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CBD Oil for Dogs

Does it work?

Yes. CBD can be very effective in treating a multitude of conditions in dogs. From calming for anxious dogs to pain and overall ease of aging. It can help to support the immune system and fight inflammation much like it can for us owners. Any animal with a backbone can benefit from the hemp plant. CBD, one of over 80 different cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, interacts with the endocannabinoid system which helps to regulate homeostasis. Here are some examples of what CBD can help with:

  • Chronic pain- cancer pain, hip pain, pain associated with aging
  • Dog’s who are anxious
  • Dogs with allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Epilepsy

What’s the difference in pet CBD?

Nothing but the labeling. If purchased from a trusted source, it is the exact same CBD we use. A label to indicate it is for pet use is the only difference.

How to use CBD oil for dogs.

CBD oil is very easy to give to your pet, simply add a few drops to his/her food or treat. If they like it enough you can give them their dose directly from the dropper. There are treats some companies make with CBD, completely up to you as the owner to use, but I recommend and use the oil directly for best results.

How much do I use?

The key thing to remember with CBD is that everyone/dog has a different body which needs a specific amount. The easiest and best way to figure out what amount you need is to start slow and add more drops as needed until your pup gets the desired results. It can take a few drops to a whole dropper. Starting slow and finding the right dose also helps for it to be most cost effective as you won’t be giving any extra oil that is not needed.

Do I need a prescription?

No! CBD is available online and able to ship to all 50 states, no prescription or vet needed.

CBD can be an amazing addition to your pets healthcare routine. It can help with so many things that every dog should have some!! It truely is a gift from God to help us all. Here is the CBD oil we use and trust for our family, pets included: CBD Oil

Integrated Healthcare

The Truth

I see so many arguments and debates on social media regarding modern medicine vs. natural medicine! I’m sure I’m not alone here either. But the truth is, both sides are missing out if they are debating this in the first place! I love my natural solutions and because I use them daily for my family we spend less time needing modern medicine but believe me when we need to we go to the doctor we do.  There are so many wonderful advancements in modern medicine that our life expectancy has increased drastically over the years. There are so many more advancements to come too! But there is definitely a need for natural plant-based medicine to have a place in our healthcare. There has become this huge disconnect of treating the patient as a whole. Rather than seek to improve all areas of life, which always influence one another, modern medicine has simple become a rat race to cover a symptom and a booming business at the expense of people’s lives. There is a huge gap that needs to be bridged between modern medicine and quality of life!

Fun Fact: Did you know the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, was an herbalist? He used over 250 different plants to treat aliments!

Prevention

Did you know the 5 leading causes of death (heart disease, cancer, lung disease and stroke) are all preventable! Prevention is the key factor in maintaining good health. While not all things can be prevented, there are so many things that can! This is where life style and plant-based medicine’s role comes in. There are so many proven benefits of mood elevation, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiviral with essential oils and proper nutrition. Essential oils allow for a way to positively interact with the body using chemical messengers. These chemical messengers are the same compounds used by the plant to defend itself, maintain health, and attract friends (bees for pollination) and act in the same manner for us. We may use essential oils to defend ourselves from microorganisms or bugs, we can use oils to balance out chemical imbalances and help our bodies to reach homeostasis and we can also use oil to attract and smell pleasant and elevate mood. By using the oils in this manner we can help to prevent disease and discomfort.

A vital role in prevention of disease is diet. As convenient as our diet has become, that convenience is at a price. We are literally paying that price with our lives! Your body is constantly trying to balance and maintain homeostasis. It is trying to find any toxins, foreign bodies or imbalances and excrete and correct these problems. In order to properly do this your body requires certain nutrients and needs that without proper diet and supplementation cannot happen. A proper diet free from as many toxins as possible – (find good link to nutrition article) and correct supplementation can make all the difference in your disease and aging process. Not only can this prevent but in many cases can reverse what ever aliments are occurring. The body is an amazing thing and when given the proper tools it can regenerate and repair itself miraculously.

An important supplement that has been removed from the American population for over 3 decades is cannabinoids. I am not talking about THC either, the cannabinoid responsible for the mind altering effects of marijuana. CBD which is found in higher levels in the hemp plant along with over 80 other cannabinoids interacts within your body with what is known as the endocannabinoid system. This system helps regulate homeostasis and can play a vital role in auto immune and neuralgic disorders.  See Health Benefits of Cannabis to learn more.

