Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling
Stained and Discoloured Teeth?

No amount of tooth brushing will remove stained teeth.  The coffee, tea and red wine over the years have ingrained into our teeth and sadly brushing alone will not remove them.  However, it has been shown that oil pulling has good results.  

Oil pulling, also known as "kavala" is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that dates back over 3,000 years and involves swishing oil in your mouth, effectively using oil as a mouthwash!  

Oil pulling can be described as a remarkably simple, completely harmless and inexpensive oral hygiene treatment and is a technique taken very seriously by thousands of people all over the globe - although there are no scientific studies on it.  

The most obvious result of oil pulling is improved dental health and it’s an amazingly effective way to not only make your teeth whiter but to make your gums pinker and healthier looking and leaving your breath fresh,  all making this natural remedy worthwhile.  But what is remarkable is that the benefits don’t stop there.  Many other health problems, like congested sinuses appear to improve too but which can’t be explained scientifically or otherwise! 

Oil pulling is believed to help in the excretion of toxic heavy metals from your body via saliva. The squishing activates salivary enzymes which absorb toxins such as chemical, bacterial and environmental toxins from the blood and which are then removed from your body when you spit the oil out.  

How do you do it - you very simply put a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth – but any oil can be used - many people use coconut oil or sesame oil or a combination of both. 

If you suffer from gingivitis (bleeding gums) you could add 1 drop of lemon essential oil. (This needs to be a 'food grade' one, like Lemon Plus).   Lemon essential oil is a haemostatic.  Haemostatics help to stop bleeding by speeding up the coagulation of the blood.    So by adding just 1 drop of lemon will not only help the gingivitis but it will add more anti-bacterial components to the oil mixture and give it a much nicer taste making it much easier to swish, 

Oil pulling best done first thing in the morning on an empty stomach so before you eat or drink anything. If you have never done this before, then I recommend you start with just 2 minutes!     

When the oil is in your mouth, you simply swish it around your mouth, teeth and gums.  Once the two minutes are up, spit the oil out in some kitchen towel, and dispose in the rubbish – do not spit it in the bathroom basin or any other basin really! as it will clog up your pipes and drains! 

Once you can do 2 minutes gradually build up to 5 minutes and longer and longer until you reach 20 minutes.  

At the same time as you lengthen the time you are squishing, you are going to increase the amount of oil from a teaspoonful to a dessert spoonful and finally a tablespoonful.   You could do your oil pulling whilst lying in the bath, or when under the shower or whilst waiting for the kettle to boil or reading a book (reading a book is good once you hit the 20 minutes)  but remain mindful of what you are doing so you don’t swallow it.  

If you do swallow it, it won’t do you any harm, but it will defeat the objective of doing it in the first places, which is to take harmful bacteria and other toxins out of your system.  

When the oil blend is in your mouth it will double in size over the time you squish, it doubles in size because of the saliva you will produce.  If it gets too uncomfortable, you can spit some of it out in kitchen towel and then carry on swishing until your time is up.  

Don’t be alarmed of the colour as the saliva and oil squished together will change to a white colour - the longer you squish, the whiter it will become.  

Everyone can benefit from oil pulling – it's not just for whitening teeth, there are so many other benefits - so if this interests you, go and do some research, and let me know how you get on!  

There are lots of articles online and many books on it in Amazon.

I started a 30-Day challenge on 29 April - I took a photo of my teeth and will take another one after 30 days and post the difference!  

Stay Safe and Take Care

Suzie Webb
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Suzie Webb Wellness


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What's in Your Toothpaste!

What's in Your Toothpaste!
Do you know what's in your toothpaste? 

Did you know that many shop bought toothpastes contain harmful chemicals? 

Have you ever read the ingredients on a tube of toothpaste?  Most shop bought toothpastes contain a chemical called SLS- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate - which is a common ingredient in many different dental care products, including as much at 85% of all toothpastes on the market today. 

SLS is also used extensively in other personal care products such as soap, shampoo, moisturisers and many other cosmetic products.  The highest risk of using products with SLS is irritation to the eyes, skin, mouth and lungs.  For people with sensitive skin, sulfates, of which SLS is one, may also clog pores and cause acne.  

SLS is a known skin irritant and can strip the skin of its natural oils which can result in dry skin, irritation and reactions.  It can also be very irritating on the eyes  It is put into toothpaste as it is the SLS that makes the toothpaste foam. 

Some authorities say that these chemicals are in such minuscule amounts that they are harmless, but if you think about it, if you brush your teeth once, twice or three times a day for 40 or 50 years then that minuscule amount adds up to quite a lot of toxins entering your body, which are either stored or your liver has to try to eliminate.  I think you are better off without the toxin in the first place.  

I'd like to recommend a Ditch and Switch for you - Ditch your shop bought toothpaste and switch to a Young Living one! 

The Thieves Aromabright toothpaste contains peppermint and spearmint essential oils and the new Whitening formula contains orange and clove essential oils.

All the Young Living toothpastes are plant-based formulas and fluoride free.

There is also one formulated for children Kidscents - which has a citrus flavour and as with all Young Living products, all the toothpastes are really concentrated so you need the tiniest amount - one tube lasts months!  

This is just one of the many small things you can do to start eliminating harmful chemicals from your home and replacing with safe ones. 

 Here is my Instagram IGTV on this subject

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Indoor Air Quality - IAQ

Indoor Air Quality - IAQ
Have you ever considered the quality of the air in your home?  

Not many of us do, but when we stop to think about it, we can really improve it very easily.  According to research our IAQ - Indoor Air Quality - is about 2-5 times more polluted that the air outside!  yes, hard to believe, but true.  

But why would we want to improve the air quality in our home I hear you ask!  Well there are many everyday symptoms that we attribute to other things, but which could very well be due to the quality of the air in your own home environment. 

These everyday symptoms can include: Headaches, Dizziness, dryness and irritation of the ears, eyes, nose and skin, shortness of breath, Hypersensitivity and allergies, and sinus congestion.

There are many factors that contribute to poor indoor air quality - some include:  
  • The way you heat your home
  • How you cook your food
  • Poor ventilation
  • Damp
  • Chemicals in cleaning products
  • Chemicals in personal use products 
  • Plug Ins and cheap candles 
  • Pets
  • Air conditioning 
  • Carpets and Rugs 
Improving the quality of the air inside our homes is of paramount importance for everyone but especially if there is someone in the home with a lung condition such as asthma or COPD 

  1. Buy beeswax candles, yes they are much more expensive than the cheaper ones, but they do last much longer and they don't emit harsh synthetic chemicals like the cheaper ones can.
  2. Bring the outside in with houseplants - Cheese Plants in particular are well known to purifying indoor air. 
  3. Unplug and immediately throw away Plug Ins and aerosol air fresheners which saturate your home with synthetic chemicals which you breath in.
  4. Invest in a good quality diffuser - choose one with a metal mechanism not plastic.  
  5. Choose only the very best essential oils to diffuse in your beautiful diffuser - cheap essential oils often are contaminated with synthetics and if you diffuse these you are breathing in the contaminants compared to the beneficial effects of diffusing top grade essential oils like Young Living. 
  6. Open your windows, even in winter, for at least 20 minutes every day. 
  7. Reduce and eventually eliminate the use of harsh synthetic chemical cleaning products both in the kitchen and bathroom, and replace with non-toxic products.
  8. Outdoor shoes should be left either outside or by the front door and only wear indoor shoes in the house, or slippers or just socks. 
  9. Air vents should be cleaned regularly on air conditioning units
  10. Always use the cooker hood over your hob if you have one. 

My favourite diffuser is the Feathers the Owl diffuser designed for kids, but loved by adults too!  

Serves as a regular diffuser, but also can be used just as night light, without the diffuser.  It can play soothing music, the sound of birds or white noise -  with or without the diffuser going - it has so many variables - it has ten colour changes which you can choose just one, or have them changing every few seconds - it's absolutely fabulous!  

The touch control are his toes -and he comes with a free Lavender oil) :-)  

If you have any questions about this topic or any other, please do not hesitate to contact me - I am here to help and support you in your Young Living Journey.  

