Welcome to my blog!!! It's been a number of years since I started this blog. Not only do I have hopes of teaching the masses, I too, have learned a lot! There's always new & updated information in the herbal & essential oil worlds. I have lots to say on many subjects including herbs, essential oils, nutrition, supplements, different modalities of healing and just a little bit of everything!! Maybe in reading my blogs, just one person will come away with a bit of knowledge that they might be able to help themselves or another human being, I would consider that to be a great blessing.....

Over the years I have had businesses. It seems I can't get away from seeing if a certain herb or e.o. can help a fellow human and that's usually how it starts. So again as I am in AZ, part time anyway, I was asked again if I would be interested in starting another herbal biz!! So we now have Herbs 4 Health!! Numerous herbal blends....single essential oils...essential oil blends....supplements....tinctures all to help the body to heal itself.

The information in these blogs is not meant in any way shape or form to plagiarize, for I have never said this is all MY work. It is a compilation of reputable informative websites, my 'go to' books I have always depended upon & my own knowledge. I gather & put together information to help people learn & this way they can come back here to help remind themselves of said information instead of 'where oh where did I find that on the world wide web'. Seems to me it's just better & easier.

DISCLAIMER: This information does not diagnose, treat or heal any type illness or disease.






















Wednesday, December 20, 2017

THYME...the essential oil!


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I have been seeing a lot of info on this awesome essential oil, so I thought I would put everything I have read together in one post for people to read & digest!!!

Thyme essential oil is produced with the leaves & flowers of the plant. It is a member of the mint family and has been used as a medicinal herb since ancient times. It's one of the strongest antioxidants known and there are more than 300 different varieties!! One of the most popular varieties is Thymus vulgaris. Remember to check the Latin to make sure you get the one you want. Do NOT use if you are pregnant or are allergic to thyme.

Thyme essential oil can increase circulation, boosts the immune system, protect heart health & so helps in regulating blood pressure, it's also helpful in removing toxins from the body as it increases urination.

It's an anti-spasmodic, so it can help with coughs, cramps and aches due to spasms. Thyme is an anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, vermifuge, stimulant, expectorant, carminative, stimulant & an all over tonic.

It's also a bechic, which is a new one for me so of course I checked it out and it actually means: pertaining to or relieving a cough. So it can help to cure infections in the chest, lungs & bronchi.

It's become one of the best essential oils to help balance hormones as it increase progesterone levels in the body. It can delay menopause. It can be beneficial for irregular periods. Also helps with mood swings.

Thyme is good as a bug repellant & treats bites and stings. It helps with stress, anxiety, anemia, low energy, arthritis, gout, headaches and more.

Wow sounds like this little essential oil can just about do it all huh??? It's definitely on my 'to get' list just to see what all I can use it for!!







Thursday, November 2, 2017

Oregano!!!

 
We all know that fragrant spice oregano that so many of us love -- but did you know that oregano is one of the most powerful essential oils on the market today, and yes it IS one in the same!!! It is high in anti-oxidant value, phenolic acids & flavonoids...so it helps with anti-aging as well as being one of nature's perfect anti-biotics. Oregano essential oil also contains the ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria & fungi. It's a great anti-microbial & anti-viral to help build the immune system, fighting colds, viruses, the flu, sore throat, strep throat, sinus infections & more! This powerful antibiotic is able to penetrate the cell wall & fight viral infections as well. Pharmaceutical antibiotics are unable to do this. This is one of the safe essential oils to take internally, but it needs to be diluted in a good edible carrier oil. The wonderful thing about this herb is that even in a tea with some oregano leaves, it can help the body fight all those nasties I mentioned above!

It's chemical components include carvacrol,  over 800 medical studies on this ingredient alone, which has been found to expedite cancer cell death, reduce bacterial infection & inflammation among other amazing health benefits. It also contains thymol, which has been found scientifically to have antiseptic and anti-fungal characteristics which are both shared with thyme essential oil.

A new study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers found that oregano oil showed anti-bacterial properties against all 5 of the bad bacteria species. The highest activity it had was against E-coli, would could suggest it could help treat food poisoning.

With antibiotic resistance on the rise, having natural alternatives on hand is more important than ever. Anti-virals hold the virus down resulting in disabling the viral cells so that the immune system can kick it!! Powerful anti-fungal for warts, athlete's foot & more.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

What IS a Trophorestorative????

New term? Old term? Not sure which it is, but I found this information valuable! Kinda makes me rethink some of the herbs I use in the blends & for myself!!
Trophorestorative by definition is an herb that is a nutritive restorative. It is normally associated with an affinity for an organ, or an organ system. It rectifies the deficieny and/or weakness pertaining to that organ. The effect is not necessarily temporary. The nourishment it provides results in a permanent restoration. It is a tonic, period. It rebuilds and strengthens. A true trophorestorative cannot harm or product side effects. You should be able to consume it for long periods, safely. Many herbs are nutritive, only some herbs are trophorestoratives. They are unique. They can actually restore a physical funciton of a debilitated organ or tissue.
Some examples of trophorestoratives are: nettle seed, land caltrops & crataeva nurvala. They can all restore the functions of a damaged kidney. I hadn't heard of these last 2 and now I know why, they are part of TCM and in the Ayurvedic herbal 'family'!

Avena sative (oatstraw), velvet beans (again in the ayurvedic system) & valerian are best suited for nervous systems.
Ashwagandha, licorice & astragalus take care of the endocrine system.

Trophorestorative herbs help in nourishment and restoration of organs. Various herbs are used for treating malfunctioning of an organ. But the use of herbs depends on the indication shown by them, you first have to judge the problem & the origin of said problem and give the herb accordingly.
There are quite a few highly effective trophorestoratives: avena sativa, blue cohosh, chickweed, dandelion, korean ginseng, horsetail, licorice, milk thistle, bilberry, burdock, damiana, false unicorn, hawthorn, indian pennywort, meadowsweet & spanish needle. We know, as herbalists, what organ or system these herbs target! Just keep in mind how beneficial they can be to the human body!!!




