Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, as we are wrapping up the month of January already (time flies), which means we are wrapping up our topics around detoxing.
Have you enjoyed this month?
Are there topics you’ve been dying for more info on? Please Give me feedback, as topics are ALWAYS welcome!
This month we have gone over detoxing the brain through cranial based care, key nutrients that are needed for effective detoxing and weight loss and detoxing. If you missed them, make sure to head on over to drrachelhamel.com and click “blog”, to catch them again!
For many of us, thinking about detoxing with food and exercise is easy to conceptualize, but when it comes to detoxing the mind, that seems foreign.
Just as a physical cleanse can help you digest your food better, and emotional detox can help you cleanse our emotional experiences.
I can also attest to my faith being a huge part in what I call mindset reset, but this “realm” so to speak can get really clouded in many different forms of emotional healing. My profession and my speciality, I do not really go further that to just reseting mindset and self sabotage patterns that are inhibiting healing.
Because of my faith, I don’t want to cross into any other paths because I feel that is not my place or lane.
The idea of emotional detoxing for some I believe seems foreign because we know about stress, and we know the effects of stress. However, unhealthy patterns in emotional health is not always something we are conscious of.
However, we DO know that Emotions can CAUSE physical symptoms. And being that 99% of our thoughts are subconscious, it’s safe to say that it can play tricks on us.
Emotions, if held in the body can be toxic, and act like a toxin, just like any other chemical. We must then discuss the concept of emotional detoxing as a means to truly and fully detox the body. What does this mean?
Examples can be things like : letting go of the past, letting go of fear, guilt, anger, resentment, anxiety to name a few.
Additionally, we know that for emotional wellness, we need to be in community, and not alone. For instance,
In 1971, Dr. Moriymam, Dr Krueger and Dr Stamler, published a study of the correlation between marriage and mortality. The study found that even when controlling for all other factors, annual mortality of single people is 3 to 5 times higher than that of their married counterparts!
Yet another source in Air, War and Emotional Stress, described the positive impact of military camaraderies on the medical outcomes of wounded soldiers. A soldier’s willingness and ability to endure severe stress of combat was primarily dependent on how close a soldier feels to the rest of his unit.
So we know that we need community, but we also know that emotionally we need to detox or let go of the things in that community that aren’t serving us or harm us. This is hard to know, and sometimes our subconscious takes over because of repetitive patterns it’s used to. For instance,
Our current emotional health is usually set by things that have happened in our childhood. When we are young the brain is still developing, so things that happen the body remembers, it gets stored and the epigenetic changes sets us up for triggers later on in our life.
In the 1990s, the CDC and kaiser permante did a study looking over 17,500 adults. 60% of the adults in the study had at least 1 of the 10 triggers for adverse childhood experiences(ACE).
ACE= childhood trauma, unresolved emotions, divorce, bullying, abuse, neglect, ect. These manifest into an illness and can be intergenerational.
80% had more than 1. If the person had 4 or more ACE they had an increase in cancer, pulmonary problems, suicidal, alzheimers, ect.
These ACE’s set us up for subconscious sabotage. So, they need to be detoxed out. WHy? Because they will inhibit your healing, or may even be the SOLE source of your pain.
This can be done many ways, and in my practice I focus on a few.
1. Prayer. Whatever your belief, prayer is a great way to help mindset reset and just tune into your own thoughts. Asking for things to be cleared or forgiven are great ways to release emotional toxins.
2. NET. Neuro Emotional Technique. Often times we know what we need to detox out (say bad influences, friends or family), and other times we have no idea what is holding us back., or just how much it really is affecting us. The beautiful thing about this technique is that we can tap into that subconscious to really figure out one or the other, and just allow your body to be on board with what you really want to be true. This is a great way to focus on #1 as well, is to intentionally have that quiet time after knowing what is holding you back.
3. Essential Oils . EO are wonderful tools we have in the plant form to also help heal emotional wounds that aren’t allowing us to detox. They have a unique ability to work at the cellular level and normalize certain chemical reaction for this purpose. Different ones work different for different emotions.
4. Homeopathic. Similar to EO, certain homeopathies can help detox negative emotions as well. With EO and homeopathy however, they are an ADJUNCT to NET. I feel you need to know first what is holding you back then use the remedies to help further detox it out.
5. Microcurrent Neurofeeback. (I don’t have this, but refer). This is a great way to detox your emotional system as it helps rewire and calm the brain.
6 . Goal Setting and Journaling. Finding out what you need and who you truly want to be is sometimes not really known until you take the time to really reflect. A great way is writing things down, maybe things you need to let go of that are holding you back, and either tossing them, burning them, or keeping them as a remembrance of where you’ve come from. LET IT OUT! holding in emotions is far worse I can assure you. So cry, yell, journal, just get it out.
7. Connections. We know from reading above that connection is huge for emotional health. So surround yourself with people, books, pets that connect you to you!
IN order to move one, we cannot live in the past. In order to progress we must move forward. In order to heal, we must detox our emotions that aren’t serving us.
I get it, sometimes you can’t escape a toxic environment, whether it’s home, work or otherwise. But what you CAN do is change the way you look/react to it. The more you focus on your vision, and your calling to more you will feel worth it to detox things that aren’t leading you to it.
