Food Allergy and Intolerance

Many different names are used to describe adverse reactions to foods, including food hypersensitivity, food intolerance, food allergy and many other medical and non-medical terms.  Food allergies were a rarity just 40 or 50 years ago, but today an estimated one out of every 13 children has a food allergy — and the incidence is increasing. According to UK data, hospitalizations for food allergy increased by 500 percent from 1990 to 2006 [1].

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There are likely genetic and environmental factors triggering the rise in food allergies; genetic modification, food additives, and abnormal gut flora are some potential culprits.

Leading GMO expert Jeffrey Smith explained:

Levels of one known soy allergen, trypsin inhibitor, were up to seven times higher in cooked GM soy compared to cooked non-GM soy. Another study discovered a unique, unexpected protein in GM soy, likely to trigger allergies. In addition, of eight human subjects who had a skin-prick (allergy-type) reaction to GM soy, one did not also react to non-GM soy, suggesting that GM soy is uniquely dangerous”.

Abnormalities in your immune system—such as allergies and autoimmune diseases—are a common outcome of GAPS, as about 85 percent of your immune system is located in your gut (more on gut health). When your gut flora is abnormal, your gut lining begins to deteriorate, since it is actively maintained by your gut flora.

According to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, who discovered GAPS:

“It becomes like a sieve, and foods don’t get the chance to be digested properly before they are absorbed. They’re absorbed in this maldigested or partially broken down form. When the immune system and the bloodstream finds them and looks at them, it doesn’t recognize them as food. It says, ‘You’re not food. I don’t recognize you,’ and it reacts to them. It creates immune complexes, which attack these partially digested proteins. As a result, we’ll get all sorts of symptoms in your body.”

Food allergy is a reaction caused by the immune system’s reaction to a food, causing distressing and often severe symptoms.

Symptoms caused by an allergic reaction to food can range from skin reactions, which include itching and rashes (urticaria); swelling (angioedema); gut symptoms, vomiting, tummy pain, diarrhoea; respiratory symptoms such as blocked or runny nose, coughing and wheezing. These symptoms usually develop rapidly. The most severe cases (anaphylaxis) can be life threatening, requiring immediate medical attention. Reactions can often occur to trace amounts of foods so complete exclusion is essential. Some people can tolerate a well-cooked version of the food but will react to the food in its part-cooked or raw state. E.g. egg in a cake is often tolerated but the same person will react to boiled and scrambled eggs, and mayonnaise.

Research has found that junk food increases a child’s risk of asthma and allergies. Food preservatives are also known to trigger asthma attacks in some people, particularly sulfites, which are found in foods like shrimp, dried fruits and wine [2] They include:

  • Sodium bisulfite
  • Potassium bisulfite
  • Sodium metabisulfite
  • Potassium metabisulfite
  • Sodium sulfite
  • Food allergy involves the body’s immune system and is a reaction to a specific food or foods

Food intolerance is not so clear cut and the cause can take some time to diagnose. Although not life threatening, it can and often does, make the sufferer feel extremely unwell and can have a major impact on working and social life. Ongoing symptoms can also affect the person psychologically as they feel they will never get better.

Food intolerance reactions do not involve IgE antibodies or the immune system. Reactions are usually delayed, occurring several hours and sometimes up to several days after eating the offending food. The symptoms caused by these reactions are usually gut symptoms, such as bloating, diarrhoea, constipation and IBS, skin problems such as eczema and joint pain, moodiness or foggy brain.

Food intolerance can be caused by different factors, such as lifestyles with erratic food intake and poor nutritional intake or high intakes of refined foods, poor intakes of dietary fibre. Chemicals in foods such as caffeine, salicylates, monosodium glutamate (read more Why is MSG so harmful) and naturally occurring chemicals like histamine, can also cause food intolerance reactions.

Food allergies and intolerances are also known to trigger migraines in some people or they may result in psoriasis, or cause eczema to flare up. Gluten and food sensitivities are among the most common causes of thyroid dysfunction because they cause inflammation. Gluten causes autoimmune responses in many people and can be responsible for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a common autoimmune thyroid condition. Approximately 30 percent of the people with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis have an autoimmune reaction to gluten, and it usually goes unrecognised. Another food that is bad for your thyroid is soy [3]. Soy is high in isoflavones (or goitrogens), which are damaging to your thyroid gland. Thousands of studies now link soy foods to malnutrition, digestive stress, immune system weakness, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders, infertility, and a host of other problems — in addition to damaging your thyroid [4].

While the most common allergenic foods are peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat, milk and eggs, food intolerances are most commonly due to lactose, gluten, preservatives and additives and tyramine (common in cured meats, aged cheeses and smoked fish).

Essential Tips If You Suffer From Food Allergies / Intolerances

 Eating a wholesome diet based on unprocessed, ideally organic and/or locally grown foods, including fermented foods will form the foundation upon which your immune system can function in an optimal manner.

    • Start with Detox and Elimination Diet
    • Minimize your intake of sugars and grains: “Healing and sealing” your gut has been shown to help alleviate allergy symptoms, and the key to this is eliminating inflammatory foods like grains and processed foods, and introduce healthier ones that will support a proper balance of bacteria in your gut.
    • Increase your intake of animal-based omega-3 fats: The fats DHA and EPA found in krill oil are potent anti-inflammatories. A German study published in the journal Allergy found people who have diets rich in omega-3 fats suffer from fewer allergy symptoms.
    • Reduce your intake of omega-6 fats: If you eat processed foods daily, the balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fats will become distorted, which can cause the type of inflammation that leads to allergies.
    • Fermented vegetables and/or probiotics: If you have severe food allergies, the GAPS Introduction Diet, which uses fermented foods and other natural strategies to restore balance to your gut flora, may help heal your food allergy completely. A healthy gut may help to improve allergies of all kinds.
    • Avoid pasteurized milk products, which are notorious for increasing phlegm and making allergy worse.

Avoidance Is Key if You’re Living With a Food Allergy

If you are suffering from Food Allergy and Intolerance you might want to visit this show


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Find more information about food intolerances and how to live with them HERE

To your health, ~ Vilma

Dr. Vilma Brunhuber, CHHC is a health coach for Woman’s Health & Thyroid Wellness. She is most passionate about helping others discover the gift of holistic health, showing others how to create healthy lifestyle. She suffered with thyroid disease for many years which lead her look into alternatives how to feel better because medication was helping only partially with thyroid condition.

Vilma offers a limited number of free coaching sessions per month in person, over the phone or via Skype. Book a FREE no obligation session with me vilmaswellness@gmail.com and see how I can help and support you to achieve all your Health & Lifestyle goals!

References:

[1] Thorax 2007

[2] WebMD

[3] “The Evidence against soy”, 2008

[4] Guardian Unlimited, 2006

www.allergyuk.org

 

Disclaimer

Information in this document is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.  This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice or medical care of a qualified health care professional and you should seek the advice of your health care professional before undertaking any dietary or lifestyle changes.  Please understand that you assume all risks from use, non use and misuse of this information.  The material in this document is for educational purposes only.

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Bring more of what you want into your life

June – the school year will soon be over and we really have to start thinking about holiday time.  With that in mind come worries, like…

“Will I look good in a bathing suit?”

Getting my weight under control has come from a process of treating myself as well as I treat others in every way.

– Oprah Winfrey 

 Why Diets Don’t Work? 

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You can’t turn on the TV, drive down the road or go to a party without being confronted with the World’s hottest obsession: weight. Diets are a billion-dollar industry; companies spend millions and millions luring you to try the latest diet (low carb, high protein, low fat, no fat, you name it) with promises that this will (finally!) be the solution—your shortcut to a thinner body. Advertising efforts also deeply affect our children, who develop distorted body images and are often on diets as early as nine or 10 years of age.

Our culture touts diet pills, celebrity workouts, convenience foods and trendy diets to help us achieve our desired weight, but these quick-fix solutions have backfired. The world populace has reached its highest weight in history. About half of people are overweight; one-third are obese. The World Health Organization predicts there will be 2.3 billion overweight adults in the world by 2015 and more than 700 million of them will be obese. Diets steer us away from our common sense and dip deeply into our pocketbooks while eliciting few, if any, lasting results. Why?

  • Diets don’t work because each person is unique, with different needs based on gender, age, ancestry and lifestyle; how could one diet be right for everyone?
  • Diets don’t work because they are extreme solutions. As in physics, if a pendulum swings to one extreme, it has to swing equally to the other. A diet might work for a short amount of time, but research shows that almost all diets result in a 10-pound gain once off the diet.
  • Diets don’t work because they are too restrictive. People who fail on diet plans are not flawed or weak. Diets by nature require discipline and restriction at levels that are unsustainable by a healthy human body.
  • Most people are disconnected from why they gain weight and see diet as the only culprit. For example, ignoring or discounting emotions is often the first thing to cause weight imbalances.

In our fast-paced world, we have lost sight of many aspects of life that truly nourish and balance our bodies, such as slowing down, eating a home-cooked meal and spending quality time with loving people. Eating consciously and making simple lifestyle changes will create positive results and release you from the endless cycle of dieting.

Given half a chance, your body will balance out by itself, but this is only possible by getting out of the diet mentality and listening to what you truly need. Imagine taking all of the outward energy you expend on diets, fads and gimmicks and turning it inward, so that you can listen to your heart and inner wisdom. There is no such thing as a quick fix; you already have everything you need within you. With careful thought and loving reflection, you can feed yourself in a nourishing way. Working with your body rather than against it will bring you increased energy, stabilized weight and sustainable health.

