Essential Oils for Depression, PTSD, Anxiety and Trauma

 

Shit! I think I now have PTSD! :/ So I am doing homework on how to correct it. I have been battling depression most my whole life; but since 2012, it has been developing into PTSD from my continual screwed up relationships with women & other Trauma from childhood. Now; just about every time I start to get serious with a woman, I get burning pains in my chest, I feel sick to my stomach, hot/cold flashes (mostly cold chills all through my body), shaking, loss of appetite and my head starts doing weird crap (the big head, not the little one)… This year, 2016; it’s worse then it’s ever been since my Ex’s secret affair in 2012. I feel like I have an Alien trying to rip it’s way through my chest in order to escape from inside my body.

I think now I’m over 40 and Scared of Women because I’ve been Hurt too Much!

Of course I don’t believe in using this PDST crap as a cop-out, there are other ways to deal with it too… Like herbs, psychology & Spirituality. I think the biggest thing we can do is just face it head on and NOT allow it to get the best of us, no matter how painful it is. Herbs, Essential Oils and just plain eating right will help too; Spiritual healing is also one to not forget. Time… and everything takes time…

 

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSDPost Traumatic Stress Disorder is an Anxiety Disorder which can develop when an individual who has been exposed to a traumatic event develops anxiety symptoms, re-experiences the event and avoids stimuli related to the event over a period of more than four weeks.

There are specific diagnostic criteria for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and you can find a description of Diagnostic criteria for 309.81 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder on BehaveNet Clinical Capsule Posttraumatic Stress Disorder . There is actually a wealth of information on the internet on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

There are a number of different incidents, which can trigger off this syndrome including War and Natural Catastrophes; Robberies, Assaults and Abuse; Motor Vehicle Accidents and Electrical Injuries. The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress defines traumatic stress as, the emotional, cognitive and behavioral experiences of individuals who are exposed to, or who witness, events that are extreme and/or life threatening. They also say that Traumatic stress has many ‘faces’. In addition to the devastating effects of large-scale disasters and catastrophes, they are committed to fostering a greater appreciation of the effects of day-to-day traumatic experiences (e.g. chronic illness, accidents, domestic violence and loss).

What are the signs that someone has PTSD?
Reference www.unmc.edu/FamilyMed/ICE/PTST/signs.html

What are the symptoms of PTSD and how do they differ from normal stress?
PTSD may be seen in anyone who has experienced a traumatic, life changing event. Symptoms of PTSD may include:

  • Sleep disturbances/nightmares
  • Harmful behaviors to self/ others
  • Flashbacks
  • Eating Disorders
  • Extreme fear/paranoia
  • Isolation
  • Panic attacks: chest pain, shortness of breath
  • Problems with trust/relationships
  • Rage
  • Chronic physical problems
  • Intimacy issues (i.e. promiscuity)
  • Difficulty keeping jobs
  • Suicidal thoughts/attempts
  • Difficulty in school
  • Depression
  • Severe emotional swings

PTSD is different than the normal reaction people have to stress. While the previously listed symptoms may be normal after a stressful event, they usually go away. These symptoms don’t go away in PTSD patients and can last anywhere from one month to decades after the event and can severely interfere with the person’s social, mental, occupational and spiritual wellbeing. PTSD is different than the normal reaction people have to stress. While the previously listed symptoms may be normal after a stressful event, they usually go away. These symptoms don’t go away in PTSD patients and can last anywhere from one month to decades after the event and can severely interfere with the person’s social, mental, occupational and spiritual wellbeing.

What disorders are associated with PTSD?
PTSD sufferers are more likely than most people to suffer from mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. Physically, they may develop high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain disorders, digestive problems, and are more susceptible to illnesses like colds and the flu. They are also more likely to smoke, eat poorly, and abuse alcohol and drugs and have martial difficulties and occupational problems. PTSD sufferers also have a greater rate of violent behavior which can lead to domestic violence, child abuse and assault.

