Alexis Smart Flower Remedies – Safe And Sound

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Safe and Sound is just one of many flower remedies offered by the beautiful Alexis Smart. Alexis is a flower remedy practitioner who studied Bach flower remedies for more than a decade, working with mentors in the direct lineage of Dr. Bach. She also studied homeopathy and has learned the link between emotional trauma and physical illness, and the miracle of healing when emotional balance is restored. I first discovered this brand after researching Dr. Bach’s Flower Remedies. When I came across Alexis’s site, I fell in love with her descriptions of every blend. I also really related to her natural approach.

Harmless and non-toxic, flower remedies are a great choice for families who wish not to use drugs, chemicals or even harsh herbal preparations or homeopathics, which may cause side effects in babies and sensitive individuals.

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of using Safe And Sound…

Indications:

  • Panic attacks
  • Fear
  • Apprehension

Benefits:

  • Safe
  • Calm
  • Secure

Directions:

4 drops, 4 times a day under the tongue.
*May be taken more frequently as needed.

Ingredients:

Organic brandy, spring water, flower essences of: aspen, clematis, heather, honeysuckle, mimulus, rock rose, star of Bethlehem

*Note: Available in alcohol-free option. Please specify in the order notes if you would prefer vegetable glycerine.

My Results:

I have now been taking the Safe and Sound every day, four times a  day for two weeks. The understanding with most natural remedies is that they can take awhile to really show results. That was not the case for me with this blend. After just two days of using this blend I noticed a difference in my anxiety. After a week I noticed that I was having to take less medication for my anxiety.

I have been experiencing increased anxiety and panic attacks after dealing with an inner ear imbalance which had caused me to live with chronic vertigo for the last three months. This condition was making it almost impossible for me to go anywhere without having panic attacks because the dizziness was so incapacitating. Many of you who have read my blog for awhile know that I suffer from chronic health issues but I haven’t spoken much about my vertigo publicly.

The moment I realized my panic attacks were out of control was when I went into my local grocery store and while I was in one of the isle’s looking at food, I was hit by a horrible dizzy spell. The room felt like it was moving and I started to panic. My entire body went numb.  I ended up leaving my grocery basket,  full of food,  and running out of the store crying. People were looking at me. It was horrible. I decided after that incident that I needed to seriously find something that would help me with the panic attacks.

Safe and Sound has been helping me to better deal with anxiety.  Having to deal with chronic anxiety is exhausting and most people don’t talk about it.  We live in a time when we are all supposed to have it all together! Some people judge anxiety as a weakness. The truth of the matter is we live in a complicated time with a lot of outside expectations as well as the self imposed ones as well. Anxiety issues are complex and manifest differently for everyone. Some people get extroverted because of nerves. For others, they need to restrict too much intensity because it’s overwhelming to their delicate nervous system. And they need to retreat to calm down.  It’s as varied as people are and nothing to be ashamed of.

We all need to be kinder to ourselves. I’m just so happy I  discovered Alexis Smart’s Flower Remedies. You (and I) can rest assured that her “Safe and Sound” is now sitting happily in my daily arsenal of helpful living tools!

I find that I just feel better when I take this blend every day. I am almost running out and plan to re-purchase. I also have my eye on a few of her other blends, especially My Personal Assistant and Beauty Formula No.8

Have you ever tried any of Alexis Smart’s Flower Blends or any other flower remedies? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section!

xoxo,

Britanie

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All Is Well – The Power Of Positive Affirmations

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I posted this photo a few days ago after reading “All Is Well” by Louise Hay and Mona Lisa Schulz. If you haven’t read this or any of her other books I highly recommend you do so. She is an incredible person and a huge inspiration in my life. She has helped to heal many people from chronic health issues, pain and anxiety. I have suffered from chronic pain and anxiety disorder for years and I am constantly researching natural ways to heal myself. Positive affirmations have been such a huge help in my life.

Positive affirmations may seem ridiculous to some but there is scientific proof that they work at healing the entire mind and body. I have touched on the importance of positive affirmations before but I have to say I am even more convinced now than I ever was before. I have been successfully using the tools I have learned from Louise Hay in my every day life and I have had less anxiety attacks and have experienced more self-confidence and joy. It may seem to good to be true but I assure you, it works.

