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Lavender is one of the most beloved and widely used essential oils. Its gentle, sweet aroma and soothing benefits make it a must-have for essential oil users far and wide. Here is a list of some of its most powerful uses.

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1. Calming & relaxation.  We all have anxiety inducing moments in life, and sometimes need a little help calming the nervous system. Put a couple drops of your forehead and/or inhale for calming and de-stress.

2. Minor cuts.  For alleviation of pain and for a fast healing process, apply Lavender directly to cuts, It will also help clean and kill bacteria.

3. Acne & eczema.  Mix with olive or massage oil and apply topically for relief from itchiness and reduce redness.

4. Improve sleep.  Apply and rub in 2 drops to bottom of feet before bed for improved sleep. Inhale, and/or place a couple drops on your pillow. Sweet Lavender dreams!

5. Heal/prevent burns.  Immediately upon burning, apply directly onto inflamed area to sooth and prevent blistering/redness.

Thanks for stopping by to read! I hope you learned a few things, and look forward to sharing the many benefits of other Essential Oils in the future. As always, if you have any questions, or would like further information on the oils, feel free to email acaringlight@gmail.com. Don’t forget to sign up for the ACL newsletter for more info like this if you already haven’t! 

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The Power of Being Positive

We can’t control everything that life does to us, but we can control how we react to what life does.

How we start our day, determines how our day goes. If we wake up thinking it’s going to be an awful day, guess what, it will be!

Never underestimate the power of positive thinking!! Our thoughts really do affect how we react to life. Energy follows thoughts! Also known as manifestation. How many times have you been thinking of someone you haven’t seen in a long time, and you soon run into them, or they call.

It’s so important to see the glass half full, instead of half empty. To see the silver lining in the cloud. Our thought processing center can’t be in two places at once, so when you start thinking negatively, literally tell yourself to stop, and make yourself think of something positive. If you have to, say something positive over and over again (affirmations), even if you do not believe what you’re saying, your words get taken in by your subconscious mindand the subconscious controls many aspects of our lives.

We have an energy frequency, which is measured in megaHertz. The more positive we are, the higher our frequency , and we attract the same. For example you can not tune your radio to 96.9, and expect to hear 103.9.  Thus we can only attract positive,  if we are being positive!

Loise Hay, an author, who has done extensive work with emotions, states, “What we think about ourselves,  becomes the truth for us. When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives.”

There are numerous, inspirational/motivational books, and web sites,  ( http://www.LouiseHay.com, simpletruths.com), which have positive quotes and affirmations. I suggest starting your day off with these, to help you have the best day possible. It may not be easy at first, but all things become easier with practice.

Remember, if you become inspired, you will inspire others, and they will… it’s a domino effect! Ever watch the movie” Pay It Forward”? I highly recommend it!Also Louise Hay’s book ” You Can Heal Your Life”.

Some quotes/affirmations:

“In the affinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole ,and complete. My life is ever new. Each moment of my life is new and fresh and vital.

I use my affirmative thinking to create exactly what I want. This is a new day. I am a new me. I think differently. I speak differently. I act differently.

Others treat me differently.

My new world is a reflection of my new thinking. It is a joy and a delight to plant new seeds, for I know these new seeds will become my new experiences.

All is well in my world.”   Louise Hay

“People often tell me motivation doesn’t last, and I tell them bathing doesn’t either. That’s why I recommend it daily”   Zig Ziglar

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase”  Martin Luther King

“It’s nice to be important, but more important to be nice”   Anonymous

“Today everything will be supplied to me”  Melody Beattie

 “All things are possible if you believe.” Mark 9:23


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Heal, De-stress and Relax: Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese form of stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is based on the Asian concept of life energy and is done by “laying on hands”. A subtle energy flows from the hands of the practitioner into the client, and it’s this energy that creates the relaxation and healing effect. It often feels like a warming sensation on the area being worked on.

In Japan this energy is called Ki (key). Ki is in everything; plants, animals, humans, food, water, earth, sunlight…

The Ki within the physical body, mind, and emotions are affected by our thoughts and feelings. If we have positive ones, our Ki will be strengthened, and we will be more confident, have more energy, enthusiasm, and be more likely to succeed at what we do.

The scientific theory of Reiki shows that some of the healing aspects of it have been demonstrated to exist using known laws of physics and biology. An important part of functioning of the human body is it’s electrical nature. You have electrical currents flowing through the nerves, blood, all organs and cells. These currents are weak compared with the electrical current flowing through the wiring in your home, but they are exactly the right strength for the human body, and are a necessary part of sustaining life.

All illness starts first in the human energy field before manifesting in the physical body.

The human energy field is a matrix of subtle energy fields that surround and penetrate the physical body. These fields contain the blueprints for the physical body and tell the organs, tissues, and cells what to do, and how to function. The energy fields also contain blueprints for our emotions, thoughts, and higher levels of consciousness.

Ki (subtle energy) is affected by the mind, causing it to support our health, or to move us toward toward dysfunction, illness, and disease.

