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Candida or Thrush?

Candida or Thrush

This is a very common condition but by using essential oils for women it can be controlled.  Candida naturally occurs in the body as an aid to digestion but when there is an overgrowth of the microorganism it causes the symptoms of itch, discharge and smell.

It is very annoying, inconvenient and, worse, it can lead to more serious infections of the bladder and the cervix.  It can also take its toll on your emotions and lead to depression.  It needs to be treated.

Candida can last in the body for many years, undetected.  It can affect many bodily systems if left untreated and can be very difficult to eradicate.  If you have candida it’s best to do something about it sooner rather than later.

How do you know if your body has Candida?

# 1

This simple, at home, test can indicate if you have Candida.

My Body Fluids – The Spit Test! – Looking for yeast infection.

We know this is NOT an accurate scientific test BUT it IS a real INDICATION of the density of your fluids which can harbor micro organisms and could  possibly be a symptom of irritable bowel syndrome.

You heard it right – – this is a spit test.
The best time to do this test is the first thing in the morning as soon as you wake up. Before you rinse, spit, or put anything in your mouth, go get a glass of water (in a clear glass). Now build up a bunch of saliva (just mouth saliva, do not cough up anything) and spit it into the glass of water. Observe what happens.
The saliva will float. That is OK and normal. If within 15 minutes you see thin projections extending downward into the water, it is a positive sign for candida. The projections may look like hair, or small strings, like a jelly fish or spider legs, moving down into the water from the saliva floating on the top. Other positive indications might be very “cloudy” saliva that will sink to the bottom of the glass within a few minutes or particles that slowly sink or suspend below the saliva glob. What you are seeing are colonies of yeast which band together to form the strings.

All sugars and foods containing sugar need to be eliminated from your diet as the Candida yeast feeds on sugar.  Any foods which convert to sugar also have to be removed from your diet.  So caffeine, alcohol, white flour, sugar, condiments, sauces, processed foods all need to go.  At least until the infection is cleared up.

Essential Oils Recipe for Candida

The best thing to relieve the symptoms of Candida is yogurt and essential oils inserted into the vagina.
Only use pure, unpasteurised, whole milk yogurt with acidophilus culture and no preservatives or additives.

Add 5 drops each of Chamomile German, Lavender and Tea Tree to 100 g yogurt and stir well.
Keep in the fridge until needed.
Now you need to insert some of this mixture every day.
The further in the better.  Keep doing this until the symptoms are gone.

# 2

Checklist for Candida Albicans

This test is reviewing the signs and symptoms to determine if you have Candida Albicans yeast infection Overgrowth.

Candida Albicans yeast infection Overgrowth, Candida Overgrowth (CO) symptoms are so numerous and seemingly unrelated that they can be confusing to both doctor and patient. The majority of people who have CO do not realise they have it until they become seriously ill. Why? Because candida yeast not only steals nutrients from the food that you eat, it then poisons the tissues with waste material containing over 75 known toxins. Candida albicans is linked, directly or indirectly, to the following list of conditions and symptoms. A “symptom” is an outward sign that points to a deeper problem.

Review the 80 likely symptoms listed below to see if any apply to you.
Give yourself ONE POINT for each of those which you have had persistently (for a month or longer, either currently or at anytime in the past).

Digestive Troubles

  • Bad Breath
  • Gas/Bloating
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrohea
  • Constipation
  • Intestinal Pain
  • Low Blood Sugar
  • Food / sugar cravings
  • Mouth or stomach ulcers
  • Allergies (Air or Food)
  • Food Sensitivities
  • Heartburn
  • Dry Mouth
  • Receding Gums
  • Haemorrhoids, rectal itch
  • Irritable bowel
Behavioural

  • Anti-social Behaviour
  • Suicidal Tendencies
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety, high strung
Skin & Joint Problems

  • Thrush, Diaper Rash
  • Acne, Skin Rash or Hives
  • Dry Skin & Itching
  • Finger, toe or foot Fungus
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Liver Spots
  • Water Retention
  • Joint Pain
  • Muscle Aches
  • Numbness
Troubles

  • Hyperactivity
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Lack of Impulse Control
Female Problems