Here is a brief description of All Is Well:

In this healing tour de force, best-selling authors Louise L. Hay and Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz have teamed up for an exciting reexamination of the quintessential teachings from Heal Your Body. All Is Well brings together Louise’s proven affirmation system with Mona Lisa’s knowledge of both medical science and the body’s intuition to create an easy-to-follow guide for health and well-being. And, for the first time ever, they present scientific evidence showing the undeniable link between the mind and body that makes these healing methods work. Bringing focus and clarity to the effects of emotions on the body, All Is Well separates the body into seven distinct groups of organs—or emotional centers—that are connected by their relationship to certain emotions. Structured around these emotional centers, the authors outline common imbalances and probable mental causes for physical illness. They also include case studies that show a complete program for healing that draws from all disciplines, including both traditional and alternative medicine, affirmations, nutritional changes, and so much more. Using the self-assessment quiz, the holistic health advice, and an expanded version of Louise’s original affirmation chart, you can learn how to heal your mind and body with affirmations and intuition and live a balanced, healthy life.

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How Positive Affirmations Work:

Positive affirmations are a great tool to reprogram your unconscious mind from negative thinking to positive. Positive affirmations are a quick and easy way to de-stress your body and your life. Saying a mantra can make the difference in your day by setting a sense of balance to all that you do. Research has shown that every thought and emotion creates a chemical reaction because it immediately changes our neurochemicals that affect our mental, physical and spiritual health. Whenever a negative thought pops up you have the ability and the power to cancel it out by replacing it with a positive one.

How To Start:

I recommend saying an affirmation upon waking in the morning. This will help to affect all of your decision making for the day as well as your all-over attitude. Don’t stress about remembering the mantra word for word. The goal is to help de-stress. Slowly read the affirmation daily and nightly and eventually you won’t need to look at anything to remember it, it will be ingrained in you! When I first started with affirmations I would accidentally switch words around but after lots of repetition and practice, I now know them by heart. You can also say them silently when you are out in public. It’s a good stress remedy that you can always carry with you wherever you go!

Which Mantras To Choose:

Your affirmations and mantras can be unique and your own. Or they can be chosen from something you read that inspired you. I personally say mantras that I learned from Louise Hay. I picked the ones that really resonated the most with me. You can create your own or mix it up with other mantras you find elsewhere. Think about what you are trying to create or accomplish in your life. Are you looking to feel more empowered? To be more at peace? To be energized? Focus on what it is that you are trying to achieve right now and the right affirmations will fall into place.

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Do you use Positive Affirmations in your daily routine? Have you ever read any of Louise Hay’s work? Please share your thoughts in the comments section!

 xoxo,

Britanie

Life Update | If You Stumble, Make It Part Of The Dance.

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“Once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”Haruki Murakami

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I figured I would do a quick life update since I haven’t done one in awhile. Things have been stressful lately – between my beloved cat recently passing away and our new puppy being sick and in and out of the hospital, I haven’t been getting much sleep and my health has really been a struggle. I’ve been in a lot of pain and haven’t been able to do as much as I would like to. I have been trying my hardest to get everything done that I can on my good days and on the bad days I just give in and let my body rest as much as possible. After years of dealing with chronic health issues I have finally learned to say no when it’s too much for my body and I know when I should and shouldn’t push myself.

I am always working on staying positive and not letting the pain make me hard. I am looking forward to gardening soon. I have some projects I am working on that I am really excited about and I am thankful for the good days that I have and I don’t ever take a pain-free day for granted. It has made me more aware of the beauty in the world and has made me appreciate the little things in life so much more than I think I ever would have had I not dealt with so much pain for so long.

Onto some beautiful images I have taken recently:

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“Do what you love. It’s going to lead to where you want to go.” — Wayne White

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Tayo and Tianna love each other. Who would have thought? Tayo is so gentle with her and watching them together brings me so much joy. They are the cutest duo I ever did see.

