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Natural-Medicinals/Essential Oils Alternative Medicine/Natural Healing Through Essential Oils Historically, essential oils have played a prominent role in everyday life.

While essential oils often have a pleasant aroma, their chemical makeup is complex and their benefits vast—which makes them much more than something that simply smells good. With more than 200 references to aromatics, incense, and ointments throughout the Bible, essential oils are said to be used for anointing and healing the sick. Today, essential oils are used for aromatherapy, massage therapy, emotional health, personal care, nutritional supplements, household solutions, and much more.

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"As the world struggles to make sense of last night's massacre inside a Colorado movie theatre may we pause to reflect on the sanctity of life. Our natural reaction when something like this happens is to recoil in fear or retaliate with revenge. Let us rise above the madness of separation and honor the fact that nothing happens in isolation. Rather than rush to judgment perhaps we can fill our hearts with love and compassion. Empathize with the fallen and do our very best to help lead the world out of darkness and into the light. Many thanks for being here and may God bless the families of those deeply affected by this horrible tragedy." ♥


Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods You’ve Got to Know

Boost your immunity and heal yourself with these tasty, natural anti-inflammatory foods
A number of anti-inflammatory drugs in the market promise to ease our pain and calm angry allergic reactions. While they may provide quick relief, long-term use of some anti-inflammatory medications such as NSAIDs and steroids can actually weaken our immunity or cause unwanted side effects.

Nature has provided us with many anti-inflammatory foods which don’t just work with negligible adverse reaction, but are also great tasting. Besides their abilities to reduce inflammation, they also supply us with loads of essential vitamins and minerals that boost our immune health. Talking about value for money!

In this article, I’ll introduce you to ten foods that are well-known for their inflammation-dousing properties.

1. Kelp

Anti-Inflammatory Agent: Kelp such as kombu contains fucoidan, a type of complex carbohydrate that is anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and anti-oxidative. A few studies on fucoidan in recent years have found promising results in using the brown algae extract to control liver and lung cancer and to promote collagen synthesis. The high fiber content of kelp also helps to induce fullness, slow fat absorption and promote weight loss. But whenever possible, get only organic kelps harvested from unpolluted sea.

Sidekicks: Need another good reason to re-visit your favorite Japanese restaurants? Besides kombu, wakame and arame are also good sources of fucoidan. A marine vegetable native to the Tongan Islands called limu moui is also a fucoidan powerhouse.

Arch-Enemy: Seaweed snack. Go easy on seaweed snacks as they can be heavily salted and coated with a thick layer of vegetable oil. Check the ingredients list before buying.

2. Turmeric

Anti-Inflammatory Agent: This Asian spice commonly found in pre-mixed curry powder contains a powerful, non-toxic compound called curcumin. Studies found that turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects are on a par with potent drugs such as hydrocortisone and Motrin, but yet having none of their side effects.

Sidekicks: Ginger. This relative of turmeric is also highly prized around the world for its anti-inflammatory benefits, and are used to expel cold and relieve motion sickness and vomiting.

Arch-Enemy: Sugar. It can hardly be called a spice, but the widespread use of sugar rivals that of any spice and has led to a host of illnesses linked to this additive condiment. A diet high in sugar is decidedly inflammation-promoting and should be controlled.

3. Wild-Caught Salmon

Anti-Inflammatory Agent: Salmon is an excellent source of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), two potent omega-3 fatty acids that douse inflammation. The benefits of omega-3 have been backed by numerous studies and they range from preventing heart disease and some cancers to reducing symptoms of autoimmune diseases and psychological disorders. Be sure to include some oily fish such as wild Alaskan salmon in your diet twice a week. Alternatively, you can also get omega-3 fatty acids from high quality fish oil supplements such as this one that I recommend and use myself.

Sidekicks: Anchovies, mackerel and sardines are also rich sources of omega-3 fats. Flaxseeds and walnuts also supply omega-3 fats called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) which can be converted into EPA and DHA inside the body. But the conversion has been found to be low, and hence they may not be reliable sources of EPA and DHA.

Arch-Enemies: Polyunsaturated vegetable oils. You may be surprised to see polyunsaturated oil (like those from safflower, soybean, corn and sunflower) listed here, but polyunsaturated fats have been found to be unstable and easily damaged by oxygen. High consumption of omega-6 fatty acids, present in higher amount in polyunsaturated oil, have also been linked to inflammatory response in the body, leading to heart disease and cancer. While omega-6 is important to health, the key is to balance your omega-6 and omega-3 intake so that you don’t end up becoming a factory for pro-inflammatory compounds.

