Powdered Milk

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Milk itself has been used as a powerful skin cleanser and beauty enhancer since ancient times – Cleopatra was known for her infamous milk baths that kept her looking youthful and captivatingly beautiful. Today, not all of us have the time or luxury to fill up an entire bathtub with milk and have a deep relaxing soak.

Well, the thing about milk powder is that it all its water content is completely evaporated and only the solid material is left behind. This means that milk powder is more potent, powerful and effective than liquid milk. Milk powder will have a higher concentration of vitamins and minerals than liquid milk since it is in a concentrated solid form.

 

Here are the nutrients in milk powder that make it effective as a homemade skin remedy:

Lactic Acid – Smooths, tones, tightens & lightens skin

Vitamin A – Essential for healthy cell division, heals dull skin

Vitamin C – Highly antiaging, promotes youthful, radiant skin

Vitamin B6 – Necessary for new skin cell formation. Keeps skin moisturized and healthy.

Calcium – Boosts collagen production, maintains skin elasticity

Potassium – Hydrates and moisturizes. Heals dry itchy skin

Magnesium – Promotes youthful radiant skin, anti-aging effects

 

10 Benefits of Milk Powder Face Pack & Face Mask:

  1. It acts as a cleanser
  2. It gives your skin a youthful glow
  3. It contains high concentrations of vitamins and minerals
  4. The lactic acid in it lightens and smoothens skin
  5. It helps heal dull skin
  6. It gives the new skin formation a boost
  7. It helps boost collagen
  8. It hydrates your skin
  9. It has the property to heal itchy skin
  10. A milk powder face pack eradicates blackheads as well as whiteheads

 

Try Mother Gaia’s Mineral Milk Bath for face packs, milk baths, and exfoliating scrubs. Powdered milk and buttermilk, baking soda, Epsom salt, and powdered oatmeal come together for a wonderfully healing, toning, and soothing blend perfect for any skin type. Use in the bath or the shower with amazing results. Get yours here.

Some Ways to Use Powdered Milk for Healthy, Glowing Skin

For Lighter Skin

  • All you need is 2 tsp. of freshly squeezed orange juice, 1 tsp. of oatmeal powder and 1 tsp. of milk powder
  • Mix all these ingredients in a bowl to form a paste
  • Wash your face with a moisturizing face wash and apply this paste to your face
  • Keep it on for 20 minutes and then wash off with cold water

 

To Treat Hyperpigmentation

  • For this mask, you’ll need 2 tsp. of milk powder, 2 tsp. of yogurt and half a lemon’s juice
  • After mixing these ingredients, you’ll get a thick paste
  • Soak a towel in warm water and steam your face with it, this will help open your pores
  • Now apply the paste to your face and leave it on for 20 minutes until it dries
  • Repeat this treatment every 2nd day and your skin tone will magically even out

 

Goodbye Pimples

  • This nutritious mask will require 1 tsp. of turmeric, 2 tsp. of milk powder and 1 tbsp. of honey
  • After mixing these ingredients together, apply it to your face evenly
  • Let the mask dry out and wash it off with lukewarm water
  • You need to repeat this milk powder face pack for dry skin twice a week, to get rid of that pesky acne as well as its blemishes

 

To Treat Oily Skin

  • This milk powder face pack for oily skin only requires two ingredients – 1 tbsp. of fuller’s earth or multani mitti, and 1 tbsp. of milk powder
  • Mix both these ingredients in some water or rose water if you wish to get a smooth paste
  • Smear on your face evenly and let it dry thoroughly
  • Wash it off with lukewarm water to reveal fresher skin instantly

 

 Make an exfoliating scrub. To get rid of that top layer of skin and expose a brand new you, use milk to exfoliate. Take 1 cup of milk and 3 tablespoons of oatmeal and apply it to your skin, gently rubbing it in. The oats provide the grittiness while the milk provides the nourishment.

  • Allow it time to dry. Then rinse it off with warm water, scrubbing gently. If you’d like to make this in advance, make it with powdered milk and store in your refrigerator.
  • Or you can soak 1/2 cup of almonds in milk overnight. Then in the morning, grind ‘er up into a paste and apply to your skin, following the same drying and washing routine.

Use it as a toner. If you’re not crazy on the idea of soaking your face in a layer of milk overnight, just use it as a toner. Apply milk to your face with a saturated cotton ball, leave it on for at least 15 minutes, and rinse well. With repeated use, it can bring out your skin’s natural glow.

