Does fish oil a day keep the Doctor away?

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Over 7000 studies on omega-3 fatty acids seem to be telling us YES! Essential Fatty Acids are natural substances your body needs to establish and maintain overall well-being. As the body cannot produce these essential fats on its own, it is very important that they are acquired through a healthy daily diet. However, the typical Canadian diet is severely deficient in these. Daily supplementation with a natural fish oil formula is an ideal source for obtaining the health-promoting benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids.

EFA supplementation can help to maintain good health but also treat certain health conditions such as:

Arthritis and Inflammatory Conditions

The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of Omega-3 oils from fish help reduce stiffness in joints and help relieve joint and muscle pain. This makes fish oils an important supplement for anyone trying to maintain joint health and mobility.

 

Attention Deficit Disorder and Memory

Recent research reveals that Omega-3’s, specifically DHA, help increase focus and memory retention in children and adults. Omega 3 fatty acids also support normal neurological development in infants.

 

Cholesterol and Blood Pressure

Omega-3 oils promote healthy cholesterol levels in the body by helping to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and raise good cholesterol (HDL) levels. Clinical research also reveals reductions in blood pressure with the intake of Omega-3 fatty acids.

 

Depression and Mood Regulation

Regular supplementation of omega 3 fatty acids helps to elevate mood and lessen depression and anxiety. High potency fish oil with added Vitamin D is very useful in treating Seasonal Affective Disorder or the “winter blues”.

 

Digestive System Health

Regular Omega-3 supplementation helps to soothe and lubricate the bowel, ease elimination and supporting overall digestive health.

 

There are a lot of fish oil supplements on the market, but Super Critical Omega provides the highest-quality blend of EPA and DHA and exceeds world standards for fish oil quality and purity. Super Critical Omega is one of the strongest fish oil supplements on the market with over a 1 gram of Omega 3 per capsule PLUS 1000 units of Vitamin D3. It is the perfect choice for people dealing with chronic health conditions including depression and IBS.

 

Ultimate Digestibility with Better Absorption

Ultragest™ enteric coating ensures superior absorption and the fat-digesting enzyme lipase enhances the digestion and utilization of the beneficial oils. This combination eliminates the unpleasant aftertaste and repeating of fishy flavour often experienced with fish oil supplements.

 

100% Fish-derived Gel Caps

Encapsulated in natural fish-derived gel caps, Super Critical Omega is ideal for fish-eating vegetarians or anyone with religious dietary restrictions.

 

Quality & Purity Guaranteed

Super Critical Omega is sourced from sustainable wild and unthreatened fish that are found in cold, pristine waters and are naturally lower in environmental toxins such as: mercury, PCB’s and pesticides.

 

Purity Testing & Certification

Super Critical Omega is subject to a minimum of three purification steps to ensure the highest levels of freshness and the absence of any chemicals, toxins and heavy metals. It has received a 5-star rating by the International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS) program. This proves that it meets or exceeds all national and international standards for purity, potency and freshness.

 

With all of these benefits it is no surprise that fish oils are one of the most commonly researched and consumed natural health products in the world. Have you taken yours today?

DIY ACTIVATED CHARCOAL EXFOLIATING BODY SCRUB

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Get a healthy glow with our homemade exfoliating body scrub recipe

Most beauty products are full of ingredients that you can’t recognize yet alone even pronounce. That’s why for this recipe, we raided the kitchen cupboards for ingredients you’ve heard of, to mix with our activated charcoal powder in this detox exfoliating body scrub.

We took organic granulated sugar and organic virgin coconut oil, and mixed it with Organika® Activated Charcoal Powder for the perfect homemade exfoliant.

Now, we know that beautiful skin comes more from the inside than it does the outside, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care of the outside as well. As our skin cells turnover, the top layer skins cells die. Without exfoliation, dead skin cells can block your pores and dull the appearance of your skin.

Exfoliating gently removes dead skin cell debris to speed healthy skin turnover, prevent breakouts and brighten your skin for that healthy glow we’re all after.

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Homemade Exfoliating Body Scrub with Activated Charcoal

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Add the sugar, coconut oil and activated charcoal to a bowl and mix until fully combined
  2. Transfer to a jar for use and storing

To Use:

Massage onto the body (avoiding the face) in the shower for approximately 15 seconds. Rinse under warm water gently using a loofa or clothe to remove any excess scrub.

Caution: Activated Charcoal can be a bit messy, so make sure you rinse away any residual charcoal residue in your shower directly after use. Activated charcoal does have the potential to stain fabric, so avoid using light coloured clothes or loofas that you’re concerned about staining!

activated charcoal homemade exfoliating body scrub

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FEATURED PRODUCT: Marseille’s Remedy Thieves’ Oil & Balm: Ancient Remedy for Modern Times

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In 1413, as the bubonic plague decimated France, thieves were arrested for robbing dead and dying plague victims, a crime punishable by burning alive.  The judge offered them leniency for their terrible crimes if they would share the secret which enabled them to expose themselves to the plague without contracting it.  The thieves explained that they were perfume makers and spice merchants who were unemployed due to the closure of France’s sea ports.  They had prepared a special herbal infusion which they applied to their hands, ears, feet, masks, and temples and this protected them from infection.  As promised, the judge did not burn the men alive…He hanged them instead.  Soon after, plague doctors began to wear beak-like masks stuffed with absorbent material soaked in the Thieves’ blend to protect them from disease.

