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February 6, 2014

The Differences Between a Common Cold, Flu and Allergies

There are many subsets and variables of viral infections that play havoc with our system. The virus strains have an ability to adapt and evolve, which means that a vaccine cannot be made for the common cold.

A flu vaccine is produced using the influenza virus that causes the flu. Flu strains are predicted every year because the virus adapts and evolves into different strains and needs to be reformulated for the yearly vaccine. Getting a vaccine is not a guaranteed treatment prevention program. The vaccine is incubated in eggs, so avoid if an egg allergy is present.

Antibiotics only treat bacteria infections, not viruses or viral infections. Overuse abuse of antibiotics is leading to the production of “super-flu” strains, which is a major threat. Proper identification of whether you have a virus or bacterial infection is important for correct treatment.

Germs are spread by coughing, sneezing or hand to hand contact in close proximity and can live on surfaces for long periods of time waiting to be picked up. Frequent hand washing can cut risk along with breaking habits like touching your face a lot and biting your nails.
Read blog on DIY natural cleaning products that will kill 100% of germs – http://earthelixir.ca/2012/01/05/diy-natural-cleaning-products/

Invading forces trigger symptoms, which is the way our immune system fights off the germs. Mucus production traps infection, coughing and sneezing tries to expel them, and fever triggers healing mechanisms. Immunity plays a big role in our susceptibility and determines how well we fight off these foreign invaders. Everyone’s immune system is different and varies as much as the virus. Some people have autoimmune disorders and are more prone to getting sick, and others are just surrounded by lots of at risk groups like children. Children will typically get up to 9 colds a year and adults get 1-3; any more than this is a sign that your immune system needs extra help.

Strengthening the immune system requires all around proper nutrition, good quality sleep, sufficient exercise and successful stress management strategies.
Allergies will erode immunity and lead to autoimmune disorders, a myriad of other illnesses and possibly death, so it is important to eliminate allergens. The hard part is finding out what you are allergic to and then trying to stay away from it.

Both the cold and flu virus are more prominent in the winter time, or when people spend more time indoors with each other and is typically not a “season.” It was first thought that allergies were caused by nature, but it didn’t explain why people suffer from allergies in the winter time. Allergy season is typically spring and fall, but depends on specific allergens. Anyone can be allergic to anything, but it is all a sign the immune system and the body needs a boost. Listen to what your body is trying to tell you. Take time out to take extra care of yourself.

If a cold lasts longer than a week to ten days it is probably a bacterial infection like strep. If it lasts longer than a month it is more likely allergies.

SYMPTOMS

Common Cold
Caused by corona virus, adenovirus and subset variants

Upper respiratory
Runny nose, congestion, sore throat
Sometimes low grade fever
If a cold lasts longer than a week to ten days it is probably a bacteria infection like strep

Flu
Caused by influenza virus and subsets

More body aches, joint pain
Digestive disturbances especially in children diarrhea, vomiting
More lower respiratory ailments
Lung infections
Coughing, breathing problems, hacking
May lead to pneumonia and possibly death
Lasts longer

Allergies
If symptoms last any longer than a month then it is more likely allergies
Allergies present more itchy throat and eyes, sinus issues, congested or runny nose,
sometimes coughing

Essential oils like eucalyptus, tea tree, and other tree oils have typically been used to treat colds and kill germs that are even airborne. Herbs and essential oils work on so many levels that germs can’t easily adapt, and are still the best treatment and prevention.

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Article about how overuse and abuse of antibiotics is leading to superbugs

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/bacteria-getting-upper-hand-in-antibiotics-arms-race-1.2555750

January 15, 2014

Winter Season in the Five Elements and Essential Oils

The Winter season is associated with the water element due to the abundance of water that falls in winter time that turns to snow and ice.  
The organ systems grouped in this season are the kidneys and bladder, which make up the urinary system wetlands.

The gland in this category are the adrenals, which sit on top of the kidneys on each side of the body. The adrenal glands secrete the hormone adrenaline, which is a necessary energy boost for the flight or fight body response when a threat is encountered.
The hypothalamus in the brain receives a danger warning or an event triggers stress and the effects on the body are instantaneous.