Suzie Webb
Young Living Silver Distributor
Suzie Webb Wellness

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Constipation & Caffeine - Is There a Connection?

Constipation & Caffeine - Is There a Connection?
If you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, acid reflux, stomach ulcers, diarrhoea, Crohn’s disease, high blood pressure, difficulty sleeping, anxiety or colitis, then caffeine could indeed be the culprit, and slowly eliminating it from your diet may relieve some of your symptoms. When we talk about caffeine, we usually think of coffee, but many carbonated drinks these days contain large amounts of caffeine. As an addictive substance, it is a sure way for large coffee retailers to retain customers, especially children who get addicted at a very young age.   Drinking caffeinated beverages can dehydrate the body and interfere with digestion.  
Caffeine also interferes with the absorption of magnesium, which is critical in maintaining regular, healthy bowel movements. Caffeine over-stimulates the digestive system and can induce a temporary laxative effect, causing the bowels to expel waste before it's had the chance to process and utilise vital water and nutrients. This frequently leads to a constant state of dehydration and malnourishment among coffee drinkers, and those drinking excessive amounts of caffeinated drinks. This effect is not only due to the caffeine - the same effects are seen in people who regularly drink decaffeinated varieties. 
Coffee is also highly acidic and can lead to an overproduction of stomach acid that can severely irritate the intestines. Unbelievably, decaffeinated coffee has been shown to trigger even more acid production than regular coffee. This over-production (when combined with coffee's laxative effects) can cause too much stomach acid to move into the intestines. All this acid can potentially cause irreversible damage to the intestinal lining. Is it worth it?
Red Bush Tea in particular. It's light and refreshing - it has no tannin or caffeine and can be drunk without sugar or milk because it has a naturally sweet taste with no bitterness. It is high in antioxidants and flavonoids and calorie free so good for your waistline too. 

Slique Tea produced by Young Living, is a delicious, rare blend of natural ingredients chosen for their impressive phytonutrient content. The tea features an exquisite blend of cacao powder, cinnamon bark, ground nutmeg, and pure, proprietary vanilla essential oil - absolutely delicious!  


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Eye Health with IlluminEyes

Eye Health with IlluminEyes

At the Young Living European Convention in Brussels last September, there were lots of new products launched for the European market, and one of them was IlluminEyes -  which was created with the health of your eyes in mind. 

Here is a short (under 2 minutes!) video I made for my IGTV channel for you to hear all about it!  

Vitamin A in IlluminEyes contributes to maintain your normal vision (and normal skin)

Formulated with lutein and zeaxanthin, and without synthetic ingredients you just need to take one vegetarian-friendly capsule per day. 

This supplement also contains vitamin C to help contribute to the normal function of the immune system, and vitamin E to contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.

As a nutrition consultant a question I'm often asked is:

  'do we really need to take supplements or can we get sufficient vitamins & minerals from the food we eat'?  

Well the simple short answer is that yes, we should be able to get all we need from the food we eat however, without going into a long complicated answer - we unfortunately cannot get all the nutrients we from our food - for many reasons one being that exported fruit/vegetables are picked before they are ripe and the fruit/vegetables haven't fully developed their vitamins and minerals. 

When they are artificially ripened (sometimes weeks later!) they contain a fraction of the nutrients that they should contain had they been able to fully develop naturally on the tree/plant.   

Many of the vitamins and antioxidants that improve eyesight naturally are found in common foods, including:
  • Carrots, kale, spinach, and collard greens (vitamin A and lutein)
  • Liver (vitamin A), including cod liver oil.
  • Swiss chard, zucchini, and brussel sprouts (lutein)
  • Sweet potatoes and butter (vitamin A)

So the big question is, do you eat tons of the above foods for the health of your eyes and skin, and just for the best that they contain the all important nutrients, or do you simple take 1 x IlluminEyes supplement a day!  I know what I am doing!  

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions on nutrition or supplements.  

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Foods To Avoid to Improve Your Health

Foods To Avoid to Improve Your Health
The top 5 Foods to avoid if you want to improve your health.

