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Ready, Set, Digest!

Natural Ways To Promote Better Digestion

Many of us experience some challenges with our digestion. Autoimmune diseases, changes of season, holiday meals, stress, anxiety- they can all play a part in throwing off or upsetting our natural digestion. Here are a few quick tips to help you naturally promote better digestion.

1.  Bitters! Bitter foods have been pushed nearly entirely out of the American diet, but they are a very important part of your natural digestion arsenal. The best way to consume bitters is by introducing more natural bitter foods into your meals, like dandelion greens, arugula, kale, chard, brussels sprouts, and many others. Another option is to take bottled digestive, aromatic, or cocktail bitters before or after you eat. Bitters are a preparation of alcohol and botanical plant matter that have been used dating back to the Ancient Egyptians. They are commonly served after meals all over Europe and frequently used as an ingredient in cocktails. My favorite is Urban Moonshine Organic Citrus Bitters in a spray bottle.

2.  Drink lots of water. This one is so important and often overlooked. Water is necessary for each organ to function properly, and helps to detoxify and eliminate waste, so drink lots of it.

3.  Veriditas Digestive Massage Tonic is specially formulated to soothe abdominal tension, discomfort, and occasional constipation. Massage over abdomen in a clockwise direction. If like me, your body is not accustomed to consuming large quantities of food and it needs a little help around the holidays, this blend will be a must have.

4.  If you are a person who suffers from IBS, Crones, Celiac, Diverticulitis, or other autoimmune diseases you’re likely already no stranger to digestive enzymes. My favorite is Digest Gold by Enzymedica. It helps break down proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and fiber.

5.  Ginger does wonders for upset stomach. If none of these things listed above seem to help, or even if they do, ginger will help settle a cranky tummy. I bring it with me everywhere. Ginger capsules or actual ginger root are the safest way to consume ginger for this purpose. This is also very helpful for motion sickness, so if you get carsick or airplane sick, take a couple ginger before you go. You will notice the difference.

article by: Beth Onward

Top 5 Holiday Survival Essential Oils

The holiday season is just around the corner, and many of us will be braving the impending winter chill to travel near and far to celebrate the holidays with our families.
We previously shared with you our favorite Essential Oils for travel (read it here), but with the holidays and family in mind we have put together for you our Top 5 Holiday Survival Essential Oils.

     Mental Clarity! If motion sickness plagues you or anyone in your family, or if you are planning on driving for long hours and need some help staying alert, Mental Clarity is your new best friend. This blend contains Basil, Peppermint, Rosemary cineol, Grapefruit, and Lavender which help to energize and soothe your mind and adrenals, but also help to alleviate symptoms associated with nausea.

     Gumdropps is so versatile! It can be used as a mouthwash, toothpaste, and breath freshener. One bottle of Gumdropps and a toothbrush and you are all set for all of your oral hygiene needs. So easy, organic, and compact!

     Good Samaritan has super germ fighting powers and will help support your immune system with all those airport and gas station germ encounters. You can add 2 drops to lotion for a super effective, natural hand sanitizer, or sweep a few drop over your clothes. For a super immune system kick add 2 drops of Immunity Boost and 2 drops of Good Samaritan to lotion and apply to hands.

     Stress Recovery is specifically formulated to help soothe the nervous system and ease cravings. If you are trying to stick to a diet, kick a habit, or simply need a little extra help keeping stress to a minimum, Stress Recovery has got you covered.

      Digestive Massage Tonic soothes abdominal tension, discomfort, and occasional constipation. If you get travel tummy or need a little help digesting all those delicious holiday treats just rub 3-4 drops diluted in lotion on your abdomen and soon you’ll be right as rain.

Happy holiday season and safe travels from all of us at Veriditas!

article by: Beth Onward

All About Clove

November in Madagascar means clove harvesting season. Cloves, or Eugenia caryophyllata are the dried flower buds of an evergreen tree native to Indonesia. Cloves have been used as a spice for flavoring food as far back as 1721 BC. Cloves have also been chewed to improve dental hygiene and dental discomfort, and to aid in digestion for many hundreds of years.

