I Am My Own Lab Rat: The Lab Rat Discovers Fish Oil

I’m a Registered Nurse and was taught that regular use of health supplements is usually unnecessary and potentially dangerous. For this short blog post, I am not going to cite a slew of research articles that confirm or negate this view. I am simply going to share my experience with you. It turned me into a regular user of health supplements!

In 2014, I started having strange symptoms in my hand and foot. I would bend my thumb and it would lock into place for about half a minute. Around the same time, the same symptom occurred on my foot while I was driving. Luckily, I was only a block away from home! After this, I started to have tightness in my entire hand which led to pain in my hand. After about a week, my hand became so tight that I could barely write with it. My doctor tested me for an electrolyte imbalance and found everything to be normal. Instead of undergoing more testing, I decided to do some research on my own. This research let to my discovery of fish oil. I started taking fish oil and all my symptoms were gone within a week! I started taking fish oil in 2014 and have not had the same issues since then.

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This post was originally posted on December 6, 2018; it was updated on September 26, 2019.

How To Use Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

I have never been a coffee lover, but I love tea—especially chamomile tea! A few months ago, I tried Roman Chamomile essential oil and it became one of my favorite oils. Chamomile is calming for the nervous system and helpful for the immune system. It is also soothing for the skin! Research articles on PubMed also show that chamomile can be used for hemorrhoids, carpal tunnel syndrome, and infant colic.

Aromatic Use

Throughout history, chamomile has been used to help with anxiety and has been used as a sleep aid. Chamomile has a beautiful, gentle, fruity smell. Need to relax after a long day? Place 2-3 drops (or more) in a diffuser, turn on some peaceful music, and put your feet up.

Topical Use

I use 1-2 drops of chamomile and lavender on my dry, itchy fingers. If you need help with calming your emotions, you can rub a couple of drops on your wrists, neck, or the backs of your feet.

Internal Use

When I had a cold a few months ago, I added 1-2 drops of Roman Chamomile oil, 1-2 drops of lemon oil, and honey into a mug of hot water. This tea was a sweet, soothing, immune-boosting tonic.

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References

Adib-Hajbaghery, M. & Mousavi, N.S. (2017). The Effects of chamomile extract on sleep quality among elderly people: A Clinical Trial. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 35, 109-114. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0965229917302601?via%3Dihub

Hashempur, M.H., Ghasemi, M.S., Daneshfard, B., Ghoreishi, P.S., Lari, Z.N., Homayouni, K., & Zargaran, A. (2017). Efficacy of topical chamomile oil for mild and moderate carpal tunnel syndrome: A randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 26, 61-67. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1744388116300925?via%3Dihub

Srivastava, J.K., Shankar, E., & Gupta, S. (2010). Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with a bright future (Review). Molecular Medicine Reports, 3 (6), 895-901. https://www.spandidos-publications.com/mmr/3/6/895

Give Milk Thistle A Try

Have you ever heard of milk thistle? A few years ago, I started taking milk thistle for help with detoxification and breastfeeding. Some people believe that milk thistle is a galactagogue (it might increase the flow of breastmilk). Honestly, it’s difficult to know for certain if milk thistle has significantly helped me, but the research looks promising!

History

In 40-90 A.D., Dioscorides — a Greek surgeon that traveled with Roman emperor Nero — recommended milk thistle as a treatment for serpent bites. In the Middle Ages, milk thistle was used as medicine for liver toxicity. Among Native Americans, milk thistle is used to treat skin issues. According to the National Cancer Institute, some homeopathic practitioners use milk thistle to treat jaundice, gallstones, peritonitis, bronchitis, hemorrhage, and varicose veins.

Type 2 Diabetes

According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, milk thistle may help to reduce blood glucose, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

Liver Issues: Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Alcoholic Liver Disease, Mushroom Poisoning, and Tetrachloride Poisoning

Milk thistle is a powerful antioxidant that assists with the regeneration of liver cells. It has the potential ability to stop cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol abuse or hepatitis.

Cancer

Milk thistle can stop the growth of some cancers and might make some chemotherapy drugs more effective.

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References

Milk Thistle. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-2130007#hn-2130007-how-it-works

Milk Thistle. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=19&contentid=MilkThistle

Milk Thistle (PDQ): Health Professional Version. (2019). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/26389223/?i=2&from=milk%20thistle&filters=BooksDocs

Turmeric: One That Wins Over Diseases

My enthusiasm for natural health began more than six years ago, and I am still amazed whenever I discover a natural solution that works so well. A few months ago, my husband started taking turmeric oil and he started to feel relief from his joint pain the very next day!

Turmeric has been used in Asia for thousands of years for cooking and medicinal purposes. A search on PubMed for turmeric resulted in 4841 articles. Current research shows that turmeric may be beneficial for the nervous system, skin and metabolic processes. These are just some of the benefits that I found on the database.

I was also fascinated by the names of turmeric. In Sanskrit, turmeric has at least 53 different names. Here are some of my favorites.

  • Hridayavilasini: gives delight to heart, charming
  • Jayanti: one that wins over diseases
  • Jawarantika: which cures fevers
  • Kashpa: killer of worms
  • Laxmi: prosperity
  • Mehagni: killer of fat
  • Varna Datri: enhancer of body complexion
  • Vishagni: killer of poison

Essential oils are 50 to 70 times more potent than herbs. Have you tried turmeric essential oil? Contact me for the purest essential oils!

Reference

Aggarwal, B. B., & Prasad, S. (2011). Turmeric, the Golden Spice: From Traditional Medicine to Modern Medicine. In I.F.F. Benzie, S. Wachtel-Galor (2nd ed.), Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis.