In cold weather you become more susceptible to viruses. In order to fight back, use plant-based Essential Oils.
A bonus of adding or infusing moisture to your environment (diffusing Essential Oils) can help immensely.
It is found that cold and flu causing viruses usually thrive in cold and dry atmosphere. Your nasal passages dry out in low humidity. Moistening the nasal passages with use of a humidifier or Essential Oil diffuser kills two birds with one stone.
Sublime Beauty Naturals offers an Essential Oil Blend, ZEN IMMUNE BOOST, which helps keep those colds away by building up your immune system.
It also offers a ZEN COLD & CONGESTION for those suffering from a cold or flu, helping to break up congestion and calm the body while fighting the germs. Both can be diffused – and they are blended with an organic carrier oil, so they can be applied topically as well!
A 15-minute steam shower or bath will also help treat your cold. Pour 10 drops of your favorite essential oil or one of the ZEN BLENDS into the bath tub or on a washcloth that covers the shower floor. Now inhale deeply.
The ZEN COLD & CONGESTION blend ingredients are: Jojoba and Sunflower oils (carrier oils), Essential oils of Eucalyptus, Rosemary CO2, Peppermint, Juniper Berry & Lime, Rosemary extract. (Available on Amazon or our Webstore)
WHY EACH OIL WAS CHOSEN FOR THE BLEND?
Eucalyptus – well-known and wide ranging benefits, including sinus and respiratory applications, increases blood flow and helps with mental exhaustion. It is known to be anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and very importantly, a decongestant.
Rosemary – In addition decreasing the levels of cortisol (a stress hormone which can kick in when you are sick which hurts the immune system),
Rosemary oil has properties believed to be helpful in relieving respiratory issues and reducing pain.
Juniper Berry – among its many qualities, Juniper Berry is a detoxifer or purifer of blood,helping to remove toxins.
Lime – Limes, like lemons, are full of antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients. It helps to fight and protect against viral infections which may cause the common cold. Additionally, lime is an antiseptic, meaning it can cure infections and protect against their development.
The ZEN IMMUNE BOOST ingredients are Jojoba Sunflower Oil (carrier oils), Essential Oils of Eucalyptus, Oregano, Cinnamon, Clove, Rosemary, Lemon, Peppermint, Frankincense, Rosemary. (Available on Amazon or our Webstore)
WHY EACH OIL WAS CHOSEN FOR THIS BLEND?
Eucalyptus – well-known and wide ranging benefits, including sinus and respiratory applications, increases blood flow and helps with mental exhaustion.
Oregano – strengthens and boosts the immune system, and stimulates function of the white blood cells
Cinnamon – helps to improve the circulation of blood which ensures oxygen supply to the body’s cells, leading to a higher metabolic activity
Clove – able to purify blood and fight viruses. Antioxidants in Clove essential oil scavenge for dangerous free radicals
Rosemary – has been proven to decrease the level of cortisol in the saliva. Cortisol is one of the main stress hormones, hurting the immune system.
Lemon – able to fight colds, flu and fatigue, the properties are great for immune boosting
Peppermint – one of the oldest European herbs used for medicinal purposes, with historical accounts dating its use to ancient Chinese, Egyptian and Japanese folk medicine. Is healing and reviving.
Frankincense – also ancient in its uses (cited in the Bible), it promotes regeneration of healthy cells, helps bring down stress and anxiety for mental peace and relaxation, supports the immune system.
HOW TO DIFFUSE
Using Essential Oils in a diffuser or an aroma lamp is the most effective way of keeping those colds away. It not only moistens the surrounding air but also helps make it germ free. 5 to 8 drops in a diffuser will do the trick.
Follow the instructions of your diffuser manufacturer. If you live in a very humid area, you might consider a tea candle diffuser.
The ZEN COLD & CONGESTION Essential Oils are stimulating and anti-bacterial, i.e. they help fight bacteria. This helps the body in fighting infection and also strengthen its immune system.
Simply apply the Cold & Congestion Blend drops to the back of your neck, rub into your chest, and|or use some on your wrists or bottoms of feet. We recommend using the Immune Boost each night before bed, and it can be used during the day as well.
Our New Zen Immune Boost: the Essential Oil Blend Explained
Essential oils are those derived naturally from herbs, flowers and other plants. They are used for their pleasing aroma and various beneficial health effects. Essential oils have been used medicinally for centuries, and are believed to be able to cure a number of human maladies.
Essential oils offer a plethora of health benefits, from anti-inflammatory properties to fighting germs or free radical, giving them distinct advantages for the immune and lymphatic systems.
Essential Oils are used in several ways: inhaling into the system directly from the bottle, inhaling by diffuser (the aroma fills the air and you can breathe over time), or by topical application (note – individual essential oils are typically not used topically as they are too intense, but blends that are sold or made DIY can be done so.)
