Living With Hyperacusis – Noise Sensitivity

Living With Hyperacusis – Noise Sensitivity

The Challenges Of Living With Hyperacusis ( Noise Sensitivity)

The Challenges Of Living With Hyperacusis. What is Hyperacusis?  And why is hyperacusis such a misunderstood and extremely challenging condition?

So What Is Hyperacusis?

Hyperacusis is an abnormal sensitivity to sound. For those suffering from severe hyperacusis, especially very painful hypersensitivity, it can be an extremely debilitating hearing condition that doesn’t just cause discomfort but for someone like myself at times horrendous pain.

Now sadly even medical professionals confuse Hyperacusis with Misophonia which is a dislike to particular sounds. There is also a perception that the person is experiencing just sensitivity and uncomfortableness but for some of us the pain can be literally so painful it can feel like someone is stabbing you in the ear.

 

My Own Story Living With Hyperacusis

I was always slightly more aware of sounds than my siblings I would wake up with noises that other people would sleep through. But noise sensitivity only started to become a life-changing condition over 8 years ago after I ended up in ICU with sepsis. Caused by a dental complication that led me to have nerve damage, lockjaw, and osteomyelitis.

Now I had previous weakness in this area, previous nerve damage and trauma from an injury, a previous dental issue and a rare medical condition that left me quite vulnerable to temporomandibular issues.

My Own Story Living With Hyperacusis  I was always slightly more aware of sounds than my siblings I would wake up with noises that other people would sleep through. But noise sensitivity only started to become a life-changing condition over 8 years ago after I ended up in ICU with sepsis. Caused by a dental complication that led me to have nerve damage, lockjaw, and osteomyelitis. Now I had previous weakness in this area, previous nerve damage, and trauma from an injury, and a rare medical condition that left me quite vulnerable to temporomandibular issues. But anyway after recovering from sepsis, which left me with a lot of weakness, and nerve damage down the right side of my face, neck, and body. I developed a lot of problems with certain levels, and types of sounds to my right ear, that would literally cause me to lose my balance. I also had developed a complex movement disorder and what is regarded as non-epileptic seizures which all seem to be seriously triggered by vibration and noise.

But after recovering from sepsis, I was left with a lot of weakness, and nerve damage down the right side of my face, neck, and body. I developed a lot of problems with certain levels, and types of vibrations and sounds to my right side that would literally cause me to lose my balance.

I also had developed a complex movement disorder and what is regarded as non-epileptic seizures which all seem to be seriously triggered by vibration and noise. And all sorts of co-ordination and motor skill issues.

Now the level of noise sensitivity and pain in my right ear became so unbearably painful that I couldn’t handle so many everyday sounds.

My ear and jaw would become very warm and at times the muscles in my jaw would twitch. The horrendous pain was one thing the effect on my conscious and my functioning was something else. It would be like this weird surge of electrical energy in my bring that would like short circuit.  I would end up in pain for days. But despite this level of disability, no Doctor would send me to get my ear checked or tested.

Now initially there was more focus on the cause of other issues, I had the complex movement disorder, non-epileptic seizures, and other neurological issues I had, fine motor skill issues I had. But no one could give me any answers.

I was simply told there was nothing we can do for you. Issues which made me housebound because I would have no control over my body. My body would go into constant violent jerking and spasms so I wouldn’t be able to walk outside etc.

And the pain in my ear would be so painful as Tom Maholchic in the video Hyperacusis with Pain describes the sound “explodes in my head” and as another person says in this video is “like an ice pick in my ear”

 

My Diagnosis Of Hyperacusis

Now to get a proper diagnosis of hyperacusis one of the tests you need to get is a ULL uncomfortable loudness level test. But in many areas sadly this is not readily available from the NHS and well even more challenging is that many doctors don’t even realise that Hyperacusis is an actual real condition, my G.P. didn’t.

So despite noise sensitivity for years, increasing levels of pain, and seizures, and doing everything I possibly could to help myself I still hadn’t been seen by an audiologist.

It was only when I discovered I could get a private hearing testing at home which would include a ULL test that things changed. The audiologist was very surprised at what the ULL test showed in relation even to the decibels that correlate with normal speech.

For this reason, the audiologist sent a letter to my GP recommending further testing. But even when I finally saw an ENT specialist and the audiologist couldn’t complete the test because of the harm it was having on me. The Dr had no interest in trying to help me,  he was extremely dismissive.

I was then sent to a Tinnitus Clinic, given information sheets and recommendations to treat tinnitus, with only a tiny paragraph that mentioned a bit about hyperacusis. At least in this clinic the practitioner actually asked me a lot of questions especially around my underlying medical conditions, the injury I had, and she was also very interested in the research that I had done.

She was honest that the clinic didn’t really treat hyperacusis, she commented they knew nothing about Lyme Disease which is known to cause hyperacusis and other neurological issues and my particular issues were very rare. So I had to find my own solutions in how to live with hyperacusis, how to reduce and treat my sound sensitivity.

 

The Difficulties Of Living With Hyperacusis

The biggest problem I believe living with hyperacusis for many is that firstly many Doctors and medical professionals don’t actually realise that is a real condition one that can be extremely disabling. A seriously under-researched condition, and as MD Timothy Hain suggests one most in audiology appears to have very outdated views.

Many sufferers living with Hyperacusis are neglected and discriminated against because of myths around sound sensitivity. Some people might find some noises annoying, uncomfortable while others suffer tremendous pain like me.

Those few hyperacusis with pain rarely get any help, support, or treatment. Although there is a lot more types of treatment available in the United States.

The facts are sound sensitivity is not something that is well researched or something that many neurologists or audiologists actually study.

And then even worse some confuse hyperacusis with misophonia ( fear of loud sounds). Now I also have Parry Romberg’s Disease and I have also have had more than a few diagnoses of different conditions including mercury poisoning, lyme disease and some others in my list of different causes of hyperacusis.

 

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Different Causes Of Hyperacusis

According to Timothy Hain MD, it is considered Hyperacusis may be associated with damage to the inner ear but there is a lot of debate around that.

We do know there are many different conditions and causes linked to hyperacusis these include

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders, Aspergers
  • Chronic Noise Exposure, such as a noisy working environment
  • Central Nervous System Disorders, Brain stem issues
  • Deficiencies – Magnesium
  • Disrupted attenuation reflex as seen in Bells Palsy, M.S,  Menieres Disease
  • Medication – Certain medications for example the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin, psychoactive drugs  LSD, methaqualone, phencyclidine (angel-dust)  have been associated with hyperacusis.
  • Head Injury Of Trauma
  • Late- Stage Lyme Disease
  • Nerve Damage, Facial Nerve Palsy
  • Surgery To The Ear
  • Williams Syndrome, a genetic disorder where hyperacusisis a symptom.
  • Toxicity, Oxotoxicity one reason why you should avoid the overuse of ear drops, get the right medical treatment for ear infections, and ear wax removal.

The reality is according to Haines it is time the audiology community starts realising that living with hyperacusis is extremely debilitating, that hyperacusis sufferers are not the cause of their disease.

For a long time, Hyperacusis was viewed by some as psychologically when it is simply an area of medical science that we don’t know enough about.

Different Treatments For Recovering From And Living With Hyperacusis

Although presently there is no technical standard treatment for Hyperacusis especially for those of us with severe pain. There are many who have sound sensitivity that benefit from de-sensitization programs or relaxation therapy. I personally tried de-sensitization the first few years it made things worse.

In fact for me the more I removed myself from the pain, the less pain and other complications I aid. I actually have been a stress management trainer, meditation teacher, and coach for many years, and I actually teach relaxation therapy.

The Doctor who appeared to have no interest in helping, initially told me to stop using earphones or earbuds. But this was completely impractical as exposing myself to even everyday sounds caused me to lose my balance, fall, lose control of my body, have seizures, and be in horrendous pain for days. I

couldn’t even walk out the door myself. I could only expose myself to certain sounds for small periods in a healthy way when the inflammation and pain in my jaw, nerves, and ear were reduced.

Now although when writing this, I am still predominately housebound, I am getting better slowly. I can now listen to the TV if it’s down very low. I can handle normal speech if it’s not at a high pitch, without jerking about or feeling is if I am being stabbed in my ear.

Luckily for me, I have found a combination of things that have helped me reduce the constant high levels of pain. I still can’t go out on my own and certain sounds and pitches cause me to have all sorts of issues but I am getting there.

 

Helpful Living With Hyperacusis

These are a few of the things that I found helpful living with hyperacusis.

