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Learning with Laree: Minerals

LeDeeper

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeDeeper contains penetrating, anti-inflammatory oils which aids in relieving pain that is deep in the tissues and nerves. It is useful for sciatica, arthritis, osteoarthritis, the pain of osteoporosis, sprains, and injuries where there is bruising and/or nerve damage.

LeDeeper increases blood and lymph circulation to the extremities, making it an effective choice for neuropathy and fibromyalgia. This blend often brings instant relief when applied to the abdomen and back for pre-menstrual cramps. Other important uses for LeDeeper are pain relief with shingles and bursitis.

Since my own family is prone to injuring themselves seriously and regularly, this blend has been worked with and "tweaked" until it is near perfection, in my opinion.
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LeGoodNite

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: LeGoodNite can be diffused in the home during the evening to promote restful sleep.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Part of the reason that LeGoodNite promotes restful sleep is because it encourages feelings of peace. We feel assurance that all will be well in our world even though we are sleeping and not actively watching over it. LeGoodNite seems to help us process, painlessly, deep emotions during our sleep. In the morning we will be able to express our deep feelings about these emotions clearly and without the usual stress.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeGoodNite is effective for insomnia and snoring, and soothes inflamed or swollen nasal and sinus passages while promoting deep and restful sleep.
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LeSynopsis

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeSynopsis contains many of the best digestive oils in the essential oil repertory combined with essential oils that are specific to the emotional drivers of digestive and colon issues. This blend, however, is formulated in such a way as to particularly target liver and gallbladder cleansing and support.

LeSynopsis also has a special affinity for both the small and large intestines. This is a great blend for indigestion, bloating of the stomach or intestinal area, constipation, and diarrhea.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: LeSynopsis opens the mind to consideration of the emotional drivers behind digestive issues. Digestive problems that include a great deal of bloating and cramping or alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation often have emotional roots.
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Ginger

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Ginger is for the usually dynamic individual who has lost their drive and ambition and has become apathetic and confused. The emotional impact of ginger is absolutely uncompromising. It insists on burning away illusions and mis-perceptions and replacing them with clarity and vision.

Ginger insists that we take the initiative and be willing to tackle and complete the hard tasks facing us in our life. The aroma of ginger strengthens our will power, activates initiative, and restores our determination. It can boost our confidence in ourselves and give us additional vitality and ambition.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Ginger warms the body and the soul, helping one to tap into hidden reserves of energy. Ginger has been widely recognized since ancient times as being toning and stimulating to the digestive tract and for circulation. Because it increases capillary strength and circulation, it is of benefit to a long list of physical and mental complaints. A few unusual ones are: alcoholism, loss of appetite, impotence, memory loss, and motion sickness.
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Valerian

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Valerian root is an oil of understanding, forgiveness, and reconciliation. It is of particular value to those who are too hard on themselves. Valerian root can help us move away from unhealthy forms of guilt, understand that we have learned the lessons of the past, accept who we were and who we are, and forgive ourselves for the foolishness (or even stupidity) that is in our past.

GENERAL INFORMATION: While valerian acts as a sedative and nervine on most people, there are a small percentage of people who react in just the opposite way. Valerian makes them irritable and aggressive. This effect wears off quickly, but should be accepted as a clear indication that this oil is not for you - at least not at this time.

CAUTIONS: Valerian, as a single, should be avoided during pregnancy and by children. There is some documentation indicating that overuse may cause lethargy, but in low doses or in blends, valerian appears to be non-toxic and non-irritating to most people
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Vanilla

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: The aroma of vanilla helps us feel confident that the future will be full of promise and hope. Vanilla can give us hope, perspective, and confidence in our ability to listen to inspiration and seek guidance from the Spirit. Vanilla is a very welcoming and warming oil. It can set a very romantic tone.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: The removal of free radicals from the body will gradually result in a stronger immune system, better memory, improved vision and hearing, more stable emotions, improved mental acuity, and overall repair of body systems, organs, and tissues. Vanilla, used regularly, can accomplish all this and with such a pleasant aroma! Vanilla can reduce the heat and the inflammation of a fever, while calming the patient into a peaceful sleep. Vanilla is one of the best oils for hyperactivity in any body system or organ. It is a great oil for insomnia or high blood pressure. Vanilla activates certain precursors that are necessary for hormone balance.
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Sandalwood

(Santalum album)

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Sandalwood has a very high sesquiterpene percentage. As it crosses the blood/brain barrier it increases oxygen around the pineal and pituitary glands and stimulates the amygdala. This has a profound effect on attitude and emotion. Sandalwood can help us focus outward, loving and accepting others with a full heart. Sandalwood increases our desire to ponder and then act on the perceptions and impressions we have received. (Problem solving is an action of the amygdala.)