Treatment

Essential oils are not only good for prevention but can be very powerful as a treatment option for a number of health concerns. I always go to my essential oils first and if they need some help I then turn to modern medicine. There is no reason why you have to choose one or the other, they can both be beneficial together. I will say though you always need to research and verify with a certified aromatherapist if you are going to use oils medicinally. There are safety protocols to be followed. There is such thing as too much of a good thing! It is important to know how to use and when to use essential oils. Consulting with a certified aromatherapist can allow for this to take place. Since essential oils are not regulated by an agency anyone can use them, anyone can make them and anyone can give advice, so be sure you know your sourcing for your oil and how to use them. Self education and experience can also help with knowing what to use. Knowing basic guidelines and then self experimenting to find what works for you is the best route to take. Some common everyday occurrences that can be treated with essential oils would be:

  • burns- lavender
  • fever/headache – peppermint
  • bug bites – lavender
  • sunburn- aloe vera with lavender
  • antibiotic properties/cold flu/helps with viral- oregano & melaleuca
  • anxiety – wild orange

Fun Fact: Did you know about half of all liver transplants that take place in the United States are caused by chronic acetaminophen use! & this is something we give to our children! You can break a fever with peppermint essential oil or willows bark herb. You can relieve the same pain relief from using a blend of essential oils or again using the willows bark. You have other options than using a toxic yet “safe” pill someone created for a profit.

CBD has shown some remarkable properties in epilepsy, chronic pain, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, anti-tumor properties, PTSD and many other conditions. Such promising evidence exists that the United States government holds a patent on the use of cannabinoids and CBD specifically as a nueroprotector and effective in treating a number of medical conditions in therapeutic dosages. See for yourself  US Patent …507

Herbal medicine is another very powerful natural option to help restore and give your body what it needs. After all 80% of all prescription medications were created mimicking the medicinal properties of plant components. So why not learn and educate yourself on what natural, cost effective options you have and decide what is best for you? Often times a natural solution can be enough to get back to your optimal health state, and if it’s not enough then you can use additional modern medicine to help.

The decision is yours…

The purpose of this topic was not to sway your opinion one way or another on the use of both natural and modern medicine. But rather to give you some key points and examples of how integrating both together can be a good course of action should you choose. There is a vast majority of information available online regarding any aliment and natural option you can think of, it just takes the time to learn your options, educate yourself on the situation you are facing and deciding for you what the best course of action is. Of course you should always talk with your doctor before making any decisions but remember they are your decisions to make. While a doctor is a health expert and vastly more knowledgeable in the area of health, he is still a human and still doesn’t have all the answers and is not always right. It is up to you as a patient and individual to take back the power to control your health and make educated decisions on what to do, not just give the power over to another.

It is your health and your life so I wish you well on your journey and am here to help if needed!!

Health Benefits of Cannabis

Cannabis and you:

It’s a wonderful thing to see the laws finally changing to allow us access to such a medicinal plant that everyone needs! But not everyone understands the laws, which cannabis is legal and just how amazing and necessary this plant is.

About 30 years ago the discovery of the endocannabinoid system took place. Any mammal with a spine has been found to have this regulatory system within their body. So even if you’re not ingesting cannabis now, your body still contains cannabinoids! This system helps to regulate most body systems by acting on CB1 and CB2 receptors which play a vital role in our central nervous system. When you ingest phytocannabinoids (cannabis/hemp plant) they interact with this system.

Some of the common issues CBD and other cannabinoids are able to help with are pain, inflammation, anxiety, PTSD, autoimmune disorders, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.  Depression and chronic pain are two issues I myself have been able to overcome since the use of CBD. I suffered back pain since the age of 12, when I seen multiple specialists with no answers. I was offered pills which I disliked the way they made me feel so I decided not to take them. I choose to deal with the pain until I found CBD Biocare.

CBD is currently undergoing continuous research as the amazing medicinal properties of the hemp plant are just being discovered. It has shown anti-cancerous properties in cell studies and shown to increase survival rate when used along side with chemotherapy. It has huge epileptic success and is safe for use in children. CBD does not act on the part of the brain that controls breathing and heart rate therefore you cannot overdose on CBD.

If you take the time to research CBD on your own beyond this short little post, you will understand why everyone should be taking a CBD supplement daily in an effort to maintain homeostasis and stay healthy. Want to learn more about CBD oil and it’s benefits? Learn more here.

 

 

Healthy Living

My love of essential oils has really helped me to understand the importance of choosing a healthy lifestyle. The basic understanding of how an essential oil affects an individual cell really can help you to understand why it is vital to every aspect of your life to choose health and wellness.

Each cell in your body is either given the nutrients it’s needs or is not. When you lack eating proper nutrition or taking daily supplements to provide your body with what it needs you are creating a deficiency within your cells and can cause malfunction. While I am a realist and struggle daily with proper nutrition it is a battle worth fighting and continuing to improve. Our society is set up to distract us constantly, fast food, television, the internet(this is a double-edged sword), but keep in mind the  majority of people do not feel well, are not at a desired weight, feel tiered by noon, do not want to wake up in the morning, are battling preventable diseases. So if you do what the majority are doing then expect similar results. Want change like I do? Then make different decisions.

I may not make the right choice every day, but with consistent effort I make better choices today than I did yesterday, and that is progress. So let’s talk about what these better choices are based off of. So basically if you don’t need it don’t put it into or on your body, this includes breathing chemicals in. Every choice may not be perfect, like I just indulged in processed very yummy cinnamon rolls! I am not going to never eat things I enjoy, that defeats the purpose of feeling well and enjoying life. However I need to make more positive choices than negative ones to keep the scale tipped. Earlier today my family stopped at a fast food chain, I chose to have a salad and water over a bacon cheeseburger and soda I wanted. You can choose to expose your body to chemicals found in our everyday lives, or you can begin to educate yourself on what you are coming into contact with and make informed decisions on how to improve and maintain your health, because no one benefits from your health but plenty of industries will benefit from your disease. That is why I will be expanding the concept of this site to help inspire those who read it to make better decisions in their lives, educate them on health and wellness through essential oil use among other ideas, and to share my own experiences living out this lifestyle myself and how it has affected me personally. So I invite you to join me in dropping into health as I share all I learn and learn all I can about health in our world today, what affects it and how to attain it.

Is more better?

Essential oils are natural and therefore are safe to use in large quantities right? Wrong! Essential oils are natural, if purchased from a reputable company, but too much of a good thing is possible. There are risks and guidelines to follow when using essential oils.

General Guidlines

Essential oils are extremely concentrated and every drop is powerful. A huge amount of plant material goes into creating a single bottle of oil. Below is a picture of a distillation unit being filled with lemongrass.

distillion

Its important to understand the amount of potency within a drop of oil because less is more when it comes to essential oil use. Its important to keep topical use of oils diluted unless being used in more emergence cases (such as bug bites, burns or cuts/scraps). Repeated, consistent use of an oil “neat” or undiluted can result in skin irritation and result in an intolerance for use of the oil all together.

How big is a drop?

A drop of an oil is not a standard measurement, as there is no standardization in oil use which actually makes it very fun. Different oils have different consistences and different bottles have different size opening all playing a role in the amount of oil in a drop. So use the following guidelines as a guide but not a set amount of dilution ratio to help you create effective yet safe blends.

Dilution Guidelines

For every 30ml of carrier being used a 1% dilution would contain 5-6 drops of essential oil. A 3% blend would contain 15-18 drops and a 5% blend would contain 25-30 drops. For children and immune compromised people always use a 1% blend as you do not want to put added stress on the body. Essential oils enter the bloodstream and affect the body as a whole. When making blends for myself, a generally healthy adult, I use a 3% blend. For healing purposes I would use a 5-10% blend. Neat use is very effective in acute situations such as a burn or cut. But do not use for an extended period of time undiluted.

Potential risks

The main risk with essential oil use is skin irritation. It is important to know what oils can be skin irritating and what oils can be skin nourishing if you plan on using oils topically. Lavender, peppermint and frankincense are the only oils I primary use neat, there may be a few others here and there but not often. There are also photo-toxic oils which can cause a severe and potentially permanent skin damage when used and exposed to U.V. light. As a general rule citruses are photo-toxic.

 

 

5 Skin Care Hacks

Essential oils can be extremely nourishing to your skin. I have had the clearest and brightest skin tone since making my own skin care products using oils and carriers. Not only is my skin the best, and proper hydration also plays a role, but it’s saved me money and time. Plus it’s convenient when I run out of something to just make some more in 5-10 mins or less. The following are my 5 favorite recipies for DIY skin care products I use daily. Plus the oils have side benefits that help to elevate mood and support my immune system. I also eliminate toxins from my daily routine and therefore help to prevent health concerns later by using these products.

1. Deodorant

Ingredients:

  • 3 TBS Arrow Root Powder
  • 3 TBS Beeswax – grated
  • 3 TBS Coconut Oil
  • 3 TBS Shea Butter
  • 20 drops Lemon & Lavender Essential Oil

Using a double broiler or one pot on top of boiling water in another (that’s what I do for the same effect) melt coconut oil, Shea butter and bees wax. Add arrow root powder and mix. Remove from heat and add essential oils, I use 10 drops of each lemon and lavender, but you can use any oil you would like, tea tree would be a good oil to use for a more heavy duty deodorant. Pour into an empty deodorant bottle and cool in the fridge for a few hours. And there you have your very own home made deodorant.

