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Is Bee Pollen A Cure For Allergies

Is Bee Pollen A Cure For Allergies?

For years, herbalists from all over the world have touted bee pollen as an exceptionally nutritious food. It contains vitamins, minerals, lipids, carbohydrates, and protein. It comes directly from the pollen that collects on the bodies of bees, indicating that it could also include bee saliva.

It’s important not to confuse bee pollen with natural honey, honeycomb, bee venom, or royal jelly since they do not contain bee pollen, although there are combination products that include one or more of these substances. It is one of nature’s perfect superfoods. Bees fly from flower to flower collecting pollen to bring back to the hive where they create the granules. Similar to how honey is harvested, no bees are harmed in the process of collecting bee pollen.

Is Bee Pollen A Cure For AllergiesHow does bee pollen help allergies?

According to Medical News Today, “Allergies are hypersensitive responses from the immune system to substances that either enter or come into contact with the body. A substance that causes an allergic reaction is called an allergen. Allergens can be found in food, drinks, or the environment.”

An allergy persists when your body develops an immune response to an allergen, thus, creating antibodies. These antibodies act as a receptor-activating element on your cells that trigger the release of histamine, which results in an allergic reaction. Bee pollen reduces histamine, which is the same target over-the-counter medications act on. It can be highly effective in treating a wide range of respiratory diseases, including asthma and chronic sinus infections.

When should I take it?

If you suffer from spring allergies, it’s best to start consuming bee pollen before the season arrives. If you have fall allergies, on the other hand, start in mid to late June to give your body enough time to build up an immune response.

How do I take it?

It’s crucial to start gradually with half a tablespoon a day, working your way up to 1-3 tablespoons by the end of four weeks. If you prefer, you can also add a spoonful of bee pollen to morning smoothies and cereals. It’s also best to consume with fruit since the fibers in the plant will activate the pollen much faster, cleansing your colon simultaneously. Gut and immune health are closely connected in regards to the severity of allergies.

What if I’m allergic to bee pollen?

If you have a terrible history of hay fever that could heighten your sensitivity to pollen; try this simple test. Place a few granules in your mouth and wait for approximately two minutes. If you experience no symptoms (a runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes), chew slowly and then swallow. Wait for another 24 hours and monitor your body for any symptoms or signs of an allergic reaction. If you don’t experience any, gradually increase your intake as stated above.

How do I choose the best kind?

Make a habit out of buying local products to ensure that you’re building up an immunity to the plants around your area. You can ask your local farmer, or look for a label that states it is mold and pesticide free.

While bee pollen does come in pill, powder, and liquid form, it is still best to consume the actual granule bees make. The granules have a sweeter taste combined with a powdery texture that can be easily incorporated in smoothies, sprinkled on yogurt, or combined with granola.

Consult your doctor before starting new medication

If you are highly allergic to bee stings, it is recommended to avoid bee pollen altogether. If not, take an added precautionary step by checking with your doctor before consuming any natural product for a health condition.

Can Cocoa Melt Away Coughs

Can Cocoa Melt Away Coughs?

In previous articles, we discussed how chocolate can provide incredible benefits to our brain health, why we love it so much, and where we can find dairy-free options. Today, we will answer the question — can chocolate cure coughs better than traditional medicine?

“Chocolate can calm coughs,” Professor Alyn Morice, head of cardiovascular and respiratory studies at the University of Hull, and a founding member of the International Society for the Study of Cough, wrote in The Daily Mail. “I know that might sound like something out of Mary Poppins, but as an independent clinician who has spent years researching the mechanism of cough, I can assure you the evidence is actually as solid a bar of Fruit and Nut.”

Better than Standard Cough Syrup

According to a European study, patients who took medicine containing cocoa were found to have a significant improvement in their cough and sleeplessness within two days, compared to those taking standard cough medicine.

