Cannabis as Medicine
Alchemist, Aromatherapist, Healer, Renderer
Once the conversation gets started, and the participants become comfortable with the topic; it becomes clear that almost everyone knows someone who has treated something (with great success) by using Cannabis. Although it IS fantastic that your friend, nephew
Cannabis as Medicine
Alchemist, Aromatherapist, Healer, Renderer
Once the conversation gets started, and the participants become comfortable with the topic; it becomes clear that almost everyone knows someone who has treated something (with great success) by using Cannabis. Although it IS fantastic that your friend, nephew or neighbour bakes cookies or brownies that help you sleep or manage your pain; self medicating by consuming baked goods is not an accurate means or measure of administering medication. Even IF your nephew knows what strain he used and the ratio of infusion of the specific cannabinoids binding to the lipids of the carrier (ie. 10mgCBD:1mg THC per ml. coconut oil) it is impossible to regulate that the total (2500:250mg) in the 250ml measure of 'butter' divided into 24 equally sized and weighted cookies will administer the same dose (104:10.4 mg per cookie). Cannabis as medicine involves science and chemistry, and I do explain to people all the time (including the Doctor's of mutual client's) that "my (our) clients' success' themselves are the scientific based evidence and empirical data that they are wanting to see.” I don't feel it necessary to discuss the History of its use, or any of the Politics and legalities which surround the plant itself. There is much to know and learn about using Cannabis as Medicine; in the very least, what you are using and how it should be used, but without first understanding the role of our Endocannabinoid system one can not appreciate the true value of how and why Cannabis works as medicine.
The Endocannabinoid system is quite intricate and complex but let me provide a very brief and simple explanation.
First understand that Endocannabinoid signaling has been a part of life for 600 million years. The endogenous cannabinoid system, also know as ECS, is a complex network of lipids and receptors. Endocannabinoids and their respective receptors are produced naturally by the body and are located in the brain, connective tissues, glands, and the cells of the immune system. The most abundant and most studied endocannabinoids are anandamide and AG2. They are signaling molecules which bind to our CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors which are found mainly in the central nervous system, connective tissues, and reproductive organs (glands and gonads) have the highest concentration of any receptor in our brain regions but they are not found on the brain stem where the centres which monitor our breathing and heart beat are; and this is why unlike opioids receptors, lethal overdoses from Cannabinoids do not occur. CB2 receptors are primarily found in our lymphoid organs, spleen, bone marrow, tonsils and other tissues like our pancreas.
The role of our ECS is; to regulate every single body function, from conception to death and everything in between(the list includes but is not limited to): coordinating interactions between our organs, nervous system, endocrine system and immune system, reproduction, fertility, breast feeding reward, sleep, memory, extinction of traumatic memory, inflammation, pain reception, muscle tone and movement, bone growth, tumour regulation, protection of nerves and brain tissue, stress management, gastrointestinal motility, and seizure activity. Knowing the role it plays, and if you could appreciate that birth is at least the very first if not one of the most traumatic experience we might have, doesn't it make perfect sense that the highest concentrations of cannabinoids is found in Breast Milk?! This could be an entire article in itself, to explore and explain the effects of calm, bliss, and sleep response it creates. And wouldn't it be fascinating to research and explore if there is any correlation to babies whom were breast fed (or not) to with those whom suffer PTSD from specific experiences (or not). It is also interesting to note that the Endocannabinoid System is not unique to us, or just mammals. An ECS is found in all Vertebrate Species and I have rendered medicine for Canine, Feline and Equine clients too.
There is also much to be said about the goal of our ECS. It is to maintain Homeostasis; keeping balance within the body, to stay in it's happy place of optimal function. This is applied on a cellular level (such as apoptosis of abnormal cells) and on a tissue level (when there is injury, swelling pain and inflammation occur endocannabinoids regulate the response to lower the firing of pain receptors and reduce inflammation). Appreciate that our bodies are designed to heal itself and understand that this can only happen if we provide the proper fuel, through nutrition to restore, rejuvenate and repair. Most Pharmaceuticals are chemically fabricated substances and used to treat the presentment of symptoms, not the cause or actual dis-ease and ailment itself. Our bodies don't recognize these substances or know how to process and eliminate them and so they can build up, becoming toxic to our bodies and in turn create more symptoms and other problems, actually preventing the capacity for it to heal. The fact that Cannabis is an adaptogen, and that our bodies naturally produce cannabinoids, is key to understanding how and why when it is used and administered as a phytonutrient, it is an effective medicine in treating a myriad of dis-ease and ailments. I have rendered medicine to successfully treat: Anxiety, Arthritis, Autism, Broken Bones, Cancer (breast, carcinoma, cervical, lung, skin, pancreatic, prostate), Crohns, COPD, Depression, Eczema, Epilepsy (and other seizure disorders), Fibromyalgia, Insomnia, Lupus, MS, Neuropathy (and other chronic pain), Parkinsons, and Psorisis. And what I find most fascinating about this is how we are starting to learn that some dis-ease and ailments (particularly auto-immune disorders) are actually caused by a Cannabinoid deficiency.
