Diagnosing And Treating Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can usually be diagnosed on physical examination. Sometimes tests are useful to determine the extent of disease. An ultrasound can check the structure of the veins, blood flow, and look for blood clots. Rarely, a venogram is ordered. Dye is infused into the veins for a better picture of blood flow than ultrasound can provide. Care usually starts with seeing a personal or family physician, who may refer a specialist. There are several types of doctors who care for varicose and spider veins, including:

  • Phlebologist – a vein specialist
  • Vascular medicine – focuses on the blood system
  • Vascular surgeon – who can perform surgery if necessary
  • Dermatologist – specializing in skin conditions

Treatment

Varicose and spider veins are treated with lifestyle changes and medical procedures. The goal is to relieve symptoms, prevent complications and improve appearance. Lifestyle changes are recommended for disease with non or only mild symptoms, and more for severe symptoms, where medical treatments may be necessary.

Compression Stockings
Compression stockings put pressure on the veins. There are three types: support pantyhose, over-the-counter (OTC) gradient compression hose, and prescription-strength gradient compression stockings. Support pantyhose deliver the least amount of pressure, all over, instead of where it is needed most. OTC offer slightly greater pressure than pantyhose. Prescription-strength gradient compression hose deliver the greatest pressure. They require a trained person to fit the hose individually.

Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for both spider and varicose veins. It’s very effective when done correctly. The doctor uses a needle to inject a liquid chemical into the vein. It causes the vein walls to swell, stick together, and seal shut. The vein becomes scar tissue, which stops the flow of blood. It’s done in a doctor’s office, doesn’t require anesthesia, and normal activity can be resumed immediately. At times, the involved veins need more than one treatment. Treatments are usually done every 4-6 weeks. Gradiant compression stockings may be recommended to help with healing and decrease swelling. Side effects include:

  • Stinging, red, raised patches of skin or bruises at the injection site. They disappear shortly after treatment.
  • Spots, brown lines, or groups of fine-red blood vessels at the treatment site. They resolve right after treatment.
  • Lumps of blood get trapped in the vein and cause inflammation. It isn’t dangerous, but there may be swelling, which can improve by applying heat. A doctor can drain the blood, if necessary.
  • There is a type of sclerotherapy in which ultrasound is used to guide the needle. It can be useful to treat veins which cannot be seen on the surface of the skin. It may be used after surgery or other treatments, if the vein returns.

Surface Laser Treatments
Laser treatments can be effective on spider veins and small varicose veins. The technique sends strong bursts of light into the vein, which causes the vein to fade and disappear. It isn’t safe for some skin types. The heat from the laser can be painful. Cooling can reduce the pain. Treatments take 15-20 minutes; usually two to five treatments are needed. It is not effective for varicose veins larger than 3.0 mm (about a tenth of an inch.) It allows usual activity immediately. Side effects include:

  • Redness or swelling, which quickly disappears.
  • Discolored skin, which disappears in 1-2 months.
  • Burns and scars from poorly performed laser surgery (rare).

Endovenous techniques (radiofrequency and laser), and surgical procedures are reserved for severe disease.

Prevention/Lifestyle Management

Not all spider and varicose veins are preventable, but there are some steps to take to prevent or minimize the appearance of new varicose or spider veins, and to care for your skin and health in general. Some of these measures can also help ease discomfort:

  • Wear natural sunscreen (without parabens or petrochemicals) to protect your face and minimize spider veins on the face.
  • Exercise regularly, focusing on exercising the legs. Running and walking are good exercises.
  • Control weight to avoid too much pressure on the legs.
  • Don’t cross your legs for long periods of time while sitting. It can injure the legs. A minor injury increases risk of varicose veins.
  • Elevate legs while resting
  • Don’t sit or stand for long periods of time. If spending considerable time standing is required, shift weight from one leg to the other every few minutes. With prolonged sitting, stand up and move around or take a brief walk every 30 minutes.
  • Wear elastic support stockings.
  • Avoid wearing high heels for long periods of time. Lower-heeled shoes can help tone the calf muscles for good blood flow.
  • Eat a low-salt, high-fiber diet to help the swelling and avoid constipation.
  • Take proper care of your skin – it is your body’s largest organ. Avoid potentially harmful skincare ingredients, and instead use 100% pure botanical ingredients to moisturize, nourish and tone your skin. This will help it to maintain a youthful, healthy glow.

More Facts About Varicose Veins

More than half of people have varicose veins at age 50 and older. It’s extremely rare for spider veins to lead to serious health problems.

If the vein becomes red, tender, or warm to the touch, bleeds, causes a rash or discolored skin, or if the veins are interfering with daily activities, a physician should evaluate the condition. Wear gradient-compression support stockings as much as possible. New spider veins and varicose veins can develop because there is no cure for weak valves.

