I use peppermint daily. It is a great invigorator as you drive, especially when you need to be more alert. I use either peppermint or cloves for my oil pulling, which give great breath and helps with bacteria in mouth. Peppermint on my forehead helps with headaches and tension. I use with the trio (peppermint, lemon, & lavender) for allergy relief. I have in my shampoo. I use sparingly when I diffuse, as it is quite strong. My granddaughter uses it with a digestive blend as the belly oil. I take a drop before and/or after heavy meals to help with bloating. Peppermint, as well as black pepper, is great to relieve cravings and pain. This is a great multi-purpose essential oil. I always dilute peppermint with a carrier oil as it may cause skin sensitivity. It is a stimulant, so do not diffuse or apply before bedtime.
Lemon Essential Oil - UPLIFTING, INVIGORATING, REFRESHING, & CLEANSING Citrus Limon
“We stopped cleaning our houses with lemon water and vinegar like our mothers did, and we clean with chemicals. We're breathing chemicals, and then everyone wonders why cancer is the biggest killer.”
Lemon is the most inexpensive essential oil, and it can be used frequently. Lemon can be used aromatically and internally. It can be used topically, but is a photo senstive essential oil, so should be applied cautiously. Do not apply and wear outside for 18 hours, as it may cause redness and burning. Also apply topically with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil. Lemon essential oil is made from the lemon peel or zest, so it has a slightly different taste from lemon juice, and packs a greater health benefit.
I use lemon daily. I add a drop or two to at least one glass of water daily. Lemon helps in digestion, as well as helps to purify the water. It boosts the immune system. I use lemon to clean - bathrooms, kitchen, and throughout the entire house. I also mix with coconut oil to polish furniture. I put in the diffuser to energize my mood and cleanse the air. It helps to remove toxins from your body and your environment. This is a great way to substitute soda in your diet when 2 drops are added to sparkling wter as Perrier. My family also uses the combination of lavender, peppermint, and lemon for seasonal allergy symptoms.
Lemon Essential Oil - Cleans and Freshens
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Early feminist, Lydia E. Pinkham, upheld women’s health with homeopathic remedies using herbal tinctures to relieve menstration and other womanly issues. Her early patent for Vegetable Compound may have been for economic considerations, but it helped many women who could not afford the common medicine of calomel, a mercury compound that was highly toxic and expensive.
Lydia Pinkham was born in 1819 to Quaker anti-slavery parents. Frederick Douglass, fugitive slave and aboilitist was a neighbor during her childhood. Like many women of the early 19th century, Lydia learned to grow, blend, and brew various herbal and root concoctions. Some called her a perveyor of snake oils, but the testamonials show great appreciation of her knowledge of tinctures and oils blended with herbs to create real medicine. Ms. Pinkham began giving her formula to neighbors, but eventually patented her medicine. She continued her quest to help women and their specific health issue, staying with the feminist movement in the 1840’s even though the rest of her family supported the anti-slavery movement.
Not surprisingly today the common medicine, prescriptions, has dangerous side effects that are many times ignored. The herbal solutions often are represented in mainstream medicine and media as “not safe, ” because they are not validated by the FDA. The five herbs contained in Lydia Pinkham's original formula are pleurisy root, black cohosh, life root, feugreek, and unicorn root. They were used by Native American tribes and used for anti-inflammaton and women’s issues. Today, they are used for the same things by herbalists. Also, today her legacy remains as a clinic (run by 4th generation in Salem, Massachusetts), many songs (including Lily the Pink 1968 in United Kingdom), and the family home on the national registry (Lydia E. Pinkham home in Lynn, Massachusetts).
In an old family album from the 1860’s (purchased at auction), I began to look at the photos and discovered that some were really ads. In particular, the photo of Lydia E. Pinkham with a reverse side describing the benefits of the Vegetable Compound. This family thought enough of Ms. Pinkham that they saved her photo in their important family collection of daguerreotypes, tintypes, and cartes de visite.
Lydia Pinkham is an inspiration because she used her knowledge of herbs to make the world a better place. She did not succomb to societal forces, but marched forward for women and homeopathic cures. Good job, Lydia!