I haven't been writing as many notes in this blog as I'd like to, but I've been busy getting Essentials of Life off of the ground after years and years of inspiration, prayer and hard work. (I've also been very busy taking care of my 96 year old wonderfully sweet Mom...)
BUT...here is the good news for you if you've been missing my writings...I will be writing, along with others, a weekly message for you through Essentials of Life! It's called "GENESIS 1" and you can find it at www.genesis1.org. I just posted the first message this week and I'm working on the next one right now. I hope you find them helpful to you!
I will still be writing in Notes from the Naturopath, so please keep coming back here as well! I will always keep posting here.
Now...please read "my first message entitled, "In the Beginning..." and let me know what you think! If you have any ideas for content or format, please let me know. Essentials of Life is meant to be a place where people can come together and grow...it belongs to us all! Thanks!
Disclaimer - As always, nothing I say is meant to take the place of a medical doctor's advise. But as a minister, I surely can tell you that God has infinite power to heal and has provided us with the means.
We had a beautiful wedding at Quail Hollow State Park. We got married out in the woods on the Nature-for-All Trail. That way my Mom could attend in her wheelchair. Look at our pictures and share in our joy! Be sure and read the captions and watch our video, too! Thank you for being our friend.
All profits from the products, professional services or educational programs which are offered by All Natural HealthWorks go to the Essentials of Life Holistic Enrichment Center to help in funding free natural health programs and holistic healing support. All donations to Essentials of Life go to this cause.
Essentials of Life works to raise people's awareness of how to make use of God's gift's of healing which have been with us since the beginning of time. When the earth was created and decreed good, everything we needed to live happy and healthy lives was provided to us. Those gifts are still ours today. These are the true essentials of life!
Naturally Yours in Good Health,
Dr. Jody Eshelman (soon to be Evans!), ND, CTN, CNHP, D.D.
(Just call me Jody or "Vibe" for Vibraceous, ND!)
Director of Healing Ministries, Essentials of Life Holistic Enrichment Center
We're all disabled in one way or another, considering that we were all created in the image and likeness of God and just take a look at us all. We were created with perfect design, yet we don't always quite fit the bill!
But there's a norm...and then there is that which goes beyond that into a realm where functioning in the norm isn't as easy as it ought to be. Outside the lines, so to say.
I live in that realm. I have a disability which makes certain things abnormally difficult for me to do. It doesn't really matter which part is malfunctioning severely...the point is that it doesn't have to mean the end of the world. For me it's my brain. I incurred countless serious injuries to my brain for a number of years when I was quite young. That's all I'm going to say at this point in time, because this isn't a story about what happened to me.
But a disability of any type means that it's difficult every day in some way. It's all a matter of degrees, but it's always there. Life is difficult every day in some way to everyone, though...so it's not really that we're so different than them, it's just that we have physical things which make it harder on top of all that.
Sometimes it can be so hard to get it all in perspective! We just have to try harder, that's all! And also we have to do things differently to achieve the same goal. If we can't use our legs, we have to figure another way to get from point A to point B, but it doesn't mean we can't go!
Soooo...no matter what it is that's getting me down in any one day...be it a huge cloud of confusion and forgetfulness soaked with rainy moods and emotions...or horrendous bodily pain (repetitive concussion syndrome causes a whole lot of pain that people don't always see)...or if it's fatigue that has me beat down...I find that I have to try harder...even if trying harder means taking a nap.
What will help any disability? Well, there are plenty of things. Allow me to list a few:
Give thanks for everything and don't judge good or bad
Remember to breathe deeply and fully at all times
Look for the good in your life
Learn to love life!
Drink lots of pure water (a gallon a day would be great for most folks!)
Let go of resentments...forgive yourself and others
Eat fresh, local, unpoisoned, unprocessed food from the earth
Limit poisons as much as you can...in your food, in your home, in your workplace, in your medicine, etc.
Seek natural means to undue the damage (i.e., herbs for deep cellular cleanses, liver and other eliminatory support)
Spend time outdoors in the sunshine each day
Smell the flowers...REAL flowers! Synthetic fragrances are poison to breathe!
Get plenty of exercise...stretch what you can stretch and move what you can move every way it can move! Don't become more inactive than you need to be.
Listen to your body...rest when tired, eat when hungry, drink when thirsty, cry when you need to cry (but also be sure to laugh!)
Take up a hobby
Spend time with friends
Love, love, love!
Be nice to yourself and others
Don't give up!!!!!!!!!!!! Always believe there's a way your life can get better!
Only give into self-pity a little (to deny it altogether would be "denial")
Healing can begin with so many things. It can begin at any moment. It can begin with an herb, with a smile, with a prayer, with a mineral bath. It can begin with something as simple as deciding to do something nice for yourself or for somebody else. It can begin with cleaning the basement out, which is what I'm working on doing today. Healing can begin anew every day!
It's gross in my basement. It stinks. That can't be healthy, I'm sure. It has mold and bacteria all over the place.
Besides all of that, it has junk that I have held onto that's no longer useful. To continue holding on to that is symbolic of holding onto the past or to not having faith that I'll have what I need in the future. You know, the "I might need that someday" kind of thing. I have to trust that I'll always have what I need, so there's no need to hang onto things that aren't any good! That's a much healthier outlook to have, don't you think?
So, today I'm working on cleaning my basement out, and giving thanks that I always have what I need. I'm also giving thanks for natural cleaners to use! I'm taking down a bucket of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar water along with some essential oils. And I'm coming back up with a whole bunch of junk to go in the trash!
While I am down there, I'm going to think about what kinds of old types of thinking I'm still holding onto. Are there opinions and attitudes which no longer serve me and are rotting away in my mind? Those can make a person even sicker than bacteria and mold, so it's good to take inventory every once in awhile!
The We Can Make It Group is a grassroots establishment designed to help anyone needing a way to lift themselves up to a higher expression of good, no matter their present situation in life. The apparent lack of finances, health, resources, or creative ability need not hamper anyone's ability to be a viable part of our group and take equal part in any way. What you don't know, we can help you to learn, and what you don't have we can help you in overcoming. And most importantly, we can help you find the natural beauty and strength that's in YOU.
In an effort to meet our mission of helping to Give Folk Medicine Back to the Folks, we are Teaching People to Teach People to Teach about natural health, and about how to make simple natural products for everyday use. It is always better for your health to use all natural products, instead of using products with more and more chemicals and toxins to meet our basic needs. We make products like soaps, skin care products, first aid kits, household cleaners, pet products, and so many, many more things!
The Can Make It Group also offers a fabulous way for individuals and groups to make money. Aren't FUNdraisers more fun when they're FUN? Aren't they more worthwhile when the group is learning something valuable and laughing and working together making products that will help bring people closer to the goodness that nature provides?
The products we will be making are reflective of the beauty in all of God's creation. We believe in the natural goodness of what has been given to us in nature, and we strive to create products for sale that will bring this goodness into all of our lives.
In our sessions, we not only learn how to make products, but we also learn why natural products are better for us, and how to incorporate these changes into our lives.The information and knowledge being passed on in this group is information that could help you to live in a much healthier, happier way!
We Can Make It...it's more than just a good name. It's our commitment to you.
oLearn more about natural health
oLearn how to make natural products to use in your everyday life
oEarn money for self, family, or special causes or opt to receive products for free in return for your talent and time
oDevelop leadership skills
oGain job experience
oPut in as much or as little time as you’d like
oDevelop the outlet of creative expression
oEnjoy the company of others and have a great time
§One way to not only feel better, but also to actually see improvements in health, is to become involved in group activities - particularly creative endeavors.