The best part is:  if you eat the right foods in the first place, you won’t have to worry about dieting!       unnamed-2

Food Focus:  Berries

A healthy lifestyle is the key to longevity, optimum weight, abundant energy and balance. By using fruit and berries to satisfy our taste for sweetness, we can leave behind the use of chemical, processed and refined sweeteners. Berries are easy to digest, are cleansing and cooling and are great for those who are overstressed and overheated from excessive mental strain or hot climates. Fruits are filled with fiber and liver stimulants, which act as natural, gentle laxatives. Whenever possible, buy fresh, locally grown fruit and berries as opposed to imported fruits shipped from far-off places. This keeps you eating in season, and more in harmony with your environment and climate.

Eating raw fruit especially berries in summer months is highly cooling, while baking it in the winter months neutralizes the cooling effect. Fruit in the form of juice seems like a great choice, but be aware that juice rapidly raises blood sugar levels, leading to an energy crash soon after.

Whether you are having fresh fruit or berries for a light early morning breakfast, a midday snack or evening treat, enjoy nature’s sweetness and whenever possible buy organic.

Strawberries

-Packed with vitamins, fiber, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols, strawberries are among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity and are a good source of manganese and potassium. Just one serving — about eight strawberries — provides more vitamin C than an orange 

Raspberries:

Benefit the liver and kidneys, cleanse blood of toxins, regulate menstrual cycles, treat anemia and raspberry leaf tea can promote labour at childbirth

Blueberries

A new University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center study suggests that blueberries may help reduce belly fat and risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.  According to a study presented at the 2009 Experimental Biology conference, a diet rich in blueberries lowers blood cholesterol levels while improving glucose control and insulin sensitivity, lowering the risk of subsequent heart disease and diabetes.

Blackberries 

Compose significantly high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals such as anthocyanins, ellagic acid, tannin), quercetin, gallic acid, cyanidins, pelargonidins, catechins, kaempferol and salicylic acid. Scientific studies show that these antioxidant compounds may have potential health benefits against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neurological diseases.

Cherries

Slightly warming in nature; increase overall body energy, remedy arthritis and rheumatism and are rich in iron, which improves the blood.

Recipe of the Month:  Super Berry Milkshake

Prep time: 2 minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  •  1 banana
  •  1 cup almond milk
  •  1 cup berries
  •  5 Brazil Nuts
  •  1 Tablespoon Honey
  •  1 pinch Himalayan rock salt
  •  Half a handful Goji Berries (optional)

Directions:

Mix in blender until smooth and serve. Pour in the glass and enjoy.

Did You Know?

The darker the berry, the greater its phytochemical content and the more likely its reputed health benefits.  Scientists have found berries have some of the highest antioxidant levels of any fresh fruits (measured as ORAC), and kale and spinach are the only vegetables with ORAC values as high as fresh, delicious berries. Fresh berries are some of the most powerful (and delicious) disease-fighting foods available.

Tip of the Month:       Keeping Berries Longer                                                 

Fresh berries are one of summer’s great pleasures, but they don’t come cheap — which makes it even more disappointing when a basket of strawberries or raspberries turns to moldy mush within days of purchase.  Wash the berries in a diluted vinegar bath (1 cup vinegar plus 3 cups water) and spin them dry in a salad spinner lined with paper towels until they are completely dry. Store the cleaned berries in a sealable container lined with paper towels, leaving the lid open a little to allow moisture to escape.

The vinegar destroys bacteria and mold spores on the berries, helping them stay fresh longer. According to Lifehacker, this method extends the shelf life of berries by days, sometimes even weeks.

Get Even Healthier!                                                 

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Sources:

http://www.webMD.com

http://www.thekitchn.com

Now It’s Your Turn

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Book a FREE no obligation session with me vilmaswellness@gmail.com and see how I can help and support you to achieve all your Health & Lifestyle goals.  This free 50 minute session includes a full discussion of your health history and health goals, a chance to get your questions answered and the opportunity to find out more about a personalised health program, completely catered toward your busy lifestyle and needs.

 Let the food be your medicine and the medicine be your food.”         

