Adrenal Fatigue: How to Help Yourself

In today’s world, busy and stressful lifestyles are the norm as people are trying to meet the standards required for work, family and other commitments. Excessive exhaustion and stress can usually be attributed to adrenal fatigue, a stress-related condition that occurs as a consequence of your adrenal glands constantly operating above optimal level, leading to the excretion of stress hormones. The adrenal glands, located on top of each kidney, are vital in their control of the body’s energy levels, immune system and regulation of your heart rate.

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Naturally, stress causes adrenal fatigue, which occurs as a result of being overworked. The stress capable of causing adrenal fatigue can come from any aspect of your life, but is typically described as chronic as your adrenal glands eventually are unable to respond to your energy needs. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:

  • Tiredness
  • Inability to deal with stressful situations
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Weakened immune system
  • Salty food cravings
  • Decreased libido
  • Feeling chronically stressed
  • Inability to concentrate

If this sounds like you, then it is likely that you, alongside millions of others, are suffering from adrenal fatigue. Although it is always advised to consult your doctor first, here are some simple ways in which you can treat adrenal fatigue naturally:

Sleep: The most obvious one, is naturally to go to bed early and get a good night’s sleep. This is easier said than done. Many people who suffer from adrenal fatigue are also victims of insomnia which can make sleeping difficult. But note that even if you find it difficult to sleep, just lying there and resting assists in rejuvenating the body. If you have trouble sleeping, try aromatherapy by putting a couple of drops of an essential oil or essential oil blend in am aroma diffuser.

Magnesium: Magnesium is your best friend, and not having enough of the nutrient can cause excessive tiredness and stress. Magnesium plays a vital role in the regulation of your nervous system, the management of muscle function and maintains a healthy immune system. Allow your body to soak in a bath with magnesium flakes or apply magnesium spray all over your body before bed for a good night’s sleep, a calm immune system and relief from stress.

Vitamins: Vitamin C and B will help improve your immune system to support healthy energy levels. This assists in combating adrenal fatigue, and vitamin B in particular serves to relieve stress.

Relaxation: Take some time out of your day to merely relax; whether it be reading a book, watching an episode of the Bachelor or simply sitting on the couch and sipping your tea. Organic green tea in particular supports the adrenal glands.

Breathe correctly: To help your body relax and to reduce stress, ensure that you are practicing controlled breathing. Breathing through the nose in a rhythmic pattern will assist in relieving tension, and concentrating on your breathing will free your mind from stress and help you become conscious of how your body is feeling.

Consume fresh fruits and vegetables: There is a lot to be said about eating well, and by eating green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits, you are supplying your body with nutrients and vitamins which are crucial in supporting your immune system and your adrenal glands. Additionally, limit your intake of stimulants such as coffee.

NOTE: We do not promote the use of natural therapies as a replacement for modern medicine under any circumstances. We believe that natural therapies should be utilised in conjunction with medicine, and we emphasise that your first point of call should obviously be a GP if you have a health condition.

References:

www.naturalsociety.com/adrenal-fatigue-treatment-15-essential-rescue-recovery-tips/

www.ancient-minerals.com/magnesium-benefits/

www.adrenaladvice.com/magnesium-adrenal-fatigue.shtml

www.selfication.com/how-to-breathe

www.drlam.com/blog/adrenal-fatigue-related-health-conditions-excessive-tiredness-2

Reflexology: All you need to know

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology, not to be confused with massage, is a science based on the belief that all organs, glands and parts of the body can be traced back to specific areas on your feet. By understanding the connection between the part of the foot and the corresponding organ/gland/body part, reflexologists can assist in the relief of stress, increasing energy levels and may help in the management of current medical conditions. It is not intended to replace traditional medicine, but to be used alongside it in order to promote health and wellness. And many people claim that it is extremely effective.

Despite not being acknowledged as a legitimate practice by the medical industry, reflexology is incredibly popular for the treatment of stress, nerve function, circulation, headaches, pregnancy and menstruation. Some people claim that it has helped them heal from minor surgery. It requires the removal of shoes and socks so that the reflexologist works solely on your feet. which contrasts against massage. Reflexologists can discern any problem areas in your body based on feeling tension or congestion in the corresponding part of the foot. Although they conduct the sessions, they view themselves as mere participants as they are guiding you body to rejuvenation, which allows the body to become balanced and to repair itself naturally.

Where does it originate from? 

There have been indications of reflexology or some form of it being applied in ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, China, India and even by the Native Americans.

