Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Health Benefits of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh

Gold, frankincense and myrrh are known since antiquity. They have been used to heal ailments of the body and the mind. All three substances were considered precious because of their relative scarcity. They were often used in religious ceremonies, given as gifts, and of course, used as medicine to cure those who could afford them.

 Gold, frankincense and myrrh

All three substances experience an incredible come-back. There is an ongoing research that is quite promising. Unfortunately, most people in the United States are completely unaware of their health benefits and incredible healing potential.

~ Gold ~

The earliest records of medicinal use of gold date back to Ancient Egypt where people ingested gold for mental, spiritual and bodily purification. As far back as 5,000 years ago Egyptian alchemists used liquid gold to make healing elixirs. They believed that gold could invigorate and rejuvenate the body, cure diseases, and help restore perfect health. Ancient Egyptians were also using gold in dentistry. Archeological finds document use of gold in dentistry as early as 2,500 B.C. 

But Ancient Egyptians were not the only ones who used gold for therapeutic purposes. Gold was used in the Traditional Chinese Medicine to restore health and prolong life. To this day peasants in China cook rice with a golden coin in order to profit from its restorative properties. 

Gold was also used therapeutically by the Indian Ayurvedic doctors, by the ancient Tibetans, by the Maya and the Aztecs, by the Arabs and the Persians. The Persian doctor Avicenna prescribed it to strengthen the heart. 

Medieval alchemists created Aurum potabile, a gold essence that was used as a life-giving, rejuvenating, balancing, heal-all potion throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The process was very laborious and was kept secret. Famous doctors such as Paracelsus and Isaacus Hollandus reported incredibly successful use of Aurum potabile in therapy of many chronic ailments. Medieval doctors also used gold-coated pills to cure arthritis.

Over the ages gold never lost its popularity, but the 19th century brought an entirely different form of gold - the colloidal gold that was first produced in 1857 by British chemist Michael Faraday. Colloidal gold is a suspension of minuscule gold particles (nano-particles) in a fluid, commonly distilled water. In the 19th century colloidal gold was used to improve blood circulation and to cure alcoholism. Today it is often used to reduce dependency on such substances as alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and sugar. 

Colloidal gold seems to have balancing and harmonizing effect on the human body. It can be used to restore libido, enhance the immune function, improve mental focus, and increase overall energy levels. 

Modern cosmetic industry re-discovered the use of gold for beauty. There are records that women in ancient Egypt, China and Rome used gold topically to prevent premature aging and heal skin conditions. Research shows that gold has the capacity to prevent depletion of collagen and the breakdown of elastin, it may help to regenerate healthy skin cells, calm inflammation, and  fight free radicals. 

Gold is non-toxic. It is well tolerated by the body and does not seem to interfere with other medications. 

~ Frankincense ~ 

Frankincense, also known as olibanum, is an aromatic resin obtained from the tree of the genus Boswellia in the family Burseraceae. The tree is native to Oman, Somalia, and Yemen. For ages, the resin was used not only to make perfumes and incense, but also as medicine. 

The use of frankincense dates back to ancient Egypt where it was used in sacred ceremonies. Ancient Egyptians believed that frankincense could dispel demons and used the resin for embalming and mummification. They also mixed the resin with honey and chewed it to cure bad breath. 

In Arabia and in Ancient China the resin was used to heal skin conditions, running nose, nausea, and even leprosy.  

Hippocrates used an ointment made from frankincense that could cure many skin conditions, burns, wounds and skin infections. The resin was also used to alleviate digestive problems, expel parasites, cure bronchitis, sore throat, catarrh, and cough, to mention only a few. 

In the Middle Ages, Hildegard of Bingen believed that the scent of frankincense had the power to stimulate the human brain and improve memory. Paracelsus also used frankincense to cure variety of ailments. Both, Hildegard of Bingen and Paracelsus knew about its capacity to cure skin diseases, respiratory diseases, digestive problems and diarrhea. 

During the Middle Ages frankincense was one of the most important remedies used to cure people. Its popularity as a medicine, however, dwindled at the end of the Middle Ages and people in Europe forgot about it. They could still enjoy the scent, though, since frankincense was burned ceremonially in Catholic churches all over Europe. 

Frankincense became popular again in the West in mid-1980s after a German pharmacologist, prof. Phillip Theodor Ammon of Tübingen, brought it back from India where it was part of the Indian materia medica. 

German researchers have discovered that Indian frankincense (Boswellia serrata) was a very effective analgesic and worked wonders against low-level inflammation in the body. There is hope that chronic diseases and conditions such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, atherosclerosis, asthma, eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, leaky gut syndrome, and maybe even cancer, could be successfully treated with frankincense. More research has to be conducted, but what was published so far is quite promising. 


~ Myrrh ~

Myrrh is the very aromatic resin from small, thorny tree species from the genus Commiphora in the family Burseraceae. Myrrh is native to eastern regions of Africa (Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan), and the Arabian Peninsula, especially Oman and Yemen. Since antiquity myrrh was used to make perfume and incense, and like frankincense, it was also used as medicine. Myrrh was highly valued in Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, Ancient Greece and Rom. 

Ancient Egyptians used myrrh in religious ceremonies and funerals. The resin was used in embalming and mummification, and to heal wounds. 

In Ancient Greece, Hippocrates used myrrh to heal ulcers and wounds. The Romans believed that the scent of myrrh was an aphrodisiac. Roman ladies wore myrrh perfume to attract lovers. 

Myrrh became popular in Ancient China in the 7th century. It was used to heal wounds, to improve blood circulation, treat uterine tumors and other female health problems. 

During the pestilence pandemics in Medieval Europe doctors gave patients decay preventing pills made of myrrh, saffron and aloe. The Arabs used myrrh to cure contagious diseases. 

In Europe myrrh was used to disinfect wounds, reduce pain, and prevent inflammation. It was a popular remedy that could cure cough, bad breath, headaches, digestive problems, jaundice, gout, syphilis and even leprosy. 

Due to the scientific progress of the 19th century and the emergence of modern chemistry and medicine, myrrh became obsolete. 

Thanks to a growing interest in plant-based medicine during the last few decades, however, we have witnessed a comeback of this ancient remedy. Thanks to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, myrrh is often added to mouthwashes and toothpaste. It is used to disinfect wounds and to reduce inflammation in the mouth, but also to treat asthma, reduce pain, balance blood sugar, balance cholesterol levels, stimulate the immune system, treat systemic candida and fungal infections, improve digestion, and to heal inflammatory diseases of the digestive tract. There is even hope for cancer patients. An ongoing research is being conducted in many parts of the world. 

Both, frankincense and myrrh, are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and in Ayurveda. For centuries these resins have been used in China and in India. They are an important part of many herbal preparations that are used to treat wide variety of ailments and diseases. 

Essential oils of frankincense and myrrh are used to make costly perfumes. They are also used in aromatherapy, but that, by itself, is a vast subject deserving an entirely new article. 

By Dominique Allmon

Dominique Allmon©2015


         

*This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Quit Smoking Naturally

Thousands of people each year decide to stop smoking and only a fraction of them succeeds. This is very sad because smoking takes such a great toll on their health.


An average of 400,000 Americans die each year from frequently smoking cigarettes. This vast number implies that in every five deaths that occur in America one is caused by cigarette smoking. Cigarette smoking has also set a new mortality trend on modern day American society. It is roughly estimated that within 1960 and 1990, lung cancer deaths brought about by frequent cigarette smoking among women have exceeded breast cancer deaths by an astounding 400% during the mid-80's.

With these disturbing figures, you might find it alarming how a simple cigarette stick could inflict such damage over a huge number of the American population. Most smokers may be aware of the major risks and complications attributed to frequent cigarette smoking. What they lack, however, is knowledge that a simple cigarette practically inflicts varying degrees of damage on each vital part of the human body.


Lung cancer, emphysema, and bronchitis - these are the typical chronic diseases that are equated to smoking cigarettes. However, having knowledge about these three chronic diseases brought about by cigarette smoking is like scratching the mere surface of a looming greater damage that cigarette smoking is capable of. One major recipient of the fatal blow of cigarette smoking is the heart. The implications of cigarette smoking on the human cardiovascular system are quite vast: it lessens the HDL cholesterol, or which is commonly called as the "good" cholesterol, which is responsible for keeping a balance well-being of the heart. Frequent cigarette smoking also diminishes the elastic capabilities of the largest blood vessel in the body, the aorta, which increases the chances of fostering blood clots. Plus, have you ever heard anyone say that they smoke to release stress? This is usually the answer of most smokers; however, contrary to being a means of alleviating stress, smoking does the complete opposite. Taking a single puff from a stick of cigarette dramatically increases the sympathetic nervous system's activity which in effect, creates more stress on the regulating system of the heart and blood vessels. Women smokers, on the other hand, face a much riskier condition because cigarette smoking diminishes the production of estrogen, which then increases the probability of having some form of cardiovascular ailments.

