Want to Slow Down?

I have large amounts of energy and I am in constant motion. I often call myself a hop toad. That is just the way I am wired. For example, fidgeting helps me quiet my mind and focus. In contrast, sometimes I worry about getting everything done. I look ahead and worry about everything on my to-do list instead of what I am doing. Not only does this deplete my energy but I often feel like a hamster on a wheel never completing my desired tasks. Recently, I made one change to my daily routine and the results are amazing. I am learning that by taking five minutes in the morning to review my wish list helps me complete my tasks. By prioritizing, I slow down and focus, resulting in being more relaxed and accomplishing more. I simply give myself permission to prioritize my tasks and let go of worrying about finishing everything on my list. In addition, I delegate tasks to my husband and son. I let go of control and request they complete tasks their own way. I am pleasantly surprised that using a calendar to manage my list has taught me to trust that I don’t have to do everything and others are capable. This has helped me slow down and reduce stress.


Until next time, love, light and laughter,



Healing Coach

Play Your Stress Away



How To Ease The Itch Of Eczema

As I rolled out of bed one chilly February morning, I happen to look at my right forearm. I was surprised and confused when I saw a round red and flaky spot. Even though it was not itchy or spreading, I tried a couple activated charcoal patches because they would help pull the toxins that were causing my reaction out of my body. Since there was no change, I ignored it until March when I was on vacation. I went to a wellness spa. I applied a drop or two of oregano essential oil with coconut oil onto spot before going into the infrared sauna for 35 minutes. Later that day I started to itch. The itch was so intense I could not sleep and a rash develop and spread over my arms, torso and legs. I went to an urgent care facility and the doctor told me the original spot was eczema and the rash was an allergic reaction to the oregano oil. She prescribed topical ointment for the original spot. When I got home the itchy rash was still spreading. So once again I went to the urgent care. The doctor said it was eczema and prescribed oral steroids and Clairton. I am still healing my eczema and sometimes the itch is very intense. When I start to itch, I do one or more techniques from the list below.


What do you do when you itch?


1. Put ice on the area for 5 to 10 minutes.


2. Take an oatmeal bath. I cut two 8-inch pieces of unbleached cheesecloth. Put one on top of the other to form at. Then I place ½ cup of Bob’s Red Mill gluten free oats in the middle. I pull up all the corners and tie it. This will form a ball shape. Place it into a cool/warm bath. Relax in the bath for 10-20 minutes. Pat dry.


3. Take a sea salt with food grade hydrogen peroxide bath. I place ¼ cup of salt and 1/8 cup of hydrogen peroxide into a cool/warm bath. Relax for 10- 20 minutes and pat dry.


4. I do Lee Holden’s Evening Qi Ritual for 20 minutes :


5. Do acupressure:



Three Ways To Warm Up

As I sit at my dining room table watching the sunlight dance on the snow, I am looking forward to warming up my body. My first simple and refreshing way is to drink a cup of warm water with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Another favorite flavored water is cinnamon, which is very easy to do by putting an inch of cinnamon stick into  boiling water. Turn off the stove and let steep for 10 minutes. Sometimes I replace cinnamon with 1 teaspoon of sliced ginger or turmeric. I enjoy these flavored waters when I wake or after a walk in nature which is the second way I like to warm up. My third way is be giving, whether it is a smile or a donation to a cause. Have  you heard that when you give it helps your immune system? Which creates a win/win approach.


Are you ready to warm up from the inside by giving to a worthy cause? The Natural Health Center Of Kalamazoo is providing you an opportunity to help others and yourself. On Saturday, 40% of each $5 fee for the March 21 gluten free , dairy free and egg free cookie class will be donated to the Kalamazoo gospel mission. That is right. The Natural Health Center Of Kalamazoo will donate $1 dollar and Vicky Mitchell will donate $1 of the fee to the Gospel mission. In addition, The Natural Health Center Of Kalamazoo will donate 5% of sales on March 21 to this non profit organization. You can feel the healing joy of giving by stopping by and donating needed items at the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission table at the Natural Health Center of Kalamazoo on Saturday March 21.


You may be wondering what The Kalamazoo Gospel Mission is. For over 80 years this non profit organization has supported the community. Not only do they provide the critical needs of food and shelter, their long-term discipleship programs help men and women change the behaviors that lead to homelessness.

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