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Natural Remedies for Grief with Nurse Herbalist Lora Krall :062

Grief often does just need time for healing, but there are natural and herbal remedies that can ease the process.


With over 35 years of nursing experience in the critical care and emergency room – Lora Krall is very familiar with tragedy and grief. As if being present with grieving families over the years was not enough experience; the recent loss of her son and many other family members (30 in total) in a two and half year period, make her even more of an expert.


Lora shares from her nursing background, personal grief and herbal training. She has some tremendously valuable insight.




Here are some highlights of our discussion on grief:

  • Lora began learning about herbs as nutritional support and prevention
  • The lack of support for health professionals to talk about grief
  • Being a community herbalist
  • “There are so many places where herbs and conventional/allopathic medicine can work well together. I see no reason why we can’t use the best of both.” – Nurse Herbalist Lora Krall
  • What our culture sees as acceptable ways and time frames for dealing with grief.
  • Where grief pops up: loss of pets, family members, a job, a home, an idea, a dream…
  • What happens when people do not deal with their grief?
  • Go spend time in nature. That is so incredibly healing.” – Nurse Herbalist Lora Krall
  • Death builds life.” – Nurse Herbalist Lora Krall
  • Hawthorn blend: Mimosa bark, Hawthorn, lavender – causes a gentle opening like a flower for a heart closed by grief.
  • The subtle, gentle effects of herbs.
  • Herbal stories
  • Grief in a community
  • “Violet helps you in the journey from the head to the heart.” – Nurse Herbalist Lora Krall
  • “Borage gives you courage and helps you stand up and face the world.”  – Nurse Herbalist Lora Krall
  • How do you deal with death as in an ending of a relationship where you may encounter the situation or people again? Ceremony: write letters and burn them as a method of release, nurture the loss especially when it’s between two females (motherwort)
  • Violet is also known as “Heart Ease” – the metaphors in our language.
  • When you (or a friend is) are sick to death: Linden Flower, Lavender, Chamomile in a foot bath – and some Rosemary for remembrance and peppermint to move things along.
  • Letting go of grief for ideas and dreams that have never come to be.
  • What to do and not to do with someone who is grieving. (Don’t not talk about IT.) Use light touch, not smothering hugs. If you bring food, keep it light: nutritious soups, light teas, juices and things that are easy to make. Not heavy, creamy hot dishes. Just saying, “I’m thinking of you.” is enough.
  • Are there cultures that deal with grief “better”?
  • What can we do to deal with grief better? Lora shares about the “Spirit Bowl”. Honoring the loss of a family member for a year to allow them to integrate into their new environment. This can be done by creating an altar for the one who has passed.
  • How Lora and her husband support one another in the loss of their son.
  • Men and grief.

Lora’s handout “Herbs for Grieving Process”

Lora’s website.


About Lora Krall

Nurse Herbalist Lora KrallI am as much a part of what I see as it is a part of me. We are all one.  I despise labels and boxes instead preferring the gray zones of life that allow us to change and grow, adapt and integrate.  I am a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter. I have had careers as a nurse, gardener, coordinator, barista, caretaker and teacher. I am passionate about equality for all, education, and the environment in all its many forms.  I love to read, write, research, learn, explore, garden, hike, camp, travel, cook, create and just be.  While the many roles we play in our lives shape and form, it is the stories we create that tell who we are .  I hope you will join me as I share some of my story.


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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)


Acupuncture - Weight Free Wellness


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 


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How to Get Unstuck Naturally – My Color Consultation with Janelle Sjodin :057

I wish I had known about color therapy as a tool to get “Unstuck” years ago!

When I went in for my first color therapy appointment with Janelle, I was very excited. I had already seen the vibrant bottles of water and oil-based liquid that make up the core of the Aura-Soma line of products; but I had yet to discover what it was all about.

I sat down in the hair styling chair that I’d been accustomed to – being Janelle’s hair client as well… you could say that color is Janelle’s “thing”.

She guided me through a grounding exercise which I really needed that day. I was having a wonderful day, but did not have both fee firmly planted on the ground. After that we dove in. She asked me 4 specific questions and after each one I chose a shiny glass bottle with the colorful oil and water mixture that represented the answer to that question. I couldn’t trust my rational mind to stay out of this intuitive process, so I closed my eyes and waved my hands over the bottles to sense which one was the one to choose. Being a intuitive kinesthetic “feeler” this method worked very well for me!

After I chose each bottle…

Janelle went through the “reading” process, explaining – similar to how an astrologer would read your chart – what each bottle meant.

