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Research and studies have been made on the effectiveness and reported risks of using birth control products, with results as varied as the number of the said products being sold today. These products actually deserve that much attention most especially since there is now about 100 million women worldwide who currently use birth control pills. Since its introduction in 1960 as a new method of birth control, these pills have somewhat influenced how society, and women in particular, view the issues of sexual health, reproduction, and population control. Still, the deep level of acceptance of such a method does not belittle the urgent matter of monitoring the safety of these types of medications. The potential health risks posed by some birth control products that underwent very short, inconclusive field testing makes further research a great necessity.
According to a Belgium-based research, they said that the long-term use of birth control pills can increase buildup of debris or plaque in the arteries, making the user of the drug more exposed to risk of heart disease. Another study claims that 1,300 healthy women aged 35 to 55 had 20 percent to 30 percent increase in prevalence of arterial plaque for every ten years of oral contraceptive use. While the said arterial plaque identified were small and not large enough to block an artery, any plaque is thought to raise your risk of heart disease. Many of the women in the study had used older, first-generation birth control pills, which had twice the estrogen levels as most oral contraceptives used today. Such side effects of birth control may seem ordinary to the naked eye and hardly noticeable during the early years of use, so women should be aware of their current health condition.
Moreover, the use of birth control pills for non-contraceptive purposes is rarely justified. If in case a woman only uses birth control pills for controlling menstrual cycles, irregular bleeding, cysts, or endometriosis, then they are not treating their underlying condition. Instead, they may simply be increasing their risk for other conditions such as cervical and breast cancers, and an abnormal increase in blood pressure. If these products are used without a prescription or doctor’s approval, some women may experiences side effects of birth control such as faster thinning of the bones and higher risk for osteoporosis. Some oral contraceptives contain the synthetic hormone called desogestrel which doubles a woman’s risk of having fatal blood clots.
Many women also report side effects of birth control, and some of which are awful and is undoubtedly due to the artificial hormones that run throughout a woman’s body when taking birth control pills. Side effects of birth control usually include migraines and nausea, irregular bleeding or spotting, weight gain and mood changes, breast tenderness, yeast overgrowth and infection, among others. Barrier methods and natural family planning usually are the safer alternative. However, there is now a new generation of oral brith control medication that is much safer and more effective that the ones released decades or even just a few years ago. Since the side effects of birth control cannot be taken lightly, it is best to consult a doctor or visit online pharmacies that feature valuable information about various oral contraceptives.
Aromatherapy is a growing area of interest as North America continues its search for alternative and complimentary applications of natural medicines. The use of herbal supplements in our daily lives is one excellent example of this.
Aromatherapy, however, is still in the realm of uncertainty. People are familiar with the term, most have heard of essential oils, but still few know how to use them in practical applications.
Here’s a short list of some examples of ways to enhance your daily life with essential oils.
Diffuse in air with a ceramic or electric diffuser to clean or fragrance the air.
Facial steam – add a few drops of oils to boiling water, place your face over the bowl and drape your head with a towel and breathe deeply.
Bath water – add 4-10 drops to your bath or jacuzzi.
Skin spray – add 4-10 drops of oil to 60 mls (2 oz) distilled water in a misting bottle then spray skin for a fresh uplift to the day.
Linen spray to freshen sheets & towels – same as the skin spray but mix 20-30 drops to 60 ml (2 oz) and spray your sheets.
Remove the cap from the oil bottle and breathe deeply for a quick pick-me-up.
Room spray – same as linen spray but the concentration is 50-75 drops to 60 ml (2 oz) of distilled water.
Hand or foot bath – add 4-6 drops of oil to warm water and soak your hands or feet in it. For tired feet, also add 2 tablespoons of epsom salts to the water.
Massage oil is easily made by adding 10-20 drops of oil to 30 ml (1 oz) of carrier oil, such as grapeseed, olive, sweet almond, jojoba, etc. Cut the amount of essential oil in half for children.
After your shower, put a few drops of oil on a washcloth and rub vigorously over your body.
Put a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a cloth by your pillow at night to help breathing when struck by a cold or flu.
Hot compresses are wonderful on sore, tired muscles. Add 5-10 drops of oil to hot (not boiling) water. Soak a cloth in the water, wring it out and place on the affected area. Repeat as needed.
Cold compresses – for headaches and swelling. Same as hot compresses but use cool to cold water.
Sniff lavender or peppermint for headaches.
Dab tea tree on acne pimples to help clear up the infections.
Revive old potpourri mixes by adding 10-20 drops to the mix and stirring.
Create your own perfumes by blending favourite oils in beeswax or oil bases and apply.
Sniff peppermint oil for nausea, including morning sickness, motion sickness and carnival rides.
For infant colic, apply a warm – not hot – compress with roman chamomile on the tummy.
Massage menstrual cramps with clary sage diluted in a vegetable carrier oil like grapeseed or jojoba.
Gently massage varicose veins with a massage oil containing cypress.
Add a few drops of eucalyptus to your shampoo to help dandruff problems.
Help smooth wrinkles by massaging nightly with a few drops of frankincense diluted in sweet almond oil or rosehip seed oil.
For depression diffuse jasmine or rose in the air.
After a long night on the town, add juniper to your bath to help detoxify your body.
Remember, that essential oils are generally too concentrated to use directly on your skin. They need to be diluted for application. As with anything, there are exceptions.
Lavender and tea tree are the most commonly used oils that can be applied directly on the skin (neat) in small doses.
There are many excellent resources on essential oils and their effects on body, spirit and mind. Some oils have contra-indications so it is important that you learn about any oil before using it.
Essential oils are great companions to enhancing your daily life, when used appropriately.
Break out a bottle of oil and sniff it today!
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