Digestive Health and Healing

digestive-health-reversing-ulcerative-colitis_300 The stomach if VITAL in your everyday health. The intestinal tract is where about 70% of your immune system resides. Much of the beneficial bacteria we would normally obtain through fresh fruits, vegetables, and milk products are removed in modern food preparation processes. Plus diet, stress, travel, and even some medications can encourage the non-beneficial bacteria in your body to flourish. An imbalance of bacteria could lead to a weakened immune system, which means your health is at risk. But if you take care of your body, it will take care of itself.

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One of my all-time FAVORITE essential oils is Peppermint!!! For me to remember, it seems to take the power of 3. My mom bought me Peppermint essential oil when I was pregnant with my third. My prior pregnancies, I had been extremely sick for up to 5 months. I would put a drop of Peppermint Essential Oil on my finger and put it on the roof of my mouth. It would stop the nausea for a while. (It is not good for you closer to the end of your pregnancy or during nursing because it can diminish your milk supply) I have since put a drop of Peppermint Essential Oil in a cup of water and drank it down to stop migraines, upset stomach, throwing up, constipation, bloating, or diarrhea. It is awesome for emergency digestive problems. (For children, dilute one drop in a tablespoon of oil and rub on the outside of the stomach)

Peppermint Essential Oil 1 drop in a glass of water = 26 cups of peppermint tea Peppermint is popular in countless forms—from toothpaste to chewing gum. As an essential oil, it is useful to ease breathing and as a digestive aid.*

 


 

ACTIVATED CHARCOAL When I first heard about Activated Charcoal, I thought someone was pulling my chain! But seriously, this has great benefits! People have been using activated charcoal for thousands of years. Activated charcoal and regular charcoal are almost identical – the only difference is that activated charcoal has been created solely for medicinal use. It also has an incredibly large surface area due to all of its pores – one cubic inch of charcoal has the surface area equivalent to a 150,000 square-foot field. This is why just a bit of charcoal can absorb so many toxins, atoms, and ions. 45171-Activated-Charcoal Activated Charcoal is used in emergency situations to rid the body of toxins in emergency situations. Hospitals use it for those who have overdosed. People have used it to make a poultice for bee stings and mosquito bites. It’s been used to make a mask for acne. When sprinkled on a toothbrush, it whitens your teeth. Activated Charcoal can also reduce gas or even give your body a nice detox. (Do not use with medication, it will take away the affect of the med) So, if you have a stomach bug… this is great for sucking up the bad bacteria and disposing of it for you.

 


 

Probiotics…. while antibiotics destroy the bad with the good bacteria, probiotics help to build the good bacteria to heal the stomach lining and promote the body to fight sicknesses.  Kefir milk and Greek Yogurt are my favorites! My older two children were “allergic” to corn and had to stay away from candy. The doctor did testing and found no actual allergy. Since having Keifer and Greek Yogurt on a regular basis, they are now able to have candy again. (although, I do not promote unhealthy foods. I just don’t have restrict so heavily.)

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Many people assume that because yogurt and milk kefir are both cultured dairy products, there isn’t much difference between the two. This is not true. There are many differences between yogurt and milk kefir, including how each is made, the types of bacteria present in each, and the flavor and consistency.


 

BONE BROTH You may have been offered chicken noodle soup when you have been sick. It’s not necessarily the chicken or the noodles that has been the healer, but the bone broth. Nowadays, you can pick up a can of chicken noodle soup at the store, but with all the processed ingredients that are added, it may not help you at all. However, if you make your own bone broth, you can use it to make your own chicken noodle soup and it can help your family a great deal.

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The gelatin in bone broth protects and heals the mucous lining of the digestive tract and helps aid in the digestion of nutrients. A study published in the journal Chest shows eating chicken soup during a respiratory infection reduces the number of white blood cells, which are the cells that cause flu and cold symptoms. The glucosamine in bone broth can actually stimulate the growth of new collagen, repair damaged joints and reduce pain and inflammation. The collagen and gelatin in bone broth supports hair growth and helps to keep your nails strong. The calcium, magnesium and phosphorus in bone broth helps our bones to grow and repair. Bone broth is very high in the anti-inflammatory amino acids glycine and proline. The amino acid glycine found in bone broth can be very calming. So there you have it, Bone Broth is great for you body.

 



 

I am not a doctor. I am a mom who researches natural answers for our family. I hope that it helps you. It is important to remember that all Bodies are different. Please follow the recommended dosages. It’s also important to remember that not ONE herb can heal every person. If you cannot handle the smell of a particular herb, stay AWAY from it. There were many herbs created that heal the same thing. God knew that each of our bodies are different and accommodated for that. It is also important to make sure that we watch our diet and exercise, as well. Research your ailment, medications that may interact, and potential allergies. Essential oils are potent, so use them the way they were intended. Some are only aromatic or topical, and many are able to be ingested. Some you can use without diluting them, others are not for children. Other oils that can help with these ailments include:

Bloating: DigestZen

Constipation: Rosemary, Lemon, Peppermint, Marjoram, DigestZen, Ginger, Fennel, Orange, Rose, Juniper Berry, Sandalwood

Diarrhea: Peppermint, Ginger, Geranium, DigestZen, Orange, Patchouli, Melalueca, Sandalwood, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Cypress, Eucalyptus

For children: Geranium, Ginger, Sandalwood

Gas/Flatulence: Lavender, Ginger, Peppermint, Eucalpytus, Bergamot, Myrrh, Juniper Berry, Rosemary, DigestZen softgels

Heartburn: Lemon, Peppermint, DigestZen

Indigestion: Peppermint, Ginger, DigestZen, Lavender, Orange, Lime, Thyme, Myrrh, Grapefruit

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Peppermint, DigestZen

Nasea/Upset Stomach: DigestZen, Ginger, Peppermint, Lavender, ClaryCalm, Clove


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