Relieve Your Headache Naturally

Simple—and natural!—ways to relieve your headache fast.

Article by Divina Helene|December 3, 2022

Relieving your headache naturally is fast, effective, and best of all, poses no risk of unpleasant side-effects of long-term pharmaceutical use. Next time you notice a headache coming on, try these simple home remedies and tips:

1. Drink water: More often than not, headaches are a direct result of dehydration. Drink a large glass of filtered water (or even better, mountain spring water) that’s not too cold, adding in a few drops of trace minerals, too, for extra energy and mineral support, including magnesium, which many migraine sufferers are deficient in.

2. Use peppermint: Sometimes just a whiff of pure peppermint essential oil is enough to alleviate your headache but you could also try sipping on fresh peppermint tea. Peppermint’s anodyne properties make it a potent pain reliever. Steep just a few fresh peppermint leaves in hot water, adding fresh or dried chamomile to soften the flavor and help ward off inflammation, if you like. A cool wash rag placed on the head with 2-3 drops of pure peppermint essential oil can also be soothing (just avoid the eyes!).

3. Fresh air + movement: Take a breather—outside. A quick 10 minute walk in the fresh air and sunshine is powerful medicine. You’ll increase blood flow, flooding the organs with fresh oxygen, and give the eyes a break, which, if strained from looking at the computer too long, may be the cause of your headache.

4. Drink a cup of coffee or tea: Caffeine constricts blood vessels which can provide temporary headache relief. If it’s after 3PM, consider diluting your caffeinated beverage with extra water to lull the stimulating effects of caffeine.

5. Stretch it out: Tension headaches caused by sore or stiff neck muscles are a major cause of headaches. Try massaging your neck during a warm shower to help ease tension, or gently stretching out the neck by tucking your chin into the chest and rolling the head from shoulder to shoulder a few times. Eventually, next time the left ear meets the left shoulder, reach for the right side of your head with your left hand and gently pull the ear closer to the shoulder, stretching out the sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM) on the right side of the neck. Sweet release!

6. Try a homeopathic remedy: Homeopathic remedies like Belladonna can treat headaches safely and naturally. Homeopathica is a great resource for finding the right remedy for your specific type of headache.

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A Must-Make Herbal Folk Remedy for the Winter Months

A zesty, potent herbal folk remedy that will nurture and support you and the family all Winter long.

Article by Divina Helene|October 7, 2022

Fire Cider is a powerful, warming herbal folk remedy packed with immune and digestive supporting herbs and spices that’s so easy to prepare, there’s really no excuse not to make a batch. If prepared in early Fall, one batch will easily support a family of four all Winter long, as a little goes a long way.

The base of your Fire Cider will include:

  • raw apple cider vinegar (improves digestion, supports blood sugar balance)
  • onion (anti-inflammatory)
  • garlic (anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, supports blood pressure balance)
  • ginger root (anti-nausea, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial)
  • horseradish root (anti-oxidant)
  • jalapenos (rich in vitamin A and C, and potassium)
  • raw, unfiltered honey (anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, rich source of anti-oxidants, soothing)

From here, you can customize the ingredients to your liking.

I add:

  • star anise (anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory)
  • black peppercorns (anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory)
  • cinnamon sticks (anti-oxidant, lower blood pressure, support blood sugar balance)
  • fresh rosemary (anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, improves concentration and mood)

You could also add in lemon, orange, turmeric powder, cayenne powder and any other herbs and spices.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 10 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2-3 jalapeno peppers, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated horseradish root
  • 1/2 cup star anise
  • 2-3 sticks of cinnamon
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • small handful of black peppercorns
  • raw apple cider vinegar
  • raw, unfiltered honey

DIRECTIONS:

Prepare your roots, fruits, herbs and spices and place them in a quart-sized jar. Pour in the apple cider vinegar until all the ingredients are covered. Place a piece of natural parchment paper between the lid and the contents of the jar (as vinegar is erosive) and shake well. Store in a cool, dark place for one month, shaking the jar every few days. After one month, strain the contents into a clean jar, using a cheesecloth to catch the pulp (which you can use  to flavor a veggie stir-fry!). Lastly, add raw, unfiltered honey to taste (I don’t use much) and stir well. I store my Fire Cider in the refrigerator, but it’s not necessary. Drink a tablespoon every morning to warm yourself up and support the digestive tract, or mix with olive oil and dress a salad. Up your dose at any hint of illness.

