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Mercury Retrograde 2017

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“Solstice” comes from two Latin words: sol meaning “sun” and sistere meaning “to stand still” because it appeared as though the sun and moon had stopped moving across the sky. This

 longest night of the year, followed by a renewal of the sun, demonstrates the cyclical order of the cosmos. In this way, celebrating the solstice can be a beautiful remembrance that our lives are part of a larger order, always changing, always renewing.

If we look around us we can see that the rest of nature has quieted down, slowed down, or at least taken its activity underground into its roots or burrows. Since we are a part of nature, So this is the gift of the season: a pause to appreciate and to nurture our roots, our connections that support us so well all year long.

Winter Solstice is one of our oldest celebrations, dating back to the dawn of modern civilization some 30,000 years ago. For ancient people, the winter solstice was an awesome, mysterious, and powerful phenomenon tap into this magical time with ritual, intention and meditation.

A couple of suggestions for rituals for the winter solstice

  • Make a Christmas wreath which is an ancient tradition made of evergreens, holly, and ivy. The wreath’s circle symbolizes the wheel of the year and the completion of another cycle.
  • Light a candle on the solstice and shine the light and reflect and meditate on your teachings and wisdom from the year gone by.
  • Cleanse your home with some sage or bells.
  • Cleanse your own energy field with some sage, rose water, or a nice cleansing salt bath
  • Decorating the tree with objects resembling fruits, nuts, berries, to acknowledge
  • the gifts of abundance from Mother eart


Feng Shui is all about having the most supportive, inspiring and healthiest home. One of the first steps to achieving these Feng Shui goals is to give your home a really good cleaning.  But because Feng Shui also means living in harmony with the earth, your cleaning should use natural organic products that honor and nurture that relationship.

Using natural home cleaning products supports the sense of smell. Many cleaning products include natural essential oils, and thus will make your home smell nice by offering an “aromatherapy” effect. Lavender is a natural disinfectant. Imagine getting your home clean while enjoying that beautiful relaxing aroma. You can even add a few drops to your clothes before they go into the dryer or a few drops in the vacuum.

Lemon is another magical essential oil. You can use a few drops on stains on your clothes, or add a few drops to a gallon of water when mopping your white tile floors.

Tea tree essential oil offers antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties. It works especially well to get rid of mildew and mold around the house.

By contrast, bleach and other chemicals in non-natural cleaning products can create smells and even toxic odors that are unbearable.

Simple Ingredients needed for making your own cleaning products include:

  • Baking soda
  • Citrus seed extract: Usually made from grapefruit seed, this natural preservative is a powerful antimicrobial agent. It is often sold as grapefruit seed extract
  • Essential oils: lavender, sweet orange; bergamot, rosemary, eucalyptus or tea tree; thyme; lemon or lemongrass; and peppermint or citronella
  • Cider Vinegar

And here are some great recipes for making your own natural cleaning products:

All purpose cleaner

9 parts water to 1 part white vinegar

For the Bathroo

10 drops of tea tree oil and three cups of white vinegar. Add  to your toilet bowl and let sit for 15 minutes.

Fill a spray bottle with half water and half vinegar for a  shower or bathtub cleaner. leave for 30 minutes before rinsing off.


Glass Cleaner

Mix two cups water, 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar, and 1 to 2 drops of lemon essential oil.

Tile Grout Cleaner

Mix 1 part water and 3 parts baking soda mixed into a paste. Apply to grout and let sit; and then scrub.


Use sea salt with a little lemon juice or essential oil and scrub. Also, try baking soda and water made into a paste.

If you decide to purchase natural cleaning products instead of making them at home, there are  just a couple of qualities to look out for:

  • Nontoxic
  • Fragrance free
  • Biobased
  • Reduced and recyclable packaging
  • No VOCs
  • Pesticide Free
  • Biodegradable

Feng Shui principals are becoming so widespread, you can get some great natural brands at the local health food store. Noweven grocery stores carry them.






Feng Shui and Energy Chi

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Science has proven that everything is made up of energy. In the Chinese art and science of Feng

Shui we call energy Chi. The Egyptians call it Ka, the Hebrew have Ruach, the Japanese have Ki,

Chi is condensed and dispersed in alternative cycles of positive (Sheng Chi) and negative (Sha

Chi) energy, and it manifests in various forms. Chi can not be destroyed; however, it can be

transformed. Energy can be blocked and build up negatively, or it can flow freely, which is what

we want in our homes. Feng Shui supports the energy flow in your environment, which directly

impacts the energy flow in your body and thus can unleash more of your energy and vitality.

As you read this article, realize that the magazine is comprised of particles of energy; the

computer you may be reading this on is exactly the same. The grass, the sun: it’s all energy.

Feng Shui translates to wind and water. When we consider the chi of water, we know we drink it,

wash with it, we cannot survive without it and we see this as positive energy. However a tsunami

can destroy an entire town. Wind is similar. It can feel amazing and caressing on a warm day. It

can be harnessed to create electricity. Yet too much wind can destroy cities. The key is balance.

In Feng Shui we differentiate three kinds of chi.

First we have heavenly chi, our destiny energy. This is the energy we are born with, the soul

agreements we have decided to have before we come into human form. Soul agreements are

made with your children, your lover, your mother and so on. When we bring Feng Shui into our

lives it does not change these pre-destined forces and experiences, but it makes what we would

perceive as a bad experiences less painful, more graceful.