Other than the apparent negative effects of cigarette smoking to the lungs and the cardiovascular system, your bones and joints also face the same damage from constant smoking. Frequent cigarette smoking hampers the formation of new bones. But the most disturbing part of this is that women are most prone to this kind of damage. Women smokers involve themselves with a very high risk of developing osteoporosis and they are also vulnerable to fostering a case of rheumatoid arthritis. In general, however, both men and women smokers are susceptible to various degenerative disorders that can also lead to damages to the spine. Aside from bone and joint damages, constant cigarette smoking is also capable of causing peptic ulcers by reducing the production of prostaglandin and bicarbonate which in turn dramatically increases the acid secretion of the body. The mere act of holding a stick of cigarette in your mouth already poses dangers that may lead to mouth infections, bad breath, and tooth decay. Simply put, smoking cigarettes at a frequent period, radically affects your over-all well-being. Now, the best move or path that one must take is that path towards a cigarette smoking-free life.

Cigarette smoking is probably one of the most pointless activities that man ever came up with. You gain nothing from it except a swarm of harmful diseases that can eventually lead to death. Basically, the act of smoking gains you nothing but takes everything from you. Whatever your reasons are for opting to smoke cigarettes, it doesn't change the fact that you're pulling yourself into a downward spiral of death that is completely meaningless and futile. Thus, through the act of unfastening the firm hold of cigarette smoking on your body, you profess that you value life and the other lives that coincide with yours.

If you are a smoker or know someone who smokes you know how difficult it is to quit. What if there was a natural product that could help you quit smoking without much struggle? What if you received all the support you in your resolution to quit smoking? What if quitting smoking was easier than you thought? Would you give it a try?

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*This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday Stress? Not This Year!

Stress is probably one of the most underestimated holiday "companions" we may ever encounter. While the Holiday Season is meant to be a time of love, warmth and cheerfulness, it usually turns out to be the most stressful time of the year. And although we celebrate every year, the Holiday Season seems to always take us by surprise year after year


Since holiday stress is predictable and avoidable, why, after all the preparations are finished and the first dinner guests appear at the door, some of us feel little joy and are about to collapse from plain exhaustion?

What is stress? 

Stress is the body's natural response to intense situations that require some kind of action on the part of the individual. Some stress is considered to be good. Experts say that it can actually improve our immune system. Bad stress, however, weakens the body's immune response and may cause a range of health problems such as sleep disorder, weight gain, heart problems, impaired digestion. An untreated, prolonged or chronic stress may even have deadly consequences.

Is there anything that we can do to avoid stress before the Holidays?

Keeping an eye on your budget, mailing Christmas cards and buying gifts early, buying online, preparing a Christmas dinner menu in advance, hiring catering service, delegating tasks to family members, etc., are some of the strategies worth embracing if we want to avoid unnecessary stress. But even if we do, we may still worry that the gifts might not be delivered on time or that someone forgets what we asked them to do.

The very fact that we still have to oversee all the preparations of the festive dinner makes the "delegating business" just as stressful as doing everything oneself. No matter what we do, stress and anxiety seem unavoidable as there always is a chance that things will go wrong. The vision of impending catastrophe is almost comical and yet, not funny at all.

So, if the Holiday stress seems unavoidable, why not give yourself a gift of relaxation? Schedule an early afternoon visit to a spa and pamper yourself. Take a bath after a long day of Christmas shopping. Light some scented candles and listen to a quiet, relaxing music. Have a cup of hot chocolate or some calming herbal infusion. Go to bed early. Relax and don't let the stress ruin your Holidays.

We function much better when we are relaxed. Our memory improves and we are in a much better mood.

Plan ahead, but remember that things do not have to be perfect. Holidays are about joy and not about perfection. Maybe it is time to simplify the way you celebrate Holidays and enjoy it more instead.

~ Merry Christmas ~

Dominique Allmon

 Dominique Allmon©2014


*This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Also of interest: How to Avoid Holiday Stress

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