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worth another look; What’s in the Stuff We Buy

reposting this gem!!

Introduction by Simon Quellen Field

This book started in my shower.

The label on the shampoo had many compounds listed, and due to my interests in chemistry, most of them were familiar or had obvious functions. However, one compound stood out as puzzling.

My shampoo listed sodium chloride as an ingredient.

Why was salt in my shampoo?

Since I wasn’t likely to be eating it, I doubted it was for seasoning, despite the strawberry aroma of the liquid. It could have been used as a preservative, but the remaining ingredients were more likely to kill microbes than was salt.

Once dry and dressed, I was still curious, so I wrote a letter to the manufacturer, asking why salt was in my shampoo.

I received a surprisingly enlightening response from the company. Someone had actually discussed the issue with a chemist, and gave me an answer that made sense.

The ingredients in the shampoo come from many different manufacturers, in many different places around the world. From day to day, a particular batch of shampoo may differ significantly from the previous day in the amount of moisture brought in with those ingredients.

Salt has the effect of thickening the mixture, and is added to each batch in the amount needed to raise the viscosity to a specified level. The customer now gets a product that pours in the same way each time. This consistency is important to the customer, since getting a watery product causes suspicions about value, and about possible tampering.

I have told this story many times, sometimes using it to make a point when teaching chemistry to popular audiences. There are thousands of chemical compounds in the ingredients lists of products we buy every day. Knowing what each one is doing in the product has obvious benefits in comparison-shopping. However, it also provides a sneaky way of teaching simple chemistry to people who had no idea they would find it so interesting. I am always looking for ways to make science more interesting to people who think it is only for people who use masking tape on their eyeglasses.

The book divides itself into two parts. The first part talks about common products, and discusses what each ingredient in them does, and why it is there, or what can be used instead.

The second part is a more in-depth discussion of each compound, usually accompanied by a structural formula, a picture of the chemical that allows it to be compared to others. It is in this section that you will find clearly marked “Chemistry Lessons” occasionally. If I have done my job properly, these will be interesting, and will relate to the compound that caught your interest in the first place.

This second part of the book can act as a reference. You can look up an ingredient you find on a label, and find out more about it. It may point you to other pages, or other compounds, and you may enjoy reading the book in this random fashion, rather than front-to-back. Feel free to do so. Feel free to skip over sections that don’t relate to what you came to find out. The book will be there later, when you have another question.

This book is not about scaring people. So much of the material you find on food additives or chemicals in common products is written to alarm people into changing their behavior in ways that enrich the writer. They point to the MSDS for a compound, the Material Safety Data Sheets, that list all of the dire consequences and safety precautions associated with a compound. These can be quite frightening.

Here is an excerpt from a typical example of an MSDS:

Hazards Identification
WARNING! CAUSES EYE IRRITATION.
Lab Protective Equip: GOGGLES; LAB COAT
May cause mild irritation to the respiratory tract.
Very large doses can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and prostration. Dehydration and congestion occur in most internal organs. Hypertonic solutions can produce violent inflammatory reactions in the gastrointestinal tract.
May irritate damaged skin; absorption can occur with effects similar to those via ingestion.
Causes irritation, redness, and pain.

First Aid Measures
Remove to fresh air. Get medical attention for any breathing difficulty.
If large amounts were swallowed, give water to drink and get medical advice.
Wash exposed area with soap and water. Get medical advice if irritation develops.
Immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes, lifting upper and lower eyelids occasionally. Get medical attention if irritation persists.

In the event of a fire, wear full protective clothing and NIOSH-approved self-contained breathing apparatus with full facepiece operated in the pressure demand or other positive pressure mode.

Ventilate area of leak or spill. Wear appropriate personal protective equipment.

Keep in a tightly closed container, stored in a cool, dry, ventilated area. Protect against physical damage. Containers of this material may be hazardous when empty since they retain product residues (dust, solids); observe all warnings and precautions listed for the product.

Wear protective gloves and clean body-covering clothing.
Use chemical safety goggles. Maintain eye wash fountain and quick-drench facilities in work area.

When heated to above 801C (1474F) it emits toxic fumes of chloride and sodium oxide.

Oral rat LD50: 3000 mg/kg.
Inhalation rat LD50: > 42 gm/m3 /1H.
Skin rabbit LD50: > 10 gm/kg. Investigated as a mutagen, reproductive effector.

Label Hazard Warning:
WARNING! CAUSES EYE IRRITATION.
Label Precautions:
Avoid contact with eyes.
Wash thoroughly after handling.
Label First Aid:
In case of eye contact, immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes. Get medical attention if irritation develops or persists.
Product Use:
Laboratory Reagent.

After reading that, you might expect that such a dangerous chemical had no business being around people, especially children.

Yet, we can’t live without salt. It’s even safe enough to put in shampoo.

What this illustrates is that the MSDS is intended for large industrial quantities of a substance, not the tiny amounts usually found in consumer products. Nonetheless, once you are experienced at reading them, they are a good place to get information on the safety of chemical compounds. In this book I do not cover safety issues, except occasionally, and briefly. To do a good job of that would require a much larger book, and there is already a wealth of information available.

One should be wary, however, of authors who would advise against a toothpaste because “it has anti-freeze in it!” The fact that salt or propylene glycol might make a good anti-freeze is no reason to ban it as a food additive. Further, creating confusion between the toxic ethylene glycol, and the food additive propylene glycol, both of which make good anti-freeze components, is not doing the consumer any favors.

