My Favorite Choices for a Natural Medicine Cabinet

medicine cabinet.jpgMy Favorites Choices for a Natural Medicine Cabinet

Choosing to use natural remedies opens so many choices for our health and wellbeing.  These are some of chemical-free favorites and should be in everyone’s medicine cabinet.

For Pain issues and  help with inflammation.

Turmeric capsules

Omega 3 essential fatty acids

Epsom salts(magnesium)

 Doterra Deep Blue and Copaiba essential oils

 

Sleep issues: to help calm and relax 

Magnesium at bedtime

Serotonin supplement (if not on anti-depressants)

Valerian root herb –very relaxing.

Passion flower herb – calming

Probiotic daily –  serotonin is made in the gut.

Vetiver and lavender on bottom of feet for a racing mind.

 

Wounds, scraps and burns:

Here’s what you’re going to need:
½ cup of aloe vera juice
• 25 drops lavender essential oil
• 25 drops melaleuca essential oil
• 4oz squeeze bottle

Doterra Lavender essential oil is also great for burns and bug bites

Vitamin D -optimizes healing

 

Teeth and gums:

Salt is a highly useful home remedy for cavities due to its high levels of anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. Salt will allow for the pain and inflammation to be reduced.

Doterra Melaleuca essential oil – rub around gums to kill germs

On Guard toothpaste –great tasting and contains clove oil.  Cloves are one of the most vital ingredients in fighting cavities naturally. Due to the high properties of anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and analgesic properties, clove can help to soothe any pain caused by the cavity.

 

Stomach Issues

Activated charcoal – fast and effective to stop diarrhea or food poisoning.

Pb assist by Doterra is enteric coated probiotic.   Therefore, it’s not destroyed in the stomach as many probiotics are.

Digestive enzymes – breakdown the food to prevent reflux and gas.

DigestZen by Doterra –  super fast, rub over abdominal area or throat to stop discomfort.

 

As you can see, I use essential oils for many health issues and I chose Doterra because they are chemically pure and therapeutic in effect.  Not all products can be taken internally so you need to be very careful to buy only quality products.

Hope you build your natural medicine cabinet and see how powerful and effective holistic choices can be.  I would love to hear your comments and check out my website  http://www.doctorleesa.com for more tips for healthy living.

Doctor Leesa

The All Natural Pharmacist

***These suggestions are not intended as treatment recommendations but only for informational purposes.

 

 

How to Control Sugar Cravings

New Year’s resolutions have become almost cliché but just in case you are serious about getting your sugar under control, here are some help. Did you know that eating sugar and lots of salt can desensitize the tongue so you can’t even taste other food.  No wonder you don’t reach for a vegetable or fruit.  You can’t taste it!

First step: Diet.  Come on you can’t out run a bad diet.  Take a break from high carb foods and feed your cells.  This means balance, nutritious meals with minimal processing and no added sugar.

Second Step:  Get moving!  All you need is two and one-half hours per week to help control blood sugar.  Low impact exercise can be walking, gardening, or any activity if you move!

Third Step – this is where I want you to take a careful holistic look at your nutrients.  There are three supplements that are a foundation  for extra support.

Most everyone agrees that omega-3 fatty acids combat the inflammation that is one of the main drivers of metabolic syndrome.  Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that include high blood sugar, high blood pressure, inflammation high cholesterol and excess fat around the waist.

Vitamin D is vitally important and helps tame the inflammation.  Many studies reveal that a Vitamin D deficiency is directly linked to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes.

Then there is the trace mineral chromium that helps regulate blood sugar and improves how the cells use insulin.  Its also great for food cravings.  After all, if your cells don’t burn sugar you wear it.

But you say I get such strong cravings, I got to have it!  Let me tell you there is help.  Sugar addiction is very powerful and it effects your gut, mood, sinus, chronic congestion and hormones so don’t let it rule you.

