Butter Oil / Fermented Cod Liver Oil

A few weeks ago we woke up early and drove to a park 20 minutes from our house, where we met up with the scheduled white passenger van bearing our order of butter oil (and maple syrup). There’s a bulk foods company set up in the area that schedules specific pickups for specific foods like these. It’s kind of funny, but we’re sort of used to funny by now. They order huge truckloads for cheaper prices, and then they sell stuff to people like us. So we got a better price on the butter oil we’d been wanting, and that made the whole trip worth it to us. Here’s why we did it.

Benefits of Butter Oil and Fermented Cod Liver Oil

We weren’t the only ones grabbing butter oil that morning, and it’s not that unusual to hear about other people taking it (or fermented cod liver oil) to improve something about their health. This is because butter oil and fermented cod liver oil offer several benefits such as being high in vitamins A, D, and K, as well as naturally occurring omega fatty acids DHA and EPA (and other omega fatty acids).

A bit from Tim: One of the main reasons we like having this blend on hand is its ability to aid the body as a transition food. Due to our current environment, food system, and years of poor diet growing up, our bodies which normally might be able to be in such balance that they do not demand as many nutrients, now require higher levels to bring the body into balance (homeostasis). For example, people who eat all raw or fruitarian may experience such a drastic transition that their body is not able to make it smoothly and in the process teeth and bones may be weakened and decay. By adding in higher amounts of fat soluble vitamins the transition can be made smoother. The same holds true for those eating a typical diet, fighting autism, or fighting disease–the balance of vitamins A, D, and K (especially combined with plant minerals) can greatly help the healing process.

Because we are all worse off than we think we are, we might be missing the fact that we have fluoride in the water supply, flame retardants in our bed and furniture, freon in our air conditioning, PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) in non-stick pans, and lead or titanium dioxide being sprayed on us from the skies. Having higher levels of the powerful vitamins in fermented cod liver oil and butter oil can be a great way to support the body when missing many of the factors that might be straining our body.

Helping Your Body Detox with Detox Foot Pads

A crucial part of helping your body heal is detoxing—finding ways to remove unwanted toxins and parasites in order to get your organs functioning properly again. While there are many keys to effective detoxification, foot pads are an option that is often overlooked.

Detox Foot Pads

I’ll be honest with you: When Tim told me he wanted to strap detox pads to our feet for the night, I was a little skeptical. You open up the package and find a little padded envelop that gets placed somewhere on the bottom of your foot (the exact placement depends on which parts of your body you want to detox) and stuck down with an accompanying tape. You put on socks to prevent the pads from getting pushed off in the night, and you go to bed. There’s a slight tingling sensation, and when we did this three nights in a row I only woke up in the middle of the night once, the first night, where it felt like my foot was throbbing slightly. (I went back to sleep, and that was that.) In the morning, you step gingerly over to the bathroom, take off your socks and remove the pads to discover what was once white and clean is now grimy, brown and smelly (!!!!!). You swing over into the shower immediately to wash your feet because, yeah, it’s pretty gross.

But aside from the shock value of seeing how much can come out of your feet (!!!), here are the benefits of using detox foot pads:

  • The pads are able to tap into the 60 acupuncture points on the bottoms of your feet.
  • They naturally pull out chemicals, toxins and metals from your body.
  • In the process, they can free up your body to be cleaner and more functional, reducing stress and fatigue.
  • They promote healthy circulation, which is so important for healing the body.
  • They boost immunity, not only from removing toxins, but also from the antioxidant potential of the negative ions the transfer.

Some Final Thoughts on Detox Foot Pads

from Tim: While many people question the results, and there are a lot of scam products out there, I think one thing is certain, proper detox foot pads will stimulate reflexology points such that the main benefit might be in increasing the output of the kidneys (which helps to remove toxins). So even if you do not believe the pores on your feet are an exit point for toxins you may still see a benefit from the reflexology. We like using these along with something like HMD or other herbs. We do not recommend just trying any detox foot pads as the quality of the ingredients is important to take into account. To learn more about foot pads and how they work, check out Global Healing Center.

