Music Therapy For Treating ADHD Symptoms

ADHD For Music Therapy

If you know someone (or even if you) have been diagnosed with ADHD, has music therapy for treating symptoms been considered? There are many people that believe music to be extremely powerful for stimulating or relaxing the brain. The body of literature that documents the power of music in treating people with behavioral and emotional disorders continues to increase as more people acknowledge this fact.

ADHD and Music Therapy

One example of an emotional condition which responds positively to musica therapy is ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Syndrome).

Music and Its Structure

Studies have shown that those children with ADHD were found to have an increased ability to focus and a reduced tendency to become hyperactive after undergoing music therapy.

A music therapist named Kirsten Hutchinson explained that music helps regulate the brain of a person with ADHD and reduces its difficulty to stay in a linear path. This can be due to the fact that music is made up of structure.  It consists of definite patterns that tell ADHD individuals where to start and where to end.

This pattern helps those who are affected with ADHD to come up with a specific plan, to anticipate what may occur next and to react appropriately to situations.

Music Increases Dopamine Levels

The person’s attention, motivation and working memory are all regulated by dopamine and listening to music would help increase the levels of this neurotransmitter. Unfortunately, those who are diagnosed with ADHD were also found to have very low levels of dopamine.

A brain imaging device shows that music has the power to light up the person’s right and left lobes of the brain and music therapy aims to develop these activated brain muscles so that the person will be able to achieve overall improvement in the way the brain functions.

Music Therapy Improves Social Skills

  • Through music therapy, individuals with ADHD are being taught to compose collaborative songs and participate in an ensemble.
  • These activities help develop their ability to listen, anticipate changes, take turns and respond to different cues.
  • It is during music therapy that they will be given the chance to do all of these without the fear of being discriminated or humiliated which makes it easier for them to participate.

Music therapy brings people to a realization that each voice and each instrument play a crucial role to make the “orchestra” play harmoniously.

Music for Relieving Anxiety

Music is one great relief for anxiety and this fact has already been existing for so many years.  It does not take to much thought to understand just how powerful music is in providing relief to people afflicted with anxiety or ADHD.

Through the calming effects of music, children or adults with ADHD will be able to focus more on whatever they do.  Plus music therapy provides a non-threatening atmosphere and this makes children with ADHD respond better all throughout the therapy session.

Music therapy is just one treatment, there are other natural remedies for ADHD.

Have you seen results of music therapy with treating ADHD? If so please let me know in the comments or talk to me below!


Natural Home Remedies For Stomach Pain and Discomfort

Stomach Home Remedies

If you’ve ever had stomach pain and discomfort after a spicy meal, or a particularly stressful day or even when trying new foods, you may be keen to learn a few simple home remedies to ease the pain and discomfort when trouble starts.

Natural Remedies For Stomach Pain

Determine What The Problem Is First

There are different reasons why you may be experiencing stomach pain or discomfort. The pain could be situational or it could be something more troubling. So if the pain is excruciatingly painful, please check with your health care professional as a simple home remedy may not suffice! So you’ll need to investigate just a little to know what the problem is before you use a remedy to alleviate your symptoms.

  • Know your body signals

Food is not to be overlooked. Many people today are beginning to suffer from food sensitivities. For example, you may have been able to eat peppers before doesn’t mean that over time, you haven’t developed a condition that makes you sensitive to it now. I know I could eat chilli peppers once, but now I get terrible stomach cramps.

  • Check your lifestyle

As I mentioned earlier, stress can cause stomach pain. Stress can be a good thing, but too much stress can lead to unhealthy lifestyle changes that affect the digestive system. Are you eating fast foods that contain more fat than you normally eat? Is stress at work leading to headaches and constant bubbling of your stomach?

Before we go any further, here are some of the common symptoms of stomach problems: gas, bloating, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, burning feeling in the stomach and/or throat. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have digestive problems occurring.

Heartburn, Upset Stomach and Constipation

The more common stomach issues that we encounter are heartburn, upset stomach and constipation. There are others and if you experience chronic stomach issues or something with ever increasing intensity of symptoms see your doctor immediately.

Prolonged conditions can lead to a number of more serious disorders that require a comprehensive medical exam and treatment.

  • Heartburn

Heartburn causes a burning pain that seems to originate in the area of the chest, which is why the condition has been aptly named “heartburn.” But, the real cause of the pain and discomfort is stomach acid moving through the lower esophageal sphincter (opening between the esophagus and the stomach) into the esophagus.