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Swollen Gums Causes

Red, swollen gums that are painful are a classic symptom of active gum disease due to bacterial plaque around the teeth. Sore, swollen gums are your body’s way of getting your attention to let you know that gingivitis has started or is progressing into more severe forms of periodontitis.

Here’s some great ways to fight and treat gum disease.

Swollen gums around a tooth can also be a side effect of:

  • Prescription medications
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth control pills
  • Active ingredients in toothpaste
  • Viral infections
  • Fungal infections
  • Improperly fitted dentures
  • Allergic reactions
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Wisdom tooth eruption

Swollen gums from braces are usually due to how difficult it is to keep the area thoroughly clean as well as a response to metallic appliances within your mouth. If you have swollen gums around wisdom teeth or erupting teeth, this tends to be a normal part of the eruption process although it could be an indicator of a cyst formation.

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Tailored Preventive Oral Health Intervention Improves Dental Health Among Elderly

A tailored preventive oral health intervention significantly improved the cleanliness of teeth and dentures among elderly home care clients. In addition, functional ability and cognitive function were strongly associated with better oral hygiene, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The study is part of a larger intervention study, NutOrMed, and the findings were published in the Age and Aging journal.

The NutOrMed – optimizing nutrition, oral health and medication for older home care clients – study was started in 2013, comprising a six-month oral health and nutrition intervention among home care clients aged 75 years or older.

An interview and an oral clinical examination were carried out in the intervention group of 151 participants and in the control group of 118 participants. The mean age of the intervention group was 84 years, and 85 years in the control group. The intervention group received a tailored intervention of oral and denture hygiene. They were advised to brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and to clean interdental spaces, dentures and oral mucosa daily. Both groups were re-interviewed and re-examined after six months.

The intervention significantly reduced the number of plaque-covered teeth and improved denture hygiene. The reduction in the number of plaque-covered teeth was associated with functional ability and cognitive function. Despite the positive effect, nearly half of the teeth in the intervention group had plaque even after the intervention. In the control group, oral health habits deteriorated during the 6-month follow-up.

Oral health markedly affects the quality of life, nutrition and general health in older adults. Cognitive impairment and functional dependency often lead to compromised daily oral hygiene. It is a responsibility of oral care personnel to plan an individualized and realistic preventive regime for elderly home care clients. For clients who need daily help with oral hygiene procedures, support in oral hygiene should be incorporated into the daily care plan carried out by home care nurses.

Study: Oral Health Key To Understanding Humanity’s Past

A research team from UNLV and the University of Arkansas has released a groundbreaking study that challenges conventional wisdom about human health and the evolution of nutrition in the Stone Age.

The findings, published recently in the Journal PLoS One, looked at oral health of the current day Hadza tribe in Tanzania, Africa – some of the last known hunter-gatherers – as their lifestyle changes from foraging for wild foods to an agricultural-based diet.

Anthropologists have long held that Neolithic humans transitioning thousands of years ago from hunting and gathering to farm-based diets often suffered from tooth decay and gum disease. This contributed to suggestions that humans are better off with a wild-food-based diet as opposed to one where staples might be foods like corn or potatoes.

However, research by Alyssa Crittenden, Lincy Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UNLV, Peter Ungar, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas, and New York dentist John Sorrentino suggests that may not be the case.

“The Hadza offer us a window into the past and challenges the prevailing assumption that foragers were healthier than after they switched to an agricultural diet based on cereals such as corn and wheat,” Crittenden said. “For example, our results show that a person’s sex and where they live really influences how healthy their teeth are.”

Unger explained, “The transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture is routinely associated with declines in oral health, because of increased consumption of carbohydrates and growth of bacterial colonies in dental plaque linked to the development of tooth decay.”

Oral Health Influences

By studying the Hadza tribe the research team showed oral health was greatly influenced by gender, residence, and behavior. For instance, men living in the bush suffered greatly from tooth decay and other oral health issues, likely because they use their teeth as tools to make hunting instruments such as arrows and smoke more tobacco – which can lead to cavities. However, Hadza men living in the village who have transitioned to an agricultural diet show a marked difference in oral health and have healthier teeth and gums.

Conversely, women living on wild-food diets in the bush had the best oral health and women living on agricultural diets in villages had the worst teeth. These patterns show that diet and sex interact to lead to oral health outcomes – something that has been often overlooked among transitioning populations.

“The presumptions we have long held about oral health and the transition from a foraging to an agricultural diet are not as clear cut as we once thought,” Crittenden said.

The team, which also includes co-author Sheniz Moonie, Associate Professor in the School of Community Health Sciences at UNLV, has also discovered that several variables can influence tooth decay in addition to diet and gender. These include a person’s bacterial environment, oral microbiome, eating frequency, the rate of dental wear, and even genetic predisposition.

The team plans to further study the role that each factor may play in overall health as the Hadza continue their transition away from foraging.