Does PTSD affect women differently than men?
Yes. Women are twice as likely as men to develop this disorder. Most often, women develop PTSD as a result of rape, sexual assault, physical attack, or domestic violence. Women with PTSD report a higher incidence of menstrual dysfunction and premenstrual syndrome. They also tend to be more overweight and are at a greater risk of developing Diabetes and heart disease than other women.

Are Vietnam veterans the only people who develop PTSD?
No. Anyone who has experienced a traumatic event can develop this disorder. In fact, more and more elderly veterans are now being diagnosed with this disorder. PTSD has been observed in women who have served in the military. Their causes stem not only from their military experience, but also from sexual assaults encountered while they were still serving or after they left the service. PTSD has also been observed in children and in rescue workers such as paramedics and firefighters who deal with stressful situations on a daily basis.

Treatment Options (reference: www.unmc.edu/FamilyMed/ICE/PTSD/treatp.html)

How will I know if I need treatment?
If you have experienced traumatic situations, you may be at risk for developing PTSD. Common physical symptoms of PTSD are: aches and pains from throughout the body, sudden sweating of heart palpitations, an ability to be easily startled, changes in sleep patterns and appetite, and an increase in other illnesses such as colds and influenza. Common emotional symptoms are: fear, anxiety, outbursts of anger and rage, difficulties concentrating or remembering, depression, survivor guilt, emotional numbing, and detachment from the world around you. This is only a partial listing of symptoms that you may experience with PTSD. If you are unsure whether or not you need treatment, you should describe your symptoms to your doctor.

What can I do to help myself if I think that I might have PTSD?
The most important action that you can take is to utilize social support systems. This can mean talking about your feelings to your family members or others that have been through similar experiences as you. There are often many local support groups available for victims of rape and assault, veterans, and others who have experienced trauma. Exercise, diet, and regular sleep habits may also relieve some of your symptoms. Being a socially active citizen and finding activities that you enjoy may also help. You should also work to avoid stimulants such as nicotine, caffeine, and sugar.

Whom should I contact for help?
Your primary care physician is a great place to start. He/she may be able to relieve some of your symptoms with medications and refer you to special therapists that are trained to deal with patients like you. If you are a veteran, your local Veterans Administration or Vets Center may also be a good place to start. Victims of abuse and rape can also find help at such organizations as the YWCA.

How effective is treatment?
The efficacy of treatment is highly variable. Success rates of approximately 1/3 have been reported. Success will depend on the severity and duration of your PTSD, the type of trauma suffered, and your commitment to treatment regimens. Although many patients do not appear to fully recover, most can achieve relief of some of their symptoms.

What types of treatment are available?
Treatment can be divided into two parts: drug therapy and psychotherapy. Drug therapy often consists of anti-depressants and other medicines to decrease anxiety. The goals of drug therapy are: to reduce symptoms and to alter brain chemical abnormalities that may be at least partially to blame for your problem. Psychotherapy consists of individual and/or group therapy sessions. The goal of psychotherapy is for you to confront your trauma, accept its place in your life, and to concentrate on your present and future life. Group therapy may be especially appealing as it allows you to discuss your feelings with others who have experienced similar trauma. The group works together to help its members cope with the trauma and the difficulties present in their lives.

Sources:
Turnbull, GJ. (1998). A review of post-traumatic stress disorder. Part II: treatment. Injury, v. 29, no. 3, pp. 169-175.
McIvor TJ, Turner SW. (1995). Drug treatment in post-traumatic stress disorder. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, v. 53,
no. 10, pp. 501-505.
Biology of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (reference:www.unmc.edu/FamilyMed/ICE/PTSD/biol.html)

It is obvious that this is a serious condition that could not be addressed by Aromatherapy alone so where does the use of essential oils fit in.

Once again I feel that we should look at each specific case individually and see which symptoms are prevalent and then choose essential oils, which may be helpful in controlling and alleviating those symptoms.

