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Cinnamon leaf oil comes from Cinnamonum verum (also
called Laurus cinnamomum) from the Laurel (Lauraceae) plant family. This small
and bushy evergreen tree is native to Sri Lanka, but now grows in many countries
such as India, China, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Indonesia. There are actually
over 100 varieties of C. verum, with Cinnamonum zeylanicum (Ceylon cinnamon)
and Cinnamomun aromaticum (Chinese cinnamon) as the most consumed.
Cinnamon bark oil is extracted from the outer bark of the
tree, resulting in a potent, perfume-quality essential oil. Cinnamon bark oil
is extremely refined and therefore very expensive for everyday use, which is
why many people settle for cinnamon leaf oil, as it’s lighter, cheaper, and
ideal for regular use. Cinnamon leaf oil has a musky and spicy scent, and a
light yellow tinge that distinguishes it from the red-brown color of cinnamon
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The oil extracted from cinnamon leaves contain phenols
and beneficial components like eugenol, eugenol acetate, cinnamic aldehyde,
linalool, and benzyl benzoate. It also has low levels of cinnamaldehyde, an
excellent flavoring agent and the active component that helps repel mosquitoes
and other insects. The leaf oil has a higher eugenol content then the bark oil,
which increases its analgesic properties.
This oil blends well with various essential oils, so it is added to many
aromatherapy preparations. It enhances the effectiveness of other herbs and
essential oils, thus speeding up the treatment of various herbal remedies.
Furthermore, many herbs can have an unpleasant taste. Cinnamon or cinnamon oil
is often added to herbal preparations to make them taste better.
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Cinnamon leaf oil can be used as an additive in soaps and
a flavoring to seasonings. When used in aromatherapy – diffused, applied
topically (I recommend diluting with a mild essential oil or mixing in your
favorite cream, lotion, or shampoo), or added to your bath water – it can have
health-promoting effects. Here are some ways to use cinnamon leaf oil for your
health and around your home:
it as a disinfectant. With its strong germicidal properties,
cinnamon leaf oil works as a non-toxic natural disinfectant. Use it to clean
your toilets, refrigerator, kitchen counters and other surfaces, door knobs,
microwave, and sneakers. You can even use it to clean and disinfect your
a facial scrub. Mix it with cinnamon sugar, orange juice,
and olive oil to create a rejuvenating scrub that has antiseptic properties to
help kill facial bacteria effectively.
as a mouthwash. Add a drop or two to a glass of purified
water, and gargle with it. For people with dentures, simply make a solution of
water, hydrogen peroxide, and cinnamon leaf oil, and soak your dentures in it.
it to your foot soak. Mix a drop of cinnamon leaf oil in a bucket
of warm water, and then soak your feet in it. This works great for athletes and
people who wear closed shoes for most of the day.
cinnamon leaf oil as an insect repellent. Did you know that
the scent of cinnamon leaf oil can deter pesky household insects, such as black
ants, mosquitoes, roaches, and flies? Studies found that it may even be more
effective at repelling mosquitoes than the toxic chemical DEET. Simply spray or
diffuse the oil around your home. You can also spray it over your mattresses
and sheets to get rid of bed bugs.
it to your shampoo. Add a drop of cinnamon leaf oil to your
regular non-chemical shampoo. This will help keep your hair healthy and, in
children, help kill stubborn head lice.
of fabric softener. Add a few drops of the oil to wool laundry
drying balls. As the balls mingle and fluff damp fabric in the dryer, the scent
is transferred. I love adding essential oils when laundering bedding or towels.
diffusion. Mix a tablespoon of pure coconut oil with two to three
drops of cinnamon essential oil, and place it in a wax warmer. As the coconut
oil melts, the essential oil scent is released into the air.
better. Place a few drops of cinnamon oil in a homemade
cleanser. As you wipe down surfaces, the oil leaves behind a nontoxic scent
that some studies claim may help reduce bacteria growth. You can read these and
decide for yourself in Public Library of Science (PLoS) ONE and Food Control.
in the bath. Place a few drops of oil in your bath water.
As you soak, the aroma fills your bathroom and creates a calm feeling.
Better. Put one drop of cinnamon essential oil on the back of
your pillowcase to promote restful sleep.
Mix a drop or two of cinnamon oil into massage oil before
Effects of Cinnamon Leaf Oil
Use cinnamon oil in moderation and properly diluted, as
high dosages may lead to convulsions in some individuals. This oil may also
lead to side effects such as skin irritation, mouth sores, dizziness, vomiting,
and diarrhea. It may irritate your urinary tract, intestines, and stomach
lining, if taken internally. If these symptoms occur, consult a healthcare
Very high quantities of cassia cinnamon may be toxic,
particularly in people with liver problems. Because cinnamon may lower blood
sugar, people with diabetes may need to adjust their treatment if they use
cinnamon supplements. An ingredient in some cinnamon products, coumarin, may
cause liver problems; but the amount of this compound ingested is usually so
small that this wouldn’t happen for most people.
If you take any medication regularly, talk to your doctor
before you start using cinnamon supplements. They could interact with
antibiotics, diabetes drugs, blood thinners, heart medicines, and others.
Word of Caution: Being strong in nature, cinnamon oil should be avoided for internal consumption. Furthermore, it can have adverse effects on the skin if used topically in concentrated form. Therefore, it should be used in diluted form. Before using the oil, it should be tested to make sure it suits your skin. You should apply only a small quantity of the oil initially and check if you develop an allergic reaction. Do not apply the oil to the face and other sensitive areas.
German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla), which is often
referred to as blue chamomile or true chamomile, comes from the Compositae
sunflower family. It is one of the two chamomile species that can be used
medicinally. The other one is the Roman or English chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile).
This plant, which hails from Southern and Eastern parts
of Europe, grows from 6 centimeters up to 60 centimeters (2.3 to 23.5 inches)
tall with heavily branched and furrowed stems. Like Roman chamomile oil, German
chamomile essential oil is extracted either through solvent extraction or steam
distillation of its golden yellow flowers that have ray-like blossoms.
Some of the most important chemical components of German
chamomile oil are sesquiterpenes, 36 flavonoids, coumarins and polyacetylenes.
Other constituents include chamazulene (which has antiseptic capabilities), as
well as 28 terpenoids and 52 additional compounds with potential
pharmacological activity that gives it antimicrobial and fungistatic
capabilitiesfarnesene, sesquiterpenes, cadinene, furfural, spanthulenol, and
proazulenes (matricarin and matricin).
Chamazulene (or azulen when isolated), which provides
German chamomile oil its deep bluish color, is formed from matricin during
steam distillation. Prolonged storage and light exposure destroys this effect.
This often results in a lighter blue color, which can turn into a pale green,
yellow or even brown shade.
When it’s still fresh, German chamomile oil has a viscous
quality and has a sweet, herbaceous scent with fruity undertones. However, in
its concentrated and dried-out form, German chamomile oil can sometimes be
nauseating and unpleasant for some individuals. German chamomile oil blends
well with rose oil, lavender oil, cedar oil, neroli oil and geranium oil.
Oil forms very pleasant blends with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lavender, Jasmine,
Geranium, Grapefruit, Tea Tree, Rose, Lemon, Lime and Ylang-Ylang Oil.
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German chamomile oil provides antispasmodic, antiseptic,
antibiotic, antidepressant, antineuralgic, antiphlogistic, carminative,
cholagogue, cicatrisant, emmenagogue, analgesic, febrifuge, hepatic, sedative,
nervine, digestive, tonic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, sudorific, stomachic,
anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, vermifuge, and vulnerary properties. This
beneficial essential oil penetrates deep into the layers of your skin where its
potent anti-inflammatory action can restore and soothe irritated skin, mouth
ulcers, burns, bruises and other skin conditions. Aside from possibly helping
lift up your mood and letting go of your anxieties, German chamomile oil has
other reported benefits when used in tandem with other essential oils in
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German chamomile oil is broadly used in the cosmetic
industry, especially in formulations designed to improve dry, inflamed or
irritated skin. It is also added in shampoos and conditioners. Other practical
uses of German chamomile oil include:
Allergic reactions — Apply topically on the affected area in a balm or coconut oil for instant relief.