Another research from London’s Imperial College found that theobromine, an alkaloid found in cocoa, suppresses or calms coughs better than codeine, a common ingredient in cough medicine.

Researchers say that if further studies can confirm these results, chocolate can be used to create better and more efficient cough medicines, which provide significantly fewer side effects than existing drugs. Unlike most cough medicines available on the market, researchers say the chocolate ingredient does not inflict negative side effects, such as drowsiness.

“Coughing is a medical condition, which affects most people at some point in their lives, and yet no effective treatment exists,” says researcher Peter Barnes, a professor at the Imperial College London, in a news release. “While persistent coughing is not necessarily harmful it can have a major impact on quality of life, and this discovery could be a huge step forward in treating this problem.”

Relieves Inflammation or Irritation

Researchers claim cocoa has demulcent properties, which means it relieves inflammation and irritation. Essentially, it’s stickier than traditional cough syrup and can form a coating to protect the nerve endings in the throat, which trigger the urge to cough. This is the same reasoning behind the effectivity of honey and lemon in curing throat irritations. 

Don’t Drink Your Chocolate

Morice further notes that “However, drinking hot chocolate won’t have the same effect, as the cocoa isn’t in contact with the throat long enough to form a protective coating. Slowly sucking on a piece of dark chocolate may provide some relief, but I think it is the way the chocolate compounds work with other ingredients in the cough syrup that make it so effective.”

How chocolate may be effective in stopping persistent coughs is a groundbreaking discovery. The next time you feel a brewing itch in your throat, skip the honey and lemon, cough syrup, and doing nothing. Instead, suck on a piece of dark chocolate. After all, “This means there will be no restrictions on when it can be taken,” says Barnes. “For example, people using heavy machinery or who are driving should not take codeine, but they could take theobromine.”

Our Love for Chocolate Explained

Our Love for Chocolate Explained

Women crave it; men hoard it. Chocolate is undoubtedly one of the most popular treats in the world. But do you ever question why we love it so much? Here is the science behind why we can’t resist its luscious taste, and why we shouldn’t give it up — dieting or not.   

Our Love for Chocolate Explained

Presence of Opioids

It’s no wonder the brokenhearted turn to chocolate for comfort. According to a study done at the University of Michigan, chocolate contains chemicals called opioids, which serve to dull pain and give a feeling of relief to people who ingest them. According to the same study, the consumption of chocolate results in producing natural opiates in their brain, which soothes nerve activity and triggers a relaxing sensation.

Presence of Stimulants

Chocolate naturally contains “uppers” such as caffeine, sugars, and phenylethylamine. These substances make your heart pound a little harder, make your breathing a little deeper, and give you a slight feeling of alertness. The effect is not dramatic enough to make you uncomfortably jittery, but it is mild enough to produce a pleasant “high,” which is often equated to the feeling of falling in love.

Addicting Melt-In-Your-Mouth Sensation

The cocoa butter in chocolate gives it an incredibly rich and creamy consistency that transmits the cocoa’s flavor perfectly. Aside from its addicting taste, it also has a melting point close to the average human body temperature. This sensation gives you that melt-in-your-mouth feeling every time you eat a piece of chocolate. Chocolate lovers often describe this feeling as a genuine moment of ecstasy.

 Kisses and Chocolate

According to a study by psychologist David Lewis, slowly dissolving chocolate in your mouth causes an increase in brain activity and heart rate, the same effect a passionate kiss gives you. Only, the effects of chocolate last four times longer.

Good for Your Health

Studies suggest that chocolate, especially dark cocoa, contains chemicals that lower the risk of certain cancers and heart disease. Flavonoids and antioxidants found in dark chocolate have been shown to make a difference in cardiovascular health. More recently, tea was considered the primary source of these chemicals. Today, scientists recommend having a serving of chocolate with your tea to reap the full benefits of the life-lengthening compounds. Avoid having milk with your dark chocolate as it may cancel out the positive effects of cocoa. Milk is an excellent source of protein and calcium, but when served alongside chocolate, it may prevent nutrients from being fully absorbed by the body.

