The Cause of Acid Reflux, Heartburn & GERD

I’ve had someone close to me suffering with this and thought that you or someone in your family may be suffering from this as well. My friend got to having such bad heartburn that he quit eating anything spicy. Even high acid food like tomatoes and many other things in his diet would trigger acid reflux. Another friend of mine is taking anti-acids but doesn’t seem to think it is fixing anything because the symptoms come right back when he stops the medications. 

Healthy vs GERD graphic

If you look up GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disorder) You will find that it is the loss of pressure between the sphincter and the stomach. Medical experts say it is a relaxation of the sphincter (valve) at the top of the stomach. 

Heartburn is often a symptom of GERD caused by acid reflux. So it appears as if all of these issues are linked back to this one root cause.

Esophagus, esophageal sphincter, pyloric sphincter

Are you struggling with any of these symptoms? If so, you may learn from the struggles my friends have experienced.

Another friend of mine was having digestive issues, so he cut all fermented foods out of his diet. It worked to an extent, but limited a lot of foods he could eat because he also had to also remove many raw foods from his diet as well. 

I don’t know if you’ve thought about how frustrating this is, but for me when I want to eat healthy, having handy raw foods around just makes things easy. Would you agree? It is easier to eat healthy when you can prepare a nice bowl of fresh vegetables you can grab a few pieces of throughout the day… They are just so handy!

Healthy stomach, GERD Stomach, Acid Reflux

The medical research will say these 3 issues are caused by pregnancy, smoking, obesity, Hiatal hernia etc… so there is not a lot of information or data out there about the actual causes of this combination of digestive issues. 

Instead, the research talks about the risk factors, the related triggers and medications for relief but no answers to the cause. 

Tums antacid

There are basically 3 types of medications people end up using for Acid Reflux, GERD & Heartburn: 

  1. The Protein Pump Inhibitors
  2. Tums, which is calcium carbonate
  3. Also the H2 Receptor blocker

All 3 of these reduce the acid in the stomach and have pretty scary side effects…

Vitamin B12 supplement

Side effects of PPI (Protein Pump Inhibitors) are:  

  • C. DIFF (bacterial infection)
  • Osteoporosis (degenerative bone issues)
  • Decreased B12
  • Decreased Magnesium
  • Allergy Reactions
  • Heart Attacks

Side Effects of Tums (too much Calcium Carbonate)

  • Gas
  • Nausea
  • Kidney Stones
  • Allergies
  • Constipation

Side Effects of H2 Receptor Blockers

  • Decreased Sex Drive
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle pain
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation

All of these medication types also cause a condition called  “Achlorhydria” – A condition where you don’t have acid in your stomach anymore. You could also have decreased Achlorhydria – which is a decreased amount of acid in your stomach. 

The side effects of not having acid in your stomach are:

  • GERD
  • Acid Reflux
  • Heartburn
  • Decreased B12
  • Constipation
  • Decreased Magnesium & 
  • Decreased Zinc

So the medications that are supposed to treat the symptoms actually add to the problem. 

So what causes Acid Reflux, GERD & Heartburn? 

Is it too much acid? That is more of a sour stomach that can lead to gastritis. Probably not…

Stomach, sphincter, healthy, GERD

With all of these, you are having too much of the stomach acid splashing up into the valve on the top of the stomach. 

So what causes this? 

Autonomic Nervous System problems and a few other physical conditions that cause low stomach acid include:

  • H-pylori – (a bacteria)
  • Zinc deficiency – this is a very good remedy for ulcers & gastritis
  • Decreased Potassium, Sodium 
  • Decreased Chlorides (needed to make the acid)
  • Decreased Iodine
  • Decreased D3 
  • Also Hypothyroid
  • Antacids 🙂

YOU need nutrients to build stomach acid!

Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar Bottle

So if lack of stomach acid is causing the condition, adding acid back into the diet can often make these conditions go away. Things like apple cider vinegar or Betaine HCL can help bring stomach acid levels back to normal.

So there is a relationship between the stomach acid and the sphincter valve. If the stomach acid stays the right pH (between 1-3) the valve will stay closed nice and tight. 

Apple Cider Vinegar

If you have these make sure you fortify your body with:

Zink, Potassium, Sea salt, Iodine, and B3

I hope this has been helpful in your day. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar once or twice a day in a glass of water does wonderful things for the digestive system. Another is organic lemon juice is very good for this. The lemon juice also defends your body from making kidney stones. 

I look forward to hearing from you. Let me know if you want further product recommendations and I will get those over to you. 

Until Next time, this is Nurse Mary and Be – Well!

Better Health- What Does it Mean to You?

Inflammation – What is it?

Irritated joints, irritation in the digestive tract, even high blood pressure and allergies can be a sign of inflammation.

Autoimmune disorders can crop up from unmanaged inflammation.

Inflammation culprits can be many and depending on who you are. Things that irritate me could be different from what irritates you, and vice versa.

Inflammation doesn’t only affect joints. You may not have known that irritation of the digestive tract often follows that of the joints. 

Take a guess at what the # 1 inflammatory food is? You guessed it. Sugar.

Sugar the #1 Inflammatory food
Sugar is found in some surprising places

Did you know that sugar is more addictive than cocaine in rat studies?