Monday, October 30, 2017

~ABC'S of Carrier Oils~

Vegetable and carrier oils have a plethora of fine uses which include acting as a carrier for therapeutic applications, as an excellent addition to your culinary creations, as a lathering agent for soap, and a binding medium for cosmetics. It is hard to imagine where we would be with our creations, if it were not for the goodness and substance that pure oil provides.  There are so many varieties, however, that it is easy to get overwhelmed.  Here is a list of the most commonly used carrier oils!
Almond oil - This is one of the most useful, practical, and comonly used oils. It is great for all skin types as an acting emollient and is best known for its ability to soften, soothe, and re-condition the skin. It is truly marvelous as a carrier oil and is equally superb for addition to body care products.
Apricot kernel oil - A wonderful oil similar to Sweet Almond, but more suitable for sensitive and prematurely aged skin.It can be used liberally in most body care recipes.
Argan oil - This rare and exquisite oil is meticulously pressed from the fruit kernels of the Moroccan Argan tree. Argan oil is rich in natural tocopherols (vitamin E) and phenols, carotenes, squalene and fatty acids, making it a truly luxurious oil. Argan oil absorbs quickly and is often used in skin, nail and hair treatments to deliver deep hydration, strengthen brittle hair and nails, and prevent/reduce stretch marks.
Avocado oil - This ultra rich organic oil is a delightful treasure containing high amounts of Vitamin A, B1, B2, D, and E. Also contains amino acids, sterols, pantothenic acid, lecithin, and other essential fatty acids. Highly prized to those with skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and other skin ailments, it also makes a lovely salad oil for dressings and condiments. Highly recommended to those with sensitive skin, problem skin, and other irritations that require vitamin rich oil.
Baobab oil - This exquisite oil is cold pressed from the seeds of Baobab fruit trees growing in Africa. The normal lifespan of a Baobab tree is 500 years, with the oldest trees reaching the age of 5,000 years and a height of 20 meters. Known to the locals in its natural habitat as “The Tree Of Life”, Baobab’s bark, leaves and fruit pulp are also used. Its lovely white flowers emit a smell of rotting meat, which attracts pollinating moths, flies and ants; however, the seed oil itself possesses a light, nutty, almost floral scent. Rich in vitamins A, E and F and sterols, baobab oil absorbs quickly and is a wonderful oil to use in dry skin treatments and products designed to moisturize dry hair.
Borage seed oil -Because of its extremely high levels of gamma linolenic acid, Borage Seed Oil has many potential uses.  It has been widely studied for its ability to calm and reduce inflammation, and has been used successfully to alleviate the pain, swelling, and joint stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis.  Borage Seed Oil has also been used with positive results for many different skin disorders, such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, rosacea, and prematurely matured skin.  Furthermore, studies have begun to show that it may be able to be beneficial for treating and preventing a malady of conditions.
Castor oil - A natural source oil from castor beans. A hard and shiny oil found in most cosmetics that acts as a barrier agent and protective medium against harsh conditions and extremes. Very soothing to the skin when included into cosmetic applications.
Coconut oil - This is a great oil for general moisturizing and serves as a protective layer, helping to retain the moisture in your skin. It also acts as a mild oil suitable for those with inflamed and irritated skin, and those with skin sensitivities. Coconut oil is without a doubt the number one lather-producing agent used in soaps.
Grapeseed oil - Grapeseed oil has a mild green color with a pleasant odor, silken texture, and great absorbtion rate. Generally employed as a base oil for many creams, lotions and as a general carrier oil. Grapeseed is especially useful for skin types that do not absorb oils too well, and it does not leave a greasy feeling. Wonderful for those with skin sensitivities because of its natural non-allergenic properties. This oil's shelf life is one of the shortest.
Hazelnut oil - Hazelnut oil is known for its astringent qualities and because of this, it is best used for those who have oily skin but do not want to abstain from using oils.
Hemp seed oil - Exceptionally rich oil high in essential omega fatty acids and proteins. This oil has a pleasant nutty smell, deep green color, and absorbs well into the skin. It makes a marvelous cosmetic grade oil and because of its high nutritional value, it makes a superior quality dietary oil and one that can be used as a base ingredient for skin care recipes which require healing and regenerative ingredients.
Jojoba oil - Jojoba oil comes from the beans of the shrub like plant, simmondsia chinensis. It is bright and golden in color and is regarded as the most favored in the carrier oil family because of its advanced molecular stability. Also makes a great scalp cleanser for the hair, and is equally wonderful for the skin because it has absorption properties that are similar to our skin’s own sebum. It's shelf life is the longest of all the oils!
Kukui nut oil - The Kukui nut tree is the official tree of Hawaii and has been used by natives of this island for hundreds of years. They recognized the oil’s high penetrability and soothing properties and currently they put it to use in helping sooth sunburns and chapped skin. A fabulous ingredient for your cosmetics, or as a stand-alone application, Kukui nut oil contains very high levels of the essential fatty acids linoleic and alpha-linolenic. This oil is readily absorbed into the skin, providing tissues the essential elements that it needs and is particularly good for dry skin, psoriasis, acne and eczema.
Macadamia nut oil - This fine oil comes from the pressed nuts of the Macadamia tree. It is a priceless delight for the skin and has proven itself to be one of the best regenerative oils available.  It is high in monounsaturated fatty acids, and closely resembles sebum (the oil naturally produced by one’s skin to help protect it). Macadamia oil is a fabulous, protective oil with a high absorption rate and has been successfully used as a healing oil for scars, sunburns, minor wounds and other irritations.
Neem oil - A magnificent oil with numerous benefits for both therapeutic and medicinal use. Among other properties, this certified organic oil is anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. Used widely in creams, dental products, hair care products, and in gardens for natural pest control. Can be applied directly to the skin or included within skin care preparations that are designed specifically to treat problematic skin conditions. This oil is exceptionally rich, contains a heavy odor, and may be diluted accordingly.
Olive oil - Olive oil is by far the most universal oils used for a multitude of purposes including cosmetics, as a carrier oil, for hair care solutions, and in cooking.  It has a rich, full bodied flavor with a strong aroma and is golden brown in color. It has a great conditioning effect in body care recipes and can be used in almost all applications because of its stable nature.
Palm kernel oil - Palm Kernel Oil is pressed from the fruit kernels of the palm tree Elaeis guineensis. It is most commonly found in handmade soap to increase its lather and hardness. It may also be used in a multitude of other cosmetic and bodycare products for its moisturizing properties.
Plum kernel oil - An incredibly rich and intoxicating oil which gracefully shares it benefits in numerous food and cosmetic applications throughout the world. Plum oil is a recent addition to the exotic oil scene and it has been incorporated into some of the finest food dishes in France and it can be found in some of the most exquisite cosmetics in Italy.
Apricot kernel oil - with a fruity top note, this oil is sure to embellish itself well upon any creation you may choose. High in fatty acids and leaving virtually no residue on the skin, the potential of apricot kernel oil in body care applications is endless.
Pomegranate seed oil - A luxurious and deeply penetrating oil from the cold pressed organic seeds of pomegranate fruit. This highly prized oil which is naturally high in flavonoids and punicic acid is remarkable for the skin and has numerous dietary benefits as well. Deeply nourishing to the outer epidermal layer, Pomegranate seed oil provides powerful anti-oxidant benefits for numerous skin ailments including eczema, and psoriasis and gently challenges free radicals that damage and age the skin. A great ally to have in your cosmetic creations or as a stand alone product to help nourish and develop healthy skin cell regeneration.
Rosehip seed oil - A rich, amber colored organic oil from the ripened fruit of the famed Rosehip. This unique oil is extremely high in essential fatty acids and has carried much respect amongst professional journals and organizations as being a great agent in the fight against dry, weathered, and dehydrated skin. It works wonders on scars and is the predominant oil used for treating wrinkles and premature aging. Can be used in all fine skin care recipes.
Safflower oil - A highly moisturizing oil with an exceptionally high amount of Oleic acids. Deeply soothing and one of the first choices for skin care recipes requiring moisturizing benefits.
Shea nut oil - Shea oil is a byproduct of Shea butter production where the pressing of the seeds produces a fractionated oil. This oil leaves a smooth and healthy feel to the skin and offers benefits for numerous skin problems including dermatitis, eczema, burns, cutaneous dryness and other irritations. Highly recommended as a protective agent against harsh weather conditions where a mild barrier against the elements is desired.
Soybean oil - High in natural source lecitihin, sterolins, and vitamin E, this oil makes a great base for your products which are being created for outer epidermal healing.  Soybean oil is easily absorbed and leaves a smooth sensation to the skin. Remember soy is a gmo, so try to get one that isn't.
Sunflower oil - An oil wealthy in Oleic acids with high amounts of Vitamins A, D, and E, also has beneficial amounts of lecithin, and unsaturated fatty acids. Deeply nourishing and conditioning for the skin and it is highly recommended for recipes designed to treat dry, weathered, aged, and damaged skin.
Tamanu oil - This oil is extracted by a cold pressed method from the whole organic nuts of the Polynesian Tamanu tree. Tamanu oil has been thoroughly researched, and the conclusive evidence on its ability to heal damaged skin is overwhelming. Its benefits are notable for the treatment for scarring, stretch marks, minor cuts and abrasions, rashes, sores and much more. Can be used directly on the skin or mixed within formulations.
Wheat germ oil - This ultra rich, unrefined Wheat Germ oil is a great ingredient high in natural source Vitamin E, A, D, proteins, Lecithin, and Squalene. Wheat germ has been applied externally for numerous irritations including roughness of the skin, cracking, chaffing and many crafters of cosmetics use it successfully to help reverse the effects of wrinkling. Keep in mind it does have a strong scent.
 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Chamomile - The Essential Oil - Healing & Powerful

Chamomile is so gentle & has such an aromatic quality about it, it is one of the most ancient & versatile herbs known to man.

There are 2 fabulous essential oils that come from these flowers. One type is Roman & the other is German! The Roman type is good, but it doesn't have all the healing qualities the German does and it does not contain that beautiful blue color the German type does.

The German type has a beautiful blue color to it and it's called chamazulene. It's a volatile oil that was discovered when it was first distilled and that ingredient gives the oil it's healing power.

This fantastic oil helps to fight stress, anxiety, depression, relieves pain, helps with ADD & can help to improve digestion. It's a nervine, analgesic, a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic & anti-bacterial. It helps with neuralgia, rheumatism, sprains, strains, nausea, menopause symptoms, headaches, insomnia, migraines & all sorts of skin issues including exzema, allergies, boils and all sorts of gastro-intestinal issues as well, just like it's herbal partner!!

Even though it is gentle, still dilute before applying topically. Use caution if you are allergic to ragweed.

A very important ingredient in our Nerve/Pain Oil & on special request the Migraine Relief Oil!

The Power of Cinnamon Essential Oil.....

Cinnamon essential oil is much more potent than the spice & contains special components not found in the spice. There are two types of cinnamon essential oil: cinnamon bark & cinnamon leaf.

Cinnamon bark oil is like taking an intense whiff of ground cinnamon. It comes from the bark, is more brown in color & is more expensive than the cinnamon leaf oil. The leaf oil has a musky & spicy smell and is more of a yellow & murky in color. They both are potent, the bark oil may be a bit more potent though.

It is highly concentrated with anti-oxidants which makes it an effective natural digestive aid, blood sugar stabilizer, circulation booster, can aid in cardio vascular disease & help to fight infections. But the oil itself especially has strong anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral & anti-platelet properties.

Cinnamon oil decreases inflammation, increases circulation, fights viruses, athlete's foot & free radicals. It helps to relieve depression, stimulate the immune system & fights parasites like ringworm.

It's an analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, anti-fungal, antioxidant, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, highly aromatic, astringent & insect repellant!

Do NOT ingest or apply topically without dilution first!

A prized ingredient in our Quartzsite Krud Kicker!!



Friday, September 22, 2017

Clove Bud Essential Oil

The Chinese have used clove for more than 2,000 yrs! These small buds originate as the unopened pink flower buds of the evergreen tree. Once they are dried they turn brown, then we recognize them as the spice that is so popular & then converted into an essential oil that is highly beneficial to the body.

The eugenol in cloves is a powerful anti-inflammatory & has been shown to reverse inflammation & cellular oxidation. It's very popular as an antiseptic for oral infections and gum disease. It is also a broad-spectrum anti-microbial that helps to keep countless health issues at bay. It has been shown to be beneficial in fighting E. coli & pneumonia! Clove can also be a great help in eliminating candida & killing intestinal parasites.

They have found that clove oil has the same numbing effects as benzocaine, so it's beneficial for toothaches & dental issues.

