Lavender has been studied recently for several purposes including treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, as well as a number of other things. Its analgesic effect, however, its painkiller effect, is one of the widely studied properties. Surprising, then, that there hasn’t apparently been a single documented clinical trial to study lavender for the treatment of migraine headaches that affects tens of millions of Americans every year. Until now: “Lavender Essential Oil in the Treatment of Migraine Headache: A Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial.”
Migraine sufferers were asked to—at the early signs of headache—rub 2–3 drops of the lavender essential oil onto their upper lip and inhale its vapor for a 15-min period of time and score the severity of their headache for the next two hours. In the control group they did the same thing except they used drops of basically unscented liquid wax. Neither group was allowed to use any painkillers. In the lavender group 74% of patients had an improvement in their symptoms, significantly better than placebo. Though in the study lavender wasn’t directly compared to more conventional treatments, lavender appears to stack up pretty well compared to typical drugs. Lavender helped about three quarters of the time, high dose Tylenol only works about half the time, and Ibuprofen 57% of the time. The #1 prescription drug, generic imitrex, is effective 59% of the time, and then the hardcore treatment they use in emergency rooms where they inject you under the skin, 70%. All of these work better than the original migraine therapy, known as trepanning, where doctors drilled a hole in your head to let the evil spirits escape.
Conclusion: The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches.
You can buy pharmaceutical grade lavender for $21 HERE.
Well, it’s official. The Dumbass, I mean, The Donald is running for POTUS. Off the top of my head, I can think of about 5 million reasons why I won’t vote for this man. However, the reason that comes to the forefront of my mind is his propensity for inconsistencies. Yes, everyone says one thing and occasionally does another…but this man? Pure deception. For instance, he is running as a Republican, but has a history of donating heavily to Democratic causes and politicians, most prominently toward the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee of New York. He wrote a book called, The America We Deserve, ” but lo! His current takes on health care, taxes, and abortion are dramatically different from the views he espoused in that book. And while his contemporary views on issues like immigration are decidedly conservative, he disagrees with other Republicans on topics such as cutting Medicare spending. The boy just cannot make up his “mind”.
Mexican immigrants are “taking your jobs,” but we should let in Europeans
The Donald’s position against immigration reform ebbs and flows depending on his current political considerations. In a 2013 speech at the Conservative Political Action Committee, he referred to immigration reform as a “suicide mission” for Republicans, and suggested that said reform would increase the number of Democratic voters. THEN, he warned us that Mexican immigrants are “taking your jobs and you better be careful.” Yeah. Right. What jobs are they taking exactly? Seems to be the crap jobs that no American wants. At the same time, however, he advocated for easier paths to immigration for European migrants, whom he described as “tremendous” and “hardworking.” Say what? You’re somehow inferior if you were born in Mexico? Excuse me, Dr. Bigot.
The chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Rubén Hinojosa responded to the Donald’s absurdity by stating, “His claims that European immigrants should have an easier immigration process than others is at best an ill-informed economic myth and at worst, racist rhetoric.” Exactly!
Believes wind turbines are “destructive,” backs war for oil
One of Trump’s many examples of pure ignorance, lies in his belief that wind turbines contribute to the war for oil. Say what?? Earlier this month , he lost a case against the Scottish government, which he accused of illegally licensing an experimental wind farm to be built near his golf resort in Aberdeenshire. Previously, Trump tried — and failed — to block another wind farm from being built on the Shetland Islands off the coast of Scotland. What is this idiot thinking?!Despite his loss, Trump’s organization issued a statement maintaining his opposition to the “destructive proliferation of wind turbines” around the world. Trump also opposes other renewable energy sources, such as solar power. I’ll bet he does…because with Trump, it seems to be all about the money. To hell with the earth! Instead of focusing on renewables, Trump has, in the past, suggested that the US steal oil fields from countries in the Middle East as “spoils” of war. Does this man not understand what is happening to the earth as a result of fossil fuel usage? Does he not read about the floods in Texas? Does he not note the new fracking-related earthquakes? How out of tune can a person be?!
