Natural Migraine Headache Remedies

Natural Migraine Headache Remedies

Ten to fifteen percent of the population suffers from migraine headaches. Migraine headaches are a painful headache sometimes preceded by an aura. Auras are sensory warnings that pain is about to appear. They can include flashes of light, blind spots or tingling in the extremities. Migraine symptoms can also include nausea, vomiting and an increased sensitivity to light and sound. For some sufferers, migraine pain can last for days. Many common drugs used to treat migraines can have long-term side effects in the gastrointestinal tract. Overuse of these drugs can lead to rebound headaches.  Finding the root cause of your migraines is essential and finding natural migraine headache remedies to use in the meantime is very important.

If you have very severe pain that feels like the worst headache of your life or a headache that accompanies numbness, slurring of speech or vision problems, call 911 to rule out other more serious conditions.

Possible Root Causes of Migraines

  • Food Allergies/Sensitivities – can be a trigger for migraines. Certain foods have been linked to migraines like foods that contain ‘amines’ such as tyramine in cheese, octopamine in citrus fruits and histamine in beer, wine or other fermented food. Gluten, caffeine, cured meats, and aspartame are other headache trigger foods.
  • TMJ – Bite alignment problems are a source of migraines. The constant contraction of muscles in the face and head restrict blood flow and increase the pressure in the head.
  • Toxins – Toxins interfere with the digestion process including nutrient absorption leading to nutrient Toxinsdeficiencies. Toxins are chemicals, pollutants, internal toxins due to normal body functioning, GMO foods, cigarettes, and other environmental toxins including hormone mimickers. Toxins interfere with cellular metabolism and cellular transport which can lead to oxidative damage and cause imbalances in hormones due to hormone-mimicking. Unbalanced hormones are implicated in migraines.
  • Antibiotics, NSAIDS, stress, steroids, chemicals in food –  Antibiotics disturb the balance of good to bad bacteria in the gut which can lead to intestinal infections or inflammation and cause disturbances to the gut barrier of the stomach. Medications, toxins, and stress can also result in GI distress (IBS, IBD).  GI issues are implicated in migraines.
  • Magnesium deficiency – Magnesium deficiency is a big problem in America. Magnesium is an essential nutrient for the human body. Studies show that over 70 percent of Americans are not getting enough magnesium.  We are not consuming enough magnesium-rich foods and eating too many foods that deplete magnesium. Magnesium deficiency is a contributor to migraines.
  • Dehydration – Most Americans are walking around in a dehydrated state. Dehydration can occur in cold weather as well as the summer. Many people do not think of drinking adequate water during the colder months.  Dehydration occurs when we lose more water than we take in. When we are dehydrated, we are losing electrolytes which contribute to headaches.
  • Poor sleep  Headache clinics show that there is a relationship between chronic sleep problems and headaches. As headaches get more severe, chronic sleep problems get more severe. Sleep induced migraines typically occur between four a.m. and nine a.m.. This type of sleep induced migraine is also known as ‘an awakening headache’.
  • Stress – Of course stress is at the root of most health problems and migraines are no exception. Stress is the body’s reaction to an event or situation. Stress can come from happy events, adverse events or extreme exercise.  Stress can make migraines worse or last longer. Migraines can occur after the end of a stressful event due to the release of tension sometimes referred to as ‘weekend migraines’.
  • Low serotonin levels – Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is involved in blood vessel regulation. Low levels are associated with migraine frequency and duration.foods-vitamin-b

 

