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How to Be Healthy Naturally – Information and Articles by Mia Ponzo

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Quick and Easy Way to Get Rid of Hemorrhoids

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Image Credit: livingwithhemorrhoids.blogspot.com

Simple Herbal Remedy – My Own Personal Choice For A Quick and Natural Cure for Hemorrhoids and Fissures

If you are suffering from hemorrhoids, anal fissures, or any other type of inflammation “down there” whether you just got them or have been suffering for a long, long time, there is a way to get rid of them….

Yes, it’s true…you really CAN get rid of your piles, anal fissures and anal inflammation forever…

This amazingly easy remedy is completely natural, easy to use, and works like a miracle….

AND you can do it in the privacy of your own home.

No more embarrassment…

No more showing your butt…. (or worse.. the inside of your butt… yech) to the doctor…

This is the recipe that I have used with my patients for years and years with amazing results.. in fact, miraculous…

No more operations, no more chemical medications… no more pain and suffering…no more disgustingness…

This is the same recipe that I used to rid myself forever and ever of anal fissures, and inflammation…. (that was over 20 years ago :) and having 3 operations that didn’t work completely anyway)…. and probably thousands of my patients who had suffered with piles over the last more than 20 years…

And… the best part of all is that this amazing remedy doesn’t cost you a single penny (all you have to do is get the herbs or essential oils)….

This remedy is my gift to humanity…

After all, if you have information that can help people, you have to share it… and that is my quest here…

Don’t fret any more about this nasty, uncomfortable, miserable disease.

No more pain, no more bleeding, no more nothing!

Keep reading for the cure that will help you get rid of them forever and ever.

(By the way.. I am an alternative health practitioner specializing in essential oils, herbs, and nutritional therapy, reflexology, and other body therapies of various types, so I know what I’m talking about, too).

Here’s A Butt Pillow For Your Comfort!!!

Butt Pillow

A BUTT PILLOW you say?????

Yes… no joke.. here is a butt pillow… soothing comfort for your sensitive areas….

You absolutely don’t want to suffer in this way on hard chairs .. so using a properly designed cushion to keep your butt comfy is a really good idea.

No need for any unnecessary pressure on your anus (yes…. we do have to use that word sometimes)…

 

Aylio Orthopedic Cushion

Aylio Coccyx Orthopedic Comfort Foam Seat Cushion

What The Heck Are Hemorrhoids Anyway???

I’ll tell you what you AREN’T…

They aren’t from THIS:

And they aren’t from this:

What ARE Those Nasty Purple Bleeding Things Coming Out of My BUTT???

Hemorrhoids are simply enlarged (sometimes super enlarged) varicose veins of the butt.

(Which is why the oil blend remedy is goof for varicose veins too).

Sometimes they are on the inside and sometimes on the outside of your rectal area (sorry.. this subject requires talking about those forbidden nether regions)…

Sometimes they bleed and sometimes they don’t.

Sometimes they hurt and itch and sometimes they don’t.

But the “BOTTOM LINE” (he he) is that they are absolutely terrible.

There are a number of reasons that might make them come out, including constipation, diarrhea, a bad diet, wiping too hard (you should really be using water and washing rather than wiping anyway), pushing when pooping (sorry for the grossness)… and other reasons…

The standard treatment for hemorrhoids (which are also known as “piles”) is first gels or creams (to reduce the inflammation and hopefully the swelling), a fibrous diet, sitz baths, sometimes laxatives, suppositories, and, if all else fails, surgery.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO STOPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!

You don’t have to have surgery!!!!

And, sometimes fiber can make it worse.. so eating properly is important, but what you eat might not be what you think.

But, most importantly.. use the essential oil blend and cleansing protocol that I am about share with you…
Click on the image to buy this cushion from Amazon. :)

BUT WHY ME???????

Why Do We Get These Nasty Buggers???

There are a number of reasons that people might get piles…
Many pregnant women get them because of the strain of the weight of the baby and the constipation that sometimes comes along with being pregnant.

Other women get them on the delivery table.. for obvious reasons (to anyone who has ever had a baby)… from pushing.. sometimes other things get pushed out too, including veins.

People who are chronically constipated or chronically have diarrhea often get them more.

Sometimes they just come for no apparent reason at all…

They are miserable, itchy, painful, sometimes bloody.. and just plain gross!!!

The Recipe for the Cure

Yes.. it is a cure type of remedy… not only for relief… although it gives that too :)

My Own Personal Recipe for to get rid of hemorrhoids forever:

Cypress Pure Essential Oil
Pure Olive Oil

OR

Cypress Pure Essential Oil
Calendula Infused Oil

You can add some geranium oil in too if you like.. that makes this amazing recipe even better…

What else will you need?

