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7 Healthy Habits to Help Avoid Coronavirus

Keep Your Immune System Strong with These Healthy Habits

People are starting to panic over the Corona Virus (COVID-19). Anxiety/stress, lack of sleep, poor diet, and uncleanliness all lower your immunity.

Did you know everything has a frequency, measured in Mega Hertz (MHz)? Our body’s frequency has an effect on our immune system. If our body’s frequency is higher than the virus, the bacteria, the disease, then it cannot enter our body, even if exposed to it. This is why when 2 different people are exposed to the same illness, one might get sick, and the other remains healthy.

A healthy human is between 62 and 78 MHz. The common cold virus is 58MHz.

Please read the attached article link. It explains about different frequencies, and what may increase or decrease your frequency.

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  1. Hand-washing is so important, especially when in public. Wash your hands for 30 seconds (hum the Happy birthday song twice), turn off water tap with paper towel the you used to dry hands, and use the paper towel on public washroom door handle, or use elbow to open doors that push open. Carry hand sanitizer with you.
  2. Get enough sleep. Go to bed early, read a book, rest, if you can’t go right to sleep.
  3. Increase water intake, decrease sugar consumption — sugar decreases white blood cells. When we have an infection, our white blood cell count increases to help combat the infection.
  4. Supplement with mega doses of Vitamin C (2,000 to 3,000 mg daily).
  5. Fresh air, even a few minutes daily, and exercise helps.
  6. Essential oil blend Thieves from Young Living, and Nature’s Shield from NOW brand are anti-viral and anti-bacterial. Apply to the soles of your feet at least twice a day. Your feet have over 2000 pores, so oils will be easily absorbed. Diffuse oils while you sleep. If you don’t have a diffuser, you can put oils on your pillow case, or a coffee filter/tissue, and place by bedside. Some people even ingest these oils.
  7. Last, but not least, anything you can do to keep stress to a minimum will help keep your immune system strong.

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Goals vs. Resolutions in 2020

It’s that time of year again. Every January 1st people make tons of resolutions of what they want to change in their life, which is awesome, but the problem lies with making TOO many resolutions or setting our expectations too high. If/when we slip and fail at achieving any of them, then we run the risk of beating ourselves up because we failed to lose those extra pounds or quit an addiction,or go to the gym 5x/week. We simply give up on our plans and revert back to our old habits, feeling discouraged and like a failure.

It’s better to move forward with small, realistic and steady changes, than to take giant, unsustainable leaps which add pressure on ourselves, and perhaps set ourselves up for failure. Remember who won the race between the tortoise and the hare? Also, so what if we do not get started on January 1st? What’s wrong with February 1st, or March 10th for that matter? Better late than never.

If you want to lose weight, then pick a realistic goal of losing a few pounds per month while making healthier food choices. Treat yourself occasionally. Start going to the gym a couple times a week, then go more frequently once you are comfortable with that routine.

So this year, choose one or two goals, work on them daily, and once you’ve got them mastered, move on to another goal you’d like to achieve before the year is finished.

Wishing you much success!

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True Kindness: Presence Over Presents

Christmas is almost here and while many people are super excited to be with family, friends and loved ones during this special time, there are many who aren’t feeling the holiday cheer.

These may be people who, for example, suffer from depression; are isolated or live alone; are seniors in special care homes, who don’t get visitors; those who have lost loved ones. For these people, Christmas only heightens their sense of loneliness in the world and getting through the holiday season is almost unbearable. Johnny Reid’s song “All I Want For Christmas” says it all.

A recent post on Facebook said “Above all else, be kind.” That really encapsulates the true meaning of Christmas – to be kind to one another, to give the gift of presence, and look after our fellow human beings on this planet. This holiday season, why not take thirty minutes and go visit a senior care facility? Or how about volunteering at a homeless shelter to prepare a meal for someone less fortunate? Take time to acknowledge someone who is missing their loved one who has died.

This season is not all about the gifts, decorations, pretty paper or bows. Sometimes the gift of a smile or a hug can mean all the difference in the world to someone who’s lonely and sad.

And on that positive note, all of us at A Caring Light would like to wish each and every one of you a truly blessed holiday season. May the gift of kindness be given to all of you!

