Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Baking Soda: Its Many Miraculous and Mundane Uses

Baking soda was one of the few products many years ago on the market for cleaning your teeth or settling an upset stomach. While we have many more choices today, baking soda still has many miraculous and mundane uses.
A simple inexpensive substance, one that is found on grocery shelves and in many homes, has been rediscovered over recent years as a useful remedy or remedy adjunct for a variety of ailments and chronic diseases. That substance is bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, not to be confused with baking powder. Baking powder contains aluminum, which is toxic.

During the early 20th Century, baking soda was prescribed for flus and colds and other common problems. It eventually faded into obscurity as a medicine until people like Doctors Mark Sircus and Tullio Simoncini began using it to cure cancer during the last few years! Read more

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Ultimate Guide to Self-Massage

If you are unable to work in a professional massage, you can practice some simple massage techniques on yourself that can have great benefit in releasing tension and promoting relaxation.
A competent massage can make or break an individual’s overall sense of health and well-being, but most people do not have the money to pay for regular sessions with a professional. Fortunately, the art of self-massage costs absolutely nothing while still yielding the same benefits as paying for a round when executed properly. The following guide proffers up some tips, tricks, information, and links to helpful guides for anyone who finds the prospect of self-massage appealing.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

7 Diet Tricks That Really Work

Everyone knows the keys to losing weight: Eat less and exercise more. Sounds simple enough, but in the context of real life and its demands, it can be anything but simple. So how do successful losers do it? To find out, Live Science asked experts for diet tricks that scientists say really work.
Eat fruit. But not as a snack. Drink more water. With ice!

Every day, it seems, there is new advice headlining papers and magazines on how to lose weight. It can get overwhelming trying to tease the legitimate from the fads, so we turned to the experts.

Here are the top seven tricks that scientists say really work. Read more

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

5 Simple Steps to Eliminate PMS

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) has a wide variety of symptoms, including mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability, and depression. An estimated 75% of menstruating women experience some form of premenstrual syndrome. Dr. Mark Hyman lists five simple steps to eliminate PMS.
"Seventy-five percent of women suffer from headaches, mood swings, bloating, and other problems that threaten their relationships, work life, and well-being." It's a statement that most of us unconsciously accept without a second thought. But it doesn't have to be this way. Read more

Monday, June 21, 2010

Essential Oils Contain Healing Properties

Essential oils contain healing properties that have tremendous potential to reduce our reliance on pharmaceuticals with their synthetic ingredients and adverse side effects.
The healing properties of essential oils are many, varied and extremely effective. The list of plants providing these healing essential oils is almost endless. Here is just a small handful: Read more

Friday, June 18, 2010

Home Remedies for Getting Rid of Acne

Trying to get rid of acne is a problem that has been around for years. Nobody likes to look as though they are riddled with acne, but sadly, for many people it is a huge problem that simply cannot be avoided. If you find yourself in this position, there is typically very little that you can do to avoid it. However, there is still help and hope that you have to make things better. Chemical or prescription treatments are extremely expensive and typically do not work well.

Some of the most common ingredients for acne home remedies include things such as cucumber, lemon juice, and also milk. However, there are plenty of other ingredients that can be used as well. If you are willing to take some time to learn it is possible to find a rather large amount of successful acne treatments that all do not have any serious side effects that can cause you substantial problems. Working to ensure you have the best treatment methods available to you is not always easy, it is quite possible at times that you will feel that you are losing the battle to acne, but never fear there are plenty of choices available to find your perfect solution.

Most people are rather thrilled to learn that the simplest methods are using things such as milk, orange peel, strawberry leaves, and even cucumbers. Of course, you are not making a meal and these ingredients are all used in distinctly different remedies. For those who have an abundance of strawberry leaves around, you can use them to help reduce the painful swelling that is associated with acne. Other great usages include using orange peel mashed together with a small amount of water to form a paste. This paste is then used to help reduce the acne in the area in which it was applied.

For someone who likes the smell of cucumbers, a paste of cucumber is great for helping to prevent breakouts before they even happen. By creating the paste, you are using some great nutrients that many commercial companies actually put into their products. The key to this remedy is to allow the paste to remain on for at least 30 minutes. After this time, you can remove the paste and feel your skin refreshed. It is important to ensure that you repeat this treatment daily to avoid a breakout.

Using milk, you can create a paste by mixing in some nutmeg. This makes a wonderful paste that can be applied directly onto acne to help dry it out quickly. Repeated usages may be required to clear it up entirely, but it is typically extremely effective.

Mint juice is a great remedy as well. It can be used either all by itself, or you can punch it up a notch by mixing it together with turmeric powder. If you opt to mix it with turmeric powder, you need to apply it onto your face and allow it to remain for approximately thirty minutes before rinsing your face with warm water. Be certain that you rinse it thoroughly or you could risk over drying your skin.

