"Just like there's always time for pain, there's always time for healing.” ― Jennifer Brown
From a heart heavy with concern and deep care for how you (in mind, body and spirit) are handling the recent fires (Southern Cal: Thomas, Rye, Creek Fires etc).
Within, I’ve added links to websites that offer some things that you can do to help mitigate the impact the smoke debris might have on your body, i.e., the lungs and the immune system.
If you know anyone who has been displaced by the recent fires (Southern and Northern), please send them my way on Tuesdays (TUT) for a complimentary post-trauma session to help ease their suffering while they navigate their way back. Valid until Tuesday, February 15th, 5PM.
Relevant information as written by a dear friend Laura Ash, owner of The Scarlet Sage Herb Co.
“Stress and smoke have a major affect on our wellbeing. Breathing in particulate matter from smoke can exacerbate asthma and heart disease, and cause respiratory irritation and shortness of breath. Children, the elderly, and animals are particularly susceptible to smoke inhalation. Trauma can cause nervous instability, insomnia, and deep stress on your immune system and your flight/fight response (endocrine system).
Here are some key herbs and foods you can integrate into your routine during these difficult times. I'm going to start with some of the more available herbs that you may be able to find in any store (natural or corner market) and then move to the more specific and obscure herbs that are more difficult to find.
- Peppermint: Peppermint is easy to find in many forms, even the cheap boxes of tea can be used (use 3 or 4 bags to get a stronger dose). Herbs high in aromatic essential oils can help create barriers to decrease inflammation. This is wonderful for opening the bronchials, increasing lung capacity. These oils can help decrease muscle pain and spasm (you can use the oil externally for muscle pain support) and aids in digestion - it's been known for IBS. Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) is high in rosmarinic acid which is an anti-inflammatory. Please do not use peppermint in high doses if you have acid reflux or GERD.
- Chamomile: Many children are affected by these fires, and chamomile is my favorite children's herb. You can make a strong tea of chamomile (again, cheap tea bags okay), to help them calm down. If you steep chamomile for a long time it is slightly bitter which will aid in digestions. A strong cup of tea added to a bath will help reduce stress, and the tiniest bit of essential oil in chamomile will help with wound washes and eye irritation in smokey air. * For an eye wash, make a cup of tea for yourself, take out the tea bag let cool down. Rub it gently over your eyes, squeezing a bit of the tea out into the eyes. This works in first aid situations and chronic eye care.”
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❊ Thomas Fire Evacuation Shelter in Santa Barbara County
At the request from Ventura County, an additional evacuation shelter has been set up at:
University of California, Santa Barbara Multi Activity Center
516 Ocean Rd, Santa Barbara, 93106
Evacuees should enter UCSB through the main east entrance, park in parking lot 16. Staff will guide you to the Center.
Directions to UCSB from NB Hwy 101:
Follow signs for US-101 North through Santa Barbara. At exit 104B, take ramp right for CA-217 toward Santa Barbara Airport /UCSB. Road name changes to CA-217 N / Ward Memorial Blvd (505 ft). At the roundabout, take the first right onto Mesa Road, then turn left on Ocean Rd. Lot 16 is on the left, across the street from the Rec Cen.
❊ Animal Evacuation Information
For assistance with an evacuation of large animals, livestock or small pets, please call Santa Barbara County Animal Services hotline at (805) 681-4332.
Santa Barbara Humane Society is accepting small domestic animals. Earl Warren Showgrounds is accepting large animals.
Emergency Alert System
It is critical that people in Santa Barbara County register to receive emergency alerts.
Sign up at: www.AwareAndPrepare.org. If we can't reach you, we can't alert you.
❊ Stay Connected
For ongoing updates, go to www.CountyofSB.org, follow @countyofsb on Twitter and Facebook, or call 211 from 805 area code, or 800-400-1572.
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