Marisa Reyes of Highland Park, California used her eight years of experience as a librarian and library professor to research how to help people. She uses vaginal steaming to help women rewrite their menstrual stories and find healing. One of her clients, who had been experiencing infertility issues, had to cancel just after her second session because she became pregnant. We interviewed Marisa to learn more.
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How have we treated our own injuries? A friend taught us how to make a comfrey root compress to heal Michael's shoulder and now we'd love to share it with you.
WHAT IS COMFREY ROOT?
Comfrey is a powerful plant medicine mostly grown in the United Kingdom. "Comfrey was once commonly called Knitbone because of its amazing ability to heal broken bones and “knit” them back together again. The botanical name, Symphytum, means “to unite.” The incredible healing action this plant has on broken bones and wounds comes from a constituent contained in the leaf and root called allantoin. This compound is a cell proliferant which helps to regenerate wounded areas of the body and speed up new healthy cell growth."
BENEFITS OF COMFREY ROOT according to https://draxe.com/comfrey/
1. Helps with joint inflammation
2. Can help with broken bones
3. Speeds healing of bruises and contusions
4. Pain relief
5. Potentially aid in treatment of fibromyalgia
WHAT DO I NEED TO MAKE A COMPRESS?
HOW TO MAKE
1. If using bandage, cut the paper of the bandage to expose just the non-sticky part. Use the pieces of paper to cover the other sticky parts. If using a cloth, spread on the middle of it.
2. Take equal part of powder and equal part of water, heat up just a little bit, and mix to make the paste. (We use 2 tablespoons of comfrey powder and 2 tablespoons of water.)
3. Use a spoon to spread the poultice onto the bandage or cloth.
4. Spread the calendula ointment on top of poultice to keep it from itching.
5. Apply bandage/cloth to the area of the inflammation.
6. If using cloth, use safety pins to securely tie.
7. Leave on the compress 4-6 hours and refresh as needed.
HOW NOT TO USE COMFREY ROOT COMPRESS
1. Never apply to an open wound.
2. Do not ingest comfrey root. It has chemicals that can poison the liver so avoid if on liver medications.
3. Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding.
All information, content, and material of this website is for informational purposes only and are not intended to serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of a qualified physician or healthcare provider.
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We're excited to take our massage services to the next level by offering CBD massage cream as an add-on. Vital Body Therapeutics is a top quality company based in Santa Cruz, CA. Their products are organic, top quality, and are made by and for massage therapists. We can attest to have already experience the pain reduction in our own bodies from hours of massaging. This is what we use to take care of our bodies, and are excited to share it with you all.
So, what is CBD exactly?
"CBD, or cannabidiol, is a medicinal cannabinoid that is derived from the hemp plant. Cannabidiol can be medicine for nearly anyone. One key reason is that many of the problems our population faces is caused by inflammation, and CBD has been proven to target and treat inflammation. Historically, researchers have failed to thoroughly investigate the potential of CBD to help treat these disorders, as the study of cannabis-based therapies was neglected. Now, thanks to recent research on the effects of cannabidiol, we know just how powerful CBD can be. Up until the late 1930’s cannabis based medications: oils, tinctures and preparations were routinely used by American doctors and physicians worldwide. And then, of course…this dude named Rockefeller decided that putting petroleum oil in our drugs would be better. Now that people are waking up to the fact that this approach is NOT working, they're looking to replace their prescription drugs that only work for a few months, then are replaced quickly with NEW side effects. Thankfully there's something now that can help us with ALL of these issues without side effects and is now legal and easily accessible."
~ Diane Kazer, Functional Nutritionist and Health Coach
TOP 7 Benefits of CBD
CBD Reduces Inflammation and Treats Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune disorders are a large group of ailments all caused by an abnormal immune response to one’s own body, leading to inflammation. There are over 80 distinct autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, Type 1 diabetes, Celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, IBS, and lupus. In fact, 75% of patients diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder are women. Fortunately, new research suggests that CBD may be an effective treatment for the symptoms of autoimmune disorders, thanks to its incredible anti-inflammatory powers. The cannabinoids found in CBD can also help to suppress an out-of-control immune system, possibly by limiting the production of cytokines in the body. Researchers are continuing to develop treatments that harness the powers of these cannabinoids, but in the meantime, women are treating their own autoimmune disorder symptoms with CBD. Unlike other common treatments for autoimmune disorders, CBD has few side effects. For example, treating everyday pain with NSAIDs, acetaminophen, or opiates can lead to liver damage, stroke, or even death, while CBD carries no such risks.
