Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Leaves and soursop pulp

Leaves and soursop pulp

Leaves and soursop pulp

It is a plant that grows in tropical areas in Central America and South America, especially in the Amazon. It is also known as soursop, Guanábano, Catuche, Catoche, Anona Mexico, Graviola, Anona India, Mole. The fruit is very delicate dark green covered with soft spines. Is relatively large and very thin shell. Should be harvested before they mature. The flesh is white, creamy, meaty, juicy and slightly acidic, measuring 2-3 cm long, can weigh 2.5 kg.
All plant parts are used in natural medicine, including bark, leaves, roots and fruits, but the part that contains the greatest concentration of active ingredient is the leaf, where the Annonaceae acetogenins, which have been widely studied from the 1940 that came into use as an insecticide, leading to surprise scientists for its broad power, without causing any harmful effects in animals and man, so they agreed to fund research where, each day discovering new properties, which, as a result of scientific zeal and vested interests, remained in custody for over 20 years. Globalization and parallel studies in Japan and China, they found the light, the wonders of this generous plant.
Soursop leaf and bark (Powder), cure diabetes by regulating blood sugar, which shows its high effectiveness in endocrine commitments: liver, kidney, thyroid, pancreas, ovary, prostate, intestines, muscle relaxant smooth (heart), gall bladder, appendix and fights lung cancer or Lewis, breast cancer and brain tumors, hypotensive, anti-spasmodic, vasodilator, eliminates dust mites that cause asthma and bronchial diseases. The leaf tea cure liver problems, improves the function of the pancreas. It is effective to deworm children, malaria cure, indicated to raise the defenses in patients with chemotherapy and also for people with HIV (AIDS).
The fruit has been used as an antiparasitic, antipyretic (reduces fever) and astringent in diarrhea. The stems, leaves and roots are considered sedative, hypotensive (blood pressure lowering), antispasmodic and anti-diabetic. The leaves are used as a tea against catarrh (inflammation of mucous membranes). The ground seeds are used by Andean tribes against intestinal parasites.
In recent years, the extract of guava has become widely acclaimed for having highly potent properties to fight cancer. Since March 2003, e-mails circulating on the Internet stating that the soursop tea cures cancer.
Acetogenins of Annonaceae are waxy substances resulting from the combination of long chain fatty acids (C32 or C34) with a unit of 2-propanol at carbon 2 to form a lactone terminal (such lactone is at the beginning of the chain) .
The acetogenins derived from long chain fatty acids have direct action on mitochondria, ATP, Reticular Apparatus of Goldi and plasma membranes and cell selectively destroying cancer cells without harming healthy cells and tissues also contain Bullatacin, Beta-sitosterol , sitosterol, campesterol, myristic acid, stearic acid, stigmasterol, Amino Acids, Vitamins and Minerals that act on Enzymatic and Molecular.
It is the best alternative when you can not resort to surgery or therapy or Radium Cobalt therapy or when you have to stop chemotherapy for their action and atrogenica (side effects) on the liver and kidneys. There is no conflict and contrary complements very well with any treatment that this subject the patient to improve the quality. They have absolutely no side effects or intolerance or allergic reactions.
The soursop is the most powerful anti-cancer plant on the planet, used for over 40 years in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Studies and findings

