Peppermint

There is a lot of information about peppermint. There are a lot of ways how you can use peppermint in your life.

Peppermint is native to Europe but at the moment 75% of world supply comes from the United States. Approximately one pound of peppermint plants is what you need to fill up an 15 ml bottle essential oils. It is extracted from the leaves and flowering tops of the plant by steam distillation.

The cooling effect you get from peppermint comes from the menthol which is a primary component of peppermint. It activates the same receptors on nerve endings that are involved in sensing cold.

So how can peppermint be used:

  • It can help to support a healthy digestive system. It also can help to take away hunger (great help when you like to lose some weight);
  • It can help to freshen up DIY cleaners. Just add some drops to your spray bottle;
  • It can be used with a massage after an excercise to cool down your muscles;
  • It can help to reduce the symptoms of a cold or cough;
  • It can help to reduce pain in your muscles or joint associated with sprains, strains and rheumatoid arthritis;
  • It can help to calm your nerves or calming children with ADHD;
  • Together with Lavender it is a great oil to cool and soothe any itch.

The list goes on and on. I just looked at a couple of websites to find information about peppermint but there is way more out there. Just Google it.

For me peppermint is number one to reduce my headaches. I just put some in my neck and I have the cooling feeling for hours which is generally enough to bring down the headache or get rid of it completely.

I have it in my bag permanently instead of the pills I used to take.

 

 

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Visit in Camrose

Sunday we (Frans and I) went to Camrose to visit our daughter and girl friend. Both are attending the University of Alberta in Camrose. Both play basketball for Augustana, the university team. Shea is in her last year, Beliana has just started her second year and has still 3 year to go.

Once in a while we visit them and then combine it with watching a home game. Unfortunately that wasn’t possible this weekend because of the market I attended and Frans had to work too.

I was nice to visit them again. We hadn’t seen them since christmas and because of basketball they are always busy with training, basketball games and school. Because of a terrible headache they had to endure the air of peppermint through the entire visit though. But it worked for me. No pills necessary this time. Very proud of myself being an ibuprofen addict.

For an early diner we went to Edmonton instead of staying in Camrose to eat “all you can eat” indian food. Worst place to go to if you don’t train so much anymore as I do. I always seen to manage to eat way too much  at that kind of places. And because I don’t seem to find the energy or time lately I haven’t been running much the last couple of weeks either. Bad combination. Which at the moment is resulting in gaining weight instead of loosing. But that will change again soon.

Diner was good though and it gave us also the chance to meet Shea’s father. Her mother couldn’t come because of back problems. I told Beliana she should give Shea’s mother some of her big jar with coconut oil and essential oils which she uses for her muscles and joints. Funny thing is that Frans told her exactly the same when we left.

Anyhow… what would life be without essential oils. It gave me the opportunity to enjoy the day even more.

What is an NHP?

NHP means Natural Health Products.

According to Health Canada’s website “Natural health products (NHPs) are naturally occurring substances that are used to restore or maintain good health. They are often made from plants, but can also be made from animals, microorganisms and marine sources. They come in a wide variety of forms like tablets, capsules, tinctures, solutions, creams, ointments and drops.” (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/prodnatur/index-eng.php)

For certain Young Living essential oils this means that Health Canada determined that sufficient scientific evidence exists to substantiate that these oils can help restore, maintain, or improve health.

Young Living can provide you with essential oils as a natural alternative to relief you for:

  • Headache
  • Acne
  • Cough or cold
  • Eczema and Dermatitis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis, Strains, or Sprains
  • Digestive Discomfort
  • Burns, Cuts, Bruises, and Other Minor Skin Irritations
  • Stressed and Uptight

Young Living’s NHP registered oils will have a Natural Product Number (NPN) that will appear on the label. Which according to Health Canada’s website means, “… that the product has been authorized for sale in Canada and is safe and effective when used according to the instructions on the label.” In addition, NHP registered oils will display an expiration date. Young Living Canada’s NHP oils are currently registered under a three year expiry. Rest assured, there has been no change to the raw materials used to create our essential oils, or the way our oils are distilled, bottled, stored, or shipped. However, the registration of oils as NHPs means the addition of an expiry is required to ensure we meet all Health Canada requirements

https://www.youngliving.com/en_CA/discover/natural-remedies/index

Chinook and headaches

Living in Cochrane, Alberta (Canada) means learning to live with Chinooks.

I love chinooks. It gives us a break on regular basis from the cold and harsh winter. Temperatures drops from -20C to -2C or even above zero. Despite the wind which goes with it, it’s lovely outside now. Even our little chihuahua, who hates the cold (and the coats and shoes which are going with it) enjoys the outside and starts running around the house like crazy.  Normally in the winter she walks 2 meters, does what she needs to do and wants to be picked up. Now we have to run after her to keep an eye on here.

On the other side for me it also means headaches. Just 3 days of really bad headaches. Because of a neck injury (my muscles are tying up on regular basis) I am not uncommon with headaches. I  have them since I was 12 years old after my horse decided not to take the jump but I did.

A long time ago I decided that I refused to walk around with the pain anymore and starting taking pills. Ibuprofen was my friend and I have a bottle available all the time. At home and in my purse and in my car. I noticed that I started to be addicted to it too. Over the years I went from 1 pill a day to 3 pills a couple of times a day. Not good.

Now I use the pills just sporadically. What changed? I started using spearmint oil. My gosh that stuff feels so good. It is almost hard to explain, but it is as if you have a cold and fresh towel in your neck for hours. It feels so good. And together with oils to relax my muscles in my neck and to take away the pain, I barely grab that bottle anymore.

Do you have headache on regular basis? You should start to try spearmint.