As summer approaches with it’s opportunities for picnics, camping, gardening and outdoor vacations, you’ll want to make sure you have natural summer solutions using essential oils on hand, to deal with whatever may come your way. Try one or all of these recipes.
Herbal Insect Repellent
2 1/2 teaspoons of any combination of the following essential oils:
1 cup 190-proof grain alcohol or favorite carrier oil.
Place ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake vigorously. Transfer to small bottles for storage. To use, rub a small amount on any exposed skin (test first to be sure your skin will not be adversely affected by the repellent) or dab it on clothing.
Experiment a little to find which essential oils work best with your body chemistry. If you’re lucky, you will also like the way they smell; otherwise, add a few drops of Peppermint oil to fine-tune the fragrance.
Lavender Essential Oils for Sunburn Treatment
Lavender is notoriously beneficial for any type of burn, including sunburns. It offers immediate relief and healing, and may accelerate the healing process.
Lavender Healing Oil Makes 4 ounces
Mix all ingredients in a bottle, and apply as needed. Use this oil after the sunburn has begun to heal, applying a carrier oil to a fresh burn may increase the heat and discomfort.
Lavender Sunburn Spray
Fill a spray mist bottle with lukewarm water or miracle II neutralizer and add lavender essential oil. Spray over the redness of sunburn areas, this will bring immediate sunburn relief and can be repeated as often as required, for an added cooling effect, try adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil, (product #30-55, member cost $9.60). May also be added to aloe vera gel and refrigerated for extra cooling.
Summer Body Mist
4 ounces water-based liquid such as green tea, rainwater or aloe juice
1 teaspoon plain vinegar or herb-infused vinegar (lavender, rose, peppermint, etc.)
28 drops lemon essential oil 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil,
6 drops lavender essential oil
4 drops grapefruit essential oil
2 drops geranium essential oil
Place vinegar in a spay-mister bottle. Add the essential oils and shake. Add water or other water-based product, cap and mist clothes and skin. Always shake well before use. Avoid eyes and sensitive areas.
This is an energizing body mist to help keep you cool.
Hope you enjoy these recipes, have a fun, safe, and bug/sunburn free summer!
Once we hit a certain age, everybody wants to slow down the aging process. One of the simplest ways to stay young is to avoid eating unhealthy food.
But there’s a flip side to that equation: There are certain foods that have extraordinary anti-aging properties. If we load our diet with them, they can dramatically slow our body’s life clock. “Too often, people think about what they are eating only when they are trying to lose weight, but eating certain foods can not only potentially lengthen your life, but also improve the quality of your life as well,” says Charles Platkin, M.D., professor of nutrition and distinguished lecturer at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College.
Here is Dr. Platkin’s list of foods everybody over 40 should eat: Read the rest of this entry
Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths is caused by heart disease.
The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.
Make a difference in your community: Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives. Read the rest of this entry
Organic kelp is a type of brown algae similar to seaweed that is grown without added chemicals or artificial products that could harm the environment. Kelp is often taken as a dietary supplement, primarily as a treatment for thyroid problems. Some studies have suggested that sea kelp contains agents that decrease fat absorption to the body. For these reasons, and because of the many vitamins and minerals typically found in organic kelp, this algae is thought to fight obesity.
Iodine can be found in dense doses in organic kelp. The element is essential for normal body functioning, especially in the thyroid gland. When the body does not get enough iodine, the thyroid cannot produce enough hormones. The resulting condition is called hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism has many serious health consequences such as weight increase and extreme fatigue. A mental imbalance could also occur, causing depression and other severe problems. Organic kelp in the diet can help to ensure proper amounts of iodine, possibly avoiding major health risks.
In addition to iodine, kelp often has considerable levels of both calcium and magnesium. These two elements are often found together in dietary supplements because they can complement one another during absorption by the body. Without calcium and magnesium, both the bones and muscle would deteriorate, leaving one’s body vulnerable to cardiovascular problems, fractures, and fatigue.
Essential oils for labor can be just the ticket if you’re looking for safe, healthy options for a great labor. Not only can essential oils help relieve pain, but they can also help keep you relaxed and grounded to help your labor progress well. There are even essential oils that can help with stalled labor. Here are some great ways to use essential oils for labor. Read the rest of this entry
Want to avoid getting knocked down by a nasty cold or flu this winter? Try my top 10 tips below to give your immune system the upper hand!
