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Health Tip - Why Not Plant a Garden?
by Sharon Moran - Butterfly Expressions, LLC


As winter slowly loses its grip on the land, why not turn your mind to planning a garden this year?  If you have never planted a garden, the advantages are endless.  Growing your own fruits and vegetables can help you maximize the potential health benefit your body gets from your produce.

Conventional methods of cultivation try to remove stresses such as drought and pests from the plants they grow so that they use their resources to grow as perfect and blemish free as they possibly can. 

By growing plants naturally, they have to deal with these natural stressors themselves.  They normally do this by producing the protective compounds so beneficial to our health.  

Our homegrown crops may be smaller, but this is often due to water content.  Plant for plant, their vitamin and mineral content is generally similar. 

As a result, the concentration of vitamins and minerals in our 
naturally grown crops tends to be higher.


By harvesting your crops just before consumption, you can be guaranteed that your produce is as fresh as possible and full of vitamins and minerals.  Plus, you can’t beat the wonderful taste and flavor of home grown produce.  The satisfaction of eating the fruits of your own labor is unequalled.  

Tamanu Butter

Tamanu promotes the formation of new cell growth and the elimination of dead cells, thus accelerating wound healing. Tamanu is also known to possess anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and antimicrobial properties. Tamanu should be considered as the carrier oil of choice when working with eczema or psoriasis, burns, acne, dry or scaly skin, diaper rash, diabetic ulcers and in relieving pain from sciatica, shingles, and arthritis.

Although tamanu oil is thick and dark in color, when applied to the skin it is readily absorbed and leaves no oily residue.

Tamanu oil is made by pressing the fruit of the Calophyllum tree which grows in eastern Africa and southeast Asia. To create tamanu butter, coconut oil is whipped into the oil, creating a moisturizing solid butter. It has virtually no odor and an off-white color.

Tamanu butter is renowned for its skin conditioning properties. It is very widely distributed in the cosmetic industry due to its effect on the skin as well as antioxidant properties.

Tamanu butter can be used as a carrier oil or just plain for a moisturizer. If you make your own salves and lotions tamanu butter would be a great addition to your recipe.

Chamomile German

(Matricaria recutita)

INGREDIENT IN: LeDreams, LeEverlasting, LeMyGraine, LeMillenia, LeSolitude, LeTranquility, LeVision, LeVictory

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: calmative, analgesic, antispasmodic, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, emmenagogue, hepatic, vulnerary

AFFINITY FOR: reproductive system, digestive system, nervous system, gallbladder meridian, spleen meridian, bladder meridian, yin energy, chakras: throat, heart, solar plexus

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

PLANT FAMILY: Compositae

PART UTILIZED: flowers

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

APPLICATION: Chamomile German can be applied to the base of the neck, on the temples, and over the liver.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The aroma of the German (blue) variety is deeper, headier, and more floral than the light colored chamomile Roman. The aroma of this chamomile calms and soothes feelings of anger and frustration.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: One of the most important actions of chamomile German is on the solar plexus. The solar plexus is the major nerve center that lies midway between the gut instinct area of the abdomen and the empathetic region of the heart. The solar plexus also lies at the cross roads between the left and right sides of our energetic bodies. This location puts the solar plexus in charge of balancing our need to be in control with our need to gently nurture. A buildup of energy and tension in the solar plexus intensifies our emotional needs. If we feel that our needs are not being met, we can become frustrated and irritable. We may react by trying harder to control the people around us, manipulating them into meeting our perceived needs. The aroma of chamomile German can release the tension that is building up in the solar plexus area.

Chamomile German increases honest, and compassionate communication. It is of benefit to people who have periods of indifference to family and friends, followed by irritable outbursts directed at those dearest to them. Chamomile German seems to unclutter the mind, allowing us to get organized and then unclutter our lives. This species of chamomile helps us learn to trust the unfolding of events in our lives. It helps us remember that when life isn - working as we planned, it may be working towards a better plan.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: The latin name for the chamomile family, Matricaria, means "caring for the womb" and emphasizes the centuries-old use of this herb for female complaints. Chamomile German is excellent for digestive problems, especially if there is an emotional component to them.

