Treatment Tuesday ~ Supermoon Superherx

There is absolutely no doubt that the moon phases affect us in this house.  I even time our heavy-duty treatment cycles with the moon, so we are treating when the moon is full, and new moon.

Saturday was my and Ivan’s 17 year wedding anniversary.  We had our therapeutic massage sessions that day, then headed to the beach for a while.  The evening was spent relaxing, and recharging.  We all felt awesome.

August 29, 1998
August 29, 1998

Sunday was the opposite of Saturday.  We all woke up arthritic, tired from a restless night of sleep, and the heat and humidity was uncomfortable.  Enter a huge herx.

We took turns doing Epsom Salt baths, reminded each other to drink lemon water, and each did some napping.  We added a bit more detox essential oil than normal to our feet.  We took our supplements that help reduce the arthritic inflammation.  The air conditioner hummed along all day.

It was an uncomfortable day for sure, but I reminded myself that it is temporary, it would pass, and kept using all my detox methods to help minimize the discomfort.  Funny movies and YouTube help, too.  It is really important to be prepared when dealing with big herx days.

If there are things that you know help you through, make sure you are well stocked on whatever that is.  If it helps, write down a menu of things to do when herxing that you can refer to on a bad day.  For me, brain fog clouds me from knowing what to do on those herx days, so a list of what to do is helpful.  Let your support people know what you need, too.  People that love you want to help.

If you are a fellow Lyme spoonie, I hope you made it through the moon this weekend with minimal discomfort.  The next two full moons are supermoons, too, so be ready!


Last night marked the first of three supermoons in a row.  A supermoon is when the full moon or new moon coincides with the moon being its closest to earth.
FullMoonI’ve been getting back into a passion that I had when I was a teen, healing crystals.  I have enjoyed rediscovering the power of crystals and how they can help with healing, attracting positive things into our lives, and blocking the negative.  I’ll get into some of this in future posts, but today it is about getting these beauties recharged for use!

Last weekend I found my pouch of crystals from when I was a teen (many moons ago), and I put them into rice to cleanse them as they were packed away for years.
20150824_083236I left them for a week, and continued to research the best ways to cleanse and recharge them, and kept reading that leaving them out in the moonlight of a full moon was a great way to recharge the powers of each crystal.  I also read that another way to cleanse was to hold them over a sage smudge stick and that will carry away anything negative.
20150830_084257Here are my beauties this morning, after being smudged and basking in the moonlight overnight.  They are charged and ready to use, and I’m excited to have another way to use nature for healing.

Thankful Thursday ~ Blog

Today I decided to look at my blog stats.  I don’t really care about that stuff, but I thought it was pretty cool to see how things have changed over the years.

  • One of the things that is cool is that I have had people from 70 different countries visit my blog over the years.
  • This year alone, almost 9,000 individuals have visited my blog!  I am humbled that so many people would be interested in anything I have to say!
  • This is my 531st post since I started this blog in January of 2007.

I want to dedicate today’s Thankful Thursday to all of you that read my blog, even if you only stop by one time.  I hope you enjoy your visits, and thank you for reading, subscribing, and commenting.  I’m looking forward to many more happy years!ThankYou

Treatment Tuesday ~ Nursing the Gallbladder

It started yesterday in the early afternoon.  I could feel a strange pressure on my right side under my ribs, but deeper than behind the ribs.  I instantly thought it could be my gall bladder or my liver.

Being an essential oil girl, I started drinking lemon water (warm) and looked up ways to promote gall bladder health using remedies I may already have.  After reading for a  bit, I stood up to go to the kitchen, and had a wave of panic as I felt like I was going to black out.  I instantly sat back down, in case I did pass out I would not hurt myself.

I focused on my breathing, trying not to panic, as Ivan was on his way home from work so I just needed to hold on a few more minutes.  Once Ivan pulled into the driveway, the feeling had passed, so I went to the kitchen, opened up my essential oil box, and took out my grapefruit oil, as it promotes health of the liver and gall bladder.

I put a couple drops on the area where the liver and gall bladder are, and warmed my rice bag and sat with it over the spot for about 20 minutes, all while relaxing on the Biomat.

This seemed to do the trick, as the pressure feeling was gone after.  For good measure, I did this procedure once an hour until I went to sleep last night.

I feel fine this morning, but I do remember on Saturday we ate bacon cheeseburgers for lunch (minus the bun), and I just don’t eat like that – ever.  I am punished for every dietary indiscretion I ever do, so I will stick to the homemade burgers with organic grass-fed beef.  That sounds really snobby, right?  Blame it on my body.  ;-)


Last week, I felt a pull to go to the desert.  I can’t really explain why, but as the week progressed, the feeling was stronger and stronger.

On Saturday morning, we loaded into the car and took a drive out to the Desert View Tower.
20140831_144922This roadside attraction is a place that we discovered when we first moved here, and we go every few months.  It is very quiet here, and affords views of the desert on one side, and the mountains on another.  We chatted for a while with the owner, walked around, and took in the views.

I have recently discovered that I have a connection to crows, and thought it was interesting that this guy followed me around during our visit.
20150822_112858Once we were done exploring here, we decided to head back to San Diego and go to the beach.  Since we moved to San Diego, I thought it would be neat to go to the desert, mountains, and ocean all in one day, and now I can say I did it!

I didn’t take any pictures at the ocean (we went to Ocean Beach), but I ended up spending most of our time there at the crystal shop, and found a few beauties to add to my collection.  Many years ago as a teen I was into crystals for healing, and I had gotten away from it.  This weekend I found my crystals and added to the collection.

Here they are in the cleansing process.
20150824_083236I will leave them in the rice until full moon, when they will go out on the patio for a couple overnights.  I am also thinking of using sage.  These crystals have never had a good cleaning, so if anyone has any additional tips for cleansing, I’d love to hear them.

Sunday was a rest day.  I took two naps, we all watched movies, and ate yummy food.  We decided to go back to Sunset Cliffs for our sunset trip this week.  We grabbed a blanket and laid out on the rocks.  It was cloudy with not a beam of sun there, but we still loved being by the ocean.  Poppy and I enjoyed a good cuddle/nap, which was captured by Ivan.
WP_20150823_19_11_53_ProHappy New Week!