How To Consume Calcium?

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In this article, find out what is the best way to consume calcium. But before that, find out first the significance of calcium, and then some clarification about calcium confusion.

The Importance Of Calcium

Calcium is one of the most important nutrients your body needs to maintain health. It is essential to meet many of your body’s needs. Calcium plays an important role in many body functions and development.

Knowing how much calcium you need daily and where to get it can ensure that your body will reap the benefits of this great nutrient.

Calcium does many things for your body. Everyone knows calcium is beneficial to bones and teeth. It is also important to keep your muscles and nerves working properly.

It helps blood clot and keeps your heart beating properly. Lacking calcium in your diet can greatly affect your health now and in the future.

When your body does not get enough calcium it begins to take it from the bones. When this happens, if the calcium is not replaced through your diet the bones become deficient in calcium. This can lead to osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a disease where the bones get thin and brittle. It is fast becoming a major disease among older adults.

Calcium is important at any age. For children calcium is essential to ensure proper bone growth.

In pregnant women calcium intake is also important. The baby needs calcium to grow and takes this calcium from the mother, so increased calcium intake is important during pregnancy.

Some guidelines for calcium are 1,200 mg. a day for children age 1-10, 1,500 mg. a day for age 11-24.

Pregnant and breast feeding mother should get 1,400 mg. a day and older adults should have 1,500 mg. a day.

It is very difficult to take too much calcium and intakes of up to 2,500 mg. have proven safe. Excess calcium is easily removed from the body through waste.

To get a good daily intake of calcium diet choices are important. At least three servings a day of dairy products is essential to maintaining good calcium levels. Broccoli is another great calcium source.

Today, many products like orange juice have calcium added. Making simple choices when buying foods with added calcium can help you to make sure you are getting enough calcium daily.

Calcium is often overlooked in its importance. Fortunately it is quite easy to add calcium rich foods into your diet. Preventing future problems is important.

Frail bones are most often contributed to a lack of calcium. To keep your body functioning properly today and in the future make sure your calcium intake is sufficient.

 

Did You Know Calcium Needs Magnesium To Be Absorbed?

For all the people suffering from bone loss, did you know that calcium requires magnesium in order to be utilized by the body? Magnesium by its self doesn’t need calcium to function in the body.

Calcium should never be taken without magnesium. If you are supplementing just calcium you are actually reducing the amount of magnesium in the body which can be a bad thing.

Few people realize the importance of the mineral magnesium. Magnesium influences many of the body’s processes such as digestion, energy production, muscle function, bone formation, creation of new cells, activation of B vitamins, relaxation of muscles and helps in the function of the kidneys, heart, adrenal glands, the brain and nervous system.

Every day, one looses magnesium due to mental stress, caffeine, sugar intake, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, high perspiration, low thyroid, diabetes, chronic pain (causes stress), diuretics, and diets high in carbohydrates, sodium, and calcium.

The most common symptoms of magnesium depletion that millions of people suffer from every day are low energy, fatigue, PMS and Hormonal imbalances, inability to sleep (insomnia), body tension, headaches, muscle tension, muscle spasms and craps, backaches, calcification of organs, weakening bones, heart related difficulties, anxiousness, nervousness and irritability. Everybody needs magnesium.

What country has the highest rate of pasteurized milk consumption and what country has the highest Calcium supplement consumption? The United States!

If this is true, wouldn’t you think this country would have the lowest rate of osteoporosis caused by calcium loss making bones fragile? False!

More calcium does not eliminate a calcium deficiency. Only by adding magnesium to your diet will your body be able to handle a calcium deficiency and provide adequate magnesium for the body to dissolve excess calcium from the body like bone spurs while helping the body absorb more calcium all at the same time.

Magnesium is needed for major biochemical process such as digestion, energy production, and the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

According to Carolyn Dean, MD. ND., “calcium has been called the major mineral or the major nutrient mostly because there are a lot of books on osteoporosis (bone disease especially common in the elderly), and everybody thinks calcium is the major treatment for that. But if you don’t have magnesium, calcium doesn’t even work in the body.”

Milk contains 8 parts calcium to 1 part magnesium per glass. In order for the body to absorb the calcium in milk, the body has to make up for the missing magnesium.

Milk will rob the body of vital magnesium in order to process its calcium. Heavy milk drinking can cause a magnesium imbalance in the body and lead to the negative effects associated with a magnesium imbalance that was listed above.

In many countries, calcium is now added to cereals, crackers, juice, antacids and much more. None of these products add extra magnesium to bring balance back. If you’re eating dairy products and eating lots of organic yogurt, kefir, and green vegetables you’re getting a plenty of absorbable calcium.

Yogurt does not contain magnesium and if you cook your vegetables the magnesium found in the veggies will be destroyed. So, what you need is just a basic magnesium supplement to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Clearing The Calcium Confusion by Miriam Nelson, Ph.D.

Recent news reports about taking calcium may have confused women, but it is important to go beyond the headlines for your health care.

Two recent studies confirmed that women who consistently took Calcium and Vitamin D reduced their risk for fractures, reinforcing the importance of optimal daily calcium intake.

It is recommended that adults over the age of 19 should consume between 1,000 and 1,200 milligrams (mg) of calcium each day.

While peak bone mineral density (BMD) in women is reached around age 30, it is extremely important for women of all ages to make sure they are getting their recommended daily allowance (RDA) of calcium and vitamin D.

During pregnancy and through menopause, women’s calcium needs increase and lifelong supplementation is beneficial to overall health.

Additionally, bone-building exercises are a key component in building and maintaining bone health and preventing harmful bone-deteriorating diseases, such as osteoporosis.

Q: There has been a lot of talk about calcium-is it still good for me?

Yes! Calcium is an essential nutrient to the basic functions of the body. Not only is calcium a key component of bone development, but it is needed for the heart, muscles and nerves to work properly and for blood to clot.

Everyone needs calcium but as many as 75 percent of women don’t get the RDA in their diet, although they could through a combination of food and supplements.

Q: Should I do any specific exercises to help my bones?

Weight-bearing workouts and resistance training are two different types of exercises shown to improve bone health and they are explained in my updated book, “Strong Women, Strong Bones.”

Jogging, stair climbing and sports such as tennis are weight-bearing activities and weight lifting or strength training are resistance exercises.

Most recently, a study from the University of Arizona found that women who did a specific routine of six weight-bearing exercises and took Citracal® calcium citrate supplements gained 1 to 2 percent of their BMD, even though women typically lose 1 to 2 percent per year at that age.

A healthy diet and lifestyle that includes weight-bearing exercises are the first defense against osteoporosis.

The statements in this article are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease please consult your health care physician before discontinuing medication or introducing herbs into your diet if you are currently on medication of any kind.

 


POINTS TO REMEMBER

The Importance Of Calcium

  • Calcium is one of the most important nutrients your body needs to maintain health.
  • When your body does not get enough calcium it begins to take it from the bones.
  • To get a good daily intake of calcium diet choices are important.
  • Calcium is often overlooked in its importance.

Did You Know Calcium Needs Magnesium To Be Absorbed?

  • Calcium should never be taken without magnesium.
  • Magnesium is needed for major biochemical process such as digestion, energy production, and the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
  • More calcium does not eliminate a calcium deficiency.
  • Milk contains 8 parts calcium to 1 part magnesium per glass.
  • Heavy milk drinking can cause a magnesium imbalance in the body.

Clearing The Calcium Confusion

  • Two recent studies confirmed that women who consistently took Calcium and Vitamin D reduced their risk for fractures, reinforcing the importance of optimal daily calcium intake.
  • Calcium is an essential nutrient to the basic functions of the body.
    Calcium is needed for the heart, muscles and nerves to work properly and for blood to clot.

 


TAKEAWAY QUESTIONS

  • Do you realize the importance of Calcium to your body?
  • Are you aware of the benefits Calcium gives to your overall health?
  • How much Calcium you are consuming daily?
  • Are you taking Magnesium along with Calcium?
  • How do you take care of your bones?

 

 

Master The Different Usage Of Aromatherapy

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Aromatherapy is the process of enjoying certain scents, which are commonly used in scented candles and bath salts.

Many do not realize this, but certain scents have calming effects and enable the individual to feel more relaxed and free of stress.

Beginning ‘bona fide’ aromatherapy, beyond burning a scented candle or soaking with a pleasing pre-packaged bath salt blend, can be a little daunting to many people.

All those little bottles of pricey liquids, electric contraptions, and fancy-sounding blends – how does one actually use essential oils to improve their health, happiness, and well-being?

It’s easier than one might think – getting started can open a whole new world of fun and effective natural remedies that can lift your mood, calm your nerves, and support healing of a great many common ailments.

The basics of aromatherapy are simple, once a few fundamental concepts are understood.

Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils – the aromatic compounds of plants, extracted through steam distillation or other methods.

The oils act as the chemical messengers and protectors of the plant kingdom.

Each essential oil can contain hundreds of different ‘volatile’ (easily evaporated) compounds, most of which are very compatible with the physiology of the human body.

What’s so wonderful is they can also do for us what they do for plants – act as chemical messengers through affecting our smell sense and limbic system, and defending the body against foreign invaders by their antibacterial and anti-viral actions.

Essential oils are best used in one of two simple ways: through inhalation, where the oils can directly affect certain areas of the brain, and through topical application, where the oils are easily absorbed into the bloodstream.

(Note: Oral ingestion can be an option, but only under experienced medical supervision – further, SOME OILS CAN BE TOXIC, and other even seemingly harmless oils should not be used under certain conditions. If you are pregnant or have specific medical needs, consult a knowledgeable practitioner before continuing!)

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Inhalation of Essential Oils

Essential oils when inhaled directly affect our limbic system, the brain’s emotional centers. Many oils have been found to sharpen concentration, reduce tension and anxiety, and even reduce depression.

How can we reap these magnificent benefits?

There are a few simple, cost-effective ways to prepare essential oils for inhalation – and experience these wonderful effects. These are the ‘handkerchief method’, making your own ‘smelling salts’, and making your own aromatherapy ‘mister’.

The handkerchief method is pretty straightforward – put a drop or two of oil or blend on a tissue and inhale. Be careful with some oils, though – peppermint, for example, can burn the sensitive skin around your nostrils if put in direct contact.

You can even leave the tissue or ‘handkerchief, or piece of cloth, or cotton in a room or your work-space and the oil will continue to evaporate and have its effects.

Making your own ‘smelling salts’ is similar, though your preparation will last a while longer. To make the salts, fill a small vial (dark glass with a good cap is best) with natural sea salt and drop essential oils into the salt.

The amount of oil is not too critical – enough that there is detectable aroma, and not so much that the salt gets completely wet.

Just unscrew the cap and inhale from the bottle whenever you need a lift, or, like the handkerchief, leave the vial open in your space, letting the aroma slowly fill the area.

A ‘mister’ can be used infuse a room with aroma – just add essential oils to water in a small spray bottle, shake (before each use) and spray!

Here are a few easy recipes for the inhalation method

(Note: in all recipes, the number of drops of oil and/or amount of carrier can be used as a ratio, which you can increase or decrease as you need):

For uplifting the mood and brightening the mind:

4 drops of Rosemary Cineol

3 drops of Lavender

2 drops of Lemon

and 1 drop of Peppermint

OR 3 drops Clary Sage

2 drops Bergamot

and 1 drop Sweet Orange

For calming anxiety:

equal parts of Roman Chamomile, Bergamot, and Orange

OR 3 drops Lavender, 2 drops Neroli and 1 drop Bergamot

For creating a harmonious atmosphere:

 3 drops Jasmine

1 drop Ylang Ylang

and 1 drop Sandalwood

OR equal parts Geranium, Patchouli, and Bergamot

Aromatherapy Massage

For the topical application method, usually, this is described as aromatherapy massage. Ideally, this is done with a partner, but self-massage will work as well.

Creating your own massage oil is a straightforward process – just dilute 10 – 20 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.

There are a variety of carrier oils available, though Sweet Almond is a great all-around oil and is recommended for general aromatherapy massage.