Chamomile German is a necessary ingredient in blends used to treat ADHD in children, and anxiety attacks in adolescents and adults. This oil has an outstanding history in the treatment of headaches, insomnia, and nervous tension. This oil should be tried for severe skin ulcerations or infections, dermatitis, and excema. For those with sensitive skin, application of this oil over a period of time can strengthen the skin's protective barrier.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Azulene, the component in chamomile German and a few other essential oils, is created by the steam distillation process. Heating plant material sometimes creates compounds that are not found in the fresh plant. These compounds, of which azulene is the best known, have unique therapeutic properties. Azulene is strongly anti-inflammatory and analgesic. The azulene created when blue tansy is heated is largely responsible for the realigning properties of LeMillenia.

Making Natural Cleansing Products

Making your own cleaning products allows you to limit the number of chemicals you are exposed to, saves you money and helps the environment as well.

Some natural things to clean with include, Vinegar, baking soda and Essential oils.

ESSENTIAL OILS: Essential oils are great disinfectants because they are all antibacterial, antimicrobial.   They can be used in a variety of ways to help clean, deodorize and sanitize your home.   LeDeliverance is a favorite for disinfecting but many people prefer LeSunburst because of the citrus aroma.   There is nothing quite like orange sweet for a degreaser.

VINEGAR: The disinfectant properties of vinegar have been verified by numerous studies including those conducted by the Good Housekeeping Institute, as reported on 48 hours (on CBS) in 2000.   A straight 5% solution of vinegar kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of viruses, however in the USA, Heinz can't claim on their packaging that vinegar is a disinfectant since the company has not registered it as a pesticide with the Environmental Protection Agency.   However, it seems to be common knowledge in the industry that vinegar is powerfully antibacterial.

BAKING SODA: Baking soda is a favorite for those of us trying to reduce chemicals in our home because it absorbs odors and makes a great polishing and scrubbing agent.    It is also very inexpensive.

Below are some recipes collected from people that make and use these products in their own homes.  
The ingredients are fairly easy to find - in fact you may already have most of them in your cupboards.

OVEN CLEANER Make a paste of one-cup vinegar and 1/4 cup powdered laundry detergent.

Heat your oven for 5-minutes at 350 degrees and turn off.

Spread the paste around the oven, applying it more heavily to very greasy areas. Leave paste on for an hour, and then use a plastic spatula to gently scrape the dirt away.

To prevent greasy buildup in the first place, dip a sponge in full-strength vinegar and wipe down all sides of the oven.

 
HARD FLOOR CLEANER To clean hard floors, add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to a bucket of water. Add 5 - 10 drops of lemon, pine, or spruce essential oil. If the floor is especially soiled add a few drops of castile soap. from Karen Logan’s book Clean House, Clean Planet.

 
ALL PURPOSE CLEANER Ingredients: Liquid Castile soap, white distilled vinegar,
borax, purified water, and an essential oil for fragrance
Place in a clean 16-oz. trigger spray bottle with a few drops of our favorite essential oil.

 
DISINFECTANT SPRAY 2 Cups Water
1/4 Cup White Vinegar
1/4 tsp. Tea Tree Oil
1/4 tsp. LeDeliverance!!)

Combine and store in a spray bottle. Shake occasionally. 
Use where ever a disinfectant spray is needed.

DRYER SHEET REPLACEMENT A few drops of any essential oil on a wool ball. Throw in with your load.

 
FABRIC SPRAY 1 T baking soda
10 dr of Purify
1 T white vinegar and
2 C of water in a spray bottle 

Kills the smell on the mattress of a 7 year old bed-wetter. Amazing stuff!

 
CARPET DEODORIZER 2 cups baking soda
10-15 drops of your favorite Essential Oil.

Shake onto the carpet ad allow to sit for a few minutes. Vacuum.

 

LeDreams

INGREDIENTS: benzoin, bergamot, blue tansy, chamomile German, juniper berry, orange sweet, sandalwood, spruce

AFFINITY FOR: emotional balance, brow chakra and 3rd eye, pericardium meridian, throat chakra, crown chakra

RESONANCE: spiritual, physical, emotional

APPLICATION: LeDreams can be applied to the forehead, eyebrows, temples, behind the ears, on the base of the neck, and worn as perfume or cologne. For restful sleep, diffuse in the bedroom or apply 1 or 2 drops to your pillow. This essential oil blend makes a relaxing evening bath.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: LeDreams has a beautiful aroma. It can be diffused during the day for pleasure or meditation, and at night to promote restful and dreamless sleep.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: This blend was formulated for helping us keep our dreams in sight and realize our potential without becoming self-centered or selfish. LeDreams is one of the best oils for insomnia due to negative emotions or nightmares.

