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Health Tip: The Grandfather of All Herbs - Turmeric
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Article: Eating the Rainbow
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"A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy 
to take care of his tools." 

~unknown~



The Grandfather of All Herbs - Turmeric
By Sharon Moran

If cayenne is the grandmother of all herbs, then turmeric may well be the grandfather. The reason turmeric is so beneficial to the body is because it contains the ingredient (and antioxidant) curcumin. Curcumin is what gives turmeric its intense yellow color. Turmeric has such a strong antioxidant ability that it can scavenge and remove the hydroxyl radical. This radical is considered to be one of the most dangerous and reactive of all the oxidants in the body.

Turmeric is also considered an adaptogen. Adaptogens help support the body against stress. They can also provide support for the immune system, again by way of increasing antioxidants in the body.

The list of health benefits from using turmeric are many and include:

* Boosting and protecting your immune system
* Helping maintain a healthy digestive system
* Supporting your bones, especially the joints
* Helping maintain cholesterol levels that are already within the normal range
* Promoting healthy blood and liver functions
* Supporting the skin and its elasticity

But there's a catch.
Curcumin is hard to actually absorb. Research has shown that peperine, which is the ingredient in black pepper that gives it such pungency, assists in the absorption and utilization of curcumin. By ingesting both herbs together you can boost the overall efficacy of the turmeric.

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil is a relative new-comer into the fixed oil arena. Some of the health properties associated with hemp seed oil include: antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and skin regeneration. It is also very effective for moisturizing and nourishing the skin as well as rejuvenating the scalp and hair.

Topically applying hemp seed oil to the skin or using it as a carrier oil with your essential oils can be very helpful when working with such conditions as dry skin, psoriasis and eczema, acne, and dandruff.

Hemp seed oil has a high content of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Its composition is very similar to naturally occurring skin lipids. This makes it an excellent natural emollient for the skin and scalp.

There is yet another reason to try hemp seed oil. The essential fatty acids found in hemp seed oil are necessary for maintaining a healthy cell membrane. They also help prevent the demyelination of nerve cells throughout the body.

Eucalyptus

(Eucalyptus globulus)

INGREDIENT IN: LeBreezey, LeDeeper, LeDeliverance, LePaine, LeRefreshMint, LeTendaCare

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, balsamic, expectorant, antibiotic, antifungal, febrifuge, anti-infective, antiparasitic, antineuralgia, pectoral

GENERAL INFORMATION: I do not recommend taking essential oils internally, but I want to issue a particular warning about all varieties of eucalyptus. They should not be taken internally. The literature around the world and in most schools of thought about essential oils agree that eucalyptus is toxic when taken internally. Nevertheless, the FDA (what do they know about this kind of thing?) have approved it for use as a dietary supplement. You can do most anything with the topical application of an essential oil that you would hope to do with internal consumption. Please be sensible and cautious about the internal use of any essential oil, especially with children, and do not take or administer eucalyptus oils internally at all.

AFFINITY FOR: endocrine system, muscles, yin energy, respiratory system, bones, brow chakra

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

PLANT FAMILY: Myrtaceae

PART UTILIZED: leaves

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Eucalyptus is energizing and promotes feelings of steadfastness and confidence in oneself. The aroma of eucalyptus can help us release resentment calmly, without the usual explosions of temper and hostility. Eucalyptus, diffused, purifies the air.

APPLICATION: Eucalyptus should be applied to the feet, and on areas where anti-inflammatory properties are needed. Eucalyptus, or a blend containing it, can be diluted and applied to the chest for respiratory congestion and infections. If used in small amounts, eucalyptus makes a good addition to massage oils. Eucalyptus applied under and on each side of the nose brings quick relief for clogged sinus cavities.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Eucalyptus helps us find our survivor spirit. Eucalyptus taps into the inner strength in each of us. It can help us develop unfaltering faith in ourselves and in divine assistance. Eucalyptus strips away doubt about our abilities, removes negativity and hesitation, and pushes us forward. Eucalyptus calms our spirits and opens our minds to see the way ahead clearly.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Eucalyptus is a very versatile and useful essential oil. It can be used to cool the body in summer and protect us from bacteria and viruses in the winter. Eucalyptus is useful for bronchitis, colds, flu, asthma, and any problem in the respiratory system. Eucalyptus is one of the best oils for bringing down a fever. It is a strong analgesic. It can be applied alone or as part of a blend for muscle aches and headaches. Eucalyptus alleviates mental exhaustion and stabilizes blood sugar levels in both hypoglycemia and diabetes. Well diluted, eucalyptus is good for skin rashes and makes a very good energizing massage oil. Eucalyptus becomes more antiseptic with age, if it has been stored and handled properly.

