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Gunpowder Tea – Healthy Remedies

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Also Known As: pearl tea, bead tea, zhu cha

Gunpowder tea is harvested and produced in China’s Zhejiang Province. Each tea leaf has been rolled into a small round pellet.

The tea gets its English name because it resembles black powder grains. This method for shaping the tea by rolling is usually applied to dried green tea, but sometimes the tea is Oolong.

Production of this tea dates to the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The highest grades are still rolled by hand, while the lower grades are rolled by machine.

The tea is rolled to make the leaves less likely to break or be damaged so they maintain more of their aroma and flavor.

In addition, some Oolongs can be aged for decades using this manner, if they are roasted occasionally.

Brewed gunpowder tea flavor is noted to be thick and strong. Much like soft honey, yet with a smoky flavor and a slightly coppery aftertaste.

The tea is often described as having a somewhat grassy, minty, or peppery flavor.

What is Gunpowder Tea? Gunpowder Tea is generally made from green tea leaves that have been grown, withered, steamed, rolled and dried to preserve the freshness of the leave.

High-grade tea will have very small and tightly-rolled pellets, the larger the pellets, the lower the tea grade. It is important to note that if the tea is fresh, the pellets will be shiny.

Gunpowder Tea Preparation: ◦Start with 1 tsp. of gunpowder tea to every 5 ounces of water, and increase or decrease to taste. ◦The cup or tea pot should be warmed before using. The best water temperature to use for brewing this tea is between 70-80° C, or 158- 176° F. ◦For the first and second brewing, the leaves should be steeped for one minute. With subsequent brewing the steeping time should be extended.

◦Milk should not be added to gunpowder tea.

Benefits of Gunpowder Tea:

Green leaf gunpowder tea is used to treat digestive ailments and indigestion. It has mild astringent qualities and shares all of the antioxidant properties that are specific to green tea.

Antioxidants are important in the treatment of many different types of ailments, such as cancer. Green tea is also used to treat high blood pressure, and may be effective in the improvement of mental clarity and functioning.

It is also believed to be effective in the treatment of tooth decay, in use as a diuretic, and to aid in weight loss.

Research has supported the use of green tea in lowering cholesterol. One study found, “240 adults were given either theaflavin-enriched green tea extract or a placebo in a clinical trial.

After 12 weeks, patients in the tea extract group have significantly lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) then the placebo group.

Theaflavin-enriched green tea extract can be used together with other dietary approaches to reduce LDL-C.”

Side Effects of Gunpowder Tea:

The side effects of Gunpowder Tea are the same as all green tea side effects. These can be nausea and stomach upset.

The caffeine in green tea can cause insomnia, nervousness, or irritability. Liver toxicity has been associated with green tea.

It is important to note that Green tea can reduce the absorption of iron. If you take iron supplements, green tea should be taken either two hours before or four hours after taking an iron supplement.

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Dill Essential Oil – Healthy Remedies

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Dill Essential Oil is steam distilled from the entire plant. It has been used by ancient civilizations for bronchial, stomach conditions, and of course, to flavor food!

Roman gladiators rubbed it on their bodies, believing that they could reduce nervousness and anxiety before battle.

Today, we use Dill essential oil for respiratory infections such as bronchitis. It supports the pancreas and therefore has been used to lower glucose levels and normalize insulin levels which are so important to those who have diabetes!

Did you know that a study conducted by Brigham Young University in 2003, showed that Dill essential oil had a 56.6% inhibition against prostate cancer? Yes and that was using a small concentration of Dill (0.02% or 200 ppm). Sandalwood essential oil came out on top at 84.1%!

Did you know that diffusing Dill with Roman Chamomile may help restless children?Roman Chamomile and Dill are both are calming. Dill energetically helps to focus intention and bring clarity of expression.

What is the Genus Species? Anethum graveolens

Why is this information important? Dill is the only species of the genus Anethum. However, it is good habit to purchase your oils using the common name and scientific name (genus species) as well. Too many companies are selling oils generically and they are not for therapeutic use!

Where is the name derived from? Dill comes from a Saxon word “dilla” or “dillan” meaning “to lull”.

What Part of the Plant is Used? The whole plant

What is the ORAC Value? 135,600 µTE/100g

Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Blueberries = 2,400; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!

Most Interesting Historical Reference?

