heart chakra can cause it to close down and you will not then be able to receive the love that you deserve.   This is something that people do unconsciously of course.  When your heart gets closed down, it needs to be opened again so that the light can get in.

4.  Speak up and be assertive. A very common energy centre or chakra that may be blocked is your throat chakra. Have you ever wanted to tell the world what it is you actually do but find you hide away and talk about anything else but your business?

You can work through the issues stuck in your throat chakra and release them so that you find yourself able to tell everyone your story.

Everyone has a story to tell and the world will be a better place when you learn to tell yours!

You are the co-creator of your life.  Perhaps you find it hard to believe that you can be the co-creator of your life.   You might dismiss theories, books and wonderful stories that you hear, thinking it is a lot of rubbish!

When you work your way up through the chakras and release what no longer serves you from your own energy body, you realise that you actually do create your own reality, whether you like it or not.

You can join me on a 7 week on line course through the chakras in September.   You can get the Introduction lesson free on signing up here.   Each week we will work on a different chakra, do a meditation to help with it and also use an essential oil which will bring help on the emotional level we need for that particular chakra.   Here is the link

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Author, Owner of IrishHealthHour, EFT Master Practitioner, Assertive and Empowerment Coach and Essential Oil Lover.

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4 Things Not to Forget to Bring Camping!

I am just back from a scout camping trip with my two boys aged 12 & 7.  It was a fantastic trip to the beautiful Lough Key Forest Park.  We were staying in the nearby Lough Keel Scout camp.

When travelling with children there are just some things that make life a lot easier!

1   Healthy Snacks to Keep the Hunger at Bay!

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When you are on camping trips that have organised events and dedicated meal times it is important, when you have hungry kids, to have healthy snacks to fill the gaps between the meals.  Of course every camp will have delicious smores and chocolate biscuits but also having some healthy snacks keep the kids sustained for longer during the day time.

I made some really healthy energy balls for myself and some delicious brownies for my boys.  The brownies are made from a recipe I borrowed from Connemara Organic Seaweed Company and are made with peanut butter, cocao powder, seaweed and some other delicious ingredients.  My 7 year old does not eat peanuts or seaweed but when they are mixed in this recipe he cannot get enough of them!!!  Yea I know I am a sneaky Mum but I also have two very hungry boys (they take after their Mother there!!).

2  A natural insect repellent.

I use one made with natural essential oils, that way I don’t mind putting it all over my face and neck.   I have very sensitive skin and make my own beauty products for this reason.

Because we were in a forest area I covered myself and the kids with the essential oil  blend and we managed to stay bite free this weekend.  What a relief!

3 An extra layer of clothes for bed time.

Despite the average for the time of year temperatures, night times in tents can be cooler, especially if you are a cold creature like me!   I have been reliably informed that it is not advisable to leave the same clothes on at night that you have had on during the day!  This one is a hard sell to my 12 year old who would only be too happy to do this!   It really is good to have plenty of layers for night time wear and special socks only for night time use!

At least with layers you can add or take off whichever is needed.

4  Spare bags for wet shoes/socks and anything else!

Even if there isn’t a shower in sight shoes and socks can get wet from spills, water sports or anything else that children can find themselves up to!

There is nothing worse than leaving wet shoes on top of the only spare clothes you have or finding a wet sock wrapped up in a towel!   Plastic bags or any space bags are good for putting wet things in, which saves everything else in the tent from getting destroyed by smells or water!!

It is essential to have fun on a camp, that is the whole point and simple choices can certainly help this be achieved!

Most kids love camping for the sheer freedom and for the friends they naturally make.

There are lots of camp sites throughout Ireland, always make a list of your expectations before you go of what you want the campsite to have and find one that suits your needs.   Some are closer to shops than others and some have more facilitites.  Doing your homework before you go will ensure your trip will be more enjoyable for everyone.

Happy Summer holidays to you all – my aim is to have the best Summer ever!

Until next time … keep the faith,

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Author, Owner of IrishHealthHour, Energy Therapist, Essential Oil Lover and Mum.

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Therapeutic Benefits of A Seaweed Bath

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There’s something about a swim in the open sea that is so refreshing and dissolves those cobwebs away!   It is also very therapeutic of course to be immersed in nature’s natural minerals.

However living on the West Coast of Ireland I am a bit of a wimp and wear a wet suit every time I venture into the sea.  It has to do with circulation and not being able to feel any part of my body if I don’t!!!

But I don’t need to suffer frost bite in order to benefit from the nutrients in Mother Nature’s ocean; a warm seaweed bath does the job so well!

We are lucky to have a wonderful organic seaweed producer on our doorstep in Galway on the West Coast of Ireland, Connemara Organic Seaweed Company.   I have been enjoying adding their seaweed products to my food including delicious energy balls  I get the nutritional benefits that way.  Before you ask they don’t taste of seaweed!  I made them recently at a workshop I was running to show people  how easy they are to make and how tasty it can be to add seaweed to our food.

The company, Connemara Organic Seaweed Company is in the process of bringing out a luxury spa range of products too .. watch this space!   I have had fun with them on this project!