An early practice of reflexology was introduced to America in 1913 by  Doctorm William H. Fitzgerald who spoke about having 10 vertical zones in the body. His work was expanded on by Dr Shelby Riley, and eventually by Eunice Ingham who created the detailed reflexology foot maps in 1938.

Does it actually work?

Skeptics claim that there is no sufficient evidence supporting the proposed benefits of reflexology, and that it has more of a placebo effect than anything else. Recent studies have been conducted to test the effectiveness of reflexology, however the results did not support that reflexology is an effective treatment for the medical conditions mentioned above. That being said, high quality trials can be difficult to conduct to test the effects of reflexology and there remains to be thousands of people around the world who swear by the benefits of the practice.

Another point of debate is the fact that there is no general consensus as to the reflexology maps. There are a range of foot charts exemplifying inconsistencies which points towards a lack of scientific basis. Fortunately, there are no adverse effects which accompany the practice of reflexology, so even if there is no benefit being derived, there will most likely be no negative consequences either.

 

References:

http://theconversation.com/reflexology-panacea-or-placebo-10527

http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/reflexology

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/other/benefits-of-reflexology

http://www.beyondtalk.net/what-is-foot-reflexology/ 

Essential Oil of the Week: Frankincense

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Frankincense oil derives from the sap of the Boswellia and Commiphora trees, and has been considered a precious commodity since the Bible claimed that one of the three wise men gifted the baby Jesus with frankincense. It was traded in the Middle East and North Africa for approximately 5,000 years to be used in religious ceremonies, to heal wounds, as insect repellents and for perfume. It was highly sought after and expensive due to the sap’s multiple functions, and some say that it was desirable due to its ability to help alleviate symptoms of arthritis. In the modern world of aromatherapy, these are the common uses for frankincense:

  • Digestive: Frankincense contains digestive properties to facilitate fast movement of food and to reduce the level of stomach acid that can cause heartburn and indigestion.
  • Respiratory issues: Like many essential oils, the scent is powerful enough to clear your sinuses to permit easy breathing and the elimination of phlegm.
  • Carminative: Helps relieve gas build up in the body and flatulence.
  • Immune system: Frankincense may be used as an antiseptic to remove germs from your environment and to clean wounds and cuts.
  • Stress buster: The scent of the frankincense oil travels through your nose and is directly sent to the limbic system in your brain which is concerned with emotions and attitude. Frankincense has been used in religious ceremonies because the scent assists in clearing the mind and uplifting your spirits.
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NOTE: If you decide to use essential oils on the skin, it is recommended to dilute them first using water or a carrier oil to avoid irritation.

References:

https://draxe.com/what-is-frankincense/

http://www.history.com/news/a-wise-mans-cure-frankincense-and-myrrh

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-frankincense-essential-oil.

Essential Oil of the Week: Lemongrass!

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The lemongrass essential oil is extracted from dried lemongrass, which originated in South east Asia and is now grown all over the world. Due to its origins in Asia, it has been incorporated into Chinese medicine and Chinese and Thai cuisine for its sweet smell and taste which makes it more tolerable than the ever-so-sour lemon. Through-out the world, people drink lemongrass tea and also use the plant in perfumes, cosmetics and insect sprays

Benefits of lemongrass

Anti-inflammatory: Reduces pain and inflammation in the joints and muscles so is essential a natural anti-inflammatory.

Anti-depressant: the stimulating scents of essential oils typically assist in uplifting your emotions, and lemongrass in particular can help increase confidence, energy and self esteem using its sweet and smooth scent.

Anti-bacterial: May assist in killing bacteria by inhibiting microbial growth both internally of the body and externally.

Relieves headaches: A study by Griffith University in Australia discovered that lemongrass serves as an effective remedy for migraines, as it has been used for centuries by Australian Aboriginals for that purpose.

Diuretic: Lemongrass increases urination which is a vital function for the body. Not only does it remove waste, but it helps to remove fat and toxins from the body and also promotes a healthy digestive system.

Muscle relaxant: Lemongrass has been used for centuries as a muscle relaxant and may be useful in the treatment of sports injuries. It may also help in eliminating cramps, sprains and muscle spasms as the oil works to improve blood circulation.

Anti-cancer agent: Although this has not been confirmed, lemongrass is said to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and serves as a natural anti cancer agent. Hopefully more research will be done with regards to its actual ability to reduce and prevent the growth of cancer cells.