Happy Herbal Remedy-ing!

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Rise and Thrive with the Sun

We are physiologically designed to thrive in the sunlight so why do we hide from it?

Article by Divina Helene|January 20, 2022

We’ve been programed from an early age to fear the sun.

While it’s never a good idea to sit in the scorching mid-day sunlight until you’re overheated, dehydrated, burned-up and lobster-red, we are creatures of the sun. We need the sun in order to function optimally as humans beings, hormonally, metabolically, and cellularly/enzymatically. Truthfully, I would argue that we should be spending more quality time in the sunshine as a society than we actually do. Spending more time in the sunshine usually means you’re outside, and if your outside, you’re usually moving—gardening, hiking, swimming, playing—and we need to be doing more of this anyway.

42% of American’s are vitamin D deficient. Over 19 million nationwide suffer from some form of depression. And over 34 million suffer from type-2 diabetes, a metabolic disorder. So what does sunlight have to do with this? A lot, actually.

For starters, vitamin D isn’t readily available in many foods so sunlight exposure is critical in maintaining sufficient levels of this vital, bone-healthy vitamin. In my opinion, no supplement on the market can take the place of natural sunlight. Secondly, nitric oxide, a potent vasodilator, is produced when sunlight hits the skin. Nitric oxide increases blood flow in the vessels, reduces depression and anxiety, and helps to clear viral infections. Sunlight is an integral component of our evolutionary physiological rhythms. For example, the presence of early morning sunlight triggers the release of cortisol and we begin to feel energized and ready for the day, while in the the absence of light, our body releases melatonin and we begin to feel tired and sleepy. Metabolically speaking, sunlight is a required component of efficient mitochondrial function. Food provides 1/3 of the electrons needed for ATP production, while sunlight provides the rest. Our primal desire to be in the sunlight is rooted in biology; it’s instinct.

Sunlight is essential and, yes, there are ways to “practice safe sun”. If you do tend to burn easily, get outside early in the morning sunlight. If you’re spending all day in the summer sun, don’t use sunblocks, especially those that contain benzene, a known carcinogen, but instead, cover up with clothing, hats and sunglasses as you feel yourself beginning to burn, and/or find some shade. Be sure to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. And if you live in colder climates where the sun doesn’t shine much in the Winter months, look into red-light therapies or purchase your own red-light therapy tent.

Do not fear that which sustains all life. Sunlight is not the enemy in America’s increasing prevalence of illness and disease and dysfunction; it might just be the cure.

 

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Elevate Your Smoothie

If you think a smoothie is just a bunch of blended fruit, you're doing it wrong.

Article by Divina Helene|December 8, 2021

Fruit? Sure—throw it in! My personal favorite right now is a chocolate-banana smoothie I make. But how do I turn that into something genuinely balanced and satiating? Pretty easily, actually.

The key to elevating your smoothie is finding balance. I love fruit and I eat it all day long; in other words, I don’t hide from the natural sugars found in fruits. But I do make sure I eat my fruit with healthy fats, proteins and fiber when I can to keep things blood sugar-friendly and me feeling satisfied and satiated.

You’d be surprised what you can throw in to the blender to create a well-balanced, delicious tasting smoothie. Some of my favorite things to add are: greens, nut butters, seeds, dates, riced cauliflower, and zucchini. I’m always changing it up depending on what I have on hand and the kids and I are always pleasantly surprised. Another thing: I never add frozen fruit or vegetables to my smoothies in the Winter time (cold foods in the Winter can extinguish your agni—it’s an Ayurvedic thing).

Here’s my the recipe to my current favorite.

Chocolate-Banana Smoothie (for one):

1 medium-sized banana

1 generous handful of spinach

1 scoop of Vital Proteins Original Collagen Peptides

1 heaping spoonful of almond butter

1 tablespoon Amazing Grass Organic Adaptogens Powder

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

1 tablespoon Navitas Organic Cacao Powder

1/2 cup water

Blend and enjoy!

 

 

 

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Ashley Rarick’s Calming Chamomile-Rose Tea

Looking for a soothing, calming evening treat? Try this simple recipe from Ayurvedic practitioner, Ashley Rarick.