Natural Remedies

  1. Vitamin b2 – (Riboflavin) Vitamin b2 has been found to be an impressive migraine remedy. According to research, patients who received 400 mg of riboflavin per day found their frequency and duration of migraines improved. B2 improves mitochondrial dysfunction that results in impaired cellular oxygen in the body which can result in migraines.
  2. Magnesium supplementation – As noted above, magnesium deficiency is common in Americans and migraines can result from sub-optimum levels of this essential mineral. In fact, IV magnesium therapy is administered in hospitals for acute migraines. Supplement with the glycinate and malate forms that are easier on the stomach and well-absorbed. 300 – 400 mg taken twice a day is a standard amount. If you have kidney disease, talk to your doctor before supplementing with magnesium.
  3. CoQ10 – Another possible cause of a migraine is mitochondrial dysfunction which impairs oxygen metabolism and energy.  Supplementing with CoQ10 helps repair mitochondria that is responsible for turning food into energy in the body according to research.
  4. Essential oils – Essential oils of lavender and peppermint when used at the first sign of a migraine can help with heading one off. Apply to pulse points and inhale while lying in a dark room for the best effect.
  5. Exercise – A Swedish study has found that aerobic exercise was found to be as good as a preventive for migraine headaches as the prescription drug Topomax. Riding on a stationary bike for 40 minutes three times a week can do the trick. exercise
  6. 5-HTP – 5-HTP increases the body’s production of serotonin. According to Harvard Medical School, 5-HTP can incorrect any imbalance in serotonin levels thus reducing the severity and frequency of migraine headaches. Dosages of 5-HTP are something you always discuss with your qualified health professional.
  7. Feverfew and White Willow Bark – Feverfew and white willow bark are herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Both herbs work on reducing inflammation in the blood vessels in the brain and can reduce symptoms up to sixty percent.  They can also help with nausea associated with migraines. A minimum of 250 mg per day may be helpful.
  8. Omega 3 Fatty Acids – Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and help reduce the pain of migraines. They can also reduce the frequency and duration of migraines. Taking a high-quality omega supplement with a combined EPA and DHA of 1000 mg is a recommended amount.

In conclusion

Finding the right natural remedy might take a little trial and error, but worth it in the long run. Medications can be helpful in the short term, but ongoing reliance can cause rebound headaches and other health issues. Finding the root cause of your migraines is important to reduce or eliminate the need for medication in the long term. Food sensitivities, gut health issues, and nutrient deficiencies are just a few of the root causes of migraines. Figure out what your triggers are and you will experience more quality of life. In the meantime, finding a natural remedy that works for you is important to strengthen the body while working on the root cause.

If you have a natural migraine remedy that works for you, please comment below!

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Foods That Reduce Acid Reflux

Top 10 Foods That Reduce Acid Reflux

Heartburn and acid reflux reduce the quality of life for millions of people. The majority of people self-treat their symptoms and spend over 1.2 billion dollars on over-the-counter antacid and indigestion products every year! These products are not without risk. One study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, suggests that seniors are at a greater risk for bone fractures while on these ‘proton-pump’ inhibitors such as Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid.  There is a lot you can do naturally to reduce or eliminate acid reflux and natural should always be the first step before taking drugs. I am outlining 10 foods that reduce acid reflux so you can get an understanding of how foods and supplements can heal and make a substantial difference in the quality of your life.

What is Gastric Reflux and GERD?

Many people confuse acid reflux with GERD and use the terms interchangeably, but although they are closely related they are different problems.

  • Acid reflux is when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus. During an episode of acid reflux, you taste regurgitated food or sour liquid at the back of the throat and possibly a burning sensation in your chest (heartburn).
  • GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) is the chronic, more severe form of acid reflux.  Frequent heartburn is one of the symptoms of GERD, so is difficulty swallowing, chest pain and wheezing. The symptoms get worse at night while lying down.

There is another form of reflux and that is called Laryngopharyngeal Reflux.  LPR is a condition where the backflow of food or stomach acid goes into the voice box or the throat. This can happen during the day or at night. Knowing you have LPR can be confusing because most people do not have heartburn and that is because the material does not back up all the way to the esophagus, just to the throat and voice box. It’s still a serious condition because the throat and voice box tissues are more sensitive to injury and irritation.  

Symptoms Of Acid Reflux and GERD

As I explained earlier, acid reflux and GERD are slightly different. GERD being the chronic condition. So GERD symptoms will have all of the symptoms of reflux, plus long-term symptoms.

  • Heartburn    (Reflux and GERD)
  • Chest pain    (Reflux and GERD)
  • Pain after eating   (Reflux and GERD)
  • Bitter taste in mouth    (Reflux and GERD)
  • Sore Throat   (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux, Reflux and GERD)
  • Hoarseness    (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux, Reflux and GERD)
  • Nausea    (GERD)
  • Trouble swallowing   (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux, GERD)
  • Sleep Disturbances   (Reflux and GERD)
  • Cough   (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux, GERD)
  • Sinusitis   (GERD)
  • Asthma    (GERD)
  • Middle ear infection   (GERD)
  • Lung disease   (GERD)
  • Barrett’s Esophagus (GERD)
  • Esophageal cancer  (GERD, long-term GERD with Barrett’s esophagus)

All of the above symptoms can be indicative of all digestive reflux disease as with other medical conditions, so it’s always prudent to check with your health professional.

