Natural Remedies: Essential Oils

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Over the past year, the use of essential oils has grown exponentially. Find them online, in stores, in magazines, on social media, and in the homes of many friends and family. Some use them for physical ailments, while others use their oils to affect their moods. Some people are even claiming to use the oils to cure cancer, Alzheimer’s, autism, and more.

As with any new (and unregulated) remedy that becomes popular, it is important to evaluate the claims you hear and the potential risks. At Yippee Cayenne, we want you to be informed and aware, so we’ve put together a few of these risks and claims for you!

Claims

As a cure: Though essential oils in their basic form have been used for hundreds of years, they just recently became popular. Thus, there are not many research studies or scientific tests on the healing abilities of essential oils. The FDA recently warned the two most popular essential oil companies to stop making health claims, because it hasn’t been tested yet. Many people attest to the powers of essential oils, but nothing has been proven.

For well-being: Essential oils may not heal or cure physical diseases, but they do provide relief. There are hundreds of success stories for essential oils and we have friends and family who attest to their results. Headaches, warts, insomnia, stomach aches — all have essential oil reliefs. Essential oils can’t replace modern medicine and a doctor’s opinion, but they can help relieve mild discomforts and provide relaxation when needed.

Risks

Not FDA approved: At the moment, there is no regulation for essential oils and they don’t need to be approved for the market. Check your oils to make sure they are coming from a legitimate source and be careful when buying more.

Natural doesn’t mean safe: Even though essential oils are natural remedies, distilled from plants, this doesn’t mean they are safe. As Dr. David Combs told Fox News, “(T)here are flat-out poisons that have been designed that are plant-based. They’re very, very concentrated compounds, and ingesting them is something that you have to be very, very careful with.” Avoid ingesting any essential oils and stick to surface applications.

Yippee Cayenne is an advocate for using natural remedies (visit http://yippeecayenne.myshopify.com/ for your sore throat remedy!), but we also want you to be safe. Do your research before joining this trend and use essential oils wisely.

Do you use essential oils? How do they work (or not work) for you?

Staying Healthy

SickWhen you get sick, nothing could be worse than being sick. You’re tired and achy, your head could explode from the sinus pressure, and you’re probably supporting the entire tissue industry with the amount of nose blowing you’re doing.

So, for your happiness and the well-being of everyone around you, it’s better to avoid getting sick at all. Piece of cake, right?

Maybe not.

If you have children, especially children under the age of five, or have a job that requires a lot of human contact, it’s more a question of when you’ll get sick, not if. And, as flu season is in full swing, the number of germs and sick people you come in contact with is fairly high.

Many doctors recommend getting the flu shot to avoid getting sick, but this is not an option that all agree with.

Whether you believe in vaccines or not, there are some easy ways to avoid germs. We have compiled a few of these tips to help you and your family stay healthy this flu season.

1. Wash, wash, wash. The easiest way to avoid germs is to wash and sanitize your hands as often as you can. Doctors recommend scrubbing at the back of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails to get at the germs. Keep scrubbing for about 20 seconds to get the best wash. If soap and water is unavailable, use an alcohol-based sanitizer to keep your hands clean.

2. Get enough sleep. Not only will sleep help with your energy levels, but it can also help your immune system. When your body is sleep deprived, it makes less T cells — white blood cells that help fight infection. So do your body a favor and turn in early.

3. Stay active. As we get closer to the holiday season, physical exercise takes a backseat to projects, work, cooking, parties, and holiday shopping. Don’t let a busy schedule or increasingly colder weather keep you from your exercise, though. Staying active will boost your immune system and help your body stay ready to fight colds and the flu.

4. Clean, clean, clean. Picking up sick germs is unavoidable, but you can keep them from spreading and infecting by keeping your home and workplace clean. Wipe down bathrooms and doorknobs to kill germs and try to keep any sickness contained, even if it means canceling a playdate or get together.

If you do fall prey to a cold or flu, remember to drink some chicken soup and take care of yourself. And, if your throat is sore and painful, use some Yippee Cayenne to soothe it.

How do you stay healthy during cold and flu season?