Fear may help these folks to sell books, or organic toothpaste.

I hope curiosity is the reason you are reading my book.

Simon Quellen Field

Products

  • Foods

How to Read Structural Formulas

Ingredients

  • Dough conditioners and whipping agents
  • Anti-oxidants
  • Buffers
  • Stabilizers and thickeners
  • Pain relievers
  • Propellants
  • Polymers and glues

Citation information:
Ingredients: What’s in the Stuff We Buy
by Simon Quellen Field
Kinetic MicroScience Press
July 7, 2003

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23 Uses for peppermint oil you probably didn’t know

I love peppermint so much! It’s totally one of my very favorite essential oils. I use it every day. peppermint mentha piperita

In my homemade mouthwash and toothpaste, In one of my aromatherapy inhalers for focus, or wake up while driving, to  clear my mind and help stay alert,  headaches, nausea, upset stomach, and so many of the ways you’ll see in the list below. I even keep some in my purse for a quick breath freshener.

It’s just so useful  that I’ll never be without a stash!!

Peppermint oil has been used for thousands of years across ancient Greece, Egypt, and Rome for its medicinal properties (1).

Reposted from

https://blog.paleohacks.com/peppermint-oil-uses/

Now that research on peppermint if is well established, there has been a resurgence of its popularity in treating a variety of issues many of us experience every day.

Peppermint oil is an extremely versatile oil that offers countless benefits. Its main component, menthol, has been widely studied and found to help with the following issues:

  • Digestion
  • Bacterial infection
  • Inflammation
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle soreness
  • Congestion
  • Allergies
  • Headaches
  • Bad breath

There are many other ways you can use peppermint oil, including using it as a natural bug repellent or as an easy way to freshen your breath (hello, DIY mints). Read on to discover the ways to use it to boost your health and lifestyle!

23 Natural Peppermint Oil Uses and Benefits

1. Boost Energy

Instead of reaching for energy drinks whenever you need a boost, give peppermint oil a try. Studies have shown it improves physical and mental energy levels and performance just five minutes after ingesting it (2).

To use: Inhale the scent of peppermint directly for a boost of energy and clarity, or put a few drops in your favorite diffuser to inhale the vapors throughout your day. Internally, add one drop to a large glass of water (yes, a little goes a long way!) and drink.

2. Get Rid of Dandruff

Peppermint oil possesses antifungal and antimicrobial properties that make it excellent for combating dandruff (3).

To use: Add 2 drops to your regular shampoo and concentrate on massaging your scalp as you shower.

3. Relieve Muscle Pain

Menthol, one of the main compounds in peppermint, has significant anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and painkilling effects. Studies have shown it can help reduce muscle soreness and lower inflammation, while also raising your pain threshold (4).

To use: Combine 1/4 cup coconut oil with 5 drops of peppermint oil, then rub on sore muscles.

4. Soothe Joint Pain

The anti-inflammatory and painkilling effects of menthol in peppermint can also be used to relieve joint pain when applied topically (5).

To use: Add 2 drops of peppermint oil to a small dollop of olive or coconut oil, rub together in your hands, then rub on sore joints.

5. Curb Cravings

Many people swear by peppermint oil as a natural way to ease cravings by reducing appetite and helping you feel fuller faster.

To use: Place a few drops in a diffuser before mealtimes, or dilute a couple drops in a carrier oil like olive oil and rub it on your chest.

6. Reduce Allergies

Peppermint oil is also great for allergy symptoms such as drainage and coughing due to its ability to help expel mucus and phlegm (6).

To use: Diffuse the oil in a diffuser along with eucalyptus in your home to reduce allergy symptoms throughout the day and night.

7. Cool Rashes + Itching

Studies have shown that peppermint oil’s cooling and anti-inflammatory properties can help soothe minor itches, from bug bites to poison ivy (7).

To use: Dilute 2 drops of peppermint oil in olive oil and rub on the affected area.

8. Repel Bugs

Essential oils have been utilized for thousands of years as natural insect repellents. Many of the volatile compounds in oils (such as peppermint) are overwhelming to insects like mosquitoes, making them the perfect natural option to keep bugs at bay.

To use: To repel pests from your body (like mosquitoes), dilute several drops in a carrier oil and rub all over exposed areas of your body. To repel bugs in your home, add peppermint oil to your floor cleaner or countertop cleaner.

9. Calm Acne

Peppermint oil contains several antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which help reduce the amount of bacteria on your skin (8). Not to mention, the cooling menthol will also help to reduce inflammation from painful cystic acne.

To use: Mix a drop of peppermint oil with jojoba oil and dab on the affected area twice a day.

10. Relieve Headaches

Research shows that peppermint oil has a significant relaxing and pain-reducing effect on headaches. In one study, peppermint oil reduced sensitivity associated with headaches (9).

To use: Mix 2 drops of peppermint oil in a carrier oil and rub on your temples. If your headache feels more like a tension headache coming from your neck area, massage the oil on your shoulders and neck.

11. Promote Hair Growth

Studies show that massaging peppermint oil into your scalp can help promote hair growth and encourage hair to become thicker, even without participants changing their diets (10).

To use: Add a few drops of peppermint oil to your favorite shampoo and massage deeply into your scalp.

12. Relieve IBS + Bloating

Peppermint oil is one of the best natural treatments when it comes to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Researchers believe its ability to relax the gastrointestinal wall, as well as cool inflammation, play a role in its effectiveness (11). Studies also show peppermint oil has a significant effect on abdominal pain and distension, as well as gas (12).

