• Unlocking the Health Benefits of Healing Teas

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    A warm cup of tea can provide a soothing break at any point in the day so you can relax and de-stress, but the benefits of drinking tea don’t end at mild relaxation. Healing teas made with natural herbs and nourishing plant roots can offer a variety of beneficial effects that will allow you to take on the challenges of a tough day without compromising your health. Here are some healing teas  known for their healing properties.

    Whether you have a common cold, motion sickness, or digestive discomfort, ginger tea can provide soothing relief that packs a zippy punch of flavor. Ginger aids in proper digestion, making it ideal for a sour stomach or nausea caused by motion sickness. It is also a quick remedy for a sore throat—particularly with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice.

    With a slightly sweet flavor similar to licorice, fennel makes a delicious tea that can ease bloating, gas, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome. It works to ease these digestive issues by encouraging smoother muscle movement in the bowels, which helps to release gas and decrease water retention. Fennel tea may be derived from the roots or seeds of the fennel plant.

    Lemon Balm
    Lemon balm is an herb related to mint that has mild sedative qualities to promote anxiety relief and the release of emotional stress. The soothing effects of lemon balm can also be useful for relieving vomiting, menstrual cramps, headaches, and inflammation.

    If you are suffering from insomnia, valerian tea might help you get more restful sleep at night to sustain your health. Valerian is an herb that has sedative qualities to allow you to relax and get a good night’s sleep.

    To learn more about natural remedies for self-healing, discover the Optimum Health Institute’s holistic healing program consisting of three week-long courses. The classes incorporated into this program derive philosophies and techniques from 24 ancient spiritual disciplines that promote the healing of the body, mind, and spirit. As you explore these techniques, you will learn alongside other guests to pray, celebrate, and renew. For more information about OHI and our unique program, contact us online or call (800) 993-4325.


  • Ways to Recharge


    It’s easy to get burned out. With work responsibilities, family obligations, social commitments, and constant housework, little time is often left over for yourself. When you ignore your body’s need to recharge, though, you can do serious harm to your physical and emotional wellbeing. Revitalizing your mind and spirit doesn’t require a vacation far away from your everyday duties. As the following natural health tips demonstrate, all you need is a few minutes to relax and renew no matter if you’re at work or home.

    Stretch Your Muscles
    Sitting at a desk for hours at a time can zap your body of energy and contribute to stiff muscles. That’s why it’s important to take a break from your computer or paperwork to stretch your muscles . Simple exercises such as toe touches and thigh stretches can elongate the major muscles in the back and legs, promoting increased blood circulation and oxygen that wake up the body.

    Have a Mini Workout
    If you’re feeling particularly sluggish, consider scheduling a quick workout during your lunch break or while the kids nap. Physical activity no matter the duration can recharge your body and mind if it succeeds in raising your heart rate. Even a brisk walk around your office or five minutes of jumping rope can do the trick.

    Alternate Your Shower Temperature
    For an added energy boost after your workout, try a contrast shower, which entails switching off between hot and cold water. The temperature change stimulates blood flow and can immediately rouse a tired body.

    Inhale Essential Oils
    Some people may not realize just how effective scent can be in promoting alertness and evoking a positive mood. Aromatherapy can help individuals suffering from fatigue, and scents such as lemon and peppermint have proven energizing properties. The best part about this holistic health tip is that it can be done anywhere. Keep vials of essential oils with you at all times for an instant pick-me-up while on the go.

    Are you feeling continually drained and devoid of energy? Optimum Health Institute can help. Our three weeklong sessions, which can be consecutively or independently, allow participants to stimulate their minds, bodies, and spirit. Call us today at (800) 993-4325 to learn more about our natural healing program.



  • A Father’s Day Salute

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    “A young boy without a father is like an explorer without a map.”


