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DIY: Essential Oil Mouthwash

The Story Behind Essential Oils

Essential oils are quite simply the oil that comes from a plant when you press it extremely hard.  You can extract this oil from herbs, flowers, and roots.  There may be others but these are the most common.  Using plant essential oils has been around as long as there have been plant and human interaction. 

Before the most recent craze of using essential oils for everything from toe fungus to hair serums, we were using essential oils and not even realizing it.  Chewing gum for instance was originally flavored with peppermint or spearmint essential oil. 

Many shamans, natural medicine healers, and early doctors used essential oils quite often to help heal their patients. You might think that we have come a long way since then and why should we go back?

Using Plants in Modern Medicine

Today many great discoveries in medicine are still found using natural plants. There are many botanists, pharmaceutical botanists, medical doctors, and researchers who are looking all over the world for natural cures to diseases and infections.  If nature made it, then surely nature can kill it?

Once a plant, flower or herb is discovered then they bring it back for testing and to learn about its chemical composition.  Let’s say for instance that a plant or herb is very good at curing disease Z, but this plant only grows for 1 month each year on a high up rock in one deserted part of a far away country.  Well then, it only seems natural that we would figure out what makes it so helpful and try to recreate it in a lab.  This would save the natural environment from unnecessary exposure to trucking, development and other unpleasantries.

Since the advent of “modern medicine” this has been the standard practice.  Find something useful and recreate it in a lab for mass production to help as many people as possible.

The Problem with This Solution

There’s always a problem, isn’t there? When we mimic plants and herbs that we find naturally occurring we end up making mirror images of their chemical composition and this doesn’t always mesh the same with our systems.

As the saying goes “nothing like the real thing”. So while, for some very expensive, hard to grow plants and herbs it makes sense to do our best with the chemical copy, when we have the opportunity to grow the ‘real thing’ then we should of course take advantage of this.

The reason this wasn’t always so popular was due to the fact, that making the artificial version has always been more ‘cost effective’ shall we say?

Due to this fact, the corporations making these products decided to go with the artificial version instead and they have been putting some other less desirable additives into these products that we’re consuming as well.

There are so many great website that track this information.  My personal favorite is www.ewg.org .  The environmental working group is committed to providing the general public with the information what is in the products that we are consuming. I think this a great resource for anyone who is concerned. 

Natural DIY Mouthwash with Essential Oils

½ cup distilled water

½ cup 3 % hydrogen peroxide

¼ cup aloe vera juice

10 drops peppermint oil

10 drops spearmint oil

Mix together, store in a glass jar

*do not swallow

Swish in mouth and spit into sink

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Fitness Health

How to: Fix Abs after a Baby

Congratulations! You’ve just welcome a shiny new human onto planet earth and that is really amazing.  You’ve spent nine months growing another living being and now you will be taking care of said being for next 18 years or so. 

After giving birth and especially after multiple births many moms notice that their abs start to separate.  This is particularly problematic because you can do thousands of sit ups or crunches and not get those to cooperate.

If you are one of the many moms out there having this problem, then please try my modified dead bug routine. 

I modified this from the traditional dead bug routine.

I don’t have any pictures yet but we will have some soon.

Dr. Crowley’s Modified Dead Bug Progression

Phase 1

Lay flat on your back with your arms flat by your sides and knees bent, feet flat on the floor

Raise one knee keeping a 90-90 bend at the hip and knee, as you do so, tighten your abdominal muscles as if bracing

Hold for 30 seconds

Bring that foot back to the floor and raise the opposite knee, brace the abdominals

Hold for 30 seconds

Bring that foot back to the floor, now raise your arm up straight back by your head so its flat on the ground with your fingers pointing towards the wall behind you

Hold for 30 seoncds

Bring that arm down and repeat with the other arm

Phase 2

Begin in the starting position with knees bent, feet flat on the ground, arms at your side

Raise opposite knee to 90-90 and opposite arm, above your head at the same time, brace the abdominals

Hold for 30 seconds

Bring the knee and arm back down, and raise opposite knee, opposite arm

Hold for 30 seconds

Phase 3

Begin in the starting position with knees bent, feet flat on the ground, arms at your side

Raise opposite knee but this time stretch the leg out to a 45 degree angle with the floor and raise opposite arm

Hold for 30 seconds

Bring arm and leg back to neutral starting position and repeat with opposite arm and opposite leg

Hold for 30 seconds

  1. Spend 1-2 weeks performing each exercise 4-5 times a week
  2. Stop any exercise if you feel pain
  3. Always consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise program

Questions? E-mail me at [email protected] and I’ll be happy to answer any questions that you might have.