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According to National Institute of Mental Health, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, also referred to as PTSD, is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. It is classified as an anxiety disorder. During a traumatic event, changes occur in the body to defend against or avoid the situation. While many people recover naturally from a traumatic event or experience, some continue to experience difficulties due to the traumatic event may be diagnosed with PTSD. Most commonly related to military personnel returning home from war related experiences, PTSD can affect any person and be related to any traumatic event.
Symptoms of PTSD are grouped into three classes, re-experiencing, avoidance, and hyper-arousal. Symptoms may occur anytime after the experience; even years later. Symptoms lasting more than a month after the experience may need assessment to determine the severity of the situation. They last for extended periods of time and have an affect relationships and work. Symptoms may include flashbacks, bad dreams and thoughts, avoidance of stimulants that may remind the person of the experience and avoidance of thoughts or feelings, uneasiness, feeling on-edge, easily angered, sleeplessness, mood-swings, negative thoughts, feelings of blame or guilt, and lost of interest in enjoyable activities. These symptoms can become dangerous and even life-threatening if not cared for. If these last more than a month or become serious, it is important to seek advice from your caregiver.
Many options exist for one who wishes to overcome PTSD. These options modalities commonly used in western medicine, traditional chinese medicine, and complimentary alternative medicine. Current western therapies include trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), stress inoculation training, and pharmaco-therapies. Complementary alternative medicine and traditional chinese medicine offer holistic modalities that may help calm the discomforts related to PTSD. Some studies indicate that a few of these modalities; acupuncture, hypnotherapy, meditation, and visualization; may offer beneficial outcomes.
Acupuncture is the process of inserting needles into meridian points for therapeutic or preventative purposes. Among many other discomforts, acupuncture is used for mental disorders such as anxiety, insomnia, eating disorders, and disorders related to substance-abuse. A “point-prescription” can be used for overall symptoms. This can be individualized based on personal needs. When used for PTSD symptoms, acupuncture may relieve symptoms of stress, anxiety, anger, mood-swings, fogginess, pain and more. Acupuncture can also be used for other conditions and dis-ease of the body.
Hypnotherapy is the treatment of a variety of health conditions by hypnosis or by inducing prolonged sleep. Hypnotherapy may be used to help a person quit bad habits, gain relief from symptoms of mental disorders such as anxiety and PTSD, depression, with pain relief, and even with physical ailments such as IBS and skin conditions. Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis and deep relaxation techniques to provide relief.
To meditate is to engage in mental exercise (such as concentration on one's breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness. This process is known as the modality of meditation. The goal of meditation is to calm the mind and body, create a heightened sense of awareness, and to increase personal or spiritual growth. Meditation may help to reduce stress, control anxiety, promote emotional wellness, strengthen self-awareness, improve attention span, improve attitude, encourage positive thoughts, and may even assist in combating memory loss.
Visualization and Guided Imagery are tools used to direct concentration towards images held in the “mind’s eye”. In enhances the connection between the visual brain and the involuntary nervous system. Visualization techniques and imaginal exposure exercises, sometimes called guided imageries, can be used to reduce stress and improve relaxation, improve performance, and change unwanted behaviors.
Other Holistic Options
Evidence for other complimentary modalities such as biofeedback, Emotional Freedom (EFT), Thought Field (TFT) therapies, yoga, and natural products is unclear and additional research is required. These modalities are worthy of further study given that PTSD and other mental health concerns are becoming so prominent in our country. Additionally certain nervine and adaptogenic herbs can provide support. Nervine herbs may provide tonic, relaxing, or stimulating effects on the nervous system. Adaptogenic herbs are known to be non-toxic, builds the whole bodys’ resistance to stress, and restore balance to body functions. As with all herbs, consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new herb, especially if you have other health conditions or are taking pharmaceutical drugs. The possibility of adverse reactions and contraindications can be severe and life threatening.
Using holistic modalities to assist in the process of healing mental wellness can provide effective and safe outcomes. Many of these modalities can be used in unison with western medicine. These holistic modalities may provided relief to symptoms of mental distress, provide tools to calm and control symptoms, and may also be beneficial to physical health and wellness.
Are you curious about sustainability and off-grid farming? Well, these are some of the efforts that we, at Roots in Bloom, have been focusing on. We’ve dedicated 2016 to becoming more sustainable by producing hydro-power, creating a water filtration system, and constructing a cure house. These systems will provide clean water and power to our greenhouses, production kitchen, and a future cure house. With these systems we’ll be able to extend our operation hours and our growing seasons. We are dedicated to providing Certified Naturally Grown produce, plant starts, and wellness products year-round!
