The gall bladder stores the bile created by the liver and releases it through the biliary ducts into the duodenum to promote digestion. Bile is extremely important for fat digestion and absorption of vitamins A, D, and E.

When bile contains excessive cholesterol, bilirubin, or bile salts, gallstones can form. Stones made from hardened cholesterol account for the vast majority of gallstones can form while stone made from bilirubin, the brownish pigment in bile, constitute only about 20 percent of gallstones.

When the bile flow is obstructed due to gallstones, serious consequences can ensue, including poor digestion, jaundice, and severe abdominal pain.

Lemon Essential Oil has earned the nickname ”Liquid Sunshine” for its yellow color, refreshing scent, ability to purify, and for the burst of energy that it provides. The health benefits of lemon oil can be attributed to its stimulating, calming, astringent, detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant and anti-fungal properties.   Lemon essential oil is one of the more versatile oils, and it can be used for a plethora of purposes!  It is the oil that we purchase every month because we use it all the time! Sometimes people ask us: “What is the difference between using lemon essential oil and just squeezing the juice out of a lemon?” And it’s a good question.

Our lungs are one of the most important organs of our body, but most people don’t realize how quickly the lungs can be polluted with toxins particularly from our diet our lifestyle or the air that we breathe. What goes into your lungs eventually make its way into the bloodstream. So it is important to be mindful of keeping your lungs free of toxins to stay healthy. Every tissue, organ, and gland must have oxygen. And if your lungs are not getting enough oxygen, then our cells suffer.

The Black Death was a devastating global epidemic of bubonic plague that struck Europe and Asia in the mid-1300s. The plague arrived in Europe in October 1347, when 12 ships from the Black Sea docked at the Sicilian port of Messina. People gathered on the docks were met with a horrifying surprise: Most sailors aboard the ships were dead, and those still alive were gravely ill and covered in black boils that oozed blood and pus. Sicilian authorities hastily ordered the fleet of “death ships” out of the harbor, but it was too late: Over the next five years, the Black Death would kill more than 20 million people in Europe—almost one-third of the continent’s population..

During this time, people resorted to extreme measures in order to survive. One of the most well-known stories was that of the four thieves and the "miraculous" essential oil blend they used, dubbed as thieves oil, to ward off the sickness.

According to the legend, these thieves rubbed botanicals on themself to avoid contracting the plague while they robbed the bodies of the dead and dying. When apprehended, the thieves were forced to tell what their secret was and disclosed the formula of the herbs, spices, and oils they used to protect themselves in exchange for more lenient punishment.

Staphylococcus aureus is a very common bacteria, responsible for a variety of chronic and severe infections. If infections caused by S. aureus are not effectively treated, high mortality in some patients could occur. Although antibiotic resistance is a major problem in treatment of infections caused by S. aureus, drug-tolerant persisters such as small colony variants (SCVs) are demonstrated to be significant contributors of chronic persistent infections and recurrent infections.  Persisters are non-growing or slow growing antibiotic-tolerant bacterial cells that are able to revert to growing forms under appropriate conditions and cause relapse or persistent infections with symptoms. Clinically, infections caused by S. aureus such as soft tissue infections, endocarditis, osteomyelitis, prosthetic joint infections, and biofilm-related infections on indwelling device is difficult to cure with the current antibiotics, which are mainly active against the growing bacteria but have poor activity against the non-growing persisters.

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