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Autumn Diffuser Blends

Wow is summer really over???  We had a very hot dry summer in Calgary AB, Canada this year.  It was probably one of the warmest summers with no rain I’ve ever experienced here… Now I’m not complaining, I’m loving it but sad it is over.

Fall is such a beautiful time of year with the trees all changing color, the cooler weather and the fresh smell in the air.  When I think of Fall I think of all the nice scents that accompany it.  I used to use candles and air fresheners in my home, but then I did some research and found that most candles and air fresheners have toxic ingredients in them that can cause respiratory issues.  Yep it’s true.  Not to mention the artificial fragrances that are linked to cancer-causing chemicals.  Yikes, not for me…

I did a lot of research and found that Essential Oils are way better for you and a lot cheaper in the long run.  I now have a cupboard full of Essential Oils and use them daily, either as air fresheners, face/body lotions, healing etc.

Being it is Autumn as of tomorrow I decided to share some of my favorite Essential Oil Blends for Autumn.  I hope you enjoy and have an awesome Autumn.

Fall Essential Oil Diffuser Blends

 

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Activated Charcoal What it is and the Top 10 uses for it.

Activated Charcoal Uses & Benefits

Activated charcoal is a potent natural treatment used to trap toxins and chemicals in the body, allowing them to be flushed out so the body doesn’t reabsorb them. It’s made from a variety of sources, but when used for natural healing, it’s important to select activated charcoal made from coconut shells or other natural sources.

One of the most popular activated charcoal uses is for the safe and effective treatment of poisoning and drug overdoses. It’s used in emergency trauma centers across the world. In addition, it’s used to reduce bloating and gas, lower cholesterol, treat bile flow problems safely during pregnancy, and even prevent hangovers.(1)

Research shows that activated charcoal works better than stomach pumping (gastric lavage) in some situations.(2)

So, how does activated charcoal work?

Activated charcoal works by trapping toxins and chemicals in its millions of tiny pores. Typically, however, it’s not used when petroleum, alcohol, lye, acids or other corrosive poisons are ingested.

It doesn’t absorb the toxins, however. Instead it works through the chemical process of adsorption. In the body, absorption is the reaction of elements, including nutrients, chemicals and toxins, soaked up and assimilated into the blood stream. Adsorption is the chemical reaction where elements bind to a surface.

The porous surface of activated charcoal has a negative electric charge that causes positive charged toxins and gas to bond with it. The nooks and crannies in activated charcoal are created through a heating process. It’s important to note that activated charcoal is not charcoal used in your barbecue grill! Barbecue charcoal is loaded with toxins and chemicals, and should never be consumed.

Top 10 Activated Charcoal Uses

Whenever you take activated charcoal, it’s imperative to drink 12-16 glasses of water per day. Activated charcoal can cause dehydration if adequate amounts of water aren’t consumed in tandem. In addition, this helps to flush out the toxins quickly and prevents constipation experienced by some individuals.

In addition to being a safe and effective treatment for poisonings and the removal of toxins from the system, additional activated charcoal uses include deodorizing and disinfecting, and it’s an important step to cure Lyme disease. Here are the top 10 activated charcoal uses:

1. Whitens Teeth

Have your teeth become stained from coffee, tea, wine or berries? Activated charcoal helps whiten teeth while promoting good oral health by changing the pH balance in the mouth, helping prevent cavities, bad breath and gum disease.

It works to whiten teeth by adsorbing plaque and microscopic tidbits that stain teeth. This activated charcoal use is cost-effective and an all-natural solution for a bright smile.

BE CAREFUL, it can (and will) stain grout and fabrics. Protect counters, floors and clothing before using.

To whiten your teeth naturally, wet a toothbrush and dip into powdered activated charcoal. Brush teeth as normal, paying special attention to areas showing the most staining. Sip a bit of water, swish through mouth thoroughly and spit. Rinse well, until spit is clear.

For best results, brush your teeth with activated charcoal two-three times per week.

Note: If you have crowns, caps or porcelain veneers, it’s possible that activated charcoal will stain them. In addition, if your teeth become sensitive, quit using it.

2. Alleviates Gas & Bloating

One activated charcoal use often overlooked is to alleviate uncomfortable gas and bloating. It works by binding the gas-causing byproducts in foods that cause discomfort.

