Spring allergies are supposed to happen in the spring, right? Mmm hmm. Unless, of course, unseasonably warm air makes its way through your neck of the woods ahead of time. Even if it doesn’t stick around, the warmth will cause buds to pop and pollen to be released, turning your cozy winter existence into a premature sneeze-fest! So learn 3 easy things you can do.
One of the most popular scents used for aromatherapy is, without a doubt, lavender. If you haven’t smelled this purple gem of a flower, it’s time you gave it a wiff! Not only is the scent of the flower quite calming, but the essential oil contained within the lavender plant actually possesses quite a few scientifically confirmed healing properties.
It’s true. Research is continuing to support the fact that our indoor environment can actually be more toxic than our outdoor environment! But how could that be?
Well, bacteria and viruses that we have picked up during our travels will spread to others more easily in a closed-in environment. In addition to that, we must bear the load of toxic fumes created from chemical-based household cleaning products, synthetic air fresheners, new carpet or paint, as well as ingredients from building materials.
Peppermint essential oil holds a special place in my heart. It was the natural product responsible for my husband’s initial jump on board my holistic health bandwagon! I’ll explain: One day he had a headache that just wouldn’t quit. Even his go-to’s at the time, ibuprofen and acetaminophen, wouldn’t make a dent in the pain. So I seized the opportunity to save the day using one of nature’s powerful healing tools – peppermint essential oil.
Essential oils on the market vary greatly with regard to quality and purity. There is quite a bit of research showing that essential oils massaged onto the skin make it through to the bloodstream, with all of their components, very quickly. In fact, studies have found peak levels of the compounds of an essential oil in the bloodstream after just 19 minutes following topical application. With the skin being our largest organ, this doesn’t surprise me. This fact alone makes it critical that we do our research to make certain we are purchasing essential oils that are what they say they are!
Even if we wanted to, we certainly can’t forget that the next flu season is right around the corner . . . flu shot signs are everywhere! Grocery stores, pharmacies, even the schools are doing their part to promote this vaccine. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t jump on that bandwagon. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in protecting myself from the influenza virus, I just choose to do it in a way that gives me a bit more control over the outcome.
It’s back-to-school time again and we find ourselves bombarded by headlines about “super lice”! Just what every parent of a school-aged child wants to hear. NOT! These little guys were gross and hard to get rid of to begin with, but now they are apparently coming at us in a sort of mutant ninja form: “super” lice that have proven resistant to common, over-the-counter, chemical-based insecticidal medications.
I first learned of the incredible powers of Frankincense (boswellia serrata, boswellia sacra, boswellia carteri) when researching the benefits of several essential oils a few years back. To say I was impressed by what I learned about Frankincense is an understatement.
Since that time I have worked with several clients with high levels of inflammation, which led me to stumble upon the wonders of Frankincense yet again, this time as Boswellia extract in capsule form. Impressed once again by its potent anti-inflammatory and powerful immune-boosting properties, I read on to learn that frankincense actually increases the body’s supply of white blood cells (lymphocytes), our primary immune defense.
by Sue Hughes, MSEd, HHP, CNC This is Part 4 of a series of posts about Cancer and options for natural support. The entirety is available as an e-book on Amazon.com. Click here to purchase. So we’ve been through a bit about what that feared word “cancer” actually means (See Part 1). Then we explored the significance of the mind and our […]
by Sue Hughes, MSEd, HHP, CNC Veins. We all have them. We certainly need them. They are the tube-shaped highways that transport blood from all over the body back to the lungs and heart. Most of the time they are just “there”, not standing out in any specific way nor causing discomfort. But when things go […]
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