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.
The best step to healthier skin starts with avoiding potentially harmful chemicals and using 100% pure ingredients instead.

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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The Phenomenal Benefits Of Neroli Essential Oil

Neroli essential oil requires a large amount of the flowers that come from the bitter orange tree. With a lovely fragrance of citrus and floral tones, it has been traditionally used for mood and aromatherapy purposes. However, it has much more to offer than its pleasant scent. The oil itself actually has properties that make it a great aid for specific ailments. Here are some of the ways that Neroli oil is a powerful oil that you should keep on hand.

Decreases Inflammation

Many pain conditions or conditions that cause irritation of the joints, muscles or nerves can be helped by the presence of Neroli oil. This is because it has natural therapeutic properties that work when directly applied to the skin. This means that acute inflammation can be calmed and subdued by the components within the oil. You can mix a couple of drops of Neroli with some jojoba oil and rub it directly on the troublesome areas that are giving you trouble.

Stress Reducer

Inhaling the scent of Neroli oil can help to calm you and better align your mood. If you find that you are easily stressed out or you deal with very stressful issues, get some Neroli oil to keep on hand. Whether your job is anxiety inducing or you lead a particularly tense kind of lifestyle, this oil will definitely provide you with the help you need. The mere scent of it can help regulate your nervous system and improve your endocrine system. Try burning some in an oil lamp or a diffuser.

Skin Saver

This oil is fantastic for so many skin issues. Firstly, it can repair skin on a cellular level. This means that it’s great in the cases of acne, scars, stretch marks or discoloration. Just a few drops go a long way. You can mix the oil in with a gentle carrier oil like a coconut oil and treat your scars with it twice a day. The oil penetrates the skin and increases the ways in which the cells rejuvenate themselves. This will cause scars to fade and skin to appear younger and more even.

Cleans Air

Due to its antioxidant and antibacterial components, this oil is great to fill the room with – not only because it smells amazing but because it actually makes the air cleaner and better. This oil can purify the air which means it can eradicate those germs and toxins that float around completely undetected. Add a couple of drops to an oil burner or a diffuser and breathe cleaner, better air.

Relieves Headache

If you are predisposed towards tension and stress-related headaches, this oil could be one that you need to keep on hand. Just a couple of drops and a cold compress will have your headache dissipating much faster. Be mindful to keep the oil away from your eyes, and lay flat for about 15 to 20 minutes as the oil seeps into your skin.

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The Grounding Scent Of Sandalwood Oil

Sandalwood oil is known to create a positive atmosphere of calm and mental clarity because of its rich and heady aroma. Another oil that is known in many aromatherapy circles because of its lovely fragrance, it also has amazing abilities that are tied to the oil’s topical properties as well. It has a woodsy smell that is used in many perfumes, incenses, aftershaves and cosmetics. It has been used traditionally in Eastern countries. It has many elements that some may be unfamiliar with. Here’s some ways that sandalwood oil is beneficial.

Increase Memory

Brain fog and decreased memory can really put a damper on your work and on your day. The ability to remember things, whether it be tasks, processes or specific facts, is incredibly necessary to the life of so many. Sometimes stress, health conditions and getting older messes significantly with one’s memory. Thankfully sandalwood oil has the capability to boost the memory. Because it naturally provides clarity and focus, it helps to improve the mechanism in the brain that creates and holds on to memories. Try soaking a cotton ball with sandalwood and putting it in your car.

Aphrodisiac

The smell of this oil is quite arousing for some and there’s actually a brain chemistry component to the reason why. It is a natural way to increase libido, especially in men. So if you or your partner is dealing with lack of sex drive or hasn’t been performing the way he once was, this is the perfect oil to incorporate into your relationship to increase successful intimacy. You can add a few drops of the sandalwood oil into coconut oil and it makes for a great massage oil to use on your partner.

Astringent

A great ingredient to incorporate into your skin care routine, this oil has mild astringent properties which can help to tighten your skin after it’s been thoroughly cleaned. There are many over-the-counter facial toners and aftershaves that have this oil as an ingredient. Unfortunately, those products also have harmful chemicals and ingredients included as well. It’s much simpler and healthier to use the oil itself or mix it with another light oil that has astringent qualities. This helps to cleanse, tighten and soothe the skin.

Cough Aid

If you’re the type of person who catches a cold around a certain time of year and has that pesky cough that lingers for much longer than any of your other symptoms, this oil can definitely help. As a natural expectorant, it has relaxing properties that will help fight the bacteria that are causing the cough. It helps to clear the congestion that lay dormant in certain parts of your chest and is able to eradicate the cough altogether. It’s also great in the event of a sore throat that can often accompany a bad cough. Mix a couple of drops of sandalwood with some warm water and salt. Gargle it twice a day and notice how your irritated throat improves tremendously.

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Living With Psoriasis

Stress can cause the immune system to send out chemicals that cause inflammation. In people with psoriasis, the immune system over-responds, sending out too much of the chemicals. The person with psoriasis needs to minimize physical and mental stress.

The itch of psoriasis can have a bigger impact on quality of life than visible lesions. It is a unique itch, often described as a burning, biting sensation. Some describe it as the feeling of being bitten by fire ants. At-home remedies for the itch include keeping skin moisturized. It reduces inflammation, itching, and helps the skin heal. Minimizing scaling and flaking are helpful. Cold showers and cold packs can help relieve itching.