An Aromatherapy treatment plan could include:

  • Weekly or By-weekly relaxation massage with an appropriate essential oil blend
  • Daily baths with essential oils
  • Inhalation:1 – 2 drops of essential oil or essential oil synergy on the pillow or tissue tucked into the pillow at night to aid sleep
  • Diffuser/aroma lamp with appropriate blend.
  • Personal perfume/body products made with an appropriate blend to help combat the symptoms

Essential Oils to consider for the various symptoms include:

For Sleep disturbances/nightmares: Lavender, Mandarin, Linden Blossom, Clary Sage, Marjoram, Vetiver, Chamomile Roman, Sandalwood, Lemon.

For Anorexia: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Fennel, Ginger, Grapefruit, Litsea Cubeba, Palmarosa

For Obesity: Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Orange, Tangerine, Thyme, Juniper, Geranium

For Fear: Sandalwood, Roman Chamomile, Cypress, Vetiver, Lemon, Bergamot, Orange, Cedarwood, Neroli, Basil, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Lavender.

For Anxiety: Bergamot, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Melissa, Geranium, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Juniper, Roman Chamomile.

For Panic: Lavender, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Marjoram, Ylang ylang, Petitgrain, Rose, Neroli

For Rage: Roman Chamomile, Ylang ylang, Vetiver, Clary Sage, Lavender, Marjoram

For Trauma: Thyme linalol, Lavender, Geranium, Lemon, Marjoram, Petitgrain, Clary Sage, Roman Chamomile

For Withdrawal from Life: Orange

For Withdrawal of Emotions: Bergamot, Rose, Roman Chamomile, Neroli, Mandarin and Geranium

For Stress: Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Marjoram, Melissa, Neroli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang.

For Depression: Mandarin, Roman Chamomile, Lemon, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Orange, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Rose, Neroli, Geranium, Petitgrain, Helichrysum, Eucalyptus Citrodora, Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Marjoram, Lavender, Frankincense.

Remember to check for any contra-indications for the oils chosen. You will find the list under the Contraindications to the Oils in the Blends Article.

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Agape Love

My last girlfriend (2013-2014) talked all the time about Agape Love, and how I didn’t have it. If that was the case, I wouldn’t still be friends with about 75% of my Ex’s & most of them are friends with me on FaceBook…

I still have love for over 90% of all my Ex’s (even the one that traumatized me the most), it’s just a different kind of love now; they all know that I am still here for them if they need me (as a friend) & I know that I can still count on them!

I only don’t associate with the mean / hateful / evil / back stabbing / psycho ones. We are Ex’s namely because life happens; sometimes it was my fault, sometimes it was their fault, sometimes it was both our faults and sometimes it was neither of our faults. But I don’t go around hating and/or having malice toward them (or I at least try not to). I wish no harm to any of them, I wish the BEST for all the women from my past and I PRAY they find that love that will last!

This video is a classic example of how it should be! I discovered Markus Rothkranz in 2015 and he is an inspiration, he is also now one of my mentors. Though I am already much like him, I still have a long ways to go; he & these two women are excellent roll modals for men & women around the world! Men should aspire to be more like him, women should find and respect guys of like nature & etc…

The Secret to Getting Rid of Ants Overnight

 

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Every Spring the ants start to show up. I’ll first see a couple on my kitchen counter or on the floor below. I’ve searched and searched for a simple, all-natural solution, and I finally found it. The secret is Borax, a 100% natural product found in most ant-control products. You can find it in most supermarkets. Here’s a simple recipe you can use to get rid of ants in your home:

Ingredients:

– 1 cup of warm water
– 1/2 cup of sugar,
– 2 tablespoons of Borax.

Soak the Borax mixture up with cotton balls, and then place the cotton balls near any trails the ants have established in your home.

I’ve tried this recipe at my home, setting out the cotton balls at night and waking up to find dead ants. Works like a charm.

