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Peppermint Essential Oil

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I have been experimenting with Peppermint Essential Oil for headaches and as a pain reliever. It has really worked wonders on my headaches and for my daughter’s motion sickness. This child can’t ride in a car for 30 minutes without being nauseated. She hasn’t had any problems since I created a blend for her.

Peppermint has been cultivated since ancient times, with evidence of peppermint having been found in Egyptian tombs, dating back to 1,000 BC!

Here’s just a few of the benefits you may get from Peppermint Essential Oils:

Skin Care: Acne, dermatitis, ringworm, toothache

Respiratory & Immune: Asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, colds, flu, fevers  (Great used in steam inhalation. Add a few drops to a hot cup of water covering head and cup with a towel, breathing deeply for a minute then repeating.)

Circulation, Muscles and Joints: Muscular pain, palpitations

Digestive: Colic, cramp, flatulence, nausea (Use topically mixed with carrier oil on stomach or abdomen.)

Nervous: Fainting, headache, mental fatigue, migraine (Use topically mixed with carrier oil on temples, forehead, or back of neck.)

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As with any essential oil, do not ingest this oil.

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita): relieves nausea, analgesic for muscular aches and pains, relieves/reduces migraines, energizing, antispasmodic, do not use on children under 30 months of age

The following information is courtesy of  the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy

NAHA Safety Note for Peppermint Essential Oil:

- Avoid use on children under 30 months of age. The nasal mucosa is an autonomic reflexogen organ, which has a distance action to the heart, lungs and circulation and may lead to sudden apnoea and glottal constriction.

- Direct application of peppermint oil to the nasal area or chest to infants should be avoided because of the risk of apnea, laryngeal and bronchial spasms, acute respiratory distress with cyanosis and respiratory arrest. (The Longwood Herbal Task Force)

- Do not apply undiluted peppermint essential oils to the feet, particularly on infants and children under the age of 12.

- Inhalation of larges doses of menthol may lead to dizziness, confusion, muscle weakness, nausea and double vision. (Natural Standard Research Collaboration, Peppermint oil. Evidence based monograph 2005; Medlineplus)

The information below has been taken from the European Medicines Agency: ASSESSMENT REPORT ON MENTHA X PIPERITA L., AETHEROLEUM

- When used orally, it may cause heartburn, perianal burning, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting. Heartburn is related with the release of the oil in the upper GI tract, which relaxes the lower oesophageal sphincter, facilitating the reflux. The same occurs in the cases of hiatal hernia. This particular undesirable effect is minimized by an appropriate pharmaceutical formulation.  **Peppermint essential oil should always be in an enteric-coated tablet or capsule for internal use although even with enteric-coated capsules, anal burning, rashes, headache, muscle tremors, diarrhea, and ataxia have been reported. (AHPA Botanical Safety Handbook)

- People with gallbladder disease, severe liver damage, gallstones and chronic heartburn should avoid the intake of peppermint oil.

- Menthol and peppermint oil caused burning mouth syndrome, recurrent oral ulceration or a lichenoid reaction, by contact sensitivity in the intra-oral mucosa, in sensitive patients.

- When applied on the skin, it may cause allergic reactions, as skin rashes, contact dermatitis and eye irritation.

- Use in infants or children is not recommended, when inhaled, taken by mouth or if applied on open skin areas, on the face or chest, due to the potential toxicity of the product.

- Peppermint oil should be used with caution. Doses of menthol over 1 g/Kg b.w. may be deadly.

Introducing my essential oil blends

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Hi everyone! I have started creating my own blends of essential oils. These have really worked wonders for us and I decided to make them available to you too! I will be adding more as time goes by, so bookmark my site!
http://livehealthywithpatty.com/blog/my-essential-oil-blends/

I have been using my “Chillin’” blend on Cody, who was diagnosed as ADHD and being on the autism spectrum. I have been applying it to his feet every night at bedtime and first thing in the morning since Sunday night. Wow!!! The difference has been amazing! He’s calm, focused, and no meltdowns! I used it last night too and I have never slept better! Full night’s sleep! I’m loving this!!!

HOMEGROWN REMEDIES FOR ADD/ADHD

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Over the past few years, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have become hot topics in the media. Although some people argue that they are a fictional condition pharmaceutical companies use to make money, as a doctor, I believe that ADD/ADHD deserves medical attention. But there are non-prescription treatments available.

