Posts Tagged ‘aromatherapy’

SummerCooking#EssentialOils#Chicken Chili Recipe

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Cooking with essential oils is rather easy, it is a way  to add  a bit of spice to your own recipes.  There are a few tips to using essential oils in your cooking.

The amount to use, start with one drop, add more to taste.  The only exception to this rule is oregano, put a toothpick in the essential oil and stir that into your sauce or other recipe. Oregano is a very hot and potent oil and needs to be used to taste.

The ideal time to add essential oils in your cooking is at the end or when the food has been cooking for a while.  If you use it at the beginning of your cooking you may need to add more because some of the oil will evaporate during cooking.

I add Therapeutic Grade “Essential Oils to my summer dishes. They will enhance everything, from upgrading your culinary creations, to creating an inviting aromatic atmosphere.”

The Aromatic Influence of Basil is that it helps maintain an open mind and increases clarity of thought.

Basil is valued for its restorative and calming properties, basil can sooth sore muscles and joints, to ease breathing, and as a cooling agent for the skin.

Chicken Chili Ingredients:

  • 3 chopped yellow onions (1 1/2- 2 recommended)
  • ¼ cup olive oil, plus extra for chicken
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and large-diced
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, cored, seeded, and large-diced
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp. dried red pepper flakes or to taste
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 2 tsp. salt, plus more for chicken
  • 2 28-ounce cans whole peeled plum tomatoes in puree, undrained
  • 5 drops Basil Essential Oil
  • 4 split chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
  • Freshly ground pepper

Directions:

Cook the onions in the olive oil over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the bell peppers, chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, and salt. Cook for 1 minute. Crush the tomatoes by hand or in batches in a food processor (don’t pulse for too long if using a processor-doing it in by hand is recommended). Add tomatoes and basil oil. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rub chicken breasts with olive oil and place on baking sheet. Season generously with salt and pepper. Roast chicken for 30 to 35 minutes until cooked. After letting it cool for a few minutes, remove bone and skin and shred or cut into chunks. Add chicken to the chili and simmer for another 20 minutes. Enjoy!

 

 

Basil has a warm, spicy, yet herbal aroma known to enhance memory function while reducing stress and tension. Basil provides restorative benefits to both the mind and body due to its high linalool content, making it an ideal application for sore muscles and joints and to reduce tension when applied to the temples and back of the neck. Basil is commonly used in cooking to add a fresh, herbal flavor to meats, pastas, and entrée dishes, but it is also cooling to the skin and can be used to soothe minor irritations. When diffused, Basil helps promote clear breathing and healthy respiratory function while sharpening focus and lessening stress. USES • Diffuse to sharpen focus while studying or reading. • Apply to minor skin irritations. For sensitive skin, dilute with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil. • Apply to fatigued or sore muscles and joints. • Diffuse or apply topically to promote clear breathing.

Essential Oils For Horses

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

“The Arabian is one of the most easily recognizable horse breeds in the world. It is also one of the oldest breeds, with archaeological evidence of horses that resemble modern Arabians dating back 4,500 years. Throughout history, Arabian horses spread around the world by both war and trade, used to improve other breeds by adding speed, refinement, endurance, and strong bones. Today, Arabian bloodlines are found in almost every modern breed of a riding horse.” WIKI

I love horses, I don’t own one but if I did I would want to own an Arabian.  This weekend I spent a day at the  57th Arabian Horse Show which was here in Scottsdale as it is every year.  I always enjoy watching this beautiful breed of horse prancing in the arena. They are so graceful.  I love to see how beautifully adorned they are along with their riders in their costumes. They are gorgeous.

As I become more knowledgeable about  Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils and their advantages I came across evidence showing that these Oils promote health in horses.

It is most interesting that despite their size, horses are sensitive. We would use the same dosage of CPTG essential oils on a horse as for an adult human, less for pregnant mares, Shetlands, and toy breeds.

I cannot guarantee that you will get the same results using oils that are not Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade.

My research has been documented and proven only with doTERRA’s CPTG essential oils.

There are certain essential oils that are generally regarded as safe (GRAS) so that some may be ingested internally.

CPTG essential oils are 50-70 times more potent than the dried herb. For instance one drop of our peppermint oil is equal to approximately 28 cups of peppermint tea.  Now that is potent.

I refer to a book called “Modern Essentials” which gives me different applications to use as well as specific doses that I can apply for most symptoms, A to Z.

I wanted to present to you a few of my favorite essential oils that have shown to be beneficial for these manifestions or illnesses, in order to support your horse’s health.

Another way to treat anxiety in horses as well as humans would be to have an essential oil diffuser in the barn and in the office. Aromatherapy will calm, and relax.

Frankincense is one of the oils for Anti-Anxiety, Colitis, Infections, Insect/Snake Bites, Scarring, Tumors, and Warts.

Helichrysum is especially great for Wound Care or Nerve Damage.

Lemon is great for boosting the Immune System and Hoof Strength.

Melaleuca (Tea Tree) has been used for Hoof Rot, Lice and Mites.

Our Deep Blue Rub is excellent for Arthritis or Monday Morning Sickness.  After a weekend of training both the trainer and the horse can use our Deep Blue rub, I use it almost every day.

Our On-Guard Blend supports a Healthy Immune System.

Seeing the care that is given to these horses, I believe that using aromatherapy can benefit them greatly.  Becoming versed in the chemical constituents that are present in these oils is why I wanted to talk about their advantages.  Essential oils kill viruses and bacteria because they can penetrate cells to eliminate these pathogens.

It is fascinating that there are natural and alternative ways to help protect these beautiful horses.  We can treat them with this type of oil therapy that does not have the harmful side affects that chemicals from pharmaceuticals can provoke.

Natural plant oils are quickly and cleanly metabolized and do not build up in their systems or ours. Therefore you can reapply as needed.  We always avoid the eye area, but just in case we would flush the eye with milk.

You can use these oils in conjunction with other types of care you are already giving, or you can use these oils instead of pharmaceuticals.  For an example you could use our Digest-Zen blend for treatment of gastric ulcers instead of Omeprazole, this blend of oils can be healthful for your horses.

I believe in alternative health care but at one time or another we all have a need to see a doctor. As we are educating ourselves on how to reinvent our healthcare, we can use CPTG essential oils by themselves or they can be partnered with other treatments that you are giving.  If you are working to prevent illness or a minor issue to start with, you can use essential oils in lieu of pharmaceuticals.

I want to leave with you one more recommendation for a Cool-Down Mist.  In a 16 oz bottle, not plastic, put 6-8 drops of doTerra Peppermint or 6-8 drops of doTerra AromaTouch Blend or 6-8 drops of deTerra Breathe Blend.  Fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water.  Spray the horse, avoiding the eyes.  Reapply as needed.

I have enjoyed sharing a little bit of wisdom that I have gleaned from studying about CPTG essential oils for horses.  In promoting wellness not only in people but for horses, I have available samples of these oils that I have talked about.  You can contact me at crgeiger@IdealScentsllc.com.

 

Author: Cheryle Geiger

www.mydoterra.com/OilMD/

Using Essential Oils In Your Home

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Using Essential Oils  In Your Home can be easy and become your way of taking charge and becoming more health conscious.

I have been using essential oils in my home for many years now on a daily basis.  They have made an enormous transformation to our health and wellness.

My education first came when I took a year long course by Jane Buckle Ph.D., RN.

I have continued my education since that time and I am continuing to learn more and to put these precious oils to work.   As I do this, I’m gaining more understanding about their potency, and the chemistry behind these wonderful oils.

The constituents in therapeutic grade essential oils are different from other oils.  These essential oils are pure without contaminants.  I choose these oils for myself, my family, and my friends for two reasons, one is for their quality, meaning potency, and the healing properties that cerified pure oils like Frankincense, Myrrh, Lavender, Lime and Lemon  have on our bodies.

Secondly you get what you pay for so the investment is well worth it, you are investing in your future for healthy aging by using certified pure essential oils.  Have you ever heard the phrase you get what you pay for.  Well that is exactly my point, that is why I choose to use certified pure essential oils for myself, my family, and my friends. Contact me @ crgeiger@idealscentsllc.com for more information on how you can purchase these oils at wholesale prices.

Pure essential oils are very potent therefore you don’t need as much.  The benefits are too numerable to mention all at once.

I recommend the continued education of essential oils.  They have put me in charge of the varying complaints that go on in a household.

Here are a few suggestions: There are many more oils that can be used for these complaints, and I’m just naming a few.