Then there is human chi. This is your physical, emotional and mental chi. Feng Shui really

supports balance and alignment in your body, feelings and mind. Imagine living in a home that is

off-balance. You try self care, perhaps by seeing an acupunturist who brings your body into

balance. But when you return home to a cluttered and imbalanced environment you will likely

throw your body, mind and spirit out of alignment again.

Lastly we have earth chi. Earth chi includes mountains, water, the climate, and where we are

located in this earthly energy. Each of us is unique and has different needs; some people do well

in hot weather as others in cool. Feng Shui absolutely supports by connecting us with nature. We

spend 80% of our time inside our home or car or office and back again. Many of us have lost that

deep connection to Nature and the natural rhythms of the earth. Hundreds of years ago people

did not have clocks and calenders to tell them when to do things; they would just look up to the

sun and the moon and know when to plant their crops. They would speak to the land and

intuitively know what herbs would heal various ailments.

Feng Shui invites us to connect with Mother Earth, to commune with her, bring her elements

inside with plants, water fountains and crystals that harmonize our bodies and ground our enegy.

We are spiritual beings having human experiences and Feng Shui invites us to create a space

that connects the inside and the outside, bringing the colors of nature inside, soft browns, healing

greens and blues that remind us of nature’s abundant gifts.


Feng Shui for fertility

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When using Feng Shui to encourage fertility, the whole idea is to achieve a deep sense of harmony and balance in your life. How beautiful that you are opening yourself up to receive the blessings of carrying another soul within your body or going to support someone with this

Calculating Your Personal Trigram/ Pa Kua

Calculating the elements and best directions for the bride and Groom to stand while getting married and to sit in the reception area

Calculating the Male Trigram

  1. Subtract 1 from the birth year if born before 2/4 or 2/5
  1. Add ALL of the digits of your birth year until it reduces to a single number.
  1. Subtract this single number from 11.  The result is your Gua number.
  1. If the result is 5, the gua becomes 2.

(i.e., a man born on 1/23/1978 would use 1977 – see rule #1, 1+9+7+7=24, 2+4=6, 11-6=5,

5 becomes 2

(i.e., a man born on 5/23/1978, 1+9+7+8=25, 2+5=7, 11-7=4

Calculating the Female Trigram

  1. Same as above
  1. Same as above

Add 4 to this single number.  The result is your Gua number.

If the result is 5, the gua becomes 8.

(i.e., a woman born on 1/23/1978 would use 1977, 1+9+7+7=24, 2+4=6, 6+4=10, 1+0=1)

(i.e., a woman born on 5/23/1978, 1+9+7+8=25, 2+5=7, 7+4=11, 1+1=2)

(i.e., a girl born on 5/2/2003, 2+3=5, 5 becomes 8)


The Chinese Year Number is calculated the same as the Male Trigram:

2009 = 2 + 9 = 11, 1 + 1 = 2, 11 – 2 = 9

2010 = 2 + 1 = 3, 11 – 3 = 8

1977 = 1 + 9 +7 + 7 = 24, 2 + 4 = 6, 11 – 6 = 5 (does NOT become an 8)  

After working out your Feng Shui number (Pa Kua number) See below to see what your Feng Shui Element is

 #1 Is water

#2 Earth

#3 Wood

#4 Wood

#5 Earth

#6 Metal

#7 Metal

#8 Earth

#9 Fire

Water’s color:  black, indigo or dark blue

Water’s shape:  wavy and curvy patterns

Water material:  metal fountains, aquariums and pools


Wood’s color:  Green (the color is not as affective the element

Wood’s shape:  Rectangular, columns, patterns vertical or horizontal

Wood material:  Trees, plants and fresh flowers


Fire’s color:  Reddish like a flame, reds and purples, burgundy, cranberry

Fire’s shapes:  Triangles, pyramids and tall pointed shapes

Fire material:  Candle, the color red, full spectrum lighting, candles, lamps and night-light


Earth’s colors:  Terra-cotta, yellow, browns and beiges

Earth’s shape:  Square, low objects associated with the feeling of stability

Earth’s material:  Large scale furnishings, sand, clay, ceramics, marble, granite,

river rocks, crystals, adobe brick and stucco


Metal’s color:  White, gold, silver, copper, reflective colors and pastels

Metal’s shape:  Oval, arches and round as when metal contracts

Metal objects or material:  Rod iron, steel and copper any objects made of metal

Metal’s texture:  Smooth, as are the surfaces of metal when formed or heated


The 5 elemental Cycles

The creative cycle is one of harmony and generation. It represents a positive, nurturing transformation from one phase of chi energy to another. Burning Wood produces fire ® Fire leaves behind Earth ® Earth is the source of Metal ® Metal liquefies into a substance flowing like water, Metal creates water with condensation ® Water helps wood thrive.

Destructive Cycle extinguishes fire ® Fire melts metal ® Metal pierces wood ® Wood draws from the earth ® Earth blocks the water

The Reductive Cycle Wood absorbs water into its roots to allow the plant to grow ® Water corrodes the metal, turning it to rust ® Metal weakens the earth by using the earth’s energy to sustain an environment to allow it to form ® Earth reduces fire ® Fire reduces wood by burning it to ashes. The Reductive Cycle is used to weaken the dominating element without having to destroy it completely, unlike the destructive cycle.

For example: If your Feng Shui element (Pa Kua Number) is #3 or # 4 Wood, Bringing the wood and or water colors and elements will feed and support you. Bringing the colors of Greens and blues, adding plants or a small water feature.