  • Infertility
  • Vaginal Yeast Infection
  • Menstrual Problems
  • PMS Symptoms
  • Bladder Infections
  • Endometriosis
  • No Sex Drive
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Iron Deficiency
Mental & Emotional

  • Dizziness,
  • Mental Fogginess, (Confused, spaced-out, blank stares, day dreaming)
  • Inability to Concentrate (Having to re-read the same thing twice)
  • Poor memory (Where are my car keys? or, Why did I come into this room?)
  • Mood Swings,
  • Headaches
Immune Problems

  • Lethargic/Laziness
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Asthma, Hay Fever
  • Colds & Flu
  • Puffy Eyes
  • Respiratory Problems
  • Chemical Sensitivity
  • Epstein Barr Virus
  • Adrenal/Thyroid Failure
  • Cold/Shaky
  • Ear Infections
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Post nasal drip
  • Hair Loss
  • Stuffed sinus (sinusitis)
  • Overweight
  • Underweight
  • Diabetes
  • Burning Eyes
  • Premature Ageing
  • Autism

YOUR ADDED SCORE IS _____ (one point per symptom)

0-4 points – Indicates variations of normal living (unless persistent and severe).
5-9 Points – Indicates a Clear Pattern shows likely development of CO dysbiosis.
10 or more – Indicates Strong Pattern and almost certain CO dysbiosis.


 # 3 – your stool

This test allows you to understand what causes loose or hard stools as well as the differences.image


CONSTIPATION (tight, stagnant)

  • Type 1: Separate hard lumps, like nuts (hard to pass)
  • Type 2: Sausage-shaped, but lumpy

NORMAL HEALTHY

  • Type 3: Sausage/banana-like but with cracks on its surface
  • Type 4: BEST is Sausage/banana/snake-like, smooth and soft

DIARRHEA (trending loose)

  • Type 5: Soft blobs with clear cut edges (passed easily)
  • Type 6: Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, mushy, pudding-like
  • Type 7: Watery, no solid pieces, or entirely liquid.

The Bristol Stool Form Scale or Bristol Stool Chart is a seven group classification of the form that appears upon defecation of human feces. It was developed by Dr. K. Hering at the University of Bristol and was first published in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology in 1997.1. The form of the stool depends on the time it spends in the colon. Although not an exact science, the scale is used to help a physician recognize stool patterns for the purpose of diagnosing digestive conditions and as a research tool to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments for various diseases of the bowel, as well as a clinical communication aid.[2]

    References:

  • 1. Lewis SJ, Heaton KW (1997). “Stool form scale as a useful guide to intestinal transit time”. Scand. J. Gastroenterol. 32 (9): 920–4. doi:10.3109/00365529709011203.PMID 9299672.
  • 2 Ackley, Betty J.; Ladwig, Gail B. (2013). Nursing Diagnosis Handbook, An Evidence-Based Guide to Planning Care,10: Nursing Diagnosis Handbook. Elsevier Health Sciences. p. 240. ISBN 9780323085496.
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Kunzea Secrets

Kunzea - Australia Essential Oils and Botanical Gifts

Kunzea Secrets

Dr. Pénoël points out that in terms of composition, Kunzea contains a large amount of ?-pinene in comparison to 1,8 cineole, which is relatively rare in plants of the Myrtaceae family. Most importantly in Kunzea, there are five different sesquiterpene compounds, which is quite unusual: globulol, viridiflorol, spathulenol, ledol and bicyclogermacrene.

Such sesquiterpene compounds are being seen as important, especially whenever inflammatory reactions need to be curbed and moderated (but not negatively suppressed).

Dr. Pénoël has used Kunzea oil with some patients both topically and through ingestion of small amounts in helping to reduce inflammatory responses in cases of Crohn’s disease and the after-effects of radiotherapy treatments with good results.

There are further potential therapeutic indications for Kunzea essential oil. Various case histories and anecdotal reports suggest a variety of uses.

Kunzea is reported to have good pain-relieving properties, useful for muscular, tendon and joint injuries. In this case, Kunzea can be used by itself or used in combination with essential oils such as Rosemary (camphor-type), Basil (methyl chavicol-type) and Peppermint.

Kunzea has also shown results in relieving the pain of headaches and insect bites, such as from mosquitoes and spiders. It can be suggested to use a combination of equal amounts of Kunzea and Peppermint oil for these conditions. Kunzea by itself or perhaps combined with True Lavender oil, can be useful for application to small wounds and minor burns.