Our sustainability project consists of four phases. The first two phases are focused on creating hydro-power and turning it into usable energy. What is hydro-power, you ask? Hydro-power is energy generated using natural water movement. This type of power has been used for centuries by farmers. The first large scale hydro-electric plant was constructed at Niagara Falls in 1879 which powered the street lamps in the city by 1881. Hydro-electric power provides about 1/5th of the worlds power. RiB will construct a hydro-electric system using hydro-power created by a pond fed water wheel. RiB also vows to re-purpose as many building materials and equipment as possible; reducing waste in our local landfill.
Phase 1– Water Wheel
¨ Redevelop the terrain
¨ Build a working waterwheel and it’s support structure using many re-purposed materials
¨ Develop hydro-power system
This phase is nearing completion. We have a waterwheel which is being designed with a central axle. The support structure for the wheel is being constructed out of reclaimed wood from a playground structure.
Phase 2– Powerhouse
¨ Install alternator
¨ Construct powerhouse
¨ Install battery bank and inverter
¨ Connect powerhouse to hydro-power system
¨ Run power to work spaces
Phase 2 is sponsored in part by the New Leaf Fundraising program at Ozark Natural Foods. This new program, developed by the staff and P6 committee, is meant to assist local small businesses and farmers grow their business. It allows consumers in the community the opportunity to round up their bill at checkout if interested in donating to the current project. If you would like to donate to this phase of our project, you can simply stop by ONF. The Front End staff will be happy to share their vast knowledge about the program and our project.
Phase 3– Potable Water
¨ Construct/ install water filtration system
¨ Build water tower
¨ Run water lines to work spaces
Once we’ve completed the first two phases of this project, we will move forward with phase 3. This step is just as important as the first two phases because it will create clean water for use in the garden workhouse, greenhouses, and production kitchen. We will use multiple forms of filtration to clean and structure our water.
Phase 4– Dehydrator/ Cure house
¨ Construct Cure house
¨ Install equipment for controlled environment
¨ Run power lines to structure
We aim to complete this sustainability project by the end of 2016. This project would normally cost upwards of $12,000 in new materials. We anticipate that, by re-purposing many materials, we will be able to complete this project in almost half the cost.
If you’re interested in receiving updates on our progress or to assist with additional funding for this project, find us on social media or visit www.gofundme.com/RootsinBloom. Looking for products made by RiB, visit www.etsy.com/RootsinBloom.
Great news everyone! Roots in Bloom Wellness products are now available at the local Co-Operative Health Food Store, Ozark Natural Foods! This is just the beginning of fantastic, well researched product that will available here on the website as well as at local retail stores in Northwest Arkansas! Every product created has been thoroughly researched and are created to benefit you and your family!
Please remember to do your research on any herbal remedy that you consume or use. Roots in Bloom is not responsible for any reactions, injuries, or adverse effects due to use or consumption.
Sustainable Lifeline DIY Kits: Folk Method Tinctures: This series of DIY kits will teach you how to create your own natural remedies. Each kit contains vital items to create one wellness or personal care product.
RiB Healing Salve: This salve is good for all kinds skin complaints. From cuts and scrapes to healing bug bites and other skin irritations. It is also very healing for skin conditions.
RiB Bug Spray: This all natural bug spray will ward off those biting critters!
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) What is a C.S.A. Farm? C.S.A. allows local residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you're purchasing a “share” of produce from a regional farmer.
Here are the basics of how a C.S.A. works:
1. A farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included.
2. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer.
Advantages for farmers:
It's a simple enough idea, but its impact has been profound. Tens of thousands of families have joined C.S.A.'s, and in some areas of the country there is more demand than there are C.S.A. farms to fill it. How do I become a member? Roots in Bloom Farm is currently offering C.S.A. memberships.
With winter upon us, it is the prefect time to work our land and prepare for the upcoming spring. We have worked long and hard to get to the stage we are at. Now we need your help. Although we collect and up-cycle materials for our farm, we can not find everything we need. Because of this we have launched a crowd-fund campaign to help us "raise our farm". Please share the link. To contribute, visit http://igg.me/at/rootsinbloom . We appreciate your support.
All of us at the farm want to send out a big thank you to all who supported us during our campaign. Without your continued support, whether financial, physical, or social, we would not have the ability to achieve our goals. We appreciate you.
Over the past few months we have continued work on the terraced area, constructed a greenhouse, created 2 more garden beds, purchased and planted many organic and heirloom seeds, propagated multiple black raspberry plants, and I have continued work on the first in a series of Sustainable Lifeline DIY Wellness kits.
As with any beginning small business, we still have many needs. If you are interested in offering support by purchasing a product, volunteering, or through donations, please click the "Contact" button below.