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Have problems with Mosquitos? 6 Plants to Protect You from Mosquitos

The top 28 insect repelling plants I have found

 

  1. Thyme– Number one on my list of flea repelling plants is thyme. Grow thyme in an area that is shaded and well away from the strong midday sun. Thyme leaves can help repel fleas and many other pests that are bothering you indoors as well as outdoors.
  2. Neem– The neem tree has been used for centuries in India to treat microbial infections as well as for repelling fleas, bugs and mosquitoes. The scientific name for Neem is Azardirachta Indica. The leaves of neem are usually boiled and made into an extract that can be used for bathing the pets as an after-shampoo-rinse. This helps deter fleas and also takes care of fungal or bacterial skin infections. The Azadirachtin compound in Neem leaves repel larvae, eggs and adult fleas. Dried Neem leaves can also be burnt to create a smoke for repelling bugs in the garden.
  3. Sage/Salvia– Many sub-species of Salvia plant are used for botanical insecticidal control. These include Red Sage, S. Hydrangea, S. Santolinifolia and S. Mirzayanii, all of which are known for their anti-microbial and pesticidal activity. The active ingredient in Salvia Splendens or Red Sage is toxic to fleas, rats and other pests at high doses. Salvia officinalis has shown flea and mosquito larval toxicity as well.
  4. Pyrethrum– Pyrethrum plant extracts are used in shampoos, sprays and lotions for flea repellence. Use only as per the guidance of a vet.
  5. Lemon Eucalyptus– The lemon eucalyptus or Corymbia citriodora (Myrtaceae) gives essential oil known as Citronellal. Traditional Chinese medicine has always used this essential oil for medicinal purpose, as well as for repelling mosquitoes and other bugs. Its plant extracts and oils are used in lotions, sprays and shampoos for repelling fleas in pets.
  6. Clove– Also known as Eugenia caryophyllus, Syzygium aromaticum or Eugenia aromatiu, clove essential oil is used in cosmetics, in toothpaste manufacturing and also for flea and mosquito repellence in form of sprays and shampoos
  7. Basil– 100% essential oil of basil leaves can be applied topically to deter mosquitoes, fleas and other bugs. The leaves also thermally expel compounds in the air that can keep your home and garden free of insects. Basil is very easy to plant in a pot which can be placed indoors for instance in your kitchen window.
  8. Lavender– This very pretty plant is tall and spiky with purple flowers. The scent of lavender flowers make a great addition to any home garden and also deters beetles, aphids and spider mites.
  9. Bushmint/wildhops– A field study conducted on the leaves of bushmint plant consisted of smoldering the leaves on charcoal. This provided protection against mosquitoes and fleas for at least 2 hours. Fresh leaves of the herb placed in a room can also repel fleas and other bugs.
  10. Garlic– Garlic is a natural antimicrobial and is used for planting beneath many kinds of flowering plants to protect them from being devoured by garden insects.
  11. Patchouli– Used mainly in Chinese medicine, 100% essential oil obtained from the Pachouli plant can give protection against all kinds of bugs, especially through topical application.
  12. Rose Germanium– A laboratory study has proven the efficacy of topically applied extracts of alcohol obtained from the Rose germanium plant. This gives protection against fleas and other bugs for over 3 hours. Roses should always be planted with garlic growing underneath.
  13. MugWort/St. John’s Wort or Wormwood– A. vulgaris or Mugwort plant gives out camphor-like extracts that can repel fleas and other household insects for more than 5 hours.
  14. Mint and Peppermint– Essentials oils give 100% protection against flea and mosquito bites. These can be planted indoors and outdoors for deterring insects and bugs. Biting bugs don’t like the scent of peppermint, so you can crush up the leaves and rub it on your skin to ward them off. As an added bonus, peppermint also can also do double-duty as itch relief if you do get bitten!
  15. Turmeric– Leaves and extracts obtained from different parts of turmeric plant can be combined with 5% vanillin for topical application against fleas and mosquitoes.
  16. Marigolds– Marigold extracts, also called Calendula, deter cutworms and fruit flies.