BENEFITS OF A SEAWEED BATH

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It is scientifically proven that having a seaweed bath is beneficial for supporting our central nervous system and making us feel more calm.  It also supports us with any skin issues we may have, as well as supporting symptoms of arthritis and more general muscle ache and pains.

Seaweed is one of nature’s natural sponges and, because of this, it soaks up lots of wonderful minerals directly from the sea. By the principle of osmosis when we have a seawed bath our skin absorbs these nutrients directly into our system.

Having a seaweed bath also supports the elimination of toxins from our body and increases the flow of oxygen rich blood which is extremely beneficial to maintain healthy organs and tissues.

The gel that is produced when having a seaweed bath coats the body with its nutritious delights and further aids with release of toxins from our body.

The seaweed can be used a second time too which is wonderful, as the calming effect I have felt tonight is something I definitely want to enjoy again!  I added a relaxing essential oil to the bath too to make it even more yummy!

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It is certainly a treat I look forward to more often and in the comfort of my own home, which is another benefit for me!

Until next time, take it handy

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Owner of IrishHealthHour, Author, Energy Therapist, Essential Oil Lover and Mum.

 

 

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Building a Health & Wellness Community & Why It’s Important To Me

Wikipedia defines community as “… a social unit of any size that shares common values ..”.

Our values can be viewed as what is important to us in our lives.

To me being in a community of like minded people that share similiar values brings out the best in us.   We feel safe to share our views, ask questions and be open to learn to be our selves and most importantly, our best selves.

IrishHealthHour is a health and wellness community that has evolved into something far bigger than I ever expected.   To me it has always been about offering a space for people to feel comfortable joining in our hashtag hour ever Saturday morning #irishhealthhour,  to ask questions, network and learn.

It is a bridge between allopathic and natural medicine where we learn exciting new advances in the medical world or find a natural product or therapy to ease our emotional and physical symptoms.   It is not one versus the other rather a community to share both.

We often here community building being described as “finding our tribe” where again we are meeting with people with similiar stories to tell.   We gain insight and hope from those who have overcome obstacles like those we may have.  We may feel like we will never get over something but then hear another’s story and be inspired to change.

Health and wellness covers all aspects; as well as meeting with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to include our physiological, safety and self esteem issues it also includes what we eat, what we put on our skin, what exercise we do; to name but a few.

We may find we are self confident but do not get proper nutrition and exercise and because of this we may feel drained.   We may exercise and eat well but our self talk and self esteem may be low.

Health and wellness in my opinion is about balance, it is doing all of the above in a balanced way for us as an individual.  There is no hard rule fits all, we are each an individual with individual needs.

We can educate ourselves by learning from others who have gone before us and paved the way!   We can learn to be motivated, learn cooking skills or find home based exercise videos to suit our own needs at this time.

IrishHealthHour is a community and I welcome you to join us.

Until next time .. keep the faith, Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Owner of IrishHealtHour, Energy Worker, and essential oil lover.

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4 Ways To Keep Your Hands & Feet Naturally Healthy

Our hands and feet put up with a lot during the day.  Often our hands are exposed to the elements and spend time in water washing dishes, windows and household surfaces.    It’s no wonder we can suffer from dry, chapped skin!   Our feet bring us on our path, ever walking and moving, propelling us forward.

It is a gift to our hands and feet to give them a natural treat, it serves us in the long run!

Here is a four step ritual I would recommend.

1. Soaking the hands and feet in warm water with Epsom salts and essential oils.

The benefit of soaking our whole body and, in this case our hands and feet in Epsom Salt is so wonderful.   Due to changes in agricultural methods and accordingly changes in our diet, we are often deficient in magnesium.   Epsom salts provide a wonderful way to assist our body in benefiting from this essential mineral which is not easily absorbed through the stomach.

Studies show increased magnesium levels can be obtained from soaking in Epsom Salts. It is also said that Magnesium  helps maintain our calcium levels.

Adding an essential oil like Lavender adds a soothing support.  Lavender is wonderful to assist in calming things down, from sun burn to our central nervous system.  It acts like a soothing blanket for our ailments.

2. Exfoliation

When we exfoliate we detoxify the skin and allow dead cells to be removed.   This brightens the complexion and improves skin tone.  It kills bacteria and prevents breakouts.

I would recommend to use brown sugar in an exfoliation which is less abrasive to the skin than white sugar is.  Mixing the sugar with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil can add the advantage of adding therapeutic benefits from this oil.

Fractionated coconut oil contains capric acid and caprylic acid, thus giving it more antioxidant and disinfecting benefits.   It also facilitates the absorption of other oils you are putting on your skin.

Using an essential oil like Lemongrass purifies and tones the skin and soothes aching muscles.

On an emotional level Lemongrass supports us in releasing feelings of despair so we can open up to let go of limiting beliefs we may be hoarding about ourselves.  We are better able to see life more clearly and become the pilot steering our life in the way we want it to go.

3. After exfoliating we can moisturise our hands & feet with our favourite moisturiser.  We can add an essential oil of our choice.

Maybe we seek more focus so choose Lemon or perhaps we want to accept ourselves the way we are.  Bergamot offers great support in allowing us embrace our authentic self.