There have been some good results in Kunzea helping to relieve the intense pain of gout, where uric acid deposits (especially in joints of the toes) cause intense inflammation. In this case, Kunzea oil has been applied neat a number of times per day to the affected joints. A number of users have reported developing a healing rash, with uric acid being excreted through the skin. The Kunzea oil helps to control any itching of the rash.

If Kunzea oil is applied to the area after the trauma and before bruising has started or has only just begun, the development of the bruise can be prevented. Another excellent oil to prevent and relieve bruising is that of Italian Everlasting (Helichrysm italicum). Kunzea or both oils can be added at a 10% or higher concentration to Arnica infused oil (Arnica Montana flowers infused in vegetable oil) and perhaps Calophyllum oil (Calophyllum inophyllum). Both of these vegetable oils very useful in breaking up the leaked blood that causes the discoloration seen in bruises and sprains and speeds healing.

Kunzea oil has had positive results in the treatment of rashes, skin irritations, eczema and acne. Kunzea oil has been found to be non-irritant and generally is well tolerated even when used undiluted on the skin. However, in the case of eczema and allergic dermatitis, it is always recommended to test a small amount of any essential oil, as skin sensitivity is always a possibility in these conditions. This can be from a 1% to 10% concentration of an essential oil in a base (vegetable oil is fine) for this purpose.

With eczema and other skin irritations, I would recommend combining Kunzea with essential oils and extracts such as German Chamomile, Calendula carbon dioxide extract and Australian Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum).

Kunzea, with its high content of ?-pinene and some 1,8 cineole, is useful in inhalations for relieving congestion in sinus and respiratory complaints. Kunzea can be combined with oils such as Australian Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) and Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) to both address congestion and any infection present.

Kunzea oil has been tested for its effectiveness against a number of disease-causing bacteria. Kunzea is particularly effective against Staphylococcus aureus, including the MRSA variety (multiple antibiotic resistant), in a tested concentration as low as 0.16%.

Another use of the anti-inflammatory effects of Kunzea oil is reported by a Dr. Alan Lane, a physician who practices in Latrobe, Tasmania. His testimonial follows:

“I have been surprised and somewhat delighted to find another clinical use of this essential oil. I have been using intravenous sodium ascorbate (the sodium salt of Vitamin C) in my medical practice for some twenty-five years. If given on a daily basis only four or five doses can be given. Thereafter the vein becomes so irritated that further injections have to be postponed for at least seven days, usually longer, thus delaying treatment.

In one recent case I used Kunzea oil, simply rubbing it in undiluted two or three times that day after the injection. The result was that I was able to give over two hundred consecutive daily injections with no ensuing irritation at all. The therapeutic response is surprisingly fast. With one patient the results were almost instantaneous. I have used Kunzea oil in seven cases so far, all in patients with cancer.

Oncology treatment demands many intravenous injections and the same problems arise as with sodium ascorbate. Kunzea oil gives promise of being of significant effect in routine every day oncological therapy with chemotherapeutic agents and of use in other areas of medical care.

In another condition, atopic eczema, this essential oil seems to be useful in local application to skin. In one particular case the result was very significant. It deserves further investigation.”

Hence, Kunzea oil holds promise in alleviating the pain and inflammation whenever multiple intravenous injections are required. Dr. Lane used undiluted Kunzea oil. Another option would be the use of Kunzea at a 50% concentration in 50% vegetable oil, especially Calendula Infused oil, well known for its anti-inflammatory effects.

Safety considerations:

The overall composition of Kunzea oil, with a low content of 1,8 cineole, sees it as a safe, non-toxic essential oil for general use. There is no contraindication for the use of Kunzea oil during pregnancy at common dosages.

It is well tolerated on the skin, even with undiluted use. As with all essential oils, keep out of reach of children and consider testing a small amount on the skin first with those with eczema and other skin sensitivities.

In summary, Kunzea is a new and unique essential oil that shows much promise, particularly in the areas of relieving pain and inflammation.

Olfactory Description

Top note: a mild eucalyptus with a myrtle direction

Body note: campherous, pine

Base note: herbaceous, dry straw/hay