 

Use it to shrink your pores. It isn’t just milk that can do your skin good — it’s all those dairy products, too. If you’re looking to shrink your pores, get sour — with sour cream or buttermilk. All you need do is apply a thin layer to your skin and let it soak in for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and rinse it well.

 

Milk Powder Face Pack

Ingredients:

  • Milk Powder (2 small pouches or 2-3 table spoons)
  • Rose Water

Directions:

Mix the ingredients in a small bowl. Pour very little of rose water and make a smooth paste. The consistency would be very watery and thin. Apply a thick layer on the face and leave it on til it dries. After 15-20 minutes, the mask starts to harden gradually (it takes a little time) into a white layer on the face. After the complete mask hardens, remove the mask by taking a little water and gently scrubbing it off. Wash off and moisturize. The result is a supple and brighter skin which feels extremely soft. The mask is so gentle that it can be applied daily. You can use any liquid in place of rose water.

 

Skin Lightening Face Pack

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp of Powdered Milk
  • 1 – 2 tsp Orange Juice
  • 1 tsp of Colloidal Oatmeal

Directions:

In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients, milk powder and gram flour evenly. Then squeeze in about 1 – 2 tsp of orange juice. Please make sure you use fresh orange juice and not store-bought synthetic orange juice. Now mix everything together and make a thick paste. Add more orange juice if necessary. Using clean fingers, apply this paste onto your already cleaned face and allow it to work its magic for 10 – 15 minutes. Wash off with cold water and pat your face dry with a clean towel.

 

Milk Powder Face Mask for Acne & Acne Scars

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp of Powdered Milk
  • ¼ tsp of Turmeric
  • 1 tsp of Organic Liquid Honey

Directions:

In a small bowl, measure out and put in your milk powder, turmeric and honey and mix it thoroughly with a spoon. If you have fair skin, you may want to use a little less turmeric. Now apply this thick paste onto your clean face with the back of the spoon itself. Allow the mask to settle for 10 – 15 minutes and then wash off with warm water and pat dry with face tissues.

Fighting Allergies Naturally

What Is an Allergy?

Allergies are an abnormal response of the immune system. People who have allergies have an immune system that reacts to a usually harmless substance in the environment. This substance (pollen, mold, and animal dander, for example) is called an allergen.

What Happens During an Allergic Reaction?

First, a person is exposed to an allergen by inhaling it, swallowing it, or getting it on their skin, then a series of events create the allergic reaction. Histamines are created by the body as a natural reaction to allergens in the body. Some people react more than others.

What Are the Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction?

Common symptoms of an allergic reaction to inhaled or skin allergens include:

  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, runny nose
  • Digestive issues
  • Mucus buildup
  • Rashes
  • Feeling tired or ill
  • Hives (a rash with raised red patches)

Other exposures can cause different allergic reactions:

Food allergies. An allergic reaction to food allergens can also cause stomach cramps, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Insect stings. The allergic reaction to a sting from a bee or other insect causes local swelling, redness, and pain. Or can lead to anaphylaxis.

Environmental toxins. Chemicals in food, water, fabrics, air, personal care products, etc., are difficult for the body to remove and can build up in the causing a general malaise, allergic reactions, illness, disease and cancer.

The severity of an allergic reaction’s symptoms can vary widely:

  • Mild symptoms may be unnoticeable, making you feel a little “off.”
  • Moderate symptoms can make you feel ill, as if you’ve got a cold or flu.
  • Severe allergic reactions are extremely uncomfortable, even incapacitating.
  • Most symptoms of an allergic reaction go away shortly after the exposure stops.
  • The most severe allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis – allergens cause a whole-body allergic reaction.

Does Everyone Have Allergies?

No, not everyone has allergies. People inherit a tendency to be allergic, although not to any specific allergen. When one parent is allergic, their child has a 50% chance of having allergies. That risk jumps to 75% if both parents have allergies.

Antihistamines, what are they?

Antihistamines reduce or block histamines made by the body, so they can help relieve allergy symptoms. Although they do this by artificially forcing the body to change. This is why there are side effects.

