In part 2 of this 2 part blog series by WU World Changer Hilde Larsen, she will share more all-natural tips to kick your pain to the curb. Late joining this series? Catch up from Part 1!
Here are some additional tips on how to assist your body through pain while healing and addressing the cause. Pain is simply a language. It is our responsibility to listen. You, the body, always on the same team. Always.
The alternating between hot and cold has amazing benefits for the body. Nothing new under the sun, as truth never is. It has been used for centuries to aid in detoxification, to increase circulation and to increase the energy flow of the body. Primal practices like ice-bathing and snow-bathing are getting an increase in popularity as healing exercises these days.
Several things happen when we subject the body to this alternating hot and cold therapy. When we subject the body to a very cold external temperature, it will direct its flow of circulation inwards, towards the vital organs. Once we change to hot, the flow of circulation turns outwards, towards the skin. This alternating inward and outward motion, will, in turn, release any blockage, and increase detoxification and movement of blood flow, and enhance the flow of nutrients and oxygen. This way healing is also enhanced. The hot and cold will also cause the muscles to expand and contract, squeezing more waste from the muscles themselves. It’s a great way of moving acids.
How to do a hot and cold shower therapy:
- Get in the shower and start with the temperature that is most comfortable for you.
- Very slowly, increase the temperature of the water. Let it get as hot as you can take. Make sure you invite your whole body to the party.
- Then, when you can’t take any more heat, turn the water down to cold. Turn it as cold as you can tolerate. It can never get too cold. Again, your whole body has to go in.
- Turn the water hot again, and this time try to make it a little hotter than the last time. You should not be scalding yourself, but a good dose of hot water is very tolerable when you build up slowly.
- Go back to the cold again, even colder than last time, and repeat seven times. Alternate between the hottest you can do, and the coolest you can do.
We know the cool water has an alkalizing effect on the body and holds more oxygen. Some say the cold water will clear negative energies from our bodies as well. This is such an easy practice with large benefits. Detoxification or not, this is a healthy circulation-booster of its own. It is a great way to start the day and is often used in repair therapy.
The neti pot:
I am sure you remember this little thing from childhood. When we are cleansing our bodies, the head is often the place that can run into some stagnation and get in need of draining aid. The neti pot to the rescue. You will find it at any pharmacy at a very low cost. The term neti pot derives from an ancient yogic technique of sinus rinsing called Jala Neti. It seems the yogis were on to something, and it has become a much-loved technique for clearing the nasal passages. It will do so much more though, as it will contribute to the drainage of toxins from the whole head.
You can flush your sinuses any time of the day, and many times each day also. It is great for relieving head pressure and any blockages in the nose or ear.
How to use your neti pot:
- Get your neti pot ready. I prefer a ceramic one over a plastic one.
- You can use it anywhere, but over a sink is absolutely the best. You will have runny water at hand, and as you will be spilling, you are all covered. You might also spill on your clothes, so make that a part of your first-time-plan.
- Get your saline solution ready. I highly recommend using distilled water for this. We do not want little critters or pollutants up our noses, so if you can’t get distilled, boil your water and cool it. Use room tempered or slightly warmer water. Mix about 1 teaspoon of salt, in 2 cups of water. Stir well, until the salt it dissolved. Use good quality sea salt, like Celtic.
- Lean over the sink, and tilt your head to the side. Insert the tip of the neti pot into the upper nostril, and slowly poor the water into it. Breathe with an open mouth as the water slowly begins to poor out the lower nostril.
- After using about half of the prepared water, stand up and blow your nose.
- Repeat the same procedure using the other nostril.
- Blow your nose again, and clean your neti pot. That is all there is to it!
Deep breathing and rest:
This is a tool often forgotten when it comes to relieving some symptoms from a healing crisis. No matter the symptom, breathing deeply from the diaphragm will also be of great benefit. From opening blockages and obstructions in the energetic field to bringing more oxygen to the tissue, it will soothe and relief. The stress that follows discomfort and fear will also benefit from the breathing. As we center back to our breathing, we relax and restore. Your body will use all available energy to cleanse, so rest as much as you can.
Going to bed by 10 pm will ensure the highest amount of quality sleep. During these hours the adrenals function best to recharge the body, and the gallbladder dumps bile at this time. The period between 10 pm and 2 am is said to be the optimal time to sleep. This period is believed to be when the body is detoxifying at its best, and also when it is regulating hormones and antioxidants. We know that many ancient cultures practice going to sleep between these hours. Try it and see how you feel.
Essential oils to the rescue:
Take a look at the chapter on the oils, to learn how these magical natural healers will benefit you on your journey. Always use a carrier oil with your essential oils. My favorite is fractionated coconut oil. Use therapeutic grade oils, this is very important. Here are some specific detoxification symptom helpers. Choose some of them, or many together:
Aches and pains:
Try some marjoram, birch, peppermint, rosemary, lavender, Frankincense, juniper, sandalwood, wintergreen, and thyme on the affected area.
Try a few drops of lavender and chamomile on your chest, and inhale. Using a diffuser is also wonderful.
Try rubbing some peppermint and fennel on your tummy. You can also put a few drops of peppermint in a glass of water and drink.
Try melaleuca and lemon.
Try to inhale lavender, peppermint, and wild orange.
Try some peppermint, cypress, and basil in the diffuser.
Try using peppermint and ginger. You can put a few drops of each in a glass of water and drink.
Try rosemary, thyme, and lavender. Use a few drops in a carrier oil and massage into scalp.
Try some chamomile and lavender in a hot bath. You can also inhale them, diffuse them and put them on your skin.
Try putting a carrier oil with peppermint, lavender, and oregano on the affected area.
Try clary sage, cypress, and lavender. Massage the blend with carrier oil into the legs.
Try ginger. Apply topically behind the ears, and above the navel as needed. You can also diffuse them and put them under your tongue.
Try lavender, Roman chamomile and sandalwood Dilute with carrier oil and apply topically to affected area.
Try melaleuca, rosemary, and eucalyptus. Diffuse and inhale several times a day.
Try peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus and lavender. Dilute a few drops with a carrier oil and rub into chest, neck, and forehead.
The botanicals have a great place in the detoxification remedy tool-box. They are bearers of the healing energy of creation. Healing with medicinal plants might be as old as mankind itself. There are recordings of the use of herbal medicine over 5000years old, and in ancient times, herbalism was mixed with magic and superstition. Many traditionally used herbs have been put to scientific tests, and we see some proven to possess remarkable curative powers. This is one of the reasons that herbalism has a renewed interest amongst many. Nature at its best. We have always searched in nature for healing remedy and medicine. Until the recent decades that is, where the Western world has moved away from these ancient remedies.
I love the herbs, and they will be able to help strengthen any tissue or organ and at the same time, help move and eliminate. I love Dr. Morse`s blends from “Cellular Botanicals”, and I use them with all of my clients. A specific personal protocol will be needed, but you can also educate yourself and play with the herbs on your own. During a healing crises, I would slow down on any herbs that are very astringent and pulling on the lymphatic system. This is a generalization because when working with a practitioner you might find that for your particular situation, moving fast forward is the best thing to do.
Detoxification is a journey, a period of healing and rejuvenation. It might not always feel and look like it, but it is. Use this time to love yourself even more, and to pamper yourself in the process. Be kind to yourself, and make time for you! This is the perfect time for some deep soul-searching. Through patience and the allowing of time to pass, I am sure that you will find every art of this process valuable and interesting. Make this about you, as it is.