  1. Dub Earbuds which reduce the decibel of sound in your ear/ears – Invaluable at the initial stages helped me be able to talk on the phone and work online.
  2. Herbal Treatment For Bacterial Co-Infections  Associated With Lyme Disease
  3. Better Denture – I have a lot of TMJ and rare teeth issues, the better the denture the better support for your mouth
  4. Mouth Guard – A well-fitting mouthguard really helped to reduce pain in the jaw and nerves
  5. Craniosacral Therapy – I found craniosacral helpful at releasing a lot of cranial pressure, nerve issues
  6. Magnesium, Vitamin B6 ( Pyridoxine) – Some suggest magnesium and B6 deficiency can be a cause of hyperacusis
  7. Muscle Therapy, Physiotherapy exercises to support the neck and head muscles.
  8. Meditation – Thank goodness I learned meditation many years ago, a life safer to cope with extremely challenging situations and of course reduces anxiety and stress.
  9. Relaxation Therapy – Helps to relax the muscles, nerves as much as I can  luckily this has been one of my areas of expertise for many years and has helped me cope
  10. Visit a Chiropractor to help solve any alignment and trauma injury to the body, this can make a huge difference to many people.
  11. Motor Imagery and L/R Discrimination Techniques.

Common Recommendations For Recovering From Hyperacusis

  • Use Of White Noise Machine
  • Medical Treatment For Any Ear Infection
  • Proper Ear Wax Removal- – Don’t ever use cotton buds.
  • Meditation – I am lucky to have been a meditation teacher for many years and thankfully this helped me keep sane.
  • Relaxation Therapy – I have taught Relaxation Therapy for many years and for most people with stress-induced hypersensitivity relaxation techniques can be very helpful.
  • Stress Management – Stress will increase symptoms of hyperacusis so it is important to manage your stress.
  • Trauma Therapy – There is a wide range of trauma therapies available that can be helpful to some types of noise sensitivity or sound intolerances.

Also, it should be a must that if you have any sort of ear pain that you do get it checked, that you get treated for an ear infection and that you always get ear wax removed by a professional.

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Is Your Health Your Responsibility?

Is Your Health Your Responsibility?

Is Your Health Your Responsibility?

Is your health your responsibility, or is your health your Dr’s responsibility?

Are we as a society giving over too much responsibility and control around our health to allopathic medicine and governments? Should governments or medical professionals be able to force medical interventions or take away a persons right to choose?

Is Your Health Your Government’s Responsibility?

One of the things we are seeing around the world today is situations where governments are forcing their people to have medical interventions, more specifically vaccinations without the right to choose.

Is this a step too far in taking away our human rights and body autonomy?

Could this be a step towards a more serious agenda where governments start to take more control over what they think is right for your health and wellbeing?

As someone who has been on more than one occasion being a victim of damage from mainstream medical intervention. And as a therapist who sadly has worked with a variety of people harmed by modern medicine.

I find it extremely disturbing how much control over your health is being pushed, advised by governments officials and advisors, some who are not really the most qualified to do so.

So many top Scientists, Virologists and Immunologists around the world are being censored or being silenced from sharing their alarming concerns or opinions. Concerns on not just how this so called Pandemic has been dealt with but questions around the statistics, the testing, the choice of therapeutic interventions and the psychological media that has accompanied this.

I could go more deeply into my concerns around not just the lack of expertise by some of these people behind the decisions. But perhaps the most serious concerns should be the money trails, the conflict of interests by many who have shares or received financial gifts in some form or another by the companies that are being used to roll out their preferred management of this pandemic.

Such as the choice of testing, the experimental vaccines that they cannot possibly guarantee is safe or that will be effective in the long-term. Especially when certain types of disease was excluded from the first phases of trials and the fact we don’t or can’t possibly know the long-term effects in a few months, few years and a few decades.

The reality is most decisions at the moment are not being made right now by the most qualified people in their field but by people in power or who will make financial or other types of large gain from these decisions.

Sadly by too many people in power who have horrendous reputations for putting their own agendas first.  A situation where millions around the world are having their human rights, their rights of personal autonomy being taking away from them. Too many being forced, manipulated, even shamed and bullied into have an experimental vaccine who are at an extremely very very low risk of dying from Covid 19 from a situation according to one paper in the Lancet is more asyndemic than a pandemic.

 

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Should We Trust Recommended Or Forced Jabs?

Should we ever allow our governments to force any sort of medical treatment or medical invasive intervention without someone’s agree consent and permission?

And should we be informed honestly about the possible risks. So many of the family and friends that I have spoken to had no idea that we were still in trial phases.

Even medical professionals I know are shocked at how many of their co-workers are ill informed.To me our health is mostly our responsibility, our health choices is our responsibility, we all should have choice. I mean you choose if you eat healthy or you don’t? You choose if you exercise or if you don’t? You can choose to have an operation or not.

The reality is we keep getting told about the facts, we keep getting implications that getting the vaccine is more safe, But it is? How can we possibly know so early on. Sadly I personally know of one person who has had a very serious reaction to one of vaccines one and a friends aunt who felt very ill after the vaccine and then died.

In this case they could not prove it was the vaccine like many cases even though the person had no health issues before. Now I know we are faced with difficulties choice there is a virus that is life threatening to some, especially to those with certain types of pre-existing conditions.

But I also wonder why people are not being given other options, why our governments ae not looking at other medical interventions. Or even providing everyone with supplements that are known to support the immune system.Why has our government never mentioned throughout this

Pandemic the basic fundamental importance of good nutrition, healthy eating? Do our governments really want to promote health and wellbeing or do they just want to promote big pharma interventions, especially at a time when profits in big pharma were starting to decline. Especially when so many government officials who make these decisions actually have shares or links to these companies.

 

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So Should We Totally Trust Big Pharma?

Now the reality is yes many scientists, will have worked very hard, made many sacrifices in their own life to create these vaccines. But the reality is these vaccines have been fast tracked, most are still in experimental stage till 2023. But many people don’t realise that, they don’t actually realise they in many ways they are part of the experiment. Most people have no idea of the amount of scientists in this field who have had deep concerns about these vaccines and that some of these jabs are created with a new type of new science that has never been used before.

Unfortunately we know governments and modern medicine have made horrendous mistakes throughout the years. I became shocked on my own journey on how little many Doctors and Nurses knew about the medication they prescribed and the vaccines they promoted, Most never do their own research, most only check out the information they are told by their supervisors or basic information provided because they trust the NHS and trust that these companies have the patients interests at heart. But what is more important in the world today health or money? Also is saving money on certain types of treatments put before what is actual more safe or best for someone’s health?

The wiser more experienced Doctor who has sadly seen the other side of the coin tends to do their own medical research. They tend to ask questions and challenge what they are told.  But even that today has become harder in approx October 2019 google started to lower the SEO rankings of many medical research papers and holistic research papers that didn’t suit certain agenda. Meaning it would be much harder for people to find certain articles and medical papers that didn’t align with what the medical and pharmaceutical industry wanted you to read. So basically it became even harder for the patient, the clinician and even experts to find information that wasn’t pharmaceutically or politically bias.

Well lets say they took that bias to a whole new level in 2020 and 2021 through such unbelievable censorship that we have come to question if we are indeed living in a communist country. We just need to see the amount of censorship on Social Media and TV, to see the amount of influence our governments and organisations linked to pharma have on the media and the narrative they want to serve.

But should we be surprised? Perhaps more alarmed we all know that big pharma has a certain reputation for being more about profit than genuine public health interest. And its attempted cover ups of so much harm and damage throughout the years, the source of the Opioid Crisis, and so many cover ups in vaccine damage especially in 3rd world countries. And even more horrendous involvement in human experimentation during World War 2. The “statistically significant correlation between Thimerosal exposure via vaccines and several neurodevelopmental disorders ” and the deaths Of Indian Girls who got the HPV Vaccine that was again attempted to be covered up.

Is Your Health Your Responsibility or your Dr's responsibilityWhy Your Health Is Your Responsibility And Your Choice

I believe your health has to start as your responsibility and it is so important to become informed about your health and wellbeing so you can make educated choices. After a long list of horrendous medical experiences on my own journey. I came to realise how little many medical professionals know about the possible harm and damage of many of things they prescribe or use in modern medicine, And in the modern world we give our power over to many times to people we assume know best.

So how much does your medical practitioners honestly know about the dangers, allergies and serious side effects of so many medical interventions and vaccines today? Many don’t ever see the correlation, the short- term and long-term damage. But sadly some of my work involved supporting families dealing with children disabled by vaccine damage.

Most people have no awareness today how much vaccine damage there is and actually more concerning how much is not reported or published. I know through personal experience that most Doctors rarely report serious allergies or harm by medication or medical interventions using the yellow card.

The Biggest Causes Of Disease Today

We know the biggest causes of disease today are lifestyle choices and toxins. So what you eat, what you do or don’t do, what you drink, smoke or how you manage your life and stress will impact your health and wellbeing. Alongside things like poverty, bad housing, certain occupations, education, culture and environment can all impact our health. But many chronic health challenges today that makes us more vulnerable to certain diseases that are caused by own health choices and our exposure to modern day toxins.

In-fact in our modern world many people are under nourished simply because of poor and unhealthy eating. They have a poor immune system, inflammation, digestive issues because of what they consume and don’t consume. Many diseases today can be eliminated by a more healthy clean diet and lifestyle, so yes the medical system are often trying to treat the symptoms rather than prevent the most life-threatening diseases.

These words and thoughts are only my thoughts and wonders around my experiences and many of the people I have worked with. Experiences of my own, my clients, colleagues and friends in the holistic industry, the Dr.s, Nurses, Pharmacists and Scientists who have left mainstream modern medicine who believe in Do No Harm First.

Modern medicine, modern science is an incredible thing, modern medicine says millions of life’s every day.  There are many government officials, doctors and nurses who genuinely care are faced with many difficult dilemmas and challenges every single day. But I believe when we give our body, our health autonomy to anyone else, especially our government, or medical field we are basically handing over our personal freedom, our personal human rights. A very very frightening step towards giving them so much more control to do as they will.

 

 

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3 Top Pure Essential Oils For Meditation

3 Top Pure Essential Oils For Meditation

Best Pure Essential Oils For Meditation.

My Top Recommended Pure Essential Oils For Meditation. The best essential oils to help you get into deep stages of meditation, calm, and peace. grounding and Sacred Essential Oils To Help You Achieve Deep Meditative States.

Benefits Of Essential Oils For Meditation

As both a Meditator for 30 years and a qualified aromatherapist I understand how highly effective high-quality pure essential oils can be in helping meditators achieve deep meditative states. For anyone who struggles to relax, switch off, is new to meditation, or for those who think they cannot meditate, these right incense or essential oils during meditation can help set the scene, create the right atmosphere, and help you get more centered and grounded.

Most people underestimate the power of certain essential oils on the mind, body, emotions, and spirit and how much scents can change our mood and mental state.

These 3 Pure Essentials Oils are grounding and Sacred Oils used by Meditators worldwide.

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3 Of The Best High-Quality Pure Essential Oils For Meditation

These 3 Pure Essentials Oils For Meditation are grounding and Sacred Oils used by Meditators worldwide.

Frankincense For Meditation

Frankincense (Boswellia sacra) is a resin oil that has been extracted from the gum of the Frankincense Tree typically grown in Africa.

Frankincense has been used for centuries for religious, spiritual, and therapeutic practice.  It is known by some as the “King Of Oils” for its wide versatility, its physical and spiritual value, we know Frankincense was given to the baby Jesus. Frankincense is used as an incense, perfume, skincare, and embalming due to its preservative properties as far back as the Ancient Egyptians and today.

In many Asian countries, the Frankincense Resin is regarded as edible and is used to treat a variety of bronchial conditions. In China, the Frankincense Resin is used for a variety of mouth, gum, and teeth issues. Indian frankincense (B. serrata), is widely used in Ayurvedic Medicine to help treat wounds, arthritis, balance female hormones, and for purification purposes.

Frankincense inhaled and or applied as a massage blend with a carrier oil to the body is deeply calming, deeply grounding, and very relaxing. I find Frankincense one of the best essential oils for meditation it is so deeply grounding, so deeply calming, and centering.

Frankincense Scent: Frankincense has a warm woody resin scent.

Buying Frankincense: When buying Frankincense Essential Oil make sure you choose from a high-quality product such as NYR Organics or doTerra. For those in the UK, I would highly recommend NYR Organics  for quality and price.

 

Myrrh Oil For Meditation

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) is a resin oil that has been extracted from the gum of the flowering trees of the genus Commiphora in Somalia, Arabia, and Ethiopia.

Myrrh has also been used for centuries, widely used by the Ancient Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries, and was another gift to the baby Jesus. Myrrh used to be regarded as a very valuable commodity but no longer has the high financial value it used to have.

Like Frankincense, Myrrh has also been widely used for embalming, perfume, incense, and as an antiseptic throughout the ages.

Myrrh was widely used in many purification and religious rituals. And another one of those commonly used essential oils for meditation and sacred rituals.

Myrrh is mixed with Frankincense for many of the Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Oriental, and Eastern Orthodox Churches. Mentioned as a rare perfume in the bible by the Hebrews.

In Chinese Medicine, Myrrh is regarded as “blood moving” and in Ayurvedic has rejuvenating and restoring properties.

Myrrh is said to help support spiritual opening, when used in inhalation or an aromatherapy blend it is said to work directly with the hypothalamus, pituitary, and amygdalin glands to reduce stress and anxiety.

Myrrh Scent: Very Earthy, Liquorice Type Notes. It blends well with frankincense, marjoram, and rose.

Buying Myrrh: When purchasing Myrrh Essential Oil make sure you choose from a company that only purchases high-quality grade Myrrh Resin such as NYR Organics or doTerra.

Sandalwood Oil For Meditation

Sandalwood (Santalum album) is extracted from the Sandalwood Trees and Roots, in the genus Santalum through distillation. The Sandalwood tree is regarded as one of the most worthy trees in the world.

Sandalwood is another one of my favourite essential oils for meditation, to help me get more grounded, and add it to my bath, and skincare products. I love the strong woody masculine aroma of Sandalwood. Sandalwood is the base note for many aftershaves and perfumes. It acts as a common fixative in perfumes for more volatile scents such as citrus, exotic, and floral scents to help increase the longevity of the scent.

The Australian Aborigines have used their local sandalwood trees for food;  nuts, fruit, and seed kernels. Indian Sandalwood is regarded as extremely sacred and is known in Sanskrit as chandana in Hindu Ayurveda. East Indian Sandalwood is greatly used in Ayurvedic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Sandalwood is a popular meditative scent in certain Buddhist practices, and why Sandalwood Incense is a popular gift to Budda.

Sandalwood is widely used in traditional and modern medicine for a variety of skin issues, being anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-proliferative. It is commonly used for colds, chest issues, dry skin, mental issues, UTIs.

Sandalwood Scent: A deeply grounding, rich woody aroma that blends well with Frankincense and Rose.

Buying Sandalwood: When buying Sandalwood for therapeutic properties ensure you are buying your Sandalwood Pure Essential Oil from a high-quality distributor such as NYR Organics.

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Top Tips How To Grow A Small Organic Garden

Top Tips How To Grow A Small Organic Garden

How to Grow a Small Organic Garden outdoors or indoors in a small space, using bedding, planters, or even using hydroponics. The things every gardener needs to consider when creating a Small Organic Garden.

A Small Organic Garden

Organic growing is essential if you want to do the right thing for people and the planet. The basic principles of organic food production are simple. In organic growing, you avoid the use of harmful pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers. More than this, however, organic growing is about working with nature rather than fighting it. A small organic garden can take many different forms. It can be:

·       A small container garden (on a balcony or patio, or even indoors).

·       A vertical garden, growing leafy plants in pockets or on shelves up against a sunny wall.

·       One or more raised beds or planters.

·       A hydroponic or aquaponic scheme, in which you grow plants in water rather than soil.

·       A small kitchen garden, with traditional rows, or more diverse and abundant planting.

·       Or a low maintenance forest garden – with one or more fruit trees with layered perennial planting below.

Even in small spaces, you have a lot of choices when it comes to how exactly you grow.

However and wherever you choose to grow, there are certain very important things to bear in mind when gardening organically:

 

How To Grow A Small Organic Garden Indoors and Outdoors

Top Tips for Organic Gardening

 

       Work from an understanding of the environment, and choose the right plants for the right places.

       Boost biodiversity in plant and animal life as much as possible. Protect and value wildlife, which will help you in your gardening endeavours.

       Protect and care for the soil in your small organic garden. Healthy soil equals good gardens and healthy people.

       Think about water. Harvest rainwater wherever possible and use it wisely in your garden.

       Maintain fertility over time – make sure you return nutrients to the system.

 

Getting Started On A Small Organic Garden

 

To grow a small organic garden, you need to make sure you have the basics in place. Before you begin:

       Learn more about natural cycles, your own garden, and specific plants. The more you know before you begin, the more successful you can be in your gardening efforts. Growing organic vegetables, organic fruits, organic herbs, and organic flowers can be easier than you might think. And you can hone skills and develop knowledge over time. But taking some time to learn and grow yourself before you start growing plants can be a great idea.

       Get the basics in place. Before you make new growing areas or sow any seeds, think about water management. Consider setting up rainwater harvesting systems. And get a composting system in place.

       Choose a growing method from those mentioned above – thinking about the best solution for your own particular site and your own particular needs.

       Make a plan for your growing areas. Think about any containers you might need. If you will be creating raised beds or growing in the ground, it is a great idea to use ‘no dig’ gardening methods. In no-dig gardening, the goal is to disturb the soil ecosystem as little as possible. In a no-dig garden, organic matter mulches are laid over the soil surface to build healthy soil over time.

