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Influenza – Australian Essential Oils for the ABCs

Do you have Influenza and can’t seem to kick it? Have you tried Australian Essential Oils?
Two of the top influenza-busting Australian Essential Oils are Eucalyptus Blue Gum and Eucalyptus Lemon Ironbark.

 

EUCALYPTUS BLUE GUM:

The traditional sharply-scented eucalyptus you are probably familiar with, best known for its respiratory effects. Eucalyptus fights viruses and bacteria, while easing congestion. It also eases muscle and joint aches and pains. Eucalyptus globulus stimulates circulation, increasing the flow of blood to affected areas. Eucalyptus can be mentally stimulating and may help increase concentration.

Therapeutic Properties
Analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-catarrhal, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-migraine, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, cicatrisant, decongestant, deodorant, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, hypoglycemiant, insectifuge, mucolytic, rubefacient, vermifuge, vulnerary.

Common Body System Uses:
Circulatory: arthritis, rheumatism, oedema (fluid retention).
Immune: chicken pox, shingles, colds, fever.
Limbic: mental fatigue.
Muscular: aches, pains, pulled muscles.
Nervous: headache, migraine, neuralgia.
Respiratory: bronchitis, congestion, sinusitis, mucolytic.
Skin: acne, athlete’s foot, fungal infections, bacterial infections, bad breath, burns, insect repellent, oily skin, lice, ring-worms.

In the Home: diffusers, cleaning spray, soap making, insect repellent, potpourri.

Safety and Precautions:
Do not take internally as Eucalyptus oil is toxic and as little as 3.5ml has been reported fatal. Dilute to a maximum of 20% when using topically. Using more is not often the best, more than the recommended dose can cause adverse reactions.

Do not use with children under age 10, as it can cause slowed respiration due to high 1,8-cineole content.
Avoid using if pregnant or breastfeeding.
Keep out of reach of children, store away from sunlight and below 30°.

ucalyptus Lemon Ironbark essential oil is a beautiful, perfume like lemon aroma, gentle and soft, beautiful relaxing oil appealing to the family.
 
A pleasant, fresh, gently sweet, lemon scent. One of the more unique and pleasant Eucalyptus aromas. Benefits the solar plexus
 

EUCALYPTUS LEMON IRONBARK

Well known for its antiseptic prowess, relief from troubled breathing in winter, air freshening, uplifting, relaxing, removes bad room smells and odours,.
 
Aromatherapy
4-8 drops in diffuser or oil burner, a couple of drops in a vaporiser, 5 drop into a bath.
  • Use as an Air purifier by placing a few drops in diffuser (or oil burner made for essential oils).
  • Massage for relief from tired muscular aches.
  • Use in the kitchen and bathroom when cleaning, add it to dishwashing liquid.
  • Add a drop or two to a bath, foot bath
  • For some freshness, add a drop to your floor washing water
  • You can add it to clothes when washing
  • Great when cleaning the bathroom
  • Eucalyptus staigeriana has an antiseptic, antibacterial action that is beneficial for wounds, abscesses, burns, ulcers and insect bites.
  • Its uplifting, stimulating and antidepressant qualities are beneficial for treating stress and mental exhaustion/sluggishness. It has a calming effect on the nervous system and can be used to cheer and comfort during times of uncertainty and helps restore sleep cycle.
  • It is useful in inhalations for respiratory problems, decongestant, sinus.
  • It can be vapourised during the cold and flu season to help prevent the spread of germs.
 
Massage
5 – 7 drops per 100ml of carrier oil
 
Therapeutic Properties
Analgesic, anti-anxiety, anti-bacterial, anti-convulsant, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-septic, cooling, immuno-stimulant.
 
Safety and Precautions
Keep out of reach of children, store away from sunlight and below 30°.
 
Please also see general SAFETY FIRST BLOG for detailed information.

 

 

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Parasites

Parasites in The Human Body

What do we mean by ‘parasite?’

Parasites are organisms that live in or on a host, often at the expense of the ‘hosts’ health i.e. you. There are many different types of parasites, ranging from microscopic organisms to larger ones like pinworm, hookworm and whipworm.

Common Symptom of Parasites in Humans

Constipation: Some worms, because of their shape and large size. can physically obstruct certain organs. Heavy worm infections can block the common bile duct and the intestinal tract, making elimination infrequent and difficult.

Diarrhoea: Certain parasites, primarily protozoa, produce a prostaglandin (hormonelike substances found in various human tissues) which creates a sodium and chloride loss that leads to frequent watery stools. The diarrhoea process in parasite infection is, therefore, a function of the parasite, not the body’s attempt to rid itself of an infectious organism.

Gas and Bloating: Some parasites live in the upper small intestine where the inflammation they produce causes both gas and bloating. The situation can be magnified when hard-to-digest foods such as beans and raw fruits and vegetables are eaten. Persistent abdominal distention is a frequent sign of hidden invaders. These gastrointestinal symptoms can persist intermittently for many months or years if the parasites are not eliminated from the body.

