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12 Plants Native Americans Used to Cure EVERYTHING (From joint pain to cancer)

I love finding health articles that center around natural or healing with nature’s cures.

This wonderful and informative article is one you’ll come back to again and again for all its great tips and useful health ephemera gathered from some of nature’s biggest fans; Native American medicine people of the Cherokee tribe.

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Photo by Candice Collins

Article From : http://healthycures.org/plants-for-healing

The Native American tribe Cherokee is indigenous to the Southeastern United States. This tribe believed that they have been given a gift by the Creator which enabled them to understand and use medicinal herbs.

They believed and used the benefits of nature’s pharmacy. Moreover, as plants can become scarce over time, they had a unique gathering method and they picked every third plant they found and thus made sure that they will leave sufficient to continue to propagate.

However, the following 12 plants were used by this tribe in the treatment of almost every single illness and health condition. However, before we explain their properties, we must warn you that they can be quite strong and dangerous if not used properly.

Keep in mind that the Cherokee healers were experienced as they had centuries of practice. Furthermore, it is of high importance to understand their value as powerful natural medications, so you should be gentle when scavenging them.

These are the natural plants that provide amazing health benefits:

Big Stretch (Wild Ginger)

This tribe believed that the mild tea from the root of wild ginger stimulates digestion, and treats the upset stomach, colic, and intestinal gas. Also, the strong tea from the root of wild ginger can eliminate secretion from the lungs.

Another Native American tribe, The Meskwaki, cured earaches by using crushed, steeped stems of wild ginger. The rootstocks can replace regular ginger and flowers as flavoring for numerous recipes you prepare.

Hummingbird Blossom (Buck Brush)

The Cherokee used this medicinal plant to treat mouth and throat issues, inflammation, cysts, and fibroid tumors, and it has been found to regulate high blood pressure and treat lymphatic blockages.

The Cherokee usually used it as a diuretic to stimulate the function of the kidneys, as well as in the case of:

  • enlarged spleens
  • hemorrhoids
  • inflamed tonsils
  • menstrual bleeding
  • enlarged lymph nodes

The Cherokee would steep the leave and flowers in a boiling water for 5 minutes and then consumed it warm in order to obtain best results.

Pull Out a Sticker (Greenbriar)

This plant’s roots are rich in starch, which is full of calories, but has a strange flavor.  The stems and leaves are high in numerous minerals and vitamins. As it has a rubbery texture, you can use its roots like potatoes.

This plant has been used as a mild diuretic in the case of urinary infections and to purify the blood. Its bark and leaves have also been used for the preparation of an ointment which heals burns and minor sores.

Its leaves can be added to tea in order to treat arthritis, and the berries can be either consumed raw, or made into jam.

Mint

Mint is extremely popular nowadays, and it is often consumed in the form of a tea. However, only a few know that it has strong antioxidant properties and that it is high in vitamin C, A, fiber, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.

It has been used by the Cherokee to improve digestion, and its leaves were made into ointments, crushed and applied as cold compresses, or added to baths in order to treat skin itchiness.

Moreover, its leaves and stems were also used as a treatment for high blood pressure. You can also prepare a mint water to treat your cracked nipples while breastfeeding!

Blackberry

This has been the most popular medicine in the case of an upset stomach, but it also has numerous other uses. It can be used to relieve bleeding gums if you chew the leaves.

You can make a cough syrup by preparing a decoction from the roots, sweetened with maple syrup or honey. The strong tea from its root reduces the swelling of the joints and tissues.

These delicious berries are rich in important nutrients, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin, thiamine, folate, and niacin, as well as potassium, zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorous. Furthermore, they are abundant in essential amino acids and dietary fiber.

To see full article read:

http://healthycures.org/plants-for-healing

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The Cherokee have been gifted by the Creator with an understanding of the gathering, use and preservation of medicinal herbs. The Cherokee believe that these plants were put on this earth to provide not only healing methods, but preventative measures, as well.

Many plants have disappeared throughout the years or have become extremely scarce. Because of this, we recommend extreme care in gathering wild herbs and other plants. The old ones taught that when you gather, only pick or dig every third plant you find. This will ensure that enough specimens remain to continue propagation.

Many traditionalists carry on the practice of asking the plant’s permission to be gathered, and leave a small gift of thanks. This can be a small bead or other such item. It is also recommended by Cherokee traditionalists that should you find a wild crop of useful herbs, do not share its location unless it is to a person very close to you. This will ensure that large numbers of people do not clean out an entire wild crop in a short time.

Additional information regarding the gathering, usage and application of medicinal herbs can be found by talking to the elders of a Cherokee family. Many of these people will still recall some of the home remedies that their families used, as well as provide information on herbs which they themselves use.

One of the herbs known the longest time for soothing stomach problems is the blackberry. Using a strong tea from the roots is helpful is reducing and soothing swollen tissues and joints. An infusion from the leaves is also used as a tonic for stimulating the entire system. A decoction from the roots, sweetened with sugar or honey, makes a syrup used for an expectorant. It is also healing for sore throats and gums. The leaves can also be chewed fresh to soothe bleeding gums. The Cherokee historically use the tea for curing diarrhea.

Cherokee healers use a mild tea made from small pieces of black gum bark and twigs to relieve chest pains.
Hummingbird Blossom (Buck Brush) is used by Cherokee healers by making a weak decoction of the roots for a diuretic that stimulates kidney function.

Cat Tail (Cattail) is not a healing agent, but is used for preventative medicine. It is an easily digestible food helpful for recovering from illness, as it is bland. Most all parts of the plant, except for the mature leaves and the seed head, are edible. Due to wide-spread growing areas, it is a reliable food source all across America. The root has a very high starch content, and can be gathered at any time. Preparation is very similar to potatoes, and can be mashed, boiled, or even mixed with other foods. The male plant provides a pollen that is a wonderful source for protein. You can add it as a supplement to other kinds of flour when making breads.

