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Essential Oils For Eczema Treatment

  • Lavender – The essential oil of lavender has antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It also moisturizes and calms the skin, thus speeding up the healing process. The oil will help reduce and prevent skin scarring as a result of the disease. It is safe undiluted and can be applied directly to the affected areas several times daily till results are achieved.
  • Peppermint – The cooling effect of the essential oil is probably what makes it great for eczema. It soothes irritated, itchy skin relieving the pain and also aids healing thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties it has. Spearmint can also be used in a similar way to enjoy good results.
  • Rose – It might be amongst the most expensive essential oils, but works effectively in the treatment of eczema. It relieves inflammation and pain and heals damaged, sore skin. You can use a few drops of rose oil together with other affordable essential oils to enjoy treatment effectively and affordably for that matter.
  • Tea tree – This oil has anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties making it great for the skin disease. It is amongst the best in reducing pain and aiding proper fast skin healing. It also works by preventing excessive skin irritation and scratching that only makes the condition worse. It can be applied to the skin directly to treat the disease. It also acts as carrier oil and can be used in bath with other oils.
  • Juniper – It is not as flowery in scent as the other essential oils, but it works just as effectively on eczema. It decreases skin inflammation and pain easily aiding healing.
  • Geranium – The oil is usually used for the treatment of insect bites. On eczema it will relieve inflammation and pain. It soothes the itchy skin offering relief and reducing the chances of making the condition worse. The oil kills bacteria and other germs and can be applied at least twice daily till healing is achieved.
  • Chamomile – German and Roman chamomile are the best when it comes to treating eczema. The essential oil works by reducing inflammation and soothing dry, itchy patches of the skin. It can safely be applied directly on the affected areas.
  • Cedar wood – This essential oil will take care of inflamed skin as a result of seborrheic eczema. It will cure the skin infection and balance production of sebum to promote healthy skin. It can be used with other essential oils to aid faster healing.
  • Melrose – The oil is a blend of clove, rosemary, naouli and tea tree making it very powerful. The anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of the combination are what make it effective in treating eczema. It promotes the regeneration of new tissues and cells, giving rise to healthier skin.

Essential Oils for Hormone Balance

Most essential oils have multiple uses and benefits and that is true of lavender. It also helps soothe the skin and eases muscle tension. Another essential oil in the adaptogen group is basil. It is good for cooling the skin (think hot flashes) and also for it’s calming and restorative effects. Basil eases the mind and can also be used either aromatically or topically. Massaging with basil on the ears or the forearms can soothe anxious feelings and balance the adrenal glands.

Many problems caused by imbalance of estrogen and progesterone such as depression and infertility can be helped by using lemon to detox the liver. I start each day with a drop of lemon and frankincense essential oils in my first glass of water. They also increase energy and reduce my appetite. Clary sage is an oil that is used to alleviate cramps from your monthly cycle and soothing symptoms of PMS. Try mixing a few drops with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut or almond oil and rub across the abdomen for pain relief. I use a particular blend of oils made for the same purpose and it comes in a bottle with a rollerball that makes application easy. Just rub on the wrist and breathe it in. It instantly calms and helps cool those hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause or post menopause in my case.

One of the best essential oils for balance is bergamot, a unique citrus oil that has a wonderful depth of smell. It mainly assists with emotional feelings like self worth and self acceptance. Blending bergamot with lavender and cedarwood will help ease the mind and relax the body, all great for dealing with stress.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood has been used in native American Indian ceremonies to enhance communion with the spirit and promote bravery against all odds.

Like all evergreen oils, cedarwood essential oil enhances feelings of security and protection. The aroma is used by aromatherapists to calm anger and relieve nervous tension. It quiets mind chatter, going over and over the same details and options ad nauseum. It promotes firm resolve and emotional stability, even against persistent opposition.

I recommend using cedarwood when you are going into strange or unfamiliar situations. It has been shown effective for those who suffer with ADHD.

I like to think of the essential oil of cedarwood as a powerful oil for breaking up phlegm and congestion not only in the physical body, but also congestion that may be cluttering our minds and emotions. Cedarwood is excellent for meditation and clarity of mind. It reduces tension and promotes restful sleep.

