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You or someone you love, may appreciate some of the following information…

Consider these for Fibromyalgia and other auto immune diseases (migraine, arthritis, etc.):

If you don’t get several hours of sunlight daily, or if you are depressed, you probably have a Vitamin D3 deficiency. Your physician will more than likely not have a clue as to the proper dosage rates, which are 2.5 mg Magnesium Citrate + 20 IU Vitamin D3 (per lb. Body Weight) daily. Vitamin D3 is a hormone we create when we get enough sunlight, and it underlies the production of the other hormones our body needs to maintain its balance; for example, under stress your adrenals get exhausted producing cortisol, and needs that D3 to help. The Magnesium acts as a carrier to the cells.

B12 deficiency robs people of energy and has similar symptoms to low thyroid. The B12 injections are made with synthetic chemicals and is inferior, but you can get a superior biological form called Methylcobalamine. This comes as a dissolving tablet taken sublingually (under the tongue), but the central molecule (think Cobalt) is too large to go through the oral membranes easily. However, it will go through nasal membranes, but if you cannot find the nasal gel form, you can make your own. An adult will usually need 3,000 mcg daily. Take a tablet and add a drop of water to it. Press this into a paste and smear it inside your nose. It is not that bad, but I do it before bedtime rather than in the morning.

Go off all forms of gluten for one week, and then have a slice of bread. Note how you feel 12-18 hours later if no digestive problems (like pain or bloating, etc.) have cropped up. If you feel still and achy, the gluten is probably inflaming your connective tissues, especially if you are lactose-intolerant.

A friend takes a spoonful of coconut oil and 2 cayenne capsules in the mornings to boost his energy. An older gentleman, he has more energy than the younger men with whom he plays hockey. I have to agree, when I do this, I do have much more energy.

For problems sleeping, you can now get good formulations of 5-HTP and Melatonin, precursors to seratonin. Take this the same time every night about 30 minutes before bedtime, and don’t drink any form of caffeine after 3:00 p.m. Your circadian rhythms should reset themselves in a few days. If the problem persists, you can order Leritone SR on line from NutriSante in Quebec. This is made from a long chain fatty acid, which was like a miracle for me. I had not been able to read or retain anything for a few years when I discovered this, and within a few days I was sleeping instead of restless dozing, and reading again and retaining the information. I only needed to take it for a few months. Ten years later, I want to revisit this.

Ginko Biloba will stimulate the brain if you have brain fog and memory problems. It can overstimulate the brain, so do be attentive when you use it.

Coconut Oil turns into energy very easily. It is mostly comprised of medium-chain triglycerides, a positive type of fat that our brains need, and if we eat low-fat diets, may be starving for. In fact, there is some evidence that 3 tsp. Daily may help with Alzheimer’s. People in the Philippines apply it topically for backaches, and because it is a ‘drying’ oil, it is soothing on the skin without promoting the over-production of sebum. Non-comedogenic, it is also used in face and body creams for people with skin problems; in acne, it actually helps to dissolve the matter in clogged pores.

Finally, Lithium Orotate in very small dosages (10 mg. Of elemental Lithium) have shown to act as a prophylactic against Alzheimer’s Disease. My mother died of this, and her mother had it, so I am taking it. Your pharmacist probably won’t know anything about it. It is available through You won’t feel anything different though you may feel a little calmer than usual, as if you had taken a cup of chamomile tea (Lithium Salts were used to calm angry people down in the olden days, and are still used with some severe personality disorders, but in dosages between 700 and 1,600 mg.).

Other helps from Ayurvedic medicine:

  • 1 tsp. Cumin will gently boost your metabolism if you are trying to lose weight.
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon helps to keep blood sugar level.
  • 1 tsp. Gelatin in water or juice will help with arthritic joints
  • 1 tsp. Tumeric is a natural anti-inflammatory that will not upset your stomach

Investigate the following yourself:

  • Cannabis Oil may help with otherwise uncontrollable pain and depression.
  • Hemp and Cannabis oils seem to be able to lock cancer cells from replicating.
  • Fresh flaxseed oil has be found by some researchers to be as affective in the treatment of certain breast cancers as radiation.
  • Apple seeds have a similar action on cancer cells as apricot kernels, but are less toxic.

If you find improvement, this is confirmation of what your body needs, not the dosage on the side of the bottle. Remember, your physician has little more understanding of nutrition than the man on the street, and may have only taken one semester of pharmacology in med school. The pharmaceutical companies grab med school drop-outs to train as sales personnel, so they speak with physicians as equals, who rely on them for biased information rather than on their own reading of published research. And rarely will you find a physician who follows the latest in naturopathic research. The AMA/CMA decries naturopathic approaches as non-scientific, but the truth is, pharmacological research cannot achieve standardized ‘scientific’ findings either, which is why advertising states ‘may cause … (negative) symptoms including death.