The energy of sandalwood vibrates between the crown chakra and the base chakra. This makes it both grounding and energizing to the physical body and to the mind. Sandalwood is often used in yoga disciplines and in meditation because it enhances our ability to look inside ourselves and be honest about what we see there. The aroma of sandalwood strengthens the astral body, which is the Chinese way of saying that it improves communication between the physical body and the energetic languages of the mind and spirit.

Sandalwood has the ability to go into the DNA of the cells and unlock emotional trauma. It can help us curb manipulative or controlling tendencies in our personalities. Sandalwood essential oil alleviates depression, anxiety, and nervous exhaustion.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Some of the many uses of sandalwood include bladder and throat infections, bronchitis, tuberculosis, cystitis, and fluid retention. Sandalwood is an excellent skin and tissue regenerating oil. Sandalwood should probably be part of any program for a chronic type illness.


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Jojoba Oil

While jojoba is traditionally categorized as a vegetable oil, it is more properly labeled as a liquid wax. Jojoba absorbs deeply and reasonably quickly into the skin. Its properties closely resemble the natural sebum within human skin and helps to balance the skin’s natural moisturizers. Jojoba oil contains natural anti-inflammatory properties making it an excellent addition to carrier oils that will be used for arthritis or pain.

Jojoba is a very stable oil with a very low rancidity factor. It has the reputation of extending the shelf life of other carrier oils to which it is added. It is a bit too heavy for use by itself, except on a small patch of skin, here and there. It is wonderful when added as 10% to 15% of a carrier oil blend.

CC

CC is an excellent first response remedy for flu symptoms, colds, and fevers. In this simple formula are herbs to promote a healing sweat, hold fever to just a hot enough degree to kill bacteria, effectively fight infectious agents, and calm and soothe the nerves. CC is one of the finest examples of the synergy of combining herbs into formulas. The sum of the parts, added together, being much greater than the individual parts alone, is a simple definition of synergy.

CC is perfectly balanced to be effective against bacterial, fungal, and strep infections. It rids the body of the excess mucous that is being produced. This is one of the great ones—even for adults. Often CC is the only remedy needed.

The herbs in this formula are particularly potent and pleasant when made using glycerin as the base. Vegetable glycerin has some properties of its own that mix well with these herbs, enhancing the medicinal properties of both the glycerin and the herbs. The glycerin tincture also tastes more pleasant than the alcohol version. In fact, it is pleasant enough that most children will take it without even the need for putting it in water.

 
 

Basil
(Ocimum basilicum)
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Basil stimulates the adrenal cortex and strengthens the nerves, making it beneficial for mental fatigue, headaches, insomnia, fainting, loss of the sense of smell, memory loss, and poor concentration. Basil strengthens the digestive function, being of particular use with hiccups, flatulence, indigestion, and vomiting. Basil has strong antispasmodic and expectorant properties. It calms muscle spasms from injury or fatigue and alleviates coughs.
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Clove
(Syzgium aromaticum)
The aroma of clove is, literally, heart-warming. It helps us to look away from ourselves and our own needs, so we can see the needs of family members and friends. Clove helps us translate this "seeing" into practical, every day living and giving. Clove bud oil lifts depression, leaving behind a feeling of optimism and lightness.
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Rosemary
(Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rosemary balances heart function and energizes the solar plexus. Rosemary is specific for people who are usually vibrant, organized, industrious, and sensitive. They have become apathetic due to dwelling on perceived hurts or injustices.
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Tarragon
(Artemisia dracunculus)
Tarragon helps us to draw in the energy of life that is all around us. It fosters more than just the desire for health or the will to live; it inspires us to seek for, and find, energy enough (and some to spare) for us to accomplish all that we desire.
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Thyme 
(Thymus zygis)
Thyme is revitalizing and nourishing to the nerves and emotions. It can help us overcome mental and emotional exhaustion, inability to concentrate, apathy, and uneasy feelings that have no cause. Thyme can aid us in finding a fresh view of a situation or a new way of doing something.
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Vetiver
(Vetivera zizanioides)
Vetiver is a useful oil for emotional and energy work. It helps us connect the past to the present, learning from the things we have experienced and using the present to heal the past. Vetiver builds bridges between our memories and experiences, our mental capacities, and our physical bodies.
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It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
~ E. E. Cummings ~

LeAcknowledge

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: LeAcknowledge nourishes and strengthens the nervous system, helping to quiet feelings of fear and discouragement. Another benefit of this blend is in enabling us to see the "reality" of life or health situations. Accepting what will be or will not be in our lives can allow us to move forward with healing and peace instead of discouragement and despair. Recognizing what it is that we are feeling, and knowing that it is acceptable to feel that way for the moment, often allows us to move through that feeling and move on with our lives.

