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Author Erin Rachel Doppelt | Life by Daily Burn

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Many women are experiencing their personal awakening. Sometimes it feels like a shiver through the spine as you read the morning news. Perhaps it’s the pride you feel when you’ve asked for a raise or made your first steps toward starting your own business. Statistically speaking, women now make up 47 percent of the U.S. workforce, are demanding equal pay, and are currently more likely than men to have a college degree, according to Pew Research Center. These measurements are tangible evidence of the rise of the female voice using her energy, her courage, and her power.

More than perhaps ever before, right now is a divine time for every person to buckle down, double their study of self, and connect to this inner feminine energy—otherwise known as the Divine Feminine. The world desperately needs more compassion, empathy, and warmth, which are the natural skills and intentions of archetypal femininity. This call doesn’t only go out to women, of course: Every person holds both feminine and masculine energies and qualities, and while women have been culturally indoctrinated to feel a deep and internalized connection with femininity, people of all genders have access to it. The Divine Feminine is the healing feminine force that connects people to Mother Nature, other people, and all energy sources. It is an interwoven essence that speaks to authentic power.

One can learn to increase connection to the Divine Feminine and use this energy to fully express and be one’s most vibrant self. The secret lies in understanding the chakra system. Chakras (which means “wheels” in Sanskrit) are thought to be energetic connection points throughout the body that give us access to our inner energy channels and the deeper wisdom of the body. When we mindfully connect with these energetic points, they act as psychological pressure points allowing us to learn more about that specific area of the body. When we practice self-discovery in this fashion, it raises the vibration (i.e., accelerates our energy) of the mind-body connection and allows us to connect to our higher selves—our Divine.

Below are some rituals and journaling exercises specific to each chakra that can help people of all genders who are looking to more deeply connect with and harness their inner Divine Feminine. As you go through each activity, keep your focus on the unique feminine qualities you want to manifest.

1. The root chakra, located at the base of the spine
This chakra is associated with the basic needs of each person, similar to the base of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. This is our foundation, the place where we find home within self and where we feel safe. From this safe and secure place, we can connect to the Divine Feminine energies.

Ritual: Practice this mindfulness meditation to increase self-security: In a seated position, close your eyes and picture golden, braided roots growing from the base of your spine. Visualize these roots moving through the floor, into the ground, and connecting to the earth. Use this visual to feel rooted into the earth, safe and secure.

Journal prompts:

Are my basic needs being met?
Do I feel safe and secure?
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2. The sacral chakra, located around the pelvis and hips
This chakra is commonly married to creation and play. A connection in this area supports the Divine Feminine’s desire to be in a constant state of fluid creation. In this space, people with wombs can carry babies in the world; the Divine Feminine energy, flowing from this spot, can also help all people carry a “baby”—like a project or an idea—into the world.

With its proximity to our sexual body parts, this is also the place where we experience deep desire and longing.

Ritual: Paint, draw, dance, play, and exercise your creativity. Engage with your sexual side through foreplay with yourself or with a partner, watch an erotic film, or wear something enticing. These rituals increase creative energy, which strengths our feminine connection.

Journal prompts:

What project am I birthing this month?
Are my sexual urges satisfied?
Is there play in my life?
3. The solar plexus chakra, located behind the belly button
This chakra connects to our core self, true power, and values. This is where our power and our ego lies, helping us decipher what actions are in line with our values. In this space we learn to understand what the Divine Feminine feels like to us in our own bodies and how this energy shows herself in our day-to-day lives.

Ritual: Take time to define your personal code of conduct or ethics. Shift your lifestyle and daily routines to support these ethics. The Divine Feminine is supported when our ethics are in line with our values—the idea that we practice what we preach.

Journal prompts:

Who am I at the core?
What are my ethics?
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4. The heart chakra, located in the chest
This chakra is all about love, the ways in which we allow love into our lives and the ways we express it to ourselves and the people around us. To love and share love is a natural feminine power, and the Divine Feminine energy thrives on exchanging love, including love to self.

Ritual: Visualize a golden beam of light starting from the heart and growing larger until it encapsulates your whole body, the room in which you reside, and the community around you. This golden beam of light is the love your feminine side chooses to actively share. When we give love and practice Loving Kindness, we strengthen the Divine Feminine.