Dilute half and half with a vegetable mixing oil and apply it to the feet or to the body. It is also a wonderful aroma for diffusing. It fills the house with cherished heirloom memories.

Because it dissolves mucous, cedarwood is useful for chest infections, asthma, and coughs. It also sooths and heals the skin, especially the scalp. Cedarwood is often used for dandruff, hair loss, and psoriasis.

Cedarwood essential oil helps with lymphatic drainage and stimulates the breakdown of fat in the tissues. It is mildly diuretic, helping somewhat with cellulite and water retention. Being a decongestant, astringent, and anti-microbial oil, cedarwood is helpful in all respiratory and urinary tract infections.

Use it as an insect repellent around spices and foods. It is not only antiseptic and antifungal, but also an astringent. It not only stimulates the circulatory system but calms the nervous system at the same time-a rare and powerful combination.

Yoga Old And Modern

These modern-day practices on closer inspection are very different from those of antiquity.

Some purists of the day who see modern yoga as being so different from the traditional they refer to modern yoga as “Not Yoga”.

To be a miner of diamonds,

take care of your picks and shovels.

To be a miner of your spiritual Self,

take care of your body, breath, and mind.

But don’t confuse the tools and the goals.

Author unknown

Historically speaking, yoga was taut orally and there are subtle differences between those teachers of old.

Principles of this practice were usually communicated through religious teaching where brief instructions were expanded on verbally.

For example, in ancient times the outline of yoga was be found in 196 sutras of yoga which was then discussed with and elaborated upon by a teacher to pupil.

Furthermore, the deeper meaning of Om mantra for example, is detailed Upanishad and is elaborated upon orally.

This article is not claiming that there exists a single universal contemporary yoga… there are also many different approaches.

However, the overall perceptions of yoga have made an overall shift which has proved worthy of scrutiny.

So yoga like many of the ancient traditional practices seems to have been compromised over the centuries.

We may argue though that these inevitable changes are only a reflection of yogas ability to adapt to the changes of time.

Ancient or otherwise traditional yoga combines deep religious roots with physical and highly meditational practices.

The aim of traditional yoga was to attain moksha-liberation, freedom from reincarnation and recognitions of one’s own divinity.

As we have seen traditional yoga is practiced in a different way than most popular modern styles.

An example of this can be seen when take a look at jnana yoga that doesn’t have any physical postures. Instead the emphasis is on a path of rational self-enquiry and seeks true enlightenment of one’s true nature.

When the term yoga is used many of us think of bending into different postures.

In fact, these postures, otherwise known as “asanas” traditionally were not a part of yoga until someone called Pontanjali wrote the Yoga Sutra around 2200 years ago.

Pontanjali created postures to discipline the body and conscious connection.

Ancient yoga practitioners viewed asanas as a small but useable part of the practice as a whole.

Traditional yoga styles are not a popular practice as modern yoga in Western culture, but many aspects are incorporated into today’s yoga styles.

Having said that, most yoga studios today now base their practice on a variety of physical postures/asanas.

Because of its many benefits including increased flexibility, and stress relief yoga has become a popular activity in Western culture

In addition, depending on the style of yoga a typical class may be focused on physical fitness or may focus on meditation utilising some of the ancient background.

Essential Oils for ADHD and ADD

Rosemary oil

This powerful oil is effective in treating ADHD. It soothes the mind and improves focus. Moreover, the rosemary enhances alertness and enhances performance for overall quality of memory. Rosemary essential oil blends well with Lavender and Lemon. In this cases forming a formidable memory booster. For effective results, one can inhale the oil directly.

Frankincense oil

Common oil among spiritual people, frankincense essential oil, alleviates anxiety and depression. Moreover, it increases intuition. By lowering anxiety, it acts as an excellent sleep aid. The oil reduces heart rate and high blood pressure without any adverse side effects. Massaging or a warm shower of Frankincense essential oil is an effective way of using it. Still, the oil a room diffuser works perfectly!

