Learn How Breast Cancer Patients Benefit From Forest Bathing

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Try forest bathing to support your immune system

In 1982, the Forest Agency of Japan first proposed that ‘forest bathing,’ was good for your health. No, forest bathing is not dragging a bathtub into the woods and having a soak – although that does sound good! Rather it is visiting a forest or wood for relaxation, and gentle recreation, and breathing in the volatile substances from the trees. When did you last forest bathe?

Since 1982, forest bathing (aka ‘forest therapy’ and ‘Shinrin yoku’) has become a cornerstone of preventive health and healing in Japanese medicine. Many research studies, mainly from Japan and South Korea, have looked at how forest bathing creates positive effects. One of the key benefits is that it is seen to improve our immune function by increasing the number and activity of natural killer cells.

Natural Killer Cells

Natural killer (NK) cells are a type of white blood cells that provide a rapid response to viral-infected cells and cancer cells. These immune cells don’t rely on antibodies so are able to produce a much faster immune reaction than other immune cells. They have a tumor immunosurveillance role, directly killing tumor cells. Take a look at this brief video which shows you how they work:

Natural killer cells are therefore of prime importance to destroying cancer cells in our body. Thus we can see that using lifestyle approaches like forest bathing to improve our natural killer cell activity can help in both prevention of cancer – by killing those rogue tumor cells formed everyday – and in the prevention of metastasis of tumors.

Phytoncides

One of the factors that has been identified as causing these immune improvements is our breathing-in of phytoncides – the natural chemicals secreted by evergreen trees, such as a-pinen and limonene. The levels of phytoncide in the air seem to correlate with the improvements in immune functioning. If we look back in history, these health effects were recognized then; in the 1800s, many tuberculosis clinics were set up in pine forests. Patients’ outcomes were reported as them having a “forest cure.”

Health benefits of Forest Bathing

In addition to the benefits of increased NK cells and their activity, bathing ourselves in the forest environment has been shown to also:

  • reduce blood pressure
  • reduce stress
  • improve mood
  • increase energy
  • improve sleep
  • support deeper and clearer intuition
  • decrease adrenaline levels
  • reduce pain
  • ease mental fatigue

Image of the concept of forest bathing – immersing in the forest environment for immune support, from CALMERme.com

Incorporating forest bathing into your life

Trees, sunshine, grass, and wildlife all too frequently take a backseat in our busy city or urban lives.

Think back to the last time you were surrounded by nature – maybe a walk when you noticed the fresh, vibrant green of a new leaf, or an insect, or the color of the bark of a tree, or saw a rabbit hop past. These moments of discovery and fascination are spontaneous and effortless kinds of attention, not like the attention we have to use at work or during most of our day. As we follow our curiosity from the leaf to a flower to a butterfly, we relax in an exploration of nature which gives our attention-driven brain a break. The sounds of nature are also important, for example, the calming sound of water helps to balance our hormones. Forest bathing doesn’t involve going for a strenuous hike in the woods; rather, it has a gentleness and awareness to it – a sensory experience.

So consider giving yourself a break, and find some time this week to be in nature. Let that effortless attention and fascination take over. And if you aren’t up for that, try bringing some nature indoors to you – open the windows, look at the trees, listen to the sound of a waterfall on your computer, put a nature screensaver on your computer screen, watch a nature DVD…. Yes, even looking at a scene of a forest has been found to reduce cortisol levels (stress hormone) 13% compared to looking at an urban scene.

Resources

For more information on forest bathing, take a look at this Shinrin-yoku website and the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. Many of the research studies are shown on the Association website too. These resources also include information about guides, local walks, and training to become a forest therapist. The walks are short in distance and focus on breathing, relaxing, listening, healing, wandering, and touch.

Ruth BaillieRuth Baillie is originally from the UK and now lives most of the year in Northern California. She holds two Master’s degrees, one in Personalized Nutrition (distinction), and another in Health Psychology. She is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, Certified Professional Cancer Coach, and Cancer Guide, and has undertaken considerable post-graduate studies in integrative naturopathic oncology. She is the author of “Choices in mind-body medicine for cancer patients in Sonoma County, California” and her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals.

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Eco-friendly fertilizer for your garden – used coffee grounds

coffee-grinds-for-your-gardenUsed Coffee Grounds — Put Them to Use in Your Garden

If you’re looking for an organic, totally eco-friendly fertilizer for your garden plants, then give used coffee grounds a try. Used coffee grounds are slightly acidic and full of beneficial nitrogen, a mineral that aids vegetable and plant growth. Coffee grounds are especially good to use on your tomato plants and pepper plants, which really thrive on nitrogen.