LeAcknowledge may also give us increased confidence in social situations and enhanced creativity in our attitudes and skills. One aspect of this blend concerns a better balance in attitudes and desires in sexual matters. LeAcknowledge is also one of the great oils for depression.

Because it balances the heart and sacral chakras, LeAcknowledge can help us recognize and accept the love and sympathy that people around us are trying to express. For those of us with very independent natures, it may help us with the ability to let others be of service to us. Increased balance in the throat chakra allows us to express our own feelings and needs and to express feelings of appreciation and gratitude for the services we receive.
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Flu

The number one thing that you need to remember when dealing with the flu, or any other illness, is to TREAT FOR THE SYMPTOMS that you are experiencing at the present time. The name of the illness or the strain of the bacteria/virus is less important to herbal and homeopathic remedies than you might think.

Keep in mind that you are probably looking at both a viral AND a bacterial infection occurring at the same time. Viral infections almost always open the body up for overgrowth or infestation of one unfriendly bacteria or another.

RECOMMENDED ESSENTIAL OILS
LeDeliverance is considered to be anti-viral as well as anti-bacterial. Daily use of this oil can boost the immune system and keep it functioning at optimum levels. An inhaler with LeDeliverance should be used frequently throughout the day to “refresh” the body’s defenses.
Le
Endo Relief helps the lymphatic system continue to drain and to keep toxins and dying bacteria from over-whelming tissues and cells. This oil is also very helpful during the recovery stages of serious illness because it is designed to strengthen and re-balance the endocrine system as a whole.

LeMariah is a wonderful support for the entire respiratory system. It promotes the rebuilding of the lungs while helping to eliminate the virus and bacteria from the respiratory system. LeStefanie is another respiratory blend that may be helpful in ridding the body of any antibiotic resistant bacteria strains.

LeBreezey and / or LeAspire and always good to support and open the respiratory system. LeRevitalize and / or LeLife Force are both good oils for improving energy levels during the illness and for helping the body re-gain strength and remove residual bacteria and toxins. LeInside Out would be a must if there is any intestinal discomfort or diarrhea.

SUGGESTED BLESSED WATERS
(Use only when symptoms are present)

Gelsemium sempervirens 200C - In 1918 a flu outbreak took more lives than was lost in the entirety of Word War I. There were some homeopathic hospitals that had a phenomenal rate of survival and recovery. Gelsemium was the main remedy used. Here are some of the key-note symptoms of Gelsemium.

Influenza with muscular soreness, great fatigue and headache. Usually great shaking and trembling. Drowsiness with any type of influenza - almost a stupor, sometimes with delirium.
Feeling of emptiness in stomach or bowels; cramping with diarrhea and yellow discharges; gnawing and/or spasmodic pain in the transverse colon; painful contractions; tenderness in right iliac region.
Chilliness up and down the spine.
The face would have a hot, flushed appearance - unlike Arsenicum, below, which has blueness and cold.
Thirstless, little appetite for food.
Weak slow pulse with pain in the heart region with movement (Good time to use LeVitality or LeRevitalize oil)
Feeling of oppression in the chest; slow breathing alternating with spasms and quick, short breaths. Excessive trembling and weakness of the limbs.
Pain from throat to ear with the feeling of a large lump in the throat that cannot be swallowed.
Dizziness and blurred vision.

Arsenicum album 200C - A must when dealing with any intestinal, bacterial flu. Arsenicum would be especially useful if, once recovered, a relapse occurred.

Exhaustion, but with anxiety and restlessness.
Low vitality and eventual emaciation and weight loss.
Shortness of breath with suffocative catarrh.
Abdomen swollen and painful with an enlarged spleen.
Darting pain through upper right lung; shortness of breath when not sitting up.
Headache relieved by cold; itchy scalp .
Liver and spleen enlarged and painful (use LeRevitalize here)
Nausea, retching and vomiting. Craves cold water but vomits it immediately.
High fever.
Throat would be swollen making swallowing difficult to impossible.
Vertigo - almost loss of consciousness - during coughing or retching spells.

Veratrum Album A picture of collapse with extreme coldness, blueness and weakness.
Vomiting that is violent and profuse. Diarrhea also violent and purging.
Cramping in the legs and feet All symptoms are violent and sudden and often accompanied by fainting.
Face would be very pale, blue, collapsed looking and cold; tip of nose very cold.
Voracious appetite and thirst but eating and drinking, particularly cold things, is immediately vomited.
Vomiting worse with any motion.
Cold sweat on forehead.
Heart palpitations with rapid audible respiration. (consider LeVitality oil here)
Mucous in bronchials and throat.
Large hard stools followed by watery diarrhea then more hard masses.

