By Shannon Keirnan
This week, the Natural Cures Movement is running an online summit, with a variety of different speakers discussing health-related topics.
You can register here for free if you want to catch the remaining speakers within their 24-hour window, but if you’d just rather get the gist of it, I’ve got you covered!
I’m only on day three so there’s still lots left to learn, but one of the things I have found most interesting so far has been the “must-haves” presented by every speaker. While everyone has had different opinions, there were three things that caught my attention, either because of the enthusiasm with which they were touted, or because they came up multiple times as one of the first and best steps toward health.
As I have been doing some research into adrenal fatigue, this adaptogen had already caught my attention. Ashwagandha is considered a powerful Ayurvedic herb, especially helpful for healing the body after illness, and imparting a sense of well-being. As someone who struggles between fatigue and insomnia, my interest was especially piqued when I heard that it can assist with both. As an adaptogen, your body can use it in the way most beneficial to itself – for example, as previously mentioned, adaptogens may lower high blood pressure in one individual, while raising low blood pressure in another.
Ashwagandha is especially helpful in alleviating the symptoms of stress (a necessary component to healing adrenal fatigue). It is also known for improving memory, stabilizing blood sugar, reducing anxiety, lowering cholesterol, having anti-inflammatory properties, and building immunity.
Unlike a lot of supplements, nutrients, herbs, etc., that are taken for specific health issues and can be dangerous or not beneficial if taken incorrectly, ashwagandha is safe for daily use and extremely low in potential side effects. Once I overcame my fear of saying “ashwagandha” out loud, I went to the health food store and picked up a bottle to try!
Essential oils have been discussed quite a bit in this summit, from their healing properties to cleaning abilities, but the one that is continually mentioned as being one of the most valuable is frankincense.
I could go on and on about the properties discussed – frankincense is antiseptic, it boosts the immune system and speeds healing, it aids digestion, increases focus, aids in the absorption of nutrients, is an excellent beauty aid due to anti-aging and anti-wrinkle properties, it protects against tumor formation, and alleviates pain and inflammation… basically, “what can’t it do?” as one speaker joked.
Essential oils are systemic, as well, I learned, which means that, initially there may be some variation in how the body uses the oil – whether it’s ingested, applied, breathed, or however you’re getting it in there – but the overall picture is that your body will eventually utilize its benefits the same way regardless.
Of course, this happens to be one of the pricier oils out there, especially the best-quality brands, but the importance of buying a good quality of oil was highly emphasized, and remember that a small bottle goes a long way!
I added a couple drops to coconut oil, baking soda, and cocoa butter for a DIY deodorant inspired by Paleo Chef, and started putting a little frankincense into my nightly face cream as well, as its ability to keep skin fresh and youthful was definitely something that stuck in my head.
3) Coconut Oil
I’ve already expressed my love for coconut oil in a separate post, so I won’t go into it much here… but safe to say, my love is still going strong, and the more I hear people discussing the wonders of it, the happier I am. If you haven’t jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon yet, then you are missing out, my friend.
4) Black Seed
This is one of those things that sounds almost too good to be true. “The remedy for all diseases except death,” reportedly said the Islamic prophet Mohammed regarding this little miracle, the “blessed seed.”
Black seed has been observed to be useful in treatment of type II diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, high blood pressure, and MRSA. It defeats viruses, bacteria, and fungi. It kills pain. It aids in fertility. It can protect tissues from radiation damage. It can suppress, or kill, cancer cells. It improves skin conditions. Again, essentially, what can’t it do? And it’s another one that is safe to take daily, to target specific health issues or just keep your body running smoothly overall.
So why don’t we know much about it? Why isn’t black seed (Nigella sativa) sweeping the nation?
Who’s to say? Possibly part of the reason is that those who take black seed oil complain that it “smells like a tire.”
Lesson learned from that – if you can’t handle a stinky oil, try it in capsule form! I haven’t tried this one yet, but choking some down is on the list.
I’ll keep you informed of anything else that I take away from this summit as it continues. In the meantime, what’s YOUR “miracle” go-to health product? Sound off in the comments or on the Facebook page!