To use: You can either take peppermint oil in capsule form (follow the dosage instructions on the bottle) or rub a few drops mixed in a carrier oil, like coconut oil or jojoba oil, on your abdomen.

13. Reduce Nausea

Peppermint oil may also be able to help quell bouts of nausea and vomiting. Studies on postoperative nausea show participants who were given peppermint oil experienced significantly lower levels of nausea (13).

To use: Take one or two capsules at the onset of symptoms.

14. Freshen Breath

Peppermint is an ingredient in many toothpastes and mouthwashes, and for good reason. Not only does peppermint smell wonderful, but it also has potent antibacterial properties that help freshen breath (14).

To use: Look for a toothpaste with pure peppermint oil as a main ingredient, or make your own breath spray by combining a couple drops with a cup of water in a spray bottle. You can even make your own homemade breath mints using peppermint and coconut oil!

15. Kill Toenail Fungus

Peppermint oil’s antimicrobial properties make it excellent for combating toenail fungus (15).

To use: Apply 4-5 drops directly on discolored nails daily.

16. Combat Bacterial Infections

Studies have shown peppermint oil to be effective against up to 22 strains of bacteria and fungi, making it an excellent choice to help fight infections (16).

To use: Follow the dosage recommendations on your peppermint oil in capsule form.

17. Help Fight Cancer

It turns out that the compound menthol present in peppermint oil can also inhibit cancer growth. Studies have shown it causes cancer cell death while also helping protect against radiation damage from chemotherapy (17).

18. Relieve Stress

Peppermint oil is popular in aromatherapy for its relaxing and refreshing effects. Studies show that it can be an effective treatment against nerve disorders and mental fatigue, making it an excellent option to help relieve excess stress (18).

To use: Inhale the scent of peppermint for a boost of energy and clarity, or put a few drops in your favorite diffuser to inhale the vapors throughout the day.

19. Boost Exercise Performance

Researchers have found that athletes supplementing with peppermint oil were able to significantly increase exercise performance parameters, including improving breathing capacity and increasing oxygen levels (19).

To use: Add 1-2 drops of peppermint oil to a large glass of water daily.

20. Soothe a Sore Throat

Menthol’s cooling properties can help soothe a painful and inflamed sore throat, while also combating any infection that may have caused it (20).

To use: Either gargle a mix of 2 drops of peppermint oil in water, or add a few drops to a pot with water and deeply inhale the steam.

21. Clear a Stuffy Nose

Peppermint oil can help treat many cold symptoms, such as mucus congestion, due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (21).

To use: Diffuse peppermint oil throughout your home when you have a cold to reduce bacteria in the air and help with a stuffy nose and congestion.

22. Relieve Sunburns

Peppermint oil’s cooling and anti-inflammatory properties also make it an excellent remedy for sunburn.

To use: Combine 2 drops of peppermint oil with a carrier oil (and even some aloe if you’d like) and rub on affected areas.

23. Sharpen Memory

Studies show that peppermint can help improve concentration and focus while also improving memory, making it a great option to help with the symptoms of ADHD (22).

To use: Dilute 2 drops in a carrier oil and rub on your chest before you start your day, or carry the oil with you and inhale it directly from the bottle when you need to focus.

As you can see, the uses of peppermint oil are virtually endless. With such a broad base of benefits, this is one oil you should have stocked in your kitchen at all times.

Lovely lavender

Oh, lovely lavender! How I love thee!

(I’ve actually already written a post all about .here..

But thought it deserved another shout-out because of its many wonderful qualities )

I found a fabulous article on it and many other essential oils and had to share…

Here’s a snippet about it :—->

There two main varieties of lavender essential oil:

  • Lavender essential oil, the classic lavender, is distilled from the flowers of L. angustifolia. It has a sweet floral aroma and contains a high percentage of esters, mostly linalyl acetate. It does not contain camphor which distinguishes it from other lavender varieties. The oil is often used for its anti-inflammatory, calming, headache relieving, sedative and skin healing properties. One of the rarely known effects and qualities of L. angustifoliaoil is its ability to relieve menstrual pain [29,30].
  • Spike lavender essential oil is obtained from flowers of L. latifoliaMedik. This species of lavender contains high percentage of 1,8-cineol and camphor and therefore has a strong camphoraceous odour. Due to these components, spike lavender oil is recommended for skin damages (cuts, burns, stings), as a pain reliever, for headache treatment and for its antimicrobial properties. It has anti-bacterial, antiviral, antimycotic, anti-inflammatory and nourishing properties and is one of most common used and best investigated oil in aromatherapy. It is used for relaxing and stress relief, for nose and throat infections, for skin care, in wound treatments and for stomach problems. It has a pleasant aroma. Lavender oil is also commonly used in pharmaceutical products and as a fragrance ingredient in soaps, cosmetics and perfumes [31].

Here’s a lovely little bottle of Beautiful Bulgarian lavendula angustifolia variety for a decent price.
And here’s a cute little sample size of three different varieties available thru Amazon including French, Bulgarian, and Spike if you’re not sure which one you want..

Best Natural Treatments for Skin Blemishes and Essential Oils to Use for Acne

Essential Oils for the Different Types of Skin

Here’s another of my orphaned articles from Yahoo Contributor Network / Associated Content, hope you enjoy!

