Nature is a gift to us. Look all around; the beauty it provides for our eyes is a daily hug! The birds sing us a beautiful symphony each morning. The flowers in the spring stretch themselves out to display every intricate detail of each petal. The insects take full advantage of the delectable flavors that the pollen provides. Each part of nature works to accentuate and support the other. They all know they provide the balance that nature needs to survive.
It’s quite fascinating to study nature. Let’s focus on a plant. The symmetry and balance of each bud and leaf is a symbol of the calming and peace provided by nature as a gift to us. A single leaf or bud displays bilateral symmetry, which means when you fold the leaf in half, both sides are the same size and design. There’s also something called Radial Symmetry that results when cutting a stem, flower or fruit in half. The two sides are the same.
It’s not an accident how nature balances itself out. As humans, and a part of nature, we can and should take full advantage of the gifts that it gives to us. For thousands of years, our ancestors depended on nature for preventative and healing health. Plants have played an important role as they have been used as part of religious ceremonies, marriages, cosmetics, funerary services, medicine and many other aspects of life.
With advances in medicines and research, ways have been found to attempt to replace the natural process that plants have provided. These advancements have been used for centuries in the medical profession. However, some doctors and dental professionals have chosen to employ a more natural and balanced road toward healing and health. Using the natural herbs and essential oils provided by nature is a gift they want to give to their patients, a gift from nature!
There are two categories of gifts for natural healing and dental health: essential oils, and herbs.
For centuries, peppermint has been used to soothe digestive issues, freshen breath, and to relieve colic, headaches, gas, heartburn and indigestion. It has also been known to reduce fever and reduce menstrual irregularity. Peppermint has also been found to help with anger, arthritis, colic, depression, fatigue, inflammation and it helps open the sensory system. In dentistry, we use peppermint to help prevent infections in the mouth. It is also used to reduce inflammation after a procedure or injury.
Cinnamon’s gift is its antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infection, antiseptic, and antimicrobial properties. Think of cinnamon as the oil that says, “no!” It’s anti just about everything. Cinnamon has been used in just about every prescription in ancient China. It boosts the immune system and is beneficial for circulation, colds, coughs, digestion, exhaustion, flu infections, rheumatism and warts. Testing has yet to find a virus, bacteria, or fungus that can survive in its presence.
Lavender, in all of its beauty, is a gift from nature that has a wide range of health benefits. It has sedative and regenerative properties. It also helps with depression, inflammation and infections. In ancient times, lavender was associated with love. It’s helpful with acne, allergies, burns, cramps, dandruff, diaper rash, flatulence, hair loss, indigestion, insomnia, blood pressure, menopausal conditions, mouth abscess, nausea and thrush. Keep a bottle of lavender essential oil in your house, you can use it in so many different ways. When in doubt: try lavender!
Echinacea leads the pack in modern medicinal use of herbs. Native Americans have used it for centuries. It’s known for combating cancer, boosting your immune system, alleviating pain, aiding as a laxative, it’s anti-inflammatory, helps in wound healing, helps with mental issues, and fights infections. In dentistry, we love using Echinacea for preventive measures and after dental procedures to help prevent infections, reducing inflammation, and healing.
Gotu Kola is important for gum and wound healing. It is part of the parsley family. It can be employed after a dental procedure to help speed the healing process. It’s been used for thousands of years in China, India and Indonesia. It is known as one of the most important rejuvenative herbs in Ayurvedic medicine.
At Les Belles NYC, we want to provide you with the most peaceful and balanced experience that we can. Not only is our office and staff a peaceful experience, but the methods that we use provide a sense of peace and balance to you as well. You can enter our office, or any procedure knowing that we’ve taken every measure possible to make your experience, safe, balanced and calm.
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