**I use Grapefruit Peel, Lemon Peel, Peppermint Plant, Ginger Root, and Cinnamon Bark essential oils to curb my appetite and help with my metabolism.

**Feed the Brain with these certified pure essential oils  Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, German Chamomile, Helichrysum, and Osmanthus,

**Help your Respiratory system with these therapeutic grade oils: Laurel Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Eucalyptus Leaf/ Stem, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Ravensara Leaf, Cardamom Seed essential oils.

Cleaning and Disinfecting with Essential oils…Use a couple of drops of lemon & melaleuca in a spray bottle to clean bathrooms and kitchens.

There are many uses and recipes for the use of essential oils.  I’m experimenting in the kitchen with oils like cinnamon and clove.   The holidays are coming and we can use these oils to spice up our traditional recipes or have new ones.

I make a Foaming Hand Wash and I use two tablespoons of Dr. Bonner’s unscented Castile Liquid Soap, one tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil and 10 drops of my favorite certified pure essential oils.

I suggest one to two drops of essential oils with  2 tablespoons of a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil this will be beneficial when applying them to the body.   These oils are very potent and more essential oil is not necessary.  It would be better to apply the therapeutic grade essential oils more frequently than to use too much at one time.  Essential oils safety is something I take very seriously.

When applying essential oils to large areas of the body, diluting them with a carrier oil is best so that they are gentle to the skin, the recommendation is to dilute the oils as follows 15%-30% carrier oil is suggested.

There are several ways to use them.  One of the fastest ways to absorb them is when they are applied to the feet because of the large pores.

For Infants dilute one to three drops of essential oils to one tablespoon of a carrier oil.  For Children 2-5 yrs of age one to three drops to one teaspoon of a carrier oil.  The application of these oils for Infants and Children should be on the feet, then add socks or to the back, as well as a diffuser.

One of my favorite ways to use essential oils is to diffuse them throughout the day in my home.

Please note these recommendations are for use with therapeutic grade essential oils.  Please use with caution and keep out of the reach of children.

 

Grapefruit Peel, Lemon Peel, Peppermint Plant, Ginger Root, and Cinnamon Bark essential oils.

Promoting Wellness Through Nature

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Promoting Wellness Through Nature is a trademark of the OilMD, James L. Geiger MD .

Promoting “Essential Oils” for Healthy Aging is a passion of mine.

I use essential oils everyday, and frequently throughout my day for personal use and then at home I put essential oils in diffusers.

Essential oils are perfect to use as a mood booster, and they supply your home with wonderful smells as well as protection from airborne viruses and bacteria.

The benefits of essential oils in the home are fantastic if you want to live “green” it’s another avenue to stay healthy and reap the results for your entire family.

“Essential Oils” have so many healthful benefits.

I have been complimented many times for the calming, refreshing, mood boosting and aromatic atmosphere that I have in my home from the uses of essential oils.

At the top of my list to stay balanced throughout my day is the “Well Balanced Lady”  It will definitely lift you up and if you are experiencing PMS, Peri-Menopause, or Post Menopause it will help keep you feeling refreshed.

In February 2011 I wrote two blog posts on essential oils, Jasmine for Women and Essential Oils for Women and Men.  They are educating and inspiring.

We are aging, no one is immune from the aging process…so the phrase Anti-Aging really isn’t true in my opinion. The phrase “Healthy Aging”  I heard many years ago from Dr. Andrew Weil, so now I use it.

Healthy Aging makes perfect sense to me and the way we do it, is by taking care of ourselves on a daily basis. Of course there are many aspects to healthy aging.  A couple of the ones that come to mind are a positive attitude, exercise, healthy eating and the use of essential oils.

I would like to continue to show you the benefits of one of my favorite essential oils, ” Sandalwood” and its uses.

If you’re going to use essential oils use them throughout your day to get the full range of their benefits.

The Essential Oil of Sandalwood is extracted through steam distillation of pieces of wood from matured Sandal trees which are 40-80 years old (ideally it should be 80 years).

The OilMD’s “Well Balanced Lady” has sandalwood in it.  This is why I love it so much.