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For all of my readers who also deal with chronic health issues, I feel your pain and frustration. I know how hard it is but remember you are not alone and there is a greater purpose for all of the pain. This quote below has been an inspiration in my life and I hope you find comfort from it as well:

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I hope you are all doing wonderful. Your support, comments and emails mean the world to me.

xoxo,

Britanie

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Rest, relax, and be in a letgo.

“Rest, relax, and be in a letgo. Letgo is the secret of life. Letgo is the secret of religion. Letgo is the greatest secret. When you are in a letgo many things, millions of things, start happening. They were already happening but you were never aware.” – Osho

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Lately I have been really trying even harder to stay present in the moment and to surround myself with the most positive of energies that I can. I have a lot going on with my health right now and I could easily choose to just give in to the stress and the frustration of it all, but instead I am trying to focus on the things I am not lacking in: i.e.- love, support, inspiration, faith, hope.

It can be very easy from an outsiders view to look in on someones life (especially nowadays with blogs, facebook, twitter, etc) and to judge someone’s life based on a mere glimpse of what that person chooses to share with the world. I try to share the things that are hopeful and happy in my life. I will not ever pretend that everything in my life is perfect because there is no such thing as perfection. I also will never be actively negative on my blog or any other source of an outlet for myself and others.

I believe in being honest and real but there is nothing good that can come from focusing solely on the painful and sad things in your life. It’s normal and okay to share those things with people you love and trust but always bear in mind that negative energy can easily be contagious and projected and is not usually ever useful for neither yourself or anyone else.

My goal in my life is to find ways to cope with the hardships I have been given for whatever reason they may be. I plan to take whatever possible good I can from every painful thing I experience, both physical, emotional and mental. From pain comes knowledge and strength. I choose to keep pushing on through the setbacks so that I can find the light at the end of the tunnel. No matter how bad things get there is always something to be thankful for.

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Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

I am lucky enough to live very close by to Kripalu which is one of the most calming, beautiful and meditative spots around. I love to go here and take photos, explore the grounds, visit the cafe and shop and just sit and look out at the magnificent view.

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St. Francis of Assisi

Many of the stories that surround the life of St. Francis deal with his love for animals. Perhaps the most famous incident that illustrates the Saint’s humility towards nature is recounted in the “Fioretti” (“Little Flowers”), a collection of legends and folklore that sprang up after the Saint’s death. It is said that, one day, while Francis was traveling with some companions, they happened upon a place in the road where birds filled the trees on either side. Francis told his companions to “wait for me while I go to preach to my sisters the birds.”The birds surrounded him, intrigued by the power of his voice, and not one of them flew away. He is often portrayed with a bird, typically in his hand.

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Organic Wild Rosehip Seed Oil  & 100% Pure Unrefined Shea Butter

I have been wanting to try pure Rosehip seed oil for awhile now and when I found this one for just $15.95 I had to get it. It’s an added bonus that it’s Organic. I also picked up some more Shea Butter because I go through it so quickly and this one in particular is so soft, it’s almost whipped! It goes on like a dream. Both of these are super hydrating (and affordable!).

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I went to the ER yesterday afternoon after having severe spasms in my stomach for the past few days. It got worse yesterday and I decided it probably best to go get it checked out. I deal with chronic digestive issues on a daily basis but these spasms were consistent and different than usual. I spent four hours in the ER, had x-ray’s and blood work and thankfully they didn’t find anything serious. I am scheduled for exploratory surgery on Friday to rule out any possibility of an Ulcer, Diverticulitis, etc. If everything comes back normal than it’s most likely my Spastic Colon that’s causing the pain. I will feel better once I have everything ruled out though.

I will go back to what I said earlier in this post and that is that I am focusing on the good that came from this situation. I ended up meeting someone at the hospital who recommended a specific medication for my chronic nausea and so far it’s been life changing.

There is a reason for everything we experience (good or bad). It may not always be our destiny in this lifetime to know the reason why, but it is up to us to decide what to do with the information we are given and whether or not we wish to turn it into something positive.

xoxo,

Britanie

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life update | a certain darkness is needed to see the stars.

