May 192019
 
Clean your home the green way.

Clean your home the green way.

 

A few years ago, I wrote a short article that mentioned the ‘happy home’ aspects of non-toxic cleaners.  I wrote about how I use them.  I commented early in the article about how we become more concerned when there are little ones in the home, and start looking for alternatives.

  • Essential Oils Help With Healthy Lifestyles

For the past several years, I have focused more and more on essential oils.  Many of the non-toxic cleaners on the market or accessible through wellness shopping clubs have essential oils as part of their ingredients.  For instance, some contain lemongrass scent, lavender, orange, lemon and eucalyptus.  Most of the household cleaners I use contain some of these oils, and others contain Melaleuca oil (tea tree oil) or thyme oil.

Essential oils have many household uses.

Essential oils have many household uses.

Essential oils can be used as a safe alternative to chemical and toxic counter-parts throughout the home in sprays, misters, deoderizers, room fresheners, linen fresheners, disinfectants — just to name a few.  An article posted by Busy Bee Cleaning Services lists several ways to use essential oils throughout the home including killing and preventing mold, repelling pests and keeping your toilets fresh.  There are many uses for essential oils in the home that are safe for our families and pets.

Here are some distinct characteristics of a few essential oils for diffusing in your living room, kitchen, bedroom or office:

Siberian Fir:  creates a calm and grounded environment.

Siberian Fir - Calming

Siberian Fir – Calming

Spearmint:  refreshes the air and promotes mental clarity.

Spearmint is refreshing.

Spearmint is refreshing.

Nutmeg:  creates a calm and invigorating environment.

Nutmeg Seeds

Nutmeg Seeds

Black pepper: creates a strong and warming environment.

Black Pepper Essential Oil - Wikipedia

Black Pepper Essential Oil – Wikipedia

Clove:  creates a fresh and clean experience.

Clove Tree

Clove Tree

Lavender: creates a light, but luxurious aromatic experience.

Lavender is calming.

Lavender is calming.

Melaleuca oil (tea tree): refreshes the senses with a fresh, pleasing scent.

Melaleuca Tree

Melaleuca Tree

Whether you are just beginning to investigate essential oils or are a seasoned essential oil user, there are always new and exciting ways to use them in our daily lives and new studies being done to scientifically demonstrate their effectiveness and how they can help us live healthy lifestyles.  Don’t stop learning about the wonderful world of essential oils.

Picture credits:

Nutmeg:  Wikipedia

Black Pepper: Wikipedia

Clove Tree: Wikipedia

Lavender:  Wikipedia

Siberian Fir:  Wikipedia

Spearmint:  Wikipedia

Melaleuca:  Wikipedia

Written by Martha L. Robards © 2019

May 012019
 

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A recent article mentioned how the excessive rainfall in California and the bomb cyclone in Colorado are wreaking havoc on our eco-system.  This is all a part of climate change.  It also has a lot to do with healthy lifestyles and our and ability to live well.  It seems that skyrocketing pollen counts are one of the consequences of climate change.   According to the article,        Dr. David Rosenstreich, the director of the division of allergy and immunology for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montifore Medical Center, told PEOPLE that the trees are pollinating earlier and earlier.
It appears this is helping to make the allergy season more severe.
Why Be Concerned?
If you have bronchial, asthma or lung conditions, increased pollen counts can trigger an attack that can be very dangerous.  According to the PEOPLE article cited above, climate change can increase air pollution, boosting pollen production and strength, causing even more severe asthma attacks.  The Lung Institute says that people with COPD are at greater risk for a flare-up during allergy season.  Add to that longer, more intense seasons and that makes it even more difficult to breath.
What can you do?

As soon as you get any symptoms:
⦁    Take your antihistamines, if you use them.  Antihistamines work much better to prevent allergies than to treat them.  This goes along with the concept of being pro-active rather than re-active.  Look for high grade allergy tablets, containing the common antihistamine ingredient Loratadine,  that provide 24-hour, non-drowsy relief from seasonal allergy symptoms.  You can get them at about 50% the cost of popular store brands.

Allergy Tablets Containing Loratadine

Allergy Tablets Containing Loratadine

 

  • Try essential oils.  A great study has been done showing that peppermint essential oil has a great anti-inflammatory effect in the lungs in healthy individuals.  Another study showed that inhaling peppermint essential oil improved lung capacity.   Tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil have long been used for congestion and soothing airways, and frankincense has been shown to be helpful in allergic rhinitis.   Look for essential oils that are of the highest quality oils.  You can get them at an incredible value.
Essential Oils Help Seasonal Allergies

Essential Oils Help Seasonal Allergies

⦁    If you want to run or exercise, do it in the afternoon or night.  The pollen count is higher in the mornings.
⦁    Shake out your clothes and take a shower when you come in from outdoors when the pollen count is high.
⦁    If you live in the city, keep tabs on the air quality (affects pollen and vice versa) and schedule activities accordingly.  Go here to check the current air quality and forecast for Phoenix, Arizona.

