Himalayan Salt…..Part 1 of 3

This is a 3 part series on the benefits and use of Himalayan salt.  First enjoy a detailed article from Dr. Edward F. Group III.  Followed up with a recipe to make Sole which is concentrated mineral rich formula consumed to hydrate, detox, and improve overall health.  And lastly, the low-down on the pretty pink salt lamps, blocks, and inhalers we see in home and health food stores.

1.   The Benefits of Himalayan Salt vs Common Table Salt
2.   Sole Water: minerals for health
3.   Using Himalayan Salt Lamps, Blocks, & Inhalers

  Himalayan Salt in Hands
The Benefits of Himalayan Salt

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
Published on May 15, 2009, Last Updated on September 10, 2013
 
Superior to traditional iodized salt Himalayan salt contains the same 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body. Created i.e. formed over the past 250 million years under intense tectonic pressure, no limited to no exposure to toxins and impurities.

Himalayan salt’s unique cellular structure allows it to store vibrational energy. Its minerals exist in a colloidal form, meaning that they are tiny enough for our cells to easily absorb.

Himalayan Salt Health Benefits vs Negative effects of table salt

Benefits include:

  • Controlling the water levels within the body, regulating them for proper functioning
  • Promoting stable pH balance in the cells, including the brain.
  • Encouraging excellent blood sugar health
  • Aiding in reducing the common signs of aging
  • Promoting cellular hydroelectric energy creation
  • Promoting the increased absorption capacities of food elements within the intestinal tract
  • Aiding vascular health
  • Supporting healthy respiratory function
  • Lowering incidence of sinus problems, and promoting over-all sinus health
  • Reducing muscle cramps
  • Increasing bone strength
  • Naturally promoting healthy sleep patterns
  • Creating a healthy libido
  • In combination with water, it is necessary for blood pressure regulation
  • Prevents cellulite, when compared to table salt
  • Reduces chances of developing rheumatism, arthritis and gout, when compared to common chemically-treated salt
  • Reduces chances of developing kidney and gall bladder stones when compared to common chemically-treated salt

 Table salt: “The Health Destroyer”

Many people are unaware that common table salt contains chemicals and even sugar! Salt is necessary but can be dangerous if taken in this chemical form.

Table salt is composed of 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals like iodine and absorbents, and sugar. Common salt is dried at more than 1,200° Fahrenheit, a process which zaps many of the natural chemical structures.

The table and cooking salt found in most homes, restaurants, and processed foods is void of nutritional value, lacking beneficial trace minerals. Processing salt turns it into sodium chloride, an unnatural salt the human body actually sees as a toxic invader! The body cannot dispose of it in a natural, healthy way which can lead to inflammation of the tissues, water retention and high blood pressure.

Processed salt crystals are also energetically dead, as their crystals are completely isolated from one another. For the body to metabolize chemical table salt, it must waste tremendous amounts of energy to keep the body at optimum fluid balance. This creates a burden on the elimination systems in the body. Water is removed from other cells in attempt to neutralize the unnatural sodium chloride.

Studies show that for each gram of table salt your system cannot process, your body will use over twenty times the amount of cellular water to neutralize the sodium chloride in chemically-treated salt. This can lead to cellulite, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, as well as kidney and gallbladder stones. The average American consumes 5,000 mg of sodium chloride a day.

Choosing to use Himalayan Salt as an alternative can have a big impact on your total health and well-being.

Article LINK:  http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/himalayan-crystal-salt-benefits/

Resources:

  • Global Healing Center. Accessed March 12, 2014. The Benefits of Himalayan Salt Author: Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM (May 2009 last revised Sept 2010) http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/himalayan-crystal-salt-benefits/
  • Saltnews.com, Accessed April 2011 Benefits of Himalayan Salt, Published on May 15, 2009 , Last Updated on April 2, 2011.  http://www.saltnews.com/heating-using-cleaning-storing-your-himalayan-salt-block/
  • Mercola.com, Accessed Aug 5, 2013 Discover this Soothing, Decorative Way to Help Reduce Indoor Air Pllutants and “Electro-Smog” in Areas of Your Home. http://products.mercola.com/himalayan-salt/himalayan-salt-lamps.htm
  • Our Earth Our Cure by Raymond Dextreit. Publisher: Citadel Pr (October 1993)
  • Sea salt’s Hidden Powers by Dr. Jacques de Langre, Ph.D12th Edition 1992
  • Curezone.com, Accessed March 10, 2014. Salts that Heal and Salts that Kill www.curezone.com/foods/saltcure.asp
  • The Master Cleanser by Stanley Burroughs, Publisher: www.snowballpublishing.com (June 19, 2013)
  • Water & Salt, The Essence of Life by Dr. Barbara Hendel, MD and Biophysicist, Peter Ferreira  Publisher: Natural Resources (January 1, 2003)
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Lisa’s Luscious Lotion

