Blooming Mindfulness

Trying to live with Chronic Illness

Opening up to more

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Hey everyone!

A few days ago I went back to see my psychic again, she is so lovely and she answered everything I needed to know. If you didn’t know I am learning to be a psychic myself and to watch her work now after training and learning was so incredible. Angela is so talented and she really inspired me to keep working because my future is a lot brighter if I use my skills and keep opening up to the world.

When I look back to when I first became sick and had to leave nursing, I remember thinking that’s it then. I tried other jobs but nobody seemed interested in helping me stay employed and I kept losing jobs because I couldn’t remember things and I struggled to move fast enough. Eventually, I gave up trying and realised I was better staying home and trying to keep my body as healthy and keep it going as long as I could. Work was taking valuable energy and causing pain, it made no sense to keep trying just to be told it was not good enough.

Thankfully, jobs are not allowed to do that now and I hope that people coming up behind me are being treated better…yeah I can hope!

When I saw Angela though she spoke of my future in such a wonderful way, she answered my questions about being on the right path and she spoke about me and my husband possibly working together. She said I could help a lot of people if I apply myself and really learn all I can, I came away feeling as if she had once again opened up the universe before me. Now that might seem romanticised and silly, but after giving up and thinking I was never going to be useful to society, well that really inspired me and that is exactly how it felt.

I have been finding my world slowly opening back up over the last few years as I have begun a spiritual journey, started taking this blog more seriously, and started working on learning all I can about my psychic abilities. I have a lot of faith in God, I always have, and I know in the bible it says He has a path worked out for every one of us. For a while I forgot about that and lost sight of the fact that my soul need to flourish and grow in order to move forward.

I also was contacted last week to say that this blog was selected by Feedspot as one of the Top 10 UK Fibromyalgia Blogs on the web which of course is incredibly inspiring to keep going and really boosted my confidence. You can check out the list and find other good Fibromyalgia blogs HERE.

So I see the world, the universe, well everything opening up before me, I feel excited and inspired by what could be in my future and I hope everyone out there realises our lives are full of unlimited possibilities if we just trust.

Namaste xxx

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Is meditation and chanting changing my brain?

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Hey everybody!

Well I am starting to feel more like myself and less like someone who just wants to curl up in a ball and do nothing and speak to nobody.

As I have spoken about many times before on here and my You Tube Channel, I suffer a lot with my mental health, namely chronic depression and generalised anxiety disorder. Both of these illnesses conspire against me to keep me inside and lonely and not doing the things I love to do.

However, over the last couple of months, me and my husband have been working hard to learn more about other cultures and other ways of thinking. Here in the West it all feels very overwhelming, there is a lack of kindness and compassion, and people tend to work work work without taking the time to look after themselves properly. Both me and especially Lee had fallen into that trap and we had enough!

Lee started learning about The Secret, and I found out about The Power of I Am and looking more into other religions that are as old as Buddhism which I have been studying for a while now. The realisation that if I put in the work I could be in control of my thoughts and take some control back became something that I greatly wanted to make happen.

After finding a course on the Insight Timer App, I started to learn about Bhakti Yoga, which is a spiritual practice within Hinduism, that concentrates on devotion and love for any endeavour. I found this so beautiful, and started to take mindfulness, gratitude and meditation more seriously. I also discovered chanting could help me stay in the moment and provide short mantras such as I am safe I am protected, which definitely calm my anxiety! As soon as I changed my thinking from what I want and what other people do to gratitude for what I have my whole demeanour changed! I woke up happy, something that has not happened since I was about 14years old! I started to be thankful for the home I live in and to see what I already had instead of focusing on what I wanted to change.

I also found that old emotions and feelings came up that I had stifled years ago, but by chanting or praying through it I found that I coped much better with them. It became so interesting to me that just changing my way of thinking could change things so quickly, I wondered if there was any scientific basis to think that my brain had changed. I found that there were articles about this, but many were not scientifically based which annoyed me because I am experiencing the change surely it can be measured somehow?

I did find this one study on sciencedirect.com which basically confirms what I am feeling and seeing myself, unfortunately the study was only done on small groups. However, it did help me feel like this could be a long term change and not just something that will last a couple of months and then stop working…I mean people have been using these tools for hundreds of years they must have an idea it works right?

Namaste xxx

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Pushing passed anxiety

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Hey everybody!

So lets talk about pushing passed anxiety to make your dreams happen and move forward in life. It is something I have been needing to do I have things I want to achieve in life and my anxiety always holds me back and this time I did not let it win!

So I am also a You Tuber and a few weeks ago I messaged one of my favourite You Tubers, Miss Mary Lu and asked her if she wanted to do a video together. I was so excited when she said yes because she is such a wicked cool person and she is someone I look up to because she has more subscribers than me.

However, as the time to upload came up I got scared, I started to doubt myself because my channel is slow growing, I am shy in person and I am not great at promoting myself. So I started to feel like I would look stupid or nobody would want to watch because my editing and lighting etc is not great and yeah it got me doubting myself so much.

BUT!!! Yes there is a but, because I took my time and I kept thinking about it being such a great opportunity and I would regret it if I backed out because of my anxiety. Today the video I posted went live HERE and I am so proud that I pushed through and I have already learned so much from this collaboration and I know that the more I push myself through then the more I will achieve.

My anxiety almost keeps me captive in life and I cannot stand that! I want to be a good blogger, and I want to do well on you tube and help people understand chronic illness and that we are just people living our lives and trying our best just like everyone. So this was a big week and it was hard for me, I realised how much I need to learn and grow and at first it got me down but then I realised that I have only been editing 8 months, I need to be patient with myself and kind to myself.

Now the video is out I am so proud of myself I love what me and Mary produced together and I hope it encourages everyone to go and try new things, and to take care of themselves. Self care is so important it helps both our physical and mental health so let me know down below is anxiety holding you back? And, what is your favourite self care?

Namaste xxx

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Taking my time coming to terms with new diagnosis

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Hey everybody!

So a few weeks ago I was told I had two illnesses and you can read about them HERE, so I have just taken myself a little time to come to terms with them. On the one hand, Spondylosis was not a big shock I have been having a lot of upper spine pain and now I know what it is I am happy. I mean well, not happy happy, but now I know what it is I can look up things to help and get practical about things if that makes sense?

But with hEDS, I am finding a lot of anger and frustration because as I research and read up on this illness the more upset I am feeling. I am finding my being diagnosed fell at the right time because I found out at the beginning of EDS awareness month so there is no shortage of informative articles floating around like this one by the Mighty, or this one by Mystripeylife.com which I am extremely thankful for!

