Archive for November, 2010

On bottled water

Some of you may have already come across this short video.  My apologies for that. Perhaps you can forward this on to all your friends and family if you haven’t already. For those who haven’t seen it, then it’s important you watch it. It’s a prime example of the sort of cons and imbroglios of the modern world.  Hopefully this video is behaviour changing. If you’re worried about the water that comes out of your tap, get yourself a filter and buy yourself a stainless steel water bottle or glass bottle. I myself use a glass bottle at work – an old NingXia Red bottle I’ve recycled.

Anyway watch this video. It’s well done.

Till Next Time



The Miracle of MSM: the Natural Solution for Pain

MSM or  methysulfonylmethane is a sulfur-based nutrient that has been found to be a natural and side-effect free remedy to many types of pain and inflammatory conditions.  The Miracle of MSM, by Stanley Jacob, Ronald Lawrence and Martin Zucker, is the most informative book you will find on this supplement.  Based on their research and their experiences treating thousands of patients, this book explains how to take MSM, how much to use, when to use it and with what foods, to relieve pain from such conditions as osteoarthritis, back pain, chronic headaches, muscular pain, fibromyalgia, tendonitis and bursitis (Check out our article  on Sulfurzyme – an MSM product endorsed by Dr Ronald Lawrence, one of the authors of the book).

Buy the book

“Here is something natural, a supplement that appears to be safe and is helping many people. Why shouldn’t you be one of them?”– William Regelson, M.D., coauthor of The Melatonin Miracle

About the Authors:

Stanley W. Jacob, M.D., is director of the DMSO Clinic and professor of surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland.

Neurologist Ronald M. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., is a founding member of the International Association for the Study of Pain and the American Association for the Study of Headaches.

Martin Zucker has written extensively on natural healing, nutrition, fitness, and alternative medicine for more than twenty years.

Essential oils for pregnancy

Essential oils can be valuable to women going through pregnancy. Stretch marks, skin elasticity, tearing of skin during childbirth, stress and anxiety – these are things that essential oils can help with.

To improve skin elasticity and reduce stretch marks –

Lavender and Myrrh can assist here. Also the oil Geranium and the oil blend Gentle Baby. Gentle Baby is a Young Living blend containing Rosewood, Lemon, Lavender, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Palmarosa, Rose and Geranium. Essential oil blends are very potent. Somehow mixing these oils together creates something greater than the sum of its parts.

To use: Dilute 1 part essential oil with 1 part vegetable oil (can be almond oil, grape seed oil, olive oil or fractionated coconut oil) Massage over the abdomen during the entire pregnancy to prevent scarring and on the perineum (tissue between vagina and rectum) to help it stretch during childbirth. It can also be massaged over the back, neck and feet area or diffused into the environment to relieve anxiety and engender serenity (Avoid applying on bare skin, if you intend going outdoors because a number of the oils are sensitive to the sun).

For relief of anxiety –

A number of oils diffused, inhaled or massaged can relieve stress and anxiety. Gentle Baby I’ve already mentioned. Others include Joy and Valor.   Joy is a YL oil blend containing Rose, Bergamot, Mandarin, Ylang Ylang, Lemon, Geranium, Jasmine, Palmarosa, Roman Chamomile and Rosewood. Again, avoid applying to bare skin, if you are going to be exposed to sunlight. Valor contains Rosewood, Blue Tansy, Frankincense and Spruce. Many of these oils were used by the ancient Romans to instil courage and self-confidence before battle; not that you’re going to go off to war or anything like that, although I suspect some of my fellow women may certainly associate childbirth with battle. 🙂  Valor will help reduce some of the stress before and after childbirth.

Essential Oils to avoid during pregnancy –

A number of essential oils mimic the hormones in our bodies and as such can disrupt normal pregnancy development. These should be avoided, while you’re pregnant. These include : Basil, Calamus, Clary Sage, Fennel, Hyssop, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Sage, Tansy, and Tarragon.

On a similar note, we only ever recommend the use of pure, unadulterated and therapeutic grade essential oils (See our article from March this year). Anything less and you risk doing yourself and your baby serious harm. If you want to use oils that are therapeutic grade in quality or would like more information on the oils mentioned in this article , please contact us.

My best wishes to all mums-to be out there,


Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.