Anogenital disorders — Add in baths and irrigation.
Candida infection — Can help alleviate itching caused by yeast fungus in the vaginal area by having a warm sitz bath regularly until your condition improves. Add one drop of German chamomile oil and two drops of tea tree oil in a gallon of warm water.
Hair moisturizer — Blend two drops of German chamomile oil, rosemary oil, and lavender oil with 4 tablespoons of sweet almond oil. Massage it onto your hair and scalp once a week. For best results, leave it on overnight.
Inflammation and irritation of the respiratory tract — By inhalation either through diffusion or spraying.
Improves Digestion – Being a stomachic, they tone up the stomach and ensure its proper function. They also promote the secretion of digestive juices into the stomach and facilitate digestion. Being Hepatic, which means being good for the liver, they ensure good health of the liver and the proper flow of bile from it. They are also considered Cholagogues, meaning that they increase the secretion of Hydrochloric Acid, bile, and enzymes in the stomach, thereby promoting digestion.
Open leg sores, wounds, hemorrhoids, mastitis, eczemas, gingivitis and ingrown nails — Use topically as a poultice, salve or compress. To make a compress, take a damp cloth, add a few drops of German chamomile oil, and place it on top of the affected area with the essential oil facing away from the skin. This way, the oil’s healing properties will seep into the cloth without putting the skin at risk of any potential hypersensitivity.
Menstrual cramps — Take a five-minute sitz bath (a warm, shallow bath that cleanses your perineum, the space between your rectum and the vulva or scrotum) in a gallon of warm water with two drops of German chamomile and lavender oil.
May help relieve migraine — Moisten a towel with cool water and add a few drops of German chamomile oil. Place the damp cloth on your forehead, close your eyes and relax.
May provide relief from joint pain or tense, stiff and cramping muscles —Blend 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil and two drops of German chamomile oil and rosemary oil. Massage this blend onto the affected areas to ease up the tensed muscles and increase circulation.
Moisturizing skin mist — To make your own natural skin mist, blend two drops of German chamomile oil, two drops of lavender oil, one drop of rose otto oil and 4 ounces of purified water in a ready-to-spray bottle. This natural moisturizing mist will surely be handy for your sunbathing sessions.
PMS Aide – The symptoms of PMS can be very debilitating for many women. German chamomile’s anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties help in relieving many of the symptoms commonly associated with PMS as well as with menopause. It can help to reduce cramping, pain and nausea commonly associated with PMS as well as menopause. It also helps to balance the hormones which can be very unbalanced during PMS and menopause; this helps a woman to be more calm and relaxed or less irritable and emotional during this time.
Prevents Infections – Both varieties have very good antiseptic and antibiotic properties which do not let biotic infections develop, which arise due to biotic factors such as bacteria and fungi. They also eliminate infections that are already present. These are good vermifuge agents as well, which kill all sorts of intestinal worms. If applied to the hair, it kills lice and mites, keeping the hair and scalp free from infections and damage.
Reduces Anger – While Roman Chamomile is found to be effective in calming down annoyance, anger, and irritation, particularly in small children. The German variety, on the other hand, is found to be more effective on adults for curing inflammation, particularly when it is located in the digestive or urinary system. They also reduce blood pressure and curb the swelling of blood vessels.
Relieves Depression – Both varieties have been seen to be very effective in fighting depression and for raising spirits. They eliminate feelings of sadness, depression, disappointment, and sluggishness while inducing a sort of happy or charged feeling. Even smelling these oils can help a lot in overcoming depression and bringing about a good mood.
Removes Toxic Agents – As a sudorific, both varieties of chamomile oil induce profuse perspiration, which helps to remove toxins and agents that cause infections while simultaneously cooling down the body and effectively providing relief from fever, thus serving as a Febrifuge.
Sedative – German chamomile is well known for is sedative properties. It allows the body and the mind to relax and calm prior to bedtime allowing for a more restful and deeper sleep. This property is also important when it comes to relieving stress, depression and anxiety because it allows the body and the mind to calm and stop racing allowing a person to relax enough to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Getting a proper night’s sleep is also very important when having a cold or flu as sleep helps to heal the body from said infection.
Shingles — Use topically as a poultice. Combine 10 drops of German chamomile oil, two drops of geranium oil, four drops of bergamot oil, six drops of balm, and five drops of lavender. Mix it in water to use as a compress or in 1 3/4 fluid ounces of almond oil.
Skin toner — German chamomile oil has astringent properties, which makes it ideal for pore-cleansing treatment. Simply add the essential oil to your own homemade facial cleanser and apply using cotton balls.
Treats Rheumatism – They cure dysfunctions of the circulatory system, stimulate circulation and detoxify the blood from toxins like uric acid, thereby helping to cure ailments like rheumatism and arthritis, which are caused due to improper circulation and accumulation of uric acid. These abilities classify them as good antiphlogistics, any agents which reduce swelling and edema.
Effects of German Chamomile Oil
Never use German chamomile oil during pregnancy as it may induce menstruation and/or premature labor due to its emmenagogue and uterotonic side effects. It also contains coumarin, so care should be taken to avoid potential drug interactions, e.g. with blood thinners. Although there are no existing cases of allergic reactions or hypersensitivity linked to the proper use of German chamomile oil. It is suggested to avoid this essential oil if you have a known allergy to any plant from the Asteraceae or Compositae family (daisy, rag weed, chrysanthemum) to prevent any untoward reactions. If you are not sure whether you’re allergic to it or not, a skin patch test is advised. Apply German chamomile oil on a small portion of your skin and wait for a few hours. If irritation occurs, discontinue use immediately.
If you take any of the following drugs, you should not
use German chamomile without first talking to your health care provider:
Blood-thinning medications (anticoagulants and antiplatelets): Chamomile may increase the risk of bleeding when taken with blood-thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix), and aspirin.
Sedatives: Use caution with sedatives since chamomile can make these drugs stronger.
Anti-seizure medications, such as phenytoin (Dilantin) and valproic acid (Depakote)
Benzodiazepines, such as alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium)
Drugs to treat insomnia, such as zolpidem (Ambien), zaleplon (Sonata), eszopiclone (Lunesta), and ramelteon (Rozerem)
Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline (Elavil)
The same is true of sedative herbs, such as valerian, kava, and catnip.
Blood pressure medications: Chamomile may lower blood pressure slightly. Taking it with drugs for high blood pressure could cause blood pressure to drop too low.
Diabetes medications: Chamomile may lower blood sugar. Taking it with diabetes drugs could raise the risk of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.
Hormonal therapies: Due to its similarity to estrogen, chamomile may potentially interfere with drugs such as nolvadex (Tamoxifen) among others.
Other drugs: Because chamomile is broken down by the liver, it may interact with other drugs that are broken down the same way. Those drugs may include:
Statins (drugs that can lower cholesterol)
Birth control pills
Some antifungal drugs
German chamomile is available as dried flower heads, tea,
essential oil, liquid extract, capsules, and topical ointment.
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your doctor before giving chamomile tea to a child. Children under 5 should not
take more than half a cup of tea per day.
To relieve colic: Some doctors suggest 1 to 2
oz. of tea per day. Your doctor may recommend other doses.
Tea: Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 to 3
heaping tsp. (2 to 4 g) of dried herb, steep 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 3 to 4
times per day between meals.