For massage purposes, people often mix more than one essential oil to give the desired effect. The most common of these is the lavender, clary sage, and lemon blend. It is known as the stress blend.

As for the massage, itself, any technique will do – let your intuition be your guide. When you wish to get a little more advanced, do a little further research to create synergy with certain essential oils and certain acupressure points.

The same blends for inhalation can be used for massage, though here are a few more fun recipes:

For a sensual massage, per ounce of carrier oil, add – 8 drops Sandalwood, 6 drops Rose, 4 drops Lavender and 2 drops Ylang Ylang.
For opening the heart, try 4 drops Spikenard, 4 drops Lavender and 2 drops of Rose.
Finally, for sheer relaxation, use 6 drops Lavender, 4 drops Neroli and 2 drops Bergamot.

 

Don’t be afraid to create your own blends! You will certainly find particular oils that you enjoy – and aromatherapy is like that.

It is the oils you find most enjoyable that are likely those that are most effective for you. My only recommendation is to change the ratios of oils you are blending very slowly.

Start with one drop of each oil in a small vial, mixing them and allowing a few minutes for them to blend before adding more oil 1 drop at a time.

In general, citrus oils like Orange, Bergamot, Lemon or Lime tend to bring alertness while calming at the same time.

Herb oils like Peppermint or Rosemary tend to be invigorating, while floral oils tend to be relaxing such as Lavender, Chamomile, Jasmine or Neroli.

This is only a guideline – many oils have complex properties and will affect individuals differently – use your nose as a guide.

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Homemade Aromatherapy Bath Salts

Creating your own bath salts is a terrific way to enjoy aromatherapy at home. Surprisingly, bath salts are very affordable to make and require no harsh ingredients.

In fact, the main ingredients in bath salts include baking soda, table salt, and Epsom salt. Each of these is commonly found in a local grocery or retail store and is safe to use.

Certain bath products, which are found in the world of retail, may contain harsh ingredients that could irritate the skin.

The advantage to creating your own bath salts to use as aromatherapy, however, will ensure that you know which ingredients are going into a product and the peace of mind in knowing that they are safe to use.

Individuals can make their own aromatherapy bath salts by starting with a large mixing bowl and a spoon or other similar utensil.

The next step is to add 3 cups of Epsom salt, 2 cups of baking soda and 1 cup of table salt into the mixing bowl. Once each of the ingredients is added, begin mixing them with your hand or the spoon.

Once mixing is complete, slowly add food coloring to the mixture. Normal food coloring will work fine and should be added according to the color that you prefer your bath salts to be.

Adding more drops will darken the color and adding fewer will make it softer. Some individuals enjoy mixing the colors in order to get a unique hue, but this mixture should be done prior to placing the coloring into the mixing bowl with your other ingredients.

The final step is to add essential oils until the desired scent is achieved. The best way to determine when the scent is perfect is simply by using your own judgment.

Bath salts should be strongly scented in order to allow for less salt to be required for each bath, which will enable them to last longer.

Using the steps and ingredients as noted above, you can also use a bowl with a lid and shake the mixture, food coloring and essential oils until it is perfectly blended.

This will save you time from stirring but, otherwise, the procedure to creating your own aromatherapy bath salts is the same.

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Common Aromatherapy Uses

Aromatherapy as used today originated in Europe and has been practiced there since the early 1900s. Practitioners of aromatherapy believe that each oil has a vibration or note, which can be used for different therapeutic applications.

Aromatherapy can be used to relax and soothe the mind and body, to energize or even to arouse. It derived from the use of essential oils to solicit specific emotions.

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their health supporting properties. The powerful aromas of essential oils affect your moods and feelings through your sense of smell.

By selecting a particular scent, you can encourage a state of relaxation, romance, healing or comfort. Essential oils can be used in Aromatherapy, to scent potpourri, lotions, cosmetics, perfumes, food flavorings and medicinally.

Additionally, oils can be used in creating sachets, potpourri, reviving potpourri, and for light bulb scenting.

Essential oils can also be used through bath, diffusion, massage, or compress. Each individual person, fabric, or material may react differently to a particular suggested use.

Essential oils can be mixed in a cream essential oil combinations are applied directly to the skin for beauty care or treatment of sores or irritations.

By using different essential oils, you can control the nature of those benefits.

These essential oils are taken from a plant’s flowers, leaves, stalks, bark, rind, or roots.

The yield of essential oil differs with individual plant species ranging in most cases from about 0.2 to 2.0%.

That’s why literally tons of plant material is required for just a few hundred pounds of oil.

In some cases, different organs of a single plant may contain essential oils of different chemical composition. In the end, even the smallest bottle of essential oil can create a lot of powerful solution.

It is important to note that the benefits of aromatherapy do depend on the unique nature of each person’s response to an aromatic stimulus.

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Homemade Lavender Treatment Recipes

If you’re new to the idea of using aromatherapy to help reduce the stress in your life, then start with something simple such as a lavender bath or other lavender essential oil product.

Here is a simple and wonderful recipe that you can try at home in your bath before bed.

Lavender Calming Bath Crystals

You will need:

1 cup Epsom salts

10 drops Lavender essential oil

1 drop of food coloring

 

You have to:

Shake all ingredients in a Ziploc bag until coated.

Store in a bottle or bag.

Another wonderful way to use aromatherapy to relieve stress is to apply a lovely lavender scented body lotion to your sore aching muscles.

Apply this easy to mix lavender lotion after your bath, or if you’re lucky enough to have a partner who is willing, request a relaxing massage before bed.

Here is a simple recipe for a lavender lotion that you’ll love.

Lovely Lavender Lotion

You will need:

1 oz. glycerin

2 tsp. oil of lavender

You have to:

Put ingredients in a clean glass bottle and shake well. Refrigerate.

 

When life makes you crazy, remember, you have the power to create a calming oasis in your own home. Take a few minutes for yourself and relax.

What better place to start than in our bath with beautiful scents, sounds and soft candlelight? Our lifestyles need not take over our lives.

Conclusion

Getting started with aromatherapy is easy, and with these simple ideas, you will be able to create essential oil preparations tailored to your needs and enjoyment. This can lead to a lifelong appreciation of these wonderful gifts from nature.

 


POINTS TO REMEMBER
  • Certain scents have calming effects and enable the individual to feel more relaxed and free of stress.
  • Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils – the aromatic compounds of plants, extracted through steam distillation or other methods.

Inhalation of Essential Oils

  • Essential oils when inhaled directly affect the limbic system, the brain’s emotional centers

Aromatherapy Massage

  • For massage purposes, people often mix more than one essential oil to give the desired effect.

Homemade Aromatherapy Bath Salts

  • The advantage to creating your own bath salts to use as aromatherapy will ensure that you know which ingredients are going into a product and the peace of mind in knowing that they are safe to use.

Common Aromatherapy Uses

  • Essential oils can be used in Aromatherapy, to scent potpourri, lotions, cosmetics, perfumes, food flavorings and medicinally.
  • Essential oils can also be used through bath, diffusion, massage, or compress.

TAKEAWAY QUESTIONS

– Are you comfortable using aromatherapy for the health benefits?

– What benefit of aromatherapy you like best?

– How do you use essential oils?

– Are you familiar with other uses of aromatherapy?


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How To Have A Healthy Colon The Natural Way?

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How to maintain a healthy colon in a natural way?

Keeping your colon healthy prevents the body from 65 chronic diseases. Among these are constipation, malnutrition, irritable bowel movement, diarrhea, candida, Crohn’s, cardiovascular problems, and cancer.

The colon is the part of the digestive system that ditches extra waste substance out from the body. It is around five feet long.

Its main function is to absorb water, vitamins, and nutrients that goes to the blood stream which is then dispersed to all parts of the body to keep it functioning normally. Excess and unneeded toxic materials are excreted from the colon as feces.

Over time, plaque forms in the colon’s lining making it less efficient in the absorption of materials that the body needs. As the plaque keeps on building up, the colon then will get congested with decaying materials.

The decaying materials stick to the colon’s lining that in turn breed unhealthy bacteria that form toxins. These toxins are then absorbed into the bloodstream causing various illnesses and diseases.

Before the onset of illnesses, though, a possible sign of an unhealthy colon is when the body feels sluggish and is having mood swings.

Fats, especially oxidized fats and cholesterol, free radicals as well as other irritating molecules act as toxins.

Likewise, poor digestion, colon sluggishness, and dysfunction, lessens liver function. In addition, poor waste disposal by the kidneys, respiratory tract, and skin all contribute to increased toxins in the colon.

Detoxification is important for healthy living as well as enhancing the elimination of toxins in the colon and throughout the body.

Minimized intake of some chemicals from food and other sources of refined sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco, as well as many drugs, helps to remove toxins in the body. The process of detoxification invites for a lifestyle change and wise selections of food.

For detoxifying or cleansing the colon, it is also noteworthy to include probiotics in your diet in order to furnish the good bacteria in the intestines.

A probiotic is an organism which contributes to the health and balance of bacteria in the intestinal tract. It’s also commonly referred to as the body’s friendly bacteria and helps in fighting illness and diseases.

A healthy intestine contains at least 85% of beneficial bacteria to prevent over colonization of disease causing organisms like salmonella and E. coli.

But sadly, most people do not have the required amount of friendly bacteria in their intestine, resulting in various colon related diseases.

Probiotics are also excellent immune system enhancers since they prevent unfriendly organisms from congesting the body. Probiotics also prevent overgrowth of yeast and fungus and produces substances that lower cholesterol.

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Is Colon Cleansing important?

Regular bowel movements are vital for maintaining a healthy body. Irregular bowel movements are an indication of future colon problems.

This is the reason why eating a nutritious, well-balanced diet is so important. The typical diet of most people today includes a great deal of refined sugar, white flour, and hormone/antibiotic-filled meats. These types of foods contribute to the demise of our colons.

Colon cancer is the second deadliest cancer, causing deaths not only in the US but also in other parts of the world. This is also the reason why it is essential to have a healthy, correctly functioning colon. Colon cleansing is vital for the elimination of congestions and toxins in the intestine.

Constipation is one of the most common bowel problems faced by a great number of people. Constipation is a condition wherein there is a slow transit time for the waste matter to leave the body.

The transit time refers to the amount of time that toxic waste matter remains in the bowel. A long transit time will cause the toxic waste to decay, ferment and most probably be reabsorbed by the body.

And the longer the body is exposed to waste the greater the possibility of contracting a disease because the stockpiled waste is a fertile breeding ground for diseases.

Disease in the colon usually starts with a toxic bowel. Infrequent or poor bowel movements over extended periods of time can be very hazardous to the body.

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Natural Way of Colon Cleansing

Herbs are used to detoxify the body from waste and toxins. Herbal medicines including dietary fibers were not fully recognized for their medical significance until recently when various studies have been conducted to understand the benefits derived from herbs.

Herbs, especially those with dietary fibers, are excellent in reducing total blood cholesterol — cutting the risk of coronary heart disease. Aside from that, dietary fibers also help in alleviating numerous bowel disorders.

There are two categories of dietary fibers — soluble and insoluble.

Soluble fibers may be dissolved in water.

Insoluble fibers do not dissolve. Both of these fibers help in regulating bowel movements.

Psyllium is a natural, water-soluble, gel-reducing fiber that is extracted from the husks of blond psyllium seeds. It is also a member of a class of soluble fibers referred to as mucilages. These mucilages are used as a thickening and stabilizing agents in most salad dressings, lotions, soap, and creams.

Likewise, psyllium is used to fight a variety of digestive problems such as constipation, diarrhea, diverticular disease and colitis. It is utilized by most colon cleansing programs as a means of preventing colon cancer.

The reason for this, most of the diet of people today is made up of meat products, fats, and sugar that are often low in fiber content. These foods tend to slow down intestinal transit time resulting in irregular bowel movements.

Moreover, these types of foods usually take two days to transit the intestines, often resulting in constipation. An irregular bowel movement allows for bacterial putrefaction and exposes you to carcinogenic substances within the colon.