He has a secret plan to defeat ISIS (but not ISIL)
Trump claims to have a plan to fight ISIS. He just won’t tell us what it is. It’s a SEEKRIT. But wouldn’t you think that a person who is seeking the highest office in the land. Trump could be a little more forthcoming about his big “plan”? When Fox interviewed him recently, the man declined to specify his plan for dealing with ISIS. citing a desire for surprise and secrecy. “If I run, and if I win, I don’t want the enemy to know what I’m doing,” Trump stated. All we know is that Trump’s plan, whatever it is, will defeat ISIS “quickly and effectively.” And that it’s “foolproof.” The false confidence espoused by this moron is one of his most distinguishing characteristics. The man do love to gloat! Reminds me of another gloater who is being made a fool of.
Flip-flop on healthcare: The Donald REALLY wants to “repeal” Obamacare
This man’s position has changed through the years because it appears he tries to get into favor by taking the trending position of the moment. In 2000, he supported universal health care as a national necessity: “I’m a conservative on most issues but a liberal on this one. We should not hear so many stories of families ruined by healthcare expenses.” He suggested that the US model its health-care system on Canada’s, arguing that the ability to treat more patients would be worth risking lower salaries for doctors. Then, BOOM! With Obamacare viewed by right wingers as anathema to their party, Trump has come down against universal healthcare. He has called Obamacare a “lie, a filthy lie” and suggested that Congress repeal it as soon as possible and replace it with something “far less expensive — both for the people and for the country.” In particular, he claimed that under Obamacare, people’s insurance deductibles went “through the roof,” and that coverage was hard to find. In its original form, Obamacare would have been much more beneficial than in its current incarnation. By the time the right wingers chopped it up and added the pieces to its obstructionist stew, it was barely recognizable, and certainly not what Obama had hoped for. Still, it has helped hundreds of thousands of people that would not, otherwise, have medical care.
Switched from pro-choice to pro-life
Trump used to support “a woman’s right to choose.” Not any more!
I have to hand it to him for being honest about this one. He does admit that he used to be pro-choice, until he heard anecdotes from friends who, after delivering an unwanted baby, found their child to be the “apple of [their] eye.” The switch was greeted with praise but also skepticism from conservative bloggers, who found it difficult to reconcile his sudden traditional values with his serial monogamy and playboy lifestyle.
The Trumper ignores science and claims that vaccines cause autism … but is still pro-vaccine
In an interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, Trump identified himself as a “huge fan” of vaccines, but suggested that current vaccine doses were too “massive,” leading to “horrible autism.” Most of his reasoning appeared to based on anecdotal evidence of his friends, since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has emphasized again and again that vaccines do not cause autism. OOPS! The Donald really should spend less time counting his money and more time devoting his energy to actual empirical evidence.
While his stance against vaccines is probably just another of his many vies for attention, Trump later reiterated his point on Twitter, saying he’s “gotten many letters from people fighting autism thanking me for stating how dangerous” vaccines are. “The FDA should immediately stop heavy dose vaccinations and you will see a huge decrease in children with autism.” Guess the boy doesn’t know the difference between an anecdote and a real scientific study with validity and reliability, eh?
One of Trump’s most politically popular stances is also his most idiotic . During the 2012 election cycle, Trump was an avid “birther,” questioning whether President Obama really was born in the US. Obama WAS born in the U.S. This has been substantiated time and again. Some believed Trump, until the White House released the president’s birth certificate in late April. Political surveys after this date find Trump polling at a measly 8 percent of the vote — except with far-right birthers, who stated that they would not vote for a candidate who affirmed Obama’s US citizenship. Within this fringe group, he had 37 percent favorability. Go get ’em, Donnie!
Just listen to his announcement that he intends to throw his hat into the ring! He is in favor of Chinese communism, but accuses Mexicans of bringing rapists into the country. Really? His only rationale for believing he will be a good President is the fact that he has a lot of money. Really? His announcement speech was an insane rant. He went on and on about whatever came to his “mind” and didn’t make a lick of sense. He used one quarter of GDP to claim that the economy is horrible and that Obama is lying about the unemployment numbers. Trump said that the American people can’t get jobs because China and Mexico have all our jobs. Trump warned, “Our enemies are getting stronger and stronger by the day, and we are getting weaker.” The man is completely out of touch with reality. Ignorance feeds ignorance. He will get some votes….but not the votes of the informed and intelligent.