Myrrh oil

With most of its use in perfumes and fragrances, the yellowish-orange oil has a viscous consistency and is vital in calming and balancing the body. The myrrh balances the most critical hormones in the body. Balancing hormones, in turn, gives a feeling of calm and concentration. Blending it with Lavender works perfectly in room diffusers while mixing Myrrh with jojoba, makes it an effective massaging oil.

Ylang ylang oil

Ylang ylang essential oil is an extract of fresh flowers of Ylang ylang tree. The oil has extensive uses in aromatherapy, treatment of hypertension, memory, and perfumes. It eliminates anxiety, inducing a relaxing and joyous feeling. Besides, the oil strengthens the nervous system, and repairs damaged parts of the nerve. As a sedative, it induces sleep and improves concentration. Due to its volatile nature, it works well in a room diffuser.

Peppermint oil

Its everyday use is as a breath freshener. However, peppermint essential oil has extensive application in the field of health practices, culinary arts, and cosmetic practices. Peppermint promotes energy levels, increasing concentration, alleviating mental fatigues and restlessness. These aspects make it efficient in dealing with ADD and ADHD. The concentration of Peppermint is naturally high, thus mixing it with carrier oils such as almond, makes it highly effective. For use, either, apply the oil topically on the skin or inhale it directly from a bottle.

Cypress oil

Carenen, limonene, and alpha-pinene are active compounds of cypress essential oil. The oil is a perfect antibacterial, stimulating, antispasmodic and antiseptic. In dealing with ADHD, Cypress essential oil induces a feeling of calmness due to its sedative effect. Also, it eliminates anxiety, anxiousness, insomnia, emotional stress and difficulty in concentrating. Among the various ways to use the oil, the most effective are either massaging it on the skin or inhaling directly from a bottle.

Roman chamomile oil

With great soothing abilities, Roman chamomile essential oil calms the mind and the whole body, in turn, increasing concentration, a need for people with ADHD. Moreover, Roman chamomile treats insomnia efficiently. Among ways to use this essential oil, is either adding 4-5 drops to a glass of water or hot beverage or applying on the skin directly.

Essential Oils for Children

A lot of essential oils that are being used these days have only mild level of toxicity and are considered safe for adults. However, they still may not be safe for your children because their immunity system is still young and not yet fully developed. Therefore, you should make sure that you are using the safe ones. Babies and small young children have a huge possibility of being allergic to different kinds of foods. Some volatile oils are likely to cause unpleasant effects. This is why parents should be extra careful when choosing essential oils in aromatherapy for their children. Some of the safer essential oils are tea tree and lavender, but you will still need some intense care before using them. If you notice that your child feels uncomfortable or irritated with the smell of a certain volatile oil, stop using that oil at once and do not use it again because you baby might be allergic to it. If your child does not like the smell of a certain essential oil, it also has a great potential to be not the right oil for him or her. Therefore, parents should find time to try searching for a safer alternative for that essential oil.

If you are using aromatherapy while your baby is still bread feeding, make sure that you do not apply any amount of essential oil on or near your nipples. If you do, your baby has a huge tendency to ingest it and can cause him harm.

There are certain volatile oil that should not be applied, or to be used even with a diffuser to children who are sick or recently had illness, because some of them are very strong oils and are known to be extremely dangerous for both adults and children. There are certain oils that should never be used in aromatherapy. It is therefore very important to check on the warnings and precautions on the labels before using them. Volatile oil that should never be used anytime by adults and children alike are the essential oils from the following: Acorus calamus, American wormseed and mugwort, Amygdalus communis amara or bitter almond, Anise, Bay laurel, Birch, Basil, Black pepper, Bay, Cedarwood, Clary sage, Clove, Cinnamon, Citronella, Dwarf juniper, Horseradish root, Lovage, Lemon, Marjoram, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Ruta graveolens or rue, Sassafras oil, Scented fern, Sweet fennel, Sage, Thyme, Wormwood.

Alcohol Rehab

When you check into an alcohol rehab center the first thing that occurs immediately is the detoxification process. This is the process of stripping your body of poisons, addictive substances, and built-up waste. These things can sap your body of energy, stimulate allergies or inflammation, or cause illness. You will not be allowed any alcohol. If you are doing this as an outpatient, you will have to try to refrain from alcohol. If you do not think you can do this on your own, then you should opt for residential treatment. Because your body is used to having the alcohol you will most likely experience during the first three days physical withdrawal symptoms like: Chills, Depression, Sweating, Blackouts, Mood swings.