However, the more I read the more angry and frustrated I feel, and I think it is because I have so many of the symptoms and I find out decades after and I want to go shout at my old Drs “I TOLD YOU IT WAS REAL!” I didn’t walk until I was almost two and would drag my left leg when I crawled, my skin is very soft to touch and I bruise very easily, I was in so much pain as a child but when I went to the Dr they would tell me it was simply ‘growing pains’, I have always had balance issues, I had to have a lot of dental work and teeth removed as a child and the anaesthetic never worked as well as it should have…and I can go on!

Knowing I suffered so much to have nobody listen, to know that I just pushed through and forced myself to act like I was fine for so long ignoring the pain it upsets me. But what upsets me the most, is that younger me thought I was being dramatic or I was too sensitive everyone else gets by with these things! On top of that, I had family members make fun of me, and put me down because they did not believe me or understand that it was real…they believed the doctors they thought it was in my head.

Now I don’t want you thinking I blame those members of my family, because I don’t, they were simply misinformed and trusted doctors and dentists who themselves did not see the whole picture. General practitioners can often miss rare illnesses because they don’t get the time and there are so many rare illnesses there is no way for them to know them all. Logically I know this, logically I am thankful to now have answers and to have a way to move forward with greater understanding hopefully from the medical professionals I meet in future.

Yes I think it is legitimate to feel anger and frustration when you find this sort of information out, I need to be patient I need to allow myself time to feel these things. But, as I am a Christian and a Buddhist, I try to refrain from looking back too much and to be in the moment so I guess what I am saying is that from now on I will be updating my blog every Monday again! I gave myself time and I was patient, but this blog means so much to me, like my You Tube channel, it gives me a voice, it is a chance to connect with others and make friends.

So I guess I am incredibly thankful to people in the EDS community for welcoming me, answering my questions and giving me advice when I have asked. I feel so lucky my diagnosis came at the start of the EDS awareness month I am thankful I have a diagnosis that finally makes everything make sense…so yes anger and frustration is there but I am choosing to look at things with a grateful heart.

Namaste xxx

 

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101 Black Seed Oil Benefits Plus Side Effects and Harms

The black seed has been around for ages, yet people are only now starting to learn about it.

What makes this alure more powerful when first hearing about this seed is the fact that black seed oils benefits are critically examined and fully studied all around the world.

It’s surprising to know how few are aware of its properties and benefits, however, we will do our best to enlighten you with what we’ve learned from studying this miraculous herb.

We will also cover any harmful aspects of black seed oil that you might experience while taking this oil, such as vivid dreams.

You should also understand that black seed oil is a supplement and not a treatment plan for any medical conditions you face.

Black seeds (from the nigella sativa plant) have shown tremendous use and promotes vitality against a variety of complications and issues, ranging from skin complications to fungal infections.

The power of this seed makes one question how one seed can be so useful for a variety of complications and issues.

The simple fact is that black seeds hold a complex blend of ingredients with two major pillars, Thymoquinone (TQ)and Thymohydroquinone (THQ).

This two great compounds effectively are what makes black seed oil amazing. Not to mention the black seeds other powerful elements.

Did I mention the healthy omega 3,6, and 9? How about its vitamins and other minerals?

What are Black Seed Oil Ingredients? 

Extensive studies were done to identify the composition of the black seed, the ingredients of N. sativa seed includes fixed oil, proteins, alkaloid, saponin and essential oil.

The fixed oil (32-40 %) contains: unsaturated fatty acids which include:

  • arachidonic
  • eicosadienoic
  • linoleic
  • linolenic
  • oleic
  • almitoleic
  • palmitic
  • stearic and myristic acid
  • beta-sitosterol
  • cycloeucalenol
  • cycloartenol
  • sterol esters and sterol glucosides 

The volatile oil (0.4-0.45 %) contains saturated fatty acids which includes:

  • nigellone that is the only component of the carbonyl fraction of the oil
  • Thymoquinone (TQ)
  • thymohydroquinone (THQ)
  • dithymoquinone
  • thymol
  • carvacrol
  • α and β-pinene
  • d-limonene
  • d-citronellol
  • p-cymene
  • p-cymene
  • carvacrol
  • t-anethole
  • 4-terpineol and longifoline 

Black cumin seed have two different forms of alkaloids: isoquinoline alkaloid that includes: nigellicimine, nigellicimine n-oxide and pyrazol alkaloid that includes: nigellidine and nigellicine.

The nutritional compositions of N. sativa are vitamins, carbohydrates, mineral elements, fats and proteins that include eight or nine essential amino acids.

Black cumin seeds also have saponin and alpha hederine and in trace amount has carvone, limonene, and citronellol, as well as provide relatively good amounts of different vitamins and minerals such as Fe, Ca, K, Zn, P, Cu

When you start to peel back the layers of this black seed, you find a Fibonacci sequence of types which blows the mind away in its superiority to what we think we understand.

I think its safe to say regardless of what you may believe or think, black seed oil is something we all have to research.

You may know black seeds from a variety of different names, depending on which part of the world you’re in or from.

Here are a few other ways black seed oil is referred to around the world:

Where does Black Seed Oil Come From?

Black seed oil is simply an extracted oil substance produced by the squeezing and compression of black seeds. There are countless of home appliances that will let you produce your own oil, or you can always buy some here.

The main origin currently of black seed is primarily in two places, India, and Turkey. The seeds are grown annually and are shipped all over the world. We searched all over the world to find the best and purest black seed oil. In its purest form black seed oil is very hard to come by, so make sure you do your research!

What Are Black Seeds? 

The tiny, black, thick shaped cumin seed is most commonly referred to as ‘black seeds’ or ‘black cumin seeds’. They are slightly curved with a rough distinct texture that makes them unique and easy to identify.

Black seeds can be consumed in a variety of ways! From bread toppings to cold pressing the seeds for the oil.

What is Black Seed Oil Made From?  

Black Seed Oil is made from the Nigella sativa plant through a process which compresses the seeds and extracts the oil.

The purest black seed oils will not use a filler oil to increase the quantity of the oil, rather they will leave it as is and keep it pure.

You can tell if your black seed oil contains a filler oil by how easy it is to absorb through internal as well as external uses.

The black seed oil should not be too oily in consistency. You will easily tell the difference when using a superior black seed oil by its easy absorption and strong effects.

The pure black seed oil holds a distinction in how dark it is, the oil should be almost black and not lighter in color.

How do you Take Black Seeds?

You can take black seed oil in a variety of ways, from orally to topically, the applications are endless. In fact not only can you use and take the oil of black seeds but you can also use and take the seeds itself.

Please make sure to know the risks and use of the black seed and how it impacts your health. Always make sure to follow your physicians suggestions as they are most qualified to treat, cure, or diagnose your issues.

Heres a quick list of Ways to take black seeds:

  1. Consume a teaspoon of black seed oil
  2. Mix teaspoon of black seed oil with honey
  3. Consume black seeds plain
  4. Boil water with black seeds, let simmer and consume
  5. You can add black seeds to bread, food, and pastries

What is Nigella Sativa Used For?

