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MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Information
AROMATHERAPY FOR PROBLEMS
In Pregnancy & Birthing




Many women experience a variety of pregnancy related problems such as backache, swollen legs, heartburn, indigestion, and insomnia, or general aggravation in not being able to accomplish one's daily tasks with the usual efficiency. If you are having these problems, then it is about time to be spoiled, at least just a little.

MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Pregnancy Related Problems
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Pregnancy Concerns




PREGNANCY BACKRUB PICK-UP

This is a great remedy which can be massaged into your back by a partner or friend on a regular basis. This formula will alleviate physical problems at the same time as uplifting your spirit. Use whichever rose essential oil you have on hand or can afford; geranium would be a good substitute.


PREGNANCY BACKRUB OILS
Use some or all of these essential oils in equal proportions to a total of 30 drops per 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. In some cases, German Chamomile may be more appropriate.


Women who have experienced pregnancy will remember the feeling of "heaviness" and how the feeling of tiredness to exhaustion can permeate every part of the body. Every part of the body can feel heavy - the body, the arms, the legs, the head and even the eyelashes can feel weighed down. IF pregnancy can be the ultimate "high", it can also be the ultimate heavy experience as well. The uplifting qualities of the essential oils are a great help after a long, tiring day when the legs are swollen and the back aches. Pregnant women should use only 2-4 drops of essential oil in a bath. Choose your favorite or try the very relaxing combination of one drop of Roman Chamomile and Lavender essential oils.

As you begin journeying toward the creation of new life, explore the joys of beautifying and caring for yourself. Volatile essential oils extracted from flowers, plants, trees, fruit, and roots provide a natural means of nurturing both body and psyche. Aromatherapy can be used on a regular basis throughout the childbearing year to ease discomforts, alleviate emotional stress, and maintain health and beauty.

SCIATICA RECOMMENDATIONS

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. It arises from the sacral plexus, in the lower back, threads downward through the pelvis through an opening called the greater sciatic foramen, and runs through the hip joint and down the back of the thigh. Irritation of this nerve is common during pregnancy and usually disappears with the birth of the baby.

  • Beginning in the second trimester, some women experience a sharp shooting pain, which runs from their hip down the buttocks and the back of the leg. This pain is called Sciatica. It is caused from the weight of the uterus on the sciatica nerve. To relive the pain, try wearing a maternity belt. This will help lift the uterus off the nerve. Also, try lying on your left side to relive any pressure the uterus is putting on the nerve. Lying on your left side also helps with circulation and oxygen flow to the baby.

  • Ask your midwife or health care provider to recommend a registered physical therapist or a chiropractor who has been specially trained to deal with pregnancy problems. A competent practitioner is best able to deal with the problem.

  • See the following links for helpful information about sciatica and related back pain and recommendations for dietary supplements, herbs and other holistic remedies. Do not take any supplement or use any therapy without consulting with your midwife. Some recommended supplements (nutritional and herbal) may not be used during pregnancy.

    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Pregnancy Concerns
    MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Information: Aromatherapy For Back Pain
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Backache Tips For Pregnancy
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Backache
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Backache - Holistic, Herbal & Nutritional Recommendation
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Backache - Homeopathic Recommendations




    MORNING SICKNESS & NAUSEA

    Approximately 50 percent of all pregnant women experience some degree of nausea and vomiting between the 6th and 12th weeks of pregnancy. This is normal. Although it is commonly called morning sickness, it can occur at any time of day.

    Abnormal vomiting - severe, continual nausea and vomiting after the 12th weeks - occurs in approximately 1 in 300 pregnancies. This is called hyperemesis gravidarum, and it can result in dehydration, acidosis, malnutrition, and substantial weight loss. If the condition persists, it can endanger the fetus. The reason for abnormally severe nausea is not clear, but an association has been made between it and very high levels of the hormones estrogen and chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a hormone produced by the placenta that increases in quantity until the end of the first trimester.

    Other possible causes of abnormal vomiting include bile duct disease, drug toxicity, pancreatitis, low blood sugar, a molar pregnancy (a rare condition in which an abnormal mass rather than a fetus grows inside the uterus), problems with the thyroid, and inflammatory bowel disorders.

    For morning sickness, a bowl of boiling water with 4-6 drops of Spearmint oil added, placed on the floor by your bed overnight, will help keep the stomach calm. The aroma molecules will waft its way up and gently do their work overnight while you are sleeping. After using this method for 3 consecutive nights, the morning sickness should be gone. Alternatively, put one drop on your pillow.

    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Concerns - Morning Sickness
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Concerns - Hyperemesis Gravidarum

    Nausea usually clears up after the fourth month of pregnancy, but some women go to full term with that feeling of sickness morning, noon, and night, sometimes accompanied by vomiting. In part this is the result of a hormonal change or imbalance, for the increase in estrogen causes changes in the hypothalamus and then the gastrointestinal organs. Symptoms range from a simple loss of appetite to increased nausea and vomiting when smelling food. Not only is all this depressing at the time when one should be full of happiness but excessive vomiting (hyperemesis gravidarum) is something that should be taken seriously in pregnancy.


    ESSENTIAL OILS TO COMBAT NAUSEA
    As a rule, the dosage for nausea treatment should be low. For the following method use one drop each of coriander, cardamom, and lavender or three drops of either one of those oils. Blend the essential oils well into one tablespoon of honey.

    Fennel is very strong and should be used at one-third the strength of the other oils. In the following treatment, use one drop only. Blend the essential oil well into one tablespoon of honey.


    With either of these formulas, dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of this mixture in half a cup of warm water to which you have also added the juice of a lemon or lime. Sip when needed. The maximum dose for this treatment is four times per day for a period of six days. The treatment can be repeated if necessary after taking a break for ten days.

    Another excellent treatment for nausea involves Ginger essential oil. Simply fill a bowl with boiling water, put in one drop of ginger per pint of water used, cover your head with a towel and inhale for five minutes with your eyes closed.

    NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

    The following nutrient dosages given below are for adults.

    NUTRIENTS
    Supplement
    Suggested Dosage
    Comments
    L-Methionine
    1,000 mg daily. Effective in preventing nausea. An antioxidant and free radical scavenger.

