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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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.

TAKEAWAY QUESTIONS

– 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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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.

 


TAKEAWAY QUESTIONS

– 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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