CAUTIONS: Eucalyptus can be caustic to the skin if used undiluted. Not to be taken internally.

How Often Do You Eat the Rainbow?
By Sharon Moran

There is a full color spectrum of food out there - a whole rainbow’s worth to be exact!  Do you take time to get a variety of color in your diet every day - every meal?   Eating colorful food gives you antioxidants and phytonutrients as well as vitamins, minerals and fiber.  Antioxidants and phytonutrients perform many absolutely essential functions for our bodies.

Antioxidants may be powerhouses, but they are short lived.  They are active in the blood stream within an hour or two after being eaten and are gone within 12 - 24 hours.  That is why you need to eat them often throughout the day, every day.

Variety is the key. Color variation is also important when looking for a potent source of phytonutrients and antioxidants, with the darker colors being more concentrated.

We often associate eating fresh vegetables with the summer months and the bounty that our gardens produce. Below is a list of foods, antioxidants and/or phytonutrients, and the health benefits that they provide. Notice some of these wonderful winter season fruits and vegetables such as winter squash, sweet potatoes, pomegranates, cranberries, and figs.

As we start this new year (and while our resolutions are still fresh in our minds!!) let's work on adding a rainbow to our diets - your body will thank you as we move through these cold winter months.

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Food
Antioxidant
Health Benefits
Red
Pink grapefruit,  tomatoes, watermelon
Lycopene (more readily available from cooked tomato products than from raw tomatoes)
May help prevent heart disease; may help with prostate and rectal cancers
Red
Purple
Beets, blackberries, blueberries, blue corn, cherries, cranberries, some figs, grapes and grape juice, plums, pomegranates, prunes, red apples, red cabbage, red pears, red raspberries, strawberries
Anthocyanins, ellagic acid, vitamin C, fiber, quercetin (found in red apples)
May inhibit blood-clot formation helping to prevent heart disease, protects brain cells against oxidative stress which may help with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders; keeps carcinogens from binding to DNA
Orange
Acorn squash, apricots, cantaloupes, carrots, golden beets, mangos, persimmons, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, winter squash
Alpha and beta carotenes, vitamin C, folate
May help prevent lung disease, heart disease and birth defects (folate);improves communication between cells helping fight the spread of cancer
Orange
Yellow
Guavas, kumquats, nectarines, oranges and juice, papayas, peaches, pineapple, starfruit, tangerines, yellow grapefruit, yellow passion fruit
Beta cryptothanxin (a carotenoid), limonoids
Boosts the immune system; inhibits the synthesis of cholesterol which is needed to activate cancer-cell growth
Yellow
Green
Avocados, collard greens, cucumbers, green apples, green beans, green and yellow bell peppers, green peas, honeydew melons, kiwis, mustard greens, romaine lettuce, spinach, zucchini Lutein, zeaxanthin, carotenoids Helps prevent cataracts and macular degeneration; improves communication between cells; protects against clogging of the carotid arteries
Green
Bok Choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green cabbage, cauliflower, kale, Swiss chard, watercress Sulforaphane, isothiocyanate, indoles, folate, fiber Protects against prostate cancer; enhances the breakdown and excretion of carcinogens in the liver
White Green
Artichokes, asparagus, celery, chives, endive, garlic, green grapes, leeks, mushrooms, onions, pears, white eggplant Flavonoids, including quercetin and kaempferol; polyphenols; allicin (in the onion family) Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure; protects brain cells against oxidative stress
 

LeAspire

 

INGREDIENTS: cypress, eucalyptus blue mallee, marjoram, myrtle, peppermint, pine, rosemary, saro, spruce

AFFINITY FOR: respiratory system, uptake of calcium, liver meridian, muscles, joints

RESONANCE: physical

APPLICATION: LeAspire should be applied diluted with a carrier oil on the chest and neck for respiratory ailments. Using LeAspire, with or without herbs, as a compress or poultice can be particularly effective. This blend can also be applied to the energy points on the ears and to the bottoms of the feet. LeAspire can be applied alternately with LeBreezey. Although the oils in LeAspire are quite effective against infectious agents, LeDeliverance, which is strongly antiviral and antibacterial, is often applied simultaneously to aid in the fight against infection. LeAspire is used to open the airways and relieve the congestion in the lungs.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: LeAspire is especially effective used in a humidifier to decongest and clear respiratory passages and to relieve coughs and sore throats.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeAspire is used to bring relief from colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis, respiratory congestion, allergy symptoms, deep pneumonia, pleurisy, asthma, and flu that have settled in the lungs. LeBreezey is considered by some to be more effective for upper respiratory conditions and LeAspire for use in deeper chest complaints affecting the bronchial passages and the lungs.

