Support Your Immune System: Oregano Oil

Last week, I wrote about astragalus and its positive effects on the immune system. This week I am tackling oregano oil. Not just a spice used in Italian cooking, oregano extracts have antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal activity. Chronic infections like candidiasis, and contagious new viruses like SARS, seem to be inhibited by oregano. Oregano also seems to be beneficial for respiratory health, but also may act as an expectorant (helps to expel mucus) and antispasmodic (relieves coughing).

Chemical substances in oregano account for its tremendous healing qualities. These include alcohols, esters, phenols, and terpenes. They work synergistically to make oregano a powerful natural health aid. Phenols act as antiseptics and antioxidants, while terpenes exhibit antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties. Alcohol components linalool and borneol add to the antiviral and antiseptic qualities, and esters are potent antifungal agents.

A little goes a long way, and if you are using the drops, then 4 drops is all you need. Now, before you go buy it, make sure you buy Oregano Oil liquid and not the Essential Oil of Oregano.  The latter is used in aromatherapy and should not be ingested.

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Diaper Bags: Go Natural

All moms know that a properly packed diaper bag can make or break your day, when you are dealing with small children and babies. A diaper bag is not just a portable changing station, but it can also be a first aid kit, a small kitchen, and a toy store. However, there are things in your diaper bag that you may not be considering. Chemicals like phthalates (the “ph” is silent) are used to make plastic flexible and stabilize fragrance, while bisphenol A (BPA) is used to make plastics hard. There are also parabens, preservatives in lotions and shampoos. All these chemicals are going straight into your baby, and while there has been a push for regulation on BPA in baby bottles and water bottles, we still need to be conscious of what we are putting in and on our babies.

Here are a few things that you can do to make your diaper bag safer and greener:

Diaper Creams:  If your little one has a diaper rash, air time is really the best medicine. Free them of their diaper for 5 or 10 minutes per day and you will notice a huge difference. Continue reading “Diaper Bags: Go Natural”

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