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HEMP OIL – Is it Good for You?

HEMP OIL – Is it Good for You?

Hemp oil is all the rage these days. It seems it’s the latest best new thing for our health. When I was asked to review a hemp oil product I Hemp Oilhesitated.  I’m a bit of a late comer to whole foods and natural remedies. From a philosophical standpoint I’m always open to new ideas and an ever-expanding view of life, but when it comes to ingesting things I don’t understand I fall back on my upbringing.  My English mother made it abundantly clear to her five children that the only things worth ingesting were meat, vegetables and potatoes, in small amounts three times a day. She’d throw in a multi-vitamin on occasion for good measure. It served me well in the psycho-tropic drug era, but things have changed.

Modern medicine failed me one too many times and a complex world left me searching for better solutions to my health concerns. No more would a pat on the head and a prescription from my doctor serve me.  Little by little, I stuck my toe in the waters of “natural” remedies. Fortunately, I had a willing and very patient guide, and my outlook has forever changed.  So here I am facing down Hemp oil, wondering if I dare. After all, it has cannabinoids on the label. Sounds suspiciously like marajahooch, and I’m too old for that stuff! But, I decided to take the risk because if it does what they say it does, I’m in!

First of all, Hemp oil does not contain THC, the stuff in marijuana that some of us once found so appealing. In fact, it’s a slightly different plant, as you will see in the graphic to the right. So rest easy and read on.

HERE’S WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT HEMP OIL

Hemp Oil in Your Diet

Hemp Oil Receptra PrimeHemp oil, a vegetable oil, is derived from hemp seeds. Low in saturated fats, it is high in antioxidants. Added to your diet it naturally addresses muscle and joint pain and arthritis by reducing inflammation. In addition it reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer and blood clots, according to the “Journal of Nutraceuticals Functional and Medicinal Foods”

According to RECEPTRA  who sent me the sample, “Research is surfacing that shows hemp oil’s antioxidant content is ideal for removing toxins from the body that cause inflammation. Inflammation, “a silent killer”, can lead to muscle and joint pain as well as a variety of other diseases and conditions. Using Hemp CBD Oil, like Receptra Naturals, is a great way to battle the complications of inflammation-causing toxins, as well as potentially prevent its/their existence entirely.”

Not all Hemp oil manufacturers are equal. Across the board, Receptra received high marks. Cannainside reports: “Unlike many of the brands out there that claim to test their oils, Receptra Naturals uses a third-party laboratory to test their products and post the results online. Yes, you can go to their website, identify the batch of your product, and view potency, mold, and heavy metal lab results. Isn’t it about time the rest of the industry catch up?”  See more reviews below.

Hemp Oil for Your Skin

The sample I received from RECEPTRA is a dietary supplement, but Hemp oil is also great for the skin. Hemp oil skin products can be used to alleviate dry skin. Rub it directly on dry or cracked areas. Use it on hands, feet, cuticles, nails and to remove makeup. It’s also used to condition hair, reduce acne and eczema. Research has found it to be an effective treatment for atopic dermatitis as well.

MY EXPERIENCE with RECEPTRA PRIME Hemp Oil

I’ve only been using it a week but so far it’s a painless process. Whenever I start something new, I start out very slowly. The directions say to use a full dropper 2 to 3 times a day. I started with 1/2 dropper once a day, and am now taking a full dropper once a day. I started it with plenty of aches and pains so if it helps I will be sure to let you know!

What natural remedies do you use?

 


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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Receptra Naturals. The opinions and text are all mine.

We Start With Suffering, Then We Turn the Page

We Start With Suffering, Then We Turn the Page

Suffering is just the jumping off point. It is the kick in the butt to do something different. We hurt. It motivates us to look for ways to relieve our suffering. We don’t always choose the best fixes. Some are dead ends. Others, however, lead us to places we never imagined going. Surprises await us at every turn. Miracles are born. Veils are lifted. Our sorrow grows into purpose and a broadening of our perspective. We discover there is more buried within than we ever knew. This is the miracle of transformation.

Suffering to Transformation

Yesterday, I read a post by author/memoirist/blogger/writer/friend, contributor to Voices of Wisdom series, Kathy Pooler. The title captured my attention when it appeared on my Facebook page buried among the endless political posts and a reminders of the recent act of terrorism. Turning the Page: A Memoir Moment smacked of hope, at least for me.

TURN THE PAGE

Suffering turn page“Turn the page” became my mantra not all that long ago, when I was at a crisis point in my life. While listening to REO Speedwagon’s song Roll with the Changes on headphones, hoofing it on a health club treadmill, I decided to face my fears and do what I always wanted to do — write. It was time to make some serious changes in my life and each time I heard “So if you’re tired of the same old story, Oh, turn some pages”, I knew I had to accept things I didn’t want to accept and move forward. It was a call to loosen my grip, let the winds of fate take me somewhere unexpected and to risk the journey.

