Saffron Secrets…

Sandy asked if I had heard Dr. Oz’s presentation about using a saffron extract capsule as a supplement asserting that it is useful in controlling weight by improving mood and decreasing “emotional” eating patterns.  His video is online so I watched it and observed that he showed two young women as his test subjects over two day’s time, asking for their subjective experience using the product and weighing each woman before/after the experience.  Each felt there had been a positive impact in diminishing their habit of eating for comfort or in response to feelings and that they showed a 3-5lb. weight loss over the two days’ time.

It’s an interesting question and I have very little knowledge about saffron or its bio-active chemical make-up so won’t be “weighing in” with my own opinion of does it work or not!  (Pun intended!)  But it did prompt me to explore Saffron – the world’s most expensive spice – which was interesting.  Let me pass along a few things I found in the process.


One of spring’s early flowering plants is the Crocus – a low to the ground, often violet to purple flower.  There is a variety that blooms in the fall thriving in the hot dry region of Iran, Kashmir, Sardinia and Greece.  Looking at the photo, you’ll notice the orange colored “stigma” that are the source of saffron, once they are hand harvested and dried.    Is it any wonder this is the most expensive of spices?  The following quote from Penzy’s gives us an idea of cost and value – they sell 1 gram for $30!

Saffron contains 450-500 saffron stigmas to the gram. The stigma are also called threads, strings, pieces or strands. 1 gram equals 2 tsp. whole, 1 teaspoon crumbled or ½ teaspoon powdered.


I found no references of an essential oil from the Crocus, nor references to medicinal uses of saffron in my reference books. One of my mentors commented that she recalls a saffron based oil from many years ago that was priced so high as to be prohibitive.  Causes me to question what’s really in the supplements being offered in high volume at relatively low cost.  How much saffron or the active components (safranal or crocin) could it contain?


As I reviewed web resources about saffron and the extract, I noticed that many of the proponents of using the extract as an appetite suppressant are also selling the product.  I went looking for more neutral sources and did find those who suggest that the chemicals in the extract change the serotonin levels (neurotransmitters) which research has shown does alter mood.  Altering mood for people who are likely to comfort or binge eat when upset, anxious or bored probably does impact how much snacking they actually do to feel better.  There are warnings about how much of this extract is safe for people to use and warnings about significant side affects when doses are high.

Traditional Paella, show-case for Saffron

I wonder how it would be to cook nourishing life giving food seasoned well with whole saffron – to enjoy the experience of flavors, that please the palette instead of junk food.  That surely would impact someone’s well-being, mood, and make binging on twinkles un-necessary as well!  I think my vote goes to whole foods this time!


Solutions of Many Kinds!

Solutions for Well-Being covers a lot of ground and that’s on purpose.  I’ve gathered many creative solution options and strategies from my lifetime of learning that meet my needs and ignite my passion!

These options are for you if you’re fed up with using pharmaceuticals to deal with health challenges and discomforts.  Or if you are ready to push through old habits and ways of living that hold you back from your view of success or happiness.  These solutions can support your move from dissatisfied hum-drum living to finding what you really want, what mark you want to leave in the world, and how you’ll make a difference in others’ lives.

Health and Wellness with Aromatherapy

LIsa had lived with allergies and chronic sinus infections, frequent colds and asthma that left her dreading fall and winter, exhausted and dragging her way through the school year, and feeling like she had little to offer her college students.

Prescription drugs caused her more side-affects and distress than they were worth and she was in tears sharing her experiences.  A holistic plan of care was developed with Lisa to strengthen her body systems and immunity; things like diet choices, activity, hygiene support, and aromatherapy products to decrease her vulnerability to pathogens (virus and bacteria).

Essential oils used  in the aromatherapy were used to maintain clear and calm respiratory function, not replacing but augmenting her prescribed medications.  She reports having had only one acute cold last winter and that her symptoms were far less than usual. She reports using only a rare dose of her inhalers and that her MD had reduced the dosage of her maintenance medications.   Her energy level and sense of hope and enjoyment of life have improved and her husband is expressing his gratitude as well!