Organic Facts shows the capabilities of this unique essential oil.

carminativeis/ a herb or preparation that prevents formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract.  diuretic/diuretics increase the excretion of water from the body, although each class does so in a distinct way.  disinfectant/ substance that is applied to non-living objects to destroy microorganisms that are living on the objects.  emollient/soothing to the skin expectorant/drains mucus from the lungs hypotensive/helps lower blood pressure.  memory booster/boosts memory.  sedative/ reduces irritability and excitement. tonic/An invigorating, refreshing, or restorative agent

I encourage you to stay on your quest for Healthy Aging.

Join me in a healthy living journey with essential oils.  I have an opportunity for you to be a consumer and/or business builder with do Terra Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils come visit Dr. Geiger and myself @http://www.mydoterra.com/oilmd/

Healthy Aging for Women and Men with Essential Oils

Friday, February 25th, 2011

I do promote Essential Oils for Healthy Aging because I have seen the results in myself, my family and friends.

Dr. James Geiger the oilMD offers in his book “The Sweet Smell of Success” guidance for the use of “Medical Aromatherapy in the 21st Century”.

“Essential oils are extracted oils from plants that give off aromatic and fragrant smells, they also act to normalize and regulate the systems of the body.”

“Essential oil phytomolecules impact intra-cellular synthesis pathways. Embodied in the chemical constituents found in these plant distillates are the energy and informational building blocks that produce complex emotional and intricate physiological effects in humans and animals.”

“Food is medicine. The FDA classifies essential oils as food. Learning the art and the science of aromatherapy is one avenue to increase health in this revolution of wellness.”

Essential oils are noted for their medicinal properties that  are exceedingly high in ORAC value (oxygen radical absorption capacity) to scavage free radicals associated with disease and aging.

Free radicals are harmful to the body. The human body is composed of many different types of cells.  Free radicals hurt these cells.

In brief “free radicals attack the nearest stable molecule, “stealing” its electron. When the “attacked” molecule loses its electron, it becomes a free radical itself, beginning a chain reaction. Once the process is started, it can cascade, finally resulting in the disruption of a living cell. Of particular importance is that free radical damage accumulates with age.

“Essential oils have crossover properties in clinical areas, for instance, oils of ginger, helichrysum and frankincense are true dual inhibitors of inflammation.”

“Since virtually all pain is due to inflammation, it is particularly dangerous when that inflammation in the human body is stealth enough that it does not cause pain. Because silent inflammation in the human body mostly means silent damage.” In my opinion this could mean silent disease.

In closing I would like to encourage you to make yourself your number one priority on a daily basis and use Essential oils and Essential nutrition. It is extremely important for healthy aging.

The Benefits of Jasmine Essential Oil for Women

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Here’s the perfect gift for your lady any time of year.

Learning about the essential oil of Jasmine may be the perfect gift for your loved one.

The Well Balanced Lady with its wonderful qualities for women has in it the essential oil of Jasmine along with other unique oils from the oilMD.

The Well Balanced Lady will relieve you of your hot flashes and it offers along with that a feeling of all over balance when used throughout your day.

Let me tell you the benefits of Jasmine as talked about in Organic Facts.

“The health benefits of Jasmine Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like anti depressant, anti septic, aphrodisiac, anti spasmodic, cicatrisant, expectorant, galactogogue, emenagogue, parturient, sedative and uterine.”

Each of these benefits from Jasmine suit women perfectly because as women we want to take care of ourselves and our families, the benefits of this essential alone can contribute to keeping our families healthy, as much as healthy eating, and exercise.

Let me begin describing the benefits of Jasmine:

Aphrodisiac

Anti depressant

Anti spasmodic/asthma symptoms

Calms your body from the stress of daily living

Sedative

Facilitates and eases birth/ reduces labor pains

Lactating mothers benefit by it’s ability to increase milk production

Relieves pain from menses

Peri-Menopause and Menopause

Uterine Health

Dry skin treatment

Helps you sleep better

Cold relief by helping as an expectorant, it reduces phlegm in the nasal and respiratory tracts.

Scars from acne or wounds, it helps fade of them

Antiseptic & disinfectant, it has bactericidal, viral, germicidal, and fungicidal properties.

Just imagine all these wonderful benefits from the essential oil of Jasmine, as Dr Geiger mentions in his book “The Sweet Smell of Success” essential oils promote wellness through nature.

Essential oils diluted with jojoba oil in 10% solution of essential oils are great used as a perfume or mixed with a quality body lotion.  Uses for essential oils in your home range from cleaning with antibacterial oils to a romantic massage.

