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Spotlight Oil: Fennel is known for its ability to sooth the digestive system. Fennel ingested in a tea, added to water, rubbed on the stomach, or in a capsule can be an immediate help for indigestion, constipation, flatulence and other digestive system problems. Fennel is an important oil in a number of blends that address a wide range of health concerns including hormonal balance, kidney failure, milk increase, and weight loss. To order Fennel Essential Oil, go to:

Spotlight Oil: Eucalyptus is known for its insect repelling properties and being able to deal with fevers and respiratory conditions. Diffusing Eucalyptus will benefit respiratory problems and will also help disinfect an area, preventing the spread of bacterial or viral agents. For respiratory conditions or coughs, inhaling the oil directly or breathing vapors from a cup of warm water with a few drops added is helpful. It can be diluted with a carrier oil and can be applied to the chest or throat area to ease congestion and alleviate a persistent cough. To order Eucalyptus Essential Oil, go to:

Spotlight Oil: Dill and Dill blended with other oils provides a topical application that gives relief from digestive irregularities for both children and adults. Combined with Black Pepper Dill can be applied to the bottoms of the feet to help balance appetite and some have found success with hiccups by applying diluted Dill along the jaw line. It is a calming oil and combined with Roman Chamomile is noted by some to be effective in helping with ADHD and helping children gain focus. Additionally it is antibacterial and can be used for those needs. To order DIll Essential Oil, go to:

Spotlight- Juniper Berry: The properties of Juniper Berry Essential Oil are helpful for urinary tract infections and it is one of the most effective diuretic essential oils. It is helpful with arthritis and diabetes. Juniper Berry Essential Oil has also been used for menstrual conditions. Open wounds along with stomach and digestive conditions, including flatulence, are also helped by this oil. To order Juniper Berry Essential Oil, go to:

Spotlight Oil- Cypress: Cypress essential oil has a fresh, clean aroma that’s energizing and refreshing. Because Cypress is recommended for skin care, hemorrhoids, and varicose veins. Cypress is effective with issues related to fluid loss such as perspiration, diarrhea, and menstrual flow, and bed wetting. Cypress is used for problems relating to menopause, menstrual pain, and cramps. Cypress is beneficial for oils skin conditions and to stimulate localized blood flow. Cypress is frequently used in spas and by massage therapists for its ability to soothe tight, tense muscles, and promote circulation. Cypress can be diffused or inhaled directly to assist with clear breathing and healthy respiratory function. To order Cypress Essential Oil, go to:


The Body’s Ecosystem:

Research on the human microbiome is booming, and scientists have moved from simply taking stock of gut flora to understanding the influence of microbes throughout the body.

by The Scientist Staff

The human body is teeming with microbes—trillions of them.

The commensal bacteria and fungi that live on and inside us outnumber our own cells 10-to-1, and the viruses that teem inside those cells and ours may add another order of magnitude.

Genetic analyses of samples from different body regions have revealed the diverse and dynamic communities of microbes that inhabit not just the gut and areas directly exposed to the outside world, but also parts of the body that were long assumed to be microbe-free, such as the placenta, which turns out to harbor bacteria most closely akin to those in the mouth.

The mouth microbiome is also suspected of influencing bacterial communities in the lungs. Researchers are also examining the basic biology of the microbiomes of the penis, the vagina, and the skin.

Altogether, the members of the human body’s microbial ecosystem make up anywhere from two to six pounds of a 200-pound adult’s total body weight, according to estimates from the Human Microbiome Project, launched in 2007 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)…

(read more: The Scientist)

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