Life Transformation with Law of Attraction Life Coaching

Phyllis dreamed of writing books and finding ways of offering her life wisdom and professional skills to people in her community.  She had tried tutoring and offering classes but participation dwindled.  Through coaching using Law of Attraction teachings, she got clear about her priorities, her personal value and that of her skills, and discovered ways that she had consistently sabotaged receiving reimbursement for her services and her success over-all.

Phyllis is now providing workshops and group presentations  2-3 times a month in her community and finding people who were hungry for her expertise.  She is delighted to be receiving income for her work!  The books are becoming more clear in form and she is making contacts with those who will assist her with editing, publishing and marketing.

Integrative Health Solutions with HeartMath Tools

Matt wasn’t interested in “woo-woo” stuff but he could relate to HeartMath’s science and research based programs to support individuals to take charge of their feelings and learn tools that bring the body into balance and “coherence” that optimizes good health and well-being.

He learned to use the bio-feedback tools on his computer to use his breath patterns and positive feelings to calm his cardiac and nervous systems, and to meet his life stress in a way that left him feeling powerful and well.

He found that the skills he learned made a difference in his athletic performance as well – he’s looking forward to the next big bike trip to see just how differently his body responds.

Solutions for Everyone

How would it feel to focus on being your very best self and to put yourself first in line for care on a daily basis?  How would it be to meet physical challenges without creating more side-affects or discomfort?  Imagine investing in yourself, your health, vitality and well-being!  I welcome you to browse here to find what may seem like new options or unfamiliar ideas.  I’d love to hear and respond to your questions or comments, or to explore what tools from my bag of healing might be of benefit for you.

May a wonderful and fulfilling life be yours!




Celebration time…

Certification has been granted me from the Quantum Success Coaching Academy as a Law of Attraction Life Coach.  The journey began a year ago saying yes to an offer to join a group of students embarking on learning to become life coaches and small business owners.  Was it too good to be true?  Could I trust these people to bring me all that I needed to know to successfully recreate myself through both career change and inner transformation?  Would this considerable tuition be the investment in ME and my future that I longed for yet struggled to articulate?

No, Yes, and Yes!  What a wonderful experience this year has been!  I have learned through experience the power of on-going coaching support to activate my leaps in growth past life-time habits of sabotage, fear, self-doubt and limited view.  I have witnessed leaps made by my peers and clients feeling gratitude and excitement for their life changes and feel such deep respect for the energetic support provided by the Universe for our transformations.

I have opened to a whole new way of living my life and am loving it.  I would invite you to jump into this lake of possibility – consider requesting your COMPLIMENTARY COACHING SESSION to find out what gifts are waiting for you!


Do you know “all or nothing” people who when looking for a change in how life is going need neon signs, or brass bands to announce the shift has taken place?  In Law of Attraction circles people jump to the conclusion that “Nothing’s happening – I’m still living pay check to pay check,” when they expected a windfall within 30 days.


Kelly is a friend of mine who dove into an abundance course with vigor – doing the daily meditations, journaling, speaking affirmations over and over as she ran her 3 miles. She believed that her financial picture would turn around giving her more peace of mind and financial freedom, and her focus was intense.

Several days into the course she opened her mail to find an unexpected insurance refund check for $.05.  Five cents?  The postage to send it cost 9x the value of the check!

When she told me her story she admitted to feeling disappointed that it was such a small amount – she wanted to believe that her reward for all her dedicated work could have been $50, or $500!  But then she started to laugh – at the absurdity of a check for five cents, for her expectations and desire for instant gratification.


What I have come to respect in my own learning curve with practicing LOA manifestation principles is that how and when abundance lands in your lap has nothing to do with how and when YOU think it should arrive, and is nothing about how much you might feel you need it, but more likely is determined by the quirky Universal humor at work.

In fact, feeling intensity of “need” for financial relief is likely one of the ways you throw yourself out of receiving abundance, as the energy of needing feels desperate and I doubt my ability to care for myself financially.  Downward spiral!

Contrast that with the feeling of clear desire – the excitement of wondering what will happen next, or imagining how money will find its way to you is hopeful, we’re trusting there is a solution even when we can’t see it. The energy of desire and anticipation is positive and attractive to receiving and a whole lot more fun than feeling needy, right?

