Tea with Ainee
Teatime with ainee discusses this past year’s activities which included completing this Natural Health program of study done on line. And, a reading of the book: The Dead in their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley, and instances or mentioning of having tea.
“A healer’s power stems not from any special ability, but from maintaining the courage and awareness to embody and express the universal healing power that every human being naturally possesses.”
― Eric Micha’el Leventhal
What natural health and alternative medicine means to me: one is to adhere to things made (derived) of the earth and not chemicals manufactured in labs; yet they are needed as well. For me there must always be that cup of tea to fix what ails me; most of the time this works and when it does not I surrender to the drugs dispense before me.—Tea with Ainee
Natural Health and Alternative Medicine
Naturopathy favors a holistic approach with non-invasive treatment and … Lust had been schooled in hydrotherapy and other natural health practices, in as much they are not to be judged as finality
This group includes a variety of products, such as herbs (also known as botanicals), vitamins and minerals, and pro-biotics. They are widely marketed, readily available to consumers, and often sold as dietary supplements.
Regulation and licensing of alternative medicine and health care providers varies from practitioner or alternative or complementary or integrative or holistic medicine. It has a far larger meaning and mission in that it calls for restoration of focus of the mind and spiritual need.
Mind and Body Practices
Mind and body practices include a large and diverse group of procedures or techniques administered or taught by a trained practitioner or teacher. For example,
**Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body—most often by inserting thin needles through the skin.
**Massage therapy includes many different techniques in which practitioners manually manipulate the soft tissues of the body.
**Most meditation techniques, such as mindfulness meditation or transcendental meditation, involve ways in which a person learns to focus attention.
**Movement therapies include a broad range of Eastern and Western movement-based approaches; examples include Feldenkrais method, Alexander technique, Pilates, Rolfing Structural Integration, and Trager psychophysical integration.
**Relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises, guided imagery, and progressive muscle relaxation, are designed to produce the body’s natural relaxation response.
**Spinal manipulation is practiced by health care professionals such as chiropractors, osteopathic physicians, naturopathic physicians, physical therapists, and some medical doctors. Practitioners perform spinal manipulation by using their hands or a device to apply a controlled force to a joint of the spine. The amount of force applied depends on the form of manipulation used.
**Tai chi and qi gong are practices from traditional Chinese medicine that combine specific movements or postures, coordinated breathing, and mental focus.
**The various styles of yoga used for health purposes typically combine physical postures or movement, breathing techniques, and meditation.
**Other examples of mind and body practices include healing touch and hypnotherapy.
In all these two broad areas—natural products and mind and body practices-capture most complementary health approaches. And this is where the study that I completed end of year focused on; wellness and how to gain and keep optimum health. For my alternative health program many books were used and I wish to review and discuss a bit of the book title: Prescription for Dietary Wellness (Second Edition) by Phyllis A. Bach.
The concepts presented in this book is for ridding of health disorders with the usage of powerful prescription foods that support health and cure disease are readily available to everyone. A diet of fresh vegetables, fruits, sea vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes, soybean products, and herbs pave the road to optimum health.
As individuals we are to take an active role in the maintenance of our health and to learn about nutrition. To realize that body (lifestyle), spirit (desire), and mind (belief) work together is the first step to better health and for staying healthy.
This book is a nutritional guidebook designed to show step by step method to attaining optimum health. I like how it arranged with recipes and how to and I have been able to put some of the recipes to practice for a while now.
This was easy to do because I was already familiar with some of the ideas presented and had been doing as such. I have used herbs for immunity in the past and to find sections of the book dedicated to immunity and the use of supplements seem to click with me. For example, I was already familiar with using Echinacea for boosting of the immune system and for fighting the flu or common colds.
Another one that I try to use adamantly is Aloe Vera which has been found to “turn on” the immune system and provides enzymes, vitamins and minerals the immune system needs to function properly.
It is a lifelong endeavor for maintaining a healthy diet. This I know very well as I have struggled with my weight and energy for all of my existence it seems like. All of this is to be found in the book’s front pages really, the remainder is divided into recipes and meal menus depending on the lifestyle and diet choice: grains, phyto-nutrients, soybeans, tofu, fish (omega rich foods), soy foods, carbohydrates and lots more.