This may mean letting go of toxic people which can be hard, but again we cannot move forward unless we leave the past in the past.
Many of my patients have experienced this technique in combination with their cranial care. It is VITAL in my practice, because ANY chronic condition has an emotional attachment that we need to detox out. I see it everyday. This is typically why patients get well so quickly is because we are attaching all levels of healing. But if you think just doing body work all the time and leaving this section out is ok, then you will miss a huge portion of healing for yourself.
Oil of the WEEK.
On the spotlight this week is DoTerra’s Bergamot. This oil helps you let go of anger, anxiety, loneliness, insecurity, and fear. (This is my favorite oil by far to use).
From the coast of Reggio di Calabria in Italy, Bergamot is one of the most unique citrus oils. For years, Italians have used Bergamot for many purposes—to rejuvenate the skin, reduce feelings of stress, and more. There are many unique attributes of Bergamot that set it apart from other citrus oils, including the exclusivity of where it is grown, the fact that it is a bitter fruit that produces sweet oil, and its ability to create an uplifting and calming environment, just to name a few. Commonly used for soothing skin, in massage, and to purify and uplift, Bergamot essential oil is a versatile go-to favorite at doTERRA.
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Bergamot Oil Uses and Benefits
- Like other citrus oils, Bergamot essential oil makes the perfect addition to any glass of water. If you want to give new life to a plain drink of water, consider adding a drop of Bergamot oil along with some cut up pieces of fruit.
- While the aromas of many citrus oils are known to be stimulating or invigorating, Bergamot oil has unique calming capabilities that can help when tension or stress levels are high. One of the best ways to glean the calming benefits of Bergamot essential oil is to diffuse the oil. The next time you feel stress levels or tension getting high, consider diffusing Bergamot oil in the classroom, at work, or at home for a calming effect.
- The calming benefits of Bergamot essential oil’s aroma are not only present during aromatic diffusion, but also during topical application. These calming properties make Bergamot essential oil a popular choice for massage therapy. Not only does the oil promote a calm, serene atmosphere, but it is also purifying for the skin, which is why many massage professionals use Bergamot oil. If you want to use Bergamot oil for massage at home, use a carrier oil or dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil for best results.
- Want to enjoy the purifying benefits of Bergamot oil for your skin? Make your own Bergamot oil foot mask! Using organic ingredients like raw honey, Greek yogurt, and celery, this mask will help your feet feel soft and luxurious. Applying this smooth mask to your feet allows the rest of your body to absorb the moisturizing, restorative properties that the concoction holds. The purifying power of Bergamot essential oil will soothe and cool dry or distressed feet—rejuvenating your skin from heel to toe.
- Do you enjoy adding essential oils to your tea? When you have Bergamot oil on hand, you can enjoy a cup of Earl Grey whenever you want. With a pure, citrus and spice flavor, Bergamot oil is the perfect companion to your daily tea break—quickly changing a regular cup of tea to Earl Grey with a few simple drops. Remember, when adding essential oils to food or drink, less is more. Start out with a small drop and work your way up from there. If the oil is particularly strong, dip a toothpick in the oil and add it to your water, tea, or dish. This keeps the oil flavor from being too overwhelming. Watch this video to learn more about using Bergamot oil for tea.
- If you are ready to unwind and refresh your skin after a taxing day, Bergamot oil offers a simple solution for relaxation. At the end of a long day, you can enjoy the calming and skin-purifying benefits of Bergamot oil at the same time by applying it to your skin while showering. While in the shower, apply Bergamot oil to your skin and inhale deeply to experience the calming aroma while enjoying the purifying skin benefits of this versatile oil.
- No matter what mood you are in, Bergamot oil can help promote uplifting, relaxing, and confident feelings—particularly when diffused. When diffusing on its own, use three to four drops of Bergamot oil in the diffuser of your choice. Diffusing this oil can help promote a sense of self confidence when you feel frazzled, or a sense of inner peace when feelings of stress abound. Looking for a good diffuser blend that uses the uplifting aroma of Bergamot? Try three drops of Bergamot and three drops of doTERRA Balance® for a relaxing and energizing diffuser blend that lets you escape a mundane or exasperating day.
- Not only will the calming aromatic benefits of Bergamot essential oil relieve feelings of stress or tension throughout the day, this oil can also help you prepare for a peaceful night of rest. Apply Bergamot oil to your feet before bedtime and enjoy a sense of calm and harmony as you drift off to dreamland—leaving the cares of your day behind.
A great superfood for cleaning and detoxifying the emotions are chlorella!
- 2 cups cashew nuts, soaked
- 1 cup unsalted pistachios
- 1 cup rice malt syrup
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ tablespoon Organic Burst Chlorella
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- Soak the cashews for at least 8 hours in 2 cups of water, ideally overnight.
- Place the pistachios in a food processor or blender and pulse until finely chopped, almost to a powder.
- Drain the water and place the cashews into the blender or food processor.
- Add the coconut oil, rice malt syrup, almond extract and Organic Burst Chlorella and blend until smooth and well combined.
- Pour the ice-cream into a loaf pan.
- Place in the freezer to set for 2 hours.
That is all for now.
Have a happy and healthy week!