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A Tribute To The All The Mothers of the Earth

We are born from “The Mothers of the Earth” to be loved and nourished.  And under normal circumstances, we are fed, changed, bathed and amused by them….until we can begin to take care of some of our own needs.  We go to school for years to learn skills that eventually will allow us to earn a living and to some degree – function in the world.  However, there is no curriculum which teaches us how to be mothers – we have to observe those around us, especially the women within our own families and communities.  Sometimes we have great role models all around us and sometimes we have to look outside of our circle for the characteristics that make sense to us.  Nonetheless, I believe that all mothers should be honored for giving the best of themselves – we can only give what we have to give.

Not all women reflect the “Caretaker” archetype – some are lighter on the nourishing and heavier on the inspiring through example – especially the professional/working moms – and yet some moms are so balanced they give it all!  Being someone’s mom is a blessing although it’s not for every woman – and that’s more than OK – it is the right of every woman to contribute to this world in a way that suits who they are and what they are choosing to experience.  So, in my opinion, if you are a woman and you have an open heart which enables you to give love to this world in some way – either with every day good deeds or through your career path – you are a “Mother of the Earth”.  Motherhood is an energetic state of being as well as a biological identification.

I took a class several years ago called “Inner Child Healing” in the California desert.  At one point in the class, we were given a basic protocol which was to help us be “reborn” energetically/emotionally – leaving all perceived negative experiences behind.  We were in groups of three and we had to each choose who we wanted to represent our “mother figure” for the rebirthing process.  Well, I chose a man.  I felt that his energetic quality was very healing and nourishing and that’s what  I needed to successful experience the rebirthing process that was being described.  And so it was!  The outcome was amazing and so I even honor that male participant for putting forth his feminine healing energy that this planet so desperately relies on for comfort and growth.

You may realize that we all possess both the feminine and male energies…..and we certainly need male energies too for many things (OK, I can’t think right now, LOL) but it is the Mother Energy that gives new life; creates peace and comfort; and finds solutions that come from the heart.

I am proud to be the mother of a fine man who has shaped his life (not without unbelievable challenges) into one that brings him happiness and a sense of accomplishment.  I am also blessed to be a “Nanna” to the most special child in the world (of course I feel that way!) and to enjoy the amount of love he so easily shares.  So, having said that, I honor my daughter-in-law, Lisa who has contributed to the lives of my two favorite guys in the whole wide world in a way that has truly enriched them – and it shows!

God bless the “Mother Energy”.

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Holistic Healing

When we become ill, how do we heal?  The more important question is how do we become ill in the first place?   What our medical professionals often want to know is if the condition with which you were diagnosed runs in your family (other than colds, flu or the more common short-lived illnesses).  But, if taking the “holistic healing” approach, I believe the question of epigenetics might be more important, in most cases, than genetics – because getting to the root cause of the condition enables us to holistically address the health concern.

If you’re wondering what I mean by “epigenetics” – it’s a relatively new word that is floating around in the healthcare industry.  What we eat, where we live, who we interact with, when we sleep, how we exercise (or if we do) – all of these can eventually cause chemical modifications around our genes and they will turn on or off over time.  In addition, undigested emotions can be added to the list of epigenetic factors that can also impact our genes.  Consistent “positive vibrations” flowing through the Mindbody could have a positive impact on our genes and consistent negative vibrations can create illness.

Going back to the original two questions:  how do we become ill and how do we heal do not have simple answers.  There are many factors to consider when trying to sort out just what made us ill.  Was it our diet?  Are we not getting enough or the right type of exercise for our body?  Are we burnt-out at work?  Is our spouse stressing us out?  The questions we could ask ourselves are endless.  In order to fully heal from any condition, we must get to the root cause of the problem, as I mentioned above.   In a nutshell – we have to get honest with ourselves.  We would all like to think “we have it all together”, but if we did – we would be well.  Illness doesn’t just appear in our lives – it’s there for a reason and it’s usually a “wake-up” call.

