While there are several known for their beauty benefits - olive oil, lavender oil, jojoba oil, etc., flaxseed oil - which is popularly known to cleanse the body from within - is also used topically to get a smooth and clear complexion.
It not only detoxifies your body from within, but it also helps clear blemishes, reduce acne scars and pigmentation marks. Here are a few advantages of applying flaxseed oil.
Flaxseed oil heals your skin
This is the season when you experience dry and itchy skin. Due to its high inflammatory index, flaxseed oil helps minimize skin irritation, redness and inflammation of any sort. Skin rashes diminish with topical application. If you are suffering from any sort of chronic skin conditions like persistent acne, rosacea or dermatitis, you can always take a drop of flaxseed oil on your finger and apply it with the tip of your finger on the affected area and blend it in.
Flaxseed oil moisturizes your skin
Another benefit of flaxseed oil is that it moisturizes your skin and hydrates it from within. The essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil smoothens your skin's appearance and makes it super soft. You can either apply flaxseed oil on its own or maybe mix it with a bit of a light-weight moisturizer and apply it evenly on your face before you retire for the night.
Flaxseed oil gives you an even skin tone
Constant exposure to sunlight and everyday stress takes a toll on your skin. To ensure that you have smooth, clear skin, take a few drops of flaxseed oil on your palm and rub it for a few minutes to warm it. Then, massage your face with your palm for a few minutes. You can either wash it off with lukewarm water or keep it on for the entire night to give you a radiant, glowing skin when you wake up in the morning.
Flaxseed oil reduces dark circles
Another advantage of applying flaxseed oil is that it helps reduce dark circles considerably. Just a week of applying flaxseed oil under your eyes, will give you a clear skin around the eyes and make the area look brighter.
Other benefits of flaxseed oil
Apart from clearing your skin, flaxseed oil also works as a cleanser for your body. If consumed on a daily basis, it clears your system, leaving you with a radiant, hydrated and a clean complexion.
Flaxseed oil prevents skin cancer
While flaxseed oil is great to apply on an everyday basis, one of the reasons why beauty professionals around the world prefer this oil is because of its reputation of fighting free radicals. These free radicals prevent `oxidative damage'. By including flaxseed in your diet, you can fight the free radicals which develop because of the constant exposure to sunlight and the harmful UV rays of the sun.
Flaxseed oil clears bowel movements
One of the greatest advantages of flaxseed oil is that it helps your digestive system to function properly and smoothly. A spoonful of flaxseed early in the morning along with a glass or two of lukewarm water will keep your system clean and will help your food to digest better through the day.
Written by Michael R Minarsich of bionaturesblog.com
Michael R Minarsich has been involved in the integrative supplement industry for close to 30 years and is responsible for bringing the first cold pressed, organic flax products to the US in 1987. He also was a partner in publishing the first english tran
1) Try to complete more than 1/5 of a liver cleanse. Super gross but they keep me calm and Zen!
2) Consider taking metabolism booster for thyroid. Way better than going on that stupid “medical diet that screwed up my metabolism to begin with by allowing only 500 calories a day!
3) Get to that holistic dentist and see which mercury fillings are the troublemakers!
4) Continue guiding others so that they can be the healthiest they can be.
5) Keep accepting that when others cannot be happy for you it’s not about you, it’s about them. Send those negative thoughts love and show them on their way!
6) Learn how to do craniosacral bodywork, light touch and meridian healing – they sound life changing. Who am I kidding - they sound cool!
7) Remind myself often of all my blessings – I sure do have a lot of them.
8) Grow seeds inside this year before planting them in the garden – it would be nice to have more than 2 cantaloupes. Knowing the garden grows what you need, let’s shoot for less yellow stuff! Yellow = Magnesium = The Relaxer = Have fun and go easier on self!!! Claire doesn’t care if you sing karaoke pitchy, the dog doesn’t care if you only walk one mile instead of four, etc.
9) Kiss my handsome husband more often. This way when he sings and plays guitar in public he’ll keep dedicating Bruce Springsteen’s She’s the One to me.
OK, while that one may seem like just a shameless plug for him since he will be playing out more in 2016, Iridology class taught me the importance of how we live, love, eat, drink and feel. Being low in Manganese, The Love Element, is something I’ve been working on fixing. Bottom line: Life is too short to not tell those we love that they are loved.
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How I Learned to Listen to What My Body is Telling Me (An Indoctrination to Muscle Response Testing)
Just a little over a year ago I was close to 50 pounds overweight. I was also tired, depressed and physically in pain thanks to carpel tunnel that came on with the pregnancy of my first child ten years prior. And yet, whenever I sought the help of professionals, I was always told my blood and nutrient levels, along with eating habits and portion sizes were “perfect.” I had given up. I was resigned and angry and felt the only logical thing to do was to verbally assault my own body. Crazy but true. In order to get the full effect of the attack (after all, I was furious), one must imagine that the following is written in all capital letters: “If you told me what was wrong, body, I’d fix it!!! If I knew what you wanted, I’d give it to you!!! Talk about your famous last words.
The very next week I happened upon a little herb store in a town not too far from my home. Out of curiosity, I walked in and an innocent conversation led to me scheduling something called an electronic Muscle Response Test (or MRT) the following week. “Please, God,” I said to myself on the way to this MRT, “Please let them find something for my horrible digestion, zero energy and carpel tunnel,” which by this point was waking me up from the elbows down several times a night. Not one word about my issues was exchanged before the test, which took five minutes.
