Bergamot Essential Oil

BergamotBergamot is a yellow-green citrus fruit. Despite the fact that bergamot fruit is inedible, the oil has many culinary and household uses and is used as a fragrance for pipe tobaccos. Prized for its bright, citrus-sweet bouquet, bergamot is known as a “stress-buster” that promotes emotional balance, blissful relaxation, self-confidence and serenity.

Botanical Name: Citrus Aurantium var. or Citrus Bergamia.

Origin: Italy

Aromatic Scent:  Citrusy and fruity with a warm spicy floral quality

Strength of Scent: Medium

Extraction Method: Cold compression, opposed to the steam distillation of many other essential oils

Plant Parts Used: Rind or peel

Traditional Uses: One of the most common applications that you may not know about is its use in black tea. The inclusion of this essential oil in regular black tea is then given a different name – Earl Grey!

Its powerful aroma makes it a popular component in many perfumes. It is often used as the all-important “top note”.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), uses bergamot to assist with the flow of vital energy in smoothing the digestive system. TCM uses it to soothe occasional indigestion and gas.

Promotes opening of the solar plexus (orange) and heart (green) chakras.

Its sweet and fruity aroma uplifts the spirit and calms the mind.

It can be applied to your wrists to use as a perfume and keep your heart open.

Properties: Analgesic, anthelmintic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, deodorant, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, laxative, rubefacient, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, tonic, vulnerary

Blends well with: Chamomile, citrus oils, clary sage, coriander, cypress, frankincense, geranium, helichrysum, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon balm, mandarin, neroli, nutmeg, patchouli, pepper(black), rose, rosemary, sandalwood, vetiver, violet and ylang ylang,

Suggested Uses:  It is one of the best oils for diffusing as both an airborne antimicrobial and refreshing odor. Research studies in Taiwan found that Bergamot oil reduced both work-related stress and pre-operative stress. In a diffuser, combine equal parts of Bergamot, Patchouli and Grapefruit for a stress reducing aroma.

Use diluted – 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: four part of vegetable oil). Apply several drops (2-4) on location or chakras/reflex points.

May be used as Dietary Supplement if noted on label.

Safety Precautions: GRAS (generally regarded as safe)

This oil can possibly result in skin irritation (dilution is recommended). Repeated use can result in extreme contact sensitization. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier).

Bergamot essential oil is phototoxic. Avoid direct sunlight or ultraviolet light for up to 72 hours after use.

Although, Bergamot may be used as a dietary supplement (approved as a Food Additive (FA) by the FDA) if noted on label, it is advised not to use it in this or any manner for children under 6 years of age.

Know the company you are purchasing your essential oils from, they may be adulterated (changed). Only use therapeutic grade essential oils for best results!

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.

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Amazing Benefits of Green Tea

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 Green tea is an herbal drink that has been around for centuries. It is known as a stimulant due to its caffeine content.  In recent years, it has been called a health food for being helpful in preventing various conditions. It has many beauty benefits and is great for your skin
The processing is what sets green tea apart from black and oolong teas in health benefits.
It’s fresh leaves contain high levels of polyphenols known as catechins. They are a type of antioxidant that is known to decrease various health risks that include heart failure, diabetes, cancer, and stroke. Antioxidants have the ability to fight destructive free radicals, which are elements that can change cells, damage DNA and possibly accelerate aging.
It, also, contains L-theanine, which is an amino acid compound that has been researched for its ability to help soothe the nervous system. 
Alternative and complementary medicine has used green tea to treat a wide range of issues including; eliminating excess fluid in the body, healing wounds, alleviating gas and enhancing digestion.
Researchers have studied the benefits of green tea for health conditions across the board, from high cholesterol to cancer, mainly focusing on the polyphenols green tea contains.
The University of Maryland Medical Center reported have shown consuming green tea is associated with a reduced risk of dying from any cause.
So kick back and have a cup of green tea. You’ll be glad you did.
 

 

7 Proven Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

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I ran across this article on Facebook and I wanted to share it with everyone. It gives a detailed look at Dark chocolate and it’s health benefits.

Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Studies show that dark chocolate (not the sugary crap) can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease.

1. Dark Chocolate is Very Nutritious

2. Dark Chocolate is a Powerful Source of Antioxidants

3. Dark Chocolate May Improve Blood Flow and Lower Blood Pressure

4. Dark Chocolate Raises HDL and Protects LDL Against Oxidation

5. Dark Chocolate May Lower The Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

6. Dark Chocolate May Protect Your Skin Against The Sun

7. Dark Chocolate May Improve Brain Function

Read full article by Kris Gunnars at authoritynutrition.com

POISON IN YOUR TEETH

Everyone who has, or had amalgam (silver) dental fillings, especially dentists and dental office staff are Mercury toxic to some degree.  50% of an amalgam filling is mercury. Mercury is the most poisonous, naturally occurring non-radioactive substance on earth. There is no harmless level of mercury!