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Dietary fibers help in stool bulking as well as in softening stools. A stool that is larger, softer and bulkier moves through the intestine more easily and more quickly since less exertion is required.

This type of bowel movement is ideal for the intestinal wall since very little force has to be applied. Likewise, hemorrhoids and development of diverticular disease and varicose veins are prevented.

The bulking effect of dietary fibers also rids the colon of toxic substances since it acts like a sponge soaking up toxic substances attached to the walls of the intestines. This spongy action of dietary fibers is also ideal for those trying to lose some weight as it decreases hunger.

Dietary fibers are also useful in cases of diarrhea since they slow down a too rapid transfer time. It stabilizes bowel movements and often times are used to control alternating cases of diarrhea and constipation.

They also encourage the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacteria that are very helpful in regulating bowel movement.

There is only one problem with these fibers. They have the tendency to slow down the stomach’s emptying of food into the small intestine and increase blood glucose instead.

On the positive side, fibers are also found to stimulate pancreatic enzymes that can be beneficial in the management of diabetes.

Please consult your doctor for advice before making any dietary changes.

A standard bowel cleanse should contain the following:
1. Water, juices, raw fruits, and vegetables
2. Probiotics to help replenish the good bacteria in the intestines
3. Psyllium husk and/or seeds or flax seeds help absorb water and expand the colon allowing for the removal of toxins and mucus.
4. Bentonite clay is edible clay that acts as a laxative by absorbing water and then forming a gel. It binds toxins and helps to carry them out of the colon.
5. Saltwater enema

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However, please remember that you should consult a medical professional for advice before starting any new health regime.

To keep the colon healthy, colon cleansing must be performed at least once a year. Colon cleansing programs scrub the intestines of decaying materials and flush it out of the body.

It also reduces the plaque that was formed if not totally eliminate them. When that is done, the colon starts absorbing all the nutrients that the body needs and it starts hosting good bacteria that helps the body to stay fit and healthy. Then the body feels energized and active.

To reduce the risk of having an unhealthy colon the following are suggestions that are proven to keep the body healthy.

Lack of fiber in the diet is the number one cause of colon difficulties. Fiber helps the colon to function properly.

By simply adding more bread and legumes to your diet can help keep your colon doing its job and allow your bowels to empty regularly.

Soy products and increased calcium intakes have also been linked to positive colon health.

Drink water. It is a popular belief that we should drink eight glasses of water daily. Professionals though will agree that that is only the basic requirement.

Water is a natural and universal cleaning agent that could be taken in large quantities without ill effects. If ever, the only side effect is a more frequent need to empty the bladder, but even that promotes health too.

The flushing out of toxins through the colon the urinary tract and the skin promotes natural health that no amount of medication could replace.

Next to that is eating foods that have high fiber content. Fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber. There are those that have less but even a little amount of food with fiber content will do the body good overtime.

Fibers are natural colon cleansers as they attract materials in the lining of the colon and flush it out with the feces.

There is really no need for high-sounding well-advertised juices, smoothies, and concoctions. Most of them are a waste of money compared to the benefit that they provide, more so if the benefit could be had trough natural means.

Maintaining a healthy colon does not take much. All it takes is refraining from overly processed foods, eating instead a variety of fruits and vegetables, drinking liters and liters of water and exercising.

Exercise is vital to colon health. Regular exercise, even simple walking, helps the colon by allowing the toxins to continue to move through the body. Sedentary lifestyles contribute to colon difficulties by forcing the GI tract into cramped and stifled space.

One of the worst things you can do to your colon is waiting to pass the stools when you feel the urge ‘to go’. By not allowing your body to function, as it needs to, the stool backs up in the colon and begins to decay.

Holding back can also lead to either constipation or diarrhea, depending on the toxins in the stool. By promptly discharging the stools as needed, the body rids itself of the toxins and thus keeps the colon and the entire GI tract healthy.

Minimizing the risks of colon problems can reduce the risks of other debilitating illnesses such as appendicitis. A healthy colon can also prevent nutritional deficiencies.

Any signs of constipation or diarrhea should be taken seriously and if they persist, should be discussed with your physician immediately.


POINTS TO REMEMBER

Is colon cleansing important?

  • Irregular bowel movements are an indication of future colon problems.
  • Colon cleansing is vital for the elimination of congestion and toxins in the intestine.

Natural Way of Colon Cleansing

  • Herbs are used to detoxify the body from waste and toxins.
  • Dietary fibers also help in alleviating numerous bowel disorders.
  • Water is a natural and universal cleaning agent that could be taken in large quantities without ill effects.

TAKEAWAY QUESTIONS

 – How do you keep your colon healthy?

– Are you taking care of your colon in a natural way?

– Are you staying away or limiting your overly processed food intake?

– Are you taking enough dietary fibers or high fiber content foods?


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What Are The Herbal Remedies And Supplements For Better Sleep?

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There might be numerous techniques offered in the market for better sleep. Nevertheless, if you are looking for natural ways for you to sleep soundly at night, you might try using your melatonin, chamomile, or lavender. Check below how can these herbal remedies will help you.

Body’s Natural Hormones

Melatonin (chemically named 5-methoxy-N-acetyltryptamine) is a naturally occurring hormone in humans.  The pineal gland, a tiny organ at the center of our brains, secretes melatonin at night to help our bodies maintain a sleep schedule.

The body’s internal clock that tells us when to sleep and when to wake up is the body’s circadian rhythm.  This rhythm is regulated by melatonin.

Darkness encourages the pineal gland to release melatonin, while light represses the release of melatonin.

Researchers have found that the pineal gland’s release of, and the production of, melatonin decreases as we get older.

This explains why young people typically have less sleep-related problems than older people.

Scientists have synthesized naturally occurring melatonin, and it is now available over-the-counter as a supplement.

No prescription is needed, and the supplement is available in drug and health food stores in the United States.

Melatonin is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or any other government agency. Since it is naturally occurring in some foods, the U.S.

Dietary Supplement & Education Act of 1994 permits it to be available as a dietary supplement.

Melatonin is has proven to be successful when used to treat sleep problems.  Two of the sleep situations most helped by melatonin supplementation are insomnia related to jet lag and delayed sleep-phase disorders.

How much melatonin should you take? 

Each individual should begin with a small amount of melatonin (about 1 mg), and increase their dosage if needed.  Melatonin comes in pill form and range most commonly from 1 mg to 3 mg.

When should you take melatonin? 

For maximum effectiveness, take melatonin about a half an hour prior to bedtime.  If you regularly sleep during the nighttime, you should not take melatonin during the day because it can impact your circadian rhythm.

The opposite is true if you sleep during the day and work at night. If you want to prevent jet lag when traveling across many time zones, take a dose prior to flying and another second dose 30 minutes before going to bed.

As with any supplement, there are several issues to consider.  Although melatonin has been used for a long time without problems or side effects, it is not FDA-approved and is unregulated by any regulatory agency.

Anything you ingest that is not FDA-approved does not have a seal of approval regarding the supplement’s safety or purity, and the effectiveness of the product cannot be guaranteed.

Another concern is the lack of study and information regarding interactions with other medicines.

Consult a doctor before taking melatonin if you have diabetes, a depressive disorder, an auto-immune disease, epilepsy, lymphoproliferative disorder, leukemia, or are taking an MAO inhibitor.

This product should be used by adults only and is not for use by children, teens, or pregnant or breastfeeding women.

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The Benefits of Chamomile

Matricaria camomilla, commonly called “Chamomile”, is native to southern and central Europe.

This flowering plant is now widely grown in the United States, Argentina, Australia, Egypt and northern Africa.  The leaves and flowers are dried and used as a tea, either in tea bags or in loose tea form.

For centuries, chamomile has been used as a sleep-promoting supplement. One of the benefits of using chamomile as a sleep aid is that it does not need to be taken over a long period of time to be effective.  Chamomile can be used to treat anxiety and insomnia on the spot.

There are a few ways to use chamomile.

It can be placed in a sachet under the pillow.

Try brewing a tea and drink it 30-45 minutes prior to going to sleep.

Chamomile is most effective in treating transient (or mild) insomnia.

The naturally occurring chemical in chamomile that promotes drowsiness and encourages sleep is called chrysin. Chrysin is also found in passion flower (Passiflora incarnates), which is another herbal sleep aid and anxiety reducer.

If you find your insomnia is due to congestion and/or allergies, chamomile works as an antihistamine to reduce swelling from allergies and help you sleep better.

However, chamomile can create a similar allergic reaction to that of ragweed and other plants in the same family like aster or chrysanthemum.  Avoid taking chamomile if you have these allergies.

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Chamomile Tea Recipe 

What do you need?

1 cup water

1 teaspoon dried chamomile flowers

lemon juice

honey

How to prepare?

1. Add the chamomile to boiling water either using a tea infuser or directly into the water.

2. Cover and boil for 35-40 seconds.

3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the tea steep for one minute.

4. If using loose tea, remove with a strainer.  Serve with honey and a twist of lemon.

5. For an added calming effect, use a few leaves of Lemon Balm, also called Melissa officinalis, instead of the lemon juice. Makes 1 serving.

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The Soothing Properties of Lavender

Lavender originated in the western Mediterranean and Arabians are believed to have been the first to domesticate the flowering shrubbery.

The Romans later spread the growing and cultivation of the plant across Europe. The Pilgrims brought lavender to America. Lavender was also one of the first plants brought to Australia in the 1800’s.

Many herb gardens contain garden-grown or container grown lavender. Lavender is grown in somewhat alkaline soil, in a sunny location with good drainage.

Lavender’s essential oils act as a tranquilizer to calm the central nervous system, making it highly effective as an herbal remedy for insomnia.

The dried flowers and leaves can be brewed and drunk in a tea, or the plant’s essential oils can be extracted from the plant. Essential oils can be applied to the skin as a muscle relaxant, or the scent can be inhaled as used in aromatherapy.

Since the feet are known as an area of the body that quickly absorbs topically applied products, massaging lavender oil into the feet will have a calming effect.

The essential oil can be vaporized in a vaporizer or added to a warm bath and inhaled.

You can also create a sachet of the dried leaves and flowers, sprinkle with essential lavender oil, and slip it under your pillow.

Some people who apply lavender topically have experienced an allergic reaction when the oil contacts the skin.  Always conduct an allergy test on a small patch of skin to test for sensitivity prior to using a full application.

It’s also important to note that not all lavender species have the same calming effects.  Spanish lavender, for example, is used to invigorate and wake up the body.

Lavender & Mint Tea 

What do you need?

1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers (or ½ teaspoon dried)

1 ½ – 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves (or 2 teaspoons dried)

1 cup water

other herbs like rosemary, lemon balm or lemon verbena, or rose geranium for added flavor

How to prepare?

1. Using a teapot, mix the lavender and mint.

You can use a tea infuser or simply add the loose leaves and strain it later.

2. Add boiling water and let it steep for five minutes. Makes 1 serving.

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Handmade Lavender Sachet

What do you need?

dried or fresh lavender

lavender oil

a cloth or handkerchief

1 large needle to fit a ribbon, 1 regular sized needle

thread, ¼” wide ribbon

How to prepare?

1. Prepare your handkerchief by folding in half, then folding in half a second time, creating a pouch.  If you prefer a crisp look, iron the edges.

2. Using the threaded needle, sew three of the four sides.

3. Fill the pouch with lavender through the unsewn side.  Use enough of the lavender to fill the pouch, but don’t overstuff it.  The final product will resemble a bean bag.

4. Add approximately 8-10 drops of essential oil to the dried lavender.

5. With the larger needle threaded with ribbon, loosely sew the open side to keep all of the sachet contents inside.

6. When sealed, knot the ribbon and enjoy your homemade sachet!

 

 


POINTS TO REMEMBER

Melatonin – body’s natural hormones

  • Darkness encourages the pineal gland to release melatonin while white light represses its release.
  • Start with small amount and increase the dosage if needed.
  • Take melatonin about half an hour prior to bedtime for maximum effectiveness.