There is an Eternal Youth Law and if one can clearly adhere to this than living should very rewarding for living with healthy mind, body and spirit. Some of the Eternal Youth Laws are:
- Be aware that maintaining a healthy diet must be a lifelong endeavor.
- Chew your food well. The longer the better for better digestion.
- Do not eat heavy food upon rising or before retiring
- At only when you are hungry, then just when you re no longer hungry.
- Steam, broil, or bake foods, and cook vegetables very lightly—they should still be crunchy.
- Cleanse your system periodically by fasting with pure, fresh fruits juices.
- Take quality multivitamin and mineral supplement daily.
- Drink six to eight glasses of water daily.
- Exercise daily. Including walking, stretching, and enjoying fresh air and sunshine
- Maintain a positive state of mind and be grateful for who and where you are.
This is not a book to absorb at once or twice reading. I feel that it is something to reach for when needing guidance and information on what food to match or not match; what is good for me and all of this is definitive of a better lifestyle and state of wellness.
My diet is poor and I find myself returning to this book for consult and consolation. Where I fail is from bad habit forming and must develop better habits which will lead to good results.
I think that many would agree that a key terminology of late in the diction of heath care providers and nutritionist is the word: Wellness and it is synonymous with healthy—overall health.
I want to leave readers with this quote found in the appendix section: Dietary Prescriptions
“Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.”—Thomas Szasz, M.D., psychiatrist and author
Another Book in Review:
The Dead in their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
“The marble tombs that rise on high, whose vaulted arches lye, whose pillars swell with scupltur’d stones, arms, angels, epitaphs and bones, these (all poor remains of state adorn the rich, or praise the great; who while on earth in fame they live, are senseless of the fame they give.”—Thomas Parnell, A night-piece on death
I found this book at my town’s library display and I decided to take it home with me for a read. The book is a wonder for this reader in that it is about an eleven year old chemist and inspiring detective Flavia de luce who while with family at the train station is approached by a stranger who reveals to her cryptically a message and shortly after is crushed by the train as he was pushed onto the coming train by someone in the crowd. Flavia puts her sleuthing skills to the test, following a trail of clues sparked by the discovery of a reel of film stashed away in the attic, she unravels the deepest secrets of the de luce clan, involving none other than Winston Churchill himself. Surrounded by family, friends, and a famous pathologist from the Home Office—and making spectacular use of Harriet’s’ beloved Gipsy Moth plane, Blithe Spirit—Flavia will do anything, even take the skies, to land a killer.
The book for me is laced with medical terminologies as well as defining poisonous traits/traces as found in Rhubarb and even water, if drunk quite a large amount in shortest of time. I am thinking H2O can be deadly; something newly to be scared about.
Tea mentioning’s that sparked my interest for the purpose of this blog. So, hap-stance on tea:
“Her majesty is demanding a cup of tea,” I told Mrs. Mullet. “If you’ll be so good as to make one, I’ll take it in to her myself,” “Of course”, said Mrs. Mullet. “You shall have it in two shakes of a dead lamb’s tail.”
“I put the teacup silently on the table and sat down in a bolt upright, attentive position with my knees together, my hands folded daintily on my lap, modeling my posture on Cynthia Richardson, the vicar’s wife.”
I liked many quips and punning used in this book; this one: Two shakes of a lamb’s tail (in particular)… “Mrs. Mullet always said “in two shakes of a dead lamb’s tail” when she was peeved but didn’t want to show it. “A dead lamb’s tail is a way of saven em of without getting yourself into hot water. It means ‘kiss my chump’ without actually sayin so’, she had confided, but had now, obviously, forgotten she’d told me.”
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I have tried the Almased powdered drink and I would like to try of their wellness tea someday.
Reading is something that I have always done and I am happy that at times I can share my thoughts and readings within this blog. It truly is to be representative of my health and state of mind. A quest has led me here, now I am graying and frail unlike to when I had a humble dwelling and I could walk and walk and get back to it and report of my day and the energy found on some long road in Methuen, MA where this Teawithainee began. I lost plenty when I lost of the humble abode. I am trying to find my way again but not really. Today, the sky is gray with the occasional showers of springtime. Always, I think that with a good cup of hot tea is what is needed for a better morning, afternoon or evening and I implore all to fashion one accordingly. No matter, let’s keep the warmth alive!
Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!