Flower Essences – Natural Remedies for Physical and Emotional Aspects of the Menstrual Cycle – with Loey Colebeck :061

Flower essences can gently and effectively help emotional and physical ailments

This podcast has a particularly feminine vibe to it as Holistic Therapist and Accredited Flower Essence Therapist, Loey Colebeck shares about the healing powers of flower essences and as it applies to the menstrual cycle and women in particular.

This is a branch of herbal medicine that, in my opinion, deserves a greater following.

Loey,  also shares how she originally became interested in herbal remedies and why she specializes in Flower Essence Therapy as a part of her Holistic Therapy practice. With a great deal of education and experience in her time in Barcelona, Spain – where this therapy is taken much more seriously than in the US – her perspective is rather unique. She has also translated a flower essence book from Spanish to English and uses several other natural therapies that complement one another.


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Here are some of the topics we covered in this talk:

  • Psychotherapy tools paired with her flower essence therapy: Gestalt, Family Constellation
  • “As the founder of this [flower essence] therapy said, ‘Flower essences help bring your personality closer to your soul.’ In other words – in psychotherapeutic terms, to go into the shadow, the catalyze consciousness.”
  • “Truly the mind and body are not separate and flower essences help to create that connection.”
  • What may not have made it into the podcast: in Cuba flower essence therapy is taken very seriously and is a medical specialization; flower essence therapy can affect more than emotions (which is how they are most commonly scene to be used in the US).
  • What are flower essences? On one end of the spectrum we have essential oils which use a lot of plant material and produce a small, concentrated amount of product. In the middle we have the plant material itself used in teas, capsules and tinctures which are close to a 1:1 ratio of dosage; and finally flower essence on the other end of the spectrum. Essentially flowers, at their prime state, are placed into water and absorbs the essence, the message or Gestalt of the flower and when we take this remedy we take on this energy to provide a blueprint for healing. Another explanation – imagine giving a bouquet of flowers to a friend. If you give this friend daisies, it caries a certain fun friendship sentiment as a gesture. If you give this friend roses, there is an element of conveying love – which can also be further specified by the color. Similarly, the vast array of flower essences are used to carry on the message or blueprint of the flower to the body, to patch what needs mending.
  • What about the placebo affect?
  • A flower essence trade secret using Agrimony
  • Using flower essences for PMS!
  • How can a woman in today’s day and age actually take a break during her menstrual cycle? In a nutshell – make it a priority! There’s a flower essence to help with that!
  • Do you have “stagnant liver chi”? Anger and the liver and how it relates to the cycle: screen time, sitting, not speaking up…
  • Is this going to get worse as I get older?
  • Shedding…
  • A single remedy can take care of multiple related symptoms: ruminating thoughts and digestive issues…
  • Help finding (or getting closer to) your true essence.

About Loey Colebeck

Loey Colebeck Flower Essence Therapist - Weight Free Wellness PodcastLoyola (Loey) Colebeck’s integrative clinical work is based in holistic approaches for psychological wellness that is reflected in physical health, and physical health that promotes psychological wellness.

Her work is primarily focused on personal constitution, family systems, and trauma healing. She combines Flower Essence Therapy, psychotherapy tools and Constellation work, Chinese medicine and Taoist tools, and core feminine embodiment practices such as the Jade Egg.

Loey also brings advanced, accredited, Integrative Flower Essence Therapy from Spain to her home State of Minnesota, providing clients and students with high quality care and training.

Learn more at

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What is Acupuncture, Really? with Michael Max of the Everyday Acupuncture Podcast :059

The Acupuncturist who doesn’t like needles… helps Dispel some Acupuncture Myths

My guest, acupuncturist and podcast host, Michael Max joins me to clarify what acupuncture is, and what it isn’t. Michael decided to study acupuncture, despite having a successful career in the technology industry, because of the dramatic effect it had on his chronic respiratory issues. What makes his story even more unique is that he doesn’t like needles… Watch, Listen, Enjoy!


Here’s what we talked about:

  • How chronic respiratory issues prompted this successful, former high tech. person to study and become an Acupuncturist (who doesn’t like needles)
  • How does Acupuncture work?
  • Are the needles like the needles we know from getting a vaccination?
  • Is Acupuncture woo-woo or science?
  • Do you have to believe in Acupuncture or understand it for it to work?
  • Does it work for everyone? Will it work right away?
  • How to find a reputable practitioner.
  • Which herbal remedies are the best?
  • Other than in California that has its own exam, look for the NCCAOM qualification which is a national exam and requires 3 years of training.
  • Does it hurt?
  • The common myths about Acupuncture
  • Do certain people or conditions respond quicker or better? (eg. digestion, anxiety, fertility)
  • About the Everyday Acupuncture Podcast
  • We know that sugar is bad… but what about fruit?
  • Book – Good Calories, Bad Calories
  • Examples of what Michael puts in his morning shakes: kale, apple, nut butter, herbs, turmeric, spirulina, collard greens, water (no ice – and why – especially if you have issues with your menstrual cycle or digestion)


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About Michael Max

michael-max-BWHello, I’m Michael Max.