4. Shiitake Mushroom

Anti-Inflammatory Agent: Enjoyed by the Chinese and the Japanese since ancient times, shiitake mushroom is revered for its immune-boosting properties and its mild smoky taste.

Sidekicks: Maitake, enoki, oyster mushrooms. There is no better way to fight cancer and enhance your health than to feast on a plate of stir-fried medicinal mushrooms. Yummy!

Arch-Enemy: Deep-fried mushrooms and vegetables. Throwing fresh mushrooms and vegetables into a big pot of boiling oil will not only soak up lots of cancer-causing compounds from the overheated oil, their healing powers will also be greatly diminished by the high temperature.

5. Green Tea

Anti-Inflammatory Agent: The flavonoids in green tea are potent natural anti-inflammatory compounds that have been shown in numerous studies to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Sidekicks: Water. What can be more cleansing for the body than zero contamination water?

Arch-Enemy: Processed cow’s milk. Non-organic milk carries antibiotics and growth hormone residues that can irritate immune system when they are consumed long-term. Many people, especially those in the East, also cannot digest milk properly, causing distress to the digestive tract.

6. Papaya

Anti-Inflammatory Agent: Coined by Christopher Columbus as the ‘fruit of the angels’, papaya contains papain, a protein-digesting enzyme. Together with other nutrients such as vitamin C and E, papain helps to reduce inflammation, and improves digestion and healing from burns.

Sidekicks: Pineapple. A tropical fruit worthy of mention, pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that aids in the healing of indigestion, sports injury, trauma and other kinds of swelling. Extracts of bromelain have also proven to be as effective as some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and are used in a number of natural anti-inflammatory supplements for arthritis.

Arch-Enemy: Preservative-laden fruits. Dried fruits can contain high levels of chemicals such as sulphur dioxide, a preservative which has been linked to increased respiratory disease. Eat fresh fruits whenever possible, but if you must opt for the dried form, make sure it’s preservative-free.

7. Blueberry

Anti-Inflammatory Agent: An antioxidant powerhouse, blueberry is high in phytonutrients that confer anti-inflammatory protection against many diseases such as cancer and dementia.

Sidekicks: Blackberries, cranberries, strawberries and raspberries. These berries are comparable alternatives to blueberries and are equally high in antioxidants. So start feasting on one type of berries each week.

Arch-Enemy: Berries with pesticides. Insects and fungi love berries as much as we do. So berries are often sprayed with pesticides to ward off diseases and pests. To make matter worse, it is hard to wash away pesticides from berries due to their size. So it is safer to opt for organic or wild crafted version as much as possible.

8. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Anti-Inflammatory Agent: Virgin olive oil is Mediterranean’s secret to longevity. Its rich supply of polyphenols protects the heart and blood vessels from inflammation. The monounsaturated fats in olive oil are also turned into anti-inflammatory agents by the body that can lower occurrences of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.

Sidekicks: Avocado oil. Also known as alligator pear, avocado produces oil that has a fat composition similar to olive oil, containing high heart-beneficial monounsaturated fats. But, it has an even higher smoke point than olive oil, making it the ideal oil for cooking.

Arch-Enemy: Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. This commercial oil contains trans-fatty acids that lowers the ‘good’ cholesterol and raises the ‘bad’ ones — a shortcut to contracting cardiovascular disease.

9. Broccoli

Anti-Inflammatory Agent: Broccoli is a highly nutritious vegetable that contains anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer phytonutrients such as sulforaphane which helps the body to get rid of potentially carcinogenic compounds.

Sidekicks: Cauliflower. A close relative to broccoli, this cruciferous vegetable also contain similar goodness as broccoli that aids the body’s detoxification.

Arch-Enemies: Nightshades vegetables. Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants and others are classified as nightshade vegetables, which contain high alkaloid — a substance that may affect the joints, nerve-muscle function and digestion in some individuals. If you are suffering from any of these problems, you may want to try cutting down on the consumption of nightshades vegetables.

10. Sweet Potato

Anti-Inflammatory Agent: Sweet potato is often overshadowed by other exotic vegetables and fruits. But it is also a good source of complex carbohydrate, beta-carotene, manganese, vitamin B6 and C as well as dietary fiber. Working in concert, these nutrients are powerful antioxidants that help to heal inflammation in the body.

Sidekicks: Spinach. This dark green leafy vegetable is such a rich source of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative flavonoids and carotenoids that it’s almost impossible to believe. But it’s true. And here’s only a partial list: Vitamin A, B2, B6, C, E, K, calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and tryptophan. But be sure to buy organic ones whenever possible as it’s also among the foods on which pesticide residues have been most frequently found.

