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RAVINTSARA – The ESSENTIAL essential oil for winter!

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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.

(https://www.compagnie-des-sens.fr/huile-essentielle-ravintsara/)

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

(https://www.de-sainthilaire.com/en/200-accueil-ravintsara.html)

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.

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

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