Diarrhea #1 - diarrhea and accompanying weakness and/or coldness.

Eupatorium perfoliatum 200C - for use with the flu with body aches and pains.

Severe and violent aching in the bones including back, limbs and head.
Soreness and painful aching; bruised feeling in bones, especially in old injuries.
Hoarseness and dry cough with soreness in chest.
Cough with influenza; cough better from getting on hands and knees.
Headache with soreness of eyeballs.

 

HERBAL TINCTURES

BBL
BBL is a fantastic herbal tincture for pain, as well as coughs, bronchitis, asthma, insomnia and headaches. A few drops at bedtime can help you relax into sleep. Use 20-40 dropsin the tub can be useful for relaxation and pain relief.

Cayenne/Hawthorne
Cayenne sustains and protects the heart during times of stress and during infectious diseases. Hawthorne improves the integrity of the cell membrane and prevents damage to individual cells throughout the body.

MIN This mineral supplement tincture supplies essential B vitamins needed when the body is under stress, as well as other necessary vitamins for the proper function of the body’s immune defenses.

Olive Leaf is a very potent anti-bacterial as well as anti-viral herb. Particularly helpful in reducing the high fevers associated with viral/bacterial attacks. Studies have also shown that it relaxes arterial walls and reduces the hyper-tension that is created by fever and/or dehydration.

Rosehips
supply a very potent, very absorbable form of vitamin C in a concentrated form. Vitamin C is necessary for proper cell function and regeneration and for a strong immune system. Vitamin C is required for the uptake of many other nutrients by the body.

RC-L is our Red Clover Combination, an amazing blood purifying remedy, to which lomatium root has been added. Lomatium was used in northern Nevada during the 1918 influenza epidemic by the Washoe Indians with amazing recovery results. It is utilized today by naturopathic physicians in the treatment of influenza, pneumonia, bronchitis, etc.

WC is a wonderful glycerin tincture for coughs. It is also a great expectorant. Frequent, small doses are better than one big dose. WC will liquefy mucous in the throat, lungs and sinuses. Some other things to remember

Get plenty of rest
Drink plenty of water
The best plan is prevention: avoid exposure
Wash hands with soap and water frequently
Avoid hand contact with your face and mouth
Treat your symptoms as soon as they appear; change protocols as the symptoms change

Teaching kids about health and fitness is important to me. It's about being fit for life.
~ Jackie Joyner-Kersee ~

These handmade soaps are made with a cold process in small batches. They are made in Wyoming

LeBabyMe Soap Bar
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Palm Oil Coconut Oil, LeBaby Me Essential Oil Blend, Crushed Rose Petals

LeBountiful Soap Bar
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Palm Oil Coconut Oil, LeBountiful Essential Oil Blend, Ground Cloves

LeKadence Soap Bar
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Palm Oil Coconut Oil, LeKadence Essential Oil Blend, Ground Cedar Chips

LeHoliday SpiritSoap Bar
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Palm Oil Coconut Oil, LeHoliday Spirit Essential Oil Blend, Ground Lavender Flowers

LeHousewarming Soap Bar
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Palm Oil Coconut Oil, LeHousewarming Essential Oil Blend, Oatmeal, Green Clay, Madder Root Powder

LeSego Lily Soap Bar
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Palm Oil Coconut Oil, LeSego Lily Essential Oil Blend, Grapefruit Powder

LeTendaCare Soap Bar
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Palm Oil Coconut Oil, LeTendaCare Essential Oil Blend, Juniper Berries, Red Clay

Frankincense (Serrata) Soap Bar
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Palm Oil Coconut Oil, Frankincense serrata Essential Oil Blend, Ground Frankincense Pearls

Lavender (officinalis) Soap Bar
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Palm Oil Coconut Oil, Lavender officinalis Essential Oil Blend, Ground Lavender Flowers

Sandalwood (Santalum album) Cedarwood (Cedrus deodora) Soap Bar
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Palm Oil Coconut Oil, African Sandalwood Essential Oil, Cedarwood Essenial Oil, Green Clay

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Litsea Cubeba (Litsea cubeba) Soap Bar
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Palm Oil Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil, Annatto Seed Powder



Minerals

By LaRee Westover

I have had a great deal of fun this past week studying minerals—the elements of which all life is composed. I learned many things that I did not know. For example, I learned that there are 103 known minerals and that the human body—as far as we know right now—is composed of 33 different elements . I learned that the function of some of these elements in the body is still unknown to science. I also learned that what various minerals “do” in the body is a constantly developing science, especially with those elements of which the human body contains and requires—again, to our present-day knowledge—only very small amounts of. It is very difficult, even with today’s more advanced techniques, to detect the low levels of some of these elements as they are found in the body and it is even more difficult to discover their exact roll in the health and wellness of the human body. The minerals (elements) that are found and required in only small amounts are called trace minerals.

