The thyroid is a large endocrine gland located in your neck/throat area, above your collar bone. This butterfly-shaped organ stimulates metabolism and controls the body’s circulation of calcium levels with the help of the parathyroid gland.
Most people do not pay much attention to this gland until there is a problem. The thyroids hormone production can be thrown out of balance. These imbalances can have a negative effect on the body.
Our thyroid is part of our endocrine system. The endocrine system has a unique delivery system, sending hormones to targeted organs and tissues. Essential oils can be beneficial since they use the same delivery system. There are specific oils that have been shown to support certain organs/glandular functions. Working together with your medical professional, you may consider the benefits of essential oils as well as modern medical treatments.
Frankicense (boswellia frerena), is steam distilled from the resin collected from the boswellia trees in Oman. Support for the pineal, hypothalamus and pituitary gland can be achieved with frankincense essential oil.
Sandalwood (santalum album), is steam distilled from the wood of the santalum trees of India. Support for the pineal, hypothalamus and pituitary gland can be achieved with sandalwood essential oil.
Geranium (pelargonium graveolens), is steam distilled from the leaves of the pelargonium plant, indigenous to China. Geranium essential oil is supportive of the hormone/glandular, and adrenal gland.
Ylang ylang (cananga odorata), is steam distilled with the flowers of ylang ylang grown in Madagascar. Ylang ylang essential oil is supportive of the hormone/glandular, and adrenal gland.
Clove (eugenia caryophyllata), is made from the steam distillation of the buds sourced from Madagascar. Clove essential oil is incredible supportive of the thyroid.
Lemongrass (cymbopogon flexuosus), is steam distilled from the lemongrass leaves of India. Supporting your thyroid with clove essential oil with the addition of lemongrass essential oil is especially beneficial.
Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis), is steam distilled from the leaves of the Rosemary indigenous to Morocco. Rosemary is stimulating to the glands and brain function as well as offering support, specifically to the adrenal.
Myrrh (commiphora myrrha), is steam distilled from the collected resin of the trees thriving in Ethiopia. This essential oil is very beneficial for overall thyroid health and immune system support.
Basil (ocimum basilicum), is steam distilled from the basil leaves in the USA. Basil is found to be supportive of the adrenal, pancreas, parathyroid, pineal, and the pituitary gland.
Here are some of my favorite ways to use essential oils for thyroid health:
1. Rub a drop of myrrh essential oil (mixed with coconut oil) over your thyroid area each day.
2. Rub a drop of basil essential oil on the adrenals each morning.
Make a roller ball blend and use it daily on the bottom of your feet:
Top off the roller ball with any carrier oil such as jojoba or coconut oil.
Essential oil usage tips:
Apply selected oils, diluted with choice of carrier oil (to avoid evaporation and prevent sensitivity), directly over location of the glands or to the corresponding reflex points on the feet
Place 5-10 drops of selected oils into an essential oil diffuser, or inhale directly from the bottle, from drops placed in your cupped hands, or apply to your clothing.
LDL cholesterol became known as “bad” cholesterol because LDL particles transport their fat molecules into artery walls, and drive atherosclerosis — basically, gumming up of the arteries. (HDL particles, by contrast, can removefat molecules from artery walls.) But not all LDL particles are made equal, and there are various subtypes that differ in size. Bigger is definitely better — many studies have shown that people who have predominantly small, dense LDL particles have a higher risk of heart disease than people who have mostly large LDL particles. Here’s the beauty part: Even if eggs tend to raise LDL cholesterol in some people, studies show that the LDL particles change from small and dense to large, slashing the risk of cardiovascular problems
2. YOU’LL BOOST Y IMMUNE SYSTEM
If you don’t want to play chicken with infections, viruses and diseases, add an egg or two to your diet daily. Just one large egg contains almost a quarter (22%) of your RDA of selenium, a nutrient that helps support your immune system and regulate thyroid hormones. Kids should eat eggs, especially. If children and adolescents don’t get enough selenium, they could develop Keshan disease and Kashin-Beck disease, two conditions that can affect the heart, bones and joints.