There are over 480 natural chemical constituents found in Cannabis. 66 have been classified as Cannabinoids. The most well know and researched of these are THC, CBD, CBG, and CBC (and the explanation of benefits from each in itself could be yet another complete and separate article). In the very least it is helpful to know that THC affects our neurotransmitters and has psychotropic effect; this is what makes you 'high'. The therapeutic effects of THC which my clients have experienced includes: Appetite stimulant and Anti-Glaucoma, Analgesic, Antidepressant, Antiepileptic, Anti-nausea, and Antispasmodic. CBD is a non-psychoactive component of the Cannabis plant and has a therapeutic impact on a molecular level. Some benefits of CBD experienced through the use of products I have rendered are: Analgesic, Antiepileptic, Ant-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Anti-proliferative, Anti-psoriatic, Antipsychotic, Antispasmodic, Anti-insomnia, Bone Stimulant, Immunosupressant, Neuroprotective and Vasodilative. CBG properties include: Antimicrobial, Anti-fungal, Anti-proliferative, and Bone Stimulant and CBC: Analgesic, Anti- bacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antiproliferative, and Bone Stimulant also. The chemical compositions and amounts of each vary from one plant to another. So, when using Cannabis as medicine, it is essential to know and appreciate the importance of Strain Specifics. Some people are aware that there are 2 primary Strains of the Cannabis Plant, Sativa and Indica, fewer people know about Ruteralis. Other than the basics (Sativa is stimulating and uplifting, Indica is specific to pain and sleep) there is much more to be known and aware of regarding the other properties and chemical constituents each plant is comprised of. (This too could be another entire article in itself, but) Terpenes in the very least need to be mentioned due to the medicinal effects they have in conjunction with cannabinoids and on their own. Because of this chemistry, what would be used to treat a specific dis-ease or ailment from one strain of cannabis might actually cause an adverse effect by a different strain. For example, Cannabis IS an effective treatment for High Blood Pressure, but d-Limonene (a terpene found in many strains) is know to increase blood pressure. More dangerously, it is important to know that, some terpenes are very effective in controlling seizures wherein others will actually cause them.
It is also essential to understand that the various methodologies of using Cannabis as a medicine are important to the rate of its absorption and its effectiveness as such.
For example, my Prostate and Cervical Cancer clients don't need to vaporize the dried flower of the plant. And although capsules would be helpful, a suppository is the most effective means of administering their medicine. Similarly, my client's with Crohns, GERD or IBS would be best to use an elixir, gummies or capsules, and my clients with Carcinoma, Muscle Sprains, Psorisis or Eczema most appropriately need a topical application. An important key to efficient and effective healing is to get the medicine where it needs to be.
There are four key uptake systems from which the body can absorb cannabinoids.
1) Oral Mucosal: absorption of THC and other cannabinoids through the lining of the mouth and under the tongue. Effects are felt throughout the entire body and is the fastest method of medication, effects should be felt in 15-60 min.
2) Ingestion: Cannabinoid molecules are absorbed in the intestinal tract and metabolized in the liver. Cannabinoid molecules take extra time to be broken down because they pass through the gastrointestinal tract and liver before entering the bloodstream. It is important to know that because the metabolite 11-hydroxyTHC forms when cannabis is metabolized by the liver, it has a higher affinity to bind to receptors and is 5-10 times more psychoactive. Edible products take 30-120min. to take effect.
3) Inhalation: absorption of THC, CBD and other cannabis elements through inhaling combusted or vaporized cannabis. This generally provides a rapid onset of euphoria and other therapeutic effects within 5-10 min. I am not an advocate of smoking as a means of medicine; Vaporizing is a much safer method of inhaling and I do have MS, Parkinson's and PTSD client's whom have tremendous success treating their symptoms with their Vape Pens.
4) Transdermal: absorption of THC and other cannabinoids through the skin. Transdermal applications readily enter the skin layers and penetrate the fatty tissue below. This method results in local effects only.
Although there are protocols and guidelines for treatments per dis-ease and ailment as to what works best, it is most important to know that because cannabis works with our own endocannabinoid system, each individual (body) system is the true determining factor as to what amount or ratio of cannabinoids needs to be blended, as well as how often this should be administered by what means and when. And what I find fascinating about knowing this, is learning that (unlike pharmaceuticals) cannabis as medicine is actually most appropriately dosed by age rather than weight.
I believe in functional medicine and the need to address the whole person not just an isolated set of symptoms. Genetic predispositions as well as internal (mind, body and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors are important to discover when helping a client to understand it is essential that they make a commitment to their own healing. As a renderer, my job is to blend healing products specific to dis-ease and ailment by using the most appropriate strain to utilize the most effective means and methods of administering cannabis as medicine. As an alchemist I use very 'old school' methods including the cycles of the moon, and other herbs and minerals (based on their individual healing powers and specificity to their correlation to body region and organs) to compliment and increase the effectiveness of each rendering. As a healer I use purposeful intention of my own as well as Reiki and Crystal Energies to custom blend individual single batch products.
WHAT is it ? And why might you want it ? Do you want to burn it, anoint it, apply it topically, or drink it ? That's up to you and for you to decide what best suits your NEEDS...
