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  • Frankincense – Essential Oil of the Bible

    As we approach the holiday season, I get an increase number of inquiries about Frankincense essential oil. If you are interested in purchasing a certified pure therapeutic grade of this essential oil click HERE. If you would like more information or how to purchase wholesalecontact me Kathy@kathyskinner.com
    A Little History on Frankincense Essential Oil
    Frankincense Essential Oil comes from a small, shrubby tree with white flowers. frankincense-tearsWhen incisions are made into the bark, it produces a milky-white resin that hardens into orange-brown “tears.” The essential oil is steam-distilled from these “tears” of hardened resin.
    Historically it has been used for millenniums. The historical documentation of the Ebers Papyrus dating back to 1500 B.C. shows listings of Frankincense used in a variety aliments. Some of those historical uses are:
    • Bronchitis, Laryngitis, Skin problems such as boils & ulcers
    • To improve Digestion & Strengthen Gums
    • Used by Queens, Pharaohs & persons of great wealth in Beautification treatments
    • Also, anciently up to present day used to Improve Eye Site & Protect Against Infection
    Modern-Day Uses of Frankincense
    Frankincense is one of the most researched essential oils. There are many well documented benefits on the stress, inflammation and cellular protection from this amazing essential oil.

    Stress is considered the most important precursor to depression, according to Barry Jacobs, PhD at Princeton University.

    What you feel emotionally,
    Becomes how you feel physically.

    Because of Frankincense’s chemical constituents, it will cause a chemical/biological change in the body to improve mood when you breathe in the aroma of this essential oil.

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    Inflammation is widely considered the root cause of most disease. Frankincense is high in Sesquiterpenes which are able to cross the blood-brain barrier. Many studies have shown this to inhibit the production of pro-inflammatory mediators in the body.
    Another constituent of Frankincense is Monoterpenes which increases the level of enzymes involved in removing Carcinogenic toxins from the body. It also interferes with Cholesterol Synthesis, so it helps with the slowing and the reducing of potential tumor formation, therefor protecting cells.
    Some Modern-day Uses: frankincense-tree
    • Scar Tissue, Ulcers, Wound Care
    • Healthy Immune Response, DNA Repair
    • Analgesic, Expectorant
    • Nervous Tension
    • Skin Care, Wrinkles
    • Healthy Cellular Function
    • Anti-Inflammatory
    Using Frankincense Daily
    World renown essential oil expert Dr. David Hill and others recommends that we should use this essential oil daily:
    • Under the tongue
    • Aromatically
    • On the bottom of the feet

    I, myself, take Frankincense along with eight other essential oils, daily in an easy supplement form. Check them out HERE

    What are some of the ways you use this wonderful oil?

    Merry Christmas!

    Kathy

    November 17, 2016 • Essential Oils • Views: 488

  • Up-cycling with Christmas Tree Tea

    Now that it’s time to remove the decorations from the Christmas Tree, the question arises as ‘What to do with the tree?’ There’s actually many ways to recycle or up-cycle it. From calling your local Boy Scouts who will haul it away and make chips out of it, to putting it in your yard with bird seed to feed the local wildlife, cutting it up to mulch your garden, cutting the trunk to make coasters or trivets (I’m doing this for future Christmas gifts), using the branches for plant stakes and the list can go on. But my favorite is making what I call Christmas Tree Tea. (If your tree has been sprayed with flame retardant don’t use it for tea. Go to the forest and get some fresh pine needles.)

    We live in Oregon and got a permit to chop down our own tree. If you haven’t done this, you’re 1208151431missing out on a lot of fun! We picked a Douglas Fir which is also the Oregon State Tree.

    So you maybe wondering why I would wan t to make a tea with pine needles. For starters they are very high in antioxidants, including flavonoids and vitamins A and C which is great help with winter colds and coughs. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, you may benefit more by getting your antioxidants from natural sources rather than supplements. This is enough for me to brew a cup of tea, but there are many studies going on to learn more  about pine needle’s anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, and anti-tumor effects.

    A word of CAUTION: Some pines are poisonous – DO NOT pick Yew, Ponderosa or Australian pine needles! Get a list HERE    Another Caution: Women who are pregnant, or who could become pregnant, are advised NOT to drink pine needle tea in general.

     

    Brewing a Cup of Christmas (Pine Needle) Tree Tea 

    0101161216Ingredients:

    • 2 cups of boiling water
    • 2 Tablespoons of fresh chopped pine needles

     

    Directions:

    • Wash your branches of needles
    • Cut off needles and then cut needles (this helps release more of the essential oil) 01031611400103161142
    • Place 2 Tablespoons of chopped needle pieces in to a teapot (if you don’t have a teapot use a small pot)      0103161153

     

    • Pour 2 cups of boiling water into pot and cover with lid. This keeps in more of the essential oils.

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    • Let tea steep for about 15-20 minutes or until the needles turn a dull green and most sink to the bottom. You might also want to cover the teapot with a cozy or towel to keep it warm.

     

     

    • Using a strainer, pour tea into you cup and enjoy. I like it just this way but you may want to 0103161221add a sweetener,  cream or lemon or even orange peel to change it up. You might want to consider adding lemon or wild orange essential oils to up the health benefits even more. Contact me for essential oils. Kathy@kathyskinner.com

     

    You could also make a couple cups of the tea and add it to your bath water to refresh your body.

    I am cutting off lots of needles from my tree and storing them in a container in the freezer so I can have this delicious and healthy tea all year long!

     

    So what do you plan to do with your tree? Leave a comment below.

    Blessing for a Healthy Year,

    Kathy

    NOTE:   The advice shared on this site has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that products and essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis.

     

     

     

    January 4, 2016 • Recipes • Views: 573

  • Natural Sore Muscle Relief

    With all this nice weather means I am spending more time outdoors. How about you? I just came in from some heavy duty gardening, you know the digging, bending, squatting with pulling and pushing. I thought I was in pretty good shape but some muscles let me know otherwise! That’s when I am so happy to have my essential oils to give me some natural sore muscle relief.

    I have found that Soothing Rub works great. (get it from me; kathy@kathyskinner.com) I have used it after gardening, long hikes and hikingeven when I tweaked something in my back while changing the bed sheets (showing my age here).

    This Rub is a soothing solution for sore muscles and joints. Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, Helichrysum, and Osmanthus work together to soothe and relax muscles and ease achy joints. Its effects are deep and penetrating with sustained results. Once gently rubbed into the area of discomfort, it’s cool therapeutic benefit will be felt almost immediately.

    To use the Soothing essential oil blend, I usually massage it along with a few drops of a carrier oils like Fractionated Coconut Oil. You could also use Virgin Organic Coconut oil but this will leave a bit of a greasy feel.

    When I using the Soothing Rub, all I need is to massage on about a pea size amount of the lotion.

    Remember a LITTLE bit goes a long way (about the size of a pea) and you can always reapply as needed. It doesn’t build up in your system like some medicines do.

    So whether you have been working out in the gym, outsideworking with computer in the yard, spending long hours on the computer or just going at it in a go get-um way, this rub provides instant relief for the occasional discomfort of tired, sore, and worn-down muscles and joints naturally. This is definitely in my medicine cabinet. Click HERE to get in yours!

    Interested in learning more about essential oils? Email me to learn more and/or how to get discounts at kathy@kathyskinner.com 

     

    These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any product.

    June 9, 2015 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints • Views: 498