Common Bar Soap

(Yeah, can you believe that is all there is????)

How to Do It

Every time you go to the bathroom (yeah.. why are we using potty talk here? … oh well) after you’re done you will need to wash with bar soap and water, and then dry very well.

Take 10 ml (or around 1/3 oz or 2 teaspoons of olive oil or calendula oil) and mix it with 3 or 4 drops of cypress oil (if you are using the geranium oil you will use slightly less of the cypress).

Blend well, and keep in a dedicated dropper bottle or any other covered closed glass bottle type container, preferably not clear (because essential oils will evaporate if left in a clear container or in heat or the sun.

Use the oil blend immediately after drying every time you go to the bathroom for a B. Movement (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, leave a message below..)

Here are some links to the oils that you will need for this remedy:

 

cypress oil

Geranium Oil

 

Water Is Important, Too, For Helping You To Avoid The Big H or Anal Fissures

Drink plenty of water and better yet, drink ionized alkaline water

As our visitor said… water is important and ionized water is amazing.

There have been many scientific studies about this type of water, and all of the hype is actually true.

Yes, the machines that make the alkaline ionized water can sometimes be priced rather high…

So I have chosen one of the most highly rated, that happens to be one of the least expensive (and safest)…

Even better… when you look at the health benefits (and it’s not only good for reducing enlarged veins and anal fissures), you will see that a water ionizer (which makes both alkaline and acid water) can be an amazing addition to your life in general, for all types of health issues that you might be suffering from.

So, it’s not just about drinking water, but also about cleaning water, cleaning food (the acid water can clean anything and de-germ faster than any other product, plus, the best part of all – no chemicals!!!!

You can even use this special water in the washing machine!

I have a friend who has one of these and absolutely adores it.

This is my dream machine… :)

 

Aqua Ionizer Aqua-Ionizer Deluxe 7 Plate Alkaline Water Ionizer and Alkaline Water Machine by Air Water Life Compare Water Ionizers

 

 

I am saving up to get one.. they are just that awesome.

Eating For Relief

Eating Right Can Help You To Get Rid of Them Forever….

If you suffer from piles or fissures, you are going to want to make sure that your bowel movements are as healthy as possible.

I know this subject isn’t very nice to talk about, but I am going to do it anyway to help all those people out there who are suffering.

You need to know that you don’t need to suffer!

There is a way to help yourself.

Rules:

Stay away from junk

Eat as naturally as you can

Eat veggies and a very small amount of fruit (if anything, none is probably better)

Don’t eat TOO much fiber, because then you could go the other way and make it worse!

Make sure your fiber is always balanced with protein and fat…

Eat plenty of protein and FAT (Yes.. fat!).. but only healthful fats like butter, tallow, olive oil coconut oil, and a few others.

Stay away from soda and other sugary drinks (and preferably stay away from diet drinks, too)…

Stay away from ALL refined carbohydrates (white bread, white rice, cookies, cake, etc.) (as much as possible)…

 

Steak Dinner

Fight Constipation

Constipation is one of the things that can bring the veins out…

Constipation can also cause a fissure..

Neither of these are fun to have.

They bleed, they sting, they itch, and they are generally horrible and miserable.

If you are suffering and you are constipated, it is better not to put more pressure on the area.

This is particularly true for those people who don’t want to follow a diet.

There is an easy, pretty much non chemical way to get rid of constipation on the spot.

You can use glycerin suppositories.

While I know this isn’t a comfortable situation and no one wants to be constipated or have problems like these… but, sometimes things are not in our control…

This goes the same for young children and babies…they can get anus problems and inflammation too.

But, just make an effort to use these only in the case of emergencies..

 

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Sitz Baths For The Soothing Effect

Sitz bath

 

Sitz baths are soothing and healing for the anal area…

Sitz baths are great for easing the pain and itching.

The sitz bath will help soothe the sensitive area and sometimes can even help to get rid of the piles once and for all.

All you have to do is fill the bathtub or a small roundish tub that you can easily sit in with hot to warm water (as hot as you can stand or less.. but not cold).

Then you can add various natural things like……

Epsom salts

Sea salt

Lavender Essential Oil

Cyprus Essential Oil

Geranium Essential Oil

Tea Tree Essential Oil

 

Dr Teals Soaking Salt

All of these are really great choices, and will definitely work to help you to feel much better….
How To Make a Sitz Bath Video on YouTube

Sitz baths are pretty easy to make.. watch these pointers now…

Yes, This Is Serious Stuff

Let’s Talk….

