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NOTE: None of this information is to be construed as medical advice. Please consult your doctor before using or ingesting coconut oil, and before use of Arnica gel/cream, essential oils, or Hydrotherapy if you are unsure of how they may affect you.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains a unique combination of fatty acids with powerful medicinal properties. They contain so-called Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) – which are fatty acids of a medium length. MCTs in coconut oil can increase energy expenditure compared to the same amount of calories from longer chain fats.

Populations that eat a lot of coconut are among the healthiest people on the planet. The best example of such a population is the Tokelauans, which live in the South Pacific. They eat over 60% of their calories from coconuts. These people are in excellent health, with no evidence of heart disease.

Coconut oil can improve blood cholesterol levels and may lower your risk of heart disease. Coconut oil is loaded with saturated fats, which actually do not harm the blood lipid profile like previously thought. Saturated fats raise HDL (the good) cholesterol. There are also rat studies showing that coconut oil reduces triglycerides, total and LDL cholesterol, increased HDL and improves blood coagulation factors and antioxidant status.

Coconut oil can protect hair against damage, moisturize skin and function as sunscreen. Many people are using it for cosmetic purposes and to improve the health and appearance of their skin and hair. Studies on individuals with dry skin show that coconut oil can improve the moisture and lipid content of the skin. Coconut oil can also be very protective against hair damage and one study shows effectiveness and sunscreen, blocking about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

In Alzheimer’s patients, there appears to be a reduced ability to use glucose for energy in certain parts of the brain. In one 2006 study, consumption of MCTs led to immediate improvement in brain function in patients with milder forms of Alzheimer’s.

If you want to enjoy the health benefits outlined in the article, then you must get organic, virgin coconut oil; NOT the refined stuff. For other added benefits, coconut oil can be used to condition your hair as well as your skin after a shower. Generally, people that suffer from tree nut allergies usually do fine with coconuts. This is because the coconut is classified as a fruit and seed rather than a nut. Botanists classify them as dry drupes. Dry drupes are fruits that have an outer fleshy layer with an encased seed in the middle.

A study in Pediatric Allergy and Immunology compares childhood allergies to nuts, sesame and coconut. The premise of this study was to ascertain whether children with peanut and tree nut allergies were at an increased risk for an allergy to sesame or coconut. Each child in the study underwent skin prick testing to sesame and coconut. The results showed that the children with histories of peanut and tree nut reactions were more likely to also have histories of sesame reaction. Concerning coconuts, it was found that the children who had histories of peanut and tree nut reactions were not at an increased risk for coconut allergy.

REFERENCES: Authority Nutrition article

Arnica (Gel and Cream)

Strains and unaccustomed tasks such as new sports, exercise routines, gardening, home improvement projects, etc. are likely to cause sore muscles. Fortunately, there is Arnica. It’s a convenient and reliable medicine for muscle paint, stiffness and bruises. I’ts been used for centuries as a natural pain reliever

Arnica is toxic when ingested at full strength but can be used as an ointment, gel or cream to unbroken skin or taken internally when it’s diluted homeopathically. Today, it has grown to be one of the most popular homeopathic medicines in the world. It’s is trusted by professional athletes to soothe sore muscles, by prominent cosmetic surgeons to relieve post-procedure pain, and by savvy moms to treat playground bumps and bruises.

Arnica can also be used to relieve stiffness from flying or long-distance driving. And anyone who bruises easily will appreciate Arnica’s ability to reduce bruise discoloration. To help recover from minor injuries, overexertion or surgery, Arnica is a must for every medicine cabinet.

REFERENCES: Arnica Montana

Essential Oils

Lavender Oil

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a sweet, floral aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Lavender’s aroma is great for relaxing and winding down before bedtime; add to bath or diffuse to create a calming and comforting environment. The health benefits of lavender essential oil include its ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems.

Peppermint Oil

Massage several drops of peppermint essential oil on the abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe the minor stomach discomfort associated with travel. Rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure.

Skin preparations containing peppermint oil are used by some people for the following conditions, although, again, there is no clear evidence that they are helpful:

  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Toothache
  • Inflammation of the mouth
  • Joint conditions
  • Itchiness
  • Allergic rash
  • Repelling mosquitoes

REFERENCES: Young Living (Lavender Oil) and Organic Facts and Web MD

Hydrotherapy (Hot & Cold)

How Does Hydrotherapy Work?

Hydrotherapy is based on its mechanical and or thermal effects; how the body reacts to hot and cold stimuli. Nerves carry what is felt by the skin deeper into the body where it is then vital in stimulating the immune system by influencing the production of stress hormones, improving circulation and digestion, encouraging the flow of blood and lessening the body’s sensitivity to pain.

Types of Hydrotherapy that are available at Orenco Wellness Center include:

  • Cool marble stone
  • Heated table
  • Moist heated clay compress

Some other therapies (that you can do at home) include:

  • Baths and showers
  • Neutral baths
  • Sitz baths
  • Contrast sitz baths
  • Foot baths
  • Cold mitten friction rub
  • Steam inhalation
  • Hot compresses
  • Cold compresses
  • Heating compresses

Hydrotherapy is used to treat many illnesses and conditions including:

  • Acne
  • Arthritis
  • Colds
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Stomach problems
  • Joint, muscle, and nerve problems
  • Sleep disorders
  • Stress

Benefits of Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy dramatically increases the elimination of waste; assisting detoxification
loosening tense, tight muscles and encouraging relaxation, increasing the metabolic rate and digestion activity while also hydrating the cells, improving the skin and muscle tone, and boosting the immune system, allowing it to function more efficiently to improve the function of the internal organs.

REFERENCES: Hydrotherapy Information

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