Kamis, 28 Februari 2013

Homemade Arnica Salve

Arnica salve is a popular item to use for joint and muscle pain, and even for headaches. It has been used in North America and Europe for a very long time and it is a growing alternative as a natural medicine as of 2010. You can often purchase arnica salve at a pharmacy or natural health stores, but you can also make this substance yourself. There are a couple of different methods to doing this.

Simple Recipes

    A simple method to make arnica salve includes several different ingredients. It actually uses more ingredients than other more complicated recipes. The first simple recipe includes organic olive oil, sunflower oil, vitamin E, beeswax and arnica flowers. There is a second recipe that you can use as well.
    You will need arnica flower, witch hazel, pine essential oil, pine tar and sulfur.

    With the ingredients from either recipe you have to make a paste, making sure that you mix it well. These will reduce inflammation. Some doctors use these recipes for patients after surgery.

Materials Gathering

    Another recipe actually takes less ingredients, but making it is a little more complicated.
    For this recipe you will need beeswax, organic arnica flowers, cayenne pepper, olive oil and lavender essential oil. The pieces of equipment that you will need include a wide-mouthed glass jar, a plastic strainer, a piece of cotton cloth and 1 to 2 oz. tin cans.

Making the Salve

    Grind 8 oz. of arnica flower and mix it with 2.5 oz. of cayenne pepper, then place the mix into a glass jar. Pour a bit of olive oil over it and stir it very well. Keep it warm. Use a broiler to do so as long as it has a controlled temperature gauge on it. Make sure that you stir the oil twice a day for two weeks.

    After two weeks, you can extract the oil by placing the cotton cloth into the strainer and pouring the mixture into the cloth. Squeeze the oil out of the cloth into a container. If you use a small hand press, then you will get much more out of it. Let it sit throughout the night. The next morning heat the oil and melt the beeswax in different pans. Stop heating the oil when the wax is melted. You can now mix the two together. It takes between 2 and 3 tbsps. of beeswax mixed with 1 cup of oil to make a good consistency. Add the lavender oil for scent and pour the mix into the cans to cool.

Plant Seeds Used for Acupuncture

Plant Seeds Used for Acupuncture

An alternative to using acupuncture needles is to use plant seeds taped over acupuncture points on the ear. These are particularly effective because the patient can continually stimulate them between visits to the acupuncturist.

Theory

    According to auricular acupuncture theory, the ear can be viewed as a map of the entire body. Therefore, you can treat problems anywhere in the body through points on the ear. There are also empirical points that have specific uses such as improving sleep, decreasing appetite and lowering blood pressure.

Plant Seeds

    The plant seeds used are from the Vaccaria plant. They are small round seeds that come on a piece of tape and are the perfect size for applying to the ear points. In Chinese Medicine, these seeds taken internally improve blood circulation so they are also used for their energetic properties.

Treatment

    The acupuncturist tapes the seeds on specific points on the ear either as an adjunct to a treatment with needles or as the treatment itself. The seeds usually stay on for three to four days before being replaced. During this time, the patient can press on the seeds to stimulate the points and benefit from the therapeutic effects.

Usage

    Seeds are best known for their use in treating addictions. They are used for drug and alcohol addiction, for quitting smoking and for weight loss. Other common conditions treated are depression, insomnia and pain.

Results

    This type of therapy tends to work best in conjunction with others such as acupuncture treatments with needles. In the case of addictions or weight loss, the patient needs to be committed to the results as well. The treatment will help to curb appetite and improve digestion, for example, but no one can stop someone from eating if they are not committed to losing weight.

Stapled Ears & Weight Loss

Though the practice is highly criticized by those outside the alternative medicine field, staples used in the ears to suppress appetite has ardent supporters that swear by the efficacy of the treatment to lose weight.

How it's Done

    The process of ear stapling for the purposes of weight loss is done by piercing part of the inner cartilage of the ear with a surgical steel band. Often this is done in both ears. Occasionally, depending on the subject, two bands are placed in either one or both ears. The band is placed with a specialized stapling tool that quickly pierces the ear with no more pain than an ordinary piercing, say experts.

What it Does

    According to the Professional Ear Stapling Association, placing the staple in the ear places pressure on specific ear reflex points, which stimulates appetite suppression and causes the subject to eat less. By eating less the subject loses weight. The procedure works for a period of two to three months at which time the body becomes accustomed to the pressure and the band must be removed and replaced to continue the process.

Benefits

    Ear stapling has many potential benefits, according to supporters. Weight loss due to suppression of appetite is the most often noted benefit of ear stapling. Some of those that have had their ears stapled have noted the suppression of nicotine cravings and the departure of insomnia as positive effects.

Risks

    Because the process is basically that of a body piercing, the same risks apply. Infection, inflammation, rejection and other negative responses from the body can result in minor--or major--medical problems. Proponents claim these issues are minor and the risks are no more worrisome than those of any other simple medical procedure. Critics claim the negatives effects can go far beyond simple infections to nerve damage, hepatitis B (from unclean staples or staple gun) and hematoma from pierced blood vessels. It is important to consider the risks associated with the procedure and contact a reputable practitioner before proceeding with ear stapling.

Controversy

    As with many alternative medicinal procedures, ear stapling is surrounded by the same controversy assailing acupuncture. Questions of the efficacy of stimulating reflex points, energy lines, life forces and other difficult to substantiate claims cause critics--as vociferously as the supporters--to speak against processes that may not actually help a patient in anyway and can cause other medical problems. Whether ear stapling is scientifically effective, there is a growing number of people pursuing the technique for weight loss purposes.

How to Give a Chest Massage

How to Give a Chest Massage

Massage is an excellent method to promote overall relaxation. When doing chest massage, the strokes are mainly aimed at the pectoral muscles (pectoralis major and minor)--which are muscles located in front of the rib cage. Massage on this area will not only increase the flexibility of the muscles but also enhances blood flow in the area. It also reduces excessive soreness around the area after lifting heavy loads.

Instructions

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    Observe modesty by properly draping your client before performing massage. Make sure that private parts are properly covered, especially female clients.

    2

    Position yourself at the head of the massage table facing the client. Place an ample amount of oil or lotion on your hands and apply them on the upper chest to the shoulders.

    3

    Begin by doing an effleurage--a stroke involving the use of light pressure. Just glide your palms lightly along the muscles from the center of the chest up to shoulders. Repeat the strokes 3 to 4 times. Avoid applying pressure on the nipples and clavicles.

    4

    Change your position by standing on the right side of the client's body. Remember to keep your hands in contact with the body of the client even when you change positions.

    5

    Do your stroke on the opposite side of the chest (left area of the chest), still standing on the right side. Place one hand on top of the other and do a soft stroke by gliding your hand from the center of the upper chest, passing above the area of the left breast, up to the left shoulder. Then smoothly glide it back to the center. Repeat the stroke 3 to 4 times.

    6

    Perform effleurage on the pectoral muscles. Still standing on the right side, do pectoral massage on the left pectoral area. Position your hands in between the left breast and do your stroke from the center going to the left and back to the center 3 times. Then glide your hands one after the other, above the left breast up to the left shoulder 2 times. Repeat this sequence 3 times. This step is more applicable for male clients than females.

    7

    Remain standing on the right side of the client. Place one hand on top of the other and do some small circular strokes using your fingers. Perform it underneath the left clavicle from the center outward. Repeat this 3 to 4 times.

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    Go back to positioning yourself at the head of the massage table. Do Steps 2 and 3 again.

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    Change your position by standing on the left side of the client, and execute Steps 5, 6, and 7--all concentrating on the right side of the chest.

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    Finish your massage by going back to standing at the head of the bed and do effleurage from the center of the upper chest to the shoulders. Repeat this 3 times.

Uses of Essential Rosewater

Uses of Essential Rosewater

Rosewater, also known as "rose hydrosol," is used extensively for its wide range of properties, including flavoring, aromatic, therapeutic and ceremonial. It was also used by upper classes of the past. According to Aromaticamedica.com, "As a further reminder of her love to Mark Anthony, Cleopatra had the sails of her ships soaked in rosewater so that the scent of the rose on the breeze alerted her lover of her impending arrival -- well before she could be seen."

Flavoring

    Due to its distinctive flavor, rosewater is used in a variety of traditional recipes in the Middle East, India, Indonesia and Western Europe. This includes such dishes as puddings, custards, cakes, scones, candy, ice cream, syrups, mousses, rice, cookies, turnovers, jellies, fancy desserts and fondues. It is used in drinks and as a non-alcoholic alternative to wine. A 2004 issue of the "Saudi Aramco World" reported that "Rose water offers a way to refine the socially ubiquitous glass of tea, and it is now often offered as a healthful caffeine-free 'white coffee.' "

Aromatic

    Mixing rosewater into an unscented moisturizing cream or oil creates a luxurious rose-scented massage. Spraying rosewater on bed linens, on a yoga mat, in a room, or directly onto skin and hair adds an infusion of its sweet fragrance. Use a bottle with a nozzle that provides a fine mist to maximize the effect. Add it to bath water to enhance the experience of relaxation. Dab it onto the skin as a light perfume. Instead of plain water, rosewater may be used to add its particular aroma to anything, including laundry water as did the Elizabethans. Cleopatra was known to use it as an aphrodisiac.

