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You are what you eat, from your head to your feet.
Herbs to pep you up, Herbs calm you down, Herbs make you feel better
3. Insect bites: Relieve itching and swelling from bug bites with witch hazel. Apply a cotton pad soaked in the extract to the affected area.
4. Minor cuts: Also known as “nature’s Neosporin,” witch hazel is a natural antibacterial that will help treat minor wounds. Apply witch hazel extract directly to the affected area with a cotton pad or washcloth.
5. Deodorant: Pour witch hazel onto a cotton pad and dab under arms, letting it dry before dressing. For a scented solution, mix 3 tablespoons vodka with an essential oil blend (try 6 drops lavender, 8 drops cypress and 4 drops neroli) in a spray bottle and shake. Add 1⁄2 cup witch hazel and 1⁄4 cup rosewater; use daily.
6. Psoriasis: In Germany, witch hazel is a mainstream psoriasis treatment, and research proves its effects. Apply witch hazel cream to relieve this troublesome skin condition, as well as eczema and dermatitis. Note: Be sure to check with your health-care provider before altering any psoriasis treatment.
7. Sunburns: This anti-inflammatory can provide temporary sunburn relief, as well as help prevent skin from flaking. Gently apply a washcloth soaked in witch hazel extract or cream to burned skin.
Alcohol based Sanitizer
Germs are everywhere. Bacteria lurks on the surface of your keyboard, in the air we breathe and in the water we drink. Though most germs are harmless because our bodies immune systems protect us from these tiny organisms, it is still important to practice healthy habits especially hand washing.
When you can’t wash your hands, be sure to keep a healthy hand sanitizer in your bag. A healthy, natural option is Aloe and Witch Hazel Hand Sanitizer combines ethyl alcohol, aloe vera and witch hazel to kill germs and soften hands. Witch hazel is used as an herbal remedy to cleanse skin. Witch Hazel also contains flavonoids, which contribute to its soothing, anti-inflammatory properties.
AROMATHERAPYREFILLABLE AIR FRESHENERS
Cinnamon: Revered for it's spiritual uplifting abilities, refreshing, potent yet nurturing.
Peppermint: Nature's healer to relax the mind and body a calmative.
Frank'n Myrrh: Spiritually uplifting used by priests and healers, as it serves as an elevator to calm and heal naturally.
We are at a new season in an ever changing world.
It's time to bring out the blanket's and secure windows
and door's in many northern locations. Some things to
keep in mind to help save you money insuring health
and wellness as winter moves in.
A. Update your thermostat, to a programmable one. This way you can mange the thermostat unit to save heat while you sleep and wake up to a toasty home in the morning.
B. Weatherize your Doors and Windows, cost averages around $100. yet you'll save more than $200. yearly. First apply water based acrylic caulk to seal small leaks around doors and windows. Second apply weather stripping to your door frame to seal air leaks. Last apply shrink film to old windows, single pane windows. to keep cold air out and warm inside.
C. Insulate Water Heater (Pipes) Cost $30. yearly savings $200. Exposed hot water pipes can lower temperatures at the tap by as many as 4 degrees. Insulating these exposed pipes on your water heater with foam sleeves or fiberglass cost less than $30. and will save 5 times in savings via heating cost. An insulating blanket for the tank of your water heater cost about $20. but will save you up to 9% on your heating bill.
D. Cover Wall Openings: wiring, outlets and outdoor faucets.
ARM YOURSELF WITH A HOME HEALTH CARE PLAN!
Be sure to have on hand fresh and dried herbs, vegetables, and fruit which supports healthy immunity. One of my favorites is Dandelion leaves as it works wonders when eaten fresh at the onset
of a cold or flu, to help keep at bay. Green leafy vegetables as kale and spinach support immunity and a host of nature's best should be kept available in the event of inclement weather, for healthy bodies.
You may connect to reliable suppliers to assist interest as a one stop shop.
Juicers and Dehydrators - Specialty kitchen appliances for nutritious and healthy food preparation including juicers, dehydrators, grain mills, smoothie blenders, yogurt makers and more.
Frost will quickly turn to your best flowers and herbal beauties down
a display of wilted foliage. Be prepared to cover the base of tree's and some
shrubbery as a protection to help them to recover from the harsh winter.
2. Turn it, speed the process by turning the pile with a pitchfork once a week and adding fresh manure. Mixing it allows oxygen into the center of the pile, encouraging the growth of bacteria and fungi, which break down organic material. Regularly turned organic matter will become finished compost in 4-8 months.
3. Break it down, compost is ready when it is dark and crumbly with an earthly smell. Sift to separate material that hasn't finished composting. Those pieces will continue to decompose in your garden; the smaller the pieces, the faster they will break down.
4. Spread it, once it's ready, work the compost into soil to give it an organic boost before planting. Spread it on the soil's surface as mulch, on flower beds and around base of landscape plants. Compost may also be used as a top dressing for lawns or as an ingredient in potting mixes.
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The healthy balance of our body’s chemistry is due in large part to the work of two organs, the kidneys. These bean-shaped organs are located just above the waist in your back and are partially protected by the ribs. Each kidney is about the size of your fist.
Healthy kidneys get rid of waste products and extra water. These waste products are substances formed from the breakdown of protein in the foods you eat and from normal muscle activity. Waste products and extra water are removed from the body as urine.
The entire body’s blood supply circulates through the kidneys every two minutes. Inside each kidney are approximately one million tiny units called nephrons. Nephrons filter and remove the excess fluid and waste products from the blood. The excess fluid and waste products filtered out of the kidneys are excreted as urine, which travel through tubes called ureters into the bladder. The bladder is the storage sac for urine. Urine is eventually carried from the body through the urethra, a tube-like structure leading to the opening from which you urinate. Healthy kidneys can remove about one to two quarts of urine a day.
Normal working kidneys have other jobs too. They make chemicals called hormones that help you to make red blood cells, build strong bones, and keep your blood pressure under control.
When kidneys are healthy and functioning normally, these major kidney functions will continue. Our survival depends on these vital organs, even though you can live a normal life with only one kidney. When kidneys fail, waste products that are harmful to your body build up and make you feel sick. This buildup in the blood happens because the kidneys can no longer get rid of waste products in your body. This waste products buildup is called uremia. If your kidneys are not functioning normally and you have been told you have kidney disease, click on kidney disease for more information that will help you understand this disease.
Healthy kidneys get rid of the wastes that comes from food once the body has used all of the nutrition in it. When kidneys no longer work properly, it is often necessary to change the way a person eats.
The diet needed for kidney failure depends on several things:
The kind of kidney disease
The stage of kidney failure-early, middle, or late
The kind of dialysis chosen
Whether or not diabetes is also present
Height and weight
Amount of urine output
A Dietitian is trained to evaluate all of these components and make the diet specific to each individual.
Nutrients to Know
Although every person needs their own specific diet, there are several nutrients that all renal diets include. Some nutrients are more or less important depending on whether you are a hemodialysis patient or PD patient. In general, there are less dietary restrictions for PD patients.
The common nutrients are:
Calcium and phosphorus
Learning to read labels and knowing which foods contain the largest amounts of these nutrients will help you follow the renal diet. Here is a closer look at these nutrients.
Calcium and phosphorus, in the right balance, work together in the body to keep your teeth and bones strong and a change in one can cause a change in the other. If the kidneys fail, phosphorus may build up in your blood. Less phosphorus must be eaten for meals and snacks. It is also usually necessary to take a phosphorus binder with meals and snacks. This is a medicine used to grab hold of the phosphorus in the food and keep it from getting into the blood. A high phosphorus level in the blood can cause many problems including itching, bone pain, brittle bones, muscle aches and heart damage. A calcium supplement may also be needed to keep your bones strong.
Sodium is found in the diet, most commonly, as salt. Limiting salt helps control blood pressure and fluid buildup. In addition to the salt shaker, there are other sources of high sodium foods such as processed meats including bacon, sausage and luncheon meats. Snack foods, canned foods and frozen prepared meals also contain large amounts of salt.