First let me start by saying that when the process of this product started, it was my intention to JUST make a rose oil (that I could use in my own fac
WHAT is it ? And why might you want it ? Do you want to burn it, anoint it, apply it topically, or drink it ? That's up to you and for you to decide what best suits your NEEDS...
First let me start by saying that when the process of this product started, it was my intention to JUST make a rose oil (that I could use in my own facial toner and hair tonic) from the heap of beautiful flowers I brought home from my neighbour’s yard.. However, as I started plucking the petals from each flower, messages started coming to me. Messages about what I have available to me and what I should utilize. So IN the ingredients went, and ALL for GOOD purpose and reason (which I didn’t know at the time). I was truly Divinely guided. And it wasn’t until I was listing everything out and writing down the properties (I knew) of each ingredient that I realized there were 11. ELEVEN !?! I have always been a person of odd numbers, but usually when formulating a product I would use 5 or up to 7. But 11 ??? And, so, well, here we go…. A Master number, 11 is the most intuitive of all numbers. It is instinctual, charismatic, dynamic and capable when its sights are set on a concrete goal. 11 is the number associated with faith and psychics. The most remarkable characteristic of the Master Number 11 is its connection to a higher source of wisdom. It is intuitive to the point of being psychic, channeling its knowledge and meaning from a spiritual source. Master Numbers have a responsibility, and it's the number 11's duty to use this gift of awareness to deliver cosmic truths that encourage humanity. All Master Numbers are a higher vibration of their single-digit counterpart -- in the 11's case, the number 2. This means the 11 carries many of the same traits as the number 2, such as harmony, empathy, and sensitivity, but it feels them and utilizes them in much deeper, more profound ways. It's also important to remember that the number 11 is comprised of two 1s side by side and, therefore, carries some attributes of the number 1 as well. 1 is innovative and motivated, open to new things and eager to make a difference. The contrasting energies of the numbers 1 and 2 join together in the Master Number 11 to make it a creative leader, active listener, and compassionate advisor. The number 11 is at one with the universe. It is open to vast spiritual concepts and the presence of a greater power. It is a channel for truth and answers to reach us and help us on our way. This Master Number's vision is crystal clear and it sees with a breadth that others cannot. It is creative and magnetic, a beacon of wisdom and hope for others to follow.
Second, let me mention my neighbour told me it was a Rose of Sharon Tree. I wouldn’t know ! So when I started researching to find out the properties and uses, it turns out Rose of Sharon is actually Camellia.
Camellia oil is rich in healthy nutrients that provide plenty of health benefits, regardless of how you choose to use it. It has a high concentration of monounsaturated fatty acids, including Omega 3 and Omega 6, and very little saturated fats. Camellia oil also contains high amounts of Vitamin E, as well as polyphenols that help the body produce antioxidants. Other essential nutrients found in the oil include stearic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, linoleic acid, vitamin E, triterpenes, saponins, squalene, calcium, and potassium. Generally speaking, camellia oil offers a wide variety of health benefits that make it worth considering as an addition to anyone’s health or skin care routines. Anyone struggling with health issues such as osteoporosis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, inflammation, or even the risk of cancer can benefit from using this oil. Camellia oil is often used for the skin as it can also help treat wounds, cold and flu symptoms, respiratory infections. It treats skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, acne and can be used on the hair to treat damaged hair, and dandruff. These are some of the main benefits of camellia oil. The oil acts as a powerful moisturizer and can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles or fine lines. It can also offer protection against the sun and help moisturize and soften the skin. It’s excellent anti-inflammatory properties also make camellia oil a suitable treatment for a range of inflammatory skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis. ACNE: Its comodogenic rating is 1 meaning it will not cause the pores to become clogged and make the condition even worse. Its outstanding anti-inflammatory effects can help relieve inflammation of the skin caused by acne. ANTI-AGING: According to historians, the secret of the Japanese Geisha’s beautiful white skin was camellia oil. This wonderful oil is full of antioxidants as well as omega fatty acids which help nourish the skin from the inside out. Antioxidants like the ones found in camellia oil can protect the skin from the damaging effects of free radicals and can even reverse many of the signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines and other blemishes. : Camellia oil can also help strengthen damaged hair and moisturize the scalp. This can help keep your hair from breaking or splitting, and it can also help reduce or eliminate dandruff completely. If your hair is brittle, weak or damaged, it can help restore its strength and appearance. It is absorbed very well by the hair and the follicles. HEART HEALTH: The high concentration of potassium found in camellia oil can help balance your blood pressure levels when used internally. It can also help treat hypertension and lower your risk of cardiovascular issues such as heart attacks or strokes. Similarly, it can also help significantly lower your cholesterol levels, thanks to its high concentration of unsaturated fats. This can lower your risk of heart disease and atherosclerosis. ARTHRITIS: Camellia oil is rich in many types of minerals that promote and encourage better bone health, which can help prevent and treat osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Inflamed joints can also benefit from the use of camellia oil due to the high amounts of anti-inflammatory nutrients like gamma-linolenic acid, oleic acid, and kaempferol. IMMUNE SYSTEM HEALTH: Triterpenes are very powerful in their ability to boost the immune system. A healthy immune system means that your body can better protect you from different bacterial or viral infections. WOUND HEALING: Similarly, the oil can also assist in the healing of wounds, bruises, and scrapes through topical application. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals, promoting healthier cells to rebuild the skin affected by wounds. OTHER BENEFITS: These nutrients found in camellia oil can help treat and alleviate the symptoms involved in gastrointestinal issues, arthritis, and respiratory conditions. The amounts of squalene found in camellia oil can also help fight different types of cancer, including those that affect the colon, prostate, and breasts.