Therapeutic

    Rosewater has been prized for centuries as a natural antiseptic and anti-bacterial solution. It is used to prevent and treat eye infections as an eyewash. It can also reduce the effects of such skin conditions as acne, wrinkles, redness and puffiness. Apply rosewater by itself as a moisturizer to hydrate dry skin and lips, to soothe sunburned skin, and to relieve such skin irritations as insect bites. It can restore the natural luster of nails and hair, and brighten a dull complexion. It is also beneficial when used in aromatherapy. Rosemagazine.com reports that it "offers a soothing property to the nerves and emotional /psychological state of mind. It is regarded as a mild sedative and anti-depressant."

Ceremonial

    Rosewater is prominently featured in certain cultural ceremonies and traditions. At the end of a Muslim wedding banquet, the hands and faces of guests are sprinkled with rosewater using special hand-held sprinkler bottles. It is also used to greet guests and as a body cleanser before praying. IndiaDivine.org states that "Throughout history rose water has been widely used to purify and cleanse places of worship" and indicates that the Taj Mahal is no exception. Rosewater is also a fundamental ingredient in love potions and amulets.

Rabu, 27 Februari 2013

Nausea Remedy Acupressure

Nausea--whether it's from pregnancy, vertigo, or something else--can be an annoying problem. When you suffer from it, acupressure techniques can alleviate your symptoms quickly and simply. The techniques are approved by reputable doctors, (see reference 1) and you can do them to yourself.

However, if your symptoms persist, it could be a sign of a bigger problem. In that case, be sure to see your doctor.

Acupressure Techniques

    Pull up your sleeve to beyond your elbow. Use your index finger and your middle finger to push down on the inside of your wrist, just where your palm ends. Aim to put your two fingers between the two large tendons there. Hold the area for ten seconds, then release. Move to the other wrist. Do each wrist three times, to a count of ten.

    If that seems to alleviate your symptoms, consider using a set of special wristbands that press on the same points. Since they are often used by people going on boat, car or airplane trips, you can find them at stores that sell anti-nausea products, like drug and grocery stores.

    Another acupressure point in the leg may help with nausea. To find it, put all four fingers together and place at the bottom edge of your kneecap. You will find the point where your outer shin bone meets your leg muscle. Feel around for any sensitive areas, and focus your pressure there. Do a round of three on each side, holding for ten seconds.

    Acupressure follows the same principles as acupuncture, pressing on certain meridians in the body to release trigger points, and stop pain. If the acupressure techniques mentioned here do work for you, but your nausea comes back day after day, consider seeing an acupuncturist. They will be able to pinpoint your trigger points with more accuracy, and could bring you better results.

How to do Half Wheel Pose in Yoga

Backbends are an excellent way to open up the heart center and chest. The Half Wheel Pose, called Setu Bandha Sarvangasana in Sanskrit, stretches the spine, back of the neck and shoulders. It is a pose that builds strength and flexibility for the Full Wheel pose and energizes the body and mind.

Instructions

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    Lay flat on your back with arms along your sides and palms facing down.

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    Bend your knees and put your feet flat on the floor. Slightly turn your heels out in line with the edge of the mat. Walk your feet comfortably close to your sitting bones.

    3

    Keeping your thighs parallel, press your feet and hands firmly to the ground and lift your hips.

    4

    Clasp your hands together below your pelvis and extend through your arms. Rock from side to side and pull your shoulder blades closer together. Slightly shrug your shoulders to release any tension.

    5

    Stay here for as long as you can, at least five deep breaths. Continue to lift the hips with each inhale.

    6

    Gently drop your hips back to the ground. Hug your knees into your chest to release your lower back.

    7

    Repeat as much as you like.

How to Use Essential Oils to Rejuvenate Hands

Do you have tired, chapped, flaking hands? Maybe youve been using them a lot recently to paint, garden, do the dishes or myriad other activities our hands do.A number of essential oils can help rejuvenate your hands. Create and use this massage oil when you have a few minutes to relax and gently apply it.Heres how to select and prepare essential oils that will help to rejuvenate your hands.

Instructions

Create an Oil to Help Rejuvenate Your Hands

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    Choose 100% pure essential oils-only these offer healthful benefits. The label will state "100% pure." You can find them at health food stores and online. Dont use synthetic oils as they do not have the same benefits.

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    Buy only almond oil that is specifically designed to be used for massage. It has been specially refined and prepared for use on the skin. You can get it at health food stores and online.

    3

    Select the formula that most appeals to your sense of smell. Most stores have tester bottles, so take a few whiffs and choose the scents you really like. For hand rejuvenation, there are multiple formulas to choose from. Here are two: Formula 1 is Geranium, Grapefruit, Sweet Bay and Black Pepper. Formula 2 is Lavender, Nutmeg, (Sweet) Basil, Lemon, Juniper Berries and Allspice.

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    Make Formula 1. To create the massage oil, first mix the essential oil with the almond oil, which is known as a "carrier" oil. Measure four teaspoons (20ml) of almond oil into the plastic bottle, then add 5 drops of Geranium essential oil, 5 of Grapefruit, 5 of Sweet Bay, and 5 of Black Pepper. Shake well.

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    Make Formula 2. To create the massage oil, first mix the essential oil with the almond oil, which is known as a "carrier" oil. Measure four teaspoons (20ml) of almond oil into the plastic bottle, then add 5 drops of Lavender essential oil, 4 of Nutmeg, 3 of (Sweet) Basil, 3 of Lemon, 3 of Juniper Berries, and 2 of Allspice. Shake well.

    6

    Massage the formula gently into both hands. Work it into the fingers and palms, then continue massaging it all the way up to the shoulders. Inhale the fragrance as you massage for added rejuvenation benefits.

Selasa, 26 Februari 2013

How to Alleviate Diabetic Foot Pain With Alternative Treatments

Diabetes is caused by the inability to produce insulin and/or proper utilization of insulin in the body. Diabetes is a multi-organ and chronic long-term disease that can present serious medical complications if not managed properly. These complications can include diabetic foot pain and diabetic neuropathy. Besides treating diabetic foot pain with insulin and other prescription drugs, there are alternative treatments that can be incorporated to prevent serious outcomes such as amputation. The loss of sensation and touch means there are no feelings such as pain, warmth, itching and tickling in the affected areas of the foot. In this article I will show you some alternative treatments for managing diabetic foot pain.

Instructions

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    Try osteopathy treatment, which is accepted by the American Medical Association as a proven method for diagnosing and treating medical conditions including diabetes and diabetic foot pain. A Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) is a medical physician who utilizes the concept of manipulation and body-based practices to address many of the organic problems in diabetic patients. The manual manipulation of the affected diabetic foot and leg may help to increase the blood circulation to the affected areas by aligning the muscles, tendons and ligaments to help decrease the pressure and compression on the foot. Manual manipulation means using the hands to help alleviate or reduce the symptoms, for example, massage therapy, trigger pressure points massage and body-based practices including acupuncture and rolfing techniques and physical therapy principles.

    2

    Go to your local acupuncturist or ask your doctor for a referral to a licensed practitioner. Acupuncture is a recognized adjunct modality to help decrease the pain and symptoms of diabetic foot pain and diabetic neuropathy. Acupuncture helps to increase the blood circulation around the body, which is crucial in people suffering from diabetes, in particular foot pain and neuropathy. The improved circulation may help to slow down the onset of debilitating diabetic complications and symptoms of foot pain such as swelling and tenderness.

    3

    Practice Yoga and meditation to help eliminate stress and tension from the body and increase immunity to fight off infections and illnesses. This is crucial because stress can deepen the symptoms of diabetes and have tremendous negative emotional, mental and psychological effects.

    Eating a healthy diet and regular exercising are also great ways to increase blood circulation and prevent blood stasis and swelling in the affected areas of the foot.

The History of Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is beloved by people all over the world. It has a beautiful scent, and can be used in aromatherapy to calm and ensure a good night's sleep. Here is a brief overview of the history of lavender oil.

Harvest

    The essential oil of lavender can be harvested only from lavender bud and flowers.

Uses

    In addition to the properties listed above, lavender oil has been used as insect repellent, a balm for the relief of headaches, a treatment for anxiety and a cough remedy. Essential oil of lavender also can be used as antiseptic or as an anti-inflammatory.

Ancient Times

    Egyptians used lavender during mummification, and the Ancient Greeks believed it was a remedy for insomnia or backaches. The Romans prized lavender, and it was a luxury good primarily used for scenting bath water. In fact, that is where the name lavender comes from: from the Latin lavare, meaning "to wash."

Location

    Lavender was found in Syria by the Ancient Greeks and possibly the Egyptians. Today, lavender can be found all over Europe, as well as North America.

Production Ratio

    It takes 150 lbs. of lavender to make 1 lb. of oil.

Uses for Lavendar Oil

The scent of lavender is unmistakable, and lavender oil captures the essence of this hugely popular plant. Lavender oil, also referred to as "lavender essential oil," has a wide range of uses, from medical to therapeutic, for sleeping and for alertness. This essential oil is highly prized, and lavender's supporters have passionate arguments about where the best lavender oil is produced.

Growing Lavender

    Lavender is a favorite plant among gardeners, especially those whose gardens resemble the western Mediterranean, France, Italy and England. Lavender loves sun and thrives in sandy or gravelly soil that has good drainage. The sheer variety of lavenders makes it a versatile and much-loved plant. Classified as an herb, lavender is highly fragrant and has been used for thousands of years, and is referenced in the Bible by its Greek name "spikenard."

Lavender Oil Creation

    A distinction between lavender "essential" oil and lavender "water" is necessary before launching into the topic of lavender oil. Lavender water is sometimes mistaken for the oil by those unfamiliar with the different terms. Lavender water is made by distilling the lavender flowers, then diluting the resulting oil in an alcohol and water mixture. Lavender essential oil, however, is not diluted and retains its intense fragrance. This allows it to be used in small quantities either full strength or as an additive to other products.