Tincture (1:5, 45% alcohol): 30 to 60 drops
of tincture, 3 times per day in hot water.
Capsules: 300 to 400 mg taken 3 times per
Gargle or mouthwash: Make a tea as above,
then let it cool. Gargle as often as desired. You may also make an oral rinse
with 10 to 15 drops of German chamomile liquid extract in 100 ml warm water,
and use 3 times per day.
Inhalation: Add a few drops of essential oil
of chamomile to hot water (or use tea) and breathe in the steam to calm a
Bath: Use 1/4 lb. of dried flowers per bath,
or add 5 to 10 drops of essential oil to a full tub of water to soothe
hemorrhoids, cuts, eczema, or insect bites.
Poultice: Make a paste by mixing powdered
herb with water and apply to inflamed skin.
Cream: Use a cream with a 3 to 10% chamomile
content for psoriasis, eczema, or dry and flaky skin.
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The word chamomile comes from the Greek word chamomaela
with means ground apple because of its pleasant scent like that of apples and
because it grows along the ground. German chamomile also goes by the names
Matricaria, Hungarian chamomile, Blue chamomile and True chamomile.
The medicinal uses of German chamomile have been
documented throughout the ages. German chamomile has been used for over 2000
years in many cosmetics and perfumes as well as being commonly used medicinally
for its many health benefits. Asclepius, Galen, Hippocrates and Culpepper have
all written about the amazing soothing and calming properties that it
possesses. Back in 78 AD German chamomile was listed in the European standard
reference book Dioscorides De Materia Medica because of its many health
benefits and uses.
The Egyptian god Ra was said to have used it at a symbol
of his almighty power. While the Egyptian people used to use it as offerings to
the gods ask for help with healing the body. The Egyptian people also
worshipped the plant and had many festivals in honor of the plants many healing
properties. They would often crush the flower and apply it to their skin to
bring out the youthful glow in hopes to reduce the signs of aging.
The Anglo-Saxons considered German chamomile to be one of
the nine scared herbs and not only wrote a poem about these herbs but gave
instructions and recipes on how to use these herbs along or together to heal
disease and poison.
During the Middle Ages, 476-1500 AD, German chamomile was
used as a strewing herb. This means that the herb was scattered or strewn
around on the floor and when walked on would release the fragrance within. This
strewing was important during gatherings and festivals to help make the event
not only smell nice but to give a sense of calm to those attending.
Today German chamomile is used not only as an essential
oil because of its many health benefits, but it is also used in many perfumes,
cosmetics, food and drinks because of its calming effect, taste, scent and of
course it’s many health benefits.
cup baking soda
drop German chamomile EO
drops bergamot EO
Mix all of the above ingredients together in a glass jar. Massage the mixture
into the skin focusing on sore muscles. Soak in a warm bath for at least 15
minutes to calm and relax the body and the mind. Use as needed, daily if
Bedtime Face Lotion
drops German chamomile EO
drops lavender EO
drops peppermint EO
cup olive oil
cup coconut oil
cup shea butter
Tbsp. vitamin E
In a glass bowl added olive oil, beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter. Place
the glass bowl over a pot of simmering water on the stove and melt together.
Mix well. Once the four ingredients are melted and mixed well together remove
from heat and place in the refrigerator for at last an hour or until solid. Once
the mixture is solid remove the bowl from the fridge. Taking a hand mixer beat
the mixture in the bowl until it is fluffy in texture. Add in the essential
oils and vitamin E and mix well. Place in a glass container and store in a cool
dry place. Apply to the face focusing on the temples prior to bedtime to help
promote rest and relaxation of the mind and body.
PMS Saver Blend
drops German chamomile EO
drops sage EO
drops basil EO
Combine all of the essential oils together in a bowl. Pour the essential oils
onto a warm moist hand towel and place on the stomach for 5-10 minutes or
longer as needed to help relieve the pain, inflammation and cramping of PMS
drops lavender EO
drops German chamomile EO
drops peppermint EO
oz. fractionated coconut oil
Melt the coconut oil over low heat on the stove. Once melted remove from heat
and add in the essential oils. Mix well. Transfer into a 4 oz glass jar and
allow to cool. Apply to affected area as needed at least twice a day.
German Chamomile Body Wash
cup raw honey
liquid Castile soap
drops German chamomile EO
tsp. vitamin E
tsp. carrier oil of your choosing (argan, coconut, sesame, sweet almond,
jojoba, grapeseed, macadamia)
Mix all of the above ingredients in a glass bottle and mix well. Shake prior to
Bonus ways you can experiment with when
it comes to using German chamomile essential oil:
To help relieve the symptoms of anxiety and
depression add a few drops of German chamomile and rose essential oil to a warm
bath or mix and diffuse in a room.
To help with motion sickness, inhale a
combination of German chamomile, peppermint, lavender and ginger essential
Try having some German chamomile tea to help
reduce stress, anxiety and depression. It can also help to soothe and calm the
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is a milk product or dairy ingredient which widely used in the food industry
since it contains emulsifying properties and it can enhance the flavor of the
food. Commercial buttermilk which we found in market is categorized as sweet
buttermilk. The sweet buttermilk is a by-product from the churning process of
sweet cream into butter. Buttermilk has sour characteristic taste due to the
lactic acid which formed during the process of culturing by bacteria.
Buttermilk itself is prepared by churning the curd of milk and it is considered a good after-dinner-drink especially after the consumption of heavy foods like vegetables, meats, and grains. Here is the list of nutrients in 100 g buttermilk (percent daily value are based on 2000 calories diet)
Carbohydrates 4.8 gr
Fat 0.9 gr
Protein 3.3 gr
Calcium 116 mg/12% DV (Daily Value)
Potassium 54 mg
Cholesterol 10 mg
Magnesium 8 % DV
Folate 4 % DV
Zinc 8 % DV
Riboflavin 20% DV
Vitamin B6 4 % DV
Vitamin B12 10% DV
Vitamin A 1 % DV
Vitamin C 4 % DV
Iron 1 % DV
Health benefits of Buttermilk
provides many nutrients to the body that provide multiple health benefits. It
can stimulate digestion function and it also can be used to treat of many
disorders including abdominal disorders.
Promote healthy digestion: Buttermilk contains probiotic which can promote healthy digestion. Buttermilk contains prebiotic which known as a substance that can enhance the growth of good bacteria inside the colon. These bacteria will keep the intestine and the digestion tract healthy and prevent it from any infection that caused by pathogen microorganism such as Helicobacter pylori. These bacteria are the common cause of stomach or gut ulcer.
Boost immune system: Not only enhance the function of digestion system, the prebiotic content of buttermilk also can promote the body immune system against infection of pathogens. Buttermilk also contains zinc, a mineral that can improve the immune system response and strengthen the immune cells together with Vitamin C.
Maintain strong bones: Calcium is a mineral that effective in maintain the bone mass and keep it strong. Buttermilk contains high level of calcium which can help keep the bone from losing its mass and maintain the bone structure.
Make a glowing skin: Buttermilk will enrich your skin with dozens of nutrients and it will make your skin glow. Buttermilk not only used in food commercial product but it also used in the cosmetic and skin care products. It contains protein, vitamin C and antioxidant that can nourish the skin and make it clearer.
Promotes healthy pregnancy: During pregnancy, mom needs more nutrients to enhance her health and promote the development of her baby. Buttermilk contains protein and other nutrient and prebiotic which can keep mother from suffering any illness or disease. It also contains folate that improve the brain and organs development of the fetus inside the womb. Taking buttermilk once a day is beneficial to both mother and baby.