Nigella sativa is used for its many reasons and has been studied for research purposes on many diseases and complications. “Nigella sativa” is just another name for black seed oil.

You can find a variety of name for the black seed oil as they have traveled the world over and our renowned everywhere.

Nigella sativa is in fact what makes it completely different than black cumin oil which you also might have heard of.

Black seed oil is superior to black cumin oil in the fact that black seed oil contains all of the properties of the black seed.

The confusion with black cumin oil comes from the name usage mishaps online, so make sure to know the difference!

Most of the pharmacological effects are due to quinine constituent, of which TQ is mainly abundant.

TQ possess:

  • anticonvulsant activity
  • antioxidant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-cancer
  • antibacterial
  • antifungal activity

Black seed oil can be a natural support for your diet.

These are just a few reasons why we have over 101 black seed oil benefits.

The 2 most potent chemicals black seed contains that cause it to be such an useful supplement is thymoquinone and thymohydroquinone.

These 2 compounds are the main responsible elements that you can credit the wonderful benefits too.

They assist in many ways to add an advantage to your diet.

These powerful compounds were probably the main reason why King Tut was found to have a bottle of black seed oil with him in his tomb , wishing to take it to the afterlife.

These 2 compounds are also responsible for striking wonder and awe in thousands of researchers’ minds with all the capabilities the little seed packs.

Black seeds come from the Nigella Sativa flower and are grown worldwide today.

Its origins are from North Africa, Mediterranean/Europe, and Asia, and have since spread far throughout the globe and are regarded as one of the most effective natural supplements around.

What Does Black Seed Oil Do?

Black seed oil has so many uses and benefits that we were able to come up with a list of over 101 black seed oil uses.

It should be noted that these 101 benefits and uses are not cures, prevention, and treatment for any health complications.

We will also cover the harmful aspects of black seed oil and how you should not ditch any advice your doctor recommends for your issues.

Be sure to get the recipes too for useful and delicious ways to take it!

The simple fact is that black seed oil supplements a lot!

When it comes to what black seed oil does for you, make sure to read the whole article to find a benefit and use for yourself.

101 Black Seed Oil Benefits & Uses


1. Heart Health

An unhealthy heart can be a result of a variety of reasons, but they all stem from a common denominator; not giving the heart the nutrients and attention it needs.

The rich and unsaturated Omega 6 & 9 acids as well as the phytosterols that black seeds contain might offer benefits and help reinforce being aware of taking care of your heart health.

Studies have also shown that in some cases N. Sativa can help glycemic control. (1)

Countless studies have been conducted to see if black seed oil has the ability to promote heart health and research will continue to happen down the line.

Black seed oil can have unwanted side effects if your currently taking medication for your heart, do not mix black seed oil with your medications. 

2. Fungal Infections

Bacteria and infections have been some of the most studied elements of what black can be tested on.

Fungal infections occur when bacteria grow on top of your skin, resulting in a variety of different diseases and rashes.

Research shows that fungus and mold can be impacted by compounds found in black seeds, leading many scientists to continue research on this powerful herb.

The research indicated that black seed helps promote antifungal and anti-bacterial properties against bacteria and infections.

Black seed oil should not be used in place for any antibiotics or medications your doctor prescribes you.

3. Allergies (Sinus Infections)

Many of us develop allergies and sinus infections, which could signify a weak immune system that could need immediate help.

Having strong anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds will help with sinus infections, be sure to connect with your health care professional for recommendations on treatment.

Black seed oil can be rubbed around the sinus or taken as a dietary supplement.

The immunomodulatory effects of N. sativa may be another reason for its beneficial effects in sinusitis.

Oral N. sativa seed fixed oil enhanced humoral immune responses by the reduction in IgA, IgM, and C3 level 27.

The immunomodulatory effects of N. sativa seed fixed oil are not related to the effects on Th1 and Th2 cell responsiveness to allergen stimulants 28.

4. Skin

From tone to texture, there are many reasons for someone wanting healthier skin.

With all the essential fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acid, black seed oil makes perfect all-around daily skin moisturizer.

Not only is it great for applying (for sunburn, etc.), but it can also help with wrinkles.

You can also read more on black seed oil for skin. (ps you can also read up on coconut oil benefits here, they’re also amazing for your body & skin!)

5. Skin Cancer (Melanoma)

Cancer is a result of DNA mutations multiplying too quickly for your immune system to catch up. Caused mainly by inflammation, the thymoquinone and thymohydroquinone properties of black seeds have been found to be effective in combating some forms of cancer in mice.

A study conducted by Nutrition and Cancer in 1991 showed that topical application of N. sativa extracts inhibited two-stage initiation/promotion [dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA)/croton oil] skin carcinogenesis in mice.

Known mainly for its anti-inflammatory properties, black seed oil has benefits in the use of many different challenges, including topical application on skin.

No results yet have concluded that black seed oil can cure skin cancer but future studies on this issue will still need to be explored.

6. Acne

Black seed oil for Acne is a common search topic because everyone wonders how to deal with acne.

One of the reasons acne occurs might be caused by inflammation of the skin, which causes people to break out.

A study conducted by AJTCAM showed detection of the antibacterial effect of Nigella sativa ground seeds with water. (2)

Black seed oil might have antibacterial benefits for your acne.

Black seed oil can be topically applied to your skin.

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7. Infection

Infections of all types are fought off by the immune system, specifically white cells.

Black seed oil helps your body benefit from head to toe.

This is a unique property that black seeds were known for throughout history, and they stood the test of time.

8. Fertility

Infertility can have a variety of different causes and is best consulted with a doctor.

Antioxidant components in medicinal herbs such as Nigella sativa (NS) have been indicated to improve spermatogenesis and steroidogenesis.

A study published in the Journal of Herbal Medicine aimed to study the effects of Nigella sativa on male infertility.

The outcome of this study indicated that NS can positively influence sperm parameters, semen, Leydig cells, reproductive organs and sexual hormones.

The main potential mechanism is through the antioxidant properties of NS. Thymoquinone (TQ) and unsaturated fatty acids are the main antioxidant components of NS. NS and TQ derived from NS can improve male fertility parameters through promoting antioxidant defense.

Although the findings of this review suggest that NS is a good candidate for male infertility treatment, there is insufficient evidence to make recommendations for its use as an adjunct therapy in infertile men.

More clinical trials are recommended to demonstrate the efficacy of NS on male infertility.

9. Good for Your Hair

From thinning hair to dryness, there are countless of reasons which can cause hair issues, mainly by not taking care of your health.

Even if you do take care of it, ironically many of the hair products in the market actually cause more damage than said.

One of the more popular uses of black seed oil is for hair improvement and promoting overall hair shine.

Although it’s really not concrete as to why exactly black seeds help with hair, one can assume that it stems from its potent properties.