Irritable bowel syndrome: Parasites can irritate inflame, coal, the intestinal cell wall, leading to a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms and malabsorption of vital nutriens, particularly fatty substances. This malabsorption leads to bulky stools and steatorrhea (excess far in feces).

Joint and muscle aches and pains: Parasites are known to migrate to encyst (become enclosed in a sac) in joint fluids, and worms can encyst in muscles. Once Ads happens, pain becomes evident and is often assumed to be caused by arthritis Joint and muscle pains and inflammation are also the result of tissue damage caused by some parasites of the body’s ongoing immune response to then- presence.

Anaemia: Some varieties of intestinal worms attach themselves to the mucosal lining of the intestines and then leach nutrients from the human host. If they are present in large enough numbers, they can create enough blood loss to cause a type of iron deficiency or pernicious

Allergy: Parasites can irritate and sometimes perforate the intestinal lining, increasing bowel permeability to large undigested molecules. This can activate the body’s immune response to produce increased levels of eosinophils, one type of the body’s fighter cells. The eosinophils can inflame body tissue, resulting in an allergic reaction. Like allergy, parasites also trigger an increase in the production of immunoglobulin E (IgE).

Skin conditions: Intestinal worms can cause hives, rashes, weeping eczema, and other allergic-type skin reactions. Cutaneous ulcers, swellings and sores, popular lesions, and itchy dermatitis can afl result from protozoan invasion.

Granulomas: Granulomas are tumour-like masses that encase destroyed large or parasitic eggs. They develop most often in the colon or rectal walls but can also be found in the lungs liver, peritoneum, and uterus.

Nervousness: Parasitic metabolic wastes and toxic substances can serve as irritants to the central nervous system. Restlessness and anxiety are often the result of the systemic parasite infestation. (After completing a herbal cleanse, many people swear that their persistently grouchy mates or relatives have become a lot more pleasant and patient. “The most famous tapeworm of recent years belonged to the late opera singer Maria Callas. She had a serious weight and skin problem. When the tapeworm was detected and removed, ha” weight dropped, her skin improved and her temperament mellowed,” says Gittleman.)

Sleep disturbances: Multiple awakening during the night particularly between 2 and 3 AM, are possibly caused by the body’s attempts to eliminate toxic wastes via the liver. According to Chinese medicine, these hours are governed by the liver. Sleep disturbances are also caused by nocturnal exits of certain parasites through the anus, creating the intense discomfort and itching.

Teeth grinding: Bruxism – abnormal grinding, clenching, and gnashing of the teeth – has been observed in cases of parasitic infection. These symptoms are most noticeable among sleeping for children. Bruxism may be a nervous response to the internal foreign irritant.

Chronic fatigue: Chronic fatigue symptoms include tiredness, flu-like complaints, apathy, depression, impaired concentration, and faulty memory. Parasites cause these physical, mental, and emotional symptoms through malnutrition resulting from malabsorption of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and especially vitamins A and B-12.

Immune Dysfunction: Parasites depress immune system functioning by decreasing the secretion of immunoglobulin A (I&A). Their presence continuously stimulates the system response and over time can exhaust this vital defense system, leaving the body open to bacterial and viral infections.

The following conditions might also be tell-tale signs of a parasitic invasion: weight gain, excessive hunger, weight loss, bad taste in the mouth and bad breath, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, acne, migraines, and even the biggest killers: heart disease and cancer.

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Christmas Story – Be Present – giving and receiving Gifts

Christmas is time PEACE, LOVE, JOY and HAPPINESS.
Christmas is a space in TIME and a space in Australian culture,  a true space in our hearts.
No snow, yet we share the outdoor feel of the Australian summer.
It’s a time NSW Christmas Bush to flower – a time for joy – a time for sharing – a time for being PRESENT in the HERE and  NOW – a time for sharing GIFTS.

PRESENT – Is a time to be grateful of TIME and being PRESENT in the MOMENT.
It’s a time to be present, in the here and now, for next year you may only be present in spirit.

GIFT – is an object give freely. “something given voluntarily without payment in return, as to show favor toward someone, honor an occasion, or make a gesture of assistance.”

So if we are not PRESENT next Christmas, we will be present amongst your angels sharing your joy, watching you open your gifts.

I am a proud Australian and I personally cherish my heritage.
  “TRUE SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA” for Christmas.

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Essential Oil Household Uses

General Cleaning Indoors

Air Freshener

A number of Australian native essential oils are remarkably fresh, some of the best for using in an air freshener are Fragonia, Honey Myrtle, Kunzea, Lemon Myrtle, Lemon Tea Tree, Rosalina (Lavender Tea Tree) and any of the Eucalypts.

All Purpose Cleaner

Mix 40 drops Eucalyptus ‘Australiana’ with 20 drops of Lemon Myrtle and 50 drops of Tea Tree with 20ml white vinegar. Add to 200ml of water. Shake well, spray on area, and wipe off. Use to help clean surfaces, deodorise rubbish bins etc.

Also wipe telephones, door handles, kitchen benches and create a healthy home or environment.

Anti-bacterial Boosters

Add drops of Eucalyptus, Fragonia, Lemon Myrtle, Lemon Tea Tree, Niaouli, Rosalina, or Tea Tree to your favourite cleaners.

