Posts tagged ‘Natural Health’

September 17, 2014

DIY Aromatherapy Deodorant

Just combine 2 simple ingredients with your choice of essential oils and you have got an easy to make, inexpensive, effective, long lasting natural deodorant.

DIY Aromatherapy Deodorant Recipe

Mix together:

1 cup baking soda
1 Tablespoon of activated powdered charcoal or less

Add Essential oils of your choice:

Good combinations are

Vetiver, Tea tree,
Lavender, Patchouli,

Place in spice, salt or pepper jars or small squeeze top bottle.

After a shower powder underneath armpits.

Powder can also be used to combat foot odour in shoes, or placed anywhere else that needs freshening up.

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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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    References:

    New CT scans reveal acupuncture points

    http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1230-new-ct-scans-reveal-acupuncture-points

    A writers Journal, H.D. Thoreau, Lawrence Stapleton Ed. New York, Dover 1960

    Vibrational Medicine, Richard Gerber rev.ed. Santa Fe, N. Mex. Bear 1996

    Subtle Energies, William Collinge, New York, Warner brothers, 1998

    Cross Currents: The promise of electro medicine, the perils of electro pollution, Robert O. Becker, Los Angeles: Tharcher 1990

    Energy medicine, Donna Eden

    Displaying of the infrared radiant track long meridians in the back of the human body, P. Wang X. Hu, B. Wu, Chen Tzu yen Chiu acupuncture research

    The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher Lewis Thomas rev. ed. New york, penguin 1995

    Dynamical Energy Systems and Modern Physics in Alternative Therapies May 1997,3 (3), 46-56

    Journals:
    Alternative and complementary therapies, alternative therapies in clinical practice, alternative therapies in health and medicine, American journal of natural medicine, journal of alternative and complementary medicines.

    June 6, 2013

    Do Not Use Peppermint Essential Oil in the Bath

    Caution when using peppermint essential oil, it is a medium strength remedy.

    Do not use with children under the age of two, peppermint is so relaxing it may cause passageways to collapse.

    Do not use peppermint essential oil in the bath it may cause hypothermia because it lowers body temperature.

    Do not use when breastfeeding unless it is to dry up milk production.

    Do not store peppermint essential oil with homeopathic remedies it is really strong.

    It is good to use peppermint essential oil to cool hot conditions as long as it is not accompanied by dryness or irritation.

    COMMON NAME PEPPERMINT
    Latin Name Mentha x piperita
    Family Lamiaceae
    Country of Origin North America, France, England
    Volatility Top/middle note
    Extraction steam distilled from leaves and flowers
    Colour pale yellow to colourless
    Aroma light, sharp, refreshing, a bit pungent, strong
    Caution Contraindications Medium strength: Do not use with epilepsy, convulsions, during pregnancy, dry conditions, gastric hyperacidity or with children under the age of two. Do not use if breastfeeding. Do not store with homeopathic remedies. Use in low concentration, may cause skin irritation. Do not use in a bath, it may cause hypothermia.
    Primary Uses Digestion: Fortifies liver, stomach, and intestines. Stomach upset, gastritis, indigestion, nausea, colitis, Crohn’s, relaxing digestive, infection, inflammation, spasms

    Respiratory: infections, bronchitis, sinusitis, cooling, colds, flu, coughs nasal catarrh, pain,

    Nervous: migraines, headaches, stress tension, itching,

    Muscular: relaxes smooth muscle, arthritis, neuralgia, aches and pain, sciatica, bruises,

    Properties Analgesic, antiallergenic, antibacterial, anticatarrhal, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, anti-emetic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-galactagogue, antiseptic, antispasmodic (digestive, general, respiratory), antiviral, anxiolytic, appetite stimulant, carminative, cholagogue, choleretic, decongestant, diaphoretic, relaxing expectorant, febrifuge, nervine relaxant, stomachic, tonic tranquilizer, vasodilator, vulnerary,
    Constituents Essential Oil: 2%Ketone: menthone,Aldehydes: Esters: methyl acetate,Monoterpene alcohol: Menthol 30%,

    Oxide: 1, 8 cineole

    Monoterpenes: menthene, phellandrene, azulene, limonene, pinene

     

    November 22, 2012

    Calendula

    The common name for Calendula is marigold or more specifically pot marigold because there are so many varieties. Calendula is the Latin name. This cheery sunny annual flower is easy to grow from seed and I plant it every year, but sometimes if you are lucky they will seed themselves. Calendula is like Echinacea it clears toxic heat, inflammation while reducing infection internally and externally. It is one of the best first aid remedies for injuries and burns. Many preparations made from Calendula like swabs, compresses, gargles, creams, salves, infusions and tinctures are easy to use and very healing.