Both LeBreezey and LeAspire have proven effective in eliminating snoring when diffused or applied, well diluted, to the face and chest areas. LeAspire is an excellent expectorant, aiding the body in the discharge of phlegm and mucus. This blend also has antispasmodic properties which help to quiet dry, hacking coughs.

The synergy of the single oils in LeAspire gives it the unique ability to dissolve bone spurs if applied frequently and faithfully. A bone spur creates bruising in the tissues surrounding it, especially if the person is on their feet and pressure is being applied when walking or wearing shoes. It is recommended that a carrier oil containing arnica be used when LeAspire is used for a bone spur. The arnica will reduce the bruising and the pain that the bone spur is causing while LeAspire works to remove the spur. It is recommended that treatment with LeAspire be continued for a few weeks after the pain is gone.

 

LeIntention

 

INGREDIENTS: grapefruit, lime, orange sweet, vanilla

AFFINITY FOR: lymphatic system, immune system, nerves, digestive system, circulation, capillary health, hormone balance, metabolism, governing vessel meridian, liver/gallbladder meridian, solar plexus and heart chakras

RESONANCE: physical, emotional, spiritual

APPLICATION: LeIntention makes an excellent massage oil. It may be applied anywhere on the body, used in the bath, and diffused.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The inhalation of LeIntention is usually followed by a big sigh as stress is released and burdens lifted.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: The essential oils of which LeIntention is comprised affect the absorption of nutrients and the metabolic function of the body. This blend improves the digestive function, tones and cleanses the liver, and prevents gallbladder inflammation and the production of gallstones. Because of its effect on capillary and vein health, this blend stabilizes blood pressure fluctuations, tightens and tones the skin and tissues, and increases circulation. Used consistently, LeIntention has a building and sustaining influence on energy levels.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: LeIntention is for those times in our life (every day?) when life gets too intense and crazy, or we need peace as we contemplate the craziness of the world in which we live. LeIntention both stimulates and calms the amygdala, a glandular center in the brain that is often referred to as "the solution center". This blend is useful in helping us find solutions to problems and situations that we may not have previously considered but then turn out to be just right. Life consistently presents us with challenges and struggles; the essential oils in LeIntention help us cope, increasing our overall satisfaction with our lives and ourselves.

 

LeWeightless

 

INGREDIENTS: basil, grapefruit, green pepper, lemon, lime, sage

AFFINITY FOR: digestive system, emotional balance, metabolism

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

APPLICATION: LeWeightless is pleasant diffused, where it will eliminate odors and kill bacteria while being enjoyed for its emotional properties. LeWeightless can be used in the bath; be careful to use only 2 or 3 drops. An excellent essential oil blend for a full body massage. Be sure to dilute well.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The aroma of LeWeightless is uplifting. It stimulates positive and creative thinking.

EMOTIONALl/PHYSICAL ASPECTS: This delightful blend is designed to function on both the physical and emotional planes, even more than is usual for essential oils. LeWeightless increases metabolism, especially fat burning, and helps to dissolve cellulite. It is a lymph drainer and blood purifier and can be helpful with acne. Emotionally it lightens the weight of our own negativity which is so often the trigger for "binge" eating or junk food consumption. LeWeightless is used in programs for eating disorders such as anorexia.

LeWeightless relieves stress, but it takes a minute. If you can remember to reach for the LeWeightless when you are craving that chocolate bar, then exercise a little self-control for a moment or two, you may find that you move on to something else in your life and the chocolate loses its allure!! This blend also has an effect on the mind, helping it to function more clearly and quickly.

 

Mandarin

(Citrus reticulata)

 

INGREDIENT IN: LeBeloved, LeCinnamonBear, LeEverlasting, LeGrace, LeHeartSong, LeMoonlight, LeSynopsis, LeUnity, LeVitality

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: tonic, stomachic, digestive, calming, antispasmodic, antiseptic

AFFINITY FOR: emotions, digestion, nervous system, gallbladder meridian, governing vessel meridian

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

PLANT FAMILY: Rutaceae

PART UTILIZED: fruit

EXTRACTION METHOD: cold pressed

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Mandarin essential oil has sedative and slightly hypnotic properties, making mandarin one of the best essential oils for stress and irritability.

