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Clary Sage Oil

(Salvia sclarea)

You can find Clary Sage oil in Mother Gaia’s Aroma Sprays & Lotions.

Aromatic Scent: Clary Sage essential oil has an earthy, fruity and floral aroma that is both nutty and herbaceous. The essential oil is used in aromatherapy. Its keyword is ‘Euphoric’.

Blends Well With: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile German, Chamomile Roman, Geranium, Jasmine Absolute, Lavender, Neroli, Orange, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang.

The chief components of clary sage essential oil are sclareol, alpha-terpineol, geraniol, linalyl acetate, linalool, caryophyllene, neryl acetate, and germacrene-D.

The health benefits of clary sage essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antidepressant, anticonvulsive, antispasmodic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, digestive, emmenagogue, euphoric, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, stomachic, and a uterine substance.

Salvia sclarea (Clary Sage) is a herb commonly used as an aromatic. Belonging to the Mint family of plants, the ‘relaxing’ effects of the aromas may be related to preliminary evidence suggesting anti-depressant effects. It is a close relative of common garden sage but has a slightly different makeup. Furthermore, you may be familiar with it as “Muscatel Oil”, a common name given to clary sage essential oil due to its traditional use of flavoring muscatel wine.

Salvia sclarea is a biennial herb that is native to Africa, Central Asia and northern Mediterranean regions. Salvia sclarea has been used medicinally for almost 2,000 years, and it is still used today for a variety of health-promoting purposes. As with any herbal supplement you should talk to your health care practitioner before taking salvia sclarea.

As the name suggests, clary sage oil was and still is primarily used as a cleanser for the eyes. It is supposed to brighten eyes, improve vision, and protect loss of vision due to premature or normal aging.

Appears to have anti-depressant effects in rats, and this has been noted with the aroma of Clary Sage.

Clary has been perceived both as a weaker version of sage (Salvia officinalis) and also as a significant herb in its own right.  An antispasmodic and aromatic plant, it is used mainly to treat digestive problems such as wind and indigestion.

It is also regarded as a tonic, calming herb that helps relieve period pain and pre-menstrual problems. Owing to its oestrogen-stimulating action, it is most effective when levels of this hormone are low.

The whole plant, and especially the leaves, is antispasmodic, appetizer, aromatic, astringent, balsamic, carminative, pectoral and tonic. It is useful in treating disorders of the stomach and kidneys and is a valuable remedy for complaints associated with the menopause, particularly hot flushing. It should not be prescribed for pregnant women.

The leaves can be used fresh or dried, for drying they are harvested before the plant comes into flower. The seed forms a thick mucilage when it is soaked for a few minutes in water. This is efficacious in removing small particles of dust from the eyes.

Internal Effects

Extracts of salvia sclarea are also available as oral supplements in capsule, powder and tincture form. Oral salvia sclarea purportedly helps to reduce inflammation in the body. It also has astringent properties, meaning it causes the body cells to contract, tightens mucous membranes and reduces the discharge of fluids. In addition, salvia sclarea has estrogenic properties, and it is thought to stimulate and boost the actions of the female hormone estrogen.

Purported Oral Uses and Benefits

In folk medicine, salvia sclarea extract is used as a general health tonic. It is purported to help treat mental fatigue, depression, anxiety, kidney disease, tension and migraines as well as to prevent and treat muscle spasms. It is also used to promote oral health and treat sore throats, bad breath and toothaches. Due to its estrogenic properties, it is used to restore hormonal balance, and to relieve symptoms of both premenstrual syndrome and menopause. Herbs2000.com states that salvia sclarea is beneficial for the treatment of a variety of digestive problems, such as upset stomach, gas, and both chronic and acute indigestion.

Health Benefits

Fights Depression: Clary sage oil can boost self-esteem, confidence, hope, and mental strength, thereby efficiently fighting depression. This can be very helpful for forms of depression due to failure in career or personal life, insecurity, loneliness, stagnation, the death of a friend or loved one, and many other reasons. Clary sage oil also relieves anxiety. As an antidepressant, it can be systematically administered to patients suffering from acute depression who are undergoing rehabilitation.

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Tip of the Week

Need more time? Continued...

We all say we never have enough time to do what we want and spend time with those we love. But is it really true? Not really.

We can find the time if we make an effort to schedule our day. Once we have a scheduled routine for the necessities then we see all the time in between. 

So you've written your schedule and found your free time. Now what?

Some ideas....

• Fitness routines should be added early in the day, before your first meal is best. Exercising first thing in the morning is a great alternative to coffee, it gets your heart pumping and releases adrenalin.

• Stretching and relaxation practices should be added later in the day, especially in the hour before bed. Never right after eating because it can affect digestion and absorption.

• Creative activities and hobbies get the most attention and focus between 12 (noon) and 6pm. They're especially great at the sleepy 2:30 time by helping to shift attention and stimulate the mind.

• Getting up from your desk once in a while for a short walk or view out the window can stop the yawn attacks that occur with long periods of focus on a computer screen. It can also help prevent eye strain and carpal tunnel by changing the body's position periodically.