A study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that activated charcoal prevents intestinal gas following a typical gas-producing meal.(4)

Dosing recommendations to alleviate gas and bloating: Take 500 milligrams one hour prior to a typical gas-producing meal, with a full glass of water. Follow with an additional glass of water immediately thereafter to help get the charcoal into your system, where it can bind with gas-producing elements.

3. Treats Alcohol Poisoning & Helps Prevent Hangovers

While activated charcoal does not adsorb alcohol, it does help quickly remove other toxins from the body that contribute to poisoning. Alcohol is rarely consumed in its pure form; mixers that include artificial sweeteners and chemicals are common. Activated charcoal removes these toxins.

In addition, when activated charcoal is taken at the same time as alcohol, some studies show it can significantly reduce blood alcohol concentrations.(5) Princeton University’s First Aider’s Guide to Alcohol indicates that activated charcoal is administered in some situations related to alcohol.(6) This includes if the individual is unconscious or showing signs of acute alcohol poisoning.

4. Mold Cleansing

Most people don’t think about mold living in their bodies, but it can. Toxic mold causes depression, kidney and liver failure, decreased brain function, heart disease, eye irritation, headaches, vomiting, impaired immune system function, and severe respiratory distress.

Homes that have flooded, or even those with small leaks under a sub-floor or in the walls, can create an environment where mold can thrive. Poor ventilation contributes to the problem, and bathrooms, basements and laundry rooms are particularly prone to mold growth.

If there is visible mold in your home, it must be mitigated properly. It’s important to wear gloves and a protective mask to keep from inhaling toxic mold during cleanup. Baking soda, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil and borax can be used to clean mold off hard surfaces and keep mold from growing in the future.

If you or your family experience symptoms including wheezing, rashes, watery eyes, coughing or headaches that aren’t explained in other ways, your home should be evaluated for mold spore levels, even if no visible mold is detected. It can thrive behind drywall, under floors and in ventilation ducts.

5. Water Filtration

Activated charcoal traps impurities in water including solvents, pesticides, industrial waste and other chemicals. This is why it’s used in water filtration systems throughout the world. However, it doesn’t trap viruses, bacteria and hard-water minerals.

According to a study published in the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association, activated carbon filters (activated charcoal), removes some fluoride. (7) Avoiding fluoride and detoxing from it is important for oral health, proper immune system functioning, and healthy kidneys and liver.

Drinking water is essential to good health; however, typical tap water is toxic and laden with chemicals, toxins and fluoride. Ingestion should be limited whenever possible. Activated charcoal water filters are available for whole-home systems, as well as countertop models. Drink eight-10 glasses of pure water per day to help soothe the digestive tract, fight fatigue, keep organs operating, and provide lubrication for joints and tissues.

6. Emergency Toxin Removal

As mentioned above, one of the most common activated charcoal uses is to remove toxin and chemicals in the event of ingestion. Most organic compounds, pesticides, mercury, fertilizer and bleach bind to activated charcoal’s surface, allowing for quicker elimination, while preventing the absorption in the body.

Activated charcoal is also used in the event of an accidental, or purposeful, overdose of many pharmaceutical drugs and over-the-counter medications. It’s effective for aspirin, opium, cocaine, morphine and acetaminophen. It’s important that the proper amount is administered as quickly as possible — definitely within an hour of ingestion.

In the event of poisoning, call 911 immediately. Proper dosing is imperative. According to the University of Michigan Health System, 50 to 100 grams (not milligrams!) is used in cases of poisoning in adults and 10 to 25 grams for children.(8)

In addition, activated charcoal can be used in cases of food poisoning when nausea and diarrhea are present. Adults take 25 grams at onset of symptoms or when food poisoning is suspected, and children should be given 10 grams. Increase dosage as necessary. Remember, it’s essential that adequate water is consumed when activated charcoal is taken.

7. Skin and Body Health

Activated charcoal uses extend beyond internal applications. For external treatments, it’s effective at treating body odor and acne and relieving discomfort from insect bites, rashes from poison ivy or poison oak, and snake bites.

After a mosquito bite or bee sting, mix one capsule of activated charcoal with ½ tablespoon of coconut oil, and dab on affected area. Reapply every 30 minutes until itching and discomfort are gone. As activated charcoal stains nearly everything it touches, wrap with a bandage.

