Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Recipes That Pissed Off the Pharmaceutical Industry

Reposted from Health and Love Page

The combination of honey and cinnamon was proved to cure most illnesses. Most countries throughout the world produce honey, and scientists all around the globe note it to be extremely effective medicine for all sorts of diseases.
Another advantage of honey, is that we can use it without any side effects. Modern science claim that although honey is sweet, it won’t affect diabetics when taken in the right dosage. Western scientists have researched the following facts.

Honey and Cinnamon Facts!

Heart Disease: Replace the jam and jelly and prepare a whole new breakfast by making honey and cinnamon powder paste, and spread it on toast. This paste decreases the cholesterol levels and has a potential to prevent heart attack. According to studies, even if you have already experienced an attack, this paste can keep the next one miles away from you. Heart beat can be as well strengthen by regular consumption of this honey cinnamon combination.

Different nursing homes in Canada and America have successfully treated their patients, and have discovered that honey and cinnamon mix revitalize the veins and arteries as one ages, and has problems with their flexibility and blockage.

Arthritis: Adding 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a cup of hot water is extremely beneficial for people suffering from arthritis. It can cure even chronic arthritis if taken on a daily basis. A research that was conducted recently at the Copenhagen University discovered that out of 200 patients treated with a mix of 1 tbsp. of honey and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder prior to breakfast, 73 of them have completely eliminated the pain in the period of one week, and within a month, most of those who weren’t able to walk or move around due to arthritis, were now starting to walk with no pain.

Bladder Infections: Add 1 teaspoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon powder in a glass of lukewarm water. Consuming this mixture will kill the germs in the bladder.

Cholesterol: When a patient with cholesterol was given a mixture of 3 teaspoons of cinnamon powder and 2 tablespoons of honey added in 16oz of tea water, it decreased his/her cholesterol level by 10 % in a period of just 2 hours. Similar to patients with arthritis, regular consumption of this mixture (3 times a day) can cure any patient with chronic cholesterol. One journal says that if people take pure honey with food on a daily basis it will relieve cholesterol complaints.

Colds: Daily consumption of 1 tbsp. of lukewarm honey combined with ¼ spoon of cinnamon powder in the period of 3 days, will cure most colds, chronic coughs, and clear the sinuses. Moreover, it has excellent taste.

Upset Stomach: Honey combined with cinnamon powder cures stomach pain, and it is considered to thoroughly clear stomach ulcers.

Gas: Japanese and Indian studies showed that ingestion of honey and cinnamon powder mix relieves the stomach from gasses.

Immune System: Consuming this powerful combination of honey and cinnamon powder, boosts the immunity and protects the organism from viral and bacterial attacks. Honey was found to contain iron and various vitamins in large amounts. Regular intake of honey strengthens the white blood cells, which contain our DNA, to fight viral and bacterial diseases.

Indigestion: If you sprinkle some cinnamon powder on 2 tbsp. of honey and consume it before eating your meal, it will digest the heaviest meals and relieve acidity.

Influenza: A Spanish scientist has proved that there’s a natural ingredient contained in honey which destroys the influenza germs and prevents flu.

Longevity: Regular consumption of tea prepared with cinnamon powder and honey arrests the old age. Prepare the tea by adding 4 teaspoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder In 3 cups of boiling water. Consume ¼ cup of the tea, 3 to 4 times a day. It maintains your skin fresh and soft, and moreover it will increase your life span. It is said that even a 100 year old who consume the tea will begin doing the chores of a 20-year old.

Sore or Raspy Throat: Eat 1 tbsp. of honey and sip till it’s gone, whenever you feel your throat is becoming sore or raspy. Do this every 3 hours until you notice the symptoms are gone.

Pimples: A regular use of a paste prepared with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and 3 tablespoons of honey can help you get rid of all pimples from the root within 2 weeks. Apply it on the pimples before you go to bed and rinse it with warm water the next morning.

Skin Infections: If you apply equal quantities of honey and cinnamon powder on the affected parts, it can cure ringworm, eczema, and other skin infections.

