Garden Gate & Color Therapy For Healing

Color Therapy and Garden Gates Ideas For Breast Cancer Healing GardenBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

When developing your therapeutic garden area for breast cancer recovery, begin with what you already have, and then improve on it by making it more healing. Even a simple, color will do. Using colors to heal is sometimes referred to as light therapy or colourology and is used as a holistic or alternative treatment. A garden gate is the “first impression” of any garden, and making it special sets the tone for your outdoor space. Why not create a garden gate with charm, cleverness, and creativity. Color used with repetition can unify a garden. We have some great ideas for garden gates, and anyone who is handy can accomplish these garden projects.

Blue Garden Gate

Blue Garden Gate For Healing GardenA blue garden gate!  Beauty and color greet you as you enter through the blue garden gate. Blue is a calming color, good for curing insomnia and reducing nervous excitement. Blue is a great color for meditation and spiritual expansion. Its complement is orange.  We have included a blue trellis tutorial for a blue color harmony. DIY Tutorial .

Orange Garden Gate

Orange Garden Gate Idea For Healing GardenEnjoy soaking in the energy of this orange colored garden gate that will cheer you up every morning when you look out the kitchen window. Get this gate from Jane Hart who designs and creates art fences, garden sanctuaries and gates from cedar (using recycled materials when appropriate). Orange is the color of creativity and we should give ourselves the space to have creative time.

Lavender Garden GateLavender Garden

The paint color might seem a little over the top or distracting, but the fact that it matches the blooms in the yard just beyond actually makes it a very clever choice. Your eye is naturally drawn through the gate and into the flower garden. Lavender, being the color relating to our spiritual connection, can be very helpful for meditation and any spiritual matters.(Violet is used a great deal within religions across the world) We have included a How to Make a Curved Wooden Garden Gate, Tutorial.

Yellow Garden Gate

Yellow Garden Gate For Healing GardenAs you can tell from these photographs, yellow is a much-loved color, with people everywhere attracted to its happy and welcoming hue. Whether it’s a beaten-up warehouse entrance or the threshold of a stately heritage home, every door looks special when it’s painted this bright. Yellow stimulates mental ability, concentration, and purify the body, and its complement is lavender. We have included a Garden Gate Sign Tutorial.

There are no fixed rules for creating a healing space. Do whatever appeals to your senses and put those ideas in the space. When developing your area, begin with what you already have, and then improve on it by making it more healing. You don’t need an elaborate space to uplift your mind and soul. Even a simple, color will do. Several ancient cultures, including the Egyptians and Chinese, practiced chromotherapy, or using colors to heal. Chromotherapy is sometimes referred to as light therapy or colourology and is still used today as a holistic or alternative treatment.

Featured Photo Source: Ellen Kennon

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.

Growing Sage Indoors To Nurture Breast Cancer Well-Being

Sage For Breast Cancer Gardening TherapyBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Growing the medicinal herb sage indoors can be fun and emotionally therapeutic. Learn how to grow, harvest and dry sage as a breast cancer gardening therapy. Another therapeutic benefit of sage is smudging. Sage smudging is a powerful cleansing technique from the Native American tradition in which herbs are burned for emotional, psychic and spiritual purification.

Growing Sage Indoors
To raise the medicinal herb sage indoors, just plant several seeds in a five to six-inch pot. It is suggested to:

  1. Use plastic containers, as they tend to hold moisture longer than clay pots.
  2. Once the sage has sprouted, thin It back to one or two seedlings in each container.
  3. Fairly rich soil is necessary to produce healthy herbs.
  4. Plants should be placed on a sunny windowsill.
  5. When sage shoots are four inches high, enrich with water and a good liquid plant fertilizer.

How To Dry Sage
After the plants have reached maturity, they may be harvested as often as three or four times a year. To do this:

  • Cut the longer leaf stems back to about six inches and leave the little central shoots intact.
  • The Sage plant may look a trifle sad for a short time.
  • With small shears snip the gathered leaves from the severed branches, discard the stems.
  • Spread the greenery thinly on cloth or paper in a subdued light.
  • When the leaves are crispy dry, store them (whole or crushed) In a container that will keep out both light and air.

Spiritual House Cleansing With Sage Smudging
Spiritual cleansing is done to remove the negative energies or unwelcome spirits from your home using purifying herbs. It is good to cleanse your home once in a while to adjust the emotional environment of your home and maintain peace. Sage smudging is a powerful cleansing technique from the Native American tradition in which herbs are burned for emotional, psychic and spiritual purification.

Sage Smudging For Breast CanverHow To Perform Sage Cleansing:

  1. The first step involves de-cluttering the space and turning off all electronics.
  2. Take several deep breaths and bring your mind in a relaxed and positive state.
  3. Once you have reached a positive frame of mind, prepare the sage for burning.
  4. The white sage for smudging is available in the form of wrapped long bundle.
  5. If you have loose sticks of white sage, place a handful of sage in the earthen bowl. Close your eyes and breathe deeply and light the end of the sage stick.
  6. Hold it in upward position and say your prayers, chants or requests for positive energy to cast out of any negativity.
  7. Visualize a bright light within yourself that will provide you shield against dark forces and negative energy.
  8. Offer the smoke of the sage smudge in all the directions of the house.
  9. Slowly, carry the smudge in the entire room to make sure smoke reaches every corner.
  10. Use a large feather to fan the smoke in distant areas of your house.
  11. During cleansing focus on positive thoughts, recite prayers, chants. or soothing music in the background.
  12. Once you have completed the spiritual cleansing process of the entire home, extinguish the remaining sage bundle and you can save it for future use.