Carpet Cleaning

To deodorise carpets, mix 1 drop of, Eucalyptus ‘Australiana’ or Peppermint Gum, Niaouli or Rosalina for each tablespoon of Bicarbonate Soda or talc. Sprinkle onto carpet. Wait 10 minutes before vacuuming.

Carpet Stains

Add Eucalyptus Australiana or Blue Gum, to a damp cloth and wipe stain to centre to avoid ring stain (patch test first).

Easy Breathing

Add one or some of the following, Eucalyptus Peppermint Gum, Kunzea, Lemon Tea Tree, Niaouli, Sandalwood or Anise Myrtle to a diffuser or oil burner for good fresh air.

Foot / Shoe Odours

Add Lemon Myrtle, Lemon Tea Tree, Fragonia or Eucalyptus (Australiana, Blue Gum, or Lemon Ironbark) to an air freshener and spray into mouldy shoe smells.

Grease Marks

Use Eucalyptus Australiana or Blue Gum, (perhaps patch test first) leave for a minute, then wipe with a damp cloth, toward the centre of the stain, to avoid a ring stain.

Mould and Mildew

For green mould prevention use Lemon Myrtle in sprays for bathroom, shower moulds etc. To kill green mould use Lemon Myrtle in sprays at around 2% or greater.

Diffusers or Oil Burners are excellent in the home, office and car

Australian Essential Oils are excellent and yet perform different benefits in their roles,

Some Examples are;

For fresh air and Freshness – All Eucalypts, Fragonia, Honey Myrtle, Lemon Myrtle, Niaouli, Rosalina

Uplifting and refreshing  – Honey Myrtle, Lemon Ironbark, Lemon Myrtle

Concentration aid – Honey Myrtle, Lemon Myrtle,

Calming – Sandalwood, Australian Blue Cypress, Emerald Cypress, Fragonia.

Hygienic and Reassuring – All Eucalypts, Fragonia, Kunzea, Niaouli, Nerolina, Rosalina, Tea Tree

Problem Children Hair, Scalp and/or Lice

Add Nerolina up to 5% to a favourite hair or body wash, for children with unhappy hair or scalp conditions brought home from school or kindergartens. Apply Nerolina to a hair wash or body wash, leave in the hair for an hour with a shower cap on. Comb the hair afterwards to remove anything unwanted.

Spots and Stains

Eucalyptus Australiana or Blue Gum and Tea Tree are good for removing ink and biro stains. Add a several drops to a stain and wait for a few minutes and then wash.

Stainless Steel Cleaner

Use Eucalyptus Australiana or Blue Gum on a damp cloth and rub.

Sticky Residue / Chewing Gum

Add Eucalyptus, Australiana or Blue Gum,  on a damp cloth and rub on sticker, wait a minute then scrub or peel off.

Toilet Cleaning

Add a capful of any Eucalyptus, Rosalina or Tea Tree to deodorise and disinfect toilets and drains.

Vacuum Cleaning

Put 6 drops of your Fragonia essential oil, Lemon Myrtle oil or Kunzea oil onto a cotton ball. Place in your vacuum cleaner and inhale the fresh vapours while you vacuum.

Washing Clothes

Add 5-10 drops of Eucalyptus (‘Australiana’, Lemon Ironbark, Lemon Scented Gum), Fragonia, Lemon Myrtle, Kunzea, Rosalina, to a washing machine before a washing cycle commences.

Washing Dishes

Add 10 drops of Honey Myrtle, Lemon Myrtle, Eucalyptus (Australiana, Lemon Ironbark, Lemon Scented Gum) Rosalina into a litre of detergent, for a sparkling, fresh finish to your dishes.

Cleaning Outdoors

 Car Deodorants

Use car deodorisers and a variety of essential oils, some excellent ones are Honey Myrtle, Lemon Myrtle, Eucalyptus (Australiana, Peppermint Gum, Lemon Ironbark) Fragonia, Kunzea, Niaouli or Rosalina. Mask persistent bad smells with Anise Myrtle (Aniseed Myrtle).

Car Driveways

Clear greasy driveway stains with soapy water and a few teaspoons of Eucalyptus essential oil (Australiana, Blue Gum, Blue Mallee or ). Scrub with a brush and then rinse with water.

Car Tar Marks

Clean tar marks with a simple wipe of a Eucalyptus moist cloth on your car exterior.

Garbage Bins

Clear and wash an empty garbage bin with water and Eucalyptus, Lemon Myrtle, Rosalina or Tea Tree, mask bad smells with Anise Myrtle (Aniseed Myrtle).

Outdoor Spas

Add a few drops regularly of a combination of any of the following, Eucalyptus Australiana, Fragonia, Kunzea, Niaouli, Rosalina, Sandalwood and Tea Tree to help keep clean and fresh.

Pet Housing

Keep pet homes and rugs -bird cages, cat beds, dog kennels, rabbit hutches, clean and deodorised by washing with Anise Myrtle, Eucalyptus and water or Lemon Tea Tree, Niaouli, Rosalina or Tea Tree with water. Use Anise Myrtle to mask bad smells and ward off nasties.