The Gerdq is a diagnostic questionnaire given to patients when GERD is suspected. Answer these questions with how many days a week you experience symptoms.  Add up your points and then compare to the note at the bottom of the chart.

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The Importance Of Healing Reflux and GERD

Acid reflux can turn into chronic GERD.  As I mentioned before, millions of Americans self-treat their acid reflux symptoms.  This is not wise as the root cause is never addressed and over-the-counter acid blockers can destroy the digestive system and its delicate acid, enzyme, and bacterial balance.

Untreated or self-treated reflux that turns into chronic GERD can result in damage to the esophagus leading to Barrett’s esophagus. Barrett’s esophagus is a condition where damage and inflammation occur in the esophagus and is associated with an increased risk of developing esophageal cancer. This is a rare occurrence but should be taken seriously.foods that reduce acid reflux

Any damage to the esophagus and throat should be addressed immediately. To protect the delicate tissues of the esophagus, supplements that pose as a barrier to the area are important to take while healing your reflux and GERD. Life Extension carries products that protect and heal.

Doctors may prescribe pills that do not address the root cause.  When prescription medications are stopped, symptoms usually reappear after a time. Acid suppression therapies found in antacids, proton pump inhibitors, and histamine 2 receptor blockers can interfere with the absorption of nutrients like iron, vitamin B12 and calcium carries its own risks.

Problems like anemia increases with lack of iron absorption. Vitamin B12 deficiency is associated with elevated homocysteine levels which are a risk factor for heart disease.  Impaired calcium absorption carries a risk of deadly hip fracture. So as you can see, medications to manage GERD and reflux come with risks of future health challenges.

Foods That Reduce Acid Reflux and GERD

foods that reduce acid refluxStudies suggest that more than 27% of GERD patients test positive for food allergies and avoiding these allergenic foods resulting in symptom improvement (Pomiecinski 2010).  Food plays a huge part in the development, progression, and reduction of reflux and GERD.  Knowing what foods help and what foods contribute or exacerbate problems is very important to manage your condition.

We think that symptoms of heartburn are due to too much stomach acid, but that is not the case for many.  Too little stomach acid is also a contributor.  How can that be you ask? Stomach acid is needed to emulsify food once in the stomach. Once the food is emulsified, it moves forward to the small intestines.  Everything is propelled in a forward motion. If there is not enough stomach acid to propel the food forward, it backs up into the esophagus.

Foods to eat when TOO MUCH stomach acid is suspected in reflux and GERD

1.Vegetables – include more vegetables in your diet. Preferably with every meal you have. Vegetables help reduce stomach acid because they are naturally low in acid and buffer the acid level. Try green vegetables with every meal like green beans, broccoli, asparagus, and cucumbers.

2.Oatmeal – Oatmeal is low in acid and actually absorbs the acidity from other foods.

3.Rice and Couscous – choose brown rice over white rice for extra fiber. Rice and couscous are very soothing foods for the digestive tract and will not contribute to reflux

4.Potatoes – low in acid and easy to digest.

5.Egg Whites – are low in acid and a good source of protein to replace meat with, which is high in acid. Stay away from the yolks, as they are high in acid.

6.Melons and Bananas – Fruit can be acidic, but melons and bananas are low in acid and can be eaten without triggering reflux.

Foods To Eat When TOO LITTLE Stomach Acid Is Suspected in reflux and GERD

7. Drink Celery Juice – or eat celery with every meal. Celery juice replaces salts and enzymes and will calm reflux. Drink it every day preferably on an empty stomach.

8. Apple Cider Vinegar – Drink before meals to increase acidity to help digest your food and reduce reflux.

9. Gingerhelps stimulate digestive juices. Try 2- 3 cups a day of ginger tea, 2 -3 drops of ginger essential oil in 8 oz of water a day, or add ½ inch of ginger root to a smoothie a day.

10.Fermented Veggies – Foods like Kimchi, Sauer kraut, fermented pickles, fermented veggies improve digestive juices because they contain acids, enzymes, and natural probiotics.

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In Conclusion

Acid reflux and GERD are used interchangeably when in fact there are some differences. GERD is the more chronic and long term condition of reflux.

It is important not to self-treat reflux as millions of Americans do today since chronic GERD can result.  Chronic GERD is associated with esophageal damage leading to Barrett’s syndrome which can result in esophageal cancer.

Drugs to manage reflux can cause nutrient deficiencies leading to other health conditions. It’s important to change your diet and add in those foods that are known to help calm reflux if you know your reflux is caused by either too much or too little stomach acid.

Read here for more information about supplements to heal GERD and reflux.

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Rocky Mountain Essential Oils

Rocky Mountain Essential Oils

Buying essential oils can be a confusing process.  It seems everywhere you turn, there are essential oils for saleRose Jasmine Melissa RMO. I bet you have been approached by your friends and neighbors who sell essential oils through direct marketing. You can even purchase essential oils at the grocery store. If you shop on Amazon there are dozens of essential oil brands to choose from. To sift through the essential oil purchasing process I’ve written this post to review a brand called Rocky Mountain Essential Oils.  I hope this review helps you understand what goes into a quality brand of essential oil so you can make the best essential oil purchase for yourself and your family.

Since essential oils are growing in popularity, more and more brands are available for purchase just about anywhere.  It is a huge industry.  The concern with many natural health experts is that proper usage is not fully understood by the users and the people selling them via direct marketing. Just because something is labeled natural doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed safe.

Problems With The Essential Oils Industry

Some essential oil companies skip steps and distil their product at high temperatures and high pressure.  Low temperatures and low pressure turn out the best quality oils.  

Essential oils should be steam distilled, but some companies are using chemical solvents to distil their oils.  

Some manufacturers fake authentic certification for their products. Or use oils that have been distilled from poor crops. Or use crops that have been improperly handled or oils that have expired. This is poor-quality and a problem in the industry.

Many oils are adulterated, meaning fragrance, chemicals or cheap oils are added to the product.  Your ‘pure’ oil may contain a small percentage of pure oil and higher percentages of chemicals.

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“Whatever has the power to heal, has the power to harm.”

  1. One of the biggest mistakes users make is applying oils directly to the skin.  Essential oils are highly concentrated. It takes huge amounts of plant material from the plants, fruits, and barks that essential oils are made from in order to get one bottle of essential oil. Putting this much-concentrated oil on your skin is asking for irritation or getting too much of the active ingredients in your bloodstream.
  2. Using oils as a ‘preventative measure’. Some people ingest large quantities of oil daily. Some use 30 or more drops a day. The safety of ingesting essential oils is not well documented and should only be done under the supervision of a trained professional. If you don’t have a particular health issue, blindly drinking essential oils is not smart.
  3. The quality of the diffuser. The diffuser can burn your oils or not disperse properly or break down the oil so it’s actually effective when you breath it in. For more information about effective diffusers, read here.
  4. Not understanding the latin name of the oil you are using.  Essential oils come from plants and those plants have a latin name that should be printed on every bottle of essential oil you have. If you are using lavender, what type of lavender? It’s very important to understand the type of plant the essential oil is made from so you can help the condition you are trying to alleviate.

What To Look For When Purchasing An Essential Oil brand.

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  • The suppliers are a small sized business.
  • The supplier is available to provide material safety sheets of MSDS on demand.
  • The supplier is owned by an aromatherapy practitioner or essential oil specialist.
  • The supplier has a non-controversial reputation.
  • The supplier is well known by industry experts.

Other Important considerations to look for:

  • Does the essential oil company promote unsafe usage of essential oils?  For example, a certified Aromatherapist trained at the clinical level must have to adhere to safety rules to remain registered. However, many MLM distributors encourage ingesting oils. These practices are prohibited by the AIA (Alliance of International Aromatherapists).
  • Terms such as “therapeutic grade” or “clinical grade” are used by essential oils to claim their superiority over other brands.  These terms have no meaning as there is no standardization of essential oils. These terms are basically meaningless.
  • Not having an organic label. Oils should be organic otherwise any pollutants or chemicals will be concentrated in the oil. Organic may mean different things to different countries, so again, knowing the suppliers is a huge advantage.
  • No customer service. You want to purchase oils with companies that can answer any questions you have and be able to produce testing information upon request.