Side Effects of Antihistamines

Antihistamines can cause side effects, and some cause more side effects than others. Drugs such as Benadryl, Chlor-Trimeton, and Tavist and belong to an older group known as “first-generation” antihistamines. They tend to cause more side effects, particularly drowsiness. Newer-generation antihistamines such as Allegra, Clarinex, and Zyrtec and have fewer side effects, so they may be a better choice for some people. Some of the main side effects of antihistamines include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Restlessness or moodiness (in some children)
  • Trouble urinating or not being able to urinate
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion

If you’re taking an antihistamine that causes drowsiness, try to take it before bedtime. Don’t take it during the day before driving or operating heavy machinery. Read the label before you take an allergy drug.

Never take OTC antihistamines if you have an enlarged prostate, heart disease, high blood pressure, thyroid problems, kidney or liver disease, a bladder obstruction, or glaucoma. Also check with your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing.

Most allergy medications attempt to treat the symptoms your body instigates to get rid of the allergen. But doesn’t it make more sense to shore up your defenses before your body goes into attack mode? Many of the natural remedies discussed below are designed to prevent a reaction before it occurs. A few minor lifestyle changes also can go a long way toward keeping symptoms under control:

  • Avoid using window fans to cool rooms, because they can pull pollen indoors.
  • Keep windows closed when driving, using the air conditioner if necessary, to avoid allergens.
  • Limit your time outdoor when ragweed pollen counts are highest — from mid-August until the first frost.

 Here are more things that can help head off allergies before they start, as well as some drug-free ways to treat symptoms:

Allergy-Fighting Foods. A German study, published in the journal Allergy, found that participants who ate foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to suffer allergy symptoms than those who didn’t regularly eat these foods. Omega-3s help fight inflammation and can be found in cold-water fish, walnuts and flaxseed oil, as well as grass-fed meat and eggs. To help keep airways clear when pollen counts are high, add a dash of horseradish, chili peppers or hot mustard to your food — all act as natural, temporary decongestants.

Bromelain. Some studies have found that bromelain is helpful in reducing nasal swelling and thinning mucus, making it easier for people to breathe. It may be particularly useful when added to drug treatment for sinus infections. Bromelain can be found in pineapple.

Chamomile is another herb that makes a delicious sweet flavored herbal tea and is a great choice for children.  When purchasing in bulk, four to six grams of flowers can be infused in eight ounces of boiling water to create a tea that is useful for allergies, hay fever, and asthma. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties that may help soothe inflammation in the throat when a cough is present. Chamomile has a calming effect that can be soothing and relaxing in times when we are feeling run down due to stress or illness.  If a ragweed allergy is present chamomile should not be used in the treatment of allergies.

Holy Basil, often referred to as Tulsi, is a herb that can be made into a tea and sipped daily. This herb is not the same as the garden basil often seen in Italian cooking, as it’s native to India. Tulsi is an adaptogen which helps the body cope with everyday stressors and supports normal cortisol function. Additionally, it helps strengthen the respiratory system making it great for allergies, hay fever, and asthma. This tea would ideally be used before your normal allergy season begins and consumed daily.

Lemon Balm. A natural antihistamine, can be made into a tea using two to four grams per eight ounces of boiling water. It has also been shown to be beneficial in relieving respiratory symptoms associated with allergies such as coughs and asthma. Additionally, lemon balm is calming and useful in treating irritability, anxiety, and restlessness which may be particularly beneficial when allergies are at their peak.

 Local Honey. Consuming honey collected from your local area has been found to reduce allergy symptoms to plants in that area. The raw and unfiltered honey contains the pollens that cause your allergies in very small amounts. When consuming the honey those pollens are introduced into your system in very small amounts and help to improve immune function, much like immunotherapy, without causing strong allergic reactions. The benefit is cumulative, meaning the more you eat over time the fewer allergies you have. This is much like making your kids get chicken pox so that they have the immunity to it built up before they get old.

Quercetin. A natural plant-derived compound called a bioflavonoid, quercetin helps stabilize mast cells and prevents them from releasing histamine. Quercetin also is a natural antioxidant that helps mop up molecules called free radicals that cause cell damage, which can lead to cancer. Citrus fruits, onions, apples, nettles, lemon balm, parsley, tea, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce and wine are naturally high in quercetin, but allergy sufferers will most likely need to use supplements to build up enough of this compound to prevent attacks. The recommended dosage is about 1,000 milligrams a day, taken between meals. It’s best to start treatment six weeks before allergy season.