3.YOU’LL IMPROVE YOUR CHOLESTEROL PROFILE
There are three ideas about cholesterol that practically everyone knows: 1) High cholesterol is a bad thing; 2) There are good and bad kinds of cholesterol; 3) Eggs contain plenty of it. Doctors are generally most concerned with the ratio of “good” cholesterol (HDL) to bad cholesterol (LDL). One large egg contains 212 mg of cholesterol, but this doesn’t mean that eggs will raise the “bad” kind in the blood. The body constantly produces cholesterol on its own, and a large body of evidence indicates that eggs can actually improve your cholesterol profile. How? Eggs seem to raise HDL (good) cholesterol while increasing the size of LDL particles.
4.YOU’LL HAVE MORE GET-UP-AND-GO
Just one egg contains about 15% of your RDA of vitamin B2, also called riboflavin. It’s just one of eight B vitamins, which all help the body to convert food into fuel, which in turn is used to produce energy. Eggs are just one of the25 Best Foods for a Toned Body!
5. YOUR SKIN AND HAIR WILL IMPROVE
B-complex vitamins are also necessary for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. (In addition to vitamin B2, eggs are also rich in B5 and B12.) They also help to ensure the proper function of the nervous system. For more foods full of B vitamins, click here for this list of the essential 40 Best Foods for Muscle and Strength!
6.YOU’LL FEEL FULLER AND EAT LESS
Eggs are such a good source of quality protein that all other sources of protein are measured against them. (Eggs get a perfect score of 100.) Many studies have demonstrated the effect of high-protein foods on appetite. Simply put, they take the edge off. You might not be surprised to learn that eggs score high on a scale called the Satiety Index, a measure of how much foods contribute to the feeling of fullness
7.YOU’LL LOSE FAT
Largely because of their satiating power, eggs have been linked with fat loss. A study on this produced some remarkable results: Over an eight-week period, people ate a breakfast of either eggs or bagels, which contained the same amount of calories. The egg group lost 65% more body weight, 16% more body fat, experienced a 61% greater reduction in BMI and saw a 34% greater reduction in waist circumference!
8.YOU’LL PROTECT YOUR BRAIN
Eggs are brain food. That’s largely because of an essential nutrient calledcholine. It’s a component of cell membranes and is required to synthesize acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter. Studies have shown that a lack of choline has been linked to neurological disorders and decreased cognitive function. Shockingly, more than 90% of Americans eat less than the daily recommended amount of choline, according to a U.S. dietary survey.
9.YOU’LL SAVE YOUR LIFE
Among the lesser-known amazing things the body can do: It can make 11 essential amino acids, which are necessary to sustain life. Thing is, there are 20 essential amino acids that your body needs. Guess where the other 9 can be found? That’s right. A lack of those 9 amino acids can lead to muscle wasting, decreased immune response, weakness, fatigue, and changes to the texture of your skin and hair.
10.YOU’LL HAVE LESS STRESS AND ANXIETY
If you’re deficient in the 9 amino acids that can be found in an egg, it can have mental effects. A 2004 study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences described how supplementing a population’s diet with lysine significantly reduced anxiety and stress levels, possibly by modulating serotonin in the nervous system. For more relaxing foods, check out these 20 Foods That Keep You Slim for Life!
11.YOU’LL PROTECT YOUR PEEPERS
Two antioxidants found in eggs — lutein and zeaxanthin — have powerful protective effects on the eyes. You won’t find them in a carton of Egg Beaters — they only exist in the yolk. The antioxidants significantly reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts, which are among the leading causes of vision impairment and blindness in the elderly. In a study published in theAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition, participants who ate 1.3 egg yolks per day for four-and-a-half weeks saw increased blood levels of zeaxanthin by 114-142% and lutein by 28-50%!
12.YOU’LL IMPROVE YOUR BONES AND TEETH
Eggs are one of the few natural sources of Vitamin D, which is important for the health and strength of bones and teeth. It does this primarily by aiding the absorption of calcium. (Calcium, incidentally, is important for a healthy heart, colon and metabolism.) For more easy metabolism-boosting tips, check out these 55 Best Ways to Boost Your Metabolism!