A #6 or #7 metal person would not be recommended to add too much fire colors this would weaken their element

Classical Feng Shui for fertility

Most importantly make sure they are not sleeping in a combination, or if it’s in the door way, office, main areas of the house

2,9,  1,5,9

Miscarriage combinations: 2,4,9  or 3,3 8, or 3,4,6 or 4,4,7,  4,6 or 4,7 combination


Pregnancies:  If you have an 8 in the South babies are easy


Good baby combinations:

  • 2,8 baby opportunity
  • 8, 8 in the East easy to get pregnant but easy to have miscarriage
  • Double numbers in the North twin boys with a double sitting house


Calculate the house type

If the home is a double facing please make sure to balance the home by adding Mountain energy at the sitting side


If the home is in a lock its very important to add the water somewhere outside the home if possible to the East or South West location to unlock the home and make it much for supportive for the people and fertility.

Use Feng Shui to Increase Your Fertility

Best Position

The Flying star system is the most powerful form of feng Shui, There are nine stars in the system, and each with its own influence that can harbor you to good luck and fortune, or bring you to disaster to the people that live in the house

One of the flying star # 9 “It is the enhancer” its funny for 2011 it actually falls into the west location so whatever you place there will be enhance

2011 – West

2012 – North East

2013 – South

Lucky Position

The # 8 is also an extremely lucky number, this is a great area to spend time in

2011 -North West

2012 – West

2013 – North East

Best time to get pregnant

The ancient Chinese had found out the best month to get pregnant, in different ages. For the best chance of falling pregnant you should consistently have sex on that month. In addition, the woman’s age should be based on the Lunar Calendar.

Age 20 – February ; 21 – March ; 22 – April ; 23 – May ; 24 – June ; 25 – July ; 26 – August ; 27 – September ; 28 – October ; 29 – November ; 30 – December ; 31 – January ; 32 – February ; 33 – March ; 34 – April ; 35 – May ; 36 – June ; 37 – July ; 38 – August ; 39 – September ; 40 – October ; 41 – November ; 42 – December 43 – January 44- February

Its important that the NW corner of the home on both inside and out are kept clear and open this is refereed to as heavens gates and the energy needs to be open and flowing here for the life force to enter the home

Outside the home

  • Plant a fruit tree—then take good care of it! Fruit trees are an ancient symbol of fertility, and the more fruit your tree produces, the higher your chances of conceiving. It would be even more helpful it was located in the West section of the garden
  • Remove anything blocking the front door, such as a tree, overgrown bushes, even a car parked in front of your house. The front door is the “mouth of chi,” so blocking the door prevents positive energy from entering your home.
  • Eliminate “poison arrows,” especially those pointing toward your front door. Poison arrows are corners that make sharp angles, either inside or outside your home, and slash through the power that comes with good chi. If you can’t get rid of them, try to cover them up with plants (this works inside as well as outside).
  • Make sure the chi is getting inside the home and there are no trees or poles in-line with the front door preventing energy from flowing inwards

Inside the home

  • Keep it “calm”—you might want to put off remodeling the kitchen or starting any other big project while trying to conceive.
  • Make sure all your plants are well cared for, and get rid of any that have seen better days.
  • Doors or windows aren’t blocked – Chi moves through house without bumping into barriers or blockades such as misplaced objects, boxes or furniture.
  • All rooms free of clutter
  • House clean and regular cleaning schedule maintained
  • No dishes allowed piling up in the sink
  • All sinks, tubs, toilets clean and in good working condition
  • Windows clean inside and outside
  • All light bulbs work and those burned out replaced
  • All equipment works
  • Plants healthy and cared for regularly

(please refer to check list)

Main entrance to home well lit and nothing blocking the energy from entering.

Your bedroom needs to be given the utmost attention in preparation of conception.

  • Keep the area under your bed clear and clutter free
  • No woman should ever sleep under a ceiling fan while like blade over the head
  • Sleeping on green sheets will heal any malady or remove any energy blockages that might be preventing conception from occurring while also allowing for a healthy pregnancy to implant.
  • Clear all of the clutter from the tops of the dressers, closets, and any debris on the floor.
  • Make sure there is not too much red in the bedroom could make it stressful  make sure the colors are calming such as earth tones

Feng Shui decoration really can influence a couple’s sex life and fertility. Your bedroom represents your romantic life. No sex drive? It is said that the warm colors can charge your bedroom with sex positive energy. There are warm colors like light purple; light pink; light yellow etc.  Remember, dark purple not good in the bedroom this leads to sexual frustration

The South West location is the area for love and romance this area should also be free of any clutter

Kitchen the heart of the home

  • Make sure you do not have too much red color  in the kitchen already enough fire with the stove soft earth tones would be good
  • To keep the good energy flowing, cut back on clutter on surfaces and keep your kitchen clean from stains, mold, and dirt.
  • Healthy growing things are a wonderful presence in the kitchen. Why not fill your kitchen with potted aromatic herbs for easy access while you cook?
  • If you are cooking with your back toward the kitchen door, it’s important to have a mirror or something reflective in front of you, so you can see people entering.
  • A harmonious kitchen will bring positive energy to all the meals made in it!
  • How You Cook Matters
  • Though a microwave is convenient for our busy schedules, you might want to reconsider the microwave in your kitchen.
  • If you must, use the low setting to heat food, and only place in glassware, ceramic or lead-free terra cotta bowls. But your best option is to se a small toaster oven or steam oven to warm your foods. Take the time to warm up your food in a safe and healthy way. Avoid Teflon, or plastic-coated pots and pans; the safest cookware is one made from porcelain-coated cast iron.
  • I recommend using the Ionizer, which is a whole house cleaner that utilizes ionized water to kill bacteria.