The interpretations were so spot on! Also, the bottle that I needed to heal a certain aspect of my life at that time was, as Janelle prefaced, just what I needed – but didn’t make sense at the time.

It was an amazing process that brought extra clarity and confirmation to what was already going well for me in my life as well as soul-level healing that reflected into my emotional and mental life as well.

How else can color therapy help?

While at this point I intend to use this as a way to keep nudging myself forward in spiritual, emotional, mental and even physical health – I saw the connection immediately that this would have been immensely helpful at times when I felt very stuck and unclear in life.

As Janelle explains in this podcast, Color Therapy can be used for so many reasons but we both agreed that it’s especially good for those times when you feel stuck, don’t know where else to go or what to do – it helps the solutions come to you! Get Unstuck!


Janelle Sjodin - Allura Hair & Wellness - Aura-Soma

Highlights of our talk:

  • Where Aura Soma comes from, who created it
  • What is Color Therapy?
  • A therapy for empaths
  • How this therapy specifically helps
  • Aura-Soma Self Selective Color Care System
  • What is an Aura-Soma Color Consultation like?
  • We go over the amazing process and results of my Consultation!
  • “Aura-Soma gives you that experience to start trusting that you did have all those answers, you do know where you are at in your life and what’s preventing you from getting where you need to be… It’s very empowering.” – Janelle Sjodin
  • Get unstuck, practice intuition, tune-in
  • When you don’t know how to work through emotions
  • What each bottle pick means
  • How to use Aura-Soma
  • How often should one go in for a color consultation?
  • “It’s good to be in touch with your emotions and understand them and know where they live in your body… when you have that correlations you can really start to be your own master.” – Janelle Sjodin


About Janelle

Janelle Sjodin - Allura Hair & Wellness - Aura-SomaIn a world of chaos there is a desire to find a place of serenity to reconnect with who you are.

Somewhere that when you enter the room, all of your to do lists and multi-tasking can be left behind.

My studio will provide you this space with a nature-like tranquil setting to unwind and reconnect with yourself while receiving your hair and wellness services.

I will use my years of knowledge and intuition to create a customized look for you while you experience a relaxing environment involving my passions for essential oils, healing crystals & stones, Biomat Far Infrared sessions, Aura-Soma Color Therapy, Meditation, and high integrity product lines. All which will help ground you from the busyness of the world.

I would be honored to be a part of your self care regimen for your hair, mind, body and spirit.

You will leave my studio not only with a personalized look you love, you will also feel amazing and balanced from inside out.

In Light …

Janelle Sjodin

Learn more about Janelle at Allura Hair & Wellness

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Holistic Fertility with Stephanie Risinger :056

Natural Fertility Options can Replace or Enhance Medical Intervention

Stephanie Risinger is a Fertility Coach, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a holistic wellness advocate and the creator and host of The Holistic Fertility & Wellness Podcast.

In this interview she shares the ups and downs of her journey as well as natural fertility options.

This story is complete with a happy ending!

Serendipitously, after she decided to begin her own podcast to help others through their fertility challenges, she became pregnant and after nearly 10 years since beginning their journey to conceive and have a healthy baby, share and her husband are expecting their baby girl in May of 2017!


Here are some highlights of my talk with Stephanie Risinger of Holistic Fertility & Wellness Podcast:

  • What is fertility coaching?
  • How Stephanie uses her counseling background and personal experience to coach women on their journey to becoming pregnant.
  • Losing ones identity while trying to conceive. What were you doing before you started trying to conceive?
  • Stephanie’s journey
  • Looking into holistic approaches after 2 years of unprotected sex and no pregnancy.
  • Fertility Awareness Method
  • Achieving pregnancy after 4 years of “trying” which very sadly ended up being an ectopic pregnancy.
  • Miscarriage
  • Going through the adoption process.
  • The healing process.
  • Acupuncture
  • Nutritional changes
  • Yes I Can Get Pregnant – Aimee Raupp
  • The reasons why she and her husband did not choose to use medical intervention
  • “I just knew my body could do this!” – Stephanie Risinger
  • What helped: essential oils, eliminating gluten, multivitamins, fish oils, exercise
  • The importance of taking a break
  • Preserving your marriage when struggling to conceive
  • “Last year… I see as the year that I pursued what I love – and that’s the year that I got pregnant!” – Stephanie Risinger
  • Stephanie shares an amazing message of how seeking a sense of self or worth from another person sets us up for disappointment and pain.