  • Methionine Amino Acid Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-6
    (Pyridoxine)

    And
    Magnesium
    Vitamin B-6: 50 mg every 4 hours when experiencing nausea.

    Magnesium: 400 mg daily, upon arising.
    A combination of nutrients that helps to prevent and alleviate nausea. Caution: Do not take this combination for longer than 6 weeks.

    Needed for normal brain function and to correct deficiencies. May help lift depression and is essential for healthy nervous system. B Vitamins must be replenished daily.

  • Vitamin B-6 Supplement Products
  • Magnesium Supplement Products



  • BENEFICIAL HERBS FOR NAUSEA RELIEF

  • <Ginger, taken in capsule or tea form, is helpful for relieving nausea. Other beneficial herbs include:



  • RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Keep crackers or whole wheat toast near your bed and eat some before arising.
  • Eat small, frequent meals and snack on whole-grain crackers with nut butters (but not peanut butter) or cheese.
  • It helps to keep some food in the stomach at all times.
  • Do not go without food or drink because of the nausea.
  • Do not sit up or get out of bed too quickly.
  • Try using Nux Vomica, a homeopathic remedy that is good for nausea.
  • Keep in mind that morning sickness usually does not last beyond the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. If you suffer from persistent nausea or vomiting later in pregnancy, consult your midwife or health care provider. With appropriate treatment, the prognosis is good.


  • See the following links for helpful information about miscarriage and recommendations for dietary supplements, herbs and other holistic remedies. Do not take any supplement or use any therapy without consulting with your midwife. Some recommended supplements (nutritional and herbal) may not be used during pregnancy.

    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Morning Sickness
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Morning Sickness, Homeopathic Remedies
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Hyperemesis Gravidarum - Conventional Medical Approach
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Hyperemesis Gravidarum Information
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Avoid During Pregnancy, Things To
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Common Pregnancy Symptoms




    STRETCH MARKS

    Stretch marks (called striae) are wavy stripes (scars) commonly appearing on the abdomen, buttocks, breasts, thighs, lower back and upper arms. They start out reddish or purplish in color (fresh) and gradually turn to a pale white color over the course of several months.

    Stretch marks are more common in women - especially pregnant women - then men. They are caused by rapid weight gain such as that typically associated with pregnancy, especially the latter half or by the end of the third trimester. Stretch marks occur more commonly in younger women, women with larger babies, overweight or obese women, and those with a family history of stretch marks.

    Stretch marks may develop in a variety of other circumstances including body building and weight lifting, extreme weight gain, and occasionally during puberty - adolescents may notice stretch marks during growth spurts. Corticosteroid creams, lotions and pills and chronic steroid use can cause stretch marks. In some cases, widespread stretch marks are a sign of a medical condition such as Cushing's syndrome or another adrenal gland disease as can Marfan syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and other hereditary (genetic) disorders.

    They appear when the skin becomes overstretched and the fibers in the elastic middle layer of skin (the dermis) that allow the skin to retain its shape. These elastic fibers are broken and tear when constantly stretched, breaking down and leaving behind stretch marks. Once they appear, they are permanent, but they are not serious and do become much less noticeable, fading with time. While it is possible to reduce and even eliminate the appearance of stretch marks, it is much easier to prevent them.

    Treatments can lessen the appearance of stretch marks, but will not completely remove them.

    Many woman have been treated with essential oils for stretch marks during pregnancy with great success. For the belly-rub treatment, the base oil is as important as the essential oils themselves. Here is a formula that has been used with success:


    MASSAGE BASE OIL
    This base oil comes to 3 tablespoons (plus the 15 drops). You will need to add 12 drops of essential oil (for 2 tablespoons base) and 6 drops (for 1 tablespoon), to give a total minimum number of 18 drops of essential oil to 3 tablespoons base oil.


    Massage wherever the stretch marks may occur - the lower and upper abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. Use the oils regularly to prevent stretch marks. Below is an excellent blend you may like to try:


    PREGNANCY BELLY-RUB BLEND
    • 7 drops Rose Bulgar (or Maroc) Essential Oil
    • 6 drops Lavender Essential Oil
    • 3 drops Tangerine Essential Oil

    Mix into a concentrate using these proportions, then add 18 drops to the base oil quantity shown above or add 2 drops per 2 teaspoons of base oil.


    RECOMMENDATIONS

    Since stretch marks occur when skin is stretched to the limit of its elasticity - it follows that the best prevention is either to reduce the cause of stretching or to increase elasticity (or both). The degree of success with any treatment will be impacted by your age, your skin tone and even your diet.

    If you are pregnant or breastfeeding consult your midwife or health care provider first as some products can contain ingredients that may be passed to your unborn baby or into breast milk. Read your product labels carefully. And, if you are pregnant, discuss your concern with your midwife or health care provider at the beginning of your pregnancy, before stretch marks develop, so that preventive treatment can be started. It is best to consult with a dermatologist to determine which treatment approach is best for you and your situation.

    Increase Your Skin's Elasticity

  • Stay hydrated by drinking enough water and other fluids throughout the day, every day. Water helps to keep the skin soft, supple and stretchy, thus less likely to develop stretch marks. Avoid caffeine. Caffeine can increase your risk of stretch marks. If you are stuck on your caffeinated coffee or tea, make sure you balance the dehydrating properties of these drinks with plenty of fluids. Drink just as much - or more - water as you drink coffee, tea or soda. Stretch marks can also result from nutritional deficiency. Be sure to consume foods that promote skin health. Foods rich in zinc, such as nuts or fish, foods high in vitamins A and C, such as carrots and citrus fruits and milk, protein-rich foods, such as eggs.

  • Skin Creams and Lotions containing Cocoa Butter are rumored to not only help reduce stretch marks, but to help prevent them entirely. Any cream or oil that is made specifically for the prevention or treatment of stretch marks will help keep your skin healthy and elastic. Apply Cocoa Butter and/or Elastin Cream topically as directed on the product label. These substances are very good for stretch marks.