The Benefits of Chamomile

  • Chrysin is the naturally occurring chemical in chamomile that promotes drowsiness and encourages sleep
  • It can be placed in a sachet under the pillow or drink as a tea 30 – 45 minutes prior to going to sleep

The Soothing Properties of Lavender

  • Lavender’s essential oils act as a tranquilizer to calm the central nervous system, making it highly effective as an herbal remedy for insomnia.
  • Note that not all lavender species have the same calming effects.

The Medicinal Use of Valerian Root

  • The herb must be taken regularly over a period of about one month to see results.
  • Higher doses cause grogginess without being more effective.
  • Valerian root is used to provide relief from anxiety disorders, and acts as a sedative to encourage restful sleep.

Other Herbs

  • Kava
    Kava’s effective daily dose is between 70 and 200 mg of kavalactones.
  • Lemon Balm
    Try a lemon balm tea by adding 2 teaspoons dried lemon balm to 1 cup of boiling water.
  • Passion Flower
    Passion flower is not addictive and provides relief from sleeplessness.
    Dried passion flower makes a highly effective tea.
  • California Poppy
    It contain protopine that has a similar effect as morphine on the brain.
  • Hops
    Hops come as dried stobiles, capsules, and tablets, and are commonly used as a relaxing tea or as a sachet placed underneath the pillow.
  • Honey
    Try mixing honey into warmed milk or herbal teas to benefit from its sedating qualities.

TAKEAWAY QUESTIONS

– Have you tried any of the herbal remedies mentioned above?

– What other herbal remedies you know that are beneficial aid for sleeplessness?

– What other ways you do to help you sleep?


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Aromatherapy’s Essential Guide To Get You Started

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What are some essential information you should know about aromatherapy?

When you smell something nice, such as an appealing perfume, or a tasty dish being cooked in the kitchen, or fresh cut roses set in a vase full of cold water, does not the smell give you a good feeling inside?

These good feelings created by pleasing aromas are the basis for the art of aromatherapy.

People who practice aromatherapy believe that the scents that a person smells can induce the body to stimulate its ability to heal itself.

Depending on the kind of scent or combination of scents that was inhaled or absorbed through the skin, the scent activates the immune system of the body, making it more capable of fighting invading microorganisms that cause disease and boosting its strength.

The basis of aromatherapy is in its utilization of naturally gathered essential oils.

These oils are commonly extracted from plant material and additional compounds.

The flower based oils are commonly for powerfully aromatic users while the early sources of oils are principally utilized for medicinal purposes.

These oils are chiefly extracted from flowers or delicate plant tissues which are already known for their various properties.

Occasionally divided into 3 distinctive areas of uses, aromatherapy has proven an effective resolution to a lot of problems. Aerial diffusion falls in the class for environmental fragrance or disinfection.

Direct inhalation is promoted to arrest assorted respiratory problems like respiratory disinfection, congestion, tautness in the chest cavity and a lot of others.

Topical applications are chiefly for relaxing purposes like massages, baths, compresses and therapeutic skin care treatments.

Aromatherapy may have a positive effect on the limbic system through the olfactory system. It has likewise been known to have direct pharmacological effects.

There have been studies done to prove the connection between the direct effects of use between aromatherapy coupled with other scientific techniques, but to date, no absolute data has been forthcoming.

Be choosy of where you buy your essential oils. The quality varies widely from company to company.

In addition, a few companies might falsely claim that their oils are pure when they aren’t. It’s wise not to buy oils from vendors at street fairs, craft shows, or other limited-time events.

A few vendors understand novices have no recourse against them later. This isn’t to say that there are not extremely reputable sellers at these events.

However, this is a precaution for novices who aren’t able to dependably gauge quality.

Aromatherapy has become really popular nowadays. Though it’s still mostly linked to the idea of a relaxingly therapeutic massage session, newer uses are today being explored.

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To make the body heal and become more resistant to illness, practitioners of aromatherapy make use of essential oils.

These essential oils are extracted from aromatic plants.  They often find uses in the making of scented candles, perfume, soap and other beauty products.

Essential oils are very volatile. They evaporate easily and they are easily absorbed into the skin.

Practitioners of aromatherapy, however, never use essential oils undiluted because these oils are highly concentrated.

They can burn and irritate the skin if they come into direct contact with it.

Essential oils are always mixed with what are called carrier oils before they are used. 

What now, are carrier oils?  Simply put, they are vegetable oils, extracted from certain kinds of fruits, nuts, and vegetables.

They are called carrier oils because they literally carry the essential oil when mixed and applied to the skin.

Practitioners of aromatherapy believe that each kind of essential oil and each kind of carrier oil have their own properties and characteristics.

To treat a specific ailment, a specific combination of essential oils and carrier oils need to be used.

The mixture is then massaged onto the skin or added to bathwater.  Sometimes, it is put into an air diffuser.

Below are the most commonly used essential oils and carrier oils, as well as the properties that each possesses and the ailments for which they are used.

Essential Oils

Chamomile  

Chamomile can help in easing the pain so the body can relax.  It is also good for soothing the skin.

Chamomile is often used for people suffering from nervous tension, headaches caused by fatigue, and an upset stomach.  It can also be used for treating skin problems like acne and boils.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus refreshes as well as relieves congestion and pain.  So, it is used for colds, sinusitis, and other respiratory problems.  It is also applied to aching muscles and joints affected by rheumatism.

Lavender

For ailments such as rheumatism and muscle tension as well as skin problems like acne and dandruff, lavender is often used.

Lavender can help soothe and relax the body as well as enhance the circulation of the blood.  Lavender is also applied to people suffering from insomnia.

Lemon

The citrus in lemon is refreshing and can provide relief from congestion and pain.  This is why it is also used for treating headaches and migraine.

It is also good for treating stomach problems, and it is also claimed to have the ability to reduce the appearance of cellulite on the skin.

Rose

The rose is great for the skin.  It is often applied to skin that is dry, delicate or sensitive, making it softer and smoother.

The scent of the rose can also aid in relaxing the body, so it is also used for treating headaches, stress, and insomnia.

Carrier Oils

Almond

Almond oil is good for the skin because it has Vitamin D and can help moisturize dry skin.  It is a popular kind of carrier oil because the skin can easily absorb it.

Apricot

Apricot oil is a light kind of carrier oil that is rich in Vitamin A.  Practitioners of aromatherapy love to use apricot oil because it arrests the skin’s aging process and helps revitalize the skin.

Grapeseed

Grapeseed oil is the most commonly used carrier oil among practitioners of aromatherapy because it is the least expensive.  Also, because it is light, it can be used on people with oily skin without clogging the pores.

Jojoba

Jojoba oil is another type of carrier oil that is good for people with oily skin.  It has the ability to break down excess sebum, which causes pimples and dandruff.  Moreover, jojoba has Vitamin E, a kind of vitamin that helps the skin maintain its youth.

Sesame

Sesame oil is a kind of carrier oil that is known for its nutty smell, but it has great antiseptic properties.  It is effective in treating fungal infections, skin infections and light wounds.

Aromatherapy is a nice way of treating the body’s hurts and pains, if only because the oils used in aromatherapy smell great.

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Essential advice for aromatherapy beginners and all aromatherapy enthusiasts.

1. Buy One or Two Aromatherapy Books

Choose just one or two books to start your aromatherapy library. Select books that are general resources, which will give you some basic information and help you discover the areas in which you have the most interest.

2. Join Aromatherapy Discussion Forums

Forums are great resources for aromatherapy newbies. Read past discussions, ask questions, and learn from others. The Yahoo Group Aromatherapy for Everyone is a friendly place for beginners, and members range from novices to experts.

3. Do Some Research on the Internet

While it’s nice to have an aromatherapy book or two at your fingertips, there are some excellent resources on the internet, too. Be a critical reader, though, and consider your source.

Information offered by a manufacturer or affiliate seller may not be as trustworthy as information offered by a more objective source.

Aromatherapy websites I refer to over and over include AromaWeb and Wavelengths Natural Health Aromatherapy.

4. Choose Five or Ten Essential Oils to Start

Though you may be tempted to buy more, try to begin with just five or ten different essential oils.

Essential oils can be quite expensive, so you may want to experiment with a few at first and then invest in more if you decide to pursue aromatherapy further.

5. Make Sure to Buy 100%, Pure, Unadulterated Essential Oils

When you buy essential oils, choose a well-known and reputable manufacturer. Synthetic, fragrance and perfume oils are not essential oils – they contain man-made chemicals and have no aromatherapeutic value.

6. Buy at Least One Carrier Oil

For nearly all topical aromatherapy applications, you will need to dilute essential oils into a carrier oil.

Good all-purpose carrier oils include sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, and grapeseed oil. Buy cosmetic grade carrier oils, and use only a few drops of essential oil(s) per ounce of carrier oil.

7. Store Your Oils Properly

Essential oils should be stored only in dark glass containers. Since essential oils are volatile, keep the lids tightly closed.

Essential oils and carrier oils should be stored away from heat and light. Carrier oils will go rancid eventually, so it’s best to buy smaller quantities.

8. Learn How to Do a Patch Test

Essential oils can cause adverse reactions, due to allergy or due to sensitization over time.

A patch test helps to determine whether you might react to a particular essential oil.

Learn how to perform a skin patch test on yourself with each new oil you want to use topically.

9. Don’t Use Aromatherapy with Children or Pets

Until you are thoroughly familiar with essential oils and associated safety issues, don’t use them on children or pets, or while pregnant or breastfeeding.

Cats, in particular, may be adversely affected by essential oils. Make sure essential oils are kept out of reach of children.

10. Don’t Ingest Essential Oils

Though you will read conflicting information about taking essential oils internally, you should avoid doing this.

Some essential oils that are fairly safe to use topically may be quite toxic if taken internally.

In addition, some essential oils may interact with prescription or over the counter drugs.

Aromatherapy Accessories

Aromatherapy accessories include the whole range of storage boxes, bottles and jars, diffusers, burners, containers, dispensers and others.

Essential oils and other aromatherapy products, being so precious, not exactly in price but in face value to the user, demand special concern in the form of aromatherapy accessories.

Storage Box

It is important to get the best storage boxes for storing your essential oils. Essential oils may get contaminated if exposed to excessively extreme temperatures.

Similarly, direct sunlight is harmful to the aromatherapy products. The most common material used for the preparation of storage boxes is alder wood.

The boxes will be beautifully carved and given a natural wood finish. When shopping for storage boxes, check that it contain wooden dividers and brass clasp fittings. Also, decide the storage space before making the buying decision.

Bottles and Jars

Essential oils must be stored in dark amber or cobalt blue bottles. These are the best containers to prevent deterioration of the essential oils.

Since essential oils are contaminated when exposed to direct sunlight, clear glass bottles are a strict no-no.

Plastic bottles may be avoided, particularly when concentrated essential oils are to be stored. It is believed that the oil erodes the plastic and thus it gets deteriorated.

The market today has large options for people shopping for bottles and jars. They are available in ranges of 5 ml. to 10 ml.

Bottles with beautiful designs can be purchased. Some manufacturers also offer the option to design the bottles on demand.

Electric Diffusers

Diffusers are one of the most popular aromatherapy accessories. They are available in a wide range of electric diffusers, nebulizers, fan diffusers, clay pot diffusers and others.

They are a cleaner and more effective way of perfuming the environment. Electric diffusers can be left unattended too without the fear of it leading to fire since there is no naked flame.

Dispensers

Though dispensers and pipettes are only minor aromatherapy accessories, they are quite important. Use an ordinary dispenser and you have the danger of deteriorating your oils.

When oil is dispensed from its container, a part of it is left on the pipette. It reacts with the oxygen outside and gets contaminated.

When again the pipette is used, the contaminated oil contaminates the entire bottle of oil. So, one must purchase the dispensers too, with care.

In this way, we see that aromatherapy accessories have a large role to play in increasing the longevity of your essential oils. So, take the same care when buying the aromatherapy accessories as when you buy the oils.

As you experiment with and learn more about aromatherapy, you will become more confident using essential oils. There is so much to explore, so be safe and have fun!

