How to Avoid Colds and Flu’s…

October 25th, 2007

It’s that time of the year when those of you who live in the Northern Hemisphere will be starting to see the early signs of winter. For some of you this can mean periods of misery, not just from unpleasant weather but from colds, sniffles and flu’s.

Colds and sniffles are unpleasant for everyone, not only yourself but co-workers as well. On the other hand they are not serious like flu’s particularly if you are getting on in years as flu may lead to pneumonia. In a effort to try to avoid the flu, millions of people every year line up to have their flu ‘jab’. This has been an annual event for many since 2002 when the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested that having the flu vaccine, “would reduce the risk of serious complications or of death by 70 to 85 per cent in the elderly”.

Most governments have supported this assertion by promoting the ‘benefits’ of the flu shots widely! As a result millions of people believe that the annual vaccine will protect them, and become somewhat panicky if for some reason they cannot get it.

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Menopause Body Oil

October 25th, 2007

Combine the ingredients. Use at least once a day as a massage oil, in a lotion, or in a bath (add 2 teaspoons to the bathwater). If this formula is too oily for you, add the same essential oils to 2 ounces of a commercial body lotion instead. The best type to use is an unscented, basic lotion that contains ingredients that are as natural as possible.

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Basic Aromatherapy Guide

October 25th, 2007

Aromatherapy has been practiced for around for almost 3500 years and its application in daily lives is as old as our civilization itself. It is the exotic art, and science, of using oils extracted from aromatic plants and Herbs to enhance health, emotional well being and beauty. Apart from the physical benefits, essential oils can have soothing effects on the mind and emotions.

The essential oils taken from plants and employed in Aromatherapy has been described as their “critical factors” - they are needed critically for the plants’ biological process, as well as being the substance which gives them their scent and aroma. Synthetic oil, even if chemically similar, lacks all the natural factors, and that vital critical factor, that make essential oils so valuable.

Another reason why synthetic oils are not acceptable and desired is that the minor constituents are never identical in structure and composition. Essential oils are extracted from flowers; Herbs; Spices; woods and fibers, usually by distillation, expulsion and solvent extraction. Solvent extraction is only acceptable for aromatherapy, if the solvent used is completely removed after the manufacturing process and no traces are identifiable.

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