This beautiful song by India Arie was performed by Dr. Wayne Dyer’s daughter, Skye, acapella, at the recent “I Am Light” seminar that I attended with my friend, Shannon Kringen, here in Portland. I thought of another of my friends as I listened to these words… and was grateful for his teaching and his loving light. As I listen to this song, I am thankful for the love that I receive each day, and I am reminded again, of how lucky I am. There is only one spirit and one mind, and we are all part of this collective intelligence and love. We are one.
Click HERE to learn how to offer relief effort to the victims of the earthquake in Nepal.
(Thank you, Karma Hallmark) xoxo
If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.”
Life has really begun to ramp up for me here in Portland. As I near the end of the term, I find myself getting less and less sleep as I toil into the wee hours of the dawn in a fervid attempt to finish up my final paper and the term. This one is a bear….a minimum of 30 pages, and involved performing an assessment of a major corporation, analysis of the data and then an action plan for strategies and interventions. Suffice it to say, I have learned much in this course, but I’m ready for it to be over! I still have to prepare responses for the class discussion by tomorrow night, and to do the same for the forensics class. Then….it will all be over. I will have about a week off, and then I will begin the final journey with my thesis/capstone course. 10 weeks after that, I will graduate. Feels great…but I’m beat!
On the work front, I am still writing the Chinese fashion catalog. It is very time consuming, so I switch from project to project, ever inching toward the light at the end of the tunnel. Love is what propels me forward. I am in love….and that gives me a good reason to do everything that I do. Love gives me purpose and energy….and it makes me happy.
This Saturday, my friend, Shannon Kringen, (artist, model and television personality) will be driving down from Seattle to attend a Wayne Dyer seminar with me. The day-long seminar will provide an opportunity to free oneself, now and forever, from the chains surrounding limited, often self-sabotaging thinking and:
- Let go of that ego-dominated, controlling part of the persona
- Become free from pervasive, ego-driven thoughts
- Cleanse one’s self- perception
- Come to feel, know, and rely on the divinely-connected self
The philosophy behind it is this. Every one of us has both a personal self as well as an impersonal aspect to our being. The personal self, or personality, is being directed at all times by the mind and the five senses.
This day-long seminar is an opportunity to free oneself from the emotional ties that bind…to become more creative and emotionally free. In order to awaken to this fact one must get away from the consciousness of the body and intellect, that enslave us all. The seminar intends to teach us to feel our infinite impersonal self within and come to know and rely upon it at all times. “From the perspective of the infinite, it is obvious that the individual self ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT EXIST.” This is a truth that the personality, with it’s ever dominating ego presence cannot and will not tolerate.
The seminar will include a presentation from Anita Moorjani, who had a momentous experience of truly understanding the title of this seminar I AM LIGHT, wherein she came face to face with her omnipresent impersonal self in the Light, and was miraculously healed of a ravaging cancer that had left her in a coma. Her book, Dying To Be Me (also an Online Course) is now considered to be a classic in contemporary spiritual literature. Anita will speak on the power of forgiveness as a tool for coming to live each day from a place of divine love and living in the light.
So….I am looking forward to this. It will provide a nice way for me to ease into this next stage of my life. I feel happy and positive and eagerly look forward to it.
Meanwhile….back on the ranch….
Today, I will begin a new Deryn Mentock jewelry class. This one is called BoHo Bliss. It isn’t too late to register, if any of you are interested. Just click THIS LINK to sign up. Deryn makes very cool jewelry. I love her style, and have managed to use her techniques to discover my own voice in the jewelry making realm. Every single piece of jewelry I have made using Deryn’s techniques (adjusted to be my own) has sold almost immediately. Her work is beautiful. She is a beautiful soul, and her classes are fun. She is a fantastic teacher.
So…for now, this is all. It’s enough. Right? 🙂 I am off to finish up that paper….and to start my first lesson with Deryn. (This is the third class I’ve taken from her.) But first, it’s time to go for a puppy walk…..
Have a great day, everyone.