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Self Care Still Important During Our Busiest Times

Self-care is a necessity in today’s busy world. Trying to juggle work, home life, taking care of children or elderly parents, a partner AND the running of a household can totally wear a person down. Add to that, preparing for Christmas this time of year and you have a recipe for major stress.

Imagine yourself as a pitcher of water, and the people you take care of, or help, as empty glasses. You pour of yourself into each empty glass. What is going to happen if you do not take the time to refill the pitcher, to YOU? Sometime you are going to want to pour, of yourself, into an empty glass, to help fill their glass, and you will not have a drop to give.

We often get caught up in the process of being “busy” and we forget how to unwind and to rejuvenate our body, mind, and soul. We NEED to make time everyday for ourselves, even if it’s only half an hour. We NEED to quieten our minds by taking time to read a good book, meditate, take an epsom salt bath with some essential oils, have a massage or reflexology treatment. We DESERVE to feel good instead of always tired and running on empty. After all, how can we be of service to others if we’re exhausted or become sick. The word DISEASE means “Dis-Ease.” If we do not take time to take care of ourselves, to be at EASE, it lowers our immune system, which can lead to illness and/or disease.

This upcoming holiday season, please try and schedule some “me” time on your calendar. It is as important as a doctor’s appointment, and perhaps you wouldn’t need that doctor’s appointment if you took time to replenish your own self. Come see me for a soothing Raindrop Massage to relieve the tension in your whole body, Reiki or Metamorphosis to help release underlying tension, or any other of the many services I feel blessed to offer all my friends and clients.

Remember: there is only one you and YOU matter! Don’t wait for the new year to start making self-care a regular part of your daily life.

PS: Save $10.00 discount off gift certificates which would make the perfect gift for yourself or someone you love. Email at acaringlight@gmail.com to get yours today!

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Supplements, Herbs & Essential Oils for Mental Health

There are many supplements, herbs, and essential oils that can help with mental health issues, but here are a handful of each that may help you:


Vitamin D: Depression, anxiety, fatigue

Omega 3: Brain function, anxiety, depression, cognitive impairment, memory

B Complex Vitamins: Very important for the nervous system and energy. In addition, extra dosages of B6 and B12 may be require for some mental health conditions

Multi-Vitamin: All mental health conditions. May also contain trace mineral elements (iron, manganese, zinc, copper, iodine – essential for many physiological and mental functions).

Magnesium: Major role in calming the nervous system. May also ease muscle tension, decrease blood pressure, and aid sleep.

Probiotics: Good bacteria, necessary for the production of neuro-transmitters like serotonin (feelings of happiness) and gaba (calmness).

Amino-acids: Tryptophan (converts into serotonin); Theanine (for anxiety)


Gingo: Improves memory

Ashwaganda AKA “Strength of a Horse”: Gives energy, helps to feel less overwhelmed, improves focus and organization.

Calamus (root): Helps with brain overload, mental clarity

Gotocola: Calms nervous system, increases mental clarity and memory; great for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s, increases oxygen levels

Essential Oils

Lavender: Anxiety, depression, insomnia

Citrus oils (Orange, lemon, lime, bergamot ): Depression; are uplifting

Rosemary: Helps with focus, memory, mental alertness

Rose: Depression

Blue tansy: Promotes emotional stability, relaxation, calms the mind

Cedarwood: Relieves tension and anxiety, helps with sleep

Clary sage: mental fatigue, emotional shock, anxiety

Sandalwood: Calms mind racing, helps with insomnia

Frankincense: Depression, anxiety, grounding

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How does this ancient art really work? | The Science Behind Acupuncture

What some people may not realize is that with energy-based healing, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. If you’re someone who is skeptical about how modalities like Acupuncture actually deliver results, or have just never experienced it yourself, this article will help you understand a bit of the theory behind this ancient practice.

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One of the main functions of Acupuncture is to eliminate toxins from our body.

What is a toxin, and how does it enter my body in the first place?

Merriam-Webster defines it as: a poisonous substance that is a specific product of the metabolic activities of a living organism and is usually very unstable, notably toxic when introduced into the tissues, and typically capable of inducing antibody formation.