  17. Rosemary– A natural aphid and flea repellent, rosemary essential oil has found its way in many cosmetic and medicinal products for repelling fleas, ticks etc from pets. Rosemary is also a member of the mint family. Be careful when planting Rosemary, however. You want to make sure to get the herb plant, which is safe for pets and not Rosemary Pea or Rosemary Bog because they are toxic for dogs and cats.
  18. Green beans– If you have a vegetable garden, make sure you plant green beans to repel cutworms.
  19. Oak– Oak leaves are often mulched by landscapers to be placed near herbs and vegetable gardens to repel worms, bugs and other plant-eating insects.
  20. Catnip– As far as flea repelling plants are concerned, Catnips have been proven even more effective than DEET. Crush and rub some catnip on your cat’s skin (or allow the animal to roll in some catnip bushes) to deter fleas naturally. Catnip can also be used for repelling cockroaches termites.
  21. Pennyroyal- As a flea deterrent . Dried pennyroyal leaves can be scattered around pets’ bedding area, and you can roll up some fresh stems in you dog’s bandana before you go tromping through the woods. Pennyroyal oil used in flea collars has largely been phased out because it caused miscarriages in cats, so only use the fresh leafy stuff, please. If a pet or person could be expecting, don’t use pennyroyal at all. As a pest repellent. Crushed pennyroyal stems stuck in your hat and pockets really will repel gnats and mosquitoes. Dog owners often see their dogs rolling in pennyroyal patches, and dog instincts can usually be trusted. Dog owners should use caution when using pennyroyal, it has been known to cause liver problems in random dogs.
  22. Chamomile- Chamomile is a good plant to have in gardens because it not only repel fleas, but itCat-Animated‘s believed the Chamomile plant can help keep other plants in the garden healthy. I’ve never tried it myself, but it’s been said that if you have a sickly looking plant that’s not growing well, plant a Chamomile next to it. This plant has little daisy like flowers.
  23. Chrysanthemums- Chrysanthemums are beautiful flowers to have in your garden that deter both fleas and ticks as well as other insect pests. The chemical pyrethrum is a naturally occurring organic compound found in chrysanthemums, also called chrysanthemum extract, that disables the nervous system of fleas, thus fleas staying away. Plant the flowers randomly around other plants and along the edges of your yard to create an attractive barrier that also scares off pests.
  24. Fleabane Daisy- The fleabane daisy does indeed live up to its name! This lovely flower from the daisy family is tall which makes it perfect for working into your garden not only as landscaping, but for its ability to repel fleas and ticks. This plant is also known to work as a natural repellent against mosquitoes, gnats, and flies. For added protection, rub a light coating of the fleabane daisy’s leaves on your skin or your pet’s fur.
  25. Citronella- Sort of “the original” for bug repelling, with a powerful lemony scent. It’s used in many commercial bug repellents and candles. I’m a little hesitant to plant it though, as I understand it can be a skin irritant. It’s also not quite as portable as lemon balm or the others listed below. It’s a grass-like plant that grows up to 6 feet tall! If you’re looking for citronella, make sure you get the varieties Cybopogon nardus or Citronella winterianus, as some other citronella varieties won’t have the same effect—some aren’t even true citronellas, they’re just citronella-scented.
  26. Marigolds- In addition to mosquitoes, marigolds repel garden pests, too! We have lots of marigolds growing in the Gerson Institute’s garden to keep the bugs away from our veggies. The flowers are edible as well, and add color and flavor to salads or can be a gorgeous garnish when you want to dress up a dish.
  27. Geranium- Caution: All parts of this plant are toxic to dogs and cats. So if you have outside cats or have other cats that wander in your yard, it’s best to not plant geraniums. Most dogs and cats will instinctively avoid plants that are toxic to them, but not all of them do. If you have a safe spot in your garden for geraniums, they are said to repel ticks. To help keep cats out of your garden, especially if you have plants that are toxic to them, you can plant rue. It’s also a garden plant that repels fleas.

