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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.

Natural Remedies Topical Pain Relief Tiger Balm DIY

No one likes having aches & pains, and what better way to get relief with an all-natural product that you’ve made yourself?

TigerBalm is an old remedy that’s been around for ages helping people deal with everyday muscle and joint pains and works miracles for deep relief. It’s also great for; arthritis, back pain, sprains, joint pain, tension headaches, muscle strain or aches, and even offers a little relief from common cold symptoms.

When your muscles and joints feel stiff and sore, the warming effect of this all-natural linament, or balm soothes the aches, and lessens the pain when massaged into your skin. It’s also great when used in conjunction with a damp heat wrap (warm compress) over the affected area.

Tiger Balm works by tricking nerve endings with cooling and heating sensations, interrupting other signals from muscle pain or itchy insect bites. … Tiger Balm contains 60 per cent, including natural camphor, mint oil, cajuput oil, menthol and clove oil.

Tiger Balm is a topical antiinflammatory reduces inflammation and pain caused by arthritis, muscle strains, back pain, and headaches. … Rub a small amount on the affected area to reduce inflammation and relieve pain instantly.

And since your skin is the largest organ of the human body, why use products with petrolatum or other harmful ingredients? Make your own, with ingredients your body will love (it’s so easy!) and your wallet will thank you too. It may seem like alot to spend at first, to get everything you need, but if you suffer from on-going pain, and do some crunching with the numbers, you will be suprised with how much you get out of them, it’s quite a bit cheaper to make your own.

To make this super easy recipe, first gather all ingredients and supplies.

Wax is needed, and I like using natural beeswax instead of paraffin-based waxes. Also, I think the combination of African Shea Butter (Pure Raw Unrefined), olive, grapeseed, and coconut oils make a perfectly balanced texture for this balm. But feel free to experiment with any of your favorite carrier oils (like sweet almond, avocado (great for dry skin), or even fractionated coconut oil (awesome for a dryer feel).

Tiger Balm Recipe
This recipe can be doubled, or halved depeding on total amout wanted.

Makes approx. 3.5 oz.

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 oz. beeswax

2 oz. carrier oils (your choice; coconut, olive, grapeseed, jojoba, shea butter, sweet almond, rosehip seed, or any combo of any natural oils you like)

.5 oz. menthol crystals (may add up to 1 oz. for extra penetrating power)

  • Essential oils:
  • camphor (cinnamomum camphora) essential oil 25 dps.
  • peppermint (mentha piperita) e.o. 40 dps
  • eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus- or any eucalyptus) e.o. 50 dps.
  • clove (syzygium aromaticum) e.o. 25 dps.
  • cinnamon bark (cinnamomum zeylanicum) e.o. 10 dps.
  • wintergreen (gaultheria procumbens) e.o. 10 dps.
  • birch (betula alba) e.o.12 dps.
  • cassia (cinnamonum cassia) e.o.15 dps.
  • cajeput (melaleuca leucadendra) e.o. 40 dps.
  • thyme (thymus vulgaris) e.o. 3 dps.
  • oregano (oreganum compactum) e.o. 4 dps.
  • lavender (lavandula angustifolia) e.o.15 dps.

pyrex measuring cup (2 cup size)

4 oz. jar,

or 2 – 2 oz. jars,

or 4 – 1 oz. jars.

 

DIRECTIONS:

Warm wax and carriers until wax melts. Stir in menthol crystals until dissolved. Stir in essential oils when almost cool. Pour into containers. It will set when cooled completely. If it’s not the consistency you like -if it’s too soft; add more wax, or too hard; add more oils. Can me re-melted as many times as you need. But be aware, that the essential oils really shouldn’t be heated too many times or they will lose potency. Try to add the essential oils after you get your desired consistency.

To use: Massage into affected area whenever needed.

Note:

To get extra deep relief, use a warm compress over the area after applying your pain-relief balm. Using a warm compress produces an extra boost to the oils and sends them deeper into your muscles and joints. Not for use on small children or pets.

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Enjoy crafting your own natural remedies!

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..

Natural Remedy for Poison Ivy

Summertime funtime outside playtime! It’s always great for your body mind and soul to spend time with nature, but if you’re not careful or aware of your surroundings you could find yourself in an awfully itchy pickle.

Yup. Poison ivy has no qualms about setting boundaries!

A super helpful natural remedy resource for Poison Ivy,

From a wonderful medicine woman Rainee Ford. (https://www.facebook.com/raineeford)

Poison Ivy

How to happily attend a gathering alongside these plants.

Energetics: Why it’s here, what does it have to teach?

Boundaries:
The value of awareness – and the cost of ignorance & inattention.

Poison Ivy has a “Passive” defense that isn’t an open attack. Meaning Sister Ivy doesn’t go out of her way to cause trouble. And, if you step on her, bruise her, or encounter her after shes been mowed, she often lets folks know it!

Science: Urushiol is the oil based sap that is found in Poison Ivy.

It is a persistent pervasive sticky oil that clings to EVERYTHING it encounters. (Including bottoms of shoes. Shoe laces, clothing, pet fur, bases of drums, ect. Be Mindfuland think about all the things that may have touched the ground!!)

As a chemical molecule it ends in an =OH (which is basically an alcohol… and since like dissolves like, (in this case, is changes the structure of the molecule) you can “neutralize” the Urushiol with something as simple as Rubbing Alcohol (also called Isopropyl alcohol)

Sometimes for a looooong time – WASH ANYTHING THAT MAY HAVE COME IN CONTACT WITH THE GROUND DOWN AT THE FIRE (Use 70% or higher Isopropyl alcohol / rubbing alcohol on shoes, bags, belts, and other non washing machine things. For cloths and ground blankets, Use HOT water and soap with surfactant (I use Simple Green) in the laundry.)

Urishiol as a chemical molecule ends in an OH. (In layman’s terms that means if you put alcohol on it, it changed its chemical nature. Meaning it will no longer spread.
Though next you need to get it off still!!!!
The quicker you do, the less gets absorbed by your skin.

Heat, sweating and itching may cause the reaction to keep presenting through the skin until the bodily stops reacting. (Which can take anywhere from 1-4 weeks, depending on how sensitive you are).

Most important is to wash ANYTHING that may have come in contact with alcohol and abrasive OR Hot Soapy water. This includes,walking sticks, bottoms of shoes, bags that may have been set down, ect.

Cultivating Awareness: Learn and be aware of how it looks, where it grows in proximity of your places of existing and traveling during the event. How I work with it, is when I arrive in a place that has poison Ivy, I immediately begin to consider the bottoms of shoes, hems of pants/dressed/skirts and any bags I may put down to be “Hot” and treat them accordingly → Never put them on your bed where you sleep, leave them outside your tent or home space, don’t set bags on laps, be mindful of hugging or touching others, ask if they have washed recently, wash after every contact, be mindful of things like touching your face after having your hands on the ground or petting a dog, Always. Leave. Shoes. Outside. WEAR SHOES. If you NEED contact with the ground to do your work, wash immediately afterwards. (some people react within a half hour, others react 6-12 hours later.) YES, its alot of thinking…. Remember, Sister Ivy is teaching us about MAINTAINING Boundaries – which requires mindfulness. Embrace this lesson, DO THE WORK and the struggle will ease. If you don’t, it may persist for some, for months….. Recontact is a big thing. Urushiol does not lose its ability to cause trouble, even after time. It MUST be neutralized.

Poison Ivy Self-Care Natural Remedy

#1: Wash WELL!! Use: Tecnu (specific poison ivy soap), OR Simple Green. OR Rubbing alcohol & salt OR sand AND Dish Soap.
-ROUGH ABRASION is necessary to remove this sap.
-Bag contaminated clothing separately and wash with hot water and plenty of detergent before using again.
-Place any cleaning cloths used to wash yourself, in a separate bag and DO NOT re-use until they have been washed.

#2: Treatment Suggestions: If you have a rash that is developing, with or without blisters,
WASH FIRST, THEN use any of the following in any combination that brings relief:

  • Calamine lotion
  • Itch Wash
  • Jewelweed plant
  • Baking soda poultice
  • Lavender / Peppermint / Tea Tree Essential oil
  • Rhus Tox 30c Homeopathic remedy (First 3 doses every 20 minutes, then 3 times a day until it begins to clear.) if Rhys doesn’t work, move to Apis.

#3: Prevent the Spread!!! These are all ways to spread Urushiol:
-BE CAREFUL HUGGING PEOPLE!! This is a GOOD way to spread this not so fun experience to loved ones.
-Beware that animals/pets can carry Urushiol on their fur after having walked through it. (this can pass to people who pet them) Pets need a good washing post festival.
-Caution with walking through areas containing poison ivy and then walking into your tent with shoes on. (leave your shoes outside your sleeping space and wash your feet before bed if you love being barefooted.
-Scrub under your nails to prevent spreading the oil after itching the skin that has a rash.
-Wear protective clothing. Tops of bare feet are the most susceptible! Wear tall socks in lieu of shoes if you must.
-if you must go barefoot, wash every evening!!! (see above method of washing FOR poison ivy)

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Holy frijoles I’m dyin ova heeah: Hot Flashes Essential Oil Blend for Menopause and Perimenopause

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Oh moy Gwad…, could it get any hotter in heeeeah?

for those suffering with perimenopause, or menopause,  you know exactly what I’m talkin’ about.

Hopefully, those of you suffering with symptoms of aging, hormonal havoc, and symptoms of menopause can find some comfort here…

Some essential oils perfect for when you get those fiesty Hot Flashes-

  • Clary Sage
  • Geranium
  • Peppermint
  • Grapefruit,
  • Lavender,
  • Rose,
  • Frankincense
  • Lemon
  • Chamomile
  • Ylang Ylang
  • neroli
  • cypress
  • Myrtle
  • Blue Yarrow
  • Fennel
  • geranium rose

Pick a few faves and add about 10 total drops to around 4 oz of rose water or peppermint hydrosol. Keep it in the fridge, and pull it out before bedtime, keep it next to the bed. A few sprays will help in the middle of the night.

I use Clary Sage, Rose, Peppermint, Geranium, Frankincense, Lemon, and a couple others for good measure in my blend.  I also created a special blend called Dragonfly; women going through changes .

( also you may want to consider taking some Evening Primrose Oil , I’ve read lots of articles and reviews that say it does wonders, and it seems to get rave reviews.)

If you’re not into creating your own, Here’s a blend from amazon already put together (granted, I’ve not tried this one, but it seems pretty good): Menopause Relief contains: Pure Essential Oil Blend. Contains: Lavender, Cypress, Lemon, Geranium, German Chamomile, Frankincense.

or one by Amrita; Menopause Roll On Relief, Natural Hot Flashes Relief, Organic Lotion Base with Essential Oils of Sweet Fennel, Clary Sage, Rose Geranium, Jasmine and Vitex.

If you want to make your own you can buy essential oils and add them to a lovely floral water or hydrosol for a nice spray…

Balance blend for men and women:

This blend of essential oils has been noted to balance hormones and regulate prostate function in men as well as helping women through their changes.

It has also been used to successfully reduce or eliminate hot flashes for women:

  • 10 drops Clary Sage
  • 5 drops Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare),
  • 10 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia),
  • 5 drops Myrtle (Myrtus communis),
  • 5 drops Frankincense (boswellia carterii or Sacred Frankincense
  • if you dont have frankincense try Blue Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) or better yet Vitex.
  • 5 drops Peppermint (Mentha piperita),
  • 10 Rose Geranium

FYI:::: ———-> Sacred Frankincense is also being studied for helping to cure cancer!!

Mix these essential oils into 2 oz. of a carrier oil like jojoba or fractionated coconut oil, store in a dark colored glass bottle with a tight lid with name of blend and date.

Then add 0.5oz (15ml) of Balance blend into 4oz (120ml) either rose, peppermint, lavender, myrtle, or blue yarrow hydrosol. Actually, to get this to fit into a 4 oz spray bottle, you’ll want to either get a little larger bottle or use a bit less of the oil blend, or– use up a little bit of the hydrosol on something else (like a facial toner mixed 1/2 + 1/2 with witch hazel) so it all fits into the bottle.

Shake bottle well, close your eyes and give yourself a nice spray on your face, neck, underarms, legs…wherever needed. Safe for entire body…but keep out of eyes, mouth and off genitals..lol.

 

Several essential oils that contain hormone-like substances related to estrogen are helpful during menopause.

These wonderful oils may be used in many ways, like: in a diffuser, in a massage oil, in the bath, or in salts, or just inhaled . These include:

  • clary sage,
  • geranium
  • clary sage YE womens health
  • Neroli
  • lavender
  • anise,
  • fennel,
  • cypress,
  • angelica,
  • coriander,
  • sage,
  • peppermint
  • lemon
  • rose
  • chamomile
  • jasmine
  • myrtle
  • Vitex
  • Pine
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Jasmine

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Such essential oils, will help relieve hot flashes, and many other issues related to menopause. Since essential oils go right through the skin, applying them to fatty areas of the body where hormones are manufactured and stored will create the most direct effect.

 

I also wrote a couple other posts and articles about this subject:

Dragonfly; Women Going Through Changes

Top 10 Natural Remedies for Menopause and Andropause

New Articles! DIY Anti-aging treatments, Natural Remedies for Menopause & Get Better Skin with Massage

Rose Geranium Essential Oil

Springtime in Florida and neroli… my favorite soul medicine

all about Lavender and where to find the best Lavender essential oils

 

 

Mose of these links for products here are associated with my Amazon affiliate which the little bit of commission I receive helps pay for this and my studies.  🙂 Thanks to all who purchase using my links!

Holy frijoles I’m dyin ova heeah: Hot Flashes Essential Oil Blend for Menopause and Perimenopause

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Oh moy Gwad…, could it get any hotter in heeeeah?

for those suffering with perimenopause, or menopause,  you know exactly what I’m talkin’ about.

Hopefully, those of you suffering with symptoms of aging, hormonal havoc, and symptoms of menopause can find some comfort here…

Some essential oils perfect for when you get those fiesty Hot Flashes-

  • Clary Sage
  • Geranium
  • Peppermint
  • Grapefruit,
  • Lavender,
  • Rose,
  • Frankincense
  • Lemon
  • Chamomile
  • Ylang Ylang
  • neroli
  • cypress
  • Myrtle
  • Blue Yarrow
  • Fennel
  • geranium rose

Pick a few faves and add about 10 total drops to around 4 oz of rose water or peppermint hydrosol. Keep it in the fridge, and pull it out before bedtime, keep it next to the bed. A few sprays will help in the middle of the night.

I use Clary Sage, Rose, Peppermint, Geranium, Frankincense, Lemon, and a couple others for good measure in my blend.  I also created a special blend called Dragonfly; women going through changes .

( also you may want to consider taking some Evening Primrose Oil , I’ve read lots of articles and reviews that say it does wonders, and it seems to get rave reviews.)

If you’re not into creating your own, Here’s a blend from amazon already put together (granted, I’ve not tried this one, but it seems pretty good): Menopause Relief contains: Pure Essential Oil Blend. Contains: Lavender, Cypress, Lemon, Geranium, German Chamomile, Frankincense.

or one by Amrita; Menopause Roll On Relief, Natural Hot Flashes Relief, Organic Lotion Base with Essential Oils of Sweet Fennel, Clary Sage, Rose Geranium, Jasmine and Vitex.

If you want to make your own you can buy essential oils and add them to a lovely floral water or hydrosol for a nice spray…

Balance blend for men and women:

This blend of essential oils has been noted to balance hormones and regulate prostate function in men as well as helping women through their changes.

It has also been used to successfully reduce or eliminate hot flashes for women:

  • 10 drops Clary Sage
  • 5 drops Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare),
  • 10 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia),
  • 5 drops Myrtle (Myrtus communis),
  • 5 drops Frankincense (boswellia carterii or Sacred Frankincense
  • if you dont have frankincense try Blue Yarrow (Achillea millefolium),
  • 5 drops Peppermint (Mentha piperita),
  • 10 Rose Geranium

FYI:::: ———-> Sacred Frankincense is also being studied for helping to cure cancer!!

Mix these essential oils into 2 oz. of a carrier oil like jojoba or fractionated coconut oil, store in a dark colored glass bottle with a tight lid with name of blend and date.

Then add 0.5oz (15ml) of Balance blend into 4oz (120ml) either rose, peppermint, lavender, myrtle, or blue yarrow hydrosol. Actually, to get this to fit into a 4 oz spray bottle, you’ll want to either get a little larger bottle or use a bit less of the oil blend, or– use up a little bit of the hydrosol on something else (like a facial toner mixed 1/2 + 1/2 with witch hazel) so it all fits into the bottle.

Shake bottle well, close your eyes and give yourself a nice spray on your face, neck, underarms, legs…wherever needed. Safe for entire body…but keep out of eyes, mouth and off genitals..lol.

 

Several essential oils that contain hormone-like substances related to estrogen are helpful during menopause.

These wonderful oils may be used in many ways, like: in a diffuser, in a massage oil, in the bath, or in salts, or just inhaled . These include:

  • clary sage,
  • geranium,clary sage YE womens health
  • neroli,
  • lavender
  • anise,
  • fennel,
  • cypress,
  • angelica,
  • coriander,
  • sage,
  • and to a lesser degree, basil.
  • peppermint
  • lemon
  • rose
  • chamomile
  • jasmine
  • myrtle

Such essential oils, will help relieve hot flashes, and many other issues related to menopause. Since essential oils go right through the skin, applying them to fatty areas of the body where hormones are manufactured and stored will create the most direct effect.

 

I also wrote a couple other posts and articles about this subject:

Dragonfly; Women Going Through Changes

Top 10 Natural Remedies for Menopause and Andropause

New Articles! DIY Anti-aging treatments, Natural Remedies for Menopause & Get Better Skin with Massage

Rose Geranium Essential Oil

Springtime in Florida and neroli… my favorite soul medicine

all about Lavender and where to find the best Lavender essential oils

 

 

Mose of these links for products here are associated with my Amazon affiliate which the little bit of commission I receive helps pay for this and my studies.  🙂 Thanks to all who purchase using my links!

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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…

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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.

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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!

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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Natural Holistic Remedies for Shingles

Just recently a good friend of mine came down with shingles. Aww man, I feel so bad for her. It must be horrible, and I wish there was more I could do for her to ease her suffering, so it prompted me to look it up in my article list. Sure enough, I found it was one of my orphaned articles from the old Yahoo Contributor Network / Associated Content library. I’m going to pass is on to her and hopefully have enough ingredients to make her my relief spray. She’s at the doc’s now, and hopefully they’ll give her something to alleviate the horrible symptoms.

Anyway, here’s the article from 2009 in it’s entirety:

There are so many natural and holistic remedies for all types of maladies these days that it is difficult to weed through all the bad or mis-information strewn across the web. This series of articles, “Natural Holistic Remedies” will address only the tried and true remedies and natural therapies, either through personal experience or gathered from trusted sources. I’ve been studying these types of holistic cures and aids for over over 20 years and have discovered many new concepts as well as debunking some older (and some newer ones too).

General Shingles Information

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral infection of the nerve roots. Shingles affects the nerve endings in the skin and results in pain and a rash. Shingles affects 750,000 Americans annually. It can strike at any age but is most common in people older than 40.

Possible Causes of Shingles

Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox When a person has chicken pox, it lives dormant in the body. If it becomes active, it results in a case of the shingles, not another bout of the chicken pox. Approximately 90 percent of people who have chicken pox are at risk of developing shingles. Stress, cancer, use of anti-cancer drugs, spinal cord injuries, the common cold and immune system problems can trigger shingles. People who have never contracted chicken pox have very little chance of developing shingles.

Possible Symptoms of Shingles

The first signs of shingles appear as three or four days of chills, fever, body aches and sometimes pain in the affected area. Then tiny blisters with red rims appear, along with extreme pain and sensitivity at the site. Other symptoms of shingles include fatigue, numbness, depression, tingling, shooting pains, swollen lymph nodes, headache and fever. This phase usually lasts one week to 10 days, when the blisters dry up and fall off. In most cases, shingles lasts a few weeks, but some people can experience pain for months.

Possible Lifestyle Changes for Shingles

There is no way to prevent shingles, but people can avoid getting chicken pox by being immunized with the vermicelli vaccine. People who have never had chicken pox should avoid contact with anyone who has the disease. Avoid contact with anyone with shingles because the fluid from the blisters is extremely contagious. Pregnant women, infants, children and anyone with immune deficiencies should not be in contact with anyone with chicken pox or shingles. Also, things like meditation, Yoga, Pilates, or any naturally calming practices will help keep shingles to a minimum as stress makes shingles worse. Try to keep stress and anxiety to a minimum, whatever works for you!

Personal Experience: Shingles “Natural Remedy” Skeptics

If you’ve ever had shingles before, you know the pain that can be associated with it. Both a cousin and a friend of mine came down with shingles and were both in serious enough pain to ask me for help. While one was very skeptic of “natural cures”, the other was right away willing to try my natural remedy. Needless to say, after making them my “Shingles Relief Spray” and advising them of some dietary adjustments, they are both believers and ask me for all kinds of natural cures and advice now.

Beneficial Dietary & Herbal Aids

  • L-Lysine is important for healing and for fighting the virus that causes shingles.
  • Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids aids in fighting the shingles virus.
  • Vitamin B Complex is needed for nerve health and to counteract deficiencies.
  • Zinc enhances immunity and protects against infection.
  • Calcium and Magnesium for nerve function and healing.
  • Garlic is excellent for building the immune system.
  • SAMe aids in reducing pain and inflammation.
  • Cayenne relieves pain and aids healing.
  • Lemon Balm – This lemon scented herb helps the body fight viruses.
  • Licorice – The licorice has virus-fighting ingredients that can inhibit the herpes simplex virus. It appears to interfere with the growth of the virus. It also fights inflammation and can be used instead of products containing cortisone without the side effects. Taken internally, it can be used as a tea and is often blended with other herbs for taste. Do not take for longer than 6 weeks at a time, and do not take licorice if you have high blood pressure or a history of heart disease.
  • Alfalfa and Dandelion promotes healing.
  • Baikal Skullcap This is an herb that has been used since ancient times in China. It fights bacteria and infections, so it is helpful in treating shingles as well as many other conditions. Used topically, you can make a paste using the ground root mixed with water. Apply the paste to the affected areas as needed.
  • Astragalus Root and Echinacea boosts immune function.
  • Bi phaya yaw (Clinacanthus nutans)- an herb used in traditional Thai medicine, has been shown in clinical studies to shorten the time it takes to recover from shingles in some cases. It is applied in cream form.
  • Olive leaf extract aids in fighting the virus of shingles. Eat plenty of foods that contain vitamin B6, including bananas, nuts, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
  • A combination of oat straw, St. John’s wort, and skullcap helps to reduce stress and itching. Mix equal amounts of oat straw, St. John’s wort, and skullcap tinctures together, and take one teaspoon of this mixture four times daily.

Yellowstar Essentials All Natural Shingles Relief

Analgesic, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Inflammatory, Antiseptic, Anti-Spasmodic, Anti-Viral, Anxiety-Relief, Antifungal, Cooling, Helps Problem Skin Recover Faster.

Ingredients: Aloe vera, Jojoba Oil and Sunflower oil, Ravensara Ravensara aromatica, Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia, Lavender Lavandula augustifolia, Bergamot Citrus bergamia, Thyme Thymus vulgaris ct linalol, German Chamomile Matricaria recutita, Clary Sage Salvia sclarea, Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis, Eucalyptus Eucalyptus globulus, Oregano Origanum vulgare, and other natural essential oils.

For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. If condition worsens or persists for more than seven days, discontinue use and consult a physician. May cause an allergic reaction in some individuals with sensitive skin; test on small area before use. If severe irritation occurs, discontinue use immediately and consult a physician. Do not apply to wounds or broken skin. Do not bandage tightly. Keep this and all drugs out of the reach of children. In case of accidental ingestion contact a Poison Control Center or physician immediately. Do not get on clothing. As with any drug, if you are pregnant or nursing a baby, seek the advice of a health professional before using this product.

REFERENCES:

Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 3rd Edition, Phyllis Balch, CNC; James F. Balch, M.D.

Yellowstar Essentials; click on “Natural Remedies Kits” on the left navigation box to find shingles relief spray

http://www.thehealthsuccesssite.com/shingles.html