Journal prompts:

How do I practice self-acceptance, self-love, and self-care?
In what ways do I show love to the people around me?
What is my language of love?
5. The throat chakra, located at the neck and bridging the body to the head
This chakra speaks to communication and how each person chooses to express themselves. The throat connects to language and the sounds we allow our voice to make. The will of our Divine Feminine can be fully outwardly expressed when we increase connection in this area.

Ritual: Take up regular practices of singing, chanting, humming, and speaking, including words of positive affirmation directed to yourself. Learn the authentic sound of your voice and the natural noises the Divine Feminine within wants to express.

Journal prompts:

How do I speak about myself and others?
How do I choose to express my unique voice?
Where in my life do I need to speak up?
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6. The third-eye chakra, located at the forehead
This chakra is all about inner knowing, intuition, and manifestation. This space helps make the unconscious conscious. Through strengthening the Divine Feminine force in this area, one can increase clairvoyance, go deeper into a meditation, and see beyond the physical—tapping into the feminine’s deep connection to empathy and Mother Nature.

Ritual: Internally rotate your eyes to the point between your eyebrows and practice a visualized breath where it feels as though you are inhaling and exhaling through the third eye’s center itself. This breathwork helps move energy in and out of the third eye, increasing intuition.

Journal prompts:

Am I manifesting what I most desire?
Do I have moments were I feel intuitive?
What is happening in my dreams?
7. The crown chakra, located at the top of the head
This chakra is similar to the peak of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, speaking to self-actualization and the highest, most authentic version of you. This is the space where we connect to the person we want to become through which we can vibrate at a higher frequency. In this space we honor people who embodied the Divine Feminine who have come before us.

Ritual: Visualize your inner queen and Divine Feminine energy, which is commonly associated with the kindest and most authentic version of you. Envision yourself here. See yourself moving through your day and life from this higher vibration. Bring this Divine Feminine energy close.

Journal prompts:

When am I the best version of myself?
How do I bring the best out of other people?
Do I work from a connected state?
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Building a rhythm.
These are tools to strengthen connection and understanding to your own unique Divine Feminine energy. If this narrative resonates with you, practice the above rituals daily or follow a weekly schedule where Sunday is the first chakra, Monday is the second, and so on. Use these tools when you’re looking to increase warmth, compassion, and empathy in your life. Tapping into the Divine Feminine energy regularly will support a healthful and mindful life.

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Erin Rachel Doppelt
Erin Rachel Doppelt
Erin Rachel Doppelt is an international wellness consultant, spiritual teacher, and retreat leader. She facilitates innovative mindfulness workshops in the areas of meditation,…
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10 Natural Lice Treatments For Adults & Kids That Actually Work
Kayleigh Roberts
By Kayleigh Roberts

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January 19, 2019 — 8:00 AM
Lice: Just reading the word is enough to make you start scratching. These itch-inducing bugs crawl around your scalp (or anywhere covered in hair) and spread quickly to anyone unlucky enough to come into contact with your infected head. Lice lay thousands of eggs and are notoriously difficult to get rid of.

While lice don’t discriminate when it comes to the age of their victims, young kids are most known for contracting (and spreading) a lice infestation. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, an estimated 6-12 million kids between the ages of 3 and 12 years old get head lice every single year. And a lice outbreak in a daycare or a preschool or kindergarten class is enough to send parents into a panic.

So what are lice, exactly?
Lice are parasites that attach themselves to human hair and — much like vampires — feed on human blood. Sounds terrifying, right? While head lice (officially known as Pediculosis capitis) are the most common kind of lice, there are two others types. The first is pubic lice (known in the medical community as Pthirus pubis), which functions much like head lice, but the lice attach themselves to pubic hair. The second is body lice (known medically as Pediculosis corporis), which differs from head and pubic lice in that the lice live and lay eggs on people’s clothing and make their way to the body just for feeding time. For the purposes of this article, we’ll focus specifically on head lice.

Female lice lay 7-10 eggs a day, which they attach to the hair with a sticky, glue-like substance that’s not water soluble, which explains why lice and their eggs are so difficult to get rid of. The female louse sticks those eggs very close to the scalp (about 1 mm away) and the heat and moisture from the human host’s head actually incubates the eggs and helps them hatch. (Talk about adding insult to itchy, itchy injury.) The eggs hatch after about 7-10 days and, since their moms laid them so close to the scalp, the baby lice are able to immediately sink their teeth in and start feeding. Adult lice live for about 30 days, which means every adult female louse, if left untreated, could lay as many as 300 eggs in her lifetime. The math really helps put their prolific nature into perspective.