If you were the Universe who would you rather play with, given the choice of a needy, anxious pessimistic person, or the optimist whose eyes twinkle with curiosity?  Did I mention that pay-offs could happen in quirky, unexpected, and surprising ways?


Kate drove an old car that had served her well for over 20 years and she wasn’t in a position to replace it.   She had a premonition that something was going to happen, and was not surprised when a drunk driver totaled Kate’s car – while it was parked at the curb outside her home!  No one was hurt and the insurance check enabled Kate to purchase a great little low mileage car.

Three big trees crashed into my yard damaging the roof of the garage.  The insurance check paid for the repairs and provided me with stability through the summer.  What could have been seen as a disaster became a much appreciated gift of financial security.





When working with LOA manifesting practice consider keeping your eyes peeled for small signs and signals that you’re bringing a shift into your habitual way of living.  Look for the ‘five cent checks’ and revel in the success of attracting what you desire to you, even if it’s small!

Make a list right now of ways you see the Universe responding to your requests:     for more money, more free time, or even amorous advances by a single male, for example. No matter that it’s the neighbor’s 10 month old son who’s unusually animated wanting to come into your arms! Kiss the cute little cherub and be assured you are the attractive woman you long to be, and enjoy the humor of the message that your request was indeed heard!

Decide how you want to feel about small steps: when reading your list, will you feel discouraged or delighted, or even amused, seeing where you’re part of the Universe’s joke? Kelly decided to see her five cent check as a message that her requests for financial abundance were being heard. By laughing, feeling pleased or surprised, you boost your energy up the feeling scale which supports you to receive in more generous ways the next go-around.

Check your assumptions next time a “disaster” comes along: could there be a gift hidden inside?  Look for it, call it out and expect the best.  If someone cracks the toilet bowl you may get not only a new toilet but a great new floor and fresh paint in your bathroom – you were asking for a remodel, weren’t you and maybe your homeowner’s policy will foot the bill?


 I challenge you to keep your eyes peeled – to catch sight of the subtle signs of change in your life.  To feel excited about your little steps of success and let them buoy you up.  Be willing to “change your mind” over and over, moving out of discouraged thoughts to those that reflect

what’s right with you.  Stay open to receiving abundance in unexpected ways and look for the humor.  Celebrate when “five cent checks” turn into $10, and become 10 checks for $10 each!  Feel your momentum picking up?   And don’t forget to say a heart-felt “THANK YOU” to the Universe – often – for the ways you’re supported and cared for on your life’s journey.   Here’s to your success!


Solutions for Well-Being: Law of Attraction Life Coaching, Aromatherapy and Integrative Health Modlities

PO Box 572, Waldport, OR 97394 US

Taking Charge of Your Life!

Kelly just made my day by writing a comment that just oozed with excitement and a commitment to create the life of her dreams!  I wonder what flipped on her “YES!” switch to move from being “just ok” with her life,( or maybe it was enduring her life) to taking charge and seeking the steps toward clearly seeing or knowing what it was she wanted for herself.

You may have come to “intersections” in your life where you stopped and were invited to choose to go forward or make a turn on your life road.  Were there signs that told of coming attractions to the left, lodging or food off to the right, or road work ahead?

My experience is that many times these signs are subtle and the choices not entirely clear in the moment, but looking in my rear-view mirror I understand that I just made a lucky guess to turn here as this road leads toward a job I’d love or to meet someone who will become a creative partner for my project.

There have been times I’ve turned onto a road that turned to gravel with more than a few pot holes – would you turn around and make a different choice?  I hope I’d have the good sense to do that too!

A year ago I turned onto an expressway that seemed pretty spendy but proved itself to be a wonderful decision.  I leaped into Christy Whitman’s Quantum Success Coaching Academy as a student learning to be a Law of Attraction Life Coach and small business owner and am finishing that course with skills, confidence, contacts, and business/marketing ideas that are new and exciting. Certification is next and I am filled with gratitude for finding my way to who I am today.

Christy is making informational videos available prior to taking applications for the Fall ’12 class registration in September.  I’d love to suggest you give them a look to see if there are untravelled roads here waiting for your exploration.