 

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Recipe of the Week

Breakfast Banana Split

from https://www.mommymoment.ca/2014/07/breakfast-banana-split.html

A delicious wheat free and nutrient filled breakfast.

Ingredients

• 1 banana

• 2-3 kinds of other fresh fruit (pictured above we used nectarine, strawberries and blueberries)

• almond butter

• nuts or seeds (optional)

Directions

• peel the banana and place it in a bowl

• add sliced fruit on either side of the banana

• drizzle with almond butter

• top with nuts/seeds if desired

• enjoy

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Why We Should Avoid Aspartame

10 Facts you should know about Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners

http://www.seattleorganicrestaurants.com/vegan-whole-food/aspartame-sweeteners-health-risks.php

Since America with the most obese adult population on earth is obsessed with dieting, the uses of aspartame and artificial sweeteners have increased drastically. You could find aspartame in many food products now a day’s including instant breakfasts, cereals, breath mints, sugar-free gums, cacao mixes, coffee beverages, gelatin desserts, frozen desserts, yogurt wine coolers, instant teas or coffees, tabletop sweeteners, soft drinks, shake mixes, no-prescription pharmaceutical drugs, multivitamins and milk drinks.

Recently the National Milk producers Federation (NMPF) and the International Dairy Food Association (IDFA) have been petitioning FDA to allow aspartame to be added to dairy products without proper labeling. Let’s find out why IDFA and NMPF have been petitioning FDA to approve using aspartame in dairy products without a label and have been claiming that low calorie sweetener like aspartame will promote healthy living especially among our kids in schools:

No #1: Aspartame consists of three compounds like methyl alcohol (wood alcohol), aspartic acid and phenylalanine. Consuming aspartame in sodas can cause flooding of amino acids in the blood stream that can lead to many health problems. Methanol in aspartame is broken down into two toxic substances called formaldehyde and formic acid. Formaldehyde is a toxic carcinogen that damages neurons and is related to birth defects and DNA replication.

No #2: people with phenylketonuria (PKU) lack enzymes that is need to convert phenylalanine to another amino acid enzyme called” tyrosine”. High concentration of phenylalanine can cause sever damages to the brain. Beside people with PKU, other people with kidney disease or iron deficiencies might also be prone to high levels of this amino acid.

No #3: Methanol, the other ingredient of aspartame is also poisonous even if it’s consumed in relatively modest amounts. Methanol toxicity can cause brain swelling, blindness and inflammation of heart muscles and pancreas.

No #4: Aspartame has also been making many people sick all of these years. According to Aspartame (NutraSweet): Is it Safe by H.J. Roberts, aspartame side effects can range from headaches, nausea, mood swings, changes in vision, diarrhea, confusion to memory loss, alzheimer’s and sleeping disorder. Aspartame could also be significantly dangerous for small children, sick people, elderly or those with low immune system.

No #5: A study by Yale University clearly shows how these artificial sweeteners including aspartame are linked to more craving for sugar, belly fat, obesity and type II diabetes.

No #6: Here is another study published by NCBI on how consuming artificial sweeteners increases the calorie intake, increases the body weight, increases adiposity and slows down metabolism.

No #7: A study by Harvard hospital is now apologizing for publishing a research that showed there are weak evidences that aspartame can cause cancer. They published a study in 2012 with the headline that “the truth isn’t sweet when it comes to artificial sweeteners” mentioning how there are enough evidence now that aspartame is linked to cancer. Harvard hospital admits it promoted weak science on aspartame. Harvard hospital apologizes for promoting “weak” data on aspartame, cancer. Also based on the study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition aspartame can increase the chances of rare blood cancer.

No #8: Another study published on the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition also shows that consumption of artificial sweeteners can increase the chances lymphoma and leukemia. Consumption of artificial sweetener– and sugar-containing soda and risk of lymphoma and leukemia in men and women

No #9: Here is another study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showing how diet drinks and consuming aspartame can increase the chances of cardiovascular disease. Soft drinks, aspartame, and the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease

No #10: According to Lendon Smith, M.D many people are suffering from hidden side effects of aspartame and they don’t know why no drugs, herbs or supplements can ease their pain and relieve the symptoms. Some of these symptoms could be decreased vision, blindness in one or both eyes, severe intolerance of noise, headaches and migraines, dizziness, confusion, memory loss, typical facial pain, severe tremors, severe depression, irritability, aggression and anxiety, personality issues, insomnia, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal problems, nausea, diarrhea, allergies, itching without a rash, lip and mouth reactions, hives, severe PMS, leg swelling, and bloating, hyperactivity in children, severe depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, Alzheimer’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Lyme Disease and many more.

Center for the Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) ranks the safety of food additives—from acetic acid to yellow prussiate of soda—in this definitive glossary of the chemicals used to flavor and preserve our foods. Deciding what foods to buy was simpler when most food came from farms. Now, factory-made foods have made chemical additives a significant part of our diet. In general, it’s best to avoid the following ingredients.