oHealth rejuvenating products
·To animals and the environment
oNo toxic chemicals to produce or put back into the earth
oNo animal by-products
Structure of Group
oPresentation once every month (Examples below&hellip
§The Healing Benefits of Camaraderie and Creativity
§The healing benefits of natural products
·Aromatherapy vs. Neurotoxins
·What Goes on Your Skin Goes In
§Common ingredients in conventional products
·Impurities and fillers
§Relaxation and Health
§Ways to incorporate natural products into everyday life
§How to make natural products
·Group instructed by nationally certified traditional naturopath
o1/3 of all money taken in every month goes back to Essentials of Life
§Advertising, program development, equipment, and other expenses
o1/3 of all money taken in goes back into the group fund for supplies
§Wholesale prices are set at approximately 3x the cost of ingredients and supplies used to make
o1/3 of all money taken in is split amongst the participants
§Time sheets to be submitted by participants showing how manyhours each month they put into a project or projects giving a brief description of how time was spent
·Must be reasonable and productive time spent
oReceipts for any money put in
§Pre-approval must be obtained in order to claim reimbursement
oWholesale price of products is 2/3 of suggested retail
§Receipts signed by vendor upon delivery
oBooks to be reconciled at the beginning of everymonth for the previous month
oThis is a free enrichment program offered through the Essentials of Life Holistic Enrichment Center.There is never a charge for the classes we give!
·Leadership Opportunities – Leadership experience gained which can be placed on resumes or used infuture endeavors.People are needed in all areas of group involvement.
·All different skills are appreciated, such as sewing, cooking, artwork or simply just a willingness to learn!
·Children and youth can participate in some of our activities if they are interested and non-disruptive.We hope to have a program soon especially for kids.
·Everyone welcome.The only requirement is that you behave in a respectful and conscientious manner.
·The group may be held at different locations and at various times according to what works out best for each group.Each group may choose different projects, as well, and several projects may be going on at one time.
·The group’s progress depends upon group production and combined efforts at helping to market the products.Money to continue is raised through the sales.
·Only the official We Can Make It Group, a program of Essentials of Life, is entitled to use the group name.In this way we can maintain quality control over the products we offer for sale.
·Our mission is to Teach People to Teach People to Teach, in an effort to give Folk Medicine Back to the Folks!Our hope is to become more aware of God’s gifts of healing in nature and to pass it on as we go.
Start by juicing 6 apples and then add in enough carrots to make 32 oz. of juice. This is the perfect amount for two servings, but it is easily made into four. Carrot and apple juice is extremely nutritious when fresh! Be sure to use organic carrots and apples. No sense in drinking up pesticides.
Drinking at least 16 oz. of fresh organic fruit and vegetable juice every day will make SIGNIFICANT improvements in a person's health over time!!!
My personal favorite juicer is the Champion Heavy Duty Juicer . It's very powerful and easy to use and to clean. Plus you can make frozen fruit sorbets and other recipes with this type of juicer besides all the wonderful juice.
Next, take the pulp that's left over. There should be just about 2 cups of nice fresh orange colored pulp left to use. Here is the recipe I made this morning. Yum Yum!!! It's a delicious Raw Carrot and Apple Cake. Eating foods raw in this way makes sure that the nutrients are still intact, and also that the food passes through the system with ease.
This is absolutely the best and healthies way we can eat! Everyone would be wise to eat at LEAST one raw food meal every day! Food tastes great with the natural flavors intact, and the health benefits are out of this world!
Soooo....here is my recipe for RAW CARROT AND APPLE CAKE:
(All ingredients organic)
2 Cups Carrot and Apple Pulp (6 apples plus about 2 dozen carrots, depending on size)
3/4 Cup Walnuts (soaked overnight)
3/4 Cup Raisins
1/2 Cup Raw Honey (or pure maple syrup or agave, whichever preferred.)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Ginger
Mix together well and firmly pack into a loaf pan. Refigerate.
1 Cup Walnuts (soaked overnight)
1/8 Cup Raw Honey (...or pure maple syrup or agave, same as used in the cake.)