So, now you know what to look out for and what to look FOR in your essential oil company.  

I am sure there are other companies out there that fill the bill, but this post is about Rocky Mountain Essential Oils. This company delivers on all of the above.  

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Rocky Mountain Essential Oils

Rocky Mountain Essential Oils, formally known as Native American Traditions, was founded by Paul Dean.  Paul Dean was in the essential oils industry since 1997.

Why Rocky Mountain Essential Oils?

  1. Their oils are grown in remote areas where plants are indigenous to the area where there are no chemicals and only natural fertilizers are used.
  2. Certificates are available upon request with the safety and purity information (MSDS). You can get this information on any oil you have with the batch number provided on the bottom of the bottle.
  3. Absolutely no solvents are used for distillation.
  4. Their oils are organically certified and organically grown or wild-crafted.
  5. The Latin names are listed on their website as well as the country of origin.
  6. The company makes no claims about ingesting the oils or using them in an unsafe way as outlined by the Alliance Of International Aromatherapists. They recommend caution when using the oils.
  7. The oils are not heated or adulterated in any way.
  8. The prices of RMO’s oils are reasonable.

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  • Rocky Mountain Oils boast a no-questions-asked 90-day product return policy.
  • Trusted suppliers that meet stringent product quality guidelines.
  • If a sample is rejected due to contaminant, adulterants etc, no order is placed. If the sample passes the GC/MS test a bulk order is placed for the same batch.
  • After the bulk order is received, additional 3rd party testing is done to ensure that the quality of the oil received is the same as the original sample tested.
  • Each essential oil is carefully bottled in protective amber glass bottles by trained professionals using state-of-the-art equipment. Bottles are securely sealed, labeled side and top, and prepared to ship to customers.
  • Rocky Mountain Essential oils now use sustainable packaging for a healthy environment.

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Essential oils are growing in popularity.  It seems everywhere you turn, someone is selling them via network marketing companies or even at the local grocery store.  Purchasing them can be a confusing experience for a lay person.

Since essential oils have the power to heal, using them in the wrong way can have undesirable effects. Unscrupulous companies may jump on the bandwagon and offer low quality oils, or oils that are not pure.  

There are many considerations to take into account when purchasing essential oils like whether or not they are pure, or batch tested and independently tested.

Rocky Mountain Oils meet all of the requirements of a top quality essential oil company.  Their products meet all the safety standards and independent testing.  Their products are harvested in areas where pollutants and contaminants are not used.

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I highly recommend Rocky Mountain essential oils. In the complicated, confusing world of essential oils, Rocky Mountain Essential oil brand is one to feel confident in.

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How Does a Diffuser Work?

How Does a Diffuser Work – Quality Matters!

So you purchase top quality essential oils to help with natural healing for a range of conditions and then you buy a cheap diffuser for aromatherapy.  Some diffusers release essential oils into a small area around the diffuser and you’ll never get the benefits unless you sit within two feet of it.  Some diffusers lack the ability to actually diffuse the oils. Others are so poorly made that they break down and you end up paying more money in the end. So, how does a diffuser work and why does it matter?

How does a diffuser work

What Is The Purpose Of A Diffuser?

Essential oil diffusers are specifically designed to break the essential oil into small particles and disperse it into the air where you breathe in the particles for a therapeutic affect.  Using the highest quality essential oils is critical as you are breathing the particles into your lungs.  Using the highest quality diffusers is critical as well. To learn more about quality essential oils, read here.

For therapeutic value the best diffusers are:

Ultrasonic diffusers creates a fine mist with the addition of water into the air.

Nebulizing diffusers – does not use water. The diffuser breaks up the oils into small molecules and is released into the air.  This diffuser has the most therapeutic value.

Any other type of diffuser may be enjoyable to use, but does not offer any real therapeutic value, stick with the ultrasonic and the nebulizing.