In 1976, Dr. Jerry McLaughlin at Purdue University discovered the ANONACEA GRAVIOLA acetogenins, powerful Anti-Cancer. Continued this research at the National Institute of Cancer proving its effectiveness in cancer colon and prostate. The National Health Center use to other cancers (gastric, kidney and breast). The Faculty of Medicine, Catholic University of Korea conducted comparative studies with adriamycin (chemotherapy) in the treatment of lung cancer.
Studies from 1998 to 2000 by McLaughlin and Chih HW, Chui HF have shown that acetogenins are inhibores of complex I of oxidative phosphorylation chain thereby block the formation of ATP energy needed by the cancer cell to operate your pump P-glycoprotein mediated, allowing you to stay active. The acetogenins also inhibit the ubiquinone-ubiquinone oxidase, NADH-dependent enzyme that is peculiar to the plasma membrane of the cancer cell. McLaughlin did his research and Bullatacinone Bullatacin acetogenins.
A study from Purdue University in California, showed that acetogenins can selectively inhibit the growth of cancer cells and also inhibit the growth of tumor cells resistant to adriamycin (chemotherapeutic drug). In another study conducted by scientists at the University, it was shown that acetogenins soursop (graviola) are extremely powerful having an ED 50 (lethal dose 50) of up to 10 to 9 micrograms per milliliter, resulting have 10,000 times the potency of adriamycin .
There are several studies on anonacina, the compound of the soursop that have anticancer effects. However, those studies were only performed in vitro or in vivo in animals, there being still no clinical studies in humans. One reason cited for the lack of human clinical studies is the fact that you can not patent a plant, leading to the laboratories that sponsor research studies to focus on active ingredients, Annonaceae acetogenins, instead of the plant .
Studies were made of soursop compared to the effect with adriamycin (known chemoteherapeutic). It was found that is 10000 times more potent, and kills cancer cells without harming healthy cells as occurs with chemotherapy, which also causes nausea, weight loss and hair, protects and elevates the immune system.
Perhaps one of the most important discoveries related to cancer is that of the parasites. All cancer patients are infected with parasites. Parasites (the same that give our dogs and cats) create both toxic inside the body, with their droppings and urine, the body simply does not fit any defense against cancer and succumbed to the attack of proteases making cancer cells.
Scientific studies have shown that guava contains a class of compounds known as bioactive acetogenins of Annonaceae, which have only been found in this plant and some other of that family, being its main source leaf. Research shows that the main effects are those mentioned above and also have properties, anticonvulsant, antimicrobial and anticancer.

Recommended Uses

  • Antitumor
  • Anticarcinogenic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Sedative
  • Fight Asthma
  • and combating hypertension.
  • Combat Diabetes
  • Corrects liver disorders

Chemical compositions of the Guanábana

Chemical composition and nutritional value of fruit (100 grams of fresh fruit of the edible part)

  • Humidity 80.6%
  • 1.63% fiber
  • 0.73% ash
  • 0.31% fat
  • 1.22% protein
  • 1.62% starch
  • 0.021% Vitamin C
  • Sugars (Gluc., FRUCT.) 15.63%
  • 45.8 mg potassium
  • 23mg Sodium
  • 23.9 mg Magnesium
  • Phosphorus 26.0 mg
  • Iron 47mg
  • Citrulline (protein) (10)
  • Arginine (amino acid) (10)
  • Caproic acid (lipid) (10)
  • Anonaine (isoquinoline) (10)
  • Anoniine (isoquinoline) (10)
  • Asimilobine (isoquinoline) (10)

Chemical components of the leaf

  • Annohexocina
  • Annomuricina A, B, C and E
  • Annomutacina
  • Annopentocinas A, B and C
  • Muricoreacina
  • Gigantetronemina
  • Murihexocina A and C
  • Javoricina
  • Anonaine
  • Anoniine
  • Atherospermine
  • Coreximine
  • Gentisic acid
  • Lignoceric acid
  • CLA
  • Stearic acid

Chemical components of the seed

  • Lactones
  • Annomonicina
  • Annomontacina
  • Annonacina
  • Annomuricatina
  • Annonacinona
  • Javoricina
It also contains:
  • Annomuricatina (protein)
  • Linoleic acid (lipid)
  • Bullatacin
  • Bullatacinone
  • Muricoreacin
  • Murihexocin C
  • Annomuricin A
  • Annomuricin B
  • Muricatocin A
  • Muricatocin C
  • Muricapentocin
Medicinal properties of soursop according to their origin
Anticarcinogenic: Leaves and shoots
Antibacterial: Bark
Antiparasitic: Seeds and bark
Ulcer: Bark
Galactogogue: Fruit
Antispasmodic: Leaves
Sedative: Leaves
Malaria: Leaves
Antidiabetic: Leaves
Vasodilator: Leaves
Pectoral: Flowers
Amebicide: Bark
Disinfectant: Bark and leaves
Insecticide: Leaves and root