It is a favorite of children who are nervous in the dark or when left alone. If nightmares persist while using LeDreams, continue to use it in conjunction with energy work modalities. Finding the disturbing emotion, processing it, and letting it go is the only way to achieve lasting healing. LeDreams can help you do that. This blend has been beneficial for bedwetting if the root cause is fear or anxiousness.

LeEternity

INGREDIENTS: ajowan, allspice, clove, frankincense, orange sweet, thyme

AFFINITY FOR: cardiovascular health, metabolism of vitamins and minerals

RESONANCE: emotional, physical

APPLICATION: LeEternity should be applied, diluted, on the chest along the sternum. It can also be diffused.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The aroma of LeEternity balances energy and improves both mood and mental outlook.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeEternity has powerful anti properties. It enhances vitamin and mineral absorption for the overall improvement of health and vitality. LeEternity, because it helps the body absorb calcium, can help prevent such things as osteoporosis. The oils in this blend have been used traditionally for various problems related to the cardiovascular system.

LeSunburst

INGREDIENTS: citronella, grapefruit, lemon, lemongrass, orange sweet, spearmint, tangerine

AFFINITY FOR: skin, muscles, bones

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

APPLICATION: LeSunburst can be used as a perfume or cologne and added to bath water. It is excellent added to the dish water, dishwasher, or laundry. LeSunburst makes an excellent oil for cleaning surfaces throughout the house.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: LeSunburst can be diffused to purify the air, remove odors, or just to enjoy a nice citrus aroma.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: LeSunburst is a favorite among the citrus blends because it is relaxing and calming, especially for children. This blend promotes a sense of well-being and is an excellent remedy for insomnia. LeSunburst is not a sedative, however. It promotes restful sleep from which you wake in the morning feeling energetic and refreshed.

Some citrus oils have proven effective against eating disorders. Because of the variety of citrus oils contained in LeSunburst, it has been used in treatments for anorexia and bulimia.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeSunburst is useful for circulatory problems, varicose veins, and lymphatic congestion. It is a powerful immune stimulant. When used as a cleaner, it retards the growth of mold and mildew. This is my personal favorite blend for use in the wash or in housecleaning. It always leaves behind a wonderful, uplifting, absolutely delightfully clean aroma.

Cedarwood

(Cedrus deodora)

INGREDIENT IN: LeAngel, LeAway, LeConnection, LeExhilaration, LeGoodNite, LeIQ, LeKadence, LeMoonlight, LeRefreshMint, LeSanctuary

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: antiseptic, tonic, antifungal, antiseborrheic, regenerative, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, fungicidal, stimulant to circulatory system but sedative to nervous system - this is a rare and powerful combination

AFFINITY FOR: urinary tract, spleen, pancreas, skin and scalp, lympahtic system, central vessel meridian, kidney meridian, heart meridian, spleen meridian, chakras & subtle bodies

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

PLANT FAMILY: Coniferae

PART UTILIZED: bark, wild crafted

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

APPLICATION: Dilute and apply to the feet or to the body.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Cedarwood is an excellent oil for meditation and clarity of mind. It reduces tension and promotes restful sleep. The aroma of cedarwood can help us realize when we are being self-righteous, rigid, or dogmatic in our opinions.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Cedarwood was used traditionally by the Indian tribes of America to enhance spiritual communication. Like all conifer oils, cedarwood enhances feelings of security and protection. It helps us to feel, and return, the love of heaven. The aroma of cedarwood calms anger and relieves nervous tension. It quiets the mind that is going over and over the same details, analyzing and then analyzing again. Steadiness, integrity, and emotional stability are some of the great gifts of cedarwood oil.

Cedarwood strengthens the energy of the kidney meridian. Strength in this meridian gives us the will to stand firm when we have made a decision, even against persistent opposition. Cedarwood can give us strength in times of crisis as we stand strong, refusing to lose confidence or faith. This is an excellent oil to bolster us when we are going into strange or unfamiliar situations. Cedarwood oil has been shown effective in the treatment of ADHD because it stabilizes beta/theta waves.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Because it is mucolytic (dissolves mucous), cedarwood is useful for chest infections, asthma, and coughs. It it also soothing and healing to the skin, and especially, to the scalp. Cedarwood is often used for dandruff, hair loss, and psoriasis.