In addition, coffee grounds, will create a natural acidic form of bacteria in your garden soil which boosts the growth of not just your tomatoes and pepper plants, but also other acid-loving plants like roses, azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, blueberries and even evergreens.

For use as fertilizer, you can simply incorporate some of the grounds into the soil, gently working them in around and near the base of the plant. Just sprinkle the grounds around the plant’s base and work them into the soil a little — you can even use your hands to do this, or use a garden trowel.

Benefits of Using an Organic Fertilizer vs. a Synthetic One

  • Not only are you using something organic if you opt to give coffee grounds a try, you are recycling too! Instead of those grounds going down the garbage disposal or into your trash, you’re recycling them into your garden soil. But on top of this, you’re helping the environment in a number of ways:
  • Are you aware that synthetic fertilizers, such as Miracle-Gro®, contain ammonium phosphate and several other chemicals that can be toxic to your soil and plants? So, you’re not adding anything toxic into your soil.
  • Synthetic fertilizers are prohibited from use in certified-organic farming. So, you’re maintaining an organic growing environment.
  • Over application of a synthetic fertilizer will kill the friendly soil-microbes that need to exist in your garden soil. So, you’re encouraging healthy soil, not killing off the natural beneficial Mother nature intended to be in our soil.

Eco-conscious gardeners

And finally, you’re not contributing to environmental pollution. You’re not buying a product that had to be manufactured (possible air pollution issues), packaged (manufacturing of containers, outer packages, etc. which might mean more possible air pollution), and then transported (fuel use; even more possible air pollution) to the store. You get the idea.

If you’re not a coffee drinker

So, think about using coffee grounds as a wonderful organic fertilizer instead of a synthetic one. If you’re not a coffee drinker, just check out a local coffee shop — most are happy to give away their used grounds, and many (Starbuck’s being one) have a special can in their store where they place their used coffee grounds so eco-conscious gardeners can come and take them home.

5 Tips on How to Grow a Fall Broccoli Container Garden for Breast Cancer Healing

growing-a-fall-broccoli-garden-for-breast-cancer-healingGrowing Broccoli in Pots – If the proper planning is done to maximize space, container gardening can be a sustainable means to providing yourself with edible cancer fighting fruits and vegetables throughout the season. Even broccoli can be easily tamed to grow successfully in a pot. This brings us to our topic of the day, How To Grow A Fall Broccoli Container Garden.

broccoli-3-gallon-container-garden-for-breast-cancerBasic Broccoli Necessities –

  1. 3 Gallon Containers – Use a container size of at least three gallons should be provided for every broccoli plant grown.
  2. Organic Aerated Potting Soil – Use an organic potting soil and a add a good amount of nutritious compost. Besides prefers the soil to be light, well aerated and have good drainage properties.
  3. Minimal Fertilizing – If you started off with a premium potting soil, there should only be a need to fertilize your broccoli plants once or twice during their life cycle. You may want to add micro-nutrients such as boron and magnesium.
  4. 8 Hours of Sunlight – Broccoli plants will thrive with a minimum of 8 hours of direct sunlight daily.
  5. 75 Degrees or Lower – Broccoli tends to bolt (flower) when the temperatures rise above 75 degrees Fahrenheit. When broccoli bolts, there is no harvestable produce to be had. To keep your broccoli plants producing, grow only in the cooler temperatures of spring and autumn.

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Why Women Need To Be Surrounded By Greenery

breast-cancer-garden-therapyGrowing indoor and outdoor healing gardens may be pretty, but they’re also doing you more good than you might imagine. This is exactly what we need to hear as we start preparing our gardens for Fall! According to new research women who live in green areas, surrounded by vegetation, have lower mortality rates and live longer healthier lives.

Increasing greenery in your healing space may provide opportunities for:

  • physical activity
  • reduce harmful exposures
  • increase social engagement
  • improve mental health
  • improve health
  • lower stress

If you’re still in need of some motivation to step up your outdoor space, check out these Related Stories:

Easy To Grow Citronella

Citronella For Breast Cancer Healing GardenMany people use chemical mosquito repellant or some sort of toxic pest spray and thinking nothing of it.  Lets use healthy alternatives in our healing garden and reduce breast cancer risk.  When we spray toxic chemicals into our environment (already laden with the same) we are also setting ourselves up for breast cancer.