The West is the Children location of the home

The color white and/or metallic colors like gold and silver

The shape of a circle

A metal element

The bedroom, The West area which is the children area of the home or the East which is family are the best locations to place the following items/ symbols that we will be discussing next

 Fertility symbols

The association with reproduction, babies and fertility serves to reinforce the energy each one attracts into your home and your life. Place a mirror under any of these items to multiply it’s power

  • Dragons: Placed on the side table of the man’s side of the bed, the dragon can add a little extra “oomph” in the bedroom. Make sure the dragon is small; otherwise, it will create too much “yang” energy in the room and make rest difficult.
  • Elephants: Place a pair of elephants on either side of the bedroom door. Elephants are associated with pregnancy. Or, place one statue of an elephant in the living room. Placed prominently in the bedroom, elephants are said to produce male children. Rub your elephant to bring more children into your family.
  • Double fish: The double fish is a symbol of marital union. Display this in the southwest corner of your bedroom.
  • Single piece of hollow bamboo: Place this in the north sector of the bedroom to enhance fertility. These are said to aid conception. (Black sect cure)
  • Red paper lanterns: hung on either side of the bed, these are believed to bring excellent yang (creative)energy to the bedroom.
  • Pomegranates symbolize fertility. You can use a pair of pictures of pomegranates in the bedroom to help draw the energy.
  •  A painting of the fruit sliced open to reveal the abundant red seeds is very auspicious. You can also place a bowl of ripe pomegranates in the bedroom. Be sure to exchange the fruit regularly so it stays fresh.
  • You can use other fruits instead of pomegranates. Hang a photo or painting of an apple orchard or orange grove over your bed. Since fruit is a symbol of fertility, an orchard depicts abundance.
  • You can place some of these fertility symbols throughout your home to help draw beneficial chi inside. In addition to your bedroom, activate the west sector of your home by placing a few symbols in those rooms.
  • Rabbit, Stork, Elephant
  • Place a bowl of eggs, Pier 1 imports are selling some really cutes white eggs in metal bowls right now.
  • Quan Yin The Chinese goddess of mercy is also called mother goddess. She grants children to childless couples. (Don’t place deities in bedrooms. It’s considered disrespectful.)
  • Add these items to your altar or and vision board

While you may be tempted to use all of the suggestions mentioned, remember that balance is the key to proper feng shui application and choose a couple of these that really resonate with you. You need to be very conscientious about achieving this balance when working with feng shui for fertility.

Remove any Items that could be making your home toxic

  • Toss away the toxic cleaning products and go back to basics. (please see notes that were email)
  • These days, there is an abundance of natural cleaning products on the market which are safe to use and will bring cleanliness to your kitchen without putting toxins in the environment.
  • If you have a Gluten intolerance trouble conceiving is often connected to gluten intolerance, and a Gluten free diet is a good idea

Open the Sacral Chakra

Put your hands in your lap, palms up, on top of each other. Left hand underneath, its palm touching the back of the fingers of the right hand. The tips of the thumbs touch gently.
Concentrate on the Sacral chakra at the sacral bone (on the lower back).
Chant the sound VAM.

Svadhisthana the Sacral chakra is associated with the element of Water make sure you have water located someone in your home to represent energy flowing

Do this mantra daily

Kundalini yoga is a great idea to practice while supporting your physical and energetic body for pregnancy

Mantra for Fertility (Sa Ta Na Ma)


Goddesses of fertility

Pregnancy Mantra from the Goddess

Repeat to each direction (east, west, etc.)

“To you my child, my body is open,

To you my child, my mind is open.

To you my child, my heart is open.

By Earth, Fire, Wind, and Sea,

Into my arms you will be.”


  • Ala(Nigerian) Mother Goddess responsible for fertility of both animals and man.
  • Ajysyt (Siberian) Mother Goddess. Her name means “birth giver”. She visited every mother and provided a soul for the newborns.


  • Aka (Turkish) Ancient Mother Goddess.


  • Alemonia (Roman) Goddess responsible for feeding of the feotus in the womb. Also known as Alemona.


  • Aphrodite (Greek) Represented fertility.


  • Arianrhod (Welsh) Associated with fertility.


  • Aveta: (Gaulish) Goddess of fertility, childbirth and midwives, also linked to fresh water.


  • Bast (Egyptian) Bast the cat headed Goddess was associated with both fertility and childbirth.


  • Bendis (Greek) One of several Greek fertility Goddesses.


  • Bona Dea (Roman) Goddess of fertility, healing, virginity, and women


  • Brigit (Irish) was the Goddess of home, hearth, feminine aspects, healing, and fertility.


  • Ceres (Roman) Goddess of crops and agriculture.


  • Corn Mother (Native American) Responsible for the fertility of the land and people.


  • Cybele (Roman) Cybele was the goddess of fertility based on Anatolian Goddess Kybele.


  • Demeter (Greek) The Goddess of grain and bringer of fertility to the earth.


  • Frigg (Nordic) Frigg was the Odin wife she protected a man’s marriage and made him fertile. Her name was invoked to bring children into a conjugal union.


