The Powers of Olive Leaf Extract

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Have you heard about the amazing benefits of using Olive Leaf Extract?  Here are my findings…well, I have been a really big advocate of medical grade Cannabis Oil and its magical healing qualities. However there are some downsides to using Cannabis.  1) You need a license to get it. 2) Its actually really expensive and its not covered by insurance. 3) Not everyone can handle the high that comes with using products with THC. 

So, insert Olive Leaf Extract here… More and more studies are proving that olive leaf is a powerful medicinal tool; olive leaf benefits include cardiovascular and immune system support, an increase in energy and promoting healthy blood pressure.

In the early 1800s, crushed oil leaves were used in drinks to lower fevers; a few decades later, they were used in tea as a treatment for malaria. In Moroccan medicine, olive leaf is infused in order to stabilize blood sugar and control diabetes.

Oleuropein, one of the primary compounds in olive lead, has attracted attention since the early 1900s because of its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Studies have found that oleuropein, which is a polyphenol, is a potent antioxidant that lowers blood pressure naturally and prevents cardiovascular disease. Oleuropein proved to be powerful when it made tumors in animals regress or disappear within 12 days.

Olive Leaf Extract is a full spectrum healer and is proven to aide in the healing of many health challenges. You can order it from my website www.skaijuice.com

From Dr Axe’s website, these are 9 proven olive leaf extract benefits:

1. Lowers Blood Pressure

A 2011 study evaluated the effectiveness of olive leaf extract in comparison to Captopril, a medication that is given to patients with hypertension or high blood pressure. Five hundred milligrams of olive leaf extract, taken twice daily for eight weeks, significantly reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

While both olive leaf extracts and Captopril were able to prevent high blood pressure levels, the olive leaf treatment also resulted in a reduction of triglyceride levels (reducing bad cholesterol); plus, there are a number of possible side effects when taking Captopril, including dizziness, loss of taste and dry cough.

2. Improves Cardiovascular Health

Olive leaves have been used as an herbal tonic to support cardiovascular function for thousands of years. High doses of olive leaf extract have been shown to help reduce elevated LDL-cholesterol levels and assist in the maintenance of normal blood pressure. Oleuropein, the main glycoside present in olive leaf, and hydroxytyrosol, the principal product of oleuropein that is present in olives and olive leafs, have both been linked to reduction of coronary heart disease and certain cancers.

A study done at the School of Biomedical Sciences in Australia examined rats that were fed a high fat and high carbohydrate diet for 16 weeks. The rats that were not treated  developed signs of elevated abdominal and hepatic fat deposition, collagen deposition in heart and liver, cardiac stiffness and oxidative stress markers. The rats that were treated with olive leaf extracts had improved or normalized cardiovascular, hepatic (liver function) and metabolic signs. This study suggests that olive leaf extracts reverse cardiovascular stress and chronic, disease-causing inflammation.

3. Diabetes

One study conducted in Greece measured the effects of olive leaf extracts on the formation of advanced glycation end products (known as AGEs), which are substances that can be a factor in the development of diabetes and many other chronic diseases. Inhibiting AGE formation is a preventive and therapeutic target for patients with diabetes, and a 2013 study found that olive leaf extract did just that, working as a diabetes natural treatment.

Olive leaf extracts have hyperglycemic effects, meaning they reduce blood sugar levels in the body. The olive leaf also controls blood glucose levels in the body. The polyphenols in the olive leaf plays a vital role in delaying the production of sugar, which causes inflammatory diseases like diabetes. One study proved this when olive leaves suppressed the elevation of blood glucose in volunteers after they were consumed starch.

4. Reduces the Risk of Cancer

Olive leaves show an important role as a natural cancer treatment because of its ability to stop the angiogenic process, which stimulates the growth of tumors. The compound oleuropein has an antioxidant and anti-angiogenic effect by inhibiting the reproduction and migration of advanced tumor cells.