Those properties are also combined with healthy fatty acids such as omega 3,6, and 9, that have shown to improve hair follicle and strength.

Black seed oil has can also be useful for applying on premature gray hair.

For more details, check out black seed oil for hair.

10. Flu and Fever

Another arising issue directly related to a weak immune system is flu or fever can cause serious even more damage to your immune system.

Not having a way to help your body can leave you in bed for days if not weeks.

Since the black seed is anti-inflammatory, you can use black seed oil for cases of flu and fevers for quick relief.

With immediate aid to your immune system, your body will feel the potent antioxidant and antibacterial properties of black seed oil go to work.

A suggested recipe is mixing honey and black seed oil in a cup of warm water. Doing this daily will not only get rid of your flu and fever but improve your overall well-being.

11. Boils and Carbuncles

Whether it’s a single boil (furuncle) or a cluster of boils (carbuncle),  black seed oil is a great way to find out if it can work for you.

As long as the boil/s are smaller than a half inch, black seed oil might help it disappear.

Boils are caused by bacteria which the potent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of black seeds TQ contain.

If the boil is any larger than half an inch, you must seek immediate medical attention.

12. Coughs and Asthma

With the inflammation of bronchial tubes (the body parts that allow you to breathe easily), it can cause quite a stir and inconvenience gasping for air, breathing deeply but not getting enough oxygen to your lungs.

The anti-inflammatory properties of black seeds make it one of the most ideal diamond herbs.

Black seed oil targets your immune system and its antibacterial properties fight off any bacteria and virus.

It’s great for anything that’s caused by inflammation. Specifically bronchitis and asthma, two of the more prominent uses of black seeds.

It has even been recorded in history that the one of the main uses the Ancient Egyptians had for it was helping improve cardiovascular health.

13. Diarrhea

Since most diarrhea is a result of a viral infection, the anti-inflammatory properties of black seed makes a perfect home remedy for it. It balances your digestion and intestines, allowing your body to become less constipated.

Many suggest mixing 1-2 teaspoons of black seed oil with yogurt for 2 days before the diarrhea is completely gone.

14. High Blood Pressure

Black seed oil for high blood pressure is one of the most common uses of black seed oil today. Although it’s not recognized as an official treatment, many high blood pressure patients noticed a significant drop in their blood pressure levels when taking black seed oil. Studies like these have led many to start taking black seed oil as a natural remedy for reducing high blood pressure.

15. Insomnia

Studies have shown that taking black seed oil for insomnia and other sleep disorders can be very effective. Many have claimed that it has helped them eliminate their sleeping disorder altogether.

On top of this, it’s also great for promoting natural deep sleep for everyone.

Also Read: How to Get Rid of Bruises Fast using Natural Remedies

16. Muscle Cramps and Spasms

The antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory agents in black seed oil make it very helpful in preventing and easing muscle cramps/spasms. You can either consume it orally or rub some oil on the affected areas to see near-instant results.

17. Nausea and Upset Stomach

Black seed oil for nausea and upset stomachs are another notorious use of black seeds. The reason why it makes for such a powerful remedy is due to the fact that it stimulates your body’s digestion and induces the expulsion of gas.

For nausea, a common recipe is mixing a teaspoon of black seed oil with a teaspoon of ginger juice (twice daily).

18. Toothaches

Another effective remedy for toothaches is black seed oil. To relieve the pain and soreness, all you do is rub the oil on your gums for 20 seconds. Then sit back and feel the antioxidants go to work.

19. Leukemia Cells

Studies showed that black seeds had antiproliferative effects in human myeloblastic leukemia HL-60 cells. This again can be traced back to the thymoquinone it contains that makes it such a powerful remedy.

20. Breast Cancer

Black seed oil showed a continuous ability to suppress breast cancer cell reproduction when taken for long-term treatment. Studies showed that larger doses resulted in more powerful suppression.

Also Read: Benefits of Turmeric

21. Colon Cancer Cells

black seeds thymoquinone & antioxidant properties make for powerful scavenger abilities. They are not only useful for tons of other ailments, but they are a key ingredient in the suppression of cancer cell growth.

Their ability to inhibit cancer growth is so impressive that many doctors have stated that it’s an effective natural alternative for colon cancer treatment.

22. Psoriasis

Caused mainly by inflammation, Psoriasis is an unpleasant condition of the skin that millions are affected by worldwide. Since black seed oil exhibits anti-psoriasis properties, it thereby benefits primarily diseases caused by inflammation. This makes it for a great natural alternative to many of today’s prescription recommendations for psoriasis.

Simply consume the oil or capsule orally daily to see results. You can also rub some directly on affected areas.

23. Eczema

Suffering from Eczema can be a painful experience. Finding that much-needed relief can be hard, which will make you appreciate black seed oil that much more. Eczema is caused by, you guessed it, inflammation. This causes unpleasant red rashes to show up and cause swelling throughout the body.

Using black seed oil for Eczema is one of the most preferred natural alternatives to treatment today. Simply consume 1-2 teaspoons daily for immediate relief.

24. Weight Loss

Black seed oil’s weight loss effects stem from its blood sugar lowering properties. On top of being a natural antioxidant, it also aids in speeding up your metabolism and lowering your appetite. This especially helps when trying to gain back control of your diet.

See more on black seed oil for weight loss.

25. Diabetes

What made black seed oil for diabetes such a powerful natural remedy? It’s ability to significantly lower blood pressure and help both insulin and noninsulin dependent diabetes patients. It’s not only for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, but it’s helpful in improving your overall blood health.

26. Seizures (Epilepsy)

Most of today’s medication and treatment for seizures come with a long list of side effects (that’s if you’re one of the few with access to treatment). Luckily for you, black seed oil is an effective anticonvulsant. This makes black seed oil an effective treatment for Epilepsy.

Some studies have shown seizure free behavior in patients who took black seed oil daily for 4-6 weeks along with their current medication. Many researchers have concluded that this was mainly due to the potent effects of thymoquinone found in black seeds.

27. Tonsil Inflammation (Acute Tonsillopharyngitis)

Black seeds have been proven to relieve users from throat pain caused by inflamed tonsils and alleviate the need for painkillers. Studies prove it to be one of the most effective natural remedies for throat pain. They’re also a great natural remedy for sore throats.

28. MRSA 

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MSRA) has plagued hospitals and treatment centers worldwide due to the fact that staph infections are becoming more and more resistant to generic antibiotics. Caused by a weak immune system, the anti-inflammatory agents of black seeds make it a great alternative to many of today’s antibiotics. Of all the infections that black seeds are known to help treat, this is probably one of the more important ones.

More problematic for elders (since it involves surgery in some cases), MSRA can be harvest a lot of uncontrollable pain throughout the body. The upside is that studies have shown black seed oil compounds to be an effective way to inhibit the spread and remove MRSA altogether.

