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!
Arthritis is a disease that causes pain and loss of movement of the joints. The word arthritis literally means joint inflammation (arth=joint, itis=inflammation), and refers to more than 100 different diseases.
One Highly Effective Arthritis Remedy:
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
Analyze your eating habits to find the cause of your pain. While IBS is not caused by the foods you eat, they can increase or trigger attacks of pain. Keep a diet journal that records the food you eat as well as how those foods make you feel afterwards.
Many IBS-sufferers have wheat and dairy intolerances, so you might consider eliminating them from your diet to gauge the impact. To ensure you do not lose out on nutrients , take vitamin supplements daily.
If diarrhea is a problem, remove foods and drinks containing caffeine, high fat levels and sweeteners from your diet. These are all known laxatives that, to be honest, your body can do without. Instead of a cup of coffee, have the recommended eight glasses of water a day to ensure you don’t suffer dehydration.
Constipation can be alleviated by introducing soluble fiber into your diet. Foods such as whole grains and fresh fruit and vegetables are rich sources of fiber and vitamins.
IBS can often be worsened by high stress levels. Combat stress by learning relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation. Some sufferers find that hypnotherapy offers relaxation and helps them deal with stress more efficiently shiatsu massage or an abdominal massage will relax both mind and body.
Consider introducing dietary supplements. While offering full benefits, these natural remedies avoid traditional medicine’s side effects.
Aloe Vera juice, sourced from the aloe plant’s inner-leaf gel, can help relieve discomfort by reducing intestinal spasms, abdominal pain and bloating.
Probiotics, the ‘friendly bacteria’, flourish naturally within the gut. Over 300 varieties inhabit the intestines: some good and some bad. Illness, antibiotics and stress can shift the balance between good and bad which is believed to lead to bowel trouble. Live bacteria yogurts as well as probiotic drinks and yogurts can help your body redress the balance.
Herbal remedies, given by natural health practitioners, can help relieve symptoms. Many use peppermint, an ingredient long known for its digestive healing properties. Its properties as a carminative herb mean that it can eliminate excessive, painful and embarrassing gas. It reduces abdominal pain and bloating of the gut by easing intestinal muscle contractions. Peppermint can be taken in many forms: tea, oil, inhalant or capsules. It is advised that IBS sufferers only take enteric-coated peppermint capsules to reduce the risk of heartburn.
The Orient’s healing traditions offer cures for IBS through therapies such as acupuncture. The World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health Consensus Panel both consider acupuncture an appropriate treatment for IBS-related conditions including: cramps, constipation, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Within just four weeks of treatment, many trained practitioners see their clients reducing their pain and symptoms significantly.
Hypnosis and self-hypnosis are often successful with IBS sufferers for several reasons. It is a stress-related disorder, in that stress can trigger painful spasms in the bowel, so a session with a therapist can help to encourage relaxation from day-to-day tensions. It also teaches the sufferer ways of reducing and dealing with IBS-related pains of virtually any intensity. A long-term benefit of this treatment is that it encourages new ways to reduce daily stress by programming the subconscious with positive responses to stress triggers.
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.
Common viral infections which olive leaf extract is reported to resist are:
- Colds and ‘flu
- Herpes infections – all types
- Other lung and upper respiratory tract infections
- Chicken pox, German measles, measles, mumps
- Gastric ‘flu
- HIV infections
- Epstein Barr
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
- Drinking Coffee inhibits the release of natural brain opiates that make you feel good and counteracts pain. (women need these opiates around their menstrual cycle)
- Caffeine revs your central nervous system and adrenal glands up, then brings them down, which is taxing on a persons body.
- The volatile oil in caffeine is an irritant to the lining of the stomach.
- Caffeine constricts blood vessels of the brain which can cause headaches. It increases your heartbeat by 15% and makes your lungs work 13 times harder, the result is fatigue.
- There are over 1000 chemicals in a coffee bean and only 22 have been tested. Seventeen of the 22 are, in fact carcinogens. Is drinking coffee a health risk?
- HarvardUniversity researchers say that drinking three or more cups increases the risk of glaucoma by 66 percent. This study analyzed date from studies on almost 79,000 American women and 41,000 men.
- A great alternative to drinking coffee is New Sun’s Herbal Joe.
- Herbal Joe is a all natural coffee substitute made from extracts of roasted grain, chicory and beet root. There is no caffeine, no adverse effects on your health..
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