Arch-Enemies: Processed potatoes. Although potato is a good source of vitamin C and other minerals, potato chips and french fries aren’t. Commercially processed potatoes are usually prepared in overheated polyunsaturated or hydrogenated oils, and are loaded with high amounts of sugar and salt, increasing the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes for anyone who munches on them.

Note: If you’ve allergic to the foods listed here, you must of course avoid them, no matter how nutrient-packed they may be. Consuming food that you’re sensitive to will only cause more — not reduce — inflammation.


Top 5 Reasons Women Seek Holistic Remedies:

1. Fatigue or loss in vitality

•Drink more water to move nutrients into cells, flush toxins, refresh and hydrate

•Exercise regularly to increase energy levels

•Eat every three hours to stabilize blood sugar levels; eat the first hour upon waking in the morning, add protein-rich foods, and avoid sugar and heavy carbohydrates

•Take a daily dose of a vitamin B complex

•Try the herb Rhodiola or medicinal mushrooms to boost vitality

•Add wheatgrass, blue-green algae and spirulina to a smoothie to oxygenate the blood

2. Trouble sleeping

•Reduce the amount of caffeine in your diet

•Try Calms Forte, an herbal remedy to facilitate relaxation

•Modify your pre-bedtime activities; avoid overstimulating TV or computer work 30 minutes before bedtime

•Add kava, Passionflower herb or valerian root as supplements or in tea to assist in sleep

3. Digestive discomfort: gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation

•Slow down your eating and reduce the quantity at any one meal

•Get screened for food sensitivities to wheat, gluten or dairy

•Take digestive enzymes before a meal to break down food more efficiently

•Try probiotics to assist with absorption and digestion

•Take aloe vera or DGL (deglycerized licorice) to sooth the digestive tract

•Drink peppermint and chamomile herbal teas to aid and ease digestion

4. Weight loss and maintenance

•Manage lifestyle changes to support a healthy weight

•Seek out a nutritional expert to create a dietary support plan

•Use primarily whole food based nutritional supplements

•Introduce medicinal herbs into your regular diet to assist in metabolism

5. Symptoms of hormonal imbalance

•Acknowledge stress as one of the biggest factors of hormonal imbalance

•Reduce stress to minimize spikes or increased levels of the hormone cortisol, which affects mood swings, heavier periods, increased cramps and bloating

•Try using adaptagens or medicinal herbs to support the function of the glands in the endocrine and hormonal system

•Eat more often to balance blood sugar; eat approximately every three hours

•Eat healthy fats -- omega-3s from fish, flaxseed oil, and coconut oil

•Recognize good cholesterol is one of the building blocks of healthy hormone production

Seeking herbal and nutritional remedies for these top five common complaints is a sensible and holistic option to get healthy and feel good.

If you would like my help with any of these 5 reasons you can contact me at or e-mail me at [email protected]




This summer I am training for a half marathon in September. To support my body through the process I am going to use many Young Living Essential Oils products for energy, muscle building, and muscle/joint relief. Going to highlight one product at a time that is currently in part of my training program!


Authentic Food of the Day: Fennel

During the medieval times, the word fennel meant “flattery”. Some people believe this was due to monks using fennel in their tasty dishes which always received tremendous praise! Fennel is not only a delicious ingredient to add to your meals but is loaded with beneficial nutrients. Fennel is a great source of vitamin C, potassium, manganese, folate, and iron. It’s also a good source of dietary fiber which is important for keeping our digestive system in working order, vitamin B6 for healthy cells, and zinc for easy wound healing. Fennel is an excellent diuretic and helps to break down fat by releasing the water stored in fat cells. It has been shown that eating fennel can help to stimulate our metabolism, making it a great food for weight loss.


- One of fennels unique phytonutrients functions as an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory compound.

- Slicing raw fennel and adding it to green salads is a great way to benefits from all of it’s nutrients.

Raindrop Technique with Young Living Essential Oils

Quick post today – I just want to share with you this YouTube video on the benefits of Raindrop Technique, a specific massage technique employing essential oils.

I won’t waste your time telling you how wonderful this technique is – just watch the video, it only takes 3 minutes!
Increase Your Health with Raindrop Technique
Click below to watch:
Essentially Yours,
Carlina Byrne

Just 7 of the amazing benefits you may receive from the Raindrop technique using specific Young Living therapeutic grade, seed to seal essential oils.


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