So I hope you will consider trying some of these more natural approaches.

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An Excellent Aromatherapy Newsletter

Andrea Butje is one aromatherapist I truly admire, and she has done a lot to teach the world about the benefits of aromatherapy. Not only does she run an accredited school for the training and certification of aromatherapists, but she publsihes the following newsletter and even offers a free online introductory course.

Here’s to you, Andrea!

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Aromahead Weekly: Ylang Ylang, Orange & Patchouli Body Butter

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If you’re in a hot, dry climate, you could have no better friend than Ylang Ylang essential oil (except maybe a saltwater swimming pool).

Ylang Ylang is a very cooling oil with wonderful moisturizing properties. I love it in blends for dry, chapped skin (and that can happen no matter what climate you’re in).

I have a blend for Dry & Chapped Skin Butter that you can make yourself. (Find it here!) The recipe is so nourishing to skin, it works well even with no essential oils, but the oils can add a layer of nourishment.

Here’s a blend suggestion that combines perfectly with the skin butter recipe:

  • 35 drops Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)
  • 60 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 45 drops Patchouli (Pogostemom cablin)

Does it seem like a lot of essential oil? That’s because the recipe makes 14 oz (392 gm) of body butter!

Does it seem like a lot of body butter? That’s because dry, chapped skin needs extra love!

So use your body butter every day, and enjoy!

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Orange Paste Wax For Wooden Kitchen Utensils

I had fun developing this one, and you will enjoy making it if you like to cook with wooden utensils. I have a spurtle for stirring porridge, and an olive dipper, both which need occasional ‘oiling’. But I’ve made this up, my whole place smells like oranges, and I like the look…especially on my two breadboards. One is very old and has ‘Bread is the staff of life’ carved around the edges, and the other one is like a puzzle board made from different woods, a lovely thing I bought (but don’t use) from a senior in my neighbourhood. Both sucked the paste up very nicely, then let me buff them to a soft sheen.

  • 100 g.    Beeswax
  • 75 g.      Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 45 ml     Orange Wax
  • 225 ml   Flax Seed Oil
  • 75 ml     Sweet Almond Oil
  • 5 ml       Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Melt all except the Essential Oil together over very low heat, stirring until melted. Stir in the Essential Oil just before pouring into wide-mouthed tins. Lightly cover, and let them sit 4 hours before tightening the lids.

This will make approximately 525 g of a paste wax that is excellent for finishing or caring for wooden kitchen utensils such as breadboards, butcher’s blocks, spurtles, bamboo spoons, etc. Just apply a thin layer of the paste wax and buff. You will find the scent agreeable, and the orange element is antimicrobial.

Soothing Balm For Eczema

If you have struggled for years with eczema or psoriasis, you know how frustrating it is, especially when cold weather exacerbates it. Here is a balm I think you will like, though its ingredients may cost a bit to get you up and going.

100 ml Andiroba, Calendula or Oat Oil
25 ml Borage Oil
25 ml Rosehip Oil
15 ml Beeswax (or Castor Wax, if you are vegan)
50 drops Essential Oil Blend (see below).

  • Sterilize a small glass bottle.
  • Count out your 50 drops (25 if for a child) into the bottle.
  • Heat the oil in a small pot very gently, with the wax.
  • As soon as the wax is melted, take it off the heat.
  • When it just begins to cloud over, pour it into the bottle and cap.
  • Apply to lesions up to three times daily.

The EO blend will be made up of Chamomile, Cypress, Juniper Berry, and Sandalwood (so long as it is not weeping eczema).

Five drops of Melissa, if you have it, may be added to the 150 ml above, but you want very little as it is very powerful.

Turmeric is also anti-inflammatory and may be used in place of the blend (or as a part of it).

People with eczema and psoriasis are often stressed and deficient in B vitamins, so make sure to get whole grains into the daily diet, and make time for fun and relaxation.

3 Ointments

3 Ointments

The following ointments were three of my most popular ointments when I ran Nelsie’s Cupboard as a small online store…

I have been making Calendula Ointment for myself for many years. After my first pregnancy over 30 years ago I started to develop spider veins. I had found some calendula ointment at Thompson’s in Toronto, and the spider veins went away in three months. Meanwhile, I had two friends, Elaine and Bonnie, whose legs were in very bad shape with varicose veins from problem pregnancies, and both were slated for surgery. One had the surgery, but the other started using the ointment herself, and put off the surgery. A year later, the one with the surgery had lumpy scarred legs, and the other had smooth calves with a few blue vein endings showing here and there. These, however, were not noticeable at all under stockings within another year. 