In layman’s terms, toxins are anything from an outside source that is poisonous and detracts from our optimal health. We can’t really avoid them entirely, but there are ways to recognize their presence, and there are lifestyle changes we can make to limit/eliminate them.

Among them, is Acupuncture. Here’s a chronological breakdown of how it all works:

Step 1:  Toxins enter the body. They accumulate in us from a variety of sources: medications, poor diet, lack of exercise, the environment, stress…and the list goes on. They can show up as just about anything like headaches and pain; fatigue; skin breakouts…even bad breath! (More on this here.) We can combat these symptoms by eliminating toxins. And that brings us to step number two: The Acupuncture treatment.

Step 2:  Points activated by needles. Hair-thin needles are inserted into trigger points on the body (these are designated points of electrical sensitivity.) This stimulates corresponding receptors in the body which begins the healing process.

Step 3:  Hormones & chemicals released.  Prompted by the needles being inserted (and gently twisted), certain hormones and chemicals are released which can reduce pain and other unwanted symptoms, regulate the endocrine system and calm the nervous system.

Step 4:  Enjoy the benefits!  Now that systems have been regulated and toxins have been eliminated, the patient is on their way to a much healthier self. As a result of Acupuncture, patients will notice benefits like improved breathing, circulation, and strengthened immune system; decreased pain, irritation, stress/anxiety, and fewer symptoms of illness and disease. During and following the treatment, patients also report full body relaxation and stabilized mood, due to increased serotonin levels.

There is of course much more to this complex but amazing healing practice, but this should give you a more digestible understanding of the power of Acupuncture.

Interesting fact: Acupuncture was the catalyst for the opening of A Caring Light Natural Health Clinic. Its success treating a family member’s asthma prompted Tammy to transition from being a full time registered nurse to begin learning alternative therapies like Acupuncture. And she is still as passionate as ever about it 14 years later. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Tammy by email at acaringlight@gmail.com.

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Avoiding Burnout

3 Questions to ask yourself

Autumn is usually a time when we all try to turn over a new leaf, so to speak. As the leaves fall, we see the new season as an opportunity to get back to an ideal routine, get things in order and take on new challenges. But have you ever felt like you’ve bitten off more than you can chew? If so, you’re not alone.

During this time of year, there are always tons of new things starting that hold the potential to enrich our lives. We see ads for new fitness classes; special interest groups; book clubs; committees…the list goes on and on. And if you’re a parent, this list multiplies with every child you have. These activities are all wonderful in theory, and some of them may be just what your life needs at the moment. But sometimes we take on too much and these opportunities can end up leaving us feeling over-stretched and inefficient – which is totally not the case. We’re just not superheroes, unfortunately.

It is important when deciding on what to add to our already busy lives, that we take a reflective moment to consider a few key qualifiers:
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1. Do I have the time and energy to maintain this commitment?

It’s easy to get excited about something on September 1st, but by October are you going to feel drained and wishing you hadn’t taken something new on in the first place?

2. Am I doing this for someone else or for myself?

Of course it is nice to be able to contribute to other’s lives, but if it ends up taking away too much from our needed self-care time, consider offering yourself on an as-needed basis if applicable. Conversely, if it is something you feel your life is currently missing, then go for it!

3. Is this aligned with an immediate need or desire & how much will this add to my life?

There is something positive to be taken from almost every opportunity you could be presented with. However, figuring out what will have the best impact on you or your community can help you decide what to say yes to, and what to say “maybe next time” to.


When we’re focused on constantly growing and living our fullest life, it’s not easy to find balance. It may help to actually schedule in times for restoration and self-care. Here’s one solution:

Our Raindrop Aromatherapy Massage is incredibly rejuvenating and uses 8 or more essential oils to help decrease stress and muscle tension, among other issues.  By actively making time for wellness in our lives, it refuels our tank, and allows us to do more of what we love.

Here’s to striking the perfect balance this fall!

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DIY Kombucha – An easy guide to make at home.

The gut (our digestive system) is often referred to as our ‘second brain’. It is lined with healthy bacteria which is important for many bodily functions – especially for our brain and mental health. This ‘good’ bacteria can be depleted by foods we eat, toxins, and other things we may put in our body. If you experience bouts of sadness, mood swings, memory loss, chronic depression, or other mental health issues, repairing your gut can make a majorly positive difference. This can be done by taking a probiotic. Any fermented foods and beverages are a strong source. One yummy beverage, particularly high in probiotics is Kombucha. It is a fermented tea that is inexpensive, delicious, and easy to make at home! Keep reading to learn how!


