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The Amazing Benefits of Turmeric

Category : Essential Oils

turmericWhat is turmeric? It is a perennial plant that belongs to the same family as ginger. It is native to south-east India, although it can be.grown in other parts of the world. It can be eaten fresh, but is usually found as a powder or an essential oil. The rhizomes of the plant are boiled, oven-dried, and then ground. The compounds within turmeric are called curcuminoids, of which curcumin is the most important. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant and it also contains anti-inflammatory properties.
As an essential oil, the oils are extracted from the rhizome and can then be taken internally or applied topically. Turmeric oil is very powerful, as it is extracted from a powerful healing herb. When analyzed turmeric oil may show the presence of 400-500 different kinds of molecules. What is even more amazing is that many of these molecules have receptor sites in our neuroendocrine systems too. Turmeric oil has been used with other essential oil such as Frankincense for making anti-inflammatory and pain relieving formulas.
In India the healing properties of turmeric have been known for many hundreds of years, although it was first used as a food dye, It a national favorite in curry dishes dating back centuries. Today, it’s widely used in yellow mustard and as a natural health supplement.
By weight, there is only around 3% of curcumin in turmeric, which isn’t enough to make any difference, so the best way to take this is by using a supplement. Curcumin isn’t easily absorbed into the bloodstream by itself. Black pepper helps: it contains piperine that will enhance curcumin absorption by 2000%. Curcumin is also also fat soluble, so it may be a good idea to take it with a fatty meal, or some coconut oil.
Curcumin has been studied extensively by the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and other research centers, and has been shown to potentially be one of the most effective ingredients in the world for keeping you cancer free. Several of the most recent research studies published within the past few months show that curcumin can increase lifespan, protect the liver, promote tumor cell death in the deepest parts of individual cells, destroy lung and bladder cancer cells, lower blood cholesterol levels, is an anti-inflammatory, an antioxident, anti-coagulant, kill fungus, manage depression, lower blood glucose levels and reverse insulin resistance, improves endothelial function and protects the brain against cognitive and memory defects. There are very few side effects compared to conventional drugs for these conditions. Some people report allergic reactions to turmeric such as a mild, itchy rash. In addition, high doses of turmeric can cause indigestion, heart burn, nausea, diarrhea, increased risk of bleeding or menstrual flow and liver problems.People taking anti-coagulants like aspirin, coumadin and warfarin should be careful as well as those taking medications such as nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. As with any herb or supplement, be sure to use as directed and if you must be on prescription medications, don’t forget to include to include plenty of fresh, organic turmeric into your diet because it will help reduce the adverse affects of the medicine..
Turmeric can be used in many ways. The oil can be diluted and applied to the skin, added to your face mask or facial scrub or taken as a supplement. For healing and medicinal use, it is easiest to take in capsule form. The recommended dose can be anywhere from 500 -1,000 mg a day. You can add turmeric to your food, in soups or a marinade, or a rub when you grill. You can also drink it in a tea also known as “Liquid Gold.”. The recipe can be found here.

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Welcome to Essential Blessings!

Category : Essential Oils

drawingThe purpose of this website to is offer information and education on living a healthy lifestyle and the benefits of using essential oils. I am on a mission to help people learn to trust their Inner Physician so they can take control of and be an advocate for their health and wellness. With the help of your Inner Physician you can become an ally in your own healing process, instead of having to rely only on conventional medicine. I cannot offer medical advice, diagnosis or treatment or claim to cure any disease. It is up to each individual to trust your own body and decide for yourself weather alternative therapies are right for you! Each person has it in them to be their own best doctor. Trust your Inner physician!

I am not suggesting you become vegan or vegetarian or buy only organic, but I would urge you to buy grass fed, free range, locally-grown and organic when possible, eat everything in moderation, but when you can’t, read food labels so you know what you are eating, and where it’s produced. Minimize your exposure to chemicals and pestisides in food by eating smaller portions of food, and getting more variety in your diet. Buy less processed food. Cooking from scratch takes more time and effort, but the results are well worth it. Getting your family involved in planning healthy meals and snacks, shopping at a farmer’s market, and taking turns preparing meals will teach good eating habits, and is a good way to spend quality time together. Preparing meals in large batches and freezing them in small (BPA-free) containers can save money and make mealtime prep easier on busy days.

The average person applies & absorbs 120-200 toxic chemicals before 9am, just by taking a shower. Companies are legally allowed to use cheap toxic ingredients in personal care products to boost their profits, even though many ingredients are known neurotoxins & carcinogens. Should you worry? It’s not clear yet. Whether or not they are harmful will probably be debated for a while. The bottom line is that many chemicals and food dyes are unnecessary, and you can take steps to reduce or eliminate them from your diet right now:

The Nutrition Facts food label on a package lists all ingredients, so scan the label before you purchase.
Shop at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, or in the natural foods section of your local grocery store where products with artificial ingredients and dyes aren’t available, and you may find acceptable substitutes.
Make a point to prepare more meals and snacks from scratch. Instead of orange cheese curls, pop some corn and top it with Parmesan cheese. Rather than cereal with colored marshmallows, switch to Cheerios with dried berries for color – natural food grocery stores have a great selection.
Also making news was a study on Bisphenol A or BPA, the chemical used in many plastics. BPA has been examined for possible links to heart disease, cancer and infertility, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that most of us have detectable levels in our bodies. BPA is commonly found in foods packaged in plastic or in metal cans which are lined with BPA. It’s also used in the production of plastic water bottles and many containers that we use to store leftovers.

Before you stop bringing your healthy leftovers for lunch, here are two bits of good news: a recent report from the Breast Cancer Fund and the Silent Spring Institute found that eating fresh (not canned or plastic packaged) food for at least three days reduces the level of BPA and DEHP (another chemical used in some plastics) in our systems dramatically, and more companies are producing BPA free plastics.

What else can you do to reduce your exposure?
Eat fresh foods as often as possible. Spend a majority of your time shopping the perimeter of the grocery store where the “whole foods” like fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, lean meats and dairy, are found.
Store safely. The chemicals are found mainly in containers made from hard plastic, plastic wraps, and the lining in canned products. As a rule, if you can crush the plastic container, it does not contain BPA. Store foods and drinks in glass containers, or look for those that are “BPA-free.” I researched a few companies, and found these which make the BPA and DEHP free claim:
Brita Water Pitchers
Gladware Plastic Containers
Ziploc Storage Bags
Saran Wrap
Some Rubbermaid containers – check their website for a list
Don’t microwave in plastic. Heat causes more chemicals to leach into your food, so switch to microwave safe glass containers, or reheat food on the stovetop.

Bottom line: If it can’t go bad, it can’t be good! Avoid processed foods and preservatives!