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Friday, October 30, 2015

Psychic & Health Fair in Urbana, Central Illinois on November 14

Psychic & Health Fair: Saturday, November 14, 2015
10 am to 5 pm
Come and get a reading with the best readers in the Champaign Urbana area.

Details to be announced.

Cost: $25 per 15-minute session, Longer sessions available at additional cost.

Beads N Botanicals
117 N Broadway Ave, Urbana, Illinois 61801

Next Fair: Saturday, January 16, 2016

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Celebrate All Souls Day in Central Illinois in downtown Urbana

Celebrate All Soul's Day

According to Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_DeadDay of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration takes place on November 1st, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day (November 2).

In honor of these and other traditions, Debra Joy will be leading this event filled with prayers and remembrance, as well as a celebration of life. While Debra cannot guarantee that everyone who attends will get a personal message from family, friends or other close ones, she will also give mini-readings (in a group setting) to attendees. Attendees looking to hear from loved ones are asked to bring photographs of them.

Light Refreshments will be served from 6 to 6:30pm
Event takes place Friday. October 30 , 6:30 to 8:30pm.

Deb brings inspiration, compassion & joy to every consultation. Not only are her Energy Art Readings extremely accurate and informative, they are also empowering, providing clients with helpful insight into their life situations. In addition to being a minister, Debra Joy is a registered nurse. Debra Joy speaks internationally about humor, health and healing. She offers private, individual consultations by appointment, as well as workshops, laughter therapy, retreats and staff training.

For this event, please preregister and prepay $40 by Saturday, October 17th . Later reservations or walk-ins only IF space is available.

Please call the shop at 217-365-9355 to reserve your space at this event
which takes place on Friday. October 30th , 6pm to 8:30pm.

LOCATION: Beads N Botanicals,
117 N Broadway Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
Tuesdays: by appointment, Wed-Fri: 11am-6pm, Saturdays: 10am-5pm, Sundays & Mondays: Closed

Celebrate All Souls Day

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

WCIA 3 Features Readers from Psychic & Health Fair in Urbana, Central IL

When WCIA 3 featured me and several other readers last week before our Psychic & Health Fair at Beads N Botanicals in downtown Urbana, IL, it gave clients a look into the types of messages and information that each reading can include. Of course, what you see here has been sometimes edited for the constraints of television, but gives a more direct view of a reading than you normally might get (since we don’t allow the public to sit in on private readings).

You can click through this link and look down to find readings by some of the readers from last Saturday’s Psychic & Health Fair:

To schedule readings at the shop during non-fair days, call 217-365-9355, Wednesday through Friday, 11am to 6pm or Saturdays, 10am to 5pm. Not all readers are available all times, but your likelihood of getting a reading when you want increases when you schedule an appointment.

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Friday, October 09, 2015

Psychic & Health Fair in Downtown Urbana, Central Illinois

Psychic & Health Fair: Saturday, October 17, 2015
10 am to 5 pm

Come and get a reading with the best readers in the Champaign Urbana area.
Click on the link below for updated details. 

Cost: $25 per 15-minute session, Longer sessions available at additional cost 

More Information on Psychic & Health Fair in Downtown Urbana, Central Illinois

Next Fair: Saturday, November 14, 2015

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Flowers & Herbs Make "Scents" to Use in Daily Life

The very scent of essential oils soothes, calms, awakens or otherwise affects individuals in very positive ways, regardless of whether or not they are even aware of aromatherapy as a practice.

The use of fragrance goes back thousands of years. Originally, people used herbs, and the oils derived from them, directly as a part of their spiritual or religious practice, and often, more indirectly as medicines.

Even today, herbal incenses continue to play an important role in various meditative practices, especially among Japanese and Tibetan Buddhists. The use of aloeswood, cassia, cloves, sandalwood and other precious herbs in incense relies on a heat source to gently free up the essential oils of the herbs.

Native Americans use herbs such as sweet grass, white sage, sagebrush and tobacco as "smudges." A smudge acts as a kind of big incense stick, releasing fragrant smoke to cleanse and purify sacred space and the people entering such space. Many religions use resins such as frankincense and myrrh to cleanse temples or churches, especially during holidays.

While it is relatively simple to burn the actual herbs themselves, when using the herbs as incense. Or to release the scent of the herbs, by pouring boiling water over them, to produce a tea, infusion or tissane. If a plant grows in your locality, you can probably prepare it for these types of use.

In most instances, the ancient world's use of botanicals did not include the use of actual essential oils. Rather, instead, many of the ancients used fats and oils infused with plant materials.

However, the use of essential oils is more complicated because one doesn’t just use the raw herb itself.

Today we have access to oils derived directly from plants, whether from their flowers, seeds, stems, leaves or bark.  Because these oils are highly concentrated, a few drops goes a long way.

Peppermint, Mentha piperita, essential oil is derived from the flowering herb by steam distillation. Inhaled in steam, peppermint oil can provide relief from head colds and bronchitis. Its antispasmodic action also makes it useful in situations where someone has asthma. This is a refreshing scent, which seems to increase concentration, and helps relieve mental fatigue, lack of concentration and unclear thinking.