A 2009 study conducted in Greece showed, for the first time, that olive leaf extracts have strong antioxidant potency and inhibit cancer and endothelial cell reproduction. Olive leaf extracts slowed the growth of cells associated with breast cancer, urinary bladder cancer and brain cancer.

5. Improves Brain Function

Another olive leaf benefit is its positive effects on brain function. Studies show that oleuropein, one of the main components in olive leaf, reduces the symptoms or occurrence of age-related disorders, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Research suggests that there is a connection between free radicals and Alzheimer’s — because olive leaf is an antioxidant, it helps to combat the damage caused by free radicals and protects the brain from memory loss. Using olive leaf infusions or extracts is a safe and effective way to treat Alzheimer’s disease naturally.

6. Treats Arthritis

Arthritis is a joint disease that causes swelling and pain in the joints; the key word here is swelling — which means inflammation. Because the olive leaf is an anti-inflammatory agent, it works as a natural arthritis remedy.

A 2012 study found that olive leaf extracts significantly reduced paw swelling in rats with arthritis; this is because the extracts were able to reduce the inflammation that was present in the joints. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, impacting more than 33 million American adults. This occurs when the cartilage between the bones and the joint wears down, which allows the bones to rub together rather than giving them the protection and cushion of cartilage.

Studies have shown that olive leaf extracts cuts down on the chronic pain that is associated with osteoarthritis, and it reduces the production of cytokines and enzymes that are markers for the inflammatory process.

7. Kills Bacteria and Fungi

An important olive leaf benefit is its ability to fight off infections, including candida infections, meningitis, pneumonia, chronic fatigue, hepatitis B, malaria, gonorrhea, shingles and tuberculosis; it also naturally treat ear infections, dental and urinary tract infections.

A study done in 2003 proved that olive leave extracts have an antimicrobial effect against bacteria and fungi. In the study, the olive leaf extracts killed almost all bacteria tested, including dermatophytes (causing infections on the skin, hair and nails), candida albicans (an agent of oral and genital infections) and Escherichia coli cells (bacteria found in the lower intestine).

8. Improves Immune System

The olive leaf has antiviral properties, giving it the ability to prevent the common cold as well as treat dangerous viruses. Research shows that olive leaf extracts effectively fight against a number of disease-causing microbes, including some of viruses that cause influenza and other respiratory infections.

The powerful compounds found in olive leaves destroy invading organisms and don’t allow viruses to replicate and cause an infection. In fact, the olive leaf is so beneficial to our health that treatment with olive leaf extracts reversed many HIV-1 infection-associated changes in a study done at the New York University School of Medicine.

9. Protects Skin

Olive leaf has the power to reverse years of damage to your skin and the signs of aging. Because of the olive leaf’s antioxidant properties, it helps to prevent certain types of cell damage, especially those caused by oxidation. Foods and herbs that contain antioxidants are great tools for the health of your skin and cells.

The Division of Biochemical Pharmacology in Japan found that olive leaf extract, when given to mice with UV radiation damage, decreased skin thickness and skin elasticity, which are signs of skin damage. The treatment also inhibited skin carcinogenesis and tumor growth.

Some more olive leaf benefits may include:

more energy

toothache relief

diminished food cravings

joint pain relief

heartbeat regulation

improved wound healing

 

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Is silicone safe?

Im selling Menstrual Cups now!  And they are made out of silicone. Many people have asked me if silicone is really safe. I never really thought about it…it just seemed that if you give it to your baby for feeding (bottle nipples), bake cupcakes in it, and for those who enhance their bodies by inserting silicone in various shapes into their bodies (breast and butt implants) then inserting a menstrual cup into your vagina should be cool…right?

