Category Archives: Self-healing

Ease a common earache with this tried and true kitchen remedy

Is your little one in pain? Maybe she had a cold this week and it’s just moved into her ears.

  1. Saute a little fresh garlic in cold-pressed olive oil at a low temperature, until it’s just barely beginning to show the heat.   Turn off your burner and allow the oil to cool a little.
  2. Strain well through a paper towel or jelly cloth, so there will be no garlic particles going into the ear. Test to make sure your oil is still warm but not hot.
  3. The person with the earache rests her head, ear up. With a dropper or a straw with your finger over the end, pick up a few drops and drip them into the ear.
  4. Massage downward lightly but steadily under the ear, to encourage the dripping of the oil deeper in the canal. Do both sides even if only one is hurting.

The warm oil encourages opening and drainage within the tubes and brings pain relief, and the antibacterial vapors from the garlic assist in clearing out the underlying infection. If you suspect the pain is from a perforated eardrum or from backed up infection, obviously adding something new into the ear is not the right approach.  But for most aches, the pain usually responds within minutes, and in my experience even the ragers that flare back to life rarely go on beyond a few hours or doses.  If you make as much as shown in the photo here, you can bottle the remaining oil and store it in the refrigerator for a few weeks or often longer, warming it up again as needed.  Or use it in your eggs in the morning.   :)

Throughout Europe’s pharmacies – and in my family as well – mullein flowers are added to the recipe for their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action, and sometimes a few drops of tea tree oil.

If you’d rather purchase your remedy than craft it homemade, you will usually find a fine ear oil with these and other ingredients at your neighborhood herbal store.

Five Ways to Encourage Kundalini Energy

We sometimes hear questions like this recent one:   I wonder if you have any ideas for “accessing universal knowledge” or expanding kundalini awakening?     Or, as one of my friends put it after years of spiritual research and reading about the mystical experiences of others, analyzing countless stories of connection,  “I’d like to actually hear the song.”

Sometimes we’re in a place in life where we’re ready to spur extra development, to connect more deeply, and to evolve more quickly than usual.  Maybe we are in physical pain and need the spontaneous healing that a healthy kundalini force can spur.

Increasing kundalini energy invites psychic opening and physical changes and will stir up discomforts that are ready to be addressed.  It can’t be forced or controlled.    But there are some conditions we can create to increase our receptivity to awakening and grace, and the to the wisdom that can settle in with it.  Here are five that have proven most important for many people:


–         Spend time alone in nature.   Not just for a short time, but for hours and days.

–         Limit your access to media, and to words in general.   I am a voracious reader and would be lost in a world without books, but there are periods when it is essential to our development to set even the most inspiring reading aside.  Reading, writing and talking – thinking in words at all – will interfere with your ability to receive information that is greater than words.  If you are in a period of trying to access higher consciousness, experiment with leaving the books and conversation behind for awhile and opening only to concepts and sensations instead.

–        Raise your emotions and thoughts higher.    Cultivating a sense of gratitude, joy and ecstasy,  experiencing every sensation of the present moment,  invites the transformative kundalini force to do its work.    Avoiding the energetic drag-down of mass media becomes even more important in this light.

–       But don’t shy away from the dark.  We may naturally feel our thoughts turning to the dark within, especially in regard to your current biggest difficulties.  This is no time to run away it!  It’s a time to dive right in to the middle of it, and turn those emotions inside out.   Your dilemmas, your biggest heartaches, are the friction that builds the heat of transformation.  Enduring them with faith and a higher love invites grace – as a tangible force – to open up and swallow the ugly from it, to turn it into the gift of gold.  As Michael Franti sings, “When the hard times come, you know the teacher’s in the room.

–      Move.  Your spine needs movement – your whole body needs movement – to remove energetic blockages and to invite the shakti forces to flow.  If you are trying to encourage the river of kundalini, then you must obey the urge to flow, to lay down, to rock, to spin…. as it works its way through your body. If you don’t know where to start, begin with just this:   sit down cross-legged and rock gently back and forth, from tailbone through neck and crown, slowly and with your own rhythm.  Continue for a long time.


These tips will work to help you put yourself in the soaring state that invites wisdom or expansion.  We can’t command kundalini awakening, but we can encourage it.  If you’ve been walking your own path for awhile, I bet you’ve figured out your own ways to increase access to intuition, grace, and the living powerful force of kundalini over the years.   Share them with us in the comments!

Using Broccoli Puree for Skin Cancer Lesions

Herbalists Henriette Krauss and Deb Friedman recommended this interesting article documenting the results of applying broccoli puree to skin cancer lesions.

Trigger Point Charts

Many times a little time with a tennis ball is all you need to head off a building pain syndrome.

Here are some handy free charts mapping pain areas to the trigger points that fire them up.    Find your area of pain in the patch of color, then look for the ‘X’ that marks where you will find an overbearing little ball of pain that must be unwound so it can release its grip on the rest of you.

If you are working specifically with a frozen shoulder, here is a good place to start.  These photos show clearly some of the most common spots to check if you are having shoulder pain.  I would also add to dig around under the collar bone and at the top of the chest, probing to find painful spots and gently squeeze/pressing until they release or shift.  It is not necessary to use the special equipment they show here to release yourself from an immobile and painful shoulder.  Just put a tennis ball on the spot and lean against the wall, or reach over with your fingers.

That same site has an excellent spread on self-care points for hip and piriformis pain and sciatica.



Beyond the basics: Two useful tools for trigger point self-care

A Theracane has knobs in all the rights spots for easy leverage of just about any trigger point you need to reach.

And dense, inflatable rubber balls are excellent for getting into areas that are too sensitive for the tennis balls.  Here is an inexpensive one.


And the prize for most Unnecessary Need Filled…

goes to this doozy, a ‘performance sleeve’ for trigger point massage balls.   Who doesn’t have a spare sock on hand?


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 58 other followers

%d bloggers like this: