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fighting for Florida’s most precious resource

Have you ever dove into a spring so clear blue and refreshing that it changed everything you ever thought you knew about natural springs?

This photo was snapped looking over the edge, standing on the diving platform at Blue Springs March 2015

There is nothing like it in the world; the exhilaration and pure delight of jumping into 72 degree clear cerulean springs on a hot day in the secret places and sacred spaces of Florida’s hidden treasures.

I’ve never felt such pure euphoria and connection to my surroundings as those times swimming in the natural Florida springs. There, bubbling and gurgling out from below, tickling my toes – daring me to dive into its depths I witnessed the primordial bubbles gushing volumes of our most precious resource on Earth, and I was in awe of nature in its purest form. From the first time and after each subsequent visit to our state’s liquid gems I still feel as though I am witness to something so sacred that I have no choice but to protect it, and share my love for these amazing places.

Check out the slideshow of some of my photos from Blue Springs here; http://www.examiner.com/slideshow/blue-springs-high-springs-florida-1 

I recently visited  a string of natural springs that blew my mind, and I don’t put that out there lightly.

In the past my comrades and I  have not only visited, but camped and canoed or kayaked many of our state’s most beautiful springs.

To protect this amazing gem I won’t be listing the exact location of this spring, but for those of you who have seen this precious sapphire sparkling in the sunlight….you wouldn’t forget it – ever.

Read about this place, and the vital importance of saving our springs in this poignant article and beautiful slideshow on Examiner.com here.

We tend to gravitate to the places that
resonate with us the most, and when it comes to tourism, we can’t help
it, we end up visiting many of the same places over and over again.
Now, more than ever we need to be aware of our ‘footprints’. They could
be annihilating the very things we hold so dear. 



Florida boasts many of the world best beaches, but we also have a little secret….there are more natural springs in Florida than anywhere else in the states .

(See http://www.floridasprings.org/learn/questions/). 
Also see my other article and blog post; http://love-light-laugh-dream.blogspot.com/2014/09/are-we-loving-nature-to-death.html

The most important post you’ll ever read about medicine

Once in awhile we come across something that is so important we just want to share it with everyone…. this is one of those things.

according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, more than 100,000 Americans die every year. Not from illegal drugs, not from over-the-counter drugs, not from drug overdoses, and not from drug abuses. But from properly prescribed, properly taken prescriptions. In this country, more people die from doctor’s prescriptions every ten days than were killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

What is the truth about modern medicine? What is the truth about how we are taught to protect our bodies? As I continue to search for these answers, I have come across some fascinating articles by doctors who are trying to find the truth.

Read this fascinating article for yourself, then…

Pass it on!!!

HOW ESSENTIAL OILS COMPARE TO MODERN MEDICINE

http://www.celestinevision.com/2014/10/health/how-essential-oils-compares-to-modern-medicine/

DIY Herbal Tinctures

Many people like taking herbal supplements in the form of pills , but lately herbal pills have come under scrutiny for having no active ingredients and unhealthy additives.

Pills are usually filled with dried up and ground herbs, which oxidize and weaken herbal effectiveness as essential oil content and other constituents degrade.

DIY Herbal Tinctures

Herbal Pills:

Are NOT as bioavailable as liquid, meaning that they don’t absorb as well or as fast into the body as liquid forms such as tinctures

Cannot be tasted, which impairs results .

Pills are not easy to swallow. They are hard to digest and contain unhealthy binders

Most herbal pill casings are not vegetarian, because they contain gelatin which is from an
animal source most of the time, because it is cheaper.

Most casings and binders are not kosher .

Improper drying and over processed preparations may cause essential oils and other constituents to degrade and herbs to dissipate, and may contain contaminants.

Tinctures absorb better, are more effective and cheaper. If you make them yourself then you have quality control.

Learn how to make your own tinctures here > http://earthelixir.ca/herbs/diy-herbal-tinctures/

DIY Herbal Tinctures.

Essential Aromatherapy Resources

Aromatherapy Resources

For the Hobbyist or Professional, or for those who want to create their own spa or bath and body products.

The following is a list of suppliers that I hope may be helpful to you .. as we sell a limited supply of packaging needs and aromatherapy resources around the net.

Websites

National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists
This organization is an educational, nonprofit agency dedicated to enhancing public awareness of the benefits of true aromatherapy and promoting academic standards in aromatherapy education and practice.

Aromatherapy Registration Council
This website gives information on the registration examination for aromatherapists and provides a register of qualified aromatherapists.

International Council for Aromatic and Medicinal Plant (ICMAP)
The Council’s objective is to promote international understanding and cooperation between national and international organizations on the role of medicinal and aromatic plants in science, medicine and industry, and to improve the exchange of information between them.

Best Aromatherapy Books

Here are some good, reliable books:

today’s favorite; by Kurt Schnaubelt, Advanced Aromatherapy; buy at Amazon today!

Battaglia, S., (2003). The complete guide to aromatherapy. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: The International Centre of Aromatherapy.

Bowles, E., (2003). The A to Z of essential oils. London: Quarto Inc.

Buckle, J. (2003). Clinical aromatherapy: Essential oils in practice, 2nd Ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

England, A. (2000). Aromatherapy and massage for mother and baby. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press.

Mojay, Gabriel (2000). Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit. Healing Arts Press.

Price, Shirley (1991). Aromatherapy for Common Ailments. Gaia Books.

Price, S. & Price, L. (1995). Aromatherapy for Health Professionals. Churchill Livingstone, London, England.

Schnaubelt, Kurt (1998). Advanced Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press.

Tisserand, Maggie (1996). Aromatherapy for Women. Healing Arts Press.

Wildwood, Chrissie (1996). The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press.

Worwood, V. (1996) The fragrant mind. Novato, CA: New World Library.

Worwood, V. (1991). The complete book of essential oils & aromatherapy. Novato, CA:  New World Library.

FROM AMAZON.com:

The list author says: “I make sure an author is a Certified Aromatherapist before I trust any books covering essential oils, blends, therapeutic uses, etc. These authors are very well-known in the field and reputable.”

Essential Aromatherapy: A Pocket Guide to Essential Oils and  Aromatherapy
1.  Essential Aromatherapy: A Pocket Guide to Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Susan E. Worwood
The list author says:
“A concise overview of aromatherapy, with a focus on individual oils (what part of plant the oil is derived from, therapeutic properties, most valuable uses, etc.). The 57 essential oils profiled are the most common ones.”
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide  to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism
2.  The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
The list author says:
“This one includes detailed profiles on common essential oils, along with common health issues and ailments that each oil is known for treating. This author runs her family’s essential oils business, and really knows her products well.”
Healing Home Spa: Soothe Your Symptoms, Ease Your Pain, and  Age-Proof Your Body with Pleasure
3.  Healing Home Spa: Soothe Your Symptoms, Ease Your Pain, and Age-Proof Your Body with Pleasure by Valerie Cooksley
The list author says:
“LOVE this book! Great book for recipes for specific health concerns and basics in blending oils for the best effect. It includes additional holistic healing methods (music therapy, breath work, etc.) than just aromatherapy, but still a great aromatherapy reference.”
Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy  Ever Published
4.  Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published by Particia Davis
The list author says:
“This is such a well-researched book that you will truly reference all the time. All the oils and ailments are lumped together in “encyclopedia” fashion and it is text-heavy — you have to read through the entries to find what you need.”
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600  Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health - Beauty - a  Safe Home Environment
5.  The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health – Beauty – a Safe Home Environment by Valerie Ann Worwood
The list author says:
“Worwood’s book is the Bible of any good aromatherapy library! The first book I bought, and one that I turn to time and time again.”
http://www.amazon.com/Best-Aromatherapy-Books/lm/R37QQ7IDDSSN5E

LIST OF SUPPLIERS for bottles, etc.

  1. SKS Bottling – NY: Great for plastic bottles of all types
  2. Carrow Int’l Inc. – IL: One stop shop – for glass (amber / cobalt), same cap for 5ml, 10ml, 15ml, 30ml sizes
  3. Specialty Bottle –WA, Seattle; Great bottles if you just want a few at a time
  4. GO’Berk Bottling Company – NJ: For the big storage amber bottles
  5. Sunburst Bottles – CA: Supplier for the West Coast Folks
  6. Richards Packaging – Canada & USA
  7. Nashville Wraps – TN: Wholesale Gift & Packaging Products
  8. Noble Packaging – NJ / Canada / UK: Packaging items & products
  9. Cape Bottle Company – MA: Contact Lee she is wonderful to work with and extremely helpful

Eat Fruit to Cure Cancer, Get Healthy and Lose Weight

The following is an email I received from a good friend and wanted to share it with you….

Dr Stephen Mak is a friend of mine at the BSF course. He told me he treats terminal ill cancer patients by “un-orthodox” way and many patients recovered. He explains to me before he is using solar energy to clear the illnesses of his patients. He believes on natural healing in the body against illnesses. See the article below.

Dear Shereen,
Thanks for the email on fruits and juices. It is one of the strategies to heal cancer. As of late, my success rate in curing cancer is about 80%. Cancer patients shouldn’t die. The cure for cancer is already found. It is whether you believe it or not? I am sorry for the hundreds of cancer patients who die under the conventional treatments.. .
Thanks and God bless.
Dr Stephen Mak

EATING FRUIT…

We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It’s not as easy as you think. It’s important to know how and when to eat.

What is the correct way of eating fruits?

IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUITS AFTER YOUR MEALS! * FRUITS SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.

If you eat fruit like that, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.

FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD. Let’s say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so.

In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil….

So please eat your fruits on an empty stomach or before your meals! You have heard people complaining — every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats up, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc — actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. The fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas and hence you will bloat!

Graying hair, balding, nervous outburst, and dark circles under the eyes all these will NOT happen if you take fruits on an empty stomach.

There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the Secret of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.

When you need to drink fruit juice – drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don’t even drink juice that has been heated up. Don’t eat cooked fruits because you don’t get the nutrients at all. You only get to taste. Cooking destroys all the vitamins.

But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look!

KIWI: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

APPLE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

ORANGE : Sweetest medicine. Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer.

WATERMELON: Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene — the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium.

GUAVA & PAPAYA: Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content.. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes.

Drinking Cold water after a meal = Cancer! Can u believe this?? For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

This is the best advice I’ve heard about eating fruit. Please share it with everyone you know 🙂

Tea Tree Tested for Strep, Staph, Candida, Acne, Athlete’s Foot & Antibiotic

Tea Tree forest

Tea Tree forest

I’ve been trying to spread the word about the multitude of uses for essential oils over the past 15 years and most of what I’ve heard from the medical community is…

There’s no way an essential oil could work as well as an antibiotic or common western medicine. Well, the scientists that have been conducting tests with all natural essential oils have been proving them wrong.

Essential oils DO work, for a multitude of ailments and only now are being accepted as a “maybe” for a viable replacement.

The widespread use of antibiotics has contributed to the development of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotic treatment.

Now we’ve got bacteria that can not be killed by the typical antibiotic and the western medical world is having to look for alternatives.

Bacteria that are resistant to penicillins, vancomycin, and other antibiotics can cause life-threatening wound infections, primarily in hospitalized patients. There is a critical need to develop new antibiotics with new mechanisms of action.

Tea Tree Blossoms

Tea tree oil and manuka oil are natural substances that appear to be good candidates for the development of new antimicrobial products.

Manuka

This article provides a thorough review of the evidence for a role of these oils in inhibiting the growth of pathogenic bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

However, the experimental conditions and the mode of administration of the oils are not always described. It is not clear how much of the evidence is based on test tube studies and how much is based on topical application of the oils in animal or human subjects.

TeaTreeforest

TeaTreeforest

Review of Tea Tree Oil and Manuka Oil

-Reichling J, Weseler A, Landvatter U, Saller R.

Bioactive essential oils used in phytomedicine as anti-infective agents: Australian tea tree oil and manuka oil. Acta Phytotherapeuitca. 2002;1:26-32.

tea tree blossoms

tea tree blossoms

Australian tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a tree that grows in the subtropical coastal regions of New South Wales and Queensland, Australia.

New Zealand tea tree oil, better known as manuka oil, is made from the leaves and young branches of the manuka plant (Leptospermum scoparium).

Both Manuka and Tea Tree oils are known to have antimicrobial properties and are used in a variety of products applied to the skin.

Australian tea tree oil is widely used in skin creams, body lotions, shampoos, and oral hygiene products. It is also used medicinally to treat skin ulcers and infections.

Manuka oil is used in a skin cream to treat sores on the feet. The purpose of this article was to review the antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral effects of these oils for human and veterinary use.

The essential oils from the Australian tea tree and New Zealand manuka tree contain different compounds and display different antimicrobial activities.

Tea tree oil contains primarily monoterpenes, with terpinen-4-ol as the main component. Tea tree oil contains only small amounts of sesquiterpenes.In contrast, the dominant components of manuka oil are sesquiterpenes. Manuka oil contains only traces of terpinen-4-ol.

Tea tree oil shows activity against a broad spectrum of microorganisms. These include the human pathogens;

Escherichia coli and various Streptococcus and Staphylococcus species. Tea tree oil inhibits the growth of the fungus Candida albicans, the culprit in common yeast infections, and other fungi that cause athlete’s foot infections.

It also inhibits the growth of Propionibacterium acnes, a bacterium implicated in acne. A clinical study found that a gel containing 5% tea tree oil was as effective as a 5% benzoyl peroxide lotion, the established treatment of acne vulgaris.

Tea tree oil may be useful against skin and ear infections in dogs and cats, because it inhibits the growth of the common fungus Malassezia pachydermatis (some caution is warranted when treating animals with tea tree and other essential oils as cases of toxicosis have been repeatedly reported by veterinarians when the oil was applied topically to dogs, cats, and birds. In most cases, the oil was used to treat dermatological conditions at inappropriate high doses.

The typical symptoms of toxicosis observed were depression weakness, uncoordination, and muscle tremors. In the majority of cases, treatment of clinical signs and supportive care have been sufficient to achieve recovery free from pathological conditions within several days.1

Manuka oil has antimicrobial activity against a more limited range of organisms than tea tree oil. It is largely ineffectively against Gram-negative bacteria. However, the investigated Gram-positive bacteria were susceptible to manuka oil at lower concentrations than tea tree oil. A â-triketones-enriched manuka oil inhibited the growth of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium implicated in stomach ulcers, more effectively than tea tree oil.

—Heather S. Oliff, Ph.D.

Reference
1Refer Villar D. et al., “Toxicity of melaleuca oil and related essential oils applied topically on dogs and cats,” Vet Human Toxicol. 1994;36(2):139-142).

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Melaleuca forest

Melaleuca forest

There are numerous tests being done everyday to further enhance the reputation of the natural healing qualities of essential oils to prove once and for all that they really do work, and could benefit us in so many ways.

The natural world is full of wonderful healing medicine……

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