During a Reiki session, this energy (Ki) flows into the client’s energy field and around the organs and tissues, helping to remove “bad” Ki. The natural flow of “good” Ki is restored along with the person’s health. Reiki provides a higher level of nurturing to the body’s organs and tissues. It also works on the mind, emotions, and spirit. This makes us feel better than before.

A session feels good and relaxing. It helps develop wonderful feelings of joy, peace, love, and confidence. When we feel good or peaceful on the “inside” it helps decrease our physical pain. Reiki also works well when applied to an injured area, or any area affected by pain, whether it is from arthritis, or just soreness from tense muscles caused by stress. Reiki helps decrease anxiety, and can help lift us when feeling depressed.

To learn more contact Tammy Taylor@ “A Caring Light” (215-0117 or 961-9905). During August receive 10 % off a Reiki session.


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Metamorphosis

There is a complementary health treatment called metamorphosis. It helps mentally, emotionally, phsically and spiritually.

It involves energy work. We have energy circulating in and around our bodies. I compare this energy to the wind. We can’t physically see it, but we can feel it, and see it’s effect. For example, the wind makes tree branches move, kites fly, blows strewn garbage.

Metamorphosis originated back in the 1960’s from Robert St.John, a British naturopath and reflexologist.

Energy underlies all forms of life. Our energy can become blocked, and get “stuck” in paticular patterns. Every cell that makes up our body and mind holds memories of our experinces, not only from childhood, but even from our time in our mother’s womb. What our mother experinced during our gestation deeply affects us.

When an experince affects us strongly, the thoughts, emotions, and beliefs connected to that memory can set up energy patterns in which we become “stuck”. In a sense they keep us stuck in the past. These energy patterns can express themselves in a variety of ways, such as physical or mental illness, emotitional problems, limiting attitudes and beliefs, or repeating patterns of behaviour. Ever wonder why we keep doing the same things over and over again, even though we keep getting the same negative result or response from this behaviour.

Metamorphosis sees all mental, emotional, physical and behavioural problems as symptoms or expressions of energy patterns, which may have developed while in mother’s womb, or from early childhood experinces. We need help to get “unstuck” from these repetitive, negative patterns.

A Metamorphosis session is approx. one hour, and is done with clothes on. By using a light touch to the spinal reflex points of the head, spine, hands and feet,
the metamorphic practitioner acts as a catalyst (something that speeds up a process of change) to a person’s energy, thus helping bring about whatever changes of energy patterns that are needed. This enables the person to naturally shift those behavioural patterns that no longer serve them. The energy that was “stuck” is released, freeing them up from past influences, and allowing them to let go, and move forward. So many of us hang on, as we don’t like change, even though these changes usually are beneficial.

The sessions are non diagnostic. The practitioner is just a facilitator, helping the client’s energy to move along, to “let go” , so metamorphosis is really about self healing. It creates greater consciousness within, has the goal of bringing the client into the “present moment”. Many of us are either thinking about the past (“wish I had of or hadn’t done this or that”), OR we are thinking about the future( “I’m going to do this or that”), instead of enjoying the present moment. This causes unnecessary stress.

Our muscular system reflects the degree of underlying mental tension, and this tension leads to muscular aches and pain. Often people cannot relax or stay relaxed for any length of time, because the tension is mental rather than muscular. People with alot of underlying mental/emotional stress usually find a Metamorphic massage to be surprisingly relaxing, and may drift into a light sleep.

Great appreciation is given to Anne-Marie Arsenault, Metamorphosis course instructor, who lovingly taught much of this information and the technique.

Come experince this awesome treatment and learn to “let go”. During June, receive 20% off Metamorphosis! Call Tammy @ A Caring Light / 961-9905)


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Reflexology

It has been estimated that 70%-80% of all disorders re stress related. Imagine the health benefits if we knew how to relieve the stress in our lives.

Foot reflexology is an excellent alternative health treatment that can do this.  It is the practice of stimulating specific areas on the feet to elicit the body’s self-healing.  All parts, glands, and organs of the body are represented as reflexes on the “anatomical body-map” on the feet. Every body part responds to a session, as there are 7000 nerve endings in the feet, all capable of relaying electrical messages to the appropriate body part/organ.  ¼ of all your bones are in your feet.  2000 pores in bottom soles of feet.

Reflexology treats the cause, not the symptom.  It is possible that unexpressed emotions stored in the body’s tissue could be the root of the problem.  For example, if there is a lot of sadness the lungs’ reflexes should have extra attention, for anger, the liver’s reflexes are important.

Reflexology induces deep relaxation, blood vessels dilate, thereby increasing circulation and delivery of oxygen and nutrients.  It also aids in the removal of toxins.  A session helps muscles relax, frees nerves along the spine and relieves pain.  The body can only process a certain amount of sensory input at one time.  With reflexology, the client’s focus shifts to the pleasing sensation of the foot massage and pays less attention to the pain.  The body closes the “gate” to pain input and has temporarily stopped processing it.  Pain releases much easier when the body is relaxed.  In addition reflexology stimulates the pituitary gland that releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.