Pet Washes

Use Anise Myrtle, Eucalyptus Australiana or Blue Gum or Blue Mallee, Nerolina, Niaouli, or Tea Tree for pet wash issues.

 

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Therapeutic Properties and Symptoms

Therapeutic Properties and Symptoms

Therapeutic Property Symptoms / Aliments
Analgesic pain relief
Anti-allergenic non-irritating
Anti-anxiety reduces anxiety, nervousness and stress
Anti-arthritic soothes joints, aids arthritis
Anti-asthmatic reduces asthma symptoms
Anti-bacterial destroys or inhibits the growth of destructive bacteria
Anti-convulsant helps relieve seizures
Anti-depressant helps alleviate minor depression and apathy…lifts mood
Anti-emetic alleviates nausea or vomiting
Anti-fungal inhibits fungus
Anti-histamine relieves hay fever
Anti-infectious prevents spread of infection
Anti-inflammatory alleviates and reduces inflammation
Anti-microbial inhibits the growth of bacteria or fungi
Anti-oxidant protective to cellular damage
Anti-parasitic destructive to parasites
Anti-rheumatic relieves aches and pains associated with rheumatism
Anti-septic destroys micro-organisms on living tissue
Anti-spasmodic relieves spasms and cramps
Anti-tussive relieves coughing
Anti-viral prevents or destroys the growth of viruses
Aphrodisiac increases sexual desire
Astringent shrinks tissue and reduces fluid loss
Calming relaxing
Carminative relieves intestinal gas and bloating
Cephalic relating to the head, clearing the mind
Cicatrisant wound healing
Circulatory stimulant increases blood flow
CNS depressant slows down brain activity
CNS sedative (Central Nervous System) calming
CNS tonic (Central Nervous System) balancing
Cooling reducing heat
Decongestant reduces nasal mucous production and swelling
Deodorant reduces odour
Depurative cleanses and purifies the blood and intestinal organs
Digestive stimulant increases ability to digest food
Digestive tonic balances the digestive system
Disinfectant destroys micro-organisms on objects
Diuretic assists with kidney/bladder and urine production
Emmenagogic regulates and promotes menstruation
Energizing bringing forth more energy
Estrogenic similar to acting like estrogen
Expectorant helps bring up mucus from chest and lungs, removing excess mucous
Febrifuge reduces fever
Hormone balancer harmonizes the hormones
Hypotensive lowers blood pressure
Immune support strengthens the body’s defences to infection
Immuno-stimulant increases the functioning of the immune system
Insect repellent keeps bugs away
Liver supporter strengthens the liver
Lymph decongest TBA
Lymphatic support helps the body detoxify
Mucolytic dissolves or breaks down mucus
Nervine strengthens the nervous system
Rubefacient causing redness to the skin
Sedative soothing or reducing activity
Stimulant increasing activity
Stomachic stimulates digestion
Strengthening fortifying or building up
Tonifying nourishing and replenishing
Uterine tonic Strengthens and restores vitality to uterus
Vein tonic enhancing blood circulation through the veins
Vermifuge destroys parasites
Warming increases sensation of heat
Wound healing wounds, cuts, skin abrasions,

 

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Candida or Thrush?

Candida or Thrush

This is a very common condition but by using essential oils for women it can be controlled.  Candida naturally occurs in the body as an aid to digestion but when there is an overgrowth of the microorganism it causes the symptoms of itch, discharge and smell.

It is very annoying, inconvenient and, worse, it can lead to more serious infections of the bladder and the cervix.  It can also take its toll on your emotions and lead to depression.  It needs to be treated.

Candida can last in the body for many years, undetected.  It can affect many bodily systems if left untreated and can be very difficult to eradicate.  If you have candida it’s best to do something about it sooner rather than later.

How do you know if your body has Candida?

# 1

This simple, at home, test can indicate if you have Candida.

My Body Fluids – The Spit Test! – Looking for yeast infection.

We know this is NOT an accurate scientific test BUT it IS a real INDICATION of the density of your fluids which can harbor micro organisms and could  possibly be a symptom of irritable bowel syndrome.

You heard it right – – this is a spit test.
The best time to do this test is the first thing in the morning as soon as you wake up. Before you rinse, spit, or put anything in your mouth, go get a glass of water (in a clear glass). Now build up a bunch of saliva (just mouth saliva, do not cough up anything) and spit it into the glass of water. Observe what happens.
The saliva will float. That is OK and normal. If within 15 minutes you see thin projections extending downward into the water, it is a positive sign for candida. The projections may look like hair, or small strings, like a jelly fish or spider legs, moving down into the water from the saliva floating on the top. Other positive indications might be very “cloudy” saliva that will sink to the bottom of the glass within a few minutes or particles that slowly sink or suspend below the saliva glob. What you are seeing are colonies of yeast which band together to form the strings.

All sugars and foods containing sugar need to be eliminated from your diet as the Candida yeast feeds on sugar.  Any foods which convert to sugar also have to be removed from your diet.  So caffeine, alcohol, white flour, sugar, condiments, sauces, processed foods all need to go.  At least until the infection is cleared up.