What causes lice infestations?
Lice, as we mentioned above, can spread very quickly through a community, but especially among children, who are more likely to be comfortable sharing belongings and making close contact with each other. Lice typically spread through head-to-head contact (which could happen while playing, hugging, napping, fighting, or even just leaning in to share a school book), or by sharing items that have made direct contact with an infected person’s head (like hats, hair ties, hoodies, and hair brushes).

Many people believe that lice are caused by poor hygiene, but that’s not necessarily the case. Kids and adults who have lice don’t get them because they don’t take enough baths or showers or because their homes are dirty. Anyone can catch lice, no matter how clean their homes or their hair. In fact, not washing hair every day may be a slightly better deterrent than keeping it squeaky clean.

“Keeping hair a little ‘dirty’ can help,” says Bindiya Gandhi, M.D., an American Board Family Medicine–certified physician and mbg health expert. “A good way to do this is to oil your hair regularly—Indian parents always use coconut oil because it’s antibacterial and helps keep lice away.” This may also help prevent the lice from clinging to hair follicles.

So, you or your kid has lice. Now, what are you going to do about it? Most people know all about the standard, over-the-counter treatments for lice, like Nix. Some parents, however, might not feel totally comfortable dousing their family members’ heads with chemicals. So, are there any good, all-natural options when it comes to treating lice in kids and adults? Yes — of course there are.

The best natural (and semi-natural) lice treatments
Preventative lice checks (aka wet combing)
Sometimes, the best defense is a good offense. Parents who are especially worried about a potential lice outbreak can get a jump on prevention by dedicating one bathtime a week to combatting potential outbreaks. During the bath (or shower), wash your kid’s hair as usual and then follow up with conditioner. After the bath, comb your child’s hair out carefully with a lice comb, checking for lice and their eggs and removing anything you find. If you’re doing these preventative checks on yourself, enlist the help of your partner or a friend so you don’t miss anything. Catching an outbreak early can make a world of difference and eliminate the need for chemical treatments.

Vinegar
If you’re going to perform these preventive checks, there are some who believe that adding vinegar to the solution you comb through your child’s hair could help increase the effectiveness. There is, however, no scientific evidence or studies to support that claim, so vinegar your child’s head at your own risk.

Petroleum Jelly
In a study of several home remedies for treating lice, petroleum jelly was found to cause “significant louse mortality” (meaning it killed a lot of the already living, breathing, and blood-sucking lice), but did not prevent the lice from laying eggs. Petroleum jelly did do a pretty good job of killing eggs that hadn’t already hatched, with only 6% surviving to hatch. This does, however, mean you would have to slather your child’s head in petroleum jelly (and leave it on for an extended period of time — up to eight hours) and, even then, some of the lice and their eggs would still almost definitely survive to make your kid scratch another day. If it’s all you have on hand, consider it, but some of the more natural options on this list will likely be more effective.

Olive oil
One common home remedy for head lice is olive oil (or almond oil, as an alternative), which is believed to smother the lice and kill them via suffocation. While this method has a lot of anecdotal support, it’s worth noting that no studies have explicitly backed it up and that olive oil can be very painful if it gets in the eye (due to the presence of oleocanthal, one of its most healthful compounds that’s also responsible for its peppery bite), so be careful — especially with a squirmy kid.

If you do decide to try “suffocating” the lice, remember that you’ll still need to brush them out (in fact, some people even recommend coating the comb with oil, instead of applying it directly to the hair). After you’ve combed through the hair thoroughly and removed all of the lice and eggs you can find, be sure to wash your kid’s hair with regular shampoo, and be prepared to wash it a few times to get the oil out.

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Coconut oil
Not all natural oil-based lice treatments are totally baseless, however. In a small study from Israel, a natural product that contained coconut oil (as well as anise oil and ylang ylang oil) was shown to be as successful in treating lice as the chemical treatment pediculicide. The coconut oil-based product was applied to hair three times at five-day intervals. The Israeli study isn’t the only one that found success in using coconut oil-based products to treat lice. A study conducted in England showed that a spray made of coconut oil and aniseed oil was effective in treating lice and another study from Brazil found coconut oil was actually more effective than some chemical treatments. (Bonus: It also makes hair soft and shiny.)