Hibiscus: Alpha-hydroxy-acids residing in hibiscus flower not just exfoliate your skin, but also promote cell regeneration and purify your complexion. hibiscus includes gentle acids without any chemical preservatives. These innate substances control acne blemishes by unclogging skin pores. Wrinkles: Antioxidant agents in hibiscus face mask thwart free radicals and reduce fine lines (& wrinkles) on the forehead. Apart from aging, UV rays, smoking, and pollutants damage elasticity of your skin resulting in wrinkles. Antioxidant activity exhibited by hibiscus flower blocks harmful UV rays and cleanse your skin. Also, vitamin C in the flower helps to enhance collagen production and improve the elasticity of the skin. Moisturizes Your Skin The viscous substance of this flower is known as mucilage, which helps to lock moisture on the skin. As mentioned above external factors like pollutants, chemical filled creams and harmful UV rays strip natural oil from your skin. Hibiscus will not just hydrates your skin, but supply essential nutrients to it. Treats Acne One report holds inflammation to trigger acne blemishes. P.acnes bacteria feed on dead cells and excess sebum to worsen the situation. The gentle acids mentioned above also clears dead cells and control excess sebum production. Tones Skin: Mild organic acids like citric acid and malic acid in hibiscus plant can inhibit the production of melanin and form a protect layer over the skin. Skin cell regeneration helps to make the skin supple and smooth. Skin Tightening When your skin loses its elasticity, sagging skin appears which ruin your appearance. Anthocyanosides packed in hibiscus exhibit antioxidant activity that thwarts free radicals as mentioned above. This compound also exhibit astringent property to shrink large skin pores and make the skin firm. Can Protect Against Skin Cancer Exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun and certain harmful chemicals are known to promote skin cancer. But hibiscus might have a protective effect. According to a research, the topical application of hibiscus extract before exposure to UV rays was able to partly restore levels of protective enzymes which prevent cellular damage. Beneficial For Hair Hibiscus plant consists of good amount of Vitamin C and minerals. Polyphenol compounds in the leaves of this plant have been known to contain anti-inflammatory properties. Being rich in vitamins A and C as well as amino acids, hibiscus helps to combat hair loss and induce hair growth. It also cures dandruff, prevents split ends and prevents premature graying. Lowers Cholesterol Hibiscus flower extracts taken orally might be able to lower total cholesterol levels by as much as twenty two percent. It also increases levels of HDL cholesterol. It is thought that saponins present in hibiscus bind to cholesterol and prevent its absorption in the body. Aids Weight Loss Being loaded with nutrients, flavonoids and various minerals, hibiscus lowers the body’s absorption of fats and carbohydrates. This in turn can help you lose weight. It also contains high concentrations of antioxidants that aid weight loss by boosting metabolism. Also, being diuretic in nature, this herb helps shed water weight. Help Treat Depression Some of the key polyphenols found within the hibiscus plant have been shown to display a protective effect on the brain, while also increasing blood flow. As a result its supplementation has been shown to improve mood and reduce depressive symptoms. Cures Fever, Constipation, and Cold Since ancient times, hibiscus has been used in different cultures as a remedy for treating various conditions. Egyptians used the hibiscus tea for lowering the temperature of the body, treating nerve and heart diseases, and the best use was as a diuretic. Due to the cooling effects of hibiscus tea, fever can also be reduced. In other parts of the world such as Africa, the parts of the plant were used in the treatment of liver disease, symptoms of cold and constipation. Also used as a medicine in menopause treatment. The pulp or juice made from these leaves can treat skin wounds. Lowers Blood Sugar Hibiscus tea is a wonderful option if you’re worried about your blood sugar levels. High blood sugar can affect the functioning of your nerves, eyes, and kidneys and increase your chances of getting heart disease too. Research has discovered that taking a hibiscus flower extract orally for twenty one days reduced blood glucose levels by forty one to forty six percent. Boosts Immune System Immune system is the body’s defense against all sorts of diseases. According Extracts of hibiscus flowers may be able to encourage cells which fight infection. Boosts liver health Research has shown that hibiscus may promote liver health and help keep it working efficiently. Heals Wounds Hibiscus flower extract, when taken orally, was found to quicken wound healing, and lead to faster skin when compared to controls who were not given the hibiscus extract.