***Spring is here and summer is just around the corner.  Try making large pots of Jasmine Green Tea.  Let the water boil then add in one tea bag per cup. Turn water off put lid on pot, steep.  Let the tea cool to room temperature before putting it into small containers, then refrigerate.  Add lime or lemon.  These two teas are so good together plus nutritious, delicious,  and a cool and refreshing drink.

I use a 4 qt or 8 qt pot and add both green tea and jasmine tea.This is also an excellent way to have antioxidant protection along with all the wonderful benefits of jasmine.

To learn more about the use of essential oils go to www.mydoTerra.com/oilmd.com


The Healing Benefits of Essential Oils

Sunday, April 4th, 2010
The Healing Benefits of Essential Oils Are Numerable
Aromatherapy has given me solid health benefits in a number of ways ever since the first day I started using them.
I will continue to use them every single day because of their healing benefits. I use them as my perfume, no more synthetic fragrance for me; I want the natural fragrance that will give both a wonderful scent and the healing balm my body deserves.
1.  A health benefit: they are healing after a burn. Tremendous is the word that comes to mind here,  if used immediately no blisters form. E.O’s help with scrapes and cuts too because they heal quicker when used right after the injury.
2. A health benefit: menopause symptoms; anxiety, hot flashes, sleep disturbances, coping with stress, and weight gain.
These aren’t just words, the symptoms that go along with menopause can be detrimental to a women’s health.
For instance waking every night at 3 am wide awake and then having to function the next day, and this happens day after day.
Next the feeling of intense anxiety, all of a sudden, you feel a surge of anxiety even in a relaxed state which lasts anywhere from 5 minutes to 15 minutes, several times a day.
Some women have to get a prescription for tranquilizers to help them cope.
This would be a form of illness in my opinion.  And on top of that what is the chemical from the drug doing to your body.  Wouldn’t it make perfect sense to use nature as your healing balm like therapeutic essential oils instead.
On top of this another symptom of menopause is waking in the morning with such an intense feeling of anxiety as if you had just worked a 16 hour day; this was one of the worst symptoms for me personally.
The anxiety causes many women hundreds of dollars trying to figure out why. But I used essential oils the minute the feeling would come on and it would vanish.
My only regret is that I wish I had known about them when my symptoms first started.  I had a couple of years without them so when I did find them they were a God send.
PMS:  Essential oils help women of all ages with this monthly issue.  Use essential oils on the body after your bath, and during your day as often as you can.  I have found that using them in a diffuser during these difficult days can without a doubt help with these monthly symptoms.
3. A health benefit: Using essential oils during the cold and flu season helped my family; I have three children and using them in a diffuser that will go off every 15 to 30 minutes per hour gives your home a wonderful scent as well as the healing benefits because the oils used get rid of bacteria and virus in the air.
The second benefit here is that the virus or bacteria doesn’t take out the entire family for a day or more and having them miss work or school.
So why spend so much money on commercial products when you can get the healing benefits from cleaning with essential oils, there perks are numerable.  Using them in the home for cleaning removes bacteria, virus and cleans the air.
4.  A health benefit:  Ginger in particular helps with nausea from car sickness and cruise sickness, nausea during pregnancy, high altitude sickness and migraines, it is also an anti-inflammatory.  These are health issues that people seek help from their physicians for and receive medicine  because the symptoms are so extreme.  But nature at its best can do what medicine can’t do, I would call that healing.
5. Essential oils have multiple cross over properties as I’ve mentioned above about ginger.  Lavender also has more than one benefit, it is a pain killer, healing balm to burns and it is an antihistamine to name a few.
When a simple solution would be to frequently use essential oils to heal your body of these disturbing symptoms why not?
Essential oils are healing balms.
How many women go through this; I would definitely say without hesitation that even though menopause is not considered a sickness; the symptoms we get as women can affect us as if they were.
I’m not leaving out men, essential oils have benefits for you too.
For further instructions on the benefits of essential oils buy Dr. James Geiger’s book, “The Sweet Smell of Success” to learn more about the health benefits of essential oils.

Ideal Scents talks about Aroma “therapy”

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Therapy is a noun that connotes action, healing action.  Mixed with “aroma” you get therapeutic essential oil healing action.

Healing comes to us for any number of reasons and symptoms.

My intention here is to discuss only the value of having a therapeutic essential oil treatment given to you or that you give to yourself.