A decoction of the small roots of Pull Out a Sticker (Greenbrier) is useful as a blood purifier. It is also a mild diuretic. Some healers make a salve from the leaves and bark, mixed with hog lard, and apply to minor sores, scalds and burns. Some Cherokee healers also use the root tea for arthritis.

 

 

Top 10 Natural Remedies for Menopause and Andropause

Wait..we know about Menopause, but what’s Andropause?

top 10 natural remedies for menopause and andropause

As with female menopause, the underlying cause of andropause is the decrease in production of naturally occurring hormones within the body. Age takes its toll on everyone, and a decrease in hormone production over time is common to both men and women. Testosterone levels in men begin to decrease as early as age 30, and continue to decline at an estimated 1% per year through the age of 50 and above. Same with progesterone levels in women.

So Andopause is just the male version of Menopause…(who made that name up, I don’t have a clue).  Here’s a side note from Wikipedia about it: ——>

The term “symptomatic late onset hypogonadism” (or “SLOH”) is sometimes considered to refer to the same condition as the word “andropause”.[34][35]

Some researchers prefer the term “androgen deficiency of the aging male” (“ADAM”), to more accurately reflect the fact that the loss of testosterone production is gradual and asymptotic[36] (in contrast to the more abrupt change associated with menopause.[37]) The “D” is sometimes given as “decline” instead of “deficiency”. In some contexts, the term “partial androgen deficiency in aging males” (“PADAM”) is used instead.[38]

OK…back to the task at hand.

We all know that sugar, caffeine, alcohol, stress, and lack of exercise all contribute to worsening symptoms of menopause, PMS, Andropause and almost every other health issue. I never said it was easy, but hey, it must be said—it’s the truth.

But there is some good news, it doesn’t have to be all bad. Read on for more natural remedies to help both women and men with menopause or andropause.

#1 : Exercise

Alright, I know I’ve already mentioned it, but c’mon….it’s really the best thing you could do for yourself, no matter your age or affliction. As with almost every natural remedies list I’ve ever seen, this one too begins with the number one health booster—> exercise.

No one wants to hear it, and most don’t do it enough. But if you’re looking to get healthy or reduce issues with your body, movement is key. Exercise gets things moving again. It doesn’t matter what type of exercise you do as long as your body gets warmed up, with a raise in your heartbeat for at least 20 min., and a cool down period at least 5 days a week. Just do what you love, whether it’s walking, dancing, hiking, swimming, some kind of sport…whatever. Just check with your doctor first. Exercise is vital to life. You stop moving, you stop living.

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#2: Flaxseed

Ok, now for some better news for those that don’t enjoy hearing about what you can’t have, or tired of the negatives associated with menopause and andropause. Susan Moores, (a registered dietitian) says, “Flaxseed falls in the same camp as soy for the phytoestrogens”. One study by the Mayo Clinic found flaxseed could reduce hot flashes as much as 50%. (Men can get hot flashes too).

Flax seeds contain lignans that help balance hormone metabolism and block the negative effects of excess estrogens. Not only is flaxseed good for hormone balancing from phytoestrogens, it also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which can aid in mood stabilization, and is excellent for heart health, skin, nails, and hair. A must-have in your health arsenal.

Eating flaxseeds also increases fiber in your diet which is a great thing, but make sure to also get lots of fiber from vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains. Two tablespoons of ground flax seeds a day are especially helpful in correcting constipation and balancing hormones. Put them in a shake or sprinkle them on salads or food. If you can’t have them or don’t like them take a supplement.  I found some great Flaxseed oil with Omega 3 6 9 at Amazon for a great price..flaxseed oil flowers for health text

#3:Black Cohosh

Another great supplement in your herbal arsenal –>Black Cohosh’s effects were first discovered by Native Americans. From its introduction to early settlers until today, Black Cohosh remains a popular and effective supplement for a variety of hormonal problems.Two German studies have shown black cohosh to be effective in reducing hot flashes, according to A.D.A.M. One study in particular showed 80 percent of women saw a decrease in hot flashes while using black cohosh. However, no long-term studies have been done and there have been reports of side-effects including upset stomach and low blood pressure, caution the experts at Harvard Medical School.

#4:Wild Yam

Some women apply wild yam creams to the skin to reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. “Skin creams that contain extracts of Mexican wild yams have been widely promoted for natural menopause relief for years,” says Harvard Medical School. However, because of variation among products and the individual nature of skin’s responsiveness, this method is not recommended by the North American Menopause Society, says Harvard. There’s no safety data on this hormone, Dr. Richardson cautions. Learn more about the risks and benefits here.

Dr. John R. Lee has observed that natural Mexican wild yam cream gives great relief to men with prostate problems. Their nightly visits to the bathroom ceased, and their energy levels went up. Animal studies have corroborated these results, and studies with humans are on the way.

Wild yam is a plant. It contains a chemical, diosgenin, which can be made in the laboratory into various steroids, such as estrogen and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). The root and the bulb of the plant are used as a source of diosgenin, which is prepared as an “extract,” a liquid that contains concentrated diosgenin.

There are over 600 species of wild yam. Some species are grown specifically as a source of diosgenin for laboratories to use in making steroids. These species are generally not eaten due to a bitter flavor. Only about 12 of the 600 species are considered edible.

Diosgenin or wild yam is often promoted as a “natural alterative” to estrogen therapy, so you will see it used for estrogen replacement therapy, vaginal dryness in older women, PMS (premenstrual syndrome), menstrual cramps, weak bones (osteoporosis), increasing energy and sexual drive in men and women, and breast enlargement. Wild yam does seem to have some estrogen-like activity, but it is not actually converted into estrogen in the body. It takes a laboratory to do that.