Over 180 million people in the US have amalgam fillings and are being poisoned by the mercury vapor continuously released by these fillings. It contributes to, or makes worse, over 100 health issues. These include heart disease, MS, arthritis, chronic fatigue, headaches, allergies, fibromyalgia, candidiasis, depression, memory loss and many others.

Safely removing amalgam fillings and supporting the body’s efforts to safely remove accumulative mercury are the only effective ways to treat the symptoms related to mercury poisoning.

When having these fillings removed, it is important to have a mercury safe dentist do the procedure. Only a small percentage of dentists are using safe removal protocols, which puts the dentist, dental assistants and the patient are risk.

Dr. Tom McGuire, DDS, one of the leading authorities on health hazards of amalgam fillings and mercury detoxification, has a website at dentalwellness4u.com. It has the largest internet listing of mercury free and safe dentists. He has written several best-selling books on the subject as well.

He recommends the use of activated liquid zeolite to support your body efforts to remove mercury. This is a tasteless, odorless liquid that is a simply micronized, purified zeolite in distilled water. Zeolite is a naturally-occurring volcanic mineral that has an exceptional ability to attract and absorb heavy metals and other toxic chemicals. It’s unique crystalline structure and negative charge pulls heavy metals in and traps them making it easy for the body to eliminate them. Zeolites remove a broad range of heavy metals and offer many well-documented health benefits.

I am, personally, using Clear TRS for removal off mercury and other toxic heavy metals.  This Zeolite molecule can pass through the blood-brain barrier and is patented by the US Government.  Learn more about or purchase Clear TRS

NYR Organic

Romy Fraser started the company as a natural apothecary over 30 years ago. She was a former teacher with a passion for holistic health, beauty and wellbeing,  The original shop, Neal’s Yard Apothecary, was started in Neal’s Yard, London in 1981. The name was changed to Neal Yard Remedies in 1983 and is known today as NYR Organic.

Today, they are one of the top selling organic skincare companies in the UK, Japan and Dubai with direct selling channels in the UK and US. They are driven by the passionate belief that health and beauty should be more natural and less synthetic.

On July 17, 2014 NYR Organic received a 100% in The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Skincare Ratings.NYR Organic received 100% in The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Skincare Rankings

See details of the full report.

'Precautionary Principle'Here are some ingredients you WON’T find in their products.

~No synthetic fragrances ~No silicones ~ No mineral oils ~ No parabens ~ No GM ingredients ~ No phthalates ~ No propylene glycol ~ No animal testing ~ No DEA ~ No acrylates ~ No nano ~ No BHT

Not only are they ethical but also award-winning. Here are a few of awards they have received. Best New Certified Organic Beauty Product, from the prestigious CEW(Cosmetic Executive Women), Beauty Insiders’ Awards for their Beauty Sleep Concentrate, Best Organic range for an incredible 4th year-running from Natural Health magazine, and an Ethical Corporation Award for their Bee Lovely and Help Save the Bees campaign. Just to mention a few.

NYR’s reasons to choose organic are; you are protecting your health, the environment, and the well-being of farm workers and their families across the globe- for now and the future.

Their product lines consist of skincare, cosmetics, mother and baby, NYR men, hair care, bath & body, essential oils, herbal remedies, supplements and Bee Lovely (Help Save the Bees campaign).

Click here to learn more about this wonderful company, their products or purchase online.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Oil for Head Lice

Now that school has started, you may hear that dreaded four letter word, LICE!!!

Tea Tree or Melaleuca oil is very effective in eliminating this very pesky problem without any harmful side effects. It is an essential oil with a fresh camphoraceous odor. It is steam distilled from the leaves of Melaleuca Alternifolia, which is a native of Australia. It is a member of the Myrtle plant family. The following natural properties is what make it so effective.

  • Tea tree oil has natural insecticide properties which help to treat head lice very effectively.
  • Tea tree oil contains natural antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties which help to kill the lice and prevent it completely.
  • Tea tree oil contains terpinen – 4 – ol, a natural bacterial fighting ingredient which helps to cure many skin irritations, hair problems, infections and diseases.
  • Tea tree oil coats the hair, scalp and contains agents that will helps to kill the head lice and its eggs.
  • Tea oil not only kills the lice but also it will soothe and heal the irritated scalp that has been affected by the lice.

 Here are a few interesting facts about the history of Tea Tree oil found on the American Cancer Society website.

The aborigines of Australia were the first to discover the healing properties of tea tree oil thousands of years ago. They treated cuts, burns, and skin infections by crushing the leaves of the tree and applying them to cuts and injuries. In the 1770s, the British explorer Captain Cook observed the native Australians brewing tea from the leaves. He then brewed tea of his own to give to his crew to prevent scurvy. He coined the name tea tree.