Medical Lavender Uses

    Lavender oil can help relieve the irritation of itchy skin, bug bites, stings and hives due to its analgesic properties. It also has an antiseptic quality that makes it an effective treatment for athlete's foot, scabies and acne. It's also used for respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, congestion from colds and flu and sinus infections by adding drops of the oil to steam humidifiers or a bowl of steamy hot water, then breathing the vapors. For almost immediate relief of sinus headaches, place just a touch of oil above each eyebrow and on each cheek.

Psychological Lavender Uses

    The smell of lavender is unmistakable, one of the most recognized scents in the herbal plant world. Aromatherapists have long used lavender oil to treat exhaustion, headaches and anxiety. The smell of lavender is considered an effective treatment for aiding sleep when placed near or in a pillow. Many alternative medicine practitioners combine lavender aromatherapy with massage, chiropractic and acupuncture treatments, feeling it helps patients relax and respond more positively to the therapy.

Cautions

    Although it is safe to put undiluted lavender oil on the body, unlike most other herbal oils, cautions are still appropriate and worth knowing. Avoid getting lavender oil in the eyes, nose, lips or other mucous membranes as it will irritate those body parts. Lavender oil should never be used on open wounds. Although lavender teas, which are made from dried lavender flowers, are safe to drink and used to aid digestion, the oil should never be swallowed, as the oil is poisonous when in taken this way.

How to Prevent or Stop Leg Cramps -Also known as a Charlie Horse

Leg cramps (or more commonly known as a charlie horse)- especially the night variety that wake you from a sound sleep; can be anything from a nuisance to a real pain !
Read on for some old home remedies that really work !

Instructions

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    For prevention:

    Sleep with a bar of hard milled SOAP in your bed. Wrapped or unwrapped does not seem to matter. Put it down near the bottom where it won't be in the way.

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    For prevention or relief from the pain of leg cramps:

    Press the acupressure point in the indentation between your upper lip and your nose.

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    For prevention or relief from leg cramps (charlie horse):

    Use up to 2 oz. of pickle juice prior to exertion (exercise) or during cramps. Both contain acetic acid which helps the body produce acetalcholine - a neurotransmitter that may be deficient, but which is necessary to help stimulate the muscles to work.

    4

    For prevention:

    Drink 4-8 oz of tonic water, which contains quinine, before bed for nocturnal cramping. You should notice a difference within several nights; if not, discontinue. Tonic water is not always pleasant. Try adding lemon or a bit of fruit juice to improve flavor.

How to Make Comfrey Tea

For more than 3,000 years, as far back as the Greeks and Romans, herbalists have made numerous claims concerning the powerful medicinal properties of comfrey. It was commonly known as "knitbone" because of its effectiveness in accelerating the healing of broken bones. It was also used to treat various ailments such as ulcers, dysentery, diarrhea, indigestion, gum diseases, tuberculosis and other lung diseases, whooping cough, cancer, and arthritis. Comfrey leaves are rich in allantoin, phosphorus, nitrogen, potassium, trace minerals, calcium, and vitamins A, B-12 and C.

Instructions

Making Comfrey Tea for the Garden or for Personal Use

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    If comfrey grows on your property or you have access to a wild patch nearby, gather fresh leaves. Using a needle and thread, make a knot at the end of the thread, and thread the needle. Run the needle through the fresh leaves as many times as the thread will hold. Tie the ends together and hang it to dry.

    2

    To oven dry, put the leaves on a sheet pan and place them in the oven at a low temperature. To microwave dry, put the leaves on a plate and set the microwave on low for about two to five minutes. Crumble the leaves, including the midrib. Store in an airtight tin or bottle until needed. If you don't have any fresh comfrey, you can order plants at a health food store or online.

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    To make a comfrey infusion for personal use, take fresh comfrey equal to 1/4 cup or 2 tbsp. dried and 2 cups boiling water. Put the comfrey in a small bowl and add the boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes. Dip a clean cloth into this infusion while it's still warm and apply it to bruises, minor cuts and scrapes, minor burns, sunburn, eczema, and insect bites. It's also very helpful for sprained ankles, sore elbows, knees, necks, shoulders, and broken ribs and bone fractures. Add this tea to your bath to give your skin a healthy glow. The allantoin in comfrey is very beneficial to the skin, causing burns and wounds to heal faster.

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    To prepare liquid comfrey for compost and garden use, fill your blender 3/4 full with fresh comfrey leaves, then add water to about 2 inches below the rim. Blend on the "Liquefy" setting until the comfrey is dissolved. Pour the undiluted blended comfrey into your composter or on your compost pile. It's an excellent activator because it contains more nitrogen than manure, and will enrich and heat up the pile to accelerate decomposition. For use in your garden, mix one part comfrey tea to 10 parts water and use as a liquid fertilizer. Comfrey's high potassium content makes it beneficial for flowers, vegetables, (especially tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and potatoes), berries, and fruit trees.

How to Make a Treatment for Poor Circulation

This massage oil treatment helps to improve poor circulation. This massage oil treatment for poor circulation works not only through the power of massage, but also through the essential oils which absorb through the skin and are known for helping to improve circulation problems.

Instructions

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    Pour the vegetable oil into a small mixing bowl. One by one, add in the cypress oil, rosemary oil, lemon oil and nutmeg oil. As you add the oils, gently stir the mixture together. I suggest using a plastic or wooden utensil, but nothing made out of metal.

    2

    Pour a couple teaspoons of the mixture into your hand, and rub your palms together gently to warm the oil.

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    Massage the oil into the problem areas, such as the legs or arms. If you prefer, you can have someone give you a full body massage to improve the entire bodies circulation. It can even be massaged into the feet and hands. Use the massage treatment as needed, or 2-3 times per week for general care.

How to Treat a Sinus Infection Using Naturopathic Remedies

How to Treat a Sinus Infection Using Naturopathic Remedies

The sinuses are located behind the cheekbones and eyes. Sinuses are small, hollow compartments that can become easily infected, especially during the onset of the common cold. Seasonal allergies are also to blame for sinus infections. Over-the-counter medications to treat sinus infections can be costly and cause a variety of side effects. Numerous naturopathic remedies can effectively treat a sinus infection.

Instructions

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    Take a hot, steamy shower. Dr. Nelson Gantz, M.D., states that steam is the first defense against sinus pain and infections. Dr. Alexander Chester, M.D., suggests using a nasal steamer to treat sinus problems. Create your nasal steamer by boiling a pot of water. Remove the pot from the stove and drape a towel over your head and the pot. Lean over the pot and inhale the steam for at least 15 minutes. Dr. Chester recommends inhaling steam at least three times daily as a naturopathic remedy to treat sinus infections.

    2

    Try using vitamin supplements to remedy sinus infections. Dr. Chester recommends taking 30 milligrams of zinc and 3,000 milligrams of Vitamin C to relieve sinus problems. Dr. Chester states that these supplements are thought to shrink swollen nasal tissue.

    3

    Sip warm chicken soup. Dr. Howard Levine, M.D., says that grandmothers had the right idea using chicken soup as a cold remedy. The heat and garlic from soup thins mucus, loosening up congestion in sinuses. For best results, drink soup from a cup to inhale soothing steam while eating.

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    Use a humidifier to increase humidity within your home and keep nasal and sinus tissue moist. Dr. Levine warns that humidifiers grow mold and mildew easily and should be cleaned weekly using bleach or vinegar.

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    Eat spicy foods such as Chinese, Indian or Mexican dishes that utilize cayenne, curry, horseradish, chili and jalapeo seasonings. Spicy foods stimulate nasal and sinus secretions, which in turn promotes easier removal of mucus, providing relief from pain and pressure of a sinus infection.

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    Grate fresh horseradish on a slice of toast, rice or soup. Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar states that horseradish can be painful to eat, but it is efficient at clearing congestion, which is thought to promote healing and assist the body in fighting infections.

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    Avoid certain foods that cause dehydration when you are battling a sinus infection. Dr. Levine says alcoholic beverages, coffee, cola, and tea can act as diuretics, which can aggravate sinus infection symptoms. Levine also suggests avoiding chocolate and dairy products, which can increase and thicken congestion.

How to Detoxify Your Body Through Your Feet

Chinese medicine teaches that the feet are one of the most important centers of the body and reflexology recognizes them as the body's natural cleaning system. As your body circulates fluids and the toxins it has accumulated along with them, they travel through the feet where some of the toxins are expelled before being pumped back through the body. But this process can't handle all of the toxins that our body's come into contact with on a daily basis in the modern world. However, there are a few ways that you can help your body detoxify through your feet.

Instructions

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    Apply a foot patch. Foot patches like the Takara foot patch are coated with all-natural ingredients that, when placed on your feet overnight, remove toxins, parasites and heavy metals from the body. When you remove them in the morning, they will be darker in color and smell unpleasant--a sign that they are detoxifying your body. For thorough detoxification, they should be worn at night for a period of 90 days or until the patch no longer changes color or smells.

    2

    Cleanse your feet with an ionized foot bath. The ionized water in the foot bath purges toxins in the body and the liver, reduces fluid retention and inflammation and improves the immune system. However, while many spas offer ionized foot bath treatment to thoroughly detoxify the body you must submerge your feet in the bath for 35 minutes every other day for a period of at least 28 days.

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    Apply a mud pack to your feet. Mud is a natural detoxifier that is much more effective when applied to the bottom of the feet, the body's cleansing system, rather than the whole body. Mud can be purchased online, and when applied to the soles of the feet nightly for 90 days, it can work to cleanse the body of toxins.