Therapeutic grade (medicinal) essential oils can be used with reflexology for added benefits.  For example, peppermint is used for an inflammatory condition, or lavender for stress.


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The Power of Essential Oils

Why essential oils are healing oils!   In order for anything to be healing to our bodies, it must be able to get into our cells.  This is the reason why essential oils (therapeutic grade) provide awesome healing.  Their molecules are tiny enough to penetrate our cell walls.  They enter our bloodstream and are capable of passing through the blood-brain barrier.  Essential Oils act like chemical messengers, and communicate with our cells even at the DNA level.  These oils evaporate easily, because of their small molecular size, making themselves available to be inhaled and share their aromas.

When you breathe oil molecules into the back passages of your nose, they go straight to the central part of your brain called the limbic system or emotional center, which manages all of your emotional experiences.  This part of the brain only responds to smell.  This is why certain feelings and memories are aroused when you smell a particular aroma.  For example, the smell of an apple pie may take you back to your grandma’s as a little child or the scent of someone’s perfume may remind you of someone.  Another aroma may unlock a memory you had buried deep, as a traumatic event, which you couldn’t deal with at that time.

Essential oils act differently than many medicines today.  They usually don’t cause side effects.  You know how you might take something for arthritis, and it helps with the pain, abut it may cause stomach problems, so you have to take another medicine now for your stomach problem.  It’s a vicious circle!  With the oils it’s usually the opposite. For example you may be using peppermint oil for your sinuses, and it may also give you extra energy, and help you to be more alert.  These oils can provide healing on all levels: physical, emotional and spiritual.  They are natural and were man’s first medicine.

Did you know that tow of the gifts the three wise men took to Jesus at his birth were the essential oils of frankincense and myrrh?  Frankincense was more precious than gold in those times, and it was used only for royalty.  Myrrh is an antibacterial and excellent for healing wounds.  It is believed that myrrh was used on umbilical cords, and may have helped Mary, Jesus’ mother heal from childbirth.

Want to learn more about these amazing oils, and their healing properties or attend a free workshop call Tammy Norris-Taylor of “A Caring Light”, an alternative health clinic @ 215-0117.


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Our Sixth Sense

We all have a sixth sense, also sometimes called intuition or vibes.  Some of us are more aware of this sense, and use it to our advantage.  This sixth sense is our natural inner genius.  You may recognize it as that “gut feeling” you get.  Our largest group of nerve endings is located in our gut, and is called the solar plexus.

We all get those little gut feelings, or thoughts.  Sometimes they can serve as warning signs, if we would just listen and act upon them.  If we are doing, or about to do something and it just doesn’t feel right, then we shouldn’t, even if there isn’t any explanation for these thoughts/feelings.  Usually if we ignore these vibes something “not good” happens, or we miss an opportunity for something better.

You need to free your attention to hear your sixth sense.  You should be mindful to every feeling, thought, and hunch, aha moment, bright idea, and I wonder… you experience as important signs of your sixth sense.

If you want this sense to guide you then you need to be as open to them as possible.  Become flexible in your thinking and actions; learn to go with the flow.  As your sixth sense guides you from moment to moment, it often suggests that you forget your original plans and redirect your course of action, without questioning, without resisting.

To connect to this guiding sense, we have to be mindful to let go of anything heavy, unloving, negative, dramatic or fearful.

Today most of are exhausted, not getting enough rest, too busy and stressed, which causes us to lose awareness of our intuition.  In the dictionary some definitions of intuition are: “to notice”, “to pay attention”.

Ways to active you sixth sense “is to sleep on it” when looking for guidance.  Sleep allows your emotion to rest and the spirit to wake up.  Also you must eat properly if you want to become more in tune with your “vibes”.  You need nutritious food that supports your physical body, as you need energy to focus.  We need to allow ourselves “down time”.  This refreshes our body, and gives us time to refuel, so we can hear that subtle “little voice”.  Our egos keep telling us that we must keep going no matter what, but our spirit knows we should rest.  The world will be ok, even if we take a break, and we will be able to help others more if we are at our optimal potential.

Amazing things happen when we get enough sleep, eat properly, exercise, and take it easy.  Our stress is decreased, we are better natured, have less physical pain because our nerve endings relax, and our spirit rejuvenates and begins to shine.  We are then “grounded”.

You must be grounded to listen and to trust your sixth sense.  When you aren’t grounded you can’t draw enough energy to activate your higher awareness, and it seems like nothing goes right.  We exaggerate our problems, feel insecure, are restless, go in circles, trip over our own feet, can’t focus, spend a lot of energy and get little accomplished.

For fun, try keeping a sixth sensor journal, and just see how many times this sense has served you well.  It’s reassuring knowing that we really do have “help” behind the scenes.

Some of the information shared has been taken from a book by Sonia Choquette called “Trust Your Vibes”.

A Caring Light offers services which can help you relax, become grounded, and more aware of your sixth sense.  This sense can really help make our lives easier and more rewarding.