Category Archive: Self care

Guest Post: Making The Most of Chronic Illness by Sarah Downing

Sarah Downing has had a special place in my thyroid journey from the start.  When I was first diagnosed, I combed the internet looking for connection.  I found Sarah’s blog Butterflies & Phoenixes, which was full of positivity and the thing I needed the most – HOPE.  Later in my journey, Sarah connected me with a group of wonderful women near me through the ThyroidChange mentoring program. She then brought me into the fold as a fellow volunteer.  I am grateful for Sarah’s friendship, for the incredible work she does as the ThyroidChange blog coordinator and for this guest post.

 sarah (3)When we’re first confronted with that dreadful realization that we have been diagnosed with a chronic illness and that chronic means we will have to deal with it for the rest of our lives, our initial reactions are often shock, fear, sadness and anger. Many people feel as if they are being punished and might ask “why me?” Such reactions are normal and are usually followed by the acceptance that everything has changed. However, such changes don’t necessarily have to be for the worse. A diagnosis may require us to reevaluate and reprioritize our lives and do things differently that have up to now been the norm for us. This article is based on my conversations with various chronic illness sufferers, as well as my own experiences.

Acceptance of our condition and our emotions triggered by this is healthy and necessary in order for us to move forward. However, this doesn’t mean that we have to accept defeat. As one lovely lady put it: “When dealing with chronic illness you have to look at things differently. For instance, recovery takes on a different meaning: before chronic illness it means cure to most people; after chronic illness it means not giving up and living the best you can with the illness you are dealt.” It is the aim of this article to help you do precisely that.

I suggest we start off by spending quality time with our friends and families whenever we have the opportunity. With the decline in our energy levels, the time we spend with those we care about becomes even more precious. Even more reason, therefore, to surround ourselves with people who care about us too and who understand or at least make a conscious effort to understand what we are experiencing. Those who truly care will love and accept us for who we are irrespective of our state of health. However, if we expect them to do that, we must first learn to love ourselves and treat our bodies with respect. Illness frequently makes people feel physically flawed and inferior to those who have lucked out in the health lottery, but this is simply not the case.

When you are battling with your health, it is vital to start listening to your body, as certain symptoms are its form of communicating what it needs from us – for instance, if we are tired, this means we need to rest. We are always telling others to give themselves a break, but so rarely do we follow our own advice. You may well have to slow down for the sake of your healing process and your stress levels, but this is nothing to be ashamed of and, in fact, by doing so you are taking a responsible step towards getting well. Furthermore, many chronic illness sufferers have reported that this imposed slow-down has enabled them to appreciate life more by taking things at a more leisurely pace. When you are chronically ill, it is important to take each day at a time without fretting about what has happened in the past or what will come in the future.

It’s not a crime to admit we need help and there are several sources that can provide it. The first tip I’d like to give you is based on my own experience: delegate tasks where you can and where you need to. For years, we have had a cleaning lady, as we never have the energy to clean our apartment on a regular basis. Due in part to my lack of energy, I spend lots of time at home, so living in a clean and tidy environment makes it feel more comfortable to me. From talking to others, I realize that cleaning rates vary greatly depending on where you live and also that many people consider hiring a cleaning person to be a “guilty luxury.” Well, anything that makes your life easier is something you should embrace when your energy is flagging. As for the financial side, another lady suggested that cutting down on non-necessities, such as eating out, might help you put aside the necessary money you need to pay a cleaning person to come in several times a month. Alternatively, she told me of a scheme where several of her friends banded together and met up once a week at one of the group’s houses for a team decluttering effort. When it comes to cleaning, many hands really do make light work, so I could imagine this being very effective if you can find a group of friends who would like to do this. An added plus is that you get to meet up with your friends on a set date and are able to socialize while doing something productive. The friends had a similar scheme for cooking – they would cook meals together in bulk, so that each of them had enough to freeze for times when they were too pooped out to cook, but didn’t want to spend money on the (frequently unhealthy) delivery options.

For many, being ill feels as if we have been robbed of control of our lives. There are ways to regain this control by taking an active part in your own healing process. This means finding the right doctor for you. You are paying your doctor to make you well (or at least as well as possible), so you shouldn’t settle for someone who is rude, unknowledgeable or doesn’t listen. You deserve the best doctor your insurance will pay for, so don’t shy away from switching doctors if you feel your current doctor isn’t the right one for you. We can also be proactive by doing our own research. There are so many good thyroid resources out there and the more we learn, the more we can work together with our doctors as partners in finding the right treatment.