Treat upset stomach: If you are feeling sick after enjoying spicy food or even bad or spoiled food, try buttermilk. Buttermilk contain protein and amino acids which can bind chemical or harmful substances within the food and protect the stomach lining from infection.
Keeping healthy heart: Heart is one of the most vital organ of human body and it also needs to be nourished. Buttermilk contains some potassium which plays important role in maintaining normal heart beat and helps the body control blood pressure.
Lowering cholesterol: Even though buttermilk has creamy texture and taste it doesn’t contain high amounts of cholesterol. According to study, buttermilk contains milk protein globule that can bind the cholesterol and prevent it from entering the blood vessel and causing atherosclerosis. If you consume a heavy food that contains high amount of cholesterol, consuming buttermilk after eating will significantly help you to stabilize the cholesterol inside the body.
Rehydrate the body: The nutrients in buttermilk assist the body in rehydration. One half cup with sunstroke or dehydration will have you back to feeling good in no time.
Maintain normal metabolism: Metabolism is a body process to produce energy and it required the presence of some metabolic enzymes. Buttermilk contains some nutrients including Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, and other B Vitamins that are the component of metabolic enzymes produced by the body. Without the existence of these substances, the body can’t produce the energy needed for maintaining all body cells.
Treat insomnia: Buttermilk contains magnesium that can help the body to relieve some types of sleep deprivation or sleep disorders like insomnia. Magnesium is a mineral that play important role in controlling nervous system and it help to soothe and relax the nerves within the brain. Consume buttermilk one hour before going to sleep.
Improve healthy vision: Not only does it contain protein, fat and other nutrients, buttermilk is also complete with Vitamin A which is mostly required to keep healthy function of retina or eyes. Consuming buttermilk regularly will also help to prevent any eyes disorders like age related macular degeneration.
Treat sunburn: Buttermilk contains smoothing and calming properties that help to treat sunburns. Apply directly to sunburn or pour in bath the soothe burned skin.
Treat diarrhea: It is mentioned in a study that the milk fat content in buttermilk is effective in adding bulk to stool and loosen it so it will be easy to pass the colon. Buttermilk has been used as an Ayurvedic medication for thousands of years to treat diarrhea and other digestive problems.
Prevent anemia: Buttermilk contains iron that plays important role in the red blood cells formation and function. Without the presence of iron, the body can’t form a healthy red blood cell and it will cause poor oxygen and nutrient transport within the body which leads to anemia.
Prevent cancer: Buttermilk contains anti-inflammatory properties and provides antioxidant affects that can help prevent the development of cancer cells.
Moisturize dry hair: Buttermilk can be used in hair treatment as hair mask and it will result in a smooth and shiny hair. Just apply some buttermilk on your hair and leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse it out with warm water. The protein and other nutrients within the buttermilk will nourish your dry hair and make it supple and smooth.
Homemade buttermilk is
very easy to make and tastes excellent in pancakes and other flour-based foods.
To make buttermilk at home, use the following steps.
1 cup of milk with 1 cup of lemon juice. Use a milk product with a higher fat
content, such as 2 percent milk, whole milk or cream.
the milk and lemon juice mixture sit for up to 10 minutes. The milk should
start to thicken and curdle.
the commercial buttermilk for the homemade buttermilk in any recipe that calls
for the ingredient.
method of making buttermilk involves churning heavy cream into solids and
liquids. To use this method, blend some cream in a food processor or mixer
until it separates. Strain the solids through some cheesecloth and use the
strained buttermilk in any recipe that calls for the ingredient. Rinse out the
solids well and set them aside. The solids create an excellent homemade butter
that can keep for several weeks.
homemade or commercial buttermilk are not available, yogurt or sour cream can
make good substitutes in recipes that call for the ingredient.
Blue Tansy Oil is a luxurious oil that is cherished for
its captivating scent and incredible clearing, calming properties. This oil has
a rich blue hue and a sweet, fresh scent. Blue Tansy provides unmatched relief
for many people who suffer during high-pollen seasons, soothes troubled skin
and supports self-esteem, confidence and enthusiasm year-round. However, Blue
Tansy Oil is produced from a seasonal crop that requires optimal conditions,
and therefore available quantities can be limited.
The health benefits of Tansy Essential Oil can be
attributed to its properties as an antibacterial, anti-fungal,
anti-inflammatory, anti-histaminic, antiviral, febrifuge, insecticide, hormone
stimulant, sedative, and vermifuge substance.
Tansy is a common European herb and the scientific name
of Tansy is Tanacetum Vulgare or Tanacetum Annuum. The essential oil of Tansy
is extracted by steam distillation of all the plant parts. The chief components
that form this essential oil are artemisone, borneol, camphone, camphor,
isopinocamphone, piperitone, and thujone.
Constituents: Chamazulene, B-Myrcene, Camphor, Sabinene, B-Eudesmol,
3,6-Dihydrochamazulene, B-Pinene, a-Phellandrene [B.M. Lawrence, Progress in
Essential Oils. (Perfumer & Flavorist 26 no. 1, 2001), 48-51. Source cited
in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition.
United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 224.]
Tansy essential oil and blue tansy essential oil are very
different in their chemical make-up, and subsequent use, despite the fact that
they both belong to the Asteraceae plant family. In addition, blue tansy can
also be known by the synonyms Moroccan blue chamomile and Moroccan tansy,
adding to further confusion with another essential oil.
Few Words of Caution: Tansy oil is a potent poison due to presence
of high concentration of thujone and even small doses can be fatal. It can also
trigger hallucinations and severe nervous or neurotic disturbances, while
having addictive, narcotic effects.
Although this herb is very poisonous, it was still
popular among the poor people, villagers, and nomadic groups like Gypsies,
since they found some medicinal uses of the plant. Let us explore some of the
medicinal properties that gave this plant recognition as a medicinal plant,
despite being so poisonous.
Essential Oil of Tansy blends well with those of cedar wood, helichrysum,
lavender, ravensara, and rosemary.
Tansy Essential Oil Benefits
Prevents Bacterial Infections: It should not be very hard to understand that the essential oil, which is so poisonous and can be fatal to humans, would also be deadly for those tiny bacteria. Although some bacteria can survive unimaginable extremities of temperature and toxins, for most of the bacteria which live in the human body, this oil is lethal. It kills them and inhibits their multiplication. This gives effective protection against bacterial infections, provided that it is used in very, very mild doses.
Protects Against Fungal Infections: There is little doubt that the essential oil, which can kill some very hardy species of bacteria infecting the human body. Fungus cannot stand the toxicity of this oil and are killed when subjected to this oil. Their spores are also destroyed. This makes this oil an efficient protector against fungal infections, which cause skin diseases, running ears, hair problems, and dysentery.
Inflammation: The Essential Oil of Tansy has been found to be
effective in giving relief from inflammation, particularly those pertaining to
the skin, and others as well. It also gives relief, to some extent, from
inflammation in the respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems.
Allergic Reactions: Histamine in the body is responsible for
triggering allergies and the various problems related to allergies, such as
rashes, itches, severe coughs, asthma, breathing troubles, continuous sneezes,
or hiccups. Allergies can turn seriously fatal if they take over the internal
organs, particularly the liver and heart. These attacks of allergies can be
countered by lowering the levels of histamine in the body and checking its
production. Tansy Essential Oil neutralizes histamine and checks its further
production, thereby controlling these allergic reactions.
against Viral Diseases: The components like thujone and camphor,
being toxic to living cells, are capable of killing viruses as well. These
components rupture the cyst, probe inside, and kill the virus. This stops the
growth of the virus and gives immunity against viral diseases like the common
cold, mumps, measles, and pox.