Did you know that Dill is contained in Hildegard’s Medicine Book? Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was known as the first herbalist and naturopath of the middle ages. Her book documented over 12,000 remedies for symptoms and diseases. Wow!

What are the Plant Properties? Anti-diabetic, antibacterial, antispasmodic, antibacterial, expectorant, pancreatic stimulant, insulin and blood sugar regulator and stimulant.

What are the Documented Uses for Dill? Diabetes, digestive problems, liver deficiencies, bronchial catarrh, colic, constipation, dyspepsia, headaches indigestion, lower glucose levels, nervousness, insulin levels, ADHD and promote milk flow in mothers.

What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Its fresh and sweet aroma is calming.

What is the Spiritual Influence? Dill assists in the power of visualization and intention. It grows by itself; therefore, it can bring focus to our spiritual singularity or purpose.

Many times we want to help and make a difference in the world by “taking on the world”; however, that is not always helpful. Dill helps us understand that focusing on our own spiritual mission is where we can really make the most difference in the world. And it asks us to form that vision for ourselves.

What Chakra is Affected? Solar plexus and throat chakras.

What are the corresponding Chakra Colors? Yellow.

How do I use it?

Dilute 50:50, and then,

• Apply several drops (2-4) on location, abdomen and temples • Apply to chakras/vitaflex points • Directly inhale • Diffuse, or

• May be used as a dietary supplement.

Can this Oil be used for Pets? Yes, however I have never used it. I have seen it in cattle animal recipes to promote lactation!

Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Pine and citrus oils in particular that are not of therapeutic grade! Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.

What are the Safety Precautions? Only therapeutic grade essential oils should be used for healing results. Because it is approved as a Food Additive (FA) by the FDA, Dill Oil is readily available on the market in many different qualities, so please know your source.

There are many Dill uses because it is Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS). Although it may be used as a dietary supplement, it is advised not to use it in this manner for children under 6 years of age.

People with epilepsy should not use Dill.

Essential Oil Trivia?

Did you know that the Ancient Egyptians used Dill as an ingredient in a pain killing mixture?

Tips:

Place Dill Essential Oil on the wrists to remove addictions to sugar!

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Corns Home Remedy – Healthy Remedies

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Corns usually form on the joints of the toes and feet. They are unsightly, usually tender, and often quite painful.

This is not a condition that many people like to discuss as it draws rather negative attention to one’s feet and often results in a person doing whatever they can to cover them up.

Corns appear after a great amount of pressure is put on the foot, they can come about after years of wearing uncomfortable or tight shoes.

You see corns appear very often in women, particularly as they get older. However corns can appear at anytime and they are usually a result of somebody trying to squeeze into shoes that put great pressure on their feet.

Most of the time people will ignore the problem as it’s not a common occurrence for somebody to seek medical attention for corns unless they happen to be very serious or too painful.

It is helpful to know however there are some excellent natural cures for corns.

These home remedies are not just easy to implement, but they also allow the individual to get rid of corns forever.

LEMON:

We see lemon appear as a natural cure for so many conditions. To get rid of corns, turn to lemon for immediate relief.

Placing a slice of lemon over the site of the corns and tying it there to hold in place is the key to pain relief.

Lemon can then work overnight allowing them to dissipate and allowing you to be free of any pain right away.

LICORICE:

Licorice can be made into a paste by grinding a few natural liquorice roots and mixing it with sesame oil making an excellent paste.

This paste is most effective when the corn is just forming and as this soaks in overnight it helps to soften the corn and eventually get rid of it.

This will help dramatically if put on each night as long as needed.

PAPAYA:

Papaya doesn’t just make a delicious treat, but it can also be of great help for corns.

Papaya juice is a well known irritant and by placing the juice on the site of the corns 2-3 times daily, this will help remove them once and for all.

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Angelica Essential Oil – Healthy Remedies

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Angelica essential oil creates menstrual cramp relief and relief for pms. It is always been used in natural remedies for menopause especially in Chinese Medicine.

It is less known for a remedy for colds, coughs and infections although it had historically been used to prevent and combat plague. Because of its anti-coagulant properties it has been used to prevent blood clots particularly at the time of accidents and injuries.

Angelica oil is a natural appetite stimulant and also may be used for dog loss of appetite.

My favorite oil blends that contain Angelica are Awaken and Surrender. Both of these oils help to increase awareness and release to the way of the spirit or the angels!