  • Try the following recipe for preventing stretch marks:


  • STRETCH MARK PREVENTION RECIPE

    1/2 cup Virgin Olive Oil
    1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel
    Liquid from 6 capsules of Vitamin E
    Liquid from 4 capsules of Vitamin A


    1. Mix all the ingredients together in a blender.
    2. Pour the mixture into a jar and store it in the refrigerator.

    Once a day, apply the oil mixture externally all over the abdomen, hips and thighs - the places where stretch marks commonly appear during pregnancy. If this is done diligently, every day, you may be able to prevent stretch marks from forming.


  • To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy, rub your breasts and abdomen every day with a massage oil made of 1/2 Sweet Almond Oil with 50 drops of Mandarin Essential Oil added.

  • Vitamin A, Vitamin E & Vitamin C dietary supplements added to the diet. Supplementing these vitamins may help increase the strength and elasticity of the collagen within your skin and reducing your chance of forming stretch marks.

  • Stretch Mark Removal

    If you are more concerned with getting rid of stretch marks than preventing them, read on. There are many methods to choose from, ranging from home remedies for stretch marks, to medical and cosmetic procedures. You will notice that every single one of these remedies also helps promote the overall health of your skin - the healthier your skin is, the better it can heal itself. Always consult your midwife or health care provider (such as a dermatologist) before undergoing any treatment, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • Time - Stretch marks, like all types of scarring fade over time.

  • Tretinoin Cream (Retin-A, Renova) - 0.1% Tretinoin creams have been shown to significantly reduce the appearance of stretch marks in a study published in the May 1996 Archives of Dermatology. These creams work best when used on fresh stretch marks. Tretinoin cream may improve the appearance of recent stretch marks - those that are less than 6 weeks old and still pink or red in color. Tretinoin, when it works, helps to rebuild collagen, making the stretch mark more similar in appearance to your normal skin. This treatment is not effective on older stretch marks. See your health care provider for a prescription. Warning: Tretinoin treatments should never be used during pregnancy or if you are breast feeding as the active ingredient may be passed to the unborn child or the breast milk.

  • Exfoliate daily by using a loofah or nylon shower scrunchy to remove dead skin cells daily.

  • Stretch Mark Creams & Lotions - Using creams and lotions that heal and beautify your skin can reduce the appearance of stretch marks. The following ingredients are widely accepted as beneficial for this purpose:
  • Emu Oil is a natural skin softener and protector, supporting skin hydration and elasticity. It improves skin surface blood flow and healing. Emu oil is essential for the prevention of dry, aging skin, scaling and dermatitis. The application of Emu Oil will allow the essential fatty acids to penetrate the epidermal layers of skin down to the basal layer where it enhances cell proliferation. The fatty acid esters contained in Emu Oil provide the benefit of increased blood flow, accelerating the healing process.

  • Vick's VaporRub - It sounds weird, but many people have reported success using Vick's VaporRub by applying it to a washcloth or paper towel and rubbing it forcefully into the scarred skin on a nightly basis for a few weeks. Since it contains menthol and other ingredients, do not use it during pregnancy or breastfeeding without consulting with your midwife or health care provider.



  • VAPORRUB PRODUCTS

    AMAZON PRODUCTS



  • Increase Circulation - You can increase blood circulation by taking hot baths and massaging the areas regularly. If you are pregnant, do not take hot baths since these can cause overheating to the fetus.

  • Tanning - Go sunbathing! Tanning can diminish and even eliminate minor stretch marks. Be sure to use a good sun screen to prevent burning and UV skin damage.

  • MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Sunburn

  • Vitamin E Gel or Oil - Break open vitamin E capsules and rub the oil into the skin over the stretch marks daily for 2 weeks. Vitamin E is also available in bottled liquid form that can be dabbed onto the skin.

  • Unstretch the skin. After the skin returns to its normal, unstretched size, stretch marks often become nearly invisible.

  • MEDICAL PROCEDURES FOR STRETCH MARKS

  • Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure popular in spas and salons where the top-most layer of skin is removed by chemical or mechanical means. This type of treatment involves a hand-held device that blows crystals onto skin. These crystals gently abrade or "polish" the skin's surface. Then, a vacuum tube removes the crystals and skin cells. Microdermabrasion gently removes the skin's topmost layer, which may result in new skin growth that is more elastic. This therapy is an option for older stretch marks.

  • Endermologie: Endermologie machines massage and work the skin in order to increase circulation and expel toxins.

  • Laser Therapy: There are several different types of laser treatments available that can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks and heal you skin.
    • Pulsed Dye Laser Therapy - Used at wavelengths of light that are non-wounding (non-ablative), this type of laser therapy remodels underlying skin (dermis) by stimulating the growth of collagen and elastin. Pulsed dye laser therapy is most effective when stretch marks are new but may still be effective on older stretch marks.

    • Fractional Photothermolysis - Like pulsed dye laser therapy, this non-ablative laser treatment uses wavelengths of light to stimulate new growth of collagen and elastin. The difference is that it causes partial (fractional) damage to small dot-like areas within a targeted zone. Because most of the treated area remains undamaged, the skin heals quickly, as if the entire area were treated.

    • Excimer Laser - The excimer laser does nothing for collagen or elastin growth. Instead, its aim is repigmentation by stimulating melanin production. If it works, the old and lighter streaks become similar in color to the surrounding skin, and therefore less visible. This is often used for older stretch marks.

    See your dermatologist for the latest information on these methods. Work with your health care provider to choose the most appropriate treatment. Factors to consider include:
    • Age of the stretch marks.
    • Convenience of treatment - therapies differ in length and frequency of sessions.
    • Cost - these options are cosmetic and usually not covered by medical insurance.
    • Your expectations - most treatments, at best, are only partially effective.

    Health insurance may not cover stretch mark removal because it is a cosmetic procedure (even if the stretch marks are severe). Talk with your particular provider to see what is covered under your health plan.

    Nutrition Basics: Skin Care Supplement Information & Products



    SKIN MOISURIZING BUTTER PRODUCTS

    Cocoa Butter: An aromatic solid butter pressed from the roasted seeds of the Cacao tree (Theobroma cacao) and further processed to yield a warm color and delightful odor. Will soften at body temperature and adds a rich, creamy, and thick consistency to lotions, soaps, creams, and toiletry items to help reduce cutaneous dryness and for the improvement of skin elasticity. A soothing ingredient commonly found in most cosmetic preparations and now fair trade certified.