Great in Moderation

Chocolate can get addicting, so remember not to overindulge. An excessive amount of chocolate is high in fat and sugar, which is why it’s recommended to keep consumption in moderation. The next time you think about cutting back on calories, think twice before giving up chocolate. After all, science suggests that it can extend your lifespan. This rich, velvety treat not only tastes amazing, but it also has tremendous benefits for your health.

Brain Tumor Linked To Educational Level

I recently read an article by Marie Ellis that I found interesting and had never thought about before. For the year 2017, in the Unites States, there was an estimated 78,000 new cases of primary brain tumors to be diagnosed. The causes for these tumors are largely unknown, but an observational study has found a link between an increased risk of developing a brain tumor and holding a university degree. Now that is scary to me and I am sure to many highly educated people.

The University College London researchers in the United Kingdom and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have published their findings in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. The American Brain Tumor Association reports there are more than 100 histologically distinct types of primary brain and central nervous system tumors.

The most common type of primary brain tumor is meningiomas, that represent 36.4% of all primary brain tumors. Gliomas is a broad term including all tumors from the “gluey” (supportive) tissue of the brain and accounts for 27% of brain tumors and 80% of all malignant tumors. The glial cells that surround and support neurons in the brain are where the gliomas arise.

Researchers are saying from the latest study, that few risk factors have been identified for brain tumors, but some include exposure to ionizing radiation and certain rare genetic syndromes. The researchers used data on more than 4.3 million Swedes who were born between 1911-1961 and were living in Sweden in 1991. The subjects were monitored between 1993-2010 to see if they developed a primary brain tumor and researchers gleaned data on educational attainment, disposable income, marital status and occupation from national insurance, labor market, and national census data. It was shown that men with a university education that lasted at least 3 years were 19% more likely to develop a glioma, compared with those men with an education that did not go beyond compulsory schooling or 9 years of primary education. Women with higher education had a 23% higher glioma risk and a 16% higher meningioma risk, compared to women who did not.

High-level disposable income levels were linked with a 14% increased risk of glioma among men but disposable income level was not linked with heightened risk of any brain tumor in women.

Occupation for both men and women played a role in risk. Men in a professional or managerial role had a 20% increased risk of glioma and a 50% increased risk of acoustic neuroma. The women in these professional and managerial roles had a 26% higher risk for glioma and a 14% higher risk for meningioma, compared with women in manual roles.

Single versus married or cohabitating men had another interesting finding. The single men had a lower risk of glioma but a higher risk of meningioma, compared to those married or cohabiting. Researchers did not observe any of these associations among the women. Now that’s an interesting finding.

This is an observational study and they cannot draw any conclusions about the cause and effect. The studies had some limitations as they did not have information on lifestyle factors that could influence the risk of brain tumor. The occupational results could also be misclassified for those who changed their job after the information was recorded.

–Dr Fredda Branyon


Apples are a Perfect Pick

We have all heard about how good apples are for you. As I write this article, I would like to caution any of the cancer patients about over eating apples. Our patients at New Hope Unlimited are cautioned not eat them during treatment. My reasoning for this is simple. There are a lot of studies about how wonderful apples are to keep you healthy but there is none available to prove that apples can help treat cancer. So, to try to stay healthy is great, but if you already have been diagnosed with cancer, be careful.


When you peel an apple and let it sit for only a few seconds to minutes, what happens? The high starch content turns the apple brown. Starch turns into a certain form of glucose sugar. Science has proven 100 percent that cancer feeds off of sugar. Are you willing to take the chance of feeding the cancer? If not, try some berries such as organic blue berries, strawberries, blackberries, etc. They have been proven to be great anti-cancer foods.