 ~Hippocrates

Essential Oil Usage Guide A-Z

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ABDOMINAL CRAMPS Try: DigestZen, Basil, Clary Sage
Usage: take internally in a capsule or apply topically to abdomen
ACHES Try: Marjoram, Deep Blue, Birch
Usage: apply topically to affected area
ACNE Try: Melaleuca, Lemongrass, Lavender
Usage: apply topically to affected areas daily
ALLERGIES Try: Breathe, Lavender, Eucalyptus
Usage: apply topically to back of neck or under nose and on bridge of nose
AMNESIA Try: Frankincense, Peppermint, Rosemary
Usage: apply topically to forehead, temples, base of skull and behind the ears
or take internally in a capsule or diffuse into the air and inhale
ANEMIA Try: Lemon, Lemongrass, Helichrysm
Usage: apply to bottom of feet or insides of wrists
ANXIETY Try: Serenity, Lavender, Elevation
Usage: diffuse into the air and inhale or massage onto back, feet and hands
APPETITE SUPRESSANT Try: Grapefruit, Slim & Sassy
Usage: add to water and drink or diffuse into the air and inhale
ARTHRITIC PAIN Try: Deep Blue, Frankincense, Lavender
Usage: apply topically to affected area
ASTHMA Try: Breathe, Eucalyptus, Peppermint
Usage: diffuse into the air or apply to bottom of feet, or take internally in a capsule
ATHEROSCLEROSIS Try: Lemon, Lavender, Rosemary
Usage: apply topically to affected area
ATHLETE’S FOOT Try: Oregano, Melaleuca, Lemon
Usage: apply to area between toes and around toenails
AUTISM Try: Balance, Vetiver, Frankincense
Usage: diffuse into the air and inhale
B
BACK PAIN Try: Deep Blue, Eucalyptus, Wintergreen
Usage: massage into back as needed
BEE STING Try: Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Melaleuca
Usage: apply topically to sting or bite several times daily until symptoms cease
BELL’S PALSY Try: Peppermint, Helichryum, Rosemary
Usage: massage on front and behind ear and painful areas until symptoms subside
BLEEDING Try: Helichrysum, Geranium
Usage: apply topically to affected area
BLEEDING GUMS Try: Cinnamon, Peppermint, Wintergreen
Usage: gargle several times daily or apply topically to gums several times daily
BLISTERS ON FEET Try: Lavender, Roman Chamomile, German Chamomile
Usage: apply topically to blistered area
BLOATING Try: DigestZen, Peppermint, Clary Sage
Usage: apply topically to stomach area and to bottoms of feet or take internally in a capsule
BLOOD CLOT IN VEINS Try: Cypress, Helichrysum, Clove
Usage: apply topically to affected area and to bottoms of feet or take intenally in a capsule
BOILS Try: Clove, Thyme, Oregano
Usage: apply topically to affected area
BONE PAIN Try: Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Cypress
Usage: apply topically to affected area
BONE SPURS Try: Wintergreen, Cypress, Marjoram
Usage: apply topically over affected area
BRONCHITIS Try: Breathe, Eucalyptus, Thyme
Usage: apply topically to chest and neck area, gargle hourly or diffuse
BRUISES Try: Cypress, Helichrysum, Deep Blue
Usage: apply topicallyy to bruised area
BUNIONS Try: Deep Blue, Basil, Cypress
Usage: apply to affected area or joint
BURNS Try: Lavender, Malaleuca, Geranium
Usage: apply gently to affected area
C
CALLOUSES Try: Oregano
Usage: apply topically to affected area
CANDIDA Try: Melaleuca, OnGuard, Pepperming
Usage: apply topically to chest and on bottom of feet or take internally in a capsules several times daily
CANKER SORES Try: Melaleuca, OnGuard, Oregano
Usage: apply directly to canker sore or gargle
CATARACTS Try: Clover, Lavender
Usage: take internally in a capsule or apply topically to temples
CAVITIES Try: OnGuard, Melaleuca, Peppermint
Usage: apply topically to botooms of feet or take internally in a capsule
CELLULITE Try: Rosemary, Grapefruit, Lemon
Usage: massage vigorously on cellulite locations daily especially before excercising or add to water and drink throughout the day
CHAPPED SKIN Try: Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood, Lavender
Usage: apply topically to affected area as often as needed
CHICKEN POX Try: Lavender, Melaleuca, Sandalwood
Usage: dilute with a carrier oil and dab lightly on spots
CHRONIC FATIGUE Try: OnGuard, Pepperming, Basil
Usage: take internally in a capsule or apply topically to muscles and joints
CHRONIC PAIN Try: Pepperming, Deep Blue, Wintergreen
Usage: massage into affected area as needed or take internally in a capsule
CLOGGED PORES Try: Lemon, Wild Orage, Melaleuca
Usage: apply topically to affected area
COLD Try: OnGuard, Thyme, Melaleuca
Usage: diffuse into the air and inhale or gargle or take internally in a capsule
COLD SORES Try: OnGuard, Lemon, Melaleuca
Usage: apply to cold sores as soon as it starts and repeat several times daily
COLIC Try: Marjoram, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot
Usage: dilite with a carrier oil and apply topically to stomach and back
COLITIS Try: Pepperming, DigestZen, Helichrysum
Usage: massage over lower abdomen area or take internally in a capsule
CONCUSSION Try: Frankincense, Cypress
Usage: take internally in a capsule
CONGESTION Try: Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Pepperming
Usage: diffuse or gargle, massage onto forehead, nose, cheeks, lower throat, chest and upper back
CONJUNCTIVITIS Try: Melaleuca, Lavender
Usage: apply around (but NOT in) the eyes or apply to bottomrs of feet several times daily
CONSTIPATION Try: DigestZen, Marjoram, Lemon
Usage: take internally in a capsule or apply topically to stomach or feet
CONVULSIONS Try: Lavender, Clary Sage, Balance
Usage: apply topically to corn several times daily
CORNS Try: Lemon, Grapefruit, Oregano
Usage: massage into neck and chest or gargle or diffuse into the air and inhale
COUGH Try: Lemon, Breathe, Melaleuca
Usage: massage into neck and chest or gargle or diffuse into the air and inhale
CRAMPS Try: Rosemary, Cypress, Marjoram
Usage: massage on cramped muscles several times daily or take internally in a capsule
CROUP Try: Marjoram, Thyme, Sandalwood
Usage: diffuse into the air and inhale or apply topically to chest and neck
CUTS Try: Lavender, Melaleuca, Bergamot
Usage: dilute with a carrier oil and apply to affected area
CYST Try: Oregano, Thyme
Usage: apply topically to affected area as needed
CYSTITIS Try: Thyme, Lemongrass, Clove
Usage: take internally in a capsule or apply a warm compress over bladder
D
DANDRUFF Try: Cypress, Lavender, Rosemary
Usage: dilute and massage into scalp. Rinse after 60-90 minutes
DEHYDRATED SKIN Try: Geranium, Lavender
Usage: apply topically to affected area
DENTAL INFECTION Try: Wintergreen, Birch, Helichrysum
Usage: apply on gums and around teeth
DEPRESSION Try: Elevation, Citrus Blss, Lavender
Usage: add to a warm bath or diffuse into the air and inhale
DIABETES Try: Coriander, Basil, Balance
Usage: take a couple drops of coriander internally in a capsule morning and evening and apply a couple drops of Balance topically
to feet in the evening
DIABETIC SORES Try: Lavender, Balance
Usage: apply topically to back, feet and over pancreas or diffuse into the air and inhale
DIARRHEA Try: Peppermint, Ginger, DigestZen
Usage: dilute and apply topically to affected area several times daily
DIZZINESS Try: Cypress, Pepperming, Basil
Usage: diffuse into the air and inhale as needed or apply topically to temples, back of neck and shoulders
DRY SKIN Try: Geranium, Chamomile, Lemon
Usage: apply topically to affected area
E
EAR INFECTION Try: Malaleuca, Purify, Lavender
Usage: apply to cotton ball and place over ear
ECZEMA Try: Helichrysum, Thyme, Geranium
Usage: apply topically to affected area as needed
EPILEPSY Try: Frankincense, Clary sage, Sandalwood
Usage: diffuse into the air and inhale or take internally in a capsule or massage
EXHAUSTION Try: Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Lemon
Usage: diffuse into the air and inhale or apply topically to back and feet
F
FAINTING Try: Peppermint, Sandalwood, Rosemary
Usage: inhale directly
FATIGUE Try: Lemongrass, Basil, Lemon
Usage: inhale directly or diffuse into the air and inhale or apply topically on temples and behind ears as needed
FEVER Try: Peppermint, Lavender, Eucalyptus
Usage: apply to forehead, temples and back of neck ot take internally in a capsule ir diffuse into the air and inhale
FLATULENCE Try: Peppermint, Lavender, Ginger
Usage: take internally in a capsule or apply topically to abdomen
FLU Try: Breather, OnGuard, Oregano
Usage: take internally in a capsule or diuuse into the air and inhale or apply topically to chest
FOOD POISONING Try: Rosemary, DigestZen, OnGuard
Usage: take internally in a capsule severals time daily and apply topically to stomach area
G
GASTRITIS Try: Peppermint, DigestZen, Lemongrass
Usage: take internally in a capsule or apply topically over stomach area as needed
GINGIVITIS Try: Clove, Melaleuca, Peppermint
Usage: Gargle many times daily or as needed
GUM DISEASE Try: Melaleuca, OnGuard
Usage: apply topically to bottoms of feet
H
HAIR LOSS Try: Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender
Usage: dilute 5 drop in 20 drops of a carrier oil and massage into scalp each night
HANGOVER Try: Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary
Usage: add to warm bath or apply  of neck and over liver
HEAD LICE Try: Geranium, Lavender, Lemon
Usage: dilute and apply to entire scalp, then shampoo and rinse 30 minutes later. Repeat daily for several days
HEADACHE Try: Pepperming, Lavender, Wintergreen
Usage: diffuse into the air and apply topically to forehead, temples, back of neck and behind ears
HEARTBURN Try: Peppermint, Ginger, Lemon
Usage: take internally in a capsule or apply topically to chest
HEATSTROKE Try: Peppermint, Lavender
Usage: apply topically to forehead and back of neck, chest and back
HICCUPS Try: Chamomile, Lemon, Cypress
Usage: diffuse into the air and inhale or massage into chest and stomach area
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE Try: Lavender, Marjoram, Eucalyptus
Usage: do a full body massage daily or diffuse into the air and inhale or take internally in a capsule
HOT FLASHES Try: Balance, Peppermint, Clary Sage
Usage: diffuse into the air and inhale or apply topically to back of neck
HYPERACTIVITY Try: Lavender, Vetiver, Serenity
Usage: diffuse into the air and inhale or inhale directly
I
IMPOTENCE Try: Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Sandalwood
Usage: diffuse into the air and inhale or apply topically to temples, wrists and back of neck
INDIGESTION Try: Ginger, Orange, Peppermint
Usage: take internally in a capsule or apply topically over stomach area
INFECTION Try: Clove, Thyme, Oregano
Usage: dilute with a carrier oil and apply to infected area or diffuse
INFLAMMATION Try: Wintergreen, Peppermint, Eucalyptus
Usage: apply topically to affected area or take internally in a capsule
INSECT ALLERGIES Try: Lavender, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca
Usage: apply topically to affected area
INSECT REPELLENT Try: TerraShield, Eucalyptus, Lemon
Usage: dilute with carrier oil and apply to exposed skin as needed
INSOMNIA Try: Serenity, Lavender, Chamomile
Usage: add to a warm bath, rub on feet and behind ears and diffuse into the air
ITCHING Try: Peppermint, Oregano, Lavender
Usage: apply topically to affected area as needed
J
JET LAG Try: Peppermint, Bergamot, Rosemary
Usage: apply calming oils like Lavender and Geranium to bottoms of feet at night and invigorating oils like Pepperming and Eucalyptus in the morning
JOINT PAIN Try: Wintergreen, Birch, Deep Blue
Usage: massage into affected area as needed
L
LACTOSE INTOLERANCE Try: Lemongrass
Usage: take internally in a capsule
LEG CRAMPS Try: Clary Sage, Cypress, Lavender
Usage: massage into legs
LICE Try: Eycalyptus, TerraShield, Rosemary
Usage: massage into the scalp and apply topically to bottoms of feet severals times daily
LOSS OF APPETITE Try: Ginger, Wild orange, Lavender
Usage: diffuse into the air and inhale or take internally in a capsule
M
MEASLES Try: Lavender, Rmona Chamomile, Melaleuca
Usage: apply on spots several times daily or add to bath and soak for at least 30 minutes daily
MENOPAUSE Try: Clary Sage, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile
Usage: aply topically to abdomen, bottoms or feet and back of neck
MENSTRUAL PAIN Try: Clary Sage, Rosemary, Peppermint
Usage: massage into abdomen, lower back and shoulders or apply a warm compress over uterus area or take internally in a capsule
MIGRAINE Try: Helichrysm, PastTense, Sandalwood
Usage: apply topically to forehead, temples, base of skull and behind the ears or inhale directly as needed
MOLD Try: Cinnamon, Oregano, Thyme
Usage: diffuse into the air where mold is present
MORNING SICKNESS Try: Ginger, Lavender, Peppermint
Usage: apply topically behind ears and over navel hourly or diffuse into te air and inhale
MOTION SICKNESS Try: Ginger, Lavender, Peppermint
Usage: apply topically behind the ears and over navel or digguse into the air and inhale
MUSCLE PAIN Try: Peppermint, Deep Blue, Clove
Usage: apply topically to affected muscles
N
NAUSEA Try: Ginger, Lavender, DigestZen
Usage: apply topically behund ears and over navel hourly or diffuse into the air and inhale or under tongue as needed
NECK PAIN Try: Basil, Marjoram, Helichrysum
Usage: massage onto neck several times daily
NERVOUS FATIGUE Try: Helichrysum, Thyme, Peppermint
Usage: diffuse into the air and inhale or apply topucally to temples, behind ears and on back of neck
NOSE BLEEDS Try: Helichrysum, Geranium, Lavender
Usage: apply topically to the bridge and sides of nose and back of neck as needed
O
OILY HAIR Try: Basil, Cypress, Thyme
Usage: add to shampoo when washing hair
P
PAIN Try: Peppermint, Wintergreen, Birch
Usage: massage into affected area
PALPITATIONS Try: Ylang Ylang, Wild Orange, Lavender
Usage: apply topically on chest area
PARASITES Try: Oregano, Peppermint, Ginger
Usage: take internally in a capsule or apply warm compress over intestinal area
R
RASHES Try: Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood
Usage: dilute with a carrier oil and apply topically to affected area
S
SCARRING Try: Helichrysum, Lavender, Frankincense
Usage: apply topically over wound daily until healed
SHINGLES Try: Melaleuca, Oregano, Sandalwood
Usage: apply topically to affected area, on back of neck and along the spine
SHOCK Try: Helichrysum, Peppermint, Melaleuca
Usage: diffuse into the air and inhale or apply topically on temples, under nose and on back of neck
SINUS CONGESTION Try: Sandalwood, Thyme, Eucalyptus
Usage: diffuse into the air and inhale several times daily
SINUS HEADACHE Try: Rosemary, Melaleuca, Eucalyptus
Usage: diffuse into the air and inhale severals times daily
SORE THROAT Try: OnGuard, Lemon, Melaleuca
Usage: gargle or diffuse into the air and inhale or apply topically to throat, chest, and back of neck several times daily
SPRAINS Try: Wintergreem Lemongrass, Basil
Usage: apply topically to affected area
STOMACHACHE Try: DigestZen
Usage: apply topcally to stomach area
STREP THROAT Try: OnGuard, Oregano, Thyme
Usage: diffuse into the air and inhale or gargle or take internally in a capsule several times daily
STRESS Try: Grapefruit, Elevation Bergamot
Usage: diffuse ointo the air and massage shoulders, back and feet
STRETCH MARKS Try: Cypress, Geranium, Lavender
Usage: apply topically to affected areas a couple times daily
STROKE Try: Helichrysm, Cypress, Peppermint
Usage: apply topically on temples, forehead, behind ears and on back of neck or take internally in a capsule
SUNBURN Try: Lavender, Melaleuca, Helichrysum
Usage: apply gently to affected area
T
TEETHING PAIN Try: Clove, Wintergreen, Roman Chamomile
Usage: apply topically to affected tooth and gum or gargle several times daily
TENNIS ELBOW Try: Deep Blue, Eucalyptus, Peppermint
Usage: apply topically to affected area as needed
TENSION HEADACHE Try: Peppermint, Lavender, Marjoram
Usage: apply topically to forehead , temples, back of neck and behind ears
TOOTHACHE Try: Clove, Melaleuca, Purify
Usage: apply to gums or add to water to gargle  and swallow
V
VARICOSE VEINS Try: Cypress, Heluchrysum, Lemongrass
Usage: massage into affected area several times daily
VERTIGO Try: Ginger, Helichrysum, Geranium
Usage: massage on tops of ears and behind ears
VOMITING Try: Ginger, Peppermint
Usage: diffuse into the air and inhale or apply topically to stomach area
W
WARTS Try: Oregano, Melaleuca, OnGuard
Usage: apply topically to wart several times daily
WASP STING Try: Lavender, Purify
Usage: apply topically to sting
WHIPLASH Try: Deep Blue, Lemongrass, Marjoram
Usage: apply topically to neck, shoulders and back
WORMS Try: DigestZen, Lavender, Rosemary
Usage: apply topically to stomach area and on the bottoms of feet
WOUNDS Try: Lavender, Melaleuca, Rosemary
Usage: dilute and apply to affected area several times daily
WRINKLES Try: Frankincense, Helichrysum, Geranium
Usage: dilute with a carrier oil and apply topically to affected areas