Homemade Body Massage Oils

Homemade Body Massage Oils

Using carefully selected body massage oil can help to alleviate stress, depression or pain. The use of oil during massage helps to reduce friction on the skin, as it also spreads the therapeutic qualities of the oil over the area being massaged. You can blend different massage oils to achieve different effects. Formulate your own homemade massage blends according to your needs.

Basics

    Essential oils are distilled from various parts of plants and trees; such as roots, flowers and seeds. Never apply essential oils directly on the skin, as they are highly potent. Instead, dilute essential oils with carrier oils to slow down the rate of evaporation and to aid absorption.

    Different essential oils serve different purposes. Carrier oils, also known as base oils, are essentially vegetable oils made from seeds and nuts. The choice of carrier oils depends on the skin type and the amount of traction desired for the massage. Examples of carrier oils include sweet almond, grapeseed, canola, sunflower, olive, sesame, coconut, jojoba and avocado oil.

Relaxing Body Massage Blend

    Stress and the demands of life can cause the muscles to tense-up. Certain essential oils can induce relaxation and allay anxiety; such as clary sage, geranium, lavender, carnation, neroli, sandalwood and ylang ylang. Try this simple relaxation blend by combining 12 drops of lavender essential oil, 10 drops of bergamont essential oil, 2 drops of clary sage essential oil and 1/4 cup of sweet almond oil.

Energizing Massage Blend

    An energizing body massage blend can lift your spirits and relieve muscle tension. Examples of energizing essential oils include peppermint, rosemary, grapefruit, spearmint, lemon, basil and tangerine essential oils. This energizing blend includes 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil, 5 drops of spearmint essential oil and 2 tbsp. of coconut oil.

Sensuous Massage Blend

    Some essential oils are capable of arousing senses to peak sensuality. Look for sandalwood, ylang ylang, patchouli, ginger, rose, jasmine and clary sage to create a romantic feeling. This recipe calls for 7 drops of patchouli essential oil, 2 drops of sandalwood oil with 2 drops of jasmine and 10 drops of grapeseed oil.

Considerations

    Combine massage oils and store them in dark blue or brown colored glass bottles. You can buy these bottles at health food stores. Store these bottles in a cool dark place to prolong the massage oil's shelf life. Warm it slightly before applying to promote skin absorption: It also helps to relax the muscles.

How to Heal Wounds Faster With Essential Oils

How to Heal Wounds Faster With Essential Oils

The use of essential oils for healing began in the 1940s with three medics in France. The chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, Dr. Jean Valnet and the biochemist Marguerite Maury separately demonstrated the healing powers of the oils in treatment for wounds. Follow these steps to heal wounds faster with essential oils.

Instructions

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    Clean the wound using two cups of warm water with a mixture of five drops of the essential oil of lavender and two to three drops of tea tree oil.

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    Use the essential oil helichrysum around a wound, not touching the wound. This accelerates the healing process, and is especially helpful in reducing bruising.

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    Use essential oils as antiseptics for treating wounds. Almost all the oils have antiseptic qualities. Thymol, a powerful antiseptic, comes from thyme, and was discovered by Dr. Joseph Lister-the Listerine man.

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    Use cold-pressed oils from your health food store as carrier oils for placing essential oils for healing directly on wounds. Olive and evening primrose are good carrier oils.

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    Dilute a few drops of essential oil in a teaspoon of the carrier oil. Then place the oil on gauze or a bandage before putting it on the wound.

    6

    Ask your doctor's permission first if the wound requires stitches. If the doctor wants you to wait, you can still rub the oil around the wound to reduce scarring and make the wound heal faster.

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    Reduce scarring by using essential oils. The faster a wound heals, the less scarring it will leave. Essential oils quicken the healing process.

How to Purchase Acupuncture Needles

How to Purchase Acupuncture Needles

Acupuncture has been popular in the United States for many years, but originated in China. Acupuncture involves inserting very small, thin needles into pressure points in the body to improve health and wellness. Acupuncturists use very thin, disposable needles that are sterilized using ethylene oxide. Acupuncture has been very successful in treating a wide variety of ailments, including headaches, back pain, sinusitis, chest pain and anxiety.

Instructions

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    Decide which brand you would like to purchase. Two very popular and reliable brands of acupuncture needles are SEIRIN needles and Carbo needles. That is not to say that you must use these needles, but these are some of the most popular. SEIRIN needles are said to have a painless insertion, while Carbo needles tend to be less expensive. Both companies generally sell needles in in packs of 100.

    2

    Determine what size and length needles you will need. Acupuncture needles vary in size, as indicated by the color of their handle, the area an acupuncturist holds onto when he or she inserts and removes the needle. Needles range in thickness from .12 millimeters to .50 millimeters, and range in length between 0.5 and 5.0 inches. The range in size and thickness depends on the acupuncturist's personal preference, as well as the area of the body that he or she will be treating.

    3

    Make your purchase from a reputable online company. You will probably have to pay by credit card if you are ordering online. Although it is possible to purchase acupuncture needles at specialty medical supply stores, you are more likely to find a wider variety of sizes and brands online.

    4

    Use cautioun when using or handling your new acupuncture needles. When your acupuncture needles arrive, label them immediately so you don't get confused about needle length and thickness. If you test or open any of the needles, be sure to throw them away immediately so you don't get them confused with unused needles.

    5

    Become a practiced acupuncturist before attempting to use your new acupuncture needles on a patient. Before a trained and acupuncturist begins to work on a patient, they should practice on themselves 20 times to be sure their treatment is precise and pain-free.

Senin, 25 Februari 2013

Alternative Remedies for Bladder Infections

Bladder infection is a condition that causes inflammation of the bladder. Commonly called a urinary tract infection, this condition may be treated with alternative remedies. Make sure that you visit the doctor before trying alternative remedies to make sure that there is not a serious condition responsible for your symptoms.

Stay Hydrated

    Drink plenty of fluids when you have a bladder infection. Drinking more fluids will increase your urine output and may help flush out the bacteria responsible for your infection. Drink cranberry juice to increase the acidity of your urine. This can help to stop the growth of bacteria. Blueberry juice is also as effective as cranberry. Both fruits contain arbutin, which are natural antibiotics. Avoid sugary beverages to stem the growth of bacteria. Sugar and alcohol can feed the bacteria and increase your symptoms.

Herbal Treatments

    Use birch leaves for an herbal treatment for bladder infection or a urinary tract infection. Birch leaves are available as a tincture in herbal stores or whole food stores. Use a teaspoon of the tincture a few times a day as necessary. A tea can be made with birch bark by soaking the bark in a cup of boiling water.
    Use dandelion for its diuretic effect. This herb does not treat the bacteria that is causing the infection, but it does increase urine output. Dandelion root can be made into a tea with one or two tablespoons steeped in a cup of boiling water.
    Goldenseal is also a natural antibiotic to use for the treatment of bladder infection. Use along with Echinacea to strengthen the immune system. Goldenseal and Echinacea are available as a tincture. Use a teaspoon of each tincture three times a day to treat your bladder infection. See a doctor if you are experiencing a fever or the symptoms don't clear up in a few days. A serious bladder infection is treated with antibiotics.

Easing Discomfort

    Pain in the back may be a sign of a more serious condition such as kidney infection. This requires medical attention. Use home remedies to ease the pain of a severe infection while you are being treated with traditional medicine. A sitz bath can provide relief from the discomfort of a bladder infection. Use the treatment several times a day when your symptoms are severe. Use a hot water bottle on the painful area to relieve your symptoms.

Peppermint Oil as a Fever Reducer

Peppermint oil has long been used to treat a variety of ailments such as headache, nausea, stomach pains, fever and respiratory problems. The oil is also used in many everyday products, like shampoo, gum, toothpastes and body products for its refreshing and rejuvenating scent. Peppermint oil contains many important vitamins and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamins A and C.

Fever and Respiratory Problems

    Peppermint oil is very useful in relieving and reducing symptoms or fever and respiratory ailments. Menthol, an important feature in peppermint oil helps, to clear air passages for better breathing and clearing the respiratory tract with fever and cold symptoms such as nasal congestion, sinus pain and stuffiness, cough and bronchitis. The most effective way to use peppermint iil as a fever reducer is to use the oil as a cold rub on the chest to clear up sinus pain and congestion associated with fever symptoms quickly.

    Apply two to three drops in a carrier oil such as sweet almond, avocado or olive oil and massage gently into the chest area for relief. Using a carrier oil will prevent any irritation from applying the oil directly to the skin for those who are sensitive.

Fever and Pain Relief

    Peppermint oil is ideal as a fever reducer since it cools down hot skin, often a symptom of a fever. It also works to relieve pain externally from aching bones or joint pain associated with fever or headaches. To relieve fever and headache pain, apply two drops of peppermint oil into a teaspoon of carrier oil, and massage the temples and forehead for pain and headache relief. The oil will also help to relax the mind and body, allowing it to fight the fever effectively.

    You can use peppermint oil to prevent fevers and colds by taking it as a supplement in capsule form. The oil increases the immune system, helping it to fight off viruses through the flu season.

Nausea

    To reduce symptoms like nausea, massage peppermint oil on the stomach area to relieve discomfort. Use five drops of the peppermint oil with a tablespoon of carrier oil and massage in a circular motion, helping to soothe an upset stomach.