Note that most essential oil blends includes a carrier oil such as organic jojoba or sunflower oil, allowing it be used topically and assisting with the blend. That is, it helps the remaining essential oils blend well, and assists with even distribution.
Our new ZEN IMMUNE BOOSTis a wonderful blend of oils chosen because they help and support the immune and lymphatic systems. Our blend can be both inhaled directly or placed on the skin – it is recommended to massage some drops on the bottom of your feet each night.
This essential oil blend includes the following pure essential oils and just a few of their properties are highlighted:
Eucalyptus: Essential oils from this plant carry many medicinal benefits including antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant and stimulating properties. Oils are drawn from the fresh leaves of the tree.
Oregano: Oregano has been used since ancient Greek times as a digestive aid, antiviral and antibacterial agent, and as an antioxidant. It stimulates white blood cell function and can also work as an anti-allergenic. Ancient Greeks often used it to treat skin wounds and infections.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon oil must be used with caution as it is very powerful and can cause irritation. This oil originated in Asia and was first used medicinally for ailments like arthritis, diarrhea, menstrual pain, digestive problems, and yeast infections.
Clove: The use of clove is widely touted for its ability to fight damaging free radicals and viruses. Its oils contain antioxidant properties, allowing it to help with blood purification. Clove oil is also said to be an aphrodisiac, and has stimulating properties. Health issues such as asthma, coughs, headache and toothaches have also been known to be assuaged by clove oil.
Rosemary: Rosemary oil has a proven cortisol (the stress hormone) reduction effect, especially in the saliva. It also stimulates hair growth and boosts mental agility. Rosemary oil has properties believed to be helpful in relieving respiratory issues and reducing pain.
Lemon: Oil from the citrus fruit lemon has health benefits that include sleep induction, insomnia treatment, and amelioration of stress disorders, asthma, skin problems and infections. It has antifungal properties that encourage healthy skin.
Peppermint: Peppermint oil has been used for its health benefits since ancient Egyptian times. It has been scientifically proven to aid in digestion by smoothing the muscles of the GI tract. It eases abdominal pain, and can impart relief to maladies such as headaches, bowel spasms, indigestion and respiratory problems.
Frankincense: Oil of Frankincense retains antiseptic, disinfectant, carminative and cicatrisant properties. It is also used as an expectorant, a sedative and a diuretic. It is used in some cosmetics and aromatherapy.
Essential oils have been used for centuries to treat a variety of conditions. They can be a valuable addition to anyone’s health regime. With appropriate caution and proper research, they can enhance the health and well-being of those who use them.
Activated charcoal is a potent natural treatment used to trap toxins and chemicals in the body, allowing them to be flushed out so the body doesn’t reabsorb them. It’s made from a variety of sources, but when used for natural healing, it’s important to select activated charcoal made from coconut shells or other natural sources.
One of the most popular activated charcoal uses is for the safe and effective treatment of poisoning and drug overdoses. It’s used in emergency trauma centers across the world. In addition, it’s used to reduce bloating and gas, lower cholesterol, treat bile flow problems safely during pregnancy, and even prevent hangovers.
Whenever you take activated charcoal, it’s imperative to drink 12-16 glasses of water per day. Activated charcoal can cause dehydration if adequate amounts of water aren’t consumed in tandem. In addition, this helps to flush out the toxins quickly and prevents constipation experienced by some individuals.
In addition to being a safe and effective treatment for poisonings and the removal of toxins from the system, additional activated charcoal uses include deodorizing and disinfecting, and it’s an important step to cure Lyme disease.
From getting stuck in traffic to major life events, you’re bound to experience stress at some point in your life. The trick is knowing how to recognize it and counteract its effects.
The effects of stress can become apparent in your appearance all too quickly.
Stress factors, like constant work overload or ongoing relationship issues, cause a rise in the body chemicals cortisol and epinephrine.
These are the chemicals responsible for the “fight or flight” reaction we get to stressful situations, and cause an elevated heart rate and blood sugar levels. It’s your body’s way of preparing for action. If this goes on for long periods of time, chronic stress begins to deteriorate the body – starting with your external appearance.
Dr. Amy Wechsler, author of “The Mind Beauty Connection”, says: “Stress causes a lot of damage to the skin and hair… Sleep deprivation and negative emotions like worry, sadness and anxiety cause “stress aging,” which can do even more damage to your skin than the passage of time. Inner turmoil always reveals itself on the surface.”
It’s no wonder stress affects skin. It is the largest organ of the body and consists of a plethora of blood vessels and nerve endings, that are directly affected by brain activity.
