Health, Skin, and Food

Let’s stop looking out and start looking in. It’s important to keep up-to-date on the news, or maybe to know about celebrities, but we shouldn’t forget to look at ourselves. Start focusing on YOU instead of things we don’t benefit from. It’s important to concentrate on how you view yourself, what you put on and in your body, because that plays a part in how we age and live.

I hope you’re all doing well. Today’s post is about sharing the improvements I made to my inner and outer self. This information comes from research and trial and error.

HEALTH

CANNABIS CBD Oil 

If you’re like me who suffers from headaches/migraines or other kinds of pains, this part of the post might interest you. As some of you know, I’ve been suffering from headaches since the third-grade. Every year, the pain had increased and shifted to different areas and the length of time changed. Last year, I had bi-weekly migraines that lasted 2 to 3 days of me laid up in bed, sometimes even vomiting. These days didn’t include other things that triggered a headache, such as change in weather, crying, forcing myself to stay awake, etc. All of these guaranteed a migraine.

I’m not one to take synthetic drugs, so if I can, I look to other healthier, natural ways to overcome any issues. Please, I’m not judging anyone who does, it’s just not my thing. At one time, I did take a few different synthetic drugs for my migraines but they didn’t do any good. I’ve changed my diet, to no avail, so I’d do what I could to ease the pain.

In February, my husband and I were in Amsterdam, browsing through a store that sells all kinds of cannabis paraphernalia. While walking around, we struck up conversation with the woman who worked there and I mentioned my migraines. She suggested I try Cannabis CBD Oil. It didn’t have the THC in it, the portion of the plant that gives you a high, just the medicinal properties. There were different percentages of it, so I decided to get the 2.5% Cannabis CBD Oil. Note: Hemp oil and CBD oil are different. They come from different parts of the plant with different purposes.

CBD oil is legal in Germany. I read a little bit about the oil before taking it. Since there’s no exact prescribed amount, the information I found suggested starting with one drop, then if you want to increase it, spread the drops out throughout the day—not to take them all at once. The first week, I took one drop under the tongue (waited 60 seconds and swallowed), and then the second week, I moved to two drops a day—in the morning and evening.

The results have turned out great! Since February, I’ve had two bad days, but not to the extent of being laid up in bed. I could still function at a minimum, which is AWESOME because spring is the worst time of year for my migraines. It also has taken care of many of my triggers. Exertion and heat are two other triggers. My husband and I have been bike riding in 80-degree weather, high humidity, and I’ve been fine. I’m so ecstatic with this because I can live without the fear of getting a headache.

I wanted to share this information with others who experience chronic pain. Maybe you don’t like synthetic drugs or can’t afford them. This is an alternative to try. Sending good vibes to all the chronic pain sufferers. If interested, this is where I purchased the CBD Oil – Royal Queen Seeds.

SKIN

CARRIER AND ESSENTIAL OILS

As we get older, our skin becomes drier, sags, and discolors. Of course, there are many factors involved in regards to how our skin will age, such as hereditary, diet, and personal lifestyle. In my younger years, I had great skin, and didn’t get my first pimple until junior year in high school. Over the past decade, my skin has become very dry and I suffer from Rosacea.

I’ve tried so many different products over the years so I decided to move away from manufactured products, and read up on Carrier Oils and Essential Oils. Carrier Oils are a base oil that dilute essential oils, and essential oils are concentrated oils from plant compounds. They have health benefits and many usages. For a year, I tried different carrier and essential oil combinations to find which ones were best suited for my skin. In regards to the essential oils, I use NOW Foods and switch them out from time to time. After using several different carrier oils, and buying many essential oils, here are my results.

DIY Body Wash

– A dark glass pump bottle – Amazon.de
– 1-1/2 to 2 cups of Castille soap – Amazon.de
– 2 heaping Tbsp of Shea Butter –iHerb (Since then, they’ve stopped shipping to Germany)
– 1 Tbsp of honey
– 2 Tbsp of Grapeseed oil
– 25 drops of Bergamot oil (whatever oil is best for your skin) – Amazon.de

For body hydration, I use Grapeseed Oil instead of lotion. It does take getting used to, but you don’t need a lot. It goes a long way on damp skin.

DIY Fragrance Spritz

– Spray bottle – Amazon.de
– ¼ filled with water
– ¼ cup of vodka
– 3 Tbsp of Vegetable Glycerin (This helps it keep longer) –iHerb
– 25 drops of Lemongrass oil – Vitacost
– 25 drops of Lavendar oil – iHerb
– 15 drops of Ylang Ylang oil (Any essential oil blend can be used) – iHerb

DIY Facial Wash

– A dark glass bottle (I bought mine at a flea market)
– ½ cup of Castille soap
– 1 Tbsp of Honey
– 1 Tbsp of Vitamin E – iHerb
– 15 drops of Patchouli oil – iHerb

After morning facial wash: Aloe, followed by a few drops of Argan Oil and Rose Hip Oil, and then La Roche Posay Anthelios XL 50+ (for Rosacea)

After evening facial wash: Aloe and then Circadia by Dr. Pugliese (for Rosacea).

I’ve learned that less is more.

I also use essential oils for other things such as sprays for the bed and pillows, rugs, and a Lemon oil for bathroom tiles.

Carrier and essential oils aren’t for everyone. But if you’re fed up with spending money on countless  products that haven’t been working, you might want to try them. All I suggest is that you gear them toward your skin type. One Essential Community is a great site for information about oils.

FOOD

Recipe 

Summer is here! It’s been unseasonably warm for a long length of time in Germany. Usually it’s still cold in April, May, and June, but we’ve had 70’s and 80’s with high humidity. Since air conditioning isn’t a thing in Europe, we do whatever we can to stay cool. One of those things is homemade cold soups—awesome for summer.