    Illipe Butter: Expeller pressed and rendered from whole Illipe nuts (Shorea stenoptera) this exotic butter adds regenerative and moisturizing properties to your handmade creations. Illipe butter is renowned for its incredible moisturizing properties and its ability to restore elasticity to the skin. It is quite comparable to cocoa butter in its constituents, and is beneficial for the treatment of numerous skin and hair disorders.

    Kokum Butter: A highly prized and under-rated butter from the Garcinia tree. This naturally white and incredibly smooth butter has enormously high compositions of beneficial materials to help regenerate tired and worn skin cells and further supports elasticity and general flexibility of the skin wall. A great ingredient to add to healing lotions, creams, and body butters. It can be directly applied to the skin in its solid state, but it may require a mild amount of heating to improve applicability. Highly recommended to those that are crafting cosmetics with the intent of producing a skin healing end product.

    Mango Butter: Expeller pressed and rendered from the seed kernel of the Mango tree, this highly prized butter is an exceptional quality base ingredient for body care products and soap making recipes. Mango Butter has beneficial moisturizing properties for lotions and acts as a mild lubricant for the skin, and is very similar in color and texture as cocoa butter making it an exotic and fun alternative for toiletry products. Great source of essential fatty acids.

    Shea Butter:This raw unrefined butter is derived from the vegetable fat of the Karite Tree. The first choice in natural skin care and fine body care products, our certified organic shea butter forms a breathable, water-resistant film and is the leading natural product for moisturizing. A wonderful base for cosmetic recipes or used as a stand alone application, this comes highly recommended for those concerned about naturally healthy skin. Mountain Rose Herb's shea butter is hand harvested, certified organic, expeller pressed, and is imported directly from the processor.

    AMAZON PRODUCTS



    Amazon.com has many more products available. These are just a few. Use the search box further down on this page to do a search for stretch mark products.



    LANOLIN PRODUCTS

    Skin in need of protection from wind burn and environmental factors. Solution: 100% Pure Liquid Lanolin is a powerful moisturizer that can promote smoothness and translucency associated with healthy, youthful skin. Lanolin is remarkably close to our own natural skin oils and has a texture that is similar to petroleum jelly. It is perfect for use on very dry, rough or chapped skin. Lanolin is a natural oil derived entirely from the fiber of sheep's wool. It is secreted from the skin of sheep and becomes trapped in the sheep's wool, giving protection from rain and moisture. Lanolin is considered a "heavy duty" moisturizer and emollient that promotes healthy, youthful skin.

    STARWEST BOTANICALS PRODUCTS

    Starwest Botanicals: Lanolin Oil, Refined, 4 oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Lanolin Oil, Refined, 8 oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Lanolin Oil, Refined, 1 gallon


    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Liquid Lanolin, Pure Emollient Oil, 100% Natural, Home Health, 4 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Liquid Lanolin, Pure Emollient Oil, Heritage Products, 4 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Pure Lanolin Liquid, Now Foods, 4 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Pure Lanolin, 100% Pure Solid Lanolin, Now Foods, 7 oz.


    OTHER SKIN PROBLEMS

    Common skin problems during pregnancy include pimples, acne, red marks, and mask of pregnancy (dark blotches on the skin of the face). These skin changes usually disappear with the birth of the baby.

    RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Keep your skin clean.
  • If you wear makeup, use only water-based, hypoallergenic cosmetics if your skin is broken out.

  • CONSIDERATIONS

  • Folic Acid, one of the most essential nutrients during pregnancy, should also help with skin problems.

  • See the following links for helpful information about skin problems and recommendations for dietary supplements, herbs and other holistic remedies. Do not take any supplement or use any therapy without consulting with your midwife. Some recommended supplements (nutritional and herbal) may not be used during pregnancy.

    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Folic Acid Foods
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Skin Tips
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Acne
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Oily Skin



    CONSTIPATION

    The importance of eating right during pregnancy and while breastfeeding is the responsibility of every pregnant & lactating woman. But with the age of chemicals in our foods, fertilizers, meats, water and so forth, our food cannot be guaranteed to be rich in the vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients our bodies need. An example is that once liver was recommended as an excellent source of iron, but we know now that the livers coming from animals today also contain many toxins fed to the animal during it's lifetime. Even "natural foods" are not safe. They may look natural but contain many unnatural chemical products and other substances. These may come from the soil, the fertilizers, the water or air where the plants are grown or how they are processed after harvesting.

    The unnaturalness of our foods, combined with hormonal changes, reduced exercise, and the stress on the pregnant digestive system, all contribute to the problem of constipation. Constipation is a common complaint. It is important to avoid this problem, because toxins can seep back into the body's system. This is not a time for using chemical laxatives; instead stick to natural remedies which are, in any case, the basis for the chemical copies. Drink lots of water, mineral water is good, and eat as many raw vegetables as you can. Good natural laxatives are dried fruits such as prunes and figs, and greens such as broccoli and cabbage. The bran content of your diet is essential now, but avoid bran breakfast cereal that are eaten with milk and sugar. It is best to try an original muesli recipe from Switzerland.

    MoonDragon's Health Information - Recipes: Muesli

    Eat Oats for a couple of mornings and you will find that your system has returned to normal. The oats clean the blood, take mucus out of the bowel, and generally provide one of the most cleansing treatments you can take.

    Another excellent way of clearing the bowel is to take a glass of water and add 1/4 teaspoon of Green Clay, which is available in health food stores. As it passes through the intestinal tract the clay absorbs toxins and makes them leave the body. Yet another method involves Psyllium Husks, which are pure fiber and can be bought raw or in capsule form. Any of these methods will clean out the garbage lurking in the bowels.

    Patchouli essential oil is an excellent intestinal cleansing oil and if you are prone to constipation it will be worth making yourself up a bottle of oil to use during pregnancy. Simply add 30 drops of Patchouli oil to a bottle containing 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. To get everything going, rub the oil all over the abdomen in a clockwise direction. Start at the lower right hand side, by the groin, and rub right up to beneath the breasts, across and down the other side, down to the hairline again. Cover the whole belly in slow, gentle, clockwise movements.

    RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Increase your fluid intake and eat a diet high in fiber.
  • Eat fresh and dried fruit such as prunes, raisins, and figs.
  • Eat fresh vegetables and salads containing a variety of raw green and colored vegetables daily.
  • Increase the amount of fiber in your diet. Whole-grain breads, cereals, and bran are helpful. Begin by taking 2 teaspoons of bran in a glass of apple juice twice daily. The bran may cause some gas until your system is used to it, but after that you should not have any difficulty.
  • Drink ten 8-ounce glasses of liquid, including water, each day.
  • Walk at least a mile a day.
  • Set a regular time each day for a bowel movement. This is very helpful for digestion and elimination.
  • Elevate your feet and legs during elimination to relax the anal muscles.
  • If your midwife or health care provider prescribes iron supplements, be aware that they can cause constipation.
  • Do not take over-the-counter laxatives unless specifically recommended by your health care provider or midwife.

  • See the following links for helpful information about constipation and hemorrhoids and nutritional recommendations for dietary supplements, herbs and other holistic remedies. Do not take any supplement or use any therapy without consulting with your midwife. Some recommended supplements (nutritional and herbal) may not be used during pregnancy.

    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Bowel Tips
    MoonDragon's Women's Health Information: Constipation
    MoonDragon's Women's Health Information: Hemorrhoids
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Pregnancy Concerns




    HEMORRHOIDS & VARICOSE VEINS

    Hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy. A number of factors contribute to the development of hemorrhoids, including constipation and the pressure exerted by the uterus as the fetus gains in size and weight.

    The worst thing about constipation is that it makes you strain which in turn may cause hemorrhoids. Varicose veins and hemorrhoids are both dilated veins and their care and treatment are the same. Keep your legs up as often as possible, and for at least 10 minutes a day lie with a pillow in the small of your back - not under the head. You may as well take advantage of this time of enforced inactivity to meditate on the well-being of your baby. Send loving, affirmative thoughts to the baby, for positive thinking makes positive things happen. Such thought projection is the oldest of treatments and one whose value is again being recognized.

    To make an oil that will both prevent and alleviate varicose veins and hemorrhoids use the following:


    VARICOSE-HEMORRHOID BLEND
    Diluted in 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil base.


    Stroke the legs very gently, working upwards from ankle to thigh. The geranium will encourage the circulation of blood and cypress has an astringent effect upon the whole venous system. The oil will also help to balance the mind and alleviate doubts and anxieties. Remember that everything you inhale will reach your baby too - so breathe deeply now. (And by the same token, if a vehicle emitting particularly noxious fumes passes as you walk along the street, hold your breath until the worst of it has passed.)

    The extra pressure on the legs causes by pregnancy makes varicose veins a common problem at this time. As well as keeping your legs up as often as possible, try to exercise a little - even if only on the spot. Stroke your legs gently upwards while in a bath that contains 2 drops each of Geranium and Cypress. You will find this easier to do early in pregnancy than in late pregnancy, but do the best that you can.

    Lavender essential oil makes an excellent addition to this remedy, so add 2 drops if you have some available.

    Foot baths also help, especially if you place a dozen or so small, round pebbles in the bottom of the footbath and rub your feet gently back and forth over them. Add 2 drops each of Geranium and Cypress essential oil to the footbath.

    If you already have a problem of hemorrhoids, make yourself a remedy by adding 15 drops of Geranium essential oil and 5 drops of Cypress essential oil to the contents of a small tube of KY jelly. Simply squeeze the jelly into a small jar, add the essential oils, mix very well and rub around the anal area when required. This treatment will not only alleviate the symptoms but prevent hemorrhoids occurring in the first place.

    RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Increase your intake of roughage (fiber). Eat plenty of raw vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, bran, and whole-grain breads. These fiber-rich foods help to soften stools and make elimination easier. Hard stools can be very painful to pass and cause bleeding.
  • Drink ten 8-ounce glasses of liquid each day, including water, juices, and herbal teas.
  • Use cold Witch Hazel compresses to help shrink hemorrhoids.
  • Walk one mile a day to help digestion and elimination.
  • Do not strain to have a bowel movement if you are constipated.

  • See the following links for helpful information about constipation and hemorrhoids and nutritional recommendations for dietary supplements, herbs and other holistic remedies. Do not take any supplement or use any therapy without consulting with your midwife. Some recommended supplements (nutritional and herbal) may not be used during pregnancy.

    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Bowel Tips
    MoonDragon's Women's Health Information: Constipation
    MoonDragon's Women's Health Information: Hemorrhoids
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Pregnancy Concerns




    FLATULENCE

    Flatulence is embarrassing at the best of times and is one of the conditions made worse by pregnancy. Gas buildup in the stomach and intestines is very uncomfortable - especially with so much pressure on all the internal organs - and can cause shortness of breath and palpitations. When the digestive tract expands this extra pressure can cause an angina type of pain which can be strong enough in some cases to be mistaken for a heart attack. When this gas buildup is expelled rather noisily this may be indigestion or may sometimes indicate something more serious, such as gallbladder problems, or even gallstones. But usually flatulence is functional - it is unrelated to any disease of the organs - and in pregnancy the most common cause is swallowing air while eating too quickly or gulping large quantities of air during the day. If you are eating foods which have previously upset your digestive system, such upset will only be made worse by your present condition. Carbohydrate foods fermenting in the large colon often cause flatulence and it can be helpful to avoid foods which contain a large proportion of starch and cellulose - peas, potatoes, pulses, carrots, and onions. Try not to swallow air and breathe through the nose if you can. If you feel like belching, do, because you do not want the extra pressure at this time, but be careful not to take in another gulp of air immediately afterwards.

    There are three essential oils which are helpful in combating flatulence and which can be taken during pregnancy - Dill, Fennel, and Spearmint. You can use any one of these individually to make an oil for the abdomen or mix two of the three. Dilute a total of 30 drops of your chosen oil or combination of oils in 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil and rub over the abdomen several times a day.