    Common Name  Calendula/ Pot Marigold petals
    Latin Name  Calendula officinalis
    Family Asteraceae
    Parts Used Annual easily grows from seeds- flower petals picked Summer/ Fall
    Target Organs Skin, lymphatic, cardiovascular, reproductive,  immune, digestion, liver/ gallbladder
    Common Uses Skin: wounds, bruises, strains, infections, ulcers, skin infections, ulcers, inflammationLymphatic: ear infections, congested lymph

    Digestion: indigestion,

    Female reproductive: balancing, pain,

    Immune vascular tonic

    Allergies, infections, detoxify, fever, skin conditions, inflammation

    Properties Antiallergenic, antibacterial, anti-catarrhal, antifungal, anti-inflammatory(local, systemic) antineoplastic, anti-protozoa, anti-rheumatic, aperient, appetite stimulant, anti-ulcerogenic,  antiviral, astringent, detoxicant, decongestant, depurative, diaphoretic, febrifuge, haemostatic, immune stimulant, lymphatic, nervine, relaxant, tranquilizer, uterine tonic, vascular tonic, neural, peripheral vasodilator, vulnerary
    Constituents Essential Oil-(alcohol, terpene lactones)triterpenoid saponins, flavonoids(quercetin, kaempferol, isorhamnetin) carotenoids( carotene, calendulin, lycopin) bitters, phytosterols, resin, mucilage, polysaccharides, trace minerals, potassium chloride, palmitic/malic/salicylic acid mucilage,
    Cautions Mild remedy: Avoid internal use during pregnancy it is a uterine stimulant
    Dosage Tincture: 2-4ml                Tea: 8-14g 1-2 tsp
    March 7, 2012

    BEE POLLEN (FLOWER POLLEN)

    Bee Pollen

    I just had a spoon and had to share how amazing this is!

    Bee pollen doesn’t need to be tinctured or put in a tea or cooked, it is eaten raw. So many actions come from the complex variety of tastes. The taste is a natural rollercoaster ride of different flavours that ranges from the sweet of honey, to salty and earthy, like the taste of flowers and roots. I almost want to guess which flowers and plants I am tasting. This is the original version of a vitamin that nature intended. Food of the Gods!

    Bee pollen is really concentrated flower pollen that bees collect from the many flowers, herbs and trees that it visits in the process of gathering nectar, which bees turn into honey. Bees cross-pollinate and accumulate flower pollen on their bodies which they shape into grains to feed the bee larvae. Propolis, honey and royal jelly are products of the hive produced by bees which is different from bee pollen; it is not an animal product but a botanical one.

    Bee pollen is good for malnourished people who have malabsorption conditions such as gluten allergy and anemia. It is good for treating chronic allergies and infections where immune deficiency is present. It is a nutritious food that helps to rejuvenate, support and detoxify all systems.

    Bee pollen is used as medicinal food all over the world. A super nutritive, an elixir of longevity and detoxifying food, it has more chemical constituents than any other botanical remedy, more than even micro-algae and nettles. It has a powerhouse of nutrition including ten amino acids, enzymes, minerals and every vitamin, nucleic acids, antibiotic substances and steroid hormones, but nutrition content will vary due to the fluctuations in nature. 

    NUTRITION CONTENT:

    18 proteins 35% (half in amino acid free form including 8 essentials)

    16 minerals and trace minerals: (calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, sulphur, chlorine, magnesium, iron, manganese, copper, iodine, zinc, silica, selenium, molybdenum, boron, titanium)

    16 vitamins: (B 1&2, C,D,E, K, B6, B12, biotin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, rutin, choline, inositol)

    Enzymes and co-enzymes: (amylase, diastase, 24 oxidoreductases, 21 transferases, 33 hydrolases, 11 lyases, 5 isomerases, pepsin, trypsin)

    Nucleic acids: (DNA & RNA)

    Phytosterols: (estrogen and androgen)

    Flavonoids, nucleosides, terpenes, glucose, xanthine, lecithin, lycopin, pentosane,

    Saccharides 40%

    Fats & oils 5%

    Dosage: Dissolve the granules in your mouth. Take a few grains up to a teaspoon a day on an empty stomach.

    Caution: Even though bee pollen use treats allergies, in some people it may cause allergic reaction. The inhaled version of pollen creates a different reaction than when ingested and being an immune tonic it will build up immunity to allergens. The doctor does the same thing when they inject allergy sufferers with small doses of allergens to build up a tolerance. Caution is advised!

    Take a small dose at first: a couple of grains to ¼ teaspoon to start.

    Bibliography:

    The Energetics of Western Herbs: Vol. 1

    Snow Lotus Press

    Peter Holmes

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