The best natural treatments for skin blemishes and acne aren’t necessarily the most expensive. Everyone wants a clean, clear face; free of pimples, spots, and uneven skin tone. Here are some products and recipes that have worked for me in the past, are all natural, and are dependable:

Tea tree oil

Tea Tree essential oil (also called Melaleuca oil) is an absolute MUST for acne or problem skin. Tea Tree oil has powerful antibacterial (and even antifungal and antiviral!) properties and is effective against MRSA, which is a strain of bacteria that has developed resistance to some man-made antibiotics. So it’s a natural product that can fight the spread of nasty germs. Its properties also make it crucial in fighting acne.

Best Burt’s Bees Products Treatment for Skin Blemishes:

  • Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick!!! – worked wonders for me! (and I love the ingredients: SD Alcohol 40-B (from Yellow Corn), Calendula Flower Oil, Borage Seed Oil, Yarrow Oil, Parsley Seed Extract, Willowbark Extract, Lemon Oil, Fennel Oil, Water, Tea Tree Oil, Juniper Oil, and Eucalyptus Oil.)

pic from thehippyhomemaker.com

Essential Oils Best for Treatment for Skin Blemishes & Acne:

  • Tea Tree essential oil – may be used directly on the skin without carrier oil, but you may like to add coconut oil for its antibacterial properties, or jojoba oil (healing and nourishing) for added benefits. An absolute must-have in your acne arsenal! Some people have cleared their skin with just this ingredient alone.
  • Bergamot essential oil (BF or begaptene free) – best to use a carrier such as grapeseed or coconut oil as it is very light and the scent is lovely for both men and women.
  • Lavender essential oil – lavendula angustifolia – maybe used undiluted directly on skin, as Lavender is a universal essential oil with a multitude of properties, always great for any skin type.
  • Rosewood essential oil – nice mixed with tea tree for those less sensitive, it also adds a nice moisturizing quality, make sure to mix with coconut, jojoba, grapeseed or similar carrier.
  • Clove essential oil (only for intense overnight spot treatments)- always use diluted in a carrier such as grapeseed, jojoba, coconut, etc.

Other essential oils that are useful for oily/acne/combination skin:

Geranium, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Juniper, and lemon.

Essential oils are some of my favorite ingredients to use as not only are they all natural, but have many amazing properties to heal all types of skin maladies. The best things you could use in treatment for skin blemishes are natural products. Just make sure to do a patch test to be sure you don’t have allergies.

Also note that essential oils are very potent and less is always more when it comes to using them on the skin. Make sure to dilute them with a carrier oil. One of the lightest carriers is grapeseed oil, but coconut is also a great choice, because of its antibacterial properties, and the jojoba is perfect for when you need extra healing.

My old stand-by remedy for getting rid of blemishes overnight when I was out of all my other treatments, was dabbing a bit of toothpaste mixed with tea tree oil on the pimple, and going to sleep. Most often, it was ready to go by morning. I’d steam my face to open the pores and be rid of it. And follow up with my easy to make Blemish remover toner.

The popping yourself idea probably isn’t thebest advice for everyone, but for me it always worked. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that to anyone, but just had to throw it in there. But the toner is a MUST!!
😀

Recipe for Blemish remover toner:

Use this after cleansing and patting dry lightly.

In a 4 oz bottle add:

  • Witch hazel 3 oz
  • Calendula oil mixed with fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil 12 to 20 drops
  • Tea tree oil 5 drops
  • Bergamot (bf) 2 drops
  • Lemon 2 drops
  • Eucalyptus 3 drops
  • Juniper 2 drops
  • *Optional- Frankincense or Sandalwood (either is fine) 2 drops

Shake well before each use, apply to cotton pad and swab skin lightly.

if you just don’t feel like making your own. I highly recommend
BURTS BEES (Amazon sale)

or email me to make you a custom order fresh!

Resources & More Reading
Also see: get rid of acne naturally with essential oils

Pore-reducing Mask, an Acne Mask & Toner, and a Pore Cleansing Strip Recipe

Essential Oils for the Different Types of Skin

More natural skin recipes etc. from YellowstarEssentials blog

Search Yellowstar Essentials wordpress blog acne

Get Rid of Acne Naturally with Essential Oils

DIY healing toothpaste and serum

“Do you ever wish your toothpaste magically healed your teeth?

 

here’s a snippet from someone who found out how:

 

Me too. When my daughter was 2, she had a defective molar. The dentists said the tooth would last six months to a year.

I went home and started doing research on dental health and what teeth are made of.

I discovered your tooth enamel is made up of many different minerals. Over time your teeth can lose these minerals reducing the strength of your enamel. I found that brushing with a blend of 3 organic natural clays, you can get these minerals to absorb into your enamel.

Over time these minerals will begin to strengthen, and remineralize your teeth. All by having her brush with specific minerals, she was able to SAVE that molar.

Dirty Mouth Toothpowder was created to save my daughters teeth. When it worked, I realized I could help a lot of other people out.” -via Primal Life Organics.

This was an ad for selling their products, which sound great!! And probably are. But wouldn’t you love to make them yourself for much less $$$?

I’ve been making my own products for years and believe me, it’s really easy to clean, whiten, detoxify and strengthen your teeth and gums for less money than you can buy in any store. .

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Their Toothpowder Ingredients :

Bentonite clay, kaolin clay, French green clay, baking soda, and essential oils or flavorings of either peppermint, spearmint, clove bud etc…

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I add coconut oil to mine to make a paste instead of a powder. Plus a little activated charcoal to really whiten those choppers and detoxify your whole mouth. But if you want to use a powder only, just dip your brush in coconut oil before starting.