    Alternatively, Spearmint can be taken internally - but only in very small amounts once a day. Dissolve 3 drops in a tablespoon of honey and keep this mixture to use when needed. Once a day, take half a teaspoon of this honey and spearmint oil mixture in a small glass of boiled, warm water, being careful to sip slowly and avoid taking in yet more air.

    RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Keep a food diary to help you determine which foods, or combination of foods, see to be causing the gas. Avoid any suspect foods.
  • You may have to adapt your usual diet during pregnancy. Many foods you liked before may suddenly seem unappealing.
  • Eat 4 to 6 small meals a day, instead of 3 big meals. Chew your food slowly and well. Do not overtax your digestive system.
  • Eat 4 or more servings of fresh fruits and vegetables every day.
  • Cook vegetables quickly using a perforated steamer instead of boiling them for long periods of time.
  • Drink as much quality water (not tap water) as you can.
  • Get adequate exercise. Walking is an excellent way to alleviate gas.
  • To reduce gas-causing sulfur compounds in beans (garbanzo, pinto, navy, and so on), use the following cooking method: Place 1 cup of beans in 5 cups of water and bring them to a boil. Boil the beans for 1 minute. Then drain them and add 5 cups of fresh water. Bring the water to a boil and continue cooking the beans according to directions. Cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli can also cause flatulence.
  • When eating potentially gas-inducing foods, take the enzyme product Beano with the first bite. This should help to eliminate the problem.

  • See the following links for helpful information about gas (flatulence) and nutritional recommendations for dietary supplements, herbs and other holistic remedies. Do not take any supplement or use any therapy without consulting with your midwife. Some recommended supplements (nutritional and herbal) may not be used during pregnancy.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Flatulence (Intestinal Gas)




    INDIGESTION

    Severe dyspepsia is caused by a variety of factors, from eating the wrong food to lack of muscular tone or an emotional problem. Depression, worry, overwork, stress, or overstrain can all cause indigestion, as well as overeating. Basically, the cause is an increase in the acid of the stomach and most commonly it feels like a vague fullness or discomfort as soon as food is eaten. It is made much worse by worry and anxiety, and sometimes by excitement and pleasure. Sufferers experience backache, headache, insomnia, palpitations, loss of appetite, loss of strength, depression, and an obsessive attitude towards the bodily functions. There is usually not much pain as such, although the constipation, flatulence, and general disruption of the digestive system can add up to very uncomfortable experience.

    If you suffer from dyspepsia you should consult with your midwife or health care provider, but there are still ways that you can help yourself. First of all, start eating small meals, every two hours or so - eat slowly, chewing properly. Treat the constipation and if there is flatulence as well it will usually clear up with that treatment.

    There are three essential oils which can help in the treatment of indigestion - Coriander, Cardamom, and >Dill. Ideally, your treatment will be in a complementary blend of all three because such a mixture has a positive influence within the body. But, any of the three can be used separately and dill is in a good oil to have in the house during your pregnancy because it will be useful to the baby.


    INDIGESTION FORMULA
    Equal parts of each of these essential oils.

    Or

    Use one oil only. Using a total of 3 drops, blend with 1 tablespoon honey. Put in an egg cup and store. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of the honey and oil mix in a little hot soy milk and sip after meals twice a day. Do not exceed this dose.


    If you are experiencing pain with the indigestion, make an oil to rub over the abdomen and around the rib cage. Use a total of 30 drops essential oil to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil - again, the complementary blend is best but any of the three oils may be used individually. Use a small amount, and only once a day. Also, avoid strong coffee, tea, spices, pepper, carbonated drinks, fatty foods, and smoking.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Indigestion




    BLEEDING

    Sometimes women loose a small amount of blood (spotting) during the first three months of pregnancy and if this happens to you, call your midwife and go to bed. Bed rest usually takes care of the problem but if bleeding becomes heavy and persists this could result in a miscarriage so go directly to bed and get somebody else to call the midwife immediately.

    MISCARRIAGE

    Some pregnancies are not carried to full term, resulting in a miscarriage. Spontaneous abortion is the technical term for a miscarriage. It is defined as the loss of a pregnancy before 20 weeks. The most likely reason for a miscarriage is a chromosomal abnormality in the fetus that makes it unlikely the fetus would survive. Other reasons for a miscarriage include cervical incompetence (the cervix opens and thins before the pregnancy has reached full term), ectopic pregnancy (implantation of the fertilized egg outside the uterine cavity, most commonly in the fallopian tubes), infection, glandular disorders, diabetes, and pregnancy-induced hypertension (high blood pressure). Miscarriages generally are not caused by exercise, sexual activity, heavy lifting, or falls. About 5 percent of American women of childbearing age have 2 or more miscarriages, and no cause can be found in more than half the cases.

    HERBS

  • Taking Red Raspberry Leaf tea during the last few months of pregnancy is thought to help strengthen the uterus and minimize the risk of miscarriage.


  • RECOMMENDATIONS

  • If you experience bleeding or cramping during pregnancy, contact your midwife or health care provider immediately and follow her or his advice.

  • Do not minimize any feelings of grief, depression, or guilt you may experience after having a miscarriage. Your midwife or health care provider can refer you to a grief counselor or someone who will understand how you feel. If is also important to talk to your midwife or health care provider about the possible reason for the miscarriage so that she or he can reassure you about the outcome of a following pregnancy. It is also quite normal to be able to cope with a miscarriage without experiencing any emotional trauma.


  • CONSIDERATIONS

  • Bleeding is not necessarily a sign of impending miscarriage, but it should always be taken seriously. A pelvic examination will probably be necessary to determine if your cervix has started to dilate and if the membranes surrounding the fetus have broken. If both of these conditions are present, it is certain that you will most likely have a miscarriage.

  • Miscarriage is most likely to occur in the first trimester. Premature labor is the onset of rhythmic uterine contractions before fetal maturity. It usually occurs between the 12th and 37th week of gestation.

  • Decaffeinated coffee, rather than regular coffee, is thought to be a contributing cause of spontaneous abortion during the first trimester.