The stress hormone cortisol breaks down collagen in the skin, which causes wrinkles. Acne, cold sores and wrinkles are all exacerbated by stress. Alopecia, a condition that causes patchy baldness is also greatly affected by stress. According to Dr. Wechsler, stress can age you by three to six years.
There are several ways to deal with stress. Daily meditation and deep breathing, exercise, getting enough sleep, Skin Brushing and calming the stress with Essential Oils are favorite ways to do this. (Of course, you have to try to reduce whatever is causing the stress in the first place, which is not always easy.) We will focus on Essential Oils to reduce stress in this post.
Use of plant-based, all natural Essential Oils is age-old and wise. Unlike medications that may have a number of side-effects or harmful reactions.
Essential Oils are typically used in two methods:
Aromatherapy (inhaling the scent and helping brain receptors)
Topical Application (for absorption into the body and bloodstream)
Each Essential Oil has healing qualities, cures and applications. The beauty of the oils is that they can be blended together to compliment each other and work on specific ailments, or they can be blended with a “carrier oil” for topical use. (Many Essential Oils are too potent to be applied topically alone.)
Inhaling the scent of specific essential oils can give a calming effect and actually reduce cortisol.
There is a powerful mind-body connection associated with aromatherapy. The beauty of using Essential Oils is that topical use is amazingly effective as well.
What are some of the best Essential Oils for stress?
Lavender, Clary Sage, Neroli, Roman Chamomile and Rosemary.
A MOST EXOTIC AND EXQUISITE OIL IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON FROM SUBLIME NATURALS.
It’s called Baobob Oil, and it has absolutely AMAZING qualities.
First, you should known that the Baobob Tree is called the “Tree of Life” in Africa, where it grows, because it lives to between 3,000 and 5,000 years!
That is resilience! It is the ONLY tree that regenerates instead of dying when stripped of its bark by elephants.
Baobob Seeds Courtesy Jacky Wikipedia commonsw
The oil comes from its fruit and is stocked full of amazing power:
It is well known as a superior treatment for stretch marks and scars!
It is a treatment for eczema and psoriasis!
It is the best oil for dry, dehydrated skin! And lovely to use on normal or aging skin for maintenance.
Baobob Oil boosts collagen and helps the skin revive itself. But not only skin – it helps hair, nails, cuticles and lips, too!
Baobob Oil is extremely rich in Vitamin C and Calcium; it contains Vitamins A, D and all the B’s; it’s rich in Omegas 3-6-9, potassium, magnesiumm calcium, iron, zinc and amino acid. It is extremely powerful and feels lovely to the touch – AND it absorbs well!
AROMATHERAPY IS THE USE OF ESSENTIAL OILS for wellness, healing, treatment of specific ailments and even bringing joy.
It is centered on the holistic view of healing body, mind and spirit – which are all connected.
The word Aromatherapy comes from 2 words: “aroma” meaning scent, and “therapy” meaning treatment. Keep in mind that the use of essential oils extends to Topical Use and sometimes even ingestion – essential oils are not only inhaled.
Essential oils are powerful and have been used for centuries!
Many oils are mentioned in the Bible (such as Frankincense and Myrrh); we know that Hippocrates used and practiced medical treatments with essential oils; Chinese doctors have known of the power for ages, and certainly Ayurvedic India is a pro at essential oil use. Cleopatra loved her essential oils.
The Roman era used oils extensively. For instance, the name for Lavender came from the Latin (“lavare”- means to wash) since the Romans loved to put lavender in their Bath Houses for the therapeutic benefits!
Our modern era of essential oil science and medical practice comes to us from France – a chemist named Rene-Maurice Gattefosse (who discovered that Lavender cured a severe burn on his hand – and took off in his research and work from there.) There is excellent science behind use of oils – it is not “hooey” or a fad.
What we love about essential oils is that -unlike medicine that typically has side-effects that could be harmful – essential oils come from nature and help the body do what it does naturally, without side effects.
Aromatherapy today is actually classed as Holistic Therapy and is used by hospitals, doctors and medical centers around the world.
Essential oils can do so many things! They can strengthen the immune system and organs; fight fungi, bacteria, toxins and viruses; help the body to relax or get revved up or focused; can help skin health; can help lower stress levels; can help with burns, colds, sinus problems, and more!
Essential oils are among the strongest metabolite agents, they help the body rid itself of toxins, resist infections and heal.
Most essential oils are obtained from plants by low-temperature steam distillation, by cold press or by other means. They come from the flowers, peel, seed, leaves or other parts of a plant… they come from the “essence” of a plant. Each oil has various powers, and oils can be blended together in “recipes”; sometimes they are mixed with “carrier oils” for topical use.
Stay tuned for more information on essential oils and aromatherapy. Sublime Beauty NATURALS® will introduce two essential oil blends in the summer: one for De-Stress and one for strengthening the Immune System.