    You may also use one drop of peppermint oil in a soothing tea or cup of hot water to relieve stomach discomfort or warm the body to sweat out the fever. Applying five drops of peppermint oil to the bottom of the feet has also been shown to help with nausea and fever symptoms, including body aches and pain.

How to Use Acupressure Points for Elbow Pain

How to Use Acupressure Points for Elbow Pain

Whether it's because of a rigorous workout or even arthritis, elbow pain can be tough to deal with. But you can find all natural relief through eastern medicine. Acupuncture is one common treatment, where a licensed technician inserts needles in certain points on the body. But you can find similar relief without the needles through a procedure called acupressure. And when you find the right points, you can immediately relieve your elbow pain.

Instructions

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    Locate the point on the upper edge of the elbow crease. You can find this point by bending your elbow and feeling for the sensitive point where the elbow crease ends on the outside of your arm. This point relieves elbow pain as well as immune system weaknesses, fever, diarrhea and constipation.

    2

    Massage this point three to five minutes or longer until you feel relief. You may also feel relief by simply applying pressure to the point without a massage.

    3

    Apply the right kind of pressure on the designated point for the best results. You should only apply pressure with the tip of your finger, your knuckle or the eraser end of a pencil.

Sports Massage Training

Sports Massage Training

Sports massage is just one of many types of massage therapies. While most individuals going to school to become a certified massage therapist learn about sports massage in their curriculum, those who want to fully enter into the sports massage therapy profession must take some extra training. Not only should they know the human anatomy, but also must be trained to respond with first aid treatment.

Requirements

    Each state has its own regulations regarding massage therapy. Depending on each state's requirements, you will need 500 or more hours of studies and training to become a massage therapist, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Once you finish the required courses, you have to take the state exam, if required. Upon completion and passing of the exam, you get your license to perform massage therapy. The curriculum includes study of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, theory and hands-on practice training, ethics and business practice. That includes learning the proper techniques for Swedish, Shiatsu and sports massage.

Goal

    The object of sports massage is to prevent injury. You work the muscles and joints to prepare them for the physical sports activity. Knowing human anatomy and all the bodies functions is vital in sports massage training. Extra hours of study are required to become a sports massage therapist. The number of hours required depends on the state and school. In this course, you learn advanced studies of anatomy, circulatory massage techniques and muscle overuse syndrome, as well as hands-on work with athletic teams.

Kinesiology

    Kinesiology is from the Greek word kinesis, meaning movement. Kinesiology is the key in sports massage training. It is the study and science of the human movement. In kinesiology, you learn about all the muscles and how they all work together to create movement. Kinesiology is used in helping regain motion and enhancing overall physical fitness. Students also learn how to spot when chronic tension arises in the muscles, which often is what causes pain and balance or posture issues.

Types of Sport Massages

    In sports massage training, you learn about four specific types of massage:

    Pre-event massage: These are given usually before an athletic performance to help stimulate the body. Special attention is given to the section of the body that is going to get the most endurance.

    Post-event massage: Given after an event to help relax the body back to normal.

    Restore sports massage: Given when the athlete is training for a special event to help him train harder and prevent injuries.

    Rehabilitation sports therapy: Given when there is an injury and it is used to help with the pain and get the body back to normal.

On-Site Training

    Often in sports massage therapy, you may be required to work at athletic events such as marathons, football games and cycling events. In sports therapy training, the students will learn how to prepare, as well as the proper etiquette for working at such events. This is where the need to know first aid is necessary because so many different types of injuries are possible at these events. In response, students of sports massage training learn about the proper application of ice and heat techniques on injuries.

How to Mix Scents for Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is an alternative treatment for a variety of conditions, such as colds and other upper respiratory problems, headaches and muscle aches. It also is often used for relaxation and calming, as an aid for sleeping, and in massage and bathing. The calming effects of aromatherapy might also be beneficial for pets.

Instructions

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    Wash your hands prior to mixing oils. Add 4 tsp. (20 ml) of carrier oil to a clean mixing bottle. Carrier oil is an oil with a low scent, such as jojoba.

    2

    Add 10 drops of your choice of essential oils for a 2.5 percent dilution. This strength is best for massage use. You can mix scents to create your own blend. Aromacures indicates that you should keep in mind that oriental and spicy oils can become overpowering if used in excess. Wood scents work well with most oils.

    3

    For a 1 percent dilution, use only four drops of essential oils. This blend is suited for children between 3 and 10 years old and for pregnant women.

    4

    Make sure the lid is tightly closed and shake the bottle to mix well. Label all aromatherapy blends so you will know how to make it again.

    5

    Store your blends in a dark, cool place. Brown bottles and proper storage can help them last for years.

Minggu, 24 Februari 2013

What Are Satsuma Aroma Oils Good For?

What Are Satsuma Aroma Oils Good For?

Satsuma oranges are a type of mandarin orange brought to the United States from Japan in the late 1800s. Mostly produced as fresh fruit, with excess being canned as sections or juice, essential oil from the outer peel is also extracted. This aromatic oil has a number of uses in alternative therapy, medicine and industry. As an aromatic oil it is considered safe even for children and pregnant women.

Treating Skin Problems

    Mandarin oil is often a main ingredient in essential oil recipes to reduce stretch marks. Formulas vary and may include juniper berry, cyprus, lavender oils or others in a carrier of wheat germ or other vegetable oil. Other skin conditions treated with mandarin oil include cellulite and water retention. The usual procedure is to mix the oils, then massage a few drops on the affected area couple times a day. Pregnant women begin this routine about the fifth month of pregnancy. There is no indication it has any harmful effects for either the mother or developing child.

Use as an Antispasmodic

    Mandarin oil has antispasmodic properties and is used for any type of muscle tightness, intestinal or menstrual cramping. It is known as a gentle remedy for upset stomachs and is used in Chinese medicine for small children and the frail elderly. It can be used externally for gastritis. One formula mixes mandarin oil with almond oil and is massaged on the tummy. It can also be taken internally, mixed with honey and other products used for indigestion such as chamomile, or added to bathwater to relax muscles.

Relieving Stress

    Mandarin oil has a sweet, citrusy, refreshing odor. It is often used in aromatherapy as an antidote to negative emotions. Putting it in a diffuser or spraying it on linens or in the air is a way of treating anxiety, stress and irritability. It can be used as a treatment for insomnia, either in a diffuser, room spray or massage oil. Some insomnia and stress-reduction formulas mix mandarin oil with lavender oil, another oil known for its relaxation properties.

Used in industry

    Mandarin oil has uses in the perfume industry. Its light citrus scent is prized by perfume manufacturers and those who make soaps, lotions and other personal care products. It is also used commercially as a flavoring for gelatin, ice cream, soft drinks and other foods. Aside from commercial producers, mandarin oil is also used by crafters to make soaps, lotions and candles.

How to Alleviate Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, which is characterized by the breakdown of cartilage. Arthritis affects millions of people each day, causing pain and making it hard for them even to get out of bed or make it through the day. Many treatments are available, but the natural treatments will be emphasized here.

Instructions

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    Eat fish and nuts that contain omega-3 fatty acids, which have been proven to reduce inflammation. Reducing inflammation can alleviate some of the pain of arthritis.

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    Increase your water intake to promote cartilage formation.

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    Maintain your weight with a healthy diet because extra weight can increase the pain associated with arthritis.

    4

    Try different over-the-counter supplements to find the best one for you. Supplements include glucosamine, chondrointin sulfate, niacinamide, and methyl sulfonyl methane, or MSM.

    5

    Exercise in any form to help alleviate arthritis pain. The buoyancy of swimming is particularly good for relieving stress on the joints, and a heated pool can help to reduce inflammation.

    6

    Try medical remedies if these natural remedies do not alleviate your arthritis pain. Use ibuproin for pain and inflammation and consider cortisone injections. These will need to be administered by a doctor.

Aromatherapy Oils & Their Uses

Essential oils have a number of uses that are shared by several oils. That means that you can select five or 10 basic aromatherapy oils and create a blend to help treat almost any ailment.

Lavender Essential Oil

    Lavender is probably the most useful oil to have. It can be used for: sinus headaches, colds, congestion, immune stimulant, eczema, bug bites, insomnia, stress, rashes, high blood pressure, bee stings and burns.

Eucalyptus Oil

    Eucalyptus oil is often used to treat flu, colds, congestion, cough, rheumatism and laryngitis. You can also use it as an insect repellent, antiseptic and pesticide.

Peppermint Oil

    Peppermint, and to a lesser extent Spearmint oil, is an excellent antiseptic and bee repellent. Also use it for upset tummy, sea sickness, for some types of migraines, fever and as an anti-inflammatory.

Rosemary Oil

    Rosemary can be used to treat low blood pressure, as a memory and energy booster, to treat muscle pain, circulatory problems, and rheumatism and arthritis.

Chamomile

    Chamomile is a blue essential oil--the blue being caused by azulene, a powerful anti-inflammatory. Mixing a bit of chamomile oil with eucalyptus, peppermint and lavender in olive oil is a great arthritis and sore muscle treatment. The oil is also calming and good for insomnia.

Sabtu, 23 Februari 2013

Japanese Acne Treatments

Japanese people are known for their beautiful skin. In Japan, acne prevention and treatment begins early in life with oils and essences rubbed into the skin. All-natural and cost-effective, these techniques work mainly by drying up the excess oil in the skin's sebaceous glands. Some of these techniques, such as the tea tree oil, date back over a thousand years.