 


POINTS TO REMEMBER
  • The basis of aromatherapy is in its use of naturally gathered essential oils.
  • Direct inhalation is promoted to stop assorted respiratory problems.
  • Topical applications are primarily for relaxing purposes like massages, baths, compresses and therapeutic skin care treatments.
  • Essential oils are very volatile.
  • Essential oils are always mixed with what are called carrier oils before they are used.
  • Carrier oils carry essential oil when mixed and applied to the skin.

Essential Oils

  • Chamomile
    – Help in easing the pain
    – Good for soothing the skin
  • Eucalyptus
    – Relieves congestion and pain
  • Lavender
    – For rheumatism & muscle tension
    – Soothe & relax the body
  • Lemon
    – Relieves congestion & pain
    – Reduce cellulite on skin
  • Rose
    – Makes skin softer & smoother
    – Treats headaches, stress & insomnia

Carrier Oils

  • Almond
    – Has Vitamin D & moisturizes the skin
    – The skin can easily absorb it
  • Apricot
    – Light & rich in Vitamin A
    – Stop skin’s aging process & revitalize the skin
  • Grapeseed
    – Light & less expensive
    – Does not clog the pores
  • Jojoba
    – Good for people with oily skin
    – Has Vitamin E
  • Sesame
    – Known for its nutty smell
    – Has great antiseptic properties

Essential advice for aromatherapy beginners and all aromatherapy enthusiasts:

  1. Buy One or Two Aromatherapy Books
  2. Join Aromatherapy Discussion Forums
  3. Do Some Research on the Internet
  4. Choose Five or Ten Essential Oils to Start
  5. Make Sure to Buy 100%, Pure, Unadulterated Essential Oils
  6. Buy at Least One Carrier Oil
  7. Store Your Oils Properly
  8. Learn How to Do a Patch Test
  9. Don’t Use Aromatherapy with Children or Pets
  10. Don’t Ingest Essential Oils

Aromatherapy Accessories

  • Storage Box
    The most common material used for preparation of storage boxes is alder wood.
  • Bottles and Jars
    Essential oils must be stored in dark amber or cobalt blue bottles.
  • Electric Diffusers
    They are available in a wide range from electric diffusers, nebulizers, fan diffusers, clay pot diffusers and others.
  • Dispensers
    They are used to avoid deteriorating and contaminating the oils.

TAKEAWAY QUESTIONS

– Have you tried any inhaling essential oils?

– Have you tried applying essential oils?

– Which among the essential oils you like best?

– Which among the carrier oils you like best?

– What aromatherapy accessories you have?


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What Are The Medicinal Benefits Of Homeopathic Herbs?

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What do you know about homeopathy? How about medicinal herbs?

There are many different uses for herbs especially when it comes to medicinal uses, especially homeopathic uses.

Millions of people are now looking for more natural ways to provide relief for their ailments. Let’s take a look at some ways you can use herbs for homeopathic use.

What Is Homeopathy?

You may or may not have heard of homeopathic medicine? If not, here is a basic overview of what it is. It is based on the body learning to heal itself – “like treating like.”

When an invading germ or bacteria enters the body, its defenses create antibodies to fight it. Now that invader is recognized if it ever appears again.

Homeopathy uses a highly diluted form of the substance that is causing the symptoms in the body to trigger the natural defenses within to begin healing.

An example would be to expose allergy sufferers to a small dose of pollen, ragweed or dust mites to help their bodies become desensitized to it.

The repeated dilutions are to render the substance non-toxic. This works in a very similar way to allergy shots with the main difference being the substance that is used.

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A Comparison between Homeopathic Doctors and Medical Physicians

There are three major principles observed in the field of homeopathy.

These are:

  • principle of similarities,
  • principle of minimal dose
  • and principle of singular remedy.

Each of which proposes certain procedures that boil down into this: working on the symptoms is enough to bring health back into its order.

Dr. Samuel Hahnemann first proposed his comprehensive concepts on homeopathy in his book called Organon.

His initial edition appeared during 1810 and was later supported by his last edition which is apparently published posthumously during 1842.

After 200 hundred years, the grounds he offered during his time are still useful today. In fact, many subsequent principles found today are still rooted in his book.

This is not to say that homeopathy hasn’t improved but it’s because Dr. Hahnemann has found the root principles and are therefore confirmed by succeeding investigators.

So what happened after 200 years?

As expected there has been rampant progress in medical science which did not exclude homeopathic treatments.

For several years, many homeopathic doctors have focused their studies and research on new substances and materials that could be part of the more comprehensive and more effective treatment using the principles as stated above.

In fact, due to the developments, homeopathic doctors have now given new meanings and scopes to the field apart from what the pioneers have already provided.

This only indicates that homeopathic doctors are not merely benefactors of the vast knowledge but are also contributors in the expansion of what is known in this field.

There are several major differences in conventional and alternative medicine. Homeopathy, by the way, is included in the latter.

Therefore, it is but likely that we could spot several differences between the people involved in these practices.

If we are too closely look at the other roles of homeopathic doctors and those of the medical practitioners, we are likely to find the following observations:

The distinction lies in the differences of methodologies as covered by each field. The medical doctors, for one, view the human body as a battleground for health and diseases.

They have the tendency to focus on the disease and conditions themselves rather than on the symptoms, a vital point in homeopathy.

Conventional medical practitioners use techniques, parameters, methodologies, and practices that are based on factual, statistically proven and scientifically documented researches.

There is nothing really bad in here. It just that it fails to see and target the other important factors, such as the case of focusing on discovering ultimate cures rather than individual treatments.

Additionally, medical practitioners treat only the part of the body that causes the whole body to be affected with the disease or the ailment.

For homeopathic doctors, however, treatment must be holistic. The individual’s health is the main priority and treatment of the symptoms would provide the cures.

Plus, the normal use of natural substances could get around the risk that patients would be running from when subjected to conventional forms of medicine.

Another major difference between homeopathic doctors and medical practitioners is the therapies or forms of treatment they use.

Often, conventional medicine deal on surgeries and medications.

However, with homeopathy, alternative forms of healing such as hypnosis, aromatherapy, acupuncture and the use herbs and minerals are offered to bring effects of healing.

It must be remembered though that while both types of doctors portray major differences, they only have one basic task in mind- to bring health to whoever lacks it and to improve health.

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Homeopathic Herbs and Their Uses

There is more to homeopathy than what we described above. You can learn more about this type of medicine to get a better understanding of the mechanisms at work here.

Next, let’s discuss some of the herbs used as a part of that type of treatment.

Homeopathic medicines can be given in pill or liquid form depending on what is prescribed by the natural pharmacy.

They can also instruct you on dosage and frequency of use. They are recommended for treatment of minor ailments.

Arnica – This is also called “mountain daisy.” It is used to relieve pain after injuries like in sports and exercise.

Allium – Onion is a part of this family of plants. A common use for it is to help with common cold symptoms. As anyone who has cut an onion knows, it causes eye tearing and a runny nose.

Chamomile – It is soothing when steeped as a tea but also for relieving teething pain in children. It’s used with colicky babies as well.

St. John’s wort – Known to help improve mood, it can also be used for injuries and cuts that are accompanied by lots of sharp pains.

Nux vomica – It’s also known as “poison nut.” Works to relieve nausea and stomach complaints brought on by too much food and alcohol or a stomach bug.

Sepia – Assists with female menstrual issues.

Aconite – Used for treating shock, fever and maybe insomnia.

Apis – Used to treat insect stings on the body and resulting rashes and/or hives.

Herbs have been a part of medical treatment even before recorded history began.

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Using Herbs for Medicinal Purposes

As we mentioned earlier more and more people are looking at herbal remedies, ones that can be used to improve their health and their homes.

Herbs for medicinal purposes are sometimes looked down on by members of the medical community.  However, there is more of a relationship between herbs and modern medicine than people know.

People all over the world have used herbs as well as berries, seeds, roots, leaves, bark, and flowers to treat everything from a cold to indigestion to abdominal pain.

Scientists aren’t sure exactly how herbs work. There are a variety of compounds found in plants and it can be hard to separate the active ingredients.

However, research is showing that there is value to using them for preventative maintenance as well as treating some conditions.

Once scientists learned to extract certain compounds from plants and create similar ones, plant use dropped off.

The herb remedies fell into hearsay but have been making resurgence within the medical community. People want to return to their roots – literally.

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Popular Medicinal Herbs and Their Uses

Peppermint – It is great for candy but has several medicinal purposes as well. Leaves can be steeped in tea as a muscle relaxant, antispasmodic and antacid. The leaves can be used on the chest as an expectorant.

Calendula – This flower is used as a healing cream to fight inflammation. Use it to find relief from poison ivy.

Garlic – Tastes great on meats and in stews. Eat fresh cloves to help boost the immune system naturally as well as lowering blood cholesterol. Garlic is also an antibiotic.

Yarrow – This root can be used to stop bleeding externally. Also used as an antibiotic when ingested. Combine with lavender to repel insects.

Lavender – The purple flowers smell great. Used in essential oils to relieve headaches and stress. Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be used topically without burning or damaging the skin. This is used as an antibiotic and antifungal.

Chamomile – Steep the leaves in a tea as a sedative to help you sleep better. Also, chamomile is an anti-inflammatory.

Ginkgo biloba – We’ve all heard of this one for improving memory. It is used as well as a supplement to help fight the effects of free radicals in the body.

Echinacea – Known as the “immune booster,” it is used to help fight off the effects of a cold or a sore throat. When taking Echinacea, the duration of the cold is less.

Ginseng – Use this to boost the immune system.

Ginger – Eating fresh ginger root can help fight upset stomach and digestive problems. Try also in tea with a bit of honey.

Tea tree oil – Use this as an expectorant and an anti-inflammatory.

Nettle – This is used to fight muscle spasms like menstrual cramps.

When using herbs for medicinal purposes make sure to check proper dosages used by herbalists for best results. Also, check with your doctor for any interactions with prescription meds.

 


POINTS TO REMEMBER

Homeopathy uses a highly diluted form of the substance that is causing the symptoms in the body to trigger the natural defenses within to begin healing.

There are three major principles observed in the field of homeopathy.  These are:

  • Principle of similarities
  • Principle of minimal dose
  • Principle of singular remedy

Using Herbs for Medicinal Purposes

  • Research is showing that there is value to using them for preventative maintenance as well as treating some conditions.

Popular Homeopathic Herbs

  • Peppermint
  • Calendula
  • Garlic
  • Yarrow
  • Lavender
  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • Echinacea
  • Ginseng
  • Ginger
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Nettle

TAKEAWAY QUESTIONS

– What are the things you know about homeopathy?

– What do you know about medicinal herbs?

– Have you tried taking some herbal homeopathic herbs?

– If so, what is your experience on taking them?

– What other homeopathic herbs do you know?


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What You Should Know About Herbal Supplements?

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Are you familiar with herbal supplements?

When you get sick, you go to the doctor. And the doctor will, of course, prescribe medicines. You will go and buy medicines. You take them, and hopefully, you get well.

This is how the health profession goes on nowadays – a cycle of diagnosis and prescription.

If anyone were to give you herbs for medicine, you would probably say that that person was a quack.

But nowadays, studies are being conducted to see if there are really is any merit to what is called natural medicine.

Natural medicine is the use of natural methods, herbal medicines, and traditional practices to heal ailments.

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Every culture has a form of natural medicine. In ancient cultures, village medicine men served as the doctors of the community, passing on medical knowledge to the apprentices that followed them.

Many categories of the healing methods fall under natural medicine. Among these are traditional medicine, complementary medicine, and alternative medicine.

Usually, natural medicine refers to medical practices that were in place before the advent of modern medicine.

This includes herbal medicine, or phytotherapy, which is prevalent in Chinese, Ayurvedic(or Indian), and Greek medicine.

Upon the advent of modern medicine, many professionals discarded the use of herbs in favor of man-made medicine. The fact that these treatments are based on the healing properties of some herbs was forgotten.

