During this Pandemic- How Have WE Helped & Adapted? We & Rotary?

ENCOURAGEMENT! HOPE! WOW It’s JUNE!

I established my business first as 2Cups Green Tea Hawaii focusing on the active community trying to help people make healthier choices for energy, stamina and hydration by educating how green tea supports metabolism, immunity and our cardiovascular system, plus much more. Then we expanded our goal to bring many other natural resources for addressing health concerns of our customers, evolving to how we’re now known as  ‘Green Health FIRST’. Being Intentional is prudent! We intentionally choose events that support local non-profits and fundraisers for local needs to ‘give-back’.  For 6+ years, we’ve raised money for the MS Society, Alzheimer’s, different cancer groups, organizations supported by Cary’s Fit and Able Productions, along with many more organizations- see them on the GreenHealthFIRST.com website at the ‘Community’ page.

The shut-down of all public activities/events has dampened our support in this way.  Nonetheless, we adapted our focus to provide virtual education on immunity boosting resources along with tools for balancing mental wellness via weekly webinars and retailing custom-made products in local stores & at the Midtown Farmer’s Market on Saturdays in Raleigh’s North Hills plaza throughout May. Our offerings at the Market include all-natural hand cleaners, essential oil roller blends for topical application and all-natural safe-for-your-skin bug repellant spray. Our weekly webinars are often co-hosted by nurses sharing practical applications of essential oils for everyday use and many are focused on particular topics like hormones, immunity, thyroid, and toxin-free living, skincare & gardening, to name a few.

The main hand cleaner is custom-made with witch hazel (<15% alcohol max- important because high alcohol content cleaners kill all the good bacteria that help our bodies fight, along with the ‘bad’ germs), coconut oil and the protective essential oil blend, designed for immune support. This blend contains orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus & Rosemary essential oils AND is used for these reasons:

The protective essential oil blend was mixed in water and sprayed to clean MRSA from an operating table; with daily testing for 7 days, no new growth of MRSA was detected until the 7th day after cleaning- even after reintroducing MRSA on the 4th day!

  • Orange– antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal, anti-infectious, improves sluggish digestion, antidepressant(all citrus)
  • Cloveantibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal, anti-infectious, antiparasitic
  • Cinnamonantibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal, anti-infectious, antiparasitic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, helps regulate blood sugar
  • Eucalyptusantibacterial, antiseptic, supports respiratory health
  • Rosemary– antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, supports memory

Other blends are available. There are decades, even centuries in some cases, of data showing the therapeutic properties of our natural resources – much found in pubmed.gov – our medical providers’ research tool. One cannot claim essential oils can treat or cure any health issues/flu/viruses. They do support the many systems in the body to strengthen it, and help it fight, just as nutrients in our foods are known to do.

Typical ‘hand sanitizers have >60% alcohol on average; while this is good for cleaning surfaces, it’s not good for frequent use on our skin. I understand the CDC’s guidance and respect following it for killing the virus cells. I also understand that use of high-alcohol content sanitizers are required in many settings, still, we do need to replenish the good ‘fighters’ and nutrients to our bodies that alcohol kills. Adding 100% plant- derived essential oils(the plant’s immune system), which are 50-70% more powerful than the typical serving one gets with fresh plants, feeds the body many nutrients/therapeutic properties that support in various ways, especially those from herbs & spices. Add MORE fresh herbs/spices into your diet to equip the body to fight.

 

As a Rotarian, we initiated a fabric mask campaign that our members supported by buying fabric, sewing and distributing them to local residents and businesses to include several nursing homes, medical facilities, restaurants and retailers along with needy residents. We made several Prayer squares with encouraging messages for those virus patients isolated at Harnett Health’s Betsy Johnson facility. Angier Rotary supported the food pantry as well as worked with other local non-profits (TMACS & Santa & Friends) and identified many families for which we could purchase and supply groceries/toiletries as they were waiting for additional aid.

Green Health FIRST is a local Small business that is in business to improve our community in various ways giving back through partnerships. We’d like to empower and equip YOU to be your best you and optimize your health and environment with our Gifts of the Earth! Please contact Angie Ceroli 919 656-0963/angceroli@gmail.com to join or receive recordings of our learning webinars that occur on Tuesdays at 630pm & Thursdays at 130pm. Please visit/like facebook.com/2cupsgreenteahawaii- for encouragement, hope and wellness articles/tips.

 

All Things Natural- Stress Relieving Benefits of Our Gifts of the Earth!