Article by Divina Helene|April 14, 2021

Ashley Rarick of Ayurvedic Vitality shares this calming evening tea recipe that helps sooth both the mind and body.

“Rose has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, and is regarded for it’s healing benefits and it’s ability to calm the emotions as well as the skin.” she says. “It’s balancing for both Vata and Pitta body types. Kapha body types can add honey for sweetener and have in moderation as a treat.” she adds.

Chamomile-Rose Tea:

1 bag Chamomile Tea

1 tsp Edible Rose Water

1-2 tsp of Herbal Sweetener or Maple Syrup

1 1/2 cups of Hot Water

1/2 Ghee

Optional: Milk or Favorite Milk Alternative

 

Enjoy!

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Vegan, Grain-Free, No-Bake Fudge Brownies

Boy, are you in for a treat with these decadent and wildly satisfying vegan brownies! Not only are they vegan, but they're grain-free and refined-sugar-free, making them a much more favorable alternative to the traditional sweet treat.

Article by Divina Helene|February 15, 2021

Honestly, these vegan, grain-free, no-bake fudge brownies are to die for. They’re much healthier and lighter than traditional brownies and take no time to make. You only need five wholesome ingredients! They’re definitely a favorite in our household. I hope you give them a try (and let me know what you think!).

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup raw walnuts
1 1/2 cup pitted dates
1/2 raw almond butter
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
crushed pecans to sprinkle on top

DIRECTIONS:

Blend up the walnuts and dates in a food processor. Add in the almond butter—blend until smooth. Add in the cocoa powder. Blend well. Scoop out the batter into a parchment-paper lined 8×8 baking pan and press in firmly. Sprinkle with pecans and let set in the refrigerator for at least an hour before cutting and serving. ENJOY!

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Manifest Your 2021 Dreams Into Reality

Mindset is key in manifesting an epic year ahead, no matter what comes your way in 2021.

Article by Divina Helene|December 30, 2020

Here we are, once again, on the brim of a new year—one we are all anxiously awaiting—our focus teeter-tottering between reflections on the past and resolutions for the future. But will 2021 be any different? While that may be debatable, one thing is certain: your mindset changes everything.

So how do we shift out of the funky, threw-us-for-a-loop energy of 2020 and into a high-vibin’ 2021? I say we start by setting aside the tired and often surface-level new year resolutions and taking a more feelings-based approach to intention-setting, and my friend and mindset coach, Shaina Gadow, agrees. Here are her helpful mindset tips to manifesting a happy and bright New Year, no matter what comes your way in 2021:

  • Make Them Feelings Based: What would it be like to create intentions that focused more on how you want to feel? For example, instead of just thinking, “I want to lose those 10 pounds”, ask yourself, “How would losing 10 pounds make me feel? What is the desire behind the intention really about?” Maybe your answer is to feel healthier, more vibrant, sexier, or more confident. This gives your a clearer idea of what it is you really want. You can now use those desired feelings as guideposts for all the decisions you make in 2021. Exercise: Take 10 minutes to free write about what kind of feelings you desire in 2021.
  • Get Clear On Your Vision: Now that you have gained clarity on how you want to feel in the new year, you can begin exploring your bigger vision. What is it that you want to be, do, have, and experience over the next year? What is your vision? What life do you want to create for yourself? What new version of yourself do you want to step into? Allow your desired feelings to be the guideposts when mapping out your vision for the new year.
  • Take Inspired Action: What can you start doing now to help you reach your goals? Create a roadmap of the next year and then break it down into monthly, weekly, and daily goals that will keep you moving forward in achieving all that you desire to be, do, have and experience in 2021.
  • Know You’re Being Supported: The Universe is listening and responding to the rockets of desire that you shoot out. If you can feel and have faith in that support then it allows you to loosen your grip and begin to trust that what you desire is coming your way.

To learn more about Shaina Gadow and her offerings, please visit her website: shainagadow.com

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A Goddess State of Mind

Peel back the layers and discover your Divine Feminine.

Article by Divina Helene|November 15, 2020

Yesterday was Friday the 13th, the Day of the Goddess. I was born on a Friday the 13th, and with the exception of a few “surely, I must have been cursed” moments throughout my teenage years especially (didn’t we all have those?), I’ve always believed that it was rather special.

