This Week at OHI


Optimum Health Institute’s Weekly Blogs.
OHI offers a holistic healing program based on ancient spiritual disciplines that promotes healing of your body, mind, and spirit through all-natural, non-medical practices.

Remembering Mom's Best Advice

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Mother’s Day is always a time to reflect.  When asked about the most inspiring thing their mother had ever told them, a group of professional men and woman shared a wide range of answers.

“Avoid starting battles,” a life coach said, and commented on how the sage advice had preserved family peace through the decades, and helped her get ahead in her career.  “Everyone’s the same – you’re not special,” responded a psychiatrist.  While the thought might at first appear disillusioning, the man shared how the concept spurred him on to achieve personal and professional success through hard work, rather than feeling entitled to things he hadn’t earned.

A minister’s mother had assured her daughter, “This, too, shall pass,” helping the woman navigate challenging events in her life with the knowledge that obstacles would eventually give way to grace.  “Follow your heart” was a frequently quoted phrase, and “Life is not a race, it’s a dance,” was the heart-felt “Mom wisdom” that gave a spiritual teacher’s heart wings.

While nearly everyone interviewed had fond memories of how their mothers’ love and encouragement was the foundation of who they became in their life, a dermatologist’s mother perhaps summed it up the best.

“If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of anyone else,” her mom reminded her frequently throughout her childhood.

With those wise words indelibly etched on her heart, the woman practiced what mom preached through college, marriage, medical school, setting up a successful practice, and raising two exceptional kids.  Even now, having passed the half-century mark, the vibrant, youthful and energetic woman is balancing her work and family life with caring for her own body, mind and spirit. 

She prepares wholesome, balanced meals for her family, and doesn’t allow sugar or trans fats into the house.  Multiple times during the week she stretches her body and mind in yoga classes.  When the weather doesn’t allow a 15+-mile bike ride, she dances up a sweat in zumba class and works out on the weight machines.

Even her patients get the benefit of her mother’s “care for yourself” advice  – besides treating their skin, she nourishes their spirit with her handouts on how to meditate and release stress.  She realizes that the most valuable medical advice she can share is how to create a positive balance in life – just like her mom always told her.

Learn the tools for creating a healthy balance in your own life by detoxifying your body, quieting your mind and nourishing your spirit at the Optimum Health Institute.  We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health in 2013. Find out more about the missions in San Diego and Austin, TX at www.optimumhealth.org.  Call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

All About Tea Tree Oil

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Botanicals derived from pure, natural plant sources can offer a number of healing benefits without causing the irritation or side effects of synthetic chemicals found in common medications and personal care products. Tea tree oil is one type of versatile botanical with several uses that you might explore as you discover the holistic healing properties that plant sourced extracts can provide. Below is a closer look at the healing qualities of pure tea tree oil.

Where tea tree oil comes from

Tea tree oil, which also goes by the synonym tea tree essential oil, come from the plant known by the Latin botanical name of Melaleuca alternifolia. This evergreen tree which can also grow as a tall shrub is native to sunny and moist parts of Australia. Here tea tree oil has been a topical treatment for centuries, mainly because the tea tree plant is native to this part of the world and many are familiar with its healing properties. Many times you can find tea tree oil in personal care items such as lotions, shampoos, and due to the natural occurring antiseptic qualities found in this oil. However, Tea tree oil solutions common in stores today range in their concentration of the oil, and many uses only require a 5-10% solution of tea tree oil, as the oil is highly potent.

How to use tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is not intended to be ingested, and it should only be applied to the skin or used for therapeutic aromatherapy. Because tea tree oil is antibacterial and antiviral, it can be helpful in treating sinus infections, skin and nail infections, acne, and sore throats. Tea tree oil can be directly applied to the skin, nails, or hair; it can also be used in scented oil burners or be added to boiling hot water to create a soothing inhalation treatment.

Health benefits of use

The most common applications of tea tree oil utilize its antibiotic properties to fight skin infections that may be stubborn to respond to other treatments. Some studies have even shown tea tree oil to be effective in treating MRSA, which is a serious infection with a high resistance to antibiotics. Still, tea tree oil is gentle enough for use as an acne treatment on the delicate skin of the face. Tea tree oil products like, lip balm, body soap, essential oil and dental floss can be purchased at the OHI store. Call (888) 643-7867 and order some today!

If you are interested in exploring more natural healing methods to incorporate into your life, you might consider the holistic healing program at Optimum Health Institute, which consists of three week-long sessions. Each session builds upon the last using activities and philosophies from 24 ancient spiritual disciplines to promote healing of the body, mind, and spirit. To learn more about the classes included in the OHI program, visit our website or call us at (800) 993-4325.

 

De-stress Your Daily Commute

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Commuting to work is a stressful task—particularly when you have more than 30 minutes of travel time to get to your job. Still, this burden is a necessary one, so you might consider making the experience less stressful while you are on the road. Numerous studies have linked long work commutes with increased risks of obesity, high blood pressure, and back pain, but there are some strategies you can use to reduce these risks and quiet your mind as you drive to work.

Clean your car

A clean, organized environment will help you feel more serene when you are on the road. Clutter in the car can cause distractions and be a source of unneeded anxiety, so remove any trash from your vehicle before you start driving. You might also keep a soothing air freshener in your car to help you feel relaxed and more comfortable.

