Keep the Season Merry!

If you find yourself with a runny nose, itchy eyes or more asthma symptoms around the holidays, it may be due to allergies, and not to a cold. Both real and artificial Christmas trees can cause allergic reactions, and can be mild to just plain dangerous. There is a distinct uptick in visits to the hospital for respiratory problems during the holidays.

Real Christmas trees spend years outside where they collect air born pollens, herbicides, fertilizers, and molds that cling to the needles. Dragging them in and out of the house and placing lights and decorations can release these allergens.

How to deal with it?
Molds can grow over the time, so you should consider getting a freshly cut tree, and hosing it down to reduce the amount of allergens released from the tree.

Artificial trees can be no better. They too can harbor mold and dust that are stirred up when set up.
Unless they are kept in a dry, dust-free environment, you will need to wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove noxious substances. After Christmas, put it in an airtight plastic bag and keep it in a cool, dry place (as opposed to a damp basement, for example).

Ornaments and lights should also be cleaned prior to use – like the artificial tree, they too can bring in dust and molds.Likewise, they should be stored in a dry area, off the floor and in plastic bags or containers.

Even with all these precautions, some people will still be symptomatic. Be sure to have a supply of Pepex handy! A great stocking stuffer, Pepex helps deal with much of the sneezing, watery eyes and respiratory issues associated with your tree and keeps the season merry!

The Power of Mint

At NutraLinks, many of our all natural products include mint and its main active ingredient, menthol, for good reason. Its medicinal usage is legendary, proven, and rooted in history.

History. The name “minthe” comes from the Greeks, and is a symbol of hospitality and wisdom, “the very smell of it reanimates the spirit”, according to Pliny. Greeks and Romans both rubbed their dinner tables with mint before their guests arrive, and ancient Hebrews scattered mint on synagogue floors so that each footstep would raise its fragrance.
It was brought to Great Britain by the Romans, then the pilgrims brought it to the U.S. aboard the Mayflower.

Medicinal usage throughout the ages.
Mint as a Cooling Agent.
Mint has long been used to treat skin burns because it produces a cooling effect with its active ingredients of pulegone and menthol. These compounds are responsible for both the aroma and cooling effect that mint produces.
Both our Fever Cooling Patch and Aroma Pain Relieving Patch utilize the power of these compounds.

Reduce Depression & Fatigue
As a natural stimulant, and the smell alone can recharge your energy and get your brain functioning at a higher level. A 2014 study states that including mint in your diet is a great option if you are feeling anxious, depressed or simply exhausted. This is why the Autism Hope Alliance recognizes NutraLinks’ Pepex as a soothing therapy for children with autism.


In the Diet
Mint has been a part of the human diet since the Roman Empire, and is a rich source of vitamins A, C and B2 and contains valuable minerals such as calcium, copper and magnesium.

Treat Nausea
The leaves, particularly freshly crushed ones, help you deal with nausea – in fact, many people keep menthol oil or mint-flavored products on hand to avoid nausea. Mint tea, either fresh or dried leaves, is an effective way to capture the benefits.

Relieve Headaches
The Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics states that mint can help with headaches when rubbed on the forehead and nose, and can alleviate the inflammation and temperature rise that is often associated with migraines.
Mint is widely used in the production of cookies, candy, chewing gums, and as a tooth whitener, as well as being a primary ingredient in the mojito cocktail and other mint-flavored liqueurs.

Helps Relieve Respiratory Difficulties
A natural decongestant, the oils in mint help break up the gunk in your airways. Effective either as a tea or inhaled (as with the Pepex stick).

Grow Your Own!
Easily grown, mint is considered an invasive species and provides good ground cover or use as garden borders to provide a convenient source of fresh therapy!

Natural Relief for Minor Pain

Natural external pain relief patches are a great option for all sorts of pain—by applying directly to your skin, you get relief just where you need it without side effects or toxicity.  Certain herbs have historically provided pain relief. How do they work?

Menthol is an active ingredient in many of these medicines – it provides a cooling effect that block the pain signals from reaching your brain. So when you apply a topical pain reliever that includes menthol, the pain of your sore muscles and joints is quieted by the cooling effect.

Camphor. This comes from a large evergreen tree found in Asia, and has been used since ancient times. It is a “counter-irritant” that works by numbing the nerve endings – which no longer transmit the sensation of pain.

Lastly, sandalwood is an aromatic wood that has been known as an anti-inflammatory. Research by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health shows the active ingredient in sandalwood oil (a. santalo) was found to have analgesic effects.

Together, these ingredients deliver a triple punch of pain relief! The Aroma Pain Relieving Plaster is not a plaster, but actually an easy to carry patch that provides convenient, soothing relief for joints, lower back pain, flu pain, arthritis or muscle soreness from exercise or overwork, and offer an excellent alternative to conventional over the counter meds!
10 patches per box.