Tonics for Your Immune System

“It is astounding how much the immune system is strengthened by reducing daily mental stress levels with either visualization or meditation. The other great tonic for the immune system is love—loving ourselves as well as others.”-Bernie Siegel

There are so many different tonics that benefit the immune system: garlic, ginger, lemon, olive leaf, oregano, grapefruit seed extract, and peppermint to name a few.

Today I would like to highlight the following which are lesser known:

Pau D’Arco

Pau d’arco (Tabebuia heptophylla) comes from the rain forests of Brazil and other areas of South America. This amazing herb nourishes the body’s defense system and helps protect against pathogenic organisms. It has been used for centuries to improve immune function, detoxify, and reduce pain throughout the body — especially in the joints. Research has shown that it contains a natural antibacterial agent, has a healing effect on the entire body, cleanses the blood, and kills viruses.


Astragalus root is an immunostimulant used in the treatment of chronic viral infections, hepatitis, edema, common cold, and flu.

Medicinal Mushrooms

The proposed benefits of medicinal mushrooms range from cancer prevention and treatment, to being anti-viral, to curing asthma and even prolonging life. Reishi has long been heralded as the elixir of life. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) considers it to be in the highest class of tonics to promote longevity. This mushroom is well proven to prevent and combat cancer and other immune system disorders. It has beneficial effects on the liver, helping both to regenerate and protect it. It’s also been shown to reduce fatty deposits on the liver. It has multiple benefits for the heart, helping to normalize cholesterol levels and regulate blood pressure.Cordyceps has been shown to be especially useful against lung cancers (in TCM it is said to enter through the Lung meridian). It is also used to increase libido, optimize cholesterol levels, address liver disease and to relax bronchial tissues, which is helpful for those with certain types of asthma. Olympic athletes use cordyceps to increase their stamina.Medicinal Mushrooms have been an immune miracle for me. I get to be healthy when people around me start getting sick because I take supplements or tinctures of medicinal mushrooms. My favorite supplements are Myco-Immune by Thorne, Power Mushrooms by Health Concerns,  and Immucore by Metagenics.

Meditation, Visualization, Love, and Happiness

Practice feeling good everyday. Use meditation and visualization to help lower your stress response. Practic gratitude for your body and all it does for you. Love fully and with all your being. Surround yourself with things you enjoy. Hang pictures that make you smile, wear clothes and jewelery that feel good on your body and make you feel good about yourself. Eat food that makes you feel nourished and energized, and value loved ones around you. Choose positive thoughts about yourself and others. Breathe in fresh air. Love life and it will love you back. I fully believe no one can have true health without happiness, so when you want to boost your immunity don’t forget this very important factor. Get as large a dose as you can possibly handle…everyday.


Shift Now to a Life Filled with Meaning

We think we always have to have more, so we strive continually. We want more money, to be more successful, to have more things, and to be number one. All the while our striving confirms to ourselves that we are not and do not have enough. As Mr. Dyer says, we think “My success, my worth, my value as a human being is based on how much I accomplish (have, do, or what others think of me).” At the end of the day it is our connection to ourselves, our passions, and others that bring fulfillment. Wayne Dyer discusses shifting from “striving to arriving” in this move that will inspire you towards a life filled with meaning. I am ready for THE SHIFT! Are you?

Endless Waves of Transformation

“I look at the Augusteum,and I think that perhaps my life has not actually been so chaotic, after all. It is merely this world that is chaotic, bringing changes to us all that nobody could have anticipated. The Augusteum warns me to not to get attached to any obsolete ideas about who I am, what I represent, whom I belong to, or what function I may once have intended to serve. Yesterday I might have been a glorious monument to somebody, true enough–but tomorrow I could be a fireworks depository. Even in the Eternal City, says the silent Augusteum, one must always be prepared for riotous and endless waves of transformation.”

I reflect on this quote and it reminds me not to get too attached to anything, including my own striving for transformation. We are always changing, our environment continually moves along with the seasons, the cells in our body continually turnover, trees are growing, buildings are decaying, food turns to dirt, and I could keep going…

We need to factor in and accept uncertainty and change as an essential ingredient of our experience. We need to let go of our need to control outcomes in order to allow solutions to spontaneously appear. Let all of your ideas about who you are go and instead use your imagination to think about all you could be. Now let go of that, you are far more than whatever words or ideas you could ever come up with. Instead relax, breathe deep, and get ready for the wave of endless transformation which, whether or not you try to control it, is going to carry you through this life.