Eat your veggies. Vegetables are packed with nutrients, which act as natural immune-builders. Dark leafy greens like spinach, arugula, kale, and collards are nature’s natural detoxers and help pull toxins out of our system, keeping us healthier. Read the rest of this entry
It is a well known fact that the rates of heart attacks and complications from heart attacks are far higher in women compared to men. Women, unaware they’re having a heart attack, often wait longer to call 911, and therefore have worse outcomes when they finally make it to the hospital. Pressure, tightness, and squeezing in the chest are all telltale signs of heart attack yet many women don’t know they could have a heart attack without having any of these symptoms. A woman having a heart attack might instead feel more subtle hints — like nausea, back and jaw pain, and shortness of breath — in addition to chest pain. These atypical symptoms make recognition tricky for patients and doctors alike. In any event, women need to take care of their heart and to guard against potential heart attacks ever occurring. Herbal supplements can help improve heart health and deter the onset of heart attacks. Read the rest of this entry
Sufficient vitamin D intake may play a critical role in maintaining brain function later in life, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Manchester and published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.
“This is further evidence from observational studies that vitamin D is likely to be beneficial to reduce many age-related diseases,” said Tim Spector of King’s College London, who was not involved in the study. “Taken together with similar data that shows its importance in reducing arthritis, osteoporotic fractures, as well as heart disease and some cancers, this underscores the importance of vitamin D for humans and why evolution gave us a liking for the sun.”
Researchers measured blood levels of vitamin D in more than 3,000 European men between the ages of 40 and 79 then had the men undergo various tests of mental function, including memory and information processing. They found that the men with the highest blood levels did best on the test, while those with the lowest levels performed worst.
Another study earlier this year also found that higher levels of vitamin D appeared to protect against age-related cognitive decline.
The researchers were not able to determine which biological pathways vitamin D might act through to protect the aging brain, but they hypothesized that it might increase levels of protective antioxidants, increase key hormone levels, or suppress a hyperactive immune system that can lead to brain degeneration.
The researchers warned that vitamin D deficiency is widespread, especially among the elderly, who have decreased absorption from both food and sun sources.
Vitamin D is synthesized by the body when the sun is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The average light-skinned person can get enough vitamin D from roughly 15 minutes of sun on their face and hands per day, significantly less than the time it takes to burn. Darker skinned people, the elderly, and those living far from the equator (particularly during the winter) may need more sun to synthesize the same amount.
Feed the soil (not just fertilize the plants) by adding compost and other organic materials is one of the primary building blocks. Start by having a soil test done. Contact your local Agrilife Extension Service for an office in your county. This will give you a starting point for improving the native soil in your intended landscape / gardening area. Read the rest of this entry
|Making better food choices is key to a healthier life. Start small. Pick 1 or 2 of your worst food choices and try upgrading the quality of your diet.|
|It is far better to pick up a healthy life-long habit, than to try to drastically change your life for a short period of time.|
|Sweeteners||White Sugar, Corn Syrup, Splenda (yellow packets), Sweet’N Low (pink), NutraSweet (red/white swirl), Equal (blue)||Raw Sugar (Rapunzel Rapadura, Sugar in the Raw), Honey||Stevia, Mollases, Raw Unfiltered Honey (limited quantity)||Stevia is most appropriate for those who want to lose weight. Molasses has a high mineral content. Raw Unfiltered Honey has many health benefits.|
|Grains||White Flour (especially enriched or bleached)||Whole Wheat Flour (not enriched or bleached)||Organic Whole Grain products such as Quinoa, Amaranth, Oats, Brown Rice||Whole grain products are usually darker in color than bleached flour|
|Salt||White Table Salt||Sea Salt, Pink Salt||Celtic Sea Salt||Better salts will put the mineral content on the package, table salt contains refined salt and “anti-caking agents”|
|Milk||Homogenized Pasteurized Milk||Organic Milk preferably from Grass-fed cows||Quality Raw Milk from Grass-fed Cows||Pasteurization makes milk more difficult to digest and destroys beneficial (pro-biotic) cultures in Raw Milk.|
|Oils/Fats||Hydrogenated Anything, Deep Fried Anything, Vegetable Oil||Butter||Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Butter, Ghee, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (do not cook with), Organic Lard, Fish Oil (refrigerate)||Hydrogenated Oils are toxic to the body. Everyone should take a Quality Fish Oil supplement daily.|
|Drinks||Soda, Alcohol, Tap Water||Soda sweetened with Stevia, Juice (limited quantity)||Quality Filtered or Spring Water, Freshly Squeezed (raw) Juice||Most people need around 2 liters of water per day. Add a pinch of sea salt to every liter of water.|
|Meat||Non-Organic Meat and Animal Products, Processed Meat (Sodium Nitrate, Potassium Nitrate) and Smoked Meat||Organic Meat and Animal Products||Free-Range, Grass Fed Meat and Animal Products||A cow’s natural diet is grass. If fed anything else a cow will get sick. Chicken are not vegetarians and should be allowed to roam and search for worms and bugs|
|Food Containers||Canned Food and Drink, #3 & #7 plastics, Aluminum||Glass Containers||Tin cans, #3 and #7 plastics may contain BPA, a known Endocrine disruptor. Never microwave plastic. Aluminum is a major suspect in Alzheimer’s disease.|