TAG: Natural remedies

Yes Please, Rosemary

Right With Rosemary

Rosemary has many health benefits. It is a good source of calcium, iron and fiber. It aids in digestion and circulation, and can help heighten attention levels. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which can decrease some of the effects of an asthma attack. It is a stimulant though, so those that are pregnant, have heart conditions or epilepsy should not use it. Since it is an evergreen it can be grown all year under proper conditions. If you are lucky enough to get rosemary to flourish in an herb garden, it may spread wildly. It can be dried and stored… read more

How Technology is Helping Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine

Herbal medicine often conjures feeling of ambiguity in people who, despite realizing its expansive history, question its curative powers. While it is easy to think of newer, synthetic drugs as superior, the healing potential of plants should not be limited to supplemental medicine. In fact, certain plants have positive effects that cannot be replicated by synthetics. For example, milk thistle promotes the growth of liver cells. This is crucial for liver protection in cases of damage from alcohol consumption, among other ailments, and remains beyond the efforts of artificial development. So technology’s presence comes not as a rival to make herbal medicine obsolete. On… read more

Thyroids and Fluoride

Thyroids and Toothpaste

Fluoride is often associated with combating tooth decay and is widely accepted as an ingredient in commercial dental hygiene products. But fluoride has had its fair share of controversy. Up until the 1950’s in Europe and South America, fluoride was used to treat hyperthyroidism (an over-active thyroid). While effective in treating over-active thyroids, fluoride use caused negative health effects in people with normal and under-active thyroids, as in those with hypothyroidism. Today, it is still debated whether exposure to fluoride is the main cause of some modern hypothyroid cases. Some physicians claim that it takes only a small dose of… read more

Glowing Winter Skin

Winter Skin tips

In colder months skin can sometimes lose its luster, becoming a dry, scaly disaster. This can be due to elevated thermostats and dry indoor air that drains moisture levels. Eating habits and genetics can also play a role in the appearance of the skin’s surface. Environmental toxins can contribute to bad skin, and chemicals in products can aggravate dry conditions. Luckily, there are ways to naturally treat the skin without a laundry list of questionable ingredients. Using an indoor humidifier during the winter helps to put moisture back in the air. They must be cleaned frequently to prevent bacterial growth,… read more

Keeping Colds At Bay

Keeping Colds At Bay

Colds and flu affect millions of people every year. Though they display many similar symptoms, they are not interchangeable. Some practices of cold prevention also work to keep the flu at bay, and vice-versa. Washing Hands – This is the single most effective way to prevent the spreading of cold and flu viruses. Yet, many either do not wash long enough or often enough. You should always wash your hands after using the restroom and after having contact with people who are carrying a virus themselves. When you wash your hands, be sure to get a rich lather going. Wash… read more

Flu Fighting Foods

Flu Fighting Foods

With the flu season having started earlier than usual this year it is vital to stay healthy. These are a few foods to help your body ward off the bugs this time. Garlic: Garlic can be added to just about any dish and it will almost always enhance the flavor. Garlic has been found to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity. Yogurt: The digestive tract is one of your biggest immune organs, so keep disease-causing germs out with probiotics and prebiotics, found in naturally fermented foods like yogurt. Frozen yogurt is a great option also instead of the sugar loaded ice… read more

Invite Rosemary to Dinner

rosemary-jungle

Rosemary is a wonderfully pungent herb that offers a broad array of health benefits. It stimulates the immune system, improves digestion and circulation, and has anti-inflammatory properties (inflammation is implicated in many health problems ranging from asthma to arthritis). Evidence suggests that the scent of rosemary even boosts brain performance. Rosemary can be purchased fresh and stored in the fridge (you can extend its life by wrapping it in a slightly damp paper towel). You can also freeze rosemary by chopping the leaves into ice cube trays, covering them with water, and keeping them in the freezer. These rosemary cubes… read more

Sleep Easy

Sleep Easy

The frigid, winter months often leave us longing for comfort in the forms of food, clothing, and sleep. While the shortened days may induce a desire to hibernate in our warm alcoves, the aches and mood changes brought on by the cold can keep us from getting a good night’s rest. In these times, it can help to be your own sandman, by finding and treating the root causes of insomnia to ensure sleep comes naturally. Often times, insomnia is caused by stress, anxiety, poor diet and exercise, among other things. Still, if a lack of sleep becomes a major problem it may be a… read more

Baking Soda For Healing

Baking Soda For Healing

Baking soda has been a staple in cleaning and baking for years. However, this basic product has a place in medicinal practices as well. It is often applied in simple powder form or as a paste with the addition of water. So if any of the following ailments are giving you grief, you may want to dig around your pantry and take advantage of baking soda’s healing properties. Canker Sores – Make a rinse by dissolving 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a half glass of water. Swish this solution around in your mouth and rinse. If needed, repeat every few hours until the sore… read more

Nature’s Repellents – Part 2

Blatella_germanica_(German_cockroach)

  The broad market for bug traps and repellents extensively relies on the use of chemical insecticides. This can greatly devalue the sought after benefits of insecticides, as the adverse effects – poison, release of volatile organic compounds, etc – tend to outweigh them. And often, their effects are temporary, ridding you only of pests that persist presently in your home, failing to prevent future bug invasions. Spray Repellents Catnip Tea While harmless to humans and pets, catnip is an effective repellent to cockroaches. This is due to its active ingredient, nepetalactone. As it is an inducer of euphoria to… read more