This is a shocking observation, but the reality is that it’s everywhere and extremely hard to avoid.

Besides sugar, there are many foods we eat that the body processes just like sugar. 

White flour products such as donuts, cakes, white bread & desserts are all broken down and used by the body in a very similar way.

When is sugar the most dangerous?

Sugar by itself can pose threats to our health, however, these problems can be amplified significantly when this sugar is mixed with fat. For example Ice cream, donuts, and other sweet treats you’re surrounded by tend to raise your risk of inflammation greatly.

Speaking from my own experience, I have a friend that brought his blood pressure down simply by removing ice cream and most deserts from his diet.

It wasn’t enough to get off his blood pressure medication, however, it was enough to keep his blood pressure from creeping up.

Another cause of inflammation is food additives. Dies, preservatives and chemicals

Do you know what the second most inflammatory food is?

Surprisingly, one of the things that cause inflammation isn’t actually food itself, it’s the additives that are often found in the foods we buy.

Things like dies, preservatives and other chemicals cause a lot of inflammation in our body because they are foreign objects our body doesn’t know what to do with.

So what are the best foods for us to eat?

Eat foods the way they come from the earth. Fresh fruits and vegetables

Yes, you guessed it, foods such as the ones we were raised on, right from the earth. 

Eat more foods the way God made them like our parents and grandparents used to eat 

– Foods procured by the sweat of our brow.

Sometimes we develop bad habits of eating packaged foods because it tells us grams of carbs, protein, fat, fiber, etc., but look at all the stuff we can’t pronounce…

I get it, I do it myself! Don’t get me wrong, I want you to become a label reader. Often it is a safer choice to put it back if it has more than 3 ingredients or things you can’t pronounce.

Some fruits have an over-abundance of natural sugar in them, which can be concerning. However, vegetables have a natural balance of carbs, fiber, protein and calories. Therefore you don’t have to worry about the caloric amount of vegetables. 

Berries have fiber that lowers the absorb-able natural sugar.

If you have trouble with raw vegetables, steam them. This allows you to keep some of the nutrition without cooking everything away.

Thank you for your kind attention. I look forward to coming alongside you in your quest for better health. 

Isn’t that what you want? Better health, to be able to continue to do the things you love to do longer?

Relieve inflammation so you can do more of the things you love to do.

You Can! Never give up on that dream. We want to come alongside you and help you on that quest. I’m Mary Howard RN. Until next time be well!

Love vegetables but hate the bloating they can cause?

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Healthy Living - What does that mean to you?

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Find Inspiration & Make Every Thought Count

Put yourself in positive surroundings – a walk, pleasant places in nature, calm spaces, images that lift you up. We have identified 4 things that may help to inspire you in your day, and in your life. 

Four Things to Inspire You

  • Adventure
  • History
  • Be Inspired
  • Journal

1. Adventure

Break your pattern of routine and do something that is adventurous to you. A walk, a bike ride… or something even more intense. What is something you can do physically to activate your brain, your body, and your breath? Those things energize you and open you to new ideas and thoughts.   

Get outside your norm and go somewhere completely different from your typical routine. They are good for you even if you have to schedule your adventure out for a future time in your life. Make those bucket lists. Those are some of the things that will enrich your life. 

Get outside your norm and go somewhere completely different from your typical routine.

2. Learn About history

Be inspired by visiting places where people from history thrived. These are archives of great accomplishments. 

Even though they are from the past they can still inspire you to look forward. These people just lived their lives, they didn’t know that they were shaping history. 

Visit places that people from history are remembered.

3. People Should Inspire You 

See the passion and enthusiasm of others and live vicariously through their energy. 

Even if they are not in an area you would normally be interested in it still helps open your mind and energy and inspiration. 

Part of this is getting out of your own bubble. Meeting new people helps break your own boundaries of thinking and gives you other perspectives to see things from. 

See things from a different perspective. Get out of your own bubble.

4. Write Something Every day

This doesn’t sound as exciting as the other items but it is a chance to “hang out” with yourself. 

Think about what you actually want in life. Write out your own ideas and see how you matter, how you are enough. See what your dreams are and how they are important. 

Write Something Every Day. Write out your own ideas and see how you matter, how you are enough

Live, Love, MatterInspired by Brendon Burchard 

You have got to do the work. What do you want life to be about? When you do this you will start to feel inspired more often. 

I hope this has been helpful in your day. We want to inspire you to move forward in your journey of life & of better health. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, simply reply to this email. 

I look forward to hearing your stories of adventure and the things that inspire you in your life. I read every email and do my best to reply to every comment. 

Find Inspiration & Make Every Thought Count Feel stuck in a rut? Doing these things can help you get out and reach your potential!

Until Next time – Be WellMary Howard RN 

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The Secret Benefits of the Little Known Vitamin K2

Have you ever struggled with heavy bleeding? Hemorrhage or even simply really heavy periods? How about menopause issues? How about Cysts, Ovarian Cysts or Endometriosis? 

If you experience heavy bleeding during periods, it may signal a lack of vitamin k2

Some of my very close friends and I have suffered with these issues. It is really important for me to share what I came across. In fact, I don’t understand for the life of me why it is not being shared more publicly! 