This reaction sends a chemical messenger which causes the hormone adrenaline, secreted by the adrenal medulla to release.
The eye pupils dilate, colour drains from the face as dry mouth and sweating begin.
The blood supply is cut off to organs like the stomach, which shuts down digestion functioning, and surface blood vessels constrict limiting blood supply. Muscle activity increases with heart and pulse rates so that it prepares the body to physically deal with danger or run away.

Sometimes the reaction is not to stay and fight or flee, but the body response becomes trapped in a frozen state of fear, which induces a paralysis that is incapacitating. Adrenaline is also produced in times of psychological stress, and if the production continues over long periods it has adverse effects on the body. If the body remains in a stressed state of being overexcited and remaining under pressure it causes stress related conditions like high blood pressure.

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The destructive emotion in the winter cycle is fear, which is a hard wired survival mechanism, but draining if it is engaged constantly. There are short term threats that engage our flight-fight-or freeze mechanisms, but long term stress, chronic fears and phobias puts strain on the body. The real and imagined dangers must be divided and applied to what constitutes a true threat. Fear is important to establish boundaries in order to learn what is good and bad, but rationality must meet clear perception and awareness.  

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The human time frame of winter is gestation and giving birth to babies, ideas and projects.  In the destructive winter water element stuck adults who act like babies are less cute than their tiny counterparts. They present a paranoid, fearful attitude and don’t know how to relax. They are unable to see how they affect others, because it is all about them and their needs. People in this rhythm need to feel nurtured and taken care of, even though they may be afraid of commitment and the future. Demanding special attention leads to a narcissistic expectancy, arrogance and a feeling of entitlement. They may play the victim to get their way and will do almost anything to attract the special attention they crave, even if it’s negative attention.

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It takes the constructive emotion of courage to overcome fear and paranoia. If wise discerning caution turns to excessive irrational fear, love and courage will counter it. Love is always the answer. Love will help to muster the courage to defeat fears that keep you stuck and stagnating. Use wise discerning caution instead of fear to establish boundaries and stay away from people that drain your resources. Gather your own resources and do your own groundwork. Rejuvenate and embrace down-time, and learn how to relax in the moment. This season is about beginnings so spread the seeds of your ideas and nurture dreams. Overcoming fears means recognizing and analyzing the reasons for your fears. Embrace whatever it is that scares you instead of denying, running away or avoiding, which will only amplify the fear. Fears need the light of day shone brightly at it in order to be examined, faced and dissolved.
Behaviour modification will help phobias to fears such as heights, spiders and snakes, showing anyone can overcome anything if they are willing to put in the work and have the courage to make a change to be free from fear.

ESSENTIAL OILS THAT HELP TREAT FEAR:
Juniper, Carrot Seed, Grapefruit, Goldenrod, Yarrow, Spruce, Pine

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“Fear can stop you loving, love can stop your fear,
fear can stop you loving, but it’s not always that clear.” ~
Morcheeba – “Fear and Love” Lyrics:

We always have a choice
Or at least I think we do
We can always use our voice
I thought this to be true
We can live in fear
Extend ourselves to love
Or we can fall below
Or lift ourselves above

Fear can stop you loving
Love can stop your fear
Fear can stop you loving
But it’s not always that clear

I always try so hard
To share myself around
But now I’m closing up again
Drilling through the ground

Fear can stop you loving
Love can stop your fear
Fear can stop you loving
But it’s not always that clear I’d love to give myself away

But I find it hard to trust
I’ve got no map to find my way
Amongst these clouds of dust
Fear can stop you loving Love can stop your fear
Fear can stop you loving Love can stop your fear

“Fear And Love” was written
by Paul Godfrey, Ross Godfrey, Skye Edwards. Morcheeba – Fear And
Love Lyrics

December 3, 2013

DIY Natural Teeth Whitening Mouth Wash Recipe and Money Saving Dental Tips

When I moved awhile ago I had to change dentists.