Citronella Research

Citronella scent is one of the main ingredients in many insect repellents. It works by masking more desirable smells to mosquitoes, making people harder to find. There are a variety of other herbs that are considered pest control plants.Citronella in healing garden

Consider placing a Citronella on your patio, by your windows and doors. While you don’t need to plant your mosquito-deterring plants in pots, the portability that pots allow is a great asset. You can move them outside to wherever family and friends happen to be at the moment. Choose several containers and arrange different kinds of plants in them to produce not only an attractive container garden, but also a readily available, portable mosquito repellant station.

Citronella Plant (Cymbopogon nardus or Citronella winterianus)Citronella For Healing Garden

  • Citronella, a grass, is considered a weed in some areas due to its ability to take over and  more readily accepted plants are squeezed out.
  • Citronella is a strong-smelling grass and in the right place, works to help discourage mosquitoes.
  • It can grow to a height of five or six feet in the ground in warmer climates.
  • In cooler climates, the best approach is to plant it in large pots (with casters on the bottom) so it can be wheeled indoors during the cold

CitronellaPlease – do your best to get pesticides out of your environment.  If you regularly have your home and garden sprayed with insecticide, consider some alternatives, think about the fat cells in your breasts and let’s make our environment and our bodies a much cleaner, healthier place.

Source(s):offthegridnews.com

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

5 Beautiful Garden Ideas For Breast Cancer Healing

Here are 5 Ways to Contemplate in a Breast Cancer Healing Garden
Just as there are many forms of contemplation, people have a variety of needs from a healing garden. Any space where people feel comfortable and safe will be a good place in your garden to pray, meditate, contemplate or simply de-stress. This is about creating a space within your garden to focus your thoughts, calm your mind, and revel in a little peaceful connecting.

Here are 5 Ideas for a Beautiful Healing Garden:

Garden Altars: You can easily create a very focused space outside to gain some peace. Gather items that you find inspiring or calming–a candle, some flowers in a vase, smooth river stones with meditative words etched onto them, a shallow bowl of water–and put them on a bench, a tree stump or a large boulder. Whatever it is that you find restful and meditative.Garden Alter For Breast Cancer Healing

Prayer Gardens: For those who prescribe to a more biblical perspective, try incorporating plants from the Bible into your garden spot. Lilies, cypress, hyssop, mint, roses (Rose of Sharon, actually, but feel free to take some liberties), olive trees–complete lists can be found easily online to create a more encompassing garden theme. The theme may not be immediately recognizable to visitors, but this spot is for you.Prayer Garden For Breast Cancer HealingYoga Deck: Yoga is a great exercise for flexibility and stretching, but it’s also very calming and meditative. With emphasis on movement and breathing, you can easily get into a contemplative mood. Tai Chi works much the same way. If you love these forms of exercise and contemplation, why not create a space in your garden so you can do these things outside? Construct a yoga deck low to the ground, add a possible side wall for more challenging poses and have a small water feature nearby.Yoga Deck For Breast Cancer Healing garden

Labyrinths: Labyrinths can be created in your yard on a large or smaller scale, and for a lot of money or for just a bit of cash, depending upon the materials you choose. Pave, plant or place rocks in between the pathways, and walk your worries away til you reach the center. Stay for a bit at that point, then turn around walk the same path out. The bilateral movement is known to promote a sense of peace, calmness and tranquility. Backyard Garden Labyrinth For Breast Cancer Healing

Meditation Garden: Meditation gardens have calming background sounds such as the breeze-driven rustling of ornamental grass, the delicate clatter of bamboo, and water gurgling from a fountain. Muted foliage works along with the scent of blooms or herbs. Backyard Breast Cancer Meditation Garden

Just as there are many forms of contemplation, people have a variety of needs from a healing garden. Any space where people feel comfortable and safe will be a good place in your garden to pray, meditate, contemplate or simply de-stress.

Photo Source: Garden Alter – KyleMillerYoga.com, Prayer Garden MiniGardener.wordpress.com,  Yoga Deck – CreativeLivingIdeas.com, Labyrinth – SallyHaleyMD.com, Meditation Garden – Basilbistrow.com,featured photo – GardenGeeksOnTour.com,  Article Source: jPetersonGardenDesign.com.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

How To Get Your Healing Garden Off Drugs With Natural Pesticides

Breast Cancer Pesticide Free GardenMany common pesticides (such as ant, roach and mice poisons) have been linked to breast cancer. It probably shouldn’t surprise us that these compounds can be dangerous; they are designed to kill insects with which we share many common biological systems!

Several pesticides are known endocrine disruptors (they disrupt natural hormone-signaling pathways), and through these mechanisms have been implicated in increased risk for breast cancer. In addition to effects by themselves, these chemicals have been shown to have additive effects with other kinds of endocrine disruptors. In other words, exposures to small doses of pesticides may have greater effects when people are also exposed to other chemicals to which we are all commonly exposed.