Review of Diffuser World Aroma-Ace and Aroma Sens Diffusers

About Diffuser World –  Earl Sevy is the inventor of Diffuser World cold air diffusers.  Since 1999, he has been perfecting the essential oil diffuser.  Since then, the Aroma-Ace™ Cold Air Atomizing Diffuser took the industry by storm. More of these atomizing diffusers have been sold than all of the other products combined in years prior to its release.  The Aroma-Ace™ continues to be the number one seller in the world, and it’s easy to see why.  Their diffusers are built with sound construction and quality materials. If one breaks down, they are quick to repair or replace.  This is a company that focuses on one thing and that is essential oil diffusers.  Making an investment in your health with a Diffuser World diffuser is a smart choice.

  1. The Aroma-Ace essential Oil Atomizing Diffuser  aroma ace1

Is a powerful, compact, and easy to use essential oil diffuser system for aromatherapy. It has a unique design and one of the best diffusers for essential oils.  It works by using a pump to atomize the essential oil into a fine mist. The resulting particles are tiny enough that they will remain suspended in the air for a several hours after the diffuser is turned off. This makes them useful for “cleaning” the air of germs and for respiratory support. Since these particles remain in the air for hours, they remain intact and can also combat viruses, bacteria, mold, pests and odors.  Unlike most diffusers which require you to place drops of oil into the appliance, with Aroma-Ace you can connect a bottle of oil directly to the unit. This makes changing oils easy and mess free, so there is no need to use droppers or accidentally get oil on your skin while refilling, and is economical since you are using every last drop in the bottle.

Other Advantages of Aroma-Ace over other diffusers

  • There are no glass parts to break (or clean).
  • As a nebulizer, it uses pure essential oils. This is more therapeutic as the oils are not diluted in water.
  • No heat is applied to the oils. Cold diffusion maintains the oil’s natural state, whereas heat can alter an oil’s properties due to uneven evaporation of its component molecules.
  • Covers a large area—1000-1500 sq. ft means this one unit will cover most of your house.
  • The three controls on this device are for output, rest time, and run time. The latter two controls allow you to diffuse oils intermittently. Since this diffuses undiluted oils it is important to only run your diffuser for 10-15 minutes a couple times a day.
  • Diffuser World manufactures these in the USA and offers a 5 year warranty on this product, which is amazing for a small appliance such as this.
  • A built in air filter removes dust
  • The Aroma-Ace has built in on/off timers and output volume control for easy adjustment

If you are looking for a nebulizer, this unit has several features that will make it your top choice diffuser. It is sturdy, requires minimal maintenance, has fantastic coverage and a built in timer.  I can’t say enough good things about this diffuser.  Again, if you are looking for a therapeutic diffuser, this can’t be beat.

      2)  AromaSens Vaporizing Diffuseraromasens

The most efficient form of diffusion! Unlike essential oil burners and heaters, AromaSens diffuser uses ultrasonic technology which converts the oil and water under high frequency vibration into a fine cool mist. The mist is then diffused throughout the entire room creating a natural spa-like atmosphere. No heat, no chemicals or pump needed. The AromaSens Ultrasonic Aromatherapy water diffuser is easy to use, safe and silent. The AromaSens comes complete with a calming light that can be turned off at any time. It offers high or low output, continuous run time, or run shut off after one or two hours. A digital sensor automatically powers off the unit when water level drops too low.

Distinguishing features of AromaSens over other brands

  • Safer, silent, effective and economical
  • It is not too heavy in weight and low power consumption
  • Essential oils can be added directly to the unit
  • 3 timer settings and 2 fan settings
  • Once filled, unit can operate for up to 3.5 hours
  • Digitally programmed to stop automatically when the minimum water level is reached
  • Can be used as a nebulizer, humidifier or air purifier
  • Best quality for less price

Check out Diffuser World’s other high quality diffusers for all budgets.
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In conclusion, purchasing a high quality diffuser that will offer you the best therapeutic uses for your essential oils is an investment in your health.  If you truly want to get the amazing health benefits of your expensive and high quality oils, then purchasing a high quality diffuser is essential. Please leave a comment!  I love to hear from my readers.

Heal Your Gut With Essential OIls

Heal Your Gut With Essential Oils – Powerful Relief For 4 Conditions!