Marshmallow Leaf : Used to treat swelling in the respiratory system as they work efficiently on the membrane that lines the trachea and also for stomach ailments. It is used even in treating bladder stones in some cases. These can also be used to cure and treat simpler problems like dry cough. Those who suffer from hacking or whopping coughs or even laryngitis can benefit from a concoction of the herb. Direct application of leaves is also seen in parts of the globe to treat skin problems, ulcers, inflammation or even burn wounds and marks. It is also used to treat dry and chapped skin, subside pain and treat chilblains caused in colder regions due to exposure to high degree of cold, leading to swelling in fingers and toes. The best reason to use marshmallow is that it does not adversely affect sensitive skin, and hence, can also be used as a way to treat dry eczema, psoriasis, and also remove any abrasions and redness In many parts of the world where herbal medicine is at its peak, different parts of the plant are also used to treat urinary infections, bladder infections and even diarrhea. The plant is a rich source of salicylic acid helps in treating chronic headaches and muscle pain. Marshmallow Root: Treats Cough And Cold: The antitussive and mucilage properties of marshmallow root decrease throat irritation and reduce swelling of the lymph nodes. This can help relieve cough and cold and other respiratory ailments, including a sore throat. One study found that a herbal syrup containing marshmallow root relieved respiratory ailments associated with mucus formation Marshmallow tea works wonders in this regard and the herb seems to soothe every tissue it touches. Might Help Combat Lung Cancer: The antioxidants in the root might help prevent cancerous tumor growth, especially in the lungs. Also, the high amounts of vitamin C in the root clear mucus anywhere in the body, with more concentrated effects on the mucus in the lungs. The vitamin C in the root can boost immunity too, and this may also help with cancer treatment. As several reports suggest, marshmallow root works wonders for the lungs. And hence, this might be a supplementary remedy for cancer. Treats Leaky Gut: Given its high mucilage content, it reduces inflammation of the stomach lining and even heals stomach ulcers. It creates a protective lining in the digestive tract, thereby treating leaky gut syndrome. Marshmallow root also helps individuals suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Fights Bacterial Infections: Symptoms of any infection, like swelling, tenderness, or burning, can be treated by taking marshmallow root. The root has been found to kill the bacteria and accelerate the healing process.
Ingestion of marshmallow root even increases urine secretion – and this helps flush out the bacteria that cause infections, including infections of the urinary tract and kidney stones. Some sources say that marshmallow root also helps treat interstitial cystitis, a form of bladder disease. Though this disease is not exactly caused by bacterial infection, the soothing properties of marshmallow root (and the tea) might reduce inflammation and treat the condition. Boosts Heart Health: Inflammation is one of the root causes of heart disease, and since marshmallow root fights inflammation, it can improve heart health. In some studies, one of the primary marshmallow root benefits was that this root had elevated levels of good cholesterol. Enhances Digestive Health: Marshmallow root can help relieve a host of digestive issues, including heartburn, acid reflux, diarrhea, and even constipation. In fact, it coats the inner lining of the stomach and prevents burning sensations. Research shows the herb repairs the gut lining and keeps the digestive system functioning optimally.
Reduces Water Retention: The diuretic effects of marshmallow root play a role here. It helps treat a bloated stomach and even edema. Treats Skin Troubles: Marshmallow root soothes the nerve-sense system of the skin, which, in turn, reduces skin irritation. The root can also be used topically to treat wounds, burns, insect bites, dry or chapped skin, and even peeling skin. The mucilage properties of the root soften the skin, which is one reason it is an active ingredient in most skin care products. The anti-inflammatory properties of marshmallow root are also helpful in treating eczema. The polysaccharides in the root moisturize the skin and add a protective layer to ultra-sensitive skin. Boosts Hair Growth: The mucilage in marshmallow root may benefit your hair. It binds with hair proteins and makes the strands appear thicker. This mucilage may also be used as a hair detangler and conditioner.
Lavender: I will be very brief here. Lavender oil is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to heal minor burns and bug bites. Research suggests that it may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness. Some studies suggest that consuming lavender as a tea can help digestive issues such as vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas, upset stomach, and abdominal swelling. In addition to helping with digestive problems, lavender is used to help relieve pain from headaches, sprains, toothaches, and sores. It can also be used to prevent hair loss and treat Fungal infections.
Calendula: Inflammation and Cancer: Calendula contains flavonoids and linoleic acid which both help fight inflammation. A 2009 study shows that calendula inhibits pro-inflammatory cytokines. Calendula has also been found to fight cancer. A study published found that the anti-inflammatory and immunomodulating properties of calendula make it an interesting remedy to explorer for cancer treatment. In the study, calendula inhibited cancer cell proliferation and increased lymphocyte production (white blood cells of the lymph system). Eases Muscle Spasms: Calendula is used traditionally in creams and lotions to ease muscle spasms. Because of its ability to relax muscles, calendula is beneficial for menstrual cramping, diarrhea, and spasming or sprained muscles. Aids in Menstruation: Amenorrhea (an abnormal absence of a monthly period) is one ailment that calendula can help with. Calendula has been used traditionally to help induce menstruation. It can also help ease PMS symptoms like cramping. Promotes Skin and Wound Healing: One way in which calendula can help with wound healing is by stimulating tissue and collagen production. Calendula is used to heal cuts, scrapes, burns, bruises, insect bites. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, calendula may reduce pain and swelling too. A 2004 study found that it can relieve the pain of dermatitis in breast cancer patients undergoing radiation. Antiseptic and Anti- Fungal: Calendula oil, tea, and ointment can be used to treat minor skin and eye infections as well as general skin conditions. A 2013 review found that calendula has antiseptic, antiviral, and antifungal, and can be used successfully to treat skin conditions.