There are more like Lemongrass, how could I forget Lemongrass??? There are all kinds of plant’s and/or essential oils you can use to keep whatever particular bug / animal away from you home and/or garden areas. Lemongrass is great for Misquotes and other pests…

Are Your Candles Harming Your Health?

Published: 11/1/2014

Burning candles is a convenient, inexpensive way to add ambience, calm and serenity to a home or office throughout the year. Their warm, soothing touch creates an inviting and comforting atmosphere. For everyday indoor use, you should opt for unscented candles. Some researchers note that unscented candles create less soot than scented varieties – over time this soot can accumulate in lungs and cause respiratory problems. Scented candles may also contribute to indoor pollution. I suggest candles made of unscented beeswax. These are available online or at natural foods stores.

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet & Pyramid

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DIY Foaming Fizz Bath

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I love a nice bath–a long, hot soak with a good book. Have you ever happened to read the ingredients in your personal care products while you filled the tub? Go do it now. I’ll wait.

Right. That’s what I thought. You’re probably a little weirded out. Now, I don’t think that all man-made chemicals are bad for your skin. And I KNOW not all natural ingredients are good for your skin (poison ivy, for example). But are you gonna research all that stuff and figure out if it’s bad for you or not? If you do, please tell me what you find out. I would really like to know, but I’m too lazy. Therefore, all things in moderation. When I can reduce what I’m using, pick something more natural, or make it myself, I do. But I haven’t replaced everything.

While I am somewhat concerned about bad stuff that might be in our food, cleaners, and personal care products, I also hate how much we pay for this stuff. HATE it. And I hate how it is marketed. According to the beauty industry, we need a staggering variety of products just to leave the house without being ashamed of ourselves. I hate the dumb commercials and I hate the stupid coupons and I hate the ads in the magazines. And I would just rather make things myself, when you get right down to it.

Wow, that got a little negative. What’s a sorta eco-conscious, DIYer to do when it’s time for a relaxing, yummy smelling bath?

Lush is a popular option, and I recommend it, especially if there’s a store near you so you can really check them out in person with your sniffer. But there’s plenty of information on their website about the ingredients they use in each product and their policies, so you can see if they meet your standards.

At the grocery store the other day, I was checking out the personal care aisles. Central Market carries lots of natural and handcrafted personal care items, and some of the supplies you need to make things yourself. I found this.

I realize the brand is torn off, so it is Aura Cacia for anyone who cares. I bought two, this one and a lavender scented one. They  make a foamy, fizzy bath with a big hit of aromatherapy.

Then I looked at the back, curious about the fizziness and wondering how close a relative of the bath bomb this product is. Here it is.

The main ingredients are baking soda, salt, citric acid, and oils. Yep, that sounds like a bath bomb.

I happened to have some citric acid around. WHY, you ask? Because I make my own dishwasher detergent. I know, I know–most people are interested when I explain my homemade laundry detergent, but typically I lose them on this one. But I don’t care, because leftover citric acid for bath products is just one of the many perks of making your own dishwasher detergent. It’s easy to get citric acid on Amazon. In fact, after I made this I realized that the company I buy my citric acid from on Amazon, Frontier, made the Aura Cacia foaming bath I bought at the grocery store!

After a little Googling, I decided on the ratios I would use and got started.

Gather together baking soda, citric acid, salt, and some fragrant oils. I went with epsom salt, but you can use kosher. I used lavender oil. I find it relaxing, and most of the time I take my bath just before bed. You will also need a container. If you like to can, you will have glass jars around. I used two of the 16 ounce jars. You can make one to use yourself and one to give away (or, make one to use and one to hoard for later–that’s what I did).

In a bowl, mix 2 cups baking soda with 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of citric acid. Add 10-20 drops of essential oil and mix again. How much to add depends on the strength of the scent and brand you choose and your personal preference. I made mine strong.
Now you just need to load up into some containers!