Evening Primrose Oil Preparation And Medicinal Uses

Expeller pressing refers to the process of slowly breaking down evening primrose seeds under mechanical pressure, such as two rotating metal plates, to release the fats. Cold pressed means that the oil was expeller pressed at a low temperature. The low temperature prevents the oil from spoiling and helps it retain the beneficial properties of the plant, including plant sterols. The volatility of the valuable compounds being extracted make it a very delicate process that must be carried out in a narrow temperature range.

Solvent Extraction

The amount of oil collected from the evening primrose seed is fairly low, but it is very valuable. The amount of oil collected is greatly increased by using a solvent such as hexane during the extraction process. The hexane is then removed under pressure at low temperatures. In an effort to remove the risk of exposure to solvent altogether, different companies have explored alternative methods. One is supercritical fluid extraction using carbon dioxide. This involves performing the oil extraction under carefully monitored temperature and pressure conditions, and using carbon dioxide to draw out the maximum amount of oil.

Uses In Ayurvedic And Chinese Medicine

Evening primrose oil is considered cooling and nourishing in Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional medicine system of India, making it useful for inflammatory conditions. It is used in eczema, allergies, autoimmune disease, and immune deficiencies. Both Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine recognize the value of evening primrose oil for managing the female reproductive cycles, and in Chinese medicine, it is used to move the blood and improve circulation.

Women’s Health

Evening primrose oil is most sought after as an aid for women’s health, including breast cysts and pain, also called mastalgia, PMS, high blood pressure in pregnancy, facilitating labor and managing hot flashes in menopause. There is a need for larger trials to confirm its benefit in treatment, but the anti-inflammatory action of evening primrose support its traditional uses for these conditions.

Eczema

Since the 1930s, researchers have believed that a deficiency of essential fatty acids (EFA) or an abnormality of EFA metabolism is at the root of eczema. People with eczema have lots of linoleic acid, but they may have trouble converting it to anti-inflammatory GLA. If that is true, it should be helpful to supplement with GLA-rich evening primrose oil. Studies have not consistently shown benefit, but it may be a matter of finding the right dose to use. It may be helpful at managing side effects from isotretinoin, an acne medication. More studies are needed to determine the efficacy.

Cardiovascular Health

Evening primrose oil has been found to help with pain and loss of nerve function associated with diabetic neuropathy. Results required taking a high dose of oil for six months, and worked better in people with well-regulated blood sugar. Evening primrose may also be helpful for managing blood sugar in women with gestational diabetes. More studies are needed. Because it assists circulation, there is interest in its ability to improve the symptoms of Raynaud’s disease, but again, more studies are needed.

Arthritis

Essential fatty acids have been studied for their ability to alleviate the pain of arthritis. The fats in evening primrose oil directly increase the amount of DGLA in the blood. DGLA is a strongly anti-inflammatory fat that should work to reduce pain and protect joints. Some studies are promising, but more evidence is needed before evening primrose can be recommended as a first line treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.

Cosmetics

Evening primrose oil is used in cosmetic products such as soaps and lotions. It absorbs well into skin and softens it by infusing its beneficial oils. Topically, it is often used in conjunction with a carrier oil that improves the stability of evening primrose.

Traditional Uses

Native Americans used the leaves of evening primrose to make poultices for healing bruises and hemorrhoids. It was considered a remedy for rheumatism, paralysis, and gout. The whole plant prepared as a tea or tincture was used as a sedative for insomnia, restlessness and calming the lungs in congestions such as bronchitis. Its use for restlessness probably led to the modern suggestion that it is helpful for ADHD, but there is not yet enough research demonstrating that effect. It has also been used to help the body repair from the effects of too much alcohol.

More Facts About Evening Primrose Oil

Most evening primrose oil is sold in capsules. GLA is fairly unstable and goes rancid quickly, so look for products that have had an antioxidant, such as vitamin E added. Use manufacturers that you can trust. There are many examples of evening primrose oil being replaced in capsules by less expensive soy or safflower oil.

Allergies to evening primrose are rarely reported, but are possible. If you know you have an allergy to evening primrose flowers or to GLA, do not use evening primrose topically or internally. Ask your doctor about testing for an allergy to evening primrose or other plants in the onagraceae family.

Evening primrose oil has been studied and found to be safe in children. It is not a common allergen, but if your child has an allergy to evening primrose or other plants in the onagraceae family, do not use evening primrose oil topically or internally as a nutritional supplement.

You would not use evening primrose oil for cooking. It is extremely unstable under any heat, but the plant is edible and nutritious. Young leaves can be added to salad, and the roots can be eaten. A carrier oil such as olive oil could be infused with evening primrose flowers to capture some of the properties of the plant. The oil could then be used just as you would use an olive oil.

Shelf life for primrose oil is very short! Kept under proper storage conditions, evening primrose oil will only last about six months. Vitamin E is added to evening primrose oil to protect it from the oxidative stress that forms as oil begins to go rancid, extending its shelf life. Evening primrose oils need to be refrigerated, and when using it in preparations, it should be added after any step that involves heat.