Oil Treatment

    Wash your face with water that's as warm as you can take it. This will open your pores. Pour out about a dime-sized portion of pure Camellia oil and rub it into the affected skin. Let it soak in for about a minute or two, then wash your face with cold water to remove the excess oil and close your pores. Cocoa shea products and Japanese tea tree oil work as well and may be applied in a similar fashion. Some other oils and substances include witch hazel, aloe vera, calendula, vitamin E and grapeseed oil.

Tea Treatments

    Make an infusion (tea) with rooibos tea to be taken orally. Boil 12 oz. of water and steep 1 tbsp. of the tea for five minutes.
    You can also make a poultice, or paste, with the rooibos tea for topical application. Mix the dry tea leaves with just enough water to dampen it and make a paste-like substance. Apply the mixture to the affected area and cover with gauze or cloth to get good contact. Let it soak in for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash the face with cold water and soap.

General Skin Health

    Diet plays an important part in skin health. Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and staying well hydrated will help overall skin health. Green tea with citrus added is a very good antioxidant source and also good for overall health. Washing your face with a good soap several times a day will help prevent the oil buildup and bacterial growth that causes the acne.

Other Oral Treatments

    Mix together in equal parts the extracts of burdock, yellow dock, sarsaparilla and cleavers. Take 1/2 tsp. a day mixed into a glass of water or juice. These herbs aid in acne treatment by cleansing the lymph system as well as the blood. By cleansing the inside of the body, less oil is produced and pores are less likely to be clogged when there isn't as much oil on the skin.

Home Remedy for Dandruff Treatment

Home Remedy for Dandruff Treatment

Homemade treatments for dandruff can often treat, control and cure dandruff. Try using a home remedy for controlling dandruff rather than using commercial products that may contain harsher chemicals and be costly.

Green Gram Powder

    A very popular and effective home remedy for dandruff is to wash your hair twice a week with a mixture of 1/2 cup of curd and 2 tbsp. of green gram powder.

Fennel Seeds

    A paste made from fennel seeds may be used to treat dandruff. Soak 3 tbsp. of seeds overnight in water. The following morning, grind the seeds into a paste and then apply the paste to the scalp; after leaving the paste on the hair for 30 to 45 minutes, shampoo out.

Cider Vinegar

    Apple cider vinegar mixed with an equal quantity of water may be applied between shampoos to control dandruff. Apple cider vinegar may also be used as a hair rinse after regular shampooing to control dandruff.

Two Eggs

    A popular home remedy for dandruff is to apply an egg mixture of two beaten eggs and 2 tbsp. of water into the hair and onto the scalp. After 10 to 15 minutes, the egg mixture is washed off with lukewarm water.

Aloe Vera

    Treat dandruff by massaging aloe vera into the scalp for 10 to 15 minutes and leaving the aloe vera in the hair and on the scalp for an additional 10 minutes before washing out. After a few weeks, the dandruff should be diminished.

How to Use Neroli Oil

How to Use Neroli Oil

Neroli oil is one of the more expensive essential oils due to the fact that it takes a ton of the tiny white flowers to make just one quart of neroli oil. This is why neroli oil is often found blended with other essential oils. Benefits of neroli oil include reducing redness in skin, helping to moisturize and clear acne, and increasing circulation. Not only can neroli be used on the skin, but it can also be diffused in the air and has soothing aromatherapy effects.

Instructions

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    Fill the basin of the diffuser with water. The water should be warm or room temperature. Ensure your diffuser is in a safe place where it can stand level.

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    Light the unscented tea light candle, and place it in the candle holder at the bottom of the diffuser. The candle is what warms the water in the basin of the diffuser. You do not want any scent from the candle to interfere with the scent of your neroli essential oil.

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    Add two to three drops of neroli essential oil to the water and allow the diffuser to fill the room with the scent of the oil. The therapeutic effects of the notes in neroli oil will begin to take place in minutes. If you wish, you may add a drop or two of another essential oil such as a flower or citrus oil, which both blend nicely with neroli.

    4

    Check on the diffuser periodically to ensure there is still water in the basin. The heat from the candle will cause the water to slowly evaporate. If the basin is glass or ceramic, it will scorch and eventually crack from the heat of the candle if the water is allowed to evaporate completely. Adding cold water to an empty, hot basin will also crack it if it is ceramic or glass.

    5

    Neroli oil can also be used for its beauty benefits by adding a few drops to your regular lotion.

How to Make Your Own Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense essential oil is used in aromatherapy to relax and calm the mind. In some religions, it is inhaled by followers seeking a higher sense of self-awareness that allows them to meditate and slip into a state of trance. However, this powerful oil can be expensive and commercial versions are often laboratory-created synthetics. Making it yourself will ensure you have the best oil possible for your needs.

Instructions

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    Pour the safflower oil into the jar, leaving room for the resin. Measure 8 tablespoons of frankincense and place it into the mortar and pestle. Use even pressure to lightly crack the resin.

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    Deposit the cracked resin into the oil and stir. Close the jar tightly and place on a sunny windowsill. Let sit for two days, shaking it well once every 12 hours.

    3

    Place the muslin over the mouth of the glass jar and strain the oil. To ensure the best scent concentration, wring out the solids into the oil. Repeat the process, adding more cracked resin and allowing it sit for two more days, if the scent is not potent enough.

    4

    Pour the finished oil into the dark glass bottle. Label it and store in a cool dry place for up to a year.

Jumat, 22 Februari 2013

Natural Anti-Fungal Treatments

Natural Anti-Fungal Treatments

Typically, a person with fungal problems visits a physician or takes a quick trip to the pharmacy. This generally results in the patient using a conventional anti-fungal drug--like Clotrimazole, Monistat, Lamisil, Spranox or Diflucan. Some, however, prefer to deal with these sorts of issues by utilizing more natural anti-fungal solutions.

Vinegar Mixture

    A natural home remedy for fungal problems--particularly when it comes to the feet--is to create a vinegar mixture, and then soak the affected area. To create the mixture, pour 1 cup of water into a bowl, and then pour one-fourth of a cup of vinegar into the bowl. Soak the affected area in the vinegar mixture twice a day for 10 to 15 minutes each time.

Baking Soda Mixture

    Another simple natural remedy for fungal issues to is create a baking soda mixture. Take one-half cup of baking soda and mix it with 4 tablespoons of powdered sage, 2 tablespoons of dry white clay (fine) and 2 teaspoons of zinc oxide powder. Dust the affected area with the mixture. You can even spread a little around in your shoes, to keep them clean, dry and fresh.

Tea Tree Oil

    Another natural remedy, albeit one that may necessitate a trip to an herbal store, is tea tree oil. Apply the oil to the affected area.

How to Make Aromatherapy Oils

Aromatherapy uses the essential oils of plants, such as peppermint, lavender or rose, to promote general health and well-being in a natural, non-toxic way. Aromatherapy can alleviate stress, combat nausea and vomiting, assist in pain management and help people fall asleep without medication. Although you can buy premixed aromatherapy products in stores and online, they are often expensive. Save money and have fun at the same time by making your own oils.

Instructions

Instructions

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    Fill the cooking pan with your chosen flowers and/or herbs, chopped into pieces.

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    Fill the pot with the vegetable oil until the flowers/herbs are covered, with about a 2:1 ratio of oil to plants, and press the plants down into the oil. Extra-virgin olive oil is best, but you can also try safflower, almond or any salad oil.

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    Boil the pot over a medium to medium-low heat until the mixture reaches 150 to 160 degrees F (with a standard meat/candy thermometer).

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    Remove the pot from the stove and allow the mixture to cool before straining out the plant materials.

    5

    Discard the plant materials and pour the oil through the funnel into the bottle or jar and cap tightly. Store it in a cool, dark location.

How to Find an Acupuncture Doctor

Acupuncture is an alternative medicine that originated in China as one of the earliest forms of medicine. Thin needles are placed into the skin on specific points on the body. Although scientists are unable to confirm why it works, acupuncture may be able to help relieve pain and many other medical ailments. It is much harder to find an acupuncture doctor than a regular physician, as there are far fewer of them and they often work in private clinics. Here are a few suggestions on how to find an acupuncture doctor in your area.

Instructions

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    Firstly, check the yellow pages in your local phone book for acupuncture practices in your immediate area. Start by looking under "Acupuncturists." If you are unable to find a doctor under that heading check "Alternative medicine" and "Chinese medicine."

    2

    Check listings and advertisements in local newspapers and magazines. Very often acupuncture doctors will advertise in these. Also check listings in national health and wellness magazines, as large practices will often place advertisements in these.

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    Check your local neighborhood coffee shops, gyms and health food stores. Acupuncture doctors often leave business cards or post ads in these local businesses.

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    Try word-of-mouth. Ask friends, family and colleagues if they can recommend an acupuncture doctor.

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    Search online. Type "acupuncture" and the name of your town into the search field of any Internet search engine. Also search Craigslist under "Services" and the subheading "Therapeutic."

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    Go to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (nccaom.org) and look for doctors in your area.

Is There a Vitamin to Help Get Rid of Warts?

Found easily in food and supplements, vitamins may be the answer to healing and preventing your unsightly, troublesome warts. Vitamins A, C and E all work to treat warts. You might also find help from a few other basic home remedies. If vitamins don't relieve your symptoms you should contact your doctor.

Vitamins to Get Rid of Warts

    Fight your warts with vitamin A. There's evidence that vitamin A helps build your immune system and fights warts, as the author of the book "Doctors' Book of Home Remedies for Women" found. Look for vitamin A in sweet peas, carrots, leafy green vegetables and squash. If you don't get enough vitamin A from your diet alone, Herbs 2000, an online resource for alternative therapies, recommends taking 25,000 IU of vitamin A twice daily for 10 days. If you're pregnant don't take more than 5,000 IU daily.

