Posts Tagged ‘olive oil’

Carrier Oils Galore – (Part 3)

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

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A couple of months ago, I started series of posts describing various carrier oils that can be blended to create a cleansing, soothing and healing facial oil for use with the Oil Cleansing Method. You can read Part 1 and Part 2, if you haven’t seen them already.
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Here are the next 6 oil descriptions:
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Hemp Seed Oil: A very nutrient dense oil from an extremely useful plant, hemp oil contains high levels of essential omega fatty acids and protein and is especially beneficial for dry skin. It also absorbs quickly and can be used for up to 15% of your blend.
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Jojoba: Having an extremely long shelf life, jojoba is very useful for all skin types. It is closest in chemical structure to the skin’s own sebum, so it is very easily assimilated into the skin. It can be used for up to 50% of your blend.
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Kukui Nut Oil: High in essential fatty acids, this oil is wonderful for sensitive, damaged, dry or wrinkled skin. It can be used for up to 10% of your blend and is readily absorbed by the skin.
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Macadamia Nut Oil: Another oil similar to the sebum produced by human skin, macadamia nut oil absorbs very well into the skin and can be used for up to 20% of your blend. It is especially useful for healing scars and irritations.
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Olive Oil: The first pressing, or “Extra Virgin”, is more nutrient dense than subsequent pressings and so is the best choice for skin care. Olive is very conditioning and suitable for all skin types. It can be used for up to 100% of your blend.
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Peanut Oil: Excellent for oily skin, peanut oil is a very light oil, but penetrates deeply.
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Stay tuned for the last post in our series on the Oil Cleansing Method..

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References: “Making Aromatherapy Creams and Lotions: 101 Natural Formulas to Revitalize & Nourish Your Skin ” by Donna Maria, Mountain Rose Herbs

 

Radiation Detoxification – Part 2

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

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Yesterday, I listed various protocols for natural radiation detoxification and wrote about the first protocol, explaining why eating a diet rich in seaweeds, miso and brown rice is so important. Today, I will address the second protocol:

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Other Additions to the diet

· Spirulina, chlorella and the algaes (kelp, etc.)

· Brassica vegetables and high beta carotene vegetables

· Beans and lentils and other foods high in nucleotide content

· Potassium, magnesium, calcium and mineral rich foods

· Fatty acids, such as cod liver oil and olive oil

· Avoid sugars and sweets and wheat

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Spirulina – After the Chernobyl incident in 1986, the Institute of Radiation Medicine in Minsk proved that children experienced enhanced immune systems, T-cell counts and reduced radioactivity on this protocol: 5 grams of spirulina a day for 45 days. Spirulina can be found in most health food stores.
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Chlorella –  It is one of the most widely studied of the algaes and has been described as having the highest chlorophyll content. Animal studies indicate a chlorophyll rich diet increases the survival of experimental animals after lethal doses of radiation. Studies dating back to the 1950’s, including a US Army study,  confirm these findings. According Roy Upton, director of the American Herbal Pharmacopeia, the use of chlorella was first developed by the Japanese as an antidote and treatment against atomic radiation. Chlorella and liquid chlorophyll can also be found in most health food stores.
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Brassica vegetables and high beta carotene vegetables – Cancer researchers have found that all the brassica family plants protect your cells from the damaging effects of radiation. Beta-carotene has also been researched and found to have radio-protective effects. A study conducted on over 700 children exposed to the Chernobyl radiation found that diets high in carotenes significantly reduced DNA damage in humans exposed to radiation. Natural beta- carotene protects against the lipid oxidation and acts as a fatty acid antioxidant radio-protector.  Brassica  vegetables include broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, swedes, turnips, broccoli raab, collards, cress, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, and bok choi. Beta-carotene can be found in concentrated amounts in foods such as sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, turnip greens, winter squash, collard greens, cilantro, fresh thyme, cantaloupe, romaine lettuce and broccoli.
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Beans and lentils – These foods have high nucleotide concentrations. Nucleotides are the building blocks that make up RNA and DNA. Nucleotides also carry out several critical functions needed for cell replication, as well as neutralizing toxins, increasing cellular metabolism, improving the response and efficiency of the immune system, enhancing the effects of antioxidants and increase the body’s ability to heal and repair. Other foods high in nucleotides include spirulina, chlorella, algae, yeast, sardines, liver, anchovies and mackerel.
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Potassium, magnesium, calcium and mineral rich foods – Cesium (one of the radioactive elements released from the nuclear reactor) will be treated by the body as if it were potassium, so a potassium deficiency would tend to make one more receptive to radioactive hazards posed by cesium, says Ingrid
Naiman. Potassium regulation is affected by magnesium and magnesium and calcium need to be in proper balance. Calcium significantly decreases the amount of Strontium 90 absorbed by bone.   Foods high in potassium include apricots, avocado, bananas, cantaloupe, honeydew, kiwi, lima beans, milk, oranges, potatoes, prunes, spinach, tomatoes and winter squash. Greens like spinach and swiss chard, nuts and seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower and sesame, and beans like black and navy, are good sources of dietary magnesium. Most of the foods above also contain calcium, especially the dark green leafy vegetables, along with cheese, fish and yogurt.
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Fatty acids, such as cod liver oil and olive oil – Two studies from Spain (Ilbanez and Castellanos) showed that olive oil fully protected rats against increasing doses of damaging X-ray irradiation. Other research has shown that in terms of radiation, mice exposed to large doses of radiation survived 50-100% longer than normal if fed cod liver oil.
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Avoid sugars, sweets and wheat – This one probably does not need much explanation, but I will summarize by saying that after radiation exposure, the last thing you want to do is eat foods that have been proven to lower your immune function.
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In the next post, I will discuss the next point: Clay, Sea salt and Baking Soda Baths.