RAVINTSARA – The ESSENTIAL essential oil for winter!

RAVINTSARA – The ESSENTIAL essential oil for winter!

Busy schedule and no time to be running after kids with runny noses or missing work due to a cold or flu?

A great way to stave off colds and flus at any time of year is with the highly effective and natural Ravintsara essential oil.

I use this magical oil frequently for myself and also for my young kids – it’s really perfect to keep the school germs away from your kids – especially during the winter time, but also after holidays and back to school times when germs and bugs love to spread!

Just a few drops rubbed on the skin or taken with a small spoon of honey and you’ll be fighting fit all winter!
One of my favourite products for preventing colds and flus is RAVINTSARA.

Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora), or Camphor essential oil is a powerful anti-bacterial, it fights intensely against viruses and it stimulates the secretion of anti-bodies to better protect your immune system.

Organic Camphor essential oil has invigorating and stimulating properties; it helps to develop the immune system’s defenses.

For these reasons, Ravintsara essential oil helps to fight colds and flus.

Bronchitis, rhinopharyngitis, sinusitis, colds – Thanks to the antibacterial, antioxidant and especially decongesting properties of ravintsara, it’s the perfect remedy for treating Ear, Nose and Throat infections.

How to use Ravintsara?

Camphor essential oil is used :

– Skin application : 2 to 3 drops of Camphor essential oil may be diluted in 2 to 3 drops of vegetable oil for a massage on the chosen area.

– Diffusion : 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser.

For Influenza, Ear, Nose and Throat viral outbreaks :

– Cutaneous route: 3 drops to be rubbed on the lower back, along the vertebral column and on the thorax, 4 to 5 times per day, until improvement.

– Oral: 1 drop in a teaspoon of honey or olive oil or on a sugar, 4 times a day, until improvement.

Arrival of cold, strengthening of immunity system:

– Skin: 3 drops on the wrists and breathe deeply, prevention, once a day, during periods of risk.

Take a break of one week after three weeks of use.

In conclusion, Ravintsara essential oil is the best essential oil to use against the flu, it will protect you from bacteria, strengthen your body and clean your airways.


Specific precaution for Camphor essential oil: Do not use in case of asthma.


Where to find Ravintsara products?

You can find Ravintsara essential oil in organic food stores, health stores or markets, alternative pharmacies or online as well as more increasingly in regular pharmacies or chemist stores.





The Powerful Health Benefits of Kissing


Kissing reduces stress levels

 According to neuroscientists, a kissing session reduces the stress hormone cortisol, therefore, reducing the stress levels of the kissing couple.

Kissing also increases endorphinsoxytocin and dopamine levels – oxytocin being the ‘love hormone’ and dopamine is responsible for feelings of desire and sentimental anxiety to be with that person.


A study by scientists in the US at Lafayette College found that a kiss of at least 20 seconds was most beneficial, sending these feel-good hormones throughout the body and making people feel happier.


US psychotherapist Tina B Tessina says,


Kissing is an easy way to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which has been linked to poor health.  Plus, kissing calms anxiety.  The cuddling and touching that goes with the kissing floods you with even more beneficial hormones,” (www.au.lifestyle.yahoo.com).


US studies found that even holding hands decreases the levels of cortisol in the body, however not to the same degree as kissing.

Kissing reduces relieves tension, reduces negative energy and produces a sense of well being, lowers blood pressure and changes the feelings of a person from negative to positive.

Let’s get kissing to reduce that stress!


Kissing Boosts Immunity

 Doctors say that kissing can increase the body’s immune system.  Kissing passes bacteria from one person to another and this increases the body’s production of antibodies, the body’s natural immune response.

Psychiatrist Dr Scott Haltzman says,


“Even the mild exchange of saliva improves immune defences by helping expose the body to small amounts of viruses and bacteria that you develop antibodies to.  Like acupressure, it may improve the immune system and reduce feelings of stress or pain,” (www.au.lifestyle.yahoo.com). 