  • Women with either of two genetic irregularities that make them prone to blood clots may be at increased risk of multiple miscarriages. Women who have at least two miscarriages can be tested for the flaws. It has been suggested that certain blood-thinning medications might increase the chances for a healthy pregnancy. A health care provider or midwife should be consulted before taking any medications while pregnant.

  • See the following links for helpful information about miscarriage and recommendations for dietary supplements, herbs and other holistic remedies. Do not take any supplement or use any therapy without consulting with your midwife. Some recommended supplements (nutritional and herbal) may not be used during pregnancy.

    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Avoid During Pregnancy, Things To
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Birth Defects
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Miscarriage
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Miscarriage, Habitual
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Placental Abruption
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Pregnancy After Miscarriage

    PREMATURE BIRTH

    An infant is classified as premature when it is delivered before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Premature birth is a major public health concern because undeveloped babies are at increased risk of death in the first year of life and are more likely to develop heart, lung, and brain disorders if they survive.

    Women who take more than a year to get pregnant have a slightly higher than normal chance of giving birth prematurely.

    CONSIDERATIONS

  • Scientists have taken a big step toward developing an earlier, safer, and simple test that might make it possible to prevent as many as 175,000 premature births in the United States each year. Researchers say they have identified certain proteins that can indicate imminent premature birth. Now widely available, the test is performed between the 24th and 34th week of pregnancy on women who are considered to be at high risk. It checks for the presence of fetal fibronectin, a protein found in the uterus when the placenta begins to separate from the uterine wall. The presence of this protein signals that a woman is at high risk for giving birth within 7 days, and intervention can be started.


  • See the following links for helpful information about premature birth and recommendations for dietary supplements, herbs and other holistic remedies. Do not take any supplement or use any therapy without consulting with your midwife. Some recommended supplements (nutritional and herbal) may not be used during pregnancy.

    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Premature Labor & Birth
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Premature Rupture of Membranes





    CRAMPS

    Leg and muscle cramps in pregnancy are usually worse in the last months of pregnancy. They can be caused by the position of the baby or by a calcium deficiency (and other nutritional deficiencies), electrolyte imbalance, and/or circulatory changes, in addition to the strain placed on the legs by the extra weight. They are often worse during the night or during an afternoon nap. Women have been using the following footbath with success for many years:


    FOOTBATH FOR LEG CRAMPS
    Place in a bowl of hot, but not boiling water.


    You might take a calcium supplement, as well.

    Cramps in the abdomen are a completely different subject and should always be checked with your midwife. In fact, all of your pregnancy discomforts should be discussed with your midwife, so make a habit of writing everything down that happens during your pregnancy - no matter how minor they may seem to be and let her know at your prenatal visits or by phone. In this way, your midwife has a complete picture of your development and can help you treat any condition that needs help. Make sure you attend all of your prenatal visits, no matter how inconvenient they may be or unnecessary you may feel them to be. At these visits you and your baby will be checked, your urine and/or blood work taken and checked for potential problems, and issues will be brought up, discussed, and remedied.

    RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Increase your calcium and potassium intake by eating foods such as almonds, bananas, grapefruit, low-fat cottage cheese, oranges, salmon, sardines, sesame seeds, soy products (such as tofu), and low-fat yogurt to help avert leg cramps. Adequate calcium is also needed to help prevent high blood pressure and for fetal development.
  • While sleeping or sitting, elevate your legs so that they are higher than your heart.
  • Do not stand in one place for too long. Shift your weight from one leg to the other every few minutes.
  • Do not point your toes.
  • Walk at least a mile every day to stimulate the circulation of blood through the legs.
  • Make sure your levels of calcium, magnesium, and potassium are correctly balanced. It is often easier to take a single formula that contains all three minerals in the correct proportions.
  • To relieve cramps, flex your feet, with your toes pointing upward.
  • When experiencing a cramp, apply a hot water bottle or heating pad to the cramping area and apply pressure with your hands.

  • See the following links for helpful information about leg and muscle cramps and recommendations for dietary supplements, herbs and other holistic remedies. Do not take any supplement or use any therapy without consulting with your midwife. Some recommended supplements (nutritional and herbal) may not be used during pregnancy.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Muscle Cramps




    EDEMA

    One of the things you should remember is to mention to your midwife is swelling, usually of the fingers and ankles but, can also involve your feet and even your face. Edema is extremely common and is usually nothing to worry about, but it may occur along with high blood pressure and protein in the urine, which could be associated with preeclampsia (toxemia). This condition is dangerous and cannot be allowed to continue. It needs immediate attention.
    • If you experience swelling, spend at least 10 minutes per day lying down with a pillow under your feet. The important thing is to have your feet higher than your heart, so merely sitting down will not do.

    • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and properly fitting shoes. You may require larger shoes than normal. Once the baby arrives, your feet will return to normal.

    • One of the best treatments for edema is herbal tea made of Fennel and Nettle are good. Drink twice a day.

    • Moderate exercise, such as walking a mile each day, can help to keep edema under control.

    • Be sure to check your diet. Pregnant women need sufficient protein in their diet (see dietary recommendation links below under Pregnancy Nutrition). Salt is also required for expanding blood volume. Rule of thumb is salt to taste. However, excess salt in the diet can contribute to edema. Check with your midwife and review your diet if you are having problems with swelling.

    The following body rub formula also helps, rubbed over the ankles and legs (working upward, always massage toward the heart), the fingers and arms (in an upward direction towards the heart), and especially on the back. Get your friend or partner to rub the oil into your back for you. This allows the essential oils to get straight into the body via the central nervous system. Do not use the oil on the abdomen and only use once a day for ten days.


    EDEMA BODY RUB FORMULA
    Diluted in 2 tablespoons vegetable oil.


    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Edema

    PREECLAMPSIA / ECLAMPSIA (TOXEMIA OF PREGNANCY)

    Preeclampsia (also known as toxemia of pregnancy) is a complication of pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure, edema (swelling due to fluid retention), and an excess of protein in the urine. It may develop in the second half of pregnancy or later. The cause is not known, but if you have suffered from this complaint during a prior pregnancy, you are at increased risk of having it again in following pregnancies. Other risk factors include multiple births, kidney disease, diabetes, lupus, long-term high blood pressure, and heredity. A poor diet may contribute to developing preeclampsia/eclampsia. A small percentage of women who develop preeclampsia go on to develop eclampsia, with seizures and/or coma.

    It was once thought that eclampsia and preeclampsia were a result of toxemia - the presence of some sort of toxin or poison in the bloodstream - but it is now known that this is not the case. If you develop any of the symptoms of preeclampsia, you must be monitored constantly by your midwife or health care provider.

    For a more detailed description of toxemia management and preeclampsia prevention and nutrition, visit this link:

    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Toxemia (Preeclampsia & Eclampsia)

    RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Get adequate rest. Rest is vitally important if you develop this condition.
  • Make sure you have a healthy balanced, nutritional pregnancy diet with sufficient quality protein and salt to taste (for expanding blood volume during pregnancy). See nutrition and preeclampsia/eclampsia links below for more information.
  • Make sure that your midwife or health care provider is aware of any risk factors you may have for preeclampsia.

  • CONSIDERATIONS

  • If you develop high blood pressure without any of the other symptoms of preeclampsia, your midwife or health care provider may recommend treatment for high blood pressure.

  • Because the cause is not known, there is no specific treatment for eclampsia except delivery of the baby.

  • See the following links for helpful information about preeclampsia/eclampsia and nutritional recommendations for dietary supplements, herbs and other holistic remedies. Do not take any supplement or use any therapy without consulting with your midwife. Some recommended supplements (nutritional and herbal) may not be used during pregnancy.
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Toxemia of Pregnancy (Preeclampsia & Eclampsia)
    MoonDragon's Birthing Guidelines: Protein In Urine (Proteinuria)
    MoonDragon's Birthing Guidelines: Elevated Blood Pressure During Pregnancy
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Pregnancy Diet
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Nutritional Guidelines




    EXHAUSTION

    Exhaustion can occur at any stage of pregnancy, especially if you already have one or more little ones to take care of at home. Here is a reviving formula that can be used for a body oil, bath, or footbath. This remedy can be used after the birth whenever you need it.


    EXHAUSTION REMEDY
    Use any one of these essential oils to 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil for a body oil. For a blend of oils, use equal amounts of each essential oil.

    If you have made the blend of oils, use 6 drops for a bath, 5 drops in a 2 teaspoons vegetable oil for a body rub, or 4 to 5 drops in a bowl of hot but not scalding water for a footbath.


    INSOMNIA

    Insomnia is very common during the last weeks of pregnancy when finding a comfortable sleeping position is difficult. Needing to get up to urinate can disrupt a night's sleep. Deficiencies of the B vitamins also can cause insomnia. The emotional changes that accompany pregnancy often contribute to sleep difficulties as well.

    RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Increase your intake of foods rich in the B vitamins.

  • Take a warm (not hot) bath with a soothing oil (such as Lavender) added to the water.

  • Consider taking up yoga or some other form of meditation. These can help you relax and may be useful during and after labor.

  • MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Imagery
    MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Meditation
    MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Relaxation
    MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Yoga
    MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Pain Control

  • Do not force yourself to sleep if you are not really tired. Read, meditate, or do something else non-strenuous until you feel sleepy.

  • Try drinking a cup of hot herbal tea with honey or lemon before bed or in the middle of the night. Herbal teas such as Chamomile, Marjoram, Lemon Balm, and Passion Flower are known for their sleep-inducing qualities. Caution: Do not use Chamomile on an ongoing basis, as ragweed allergy may result. Avoid it completely if you are allergic to ragweed. Marjoram is safe when used in moderation as a culinary herb, however, avoid the over use of marjoram as it is a uterine stimulant when used in high doses.


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  • Avoid stimulants, such as caffeine-containing drinks (coffee, black tea, cola drinks).

  • Do not eat heavy meals before bedtime.

  • Arrange pillows behind or under your abdomen to relieve breathlessness.

  • See the following links for helpful information about insomnia and nutritional recommendations for dietary supplements, herbs and other holistic remedies. Do not take any supplement or use any therapy without consulting with your midwife. Some recommended supplements (nutritional and herbal) may not be used during pregnancy.

    MoonDragon's Women's Health Information: Insomnia




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  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Mineral Introduction
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  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Dietary Supplements Introduction
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  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Vitamins Index
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Vitamins Introduction


  • NUTRITION BASICS ARTICLES

  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: 4 Basic Nutrients
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Avoid Foods That Contain Additives & Artificial Ingredients
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Is Aspartame A Safe Sugar Substitute?
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Guidelines For Selecting & Preparing Foods
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Foods That Destroy
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Foods That Heal
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: The Micronutrients: Vitamins & Minerals
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Avoid Overcooking Your Foods
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Phytochemicals
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Increase Your Consumption of Raw Produce
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Limit Your Use of Salt
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Use Proper Cooking Utensils
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Choosing The Best Water & Types of Water





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  • MoonDragon's Nutritional Therapy Index
  • MoonDragon's Nutritional Analysis Index
  • MoonDragon's Nutritional Diet Index
  • MoonDragon's Nutritional Recipe Index
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Therapy: Preparing Produce for Juicing
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Food Additives Index
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  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Index
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Articles
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Back Pain
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Labor & Birth
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Blending Chart
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Essential Oil Details
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Links
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Miscarriage
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Post Partum
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Childbearing
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Problems in Pregnancy & Birthing
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Chart of Essential Oils #1
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Chart of Essential Oils #2
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Tips
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Uses
  • MoonDragon's Alternative Health Index
  • MoonDragon's Alternative Health Information Overview
  • MoonDragon's Alternative Health Therapy Index
  • MoonDragon's Alternative Health: Touch & Movement Therapies Index
  • MoonDragon's Alternative Health Therapy: Touch & Movement: Aromatherapy
  • MoonDragon's Alternative Therapy: Touch & Movement - Massage Therapy
  • MoonDragon's Alternative Health: Therapeutic Massage
  • MoonDragon's Holistic Health Links Page 1
  • MoonDragon's Holistic Health Links Page 2
  • MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Nutrition Basics Index
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  • MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Massage Therapy
  • MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Hydrotherapy
  • MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Pain Control Therapy
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