We would suggest the following herbs:
Ashwagandha: Withania somnifera: An adaptogen that helps to protect the brain and reconnect the brain and body energies. The berries, roots and extracts are used for chronic pain, fatigue, inflammation, stress relief and anxiety.
Chyawanprash: A herbal tonic that protects cognitive function.
Gotu kola: A herb that lengthens life and improves symptoms of eye diseases, inflammation, swelling, skin conditions and fatigue.
Gingko Biloba: Improves memory and mental clarity. Relieves leg pain and overactive nerve responses. Works on eye and vision problems. Reduces dizziness and vertigo. Reduces inflammation and fatigue. May react to other medications.
Agrimony: Antiviral, antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, metabolism-boosting properties. *Capsules / Tincture*.
Bilberry leaf: Rich in anti-oxidants. Improves vision, reduces inflammation and protects cognitive function. *Capsule / Tincture*.
Chamomile: Anti-oxidant, antibacterial. Can help with skin conditions, sleeplessness or anxiety, stomach upset and gas/diarrhoea. *Capsule / Tea / Tincture*.
Dandelion root and leaf: Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Reduces fatigue and promotes immune health.
Elderflower/Elderberry: Sambucus nigra: Treats flu and chronic inflammatory conditions. Regulates an immune response in the central nervous system. Beneficial for: skin conditions, infections, colds, fevers, pain and swelling.
Cramp bark: Viburnum opulus: Plant bark used to treat cramps and spasms. Anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties that inhibit the growth of tumours and lesions.
Ginger: An anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective spice. Well-known to help with nausea, diarrhoea and stomach issues, very warming for muscles and pain. *Capsules / Tea – add some grated Ginger to some boiling water and sip slowly*.
Hawthorne berry: Anti-inflammatory, antitumor properties. Used for centuries for heart support, failure and heartbeats and circulation. *Tincture*.
Liquorice root: Anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective. Helps with viral conditions, stomach ulcers and throat issues. May cause High blood pressure and low potassium.
Schizandra berry: Schisandra: Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective.
Turmeric: Curcumin: has neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory properties.
Valerian: Used for headaches, trembling, sleep disorders, anxiety and depression.
– Listed by Sharon Olivier, March 2021
We would suggest the following vitamins:
Vitamin A: Anti-oxidant properties. Critical for visions health, reproductive health and immune system. Also supports the heart and other organs. *Supplement*. Food source: Leafy greens, organ meats (liver), fruits and dairy products. *do not overdose*
Vitamin B1: Thiamine: Critical for brain function. Essential for healthy metabolism and nerve, muscle and heart function. Deficiency can cause neurodegenerative disease, weakness and fatigue. Food sources: nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes, eggs and lean meats.
Vitamin B6: An essential nutrient for metabolism found in certain foods: organ meats, fish, starchy vegetables, also in supplements. Deficiency can be linked to abnormal brain function, depression, and confusion and kidney problems. *Do not overdose, can be toxic to the nerves in high doses*.
Vitamin B12: Important for the function of nerve cells, red blood cells, the brain and the body. Deficiency leads to fatigue, weakness, weight loss, numbness and tingling in hands and feet, balance problems, confusion, memory problems and nerve damage * Supplement/jab*.
Vitamin C: Ascorbic acid: An antioxidant with an important role in the immune system functioning. Excellent for eye health and nerve deterioration.
Vitamin D: Essential for bone, muscle, nerve and immune system health. The best form is sun exposure, midday sun, minimal clothing, 20 minutes, and no sunscreen. Food sources: Fatty fish, fortified food and drinks.
Vitamin E: An antioxidant essential for the immune system health and preventing blood clots. Food sources: vegetable oils, nuts and green veggies.
– Listed by Sharon Olivier, March 2021
We would suggest the following supplements:
Calcium: A crucial mineral for the body’s health: bone, cardio, cancer risk. Vita D increases the body’s absorption of calcium. *an overdose of calcium can be toxic*.