APPLICATION: Mandarin may be diffused or diluted and applied to the feet or the body. Mandarin is a very gentle oil and could be massaged safely, with any carrier oil, on the abdomen.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Mandarin promotes feelings of deep happiness. This personal happiness often manifests in our lives as kindness and gentleness with all living things. Mandarin also provides a firmness and a sense of self that allows personal growth and spiritual development. This oil is an especially good choice for those who tend to dwell in the past. It is also good for those who tend to dwell on past emotional traumas. They have survived the trauma, but they have not thrived. Mandarin can help us achieve a state of mind where we are able to build or repair our relationships, especially with the children and the elderly in our lives.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Mandarin essential oil is a gentle and supportive healer. It is especially good for the convalescence stage of an illness. It is a good choice for very young children and for the old and frail. This oil should be considered whenever the illness is accompanied by great sadness. Mandarin essential oil is also good for digestion where it aids with such conditions as constipation and diarrhea.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) is the variety of mandarin that is often referred to as red mandarin.

 

Petitgrain

(Citrus aurantium)

 

INGREDIENT IN: LeEndoRelief

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antidepressant, stimulant, tonic, calmative, anti-infective, antiseptic, nervine, reestablishes nerve equilibrium

AFFINITY FOR: hormones, cardiovascular system, skin, throat chakra, liver meridian

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

PLANT FAMILY: Rutaceae

PART UTILIZED: leaves, twigs

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Petitgrain has a fresh and revitalizing orange aroma that almost sparkles through the air. Because petitgrain is made from the bark and twigs of the tree, the aroma of petitgrain is stronger and stays in the air longer than other citrus oils.

APPLICATION: Petitgrain is an excellent choice for diffusing. It can be diluted and applied anywhere on the body.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Emotionally, petitgrain presents us with new ideas and new beginnings. Petitgrain brings us to a state of mind where calm, natural growth, without feelings of being pressured, can occur. It is powerfully stabilizing to high-strung temperaments and volatile dispositions. Petitgrain seems to help lower the defenses and harsh qualities that are often seen in people who are insecure about their worth or place. Petitgrain helps overcome pessimism and insomnia due to anger from feelings of betrayal. It reestablishes equilibrium in the nerves. Petitgrain stimulates the mind, supports memory, and gladdens the heart.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Petitgrain promotes hormone balance in both men and women, especially when combined with clary sage. It is excellent for relieving rapid or erratic heart palpitations. Petitgrain is often used in substance abuse programs to aid in detoxification. Petitgrain is useful in the convalescent stage of illness. It is an excellent oil for stabilizing oil production of the skin and coping with excessive perspiration.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Petitgrain essential oil is made from the bark and twigs of citrus aurantium. This is the same plant that neroli and orange bitter are made from.

CAUTIONS: Petitgrain is listed by some authorities as photo-toxic.

 

Spearmint

(Mentha spicata)

 

INGREDIENT IN: LeMariah, LeSunburst, LeRefreshMint, LeWakeUp

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: antiseptic, antispasmodic, disinfectant, carminative, cephalic, emenagogue, insecticide, restorative, stimulant

AFFINITY FOR: respiratory system, metabolism, digestive system, teeth and gums

RESONANCE: physical, emotional, mental

PLANT FAMILY: Labiatae

PART UTILIZED: leaves

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: A blend of spearmint and peppermint oils is an excellent blend for driving. It allows you to feel both wide awake, alert, and calm.

APPLICATION: Spearmint can be diluted in water and used as a mouth wash. Spearmint essential oil, diluted with carrier oil, can be applied anywhere on the body.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Spearmint essential oil is calming, relaxing, and uplifting. It is milder than peppermint and less likely to be over-stimulating if too much is used. Spearmint oil is a pleasant alternative to citrus oils for treating mental fatigue, depression, and eating disorders.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Spearmint has a relaxing and cooling effect on muscles and the nerves which feed them. This makes spearmint useful for spasmodic cough, abdominal cramps and spasms, muscle cramps, and nervous convulsions. Spearmint's disinfectant properties are particularly effective for internal infections. Spearmint helps to restore normal function to the organs and systems of the body by repairing damage that has been done to cells, tissues, and nerves. Spearmint is an excellent choice for treating wounds and injuries. Its mildly stimulating properties make it a great tonic oil following an illness. The stimulant properties of spearmint work on the nerves, brain, blood circulation, metabolism, and immune system. Spearmint is said to help the body burn fat. Spearmint, swished regularly in the mouth, helps repair the enamel on the teeth.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Many times spearmint is treated as nothing more than a milder form of peppermint, but these two essential oils have very different chemical components and very different therapeutic actions.

CAUTIONS: Spearmint should be used cautiously with pregnant women and small children.