So now let’s discuss the good things about apples. Just how true is the old saying, “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away?”  Many cultures have valued apples for their medicinal properties for thousands of years.  Research from our modern day has confirmed many health benefits associated with apples, and there are hundreds of published papers showing why apples are a true super-fruit to keep you healthy.  

Some reasons to enjoy the benefits of apples are:

  • They are nature’s perfect snack.  It’s the perfect portion-controlled portable pick with only 115 calories and 5 grams of filling fiber.  Vitamin C is one good source, and an apple contains no fat, sodium or cholesterol.  If you leave the skin on you’ll score even more nutrition perks, as it has 2/3’s of the fiber and beneficial antioxidants. Use them in sauces, entrees and desserts.  Apple cider is great, especially when spiced with cinnamon and warmed for a cold winter night.  (And that is coming!!)
  • They might just cut your cancer risk.  Some studies are showing that apples may provide protection against certain types of cancer such as the risk for oral, esophageal, larynx, lung, colon, breast, ovary and prostate cancers.
  • Let them whittle your middle.  Having an apple or two a day and you might avoid an apple shape.  Apples contain filling soluble fiber and ursolic acid, a natural compound that has been found to boost fat-burning.
  • Boost your brain.  Apples are natural brain boosters according to researchers from Cornell University.  The nutrients in apples may protect brain neurons against oxidative damage that contributes to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.  An apple compound called quercetin may be responsible for this protective effect.
  • They’ll help you breathe easier.  You can protect your lungs against the oxidative damage that’s associated with asthma, bronchitis and emphysema from the antioxidants.  Pregnant women eating apples during pregnancy reduced the risk of asthma and wheezing in their child at age five.
  • So grab that bag of delicious apples for your snack or dessert and skip the high calories and sugary desserts.  My favorite apple is the Macintosh from Vermont, personally picked!  Just look at all the amazing benefits you will reap from this choice to help you stay healthy!

–Dr Fredda Branyon

What's the Deal with Dairy Free Chocolate?

What’s the Deal with Dairy Free Chocolate?

Everyone deserves to enjoy the decadent taste of chocolate, but what about those who are lactose intolerant or allergic?

Dark chocolate is a crowd favorite and often the best choice when seeking dairy-free cocoa confections. However, this is not always the case. Although several chocolate manufacturers carry a line of dairy-free dark chocolates, they’re still challenging to find with some containing traces of milk. With that said, it’s imperative for those with lactose intolerance or milk allergies to learn as much about their condition, and how they can avoid triggering their symptoms.

What are Lactose Intolerances and Dairy Allergies?

Lactose intolerance is not a form of allergy, meaning the two are completely different from one another.

There are some who experience an inability to digest lactose, a natural sugar that is present in milk and cheeses. Others may have an allergy to specific proteins in milk such as albumin, casein, or whey. Depending on the degree of intolerance or allergy, some people may be able to tolerate certain dairy products while others are unable to digest any.

The signs and symptoms of lactose intolerance may include the following:

  • Stomach pains and cramps
  • Gas and bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea

For milk allergies, the signs and symptoms may include:

  • Stomach pains and cramps
  • Swelling of the lips or throat
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Skin rash
  • Shortness of breath accompanied by wheezing
  • Watery eyes

Although there are similarities, those with lactose intolerance will primarily experience symptoms within 30 minutes to two hours after consuming dairy, indicating their inability to digest the product. On the other hand, individuals with an allergy to one or more of the proteins in milk will typically experience a sudden reaction, kicking in minutes after consumption.

Dairy intolerances and allergies are complicated, and the search for non-dairy chocolate can be just as tough.

How to Find Dairy Free Chocolate

Finding chocolate with zero milk content or animal products can be tricky. While top-quality dark chocolate is thought to be free from dairy products, some manufacturers continue to use dairy as a primary ingredient. Also, some chocolates labeled as milk-free may still contain animal products or components that can trigger an allergic reaction. One great solution to finding dairy-free chocolate is to go through the ingredients list. Any chocolate, regardless if it’s dark, could still list milk powder as an ingredient, and therefore, should be avoided.