Stinging Nettle. If you decide you need an antihistamine but want a natural option, stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) behaves in much the same way as many of the drugs sold to treat allergies, but without the unwanted side effects of dry mouth and drowsiness. Nettle actually inhibits the body’s ability to produce histamine. Studies have shown that taking about 300 milligrams daily will offer relief for most people, although the effects may last only a few hours. You also can make your own tinctures or teas with stinging nettle. Often used as an allergy treatment, this botanical contains carotene, vitamin K, and quercetin. There’s some evidence that using stinging nettle after the first sign of allergic symptoms can help a bit.

 Combination allergy supplements. Several natural allergy remedies contain a blend of botanicals. Sinupret, for example, is a combination of European elderflower, sorrel, cowslip, verbena, and gentian root. It’s been long used in Europe, and there’s some evidence that it helps treat the symptoms of bronchitis and acute sinusitis.

Essential oils can also be used in order to reduce allergy symptoms naturally. Ideally, these would be diffused into the air to receive the maximum benefit through inhalation, which can be achieved through a traditional diffuser. If you don’t have a diffuser you can still receive the benefits of inhalation by placing a few drops of essential oil on the shower floor and allow the scented steam to penetrate the room. Another option would be to place a few drops on a cotton ball or tissue under a pillow or in a pocket close to your face. The following oils are all found to promote a feeling of clear breathing and reduce allergy symptoms such as sinus headaches. Try any combination of the following oils or use them individually to suit your personal needs: eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, tea tree, rosemary, fir needle and lemon.

 Acupuncture. Many people who suffer with allergic rhinitis are now turning to acupuncture for relief. A 2008 German study of more than 5,000 adults found that acupuncture seemed to reduce symptoms significantly compared to standard treatment.

Neti Pots. What could be simpler than rinsing away allergens with saltwater? Neti pots, small vessels shaped like Aladdin’s lamp have been used in India for thousands of years to flush the sinuses and keep them clear. You could simply use your cupped hand instead of a neti pot to rinse sinuses, but netis are inexpensive, and many people find them much easier to use. Always ensure you are using clean, distilled water in your neti pot.

 Protection. If you’re heading out to clean a dusty garage or rake during pollen season, gear up. Don’t just wear a mask over your mouth and nose, but goggles over your eyes too.

 Natural Allergy Remedies: 3 Tips for Safety –

  1. Risks and interactions. On the whole, the top allergy supplements seem to be reasonably safe. But check with a doctor before taking a supplement if you have any medical conditions, use other daily medication, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or are under 18 years old. Always follow the dosing advice of your doctor or pharmacist – or at least the directions on the label.
  2. Long-term use. The longer you take any supplement (or drug), the greater the potential for toxicity and harm. Unfortunately, there’s little evidence about the safety of using these natural allergy remedies for extended periods. So be cautious. Get your doctor’s opinion on any long-term treatments you want to try.
  3. Allergic reactions. There’s another problem for people seeking allergy supplements: Many of the plants used for allergy treatment – such as butterbur, Echinacea, Chamomile, and several others – are distant cousins to ragweed. So, if you’re suffering from a ragweed allergy, a dose of allergy supplements could theoretically make your symptoms worse.

 Mother Gaia’s Remedies

Allergy Teanettles leaf, red clover flower and leaf. Drink twice daily with local honey to relieve common allergy symptoms. Benefits are cumulative.

Allergy Drops – nettles leaf, everclear, and vegetable glycerin. Taking a few dropperfuls each day can alleviate allergies and reduce them permanently over time.

Allergy Oil – sunflower oil and frankincense, sweet orange, and lavender. Apply to temples, pulse points, and lymph nodes to help reduce allergic reactions.

Mother Gaia’s Moisturizing Lotion

Mother Gaia’s Moisturizing Lotion has been reformulated to prevent the need for preservatives (prevent bacterial growth) during long-term storage. It is also a perfect carrier for essential oils that fully emulsifies them as well as assists in their transport through the skin. It is not your typical skin-blocking, petroleum-based lotion!

Through continued use of her own products Mother Gaia began to see that water as an ingredient in oil-based products without preservatives (natural or man-made) is unstable and a breeding ground for bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Even distilled and saline water are easy for fungi to use.

This interfered with Mother Gaia’s desire to provide “preservative-free” products. This is because all forms of preservatives, both natural and artificial, have unfavorable effects on the digestive tract and overall individual health. Including the microbiome in the gut and the direct connection to immune function. See the References for more information on this.