Properties Guanábana

Its properties of action is antibacterial, anticancer, antiparasitic, antitumor, antispasmodic, stomachic, astringent, cytotoxic, febrifuge, hypotensive, insecticide, pesticide, sedative, vasodilator, vermifuge.
Antitumor effect by the active or inactive against cells of tumor origin (not having capacity of these cells die and go crowd forming stones or tumors) acts to decrease gradually until they disappear calcification, which takes time to go each of our systems, improving and purifying. In the case of kidney tumor or calcifications in the liver, pancreas, lungs, brain or kidneys the dose increases from 5 to 7 grams daily, and their intake should be longer than six months.
Antirheumatic, antiarthritic, has an immediate effect on joint pain and degeneration of these (Osteoarthritis). Especially for those who receive treatment.
Antidiabetic, by its powerful action in the blood helps to eliminate excess glucose. Works to normalize the juice and pancreatic enzymes. If you take insulin, should be consumed 1 or 2 seeds, peeled and crushed fruit (guava) fasting for seven days.
For ovarian colic, soursop tea (graviolas), let cool and strain before drinking, repeated after two hours.
Anti-inflammatory, endocrine and liver, because of his extensive power-inflammatory and / or released by the blood, is excellent for the endocrine system, normalizing hormone production in the different glands of our body, whether in the nervous system, immunological and player (ovaries and prostate) in the liver, kidneys, stomach, gastritis and ulcers fights.
Contains folic acid, which makes it excellent for women who wish to become pregnant (normal production of DNA), avoiding infections that complicate the development of the fetus.
Sedative, to recover the heart muscle after a heart attack and combat hypertension and cardiovascular problems. It has calming effect at night, getting a good nights sleep. No sleepy during the day.
Antidiarrheal, by its potent insecticide eliminates bacteria that cause diarrhea, is more effective than an antibiotic and works without damaging the intestinal flora, being 100% natural. Bark and leaf together have fungicidal properties, antifungal eliminates certain fungi that produce erythema (herpes, psoriasis).
Skin: Psoriasis, lupus (with Flax and Nettle Black), seborrhea, in regulating the endocrine system, also controls our glands fluids making them work if they are blocked and regulating them if they occur in excess, such as psoriasis.
Antiparasitic, insecticidal action by their powerful help to eliminate parasites, especially in children, dissolve one capsule before meals for 7 days.
Tract, for its soothing action facilitates good digestion, removing excess fat and triglycerides in opulent meal. To aid digestion, it is excellent when we are on chemotherapy.
Colds, soursop tea used for colds, inflammation of mucous membranes and is used to muna or mint tea.
Antihistaminic and antispasmodic in asthma, eliminates the mites that occur in lung cilia.
Sedative power is excellent for the nervous system to contain lithium in microscopic amounts sufficient to exert its sedative power in people irritable, nervous and anxious for its sedative power is anticonvulsant.
Obesity, by preventing the accumulation of body fat makes you lose weight gradually.
Diuretic, helps with the elimination of liquids, liquid acids (which form the colestero l) and helps remove excess uric acid and calcification of the nephrons (kidney cells)

Applications Against Cancer

The best way to consume the soursop or graviola is consuming it directly, forget once and for all the pills buy in health food stores, do not fall into those businesses, because the cure of disease and the real power is consumed directly in the healing element in this case is the fruit of the soursop, and preparing the leaves as you would any tea or water time.
If you want to eat the leaves of soursop, try to get the leaves in their natural state, avoid buying products such as tea's filter, etc.. And we repeat ... not acquire "natural products" in the commercial food stores, but not have noticed before, natural products are actually in the markets, there if you can find the elements that nature offers us in its natural state. But in health food stores often these products are altered, and the worst decline in its healing purpose to act in the patient slowly creating a cycle of consumerism and buying the product again, if you want to apply the true look natural medicine health food stores, rather look at the same result, then it is worth complaining about natural medicine when they fail their tasks. It's time to wake up and open their eyes to the real natural medicine.

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Breadfruit leaf tea

I have an aunt who suffered with high blood pressure for years. She moved back to Jamaica in her 60's and decided to give up on medication and take care of her ailments verbally  Every morning she drank breadfruit leaf tea for over 11 years . Breadfruit Leaf tea is known to stabilize the blood pressure.  Recently she went back to New York and after months of not taking her herbs she is back on blood pressure medicine.  She has been in New York since June and in that time her blood pressure sky rocketed and she had a stroke.  She is doing everything possible to come back to Jamaica to get back to  her herbal routine .

To make breadfruit leaf tea pick the leaf off of the tree (not from the ground ) , boil 2 cups of water remove water from heat and then place the leaves in the water and allow it to steep. Then sweeten to taste.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Lemon Juice tips

Its so exciting to see lemons all over Jamaica now. Believe or not ,lemons were rare here , we are a lime country . But considering the benefits of this fruit there is no excuse to ignore it .
. Although lemons are acidic to taste they make the body alkaline which is beneficial in balancing the ph of our bodies. They are also a wonderful stimulant to the liver .Lemon juice on fried foods is said to break up grease and fat making it easy to digest  Among other things lemons are anti bacterial, can help with constipation, anti cancer and high in vitamin C. The supermarkets have them in abundance and even the farmers markets are selling them. Buy them and  drink some lemon water in the mornings, squeeze it in your salads. This wonderful fruit is a treasure .

Friday, December 14, 2012

Moby's "Big Buss" in May Pen !!!

Exposing   New, Positive Talent!!!
  Moby’s Records has been producing the extremely popular Big Buss talent show at Moby’s in May Pen Clarendon. 
Big Buss started in November and will commence on the 27th of December 2012.
Moby’s , Clarendon’s popular hangout spot is   located at 12 Fernleigh Avenue in the bustling town of May Pen. 

Ryan Singh producer of Moby’s Records organized this weekly event   which is hosted by Lady Whitney to showcase the talent that exists in Clarendon and surrounding parishes.  Big Buss   attracts hundreds every week   to support their hometown favorites. 

The singers, dj’s, and sing jays must keep their music positive and clean to participate. The finals will be heldThursday December 27, 2012. The winner will receive a cash prize of $20,000 , a recording of their original song produced by Moby’s Records and a music video to accompany the tune.
There is still time to enter email   or call 902-8473 to enter Moby’s Big Buss .

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Herbs for Cold and Flu

Herbs for Cold and Flu

Herbs for Cold and Flu

Ah, winter. Yes, it's cold and flu season again and you're looking for some relief. Although colds and flus are caused by different types of viruses, both can leave you feeling tired, coughing, feverish, achy and foggy-headed.
You've probably discovered that conventional medicine has little to offer the bleary-eyed sufferer. Over-the-counter remedies such as aspirin, and even prescription drugs, only suppress symptoms; they don't cure the illness or make you well any faster. While antihistamines dry sinuses, they can also irritate your nose and throat and prolong the infection. As for antibiotics, including penicillin, they don't target viruses at all and should only be prescribed if a bacterial infection follows the cold or flu.
Simply suppressing symptoms can impair your body's natural ability to fend off disease. Symptoms tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. Headaches, sore muscles and feeling tired indicate that you need rest, and fever or indigestion is a sign to eat lightly.
Herbal treatments help your body heal itself and boost natural immunity. Your cold or flu probably won't disappear immediately, but chances are you will get well sooner and more completely. Then, when next winter rolls along, you may be less likely to pick up a cold. You'll find plenty of herbal cold and flu remedies in the health-food store, or follow my simple recipes to make your own. In either case, have these remedies on hand in your medicine cabinet so that when the next cold or flu strikes, you'll be prepared.

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Researchers have discovered that some herbs destroy viruses, and they're studying ways to turn these herbs into pharmaceuticals. But you needn't wait. Among the herbs that have already been found to inhibit viruses, including the flu, are Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus). Also packing an antiviral punch are Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), Peppermint (Mentha piperita) and Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia). All of these herbs also foil bacteria responsible for infections of the throat, lungs, sinuses, ears and eyes that often tag on the heels of a cold or flu. In addition, they relax coughing spasms, aid digestion, and lower a fever by encouraging circulation and sweating. Tannin compounds found in other herbs such as White Oak bark (Quercus alba) and Bayberry (Myrica cerifera) destroy flu and other types of viruses, so it's no wonder they are traditional cold and flu treatments. You can even eat your way to good health by seasoning your food with Garlic (Allium sativum), Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), Marjoram (Origanum majorana), Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) and Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) to eradicate viral and bacterial infections. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is not only antiviral, it also lowers fevers and reduces muscle soreness.
If you are looking for ways to make the medicine go down easier, mix cold and flu herbs with virus-fighting apple or grape juice. You can also make your own Ginger ale by adding sparkling bottled water to Ginger tea. Or, try Elderberry (Sambucus nigra), which is not only sold as a part of herbal formulas but as pleasant-tasting tonic juice. Researcher Madeleine Mumcuoglu first learned about Elderberries' long history of use as a flu remedy from her mentor, Jean Linderman, Ph.D., who found that the berries help prevent the flu virus from invading healthy cells. Flu sufferers in her study got better faster with Elderberry compared to drug medications.