If you want to know my favorite supplements for cravings let me know in the comments and I will send you a list of the most powerful and fast support.

 

P.S.    Love to get your comments or share with a friend!

Doctor Leesa Haire  The All Natural Pharmacist   

PS Check out my new website  http://www.YourHolisticCaregiver.com  for a #holistic approach to #care for those you #love.

 

 

I feel the pain but I am not one to suffer!

I have a great group of friends in the neighborhood and we get together to exercise  a couple of times a week.   Well we started yoga this week and I love it but I have to admit it but I am feeling muscles I had forgotten about.   All this driving and sitting at a computer that is part of my routine really puts strain on the lower back and I can feel the pain when I start stretching.   Goes to show  I much I need it.  But I am not one to suffer!

There are some wonderful natural remedies that stop inflammation in it’s tracks.  After all by the time you feel the pain you have some serious inflammation.   And that leads to more injury.

I love using a few tricks to stop the pain within minutes.   This recipe uses essential oils and its a miracle at stopping pain fast.   Watch this video for all the details.

 

Message me for questions and to get your PURE oils for some pain relief.

Have a pain-free day!!

Doctor Leesa

doctorljh@gmail.com      850-733-7017

 

 

 

Delicious — way to keep your bones healthy

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Research shows that the rate of fractures due to osteoporosis is lower in countries in the Mediterranean, compared to northern Europe or North America.

Why? Well, most Mediterranean people tend to get more exercise year-round than most of their northern counterparts, and that helps keep their bones healthy. And the Mediterranean diet is rich in foods containing vitamin C is a key component of strong bones.

But many Mediterranean people aren’t milk drinkers, so they don’t get much calcium through their diet. And, as we all know, calcium and vitamin D are essential for bone health.

So what’s behind this new Mediterranean paradox? According to a new study, it may very well be olive oil.

In fact, this research shows that when consumed regularly, extra virgin olive oil can lower the risk of bone fractures by a whopping 51%.1

Nine years of data shows the benefits of olive oil

Over the years studies that show how consuming olive oil reduces blood pressure and lowers risk of heart attacks and strokes. Olive oil is also beneficial for brain health — due mainly to bioactive constituents like phenols and the carotenoids that give the oil its golden color

Over an average of nine years, in one study  participants  had a total of 114 bone fractures. But the participants in the highest third for olive oil consumption had a 51% lower risk of fractures, compared to those in the lowest third of olive oil consumption.

How to get the most health benefits from your olive oil 

The study found these bone benefits were specifically associated with EVOO, which has higher plant phenolic content.

Researchers at University of California tested 186 different olive oil samples.

Popular brands that failed to meet the extra virgin testing were: Bertolli, Carapelli, Mezzetta, Mazola, and Pompeian.

Brands that passed the University of California test were: Bariani, California Olive Ranch, Cobram Estate, Corto, Kirkland Organic, Lucero (Ascolano), Lucini, and McEvoy Ranch Organic.

You can look for the seal denoting approval by the California Olive Oil Council, labeled as “COOC Certified Extra Virgin.” Seals of approval from the Italian Olive Growers’ Association, the Extra Virgin Alliance (EVA), and UNAPROL also signal a good, pure product.

Be sure to store your olive oil at room temperature, away from heat and light (in a cabinet or pantry).

You can also get health benefits by eating whole, organic olives. But skip the pre-packaged varieties that taste more like the cans and containers they come in, and opt for fresh olives instead. Many grocery stores now have open olive bars that offer a wide selection of these tasty delicacies. They can be expensive, but considering the health benefits olives confer, they’re well worth the indulgence.

 

[SIDEBAR]

My checklist for healthy bones

Avoid dangerous, ineffective osteoporosis drugs and keep your bones healthy with these easy, natural steps.