There are things in life we can not change. The past for one. Physical disabilities for another. But, it doesn’t have to be the end of the story.  In fact, it can be the very beginning of a new adventure. Kathy describes with depth of experience and understanding her journey to acceptance and it is more than clear to the reader how much richer her life will be because of it.

We have limitations. But, they need not break us or ruin our lives.  We may start with suffering, but we can end with transformation.


HOPE MATTERS

Finding Hope quotes

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR FEAR & ANGER POST ELECTION

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR FEAR & ANGER POST ELECTION

Fear and AngerPanic, fear and anger are very normal responses to what has taken place over the last week (and months). Many of us feel threatened and angered by all that is happening. We are in hyper-reactivity mode and our emotions have been propelling us forward. Everywhere people are saying and doing things they would not ordinarily say or do.

This high adrenaline response (survival response) is a natural and normal biological response, programmed into our DNA, to give us the biological resources we need to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe in a threatening situation. It is not ALL that we are. Not by a long shot, and it’s important that we take time, now, to reconnect with the rational and more expansive aspects of our selves.

The threat seems immediate and our bodies are responding as if it is. But, it is not, at least for most of us. Our bodies don’t know this, and the adrenaline coursing through our veins is telling us to fight or flee when there’s nowhere to flee and no one to punch! We take this adrenaline to social media and pick fights with our words, or we bark at our kids or spouses. This doesn’t satisfy our bodies need for calm. In fact, it keeps us in a heightened state of reactivity and keeps the adrenaline flowing.

Our best course of action at this time is to do the opposite. It may feel counter intuitive, but we need to make a concerted effort to calm ourselves. Remaining in a hyper alert state for long periods of time is hard on our bodies and will ultimately drain our resources. We may need these resources down the road when a course of action becomes clear.

Now it behooves us to take a deep breath and do everything we can to find our center of calm. We think more clearly when we are calm. We act more carefully and intelligently when we are calm. During challenging times such as these, we need to think and act with the best of who we are, not in reaction to a set of circumstances that at this time is beyond our control. There will come a time for action. We will know it when it arrives. Today, taking care of ourselves and restoring our sense of security within ourselves is our job.

As we live out the coming months and years, our ability to be vigilant in our self-care, will allow us to stay the course. Establishing a sense of security and calm within ourselves provides an anchor that will help us ride out the storms.

In my experience this can be accomplished by engaging in any or all of these practices. You may have your own.

  • avoid unnecessary confrontation
  • decrease exposure to inflammatory rhetoric/media
  • disconnect entirely from the internet for a period of time
  •  limit news/TV/electronic devices
  • take several deep breaths periodically throughout the day – we tend to hold our breath and breath shallowly when we are tense; deep breathing actually activates calming mechanisms in our body.
  • moderate exercise – a brisk walk, swimming, dancing
  • spending time outdoors, preferably in a natural setting away from the hustle and bustle of every day life.
  • pets can be calming – take some time each day to cuddle with yours; no doubt they will be calmer as well!
  • eat healthfully and avoid alcohol and junk food (Adrenal Burnout Soup Recipe)
  • get lots of sleep (even if you need a little help to do so for a while)
  • spend time with people who are calm and with whom you feel safe;
  • avoid those who don’t (it doesn’t mean you have to stop loving them!)
  • soak in a hot tub
  • use essential oils in a diffuser or sprinkle on a cotton ball and carry in your pocket
  • meditate/pray
  • practice mindfulness
  • body work/massage/
  • read positive, reflective literature
  • tune into yourself in silence; heart/mind/body/soul
  • Listen to and follow your intuition

We will get through this together.  Dorothy


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ENERGY – WAKE UP WITH MORE OF IT – Create A Happiness List!

ENERGY – WAKE UP WITH MORE OF IT – Create A Happiness List!

EnergyThis morning I woke up with zero energy.  I was tired and draggy. Too much something or other in my diet, or too much gardening precipitated by the nice weather. Either way, my body felt like lead and my mind like slogging through mud.

I poured a cup of coffee and sat down to read my email. My plan for the morning was to tackle a few important things on my to-do list. I’m almost finished with formatting my new book, Aging Abundantly , Essays on Midlife Change, Growth and Survival, but I just can’t seem to wrap it up. Conflicting feelings, the push/pull of a psyche that lacks confidence is wreaking havoc on my energy around this project. Or, more succinctly,  I’m irritable and cranky because I just want the damn thing finished but can’t get myself to do it!

Do you know what I’m talking about?  I hate it! 

The Universe will not let me feel sorry for myself! What’s with that! 

In fact, The Universe is having its way with me, in spite of myself. An hour later, sipping on my second cup of java and my attention still very far away from formatting, I stumble across exactly what I need! Two things, in fact. Synchronicity at it’s best! Thank you, Universe.