Whether you’re ill with a cold, the flu, heart disease, cancer, arthritis or any other ailment you could think of – it’s not random.  It is my belief that although a physical reason could be found for any of the conditions named above or any other illness – there’s always an underlying emotional cause – and that’s the premise of my Mindbody Work which is an essential part of Holistic Healing.

Our cells respond to chemical cues that originate as an emotional charge.  When our lives are filled with more joy and peace rather than sadness and unrest, our cells receive specific vibrations that encourage health and wellness; but when our lives are filled with stress and emotions based in fear (anger, frustration, fear of life’s processes, sadness, guilt, etc) our cells absorb those emotions in the form of an electrical charge that causes damage to our cells.  This was proven by Candace Pert, Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University (I highly recommend her book:  Molecules of Emotion).  That could partially explain why some people catch every virus going around and others do not.  Our immune system does not function well when our cells – which make up tissues, which make up organs, which make up systems – are not functioning optimally and in some cases functioning at a very low level.

Holistic Healing is all about getting in touch with what’s bugging us – not what bug we have or don’t have!  It’s about looking at all aspects of living in a healthy way – physically, mentally, and emotionally.  My perspective is this:  if we are emotionally healthy, then we’re choosing a lifestyle that is providing us with all of what we need to be strong and balanced – proper food/supplements, pure water, correct exercise, proper rest, quiet time to read or meditate, healthy activities that enhance our well-being, as well as methods of releasing emotional debris – old and new.  This last component of living holistically is the most important – but what methods really work to help us accomplish this?  Here’s my list of recommended tools:  aromatherapy, meditation and visualization, breathing techniques, Chakra Clearing and heart-centered living.  I don’t necessarily recommend picking and choosing – we need to embrace all of these tools – regularly and consistently.

In my next post, I will elaborate on “heart-centered living”.  Until then, click on the aromatherapy link above and read about my Vibrational Enhancement Formulas that are emotion-specific with the exception of “Chakra Clear” which clears debris from your energy centers and enables you to receive guidance with greater ease.  Also, check out my new “Inspirational Cancer T-Shirt” (in black or white) and “Gratitude Journal” all found at the Shop to Inspire tab.

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2018 – A Year of Growth and Success!

Happy New Year and farewell to 2017!  I am convinced that 2018 will truly be a year of growth and success.   For many, last year was about building a new foundation – it was a “1” year according to Numerology which always means new beginnings.  I absolutely found that to be true and I’m so excited about what this year will bring.  It’s as if we planted the seeds and those seeds will yield a fast-growing crop this year.

At the strike of midnight, I thanked God for all the blessings in my life and I asked the angels and guides to continue steering me in the right direction and to protect me this coming year and always.  I revisited all of the challenges that were laid before me as I began to carve a new path to personal and professional development.  I truly feel blessed for all the new insights gained from participating in online spiritual development classes that I’ve attended and expressed that gratitude for finding all the right people, places and things that enriched my life.

This coming year brings with it a fresh perspective on how to bring to fruition exactly what we want out of life…..and if you haven’t acknowledged that just yet……I encourage you to sit at your computer or with a pad and pen and write down all that you expect from these next twelve months and just allow your intuition (God’s voice) to fill you with excitement as well as a game plan to set all that in motion.  If you feel that nothing new was started last year – this is the perfect time to get creative and for those of you that already started to build that foundation – get ready for Phase II.

How do you feel about your job or career?  How do you feel about your relationships?  What is your level of health and fitness?  If you see that you need a change in any or all of these areas – you are so fortunate – because you are a creative genius and can make that happen.  Always remember that you are a powerful Spirit having a human experience and are capable of manifesting more than your rational mind can imagine.

I’m excited for myself and I’m excited for you.  My heart and mind are full of the possibilities that are there for the taking.  Visualization, prayer, meditation and all other methods of raising your vibrational frequency are the ways you can attract to you the things that you want most.  I urge you to write them all down and assign a flexible time frame for these things to appear in your life.  Of course, just wishing for these things is not enough – plan your course of action and ask for your Spiritual reinforcements to bring these gifts into your reality.  Dream big, act with purpose and allow Source to inspire you by showing the signs and synchronicities that will assure you that you are moving in the right direction.