Myrrh: Kills Harmful Bacteria. Ancient Egyptians used myrrh and other essential oils to embalm mummies, as the oils not only provide a nice scent but also slow decay. Scientists now know this is because the oils kill bacteria and other microbes. Additionally, in Biblical times, myrrh incense — often in combination with frankincense — was burned in places of worship to help purify the air and prevent the spread of contagious diseases, including those caused by bacteria. One recent study found that burning myrrh and frankincense incense reduced airborne bacterial counts by 68%. In one test-tube study, myrrh oil at a low dilution of 0.1% killed all dormant Lyme disease bacteria, which can persist in some people after antibiotic treatment and continue to cause illness. Oral Health Due to its antimicrobial properties, myrrh has traditionally been used to treat oral infections and inflammation. Some natural mouthwashes and toothpaste contain myrrh oil; people with Behcet’s disease — an inflammatory disorder — used a myrrh mouthwash to treat painful mouth sores four times daily for a week, 50% of them had complete pain relief and 19% had complete healing of their mouth sores. Skin Health: Traditional uses of myrrh include treating skin wounds and infections. One study noted that myrrh and other essential oils applied via baths helped mothers heal skin wounds from vaginal deliveries (like I have been saying, those wise men didn’t bring the gold, Frankincense and Myrrh for baby Jesus…).Additionally, in one test-tube study, myrrh oil alone inhibited 43–61% of the growth of five fungi that cause skin conditions, including ringworm and athlete’s foot. Combats Pain and Swelling: headaches, joint pain and back pain are common complaints. Myrrh oil contains compounds that interact with opioid receptors and tell your brain you’re not in pain. Myrrh also blocks the production of inflammatory chemicals that can lead to swelling and pain. Antioxidant: Myrrh may be a powerful antioxidant, a compound that combats oxidative damage. Oxidative damage from free radicals contributes to aging and some diseases. A test-tube study found that myrrh oil was more effective than vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, at fighting free radicals. Kills Some Parasites: You can become infected with parasites from many sources, including pets, sexual activity and contaminated food or water. Two common parasitic infections are trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted disease, and giardiasis, an intestinal infection. In a preliminary study, women who failed to respond to standard drug treatment for trichomoniasis were given an oral drug, Mirazid, made of myrrh sap and its essential oil. About 85% of them were cured of the infection. Some human research suggests that this myrrh drug also may be effective against the parasite Fasciola gigantica, which can cause liver and bile duct diseases. Other Potential Benefits: Scientists are investigating other potential benefits of myrrh oil, including sunscreen effectiveness, cancer treatment, digestive health, and mold elimination.
Cannabis: First, Cannabis contains several hundred compounds called cannabinoids and each one holds different properties I have an entire separate article regarding the MYRIAD of health benefits, but to be brief here... Stress and Anxiety: Cannabis can relax a troubled mind and stimulate the release of pleasure hormones. This combination of effects can lead to stress reduction and feelings of calm and general wellbeing. Specific Cannabinoids are responsible for these positive emotional effects on the body’s nervous system.
Several recent studies have demonstrated the potential value of cannabis in stress relief as well as related issues like insomnia. Cannabinoids produce a wide range of positive nervous system effects including increased feelings of pleasure and calm and is able to significantly improve certain symptoms of PTSD including nightmares, insomnia, and anxiety. Appetite and Obesity: Cannabis has a well-known ability to increase the user’s appetite and it is possible that it has the potential for people who need to increase their weight following illness or because of an eating disorder like anorexia nervosa. While it can stimulate appetite by helping release hormones responsible for hunger, certain hormones responsible for hunger suppression can also be stimulated by cannabinoids. So conversely, depending on which cannabinoids are present (based on the genetics of the strain used) cannabis can also be effective in reducing appetite and controlling obesity. Asthma: Cannabis has actually been used to treat asthma for many thousands of years including in traditional Chinese and Indian systems. Cannabis may be an effective natural treatment door asthma because of its natural anti-inflammatory ability as well as its analgesic effects and in particular its ability to dilate the bronchial tubes which allows more oxygen to flow. During the early 1970s, there were several studies that investigated the bronchodilatory effects of cannabis for people suffering from asthma many of which showed very positive results although these studies used cannabis cigarettes rather than tincture. Heart Health: Cannabis contains antioxidant properties that may prove beneficial for the heart. Animal studies have demonstrated that treatment with cannabis oil may prevent numerous cardiovascular diseases including atherosclerosis, by causing the blood vessels to relax and dilate paving the way to improved circulation and reduced blood pressure. Pain Relief: One of the major historical uses of the cannabis plant has been to ease pains and inflammation. There is an abundance of evidence in cannabinoids being effective in relieving pain by inhibiting the neural transmission in the body’s pain pathways. It has the potential to alleviate chronic pain as well as the intensity and severity of pain and improving sleep. Many people use cannabis to deal with severe rheumatism and arthritis as well as other chronic pains. ease the neuropathic pain. Cancer: There is a considerable amount of excitement regarding the ability of cannabis oil to treat cancer. Scientists have been able to discover that many different cannabinoids have a range of positive effects under laboratory conditions. These effects include:
