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Make your own natural bug repellent!

Spray bottleIt’s very simple to create your own bug spray using whichever combination of essential oils appeals to you. But please do keep in mind that the essential oils you would use at home are not the same refined PMD listed by the CDC on their website. The pure essential oils have not yet undergone the same testing.

*** PMD stands for para-menthane-diol, the form of the oil which is now mentioned on the CDC website as being used in DEET-free bug repellents.

For the best results, use several different essential oils. This will give you the broadest coverage against a variety of different species of pests.

To make your own bug spray, you’ll need a 10-ounce spray bottle, and some simple ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces distilled water
  • 4 ounces witch hazel
  • Essential oils, choose three or four such as: citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, lavender, peppermints, or tee tree oil. Speak to a pediatrician before using on children and don’t use tee tree oil if the spray will be used on very young children.

Directions:

Add the distilled water and witch hazel to the 10-ounce spray bottle.

Then add a total of 30-40 drops of essential oil.

Shake well before using.

 

The recipe for this natural bug repellant was taken from an article that can be found by clicking here.

What Causes High Blood Pressure?

World Health NewsHigh blood pressure can be caused by several things. In conventional teachings, we say that you need to cut back on your salt, however I have known many people to cut back or cut out their salt intake with no effect on blood pressure.

New research is showing that sugar can be as bad, if not worse than salt. When you eat sugar your body releases insulin to carry the sugar into the cells. Magnesium is part of the insulin molecule. Magnesium helps relax blood vessels and lower your blood pressure.

If you’re making a lot of insulin, you can be using up magnesium stores and this can prevent your blood vessels from properly relaxing. I also find that many patients with high blood pressure have digestive problems, such as a Hiatal Hernia. Read More→

Turmeric – An Amazing Herb

TumericTurmeric is an amazing herb. There is research showing that it can help everything from inflammation to digestive problems to cancer. Turmeric on its own is not very well utilized. When taking turmeric, it’s important that it’s organic and that you take it with some fresh ground black pepper and something that contains fat such as an avocado, extra virgin coconut oil, or another good oil such as olive, avocado or sesame. Heating it slightly also makes it more absorbable. Read More→

The Dirty Dozen

The “Dirty Dozen” are the fruits and veggies with the most pesticides found on them.
From year to year, this list changes.

Washing with an effective fruit and vegetable cleaner can certainly help eliminate surface toxic chemical residues. Peeling a piece of fruit or vegetable is sometimes an option, but it strips away beneficial nutrients.

It’s always best to buy organic, but if you can’t always buy organic, at least buy organic when it comes to these 12.

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Eating Right – What to Eat (For the Health of It!)

Eating RightNutrition Recommendations

This is a simple nutritional “eating right” guide.

Eat 3-5 pieces of raw fruits and vegetables of your choice – the more the better!

If you are hungry between meals, try eating nuts and dried fruit, raisins or berries (be sure there is no sugar, preservatives or sulfites added).

Beans, peas, seeds and nut butters (peanut, almond, sesame or cashew) are all good snacks. Be sure there is no hydrogenated oil in the butters.

If you have a health problem, consult a physician who is trained in nutrition before you make any radical changes in your nutritional program.

Avoid the 7 Myths of Nutrition

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Attention Deficit Disorder… Is It Really A Ritalin Deficiency?

Attention Deficit DisorderAttention deficit disorder is the complex neurological disorder in which a patient has a very limited ability to concentrate and most times does not perform well in social settings. Disruptive behavior, outbursts, depression and withdrawal are some other common signs of this condition. There are no definitive tests to determine if the condition exists and it is often a diagnosis by exclusion. This means if it is not anything else, then it must be this.

Let’s first look at the facts, then decide what we need to do to correct this out of control epidemic. It would appear that the condition known as attention deficit disorder (ADD) and it’s partner, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is out of control due to the number of children and adults who suffer from the symptoms on a daily basis. The number of affected people continues to rise and many of the treatments currently being used have far- reaching and devastating side effects, which in many case are worse than the condition itself. Read More→

Hiatal hernia, indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux and GERD

The biggest and strongest muscle in your body is not the heart or the legs; it is your diaphragm, the muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen. It is not a muscle that you think much about unless you have trouble with it. Diagnosing a diaphragm strain or spasm is almost never done, yet if we could find a quick, simple way to evaluate the diaphragm for normal function we could avoid many unnecessary treatments based on improper diagnoses and save huge amounts of money needlessly spent on unnecessary drugs. Read More→

Natural Deodorant Recipe

Natural Deodorant Recipe with Shea ButterThis natural deodorant recipe is much better for you than any store bought brand that contains harmful ingredients.

This is also a good one if you shave and tend to get a rash.

  • 1 part baking soda
  • 1 part pure shea butter
  • 1 part organic coconut oil
  • A few drops of tea tree oil or your favorite essential oil (optional)

Heat the shea butter briefly  in a double boiler to soften it, then combine it with the other ingredients.

Store in a covered glass jar.

Apply a tiny bit with your fingertips.

Shea butter in a natural deodorant recipe?

Shea butter is mainly used in the cosmetics industry for skin and hair related products (lip gloss, skin moisturizer creams and emulsions, and hair conditioners for dry and brittle hair). It is also used by soap makers, typically in small amounts (5-7% of the oils in the recipe), because it has plenty of unsaponifiables.

Shea butter is sometimes used as a base for medicinal ointments. Some of the isolated chemical constituents are reported to have anti-inflammatory, emollient and humectant properties.

Good reasons to use it in this natural deodorant recipe! Besides that, it works!

Mercury Toxicity

Mercury ToxicitySome of the most common topics that I get asked about are on “mercury toxicity,” “heavy metal detoxification” and “why fish oils are bad?” Here are several of the most recent questions that fall under these themes with my answers to them.

Q. “What should I look for when choosing a fish oil supplement?”

A. The body requires omega-3 essential fatty acids for a number of functions including, but certainly not limited to normal brain function, normal cell function and controlling inflammation.

Studies have shown that quality omega-3 essential fatty acids are as good, and in some cases better at controlling pain due to inflammation, and with no negative side effects that are often seen with prescription and over the counter medications. Everyone from birth to grave can benefit from omega-3s. Most people seek to get omega-3s from eating fish, but the concern I have with getting omega-3s from fish is the fact that our oceans are so polluted, that there is a risk that the oils can be contaminated with mercury and other heavy metals. Read More→