  • 250 mg of vitamin C, twice a day
  • 10,000 IU of vitamin D daily
  • Calcium intake through a diet rich in dairy foods and leafy greens, NOT calcium supplements
  • Vitamin K2
  • Regular consumption of olive oil
  • Moderate, daily physical activity like walking, swimming, or doing housework or yardwork

 

SOURCE:

1“Extra virgin olive oil consumption reduces the risk of osteoporotic fractures in the PREDIMED trial.” Clin Nutr. 2017 Jan 13. pii: S0261-5614(17)30006-7.

Rock Your Exams

 

If you could describe exactly how you want to feel the day of an important test, I imagine you’d say well-rested, alert, and laser-focused, but with an inner calm and confidence.

Unfortunately, existing on coffee, energy drinks, and junk food while cramming for exams is pretty common.

No wonder many students find themselves feeling exhausted, unfocused, and a bundle of nerves on the big day instead.

Too many students live on junk food and yet expect maximum performance from their brain.

This is an unreasonable expectation!

Treat your brain like the exquisite, powerful machine it is.

Give it the highest quality fuel all the time, not just the day before a test.

Of the myriad diets and eating plans to choose from, the Mediterranean diet is widely considered the healthiest eating plan of all.

Those who eat this way rank high in overall health and longevity, and stay mentally sharp for the long haul. (1)

The Mediterranean diet emphasizes these unprocessed foods — fruits, vegetables, olive oil, legumes, nuts, whole grains, fish, seafood, poultry, eggs, yogurt, and meat, topped off with a little red wine.

Many popular ethnic cuisines — Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Asian — can easily meet the requirements of a Mediterranean-based eating plan.

Here’s a visual of what’s included in the Mediterranean diet.

 

Best Brain Foods to Eat Before an Exam

Now that you’ve got the big picture, let’s look at specific foods you’ll want to include in your diet.

These foods all have well-deserved reputations as brain foods.

They have been studied and proven to help you learn, remember, focus, and stay motivated.

It might sound overstated that certain foods can help your brain work better until you realize that they contain nutrients that:

  • provide the building blocks of neurotransmitters
  • increase blood flow to the brain
  • stimulate the formation of new brain cells
  • repair existing brain cells
  • form the structural components of brain cells
  • protect brain cells from damage and aging

Olive Oil

Olive oil is an integral part of the Mediterranean diet.

Olive oil’s monounsaturated fats are known for being “heart healthy” but are equally good for your brain.

Monounsaturated fats increase the production and release of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter most associated with memory and learning.

Olive oil also contains significant amounts of vitamins E and K which are important for memory and the prevention of mental decline.

Avocados

Avocados are unlike any other fruit.

Like olive oil, they are loaded with monounsaturated fats

Avocados can improve blood flow to the brain.

They are an excellent source of vitamins your brain needs like C, E, K, and B complex.

Avocados are high in tyrosine, an amino acid that’s a precursor to dopamine, the brain chemical that keeps you motivated and focused.

Omega-3 Rich Foods

There are two main omega-3 fatty acids, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).

The brain benefits of omega-3 fats are derived mostly from DHA which is found in high concentrations in the cerebral cortex, the area of the brain responsible for memory, language, creativity, and attention.

The best food sources of omega-3s are animals allowed to get their food from their natural habitat: wild-caught fish, grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork, free-range chicken, and wild game. (11)

Walnuts

Walnuts are the only nut that contains substantial amounts of ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), the plant form of omega-3 essential fatty acids.

They are among the few foods that contain mood-elevating serotonin.

Eating walnuts can improve your ability to learn and remember.

Eggs

Eggs are the top food source of choline, a nutrient that few of us get enough of.

Choline is a B complex-related nutrient that is important because it is a precursor of acetylcholine.

Flavonids

Berries of all kinds are bursting with flavonoids, potent antioxidants that protect brain cells from oxidative damage.

Flavonoids help to improve memory, learning, and decision-making.

If you can’t find fresh berries at a reasonable price, opt for frozen.