What is the Genus Species? Angelica arcangelica. Sometimes referred to as “Female Ginseng”/

Why is this information important? It’s always important to know your genus species of your oil. Just the common name on the bottle doesn’t really tell you exactly what you’re getting.

Where did the name come from? Angelica comes from a Greek word “angelos” meaning “messenger”.

What Part of the Plant is Used? Root and seed.

What is the ORAC Value? Unknown

Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Oranges = 750; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!

Most Interesting Historical Reference?

Did you know that the Angelica is known as Holy Spirit Root or Oil of Angels? Yes, it is said that the healing properties are so powerful that it was of divine origin! And it bloomed around the feast day of the Archangel Michael, therefore was given this name.

What are the Plant Properties? Anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory (intestinal wall), calming, expectorant, relaxant, sedative (nervous system), stomachic and tonic.

What are the Documented Uses and Benefits of Angelica Essential Oil? Anorexia, appetite (loss of), bruises, colds, colic, coughs, flatulence, indigestion, lung infection, menopause, pre-menstrual tension, pms, respiratory infections and rheumatic conditions.

What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Its earthy and herbaceous aroma is very calming and relaxing.

What is the Spiritual and Emotional Influence? Angelica helps to open the heart chakra and our awareness and connect with our divinity. It helps us assimilate higher energies and frequencies which is required for us to move into a higher consciousness. It encourages our spirit to be free and one with the spirit world.

Angelica releases emotions of disharmony, pessimistic, and survival that come from keeping a closed heart and repressed emotions and memories. It instills calmness, freedom and the totality of soul.

What Chakra is Affected? Heart chakra.

What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Green

How do I use it?

Use 50:50. Then,

• Apply several drops (2-4) on location

• Apply to chakras/vitaflex points

• Directly inhale

• Diffuse or

• Dietary Supplement.

Can this Oil be used for Pets? Yes. Have your animals smell it to promote appetite.

Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus and pine oils in particular when using non therapeutic grade oils. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.

What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils for therapeutic results! Angelica essential oil is Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) for internal consumption by the FDA. Although it may be used as a dietary supplement, it is advised not to use it in this manner for children under 6 years of age.

This oil should be avoided for diabetics; and use with caution if pregnant. Photosensitive stay out of direct sunlight for 12 hours.

Essential Oil Trivia?

Did you know that Angelica has been credited to have protected from the Plague? Yes Paracelsus documented that the stems were chewed to combat infection back in 1660!

Did you know that Angelica was used to cleanse and purify the air? Yes, the seeds and roots were burned to cleanse spiritually and physically.

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Celiac Disease Home remedy – Healthy Remedies

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Celiac disease is a chronic digestive disorder activated by the consumption of gluten.

People with celiac disease suffer from damage in their small intestine after eating food containing gluten, because the body recognizes gluten as an antigen.

The immune system in turn attacks the gluten by damaging or completely destroying villi which are tiny, hair-like projections in the small intestine that absorb nutrients from food.

As a direct result, the body’s ability to absorb vital nutrients is impaired. Malabsorption happens in the small intestine with damaged villi.

The ability to efficiently absorb carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, proteins, minerals, and at times, water and bile salts becomes nearly impossible. Without the absorption of these basic nutrients, the body becomes malnourished.

Celiac disease is a hereditary condition affecting both adults and children, and can happen at any age.

Caucasians of European descent are affected mostly. It is now believed that 1 in 500 people in the United States are affected with celiac disease.

Celiac disease can also be triggered by emotional stress, physical injury, pregnancy, surgery or infection.

Dermatitis herpetiformis is a life-long skin condition that often occurs in people with celiac disease. The body develops tiny water blisters that are quickly scratched off, only to reappear a few weeks later.

Symptoms of celiac disease:

Symptoms include intense stinging, burning and itching around the elbows, knees, scalp, back and buttocks.

The symptoms of celiac disease vary from person to person.

Children are more likely to have symptoms involving the digestive system, such as: ◦Large, pale and/or light-yellow-colored, foul-smelling stools ◦Gas ◦Constipation ◦Abdominal bloating and pain ◦Chronic diarrhea ◦Weight-loss

◦Vomiting

Infants and young children may also become very irritable. Malabsorption can cause failure to strive, stunted growth and delayed puberty in adolescence because vital nutrients were lost during childhood.