The Thieves’ original blend, containing vinegar and garlic, was known primarily as Vinaigre de Marseille. This formula was marketed by medical suppliers as the first line of defence for hundreds of years, and has been a staple of pestilent prevention in every plague since its formulation. The rise of the modern pharmacopeia saw this staple placed in the pages of forgotten history. Marseille’s Remedy is the most traditional concentrated form of this time- honoured recipe. Its applications are numerous, as a treatment for all of life’s hygienic needs.

A Powerful, Versatile Remedy

Marseille’s Remedy is an all-natural blend of five pure, high-grade, therapeutic essential oils used to improve wellness, health, and vitality. It consists of the organic, steam-distilled oils of Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus and Rosemary, plus the true cold-pressed oil of Lemon. These are sourced from Sri Lanka (the first two), Australia, France and Italy, respectively. This authentic blend naturally balances, safeguards, and synergizes (or strengthens) the healing properties of various essential oil constituents.

It can be mixed with any carrier oil for topical use, vinegar or soap for cleaning, baking soda for teeth, or used directly in a diffuser to purify air.

Its applications and usages are many, and when applied correctly, Marseille’s Remedy is a very effective antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral treatment.

We have received many happy testimonials from customers, including in successfully treating acne, boils, warts, cold sores, and colds/coughs amongst their families, to refreshing indoor air quality, eliminating their pet’s fleas, or wiping out surface molds, among others.

Suggested Uses:

  • Clears phlegm and congested airways
  • Relieves inflammation due to sprain/strain/rheumatoid arthritis
  • Antispasmodic for symptomatic relief of digestive discomfort
  • Eliminates airborne pathogens and foul odours
  • Antifungal: Feet, hands, scalp, and mold remediation
  • Use as hand sanitizer or all-purpose cleaner
  • Can aid in the treatment and prevention of topical infectious ailments
  • Deters mites, lice, worms, fleas, and mosquitoes

Applications:

  • Topical: Combine 2 drops of Marseilles Remedy with 40 drops of carrier oil, and massage into skin, muscles, or joints.
  • Direct Inhalation: For cough and cold, apply 2 to 6 drops undiluted product to a handkerchief/tissue and inhale. Alternatively, diffuse in boiling water or in an essential oil diffuser.
  • Household: Mix with soapy water, or diluted vinegar, to clean, and sanitize. Use undiluted to remediate mold around the house, or deter pests.

 

Thieves’ Balm:

The Balm is like having a popular muscle rub product combined with the favorite leading chest rub, merged into one effective and all-natural ointment. It contains over 50% of the Marseille’s Thieves’ Oil blend, plus some grapeseed oil and beeswax for pleasant texture, plus a warming natural camphor, and a soothing, deeply penetrating natural menthol (peppermint oil compound).

The balm is effective for many of the aforementioned uses, but also can “stick” longer to the skin, so is better suited for continual topical treatments, such as in respiratory disorders, or for joint or muscle aches or injury areas.

Some parents have reported how quickly it acted as an expectorant to help expel their child’s chest cold, and many clients have had success treating symptoms of back or other body pain. Recurrent daily use can help the body modulate the inflammatory response, and resolve conditions more easily.

Since Marseille’s Remedy is a concentrated, undiluted pure blend, use responsibly. Avoid contact with eyes, membranes, or other sensitive body areas. Read label before using.

 

Have a Cheerful and Healthy Autumn and Winter!

Frankincense Clarifications from Divine Essence Essential Oils

About Boswellic Acids

L​ately, we have had many inquiries about Frankincense essential oil, due to new health claims being made.

Please Note:

Boswellic acids are a series of pentacyclic triterpene molecules that are produced by plants in the genus Boswellia. Like many other terpenes, boswellic acids appear in the resin of the plant that exudes them; it is estimated that they make up 30% of the resin of Boswellia serrata.[1] While boswellic acids are a major component of the resin, the steam or hydro distilled Frankincense essential oil does not contain any boswellic acid, as these components are non-volatile and too large to transfer through in the steam distillation process. (The essential oil is composed mainly of the much lighter monoterpene and sesquiterpene molecules, with small amounts of diterpenoid components being the upper limit in terms of molecular weight.)

​T​he presence of boswellic acids, despite their potential therapeutic value, are not appropriate markers of quality for pure steam distillate of Frankincense resin; in fact, quite the contrary. Genuine essential oil does not contain these.

