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Stressed to the Max? Try the Most Underrated Meditation Fad: Qigong
Place your hands at the sides of your body. Bend you knees slightly while relaxing your hips. Open your diaphragm by slowing inhaling and raising your arms towards the ceiling. Exhale in the same motion as you move your arms back towards the ground. Congratulations, you have just completed the first step in a Qigong class. Qigong (chi-kung) is an ancient Chinese health care system offered at Tai Chi and Kung Fu schools. It’s very approachable to everyone, especially to senior citizens. It’s an integration of physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intentions. According to the World Tai Chi Qigong Federation, the name Qigong is translated from the Chinese to mean “energy cultivation” or “working with the life energy.” Its techniques are designed to improve and enhance the body’s Qi, which is the fundamental life energy responsible for health and vitality. There are thousands of variations and approaches to Qigong, making it fairly difficult for beginners to fully comprehend what it actually is. It should be taken as a way of approaching life rather than a physically demanding exercise, such as running or weight lifting. The primary motivation is the source for healing, strength, balance, emotional relaxation, and stress management. It has proven to improve physical functioning, limits fall risk, alleviates symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as lowers blood pressure in older adults. Similar to that of other activities you engage in for the first time, Qigong is a learning experience and a lot of learning happens through practice. Monthly events and classes are held frequently, so checking your local listings would be the best option for getting involved. Push past the workout fads and give Qigong a try. You never know what could happen. Like the Chinese proverb once said, “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”
Here's The World's 10 Most WTF?! Aphrodisiacs.
So, I'm not here to give you guys the birds-and-bees lecture, but as many of you probably know, sex is pretty important and has been since the beginning of humankind. (That is, after all, how we all got here, right?) So because of all this, knowledge about aphrodisiacs - aka the foods, drinks, etc. that gets us biologically 'in the mood' - have been passed down from generation to generation, with each culture having their own idea of what the most effective accomplice to your baby-making could be. Some of them - like oysters, chocolate, and red wine - are pretty popular mood makers here in the US. But what does the rest of the world reach for when their pheromones need pumping? Well, you might be a little surprised. Baboon Urine Region: Zimbabwe I'm not saying you should go drink pee, but when mixed with beer, baboon urine is believed to enhance fertility AND fidelity. Donkey Milk Region: Middle East Thanks to Ancient Rome's influence, certain Mideast villages swear that bathing in donkey milk (or rubbing it on, uh, very specific body parts) helps with sexual virility. Snake Wine Region: Vietnam Rice wine steeped with snake might not be appetizing for you, but in Vietnam, this medicinal aphrodisiac gets the job done. Balut Region: The Philippines I'm just going to put it out there. There's something awkward about eating a duck fetus to help you create a fetus of your own. Bird Nest's Soup Region: China This soup, made with swallow's nest, is among the world's most expensive dishes. For that kind of money, it'd better work! Leafcutter Ants Region: Colombia Often toasted before they're served up, this folk aphrodisiac is a top choice of Colombia's Ghane Indian tribe. Mm-mm-mm. Wolf Meat Region: Mongolia Apparently, in parts of Mongolia, getting hungry FOR the wolf will get you hungry LIKE the wolf. (If you get what I'm saying.) Casu Marzu Region: Italy So are the live maggots inside Sardinia's regional cheese also turned on, or is that just supposed to be a human thing? Spanish Fly Region: Southern Europe When men consume this popular (but kind of gross) aphrodisiac, they get MORE virile, and when women do, it can actually cause fertility issues. Tiger Penis Region: Southeast Asia According to Chinese medicine, tiger penis is supposed to help get you in the mood. But do we really need to be killing tigers just to get it on? Really, people?! So there you have them: 10 of the weirdest folk aphrodisiacs in the world. Try them if you dare. (And if you do, try not to eat them in public, okay? No need to get all 'When Harry Met Sally' on everyone.) Have you heard of any other aphrodisiacs? Do you believe aphrodisiacs work? Let me know in the comments below, and for more strange (but true!) stories of love, follow my Crazy Stupid Love collection!
Homemade Herbal Teas to Beat the Cold Season
It's that time of year again. Sore throats, runny noses, allergies, you name it! I love autumn and winter, just not all of these nasty things that come with it. In order to get a jump on sick season, I've compiled a list of some of my favorite homemade tea recipes that can help you get back on your feet faster. Plus, it's all natural so there is no need to fuss with medicine that might make you drowsy or nauseous. Here are my five favorite teas :) 1. Immune Boosting Tea Elderberries are a well known immune booster, but rosehips are a lesser known one! Rich in Vitamin C, rosehips contain 40 times more vitamin C than lemons! - 1 part dried elderberries - 1 part rosehips - ¼ part cinnamon chips - ¼ part ginger root 2. High-C Immune Boosting Tea This tea is great year around and even tasty over ice! Hibiscus with its lovely tart flavor and pretty red coloring, is rich in vitamin C, helping to boost your immunities. I really love to make this tea and serve it as a tea-lemonade! - 1 part hibiscus - 1 part rosehips - ½ part lemongrass - ½ part lemon peel - ¼ part cinnamon chips 3. Headcase Headache Relief Tea This tea is great for relieving headaches, easing tension, calming nausea, and even for helping aid in sleep. - 1 part basil leaf - 1 part lemonbalm - ¼ part chamomile - ¼ part lavender 4. Sore Throat Tea Sore throats really benefit from an addition of honey and lemon juice to the tea! If you can stand it, the addition of a dash of cayenne pepper is also extremely beneficial at soothing a sore throat and helping to open up the sinuses. - 1 part sage leaf - ½ part licorice root - ¼ part cinnamon chips - ¼ part ginger root 5. No Nausea Tea This tea is great for nausea, upset stomach, and indigestion. - 1 part lemonbalm - 1 part chamomile - 1 part peppermint leaf - ½ part dill leaf and seed Directions Combine herbs in a bowl and store in a sealed container when not in use. To Serve Tea – In a glass quart jar, pour boiling water over 4-6 Tablespoons herbal tea, filling the jar to the top. Allow to steep covered for 30-45 minutes. Strain herbs and enjoy! Be sure to take the time to breath in the steamy vapors of your medicinal tea while you are sipping it! You can refrigerate your excess infusion and heat it up to drink later.