When starting a new health regime, many people start to include healthy foods into their diet – which is great!  However, more often than not the best place to start when wanting to improve your health is to remove the harmful foods and drinks first.
Here are my top 5 foods and drinks to take out of your diet for optimum health.

1. All fizzy canned drinks – Coke, Diet Coke, Pepsi and Fanta for example.  Why? The most important reason fizzy drinks are on the list is for their sugar content.  Did you know that there are about 10 teaspoons of sugar in a can of Coke?   Within 20 minutes of drinking the Coke, your blood sugar spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning large amounts of sugar into fat!   Within 40 minutes your blood pressure rises due to your body having absorbed all the caffeine, and then your liver dumps even more sugar into your bloodstream!  

Vitamin C - What is the optimal dose?

Vitamin C - What is the optimal dose?
There has been thousands of clinical trials made about Vitamin C with the consensus being that it is probably the safest of all the food supplements you can take.  

Many people will argue why take supplements at all when you can get all the vitamins and minerals you need from diet alone?  

Well sadly, it is very difficult to get all the nutrients you need from today's 'food'.  Our fresh fruit and vegetables contain significantly less nutrients than they used to, and will depend on where grown, the conditions of soil and when harvested.  Many fruits are picked before they are ripe (before the vitamin C has developed fully), and then artificially ripened before being put on our supermarket shelves - if you are lucky a small orange will contain up to 50mg of vitamin C, but if you are unlucky, it may contain none at all.  

Our bodies can't make Vitamin C, we lost the ability to do so about 25 million years ago! which is why it is paramount that you are conscious of how much you are taking every day either through your food (a guesstimate)  or supplements.  

In December 2014 a new European Union (EU) regulation came into effect. The new regulation changed the way in which nutritional information should be displayed on food products in relation to vitamins and minerals. Many people are still unaware of the change which has led to confusion as they are still searching for the original ' RDA' (Recommended Daily Allowance) which the new regulation has now replaced. 

The  RDA term is still used, but not for vitamins and minerals. It will be used for instance in the amount of calories which should be consumed per day. e.g.  women are recommended to consume 2,000 calories per day and men 2,500 calories. RDA's still extend across the main macro-nutrients including fat, carbohydrates and protein as well as salt and fluids, but have been replaced by NRV's when it comes to vitamins and minerals. (Nutrient Reference Value).

So, what's the difference between RDA's and NRVs then? None they are exactly the same! (so why change the name I ask myself!)   

Here is a quick review of some of vitamin C’s hundreds of biochemical roles 
  • Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of collagen - the inter-cellular glue that keeps skin, lungs, arteries, the digestive tract and all organs intact. 
  • Vitamin C supports our immune system.
  • Vitamin C supports our cardiovascular system.
  • It is a potent antioxidant protecting against free radicals, pollution, carcinogens, heavy metals, and other toxins. 
  • It is strongly anti-viral and mildly anti-bacterial. 
  • Energy cannot be made in any cell, brain or muscle without adequate vitamin C.
  • The adrenal glands have a high concentration of vitamin C, which is essential for stress hormone synthesis. 
  • Vitamin C is so central in so many chemical reactions in the body that, without it, life is simply not possible.
Why do I recommend and use myself the Young Living range of supplements?  Because, like the Seed to Seal promise with our essential oils, YLs supplement range are one of the best out there!  with absolutely no nasties to be found!  

Super C Tablets
When you use isolated Vitamin C you are only getting a small amount of its intended benefits. Vitamin C works best when it is consumed as the whole fruit or vegetables.  Fruit purchased at the grocery store is likely to be depleted of vital nutrients as they were often picked weeks prior to them ending up in your home. Vine-ripening is the best form of whole fruit nutrition, but if you do not live on or near a farm that allows you to pick ripe fruit and eat it the same day, then you are eating vitamin depleted fruit.

Bioflavonoids are a key part of the whole fruit. They help enhance vitamin C action. 
Bioflavonoids are known to support blood circulation and help decrease free-radical damage in the body and because they are so good at placating anti-oxidative stress, they are able to help support inflammatory conditions in the body.