Therefore, if a company claims their Frankincense essential oil contains boswellic acids, it is incorrect, and reveals either ignorance, or a snake oil sales pitch.

Beware.

 

Benefits – A Summary

HE086S-0005 Frankincense SomaliaHowever, Frankincense essential oil certainly does contain many beneficial compounds and therapeutic healing abilities, especially if one purchases a brand that is Chemotype-tested, meaning laboratory tested for 100% authenticity, purity and therefore, genuine therapeutic effectiveness.

These benefits include, as information shows, effects including antibacterial, anticatarrhal, antidepressive, cicatrizant (scars, ulcers, wounds), immunostimulant, analgesic and anti-inflammatory uses. As with our Eucalyptus oils, Frankincense is especially helpful in creating your own joint pain and swelling relief oil blend.

Other suggested oils to include in this blend include Peppermint (because menthol helps penetrate below the skin layers to reach nerves and shuttle the analgesic compounds in), plus Basil (either Holy or Tropical versions), Bay (St. Thomas), Birch (Sweet), Cajeput, Chamomile (German), Juniper Berry, Manuka (20%), and Wintergreen.

 

Historical Uses

Harvesting of frankincense requires a deep longitudinal incision to be made in the trunk of the tree and below that a narrow strip of bark 5 inches in length is peeled off. In response to the incision, the tree releases a milk-like substance; oleo resin, which hardens due to exposure to the air.
The incision is then deepened to encourage further release of the resin. Through further processes, the resin can be steam-distilled into an essential oil.

A very distinctive aromatic, Frankincense was once prized above gold. One of the gifts of the three Magi, it has been traded as a precious commodity for more than 5,000 years. It has been used through the ages in perfuming, aromatic medicine, skincare and cosmetics, embalming, as a mosquito repellent and most extensively for anointing and as an incense offering in religious ceremonies spanning cultures and centuries. The use of Frankincense is so interconnected through the millennia as a religious offering that is has taken on sacred connotations.

The twirling smoke of burning incense was believed to carry prayers or divinations upwards; a magnificent present to the divine Gods. In fact, fragrance was a characteristic sign of the presence of a deity in antiquity. Frankincense was burnt in censers at front doors in times past, believed to purify the air of contaminating miasmic influences of bad luck, evil spirits or illness. The use of Frankincense to enhance spirituality, prayer or meditation, and to awaken higher consciousness, still continues to this day.

​Please read material at these links for more information, about Olibanum/Frankincense:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boswellic_acid

http://www.fao.org/docrep/v5350e/v5350e11.htm

http://www.cropwatch.org/Frankincense%20biblio%201.11.pdf

http://www.uvm.edu/ieds/sites/default/files/Somaliland_3_27_14.PDF

 

RE: Divine Essence Frankincense oils:

The Indian type of Frankincense oil​ (Boswellia Serrata), while of good quality, and being mentioned in media because it is more common, is of average resin grade and quite different in smell, and cannot be compared to the HE086S ”True” Frankincense oil from Somalia (Boswellia Carterii, syn. Boswellia sacra). The Indian type will be back in stock at some point, but we recommend clients try the bestseller from Somalia; it is lovely and the most sought-after one. It is well worth the slightly higher price.

We carry only the first grade and price reflects its premium quality, named “Top Grade Resin”. While we understand some consumers were buying the cheaper Indian type, we have a much better stock of the Somalia type available right now, while supplies last. Authentic Myrrh essential oil is also available. All Divine Essence essential oils are lab-tested for absolute 100% genuine identity, purity and therefore, therapeutic effectiveness. Not to mention, they smell exquisite!

Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!

All Natural Skin Care Routine

Maintaining the health of our skin is essential and takes a holistic approach, which promotes radiance from the inside, out. “As a working mom I know it can be hard to find the time to read up on all the latest beauty products, pour through labels and go through a complicated skin care regime every night,” says Holistic Nutritionist, Michelle W. Book. “But you still want to make the right choices for healthy skin.” This month, we bring you Michelle’s simple, natural 3-step skin care routine, which works great for all skin types.

Step 1: Cleanse

Did you know that many soaps can actually dry out and irritate your skin? Watch the video to discover some natural alternatives that you can find at your CHFA health food store or even in your own pantry.

Step 2: Nourish

Our internal health plays just as important a role in our skin health as what we put on the surface. This is because skin grows really, really fast. This growth and re-growth puts a huge demand on the body. A balanced diet, consisting of certain key nutrients, is crucial for maintaining healthy skin. Here are Michelle’s tips for nourishing your skin from the inside.

Step 3: Moisturize
Natural oils give our skin a radiant glow and supple appearance. Complementing our body’s natural protection with oils like coconut oil, sea buckthorn oil, argan oil, and foods rich in omega-3s, can help protect our skin from drying out, and provide additional benefits. Watch the video to learn the specific benefits of each of these healthy oils.

 

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