Not only does the Internet offer a wealth of resources, but thanks to online communication there is now also a plethora of online support communities. One lady describes this phenomenon as follows: “I know that by reading about others who manage to survive every day that they conquer the illness we all have and there is a place we can all come to and talk, learn, rant and sing praise to, that there isn’t anything I can’t do, and when I have trouble, I can come there and read, interact, and find ways to cope … this has been such a blessing and lifesaver for me.” In turn, many people find it rather cathartic to put pen to paper and write down their own health struggles in the form of blogs.

One thing I have noticed in my advocacy work is that an incredible amount of thyroid patients seem to have pets. Perhaps this is no coincidence because many people feel that pets understand us better than our fellow humans and I know from my own experience with our orange tabby Biscuit that they can be incredibly empathic and supportive just when you need them the most, which is highly beneficial when you are chronically ill. I’ve even heard of scientific studies claiming that owning a pet can improve your health. When she needs a cuddle, Biscuit will jump up on to the bed, announce her presence with her characteristic meow and purr in my ear whilst cutely dribbling. No doubt about it: welcoming our golden kitten into our family has truly changed our lives. The two kittens who came later, Ember and Teddy, have been equally therapeutic, but Biscuit and I share a special bond.

One thing we must not forget when we are ill is to take the time to do the things that we enjoy. In my case, singing is something I am passionate about and so when I sing it is liberating and makes me forget about a lot of the bad stuff. I love getting behind a microphone and singing karaoke. It makes me feel attractive even though there are days when your thyroid can make you feel downright ugly. In some ways, being diagnosed has changed my life for the better. Since my diagnosis, I have learned a ton about medicine and am finding it very fascinating. In addition, I have been given the opportunity to blog and do advocacy work and thus help both myself and others. In this way, I can learn about my disease, how to cope with it and to face up to the fact that I have it. Furthermore, it makes me realize that there are things I can do to make my life better. I’ve been truly blessed by the lovely friends I have met through my illness and I couldn’t ask for a more supportive bunch of people. For many people, chronic illness changes us for the better by making us more compassionate and understanding of others who are going through suffering.

One lady credits her sanity to “living in the moment” techniques such as meditation (diaphragmatic breathing or yoga breathing), arts and crafts and puzzles. She’s recently started treating herself to massages. When our bodies are not feeling as well as they should, any kind of physical pampering such as massages, pedicures or manicures can really cheer you up and relax you. She goes on to explain that “doing your passion is sooo fulfilling and so good for your spirit. It’s what keeps us going. So many of us have been robbed from doing what we are passionate about. Creating and digging in the dirt are my two passions, both of which I have not done in so long because of just trying to keep up with work and not having more energy or focus to do anything else. I’ve learned that that has been such a mistake. I think doing what we love is also healing for us.” Another lady I know is a passionate and talented photographer and she once told me: “I have so much fun … if I’m in a bad mood I’ll take out the camera and I’m instantly in a better mood!”

Now that you’ve read my article, I’d love to know from you whether thyroid disease has changed your life for the better in any way and what your own personal coping strategies are. Looking forward to hearing your experiences!

In love and healing,

Sarah

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Your Health Is Your Wealth by Jen Wittman

 JenIt is a pleasure to have Holistic Health Care Expert Jen Wittman guest post here on zenthyroid.com.  I first met Jen on Twitter and love the knowledgeable and compassionate way which she shares advice.  Jen is a leader in our thyroid community who has a sincere desire to help others recover from illness.  She has healed her own Hashimoto’s (!!!!) and now coaches others to do the same.

Jen is the creator of The Radical TLC Solution, a home study program that teaches an effective and holistic approach on treating and reversing thyroid, autoimmune and inflammatory disease.  Jen offers step-by-step plans focused on nutrition, lifestyle and heaps of self-care.  I have personally done The Radical TLC Solution and it has changed the way I have approached my healing process.  I now see my thyroid disease in a different light – more as a symptom of a larger issue than just the main problem that I need to focus on.  I truly feel more empowered!  This is the first program that I have endorsed – I really believe this can help so many of us to feel better and have greater control of our health.

In this article, Jen shares the benefits that we can get by expanding our health care team and mindset beyond the doctor’s office.  Having a group of healers (including ourselves) approaching our disease from different angles provides us with more access points to wellness.

