The method of the six therapeutic sounds stems from the Taoist school. According to the Taoists, making these sounds with the corresponding gestures serves to eliminate by induced vibration the negative energy lodged in the organs (liver, heart, spleen-pancreas, lungs and kidneys), as well as in the triple heater. The gesture is relatively simple, but it is important to connect to the correct energy, to direct it towards the organ and most importantly, to emit a correct sound in phase with the breathing. Visualization is important: with each inspiration, we imagine that positive pure energy enters the organ. With each expiration, we imagine that the negative energy lodged the organ goes out with the sound.

Each sound creates a vibration in the larynx, the vocal cords, the sinus and the diaphragm. This vibration is clearly perceptible, and transmitted to the internal meridians from where it travels to the peripheral points of the head, feet and hands.

The six sounds practice combines the two complementary qualities of dynamic Yang (in movement) and passive Yin (meditative). This exercise has the same purpose as the Qi Gong in motion: Regular exercises to maintain or restore the harmonious circulation of the Qi meridians and the Qi organs. They can then fulfill their purpose: each controlling a system of the body and participating in the construction and the balanced flow of the Qi, blood and Jinyé (body fluids). The practice develops two aspects: one is maintaining health and the other is self-healing.

The practice is done in the morning,as a prelude to more hectic activities (allowing to pleasantly awaken the function of the five main organs, to balance the distribution of all the fluids), or in the evening, in order to soothe our emotions (which we know are each connected to an organ) and to promote the quality of our sleep). Practiced as a method of self-healing, the 6 healing sounds can be undertaken at any time of the day.

The sounds are barely audible: they are expelled in a low voice in the breath of exhalation, without going all the way to the exhaustion of the breath. The repetition of the sounds depends on the time you want to dedicate to the practice and your personal feeling. It can vary between three, six or nine times for each organ and last for several minutes.

In case of illness, the sounds are then emitted aloud. The duration of the exercise is much longer than for healthy organs: sounds are emitted several times, and sometimes more than fifteen minutes is spent on the organ diagnosed. This Qi Gong practice makes it possible to target and work on each organ by attributing to it a specific sound and movement in order to drain the Qi and the blood. This exercise allows you to massage and vibrate the organs associated with the sounds in order to evacuate the negative cloudy Qi (improper energy) and replace it with the positive clear Qi (healthy energy).

This Qi Gong practice is used in Chinese hospitals to ensure a preventive and curative role on the health of individuals.

Find the 6 Healing Sounds Manual in The Library here.

 

The inner smile is an ancient Taoist method of deep relaxation and healing. This practice is done in a sitting position, feet on the ground, back straight, eyes closed. The basis of this relaxation-meditation is internal. The objective is to relax our body from the inside. It is therefore a practice of meditation that teaches us to get in touch with our internal organs, to learn to smile and to love them. With this practice, stress and negative emotions will be transformed into creative and healing abilities, which will increase the quantity and quality of your life energy (Qi). When the inside is relaxed, the outside relaxes as well.

According to the Taoists, the smile attracts and transmits the energy of love and joy which has the power to warm and heal. This inner smile practice is used to restore activity in the glands and organs and maintain them at a high level of performance, increasing self-awareness and feelings of personal strength and power.

This practice helps to reduce stress, tension and blockages in various organs. It puts us in contact with ourselves in a constructive and nourishing way. It allows us to check every day the state of our internal organs to give them a little time and sweetness and allow them to relax by thanking them for doing their respective work every second of the day, tirelessly.

This practice also helps to change one’s attitude towards oneself, to become more tolerant, warm, compassionate towards one’s limits, blockages, difficulties and the negative emotions of one’s organs. This is to help them function better and work in peace and keep us healthy.

It will also help us to increase the positive virtues related to each organ by gradually giving us more positive energy (resulting from the released negative energy), more inner relaxation and peace.

Inner smile allows us to get in touch with each organ and each part of the body and to observe without judgment, the emotions that are present, using the strength of the smile to help us turn the negative into positive. Rather than allowing negative emotions to accumulate in the internal organs and to turn into negative energies that in the long run will provoke illnesses in us, the inner smile teaches us to turn negative forces into positive forces and to be responsible for our emotions rather than being controlled by them. This is what the Taoists call “riding the dragon” or the emotional force.

