Monday, August 23, 2010

Healthy Products

I just thought I'd share some nifty organic, health, etc products.

Being a case any of my readers were curious or were unaware I am a girl...I am very interested in feminine products and health information.
There are many debates about health and menstruation products. Many women (and men who discuss these sort of things...)believe that it is unhealthy to use tampons or to use anything hat might prevent natural flow...i don't know anything about this but am interested in reading up on it if any of you have some info on it.
Another topic is the health of menstrual products on the environment since most pads and tampons are made from plastics and man-made stuff. Because of these questions a lot of women are going back to use reusable cloth during their moontime.
Aunt Flo's Sass is a company that offers women an alternative to buying inorganic pads and they are strangely stylish! I have not used Aunt Flo's Sass products myself but am very interested in them and other products like them. I would also think that reusable 'sass' would save money in the long run rather than buying a box or two of pads every month...

I am currently writing while hanging out in Earth Fare cafe sippin' on a refreshing yerba mate with lemon. if you have not tried yerba mate yet then you really need to. Its such a good pick me up without the jitters of coffee. Yerba calls this wonderful tea nature's original energy tonic which is so true and much better for you than those disgusting energy drinks that taste like battery acid and make me feel all jittery and nauseous.
Yerba Mate contains B-complex, 15 amino acids, and minerals zinc, iron, magnesium, and potassium. Yerba even offers 2 studies on how this herb/tea aids atherosclerosis and mutation prevention!

I am very interested in the concept of protection from EMFs and curious as to ow dangerous EMFs are. There are many products out that supposedly protect users from EMFs. I've seen a collection of crystals (usually clear quartz and hemitite) that when set up in from of the computer protect the user from EMFs from their laptops and i've seen these new Quantum Balancing Crystals that when worn protect the wearer from EMF radiation and are also said t regulate the body's natural energy flow.
I've never used one of these products personally but I do have friends with products in their homes that balance out the EMFs from their household products (t.v., microwave, phone, computer) that look like funky crystal and copper paperweights. They claim that the energy in their home has been much clearer and lighter since they bought it.

Let me know if you've tried any of these products! I'd love to read your reviews!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Monthly Herbal: Tea Tree Oil Uses

My Tea tree Face Wash:
In a spray bottle I mix equal parts water and rubbing alcohol (wich hazel can be used too).
To this I add 8-10 drops pharmaceutical grade tea tree oil.
To use, I shake the bottle then spray a bit on a dry cloth.
I rub the cloth on my face in circular motion to exfoiate the skin.
The wash reduces and prevents acne as well as refreshes me after a day out, at work, or simply when waking up in the morning.

Room Cleanser
I've also read that a mix of Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oil mixed in an oil burner can rid a home of mold.
Mix a few drops of each Eucalyptus and Tea Tree (use pharmaceutical or aromatherapy grade, as always) in the bowl of an oil diffuser.
Add enough water to fill the bowl almost to the top then, light a tea-light candle beneath the bowl.
Place the diffuser in any room with mold.
These oils can also be diffused in a room where someone is sick or to cleans the air in a new house or a room that has been uninhabited for some time.

Essential Energy has a few oil mixes that include Tea Tree oil.

Rejuvenating Blend: boosting the immune system as well as bringing clarity to the mind, this blend is great for an instant pick-me-up or long-term rejuvenation.
2 drops each eucalyptus, tea tree and geranium with 1 drop sage oil in a carrier of primrose oil or grape seed oil for massage or bath.

Traveler's Best Friend Blend: every traveler knows the perils of traveling without a fully equipped medicine kit. This blend is the perfect companion for adventurers, a trusty cure-all for those icky things you pick up on the road towards nirvana.
2 drops each lavender and tea tree with 1 drop each peppermint and basil in a carrier of grape seed or wheatgerm oil for baths.
(Use tea tree as a general topical antiseptic)

Monthly Herbal: Tea Tree

I am soooo sorry I haven't posted the much awaited August Monthly Herbal! My life is sooo hectic right now, I even forgot my friend's b-day (Sorry Edward!) with the mess of wedding planning and prep, moving stress, visiting the parentals, so on and so forth.

Tea Tree is this month's featured herb! For those of you who don't remember, I did a poll 2 months ago on last months herb and Tea Tree and Dandelion tied! So, making an executive decision, I made Dandelion July's Herb and, to keep the peace, Tea Tree this month's herb.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

I wanted to get a few things across before going in depth on the benefits of Tea Tree. First, Tea Tree is NOT Tea (Camellia sinensis), like the type that we drink.
Tea Tree is commonly used as an oil (I've never seen it in any other form myself).
An anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-septic, tea tree oil was found in the 1920's to be a better medicine than most available.

The Melaleuca alternifolia plant is a small tree native to Australia. Commercial plantations were founded in the 1970s.

The oil comes from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia.
Perfume note: Middle
Aroma is strong and medicinal

Tea tree oil is one of the most potent oils for treating bacteria, viruses, and fungal infections. It permeates and kills invading organisms in the body while stimulating the system.

Tea tree oil addresses:
abscesses, acne, athlete's foot, cold sores, insect bites, woulds, infections, asthma, dermatitis, bronchitis, congestion, colds, coughs, fevers, flus, sinusitis, whooping cough, thrush, vaginitis, cystitis, lethargy, debility, vulnerability, and shallow breathing.

Safety Information
According to the American Cancer Society: "Tea tree oil is toxic when swallowed. It has been reported to cause drowsiness, confusion, hallucinations, coma, unsteadiness, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach upset, blood cell abnormalities, and severe rashes. It should be kept away from pets and children."
The oil can cause skin irritation in high doses, so it is best to do  skin patch test before adding the oil to soaps, baths, oils, or washes. 

Monday, August 2, 2010

Tomato Talk Blog Contest

Earth Fare is hosting a blog contest that asks What do you take for lunch? The comment with the most votes wins an Earth Fare gift card of varying amounts.
I've commented and would love your vote, thanks!

I also want to ask, what do you eat for lunch? Do you take a lunch to work or school? What do you pack for your kids?