Minerals and Our Bodies

Our bodies are masterpiece creations, comprised of many of the elements of which the universe, this earth, and all life are made. The chemical and electrical processes that occur in our bodies require that certain essential minerals (and vitamins) be in sufficient supply within us. Examples of these necessities include iron for your blood and your thyroid, calcium for bones, and sulfur for muscles. In addition, many minerals play a role in the absorption and utilization of other minerals in a complicated and amazing choreographical wonder.

A Little Bit of History

Iron was very likely the first mineral to be recognized as essential to human health and well-being . In the 17th century it was recognized that great fatigue (anemia) was caused by a deficiency of iron and the accepted cure was supplementing the diet with extracts made using rusty nails (rather ingenious solution, don’t you think?). It was not until the 19th century that it was finally recognized that trace amounts of iodine could help to eliminate the enlargement of the thyroid gland known as goiter and support thyroid health in general. Copper was shown to be essential for human health way back in 1928. The discovery of the necessity of manganese, zinc, and cobalt occurred soon afterward. The last 50 years has brought the need for many other minerals to light with new research revealing new information nearly every day. It is unlikely that we have a comprehensive picture of the role of trace minerals in health even yet.

Minerals of Today’s World

Our amazing bodies are well-equipped to absorb and metabolize the natural elements found in foods. Traditionally, fresh grains, fruits, and vegetables have been the primary source of a full range of trace minerals and, for the most part, eating well has been enough to support good health. Today, however, much of our food supply is grown in soil that is depleted of naturally occurring minerals. Plants are designed to pull minerals out of the soil and transform them for our use. Plants grown in depleted soil cannot absorb, nor transform, what is not there in the soil in which they are grown.

Man-made fertilizers are now routinely applied to farms and fields where the soil is depleted. Too often man-made fertilizers are just that—man-made, laboratory produced, unnatural, poorly unabsorbed and even harmful and do little to replenish the supply of many trace minerals that are essential to life and health.

Oceans and Inland Seas

Oceans and inland seas - such as the Great Salt Lake in Utah - collect and concentrate the minerals and trace elements of the mountains and land masses that surround them. It is from these sources that good quality mineral supplements are made.

Mineral Deficiencies

It is becoming increasingly evident that mineral deficiencies contribute to, or are the cause of, a great many diseases and states of ill health. Experts agree that mineral deficiencies of one sort or another exist in many people—most of us, in fact.

Millions of people in the United States are considered overly susceptible to bone fractures caused by mineral deficiencies and more than 1/3 of American women are diagnosed with osteoporosis during their lifetimes. Nearly 100% of Americans have some type of joint degeneration by the time they are 40 years old. Prostate cancer, breast cancer, skin cancer, hormonal imbalances, and lack of hydrochloric acid in the stomach have all been linked to zinc deficiency. Absorption and the maintenance of proper levels of magnesium in the body is impacted—negatively—by even small amounts of unusual stress in our lives.

Roll of Minerals in the Body

~ Minerals are necessary for certain enzyme reactions. All cells require enzymes to function properly and enzymes simply cannot do their jobs without the proper minerals.
~ Proper mineral balance in the body prevents fatigue and keeps us feeling vital and energetic.
~ Minerals help to maintain pH levels in the body at optimum levels.
~ Minerals are absolutely essential to proper nerve conduction.
~ The effects of minerals on nerve conduction is especially evident in the contraction and relaxation of the muscles of the body—including the heart.
~ Minerals are essential to the growth, and the regulation of growth, of all types of tissues.
~ Bones require minerals for growth and for strength. Without sufficient minerals the structural and functional support systems of the body are compromised.

Causes of Mineral Deficiencies

What are some of the causes of mineral deficiencies? Frequent strenuous exercise, the stresses of every day living in this fast-paced modern world, nutrient poor foods, excess amounts of refined sugars, and poor absorption of nutrients in a stressed and unhappy small intestine contribute to mineral deficiencies. Our bodies, when inadequately nourished, respond with fatigue (holding still to burn less essential nutrients), out-of-control food cravings, and intestinal cramping as the body works to extract every little bit of nutrition possible from what we have offered it.

I have followed the research on drugs and their side effects for many years and it is my belief—and that of many scientists—that the side effects of drug therapies correlate closely with the minerals for which the drug creates, and deficiency in the body as the body tries to cope with and excrete the toxic and poisonous substances (the drugs) from the body. Which side-effect from the long list of possibilities in the literature that you will display will depend, in large measure, to what minerals you are borderline deficient in when you begin the drug treatment protocol. Pages could be written on this topic alone—listing the various drugs, their side-effects, and the minerals that they deplete in the body.

