Welcome to my blog!!! I have been an herbalist & an aromatherapist for over 20 years!! My blog is over 10 years old & there are over 100 informative blogs here. Not only do I have hopes of teaching the masses, I too, have learned a lot during my research on different topics! There's always new & updated information in the herbal & essential oil worlds. There are blogs on 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 several businesses. It seems I can't get away from seeing if a certain herb or essential oil can help a fellow human and that's usually how it starts. I am now in Arizona and I was asked again if I would be interested in starting another herbal business!! We now have Herbs 4 Health!! Providing numerous herbs....herbal blends....single essential oils...essential oil blends....minerals....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: All the information in these blogs do not diagnose, treat or heal any type illness or disease.

Monday, May 1, 2017

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.