HALITE

January 20, 2017

HALITE

Halite, also commonly known as rock salt, is the mineral form of Sodium Chloride. Halite is often found alongside other evaporate minerals that result from the drying/evaporation of lakes and seas. Other evaporates (water soluble mineral sediments that have been concentrated and crystallized by evaporation) that are often found alongside Halite are: sulphides, halides, and borates. Halite is often used to lower the freezing point of ice (freezing-point depression), especially by homeowners in colder climates to melt the ice from their driveways and sidewalks. Some places also add this salt to the roads during snow storms to improve traction.

PHYSICAL PROPERTIES:

Hardness: 2 Colour: Can be colourless, white, red, yellow, orange, pink, blue, violet, green, and grey. Halite can also be multicoloured. Lustre: Vitreous Chemical Composition: NaCl (sodium chloride)  

HEALING PROPERTIES:

  • Detects negative influences
  • Aids in the effectiveness of the immune system
  • Maintains the salt balance in the body
  • Stabilizes the emotions
  • Removes environmental pollution (effective by placing bowls of salt or pieces of halite around the home).
  • Balances the body’s energies
  • Used to alleviate blood disorders, low blood pressure, and aid with the intestines.
  • Blue halite is o

November 4, 2016

CHAMOMILE

This herb has been used for centuries to calm the nerves and induce sleep. It is from a daisy-like family of plants called Asteraceae, and while there are many different types of chamomile, the most common are German Chamomile (Marticaria recutita), and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). Chamomile is known to be used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, and was also popular throughout the middle ages.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Calms the nerves
  • Reduces internal inflammation
  • Reduces bloating and flatulence
  • Aids with teething pain
  • Reduces nasal congestion
  • Soothes skin irritations such as eczema, and psoriasis
  • Alleviates menstrual cramps
  • Aids with sleep
  • Reduces fever
  • Treats colds

January 7, 2016

Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatory drugs that help to suppress the immune system. These drugs are effective in treating many ailments, particularly autoimmune diseases, and have been used effectively for many years.   Corticosteroids (cortisol, corticosterone, cortisone, and aldosterone) are produced naturally in the body by the Cortex, which is the outer portion of the adrenal gland, and can be broken down into two categories:

  1. Glucocorticoids: These act to supress the immune system and lessen inflammation, while also assisting in the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins
  2. Mineralocorticoids: These regulate the balance of salt and water in the body

  Synthetic corticosteroids mimic the actions of naturally occurring corticosteroids, and are often used as a replacement in people with dysfunctional adrenal glands which are unable to produce adequate amounts of the chemicals. Systemic corticosteroids refer to corticosteroids given orally, or via injection, and distributed throughout the body. These do not include corticosteroids used in the eyes, ears, nose, on the skin, or that are inhaled.   Examples of synthetic corticosteroids:

  • Betamethasone
  • Budesonide
  • Cortisone
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Prednisone
  • Prednisolone
  • Triamcinolone
  • Methylprednisol