The first was a book I’ve been wanting to read and had forgotten about,  Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life by Judith Orloff, M.D. Her work is foundational for another book I’ve been working on for a year or so. It’s about energy. Orloff is doing exciting work in the area of the body, mind, spirit connection and learning how to manage our energy. In this book she presents psychological strategies for maximizing positive emotions and minimizing toxic ones with an eye toward decreasing suffering and increasing well-being. I listened to the intro while placing my Audible order and the creative juices started to flow. As a result, my energy levels skyrocketed. All I have to do is read about what’s going on in the world of healing and my spirits lift.

DO YOU HAVE A HAPPINESS LIST?

Next, I read a blog post by one of my new favorite writers, Susan Mary Malone called Do You Have A Happiness List? How could I not read it?? It was especially relevant to me in light of my attempt to do a 365 Day Journey of Gratitude. I you read my post about it you know I was a) smoking something that day, or b) really serious about developing a gratitude practice. I did okay with it for the first few weeks and I even had a couple of people threaten to join me, but life has a habit of getting in the way. My sister-in-law, quite unexpectedly join in and is hanging tough with me. In fact, she’s the only thing keeping me honest! (Thank you, Lisa!)

AVOID ENERGY DRAIN

Posting a gratitude was one of the things on my to-do list today and it felt like an albatross. Talk about energy drain! I’ve been discussing the issue with myself incessantly, as I clearly have conflicting feelings! I want to keep my commitment to myself and I want to develop a gratitude practice.  I don’t like feel constricted, inhibited and I end up feeling anything but grateful! Not the intended result. I even wrestled with the difference between appreciation and gratitude. Yikes! Who cares?  I know it goes deeper and that’s what I’ve been trying to figure out.

So, Malone made it easier for me. She helped me let go of some toxic energy and turn toward a source of positive energy. A Happiness List, according to Malone, is a “list of things that elate you. Twenty of them,” she says. “Write them down, keep it by your bedside table, and read it before you even get out of bed in the morning.”  I could have used that list this morning, what about you?!

“Rather than just appreciating what’s in life, instead this (a Happiness List) makes you smile at all the things that bring you joy.  And memories surface as to why.” ~ Susan Malone

I think this is gratitude as well, just in a different form. A Happiness List creates energy in me, whereas, a daily gratitude feels like drudgery.  So today, I will create my Happiness List. Tomorrow morning I will read it before I get out of bed and in this moment I am grateful for a new perspective.

Creative minds, like Malone’s and Orloff and the women who are contributing to The Voices of Wisdom Series, are at the top of my Happiness List. Their work, their positive energy feeds my soul and liberates me from the weight of negative emotion.

What would you put at the top of your Happiness List? 

[tweetthis]“Happiness is when what you think,what you say,and what you do are in harmony. ”Mahatma Gandhi[/tweetthis]

Mask of Perception – When Things Aren’t What They Seem

Mask of Perception – When Things Aren’t What They Seem

the ask of perceptionWhat We Think Is True May not be True – Our Mask of Perception may be shielding us from the truth.

The other day I received a text from a friend. I read it through and responded. I was watching the news at the time, and not paying as close attention to the interaction as I might have done. It was an ordinary conversation among friends, the sharing of thoughts and ideas, concerns and the offering of support; not overly serious, but certainly not a casual how’s the weather conversation. We have them often. Something bothered me about the way things ended, but I didn’t think much of it at the time. I was tired and went to bed.

The next morning I pulled up the text exchange and read through it again. I wanted to make sure I got the conversation straight and see if my perception of what had taken place was different after a good night’s sleep. I was shocked to discover that I had missed an entire paragraph, and in that paragraph my friend had shared the news that her twenty-five year old daughter had checked herself into the hospital psych ward.  It was by far the most important paragraph in the entire exchange, and I had missed it! No wonder I was picking up vibes!

The blood drained from my face. The sudden awareness that I had been so intent upon composing my messages to her while half of my attention was elsewhere woke me up as if I’d been in a trance. The fact is, I had been. I had been in my world, in my perception of reality and only very marginally connected to hers. Texting is particularly prone to this pitfall, but we do it all the time, even when we are in a face to face conversation. 

I actually for a moment wondered if that paragraph had somehow come through later.  Ridiculous, right?  I re-read my words, now that I had the whole story, and was horrified to feel how insensitive, uncaring and self-centered they were.  I had never even responded to her primary concern. It was horrible. It was inexcusable. It was human. I am so very human. The older I get the more I do my best not to expect otherwise. This breach of attention had cost something I value deeply, my friends feelings. 