⦁All Purpose Cleaner – three drops of tea tree oil, three drops of lemon oil and three drops of clove or oregano oil in two cups of water. This can work as a floor cleaner, even hard wood. You can also put it in a spray bottle (and shake it vigorously) then spray it on countertops and let it sit. Then wipe it up. ⦁Shower Cleaner: Mould, mildew, and soap scum is just 4 drops each of eucalyptus and tea tree oil with a cup of water and spritz it over your shower. ⦁Carpet Cleaner (and freshener!): 20 drops of tea tree oil and 10 drops of lavender oil mixed with a box of borax on your carpet. Sprinkle onto your carpet, let sit as long as you can and then vacuum it up. ⦁Fridge Freshener: When you wipe out your fridge, use lime, lemon or grapefruit oil to keep bad smells at bay. ⦁Spot Banisher: Dishes coming out of the washer spotty? Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to banish spots.
⦁Improve Skin Health: Add 10-15 drops of peppermint or sweet birch oil to your bath to cool inflamed skin and promote healing. (It also helps keep you cool after a bath in summer.) ⦁Facial Toner: 1 drop each of tea tree oil, orange and lemon oil with ½ a teaspoon of coconut oil and apply to face. ⦁Facial Mist: Add three drops of lavender oil to a small spray bottle containing water. ⦁Scented Lotion: 10 drops of essential oil to your favourite moisturizer for a personalised scent. ⦁Perfume: 10 drops of your 3 favourite essential oils to alcohol for your own unique scent. ⦁Hair Freshener: 5 drops of essential oil to your hair brush will enliven unwashed hair. ⦁Sugar scrub: There are numerous essential oil recipes online. ⦁Deodorant: A great recipe here. ⦁Chapped skin: 1 or 2 drops of lavender oil on the affected skin. ⦁Nail Strengthener: 2 drops of frankincense oil with ½ a teaspoon of coconut oil and rub into nails to strengthen them, repeat once a week.
⦁Bug Repellent: One drop each of eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, citronella oil, and lemongrass oil. Use a tablespoon or a carrier oil (coconut, avocado, grape seed, jojoba) and apply it to your skin. ⦁Bug Killer: Keep your tomato plants safe with orange and clove oil (undiluted) in a spray bottle. (Also, great for getting cats to stop eating leaves of plants). ⦁Relieve Stress: Lavender oil diffused in a room or a bath or on a light bulb before bed can make falling asleep so easy. ⦁Produce Cleaner: Two drops of lemon oil in a sink full of veggies will kill any bacteria on the outside of your veggies. ⦁Kitchen and Bathroom Freshner: A cotton ball soaked in oil and tucked in an out-of-the-way place can keep a small space smelling fresh and covering any other unpleasant odours. ⦁Smoke BeGone: 4 drops each of tea tree, eucalyptus, and rosemary oil in a cup of water. Shake thoroughly and clear out any lingering smoke smells. ⦁Freshen Shoes: Clean your shoes. Spray the soles and interior with 2 drops tea tree oil and 1 tsp. of water. ⦁ Remove Garbage Odour: 5 drops of your favourite essential oil to a cotton ball and put it in the garbage bin. When the scent fades, replace the cotton ball. ⦁Remove Stickiness: Leftover sticker residue and other sticky messes can be removed with 5 drops of lemon oil. ⦁Pest Repellent: Get rid of spiders, mice, and house centipedes with cotton balls soaked in peppermint placed near the places you see them most frequently. ⦁Ease New-Paint Smells: Add 10 drops of peppermint to your can of paint, mix in and paint away. ⦁Air freshener: 10 drops of your favourite essential oil in a cup of water. Spritz on anything that needs freshening. ⦁Fire enhancer: use 10 drops of essential oil on a log before burning (citronella works great in outdoor fires to keep mosquitoes away) ⦁Dryer sheets: 1 cup of vinegar and 10 drops of essential oil. Soak some fabrics strips in the mixture and then toss them in the dryer (no, your clothes won’t smell like vinegar). ⦁Custom Bath Salts: There are numerous recipes on custom salts baths using essential oils online. ⦁Wood Polish: ¼ cup of vinegar, 1 tbsp. of olive oil, ½ tsp. lemon oil, and 1 ¼ cup of water in a spray bottle. Shake and spray. Wipe off with dry cloth. ⦁Soap and Shampoo: When making soap, add a few drops of peppermint oil for a tingling wake-me-up. ⦁Homemade Candles: add 10 drops of your favorite essential oils to a melted candle.