Fluids in the diet are beverages such as water, milk and juice as well as foods that melt at room temperature such as ice cream. Since the kidneys are making much less urine or no urine at all, fluids need to be limited. Limiting fluids helps control blood pressure and puts less strain on the heart, which has to pump that fluid throughout the body.
Potassium is a mineral present in many fruits and vegetables as well as in meat and dairy products. If your kidneys do not work well, potassium can build up in the blood. Too much or too little potassium in the diet can affect the muscles in the body, particularly the heart.
Protein is needed daily to build muscles, repair tissues, fight infection and replace the protein lost from dialysis. Protein is the nutrient most needed to prevent malnutrition. Protein is present in many food items, but the highest quality protein comes from beef, pork, poultry, seafood and eggs. Well-nourished patients do better on dialysis, get sick less often and live longer.
Calories are needed to supply energy and to maintain weight. Calories come from all the foods you eat, including proteins, carbohydrates and fat. Calories are a concern if weight is too low or too high. Sometimes special liquid supplements are needed to provide enough calories to maintain weight or regain lost weight. Weight loss diets, in certain cases, are a consideration when being overweight is affecting your health.
The renal diet can be challenging. Dietitians, with highly specialized training, are available to provide a personalized diet and give information on how to use this diet. For further information on the right diet for your individual needs, consult a Dietitian.
Reference from: Fresenius Medical Care North America
Dandelion, a powerful diuretic, whcih acts as a blood purifier.
Couch Grass, Used to treat gout, rheumatic disorders, chronic skin disorders, urinary tract bladder & kidneys.
Corn Silk, A diuretic that provides potassium. This herb encourages urination. The risk of muscle cramps or irregular heartbeat is less than for conventional diuretics.
Uva Ursi, The active ingredient in this herb, known as arbutin, has an antiseptic action in the urinary tract that has proven to be effective against E.Coli infections. Uva ursi may also prevent bleeding that stems from urinary tract infections. Uric acid accumulation may be reduced with the use of this herb. Safe in moderation. Do not take if you are pregnant or have high blood pressure, and not to children under 12 years.
Carrot, beet & cucumber
Carrot & spinach
Carrot, Celery & Parsley
Carrot, Beet & Cocoanut
Carrot & Parsley
Located just below the ribs, there are usually two bean shaped organs called kidneys, one on each side of the spine. These small organs are responsible for removing approximately 2 quarts of excess water and waste from the blood each day. Keeping kidneys healthy is important for the proper detoxification of our bodies on a daily basis. Using herbs to support these vital organs may be worth considering.
Recommended juice combination:
and reflect on one's internal system. As we are now, in the midst of the season, we turn back the clock to nestle back as mother earth does her thing.
Our focus this month is on the large vascular glandular organ in the body is the study of the liver. Occupying the upper right portion of the abdominal cavity. It secretes bile and causes important changes in many substances contained in the blood which passes through it (as by converting sugars into glycogen which stores up until required and by forming urea).
To keep your body healthy you must ensure that skin is clean and the pores are not blocked by debris.
Cleanser: Calendula an herb is gentle and multi purposed. Cooling and soothing to the skin is an excellent additive to soaps and creams. It improves dryness, skin rashes, and diaper irritations and other disorders. Available in tea, tinctures, and extracts.
Special conditions: Acne or problem skin may benefit from using Neem, it is recommended from Ayurvedic medicine for skin care as it gives relief for antibacterial, antifungal type conditions.
Dry Skin: To hydrate use of Shea Butter, and almond oil to name a couple.
To aid Wrinkles: Aloe vera, is a potent natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids. The thick juice from a leaf of aloe may be rubbed on as a beauty treatment to nurish the skin and diminish wrinkles. Or you may use a high quality Aloe gel available at most health food stores. Wash the skin with a light mixture of warm water-3 parts and 1 part vinegar, rinse, then rub on the aloe gel.You may allow this to stay on during the night. Aloe Vera is also beneficial internally.
Number one carrot juice, as it is a fine source of vitamin A. Which is a requirement for healthy skin.
Drink plenty of water.
Blueberries, are the highest source of antioxidants which protect the skin.
Antioxidants and phy-to-chemicals, (plant source of nutrition). In blueberries neutralize DNA damaging free radicals, reducing cell damage, to help your skin look younger longer.