1/8 Cup Raisons
Distilled Water (just enough to mix)
Mix well in blender and then spread onto the cake. Yum! Yum! Good to eat right away or wait until later. The longer it sits in the fridge, the better it gets!
Try some now and some tomorrow...I think you'll like it! I know this cake will like you, with all the health benefits it's got. A cake so good you can eat it in place of a meal!
Everything written in "Notes from the Naturopath" represents life, health and the way God intended for things to be in the opinion of Dr. Mary Jo Eshelman, Certified Traditional Naturopath. Nothing you read is intended to take the place of a medical doctor or the advice of a Licensed Dietitian. Dr. Eshelman simply believes that nature is all full of healing gifts and would like to share this message with you, along with traditional ways of living a good healthy life, and to encourage you to pass this message along It is her mission in life to help give Folk Medicine Back to the Folks by teaching people to teach people to teach.
"LetthyFoodbethyMedicine and thyMedicinebethyFood" - Hippocrates
Dr. Edward Bach (1886-1936), a prominent physician, researcher, bacteriologist and homeopath, believed that, "Disease is entirely the result of a conflict between our spiritual and mortal selves." This is quite a statement, given his background, I'd say.
He further believed that, "Disease is the reaction to interferences. This is temporary failure and uhappiness, and this occurs when we allow others to interfere with our purpose in life and implant in our minds doubt or fear or indefference."
Dr. Bach determined the root causes of conflict to be fear, uncertainty, indifference, loneliness, over-sensitivity to influences and ideas, despondency or despair, and worry or over-care for the welfare of others. In contrast to these seven states, he believed that the seven stages of healing are peace, hope, joy, faith, certainty, wisdom and love. So, overcoming disease is a matter of bringing the consciousness into a state of harmony so that the body may express its natural wellness of being.
Dr. Bach identified 38 specific flower essences which will have a positive effect on a person's ability to heal, when used to bring balance about in the emotions. These essences are simply sun infusions of flowers, wild plants, trees or bushes, spring water, and natural substances as such. It is a very mild concentration of the actual plant which is used, as all of homeopathy is, but this is actually the energy of the plant you receive.
Flower remedies work very safely and gently to reinforce a person's positive nature. They are not used directly for specific illnesses, but rather they are chosen in accordance with an individual's state of mind at the time.
Emotions can impact upon our health in many ways. Sorrow, bitterness, fear, resentment, worry, reactions to trauma, unresolved guilt, self-piuty, unforgiveness of self or others, to name just a few. Stress alone is often at the root of countless physical complaints. Even momentary emotions can cause a problem, such as clouding our judgment or giving indigestion to us. Long-term emotional imbalance can lead to disease or to a diagnosis for a mental disturbance, when perhaps all we need is a little help in finding our best and true self, or to calm down and give our body a chance to heal.
Flower essences can help us to move the emotional blocks to our healing, by strengthening our positive qualities and restoring a sense of wellness and peace. As Dr. Bach is quoted as saying, "Health depends on being in Harmony with our souls." That's what the flowers help us to do.
There are numerous ways to determne which flower remedy or combination of remedies would be indicated in a particular case. There are 38 in all (plus more outside of the Bach system of classification), and sometimes more than one at a time may be called for. There is an emergency essence which combines five separate remedies in one formula. If 5 or 6 different remedies seem appropriate, it is often recommended to use this one particular blend.
So in choosing which particular essences would be best to use in a particular case, the ailment is not what is considered. There might not even be an ailment, because it's really not required for this kind of healing to work. What this type of healing does is help to bring the physical, spiritual and emotional aspects of being into a better balance. The flower essences are very good for this type of work.
If a person is well, there may still be problems under the surface brewing from unresolved emotional and spiritual issues. Why wait for symptoms to come? And if symptoms are present, even serious disease, this is still not a reason to use this one or that one or to not use them at all. The particular disease (or dis-ease) will give clues to the imbalance...that's all.
