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Using St. John’s Wort Oil During Labor and Birth

By Heidi Sherwin, RYT, P-RYT The plant St. John’s wort (Hypericum) may be known best for its herbal remedy for mild depression and regulating moods. However, when used in the form of essential oil, St. John’s wort can offer topical pain relief to mamas-to-be during labor and birth. The healing properties of St. John’s wort qualifies it as a natural first-aid remedy due to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities. If a laboring woman is suffering from muscle or nerve pain, especially in association with back labor, the essential oil can be massaged onto the achy regions of her body. Favorite zones for massage may include (but are definitely not limited to!): sacrum and lower back, outer hips, thighs, neck, and shoulders....

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How The Elements Found in Food Affect Our Dosha: Tips for Ayurvedic Lifestyles

By Lauren Stinespring & Elizabeth Halliday-Reynolds When we talk about body types in Ayurveda we begin to understand that we are all made up of all of the elements: Fire, water, earth, air and ether. As individuals, we are born with a individual constitution with more of some elements and less of others. Vata: A person with a high Vata dosha will have earth, water, fire in their make up but much more ether and air. Pitta: A person with a high Pitta dosha will have ether, air and earth, but much more fire and water. Kapha: A person with a high Kapha in their dosha will have fire, ether and air, but much more earth and water. The nature of the universe was...

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