 

Creating New Growing Areas

 

In container gardens, choosing the right containers and the right growing medium is key. Make your own growing medium or buy a sustainable organic option. (Avoid peat-based media, which are not an eco-friendly choice.)

If you are creating raised beds or traditional vegetable plots, determine the best position for these beds (considering climate and microclimate – sunlight, wind, and water – and the needs of plants you want to grow).

‘Lasagna beds’ are one great solution for no-dig gardening. Making a lasagna garden means layering ‘brown’ (carbon rich) and ‘green’ (nitrogen rich) organic materials to compost in place. These layers are covered with a thin layer of compost/soil into which you can plant.

In a forest garden, you will begin by planting one or more fruit trees (or other useful trees). You will then establish guilds of beneficial plants. Mostly perennial plants will be placed around the trees to form low maintenance ecosystems that mimic a natural woodland or forest ecosystem, but provide us with the edible and other useful yields we need.

 

Choosing Seeds and Plants and Planting For Your Small Organic Garden

 

When choosing seeds and plants for any organic garden, choose them for your particular garden. And think about what you and your household actually like to eat. If you choose the right plants for the right places, your chances of success are always going to be much higher.

Think, also, about how to combine different plants for the best results. Choosing beneficial combinations is called ‘companion planting’. It can help with environmental conditions, fertility, pollination, and pest control in an organic garden.

There is a lot you can learn about organic gardening. But it is easy to get started on the right track. Take the plunge and you will grow a small organic garden successfully, one seed at a time.

As you can see creating a small organic garden can be a really healthy hobby that can start small.

 

Elizabeth Waddington is a permaculture designer, sustainability consultant, and writer, working to encourage organic gardening and promote sustainable change around the world.

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The Dangers Of Common Household Toxins

One of the things I started to become aware of in my early twenties was how much we are surrounded by industrial and household toxins. Toxins can have a serious impact on our health and wellbeing. But even though we have seen a dramatic increase in not just household toxins over the last 50 years but also toxic medical treatments. Very few seem to want to do anything about it. It seems we have created a world and society that seems to put money, power, and convenience over health.

With such a dramatic increase in indoor and household toxins no wonder so, many of us end up with allergies, cancers, unexplained illnesses, and disease. The reality is a highly toxic body makes it difficult for the body to function and heal.

My Own Journey Into Toxins

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At the age of 17, I studied Clothing & Fashion at college and went on to work for two different dressmakers and designers. The first was a small business, the second a designer for high-end evening wear and wedding dresses.

During both of these experiences, I started to develop symptoms from the toxic effects of toxic substances on the fabrics. Especially in the Glasgow job where the fabrics would come into the fabric with some sort of fabric coating

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The Dangers Of Mercury

Now a year before I took this job my health had taken a bit of a battering after an incident when an elderly dentist put mercury up a root canal instead of my actual tooth  Within a few days my

health deteriorated

very quickly, at first it seemed like a very severe flu plus a lot of other very strange symptoms.  Muscle weakness, complete exhaustion, in fact I was so weak, my body was trembling, I became extremely breathless, I suffered Parasthesia and my first experience of temporary paralysis from the neck down. I also suffered extreme muscle and joint pain, extremes in temperature, and digestive issues.

Sadly a lot of the fatigue and exhaustion never left me. It made walking between my train and bus journeys very difficult. But I also started to become overly sensitive to a lot of products, scents, cleaning products around me, and what I consumed.

The Dangers of Fluorescin

Not long after the mercury accident, my sight in my left eye started to seriously deteriorate. So I was given a Fluorescein angiography in which I took a serious allergic reaction collapsing at the hospital.

A ” fluorescein angiography is a medical procedure in which a fluorescent dye is injected into the bloodstream. The dye highlights the blood vessels in the back of the eye so they can be photographed. This test is often used to manage eye disorders.” Healthline.com

For over, a week I was very yellow, several weeks I felt breathless and had a fast heart-rate.

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The Dangers Of Isopropyl Alcohol

About a year later I manage to get some of my health back and went on to study music at college but then I kept collapsing in the recording studio. No one could understand the cause especially me, until years later. When I would find out how toxic isopropyl was, something that was used to clean the reel to reels in the recording studio at the time. And something we all carried in a bottle when working in the study.

Now Isopropyl Alcohol is regarded as a hazardous substance

it is known to have serious side-effects and is actually widely used in the cosmetic industry.

Sadly my health declined so much so, I ended up having to come home and stay with my parents, spend large chunks of the rest of my twenties largely housebound and bedbound. During this period I researched, learned, and met many practitioners who opened my eyes to how toxic our world had become.

These experiences made me aware of the level of toxicity that is around us. It was also one of the reasons I choose to go on a more clean diet, to eliminate a lot of toxic products in my foods. One of the reasons I trained in holistic therapies.

Common Household Toxins That Could Be Making You Sick

Toxic Products in your homeFungal And Mold Toxins – Other common household toxins that most people are unaware of is all the different types of mold and fungi, which are highly toxic. It is said that 1 in 3 people form an allergy to mold in their life.

*3Myotoxins can be a contributor to all sorts of health conditions and diseases, especially those related to the immune system and lungs.

Heavy Metals – Heavy Metals such as aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury can be extremely toxic to the body. It is commonly found in, amalgam fillings, antiperspirants, building materials, lead paint, pesticides, some seafood, tap water, vaccines…

They can contribute to neurological diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, cancer, a reduction in the biology of red and white blood cells.

VOC’s Volatile Organic Compounds – According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency VOC’s are “Volatile organic compounds are compounds that have a high vapor pressure and low water solubility.

Many VOCs are human-made chemicals that are used and produced in the manufacture of paints, pharmaceuticals, and refrigerants. “

They are products that vapourize easily and emit gases. Examples of VOC household toxins include electronics, building materials, carpets, furnishings; sofas, mattresses, paint, plastic. As well as craft materials, air fresheners, cleaning products, varnishes, deodorants, shampoo, and cosmetics.

Pesticides – Sadly a lot of pesticides are used in the growing of a lot of the fruit, vegetables, and meat you may buy. One reason which you should always clean your fruit and vegetables when you buy.  See Recipe For Cleaning.

Pesticide household toxins are also in different types of pest control sprays, as well as lawn and garden treatments.

PVC And Phalates. Polyvinol Chloride and Phalates are another commonly known household toxin that is commonly seen in plastic wrap ( clingfilm) plastic food storage products, plastic bottles, shower curtains, children’s toys, cosmetics. Because phthalates chemically act like hormones they can alter the hormones, alter the endocrine system so can be very harmful to the development of children.

Living In A Toxic World

I think most people today have no idea how toxic modern living is, how toxic many foods are, how toxic our home is, and even how toxic many medicines are. But there are many documentary films and movies written around about the horrendous dangers of toxins in our world and our households. But for a variety of reasons they are never encouraged and promoted.

You just need to look a the film The Devil We Know and Dark Waters to see not just the serious health dangers of perfluorooctanoic acid  (PFOA, also known as C8), the key ingredient in Teflon. A highlight to the types of corruption that surrounds a lot of manufacturing who know they are selling potentially highly toxic products.

This is one of the reasons I am a big advocate for a reduction in toxic products, I am a big consumer of a lot of natural and organic products especially those that I use to support my health, wellbeing, and self-care. It is one of the reasons I am a distributor for NYR Organics and an Ambassador for Tropic.

 

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Therapeutic Benefits Of Tea-Tree

Therapeutic Benefits Of Tea-Tree

Therapeutic Benefits of Tea-Tree

The benefits of Tea-Tree for medicinal, pharmaceutical,  home, and travel use. Learn why Tea-Tree is an extremely versatile essential oil used by not just aromatherapists but the by the army, navy, nurses, doctors, families, and backpackers. Learn some of the cosmetic and medicinal use of Tea Tree.

What is Tea-Tree?

Tea Tree Oil comes from the leaves of the small Tea-Tree Plant ( Melaleuca alternifolia) this tree is said to originate from the warmer areas of Australia. So the Tea Tree plant needs a more warm climate to grow.

Although Melaleuca alternifolia is known as the tea tree, do not confuse Tea Tree with Cajeput, Niauouli, Kanuka or Manuka oil extracted obtained from other Melaleuca species. Or the plant that grows leaves used to make black, green and oolong tea.

   Tea-Tree Essential Oil

What Is Tea-Tree Essential Oil?

Tea-Tree Essential Oil is the essential oil extracted or distilled from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant. It is highly concentrated and highly potent so should be used sparingly and safely.  Tea tree oil has been used in natural medicine for centuries by the Aborigines. One way they would prepare and use it was crush the Melaleuca alternifolia leaves and then apply the oil to the skin. Or through inhalation to treat colds and coughs.