While adults may exhibit the symptoms listed above, some more common ones would be: ◦Bone and/or joint pain ◦Fatigue ◦Anemia ◦Irritability ◦Depression ◦Mouth sores ◦Skin rash ◦Tingling numbness in the hands and/or feet ◦Missed menstrual periods

◦Bloating

Celiac disease is often difficult to diagnose due to the diversity of symptoms and in turn often goes undiagnosed for a long time.

While there is no known natural cures for celiac disease, you can use a variety of home remedies to control the disease and live a happy, prosperous life.

Olive Leaf Extract:

When taken orally, olive leaf extract is known to boost the immune system and protect it from further attacks.

Olive leaf extract is becoming increasingly used as a replacement for synthetic antibiotics.

Read Food Labels:

Unless you read the food label every time, you are susceptible to consuming gluten.

Gluten is commonly used in many products, both food and non-food related.

Avoid any and all foods that contain gluten, including, but not limited to—barley, oats, rye, wheat, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, textured vegetable protein, hydrolyzed plant protein, malt, modified food starch, some soy sauces, grain vinegars, binders, fillers, excipients and natural flavorings.

Chew your Food:

The best thing anyone with celiac disease can do to chew food thoroughly before swallowing!

This improves the intake of nutrients to become absorbed more efficiently.

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Pu-erh Tea – Healthy Remedies

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Also Known As: Pu’er tea, Puer tea, Bolay tea, Camellia sinensis, or Puerh tea.

Pu-erh Tea originates with the large leaf variety of Camellia sinensis. This tea was named after Pu’er County in Yunnan, China.

Pu-erh tea comes as a raw green tea, or a ripe sometimes cooked tea that is packaged and sold dependant on the aging or processing method used.

Sheng pu-erh tea has been picked before ripe, and is classified as a green tea, and the shou or aged-green variants are post-fermented tea.

The use of Pu-erh Tea can be traced to the Han Dynasty. The original aging process was something that took place in merchant store rooms and on the caravans trading along the Ancient Tea Route between Tibet and China. Compressing the tea into cakes or bricks made it easier to carry and reduced damage.

Pu-erh Tea is often classified by the year and region it was produced, somewhat like wine vintages. There are Pu-erh Teas available that are decades or older.

There are many tea connoisseurs that will often pay thousands of dollars for a cake of the older tea. Readily available Pu-erh Tea is generally that which has been recently processed.

Based on the production process, there are four main types of pu-erh tea available.

Maocha tea is green pu-erh leaves sold in loose form.

The green or raw pu-erh is a pressed maocha that hasn’t had any additional processing. If the processing has been done well, this tea is highly prized by collectors.

The ripened or cooked pu-erh tea is a pressed maocha that been fermented for up to a year. If not done well, this process will create a muddy tea that has a fishy or sour taste.

Aged raw pu-erh is a tea that has been oxidized slowly a second time. There is a certain amount of microbial fermentation that takes place. This tea is highly prized and will be identified by its dark red color and bold, earthy taste.

What is Pu-erh Tea? Pu-erh Tea is Camellia sinensis tea leaves that have been aged and processed in a specific manner. This tea is available in tea bag, compacted cake or brick form, and as a loose leaf tea.

Pu-erh Tea Preparation: ◦Rinse the tea with boiling water once, prior to brewing, then discard the water. ◦It is recommended when using aged or ripe Pu-erh tea that the leaves be rinsed twice. This is done to get rid of any impurities and to loosen and expand dry tea leaves. ◦The rinsing prepares the Pu-erh tea leaves, triggering the release of flavor and aroma. ◦As tap water can often contain minerals and other chemicals which can leave the tea a bit flat, it is best to use filtered or mountain spring water. ◦Use between 5 to 8 grams of tea per pot depending on the desired strength. When this is reached, take the leaves out of the pot and use them for brewing with your next cup of tea. Multiple infusions can be used with the same leaves.

◦Some advise using lower water temperature and short steeping times. Try several different heat levels and steeping times until you find what you enjoy.

Home Remedies Using Pu-erh Tea:

Historically Pu-erh Tea has been used for centuries to lower blood cholesterol and aid in digestion. It was believed to be a general health tonic, increasing longevity. The Chinese believed that Pu-erh tea enhanced the “qi” or life-force.

Today Pu-erh tea is used to help reduce cholesterol, aid digestion of fatty foods, and to strengthen eyesight, treat diabetic problems, reduce inflammation, and encourage weight loss. This tea is believed to have blood cleansing properties, removing toxins and preventing chronic diseases. It is used as an anti-aging drink.

Side Effects of Pu-erh Tea:

The side effects on Pu-erh Tea are minimal and have to do with its high caffeine content.

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Bergamot Essential Oil, Relieving Stress and Anxiety – Healthy Remedies

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The benefits of bergamot far exceed what most people would even know or be acquainted with. I mean most of us know it as the oil that gives Earl Grey Tea its fantastic and unique flavor!

But the benefits of bergamot go further than we realize. Its antibacterial and antiseptic properties have made it popular for hundreds of years for skin conditions. In Oriental medicine, it is used to assist with the flow of vital energy so the digestive system can work smoothly.

Did you know that in Napoleonic times, it was trendy to use bergamot as a cologne and perfume? Yes, and today it is still dominantly used by the perfume industry in its “deterpenized” form.

By the way, when companies “deterpenize” this oil, they take out bergaptene which is what makes the oil photosensitive and therapeutic. The aroma is maintained so you won’t necessarily know by just the smell.

But without the monoterpenes the oil won’t be able to restore the correct information on a cellular level and thus will no longer be therapeutic.

Two of my favorite blends made with bergamot are Joy and Gentle Baby is great for pregnant moms and can also be used for stretch marks! And they both will help with postpartum depression.

What is the Genus Species? Citrus bergamia

Why is this information important? It is always a good idea to know your genus species of your essential oil, so you know what you are getting! Too many companies label essential oils generically which means none of us know what they are putting in the oils they sell to us!

What Part of the Plant is Used? Rind or peel

Most Interesting Historical Reference?

Did you know that Columbus brought bergamot from the Canary Islands to Italy?

Where is the name derived from? It is thought that Columbus brought the tree back to Bergamo an Italian city in Northern Italy.

Why is this information so important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!

What are the Plant Properties? Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antidepressant, anti-infectious, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, hormonal support and sedative.

What are the Documented Uses and Benefits of Bergamot? Agitation, anxiety, loss of appetite, colic, depression, indigestion, infections (herpes, cold sores, respiratory, urinary tract), inflammation, insect repellent, insomnia, parasites, rheumatism, oily skin stress and vaginal Candida.

What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Its sweet and fruity aroma is uplifting and relaxing.

What is the Spiritual Influence? The benefits of bergamot include the spiritual and emotional as well. Bergamot releases the need to be in complete control so that we can flow with life more easily.

When we can relax and trust the universe to handle details of any life situation, we release the fear of the unknown and become clear about our own mission.

Because this oil opens the heart chakra and is uplifting to the mind, it can relieve anxiety, stress and depression. Place on the heart to release this patterning and embrace relationships (self and others).

What Chakra is Affected? Promotes opening of the solar plexus and heart chakras.

What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Orange and green.

How do I use it?

Use diluted – 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: four part of vegetable oil). Then,

• Apply several drops (2-4) on location • Apply to chakras/vitaflex points • Diffuse, or

• May be used as a dietary supplement.

Can this oil be used for Pets? Yes, good for cleaning ears or helping with infection (dogs). Soothing yet uplifting oil that can relax pets, release anxiety and stress.

What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils when wanting healing results! Because it is apprvoed as a Food Additive (FA) by the FDA, food grade bergamot oil is readily available on the market. Please remember, these are not the same oils and are often adulterated (changed).

One of the benefits of bergamot oil is that it is generally regarded as safe (GRAS). However, it is recommended to not use this oil on children less than 5 years of age.

This oil can possibly result in skin irritation (dilution is recommended). Repeated use can result in extreme contact sensitization. Avoid direct sunlight or ultraviolet light for up to 72 hours after use.

Although it may be used as a dietary supplement, it is advised not to use it in this manner for children under 6 years of age.

Essential Oil Trivia?

Did you know that bergamot is a mainstay in Italian Medicine?

Did you know approximately half of women’s perfumes and one third of all men’s contain bergamot oils?

Wear bergamot oil on your wrists to use as a perfume and keep your heart open!

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Douglas Fir Essential Oil – Healthy Remedies

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Douglas Fir Essential Oil reminds me of Christmas right away. We always had a huge Fir Tree that we had to wrestle with to get in through the door to put in the living room.

I always loved the smell and still do. It is energizing to the mind, yet relaxing to the body which definitely reminds me of the holidays. This is one of the oils I really like to diffuse during the holidays.

Douglas Fir Essential Oil has been used traditionally for any kind of respiratory or sinus infections and even fever. It is also really soothing to rheumatic or chronic pain. And great for muscles (or joints) that have been overworked or are tired.

What is the Genus Species? Pseudotsuga menziesii

Why is this information important? It is always important to know the genus species and what part of the plant the oil is distilled from.

Where is the name derived from? David Douglas was a Scottish botanist first introduced Douglas Fir into cultivation in 1827 at Scone Palace (in Scotland). The common name was given to this tree in honor of him.

What Part of the Plant is Used? Leaves and branches

What is the ORAC Value? 69,000 µTE/100g

Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Spinach = 1,400; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!

Most Interesting Historical Reference?

Did you know that historical records indicate that the Douglas Fir Tree have grown to over 400 feet tall?

What are the Plant Properties? Antiseptic, astringent, antifungal, anti-tumoral, antioxidant, diuretic, expectorant, tonic and pain relieving.

What are the Documented Douglas Fir Benefits and Uses? Anxiety, asthma, Infections (respiratory, sinus, bronchitis, flu, colds), rheumatism, catarrh, nervous tension, wounds, sore and tired muscles and joints.

What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? It is physically grounding and relaxing. Strong scent, spicy and woody.

What is the Spiritual Influence? This oil will ground the body and empower the mind. It will help those who don’t feel anchored in their body from the waist down. Or feel disempowered to go forward with implementing ideas or visions.

By the way, any of the oils that are from trees ( Western Red Cedar, Cedarwood, Palo Santo, Frankincense, etc) will provide stabilization, grounding and security to our being, physically and emotionally.

What Chakra is Affected? The heart and solar plexus chakra.

What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Orange and yellow.

How do I use it?

Use diluted – 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: one part of vegetable oil). Then,

• Apply several drops (2-4) on location

• Apply to chakras/vitaflex points

• Directly inhale, or

• Diffuse.

Can this Oil be used for Pets? Yes, but once again, dilute! Do not use for cats.

Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to catrs. Citrus and pine oils in particular that are not therapeutic grade. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.

What are the Safety Precautions? Only therapeutic grade essential oils should be used! Could result in skin irritation (dilution is recommended).

Essential Oil Trivia?

Did you know that largest known Douglas Fir tree in the world, the Red Creek Fir; has a wood volume of 349 cubic meters?

It is 74 meters or 243 feet high. They believe this tree is 750 to 1000 years old! Wow, that is an old tree!

Did you know that the Douglas Fir Tree is also called Oregon Pine, British Columbian Pine, Douglas Spruce, Red Fir and even Douglas Tree?

Tips:

Diffuse during the holidays to make your room smell like a Chrismas Tree!

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German Chamomile Essential Oil – Healthy Remedies

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German Chamomile essential oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-allergen and is nourishing to itchy skin. It is excellent for chronic tension which results in migraine headaches, insomnia or menopausal problems.

The oils blue color comes from chamazulene which also is what gives it its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It supports the body’s natural response to irritation and injury by clearing heat from the body. This is also why is it known to dispel the emotions of anger and rage and promote peace and patience.

German Chamomile also increases regeneration of skin making it a perfect natural remedy for itchy skin, eczema and dermatitis. Also use for itchy skin allergies for dogs; or horse dermatitis

My favorite oil blends that contain German Chamomile are Endoflex and Surrender Essential Oil. Because it is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory it is also placed in Omega Blue (fatty acid fish oil supplement) and Juvatone (liver cleanser).

What is the Genus Species? Matricaria recutita. Common names are Matricaria, Hungarian Chamomile and Blue Chamomile.

Why is this information important? It’s always important to know your genus species of your oil. Just the common name on the bottle doesn’t really tell you exactly what you’re getting.

Where did the name come from? Chamomile comes from two Greek words Kamai and melon meaning “ground apple”.

Why is this information so important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!

What Part of the Plant is Used? German chamomile flowers

What is the ORAC Value? 218,600 µTE/100g

Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Oranges = 750; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!

Most Interesting Historical Reference?