Let’s talk about Lavender, there are different types of lavender that can be used for massage. Lavandula angustifolia is for healing the skin after a burn, it is also a wonderful addition to your daily routine of moisturizing the body after you shower. Just add a few drops to your lotion, and you will be putting a healing balm onto your skin and at the same time lavender will be calming your senses.

Lavender is a balancing oil which is why it is good for women.  It is also an anti-viral and anti-inflammatory and can be used as an antiseptic.  It has been used extensively for sleep.  Because it is a balancing oil and has a calming effect it can be massaged into your skin right before bedtime to get the best sleep. If you would prefer to have it diffused into the air, you can use a diffuser in your bedroom which would gradually supply a wonderful healing scent into the air that you are breathing throughout the night.

Don’t misinterpret the use here, it will not put you to sleep if you use it during any part of your day, it will give you a sense of calm.

“An odor can have a tremendous impact on feelings.  Certain scents evoke a deep sense of inner peace and well-being.” says the oilMD.

Essential oils are subtle, and noticeable.  Lavender is used as a perfume for those who prefer a more organic approach to adding a scent to their skin.

Dr. James L. Geiger, the oilMD says in his book “The Sweet Smell of Success” that,

“The art of aromatherapy is a holistic treatment using the essence of a plant’s essential oils to alleviate common symptoms such as pain, tension, and fatigue, as well as to care for the skin and invigorate the whole body.”

He also mentions in his book “While some scents can take you back to a time recalling youthful events, others can actually restore and heal your body, mind and spirit.”

Cancer Fighting SuperFoods, By Rebecca Katz, MS

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Cancer Fighting SuperFoods.. What to Eat Before, During and After Chemotherapy
By Rebecca Katz, MS  (Some  information added by Cheryle Geiger, V.P. oilMD)
Commonweal Cancer Help Program

Some people experience virtually no side effects from cancer chemotherapy, but this is rare. Most patients report at least some problems, including nausea, fatigue and diarrhea during the treatment.
Reason: The drugs that are used in chemotherapy are designed to kill fast-growing cancer cells. But they also damage fast-growing healthy cells, particularly in the mouth, digestive tract and hair follicles.
Good nutrition is critical if you’re undergoing chemotherapy. It’s estimated that up to 80% of cancer patients are malnourished. People who eat well before and during chemotherapy tend to have fewer side effects. They also are more likely to complete the full course of therapy than those who are poorly nourished and may feel too sick to continue.
What to do…
Load up on nutrient-rich foods.