Cedarwood encourages lymphatic drainage and stimulates the breakdown of fat in the tissues. Mildly diuretic, cedarwood is used for cellulite and water retention. Decongestant, astringent, and anti-infective, cedarwood is useful for respiratory and urinary tract infections. Cedarwood is of benefit in any physical complaint where the underlying condition is coldness and dampness, physically or energetically. Valued as an insect repellent to be used around spices and other food items.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Cedarwood oil is very powerful at breaking up catarrh. This action of cedarwood oil is a fine example of the connections between the physical body and the more subtle (or energy) aspects of our systems. Just as surely as cedarwood will break up catarrh and phlegm in the physical body, it will remove the congestion and clutter that is clogging our minds and spirits.

CAUTIONS: Cedarwood should be avoided by pregnant women.

Cilantro

(Coriandrum sativum)

INGREDIENT IN: LeInsideOut

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: analgesic, antioxidant, antispasmodic, digestive, carminative, revitalizing, stimulant, stomachic

AFFINITY FOR: nerves, circulation, digestive system, endocrine system, earth meridian, fire meridian, air meridian, water meridian

RESONANCE: physical, mental

PLANT FAMILY: Umbelliferae

PART UTILIZED: leaves

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

APPLICATION: Cilantro should be diluted and applied as needed. It may also be diffused.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Although they are made from very different parts of the plant, cilantro and coriander have similar aromas.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Cilantro is distilled from the leaves of the Coriandrum sativum plant; the seeds of this plant are distilled to obtain coriander essential oil. There are many similarities in these two oils, but the plant part used changes the focus of the therapeutic properties. This is particularly true in the emotional aspects. Essential oils derived from the leaf tend to be needed by people who focus outside themselves on the needs of others, often in such excess that it is to their own detriment. These oils can aid us in developing compassion and sympathy for others. Essential oils derived from seeds focus more on potential for personal growth. They can bring feelings of joy and satisfaction with ourselves and the circumstances of our lives.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Like coriander, which is distilled from the same plant, cilantro is both a gentle stimulant and a mild sedative. It can be used to raise energy levels and calm nerves, when stress or over-work has brought on a state of nervousness with fatigue. Cilantro's therapeutic properties make it a good addition to blends for the digestive system.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Recent research indicates that cilantro essential oil is highly effective at inhibiting the growth of some bacteria that are responsible for food borne illnesses. I find this study interesting, especially when I consider that cilantro has been used in cooking in warm climates for a very long time.

CAUTIONS: Cilantro is generally considered to be non-toxic and non-irritating, although it can be very potent in large doses. Like most essential oils, it is best used with judgement and moderation.

Juniper Berry

(Juniperus communis)

INGREDIENT IN: LeDreams, LeEnergy, LeEverlasting, LeInsideOut, LeMagi, LeReflections, LeRefreshMint, LeSynopsis, LeTendaCare, LeWhispering Hope

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: antiseptic, diuretic, expectorant, emmenagogue, antiparasitic, tonic, depurative

AFFINITY FOR: digestive system, endocrine system, reproductive system, hormones, urinary tract, brow chakra, kidney meridian, yang energy

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

PLANT FAMILY:Coniferae

PART UTILIZED: fruit

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Juniper berry is said to improve mental clarity and memory without undue stimulation to the nervous system. In fact, juniper berry essential oil is quite relaxing.

APPLICATION: Juniper berry oil should be diluted and applied to the feet, on the abdomen, or on the small of the back (over the kidneys).

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Juniper berry essential oil is suited for people who fear growing up or growing older. The use of juniper berry essential oil is about maturing into wisdom; not just ordinary wisdom but wisdom with compassion. It is about cultivating an understanding of the continuity of life, coupled with a sense of humor. Juniper gives us a feeling of gratitude for the privilege to have learned from the experiences and lessons of life. Juniper berry helps to elevate spiritual awareness and reverence for sacred things. It can open the soul to direction by inspiration and religious principle.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Juniper berry improves circulation, particularly to the kidneys. It helps the body move fluids and toxins out of the cells and tissues. It is a useful remedy for fluid retention, cellulite, premenstrual bloating, gout, and arthritis.

It is said that juniper berry oil helps with nerve function and regeneration. Juniper berry can be a useful oil for the digestive system. It has a beneficial effect on the emotional and physical aspects of over-indulgence in food. Juniper essential oil is effective for acne, eczema, oily skin, psoriasis, and dandruff.

CAUTIONS: Use of juniper berry essential oil should be avoided during pregnancy. It should be used with caution on children. This oil is contra-indicated for people with kidney disease. This is a great oil to balance and strengthen kidney function and deal with kidney infections, but it is not to be used by people with kidney diseases.