As uncomfortable as it is for me to talk about, I’ll tell you that I had some major bleeding issues while going through Menopause. I didn’t want to have to talk about it or even deal with it but it was affecting my productivity in a major way in my life. As a Mom, as a wife, at my work, at managing my home, it felt like it was all caving in on me. 

From my medical background, I had heard of Vitamin K but had dismissed the idea of using it because it causes blood clotting so quickly that the conclusion was it was dangerous to take as a supplement. I decided I wanted to try just a little of it to see if it would help me. 

Talk about opening a can of worms. I found out there is a huge difference between vitamin K1 & Vitamin K2 – Vitamin K1 is just what I had know about. It helps the blood to clot and has very little other function in the body. 

Vitamin K2, on the other hand, has so many benefits that you must to hear about! It is good for young women, older women & even men 🙂 

It supports the heart, the brain, and has a major role in calcium absorption in our body. 

Here are the details of my research if you would like to read it: 

Find balance in your brain and hearth health

The little known Vitamin K2

Health benefits and sources of vitamin K. Vitamin K refers to a group of fat-soluble vitamins that play a role in blood clotting, bone metabolism, and regulating blood calcium levels. The body needs vitamin K to produce prothrombin, a protein. Prothrombin is a clotting factor that is important in blood clotting and bone metabolism.

What is the Vitamin k2 good for?

Vitamin K is also given to treat and prevent vitamin K deficiency, a condition in which the body doesn’t have enough vitamin K. It is also used to prevent and treat weak bones (osteoporosis) and relieve itching that often accompanies a liver disease called biliary cirrhosis.

The K Vitamins 

Vitamin K activates proteins that play a role in blood clotting, calcium metabolism and heart health. Controlled studies in people also observe that vitamin K2 supplements generally improve bone and heart health, while vitamin K1 has no significant benefits. 

Vitamin K activates proteins that play a role in blood clotting

Vitamin K1’s primary function

Blood clotting, which prevents excessive bleeding. (K1 is what prevents a paper cut from becoming dangerous.)

VS

Vitamin K2’s primary functions  

Helps direct calcium to the right places (into bones and teeth and out of soft tissues like arteries and kidneys) 

and…

May help support bone, heart and brain health.

How much k2 should I take daily?

Vitamin K2 dosage for adults: Between 100-300mcg per day is considered a standard dose. Dosages up to 600mcg per day for certain conditions may be necessary.

Eating lots of leafy greens is a great way to get your daily vitamin k1

Vitamin K1 is primarily found in leafy green vegetables, while K2 is most abundant in fermented foods and some animal products. Vitamin K2 may be absorbed better by the body, and some forms may stay in the blood longer than vitamin K1. These two things may cause K1 and K2 to have different effects on your health.

What food has the most vitamin k2?

Foods that are rich in vitamin K2 include:

Supplement your diet with egg yolk to get plenty of vitamin k2
  • Natto, fermented soy.
  • Goose liver.
  • Cheese.
  • Egg yolks.
  • Dark chicken meat.
  • Butter.

What are the benefits of vitamin K2 that will Improve YOUR Health?

  • Vitamin K2 may prevent wrinkles and reverse aging
  • Vitamin K2 to prevent varicose veins
  • Vitamin K2 for blood sugar regulation and type-II diabetes
  • Vitamin K2 to increase exercise performance
  • Vitamin K2 and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – female fertility
  • Vitamin K refers to a group of fat-soluble vitamins that play a role in blood clotting, bone metabolism, and regulating blood calcium levels

Side-by-side Comparison of Vitamin K1 & Vitamin K2


Vitamin K1Vitamin K2
What does it do?Blood clotting – prevents excessive bleeding. (K1 is what prevents a paper cut from becoming dangerous.)Helps direct calcium to the right places (into bones and teeth and out of soft issues like arteries and kidneys)May help support bone, heart and brain health.
Found InGreen leafy vegetablesFermented foods (some European hard cheeses and Natto or fermented soybeans)Fatty organ meats like liverChicken dark meatSome pork productsEgg yolks from pastured chickenGrass-fed butter
DeficiencyRareCommon
Daily Value (RDA)90 micrograms for women
120 micrograms for men
Not yet established, but experts recommend 100 to 200 micrograms of K2 daily.
Deficiency SymptomsBruisesIncreased bleeding timeSmall blood clots under nailsIncreased bleeding in mucous membranes.Weak bonesIncreased plaque deposits along the gumlineIncrease in cavitiesArterial calcification
Causes of deficiencyLack of green leafy vegetables in the dietAnticoagulant medications (Warfarin/Coumadin)AntibioticsFat malabsorption disorders.Lack of fermented foods and organ meats in the diet.
Effect on bone & Heart HealthMinimalModerate
Present in the brainNOYes!
Interferes with function of blood thinning medicationsInterferes with function of blood-thinning medicationsYes. Vitamin K2 can also interfere with the blood thinning medications. Talk to your doctor before using Vitamin K2 supplements if you are taking Warfarin or other similar drugs. 

I hope this information has been helpful in your day. If it has please share it forward with a friend or family member. 

If this information has caused more questions than answers please reply here and send me a message so we can chat. 