Absorption

The absorption of most minerals takes place primarily in the mid-section of the small intestine (the jejunum). Iron, which is absorbed in the duodenum (a short structure at the base of the stomach), is a notable exception. The manufacturers and sellers of liquid colloidal and ionic minerals believe that minerals in these two forms are more readily utilized by the body than even the minerals found in herbal tinctures and teas. Personally, I see no reason to use only one form of nutritional mineral supplementation.

Colloidal vs. Ionic

What is the difference between colloidal and ionic minerals?

Colloidal minerals are produced by crushing shale in which the mineral required is found and then suspending the crushed particles in water. Various electrolysis procedures are utilized to suspend the minerals in the liquid. Stomach acids then break the suspended minerals down into smaller particles and aid in their ionization.

Ionized minerals, on the other hand, are already broken down into small atomic particle sizes and have natural electrical charges which, proponents claim, make them available for immediate absorption without the need for further digestion or dissolution. From the research I have read this week, it would appear that the smaller the size of the particles, the better the rate of absorption—especially when the particles carry a natural ionic negative or positive charge.

Examples of Functions in the Body of Selected Trace Elements

Calcium

Essential for developing and maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Assists in blood clotting, muscle contraction and nerve transmission. Helps reduce risk of osteoporosis.

Chromium

Aids in glucose metabolism and regulates blood sugar.

Cobalt

Promotes the formation of red-blood cells.

Copper

Normal red-blood cell formation. Connective tissue formation. Acts as a catalyst to store and release iron to help form hemoglobin. Contributes to central nervous system function.

Iodine

Needed by the thyroid hormone to support metabolism.

Iron

Necessary for red blood cell formation and function. Amount needed is higher in women of childbearing age. Important for brain function.

Magnesium

Activates over 100 enzymes and helps nerves and muscles function.

Molybdenum

Contributes to normal growth and development.

Phosphorous

Works with calcium to develop and maintain strong bones and teeth. Enhances the use of other nutrients.

Potassium

Regulates heartbeat, maintains fluid balance and helps muscles contract.

Selenium

Essential component of a key antioxidant enzyme, necessary for normal growth and development.

Sulfur

Needed for muscle protein and hair.

Zinc

Essential part of more than 200 enzymes involved in digestion, metabolism, reproduction and wound healing.


Balance

“Trace minerals do not exist by themselves but in relationship to one another. Too much of one trace element can lead to imbalances in others...Most trace elements need to be in ionic form to be well absorbed in the intestine.”
—Alexander G. Schauss, Ph.D

Supplementation

It seems to me, from all that I have read, that while trace mineral supplementation can positively impact health, it should be remembered that “trace” minerals are called that (“trace” minerals) for a reason—the body needs only small amounts of these minerals. While a lack of each of these minerals leads to many symptoms and, quite possibly, many disease states, too much of a good thing can be too much. This could very well be true of over-doing any one mineral for too long a period of time. It is difficult to say whether it is best to supplement minerals by using combinations that try to mimic the natural balance of minerals in the body as some marketers claim or by supplementing only one mineral at a time chosen according to the most obvious symptoms in the body and the most pressing needs. Speaking from my own experience, I have been using various ionic liquid minerals for about 15 years, following the muscle test and my own best judgment as to what is needed and how much to take at any given time. The vast majority of the time I make use of single minerals in liquid form—usually 2 or 3 at a time. I have been happy with the results over the years. It usually takes only a week or two to feel the difference that the minerals are making in my health.

Dosage

Since dosage depends on a variety of factors—body mass, depth of the deficiency, rate of absorption, stress levels, the mineral “bandits” in the form of drugs and chemicals in a person’s life, to name just a few—it is impossible to specify a “one-size-fits-all” dosage protocol. Dosage will always have to be determined individually and is best done by the individual themselves. They are, after all, the only one living in their own bodies.. Becoming familiar with our own body and its health requirements—and the taking of responsibility for our own health—is really the best and only way to health and wellness.

A Primer on Mineral Deficiencies

The information provided in the above link is provided as a service, nothing more. It is based on scientific studies, anecdotal information, and on information published by the companies who provide or supply ionic or colloidal mineral supplements. Most of the statements made have not been evaluated by the FDA and I do not, of course, have personal experience with using all of the various essential and trace minerals that are available as liquid supplements. The liquid minerals described here are carried by Butterfly Express and by many other companies.

General Information and Symptoms of Deficiency of Some Specific Minerals

Boron

Boron affects calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus levels (and, quite likely, the levels of other minerals) and plays a role in regulating hormones, particularly estrogen and testosterone.

