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Don't leave out God and prayer - the 2 most important ingredients in any situation.
While you are praying or after praying don't forget to LISTEN for the answers! They will come. 
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Just in time for Christmas gifts! An Essential Oil Sale!
We are having a 15% discount off retail on all of our Essential Oils,

For the Month of November - It has been extended to December 22th
 

We are also Excited about our newest Set of Essential Oils
      The Chakra Set

Here are some fun Christmas Ideas!  Cute Ceramic Tea Mugs with strainers
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Arthritis Alternatives

The first stages of arthritis may be silent; mild cartilage damage typically has no symptoms. Arthritis is most likely to show up in hands and weight-bearing joints, including the knees, hips, spine, lower back, neck, and end joints of the fingers. But it's only when there is significant cartilage loss that you'll notice real pain and loss of joint function. Rheumatoid arthritis can be triggered by tissue injury, infection or emotional trauma in individuals with a genetic predisposition toward them. 

Rheumatoid arthritis is an allergic reaction disease - to a food. The most common allergies are from white sugar, white flour, chocolate and red meats. Although it could be other foods that are causing the reaction. The big pharmaceutical companies want to put a name on a sickness, because once they put a name on it - they can now sell you a medication to fix it.

What symptoms should I look for?

Generally speaking, rheumatoid arthritis symptoms initially include overall fatigue, a noticeable loss of appetite, morning stiffness that will usually last well over an hour, muscle soreness, as well as a generalized feeling of weakness.

Other symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis include things such as anemia. That basically means that your bone marrow is not producing enough new red blood cells. You can sometimes also experience a burning sensation in your eyes as well as itchiness and some amount of discharge. Other symptoms that are more noticeable in late-stage RA is when the hands and feet develop deformities around the affected joints.

Another frequent and common symptom is limited range of motion. This is largely due to the fact that your joints are becoming increasingly swollen and filled with fluid. People may also experience a low-grade fever, and at times lung inflammation can also be present. Numbness and generalized tingling sensations have also been associated with rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

Take care of your arthritis now...

By providing valuable lifestyle information on exercise and more, you can prevent further damage. If you don't take care of your arthritis now, you risk disability later on and the possibility of joint replacement surgery.

Can I do anything to prevent arthritis?
Yes, and because there's no cure, prevention is your best bet.
Proper diet and nutrition are key elements in the prevention of all types of disease, including arthritis.The three big things you can do are 1) work out regularly and stay active; 2) maintain a healthy weight; and 3) prevent injuries to your joints. We tend to think of heart health as the main reason to keep physically fit and keep our weight down. But we need to consider another good reason—preventing arthritis.
Slimming down can also help if you already suffer from arthritis, and you don't have to lose a lot to make a difference. When you walk, your knees absorb a force equal to about 3 times your body weight. So losing just 10 pounds actually relieves each knee of about a 30-pound load with every stride you take.

Eating foods that are known to fight inflammation, may ease the pain.

Eliminate white sugar, white flour and chocolate* and take Fish liver oils and apple cider vinegar** if nothing else.

Eat a diet that is high in fiber and that is not tainted with chemicals, which stress the body. Maximize your intake of fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.

Fermented Foods and Liquids are anti-inflammation super stars for many reasons. One example is that they build immunity and help control infections that are often an underlying cause of inflammation.

Avoid saturated fats, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, rich fatty foods, fried foods, and refined sugar. These substances make the internal environment more acidic. Acid in the joints promotes inflammation, which worsens symptoms and increases pain.

*You can substitute natural sugars like molasses, honey, maple syrup, stevia etc.  No artificial sugars or sugar alcohols, like sorbitol, maltitol, xylitol, etc. or aspartame. 
 
**1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp honey in a glass of water, then adjust to taste.  You won't take much if it doesn't taste good.