To treat bites from snakes and spiders, including the Brown Recluse or Black Widow, you want to cover a larger area than just a small bandage, as the bacteria and viruses that lead to tissue damage need to be mitigated quickly.

Create a wrap out of fabric that’s big enough to go around the affected area twice. Dab the mixture of coconut oil and activated charcoal on the fabric, and wrap. Secure with bandages. Reapply every two to three hours, rinsing well between applications.

To treat acne, mix one capsule of activated charcoal with two teaspoons of aloe vera gel, and smooth over face. Let dry and rinse off completely. The activated charcoal binds with environmental toxins and dirt that contribute to acne. It’s also good for spot treatments.

8. Digestive Cleanse

Activated charcoal uses help promote a healthy digestive tract by removing toxins that cause allergic reactions, oxidative damage and poor immune system function. By removing the toxins from your system, you can reduce joint pain, increase energy and increase mental function.

Environmental factors, including pesticides on food, chemicals in the water we drink and exposure to mold, create a toxic burden in our bodies. It’s important to routinely cleanse the digestive tract to support overall health and wellness. To complete a digestive cleanse with activated charcoal, take 10 grams 90 minutes prior to each meal, for two days.

During the cleanse, eat only organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meat, and wild fish. If during the cleanse you find you are constipated, this is a sure sign you’re not consuming enough water! Drink a glass of warm water with a slice of lemon and a touch of honey every half hour until constipation is relieved.

9. Anti-Aging

Activated charcoal uses include helping prevent cellular damage to kidneys and liver, as well as supporting healthy adrenal glands. It’s imperative to cleanse toxins and chemicals routinely from the body. Activated charcoal benefits major organs by helping the body flush out the toxins and chemicals that cause the damage.

Aging is a natural part of life, but due to the toxic load we are exposed to through food, our homes and workplaces, and our environment, to prevent pre-mature aging we must get rid of them.

For this activated charcoal use, take two capsules per day after exposure to nonorganic foods, heavy meals or after contact to other toxins. This supports better cognitive function, a reduction in brain fog, healthier kidney and liver function, and a healthier digestive tract.

10. Reduces High Cholesterol

Studies around the world show that activated charcoal reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol as much as some prescription medications. In one study, total cholesterol decreased by 25 percent, LDL cholesterol decreased by 41 percent, while HDL increased by 8 percent — in just four weeks.(9)

Study participants took three doses of eight grams each for the period of the study. As mentioned below, don’t take activated charcoal within 90 minutes to two hours of taking any prescription medication or supplements as it can prevent proper absorption.

(Article by Dr. Axe)

Apple Cider Vinegar for healthy young skin

I love ACV.  Only buy it with the mother still in it for all of the benefits.  I use it as a daily face toner mixed with Rose water and essential oils.  I also use it as a final rinse for my hair as well, it leaves my hair so soft and shiny.

ACV is one of those products that you can use for so many things from cleaning your house to healing your body.

The below link shows some ways to use ACV.

Why Apple Cider Vinegar Should Be Your New Beauty Buddy

COCONUT OIL

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Coconut Oil (CO) is one very essential product in my home.  It is an amazing product that I use for almost everything from beauty products, eating, cooking and cleaning.

Baking: CO can be substituted 1-for-1 in most baking recipes.  When using coconut cooking oil for baking it can be used as a butter, oil, shortening, lard or margarine substitute. However, coconut cooking oil in baking tends to make a slightly drier end product, so the recipe may need to be adjusted slightly.

Cooking:   CO for cooking is excellent for frying and sautéing as it has a higher smoke point than many other oils; CO has a 350 degree F smoke point.

Body Moisturizer: When I get out of the shower, I rub CO all over my body— it feels and smells amazing and such a good moisturizer.  Every winter I get really dry skin and this year it hasn’t happened.  I add a little bit of Moringa Oil and Vitamin E to my jar that sits in my bathroom just for a little skin conditioning.