Triggering cancer cell death in a process known as apoptosis, preventing the division of cells, preventing new blood vessels from becoming tumors, reducing the risk of cancerous cells from spreading throughout the body and invading healthy neighboring tissue. Skin Protection Cannabis can be applied topically to the skin in order to promote a healthy and glowing looking skin. When applied topically, cannabis can help stimulate the shedding of older and dead skin cells and promote the growth of new ones to replace them. Cannabinoids can help promote the production of lipids which help fight chronic skin conditions including acne and psoriasis. It is also possible that cannabis can help prevent the signs of aging like wrinkles and skin spots and blemishes because it is high in natural antioxidants that help fight against cellular damage caused by free radicals. lt can also help prevent skin diseases that tend to break out during times of anxiety-like eczema or rosacea. Hair Health: Cannabis is a great tonic for your hair. It stimulates hair growth. Cannabis contains important fatty acids that can help to stimulate its growth. These same fatty acids can also add sheen to your hair helping it look healthier and shinier. It nourishes the scalp as it contains gamma-linoleic acid which helps to nourish and moisturize your hair. For those of you with dry hair, cannabis may be just what you need. It also helps protect the scalp and combat skin issues like dandruff. It strengthens the hair and follicles. Cannabis contains lots of protein and because hair is mainly made up of proteins, it can help strengthen and revitalize weak or damaged hair strands. It also strengthens the hair follicles and improves elasticity. Cannabis is rich in vitamin E which can stimulate hair growth and revitalization. Because of its abundant fatty acids, you may even be able to skip your normal conditioner. Eye Health: There is a certain amount of evidence demonstrating the ability of cannabis oil to treat eye conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration.
Glycerine: The most notable effect of glycerin and the primary reason people use this simple substance is its moisturizing power. The skin requires moisture to function normally and retain its appearance. If your skin isn’t regularly moisturized, it can increase the appearance of wrinkles, promote flaky or unhealthy looking skin dry skin, and compromise the skin’s ability to defend against the constant barrage of outside substances, bacteria, and pathogens. Generally, this moisturizing quality of glycerin helps the skin look and feel great. Speeds up Healing use glycerin on or near wounds, scratches or blemishes because it can promote the natural maturation of skin cells. The therapeutic effect of glycerol on wounds and other skin diseases is a very good reason to use this easy-to-find and inexpensive substance. Consumption of glycerin-rich foods can help with this, but it certainly isn’t as effective as using pure glycerin intended for therapeutic purposes. Stimulates Bowel Movements Another common use of glycerin is in the form of a laxative capsule (in the form of an enema). This glycerin-rich delivery will irrigate the anal mucosa and cause the bowels to take more water in (hyperosmotic effect), which then stimulates a smooth bowel movement. Soothes Irritation: Using glycerol on conditions like eczema, psoriasis, rash or dry skin can provide a barrier that locks in moisture and promotes healing, while also lowering your desire to itch! Glycerol due to its moisturizing effects is included in so many cosmetic soaps and compounds. It also helps relieve inflammatory conditions on the skin or excess irritation. Prevents Dehydration: Regular use on those parts of the skin exposed to the elements (particularly wind) that cause loss of water from the skin, is a good way to give your skin and body a protective boost against drying out. After all, we are composed of more than 70% water, and it’s important to keep hydration levels high! Boosts Immune System: Glycerin not only locks in moisture, but also provides a boost of protection for the skin against outside environment, including irritants, pollutants, toxins, and pathogens that would do us harm, or increase irritation. Antiaging: The deep-layer moisturizing power of glycerol helps with various symptoms of aging. Aside from minimizing the appearance of wrinkles, it can also diminish blemishes and maintain the elasticity of skin, which are some of the most common side effects of the aging process. Cerebral Edema: Glycerin is used to treat cerebral edema, a condition where there is an accumulation of fluid in the brain resulting in stroke, meningitis, tumor, and encephalitis. It is given to patients intravenously to relieve pressure in the brain. It is effective and safe without the dehydrating effects of other methods. Physical Endurance: Glycerin is given to athletes prior to their sports activity to keep them hydrated for long. It also maintains their temperature through reduced urine volume and increased sweat rate. Overall it ensures higher endurance and better performance. Apart from the various benefits glycerin provides, it is used in many different industries including food and pharmaceutical industry. Glycerin is used as a sweetener and a humectant, a hygroscopic substance that is used to keep things moist. For many baked goods and dairy products to processed vegetables and fruits, as well as grain products, sauces, and condiments. Glycerin is used as an alcohol-free solvent when preparing certain herbal medications and tonics. It is also used to treat eye disorders such as glaucoma. Glycerin is used in cosmetics as it provides smoothness and lubrication, while also retaining moisture. It is a common ingredient in toothpaste, mouthwashes, soaps, shampoos and shaving creams.