So far, I’ve made a cold White Bean and Kohlrabi (turnips) soup, Creamy Cucumber Dill soup, and today, Sweet Potato and Yogurt soup.

Based on Eating Well Test Kitchen Recipe, here’s my recipe for a Creamy Cucumber Dill Soup.

– Olive oil
– 2 garlic cloves (minced)
– 1 large spring onion
– 2 Tbsp lemon juice (I used 1 cube of fresh lemon juice)
– 3-1/2 large cucumbers peeled and seeded (keep ½ of a cucumber peeled, seeded and cut in chunks to the side)
– 1 cup of vegetable broth (I actually put in a cup of water and 1/2 tsp of vegetable bouillon)
– ½ tsp salt
– 2 to 3 pinches of Cayenne
– 2 to 3 stalks of fresh Dill
– 1 avocado
– 2 Tbsp yogurt (optional)

1) On medium-high heat, cook the garlic and onion, until tender and then add in the lemon juice for a minute. Add 3 of the cucumbers, broth, salt, and cayenne, bring to a boil, and then simmer for about 6 to 8 minutes.

2) Let cool then add the mixture to a blender with the avocado and dill, and puree it. Then add yogurt for more sourness and puree again. Pour into a serving bowl, mix the rest of the chopped cucumber, and chill for at least 4 hours. Garnish with more dill.

Please share some of your health, beauty, and food tips in the comments. I hope you find time for yourself, and are getting outside to enjoy people and nature.

Pleasures in the little things,
Baer Necessities

8 thoughts on “Health, Skin, and Food

  1. What a strange coincidence, I buy vitamins through a store in the UK called ‘Healthspan’ and their latest email talked about…CBD! I’d never heard of it, they say they have 7000 customers who have discovered the benfits since it launched in March(in the UK). So great that you are seeing improvements personally for your migraines Denise. I can send the link to the site if any readers are interested xx

    1. Laurette, The UK sells more things we need sometimes than Germany does. Not even the accepted pharmacies that sell medical cannabis sell the oil. It is wonderful when you find something that relieves your pain after many, many years. I would love it if you could post the link to Healthspan. Thanks so much!

  2. Caveat: I have a direct interest in what follows, but you did ask for tips. One of the big problems with skin is to keep it plasticised, and water is the plasticiser. So, when it dries out, the skin becomes brittle. This is why hydration is important. The usual approach is to put some sort of oil on to block the escape of water, but that also blocks the pores. My solution is a special product called “Nemidon Ultrahydration gel” which is made from an agarose, itself a highly purified seaweed extract, and a small amount of sulphated polysaccharide (a carrageenan, in turn a seaweed product). How it works (interpreted from reflectance spectroscopy) is that as it dries, it pushes water into the skin, then forms an invisible thin film above the skin (joining the ridges) and thus maintains a sound water vapour pressure over the skin. You cannot dry agar to more than about 85% water content without putting it in an oven, which means this protection lasts all day and you can’t see it. For those who suffer from eczema, for 95% it will relieve the symptoms, BUT for 5% it makes it worse, for some reason, so try it on a small patch first.

    1. Ian, Yes, hydration is key! Aloe is very good for that and I even take it directly from my aloe plant. So far, the oil hasn’t blocked my pores. In December, my niece did a hydra-facial on me, and she was like, you won’t believe how much junk it will pull out of your skin. When she was done, she couldn’t believe there was very little dirt.

      Thanks for the tip. It’s always good to try new things. I just did a search on Amazon.de for “Nemidon Ultrahydration gel” and nothing came up. If you have a link to a place that ships globally, please share; otherwise, if I come across it, I might try it, but for now, Aloe and oils have been doing pretty good with hydration and my Rosacea. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I learned all kinds of cool stuff about the medicinal properties of cannabis when I was on chemo, and it works great for nausea. One of the drugs I had to help curb my upset stomach was also used for schizophrenia and it made me have racing thoughts after I took it for about five days.

    1. Jeri, It’s amazing how many medicinal properties there are to cannabis. And the best thing, there aren’t side effects. Maybe minor ones, but nothing that forces you to take another prescription drug.

  4. So happy for you that you found something that works for a health problem that can be so intolerable it cuts back one’s ability to function. I too have experienced the joy of finding solutions to painful health problems from smart medical professionals. There are several times I’ve been saved, but would just like to mention two of them. In the past I’ve had several bouts of diverticulitis caused by a low fiber diet. The left side of the abdomen can get clogged and infected. When one gets an attack it’s very painful. Not treated promptly with antibiotics it could cause an intestine to rupture and cause death. A rush to the ER is highly recommended when the pain starts. Anyway because I had continuing flare-ups I was sent to a surgeon for a consult. This smart doctor said sure you can have surgery, but that’s not going to help you. Instead you should prepare a Metamucil (high fiber) drink every evening before bedtime. So far it’s been four years and no more notable problems. Fingers crossed!
    The other was when I developed what I call an airplane ear in my right ear. There was a lot of pressure there. It persisted for several months and during that time I went to three ear doctors. The first one said “There’s nothing wrong with you, no wax there.” The second one said “Do these saline solutions in my nose as there is no wax in that ear.” The third one used some special instruments and removed wax the others couldn’t find. That was the answer, a smart doctor who knew what he was doing.
    Again want to say it was a great joy to find solutions that work. I am very thankful and consider these events a blessing!

  5. Veejay, My sister had diverticulitis. I know there were times when she was in excruciating pain if she ate the wrong thing. I’m so glad to hear a surgeon was willing to provide you with a simple alternative. It saved you a lot of pain and money. It’s always great to receive a simple, non-evasive treatment. Wonderful to hear you’re doing well.

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