⦁Medical Kit: Keep tea tree, lemon, oregano, and frankincense for cuts and scrapes, and lavender for calming frayed nerves or shock. ⦁Anti-Nausea: 10 drops of peppermint, lemon, and fennel oil along with 5 tbsp of carrier oil in a bottle. Rub gently on someone who is sick. ⦁Ease Sore Feet: 10 drops or peppermint and 10 drops of vetiver to a tbsp. of Epsom salt. Put that in warm water and soak your pain away. ⦁Hand Sanitizer: Use 2 drops of your favourite scent: clove, oregano, lemon peppermint with 2 tbsp. of grapeseed oil. Apply when needed. ⦁Cramp Relief: 2 drops of basil, rosemary, and clary sage with a tbsp. of carrier oil on your tummy. ⦁Headache Remedy: a drop each of lavender and peppermint in a tbsp. of carrier oil applied to your temples. (use an old lip chap tube and coconut oil and shea butter for carrier oil to get to a solid) ⦁Clear Chest Congestion: 2 drops each of fir oil and spruce and a tsp. of carrier oil. Apply to your chest and back between your shoulder blades. ⦁Fever Reducer: one drop of peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus oil in ¼ cup of water. Apply to forehead, neck, back and any other areas to help bring down a fever. ⦁Energy Boost: Rub grapefruit and bergamot in a tsp. of carrier oil on your hands and pulse points to reawaken your senses. ⦁Sleep Aid: A few drops of chamomile or lavender on your pillow will send you off to a comfortable night’s sleep. ⦁Bruise Remedy: 1 drop of clove and 4 drops of lavender in 1 tbsp. of carrier oil applied to a bruise speeds recovery. ⦁Poison Ivy Remedy: 1 tsp of carrier oil and 2 drops of wintergreen essential oil applied to the affected area will reduce redness and inflammation. ⦁Bee stings: 1 drop of lavender oil to reduce pain and swelling of bee stings. ⦁Motion Sickness: 1 drop of peppermint in a tsp. or carrier oil on pulse points and hands helps ease nausea. ⦁Wart fighter: Apply oregano essential oil to a cotton ball, place over the wart and cover with a bandaid. Keep reapplying the oil until the wart is gone. ⦁Joint relief: Find recipes online. ⦁Concentration Aid: A few drops of sage on the back of your neck will help you focus. Sharing is caring!
Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is extremely cheap, but a very powerful ingredient. This ingredient can be used to fight colds and even cancer. You can also use it for oral hygiene, deodorants, etc. After drinking baking soda and water, many of us burp, but do you know what this means?
Many people around the world use baking soda. You can use this super healthy ingredient to treat and prevent many health problems, such as: diarrhea prevention, acidity, drug intoxication, metabolic acidosis and peptic ulcer. Baking soda has many antipruritic properties and keeps your skin healthy and glowing. Use it to eliminate plague and colds. You should also know that baking soda contains sodium and can prevent hyperkalemia, kidney stones and infections of the bladder.
Neutralize Stomach Acid
Restore your pH balance easily by drinking a mixture of ½ tsp. baking soda and 1 cup of water. The body often turns acidic as a result of an unhealthy diet, but baking soda neutralizes this acidity and restores the body’s pH. The famous Doctor and Nobel prize winner Otto Warburg, has discovered that cancer cells can’t survive in an alkaline environment; these cells only thrive in an acidic body. In other words, keeping your body alkaline actually protects your health in general.
According to the experts, heartburn is usually caused by acid buildup in the stomach. When this acid goes up the esophagus, a person experiences a burning sensation, a discomfort known as heartburn. Baking soda, which effectively neutralizes the acid at the source, can provide immediate relief.