We have so many natural options to maintain excellent health! From green teas to essential oils from most of our plants. Products of 2Cups Green Tea Hawaii are blends of green tea with a daily serving of the Polynesion superfruit, Noni. While green tea has a plethora of documentation for cardiovascular benefits, Noni has immense documentation for boosting immunity!  So much so that Noni has been used in the cancer world for decades to boost immunity and balance digestive issues. Noni also supports the brain and nervous system, with new data showing improvement in memory! Essential oils ARE the immune system of the plant, so every plant contains essential oil! How they make the plant thrive and help rid it of toxins and impurities are benefits for our bodily and environmental health improvement!

Excerpt from ‘L-Theanine: How a Unique Anxiety Reducer and Mood Enhancer Increases Alpha Waves and Alertness’

http://www.okinawateacompany.com/html/pdf/mood_3.pdf

by Carolyn Perrini, CLS, CNC

L-theanine is extremely safe. There are no dietary limits on L-theanine intake by the Japan Food Additive Association. In 1964, the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare approved L-theanine for unlimited use in all foods, with the exception of infant foods.

The intended use of L-theanine is that of a mental and physical relaxant that does not induce drowsiness. Although there is no set schedule for taking L-theanine, it may generally be taken at the first signs of stress. Based on the results of the clinical studies, L-theanine is most effective in the range of 50-200 mg, with the effect being felt within 30 minutes and lasting for 8-10 hours. Individuals with high stress levels may increase their dosage of L-theanine to at least 100 mg, with no more than 600 mg being taken in a six hour period. FDA recommends a maximum dose of 1200 mg daily, although the reason for this limit is not clear, due to its demonstrated safety. There are no known adverse reactions to L-theanine and no drug interactions have been reported. L-theanine is not affected by food and may be taken anytime, as needed. Because it has a mild taste, capsules may be opened and dissolved in water. Although it is probably safe for pregnant women and nursing mothers, we discourage its use by them pending conclusive research.

Stress Relief
Stress and anxiety are debilitating conditions that upset the balance of our hormones leading to a loss of our well-being, performance, and even lifespan. Stress impairs the immune system, leaving us vulnerable to opportunistic infections, and can cause depression. In 1998, pharmaceutical sales of anti-anxiety drugs totaled over 700 million dollars, while sales of antidepressants totaled close to 5 billion dollars! People under stress can mitigate many of the harmful effects of stress with L-theanine without becoming sedated in the process. L-theanine doesn’t make one drowsy, nor does it promote sleep because this amino acid does not produce theta waves in the brain. It should be noted that if an individual were already relaxed, taking L-theanine would not produce further relaxation.

Status and Usage
L-theanine has just recently been introduced to the U.S. market. Japan is credited with most of the clinical studies and information we possess thus far on L-theanine but research is ongoing. We do know that it is absorbed from the small intestine via a sodium-coupled active transport process. It crosses the blood-brain barrier, as evidenced by the mental effects. L-theanine competes for absorption in the intestinal tract and the brain with the amino acids found in the methionine group (leucine, isoleucine, and valine), however the concentrations of amino acids are unchanged by simultaneous ingestion of L-theanine.

Conclusion
Research into L-theanine derived from the contradictory observation that green tea, with its high caffeine content, produces a very calming effect. The seemingly multi-dimensional reasons for this relaxation effect will continue to be studied. Current areas of ongoing research include using L-theanine as an alternative to Ritalin in children and adults, as a treatment for PMS, in controlling certain conditions of high blood pressure, in sharpening mental acuity and concentration, and as an anti-cancer agent alone and in synergy with other cancer-fighting agents. L-theanine may find another area of application for its use as a supplement in reducing the negative side effects of caffeine brought on by the over-consumption of coffee, soft drinks, or other caffeine-containing substances.

Many Essential oils like those from our citrus fruits and lavender have strong antidepressant properties bringing anxiety and stress relief.  Vanderbilt Hospital ER’s pilot study found at https://usingessentialoils.com/images/2014/06/Vanderbilt-Study-Article-Winter-2013.pdf  has spawned the use of essential oils in more than 800 hospitals nationwide. Research the many health benefits at our website  at www.mydoterra.com/986534.

The immune system for our fruits is found in the rind, so one can benefit by zesting the rind or including in smoothies or prepared dishes. All natural certified pure therapeutic grade (CPTG) essential oils are 50-70 times more powerful than the plant itself, so only 1-3 drops per application will affect a positive change, especially in stress and anxiety feelings in just a few minutes! Join one of our many interactive workshops around the Triangle found in our events list at https://www.facebook.com/2CupsGreenTeaHawaii/  

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