Therefore, Mother Gaia has chosen the following ingredients:

Beeswax – this is raw and unfiltered beeswax from Del Norte, Colorado (Haefeli’s Honey).

Learn more about Beeswax here.

Honey – this is raw and unfiltered honey from the same farms in Del Norte, Colorado

Learn more about Honey here.

Organic Coconut Oil – this is cold-pressed and unfiltered from organic farms using conscious and sustainable farming methods.

Learn more about Coconut Oil here.

Organic Sunflower Oil – this is cold-pressed organic sunflower oil from the seeds of organically grown American plants.

Learn more about Sunflower Oil here.

These ingredients are gently heated, melted together, and hand blended in small artisan style batches that will remain stable in cool, dark places, away from sunlight, for 6 months without preservatives. Therefore, they are made in small batches and the date is was made is written right on the label. You will always know you are getting a fresh, handmade product.

Order your Moisturizing Lotion here.

This is my 42 year old skin after using this lotion.

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Mother Gaia’s Allergy Relief Tea

With February coming to a close we are all starting to think about Spring. Allergy season is just around the corner and we’re all dreading it. So, what’s your plan this year? Suffer with antihistamine side effects or try something different?

Mother Gaia’s has the simple answer with her Organic Allergy Relief Tea!

This simple combination of Stinging Nettles Leaf and Red Clover Flowers and Herb has strong antihistamine (anti-allergy) and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce sinus pressure and stop histamine reactions. All of this without any side effects! No drowsiness! No foggy brain! No painful over-drying of sinuses!

Why Does It Work?

This proprietary blend of Stinging Nettles, Red Clover Flowers, and Red Clover Leaf provides a wide variety of nutrients essential for health. The specific combination of nutrients found in these herbs are known to reduce allergy symptoms with the first dose and to continue reducing allergic reactions and their symptoms with continued use.

The great thing about these herbs is that they are simply nutrient dense vegetables that you would have extreme difficulty overdosing or getting ill from consuming them in tea multiple times daily. They provide support without side effects for the entire season and on if you also struggle with inside allergens.

Consuming this tea on a daily basis has been known to reduce or eliminate indoor and pet allergies as well, with continued use and depending on the severity of your allergies. You can get relief without feeling drunk and dumb, that’s how drugs like Sudafed always made me feel anyway.

Either way your eliminating the horrible side effects of antihistamines and reducing the chemicals in your body while also getting more water and nutrients. Four very important, and yet so simple, ways to improve your overall health and wellness.

by Uwe H. Friese, Bremerhaven 2003

Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica): an herbaceous perennial flowering plant originally from Europe, Africa, and Asia. It is cultivated for food, textiles, medicines, and teas worldwide now.

Cooked Nettles taste similar to spinach and is rich in vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, manganese, and calcium. Fresh leaves contain approximately 82.4% water, 17.6% dry matter, 5.5% protein, 0.7 to 3.3% fat, and 7.1% carbohydrates. They must be cooked or dried to be safely handled or eaten.

  • Nettle has agglutinin, acetophenone, alkaloids, acetylcholine, chlorogenic acid, butyric acid, chlorophyll, caffeic acid, carbonic acid, choline, histamine, coumaric acid, formic acid, pantothenic acid, kaempferol, coproporphyrin, lectin, lecithin, lignan, linoleic and linolenic acids, palmitic acid, xanthophyll, quercetin, quinic acid, serotonin, stigmasterol, terpenes, violaxanthin, and succinic acid in its chemical content.
  • Nettle also contains 2,5% fatty substance, 14–17% albumins, and 18% protein in dry matter. Seeds of nettle contain 8–10% fixed oil. 1 kg fresh plant contains 130 mg vitamin C, 730 mg carotene, and oxalate.
  • Stinging hair of nettle contains formic acid, histamine, and acetylcholine.
  • Leaves of nettle contain provitamin A, vitamin B1, K, xanthophylls, and sistosterin
  • Ashes of nettle contain 6,3% ferric oxide, potassium, calcium, and silicium.

Dried Nettles herb has been used in the traditional Austrian medicine internally (as tea or fresh leaves) to treat disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract, gastrointestinal tract, locomotor system, skin, cardiovascular system, hemorrhage, influenza, rheumatism, and gout.