Super C from Young Living allows you to get all the benefits of vine-ripened fruit with all the beneficial  bioflavonoids without travelling to a farm to pick your own. 

Super C Tablets contain a few additional ingredients to the Chewable Vitamin C (which we can't get in Europe) -  such as Rutin flower bud powder, Cayenne fruit powder, Orange peel oil, Tangerine rind oil, Grapefruit peel oil, Lemon peel oil, and Lemongrass leaf oil. It contains the added benefits of di-calcium phosphate, zinc, manganese, and potassium.

Rutin is a powerful antioxidant that can help support circulation and help strengthen and increase flexibility of blood vessels. It is also known to suppress oxidative stress. 

Cayenne fruit (cayenne pepper) helps to boost metabolism and contains several other incredible benefits such as it aids digestion, supports joints and muscles, and reduces blood sugar levels.

Essential oils in the Super C Tablets allow for better bio-availability of the entire supplement by helping to increase the bioflavonoid activity.

Super C not only contains 1440% of the recommended dietary intake of vitamin C per serving (the NVR is currently  60mg for non-smoking men and women), but it is also fortified as stated above, with rutin, citrus bioflavonoids, and minerals to balance electrolytes and enhance the effectiveness and absorption of vitamin C.* 

The essential oils that are added may also increase bioflavonoid activity. 

Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins required by our bodies. The ingredients in Super C play a role in normal immune and circulatory functions, help to strengthen connective tissues, and promote overall health, vitality, and longevity.* Because our bodies cannot manufacture vitamin C, everyone can benefit by consuming this powerful antioxidant daily.

  • For reinforcing immune strength, take 2 tablets daily. 
  • For maintenance, take 1 tablet daily. 
  • For 'optimal dose' take up to bowel tolerance.  This means when your bowel movements are soft, but not too soft.  I would take an 'optimal dose' if you are recovering from an illness or before surgery, and I would recommend you just do an 'optimal dose' a couple of times a year as a top up.  Otherwise as above for maintenance or for reinforcing immune strength.  
  • Best if taken before meals.

Free of common allergens. No artificial colours, flavors, preservatives, salt, sugar, starch, corn, wheat, yeast, or soy products.

Suzie Webb
Nutrition Consultant & Clinical Aromatherapist 
Suzie Webb Wellness

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System

Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System

Cannabinoids & the Endocannabinoid System   


What are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are a group of fat soluble molecules that are produced naturally in all humans and almost all animals, except insects. Cannabinoids are found in a variety of plants, with the hemp plant being the most prolific. 

The first ever cannabinoid was discovered in 1895, when scientist Thomas Wood was able to isolate and identify this from the hemp plant. It wasn’t until 1964 that researchers began to understand more about the nature of cannabinoids and identified the psychoactive cannabinoid, THC. 

In the mid-1990s, researchers identified the body’s own endocannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is a cannabinoid receptor system that helps regulate homeostasis in the human body.

Endocannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

The most well-known cannabinoid produced by the human body is anandamide.  Cannabinoids regulate intracellular communication and modulate/coordinates homeostasis in systems such as the central nervous, cardiovascular, immune, endocrine, respiratory, reproductive and musculoskeletal systems. 

The ECS is thus one of the body’s largest signal systems. 

There are currently two identified types of cannabinoid receptors, CB1 receptors (found mostly in the brain but also cardiovascular system), and CB2 receptors (found mostly in the immune system and central nervous system). This is being expanded with a new type called CB3 receptors.

Cannabinoids in the Hemp Plant

The hemp plant has the most unique and varied range of cannabinoids. Today there are around 130 cannabinoids identified in the hemp plant. These include THCA, CBG, CBN and CBA.

I have been studying this whole area of interest over the past year, the endocannabinoid system in general and the exhaustive range of product available, and I've tried many - the good, the bad and the ugly!   I've visited companies, asked for scientific reports and have learned so much its mind blowing!  

Watch this space for some very exciting news in this area being announced next month from Suzie Webb Wellness!  

Suzie Webb
Nutrition Consultant & Clinical Aromatherapist 
Suzie Webb Wellness

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