Unfortunately, when pesticides are applied in the home, they don’t just kill bugs and disappear. Rather they often stick around (for years or decades) and are found in the air and on the dust we touch and breathe, meaning that we all have sustained and multiple exposures to these toxic chemicals. And when we apply them outside, pesticides enter the air we breath, fall on the lawn on which we walk and our children play, and eventually seep into our water. The result can be devastating for the wildlife with which we share our world, and also may have significant impact on rates of human diseases, including breast cancer.

How to make an organic pesticide made from vegetables

This is a great recipe and I wanted to share this with you because gardening season is upon us. The materials used to make the pesticide should be easy to obtain.

You will need:

  • an empty & clean gallon jug (such as a milk jug)
  • a spray bottle with spray nozzle
  • a funnel
  • a piece of cloth such as a shirt or bandanna
  • a pot that can hold 1 gallon
  • 2 small onions
  • a jalapeno pepper
  • a clove of garlic
  • some dish soap

Take 1 gallon of warm water, dump it in a pot and you’re ready to begin making the pesticide.

The best way to minimize insects inside and outside the home is through careful and regular cleaning. Some good resources for learning more about pesticide alternatives for the home and garden are listed below.pesticide free yardPesticides and alternatives Information –  United States

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About Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Tips To Decorate Your Healing Garden

breast cancer healing outdoor gardens

Decorating a garden is not as difficult as it sounds and should be included in all breast cancer healing outdoor gardens, small and large. Therapeutic healing art should encompass the widest possible amount of color with a variety of styles. Art can reflect many moods with texture, patterns and light. When looking at spaces that change through the seasons it is important to have art that can also be moved to change the mood of that space.

People think that an expert designer is required to decorate a garden which is very expensive. To save money, you can decorate your garden very well. All you need to do is to plan that how will you decorate your garden and then execute this plan. In this way, you can decorate your garden according to your taste and within your budget. Some garden decoration ideas and items are given below. By applying these ideas, you will be able to decorate your garden beautifully.

Stones

Using stones in garden is proved to be very good decoration idea. Stones are available in different sizes and shapes and can be used in different ways. For example, the stones of small size can be used to make circles around the trees or to make a boundary around flowerbeds. And the stones which are flat in shape can be used to make walkways.

Poetry Stepping Stones

Solar Flower Lights

Solar flower lights look very beautiful and give an elegant look to your garden. They provide light to your garden at night. There are different types of solar flower lights available in the market such as roses, tulips, lilies and others as well.Breast Cancer Healing Moon GardenWind Chimes

Wind chimes add to the beauty of a garden because they produce very sweet sound when mild wind blows and give a peace of mind. Wind chimes are available in different attractive colors. But people find it difficult to decide that where to hang them. The wind chimes can be hung from a plant pole or porch. Using wind chimes in your garden will make you relaxed with melodious sound produced by them.Breast Cancer Healing Garden Wind Chimes Fountains

Fountains are a common item that is used for garden decoration. They can be placed in the middle of the garden. They look even more beautiful when a stone walkway circles around them. They also give a pleasant and relaxing feeling by the sound of running water.Water Bowls For Breast Cancer Healing Garden Animals Figurines

You can also add animal figurines to enhance the beauty and decor of your garden. These include turtles, bunnies etc. These figurines can be moved anywhere according to your choice and needs.

Garden Ornaments Garden Flags

Another item that can be used to decorate the garden is garden flags. They look very beautiful and can be changed depending on the season.  Flags can be decorated with flowers, trees, birds and other designs. Most importantly, they are quite inexpensive and give a unique look to garden. Breast Cancer Awareness Garden ScarecrowBird Feeders

If you are a nature-loving person then you should include a bird feeder in your garden decorative items. But one thing that needs to be kept in mind is that the feeders should be placed at such a place from where you can see them eating food. Another factor which demands special care is that the feeders should be always filled with seeds and birdbath should be filled with water. When you will do this, you will see your garden full of color and life.Mosaic Bird Houses For Breast Cancer Hraling Garden

These were some of the items that can be used to decorate a garden within budget and resources. These tips and ideas are for those people who are a big fan of art and gardening. If you love creative designs, you can use these techniques to prepare garden ornaments for your garden and decorations in your home.

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About Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

 

How To Grow A Spring Feng Shui Healing Garden

breast cancer healing garden can be planed using the Feng Shui baguaSpring is the season to start planting seeds for the future. Your breast cancer healing garden can be planed using the Feng Shui bagua as a guideline to bring you health, wealth, peace, guidance, happiness and protection.