Ground cloves has an astounding ORAC value of 290,283 units -- which means -- per gram, cloves contain 30X more antioxidant power than blueberries!! And we all know how awesome those little guys are for our health, right??? An antioxidant is a molecule that reverses damage that free radicals cause, including cell death & cancer.

Because it is so very potent...Do NOT ingest. Do NOT apply to the skin undiluted.

It's a very powerful ingredient in our Quartzsite Krud Kicker!

Chamomile - The Herb - Gentle, Relaxing & Healing

One of the most ancient & versatile medicinal herbs available is the lovely delicate chamomile! Not enough can be said about this gentle herb that seems to have an endless amount of uses. It is safe for enough for babies & children. It's anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and an antioxidant. It can help with pain, muscle spasms, pre-menstrual pain, stress, tension, anxiety, anorexia, ADD, nausea, acid reflux, gout, a tonic for the liver & digestive tract, IBS, gastrointestinal spasms & inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract!!

It can be highly beneficial for skin inflammation, it's gentle enough to use for sties & eye infections, cuts, itching, scraps, boils, bug bites, burns, ulcers, wounds, bacterial infections of the mouth & gums. It can help calm emotions, relax you to help you sleep better & help with physical stress.

The scent alone is just heavenly -- a sweet, apple-like aroma. I personally love it!! Chamomile has been used for nearly 5,000 yrs with almost no known negative side effects.

It's a natural allergy fighter for hay fever. It can help with arthritis & rheumatic pain, it fights free radicals & can help prevent cell mutation.

Use with caution if allergic to ragweed. It also contains natural blood thinners (coumarins), so avoid if taking prescription blood thinners.

A prized ingredient in our Sandman's Tea!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Beautiful Passion Flower!

This flower is known for it's striking beauty & is highly regarded in the herbal community as it is a gentle nerve tonic that treats nervous stress, anxiety & insomnia. It is also very helpful for neuralgia issues. It has been known to be combined with hawthorn as a cardio tonic. It is a sedative & relaxant. It's also an analgesic & an anti-depressant. It has also been known to help with some skin issues such as inflamed skin, irritation & burns.

Studies have shown that this flower may be just so effective as synthetic drugs for generalized anxiety disorder or GAD. It may also help reduce the effects of menopause including hot flashes & depression so it may be a great alternative to hormone therapy!

It may even contain mild anti-inflammatory & anti-seizure benefits. Passion Flower can help with ADHD & can help improve relaxation so we can get the much needed healing sleep we all need.

Do not use if pregnant!

It's a main ingredient in our Sandman's Tea!

Slippery Elm Bark -- Beneficial Nutritive

Slippery Elm Bark is the king of herbs for digestion. It is the inner bark of the tree & can grow up to 50 feet! It's also known as Red Elm, Moose Elm or Indian Elm. It has been used as an herbal remedy in Native American culture since the 19th century. It relieves a number of digestive issues and is rich in what we call mucilage, which is a substance that provides a coating when mixed with water. With that protective coating, it helps to sooth & protect irritated body tissues including the mouth, throat, stomach & intestines. This makes it ideal for sore throats, coughs, GERD, bladder issues, Chron's, IBS, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, UTI's & diarrhea.

Lately it has become a very popular treatment for breast cancer & can also help to control the negative side effects of conventional breast cancer treatments. It is an anti-inflammatory & can boost the immue system. It has been known to help psoriasis, heal wounds, boils, skin ulcers, relieves flu symptoms or even the common cold & swollen glands. There are no known side effects, as it is a mainly a mucilage & is nutrient dense. It is so gentle to the digestive system, it has been fed to the elderly or children if they are having digestive difficulties. It's also a wholesome food for the weak, convalescent & even pets.

It's a great addition to Herbmama's Detox Blend AKA Essiac!!

Peppermint...wow!!

We all know the lovely & inviting scent of peppermint essential oil, but were you aware it is just about the most versatile & used essential oils in the world right alongside lavender?! The health benefits have been documented back to 1,000 BC & the oil itself has actually been found in several Egyptian pyramids!

Peppermint essential oil can reduce tummy aches, digestive issues & freshen bad breath, relieve tension headaches including migraines. It has antiseptic, anti-microbial properties, improves mental focus & boosts energy. It is an effective pain killer & muscle relaxer & can help relieve pain associated with fibromyalgia. It acts as an expectorant & can provide relief for respiratory issues, including sinus, allergies, asthma, bronchitis & more. Inhaling peppermint can even help stave off the munchies & help you feel fuller faster. It's a natural energizer & so it helps with chronic fatigue syndrome, improves mental focus & concentration & is an all-natural bug repellant too!

With over 300 scientific studies referring to the benefits of this essential oil, the latest research is air tight. It is truly one essential oil that should be in your first-aid kit. make sure you dilute it in a good carrier oil before applying. If you take it internally...1 drop per 8 oz. water. Be aware when taking it alongside iron supplements & quercetin be sure to wait 3 hrs between taking the two. Be very cautious if you are taking the enteric-coated capsules -- they could dissolve rapidly leading to nausea & heartburn.

It's a vital ingredient in our Nerve/Pain Oil and in the Allergy Relief e.o. blend!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rosemary Essential Oil!!!!

Rosemary essential oil is considered sacred by some ancient cultures. It is one of the most powerful essential oils on the planet. It is a relative of the mint family & in recent research, it is shown to contain a nerve growth factor & supports the healing of neurological tissue & brain functions. It  helps to improve memory, soothe digestive issues & relieve muscle aches & pains.

Rosemary has the same antioxidant free radical fighting power as goji berries. The chemical responsible for this antioxidant power is carnosol. In addition to that, it also contains anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory power. This carnosol targets cells to reduce inflammation. It has a selective toxicity towards cancer cells without damaging healthy cells.

It's been proven very effective for hair growth, helps people become more alert, improves overall quality of memory. Studies have shown it can help treat & prevent Alzheimer's.

This awesome essential oil can also help with gallbladder issues to help reverse/prevent toxic overload. It helps to heal neuropathy & neuralgia issues, sprain, strains & sciatica. Since it stimulates the central nervous system, it's beneficial for low blood pressure & sluggishness. it can block histamine (the chemical culprit of both asthma & allergies).

Avoid if you have epilepsy. Do NOT use on children under 4 yrs of age. Do NOT INGEST!!!

It is prized highly in our products & can be found in our Quartzsite Krud Kicker & our Nerve/Pain Oil!!

Do You Know About Chicory???

Chicory is a very popular coffee substitute without that caffeine that seems to bother some of us & adds fiber to foods as well. It comes from the dandelion family and is very beneficial to our bodies.

It contains anti-inflammatory properties as it is rich in polyphenols. It invigorates & strengthens the digestive & urinary systems. It helps to restore the body's cells to their original condition & boosts the body's defense systems while also helping to cleanse the liver!! It's a good addition to a diabetic diet as well. It contains a protein called adiponectin which regulates glucose levels as well as fatty acid breakdown. Results of a recent study suggest the extract could delay or prevent the early onset of diabetes as well as improve bowel functions due to it's fibrous makeup.

Chicory contains inulin which is a prebiotic. It is highly fermentable by the friendly bacteria in the gut. It can help promote growth of helpful probiotics in the stomach & may enhance calcium absorption. It helps to treat eczema and can regulate the thyroid. It's high in triglycerides. Relieves gas & bloating, improves cholesterol, it's a natural plant based carbohydrate that can't be broken down by human digestive enzymes. Chicory contains bitters which improve the digestion process. Drinking it on a regular basis can rid your system of excess water buildup & uric acid buildup. It can also have a calming & regulating effect on the heart & increases the flow of bile.

Avoid if you have gallstones!

So see, you didn't realize all the beneficial effects of chicory...it's highly popular in Louisiana I know. It tastes like a very strong coffee. It is a main ingredient in our Diabetic Support Tea!!!

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Health Benefits of Ginger Root!!

Ginger is one of the most widely used spices throughout the world today. This super food is 13th on the antioxidant list boasting an impressive ORAC score of 28,811! Its in the same family as is turmeric & cardamom! The Chinese and Indians have used ginger tonics to treat ailments for over 4,700 years and it was a priceless commodity during the roman Empire trade around the coming of Christ because of its medicinal properties.

There are 115 different chemical components in ginger -- but the therapeutic benefits only come from one source....the gingerols! Now gingerols are an oily resin in the root that act as a highly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. These bioactive ingredients, especially gingerol have been thoroughly evaluated clinically and the research backs up why you should be using ginger on a regular basis!!

It contains several volatile oils that give it it's characteristic flavor and odor: zingerone & shogaols. Along with the gingerols, these oils are highly potent antifungal, anti-parasitic & anti-bacterial agents. In addition, in inhibits cancer cell formation while firing up our body's own inborn ability to destroy the cancer cells that are already present. Ginger is classified as a carminative (reducing intestinal gas) and an intestinal spasmolytic (soothes intestinal tract). Additionally, it helps aid in the production of bile, making it particularly helpful in digesting fats. It helps against stroke, heart disease, indigestion, nausea, cholesterol, dyspepsia, bloat, constipation, circulation and many other gastro-intestinal disorders. Ginger is also largely responsible for a strong immune system. It can help breakdown the accumulation of toxins in the organs, cleanse the lymphatic system and is a blood thinner as well. Stomach ulcers & GERD can be helped with ginger too. It improves diabetes & insulin sensitivity. It can help to fight cancer and the pain & stiffness from arthritis and all it's 'cousins'

This pretty root is also very high in potassium which aids in electrical energy production and detoxification. It is a great source of manganese which protects the lining of the heart blood vessels and urinary tract. Ginger contains silicon which enhances skin, hair, teeth & nails. It helps assimilate calcium and reduces inflammation in the bone tissue aiding the development of strong bones & teeth!!