It could take one to two weeks to cleanse your system completely but it all depends on how extensive your alcohol addiction is.

Once you have finished with the detoxification process you will work on the psychological aspects of your addiction to alcohol. You will work with an addiction treatment counselor for private sessions. During these sessions, you will discuss any choices or life events that could have contributed to your alcohol addiction. The counselor will work you to offer some solutions if you have any behavioral or mental issues. Under the supervision of a counselor, during alcohol rehab you may meet with other recovering alcoholics in a group session. During these group sessions, you can share common experiences with each other. This type of therapy may be able to help you feel supported and understood by others that have the same problem.

At this step, you are usually done with the main part of alcohol rehab. Once you leave treatment you may also attend Alcoholics Anonymous or an aftercare program to help you learn how coping strategies so you do not backtrack into alcohol. In these programs, it is a group therapy where you can get advice on how to deal with temptation and stay sober.

About Energy Meridians and Emotions

Whenever we get sick in some way, our emotions usually contain all the information we need to work out why that may be happening.

For example, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that eating bad food makes a person ill. But we’re interested in finding out why the person is drawn to the bad food in the first place. What emotion are they repressing, or reacting to unconsciously, when they’re reaching for the chips? And that’s where the meridians can help us.

If you already know that you have a physical problem, or a physical weakness in a particular area of your body, you can go straight to the relevant meridian, and see what emotions may be hidden underneath. For example, one-sided migraine headaches, sciatica or gallbladder issues all suggest there is a problem blocking the gallbladder meridian. The emotions that are connected to the gallbladder meridian include anger, harsh judgement and rage.

Once you get that crucial piece of the puzzle, you can start working on releasing the negative emotional state that’s causing your physical illness. Deal with the underlying emotion, and nine times out of ten, the physical problem will resolve without any further intervention.

All this stuff can sound so strange to us Western-types, who are used to thinking that germs and genes are the prime movers behind all our illnesses and health issues. But until the advent of modern medicine, holistic health principles were the foundation of nearly every historical healing tradition around the globe.

So next time you get a cold, or a headache, don’t just reach for the pills; pause and ask yourself what emotional stimulus might have caused it. The answers we get to these questions don’t just improve our health, they can also transform our lives.

Food Choices vs Nutritional Sabotage

Are our healthy clean eating diets helping us, or are they creatine nutritional mayhem. Let’s talk about a few examples.

No carb: the Go To diet for a very long time.

A few points.

The Moderation study: Dr Sara Seidelmann, clinical and research fellow in cardiovascular medicine from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, led the research. The study of more than 15,400 people in the US found that diets both low and high in carbohydrates were linked with an increase in mortality, while moderate consumers had the lowest risk of mortality.

These findings were confirmed in a meta-analysis of studies ( study of hundreds of other studies combined) including over 432,000 people from more than 20 countries. Bottom line results:

Average life expectancies for 50-year-olds:

Moderate carbohydrate intake – additional 33 years

Very low carbohydrate intake- 29 years

High carbohydrate intake – 32 years

Nutritional sabotage? an excellent example here. The millions of people who do not eat carbs for instant gratification of weight loss – these studies seem to confirm nutritional sabotage, albeit the very best intentions.

Again – we have to define a carb – of course we are not referring to and excuse for pizza & pasta parties, chips, junk food. That’s another form of nutritional sabotage. When we say carbs – we are referring to fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes & beans…

Brain food: Our brains consume up to 20% of the energy used by the entire human body, more than any other organ. The brain is about 2% of body weight, but receives 15% of the cardiac output and uses 20% of the total body oxygen consumption. Rather needy organ! The brain uses about 25% of the total body glucose (from carbs) utilization. Junk carbs are terrible for the brain in a number of ways (oxidative stress and inflammation), yet those good carbs we are talking about are vital. The body can use ketones (from a deprivation of good carbs) as an energy source… let’s just say not a preferred source, another full topic unto itself.