DIY Foaming Bath Fizz  Printable Version

Ingredients and Supplies

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup salt
  • 10-20 drops essential oils
  • 2 16-oz containers

Instructions

  1. Combine baking soda, citric acid, and salt in a bowl. Stir to mix.
  2. Add essential oil. Stir until incorporated.
  3. Store in airtight containers.
  4. Add desired amount in warm running bathwater.

Hemp Oil

I got a text from a friend: “Look up “Rick Simpson oil” or ” Rick Simpson hemp oil” on YouTube. Supposed to be easy to make and a drop a day supposedly cures cancer and other conditions”… So I did, and here are my findings:

Rick Simpson’s Hemp Oil Medicine: Natural Cure For Cancer Using Concentrated Cannabis Oil

http://phoenixtears.ca/

Rick Simpson FaceBook

Rick Simpson’s Story: The man who rediscovered the cure for cancer  – See more at: http://www.cureyourowncancer.org/rick-simpson.html#sthash.BfgCbxCb.dpuf

http://www.cureyourowncancer.org/rick-simpson.html

Rick Simpson Oil vs CBD Oil Found Online

We have or can get Hemp Oil too:

Product No. Product Class Price /lbs
633 HEMP SEED REFINED CHINA
CANNABIS SATIVA
FIXED OIL  40.23 /lbs
875 HEMP SEED BUTTER USA
CANNABIS SATIVA
FIXED OIL  52.53 / lbs
2206 HEMP SEED NATURAL CANADA
CANNABIS SATIVA
FIXED OIL  36.36 /lbs

 

Police seize 190 pounds of illegally harvested ginseng

I know this is like last weeks news, but here it is: http://m.wvva.com/w/main/story/120468988/

Sep 18, 2014 10:38 a.m.
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BECKLEY – West Virginia natural resources police say they have made 11 arrests and seized 190 pounds of dry ginseng that was illegally harvested.

The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources estimates the market value of the native herb at $180,000.

The department said Wednesday the arrests followed a year-long investigation in southern West Virginia. Besides the ginseng, they said they also seized stolen guns, illegal drugs and $30,000 in cash.

West Virginia has a ginseng digging season. It begins Sept. 1 and runs through Nov. 30.

The department says the seized ginseng was harvested before the digging season began.

Ginseng long has been coveted in many Asian cultures because the plant’s gnarly, multipronged root is believed to have medicinal properties.

Natural resources officials say demand has spurred illegal harvesting.

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Grow it and harvest it legally and your OK. If you grow it, beware these kinds of people. It is almost as valuable as Marijuana, so be careful how and where you grow it… and who you tell your growing it :( You will find out quick who you cannot trust in that business.

It takes 5-10 years before you can harvest anything of real value, so make sure you can sit on it and protect it before you invest in it.

 

Oils of the Week – 9.26.2014

 

Product No. Product Class Price /oz
785 OREGANO MINUTIFLORUM TURKEY
ORIGANUM MINUTIFLORUM
ESSENTIAL OIL  34.14 /oz
781 OREGANO TURKEY
ORIGANUM VULGARE
ESSENTIAL OIL  32.76 /oz
786 OREGANO COMPACTUM MOROCCO
ORIGANUM COMPACTUM BENTH.
ESSENTIAL OIL  33.24 /oz
876 OREGANO HUNGARY
ORIGANUM VULGARE
ESSENTIAL OIL  29.10 /oz
784 OREGANO SYRIACUM TURKEY
ORIGANUM SYRIACUM
ESSENTIAL OIL  34.14 /oz
461 OREGANO REDISTILLED HUNGARY
OREGANUM VULGARE
ESSENTIAL OIL  31.80 /oz
59 OREGANO HUNGARY
ORIGANUM VULGARE
ESSENTIAL OIL  29.19 /oz
912 OREGANO HUNGARY
ORIGANUM VULGARE
ESSENTIAL OIL  27.36 /oz
1958 OREGANO SPANISH ALBANIA
THYMUS CAPITATUS
ESSENTIAL OIL  24.36 /oz