  • Freya (Nordic) Often confused with Frigg, Freyja was the Norse goddess of sexual activity.


  • Gaia (Greek) Ancient Greek mother goddess who gave birth to the land and the Titans.


  • Gefjon(Teutonic) She was one of Frigg’s handmaidens and associated with fertility of both man and the land.




Gems for fertility

Wear, Carry or place in the bedroom or the West area of your home

  • Carnelian (increases fertility opens the energy flow in your second charka) place these stones on either side of you pelvic area on your ovaries)
  • Citrine
  • Garnet
  • Rose Quartz crystals for compassion and emotional healing
  • Moonstones (balance hormones and increases ‘feminine’ energy)
  • Amethyst (heals the wearer and increases fertility)
    Jade (protection and luck and the general all-rounder gem)
  • Unakite (protects and balances the immune system)
  • Moss Agate (place these stones on either side of your inguinal area on your thighs when in the bath or meditation)
  • Garnet (place this stone in the center of your pubic bone for the root chakra



Feng Shui for the Nursery

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Babies can benefit just as much from Feng Shui as adults—if not more!  If you’re adding a new member to your household, it’s best to create an environment that is warm, nurturing and welcoming.  Transitions are always a bit of a challenge.

Soothing Sounds.  Every baby develops while listening to the sound of his or her mother’s heartbeat.  Be sure to introduce a soothing, steady sound into your child’s sleeping environment to provide continuity.  A ticking clock, or a recording of ocean waves are all good options.  You can get a sound spa at bed, bath and beyond.

Soft Surfaces.   A cushioned rocking chair and well-padded changing table will slow down the energy in the room, shielding baby from jarring noises and sudden movements.

Pleasing Scents.  Babies have a very strong sense of smell.  One of the best ways to make a child’s bassinet or crib a comforting space is to add a dishtowel that the primary caretaker has slept with for about a week.  The scent of the fabric will make it easier for the child to relax and enjoy a peaceful slumber.

Keep Visuals Simple.  Endeavor not to bombard a small child with lots of visuals.  Hanging a mobile over the bed may be too stimulating; it’s better to position such a toy over the changing table.  Paint the room a mellow earth tone to give the nursery an air of stability. Honey, pumpkin, cocoa or dusty rose are all good choices because they are warm and nurturing.  Black and white colors are great for newborns and up to 3 months.

Adapt to Your Child’s Needs.  Pay attention to your child’s personality when making adjustments to your nursery.  A baby that is easily stimulated can draw comfort from a square picture displayed over their crib.  A child that always wants to be held may benefit from a circular shape.  If your infant has a hard time sleeping, display a wavy pattern over his/her crib.  A baby who cries a lot can find comfort from the color green.
Choose the Optimal Crib Placement.  Positioning your baby’s crib so that the child has a clear view of the door will promote good sleep habits.
Pick the Right Bedding.  A fussy baby will benefit from sheets and blankets that are solid, yin colors like blue while an infant who sleeps well may be entranced by sheets that feature a small, repetitive pattern and organic is best.

Create a Nurturing Seating Arrangement.  Place a special chair where the child can be held or cuddled in the nursery.  The ideal spot for this chair is the far right corner, which governs loving relationships.

Childs room is above the garage. If the child’s room is positions directly above the garage and  slightly positioned outside the home the child may feel a little left out and this can lead to behavioral problems. If there are cars coming in and out all the time the fumes are not good for the health of the child.

The first suggestion is change the child’s bedroom to somewhere closers to the parents master bedroom and move the playroom of home office to this room instead. If there are no other options make sure the room has the necessary remedies in place, add earth for grounding for the child and make sure they is a lovely family picture for the child to see across from the bed to really feel like part of the family.

Note:  Remove as much electrical out of the nursery in order to have as little EMF’s as possible (see section on this later).

Yes, there really are 90 common herbs covered below. They are listed alphabetically so just scroll down to find those of interest.

The guidelines identify contraindications for use such as existing medical conditions, existing use of certain pharmaceuticals, pregnancy, childhood and so on. Remember that herbs have been used for centuries so don’t be put-off by what you may find. Just follow the safe use guidelines to enjoy the benefits of herbal medicine.
This is not medical advice, but as a rule of thumb consult a physican making any changes to your dient