Evening primrose oil is a good emollient, which means it is good at breaking down skin and softening it. Even so, the pores of the face can be more sensitive to clogging by thick oils. If you tend to have oily skin, evening primrose oil may be better used on other parts of the body.

Caution And Considerations

There has been some evidence that evening primrose will increase seizure activity. Do not use evening primrose, evening primrose oil, or evening primrose essential oil if you have epilepsy or are prone to seizures of any kind.

Evening primrose may increase bleeding, so do not use if you have a bleeding or clotting disorder, are on anti-clotting medications or are undergoing surgery.

Evening primrose oil can cause some stomach upset, nausea, diarrhea, loose stools or headaches.

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Gum Disease Signs, Symptoms And Stages

A combination of signs and symptoms may be present, depending on what severity of gum disease you have. Typically the early signs of gingivitis involve minor irritation such as bleeding or swelling of your gums.

Bleeding

Healthy gums should not bleed. If you floss regularly and brush along the gum lines, bleeding is not normal. However, infrequent flossing may always result in your gums bleeding due to the development of gingivitis.

Swollen Red Gums

Gums that are red, puffy or swollen are a sign of infection. Just as if you had another area on your body that was infected, swelling and redness would occur, alerting you to the condition.

Bad Breath

A bad taste in your mouth or bad breath may be a sign that there is biofilm or food lodged deep under your gums.

Gum Recession

The loss of your gum attachment causes the gums to creep slowly down the root of the teeth.

Tooth Mobility

As gum and bone loss occurs, your tooth has less stability. This may cause your teeth to shift into other positions or make them mobile.

Sore Teeth

When limited support structures are all that is holding your teeth into place, the delicate ligaments around your teeth can become strained.

Pus

Clear, white or yellow pus may begin to drain between your teeth and along the gum lines.

Stages Of Gum Disease

Gum disease starts out as mild gingivitis and progresses to different levels of periodontitis or periodontal disease. While all stages are part of the same disease condition, knowing how to identify gum disease developing in your mouth can allow you to be proactive about the treatment earlier on.

Gingivitis

The beginning stage of gum disease manifests itself as gingivitis. This is when you notice your gums bleeding during flossing and may have swollen or red gums just near the borders. Because gingivitis is just the initial inflammation of gums, it can easily be reversed within about two weeks.

Early Periodontal Disease

When gingivitis goes untreated, your gums begin to break down around the teeth. Early symptoms will include persistent inflammation, bleeding, and bone loss seen on your dental X-rays. You may also start to see mild gum recession in some areas. Early periodontal disease starts out localized, but if left untreated becomes more generalized throughout the mouth.

Moderate Periodontal Disease

This more advanced stage of gum disease is easier to spot. If you haven’t dedicated a lot of preventive care to your teeth, or do not see your dentist regularly, it may have allowed your condition to worsen without you realizing it. By the time you have developed moderate periodontal disease, gum recession is evident and there may be signs of tooth mobility. You may also start to notice dark areas between the teeth, where the gums have faded away.

Advanced Periodontal Disease

The most severe form of gum disease is advanced periodontal disease. Once you have lost several millimeters of bone around the teeth, your teeth become mobile, show severe signs of recession, and may even fall out. Specialized professional care is needed to delay tooth loss.

As if having different severities of gum disease were not enough, there are also variations to further describe the classification of your gum disease:

 

  • Localized Gum Disease – Restricted to a limited number of teeth in the mouth without having spread to surrounding teeth. Abnormal areas of bone loss are present in up to a few areas.
  • Generalized Gum Disease– Affecting most of the teeth in the mouth with generalized loss of surrounding bone structure throughout the entire mouth.
  • Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis– An ulcerative condition that involves necrotic “punched out” tissue, combined with swelling of the lymph nodes.
  • Hyperplasia– Thickness of gums associated with causes such as trauma, medication or irritation.
  • Pregnancy Gingivitis– Some women experience hormonal imbalances during their pregnancy, which results in the inflammation and bleeding of their gum tissues. This is usually atypical of their normal oral health, and it subsides after the birth of their baby.

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Cistus Essential Oil AKA Rock Rose

There are several essential oils that we have explained and explored that have various names. Some are harder to pronounce, some are a bit too similar to another, completely different type of essential oil. Today, we will be explaining the benefits of Cistus oil, not to be confused with citrus, which is often a blend of lime, lemon and orange oil. Cistus oil is also known as rock rose oil and it is extracted from the leaves and stems of a Cistus plant. An oil with a very strong, pleasant scent, it evokes amber, warm tones that are both heady and dry. It has been used in fragrances due to it’s lovely scent. Here are some helpful uses for this little known oil.