Similarly, you will also see wild yam and diosgenin promoted as a “natural DHEA.” This is because in the laboratory DHEA is made from diosgenin, but this chemical reaction is not believed to occur in the human body. So taking wild yam extract will not increase DHEA levels in people. Individuals who are interested in taking DHEA should avoid wild yam products labeled as “natural DHEA.” Wild yam is also used for treating a disorder of the intestines called diverticulosis, gallbladder pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and for increasing energy.

#5: Less Dairy (I know…ugh!)

We know that sugar, caffeine, alcohol, stress, and lack of exercise all contribute to worsening PMS, and menopause. It is also true that dairy consumption can worsen hormonal imbalances because of all the hormones in milk. But note that Calcium and Vitamin D supplements are especially important for women.

#6 Chasteberry; Chasteberry fruit extract (Vitex Agnus-astus)

Chasteberry fruit extract (Vitex Agnus-astus) can help balance the hormones released by the pituitary gland that control your overall hormone function. Studies of over 5,000 women have found it effective. Take 100 mg twice a day of a 10:1 extract.

#7 Xiao Yao San (Rambling Powder)

Chinese herbal formulas may also help. One of the most effective is Xiao Yao San, or Rambling Powder. It contains: Bupleurum Root (Bupleurum chinense), Chinese Peony Root (Paeonia lactiflora), Dong Quai Root (Angelica sinensis), Bai-Zhu Atractylodes Root (Atractylodes macrocephala), Poria Sclerotium (Poria cocos), Ginger Rhizome (Zingiber officinale), Chinese Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza uralensis),and Chinese Mint Leaf (Mentha haplocalyx)

#8 Probiotics

Replacing healthy bacteria in the gut also helps normalize hormones and hormone metabolism. Take 5 to 10 billion live organisms in a daily probiotic supplement.

Beneficial flora metabolize and recycle hormones, including estrogen, thyroid hormones, and phytoestrogens from food sources, which can help offset symptoms of menopause, PMS and perimenopause. In this way, they help maintain proper hormonal balance, and may protect bone and breast health as well. There is evidence that some probiotics may have anti-tumor, anticancer effects by helping us metabolize specific food components (like antioxidants and flavonoids) into useable forms.

#9 Eliminate or Lessen Stress!

Stress is a nasty detriment to you health, no matter your stage in life. And whether you are juggling with home issues, financial issues, family issues, menopause, andropause or just life; dealing with stress is critical. Try destressing your life as much as you are able at least once per day. These techniques and others can help balance hormones.Try these methods:

#10 Try Alternative Therapies

Therapies such as acupuncture and homeopathy  as well as essential oils may help. One clinical trial showed that individualized homeopathy is effective in treating PMS. Others work well for menopause and andropause as well as many other health issues. Five homeopathic medicines were used for women with menopause or PMS: Lachesis, Natrum muriaticum, Nux vomica, Pulsatilla, and Sepia Talk to your homeopathic doctor for more info.

Supplement superstars for menopause, andropause and PMS:

  • Magnesium citrate or glycinate — Take 400 to 600 mg a day. (men and women)
  • Calcium citrate — Take 600 mg a day.(men and women)
  • Vitamin B6 — Take 50 to 100 mg a day along with 800 mcg of folate and 1,000 mcg of vitamin B12. (men and women)
  • Evening primrose oil — Take two 500mg capsules twice a day.(women)
  • EPA/DHA (omega 3 fats) — Take 1,000 mg once or twice a day.(men and women)
  •  Taurine — Take 500 mg a day to help liver detoxification. (men and women)
  •  A good daily multivitamin (men and women)
  • Vitamin E; There has been a study, which showed a slight effect in decreasing hot flashes for women using vitamin E, says Dr. Marcie Richardson. Along with reducing hot flashes vitamin E may carry with it extra benefits, such as fending off macular degeneration, lowering blood pressure, and slowing the aging of cells and tissues according to A.D.A.M.
  • For intractable cases of  menopause, or PMS, occasionally use topical, natural bioidentical progesterone in the last two weeks of the menstrual cycle. The usual dose is 1/2 tsp (20 to 40 mg) applied at night to thin skin areas for the last two weeks of the menstrual cycle (or when it would have been for menopause).

Other herbal supplements that may help with menopause:

  • Damainia (Turnera diffusa or Turnera aphrodisiaca)-see below
  • Oat Straw
  • Dong Quai (Chinese Angelica)
  • Red Clover
  • Dandelion root- Dandelion root can help with liver detoxification and works as a diuretic.
  • Isoflavones from soy, red clover, or kudzu root improve estrogen detoxification by boosting the activity of specific detox enzymes. They can be taken as supplements or consumed in the diet.

Damiana

Damaina is legal to grow, buy, sell, own, and use in most places. However it is restricted in Louisiana as of 2005.

Damiana (Turnera diffusa or Turnera aphrodisiaca) is a woody plant with several stems that grows in hot and humid parts of Mexico, Central and South America. It can also be found under such names as “herba de la pastora,” “Mexican damiana,” and “old woman’s broom”. Having been first introduced in the USA in 1874, Damiana herb has a long and interesting history of use in the folk medicine. Damiana has been long used as a relaxant and aphrodisiac. Native Mexican Indians were known to drink sweetened Damiana tea and it is believed to be one of the original ingredients of margaritas.

The use of Damiana as an aphrodisiac has continued into modern times. In fact, recent studies have shown that it does cause an increase of sexual activity in rats, though it has yet to be scientifically tested on humans. Damiana is used both for its libido stimulating effects as well as for the somewhat narcotic effect it causes. The effect of the tea is believed to be similar to the high obtained from smoking marijuana but milder.