Essential Oils Recipe for Candida

The best thing to relieve the symptoms of Candida is yogurt and essential oils inserted into the vagina.
Only use pure, unpasteurised, whole milk yogurt with acidophilus culture and no preservatives or additives.

Add 5 drops each of Chamomile German, Lavender and Tea Tree to 100 g yogurt and stir well.
Keep in the fridge until needed.
Now you need to insert some of this mixture every day.
The further in the better.  Keep doing this until the symptoms are gone.

# 2

Checklist for Candida Albicans

This test is reviewing the signs and symptoms to determine if you have Candida Albicans yeast infection Overgrowth.

Candida Albicans yeast infection Overgrowth, Candida Overgrowth (CO) symptoms are so numerous and seemingly unrelated that they can be confusing to both doctor and patient. The majority of people who have CO do not realise they have it until they become seriously ill. Why? Because candida yeast not only steals nutrients from the food that you eat, it then poisons the tissues with waste material containing over 75 known toxins. Candida albicans is linked, directly or indirectly, to the following list of conditions and symptoms. A “symptom” is an outward sign that points to a deeper problem.

Review the 80 likely symptoms listed below to see if any apply to you.
Give yourself ONE POINT for each of those which you have had persistently (for a month or longer, either currently or at anytime in the past).

Digestive Troubles

  • Bad Breath
  • Gas/Bloating
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrohea
  • Constipation
  • Intestinal Pain
  • Low Blood Sugar
  • Food / sugar cravings
  • Mouth or stomach ulcers
  • Allergies (Air or Food)
  • Food Sensitivities
  • Heartburn
  • Dry Mouth
  • Receding Gums
  • Haemorrhoids, rectal itch
  • Irritable bowel
Behavioural

  • Anti-social Behaviour
  • Suicidal Tendencies
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety, high strung
Skin & Joint Problems

  • Thrush, Diaper Rash
  • Acne, Skin Rash or Hives
  • Dry Skin & Itching
  • Finger, toe or foot Fungus
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Liver Spots
  • Water Retention
  • Joint Pain
  • Muscle Aches
  • Numbness
Troubles

  • Hyperactivity
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Lack of Impulse Control
Female Problems

  • Infertility
  • Vaginal Yeast Infection
  • Menstrual Problems
  • PMS Symptoms
  • Bladder Infections
  • Endometriosis
  • No Sex Drive
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Iron Deficiency
Mental & Emotional

  • Dizziness,
  • Mental Fogginess, (Confused, spaced-out, blank stares, day dreaming)
  • Inability to Concentrate (Having to re-read the same thing twice)
  • Poor memory (Where are my car keys? or, Why did I come into this room?)
  • Mood Swings,
  • Headaches
Immune Problems

  • Lethargic/Laziness
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Asthma, Hay Fever
  • Colds & Flu
  • Puffy Eyes
  • Respiratory Problems
  • Chemical Sensitivity
  • Epstein Barr Virus
  • Adrenal/Thyroid Failure
  • Cold/Shaky
  • Ear Infections
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Post nasal drip
  • Hair Loss
  • Stuffed sinus (sinusitis)
  • Overweight
  • Underweight
  • Diabetes
  • Burning Eyes
  • Premature Ageing
  • Autism

YOUR ADDED SCORE IS _____ (one point per symptom)

0-4 points – Indicates variations of normal living (unless persistent and severe).
5-9 Points – Indicates a Clear Pattern shows likely development of CO dysbiosis.
10 or more – Indicates Strong Pattern and almost certain CO dysbiosis.


 # 3 – your stool

This test allows you to understand what causes loose or hard stools as well as the differences.image


CONSTIPATION (tight, stagnant)

  • Type 1: Separate hard lumps, like nuts (hard to pass)
  • Type 2: Sausage-shaped, but lumpy

NORMAL HEALTHY

  • Type 3: Sausage/banana-like but with cracks on its surface
  • Type 4: BEST is Sausage/banana/snake-like, smooth and soft

DIARRHEA (trending loose)

  • Type 5: Soft blobs with clear cut edges (passed easily)
  • Type 6: Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, mushy, pudding-like
  • Type 7: Watery, no solid pieces, or entirely liquid.

The Bristol Stool Form Scale or Bristol Stool Chart is a seven group classification of the form that appears upon defecation of human feces. It was developed by Dr. K. Hering at the University of Bristol and was first published in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology in 1997.1. The form of the stool depends on the time it spends in the colon. Although not an exact science, the scale is used to help a physician recognize stool patterns for the purpose of diagnosing digestive conditions and as a research tool to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments for various diseases of the bowel, as well as a clinical communication aid.[2]

    References:

  • 1. Lewis SJ, Heaton KW (1997). “Stool form scale as a useful guide to intestinal transit time”. Scand. J. Gastroenterol. 32 (9): 920–4. doi:10.3109/00365529709011203.PMID 9299672.
  • 2 Ackley, Betty J.; Ladwig, Gail B. (2013). Nursing Diagnosis Handbook, An Evidence-Based Guide to Planning Care,10: Nursing Diagnosis Handbook. Elsevier Health Sciences. p. 240. ISBN 9780323085496.
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Kunzea Secrets

Kunzea Secrets

Dr. Pénoël points out that in terms of composition, Kunzea contains a large amount of ?-pinene in comparison to 1,8 cineole, which is relatively rare in plants of the Myrtaceae family. Most importantly in Kunzea, there are five different sesquiterpene compounds, which is quite unusual: globulol, viridiflorol, spathulenol, ledol and bicyclogermacrene.