The pain begins in the chest but can quickly move up the throat like fire.

  • Upset Stomach

Experiencing an upset stomach is an issue most of us are acquainted with. Here’s an example: You don’t usually eat Mexican food but you go out with your friends to the Mexican restaurant. Soon your stomach seems to be performing in an uncomfortable way. You may begin to feel nauseous although you may not actually vomit. In a matter of hours your stomach feels as tight as a tick and nothing seems to bring any relief.

  • Constipation

Constipation is uncomfortable to say the least. Everyone has bowel movements but no one likes to discuss it when they can’t do a bowel movement! Constipation brings a feeling of needing “to go” but nothing happens. You feel gassy, bloated and highly uncomfortable.

Natural Home Stomach Remedies

For occasional symptoms of stomach discomfort, you may like to try some home remedies:

  1. Caraway seeds – You may have seen these little seeds and their cousins, fennel, on foods, but eaten alone, they can help resolve stomach symptoms such as gas and slow digestion. Gas produced by and trapped in your body can be painful. If you’ve ever had lower back pain during a sour stomach episode, it is probably gas. Eat about a teaspoon of caraway seeds with water or steep them in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain and then drink.
  1. Chewing gum – When the tummy is rumbling, the last thing you want to do is chew, but gum helps to increase saliva production which decreases stomach acid production. Choose a natural chewing gum and chew to decrease heartburn.
  1. Baking soda – It is an old household remedy often the “poor man’s antacid” but it helps many people. Follow package directions for adding the sodium bicarbonate to a glass of water. It helps to neutralize stomach acid and upset stomach. If you have high blood pressure, don’t use this one regularly!
  1. Apple cider vinegar – Apple cider vinegar helps ease heartburn pain. If you suffer with heartburn or acid reflux a little in a glass of water helps to neutralize the acid. Even a glass of water or eating an apple can provide you with natural relief.
  1. HoneyHoney can benefit the body in many ways. Eating honey helps prevent constipation and also eases sore throat pain that can result from heartburn.
  1. Ginger – This ancient remedy has anti-inflammatory properties to ease digestion and associated stomach pains. Steep fresh ground ginger with hot water; strain and drink. Or nibble on a little piece of fresh ginger.
  1. Fresh mint – Peppermint or spearmint varieties can quiet nauseous stomachs and regular digestion. Nibble on some fresh leaves or steep dried ones in a tea.
  1. Lemon water – A natural detoxifier, lemon in warm water can help with stomach pain associated with upset stomach.
  1. Aloe Vera – The aloe vera juice can be just as soothing to the inside as the gel is to the outside. It can ease pain in the esophagus as well as in the stomach. It also works as a laxative.
  1. Sesame seeds – Snacking on sesame seeds can keep the digestive system moving and combat constipation.

Have you tried any natural home remedies for stomach pain? If so I would love to hear them in the comments below! Natural home remedies may ease your pain quicker and better than any of the over-the-counter medicines.

Health and Healing Benefits of Honey

Honey Has Delicious Health and Healing Properties

Honey is highly recognized for its healing properties and has been used for healing wounds and other illnesses for centuries. However, with the emergence of antibiotic drugs and other treatments introduced by modern conventional medicine many people these days are no longer aware of the wonderful health and healing benefits of honey.

Health Benefits of Honey

This article aims to spread not just the sweetness but also the health benefits of honey.  It can be used:

  • As an energy booster

Pure honey contains natural sugars that can easily be converted by the body as a source of energy. Twenty grams of pure honey is equivalent to three per cent of a person’s daily energy requirements. Pure honey contains oligo-saccharides, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, trace elements and antioxidants.

However, remember that all these benefits can only be obtained if you opt for pure honey and not the one that went through the process of heating, as they are in the supermarkets.  Heat-treated honey no longer contains those live enzymes that are very beneficial to one’s health.

The reason the honey is heated is to prevent the natural candying process which many consumers do not like. If your honey candies it is not off! It is a natural process.

  • For skin health improvement

The composition of honey is a natural humectant that allows the skin to attract moisture while keeping it locked on the inside.  A lot of people use honey in their skin care regimen, such as a facial mask to treat dry or itchy skin.  It retains moisture and elasticity without drying your skin. Honey contains antioxidants that help fight against the adverse effects of oxidative stress.