Ginger is a great supporting player in herbal teas as it combines well with many herbs. It improves the taste & potency as it helps to speed up the delivery system of healthy plant chemicals into the blood stream.

Studies have shown that ginger is more effective cancer treatment than chemo in killing cancer cells while leaving the healthy ones alone. It's anti-inflammatory properties might also help prevent the progression of precancerous cells to cancer.

Any form of this incredible spice/food/herb is great to use...raw, dried, powder or as an essential oil.


Eucalyptus Essential Oil....

Since 1852 this oil has been used widely in Australia & it's uses soon spread throughout the world. They used to use eucalyptus oil converted into a gas to light their homes. Little did they know they had stumbled upon one of the most powerful forms of natural medicine ever!

Eucalyptus is an expectorant and can help cleanse your body of toxins &  harmful micro-organisms. It can be used for a healthy scalp & is often used against lice. It's great for sinusitis issues. It's highly effective for treating respiratory issues such as asthma, bronchitis, COPD, pneumonia & even TB. It dialates the blood vessels so it allows more, oxygen into the lungs, which can lead to healing.

It has anti-microbial & antiseptic properties, so it's effective at treating wounds, cuts, bug bites, stings, etc. It also helps because it's a natural pain reliever.

This wonderfully powerful oil also stimulates the immune system & provides antioxidant protection as well. The key ingredient 'cineolo' - an organic compound that has widespread, astounding medicinal effects. It's even been known to help lower blood pressure & kills leukemia cells!

Personally, I love the smell of this and can't seem to get enough of it at times. It is one of THE main ingredients in our popular Quartzsite Krud Kicker at Herbs 4 Health!!!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Interesting info on Essential Oils

In doing some research on essential oils, I came upon some information that made me go...huh???

Basically only MLM essential oil companies recommend this. I have seen from Aromatherapy Institutes, reputable magazines, etc. where they profusely advise against this! The MLM e.o. companies state it is ok to ingest essential oils regularly...this is NOT advisable...the sensitive tissues on the insides of one's body can not handle the powerful molecules of essential oils so you could possibly end up with burns on those delicate tissues. The second piece of info that bothers me  more is...people are using capsules of essential oils as suppositories!!! In my humble opinion...using e.o.'s this way is not recommended in anyway, shape or form!! Essential oils are meant to be inhaled, applied to the skin, used in cool mist diffusers, etc. They will get into your body through skin absorption in less than 20 minutes, inhaling them takes even less time than that!! Be so very cautious & be patient! They are potent in their own right, respect that & do some major research if you are told it's ok to ingest them. Now a drop or two of like peppermint e.o. to swish in your mouth as a rinse would be ok, but you don't want to swallow it...that's just an example.

I have something else I want to address and it may make some angry, but I have to say it. I am tired of certain MLM essential oil companies professing their oils are the ONLY ones out there that are therapeutic. Truth is...ALL essential oils are therapeutic in their own right & they all can help heal! The biggest hurdle is finding a reputable company that sells the unadulterated essential oils! If you are unsure of the quality of your essential oil, there is a test you can do. Put one drop of your e.o. on a piece of paper & let it evaporate, once done there should be almost nothing left of that drop...if you see any type of oily residue of any kind, then that e.o. has been tampered (adulterated) with, which lowers it's quality. In all honesty though, how many of these MLM essential oil companies share any type of information like this to help the consumer learn...all that matters to them in my humble opinion...is that almighty dollar!!! Because of their claims, hype & their marketing is the reason the FDA has clamped down on the small businesses in regards to essential oils. Just FYI!

I have seen some very high dollar prices on some certain 'aromatherapy' products & personally, I think it's outrageous. The more you learn, the more you can make wise decisions on your own & not pay those high dollar prices. so do your research!!! Being knowledgeable about the use of essential oils can only benefit YOU!! Find a qualified aromatherapist you can trust & pick their brain too!

SPF means nothing when a product contains a phototoxic essential oil. All your fruit ones: lemon, lime, orange & grapefruit are phototoxic. All phototoxic means is that you can be more sensitive to the sun's burning rays after you have applied these essential oils to your skin, nothing more.

I do want to alert people about others selling sweetgrass as an essential oil. There is no such thing!! Some have re-named it Calamus, not the same...this e.o. can be toxic & weather or not it smells like sweetgrass is questionable. They try to sell it under other names as well, so buyer beware!!!

Vanilla is not an essential oil, but an absolute which is a different critter altogether. Rose Otto is not a pure rose essential oil. Pure rose e.o. is so expensive, very few can even afford it. Strawberry, pear, cherry and the like are not essential oils.

The laws in the country are making it more difficult to bring you information about effective alternative treatments. We are not allowed to say a product will effectively kill bacteria, viruses, etc.(even though it's been proven & we know this) otherwise it falls under FDA jurisdiction. So you will have to do more research on your own, ask questions, gather your own information from reliable sources.,..then proceed from what you have gathered. Just a friendly reminder!!





Wednesday, August 2, 2017

What DO those terms mean???

It seems the more advanced we get what with technology and more, the more confusing the talk gets. Sometimes I find myself asking...what did they say? what does that mean? why can't they just use regular words?? LOL. In the field of herbalism & aromatherapy it's really no different. One just has to learn the lingo. Most times I try to break it down because I don't want to be confused either. In doing research for another blog, I came upon some terms that I thought I would try to explain so maybe we all weren't in the dark about some things so much!

Nutritives -- this is a class of herbs that nourish the body when it is not getting proper nutrition from food. They nourish the body, build immune systems and are rich in vitamins & minerals.

Tonics -- these are herbal substances that give you a feeling of well being & help you feel better. They tone up bodily tissues, boost the immune systems, strengthen the body. Tonics are able to heal overall instead of a substance that treats a particular health issue, for example a particular herbal tea..

Trophorestorative -- they are a unique variety of herbs or foods that can restore actual physical function to a debilitated organ or tissue. These herbs, foods, etc. can rectify deficiency & weakness not simply through temporary stimulation but through vital nourishment of that organ & organ system. It is a tonic in the deepest sense of the word. In order to be a true trophorestorative -- it must not bring harm or have undue side effects & be able to be used over a long period of time, safely. They can restore actual physical function to a debilitated organ or tissue resulting in permanent restoration.

Saponins -- known for their ability to lower cholesterol, improve the immune system & prevent cancer.

Flavanoids -- contain antioxidative qualities. They control & scavage free radicals. Help to prevent heart disease, cancer & immunodeficiency viruses.

Polysaccharides -- have anti-microbial, anti-viral & anti-inflammatory capabilities. They can also stop viruses from replicating.

Exactly what IS Aromatherapy????

Aromatherapy is a branch of herbal based medicines that makes therapeutic use of essential oils for health & well being. It is a natural non-invasive modality designed to affect the whole person, not just symptoms or disease & to assist the body's natural ability to balance, maintain, regulate & heal itself by the correct use of essential oils.

Unfortunately the term has been so overused & trivialized that it is misconstrued as being simply the use of pleasantly scented products! Most countries outside the U.S. hold aromatherapy in very high regard. It is quite economical as one only needs a few drops to help with healing, either in a single essential oil or an essential oil blend.

Aromatherapy can also be referred to essential oil therapy. It seeks to unify body, mind & spirit to enhance the individual's healing process. As a holistic practice, aromatherapy is both a preventative approach, as well as an active method to use during acute & chronic stages of illness or 'dis'-ease.

So basically just because it is scented & makes you feel good or you really like the scent does not mean it's aromatherapy, it actually goes way deeper than that!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lavender....Lavender....Lavender



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There are many varieties of lavender that come out of the fields to make the ever popular Lavender Essential Oil. There are basically 3 different types of  lavender essential oil. They all belong to the Family Lamiacea & they all have lavender as part of their name, but that is where the similarity ends.

The Latin names of the different lavenders is just about the only way to really tell them apart unless you have an expert lavender nose...lol. The Latin name of the True Lavender is Lavandula angustifolia or English Lavender as it's sometimes called or L. officinalis or L. vera. Lavandin's Latin name is Lavandula x intermedia & Spike Lavender is Lavandula latifolia.

The 'X' in Lavandin's Latin name indicates this is a hybrid & was created in the 1920's by crossing Lavandula angustifolia & Lavandula latifolia, so you could say that Lavandin contains properties of both of those.

Without going into too much about the chemical composition of these essential oils, I will try to explain a bit about their healing properties. True Lavender contains the largest amount of 'esters' which means it will have the largest degree of balancing, calming, cell regenerating & anti-inflammatory properties of the three. It also has significant amounts of 'alcohols' which bring with them anti-fungal, anti-viral, a strong bactericidal, balancing & immune-stimulant properties.

Now Spike Lavender has a significant amount of 'oxides' which bring anti-viral, decongestant & immune stimulating properties to the mix. It's 'alcohol' content isn't as much as the True Lavender, so while it shares the anti-fungal, anti-viral, strong bactericidal, balancing & immune-stimulant properties, they will not be present in the same degree.