When he looked at my teeth he exclaimed “You don’t have any cavities!” and asked how I was doing this. There is no secret really. I add essential oils to my natural teeth whitening mouthwash. I floss, brush after almost every meal, and I don’t use fluoride.

I always say no to the fluoride treatment at the dentist, and I always find it interesting what each dental hygienist will say about fluoride. Some say adults don’t need it, but I think if a child swallowed fluoride by accident they could possibly die over it. Why give something so poisonous? Hydrogen peroxide is safe and effective, and it whitens your teeth as a bonus. There is fluoride in municipal water systems, but why are we swallowing it when at the dentist you spit it out? Even the toothpaste with fluoride gets spit out unless some gets inadvertently swallowed, which can be harmful. No one should be ingesting fluoride and everyone should petition to remove it from the water system.

There is also no need to do x-rays every six months, which my dentist made me do growing up. All that needless x-ray exposure as a kid, it is criminal. Tooth decay doesn’t happen that fast. My dentist now said I had deep craters in my upper back teeth and he advised filling them to prevent cavities in the future because it is really hard to reach, so I did do that, WITHOUT needles. I have seen needle free dentistry anyway now, which is the way it should be. Porcelain fillings are a better choice than mercury, which they really shouldn’t be using because of toxicity.

I asked the dentist what percentage of hydrogen peroxide he used in his teeth whitening service and he said ten percent. It is very irritating to gums at that strength and that’s why they use trays to avoid contact with gums and only touch the teeth. I said I use 3% in a mouth wash formula, because it is less irritating at that strength and it is effective.

The dentist keeps saying to me that my knowledge is going to put him out of business. I don’t know about that, but here are some simple, natural, inexpensive, practical things to do for preventative dental health care.

Clove essential oil is invaluable to have on hand for good dental health and to treat any dental, gum
pain and discomfort.  Clove oil is best known for its pain-relieving eugenol constituent used to treat toothaches, sore
gums, mouth infections, and bad breath. Read more about clove oil – http://earthelixir.ca/2012/05/29/clove-essential-oil/

Hydrogen peroxide has many uses and it is a secret ingredient in many cleaning products and detergents. Hydrogen peroxide is made up of water and oxygen with the chemical symbol being (H202). Anytime you see the word “oxy” chances are hydrogen peroxide is the magical ingredient. I use hydrogen peroxide for teeth whitening mouth wash, to disinfect cuts, clean produce, my toothbrush, earbuds, and all around general cleaning. Use it in the laundry to whiten and remove stains. It is really good at getting out tea and coffee stains on a white shirt. I put it in a spray bottle.
Buy food grade hydrogen peroxide that you dilute yourself from a health food store or seed sprouting garden store. The kind you buy in the drugstore to disinfect cuts is already diluted and contains binders, it isn’t food grade. Be very careful diluting it yourself, at full strength it can burn off warts. If any gets splashed on skin it will turn the skin white and burn until you wash it off. Be extra careful not to splash in eyes, wear glasses while diluting it.

Natural Teeth Whitening Mouth Wash Recipe

In a 100 ml bottle/ 1 drop of essential oil
Any size bottle will do
Use these measurements as a guide
Dilute hydrogen peroxide to 3% distilled water must be used to ensure no other mineral interactions.
hydrogen peroxide diluted with distilled water 1:11 (read diluting instructions on the bottle.)
Hydrogen peroxide has to be food grade for oral use.

Add 1-2 drops of essential oils.
I use peppermint or spearmint in the summer, because it is cooling, and cinnamon and clove in the winter, because it is warming.
Fennel and anise essential oil give a liquorice flavour.
Use essential oils with baking soda or hydrogen peroxide to make toothpaste for dental care. The essential oils not only add flavour to make it taste better, it adds antibacterial disinfectant germ fighting action and freshens breath.

Swish mouthwash around in mouth and rinse with water afterwards.
This mouthwash rinse also whitens teeth naturally along with its germ fighting action.
The more you use it and the more contact it has with your teeth the more action it will have.

An ancient Indian therapy: Oil pulling with coconut oil is good too if you don’t like to floss very much.