  • 3.5 quarts water
  • 1 cup sugar (1/2 cup if using natural sugar like sugar cane or Stevia)
  • 8 tea bags (black and/or green), or 2 tbsp loose tea
  • 2 cups starter tea from last batch or store bought Kombucha (unpasteurized, neutral flavour)
  • 1 SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast)

(Optional flavouring to be added after tea ferments. You can use fresh fruit, not from concentrate juice, ginger root, cinnamon stick, anise, or whatever your taste buds desire.)

  • Large pot (to boil the 3.5 quarts water)
  • 1 gallon glass jar (available at Bulk Barn)
  • Dish towel and coffee filter (or anything to cover jar while tea ferments)
  • Bottles for fermented tea/fruit.
  • Strainer
  • Funnel


  1. Make tea base.  Bring 3.5 quarts of water to a boil. Remove from heat, add sugar. Once dissolved, add tea bags. Allow to steep until tea is cooled (cooling may take a few hours).
  2. Add starter tea.  Once tea is cooled, remove bags or strain loose tea. Stir in starter kit (2 cups previously made/bought Kombucha).
  3. Transfer to 1-gallon jar, add SCOBY.  The SCOBY may rest on top or sink to bottom – both are okay. Cover the mouth of the jar with dish towel/coffee filter, etc. Make sure entire jar is covered by the towel. You may want to secure with an elastic, especially during fly season.
  4. Ferment 7-10 days.  7-8 days seems best for optimal taste. Keep jar at room temperature, out of direct sunlight, and where it won’t get jostled.
  5. Remove the SCOBY.  Before preparing to bottle Kombucha, prepare and cool another pot of tea (Remember – 3.5 quarts, 8 tea bags). You will see that another SCOBY has formed and it attached to the old, original one. The new one will be on top and is the one used for the new batch. You can compost the old SCOBY, or give to a friend to start their own Kombucha kit.
  6. Bottle finished Kombucha.  Measure out and separate 2 cups needed to start your new batch. The remaining Kombucha is strained and added to your glass bottles. Add your chosen flavouring (fruit, ginger root, etc.) to bottle before pouring in Kombucha. Leave 1/2 inch of head room in each bottle then screw on cover tightly. Store bottled Kombucha at room temperature, out of direct sunlight for 1-2 days to allow carbonation to occur.
  7. Refrigerate to stop fermentation and carbonation, and consume your delicious Kombucha within a month. Drink daily, and as much as you like – but remember it is caffeinated.
  8. Make fresh batch.  Clean the jar being used for Kombucha fermentation. Combine the 2 cup starter tea from last batch with fresh bottle of sugary tea. Stir well together in the 1-gallon jar. Slide SCOBY on top…and the process begins again!

*CONTACT A CARING LIGHT OR A FRIEND WHO MAKES KOMBUCHA FOR YOUR STARTER TEA & SCOBY. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at acaringlight@gmail.com

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When life gives you Lemon Oil…

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It’s Tuesday and that means another Top 5 list! This week, it happens to feature March’s ACL Oil of the Month: Lemon essential oil!  This delightful citrus oil is one of the top immune boosters, and boasts a plethora of other practical uses (all of which will combine to build up your immune system.) Keep reading to find out some of my favourites, and get some ideas to improve your Spring with Lemon!

1. Forget that artificial stuff that you buy at the grocery store! Pure lemon essential oil is a tasty and healthy option to add to your favourite morning beverage (or at any time of day, really!) Lemon is also useful for cutting down phlegm, and an amazing supporter of digestion so if you tend to fall victim to those nasty seasonal allergies, or stomach problems (chronic or acute), this oil has got your back.

2.  You can easily combine several drops to any cleaner (I suggest a natural one) for some extra elbow grease  – and to save you a little scrubbing. Other cosmetic household uses include: Furniture polish – mix with olive oil/bee’s wax for an impressive shine; Stain remover – add to carpet cleaner or laundry detergent to help get rid of hard-to-remove stains; Air freshener – rather than use store-bought spray that contains harmful chemicals (whether they admit it on the label or not), mix with water in a spray bottle and spritz away that stench!