Some like to use charcoal separately because of the black color. But if you don’t mind it, the properties are truly whitening magic.

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ALSO their BOOST serum is great too. It’s a big part of your total dental health.

Their mix of essential oils contains numerous properties beneficial for dental heath, including:

  • Antimicrobials
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Antifungals
  • Antivirals
  • Antibacterials
  • Antiseptics
  • Astringents
  • Analgesics
  • Even a natural Local anesthetic!

here’s a list of their ingredients in the gum serum :

INGREDIENTS: Extra Virgin Olive Oil*, Tea Tree Oil*, Peppermint Oil*, Spearmint Oil*, Lemon Oil*, Eucalyptus Oil*, Clove Bud Oil*, Lavender Oil*, Myrrh Oil*, Cinnamon Oil*, Chamomile Oil*, Cypress Oil*

*Certified Organic

Tea Tree Oil is antimicrobial & anti-inflammatory. Tea Tree Oil can be a powerful dental pain killer and should help kill infective microorganisms (likely even those involved in tooth decay and gum disease).

Peppermint Oil is analgesic, anesthetic (topical), antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent. Helps fight mouth infections, gum disease and bad breath.

Spearmint Oil is analgesic, anesthetic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent.

Lemon Oil is stimulating, calming, anti-infection, detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant, anti-fungal, astringent etc. Enhances gum tissue.

Cypress Oil is astringent, antiseptic, hemostatic (stops bleeding gums), vasoconstrictor, etc.

Eucalyptus Oil is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial. It helps relieve periodontal disease.

Lavender Oil enhances blood circulation and tissue formation

Myrrh Oil is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent. It can be an effective means to ensure good oral hygiene and help heal mouth sores.

Cinnamon Oil is analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic.

Chamomile Oil is antiseptic, antibiotic, analgesic, bactericidal, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious. It enhances tissue formation.

Clove Bud Oil is antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, natural fungicide. It acts as a powerful disinfectant and local anesthetic for toothaches, sore gums and mouth ulcers. Clove Oil contains the compound eugenol, which has been used in dentistry since numerous years. The characteristic smell of Clove Oil helps in removing bad breath. Clove is also effective against cavities.

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Those are all wonderful, but

I add Frankincense and Helichrysum Italicum essential oils to my recipe for extra healing properties. Even better for those dealing with peridontal disease.

On with the recipes!!!

Magical Toothpowder

6 oz size approx.

Approx 1 oz ea. of : Bentonite, kaolin and french green clays

2.5 – 3 oz baking soda

10 to 20 drops essential oil of your choice:

Peppermint

Spearmint

Clove bud

Or flavoring of your choice.

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For toothpaste add

2.5 — 4 oz coconut oil ( +/- to desired consistency )

Stir well and add to container.

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MAGICAL TOOTH & GUM SERUM

Approx 1 oz (a little over)

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 30ml ( 1oz)
  • Tea Tree Oil– 10 dps
  • Peppermint Oil- 10dps
  • Spearmint Oil- 5 dps
  • Lemon Oil – 3 dps
  • Eucalyptus Oil – 3 dps
  • Clove Bud Oil – 3 dps
  • Lavender Oil- 3dps
  • Frankincense Oil – 3dps
  • Helichrysum Oil – 5 dps
  • Myrrh Oil – 5 dps
  • Cinnamon Oil – 3dps
  • Chamomile Oil – 5 dps
  • Cypress Oil – 2 dps

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Add all to glass dropper bottle, shake well, and use 2x daily.

TIPS FOR USE

Directions: Can be used four ways:

  1. Apply 1-2 drops to your finger and rub on your gum tissue
  2. Apply 1-2 drops to toothbrush with powder or paste.
  3. Add 2-4 drops to small amount of water and swish or gargle.
  4. Apply one drop on finger and rub on dental floss.

*Brush, gargle or floss as usual.

*Be sure to store in upright position, and completely empty the dropper top of oil to store. If oil sits on the rubber top, it will start to break it down and disintegrate.

Thanks for reading!!!

Ive added Amazon affiliate links to this post, so it’s MUCH appreciated if you use them. The very small commission I get helps pay for my blogs and home research /testing. Thank you!!!

Here’s to your health and the health of your family!

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DIY healing toothpaste detoxifying mouthwash and healthy teeth serum

I found this ad for this all natural toothpaste and thought…I gotta try making my own! This sounds great!!

“Do you ever wish your toothpaste magically healed your teeth?

Me too. When my daughter was 2, she had a defective molar. The dentists said the tooth would last six months to a year.

I went home and started doing research on dental health and what teeth are made of.

I discovered your tooth enamel is made up of many different minerals. Over time your teeth can lose these minerals reducing the strength of your enamel. I found that brushing with a blend of 3 organic natural clays, you can get these minerals to absorb into your enamel.

Over time these minerals will begin to strengthen, and remineralize your teeth. All by having her brush with specific minerals, she was able to SAVE that molar.

Dirty Mouth Toothpowder was created to save my daughters teeth. When it worked, I realized I could help a lot of other people out.” -via Primal Life Organics.

This was an ad for selling their products, which sound great!! And probably are. But wouldn’t you love to make them yourself for much less $$$?

I’ve been making my own products for years and believe me, it’s not that difficult, and much less complicated than you think.

Plus it can save a LOT of money.

And who doesn’t like saving money???