• Artificial sweeteners: Aspartame, Acesulfame K, Saccharin, Sucralose

• Food dyes

• Mycoprotein (Quorn-brand meat substitutes)

• Partially hydrogenated oils (trans fat)

• And don’t forget to cut back on sugar and salt, which cause more harm than all the other additives combined.

What is aspartame made of? DrAxe.com

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener, also referred to as Acesulfame potassium (K), AminoSweet®, Neotame®, Equal®, NutraSweet®, Blue Zero Calorie Sweetener Packets™, Advantame®, NutraSweet New Pink, Canderel®, Pal Sweet Diet®, and AminoSweet®, and it’s used in a variety of food and wellness products like diet soda, gum, candy and vitamins.

Almost immediately upon consuming aspartame, it breaks down into three chemical compounds: phenylalanine, aspartic acid, and methanol.

Those first two components are amino acids. Methanol is known as “wood alcohol” and is known to be toxic in large doses, but the amount of methanol in one can of diet soda is about the same that naturally occurs in, say, a glass of grape juice.

Phenylalanine is an amino acid that can be toxic in high doses but generally recognized as safe in whole food products. However, when chemically bound to other compounds, like in aspartame, phenylalanine is absorbed almost immediately into the bloodstream rather than slowly via digestion.

Since this amino acid can cross the blood/brain barrier and functions as an excitotoxin when absorbed too quickly, it may potentially conflict with various neuronal processes. Just one diet soda raises the level of phenylalanine in the brain, causing serotonin levels to decrease. In at least one study, phenylalanine concentrations were higher in people with HIV, sepsis, cancer and undergoing trauma.

Aspartic acid is a non-essential amino acid (your body makes it without having to ingest it). Normally, aspartic acid (aspartate) is important in the function of the nervous and neuroendocrine systems.

Methanol is a wood alcohol that was not commonly ingested until the 20th century. It has no health benefits, but it’s particularly dangerous when consumed in aspartame.

How does the body process aspartame?

There is some concern about the way the body metabolizes the two amino acids from aspartame. Because of the way diet soda and other aspartame products are created, the amino acids they contain do not go through the normal process of enzyme breakdown and liberation, but instead absorb immediately into the bloodstream.

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Product of the Month

Mother Gaia's Hand Sanitizer

Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, ZERO Water, & Honey with Lavender, Tea Tree, Sweet Orange, and Red Thyme essential oils.

Prevent the flu without alcohol or petroleum. Moisturizing and naturally antibacterial. Boosting immunity and killing bacteria.

Find yours here.

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November: BUY ONE GET ONE - Thanksgiving Feast Spray. The wonderful aromas of turkey, falling leaves, and stuffing. 

Find it here.

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Upcoming Events & Classes

 

Dancing Gaia: The Nature of Movement & Meditation

We’ll begin class with deep breathing, energy building, and gentle stretching warm-ups. Class continues with a unique blend of Tai Chi, Yoga, Qigong, and Tae Kwon Do style movements. Then we finish each class with a cool down and seated hand posture practice. These classes are for anyone that wants to get fit without hurting themselves. 

Dancing Gaia offers seated versions for those who are less capable.

Want Dancing Gaia in your community? Send Mother Gaia an email here.

Wellness Education

Classes held at the Eaton Senior Community, Saturdays @ 1:30pm

323 S Eaton St in Lakewood, CO 80226 (open to the public)

What do you get to learn about?

• Nine dimensions health and wellness

• Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness 

• Understanding your body.

• Alternative Medicine — other than surgery and medications

• Ways to improve your health without spending money.

• Cheap and easy remedies to use at home.

• Simple, gentle exercise to improve function.

• Free gifts, snacks, and handouts for attending.

 

Group Classes Mother Gaia Brings to You

How about an unusual birthday party for that open minded teen, loved one, or friend that has everything? Or just a fun way to learn and experience the benefits of natural healing with friends and/or family? Mother Gaia brings all the supplies and information needed for a great educational experience.

Combine classes for a more complete experience and save $10 per person. Host a class and get your first complete set for free! Send Mother Gaia an email and we can schedule it on your time in your space. Mother Gaia is fully insured for your protection, references can be provided upon request.

Aromacraft  

Learn about and experience essential oils and all of their wonderful benefits, create up to seven (7) of your own products to take home including a ZERO water based spray, moisturizing lotion, aroma body/bath oil, natural skin toner, deeply cleansing mudd mask, strengthening tooth powder, and nourishing mineral milk bath. 

Herbalcraft 

Learn about and experience herbal remedies, their amazing benefits and simple uses, and blend up to six (6) products including an herbal tea, naturally scented herbal sachet, moisturizing herbal infused mineral milk bath, infused body/bath oil, cleansing mudd mask, and strengthening and antibacterial tooth powder.

 ***Every participant receives a handout booklet packed full of useful information.***

Looking to try out a class? Mother Gaia offers many great classes here.

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