  • For the prevention of heart disease

In a test-tube study conducted, honey was found to be beneficial in slowing down the oxidation of LDL cholesterol in the blood. Researcher Nicki Engeseth at the University of Illinois explained that honey is helpful in reducing the formation of conjugated dienes. These conjugated dienes are the so-called products of LDL cholesterol oxidation. Since honey is rich with antioxidants, consuming it on a regular basis can help prevent heart disease and cancer. That’s good news for me as I love honey!

  • As part of your weight loss program

Unlike any other forms of sugar, honey can play a part in speeding up your metabolism thereby giving the body more capability to burn excess fats.  Sugar and other sweet foods are not recommended in any weight loss program.  However honey can be an important inclusion to anyone’s weight loss regimen because it has more than twenty amino acids and minerals that help in staying healthy while trying to lose weight.

Its mineral contents are also considered to be helpful in preventing obesity.  Not to mention the fact that honey greatly improves the digestive process and prevents the onset of weight gain. To enable your body to flush out more toxins and fats, try squeezing some lemon into a glass of warm water with honey. Why not make this a delicious habit to drink every morning on an empty stomach?

  • For enhancement of the immune system

Pure honey not only has 5,000 live enzymes, it also contains a plethora of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Not to mention the fact that it is also a rich source of antiviral, antibiotic and antioxidants that stimulate an individual’s immune system to be able to fight against any respiratory ailments. Honey also works best as an immune system booster when mixed with apple cider vinegar.

I personally love and eat honey everyday…as I was a beekeeper for many years…so now I have run out of my own natural honey, I look for beekeeper’s to buy my honey from as I want untreated honey that contains all the good stuff.

Also if you suffer from pollen allergies and you know what type of pollen, eat the honey from that species and build up your immunity!

What Are The Jojoba Oil Benefits For Natural Beauty?

7 Jojoba Oil Benefits For Your Hair And Skin

If you are use natural skin care and beauty products you have probably heard about some of the Jojoba oil benefits. Jojoba oil is an extract from the seeds of the Jojoba tree that looks like an oil but is actually a wax.

Jojoba Oil Benefits

Jojoba oil is special because out of all the natural extracts it is the closest in nature to the oils found in our own skin!

Therefore you will find it is one of the main ingredients in many of the natural beauty products in the market today.

If you look at your own skin and hair care beauty products, you may find Jojoba mentioned as one of the ingredients.

As it is a wax (although we think of it as an oil) we can assume that it has moisturizing properties and this is a correct assumption.

It also has a wide variety of uses both on its own and mixed with other ingredients.

Benefits of Jojoba Oil

1) Moisturizer – Jojoba, applied directly to the skin, can moisturize for the whole day. It won’t evaporate, and it won’t leave your skin feeling greasy.

2) Acne treatment – Many people have started to use jojoba oil as a way of tricking the skin into thinking that it’s already produced enough oil, helping to reduce the production of oil responsible for acne. It is a natural acne remedy.

3) Hair conditioner – Rub a few drops of jojoba oil through the ends of the air to help condition, prevent split ends and add a natural shine and softness to the hair. It’s especially useful if you want to protect against blow drying and straightening. Keeping the scalp moisturized may help with hair loss too. We see this ‘oil’ mentioned a lot in regards to natural hair care.

4) Suitable for sensitive skin – If you have sensitive skin (like me), or suffer from conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, then jojoba oil is generally mild enough to be used on your skin. However if you have extremely sensitive skin, make sure you test patch first…you probably do anyway before you try any new treatments.

5) Absorbs easily – As the properties are so similar to our own natural skin oils, one of the benefits is the fact that it absorbs quickly and easily into the skin. Quicker than any other vegetable oil.

6) Soothe cracked lips – If you suffer from dry, sore and cracked lips then simply substitute your usual lip balm for natural Jojoba. Its moisturizing properties help to soothe the delicate skin.

7) Anti-aging properties – Jojoba oil is also commonly found in anti-aging products due to the way it helps to encourage healing and moisturizing of the skin.

Another benefit is that it is all natural and if you choose organic Jojoba oil, you’ll also avoid any other chemicals that may have been used in the process. The jojoba oil benefits are simple to achieve and have noticeable results. Do you use Jojoba beauty products? Let me know in the comments below…


5 Inner Skills You Develop Through Meditation Practice

Benefits To Developing Your Inner Skills Through Meditation

Meditation is one of the most powerful things you can do to transform your life for the better! No matter what you desire, inner skills are essential to get you there. Why is that? It’s because, the results in your life are directly related to your inner state–your intentions, thoughts, and feelings–and how these inspire you to take action.