The Lavandin -- the hybrid-- will have elements of both oils, it has the largest amount of alcohols of the three which means it's anti-fungal, anti-viral, strong bactericidal, balancing & immune-stimulant properties are likely to be the strongest of the three. It contains 'esters' like True Lavender, but not quite the same strength.

So I have always bought & used Lavender 40/42 although it is pure Lavender oil, it's make-up consists of several types lavender oils! The Lavandula angustifolia, Lavandin hybrid, Spike Lavender & yet another one not as well known called Lavandula stoechas or Topped Lavender. So it contains all the healing properties of ALL the different lavenders!!!

The thing is this....the scent & quality of lavender can & does vary from lot to lot, season to season, region to region with so many variables having an impact on the lavender essential oil. Since 40/42 is a combination of those 4 oils...the scent, impact, overall quality & PRICE remain stable! Since there are actually 38 species of lavender, it would be truly difficult to continually be able to get the same product consistently for one's customers.

So since the 40/42 has always been my favorite & my customers really seem to adore it & it does do everything & maybe more than the individual lavenders I say YES I will keep on providing this very worthy & valuable essential oil to my customers!!!

Info obtained from WestCoastAromatherapy.com & other internet sources.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Info on Burdock Root!!!

Burdock root is a medicinal herb and food that has powerful anti-tumor, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties. Burdock root is one of the top recommended herbal remedies for cancer due to the belief that it can stop cancer cells from metastasizing and it is one of the star ingredients of the famous natural cancer remedy known as essiac tea AKA Herbmama's Detox Blend. It is also highly beneficial for colds, flu, sore throats, bronchial congestion, ulcers, gallstones, anemia, kidney stones, chicken pox, gout, measles, strep throat, urinary tract infections, bladder infections, hepatitis, and enlarged prostates.

Burdock root is an essential blood purifier and detoxifying herb as it can neutralize and safely eliminate poisons and toxins from the body. Burdock is one of the most important herbs for treating chronic skin problems such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, and shingles. It can also help to stimulate metabolism, re-grow hair, strengthen nails, and aid in edema and weight loss. Burdock root is an effective painkiller that can help alleviate symptoms of inflammation that affect auto-immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, bursitis, lupus, and diabetes. Since it contains up to 50% inulin, it has been known to help diabetics because inulin is a soluble & prebiotic fiber that helps with digestion & to lower blood sugar. It can also help eliminate harmful levels of uric acid through the kidneys.
Fresh burdock can be juiced with celery, kale, and apple or used in recipes similarly to carrots. It is often steamed or added to soups and stews. It has a subtly sweet and earthy flavor that works well with potatoes, mushrooms, and onions. Dried burdock root is often used as a medicinal tea. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of dried burdock root and let steep for at least 10 minutes or more, sweeten with honey if desired. Burdock root can be readily found in a cream, salve, tincture, extract, and capsule form. It’s potent healing abilities has made it a vital herb for your natural medicine cabinet.
We have included this awesome herb in our Herbmama's Detox Blend & Diabetic Support Tea. Check us out on fb at Herbs 4 Health!!

Nettles!

Yes, the same stinging nettles that aggravate your skin if you get the stingers on you. Nettles has been used for centuries to help treat allergies, particularly hay fever, which IS the most common type. According to Dr. Andrew Wiel, M.D., he knows of nothing more effective than nettles for allergy relief. All the over the counter stuff, the scripts, even medications such as Allegra & Claritin treat only the symptoms of allergies and tend to lose effectiveness over time. With side effects such as drowsiness, dried up sinuses, insomnia & high blood pressure, they should not be taken all the time anyway. Nettles has none of those side effects and can be used on a regular basis. But the benefits of nettles doesn't stop here.
The properties of nettles is as follows: it's an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-rheumatic, anti-asthmatic, anti-convulsant, anti-histamine, astringent, decongestant, diuretic and more! What's wonderful too about it is it's a great all-over tonic for the body!! It's great for the adrenals & so many have adrenal issues now & don't even realize it.
Nettles can be used for: seasonal allergies, arthritis, bronchitis, bursitis, gingivitis, sinusitis, tendonitis, high blood pressure, inflammatory conditions, hair loss, eczema, gout, sciatica, neuralgia, Alzheimer's, asthma, bladder infections, hives, kidney stones, MS, PMS, sciatica....to name a few!!!
Warning: Nettles may lower blood pressure & heart rate, so be cautious. Do not take if breast-feeding or if pregnant.
Most stinging nettle products are made from the stem and leaves, but the roots also have pharmacological qualities. The herb has anti-inflammatory qualities that can affect treatment of many health issues. The aboveground parts have typically aided in allergy relief and other breathing-related problems. The roots are able to provide relief for urinary disorders and enlarged prostate as well
More research is needed, but stinging nettle is also said to:
  • Stimulate hair growth
  • Help control blood sugar in patients with diabetes
  • Reduce bleeding connected to gingivitis
  • Treat disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract
  • Provide relief from water retention
  • Decrease menstrual flow
  • Provide asthma relief
  • Heal wounds
  • Treat hemorrhoids
  • Stimulate contractions in pregnant women
  • Treat insect bites
  • Treat tendonitis
  • Treat anemia
 Osteoarthritis and Joint Pain:
Arthritis sufferers often experience joint pain, typically in the hands, knees, hips and spine. Nettle works alongside anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to allow patients to decrease their NSAID use. Because prolonged use of NSAIDs can cause a number of serious side effects, this is an ideal pairing.
 
Studies also show that applying nettle leaf topically at the site of pain decreases joint pain and can help treat arthritis. Nettle can also provide relief when taken orally. Another study published in the Journal of Rheumatology shows stinging nettle’s anti-inflammatory power against other autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
 
Hay Fever:
Histamine production in the body creates the adverse reactions related to allergies. Allergies cause uncomfortable congestion, sneezing, itching and more. Stinging nettle’s anti-inflammatory qualities affect a number of key receptors and enzymes in allergic reactions, preventing hay fever symptoms if taken when they first appear. The leaves of the plant contain histamine, which may seem counterproductive in allergy treatment, but there is history of using histamines to treat severe allergic reactions.

Info taken from the internet & DrAxe.com

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Ever Heard of Astragalus???

Astragalus is one of the most used herbs in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). It is also known as Huang-qi or Milk-vetch root. In Chinese herbalism astragalus is reputed to strengthen the 'chi'.

It belongs to the legume family and is non-toxic at any dose. This herb contains flavonoids, polysaccharides, sapponins & trace minerals. It is just about the only herb that contains all 4 of these important elements!!

Astragalus strengthens, protects & supports the immune system. As we all know a healthy, strong immune system is key to being healthy! Since inflammation is the root of most diseases, astragalus is an anti-inflammatory and therefore can be key in the body's response to inflammatory conditions such as illness or disease. It also helps to strengthen the heart and can help reduce blood pressure. But people who take warfarin need to be cautious as it increases the body's response to steroids. Also if you take beta blockers they may not be as effective when taking astragalus. Just some words of warning there!

This adaptogenic herb is being rediscovered today. It can boost & balance immune function and help to treat all types of infections that deplete energy. It helps to make the body's T-cells more aggressive. It strengthens digestion, lungs, the spleen & can protect the liver. It aids in adrenal functions. It also fights free radical damage. Studies show its ability to relieve insulin resistance and treat diabetes naturally. Astragalus is able to increase insulin sensitivity, protect pancreatic beta cells (the cells in the pancreas that product and release insulin). It has been known to reduce or eliminate tumors as well. It can also help alleviate the horrid symptoms from chemotherapy.

Since it is an anti-inflammatory it seems to inhibit the release of histamines from cells. so it could help relieve hay fever & other allergies which can cause sinus issues.

Instead of directly attacking infectious organisms, it aids the body by fortifying every component of the existing immune system!

So why wouldn't one add this awesome herb to their daily regime??

Monday, May 1, 2017

Fats...The Good, The Bad & The Ugly -- Part 3

EFA's or essential fatty acids are the polyunsaturated forms called omega 3's & 6's. They are essential because the body can't manufacture them. Life itself is not possible without adequate amounts of EFA's. The 3's & 6's are very sensitive to heat & modern food processing. Hydrogenation or high heat processing not only removes all of the nutrients, but also makes the oils toxic to our bodies. So the omega 3's should never be heated & should only be added after cooking has been completed. It is important to have a properly balances intake of healthy essential fats including omega 3 & 6 fats. Research has shown an approximate ratio of 4:1 of healthy omega 6's to omega 3 fats which provides the body with a proper balance of EFA's.

Healthy supplemental oils: cod liver, flaxseed, high vitamin butter oil.

Healthy cooking oils: butter (preferably from grass-fed cattle), coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, ghee or clarified butter, palm oil, peanut oil, sesame oil, safflower & sunflower oils.

Healthy oils should be in colored containers & should be avoided if in a clear one. Light can damage the oils. There should also be an expiration date on the container as nutrients have a shelf life. Look for expeller or cold pressed oils.

Organic butter is one of the healthiest foods. It contains fat-soluble vitamins, trace minerals, short & medium chain fats as well as other key nutrients. One of the most interesting items in butter (from cows grazing on grass) is the "X factor", as described by Dr. Weston Price, one of the pioneers of using natural foods. It refers to a substance that helps the body absorb & utilize minerals!

Margarine contains neither vitamins or minerals. It contains many substances harmful to the body. They should be avoided at all costs.