If you have had a personal life-changing experience after supplementing with vitamin K2 or after consciously eating foods rich in Vitamin K2 – I can’t wait to hear your story. Please reach out to me. 

I hope this has been helpful in your day. 

Until next time – Be Well! Mary Howard RN

p.s. Do you want to know what product I use now every day? Here are a couple of my favorites that I use and didn’t want to keep this from in case it is something that might make as big a difference in your life as it has in mine.

These 2 are my favorites:

Vitamin D with K2 – Super easy to take (just 6 drops of oil)

Vitamin K2 + Resveratrol –  A small capsule that has Vitamin K2 & the added anti-inflammatory benefits of Resveratrol.

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Imagine You Healthy…

Be Intentional

Small steps over time – and be intentional about those steps. 

Be intentional that you want “change” and what that ideally looks like to you

For example, what are the intentions you want? 

  • To feel better?
  • To have more energy?
  • To do more of the things you love to do?

Maybe even to have a better outlook on life?

Be True to YOURSELF

We live in a world where we worry about what others think, about being judged by others. Being “liked” by others…

Are you ready? Being intentional with your desire to make small changes and commit to long term health.
Are you ready to make a change in your life?

Sometimes this clouds our judgment. You will find that showing up as yourself (really digging in and deciding what better health looks like for you) is when being better to yourself and making healthier choices truly works.

If you can find a way to put the fear of what others are going to think aside when it comes to being more active, eating better, taking a certain supplement or avoiding a certain medication, you will be significantly more likely to succeed.

Desire to Change 

Desire Change - Sometimes the hardest part is recognizing the need to make a change

Change by moving away from something – you want less of and – move toward something you want more of.

I am passionate about helping you on a path away from things that are holding you back in life to leading you to open up your life to a place of abundance. I am beyond excited – to help you with that…

The desire to change is going to be that thing that helps you push through on those days when you just don’t feel like doing it. Days when things feel hard or you don’t feel motivated. 

inspiring a sense of urgency

A sense of Urgency

Giving yourself a sense of urgency will help you get going and do something to propel you forward even if it is not perfect.

That desire to change is what’s going to keep you moving forward – so you really need to figure out YOU – what is the “desire to change” in your life?

Put in the Work

We didn't get here in a short time. It will take consistent hard work to get back to what we were.

Becoming unhealthy didn’t happen overnight so getting healthy probably won’t happen overnight either.

There is no such thing as “not having to do work” and to become successful

Paying Attention

Gradually increase the number of healthy things you integrate into your life. Not letting old habits creep back in.

So to review: the steps look like:

  • Be Intentional
  • Be True to Yourself
  • Find your Why – Your desire for change
  • Add a sense of urgency to get your focus away from doing things perfectly – just start
  • Put in the Hard Work
  • also pay attention to details so you can follow through

Send us your comments

  • I love to hear your comments – what you are struggling with?
  • What you are succeeding at?

If you have a great recipe or simple tip or trick that is working for you please share it forward. If it is something others could benefit from I will do my best to share it with our Natural Health Groupies.

If you like this content I hope to bring more of this kind of content on our Facebook page as well.

We also have a closed group called Essentially YOURS for those interested in learning more about essential oils, recipes and other Natural Solutions for health.

Just wanted to come along side you and encourage you in your day. These things are truly the things that matter on your journey to being a healthier version of you.

Until next time – Be Well!

Mary Howard RN

Imagine YOU  - Be intentional about the way you show up
Be Intentional about the way you show up in life.

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Herbs that lower Blood Sugar

I recently found this image and thought it such helpful info I had to share:  

Herbs that lower blood sugar: Cinnamon,  Clove, Rosemary,  Oregano, Sage, Curry, Garlic, Ginger, Turmeric, Cayenne & Marjoram.

 

Cinnamon – How does it help the blood sugar?

Cinnamon works by lowering insulin resistance. Researchers found that cinnamon cut cholesterol by about 18% and blood sugar levels by 24%.

Cinnamon

Probably the most enjoyable of herbs that lower the blood sugar to take.

You can use the Cinnamon spice or you can use the essential oil.

A therapeutic grade essential oil has a nice kick to it and can grow on the taste buds making it very enjoyable to use several times a day.

I like to put 2 or 3 drop on a teabag or on loose leaf tea leaves, then make tea as usual and the oil emulsified into the tea.

As you build a tolerance to it you can drop 1 or 2 drops under the tongue

cloves are good for diabetics. A research shows that the compounds found in cloves may help keep blood sugar under control. As little as one teaspoon of the super-star spice is enough to reap benefits.

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Top 5 Essential Oils & DIY Allergy Relief Home Remedies

Natural remedies for allergies. So a friend of mine asked me, Mary, what kind of things would you use if you were struggling with allergies right now?

What essential oils are good for seasonal allergies?

Pollen Is high these days, right away my mind comes back to the basics. Lemon, Lavender & Peppermint. They have such an amazing synergistic effect.

What essential oils are a natural antihistamine?

Lemon, Lavender & Peppermint are natural antihistamines. Combining the three together they complement each other well.

If you would prefer to listen to this content here is a handy video:

Natural Remedies for Allergies

How do you use essential oils for allergies?