Foods for arthritis relief

Which fruits, vegetables, meat, or fish should you eat? There are no absolute rules, but the results of studies and case histories suggest that these foods may be helpful:

  • Apples: Not only can an apple a day keep the doctor away, but it may also help to hold your arthritis at bay. Apples contain boron, a mineral that appears to reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis. Moreover, when boron was given to people who already have the disease, it helped relieve pain.
  • Avocados
  • Cantaloupe: This sweet fruit contains large amounts of vitamin C and beta-carotene, the plant form of vitamin A. These two powerful vitamins help to control the oxidative and free-radical damage that may contribute to arthritis.
  • Chile peppers: Chilies contain capsaicin, which gives the peppers their heat. These vegetables also help block pain by encouraging certain nerve cells to run through their supply of substance P, which they normally use to help transmit pain signals.
  • Curry: A combination of spices that often includes turmeric, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, and so on, curry contains powerful antioxidants that may help relieve inflammation and reduce pain.
  • Fish: The omega-3 fatty acids in Norwegian sardines, Atlantic mackerel, sablefish, rainbow trout, striped bass, and other fish may help reduce inflammation and pain.
  • Garlic: An ancient treatment for tuberculosis, lung problems, and other diseases, garlic also appears to relieve some forms of arthritis pain. Although never tested in large-scale, double-blind studies, garlic has been found helpful in many case reports. These helpful benefits may be due to the fact that garlic contains sulfur, which has been known for many years to help relieve certain arthritis symptoms.
  • Grapes: These bunches of sweet, bite-sized fruit are good sources of the mineral boron, which is important for strong bones.
  • Mango: A sweet treat, mangoes are packed with three powerful antioxidants: 90 percent of the RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowances) for vitamin C, 75 percent of the daily dose of beta-carotene, plus vitamin E.
  • Nuts: Almonds, peanuts, and hazelnuts are good sources of boron, a mineral that helps keep bones strong and certain arthritis symptoms at bay.
  • Papaya: Long used as a folk medicine for diarrhea, hay fever, and other problems, a single papaya contains three times the RDA for the antioxidant vitamin C, plus more than half the daily allotment of beta-carotene.
  • Pineapple juice: is the only source of the strong anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain.
  • Other juices said to help include bilberry, celery juice, green barley juice, aloe vera juice, and boswellia extract.

  • Green vegetables, such as watercress, parsley, celery, kale, and okra - vegetables and their juices contain phytonutrients which can be instrumental in aiding the body in regenerating cells –a vital part of treating arthritis.
  • Seaweeds
  • Spirulina
  • Barley and wheat grass products (anti-inflammatory and detoxifying)
  • Potassium broth
  • Whole grains, such as brown rice, millet, oats, wheat, and barley
  • Water: Drinking eight glasses of water per day can help battle gout by flushing uric acid from the body. Eight glasses is also the amount most health experts recommend to keep your body moisturized and healthy.

Osteo Calm  by Peter Gillham - is a premium Calcium and Magnesium formulation balanced for bone health in a natural orange-vanilla liquid with certified organic stevia and organic agave nectar.
Antioxidants assist the body in the reduction of swelling and inflammation of the joints.

Chondroitin sulphate Used for many years to relieve arthritis pain, it's been shown to stop joint degeneration, improve function and ease pain. Link to joint products > >>
Ginger  It's known to have painkilling and anti-inflammatory agents. Ginger is believed to reduce joint pain and inflammation in people with arthritis.
Shark cartilage  Ground-up cartilage from Pacific Ocean sharks is supposed to relieve the inflammation and pain of osteoarthritis. Researchers also think it may promote re-growth of cartilage.
MSM  It's widely touted for relief of pain and inflammation.
SAM-e  effective as anti-inflammatory painkillers in treating arthritis but with fewer side effects. It works in conjunction with vitamin B-12, B-6, and folate. SAM-e repairs and rebuilds cartilage.
Stinging nettle Taken orally or applied to the skin stinging nettle will reduce the pain and inflammation.
Turmeric This supplement is used in traditional Chinese and Indian Aruyvedic medicine to relieve pain, stiffness and inflammation of arthritis. A small study that combined turmeric, boswellia and zinc showed decreased pain in arthritis. Two studies using a combination of turmeric, boswellia, ginger and aswangandha relieved pain and inflammation in Rheumatoid arthritis. 
Fish oil  most beneficial: Krill oil                                                                        
Cayenne cream can also help diminish arthritis pain, although it does not repair cartilage. It can be applied topically to joint trouble spots. It should only be used externally.

For decades, tart cherries have quietly grown a devoted fan base of arthritis and gout sufferers who routinely consumed the fruit (particularly as juice) to help soothe their symptoms.

Birch essential oil mixed with Foraha carrier oil can also help reduce inflammation of joints.

Drinking just one ounce, or two tablespoons, of tart concentrated cherry juice every day can help alleviate arthritis pain. That's because tart cherries, contain anthocyanins and two important antioxidants: isoqueritrin and queritrin.

My mom's hands have really swollen joints, one thing she does faithfully, is to take 1 tablespoon of liquid Calcium & Magnesium and phospherous along with 1 tablespoon of olive oil the combination really helps her.

Potato-water is the most well-documented food-based treatment of rheumatoid arthritis since WW2. Thousands of patients have been healed by fasting on this basic water.

Aloe Vera has amazing anti-inflamatory attributes which are very effective in calming swelling and inflamation that are the main cause of discomfort with arthritis sysmptoms.

Taken From Our Remedies A-Z Pages
Arthritis -
Essential oils - Birch, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fir, Ginger, Lavender, Hyssop, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spruce.
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#1 and most important - Cut all white sugar and chocolate out of diet and feel the pain start going away after about 3 to 5 days. 
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Make layers of Brown Paper and sew between two layers of flannel and  use as a bed covering. The DMSO pine residue will relieve the pain and heal. 

Green Tea - (has caffeine) 
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Celery and Parsley eaten whole every day or juiced and celeriac. 
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Drink 1 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar & 1 tbsp. honey in glass of  water 3 times a day with meals (also helps digestion/indigestion) 

Hanna Kroeger's - Ruma Care

Fish Liver oils taken internally are good for lubricating the joints.  #2 link

Cod Liver Oil -  may reverse the actions of the enzymes that break down cartilage. In fact, studies suggest that taking cod liver oil can even prevent the development of arthritis, while reducing symptoms in those already afflicted with the disease.

Osteoarthritis vs. Milk   (click link)

According to Dr. Mark Stengler the pain of osteoarthritis can be alleviated within days with Sulphur.

Sulphur sources  - Fennel seed - chew or make a tea. Coltsfoot, eyebright, mullein, meadowsweet, plantain leaves, shepherds purse, stinging nettle, watercress and garlic.     

The main components of garlic oil are sulfur compounds. It has 33 sulfur compounds.  If you take it at night and then use parsley or chlorophyll there should be little if any odor the next day.  Fresh is always best, however you can buy odorless garlic.  Link to garlic and then scroll down to choose your preference. 

Glucosamine & Chondroitin Sulfate - They are naturally produced by the body, and in supplement form have been shown to slow and even reverse the degenerative effects of osteoarthritis.

Niacinamide -this anti-inflammatory nutrient (a derivative of niacin - also known as vitamin B3) relieved arthritis pain by almost 30 percent and improved range of motion and flexibility in joints.

A study on osteoarthritis produced two key results: 1) Low vitamin K1 levels were associated with a greater severity of OA, and 2) Subjects with lower K1 levels had a greater number of osteophytes (bone spurs) than subjects with high levels of the vitamin.

The plant-based source of vitamin K1K2 (or menaquinones)seems to have no toxic effects in most any reasonable dose. But the synthetic form (K3, or menadione) has caused some liver toxicity and, rarely, a form of anemia when taken in high doses. It seems best to avoid synthetic forms, if possible. If the individual is on coumadin (blood thinner), he needs to talk with his doctor, as vitamin K can interfere with its effect.

Dietary sources of vitamin K, are dark, leafy green vegetables, such as kale and carrot tops, are the best for vitamin K1. Highest amounts are in chestnut leaves and fish meal. Spinach leaves, cabbage leaves and cauliflower,  broccoli, Brussels sprouts, endive, and lettuce are also abundant in vitamin K1, as are olive oil and avocados.
A new study reveals that low levels of this vitamin may also worsen symptoms and promote the formation of osteophytes - bony growths that intensify joint pain for many osteoarthritis patients.
 Vitamin K can be produced in the intestines and this function is improved with the presence of cultured milk, like yogurt, in the diet, Vitamin K is classified as a fat-soluble vitamin.

 Homeopathic
Bryonia - pain, stiffness worse from any touch, movement. 
Calcarea phosphorica - cold or crawling sensation. 
Dulcamara - worse in damp, cold weather. 
Ferrum phosphoricum - puffy joints, worse from motion, better from cold applications. 
Rhus toxicodendron -worse after rest, better after limbering up. 
               Also see combinations

Coxsackie - Homeopathic - A physician in the town of Coxsackie, NY, found that many who suffer from pain in hip joints, hips, and lower back do not have arthritis but have something caused by a virus.  This is a vicious disease.  It takes a long time to manifest so that it becomes painful but there is, as far as I know, only one help and comes from Dr. Ray in England and is called Coxsakie homeopathic.  Only one small bottle can take away years and years of suffering. Taken from Hanna Kroeger's book "God Helps those Who Help Themselves" 

Shark Cartilage  These are completely safe and stimulate  healing with new cartilage growth to cover the surfaces of your bones. (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
( Glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate are derived from Shark Cartilage and we believe in the most natural and least processed supplements.)