Face Tone-Up

 Experts claim that regular kissing sessions can help keep your face toned and supple.  The muscles used when kissing are not used all the time, so regular kissing helps keep them in shape.

Tina B Tessina says,


A good kissing session is like a work-out for your face.  The more intense, the better.  Keep it fun and giggly and you’ll tone abdomen muscles laughing too,” (www.au.lifestyle.yahoo.com).


So, forget Botox injections or facelifts, kissing is the way to keep your face in shape.


Fight Allergies

 Studies conducted at Japan’s Uiitakeda Hospital showed that 30 minutes of kissing can reduce the production of histamine in the body.  Histamine is released during an allergic reaction and kissing appears to reduce the release of this chemical, thereby decreasing the body’s allergic reaction.

Dr Haltzman says,


“It’s as if the mouth responds to smooching by sending a message to the rest of the body that says, ‘Relax, little things that bother you can’t affect you anymore,’” (www.au.lifestyle.yahoo.com). 

 Great news for everyone who likes to cuddle up and have a good kissing session!

Super Foods – What Are They and What Do They Do?


Super foods have become popular in recent times, but are they really worth consuming?

Celebrity endorsements have helped to spread the superfood craze – Gwyneth Paltrow uses agave nectar, Miranda Kerr swears by quinoa and açai berries and now coconut water has become the latest superfood to be seen consuming in Hollywood – stars Gisele Bündchen and Anna Paquin both fans of this electrolyte laden drink.

But what are ‘superfoods’ and how can they help us?

Superfoods – A Definition

Superfoods are a category of foods that are found in nature and which contain superior sources of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients that the human body does not make.
Superfoods are very low in calories and very high in nutrients, providing the body with an ultimate goodness kick!

Expert Opinion

Medical and health experts say that ‘superfoods’ can help protect against dangerous health conditions and diseases such as cancer, heart disease, cholesterol and others.
Experts stress that the foods do need to be in their natural, unprocessed forms to be of any benefit.
Elizabeth Somer, author of The Essential Guide to Vitamins and Minerals says,

“Every superfood is going to be a ‘real’ (unprocessed) food. You don’t find fortified potato chips in the superfood category.”

“Even people who are healthy can make a few tweaks and the impact will be amazing,” Somer says. “I’d say that 50% to 70% of suffering could be eliminated by what people eat and how they move: heart disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension can all be impacted.”

The Superfoods

This list is not inclusive, there are many more ‘superfoods’, this is a list of 10 of the more well-known and popular.

1. Açai and Goji berries – very high in anti-oxidants which attack harmful free radicals in the body.

2. Coconut water – fresh coconut is extremely high in electrolytes and potassium. 

3. Quinoa – a seed from South America is gluten free, high in protein, low G.I. and contains essential fatty acids – a nutritional gold-star!

4. Agave nectar – used as an alternative to processed sugars, makes a healthier alternative, although nutritionists say it is usually heat treated and loses its nutritional value.

5. Salmon – is a super food due to its high omega-3 fatty acid content. Studies show that omega-3 fatty acids help to maintain a healthy heart. Salmon is low in calories, contains lots of protein, is a good source of iron, and is very low in saturated fat.

6. Broccoli – a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and bone-building vitamin K, and has plenty of fiber to fill you up and help control your weight.

7. Olive oil – studies suggest that the monosaturated fat in olive oil is good for the heart as it lowers bad cholesterol levels and increases the good cholesterol levels. Olive oil is also high in anti-oxidants.

8. Tea – black or green, contains a high level of the antioxidant named catechins. Studies suggest that catechins protect the artery walls against the damage that leads to heart disease and inhibits the development of blood clots.

9. Brazil nuts – full of essential vitamins, minerals and fibre. Brazil nuts contain a high level of selenium that may help protect against diseases such as cancer, depression and Alzheimer’s. 

10. Yogurt – source of calcium. Helps to improve the health of the large intestine and aids in the relief of gastrointestinal upsets. Yogurt can be used as a milk substitute for those people who are lactose intolerant.