Cancer cells and bacteria thrive in an acidic environment. Well, this means that if you are suffering from a UTI (urinary tract infection), you should drink baking soda water on a regular daily basis until the infection is over. A teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in a glass of water will do, but if symptoms persist, you should see your doctor.
Relieve Gout Pain
Gout is joint inflammation caused by uric acid buildup in your body. You can drink a sodium bicarbonate water mixture to relieve gout pain, because it prevents acid accumulation in the body.
Reduce Symptoms of Cold and Flu
Baking soda can effectively kill the virus if taken in the early stages of the infection. These are the recommended doses:
Day 1: 6 doses of ½ tsp. baking soda mixed with cool water every 2 hours.
Day 2: 4 doses of the same mixture every 3 hours.
Day 3: 2 doses of the mixture – one in the morning and one in the evening.
Day 4: 1 dose a day until the symptoms disappear.
Relieve Kidney Stone Discomfort
You should be careful, because uric acid buildup can be the cause for kidney stones as well. Drinking baking soda water regularly dissolves the stones and prevents the formation of new ones. You should see your doctor before you use this home remedy.
Improve Physical Performance
Among other things, baking soda water can also improve physical performance because the alkalinity of the sodium bicarbonate reduces the levels of lactic acid produced by the muscles, thus allowing harder and longer training.
This is a Test for Low-stomach-acid
The stomach produces hydrochloric acid, or HCL, as an aid to digestion. HCL is needed to break down proteins into essential amino acids, motivate the pancreas and prevent disease by killing harmful bacteria. Low HCL can cause a variety of gastric problems including heartburn, indigestion, constipation and bloating.Note: to test your stomach acid levels, there are methods you can try at home. The most accurate methods, however, involve laboratory tests ordered by your physician. Conduct an at-home test to see if your HCL is low. Mix 1/4 tsp. of baking soda in an 8 oz. glass of cold water. Drink the baking soda and water mixture first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything. Time how long it takes to belch after drinking the mixture. You should belch within 2 to 3 minutes if your HCL is adequate.
23 Homemade Scrub Recipes That Fix Every Part Of Your Body
These DIY scrubs are so simple and cheap to make and would make super cute gifts for any woman or man in your life!
Warm Vanilla & Brown Sugar Body Scrub – A brilliant exfoliator and soothing scrub that will leave your skin feeling nourished. A great way to have a home spa treatment that is luxurious but won’t leave you broke!
Peppermint Candy Sugar Scrub– A brilliant festive scrub for your whole body – this would make a great Christmas gift or stocking filler. You most likely have all the ingredients you need already in your pantry, making it a great last minute option!
Cinnamon Sugar Scrub To Prepare Your Skin For Winter – When the seasons change it’s important to listen to your skin and make sure you give it what it needs. As the months get cooler it may be time to slough off some dry damaged summer skin and get it ready for the harsher weather and what better way to do this by making a Fall inspired scrub that smells incredible!
Rosemary & Mint Salt Scrub – This refreshing salt scrub will help remove dead skin and leave you and your bathroom smelling sensational! The classic combination of Rosemary and Mint is fresh and clean and the best part? You can grow both in your garden!
Mint-Eucalyptus Foot Scrub – This foot scrub doesn’t just nourish your tired feet, it can improve their circulation too! You can also find the ever famous coconut oil in the list of ingredients, check out its endlesshealth benefits here!
Sugar Cookie Scrub – This intense scrub will sort the toughest of feet out in minutes, with two different sugars it seriously exfoliates and the best part, it smells like cookies – think brown sugar and vanilla!
Peppermint Foot Scrub – This wonderful scrub will leave your feet feeling tingly and fresh. Peppermint oil has some incredible health benefits including things like relieving joint pain, tension and sore muscles so it’s a perfect oil to be using on tired feet!
Gardeners Hand Scrub – This is a simple, brilliant and above all effective way to help clean those dirty hands after a spot of gardening – it only requires 2 ingredients. Why not whip up a batch for your favorite gardener friends and family members?