For example, opium, digitalis, quinine, and aspirin all have their roots in traditional medicine.

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Natural medicine can be considered as a lost art. This does not mean that it has lost efficacy over time.

In some cases, natural therapy is actually better than modern medicine. This leads some doctors to seriously consider and study the possible uses of natural medicine

Before we continue, it is important to stress that not all the natural remedies are legitimate. It would help to only try those remedies which have been thoroughly studied and are relatively risk-free.

Take herbal medicine for example. There are much well-documented and studied herbal remedies available.

However, only those that deal with minor ailments such as cough, colds, fever, skin rashes, and its ilk are likely to be recommended by health professionals.

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These remedies are sometimes superior to synthetic medicine.

This is because herbal medicines are less likely to cause negative side effects.

Currently, there are numerous organizations that study the effects and advocacy of natural medicine – among which is herbal medicine.

Some governments and health agencies openly advocate the use of natural methods since they are inexpensive and relatively risk-free.

As their studies compile, more herbs and treatments are added to the list of accepted medicines. However, many herbs and treatments have been proven to be bogus medicine.

This represents a challenge for both the user and the agencies because they have to ascertain that the treatments they either use or advocate are legitimate.

There exist today many alternative medical treatments that fall under natural medicine.

However, not all of them have been proven to be effective.

You could mention homeopathy, aromatherapy, acupuncture, and other alternative medical treatments. It would pay to consult the experts as to the legitimacy of these treatments.

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Natural medicine should also be thought of as an accompanying medicine. Right now, the current collective medical thought suggests that it be used only to supplement accepted modern medical practices.

In that case of minor ailments your expert we actually advise you to take natural therapies instead.

The practice of modern medicine revolves around diagnosing an illness and prescribing treatments for such.

Natural medicine is helpful because it suggests that treatment is not necessarily given only when sick.

It strives to make each patient practice good health habits. These habits include a good diet, healthy living, and the regular natural treatment.

It is this same line of thought that leads our parents to tell us to eat our vegetables. Yes, a healthy lifestyle and will do no harm to our well-being.

And this is the foundation of natural medicine – may it be massage, herbal medicine, aromatherapy or others.

It is funny but true that science, in its quest for excellence, is studying the knowledge of sages past.

This, surprisingly, leads us back to the remedies nature offers. The possibilities of finding remedies to everyday illnesses in natural medicine are encouraging.

Staying tuned to studying these remedies is worthwhile until we can verify that these therapies are truly helpful to our health and our society.

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Natural Supplements – Help Your Body

Vitamins and mineral supplements are a good way to supply your body with nutrients that you might not be getting from your diet.

Go down any vitamin aisle in a drugstore, market, or health food store. The first thing you will see is all the ‘natural’ supplements and vitamin complex tablets that all claim to provide all kinds of benefits.

There are supplements that claim to help you lose weight without exercise. Does it sound too good to be true? It is. You have to burn more calories than you consume and exercise will help you accomplish that but I digress.

If you are considering adding supplements to your diet have a discussion with your doctor will help to determine whether or not adding supplements would be beneficial for you or not.

Are vitamins necessary for optimum health? Most people, if they eat a healthy diet, do not need them. Most vitamins are fine and are not harmful.

If someone does not eat a healthy diet or because of illness has a limited diet a vitamin supplement could be very helpful.

Fruits and vegetables have important vitamins in them and should not be eliminated from a diet unless a doctor orders it. In this case a supplement would almost be necessary. Your body needs vitamins to keep it functioning.

Most people think that vitamins are a source of energy that is not the case. Vitamins help regulate the body’s metabolism.

Vitamins also help the food we eat to release its energy. It’s the food that when absorbed and broken down into the nutrients the body can use that provides our body with energy.

The body more easily absorbs calcium if you are also taking Vitamin D. Most calcium supplements are already fortified with vitamin D. There are thirteen vitamins that are all important to achieve optimum health. Vitamins E and C contain antioxidants.

Antioxidants help to release free radicals, which are high-energy particles. These high-energy particles damage healthy blood cells. Studies are now coming out that indicate that the consumption of vitamins and supplements may aid in fighting cancer and preventing other chronic diseases.

The research is by no means conclusive in this regard. Studies continue to be conducted in an effort to provide us with the ultimate health.

There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. An excess amount of vitamins in your system could cause bleeding, negative interactions with some prescription medications.

Listed below are some vitamins and how overdoses can affect you.

Vitamin A – Too much vitamin A can cause neurological problems
Vitamin D – Too much vitamin D disrupts the balance of calcium in the body that can lead to calcium deposits in the soft tissues of the body.
Vitamin C – Too much vitamin C can lessen the effectiveness of other medications.
Vitamin E – Too much vitamin E can cause blood not to clot and can cause other bleeding issues.

Vitamins are just one tool among many that are available to us to help us get healthy and remain healthy. Vitamins alone will not do this. A healthy diet, exercise, and regular health checkups will do this.

You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to get some exercise in. I also take vitamins and other supplements to help my body work better.

There are a variety of opinions about vitamins, supplements, and healthy eating. Vitamins are generally fine unless they are fortified with iron. The effectiveness of vitamins with iron is often hotly debated.

Too much iron can cause iron overload and it doesn’t get ‘washed’ out of the blood as efficiently if at all. There is a disease called Hemochromatosis, which is fatal, as it attacks liver function.

It can be controlled and there must be liver function tests done among other things. The controversy continues to reign.

You have complete control in this area. Do your research because there are a great number of websites that provides information on supplements and how they work.

You should sit down with your physician and discuss your options. S/he may suggest you meet with a nutrition specialist as well. Get smart and be healthy.

A little knowledge is a very good thing and in the case of vitamins the more you know how they work and how they could be harmful, the safer and healthier you will be.

Trust your instincts, know your body, and get help if you need it. Good eating, good exercise plenty of water and common sense will help you to meet your goal of good health.

 


POINTS TO REMEMBER
  • Herbal supplements utilize nature’s gift to help sustain your health and well-being.
  • With the proper regimen, they may help alleviate the need for them.
  • Natural medicine is the use of natural methods, herbal medicines, and traditional practices to heal ailments.
  • The natural ingredients in herbal supplements can also work to help prevent disease or promote recovery.
  • Every culture has a form of natural medicine.
  • Many categories of the healing methods fall under natural medicine.
  • It is important to stress that not all the natural remedies are legitimate.
  • There exist today many alternative medical treatments that fall under natural medicine.
  • Natural medicine should also be thought of as an accompanying medicine.
  • Natural medicine is helpful because it suggests that treatment is not necessarily given only when sick.

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– Are you familiar with herbal supplements?

– Have you tried taking some herbal medicines?

– If so, what is your experience on taking them?

– Would you consider trying some herbal medicines?


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What Are The Natural Remedies For Acne You Can Apply?

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What will you do when you have acne problem? The subject of natural or homegrown acne remedies is a broad one to cover as one must be able to separate the effective options from those that really amount to little more than old wives’ tales.

Yet, with this said, someone searching for successful remedies for acne would be foolish to overlook the benefits of those natural remedies that have been passed on in families.

These sorts of remedies based upon common sense practices or herbs are typically successful for most mild cases of acne. It is when these cases grow more severe that one should consult a physician or dermatologist.

For centuries, civilizations relied exclusively upon herbal and natural remedies for the treatment of every ailment.

No, there were no convenient drive-up pharmacies to get a prescription for manufactured medications. In order to find ways to help treat sickness one had to venture into the woods and search for cures there.

And for the most part, nature provided for these needs through the various herbs that were found to have medicinal value.

The earliest physicians were nothing more than what we today call herbalists or at a certain point in time, apothecaries.

Either way, the natural remedies they discovered were the basis for scientists who later found ways to create synthetic substitutes for these herbs and distill the innate properties down into a form that can be amplified or augmented by other elements.

Even though there are many nonprescription products for acne, home remedies for acne had better be preferred.

The most important reason is: natural home remedies won’t have all the chemicals that can dry your skin out and further irritate the condition.

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Common Natural Remedies

Hot/Cold Compresses 

A chief natural remedy that is recommended more often than not is the usage of hot and cold wet towel compresses to reduce swelling and eliminate clogged pores–the major culprit in the production of acne.

Drinking Water 

One of the best natural remedies for treating acne is water.  Water is used to hydrate the body, which, of course, hydrates the skin as well.

The skin is the largest organ in the human body, and must be properly hydrated to work correctly and serve its purpose.

This is accomplished in two ways: by washing the face, which hydrates the surface of the skin, and by drinking water, which hydrates the entire body, from the inside out.  This, of course, includes the skin.

Drinking plenty of water will keep the skin looking and feeling healthy.  Healthy skin cells promote a healthy body.

In addition to improving skin tone and texture, it can stimulate cell growth and will help all your organs work correctly.  It also helps filter out unwanted substances that can be harmful to your skin.

This natural remedy for acne is simple enough. The premise behind it the idea that if you drink a sufficient amount of water per day, typically 7-8 glasses of water a day, your body is cleansed of elements of toxicity that can actually contribute to the development and spread of acne.

Water is also a crucial component deep within your skin.  It provides the basis for a soft, smooth, and healthy complexion and will help you look more youthful.

Though very little water is stored in the outer layers of your skin, this moisture is important and is constantly removed by outside elements such as sun and wind.

Sun and wind can dry your skin, removing moisture and irritating its surface.  When this occurs, pre-existing acne can become even more irritated, which in turn prolongs the problem.

While irritation won’t directly cause more acne to form, it can worsen the problem.  It is important to keep proper moisture in the skin.

Perhaps one of the most common myths is that oily skin does not need moisture.  This is not true.  Just because skin is oily, does not mean it is moisturized.

By cleansing the skin, you are wiping away excess oil, and my moisturizing it, you are helping it remain smooth and decreasing your chances for irritation.

Properly hydrating the skin not only promotes and stimulates cell growth, but also helps the other organs of the bodywork together.

If properly hydrated, the skin will not wrinkle or sag as easily, and will appear youthful for a longer period of time.

It also should be noted, that many natural remedies not only recommend to merely drink plain old ordinary water but actually adding herbal ingredients by boiling fenugreek seeds and corn into the water.

Oils and Juices 

Though it can seem odd, the benefits of using natural substances like almond oil – which can actually help with the removal of acne scars – cannot be ignored.

Apricot juice helps to alleviate the presence of cysts by cutting through them.

 

Cucumber juice

Used as a topical application, either alone or combined with carrot juice, alfalfa or lettuce.

 

Citric fruit juices

These types of juices, such as lemon juice, serve as a natural exfoliate, removing dead skin cells which might cause clogging of the pores.

You should allow it to dry on the face for approximately 10 minutes before rinsing it away with cool water.

 

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Orange Peel

Another one of the many home remedies for acne admits orange peel. Smash the orange skin and mix with water and apply to acne affected areas. One of the really fantabulous home remedies for acne.

Lemon

Another citrus fruit remedy and an easy medicine at home for acne: Apply lemon juice to the pimples and acne.

Cucumber

Grated cucumber applied to the face, eyes, and neck, for fifteen to twenty minutes, can help prevent pimples and blackheads.

Garlic

Rub down raw garlic over the troubled spots several times a day. Garlic has proved to cure the worst acne problems.

Eat three seeds of raw garlic once on a day for a month. This purifies the blood stream and helps keep acne away.

Coriander(Chinese parsley ) and Mint Juice

A teaspoon of coriander juice, mixed with a little turmeric powder, is an effective home remedy for pimples and blackheads. After washing the face each night, gently apply it before bedding.

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Fenugreek Leaves 

This remedy provides great prevention of breakouts and involves taking the fenugreek leaves, crushing them, and making a paste out of them.

You should then apply it to infected areas every night, then wash it away the following morning with warm water.

Fenugreek Seed

Fenugreek is an effective therapy for acne. Make a paste from the leaves and apply over the face each night before going to bed and wash it off with hot water in the morning.

Nigella or Fennel Flower

Nigella or fennel flower is an effective herbal cure against Acne. The fennel flower belongs to the genus Nigella of the sativa species.

