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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Essential Oils - An Alternative to Headache Medication

Years ago I began to have migraine headaches due to extreme stress. I took antidepressants to ease the stress and the headaches went away. Time and time again they would come back. I ended up taking Ibuprofen like it was candy. Many years later after dealing with severe heartburn for over a year, I was diagnosed with esophagitis. I was warned by my doctor that I had to cut several things from my diet as well as stop taking the pain meds. So I was stuck trying to find a new way to relieve my headaches.

Chinese Whiteflower Oil can be found on Amazon and even online with WalMart.

A friend of mine told me about a holistic chiropractor who she said could almost work miracles. I went to this new chiropractor and found out that acupuncture is an awesome treatment for any pain. Unfortunately, the acupuncture doesn’t last, at least it didn’t for me. This new chiropractor introduced me to Chinese White Flower Oil. I found that the Chinese White Flower Oil really helped my pain so I used to keep it at my desk at work. My boss told me that it smelled like Bengay but I told him to hush up. It has more of a wintergreen scent and it works well, relieving muscle and headache pain.

DISCOVERING ESSENTIAL OILS WAS A GODSEND FOR ME

After doing some research and networking with friends, I started using essential oils. I read that peppermint essential oil helps to relieve headaches. I gave it a try and it worked so well for me that now I never go anywhere without my peppermint oil. I have an old neck injury from a car accident that flares up often. The pain in my neck tends to migrate up into the base of my skull then it radiates throughout my head. I usually put pure peppermint essential oil on my temples, forehead, and the temporal skull bones directly behind my ears. Sometimes I even put it on my neck where the pain is emanating from. It really makes the pain go away. The good thing about peppermint oil is that it smells good and you don’t have to worry about smelling like a locker room.

Peppermint Essential Oil can be used to relieve headaches. It is recommended to dilute it with a base oil.

Now, I have no problem putting undiluted peppermint essential oil on my skin but some people might not be able to do that. Some people have sensitive skin or allergies and should dilute the pure peppermint oil with a base oil like coconut. When I put the peppermint essential oil on my temples I have to be careful not to use too much. If it is too much and too close to my eyes, my eyes end up watering for the next hour. Peppermint is effective and very potent! Some spas use iced cloths with peppermint to help their guests relax.

Lavender is another essential oil that can be used for headaches. It has more of a calming effect.  I’ve used it on occasion and it helps me to relax. Lavender essential oil is a great stress reliever and can help stress headaches. To help with a stress headache, I suggest putting lavender essential oil in a diffuser nearby and lie down in a semi-dark room. My Mom used to put cold wet washcloths on her forehead.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil can be used to relieve a headache especially when complicated by a cold.

Eucalyptus essential oil stinks to high heaven but it can help a headache that is combined with a cold and stuffy nose. This works well in a diffuser. The eucalyptus essential oil works to open up the sinuses to help one breathe. It can help with the symptoms of a cold but unfortunately, cannot heal it.

Rosemary essential oil has been used for years to treat headaches. The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of Rosemary essential oil are what helps relieve headaches. It can be applied with a base oil or put in a diffuser.

Over the counter medications hold many dangers that most people aren’t aware of. One of the ingredients in many popular pain relievers is acetaminophen. Taking acetaminophen over time can cause liver damage and even liver failure. Liver failure can happen when acetaminophen is taken in large amounts. People who don’t read the labels and warnings are in danger of liver damage or even death. Sometimes acetaminophen is listed as APAP under ingredients.

Prescription drugs can help with pain but there are many side effects. Addiction is a huge problem.  Image credit: Creative Commons

TAKING MEDICATION OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME CAN DAMAGE YOUR STOMACH

Ibuprofen is another popular pain reliever. It can relieve pain and inflammation however it can cause stomach issues. I found this out the hard way. Thankfully the damage done to my esophagus is reversible but I have to be careful of what I eat and drink.

Tramadol is often prescribed for severe pain by doctors and veterinarians. Tramadol is an opioid so there is a danger of addiction with Tramadol. One side effect of Tramadol is nausea. My poor Mother took this for a while and it made her sick.

Hydrocodone and Oxycodone are other drugs that are prescribed to people dealing with severe pain. Both are opioids which have a danger of addiction. Both Hydrocodone and Oxycodone can cause nausea. 

Over the counter pain medications are fine to take as long as one reads the directions and follows them. Some people disregard the dosage directions and end up sick or having long-term complications. The directions for dosage are there for a reason. Unfortunately, some people think they are invincible and nothing will hurt them.

Prescription painkillers that are opioids have to be used carefully. People who abuse these drugs can end up with an addiction problem or worse, they can end up dead. Since our country is currently experiencing an opioid addiction crises, let’s hope that physicians are thinking twice before prescribing opioids to any of their patients.


Medications can cause all kinds of problems from liver failure to death. Some have side effects that can make people sick. We’ve all been programmed to take pills for everything. It is time we de-program ourselves and look for alternative ways to heal pain and other ailments. At least it's nice to know an alternative exists in essential oils.

Amulets - Mystical, Beautiful, and Powerful

Amulets are spiritual objects worn to protect an individual or give them strength. There are several different items that can make up an amulet. Amulets can be made with gemstones, crystals, coins, rings, plant or animal parts, statues, or engraved stones.

An amulet can consist of many items including different types of stones or crystals. Image credit: Security

Each of these items has a different purpose.  Plants or animal parts were possibly part of a magic spell or for medicinal purposes. Statues and engraved stones could have been religious symbols. Coins and rings were likely objects that had been owned by an ancestor. If we have a certain necklace we wear on a daily basis or a stone we carry with us all the time, these items can absorb our energy. This leaves a mark on that item.  The more important the item is to us, the stronger the mark we leave on it.  This could be why items like rings or coins were put in amulets. Possibly to bring a loved one’s energy close to the wearer of the amulet.