 

Don’t forget: Your Health IS Your Wealth.

If you’re a thyroid, autoimmune or inflammatory disease sufferer, it’s time to think outside the HMO/PPO box when it comes to your health.

The kind of health care that is the most impactful and long-term often comes from a team effort. Some practitioners on your health team will be covered by insurance—and that’s a great thing. Other extremely talented, complementary, functional and integrative physicians, practitioners, coaches and experts will not be covered by the health insurance companies’ wee little umbrella. But that doesn’t mean they should be left out of your health care.

When we take preventive measures to protect our health and stay energized and fulfilled, we don’t need to seek traditional medical care as often. We have to invest in our health—whether that means paying out of pocket for services, treatments, supplements or self-care like massage, fitness classes, reiki, etc.

Western medicine has its limits.

If you’re dealing with thyroid or autoimmune disease, chances are you’ve run smack into the limits of Western medicine. Don’t get me wrong: Western medicine can accomplish miraculous things and I definitely wouldn’t want to do without it. What I do want is for our doctors and medical schools to wake up to the fact that Western medicine isn’t all there is.

For example, complementary healing techniques can be powerful tools for reversing thyroid, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Incorporating a few of these techniques will balance your personal healing program and likely speed up the process of reversing these diseases.

Some of these techniques may be covered by your insurance, so it’s worth it to check it out. I know investing financially in your health can be tough sometimes, but many alternative healing practitioners work on a sliding scale or are open to trading their services if you have something to trade.

The great thing is that you get to choose how to invest in your health so you get the best, most efficient health care which, in the end, will pay you back by preventing or eliminating disease as well as cutting down on health care costs now and down the road.

Who’s on your healing team?

Here are the top 5 practitioners I would invite onto your healing team NOW rather than investing in hospital visits later:

  1. Health Coach or Nutritionist The number one key to healing thyroid and autoimmune problems is healing your gut, so a health coach, nutritionist, or other practitioner who can help guide you to getting your gut healed would be my absolute first priority if I were newly diagnosed.

  2. Acupuncturist I came to acupuncture after my husband and I were hit by a semi-truck. I had so many physical injuries and I was under a mountain of stress and health care bills. Luckily, my GP was at UCLA and the clinic next to his office was the UCLA East-West Medical Clinic. My doc referred me there to try to get a handle on my stress and my injuries. I am so glad he did. He recommended I get weekly acupuncture (which was covered by my insurance!), so for 3 years, I had acupuncture treatments a couple of times a month.  It really helped with so many things…and any new symptom that cropped up could be addressed in real-time with my beloved acupuncturist. He even helped me with nausea and other symptoms during my pregnancy. Acupuncture can be helpful for a host of things including thyroid.

  3. Massage Therapist Massage is more than just a luxury. It’s true that it’s something you have to invest in, but as with so many of these healing steps, it’s an investment in your long-term health and wellbeing. Medical studies have revealed that even a 10 or 20 minute massage (the kind you can get at the grocery store or the mall!) can have therapeutic benefits including improving immune function, boosting circulation, reducing stress, reducing the time it takes to recover from injury, and alleviating pain. It can also reduce depression and anxiety and promote restful sleep patterns. Massage also promotes circulation and the elimination of toxins from your body, which are key to improving your thyroid health. And, massage is making its way into “mainstream” medical treatment. Some insurance policies now cover massage, and some massage chains (like Massage Envy) are adept at filing claims with your insurance company for you.

  4. Reiki Practitioner I would have never believed that Reiki could work or even tried it if I wasn’t suffering so badly a few years ago. I read and read about it but was always worried that I’d waste money on a Reiki treatment because I wouldn’t be able to tell if it actually worked or not. Luckily, on a visit back home to Indiana, a friend of mine encouraged me to try out her Reiki practitioner when I was complaining of hip pain. The experience I had was life-changing. Not only could I feel this energetic massage, my nervous system felt relaxed, my thyroid felt vital and my body felt energized. I have not questioned the healing power of Reiki since and have incorporated it into my personal healing program.

  5. Yoga, Tai Chi, or Qi Gong Instructor Qi Gong, tai chi and yoga are all ancient forms of mindful, meditative and gentle exercise, and also happen to be easy ways to increase the circulation of your lymphatic system. The movements of all of these mind/body fitness techniques helps provide relief to the lymphatic system as well as assists with lymphatic drainage, which is important to detoxifying your body. These techniques also relax the nervous system while providing energy to the body. We all know we need to exercise, even when we’re dealing with thyroid symptoms, and a good yoga class can be gentle enough for even your tired days, while invigorating enough to be beneficial to your body.