Facial moisturizer: This was hard for me to do at first as I break out anytime I put something on my face.  I read so many blogs of people saying it was great for Acne.  My first thought “How can a oil control my acne?”  So I gave it a try, I did breakout a bit at first and now I very rarely have breakouts. I’ve been doing this now for two years and my face feels amazing and looks so much healthier. Turns out coconut oil is antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial, which explains why my face hasn’t broken out from it!  Tea Tree oil mixed in it helps as well.

Eye makeup remover: I absolutely love removing my eye makeup with CO.  It comes off so easily and moisturizes your eyes at the same time.  I just rub it on my eyes and rub it off with kleenex or a cotton ball.  Works better than anything else I’ve ever tried.

Homemade deodorant: I use it to make my deodorant and also rub just plain CO on my arm pits first and then my deodorant.  It helps if your tender to baking soda.  My recipe is on my blog.  My hubby now uses it and loves it.  I highly recommend that you make your own.

Deep conditioner for hair:  At least once a week, I rub CO on my scalp and hair.  I do this in the evening before bed and sleep with it in and wash it out the next morning (I don’t wash my hair every day).   I shampoo it twice through and rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar hair rinse (recipe on blog).  My hair is fine and thin.  It breaks easily and is also colored.  Since using this method my hair is stronger, healthier and actually growing.

Toothpaste: I started making my own toothpaste about 6 months ago with CO and it has made a huge difference in my teeth. The CO gives it a creamy consistency, which is similar to store bought (yet way better for you!).  I have sensitive teeth to cold and used Sensodyne forever.  The first week or so my teeth were a little sensitive but I pushed on and kept up with it.  Now my teeth are much healthier and yaaaa no more chemicals in my mouth and sensitivity isn’t quite a big issue.

Oil Pulling: If you haven’t heard about oil pulling you really should look into it.  This is where you use CO as a mouth wash.  You put about a tablespoon in your mouth and swish it around for about 5-10 mins and then spit it in the garbabe.  It draws out all of the toxins in your mouth.  You can find out more about it here http://www.coconutoilfacts.org/oil-pulling-coconut-oil.php

Furniture wood polish: Okay this one I was not to sure about.  I ran out of my Murphy’s oil and decided to find a natural cleaner for my wood.  To my surprise “IT WORKED AMAZING”.  I had some railings that were weathered pretty bad and i thought the only way to fix it was to sand it down and refinish it.  So why not give it a try i thought… The railing looks amazing almost like new and the more I do it, the better it looks.

Yeast Infections: Sorry this one is a bit taboo but I had to mention it.  All us women and men will have one of these infections in their life time.  I wanted a natural cure for it as I don’t like the creams offered (too messy and full of chemicals).  CO was my savoir AGAIN… two days it was cleared up.  Its great to use for baby’s and children who get a yeast infection as well.

Weight Loss:  Coconut oil helps to promote natural weight loss by helping to keep the thyroid gland healthy and functioning well. The thyroid gland controls the body’s metabolism and how many calories the body burns off. The short chain and medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil help to increase thyroid function, which in turn increases the body’s metabolism, which helps to increase energy levels and the amount of calories it burns off. When combined with exercise and a healthy diet, taking coconut oil for weight loss can lead to exceptional results.

You can find out more about CO at: http://www.coconutoilfacts.org/

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Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum)

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I discovered Cayenne Pepper when I was diagnosed with Helicobacter pylori bacterium infection found in the stomach, eventually causing cancer cells to grow. This nasty bacteria attacks the lining of your stomach. A common cause of peptic ulcers, H. pylori infection may be present in more than half the people in the world.

Most people don’t realize they have H. pylori infection, because they never get sick from it. If you develop signs and symptoms of a peptic ulcer, your doctor will probably test you for H. pylori infection. If positive the doctor will put you on 3 sessions of Antibiotics, 10 days each. It is very hard to get rid of.

I started looking for a more natural way to get rid of it. I’m not a fan of Antibiotics and avoid them as much as possible. Cayenne Pepper was the natural cure I was looking for. I decided to give it a try. My mom and grandma used it for everything from wounds to colds.

After a month of 2 x 90,000 heat capsules with food (not recommended to take on a empty tummy, you will get the worse heart burn ever) my symptoms were gone and have not come back.

I still take a cayenne capsule once a day with my supper, for its great benefits.

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You can find out more about Helicobacter pylori bacterium infection at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/h-pylori/basics/definition/con-20030903