PCOS

POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME (PCOS)


    
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is one of the most hormonal condition that affects women of childbearing age. PCOS can affect one or even both ovaries. They appear to be a collection of small cysts on the surface of the ovary, which is said to be larger than normal.

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    PCOS women rarely ovulate or release an ovum. Furthermore, many women can and do conceive.

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Common symptoms of PCOS:

  • Irregular menstrual cycles. This can also can become very difficult because women cannot judge when she is ovulating
  • Acne
  • Excessive Body Hair
  • Mood disorders
  • Mid-cycle bleeding
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Miscarriage

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What should you do if it is suspected of having PCOS?

  • Take a series of hormonal testing (including LH/FSH ratios- estradiol), testosterone and progesterone, glucose and cholesterol levels

What is estradiol?
    A major estrogen produced in the ovaries (Dictionary – google)

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    The adrenal gland produces the hormone DHEA (as well as cortisol- also known as Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate). This can be elevated due to stress. Insulin resistance is a crucial factor in the development of pcos. The goal/idea is to lower androgens in the body and allow the body to process insulin more effectively.
What is dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate?

    A weak male hormone (androgen) produced by the adrenal glands in both men and women. The test measures the amount in the blood (Www.medlineplus.gov)

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Did you know? Hormonal homeostasis (balance) is something that essential oils may help with, while regulating insulin can in some cases be accomplished by changes in diet.

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What could you do to help with PCOS?

  • Cut out highly processed foods 
  • White flower
  • Cut out all sugar, sugary foods, corn oil, and soy oil
  • Alcohol, coffee, sodas, or tap water.

What can you choose?

  • Bring in whole-food diet full of nuts, seeds, and pulses
  • Eat a lot of fiber
  • Eat fresh, nutritious vegetables
  • Eats organically produced pure oils and fats
  • Avoid GM foods
  • Drink Spring or Distilled water

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Did you know that regulating the amount and times of your meals can he helpful during problems with fertility? Well, it is true!

  • Have a good breakfast
  • Make it the largest meal of the day
  • A smaller lunch
  • Even smaller evening meal
  • NO snacking
  • Can use herbal supplements
  • Take supplements of chromium (particularly important), magnesium, vitamin D3, vitamin A, vitamin C; even a trace of mineral supplements can help

*References include:

  1. The complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: 25th Edition: Valerie Ann Worwood
  2. Google Dictionary
  3. Www.medlineplus.gov

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Essential Oils that can help PCOS:

  • Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
  • Rose Otto (Rosa damascena)
  • Geranium (Pelagornium graveolens)
  • Lavender, Spike (Lavandula latifolia)
  • Sage, Greek (Salvia fruticosa/triloba)
  • Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
  • Carrot Seed (Daucus carota)
  • Chamomile, Roman (Anthemis nobilis)
  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Myrtle (Myrtis communis)
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Oily Skin? No Worries!

Acne and Oily Skin Scrub:

 

This recipe includes Lavender (good for supporting healthy skin and relieving minor skin irritations), Tea Tree (used for its cleansing properties), and Ylang Ylang (very balancing). [Use every night to support tone and texture in your skin.]

 

FACIAL SCRUB RECIPE:

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 2 cups (200g) quick cooking Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup (75g) Cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup (60g) Cosmetic Clay (see below)
  • 4 drops Lemongrass OR Petitgrain essential oil
  • 3 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops Tea Tree essential oil
  • 1 drop Ylang Ylang OR Geranium essential oil

Directions:

  • In separate batches, grind the oats to a very fine texture using a coffee grinder. (Make sure it’s well cleaned first so your homemade facial scrub doesn’t end up smelling like coffee.) They need to be ground very fine so they make a smooth paste when you add water – lumps are annoying.
  • Using a metal spoon, stir together the oats, cornmeal and clay in a glass or ceramic bowl (or even the jar you intend to keep it in – remember to use dark glass or PET plastic.)
  • Drop in the essential oils, placing each drop in its own little spot on top of the mixture. Stir (or shake) until thoroughly mixed.
  • To use, mix a heaping tablespoon of the scrub with enough warm water to make a paste. You can use a little jar and a spoon for this, or just pour a bit into your palm and use your finger to mix it (more my style!)
  • Massage the facial scrub into your skin using gentle circular motions. Do not get it into your eyes (Ow!) or your mouth (Yuck!)
  • If you have time, let the scrub dry on your face for 10 to 15 minutes. This gives the clay time to draw out the oils and the oats time to nourish and calm your skin.
  • Rinse with warm water, pat dry, then apply an astringent toner and moisturizer or acne treatment oil.

ACNE..eeekkk!

TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL FOR ACNE:

 

 

Tea Tree Oil Facial Wash Recipe
Ingredients:
1/2 cup (125ml) Lime Hydrosol OR Lavender Hydrosol

2 tablespoons (30ml) Vegetable Glycerin

2 tablespoons (30ml) Aloe Vera gel

3 drops Petitgrain essential oil

3 drops Lemongrass essential oil

3 drops Tea Tree essential oil

1 drop Chamomile OR Ylang Ylang essential oil

5 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract (natural preservative)

Directions:
Pour everything into a 200ml (or larger) dark glass or PET plastic bottle. Shake well to combine. Wait 24 hours before using to let the mixture “cure”.

