Introduction to Holistic Wellness

Nov 17, 2018   //   by Madison   //   Holistic Wellness, Mindfulness, Relaxation, Self-Care, The Blog, Workshop  //  No Comments
Sally- Yoga District Teacher

Sally- Yoga District Teacher

Sally, a Yoga District teacher, has been struggling with severe migraine attacks since age of 15. For years she dealt with pain multiple times during the month. She would take strong pain killers while spending days in the dark and quiet.

She finally found s natural way to reduce the frequency of the attacks as well as duration of them. She is living toxic free, using all natural remedies for the past 17 months. She no longer needs to take any medication or pain killers whatsoever!

Read on to learn from Sally about holistic medicine philosophy and wellness practices.

Holistic Medicine Philosophy

Rocks balanced on the beach

Balance is the foundation of holistic wellness

We are super grateful for modern Western medicine, but let’s explore why holistic wellness is not just “alternative medicine.” Holistic wellness is a healthy way of healing our body & mind through adopting an all natural way of living. It is a complement to Western medicine.

According to the holistic medicine philosophy, one can achieve optimal health, the primary goal of holistic medicine practice, by gaining proper balance in life. Holistic wellness is the enriching, caring for, and balancing the whole self. This touches on several different components. Holistic health focuses on the mind, body, spirit and emotions.

MIND (Emotional Health)

Mind refers to the emotional health of a person. To achieving a balance in the mind: manage time wisely, share feelings wIth someone we trust, journal, and keep a positive attitude during times of stress.

BODY  (Physical Health)

Body encompasses physical health, which can be balanced by: moving the body, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep.

SPIRIT (Spiritual Health)

The Spirit is related to energetic health. To achieve balanced: spend quiet time every day, meditate, contemplate life’s purpose and dharma, plus find gratitude even in times of difficulty.

EMOTIONS (Social & Mental Health)

Emotions are about social and mental health. This can be balanced by: engaging and challenging the mind, pursuing personal growth, and maintaining healthy relationships. Try to remove yourselves from toxic relationships.

Holistic Wellness Approach

Holistic wellness starts with small steps towards balancing all these elements to pursue optimal health and overall wellness. For example, in Western Medicine, we use strong chemical painkillers to ease discomfort during migraine attacks. Whereas in holistic wellness, we look into the imbalance of all four compounds rather than solely addressing the physical aspect of it.

What is the root cause of the migraine? What is the person’s mind (emotional) health? Does the person have any personal problems that are troubling them? How is their body (physical) health? Are they struggling with any food triggers, sleep problems, etc.? What is their spirit (energetic) health?  Are they experiencing a certain fear? How is their emotional (social and mental) health? Are they feeling stress and anxiety? If so then, why and what can be done to alleviate these issues?

Holistic Wellness Steps & Tools

Holistic wellness utilizes many tools. Plants are one of the strongest resources that we use to balance all four compounds. The power of essential oils, derived from plants can optimize our overall wellness, healing mind, body & spirit, as well as aiding in controlling emotions.

For instance, frankincense oils are used for a multitude of reasons related to all four key elements of wellness. Frankincense oils can inspire courage, stabilize emotions in the mind, reduce inflammation, and promote cellular health in the body. These oils also improve adaptiveness and promote a meditative state for the spirit–on top of  alleviating fear and anxiety in our emotions.

Follow the simple steps below to start your holistic wellness journey:

  • Scrape your tongue first thing in the morning
  • Drink a glass of warm water with 2 drops of lemon oil
  • Sit in quiet for 3 minutes and follow your breath
  • Pop a drop of peppermint oil under your tongue to boost your energy and move your body, in a way that feel good for you
  • Use Frankincense oil as all natural anti aging skin care
  • Have a Frankincense oil handy to inhale anytime you need clarity of mind and/or to reduce feelings of stress or anxiousness
  • Use your Frankincense oil before bed for a deeper, better quality sleep

Learn more about the power of holistic medicine.

Holistic Approach Workshop

Stress

Migraine Headaches

  • 11/18 2:30-4:30
  • 14th street studio
  • Sign up here

In my upcoming workshop, we will look into all of these elements that can occur during at times of a migraine attack and, discover what tools to use for immediate ease without the need of strong painkillers. Please do remember that, if needed at times, it is okay to use Western medicine! I simply aim to equip you with holistic wellness’ tools to use in your own life. Join my workshop to learn more about the powers of essential oils and holistic wellness.  

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