You can also just use plain coconut oil as a treatment at home. First, rinse your kid’s hair with hot water. Then, apply coconut oil (use plenty — this isn’t the time to skimp) to the hair, making sure to massage it throughout. When you’re finished, put a plastic shower cap on and leave it on for at least eight hours before removing the cap and combing through the hair, removing any lice and eggs you find.

Tea tree oil
Another kind of oil that has shown promise in treating lice, is tea tree oil. In one study, tea tree oil was shown to kill nymph (basically lice children) and adult lice and to reduce the number of lice eggs that hatched.

In another study, researchers tested three different products to treat head lice in children, including one that contained tea tree oil (as well as lavender oil). At the end of the treatment period, almost every child who was treated with the tea tree oil and lavender oil product were completely lice-free. By comparison, just a quarter of the kids treated with pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide (the most common ingredients in over-the-counter treatments like Nix) were free of lice at the end of the study.

If you want to treat your child’s head lice with tea tree oil, you should always combine the tea tree oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil first, otherwise it can damage the skin. Then, apply it in the same way as you would coconut oil, described above. As a recap: rinse the child’s hair with hot water, massage the tea tree oil-carrier oil mixture into the scalp and hair, put a shower cap on for eight hours, and then comb through for lice and eggs before washing the tea tree oil out of the hair. You can also buy tea tree oil lice shampoos online or add tea tree oil to your current shampoo as a preventative step if you don’t want to go with a pure essential oil treatment.

Peppermint oil
The benefits of essential oils in treating lice continue with peppermint oil. In a study published in the International Journal of Dermatology, researchers compared the benefits of several different substances in treating lice among elementary school children. The study specifically compared DEET with several natural oils: tea tree oil, lavender oil, and peppermint oil.

While tea tree oil was found to be the most effective in the study (another win for it as a natural treatment for lice), peppermint was also shown to be very effective at repelling lice. What’s more, the slippery nature of these oils helped limit the transfer of the lice between kids — so the rest of the PTA will thank you. Just remember, if you want to experiment with using essential oils for lice treatment, always combine them with a carrier oil before they come into contact with any part of your skin, including the scalp.

Lavender oil
The same study showed that lavender (as well as that magical tea tree oil) also helped in another very important way. Lice were less likely to feed on skin that had been treated with lavender oil or tea tree oil. Since those bites are what cause the itching that accompanies a head lice infestation, this could potentially provide some relief for kids (and adults) dealing with a lice outbreak, even if it doesn’t necessarily cure the outbreak. But again, don’t forget the carrier oil!

Other essential oils
Other essential oils have been tested as possible remedies for head lice. In one study, aniseed oil, cinnamon leaf oil, red thyme oil, and nutmeg oil were found to be effective when tested in vitro against lice when they were applied in an alcoholic solution. In the morning, after the treatment, participants’ hair was rinsed using a mixture containing essential oils, vinegar, and water.

While many essential oils show promise as potential treatments for lice (and in countless other areas of your life), the research into their effectiveness isn’t conclusive by any means and these products aren’t regulated by the FDA. You should talk to your doctor before using essential oils of any kind to treat lice at home, especially if you’re using the treatment on a young child.

Other all-natural lice treatments
If home remedies aren’t for you, there are still natural options for treating your child’s (your your own) lice outbreak. There are several natural and plant-based products on the market, including LiceLogic Natural Head Lice Shampoo, Head Hunters Naturals Pro Lice Treatment, and EucoClean All Natural Lice Treatment Spray (which can be used on cloth-based products around the home that might have come in contact with the infected child’s hair, including bedding, pillows, sofa cushions, plush toys, and more).

Overall, no home remedy has been shown to be totally effective in treating a lice infestation. Whatever treatment method you use, manual removal (meaning doing the hard time combing through your child’s hair, strand-by-strand and removing any lice and eggs you see) will always make it far more effective.

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Kayleigh Roberts
Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor. She drinks too much tea and her heroes are Leslie Knope and her dog, Sidekick. She’s written for Elle magazine, Marie Claire,

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