I know, first hand, that we can take charge of our health and our bodies and heal ourselves with the right application of TLC.  If you’re ready to invite more healing into your life, I encourage you to check out my brand-new program, The Radical TLC Solution: Your simple, 6-week self-care strategy to turn around thyroid, autoimmune & inflammatory disease.

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About Jen Wittman:

Jen Wittman, creator of Thyroid Loving Care, is a Holistic Health Care Expert and compassionate thyroid/autoimmune coach providing one-of-a-kind, long-lasting healing programs with a heaping dose of joy and humor. She offers a FREE program to thyroid & autoimmune sufferers on how to love their body back to health as well as in-person, Skype and phone coaching for groups and healing programs you can do at home. Jen has degrees in psychology, nutrition, culinary arts, transformational coaching, and Italian.

She spent a year honing her cooking skills in Italy and is passionate about helping thyroid & autoimmune sufferers take back their lives and feel normal again. She works tirelessly as an advocate, resource and coach to help people reverse disease and eliminate thyroid & autoimmune symptoms so they can live a life full of energy, joy and fulfillment.

Jen created The Radical TLC Solution (Click Here!) a six week program that teaches participants the diet and lifestyle changes that improve thyroid, autoimmune, and inflammatory disease and sets them up for a healthy, vibrant life long-term.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.zenthyroid.com/2014/03/25/health-wealth-guest-post-jen-wittman/

Finding Our Own Way

photoThe other day while getting myself a little inspiration on Oprah’s YouTube channel, I heard one teacher say that to heal, we need to lean into our pain. Shortly afterwards, I was listening to another talk in which the speaker said that we need to get away from our pain to get better. I think they are both right. There is not one way to heal, in fact, there are as many ways to heal as there are people who are healing. We each have our own path and there are different methods that we can employ at various times on our paths. Sometimes I do need to lean into my pain, feel my pain so I can understand where it is rooted and give it attention so it may heal. Other times, the best thing that I can do for myself is to detach from illness. Both ways – and many ways in between – are tools I use. Here are a handful of those tools…

 

 

Determining what we need and when we need it
-Realizing that this is a process and cultivating patience to allow the process to unfold as it needs to. Because it WILL unfold as it needs to, whether we agree to this or not. So we might as well get comfortable.

-Taking time to be still, focusing on our breath and quieting our minds with meditation. #1 healing ritual for me.

-REST REST REST – Tied for first with meditation.  Whenever I try to overlook the importance of rest, I am forced into it anyway by you-know-who.  My thyroid, she can be a pushy one.

-Figuring out what to feed our bodies, inside and out. Learning food sensitivities, protecting our delicate skin, taking time for self-care. There are so many things that we can do to contribute to our healing. I believe that each time we do something to care for ourselves, we nourish our bodies, minds and soul. Even though it may not always seem like it at the time, every little thing we consciously do is most definitely a step in the right direction.

-Checking out all of the amazing resources in our extraordinary thyroid community. There is so much info, with so many ideas and so many paths that have been carved. Learning by trial and error to take what we need to forge our own path, remaining aware and flexible to adjusting as necessary.

 

Remembering that in every moment, we are healing
-Complete, total, radical acceptance of our situation. This one thing was the catalyst for me to start paving my healing path. Before I learned to accept what was happening to me, I was wandering aimlessly in the dark, gripped by fear.

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-Demanding ourselves to have blind faith during those times when we feel so hopeless. Hopelessness is the worst, yet I think was inevitable for me. I had no choice but to keep going because I was not able to allow myself to experience that terrible feeling of hopelessness again.

“We don’t have to let go, we simply have to not hold on.” ~Joseph Goldstein

-Practicing gratitude towards our healing bodies with affirmations. I started using affirmations after reading You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay during the hell of my adrenal freefall. It definitely didn’t feel natural at first but I continued because I was so desperate that I was willing to try anything. I started by telling my body how beautiful she is and how much I appreciate how hard she was working to get better. Just before meditation, I may tell myself that I am healthy and my thyroid is functioning perfectly, working to manifest this outcome. Yesterday, I told my hair how strong and beautiful it is; that it grows long and thick. I know my hair will eventually grow back so why not just help this process along with some positive vibes. It may not feel right to you to try this. For me, it makes me smile and I figure it can’t hurt. I spent years torturing my body with hatred. This just feels SO much better. Our bodies are our partners in this healing and I am amazed every day how much effort mine puts in. I love my body now and if that is the best thing that comes out of all of this thyroid business, then I may be million times better than I was to begin with.