Arthritis
Brittle Bones
Muscle Pain
Osteoporosis
Degenerative Joint Disease
Hormonal Imbalance
Decreased brain electrical activity
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Receding Gums
Insufficient enamel on teeth
Weak Cartilage
Memory loss

Calcium

Calcium is by far the most abundant mineral in the human body and is especially concentrated in the bones and teeth. Calcium regulates the heartbeat, controls acid/alkaline (pH) balance, is necessary for the clotting of blood and the function of neurotransmitters, contributes to muscle mass and strength, and plays a vital role in the creation of some hormones.

Arthritis
Depression
ADD/ADHD
Insomnia
Muscle or bone pain, especially in the back and in the neck
Muscle spasms, cramps, twitches
High Blood Pressure
Kidney stones
Osteoporosis
Tooth decay
PMS

Chromium

Chromium is an important mineral in the metabolism of carbohydrates, the activation of enzymes, and the synthesis of fatty acids in the liver. Chromium also regulates insulin and blood sugar levels and is important to heart and vascular health.

Mood swings
Hyperactivity
Depression
Bi-polar and manic states
Glucose, insulin and blood sugar issues
Diabetes
Weight loss or obesity
High cholesterol
Infertility
Nerve damage
Fatigue
Irritability
Learning Disabilities

Cobalt

Although needed in such tiny amounts, cobalt is necessary for the health of the myelin sheath of the nerves, promotes effective glucose transport from the blood into the cells of the body, aids in the assimilation of iron and the production of red blood cells, and is involved in many of the processes of the body which involve enzymes.

Fatigue, anemia
Poor circulation
Digestive disorders
Slow growth rate in children
Myelin sheath damage
General nerve damage

Copper

Copper is a vital anti-oxidant. It protects the fatty acids found in cell membranes, especially in red blood cells. Copper is an essential part of enzyme & RNA formation. Copper improves vitamin absorption, improves bone health, supports a healthy immune system and may mitigate pain perception. Long-term use of oral contraceptives can create a copper deficiency.

Arthritis
Depression
Nervous ticks
Hair loss, brittle hair, graying hair
Impaired thyroid function
Liver distress & cirrhosis
Diarrhea, parasites
Varicose veins
Allergies

Germanium

Germanium facilitates the uptake of oxygen into cells, acts as an antioxidant in cleansing toxins and pollutants from the body, and enhances immune function. Germanium acts as an electrical semiconductor, initiating and maintaining vital electrical activity in the body.

Arthritis
Asthma
Nephritis, cirrhosis
Fatigue, low energy levels
Lowered immune function
Cancers
Repeated viral, bacterial, and fungal infections
Cardiac insufficiency

Gold

The study of this mineral has only just begun but I do know from working with Aurm metallicum in homeopathic protocols that it is likely that deficiency in this mineral is linked to serious states of depression. When Aurm tests up for a person, I consider very strongly that the depression may be deep enough to need the family to be aware that suicidal thoughts are likely a part of the picture.

Depression
Despair
Frustration
Anguish
Sorrow
Seasonal affective disorder
Circulatory problems
Digestive disorders
Glandular malfunctions
Night sweats, hot flashes
Arthritis
Puncture wounds
Arthritis
Burns
Chills

Indium

Indium is said to enhance the absorption in the body of several other minerals and to support hormonal and immune activity.

Glandular malfunction—hypothalamus and the pituitary
Absorption issues
Blood pressure problems

Iodine

When iodine is deficient in the body the production of thyroid hormone slows and the body is left wide open to damage by free radicals.

Goiter
Lowered IQ and brain function
Depression
Anxiety
Dry skin
Poor memory
Slow growth in children
Slowed metabolism
Weight gain
Constipation
Increased susceptibility to colds and flus
Dry skin, allergic skin reactions
Sensitivity to cold
Perceptual reasoning issues (the ability to see cause and effect in daily situations)
Breast tenderness during the menstrual cycle
Brittle nails
Hair loss

Iron

A deficiency of iron is one of the most common deficiency disease in the world and is common to both men and women. Iodine is used in the creation of hormones by the thyroid glands as well as in the ability of red blood cells to produce the hemoglobin needed for oxygen transport. Iron—like iodine, copper, and cobalt—is necessary for red blood cell formation. Recent research is focusing on a connection between iron deficiency and certain types of cancer, notably breast and stomach cancers.

Circulation
Anemia
Depression
Fatigue
Irritability
Confusion
Sore tongue
Slow growth in children
Blood pressure problems
Constipation
Headaches
Palpitations
Intestinal and stomach upsets
Eating of ice
Fragile bones
Palpitations
Intestinal upsets
Dizziness
Headaches
Eating disorders
Weakness

Magnesium

Magnesium has been the focus of many studies which indicate that magnesium supports normal nerve and muscle function, aids digestion by activating enzymes for protein and carbohydrate metabolism, relaxes the body into deeper sleep, supports normal heart and liver function, may help reduce inflammation in muscles, joints and tissues, and potentially aiding in over 300 body processes in all! Magnesium is also necessary for the absorption of calcium and other minerals.