29. Opiate Addiction 

Using black seed oil to treat opiate addiction and withdraws is another proven effective benefit of black seeds. In studies, it has proven to rapidly improve the symptoms of acute opiate withdrawals. Additionally, it was observed that black seeds prevented relapse in some cases as well.

30. Scars 

Whether they are post-surgical or not, black seed oil makes a great remedy for clearing scars away. It is one of the only few natural herbs that have been proven to remove & heal scars permanently.

31. Cervical Cancer

Another cancer that black seed oil has been proven to be effective in treating is cervical cancer. Mainly due to the thymoquinone, it contains, studies have shown that it helps in boosting white cell count and suppressing the cancer cells from reproducing.

32. Radiation Damage

Studies show that black seed oil that was used on patients who were exposed to gamma radiation had far less damage than ones who didn’t consume any. The conclusion showed that people who had radiation exposure could treat and prevent damage to black seeds.

A significantly stronger immune system was found on patients who were consuming black seed oil. There are also studies that prove black seeds to be helpful for cancer patients undergoing radiation treatment.

33. Lead Poisoning

Known as one of the most toxic sources worldwide, lead can interfere with a number of your body processes and can cause harm to your heart, intestines, kidneys, nervous system, bones, and even your reproductive system. Research has shown that black seed oil has been effective in protecting and reversing the damage done to the brain due to lead poisoning.

34. Beard 

Studies have shown that black seed oil can improve the thickness and quality of your beard and increase the growth rate. Although not its primary benefit, you can apply it directly on your beard and it will provide moisturizing benefits as well.

35. Bee and Wasp Stings

Crushed black seeds mixed with water are an effective natural remedy for bee and wasp stings. Simply rub on the affected areas and repeat this twice a day.
 
36. Chest Congestion

Simply rub black seed oil on your chest to remove and clear up congestion and build up. It’ll work wonders when mixed with honey. You can also opt to take them orally as well.

37. Earaches

Black seed oil mixed with olive oil (1/2 teaspoon each) that are warmed and dripped into the affected ear is a natural way of getting quick relief from ear pain. You should place a hat or scarf over the ear after dripping for 2 minutes and let it sit.

38. Eye and Vision

The oil is also used to treat eye infections as well as improve eyesight and vision. It has also been used by many to treat their pink eye infection. To do so, one should gently rub some oil around the eyes before going to sleep. Can be taken daily for quicker results.

39. Facial Paralysis

When suffering from facial paralysis, black seed oil can be a great treatment for curing it altogether. Simply place a small amount of black seed oil in a container and hover over it with your nose, gently sniffing above the surface of the oil. Take 10-20 deep breaths and repeat daily.

40. Nasal Congestion

It’s also helpful in treating nasal congestion and build up. It’s arguably one of the fastest natural remedies for nasal congestion out there, and one of the more popular uses of this awe-inspiring herb.

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41. Gallstones

Taking black seed oil for gallstones is a sure way to reduce the pain and remove the gallstones altogether. The potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of black seeds make it ideal for treating gallstones naturally.

42. Liver Stones

Similarly like gallstones, liver stones can also cause immense pain and have costly side effects when taking the prescribed mainstream medication. The properties of black seeds reduce and suppress liver stones until they’re completely removed. Take daily with honey for better results.

43. Gas and Flatulence

Black seed oil aids in your body’s indigestion, thereby helping you control your gas. It’s also proven to be useful in relieving stomach stress and gas buildup.

44. Hemorrhoids

A painful congestion rooted problem with few treatments available, hemorrhoids can be painful to experience especially when considering the side effects of most of today’s’ hemorrhoids prescription medication. Black seeds, on the other hand, offer immediate relief, and studies have shown it to actively prevent the spread of hemorrhoids.

45. Headaches and Migraines

Another more notorious benefit of black seed oil, using it to treat headaches and migraines is one of its most praised uses. For centuries, Arabs and Europeans have used it by applying it around their eyes, nose, and forehead. This gave them immediate relief from the throbbing pain, and it can do the same for you.

46. Immunity

You can also use black seeds to improve your overall immune system, thereby improving your body’s defense mechanism and protection to bacteria. Since most of today’s common ailments are caused by inflammation, black seeds make a perfect herb to tackle many diseases that people suffer today.

47. Breast Feeding and Lactation

Not only does black seed oil help you breastfeed by improving lactation, it can also be used for nipple skin protection when applied prior to breastfeeding.

48. Dementia

Research has shown that black seed consumption enhances your memory, cognition, and attention. It’s recently been proven to increase sharpness and even improve your ability to remember both short and long-term.

49. Moles 

One of the less known skin benefits of black seed oil, they can help in the removal of moles by repressing their development and clearing up your skin.

50. Insect Bites

Whether you were recently bitten by mosquitoes or any other insects, applying black seed oil on the affected area can help relieve pain and itchiness instantaneously. This is one of the more prevalent uses of black seed oil, and it’s arguably one of the best natural remedies for insect bites.

51. Peeling Lips 

Can also be used as an alternative to lip balm, the essential oils found in black seeds are proven to help regenerate the skin on your lips as well as give it it’s radiant color.

Also read: Green Tea Extract Benefits

52. Constipation

Similarly to how it helps your digestion, it also aids in relieving constipation. Just take daily (1-2 teaspoons) after your lunch or dinner and repeat daily for immediate results.

53. Back and Muscle Pain

You can reduce the need for painkillers for your back and muscle pain by applying black seed oil right on the points of pain. You will instantly feel relief as the powerful compounds go right to work.

54. Rheumatic Pains

The potent anti-inflammatory agents found in black seeds make it one of the most efficient natural remedies for rheumatic pains. Take daily (1-2 teaspoons) with honey for maximum relief.

55. Stomach Pain

For most stomach related pains and issues, black seeds are a great natural remedy for quick alleviation. It’s one of the more well-known benefits of black seeds and is still used worldwide today. Take 1-2 teaspoons daily after meals for quick results.

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56. Gum Infections

Particularly Gingivitis, black seed oil is one of Nature’s most potent natural remedies for suppressing and healing gum infections. The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties found in it have proven to clear the gums from bacteria and provide immediate pain relief.

57. Bladder Infections

You can find relief and a cure for most bladder infections by taking black seed oil. Specifically, urinary tract infections, which is a more common bladder infection, can be treated effectively with daily consumption.

58. Dry Mouth

To treat a Dry mouth, simply take 1-2 teaspoons of black seed oil and keep it in your mouth for 30 seconds. Let the oil touch as many areas before spitting out (if not swallowing). Then wash down with a strong drink to remove the bitter taste.

59. Nose Bleeds

A more traditionally known use stemming from the hot summers in the middle east. black seed oil can cure nosebleeds simply by putting a few drops (1-3) into your nostrils. Then sit back and feel the power of this natural herb.

