Posts tagged ‘Olive oil’

November 25, 2012

DIY Calendula Infused Oil

I always use dried herbs for making herbal infused oils. Using fresh herbs may ruin the oil because of the water-soluble content, especially in demulcent herbs like plantain. Oil and water don’t mix and may result in slimy spoiled oil. Use good quality carrier oil of your choice along with good quality herbs. Many people use olive oil but I prefer peach kernel and apricot kernel oil. Make sure the oil covers all the herbs to avoid spoilage.

Fill up a mason jar 1/3 the way with dried herb and pour in the oil to cover the herbs.

Screw the lid on and place in a sunny window for about 2 weeks.

Strain the herbs out of the oil and use for skin care.

Make a salve or balm or use the oil straight for healing skin quenching action.

June 1, 2012

Oregano essential oil

Oregano oil is best known for treating colds, coughs and flu. The  powerful constituents phenols are responsible for its antibiotic properties. Oregano essential oil is very strong to take internally and externally, and dilution is always recommended. I prefer to take Oregano herb in tincture form whole, because the whole plant is greater than the sum of its parts and it is safer to take internally this way. Depending on my symptoms sometimes I don’t use Oregano to treat a cold or cough.

Directions: If you are going to take Oregano essential oil internally buy a diluted form and dilute it further with olive oil. Put 1 drop of diluted oregano in 1 teaspoon of olive oil and consume. Follow this with liquids it is strong! Caution is advised! Oregano is hot and irritating.

COMMON NAME OREGANO
Latin Name Origanum vulgare
Family Lamiaceae
Country of Origin Mediterranean, Eurasia
Volatility Middle note
Extraction Steam distilled from herb
Colour clear, pale
Aroma warm, spicy, camphor
Caution Do not use during pregnancy. Hot stimulant! May cause skin irritation.
Primary Uses Digestion:digestive upset, gas, bloating, inflammation, liver congestion, infectionsRespiratory:sinus congestion, coughs, colds, flu, sore throat, infections

Nervous system: Stress, fatigue, mental, physical

Musculo-skeletal: Arthritis, aches, stiffness, pain,

Properties Antibacterial, antibiotic, anticatarrhal, antiseptic, anticonvulsant,  astringent, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory antirheumatic,  antiviral, antispasmodic (digestive, respiratory, uterine) anxiolytic, appetite stimulant, warming carminative, circulatory stimulant, decongestant, diaphoretic, stimulating emmenagogue, expectorant, nervine, rubefacient, stomachic, uterine tonic relaxing/stimulating,
May 29, 2012

Clove essential oil for Dental Care and DIY Natural Teeth Whitening Mouthwash Recipe

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. Always use clove oil diluted in an edible carrier
oil like olive oil, it is strong, and numbing.
Caution is advised

Directions:
Dilute clove essential oil 50/50 or less in olive
oil to carry with you to treat in
transit. 
Put carrier oil like olive oil on a
Q-tip with a drop of clove essential oil and put directly on
affected mouth areas. Wet the end of the Q-tip with water first
before you add the oil so that it stays on the end of the
Q-tip.

Mouthwash rinse:
100 ml of hydrogen peroxide food
grade 3% add 1-2 drops of clove essential oil. Rinse and rinse with
water afterwards. Clove and cinnamon together quench each other and
reduce the skin irritating qualitites of
both.
This mouthwash rinse also whitens
teeth naturally along with its germ fighting
action. 

Clove buds


Clove is an evergreen tree
with clove being the buds of the almost open flowers. It
is one of the five noble spices along with cinnamon, nutmeg, black
peppercorns and ginger.

Clove is one of the
ingredients in the Indian spice blend
garam masala and masala chai, which is a tea beverage
drink. 
Clove comes from the Latin word
clavus’ meaning nail, because the dried
clove buds look like little nails. Spices like clove were
considered so valuable it launched wars and genocide in
the Spice Islands in Indonesia.

COMMON NAME CLOVE
Latin
Name
Sygyzium  
aromaticum
Family Myrtaceae
Country of
Origin
Indonesia, Philippines, Madagascar,   West
indies
Volatility Middle note
Extraction steam distillation or CO2  
extraction from the dried buds
Colour pale yellow to clear
Aroma spicy, pungent, rich, strong
Caution
Contraindications
Use sparingly,
h
ot stimulant.
Skin irritant.
Do not use during pregnancy or with
  children. Always use
diluted.
Not recommended for
massage.
 
Primary Uses Digestion:spasms,
parasites, gastritis,  
spasmsImmune: stimulant, colds, flu,
viral  
infections
,Cardiovascular:circulatory
stimulant,Skin: fungal infections,
shingles, warts,   localized treatment only

 *****Toothaches, dental problems, gum
infections, sore gums, bad breath/halitosis

 
Properties Local anaesthetic, analgesic,
anticatarrhal,   antiemetic, antiseptic, antibacterial,
antifungal, antiviral,   anti-parasitic, 
 antioxidant, astringent, antispasmodic,  
anti-inflammatory, warming carminative, circulatory stimulant,
diaphoretic, digestive   stimulant, male aphrodisiac, 
nervine relaxant, stomachic, vasodilator
Constituents  Esters:18-25%
eugenyl
acetateSesquiterpenes:4-8% 
caryophyllenePhenylpropanoids:70-80%
eugenol

 

March 13, 2012

Unhealthy Oils and Fats

Unhealthy Edible Oils and Fats

Hydrogenated oils: Hydrogenation is an industrial manmade process that turns liquid oil into a semi-solid.  