I had my third Iron Transfusion yesterday which left me feeling pretty ill and achy to say the least. Matthew was here with me which helped immensely, he held my hand and rubbed my back. He is such a comfort to me in every way. Unfortunately he had to leave this morning to go back to Long Island. I hate saying goodbye. It is not easy seeing the person you love the most in the world only once a week. It’s hard. It hurts. The only thing that keeps me going is the strength of our love and the hope that we will be able to afford our own place very soon. I believe that slowly but surely things are looking up from here.

I wasn’t able to do my “What I’m Loving Lately” blog post on Saturday because I just haven’t been feeling good and I just didn’t even have the energy to type out a blog post. I will be doing one this weekend and it will be full of a lot of new and lovely things so keep an eye out for that. I am also doing a blog post on my favorite books for Fall over at my dear friend Cristina’s blog and I was asked to write for The Vogue Vegan on every Wednesday of the month about my favorite Vegan beauty products. I have some great projects happening right now and it feels wonderful… now all I need is for my body to feel wonderful and all is good in my world!

It was about 50 degrees out the other day and the sun was hiding behind the trees. There was that beautiful autumn glow outside that I love so much. I decided to get bundled up and go on a little stroll with my camera and added lenses in hand. I ended up getting some shots that I am really proud of and that really symbolize fall for me.

Matthew brought me back these beautiful earrings from Paris. I love them.

“It is always what I have already said: always the wish that you may find patience enough in yourself to endure, and simplicity enough to believe; that you may acquire more and more confidence in that which is difficult, and in your solitude among others. and for the rest, let life happen to you. believe me: life is right, in any case.”

— Rainer Maria Rilke

life update | I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

October is my favorite month in the world. I love the yellow and rich red leaves on the ground. The cool, crisp air. Layering clothes and wearing boots everyday. It’s been absolutely freezing out the past few days and I feel Winter nearing sooner than I would like it to. If only Fall could last forever. I still want to go apple picking, paint some pumpkins and take some beautiful fall photos. Matthew is coming here tomorrow (finally) he has been away in Europe for almost two weeks. It’s been really hard not seeing each other for so long and especially during my transfusions. I had my second iron transfusion on Wednesday and it was pretty rough. I had a dizzy spell from all the medications they gave me and I ended up staying in the hospital longer than expected. You know that you are on too many medications when they serve you hospital food and you think it’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten!

Today is the first day I actually feel like I have a little bit of energy. I think this is the first time I have worn makeup in a few weeks or have had any ounce of energy to put myself together nicely. I hope this is a sign of more good days to come. I’m staying positive as always!

“Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think
“I’m not going to make it” but you laugh inside
— remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.”

I was featured on one of my favorite blogs The Clean Beauty Blog where I talked in-depth about my current skincare routine. It’s been so fun to collaborate with other blogs and I have a few more things coming up soon that I will be working on that I am really excited about.

[outfit: melika boots from justfab.com, sweater from american eagle, blazer from the gap, hat from h&m, dress is thrifted, calla lily earrings from jewelmint.com]

[face: Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream (this is seriously the best foundation I have used in ages!!!!), Vapour Organic Beauty Illusionist Concealer, Pure + simple Blush, TheBalm Shady Lady Palette No. 2, lipstick in the color "Galaxy" by ZuZu Luxe and Ardell Demi Lashes.]

Presents from the lovely May Lindstrom. I will be doing a very in-depth review of every product from her line coming soon! So far I am absolutely madly in love with everything she sent me. Her packaging and products are so luxurious and she is one of the sweetest people in the world. Such an inspiration.

I knew they were secretly in love. I don’t think they meant to get caught but they did. cutest thing ever.

I put together this huge tin of organic loose lavender and chamomile tea and I’ve been drinking it every night before bed. It really helps to relax me. I love these two herbs on their own but I find that they work amazingly well in conjunction. I like to add a little bit of honey too, it’s a nice night time treat for the senses.