60. Burns

Applying black seed oil on burns has proven to aid in the healing and reproduction of your skin (specifically 2nd-degree burns). Simply rub some on burned areas for immediate relief from pain and clearing of the skin.

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61. Dandruff

Not only is black seed oil great for your hair, but it also promotes hair follicle growth and even prevents dandruff. All you need to do is apply some to your hair and leave on for 30-60 minutes.

62. Joint Pain

Of the more popular benefits and uses, treating joint pains with black seed oil is a sure way to get immediate relief. Since most of the joint pain is caused by inflammation, it makes a perfect natural remedy for it. You can apply it directly onto the skin of the pained area.

63. Damage Associated with Diabetes

On top of being great for diabetes and lowering blood pressure and sugar levels, black seed oil also prevents kidney damage that stems from diabetes. The underlying reason for this is due to the potent compounds contained in the nigella sativa extract that’s known as black seeds.

64. Menstrual Cycles & Periods (Black Seed Oil for Women

It also plays an important role in managing and treating a variety of different gynecological disorders. From leucorrhoea, menses discharge and white discharge to uterus problems, stomach pain, and even sexual weakness. It is especially useful for regulating the menstrual cycle after the stoppage of the menses.

65. Black Seed Oil for Pregnancy

Although it is strongly recommended to consult with your doctor on an individual basis, there have been some studies that show positive results when taken during pregnancy. However, there has not been enough concrete evidence to draw any conclusions, especially since in some cases it can affect the smooth muscle contractions of the uterus.

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66. Arthritis

Black seed oil has proven in numerous studies to be highly effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis and other highly flammable conditions. Once again this is due to the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of black seeds which make it such a potent natural remedy.

67. Ulcers

It’s one of the most dynamic natural herbs that treat ulcers, making it only part of a handful. Multiple studies have proven black seed oil to be effective in treating ulcers of all types.

68.  Pain 

In many cases, black seed oil can substitute some of today’s most common painkillers. The anti-inflammatory properties it contains make it ideal for treating pain throughout every inch of your body.

Also Read: Benefits of Fish Oil

69. Brain Cancer Cells

Black seeds are great for controlling and suppressing tumors and cancer cells in your brain. Groups of researchers have concluded that black seed oil is a legitimate natural remedy and treatment for brain cancer and brain tumors.

70. Anxiety

We know that inflammation has negative effects on psychosis and many other psychiatric problems. Studies have shown black seed oil to be far more effective in stabilizing your mood and lowering anxiety levels after daily use for 30 days. This has led many to recommend anti-inflammatory treatment instead of antidepressant drugs for helping ease anxiety.

71. Depression

Multiple studies have shown people who had taken black seed oil were naturally happier and less depressed. This black seed oil benefit is among the most valuable, as millions are suffering from depression which can ruin lives.

Very few herbs tackle psychological issues, making black seed oil that much greater.

72. Dizziness

Although this benefit comes from history, it’s still a useful and effective remedy. Black seed oil is known to help with dizziness and all you have to do is rub some on your neck and cheeks.

73. Heart Burn

Another great benefit of black seed oil is that it’s a natural remedy for heartburn. Although there have only been a few studies to support this, history lets us know that it’s been used for treating heart burns for years.

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74. Stress

Black seed oil has been proven to be effective in reducing stress levels, as well as many other cognitive benefits. The studies showed that when the oil was taken, subjects had significantly lower stress levels than the rest who hadn’t taken any.

75. Alzheimer’s 

There have been numerous recent studies that revealed black seed oil as being an excellent natural supplement for preventing and slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in individuals. Results showed that taking daily doses (1-2 teaspoons) yielded best results.

76. Meningitis

The potency of this marvelous herb has even proven to be useful in the treatment of meningitis. Some studies have shown that it’s one of the best natural remedies for the treatment known to date. Simply take 1-2 teaspoons daily for relief.

77. Kidney 

From kidney disease to kidney stones, black seed oil has proven to be an effective natural alternative for treatment. Consume daily (1-2 teaspoons) for optimal results.

78. Sperm Count (Black Seed Oil for Men) 

On top of improving fertility in both men and women, it also boosts semen count for men. Based on multiple studies, research shows that it can improve abnormally low semen counts in only 2 months when taken daily.

79. Bone Marrow 

Research has shown black seed extract to increase the bone marrow cells’ growth rate by an astonishing 150%. This is according to numerous studies conducted on multiple people. What’s even more amazing is that it’s shown to inhibit the growth rate of nearly all tumors by at least 50%.

80. HIV

The use of this marvelous oil has been a useful tool in the fight against HIV/AIDS. According to recent studies, black seed oil has proven to be an aid in the treatment of HIV.

This natural alternative has offered relief to many suffering from the horrible symptoms.

Do not leave your HIV/Aids medications for black seed oil, as there have not been any conclusive evidence that supports the claims that black seed oil cures HIV or AIDS.

81. Colic (for babies)

Having a child that’s suffering from colic can be a really stressful time in your life. Although the cause of colic is still generally unknown, what is proven is that black seed oil has been proven to be an effective natural cure. It’s important to start with small amounts and increase gradually. The ideal situation, in this case, would be to make some tea with honey, lemon, and a few (3-5) drops of black seed oil.

82. Bronchitis

Of all the respiratory conditions that black seeds treat, it’s especially been efficient in the treatment of bronchitis. This again is due to the powerful anti-inflammatory properties they contain. Simply take 1-2 teaspoons of the oil daily for best results.

83. Prostate 

Prostate health is a big concern for millions worldwide and finding healthy ways to improve it can be a stressful challenge. Luckily, black seed oil has been used for centuries to regulate and promote prostate health. Studies have shown it to also be effective in the treatment of prostate cancer.

84. General Weakness (lethargy)

Many of us experience emotional and mental lows in our lives, on top of the physical ones. For a boost in spirit, energy and overall mood and health, nothing beats black seed oil. It’s one of the most potent natural remedies known to improve the overall state of health, both mental and physical.

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85. Chronic Fatigue

Running on the previous, it’s also been efficient in the treatment of chronic fatigue. Although the causes for it very, researchers concluded that black seed extract is helpful in re-energizing the body.

86. Urine Production

Another benefit of black seed oil is its ability to stimulate and promote urine production. Prostate and bladder issues have been treated for over 2,000 years with this awe-striking herb, and studies have recently affirmed those benefits with clinical results showing major improvement in prostate health and function.

87. Heart Attack

Today we know that one of the major reasons why we have heart attacks is due to chronic inflammation. Research has shown that black seed oil can significantly lower inflammation as well as improve many other cardiovascular problems.

88. Morphine Dependence/Toxicity

If you or someone you know is suffering from opiate addiction, know that black seed oil has proven to reduce tolerance and overall addiction. It accomplishes this by lowering indications of morphine intoxication.