Photo credits:

Children running:  www.cdc.gov/asthma

Essential oils:  Martha L. Robards © 2019

Allergy tables containing Loratadine: Martha L. Robards © 2019
Resources for this article:
https://people.com/health/climate-change-allergy-season-worse/
https://lunginstitute.com/lung-diseases/copd/copd-and-seasonal-allergies/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4103722/  Peppermint study
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4808543/ Frankincense study
https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city

This article was written by Martha L. Robards 5/1/19

Jan 102019
 

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My husband says that the person behind him on the bus coughed for two miles.  I would have been scrambling to find a seat as far away from the coughing person as possible. But alas, sometimes there is just no escaping it.  One of the next best things you can do to keep yourself safe from getting a cold is to build your immune system up as much as possible.  Even if you do get a cold, there are things you can do to reduce those nasty symptoms.   An article at Healthline.com cites a few studies showing the benefits of using essential oils to prevent or treat the common cold.

There are quite a number of essential oils with properties that do just that.  Whether you already use aromatherapy or are just getting started with it, it is worth a review of what has been shown to work for colds.  Here is a brief check on three good essential oils for your cold supply box:

  • Eucalyptus:  has antiviral and antimicrobial properties.  It can be inhaled with steam (be careful not to burn yourself) or used in a diffuser.  It may safely fight viruses and can help with respiratory problems.
  • Peppermint: contains menthol and is used as a natural decongestant and fever-reducer.  Peppermint oil has shown in tests to have viral activity.  Menthol is used in cough drops to help sooth throats.  Use by inhaling the steam or in a diffuser.
  • Chamomile: can help reduce cold symptoms and helps with sleep. Inhale with steam, use in a diffuser or drink some chamomile tea.

Buy essential oils that are pure, traceable to their sources, fairly priced and sustainably harvested.  If you are careful to follow these guidelines, you will purchase high quality essential oils which are the only kind you should use for aromatherapy.  Aromatherapy is very powerful and effective when done properly.

Learn more about how essential oils can be used for colds and flu next Tuesday, January 15 from 1:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m., at the Cesar Chavez library, located at 3635 W. Baseline Ave., Laveen, AZ.  Call me, Martha, at 505-750-7847 or email me at marthapmintl@gmail.com to reserve your spot or for more information.

Martha has been writing articles about wellness for 10 years.

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/cold-flu/essential-oils-for-colds#treatment

National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy

Martha L. Robards c 2019

Mar 072018
 

PHOENIX ALLERGY SEASON

Allergy season in Phoenix is upon us. For those who experience seasonal allergies, using essential oils can help alleviate some, if not all, seasonal allergy symptoms.  It does take planning, and some consistency and regularity, but can be done, and can help.  Similar to using solar power, you do have to be pro-active — in other words, practicing ‘more natural’ ways of doing things takes effort, but oh, how worth-it it is!  Not all of you live in Phoenix, but these ideas are helpful no matter where you live.

WHICH OILS CAN HELP

Using an essential oil diffuser, you can use eucalyptus, myrtle, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, thyme and/or tea tree essential oils to help with hay fever.  These oils have anti-inflammatory, expectorant and immune stimulating, along with other properties that can help reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies.

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HOW TO DO IT

Depending upon which kind of diffuser you have, you may add a little more or little less essential oil to the water of your diffuser, and either turn it on, and let it produce steam into the air with the scent of the oil you added, or light a candle under the bowl to heat the water.  Both work fine.  Generally, 6 – 8 drops works well in either, but experiment to find which works best for you.  You can combine some of the oils, or use one at a time.

This is where being pro-active and effort come in.

  • You have to buy the oil.  Shop at health food stores or online.
  • Understand that natural healing ways help your body help itself.  It takes a little longer than a pill.  It takes being patient and consistent.  We’re all busy and active, and have many responsibilities.  When you’re at home, use the diffuser consistently throughout the day.  If you are at work, use it at your desk or in your area, if possible. If that is not possible, you can carry a small bottle of the oil with you and sniff it several times throughout the day.   In your car, you can keep some cotton balls in your car and put a few drops on the cotton balls every time you get in.
  • Be consistent and don’t give up.  Don’t expect immediate results.  These things take practice to get used to, and consistency, but by doing them you can be setting a pattern in your life of healthy habits, natural healing and pro-active care of your health and that of your family.

Plus it smells good.

 

Of course, use only pure, high grade essential oils that you can track the origins of.  :)

 

Some of this information came from:

LiveStrong.com

National Association of Aromatherapy