Surprisingly, frozen berries contain more nutrients than fresh.

Dark Chocolate

Chocolate contains a little caffeine — just enough to boost memory, mood, and concentration, but not enough to make you feel wired.

It stimulates blood flow to the brain to aid memory, attention span, reaction time, and problem-solving.

Turmeric

Turmeric is an Indian spice that’s been used for thousands of years as a brain tonic.

Curcumin elevates levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a protein to promote new brain cell growth.

Turmerone stimulates the production of new neurons and encourages the brain to repair itself.

As little as a half-teaspoon a day is all you need.

Sea Vegetables

Sea vegetables are some of the best sources of tyrosine, the amino acid needed to create dopamine.

They are one of the few dietary sources of iodine, a mineral critical to brain health and function.

Toasted nori makes a tasty snack on its own.

You may already be familiar with nori — the green sheets used to wrap sushi.

 

Living with less pain and more energy!

Living with less pain and more energy?  Does that sound like a dream come true?  Well it does not have to be a dream.  You really can get control of the damage and inflammation going on everyday that lead to these symptoms.

The reality is there are no gimmicks or overnight tricks that give us perfect health and if you are waiting until you feel bad you are truly missing the point of health.  Personally I don’t want to wait until a crippling symptom comes along and steals my joy of living.

I want to invite you to a zoom call I am hosting September 25th to learn the power behind some simple steps to improve your health in a BIG way using little steps every day.

Don’t miss this call!

Sustainable Living
Free of discomfort and full of energy
Here is your invitation:

 

 

 

Are you Vitamin D3 deficient?

 

D3 deficiency has serious consequences for good health. The vast majority of the population is deficient, and there’s reason to believe it underlies a wide range of major health problems.  It doesn’t just happen when you are older.

So how do you know if you’re deficient?  Check for these symptoms.
1. Bone Loss:

A diagnosis of low bone mineral density may be a major sign of vitamin D deficiency. Getting enough of this vitamin is important for preserving bone mass as you get older. Many older women who are diagnosed with bone loss believe they need to take more calcium. However, they may be deficient in vitamin D as well.

2. Getting Sick or Infected Often:

One of vitamin D’s most important roles is keeping your immune
system strong so you’re able to fight off the viruses and bacteria that cause illness.

3. Chronic Fatigue and Tiredness:

Feeling tired can have many causes and vitamin D deficiency may be one of them.  Many people could ditch the energy drinks if they upped their Vitamin D3.

4. Bone and Back Pain:

Bone pain and lower back pain may be signs of inadequate vitamin D levels in the blood. Vitamin D is involved in maintaining bone health through a number of mechanisms. For one, it improves your body’s absorption of calcium.
People with vitamin D deficiency are nearly twice as likely to experience bone pain in their legs or joints compared to those with blood levels in the normal range.

5. Depression:

A depressed mood may also be a sign of deficiency. In review studies, researchers have linked vitamin D deficiency to depression, particularly in older adults. Some studies have found supplementing with D improves mood.

When you notice persistent health issues like these, you may want to consider a quality D3 + Vitamin K2 supplement.  Why?  Just as important as vitamin D3 is taking vitamin K2! Taking Vitamin D without vitamin K could actually be harmful to your Health!

When it comes to calcium metabolism, vitamins D and K work together. Both play important roles. Vitamin D gets calcium into your blood and Vitamin K gets it to the bones and prevents the calcium from accumulating in your arteries, kidneys or heart.

You don’t want rogue calcium going to the wrong places, causing joint stiffness or arterial plaque. Vitamin K2 insures that your body uses calcium properly that is why  I love the liposomal forms because they ABSORB!!

That is the very reason I am sold on the Doterra Lifetime Vitality Pack .  It has a liposomal delivery system so you actually absorb what you take!    You can sign up for WHOLESALE delivery at :  www.mydoterra.com/haire   sponsor #790917  or message me and I can help!