Healing is not some landing-place somewhere far off in the distant future. Healing isn’t the destination. Healing is happening moment-to-moment, day-to-day. Healing is happening NOW.

I would LOVE to hear about your healing path.  We are all in this together!  Know that I am grateful for anything that you choose to share, here, in OUR space.  And know that I am grateful for you if you choose to simply read this post.

 

Love and wisdom from around the web:

1. I just adore this guided meditation by Dr. David Simon ~ “Intention of the Heart”

2. Here is a link to a website which gives info about SB 959, a bill that may compromise our rights to obtain compounded medicine.  I personally get progesterone from a wonderful compound pharmacy so this affects me directly, as I know if does many of you too.

3. Have you checked out the Hypothyroid Mom Facebook page?  This is a wonderfully supportive community full of great information and strategies for managing symptoms of thyroid disease.

p.s. I am having some issues with being able to add photos on WordPress.  If you have experienced this before or are some kind of WordPress genius and have any insight for me, please contact me.  Thanks 🙂

Permanent link to this article: http://www.zenthyroid.com/2013/07/29/finding-our-own-way/

Celebrating World Thyroid Day with TLC – Thyroid Loving Care!

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Happy World Thyroid Day to all of us – the thyroid warriors and the caretakers. It is wonderful that there is a designated day devoted to awareness and understanding of this disease that affects so many of us. I wish for you a day of deep peace and healing.

I also hold that desire for myself. As I talked about in this post and this post, I have been undergoing a heavy metal chelation. I have just completed my sixth and final IV and have been retested. Hopefully I will not have to go through another round. It has been increasingly difficult with each week. I am achy, smelly, tired, grouchy, weepy, apathetic and my brain has completely fled the scene. Some days I need to inject a big dose of hopefulness and positivity into the situation and some days I have no choice but to give in to feeling terrible. Today is one of those hope and positivity days which is great because I like those a lot more. I do better with the good feelings than the other-than-good ones.

So let’s start with the bright side of this detox. All of these metals have been hiding out like bandits in my tissues, fat, bones, blood and organs (keep the faith, thyroid & brain!). Chelating means both extracting the metals from these precious spots in my body, as well as releasing them outta my system through the colon and kidneys. So while I must practice patience since this whole thing takes awhile, I can do everything in my power to support the efficiency and efficacy of this process. Once the metals are out of my system, MY THYROID WILL HAVE TREMENDOUS POWER. That thought alone is enough to keep me plugging along through this.

Back to today and the TLC plan. The most crucial part of this plan is to minimize stress as much as possible. Even the tiniest little stressors need to wait until tomorrow to make an appearance. Stress is the most toxic of all toxins on our thyroids. My day starts with a hair mask that I leave on while I enjoy a luxurious half hour meditation, followed by a few lines in my daily gratitude journal. The hair mask is a blend of coconut oil, olive oil, vitamin E and essential oils that are great for dry hair/scalp such as sandalwood, patchouli, lavender, rosemary and tea tree. In the shower, I will do a body scrub made from 2.5 parts sugar, 1 part olive oil and lemon essential oil for an uplifting scent. You could leave out the essential oil altogether or add whatever makes you feel good. Because feeling good is what it is all about today! Some essential oils are not meant to be applied directly onto the skin so do a bit of research just to be safe. The last thing we need on our TLC day is to harm ourselves in any way.

Obviously I coat my skin with my Super Amazing Healing Remedy for Dry Thyroidy Skin after the shower! Love this stuff!!! Total radical healing for my desperate skin.

My plan is to nourish my body today with only foods that support healing. Lots of protein is on the menu today – salmon, beans, eggs. Our livers rely on protein to function and we rely on our livers to process the toxins in our bodies. A fair trade-off. I plan on eating lots of greens and vegetables – spinach, kale, lettuce and cucumbers. Side note regarding the goitrogenic foods: I certainly cannot vilianize kale (and other foods) because it is goitrogenic (interferes with thyroid function). Kale is so nutritious and really makes me feel good. I just make sure that I cook it rather than eating it raw or juicing it. I will also enjoy a bit of dark, soy-free chocolate (check and double-check labels…NO SOY!). Finally, I will make a batch of quinoa cookies – recipe to come! Can’t wait to share it with you.