Lemon Soufflé Hand Scrub – This lemony scrub will leave your hands feeling refreshed, smooth and clean whilst smelling fantastic. A great simple hand scrub for people who love a burst of citrus scents and clean, supple hands! Apply a natural hand cream after for best results!
Coconut Lime Raw Sugar Scrub – With only three ingredients this all natural recipe couldn’t be simpler, this scrub is a real all rounder and could be used on your feet, body as well as hands. Lime really cuts through dirt and grime making this scrub great if you’ve been doing some tough DIY or gardening!
Lemon Poppyseed Hand Scrub– This interesting recipe uses all the obvious ingredients like sugar and oil, but also the addition of poppy-seeds. Why not add a few drops of essential oil to make this hand scrub even more special!
Two Ingredient Hand Scrubs– Olive oil and sugar, almond meal and honey, salt and a chamomile infusion, these are just a few of the two ingredient combinations you can choose from over at Hildablue.com. Pure and simple ways to get soft hands in a matter of minutes…
Lime Margarita Mousse Lip Scrub – This delicious lip scrub will expertly soften sore lips and rejuvenate new skin. Its foamy texture isn’t too harsh on sensitive lips and the remaining scrub can be used on the body too! Warning – it may have you day-dreaming of cocktails on a sunny beach!
Simple Sugar Lip Exfoliating Scrub – This simple recipe is a great alternative to expensive store bought versions and you won’t know the difference. It’s a great way to exfoliate dried or chapped lips, just make sure you moisturize them with a natural lip balm after.
Strawberry Lip Scrub – STRAWBERRYS + HONEY
Lemon Coffee Face Scrub – A real wake-up face scrub that will prepare you for early mornings and long days. Not only does it brighten skin, it will also energize you for the day ahead. There are so many uses for used coffee grounds and this is one of our new favorites!
Homemade Fruit & Vegetable Face Masks– Not only are each of these face masks tailor-made for specific skin types but also offer incredible benefits. Some have anti-aging properties, some help unclog pores and some help improve skin tone. Check out which one is right for your skin type over at Brit.co.
Skin Softening Honey & Oats Face Scrub– With natural antiseptic qualities and the simplicity of oats this is a pure and uncomplicated recipe that will help cleanse and nourish your face without being too harsh!
Japanese Ground Rice & Bee Pollen Face Scrub – This recipe uses a small muslin bag in which the ingredients are mixed into, you then smooth it over your face, making it less abrasive and harsh to your skin. A great option if you are worried about sensitive skin!
Scientists, doctors and other medical experts claim that regular consumption of honey in combination with cinnamon is a powerful remedy which can be used against many diseases.
For more than 4000 years, honey has been used as a traditional remedy for almost every disease. The Egyptians used it to treat wounds, the Greeks for a long life, and the Indians to maintain balance in the body. Modern medicine shows us that these beliefs were true.
They all knew about cinnamon healing purpose, like they did for the honey. Cinnamon was considered as a great gift for the Monarchs cause of its usefulness in treating many diseases.
Here are some combinations of these powerful natural ingredients which can be used in the treatment of certain diseases, including chronic health conditions such as arthritis.
Add two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of cinnamon in a large cup. Regular consumption of this mixture will reduce cholesterol levels by 10 % within two hours.
Remedy for Cardiovascular Disease
In the morning, instead of marmalade or jam, put a little honey and cinnamon on a slice of bread. If you regularly consume this combination, it will help you reduce the blood cholesterol levels and prevent the risk of having a heart attack.
In a cup filled with boiled water, mix two tablespoons of honey and a tablespoon cinnamon. Drink this drink in the morning and evening. With regular use, this drink will help in the treatment of chronic arthritis.
Against Infections of Gallbladder
If you have any infection of the gallbladder, you can consume the above-mentioned mixture, but this time change the amount of honey and cinnamon. In the cup of boiling water, put two teaspoons of cinnamon and a large spoonful of honey.
If you have problem with frequent colds, make a mixture of large tablespoon of honey and a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon. This habit will help with your cold treatment, chronic cough and sinus congestion.
Strengthens the Immune System
It is recommended that you use these ingredients on daily basis. They protect your body naturally from bacteria and viruses.