Information taken from: Guide To Healthy Eating. Written by David Brownstein, M.D. & Sheryl Shenefelt, C.N.

Fats...The Good, The Bad & The Ugly -- Part 2

Mono-saturated fats are liquid at room temperature & are known for being high in the antioxidant Vit. E. They are not as stable for cooking, but used best in spreads & dressings or occasional low heat cooking. The most common form is oleic acid & it can be found in: avocados, almonds, canola oil, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, olive oil, peanuts, pecans & pistachios.

Hydrogenated oils are highly refined & found in most packaged food. It's a process by which an extra hydrogen molecule is added, therefore able to convert liquid oils to a solid or semi-solid fat, such as margarine. It is beneficial to the manufacturer, but not the consumer because trans-fats are formed in the process. These have been linked to cancer, heart disease & many other chronic degenerative disorders. Trans fats are actually toxic for our cell membranes. With an over abundance the cells become leaky & distorted.

Polyunsaturated fats are the least stable of all fats. They are liquid or soft at room temperatures. They can not withstand a lot of high heat cooking or processing because free radicals are easily formed. Free radicals are compounds that damage the cells of the body. The most common forms of these fats are the omega-6 (linoleic) & the omega-3 (linolenic)!

Sources of omega-3 fatty acids are: cold water fish oils such as mackerel, salmon, albacore, tuna, sardines & lake trout. Flaxseeds & oil. Pumpkin seeds & walnuts.

Sources of omega-6 fatty acids: Borage, black currant, canola, corn, cottonseed, primrose, safflower, soybean & sunflower.

Processed vegetable oils (i.e. refined oils) are very popular in the grocery aisles & in our diets. These oils are overused due to misinformation of their health qualities by the food industry as well as health care providers. They contain high amounts of omega-6 without the balancing effects of the omega-3's & have been shown to suppress the immune system over time.

Fats...The Good, The Bad & The Ugly!!

Food consists of 3 major macronutrients: carbs, proteins & fats. Fat contains more energy than the other 2. Fat is essential for forming cell membranes & hormone production. Inadequate fat intake can lead to vitamin deficiency since fats acts as a carrier for fat soluble vitamins like  A, D, E & K. It's found in both animal & vegetable products, adds flavor to foods & satisfies hunger as well. Good fats are essential to maintaining health.

Although many agencies tell us we need to eat low fat to be healthy, numerous imbalances & vitamin deficiencies have become apparent in low fat diets. With the food pyramid they even focus on grains and little to no fats info as to why we should ingest healthy fats.

Fat in diet does not necessarily mean weight gain. Adequate intake of good fats from whole foods gives satiety which helps us not to overeat. Every cell membrane in the body contains fat & all steroid hormones are produced from cholesterol which is a fat-like substance. Now cholesterol is an important molecule for the body...it works with hormone production & helps the immune system to function properly.

Good fats are those that have not been hydrogenated & can be saturated, mono-saturated or polyunsaturated. Bad fats provide no nutrition to the body, but also cause the immune system to malfunction & can lead to a variety of illnesses from obesity to cancer to auto immune problems.

Bad fats consist of: 1) Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils 2) Processed vegetable oils such as soy, corn, canola & cottonseed (plus these are GMO's). 3) Trans fats.

Saturated fats have gotten a bad rap from physicians, dieticians as well as the media. They can withstand higher cooking temps without producing tissue damaging free radicals. They are solid at room temperatures & come mainly from animal sources like meat & dairy products. Optimal health is not possible without adequate amounts of saturated fats in our bodies. It gives our cells the strength to maintain structure & it is predominate in our brains.

Healthy foods that contain significant amounts of saturated fats include: coconut oil, cultured dairy (i.e. yogurt, kefir), organic butter, organic free-range red meat & palm oil.



Monday, April 24, 2017

Food Sources for Cell Salts

POTASSIUM PHOSPHATE: Said to be good as a brain food helpful for nerve and brain imbalances. Foods containing this salt include Parsley, Beans, Beets, Carrots, Linseed Meal, Peanuts, Milk, Buttermilk, Cheese and Avocados

SODIUM SULPHATE: Said to be good in regulating the water supply in the body system, decreasing or increasing it as needed. Foods containing this salt include Cauliflower, Lettuce, Cabbage, Turnips, Radishes, Onions, Egg Yolks, Celery, Brussel Sprouts, Kohlrabi and Milk.

POTASSIUM CHLORIDE: Said to be good for forming and distributing fibrin throughout the body, thereby moderating coagulation. When clogging occurs, it is associated with sinus and throat problems as well as fibrous growths. Foods containing this salt include Cheese, Egg Yolks, Radishes, Coconuts, Lentils, Carrots, Spinach, Asparagus and Sauerkraut.

CALCIUM FLOURIDE: Said to be good for muscle and connective tissues...ligaments & tendons, as well as healthy teeth enamel. Foods containing this salt include Turnips, Asparagus, Beets, Goat Cheese, Kelp, Garlic and Pineapple.

MAGNESIUM PHOSPHATE: Said to be good for healthy nerve tissue, thus assisting nerve transmission. Foods containing this salt include Cauliflower, Cabbage, Asparagus, Beechnuts, Almonds, Whole Wheat, as well as fruits such as Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Grapefruit, Figs, Gooseberries, Peaches and Cherries.

POTASSIUM SULPHATE: Said to be good for circulation of oils through our body, which supposedly assists digestion and kidney function, as well as excretion of toxins through the skin. Foods containing this salt include Cauliflower, Lettuce, Cabbage, Onions, Celery, Brussel Sprouts, Tomatoes and Cucumbers.

SODIUM PHOSPHATE: Said to be good for balancing the acid-alkaline function in our bodies, thus helping all acid conditions which affect the nervous system. Foods containing this salt include Cottage Cheese, Eggs, Buttermilk, Brown Rice, Tomato juice, Citrus fruits and juices, Whole Wheat products, Lentils, Vegetable Greens, Asparagus and Parsley.

CALCIUM SULPHATE: Said to be good for building and sustaining epithelial tissue, thus supposedly good for all skin diseases. Foods containing this salt include Cauliflower, Lettuce, Cabbage, Turnips, Radishes, Onions, Egg Yolks, Celery, Brussel Sprouts, Kohlrabi, and Milk.

SILICA: Said to be good for building and maintaining skin, hair, nails, and nerve coverings, as well as removing decomposed matter from the skin. Foods containing this salt include Endive, Barley, Oats, raw Cabbage, Cucumber skins, Shredded Wheat, Rye and Whole Wheat products, Spinach, Peas, Carrots, Gooseberries and Strawberries.

CALCIUM PHOSPHATE: Said to be good as a bone builder and helpful in any bone disease. Foods containing this salt include Parsley, Beans, Beets, Carrots, Linseed Meal, Peanuts, Milk Buttermilk, Cheese and Avocados.

SODIUM CHLORIDE: Said to be good for regulaitng the water supply throughout the body, thus affecting elimination and how “cool” or “hot” we are regardless of the temperature. Foods containing this salt include Onions, Celery, Tomatoes, Almonds, Apples, Spinach, Peaches, Pecans, Lentils, Sauerkraut, Egg Yolks, Swiss chard, and Roquefort and Goat Cheese.

FERROUS PHOSPHATE: Said to be good for transporting oxygen throughout the body, thus aiding circulation which assists the purifying and stimulating of internal organs. Foods containing this salt include Raisins, Prunes, Plums, Grapes, Figs, Oranges, Spinach, Currants, Mushrooms, Dates, Beets, Wheat Bran and Lima Beans.














Do You Know About Cell Salts???

Your body needs a wide range of essential vitamins and minerals to perform at its best. When you don’t have enough of one or several of these nutrients, the body is likely to respond by presenting different physical symptoms. It can be hard getting all of the nutrients you need on a daily basis, so you have probably experienced the effects of a lack of some form of nutrient at one time or another. Everything from cracks at the side of your mouth to brittle hair and nails could be a sign that you’re not providing your body with enough of the fuel it needs. Fortunately, there are many ways you can boost your intake of these vital vitamins and minerals. One method involves a type of treatment known as ’tissue salts’ or ‘cell salts’, based on the theories of a German doctor called Wilhelm Heinrich Schuessler.

What are cell salts and how can they help the body?

There are 12 basic cell salts in total, to match the 12 essential minerals the body needs for optimal function. The idea for the salts started as Dr Schuessler was looking at an alternative to the hundreds and thousands of homeopathic remedies. He wanted to develop his own treatment method focused on a small and precise set of remedies that would help the body in specific and manageable ways by restoring the right balance of minerals. The result was the idea of tissue or cell salts. Dr Schuessler identified the minerals he believed played the most important role in physical health and supporting the body’s tissues. Based on this idea, he theorized that if someone had a deficiency in any of these minerals they would experience illness, pain and/or other uncomfortable physical symptoms.
To combat this, he developed a set of 12 basic remedies that was designed to reach the cells where they were needed directly and effectively. He took the principles of homeopathic remedies and applied them to his salts, ensuring that each one would be chemically pure and produced in such a way that they would be absorbed more easily by the body.
The 12 basic salts provide a micro-dose mixture of minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, sodium and silica. There are also an additional 15 salts which feature a range of other minerals that are beneficial for the body in various ways.

What can I use tissue/cell salts for?