    Vitamin C will also helps support your immune system. Vitamin C helps prevent future recurrences of warts. Take 1,000 mg of vitamin C three times a day. In addition to taking vitamin C orally, you also can apply it topically. Mix powdered vitamin C with water and spread it over your warts. If your warts are located on your genitals, make sure to dilute the vitamin C powder thoroughly, as these warts are particularly sensitive.

    Applying vitamin E topically also will help heal the affected area. Create a compress out of a piece of flannel, cotton or gauze and pour the contents of a vitamin E capsule onto the compress. Apply it to the affected area.

    After bathing, make sure to thoroughly dry your wart--as warts thrive in moist environments--and keeping it dry will reduce its chance of spreading. You also might find aloe vera gel soothing. To apply aloe vera gel, dab a small amount on a compress and apply it to the affected area. In addition to aloe vera gel, you also could try adding a few drops of tea tree oil to a compress. Tea tree oil has antiviral and antibacterial properties.

When to Call Your Doctor

    See your doctor if after two months of at-home treatments your warts don't go away. Your doctor may opt to apply liquid nitrogen or even a laser to remove stubborn warts. Also, women who shave their legs may benefit from getting a wart removed by a doctor, as shaving can spread the wart virus to other parts of their legs. If you develop a wart on your face see your dermatologist, as facial tissue is too delicate for at-home remedies.

Kombucha Effects

Kombucha Effects

Kombucha is thought to boast a range of medicinal qualities and has been used for years across the world. Kombucha cultures are added to black or green tea and sugar, then fermented to create kombucha tea. This process allows microorganisms that are considered to promote healing (including bacteria and yeast) to combine. Such components are attributed with kombucha's therapeutic effects.

Significance

    Kombucha is known for having antioxidant and antimicrobial activity, helping to detoxify the body, enhance the immune system and balance a person's metabolism.

Effects

    Kombucha tea acts to defend the body against certain oxygen molecules that can cause cellular damage. Kombucha is considered effective in relieving a wide array of symptoms and discomforts including: digestive disorders, blood pressure and circulation problems, skin conditions and glandular problems.

Benefits

    Kombucha can also increase energy, speed the healing process, decrease anxiety, protect the teeth from cavities and thicken the hair.

Potential

    Subjective reports cite kombucha's usage for numerous acute and chronic conditions like: AIDS, Allergies, Arthritis, Bronchitis, Cancer, Cataracts, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Diabetes, Edema, Gout, Hemorrhoids, Hypoglycemia, Insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Kidney/Prostate/Liver disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Migraines and Psoriasis.

Warning

    Several reports have been written on the dangers of kombucha and the adverse effects it can have. According to an article from the Mayo Clinic, "There's no proof that kombucha tea is effective for any of its myriad health claims. At the same time, several cases of harm or injury have been reported. Unless definitive studies are reported that can quantify more accurately the potential risks and benefits of kombucha tea, it's best to avoid it."

Homemade Peppermint Oil Headache Remedy

Peppermint oil is an essential oil that has many medicinal benefits. Stress is a common problem that can be relieved, as it provides soothing relief from life's every day worries. It is also used as an immune booster and in pain relief applications. Headaches can be treated at home with the use of peppermint oil, especially since it can help relax muscles and tension.

Soothing Peppermint Oil Remedies

    Drinking peppermint tea while topically applying peppermint oil is a good home remedy for headaches. Peppermint oil can be used for soothing massages, including massaging of the temple until a headache goes away. Mixing olive oil and peppermint oil is a way to create a massaging solution that can help rid headaches.

    Inhaling peppermint oil is beneficial to soothing a headache. Inhale the aroma from a bottle of peppermint oil, or infuse a cup of hot water with it and inhale the vapors.

    Another way to inhale the steam of peppermint oil infused water is to boil a pot of water and place ten drops of oil in it. Drape a towel over your head as you lean over the pot, inhaling the soothing aroma for five to 10 minutes. This remedy is good to try for a cold or sinus pressure, as both can cause headaches.

    Bathing in peppermint oil is another remedy to relax and get rid of a headache. Add several drops of peppermint oil into your bath water and inhale the vapors.

Precaution

    Essential peppermint oil can be purchased at health stores or it can be found in the organic aisle of your super market. Always purchase essential peppermint oil for home remedy use and not regular peppermint oil used in cooking.

    Peppermint oil is meant to be used as an external home remedy. Do not use it if you have a hiatal hernia, acid reflux disease, gallbladder problems or are pregnant or nursing.

Essential Oils for Liver Cleansing

Liver cleansing can be very important, especially if you have a fatty liver or are trying to do a full body detox. There are many herbs and products available to aid you in cleansing your liver, and there are also many essential oils that can help your liver cleansing. Here are the top 5 essential oils that can help cleanse the liver:

Ledum

    Ledum essential oil is an extremely powerful oil rich in antioxidants that will help cleanse the liver.

Celery Seed

    Celery seed essential oil help rejuvenate the liver and can help protect the liver from disease.

Helichrysum

    Helichrysum essential oil is a natural anticoagulant and an antiviral that works to both cleanse the liver and keep it safe from disease.

Geranium

    Geranium essential oil helps rebuild damaged tissue and aids in developing healthy tissue in the liver.

Roman Chamomile

    Roman Chamomile essential oil is a deep cleanser of the liver and can aid you in detoxifying the liver tissue.

How to Compare Liquid Zeolite to Powdered Zeolite

How to Compare Liquid Zeolite to Powdered Zeolite

Zeolite is a crystalline solid by nature, although some people consider it to be a liquid. When liquified, the properties of zeolite alter significantly: its beneficial cage structure is destroyed and the molecule loses its negative charge. However controversial, some people believe zeolite has many beneficial properties in health care. The difference between liquid and powdered forms of zeolite is important because of their altered properties. According to Zeolite Facts, there is no evidence that the liquid form, created by exposure to hydrochloric acid, has any health benefits.

Instructions

    1

    Determine the structure. Use electron microscopy to identify the structure of zeolite powder and zeolite molecules in the liquid phase. Determine if either form has a cage-like structure, as suggested by Zeolite Facts. According to the British Zeolite Association, zeolites contain silicon, aluminum and oxygen.

    2

    Identify whether positive or negative charges exist in the molecules using laboratory precipitation. Add powdered and liquid zeolite (separately) to nitric acid in two test tubes. If a pale-colored precipitate forms, the zeolite is anionic, or negatively charged. According to Zeolite Facts, zeolite molecules are negatively charged. Test whether negatively charged zeolite attracts bodily toxin molecules or not, and which form (liquid or powdered) works best.

    3

    Test liquid zeolite against powdered zeolite in terms of pharmaceutical benefit. Use laboratory methods to find out if either compound reduces the risk of cancer, boosts the immune system or prevents diarrhea, as Zeolite Facts claims. Test the diarrhea claim. Inject a sample of disease-induced mice with a dosage of between 4,000 mg and 15,000 mg per day for a week. Record the symptoms and disease progression in each of the two cases (powder and liquid). Compare your findings to symptoms and disease progression in disease-induced mice that have received no zeolite.

    4

    Test liquid and powdered zeolites in humans. Collect a willing sample of healthy individuals. Administer small doses. Record the results. Pay particular attention to their well-being and health. Some patients taking zeolite report that they have undergone successful detoxification most often using the liquid form of zeolite, according to Liquid Zeolite.

    5

    Compare the manufacturing process of the two forms. Powdered zeolites are easier to manufacture. Raw zeolite is simply crushed into a powder. It is available in tubs as loose powder, or in capsules. Liquid zeolite is actually a solid zeolite suspension, where the zeolite floats in water, in an even distribution.

How to Treat a Hangover With Acupressure

Acupressure is one of the many ways to let your fingers do the healing. Whereas acupuncture uses needles at certain meridians, or pressure points on the body, acupressure uses hand or finger pressure, but its goal is the same; to stimulate what Chinese health practitioners call chi, or the body's natural healing energy. In some ways acupressure can be more effective and rapid at healing than acupuncture. Basically the purpose is to apply a small but concentrated amount of pressure to a localized area in order to dissipate blockages within the chi energy. It is these blockages that cause physical pain and emotional discomfort. One of the other main advantages is that for the most part, and particularly for treating a hangover, you can apply it to yourself.

Instructions

How to Treat a Hangover With Acupressure

    1

    Many adults have experienced a hangover at some point in their life. The tell-tale symptoms include headache, irritability, nausea, fatigue, body aches, vomiting, dizziness, loss of appetite, diarrhea.

    2

    Get your fingers ready to do the healing. The middle finger is best suited to acupressure because it is the longest and it is strong. The thumb is also strong but it does not have the sensitivity of the middle finger. Sometimes however, when performing acupressure on yourself you will need to use both.

    3

    Before your start, make your hands into tight fists then stretch them out 3-4 times and rub them together to get them warmed up.

    4

    To relieve the headache and feelings of nausea left from a hangover you need to apply pressure to the webbed skin between your thumb and forefinger, close to the bone at the base of the index finger bone. This is known as point LI4. Hold this point firmly with your thumb on top of the webbing and your middle finger underneath. Apply pressure for one minute and then do the same for the other hand. Continue for a few minutes; you should soon notice results.

    5

    To relieve a headache and sensitivity to light, apply pressure to the upper ridge of each eye socket near the bridge of the nose. These are known as the B2 points. Gently squeeze the pressure point between your thumbs and middle finger, pressing upwards towards the hollows of the eye sockets. Hold for two or three minutes as you take slow, deep breaths.