Irritability
Excitability
Cramps
Fatigue
Convulsions
Depression
Muscle weakness
Muscle cramps and tremors
Calcification of tissues and small arteries
Asthma
Anorexia
Menstrual migraines
Heartbeat irregularities
Protein synthesis problems

Manganese

Manganese is sometimes called the brain mineral because of its importance in maintaining mental faculties and functions.

Infertility
Deafness
Nerve problems
Depression
Stuttering
Seizures
Tinnitus
Tendon, ligament, collagen, and tissue problems
Elevated blood calcium levels
Concentration problems
Loss of libido
Poor carbohydrate and fat metabolism
Iron deficiency anemia
PMS
Gout
Muscles tremors
Skin rashes
Nausea, vomiting
Poor hair and nails
Poor cognitive processing

Molybdenum

Only very small amounts of this mineral are needed by the body and deficiencies are rare except as the result of medical procedures and drug treatment protocols.

Gout
Weight gain
Parasites
Canker sores
Allergies
Enzyme production issues
Lack of bone growth or repair
Cavities
Gum disease
Anemia
Acne
Ringworm

Platinum

Some manufacturers of liquid ionic minerals believe that Platinum, in optimal levels in the blood, guards against disease causing bacteria, fungus, and even some virus strains.

Neuralgias
Back pain
Fatigue
Headaches
Daytime sleepiness
Muscle Fatigue
Insomnia
Glandular dysfunctions

Potassium

Potassium is an essential mineral, found in every cell of the body. As an electrolyte (ionized particle), potassium is vital to water balance, proper hydration, and controlled blood pressure. Potassium is also involved in muscle and nerve function, plays a role in metabolism, and helps transfer oxygen to the brain.

Dizziness
Fainting
Fatigue
Ear aches
Muscle weakness
Muscle aches and stiffness
Muscle spasms and cramps
Abdominal pain and bloating
Heart palpitations
Numbness or paralysis
Cognitive impairment
Insomnia

Selenium

Although deficiency is relatively rare, Selenium acts as an antioxidant, protecting the body from damaging free radicals, making it an important mineral. Selenium helps in the prevention of premature aging as it helps to preserve the elasticity of tissues.

Fatigue
Age spots
Cataracts
Stroke
Lowered thyroid function
Reproductive disorders
Lowered immune function
Mental impairment
Liver cirrhosis
Arthritis

Silver

Colloidal silver has been available as an alternative medicine remedy for years and many people swear by it. I, personally, am hoping that an ionic version, with its smaller particle size and electrical charge will prove more useful. Our pioneer ancestors believed that a silver dollar in a jug of milk would delay spoilage. Many other cultures, way back to the ancient Romans and Greeks, have similar traditions.

Athlete’s foot
Boils
Cystitis
Eye infections
Ringworm
Shingles
Warts
Frequent infections
Impaired immune response

Sulfur

Sulfur is found in every living cell and is a major component of many proteins. Muscle, bone, and joint comfort depend on sulfur being present in the body.

Depression
Memory loss
Convulsions
Migraines
Acne, eczema, scaly skin and scalp
Brittle hair or nails
Gastrointestinal problems
Lowered immune function
Slow healing
Hay fever
Sore throat
Urinary tract disorders

Tin

In the human body, tin is concentrated primarily in the adrenal glands and in the tissues of the liver, brain, spleen, and thyroid.

Cardiac insufficiency (left sided)
Depression
Glandular dysfunction, particularly in the adrenal glands
Deafness
Breathing difficulties
Asthma
Baldness

Vanadium

Vanadium is said to prevent cholesterol from forming in the blood vessels of the brain, enhance the effectiveness of insulin, promote healthy cellular division, decrease “bad” cholesterol production, and aid in heart contractions

Diabetes
Hypoglycemia
Pancreatic dysfunction
Cardiovascular disease
High cholesterol
Weight gain
Infertility
Kidney stones
Chronic thirst

Zinc

Zinc is second only to iron as the most prevalent trace mineral in the body. Zinc plays a role in cell division and growth, wound healing, the breakdown of carbohydrates and is needed for good immune function.

Hair loss
Acne
Poor appetite
Poor night vision
Paranoia
Frequent infections
Problems with the senses of taste and smell
Slow healing of wounds
Urinary tract infection
Body odor (feet mostly)
Brittle or white spotted nails
Fatigue
Diarrhea
Anorexia