Guide to the Safe Use of Herbs
Herb Safety Guidelines
Do not take if constipated.
Aloe Vera
Aloe stimulates uterine contractions. It should be avoided during pregnancy. As aloe is excreted in the breast milk is best avoided during breast feeding as it may act as a purgative on the baby.
Avoid if you have kidney disease or hemorrhoids.
Do not apply the gel to any surgical incision as it may delay the healing.
Do not ingest the dried leaf gel as it is a habit forming laxative. Taken in large amounts or for long periods, they may be harmful to the kidneys and gastrointestinal tract.
Avoid taking aloe products with cardiac medications, such as antiarrhythmics. A possible interaction may occur, due to potential potassium loss induced by aloe preparations.
Do not confuse aloe vera with bitter aloes or other aloe species as some are poisonous.
Use sparingly and only for short periods of time.
It increases the sensitivity to the sun.
This herb should not be taken internally as it has a highly toxic effect. It should only be used on unbroken skin and you should stop using it if there are any signs of dermatitis.
The homeopathic preparation of the herb is safe to use internally, because of the low dosages.
Do not use arnica products for a prolonged period of time.
Do not use in combination with barbiturates as it may intensify their effect.
Do not use in pregnancy.
Birch bark
Do not use if you need to avoid aspirin.
Black Cohosh
Do not use in pregnancy, particularly the early stages.
It is best used under the supervision of a herbal practitioner.
Avoid black cohosh if you have an estrogen receptor � positive (ER+) tumor.
Continuous treatments should be limited to a maximum of 6 months.
If you have high blood pressure, kidney or liver ailments you should consult with a health professional before taking this herb.
Occasional gastrointestinal discomfort has been reported as a possible side effect.
High doses may cause dizziness, impaired vision, vomiting and circulatory problems.
Blessed Thistle
Do not use this herb internally during pregnancy.
Strong infusions may cause vomiting and diarrhea.
May cause adverse reaction in those with allergies or sensitivities, especially to chamomile, feverfew, ragweed or members of the daisy family.
Can cause vomiting and diarrhea in large doses.
Blue Cohosh
Do not use blue cohosh in the early stages of pregnancy. It is best used when labour has commenced.
Calendula should not be used internally during pregnancy.
Do not confuse this plant with the French or African marigolds (Tagetes sp.).
California poppy
Do not use in combination with antidepressant MAO inhibitors such as pheneizine sulphate unless under the supervision of a health professional.
Do not use during pregnancy
Cascara sagrada
Do not use during pregnancy.
Do not use if you have any digestive tract inflammation, obstruction or pain.
Discontinue treatment after 14 days as it can cause laxative dependency and diarrhea.
Do not use during pregnancy.
Do not use internally if you have any intestinal blockage or pain.
Discontinue treatment after 10 days.
Cat’s claw
Do not use if you have hemophilia.
Side effects include headaches, stomach ache and difficulty breathing.
Cayenne Pepper
Avoid cayenne if you are prone to overheating or acidity of the stomach.
Always handle the peppers with care. Wear gloves or at least wash your hands carefully after preparation.
Never touch your eyes or any other sensitive part. Don’t touch children or place on broken skin.
Small amounts used in cooking are generally safe but do not take internally in medicinal doses during pregnancy or if you have a kidney disorder.
Chamomile is included in the Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) list by the FDA.
Do not ingest large amounts of chamomile tea during pregnancy, since some of the plant�s ingredients may cause uterine contractions.
If you are allergic to other plants belonging to the Daisy family, such as ragweed, elecampane and arnica you may also be sensitivity to chamomile. If you have asthma�take chamomile infusions with caution, especially if you are allergic to these plants.
Chamomile may cause allergies either by direct contact with the plant, employing it as an eye wash, skin cream or drinking the tea.
Chamomile may interfere with blood clotting, do not use together with aspirin, warfarin or other substances that possess anticoagulant (blood-thinning) action.
Do not take chamomile with diazepam or other sedative medications, since this may increase the potency of the drugs.
Chasteberry may counteract the effectiveness of the birth control pill.
Can elevate blood pressure. You will need to read the product labels carefully if you have high blood pressure and should consult your health professional before using.
Avoid cinnamon in large doses during pregnancy or lactation, only use as a spice or food condiment.
Avoid infusions in large amounts if you have an ulcer, as cinnamon can be irritating to the stomach lining.
Contact dermatitis, in susceptible individuals, has been reported after using ointments cinnamon containing.
Undiluted essential oil should not be applied directly to the body.
Cleavers should not be used by diabetics or anyone with a tendency towards diabetes.
Do not use the essential oil during pregnancy.
Do not use the essential oil on sensitive skin.
The presence of liver toxic substances in comfrey have raised doubts over the safety of the herb when taken internally. These are likely to prove ill-founded but it is better to be on the safe side and avoid taking the root internally and avoiding excessive use of the leaves internally.
Do not use on open, unclean wound or very deep wounds as fast healing can mean that dirt and bacteria are trapped inside.
The presence of pyrrolizidine alkaloids has raised worries about possible liver damage. However, there is no evidence that taking coltsfoot medicinally is harmful. Nevertheless avoid taking large amounts if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If children excessively suck the milky juice it may lead to nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
If you have gallbladder disease consult your health professional before taking dandelion root preparations.
Do not use dandelion as a weight loss aid.
Devil’s Claw
If you have gallstones consult your health professional before taking.
Do not use if you have gastric or duodenal ulcers.
Dill seeds contain high levels of sodium and should not be taken by anyone on a low sodium diet.
Should be avoided by anyone who is allergic or sensitive to spices as it could cause an adverse reaction.
Large doses may cause nausea and dizziness.
Do not take continuously for more that three months.
Do not take if you have an auto-immune disorder such as lupus or multiple sclerosis as echinacea stimulates the immune system.
Do not take if you have tuberculosis.