There are a few ways you could use Lemon, Lavender & Peppermint to help you with your allergies:

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Reduce Your Joint Inflammation With Food

Thank you for your reply to my article “From Walking with a Walker to Walking 5 Miles“. I had so many replies and requests to write about this subject that I thought I had better not put it off too long.

What is an Anti-inflammatory Diet?

When we think about anti-inflammatory foods we have to think about 2 aspects of an anti-inflammatory diet. Foods we can eat and the foods we need to avoid. Some foods irritate the digestive system and ultimately the joints and some foods calm the digestive system causing less body system irritations. We will look at several of these pieces.

The other piece of this is that it will look different for you than it will for me and different for me than someone else you know.  There may be some family similarities but not always.  

Try a 30 day Whole food re-set

One thing to you might consider if you are really ready to figure out what foods are bothering you the most is to try a 30-day whole food re-set. I have done one and it is really eye-opening. I am not the best guide on one of these so I will refer you to a book if you are interested in doing that.

Whole: The 30 Day Whole Foods Challenge

What I will do for you though is help you with some basics. There are actually groups of inflammatory foods. So you may be sensitive to one but not the other. That is why eating a clean diet for 3 weeks to 30 days is so helpful when beginning this journey.

Sugar – The Most Inflammatory Food!

Sugar is probably the most inflammatory of all the foods. We have a list of sugars and hidden names for sugars. Most sweeteners are really not safe either because they are highly processed foods. The only sweetener that I trust is Stevia. There are some good stevia choices now that don’t leave a bitter after taste. Let me know if that is something you are interested in.

61 Hidden Names for sugar

Here is a handy list: 61 Hidden Names for Sugar

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doTERRA Essential Oils Price Per Drop

By: Jo Jean Keesling

2019 Essential Oil Cost Per Drop Retail & Wholesale Chart

This price per drop sheet is based on

  • 15 ml bottle = 250 drops
  • 5 ml bottle = 83 drops

Single Essential Oils

Essential OilUnitRetailWholesalePer Drop Retail*Per Drop Wholesale*
Arborvitae5ml$29.33$22.00$0.35$0.27
Basil15 ml$32.00$24.00$0.13$0.10
Bergamot15 ml$40.00$30.00$0.16$0.12
Black Pepper5 ml$29.33$22.00$0.35$0.27
Blue Tansy5 ml$113.33$85.00$1.37$1.02
Cardamom5 ml$34.67$26.00$0.42$0.31
Cassia15 ml$25.33$19.00$0.10$0.08
Cedarwood15 ml$17.33$13.00$0.07$0.05
Cilantro15 ml$34.67$26.00$0.14$0.10
Cinnamon5 ml$32.00$24.00$0.39$0.29
Clary Sage15 ml$48.67$36.50$0.19$0.15
Clove15 ml$21.33$16.00$0.09$0.06
Copaiba15 ml$46.67$35.00$0.19$0.14
Coriander15 ml$33.33$25.00$0.13$0.10
Cypress15 ml$20.67$15.50$0.08$0.06
Douglas Fir5 ml$30.00$22.50$0.36$0.27
Eucalyptus15 ml$22.67$17.00$0.09$0.07
Fennel (Sweet)15 ml$20.00$15.00$0.08$0.06
Frankincense15 ml$90.67$68.00$0.36$0.27
Geranium15 ml$41.33$31.00$0.17$0.12
Ginger15 ml$54.67$41.00$0.22$0.16
Grapefruit15 ml$24.00$18.00$0.10$0.07
Green Mandarin15 ml$37.33$28.00$0.15$0.11
Helichrysum5 ml$93.33$70.00$1.12$0.84
Juniper Berry5 ml$25.33$19.00$0.31$0.23
Lavender15 ml$30.67$23.00$0.12$0.09
Lemon15 ml$14.67$11.00$0.06$0.04
Lemongrass15 ml$13.33$10.00$0.05$0.04
Lime15 ml$17.33$13.00$0.07$0.05
Marjoram15 ml$25.33$19.00$0.10$0.08
Melaleuca15 ml$28.00$21.00$0.11$0.08
Melissa5 ml$153.33$115.00$1.85$1.39
Myrrh15 ml$78.67$59.00$0.31$0.24
Oregano15 ml$29.33$22.00$0.12$0.09
Patchouli15 ml$37.33$28.00$0.15$0.11
Peppermint15 ml$29.33$22.00$0.12$0.09
Petitgrain15 ml$33.33$25.00$0.13$0.10
Pink Pepper5 ml$29.33$22.00$0.35$0.27
Roman Chamomile5 ml$60.00$45.00$0.72$0.54
Rosemary15 ml$21.33$16.00$0.09$0.06
Sandalwood5 ml$93.33$70.00$1.12$0.84
Siberian Fir15 ml$26.67$20.00$0.11$0.08
Spearmint15 ml$37.33$28.00$0.15$0.11
Spikenard5 ml$66.00$49.50$0.80$0.60
Tangerine15 ml$24.00$18.00$0.10$0.07
Thyme15 ml$39.33$29.50$0.16$0.12
Turmeric15 ml$37.33$28.00$0.15$0.11
Vetiver15 ml$54.67$41.00$0.22$0.16
Wild Orange15 ml$13.33$10.00$0.05$0.04
Wintergreen15 ml$29.33$22.00$0.12$0.09
Yarrow Pom30 ml$126.67$95.00$0.25$0.19
Ylang Ylang15 ml$49.33$37.00$0.20$0.15
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Essential Oil Dilution Chart: Sensitive Skin, Aromatic, Topical and More!