Do You Love….You?

“Love yourself first and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world” -Lucille Ball


Louise Hay states that loving yourself heals every problem. It is a pretty big claim but if you think about it, not so far fetched. When we truly love ourselves we ask for the things we want and need, we treat our bodies with the best foods and exercise, we do the things that will most benefit our lives. When we love ourselves we choose nourishing relationships, follow our passions, and express ourselves authentically.

When we love ourselves we don’t spend our day criticizing what we did or didn’t accomplish, eat, or drink. Think about how treat someone you love, especially in the beginning…you focus on all the best things about them. When you love someone you think they are enough, just as they are, right now. You forgive them, you are kind and patient with them, you praise and support them. Do you do this for yourself?


If it is something you struggle with, it is holding you back. Please read over the following tips on loving yourself from Louise Hay. Incorporate as many of them into your life as you can!

1. Stop All Criticism.

Criticism never changes a thing. Refuse to criticize yourself. Accept yourself exactly as you are. Everybody changes. When you criticize yourself, your changes are negative. When you approve of yourself, your changes are positive.

2. Forgive Yourself.

Let the past go. You did the best you could at the time with the understanding, awareness, and knowledge that you had. Now you are growing and changing, and you will live life differently.

3. Don’t Scare Yourself.

Stop terrorizing yourself with your thoughts. It’s a dreadful way to live. Find a mental image that gives you pleasure, and immediately switch your scary thought to a pleasure thought.

4. Be Gentle and Kind and Patient.

Be gentle with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Be patient with yourself as you learn the new ways of thinking. Treat yourself as you would someone you really loved.

5. Be Kind to Your Mind.

Self-hatred is only hating your own thoughts. Don’t hate yourself for having the thoughts. Gently change your thoughts.

6. Praise Yourself.

Criticism breaks down the inner spirit. Praise builds it up. Praise yourself as much as you can. Tell yourself how well you are doing with every little thing.

7. Support Yourself.

Find ways to support yourself. Reach out to friends and allow them to help you. It is being strong to ask for help when you need it.

8. Be Loving to Your Negatives.

Acknowledge that you created them to fulfill a need. Now you are finding new, positive ways to fulfill those needs. So lovingly release the old negative patterns.

9. Take Care of Your Body.

Learn about nutrition. What kind of fuel does your body need in order to have optimum energy and vitality? Learn about exercise. What kind of exercise do you enjoy? Cherish and revere the temple you live in.

10. Do Mirror Work.

Look into your eyes often. Express this growing sense of love you have for yourself. Forgive yourself while looking into the mirror. Talk to your parents while looking into the mirror. Forgive them, too. At least once a day, say, “I love you, I really love you!”

11. Love Yourself . . . Do It Now.

Don’t wait until you get well, or lose the weight, or get the new job, or find the new relationship. Begin now—and do the best you can.


Do Your Resolutions Empower You?

“With each new era of personal growth, I laugh at what once passed for insight. Present selves mock past selves, and future selves lie in wait. . .”What was I thinking?!” I chuckle and head off on some new ridiculous tangent. Alas, I’ve spent most of my life trying to change who I am, such that who I am has in many ways has become a person who tries to change himself.” Shozan Jack Haubner

New Year resolutions are all about the changing of the self. Many of us have goals around money, weight, and new healthy habits. We all want to improve ourselves or some area of our life.  The striving for change can be a sticky thing because sometimes our wanting to change implies that we are not okay as we are right now. We may reflect a little too long on what we feel our own lacking is in a certain area. It can take us out of appreciation for who we are, what we have right now, and discredit all we have done.

The things we want for ourselves now are not necessarily the things our future selves will want and we are growing and learning and forming new opinions and having new revelations all the time. So when and if  you make your resolutions this year, be sure they are ones that empower you, not ones that make your current self feel like something is missing. Do things out of joy, love, and for happiness. Let go of needing to prove anything to anyone, including yourself.