The indigenous population praises the plant for its antidepressant, diuretic, tonic, hypoglycemic, and antibacterial properties. Ancient Mayas and Aztecs used Damiana as a general tonic to improve health condition.

Ancient people thought that Damiana was effective in raising libido, calming nerves and relieving depression and anxiety. They smoked plant’s leaves to relax. Smoking Damiana is practiced even nowadays. Some researchers say that the effect from smoking the herb’s leaves on human brains is similar to the influence of cannabis.

It is interesting to note that boosting sexual desire is not the only property of Damiana. Native tribes also use it to treat constipation and digestive problems, as well as gastric ulcers, menstrual irregularities, and bed-wetting. Although it is widely used, scientific support for the benefits of this herb are lacking.

Chemical structure of Damiana is rather complicated. The herb is rich in many active components that account for its main medicinal uses and applications. One of the main constituents is volatile oil that is found in the leaves of Damiana. This oil consists of at least 20 elements, including 1.8-cineole, p-cymene, alpha- and beta-pinene, thymol, alpha-copaene, and calamene. The leaves are also a source of flavonoids, tannins, damianin, beta-sitosterol, arbutin.

Damiana can affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar carefully. Damiana is not recommended for people with diabetes, a history of breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or other psychiatric disorders. It should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor before using any herbal supplement to see if it interferes with any medication you take.

Oatstraw:

Oat Straw ranks among the most important restoratives for conditions of the central nervous system. Because of its selective action upon the nervous structure which supplies the reproductive organs, it will be found to allay nervous excitement, nervous palpitation of the heart, insomnia and mental weakness. It has been shown to have a positive effect upon male impotence.

Wild Yam:

Research indicates that Wild Yam is a powerful alternative medicine containing many steroidal saponins, mainly Dioscin which is widely used to manufacture progesterone and other steroid drugs used as contraceptives and in the treatment of various disorders of the genitary organs as well as in other diseases such as asthma and arthritis. Other constituents Phytosterols (beta-sitosterol), alkaloids and Tannins make this plant useful as an antiinflammatory, antispasmodic, cholagogue, diaphoretic and vasodilator. A decoction of the root is used to alleviate many of the symptoms of menopause and PMS such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, and vaginal dryness. It is also used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis, gall bladder complaints, spasmodic cramps, painful menstruation, and in small doses is especially helpful in treating the nausea of pregnant women.

Red Clover:

Red clover is often used to reduce vaginal dryness and decrease hot flashes. The effectiveness of red clover is thought to be due to a plant-chemical, isoflavones, which has an estrogen-like effect in the body. However, according to Harvard Medical School, research results have been disappointing. Two studies published in the journal ‘Menopause’ found that women fared no better with red clover than a placebo for both hot flashes and vaginal dryness.

Resources and More Reading:

Essential Oils and natural remedies for Menopause

Mark Hyman, MD article

natural approach to male menopause:

Herbal supplement guide/ damiana

chinese herbs damiana;

Wild Yam

massage oil recipe to help with menopause or andropause

essential oils to add to your bath for menopause or andropause

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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.

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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

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DIY Natural Travel Kit with Essential Oils

imagesHow to Make a Natural Travel Kit with Essential Oils

Plus Recipes For; Sunburn Relief Spray, Jet Lag, Migraines, Stress Headaches, Nausea, Travel Sickness, Queasiness, Fear of Flying, and Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis

Aromatherapy can be a very helpful companion

when embarking upona long journey,

or even just a short trip,

and may even effectively replace some other

traditional medicines for those that are looking for

a natural alternative.

 

If you suffer from travel sickness,

headaches or migraines,

queasiness, fear of flying, jet lag,

insect bites and/or sun burns,

read on to find essential oil remedies that help with those maladies.

Original article published 2008 on Associated Content- posted here in full..Enjoy! Hope these tips help you on your next trip!

 

Aromatherapy can be a very helpful companion when embarking upon a long journey, or even just a short trip, and may even effectively replace some other traditional medicines for those that are looking for a natural alternative. While traveling may be a part of our work and our play, for those that suffer from travel-troubles it can be a nightmare. If you suffer from travel sickness, headaches or migraines, queasiness, fear of flying, jet lag, insect bites and sun burns, here you will find essential oil remedies to help with those maladies. I’ve also included a recipe for a massage blend to keep deep vein thrombosis at bay, as well.

Important Notes for Using Essential Oils; Dilutions and Usage of Essential Oils:

Always dilute essential oils, as they are very potent and too concentrated to use undiluted on the skin. To use essential oils in a massage, use the following dilutions:

For most people ages 12-65 add no more than 20 drops of your chosen essential oil(s) per ounce of carrier oils.

For those aged 4-6 or those over age 65, do not use more than 10 drops per ounce of carrier, and those aged 1-4, no more than 5 drops per ounce of carrier of safe essential oils.

For pregnant women or babies, only minute quantities of safe essential oils should be used. For instance, only 1-4 drops of essential oils should be used per ounce of carrier.

NOTE: Only Tea Tree, Lavender, Roman Chamomile 3%, Dill, and Mandarin (be careful of phototoxicity with citrus oils), as well as Eucalyptus Smithii (the mildest of all the Eucalyptus’) are safe for children and the elderly, and are the only essential oils that should be used on pregnant women, or children under 4 years old.