Dairy Free Ingredients and Dairy Free Environments

Those with extreme allergies and intolerances should take note that there is a distinct difference between dairy-free ingredients and dairy free environments. While a chocolate bar could be clear of dairy products, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it came from a dairy free environment. If it was prepared and packaged in a factory that also produces milk chocolate, there is a chance of cross-contamination.

Health Advantages of a Dairy Free Diet

Intolerances and allergies aside, some people also choose to go dairy free for its health advantages. Studies show that dairy consumption increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, as a result of the high-saturated fat content. Milk is also an inflammatory product, meaning it may contribute to excessive mucus, gastrointestinal problems, and asthma.

Whether you are lactose intolerant, suffering from milk allergies, or avoiding dairy for whatever purpose — it is best to do your research and seek out brands that manufacture pure chocolate in a dairy free environment.

BBP Increases Fat Stores

Everyday science all over the world proves and disproves more and more. I think it is just fascinating! Sometimes we try so hard to live and eat correctly, only to find that even what we are doing is not good enough. Now, with this new news, we need to worry about the food preparation of even the organic foods. Most all foods end up on some sort of conveyor belt. But when you read this, don’t get too disheartened. Every little thing we do to help ourselves add up and it’s worth doing.

BBP (benzyl butyl phthalate) is a chemical that is commonly used in the food manufacturing process.  According to a new study published in the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, this chemical can increase fat stores in the body even before we’re born.

Mahua Choudhury, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma  Rangel College of Pharmacy, led the study and used animal stem cells to identify changes to the epigenome of the stem cell when exposed to the chemical BBP, compared to a control.  Those cell lines that were exposed to higher levels of BBP also showed higher levels of adipogenesis, which is the process by which fat cells develop and can be as much as five times higher, depending upon the dose. I would like to note they did not identify which animal they were using. Maybe the dog, cat, pig, or, you do realize humans are classified as animals too.

They originally thought they would see some increase, but nothing that was this dramatic.  The stem cells are undifferentiated and capable of becoming different specialized cells.  Therefore, the epigenetic changes observed in the animal stem cells could affect not just an adult exposed to BBP, but also a growing fetus.  Exposing animal stem cells to varying concentrations of BBP were involved in the study.  Further study is indicated.

BBP is included in the chemical family called phthalates that are usually used to make plastics soft and malleable.  The primary human exposure comes from food consumption even though this chemical is used in products like carpet and vinyl flooring.  The BBP consumption through food is not in the preparation, but in the conveyor belts and plastic fittings on machines that are used to process many foods.  The foods then become contaminated when this BBP leaks into it from the plastic. Gee, who would have thought? But when you think about it, it makes sense. When in use, most machines can create heat which may heat up the plastics.

The chemical BBP is banned in all toys and childcare articles that are manufactured in, and imported into, the European Union (EU).  The EU has banned BBP’s in the production of nail polish also, as it is considered a carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction.  The U.S. has set limits on the amount of BBP that can be used in some consumer products, but has not taken the same steps as the EU.  More evidence is apparently needed for the government to step in. Just a thought, maybe it would be good if they checked more for BBP in toxicology and at the time of autopsies.

More than 1/3 of adult Americans are obese and leads to illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease with a cost to the U.S. healthcare system of $190 billion annually.

Originally thought that obesity was a simple problem dealing with diet and inactivity only,  they have not paid much attention to the impact the environment can have on how our genes are expressed.

Epigenetics is the study of how the environment, including chemicals, can alter gene expression without changing the genetic code.  Phthalates have been associated with obesity, but previously has not shown the mechanism by which BBP may cause fat accumulation and program the stem to become obese via an epigenetic balance, according to Choudhury.  Additional studies are planned to further study the effects of BBP on fat accumulation and obesity, and will be performed at Choudhury’s lab at Texas A&M.  