Calendula Ointment (For varicose and spider veins) 

Over very low heat, simmer for 30 minutes: 

1 c. shortening/lard/lanolin 
1 c. dried organic calendula blossoms (I pulverize mine first) 

Strain into a clean, wide-mouthed jar, cover with lid (but do not tighten), and let sit until cold and set. Use up to three times a day on unsightly veins. You should see a difference in about three months, but this can be amazing. 

I made this one up for myself when, having fibromyalgia, my wrists and forearms started aching, and gave some to a friend slated for surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome. It decreased her pain within three weeks, when her father started using it on his arthritic joints. A family tug-of-war ensued, they both liked it so much. 

Ointment For Sore Joints/Carpal Tunnel 

Over very low heat, simmer for 30 minutes (do not pulverize the buds, but crush them): 

1 c. shortening/lard 
1/2 c. balm of Gilead (poplar buds) 
1/2 c. St. John’s wort 
3 drops lavender essential oil 

Strain into a clean, wide-mouthed jar, into which you have place the essential oil. Cover with lid (but do not tighten), and let sit until cold and set. Use up to three times a day on sore joints and tendons. This makes a rather smelly ointment, if you skip the essential oil. 

This one was a favourite in Quebec, where everyone seems to have large families. The comfrey speeds healing, and the chickweed soothes, but the children especially love its scent. 

Nelsie’s 3-C Ointment 

Over very low heat, simmer for 30 minutes: 

1 c. shortening/lard/lanolin 
1/3 c. calendula blossoms 
1/3 c. chickweed 
1/3 c. comfrey 
3 drops lemon balm essential oil 
1 drop lavender essential oil 

Strain into a clean, wide-mouthed jar, into which you have place the essential oil. Cover with lid (but do not tighten), and let sit until cold and set. Use up to three times a day on skin abrasions and itchies. 

Comfrey speeds internal healing so much that in the old books, we were advised not to use a poultice or ointment until the wound had been absolutely cleansed of any foreign matter, or it would be healed into the wound. I had used comfrey on kids for years, but once they run off and play, boo-boos are quickly forgotten and I never thought much about it except that it worked. I then saw evidence of the miraculous speed with which it heals. 

Monsieur Raymond, 69, had to have surgery for a hernia, and I drove him to the hospital and later, assisted him back home. I had brought some comfrey, and made a poultice of flannel dipped into the infusion and wrung out (1 tsp. of the dried herb in 1 cup of boiling water, infused for 10 minutes, then strained) and placed on his abdomen, now swollen, around the bandaging. It was not applied to the wound area itself. He took off the poultice after a short while, complaining it was too painful. The swelling had gone down, and there was a vivid blush on his abdomen. He then fell into a deep sleep, and was feeling much better by the time I left him and his employer. A couple of days later he told me he hadn’t used the poultice, he didn’t need it. I saw him a week later, when I was in town again and he was running about doing errands. I chastised him for not resting, as had his physician, but he proudly showed me his abdomen. One would have thought the surgery had been performed months ago, as the healing appeared complete. 

I had previously used the 3-C ointment on his employer’s broken foot, which she was walking on again within a month. She was an elderly infirm lady who could hardly walk without assistance before she had broken her foot, and seemed no worse for wear! 

Witch Hazel: Something Wonderful!

I think Witch Hazel is one of the most wonderful herbs on this planet. Aside from the fact it is a facial toner, reduces swelling, and has anti-inflammatory properties, it has talents that are lesser known.

Before I hit menopause, I suffered from what was commonly (and quietly) known as ‘the floods’. Nothing helped, and the doctors wanted to do a chemical castration with hormones that would leave me with a beard. I nixed that idea, and continued to ruin fabric chairs through overnight pads and Depends.

Then I read a book called, The Menopausal Years by herbalist Susan Weed, and was I ever glad I did. Witch Hazel tea, 3 cups a day, and the floods stopped, just like she said they would. So I consumed a fair amount of Witch Hazel every month, and it worked like a charm, and when menopause finally happened, it was a breeze. Even the hot flashes, kicking legs, and night sweats calmed down. 

Now I find, while doing research for DIY natural cleaning products, that it has anti-static properties for hair and fabrics. You just put Witch Hazel in a spray bottle and spritz your hairbrush, and clothes when they come out of the dryer.

If you want to make a spritz that is also an armoatherapeutic stress-reducing spray, add to it:

  • 1 drop Cypress Essential Oil
  • 2 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
  • 2 drops Patchouli Essential Oil
  • 4 drops Sweet Orange

Just remember to shake before spraying!