Take a deep breath in and as you exhale allow last year to be your past and move into the new frontier – 2018!!!!!!  Aromatherapy, Reflexology, CranioSacral Therapy, Root Cause Release Technique, Chakra Balancing, Holistic Facials – these are significant modalities that can help you in your process of creating the life you so deserve and desire.  By letting go of energy that held you back in the past and by increasing your energetic Mindbody state of being you will soar in this coming year and years to follow!  I would love the opportunity to help make that happen for you.  Visit the Services tab and decide which treatment resonates most.  By all means, send me an email (for faster response) at carol@corehealingessentials.com and we can choose together if you need further clarification.

Have a Miraculous New Year!

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Good Skincare Practices & Aromatherapy Recipes for Face/Body, Mind & Soul

Everyone 25+ years of age is interested in anti-aging skincare products and services.  Some (especially women) on the lower side of the spectrum have already started with injectables especially Botox and any of the hyaluronic acid products.  However, there are a number of people, both men and women, that prefer to stay within the “natural” realm of skincare to increase the health of their skin, thus preventing signs of premature aging.  Aromatherapy can be used by all – whether staying natural is your overall approach or if you choose the medical route as well.

We all know the basics of creating an improved complexion (working topically) – cleansing, toning, serum application, daytime and evening treatment creams and the daily application of an SPF (at least 30 – zinc based).  Adding an essential oil formula to the mix will enhance hydration, oxygenation and cellular detoxification.  So, after you cleanse and tone (some cleansers do not require a toner follow-up), apply your hydrating/anti-oxidant serum then follow with your essential oil formula.  Finish with your cream application and in the daytime – your SPF…..and you’re good to go!

Here are a few more Aromatherapy recipes to enhance specific skin conditions: (Refer to yesterday’s blog posting for more info on other formulas and Carrier Oils)

Note:  Apply 6 drops total of your special formula.

Anti-Aging Revitalizing Formula
1/2 ounce Carrier Oil of Choice (preferably avocado)
2 Drops Organic Frankincense
2 Drops Organic Myrrh
2 Drops Organic Neroli
2 Drops Organic Rose Geranium

Dehydrated Skin Formula
1/2 ounce Carrier Oil of Choice
3 Drops Organic Lavender
2 Drops Organic Palmarosa
2 Drops Organic Jasmin (Sambac preferred) Absolute
1 Drop Organic Ylang Ylang

I know you will enjoy playing chemist as you put together your favorite formula(s).  A twice a day application is perfect…..and it could be the same formula twice, or a different one at the beginning of the day from the one you use at bedtime.  And, again, please visit yesterday’s posting for essential oil and carrier oil vendors.  Bottles (I recommend shaker top) can be purchased at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Be sure to sign up for blog updates…..I will continue the series on Aromatherapy with my next posting.  Essential oils are truly “gifts of the gods”.

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Aromatherapy Recipes for Face/Body, Mind & Soul

My last blog posting outlined some valuable information about using Aromatherapy safely and effectively.  Today I would like to share a couple of recipes that are therapeutic for your facial skin.  Remember that all formulas for face should be approximately 2-2.5% dilution (8 drops of essential oil per 1/2 ounce of carrier oil or 15-17 drops of essential oils to 1 oz of carrier oil).

Acneic Skin
My favorite carrier oils for oily/acneic skin are:
Organic Grapeseed (lightweight)
Organic Jojoba (closest in texture to our own sebum)
Organic Hempseed (balances sebum and hormones)
Organic Evening Primrose (especially for hormone-related acne).