When buying TeaTree Essential Oil for therapeutic use always use a high-grade essential oil like NYR’s Organic Tea-Tree Pure Essential Oil.

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Safe Use Of Tea-Tree Essential Oil

NEVER USE TEA TREE INTERNALLY

DO NOT USE ON BABIES

Never apply tea tree oil directly to skin. You should always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil, such as almond oil, apricot kernel coconut oil, or olive oil.

For every 1 to 2 drops of tea tree oil, add 12 drops of carrier oil.

Blend 1 drop of TTO to at least 20 drops of carrier oil for children over 7 years.

Or 1 drop of TTO to the bath for children over 5 years.

Be careful to avoid the eye area

Before use do a patch test to make sure your skin doesn’t react to the tea tree oil.

 

Natural Components of Tea-Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Here are just some of the natural components of Tea-Tree

Terpinen-4-ol

has antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic and an antineoplastic properties

y-Terpinene

antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative

α-Terpinene

antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, antiproliferative, anti-insomnia

1,8-Cineole

anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, mucolytic, broncholytic

Terpinolene

antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-oxidant, sedative.

 

Tea Tree Oil Therapeutic Benefits For home use and first aid travel kit

Common Uses Of Tea-Tree

Tea-Tree is not just widely used in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry. Tea Tree began being used by the Australian army during World War II, the navy soon added Tea Tree Oil to their first aid kits as an official germicide.

It is widely used to help treat

  • Acne
  • Athletes Foot
  • Boils
  • Bites, Stings
  • Candida Albicans
  • Cuts, Scrapes, Wounds
  • Dandruff
  • Lice
  • Psoriasis
  • Nail Fungus
  • Ringworm
  • Warts

 

Tea-Tree in its highest grade is commonly used in

  • Cosmetics, Skincare
  • Deodorants
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Household Cleaners
  • Insect Repellent
  • Mouth wash
  • Soap, Shampoo
  • Wash Mould Of Vegetables and Fruits

 

Tea-Tree is widely used in the pharmaceutical industry particularly for its anesthetic, ant-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. There also has been a huge surge in the use of Tea-Tree Oil in cosmetics over the last decade especially because of its wide skincare benefits to reduce acne and fungal issues. That is why the tea-tree market is graded into both Pharma-Cosmetic Grade and Therapeutic Grade. The fact that Tea Tree has so many therapeutic benefits especially being antiviral, antifungal, and antiseptic it is assumed its market use will continue to increase especially in more developed countries.

That is why Tea-Tree Essential Oil is something I believe everyone should have in both their travel and home first aid kit. A small 10 ml bottle of Tea Tree Oil is extremely inexpensive, versatile, easy to pack and store, especially for backpackers who require a lightweight and small travel first-aid kit.

 

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Alzheimer’s Diet -How to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline

Alzheimer’s Diet -How to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline

The Alzheimer’s Diet: How to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline by Amylee Amos

 

Worldwide, about 50 million people are suffering from dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and the emotional and financial toll of this disease is monumental. Alzheimer’s disease is now considered to be the 3rd leading cause of death with no pharmaceutical drugs available to effectively treat the disease, though not for lack of trying on the part of the pharmaceutical industry.

Alzheimer’s drug development has the highest failure rate of any other disease, at 99.6%. That equates to billions of dollars thrown into potential treatments that do shockingly little to slow the progress, reverse the symptoms, or even prevent the disease. The five drugs that have been approved for Alzheimer’s treatment do very little to help the millions of people suffering from the cognitive losses and devastation associated with Alzheimer’s.   

Fortunately, recent research demonstrates that Alzheimer’s is not the idiopathic disease it was once believed to be. In fact, the causes and contributors of an individual’s Alzheimer’s disease can be pinpointed and treated.

Contributors to the programmatic downsizing of the brain that is Alzheimer’s disease include physiological processes such as chronic inflammation, imbalanced oxidative stress, and impaired glycemic control.

These factors are all highly influenced by our diet. Thus, adopting an Alzheimer’s diet is critical in the attempt to prevent and reverse cognitive decline. 

Can Alzheimer’s Disease Be Prevented and Reversed?

 

The mainstream medical community is always quick to comment that there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. This just means that no silver bullet approach to preventing or reversing Alzheimer’s exists. You can’t just pop a pill and reverse your Alzheimer’s disease. Thus, because their outdated approach to treating chronic diseases fails in the case of Alzheimer’s, the conventional medicine community remains steadfast in their misguided claim that there is no effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. 

The truth is that through a targeted therapeutic approach, Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented and the symptoms can be reversed. In 2018, practitioners from multiple clinical sites published the reversal of cognitive decline in 100 patients while following a multi-targeted approach.

This approach, which adheres to the functional medicine model of addressing the underlying root causes of disease is known as the Bredesen Protocol. Through the Bredesen Protocol practitioners are able to identify the individual metabolic imbalances of each patient and use a systems based approach to treat each imbalance, thereby identifying and treating the root cause of the imbalance, rather than simply masking the symptoms. The result is the reversal of cognitive decline. 

What Is The Alzheimer’s Diet?

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The ideal Alzheimer’s diet to prevent and reverse cognitive decline must be individualized to the patient to ensure that it addresses the root cause of that person’s metabolic imbalances.

However, there are some nutritional components that all those wishing to prevent cognitive decline should adopt. Adjusting one’s nutritional habits to reflect the Alzheimer’s diet is the first step in preventing cognitive decline. 

The foundation of the Alzheimer’s diet is whole, predominantly plant-based foods including non-starchy vegetables, low glycemic fruits, quality proteins, and healthy fats.

Clients following the Alzheimer’s diet are encouraged to eat foods that have been well-studied for their cognitive benefits including leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, berries, low mercury fatty fish, extra virgin olive oil, and walnuts.

Eliminating Processed Fats and Refined Carbohydrates

 

The diet eliminates highly processed packaged foods, simple and added sugars, processed meats, and refined carbohydrates.

Animal products in general are minimized depending on the specifics of an individual’s drivers of inflammation.

Consuming adequate amounts of the recommended foods provides the nutrients, specifically the micro and phytonutrients that the brain needs to support neuronal and synaptic growth and function. Avoiding the foods not recommended prevents ongoing inflammation and resolves oxidative stress and cellular dysfunction.

Fasting On The Alzheimer’s Diet

Additionally, clients following the Alzheimer’s diet are encouraged to fast for a period of at least 12 hours overnight, with the first three hours occurring between finishing dinner and going to bed. This fast allows for the client to reap the full physiological benefits of sleep, including the natural clearance of beta-amyloid plaques from the brain.

How To Implement The Alzheimer’s Diet

The Alzheimer’s diet should be tailored to meet the unique needs of the individual in order to receive the most enhanced cognitive benefit. At the Amos Institute, clients receive an immersive and individualized nutrition plan that incorporates the major components of the Alzheimer’s diet, with specifications related to their personal drivers of cognitive decline, genetics, and biochemistry.

This is particularly important when considering the genetic variant ApoE4, the genetic variant most commonly associated with increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Individuals with this variant demonstrate what is known as decreased cerebral glucose utilization, meaning that their brains do not effectively utilize carbohydrates as a fuel source.

To bypass these impaired metabolic pathways, individuals with this genetic variant are encouraged to achieve a state of mild ketosis

Creating a ketogenic diet based largely on plant foods can be challenging, which is why seeking the help of functional medicine-trained dietitians is so critical for proper implementation. This is where partnering with a program and practitioners such as those from the Amos Institute is so beneficial to success in recovery.

Reversing The Symptoms Of Alzheimer’s Disease

Reversing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline is incredibly difficult, but the research shows that it can be done. If you believe you are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, start implementing the Alzheimer’s diet right away.

If you are already suffering from cognitive decline, seek the expertise and structure of a cognitive health program to begin optimizing your nutrition and lifestyle to reverse your cognitive decline. In the words of Dr. Dale Bredesen, if we all start to implement an Alzheimer’s diet and other lifestyle factors, “Alzheimer’s disease should be- and shall be- a rare disease.” 

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Writer Bio – Amylee Amos Dietician and Nutritionist

 

Amylee Amos MS, RDN, IFMCP founded the Amos Institute to specialize in the implementation of the Bredesen Protocol. She graduated with a Master of Science in Nutrition, Healthspan, & Longevity from the University of Southern California’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.

She has trained under Dr. Dale Bredesen and received certification in the Bredesen Protocol from MPI Cognition. She is one of the only dietitians in the United States who is certified by the Institute for Functional Medicine, a new high-level achievement for leading medical providers.

 

The History Of Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Use

The History Of Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Use

The History of Aromatherapy and the therapeutic use of essential oils.