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Their Toothpowder Ingredients :

Bentonite clay, kaolin clay, French green clay, baking soda, and essential oils or flavorings of either peppermint, spearmint, clove bud etc…

—————————-

I like add coconut oil and activated charcoal (I know, what?) to mine to make a paste instead of a powder. By adding a little activated charcoal, it not only detoxifies, but really does whiten those choppers and actually pulls toxins, and super cleans your whole mouth. But if you want to use a powder only, just dip your brush in coconut oil before starting.

Some like to use charcoal separately because of the black color. But if you don’t mind it, the properties are truly whitening magic.

___________________

ALSO their BOOST serum is great too. It’s a big part of total dental health.

Their mix of essential oils contains numerous properties beneficial for dental heath, including:

  • Antimicrobials
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Antifungals
  • Antivirals
  • Antibacterials
  • Antiseptics
  • Astringents
  • Analgesics
  • Even a natural Local anesthetic!

here’s a list of their ingredients in the gum serum :

INGREDIENTS: Extra Virgin Olive Oil*, Tea Tree Oil*, Peppermint Oil*, Spearmint Oil*, Lemon Oil*, Eucalyptus Oil*, Clove Bud Oil*, Lavender Oil*, Myrrh Oil*, Cinnamon Oil*, Chamomile Oil*, Cypress Oil*

*Certified Organic

Tea Tree Oil is antimicrobial & anti-inflammatory. Tea Tree Oil can be a powerful dental pain killer and should help kill infective microorganisms (likely even those involved in tooth decay and gum disease).

Peppermint Oil is analgesic, anesthetic (topical), antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent. Helps fight mouth infections, gum disease and bad breath.

Spearmint Oil is analgesic, anesthetic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent.

Lemon Oil is stimulating, calming, anti-infection, detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant, anti-fungal, astringent etc. Enhances gum tissue.

Cypress Oil is astringent, antiseptic, hemostatic (stops bleeding gums), vasoconstrictor, etc.

Eucalyptus Oil is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial. It helps relieve periodontal disease.

Lavender Oil enhances blood circulation and tissue formation

Myrrh Oil is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent. It can be an effective means to ensure good oral hygiene and help heal mouth sores.

Cinnamon Oil is analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic.

Chamomile Oil is antiseptic, antibiotic, analgesic, bactericidal, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious. It enhances tissue formation.

Clove Bud Oil is antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, natural fungicide. It acts as a powerful disinfectant and local anesthetic for toothaches, sore gums and mouth ulcers. Clove Oil contains the compound eugenol, which has been used in dentistry since numerous years. The characteristic smell of Clove Oil helps in removing bad breath. Clove is also effective against cavities.

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Those are all wonderful, but of course I have to change it up a bit, so I  add Frankincense and Helichrysum Italicum essential oils to my recipe for extra healing properties. Even better for those dealing with periodontal disease.

On with the recipes!!!

Magical Toothpowder

6 oz size approx.

  • Approx 1 oz ea. of : Bentonite, kaolin and french green clays
  • 2.5 – 3 oz baking soda
  • 10 to 20 drops essential oil of your choice:
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Clove bud
  • flavoring of your choice, but it’s not needed with all the minty goodness included

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To make the powder an actual toothpaste add 2 – 4 oz coconut oil ( +/- to desired consistency )

Stir well and add to sterilized container.

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Detoxifying mouthwash

To make this excellent mouthwash you’ll need:

4 oz. sterilized bottle/ add all ingredients and shake well before each use

  • approx 3 oz distilled water
  • about 15-20 drops of the magical tooth and gum serum (recipe below)
  • approx 2 tbl colloidal silver
  • approx 1 tbl aloe vera juice or liquid
  • approx 1 tbl hydrogen peroxide

I love this mouthwash. It works so well and really makes your mouth feel super clean.

I like to use it before and after I brush but it’s a personal choice. Then I follow up with the serum for a long lasting fresh that lasts all day (well, until lunch, then I have to use it again lol).

Dont forget to floss!!! Can you just hear your dentist saying that!? lol.

MAGICAL TOOTH & GUM SERUM

Approx 1 oz (a little over)

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 30ml ( 1oz)
  • Tea Tree Oil– 10 dps
  • Peppermint Oil- 10dps
  • Spearmint Oil- 5 dps
  • Lemon Oil – 3 dps
  • Eucalyptus Oil – 3 dps
  • Clove Bud Oil – 3 dps
  • Lavender Oil- 3dps
  • Frankincense Oil – 3dps
  • Helichrysum Oil – 5 dps
  • Myrrh Oil – 5 dps
  • Cinnamon Oil – 3dps
  • Chamomile Oil – 5 dps
  • Cypress Oil – 2 dps

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Add all to glass dropper bottle, shake well, and use 2x daily.

TIPS FOR USE

Directions: Can be used four ways:

  1. Apply 1-2 drops to your finger and rub on your gum tissue
  2. Apply 1-2 drops to toothbrush with powder or paste.
  3. Add 2-4 drops to small amount of water and swish or gargle.
  4. Apply one drop on finger and rub on dental floss.

*Brush, gargle or floss as usual.

*Be sure to store in upright position, and completely empty the dropper top of oil to store. If oil sits on the rubber top, it will start to break it down and disintegrate.

Thanks for reading!!!

I’ve added Amazon affiliate links to this post, so it’s MUCH appreciated if you use them. The very small commission I get helps pay for my blogs and home research /testing. Thank you!!!

