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Snoring and Essential Oils.

Here are links tostudies I found:

https://healthyfocus.org/proven-essential-oils-for-snoring/     Proven essential oils for snoring.

https://www.snorenation.com/best-essential-oils-snoring/   Best essential oils for snoring.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15478208   The use of essential oils to treat snoring.     Abstract: Snoring is a very common social inconvenience. This double-blind study suggests a significant reduction in snoring reported by bed partners in a group of snoring volunteers using either an essential oil spray or gargle formulation. Possible modes of action of the essential oils are discussed.

 

Antibacterial Essential Oils

I am posting an article by Angela Deckard. She sites the relevant studies.

11 Powerful Antibacterial Essential Oils

September 21, 2015 By Angela Deckard

Essential oils have long been revered for their healing and aromatherapy properties. What many people do not realize is that several essential oils kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses. That means that these valuable oils not only can fight and prevent infection in your body, but they also prevent illness, treat skin conditions, disinfect the surfaces of your home, and eliminate microbes floating in the air of your environment.

Why we need an Alternative to Conventional Antibiotics

Antibiotic resistance is becoming a crisis and according to many experts the growing inability of antibiotics to effectively treat illnesses owing to antimicrobial resistance is one of medicine’s most significant challenges of the new century. Not only have antibiotics been oversubscribed, but according to research, the amount of antibiotics consumed by livestock is increasing year on year.

According to an FDA report, livestock consumes as much as 80% of all the antibiotics consumed in the USA. Because of this rampant overuse we have seen the emergence of ‘superbugs’ which are becoming more resistant to antibiotic treatment. According to a recent report, resistance to antibiotics caused over 2 million sicknesses leading directly to over 23,000 deaths in 2013 alone.

And if you are expecting things to get any better, then I have more bad news. A recent British report commissioned by the Government has estimated that by the year 2050 drug resistant bacteria may cause in excess of 10 million deaths each year as well as costing the world’s economy an astronomical figure of $100 trillion.

These essential oils are a great way to fight bacteria without experiencing the severe side effects of antibiotics or the harsh chemicals of household cleaners. In many cases, a topical application of essential oils is much safer than taking antibiotics internally. While antibiotics are useful—they can be over-prescribed and can damage your gut flora—requiring you to rebuild your flora after treatment.

There is significant medical research showing an array of oils that have antibacterial properties (1). Below is a list of essential oils that are readily available and shown to have powerful antibacterial properties.

0.1 Why we need an Alternative to Conventional Antibiotics

1 Antibacterial Essential Oils

1.1 1) Eucalyptus

1.2 2) Peppermint

1.3 3) Lavender

1.4 4) Tea Tree Oil

1.5 5) Bergamot

1.6 6) Lemongrass

1.7 7) Oregano

1.8 8) Thyme

1.9 9) Clove

1.10 10) Basil and Rosemary

1.11 And The Most Powerful Antibacterial Essential Oil is…

1.12 11) Cinnamon

Antibacterial Essential Oils

1) Eucalyptus. This powerful disinfecting essential oil is native to Australia and has long been used for medicinal purposes due to its reputation as being a germicide. This germicidal quality makes it an antiseptic, which means it is suitable to treat wounds, burns, cuts, ulcers, sores, and abrasions.

When treating a wound, eucalyptus oil expedites the healing process while protecting it from exposure to air and antimicrobial activity. For this reason, eucalyptus essential oil is often used in skin care products because its helps fight skin infections and soaps. Eucalyptus is a common ingredient found in dental hygiene products for its ability to fight cavities, plaque, and gingivitis.

Eucalyptus’s powerful antibacterial properties also extends itself to your home, this essential oil is often found in soaps, detergents, and household cleaners. Diffuse this essential oil in a vaporizer is you want a fresh smelling home free of roaming bacteria and germs.

2) Peppermint. This cooling, uplifting essential oil is famous for its antibacterial activity and antiviral properties. Native to Europe and widely used for its bright effervescent flavor, peppermint essential oil has also been widely used for its medicinal properties.