Such sesquiterpene compounds are being seen as important, especially whenever inflammatory reactions need to be curbed and moderated (but not negatively suppressed).

Dr. Pénoël has used Kunzea oil with some patients both topically and through ingestion of small amounts in helping to reduce inflammatory responses in cases of Crohn’s disease and the after-effects of radiotherapy treatments with good results.

There are further potential therapeutic indications for Kunzea essential oil. Various case histories and anecdotal reports suggest a variety of uses.

Kunzea is reported to have good pain-relieving properties, useful for muscular, tendon and joint injuries. In this case, Kunzea can be used by itself or used in combination with essential oils such as Rosemary (camphor-type), Basil (methyl chavicol-type) and Peppermint.

Kunzea has also shown results in relieving the pain of headaches and insect bites, such as from mosquitoes and spiders. It can be suggested to use a combination of equal amounts of Kunzea and Peppermint oil for these conditions. Kunzea by itself or perhaps combined with True Lavender oil, can be useful for application to small wounds and minor burns.

There have been some good results in Kunzea helping to relieve the intense pain of gout, where uric acid deposits (especially in joints of the toes) cause intense inflammation. In this case, Kunzea oil has been applied neat a number of times per day to the affected joints. A number of users have reported developing a healing rash, with uric acid being excreted through the skin. The Kunzea oil helps to control any itching of the rash.

If Kunzea oil is applied to the area after the trauma and before bruising has started or has only just begun, the development of the bruise can be prevented. Another excellent oil to prevent and relieve bruising is that of Italian Everlasting (Helichrysm italicum). Kunzea or both oils can be added at a 10% or higher concentration to Arnica infused oil (Arnica Montana flowers infused in vegetable oil) and perhaps Calophyllum oil (Calophyllum inophyllum). Both of these vegetable oils very useful in breaking up the leaked blood that causes the discoloration seen in bruises and sprains and speeds healing.

Kunzea oil has had positive results in the treatment of rashes, skin irritations, eczema and acne. Kunzea oil has been found to be non-irritant and generally is well tolerated even when used undiluted on the skin. However, in the case of eczema and allergic dermatitis, it is always recommended to test a small amount of any essential oil, as skin sensitivity is always a possibility in these conditions. This can be from a 1% to 10% concentration of an essential oil in a base (vegetable oil is fine) for this purpose.

With eczema and other skin irritations, I would recommend combining Kunzea with essential oils and extracts such as German Chamomile, Calendula carbon dioxide extract and Australian Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum).

Kunzea, with its high content of ?-pinene and some 1,8 cineole, is useful in inhalations for relieving congestion in sinus and respiratory complaints. Kunzea can be combined with oils such as Australian Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) and Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) to both address congestion and any infection present.

Kunzea oil has been tested for its effectiveness against a number of disease-causing bacteria. Kunzea is particularly effective against Staphylococcus aureus, including the MRSA variety (multiple antibiotic resistant), in a tested concentration as low as 0.16%.

Another use of the anti-inflammatory effects of Kunzea oil is reported by a Dr. Alan Lane, a physician who practices in Latrobe, Tasmania. His testimonial follows:

“I have been surprised and somewhat delighted to find another clinical use of this essential oil. I have been using intravenous sodium ascorbate (the sodium salt of Vitamin C) in my medical practice for some twenty-five years. If given on a daily basis only four or five doses can be given. Thereafter the vein becomes so irritated that further injections have to be postponed for at least seven days, usually longer, thus delaying treatment.

In one recent case I used Kunzea oil, simply rubbing it in undiluted two or three times that day after the injection. The result was that I was able to give over two hundred consecutive daily injections with no ensuing irritation at all. The therapeutic response is surprisingly fast. With one patient the results were almost instantaneous. I have used Kunzea oil in seven cases so far, all in patients with cancer.

Oncology treatment demands many intravenous injections and the same problems arise as with sodium ascorbate. Kunzea oil gives promise of being of significant effect in routine every day oncological therapy with chemotherapeutic agents and of use in other areas of medical care.

In another condition, atopic eczema, this essential oil seems to be useful in local application to skin. In one particular case the result was very significant. It deserves further investigation.”

Hence, Kunzea oil holds promise in alleviating the pain and inflammation whenever multiple intravenous injections are required. Dr. Lane used undiluted Kunzea oil. Another option would be the use of Kunzea at a 50% concentration in 50% vegetable oil, especially Calendula Infused oil, well known for its anti-inflammatory effects.

