If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way.Aristotle
As spring is humming along and singing its song, it is time to celebrate our Mama Earth and begin to implement the plan for what we want to grow in our garden — both literally and metaphorically.
Listen to your body’s signals
Since I moved to the desert, I have had to learn what grows in extreme temperatures and how I may need to aid and protect the plants I wish to grow. This concept applies in terms of nourishment and self-care too.
In order to thrive, we need to know when to intervene or take rest and what kinds of nutrition will keep us well and healthy. When my back aches, for example, I first try to discover the source of the pain and the message behind it. But then I usually reach for Arnica gel or Saint John’s Wort oil for topical relief. When I have a headache, I massage the acupressure points on my head, apply lavender oil, and do some breathing meditation.
The point is that we are called to provide some kind of loving or healing remedy when our bodies tell us all is not well. We may need to consult a health professional if a problem persists, but usually there is a lot we can do to help the body heal on its own.
Consider the benefits of CBD
One of the most popular tools for a variety of ailments these days is Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in hemp. It has many potential therapeutic effects. The FDA has approved it for seizure disorders, and it has been found to relieve anxiety, sleep, and pain and inflammation.
CBD works by interacting with certain receptors in the brain and directing the body to use more of its own cannabinoids (naturally produced by the human body). In a sense, the CBD tells the body how to perceive pain and inflammation, deal with anxiety, and better balance itself in general. Pretty cool!
There are different varieties of CBD products available in the market — tinctures, vapes, creams, balms, lotions, gummies, capsules, and more. Each product is used differently. For example, tinctures take affect immediately, while topicals take more time to work.
Before you choose your CBD, it is important to know how it was cultivated. Look for hemp that was organically grown. You need to make sure the product you are using is safe and fully tested in the lab. Most reputable companies are happy to show you their lab findings and growing methods. (Fun Fact: After the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, varieties of hemp were planted to absorb the toxins from the ground because of hemp’s amazing drawing out abilities. Thank you Mama Earth!)
Overall, side effects of CBD are minimal, if any at all, and usually resolved by adjusting the dose. You may want to know what level of THC is in the product (the chemical compound that gets you high). You can expect to pay a little more, usually between $30 and $120, for lab-tested, high-potency, pure CBD. Consult your health professional for which CBD is appropriate and what dosage is best for you.
Tune into your body and give yourself what you need to stay happy and well. Mama Earth will thank you with a Gorgeously Healthy springtime!