Catherine Novak is a Certified Medicinal Herbalist, who teaches about aromatherapy, and using herbs to create better health and balance in our lives. She is also the owner of Beads N Botanicals, a local shop in downtown Urbana, IL. 

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Keeping Healthy with Kitchen Herbs

Keeping Healthy with Kitchen Herbs:
Herbs a la Simon & Garfunkle: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme
Keeping healthy with kitchen herbs means thinking of ways to use your kitchen spice shelf as a medicinal resource. If you do little cooking, or if your spices are more than a year old, you'll need to get a fresh supply. Good quality spices make for tastier foods as well as more effective medicine. (Please note: if you have a serious medical condition, please consult a medical practitioner.)
Sometimes the simplest of kitchen spices that we take for granted are among the most useful medicinally. Of the following four herbs, three of them contain very strong essential oils that can really aid in fighting off illness.
Parsley, while not as strong as its other companions, nonetheless is a very useful herb. Parsley, Petroselinum crispum, a member of the Umbelliferae family, acts as a diuretic, expectorant, emmenogogue, carminative and, according to some, may even be an aprodisiac. (So in a restaurant, eat parsley, rather than throwing it out.)
            Medicinally, parsley has several uses. First, because of its diuretic action, it helps the body gently get rid of excess water. As an emmenogogue, parsley can be used to bring on the menstrual period, so it is recommended that pregnant women avoid consuming medicinal dosages of it. Another use of the herb is as a carminative, which can ease flatulence.
Sage, Salvia officinalis, decreases secretions of all kinds—whether from lactation, sweating, salivation or especially from excessive mucus secretions of the sinuses and bronchi. Brew a strong tea from sage leaves for a good gargle for sore throats, for sage is antiseptic.
Sometimes when I have a runny nose and I want to sleep without dripping all over the place, I will brew up a cup of tea about a half hour before going to bed. I find this often drys up my sinuses enough to allow me to sleep easier.
Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, is an antioxidant, astringent, somewhat antibacterial, carminative, antiseptic, cholagogue, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenogogue (stimulates menstruation) and nervine.
            Its antioxidant properties are one of the reasons rosemary is used so extensively in cooking. In the days before refrigeration, spices helped to preserve food.
            Because rosemary helps increase blood circulation and strengthens the capillaries (small blood vessels), it can have an uplifting and strengthening effect on your brain, and therefore, the herb has a reputation for being good for poor memory.
            Rosemary is a diaphoretic for colds, flu and fever. It can help to relieve tension headaches. You can also inhale it for bronchial/lung infections or sinus infections. Rosemary is contraindicated (in other words, do not use) in medicinal doses during pregnancy. In Europe, rosemary is known as a liver herb. It especially helps the body in digesting fats.
            Powdered rosemary is antiseptic and can be placed on minor cuts and scrapes.
Thyme, Thymus vulgaris, like almost all spices, is a good carminative. Using it helps the body eliminate gas, nausea, stomach aches, and even helps prevent vomiting.
            It's a powerful antiseptic. Drunk as a tea or eaten in food, its essential oils are excreted through the lungs, kidneys and skin.
            If you use the actual distilled essential oil instead of the herb, use no more than three drops per day, more likely one to two drops per day. The essential oil is a powerful fungicide--try it in a humidifier. Applied directly to the skin, the essential oil would be irritating. Mix several drops in a neutral carrier oil such as olive, apricot kernal or jojoba oil, to cut it. Thyme is contraindicated (in other words, do not use) during pregnancy in medicinal quantities.

Catherine Novak is a Certified Medicinal Herbalist, who teaches about wild-crafting edible plants and using herbs to create better health and balance in our lives. She is also the owner of Beads N Botanicals, a local shop in downtown Urbana, IL. 

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Friday, September 04, 2015

Reiki Can Revitalize Body, Mind & Spirit

Reiki is “universal energy” – therefore, it is safely used any time – any place.

When we talk about working with the healing power of Reiki, we really need to treat ourselves in our totality: body, emotions, mind and spirit. Remember, the body is a self-healing organism. Reiki practitioners and other healing practitioners merely provide assistance in the healing process. Therefore, Reiki does NOT cure dis-ease, but assists the client in their own healing process.

If you’re wondering how emotions can impact a person’s health and well being, think of a time when you were so worried about something that you were “sick to your stomach” with fear.  Or a time when you were so angry that you “saw red.”

Emotions have a direct impact on our health. Fear, anger and depression can sap our bodies’ energies. Being angry can drive up blood pressure. Being fearful can weaken one’s kidneys. Being angry can even affect how well one’s liver functions.

Our state of mind also impacts our health in direct and not-so-direct ways. Creative visualization can translate into miraculous healing. On the other hand, some people take what their doctors say so much to heart that they will die, right on schedule (as in the cases of “terminally ill” patients with only one, three or six months left to live). Some individuals refuse to take such dire predictions seriously and continue to live years beyond their predicted demises. (Read Louise L. Hay’s books, You Can Heal Your Life and The Power is Within You).

Reiki supports the body’s natural ability to heal itself and can help revitalize body, emotions, mind and spirit. By balancing the body’s energies, Reiki can re-establish spiritual equilibrium and mental well-being, and allow for a state of total relaxation.

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