It seems simple: Protect your skin with sunscreen to avoid sunburn.
But sometimes you might forget, and it's hours before it becomes evident you're burned. For serious burns, seek medical attention. But to get you through the first 24 hours of a mild sunburn (read: no blisters) that stings and causes discomfort, take some ibuprofen and drink plenty of water to rehydrate your body. You can use a few frugal, natural remedies, too. Most of these items you'll already have at home, so you won't have to spend any extra money and can get immediate relief without running to the store.
How do you ease the pain from sunburn? Here are a few suggestions. Read more
Friday, July 31, 2009
You can save your skin, and your money with effective, natural sunburn remedies, says Sarah Noel.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Do you want to grow your own medicinal herbs? Herbs are used for many things these days and in addition to being great flavoring for foods, there are also herbs that can be used for medicinal purposes.
Modern medicine certainly works wonders, but there’s something to be said for alternative medicine. Herbs and plants have been used to cure ailments for centuries. These 50 miracle plants may look like weeds, but they are plants you’ll want to keep around if you prefer alternative medicinal sources.
- Ginseng – This wonder working plant come in two forms American ginseng and Chinese ginseng. Chinese ginseng is used to improve circulation, while its American counterpart reduces fever and respiratory tract disorders. Ginseng is also used to increase energy through supplements or powders. This perennial plant grows best in cool climates.
- Dong quai - This simple herb can help with high blood pressure, allergies, and even menopause. The herb grows best in summer or autumn, and is best grown in trays.
- Wild Yam Roots - These yams make for a great natural treatment of nausea, rheumatoid arthritis, and menstrual cramps. Natively from China, these roots grow best in temperate climates. Read more
Monday, July 27, 2009
We know a massage feels good, but it can have a host of therapeutic benefits, too.
We all need to be kneaded. And in this time of economic stress, taking the time for self care is of utmost importance. Whether you choose to give your shoulders some shiatsu love or treat your feet to the pressure and release of reflexology, read through our list of hands-on bodywork techniques and figure out which one is for you. Cheaper--and faster--than a vacation, body work can quickly release your tension and leave you calm and refreshed. Indulge your muscles--they will be thankful! Read more
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
A study by the University of California, Los Angeles and Louisiana State University found that those who consumed salad and raw vegetables had a higher concentration of vitamins in their bloodstream, but according to dietitian Helen Tracey, we need to eat them in much greater quantities.
With salad season in full swing, you may wonder whether some leaves are healthier than others.
'All leafy greens are good for you,' says dietician Helen Tracey, at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London.
'Some are higher in nutrients than others but overall they're a good source of vitamins C, E, calcium and antioxidants, including phytonutrients such as lutein, which is thought to form a chemical that some studies suggest can lower the risk of developing cataracts in later life.' Read more
Monday, July 20, 2009
Just as many women want bigger breasts, many men want a bigger penis, but penile augmention has never caught on the way breast augmentation has. Men are understandably reluctant to let a surgeon use a scapel on their "manhood." Is there an alternative for men? Does natural penis enlargement really work? The medical profession claims it doesn't, but they say the same about natural breast enlargement, and I know that works. Svetlana Ivanova of Sex Secrets says natural penis enlargement exercises do work for at least some men.
Does natural penis enlargement really work? I can’t speak directly from personal experience, lacking the equipment to do so. However, I know that penis enlargement exercises work for at least some men because a former lover – after I commented of the size of his penis – confessed that he had used them to increase his penis size an inch and a half. I can’t think of any possible reason for a man to say that unless it were true. Read more
Friday, July 17, 2009
Bee pollen is an old-time dietary supplement - really old-time. The early Egyptian and early Chinese civilizations both used it. That doesn't mean that it's not still one of the best supplements you can take though.
The health benefits of bee pollen
Bee pollen is one of nature’s healthiest and most powerful “superfoods.” It’s been used as a dietary supplement for thousands of years. The early Egyptian and early Chinese civilizations both used it as a physical rejuvenator and medicine. The Greek physician Hippocrates, recognized as the father of modern medicine, used pollen as a healing substance over 2,500 years ago. Today natural health practitioners often refer to bee pollen as an herbal “fountain of youth” that can be used for everything from weight loss to cancer prevention. It may be nature's most perfect food...
Bee pollen has been shown to help people: Read more
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Fluoride is a toxic chemical forced onto to us by government coercion.Any benefit it provides can be gained by brushing and flossing. Fortunately, several easy natural remedies can get rid of this harmful chemical.
