Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Essential Oil Tips

NOC is a Frontier Co-op Member; we use Aura Cacia Essential Oils, Carrier Oils, and Specialized Ingredients when creating the unique products and synergies offered to you.
Here is a short list of Essential Oil uses and tips…

Sweet Basil is an anti-oxidant, and is used as a stress remedy.

German Chamomile is a fantastic anti-inflammatory.

Clary Sage is a powerful euphoric, and it’s a great anti-spasmodic also. Often used for menopausal symptoms because its good for mood swings.

Clove oil is use for toothaches.

Jasmine is one of the most soothing oils there is. If you are stressed out just the smell of Jasmine will have a greater effect on lowering your stress level than any other oil. Applied topically it may have
an even greater effect.

Lavender - If you don’t know what oil to use; use lavender, what doesn’t it do… its calming, soothing, great for burns, emollient for wounds, its anti-allergenic for skin allergies, anti- inflammatory. It’s a good anti-oxidant and it’s a good anti-microbial too.

Lemon is great oil; it makes you work harder, and its great for cleaning things.

Myrrh is a great anti-microbial and good for the gums.

Peppermint Oil is the single best gargling oil; it leaves your mouth refreshed, and kills bacteria. 
There isn’t any reason to use commercial products when you have essential oils, 2 or 3 drops in a little water to gargle with. It’s good for nausea, and often used for headaches.

Rose absolute is great for damaged skin and ultra irritated areas. It is soothing and calming, it has been found to lower high blood pressure and its very safe.

Rosemary is a mental stimulant. It’s very good for boring meetings, and its very effective in a car to keep you mentally alert. It is the most effective anti-oxidant we have along with sweet basil oil, and a good anti-microbial on the skin.

Sandalwood is way underutilized (it is very expensive). Recent studies have been done with sandalwood in treating herpes showing it will stop the replication of the herpes virus 100% of the time. It will stop herpes from spreading. It is an incredible anti-fungal agent also.
#aromatherapy #essentialoil

Friday, January 16, 2015

I've heard that black pepper stays in your body for many years and is a health hazard. Is that true?

No, it's not true. First of all, black pepper is a complex food composed of many different substances. No complex food that we eat stays inside our body whole and intact. Complex foods don't even get absorbed into our body as whole, intact foods. Instead, they are broken down into much smaller parts in our digestive tract before they ever get absorbed.

Therefore, at the very most, it would only be some isolated component of black pepper (not black pepper itself) that was absorbed into our body (via our bloodstream) and then stayed either in storage or in transit for a long period of time. However, this also is not the case. For example, one of the substances that can act as a type of irritant in black pepper (and provoke a sneeze, for example) is a well-studied alkaloid called piperine. In animal studies, researchers have found that it takes between 6-24 hours for over 90% of this substance to be cleared from the body. Other important substances found in black pepper, like the polysaccharides that have been shown to have potential immune-supportive properties, would also be readily metabolized.

For a food component to stay inside our body for any extended period of time, it would have to be stored inside some body tissue that kept it fairly strongly attached. Minerals found in food can sometimes be stored in this way when they become part of the bone matrix. It's possible for the bone matrix to hold on to some of its mineral content throughout the course of a lifetime.

However, the whole, intact foods that we eat only serve as the initial carriers of these minerals from the outside world into our body. The foods themselves do not stay inside us undigested.
from: The George Mateljan Foundation
#naturalfoods #herbs #spices

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Some Facts about Stickers on Fruit

As you probably know there are tiny stickers on almost all fruit; along with the bar code for check out, there is a number code.

A sticker with just four digits means the fruit was conventionally grown (think pesticides, herbicides, etc.) Some stickers have the country where the fruit was grown too.

Organic fruits have a five digit number beginning with a "9".
Genetically Modified fruits begin with an "8".

Therefore an organic banana would say 94011 while a genetically modified banana would say 84011. And you thought you only had to read labels on packaged foods!
#healthyliving #naturalfoods

Thursday, January 8, 2015

10 Health Benefits of Cinnamon

1. Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.

2. Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.

3. In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast  infections.

4. In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, 
cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

5. It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.

6. In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder 
combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief
in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.

7. When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.

8. One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.

9. Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.

10. It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.
#spices #naturalhealth

Monday, January 5, 2015

Aromatherapy is the use of natural essential oil products to enhance and revitalize our lives and environment starting with the first time we use them…
Our NOC synergy blends many be added to a personal inhaler for support, or used in a diffuser for room or environmental fragrance. Our pure essential oils are blended, diluted in carrier oils and used with hydrosols for massage and body-care, added to the bath for self-care, and used in keeping green households. This broad range of synergy uses allows us nourish and restore our health; emotional, physical, and spiritual, and is especially helpful as an alternative for chemically sensitive individuals.
#aromatherapy #noordinarychick