Crystals and gemstones are associated with different characteristics. Each crystal has certain qualities. For instance, Amethyst is a stone of protection. It also helps alleviate geopathic stress, fear, and anxiety. Chalcedony is a stone that is beneficial for one’s health. It helps inflammation and the immune system. Red Jasper helps bring problems to light, and grounds one’s energy.

Amethyst crystals are not only beautiful but they work to protect the owner from harm.  Image credit: Alusrvi

Over the ages crystals and gemstones have been found to hold specific vibrations that carry certain powers. The ancient Greeks related several crystals with their gods. Jupiter was the god of the sky. He is associated with milky chalcedony which is white to light blue. The Greek god Mars was the god of war. He is associated with red jasper. Throughout the ages, red has always been a color representing passion. Bacchus was the god of the grape harvest and wine. Amethyst represents Bacchus and in ancient times the Greeks used to make their wine goblets from amethyst crystals. It was believed that the amethyst in the goblets would keep them sober.  The ancient Greeks would wear these designated crystals in amulets. They believed that wearing the gemstone or crystal associated with a specific god would give them the same special power of that god.

Red Jasper symbolized Mars, the Greek God of War. Image credit: Doronenko

Ancient Romans inherited the tradition of honoring the Greek Gods by wearing specific amulets. Some were worn for religious reasons, others were small boxes that contained items for magic spells. These boxes could have simply consisted of Sulphur powder which was used to repel evil.

In the Far East and the Middle East incantations were placed in amulets. Written words were thought to be very powerful. The written words were usually magic spells used to protect the wearer from evil spirits.

Jews, Christians, and Muslims also believed in the power of amulets and talismans. These were either worn on the body or placed in the home. Sometimes they were hung over the bed. If someone was very ill and bedfast, they would use a holy book as a talisman by placing it under the mattress.

Saint Benedict was named the Patron Protector of Europe in 1964 by Pope Paul VI. Image credit: Ariyandhamma

The Catholic Church continues the use of amulets and talismans. However, the Church refers to them as sacramentals. The Catholic Church maintains that the sacramentals only hold power if they are blessed by the Church. The most popular Catholic amulet is the Saint Benedict medal which protects the wearer from evil. This amulet has been used since the 1700’s.

Brilliant Sun Amulet. This amulet gives the wearer strength, wisdom, and confidence.

Amulets can be as individual as people. Each item within the amulet has its own property and essence. These items are combined for specific reasons. They can be for protection, courage, or spiritual guidance, among other things. Amulets can also be beautiful as in necklaces that are fashionable to wear. Having something that is powerful and beautiful at the same time is extra special.  







The Science of Crystals



There are many people who believe in the healing power of crystals. They have been used for thousands of years by many different cultures. Crystals can support one in meditation or ward off negative energy. Some people think this is just a bunch of baloney; they believe that crystals are just rocks, and nothing more.

Our ancestors used crystals to heal and protect.



ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS USED CRYSTALS TO HEAL AND PROTECT

Ancient civilizations used crystals for everything from healing to spiritual guidance. The ancient Greeks rubbed crushed hematite on themselves before they went into battle. They believed the hematite would protect them. The Romans wore amulets of crystals for protection and used them in medical treatments. The Hindu Vedas are 5000-year-old ancient texts that refer to the use of crystals to treat medical ailments. Ancient peoples of the Americas, as well as the Chinese and Japanese, used crystals for medicinal purposes.   

THERE IS POWER INSIDE EACH CRYSTAL


There is power inside these crystals.  Crystals formed millions of years ago within the earth. Part of the energy that formed them remains inside each crystal. Every bit of matter in the universe holds atoms and particles within. These atoms and particles move constantly. This movement creates the vibrations within the crystals. Different crystals have different frequencies of vibrations and these vibrations respond to different energies. 

Our daily lives depend on products that cannot operate without some type of crystal or mineral. Science and technology have harnessed these powers of crystals and minerals to create things that our ancestors would never have dreamt of.

Quartz crystals are used to make glass and foundry sand. They are used in watches and clocks. Quartz is also known as silicon dioxide. It is the most abundant mineral on earth and one of the most useful substances.   

The circuit board is the brain and heartbeat of all of our electronics.

Electronics cannot function without silicon.  Silicon, a crystal that has a blue-gray metallic surface, is a semiconductor. Silicon can be found in many different crystals. It is used to make many things from ceramics to stucco. Most of our electronics and modern technology depends on highly purified silicon which is used in integrated circuits.

The seven chakras represent wheels of energy within our bodies. Our energy field is our aura. It can tune into the vibrations from a crystal. 

MEDITATION IS KEY TO TAPPING INTO CRYSTAL ENERGY  

There is no scientific proof that crystals can heal, but crystals definitely hold vibrations. From my personal experience, it seems that crystal healing is more for cleansing one’s energy field, meditation, and protection. The mind and soul have to reach a certain realm to be able to tap into the energy of crystals. Meditation is the key to finding this energy. I doubt if crystals can heal our internal organs but they can protect, sustain, and increase our energy.

Science can conduct empirical tests to provide evidence of a theory or claim. However, there are many things that people believe and hold dear in their hearts that science cannot prove or disprove. Nikola Tesla said the key to understanding the universe was three things: energy, vibration, and frequency. If we follow Tesla’s advice and study these, we should be able to understand crystals and more about our world.






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