When to dilute the Essential Oils

Essential Oils have many different usages. Knowing what essential oils should be diluted on sensitive skin (S), what essential oils should always be diluted (D) and what essential are safe to use directly on the skin – Neat (N) – is very important.

Application Methods of Essential Oils

The Safest Ways to Apply Essential OilsAlong with that information, it is also important to know what Oils can be used where. We have put together a list of Application Methods.

All the oils can be used Aromatically (A) this would mean things like smelling them from the bottle, placing them in a diffuser or applying them to a natural diffuser, like jewelry, reed diffuser or other items. Many oils are safe to use Topically (T) on the skin. Then several essential oils can be used internally (I) if the oils are a Therapeutic grade of essential oils.

 ~  SKIN SENSITIVITY APPLICATION METHODS  ~ 
  N – Neat – Can be used topically without dilution A – Can be used aromatically  
  S – Sensitive – Dilute for young or sensitive skin T – Can be used topically  
  D – Dilute – Always dilute before using Topically I – Can be used internally  

We have put together an extensive chart below for your reference. This Video will help describe some of these details. It will also show you how you can easily use this quick reference chart.

Essential Dilution and Application Chart

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NameNeatSensitiveDiluteAromaticTopicalInternalOther
ArborvitaeNAT
BasilNATI
BergamotSATI
Black PepperSATI
Blue TansyNAT
CardamomNATI
CassiaDATI
CedarwoodSAT
CilantroNATI
Cinnamon BarkDATI
Clary SageNATI
CloveDATI
CopaibaSATI
CorianderNATI
CypressNAT
Douglas FirNAT
EucalyptusSAT
Fennel (Sweet)SATI
FrankincenseNATI
GeraniumSATI
GingerSATI
GrapefruitNATI
GreenMandrinNATI
HelichrysumNATI
Jasmine TouchNATusually used diluted
Juniper BerryNATI
LavenderNATI
LemonNATI
LemongrassSATI
LimeSATI
MaagnoliaNATusually used diluted
MarjoramNATI
MelissaNATI
MyrrhNATI
NeroliNATusually used diluted
OreganoDATI
PatchouliNATI
PeppermintSATI
PetitgrainSATI
Pink PepperNATI
Roman ChamomileNATI
RoseNATusually used diluted
RosemaryNATI
SandalwoodNATI
Siberian FirNATI
SpearmintSATI
SpikenardNAT
TangerineNATI
Tea TreeNAT
ThymeDATI
TurmericNATI
VetiverNATI
Wild OrangeNATI
WintergreenSAT
Yarrow / PomagraniteNTI
Yland YlangNAI

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Grass Fed Meats

Omega Fatty Acids: Getting down to the Grass Roots

by Mary Howard, RN

We will look at why some meat is better than others for you and why some fats are better than others for you. What are these Omega fats, anyway? We will also look at why the fat ratio of meat and eggs can be affected by the animal’s feed and living conditions. We’ll also touch on the fact that, just because an animal was raised on organic feed it still may not have the nutrients needed to make their meat healthy.

What are Omega Fatty Acids?

To figure out what Omega fatty acids are we will touch on just the basics. Fats are compounds called Lipids. They are chemical compounds of Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen. Fatty acids are the refined fuel forms of fat and some cells, like the heart, prefer them over glucose (sugar). Fatty acids are named according to the number of carbons in their chain, for example: Omega 3, Omega 6. Because there are fewer carbons in an Omega 3’s chain has some to do with why they are better for you. Your HDL (good Cholesterol) comes from Omega 3’s.

Now we need to know this because there are certain Fatty Acids that are considered “Essential” meaning that we need to get them from the foods we eat. They are Linoleic, Linolenic and Arachidonic. But actually Linoleic is the only one that our body can not make so it is dependent on diet.

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doTERRA Compliance

Understanding my WHY – My doTERRA Compliance Journey

My friend Josh was here at my office one day, he works a lot with folks on  “Search Engine Optimization” and Google Analytics. We were talking about some things to write about, and I said, “Well I can’t write that, it wouldn’t be compliant. He said, “That’s just dumb. You should be able to talk about what you want to.” I said “No it’s alright.”, and explained why.

I’m Mary Howard RN with Powerline Health bringing you another episode of Essentially YOUR’s where we come alongside you and help you in your day with some Natural Solutions.

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It’s About Recovery – Athletic Recovery

By Dr Jerry Petermann ND

Okay, let’s talk about Recovery….

No, not THAT Recovery….recovery from athletic competition and general strenuous physical exercise.

Resveratrol Helps with Athletic Recovery

Ask any competitive runner, “What is the one thing that keeps you from improving your times?” and they will tell you, “Recovery time.”

There you have it; the most common complaint from any athlete on the planet. People who train must have time for their muscles and tendons to mend and their aerobic systems to adapt. Precious time. They often take every form or vitamin and mineral ever devised by humans and yet, it still takes time…no matter what.

