Essential Oils for Athlete’s Foot

Completely eliminating athlete’s foot can be a challenge because the fungus that causes this itchy, painful condition thrives in damp, warm, dark environment – exactly the habitat inside your shoes and socks! Recent research shows that a hot water bath (42 C, which is 107.6 F) for 20 minutes can kill 99.7% of the fungus. Adding essential oils dramatically increases the fungicidal...
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Children and essential oils

  Many people assume that essential oils are safe because they are “natural.” Remember that one drop of an essential oils is roughly equivalent to 30 cups of tea! Small children and pets are especially sensitive to essential oils because, unlike adults, they do not have  completely developed liver detoxification pathways. Never leave an essential oil diffuser going continuously...
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Lavender and sleep

Most humans require 9 – 10 hours of sleep for optimal health, according to sleep research James Maas, PhD. Very few people in our fast-paced culture sleep anywhere close to 9 hours. What can you do to improve sleep? A recent study suggests lavender essential oil improves the quality of sleep. Seventy-nine college students who reported having sleep issues participated in this double blind...
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Winter Solstice: Sun Stands Still

Winter Solstice: Sun Stands Still By Judith Boice, ND, LAc, FABNO Excerpted from Soul Medicine: A Physician’s Reflections on Life, Love, Death and Healing   The light is fading, and the sky is bending down to bathe the powdery snow with topaz blue. The moon has not yet risen; I’m watching for that light to spread pearlescent over the silent, waiting fields. Each evening, when the boys...
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Citrus Essential Oils: Nature’s Sunny Gift

Judith Boice, ND, LAc, FABNO I have two miniature citrus trees that bloom in August and set glorious fruits that finally ripen close to Thanksgiving. As I write, the stems of the Meyer lemon, a cross between a lemon and an orange, bend with the weight of the ripening fruit. When afternoon sun fills the room and warms the fruit, the scent of lemon fills the air. Often foods naturally mature...
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Are Essential Oils Actually Harming Your Family?

Dr. Judith Boice shares seven myths about essential oils and how to use them safely.

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