Sure, peppermint essential oil is used in dental hygiene products for its minty fresh flavor; however, it serves another purpose as an antiseptic, helping teeth and gums fight off harmful bacteria. Those suffering from nail fungus find that the antifungal properties of peppermint essential oil greatly reduces the chance of fungal growth while improving the overall health of their nails.

With all of its antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, peppermint essential oil is a great way to boost your immune system. It contains such compounds as menthol, camphor, and carvacrol, which are impervious to many dangerous strains of bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli, and staph infections.

3) Lavender. This soothing essential oil elicits feelings of tranquility and calm, often lulling you to sleep. However, do not mistake lavender for being just a pretty smelling oil. The name lavender is derived from the Latin name Lavare, which means to wash.

This essential oil is a powerful antibacterial that can boost your immunity. Regularly using lavender essential oil can help provide resistance to a number of diseases and viruses. Due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, lavender essential oil is considered effective in treating various skin conditions as acne, psoriasis, and other inflammatory conditions of the skin.

Lavender essential oil is especially effective in treating acne because it inhibits the growth of bacteria while speeding up the healing process of the blemishes. This healing oil also helps to speed up the healing of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns while preventing the formation of scar tissue.

4) Tea Tree Oil. Tea Tree oil is one of the few antibacterial, antiviral, and antimicrobial essential oils that you can apply directly to the skin without first diluting it with a carrier oil. This medicinal oil is widely used to treat skin infections such as acne, eczema, warts, and psoriasis.

An antifungal, you can apply this oil to fight athlete’s foot and nail fungus. In Australia, where it is native, this essential oil is considered a cure-all, treating a wide variety of infections and diseases. Keep a bottle of tea tree essential oil in your medicine cabinet or first aid kit, as it is beneficial in disinfecting and treating wounds.

Numerous in vitro studies have already pointed towards the promising antibacterial potential of tea tree oil and fairly recent study has demonstrated that tea tree essential oil was capable of treating staph wounds faster than those treated by conventional medication. The study published in 2013 examined the effect of tea tree oil on wounds infected with the superbug staphylococcus aureus.

The experiment was carried out on 10 volunteers who were treated with tea tree essential oil fumes or with conventional medication. The conclusions were striking and those treated with tea tree oil experienced significantly faster healing time compared to the other group. (6)

A previous study found that a cleanser made from tea tree essential oil could effectively eliminate MRSA from the skin just as well as the standard treatments offered by hospitals. (8)

Based on these and other studies, it seems that such a natural and inexpensive fix could be a huge boost for hospitals battling to prevent the spread of MRSA which has become so common and difficult to treat within hospital and nursing care settings.

This antiseptic oil prevents infection from developing in cuts, wounds, burns, and boils. It is also great for treating insect bites and stings, shielding them from infection. Just be sure not to ingest this cure-all, as it is considered poisonous when consumed internally.

5) Bergamot. This sunny citrus essential oil delights with its citrus scent and its magnificent antibacterial properties. Although it is native to South East Asia, its medicinal and cosmetic potential was fully realized in Italy.

Italians recognized bergamot essential oil for having powerful antibacterial properties, using it to eliminate intestinal worms. Today, bergamot essential oil is known to fight against certain strands of bacteria and fighting against a variety of infections such as urinary tract infections, meningitis, endocarditis, etc.

Those suffering from skin conditions will find relief with bergamot essential oil. It speeds of the healing process of mouth ulcers, cold sores, and herpes while also lending a helping hand in the fight against shingles and chicken pox. This antibacterial is also a great natural way to heal and prevent acne.

6) Lemongrass. Lemon has a rich history in antibacterial cleansers, however, lemongrass, its sister oil is gentler, sweeter, and less sour. However, do not be deceived by its reserved scent as it still functions as a powerful antibacterial essential oil. The antimicrobial properties of this oil inhibit the growth of bacteria internally and externally of the body. It helps to fight such bacterial infections as urinary tract infections, malaria, typhoid, food poisoning, body odor, and various skin conditions.