Clearing/Soothing/Balancing Blend for Acneic Skin
1/2 ounce Carrier Oil of choice
1 Drop Organic Tea Tree essential oil
1 Drop Organic German Chamomile
3 Drops Organic Spike Lavender (regular Lavender if that’s what you have)
3 Drops Organic Atlas Cedar

Sensitive Skin
My favorite carrier oils for skin that becomes easily irritated are:
Organic Tamanu (heals the most compromised skin)
Organic Avocado oil (full of vitamins)
Organic Coconut Oil (it penetrates well and smells delicious)

Comfort Blend for Sensitive Skin
1/2 ounce Carrier Oil of choice
3 Drops Organic Lavender essential oil
3 Drops Organic Everlasting (Helichrysum) essential oil
1 Drops Organic Roman Chamomile essential oil
1 Drops Organic Rockrose (Cistus) essential oil

Until I expand my line beyond the Four (4) Vibrational Enhancement Formulas, the best resource for carrier oils is Organic Infusions
and the best resources for Essential Oils are DoTerra; Mountain Rose Herbs; or Young Living

My next posting will include more recipes including an Anti-Aging Blend and  A Relaxation Formula.  Remember that “Aromatherapy Makes Scents”
To Be Continued………

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Aromatherapy – The Use of Essential Oils and Hydrosols

Aromatherapy has been used for centuries and for good reason – it has profound therapeutic value.  But what differentiates commercial aromatherapy products from “true aromatherapy”?  To a certain degree, anything that smells good can be uplifting and even transport you to another time and place if the scent reminds you of someone, something or some experience.  But, when you’re looking for a true healing modality – that’s when you bring in high-quality essential oils.   The fluid by-product of steam distillation, known as a hydrosol, works well as a facial toner or for a healing compress.  Rose, Lavender, Peppermint, Chamomile and Tea Tree are the most commonly used hydrosols.

Essential oils are very complex plant extracts.  They are extracted from tiny sacs in various parts of the plant – flower, root, stem, wood, bark, leaves, seeds or the skin of a fruit (citrus oils).  Steam distillation has been the most commonly used method of extraction but there are others:  solvent extraction or the more recently popular method of CO2 extraction which uses pressure and carbon dioxide.

Essential oil diffusers could be used to propel the exquisite molecules into the air to clean your environment, bring a state of peace and relaxation or to “rev up your engine”!  Which oil(s) you choose is what makes the difference.  Here are some examples:  Frankincense is excellent for the respiratory system; Lemon Verbena will keep the insects away; Tea tree will purify your environment since it is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral; any of the citruses (Lemon, Lime, Mandarin Orange and Bergamot) as well as Peppermint, Basil or Ravensara (small doses of these 3) serve as stimulants; we know Lavender can relax the Mindbody (but it is in mint family so for some it can stimulate so try in small doses).  Other relaxers are Rose, Neroli, Chamomile, Cedarwood and Clary Sage.  This list, by no means, covers all the oils in their category – there are a vast amount of essential oils available.  Also of note:  essential oils are multi-purpose so if you put together a basic, at-home kit, you will most likely be able to accomplish more than you realize.

Very often, for topical use, you will want to choose essential oils that are blended into a “carrier oil” – especially when your intention is to apply them to your face, neck or upper chest area (decollete`), or you can do your own blending.  My favorite carrier oils are avocado (for normal, dry or aging skin); grapeseed (normal to oily); coconut (some have reported an increase in black-heads, I don’t agree that’s the culprit); jojoba oil (any skin type), tamanu (excellent for delicate, compromised skin); apricot kernel oil (any skin type)……and the list goes on.  The only time I recommend an essential oil to be used directly on the regions mentioned above is when you are treating a pustule (a pimple) – in that case, essential oil of Tea Tree can be used in a very small quantity (a single drop); directly on the lesion or lavender can be used on a burn….but be aware that the burned area will feel worse before it feels better….but the healing potential is great, so it’s worth it!  As for other oils being chosen for body wellness, I have no concerns with them being applied to the soles of the feet without a carrier oil.  If you plan on using them in other areas, please do choose a carrier oil.