I am going to try turmeric spice mixed in a paste for teeth whitening too. It is ironic it stains everything else so use hydrogen peroxide or baking soda to clean sinks, toothbrush or hands if it gets stained.

Diet is also important and the worst thing for teeth is soda pop drinks and carbonated beverages. These drinks actually leach calcium from teeth and bones. A natural diet is recommended.

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December 2, 2013

Herbs for Hair Loss

Typically more men lose their hair, but it does affect some women although usually it is less severe. Although male pattern baldness is considered a genetic condition there are some herbs that are beneficial. These types of herbs work by preventing the conversion of the male sex hormone testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is a hormone that kills off hair follicles. The DHT hormone is a substance that also plays a roll in prostate enlargement in men. There seems to be a correlation with the kidney bladder prostate system and male hair loss so it would be beneficial to take herbs as a preventative method.
Synthetic testosterone is different than herbal versions and I would never recommend that kind of juicing to anyone.

Nutrition also plays a role and mineral deficiency is a prominent factor.
Nutrition is always important and it would be beneficial to add kelp, bladder wrack sea weeds in the diet or add beneficial supplementation like liquid trace minerals, liquid iodine.

Herbs for Hair Loss Prevention

Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens)
This herb prevents the conversion of the hormone testosterone to DHT. It is a number one choice to take for treatment and prevention of benign prostate enlargement.

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Licorice also prevents the conversion of testoterone to DHT. Use either internal in a formula or external in a shampoo in a tea or tincture form.

Horsetail ( Equisetum spp.)
Horsetail contains silica which is important for hair and nail health and has other nutrients like silicon and selenium.

It is also beneficial to rub the scalp in small circular motions to increase blood flow circulation and stimulate the hair follicles with or without essential oils and carrier oils. Essential oils may also be added to shampoo.

Essential oils for Hair Loss:
Cedar wood
Clary sage
Sage
Cypress
Rosemary
Marjarom
Spike lavender
Niaouli nerolidol

Carrier Oils
Coconut
Jojoba
Black currant oil
Borage oil

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November 8, 2013

Autumn, the Chinese Five Elements and Essential oils that Help Grief

The Chinese Five Elements in Traditional Chinese Medicine relates to the rhythms of nature and reflects natural cycles. Seasons, elements, colours, sounds, organs, glands and emotions fall into five categories. It is the basis of all natural health practices and many medical, philosophical and artistic themes fit into it.

The autumn season in the five elements is related to the metal element because of its enduring qualities.

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The constructive emotion for the rhythm of autumn is being reflective and pondering on the past, which is necessary for learning lessons and figuring things out.
The destructive emotion of autumn is overbearing grief and sadness.
The sound that relieves the stress of grief and sadness is crying.
Being reflective for too long in the past can lead to grief and sadness.
The trees in autumn change brilliant colours before shedding their leaves like a parade of tears that fall celebrating what once was.

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“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”~Washington Irving

Crying flushes unhealthy bacteria out of the body and strengthens the immune system while relieving stress. It is healthier to embrace the motion of emotions. To be moved profoundly and to feel the depths of our own well is to be quenched.

It is a natural process to mourn for lost loved ones, it is a measurement of love. It reminds us what really matters, and what is important to us. There is no right way or wrong way to grieve, but being reflective too long on the past and pining away upsets a balanced life. It is stress relieving to grieve, but when it interferes with life it becomes destructive.

To manage grief one must look at the bigger picture beyond the cycle of rebirth and death, and an acceptance mixed with deeper understanding must be reached. Find gratitude and a sense of meaning by embracing the whole picture. One must rise and fall with the cycle of seasons, especially upon completion.
Bringing yourself back into the present moment helps to overcome grief, but only after it has been sifted through and cherished. Being sad upon reflection provides an honest look at ourselves and others. A kind understanding is helpful to gain insights in order to grow.

Be reflective without falling in to a perpetual grief pattern by learning to accept change. Let go of the past that does not serve you any purpose anymore. Live in the present moment and savour all the aspects of life. Learn to adapt to change and harness the hard lessons of letting go. Use wisdom to filter the good and bad, learn from it, make peace and move on. Dealing with death and the little deaths that happen ironically reminds us to appreciate life.

