Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: It's never too early to begin nourishing your child. Ayurveda recommends abhyanga oil massage to protect against Vata early on, even for babies! This detailed video reviews how to massage an infant with specific attention to the stroke types, start times and environment (warm and comfortable). Abhyanga allows the nourishing oil to lubricate the skin, muscles and joints, calms the nervous system and encourages restful sleep. *Note that they are using organic coconut oil, which is fine during summertime, but luke warm sesame oil is best thoroughout the rest of the year when it is cold, to encourage ciruclation. Enjoy this wonderful practice with your baby and the beautiful bond it creates. Namaste.
Editor's Note from Julia Sanfilippo: I LOVE this video! Acupuncture is being offered at a Children's Hospital to be used in conjunction with Western Medicine. The two-month year old, Ricky, in the video has been getting treatments since he was 6 weeks old. How young a person can receive acupuncture is a common question. I always refer to my pediatric acupuncture professor's response, saying that as soon as the baby is born he/she can benefit from acupuncture. I hope this video educates parents that there are natural treatments even for the youngest of patients.
by Brooke Nisbet
In talking with my mentor and nutritionist, Julie Daniluk, I was reminded of the need for a daily meditation to help with stress busting. When I go to my friend’s house and draw spiritual cards, I often get the “meditation” card. When talking to other mentors or leaders in yoga and wellness, they ask if I have a daily meditation practice (knowing I should). Ugh… really?! Meditation again? Sigh. See the thing is, no matter how much I duck, dodge and fight it… meditation will keep being brought to my attention, because it is something that I really need in my life...
Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: An article from one of my dearest of friends and also former college roommate (which means we've been friends for over 25 years). We've both come a long way, baby.
by Elizabeth Spring
I would dare to say that the Swiss psychologist, Carl Jung, was more responsible than anyone else in the past couple hundred years for our interest in inner directed spirituality and authentic living. By the time of his death in 1961 a spiritual revival had started that drew in the entire baby boom generation and more. Unlike his colleague and mentor, Sigmund Freud, Jung saw the unconscious as being a rich hidden treasure, not simply a psychological basement where we put everything we don’t want to see or know about ourselves. He thought we ignore it at our own peril...
by Mademoiselle Kiddie
A natal chart shows the placements of the planets in the sky at the time of someone’s birth. To the average person, it may just look like a lot of dots in a circle, but to an astrologer, it reveals the patterns and tendencies in that person’s behavior and needs. The planets, while very far apart in our sky, look closer together when placed in the natal wheel, and connections between them can be seen by tracing certain mathematical angles between the planets, such as the 90 degree* angle, called a square...
by Dr. Jason Watts, DC
Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in your life. You bring this little bundle of joy into your home. You knew the first few months will be a challenge, getting up every few hours for feedings...
Editor´s Note from Abbey Denaro: March is Colic Awareness Month. Colic is when a baby cries for at least 3 hours per day. It is also one of the most common reasons why parents bring their children to the chiropractor.
by Donna Gates
Children are particularly vulnerable to the toxic effects of pesticides. Birth defects, developmental disorders, learning disorders, and brain abnormalities are more common in babies that have been exposed to pesticides...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: Toxins are a nasty addition to our world, floating and landing far and wide. Get a handle what's clean and what's dirty to buy in foods to avoid the worst offenders and perhaps lessen the impact of the negative impact on baby's health.
You’d think a newborn baby would have a fresh start when it comes to toxic chemicals. But chemicals move across the placenta, so a baby emerges with some of the same pollution in its system as its mother...
Editor´s Note from Zorica Denton: This article is very informative about toxic chemicals that can be passed to unborn child try mothers placenta. Once born, infants take in even more pollution, through breathing, eating, and passage through the skin, just as adults do. They are more sensitive to the chemicals and toxin than adults.
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