Category: Natural Treatment

Anti-aging serum

Anti-aging serum

This easy-peasy to make recipe has worked wonders in the past week on my wrinkles, crow’s feet and tired-looking skin.

What You’ll Need:

3 Tsp Avocado Oil
1 Tsp Vitamin E Oil or 3 Vitamin E Gel Caplets (Natural preservative!)
1 Tsp Rosehip Seed Oil
3 drops Carrot Seed Oil
3 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil
5 drops Geranium Essential Oil

Mix everything together and put in a dark airtight container, preferably a glass container with a dropper for easy use), and shake well.

Keep in a cool, dry place for a week for all the ingredients to mix well and apply everyday before bed.

(Note: Always store your serum in a dark and cool place and never apply essential oils directly without carrier oil).

The best herbs to grow at home

The best herbs to grow at home

When you grow your herbs at home, you can save money and grow something that is great for your health.  Herbs can add flavour to your meals, and they are filled with amazing nutrients and antioxidants.  Once the plant is harvested, it loses about half of its nutritional value within thirty minutes.  When you grow your herbs, you can collect small amounts, using only what you need right from the plant.  Here are some of the best herbs to grow at home:

  1. Thyme

Thyme has antiseptic properties and has been used as an herbal remedy for respiratory issues including bronchitis.  One compound contained in thyme is thymol that is an essential ingredient in mouthwash.  Thyme offers an unusual flavor boost to salads soups and all your favorite recipes.

  1. Sage

Sage has both antioxidant and antiseptic properties that help to fight aging, which is why it is used in many beauty products.  Sage is a natural remedy for fatigue and anxiety and is believed to be a memory enhancer.

  1. Cilantro

This herb is regularly used in many Asian and Mexican dishes and offers iron and fiber.  It also helps to remove heavy metals from the body.  Cilantro attaches to heavy metals including lead, mercury and removes them from the tissues.

  1. Parsley

Parsley contains vitamins A and C and a single tablespoon offers half of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K, an essential nutrient for healthy blood.

  1. Lavender

Lavender has a soothing fragrance that can help you to relax and fall asleep.  It also contains antioxidants called polyphenols that contribute to the prevention and reduction of bloating of the belly.

  1. Basil

Basil can calm your nerves and is an excellent source of fiber.  It can detox the liver and clear up skin blemishes because it has potent anti-inflammatory properties.

  1. Chives

This member of the onion family can assist in boosting your immune system.  There have been many studies conducted that suggest that consuming allium vegetables (including chives, scallions and garlic) can lower the risk of certain types of cancer including breast, stomach and prostate.

  1. Rosemary

This aromatic herb contains carnosic acid that has been proven to fight against cancer cells.  The aroma of rosemary can help to sharpen your memory.  A study that was conducted at the University of Northumbria in the United Kingdom proved that people were able to do a better job of memory tasks if the scent of rosemary was added into the room.

  1. Dill

Dill is a fantastic source of antioxidants including beta-carotene.  It has been said to be a cure for hiccups – mix a teaspoon of dill leaf with a cup of boiling water, strain the leaves out and then slowly drink the resulting liquid.

  1. Mint

Mint is a magnificent source of vitamin A, providing more than half of the recommended daily intake in two tablespoons.  It is good for digestion, headaches, nausea, breath, asthma, pimples, respiratory disorders and cavities.  The essential oils found in peppermint have been proven to have a positive effect on blood pressure, the respiratory rate and exercise performance.

It is easy to grow your herbs at home.  All you will need are a few small containers or window boxes and some soil.  You can purchase the seedlings of these plants in many different places, and they are very affordable.  Fill up your containers with the soil and add in the plants.  You can put several plants together in a single pot if you would like to grow them in a window box or a larger floor container.

Top 8 Natural Treatments For Sciatic Pain

Top 8 Natural Treatments For Sciatic Pain

One enormous nerve in your body is called the sciatic nerve.  This nerve starts at the lower spine and runs through the buttocks, down the legs, ending in the foot.  This nerve serves to provide feeling, strength and movement in the legs.  Nearly half of the population of the world will be exposed to some sciatic pain in their lives.  Sciatica is a condition that causes intense pain, weakness, tingling and numbness in the lower leg.  It can be mistaken for leg cramps or lower back pain and often starts as a small pinch on the nerve that continues as pain down the back of the legs.

You may feel some numbness, aching or a distinct sharp pain that affects one side of your body.  With this type of pain, no medication will be able to relieve it, and you may not feel any comfort whether you choose to lie in bed, stand, walk, sit or kneel.  Many people want to find natural ways that they can access that can help them to reduce inflammation and give them some pain relief.  Here are 8 of them:

  1. Massage Therapy

A massage therapist can find trigger points and target them to treat pain, muscle spasms and connections that make legs and toes numb.  They tend to use essential oils in massage that are herb infused and provide good results.

  1. Herbs and Oils

Natural herbs have a lot of different benefits, and a lot of them can help to relieve inflammation and pain.  These can be purchased in salves, infused oils, capsules, and liniments.  Some people use dried herbs to make teas, or they use tincture or elixirs.  Get in touch with a professional herbalist to find out if any herbs that you are using have a potential interaction with medications.  These herbs are used to treat inflammation, nerve pain and improve the health of nerves:

  • Jamaican dogwood
  • Lavender
  • Linden flower
  • Clary Sage
  • Turmeric or curcumin
  • Roman chamomile
  • Kratom
  • Arnica
  • White willow bark
  • Skullcap
  • John’s wort
  • Licorice
  • Devil’s claw
  • Mullein root
  • Milky oat tops
  1. Ice Pack

Try to use an ice pack or frozen vegetables wrapped up in a towel to provide relief from sciatica.  Always apply the ice pack directly to the area for a minimum of twenty minutes once every two hours until the pain subsides.

  1. Sleep

Get enough sleep every night because this will give your body and your nerves sufficient time to heal, relax and balance.  More rest can help you to rebuild and strengthen nerves.  Getting enough rest can significantly improve your symptoms and control pain, cramps, numbness, and spasms.

  1. Acupuncture

Needles with the width of a hair are inserted into certain critical points on your body.  The practice of acupuncture boosts energy flows and helps you to have proper nerve function.  You may feel relief as soon as your first treatment, but it is important to continue for several sessions.

  1. Yoga and Stretching

Moving is difficult if you are dealing with sciatica, but you must try to remain as active as possible, or you may be prolonging your pain.  Undertaking gentle back and yoga stretches can speed up the healing process and help to stimulate blood flow.  You will strengthen your back muscles and greatly improve your mobility when you do this kind of body work.

  1. Alternate Hot and Cold

Ice packs can help with instant relief, but the sciatic nerve is located deep inside your body and ice packs can only provide so much assistance.  You can try alternating hot and cold packs by applying a hot pack over the painful area right after you have used an ice pack.  You can take a warm bath that will help to boost circulation and lymph flow.  You can reduce deep inflammation and speed up the healing process.  If you are looking for increased healing results, add in herbs with anti-inflammatory properties, Epsom salts or essential oils directly to the bath.

  1. Chiropractic Adjustments

These treatments can provide significant relief, or they may worsen the condition.  The manipulation of the spine can assist in restoring mobility and improve function.  It can also help to decrease pain, reduce inflammation and promote natural healing.

If your symptoms or pain continue for more than a few weeks, you should see your doctor because you may have a dislocated vertebrae or other condition that is causing pressure.  Surgery is another option, but most people do not want to go that route.