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Not good enough Skai…so, it made me do some Research (Google) on what this substance is:

It is a man-made polymer, but instead of a carbon backbone like plastic, it has a backbone of silicon and oxygen. (Note that I’m using two different words here: silicone is the polymer and silicon, spelled without the “e” on the end, is an ingredient in silicone.) Silicon is an element found in silica, i.e., sand, one of the most common materials on earth. However, to make silicone, silicon is extracted from silica (it rarely exists by itself in nature) and passed through hydrocarbons to create a new polymer with an inorganic silicon-oxygen backbone and carbon-based side groups. What that means is that while the silicon might come from a relatively benign and plentiful resource like sand, the hydrocarbons in silicone come from fossil sources like petroleum and natural gas. So silicone is a kind of hybrid material.” (Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, p. 277)

Studies have found that small amounts of siloxane, compounds found in silicone, migrate into foods baked in silicone bake ware. The amounts involved were dependent on fat content—the more fat a food had, the more siloxanes were transferred. For the most part, these amounts were well within regulatory limits (60 milligrams per kilogram of food). Bottle nipples that are made of silicone are considered inert and non-toxic because while using them they are not put under extreme heat as in baking 300+ degrees.

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Menstrual cups are made of medical grade silicone are silicones tested for biocompatibility and are appropriate to be used for medical applications. They are considered safe,non-toxic and inert. Implants are less safe because they have been known to leach into the system.

I hope this bit of information helps!

Peace and Love Skai

Caribbean Carnival

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Experience a Caribbean Carnival with a local!  Join Skai Juice and friends on an amazing cultural affair on the beautiful island of St Croix, her home this December for Festival 2015. A small intimate group will be shuttled to all the local events and you will get to learn also the history of her precious island.  Book your travel experience today!  Deadline for the first deposit is Sept 15th. http://www.skaijuice.com/#!crucian-festival/c16mk

Best Hair Product Ever!

castor oilI got this bottle of Castor Oil from Ramone Reid …her brand is Cultured Naturals. It blew my mind how amazing my hair feels since I have been using it. I am all over this product! Im so mad Im just finding out how amazing Castor Oil is for my hair. I highly recommend it. Nothing else can top what this is doing to my scalp and hair in general. And upon further investigation…Castor Oil is an amazing treatment for so many other things. I have been slathering it all over my body, my feet…the only thing I did was add itiba, LLC Midnite Rain Hair and Body Serum after I did my hair…mostly for the scent. Castor oil’s scent is plain but it reminds me of when I uses to take 4 huge tablespoons everytime I went into labor (yikes!)…which is yet another remedy for laboring women…its helps to promote contractions in natural birthing mommies. And one more thing, its growing wild all over our Puerto Rico Farm….YAY!! Oh yeah…one more thing…they are both St Croix US Virgin Islands products…Black Women in Business!! Yahoo!

You can order her Castor Oil here: https://www.etsy.com/…/245673343/jamaican-virgin-castor-oil…

You can order Itiba’s Hair and Body Serum here:https://itibabeauty.com/produ…/midnite-rain-hair-body-serum/

MY LOVE CUP

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Menstruation is one of the most significant public health issues in the world and the single largest obstacle to female empowerment, and yet, it is an issue that is shockingly under-addressed, under-funded, and under-discussed. It is the last taboo in both industrialized and developing societies.

Let me explain.

In Kenya, a girl will miss an average of three days of school each month because of her period. This is because she is unable to purchase appropriate supplies to manage her body, or because she is taught to be ashamed of this natural aspect of her femininity, or because she is scared of being teased and mocked by her classmates. This increased absenteeism leads to increased drop-out rates, and fewer girls having the opportunity to excel academically and attend secondary or post-secondary school.

When a girl is unable to purchase sanitary pads, she resorts to alternatives such as rags, mud, newspapers, bits of her mattress, leaves, and even used sanitary pads she might find in the garbage. Needless to say, these methods are not only ineffective but also put her health at risk, potentially causing a variety of infections and disease.

Source: femmeinternational.org

I wanted to share this because I think it is very important for women folks from around the world to connect on global issues such as this.  I have created my own menstrual cup business with the hopes of one day being able to afford to bring menstrual cups to women in developing countries.  For now, I will sell them to women in the western areas until this vision is actualized!  #womenempowerment

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