Here’s how to make your own natural travel kit with essential oils:

First, gather ingredients. Here’s a list of essential oils and items you’ll need;

  • Peppermint essential oil (peppermint supreme is best)
  • Lavender (French Lavender is best),
  • Ginger Root essential oil,
  • Eucalyptus Globulus (or Eucalyptus Smithii if using on children) essential oil,
  • Geranium essential oil,
  • Cypress essential oil (French Cypress is best),
  • Chamomile (Roman Chamomile 3% is best as it is less expensive than pure and is already diluted),
  • Grapeseed oil (or other carrier oil such as sweet almond, fractionated coconut, olive, sunflower, or mixture of carrier oils),
  • Aloe Vera liquid or gel (for insect bite relief roll-on)
  • Aromatherapy Inhalers (empty inhalers you can fill yourself),
  • 3.4 oz. (100ml) spray bottle (for sunburn relief spray), and
  • 3.4 oz. (100ml) plastic disc top bottle (for massage blend).
  • Small roll-on bottle for insect bite relief blend. I found a package of 12 roll-on bottles in 5ml size on amazon here.

Both types of empty bottles (spray bottles and massage blend bottles) can be purchased at Walmart or Dollar Tree, and Mountain Rose Herbs is a great place for essential oils and carriers . An easy way to label the aromatherapy inhalers is to write the title on a small piece of paper (about 1/2 in. by 1.5 in. will fit most inhalers), and cover the label with clear tape to prevent water ruining the label. Then attach the label to the inhaler with more clear tape. I use clear shipping tape, as it is wide enough to cover the label and reach over the edges, so it sticks to the label and the inhaler. Same goes for the massage bottle label, except for the size of the paper.

Recipes for Natural Travel Kit:

Sunburn relief spray – For the 3.4 oz (100ml) bottle

  • 1 oz Aloe Vera Gel
  • 2 oz purified water
  • 20 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops Vitamin E Oil (or 2-3 Vit. E oil caplets)
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 15 drops Roman Chamomile 3% essential oil

Mix, and shake well before each use. Spray over affected area whenever needed.

Here are a few extra tips to help heal sunburn quickly: Drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun until the sunburn completely heals, and avoid drinking any alcohol–because alcohol dehydrates you and your body needs water to repair the damaged skin. Also, wear loose natural clothing like light cottons, or silks.

Insect bite relief– For the 5ml roll-on bottle

  • 25 drops of Lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops of Tea Tree essential oil
  • 50 drops of Aloe Vera liquid (or thinned-out aloe gel)

Add ingredients to roll-on bottle, shake well. Replace roller ball and cap. Roll directly on the bite to relieve itching as well as promote healing.

Jet lag aromatherapy inhaler

  • 2 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops Geranium or Rose Geranium essential oil

Open the inhaler; add the drops of essential oils on the cotton filter. Place the cotton filter in the inhaler tube and close the bottom. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. Inhale gently whenever needed. Here are a few extra tips for naturally preventing jet lag: Make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, no alcoholic or caffeinated drinks. Try ordering a ginger ale or a water when you are flying. Also, for some, taking two capsules of ginger before flying really helps. Also make sure to keep moving, it isn’t helpful to stay stagnant the whole trip. If you can’t walk around, just do some simple exercises while sitting. Try some leg raises, palm contractions, or roll your ankles and feet in circles with your legs stretched out as far as they can. Also be sure to eat healthy meals on time, don’t skip any meals.

Aromatherapy inhaler and massage oil recipe for migraines, stress headache, nausea and depression

  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Peppermint

Make an aromatherapy inhaler by opening the empty inhaler, adding the drops to the filter, replacing filter, and closing the inhaler tube. You can take this with you on any trip because of its small size. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. You can also make a massage oil by adding these oils to a carrier. To make this into a massage oil in the 3.4 oz (100ml) bottle, use 30 drops Lavender, 15 drops R.Chamomile, and 15 drops Peppermint essential oils to 3 oz. of carrier like Grapeseed oil. Shake well, and be sure to add a label to the bottle or inhaler, so you always know what’s inside. To use the massage oil, shake well, and massage about 1 tsp. of the blend into the mastoids behind the ear, as well as the temples (being careful not to get any in the eyes). You may also massage over the abdominal/naval area if you wish. Do this hourly. You can also place a warm compress over the stomach after the oils are applied. Use the inhaler 4-6 times per hour, or as needed.

Travel sickness aromatherapy inhaler

If you get travel sickness when you fly, or when on a cruise ship, make an aromatherapy inhaler and gently inhale before and during your trip. This will help to calm and relax you, inside and out, whenever you feel ill from traveling. This blend is also good for stress when dealing with flight turbulence.

  • 4 drops of Peppermint
  • 4 drops of Lavender

To make the aromatherapy travel sickness inhaler open the inhaler; add the drops of essential oils on the cotton filter, then put the cotton filter back in the inhaler tube and close the bottom. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. Inhale gently whenever needed.

Travel queasiness aromatherapy inhaler

If you are prone to your stomach leaping, turning and churning during a flight, make this blend for your inhaler as it really helps with queasiness. This blend is also good for stress when dealing with flight turbulence.

  • 6 drops of Ginger
  • 2 drops of Peppermint

To make the aromatherapy queasiness inhaler open the inhaler; add the drops of essential oils on the cotton filter, then put the cotton filter back in the inhaler tube and close the bottom. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. Inhale gently to help settle your stomach.

Fear of flying aromatherapy inhaler

This blend is perfect for those who suffer from fear of flying. Inhale for a few minutes before takeoff, and again during the flight.

  • 4 drops of Chamomile Roman 3%
  • 2 drops of Lavender

To make the aromatherapy fear of flying inhaler open the inhaler; add the drops of essential oils on the cotton filter, then put the cotton filter back in the inhaler tube and close the bottom. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. Inhale gently whenever needed. The calming properties of these oils will help you relax the entire flight.