TLC activities today will probably be more of the “go with the flow” variety. Today is a beautiful day here so I will most likely sit in the sun and power charge my vitamin D resources. Vitamin D is actually a hormone and a vital part of our delicate endocrine systems. My thyroid wants vitamin D so vitamin D she shall get. I will definitely do yoga and go to the gym. Maybe a little cleaning around the house – if I feel like it. Maybe I will read a book – if I can focus on it. I have been learning about oxytocin lately so I will create as much as I can by hugging my man and snuggling with my dog…or vice versa…or both. Oxytocin is a hormone that counterbalances cortisol and is generated by touch and by practicing compassion. And lovely conscious rest, the best medicine for my thyroid.

I will also take some time today to set the intention of letting go that which I do not need. Any muckity muck and gobbely gook that is clogging up the spiritual works will be released. That which needs closure will be closed. Space in my soul will be made so that seeds of a new phase of healing and life can be planted.

From me and my thyroid to you and your thyroid: WE LOVE YOU. Happy World Thyroid Day and may we have the chance to practice TLC today and everyday. Please feel free to share in the comments how you practice TLC.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.zenthyroid.com/2013/05/25/celebrating-world-thyroid-day-with-tlc-thyroid-love-care/

Super Amazing Healing Remedy for Dry Thyroidy Skin

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Thyroidy…somehow the word has integrated itself into a convenient and multi-functional part of my vocabulary. Thyroidy skin, I’m feeling thyroid today, my brain is thyroidy, the uses are endless for such an irreplaceable word. Anyway, this post is not meant to be about adjectives, it is to share with you a remedy for the extraordinarily dry skin that comes along with the symptom parade of a hypothyroid episode.

However, I would like to share a little update with you first. In my last post, I mentioned that I was undergoing a detox for heavy metal toxicity. I did complete the 6-month protocol of the heavy metal chelation by DMSA pills that I wrote about and was retested for metals and minerals. The good news is that my iron and zinc have returned to normal levels and the level of cadmium did go down. The bad news is that cadmium levels were not reduced quite enough and that mercury levels in my body had increased. Yuck. So now I am undergoing a series of IV chelations of DMSA, DMPS, EDTA, glutathione & vitamins. One down, five to go. I will update you as the process continues.

Back to my thyroidy skin. I have to admit it was my fault. I had A LOT going on and I put my health and self-care completely on autopilot. This was the absolute most wrong thing that I could have done when I had A LOT going on. I broke and fell apart, piece by piece, symptom by symptom. I didn’t even realize it was happening. Hair fell out, every single nail split and/or broke (ridges, anyone?), rash spread all over my torso, bruises didn’t heal, sinuses turned into the Sahara, total brain blackout, stressed, exhausted, achy, etc, etc, etc, and that lovely bone-dry skin representing that of an alligator.

Emergency NOURISH. My heart, my spirit, my body. Still working on recovery but my skin healed in record time once I started putting this lovely healing goodness all over. You can make as much as you want, although I like to make it in relatively small batches. Omit any ingredients that you don’t have – all but the coconut oil is optional. Whip the following ingredients together in a blender or food processor:

2/3 cup coconut oil (Good for all things thyroidy)
2 T olive oil
1 t vitamin E oil
lavender and cedarwood essential oils (Both so good for the skin. I used 30 drops each but adjust to your own liking.)

Store in a glass jar. Play around with the amounts to find what works best for your skin. Use often and generously!

How do YOU nourish yourself and manage symptoms?

Goodness from the web:
1. Thyroid Change is sooooo close to reaching 10,000 signatures on its petition for better thyroid care. If you have not yet signed it, click on over here.

2. Have you discovered Hypothyroid Mom’s site yet? Dana Trentini’s seriously awesome blog discusses many health-related aspects of our illness. I have learned more here about how the thyroid affects the rest of the body than I have on any other site. Dana is an advocate for patient’s rights and is passionate about the education that she is providing on her site. LOVE her!

3. Here is a link to a Deepak Chopra meditation from his latest 21-day meditation challenge, Perfect Health. I encourage you to take 15 minutes for yourself to relax and breathe. You deserve it. My world is infinitely better because of Deepak Chopra.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.zenthyroid.com/2013/04/21/super-healing-remedy-for-dry-thyroidy-skin/

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