I looked after my 10 week old lovely nephew yesterday and it was the highlight of my week. his smile kills me!

and then to add to my happiness my sister in law sent me this photo of carter!! I said YES of course!!!

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xoxo,

Britanie

Staying positive despite setbacks.

“I am
a series of
small victories
and large defeats
and I am as
amazed
as any other
that
I have gotten
from there to
here”

Charles Bukowski

I had 13 vials of blood taken this week. I am still very anemic but the reason for all of the blood work was to check up on my hormones to make a decision on whether or not I should start on natural Progesterone cream to help keep the Endometriosis at bay.

I have been in a lot of pain and have been vomiting a lot lately because my food just won’t digest. It’s been extremely frustrating and uncomfortable to eat and feel miserable immediately afterwards. I recently started seeing a new Acupuncturist. I have seen her twice already and really, really like her. She has given me some Chinese Herbs to take and she has worked with both Endometriosis and Gastoparesis so I feel very hopeful about it. I am not expecting to see instant results as I know sometimes Acupuncture and Herbs can take up to six months to really feel the full effect but I am hopeful that I will be able to see some results fairly soon.

I am still hoping that at some point I will be able to get my Esthetics license as I would really love to do that professionally. I have been considering it for years now but unfortunately my health has made it impossible to really commit to anything full time right now. I am praying every day that within the next year of doing acupuncture on a regular basis and eating a Paleo diet (no grains or sugar) and incorporating Qi-Gong, Yoga and Walking into my daily life that I will feel better enough to be able to work on my career as an esthetician.

I don’t expect I will ever be completely healed of all of my health issues but I do expect to be able to function more normally and to not be suffering on a daily basis. I am staying positive and although I allow myself times to cry and be frustrated and discouraged, I always force myself to focus on the amazing things in my life and the little things that make me happy and it helps me get through the day.

I encourage anyone who also suffers from chronic pain whether it be physical, mental or emotional to try your best to put any energy you can muster up into thinking about the things you are thankful for and the things that make you smile. It can be anything. Just focus on it and remind yourself of the good things in your life instead of dwelling on the bad.

and of course always remember that this too shall pass.

Sometimes I feel like my Camera is my therapist. Whenever I walk around with it in my hand and see things to photograph it feels so cathartic.

xoxo,

Britanie

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Keep Going (Dealing with Chronic Health Issues)

“Let everything happen to you,
Beauty and terror.
Just keep going,
No feeling is final.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

I’ve been in a lot of pain this week and sometimes it gets hard to get out of bed, let alone put my makeup on and make a blog post with a smile on my face. If there is anything I have learned about living with chronic physical pain it is that every thing you do, every thing you say that is positive will help you so much in the long run.

Sometimes I am over eager to do more than my body is capable of doing and I don’t listen to my body and I push too much and I pay for it after. Sometimes it is worth it and other times it’s a big set back. I am learning to accept when my body can not do something and to not feel guilt about it.

I think a lot of people who deal with chronic health issues live with a severe amount of guilt. I know I do. Guilt that we aren’t doing as much as we should be. Guilt that we are disappointing friends and loved ones by having to cancel plans on short notice or just simply knowing that you cannot go somewhere with them because of how you are feeling physically. It can be really stressful and being stressed out only makes matters worse.

I am learning every day to not put pressure on myself and to not feel guilty if I cannot push myself as far as I or someone wishes that I could. I can only do the best that I can do for myself. My advice to anyone out there who suffers from chronic pain, physical or mental, don’t beat yourself up about it. Push yourself just enough to where you are comfortable. Don’t surround yourself with people who are not understanding of your situation.

If someone really loves you for you and wants to be around you they will see you for so much more than just your health issues and they won’t make you feel guilty about not being able to go places all of the time or for canceling plans. If anything they will be proud of you for even wanting to do so much regardless of how bad you are feeling. Just having the drive to do more is enough. If you feel that people in your life are not understanding of that then you need to re-evaluate who is in your core group of friends. A real friend would never make you feel bad for feeling sick.

Just because we live with chronic health issues does not mean that we are our health issues. We are so much more than that.

Keep on keeping on.

“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.”

xo,

Britanie

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