2. Lip Gloss

  • Coconut Oil
  • Avacado Oil
  • Wild Orange

You can use an empty lip gloss bottle or order some off Amazon for a few bucks. I used fractionated coconut oil and fill contair about 3/4. Add avacado oil for the remaining 1/4 and add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil. Avoid any phototoxic oils to prevent skin damage. Sweet orange is a citrus oil that is not phototoxic.

3. Acne Smoother

  • Baking Soda
  • Avacado Oil
  • Lemon, Frankincense & Lavender Essential Oil

Mix 1 TBS baking soda with enough avacado oil to create a paste and add a drop of each, lemon lavender and frankincense. Smooth on to problem area or breakouts. I left mine on overnight. Do not use for more than a week as can cause dry skin.

4. Face Powder/Foundation

  • Arrow Root Powder
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg

Start with a base of a few spoons of arrow root powder and add little by little cocoa powder, nutmeg and cinnamon until you reach a desired shade. It’s actually quite fun to play around with the color!

5. Revitilizing Toner

  • Witch Hazel
  • Neroli, Lavender, Frankincense & Tea Tree Essential oils

Simply add the listed essential oils or choose your favorite skin nourshing oils to add to your witch hazel.

Black Pepper

Latin Name:

Piper nigrum

Basics:

Black pepper can help to motivate change and reduce fear and blocked energy. It can be useful in dealing with negativity, fatigue and depression. It is also good for nicotine cravings as well.

Theraputic Properties:

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Good for nausea and vomiting related to overindulgence.
  • Antibacterial against pathogenic bacteria.
  • Vasodilator & rubefacient (warming).
  • Helps when quitting smoking with cravings.

Blends well with:

  • Lemongrass
  • Clove Bud
  • Spike Lavender
  • Cardamom
  • Clary Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Juniper Berry

Saftey Concerns:

Can be skin irritating, a 1% dilution is recommended for topical use and do not use in the bath.

Lemon Essential Oil

Latin Name

Citrus limon

Basics

Lemon is uplifting and cleansing. It helps to expand energy and reduce depression and tension. It is generally sourced from Spain, Italy, France, and S. Africa. Lemon is cold pressed.

Theraputic Properties

  • Has significant anti-pain properties.
  • Anti-inflammatory activity.
  • Reduces anxiety and depression.
  • Can decrease both physical and psychological stress.
  • Antioxidant.
  • Antispasmodic
  • Can tighten tissues.
  • Has a cooling effect.
  • Can have a diuretic effect.
  • Helps detox the body by increasing the synthesis of enzymes in the liver.

Blends Well With:

  • Cypress
  • Patchouli
  • Ginger
  • Black Pepper
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lavender
  • Geranium

Saftey Concerns

Lemon essential oil is phototoxic if more than 12 drops per 1 oz of carrier oil is used. A severe skin reaction can occur if exposed to u.v. light up to 18 hours after application.

Keep in mind the experation date from when the oil was distilled. Citrus oils generally last a year. They oxidize fairly quickly compared to other oils, and can cause skin irritation when used topically if this has occurred. Store in a cool dry place and replace yearly.

Where do I place my oils?

On my feet right?

WRONG! Unfortunately, this is said alot with different companies. But the truth is he palms of your hands and soles of your feet have the thickest skin and therefore absorb the oils slower and the least amount. You will have better results if using the oils over the area of concern directly. Essential oils are lipophilic and are fat soluble so they penetrate the skin easily and are taken up into the bloodstream. The thinner the skin the quicker the oil uptake. Mucous membranes are more sensitive and uptake oils quicker, proceed use with caution. There are multiple benefits of using essential oils and carrier oils on the skin:

  • Can nourish the skin while addressing other areas of concern below
  • Easy to use daily
  • Works well for local inflammation and pain.

Cypress Essential Oil

Latin Name

Cupressus sempervirens

Cypress Basics

Cypress is an earthy scented oil with calming and soothing properties. It is excellent for overthinking, feelings of overwhelming, major life transitions and grief and trauma aid. It is sourced from Spain, France, Italy, and Morocco and extracted by steam distillation.

Therapeutic Properties

  • used to treat pain and inflammation
  • has good activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria
  • plays a role in the prevention of degenerative conditions due to antioxidant properties
  • has been used to relieve spasmodic coughs in natural medicine
  • great for decongestion of the respiratory and venous systems
  • serves as a diuretic and helps reduce excess fluid in tissues

Blends Well With

  • Juniper Berry
  • Rosemary
  • Grapefruit
  • Black Pepper
  • German Chamomile
  • Thyme ct. linalol,
  • Eucalyptus

Saftey Consideration

Take caution when using with asthmatics as it may be helpful with the airway or a potential irritant in some cases. Always start with a low dilution, you can add more if needed.