Here’s to your health and the health of your family!

8 Hand Signs Yoga Masters Use To Get Rid Of Migraines, Anxiety, And Depression

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Many people practice yoga without knowing about Mudras.

If you’re looking for other ways to alleviate anxiety, depression and migraines…read on!

It’s time  to start using these hand gestures that stimulate different areas of your brain to promote health! Share these 8 poses with your fellow yoga lovers today.

This amazing article was written by Dr. Halland Chen, an MD who currently practices in New York at the Vein Institute and Pain Centers of America. —From The Hearty Soul

Eight Yoga Mudras for Better Health

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1. Gyan Mudra – Mudra of Knowledge

 

As the name suggests, this mudra increases our knowledge and improves memory and concentration. It stimulates the pituitary and endocrine glands and also helps with insomnia.

Description: You will often see this mudra used during meditation. Touch the tip of your thumb against the tip of the index finger. The other three fingers are stretched out, but can also remain slightly bend if that feels more free for you.

Other Instructions:  You can do this mudra any time of the day, but morning might be the most beneficial. It can be practiced in standing, sitting or even lying down.

2. Vayu Mudra – Mudra of Air

This mudra releases excess air from the stomach and can be beneficial for people suffering from chronic rheumatic conditions, arthritis, gout, Parkinson’s disease, paralysis and cervical spondylitis.

Description: There are three bones in each of the fingers called the phalanges (thumb only has two). Fold your index finger and place the base of your thumb against its distal phalanx (the bone close to the tip of the finger). The thumb comes over the index finger, and you should feel slight pressure. The other three fingers remain as stretched as possible.

Other Instructions: This mudra can be practiced any time of the day, on a full or empty stomach. To relieve the pain, hold it for 45 minutes and do it regularly. Once you achieve the desired benefits, you should stop with it as prolonged use can cause an imbalance in the body.

3. Prithvi Mudra – Mudra of Earth

This mudra is particularly beneficial when you are feeling exhausted and stressed out. It improves blood circulation naturally and reduces weakness as well as helps with the digestion system.

Description: In this mudrathe tip of the ring finger and the tip of your thumb touch. Press the tips together while the other three fingers remain as extended as possible.

Other Instructions: Preferably, perform this mudra in the morning, but other times of the day work, too.

4. Agni Mudra – Mudra of Fire

Agni mudra can also be called Surya Mudra (Mudra of the Sun). It stimulates the thyroid gland and deals with digestion, weight problems, and anxiety.

Directions: Bend your ring finger and press the base of your thumb against its second phalanx. The other fingers remain stretched out.

Other Instructions: This mudra should be practiced only in the mornings, on an empty stomach and in a sitting position. You should hold it for 5 to 15 minutes, twice daily. If you are feeling very weak, avoid this posture. Also, don’t overdo it in hot weather.

5. Varun Mudra – Mudra of Water

This simple mudra helps to regulate fluids in the body and is known for its beneficial effects on the skin. It moistens the skin as well as makes you glow.

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How to shop for organic beauty products

I found a wonderful article today I had to share. So many of us want natural and organic products, but how do we know they are what they say they are?

First it comes down to research. Yup. Do your homework, on the company, on the ingredients, and don’t be afraid to ask questions!

This will give you more answers than you probably even wanted to know.

Ask the same questions about natural and organic ingredients that go into personal skin care as you would food. How are these ingredients grown and prepared? Are they grown using the best sustainable practices? What happens when they come out of the ground to be made into skincare products?

Here’s more of a snippet from the article:

If you believe that eating whole, natural, organic, unprocessed food is healthier for you than chemically laden, highly processed, genetically-modified foods, can you make the same assumption about beauty and personal care products? The answer, of course, is yes.

When you realize that the skin is the body’s largest—and most highly permeable—organ, it is easy to understand that it needs healthy nourishment, too. Yet are all natural and organic products equal? The answer is in the journey from the ground to your skin. To make astute choices, it is vital to know what happens along the way.

How are natural and organic ingredients grown and harvested?

Have you ever asked yourself why the best olive oil you have ever tasted holds that place in your taste bud hall of fame? It is likely extra virgin olive oil with the right acidity from a protected region in Italy where the olives are cold pressed and respectfully seduced to give up their precious juices to maintain nutritional content and flavor. It is because the Italian climate, soil and environmental conditions there are conducive to the healthiest, strongest olive trees.

These trees are natural and not forced to grow in an environment that needs to be supported by mass agricultural techniques to yield the largest crop, with no consideration to the quality of the produce. I like to buy food that is in season and is sourced from a region where it does not have to be artificially supported via synthetic and artificial means to produce.

Like olive oil, not all natural and organic ingredients are of the same quality. It is like orange juice made from concentrate versus freshly squeezed. It is a cup of tea’s first distillation from a tea bag versus the second or third cup made from that bag.

The same can be said about the origins of quality natural and organic skin care products.

Read the rest if this great article here. 

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Depressed? Try these natural serotonin boosters

Too many times we hear, see and experience sadness, depression, and anxiety in our society. Many suffer terribly with these maladies and I wish I could help each and everyone…even if it’s only one soul that finds a smile in nature to ease some of their sorrow.

More and more these days, plants are finding a medicinal purpose in our lives, people like natural cures rather than subjecting themselves to harsh man-made chemicals and pills.

Essential oils like Citrus oils are happy and bright. I’ve written a lot on the subject of 

depression, anxiety and how nature’s gifts can help with these issues. 