Practicing the inner smile helps us to get in touch with our emotions as they arise; to come into contact with old pains, tensions, or repressed, forgotten emotions and to make the body-mind connection more closely.

The inner smile helps us to practice the positive virtues of joy, love, courage, kindness, openness to others, honesty, gentleness, etc … that we had at birth and in childhood and that we lost…But these positive virtues can emanate again from our organs if those are relaxed and healthy. That’s why you have to learn to smile at them. Smile!

Find the Cosmic Inner Smile Manual in The Library here.

 

What is Sophrology?

Sophrology was elaborated in the sixties by Colombian neuro-psychiatrist Dr. Alphonso Caycedo. Sophrology is defined as the science of the harmony of the mind. Sophrology incorporates many techniques inspired by yoga, hypnosis and Zen philosophy.  Both a therapeutic technique and a philosophy of life, it allows  you to acquire a better knowledge of the self and to face the existential challenges with calm and serenity.

The definition given by Caycedo, in 1994 is: “Sophrology is the study of human consciousness and existential values ​​”

Etymology:
SOS = Balance, harmony
PHREN = Spirit, Consciousness
LOGOS = Science

It allows everyone to regain a physical and psychological balance, develop their potential and improve their well-being. The exercises offered are simple, accessible to all and easily applicable on a daily basis.

Who is it for?

Sophrology is for everyone and adapts to the needs and constraints of people of all ages through its accessible, simple and easy to perform exercises.

What can it do for you?

Sophrology can help you…

  • Relax and release tensions
  • Build your confidence, develop a more positive image
  • Reduce your stress, manage your emotions better
  • Reduce your anxiety, stay grounded
  • Overcome your fears, doubts and insecurities
  • Improve the quality of your sleep
  • Get ready for an event (school exam, job interview, sports competition, childbirth, medical intervention …)
  • Develop your memory, your concentration and your creativity
  • Handle life’s difficulties (divorce, mourning, relocation, layoffs…)
  • Manage pain and/or disease better
  • Overcome addictions (smoking, food, drugs…)

Sophrology is not a substitute for medicine and may in no case modify or replace a prescribed medical treatment.

What are the common points between sophrology and meditation?

These two practices are characterized by an “altered state of consciousness” for the purpose of being available to oneself, observing from a distance the flow of thoughts and being open to what is called the “full consciousness”. Both use attention and concentration. Sophrology is somewhere between hypnosis and meditation: it is a guided practice, like hypnosis, but you remain actor of your session, paying full attention to your body and inner feelings.

Sophrology in practice

Sophrology can be practiced anywhere: in a practitioner’s office, in group sessions, at work and at home. Muscular and mental relaxation techniques are used, as well as breathing exercises and positive visualizations. Sophrology offers a wide range of dynamic or static exercises that adapt to your needs and goals. Techniques are simple and easy to remember, and allow you to practice autonomously. 

Excessive blow-drying, repetitive coloring, chemical treatments such as perms, relaxers, summer hair damage (wind, sun, chlorine, salt water…) weaken and damage the hair. They are fragile and can become brittle, dry and break off easily. Before opting for a radical solution and cut your lengths, try this homemade hair serum for split ends. It’s very simple, quick to make and works miracle. Can also be used on the scalp and on the hair. For all hair types.

Sea buckthorn oil is perfect for dry damaged hair, helps stimulate hair growth and improves the overall health of your hair and scalp.

Aloe Vera gel acts as a great conditioner and leaves your hair all smooth and shiny. It promotes hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, reduces dandruff and conditions your hair.

Argan oil is proven to make hair softer, silkier and shinier. It is the ideal hair conditioner, and helps treat split ends and tame frizzy hair.

The vitamins and essential fatty acids naturally found in coconut oil nourish the scalp and help to remove sebum build-up from hair follicles. It also helps your hair grow longer, thicker, and faster. It penetrates into hair cuticles and seal them up.