Echinacea can cause an allergic reaction in a small percentage of people.
The leaves and the bark of the elder are poisonous and should only be used as directed. Do not take them internally.
Small amounts used in cooking are generally safe but do not use internally in medicinal doses during pregnancy.
Do not take more that 8 milligrams in a single dose.
Avoid ephedra products that contain caffeine. Avoid foods that contain caffeine while using ephedra.
Avoid ephedra if you have high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, prostate problems, glaucoma, thyroid disease or are taking medication for asthma.
Do not take the herb for longer than 7 days and only take the herb under the supervision of a health professional.
Do not take during pregnancy.
Large amounts of an infusion can cause nausea and vomiting.
Don’t use eucalyptus oil on the skin of babies or young children.
False Unicorn Root
Large doses may cause nausea and vomiting.
Small amounts used in cooking are generally safe but do not take internally in medicinal doses during pregnancy.
Small amounts used in cooking are generally safe but do not take internally in medicinal doses during pregnancy.
Avoid taking feverfew during pregnancy.
Fresh leaves may cause mouth ulcers in sensitive people.
Do not take if you are already taking blood thinning drugs such as warfarin.
Do not use if you have a bowel obstruction.
Take with at least 8 ounces of water.
Garlic is an anticoagulant so don’t mix too much garlic with vitamin E or aspirin or other herbs that may have an anticoagulant effect such as, cat�s claw, ginger, ginkgo, ginseng or feverfew.
Use with caution if you have diabetes (garlic may lower blood glucose levels).
Do not use in large amounts if you have a thyroid dysfunction, as garlic may interfere with iodine metabolism.
Do not ingest in large quantities during pregnancy and lactation as large amounts may induce labour. The small amounts used in cooking are generally safe.
Do not use in medicinal doses for children under ten years of age without consulting your health professional.
May cause nausea and vomiting if taken in large doses.
Do not use if you have high blood pressure, gastric or duodenal ulcers or gastric irritation or inflammation.
It is not recommended for those who do not tolerate heat well or for people with gastritis or peptic ulcers. Small amounts used in cooking are generally safe.
Do not use in large doses if you have gallstones, as ginger�s effects may stimulate the gall bladder, worsening symptoms and causing unnecessary pain.
Ginger�s components may interfere with normal blood clotting. As a precaution, suspend the use of this herb at least one week before surgery. Do not use with other plants or herbal products that may interfere with normal blood clotting, such as garlic, ginseng or ginkgo. Do not use with drugs that interfere with blood clotting, such as aspirin, heparin or warfarin (coumadin).
Try not to take too often or in too strong a dose while pregnant.
Very high doses may cause a reduction of blood sugar levels.
Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo may be toxic in large amounts and can interact with other drugs, such as warfarin and aspirin.
As a general rule it is best to consult your health professional before taking this herb.
Ginseng should be taken according to the directions and should be take three weeks out of four for the best effect.
Avoid caffeine and other stimulants when taking ginseng.
Occasionally, the use of this herb can cause headaches.
Avoid large doses or prolonged treatments if you have high blood pressure. Check with your health professional before taking this herb.
Do not give products containing ginseng to small children.
Ginseng may lower blood sugar levels and thus interact with oral anti-diabetic medications, increasing their effects. Monitor your blood sugar levels closely.
Ginseng may interfere with normal blood clotting. Avoid combining this plant with medications that thin the blood, such as aspirin or warfarin. If you are scheduled for surgery, suspend the use of this herb or supplements containing it, at least one week prior to the operation.
Do not use continually for more than 3 months, unless under the supervision of a health professional.
Avoid taking ginseng at night if you suffer from any sleeping disorder, such as insomnia.
Golden Seal
Avoid during pregnancy because of its effect on the involuntary muscle of the uterus.
Contains twice as much caffeine as coffee and can over stimulate the nervous system when used in excessive amounts for a long period of time.
Can irritate the gastrointestinal wall.
If you have diabetes do not use without the supervision of a health professional as it may effect your blood sugar levels.
If you have a cardiovascular condition do not take for more than a few weeks without the supervision of a health professional. Other medication dosages may need to be reduced.
Do not use in cases of marked depression.
The pollen from the hops may cause contact dermatitis.
Use only fresh hops or dried hops that are less than 12 months old.
Horse chestnut
May interfere with the action of other drugs, especially blood thinners such as warfarin.
May irritate the gastrointestinal tract.
Do not use horseradish to excess as it can cause gastric irritation.
Horseradish can depress the thyroid gland function so do not take it if your thyroid hormone levels are low.
Do not use the tincture if you have heart or kidney problems.
May cause a deficiency of thiamine, Vitamin B1.
Be careful of strong infusions or infused oils as strong doses may trigger fits.
Do not use in pregnancy.
Juniper Berries
Due to the actions on the kidneys, juniper berries should be avoided in any cases of kidney disease.
It should be avoided in pregnancy.
The very young and the very elderly would be considered ‘at risk’ users and therefore it is not recommended for them.
Kaffir potato
May intensify the effects of asthma or high blood pressure medications. Do not use without the supervision of a health professional.
Do not use in combination with alcohol or barbiturates.
Do not take more than the recommended dose.
Exercise caution when driving or operating machines as it has a muscle relaxant action.
Use no more than once per day if you have high blood pressure or heart problems.
Do not use if you have hyperthyroidism.
Long term use of kelp is not recommended.
Lady’s Mantle
Avoid taking during pregnancy.
Lady’s mantle contains tannins, so do not take for long periods without a break.
If it is used regularly it may cause constipation.
Small amounts used in cooking are generally safe, but do not take internally in medicinal doses during pregnancy.
Lemon Balm
Do not use lemon balm if you have an underactive thyroid.