Be sure to read this first if you’re new to using essential oils.

I also found another great checklist of nature’s seratonin boosters.. See this one for more on the subject.   increase seratonin with these natural remedies

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And try these essential oil blends to brighten your life:

..💖Love was created by ROCKY MOUNTAIN OILS... it’s such a joyful scent and is reminiscent of my YELLOWSTAR ESSENTIALS blend, though mine has the addition of Roman chamomile, and Tunisian neroli …wearing it or inhaling  it brings back memories of being loved, being held, and sharing loving times and feelings.  💖
It’s very calming and helps overcome depression. This blend will help you deal with stress and other nervous conditions. Use when you are treating anxiety and overwhelming negative emotions. It especially helps you forgive others.💖
It also helps you overcome grief and let go of negative experiences. When there is overwhelming grief, the adenoids and the adrenals shut down, this blend may help open these glands so you can get control of the grief instead of it controlling you.

💖Scent:  Love has a soothing, subtle scent to it, with fruity overtones and warm undertones that make you smile.

💖Ingredients: Essential oils of: Lemon, Orange, Geranium, Bergamot, Red Mandarin, Ylang Ylang Extra, and Turkish Rose, Roman Chamomile and Tunisian Neroli  in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil.

💖Caution: This blend contains photosensitive oils (may cause dark spots on the skin if the applied area is exposed to the direct sunlight). So stay out of sunlight for 2-3 hours after application.
Contains 66% Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO).

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Just email me at yellowstar2000@yahoo.com for more info. 😊

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Essential oils: JUST THE ESSENTIALS

I found some information today I thought you might like to know…

Did you know Americans spent over $374 BILLION dollars in healthcare in 2014?
Per person, we spend 40% more than any other nation. And if you take into account the entire medical industry the number is simply staggering: $3.8 Trillion dollars. (Yes, that’s with a “T”!)

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That’s more than the entire Gross Domestic Product for 87% of the countries of the world! And yet, despite spending all that money, America is still ranked 17th in terms of quality of health.

So why am I bringing this up? After all, you’re here to learn about essential oils, right?
I bring these figures up because if you’re like the majority of Americans, you know (deep down inside) that there is a better way to health. A more natural way to health.

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The Most Powerful Forms Of Healing Are Found Right Here On God’s Green Earth.

Mother Nature knows more than humans will ever know. And she provides everything we could ever need to maintain vibrant health well into our mature years.

And I don’t care what the “officials” say – something made from chemicals in a lab will never work better than what Mother Nature can come up with. The irony is… most of the treatments are created in a lab today is just trying to duplicate what Nature already does.

So why do companies spend decades… and billions of dollars… doing this? Simple: You can’t patent a plant or natural process. And if you can’t patent it… you can’t make money!

(Heaven forbid they spend all that money to actually make peoples lives easier and more pain free.)

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Essential oils are today’s natural miracle remedies… yet the practice of using essential oils has been around for thousands of years.

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In fact, using essential oils dates back to the ancient Egyptians. And in many ancient texts the oils were often referred to as “nectar of the Gods.”

There are also over 500 references to essential oils in the Bible. Obviously these miracles of Mother Nature were highly revered by Ancient Man.

When I first learned about Essential Oils my first thought was “how could something so simple actually improve my health?”

But as I did more research and learned how they really work, I was amazed.

Because lately I’ve seen a lot of articles popping up on Facebook, Twitter and other social sites talking about them and a lot of the information is, how do I say this politely… scary!

Not to mention it’s not very accurate.

So the purpose of this site is to share with you information on Essential Oils that can help you make wise choices.

Especially as you start to incorporate them into your life to improve your health and well being.

If you are already familiar with them, then you also know, we are forever learning about their wonders.

I’ve been working with essential oils for over 20 years and still learn something new everyday.

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For those that want to jump right in, here’s a must-read: CAUTIONS, WARNINGS AND USAGES for e.o.s

Also, be sure to see my RECOMMENDED READING list

Or if you’d like to know how much essential oil to add to a bath, spray or cleaner, here’s an article about DILUTION RATIOS AND BLENDS

If you’re wondering about a specific malady or issue,  type keywords into the search box at the top right of this blog, and you should get some answers.

If there isn’t anything on your issues, feel free to email me at:
yellowstar2000@yahoo.com
with INQUIRY in the subject line.

Be aware of the quality of essential oils you are purchasing. It truly makes a difference… especially if you’re using them for health purposes.
If the oil is really cheap, there’s a reason for that. Just do your research before buying. And don’t be afraid to ask them lots of questions.

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#FYI:
Did you know 5% of all essential oils are made for the food and fragrance industry?

There are hundreds of compounds in just one essential oil, but not all oils are used for healing purposes.

The fragrance industry is only interested in pleasant aromas. In a lab they remove only those parts of the oil that give the arona profile and they throw the rest out.

The food industry only want the elements that lend good flavor. So lab technicians remove only selections that taste like mint, peppermint, cinnamon, etc., and use small amounts to flavor the things they make. Most of the total healing natural elements are completely removed.

In pure, high quality essential oils, all of the compounds are left in tact so that you can experience the fully health benefits that Mother Nature intended.

Here are some things I’ve found::

Best lavender essential oils and where to find them

Helpful suggestions on Essential oils and specific uses as well as truth about Therapeutic essential oils.

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Thanks for reading!!

I hope you find many uses for nature’s little wonders to bring health and happiness into your lives.