Somethings we may feel we can not correct on our own. However, every little grain of sand makes a mountain appear. Every molecule of water can make a full glass of water to drink. Every little thing we try to work on to better our health makes for a more healthy body. Don’t give up so easily.

–Dr Fredda Branyon

Pancreatic Cancer 3rd Biggest Cancer Killer In EU

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It is believed that the number of deaths from pancreatic cancer will overtake breast cancer mortality in the EU in 2017, according to a new study.  These findings were recently presented at UEG Week 2016, and mean that pancreatic cancer will become the third leading cause of death from cancer in the EU behind lung and colorectal cancer.  Mortality rates for pancreatic cancer are increasing in many countries across the EU and estimated that 91,500 deaths will occur from the disease next year, compared with 91,000 from breast cancer.

Time-linear prediction models were used by the researchers to estimate mortality rates until 2025, when deaths from pancreatic cancer (111,500) across Europe are projected to increase by almost 50% since 2010 (76,000).  The study included all countries and show varying increases in pancreatic cancer mortality rates from 20% to a staggering 131% increase over the 15-year period.

Even though being the 3rd biggest cancer killer, the incidence of pancreatic cancer across Europe is relatively low in comparison with colorectal, lung and breast cancer.  This gives an extremely poor outlook for patients that are diagnosed with the disease, and unlike other cancers, has not changed in the last 40 years. The median 5-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer across Europe shown by research is 5% and patients lose 98% of their healthy life expectancy at the point of diagnosis.  However, 64% of Europeans state they know very little about pancreatic cancer and there is currently no feasible screening method.

On November 17th at the Ahead of World Pancreatic Cancer Day, the experts called for increased awareness of the disease to allow patients to be diagnosed in time for life-saving treatment.  A UEG pancreatic cancer specialist, Profession Matthias, explains that pancreatic cancer survival rate is lower than any other cancer and it is vital that patients receive a diagnosis as early as possible to receive treatment.  He suggests that patients and doctors increase their knowledge of the signs for pancreatic cancer, which might include new onset of diabetes, abdominal and back pain, a change in bowels and jaundice.

Everyone should be active in being aware of any bodily changes.  A sudden change just might indicate something serious that needs immediate attention.

–Dr Fredda Branyon

Coconut Oil On Verge Of Collapse

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Orange juice has been the “go-to” beverage for years and considered the world’s most nutritious drink in the 1950’s and 1960’s. But it isn’t just the favorite anymore and OJ sales have sunk to a new low over the previous 15 seasons. It has been found to be not as healthy or necessary for a balanced diet as it once was. The amazing nectar of coconut has now replaced this fruit juice.

Technavio estimates that coconut water sales take in around $2 billion a year and will most likely reach $4 billion within the next five years. Certain brands are being backed with the names of certain celebrities. There are more than 200 brands of coconut water now being sold. A 25% stake in Vitacoco, a coconut water brand, was sold for $7 million to Verlinvest and 25% sold to Red Bull China for $166 million in 2014.

PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have their own version of coconut water called Zico. According to their president and general manager they have watched the coconut water category spike impressively in revenue and household penetration over the past four years. White coconut is a fibrous one-seeded drupe, known as a dry drupe. Coconut can be a fruit, a nut and a seed.

Other drupe examples are olives and peaches and have these three layers:
· The exocarp, or outer layer
· The mesocarp, or fleshy middle layer
· The endocarp, the woody layer surrounding the seed

Coconut, in some form or other, has many functions and the potential to heal, treat, relieve and improve numerous maladies throughout your body, such as ulcers, throat infections, cavities, inflammation, urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, gum disease, pneumonia and hemorrhoids. Coconut water contains antioxidant properties and may help to protect against kidney stones, liver disease, osteoporosis, heart disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes, breast, colon and other cancers. It will also relieve symptoms of gall bladder disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, prostate enlargement, stomach ulcers and reduce health risks associated with diabetes. Add to the above, it will kill fungi and yeast infections, diaper rash, ringworm, thrush, athlete’s foot and parasites.