Cranberry juice: 100% juice or tablets. Very helpful for urinary tract infections.
DHA: An omega 3 fatty acid found in vegetable oils, fatty fish or omega 3 supplements. Helps with blood flow, muscle activity, digestion, cellular growth and brain function. *Be aware if on blood thinners*.
Magnesium: Helps with a wide variety of bodily functions. A deficiency can cause weakness, fatigue, seizures, tingling, cramps, muscle contractions, numbness, personality changes. Top of Form
Omegas 3 and 6 essential fatty acids: Everything needed for promoting a healthy heart and brain. Anti-inflammatory and immune promoting. *Supplements / Foods*.
Probiotics: Good bacteria to support the immune system. Anti-inflammatory properties to support immune and neurological health. *Supplements*. Food sources: yoghurt, kefir etc.
Selenium: A mineral used to prevent heart problems. It plays an important role in eye health, immune system and a variety of chronic health conditions.
Zinc: A mineral, only necessary in small doses for immune system boosting, eye problems, skin conditions, protection against viruses and neurodegenerative conditions.
– Listed by Sharon Olivier, March 2021
We would suggest the following:
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Rosemary Essential Oil
A – Pain & Headaches: Lavender, Peppermint
B – Stress & sense of well-being: Lavender, Frankincense
C – Circulation: Rosemary, Peppermint
Massage – Buy a base oil: coconut oil is best here. If you have 20ml of base oil, half of the amount is the number of Essential Oil drops to use. That would make it 10 drops. In this case, you will add:
- 5 drops of Lavender and 5 drops of Peppermint.
Rub the blend over the temples and any areas of pain on the body, as required.
- 6 drops of Lavender and 4 drops of Frankincense.
Apply the blend over the body, as required, especially the shoulder, neck and chest. A lovely evening time routine.
- 6 drops of Rosemary and 4 drops of Peppermint.
Apply the blend over the body, as required. These are more stimulating oils, so they would be good for the morning routine.
Bath – Your skin is the most absorbent part of the body. The heat of the bath assists in the absorption. There are 2 ways to do this:
- Diffusing 5 drops (maximum) of Essential oil into a teaspoon of milk. Or a cup, if you would like more of a Cleopatra style bath. Use 2 drops of Lavender, 2 drops of Frankincense and 1 drop of Rosemary. Add Epsom salts.
- Or simply add 5ml of a massage blend.
Close all windows. Soak for 15-20 minutes minimum. Avoid splashing in the eyes.
Inhalation – Place 1 or 2 drops of your chosen oils onto a cloth/tissue. Inhale as necessary. Repeat throughout the day as necessary.
Diffuser – Add 5 drops into a diffuser. (2 of Lavender and 1 of each of the other oils)
* A patch test is required – 1 drop of aromatherapy oil to 4 drops of base oil. Apply a coin size amount to a patch of skin on the inner arm **
If sensitivity occurs, apply more base oil to soothe the area. Possibly avoid use for a further 10 days. If you wish to continue, dilute to ¼ of the original amount and test on a small area of skin. If there is no further reaction, continue with that dosage.
** Oils are for external use only and must be blended with a carrier oil. Always avoid the eyes, ears and nose **
** Lavender is the safest of oils, if on a rare occasion you react, apply more base oil to the skin to soothe it and dilute the massage blend with more base oil **
** Rosemary – Avoid during pregnancy, HBP, Heart conditions, use with caution if on prescription medication. Avoid use with children below 5 years of age. A stimulating oil, so no high doses prior to bedtime. **
** Peppermint – Avoid use during pregnancy/lactating, or if on homoeopathic remedies. Avoid use in children under 5. Use low doses, it’s a very cooling oil and strong. May irritate the skin. It is a stimulant, so do not add it to the bath before bed. Safe all around for inhaling **
** Frankincense – Avoid use during pregnancy/lactating, if any bleeding disorders or on anticoagulants. Avoid with children below 5 and caution below 8 **