Exploring the history of aromatherapy and why essential oils are still such a popular form of natural medicine today. The use of aromatherapy, essential oils in ancient medicine, and modern pharmaceuticals.

If we look back at the earliest origins and the history of aromatherapy, we can see evidence of the use of essential oils and aromatherapy around different parts of the world as far back as over 6000 years.

The History of Aromatherapy By The Egyptians

The Egyptians are known for their wide use of various essential oils especially resins such as Frankincense and Myrrh which were found in tombs. Frankincense has been widely used in embalming throughout centuries and is still today used today as an anti-aging ingredient in many skin-care products. It is believed that most essential oils were produced in Egypt by a type of effleurage (solvent extraction method) using animal fat. History Of Essential Oils FGB Natural Products

The History of Aromatherapy By The Greeks

According to Greek Mythology, even the Greek Gods valued the therapeutic properties of natural perfume and fragrances. The Greek physician Hippocrates and Galen used different aromatic herbs and plants. Hippocrates actually suggested daily massage and scented baths using aromatic plants to improve health. He widely used Chamomile to treat fevers. While Galen was known to promote Cypress to reduce stomach problems. Myrrh ointment was used by soldiers in battle to prevent and heal infection. He also used Cumin, Peppermint, Marjoram, Saffron, and Thyme.

History of Aromatherapy Use and Essential Oils through the ages around the world
History of Aromatherapy & Essential Oils

History Of Aromatherapy In China

Chinese Medicine has also used aromatic plants and essential oil resins since between 2697-2597 B.C.E during the reign of Huang Ti. The Yellow Emperor used Sandalwood to treat Cholera.  The ‘Yellow Emperor’s Book of Internal Medicine’ is said to date back at least 2000 years B.C.

History Of Aromatherapy In India

Ayurvedic Medicine which originated in India has used Cinnamon, Ginger, Myrrh, and Sandalwood. Sandalwood has been used to treat different ailments including healing wounds and it was also burned for exorcism rites for centuries.

History Of Aromatherapy In Italy

During the Middle Ages, Bergamot (Citrus aurantium bergamia) was an ingredient used in Italian Folk Medicine. Essential Oil of Neroli was named for Anne-Marie de la Tremoille, Princess of Nerola, Italy. The princess used Neroli in her gloves, bathwater, and hair.

The History Of Essentials Oils In The Middle Ages

Avicenna both physician and philosopher introduced distillation, the extraction process where we get essential oils from herbs, plants, and fruits. He also created in-depth instructions on how to use plants essential oils, and massage to support health. In the 14th Century, Pine and Frankincense were burned during the Bubonic Plague.

The History Of Aromatherapy In England

Nicholas Culpeper an English physician published his own herbal which became a common reference for different plant remedies. In England, during Victorian times a bride’s headdress would be made of Neroli blossom. This was said to represent chastity and to help soothe the bride’s nerves.

The History Of Aromatherapy In France

Experimental studies on the use of essential oils as anti-viral were undertaken in France by Chamberland as early as 1887.5 Cadeac and Meunier would publish the results of their research (Annales de l’Institut Pasteur 1888). In 1938, René-Maurice Gattefosse described the already considerable advancement of this research in his book, Antiseptiques Essentiels.

The Term Aromatherapy

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The term “Aromatherapy” was introduced when French perfumier, and chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse discovered the healing properties of Lavender Oil. He burned his hand in his lab and stuck his hand in the nearest liquid, Lavender Oil. F

rom here he started to explore the properties of a wide range of essential oils and began to treat soldiers using essential oils during World War 1.  By 1928 he documented his evidence on Aromatherapy in a medical research paper.

 

 

 

A French scientist Dr. Jean Valnet would continue the medical research into the therapeutic and antiseptic properties of essential oils. His teachings were then divided into several schools and teachings, which allowed thousands of doctors to get familiar with new anti-infectious approaches previously not acknowledged by medicine.

The History Of Aromatherapy In Austria

Marguerite Maury an Austrian Biochemist found that essential oils were absorbed by the skin. She would bring massage using pure essential oils to the UK. The Secret of Life and Youth was published in 1961, this helped pioneer the modern use of aromatherapy and essential oils in massage.

Modern Use of Aromatherapy

Since the late 70’s aromatherapy and essential oils have been increasingly popular not just in the use of aromatherapy massage, and the purchase of pure essential oils.

However the huge use of essential oils in the cosmetic, skincare, and pharmaceutical industry. Some of the most common essential oils used in the cosmetic and skincare industry include Chamomile, Lavender, Rose,  Tea-Tree. Essential oils widely used in the pharmacy industry include Aniseed Oil, Benzoin, Bitter Orange Oil, Cajeput Oil, and Peppermint.

When purchasing aromatherapy products and essential oils for therapeutic use you want to ensure you purchase high-quality products. As a qualified and experienced aromatherapist and aromatherapist teacher, I can highly recommend pure essential oils from NYROrganics. Please note the links above are to my Online Store.

 

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What Are The Health Benefits Of Turmeric?

What Are The Health Benefits Of Turmeric?

What Are The Health Benefits Of Turmeric?

Learn about the health benefits of turmeric, regarded as the star of the spice world. Known as ‘the Golden Spice’, the turmeric root has been used in Indian cuisine and traditional Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is famous for its vibrant yellow colour and has a warm bitter taste. Also known as Curcuma longa—a member of the ginger family, it is primarily cultivated from the rhizomes, or roots, of the flowering turmeric plant in India and other parts of Southeast Asia.

 

Research On Health Benefits Of Turmeric

Research has shown that turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which can support brain and gut health, promote a healthy immune system and benefit a range of inflammatory conditions. Registered Nutritional therapist Clarrissa Lenherr states that ‘turmeric has been shown in emerging science to be anti-inflammatory, so it can really help bring down inflammation that can occur in the body, whether that is from poor diet, stress, stimulant use, pollution, and lots of causes.’ You can watch Clarrissa explain the benefits of turmeric and curcumin and why she is a fan of Your Bodhi Natural Turmeric

 

Active Ingredients In Turmeric

Turmeric is made up of bioactive compounds, collectively known as curcuminoids. Curcumin is the primary curcuminoid and the most active ingredient in turmeric. Research shows that curcumin is a powerful polyphenol with anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to increase the amount of antioxidants our body produces. Curcumin: A Review of Its’ Effects on Human Health –  Susan J. Hewlings, Douglas S. Kalman.  Turmeric contains around 3% curcuminoids and therefore one teaspoon of turmeric powder (about 5,000 mg) only provides about 150 mg of curcuminoids.

Many studies have shown that it is the curcumin that is responsible for many of the health benefits associated with turmeric and that taking curcumin regularly can have a wide range of benefits. These benefits can include:

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Supporting Your Immune System

A strong and healthy immune system is essential for your body to fight invaders, such as viruses, bacteria, and foreign bodies. Studieshave demonstrated that turmeric contains excellent anti-oxidant, anti-viral and anti-microbial properties, which can help to support a healthy immune system. Research also shows it can help to regulate different signalling molecules which are essential for the functioning of a health immune system.

 

Alleviating Joint Pain

Inflammation in the joints can be very painful, causing swelling and restricting movement. Studies have shown that turmeric and curcumin’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties may reduce joint pain and tenderness, cartilage degeneration and joint inflammation. In particular, a study by Vilai Kuptniratsaikul et al. has shown that curcumin can reduce pain and improve physical function in patients with arthritis.

 

Reducing symptoms of Skin Inflammation

Inflammation is part of the body’s healing process. However long term chronic inflammation of the skin can lead to eczema and damage the skin. Studies have shown that curcumin can suppress pro-inflammatory signals, which gives it powerful anti-inflammatory effects. These properties make curcumin perfectly placed to help alleviate the symptoms of eczema.

A 2016 systematic review of clinical evidence by Alexandra R Vaughn et al has shown that curcumin can help to reduce itchiness and scaling for people with eczema.

 

Supporting Gut Health

Our gut health is not just important for digestion but a healthy gut supports the immune system and contributes to general health and wellbeing. Registered Nutritionist Clarris Lenherr states that ‘turmeric is full of polyphenols, which are kind of antioxidants that can actually feed and really nourish the beneficial bacteria that we have living in our digestive system. So it’s a great way to actually support digestive health’.

Studies have shown that curcumin can have positive effects on human gut microbiota, reducing intestinal inflammation, as well as supporting diverse gut bacteria which supports a strong immune system.

 

Reducing Muscle Inflammation and Soreness

Working muscles hard can often lead to damage to the muscle fibres which can cause soreness and stiffness. Muscle damage can be caused by overexertion or wrong use of a muscle.

