Dry Skin Brushing With How To Video

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I’ve finally gotten around to making a quick video of my skin brushing routine, so wanted to write a quick post about it.

Some of you may be familiar with dry skin brushing, or maybe you’ve heard of it, but aren’t really sure what it entails.  Basically, dry skin brushing is simply a matter of using a brush to brush your skin while it’s dry.  This may sound silly, but the benefits really are numerous.

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If you’ve never done skin brushing, then you are probably skeptical…I mean, how can simply rubbing a brush over your skin provide all these benefits?  I was the exact same way before I started dry skin brushing, but I figured, what can it hurt, so I gave it a shot four years ago, and have been hooked ever since.

I am here to tell you from personal experience that dry skin brushing does provide these various benefits when done regularly for an extended period of time.  So much so that when you are first starting out, you may find that you have a period of detox symptoms.  I had about a week or so of a bit of a headache, some diarrhea (sorry if that’s TMI), fatigue, and feeling a bit like I was coming down with a cold, but it never turned into one.  Thankfully, I knew this might happen, so I carried on, and those initial symptoms disappeared, and I started to notice less cellulite, brighter skin, areas of dry skin all but disappeared, my digestion improved, and I just had an overall lighter feeling about me.

I’m not saying this stuff will happen overnight, and I’m also not saying that dry skin brushing alone will make all this happen, but I am saying that dry skin brushing is a fantastic tool to implement into any healing program that you may be on.

Okay, let’s talk procedure.  There area many different ways to dry skin brush.  The main thing to remember is “towards the heart”.  When in doubt, always go towards the heart. The way that I do my dry skin brushing is very similar to a process that I found on Green Smoothie Girl’s website.  The following video is me demonstrating this process.

 

Notes from the video:

  • I am not a crazy cat lady (well, okay maybe I kinda am), but both of our cats made plenty of appearances in this video making it look like we have a gazillion cats.  I assure you, we only have two. 🙂
  • The brushes I briefly discussed on here are wood brushes with natural bristles, and the set of three shown can be purchased here.  At the time of this post, the entire set is just $13.99.
  • When you first start dry skin brushing, chances are, you’ll try to brush too hard.  The pressure should be gentle.  You’re not trying to scratch the skin.  Just brush over the skin gently with mild pressure.  It is normal to have a BIT of a pink color to your skin afterwards, especially when you’re first getting started, but skin should definitely not be red or painful afterwards.

Alrighty, guys!  I think that’s it!  Give it a try!  You’ve got nothing to lose, and lots of health benefits to gain!  Enjoy! 🙂

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, and this video is not intended to diagnose or treat any type of disease or medical condition.  Always check with your medical professional before adding anything to your healthcare routine.

Anti Inflammatory Cauliflower and Injury Update

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As I explained in my post on extensor tendonitis, I’m injured.

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Sooooo, I am on week 4 of complete rest, and I am going somewhat insane with cabin fever, but I am hanging in there…sort of…

Last time I updated, I was just starting complete rest and the light therapy.  I’ve done the light therapy for 3 1/2 weeks now. I’m not sure if it’s really doing anything, so I am backing off on using it and will only use it sporadically here and there.  At my last PT session, we decided to try putting me in one of those air boots.  It felt okay for about 1/2 an hour, but after about 6 hours in that thing, my foot was actually feeling worse, so I decided that’s a no go.  We also tried massage – hokey pete, that hurt!!!  I didn’t want to do dry needling, so we tried “irritating” the area with massage.  That turned out about as well as you would expect it to from the sounds of it – won’t be doing that again!  I do think that once the pain settles down much more (yes, it has settled down some) that massage will be good for the tightness.

Okay, so let’s talk about some positives.  The things I have noticed that have helped a bit are icing, resting, and eating as much turmeric as is humanly possible.  I’m  noticing that I can now sit indian style without much pain, which was an impossibility before.  I also notice that I can wiggle, point and flex my toes with much less difficulty and pain.

I’m thinking I’m going to have to go old school with this injury and just follow R.I.C.E and stretches.  I’ve notice that my body doesn’t seem to like anything aggressive, so I’m going to have to just be patient and gently guide my body in the right direction to healing.  I’ll get there, it’s just going to take some time.  I’m hoping to be walking again in another month or so, and then I will get back to running VERY slowly hopefully next fall.

***UPDATE: All together, it took about a year for things to calm down completely, however, I started running (slow and short distances) again 6 months in.  After the 12 year mark, I was pretty much good to go, with flare ups here and there, and after about 18 months, I was completely healed with no more flare ups.  If you’re dealing with extensor tendonitis, I highly recommend just doing the basics for treatment (rest, ice, etc.) and nothing too aggressive.  Everything that I tried to do outside of the basics made things much worse and seemed to prolong recovery.  At any rate though, I know this is a nasty injury, so just want to say that if you’re dealing with it – don’t worry – it will get better eventually…it just takes time! 🙂

So, as I mentioned, I have been eating TONS of turmeric!

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This spice is one of the best anti-inflammatory spices you can possibly put in your body.  Many people use it to treat pain as opposed to anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, because it’s MUCH better for your body, and it WORKS!  I’ve been making a lot of rutabaga fries using turmeric as my seasoning.  I also have a great recipe for turmeric cauliflower, and I’ve been eating it as much as possible!  It’s delicious, easy to make, SO healthy, and STRONGLY anti-inflammatory!  Not only is the turmeric anti-inflammatory, but so are ALL the other ingredients!