I’ve been a student of acupuncture and Chinese medicine for going on 20 years now. It began as a curiosity as to how a few needles could not only resolve a stubborn health condition I’d had since childhood, but also improve my digestion, quality of sleep and mood. This lead me first to acupuncture school, and then Asia where I worked my way through the gate of Chinese language so I could study with doctors there. Today my work is informed by my clinical practice, the materials I read in Chinese from doctors of centuries past, and the teachers of our modern times who synthesize observations of the past with the challenges of the present.

I am the host of The Everyday Acupuncture podcast. It is a way to capture that clinically honed wisdom and share it with the world through the increasingly popular media stream of podcasting.

These podcasts run between 45-60 minutes. You can tune in at any time to the shows you are interested in learning more about. And unlike radio, you can listen at your convenience to the shows that are of interest to you.

Everyday Acupuncture is here to educate, entertain, give practical advice, inspire and encourage actionable change that assists you in improving your wellbeing. And all without requiring you to understand a lick of Chinese!

Check out the Everyday Acupuncture Podcast!

and Michael’s Clinic Website 



What is Body-typing? :041

Body-typing and Body-types have existed for thousands of years

Traditionally, this ancient art was used to identify patterns. Observing common and uncommon patterns practitioners could identify which ailments and even the diseases that a person was more prone to and which of many remedies would be best suited for this particular type of person.

Body-typing can be used for many things, but on this site and in my book, You-niversal Self-care: Improved Health Through Self-Understanding I focus on using Body-typing for health and in relationships.

How Body-typing Helps

I discovered Body-typing for myself over a decade ago. At this time I was still forcing my body to make changes that I thought were necessary for my healing path. Learning about Body-typing helped me to understand that I needed to work with my body, not work on it. We are all unique, but we can identify patterns to help understand our situations.

To me, Body-typing is a tool that helps me get out of myself; it helps me get out of my head and into a more wise way of thinking.

Recall a time when you have had a serious life problem and you went to a very good friend, or someone you trust for advice. This person listens, and then begins to share a new perspective on how to look at your situation. This simple change of perspective, getting outside of yourself, opens up a whole new world of solutions that you never saw. Body-typing is a tool to help us gain perspective. This is how I use and teach Body-typing.

I’m absolutely fascinated by ancient studies of Body-typing, metaphor and archetypes; but I still found these ancient ways of thinking challenging to grasp.

This is why I teach Body-typing simply, using the four Elements: Earth, Fire, Air and Water.

We can all relate to these elements and while we may have slightly varying experiences about how we interpret these Elements, for the most part we can agree on what they mean. In other words, I wanted to simplify things. You will understand why in the next section.


A Brief History of Body-typing

What I call Body-typing, is found in many ancient cultures throughout the world.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine has existed for over two thousand years. Treating people with herbs, acupuncture, massage, lifestyle guidance and more, Chinese practitioner also use the elements to represent these patterns beginning with Yin and Yang. From there, the types branch into: Earth, Fire, Water, Wood and Metal. It’s a highly enlightening and dynamic system, but very challenging to grasp with the western mind. My teaching is a good introduction to this ancient and complex system.

Ayurvedic Medicine

Similarly, Ayurvedic Medicine is a form of medicine practiced in India and now more widely throughout the world. It includes many of the aspects as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) although in its own very unique way. Ayurveda traditionally includes even some surgery. Ayurveda also has a complex system of understand how the elements and other principles (like moisture or timing) interact. Their system of Body-typing is called the Doshas of which there are Vata, Pitta and Kapha which each are a combination of the elements. Again, for the simplicity of language and therefor overall understanding, I use the four Elements.

Greek Humours

The ancient Greeks used Body-typing as the four Elements also called the Humours. Again, this system of thinking seemed to pop up around the same time as the Indian’s and Chinese’s. This system is very different and unique using colors and types of bodily fluids like blood, bile and phlegm to identify patterns, but there are remarkable similarities to the other ancient systems.

Native American Medicine Wheel

The last ancient correlation I will mention are the Native Americans’ Medicine Wheel, the four directions and correlating colors, seasons, times of life, etc. Again, there are amazing similarities using simple concepts to understand the complex things in life.


Bringing it Together

I teach Body-typing as a way to simplify our understanding of our bodies, minds, emotions, relationships and life situations.

In a life that is so full of complexity, Body-typing helps us see beauty and wisdom in simplicity.

Learn more:

Take the Body-type Quiz in the right sidebar

Learn more about the foods, exercises and habits that help each Body-type feel more balanced in my book

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Also, check out more blogs and podcasts with Body-typing insights in the archive in the right sidebar.