Fibromyalgia: Ignore The Pain And Carry On As Normal?

Apr 21st 2021

by Stephanie Chambers Fibromyalgia is a strange condition. It’s basically chronic widespread pain accompanied by fatigue, disturbed sleep and an increased sensitivity to being touched. Some also experience tingling skin, muscle spasms, weak limbs, nerve pain, palpitations, muscle twitching, bowel problems and a host of other issues. Many also experience fogginess such as an inability to concentrate, memory problems and other cognitive issues. And anxiety and depression are commonly also experienced.WHY IS IT HARD TO WORK OUT THAT YOU HAVE IT? Doctors don't like it because there is no …

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Bring The Beach To Your Home

Apr 21st 2021

by Annalisa Fredrickson When was the last time you went to the beach? When many people think of the beach they think of relaxation, rejuvenation and that heavenly feeling of the sun on their back. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to pack your bags and get to a beach (especially if you live in Iowa). If you are craving a beach getaway, but cannot get to a beach this weekend (or this year), bring the qualities of the beach to your very own home! Set aside some time to give yourself a mini-spa hour or afternoon. Put on some relaxing music, light some candles, and spend some time gi …

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Can Essential Oils Help Treat Cancer?

Apr 21st 2021

by Dr Christoph Streicher, Ph.D. and Stephanie Chambers Chemotherapy and radiotherapy aren’t the only way to kill cancer cells. Essential oils appear to be able to do this, at least under laboratory conditions and in certain concentrations. This leads one to hope that in future patients will be able to use them in treatment instead of having to suffer from the well-known side effects of current treatments. A study by researchers from China and Germany (Zu Y, Yu H, Liang L, Fu Y, Efferth T, Liu X and Wu N, 2010 1) on the antibacterial effects of ten essential oils on in vitro toxicolog …

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Can You Use Essential Oils For Period Pain?

Apr 21st 2021

by Dr Christoph Streicher, Ph.D. and Annalisa Fredrickson Do you suffer from painful periods or menstrual cramps? Painful periods, also referred to as dysmenorrhea, can be debilitating for females of all ages, causing them to miss work or school. While the root cause of dysmenorrhea should be addressed by looking at lifestyle and dietary habits, essential oils have been shown to relieve pain and ease cramps during painful periods. One study[1] of 67 female college students put the theory to test. The researchers found a group of female college students who rated their menstrual pain …

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Cold Storage for Essential Oils

Apr 21st 2021

Barbe Jo Asks: Do you recommend keeping organic rose otto essential oil in the refrigerator? Dr. Streicher Answers: Dear Barbe Jo, As long as you use your essential oils within a reasonable amount of time, there is no need to put them into the fridge. Rose oil is not among the faster deteriorating oils; citrus and conifers are. But if you use up a bottle only over many months, like you may do with rose oil because it is so expensive, you will end up with little essential oil and a lot of air in the bottle. If you keep that longer it is good to put it into the fridge, because t …

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A Tri-Doshic Blend

Apr 21st 2021

Barbe Jo Asks: I have purchased your certified organic rose otto and your certified organic sandalwood Tamil Nadu essential oil. I have made a facial serum using both in a base of jojoba. Is this a blend that is tri-doshic? I know it is great for pitta skin. If not tri-doshic, what essential oils would I need to add to the two to make a serum for Vata and one for Kapha? Dr. Streicher Answers: Dear Barbe Jo, This is a good formula for pitta skin, it is also fine for vata skin. It does no harm for kapha skin. But the kapha skin (oily, acne) is the only skin which needs more stimula …

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Toe Nail Fungus Treatment

Apr 21st 2021

Jean Y. Asks: Hi Dr. Streicher, I need to know what a toe nail fungus treatment would be. I have tried tea tree oil and the patient does not like the strong smell. Is there a different oil that can be used? Would it be used straight or diluted with olive or jojoba or another oil? I am an acupuncturist and really like essential oils but am not sure what would be effective for nail fungus. Thanks! Dr. Streicher Answers: Here are two alternatives as a nail fungus treatment: First, there is Oregano Oil, which also is not very pleasant smelling but is much more potent than …

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What is Lavender Maillette?

Apr 21st 2021

Denise Asks: What is Lavender Maillette? I've not heard of it before? Dr.Streicher Answers: Many people find it the most pleasant lavender. It is also very reasonably priced because it is a high yield clone. But it is not genetically engineered. Lavender Maillette is particularly high in linalyl acetate. This gives it a fine and rather sweet aroma. If a perfumer wants to work with a natural lavender (which is rather unusual for today’s perfumery) lavender maillette is the oil of choice. At this point, all lavender maillette comes from France. Use it whenever you use lavender f …

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Oil of Oregano: Nature’s Antibiotic?

Apr 21st 2021

by Stephanie Chambers Oregano is a common perennial herb that many of us have used to flavor our meals. It is native to the Mediterranean region and to the warmer parts of western and southwestern Eurasia. It also grows in some colder areas, but there it is considered an annual rather than a perennial because it doesn’t survive the winters. There are a number of varieties of it. It has purple flowers and is related to marjoram and sometimes called wild marjoram. Oregano was used by the ancient Greeks for a variety of ailments. It’s said that Hippocrates - the “father of medicine” - oft …

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Travel Essentials

Apr 21st 2021

by Stephanie Chambers As school is about to go back, many people have to travel. Here are some tips that might help make it a bit easier on your body.KEEP VATA AT BAY According to Ayurveda, traveling increases the Vata body type. Vata is already the quality of “movement”, so by traveling you are making it worse. This can cause your skin to feel dry and for you to get what I call a “travel tummy” where you end up spending far too much time in the bathroom. To reduce Vata while you are traveling, try as much to stick to a normal routine (e.g. go to bed on time) and eat warm oily food …

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