You can rid you body of most fluorides with some easy natural remedies. Fluorides have been linked to a variety of severe chronic, even acute health issues. First a quick review summary of fluoride.
Fluoride is a soluble salt, not a heavy metal. There are two basic types of fluoride. Calcium fluoride appears naturally in underground water sources and even seawater. Enough of it can cause skeletal or dental fluorosis, which weakens bone and dental matter. But it is not nearly as toxic, nor does it negatively affect so many other health issues as sodium fluoride, which is added to many water supplies. Read more
Monday, July 13, 2009
Drinking five cups of coffee a day could reverse the memory problems of Alzheimer's disease. Scientists proved it on mice, anyway.
Drinking five cups of coffee a day could reverse memory problems seen in Alzheimer's disease, US scientists say.
The Florida research, carried out on mice, also suggested caffeine hampered the production of the protein plaques which are the hallmark of the disease.
Previous research has also suggested a protective effect from caffeine. Read more
Friday, July 10, 2009
Not feeling well, but don't know why? Too much intestinal yeast lays low many men and women.
Yeast overgrowth is a health concern that is thought to be a woman’s problem. This is simply not true. Both men and women can have an intestinal flora imbalance that results in yeast overgrowth. Another popular misconception is that yeast overgrowth is a local problem confined to a woman’s body. This is also not true. Yeast overgrowth is a systemic problem that can affect any human regardless of gender. Also, women can have yeast overgrowth and never manifest a localized symptom.
Candida albicans is the yeast that commonly lives in the mouth, throat, intestines, and genitourinary tract of most humans. It is a normal part of our intestinal flora that is kept in balance by a healthy immune system. When the natural balance of flora is altered, colonies of yeast will flourish throughout the body producing many adverse physical and mental symptoms. Read more
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Licorice is the latest weapon in the battle to beat cancer.
Liquorice could offer valuable protection against sunburn and skin cancer which, say Cancer Research UK, has become the most common cancer among 15- to 34-year-olds.
According to the National Cancer Institute in the US, when applied to the skin, liquorice extract helps combat UV damage and can reduce sunburn by acting as a powerful anti-inflammatory.
Researchers at the Institute of Chinese Medical Science in Taiwan have now discovered why. They found that the active molecule glycyrrhizin blocks AP-1, a protein that can cause inflammation and cancer. Read more
Monday, July 6, 2009
Dry skin brushing makes the skin glow by removing the top dull, dead layer of skin and encouraging new cells to regenerate. The gentle massaging motion of the bristles also has a beneficial effect on areas of cellulite and is an effective treatment for helping eliminate toxins from the body during a detoxification program, says Sheryl Walters.
Skin care is literally a billion dollar a year business. Thousands of people are drawn in to buying creams, scrubs, soaps and oils every day by the promise of younger, firmer, wrinkle free skin. Many of these products do have their uses. They can stop the skin from becoming dry, sore and cracked; many can even reduce acne and help smooth out fine lines. But none of them can boast the all around cleansing benefits that are associated with the age old practice of dry skin brushing. Read more
Friday, July 3, 2009
There are foods that boost energy, sharpen memory, and even fight flab. But the snacks here serve a sexier purpose: They improve your lust life. Feast on your favorites to feel friskier.
Capsaicin, a chemical found in fiery peppers, increases circulation to get blood pumping and stimulates nerve endings so you'll feel more turned on.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
There is a new beverage gaining popularity called Drank. Not content with following the herd of energy drinks, Drank is the antithesis of such products, claiming to be "the anti-energy drink," whose slogan is "slow your roll." This purple carbonated beverage is infused with melatonin, valerian root, and rose hips which give it a sedating effect.
... What the heck is this stuff? On its purple cans, Drank calls itself an "Extreme Relaxation Beverage." The drink's motto: "Slow your roll." [Peter] Bianchi, a former financier who started Innovative Beverage seven years ago and introduced Drank in early 2008, pitches his product as an alternative to alcohol. "We wanted to give the people on the go something to drink during the day which would help them relax, calm down, and not have to keep an old bottle of gin in their drawer," says Bianchi. You can also take a sip before bedtime and perhaps save yourself some cash the next day. "Something like this gives you a better night's sleep," says Bianchi. "You're going to wake up feeling better rested and less apt to get a double venti-venti-venti at Starbucks, then wash it down with a Red Bull just to get through your day." Read more