Castor oil carries ricinoleic acid and omega- 6 essential fatty acids, which accelerate blood circulation to the scalp, hence increasing hair growth. It works on nourishing the scalp and strengthening the roots with the help of essential nutrients.

Ylang Ylang essential oil makes the hair smooth, supple and shiny, reduces hair loss and stimulates growth, regulates the production of sebum, stimulates and tones the scalp.

Geranium Bourbon essential oil regulates sebum secretion,  promotes hair growth, controls dandruff, relives scalp itch, strengthens the hair and makes it shine.

Sandalwood essential oil seals moisture into the hair, keeping it hydrated which allows no room for dry hair that leads to split ends.

Chamomile essential oil adds shine and softness to hair, and soothes the scalp.

Lavender essential oil deep conditions the hair, keeps it shiny, and helps control dandruff.

Vitamin E oil has antioxidant properties that help repair damaged hair follicles, it deeply conditions the hair from root to ends to make it healthier and shinier, encourages healthy hair growth and even prevents premature graying.

This formula will yield about 10 ml (0.34 fl. oz) of serum.

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No Split Ends Serum
Ingredients
  • 3 ml Sea Buckthorn Oil (0.10 fl. oz)
  • 2 ml Aloe Vera Gel (0.07 fl. oz)
  • 2 ml Argan Oil (0.07 fl. oz)
  • 1 ml Coconut Oil (0.03 fl. oz)
  • 1 ml Castor Oil (0.03 fl. oz)
  • 1 drop Ylang Ylang EO
  • 1 drop Geranium Bourbon EO
  • 1 drop Sandalwood EO
  • 1 drop Chamomile EO
  • 1 drop Lavender EO
  • 3 drops Vitamin E Oil
  • 10 ml Amber glass dropper bottle (0.34 fl. oz)
Instructions
  1. Using a small funnel, pour in the Aloe Vera gel with the argan, coconut and castor oils in the dropper bottle.

  2. Now carefully add the essential oils, drop by drop. Shake well.

  3. Add the Pro Vitamin B5, then add the Vitamin E oil.  Shake well to mix up the ingredients.

  4. To use, place 1-3 drops on your palm, rub both palms together then smooth over your hair length. Concentrate on applying it on your hair ends, especially, because this is where the most damage & split ends occur.

  5. Store in a cool dry place, away from sunlight.  If manufactured under optimum hygiene conditions and well stored, your product can be kept for at least 6 months.

 

 

 

We’ve all experienced at some point dry, chapped and/or cracked skin, rashes, itching, hives, dermatitis, pruritus, sores, burns, sunburns, frostbite, ulcers…The following anti-inflammatory, emollient cream will soothe, moisturize, nourish and soften the most delicate, fragile skin.

Recommended for sensitive skin, calendula oil has healing, anti-inflammatory properties and is perfect for treating skin problems such as rashes, burns, chapped hands, sunburns, cracked skin…

Chamomile floral water is anti-inflammatory, soothes skin redness, calms flushed skin and treats irritations and allergic reactions. Cicatrizing, it promotes a smooth skin repair.

Colloidal oatmeal calms itching and redness, soothes irritations, softens sensitive and irritated skin, promotes healing and skin regeneration. Emollient, it softens the skin and improves hydration. 

Aloe Vera gel is packed with essential vitamins and micro-nutrients. Its cicatrizing properties stimulate skin repair and accelerate cutaneous micro circulation. Soothing, it calms inflammation and relieves irritations. It is also an excellent moisturizer.

Known for its healing, calming, anti fungal and anti toxic properties, spiked lavender essential oil can be applied directly on wounds, burns, sunburns, insect bites, psoriasis, acne and mycoses.

With its strong skin healing properties, benzoin resin helps repair and regenerate the skin. Soothing, it is perfect for irritations, burns, acne, rosacea and psoriasis.

