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Explaining Essential Oils- Ginger

Explaining Essential Oils- Ginger

Ginger Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Zingiber officinale

What is it?

Ginger Essential Oil is extracted from the roots of the Zingiber officinale herb. It is named after the Greek term “zingiberis” which means “horn shaped.”

How can I use it?

Anti-inflammatory. The International Journal of Preventive Medicine reported a study that revealed the anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects of ginger in health and physical activity. Ingesting ginger can help the body reduce inflammation levels and promote healthy antioxidative action.

Anti-Cancer. Studies have shown the anticancer potential of ginger due to its functional cancer preventing ingredients like gingerols, shogaol, and paradols. Ginger has been suggested as a possible natural cancer preventing protocol along with avoiding cancerous toxins such as tobacco and other carcinogens.

Cooking Addition. Many cultures use ginger as a culinary secret. Adding a ginger to an style recipe can help provide a healthy, natural flavor boost.  It can also be used to flavor certain desserts such as stewed apples and is used in many cider recipes.  

Motion Sickness & Nausea. Ginger has long been used as a remedy for queasiness. You can make a natural ginger ale drink by adding 2-4 drops of therapeutic or food grade ginger essential oil product into your water and sipping on it as needed until symptoms subside.  

It can be beneficial to take ginger oil with you on trips to help manage motion sickness in a car, train or airplane. You can also take it with you during activities that may induce nausea such as theme park or boat rides.

Liver Health. Multiple studies have shown the protective effect of ginger extract was exhibited in acetaminophen-induced liver damage and indicated that it could be useful in preventing acute liver injuries.  Therefore the data in this study suggests that taking ginger oil on a routine basis can help you detox your body and promote liver health.

What are the benefits?

Ginger carries great potential for treating a number of ailments including degenerative conditions, digestive issues such as indigestion, ulcers, nausea and vomiting, and has shown evidence in cancer prevention. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties which can be beneficial in multiple organ systems.

What are the risks?

Do not ever start or stop any natural remedy, supplement or treatment without first checking with your healthcare provider and discussing the risks and benefits.

Be sure you are using a bio-friendly, 100% therapeutic grade oil. Do not ingest a low-quality oil, as they may be filled with other products and not 100% pure.

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What is Halotherapy and how to get the health benefits at home

What is Halotherapy and how to get the health benefits at home

Halotherapy is an alternative treatment where people are exposed to salt for healing purposes. It is used as a holistic treatment for respiratory issues such as allergies, asthma, bronchitis, and stuffiness from the common cold. Salt is used for more than just seasoning food and has a variety of health benefits. This article will discuss how you can perform halotherapy right in your own home!  

Traditional halotherapy is broken down into two categories, wet and dry halotherapy methods.

Ways to perform wet halotherapy:

Gargling with salt water

Taking a bath in water with sea salt or Himalayan pink salt

Using a saline nasal rinse

Ways to perform dry halotherapy:

Using a device called a halogenerator, which grinds salt into microscopic particles and releases them into the air.

Using a Himalayan salt lamp in your home.

Full frame of large group of orange light salt lamps for sale in shop

Himalayan salt lamps work by the scientific concept of hygroscopy, which attracts and absorbs toxic molecules from the air and attracts them into the salt crystal. Airborne contaminants such as cigarette smoke, bacteria, viruses and dust can be reduced simply by introducing a pure Himalayan salt lamp into your home or office. Himalayan salt lamps are also believed to help relieve allergy symptoms and sinus congestion. Many patients with asthma claim to have improved symptoms when they are exposed to Himalayan salt.

People suffering from seasonal affective disorder, emotional disturbances and depression have reported feeling an improvement in their mood after using a salt lamp. Alternative practitioners also use salt lamps in chromotherapy sessions.  In these sessions, Himalayan salt lamps provide a natural, orange glow that may help reduce stress levels and promote a more positive vibe.

When purchasing a salt lamp, be sure you are buying a pure, authentic lamp made from real Himalayan Pink Salt. An imitation salt lamp will not provide the same health benefits, if any at all.  

Halotherapy is an alternative therapy that’s meant to work alongside other treatments and/or medications you’re on to manage your conditions. Never start any treatment without first checking with your doctor.

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How to Use Body Butter

HOW TO USE BODY BUTTER

Body butters are a luxurious comfort item that not only moisturize the skin but also enrich it with vitamins and nutrients. They are created from natural ingredients such as cocoa butter, mango butter, shea butter and jojoba butter.  Thicker than lotions, they promote wellness for the skin and can help your skin look younger and can reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

To properly use these amazing substances, you first want to make sure your skin is clean and primed to soak in the most nutrients possible. Exfoliating your skin by dry brushing or using a salt or sugar scrub before applying body butter preps your pores to absorb the healing ingredients.  

Another way to promote the healing benefits of body butters is to apply them after you bathe or shower. When the skin is moist and clean, it can further absorb nutrients.

Be sure you are applying a liberal amount of the body butter to your skin and allowing it to soak into your pores before wiping any access off.

It is also important that you choose high quality body butter product that does not contain any unnatural ingredients or fillers.

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What you need to know about Essential Oil Diffusers

 What you need to know about Essential Oil Diffusers

Aromatherapy has many healing benefits, which is why essential oil diffusers have become staples in holistically minded households. These machines allow us to fill our homes, offices and even cars with the therapeutic effects of essential oils.

There are multiple types of diffusers:  Ultrasonic, nebulizing, heat and evaporative.

Ultrasonic diffusers work by emitting oil particles into the air when added to water. 

Nebulizing diffusers are waterless, yet they work by emitting particles of essential oils into the air.

Evaporative diffusers typically disperse the essential oils by using a fan mechanism.

Heat diffusers transfer essential oils into the air by using high temperatures.

Choosing the right diffuser for you is a personal choice depending on the types of oils you diffuse for what benefit and also the size of the environment you are diffusing in.

There are many different designs and forms of diffusers. You can also purchase multiple ones for different uses. For example, a small car diffuser can be great for traveling.

Diffusers are a great way to incorporate aromatherapy into every space in your life. But, if not cleaned properly, essential oil diffusers can actually become a health hazard.

Proper Diffuser Care

  • Once a week, remove the water from your diffuser and wipe the interior with a tiny amount (1tsp) of rubbing alcohol. Allow to completely dry before adding water again. This will dry any excess oils left behind so you can begin to diffuse fresh scents at the next use.
  • Use high quality, therapeutic grade oils. Discount and low-quality oils are typically filled with additives that can clog or harm your diffuser. Before you purchase any essential oils, be sure that it is a high-quality product that is pure.
  • Change the water between oils. It can be tempting to just keep adding drops to your diffuser but it will distort the scent and therapeutic effects. Certain essential oils do not blend well together (such as cinnamon and eucalyptus) So, it is imperative you start fresh when you are diffusing. To achieve the best aromatherapy possible, change the water between scents.
  • Be sure to keep your essential oil diffuser in a safe place away from children and pets. Certain essential oils are not safe for children and you should use caution when diffusing. Certain essential oils do not blend well together. Please research which oils are safe to mix before attempting to blend them.