So yes, consider the physical condition, for in that there are given clues. For instance, a person with a tight colon might very well be a person who is feeling tense or overburdoned. This is not a diagnosis, but rather a clue.
Consider a person's state of mind at the time, for even the most acute situations can be eased with the aid of these flowers. An example of this might be if someone were faced with an immediate trauma, such as an accident, or to a child it might be bumping a knee. To have some Distress Remedy, or Rescue Remedy/Emergency Essence on hand might be good, just to help a person get their emotions under control. Star of Bethlehem is one of the flowers in this formula, and it is very good in combination or alone in cases of shock. It is a combination of Cherry Plum, Clematis, Impatiens, Rock Rose and Star of Bethlehem.
Also consider a person's temperment beyond the immediate moment. Take their tendencies and characteristics into consideration, both extremes, good and bad. For every weakness there is a strength. The problem is not lack of strength but rather a particular characteristic being out of balance for this reason or that. The remedies work towards the goal of bringing the best out in a person...to bring them back into balance, per se.
This is not the same as what is attempted through medications and drugs. There are absolutely no side effects to flower remedies (unless a person chugs down the tiny bottles for the alcohol base...), so there is no concern about using the wrong one or too much. These remedies work on a vibrational level, much the same as love, fragrance, music, and other certain non-tangible things will have a good effect. The flower remedies work in much the same way as these. They don't make the body conform, or suppress, or anthing else...they simply allow it to feel safe in returning to it's natural state. Fear is at the root of much disease, and it takes many forms. It is these various forms and which one is being expressed that gives us more clues as to what's going on and which one to use.
There is a Self-Assessment Questionairre for this purpose which I find quite helpful. I find it very easy to pinpoint which areas are out of balance when using this form, because certain characteristics or feelings tend to be grouped together. It's very interesting to note how the answers fall.
There are other similar tools and indicators which can be used...keys which identify behaviors...certain personality types and social styles can be identified, and common remedies used for each one...even astrological signs could give clues. Muscle testing can be used, too, and also intuition is often a very good guide, as is paying attention to body language and inflections of voice. Being no harm and only positive effects to be gained, there's no reason not to start right away. It's very easy to get good effects.
Flower remedies can be used for animals, too, and are often met with great success, as an animals guard tends to be down and they are easily influenced quite naturally that way. Take the case for instance of a dog who panics when it's owner leaves, or a cat who is just a little toooo jealous of other cats. There are flower remedies for many of the emotions pets feel. They work for horses, birds and animals of every sort, with results which cannot be feigned.
They are quite easy to use, and can be dropped under the tongue, applied to particular points on the body, put into water or juice, diffused into the air, mixed with essential oils, put directly onto food, used in the bath, rubbed into the skin...the important thing is to use them and not worry about if it's right or wrong! They do have a positive effect, particularly when used with a positive mind!
I personally have used flower essences in many ways at many times in my life. Childbirth, with my children, with my pets, with my mother who's going to be 95 very soon. They're safe enough to be used by all, as is prayer. I think God gave us flowers for this, and for this my prayer is of thanks!
As a Doctor of Naturopathy and a Certified Traditional Naturopath, I believe strongly that there's not a case which can not be helped by using these remedies first. It doesn't matter if a person is on medication or not. There is no interaction or bad effects. It is very hard to heal if there are emotional blocks or unresolved trauma or fear in the way. Even sorrow can make healing difficult. These are spiritual issues. Again, God gave us flowers for this! This is my fervant belief. (Speaking as a minister, there!)
The applications are many. I will be writing more very soon, and possibly giving a class.
Here is the Basic Key (very short version), showing Behavior, Flower, and Root:
Hiding problems behind mask--Agrimony--Fear *(Remember there's always a positive side to every negative characteristic when it's in balance...in this case it is being a truly joyful and cheerful person who is able to accept when faced with challenges. It is as this with all on the list.)
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