People or civilizations have been cultivating this plant for centuries for its medicinal qualities and also as a spice.

Ingredients: Nigella sativa consists of Proteins, Carbohydrates, Fatty acids, Vitamins and Minerals

Some of the other complex compounds found in the Nigella are:

arginine, Alanine, tryptophan, campesterol, asparagine, carvone, cystine, cymene, dehydroascorbic-acid, glucose, eicosadienoic-acid, glutamic-acid, iron, glycine, isoleucine, linoleic-acid, leucine, d-limonene, linolenic-acid, lysine, lipase, methionine, nigellin, myristic-acid, nigellone, palmitic-acid, oleic-acid, phenylalanine, potassium, phytosterols, beta-sitosterol, stearic-acid, alpha-spinasterol, stigmasterol, threonine, tannin, thymoquinone and thymol hydroquinone.

Benefits: Nigella has some magical properties that make it such a sought after herb for treatment of various skin and body problems.

Some of the common properties of Nigella are:

  • Antineoplastic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Analgesic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antipyretics

Nigella is a potent natural remedy for strengthening the immune system.

It is used for treating acne because acne can get aggravated due to a weak immune system and Nigella makes the immune system stronger.

HOney Mask 

Because honey has naturally occurring anti-bacterial qualities it is often applied to the face as a mask, killing surface bacteria.

Typically, the mask should be applied once or twice weekly depending upon the results of usage.

Distilled White Vinegar 

Apply the vinegar as a topical solution, letting it sit on the infected area for at least 5-10 minutes.

Then rinse it thoroughly with cool water. Often the vinegar can be a little too strong so it is recommended that you dilute it, though not too much.

Makeup or Cosmetic Usage 

Simply put, this is a common sense remedy for acne.

Just avoid using these products because more than likely the chemicals and oils used to manufacture them will clog the pores, which, in turn, leads to more breakouts.

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Further Remedies

Beyond the common natural remedies for acne, there are a few other interesting options available and worth mentioning at this time.

Diet and Vitamin Supplements

Unlike former days, when the diets of civilizations included only naturally occurring food from the ground, the usage of fertilizers and pesticides has taken a toll on the nutrient content of much of the food that we eat.

Add to this the fact that our food is further manipulated by chemical preservatives and you have some further explanations for the occurrences of some acne breakout.

To combat this, observing a proper and balanced diet and taking a hearty multi-vitamin can actually go a long way towards preventing certain biochemical conditions which provide fertile ground for acne.

Echinacea and Oregon Grape

These herbs are both useful for boosting the body’s immune system and also combating many forms of acne-causing bacteria.

Vitamins

Niacin and vitamin A are good for caring for acne. Take 100 mg niacin, three times on a daily basis, and 50,000 units of vitamin A, three times daily.

Vitamin E, 400 mg, had better be taken once daily. Continue for a month.

Used in large quantities, vitamin A has actually been used to successfully treat some severe forms of acne.

But it must be clear that if you plan to use vitamin A as a possible remedy you should consult a physician because, if used in large enough doses, it can be toxic.

Zinc 

This vitamin, if added to one’s diet, can actually aid in the healing of acne lesions and help in the prevention of scarring. Zinc had better be taken in doses of 50 mg three times a day.

Zinc is in tablet and in capsule form. Take a dose of 50 mg daily equal to one month or till there is a noticeable improvement and then decrease the dose to 25 mg.

Green Tea

Green tea can serve many purposes, and it is recommended for a number of reasons.  It acts as an anti-bacterial substance, decreasing hormonal activity.

Since acne is often caused by hormones, which produce excess oil and clog pores, thereby causing blemishes, green tea could be a good remedy for this problem.

The antioxidants contained in green tea have been shown as very beneficial to acne prevention because they help the body fight against free radicals that cause cell and tissue damage.

Green tea also has very few potential side effects, especially when compared to other acne products and medications.

Because of its advantages, green tea is also used in various creams and other topical products used to treat acne.

When compared with other commonly used acne treatments, it ranked high, because of its natural anti-bacterial properties.

Other products containing green tea extract are also sold and developed and are available as herbal remedies.  It can be purchased as a cream.

Green Tea and honeysuckle are often called “Pimple Tea” in China.  It also helps your body rid itself of toxins, which helps prevent acne.

Drinking green tea will help cleanse your body from the inside out, while applying the topical cream, which goes directly onto the skin, will help cure and prevent acne at the source.

No matter how you choose to use it, it can serve many purposes, and may be a welcome alternative to harsh products or unwanted medications.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has been proven effective at killing acne bacteria and healing scars, and it won’t clog pores, but many acne sufferers are very sensitive to the oil.

Start out with a very mild dose. Add only a drop or two of pure tea tree oil to an ounce of pure aloe vera gel, which is particularly soothing and healing to an irritated skin. Increase the amount of tea tree oil as you wish.

Tea tree oil is can be obtained from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia by using steam distillation. It is the native herb of Australia and effectively fights acne. You can purchase undiluted or pure tea tree oil from health stores.

Ingredients: Contains terpinen-4-ol, which has antimicrobial properties.

Use: It kills bacteria hence should be used on acne lesions to kill Propionibacterium acnes, which is a Bacterium that lives on the skin and causes acne.

Benefits: Few side effects as compared to benzoyl peroxide.

Avoid: using undiluted tree tea oil as it may cause skin blistering, redness, irritation, itching and over-dryness

Concentration: 5% concentration gels should be used. You can also make it at home by mixing 5 parts of tea tree oil with 95 parts of water.

Limited research indicates that tea tree oil applied to acne lesions on the skin may work slower and may also cause fewer adverse effects  such as skin dryness, itching, stinging, or redness than do other commonly prescribed acne drugs.

The speed of action depends on the strength of the tea tree oil application.

Be forewarned, all medications can have side effects. Check with your doctor and pharmacist.

Chemical Compounds

Apart from the natural diets and applying or intake of herbs, you can also use baking soda to effectively fight against acne. Baking soda is also known as sodium bicarbonate.

It is normally available in a fine powder form and is used for leavening food like cake. You can buy it from any food store. On reaction with acid, sodium bicarbonate produces water and carbon dioxide.

Sodium bicarbonate works in two different ways, which are:

Exfoliating agent

Acne can flare up anytime and anywhere and the reason it happens is because of clogging of the hair follicles.

When your hair follicle gets clogged then the sebaceous glands will start producing sebum continuously, which will cause the hair follicles to rupture.

If a bump appears on your skin with the sebum still inside then it is known as a whitehead but if the bump comes out of the skin then it is known as a blackhead.

Neutralize acidic environment

Fungal or bacterial infections are also one of the primary reasons of acne.

Baking soda in the form of sodium bicarbonate will help in damaging the bacterial cells that help bacteria to grow on your skin.

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Effective Natural Remedies For Headaches

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What are the effective natural remedies for the different types of headaches? Find out some tips and helpful herbs for you to get well.

Who have not experienced any headache at all? Most adult human beings do and many have experience on this. Headaches can be extremely painful. Often times they can leave you down for the count.

Everybody has definitely experienced a headache once in his or her lifetime. Since it is one of the indispensable and common illnesses everyone experiences, people have learned to find ways to relieve the discomfort brought by a headache.

If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from headaches on a regular basis, this article is for you.

Before you decide to reach for the medicine cabinet, try these all-natural remedies the next time you have a headache.

Here are the best non-drug remedies for the three most common types of headaches.

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Tension Headaches

Of the three main types of headaches, tension headaches are the most common. With this type of a headache, the muscles contract and it feels like something is literally squeezing your head.

The pain can run from one ear to the other and back around. Tension headaches are usually caused by a lack of sleep and/or stress.

Natural Remedies for Tension Headaches

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Ginger

It inhibits a substance known as thromboxane A2 that prevents the release of chemicals that make your blood vessels expand.

Fresh ginger can easily be found at your local grocery store. Crush up no more than an inch of ginger and put it in a pot of boiling water.

Eating crystallized ginger or adding some grated ginger in your drink will be enough as a home remedy for your headache. Using fresh or powdered ginger when cooking your food will do just as well.

This homemade remedy will help reduce inflammation and ease your headache. It works just as good, if not better than an aspirin and is a completely natural plant-based remedy.

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Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is also a well-known home remedy for a headache. Just put a couple of drops of this aromatic oil into a carrier oil or lotion and rub around your temple, neck, and forehead.

But make sure that you do not get any of the oil too close to your eyes as its vapors can be very overwhelming.

You can also place a drop or two of peppermint oil on your handkerchief and sniff it to help you get rid of your headaches. Peppermint oil has been known to relieve headaches caused by too much tension.

Most health stores sell peppermint oil for about $6. Take the oil and apply it to your hairline. The cooling sensation created by the oil will help relax the muscles in your head and neck.

Rosemary Oil can also be just as effective as a home remedy for headaches. Rosemary oil helps relieve your headaches by helping keep the blood vessels dilated.

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Herbal Teas

Herbal teas have also been known to provide headache relief. Peppermint tea and rosemary tea are examples of popular home remedy beverages for your nagging headache.

Drinking a cup or two of your favorite peppermint tea will do wonders for your headache.

Preparing a teaspoon of rosemary in a cup of hot water and steeped for about 10 minutes will also do as well.

Drinking this wonderful concoction three times a day will help you get rid of that headache.

Cluster Headaches

Those who suffer from cluster headaches often describe it as an ice pack in their head. The pain is very concentrated and it feels like someone is stabbing them in the head.

Cluster headaches usually occur in a cluster of days, hence the name cluster headaches. They are most common in the winter.

Natural Remedies for Cluster Headaches

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Capsaicin Cream

Cayenne pepper is the main ingredient in Capsaicin cream. Put a dab on your finger and apply it to the inside of your nostril. Be sure to place it on the side where you are experiencing the pain.

Once applied, the cream starts working. It works by blocking pain signals. You can find Capsaicin cream at your local health food store.

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Chlorophyll Supplements

Chlorophyll is used by plants for photosynthesis in the process of turning carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates and oxygen.

Chlorophyll supplements promote the flow of oxygen to cells while also protecting the cells from oxidation damage and can naturally help with cluster headaches.

Placing ten drops of liquid chlorophyll concentrate on the tongue several times throughout the day and then drinking some water will help with these types of headaches and can also provide natural energy to get you through the day.

Migraine Headaches

Last but not least, we will cover migraine headaches. Migraine headaches are very debilitating and can have you in bed, unable to move for extended periods of time.

Migraines cause a throbbing pain to occur on one side of your head. As a result of this pain, individuals are usually sensitive to light and sound. It some cases it can even cause nausea.

Migraines can be genetic as they are found to run in certain families. The bad news, however, is women are three times more likely to have them than their male counterparts.

Many experts believe migraines are a result of nerve signals being misinterpreted by the brain. Instead of interpreting them for what they really are, they interpret them as pain.

Treating Migraine

Prevention is still the number one treatment for a migraine. The best way is to make sure that one avoids the factors that may trigger the attack.

One of those factors is stress. By learning to relax a bit and do some stress management, one can prevent migraine headaches from recurring.

Try to spread your workload to a degree, which you can manage. Rest for a while when you feel that you are getting tired.

Another great way is to deal with the attack head on.

Relieve the pain in the head by keeping warm and avoiding extreme temperatures. If the problem is the position of the head when you are sleeping, buy a different pillow.

Choose a fluffier one that will cushion your head better. You can also experiment with a different sleeping position.

You can also rub your temples and massage the area that is painful. Try to close your eyes for a while and let it rest especially when you have been staring at the computer screen for a long time.

Natural Remedies for Migraine Headaches

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Acupressure Massage

Acupressure massage has been around for hundreds of years. It is an ancient Chinese healing method that centers around applying pressure to certain points on the body. The pressure is applied to help relieve pain. Doing this type of massage on yourself is very easy.

First, take your finger and place it in the groove between your first and second toe. Press firmly and apply pressure for at least three minutes.