The organs systems that are impacted are the lungs and large intestine, which is part of the respiratory and digestive system.
Remember to breathe and eat healthy during tough times.

Essential oils to help alleviate grief:
Good partner combinations
basil and bergamot, frankincense and neroli, marjoram and lavender, eucalyptus and mandarin

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October 17, 2013

Sunroot or Sunchoke is a Nutritious Medicinal Root Vegetable

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Sunchokes Helianthus tuberosus L.are also called Jerusalem artichokes, but it has no relationship to Jerusalem and it is not an artichoke. The better known common names for this yellow flower are sunroot, sunchoke and earth apple.
Sunchoke is the modern common name used to avoid confusion with artichokes for cooking purposes, but it does have a mild artichoke flavour.

Sunchoke is a very tall prolific perennial plant that is native to North America, and has a long history of being used by Native Americans as a root vegetable. The sunchoke flowers belong to the same family as sunflowers, and the flowers follow the sun like sunflowers do. They like to grow wild and they need lots of space, because it likes to multiply. The stalks and leaves are rough and hairy. The roots are starchy tubers that look a little like ginger rhizomes, and are edible like a potato.

It was a popular plant to use to hide the outhouse or to put in front of other unsightly eyesores, as it creates a thick, tall hedge that requires no maintenance, unless overpopulation is an issue. Perhaps there is a warning in there somewhere among the yellow flowers.

Sunchoke is becoming popular food for thought again, but when consuming lots of sun chokes it may cause digestion disturbance in the form of …um… gaseous upset. It has earned the nickname “fartichokes.” Eat a little and see how well your digestion system tolerates it.

The edible tuber roots have a high inulin content, which is a type of soluble fibre. Inulin is a carbohydrate with sweet polysaccharides that is safe for diabetics, and it is pre-biotic. Containing the Pre-biotic (FOS) Fructo-Oligio-Saccharide means that it promotes healthy bacteria, which is beneficial for feeding healthy flora in the digestion system. It balances yeast and has a positive impact on overall health. It breaks down into fructose in the gut, but might be hard to digest for some people, and may cause cramping, bloating and excessive wind, especially when consumed in a large quantities. It relieves constipation.

It is best to wait until the first or second frost to harvest, and they are dug up until springtime, weather permitting of course, or buy them where you get fresh produce. Some people prefer the springtime to dig them up. They are available year round, but peak season is October-March.
It is also best to dead head the flowers if the roots are going to get dug up and eaten, they will grow bigger.
Store up to one to three weeks raw, but once cooked eat right away. Some people say they are better stored in the fridge for a week before eating.
They are a good source of iron, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin C, FOS and of course fibre, Inulin. It improves calcium absorption, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Sunchokes are good medicinal food, but eat sparingly at first.

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WAYS TO PREPARE SUNCHOKES

Sunchokes will oxidize like a potato so dip them in water with lemon juice or keep them in water until ready to use, because they will turn brown. Do not cook in aluminum or iron pans.
The skins are edible like ginger skin is, and when cooking it is best to leave the skins on and remove peels later if desired. Wash, scrub and remove rootlets or strings if any are present before cooking. Goes well with mint, onion, garlic, chives, thyme, cumin, black cumin, pepper, turmeric, rosemary, lemon citrus, lemon verbena, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.

RAW
Eat Sunchokes raw topped on a salad or mixed in salsa, grated or thinly sliced and tastes like jicama. Try small amounts at first to see if your digestion can handle it this way. They can also be added to juicing recipes.
I wonder what it would be like thinly sliced and pickled like ginger.

STEAMED
Sun chokes are better steamed and not boiled, which will make them mushy. It does make good puréed soup mixed with nut or coconut milk.

SAUTÉ or STIR-FRY
They make a great water chestnut stir-fry substitute, they have a similar texture and taste.