3.  In today’s fast-paced world, it can be incredibly easy to get distracted when you are trying to focus. The brain benefits from Lemon oil in two major ways: Increases alertness and aids concentration. Inhale directly from the bottle; use in a diffuser; or rub it on your forehead and bottom of your feet to help you focus. There’s nothing gray about that…okay it’s all grey up there, but you get the point.

4.  Has this winter gotten the best out of your skin? Frigid weather is notorious for drying out the ol’ epidermis, but this versatile oil just keeps surprising us! Mix with coconut oil and use as a natural moisturizer (try it in your hair too at night). Also, if you have particularly oily skin, try adding a couple drops to your foundation or apply directly to the face to reduce oiliness.

5.  If you’re like me, you tend to get overly zealous at the supermarket and buy produce in bulk, leaving you in a panic to use it all up before it goes bad. Or perhaps you’re going out of town for a few days and have a refrigerator full of unused veggies. Here’s a hack to save on waste: Give your fruits and veggies a lemon bath by adding a few drops of the oil to a bowl of water. Then dunk your produce into the water for a few minutes and you’ll be eating the benefits for days!


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How do I maintain my mental health?



With Bell Let’s Talk Day recently behind us, there is still so much on the subject to talk about. If you’ve been experiencing seasonal blues; chronic depression; or consistently battling any mental health issues, here are 5 things you can do every day to help bring the sunshine back into your life to stay!

1. Increase your tryptophan intake.

Tryptophan is an amino acid that travels to your brain to be converted into your ‘feel-good’ hormones like serotonin (your happy hormone) and melatonin (improves sleep quality). You can get this through means of certain foods, and by taking a supplement.

Foods high in tryptophan include: Nuts and seeds, soy foods (soy beans and tofu), oats, certain meat/poultry, lentils and eggs. Try to eat them with a carbohydrate and non-saturated/non-trans fats as this will increase the amount of tryptophan that reaches your brain, thus increasing your serotonin/melatonin levels.

2. Get at least 20 minutes of fresh air a day.

A study done by the Journal of Environmental Psychology in 2010 found that being in nature is a strong contributor to one’s sense of vitality, happiness and energy. (davidsuzuki.org)

“Our internal biology rewards us when we do something important for our survival. That reward is a feeling of well-being, rejuvenation or pleasure, and it is mediated by our brain’s neurochemicals. Anyone who has ever felt better by going outside in nature has experienced this reward. It is biology’s way of telling us to do it again—being in nature is important for our survival.” -Dr. Shimi Kang (davidsuzuki.org)

3. Exercise (in conjunction with #2)

We all know that exercise is good for us. But it can be hard to get motivated, especially when feeling blue or even clinically depressed. However, researchers are finding more and more about the connection between getting our sweat on and our overall mental health. Here’s one unexpected factor that just might help get us off the couch:

Exercising (especially between the ages of 25 and 45) can be a deterrent of mental degeneration later in life.

“As aging and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s kill off brain cells, the noggin actually shrinks, losing many important brain functions in the process. While exercise and a healthy diet can’t ‘cure’ Alzheimer’s, they can help shore up the brain against cognitive decline that begins after age 45” -Sophia Breene (huffpost.com)

4. Sing!

It doesn’t matter how good you are! Sing in the car, the shower, or loud and proud for all to hear – singing has often been linked  to raising moods, through the release of endorphins. So crank that radio and let it all out!

5. Inhale “Happy” Essential Oils

Who doesn’t love the scent of some sweet Lavender to calm and uplift? Other oils that are known to be grounding and mood raisers are peppermint, frankincense, and wild orange. Inhale; put a drop on a necklace pendent, or rub on the bottom of your feet! You can purchase essential oils locally in Moncton at Sequoia Organics at any of their three locations. Breathe in, and enjoy!


I sincerely hope these tips are helpful! Please do no hesitate to reach out for more info or support! Don’t forget to sign up here for the monthly ACL newsletter if you haven’t already! Here’s to a cheerful month ahead!