Everyone knows that calcium is needed for healthy bones and teeth, and iron is important for carrying oxygen to the blood cells. However, the body benefits from other minerals as well and cell salts are meant to aid in specific situations.
For example, if you experience weak nails or hair falling out, the ‘Combination K‘ with potassium sulphate, sodium chloride and silicon dioxide is designed to help. Or if your little ones are coming down with a fever, cramps, inflammation or headache, the corresponding tissue salts mixture (Pain and Fever Ease) contains ferric pyrophosphate, magnesium phosphate and sodium chloride to help ease the symptoms. Different cell salts are also made for symptoms such as menstrual pain, immune problems (particularly during winter), nervous exhaustion, mental fatigue, pain in the teeth, muscular pain and more.

Are there any side effects?

There are no side effects associated with cell salts, and they are safe for the whole family to take – you can even take them along with other medicines or during the pregnancy and breast feeding periods. However, it’s a good idea to note that you shouldn’t rely on the cell salts to make up your whole mineral intake. If you would like more information about taking cell salts, talk to your healthcare professional for more advice and remember to always follow the dosage directions on the label. Martin & Pleasance have been manufacturing Schuessler Tissue Salts for over 130 years and still use the traditional process of hand-grinding the minerals. View the range and buy them now from our secure online shop.
Here are some frequently asked questions about Martin & Pleasance Schuessler Tissue Salts:

What are Schuessler Tissue Salts?

Tissue Salts are micro dose minerals that stimulate cell metabolism, provide the cells with minerals and ensure that the minerals which the body ingests in food (and supplements) are evenly distributed.

What do Schuessler Tissue Salts do?

Activate body processes via your cells by way of cellular balance: Energy, Digestion, Sleep, Immunity & Mood

How long should I take Schuessler Tissue Salts for?

Try taking Tissue Salts for 1 month minimum and notice any changes.

What do cells do?

A cell assimilates nutrients, converts them into energy and eliminates waste materials.  Cells are the building blocks of life.

Do I still take my crude Minerals if I take Tissue Salts?

Yes!  Crude minerals simply fill up the body’s mineral reserves but do not improve absorption of nutrients as do Tissue Salts.

Tissue Salts...The Benefits of These Building Blocks

Tissue salts, also known as cell salts, are one of the best ways to restore and maintain your body’s biochemistry – a term that describes the balanced workings of your body at cellular level.  Tissue salts are homoeopathically potentised salts of twelve different mineral combinations, each with vitally important roles in your cells and the various types of tissue they form.  Minerals create your physical foundations, they are the building blocks of your body, upon which all other nutrients depend for healthy absorption and function.  Mineral deficiencies are understood by naturopaths to be the lowest common denominator in human disease processes.
Tissue salts have been around for a long time.  They are probably the first natural health supplement I ever knew about, beginning as a young child growing up in the 1960s.  Mum always had some in the cupboard as part of her home remedy supply.  At the first sign any of us was unwell she would say “come and get some cell salts, I think you’re a bit run down”.  They were easy to take and usually effective.
Tissue salts were developed in the 19th century in Germany by Dr Wilhelm Schuessler, a chemist and physicist who realised deficiencies of these minerals was the underlying cause of ill health.  He prepared his mineral salts according to homoeopathic principles, in minute doses and ground finely for easy absorption.  With this method your body is able to absorb the salts by osmosis through the cellular wall, wherever in the body they are needed.  Their therapeutic action is to stimulate the body’s natural ability to regulate its mineral intake via the food chain, gradually restoring a biochemical balance.  In addition, because they combine the material properties of each mineral salt with the energetic properties of homoeopathic dilution and trituration, tissue salts stimulate balance and well-being on all levels, not just the physical.
There’s a tendency in our fast-paced, market driven culture for people to take large quantities of assorted vitamins and minerals in the mistaken belief that ‘more is better’.  This ignores the essential requirement that all minerals are needed by the body in a balanced ratio.  If your cell chemistry is deficient and you don’t have the capacity to absorb excessive levels of supplements, the bulk of them are excreted without giving you much benefit.  The beauty of tissue salts is that they are highly bioavailable, so none is wasted.  They are, in essence, the food of your cells.

Safe for Everyone
Another great advantage is that they are safe, with no adverse effects or possibility of overdosing, even if you take one that is not indicated for you.  Tissue salts are usually formulated in a lactose base, however only people with extreme lactose intolerance are at risk of a reaction.  Alternatively, they are also available in an alcohol base.
It’s best to work out which specific salts your body needs, because taking a random combination may mean they will cancel each other out in terms of action and symptom relief.  However they will not do any harm, just possibly take longer to be effective.  You can give them to your children with confidence, and take them while pregnant or breastfeeding.  You can also safely take cell salts alongside any medication.

What are the 12 tissue Salts?
The original 12 tissue salts formulated by Schuessler, with their main physical actions, are:
  • Iron Phosphate (Ferr Phos or IP): reduces swelling & pain, 1st stage inflammation
  • Magnesium Phosphate (Mag Phos or MP): neuromuscular coordinator
  • Potassium Phosphate (Kali Phos or PP): nerve nutrient
  • Potassium Chloride (Kali Mur or PC): congestion remover, 2nd stage inflammation
  • Potassium Sulphate (Kali Sulph or PS): cell oxygenator, 3rd stage inflammation
  • Calcium Sulphate (Calc Sulph or CS): blood cleanser
  • Calcium Phosphate (Calc. Phos or CP): cell builder
  • Calcium Fluoride (Calc. Fluor or CP): connective tissue elasticity, strengthens blood vessels
  • Silicea (Silica or S): calcium organiser, tissue strengthener
  • Sodium Phosphate (Nat Phos or SP): metabolic acid remover
  • Sodium Chloride (Nat Mur or SC): fluid balancer
  • Sodium Sulphate (Nat Sulph or SS): detoxifier
Deficiencies of individual tissue salts are a factor in all disease processes of the body.  Singles can be useful in acute phases of illness to reduce symptoms and speed up recovery.  In more chronic states combinations of specific tissue salts, alongside a regular diet of nutrient-rich foods, will be needed over time to successfully treat deficiencies that are the underlying cause of disease.
If you suspect you are not absorbing dietary nutrients very well, or suffer from an increasing number of seemingly unrelated symptoms, your cells may be under-functioning because you are lacking the right balance of tissue salts.

This information was originally written by:
By Carolyn Simon ND,
Naturopath
http://blog.healthpost.co.nz/2012/tissue-salts/
 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tinctures

What is a tincture?? Tinctures are liquid extracts made from herbs that you take orally (by mouth). They are usually extracted in alcohol, but they can also be extracted in vegetable glycerine or apple cider vinegar (non-alcohol). Tinctures are easy and convenient to use. Tinctures are also easier to give to children as they have to take only small amounts. Because they are taken directly under the tongue, they enter the bloodstream much more directly than by any other means. This means that the action in the body is usually quicker. Although some herbs will have an immediate effect, such as those used to help one relax.  Others that are more nutritive and building in nature. Nutritive tinctures may take several weeks of continual use before best results are seen.

All tinctures are extracts, but not all extracts are tinctures!! Tinctures are where one is using alcohol as the solvent or medium. If you are using water, vinegar, glycerin or any other type of medium or solvent, then the preparation is an extract.

Tea vs. Tincture?
Teas and tinctures are made from the same combination of herbs. It's just a different way of taking them.  Some people enjoy teas and enjoy the relaxing aspects of taking a time-out to drink a cup of tea.  Others may not care for tea or do not have time to brew and drink a cup of tea. For these people, a tincture is perfect. Tinctures are also very convenient, as nothing needs to be brewed. You simply take the drops of tincture and you're done.  You can easily carry a bottle of tincture in your purse and have it available to you at all times. When you want an immediate response, such as herbs for relaxation or sleep, a tincture may give you more immediate results.  For nutritive herbs, either a tea, a tincture or a capsule would be fine.  It comes down to personal preference.

What is a Tincture Dropperful?  Why won't the glass tube fill all the way when I squeeze the dropper top?
Tinctures are usually taken by the dropperful (also known as a squeeze). A dropperful is the amount of liquid that fills the glass tube of the dropper when the bulb on the dropper top is squeezed and released. The liquid may fill the glass tube only a small portion of the way, but that is considered a "dropperful". A dropperful equals approximately 30 drops.

FYI -- On all dropper tops, no matter how large or small of a tincture bottle it comes with, the bulb (the thing you squeeze) is the same size on them all. The bulb is what determines how much liquid fills the tube, not the length of the tube itself.

With this standard dosing suggestion (for adults) of two droppersful three times a day, tincture bottles typically last this long:

  • 1oz. tincture bottle will last about one week

  • 2oz. tincture bottle will last two weeks

  • 4oz. tincture bottle will typically last about a month.
To take a tincture, it is best to take the drops directly under the tongue. This gets the herb directly into the bloodstream. If necessary, it is fine to dilute the tincture in a small amount of water or juice. It may be flavored with lemon or honey to disguise the taste. (Notenever give honey to a child under one year of age.) You may also put the droppersful of tincture into a cup of warm or hot water for an instant cup of herbal tea. Heat your water first, before adding the herbs. Heating the herbs in a microwave may kill or weaken their healthful benefits.  Taking the tincture directly under the tongue and avoiding any liquids or foods for at least 15 minutes afterwards provides the best results.