Did you know that German Chamomile was listed in Dioscorides De Materia Medica Europe’s first guide to Medicine? Yes, that was the first standard reference book for herbal treatments which was written in 78 AD.

What are the Plant Properties? Analgesic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, antispasmodic, antitumoral, anesthetic, decongestant, digestive tonic, hormone like and relaxant.

What are the Documented Uses and Benefits of German Chamomile Essential Oil? Acne, abscesses, allergies, Alzheimer’s disease, anemia, arthritis, backache, blisters, blood detoxification, boils, burns, carpal tunnel syndrome, cuts, cystitis, decongestant, dermatitis, diaper rash, digestion, eczema, edema, fibromyalgia, gallbladder infection and health, headache, hepatitis and fatty liver, hair, high cholesterol, hormone like, inflammation, inflammation in the back insomnia, lipid peroxidation, liver cleansing, lower back pain, lumbago, measles, migraine headache, muscles (bruised, inflamed), nervous tension, phelibitis (inflammation of the veins), scar tissue, scleroderma, scrapes, skin conditions (acne, eczema, scar tissue), stomach ulcers, tachycardia, teething pain, toothache, toxic liver, viral colitis and wounds.

What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Its sweet and grassy aroma is very calming and relaxing.

What is the Spiritual and Emotional Influence? German Chamomile regulates the flow of Chi or Life Force in the body by cooling inflammation in the body. It therefore, will calm and cool any condition that is inflamed or creating heat (anger, irritation, rage, disgust, etc).

Once these negative emotions are released, calmness and peace are instilled which brings clarity to our true path. This oil helps us recognize that self-patience and nurturing are qualities we must learn and master for us to open to the way of spirit. Without them, we can’t see or hear the clues that spirit have given us to the next step on our spiritual path.

What Chakra is Affected? Solar plexus and throat chakra.

What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Blue

How do I use it?

Use NEAT (undiluted). Then,

• Apply several drops (2-4) on location

• Apply to chakras/vitaflex points

• Directly inhale

• Diffuse or

• Dietary Supplement.

Can this Oil be used for Pets? Yes. Fantastic oil for allergy relief for dogs particular those with dog skin allergies or itchy dog skin!

Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus and pine products and oils in particular when using non therapeutic grade oils. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.

What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils for therapeutic results! German Chamomile essential oil does not have any known contraindications.

Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) for internal consumption by the FDA. Although it may be used as a dietary supplement, it is advised not to use it in this manner for children under 6 years of age. May create skin irritation for those who have sensitive skin.

Some companies will substitute a species within the family and try to sell it for therapeutic use! For example, Maroc (Ormenis multicaulis) is sometimes sold as Chamomile and it should not be used as a substitute!

Essential Oil Trivia?

Did you know that German Chamomile Essential Oil contains 2-5% Chamazulene? Yes, chamazulene can only be produced when distilling certain plants very accurately. Chamazulene is called an artifact for this reason. German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Yarrow and Blue Tansy Essential Oil are the only plants that will produce this highly sought after artifact.

Tips:

Use with Clary Sage for minimizing the effects of premenstrual tension and stress.

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Home Remedies For ADD – Healthy Remedies

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It is quite normal for kids to get agitated, distracted, impulsive, fidgety, less attentive and sometimes even blurt out inappropriate comments at inappropriate times, getting you in an embarrassing situation. However, if this behavior continues despite getting constant warnings, it is high time you get a medical examination of your child done to check for the underlying causative factor.

Attention deficit disorder is a chronic psychiatric disorder, which develops in children below the age of 5 and is marked by attention deficiency, easy distractibility, impulsivity, forgetfulness, procrastination and disorganization in kids. Also, termed as ADHD-inattentive, ADD is a subtype of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, with the affected children being more prone to depression and anxiety disorders.

Besides genetic factors, the exposure to pesticides, lead, mercury, food additives, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, antibiotics, vaccines, etc., can tamper with the child’s brain and interfere with the development of brain cells, thus leading to life-long complications like Attention Deficient Disorder.

Even though, many medications exist for treating Attention Deficit Disorder in children, most of these medications are not tolerated by kids and most often do not even prove effective enough for treating the condition.

Hence, to overcome the common side effects like sleep problems, anxiety, irritability, decreased appetite, etc., that are associated with medication used for the symptomatic treatment of ADD, many people have started opting for natural and more economical ways of treating ADD. Listed below are a few home remedies that can be used as an alternative for alleviating the symptoms of ADD.