Acupuncture: Is It For You?
Would you ever turn to acupuncture, which is a form of ancient Chinese medicine, to treat chronic conditions such as headaches, back pain, congestion, among others? For years the practice of this form of Eastern medicine has been regarded as less than scientific, circumstantial at best and plagued with placebo-type benefits that were inconsistent from person-to-person. However, that's all starting to change. More and more research into acupuncture, along with other forms of medicine such as cupping, have become more popular as a cheaper, easier alternative to the rising costs of healthcare in the West. When you're faced with an ailment that cannot be remedied, whether it's due to doctor availability, insurance coverage, or something else, you're left with the "alternative medicine" approach, which is where acupuncture comes in. That's exactly what I did--years ago! I was having extreme issues of congestion and allergy symptoms such as runny nose and itchy eyes. Rather than clog the medical system with this and get put on a dopey prescription, I opted for acupuncture. I went twice a week for 12 weeks. And since then, I have witnessed a significant reduction in congestion with the elimination of other symptoms. Was I healed? Kinda. Was it all in my head or did it really work? Whether it was a placebo or not, it worked for me. If you're able to go into it with an open mind, then I think you will find it beneficial and even life-changing. Is it for everyone? Maybe not. But I think you should consider all your options--alternative and otherwise--as you manage your healthcare effectively. How It Works: Based on your body's meridian lines, which is a network of highways that correspond with your body's organs and functions, needles, which have been dressed in medicine (though, not always), are inserted into the person's skin. This is done manually or more typically, through a slender sleeve that guides the needle in effortlessly. The medicated needles sit very shallow beneath the surface of the skin and deliver medicine to the are of the body that needs it. After several sessions of this, the body learns to respond to the medicinal prodding by changing its composition through the elimination of symptoms that are associated with pain. Would you consider acupuncture to treat your ailments? @Ash1998 @mArshadKhan @TessStevens @stargaze @LeshelleHoward @shoenami @ImUrBestFriend @Hobbs @IMDEEPINIT
What Are You Diffusing?
Last year I started diffusing essential oils because I wanted to infuse my mind and body with zen. On a more practical note, I was tired of buying expensive candles! That's when I learned about the benefits of aromatherapy. In addition to diffusing the oils, I learned a great deal about the incredible effects of oils on the human body. You can take them orally and topically. I bring this up because if you're going to spend the money on candles and potpourri, then wouldn't it make more sense to diffuse essential oil in water, which lasts for A LONG TIME, plus gives you the mind-body benefits that candle wax can't? If you're serious about oils, and you should be, then I recommend this book that I purchased off Amazon. I think it was like $23 or so. Anyhow, like I told my friend, you need to get it fast because the book is out of print and has been banned by the FDA. Sounds scary, right?! Well, if you understand that the big pharmaceutical companies are basically out to keep everyone on the planet sick and dependent on drugs, then it's easy to see why they would pressure the FDA to ban a book on NATURAL REMEDIES. The book is full info and lists ailments in alpha-order. It also lists essential oils in alpha-order so you can see how oils can impact your health. Last September I experienced abrupt hearing loss in my left ear. No idea why. It didn't hurt, but it was really annoying. That's when I saw a physician and they prescribed special drops in my ear. Well, after a week of that, nothing helped. That's when I tried essential oils. Two days later, my hearing was back to normal. They've been fine ever since. While I am not allowed to say "oils cured me," can you think of another reason why my month-long hearing loss was returned to normal? Since I work in a high-pressure job, and things can escalate into madness rather quickly, I diffuse my own blend of wild orange, frankincense and ylang ylang. It smells amazing, keeps me chill and brightens my mood. If you're tired of buying candles (that don't actually do anything but melt) and you're ready to get your mind and body on the health track, then I recommend you investigate essential oils further. Give it a shot. Ask a friend if they diffuse them. Of course, you can also ask me a million questions about it and I will do my best to answer them! :) @jordanhamilton @kaminisingh @alywoah @TessStevens @mikayla @ChelseaHeyes @QueenYuki @KyotieWolf @kristenadams @Donnas @stargaze @flymetothemoon @ImUrBestFriend @galinda @Bekka @RaquelArredondo @jazziejazz @rmayra1 @prgurl4u2envy @DemiP @alannasofia @petname83 @TinaDang @dimplequeen @tiffany1922 @atmi @ZoilaObregon @brinJSN @CelinaGonzalez @JessicaChaney @Animaniafreak @CrystalBlunt @AliciaJaneth @NaraA @TurtleyTurtles @sherrysahar @raenel @CandaceJordan @LemonLassie @AprilNapier @peahyr @MyAffairWith @SarahRegulski @HappyLulie @GingerMJones @humairaa @yellowbug18 @reaper412 @hikaymm