Information for this article sourced from websites http://www.foodmatters.tv, http://www.webmd.com and http://www.dailymail.co.uk.

Cancer Fighting Foods


Cancer Fighting Foods

Having a healthy diet is one of the most effective and easiest ways to help protect against cancer.  Eating certain foods may even slow down cancer cell growth or reduce the size of cancerous tumors.

This list of cancer-fighting foods is by all means not inclusive, there are other anti-cancer foods, but this list provides a great starting point for any anti-cancer shopping list.


Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower

These vegetables contain a chemical called indole-3-carbinol that converts a cancer-promoting estrogen into a protective estrogen, which helps to fight breast cancer.  Broccoli contains phytochemical sulforaphane which is believed to help prevent colon and rectal cancer and the sulforaphane produces enzymes that have been shown to inhibit the growth of tumors.


Carrots contain beta carotene – good for your eyesight, but also good for staving off cancer. Beta carotene may help reduce many cancers including lung, throat, stomach, intestine, prostate and breast cancers.

Some research has suggested that beta carotene may actually cause cancer; however this is only by eating a large amount – 2-3 kilos a day.



Various types of mushrooms can help the body fight cancer and build the immune system. Shiitake, maitake, reishi, Agaricus blazei Murill, and Coriolus Versicolor mushrooms contain polysaccharides, powerful compounds that help build immunity. A protein called lectin, which attacks cancerous cells and prevents them from multiplying, is also found in these mushrooms.


Seaweed contains beta-carotene, protein, vitamin B12, fibre, and chlorophyll, as well as chlorophylones– fatty acids that can aid in the battle against breast cancer.


Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory.  It can help reduce the production of inflammation-related enzymes (cyclo-oxygenase 2) which are abnormally high in certain cancers such as bowel and colon cancers.



Avocados are rich in the potent antioxidant glutathione, which attacks free radicals in the body by blocking the absorption of certain fats in the intestines. Avocados are also an excellent source of potassium and beta-carotene.

Chili peppers   

Chili peppers and jalapeno peppers contain capsaicin, which may neutralize certain cancer-causing elements called nitrosamines and may assist in preventing cancers such as stomach cancer.


Tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene which attacks free radicals in the body that are suspected of causing cancer.  Tomatoes also have vitamin C, an antioxidant which can prevent cellular damage that leads to cancer.


Figs contain a chemical called benzaldehyde.  Studies conducted at theInstitute ofPhysical and Chemical Research inTokyo found benzaldehyde is highly effective at shrinking tumors.


Garlic helps to strengthen the immune system and breakdown cancer-causing matter. Garlic contains the compound allium and this helps block carcinogens from entering cells and helps slow down the growth of tumors.   Studies have found the garlic must be fresh garlic, garlic supplements do not contain these properties.


Nuts contain the antioxidants quercetin and campferol that may curb the development of cancers. Brazil nuts contain a high amount of selenium, which is significant to help those with prostate cancer.

Flax or Flaxseed  

Flaxseed contains lignans, which can have an antioxidant effect and may suppress cancerous changes. Flax is also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which may help to protect against colon cancer and heart disease.


Green Tea and Black Tea                                                                                                                 

Green tea has been known to help prevent skin, esophageal, stomach, colon, pancreas, lung, bladder, prostate and breast cancers.   Green tea, and to a lesser extent black tea, contain polyphenols, which have antioxidant properties. Studies have shown that polyphenols can minimize and prevent cancerous tumors by cutting off the blood supply to the tumors.

Red Wine    

Red wine has polyphenols that may protect against various types of cancer. Polyphenols are potent antioxidants and help neutralize disease-causing free radicals.

It is helpful and recommended to seek advice and assistance from a health care professional if you suspect you may have cancer and to follow their instructions.

Eating a well-balanced diet and including these anti-cancer foods should be a part of a daily routine and not seen as a cure or treatment for any type of cancer.

The information used for this article was sourced from the website http://www.care2.com and an article from http://www.foxnews.com.