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Acne – Skin Care Using Essential Oils

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Health Description The outer layers of the skin include the pores and the channels that house the hair follicles.  This channel also serves as the conduit from which sebum and other lipids are secreted to lubricate the skin and hair.  The area of the hair follicle also naturally includes some types of bacteria.  A number of different problems in this area can result in acne or the other skin blemishes that lead to acne.

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Oil Pulling

What is Oil Pulling? Oil Pulling is a safe, simple, cheap and gentle procedure who’s benefits range from bringing health to your mouth and ridding your mouth of harmful toxins and bacteria, to a method that cures and prevents diseases and extends your healthy life. Studies are on-going, but the procedure is gaining more and more popularity as people are finding success and positive results with oil pulling.  We will explain the details of oil pulling later in this article, but the basics involve pulling and swishing 1 tablespoon of Coconut, Olive, Grapeseed or some other quality oil around your mouth and through your teeth for up to 20 Min., then spitting.  The therapy is simple and completely harmless, as you do not ingest medication or drugs. Oil pulling was practiced in Ayurvedic medicine. Modern oil pulling was introduced in 1992 by Dr. F. Karach, MD. Dr. Karach claimed that…

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Acid Reflux (Heart Burn) and Gerd

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Health Description Acid reflux and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) are closely related.  Food we eat enters the stomach from the esophagus through a valve called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES).  This valve, made up of muscles around the esophagus, may not close completely allowing acids (bile) and/or food to move back from the stomach into the esophagus.  With that there may be a bitter taste, the taste of some foods, or a burning sensation in the chest (heartburn).  If this progresses and happens frequently it has become GERD. Reasons for the lower esophageal sphincter not closing properly may be mechanical.  This can happen with a hiatal hernia (part of the stomach moves above the diaphragm), pregnancy, severe weight gain, overeating, or lying down right after a meal.  

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Abscess

Health Description An abscess is the result of an infection, bacterial, parasitical, or some type of object (sliver, etc) that causes white blood cells to accumulate as the body tries to protect itself.  The accumulation of white blood cells and other material forms the milky white substance pus. This accumulation of pus with the associated surrounding redness forms the abscess. An abscess can form in any part of the body but the most common types are skin abscesses and tooth abscesses.  Boils and carbuncles are types of skin abscesses.  Other locations such as the brain, liver, rectum can be more difficult to diagnose and to treat.  Those with weakened immune systems may be more susceptible to having an abscess develop. What are the differences of  an abscess, cancer, cyst, polyp or tumor? Here are some differences between terms used to describe “masses” or “lumps” that may form in the body….

Essential Oils

Black Pepper Essential Oil

Black pepper is one of the most popular spices or condiments all over the world. It is mostly used in cooking and the aroma can be appetizing. There are over 2,000 species of piperaceae and most species are only suitable in cooking. The essential oil is steam distilled from the berries or peppercorn from the plant. The essential oil, from a therapeutic standpoint, may help support the digestive and nervous systems. It may help sooth sore muscles and joints. It may reduce bruising because it of its ability to increase blood circulation. When cooking with the oil it should be used sparingly as it is usually strong. One drop in a recipe is usually sufficient. It is believed that the emotional benefits of the black pepper aroma include mental clarity, uplifting mood, and courage. In ancient times Egyptians used black pepper in the mummification process. In India it was once…

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Birch Essential Oil

Birch is a deciduous tree and comes in two varieties. These two kinds of birch known as Black Birch, Sweet Birch, or Cherry Birch whose botanical name is Betula Lenta and Silver Birch or White Birch, whose botanical name is Betula Pendula which was previously known as Betula Alba. The main organic chemical compounds that make up birch are Betulene, Betulenol, Methyl Salicylate, and Salicylic Acid. The essential oil is steam distilled from the tree bark. The bark is harvested often in Canada. Botanical Name: Betula lenta Aroma Description: Sweet, sharp, camphorous Properties: Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, disinfectant, diuretic, stimulant, warming Uses: Can be used topically and aromatically. Testimonials: It has an amazing scent – definitely NOT woody like you would expect, but rather minty! In researching the common uses for this particular scent, I did notice that you should avoid using Birch during pregnancy, if you have a…

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Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot essential oil is mostly used in perfumes because of its popular aroma. Another popular use is in some teas to add flavor. Bergamot oil is distilled from the rind or peel of the Bergamot fruit tree. The fruit is called a bergamot orange and is considered a citrus fruit. It is mostly grown in Southern Italy. It is also grown in France, Côte d’Ivoire, and southern Turkey.     Botanical Name: Citrus bergamia Aroma Description: Citrusy, sweet Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, sedative, uplifting Uses: Can be used topically, internally, and aromatically. Testimonials: I have been using it in my diffuser for the last few days, and it has completely rid my home of the “pet smell” that lingers in the air. It smells citrusy with a floral undertone. I found that really unique as I’ve had grapefruit and lemon essential oils that just smell…

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Benzoin Essential Oil

This oil has been used in religious ceremonies for centuries. The essential oil is extracted from a thick resin from the Benzoin tree. For centuries benzoin has been used throughout Asia as incense and perfume. It may serve as a disinfectant and antidepressant. The essential oil is often used in soaps because of its aroma. This oil blends well with many other essential oils such as coriander, frankincense, ginger, juniper, lemon, myrrh, rose, and sandalwood. Botanical Name: Styrax benzoin / Styrax tonkinensis Aroma Description: creamy, rich, slightly woody, warm, vanilla Properties: Anti-Inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, cordial, deodorant, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, styptic, vulnerary Uses: The aroma from this oil can be calming and grounding. Testimonials: I purchased this product because I plan on adding it to my homemade soap, soaks, lotions and balms. The smell is heavenly and the oil is nice and thick, like syrup. – Michelle O. I…

Essential Oils

Bay Laurel Essential Oil

Bay laurel is an evergreen tree with berries that grows up to 64 ft or 20 m tall. It grows native to the mediterranean region. It is especially cultivated for its berries in France, Spain, Italy, Morocco, former Yugoslavia, China, Israel, Turkey, and Russia. The essential oil is largely produced in former Yugoslavia. The leaves were used in by the ancient Greeks and Romans to crown their victors. Historically the leaves and berries have been used for various afflictions such as colic, fever, hysteria, indigestion, loss of appetite, and to help promote menstruation. It is not to be used internally nowadays because of the narcotic effects. The essential oil of bay laurel, extracted from the berries, is used by many people today for sprains, bruises, and earaches. Botanical Name: Laurus nobilis Aroma Description: spicy medicinal odor Properties: Antirheumatic, antiseptic, bactericidal, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, fungicidal, hypotensive, sedative, stomachic Uses: sprains,…