If you are a fan of bathing, essential oils work very nicely in tubs when mixed with bath salts.  10 drops of oil into 1/2 cup of salts will work well.

When mixing oils for topical use, creating the right dilution is important.  The face typically does best with a 2- 2.5% dilution which would equate to about 15-17 drops per 1 oz of carrier oil; whereas a body oil could be mixed at a 5% dilution which would require approximately 30 – 35 drops per 1 oz of carrier oil.

Core Healing Essentials developed four (4) essential oil blends referred to as Vibrational Frequency Formulas.  Three of the formulas were created to help one process through specific emotions:  Dream Power assists with the processing of aggravation, frustration and anger; Empowerment helps one stand in their true authentic power overcoming self-doubt and other self-esteem issues; Joyous was beautifully designed to help one overcome sadness and guilt; while Astral Healing helps one more effectively connect to Spirit and also helps to balance the Chakra System (see previous post).

It is worth noting that essential oils work best when used in synergy – meaning that 3 or more oils are combined together to create a therapeutic formula.  In my next posting, I will provide a few of my favorite recipes…..so come back and visit soon.

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Avoiding Holiday Stress

We undoubtedly wish to “wow” our family and friends with the perfect gifts for the holidays –  but at what price?  I’m not referring to the actual cost of holiday gifts – I’m referring to the price we pay for running ourselves ragged trying to find the best items at the best prices.  With the wide-spread use of the internet, the stress is somewhat less, but we are still scrambling to get it all done.

There is a lot to be said for the uplifting holiday excitement! I do love the festive energy permeating through the air but we can obtain a greater sense of joy and peace (isn’t that what we sing about?) by staying grounded and truly living in each moment.  How do we accomplish that?  By taking time for ourselves to breathe with awareness, meditate, express our gratitude for our family, friends and coworkers; and by gifting ourselves with a stress-reducing treatment while we’re in the middle of all the stimulating activity.

Core Healing Essentials is ready to help you enjoy the festivities with a greater sense of accomplishment.  Choose a Chocolate Holiday Facial to enliven your skin and prepare it for all of your holiday parties; a CranioSacral Therapy Session to remove stress and tension allowing you to enjoy, enjoy, enjoy; or a Reflexology Session to ease the stress you’ve gathered in your feet from running around!!!  And run around less by purchasing GIFT CERTIFICATES from Core Healing Essentials for your loved ones!!!!  Beauty and Wellness is something enjoyed by all!

Be joyful!  Be peaceful! Be gorgeous!

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Manifesting What Your Heart and Soul Desire

Last night I started reading “Millionaire Success Habits” by Dean Graziosi.    And after asking myself the tough question – Where am I in life?…….I made a list of the various categories that comprise my life story:  Health; Wealth; Relationships; and Lifestyle.  “Holy Toledo!”,  I thought, “I want and deserve more!”

I haven’t gotten very far in the book yet, but just writing down what isn’t working in my life has awakened me to the fact that I really need to find out what exactly it is that lights my fire!  Don’t misunderstand – I totally love beauty and wellness – but in what way can I best serve my community that fills every fiber of my being with total joy?  I’m a Practitioner; I developed a new protocol and an essential oil line that can help one process through their undigested emotions; and I’ve been blogging because I love to write  and offer sound advice about beauty and wellness-related subjects – it has always been something that I shared with my clients through the years.  But I’m feeling like I can create more; help more; be more.  Not to mention all of the other areas of my life where I could excel – sometimes I focus so much on my career that I put other things on the back burner.  I know life is about balance, so I’m saying it out loud ” I will learn more; I will travel more; I will exercise more; I will eat even better; I will socialize more; I will create abundance in every area of my life and do my part within the world community to help others achieve their goals”.  Now I am committed to doing it!  Thank you for reading – you are my inspiration!

Now, are you ready to ask yourself the tough question?  I would love to support your process by acknowledging your committment, so please feel free to leave your comments.