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*The above usages are extracted from doTERRA’s Essential oil usage guide A-Z booklet.

To your health, ~ Vilma

Dr. Vilma Brunhuber, CHHC is a health coach for Woman’s Health & Thyroid Wellness. She is most passionate about helping others discover the gift of holistic health, showing others how to create healthy lifestyle. She suffered with thyroid disease for many years which lead her look into alternatives how to feel better because medication was helping only partially with thyroid condition.

Vilma offers a limited number of free coaching sessions per month in person, over the phone or via Skype. Book a FREE no obligation session with me vilmaswellness@gmail.com and see how I can help and support you to achieve all your Health & Lifestyle goals!

Source: doTerra doTerra – Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil

 

 

Disclaimer

Information in this document is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.  This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice or medical care of a qualified health care professional and you should seek the advice of your health care professional before undertaking any dietary or lifestyle changes.  Please understand that you assume all risks from use, non use and misuse of this information.  The material in this document is for educational purposes only.

Magnesium and Your Health

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Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body. If you don’t have enough of it, your body simply cannot function at its best. Insufficient cellular magnesium levels set the stage for deterioration of proper metabolic function that typically snowballs into more significant health problems.

As reported by GreenMedInfo [1] researchers have now detected 3,751 magnesium-binding sites on human proteins, reflecting how important this mineral is to a great many biological processes. For example, magnesium plays a role in your body’s detoxification processes and therefore is important for minimizing damage from environmental chemicals, heavy metals, and other toxins.

This important mineral is required by more than 300 different enzymes in your body, which play important roles in the following biochemical processes, many of which are crucial for proper metabolic function:

  • Creation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy molecules of your body
  • Proper formation of bones and teeth
  • Relaxation of blood vessels
  • Action of your heart muscle
  • Promotion of proper bowel function
  • Regulation of blood sugar levels

If you are interested to read more about Magnesium and various conditions:

Thyroid and Magnesium

Diabetes and Magnesium

PCOS and Magnesium

Osteoporosis and Magnesium

Your Best Magnesium Source: REAL Food

Most people can keep their magnesium levels in the therapeutic range without resorting to supplements, simply by eating a varied diet, including plenty of dark-green leafy vegetables. However, it is important to remember that the magnesium content of your foods depends on the richness of magnesium in the soil where they’re grown. GreenMedInfo lists more than 20 foods that are exceptionally high in magnesium, including the following (for the full list, please refer to the original report). All listed portions equate to 100 grams, or just over three ounces:

Seaweed, agar, dried (770 mg)
Spices – basil, dried (422 mg)
Spices – coriander leaf, dried (694 mg)
Flaxseed (392 mg)
Dried pumpkin seeds (535 mg)
Almond butter (303 mg)
Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened (499 mg)
Whey, sweet, dried (176 mg)

Magnesium Supllements

Magnesium citrate — Magnesium citrate is the most popular magnesium supplement, probably because it is inexpensive and easily absorbed. Since citric acid is a mild laxative, magnesium citrate functions as a constipation aid as well as a magnesium source. It is a great choice for individuals with rectal or colon problems but is unsuitable for those with loose bowel movements.

Magnesium taurate — Magnesium taurate is the best choice of magnesium supplement for people with cardiovascular issues, since it is known to prevent arrhythmias and guard the heart from damage caused by heart attacks. Magnesium taurate is easily absorbed (magnesium and taurine stabilize cell membranes together), and it contains no laxative properties.

Magnesium malate — Magnesium malate is a fantastic choice for people suffering from fatigue, since malic acid — a natural fruit acid present in most cells in the body — is a vital component of enzymes that play a key role in ATP synthesis and energy production. Since the ionic bonds of magnesium and malic acid are easily broken, magnesium malate is also highly soluble.

Magnesium glycinate — Magnesium glycinate (magnesium bound with glycine, a non-essential amino acid) is one of the most bioavailable and absorbable forms of magnesium, and also the least likely to induce diarrhea. It is the safest option for correcting a long-term deficiency.

Magnesium oxide — Magnesium oxide is the most common form of magnesium sold in pharmacies, but it is non-chelated and possesses a poor absorption rate.

Of the many forms of Magnesium supplements available today, a newer form called Magnesium Threonate shows particular promise due to its ability to penetrate cell membranes, even those in your brain.

I want to remind you that calcium and magnesium also needs to be balanced with vitamin D and K2. These four nutrients perform an intricate dance together, with one supporting the other.

Suggested Magnesium daily dose between 400-600mg.

To your health, ~ Vilma

Dr. Vilma Brunhuber, CHHC is a health coach for Woman’s Health & Thyroid Wellness. She is most passionate about helping others discover the gift of holistic health, showing others how to create healthy lifestyle. She suffered with thyroid disease for many years which lead her look into alternatives how to feel better because medication was helping only partially with thyroid condition.

Vilma offers a limited number of free coaching sessions per month in person, over the phone or via Skype. Book a FREE no obligation session with me vilmaswellness@gmail.com and see how I can help and support you to achieve all your Health & Lifestyle goals!

References:

1. Green Med Info, December 5th 2012 

2. Dr. Dean’s book, The Magnesium Miracle

3. NutritionalMagnesium.org

4. Dr. Mercola

 

Disclaimer

Information in this document is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.  This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice or medical care of a qualified health care professional and you should seek the advice of your health care professional before undertaking any dietary or lifestyle changes.  Please understand that you assume all risks from use, non use and misuse of this information.  The material in this document is for educational purposes only.

Migraine -is my thyroid to blame?

June – is Migraine & Headache Awareness Month

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Have you ever had a migraine? If not, you are a lucky one.  I used to get them frequently. At one point they became part of my daily life – I didn’t know when one ends and another starts. I also did’t know that it could be my hormones, especially thyroid and mineral imbalances in my body to blame for my suffering. The World Health Organisation has classified headache as a major health disorder and found it to be the sixth highest cause worldwide of years lost due to disability.

Migraine affects people from all age groups (even young children), but it affects twice as many women as men. Is it than female hormones to blame?