Immune herbs

Boosting your immune system with herbs will help you get better faster when you're sick and stave off future illness. Russian children were more resistant to a serious flu epidemic that swept through their town when given the Chinese herb Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis). In another study, taking Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) meant that people living in the cold regions of northeastern China got far fewer colds and had fewer cases of bronchitis. Lavender, Lemon (Citrus limon), and Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) stimulate the production of infection-fighting white blood cells called leukocytes. Studies show that people who take Echinacea (Echinacea spp.), one of the most popular immune-enhancing herbs, came down with fewer colds. When the echinacea-takers did get sick, all of their symptoms - weakness, chills, sweating, sore throat, muscle and joint pain, and headaches - were less severe. Echinacea particularly helped anyone who tended to pick up several colds a year. One way the herb works is by strengthening a cell's protective membrane, making it less susceptible to viral invasion and more resistant to infection. Along with Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and the Chinese herb Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), Echinacea increases T-cell activity to improve general immunity.
Echinacea and Licorice seem to slow down viral replication by increasing the production of macrophages - white blood cells that devour viruses. When taken as a preventive to keep from getting sick in the first place, a good plan is to take echinacea for a week or two, then lay off of it for a week. This may also be true of other herbs that enhance the immune system. I'm often asked if this means echinacea is toxic. Not at all. Think of it as teaching your immune system how to operate, then giving it a chance to practice.

Other symptoms

Besides fighting viruses and bacteria directly, herbs can relieve unpleasant symptoms caused by colds and flus. Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Peppermint, and Bergamot thin and eliminate congestion, particularly in the sinuses. Mullein (Verbascum spp.), Elecampane (Inula helenium), and Horehound (Marrubium vulgare) open up the lungs so you can breathe better. Anise (Pimpinella anisum) suppresses coughing by working on the brain's cough center. Natural herbal aspirins such as Willow bark (Salix spp.) or Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) reduce fever and pain. Ginger and Peppermint can help settle an upset stomach.
The most popular antihistamine to relieve sinus congestion and dilate bronchial passages is Ephedra, or Ma Huang (Ephedra sinica). Most herbal preparations are made with the whole herb, although formulas that use an "extra-strength" extract or derivative have run into controversy. The Ephedra debate mostly concerns people who frequently use large amounts of the plant in herbal diet pills or combine it with recreational drugs. Herbalists still recommend moderate doses to relieve the congestion of a cold or flu, as long as you don't have heart or thyroid problems, high blood pressure or diabetes, or take antidepressants.

Herbal cold and flu busters

Herbs are most effective when taken at the first sign of illness. Buy or make your own cold and flu remedies ahead of time so that they're in your medicine cabinet when needed. It's fine to use more than one remedy. For example, you can treat a sore throat with the herbal steam in the morning before work, then switch to the spray and cough lozenges while you're on the go during the day. For the quickest relief, try to use at least one remedy every hour or two. Herbal cough syrups and cough drops are convenient to use, so many people rely on them to soothe a sore throat. However, syrups and drops typically contain 70 percent sugar or other sweetener, which slows down immune-system activity. I suggest going easy on them or searching for an unsweetened variety, and relying more on some of the following remedies instead.

Nasal inhalers

Aromatherapy nasal inhalers contain essential oils that you deeply inhale directly into your sinuses. They are less effective than steaming but are very convenient to carry. You'll find them in natural food stores and some pharmacies. For a homemade version, add a few drops of essential oil of peppermint and/or eucalyptus to rock salt and carry this in a small vial with a tight lid. Open and inhale the scent as needed.

A final word

Spending a day or two in bed nursing a cold or flu with herbs is a luxury not everyone thinks they can afford, but consider it an investment in health. You may save yourself a week of misery in which you end up in bed after all. Sleep gives your cells a chance to regenerate from viral damage and keeping warm deactivates the virus. And while you're at it, drink lots of fluids to flush out the infection. Take vitamin C with Rose hips (Rosa spp.). Eat lightly, avoiding milk products, citrus, and refined grain products - they increase mucus production. Don't be too hasty to lower a fever. The heat it produces inhibits the growth of viruses and encourages elimination of mucus. You can also increase immunity by keeping physical exertion and emotional stress to a minimum.


Cold Flu Tea

When you're huddled at home nursing a cold or flu, a warm cup of herb tea is comfort in itself. An advantage to drinking tea is that the liquid thins congestion and flushes out toxins. It's true that tea is time-consuming, but try to find time to take care of yourself when you're sick. Drinking two to three cups of the following tea, nice and hot, will make you sweat and lower a fever. Afterward, if possible, tuck yourself into a warm bed.
- 1/2 teaspoon Yarrow flowers (Achillea millefolium)
- 1/2 teaspoon Elder flowers (Sambucus canadensis)
- 1/2 teaspoon Peppermint leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon Echinacea root
- 1/2 teaspoon Schisandra berries
- 3 cups boiling water
1.Combine the herbs in a teapot and pour the boiling water over them. Steep for at least 20 minutes.
2.Strain and drink throughout the day. You can make a double batch and keep it in the refrigerator. Just be sure to warm it before drinking.

Sore Throat Gargle with Sage

The Sage (Salvia officinalis) used in the following recipe is a classic gargle, but other herbs such as Marjoram, Thyme or Hyssop can replace it. Opera singers once used Marjoram to ease a strained throat.
-1 cup boiling water
-2 teaspoons fresh or dried Sage leaves
- 1/4 ounce salt
1.Pour the boiling water over the sage, cover and steep for 20 minutes.
2.Strain and add the salt. Gargle as needed. Store in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

Herbal Steam

Warm, moist air opens nasal and bronchial passages. Combined with herbs, steam is one of the most effective, all-purpose cold and flu cures. To humidify and disinfect the entire house, simmer the water with the herbs or essential oils on low heat for half an hour. Essential oils can also be used in most commercial humidifiers, but check the instructions.
-3 cups water
-5 drops essential oil of Lavender
-5 drops essential oil of Rosemary
-5 drops essential oil of Bergamot
1. Simmer the water in a pan. Remove from the heat and add the oils (you can get the same effect by putting 1/8 cup total of fresh or dried herbs in the simmering water instead of the essential oils).
2. Hold your face over the steam and cover your head with a bath towel. Tuck the ends of the towel around the pan so the steam doesn't escape. Breathe in the fragrant steam as deeply as you comfortably can, coming out for fresh air when needed (about every minute or so).

Lemon Antiseptic Throat Spray

A diluted lemon spray is one of the most effective tools to knock down a cold or flu. Other herbs to use in a throat spray are lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, and peppermint. When sprayed through the air, terpene compounds in these oils combine with oxygen to increase the oil's antiseptic properties.
-15 drops Lemon essential oil
- 5 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
1.Combine the ingredients and pour the concoction into a spray bottle.
2.Shake well, then gently spray into your throat throughout the day.

Essential Oil Vapor Rub

Ointments called vapor rubs are designed to be rubbed directly on the chest and throat. They rely on essential oils such as peppermint and eucalyptus to produce a heating sensation that reduces constriction by stimulating blood circulation. The oils in a vapor balm are also absorbed through the skin to relieve congestion and kill infection. They serve double duty - the antibiotic scent is also inhaled into the lungs. Vapor balms sold in pharmacies still use compounds derived from antibiotic essential oils (or synthetic counterparts), such as thymol from Thyme and menthol from Mint.
-10 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
-10 drops Peppermint essential oil
-3 drops Thyme essential oil
-1/8 cup Olive oil
1.Combine the ingredients and rub on your chest and throat.
2.To increase the warmth of the balm, rub the oil briskly onto the skin. A warm piece of flannel placed on the chest afterward will increase the warming sensation.

Article written by Kathi Keville
Kathi Keville is the author of eleven books, including Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art (Crossing Press, 1995) and Herbs for Health and Healing (Rodale, 1996). She teaches herb and aromatherapy seminars throughout the United States and is director of the American Herb Association (
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Cardamom, Medicinal Properties of Cardamom, Chhoti Elaichi, Cardamomum

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