Fevers: Most fevers are actually indications of the ongoing fight
between the body’s immune mechanism and infection by bacteria (like typhoid,
yellow fever, and black fever), viruses (like influenza), protozoa (like
malaria and a few others) and fungi. The more severe our body’s reaction, the
higher the body temperature becomes. Therefore, if infections are causes for
fevers, then inhibiting these infections would be the way to reduce fevers. The
Essential Oil of Tansy, being an antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral
substance, all at the same time, assists our body in countering these
infections and thereby reduces body temperature. The anti-inflammatory property
of this oil adds to this effect, since inflammation can also raise body
as an Insecticide: Insects like cockroaches, ants, termites, and
moths that are very commonly found in our households, and parasitic insects
like mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, lice, and bed bugs, prefer to keep a safe
distance from this oil as it is poisonous to them and has a pungent aroma that
they cannot withstand. Therefore, this oil serves as an effective insect
repellent when used in fumigants, vapourizers, and sprays. Even smaller animals
like wall lizards and mice avoid this oil.
Secretion of Hormones: Tansy Oil stimulates the endocrine
glands and increases the secretion of hormones. It was found particularly
effective on the thyroid and thymus glands, which directly affect growth and
Nervous Afflictions: This oil acts as a sedative for nerves and
emotional impulses. In cases of anxiety, depression, anger, convulsions,
nervous afflictions, epilepsy, hysteric attacks, and impulsive behavior, it can
be used to pacify them and induce a relaxing effect on the nerves and the
Intestinal Worms: The poisonous effect of this oil kills the
intestinal and other parasitic worms in the human body, such as round worms,
tape worms, hook worms, and others. It is also used to kill worms that develop
in wounds. This helps in the regrowth of healthy cells and quicker healing of
Benefits: It is also used to treat sciatica, dyspepsia, skin
infections, and can help prevent miscarriages
Black pepper essential oil (Piper nigrum) is steam-distilled from the berries (peppercorn) of the Piperceae. Although black pepper itself is frequently used, the oil is not so widely known. However, it’s an oil high in monoterpenes, a chemical constituent known to have a powerful impact on the body in many ways. The aroma of black pepper is spicy, musky, warm, and peppery.
The warm, mild aroma of Black Pepper will remind you of freshly ground
peppercorns combined with a soft floral scent. While you may not desire to
diffuse it by itself, it can spice up your favorite diffuser blend. Black
Pepper is an excellent choice to help in reducing occasional discomfort after
exercise or easing achy joints that are associated with normal aging or wear
Therapeutically, black pepper oil is mostly used as a supplement for digestive and nervous system support and wellness. For this reason many people will use the oil as a flavoring in their cooking, just as you might with crushed black pepper. However, the ratios will be MUCH different. You wouldn’t use a full teaspoon of black pepper oil (yikes!!), but rather start off with a drop, to find the right amounts for your recipes.
Native to India, the black pepper plant is a climbing vine that can grow
up to 10 meters high. The stem of the black pepper plant grows into a plentiful
green column as the many shoots that grow from the stem begin to produce green,
almond-shaped leaves. Growing next to these luscious leaves are clustered
flowers and the fruit of the plant—the peppers. The peppers, or fruits, are
round and can grow to be approximately 6 mm in diameter. These fruits turn from
green to red and are picked at various times of their ripening stages to
produce varying types of peppers. In order to produce black pepper, these tiny
and rotund fruits are typically picked when they are fully grown, shiny, and
Black Pepper Essential Oil
Main Chemical Components: Caryophyllene, limonene, carene, sabinene
Black Pepper essential oil contains a high amount of natural chemicals
that can support and protect the human body. Some of the most prominent
chemicals are monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, which are known for their antioxidant
activity when ingested. These chemicals also help support the immune system.
Oils that Blend
Well with Black Pepper Essential Oil
Black Pepper essential oil blends well with Bergamot, Clary Sage,
Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Clove, Juniper Berry, Sandalwood, and
Cedarwood essential oils for diffusion.
Rich source of antioxidants
Supports healthy circulation
Enhances food flavor
Soothes anxious feelings
Aromatically, black pepper essential oil helps people to examine things
with clarity and honesty. It allows a person to take off their own facade or
mask, share their true thoughts and emotions, and unblock the flow of growth in
this way. It might help a person who is dealing with repressed memories or
emotions, allowing them to dig deep into their past or their present
experiences. It can help you uncover hidden truths or face patterns or habits
Black pepper oil is rich in certain useful minerals and vitamins too.
For example, there is vitamin-A (Beta Carotene), which is very beneficial for
ocular health as well as for antioxidant activity. It has vitamin-K, which is
essential for maintaining proper circulatory and metabolic functions, muscles,
and bones. Furthermore, it has calcium, potassium and selenium. While calcium
is good for bones and potassium for regulating blood pressure, selenium is
essentially required for the proper formation of bones, nails, hair follicles
and teeth, as well as for proper functioning of the brain.
In Other Words
It’s Really Good For:
support and brain health. [Dorene Petersen, Presentation: Clinical Use of
Aromatherapy for Brain Health: 7 Essential Oils. August 9, 2017, New Brunswick,
NJ. Alliance of International Aromatherapists 2017 Conference. AIA 2017
Conference Proceedings page 221-222.]
arthritis, chilblains, constipation, muscle cramps, poor circulation, sluggish
digestion. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport,
MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-64.]
Black Pepper Essential Oil Uses
Ability to provide warm sensations when applied topically. This factor makes it a perfect oil to use in a relaxing massage blend. Create your own warming and soothing massage blend by combining one to two drops of Black Pepper essential oil with a carrier oil. Using Black Pepper essential oil in a massage blend not only provides warm sensations during a massage, its aromatic components also help enhance your relaxing experience.
Improves Circulation. When black pepper essential oil is taken internally, it promotes healthy circulation and stimulates mucus and bile flow. It has warming properties when taken internally and applied topically. Mix black pepper oil with cinnamon or turmeric essential oil to enhance these circulatory activities.
Helps the body kill cancer cells. According to a 2010 study conducted at Michigan State University, black pepper oil and its constituents exhibit anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer activities. All compounds derived from black pepper suppressed human cancer cell proliferation, with peperine being the most effective compound.
Need a good way to calm unwanted anxiety? Black Pepper essential oil is a great way to relieve anxious feelings. When used aromatically, Black Pepper essential oil can help soothe tightened emotions. To relieve yourself of anxious feelings, place a few drops of Black Pepper essential oil into a diffuser or inhale it directly to receive its aromatic benefits. Dilute 1 drop and rub over the heart center as desired for emotional support.
Black Pepper is a powerful essential oil with amazing uses and benefits. With the right combination of essential oils, its effects can be amplified. When you combine Black Pepper essential oil with Juniper Berry oil and/or Cedarwood oil, it can help produce a calming and grounding effect on your senses and emotions, and can help you de-stress and relax.
Contains many natural chemicals that are important in supporting natural functions of the body. Some of these chemicals include monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, which are known for their antioxidant activity when ingested. To provide your body with greater antioxidant support, put one or two drops of Black Pepper essential oil into a Veggie Capsule and take internally.
Enjoy your favorite seasons with good health by using Black Pepper essential oil. Because Black Pepper has certain natural chemicals such as monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, it can support the immune system when needed most. To better protect your health, take one to two drops of Black Pepper essential oil in a Veggie Capsule when seasonal threats are high. Research published in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology found that black pepper extract contains anti-virulence properties, meaning it targets bacterial virulence without affecting cell viability, which may be less prone to the development of drug resistance. The study showed that after screening 83 essential oils: black pepper, cananga and myrrh oil inhibited staphylococcus aureus biofilm formation and almost abolished the hemolytic (destruction of red blood cells) activity of S. aureus.