Researchers are not sure what causes a migraine, but they know it involves changes in the blood flow to the brain. At first, blood vessels narrow or constrict, reducing blood flow and leading to visual disturbances, difficulty speaking, weakness, numbness, or tingling sensation in one area of the body, or other similar symptoms. Later, the blood vessels dilate or enlarge, leading to increased blood flow and a severe headache. The link between migraine and female sex hormones is well established. The hormones estrogen and progesterone play key roles in regulating the menstrual cycle and pregnancy and may also affect headache-related chemicals in the brain. Endocrine hormones are also extremely important in headache aetiology. Thyroid diseases, including hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, are among the hormonal conditions now known to often coexist with headaches and migraines. Any disease of the thyroid gland can impact virtually every organ in the body so it is not surprising that headaches are often intensified when a person also suffers from thyroid disease.

Migraine symptoms can include: visual disturbances (flashing lights, blind spots in the vision, zig zag patterns and many more), nausea, vomiting, debilitating head pain, pins and needles, numbness in the limbs and even paralysis.

Headache prevention

1. If you suspect that your headaches may be related to hormonal problems, you should see your doctor.  Correcting your hormones (sex or endocrine) will likely help get your menstrual cycle, thyroid and headaches under control.

2.  Eliminate migrane triggers. The best way to find out what triggers your headache, keep a diary. Download your free diary now!

Migraine triggers can include the following [1]:

  • Alcohol, especially beer and red wine
  • Certain foods, such as aged cheeses, chocolate, nuts, peanut butter, some fruits (like avocado, banana, and citrus), foods with monosodium glutamate (MSG), onions, dairy products, meats containing nitrates (bacon, hot dogs, salami, and cured meats) fermented or pickled foods
  • Skipping meals
  • Crying
  • Fluctuations in hormones, for example during pregnancy, before and during your period, and menopause
  • Certain odors, such as perfume or smoke
  • Bright lights
  • Loud noises
  • Stress, physical or emotional. The headache often happens when a person is relaxing after a particularly stressful time.
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Caffeine
  • Smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke
  • Some medications
  • Heat, high humidity, and high altitude
  • Headache medications. Using headache medications excessively can lead to more frequent and more severe headaches. Called medication overuse headaches, these headaches may complicate every type of headache, including migraine.

3. Supplement with magnesium.

In a double-blind controlled study [2] looking at prevention, the treatment group receiving 600 mg of magnesium for a 12 week period experienced a 41.6% reduction in headaches as compared to only 15.8% reduction in migraine headaches in the placebo group. Magnesium deficiency is very common for people with thyroid disease.

4. Coenzyme Q10   up to 100 mg three times daily.

There have been limited studies of the effectiveness of Coenzyme Q10, but smaller studies have found 2-3 times more likely than a placebo to reduce the number of migraines.
Dietary sources of Coenzyme Q10: soybean oil, canola oil, chicken, herring, mackerel, beef, roasted peanuts, sesame seeds, pistachio nuts, broccoli, cauliflower, orange, strawberries, and boiled egg.

5. Exercise, massages, breathing, and relaxation training.

Making a routine of all of these aforementioned practices could possibly help, because these activities all help to build a regular, improving blood flow, and also aids one in managing stress more successfully. These results can all help in protecting against some identified migraine causes.

Immediate Relief

  1. Heat or cold.  Use ice packs. Lie down and put an ice pack or cold compress on your head. Close your eyes while doing that. Place few drops of Peppermint essential oil at the bottom of your tub or shower before bathing or showering. This will produce a Peppermint aromatherapy steam to deliver some headache pain relief. Or try hot half bath with peppermint or lavender essential oils and Epsom salt (great source of magnesium). Soak for 15 – 30 minutes.
  2. Use acupressure to momentarily relieve pain. tap three times on your temple, your shoulder and then the inside of your wrist. Repeat.
  3. “Mint therapy” – Combine essential oil and acupressure point therapy, like pure therapeutic grade Peppermint essential oil on temples, back of your neck and wrists. Diffuse peppermint essential oil and  breath in the vapours.
  4. Relax and destress with Lavender. It’s particularly beneficial when addressing headaches that stem from occasional anxiety-related sypmtoms. The reason Lavender is so effective in these areas is because it is a calming oil that has sedative properties. It’s often called the “gateway oil,” due to it’s many uses. Add 5 drops of Lavender and diffuse throughout the room.  Apply directly to your temples or wrists to ease tension and anxiety. If you’re headaches are due to insomnia, Lavender is good for helping you get a good night’s sleep.

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Remain proactive in your healthcare. Always discuss your symptoms or concerns with your doctor, even if you do not think they are relevant. There might actually be a connection and treating one condition may help or cure the other.

To your health, ~ Vilma

Dr. Vilma Brunhuber, CHHC is a health coach for Woman’s Health & Thyroid Wellness. She is most passionate about helping others discover the gift of holistic health, showing others how to create healthy lifestyle. She suffered with thyroid disease for many years which lead her look into alternatives how to feel better because medication was helping only partially with thyroid condition.

Vilma offers a limited number of free coaching sessions per month in person, over the phone or via Skype. Book a FREE no obligation session with me vilmaswellness@gmail.com and see how I can help and support you to achieve all your Health & Lifestyle goals!

References:

  1. http://www.umm.edu
  2. Peikert A, Wilimzig C, Kohne-Volland R. Prophylaxis of migraine with oral magnesium: results from a prospective, multi-center, placebo-controlled and double-blind randomized study. Cephalalgia. 1996;16(4):257-263
  3. http://www.migraine.org.uk

 

Disclaimer

Information in this document is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.  This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice or medical care of a qualified health care professional and you should seek the advice of your health care professional before undertaking any dietary or lifestyle changes.  Please understand that you assume all risks from use, non use and misuse of this information.  The material in this document is for educational purposes only.

Do I have Thyroid Disease

200 million people worldwide have a Thyroid Disorder.

Of the 30 million people above about half are undiagnosed.

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Every cell in the body has receptors for thyroid hormone. These hormones are responsible for the most basic aspects of body function, impacting all major systems of the body.

Thyroid imbalance could be the source of your biggest health problems. But many people don’t realize that their symptoms are frequently caused by a thyroid disorder or imbalance.

Thyroid hormone directly acts on the brain, the G.I. tract, the cardiovascular system, bone metabolism, red blood cell metabolism, gall bladder and liver function, steroid hormone production, glucose metabolism, lipid and cholesterol metabolism, protein metabolism and body temperature regulation. You can think of the thyroid as the central gear in a sophisticated engine. If that gear breaks, the entire engine goes down with it.

Some Key Facts [1]
• Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common cause of an underachieve thyroid (hypothyroidism). In Europe and the United States it variably affects 2-4 percent of the population, while it occurs more often in women than in men.
• Congenital hypothyroidism: 1 per 3,000 – 4,000 newborns are affected by congenital hypothyroidism in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia, (Genetics Home Reference website).
• Thyroid cancer is the 16th most common cancer worldwide (the 8th among women): for example, in 2013, there were an estimated 637,115 people living with thyroid cancer in the US.
• The incidence rate of thyroid cancer has increased by at least 150% since 1970.
– Without realising, symptoms you are experiencing, could be a result of an underlying thyroid disorder.
– 1 in 10 people worldwide will suffer with some form of thyroid disorder. Thyroid Disorders affect more Women than Men!
– If you are unsure, speak to your doctor and request thyroid pathology and a thyroid ultrasound to be sure.

May 25th is World Thyroid Day

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This is a Day that essentially belongs to the people—to thyroid patients, pregnant women, those children exposed to inadequate iodine intake, in a word, to all who suffer from thyroid ailments and deserve a better standard of care.

Listen to my Thyroid Special with Ben Coomber

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Most common thyroid gland problems could be divided into a few groups:

1.Thyroiditis

2. Hypothyroidism

       a. Congenital known as Cretinism

       b. Aquired Hypothyroidism

3. Hyperthyroidism

4. Goiter

5. Autoimmune thyroid disease

        a. Graves disease

        b. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

6. Thyroid cancer

Read in more detail about these problems HERE.

Signs of thyroid problems could take a whole page to fill. A lot of them are very vague or common, like brain fog, weight gain, chills, or hair loss that a lot of people take it as a sign of getting older. Lets take a look at Most hidden signs of thyroid problems.

If you would like to learn more how to diagnose and for tips how to manage your thyroid gland please visit my webpage for lots of additional information.

To your health, ~ Vilma

Dr.Vilma Brunhuber, CHHC is a health coach for Woman’s Health & Thyroid Wellness. She is most passionate about helping others discover the gift of holistic health, showing others how to create healthy lifestyle. She suffered with thyroid disease for many years which lead her look into alternatives how to feel better because medication was helping only partially with thyroid condition.

Vilma offers a limited number of free coaching sessions per month in person, over the phone or via Skype. Book a FREE no obligation session with me vilmaswellness@gmail.com and see how I can help and support you to achieve all your Health & Lifestyle goals!

Source:

  1. Thyroid Federation Internatonal

Acupressure with essential oils for thyroid disease

Thyroid is the master control center for the metabolic function of every single cell in your body. Because of this, it has the power to disrupt every part of your body and produce serious changes in every aspect of your life including serious disease, mood, weight gain and low energy levels.

Every day, more people are turning to a holistic approach to life. For those of you embarking on a quest to learn more, may try acupressure and pure essential oils and to incorporate them in your everyday life to improve your thyroid health. Performing pressure point stimulation with essential oils, add an extra bonus in healing thyroid condition and speeding up recovery. By learning how to stimulate your own pressure points, you can relieve minor or moderate symptoms, and reduce the need for nonprescription drugs. Unlike most drugs, relief is usually immediate.

