Papayas offer not only the luscious taste and sunlit color of the tropics, but are rich sources of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium, copper, and magnesium; and fiber. Together, these nutrients promote the health of the cardiovascular system and also provide protection against colon cancer. In addition, papaya contains the digestive enzyme, papain, which is used like bromelain.
Figs are a good source of minerals that helps to control blood pressure. Since many people not only do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, but also do consume high amounts of sodium as salt is frequently added to processed foods, they may be deficient in potassium. Low intake of potassium-rich foods, especially when coupled with a high intake of sodium, can lead to hypertension. In the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) study, one group ate servings of fruits and vegetables in place of snacks and sweets, and also ate low-fat dairy food. This diet delivered more potassium, magnesium and calcium.
A short time ago, my daughter called in a panic.... "Mom, Hailey just fell and busted her forehead open! This is the third time in two months.... If I take her to the emergency room again, I'm afraid they will call CPS! Is there an oil I can use instead?"
I said, "Yes, do you have helichrysum?" She paused, and then said yes! I have encouraged my family members to make sure and have this oil. You probably won't use it often, but when you need it, you will want to make sure and have it.
The high fiber content (over 15% of our RDA) of Brussels sprouts lowers our cholesterol by binding with bile acids that the liver produces from cholesterol for digesting fat. Because many of these bile acids are coupled with fiber, the liver is charged with producing more bile acid to digest fat, and therefore requires more cholesterol to do so, ultimately lowering the cholesterol amount within our bodies.
Recently, I went to teach an event, and as I arrived, the host apologized for being a little behind because she was suffering with a migraine headache. I proceeded to get out my bottles of oils and handed her our blend (for pain and tension), suggesting she rub some on the back of her neck and temples, which she did. By the time we started the class – 20-25 minutes later – she exclaimed that her headache was almost gone! She was amazed! I suggested she reapply it, which she did, and during the class she enthusiastically exclaimed that her migraine was completely gone!
Because PastTense is a tension blend, it’s also great for neck stress, shoulder stress, and other types of tension and pain issues!
An apple won’t replace your toothbrush, but biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria. A new study performed on mice shows that drinking apple juice could keep Alzheimer’s away and fight the effects of aging on the brain. Mice in the study that were fed an apple-enhanced diet showed higher levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and did better in maze tests than those on a regular diet.
We all get burned at times – whether it’s minor sunburn, or an other skin burn. So what do you do?
Aloe Vera used to be my first go-to for burns but I’ve learned there’s something that works many times more effectively, even for the worst of burns. My personal favorite is the doTERRA Lavender essential oil. Just after I got my first set of oils, I stuck my hand in the oven and burned my wrist. I was told that Lavender was amazing for this, so I applied it topically. Immediately my pain went away, and by morning not only was there no blister but absolutely no redness either.
Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes. The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (the bad stuff). Can be used both internally and externally for the skin. Mangos clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples. One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes.
Hot and spicy, cayenne pepper adds zest to flavorful dishes around the world and health to those brave enough to risk its fiery heat. The hotness produced by cayenne is caused by its high concentration of a substance called capsaicin. Technically referred to as 8-methyul-N-vanillyl-6-nonenamide, capsaicin has been widely studied for its pain-reducing effects, its cardiovascular benefits, and its ability to help prevent ulcers. Capsaicin also effectively opens and drains congested nasal passages.