Loban: frequently used in religious ceremonies and is measured to have a great impact on cleansing and releasing the human body energy centers/ meridians. It is pure, clean and pleasing for cleansing weather you wish to clear a room or clean your atmosphere. Loban helps in uplifting inspiration and creativity. It can help attract love, provide psychic protection, wisdom, aids the memory, and helps ease depression. Loban is a great all-purpose magical incense, it also helps to warm and open the heart center and in cleansing of aura. It is said to be the best inspiration and creativity substance. It also has medicinal benefits, it can relieve constipation and stomach pain. It also helps in digestion of food and can fight against diarrhea. It has a capacity of healing wounds, including sores of eyes. It also helps in linctus and decreases the production of mucus. Loban treats inflammation and provides relief of throat problems and heals the wound of the tongue. It also helps internally; it tones up the heart, stomach and increases Libido and is carminative. It provides relief from cold and cough. and also effective to get relief from Toothache. It is also suggested by some Doctors that it removes the bad odour of sweat, relives inflammation in urinary tract and is useful in pulmonary tuberculosis.
Frankincense: Cleanses and balances the mind, body, and spirit
Frankincense, similar to Sage or Palo Santo, acts as an energetic purifier. For years, frankincense has been used in religious and spiritual spaces to cleanse one’s aura. This means that burning frankincense resin will help to cleanse and realign your chakras, leading to a feeling of balance and ease. You can use this for smudging while reciting mantras to help cleanse yourself, certain objects and your home/surrounding. As a result of this balancing and purification action, frankincense will naturally help to relieve stress. Frankincense may lead to a clearer, calmer mind– and it may actually have beneficial psychoactive properties! Of course, the sacred incense that was present at the birth of Jesus and also used even earlier in Chinese and Egyptian cultures (just to name a few), is the perfect aromatic to help you connect with the divine. Religious and spiritual people have used frankincense for centuries to help them get in touch with God, their spirit guides, ancestors, angels, and departed loved ones. Perhaps most interestingly, a scientific study has suggested that burning frankincense resin may relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression. Frankincense has anti-inflammatory effects that may help reduce joint inflammation caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Frankincense can prevent the release of leukotrienes, which are compounds that can cause inflammation. Frankincense’s anti-inflammatory properties may also help your gut function properly. This resin appears particularly effective at reducing symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two inflammatory gut diseases. Traditional medicine has used frankincense to treat bronchitis and asthma for centuries. Research suggests that its compounds may prevent the production of leukotrienes, which cause your bronchial muscles to constrict in Asthma. Frankincense may help prevent bad breath, toothaches, cavities and mouth sores. The boswellic acids it provides appear to have strong antibacterial properties, which may help prevent and treat oral infections. Frankincense may also help fight certain cancers. The boswellic acids it contains might prevent cancer cells from spreading. Test-tube research shows that frankincense oil may be able to distinguish cancer cells from normal ones, killing only the cancerous ones, and suggest that frankincense may fight breast, prostate, pancreatic, skin and colon cancer cells. It has been proven to promote collagen production and rejuvenating new skin cell that may aids in young and firm skin.
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Quartz: I will be brief here as well. Amplifier Clear quartz is best known for its ability to amplify and strengthen the energy. It has the ability to absorb and store energy, regulating the vibrations in the environment. Having a large piece of clear quartz in a room can help neutralize and power the room with positive energy. It is also said to be a great crystal for having with your other crystals, as clear quartz can strengthen the effects of other crystals if placed nearby them. The Great Healer Clear quartz is one of the most essential and common healing crystals. This crystal is unique in that in can help heal almost any ailment. It boosts and strengthens the immune system along with balancing the body to help clear and cleanse illnesses. Used in chakra meditation, this crystal will balance all of the chakras. Healing the Mind: The calming effects of this stone make it a useful tool in the treatment of anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, and other psychiatric disorders. Mental Health: Because of its strong qualities in healing and amplifying energy, this is also a useful crystal when it comes to mental health and psychiatric disorders. As it balances the body and energy around it, it also can help balance the mind and bring a calm and inner peace. The calming effects of this stone make it a useful tool in the treatment of anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, and other psychiatric disorders. Scrying: Clear quartz has been used throughout history for scrying and divination, and most crystal balls are made of this crystal. Psychic Abilities: As its history suggests, this crystal is also great for enhancing psychic abilities. Because of its long history in the use of scrying and divination, the energy that this crystal provides makes it useful for helping to open the third eye and enhance psychic abilities. Most crystal balls are comprised of clear quartz, as this allows the person to use the energies of the crystal to help “see” into the ball and determine events of the past, present, and future. Drawing out Negative, Bringing in Positive: Because of the unique shape of clear quartz, a hexagonal crystal with a point, it is very beneficial in healing techniques as well as drawing out negative energy and bringing in positive energy. Pointing clear quartz away from your body helps get rid of negative energy, while pointing the crystal inward will bring in positive energies.