Travel massage oil

  • 3 oz. or 90 ml of grape seed oil
  • 15 drops Eucalyptus globulus (or Eucalyptus Smitii)
  • 5 drops of Cypress French
  • 5 drops Ginger essential oil

Combine all ingredients in the disc-top bottle and shake well before use. Apply to the skin by pouring out about 1 tabelspoon in your palm, rubbing palms together to warm oil, and gently massaging your legs. Here are a few other tips for preventing deep vein thrombosis:

Try to move as often as possible during long trips to prevent deep vein thrombosis from occurring, (which is caused by blood clots forming in the legs due to the lack of movement). Exercise your lower calf muscles if you’ll be sitting a long time. Whenever possible, get up and walk around. If you can’t get up to walk around, try raising and lowering your heels while keeping your toes on the floor, then raising your toes while your heels are on the floor.

Extra Notes on Essential Oils for Travel:

Peppermint, Ginger, and Lavender essential oils are the best for relieving nausea, motion sickness, or just feeling queasy. Keep these close at hand for trips.

Lavender is one of those essential oils that you should always have for a multitude of purposes, as it can be used for almost anything because of it being a natural balancer,

Also, Rosemary, Peppermint, and Grapefruit are great for an invigorating blend that stimulates physical and mental energy.

Cypress essential oil is also great for cellulite, varicose veins, water retention, stress, nervous tension, menstrual problems, as well as a good anti-inflammatory.

Ginger essential oil is also useful for treating rheumatism, arthritis, nausea, hangovers, colds and flu, congestion, coughs, sinusitis, cramps, chills, fever, bruising, sore throat and diarrhea.


Resources & More Reading:

Esoteric Oils; http://www.essentialoils.co.za/treatment/jet-lag.htm

BirchHillHappenings; http://birchhillhappenings.com/motion.htm

New Directions Aromatics; essential oils for travel

Find Ingredients and Supplies:

Roll-on Bottles

Aromatherapy Inhalers

Mountain Rose Herbs for essential oils and carriers

Bottle (100mL)+Spray Pump Atomizer Sprayer Empty Bottle

Yellowstar Essentials Essential Oil Travel Kit; http://sites.google.com/site/yellowstaressentials/Home/aromatherapy

More Reading on Essential Oils & Natural Remedies

List of Essential Oils for Specific Emotions

Can Essential Oils Help with Depression & Anxiety? Using Aromatherapy as a Mood Regulator

 

Original article at :  http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7884542/how_to_make_a_natural_travel_kit_with.html?cat=5

FromNatureWithLove.com

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/

Recipe and uses for natural vapor rub and unpetroleum jelly recipe

Do you use Vaseline?  Or are you a purist who refuses to use any petrol-type product or anything with mineral oil?

I love making my own products anyway, so my answer was a no-brainer.

Anything that I can make with my own ingredients is A+++’s over anything store-bought, but for those that don’t mind read on.

 

Vaseline (also know as petroleum jelly) has been in use since the 1860’s. A chemist from New York, who upon visiting an oil rig, noticed the raw material of petrolatum (a gooey substance known as “rod wax”) stuck to the drilling rigs. After much experimentation, he developed a process to distill the rod wax into petrolatum.

What is petroleum jelly?

Also called petrolatum or soft paraffin, petroleum jelly is a mix of mineral oils, paraffin, and microcrystalline waxes. With a melting point of just above 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, it literally melts on the skin, in the process, filling the gaps in the lipid barrier. It doesn’t really add any moisture to skin, but keeps it from naturally losing moisture to evaporation (for instance, in extremely dry weather) and also serves as a protective barrier, keeping harsh cold weather and wind out. It is a by-product of oil production.

However, petrolatum is also highly associated with carcinogens, i.e. studies have shown it can cause cancer.
It is refined into petroleum jelly that you buy in the Vaseline tub through very specific processes. This refining is done by a number of sources.

This refining is also the key to the carcinogenic classification by the European Union in its ‘Dangerous Substance Directive.’ Since petrolatum is derived from oil, it needs to be refined. Some of the methods for this refining and some methods of petrolatum production, have been shown to contain hazardous, toxic or carcinogenic components. One of the most notable contaminants, PHAs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), have been linked to cancer.
Yet, these contaminants are removed in the refining process. Thus, the product Vaseline itself is NOT carcinogenic, never has been, and never will be, if handled and refined properly. –Samantha from makeupandbeauty.com

Everyone has their own opinion of petroleum jelly, and some consider it unsafe; such as DR. OZ.

the dangers of Petroleum Jelly from Dr. Oz:

Petroleum jelly is a byproduct of oil drilling, and when you spread it on your lips, you end up eating it, which is essentially the same as drinking gasoline. Add up the amount of lip-gloss the average woman uses (and consumes) over a decade, and it equals 7 pounds. The European Union has banned many petroleum jelly products, and experts are concerned they could be linked to cancer. Women with breast cancer have twice the levels of hydrocarbons (substances found in petroleum jelly) in their breasts than women who haven’t had breast cancer. Steer clear of any products that list petroleum jelly or mineral oil on the ingredient list.     ~~~Dr. Oz

Ok, so no matter how you feel about it, I have a great recipe for a perfect unpetroleum jelly that works just as well as Vaseline and you ask…how do we get the great benefits of this wonder product without harming our bodies?

Here’s a great all purpose recipe for the best UNpetroleum jelly, and the only one you’ll ever need. Plus, read on for more than 50 uses for this all-around must have item.

UN-petroleum jelly recipe

1/4 cup oil or 2 oz.  of  Coconut oil (or favorite carrier oil will do) I like to use organic coconut oil for its extended shelf life, but you can use more than one oil if you choose (like olive and coconut, or sweet almond and hazelnut, or any carrier oils you like!)

1 tablespoon vitamin e oil

1/2 oz beeswax or even candililla wax (vegan alternative) or  Carnauba Wax Natural-Vegan- hardest wax

Directions:

Warm oils and waxes to melt together (over double boiler) or use pyrex glass measuring cup in microwave in short bursts so the oils and waxes don’t burn.  Pour into 2 oz. container, cool, and use within 6-8 months. This recipe can be doubled, tripled, or even halved for your convenience. If you like a harder product; use less oil and more wax, and for softer spread, use more oil and less wax.

Use just like Vaseline or petroleum jelly. You can even add some essential oils to make your own Vicks.

Vicks vapor rub is basically petroleum jelly with camphor, eucalyptus oil and menthol.  The three most important ingredients in Vicks, relieve congestion and coughing when breathed in. The product also works as a good topical analgesic for other issues like:

Headaches- rub a bit on the temples,  and for sinus headache,  rub a little under the nose.

Muscle aches-  rub into sore muscles to soothe aching muscles

Ear aches- for minor ear ache add a bit to a cotton ball and place in ear every night till symptoms subside

Dry cracked heels- rub into just showered or soaked wet skin and cover with socks over night

Toenail fungus- rub into just washed feet and cover with socks overnight till problem subsides.

And more!  Like chest colds,  flu,  fever,  colds,  etc.  Rub on chest,  under nose and bottom of feet then wear socks to bed.

 

 Vapor Rub Recipe

Melt wax and oils in double boiler, remove and  stir in essential oils and menthol crystals. Pour into jars.

OVER 50 beauty tips and ways to use your un-petroleum jelly

or if you must, the original Vaseline (Courtesy of Christina Loves)

1. Put a coat on your eyelashes before you go to bed. Lots of people swear by this – and say it will make your lashes grow longer and thicker over time.
2. Put a coat of Vaseline on your feet at night, cover them with socks and wake up to softer feet – every day!
3. Put Vaseline on your elbows every day – they will stay soft!
4. Put Vaseline on your cuticles several times a day for softer and better looking cuticles every day.
5. Put Vaseline on chapped lips
6. Use Vaseline as lip gloss
7. Mix a little Vaseline with a little Kool-Aid powder and make a colored and flavored lip gloss!
8. Melt Vaseline and one chocolate chip in the microwave, mix and let re solidify for chocolate lip gloss!
9. Maintains perfume scent longer when applied at perfume points before spritzing the perfume.
10. Can be used as a moisturizer for acne sufferers (it is a misconception that it clogs pores)
11. Moisturizes severe dry skin
12. Use Vaseline on your knees to prevent that dry, ashy look
13. Mix with sea salts to make a scrub!
14. Applying Vaseline on your teeth prevents lips from sticking to teeth for celebrities and contestants in beauty pageants who smile a lot
15. Applied on teeth before applying lipstick prevents lipstick from sticking on them
16. Massage, baby!
17. Warmed up can be used as a night cream
18. Makeup remover
19. Protects skin exposed to adverse weather
20. Applied under eye shadow it can create a shiny effect
21. Applied on cheeks for a dewy look
22. Can be used to smooth and soothe skin after shaving
23. Used in manicures under cuticles
24. Gets rid of dry skin lines which can arise from washing
25. Lubricates ear lobes and helps to make earring insertion easy and painless
26. Keeps fingernails pliable and resilient
27. Use with your lipstick to create a cream blusher for your cheeks
28. Helps to ease off stuck on rings
29. Tames unruly eyebrows
30. Defines eyelashes and leaves them with a glossy and waterproof look
31. Conditions scalp pre-shampooing
32. Can help prevent chaffing
33. Aids with healing after cosmetic surgery procedures
34. Reduces scaling and itching associated with dandruff
35. Theraputic when applied to lesions caused by poison ivy
36. Can help improve condition of those with atopic eczema
37. Helps heal and protect new tattoos
38. Can protect against harmful hair dyeing, perming and straightening chemicals when used as a mask around the hairline
39. Use a tiny dab to put a quick shine on your shoes and bags
40. Smear a tiny bit on your hands and scrunch through your hair for a choppy look
41. Use just a touch on the ends of your hair to hide dry and split ends
42. Remove makeup stains from clothing
43. Rub Vaseline on the neck of your nail polish bottles and they won’t get stuck to the caps
44. Make your week old nail polish look new again – rub a small dab over the polish.
45. Use a touch of Vaseline mixed with powder eyeshadow pigment to make new colors, or a more solid eyeshadow that won’t get all over your face when you put it on.
46. Stretch your favorite lotion by mixing it with Vaseline.
47. Put Vaseline on your lips, leave it a few minutes, then scrub your lips with a toothbrush to exfoliate and leave them SO smooth
48. Remove false eyelash glue from your lash line
49. Apply a small amount on dry spots on your body before fake tanning lotions are applied, and prevent uneven tanning!
50. Generously apply Vaseline all over before taking flights to combat associated dryness

51. Prevents or helps remove stretchmarks (see my article How to erase or remove stretchmarks scars or keloids with essential oils) http://yellowstar2000.hubpages.com/hub/Reduce-Stretchmarks-Keloids-or-Scars-with-Essential-Oils

Also is great for pumpkin carvings:
Once you carve your Halloween pumpkin, rub Vaseline on the exposed edges. it keeps it from rotting or going dry.

OTHER USES :

Keep an outdoor light bulb from sticking
Have you ever unscrewed a light bulb and found yourself holding the glass while the metal base remains in the socket? It won’t happen again if you remember to apply petroleum jelly to the base of the bulb before screwing it into the fixture. This is an especially good idea for light bulbs used outdoors.

