At first glance, oregano seems like a spice to add to pizza sauce or a homemade Italian dish. After working with essential oils for a couple years, I have developed a notable appreciation for oregano essential oil. It is an antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-parasite immunostimulant. In layman’s terms, oregano does not like the bad viruses and bacteria in the body, but supports the good ones. The main chemical composition in oregano essential oils is carvacrol, making it deter the growth of most bacteria without side effects. It can be used aromatically, topically, and internally, with a therapeutic grade of essential oil, as doTerra brand.
Personally, I do not diffuse oregano, as it is very strong. I have used it to cook, but note that it takes a tiny amount, so get some on a toothpick and not use as drops. Very strong. I do make up my cooty bomb sprays, which contain oregano. I also put 2 to 3 drops oregano essential oil in a veggie cap and fill with coconut oil for 10 day doses for GI issues, candida, and urinary tract infections. (Remember oregano attacks bad bacteria, virus, and fungus.) So I use it to cleanse. I can tell the difference in mental clarity and bloating. I have used topically on warts. It has reduced the wart, but you must remain diligent to eliminate completely.
Oregano, Wild Marjoram - Historic Usage
In ancient days it was used medicinally to cure an upset stomach, consumption, scurvy, jaundice, and to relieve toothaches, swellings and headaches. Greeks and Romans crowned young couples with garlands of oregano, and planted it on gravesites to provide happiness and peace. In colonial times it was used in much the same way as sweet marjoram but the flavor of the leaves was not considered as good in cooking. (from NPS.org)
Great, I have all of these items in my refrigerator or pantry. Unfortunately, since the 1940’s American food producers have been obsessed with bacteria by destroying all bacteria through pasteurization, sterilization, and canning. These processes kill the bad bacteria and all the once beneficial fermentation in the sauces, cheeses, and pickles. Today, you stroll the aisles looking at the dead versions of fermented foods - mayonaise, sausages, ketchup, dill pickles - all dead through canning. Today you can make your own fermentations or pay big bucks at the specialty counters for non-pasteurized dill pickles, olives, sauerkraut. If it is canned, it was cooked to contain the bacteria and extend it’s shelf life. Instead you want a beverage or food that was processed (feremented), but not pasteurized. An example is kombucha.
I used Wardee Hardmon’s Traditional Cooking School and her lacto-fermentation mini course as my information source, but there are many to use. http://gnowfglins.com/category/fermenting-and-culturing/
I used this dill pickle recipe Lacto-Fermented Dill Pickle Slices
3-6 whole, fresh, organic cucumbers (amount depending on the size of your cukes)
1/2 yellow onion
2-4 cloves garlic
1/2 t. dill
1 t. organic loose leaf or a pinch ground black tea
1 T. sea salt
Wash cucumbers and slice into chips. Peel and slice onion into rings. Crush and peel garlic cloves.
Layer cucumbers, onions and garlic in a clean quart-sized canning jar, packing tightly up to about 2 inches below the rim of the jar. Sprinkle with dill and black tea.
In a separate jar, combine the salt and water. Cover tightly and shake vigorously to dissolve the salt.
Pour the salt over the cucumber mixture, topping off with water until the jar is filled about 1 inch below the rim. Make sure all the veggies are completely covered. If your veggies are having a hard time staying below the water (sometimes they will float) fold a clean cabbage leaf into the top of the jar, pressing it below the waterline to hold down the veggies.
Cap the jar tightly and set it out of direct sunlight for 3 days. (I place mine in a bottom cabinet.) After three days transfer to the fridge for longer storage, or uncap and enjoy!
Pickles are delicious!
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!
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Lavender Essential Oil - Calming - Regenerating - Healing
When in doubt, use lavender (lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender can be used topically, aromatically, and internally. I mostly use lavender to relax my mood, my bath, my behavior. I smell it out of the bottle to settle my mind. I put on my skin to sooth insect and bug bites. I spray on my bed to quickly relax to sleep. I put on my granddaughter to settle her behavior. I have eaten it as a soda, and as a trio blend of lemon, lavender, and peppermint for allergy relief. (Very effective for me); can be taken 2 drops each in a shot of water or put in a veggie cap with coconut oil)
This is a general list of ways to implement lavender into your healthy life.
What ways do you use lavender?
Skin Elasticity - yellow - Essential Oils to Supplement Skin Support
Frankinscense essential oil (boswellia) has been shown to encourage skin cell growth and effectively rejuvenates your skin. This ancient beauty helps to heal sores, reduces inflammation, and diminishes scarring. Renowned as one of the most prized and precious essential oils, Frankincense has extraordinary health benefits.* In addition to its notoriety in the New Testament, the Babylonians and Assyrians would burn Frankincense in religious ceremonies and the ancient Egyptians used Frankincense resin for everything from perfume to salves for soothing skin. This centuries-old knowledge contributes to the modern uses of Frankincense today. It’s soothing and beautifying properties are used to rejuvenate skin and help reduce the appearance of imperfections. As the king of oils, Frankincense is known to support healthy cellular function.* When inhaled or diffused, Frankincense promotes feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness.