Also read: Argan Oil Benefits

89. Anemia  

Many of us are at risk of blood deficiency (anemia), and it can put our bodies and health at serious risk. Once again, black seeds come to the rescue; they’ve been known to prevent and treat anemia, removing it completely in many cases and studies.

90. Parkinson’s Disease

The thymoquinone extract found in this wonderful herb has been proven to protect neurons in our brain against synaptic toxicity (which is caused by a pathology related to Parkinson’s disease and dementia).

91. Parasites

Known for its anti-parasitic properties, black seeds extract is a great way to clean your body from parasites, wherever they may be. It does this by intoxicating the parasites and making them easier for the body to destroy.

92. Obesity

Since obesity is usually associated with increased incidence of immune dysfunction, insulin resistance, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases, black seed oil makes a perfect natural remedy for the cure. It has proven to contain anti-obesity properties in many studies conducted by researchers worldwide.

93. Oral Cancer Cells

Studies have shown black seed extract to be very effective in suppressing oral cancer cell reproduction and even curing it all together in some cases. It does this by improving the overall health of your immune system and damaging the resistance of the cancer cells.

94. Liver Cancer 

Another benefit of black seeds is that it also suppresses liver cancer growth naturally. When comparing to all the side effects from modern medicine, it’s important to note the tremendous value this natural remedy offers when it comes to the treatment of liver cancer.

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95. Liver 

In conjunction with the previous point, it also promotes overall liver health and boosts function and immunity. It’s a great idea to take it if your family history has experienced problems with their liver.

96. Pancreatic Cancer

It’s also been proven to be effective in the treatment of pancreatic cancer, making it one of the only natural remedies to have such positive impacts on so many different cancers.

97. Lymphoma

Lymphatic cancer (another name for Lymphoma) is a painful disease that affects millions worldwide. There have been numerous studies that show black seed extract to be efficient in the removal of lymphatic cancer cells. Research tells us to take daily servings (1-2 teaspoons) for best results.

98. Detoxifies Body

Toxicity is a major concern for many, and finding a natural way to do it can seem impossible. Luckily, black seed oil has been used for detox for years, and studies prove that it can lower toxicity levels throughout the body significantly.

99. Bone Cancer

Another great remedy of black seed oil is its ability to suppress bone cancer cell growth and inhibit it all together in some cases. It’s a nice natural alternative to the harmful medication that modern medicine prescribes millions of people.

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100. Deep Clean Your Pores

One of the results of a weak immune system is the buildup of excess sebum which clogs up your pores. Simply consume orally or apply onto affected pores after a hot shower for best results. You will see an immediate improvement and your pores will be fully clear within 2 weeks of daily use.

101. Schizophrenia

Far from both being last and least, the thymoquinone in black cumin seed oil extract is beneficial for reducing inflammation and helping you treat schizophrenia. Studies have shown an improvement in patients who have taken black seed oil as a natural remedy when compared to those that haven’t.

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Conclusion

It’s easy to see that the number of benefits black seed oil has to offer can overwhelm some while exciting others. While you might think it’s impossible for a natural herb to provide such treatment for so many different diseases, what we do know is that the facts speak for themselves.

The amount of value that’s offered in exchange for almost nothing is what amazes most people.

Just the thought that pharmaceutical companies are raking in billions in developing long treatment cycles for most of the ailments discussed above is sickening to many.

Not only that but finding effective treatment with the limited options provided by most health insurance companies can be very difficult (and that’s not counting the harmful side effects most modern treatments have).

Luckily for you, you now know 101 benefits, uses, and cures that black seed oil can treat and cure.

What’s even better than that is that you don’t even have to leave your kitchen to find relief.

This magnificent herb will remain in our books to be one of the most potent and effective natural remedies known to man.

Namaste xxx

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What does life after illness look like?

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For a lot of people, the moment that they discover the news that they have some kind of long-term or chronic illness, it can often feel as though the whole world is crashing down around them. It can make a lot of things feel pointless and as though there’s no real purpose in moving forward at all. Of course, that’s obviously not the case. Long-term illness is far from a death sentence and many people go on to live incredibly happy and fulfilling lives after being diagnosed. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t adjustments to your life that need to be made. With that in mind, here are some things to think about in a life after illness.

 

The boring stuff

 

One thing that you’ll want to get out of the way as soon as possible is all of the boring legal stuff and other paperwork that you inevitably have to deal with. Whether you’re filing an insurance claim or going through a company like The Specter Partnership to get compensation if you’ve been a victim of malpractice, it can be tough to motivate yourself to deal with any of it. However, doing it as soon as possible means that you can get on with your life without having to have those things constantly hanging over your head while you’re trying to adjust.

 

Moving forward

 

For a lot of people, when they get back to their normal life they’re faced with one question: now what? It’s okay to feel a little lost, at least at first. After all, you’re dealing with a big change and it’s understandable that you might expect the rest of your life to reflect that. But the truth is that life goes on no matter what and it’s up to you to try and go on with it. Think about the changes that will be needed in your life but also focus on the things that are staying the same. Before you know it, you’ll feel like things are right back to feeling the way they used to.

 

Asking for help

 

No matter kind of situation they find themselves in, there are some people who simply cannot stand the idea of reaching out to anyone in their lives for help. However, doing this is actually one of the bravest things that you can do. There is no weakness in needing help from others and if you refuse to ask for it, you’re just going to end up making your own life a lot harder than it needs to be.

 

It’s incredibly important to understand that there will almost certainly be days where you just want to hide away and give up. It’s okay that this happens, it’s a natural part of dealing with something as difficult as a long-term illness. The key is to keep your eye focused on the present moment and living every second as well as possible. It’s okay to get knocked down from time to time, as long as you keep getting up again.

Namaste xxx

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Health Update

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Hi everybody,

So as I sit here writing this I honestly don’t know how I feel about having two new illnesses diagnosed. On one hand it is great to have some answers and to have a plan, but on the other I wanted it to be something they could cure you know? However, I wanted to give you all a health update because I feel like you guys know so much that I need to get this out there.

So over the last few months I have seen a headache clinic, and had MRI scans, and seen two rheumatologists. On Wednesday I went to see a new physiotherapist who confirmed that the consultant thought I had a type of arthritis called Spondylitis in my upper spine and neck which is why I get so much pain and stiffness.

She also told me that I have a form of Ehlos Danlos Syndrome called hyper-mobility EDS and will need long term physiotherapy and occupational therapy in order to keep my joints working. I potentially will need a brace for my one thumb and she explained that as long as I work on improving my muscle I should see improvement in the stability of my joints.

I came home feeling overwhelmed and since then my depression has dipped a little and I don’t think it is because of the diagnosis. I mean it is a good thing to know I will be looked after long term, though not by a rheumatologist by the physiotherapist. I don’t know why it has shaken my depression up a bit, I guess it is just a lot to take in to know that I am going to have this pain and these are potentially both illnesses that can get worse.