Dr. Michael Reed Gach is an acupressure expert and his site offers ‘Acupressure therapy for thyroid conditions’. It is interesting to know that his wife, who had a hyperactive thyroid condition, healed herself over the last few years using this holistic program. Take a look at YouTube video “Thyroid Acupressure Points for Self-Healing”.

Essential oils are 50 – 75% more powerful than the herb or plant itself,                              

a little goes a long way.

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There’s nothing new about the medicinal use of plants. Our ancestors have used plants, seeds, wood and resins from nature to care for themselves and their families since the beginning of time.

Best Essential Oils for Thyroid

  1. Myrrh is an adaptogenic aid, which means it brings balance to the body however needed, much like maca, rhodiola and ashwagandha that you may have heard of. Myrtle oil has been researched by Daniel Penoel, M.D. of France for normalizing hormonal imbalances of the thyroid and ovaries. According to Dr. David Stewart, Ph.D., myrtle oil can help increase or decrease thyroid function depending on what type of imbalance occurs. Since it helps reduce stress and inflammation associated with an underactive thyroid, it can also help decrease stress on an overtaxed thyroid.
  2. Frankincense can help with many different symptoms of an underactive thyroid. One is a weak digestive system, specifically in the form of indigestion and constipation. A tiny drop of food-grade frankincense oil taken orally may act the same way that digestive enzymes do and help to speed up the digestive process. Frankincense can also balance hormone levels to reduce stress and help you sleep better at night. It is also helpful for relieving dry skin associated with low thyroid function.
  3. Clove Oil – this oil has an antioxidant (ORAC) score of over 1,000,000! So, this is definitely an oil you’ll want to consider for supporting your entire body. Clove is also high in phenols (about 80%). “Phenols clean the receptor sites of the cells. Without clean receptor sites, cells cannot communicate and the body malfunctions, resulting in sickness.” – Dr. David Stewart
  4. Lemongrass can help with inflammation, headaches and digestive upset associated with an underactive thyroid. Though the plant is very useful in cooking, the EO can be used just as easily.
  5. Clary Sage EO – A 2014 study published in the Journal of Phytotherapy Research found that inhalation of clary sage oil had the ability to reduce cortisol levels by 36% and improved thyroid hormone levels (TSH). Finally, clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect which is one of the hypothyroid leading symptoms. The biggest benefit of clary sage is that it helps balance out estrogen production in the body. A lot of health issues today, even things like infertility, PCOS and estrogen-based cancers. Because of that, it’s an incredibly effective essential oil in the a wide array of hormone imbalances.
  6. Peppermint oil can help reduce fatigue, depression, brain fog, headaches and digestive woes associated with underactive thyroid.
  7. Lavender is an excellent essential oil to fight anxiety, hair loss, stress and insomnia.

When choosing essential oils, always go for CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® oils like dōTERRA® essential oils. (More info on oils and where to buy is HERE)

How and Where to Apply Essential Oils

  1. Topical use

Due to the natural molecular composition of EOs, they’re easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically, sometimes diluted with a carrier oil and sometimes “neat” (undiluted). Chemical structure of essential oils allows them to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin for internal benefit throughout the body. Also once they’re applied, essential oils can have almost an immediate, localized effect to the area where applied. They have restorative and calming properties and can be used very effectively in massage and in combination with acupressure.

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Areas to apply: neck thyroid area, thyroid acupressure points on hands, wrists and feet. The bottoms of our feet boast the largest pores on our body and allow quick absorption.

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One of my favorite essential oil uses is to simply mix some coconut oil with the essential oil, itself, and rub it on different areas of the body. If you have sensitive skin, dilute  blends well.

  • Rub 2-4 drops of myrrh and lemongrass oil directly on thyroid area, big toes, and wrists several times each day.
  • Put 2-3 drops of Myrrh essential oil (EO) directly onto the thyroid area 2x daily to help decrease symptoms.
  • 1 part Lemongrass, 1 part Myrrh, 1 part carrier oil (I like fractionated coconut oil because this kind of coconut oil soaks into the skin quickly and stays liquid at colder temperatures)
  • 25 drops Lemongrass, 25 drops Clove, 10 drops Frankincense, 25 drops carrier oil

2. Diffuse

When I learned that I could scent my home with something organic and purify the air we breathe, I was in! I like Lotus diffuser by dōTERRA. The essential oils are atomized into minute ion particles and active oxygen anions, which are more easily absorbed by the human body than oils diffused by conventional diffusers. Diffuser releasing the aromatic and therapeutic benefi of essential oils quickly and safely.

Lotus_NEW_Detail_US_WEB_v1The other way to diffuse EO is by taking an aromatic bath. Use 3 drops of frankincense mixed with 5 parts of clove oil and 5 parts of lemongrass oil in your Epsom salt bath.

You can experiment with various blends of essential oils to figure out which one works best for you. It is recommended that you use low or no heat diffusers since they do not interfere with the chemical structure of the oils.

 

3. Internally

Use caution when taking essential oils internally.

Put 2 drops of frankincense oil daily on the roof of the mouth.

Remember that essential oils can be helpful for treating underactive thyroid, but you should also be sure to improve your overall lifestyle and diet.

To your health, ~ Vilma

Dr.Vilma Brunhuber, CHHC is a health coach for Woman’s Health & Thyroid Wellness. She is most passionate about helping others discover the gift of holistic health, showing others how to create healthy lifestyle. She suffered with thyroid disease for many years which lead her look into alternatives how to feel better because medication was helping only partially with thyroid condition.

 

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24802524

Dr. Michael Reed Gach

Dr. David Stewart

 

Disclaimer

Information in this document is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.  This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice or medical care of a qualified health care professional and you should seek the advice of your health care professional before undertaking any dietary or lifestyle changes.  Please understand that you assume all risks from use, non use and misuse of this information.  The material in this document is for educational purposes only.

Osteoporosis & Woman’s Health

Osteoporosis and the broken bones it can cause are not part of normal aging.
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Our bones are constantly being remodeled, with bone tissue being broken down and rebuilt on a regular basis. It is much like the natural removal of dead skin to make way for new skin. Peak bone mass usually happens between the ages of 18 and 25. The more bone you have at the time of peak bone mass, the less likely you are to break a bone or get osteoporosis later in life [1].

Bone density (the degree of mineralization of the bone matrix) usually increases until about the age of 30, but after that, trouble can begin. For women, that bone loss speeds up significantly during the first 10 years after menopause when estrogen levels drop sharply. In fact, in the five to seven years after menopause, which is the rapid bone loss period when osteoporosis often develops, women can lose up to 20 percent or more of their bone density. But the loss of bone minerals continues throughout the rest of a person’s life. Osteoporosis sets in when more bone is lost than can be rebuilt. Eventually, bones become brittle and easily fractured.

Did you know…

Healthy teeth and healthy bones go together naturally. If you have osteoporosis, you may have a higher risk of losing your teeth. When your jawbone becomes less dense, teeth can loosen. In fact, women with osteoporosis tend to have fewer teeth than women with normal bone density.

Osteoporosis can be influenced by the following risk factors:

  • Genetics – Women are more at risk.
  • Inactivity – A sedentary lifestyle promotes bone loss as well as muscle loss.
  • Smoking [2] – The longer you smoke and the more cigarettes you consume, the greater your risk of fracture in old age.
  • Menopause [3] and increased belly fat – The study in Journal Bone [4] revealed that women with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 – which is considered overweight, with more belly fat had increased bone marrow fat and lowered bone density.
  • High-acid diet – (high in animal protein and grains, low in vegetables and fruit) causes an increase in urinary excretion of calcium, leading to bone loss.
  • High consumption of animal protein – Some studies have shown that a diet high in animal protein actually promotes bone loss by leaching calcium from the bones
  • Lack of Vitamin D, K2, Calcium – For the calcium to bind and ultimately become bone, it requires the services of vitamins K-2 and D-3. One study followed over 72,000 women for 10 years. It was found that women who had the lowest intake of vitamin K-2 had a 30% higher risk of hip fractures. Women who had the highest intake of vitamin K-2 had a 65% lower incidence of hip fractures [5].
  • Excessive alcohol intake – due to the diuretic effect of alcohol, which induces calcium losses through the urine. Alcohol can also decrease the absorption of calcium from the intestines and cause deficiencies in vitamin D and magnesium – both of which are important to bone health.
  • Colas and coffee [6] – due to caffeine intake and phosphoric acid in cola that leaches calcium out of the bone.

There is a lot you can do to protect your bones throughout your life.