If you take licorice in large doses for a year or so you can develop a hormonal problem called pseudoaldosteronism. This is rare but it could account for the number of reported side affects that are associated with licorice use. These side effects include high blood pressure. It is therefore recommended that you not take it for longer than 6 weeks. This should mean that the side effects are unlikely to occur.
Its use in hypertension (high blood pressure) or with digitalis should be discouraged.
Do not take licorice during pregnancy.
Although the toxicity of this herb has not been established, the presence of the nicotine-like alkaloid, lobeline, has led to its control under the 1968 Medicines Act in the UK. It is not permitted to be sold to the general public.
Do not use during pregnancy.
Marjoram wild
This herb has a stimulating effect on the uterus. Small amounts used in cooking are generally safe, but do not take internally in medicinal doses during pregnancy.
If it is taken in combination with medications it may slow their absorption. They need to be taken separately.
Do not take if you are allergic to aspirin.
Do not take over a long period of time if you are have a tendency to constipation.
Some people get a skin rash after handling motherwort.
Do not take in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.
Do not take for long periods of time without the supervision of a health professional.
Mustard acts by irritating the skin and therefore increases the blood supply to the area. Do not apply to the skin for too long or too often as blistering may occur. If an irritation does occur rub the area with olive oil.
Large internal doses may irritate the intestinal linings.
Long term internal use may also damage the kidneys and prostate.
Avoid using myrrh during pregnancy and only use when childbirth is imminent.
Do not use if you have any type of uterine bleeding.
Can cause diarrhea and irritate the kidneys.
Oak Bark
Do not use if you have extensive skin damage.
Small amounts used in cooking are generally safe but do not take the seeds in medicinal doses during pregnancy.
Pasque Flower
Never use this plant fresh as it is poisonous.
Do not store the dried herb for more than one year.
Avoid during pregnancy.
Avoid using peppermint oil with babies.
Poke Root
Never use poke root in pregnancy.
Only use the poke root dried and in small doses. In large doses it will cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Poke root may be toxic if taken in large doses or for an extended period of time. It would be best not to take this herb unless under the supervision of a health professional.
Psyllium seed
Do not use if you have a bowel obstruction.
Take with at least 8 ounces of water 1 hour after taking other medication.
Do not use if you have an internal obstruction, abdominal pain of unknown origin, or inflammation of the digestive tract.
Use caution if you have a history of kidney disease.
Stop treatment after 10 days.
In therapeutic amount it may cause excessive menstrual bleeding. It is considered safe when it is used as a spice.
Do not use sage when pregnant or while breast feeding. Small amounts used in cooking are generally safe.
Do not take medicinal doses internally if you are an epileptic.
In therapeutic amounts it can increase the sedative effects of medications.
Do not take if you are hypoglycemic.
It is considered safe when it is used as a spice.
The constituent of the volatile oil, safrole, is both neurotoxic and hepatotoxic in large doses. This is very unlikely to be a problem in normal therapeutic doses. Take only for a limited period of time.
Saw Palmetto
Before using this herb to treat an enlarged prostate consult your health professional for diagnosis and monitoring.
St John’s Wort
This herb can cause sensitivity to sunlight.
When taken internally this herb can cause stomach upset, dizziness and fatigue.
St John’s wort reacts with some medications (including warfarin, immuno-suppressant drugs, some HIV and anti-epileptic medications and other antidepressants). So always check with your health professional before taking this herb.
It increases the production of liver enzymes that break down medications. This means that it can decrease the effectiveness of some medications, including the contraceptive pill.
It is not recommended that it be used in cases of marked depression.
If using the herb for its mood-elevating effects you need to be patient as it takes 4 to 6 weeks to take effect.
Do not use if you have a bowel obstruction.
Take with at least 8 ounces of water 1 hour after taking other medication.
If you have a history of kidney stones do not use without the supervision of a health professional. It contains oxalates and tannins that may adversely affect this condition.
Avoid during pregnancy.
It should not be used for a long period of time or in high doses.
It is not recommended that it be used without the supervision of a health professional.
It can be irritating and narcotic.
Small amounts used in cooking are generally safe but do not take internally in medicinal doses during pregnancy or if you have liver or kidney disease.
Do not use as in medicinal doses if you have excessive stomach acid, ulcers, gallstones or bile duct obstruction.
Do not take valerian if you are already using sleeping tablets.
Do not take over a long period of time (more that 2-3 weeks) without a break.
Do not confuse this plant with false valerian, also known as kiss me quick (Centranthus ruber.)
Valerian is not related to the pharmaceutical drug valium.
It may cause heart palpitations and nervousness in those who are sensitive to it. If such stimulation occurs discontinue its use.
Do not use if you are allergic to aspirin.
Witch Hazel
Be cautious with the ingestion of large doses of witch hazel as the astringent tannins can cause abdominal distress and possibly liver damage.
Avoid taking wormwood during pregnancy.
There are many species that are known as wormwood. Positive identification of the correct species of wormwood is often difficult. Erroneous identification of a plant could result in negative effects of the plant upon the user.
Avoid use in small children, especially those less than 6 years of age.
Do not use wormwood if you are taking medication for seizures.
Avoid� taking wormwood if you suffer from nervous disorders.
Do not take if you have cirrhosis, hepatitis, gall bladder obstruction or kidney disease.
If you have a stomach or intestinal ulcers you should avoid this herb, due to its potentially irritating action.
Treatment with wormwood infusion should not be prolonged for more than a few days.
Avoid the use of yarrow in pregnancy.
It can cause a severe hypersensitivity reaction in a small number of people. Be very cautious the first time that you use it and never use it if you are allergic to other plants in the Asteraceae family to which the yarrow belong.
Do not take internally if you are taking blood thinning drugs.

All this information is from herb health

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