 

Curcumin And Patients With Knee Osteoarthritis

A recent study in 2017 by Jäger R et al. Efficacy and safety of Curcuma domestica extracts in patients with knee osteoarthritis shows that groups of those provided with curcumin had a ‘measurable impact on muscle damage and recovery in 59 healthy, physically active, young adult participants after downhill running’. The findings were that those in a curcumin group ‘had significantly reduced elevation in creatine kinase levels, which are elevated when there is muscle damage’ and ‘Self-reported pain scores were significantly reduced as well in curcumin groups compared to placebo groups.’

 

Turmeric and Black Pepper

Turmeric and curcumin are poorly absorbed by the human body on their own. Pairing turmeric with black pepper extract known as piperine can increase the bioavailability and absorption. Proper absorption of turmeric has been shown to enhance curcumin absorption by up to 2,000%. This means that you should add some black pepper whenever you are cooking with turmeric, or make sure you choose a turmeric or curcumin supplement that contains piperine.

Your Bodhi’s Natural Turmeric

Sophie Nazareth, the Founder of Your Bodhi set up her business to share the amazing benefits of turmeric and curcumin. After personally struggling with a chronic illness for years, discovering curcumin helped her to regain control of her life.

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Natural Makeup Or Toxic Makeup?

Natural Makeup Or Toxic Makeup?

Natural Makeup or Toxic Makeup? What are the toxins in makeup, toxins in our cosmetics, and skincare products? 

Why more women are turning to more organic and natural makeup, more natural skincare products.

Over 25 years ago I started to ditch many different types of cosmetics and skin care products for health reasons. During this period a wide range of extreme health challenges led me to become not just more educated about what we eat but we actually consume. I started to get more insight and information about products I had been using on my body and in the environment that was highly toxic. I remember when studying singing at college how I kept getting really ill in the recording studio I actually nearly passed out on more than one occasion. It wasn’t till years later did I discover that the isopropyl alcohol we used to clean the studio, was also used in makeup and was actually highly toxic. Especially for someone with my health challenges.

So I started on a journey for more natural makeup, more natural skincare products. Initially, it was very difficult to get natural makeup until mineral makeup came along. It was a lot easier to get natural skin care products or even make your own. I eventually took training in natural cosmetic making and could make up my own face creams and skin balms. It complemented my knowledge as an aromatherapist. I also stopped using normal deodorant sprays and normal roll deodorants that were also highly toxic.

natural makeup and most toxic ingredients in makeup and comsetics

 

Some Of The Toxic Ingredients In Make-Up and Skincare PRODUCTS
  • Aminophenol, Diaminobenzene, Phenylenediamine (Coal Tar) …
  • BHA
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Parabens. …
  • Petroleum distillates.
  • Polyethylene/PEGs. …
  • Retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate. …
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate. …
  • Triclosan and triclocarban. …

 

Aminophenols are on the hazardous substances list even though they are used in hair dyes. And are known in some cases to cause asthma-type allergies and kidney issues when absorbed or breathed in. It is suggested aminophenols may cause genetic changes, (mutation) with increases cancer-causing risk. According to the State of New Jersey Government Website

BHA Butylated Hydroxyanisole, according to The National Toxicology Program it classifies butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” Even the EU has deemed it unsafe as a fragrant. “In animal studies, BHA produces liver damage and causes stomach cancers such as papillomas and carcinomas and interferes with normal reproductive system development and thyroid hormone levels.”

Isopropyl Alchohol is actually considered toxic to humans even though it is widely used in cleaning, cosmetics, and other personal care products, eye, hair and nail products, aftershave lotions, and body care products. It is extremely absorbable through the skin and inhalation. MSDS Online

Parabens are commonly found in deodorants, makeup, moisturizer, shaving gel, shampoo, spray tan products. But according to Tasha Stoiber, PhD, Senior Scientist “scientific studies suggest that parabens can disrupt hormones in the body and harm fertility and reproductive organs, affect birth outcomes, and increase the risk of cancer. They can also cause skin irritation. Moreover, studies have detected parabens in nearly all urine samples taken from adults in the U.S., regardless of demographic (Ye 2006).” 

“Given the endocrine disruption capacity and documented female and male reproductive harm, coupled with the potential for repeated lifelong exposure, it is clear that long-chain parabens (isobutyl-, butyl-, isopropyl- and propylparaben) should not be used in personal care or cosmetic products. Further, products can be made without these chemicals.” The Environmental Working Grou

Petroleum Distillates are manufactured in oil refineries commonly used in the production of mascara. Petroleum extracted skincare and cosmetics ingredients not only have a reputation of having “cancer-causing impurities” but are associated with some skin irritations and conditions such as dermatitis. Consider a petroleum-free mascara such as

Retinyl Products are found in many anti-aging and sunscreen products, lip products, and moisturisers. Also reputed to be possibly cancer-causing at certain levels and skin issues. 

Retinyl Acetate found in sunscreen products, according to research in certain does “skin tumor-induction, adverse effect reports of skin irritation, and even death have been associated with topical RA therapy (Fischer et al.,1985; McCormick et al., 1987; Samuel et al., 2005; Weinstock et al., 2009)”. Both Bakuchiol and Frankincense are regarded as natural alternatives for retinol.

 

SLS Sodium lauryl sulfate is found in baby wash, facewash, foundation, mouthwash, shampoo, and toothpaste. It has been linked to being a contributor to acne particularly cystic acne., canker sores, eye, and skin irritation. There are now a lot of natural body wash and shampoo alternatives and chemical-free toothpaste. I use dOTERRA’s On Guard Toothpaste

Triclosan was in many antibacterial products that became very fashionable in the 1990’s. Triclosan and triclocarban are reputed to be linked to muscle and immune function issues, allergies, hormonal issues. Tea-tree has become a more natural and healthier option in antibacterial skincare products,

 

Common Natural Makeup Ingredients Include

Aloe Juice,  bio-retinol, bisabolol, cocoa butter, coconut, fruit enzymes, jojoba oil, olive squaline, plant peptides, resveratrol, shea butter, white tea leaf, black tea leaf, green tea leaf.

And various essential oils such as Chamomile, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Mandarin, Rose, Rosemary

Natural Makeup Options

Recently on my search for natural make-up, natural foundations, and a new natural lipstick, I decided to try out Tropica’s range of natural makeup and natural skincare. For a while, I had been hearing a lot of positive things about not just their natural skincare range and natural makeup but the ethics and values of the company. They use a lot of natural ingredients in their products which are commonly used in both ayurvedic and herbal medicine.

At first, I purchased a Tropica natural foundation and natural lipstick, on this occasion a natural sheer foundation. I soon found myself becoming a Tropica Ambassador.

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Natural Makeup – MINERAL MAKEUP

Mineral Powders and Mineral Foundations have become some of the most widely used natural makeup, mineral makeup generally contains fewer fillers than other types of makeup or foundations. Tropic has a wide range of mineral foundation shades

PORCELAIN, BARELY NUDE, WARM BEIGE, SOFT HONEY, SMOOTH CARAMEL, RICH MOCHA contains Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Silica, Extracts of Chamomile, Olive Leaf, Sea Buckthorn and Açaí Berry, Zinc Oxide, Colourants from Mineral Oxides

MAPLE, ESPRESSO contain Natural Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Silica, Extracts of Chamomile, Olive Leaf, Sea Buckthorn and Açaí Berry, Colourants from Mineral Oxides

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SHEER FOUNDATION BEAUTY BOOSTER FROM TROPICA

Tropic’s sheer foundation shades include porcelain, barely nude, warm beige, soft honey, smooth caramel, rich mocha, maple, espresso

 

Natural Makeup Mascara

Even their mascara and eye lines are totally natural

Natural Mascara ingredients 
Purified Water, Polymer, Candelilla Wax, Carnauba Wax, Stearic Acid, Plant Derived Emulsifiers, Soybean Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Palmitic Acid, Plant Glycerin, Vitamin B5, Corn Sugar Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Polypeptide, Dehydroacetic Acid, Colourants from Mineral Oxides

 

 

 

 

Acne Ayurveda Herbal Treatment + Home Remedies

Acne Ayurveda Herbal Treatment + Home Remedies

Acne Ayurveda Herbal Remedies and Home Remedies

Acne Ayurveda Herbal Treatment And Home Remedies. Acne, or Acne Vulgaris, commonly known as pimples, is a chronic inflammatory condition of the skin characterized by the presence of bumps with or without pus formation on the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest, and upper arms.

It is formed when dead skin cells or skin oil from the outer surface of skin clog the hair follicle and cause local inflammation.

It occurs most commonly around puberty. In some cases, acne does affect adults as well. As it affects appearance, many young people experience a lack of self-confidence due to repeated acne and often resort to measures which would give them instant benefits. Acne presents itself as blackheads, whiteheads, or in severe cases, painful enlarged bumps called cystic acne.