Are Tinctures Safe for Pregnant or Nursing Women? How About Children and Babies?
Yes, tinctures are fine for pregnant and nursing women, even the alcohol-based versions. One dose of an alcohol-based tincture has approximately the same alcohol content as eating a very ripe banana. Non-alcohol tinctures are good for children, those with alcohol sensitivities, or for those who simply prefer a non-alcohol product. If you are pregnant or nursing consult an herbalist you trust. For babies, we recommend that nursing mothers take the tincture, which will then pass on to their babies through the breast milk.

For some herbs, such as roots, barks, berries, and non-aromatic seeds, it takes a powerful liquid such as alcohol to extract the medicinal properties from the herb.  Extracting with a less-powerful liquid will only result in a less-effective product - really, a waste of your time and money.  For those who prefer a non-alcohol product and there's not one available, you can put the drops of tincture into a small amount of hot water (the amount is not important), and this will dissipate the alcohol content, leaving only the herb matter behind.  (Be careful not to have your water so hot that you burn yourself though!  It doesn't have to be that hot!)

Herbs and herbal products should not be given to babies under 6 months of age, as their digestive systems are not mature enough to handle much more than breastmilk (or formula if its necessary).  To give herbs to an infant, its best for the breastfeeding mother to take full dose of the herb (see Note: below) and it will pass to the baby through the breastmilk.  If a baby is in acute distress, such as from gas or colic, or if the baby is not breastfed, a small amount of non-alcohol tincture or diluted tea can be given directly to the baby on an occasional basis.  The chart below will give you recommendations of how much to give to a baby or child.

Note: a typical adult dose is 1 cup (8 oz.) of tea, and two droppersful (or squeezes, which is 60 drops) of tincture.  The information below is based on this information.

Teas
When the adult (age 12 and over) dose is 1 cup (8 oz.) of tea, the following is recommended for children:
Age -- Dosage
Younger than 2 years -- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon
2 to 4 years -- 2 teaspoons
4 to 7 years -- 1 tablespoon
7 to 11 years -- 2 tablespoons
Tinctures
When the adult dose is 2 droppersful (60 drops), the following is recommended for children:
Age -- Dosage
Younger than 3 months -- 2 drops
3 to 6 months -- 3 drops
6 to 9 months -- 4 drops
9 to 12 months -- 5 drops
12 to 18 months -- 7 drops
18 to 24 months -- 8 drops
2 to 3 years -- 10 drops
3 to 4 years -- 12 drops
4 to 6 years -- 15 drops
6 to 9 years -- 24 drops
9 to 12 years -- 30 drops

Other ways to determine dosage:
Young's Rule - Add 12 to the child's age. Divide the child's age by this total. Example: dosage for a 4 year old: 4 divided by 16 (4+12) = .25, or 1/4 of the adult dosage.

















Monday, February 13, 2017

9 Myths of Essential Oils

The dawn of the internet age opened up a whole new and ever-expanding informational highway that has liberated many and also, unfortunately, misinformed many.

Anyone who wants to have a blog, website, etc. can have one and they can post just about anything they want to these sites. No matter how well intended these bloggers are, many are putting information out there that is incorrect and sometimes even dangerous.

Although essential oils are natural, don't even underestimate their power, to heal and even their power to harm. Essential oils should never be approached without caution and much understanding as to their safe application.

Here are a few essential oil facts that may help you to better see the magnitude of their strength:
* It takes 150 pounds of lavender flowers to make just one pound of lavender essential oil!
*It takes 256 pounds of peppermint leaves to make one pound of peppermint essential oil!
*It takes thousands of pound of roses to make 1 pound of rose essential oil!

*Just one drop of peppermint oil is equal to 28 cups of peppermint tea. The bottom line, essential oils are powerful and need to be handled with respect!

The combination of growing interest in alternative therapies, including essential oils, combined with the internet has made it possible for some very misleading information to be published.

This article will explore just some of the many myths around essential oils that people believe but are not true. Hopefully, this will shed some light on what is safe and not safe when it comes to the therapeutic use of these oils.

Myth #1: Therapeutic grade oils don't exist
The truth is that there are numerous therapeutic grade standards. It is just hard to know which one to trust. These standards are simply internal standards created by the companies who develop the oils. It is possible that these standards do not include a quality control by a third party lab. With that said, it is critical to understand how the company defines "therapeutic grade". It could mean the oil is pure or it could also mean something else beyond that purity. Essential oil can also be very pure but also be low quality. The reason for this is that making a judgment call on a quality oil takes years & years for experience -- not just a lab and some equipment.

While there is not one independent standard for therapeutic grade and not one set body that controls this standard, it is also not true to say that therapeutic grade oils do not exist. However, where you must use extreme caution is in believing marketing jargon used by oil companies. Dr. Robert Pappas, a leading expert in essential oils and an essential oil chemist explains: "There seems to be a misconception that there is some kind of independent body that certifies oils as therapeutic grade, but to this date there is no such body, at least not one that is widely recognized. Does this mean there is no such thing as therapeutic grade? No, but just realize that any therapeutic grade standard out there right now is an internally derived company standard. Now this standard may be an overall great standard and perfectly acceptable to me or any other analyst or aromatherapist out there but it just needs to be noted that it's not an independent standard."

Myth #2: If you use a pure essential oil on your skin and it causes a rash or burn then it's just a detox reaction.
The plain and simple truth of this one is that if you put any substance on your skin and it causes a rash or burns, it should not have been put on your skin in the first place. this is an adverse reaction, not a harmless detox reaction. Clearly a burn, rush, or any other type of abnormal issues with your skin indicate an irritation. In addition, a detox reaction occurs when something is taken way, not added. So, if you find yourself with a rash or a burn after using an essential oil on your skin it is your body saying to stop! This is one of the reasons why a patch test is recommended on a small area before using any substance on a larger area. In addition, it always recommended that you dilute an essential oil in a carrier oil before using on your skin.

Myth #3: Pure essential oils without additives should last forever.
This is just another very ridiculous claim. Oils may seem to last for a long time but in reality, they will eventually go bad because of oxidation. Citrus oils contain a high level of limonene - a substance that oxidizes pretty fast, destroying the fresh citrus odor. In addition, wax will form in the citrus oil over time. It is best to use the oil within one year if you can. Blue oils such as German chamomile, blue tansy and yarrow breakdown over time. To slow the breakdown, be sure to put blue oils in the refrigerator and keep only a small amount of airspace in the container.

Myth #4: You can ingest any essential oil without a problem.
The internal use of many essential oils is not safe unless under medical supervision. A small amount of essential oil is the equivalent to about 10-50 cups of herbal tea. There is a certain lack of guidelines and safety precautions when it comes to ingesting essential oils.
Don't make the mistake of assuming that just because an essential oil has the same name as a familiar herb that it is safe to ingest. The reality of this statement is that some of the most dangerous essential oils bear the name of common herbs. Herbs and their essential oil counterparts are not anywhere near the same. While you can liberally apply basil to your pasta, you can not liberally ingest basil essential oil. Be very careful to jump to the conclusion that just because an oil has a familiar name of an herb you love that it is ever safe to ingest it.
Essential oils are clearly as potent as pharmaceutical drugs and since you probably would not go ingesting a whole bunch of pills without some caution, you should most definitely give the same respect to essential oils. Again, when it comes to ingesting oils, be sure that you are working with a certified and reliable practitioner that can supervise your use. The Alliance of International Aromatherapists gives this statement on the internal use of essential oils: "AIA does not endorse internal therapeutic use (oral, vaginal or rectal) of essential oils unless recommended by a health care practitioner trained at an appropriate clinical level. An appropriate level of training must include chemistry, anatomy, diagnostics, physiology, formulation guidelines and safety issues regarding each specific internal route (oral, vaginal or rectal)."

Myth #5: All essential oils in their diluted form are safe for children.
The truth is that many oils are very dangerous to use on children five & under as the essential oils have a different impact on them. Be sure to consult a professional before using essential oils on children.

Myth #6: It is safe to use essential oils on your skin and go out in the sun immediately after.
Citrus oils will always make your skin sensitive to the sun because they contain particular constituents that increase the damage caused by UV light. This increased sensitivity can cause blistering, burning and discoloration. Oils that increase the risk of UV damage include lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit & bergamot.

Myth #7: If you don't like the way an oil smells it means that your body needs that oil.
The human body has been designed to protect us from things that may harm us such as bad smelling food that may be rotten. This built-in protective mechanism (to smell odors) is critical to our survival. The opposite is also true, that we can be conditioned to like things that are not good for us such as the pleasurable and alluring smell of hot donuts or French fries. The food manufacturers have a great knack for manipulating natural flavor enhancers to make "bad" food seem good. When it comes to essential oils, you may not like the aroma initially because it is new to you and you have no previous experience with it. Give yourself time to become acquainted with oils that may seem offensive at first. However, always listen to your body if it is telling you to stay clear of something.

Myth #8: Real essential oils without additives do not freeze because there is no water in there.
Like just about every other liquid, essential oils will freeze if the temperature is cold enough - water has nothing to do with keeping this from happening. In fact, many oils will freeze in your household freezer and some even in your refrigerator.

Myth #9: It is safe to put essential oils directly in a hot bath.
If you want to use essential oils in a bath, be sure to first emulsify it. The best substance to use is sesame oil or milk. If you don't emulsify the oil it won't disperse but will float on the top of the water and enter the skin directly. When the oil combines with the heat and water in this way it can cause damage to the skin.