Pure Lemongrass Essential Oil can be found here.

 

 

 

References: 

http://www.gourmetgarden.com/en/herb/198/lemongrass

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-lemongrass-essential-oil.

http://growyouthful.com/remedy/lemongrass.php#cancer-treatment

Essential Oil of the Week: Bergamot

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Bergamot is a potent citrus plant whose rind is used for extracting the bergamot essential oil. It requires a specific climate in order to grow as it is a tropical plant, but is also found in some parts of Europe. Italians and Greeks have been using it for centuries as a stress reliever, and bergamot’s ability to relieve stress is only one of the purposes it serves.

  • Stimulant: Bergamot’s refreshing scent assists in creating an uplifting and calm atmosphere. It is perfect to diffuse in tension environments such as classrooms or workplaces.
  • Disinfectant: The disinfectant and antibacterial properties of bergamot help prevent the spread of bacteria.
  • Decongestant: Assists in clearing respiratory conditions and is particularly useful when trying to combat a cold or cough.
  • Anti-fungal: Recent research has demonstrated that bergamot has powerful anti-fungal properties that assist in topically fighting fungal infections on the skin. Note: It is not recommended to apply pure essential oils directly on the skin unless they have been diluted with water or a carrier oil.
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References:

https://draxe.com/bergamot-oil/

http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/bergamot-oil.html

http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/bergamot-oil.aspx

Beat Hay Fever This Spring with Essential Oils

It’s that time of the year again in the southern hemisphere where the sun is coming out and flowers are beginning to bloom. Although spring is a season of rejuvenation and warmth, it can be a nightmare for up to 10% of the world’s population who are affected by allergic rhinitis, otherwise known as hay fever. In Australia alone it affects 1 in 5 people and is particularly prevalent in people who suffer from asthma. Pollen from trees, grass and weeds is spread through the wind, birds and bees, which can cause allergic rhinitis. Classic symptoms involve a runny nose, itchy, watery eyes and scratchy throats which typically leads to poor sleep quality.

Some people have turned to essential oils in order to relieve the frustrating symptoms of hay fever, and notably they use peppermint oil, lemon oil, eucalyptus oil and lavender oil.

Peppermint oil: Assists in clearing nasal congestion and can help treat headaches.

Lavender oil: A part from providing a soothing effect, lavender serves as a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine to reduce symptoms of hay fever.

Lemon oil: Helps strengthen the immune system and reduces respiratory conditions. Also drains the lymphatic system and may inhibit the growth of bacteria.

Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oil: Clears sinuses and airways to assist in relieving respiratory conditions. Tea tree oil can overcome airborne pathogens that are the cause of allergies, and it also contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

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The best way to achieve relief from hay fever is using these oils in conjunction with an aroma diffuser, otherwise known as diffusing the oil. Have it diffusing during the day in the living room and at night in the bedroom to provide around-the-clock relief. It will guarantee a better night’s sleep for sure!

References:

http://www.organicauthority.com/health/essential-oils-to-relieve-hayfever-allergies.html

http://www.allergy.org.au/patients/allergic-rhinitis-hay-fever-and-sinusitis/pollen-allergy

https://draxe.com/essential-oils-for-allergies/

Essential Oil of the Week: Clove Bud

Clove bud originates from the clove tree which is native to Southeast Asia. Clove bud essential oil is one of the most popular oils due to its antiseptic, antiviral and antifungal properties. It is particularly known for its oral benefits ever since the ancient Greeks and Romans used clove bud to alleviate tooth aches and bad breath. Here are some more handy facts about the noted abilities of clove bud:

  • Eliminate mould: Its antibacterial and antimould qualities assist in the removal of mould.
  • Reduce nausea: It is often used to reduce nausea, vomiting and morning sickness in pregnancy.
  • Infections: Its antiseptic properties render it as an effective agent in the treatment of wounds, cuts, athlete’s foot, infections and bruises.
  • Dental care: Although it is not recommended that pure clove oil should be induced or applied topically, or any pure essential oil for that matter, rinsing your mouth with clove oil that is excessively diluted in water may help reduce tooth pain, gum pain, cavities and bad breath.
  • Decrease stress: Clove oil is considered an aphrodisiac which helps to overcoming stress.
  • Insect repellant: The strong scent of clove bud assists in warding away insects.
  • Blood circulation: Massage your skin and muscles using clove oil diluted in a carrier oil to improve blood circulation.

Essentials In-A-Box sells a 15ml pure Clove Bud essential oil for AU$17.95. 

