October 29, 2019 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm
PRESENTED BY | Ellianna Sternberg, CCH . . .
Eating food is much more than mechanically processing nutrients for our body to absorb. The taste, smell, texture, and nutritional content of food resonate deeply within our psyches, memories, bodies, and emotional centers. The very process of eating is intricately tied to other areas of our lives like family, community, culture, tradition, and visceral emotions like love and grief. The relationship between certain foods and the brain is of crucial significance. Multiple studies show the serious effects of sugar on the brain, and that it’s even comparable to the effects of psychoactive drugs. Changing the way we eat (or even thinking about taking on such a task) can be incredibly stressful, especially on our energetic and emotional bodies. But, changing the way we eat is often the key to healing our minds, bodies, and spirits as well as living in better alignment with the Earth. Fortunately, in addition to the plethora of other herbal remedies, Flower Essences offer unparallel emotional and energetic support for the sensitive challenges we face when healing the gut.
Food intolerances (also called food sensitivities) are defined as foods that cause a damaging, inflammatory reaction in the digestive tract. Ingesting food intolerances almost always contributes to the harmful inflammatory processes attached to disease states in the body. They usually cause commonplace digestive symptoms like bloating, heartburn, diarrhea, and constipation. Even if you don’t have these symptoms, your body may still be going through a systemic inflammatory response. This process is also referred to as Leaky Gut Syndrome, and new research is shedding light on the role our gut health plays in larger illness pictures like mental health and autoimmune disorders. Food sensitivities, different from food allergies, are born from both nature and nurture. Human beings are genetically predisposed to digest certain foods better than others, especially ones that are native to our ancestral lands. However, even if we were able to eat certain food hundreds of years ago, the food that’s grown, manufactured, and processed today is enormously different than its predecessors. Pesticide and herbicide use, genetic modification and hybridization, and mass production processes like pasteurization and chemical preservatives have all degraded our food sources. Our food isn’t nearly as nutritious as it once was, which can lead to further negative impacts on the gut. If you follow the story of food, particularly in the past decades, it’s no wonder why we’re suffering from widespread, epidemic-like autoimmune diseases; as a human population, our disconnect from the Earth has enabled us to create food that can actually be harmful to us!
One of the ways I recommend beginning to address GI distress and the underlying cause of illness is by eliminating food intolerances from your diet. Sometimes the food elimination is only for a short time to reintroduce it later (to work on healing the gut with the goal of retesting the reaction later), and sometimes it’s forever. Navigating the psycho-social impact of eliminating food intolerances and healing your gut is incredibly challenging. By harnessing the subtle and unique power of Flower Essences, a person undergoing these challenges can experience increased confidence, determination, and strength (and more!) to stick to their goals.
Flower Essences are energetic imprints of a flower in water that is further diluted in brandy. The typical dose is 4 drops, 4 times per day on the tongue, but they can also be applied externally and taken more frequently if desired. They do not physically affect the body but can profoundly impact emotional and energetic bodies. There are no known side effects from taking flower essences, and they are safe to consume no matter age, disease-state, or if the person is taking other medications. I have a degree in physics, so my natural instinct is to figure out how and why something works. I know firsthand that approaching Flower Essences with a purely left-brain lens won’t do you much good. I ask that you lean into a modality of healing that isn’t fully understood in its mechanisms of action and tap into medicine that re-establishes your old roots with our original Mother Earth. The healing that this work requires, for our bodies and for the planet, goes beyond and below our desire to understand the world from a scientific lens.
Although I am learning Dr. Bach’s 38 Flower Essences first, I want to honor that flower medicine has been traditionally used for hundreds (if not thousands) of years by Indigenous communities worldwide. The profound and sacred relationship with the Earth that Flower Essence exemplifies has been and continues to be colonized, oppressed, and severed, especially impacting Native peoples who honor and protect the land. Because this Flower Essence class is so deeply tied to the Earth, and to address the history of White colonization, I will begin class with a Native Land acknowledgment. I invite you to learn more about that here. While I began my Flower Essence education with the 38 Bach Remedies, I look forward to experiencing and embracing every flower’s medicine this beautiful planet has to offer.
In this class, you will have the opportunity to sample an array of Flower Essences that are specifically therapeutic for food intolerances and eliminations. I will also be available at the end of class if you want to learn more information about how to schedule a Flower Essence session if you’re interested in a more in-depth and personalized formula. No prior herbal medicine background is required to join this class, but please register in advance! To learn more about Flower Essences in the meantime, check out this website, and to learn a little more about me, check out the CSCH Clinician Bios.
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DATE & TIME | Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 • 5:30-7:30 pm
LOCATION | CSCH, 424 E. Simpson Street, Lafayette, CO
SUGGESTED DONATION | $10
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“The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy,” Mechthild Scheffer, Scientific American, Cleveland Clinic, Harvard Health Journal, British Journal of Sports Medicine, NCBI Pubmed (article source included in hyperlink).