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Ancient Essential Oils Still Healing Today

You’ve heard of Frankincense and Myrrh but what about Spikenard?

Spikenard, mentioned in the Christian bible as, “very precious oil”, was expensive and highly prized in the times of the Old Testament. It was used for healing many ailments, including menstrual cramps, as this oil is a powerful antispasmodic, meaning it suppresses muscle contractions and spasms. Additionally, it soothes the mind due to its sedative properties and reduces inflammation. These are the reasons why it is the main ingredient in our Monthly Comfort Blend.

Now back to Frankincense and Myrrh. Apart from being tricky to spell, they’re both used in immune health. They both have been shown to protect the body by killing bacteria and fungi, and boost our immune system by increasing the function of white blood cells while reducing inflammation. We use both Frankincense and Myrrh in our Immune Booster to prevent you from becoming sick, but if you are sick the Immune Booster will reduce the length of time you are sick.

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The Connection Between Hay Fever & Your Immune System

What is Hay Fever?

A portion of the world’s population experiences hay fever around spring time. This percentage varies between counties but the CDC reports approximately 25% of people in the USA have seasonal allergies, aka hay fever. Hay fever symptoms include; itchy eyes, runny nose, blocked sinuses, sneezing, coughing and excess mucus production. These symptoms are associated with histamine production from your immune system. Basically, plant pollen levels increase in the air during springtime so we breathe more pollen into our airways, which triggers an immune response in people who are allergic to pollen. The immune system detects that the body is “infected”, but we understand that the body is actually just having an allergic reaction to pollen.

How do you stop Hay Fever?

Some allergies are genetic and some people with no family history of allergies may develop allergies. What we can do is help our immune system and its response to the allergen, ie. the thing that causes the allergy. As the human body produces histamine in response to a perceived threat to our vital organs (the allergen) some people are able to manage allergy and hay fever symptoms using antihistamines. Antihistamines are medicines that work by blocking the body’s immune response to histamine. There are both man-made and natural anti-histamines.

Aromatherapy can also help ease the symptoms of hay fever, colds and flu, while helping your immune system to work for you, not against you.

The one aromatherapy blend that has helped my family find relief from hay fever and also to prevent colds and flu, is the Immune Booster. Follow this link for more information on the Immune Booster and where to find it.

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The Difference Between Your Upper & Lower Respiratory Tracts

The respiratory tract of humans, and other animals, is separated into two sections based on the position and function of the organs involved.

The main difference between your upper and lower respiratory tract is that your upper respiratory tract mainly controls the transfer of air to the lower respiratory tract while the lower respiratory tract is mainly involved in controlling the movement of gasses into and out of the body.

You will notice that mucus is produced in both the upper and lower respiratory tracts as it is an important part of our immune system. Mucus captures foreign materials; such as dust, bacteria and viruses so that they are easily expelled from the body without causing an infection.

Your body may sometimes produce excess mucus which can cause symptoms such as breathing difficulties, coughing and wheezing.

Additional fun fact: The immune system has multiple barriers in place to prevent potential infections; especially at the sites of entry such as your nose, mouth, respiratory tract including the lungs, skin, eyes, etc. In addition to mucus, these barriers include enzymes, hairs, cilia, symbiotic microorganisms and much more.

For a natural way to clear and soothe your upper respiratory tract use Sinus Clearing Blend by Aromatherapy Clinic on your chest like a vapour rub, inhale directly from the bottle or add to a steaming bowl of water and allow the vapours to soothe your blocked and irritated airways.

For lower respiratory tract congestion and a chesty cough I recommend Respiratory Blend by Aromatherapy Clinic.

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Thank you for reading. We are here to help you on your journey to better health.

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5 Natural Remedies For Common Ailments

Headache

Apply 2 or 3 drops of Frankincense essential oil into the skin on the very top of your head and rub in with your finger.

Hangover

Massage a few drops of Grapefruit oil on your temples.

Stomach Ache

Massage your belly gently using diluted Peppermint oil.

Sore Throat

Throat gargle with one spoon of Swedish Bitters drops diluted in a half glass of water. (Swedish Bitters can be purchased from health shops or some chemists).

Wounds

To speed up wounds healing use a fresh leaf of Aloe Vera and squeeze the juice on the wound often. Aloe Vera acts also as an antiseptic.

IMPORTANT !!! Always dilute essential oils when applying directly on skin.

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