Cannabis is a highly effective treatment for chronic and acute pain, and pain relief is one of the main positive effects of medical cannabis. CBD has been effectively used to treat pain in adults and animals, generally in combination with THC. Whether it’s surgery-related pain, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, or cancer, CBD can help reduce these aches without the side effects of pharmaceutical pain relievers.
CBD has also been shown to aid digestion. Gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, and intestinal pain can be improved by using CBD. Indeed, several scientific studies have suggested that CBD could potentially be developed into a drug to treat inflammatory bowel disease. CBD has positive effects on digestive health and bowel problems.
Several studies have shown improvement in anxiety, particularly Social Anxiety Disorder, following CBD treatment. Strains that are low in THC but high in CBD are particularly effective. Anxiety is a debilitating condition that affects millions of people, so the fast-acting effects of CBD can be a useful treatment for sufferers.
CBD has shown antidepressant effects in animal studies. While research with humans is still in the early stages, it seems possible that CBD could help to ease depression. Less Seizures Research has shown that CBD is a promising treatment for epilepsy even in patients who have not responded well to other treatments. Children and adults show reduced seizures in response to CBD treatments, so CBD could be useful for long-term epilepsy sufferers.
CBD has been shown to improve sleep quality by making it easier to get to sleep and reducing the amount of rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep. This means that sleep becomes more restful and easy to maintain, so CBD can provide great relief for people suffering from insomnia or other sleep disorders.
Early studies have indicated that CBD also might be effective in treating acne due to its positive effects on human sebaceous gland function. While these studies are in the early stages, it seems that CBD could provide relief from the discomfort and self-confidence issues that come alongside chronic acne.
If I had to describe this experience in just three words, I would say...serendipitous, alchemical, and divinely empowering...ok, four words.
We were invited by Joseph Lemieux, a man on Michael's Men's team, to participate in a semi-private couple's retreat that was going to be filmed for a documentary. We were blown away when we found out he was co-leading with Alexandra Roxo, a beautiful and powerful priestess/goddess/queen who I met just 2 years ago. They had connected us with the producers who shared the intention of the show, which was to create an opportunity for couples to connect. Beloved producer Katie showed up with the camera crew to document our thoughts going into the weekend, as we prepared for our drive. Our thoughts on this? We were looking forward to a weekend getaway and an opportunity to love on our relationship since running business together had posed some challenges.
Going into this experience, we share that our intention was to foster a deeper connection but had no idea what that was going to look like. As we arrived to the gorgeous retreat home, we met the other young Australian couple who were quite new to the work. Through connecting exercises, breath work, vocalizing myself through screams, cries, and laughter, reliving how it was when we met and what we love about each other, out relationship received the nurturing we didn't even know was so necessary.
To sum up what I got out of the weekend, I received incredible guidance around being 100% authentic and real with all the suppressed emotions I hadn't even realized I was hiding.
The experience was an awakening to the understanding of how when I dim the fire of anger, frustration, grief, sadness, and discomfort, I am also dimming the fire of my desire, passion, and feminine power.
I'll be honest...I'm kinda nervous to see how the production team will capture a 3 day retreat into 1 hour. However, I know that the value I got out of this experience is so worth it. I feel set free, liberated from so many stored emotions. My relationship with Michael feels so golden and I am already witnessing how this work is deepening my connection to my clients and their healing process.
To get a taste of Alexandra Roxo's magic, I highly encourage you to try out her masterclass on "How To Embody Your Feminine Fire". I am committing to a 40 day practice. I am barely on day 2 and am feeling exhilarated by the benefits already. Ladies, get your feminine fire on!
Seed cycling is the easy and simple practice of adding specific organic, raw seeds to your diet to help with hormonal balance and optimize menstrual health. See image below to learn which seeds to use when. If you're interested in learning even more, check out the YouTube video below.
HOW TO INCORPORATE SEED CYCLING?
You can add the seeds to smoothies, breakfast bowls, salads, soups, and my favorite is on top of an avocado. I prefer to grind them in a coffee grinder to create a powder.
HOW HAS SEED CYCLING HELPED ME?
Integrating seed cycling, with vaginal steaming, abdominal massage, herbal teas, a healthy diet, and movement has completely changed my relationship to my cycle.
I used to have very painful periods with monthly cramps, lower back pain, mood swings, headaches, and am so grateful to share that my cycles are now pain-free.
Give it a shot!
About the writer:
Marisa loves hoop dancing, riding her bicycle, playing, hosting gatherings, practicing yoga, traveling, meeting people, eating, and savoring dark chocolate covered strawberries and coconut ice cream. She strives to be fully present, compassionate, and act and connect from a place of love.