Skin Care

Cistus oil is tremendous for the skin. It is known for the ability to fight against the signs of aging as it naturally tones and tightens the skin. If you are suffering from crows feet, sagging skin or skin that looks dry and drab, this oil is the perfect anecdote to that. You can try adding a couple of drops of the oil to your toner or even your cleanser and make sure you cleanse your skin every night. Dirt particles and pollution surround the face much more than we realize.

Promotes Relaxation

If you’re having trouble relaxing or are constantly agitated or anxiety ridden because of your lifestyle, you need something that’s going to help you decompress and rejuvenate your system while allowing you to unwind. A couple of drops of this oil in a humidifier or a diffuser will help you unwind after a long day of various stressors having your attention.

Congestion

If you are suffering from colds or bronchitis, this oil can help provide you with some relief. Issues with upper respiratory functions such as asthma, colds, and coughs can be alleviated by using this special and powerful oil. Just a few drops mixed with a few drops of eucalyptus oil can be rubbed on the chest nightly to provide ease in breathing. You can also use it if you happen to suffer with allergies. Those seasonal pests can sometimes take you out of the game; congestion that prevents the proper use of your nose can be downright irritating. This oil will help.

Skin Issues

Do you sometimes deal with patches of eczema, psoriasis or rashes? This oil should be kept on hand. One of it’s key components is its ability to directly improve inflammation. It’s inherently anti inflammatory so any type of swelling, fissures or breakouts will subside substantially by incorporating this oil into your skin care regime. You can add a couple of drops to your bath for an all over treatment that will fortify every part of your skin. You can also spot treat problem areas that you notice are swelling or becoming red for whatever reason. Add a few drops of the oil into a carrier oil and you can apply it directly on the skin.

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Mentha Arvensis Or Mint Oil

Many are familiar with the essential oil peppermint. Even spearmint is pretty well known in certain health and holistic circles. However, Mentha Arvensis isn’t necessarily the same type of mint oil. It’s much more subdued and is usually referred to as water mint or corn mint. There are many different purposes that this oil serves and ways that it can be used for the betterment of specific ailments. The oil has a menthol quality, which makes it naturally cooling, and shares some common chemical constituents with many of the other mint variations that have already been mentioned. Here are some of the ways this mint oil can be helpful.

Digestive Issues

Do you find that you sometimes suffer from gas, bloating, constipation or a myriad of other very uncomfortable symptoms having to do with digestion? Digestive issues are so incredibly common and instead of reaching for the Tums or Alka-Seltzer, you should try treating your discomfort with some mint oil. Try adding a couple of drops of the oil to a lighter oil like apricot or jojoba. Rub it on your entire stomach, from lower to upper regions, and you’ll be stunned how fast it will start to provide you with relief.

Pain And Inflammation

Naturally, many of the mint oils have properties that are anti-inflammatory and pain relieving. This type of oil will work on many different types of pain. Do you suffer from arthritis or rheumatism and your joints start to bother you during a specific time of the day? Keep a bit of this oil on hand to rub into your problem areas. If you suffer from leg cramps or spasms, this oil also helps those as well. You don’t need to suffer from tremendous discomfort and pain when this oil can provide you a bit of ease and relief with simple and consistent application.

Mood Enhancer

This oil is an intrinsic mood lifter. If you are feeling boggled down or overwhelmed, this oil can be a real pick me up. It awakens the senses and can lift moods easily. It’s also known to help keep people energized for specific tasks. This includes increasing mental clarity. Put a couple of drops in your palms and then inhale deeply a few times. This will awaken your senses and immediately rid your consciousness of any negative or tired mood you had been grappling with prior.

Oral Care

Due to the antimicrobial, cooling and disinfectant properties of this oil, it’s a great addition to any oral hygiene routine. If you are suffering from bad breath it can be because of digestion issues or retention that is occurring with remains in your body. This oil can directly address that. Mix two drops of Mentha Arvensis oil in with lemon oil, salt and warm water. Use this gargle both morning and night to enjoy a much more refreshed and cleaner mouth. You can also directly apply the oil to teeth that are hurting. It works well on tooth aches.

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Camphor Oil Benefits

Camphor is an essential oil that comes from trees that are native to Japan and Taiwan which are notorious for their lush and green forests. The oldest camphor trees tend to be the most highly regarded and powerful. The leaves are the part of the tree that are used in the transmitting of oil. Traditionally, however, the wood and bark were used. There is a bit of a medicinal smell that is associated with the oil that is very distinct. It mixes well with sweet basil, rosemary, lavender and chamomile. Here are some of the great benefits of camphor oil.

Insect Repellent

So often it can seem like a real hassle and an undertaking to get rid of pesky critters. No matter the type of bug problem you may be experiencing, this oil can definitely assist. The aroma that is specific to the oil drives bugs absolutely bonkers. Whether you are dealing with moths, flies, carpet beetles or mosquitoes, this oil will keep them away. Mix some in a spray bottle with some lavender essential oil and rubbing alcohol. You can spray baseboards, clothing and even the outside of your house. Not only does it repel insects so you no longer notice them, it will also treat and kill bugs that happen to be looming right on contact. Not a friendly oil for little creepy crawlers.