Antiseptic in nature, this essential oil is great for treating wounds preventing them from getting septic. In fact, lemongrass is a common ingredient in many commercial lotions and creams used to cuts and wounds. A powerful fungicidal, lemongrass essential oil can also be used to treat fungal infections of the skin.

There is a certain amount of scientific evidence that backs up these claims that lemongrass essential oils is a powerful antibacterial treatment. One study published recently in 2013 demonstrated that a hand gel produced with lemongrass essential oil (as well as thyme essential oil) was highly effective in reducing the MRSA bacteria from the skin of the volunteer subjects.

The researchers concluded that both thyme oil and lemongrass essential oil provided excellent antibacterial activity against MRSA. Furthermore, the essential oil gel was well tolerated with no adverse effects being reported. (8)

7) Oregano. Oregano is not just a spice used to add flavor to your Italian dish, in fact, it’s a ruthless germ killer and provides wonderful immune support. Oregano essential oil has been found to protect from many strains of bacteria such as E. coli, staphylococcus, and salmonella.

This powerful essential oil not only causes significant damage to the strains of bacteria, but it also helps to minimize the bacteria’s ability to do create toxins that can be severely hazardous to human health. Oregano essential oil was first recognized for its antibacterial and disinfecting abilities in ancient Greece, where it was often used to treat wounds, bacterial infections on the skin.

Oregano was also used in food to shield it from the proliferation of bacteria. Oregano essential oil is also recognized for its great medicinal properties. Viral and bacterial infections do not stand a chance against this essential oil.

This antibacterial protects against infections of the colon and urinary tract. It also helps protect the body from skin infections, sores, cholera, typhoid, and even food poisoning. Even though oregano essential oil fights against bacteria in your digestive tract, it does not eliminate the good gut flora vital to your digestive and immune health.

Viruses also don’t stand a chance against this essential oil, as it offers ample protection from such viruses colds, chicken pox, and mumps. Oregano essential oil also helps boost the immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells and adds protection against certain autoimmune disorders.

8) Thyme. In addition to being a powerful antifungal—thyme is also a powerful antibacterial. Thyme has been shown effective against a host of bacteria including MRSA and Staph (staphylococcus). (2)

An Italian study published in 2011 found that thyme essential oil used in combination with clove essential oil was equally as effective in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis (candidiasis) as the commonly prescribed antibiotic treatment, metronidazole. Researchers concluded that its efficacy and safety profile made these essential oils a suitable treatment candidate for infectious vaginal complaints and to reduce he exposure to antibiotics. (5)

Thyme is very powerful and also potentially very irritating to skin. Thyme essential oil should always be diluted with a carrier oil before topical application on the skin. It is also recommended to test a small area to make sure to avoid irritation and potential allergic reactions.

9) Clove. Clove bud essential oil has strong antimicrobial and anti-fungal characteristics. Clove was the second best inhibitor in a test of 21 essential oils tested against common bacteria including E Coli and K. Pneumoniae (Cinnamon was #1).

The major component in Clove Oil called Eugenol also effectively kills scabies mites. (3) Clove oil should be avoided if pregnant or nursing and may react with blood thinners and anticoagulant medications.

10) Basil and Rosemary. I have grouped these two essential oils together because of a recent study which found that they could inhibit the spread and growth of some 60 different strains of Escherichia coli (E.coli). The study published in August 2013 set out to examine these oils as an alternative treatment to deal with multi-drug resistant bacterial strains.

The antibacterial ability of these two oils was put to the test against 60 separate strains of E.coli and the results were extremely promising. Both basil and rosemary essential oils proved active against all 60 bacterial strains and the researchers felt the results could hasten the application of essential oils to treat and prevent many resistant strains of bacteria. (9)

And The Most Powerful Antibacterial Essential Oil is…

11) Cinnamon. We saved the best for last.  Cinnamon Essential Oil has good research showing it to be potentially one of the strongest antibacterial essential oils.

