Temporary Hiatus

Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by! As with most things I take on in life, I jumped into this full force, with both feet. However, I’m not able to do things the way I used to and I’ve overextended myself a bit.

So, for now, I’m going to limit myself to Facebook and Instagram. Once I have a better handle on my immediate health issues, I’ll resume posting here.

In the meantime, please follow me on Instagram and feel free to add me on Facebook!

Instagram: moonsjourney2019

Facebook: Moon Phoenix (link on the contact page)

Hope to see you there!

Moon Phoenix

Stress and how it affects us

Stress affects almost every system of the body, most, if not all of us, already know this. However, do you know how and why? I didn’t until very recently and it was one of those duh moments for me. Part of the reason for this blog is to share what I learn along my journey, so let’s jump into this!

The human body is designed to handle ACUTE stress and fear. Imagine you’re out picking berries and you come upon a bear. The moment your brain received the signal from the eyes and is aware of the bear, it kicks the body into gear. the body’s sympathetic nervous system is activated due to a sudden release of hormones. The sympathetic nervous systems stimulate the adrenal glands, triggering the release of catecholamines, which include adrenaline and noradrenaline. This results in a sudden and massive increase in heart rate so blood gets pumped where it’s needed faster which causes an increase in blood pressure. The organs and muscles get extra blood in a hurry so that you can escape. Your breathing rate also increases to supply extra oxygen to the blood for your muscles, to make you run faster, be stronger and hit harder. This is what we know as the flight or fight response. Once the threat has passed, it takes the body approximately 20 minutes to an hour to return to it’s individual normal function.
This natural response is great in acute situations, but what do you think happens when the threat never passes? What if your threat is your boss at work with his impossible deadlines and constantly threatening to fire you? What if your stressor is your family at home, the spouse and kids with all their constant demands of take me here, honey do this, dad I need money. Constant, daily exposure to stressors keeps our bodies in that flight or fight mode.

All those excess hormones, increased heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate…can you imagine the toll that takes on our bodies? Is it any wonder most of us feel run down and generally like crap all the time?

So, now you know what is happening and why, so what do you do? Well, logic would dictate that you just remove the stressors. Sadly, logic doesn’t live in reality anymore. You can’t just quit your job or divorce your spouse and leave your children behind. Well, I suppose you could but there’s a better way!

No one can remove all stressors from their life, it’s just not practical. So, we remove the ones we can and with each one we remove, our bodies get a little bit of a breather and after a while, those breathers turn into hours then days of feeling better and no longer on constant high alert.

For example, if the loud, crowded lunchroom/break room stresses you out, start packing your lunch and go outside to eat! That’s a 30-60 minute breather a day. Does your morning and afternoon commute stress you out? Take the bus and enjoy being driven. Take that time to do some breathing exercises and mentally prepare for the day ahead. Do crowds, like you find in stores and at the mall, stress you out? Order online and skip the crowds!

See where I’m going with this? A bunch of little things add up to give your body time to recover between the big stressors you can’t remove, such as your job or family. So, take some time, look at your life, identify your stressors then identify the ones you can realistically remove and remove them!

P.S there are herbs to help us return our bodies to normal function which will be my next post, so stay tuned!

Apologies

Hey there! I’m very sorry! I know, I’m overdue with the recipes from the other day. Unfortunately, late blog posts are likely going to be a thing for a while. In order to start this journey, I had to get off all of my meds and therefore I have nothing to take for relief yet, I’m just having to ride it out.

The goal is to get enough of the right kind of herbs into my system so that I can function without any pharmaceutical assistance. In the meantime, when my condition flares up, I’m down until it calms itself again.

I will get those recipes posted just as soon as I can, promise 😉

Blessed be!

Moon Phoenix

Getting started

Ok, I’ve decided to go native, now what? Well, I decided to read and read and then read some more. Next, I went in search of videos actually showing how people make the various preparations (salves, tinctures, elixirs, syrups, decoctions, etc). I bet I’ve watched hundreds of hours of people actually making things. Finally, I went in search of interviews with experts in the field, such as Rosemary Gladstar, K.P. Singh Khalsa, David Wolfe, Daniel Vitalis, Dr Tieraona Low Dog, and Dr. Robert Rountree.

It’s been six months and I’m finally ready to start my journey. I began with about 25 of there most versatile herbs I could find and 15 essential oils. (I’ll list them at the bottom)

My first creation turned out to be the last thing I was thinking about when I decided to go there natural route. I made homemade hemorrhoid ointment. Notice, I didn’t say natural or herbal hemorrhoid ointment. This was a straight up emergency situation so I went with what I had on hand.

There’s a little bit of everything in it, from lavender, sage, rosemary, hydrocortisone cream, lidocaine cream and petroleum jelly, just to name a few. Did it work? Oh so much better than my wildest dreams but I’ll do an entire post on that recipe later since this is about my herbal journey and that recipe isn’t herbal. I’ve since recreated it using all 100% herbal products but haven’t used it yet so can’t do a post on it yet.

However, today, I did make several things that were part of my original plan. I made a batch of Elderberry Syrup, the new recipe for the hemorrhoid ointment, that I’ve now named Bum Balm. I set 9 oil and herb infusions going, made a fast-batch (infused oil done on the stove in an hour) of Chamomile oil and finally got around to straining my rose infused honey that’s been infusing for 4 weeks. Other than the elderberry syrup and bum balm, everything else was prepping herbs for future use since it’s rare to use the actual herbs for anything other than teas. From what I can tell, most recipes call for oils made from the herbs. Infusing oils the old way takes 4-8 weeks so today really is the very start of this journey.

I think to keep each blog post from being super long, I’ll try to figure out some way to put all the recipes in one place, rather than in each blog post. I’ll have to contact my buddy, the computer guru, to show me how. So, look for the recipes for everything I made today to be coming soon!

HERBS I STARTED WITH:

Vervain

Wild lettuce

Rose petals

Feverfew

White Oak Bark

Damiana

Comfrey

Chamomile

Lavender

Star Anise

Peppermint

Mugwort

Elderberries

Yarrow

Marshmallow

Dandelion

Nettle

Slippery Elm

White Sage

Solomon’s Seal

Passion Flower

Catnip

Uva-ursi

Burdock Root

Cinnamon chips

OILS I STARTED WITH:

Lavender

Rosemary

Lemongrass

Grapefruit

Lemon

Eucalypts

Y’lang Y’lang

Frankenstein

Geranium

Peppermint

Tea Tree

Clove

Olive Leaf

Tomorrow, I will tell you all how today’s herbing went! Stay tuned!

Blessed be,

Moon Phoenix