I quickly texted an apology to my friend. I would have called by I knew she would not be available to answer the phone. I expressed my real concern for her son and compassion for her heartbreak as her Mom. She is a forgiving person and didn’t hesitate to accept my apology, but I can’t help but wonder how long the sting of my apparent indifference will linger in her mind. I know it will stay with me and I will be more attentive when texting and in all interpersonal communications in the future. I will continue to question my perceptions, trust my intuition and to work at being more fully present with those with whom I come in contact. 

PERCEPTION

The exchange with my friend is a perfect example of how our perceptions influence our understanding of others.  Our perception of their viewpoint and our understanding of their words passes through the filters we have in place. Those things that mask and alter our perception of reality may be simply things that we allow to distract our attention, but they can also be perceptual masks that have been in place since childhood.   We are unable to take in what is actually being said. Like the old telephone game we used to play as kids, the message is garbled by the time it is received.  It is these perceptual masks, those that we are unaware of, that do the most damage to our relationships.  

Perceptual masks that were put in place in childhood as a self-protective device are the hardest to remove. As we attempted to cope with hurts, slights, traumas and unresolved issues that we were ill-equipped to cope with, we put on blinders, built walls around ourselves and re-created reality. The most insidious masks are the ones that we believe now to be “who we are”. Research has shown that victims of verbal abuse are often triggered by a single word, or an everyday occurrence. If, for example, a person’s father screamed at them throughout childhood,  “Why did you do such and such??!!!”, using a menacing and threatening tone of voice and getting in the child’s face. The attack always began with the word “why” and was followed by a verbal or physical lashing. Would it not be understandable that in adulthood, the word “why” would become a trigger word for this individual?  Later, the individual’s husband comes home from work and says, “honey, why did you leave the car on the street?” His reason for asking was simple. He was trying to be helpful. He wanted more information, to know whether or not his wife was going back out. He wanted to help her by putting the car back garage if she was going to be home for the evening. The “why” trigger word evoked an angry, accusatory response from his wife and she was drawn into the grip of a defensive rage. A kind gesture offer turned into a nightmare of back and forth exchanges that went nowhere.

The experience where a trigger originates need not be to the level of abuse for it to be carried forward into present time re-activity.  It only needs to be a present moment situation that is similar to an emotionally charged past event. The first clue to a trigger is a reactive response. The minute our hackles go up and we feel anger, shame, or a desire to run and hide, chances are we have been triggered. Getting curious about our response and taking the time to stop see if we can discover the original experience helps us to dissipate its present day power over us.  It’s not easy, but it’s worth it, particularly in charged relationships.  The more we can stay fully present in each moment, the healthier and deeper our relationship to ourselves and others can become.

What my friend heard in my response was entirely different from the actual truth. While unpleasant, it was a valuable reminder for me and I hope of some use to you.

Quote by D Sander, the mask of perception

On Loneliness

On Loneliness

 

It is … only in the state of complete abandonment and loneliness that we experience the helpful powers of our own natures. ”   Carl Jung;  Modern Man in Search of a Soul

 

Much of my life I spent locked in the cage of a deep and pervasive loneliness. It did not matter that I had friends, family or people around me. I struggled with this abiding isolation, helpless to make it go away. I berated myself for not “doing” the right thing, or “attracting” the right people into my life. Why when I married my best friend and was surrounded by children and friends that loved me was I still assailed by loneliness?

Figure at the Window by Salvador Dalí
Figure at the Window by Salvador Dalí

As I grew older, my parents died, my children left home, my husband and i were living with the consequences of a life time of destructive patterns of interaction, was I found myself in a “dark night of the soul”, as described by St. John of the Cross in his poem and treatise by that name – Dark Night of the Soul (Dover Thrift Editions). I saw nothing but endless isolation ahead, and death. I knew that I had to face my fear of being alone once and for all. I knew that I had to face it alone. That was all I knew, and it was terrifying. I believed there had to be a different answer to the problem than I had heretofore found and I became determined to find it.

Coming through a dark night is never easy, but it is always life and spirit altering. In my dark night I discovered a connection to myself and to my soul that now sustains me in a way nothing else was ever meant to do. I understand that now. One cannot escape loneliness through action or connection to others. One must heal the emptiness inside that separates us from ourselves. Only then can we gain true intimacy with others. It sounds simple, It is not.

Carl Jung discovered this as well. He discovered and articulated our need to discover the “powers of our own natures” and to live from within our own creative powers, using our own rich and magnificent resources. We have far more inside of ourselves and at our disposal than most of us ever imagine; more than most of us can even conceive, particularly when we are locked in the fear, dread and scarcity mentality of our culture. To discover our inner strength, the bubbling fountain of life energy that is ever-present to us, it is necessary to disconnect from anything that pulls us away from it and from that which draws our attention to false solutions and weak excuses. Only then, will we discover the richest part of this life we are now living.

Have you experience a “dark night of the soul”? Have you experienced deep and abiding loneliness? What did you discover there?

Unraveling Ourselves

Backwards Thinking