In a test against some nasty bacteria including: Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus vulgaris, Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus

Cinnamon Essential Oil came out on top as the most potent antibacterial oil. (4)  Cinnamon was effective at virtually all doses vs. all the bacteria tested. Cinnamon oil contains cinnamaldehyde –which as you can guess is unique to Cinnamon. The other oils effective vs. all the bacterial species tested were: Rosemary, Geranium, Clove and the citrus oils lime, orange, and lemon.

This list of oils is far from complete. Patchouli, lavender, lemon, grapefruit and sage are other oils with proven ability to fight certain antibiotic resistant bacteria strains (2).

One thing is for sure—there are many essential oil options when looking to fight bacteria.

(1) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8893526

(2)  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19473851

(3)  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20711455

(4)   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1693916/

(5) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21428248

(6) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23848210

(7) http://www.aac.asm.org/content/51/11/3880.full

(8) http://www.bioline.org.br/abstract?id=pr13110

(9) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23921795

(10) http://healthproduces.com/the-big-diabetes-lie

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Cat Flea and Tick Spray

Hi, I recently bought the cat flea and tick repellent. I started using it on my cat (I think she has fleas, but not sure, I know she has something on her) and she really seems to like it.
  It seems to calm her some. She also must think it tastes good as she licks it from my fingers and then cleans herself. I was wondering if you know if the oils that are in it are good for her. She hasn’t gotten sick, so I’m not concerned, just wondering if you looked into that and know. I know she likes it because she actually runs to me when I start shaking the bottle and that is not a normal thing she does!!
  Thanks for all you do, I love your products especially knowing they are all natural!! Catherine W

The essential oils that are in there are the ones we found that are safe for cats and work as repellents.
 That is the reason we have different formulas for cats and dogs. I believe that the oils are making her feel better; so she likes it.  Kathleen

 

Good Night Tea – Nervous Tension Herbal Vitamins

Testimonial from Courtney C:

I absolutely love the Good Night tea. I really struggle with falling asleep and staying asleep. With the help of the tea and also the Nervous Tension / Depression herbal supplements, I’m able to get a good night’s sleep without feeling medicated.
These also enabled me to get off of a prescription sleep medicine. I’m so grateful for the wonderful women at Healing-Scents.

Help!! My Hair feels heavy, gunky and greasy!!

Chemical Free Hair Products –Your scalp WILL go through a detox!

 HELP!! My hair feels heavy, gunky, and greasy!!!  This is an email or call I get most often!

 Don’t give up! You are getting there! IT TAKES TIME! There are many chemicals clogging the pores in your scalp.

 Our hope is that this little flyer (and blog post) will help you stay determined in your quest to become less chemically toxic.

 Our first and foremost recommendation is to use our Bar Soaps. (If you have a handcrafter who make a real bar of soap locally, or you want to try your hand at a real bar soap will work too) We recommend using the vinegar rinse every time you shampoo and for the off days when you are not using soap. I use vinegar every time I shower. It is very balancing to your skin and helps keep the bacteria in check. If you start, soon you will love what it does for your hair. It conditions, and helps clean up your scalp.

That gunky stuff is coming from the pores of your scalp. If you can use your nails and scrape junk from the back of your head. Just think of where it is coming from. Your whole head is in the detox process; not just your hair. That stuff has been building up in there all your life. Now you are getting rid of it.

If you have long hair it can be a difficult switch to Castile shampoos, but worth it. I really recommend cutting hair short, donating it to help others and start with fresher non-chemical polluted hair for best results.  Our Clarifying Shampoo really does help get rid of some of the gunk; but, it is castile soap with decyl-polyglucoside. One of the first “natural” surfactant. I do not recommend it for constant use; but that said; it is better than any alternative in the commercial marketplace.

 Here are the hair care tips I give those who are struggling to switch to liquid castile soaps:

 There is a best way to use our Shampoo and Conditioner. We recommend using the Shampoo for 8 – 10 washings (about 2 weeks; shampooing every other day) before ever using the Conditioner. This is to really start the process of cleaning the chemicals out of your scalp. This is the time when you really need to use the vinegar rinse.

 Most of our newer customers can scrape gunk from the scalp after starting our products. That is chemical buildup coming out. This process will take time. It seems to come in waves. After two weeks; it will lessen. But, those chemicals will take time to work out from the deep dermal layers.