Spinal Touch's   J Max

Osteo Calm  by Peter Gillham - is a premium Calcium and Magnesium formulation balanced for bone health in a natural orange-vanilla liquid with certified organic stevia and organic agave nectar.

NOW Joint Products

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), a metabolite of DMSO          

 Dr. Christopher's - Joint Formula, Complete Tissue Formula, Herbal Calcium, Cayenne Ointment, Lower Bowel, Herbal Eyebright, Jurassic Green, Kid-E-Soothe, Bloodstream Formula.




Theraputic properties of Raw Potato Juice
Recently, it was scientifically proven that the vitamins, organic acids, mineral composites, enzymes and microelements that can be found in raw potato juice have various positive effects on our health.
Arthritis pains can be very effectively relieved by using a tea made of clean potato peels. The valuable property of potato juice is its ability to treat rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatism, lumbago, and so on. In terms of such treatment, potato juice can be taken with various herbal teas, such as sage or nettle teas. Also, arthritis pains can be very effectively relieved by using a tea made of clean potato peels. Taken regularly on rising in the morning (or 30-20 minutes before breakfast), 1 glass of raw potato juice can be used as a very powerful liver cleanser. Some people reported that drinking raw potato juice assisted in relieving certain skin problems, such as eczema, skin blemishes, dry and itchy skin, and so on.
Raw potato juice stimulates the digestive system, acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and is an alkaline food that may help restore the body's optimum pH balance. The juice has also been used to treat stomach ulcers and liver disorders. Drinking raw potato juice cleanses the liver and prevents and relieves constipation. Raw potato juice can speed up digestion and replenish "friendly" bacteria in the colon.

Also, you should never use juice of immature potatos or the potatoes with black dots since such potatoes can contain certain toxic substances.

Since raw potato juice cannot be considered too pleasant for drinking, it can be mixed with other juices: not only with carrot or other vegetable juices, but also with fresh lemon juice and honey. In particular, drinking raw potato juice mixed with some honey can substantially lower the risks of possible food poisoning, and also can remove the excess uric acid from the body and disinfect your bowels in a natural way. In addition, raw potato juice has very good properties and can assist in diarrhea treatment.

To Prepare:
The traditional method of preparing potato juice is to cut a medium sized potato into thin slices, without peeling the skin, then place the slices overnight in a large glass filled with cold water.  The water should be drunk in the morning on an empty stomach.


Fighting Infections with Nature
Taken from our Essential Oil Blog
Take it easy and Relax
Some of the most powerful infection fighters can be created with the concentrated elements of nature. Essential oils will penetrate the skin quickly and pass into the body's tissues without having to go through the digestive process first.

Air Sanitizing recipe for the Holidays:
A great recipe for sanitizing the air, while at the same time helping to boost the immune system would be to mix equal parts of peppermint, eucalyptus, geranium, orange, clove and cinnamon. Smells like the holidays and adds many layers of healing too. read more > > >




Quinoa a nutritional powerhouse
Commonly considered a grain, quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a seed which is related to leafy green vegetables such as spinach, chard, and beets. A nutritional powerhouse, and its wide array of potential culinary uses makes it one of the most practical foods to store in your pantry.
Quinoa supplies all nine essential amino acids, including the elusive lysine, making it a complete protein.
An excellent option for vegetarians, vegans, and anyone interested in adding non-meat proteins to their diet.
Quinoa also boasts one of the highest levels of plant-based iron levels. It's also an excellent source for manganese, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, and fiber.  Quinoa is naturally gluten-free, making it a great food for many who follow a gluten-free diet.

Before cooking quinoa be sure to rinse it thoroughly to remove any residual resins that might still be on the seeds.  Otherwise, it can be quite bitter.

Quinoa can be prepared as simply as couscous -- add it to boiling water or broth and let it sit for several minutes, and then fluff with a fork.  That preparation will give you quinoa in its simplest presentation.

This versatile seed can also be served as a breakfast “cereal” – simply add your favorite natural sweetener, along with some cinnamon and berries or chopped apples.  It can be added to burritos, salads, a veggie burger, or scrambled eggs.  It can be sauteed with vegetables or given some kick with Moroccan spices and raisins.



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