Suggested Sage For Smudging
A good general purpose smudge is sage (Salvis Apaina), because it is a healing plant. It is known to create an atmosphere of protection and security, immortality and longevity. Sage when burned has the effect of transforming the atomic structure of the air it affects, and the living creatures who are breathing that air.

Drinking sage tea and inhaling clary sage essential oil may affect estrogen-related cancer, such as breast cancer. During breast cancer it is suggested to avoid both sage tea and clary sage aromatherapy.

Suggested Links

How To Grow Sage Indoors
How To Make Your Own Smudge Stick
When And How To Smudge

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.

 

Reuse & Recycle: Spring Flower Pot Ideas

By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff

With Mother’s Day around the corner and the weather getting pretty nice, many of us are just getting ready to plant our summer hanging baskets and deck planters. Here’s some tips on how to reuse many of our plants, hanging baskets, and deck planters so that you save money while having beautiful flowering decorations all year long. Plus reusing old plants helps make a much more varied hanging basket or deck planter.

Clean Up and Reuse Old Baskets and Flower Pots
Clean, paint and add fabric to add a new look to your old flower pots. Old hanging baskets where the hanger breaks can still be used as deck planters. Remove the root clumps and reuse half the soil from your old basket and put in new soil, mixing it thoroughly with the old and with manure. Plant them early with spring blooming bulbs, then reuse the planters by replacing the bulbs with your summer annuals after May. If your hangers break on your hanging basket, reuse an indoor plant cord to hang them or set them on the stairs.

Reuse Ivy and Other Ground Cover in Flower Pots
Split Ivy, Hostas, Ferns, and other long lasting leafy plants and reuse chunks of them to add contrast to my flower baskets and deck planters. When planting a hanging basket, use the largest you can find, I will plant a tall flowering plant in the center, then plant a ring of four to six starts around it, alternating by twos or threes. Use two bundles of leafy plants per hanging basket and position them on the edge. When you pick up your spring starts, this will save you a lot of money.

Reuse Last Years Garden Perennials as Your Center Flower
Stick a tall perennial in the center of a large 10″ hanging basket or deck planter, then add a petunia on each of two sides and greens or Lobelia on the sides since they drape rather nicely. Lobelia is one of the least expensive hanging basket plants and often comes in a six-pack sold for under $2.

Remember that gardening is a wonderful breast cancer recovery therapy.  Gardens have been proven to be therapeutic while offering both comfort and hope for breast cancer patients and their families.

 

Diana RossAbout Diana Ross:  E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana 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.

Greetings!

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom..

 – Marcel Proust

By Diana Ross, RYT-500, Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga
 

It’s Spring and It is Wonderful – no matter what!

I can’t believe I am already writing my second editorial note on the breast cancer yoga authority blog. What a wonderful group of contributors. We have all ballyhooed the praises of good health and received some great responses from so many readers. Well, we are ready to do it again and with some new contributors.

Yogini Kaliji is going to write on her own “Kaliji’s Path of Knowledge.” One of the many special things that Kaliji is most famous for is her jnana (or knowledge). Amazing would be an understatement.  Always clear, inspiring and true.

I want to give special thanks to my dear friend Jane Roel who shares in the many adventures with me. We went up to visit Margaret Roach from A Way To Garden. Oh how I love what she does with her magical gardens. Hopefully when things slow done she will share some of her secret gardening tips. I know it isn’t a great picture but it is the only picture I have that proves Jane and I met Margaret.

We have our own  amazing Garden Coach extraordinaire, Regina.  She is our Martha Stewart of gardening inspirations. Offering tips that are exceptional to get you going with your own garden.  I know – I am using them. Do you know what plants are easier to start from seed? What your soil’s Ph should be especially if you have blueberries. She makes gardening FUN and healthy.

Well Jane and I continued our journey and stopped at the Sisters farmhouse. It was here I saw sustainability in action. There were lots of chickens for which their eggs were offered to the locals. Happy chickens I may add. The two cows, Mom and baby have the run of the farm. They are the sister’s lawn movers. Dad had to go back home.

All in all it was a very special day. Brought home signed books, special plants, and great memories. Next month we will report on our next adventures. Thank you Jane. It would not have been near as fun without you.

Andrea Garvey is going to share her work with Sound Healing this month. Sound Healing is an  experience like no other. Feeling the healing vibration of the crystal bowls, and Andrea’s angelic voice. Truly a transformative experience; very meditative and calming. Lucky us she is coming on June 6th.

Continuing on we have Margot Marlin of L2L4 speaking on many different  health approaches to help control and sooth pain of cancer treatments. Breast Cancer Yoga will have a new pose of the month for everyone to try. Lots and lots more but I need to stop being carried away with myself in all this sharing. Read for yourself and let us know what you think.

Peace. Diana

 

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