Psoriasis can affect relationships in a number of ways. It can be difficult to talk to family and friends about the disease. Dating may be avoided due to poor body image. Genital psoriasis can have a significant impact on sex and intimacy.

Depression is the most common disease associated with psoriasis; it’s twice as common as it is in the general population. It can have a significant impact on quality of life. People with psoriasis are more likely to have suicidal thoughts and attempts. A person with the symptoms of depression should be seen by a physician. The symptoms include:

  • Inability to sleep
  • Inability to get out of bed
  • Loss of energy
  • Lack of interests in things previously enjoyed
  • Inability to focus

Working with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis can be challenging. Meeting with a supervisor to discuss how psoriasis may affect job performance is helpful. The workplace should be made comfortable. It may be necessary to invent ways to perform routine work tasks. The work area and schedules should be kept organized. Learn about disability benefits and eligibility requirements before they become necessary.

More Facts About Psoriasis

Psoriasis is not contagious because it is not an infection. Foods can improve or aggravate psoriasis. More information is available from the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF).

There are no reports of psoriatic lesions transforming into cancer. At the present time there is no cure for psoriasis, but there is ongoing research focused on finding a cure. You can pass on the genes for psoriasis.

Pregnancy can change psoriasis, and many of the medications used to treat psoriasis are not compatible with pregnancy. Discuss pregnancy with your doctors before getting pregnant. There is no clear connection between age and severity of psoriasis. One of the most powerful tools to help with managing the emotional effects is to get to know other people who also live with psoriasis. Go to http://www.psoriasis.org for ways to get connected.

Only one of the 5 types of psoriasis can potentially be deadly – erythrodermic psoriasis. This type is rare, occurring in only 3 percent of people with psoriasis. Death is exceedingly rare.

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How To Prevent Gingivitis

The good news is that gingivitis is very easy to prevent! Most of the time, gingivitis symptoms occur in areas that need more thorough oral hygiene. While you might think you’re already practicing great oral hygiene, you might want to review the following tips to ensure you’re cleaning your teeth as well as you actually think you are. Because the bacteria under the gums in gingivitis is anaerobic – meaning that it lives in the absence of oxygen – getting oxygen into the area literally destroys the bacteria and helps halt the infection.

Brushing

Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Many people use a medium to stiff bristled brush, but these can actually cause more harm than good. Too much pressure during brushing can cause gum recession and enamel abrasion, leaving large wedges in the roots of the teeth.

Consider an electric toothbrushHigh-quality electric brushes have soft bristles that are not only gentle on your teeth, but they also remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes, allowing you to clean your teeth and gums more efficiently. Many electric toothbrushes also create a foaming action that helps penetrate areas under the gums and between the teeth, flushing out some of the bacteria.

Reassess your brushing method. Angle your toothbrush bristles at 45 degrees toward the gumlines. Focus on just two teeth at a time, and make short sweeping strokes back and forth. Only apply as much pressure as you need to cause the gums to slightly blanch. Too much pressure or the wrong angulation will not target gumline plaque and could cause gum recession.

Use a pure, anti-bacteria toothpaste. Conventional toothpastes are filled with potentially harmful ingredients. Even “natural” toothpastes have abrasives and other additives. The best choice is to use a 100% pure botanical toothpaste that is proven to kill the bacteria that lead to gum problems like gingivitis, without any of the harsh chemicals.

Flossing

Check your flossing technique. Flossing should not be simply taking a piece of floss and sliding up and down between the teeth several times. This can cause gum damage and does not target the plaque biofilm under the gums. Instead, wrap your floss in a “C” shape against each tooth, sliding up and down two to three times under the gumlines. This method protects the gums as well as helps remove debris that collects along the gum margin.

Think about using a water flosser. Water flossers are able to remove plaque deeply below the gums, between the teeth, and under hard to reach areas such as bridges or rough restorations that you might have problems cleaning with normal floss. Water flossers are great for people with limited dexterity or simply don’t want to mess with floss in the first place. They are shown to reduce symptoms of gingivitis even more than some electric toothbrushes.

Lifestyle Choices

Eat a balanced diet and get plenty of exercise. Eating the right foods, staying active and taking nutritional supplements can help strengthen your cardiovascular and immune systems, making it easier for your body to fight any infectious conditions.

Avoid tobaccoIf you smoke, you are more likely to suffer from untreatable gum disease. Conditions like gingivitis may not be evident because the cigarette smoke causes blood vessels to atrophy, so you may never even be aware that you have a problem to begin with. Once the gingivitis progresses into periodontal disease it is nearly impossible to reverse unless you give up smoking.

Receive routine preventive care from your dentist. Having routine cleanings can remove any calcified bacterial deposits that would otherwise harbor conditions that encourage gingivitis. Your dentist can also identify any problem areas that may be susceptible to gingivitis, such as aging dental work or fillings with rough margins. If you have crowded teeth your dentist may recommend orthodontic therapy, which makes it easier to keep teeth clean and healthy.

Rinse with a pure mouthwash. When your mouth is trying to heal, it needs all the extra help it can get. Rinsing is one of the best ways to kill excess bacteria and help promote a healthy environment in your mouth. It’s best to rinse twice per day, after brushing and/or flossing. Be sure to swish and gargle thoroughly to help kill the bacteria in the entire mouth including the back of the tongue. It’s best to avoid alcohol-containing mouthwashes, because they can try out the mouth. A dry mouth is a breeding ground for bad bacteria, which cause gingivitis and other gum problems.

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