 

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Gratitude

In preparation for writing this blog, on this Thanksgiving morning, I asked myself what I am most grateful for in my life.  The answer that came up into my awareness was sort of surprising.  Of all the things to be grateful for – and trust me, there’s a lot of those things – the miracle of learning new, life-impacting information – which includes (but is not limited to) health-promoting practices; insightful perspectives on sprituality; a deeper understanding of the human experience – especially as it relates to emotional-processing; how to best attract into my life all that I desire; and how to better connect with other beings – whether in this realm or other realms is what really lights my fire and makes me happy to be alive.  Learning is truly miraculous when you consider all of the “stuff” that’s already in our head.  When I come across something relevent to my life and/or the lives of others – something that could improve our time here on Earth, I get very excited – like a small child receiving a new toy.  And I start to think about how I can “play” with that new-found information.  Will it enhance my professional practice?  Could it improve my relationships?  Will I be able to rise to new levels and achieve more? All of these are beneficial and when I realize that as I accumulate more and more high-frequency information into my bank of knowledge, the more powerful I become – and hey, who doesn’t want to be more powerful at the core?

To be in a state of gratitude does wonders for our “attractor field”.  What we put out into this magnetic space which surrounds us, directly affects all that we experience in our life.  Gratitude is one of the most powerful, life-changing qualities that a human can feel and express and in doing so, we neutralize any negative energy that we generated or processed in our Mindbody.  We will receive into our lives all that we desire in equal proportions to the amount of gratitude we express.

Some folks I know keep a “Gratitude Journal”, and sometimes I do write down certain things that occur for which I am grateful, but mostly I scan through my day before bedtime and count all the blessings I received throughout the day and fall asleep with the newest gratitude-rich vibration circulating through my being.

So much can be written or spoken about regarding being grateful.  All I know for sure is that I much rather walk around in a state of gratitude than in any other state.  Think of 5 things for which you are grateful…..and feel your heart expand……breath it in and let it settle into all of your cells! If we all could live from this space, think about how the world would look, feel and behave.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Beta Glucan – The Immune-Boosting Skincare Ingredient

Beta Glucans naturally occur in mushrooms, oats and barley and are available in supplement form, but also in many top-notch skincare products.  Why has the skincare industry recognized and embraced this ingredient?  For very good reasons: they activate machrophages (white blood cells that digest cellular debris); protect and moisturize our cells; promote healing through cellular turnover; stimulate collagen synthesis; and serve as an excellent anti-oxidant (fights against the ravages of free-radicals).   One could see the far-reaching benefits of having beta glucans in a skincare formula.  

Although the molecular size of beta glucan is rather large, it has the ability to penetrate through the epidermis (outer layers) and absorb all the way into the dermis (deeper, live tissue), thus making it a highly active component with regards to skin rejuvenation and protection.  Within the Osmosis Skincare line, it is combined with Retinaldehyde (a derivative of Vitamin A) as a means of enhancing cell-turnover while protecting the skin from irritation.  It is also available (for professional use only) in a poweder form that can be added to any leave-on product that would benefit from its action.  I use it in many of my Facials by adding it to either a masque, a serum that does not contain it, or into a moisturizer.  I have found that it works particularly well for clients with a rosacea skin condition, but is excellent for acne, anti-aging, hyper-pigmentation and scarring as well.

I invite you to request information about any ingredients that you find in your at-home products that need clarification.  It is my goal to educate the consumer in an effort to promote the use of safe, active ingredients that will actually improve the complextion in the here and now as well as long-term.

Remember, in order to reflect beauty and health, it is important to take care of the inner terrain as well.  Formula for success:  Eating healthy + supplementation* + proper exercise + rest and relaxation + high quality skincare products = a happier, healthier, more vibrant you!

*For more information about Juice Plus+ supplements, please contact Peggy Anne Rockey, RN, Certified Health Coach at 949.289.0409 or parockey@cox.net.

Check back for upcoming blog postings regarding high performance skincare ingredients.  Until then……keep shining in the world!