Luscious Lotion

Luscious Lotion

ingredients
20 grams Bees Wax
20 grams Shea Butter
25 grams Coconut Oil
3/8 C. Calendula Infused Oil
1/4 C. Cottonwood Infused Oil
1/8 C. Plantain Oil
2 Tbsp. Tamanu Oil
1/3 C. Rose Water
1/3 C. Lavender Tincture
10-30 drops Essential Oil of your choice
Optional Additions Include: 1 tsp Vitamin E oil or a few drops of Vanilla Extract

directions

1. Melt first 3 items in a double boiler.
2. Once liquefied add next 4 items and stir till well incorporated.
3. Remove the mixture from heat and a add essential oil, set aside.
4. Mix together the Rose Water and Lavender Tincture
5. Once the oil/wax mixture has cooled slightly add the Rose/Lavender mixture to the oil/wax mixture while mixing with a hand blender.

The mixture will start to emulsify and form the cream. Add to jars and allow to cool before covering. Label and use within 6 months.

This is a very luxurious moisturizing lotion. For a real herby scent leave out the essential oils, it has a mild calendula/cottonwood smell, I prefer a stronger scent plus the medicinal properties of added essential oils.

ingredient benefits
Beeswax: skin softener, emollient, humectant, antibacterial
Shea Butter: contains vitamin A and vitamin E, superior moisturizer, used to treat skin allergies, aids wound healing, increases micro-circulation to the skin
Coconut Oil: used to moisturize us from head to toe (lips, face, skin, rough hands and feet), antibacterial and anti-fungal properties make it suitable for diaper rash salve
Calendula: anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiseptic properties, used for dermatitis, eczema, diaper rash, irritated dry skin, burns, cuts and scrapes
Cottonwood: anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic (soothes pain) and stimulate skin proliferation, works well for certain types of eczema
Plantain: vulnerary to heal wounds, cuts and scratches, contains epidermal growth factor and may be used to repair damage tissue, treat bruises
Olive Oil: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, used in cases of psoriasis and atopic/contact/seborrheic dermatitis.
Tamanu: promotes the formation of new tissue, accelerates wound healing, cuts scrapes, burns, bits, acne, psoriasis, eczema, sunburn, dry skin
Rose water: astringent, anti-inflammatory, aids redness, cooling, tightens capillaries, removes dirt from clogged pores
Lavender: antiseptic, used to treat burns, fight infection, treat acne, helps to regenerate skin cells, accelerate wound healing and reduce scar formation

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Garlic: Cold and Flu Fighter

We’re coming up on winter time again, and for many that means more colds, flus, coughs, sniffles and other annoying ills.    What natural remedy helps to keep you healthy during this time?  The answer is probably sitting in your kitchen cupboard.  It’s Garlic: cold and flu fighter also called natures antibiotic.

Garlic has been touted as a health booster for a long time, that’s nothing new.  Anecdotal evidence, old wive’s tales, and folk medicine are full of uses for the herb.  Turns out though, that they are actually pretty accurate.

A study done at the University of Alabama at Birmingham sheds some light on exactly why garlic is such a powerful herb.  In the study researchers extracted juice from supermarket garlic and added small amounts to human red blood cells.  The scientists discovered that the cells immediately began emitting hydrogen sulfide (HS2) which acts a cell messenger.

Interestingly, hydrogen sulfide is actually poisonous at high concentrations.  It is,in fact, the same smelly byproduct of the oil refining process that smells like rotting eggs.  But our bodies also make our own supply of hydrogen sulfide, which acts as an antioxidant in the body and transmits cellular signals that relax blood vessels and increase blood flow.

During the cold and flu season this natural antioxidant booster helps us stay healthy, fending off oncoming  illness causing germs. The fact that it also relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow also plays a key role in keeping us healthy.  Increased blood flow improves our immune system, it allows the body to operate more efficiently, sending white blood cells wherever they need to be in the body to ward off any unwanted invaders. 

While fending off colds and flu’s is a definite plus, the benefits of garlic go far beyond that.  Boosting hydrogen sulfide also helps to protect against many cancers, including breast, prostate,and colon cancers. The increase in hydrogen sulfide also appears to help protect the heart.  And improving blood flow and relaxing blood vessels certainly will help lower the risk of heart disease, the number one killer in the U.S.

How much garlic does it take?  The amounts used in the research were equal to about 2 cloves of garlic per day.  If you are not used to eating garlic that may seem like a lot, but in reality it isn’t.  In countries such as Italy, Korea, and China where the traditional diet uses lots of garlic in foods, per capita consumption averages 10 cloves per day.

If you simply start adding a bit of garlic to your favorite recipes, it is very easy to increase your garlic intake and benefit your health.

One thing to note though, rather than mince the garlic and toss it into your recipe to be cooked with the other ingredients, it is more beneficial to crush it and let it sit for about 15 minutes while you prepare the rest of the recipe.  This activates enzymes that boost the healthy compounds of the herb.  Add the crushed garlic to your dish right at the very end so that it gets warm, but does not cook.