Grapefruit essential oil (citrus X paradisi) can be used as an astringent and helps balance oily skin. It’s loaded with vitamin C, a strong antioxidant, which fights free radicals and stimulates your collagen production. It’s great for treating wrinkles and acne at the same time while helping your skin glow with a healthy even tone. Referred to as a “forbidden fruit” and one of the “Seven Wonders of Barbados, ” Grapefruit was first documented in 1750 by Welshman Rev. Griffith Hughes. The name “grapefruit” is attributed to the fruits growing in clusters which resemble those of grapes. Known for its energizing and invigorating aroma, Grapefruit helps uplift mood and provides a clarifying effect to the mind. Grapefruit is also renowned for its cleansing and purifying properties and is frequently used in skin care for its ability to promote the appearance of clear, healthy-looking skin. Grapefruit can also support a healthy metabolism.
Myrrh essential oil (commiphora myrrha) helps balance the hydration within your skin, removes toxins, and has incredible reparative properties. This extraordinary essential oil drastically helps improve dry and crepey looking skin. Myrrh works quickly to revitalize and rejuvenate your skin. Ancient records show that Myrrh was deemed so valuable that at times it was valued at its weight in gold. Myrrh essential oil is derived from the gummy resin of the small, thorny Myrrh tree and has been used for centuries for its internal and external health benefits. Myrrh has been used throughout history as a perfume, incense, and health aid. It was also employed in embalming and religious ceremonies. Myrrh has powerful cleansing properties, especially for the mouth and throat. It is also soothing to the skin—promoting a smooth, youthful-looking complexion—and promotes emotional balance and well-being.
Helichrysum essential oil (helichrysum italicum) is a small perennial herb with narrow, silver leaves and owers that form a cluster of golden yellow, ball-shaped blossoms. The name “Helichrysum” is derived from the Greek “helios” meaning sun and “chrysos” meaning gold, referring to the color of the owers. Helichrysum has been used in herbal health practices since ancient Greece and the oil is highly valued and sought after for its many health bene ts. Helichrysum is best known for its restorative properties to the skin. Also referred to as the Everlasting or Immortal Flower, Helichrysum is used in anti-aging products for its rejuvenating bene ts to the skin. Helichrysum can help reduce the appearance of blemishes, and it promotes a glowing, youthful complexion.
*doTerra site used for most information
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Chemist and perfume manufacturer Rene Maurice Gattefosse made major discoveries in the benefits of the essential oil lavender when in a laboratory accident in 1910 an explosion severely burned Gattefosse. The French chemist had only lavender essential oil nearby to soothe the burns. He plunged his arm into the tub of liquid and was amazed at the results. In rinsing his hand and arm with lavender, he noticed that it stopped “the gasification on the tissue.” His burns quickly healed with very little scarring. With initial motivation, Gattefosse began extensive research into many essential oils - ones previously used for perfumes were not studied for medicinal benefits.
Today’s medicine cabinet defintely should contain true lavender essential oil available at mydoterra.com/debrapeters
Lavender Essential Oil - Calming to skin and spirit
***Remember to dilute in coconut oil for sensitive skin.
Doing the Laundry in the late 1800's - very time consuming
Nobody, especially the person in charge of keeping the laundry washed, dried, and put away wants to revert to the good 'ole days; but most people are interested in what they did that was healthier than today's harsh chemical and unknown carcinogenic. The soaps were natural. Some were harsh, but many were soothing, yet natural and cleansing. Those products are now being used again in today's laundry detergent. (Recipe below)
ringer washers by Maytag invented in 1907 & a common household appliance in the 1920's in america
With the advent of modern washers , American homes began to wash their clothes more often in the search of convenience and cleanliness. In the 1880's pulverized dry soap was introduced as a convenience, especially as women entered the upstarting industrial market. In the 1930's synthetic detergents by companies as BASF's Fewa and Proctor & Gamble's Dreft were introduced to the increasingly urban American society. Industrial strength Tide was marketed after WWII in 1949. Americans began their attachment to cleaning supplies purported by advertisement and harsh chemicals. Now many people think that petroleum based chemicals and bleach mean clean. There are other ways to clean and deodorize. See recipe below.
today's consumer is turning more and more to natural solutions, especially within their homes
RECIPE FOR HOMEMADE LAUNDRY
Fels Naptha Bar (grated)
Put into a pot of warm to hot water, but not boiling water. Stir until melted
1 1/2 cups Borax
1 1/2 cups washing soda
Sitr until dissolved
1 cup OnGuard Laundry detergent from doTerra
Put into 5 gallon bucket and fill with water.
Let set overnight
Add essential of choice as lemon, citrus bliss, OnGuard, or Purify (blends from doTerra)
Stir with hand blender to blend to same consistency.
LASTS A LONG TIME!
The cost was about $35 for supplies. All but the Fees Naptha, which uses the entire bar each recipe, will make at least four 5-gallon buckets of detergent. So for under $40, I will have 25 gallons of detergent. That is super inexpensive, natural, contains no fragrances nor petroleum products.
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