Nettle stems contain a bast fiber that has been traditionally used for the same purposes as linen and is produced by a similar retting process. Unlike cotton, nettles grow easily without pesticides. The fibers are coarser, however.

Historically, nettles have been used to make clothing for 2,000 years, and German Army uniforms were almost all made from nettle during World War I due to a potential shortage of cotton. More recently, companies in Austria, Germany, and Italy have started to produce commercial nettle textiles.

Red Clover (Trifolium pretense): a short-lived herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the bean family, native to Europe, Western Asia, and Africa. Is now naturalized in many other regions.

Red clover’s flowers and leaves are edible and can be added as garnishes to any dish. The flowers often are used to make jelly and tisanes and are used in essiac recipes. Their essential oil may be extracted, and its unique scent used in aromatherapy.

Red Clover is used in traditional medicine of India as deobstruent, antispasmodic, expectorant, sedative, anti-inflammatory and antidermatosis agent. In alternative medicine, red clover is promoted as a treatment for a variety of human maladies, including symptoms of menopause, coughs, disorders of the lymphatic system and a variety of cancers.

Dietary amounts of red clover are safe, but dietary supplement extracts may cause rash-like reactions, muscle ache, headache, nausea, vaginal bleeding in women, and slow blood clotting. Due to its coumarin derivatives, T. pratense should be used with caution in individuals with coagulation disorders or currently undergoing anticoagulation therapy.

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Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

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Lemon Balm, also known as Melissa, balm, balm mint, or common balm that is an herbaceous and perennial plant of the mint family. The plant is used in herbal remedies, teas, perfumes, and as flavoring. It is also known as bee attractant because it is used to attract bees when creating a hive for honey production. Melissa is Greek for honey bee.

Lemon balm is used for digestive problems, including upset stomach, bloating, intestinal gas (flatulence), vomiting, and colic; for pain, including menstrual cramps, headache and toothache; and for mental disorders, including hysteria and melancholia.

Many people believe lemon balm has calming effects, so they take it for anxiety, sleep problems, and restlessness. Lemon balm is also used for Alzheimer’s disease, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), an autoimmune disease involving the thyroid (Graves’ disease), swollen airways, rapid heartbeat due to nervousness, high blood pressure, sores, tumors, and insect bites.

Lemon Balm contains the flavonoids, quercitrin and rhamnocitrin; the 7-glucosides, apigenin, kaempferol, quercetin, and luteolin; phenolic acids and tannins; rosmarinic acid and glycosidically bound caffeic and chlorogenic acids; and the triterpenes, ursolic and oleanolic acids.

Lemon balm leaf is full of quercetin, which is a naturally occurring chemical compound produced by the body to prevent allergies. People with allergies do not produce enough quercetin.

Research on Benefits of Lemon Balm

Anxiety: when taken in combination with other herbs can reduce anxiety symptoms.

Colic in Breast-Fed Infants: when combined with fennel and German chamomile reduced crying time.

Dementia: supplementing lemon balm by mouth three times a day has proven to improve symptoms of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

Herpes Simplex viral infections: lemon balm lip balm has proven effective at shorten healing time and reduce symptoms and recurring infections.

Insomnia: lemon balm supplementation twice daily has shown improvement in sleep in people with sleep disorders.

Stress: research shows that taking a single dose of lemon balm reduces anxiety, improves memory, and increases alertness. Has been proven to reduce child anxiety when visiting the dentist. Low doses are best, higher doses have been known to increase anxiety.

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Steam distilled from the fresh aerial parts of the Melissa plant, USDA Certified Organic Melissa Essential Oil is revered amongst oil users. This high-quality Organic Melissa Essential Oil is 100% pure and undiluted with absolutely no additives or fillers.

When you open a bottle of Organic Melissa your senses will be taken over by the fresh, lemony scent that is uplifting and calming during times of gloom and extreme worry. Only a small amount is necessary to enjoy its incredible therapeutic properties.

Organic Melissa can help ease occasional digestive upset, help calm the mind in order to fall asleep more peacefully and relieve tension in the head or neck.

Add 1 drop of Organic Melissa Essential Oil to your Plant Therapy Aroma Diffuser, personal inhaler, or diffuser necklace to create a peaceful atmosphere that can help reduce worry or calm the mind during times of emotional gloom.

Dilute at a maximum of 1% with your favorite Plant Therapy carrier oil and rub on the abdomen in a clockwise motion when occasional digestive upset occurs.

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