Research indicates that a balanced diet is important to good skin health. Proper digestion and regular elimination are vital for glowing skin. Spices that aid in digestion and are toxin hunters.
People that have Normal skin types, benefit by adding black pepper, ginger, and turmeric. Reddish skin benefits from cooling spices such as fennel and licorice. Fennel calms acidic stomachs and aids in digestion and assist eliminations to avoid unwanted breakouts.
Garlic, which has sulfur compounds helps detox the liver and promotes clear radiant skin.
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Skin is the largest organ of the body. We are covered from head to toe. Which consist of hair, nails, skin and sweat glands. It's function involves the regulation of body temperature, pressure and pain sensation to also effect nerves. To ensure healthy skin, it is important to eat foods that are packed full of vitamins, minerals, drink plenty of fluids and pure water.
Herbs; that are known support the stomach: fennel, peppermint, valerian.
Juices; that support: aloe vera, carrot, okra
Spices; cumin, turmeric, fennel.
Be sure to check with your health care professional before changing medications
There are many herbs known to assist to keep the lungs healthy. Generally it is most advantageous to cleanse the internal body with fresh live fruit, and vegetable juices, supported by herbs and spices that have a high antioxidant and anti bacterial content
The first herb of reference is Eucalyptus leaves, are crushed then made into a tea infused with hot water. The oil of eucalyptus is historically used combined with a solid grease or oil as petroleum, shea butter or olive oil mixed together, then rubbed on the chest wrapped or covered with a warm cotton cloth or towel to allow the properties to penetrate in. This will loosen the mucus to expel.
Originally Eucalyptus was grown in Australia, currently it is grown through out the world.
The second herb recommended by therapist in treating bronchi is Caraway. It is good for eliminating intestinal worms, anti-inflammatory properties antiseptic, diuretic and in new mothers increases the flow of milk for their babies. increases diuresis and eliminates gases owing to the fact that it is a strong caminative. Used as an infusion, poulices, powder, tincture.
Warning: Before starting a treatment based on caraway it is recommended to consult first with your doctor, as it may trigger an epilepsy states and overdose taken by pregnant women can lead to miscarriage.
Juices known to affect the lungs, are a mixture in combination of the following: Carrot & spinach, horseradish & lemon juice, carrot-beet & radish taken through out t he day and evening.
To become armed with a plan, in the month of August, we shall begin to prepare our Wellness First Aid Kit, focusing upon herbs known to affect the lungs. We shall include juices and spices that serve to improve the respiratory system as our overall review.
Feel free to also to include an aromatherapy side note, or information that may relate to cleansing of the nasal passage in preparation to safeguard lungs. There has been a long history in ancient religious practices of the use of the Neti Pot including a method of nasal irrigation, where one sniffs' water from cupped hands and then blows it out to cleanse and rid the nasal passage of debri especially before prayer or as necessary.
June is a month that there are an abundant of fresh fruits and vegetables. People with certain conditions as hyper and hypo-thyroidism must be sure that they are eating correctly to serve the body.
Certain vegetables help heal, yet the over consumption of those same vegetables may overload your system. As a part of our investigative team this month it is important to understand which produce has an effect.
TEAM please identify vegetables that effect the thyroid..Hyper and Hypothyroidism you may post here.....
Rotator Cuff injuries, are a common athletic injury.
Glucosomine Sulfate, rebuilds cartilage and assist to relieve arthritic pain.
Eating fish can reduce some of the inflammatory affects.
What makes inflammation worst?
What juices would you recommend?
The Lymph system serves the body by removing toxins.
What herb, juice or spice, also serves to remove toxins?
What make inflammation worst? Over working the muscle and associated tissues. Upon range of motion usually pain is felt. Reduce consumption of sodium/salt (RDA 2,400 all day) as it may cause fluid retention, thus increasing pain, upon movement.
Juices: Lettuce builds muscles,
Herb: Alfalfa sprouts and herbs, aid in detoxing. Comfrey, mixed with as a poultice applied externally, to reduce swellings or bruises. It is also said to speed the recovery of broken bones. Celery juice is used to treat edema (swellings) anxiety and headaches
Spices:Coriander may be used for it's calmative effects. Celery seeds powdered reduces swelling as well.