Respiratory Relief

Being unable to breathe due to congestion can be really uncomfortable and borderline dangerous if not dealt with properly. In the event of a cold, pneumonia or bronchitis, camphor oil is the perfect oil to keep on hand. You can add a couple of drops of the oil into a humidifier or a diffuser to fill the room gradually. Or you can rub your chest with a mixture of camphor oil and coconut oil to allow the properties to seep directly into your skin.

Burns And Bruises

Due to the inherent healing properties of the oil, it can be applied to wounds that aren’t open, like bruises or burns. This will allow the wound to heal faster and can also help with the pain and soreness that is often associated with these types of wounds. Ensure that you aren’t applying this oil directly to an open wound. There are other effective essential oils that can act as an antiseptic.

Pain Reliever

There are components within camphor oil that can be used to ward off pain. Whether you deal with regular aches and pains, arthritis or a chronic pain condition, this oil can help to restore your body to a more aligned place with less pain. Due to the nerve stimulation that the oil provides it can eliminate discomfort, pain and even the itching sensation brought on by allergic reactions. Dilute a bit of the camphor oil with jojoba oil or apricot oil before rubbing it directly into the area that’s causing you trouble. The inflammation that can often be a result of some of these conditions will also be lessened when you use this oil.

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Lemon Oil Preparation

The essential oils of the lemon are taken from the bright yellow peel. This outer peel is called the flavedo and it is covered with tiny glands. Each gland contains one drop of essential oil. To extract the organic oil, the glands of the peel must be physically broken open. The main volatile oils in lemon peels are limonene, alpha-terpinene, alpha-pine, and the main polyphenols in lemon peels are eriocitrin, hesperidin, narirutin, and diosmin.

Expression or Cold Pressing

Expression refers to the process of slowly breaking down lemon peel under mechanical pressure to release the oils from the glands of the peel. This process uses Ecuelle a piquer or an apparatus designed to extract oils from fruit rinds. It began in France as a bowl lined with needles to prick the fruit’s peel and a funnel to collect the released oils. It has been modernized to accommodate commercial practices, but uses the same principles of poking and agitating the rind.

Cold-pressed means that the oil was expressed at a low temperature. The low temperature preserves the volatile oil, which provides the rich scent of the plant. The oil that is produced will range in color from a deep emerald green to yellow, depending on the how mature the plant was and which variety of lemon was used. If the oil is clear, heat was most likely used in processing, although a cloudy appearance is probably the result of bacteria or wax that has precipitated since processing. 

Distillation Extraction

Distillation extraction means exposing a plant to water or steam to break down the plant material and release the essential oil. The oils are cooled and condensed for collection. Distillation is used for lemon peel extraction, although the resulting oil lacks the rich color and odor of fresh lemon peels. This more mild scent may be the motivation for steam distillation, but it has two other advantages.

Steam distilled lemon peel oil will not contain the waxy residue that a cold-pressed oil would contain. This makes them less likely to clog oil diffusers, stain fabric and, as they are less biologically active, extends the shelf life.

The other result of steam distillation is to create an oil that is psoralen free or does not contain the furocoumarins. Furocoumarins have been found to be photocarcinogenic. When these compounds are exposed to light, they can cause mutations in cells that lead to cancer. This correlation between the use of lemon peel extracts containing furocoumarins and skin cancer was first explored in lemon oil as a topical application, such as lotions, in animal studies.

The way this photocarcinogenesis happens is not straightforward, making it hard to know whether all use of lemon oil is a risk factor for developing skin cancer. More recent human studies have found an increase in the incidence of melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma in people who eat more citrus fruit, although these studies were focusing on furocoumarins from oranges and grapefruit, not specifically lemons. More studies are needed to understand this phenomenon, but it does create value for “psoralen free” lemon peel extracts.

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Periodontitis Stages And Types

While periodontitis is a specific condition, there are various periodontitis classification categories that help identify the type of infection when being described among dental professionals. These classifications usually describe to what degree the infection has advanced, and how much of the mouth has been affected.

Mild Periodontitis/Early Periodontitis
This is the earliest form of periodontitis. Clinical findings show mild gum detachment with mild bleeding. There may be minimal bone loss evident on dental X-rays.

Moderate Periodontitis 
Moderate periodontitis exists when gum pockets measure between four and six millimeters in depth and there is clinical evidence of bone loss evident on the X-rays.

Severe Periodontitis
Severe periodontitis involves advanced bone loss with gum pockets deeper than six millimeters found during a dental examination. Bone has often receded so much that the furcation – division – of the back molar teeth are involved.

Chronic Periodontitis
This is the most common form of periodontitis. It is related to the amount of bacterial biofilm and calculus on the tooth surfaces.