Acne Ayurveda - Ayurvedic Medicine and Ayurveda Remedies For Acne

Acne Causes

Hormones: Imbalance in hormones can lead to increased production of sebum, which
clog pores and results in acne formation. 
 Anaerobic bacterial infections 
Unhealthy diet
Stress
 Environmental factors like pollutants, spores, allergies. 

 

Management of Acne in modern medicine often limits to use of oral and topical antibiotics,
comedolytic, and anti-inflammatory agents. As these medicines have harmful effects, in the
long run, it is important to look for an alternative approach.

 

Acne Ayurveda

Acne – An Ayurvedic View

Acne is known as Yauvan Pidika (yauvan – adolescence, pidika- pustules) or Mukh Dooshika
in Ayurveda.

 

Causes Of Acne

The primary cause of acne is an imbalance of all three Doshas, particularly Pitta Dosha which
further vitiates Rakt (Blood) Meda (Fat) and Lasika (lymphatics). This impaired dosha and
dhatu lead to the production of toxins. These toxins block the Strota (body channels) leading
to pimple formation.

Acnes are furthermore aggravated by the intake of sour, spicy and oily food items. The reason why use a combination approach in acne ayurveda treatments.

 

Acne Ayurveda Management

One of the fundamental principles of Ayurveda is treating on a holistic level. Management includes a change in diet, lifestyle, and proper use of Ayurvedic herbs. That is why acne ayurveda involves a multi-faceted approach.

 

Balance Doshas:

Imbalance of three Doshas, mainly aggravated Pitta Dosha is treated with pitta pacifying diet
and lifestyle.

Ayurvedic herbs: 

These potent Ayurvedic herbs will help in tackling the root cause of acne formation with
healing effects.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a common spice used in all kitchens. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, anti-
bacterial, and digestive properties. It addresses all the pathology in acne formation, making it
the most widely used remedy to treat acne.

How to use it 

Oral: Taking Turmeric supplements

Drinking turmeric tea: Boil an inch of ginger and a teaspoon of organic turmeric powder in a

cup of water. Turn off the gas and let the flavors infuse for 10 mins. Strain and drink warm

Topical: Mix turmeric powder with honey and apply it as a spot treatment on acne overnight.

Face pack: Mix turmeric powder with sandalwood powder and rose water. Apple all over the affected
area and let it dry. Wash with warm water. Use this pack twice a week.

 

Amla or Indian Gooseberry

Amla or Indian gooseberry is a rich antioxidant and it is loaded with vitamin C which has
skin healing properties. It also has vitamins A and E which also helps in scar healing. Amla
also helps in detoxification and digestion.

How to use it 
Oral: 30 ml Amla Juice in a cup of lukewarm water empty stomach in the morning.

Cinnamon:

Dalchini, as it is commonly called, is one more Indian spice that has potent results in acne
treatment. Also, it helps in lowering blood sugar levels and insulin resistance, making it work
best in cases of hormonal acne.

How to use it
Oral:
1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder can be added to Green Teas or any healthy drinks.
Topical:
Mix cinnamon powder with honey and apply on acne spots. Wash after 20 minutes.

 

Triphala: 

Triphala is a combination of Haritki, Amla and Bibhitak, which is excellent to balance all
three Doshas. Triphala also helps in digestive disorders by treating constipation.

How to use it:
Oral:
1 tablespoon of Triphala Powder in a glass of lukewarm water before sleeping.

Neem:

Neem has anti-bacterial and astringent properties. It also acts as a natural blood cleanser.

How to use it:

Oral: Chew neem bark for its anti-bacterial properties.

Topical:
Neem soap is used to treat acne on back and hand.
Neem oil is traditionally used in Ayurveda as an antidote to acne. Massage 8 to 10 drops of
neem oil on affected areas. Keep it for 30 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.
Mix neem paste with Aloe Vera gel. Apply on face and wash after 20 mins.

 

Chandan

Chandan or sandalwood has cooling properties. It is used to treat acne scars. It also helps to
cool of burning of skin due to inflamed acne.

How to use it

Topical
Mix red sandalwood powder with lemon juice to make a face pack for oily skin. Apply it all
over face and wash off after 20 mins. It helps in oil control and tightens the pores.

 

Ayurvedic formulations – acne ayurveda treatments

These ayurvedic medicines will help in the management of acne. It is advisable to consult a
registered ayurvedic practitioner to manage doses and duration of these

    1. Mahamanjishthadi Kadha
    2. Tab Purim
    3. Panchtikta Ghrut 
    4. Triphala Churna
    5. Rakta Shodhak Vati 
    6. Gandhak Rasayan
    7. Chandraprabha Vati 
    8. Aarogyavardhini Vati 
    9. Tab Talekt 
    10. Khadirarishta. 

Acne Ayurveda Diet and Lifestyle 

Top acne ayurveda lifestyle tips

    1. 8 to 10 glasses of water every day to remove toxins.
    2. Improper diet is a major cause of acne in many. Common in those who have frequent constipation, indigestion. Eat foods rich in fibre. Include fresh vegetables in fruits in the diet.
    3. Avoid spicy oily sour and Junk foods
    4. Avoid Fermented foods as it causes dosha imbalanced
    5. Wash face with neem-based soap twice a day.
    6. Maintain regular eat and sleep patterns.
    7. Avoid cell phones contact on the face as it causes bacterial acne.
    8. Wash beddings and pillow covers frequently
    9. Avoid touching or pricking acnes with fingers.
    10. Avoid heavy chemicals loaded cosmetics.

Acne Ayurveda Recommendations

 

Yoga 

Yoga helps in the management of stress. It also helps in the release of accumulated toxins from the body. Some poses which help in acne management are 

Pranayama

Anulom Vilom in Pranayam helps in improving lung capacity, increasing iron metabolism and improving blood circulation. 

Sinhasan:

 It has stimulating effects on glands and helps in regularising hormones. 

Padmasan 

It helps in improving digestion.

Ardha Chakrasan: 

This pose boosts circulation and helps in detoxification. 

 

Acne Ayurveda – Acne Be Gone by Doctor Rajesh Nair

Acne Ayurveda YouTube Video by Dr. R Nair.

 

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Top Tips For A Happy And Healthy Christmas

Top Tips For A Happy And Healthy Christmas

Tips For A Happy And Healthy Christmas

How to have a happy and healthy Christmas Season and New Year. How to keep the fun, joy, and magic in Christmas, with less anxiety and stress. Sadly many people tread the-pre Christmas, Christmas and New Year Season. For some, they associate a lot of emotional pain and loss with this time of year. For others, they experience a high level of anxiety and stress linked to internal and external pressure. Trying to live up to certain types of perceived expectations associated with this time of year. The Christmas Season certainly brings up a mixture of emotions and fear. Especially when the whole message of Christmas and giving has got lost in commercial overspending and certain expectations.

But if we take a step back from the media, the adverts, your child’s long list from Santa, and even the office secret Santa. The true meaning is simply about showing up and spending time with our friends, family, and our fellow man. It is a time to forget about our opinions, our differences, and even fall out’s. And to show kindness to one other. In many ways, Christmas is just another day. But a day we get an opportunity to say thank you and appreciation to those and the world around us.

10 Top Tips For A Happy And Healthy Christmas

Give From An Open Heart

Open your heart to the wonder of giving and receiving at this beautiful time of year. Give some magic and allow in some magic. Open your heart to all sorts of miracles and blessings.

Be Grateful

Christmas is a time to be grateful for the small things, the large things, even the challenges. Appreciate all the blessings around you, they come in all sorts of disguises. Appreciate the love, kindness, and generosity at this time of year.

Be In The Moment

The Christmas season is a time to be fully present, fully in the here and now. Stop stressing about tomorrow or dwelling on yesterday. The greatest gift you can give anyone is being fully with those you spend time with, friends, family even strangers.

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Get Enough Sleep

Make sure you get enough sleep and rest. This is a busy time of year, where we tend to get out of our normal routine and put ourselves under extra pressure. Don’t be tempted to burn the candle at both ends with too many late nights.

Drink More Water

Water helps us flush out those extra toxins. It can help stop us from overindulging in alcohol and food. Dehydration puts extra stress on the body. So it is important to stay hydrated through long journeys, Christmas shopping and stressful family visits.

Reduce Alcohol Intake

Alcohol consumption can not only affect our health and wellbeing, but it can also seriously reduce our ability to make healthy decisions. Under the influence of alcohol, we are more likely to get emotional, act irrationally or take risks  Just SAY NO or bring alcohol-free wine or beer to stressful work or family events.

Eat Healthy Food

It is so easy to overindulge at this time of year. To minimise those extra pounds, inches and high sugar levels. Eat more mindfully. Choose at least some of the healthier options on the menu. So you can enjoy those favourite treats with less guilt.

We at The World Of Health wish you a Happy and Healthy Christmas Season and New Year.

 

 

 

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