Stretch before you drive

Being seated in a car is not ideal for your spine, because sitting down generates pressure in the lower back. Sitting for long periods is also bad for your circulation, so you should give your body some extra motion before you get in the car for your daily commute. Doing yoga or even taking a light morning jog or walk can provide your body with the liberating movement you need before being seated in one position during a long drive.

Put on calming music

Music can make a significant impact in reducing stress, especially if you stock your car with music that is lyrical, melodic, and soothing. Singing along with your music or chanting while you are in the car may also help you keep calm and positive even in the worst traffic.

If you want to learn more stress-relief and healthy living strategies to brighten your daily life, check out the holistic healing program at Optimum Health Institute. With activities drawn from 24 ancient spiritual principles taking place over three week-long sessions, our guests learn to quiet the mind, heal the body, and engage the spirit. To learn more about how the OHI program can enrich your life, call us at (800) 993-4325 or visit us online.

Unlocking the Power of Beets

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As you transition to a vibrant, primarily raw detoxifying diet through the guidance of Optimum Health Institute, you may begin to appreciate the incredible nutritional value of foods that you might have avoided in the past. Beets are one of the most powerful foods that you might begin to enjoy more often, and they have much more to offer than you might expect, given the generally negative reputation of this vegetable.

Nutritional Components

Not only do beets have significantly more iron per serving than green vegetables such as spinach, but they are also high in the phytonutrient betaine. This amazing antioxidant nutrient is integral to the detoxification process, because it helps to cleanse the liver, blood, and intestines of free radicals that might lead to cancer or early signs of aging. Beets are also exceptionally high in fiber, which aids in digestion; vitamin A, which promotes eye and bone health; vitamin C, which boosts immunity; and niacin, which counteracts bad cholesterol in the body. All of these nutritional qualities come in a tasty, colorful package with no fat and few calories.

Alkalizing Properties

Along with a huge nutritional contribution that can fuel your body, beets provide cleansing properties that can facilitate a transition to a healthier lifestyle. This quality is attributed to the alkalizing properties of beets. Many processed or unhealthy foods are acid-forming and somewhat toxic to the body. As an alkalizing food, beets have just the opposite effect when they are consumed on a regular basis.

Delicious Culinary Applications

Beets are a notoriously disliked vegetable, but there are many ways to try preparing them so that they are more palatable. In raw applications where beets are shredded or shaved, beets tend to be sweeter than when they are cooked, and they preserve more of the nutritional value that makes them so powerful. Juicing with beets and making beet chips through vegetable dehydration are also great ways to indulge in this health enhancing food.

If you want more information on the holistic healing program at Optimum Health Institute, contact us on our website or at (800) 993-4325. The OHI program consists of three week-long sessions that may be taken independently or consecutively. Building upon one another, these sessions utilize activities from 24 ancient spiritual disciplines to promote healing of the body, mind, and spirit.

Springtime at OHI Austin-Don't Miss It!

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Dare to be dazzled

April in Austin declares the spirit of renewal with wild exuberance. As you travel through the Texas countryside to your Optimum Health Institute healing retreat, the bright but delicate blooms of up to 5,000 species of wildflowers will dazzle you with a rainbow of colors.

Feast your eyes

The Texas Transportation Department sprinkles more than 30,000 pounds of seeds annually to ensure that the countryside is filled with a flowery feast for your eyes. In anticipation, enjoy photos of Firewheel, Crimson Clover, Winecup, Bluebonnet – the Texas State flower – and more.

Try Austin – and extend your healing

If you have stayed with us at OHI San Diego, you developed life-changing habits and achieved peace. Now you can deepen this experience in a smaller community, in daily contact with a caring staff and with more options for quiet time or contemplation while still interacting with other guests.

Reawaken the connections of body, mind and spirit

When you arrive at OHI Austin, the clean spring air will invigorate you, naturally elevating your mood with the fragrance and feel of nature’s renewal season. You’ll unwind from the cares of the world as you reflect and free your mind in our outdoor meditation areas. Closing your eyes as you rest on one of many outdoor benches, you’ll invite God to develop new patterns of body, mind, and spirit connections that will refresh and strengthen you from the inside out.  

Expand your springtime stay in the area

Before or after your OHI renewal experience, consider the many attractions offered in and around Austin. Our favorites include:

  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, offers extensive gardens that display native plant species.
  • Old Pecan Street Festival, May 4-5, is the largest arts and crafts festival in Central Texas and ranked as a Top 5 Austin event, based on attendance.
  • Capital of Texas Triathlon, May 27, attracts tri-athletes from around the world and includes the USA Paratriathlon National Championship. All athletes start with a dip in Lady Bird Lake, then bike and run to a jammin’ finish and post-race festival.
  • West Austin Studio Tour invites you to immerse yourself in local arts and business communities through tours, parties, workshops, juried art competitions and more.

OHI Austin is easy to get to
The peaceful OHI Austin experience, just 16 miles east of Austin, is 20 minutes by car from the Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Many major airlines, including Southwest, Jet Blue and United, offer direct flights and economical fares to Austin. Upon arrival you can either rent a car or hire the Austin Cab Company (512-663-6636) at a special OHI rate and arrive by taxi.

Message from the OHI Austin Team
We’re happy to welcome you to our Texas countryside. We invite you to take a new walk through a familiar program. You can still enjoy the body, mind and spirit program offered at OHI San Diego, but with a Texas flare. We encourage you to call now for more information or to book your reservation today.

Call us at (800) 993-4325. It’ll be fun – cowboy boots optional!

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