Margarine: made from hydrogenated oils and partially hydrogenated oils which make it spreadable for convenience sake, margarine remains semi-solid at room temperature and is spreadable even when refrigerated. Margarine is a new food and they dyed it yellow at first to distinguish it from butter.

Hydrogenated oils and trans-fats destroy healthy cells to the point where exercise and diet change cannot repair it. Always avoid because these fats raise bad cholesterol, cause serious cardiovascular disease, obesity, and are carcinogenic. The body does not know how to process these processed oils because the chemical structure has changed and it turns toxic and permanently destroys cells.

There have been tests done where people have put out butter and margarine and ants, bugs and animals do not touch the margarine and eat the butter instead. You decide.

Saturated Fats

Animal Saturated Fats: beef, pork, lamb, poultry,

Eating a lot of animal saturated fats like lard, chicken and beef fat is implicated in serious cardiovascular disease, obesity, bad cholesterol, and cancer.

Dairy saturated Fats: yogurt, butter, cheese, milk

There are lots of dairy low-fat varieties available today, but these foods should still be moderated. Dairy is a serious allergen that affects over half of the world’s population. Many people remain unaware of their dairy allergy and put up with digestive symptoms.

Yogurt: Don’t be fooled by yogurt that contains sugar, gelatin, additives and thickeners. For a healthier choice strain plain yogurt and add your own fruit.

Butter: Butter blended with 50% olive oil is a healthier choice than hydrogenated margarines.

Milk: There are many varieties of milk; the milk with the highest saturated fat content is whole cow’s milk and cream. Seed and nut milks like almond milk are a better choice. Coconut water is very healthy.

March 13, 2012

Edible Oils

Edible Oils

Edible oils are used in salad dressings, sauces, baking, cooking and frying food. Buy oils that are cold-pressed and chemical free.

Heat can change the chemical structure of oil and turn it rancid and it becomes an unhealthy trans-fat. Saturated fats are more stable for cooking but are not a healthy choice, except for coconut oil which is a vegetable saturated fat. High heat is not recommended for most oils because it changes the chemical structure which makes it difficult for our body to process and may turn carcinogenic.

Eating deep-fried food regularly is not healthy but if you are going to fry food once in a while use oil that can stand the high heat and maintain stability without turning into rancid trans-fats. Choose high heat oils like grape seed oil, rice bran oil or coconut oil.

Coconut oilHealthy Edible Oils

Plant polyunsaturated:  grape seed oil, soybean, corn, safflower, sesame, sunflower, cottonseed, peanut oil, rice bran.

These vegetable oils reduce blood cholesterol levels and improve ratios of LDL (low density lipids) and HDL (high density lipids) cholesterol which reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. These oils are rich in essential fatty acids.

Essential fatty acids also known as Vitamin F are Linoleic, Linolenic and Arachidonic acids. They are important for the maintenance and lubrication of our cells, tissues and entire body. Fats also transport fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, and keep our skin soft, supple and youthful looking.

Corn and soy oils have been genetically modified and now have an allergy alert rating. Peanut oil has an allergy alert. It is from the pea family and it is not a nut, nuts grow on trees.

There are raw and roasted varieties of Sesame oil but always buy hexane free. Use raw sesame for massage because there is no strong odour.

Vegetable monounsaturated fats: olive oil, canola oil, almond oil

Olive oil can stand a little heat for light sautéing but should never be used for high heat frying. Use olive oil uncooked and add it to cooked foods afterwards or in salads as salad dressing to get the most health benefits.

Canola (rapeseed) oil is popular, but being relatively new, it has been genetically modified and altered.

Vegetable Saturated Fats: coconut, palm

Coconut and palm oils are healthier choice of a saturated fat because they are plants. Coconuts are a perfect whole health food. You can eat the flesh, drink the water and use the oil. The oil remains stable at high heat and has antibacterial, antiviral and nutritive properties. Coconut oil promotes weight loss and lean muscle mass unlike its saturated meat counterparts. Coconut oil can have an SPF of up to 7. My dog loves it! I give her a half of a teaspoon once in a while in her food. I use coconut oil for massage and hair and skin treatments.

October 26, 2011

Basil Herb Pesto Recipe

Basil is a must grow in my herb garden! Even though it is an annual and must be planted every year, it is worth it to eat it fresh. Basil is easy to grow from seeds, which is good because I like to eat alot of it! I love making all kinds of pesto. If I grow too much, which is unlikely, I make pesto and put the leftovers in ice cube trays to freeze them, and then pop them out and store them in the freezer for later use.

Here is a basic PESTO recipe: Serves four

2-3 cloves of garlic
1-2 cups of basil

(You can add 1 cup spinach, dandelion leaves, garlic mustard greens or any kind of greens you can sneak in there) 1 cup spinach or greens

1/2 cup of parsley
1/3 cup of pine nuts or walnut pieces or nuts of your choice
1/4 cup – 1/2 cup of olive oil

squeeze of lemon juice (optional for lemon basil pesto and use lemon basil)
sea salt and pepper

Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor

Add to pasta, toast, potatoes, roasted vegetables, sandwiches

Tastes like summer! YUMMY!@!

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