To use, dampen your skin with warm water, then gently massage the tea tree oil facial wash into your skin. Rinse, pat dry, then apply astringent toner and moisturizer or acne treatment oil.

– See more at: http://www.easy-aromatherapy-recipes.com/tea-tree-oil-facial-wash.html#sthash.3wGuJrzA.dpuf

 

 

Cinnamon Essential Oils; Bark & Leaf

Cinnamon (Bark and Leaf) Essential Oil

 

Cinnamomum zeylanicum – Latin name, pure cinnamon

 

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Cinnamon Bark is steam distilled from the bark of cinnamon. It is almost a reddish color with a hint of brown in the background. The oil produced from the bark is high in cinnamaldehyde (which can cause irritation to the skin if not used properly.)

  • Cinnamaldehyde is a strong antimicrobial and has been found to prevent oral bacterial growth.
  • As an anti-cancer agent, it has been found to inhibit the spread and growth of tumors in cases of prostate, lung, and breast cancer.

 

Cinnamon Leaf is steam distilled from the leaves of the cinnamon.  It is more of a yellowish color. The oil produced from the leaf is high in Eugenia (an analgesic) and provides pain relief.

 

The Outstanding Properties to the Cinnamon Oil is the ability to resist viruses and kill bacteria. [Antiseptic & Tonic, Insecticidal]

 

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Uses:

It is commonly used in easing colds, flu, infectious, and viral diseases. It can help aid in toning the digestive system; such as promote appetite, help ease digestion, expel gas, and ease stomach spasms. The oil can even encourage spiritual awareness to ease stress-related weak and exhausted conditions. Some find it useful for aches and pains caused by arthritis, neuralgia, rheumatism, due to it being a ‘hot’ or ‘spicy’ oil. It is also found to help with poor circulation, breathlessness, and encourage and regulate menstrual flow and pain.

 

[Always use with caution and proper dilution methods when using this oil.]

 

Avoid this oil if you are pregnant, nursing, or infant. Always use with caution. Never use undiluted.

 

****There will be a post following this one containing the safety procedures and common guidelines pertaining to Cinnamon Oil(s).*****

 

[Disclaimer: This does not provide a treatment, cure, or diagnosis. Please see a health care physician with knowledge in the essential oil category.]

 

 

References:

 

The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness

Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele

Shingles!

Do you know someone who has dealt or is currently dealing with the Shingles Virus?Believe it or not, there are essential oils to help!

 

[You do not have to ingest or apply chemicals to help things get better. I love all natural remedies. If I can help my family, while continuing to keep their bodies strong and healthy, I’m going to do it!]

 

Some of the best oils for shingles are:

Geranium
Ravinstara
Lemongrass
Lavender
Clove
Peppermint
Manuka
Eucalyptus globulus
Tea Tree

Safety:

 

  • Use a jojoba or coconut carrier oil if using topically. (ALWAYS DILUTE).
  • You can do a soothing hot compress compress (dilute the oil w/ a carrier oil, place the blend in a bottle, put the bottle in hot water & drop some on a towel. Place towel in affected area.
  • Also diffusing is recommended while also doing topical application. It helps receive the antiviral effects of the oils.
  • A bath is also something that can be done. Dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil and maybe a little baking soda. Add to water after the water is filled up in the tub. Do not add while water is running due to the interference with the therapeutical properties.
  • You can use a few of these oils, just one, or all. But make sure none of those will interfere with medications (if taking any) before using. And always dilute with a carrier oil unless diffusing.

A little bit about Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree – Melaleuca Alternifolia

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Tea Tree is classified as one of the top oils when it comes to healing wounds. One of the nicknames for the oil is ‘First Aid in a bottle.’ The scent has a resinous and slightly musty smell. The Tea tree oil is a steam distilled oil.

The outstanding properties of this oil has the capability to stimulate the immune system, inhibit the growth of viruses, prevent or destroy fungal infections and kill bacteria. [Tea tree is an antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial essential oil.]

(To ensure that your oils do not become oxidized at a faster rate than usual, ensure that your bottle is tightly screwed on and in a dark, cool place.)

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Uses:

It is commonly used in household cleaner and personal toiletries, in natural remedies, air sprays, baths, gargles, massage blends, and through diffusing. Sometimes the tea tree oil can help to stimulate heavy sweating, in the attempt to reduce fevers [and/or spread infectious disease.] It can also be used in the attempt to aid an upper respiratory infection; as well as to help break up and remove mucus. This oil has also been linked back to help aid in the protection from getting a cold sore; but nevertheless, it can also help with pimples, plantar’s warts, and/or corns.

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FUN FACT:

Tea Tree can be used in baths or massages, prior to or after surgeries. It is used to strengthen the immune system.Botanical Wellness

My Purpose

My purpose strives from seeing the world, and everyone in it, happy and healthy!  I want to introduce others to a new way of life.  I hope to show others that there is a way, a natural way, to do things.  Almost everything can be changed to a more natural approach! 
Nature is a beautiful thing.