BAKED
Oven bake them brushed with oil and herbal seasonings and bake for 20-40 minutes at 375 degrees.
Bake with sweet potatoes and other root vegetables to make root chips.
I wonder what they would taste like flavoured and then put in the dehydrator and dehydrated overnight.

Food and Cooking (2004 edition), page 307, Harold McGee indicates that the flatulent effects of Sunchoke roots are due to complex fructose-based carbohydrates that are not digestible by humans.

Long, slow cooking allows enzymes present in the fresh tuber to convert these to fructose over time.

McGee recommends 12-24 hours at 200 F / 93 C.
The result will be soft and sweet, akin to a vegetable aspic.

Note that the ogliosacharrides in beans are a different class than the inulin in Sunchokes, and the digestive supplement Beano is not effective with sunchoke.

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http://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/34060/what-cooking-methods-prevent-the-gaseous-side-effect-of-sunchokes

September 22, 2013

Equinox, Solstice, Essential oils and the Five Elements

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In the Chinese Five elements the cycle of equinox and solstice rules the earth element, because it marks the times of transition in between the changing seasons. The transition time lasts two weeks before, and two weeks after the solstice or equinox. This is a separate time period that when calculated together makes up a season of its own. The change of season and transition times may leave us susceptible to getting colds and feeling rundown. Extra nutrition and rest help us through these tough transitional times.
Two weeks before the autumn equinox is when school is back and projects and routines rule. People start referring to it as the end of summer, and the change of season is upon us.
Any transition requires extra nourishment and rest. Taking care of yourself first will help, especially when you are taking care of others. It is like when you are flying in a plane, and the oxygen mask drops and you have to put on your own mask first before you help others who need assistance with their masks.

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In the Chinese Five elements the destructive emotion is worry, while the constructive emotion is compassion. Compassion can involve legitimate concern, but when concern becomes overwhelming it can turn into mindless worry. Worry usually involves things that are beyond our control.
Stay compassionate instead of worrying and becoming apathetic by knowing your boundaries and limits. Avoid playing the morbid martyr by loving yourself and others unconditionally. It is important to stay grounded during times of transition. There are legitimate concerns and need to plan for the future, but don’t get overwhelmed by things out of your control. Bring yourself back to the present moment. Concentrate on being in the eye of the hurricane, the centre of the wheel in the tornado. Finding order within yourself while chaos is all around you takes quite a balancing act.
The sound that relieves the stress of worry is singing.
Singing alleviates worry and listening to music and dancing of course realigns us with our joy. Let the music speak for itself … don’t worry about a thing because every little thing is going to be alright, and don’t worry be happy.

If you tend to worry too much make a special time period to focus on worries. Take at least fifteen minutes to write down and sort your worries in categories of what you can control and what you can’t. Problem solve by writing down solutions, goals and take whatever steps necessary to alleviate worries.


The organ systems involved are the stomach, spleen.

The spleen organ is considered the nurse of the body because it works with the immune system and makes antibodies, which are proteins that bind to foreign particles so that white blood cells can destroy it. It is one of the main filters of blood and plays a major part in removing harmful bacteria and abnormal cells, and makes new blood cells.
During times of transition it is important to get extra rest and nutrition to help build immunity and soothe away stomach worry

Essential oils to help alleviate worry:
Ginger and peppermint, coriander and lime, cinnamon and clove, palmarosa and orange