You know when your gut is off. The bloating, gas, pain, constipation or diarrhea are the symptoms that you cannot ignore.  But sometimes, gut problems may not be so obvious.  The balance of your gut bacteria or damage to the lining isn’t obvious to you if you don’t have direct gut health symptoms.  But problems with your gut can manifest as immune issues, mood problems, brain fog etc. If you have issues that are chronic and you cannot pinpoint why you have them, it’s time to focus on healing the gut. One of your options to strengthen and heal your gut are essential oils.  You can heal your gut with essential oils, my favorite natural therapy!

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Avoid overuse of essential oils.  They may seem harmless, but they have properties that are effective and too much of it can be counterproductive. Always use essential oils with the care and respect you deserve, and if you have questions about your particular condition, always check and use under the guidance of your own qualified practitioner.

Not every gut issue will respond to essential oils, but there are a few conditions that align well with treatment!  

4 Essential Oils Generally Regarded As Effective For Gut Health

These essential oils can be used for general digestive discomfort and are considered safe.

    1. Cumin  has been shown to be a great reliever of IBS.  It’s not as commonly known as other essential oils, but a good one to keep on hand if you suffer from digestive issues.
    2. Lavender  Is a very popular oil and one of the most gentle yet extremely healing oil.  Lavender is a general anti-inflammatory and can calm the stomach and gut lining.
    3. Peppermint Many know about peppermint as being a gut relieving oil. It has a long history of being a digestive aid and it’s well researched for IBS symptoms.
    4. Thyme Has been shown to relieve SIBO with its protective effects on good bacteria in the stomach.

All of the above oils are general enough to help with most of your digestive issues and if you keep them on hand, you have a great ‘medicine cabinet’ for your gut.

Read more here.

Specific Conditions That Essential Oils Can Help With.

SIBO – SIBO means ‘small intestine bacterial overgrowth’.  This is a condition where bacteria from the colon move to the small intestine.  When dealing with SIBO, making sure that the good bacteria is not disturbed while trying to eliminate the bad bacteria.  This can be tricky, but a 2009 study found that essential oils were effective in keeping good bacteria unharmed while dealing with the bad bacteria. The essential oils that were found to help are caraway, lavender and bitter orange.  

Acid Reflux or GERD – acid reflux is a major problem in the U.S. affecting millions of people.  It can be due to either too much stomach acid or too little.  For many it’s hard to understand that acid reflux could be the result of too little stomach acid, but it’s usually the likely reason.  The American diet is deficient in fresh whole foods, too much OTC medicine and prescription medicine.  We have a love affair with antiacids, so there is not enough stomach acid to digest the food.  Normally, digested food is pushed through from the stomach to the small intestine.  When food is not being digested properly due to lack of sufficient stomach acid, the stomach cannot push forward the contents, so it backs the contents up to the esophagus. Use protective essential oils like ginger and turmeric help to strengthen and heal the stomach lining when taken alongside a meal. Protecting the lining of the stomach when dealing with acid reflux and GERD is important to help prevent damage.

IBS – Irritable bowel syndrome affects millions of people a year, and about 70 percent will never go to their doctor for treatment.  If you do go to the doctor, treatment is usually lifestyle and diet changes.  Medication is sometimes used as well. One of the most studied essential oils for IBS is peppermint oil. A 2008 study found that peppermint oil was just as effective as antispasmodic medication.  

Nausea – Nausea can be a minor annoyance for some, but for many it can be a debilitating condition for those suffering with gut health issues. If you think back to when you were nauseous, I bet you remember that scent was something that affected your nausea usually for the worse.  Essential oils and their scent can be useful for helping. Inhaling essential oils like lemon, peppermint and ginger can be effective as a direct link between scent and nausea.  

You need to purchase essential oils that are organic and high quality.  Never ingest essential oils that are not of the highest quality and labeled safe for ingestion.  

DO NOT:

  • Purchase essential oils just based on the label ‘therapeutic grade’.  That is a marketing term that has no meaning.
  • Purchase essential oils from brands that you are not familiar with.  Most are NOT 100 percent pure, meaning fertilizers, pesticides, plants from GMO’s may be used to manufacture the oils. Ingesting or putting these on your skin will give you all the contaminants processed along with the oils.