Well, maybe.

Here’s a true story about a man named Chuck Cash. He was formerly in the U. S. Army for 20 years, retired and begin working as a successful salesman at age 47. His favorite pastime was competitive running; 5K’s, 10K’s, full marathons and rapidly fading dreams of one day competing in Tri-Athlons and pure fantasies of being a ranked Iron Man.

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The Miraculous Benefits of Resveratrol

What is Resveratrol?

Resveratrol is a phytoalexin, a class of compounds produced by many plants when they are infected by pathogens or physically harmed by cutting, crushing, or ultraviolet radiation.

What are the benefits of Resveratrol? 

Resveratrol has many health benefits but the simplest way to describe it as a supplement that nourishes the Mitochondria in the body. It seems to roll back the effects of aging on the cells.

Here are a few of the major things we covered in this video:

Resveratrol Helps Athletic Performance

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The Benefits of Sauerkraut

The Benefits of Sauerkraut –
Old time foods made easy

What is Sauerkraut?

Sauerkraut is finely cut raw cabbage that has been fermented by the formation of natural lactic acid bacteria. It has a long shelf life and a distinctive sour flavor. During the fermentation process the natura sugars in the cabage leaves are used up leaving a tangy, crunchy, Kraut.

Here is a short video we did that explains what we did and the health benefits.
Our video will show how to make Sauerkraut in a Jar

Here is our recipe for Sauerkraut

  • 1 cabbage grates or finely shredded
  • 1 onion grated
  • 2 cucumbers finely sliced
  • 1.5 TBSP  of pickling salt. (You want to use an Iodine free so your kraut stays crunchy)
  • 2 – 1 quart jars
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Eczema – A Grandmother’s Journey

Jo’s Journey with her Grandson who had Severe Eczema

What is Eczema you ask?

Eczema - Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic Dermatitis – is dry, itchy skin and rashes on the face, inside the elbows and behind the knees, and on the hands and feet. Scratching the skin can cause it to turn red, and to swell and itch even more.

Here is a real story with amazing results with just a few simple dietary suggestions as a result of a BioMeridian Scan.

Jo’s Grandson suffered from Eczema and had been to many doctors. The family was frustrated with no real good answers to how to best help this child. They went to Dermatologists and tried multiple kinds of creams and other remedies without good results.

Well – Le’ts let Jo Tell you in her own words:

Somewhere between the age of 1 and 2 my Grandson started being treated for Severe Eczema –

His Primary Care Doctor and even a Dermatologist continued to prescribe Steroids and other creams –

I helped my daughter with home remedies and she eliminated milk and other foods.

At one point the Dr did a blood test to identify allergies but nothing healed his skin.

The raw patches on the back of his knees, legs and feet were so severe that he got a staph infection,

I turned to Evelyn

Her scan results showed Gluten (which earlier I said we had eliminated foods but it was her total results that made the difference)

Sun Screen also showed as skin issue – which putting Sun Screen on his fair skin was always a fight and he would fuss and this we passed it off as just being difficult. We studied Gluten and became aware of everything that has Gluten – It was summer and we switched to a Zinc Sunscreen.

Evelyn suggested Digestive Enzymes, a Vitamin B Complex, and a Calcium Magnesium supplement.

The Little Guy detoxed for about 30 days and then his skin became clear and that little 5-year-old was so happy! He took over his health even at his young age, being aware of what he ate, and would remind you he needed the Enzymes.

This was something we struggled with for over 3 years and so Grateful for Evelyn and how she helped us.

In conclusion:
It was amazing to find out that the root of his skin problems came from within. That his digestive tract was yelling for help through his skin. His Eczema became so bad that he had sores on his legs. At one point the sores became infected with staph.

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Herbs That Support The Adrenal Glands

Do you struggle with Adrenal Fatigue?

Some of the symptoms of Adrenal Conditions

Do you struggle to feel a balance in your body?

Are you having difficulty sleeping, racing thoughts, difficulty concentrating on tasks?

Are you struggling to have enough energy and difficulty with your weight?

Herbs to help the Adrenal Glands

Often these things can be adrenal glands that are out of balance.

When your adrenal glands are out of balance often your hormones become out of balance.

There are a few herbs that help to support your adrenal glands and we wanted to share a few of those with you.

Hi, I’m Mary Howard RN

With Powerline Health bringing you another episode of Essentially YOURS. Where we try to come alongside you in your busy life and give you a few extra tools to help you in your day.

Licorice Root

  • Licorice can stimulating the adrenal gland, stimulating your body to have a healthy level of cortisol.
  • Licorice Root can speed the repair of the stomach lining and restore balance there as well.
  • There are more than 300 different compounds in licorice, some of which have antiviral and antimicrobial properties.

Hawthorn Berry

  • Hawthorn has a history as the herb to strengthen your heart – both physically and emotionally.
  • Hawthorn Berries are known to be vasodilators, having some blood pressure lowering activity by relaxing of the blood vessels farther from the heart.
  • Because of this it is also used to reduce anxiety.
  • It seems to lower cholesterol by increasing the excretion of bile, reducing the formation of cholesterol, and enhancing the receptors for LDLs.