To soothe muscles and joints or to warm the skin during cold weather. Because of its warming, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties, black pepper oil works to reduce muscle injuries, tendinitis, and symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine assessed the efficacy of aromatic essential oils on neck pain. When patients applied a cream composed of black pepper, marjoram, lavender and peppermint essential oils to the neck daily for a four-week period, the group reported improved pain tolerance and significant improvement of neck pain.
Use to quit smoking. Black pepper oil may help reduce cravings for cigarettes and symptoms of anxiety in smokers deprived from smoking. A 1994 study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence found that black pepper oil can suppress certain smoking withdrawal symptoms, including cravings for cigarettes. Forty-eight cigarette smokers participated in a three-hour session conducted after overnight deprivation from smoking. The participants were divided into three groups: One group of smokers puffed on a device that delivered a vapor from black pepper essential oil, a second group puffed on a device with a mint/menthol cartridge and a third group used a device containing an empty cartridge. After puffing and inhaling from the devices throughout the session, reported cravings for cigarettes were significantly reduced in the black pepper group relative to each of the two control groups. In addition, negative effects and symptoms of anxiety were alleviated in the black pepper, and participants reported that the intensity of sensations in the chest was significantly higher with the black pepper cartilage. This study suggests that respiratory tract sensations are important in alleviating smoking withdrawal symptoms and cigarette substitutes delivering black pepper constituents may prove useful in smoking cessation treatment. Black pepper oil is also among the best essential oils for anxiety and nervous conditions.
Improves digestion. Black pepper oil may help ease the discomfort of constipation, diarrhea and gas. A range of studies has shown that it exhibits antidiarrheal, gastro-protective, antidiarrheal and antispasmodic activities. Black pepper does this by stimulating the stomach to increase hydrochloric acid secretion, which is necessary for proper digestion. Black pepper has been used to effectively treat IBS symptoms as well as bladder dysfunctions.
Lowers Cholesterol. A 2002 study on the hypolipidemic (lipid-lowering) effect of black pepper in rats fed a high-fat diet showed a decrease in the levels of cholesterol, free fatty acids, phospholipids and triglycerides. Researchers found that supplementation with black pepper elevated the concentration of HDL cholesterol and reduced the concentration of LDL cholesterol and VLDL cholesterol in the plasma of rats fed high-fat foods. Use black pepper essential oil internally to reduce high triglycerides and improve your total cholesterol levels.
Stimulates appetite. Research shows that olfactory stimulation using black pepper essential oil, which is a strong appetite stimulant, can facilitate swallowing in people with neurological disorders. Inhalation and ingestion of black pepper oil activates the insular or orbitofrontal cortex, resulting in improvement of the reflexive swallowing movement. In 2008, the effects of olfactory stimulation with black pepper oil were investigated in pediatric patients receiving long-term enteral nutrition (feeding with liquid supplements or tube feeding) due to neurological disorders. In eight out of 10 patients, black pepper oil intervention was continued for three months, and five patients showed increases in the amount of oral intake — plus black pepper treatment helped facilitate swallowing movement.
Helps the body detoxify. Black pepper oil creates a warming sensation when applied topically, so it increases sweating. It also serves as a diuretic and increases urination, helping remove bodily toxins and excess water from the body. This reduces swelling and inflammation; plus it can help lower blood pressure naturally. A 2013 study published in Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics found that piperine supplementation helped normalize blood pressure, improve glucose tolerance (giving you normal blood sugar levels), reduce inflammation and improve liver function in rats fed a high-fat diet. These changes clearly suggest that peperine reduces symptoms of human metabolic syndrome by helping the body to remove toxins and reduce inflammation.
Diaphoretic & Diuretic. Black pepper oil, when ingested, increases sweating and urination. Both of these properties play an important role in the removal of toxins from the body, clearing of the pores on the skin, and disinfecting the body. Sweating and urinating help eliminate extra water and fat from the body, thereby reducing weight, lowering blood pressure and making the body very relaxed. These properties are also helpful for reducing inflammation.
Stimulates energy production. Black Pepper Oil is stimulating and is a good choice for inclusion in blends intended to help enhance alertness and stamina. Black Pepper should be avoided before bedtime. Consider massaging 1-2 drops into the soles of the feet daily, or diffusing as needed for increased energy.
Using Black Pepper Essential Oil
For a muscle rub: In a 5 ml roller bottle; add 5 drops Peppermint, 3
drops Clove, 5 drops Wintergreen and 3 drops Black Pepper essential oils. Top
To summon inner strength, diffuse; 2 drops Basil, 2 drops Bergamot, 1
drop Cinnamon, 1 drop Lemon and 1 drop Black Pepper.
Blend into coconut oil or basic salve recipe to warm and promote
If taken in large quantities, it may cause uneasiness, unrest, vomiting,
loose motions, irritation and inflammation of the intestines, sleeplessness, overheating,
and smelling strongly of pepper. However, there is nothing serious about these
symptoms. Keep pepper away from the eyes and nose, as it may cause irritation,
sneezing, and burning. Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of
children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your
physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
Other Names: Aceite de Bergamota, Bergamot, Bergamot
Orange, Bergamota, Bergamotier, Bergamoto, Bergamotte, Bergamotto Bigarade
Orange, Citrus Bergamia, Citrus aurantium var. bergamia, Huile de Bergamote,
MISCELLANY: Despite the fact that the bergamot fruit is
inedible, the oil has many culinary and house hold uses. It is the
characteristic flavor of Earl Grey tea, and is used as a fragrance for pipe
Essential Oil –
Method of Extraction: Cold Pressed or Steam Distilled (less
Bergamot is a plant that produces a type of citrus fruit.
Oil taken from the peel of the fruit is used to make medicine. Some people
treat a skin condition called psoriasis by applying bergamot oil directly to
the skin and then shining long-wave ultraviolet (UV) light on the affected
area. Bergamot oil is also applied to the skin (used topically) for a tumor
caused by a fungal infection (mycosis fungoides) and for pigment loss
(vitiligo). It is also used as an insecticide to protect the body against lice
and other parasites. Bergamot oil is sometimes inhaled (used as aromatherapy)
to reduce anxiety during radiation treatment. In foods, bergamot oil is widely
used as a citrus flavoring agent, especially in gelatins and puddings. In
manufacturing, bergamot oil is used in perfumes, creams, lotions, soaps, and
Healing with Bergamot
releases emotional pain
works as a powerful antidepressant
relieves joint and muscle pain
aids digestive system
soothes skin irritations
works as a sedative
cleanses oily skin
kills germs and bacteria
Analgesic: Bergamot essential oil reduces the feeling of pain in the body. Actually, it stimulates secretion of certain hormones which lessen the sensitivity of nerves to pain. Therefore, it is very helpful in case of headaches, sprains, muscle aches or any other symptoms or ailments which require a heavy dosage of analgesic pills. This means that you can avoid the dangerous side effects of many over the counter pain medicines, which often have adverse side effects and can damage your liver and kidneys, as well as cause blood thinning and insomnia.
relaxes nerves and muscles, thereby giving quick relief for cramps,
convulsions, and painful muscle contractions. This can also be important for
people with chronic coughing or respiratory conditions, as well as asthma,
which is similar to a spasmodic reaction.
& Vulnerary: The same disinfectant and antibiotic
properties of bergamot oil make it a good antiseptic agent. It not only
promotes fast healing of wounds, cracks on the skin and heels, ulcers, eczema,
and itching but also protects wounds from becoming septic and developing deadly
tetanus. It not only treats and heals the effects of other infections but
inhibits the formation of new ones.
This property of bergamot oil is the reason behind its extensive use in
cosmetics and skin care products such as beauty soaps, creams, and lotions.
