Ailments: Information & Suggestions
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The term nutraceutical is used to describe naturally occurring compounds (sometimes extracted from plants, sometimes not) that are not vitamins or minerals. Like herbal extracts, these are concentrated substances that have a more medicinal action than whole herbs or nutritional supplements. Nutraceutical blends contain nutraceutical ingredients and may also contain herbal extracts, whole herbs, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Like herbal extracts these products are best for more rapid symptomatic relief while working on more root causes with other products and therapies. Stick to the recommended dose on the label when using nutraceutical products unless directed to do otherwise by a competent health practitioner.
These are highly concentrated extracts called volatile oils that are derived from various plants. These products are used differently than all of the foregoing products in that they are seldom used internally. They are safest when used topically or inhaled. If they are used internally, they should be highly diluted and used only for short periods of time. See Aromatherapy in the Therapies Section for instructions on how to use essential oils safely.
These are homeopathic-like preparations made from flowers. They are used internally (and sometimes topically) for emotional healing.
These are products designed for topical application only. The topical category also includes personal care products like soap, toothpaste and deodorant.
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