Safety considerations:

The overall composition of Kunzea oil, with a low content of 1,8 cineole, sees it as a safe, non-toxic essential oil for general use. There is no contraindication for the use of Kunzea oil during pregnancy at common dosages.

It is well tolerated on the skin, even with undiluted use. As with all essential oils, keep out of reach of children and consider testing a small amount on the skin first with those with eczema and other skin sensitivities.

In summary, Kunzea is a new and unique essential oil that shows much promise, particularly in the areas of relieving pain and inflammation.

Olfactory Description

Top note: a mild eucalyptus with a myrtle direction

Body note: campherous, pine

Base note: herbaceous, dry straw/hay

 

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Eucalyptus Top 10 Tips

Top 10 Eucalyptus “Blue Gum” Uses

Interestingly, small towns in Australia discovered that eucalyptus oil could be converted into a gas to light their homes, hotels and shops. Little did they know that they stumbled upon one of the most powerful forms of natural medicine ever.

Today, eucalyptus oil uses have a broad range of health benefits including:

  1. Colds & Flu

Eucalyptus works as an expectorant and helps cleanse your body of toxins and harmful microorganisms that can make you feel sick. One of the most effective ways to utilize eucalyptus for colds is to drop several drops of the essential oil into your diffuser before going to sleep so you can take advantage of the healing benefits all night long.

For more acute situations, you can make a steam bath by pouring a cup of boiling water into a bowl, and then mix 10 drops of eucalyptus EO, place a towel over your head and inhale deeply for five–10 minutes.

  1. Hair Nourishment

A few drops eucalyptus oil with some coconut or olive oil gives your hair a nice moisturizing pick-me-up. This is especially great to ward off dandruff and an itchy scalp. Also, eucalyptus is used as a natural remedy for lice in replacement of chemical treatments.

  1. Hand Cleaner

Eucalyptus EO is an excellent cleanser to remove grease and grime from your workday and can rejuvenate sore hands and feet when mixed into your salt bath. Simply mix sea salt, Epsom salts and eucalyptus oil to remove grease and dirt for good.

  1. Sinus and Allergies

Eucalyptus EO is effective at treating sinusitis. Patients experienced faster improvement when diffusing or inhalation with eucalyptus oil for allergies and sinus issues.

  1. Natural Home Care

Not only does eucalyptus give a nice, fresh fragrance to your home products, but it adds vital anti-microbial properties as well. You can’t go wrong putting several drops into pretty much everything:  Soap, laundry detergent, mop water, toilet cleaner, window cleaner … the list goes on!

  1. Odor Remover

Whether you’re battling smelly shoes or a stinky dog bed, topically wash items to remove odours with a wet rag soaked in eucalyptus oil-infused water, and place outside to dry in the sun. This can prevent odours as well as keep the shape intact! You may also mix it with lemon oil or tea tree oil for an anti-stink spray.

  1. Air Cleanser

Try putting a few drops into your vacuum and clothes dryer filters to freshen them up and sanitize them a little. Also, it’s great for killing mould in your home, and you can mix eucalyptus with other oils like clove and tea tree oil to cleanse the air and maintain a mould-free home.

  1. Spot Remover

Like lemon essential oil, eucalyptus oil is highly effective at removing spots on your carpet, clothes and basically every fabric you have in the house. It even works to get gum off your shoes!
Make sure to “test” it on an inconspicuous place first just to make sure the oil doesn’t react strangely with the material you treat. You just don’t know what’s in the synthetic materials nowadays!

  1. Respiratory Problems

Eucalyptus essential oil is highly effective for treating respiratory problems, such as asthma, bronchitis, COPD, pneumonia and even tuberculosis. Using eucalyptus for asthma is a proven treatment that dilates the blood vessels and allows more oxygen into the lungs. Simply mix of eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil and  coconut oil for a Homemade Vapour Rub, and put on upper chest.

  1. Wound Treatment

Eucalyptus oil has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that are effective at treating wounds, burns, cuts, abrasions, sores and scrapes. It also can be made into a salve or healing ointment and put on bug bites and stings. Along with acting as a natural pain reliever to the area, it also keeps the area from getting infected, which speeds healing.

The list goes on, but don’t forget to use eucalyptus on your pets! NOTE: At the same dilution for children. It’s proven to be safe in pretty much any way that you would use it on a child. Just be sure to keep it out of eyes and any open wounds!

Eucalyptus –  “eucalyptol” Oil Benefits

Eucalyptus oil benefits are due to its ability to stimulate immunity, provide antioxidant protection and improve respiratory circulation.

Originally referred to as “eucalyptol” by the scientific community, the health benefits of eucalyptus oil come from a chemical now known as cineole — an organic compound shown to hold astounding, widespread medicinal effects, including everything from reducing inflammation and pain to killing off ‘bad cells’!   For medicinal qualities eucalyptol must be at least 70% 

Although eucalyptus has the highest known cineole levels of any plant (up to 80–95 percent). scientists have discovered that several other plants have significant levels of cineole as well: Australians are lucky!