A big draw is its remarkable ability to hydrate. A study compared the hydration ability of sports drinks, water and fresh coconut water after exercise and found them all to be comparable, but the coconut water reportedly caused less nausea and fullness without causing an upset stomach and volunteers reported they could drink more.

However, this big demand for the coconut water has made an impact upon the coconut crop in the Philippines, the largest producer in the world. Young coconuts are needed to produce the water, but older coconuts are to produce coconut oil, so the prices are going up fast. It also takes up to a year for a coconut to fully mature and some varieties can no longer be found. Disease is killing millions of palms in the South Pacific, Africa, India, Mexico, the Caribbean, Florida and New Guinea. The people who grow them are often unorganized and unaware of the threat to their very livelihood. The Conversation revealed that coconut water brands will make billions only as long as they are plentiful and diverse. Securing its future must be a priority for everyone who farms, eats and profits from the coconut.

–Dr Fredda Branyon

Do You Love Lime?

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Those working the sea like sailors and explorers never set sail without crates of lime of board. Limes are vitamin C loaded and serve as one of the most potent remedies for scurvy and other skin problems. Currently, lime is used as a cooking ingredient that adds a bit of a tangy flavor to all our favorite dishes, but lime oil has many uses.

Lime oil is an invigorating and refreshing citrus oil that comes from Citrus aurantifolia of the Rutaceae plant family. The trees they come from are much smaller than orange or grapefruit trees, and the fruit is oval. There are two main types of lime tress: the Mexican lime (Key lime) and the Tahiti lime. Lime is indigenous to Southeast Asia and then later spread to Egypt and Africa. They are now grown in warm climates around the world.

Lime oil has a sharp citrus scent and has a pale yellow or light olive color. There are uses other than as a flavoring agent. It has been extensively used in the food and beverage industry as well as in fragrances, household cleaners, detergents, soaps and other beauty products. Lime oil is also in aromatherapy as it is stimulating and refreshing. As with lemon oil it can be used for its cleansing properties.

Some ways to use lime oil for health conditions are:

  • Relieving stress, exhaustion and anxiety or calming your mind by diffusing a few drops using a vaporizer. Can also boost your immune system.
  • Colds, coughs, sinusitis, sore throat and chest congestion with a few drops to a bowl of steaming water and then inhaling it.
  • For rheumatism and arthritis by putting 2 to 3 drops in an ounce of carrier oil and massaging on the affected area. Also works for cellulite and varicose veins.
  • Treat bleeding cuts and wounds with two drops in a cold compress and applying on the affected area.
  • For acne and other skin problems, just mix 2 drops of lime oil with 15 drops of jojoba oil and apply to skin.
  • Avoiding dandruff and bring life to dull, frizzy or oily hair by mixing a few drops in your favorite shampoo.

A word of advice though is to not leave lime oil in your medicine cabinet, as there are other uses for it. It will help to remove grease spots and sticker residue, prevent fruits from turning brown by adding 1 to 2 drops to your fruits, repel insects by diffusing in the home and adds flavor to your citrus-infused dishes.

Limes and lime oil are full of antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients. Other benefits of lime oil are to help relieve internal and external infections, relieving respiratory disorders, promote good oral health, killing bacteria that cause diarrhea, food poising, cholera and typhoid and to detoxify your liver.

Lime oil can be inhaled or vaporized, used topically or added to food in small amounts. It is non-toxic and non-irritating but don’t be reckless with it. Use that well-known skin test for any allergic reaction. Also do not use undiluted lime oil, as it can be very potent. Citrus oil like lime oil is photosensitive and reacts to light. Going in the sun can cause an adverse reaction such as a rash or dark pigmentation might appear.

–Dr Fredda Branyon