Dairy: Another popular belief is to eliminate dairy. Truthfully, I was devastated when Canada removed dairy from the food guide. I am all for getting people to eat more legumes, plant based foods. Fact is like other foods, moderation is key. Dairy is still an excellent source of calcium, vitamin D, protein, micronutrients… supports bone growth, hormone production, a very long list. I do not think it is realistic for children to eat enough legumes, oily fish to compensate. Dairy is also, according to numerous studies, to have a role in diabetes prevention. Once again – we are saying moderation – and we are not talking bowls and bowls of sugary fatty ice cream, 18% cream in our coffee… But a bowl of greek yogurt has endless nutritional benefits – including a natural food source of probiotics (mix in some oatmeal for the prebiotics), protein and precious enzymes, coenzymes and micronutrients. And please, don’t fool yourself about giving your kids calcium from those chocolate spreads…

There are benefits to being a vegetarian – if people are doing it properly – and not living on a diet of pasta and potatoes. Are they eating fish, nuts, seeds, legumes, fruits & vegetables? With many people – being vegetarian is nutritional sabotage, they frequently are low in B12, calcium and the iron in vegan foods is not as easily absorbed by the body as the iron from animal sources – there is a real skill necessary for a healthy vegan or vegetarian diet. However, eliminating all animal products from the diet increases the risk of certain nutritional deficiencies. From the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: “Micronutrients of special concern for the vegan include vitamins B-12 and D, calcium, and long-chain n-3 (omega-3) fatty acids. Unless vegans regularly consume foods that are fortified with these nutrients, appropriate supplements should be consumed. In some cases, iron and zinc status of vegans may also be of concern because of the limited bioavailability of these minerals.”

I recently did an interview with Dr. Ross Grant, on the importance of NAD to lower oxidative stress, which can lead to chronic inflammation, in our diets, NAD is a coenzyme our bodies can assemble. However, we need to assure our body is getting the precursors it needs to manufacture the NAD: Yeast, niacin, Nicotinamide Riboside (NR) from cow’s milk, fish, chicken… what happens if we eliminate certain food groups?

Points to ponder… its not just about popping a multivitamin for vitamins and minerals that might be missing in our diets. I would hate to see children depending on Flintstone vitamins more than a respect for a healthy diet. There are hundreds of more examples here. Our bodies are a symphony of chemical reactions, fuelled by enzymes and coenzymes we need to assemble. Food and exercise are our very best medicines. Exercise needs to be efficiently fueled too. Don’t just look at the immediate results – look at the longer picture of health. Make sure your best intentions are not nutritional sabotage, depriving yourself of health.

Instant Drug Test

This test may screen for only one illegal drug like opiates or marijuana but some of them test for several drugs at the same time. An instant drug test may feature parameters or panels, which will tell how many substances the test will screen for. Some of the common instant tests are five panel, ten panel, and three panel. The test that is considered more comprehensive is the ten panel. It will screen for about ninety-five percent of all illegal drugs. This includes methamphetamines, marijuana, opiates, and cocaine.

These drug tests can be done in different ways but the one that is used the most is the urine instant drug test. When it screens the person’s urine, it screens for the metabolites in the urine and not the presence of any particular drug. These metabolites exist only because of a drug that a person might be using. These can test a person’s blood, hair, saliva, and even sweat, too.

In addition to testing for illegal drugs, these tests can also test for recent alcohol consumption. A Breathalyzer® is a form of an instant drug test for alcohol. It uses a sample of a person’s breath to determine their blood alcohol content. There are blood and urine tests that screen for alcohol in the body along with alcohol strips. These are put in the mouth to identify if the person has drunk alcohol.

The time a drug can be detected accurately is called the detection period. These time periods vary with each illegal drug because each illegal drug is metabolized at different rates by the body. Marijuana is detected in the urine up to thirty days after smoking it. This is because it is stored in the fat cells of your body and takes longer to purge. Being a water-soluble substance cocaine is usually out of your system within seventy-two hours after using.

An instant drug test makes it harder to get a job and helps prevent employers from paying workers compensation for accidents due to the employee being under the influence of illegal drugs.