Core Energy Meditation

What you bring to life from the inside determines what you receive from life on the outside. To change your life in the direction you desire, you must align your inner state with what you truly want. You can achieve this through meditation.

Let’s talk about five inner skills that you develop through meditation practice. Developing these skills may be the single most important thing you can do to become a powerful co-creator in your life.

Let’s look at some of the many benefits of developing your inner skills through meditation:

  • Stress reduction and deep relaxation,
  • Better health and immune function,
  • Deeper connection to “who you are” and “what you are here to do,”
  • The ability to let go of what no longer serves you
  • The ability to release negative states, past pain and worry about the future
  • Attunement to inner guidance so you sense your best next step
  • Relaxed confidence and enthusiasm for where you are headed
  • Improved communication and ease in your relationships, and
  • Empowerment to live your dreams and achieve peak performance.

Let’s explore the five essential skills of meditation that give you these benefits.

1. Self-observation

When you meditate, you learn to witness your intentions, thoughts, feelings, sensations, and experiences without being caught up in, identified with, attached to, or overwhelmed by them.

You come to understand that you have intentions, thoughts, feelings, sensations, and experiences, but these do not define who you are. You are responsible for your actions, but these do not define you either. You are “something else” altogether. You are a witnessing presence who can inhabit anything.

Self-observation also enables you to understand inner cause and effect–how your intentions, thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and actions shape your life experiences. As you better understand inner cause and effect you can more effectively step into your life experiences to shift them in line with what you truly desire.

2. Detachment

As you observe yourself on the inside, the attitude you take toward yourself is absolutely important. In meditation, you learn to be honest with yourself and gentle with yourself. You learn to recognize and accept whatever you see without judging it as “good” or “bad.”

You learn to witness everything without attaching yourself to it, without thinking that anything makes you worthy or unworthy. You are perfect just the way you are. It’s interesting that when you realize that, you initiate the most positive inner change. In meditation, you release your self-judgments and clear your mental filters, so you experience life in a more relaxed, inclusive, fluid, and joyous way.

Detachment enables you to let go of that which no longer serves you so you can act in a way which expresses your authentic path, essence, and purpose. Detachment actually enables you to experience life more richly and directly by releasing the negative thoughts and “bad” feelings that interfere with your ability to be present and enjoy with what is happening now.

3. Discernment

As you clear the clutter of self-judgment, past pain, and worries about the future, you open up to present opportunities and sense inner guidance that tells you how to act on them. You improve your ability to intuit your authentic path. You become tuned into using your inner body to sense what you are here to do now. You also learn to sense what is “off track” from your authentic path. Meditation develops mental precision and the ability to discern fine detail.

4. Choice

As you witness inner cause and effect, you come to understand that by choosing different intentions, thoughts, feelings, and actions you can have different experiences.

Through meditation you also discover a natural, relaxed, positive, clear, and coherent state of being that is always available to you–a Core Energy State. You learn that you can access this powerful state no matter what is happening around you. The more familiar you become with this state, the more easily you’ll recognize when you’ve wandered away from it–and you’ll have the inner skills to return to it.

Shifting to a Core Energy State is like shifting into your home frequency, your most essential vibration, and to what is aligned with that. From a Core Energy State you will more easily choose your best intentions. You will more easily follow your authentic path by choosing to grow your unique gifts and talents to share them with others.

5. Focus in this Moment

Finally and, perhaps, most importantly, meditation develops your ability to stick to your choices in the present moment, especially when
challenges arise. You’ll be empowered to choose where you’re coming right now and to manage your energy and attention, so that you realize what you truly desire.

Not only will you know what is right for you, but you’ll be able to maintain your positive focus in the face of whatever comes your way. In that way, you become a conscious participant in the creation of your life rather than a victim of circumstances thrown about by the conditions of life.

The key to focus is to stay in this moment. Meditation trains you to be present with what is happening now rather than being distracted by the pains of the past or worries about the future. You’ll learn to calmly center yourself in your body and clearly sense what life is guiding you to do right now.

Through meditation you learn to appreciate the perfection in what is actually happening, so you more deeply enjoy our life. When each of us discover and share that love of life, that inner spark, we all change for the better.

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Above all….

Enjoy your practice!

– By Kevin Schoeninger, Meditation Master, The Mind-Body Training Company

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