July’s Inspirational Thoughts & Quotes

Summer is moving so fast, and I love this wonderful time of year. After a long and very cold winter, the windows can be opened, the porch is ready to be used, my garden is filling with fresh veggies and herbs, and my farm continues to grow.

I am forever thankful for the wonderful clients that return yearly for their sessions and to the many that I now call friends. To you all that have been following me all these 20 something years I thank you.My schedule was constantly being cancelled and rescheduled this year, many times for reasons beyond my control – power outages, snow filled driveways, sick grandchildren, and taking care of my family when they all came down with flues and viruses. I wish to thank all who had to change their dates and time sometimes more than once for your understanding and compassion. You are just the best people in the world.

I hope that you are all enjoying these warmer months and taking time to care for yourselves, both physically and spiritually. My messages this month follow. Through meditation I am working on another book, “Heaven Hears You”. These quotes are in the new book and I will continue to share them each month. I love feedback and if you have an inspirational quote you would like to share please send it our way!

These two quotes I just love and I hope you will too!

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May you touch dragonflies and stars, dance with fairies and talk to the moon. And when you play like this long enough, may you hear them whisper back, Heaven Hears You.

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To me being Spiritual means whispering to trees, laughing with the flowers, falling in love with sunsets, consulting with the water and worshipping the stars.
One hand to my heart.
One hand to the Earth.
And Pixie Dust, as much as you can carry. Sprinkle it as far as your mind can carry you!

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Happy July everyone!
Love and light,
Vicki

Herbs of the Month – Dealing with Burns

This Summer, as in most, we are all aware of sun burns and the dangers they can cause, as well as the risk factors for developing Skin Cancer. But other burns as well occur due to our love of grilling out, fireworks, and one of my favorites, my fire pit. Even the most careful of individuals can develop a burn or be subjected to one.

Here are some remedies to ease your pain and help in healing. If the burn is severe, please call your doctor immediately or head to your closest emergency room. These remedies are in no way to be used without a doctor’s supervision and are not intended to take the place of a doctor’s advice and treatment. Always seek the advice of your medical professional before using any herbal remedies as they can interfere with medications that your presently take. I am a doctor of Natural Remedies, however I cannot prescribe, I can only suggest, and my suggestions are in no way to replace that of a Medical Doctor.

My husband is not a fan of herbal medicine. Often times he would rather see his doctor and take what they prescribe then what I may suggest. My common suggestions and medicines being herbal concoctions and healing with soups and vegetables that I make. However, he never lets me get low on my aloe vera plant that I have had for years, and still uses it’s soothing jell when he gets a burn from the woodstove. My daughter is also a fan of aloe for burns, but uses a jell that is bottled and from our local pharmacy. It is a great soother of sunburns on feet and ankles and the pads of your pets feet from hot pavement.

Burns Come in 3 Degrees of Severity

First degree burns injure only the outermost layer of skin. An ordinary sunburn, for example, is a first degree burn. When a burn develops blisters, the injury has penetrated deeper into the skin, and you have a very painful second degree burn. The third degree is the worst type of burn. Oddly it is not painful at all. It’s due to the injury penetrating so deeply that it destroys the nerves that transmit pain signals to the brain. Third degree burns are medical emergencies that always require professional care, and in most cases, a stay in the hospital. Also any second degree burn that covers an area larger than a quarter should be seen by your doctor.

For first and second degree burns, smaller than a quarter treatment at home is possible. As stated above, aloe vera is one of the best remedies and has been used since ancient times. But it’s not just a folk remedy. Studies have now shown that aloe helps in relieving the burns acquired by radiation in the treatment of cancer, other types of wounds and frostbite. Aloe increases the amount of blood flowing to the areas burned which brings more of the body’s healing resources to the area where they are needed. In addition, aloe reduces redness and swelling, as well as has antibacterial properties and anti-fungal which may help in preventing infection.

Aloe belongs in every kitchen, the place where most burns happen. That is my own personal opinion, and has been used for ailments since biblical times.

A few other options for burns are echinacea, many people who know herbs know this is also referred to as Purple Cone Flower. If I get a burn, I take out my tincture, or make myself a tea and drink one to two teaspoons. It can stimulate your immune response, reducing inflammation. Remember, this herb can cause your tongue to go numb temporarily, which is why it is good for sore throats, but it’s harmless. Take a few drops on the burn daily to keep from infection. Garlic is also helpful when applied directly to the burn, to help keep infection at bay. Lavender is excellent as well at easing the pain of a burn. All of these are wonderful in treating a mild burn and soothing the pain. If you have questions on treating a burn, you can always give us a call, and if the burn is severe – do not wait, but call your doctor or seek medical attention without delay.

Here’s to your health for a Happy Fourth of July, and to a burn free summer!
Vicki

Hey Vicki,

I know you get this all the time so I apologize but I just have to say talking with you was such a great experience.

I loved it… absolutely loved it. Thanks again Vicki!

Patrick

Hi Ms. Monroe,

I’ve been unearthing lots of cool stuff in my attic as I’m retired finally and my wife and I want to eliminate as much as possible for our daughter to have to wade through some day.

I found a nice letter from you thanking me for helping to make your first appearance on the radio a success. I was the board op on a WTAG talk show you were a guest on.

At the conclusion of the show we were going to chat for a bit, but the computer running the FM (for the one and only time it ever happened go figure) decided to freak out and I had to deal with that. I do remember that you rather startled me with the few seconds we did speak.

Finding your note brought back a pleasant memory as I hope sharing this will do for you. Best wishes from a moment in time.

Clyde

Nature’s Pharmacy

Allergy Season is here!

Allergy season is here, but don’t let a stuffy nose and itchy eyes keep you house bound during these warm Spring and Summer months. Nature has remedies for these!

While there are many over the counter remedies for allergies, nature has just as many with fewer side effects. To be effective, begin trying different types at least 6 weeks prior to your seasonal allergy complaints. Here are just a few that might be beneficial. Please note: always seek medical advice before trying anything new. And do not stop taking your medications without seeing your doctor first. These are suggestions and should in no way be taken as medical advice.

Garlic

You won’t be shocked that garlic is a preferred source for me, I cook with it almost daily. I marry it into almost all of my vegetarian dishes, as well as use it in hot water for oncoming cold and flu. Garlic and the other herbs I will list are useful because of high concentrates of compounds such as quercitin, which is very high in anti- inflammatory. If you have allergies, adding generous amounts of these foods (onions too), to your menu can be beneficial.

Stinging Nettle

This herb has shown promise with nasal congestion, cough, chest congestion, asthma and other respiratory issues.

Chamomile

This lovely little herb has been shown when used as an oil, can be very effective when massaged onto hives and allergic skin reactions. However use caution if you wish to try this in tea form, as anyone with hay fever can have an adverse reaction to this plant. Chamomile is a part of the rag weed plant, and many people are allergic to this. The first time you use Chamomile watch very closely for reactions. And again check with your doctor before using any new medicines.

Feverfew

Many will note that fever few is wonderful at alleviating migraines, but it is also useful in treating allergies. This herb should only be used when others have failed. Pregnant and nursing women should not use fever few as it can cross into an unborn child and a mother’s milk. Again, please not, herbs are medicine. All medications you presently take should never be stopped randomly. And adding anything new to your regime should be done only with the advice of your doctor.

Wishing you all a sneeze free, breathe easy, Spring and Summer. And for any information of herbal use you can always send an email.

Love and light,
Vicki