Years ago, when I delved into Numerology, I discovered that number 13 has always been associated with the Goddess and the Divine Feminine. According to Stargazer Astrology founder, Chirone Shakti, it’s in part because “there are 13 lunar months in the year, as opposed to 12 solar months.” Thirteen also marks the half-way point from full moon to full moon, as each lunar cycle is 28 days, which of course, also harmonizes with most women’s menstrual cycles. And Friday is known as the day of Venus, the planet of love and creativity, and “the sensuous feminine aspect of the Goddess”, Shakti explains. So when you combine a Friday with the number 13, it’s doubly divine.

So speaking of Divine Goddesses, how can the modern woman harness this potent, powerful, and ancient feminine energy and apply it to any and all aspects of her life? Easy: she has to think like a Goddess.

A Goddess is passionate and dedicated to her purpose. She is deeply connected to herself, her intuition, and her femininity. She is a loyal companion and a fierce protector of those she loves. She is in harmony with Mother Earth, and she seeks wisdom in silence, prayer, and meditation.

For clarity’s sake, ask yourself—Do my passions align with my purpose? Do I listen carefully to what my Inner Guide has to say? Do I foster meaningful relationships? Am I at peace with my surroundings? Do I stand proud in my Truth?

You see, being a Divine Goddess has nothing to do with what you look like or what you wear (although, it does have something to do with how you carry yourself), and absolutely everything to do with your ability to ask—and answer—these often sobering questions. When you lay it all out on the table so to speak, you’re able to step back and take a better look at the bigger picture. From this space, you can edit, add to, rearrange, realign, and ultimately, discover who you truly are at your core and begin to live from a place of authenticity, just like a Goddess.

 

 

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A Note to My Boys in 2020

To my discerning and ever-curious young men: I hope you continue to ask the difficult questions even when—actually, especially when—it's unpopular to do so.

Article by Divina Helene|November 1, 2020

To my discerning and ever-curious young men: I hope you continue to ask the difficult questions even when—actually, especially when—it’s unpopular to do so.

I hope you continue to see and know yourselves and others as unique and sovereign individuals with valuable perspectives and bright ideas to share with the world.

I hope you continue to stand proud and tall in your convictions, and encourage others to do the same, even when it means you stand apart from the crowd.

I hope the desire to honor your truth and trust your intuition continues to ring louder than the noise of that which surrounds you.

I hope you continue to think outside of the box and passionately imagine all of the endless possibilities that exist at any given moment in time.

I hope you continue to push the boundaries and refuse to settle for the ordinary just because it’s easier.

I hope you continue to bravely hold yourself accountable and responsible for your missteps and shortcomings instead of passing the blame.

I hope you continue to treat others with kindness and respect while embracing your differences with open hearts and minds.

I hope you continue to value your space and solitude as a time to dream, relax, recharge, and realign.

I hope you continue to nourish your bodies with real, wholesome foods, movement, good sleep, fresh air and sunshine.

To my boys in 2020—you have continued to inspire me with your sheer resilience and optimism. The universe has spoken to me loud and clear and it has confirmed what I have known to be true all along; that I am exactly where I am meant to be, right here with you by my side.

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Human in the Mirror

Have you looked at your reflection in the mirror and told yourself “I Love You” yet today? The thought itself might make you uncomfortable—it’s silly, or pompous, or even a little crazy, you might say. But why?

Article by Divina Helene|February 1, 2020

Let’s talk about MIRROR WORK and SELF LOVE. Have you looked at your reflection in the mirror and told yourself “I Love You” yet today? The thought itself might make you uncomfortable—it’s silly, or pompous, or even a little crazy, you might say. But why?

According to Mindset and Empowerment Coach, Shaina Gadow (@shainagadow), Self-Love is a major component of your vibrational energy and therefore, in your ability to attract into your life what it is you desire. Shaina suggests working some simple yet powerful Self-Love affirmations and mirror work into your morning routine to amp up your mood and your energy. It can go something like this:

Step in front of the mirror. Place your hand on your heart and just allow the process. Let it be uncomfortable. Let your emotions surface. To start, it may be easier to say: “I’m choosing to believe” or “I’m in the process of believing” and then your Self-Love affirmations. For example, “I’m in the process of believing I am worthy. I’m in the process of believing I’m beautiful. I am choosing to love myself. I love you, I love you, I love you.”

So tell us, do you practice Self-Love affirmations and mirror work as part of your Self-Care routine?

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