I think for right now the thing that has upset me the most, is that I cannot do the type of yoga I love or go to yoga class anymore because it will not help my joints. I am feeling down about that, but I will still be doing yoga with Sleepy Santosha on You Tube so that is a good thing! I am determined not to let this news get to me too much so I have things planned to try and keep my spirits up, like getting my hair cut tomorrow and going to my friend’s murder mystery party next week!

So there we are, now you know why I have been a little like a hermit but I am going to be moving forward with a lot of gentle exercise, and working on improving my diet so I can be as healthy as this body allows!

Namaste xxx

 

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Four things to be thankful for today

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Life is stressful, and we can often focus on the negative. Perhaps because of health issues, problems with work, or any event that gets in the way of our happiness, we can take on this ‘glass half empty mentality.’ Instead, we should practice gratitude. Finding ways to stay positive instead of dwelling on the difficulties in life, we should be able to rise above our stresses and think and feel better as a result. It’s not easy, we know, but when you stop and think about it, there is so much to be thankful for. The following are some of our examples, but you may be able to think of more.

  1. Be thankful for your parents

Our parents aren’t perfect, but then nobody is. Be thankful for what they have taught you, and for the love and care they have shown you in your life. Be sure to tell them too. They won’t be here forever, so before they enter into a care home and leave this mortal coil, tell them you love them, appreciate them, and are thankful for them. Hopefully, your children will do the same to you one day.

  1. Be thankful for the small things

These are the things we often overlook in the day, but sometimes we should slow down and take notice of them. Examples? Be thankful for the sun and the rain; be thankful for the water from your tap and the other things we often take for granted; be thankful for the daily sounds you hear, from birdsong to the laughter in your child; be thankful for the things that make you smile. Your day is packed with these things, so stop and pause at each and offer thanks for every one.

  1. Be thankful for life’s challenges

Admittedly, this is the toughest of them all. How can you be thankful for those things that give you stress and a headache? How can you be thankful for the things that could negatively impact your day? It’s not easy, but then you shouldn’t let them get you down, either. Look at these challenges as things that will help you grow. You have dealt with your challenges before, and you will do so again. Sometimes, the obstacles in our life are there for a reason, but by rising above them, you will become a better person. Get help when you need it, of course, but be thankful for those times when you have developed as a result of your hardships.

  1. Be thankful for your life

God brought you into this life for a purpose, so be thankful to Him. Be thankful for the good things you have done, and the opportunities you have been given. Be thankful for your strengths as well as your weaknesses, as you aren’t supposed to be perfect. Be thankful for what has happened in your life, what is happening today, and what is still to come. You only have one life on this earth, and it’s a precious one. So give thanks today for you!

Keep the thanks coming

There is so much to be thankful for; we need only stop and consider the blessings we have in our life. What about you? Is there anything we have missed? What are you thankful for? Let us know – we will be thankful if you do!

Namaste xxx

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Finding New Inspiration

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Hey everybody!

Isn’t it funny how sometimes you take a little break and it totally refreshes you? I have had a daily relationship with God all my life, I have always tried to understand Him and where I stand and for the most part that has been done through prayer. However, after discovering Buddhism a few years ago I have also been using meditation and mindfulness…hence the name of this blog!

However, recently I have been questioning my choices when it comes to my faith and how I communicate with God. I have always believed that there is one God and all the many religions are just human’s ways of trying to understand and to find a way to show our love for them. So to me it doesn’t matter how you worship its where your heart is when you do it that matters and how you live your life.

That is my own personal view on things and though I mainly lean towards the Christian and Buddhist religions I have often questioned things and this has been happening a lot recently. If you read my blog regularly you will know I have been trying to find better ways to treat my illnesses and some of them might be controversial but life is short and I want to try everything that I can.

Now questioning, looking at things like health and religion is in my opinion very normal and human things to do, especially as if you do a quick google search on either of these things you will find millions of websites claiming to have all the answers and they all contradict one another!

So I got a little lost and I decided to take a couple of days off from researching my health, meditating and praying just to be able to step back and see the whole picture. After those days I came back to my faith with renewed sense of being on the right path and that I am going to be heading towards happiness and contentment which is after all what we all long for right? I now have a good sense of the universe and of my place in it and I have come to understand the real meaning of mind, body, spirit and how the yoga I have been practising along with meditation and prayer, and looking at nutrition can really give me the answers.

So though I have been doing the same things for a long time, I have seen them as seperate entities but by focusing on God and taking real care of myself I think I might just start to find myself moving from depression to contentment. I understand talking about faith and the universe and God might make people want to run away screaming, but I started this blog wanting to tie faith and health together, hence the title, and I lost my way a little bit.

So I am here with renewed inspiration and I am excited for the future I hope you will enjoy the journey with me and that I can help inspire you or give you ideas that will help you on your journey!

Namaste xxx

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Making a fresh start after a depression flare

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Hey everybody!

Last month was pretty hard for me, I lost my grandmother and I turned 40…yeah I did not appreciate that!

I got a little lost in everything, grief kind of took over and I stopped doing a lot of the things that I love. I stopped practising yoga, I stopped eating three meals a day, I stopped looking after myself and I was miserable! I was feeling overwhelmed with grief and I kind of shut down because I couldn’t process everything that happened in such a short space of time.

I was starting to think that would never clear away and that I would be stuck with my depression at a new higher level. I was considering going back to my doctor to get my antidepressants raised, but I am very disillusioned with doctors right now. I have been depressed since I was 14years old, and I have had fibromyalgia and ME since I was in my early twenties and nothing has changed doctors still just throw tablets at me instead of trying to find out why I hurt and how to treat that…but I digress!

So I was thinking of making an appointment and then April came along…

This month felt different, I started reading again, and I got hold of a copy of Medical Medium, I also finished the Heal Chronic Fatigue course I have been doing since January 1st and you can see my videos about that here. The course really started my interest in alternatives to western medicine and I am enjoying the journey that I have started on. I honestly think looking into nutrition and natural remedies might be the way forward to getting some relief.

So now my depression flare has lifted I feel like I can get back to things again, updating this blog weekly, and my You Tube channel twice a week. I did yoga this morning and managed to dust the living room, and though I am sore and tired I feel accomplished. It feels good to do the things that make me happy again and though I know this new way of looking at my illnesses will take time and research and I need to be patient with myself, but I am excited!

So let me know in the comments any tips and tricks or books I should read? I am going to be documenting this journey as I go both here and over on my You Tube so make sure you are subscribed to both so you don’t miss out when I update.

Namaste xxx

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Hi there I am Beverley, I am a Buddhist Christian trying to find a way to live with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, spondylitis, Depression and General Anxiety Disorder. I live with my Husband Lee and our dog Gizmo and our budgies Rey and Finn. I live in England and look forward to getting to know you better. I will be updating once a week, usually a Monday.

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