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY TURMERIC CAULIFLOWER

Ingredients:

  • Red Onion, chopped
  • Cauliflower, cut into bite size florets
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • turmeric
  • sea salt
  • water

Directions:

1.) In a frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook for about 2-3 minutes.

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2.) Add your cauliflower, garlic powder, turmeric, and sea salt.  Stir to combine.  Add a small amount of water, then cook until the cauliflower is tender (or to desired consistency), probably about 10 minutes.

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Transfer to a plate, and enjoy! 🙂

 

JOEL 2:25

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Then I will make up to you for the years That the swarming locust has eaten, The creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust, My great army which I sent among you. ~Joel 2:25

I’ve always liked this verse.  Probably because I’ve always thought of it as it is described in the pin above: “God can restore what is broken and change it into something amazing.”  I’ve seen God’s work in action over the past few years while healing from botulism and the associated dysautonomia.

On October 2, 2011, I became very sick with a denatured version of botulism.   It was awful.  I was basically in the hospital for the first three months, and then bed ridden for about 4 months after that.  At that point, my nerves had been badly damaged, and I had every symptom you could possible think of: headaches (tension and migraine), body pain, a feeling of acid running through my body and veins, practically zero cognitive function (at one point, I couldn’t even think well enough to make a grocery list), brain fog, confusion, anxiety, depression, racing heart when going from sitting to standing, severe insomnia, difficulty breathing, ear pain, ear ringing, sinus pain, teeth pain, mouth ulcers, skin rashes, extreme food sensitivities, extreme weight loss (I got down to a measly 95 lbs and I’m 5’6″!), muscle twitches, involuntary muscle movement, shaking, numbness in different areas of my body, vision disturbances, facial twitches, trouble with digestion and extreme stomach pain, dry mouth, trouble swallowing….oh my gosh, I had well over 100 different symptoms.  I could have died in the first 60 days, but God had other plans for me.

After I could finally get out of bed on my own, I still was in bad shape, so though I could take short trips to the bathroom or the kitchen, I was still basically in bed.  It was difficult for me to do anything.  The neck and head pain was constant and debilitating.  It took about 9 months for my nerves to finally start to heal and regenerate.  You would think this is a good thing, and it is, but as nerves heal, they cause just as much, if not more, pain and disruption as they do when they are being damaged.  The feelings I had in my body weren’t like anything I can describe, and in all honesty, suicide was on my mind due to the depression that was caused by my autonomic nervous system being so out of whack.  I didn’t feel like I could take anymore and was tempted to give up.

At about 13 months, the nerves really started to kick back in…the problem is that when the nerves regenerate they don’t know what to do at first and they freak out about EVERYTHING!  The sensitivities went into overdrive.  I had to eat the same thing everyday for about 1 year and a half (steamed broccoli, boiled chicken, eggs, spinach, cucumbers, baby springs, and a bit of olive oil…no herbs, no salt, no anything!  I had no appetite at all because I was so sick, so it was hard to choke anything down anyway)  I had a hard time using anything on my body like lotion, essential oils, different soaps, etc.  Dysautonomia takes a good 2-5 years to resolve according to my doctors – BUT resolve it will!!!  God is good!

I am now almost three years out from when I originally got sick, and I am on my way to recovery.  I am taking classes towards going for my PhD in Mathematics.  I am eating a bigger variety of foods.  I am laughing, loving, and I am slowly beginning to enjoying life.  I have hope, and I know that Papa is going to heal me 100% completely!  To go from not even being able to take a few steps without collapsing in exhaustion and pain to doing all of these things is nothing short of a miracle — I am blessed!  I still have symptoms, but they are getting fewer and farther between and much  milder, and after basically being bed ridden for two years, every single thing I can do now feels like a miracle.  Looking back at how far I’ve come, it is amazing.  It is extraordinary the beauty that God is capable of making out of our trials and suffering.

Through all of this, I leaned solely on God for recovery – no meds, no procedures, just GOD.  I couldn’t have taken any meds even if I’d wanted to because of my sensitivities – I’m sure He was responsible for that, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.  This whole experience taught me to trust Him completely and to rely solely on Him and not on my own understanding.  I couldn’t have survived the whole ordeal if I had tried to do it on my own.  It’s only through His grace and love that I am doing so much better.

So, why am I talking about all of this?  The moral to this story is simply this: No matter what you are going through – a physical ailment, emotional turmoil, anxiety, depression, loss, etc. – NO MATTER WHAT, HEALING IS POSSIBLE.  Not only is it possible, it is promised! Some of the verses that I would, and still do, repeat over and over again in my head when I was laying in bed wondering if I would ever get better were:

  • Do not fear for I am with you.  Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~Isaiah 41:10
  • And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. ~1 Peter 5:10
  • And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. ~Matthew 10:1
  • “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up” ~Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

There were many more, but these ones really helped me.

I am living proof that there is nothing that God can’t turn around and make beautiful.  Have faith, keep your eyes locked on Him, and know that He will supply you with all the strength you need to get through whatever is set in front of you.  Know that it is okay to cry and grieve — He’s there with you catching your tears.  Know that it is okay to have whatever feelings you have – He understands completely and is right by your side, ALWAYS.  There is nothing beyond His reach…talk to Him, sit with Him, cling to Him, and know that He LOVES you and will make beauty from your suffering.  TRUST HIM!  God bless you! ❤