Cicatrisant means a property or an agent which helps scars and other marks on
the skin to disappear. It also makes the distribution of pigments and melanin
uniform, resulting in the fading away of marks and an even, attractive skin
tone. This essential oil is commonly used to eliminate the unsightly effects of
acne, which can leave noticeable scars and marks on the affected areas for many
discussed above, bergamot essential oil activates and increases secretions of
the digestive acids, enzymes, and bile and facilitates digestion. It also
synchronizes and regulates the peristaltic motion of the intestines and in this
way, it quickens the digestive process and reduces strain to the intestinal
tract. In this way, bergamot essential oil can reduce constipation, make bowel
movements regular, and prevent gastrointestinal complications like colorectal
cancer and other uncomfortable or dangerous conditions.
property of bergamot oil is popular among the younger generation who is always
trying new deodorants, searching for something refreshing and natural. Bergamot
essential oil is an excellent deodorant. Its refreshing aroma and disinfectant
properties, which inhibit the growth of germs causing body-odor, make it an
effective and attractive delivery system as a deodorant. Citrus smells are very
powerful and can overcome or eliminate many other odors, which is why Bergamot
oil is also used in room fresheners and sprays.
febrifuge is a substance or an agent that reduces fever and lowers body
temperature. Bergamot is a good febrifuge for a number of reasons. First of
all, as an antibiotic, it fights infections that arise from viruses, bacteria,
and protozoa that cause fever, including influenza (virus), malaria (protozoa)
and typhoid (typhus bacteria). Secondly, it stimulates the metabolic system and
gland secretions, thereby providing a feeling of warmth and resulting in
additional secretion (perspiration or sweat) from the Eccrine glands (sweat
glands) and sebaceous (sebum) glands, thus reducing body temperature. This can
also reduce the toxicity of the body through perspiration, and clean out the
glands and pores of any foreign toxins that can result in a variety of skin
& Sedative: The flavonoids present in Bergamot oil are
very good relaxants as well. They soothe nerves and reduce nervous tension,
anxiety, and stress, all of which can help cure or treat ailments associated
with stress such as high blood pressure, insomnia, and depression. They can
also stimulate the activity of certain hormones in the body, which induce
feelings of relaxation and sedation, like dopamine and serotonin.
kills worms, and it is a subtle and fragrant choice for children who have
contracted worms. It can also be applied on unhealthy, infected teeth or used
as a mouthwash to kill oral germs and protect teeth from the development of
cavities. Intestinal worms can result in malnourishment and other serious
deficiencies including various forms of anemia, so eliminating these worms,
particularly in growing children, is a very important application of bergamot
Benefits: Bergamot essential oil is also a tonic, which means that
it tones up the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, excretory, and nervous
system, as well as skin and muscles. It is also anti-congestive and is used in
vaporizers to relieve congestion and respiratory problems, particularly during
coughs and colds. It works as an expectorant to loosen up phlegm and mucus in
the respiratory tracts and helps the body to eliminate through natural avenues
like sneezing and coughs, thereby reducing the total amount of material and eliminating
some of the germs and toxins that caused the condition in the first place.
Uses for Bergamot
Anxiety during radiation treatment.
Developing evidence suggests that inhaling bergamot oil as aromatherapy does
help reduce anxiety in people receiving radiation treatment.
Assists in alleviating symptoms and complications
of bacterial infections – According to a study published in the April 2009
issue of the Journal of Applied Microbiology, bergamot oil can produce positive
results against Enterococcus faecium and Enterococcus faecalis bacteria that
are resistant to the potent antibiotic vancomycin. These enterococcal species
are a common source of a variety of infections, including urinary tract
infections (UTI), bacteremia, endocarditis, and meningitis. Just add bergamot
oil to your sitz bath or hip bath to help prevent the spread of bacterial
infections from the urethra into the bladder.
Acts as a substitute for statins – A newly
published research in the Journal of Natural Products revealed that citrus
bergamot has statin-like principles and carries the 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaric
acid (HMG) moiety. Today, 1 in 4 Americans over age 45 now takes
cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins, typically for the primary
prevention of heart attacks and strokes. If you’ll ask me, not only is their
benefit highly limited to those with a genetic condition, but these drugs come
with an avalanche of potential side effects, too. Keep in mind: there are far
better ways to prevent heart disease than taking statins or unnecessarily
lowering your cholesterol, including eating right, exercising, and maintaining
healthy vitamin D levels.
Psoriasis, when used along with UV light.
Early research suggests that applying bergamot oil to the skin along with UV
light is not more effective than UV light alone for reducing plaque psoriasis.
Treating a tumor under the skin due to a
fungal infection (mycosis fungoides), when used along with ultra-violet (UV)
Speeds up the healing process for cold sores,
mouth ulcers, and herpes – Bergamot oil has a similar antibacterial effect on
shingles and chickenpox, which are also caused by the varicella zoster virus
from herpes. Apply bergamot essential oil topically on affected area until
Helps prevent and improve skin conditions
from fungal infections – In a study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial
Chemotherapy, Italian researchers have proven bergamot essential oil’s amazing
antifungal properties when used as a topical remedy for infections brought by
candida fungus strains.
Helps reduce anxiety and stress – Experts say
that when used in aromatherapy preparations, bergamot oil can help lessen
stress and anxiety levels of patients prior to surgery. It also helps relieve
depression. Learn how aromatherapy can resolve your anxiety issues.
Protecting the body against lice and other worms
Loss of the color pigment on the skin
UNSAFE when used on the skin (topically), because it can make
the skin sensitive to the sun and more vulnerable to skin cancer. People who
work with bergamot can develop skin problems including blisters, scabs, pigment
spots, rashes, sensitivity to the sun, and cancerous changes.
Precautions & Warnings:
oil is POSSIBLY UNSAFE in children when taken by mouth in large amounts. There
have been serious side effects, including convulsion and death, in children who
have taken large amounts of bergamot oil.
and breast-feeding: Do not use bergamot oil on your skin if you
are pregnant or breast-feeding. It is POSSIBLY UNSAFE.
Bergamot might lower blood sugar levels. This could affect blood sugar control
in people with diabetes and cause blood sugar levels to go to low. Monitor your
blood sugar closely.
Bergamot might lower blood sugar. There is some concern that it might interfere
with blood sugar control during surgery. Stop using bergamot at least 2 weeks
before a scheduled surgery.
that increase sensitivity to sunlight (Photosensitizing drugs) interacts with
BERGAMOT. Some medications can increase sensitivity to sunlight.
Topical use of bergamot oil might also increase your sensitivity to sunlight.
Using bergamot oil topically along with medication that increase sensitivity to
sunlight could increase the chances of sunburn, blistering or rashes on areas
of skin exposed to sunlight. Be sure to wear sunblock and protective clothing
when spending time in the sun. Some drugs that cause photosensitivity include
amitriptyline (Elavil), Ciprofloxacin (Cipro), norfloxacin (Noroxin),
lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), ofloxacin (Floxin), levofloxacin (Levaquin),
sparfloxacin (Zagam), gatifloxacin (Tequin), moxifloxacin (Avelox),
trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Septra), tetracycline, methoxsalen
(8-methoxypsoralen, 8-MOP, Oxsoralen), and Trioxsalen (Trisoralen).
Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-67.
Sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) is most known for its
culinary uses. It’s highly nutritious with an abundance of vitamin A (as
carotenoids), vitamin K, and vitamin C. It’s also rich in magnesium, iron,
potassium, and calcium. The fragrant herb Basil is best known as one of the
most versatile herbs to use in Mediterranean and Eastern cooking.
½ cup of
fresh chopped basil (or about eight tablespoons) has roughly:
0 fat, protein, sugar or fiber
56 milligrams vitamin A (24 percent)
88 milligrams vitamin K (108 percent)
0.24 milligrams manganese (12 percent)
4 milligrams vitamin C (8 percent)
Health Benefits of Basil Leaf
Adaptogen: helps the body adapt to stress and to
normalize the harmful effects of stressors on bodily processes.