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September 12, 2013

The History of Chewing Gum

A Mayan shaman asked me if I knew what these hard slates of brownish gum resin were in a small baggie. I knew it was plant
material but wasn’t sure what it was. It turned out to be chicle the original natural source of chewing gum.
The source of the word chicle is where the name for Chiclets gum came from. Chiclets were the first gum to have a candy coated shell. Sugarless varieties now contain toxic dyes and chemicals. Original versions used natural flavours like peppermint and spearmint. Essential oils are considered natural flavours but usually cheaper quality versions are used in the food industry. I was told chicle came from a maya word meaning to chew.
Chicle is a latex gum rubber that is collected from the Manilkara species of tropical evergreen trees in Mexico and grows down to Colombia. The gum is like a milky latex that is collected from zig zag cuts on the tree trunks that run down to the base and then are boiled to the right consistency to use as a gum base. The shaman was surprised to know that I had seen how chiclets were made but yet didn’t know and was not told about the chicle. The chicle is mixed with so much stuff that it doesn’t resemble the original brown colour, it gets turned into light beige. Most companies do not use the natural source anymore opting for a cheaper synthetic alternative. The only US company that hasn’t replaced the chicle with a disgusting artificial substitute is Glee gum. The new artificial gum is toxic to people, birds and wildlife and remains a serious environmental pollutant. With people spitting it out everywhere this sticky substance has become a bit more than a nuisance, it is a dangerous hazard leading some countries to ban it. The older versions are completely natural and were used as medicine besides being a breath freshener. Many resins were chewed like gum such as frankincense and myrrh along with rubbers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicle Picture courtesy of Wikipedia
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Modern gum has no medicinal qualities anymore, in fact quite the opposite with the added artificial sweeteners it is making gum toxic. I don’t chew gum anymore and if you saw how it was made you probably wouldn’t either. If you do choose to chew gum please dispose of it properly and do not litter and leave it to hurt wildlife.
This is how long this stuff can stick around and who knows what the lifespan of fake gum is?

9,000 Year Old Chewing Gum found in Sweden. A 9,000-year-old piece of chewing gum, still bearing the teeth marks of a Stone-Age adolescent, was unearthed in Sweden. A testament to mankind’s deep-seated need to gnaw on flavored rubber. If its anything like its modern cousins, the blob of honey-sweetened resin probably lost its taste 8,999 years, 364 days, 23 hours and 59 minutes ago. The lump of birch bark tar dates back to Neolithic times and comes complete with Stone Age tooth prints. Sarah Pickin, 23, was among five British students volunteering at the Kierikki Stone Age Centre in Finland when she found the tiny, ancient blob. ‘I was delighted to find the gum and was very excited to learn more about the history,’ she said. Neolithic people are thought to have chewed the bark tar to heal mouth infections – and also used it to glue broken pots together. The tree tar contains phenols which have antiseptic properties, explained Prof Trevor Brown, who is Miss Pickin’s tutor at the University of Derby. The gum is to go on display at the centre in Finland.
Source:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1876&dat=19930815&id=mjQfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=

Ec8EAAAAIBAJ&pg=5768%2C4802911 Source:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/place-london/plain/A172342 Thanks to Open
Your Minds https://www.facebook.com/openyourmind12
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Picture of 9,000 year old chewing gum
Common modern chewing gum ingredients that may cause cancer

http://stateofglobe.com/2013/09/14/5-common-chewing-gum-ingredients-that-may-cause-cancer/

August 29, 2013

Meridians Are Proven Physical Pathways

I had a shiatsu treatment for my neck injury. If you have read the blog on comparing natural health therapies you know that Shiatsu is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine http://earthelixir.ca/2011/10/25/natural-health-therapies/

Shiatsu is acupressure without the needles of acupuncture, but uses the hands instead to follow the same meridian energy pathways. The meridians are really one long energy highway that moves through the twelve organ systems, and have now been detected by modern technology.
Recent CT scans show acupuncture points just like ancient maps show.
Radioactive isotopes have been injected in acupuncture points that show threadlike tubules 0.5-1.5 microns in diameter and matched ancient meridian maps.
These meridian transmissions of light have also shown up in infrared photography as “hot spots” that match the acupuncture points on the meridians.

There are two other meridians that zip up the centre line of the body, front and back. They open more out to the environment than the deeper running meridians that travel through muscle and organ groups. The organ/ meridian systems are paired in the Philosophy of the Chinese Five Elements to show the dynamic connected relationships in the body.

The meridian system is like an “energy bloodstream” and the pressure points or “hot spots” are tiny reservoirs of electromagnetic energy. Science states that everything is made up of energy including us. The body has several energy systems mapped by ancient sages that is recognized in cultures from around the world. The body is electromagnetic in nature. The heart system runs on an electric current system. The body is magnetic just like the magnetic properties shown in animals to help navigate, migrate and connect with the earth.
These electromagnetic points are stimulated with hands, fingers, elbows or needles to release and balance the flow of energy while giving the immune system a boost. The immune reaction induces self healing mechanisms while relieving congestion and blocks that cause pain.