To help the general public better understand this condition and the power of homeopathic remedies, I like to share Katie’s story.

Katie’s story

Katie was an active seven-year-old girl with flaming red hair and lots of freckles. Her mother brought her to my office because her teacher was complaining that Katie was hitting other students and wouldn’t stay in her chair during reading time. The teacher told Katie’s mother to take Katie to a doctor to get medication for ADD. Her mother wanted to see if anything else could be done; she didn’t like the idea of using amphetamines to calm her little girl.

During our exam, we discovered that Katie seemed to act up when she was anxious. She was started on supplements, including fish oil, choline and phosphatidyl serine, which help treat anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, and can calm children. We also changed her diet so she ate only organic foods, specifically fresh fruit, vegetables, organic eggs and meats.

Two weeks later, Katie was a changed little girl. She was sleeping better, and her teachers thought she had been put on medication.

Understanding ADD and ADHD

How, exactly, did the above homeopathic method change Katie’s life? To understand the answer to that question, we first need to understand more about ADD.

There are two pieces of information every person should have about ADD/ADHD:

  1. ADD and ADHD are not illnesses; they are, rather, a set of symptoms.
  2. ADD is normal for infants. The immature brain is unable to focus well. If it did, we would expect young children to sit quietly for long periods of time. We understand that young children need stimulation to grow and develop, as well as to stay occupied.

As children grow, most develop the ability to focus. Some, however, develop the ability more slowly than others or not at all. This condition has come to be known as ADD or ADHD. Children with ADD are often referred to as “easily distractible” while those who cannot sit still are labeled as ADHD.

Traditional treatments for ADD/ADHD

Often, ADD/ADHD is treated by stimulating the brain with amphetamines. Although these stimulants affect the area of the brain that initiates focus, they are also toxic to nerves because they have the ability to stimulate nerve cells until they exhaust their energy reserves and die. In some cases, these stimulants impair growth and maturity, as well as inhibit the normal development of attention span, leading toadults with attention deficit problems. For these reasons, I often agree with parents who hesitate to medicate their children to treat ADD/ADHD. Instead, I advocate a holistic approach.

The homeopathic approach to ADD/ADHD

Treating ADD/ADHD holistically is a multi-step process. To start, completely avoid the toxins contributing to the situation. Since it’s difficult to know which toxins might be to blame, I suggest avoiding them all. Common toxins include:

  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Caffeine
  • Sugar/corn sugar/syrup/sweetener
  • MSG
  • Artificial coloring
  • Allergenic foods (milk, wheat, GMO foods, etc.)

Once a child is toxin-free, it’s time to make sure he or she is properly nourished. A diet of natural and organic foods is best. Once a baseline diet is put in place, I work with the parent to supplement specifically for attention. Usually, these supplements include choline, inositol, cod liver oil and phosphatidyl serine, which help to naturally calm the brain.

Re-train your child’s brain

The next, and arguably most difficult, step is what I call training. Despite these dietary changes, the brain will continue to follow familiar patterns until it is redirected. To help this process along, I recommend the following tactics:

  • Encourage a regular bedtime.
  • Limit “screen time” (computer, video and handheld games, television, movies, etc.) to one hour per day.
  • Incorporate calming supplements into the daily routine by mixing a tablespoon of lecithin in a cup of juice three times each day. Three tablespoons of brewer’s yeast per day might also do the trick.

There are many training programs to help with the homeopathic process; the key is to pick the one your child best responds to. For families who don’t have access to a biofeedback specialist, I recommend the book A Charlotte Mason EducationThis book and others, like Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten by Dr. David Perlmutter, explain how to help children learn to concentrate with methods that can be used easily at home or in the classroom. Although training guides outline the do’s and don’ts for successful brain training, I often remind parents that passive entertainment doesn’t help the brain find focus. For this reason, encourage your child to read and participate in active games and activities for constructive entertainment.

Never lose hope

My last piece of advice for parents and teachers of children with ADD/ADHD is to follow their gut and never lose hope. If you don’t feel that medication is the best route of treatment for your child, consider holistic treatment. I’ve seen the homeopathic method work for countless attention deficit children, and it can work for your child, too.