Fennel

Fennel is used for various digestive problems including heartburn, intestinal gas, bloating, loss of appetite.

  • Fennel can relax your muscles — including your digestive muscles.
  • Fennel can helps regulate the Blood Pressure.
  • Fennel can also be useful to flush out toxins and sludge from our bodies, thus helping to cleanse the blood.

A few Additional Herbs that Support the Adrenal Glands

Ginseng – helps with energy, blood sugar, memory and mood

Echinacea – Helps with anxiety and inflammation

Gotu Kola – Great to help with memory, focus and to fight fatigue

Ginger – helps with inflammation as well as improving Blood Circulation

St John’s Wort – Helps improve the mood, fight depression and elevate certain neurotransmitters in the body.

Herbs that Support the Adrenal Glands

See our Article: Adrenal Fatigue and what you can do about it for more information.

Adrenal Fatigue – What YOU Can Do About It

Adrenal fatigue is a collection of signs and symptoms, that results when the adrenal glands function below the necessary level. Most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress

By managing your stress, changing what you eat, when you eat and getting enough sleep you can do a bunch to help yourself.

What Are the Adrenal Glands?

The adrenal glands are small glands located on top of each kidney. They produce hormones that you can’t live without. Cortisol helps you respond to stress and has many other important functions. With adrenal gland disorders, your glands make too much or not enough hormones.

The Adrenal Glands – Beyond Fight or Flight

We all know they control your fight or flight but how does this help or hinder us in today’s fast pace high pace environment?

We are no longer being chased by tigers but to say we don’t have stress would be an understatement for most of us.

Managing stress is an important thing but not always 100% do-able.

What do the Adrenal Glands Do?

The Adrenal Glands help the body keep the balance so that we can feel good and be on top of our game when we need to:

  • During our workday
  • During stressful driving situations.
  • Being calm in annoying situations

but what happens when we have too high a demands on our adrenal glands?

Adrenal Fatigue

What if we work ourselves into a situation where we depend on the fight or flight body management of our adrenal glands all the time?

You guessed it these glands become “fatigued”

Hi – I’m Mary Howard RN with Powerline Health bringing you another episode of Essentially YOURS. Where we try to come alongside you in your busy life and give you a few extra tools to help you in your day.

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What is a BioMeridian Scan?

The BioMeridian Scan is a test done with a BioMeridian Machine. Using a stylist to touch meridian points on a hand and a foot. It measures the electrical currents of the body and sends your information back through a computer program. The results help tell you where your body is out of balance. Some systems may be over worked and some systems in your body may be under performing. The results help you determine changes needed in your diet, lifestyle, environment as well as supplements that may be helpful.

Hello and welcome to Powerline Health…

Meet Evelyn Hammon RN & Mary Howard RN

(If you prefer to read the content of this video we have it here for you)

This is my friend Evelyn Hammon, and she’s a registered nurse and has been working with people doing Bio-Meridian Scans for 18 years. As she became busier and busier, Evelyn couldn’t work all day doing scans and then mail product at night, it was too much! So we worked out a situation where I help people get the product they need and so I built the PowerlineHealth.com website and then you have the best of both worlds.

Mary is a registered nurse also, and we have loved working together for 10 years.

What is a BioMeridian scan and What Does it do?

It is testing the electrical magnetic field of the body and it does it through what is known as acupuncture points or Meridian points. Hence the name of the equipment is a Bio Meridian scan.

This will measure all these points and show us where there are weak areas where there are inflamed areas and help us see how to rebalance those areas.

What do You Need to do to be Prepared for Your BioMeridian scan?

You actually don’t need to do anything specific. Just do what you normally do. If you normally have breakfast and have coffee, go ahead and have that before coming in. If you’re someone that does intermittent fasting and you don’t eat until noon and your appointment’s at nine, go ahead and do the same thing because we want to see how your body is acting in your everyday life and that will help us see if we need to alter anything. I see people here and run a computer scan on them and it gives us an idea of what their body needs.

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Vegetable Wash

I found this great recipe for a home-made vegetable wash. This is so easy to make and so handy to use. Vinegar and lemon essential oil have many antimicrobial properties so it works well to your vegetables with.

Why use Lemon Essential Oils to wash your fruit? 

Lemon Essential Oil helps cut through the oily and waxy substances that are used on fruit and vegetables. Some of those substances on the fruits and vegetables are pesticides, some are substances stores use to make the fruit shine and stay fresh looking longer. 

Recipe for Vegetable Wash

Recipe for Vegetable & Fruit Wash
  •  1 cup filtered or distilled water
  • 3/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 10 drops of Lemon essential oil 
  • 16 oz glass spray bottle

Spray this on your fruit or vegetables and wait a little bit – then wash.  The other way is to put a 2 teaspoons in a basin of water and wash fruit with it. 

Emulsify your Essential Oils for your Veggie Wash

The essential oils tend to float to the top of your spray so be sure to shake well before each use.  Unless you emulsify the oils into the baking soda – We will show you how to do that on the video.

Vinegar and Baking Soda are important ingredients to help remove the pesticides from the fruit.  While lemon has powerful abilities to kill bacteria. 

Remove dirt, chemicals and bacteria from your fruits and vegetables naturally.
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