Follow the link and enter your name and email, and QSCA will send you the videos to watch.  Best of all you get to get a feel for who Christy is – a young, talented, joyful, enthusiastic business woman who makes good on her promises and shares generously with others the wisdom and skills she has learned.

I’d be happy to talk to anyone who would like to hear more about this program and this path of service as Life Coach and can be reached at solutionsx3atpeakdotorg.  I’d love to hear your stories of how you got tapped to transform your life as well!  It would make good sharing here to encourage others to say “YES!” to their life and to find points of interest along the road of life.

Christy Whitman’s Quantum Success Coaching Academy


What’s in a Name?

Does a name really matter?

I would say yes – it triggers images that pop into our minds’ eye, feelings or remembered associations to the words, maybe expectations related to all that.  In birthing a new business to be the container of my service work in the world, the name of this business seemed like a VERY important detail.  And elusive!  I have pages of brain stormed names, none of which was “the one.”

Some counselled using my name yet it’s hard to hear or spell clearly and I knew I didn’t want that extra fuss.  Others thought using words like ‘enterprises’ was a good and dignified choice but it elicits images of stuffy board rooms and suited men that fits me poorly.  Cute and clever words are almost as off-putting.  What was I going to find to house the varied services I bring to  the world?  My prayers for wiser inspiration seem to have fallen into fertile ground.

One day I coined the phrase “Solutions for Well-Being” which is inclusive of diverse practice, and straddles not only wellness or health but more far reaching states of Well-Being!  I found that not only was that name relatively free of others using it in my online searches, but there were open domains I could snatch for my web resource pages!  The acronym “SWB” isn’t very catchy or easy to say as a business nick-name, but “Solutions” would do nicely.

I recently reviewed material from a course written by Christy Whitman ( that I’ve come to deeply respect for its concentrated and clear description of what it means to be living in the relative unconsciousness of “lack” contrasted to the mirror image of being consciously in abundance.  The first time I read the lists I was dumb-founded to realize how at home I felt living from belief of Lack.

I felt awe to realize that there is a different way of approaching life, and that I could join those who thought differently and experienced the Universe being responsive and abundant in its resources, possibilities, and ‘feel.‘  Struggle replaced with inspired action steps.  Worthiness and confidence instead of doubt and worry.  On these contrasting lists I saw that those living in lack see PROBLEMS.  How well I know!  Those living from abundance see SOLUTIONS!  What a concept.  I want to be one who sees possibility and solutions.

What joy to find that “Solutions” lead the way into my new business – that the many inspired action steps that are part of solutions are the path to being well!  I’m feeling pretty pleased with this name that had been hiding in plain view for quite some time.

Tonight I had a typo moment and read “SOULutions”  in my text.  It stopped me cold as my eye caught the word play and I “got” the message from within about a profound awareness – my “work” in the world is based in soul relationships, mine to “other,” even as we are joined as one through our shared link with Divinity.  How much better could it be???

All will be well – all IS well.  Join me in exploring the soul-utions just right for you in your awakening and life transformation!

A Life Lesson in Three Chapters

Chapter One

It’s hard work to row your boat against the current – so is walking up the stream bed slipping and stumbling over rocks that are slick and unforgiving.  But I’m determined – I’ll do it MY way, I won’t ask for help as that would mean I’m weak.  I’ll get there, no matter the cost in time, energy and comfort.  It’s how I was taught the world is – full of hard work, struggle, and earning your way.  How noble the journey!


Chapter Two

Sitting in mid-current takes weight, determination, and staying power.  It may not be the most comfortable place, but it’s familiar and I know what to expect.  I know I can do it – even though I’m being whittled away particle by particle.

I’ll make do.  I’ll endure. Imagine how scary it would be to be pushed down stream by the current – I’d not know

where I was and be out of control!  Yikes. I’ll wait for what comes to me and hope for the best.   I’ll make do, I’ll endure.


Chapter Three

I let go and fell but landed softly on the water.  Now I’m riding the river, floating along with the current.  Wow – I can breathe and relax while the water carries me, totally safe and peaceful above the current, knowing I’ll make it to the sea eventually.   How relaxed and content I feel……it takes no effort at all!  Why did I wait so long to go down stream?