If you can, hold it for a total of 5 minutes before letting go. If you would prefer not to do this yourself, you can always go see a massage therapist.

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Feverfew

Feverfew is an herbal supplement that comes from the sunflower family. It has been tested in clinical trials with great results.

During these trials, Feverfew was shown to be a very effective treatment for migraines. It works by decreasing the amount of inflammation in the area where there is

It works by decreasing the amount of inflammation in the area where there is a pain. When inflammation is reduced, it eliminates pressure on the nerves. As a result, the migraine starts to subside. You can find feverfew in capsule form for around $12.

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Changing Your Diet

As you can see, there are many different natural remedies for the various types of headaches.

However, one remedy can be applied to all headaches no matter what type. That remedy is to simply change your diet because certain foods can trigger a headache.

Start paying close attention to the foods you consume on a daily basis. Keeping a journal and jotting down everything you eat for at least 7 days is helpful so you can track any specific foods that cause you to have an adverse reaction.

Once you identify a pattern, you will know which foods should be removed from your diet.

Some foods that have been known to trigger headaches include wine, cold cuts, and caffeine or lack of it once one drinks it regularly.

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Effective Headache Remedies

Headaches are usually caused by physical and emotional stress. If you are dying to find a solution to your persistent headache, try taking in over the counter remedies like aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen.

But if you are not a big fan of prescribed or over the counter medications, try these additional home remedies for a change.

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Try using compresses or cold packs.

For tension headaches—the most common form of headache—try applying a warm or cold compress to your forehead and the base of your neck to numb the pain.

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If cold compresses wouldn’t work out for you, try using a warm washcloth or a hot water bottle can ease the pain.

check1Develop a routine of deep breathing exercises.

If you suffer from headaches very often, try sitting in a darkened room, take in deep breaths using your nose, and let it pass through your mouth.

check1Try relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, and biofeedback.

By trying these relaxation techniques, the person who suffers from a headache can feel the pain flowing out of the head. It can also help reduce stress.

check1Relieve the affected area by applying an ointment with heat.

Ben-Gay or Icy Hot rubbed on the forehead or on the base of the neck can give a soothing warm feeling to your head.

check1The power of music.

Try listening to a relaxing music while lying down or resting.

check1Exercise regularly.

Physical activities like regular exercise can relieve stress because it can loosen up the knots and balls of pain in your head.

check1Get enough sleep.

Having six to eight hours of sleep can help you soothe your tired nerves. But, beware of sleeping more than 10 hours because it can cause a major headache as well.

check1If possible, use a neck pillow in bed.

If you are prone to experiencing morning headaches, try using a neck pillow to your neck while you sleep.

check1Totally eliminate caffeine, salt, MSG, and chocolate in your diet.

Load up on lots of fruits, veggies, and water to keep your body well hydrated.

check1If you can, avoid bright light because it leads to a major headache once your squint.

check1Don’t skip meals.

Skipping meals can lead to low blood sugar. When your sugar level goes down, your blood vessels in the brain tightens that leads to a headache.

check1Don’t eat foods that have nitrates, sulfites, and msg because these are primary headache causes.

Also, avoid aged cheeses and nuts so you won’t experience headaches.

check1Don’t smoke and avoid smoke-filled rooms.

 

These are some alternative homeopathic relievers for any headaches you might have. Take care of yourself and do what is best for your health.

 


POINTS TO REMEMBER

Tension Headaches

  • With this type of a headache, the muscles contract and it feels like something is literally squeezing your head.

Natural Remedies for Tension Headaches

  • Ginger
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Herbal Teas

Cluster Headaches

  • The pain is very concentrated and it feels like someone is stabbing them in the head.
  • Natural Remedies for Cluster Headaches
  • Capsaicin Cream
  • Chlorophyll Supplements

Migraine Headaches

  • Migraines cause a throbbing pain to occur on one side of your head.
  • Natural Remedies for Migraine Headaches
  • Acupressure Massage
  • Feverfew
  • Changing your diet

Effective Headache Remedies

  • Try using compresses or cold packs
  • Try using heat
  • Develop a routine of deep breathing exercises
  • Try relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga and biofeedback
  • Relieve the affected are by applying an ointment with heat
  • Use the power of music
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get enough sleep
  • If possible, use a neck pillow in bed
  • Totally eliminate caffeine, salt, MSG and chocolate in your diet
  • If you can, avoid bright light because it leads to a major headache once you squint
  • Don’t skip meals
  • Don’t eat foods that have nitrates, sulfites and msg. because these are primary headache causes.
  • Don’t smoke and avoid smoke-filled rooms

TAKEAWAY QUESTIONS

– When was the last time you had a headache?

– What is your usual remedy when you have a headache?
Were you always dependent on pharma drugs?
Have you tried taking natural medicines when you have a headache?
If so, what is your experience taking them?
What natural remedies have you done to relieve headaches?


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22 Tips Of How Herbs Make You Feel Better

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Do you know that natural remedies or home remedies are part of an effective holistic healing process? Find out below some herb tips and herb cure to help you in so many ways.

And, do you agree that medicines manufactured in labs are not all good to our body? There could be some risks and side effects.

How about taking natural products  or natural remedies instead? It could be your first aid or a home remedy in itself giving relief to your pain.

Perhaps, it can also be a practical choice since not all the time you have the exact medicine needed.

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Nature’s alternatives are cheap or free and all natural. This alternative medicine can be your sole preference to get better and feel better like what the others are doing.

Although, most of the medical industry is not promoting them since it can’t be patented. These can be your option for holistic health and healing.

Now, these are the 26 vitamins and herbs tips for better health:

1. Soothe your stomach with oranges and fennel seed.

Make a mixture of a tablespoon each of orange peel and fennel seed added to two cups of water.

Boil and then steep this tea. Add honey to sweeten the tea and drink it when you are suffering from indigestion.

The tea should refrigerate for about 48 hours, and will taste primarily like fennel.

2. Drink rosemary tea.

Rosemary is a kitchen herb known for its ability to stimulate the senses.

If you are feeling tired but have a lot to get accomplished you might do well to drink some Rosemary Tea.

Rosemary Tea is also an excellent remedy for headaches.

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3. Use ipecac syrup to stop vomiting.

While this is one of the common ingredients in most home first aid kits, you may not realize that it is also a homeopathic remedy for vomiting when taken in very tiny doses.

While ipecac will not do much for patients experiencing nausea, it will work wonders for you if you are experiencing continuous vomiting.  A homeopathic physician or pharmacist can recommend exact dosages for you.

4. Take Ginkgo for better concentration.

Gingko is known for its ability to stimulate the mind and to help the brain to metabolize nutrients correctly.

In some cases, the herb has been noted to reduce the effects of aging and to slow the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Gingko leaves are ground into a powder and the extract can be used in many different forms.  A few years ago, it became very common to see Gingko added to just about everything in the supermarket.

A homeopathic physician can help you to determine whether you would benefit from a Gingko supplement.

5. Mix garlic and honey.

If you are at risk for or suffer from high blood pressure, consider eating a teaspoon of minced garlic mixed with 2 teaspoons of honey every day.

Honey and garlic are known for being healing foods, and when combined they are extremely beneficial to the circulatory system.

6. Soothe diaper rash with beeswax.

Beeswax is the base for a homeopathic diaper cream solution.

By adding in other herbs such as chickweed and marshmallow, you are creating a cream that is not only developed perfectly from nature – but one that will not stain and stick to your hands.

This cream is far gentler than the conventional diaper rash creams currently on the market.

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7. Try magnesium for leg cramps.

Many people suffer from cramps in their legs, particularly in the calves.

Drinking more water will probably help to relieve the frequency and adding magnesium to your diet is a great way to eliminate these cramps forever.

8. Try belladonna for ear pain.

If you have an ear infection or ear pain, belladonna extract could possibly help to alleviate this pain.

This extract helps to reduce inflammation in the blood vessels, one of the common causes of ear pain.

Other ailments for which belladonna will help include toothaches, fevers, restlessness or insomnia and eye pain resulting from dryness.

9. Take St. John’s Wort for stress.

This plant extract is known for its ability to help relieve the symptoms of depression, grief and anxiety.

You can also try taking St. John’s Wort for any injury that causes sharp pains or a repetitive stress injury.

This supplement is commonly added to teas and is also widely available in capsules and tablets.

10. Consider poison ivy for an ankle sprain.

Although it is not commonly thought of as a good thing, poison ivy extract is actually an excellent pain reliever for sprains and strains.  Sometimes, the extract is given to patients with severe flu symptoms or even arthritis.

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11. Use chamomile for teething.

Homeopathic remedies for teething contain this extract, which is known for its calming effects.

The safest way to use this extract is in a cream or gel designed specifically for teething babies.

There are specifically designed capsules that are placed under the baby’s tongue to induce calmness and relieve pain.

12. Use onions to relieve allergy symptoms.

Onions are an excellent treatment option for those suffering from allergies because the root is completely natural and proves to be very effective at opening nasal passages.  It’s not as simple as eating an onion.

Because onions cause the same symptoms that allergy sufferer’s dread, an extract should be taken in tiny doses, until the body begins to ignore the irritant and to develop a defense against the patients other allergens.

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13. Try lavender on your feet.

If you suffer from athlete’s foot, you already realize that there is little you seem to be able to do in order to stop the affliction.

That is true with traditional medications. However, using oils of lavender, garlic, and tea-tree in an alcohol solution will help to ward off the problem once and for all.

14. Try peppermint oil for headaches.

If you get chronic tension headaches and have found conventional medications to be failing, it might be a good idea to consider trying peppermint oil.

A few drops of this oil can be placed on a cotton ball and applied to the forehead.  Take a few minutes to relax and allow the oil to penetrate the skin.

15. Sleep better with a sesame oil scalp massage.

Warm a small amount of sesame oil, and massage into the scalp before washing your hair in order to induce sleep.

This can also be an effective technique to stop a headache.  Scalp massage, in general, is a good treatment option, however when combined with sesame oil the effects are better felt.

16. Try Passion Flower extract.

If you suffer from anxiety disorder, depression or hyperactivity this extract can help eliminate daily anxiety, calm hyperactivity and relieve stress.

The calming effects of this extract are also thought to help with high blood pressure.

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17. Reduce stress naturally.

One of the most commonly treated medical conditions in the world today is an anxiety disorder.

Thankfully, nature provided us with natural stress relievers like passion flower, lemon balm, lavender and valerian to name a few.

Consider trying these various extracts to test their effect on your anxiety and stress levels with essential oils, teas and other forms.

18. Try feverfew for headaches.

Feverfew has been used for centuries by medical experts to treat rheumatoid arthritis and migraine headaches.

This root is known for its ability to reduce swelling and fevers as well.  You can try a tablet or even a feverfew tea.

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19. Try bee products for arthritis and joint pain.

If you suffer from stiff joints or arthritis, consider trying bee venom in any of its popular forms.  You might try a cream made from royal jelly, eating raw honey or even using bee venom itself.

If you are interested in experiencing the healing relief of bee venom, contact an API therapist, who will actually administer bee stings to your affected joints. If you are allergic to bee stings, you should not consider this treatment.

20. Try ginger for joint problems.

If you experience joint pain or stiffness, you might benefit from ginger caplets, or simply more ginger in your diet.

Ginger is an antioxidant that is known to assist the body in preserving cartilage. You can find ginger supplements in any health food store.

21. Try coriander oil for joint pain and stiffness.

Coriander oil or extract can be added to mineral oil for massaging sore joints, or it can be brewed into a tea.

Try making a 1 to 5 solution in an oil of your choice, letting it sit for 24 hours and then applying to sore joints.

22. Stop sneezing with Echinacea.

This herb has been used for thousands of years to treat the symptoms of the common cold.  It is thought to be an excellent immunity booster.

There are many different forms of Echinacea currently on the market.  Depending on whether you are taking it as a preventative supplement or to treat current symptoms, the dosage may differ.

 


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– Are you using natural products or some home remedies?

– How effective and beneficial are they for you?

– What are the other tips you know?

– What are your experiences with them?


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