Acute Periodontitis
Acute infections may affect only a localized area, but are often painful and quickly advanced. Acute infections may also involve periapical abscess – around the apex of the root – of the tooth due to the invasive condition.

Localized Periodontitis
When periodontitis is limited to just a few teeth in the mouth without having spread to other teeth it is considered localized. You can still have localized aggressive periodontitis, so being localized doesn’t simply mean it is minor.

Generalized Periodontitis
Generalized periodontitis affects several areas throughout the mouth. It may be a more mild form or can be generalized aggressive periodontitis.

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What Causes Rosacea?

The cause of rosacea is unknown, but it is thought to be a combination of hereditary and environmental factors.

There are some factors that can trigger or aggravate rosacea by increasing blood flow to the surface of your skin. Some of the factors include:

 

  1. Hot foods or beverages
  2. Spicy foods
  3. Alcohol
  4. Temperature extremes
  5. Sunlight
  6. Stress, anger or embarrassment
  7. Strenuous exercise
  8. Hot baths or saunas
  9. Corticosteroids, such as prednisone
  10. Drugs that dilate blood vessels, including some blood pressure medicines

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is made by examination of the skin, with consideration given to symptoms and fluctuation of signs and symptoms over time. There is no specific test for rosacea.

Treatment

Although there’s no cure for rosacea, treatments can control and reduce the signs and symptoms. The best result possible usually requires a combination of prescription treatments and lifestyle changes. Surgical and other procedures, as well as prescription drugs used for rosacea, may include:

Antibiotics. The antibiotics used for rosacea have anti-inflammatory effects. There are various methods of delivery, including creams, gels, or lotions to apply topically, and oral pills. Antibiotic pills are usually more effective for short-term consumption, but may have more side effects.

Acne drugs. If antibiotics are not effective, isotretinoin (Accutane, Claravis, others) may give a better result. It’s a powerful drug usually reserved for severe cystic acne. It’s tightly regulated, especially for treatment of women in their child-bearing years. It is known to cause severe birth defects. These drugs may have major risks; be sure to speak with your health care professional about potential dangers and side effects.

Laser surgery and electrosurgery. These may reduce the visibility of blood vessels, and remove tissue buildup around the nose, improving the appearance.
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Alternative And Natural Treatment

These are the most frequently used alternative treatments:

Chrysanthellum Indicum Cream uses an extract of the herb by the same name. Research evidence is limited, but adverse reactions are described as mild, and no greater than reactions to placebos. One study showed that the drug is significantly more effective than placebos.

Niacinamide cream, a form of vitamin B3, has been found to be an effective moisturizer, but data is scanty.

Azelaic acid cream, derived from wheat, rye and barley, is thought to alleviate redness and reduce papules and pustules.

Prevention And Lifestyle Management

Once treatment achieves remission, it can be maintained by identifying and avoiding lifestyle and environmental factors that trigger flare-ups or aggravate an individual’s condition. Suggestions to prevent flare-ups include:

  • Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Protect your face in cold weather – use a scarf or ski mask.
  • Avoid irritating your facial skin by rubbing or touching it too much.
  • Wash problem areas with a gentle cleanser (Dove, Cetaphil).
  • Avoid facial products that contain alcohol or other skin irritants. In addition, many skincare products contain potentially harmful ingredients.
  • Use 100% pure botanical ingredients to moisturize and revitalize your skin daily.

More Facts About Rosacea

It’s safe to wear makeup when you have rosacea. Consider using green-tinted foundations and powders because they are designed to counter redness. Vitamins K and A, taken by mouth, are said to improve symptoms. There is no conclusive evidence to support that, and taking excessive doses of any vitamins can be dangerous.

Discuss possible supplements with your doctor before you use them. Many false claims are made by manufacturers. You can go to the beach with precautions. Use a natural sunscreen (with no parabens or petrochemicals) generously and reapply at least every 2 hours. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and a use a sun umbrella.

If rosacea depresses you see your doctor. There are ways to treat depression. A rosacea support group can connect you with others facing the same problems. You can contact the National Rosacea Society for groups in your area or go online to find groups.

There is no evidence supporting the idea that teen acne indicates future rosacea. Spicy foods can trigger a flare-up. Learn what foods trigger you and avoid them. Because rosacea is an inflammatory process, anti-inflammatory foods may be of benefit. Contact the National Rosacea Society or your doctor for information on foods which may be of benefit to you. Ask your doctor for a referral to a counselor, to help you learn how to live with rosacea. You can have a fulfilling life.

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How To Prevent Gum Infections

Gum infections can be a sign that you are not effectively removing plaque and biofilm as efficiently as you thought you were. Even a small amount of plaque residue left along or under the gums and between the teeth can cause the onset of a gum infection.

The best way to prevent gum infections is to have exceptional oral hygiene practices. These include:

Cleaning Between Your Teeth

Be it with floss, a toothpick, or a water flosser, cleaning between your teeth is almost, if not, more important than brushing your teeth. The majority of gum diseases and infections originate between the teeth, where brushing does not reach. Be sure to clean the area at least once each day.