Suggested lifestyle changes for Osteoporosis prevention:

  1. Sardines. I always say eat bones for your bones. That’s why I love sardines. Three ounces of canned sardines give you almost as much calcium as a cup of milk. These tiny fish also have a big supply of vitamin D.
  2. Fennel. New research published in the International Journal of Molecular Medicine [7] shows eating the seeds of the fennel plant had a beneficial effect on loss of bone mineral density, as well as bone mineral content. Researchers indicated that fennel seeds show potential in preventing bone loss in postmenopausal osteoporosis.
  3. Plenty of Vegetables. Fresh, raw vagetables, [8] especially leafy greens supplies your body with nutrients that are essential for bone health, like vitamin K1 and potassium. Your body needs potassium to maintain proper pH levels in your body fluids, and optimize your sodium to potassium ratio which also affects your bone mass. Get enough calcium. Choose organic, high quality dairy products such as yogurt. Eat more dark green vegetables like collard greens, bok choy and broccoli, If you find it difficult to eat the recommended amount of vegetables you need daily, give vegetable juicing a try.                                                                                                             Watch youtube video Juicing vs Blending FullSizeRender-7                So in order to get the benefits of calcium-rich foods, you need to consume magnesium-rich foods as well, like flaxseeds, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds, grass-fed beef, swiss chard, almonds, avocados, black beans.
  1. Fermented Vegetables. Vitamin K2, also called menaquinone, is made by the bacteria that line your gastrointestinal tract. The biological role of vitamin K2 is to help move calcium into the proper areas in your body, such as your bones and teeth. It also plays a role in removing calcium from areas where it shouldn’t be, such as in your arteries and soft tissues. Fermented vegetables, which are one of my new passions, primarily for supplying beneficial bacteria back into our gut, can be a great source of vitamin K.
  2. Make sure you get enough vitamin D. I recommend supplementing with 2,000 IU daily for adults.
  3. Increase weight-bearing activities, such as walking, weight training and calisthenics. Try to do at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.
  4. Bone Broth. As chicken or beef marrow bones simmer in the pot for hours they release collagen, the material that helps keep your bones flexible. Click here for my Bone Broth recipe.
  5. Fruit and berries. Vitamin C helps new osteoblasts form to build new bone and also helps build the collagen network. Kiwi a great source of vitamin C, so are berries, citrus fruits, bell peppers.
  6. Bone Nutrients. do–TERRA Women Bone Nutrient Lifetime Complex is a blend of vitamins and minerals that are essential for bone health in women beginning in adolescence and continuing through menopause. Balance normal hormone levels with do–TERRA Women Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex. Maintaining hormonal balance can help reduce uncomfortable issues associated with PMS and the transition through menopause, and will provide additional support for healthy bones, heart, breast tissue, and other body structures and function as a woman ages.

Try this “Silicone Building” tea or infusion:

Pour 1/2 liter of boiling water over 2 heaping teaspoons of dried horsetail, 2 teaspoons oat straw and 2 teaspoons stinging nettle. Strain after 10 minutes for tea or leave overnight to make infusion.

There is a big controversy about Benefits and risks of osteoporosis drugs and that bone strengthening drugs actually cause bone fractures. There are lots of resources on internet so I will let you be the judge.

You’re never too young or too old to improve the health of your bones. Whatever your age, the habits you adopt now can affect your bone health for the rest of your life. Now is the time to take action.

Would love to hear your thoughts – what did you try, what did work for you. Email me HERE

To your healthy bones, ~ Vilma

References:

  1. www.nof.org
  2. http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/bone/Osteoporosis/conditions_Behaviors/bone_smoking.asp
  3. NHS UK
  4. Bone. Dec 2010
  5. Booth, Tucker. Dietary Vitamin K intake associated with hip fracture but not bone density. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.2000 May. 1201-6
  6. Cleveland Clinic
  7. International Journal of Molecular Medicine June 2012
  8. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition June 2006

My Detox Journey

Ok so I am a little bit excited – we are starting Spring Detox!!!!

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I couldn’t believe my husband who asked me few days ago – “so when are we doing detox?”
This is a man who grew up on American diet – pizza, beer… It was a while ago since he joined healthy living, but I still get surprised when he asks me about detox. First time he did detox “just for me” – to please me. After he got tons of compliments how ‘fresh and healthy” he looks and how great he felt after the detox, now he is the one who reminds me that it is time to do a detox. I am so excited.
I have a few people who will be joining us already. You can read testimonials (http://bit.ly/1szqaW2) about my detox and contact me directly if you have any questions.

Why do we do detox?  

There are a lot of reasons. But there is one especially important for me – to keep my thyroid and immune function at the optimum level.  I was diagnosed with “thyroiditis” over 15 years ago.  Doctors didn’t give the diagnosis of Hashimotos thyroiditis then even my thyroid antibodies were elevated. Over the years I had suffered with hypothyroidism and everything that comes with this disease.  Diet and lifestyle made huge difference how I feel, even I still continue taking hormone replacement therapy for my thyroid.  By detoxifyling my liver and cleaning my gut, I feel like a normal person.  Do I like a process of detoxification? No, I don’t.  But it is only 2 weeks once or twice a year.  I can hande it.  Anyone can handle it.

‪Resently I read an article how detox‬ and ‪intermittent fasting‬ can regenerate entire immune system. [1] The Telegraph recently reported that scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) have discovered that fasting “for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as ‘remarkable.’” Scientists at the University of Southern California found that fasting could be especially beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems (Hashimoto thyroiditis is one of them), such as cancer patients on chemotherapy and it could also help the elderly whose immune system becomes less effective as they age. The researchers say fasting “flips a regenerative switch” which prompts stem cells to create brand new white blood cells, essentially regenerating the entire immune system. Valter Longo, corresponding author of the study and a professor at the USC Davis School of Gerontology, stated: “When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged.”

In preparation to detox I purchased Cleanse & Restore Kit to support cleansing process of liver, kidney and skin, also to do candida and parasite cleanse, to restore GI tract.

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So here is my detox journey:

Day #1

I find that first day is always overwhelming.  It goes a lot of reorganizing meals and daily routine. I have to pay attention when and what I will be eating.  I am a habit person, so I feel a bit out of my comfort zone.  Plus I have to think about my husband as well because he is in this journey with me.

I am not hungry. If anything, I am full of excitement.
Day #2 

It’s a family detox. Feeling energetic, not hungry, slept well. Yesterday we went for a nice long walk, made my steps for a day – 15.000! ‪Feel good about myself‬ 🙂 Today my goal is to pay attention how my body and see what it really needs – exercise, rest, food, pampering, etc.

Day #3

Today woke up alert and rested before my alarm clock went off. Yeah 🙂 Love early mornings. I had extra time for a ‪yoga‬! One thing I noticed, every time I do detox, I have lots of energy first thing in the morning, need less sleep, and my flexibility is much better. I get time to time stiffness in my hips (not unusual sign with ‪‎thyroid disease‬ I have), but during detox, it seems to melt away.

Todays breakfast – a lovely ‪chia porridge‬

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Day #4

Everything is going extremely well.  I leaned that I need to pay extra attention to my adrenals.  Adrenal health is very important foor the healthy thyroid function.  During detox, I give an extra support to this gland by adding extra Vit C, sea salt, rest, relaxation.

Energy is still good.  No coffee or tea needed to get me going in the morning nad it satys throughout the day.  I love this continues flow of energy without dips and cravings.  Although I noticed that I am ready to go to sleep earlier.

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Love to use oil diffuser to help detoxification process and relaxation.

Day #5

Today will be our last pre-detox day. Tomorrow we will be starting 2-nd stage of this process – juice detox.

Liver harbours lots of emotions. On a day to day basis not always we express ourselves freely, so some of those emotions get hidden away. When we detox, liver does physical and emotional detoxification. Thats why we sometimes see those hidden emotions beeing released. It could be anger, frustration, anxiety, depression. It’s a good feeling. My Mom after 3 days of detox says: my legs are very heavy, I barely can move them. She took a break from yoga and her exercises, so it couldn’t be that. We started thinking why she is feeling this way. My Mom’s brother died just before she started detox. She was flooded with lots of emotions – anger, frustration, sorrow… She didn’t released them, she hid them at the moment, because she had to attend the funeral, do her usual daily chores and on top of that prepare for the detox that she never did before. Her unreleased emotions “deposited’ in her legs. I asked my Mom to use the opportunity of detox not just for physical cleanse of the body, but also to look deep inside and to do some emotional cleanse as well. It took a day of TLC, and she felt better. For some people can take longer to clear emotional burden, it really depends how ready you are to do so. I am so happy for my Mom, detox came very timely for her.

I felt a bit on edge first 2 days emotionally. I think a lot has to do with a change in daily routine. Even this is not the first my detox, I felt that my mind decided to do detoxification, but for my body it took 2 days to accept it. By the evening of day 2, something “flipped” inside me and all of the sudden I felt lighter and smiled.

Today I had great energy and met my ‪‎fitness goals‬ – yoga and walking.

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Day #6

Lovely green juice to start my fabulous looking day.  I juice on the regular basis, but detox juices are a bit different.  It sounds sckary – how will I function all day by drinking only green juices.  Trully, I feel great – lighter in the body and mind.

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Day #7

Today I picked up great energy. Surprisingly how pure juice works like “super nutritional blood infusion”.  Because of my hypothyroism, I have tendency to feel colder than most people.  During detox I really feel cold. I usually try to aim to do detox when it is nice, warm and sunny weather, but not always you can count on it when you are living in London.  I even shared this experiece with my colonics expert I use and respect.  She said that she and most of her clients feel the same way and it is a normal reaction when liver detoxifies to feel slightly colder than usual.  Especially after enema administration. I guess I will dressing up in lots of layers like “onion”.

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Day #8 

Have you ever had colonics and enema? I like to have one session of colonics and daily coffee enema during juicing stage of detox. It’s amazing how well it makes me feel. Coffee enema super beneficial for liver detoxification. As the juices begin rebuilding the body and encouraging toxins to be released from the cells into the bloodstream, a great deal of stress is placed upon the liver. The coffee enemas increase liver filtering, greatly aiding the liver’s ability to remove serum toxins. Certain substances in the coffee stimulate an important detoxification enzyme in the liver as well as dilate the bile ducts and increase the flow of bile. A secondary benefit of the coffee enema is to increase peristalsis which helps to empty the bowel. So far I had 5. It is something we don’t talk much about it. Before I started doing it, I had lots of thoughts and excuses why I don’t want to do it. Once I started and got a hang of it, it is easy, simple and fast at the comfort of my own home. It takes a bit of commitment, but I wouldn’t do detox without it.