Often the foods that we eat and serve our families, may not be what the doctor ordered. Certain conditions as hyperthyroidism-overactive, or hypothyroidism-underactive are effected by foods in the cabbage family.
If you enjoy Cole slaw as I do, be advised that if you know that your thyroid is under-active, then you should limit the quantity of cabbage family foods, as cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts, watercress & peanuts.
Cooking partially inactivates the interfering chemical, known medically as a goitrogen. Raw peanuts should never be eaten. Peanut butter is heated to a high enough degree that the goitrogens are destroyed.
It was stated that if you have an overactive thyroid, that you might want to add a little more of just this type of vegetation.
Reference Eat Right or Die Young, by Dr. Cass Ingram.
If you have more questions regarding this topic consult your physician.
Another point of interest found during this investigation was that fluoride harms your pineal gland, thyroid, kidney and liver, speeds aging including puberty. Be sure to keep up with local water resource information. Safe range is between ppm 0.65-1.41 the pineal glands holds in fluoride as an acumultive process, thus useless for your inner vision.
Protein-Sources: Lean-meat- 6 ounces Woman
fish 2x weekly, beans, nuts, eggs-no more than 4 per week
Dairy Sources: Milk, yogurt 8 ounces, cheese 1 ounce
Vegetables: Gree leafy, yellow, white
1/2 cup 3-5 servings
Carbohydrates: Whole grains, brown rice, pasta's, cereals
1/2 cup 4-6 servings
Oils Sources: Olive, canola, butter, sugar-sweets,
Water: 8/ 8 ounce glasses more, while working out or
on hot days.
Also known as Red Pepper & African Pepper
Form: Tincture, capsule, and tropical ointment.
Available forms: powdered, capsules, sprays, tinctures
for internal and external use
Assess: For excess as can cause irritation in some patients.
To Grow: Prefer's a temperture of 65 degree's F and above.
Ideal climate is 75 degree's daytime, 65 degree's nightime.
Peppers grow best in soil that is high in organic matter, do not over fertilize as this will cause the plant to grow large with few peppers. Hot peppers should be harvested wearing gloves as they can cause irritation to the skin.
Carrot juice helps prevent infections of eyes, throat, tonsils, sinuses and more.
Carrot Juice, also protects the nervous system and is unequaled for increasing vitality.
People who live on fresh raw foods and juices according to some researchers, are known to have reduced incident's of developing cancer's.
Fertilizers effect the pulp of vegetation, however the juice remains unaffected due to it's chemical basis. Investing in a quality juicer is a recommended investment.
Juices store well in the freezer.
seeds, flowers and /or herbs with fragrance and flavor.
Alterative: In medicine, this is a substance which gradually alters or changes condition. Often, it is a medicine that cures an illness by gradually restoring health.
Annual: A plant that completes a cycle of a development from germination of the seed through flowing and death in a single growing season.
Anodyne: A medicine that relieves pain.
Anthelminic: A medicine which expels or destroys intestinal worms. Such medicines are also called vermifuges.
Antidote: A medicine which counteracts the action of another,
particularly a poison.
Antiperiodic: A medicine which prevents the periodic return of attacks of a disease, such as a period fever.
Antipyretic: A medicine which tends to reduce or prevent a fever. Such medicines are also referred to as febrifuges and refrigerants.
Antiseptic: A substance that will destroy infection causing micro-organisms.
Antispasmodic: A medicine that relieves or prevents involuntary muscle spasms or cramps, such as epilepsy, spastic paralysis, painful menstruation and even "charley horses."
Aperient: A mild and gentle acting laxative medicine.
Aromatic: A substances with a spicy scent and pungent but pleasing taste. Aromatic herbs are useful for the fragrance
and are often added to medicines to improve their palatability. Just the fragrance and flavor alone can provide a psychological lift.
Astringent: A substance which causes the tissues to contract, thus checking the discharge of mucus, blood and the like.
Axil: The angle between a leaf or branch and the plant stem.
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