 

 

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Reason why you should use a Diffuser

Australian Essential Oils – Diffusers

Once again there was media hype about the use of diffusers, what the did not tell you it was only certain types of diffusers.
We regard our diffusers as safe and beneficial.  Smaller rooms may need less essential oil.  Caution for babies and small children with essential oil dosage. Each oil you use differs in natural chemistry. See Safety at the bottom of the page too.

1. Relaxation and Sleep

One of the best and most well-known uses for essential oils is their ability to help you unwind at the end of a hard day. While there are several other methods for getting your soothing oils from the bottle into your bloodstream where they start to work their magic, the diffuser is by far the easiest and longest-lasting of them all. Keep one at the office to help you relax on your lunch break. Have a diffuser ready to go with the push of a button when you get home from work in the evening. Set one on the bedside table to help your mind and body relax so you can sleep better at night.

2. Mood Elevating

Just as a diffuser can help you to de-stress, they can also be used to create an energizing mood. This is not only great for when you’re feeling sad or depressed. You can use your diffuser to inspire high spirits during the holidays, to set a positive atmosphere for business meetings and social gatherings, to help you get moving on a slow morning, or even to create a romantic atmosphere for that special someone in your life.

3. Ward Off Illness

Using a diffuser in your home or office is a great way to keep cold, flu, and other nasty illnesses at bay that works on three levels. First, many essential oils are powerfully anti-microbial and when introduced into the air in vapor form, the organic compounds within the oils come into direct contact with airborne pathogens before they can invade your body. Second, essential oils can also be used to boost the immune system. Last but not least, some diffusers also double as humidifiers which will help to keep your airways moist and healthy so you are less susceptible to any microbes that do make it into your body.

4. Helps You Breathe Easier

Essential oils are great for reducing inflammation and congestion in clogged airways to help you breathe more easily. If you are prone to allergies or other breathing disorders, try diffusing essential oils in the room (or rooms) of your home where you spend the most time. Just remember to keep a box of tissues handy as your nose and sinuses begin to open so you can also avoid that mad dash to the bathroom!

5. Pain Relief

While most people will tell you to apply essential oils directly to the body for pain relief, you can also use a diffuser to extend their effects. This method is an excellent way to combat persistent pain such as that caused by headaches, sore joints, and overworked muscles.

6. Improve Cognitive Function

Using essential oils in a diffuser is a highly-effective way to super-charge your brain cells. Again, this effect works on multiple levels. First, many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities – meaning that they are soothing when you’re stressed, but they can also give you a pick-me-up when you’re feeling down or sluggish. By leveling out your mood, the oils in the air will help you to focus. Also, there are several essential oils which are known for their powerful ability to balance the body’s hormones. With regular use, these oils can actually help to heal the underlying causes responsible for hampering cognitive function.

7. Safer Alternative to Candles & Incense

If you have pets or small children, burning candles or incense can be a potentially hazardous practice. With an essential oil diffuser, you can reap the benefits of aromatherapy – and to much greater effect – without the risk of burns, wax spills, or other accidents.

8. Repel Insects

Whether your problem is mosquitoes, house flies, fruit flies or moths, you can use essential oils in your diffuser to deter these critters from entering your home.

9. Keeps You Cool

(While it might make you appear more eco-savvy to your friends and family, that’s not the kind of ‘cool’ we’re referring to.)

In the heat of the summer months, running the air conditioner all day and all night is a surefire way to send your electric bill through the roof. Instead, try diffusing your favorite crisp, cooling minty essential oils in the rooms where you spend the most time to help you beat the heat.

10. Saves Money

So far we’ve covered the top nine reasons that owning a diffuser is an investment in your health and well-being, but it’s more than just that. With all of the versatile uses for essential oil diffusers around the home which ultimately lead to less doctor visits, lower electric bills, fewer cups of coffee and better productivity; you will soon discover that this handy little device is a money-saver as well!

Safety: For Essential Oils near your diffueser or oil burners

Precautions
Keep out of reach of children.  Store below 30°c  and away from sunlight.
Please also see our detailed safety information.

Disclaimer: This information is provided purely for informational purposes only. It does not in any way purport to be medical or prescriptive suggestions.
Any reference to medicinal or health benefits is not meant to treat or diagnose any problem and is not meant to replace professional medical advice.
It should not take the place of any prescribed medication that has been prescribed by a physician.

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Australian Essential Oils for Health & Well-being

Australian Essential Oils far outway the ones that most Australian’s buy in the supermarket.
OH! that will do, for Health, cleaning and for the first aid cabinet.
Education about what you actually need is a priority.

Fact or Fiction?   TV now warns us of the ‘Superbug” resistant to drugs. MRSA.
Some and only sum pure, unadulterated Essential Oils are not resistant.

Just the words Tea Tree and Eucalyptus do not mean what you think they mean.
Unless you see the BOTANICAL NAME.
Other than that they may smell nice and may just kill something or another:
Non Botanical Named Oils are OK for cleaning although will still have an affect your health.

Learn first to seek the purpose, then seek your solution.
Plug ins and candles are nice, yet pure essential oils have a different purpose.
Heating of essential oils can also destroy the healing benefits of the molecular structure.

Please, if  this means anything to you and your family then look for the Botanical Name, because if it does not have one what are you risking?