Apply the moisturiser with intention. allowing our hands receive the moisture they need.

4. We can care for our cuticles and nails by softening the skin around them.  We can add Shea butter which is full of natural vitamins and fatty acids and so moisturises, reduces inflammation and soothes the skin.   Bees wax also softens and is antibacterial.  It also forms a protective barrier on the skin and so is a wonderful ingredient for skin health.

Good essential oils for nails are Lemon, Frankincense & Myrrh.  These can also be blended with a carrier oil like wheatgerm and rubbed into cuticles to keep them soft and healthy.

Frankincense offers cellular health support so putting this essential oil on our cuticles is very beneficial, it is often referred to as “King of the Oils”.

If you have a natural solutions query please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will do my best to help you.

 

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Finding My Exercise Mojo with Reformer Pilates at French Vanoli

I was thrilled to be given a chance to try out Reformer Pilates at French Vanoli as part of a collaboration with the wonderful ladies at ITWBN.

I have practiced Pilates for many years now including pregnancy Pilates when I was pregnant with my first son.  I have always been amazed at how such gentle movement can have such an amazing effect.

The founder of Pilates, Mr. Joseph Pilates had been a sickly child and because of this he spent his entire life striving to improve his physical strength.  His father had been a prize winning gymnast and his mother a naturopath so he had grown up in a family where he obviously saw or heard about the benefits of stamina and physical strength.

I myself enjoyed great health and had been lucky enough to be able to swim and exercise as I pleased for many years.  However a persistent back injury had been getting progressively worse and worse over the last few years and eventually I was diagnosed as having a disc bulge and protrusion late last year.  Because of my fear of “my back going again” my life had become more sedentary and coupled with poor posture as I work more at a desk I haven’t exercised since last Summer.

I have been told that walking and swimming are not the best exercises for me anymore.   I hadn’t considered doing something like Pilates or Yoga for fear of putting my disc under pressure.

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But when I heard about Reformer Pilates I was intrigued.  I did an introduction class with Andrew in French Vanoli a few weeks ago.   I was fascinated by the use of machines in Pilates.    At one stage I laughed out loud when he showed us one of the exercises he wanted us to do.  I declared “well I won’t be able to do that with my back”.  I had given details of my back issues to Andrew before the class and as he had similar symptoms himself, he could empathise and knew what I would be able to do and likely not be able to do.    He assured me I would be fine!   So I put my left foot up on the machine and allowed the machine to take my right foot back, back and back.   A full stretch which I held for the required time.

I felt a foot taller leaving the introduction class!!  I couldn’t stop talking about my wonderful experience at French Vanoli and how wonderful it was to have been able to stretch like I just had. When we are in pain it is common to curl up our body to protect ourselves from harm almost.   This too can cause our breaths to be shorter not allowing enough oxygen into our lungs to carry out our daily chores with gusto.

After the introduction class I couldn’t wait until my next class!

The next class I went to at French Vanoli was with Anna and she introduced it as a jumping class.  I have got to admit I sort of cringed at the thought of jumping and hurting my knee which happens sometimes when I walk a lot, it is referred pain from my back.   But jump I did on these wonderful machines, jumping jacks, side kicks and much, much more.   It felt exhilarating to be able to part take in jumping exercises again that had no adverse effect on my back.  Never once during the classes did I feel back pain or a need to stop doing anything I was doing.    There is the choice of making the exercises easier by adjusting the machine or harder too if that is what we need or want!

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Pilates is a conditioning routine that helps build flexibility, inner strength and endurance through emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, building a strong core and improving co-ordination and balance.   Pilates demands intense focus so you are combining your mind with what you are doing.   Breathing is also a huge part of Pilates and Joseph Pilates saw considerable value in increasing the intake of oxygen and the circulation of this oxygenated blood to every part of the body.     He saw this as cleansing and invigorating.     Unlike many exercises in Pilates we breath out with the effort and in with the return.

In the course of my next class Anna reiterated the need for controlled movements, always connecting ourselves back to our core, thus building up core strength.  Doctor’s orders for me had been “rehabilitating my core”.  It is almost like a mindfulness exercise where we put our mind only on the task in hand.   We are not thinking of what we will do next, we concentrate on each movement as we are doing it.  It is controlled and we just flow with our breath as we exercise.

As someone with a disc injury I am delighted to have found an exercise regime I can do which promises to elongate my spine and tighten my muscles.

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For me personally I need to exercise in order to keep my mental health balanced!!!  I love to exercise and found it extremely difficult when I had to give up gym membership having been part of a gym for over 15 years.

I have definitely found my exercising mojo again thanks to Reformer Pilates and would highly recommend the friendly, informative and extremely pleasant surroundings at French Vanoli.  They have classes on in the morning and in the evening, during the week and at weekends.  Mind you it is a popular place and booking a course of classes is a must!

And remember fitness is not a destination it is a way of life,

Until next time … wherever you need to look, keep looking till you find your mojo!

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Owner at IrishHealthHour, Health and Wellness Blogger, Energy Therapist, Essential Oil Lover and Author.