Source:

http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/971059/homeopathic-solutions-for-attention-deficit-disorder

http://www.healing-arts.org/children/ADHD/homeopathy.htm

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders (ADHD)

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Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) (sometimes still only referred to as attention deficit disorder [ADD]) is the term currently used to refer to several conditions such as “hyperactive child syndrome”, “hyperkinetic reaction of childhood”, “hyperkinetic syndrome” and “minimal brain dysfunction.” Attention deficit disorder with associated hyperactivity affects school-age children, beginning about age 3 although the child may be older by the time the condition is diagnosed. In some cases, ADHD continues into adulthood. The hyperactive child may show symptoms of being fidgety, disruptive, tearful, aggressive, impulsive, easily frustrated, and unable to concentrate. He or she has a short attention span, is clumsy, sleeps poorly, and has poor school grades despite an average or above-average IQ. While debate continues over the causes of hyperactivity, there is a solid body of evidence pointing to food additives, allergic reactions to food and sugar in the diet. Some other known causes are heredity, oxygen deprivation at birth, prenatal trauma, smoking during pregnancy, and air pollution. The disorder may also be a result of boredom or feelings of insecurity.

All foods, medications, cosmetics, and toothpaste that contain dyes and artificial flavorings (tartrazine and E 102) should be avoided. Food additives commonly cause adverse responses; the hyperactive child does not have the natural body defenses necessary to ward them off. These substances may be very small in quantity, but a susceptible individual can get a reaction from an infinitesimal molecular amount. Phosphate additives are thought to be responsible for a condition called hyperkinesis, which is exaggerated muscle activity. 

Foods that each individual has allergies to will also cause changes in behavior. Carbonated beverages, foods that contain the preservative butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), processed or manufactured foods, and foods that contain natural salicylates such as almonds, all berries, apples, peaches, apricots, tomatoes, oranges, prunes, and cucumbers should not be eaten.

A diet containing refined carbohydrates such as sugar is not healthful for anyone but is even worse for those with hyperactivity. Aggressive behavior and restlessness have been significantly correlated with intake of sucrose. Sensitivity to sugar was demonstrated in one study in which a high percentage of hyperactive children were found to be hypoglycemic, having difficulty managing blood sugar. Hypoglycemia triggers the release of adrenal stress hormones and because these spur a person into action, hyperactivity can result. A menu full of whole foods that include lean meat (not for those who need to restrict phosphorus) and fish, fresh fruit, and vegetables is recommended. Bottles or distilled water is best. 

Nutrients may be beneficial. Zinc supplements have been found to be helpful. GABA (gamma-amino-butyric acid) is thought to decrease hyperactivity and a tendency to violence. Large doses of vitamins B1, B2, niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, and choline and the minerals magnesium and manganese, have successfully treated the underlying causes of hyperactivity and adjusted the chemical imbalance of the brain. A minimum of three to six months is required before substantial results are manifest; however, a general slowing of the hyperactivity and increased concentration may be initially observed.

Another form of ADHD that does not include hyperactivity is learning disability. Poor concentration and brief attention span are symptoms. Recurrent ear infections, nutritional deficiencies of many sorts (even minor ones), and heavy metal toxicity can lead to this condition. Accumulation in the body of lead, copper, and heavy metals such as mercury and cadmium appears to affect behavior and can be tested by a hair analysis. (Measuring blood level tests only for recent exposure, not long-term accumulation.) Vitamin C can aid the body in removing heavy metals. Too much copper has been shown to affect behavior. Herbs that may help are evening primrose oil and valerian root.

Children have been treated in a clinical setting for hyperactivity with the following nutrients in quantities directed by age and weight (between 35 and 45 pounds): vitamin B complex, thiamin, and riboflavin, vitamin B12, vitamin C, pantothenic acid, folic acid, choline, L-cysteine, zinc, GABA, manganese, calcium, magnesium, and brewer’s yeast. In addition, 200 to 400 milligrams per day of vitamin B6 is also part of this protocol. (For a child fewer than 35 pounds, quantities were adjusted as follows: 1 gram niacin, vitamin C in 500-milligram doses twice a day, increased to one 2-gram dose a day if toleratedl and 100 milligrams of B6 and pantothenic acid twice a day, increased to 200 milligrams twice a day. For a child 45 pounds plus, vitamin C and niacin were gradually increased to 3 grams a day.)