DO:

  • Purchase oils that are 100 percent pure in the ingredients.
  • Are listed as USDA Certified Organic.
  • GMO Free.  USDA Certification ensures this.

My favorite brands that ensure purity are listed here.  Plant Therapy is a trusted brand. Rahda is another of my favorites, to purchase click here. Rahda Essential oils

You’ll need a high quality diffuser too!

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VicTsing Essential Oil Diffuser

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Heal Your Gut With Essential Oils – Natural and Effective!

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Our gut is directly linked to the central nervous system with a direct line to the brain and spinal cord.  The gut is connected to the brain by an extensive network of neurons along with chemicals and hormones which then provides feedback about hunger, stress sleepiness and other body conditions. So even if you don’t think you have gut problems – or you think you have unrelated issues – it’s worth looking at your history, lifestyle, and dietary choices to consider whether you have damaged your gut in any way.  For others, your symptoms assure you that your problems are gut related.  You can heal your gut with essential oils, a much safer option and worth a try.

What Are Essential Oils?

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in their Vocabulary of Natural Materials (ISO/D1S9235.2) defines an essential oil as a product made by distillation with either water or steam or by mechanical processing of citrus rinds or by dry distillation of natural materials. Following the distillation, the essential oil is physically separated from the water phase.

According to Dr. Brian Lawrence “for an essential oil to be a true essential oil, it must be isolated by physical means only. The physical methods used are distillation (steam, steam/water and water) or expression (also known as cold pressing, a unique feature for citrus peel oils). There is one other method of oil isolation specific to a very limited number of essential oil plants. This is a maceration/distillation. In the process, the plant material is macerated in warm water to release the enzyme-bound essential oil. Examples of oils produced by maceration are onion, garlic, wintergreen, bitter almond, etc.”.2

Essential oils are powerful and finding organic products are of utmost importance.  I cover this in another post here. If you are working with an inferior product, you will not see the results you are looking for.  Essential oils are not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.” That said, explained below are those essential oils that are helpful in healing your gut issues.

Essential Oils Helpful For Gut Issues

 

Peppermint a cross between watermint and spearmint.  Peppermint has been used for centuries to relieve gastrointestinal problems by blocking calcium into  the muscle cells of the stomach which then reduce muscle contractions.  The American College of Gastroenterology published a study in the BMG finding patients treated with peppermint oil reduced their IBS symptoms significantly over patients given a placebo.  The results were compelling enough to warrant more studies and to add the oil to the management of the condition. Peppermint also calms nausea.

Lemonbalm – Lemon balm is a member of the mint family.  Lemon balm is rich in caffeic acid and rosmarinic acid.  These are powerful antioxidants good at neutralizing toxins. It also contains eugenol,  a natural anti-inflammatory that helps painful conditions. Lemon balm has the ability to relax smooth muscle which explains how it helps stomach pain.  Lemon balm helps with dyspepsia, colic, flatulence, IBD, IBS and gastritis

Thyme – Thyme is an  antimicrobial, powerful in suppressing pathogens in the small intestine. Thyme contains thymol which is effective at reducing bad bacteria in the small intestine.  Conditions like SIBO are helped by thyme. 

Ginger and Turmeric  together have been shown to increase antioxidant levels as well as reduce damage done to the stomach wall.  Ginger and turmeric are also helpful for GERD. GERD is related to stomach acids either too much or too little as well as a faulty ‘flap’ that is supposed to keep acid out of the esophagus. Acid levels are affected by lifestyle and diet, so improving digestion with ginger and turmeric is the first step.  Ginger also calms nausea.

How To Take Your Essential Oils

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  • Topical use for indigestion, constipation, stomachaches, nausea. Dilute oils to 1-3% of the total volume into a carrier oil of your choice. Coconut oil   almond oil, jojoba, and avocado oil.
  • Inhalation is actually one of, if not the most, effective ways to administer the benefits of essential oils.  Use a diffuser for an easy way to ingest essential oils and for overnight use.  Put a couple of drops in steaming water and tent a towel over to breathe in the steam.  Aromasticks are easy to carry with or just open the bottle and sniff!

I hope this article helped you.  If you have used essential oils with success or would like more information, comment below!  I also offer a 7-day gut health program that can help you start feeling better!