 For the liquid shampoos: A dime-quarter size amount. We have been taught to use way too much shampoo. …Put this small amount on your fingers; massage into the scalp…not the hair. It goes much farther than you realize. Too much soap can’t be washed out easily.  Less is better. Continue using the vinegar; it’s amazing what it will do for your scalp, hair, body, feet. Washing your hair more may not make the process any faster. But the vinegar rinse will. It takes time for those chemicals to rise up through the dermal layer. To truly detox takes time….there are no instant cures to detoxing our body; inside or out.

 We suggest using one of our great Bar soaps for your hair; yes, it is great for hair too…and easier to use. Our customers seem to have an easier time with the scalp detox because the bar soaps help to break the gunk down more easily than the liquid shampoos.

 Apply Shampoo two times. Use another dime-quarter size amount (amount depends on how thick and/or long hair is). Too much soap will not work better. It will not get washed out easily and will contribute to the gunkiness. Work from scalp down. Remember, you are cleaning the scalp; not the hair. This is very important with a natural castile soap. You do not need a lot of lather for this. We recommend this even with the bar soap; at least until you are finished detoxing your scalp.

 Vinegar Rinse.  We strongly recommend using a vinegar rinse. This helps get the gummy chemical residue out of your scalp.  Use 1/2 – 1 cup plain white vinegar (apple cider or wine vinegar, if you prefer). After the two latherings, slowly pour and working through hair. Concentrate on the base of the skull. (You can dilute the vinegar with water; but the best results come from using it full strength.) Rinse.

Fly-away Hair after using Vinegar. If your hair seems “fly-away” after using the vinegar; The Whipped Body Butter, Ultimate Body Lotion; Forever Young Face Cream or Oil, Men’s Face Lotion and the Liquid Gold all help control your hair. Just use the left-overs from the palms of your hands after you use one of these.

 Another detoxing method….baking soda:   Mix 2 Tbsp. baking soda in 2 quarts hot water.  Stir to dissolve. Slowly pour on hair. Work through. Repeat several times.  Rinse well with warm water. Follow with a quick vinegar rinse.

 Combing and brushing your hair. Your hair needs the oils the scalp produces. You need to gently brush or comb your hair 25-100 strokes per day. Your hair will respond quickly; looking and being healthier. We recommend using a wood comb; or a natural rubber bristle brush. Some of our customers have found dog brushes have great rubber bristles. Plastic create static and can break hair. This will not cause you to lose hair. You will be stimulating the scalp; waking up the hair follicles and helping the gunk to get out of your deep dermal layers faster. This will really help the detox process. You have been putting chemicals into your scalp for (how old are you?) years…this is what is coming out! It will take time.

 You will have less trouble if you cut your hair short….and let it grow back out. You will have healthy hair growing and will be much better than trying to resurrect dead and damaged chemical laden hair.

I colored my hair with commercial products for at least 5 years before I started using henna and became comfortable with my gray. Gray or silver is to be a crowning glory of our wisdom. God is pleased with our wisdom….we have to stop thinking like the world around us. Continue with the detox and you will be much happier and healthier by next year….enjoy the journey; looking forward not back.

 You will have better scalp and hair if you continue…. using a handcrafted bar of soap. Every soapmaker’s soap is different.  Only handcrafters who make their soaps the “old-fashioned” way can provide chemical free soaps.  We created our own soaps because I could not find a real soap I liked that was pure.  Because their “secret” ingredient is surfactant; Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soaps lather really well. But, this doesn’t make for a healthy scalp.  When a company makes product in huge batches for consumer retail; something is lacking. Other so-called Organic companies make compromises to produce huge batches of product that last for years on the shelf. It happened to Avalon Organics, Burts Bees, Jason, Nature’s Gate….these all use surfactants and other toxic chemical substances. Check your ingredients against EWG’s cosmeticdatabase.com

We would love feedback on your journey. You can even post your testimonials on our blog page.

Kathleen Hembree, HealingScents.com