About Stephanie

Stephanie Risinger - Holistic Fertility & Wellness Podcast

Stephanie Risinger is a Fertility Coach, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a holistic wellness advocate.

Stephanie was born and raised in Southern California and has recently relocated to the MidWest with her husband of 12 years and their German Shepherd.  Stephanie has been a therapist for nine years and a successful network marketer for four.  She decided to start The Holistic Fertility and Wellness Podcast after experiencing several years of fertility challenges and pursuing holistic approaches to improving fertility.  She found that the information she sought was not as easily accessible as she had hoped.  She worked hard to find resources and would like to share those resources with you, as well as hear from you and what you’ve learned on your own journey.

With a background as both an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and a Marriage and Family Therapist, Stephanie brings a unique perspective to the show.  She believes true wellness involves the mind, body, and spirit; as all are interrelated and interconnected.  In addition to interviewing experts on The Holistic Fertility and Wellness Podcast, Stephanie personally provides you with the tools you need for emotional and relational support on your fertility journey.



Relieve Anxiety Naturally (My top 9 Remedies) :021

Anxiety is a Familiar Subject to me

Growing up I witnessed close family members suffer debilitating anxiety and as I came into adulthood and “real life,” I found myself experiencing symptoms as well.

Fortunately I was able to recognize symptoms before they grew into full-blown anxiety attacks. By applying this information, you too can diminish symptoms and prevent them from escalating!

Note, this is by no means medical advice. I am sharing what has worked for me and others. I only share what I have used personally for at least 6 months. I have used all the remedies listed here for several years. (There is one exception below.) Consult with your trusted Natural Health Practitioner to discuss the following options.

Relieve Anxiety Naturally

How I Relieve Anxiety Naturally


1)   Breathe

Yeah, I know it seems too simple. You’re alive, right!? So you must be breathing! Few of us get the quality of breath that we need to fully oxygenate our bodies and stimulate the relaxation response.

Ways to retrain this into your body:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Stretch your “side body” by doing gentle sidebands. This opens the body to be able to breathe laterally (between the side ribs) rather than solely in the upper chest; the latter triggers the stress response.
  • Take breath-work classes. Go to your local yoga studio and ask if they offer Pranayama. (prah-nah-yah-mah). Yeah, it seemed weird to me at first too; but when you feel it working, you’ll want to go back for more!
  • Learn to breathe into your belly. This initiates the relaxation response.
  • Wear clothing that has a loose or stretchy waist so your breathing can be more free and unrestricted.
  • Set a timer to remind you to take several deep, belly breaths every hour.
  • Last but not least… use the HeartMath Inner Balance Transformation System. It’s a simple biofeedback device that you use along with an App on your smartphone that is scientifically proven to reduce anxiety by 46% in 6-9 weeks. When I do just a 5 minute session before going to bed, I notice a remarkable improvement in sleep quality upon waking the next morning!


2)   Live in Day-tight Compartments

I wish I could say that I came up with this one, but I have to give full credit to Dale Carnegie and his timeless book, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.

In this immensely valuable book he instructs readers to leave all the cares of yesterday in the past and all the thoughts of the morrow for the future; to live solely in a single day. Live in day-tight compartments!

As a side note, try to make a point of reading (listen to the audio for convenience) to this book quarterly.


3)   Moderation and Consistency

Especially for the Air-type (I teach about Body-types in my book, You-niversal Self-care: Improved Health Through Self-Understanding) learning to set healthy patterns is very, very important in order to feel balanced and even calm.

There are three areas in life, that if we can regulate them, will help to set or reset the body’s natural rhythms. These are:

  • Food  Eating healthy, whole foods on a regular basis helps to naturally regulate the body. Eating plenty of healthy fats and complex carbohydrates in the form of fruits and veggies (keeping even the natural sugars to a minimum) helps to balance blood sugars and therefor energy, mood and much more! If you suffer from sever anxiety I would eat meals on a schedule as strictly as possible until symptoms abate. Eat in silence or with soft, comforting music: no tv, no phone, just you and your food and loved ones if they’re present!
  • Exercise  This is important not only to maintain a healthy, functioning physique, it does so much for the rhythmic functions of our hormone regulation system. I’ll talk more about what kinds of exercise are best later…
  • Sleep  If you’re experiencing anxiety it’s likely that you’re already challenged in this area. Anxiety begets troubled sleep which begets poor sleep, it’s a vicious cycle! If you’ve applied all these suggestions and your sleep is still not better, consult your trusted Natural Health Practitioner for stronger natural remedies. If you have a very active mind, I find the Bach Flower’s Rescue Sleep to be very helpful. Also, I have not personally used this but have known it to be very helpful for others, Doc Parsley’s Sleep Remedy.