Remove watermarks on wood
Your most recent party left lots of watermark rings on your wood furniture. To make them disappear, apply petroleum jelly and let it sit overnight. In the morning, wipe the watermark away with the jelly.

Around the House
Take out lipstick stains
You set the table at that lovely dinner party with your favorite cloth napkins, but your girlfriends left their mark all over them. Now dotted with lipstick stains, those napkins may be headed for the trash. But try this first. Before you wash them, blot petroleum jelly on the stain. Launder as usual and hopefully you will kiss the stains good-bye.

Eject wax from candlesticks
The long red tapers you used at last night’s candlelit dinner were a beautiful sight until you saw the candle wax drippings left in the candle holders. Next time apply petroleum jelly to the insides of the holders before you put the candles in. The wax will pop out for easy cleaning.

Remove chewing gum from wood
Did you discover bubble gum stuck under the dining room table or behind the headboard of Junior’s bed? Trouble yourself about it no further. Squeeze some petroleum jelly on the offending wad, rub it in until the gum starts to disintegrate, then remove.

Keep a bottle lid from sticking
If you’re having a hard time unscrewing that bottle of glue or nail polish, remember this tip for when you finally do get it open. Rub a little petroleum jelly along the rim of the bottle. Next time, the top won’t stick.

For Personal Grooming
Moisturize your lips and more
If you don’t want to pay a lot for expensive lip balm, makeup remover, or even facial moisturizer, then your answer is a tube of petroleum jelly. It can soothe lips; take off foundation, eye shadow, mascara, and more. It will even act as a moisturizer on your face.

Make emergency makeup
Oh no! You’ve run out of your favorite shade of eye shadow. What do you do now? It’s easy — make your own. Add a bit of food coloring to petroleum jelly and apply as usual. This is a quick way to make stopgap blush, lipstick, or eye shadow.

Lengthen the life of perfume
You’ve picked out a great scent to wear on your night out, but it’s got to last. Worry not. Dab a bit of petroleum jelly on your pulse points. Then spray on the perfume. Now you can dance the night away and not worry about your perfume turning in early.

Soften chapped hands
If you’re constantly applying hand lotion to your tired, chapped hands, but then taking it off again so you can get more work done, try this tip. Apply a liberal amount of petroleum jelly to your hands just before you go to bed. By morning, they’ll be soft and smooth.

Smooth wild eyebrow hairs
If you have runaway eyebrows — the ones where the hairs won’t lie flat but curl up instead, control the wildness with some petroleum jelly. Rub a dab into your brows. They’ll calm down and behave.

Heal wind burned skin
You’ve just had a glorious hike through the countryside in autumn. And as much as you enjoyed the changing colors of the season, the hike has left you with an unpleasant souvenir: windburn. Grab a jar of petroleum jelly and apply it liberally to your face or wherever you’ve been chapped. The jelly helps relieve the pain.

Use as a lube
Of course you crafty fags from the 1970′s have been using Vaseline as a lubricant. Hence that is why all these 70 year old queens have the face of an shriveled apple but the cocks of a fifteen year old. LOL!!!!!!!!!! I would not recommend using them with condoms, but as a gel to masturbate with it is extremely handy. (Courtesy of Hedda Lettuce; http://heddalettuce.com/?p=4063)

Thanks for reading!

sources and more reading;

Aromatherapy Remedy Reference; Physical, Emotional & Mental Symptoms List

Aromatherapy Remedy Reference …Cont…

Aromatherapy Recipes;

Mental Fatigue,

Apathy-buster blend,

Ease Exhaustion Blend,

Romantic massage oil,

Exotic aftershave recipe

Reduce Stretchmarks, Scars or Keloids with Essential Oils, Scar Serum Recipe

All about Lavender

Read more about Helichrysum oil in action:Buy Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, Advanced Aromatherapy.

The Supportive Healing of Helichrysum A.K.A Everlasting & Immortelle: Wondrous Essential Oil Support for Healing Wounds and Scars with Essential Oils

Helichrysum italicum spp. serotinum: The best Helichrysum italicum is produced in Corsica,

Blue Healer (you can buy blue healer from; http://www.theoilshop.com)

wrinkle repair and reducer recipe

DIY Beauty Recipe : 8 Flower Nectar Elixir , Anti-aging serum

DIY rejuvenation face mask recipe, helps to smooth wrinkles, fine lines, chapped, oily or unbalanced skin

Candice’s hubpages articles

more awesome information about Helichrysum; http://theida.com/essential-oils/helichrysum-helichrysum-italicum

Original Swiss Aromatics, www.originalswissaromatics.com

Racine, P. (2003). Inhibition of 5-Lipoxygenaxe by essential oils and other natural fragrant extracts. International Journal of Aromatherapy, 13.2/3, p. 138-142.

Schnaubelt, K. (1995). Advanced Aromatherapy. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.

Schnaubelt, K. (1999). Medical Aromatherapy. Berkely, CA: Frog, Ltd.

Haas, M. (2004). Quick Reference Guide for 114 Important Essential Oils. San Rafael, CA: Linda Scent and Image             books.

Holmes, P. Helichrysum notes. Retrieved on October 23, 2007 from: http://www.snowlotus.org/html/oils/photos3.html

Holmes, P. (n/d). Clinical Aromatherapy: Using Essential Oils for Healing Body and Soul. Self-published.

Horrigan, C. (2004). The benefits and possibilities for the use of aromatherapy in palliative care. International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy, 1/2, p.23-27

http://draxe.com/peppermint-oil-uses-benefits/

Recipe and Uses for Homemade Unpetroleum Jelly, and vapor rub recipe

 

http://draxe.com/peppermint-oil-uses-benefits/

 

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