Products used:
Organic Calendula Oil from Organic Creations (buy here)
NON-GMO Emulsifying Wax Pastilles from Milliard  (buy here).
Organic Chamomile Hydrosol from Organic Creations (buy here)
Organic Colloidal Oatmeal from Organic Creations (buy here)
Organic Preservative NataPres from Lotioncrafter (buy here)

 This formula will yield 40 grams (1.5 oz) of cream. Use the percentages to adjust to a different quantity.

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Soothing Spiked Lavender and Benzoin Cream
Author: Corinne
Ingredients
PHASE A
  • 25% Calendula Oil 10 grams (0.37 oz)
  • 5% Emulsifying Wax 2 grams (0.07 oz)
PHASE B
  • 54% Chamomile Hydrosol 21.5 grams (0.76 oz)
  • 10% Aloe Vera Gel 4 grams (0.15 oz)
  • 5% Colloidal Oatmeal 2 grams (0.07 oz)
PHASE C
  • 1% Benzoin Essential Oil 0.4 grams (15 drops)
  • 1% Spiked Lavender Essential Oil 0.4 grams (15 drops)
  • 1% Vitamin E Oil 0.4 grams (15 drops)
  • 2% NataPres (preservative) 0.8 grams (0.03 oz)
Instructions
  1. Sterilize the container that you will store your cream in, as well as all containers and tools used to prepare the cream in boiling water.

  2. Transfer Phase A (oil + wax) into a bowl (stainless steel bowl is preferred)

  3. In another bowl, transfer Phase B (floral water + gel + oatmeal). Mix thoroughly. 

  4. Heat the 2 bowls in a double-boiler to 70°C (158°F). 

    I use a saute pan as a double boiler (see image)

  5. When the emulsifying wax is completely melted and the water begins to simmer, remove the bowls from the double-boiler.

  6. Slowly pour Phase B into Phase A stirring vigorously for about 3 minutes.

    I use a mini mixer-use metal piece (see image)

  7. Place the bowl in a container filled with icy cold water and continue stirring until the mixture is chilled.

  8. Add Phase C (remaining ingredients) and mix after each addition.

  9. Transfer the final mixture to a container of your choice.

  10. Store your pot away from light and heat. If manufactured under optimum hygiene conditions and well stored, your product can be kept for at least 3 months.

The French word “Jardinière” doesn’t translate to English. Best I could come up with was mixed veggies, and truly, that’s exactly what it is. There are many ways to cook and spice vegetables but I chose my Grandmother’s way, the healthy way…Well kind of…I replaced the olive oil with butter (yes, vegan!) to have less of a “grown-up” taste and more of a “baby taste”. Because we all need some comfort food that is vegan and healthy, don’t we now?

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Jardinière de Légumes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 TBSP Vegan Butter
  • 1 medium Yellow Onion (chopped)
  • 4 medium Carrots (sliced)
  • 3 medium Gold Potatoes (cubed)
  • 2 Cups Broccoli Florets
  • 3 Cups Cauliflower Florets
  • 8 Oz Water
  • Salt (to taste)
Instructions
  1. In a non stick cooking pot, melt the butter and sauté the onion until golden

  2. Add carrots and potatoes then add the water. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes

  3. Add the cauliflower and broccoli and cook for another 10 minutes, until tender

  4. Add salt to taste then serve

 

Summer is just around the corner for us Angelenos but it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a good hearty autumn meal. I originally intended to make a white bean salad but got inspired at the last minute and decided on this dish instead. Great über major idea! It was delicious. So quick and simple to make too…a true winner for a cozy dinner. Enjoy!

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Haricots Blancs à la Bretonne
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Servings: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 Can Cannellini White Beans (15 Oz)
  • 8 Oz Tomato Sauce (Marinara is fine)
  • 3/4 Cup Yallow Onion (chopped)
  • 2 Oz Vegan Butter
  • 1/2 TBSP White Flour
Instructions
  1. Rinse beans then set aside

  2. Melt butter in a deep non stick frying pan

  3. Add onions and sauté until translucent

  4. Sprinkle flour then cook for about 2 minutes stirring constantly

  5. Add tomato sauce and salt to taste. Mix well then simmer over very low heat for about 5 to 7 minutes

  6. Add beans, mix and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally

  7. Serve hot