Brushing Effectively

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and angle the bristles toward your gums. Sweep the brush side to side in small motions, focusing on one or two teeth at a time. Be patient and spend at least two minutes during a single brushing, focusing at the gum lines.

Use Pure, Proven Ingredients

The best way to prevent infections is to kill the major cause – bad bacteria. A University of Kentucky study has shown three 100% pure ingredients kill the bacteria that lead to gum infection and other problems.

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Nutrient-Dense Smoothies

Meal prep can be a useful aide in the weight loss goal or nutritional goals one may set for life. This can be done many ways, but with summer right around the corner we have our mind set on one thing: smoothies! No matter your reason, packing a smoothie with your favorite fruits and vegetables is a great way to get those nutrients your body needs but may not be getting from your day-to-day diet.

The average amount of fruits and vegetables an adult needs is between 5-9 servings, which can be difficult to achieve for some people. Whether you’re on the go, busy with your growing family, or just tired from your routine, it can be hard to eat enough of the good foods your body craves for energy. Instead we reach for quick snacks like chips, pretzels, snack bars, cookies, or drinks that give us energy. The problem here is that these are considered “empty” calories. They also make you feel full but have little nutritional value. Yes, they are fast and easy, but are there any health risks?

Instead of processed foods, having a fresh produce intake can up your energy naturally, make you feel less sluggish, and encourage healthy cell regeneration throughout your body. Why reach for the chips when your “ready-to-go” smoothie can be just as easily accessible?

Sometimes, meal prep seems like it takes quite a bit of time and effort, but if you set aside just a few hours for one day, you’ll have your whole week prepped and you don’t have to think about it after that!

These smoothies took us 2 hours to wash, cut, peel, blend, and pour into their containers. This recipe made 8, 8-ounce containers. If you were to drink 2 a day, you have your full week’s worth of servings.

Lastly, this method is tried and true for hiding veggies that you may not like. If you have family members who are picky eaters, or you just can’t stand certain tastes or textures, smoothies are a sure way to get your greens in your diet.

 

Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

2 cups frozen baby spinach

2 cups frozen kale

2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped

2 cups frozen broccoli crowns

2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped

4 kiwis, peeled and sliced

16oz Kale Blazer, Naked Brand juice**

16oz Green Goodness, Bolthouse Farms brand juice**

**No endorsements were given for any brand names used. These were personal preference for taste. Feel free to use any organic fruit juice of your choice.**

Hyssop Oil And Its Many Uses

Considered to be one of the strongest antiviral essential oils to exist, hyssop oil contains almost every necessary chemical compound found in a plethora of other essential oils. Despite its complicated makeup, it’s exceptionally gentle. Since it is so complex in its makeup it can be helpful in a therapeutic way with so many health issues and concerns. Here are some of the ways in which this oil can be used.

Aids Digestion

Because of the stimulant properties within hyssop oil, it can be a great aid to the digestive system. When your eating habits are a bit rocky, it can be kind of hard to maintain a regular and normal cycle of digestion. This can cause cramping, bloating, discomfort, indigestion and nausea. This oil can help to increase the production of digestive enzymes that assist with the entire digestive process. Mix a few drops of the oil with some peppermint and coconut oil before rubbing it directly into your stomach. You can do this before or after a meal.

Skin Saver

Hyssop oil is a great home remedy for acne. Due to its cicatrisant properties it is known to be a highly effective way to combat breakouts. If you suffer from bad acne you likely also suffer from the scars that it leaves behind. Fortunately, the elements of hyssop oil can also target those spots and scars that make your acne a not so distant memory – even when your face is relatively clear from fresh breakouts. The oil can also be used on other scars like stretch marks. A mixture of hyssop oil with jojoba, coconut and tea tree oil is a perfect mixture to help fade marks and scars that may impair the overall tone of your skin.

Menstruation Pain Relief

Some women really struggle during that time of the month. Even for those who experience normal periods, it’s not a pleasant experience. But for others, a period can result in days in bed dealing with a great deal of pain. As an emmenagogue, hyssop oil helps to make menstruation more normal and regular by opening up the menses. It can be used for the varying symptoms that are associated with menstruation such as headache, backache, fatigue and mood swings. A mixture of hyssop with some lavender applied on the lower abdomen with help to alleviate the discomfort of monthly menstruation.

Immune System Support

We need a strong immune system in order to fight off bacteria, parasites and other illness causes. The aspects that allow the immune system to thrive as it should, rely greatly on digestion and circulation, which this oil aids tremendously. Regular use can decrease the inflammation in certain parts of the body that leads to poor function and makes the body more susceptible to outside forces. This happens on the molecular and cellular level. The antiviral properties that are inherent in hyssop essential oil allows the immune system to operate at a sound, elevated level, which helps to protect your health and wellbeing.

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