    — Steve Harvey

    Not too long ago, a sweet candid shot of the backs of a father and young son shopping in a home improvement store became an Internet sensation.  The boy, who looked about 4, was decked out in a superhero cape, boots and hat.  Dad looked like he’d commandeered a red tablecloth for his cape, and he had added a gray beanie to his “costume.”  Son was confidently holding on to the cart as he and dad patrolled the aisle.

    Less than 48 hours after the image was posted with the caption, “I know a good dad when I see one,” nearly two million people had “liked” the photo. That picture is the perfect representation for what Father’s Day is all about.

    Yes, a great father, or father-figure, provides for his family, and gives them love, guidance and encouragement.  He gives them a “map” for their life by modeling the values of purpose, a positive mental attitude, persistence, patience and prayer, which are also at the heart of the Optimum Health Institute’s teachings. He helps his daughters and sons learn the importance of compassion, and how helping others enriches their own lives.

    But, as the heart-warming photo illustrates, a great dad knows that playing with his kids is also an important part of helping them grow up to become happy, balanced and lovable adults.  Infusing learning with laughter makes the lessons downright fun, and helps the kids develop healthy self-esteem and positive social skills.

    The biggest, burliest dads frequently admit to participating in their little girls’ tea parties, complete with sticking out their pinky while daintily sipping from pretend china cups.  And what dad hasn’t let their child “win” at sports or cards, or whatever delightful activity they’re sharing?

    This Father’s Day is a great time to reflect on some of the ways your own father, or an important parental figure in your life, did superhero things for you.  And how have you been a hero to your own kids, or other young people?  For all that you did, and all you will still do, we salute you, and your superhero spirit.

    When your body, mind, and spirit are aligned, you can achieve good health. If you are looking for a holistic healing program, in San Diego or Austin, visit Optimum Health Institute . We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health. To make your reservation, call us at (800) 993-4325 to learn more.

  • Do You Hear What I Hear?

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    We continue our five-part look at the senses, exploring in depth how each relates to all aspects of our existence, and our health.  Today, we’ll examine the sense of Hearing.

    “In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

    John 1:1

    Scripture states that all of creation sprang from God’s Word, and science pretty much agrees.  The Quantum Physics Law of Vibration, a law of nature, states that “nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.”

    Depending on where on the frequency scale the object vibrates, humans perceive the vibration as a sound.  The lower the vibration, the slower it is.  As the vibratory rate increases, the frequency also becomes higher.

    How this translates into the mental and spiritual aspects of hearing, the lower the energy, as in fear, anger, hopelessness or grief, the lower the vibration.  Conversely, the higher and more spiritual in nature the energy, as in love, compassion, gratitude and happiness, the higher the vibration.

    While these energies may be too low or high to physically “hear” them, we can sense them, and register an impression, either positive or negative, about the person, place or thing vibrating at a particular frequency.

    Words are the vibration of sound.  Just as the Law of Vibration states everything in existence is constantly moving and vibrating, each word, or vocal expression of any kind, also has a specific vibration that our physical ears can pick up.  It’s important to note that even our thoughts have a vibration and frequency that sensitive people and animals can feel. 

    In terms of how the sense of hearing aligns with chakra energies, it is associated with the Communication chakra located in the throat.  Dr. Candace Pert teaches the color for that energy center is sky blue; it resonates to the musical note G, and compatible instruments are the human voice, flutes and woodwinds.

    It’s not a coincidence that a key aspect of being an effective communicator involves being an active and compassionate listener.

    Our sense of Hearing can be a stairway to higher consciousness.  When we breathe deeply and mindfully listen to higher vibration live or recorded music, we can allow ourselves to begin to resonate to the energy of the music, and gently raise our own vibratory rate.  We can also meditate to hear “the song within the song,” raising our awareness to notice all the finer nuances of sound, and where it takes us mentally and spiritually.

    To tune in to still more higher vibration energies, explore the healthy lifestyle habits taught at OHI.

    Keeping your body, mind, and spirit in alignment is important for achieving good health. If you are looking for a holistic healing program, visit Optimum Health Institute in San Diego or Austin. We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health in 2013. Call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.