To balance your meridians you can learn to trace your own meridians and hold, tap and massage pressure points or get an acupuncture or acupressure shiatsu massage to help heal any ailment.

I have tried a lot of different massage therapies after my car accidents and I have found shiatsu to be the best at relieving pain. Skeptics are entitled to their opinion after they have tried it for themselves. Shiatsu is an ancient massage therapy that has a lot of empirical and documented evidence. Massage therapies have been proven to give benefits to many ailments and acupressure shouldn’t be considered any different.
Having been trained as an aromatherapy masseuse myself I can attest to the wonderful techniques of shiatsu, but I also enjoy learning various other massage techniques from around the world. I find all massage techniques really beneficial along with the healing power of touch. While other massages are mostly skin contact shiatsu is done through a sheet or in comfortable fitting clothes if you prefer not to have skin on skin contact. The choice is ultimately up to you all I can do is give you my experience and research on it. I wish you much healing on your journey.

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    August 22, 2013

    Birch and Wintergreen Essential Oil Have Almost Identical Chemistry

    P. Wintergreen, may4 '03

    Birch and Wintergreen essential oil have 98% the same chemistry and smell almost identical, but wintergreen has a stronger aroma being more fruity, fresher, greener, and sweeter smelling. What makes them chemically the same is that they share a key ingredient called methyl salicylate, and they are the heaviest essential oils known to date. Each plant is 98% esters, which turn into methyl salicylate after acetylation from the fermented fresh leaves in warm water induces an enzymatic reaction to free the glycoside bound methyl salicylate.

    Wintergreen was traditionally used for its key ingredient methyl salicylate, which was used as food flavouring for confections, non-alcoholic drinks, chewing gum, and toothpaste. It has also been used by the perfume and pharmaceutical industry but is now replaced by a cheaper synthetic alternative. It has a long history of use by Native Americans as a pain reliever and it is used in the form of teas, baths, and ointments. Methyl salicylates are aspirin like compounds.

    Wintergreen grows in open woods, moist soil and underneath evergreens. The creeping stems send up erect branches 2-6 inches high. Alternate oval leathery leaves with serrate margins hold nodding white waxy flowers near the top of the stem. It blooms anywhere from May to September. Gaultheria fragrantissima from the Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and East Asia is a different species but it is used in the same way and has the same chemistry too.

    COMMON NAME WINTERGREEN aka Checkerberry, Spiceberry, Teaberry

     

    Latin Name Gaultheria procumbens
    Family Ericaceae (Heath family)
    Country of Origin Native North America, China, India
    Volatility Top
    Extraction Steam distilled from fermented fresh leaves. Warm water enzymatic reaction frees glycoside bound methyl salicylate

     

    Colour Clear yellow
    Aroma Sweet, fat, green, fruity, wet

     

    Caution Contraindications Medium Strength: Do not use neat, undiluted.Dermocaustic, irritating to skin.

    Anticoagulant. Caution in conjunction with blood thinning drugs

    Do not use with nephritis, it is an irritant to kidneys.

    Do not use with compromised liver function.

    Do not use in pregnancy, lactation, with children or those who are allergic to aspirin.

    Primary Uses Pain: in general-Headache, aches and pains, arthritis, rheumatism, backache, sciatica, neuralgia, gout, fever, fibromyalgia, sprains, cramps, gas, bloating, bunions, corns, cysts, warts, calluses

    Caution: blood thinner

    Respiratory: coughs, spasms

    Properties Analgesic, aromatic, anti-inflammatory, febrifuge, astringent, stimulant, antibacterial, anti-rheumatic, carminative, haemostatic, cholagogue, diuretic, expectorant, counter irritant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-coagulant

     

     

    Constituents Essential Oil Yield: .5%

    Esters 98%:

    after acetylating forms-

    methyl salicylate

    Betula spp. L. Birch bark has the same chemistry

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