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Using Essential Oils

We got into using essential oils last year, right around the time that the degrees of separation between you and someone you knew selling oils were shrinking at a shocking rate. We were already familiar with oregano oil and how it is a natural antibiotic of sorts; it has long been our household go-to anytime either of us feels even the slightest cold or infection coming on. And I think we may have owned peppermint oil already for some experiment Tim was attempting. But last year was when the ever-widening world of other oils opened up to us, and today it’s kind of crazy because everybody’s talking about them. In fact, essential oils are so big right now that it’s rare that you don’t know someone talking about them, either offering to host a party at your house or telling you how much lavender oil will change the way you sleep. There’s a good reason for this: word-of-mouth spreads so much faster when the thing you’re talking about actually works.

Different brands of essential oils

Smelling Versus Rubbing Versus Drinking
There are three ways people talk about using essential oils: smelling (i.e., deeply inhaling the essential oil from an open bottle), rubbing (i.e., rubbing a few drops into your skin, sometimes with a carrier oil like jojoba or almond) and drinking (i.e., placing a few drops in water or another beverage and consuming it). We have seen benefits from all three.

  • Smelling Essential Oils: Surprisingly, smelling essential oils can be one of the most powerful ways to use them. What your body inhales has a direct effect on its health, which is crazy for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is how many chemicals and toxins most of us are inhaling every day. Sometimes we like to take a few big breaths of lavender oil, holding the open bottle near our face. It’s very calming and truly amazing how it can affect you. We also have a diffuser in our bedroom that runs while we’re sleeping at night, letting us take in essential oils even while our bodies are resting.
  • Rubbing Essential Oils: The thing to keep in mind with essential oils is they are crazy powerful. Think of the difference between ground garlic and a clove of garlic; while they both have the same properties, the ground garlic has a much higher concentration ounce to ounce. The same is true of essential oils, only to a much higher degree, and this is why they should be treated with respect. You can burn your skin with oregano oil or clove oil (I know!). So this is why most people recommend using a carrier oil when you’re using a specific essential oil on its own. (Note: if you are buying a blend from one of the essential oil companies nowadays, they are likely already in a carrier oil in order to be safer; check with the company to find out recommended uses.) Also! Included in the idea of rubbing essential oils is taking baths with essential oils. Again, you want to be careful here and not use oils known to be harsh to the skin. Personally I have found good results with 5 to 10 drops of lavender oil in an Epsom salt bath.
  • Drinking Essential Oils: The last way to use essential oils is diluted in liquid. Remember though that essential oils are a hundred times stronger than the original herb or food, so ingesting them should be done with care. If you’re using distilled water, the oils will disperse into the water but it will take a little time; if you’re using regular water, the oils will pool and separate from the water so you can burn your mouth when they hit your tongue. Again, this is person- and oil-dependent, so check with your provider and test your own body to see what works and what doesn’t. When in doubt, you can always dilute oil in oil or fat, so you could drop a little oil in a glass of milk, for example, where it will be able to disperse. Start small! Essential oils are powerful! (Do I sound like a broken record yet?) One of our friends dropped 10 to 15 drops of lemon oil in a drink aaaaand then he was up all night vomiting. Start with one drop. More is not necessarily better.

Oils We Like
There are many companies you can buy essential oils from. We have tried all the big ones and are currently loyal supporters of our local farmer’s essential oil supply as well as Mountain Rose Herbals. We have consistently seen Mountain Rose’s quality to be impressive—and its prices are great, too. If you want to order online, we can’t say enough good things about them. Here are the oils we use most often:

  • Frankincense: For neck tension or any kind of muscle aches, we place a few drops of frankincense in a carrier oil and rub it directly on our skin.
  • Peppermint: The go-to for headaches. When you’re feeling one coming on, a drop or two of peppermint oil rubbed on your temples can be wildly soothing.
  • Lavender: It really does relax your body and help you sleep. Rub it on the soles of your feet or on your wrists or even on your pillow before bed.
  • Oregano: Still our favorite for killing any beginning head cold or possible infection. 1 drop per hour in a safe beverage knocks just about anything out. Again though, do this with care.

We’re also experimenting with basil, lemon, orange, myrrh, patchouli and others.

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Carrier Oils We Like
As for the oils we are using to dilute our essential oils, we mostly stick to almond oil and jojoba oil. These are not essential oils, they’re not super concentrated and potentially dangerous, and you don’t have to worry about using them liberally on your skin. I’ve been using jojoba oil with a few drops of essential oil (different each day) as deodorant for the last few months and loving it.

If you’ve been looking for a natural, powerful way to combat various discomforts and health issues, look into essential oils! Learn more about them and purchase from Mountain Rose Herbals here.

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