Antibacterial: The basil essential oil was active
against every strain of E-coli it was tested with. It was also shown to have
anti-microbial properties that were found to fight mold, yeast, and bacteria.
Anticancer: Clinical studies published in Nutrition
and Cancer also show that basil contains phytochemicals, which can help
naturally prevent cancer, including chemical-induced skin, liver, oral and lung
cancers. Basil is able to increase antioxidant activity, positively alter gene
expressions, induce cancerous-cell apoptosis (death of harmful cells) and stop
cancerous tumors from spreading.
Antioxidant & Anti-Inflammatory: as an
antioxidant and help the body get rid of free radicals. Sweet basil is an
excellent source of antioxidants such as phenolic compounds and polyphenols.
Research published in 2012 showed that these antioxidants make basil a great
choice for helping with inflammatory diseases. Because oxidative stress and
inflammation are often present with serious illnesses like diabetes and heart
disease, this research is promising for combating the increase in these health
Antimicrobial: against a wide range of bacteria,
yeasts, molds and viruses. This means you can add protection against the
candida virus and various forms of skin irritations to the long list of proven
benefits of basil.
Herbal Remedies with Basil
Calming the Stomach: One-half teaspoon of dried or
fresh basil leaf in water can often help soothe indigestion and alleviate
feelings of fullness.
Coughing and Colds: chew fresh leaves to calm
coughing or make a calming tea of dried basil to help soothe illness.
Facial Steam for Headache: A facial steam with dried
basil leaf can help alleviate a headache. Add a tablespoon of dried basil leaf
to 2 cups of boiling water in a large pot. Carefully lean over the pot, cover
head with a towel and breathe in the steam for 5-10 minutes until headache
starts to subside.
Stings and Bites: If you are working outside and get
bitten or stung by an insect and don’t have any plantain growing nearby,
chewing up a basil leaf and applying to the bite will help relieve the pain and
draw out the venom.
Blood Sugar: There is some evidence that basil can
help level out blood sugar if consumed regularly and drank as a juice or tea.
Stress Reduction: One herbalist suggests adding 2
cups of strong basil leaf tea to a warm bath to help reduce stress and
Basil Essential Oil Benefits
Basil Linalool Essential Oil is one of the finest oils
available for calming and focusing the mind, and is also useful for easing
tension in the head and neck. It is preferred as a mind-clearing oil for
spiritual meditation. Due to the high linalool content (which makes this oil very
relaxing) you can also use basil to help ease the transition into bedtime.
Basil also can help uplift your mood.
Cardiovascular Health: can help the muscles that
control blood vessel function to contract and relax, promoting healthy blood
pressure. Benefits of basil include the ability to help prevent dangerous
platelet aggregation, clumping together of blood platelets that can form a clot
within the arteries and cause cardiac arrest.
Cold & Flu: add one to two drops to a steam bath,
or make a homemade vapor rub using eucalyptus oil and basil oil that can
massaged into the chest to open up your nasal passages.
Detoxification: sickly rats were given basil extract
over a period of five days, they experienced significant improvements in
producing detoxifying enzymes, higher antioxidant defenses and a reduction of
fat buildup in the liver that can cause liver disease.
Fights Depression: Benefits of basil also apply to
those with mental disorders or mood-related illnesses, including depression and
anxiety. Basil is also considered an antidepressant by some since it can
positively impact brain function within the adrenal cortex, helping stimulate
neurotransmitters that regulate the hormones responsible for making us happy
Insect Repellent: research has shown that the
volatile oils found in basil can repel mosquitoes and help to prevent bug
bites. To make a homemade bug spray or lotion, dilute several drops of basil
essential oils with carrier oil and massage into skin or swollen bites as
Mood Enhancer: Inhaling basil can help restore mental
alertness and fight fatigue since it’s naturally a stimulant that works on the
nervous system and adrenal cortex. Many people find it beneficial for reducing
symptoms like sluggishness, brain fog and poor moods that accompany adrenal
fatigue or chronic fatigue. Diffuse basil essential oil throughout your home or
inhale it directly from the bottle. You can also combine a couple drops of
basil oil with a carrier oil like jojoba and put it on your wrists for an
Muscle Relaxant: you can rub a few drops of basil
essential oil along with coconut oil into painful, swollen muscles or joints.
To further help relax tense areas and feel immediate relief, try soaking in a
warm bath with Epsom salts and a couple drops of lavender oil and basil oil.
Stress Relief: Basil oil is known to be uplifting and
renewing, which makes it useful for lowering symptoms of anxiety, fear or
nervousness. Used for aromatherapy for centuries to help people deal with
racing thoughts and overwhelming feelings, you can burn basil oil at home to
relax and unwind. This can also work quickly for natural headache relief.
Massage one or two drops with a carrier oil into your feet or over your
adrenals nightly to reduce stress.
Basil Safety & Precautions
While basil is generally considered a safe herb in culinary
amounts, medicinal use of basil is considered “possibly unsafe” for children
and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Keep in mind also that basil
essential oil (or any essential oil) is very concentrated and merits special
precautions. Because basil could reduce blood pressure, in theory, it could
cause low blood pressure. Consult your healthcare professional before taking
basil (or any herb) medicinally.
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Arnica montana, also known as wolf’s bane, leopard’s
bane, mountain tobacco and mountain arnica, is a moderately toxic European
flowering plant in the sunflower family. Arnica grows mainly in Siberia and
central Europe, as well as temperate climates in North America. Arnica is an
alpine plant, growing in nutrient-poor soil. It can potentially reach a height
of up to 60cm, but this is unusual given the harsh conditions at high
altitudes. It grows in meadows up to 3,000 metres above sea level, where it is
exposed to strong sunlight. The higher the altitude, the more aromatic the
plant will become.
The plants are rich in inulin, a compound between sugar and starch that the plants store in their underground organs as a source of energy. It is used as a natural sweetener for diabetics. The Compositae contain selenium and arnica ash is rich in manganese. Both selenium and manganese are powerful antioxidants in the human body and in addition manganese is an essential element needed for healthy bones, wound healing, and the metabolism of proteins, cholesterol and carbohydrates. It may well be that it is this rich source of manganese that facilitates healing, acting in combination with the other plant chemicals. Manganese levels affect the levels of iron, magnesium and calcium in the body.
Generations of Swiss mountain guides chewed arnica leaves
to prevent fatigue induced by climbing. The dried leaves were used as a
substitute for tobacco, hence its common name of mountain tobacco. The dried
flowers promote sneezing, so it was also known as snuff plant. Fall kraut, fall
herb and wound herb, other eponyms, demonstrate the age-old use for the effects
The flowers are used as a compress for sprains and
bruises. Herbally, the plant has been used for traumatic injuries involving
bruising, and as a cardiac tonic for weak and weary hearts. It is also used
homeopathically to reduce emotional and physical trauma, support the heart, and
for weakness and weariness in the elderly.
Arnica is also used to stimulate the kidneys but can be
quite toxic in herbal solutions. The ingestion of large quantities can cause
irritation to the gut; a temporary stimulation is followed by a depression of
the circulation, respiration and temperature. Violent headaches ensue, the
pupils dilate and then muscular paralysis sets in. The whole nervous system is paralyzed
and death results. Arnica should be used judiciously on the skin as it can
cause nasty irritating rashes.
Mother Jai’s creates all-natural Arnica Oil in small batches in Arvada, Colorado. The herbal infusion is safe to use on the skin and works wonders on injuries and pain. When combined with St John’s Wort oil the benefits are doubled. Find it here.
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