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Soothing Bath Salt Recipe

I’m a push over for homemade gifts both for giving and receiving. Lavender, Chamomile and Bergamot all offer soothing relaxing properties when both when applied to the body and inhaled; they are each known for a variety of benefits to the skin.  Orange lifts the spirits, induces relaxation and reduces depression. Pine is reminiscent of the season with benefits to the respiratory system and often used in massage for stressed muscles and joints.
2013 Christmas Bath Salt Recipe

Bath Salts 2013

Bath Salts 2013

2 C Epsom Salt
1 C Sea Salt
2/3 C Baking Soda
25 drops Lavender Essential Oil
10 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
5 drops Orange Essential Oil
3 drops Pine Essential Oil
1 Tbsp. Lavender flowers
1 Tbsp. Chamomile flowers
First grind the herb flowers with a mortar and pestle to break them up into smaller bits.  Then mix the salts and soda together before adding the essential oil drops.

Use ¼-1 Cup in your bath for a soothing, relaxation experience.

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19 Houseplants for Clean Air

Indoor air can be littered with contaminants like formaldehyde from carpets and adhesives, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from paints, petrochemicals from fragrances, and a laundry list of chemicals from fabric softeners. While it’s always important to let some fresh air in, research by NASA found that many houseplants are capable of reducing harmful toxins in the air, such as: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene (TCE), toluene, and more.  The NASA – ALCA clean air study recommended 15-18 good sized oxygen producing plants and air cleaning plants for a 1,800 square foot house.

Benzene is a cancer-causing agent found in many glues, solvents, paints, and art supplies. Formaldehyde is a cancer-causing agent that off-gases from furniture and carpets. Trichloroethylene is a solvent used with metal parts, dry cleaning, paints and paint remover. Toluene is found in nail polish and nail polish remover as well as foam.

The two ways by which plants can clean air are by absorbing contaminants through pores on the leaves, and by metabolizing contaminants through organisms living in the soil. To find beneficial houseplants for your home, watch for the labels on houseplants at home improvement stores or nurseries.

Scientific studies have shown the following list of plants to be the leading air-purifying.  Many of them will also remove mold spores and bacteria from the air while contributing to the humidity level.Dracinia Houseplant

Areca Palm, Bamboo Palm, Reed Palm (Chamaedorea seifritzii) benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene (TCE) , toluene and xylene, converts CO2 (carbon dioxide to 02 (oxygen)

Boston fern (Nephrolepis exalta) formaldehyde, toluene, xylene

Chinese Evergreen: (Aglaonema hybrids Deborah, Silver Queen) benzene, formaldehyde

Chrysanthemums or mums (Chrysanthemum morifolium) ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, TCE, toluene, trichloroethylene, xylene. (the most effective plant against TCE according to NASA)

Common Ivy or English Ivy (Hedera helix) benzene, formaldehyde, mold and mildew, octane, toluene, xylene (the most effective plant against benzene according to NASA)

Ficus tree or Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) benzene, formaldehyde, octane, TCE, terpene

Gerbera Daisies (Gerbera jamesonii or Gerbera x hybrida) benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene.

Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.

Mass cane/Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans CV massangeana) benzene, formaldehyde, TCE (the most effective plant against formaldehyde, according to NASA)

Peace lily (Spathiphyllum) ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, TCE, trichloroethylene, toluene, xylene

Philodendron (Philodendron ssp. Including P. cordatum, P. monstera) formaldehyde

Purple heart (Tradescantia pallida)—benzene, TCE, terpene, toluene

Red-Edged Dracaena (Dracaena Marginata) benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, toluene, xylene

Red Ivy (Hemigraphis alternate) benzene, terpene, TCE, toluene, octane

Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata) benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.

Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum, Chlorophytum elatum) formaldehyde, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, xylene and toluene.

Wax plant (Hoya carnosa) benzene, octane, TCE, terpene , toluene,

Warneck Dracaena (Dracaena deremensis ‘Warneckii’) benzene, toluene, trichloroethylene, xylene

Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina) formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.

CAUTION:
Chose houseplants that are NOT TOXIC to your family or your pets.  Please do your research as to what plants are safe to have around your pets.  A quick internet search can save you pain and heart ache from a sick child or pet.

RESOURCES:
Care 2, Accessed March 28, 2013.   http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-houseplants-that-clean-the-air.html#ixzz1raLIFHBM

Guide to Houseplants.com.  Accessed March 28, 2013.
http://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/chinese-evergreen.html

Renegade Health.com.  Accessed March 28, 2013. http://renegadehealth.com/blog/2013/03/25/14-plants-that-clean-your-indoor-air-of-toxic-chemicals?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=14-plants-that-clean-your-indoor-air-of-toxic-chemicals

Zone 10, NASA STudy House Plants Clean Air. Accessed March 28, 2013. http://www.zone10.com/nasa-study-house-plants-clean-air.html

NASA Clean Air study.  Accessed March 28, 2013.
http://www.scribd.com /doc/1837156/ NASA-Indoor-Plants

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