4)   Eliminate

Sometimes moderation is not enough. There are times where we need to eliminate certain things from our life in order to re-establish homeostasis. If you’re already suffering from symptoms of anxiety, you may feel dependent on the following, but they are not promoting overall health. By eliminating these things you are more likely to prevent the anxiety from getting worse.

  • Caffeine  We all know that caffeine can give us a nice little boost, but this charge can throw off our rhythms for the entire day. I find myself explaining to people often that caffeine is a diuretic which noticeably stimulates the kidneys and large intestines. Caffeine also stimulates other areas of the body, including the small, helpful little adrenal glands that sit atop the kidneys. So as caffeine stimulates the kidneys, it does the same for the adrenals. I see it like the kidneys and adrenals are sponges and the caffeine squeezes the healthy juices and even nutrients from them. Some people will be affected more than others. Clearly if you’re already experiencing anxiety it doesn’t hurt to try eliminating caffeine… dare I say it? Even from chocolate…
  • Refined Sugar  As mentioned earlier, keeping blood sugars stable help to regular many other functions of the body.
  • Alcohol  Although that night cap feels like it initially helps you to sleep, it actually prevents you from getting quality sleep! It also dehydrates the body, further throwing off any regularity already established. This does not help to promote prolonged health and healing. I have found Bach Flower Remedy Rescue Sleep to help calm my mind, instead of alcohol.


5)   Bach Flowers Rescue Remedy

Sometimes anxiety can be initiated by a traumatic event which then can leave you more sensitive to smaller triggers. It can also feel like anxiety is one continued trauma. For such deeply emotional conditions (and even the mild versions) I like to use this totally natural and very gentle yet effective remedy, Bach Flowers Rescue Remedy or FES 5-Flower Essence. They have been used to help victims of devastating floods, tsunamis and other disasters.


6)   Move Your Body – Shake it Loose

Sometimes when wrought with anxiety it does not make sense to do anything exciting or agitating to the body. But, have you ever been with a kid who is just so excited or even on a “sugar-high” that the only somewhat reasonable thing to do is to let/help them burn it off? Sometimes the inner giggles are so strong that you have to just get them out of your system. In my experience, this is how anxiety can be at the extreme stages; your body is so full of seeming electric energy, while perhaps counterintuitive, it’s better to just burn it off, shake it loose, lose your breath (so your body can re-regulate), lose your mind (that is your ruminating thoughts) and… have fun!


7)   Herbs and Supplements

Be sure to consult with your trusted Natural Health Practitioner on this one; I will share some supplements that have really helped me. When in an anxious state your body is likely lacking in nutrients and quickly uses up stores. I’ve found it helpful to supplement with minerals (primarily calcium and magnesium for my body); vitamin C, B-complex and zinc. I also really benefit from adaptogenic herbs. There are many; your health practitioner should be able to help you find what’s right for you! Check out My List of Favorite Natural Remedies in the side bar for details on what I like and use.


8)   Gentle Exercise

I already mentioned exercise above, but the type of exercise you implement when you feel anxious can have dramatic affects! Aside from an occasional “Shake it Loose” session, I have found gentle exercise the best for helping to calm the body and mind. Examples include: yoga, walking (especially in nature), Thai chi, Qigong and casual bike rides. The idea is to move your body in a gentle way, take a break from your day, allow your mind to also take a break… and even smile! Take time to center yourself.


9)  Observe

This one comes last not because of importance, but because it’s the one that takes the most practice. By implementing the above practices you’ll already be well on your way to better observe your body, mind and emotions. If you’ve already experienced very strong symptoms of anxiety, you know that you don’t want the symptoms to escalate again.

The key to prevention is observation.

What does it feel like when your anxiety levels are at a 3 versus an 8?

Which remedies can help you quickly relieve anxiety, and which habits is it necessary for you to keep up on in order to not suddenly be feeling anxious?

Where did you learn the patterns of being anxious? This is not to blame or be a victim, but to observe our environments to become more aware. For must of us, this was our childhood environment or even as early as being in the womb.


The good news is

You can un-train your body! You can manage anxiety naturally. I encourage you to find a health practitioner who not only supports your desire to heal naturally, but who is also knowledgable in ways to do this. Connecting with people who are successfully managing anxiety naturally can help too!

One day at a time. You can do it!