The results came back: “Take these herbs for your digestion, lack of energy and inflammation.” No way. Was it possible? Could it really be that easy? I contemplated the print-outs and went back to the store the next day to get my purchases. Within three days (ed. note – not everyone will have the same results), I felt better than I had in my entire life. Within three days, my stomach had settled down, I gave up my necessary 3:00 afternoon nap and I hadn’t woken up once in the middle of the night. I was hooked.
But what exactly is Muscle Response Testing and why does it often come with a negative connotation? The second part of that is easy: Unfortunately, there are many (including yours truly) who fail to explain what the test is and how it works. After first learning how to do it manually, I was so excited that I ran around exclaiming proclamations like, “No cheese for you! I could pull your fingers apart! Uh oh, weak fingers - looks like you’re allergic to wheat, too!” Ugh, what a disservice. I might as well have said I was selling snake oil. So let’s end that right now.
For starters, Muscle Response Testing is a non-invasive assessment of strengths and weaknesses. By “non-invasive” I mean no poking, prodding or blood-letting is required. A good naturopath begins by doing two things: Making sure that the client is balanced and getting permission from the client to begin. If both of these are not done, the results could be skewed. Cell phones, Fit Bits, and other magnetic devices such as jewelry that could get in the way are also asked to be set aside.
The client is then asked to lock up a muscle (usually in their arm) to see how strong it is. This is critical because if the objective is to see which areas are weak, one first needs to be strong. Otherwise, every single part of the body will test “weak” or “deficient” and make the assessment useless.
To understand the next step, we need to go back to elementary earth science where we first learned about magnets. You may recall that our planet Earth has a north and south pole. Their magnetic pull creates a magnetic field around the Earth. Humans, along with all living things, also have a north and south pole. Actually, we each have two sets: Our norths are at the top of our head and hand and our souths at the bottom of our feet and palms. Just like in the Earth, these create a magnetic pull and, together with the lines of electricity (or meridians) that we have in our bodies which were discovered hundreds of years ago by Chinese physicians, help to create our own magnetic field which surrounds us. Don’t believe me? Check out Kirlian photography when you get the chance.
Right about now you might be thinking, “Um, that sounds fascinating but what does it have to do with Muscle Response Testing?” Well, let’s review: If one were to take a magnet and put it on the refrigerator the normal way, i.e. north on south, the magnetic pull is strong; however, if we reverse that magnet, i.e. north on north, there is no pull and the weakness just make the magnet fall to the floor. Should a client’s polarity be “off” the whole test’s effectiveness is in jeopardy as the client could test “strong” or “weak” when they are really just the opposite.
In order to verify that the client’s polarity is in working order, the south side of their hand (palm) is placed on top of their head (north). The pull or strength should be strong; likewise, if they now turn the palm of their hand upward so that the top (or north) side of their hand is now touching the top of their head (north), the pull or strength should be weak. If for any reason this is not the case, a good naturopath will be able to reverse their polarity using a variety of methods which cross-integrate the brain.
Finally, now that the client is ready to test, the naturopath touches and names a particular part of the body that may represent an organ or gland. The client is asked to raise their arm laterally. How the muscle reacts determines whether or not the tested part is functioning properly. For example, if the muscle is strong, oxygen and nutrient levels are sufficient to function optimally. If, however, the muscle is weak, that suggests the opposite is true. There are, of course, other reasons it might test weak. One possibility is that the area has insufficient nerve flow.
If nutrient levels are being checked, the results show whether or not the person tested is deficient in that vitamin, mineral, etc. Muscle Response Testing can be used to determine anything if the skill level of the naturopath is high enough. Which natural remedy would work best for me? How much of it should I be taking? How often? The possibilities are truly endless – small children too little for testing can be tested “through” their parent and even out-of-town relatives can be “assessed.”
For those out there who are still in doubt, it’s important to point out that overall body strength has nothing to do with it. I’ve tested a seven year-old girl’s iodine levels and her arm did not budge an inch. I’ve also tested a highly-trained police officer with an extensive martial arts background whom I’ve seen lift a 300-pound armoire. He needed more B Vitamins. His arm dropped faster than you can fathom.
More often than not, because of the world we live in that is filled with stress, bad nutrition, pollution, chemicals, etc., numerous parts of the body test weak. Does that mean that you should plan on walking out after your MRT with a tote bag full of product? No. Again, a good naturopath will know how to determine primary weaknesses (i.e. the stomach is only testing weak because the liver is unhappy or strengthening the small intestine will also make the large intestine become stronger).
They will also be able to conclude if each weak/deficient area needs to be strengthened or cleansed. Nothing makes me crazier than “one plan fits all” approaches to health, such as, ‘Everyone should avoid meat” or “Everyone should be a vegetarian” or “Running a 5K is great for everyone!” Folks, if we applied that theory, someone could get hurt. Not everyone is strong enough for a cleanse and knowing if you are or not before you do one is very important.
Newly empowered with the knowledge of what an MRT is and what it can do, you are now empowered to make the best choice for you. Personally, I prefer asking my body what it wants rather than force-feeding it with invasive tests. One year later, the afternoon cat naps are still off the agenda, twenty of the fifty pounds and many waistline inches have disappeared, the carpel tunnel is gone, and the depression has officially been replaced with happiness and overall vitality. I’ve now moved on to tackling bigger root issues that have plagued me for over 40 years. Will it be an easy battle? Heck no. I often have to remind my Taurus self that patience is a virtue. But will I be victorious? No doubt about it. After all, thanks to Muscle Response Testing, I know exactly what to do.