Weight Loss: Boil honey and cinnamon powder in a cup of water, and consume it twice a day, half an hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and once again at night before going to bed. If you take it regularly, it can lower the weight even of obese people. Moreover, regular consumption of this drink, prevents accumulation of fat in the body, although the person might eat a high calorie foods.

Cancer: Regular consumption of 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder can successfully cure advanced cancer of the bones and stomach, according to recent research in Australia and japan. Consume it 3 times a day, in the period of one month.

Fatigue: According to recent study, the sugar sustained in honey is more helpful than it’s harmful to the strength of our body. If senior citizens consume equal amounts of cinnamon powder and honey, they will be more flexible and alert. According to Dr. Milton’s research, daily consumption of a glass of water with ½ tablespoon of honey and a bit cinnamon powder, twice a day (in the morning and in the afternoon about 3 P.M), can increase the vitality within a week.

Bad Breath: Most people in South America use hot water with added 1 teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder as a gargle, in order to keep their breath fresh during the day.

Hearing Loss: Equal amounts of honey and cinnamon powder regularly consumed in the morning and before bed, restore healing.

Toothache: Prepare a paste of 5 teaspoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and apply it on the aching tooth. You can apply the paste 3 times a day, until the toothache completely stops.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Frankincense Oil: The 'King' of Oils

Reposted from Dr. Mercola

Frankincense has a significant meaning in Christianity, and is believed to be one of the gifts offered by the three wise men to the newborn Jesus.

Today, this fragrant resin is transformed into an essential oil that's valued not only in religious practice, but also in aromatherapy and natural health. Read on to learn more about frankincense oil. 

What Is Frankincense Oil?

Frankincense, also known as olibanum,1 comes from the Boswellia genustrees, particularly Boswellia sacra and Boswellia carteri. The milky white sap is extracted from the tree bark, allowed to harden into a gum resin for several days, and then scraped off in tear-shaped droplets.2

Boswellia trees grow in African and Arabian regions, including Yemen, Oman, Somalia, and Ethiopia.3 Oman is the best known and most ancient source of frankincense, where it's been traded and shipped to other places like the Mediterranean, India, and China for thousands of years.4
The highest-quality frankincense is clear and silvery, but with a slight green tinge. Brown-yellow varieties are the cheapest and most readily available. In Oman, the best frankincense is usually reserved for the sultan and is rarely shipped out of the country.5

Frankincense is traditionally burned as incense, and was charred and ground into a powder to produce the heavy kohl eyeliner used by Egyptian women. Today, this resin is steam-distilled to produce an aromatic essential oil with many benefits.

Frankincense oil has a woody, earthy, spicy, and slightly fruity aroma, which is calming and relaxing. It's said to be sweeter, fresher, and cleaner than frankincense resin.6  

Uses of Frankincense Oil

Frankincense oil has long been revered in the Middle East, where it's been used in religious ceremonies as an anointing oil for thousands of years. It is also a popular ingredient in cosmetics, and has even been found in the remains of Anglo-Saxons and ancient Egyptians.7

I believe that frankincense oil is one of the top essential oils you can use for your health. It's known for its comforting properties, and is useful for visualizing, improving one's spiritual connection, and helping overcome stress and despair.8

 In aromatherapy, frankincense oil is either inhaled or diffused via a vaporizer – a very effective sedative that induces a feeling of mental peace, relaxation, and satisfaction, and helps relieve anxiety, anger, and stress.9 

Frankincense oil promotes healthy cell regeneration and keeps existing cells and tissues healthy. It's useful for skin health, and can help treat dry skin, reverse signs of aging, and reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars.10 Frankincense oil's astringent properties help:11
  • Strengthen gums and hair roots
  • Stop wounds from bleeding
  • Speed up the healing of cuts, acne, insect bites, and boils

Composition of Frankincense Oil

The main components of frankincense oil are ketonic alcohol (olibanol), resinous matters (30 to 60 percent) and terpenes such as a-and p-pinene, camphene, dipentene, and phellandrene.12 It also contains alpha pinene, actanol, bornyl acetate, linalool, octyl acetate, incensole, and incensyl acetate.13

The monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes are the most valuable elements of frankincense oil.  According to the book, "Reference Guide for Essential Oils," by Connie and Alan Higley, monoterpenes help prevent and discharge toxins from your liver and kidneys, and have antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulating, analgesic (weak), and expectorant properties.14

Meanwhile, sesquiterpenes can go beyond the blood-brain barrier and simulate the limbic system of your brain, as well as your hypothalamus, and pineal and pituitary glands.15

Benefits of Frankincense Oil

The health benefits of frankincense oil are mostly attributed to its anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic, disinfectant, digestive, diuretic, and expectorant properties. It also has cicatrisant, carminative, cytophylactic, emenagogue, uterine, and vulnerary effects.
Frankincense oil is considered a tonic, as it benefits all the systems operating in the body, including the digestive, respiratory, nervous, and excretory systems. It also aids the absorption of nutrients and strengthens your immune system.16 Frankincense oil has been found useful for certain health conditions, such as:
Arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) — Research by Cardiff University scientists found that frankincense can inhibit the production of key inflammatory molecules, helping prevent the breakdown of the cartilage tissue that causes these conditions.17
In addition, Indian frankincense or boswellin, also a member of the Boswellia genus, has been found to significantly reduce inflammation in animal studies. It is actually one of my personal favorites, as I have seen it work well as a natural painkiller for many of my former rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients.
Colds and respiratory disorders — Frankincense oil can break up phlegm deposits in your respiratory tract and lungs, and can relieve bronchitis-related congestion.18
Oral health problems — The antiseptic qualities of this oil can help prevent bad breath, cavities, toothaches, mouth sores, and other infections.19
Digestive disorders — Frankincense oil speeds up the secretion of gastric juices, bile, and acids, and stimulates peristaltic motion to allow food to move properly through your intestines.20
Uterine health — Frankincense oil regulates estrogen production in women and reduces the risk of post-menopause tumor or cyst formation in the uterus (uterine cancer). It also regulates the menstrual cycle of premenopausal women.21

Frankincense is also being studied for its potential to treat cancer. Scientists have observed that there's an agent in this oil that may help stop cancer from spreading.22

How to Make Frankincense Oil

Frankincense oil is made by steam-distilling the raw resin. When buying frankincense oil, make sure that you only choose 100 percent pure essential oil of the highest quality.

Also, do not confuse frankincense essential oil with fragrance oil. Essential oils come from plants, while fragrance oils are usually artificially created and often contain synthetic chemicals. Although they smell good and are typically less expensive, fragrance oils do not give you the therapeutic benefits of organic essential oils.23

How Does Frankincense Oil Work?

The effects and benefits of frankincense oil can be acquired by applying it topically, inhaling it using a diffuser or vaporizer, or ingesting it in very small amounts.24 For pain relief, simply massage the oil onto the affected areas. Meanwhile, using a diffuser or inhaler works for treating colds and clearing up respiratory blockages. You can also sprinkle a few drops on a clean cloth and inhale the scent, or add it to your bathwater for a rejuvenating soak.25 

Frankincense oil can be directly applied to the skin or blended with other carrier oils such as jojoba, sweet almond, avocado, patchouli, rosemary, clary sage, citrus, and basil oils.

Is Frankincense Oil Safe?

Yes, frankincense is generally safe. However, I advise doing a spot test first, to check if you have any sensitivity to this oil. When taking frankincense oil internally, it's best to dilute a drop in an edible carrier oil (like coconut oil), a teaspoon of honey, or a glass of purified water or any non-acidic, non-dairy beverage.26 You can also put a drop or two under your tongue.27 However, ingesting this oil is not recommended for children ages 6 and below. Older children and teens may also require higher dilutions.

Side Effects of Frankincense Oil

There are no reported severe side effects of using this oil.28 However, in some rare cases, frankincense oil can cause skin rashes, gastrointestinal distress, such as nausea, stomach pain, and hyperacidity. It also has blood thinning effects, and may increase the risk of abnormal bleeding in people with a bleeding disorder or taking anticoagulant medications.29

Frankincense essential oil is also not recommended for pregnant women and nursing moms, as it acts as an emenagogue and may induce menstruation, which may be dangerous for an unborn fetus.30