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Day #9 

Today I had a great start – short light yoga and lovely green juice. Feel good about myself

Yesterday was Sunday, so I used the day to my full advantage – spa day! I spend all day pampering myself and helping body detoxify through my skin. A nice face steam and a mask followed by a body coffee scrub and a hot soak in the lavender Epsom salt bath. I had all these coffee grinds from coffee enema, so I used it for a lovely body polish. Soaking in a hot bath helped me to sweat, relax and detoxify through skin. It was a true relaxation. Love my detoxification process.

My energy is staying stable, although I reduced the daily physical load. I am giving my body a break. I don’t feel weak or dizzy. During the day I am not hungry at all. Some hunger in the evening, but I break it by going to bed earlier. I like to go to bed early on the daily basis and wake up early. That way I feel the most productive. During detox I am putting my head on the pillow around 9:30pm. Today we woke up 6am. It’s a good 8 1/2 hour sleep. Just perfect 🙂

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Day #10 

Today will be our last day of 5 day juicing.

Yesterday I treated myself to a nice massage. I love a good massage – it relaxes, assist in lymphatic system drainage and simply feels good. We need personal touch and hugs. It helps to produce happy hormone Oxytocin and once we are happy, we are feeling better, our bodies function more efficiently, we make other people happier and get the same in return.

I don’t usually dream at night. But strangely enough, during this detox I have been dreaming every night. Dreams are very realistic. No wonder that people who want to meditate deeper or reach deep into their sole, they go on restricted food diet. It makes easier to connect with inner you and subconscious mind.

Post-detox

Our family detox is coming to the end. Few days of introduction of lighter solid food before we jump in eating regular meals.

To summarise our detox:

I am very happy and proud of my husband and my Mom for joining me in this detox journey. We gave a rest to our bodies, treated ourselves well, nourished it with supreme nutrition. It wasn’t easy all the time. It is a commitment, but results are great.
I didn’t mind a little hunger, I like green juices, I like how light and well intune my body feels, my skin is bright, no fogginess of the brain, some weight loss (I didn’t need or wanted to loose weight, but it happens).
My least favourite moments – I have hard time taking clay-fibre shakes (I really dislike them), I don’t like that I feel colder.

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To your health, ~ Vilma

Reference:

[1] Telegraph – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/10878625/Fasting-for-three-days-can-regenerate-entire-immune-system-study-finds.html

Frankincense – the Liquid Gold

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their therapeutic and healing properties as part of the practice of aromatherapy.

Frankincense-treeFrankincense oil is sourced from the resin of the Boswellia carterii or Boswellia sacara small, shrubby tree with white flowers that’s commonly grown in Somalia. This tree is different from many others in that it can grow with very little soil in dry and desolate conditions.

The word frankincense comes from the term “franc encens,” which means quality incense in old French.

 When in doubt start with Frankincense

Research shows traditional use of Frankincense in driving away evil spirits (Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, French, Asian folklore and rituals), and if we think of these spirits as obsessions, fears and anxieties which may have become manifest as physical illness, we understand the benefits of applying Frankincense for all occasions. In Somali, Ethiopian, Arabian, and Indian cultures, it is suggested that burning frankincense daily in the house brings good health.

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A little bit of oil goes a long way; it should not be ingested in large quantities as it can be toxic.

If you’re purchasing essential oils, avoid oils that say “fragrance oil” or “perfume oil” as these can be synthetic and don’t provide the desired health benefits. Instead, look for oils that say “pure therapeutic grade essential oil”  for the highest quality essential oils.

Frankincense Essential Oil Benefits

FRANKINCENSE: analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-depressant, astringent, carminative (relieves gas), cicatrizant, cytophylatic (stimulating regeneration of cells), digestive, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, immune boosting tonic, anti-carcinogistic.  In Ayurvedic medicine frankincense (Boswellia serrata), commonly referred to in India as “dhoop,” has been used for hundreds of years for treating arthritis, healing wounds, strengthening the female hormone system and purifying the air. The use of frankincense in Ayurveda is called “dhoopan“.

  1. Balances Hormone Levels

Frankincense oil reduces symptoms associated with menstruation and menopause by balancing hormone levels. It can help relieve pain, cramps, constipation, headaches, anxiety, nausea, fatigue, and mood swings. Frankincense oil also helps with regulating estrogen production and reduces the risk of tumor or cyst development in pre-menopausal women.

2. May Help Fight Cancer, or Deal with Chemotherapy Side Effects

Frankincense has been documented all over the world to have a very strong Cancer deterrent factor –Nicole Stevens has produced current research on effectiveness of essential oils with eliminating cancer. Dr. Hsueh-Kung Lin, published his research on doTERRA’s Frankincense clearly stating that in eliminating many forms of cancerous cells this is the most potent and effective oil he has had the privilege of working with – the fragrance made him more energetic too. Frankincense oil has been shown to help fight cells of specific types of cancer. (4) A 2012 study even found that a chemical compound found in frankincense called AKBA is successful at killing cancer cells that have become resistant to chemotherapy.

3. Managing Emotional and Behaviour Problems – profound psychological and spiritual benefits

Frankincense is the most valuable essential oil for slowing and deepening breathing, helping to allay fear, anxiety, nervous tension and stress. One of the gifts of Frankincense is its’ chemistry – sesquiterpenes–can cross the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) and facilitates oxygenation of cells for optimal communication at the cellular level. In a study that has already triggered follow-up work, sesquiterpenes were shown to increase the number of certain receptors in the brain and are now considered prospects for treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia.* (Frankincense, Sandalwood, Valerian, Myrrh, Vetiver research). Frankincense is helpful in allowing the past to be in the past, and creating an environment in which optimism and an expectation of freedom in dwelling on current successes that allow peace and self-acceptance to take place.

In a 2012 study, researchers found that the “behavioral effect [of insensole actetate] was concomitant to reduced serum corticosterone levels, dose-dependent down-regulation of corticotropin releasing factor and up-regulation of brain derived neurotrophic factor transcripts IV and VI expression in the hippocampus. These data suggest that IA modulates the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis and influences hippocampal gene expression, leading to beneficial behavioral effects supporting its potential as a novel treatment of depressive-like disorders.” (*)

4. Heals Skin and Prevents Signs of Aging

Skin treated with the sesquiterpenes allows polar compounds such as water to penetrate more effectively. In skincare, Frankincense is particularly helpful for older skins, and has a definite tonic effect, helping to restore some tone to slack looking facial skin, and slowing down the appearance of wrinkles. Frankincense is safe to use during pregnancy -beneficial for fading of stretch marks, surgery scars or marks associated with pregnancy, and for healing dry or cracked skin. reduces appearance of scars and it may also help reduce the appearance of dark spots caused from acne blemishes.

5. Eases Digestion and Supports Detoxification 

It helps to flush out excess water from the abdomen that can cause bloating, and even relieves PMS-related stomach pains.(*) by speeding up the secretion of digestive enzymes. It has been shown to be beneficial in reducing symptoms of leaky gut syndrome, colitis and IBS. (*)

Frankincense oil can also be used for relief from stings such as scorpion stings.

All suggestions shared are effective only with doTERRA CPTG products! 

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FRANKINCENSE blends well with most floral, woods, spices and citruses, also with patchouli, clary sage, rosemary, basil, vetiver and my favorite mix is with Wild Orange – protector on several levels.

Instant Mind Clarity: Frankincense 3 drops, Wild Orange 3 drops; blend in palm of hands by rubbing palms together and when warm apply to back of neck and forehead and focus on accepting positive thoughts. Makes the Heart Happy.

Dry Skin/Wrinkles on arms and legs: Blend Frankincense EO with DoTerra’s Essential Therapy Hand and Body Lotion and apply to dry areas – especially when going in and out in the cold weather – drink more water to hydrate cells – keep young.

Frankincense is an amazing gift, it helps the cells of our body’s remember how to be perfect again as our original recipe was written. Frankincense seems to be the master mind of oils – it makes everything remember how to be perfect – the cells, the tissues, the organs, the systems, whole body.

Become a healer at your own home

Dr. David K. Hill has a book on Frankincense and see webinars on www.builddoterra.com Dr. Hill has created on Frankincense for our education.

Resources:

Wikipedia, Modern Essentials, Abundant Health, LLC, 2009 Healing Oils of The Bible, David Stewart, 2005. Aromatherapy in Medicine, Jacque du Preneau, 1908. Dr Axe. Aromatherapy, Essential Oils for Vibrant Health and Beauty, Roberta Wilson, 2002 Clinical Aromatherapy, Essential Oils in Practice, by Jane Buckle ,RN,PhD.,2003 Aromatherapy Handbook for Beauty, Hair and Skin Care, by Erich Keller, 1992 Aromatherapy For Healing The Spirit, by Gabriel ojay, 1997 The Art of Aromatherapy, Robert Tisserand, 1995

 

NOTE:

Information in this document is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.  This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice or medical care of a qualified health care professional and you should seek the advice of your health care professional before undertaking any dietary or lifestyle changes.  Please understand that you assume all risks from use, non use and misuse of this information.  The material in this document is for educational purposes only.