Cloves are used in many types of medicine, including Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese medicine, herbalism, dentistry, and aromatherapy. Clove has a wide range of medicinal properties. The main constituent, Eugenol (part of the Phenol-propane family) has been proven to be broad-spectrum antibacterial. Today, people still use Clove to support oral health, promote digestion, and enhance healthy respiration, as well as many other culinary and health uses. Clove essential oil can be skin sensitizing so it is is best diluted in carrier oil to .05%. This would equal 4-5 drops of Clove essential oil in one ounce of carrier oil.

For all of these reasons and more, Clove essential oil is very important part of our Good Samaritan Wellness blend. This bacteria killing powerhouse also happens to be a delicious, festive aroma for this time of year. Please enjoy these tips and recipes from the back of our new Good Samaritan Information Card and keep your immune system strong and healthy!

  •       Diffuse 7 drops of Good Samaritan in an ultrasonic diffuser to defend against airborne pathogens. Try adding 5 drops Orange Essential Oil for an amazing, energizing blend!

  •       To naturally disinfect and safely clean household or office surfaces; add 45 drops of Good Samaritan plus 1 TBSP of natural, all-purpose soap to 16 oz of water in a glass spray bottle. Shake before every use.

  •       Combine 30 drops of Good Samaritan with 4oz of unscented lotion to make your own natural hand   sanitizer.

article by: Beth Onward

Savory Herbal Honey

Terra, our National Educator shared with us one of her favorite herbal honey recipes using Veriditas organic essential oils. Putting essential oil in honey is an excellent way to safely enjoy essential oils internally. You can then mix your herbal honey with tea, yogurt, olive oil, or vinaigrette. This particular recipe is best served with olive oil or vinaigrette and enjoyed over greens or as a meat marinade. Yum!

Savory Herbal Honey

1 drop Black pepper
1 drop Basil
1 drop Thyme linalol
1 drop Oregano
1/2 cup honey

To Make:

Combine all ingredients and mix well. 
Seal in an airtight glass jar. 

Keep in a cool dark place for maximum shelf life. 

article by: Beth Onward
recipe by: Terra Drude-Johnson

Spotlight on Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

October means Cinnamon harvest time in Madagascar, where our Cinnamon Bark and Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oils comes from. Scientifically known as Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Cinnamon Bark and Cinnamon Leaf come from the same plant, but have different uses. Today we will be focusing on Cinnamon Bark.

Cinnamon Bark as a spice has been harvested and traded for centuries and has been regarded as a digestive aid for ages. Cinnamon Bark is steam distilled from the bark of the tree. In order to harvest the cinnamon the first layer of bark is stripped away and the inner layer of bark is then peeled off. As it dries it curls into quills, shaping the cinnamon sticks we are familiar with in cooking. Due to overharvesting there was previously a ban on harvesting cinnamon in Madagascar, but sustainable harvesting practices have since been embraced and now the ban is lifted. Madagascar produces the most aromatic Cinnamon anywhere in the world. Today most cinnamon sold for cooking with is Cinnamon Cassia, which is actually cultivated in China and has different medicinal properties.

Cinnamon is an excellent deterrent against the growth of yeast, fungus, and mold. It is antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiviral. It is a very useful and wonderfully aromatic addition to your natural cleaners and deodorizers. It is frequently used in chewing gum, toothpaste, candy, perfuming, cleaners, cooking, and baking. Cinnamon is very heating and direct skin contact should be avoided. Keep out of mucous membranes and avoid use if pregnant. Keep out of reach of children and pets.

I love the smell of cinnamon, especially around this time of the year when the weather starts to cool. Here is a diffuser recipe that will make you yearn for cinnamon buns and spiced cider.

Cinnamon Rolls

This blend has the added bonus of defending against airborne pathogens, making it a cold and flu season must of mine. Especially around the office.

7 drops Good Samaritan
7 drops Cocoa Perfume

article by: Beth Onward