Hops & Fragrant Herbs for Sleeping

Hops & Fragrant Herbs for Sleeping

For centuries natural remedies have been used to promote sleep. Millions suffer from sleeplessness every night. Over-the-counter medication doesn't always work, and people often seek out alternative solutions to induce sleep. Hot baths, warm milk, soothing music are some recommendations. Aromatherapy may be a welcome aid to a sleepless night.

Hops

    Usually associated with beer, hops are grown on a vine which can climb up to 20 feet. The bitter taste is what drew brewers to begin using hops in the 12th century. Being part of the hemp group, it is regarded as a strong sedative. Used alone or with a mixture of other herbs, hops can be put in a small cloth bag (sleep pillow) and placed under a standard pillow. The scent of hops should promote a more restful night.

Lavender

    When it comes to sleep herbs, Lavender is most commonly known for its relaxing properties. Fresh sprigs may be placed in between sheets. Dried flowers can be used in sleep pillows and potpourri. Essential oil may be heated to infuse an entire room. Lavender may also be found in baked goods such as quick breads, cakes and cookies.

Chamomile

    Known as the national flower of Russia, the chamomile flower is touted for its soothing properties. The daisy-like plant is most often ingested in tea form but may also be used in a sleep sachet. The fragrant buds smell faintly of apple, and may be paired nicely with lavender or lemon balm.

Lemon Balm

    Another member of the mint family, lemon balm, is known for its calming effects. The slight lemon scent is soothing in a tea. The dried herb may be placed in a bowl, placed beside the bed and crushed to release its scent. As with the other herbs, it may be placed in a sleep pillow, or the essential oil can be heated for larger room coverage.

Neroli

    Sold mainly as an essential oil, Neroli oil comes from the blossom of the bitter orange tree. The oil may be added to a carrier oil such as sweet almond or olive and massaged into the skin. It may also be placed in bath water or heated in an oil diffuser.

Ylang-ylang

    The light fragrance of custard, neroli and jasmine combine to give ylang-ylang its calming properties. It may be added to a vaporizer or diffuser for a full room effect. Place a few drops onto a pillow for a more subtle approach to sleeplessness.

How to Use Probiotics to Improve Colon Function

The colon is a major organ that needs as much attention as the rest of our body. The colon is the organ that processes waste, and if that waste isn't being moved out of our bodies, it can create many health problems. If you are not having at least one bowel movement every day, then your colon is not working at its full potential.
A healthy digestive system contains flora. These are good bacteria that the body uses to break down and process the foods we eat. When these are absent in our digestive systems (as they are after having taken a round of antibiotics), the colon fails to work properly and the waste in our bodies isn't eliminated as it should be.
There are several ways to make sure that we have enough flora in our digestive systems. These include introducing good bacteria through natural sources, such as yogurt and kefir, as well as taking probiotic supplements.

Instructions

    1

    Eat 8 oz. of yogurt daily. This should be natural yogurt, preferably from organic sources that has been cultured through natural processes. It will take about 2 weeks for your body to achieve the proper balance through this source.

    2

    Add 4 oz. of organic, naturally cultured kefir to your daily diet. You can do this by adding it to a fruit smoothie in the morning, or buying kefir with natural fruits added to it. It's best to use kefir that has no sweeteners in it, since you don't want the additional sugar. Use brands that have at least 10 different sources of enzymes (bacteria).

    3

    Purchase a probiotic supplement that contains at least 5 million probiotics from at least 10 different resources, and one that needs refrigeration. If it has to be refrigerated, you know that you're getting live cultures (enzymes/bacteria) rather than ones that could be less effective (see Resources below). Keep these in your refrigerator and take the recommended dosage every day. You should notice a difference in your elimination with a couple of days.

Kamis, 21 Februari 2013

How to Use Food Cures for Migraine Headaches

How to Use Food Cures for Migraine Headaches

Food cures for migraine headaches encompass a variety of different foods. From fish to black beans, there are several different things you can try. Food cures are a safe, natural way to fight the pain associated with these debilitating headaches, and can even be taken in conjunction with medications. You may also take supplements in place of the food cures listed here, if you don't like the foods, or can't bring yourself to eat them on a regular basis.

Instructions

    1
    Sardines

    Eat fatty fish such as sardines and trout. These food cures for migraine headaches contain large amounts of essential fatty acids, which have been proven to reduce the body's production of inflammation and pain causing hormones. Eat at least one four ounce serving of fatty fish per day to help reduce migraine headaches.

    2
    Fish Oil

    Take fish oil supplements if you can't bring yourself to eat fish everyday. Fish oil is one of the best food cures for migraine headaches, for the reasons listed above. Taking 1.25 grams of fish oil per day has been proven to reduce the duration and intensity of migraine headaches.

    3
    Spinach Leaves

    Eat foods rich in magnesium. These food cures for migraine headaches include spinach, soy milk, seafood, and black beans. Eat at least 1-2 servings of one of these food cures each day to get rid of migraine headaches. Alternatively, a 500 mg magnesium supplement may be taken daily.

    4
    Feverfew Flowers

    Take feverfew, a proven effective herb to combat migraine. Feverfew is another of the best food cures for migraine headaches. It has been proven by German researchers to inhibit the release of inflammatory substances in the body, thus reducing the frequency, duration, and intensity of migraine headaches. Take feverfew tea daily, or a supplement according to the manufacturer's directions.

How to Treat a Cold With Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used throughout history for their many medicinal and cleansing properties. Some essential oils work especially well when fighting a cold. Lavender essential oil contains anti-stress properties, promotes sleep, boosts the immune system and is antiseptic. Eucalyptus essential oil works as a decongestant, an antiseptic, and a fever reducer. It also contains antiviral properties. Sandalwood, peppermint, cedarwood, rosemary, and frankincense essential oils also work as decongestants. Tea tree essential oil is antiseptic and anti-viral. Garlic essential oil is a powerful anti-viral oil while ginger essential oil is anti-bacterial. Essential oils can be used in gargles and homemade vaporizers to help the body fight a cold.

Instructions

Essential Oil Gargle for Sore Throats

    1

    Fill a medium-sized glass with water. Pour the water into a pot and simmer until lukewarm.

    2

    Add 1 or 2 drops (no more than 2) of eucalyptus, garlic, sage, ginger, and tea tree essential oils to the warm water.

    3

    Gargle with the solution. Do not swallow the mixture.

Essential Oil Decongestant

    4

    Fill a medium-sized pot with water and heat until boiling.

    5

    Add 1 to 2 drops of eucalyptus, sandalwood, peppermint, rosemary, and frankincense oils to the boiling water. Use all or at least two of these oils.

    6

    Place a towel over your head and lean over the pot. Inhale the vapors deeply. Take at least five deep breaths for maximum results. Congestion should clear up partially or completely within minutes.

Rabu, 20 Februari 2013

Essential Oils for Intestinal Problems

Essential Oils for Intestinal Problems

Intestinal and digestive problems vary greatly in intensity and seriousness. Some can be as straightforward as an upset stomach while others can be as grave as Crohn's disease or cancer. According to Nicole Cutler, a licensed acupuncturist writing for the Institute of Integrative Healthcare Studies, the diffusion or topical application of essential oils can help relieve the pain associated with a wide range of intestinal and digestive disorders.

Ginger

    With its sweet smell and long-revered healing properties, ginger is an ideal oil for a variety of intestinal problems. When dispersing this oil in an aromatherapy diffuser, you can feel an alleviation of upset stomach pain and a quelling of nausea and vomiting.

Peppermint

    Like ginger, peppermint is celebrated for its ability to calm the stomach. AltMD.com notes that in addition to being a stress reducer, peppermint is also a carminative, which frees gas from the stomach and decreases spasms in the intestines.

Fennel

    The pleasant-smelling fennel oil can be diffused to lessen pain associated with stomach cramps, gas and bloating. Fennel's antispasmodic characteristics help calm the stomach and intestines, but be cautious of the oil's laxative properties.

Clary Sage

    Clary sage is another antispasmodic that can alleviate pain and cramping associated with intestinal illnesses. As it can make one sleepy and relaxed, watch out for this oil's sedative effects.

Lavender

    The pleasing, floral scent of lavender is a popular stress-reduction oil. Gentle inhalation of lavender promotes well-being and calmness and aids the body in relieving discomfort associated with constipation and stomach spasms.

How to Use Essential Oils to Treat Minor Burns

Minor burns are a fact of life. Whether its accidentally touching the kitchen stove, the heating element of the hair dryer or styling iron, or getting too close to a match flame, that telltale ouch warns that youve been burned.Essential oils can be used to treat minor burns. In fact, one of the pioneers of aromatherapy and the use of essential oils for healing purposes first discovered their potential properties when he was burned while working in a lab.

Instructions

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    Choose 100% pure essential oil-only these offer healthful benefits. The label will state "100% pure." You can find them at health food stores and online. Dont use synthetic oils. They do not have the same benefits.

    2

    Select lavender as the best oil for treating minor burns. Lavender is soothing and helps to heal the damaged skin.

    3

    Run the burn under cold water for a couple of minutes, if possible, to help remove heat. Then dab a drop of the lavender oil directly on the burn. Make sure the oil covers the entire burn area.

    4

    Wait a few minutes until the oil has dried before touching the area. If necessary, you can put a drop of lavender oil on the gauze patch of a band-aid and put that over the burn to both protect the spot and enhance the healing process.

    5

    Reapply the lavender oil 2 to 3 times a day until the burn mark starts to heal.