Walnuts

Rich in vitamin B-5, walnuts aid in the conversion of carbohydrates to glucose and provides the required fuel for the brain to enable it to concentrate and focus on the task at hand.

It also helps children suffering from ADD to become socially active and overcome impulsiveness by enhancing their thinking and reasoning abilities.

Bananas

One of the most essential nutrients for brain, namely vitamin B-6 is found abundantly in bananas, which aids in the synthesis of a neurotransmitter called serotonin that keeps emotions under control and elevates mood levels in ADD sufferers. It also enhances the immune system, improves memory and helps to boost energy levels, thereby preventing lethargy and fatigue in children suffering from ADD.

Milk and milk products

Consumption of dairy products enables a child to get adequate levels of vitamin B-12, which acts as a precursor for the synthesis of the fatty, myelin sheath that surrounds the nerves.

Hence, it coats and protects nerve cells from the damage caused by toxins and harmful free radicals present in the body.

Salmon

Most often, the symptoms of ADD are attributed to an imbalance in the levels of the neurotransmitters released by the brain. Enriched with omega-3 fatty acids, salmon essentially works for improving the functioning of the nervous system by promoting the synthesis of adequate levels of neurotransmitters that govern and control moods, anxiety and behavioral patterns in an individual.

Moreover, deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids has been associated with learning disabilities, increased violence, memory problems, depression and lack of concentration, all of which mimic the symptoms associated with ADD. Also, replacing your cooking oil that is rich in saturated trans- fatty acids with oils rich in omega-3 fatty acid like flax seed oil, olive oil, canola oil, etc. and consuming other dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids like fish, salmon, tuna, flax seeds, nuts, etc., can aid in the proper functioning of the brain in ADD sufferers.

Green tea

Most popularly known for its powerful anti-oxidant abilities, green tea is also rich in stimulants like caffeine, theobromine and theophylline that enhance the activity of the central and peripheral nervous system. These compounds enable children suffering from ADD to stay alert, focused, energetic and less lethargic.

On the other hand, the presence of an amino acid called L-Theanine in green tea acts as a relaxant by calming down the nerves, thus leaving a soothing effect on the mind. It also stimulates the release of “feel-good” hormones like dopamine and serotonin that elevates and stabilizes mood, thus giving a feeling of well-being to the patient.

Avocados

Avocados are packed with essential nutrients that are known to play a key role in promoting brain health by enhancing concentration and alertness of the mind. Besides being composed of healthy monounsaturated fats (MUFA’s) that are required for the proper functioning of the brain, avocados are also one of the richest sources of acetyl L-carnitine, an amino acid that converts fat into fuel.

This not only helps in fighting obesity, which can trigger the symptoms of ADD, but also serves as an instant source of energy for the brain. It exerts a protective effect on the nervous system by improving memory, alertness, attention and most importantly aids in the repair of damaged neurons, thereby slowing down the process of cognitive decline observed in patients suffering from ADD. In order to increase your intake of this brain-friendly food, make it a part of your diet by adding slices of avocados to salads, soups, smoothies, scrambled egg, etc.

Essential oils

Studies have shown that the inhalation of the aroma released from essential oils like lavender, cedarwood, vetiver, peppermint oil, etc., can produce a calming and soothing effect in the mind by stabilizing the child’s brain waves, thereby helping them to stay more attentive.

Besides improving concentration, memory and learning abilities, they act as powerful anti-oxidants by detoxifying the body and removing the toxic metals that are responsible for causing neurological disorders like ADD in children. Since, the area of the brain, which senses smell, is located close to the emotional and hormonal centers, the aromas from these therapeutic oils also stimulate the brain areas that regulate emotions in the brain.

Hence, burning an essential oil in the background in the child’s room while he/she is busy with homework or during the night while the child is sleeping is an effective way of alleviating the symptoms associated with ADD.

Over indulgence or excess consumption of the aforementioned remedies can have potent side effects and hence, it is mandatory to seek medical advice, before incorporating these remedies in your diet. Besides using certain home remedies for extracting their benefits to treat ADD, it is also important to keep an eye on your child’s eating habits and identify all possible triggers of ADD like foods rich in refined sugar, white flour, preservatives, etc., to enable your child to overcome the symptoms of ADD.

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