Finding your perfect home remedy for acne is likely to be a prolonged process. Each person has a uniquely created balance that must be maintained in order to achieve the perfect skin that is needed. If you are having great difficulties trying to get your acne under control it might be time to try a new remedy. It is recommended that you give each different remedy ample time to actually work though before changing. Typically, a period of two weeks is sufficient to start noticing a great difference in your skin if the remedy you are presently using is going to be effective. Pulling together all of the greatest remedies for acne might sound like a delicious recipe to cook with, but the final result will look much better when your face is clear.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

10 Reasons Cayenne Should Be Used as a Daily Tonic

If cayenne pepper is not the king of medicinal herbs it is certainly a prince among them. Its health benefits are many and varied and are truly astonishing. Many people from around the world recount amazing results from using cayenne pepper for simple healing as well in the battling and elimination of challenging health problems. Here are ten reasons cayenne should be used as a daily tonic.
There's a vastly underrated herb that is commonly used as a spice for hot foods. Its powder is derived from ground up dried shells of chili peppers. Famed herbalist Dr. John Christopher was so involved with this herb that he was nicknamed Dr. Cayenne. And Dr. Richard Shultze recommends putting cayenne at the top of the ten most important herbs to have in a home "... because it will make the other nine work better".

Cayenne powder is an instant blood flow stimulant, enabling it to promote blood circulation and carry other nutrients to cells more efficiently. But additionally, cayenne has its own set of virtues, especially when it comes to cardiovascular health. Read more

Friday, June 11, 2010

Leaky Gut: How to End the Misery

Margaret Durst explains what "leaky gut" is and end the misery.
Leaky Gut is one of those "natural health" conditions that we all hope we never get. The truth is that many of us have it to some degree and our symptoms vary widely. So - What is "leaky gut"? It is a condition in which the gut lining leaks.

You might ask "Is this bad?" Yes it is bad. Read more

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Belladonna: Deady Nightshade

Belladonna is a perennial herb that is native to Europe and Asia Minor, but is now grown quite often in the United States, Europe, and India. While growing in the wild, which Belladonna commonly does, a slight dose can be fatal. The nickname "deadly nightshade" is a good clue of its potency. When Belladonna was first used it was for cosmetic purposes. Women felt that if they used it to dilate their pupils, they would look more sexy and alluring. This explains the name Belladonna, which means "beautiful lady" in Italian.

The most important contribution from Belladonna is atropine, which is an important agent that is useful in dilating the pupils of the eye. Some cough syrups are known to contain atropine and are used for bronchitis and whooping cough. Atrophine is also used to soothe the stomach lining prior to an anesthetic being administered and also for peptic ulcers. However, even small doses of atropine can cause the heart rate to increase.

Belladonna also has other great benefits for purposes of what it is used for today as it has the ability to dry up bodily fluids such as breast milk, saliva, perspiration, and mucous. The alkaloids in Belladonna are used for gastrointestinal disorders, such as colitis, diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, colic, diarrhea, and peptic ulcer. It also works for asthma, excessive sweating, excessive nighttime urination and incontinence, headaches and migraines, muscle pains and spasms, motion sickness, Parkinson's disease, and biliary colic.

Quite often, Belladonna is used as homeopathic remedies, such as the common cold, earaches, fever, menstrual cramps, sunstroke, toothaches, headaches, sore throats, and boils. How the patient ingests and how much they ingest is determined by several actors, such as their symptoms, mood, and overall temperament. When Belladonna is administered for homeopathic use it is highly diluted because of its toxicity.

No one should ever use Belladonna as a self help measure. It should only be taken under the care of a qualified doctor. The doses given off Belladonna are always in very low doses. When Belladonna is prescribed, it is either added to sugar pellets or mixed with other types of drugs. So while it is clear that Belladonna is an extremely dangerous herb, it is also very beneficial when used correctly.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Heal and Soothe Burns and Prevent Scarring with Natural Home Remedies

If you have ever had a burn injury, then you know how painful it can be. Whether a sunburn or a burn from a hot stove, all of them hurt badly and need to be treated as soon as possible. Natural remedies for burns are helpful in relieving pain and speeding healing.
When most people think of burns, fire and heat usually come to mind. While it is true that heat is the leading cause of tissue damage known as "burns", such damage can also be caused by sunburn and other radiation, friction, electricity, or chemicals. Most burns other than the most severe ones can be treated safely and effectively with natural home remedies. Read more

Friday, June 4, 2010

Pass the Iodine, Please

A small amount of iodine is critical for weight loss, energy, and concentration, according to Samara Felesky-Hunt.
Iodine is an essential element that we need in very tiny amounts.

The body obtains iodine from food and stores it in the thyroid, where it is used for manufacturing the thyroid hormone. Once its job is done, the remaining iodine is filtered by the kidneys and removed.

Both vitamin A and selenium are important for the body's efficient absorption of iodine; if there is not enough of these nutrients in your diet, you may be making too little thyroid hormone.

A lack of iodine in the diet can impair the workings of the thyroid gland and cause lethargy, weight gain, cold extremities and poor concentration. Read more

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Green, Slimy, and Good for You: Seaweed

What's green, slimy, and good for you? Forget broccoli: seaweed is being hailed as the new superfood, and it's rather tasty, says Jane Dunford.
The nutritional benefits of sea greens have long been recognised: pound for pound, seaweed contains more iron than sirloin steak, more calcium than cheese, and more fibre than prunes.

With an unusually high proportion of protein – as much as 48 per cent in some varieties – seaweed is also richer in essential vitamins and micronutrients than any other food group. A prime source of bodybuilding minerals such as iodine and potassium, it is also the only plant source of vitamin B12, which is necessary for the production of red blood cells, and which is often lacking in meat-free diets. Read more