Candida - is a form of yeast that normally lives in our stomachs and intestines.
Problems arise when the candida organism proliferates to a number where they are out of control and an infection can occur.
Often times seen in the oral lining (mouth) where it is known as 'Thrush' or in the vaginal and anal areas.
These over growth infections occur most often after a course of antibiotics.
Persons with uncontrolled diabetes may also be troubled with candida as they also love a highly sugary environment.
When this organism gets way out of control it may lead to nausea, headaches, depression, abnormal fatigue and more. It is thought people suffering from chronic fatigue are affected by Candida.
As most folks know eating yogurt or adding other probiotics to your diet will help to keep the good bacterial flora in the intestinal system.
Using a few essential oils in a mouth rinse, douche or in a bath for a few days may also help to get this problem under control.
Eucalyptus, Tea tree, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Rosemary, Geranium, Roman Chamomile and Patchouli.
Myrrh is used for many types of mouth problems and adding a drop in a couple ounces of warm water and rinsing your mouth a couple times a day will bring relief.
Any of the above listed essential oils can be used in a mouth rinse. Remember only 1 drop in 2 ounces of water.
If you are troubled with a vaginal or perianal infection. The following recipe can be used.
2 Tablespoon Vinegar
3 cups lukewarm water
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Rosemary
2 drops Tea tree
1 drop Geranium
Use Once daily.
If no improvement after several days, You may need to seek further medical attention.To the Top of the Page
Dealing with Memory loss can be difficult for everyone. We all suffer from memory loss in our life time.
Of course the older we get the more likely it is for us to have a combined Short and Long term memory loss.
The best essential oil to help with memory is Rosemary.
This oil is used with Alzheimer's and Dementia patients in several nursing care facilities.
In the past it was recommended to use Rosemary with caution in people with high blood pressure.
In actuality, Rosemary is a regulator. In other words if you have high blood pressure it will help to normalize it and if you have low pressure it will bring it up.
As with all essential oils they should be used in small amounts and with caution in anyone in poor health.
Oils used with the elderly and children should always be used 1/2 strength of the amounts that would be used in a normally healthy person.
Oils to help enhance memory especially for clarity is Rosemary and Basil. If the person is agitated or depressed adding Jasmine, Rose or Neroli will also help.
Other oils include: Ginger, Lemon, Grapefruit, Thyme, Black pepper, and Coriander.
Several of the oils in this group help with the confusion often times associated with memory loss.
Black Pepper - 5 drops
Ginger- 4 drops
Grapefruit 8 drops
Helicrysum -5 drops and
Basil - 7 drops
Mix these in a amber bottle and apply a drop or two on an Aromatherapy Lapel dot and attach to the lapel or collar of the patient.
Apply once daily.
This blend can be used in a diffuser also.To the Top of the Page
Can't Sleep?? Boy, don't you just hate it?
You try to sleep, you feel so tired, but you can't shut your brain off. You just about doze off and 'click' something in your brain starts in again.
Sleeping isn't normally the problem - it's getting there in the first place.
Insomnia unfortunately can become habit forming, YIKES!
So first off we need to break the cycle and start a new habit!
Start a new set of bedtime rituals and soon it might be the one that will make everyone a 'happy camper'.
Avoiding stimulating foods, such as coffee and even some teas after 6:00 in the evening is a starting point.
Avoid stimulating movies and television (including not watching the late news or late night talk shows).
Instead take a relaxing warm bath about 30 minutes prior to retiring. Adding a few of the relaxing essential oils or a premixed blend to the bath water, can help to relax you further.
This works for me - Reading an absolutely boring book - find a subject that you know bores you and try to read that - I mean really try to concentrate on the subject, before long you'll be fast asleep.
Okay, I almost forgot, there are more essential oils to try.
Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Marjoram, Ylang ylang, Basil, Neroli, Bergamot, Clary sage and Sandalwood.
Add a drop or two of a couple of these oils to your bath water. Sit, soak and enjoy.
Also place a drop of Lavender oil on your pillow. Remember the suggestion from a few issues ago? Add a drop or two to a cotton ball and slip inside your pillow case.
Remember only use a few drops, over use of any oil can sometimes produce the opposite effect and can stimulate certain areas of the brain and we don't want that to happen!
Any of the above oils can be diffused in the evening hours too.To the Top of the Page
With summer here, and in certain areas of the country with HIGH Humidity, all our carpets might develop an unpleasant odor.
If you don't have time to shampoo and clean them properly you can do a quick deodorizing by adding a few drops of essential oil to baking soda and sprinkle that on the carpeting about 15 minutes prior to vacuuming.
Lemon, Clary sage, Geranium, Bergamot, Lavender, Grapefruit and Lime.
Remember all essential oils have antibacterial, anti fungal, anti microbial and antiseptic properties.
If the odors are coming from any of these sources, the oils should help destroy the odor causing bugs too.
6 Tablespoon Borax
3 drops Lemon
1 drop Clary sage
5 drops Lavender
1 drop Grapefruit
Mix all ingredients and sprinkle on carpet.
Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes and then vacuum thoroughly.
1 Tablespoon Jojoba
6 drops Sandalwood
2 drops Neroli
2 drops Ylang ylang
1 drop Coriander
1 drop Vetiver
Blend these oils together and apply to your pulse points prior to your bedtime.
(Pulse Points include the inside of your wrists, behind your ears and behind your knees.)
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