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Bath Salts & Poultice To Slay The Cold


Author: Tamara S.
Skill: Nurse
Date: 09-30-2007
Views: 4,005
Word Count: 426
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 2446-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 7

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This recipe includes yellow mustard powder.

In studies involving the gastrointestinal tract and colorectal cancer, intake of isothiocyanates, found in mustard, have been shown to inhibit growth of existing cancer cells and to be protective against their formation.

Mustard seeds also qualified as a very good source of omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, iron, calcium, zinc, manganese, magnesium, protein, niacin and dietary fiber.

Goitrogens in mustard may inhibit thyroid function~ avoid consuming large amounts if you have an untreated, under active thyroid.

I recommend fresh ground mustard powder from the local health food store (like Vitamin Cottage) or herb shop, not the kind thats been sitting on the shelf for...who knows how long. Your nose will tell you whats good, fresh mustard is very pungent. If you have mustard seeds, they may be ground in the food processor, coffee grinder, or if you're old school~ the mortar and pestle may be used.

1 cup sea salt
6 drops Lavender
6 drops Basil
4 drops Rosemary
4 Eucalyptus
2 drops Thyme
2 drop Oregano (use less Thyme and Oregano for fair/sensitive skin)
1-2 heaping tbs powdered yellow mustard

Mix well and add to bath. You will find that it is very INVIGORATING!

Poultice for chest cold:

Add 1-2 tbs of mixing oil (v-6, coconut, almond or palm seed) and mix into a paste. you may pack this poultice on the chest while in a hot bath to relieve cold symptoms. also works great for sore muscles, stress ect...

More about mustard:

Buddha told a story of the grieving mother and the mustard seed. When a mother loses her only son, she takes his body to the Buddha to find a cure. The Buddha asks her to bring a handful of mustard seeds from a family that has never lost a child, husband, parent or friend. When the mother is unable to find such a house in her village, she realizes that death is common to all, and she cannot be selfish in her grief.

In the Quran, Allah states that the scales of justice will be established on the Day of Judgment, and no soul will suffer the least injustice. Even the equivalent of a mustard seed will be accounted for. God is the most efficient reckoner.

Jesus compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a mustard seed in Mark 4:30-32. Mustard has some of the smallest seeds, but the mustard plant grows to a large size, providing shelter for birds. So great things come from small beginnings.

Jesus reminds us that nothing is impossible if we have faith the size of a mustard seed in Mattew 17:20.

Enjoy this recipe, and feel free to share it with others!


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: respiratory,lungs-/-pulmonary,colds — "In confirming the presence of peripheral airways dysfunction in nonsmokers with uncomplicated common colds, our data imply that the changes can be modified favorably by short-term aromatics inhalation."Link
2.Associated topics: respiratory,lungs-/-pulmonary,colds — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
3.Associated topics: colds — "Taken together, we found an essential oil blend [Orange, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary] notably attenuates influenza virus PR8 infection in vitro via inhibition of viral protein synthesis at the post-transcription level. The lack of toxicity and potent specific inhibition ability make the essential oil a possible antiviral drug for influenza virus proliferation control and treatment."Link
4.Associated topics: respiratory — "Foeniculum vulgare Mill, commonly called fennel, has been used in traditional medicine for a wide range of ailments related to digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and respiratory systems. Additionally, it is also used as a galactagogue agent for lactating mothers.... Foeniculum vulgare has emerged as a good source of traditional medicine and it provides a noteworthy basis in pharmaceutical biology for the development/formulation of new drugs and future clinical uses."Link
5.Associated topics: respiratory — "The antibacterial activity of 14 essential oils and their major constituents in the gaseous state was evaluated against [respiratory tract pathogens] Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Staphylococcus aureus. [The] oils [with cinnamon bark, lemongrass, and thyme being most potent] and their major constituents were shown to be effective against various bacteria tested.... These results indicate that the antibacterial action of essential oils was most effective when at high vapor concentration for a short time."Link
6.Associated topics: congestion-/-mucus-/-phlegm — "The result for the primary end point was validated by the amelioration of the following secondary end points: headache on bending, frontal headache, sensitivity of pressure points of trigeminal nerve, impairment of general condition, nasal obstruction, and rhinological secretion.... In patients with acute nonpurulent rhinosinusitis, timely treatment with cineole [a.k.a. eucalyptol... found in eucalyptus, camphor laurel, laurus nobilis, tea tree, mugwort, basil, wormwood, rosemary, sage, and cannabis] is effective and safe before antibiotics are indicated."Link
7.Associated topics: respiratory,lungs-/-pulmonary — "Essential Oil Diffusion [lavender, marjoram, balsam fir, and peppermint] for the Treatment of Persistent Oxygen Dependence in a Three-Year-Old Child With Restrictive Lung Disease With Respiratory Syncytial Virus [RSV] Pneumonia: A 3-year-old female with central core disorder, a static myopathy affecting type one muscle fibers, with an 18-day history of oxygen requirement, acute desaturation episodes on high-flow oxygen, and persistent upper-lobe atelectasis... experienced a rapid reduction in oxygen requirement when treated with diffused plant essential oils after insufficient response to N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and dornase alfa."Link

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