In the 1920s, Australian physicians began to use the oil to clean wounds and prevent infections after surgery. They believed it to be more effective than carbolic acid, the antiseptic most used at that time. Average Australians then began to use the oil as a household remedy for skin conditions and fungus infections. During World War II, tea tree oil was included in the first-aid kits given to all Australian soldiers and sailors.

After the discovery of penicillin and other antibiotics in the late 1940s, tea tree oil went out of favor as an antiseptic until the 1980s, when it was discovered that some bacteria were resistant to certain antibiotics, such as methicillin and vancomycin. Today, there is renewed interest in tea tree oil as an alternative to these antibiotics for skin infections.

Doesn’t this make you want to have a bottle of Tea Tree oil in your family medicine cabinet?

10 Different Methods for Treating Head Lice with Tea Tree Oil

Good luck!

Purchase 10ml Tea Tree Oil online

Peppermint Essential Oil

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Pure peppermint oil is considered one of the best essential oils around due to its many health benefits for our bodies. It’s medical properties are anti-inflammatory, anti-tumoral, anti-parasitic (worms), antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, gallbladder/digestive stimulant, pain-relieving, pain reliever and curbs appetite. It has been known for centuries as a healing medicinal herb.

It has been scientifically studied and proven to be beneficial for:

  • Indigestion – 1 or 2 drops in a glass of water (glass not plastic) can relieve pain of indigestion or gas, ease motion sickness and stomach cramps.
  • Nausea – Mix it with a carrier oil and massage it into the back of the neck or forehead.
  • Pain Relief – It is used for migraines, muscle spasms, pulled muscles and fever and headaches. When mixed with a carrier oil it’s high amounts of calcium antagonisms has a cooling effect on the painful areas.
  • Chest Congestion – It provides relief to nasal and chest congestion, bronchitis, sinusitis and other respiratory conditions because it has a high content of menthol and is a natural expectorant.
  • Stress – When inhaled it provides an instant calming effect to the nervous system. Mix it with a carrier oil and it can provide a calming effect to tired or overworked muscles.

It is also known for focus and stimulating our conscious minds. Dr William Dember of the University of Cincinnati found that inhaling peppermint oil increased mental accuracy by 28%.

Many have used it to remove head lice and dandruff. It is also used for skin conditions such as acne.

It has so many nutrients and minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and potassium. You can, now, buy it as a supplement (capsule or tablet).

I am sure there are other uses I have missed or that are waiting to be discovered, but this will give you an idea of the power packed in this little oil.

ALWAYS REMEMBER- Do not take essential oils internally unless you know the company (they are safe) or have the words DIETARY SUPPLEMENT in the directions on the bottle.

Pamela Basinger, BS, LMT

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That CraZy WrAp tHing!!

Crazy Wrap Thing The It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator (wrap) really does work. You can lose inches in as little as 45 minutes! It is a non-woven cloth wrap that is infused with a powerful, botanically based formula to deliver maximum tightening, toning and firming. These natural ingredients continuously hydrates for firmer, smoother, more youth looking skin and reduces the appearance of cellulite and skin slackening. The formula continues to work for 72 hours, giving you immediate and progressive results. You can use them anywhere on your body, except the face.There is a special mask for the face. It delivers the same maximum results for the delicate facial skin.Before and After You are also, detoxing while losing inches. Great side benefit! The powerful formula pulls the toxins from your fat cells, giving you the inch loss. You MUST drink about 55-60% of your body weight in ounces of water during the 72 hour period Water chart. This will ensure the toxins are flush from your body. If you don’t, they will reabsorb back into the fat cells. We can’t have that, so drink your water! Learn more – What to Expect Ultimate Applicator A once-a-week application is recommended to reach a desired goal. The more consist and diligent you are in applying the wraps over time, the better your results! The contouring wraps can be used as often as every 72 hours. For best results, use the Defining Gel, their daily contouring lotion in between wraps. These miraculous wraps sell for $25 each retail. Shop for individual wraps A better option is to sign up as a loyal customer for a 40% savings on the wraps and many other natural healthy products IT WORKS! sells. Shop Product Information Sheet

Got Allergies??

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I have had allergies all my life. Starting this Spring I am allergy meds free!

I placed 2-3 drops equal parts of peppermint, lavender and lemon essential oils in a capsule. I took one capsule every morning and as needed through the day, but I rarely needed a second capsule. One usually did the trick.

This is truly amazingly! Who knew after all these years of taking allergy meds, that this was possible.

A friend did not want to mess the capsules, so she used a shoot glass instead. She put 2-3 drops equals parts in, gargled and then swallowed. Still amazing results.

REMEMBER TO NEVER TAKE ESSENTIAL OILS INTERNALLY UNLESS YOU KNOW THE COMPANY AND THEIR PRODUCTS. If it is safe, it should have the words Dietary Supplement on the Label.

I recommend are Young Living essential oils.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.