First, mark off your garden (or balcony full of pots) and determine the directions — north, south, east and west. Secondly, use the rough guideline below, taking into account your climate, seasons and health concerns to know what to plant.

The Southern corner of your garden governs recognition and fame.
The flowers you plant there should be predominantly red and pink in color such as

The Southwestern corner governs marriage prospects and marital happiness.
The predominant flower color should be yellow for emotional security.

The Western corner governs children and fertility.
The predominant flowers should be yellow and white.

  • Oak Tree
  • Morning Glory
  • catnip
  • carrots

The Northwestern corner governs helpful people or mentors.
The predominant flower color should be white yellow and orange.

  • Iris, carnation
  • Lemon tree
  • clover
  • lemon balm
  • squash

It is a good place to put table and chairs to invite the help into your life.

Map Available From OpenSpacesFengShui.com

Map Available From OpenSpacesFengShui.com

The North corner governs career prospects.
The flowers here should be predominately dark purple or blue.

  • jasmine
  • Orange tree
  • ferns
  • goldenseal
  • onions

This direction represents water, so it is the ideal place to put a fountain or pool. Add fish to it and double your luck.

The Northeast corner governs education and wisdom.
The predominant flower color should be white yellow and orange.

  • Sunflower
  • clover
  • sage
  • pumpkins

The East corner governs family relationships and health.
The foliage here should mainly be green and filled with bush or trees.

  • daisies
  • pines and spruces
  • hemp
  • Lavender, skullcap, vervain, linden, sage
  • avocado

This area is called Big Wood which is why it is good to have at least one big tree there or a tree house.

The Southeast corner governs wealth and prosperity and should be as green and lush as possible with flowers that bring wealth.

  • honeysuckle
  • all fruit trees
  • mosses and ferns
  • dill
  • lettuce

This area is known as Small Wood and would be augmented by windmills, a swing or another structure made of wood (preferably one that moves to circulate energy.)

Your garden can be a perfect retreat in the stressful times we live in and with regards to Feng Shui it is the Yang that balances the Yin, you can have the perfect Feng Shui house, if it is not balanced with your garden your efforts will be wasted. The reason for this is because with an untidy garden you will not get free-flowing Ch’i and it will stagnate and this stagnant Chi will end up in your home.

Article Sources:
Feng Shui Store
Sam Steven a professional psychic.
Garden Feng Shui Map
Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

5 Reason To Have A Rain Barrel In Your Healing Garden

Rain Barrel For A Breast Cancer Healing GardenRainwater harvesting with a rain barrel, is an old-fashioned yet innovative approach to capturing water for you healing garden and backyard wildlife. Harvesting rain with a barrel involves directing rainwater from a roof into a storage container for later use. There are several benefits of using a rain barrel to nurture healing with a backyard sanctuary. We have listed a few reasons to add a rain barrel to your gardenbelow:

1.) Rainwater is better for your plants and soil. Rainwater is highly oxygenated, free of the salts, inorganic ions, and fluoride compounds contained in tap water that accumulate in the soil over time and potentially harm plant roots. Use of rainwater in your garden dilutes this impact, making plants more drought-tolerant, healthy, and strong.Rainwater is better for your plants

2.) Rainwater is the eco-friendly option to keep composts moist. Adding tap water to your compost doesn’t fit this sustainability practice; you’ll want to use rainwater instead.

3.) You’ll have your own water source in times of drought or watering restrictions. If you collect rainwater, you’ll be able to keep watering and nourishing your garden with your rain barrel reserves.

4.) Watering plants with drip irrigation for hands free water. When you hooked up a rain barrel near one of your gardens and run a soaker hose from the lower spigot on the barrel through the garden. Think of all the storm water that can be saved after a rainstorm (approximately 600 gallons from a 1000 square foot roof).Watering plants with drip irrigation for hands free water

5.) Filling bird baths or proving water to other wildlife.

Other suggestions for having healthy and colorful gardens are in the use of native plants and herbs. They typically use less water and are adapt at the environment so they stay hardy. This means that you do not need to use chemicals. They will also attract seasonal birds and butterflies. Who knows you may even attract humming birds. Growing native indigenous plants can save 50 percent of the water used to maintain other plants, and choosing drought tolerant natives is even better.

You could be the first in your neighborhood to show your rain barrel off. Encourage others to take charge and be inventive just like our grandparents and their parents. Water is such a valuable resource to waste.

You got to love it. Taking charge of your own gardens and lawn whereby you help the planet is a pretty cool thing to do.
Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

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