 

 

References:

www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-clove-oil.html

www.articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/clove-bud-oil.aspx

www.naturallivingideas.com/clove-oil-benefits-uses/

www.backdoorsurvival.com/20-ways-to-benefit-from-clove-essential-oil/

Essential Oil of the week: Rose Geranium

The sweet tones of Rose Geranium not only deliver a beautiful scent, but may also provide a number of health benefits. The geranium plant itself is native to South Africa, and was originally used to heal wounds and burns. The plant was brought to Europe in the 17th century to become a popular ingredient in perfumes, as it still remains to this day.

Rose geranium has a following for being useful in more ways than one, and is commonly used by aromatherapists to treat stress. Its light, fragrant scent is also enjoyed to create an uplifting environment through dispersing the scent with an aromatherapy diffuser. Other believed benefits include:

  • Treatment of nose and throat infections – Its anti-viral and antibacterial properties help to fight off infections.
  • Depression – The vibrant scent directly affects mental functioning and mood.
  • Insomnia – Creates a soothing atmosphere through the fragrant smell of the oil.
  • Anti-ageing effects – Assists in promoting cell growth and rejuvenation, as well as preventing the sagging of skin and muscles.
  • Helps ease symptoms of menopause and menstruation
  • Increases urination- To dispose of toxins and bile from the body.
  • Prevents Alzheimer’s and dementia – Geranium oil contains microglial cells which release anti-inflammatories in the neural pathways which can initiate neural degeneration.

Essentials In-a-Box has a pure Rose Geranium essential oil in a 15ml bottle for AU$21.95, which is perfect to use in an aroma diffuser in order to experience its therapeutic benefits.

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*Note: We do not recommend that essential oils should be applied topically due to their high concentration.

References:

http://blog.scentedleaf.com/2010/07/rose-scented-pelargoniums-geraniums.html

http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/geranium-oil.aspx

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-geranium-essential-oil.html

Aromatherapy Around the World

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The use of plant extracts for healing purposes dates back more than 40,000 years ago and was the basis for modern aromatherapy, which has recently been gaining more momentum in the western world. However, the use of herbs and plants to treat emotional, mental and physical ailments has been widespread for thousands of years and there is evidence to demonstrate its use on almost every continent. Let’s take a trip around the world to see how some cultures have relied on aromatherapy!

Egypt

The ancient Egyptians began to experiment with aromatherapy in 3500 BC when they burned incense in order to send prayers to their gods. A thousand years later, they began to use plant extracts for the purpose of embalming bodies for mummification, and as important healing medicines to treat illness and disease.

India

The traditional form of Indian medicine is Ayurveda, and essential oils and incense have been used by Ayurvedic practitioners for thousands of years. Aromatherapy has been incorporated into many different treatments for the purpose of aiding psychological and physical ailments, as Ayurveda practitioners believe that herbal ingredients can be used to prevent infections, to cleanse one’s environment and to rejuvenate the body.

China

Chinese medicine is the second oldest system of medicine and is still prevalent today despite the rise of pharmacology. Chinese practitioners would use sandalwood to treat cholera, and the earliest document on Chinese aromatherapy dates back to 2000 BC.

Europe

The ancient Greeks and Romans took the medicine practices of the Egyptians and expanded on their knowledge. Europeans would use plant extracts to purify the mind and soul as well as to treat physical diseases and illnesses, and the Romans exhibited this through their scented baths and body treatments. The Greek physician Hippocrates incorporated plant extracts into his treatments and even advised people to have an aromatic massage a day for general wellness. I think we could all agree with that.

Australia

The indigenous people of Australia relied heavily on native plant extracts such as tea tree and eucalyptus oil in order to treat a variety of ailments. The aboriginals have relied on some of the thousands of plant species native to Australia since approximately 40,000 years ago. They continue to be used today for antibacterial and antiviral purposes as their healing properties are still considered miraculous.

South America

The Aztecs would burn incense for religious purposes and used plant extracts for purification of the mind and soul, which was discovered by the conquistadors when they invaded in the 16th century.

 

References:

http://www.naturaltherapypages.com.au/article/native_australian_essential_oils#ixzz4GQgac1Xl

http://whereandwhatintheworld.com/2013/08/aromatherapy-around-the-world.html

http://www.crystalinks.com/aromatherapy.html

http://www.quinessence.com/history_of_aromatherapy.htm

http://www.suzannebovenizer.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils/history