In the weeks before chemotherapy, patients should emphasize nutrient-dense foods, such as whole grains, vegetables and legumes. The high nutrient load of a healthy diet helps strengthen healthy cells so that they’re better able to withstand and then recover from the effects of chemotherapy.
Good choices…
Dark leafy gree
ns,
such as spinach, kale and Swiss chard. They’re high in antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, lutein and other phytonutrients. These compounds help minimize the damaging effects of free radicals, tissue damaging molecules that are produced  in  large amounts during chemotherapy. Kale is particularly good because it contains indole-3-carbinol that has anticancer properties.
Olive Oil, like green vegetables, is high in antioxidants. It’s one of the best sources of oleic acid, an amega-9 fatty acid that strengthens cell membranes and improves the ability of the immune system to fight cancer cells. I like extra –virgin olive oil because it has been exposed to the least heat. (Found at a great price at Trader Joes)
Garlic, The National Cancer Institute reports that people who eat garlic regularly seem to have a lower risk for intestinal and other cancers, including breast cancer. The strong-tasting sulfur compounds in garlic, such as allicin, have strong antiviral and antibacterial effects important for chemotherapy patients because they’re susceptible to infection. Best way to prepare it is to smash it and let it sit for 10 minutes to allow the antiviral properties to become more accessible, then chop and cook.
Increase protein, It’s the main structural component of muscle and other tissues. People who undergo chemotherapy need large amounts of protein to repair tissue damage that occurs during the treatments.
Recommended: About 80 grams of protein daily. That’s nearly double the amount that healthy adults need. Cancer patients who increase their protein about a week before chemotherapy, and continue to get extra protein afterward, recover more quickly. They also will have more energy and less fatigue.
Try this: Two or more daily smoothies (made in a blender with juice or milk, a variety of fresh fruits and ice, if you like) that are supplemented with a scoop of whey powder. The protein in whey is easily absorbed by the intestine. And most people can enjoy a nutrient rich smoothie even when they have nausea or digestive problems related to chemotherapy.
Drink to reduce discomfort. Stay hydrated both before and after chemotherapy sessions to reduce nausea. Drink liquids until your urine runs clear if it has more than a hint of yellow, you need to drink more.
Helpful: Soups and broths provide water, as well as protein, minerals and vitamins. (Organic chicken or beef broth at Trader Joe’s)
Avoid your favorite foods two days before treatments. It’s common for chemotherapy patients to develop food aversions when they get nauseated from treatments and then to associate the nausea with certain foods. It’s sad when people develop aversions and can never again enjoy their favorite foods.
Eat lightly and frequently. People tend to experience more nausea when the stomach is empty. During and after “chemo days,” keep something in your stomach all the time but not too much. Patients do better when they have a light snack such as Sautéed vegetables or a bowl or broth, than when they go hungry or eat a lot at one sitting.
Treat with ginger. When your stomach is upset, steep three slices of fresh ginger in a cup of simmering water for 10 minutes,
Then drink the tea. Or grate fresh ginger with a very fine grater, such as a Microplane, and put the shavings under your tongue. Ginger alleviates nausea almost instantly. Also you can use the oilMD’s GingerMD roller ball frequently throughout the day.
Overcome “metal mouth.” The drugs used in chemotherapy can damage the nerves that control the taste buds. Some people complain about a metallic taste in their mouths after treatments
Others notice that foods taste “flat” or that their mouths are extremely sensitive to hot or cold.
These changes, known as transient taste changes, usually disappear a few weeks (or, in some cases, months) after treatments, but they can make it difficult for people to eat in the meantime.
Helpful: The FASS method. It stands for Fat, Acid, Salt and Sweet. Most people will find that it’s easier to enjoy their meals, and therefore ingest enough nutrients, when they combine one or more of these elements in every meal.
For fat, add more olive oil than usual to meals…lemons are a good source of acid…sea salt has less of a chemical aftertaste than regular salt…and maple syrup gives sweetness with more nutrients (including immune building manganese and zinc) than table sugar.
Try kudzu root. Used in a powder form to thicken sauces, puddings and other foods, it soothes the intestine and can help prevent diarrhea. You also can dissolve one teaspoon of kudzu root in one teaspoon of cold liquid and drink that. Drink after meals, as needed. Kudzu root is available in most health food stores.
Soothe mouth sores with soft, easy-to-eat foods, such as granitas (similar to “Italian ices”) or smoothies. The sores can be intensely painful, which makes it difficult to eat.
Recommended: Watermelon ice cubes. Puree watermelon,
And put it in a tray to freeze. Then suck on the cubes. The cold acts like a topical anesthetic you can numb the mouth before eating a regular meal. And the juice from the melon is just as hydrating as water but provides extra nutrients, including the antioxidant lycopene.

Aromatherapy

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Aromatherapy is an aid to general health and beauty, which enhances personal preventative healthcare. Safe practical choices in clinical aromatherapy with essential oils from plants can be extrapolated from evidenced based clinical references which may be integrated into the management of various common symptoms and conditions. For individuals with pre-existing medical conditions, great care must be taken to evaluate and determine which oils are appropriate and how to administer them. Both complementary alternative medicine and allopathic medicine are making advances towards integration of therapies with oils.

Ginger oil is a food product which is safe and non toxic. There is a difference in the production quality of essential oils, namely food grade and therapeutic grade. The therapeutic grade contains greater anti-nausea chemical properties than distilled ginger oil products. Essential oil of ginger, Zingiber officinale, can be a safe and effective addition to the management for the prevention of mild nausea associated with general anesthesia. I have applied the essential oil of ginger, Zingiber officinale to patients at risk for postoperative nausea associated with general anesthesia and surgery to good effect. This therapeutic success may be attributed to the synergy of multiple factors. The learned smell associated with ginger aromatherapy utilizing suggestion imagery perioperatively, the increased potency of the essential oil of ginger, Zingiber officinale, as compared to other preparations, as well as the nasocutaneous method of application. Generations of people have utilized various preparations of ginger root to ameliorate conditions such as nausea related to all forms of motion sickness as well as the mild nausea of pregnancy.

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