So, if you suffer from hemorrhoids there is help for you….

So, refrain from jumping into surgery (which a lot of people do unnecessarily)…

You CAN get rid of them and it’s not really that difficult at all.

In fact, if you employ the advice above…. you should have relief in no time at all (literally one or two days usually)…

 Hammurabis Code

The Ancient History Of Hemorrhoids

(And I bet you didn’t know there even was an ancient history of them, did you?)

The first known mention of piles goes all the way back to approximately 2250 BC!!!!!

Mention of it is said to have appeared in Hamurrabi’s Code…

And that was a long, long time ago!

Ancient Egyptian Proctologists???

 

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And If You’ve Got ‘Em, You Gotta Know There Is Going To Be Someone To Get Rid of Them..

Well.. maybe….

The fact is that remedies for such ailments have been mentioned since ancient Egyptian Pharoah times.

They even wrote about several different possible cures (like certain essential oils, for example).

How smart!

OOUCH!!!!!!!!

 

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Barbaric cures?

In ancient times one of the “cures” was to cauterize them…… .

In fact, they are still treated in that way… but in those days the people were awake and didn’t have any anesthetic!!!

Yikes!

 

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Hippocrates

Yes… Hippocrates was on the bandwagon too…..

Even Hippocrates had a special remedy of this own….

His cure was along the lines of the the ouchy ones (cutting and burning)…

Double Yikes!

 

 

Ancient Aloe Vera Cure

 

Dioscorides (ancient Rome) described a treatment using natural Aloe Vera gel straight from the leaf.

I do believe that I could go along with this one…

After all… there is practically nothing more soothing than aloe vera… right?

But, it would be kind of gloppy…..

That would be the only setback with this one….

 

 

How To Prevent Heart Problems

 

heart

 

It seems like every time we turn around we hear of someone we knew dying of a heart attack. Many of these people are quite young and, for them, heart disease is the last thing one would expect. Even for people getting up in age, dying suddenly of a heart attack, leaving a bereaved family to carry on is not what most people would choose for themselves or their loved ones. It’s true that there are a certain portion of heart attacks that occur due to obscure congenital problems (ones that people are born with). Those are the ones that are difficult to predict, and most of the time there is nothing that can be done to help people in those cases. But, there are many forms of heart disease that are easily preventable and treatable, once they are suspected or discovered. The problem is often the diagnosis in the first place. The problem is that often, until people are showing serious signs, heart disease remains hidden. That is one of the reasons that heart disease is called the silent killer.

 

While there are many times that heart disease doesn’t show itself clearly to us, there are also many times when it does. Sometimes we are aware and pick up on the signs and at other times we don’t realize or think it’s something else, and leave it undiscovered until more serious symptoms begin to appear. It’s important to know what the signs are. Always remember that what you don’t know CAN hurt you!

 

Signs to Look Out For (you may be having a heart attack or have heart disease):

 

  • Breathlessness at light exertion
  • Edema (fluid retention) around the ankles, wrists, feet, or other places
  • Fatigue or weakness – particularly after only light exertion
  • Tendency to feel faint (or to pass out)
  • Sudden breathlessness (without exertion)
  • Cyanosis (blue lips and nails)
  • Dizziness
  • Coughing or wheezing particularly if it is accompanied with white phlegm
  • Heart palpitations (rapid heartbeat, skipped beat, flip-flop heart)
  • Chest pain or tightness (with or without heavy or light exertion)
  • Pain or tightness in other areas, such as the shoulder, arm (particularly on the left side, but this could also occur on the right side), neck, abdomen, face, jaw, back, or stomach (with or without heavy or light exertion (this will feel something like a dull, gripping, squeezing, band-like pain or heavy feeling
  • Burning or severe tightness in the chest area (possibly radiating out to the arm, neck, jaw, shoulder, or back)
  • Sweating (with or without heavy or light exertion)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Overall lack of appetite
  • Indigestion, heartburn, or a choking feeling
  • Anxious feeling
  • Confusion
  • Weight gain (particularly if it is rapid and unwarranted)

 

You must be aware of what is going on inside your body, and the above mentioned symptoms are particularly important to watch out for if you have not experienced them before, and are suddenly experiencing them for the first time, whether or not they get better with rest. You must also pay attention to whether or not these symptoms are brought on by stress, because with heart disease (or an impending heart attack) the symptoms can get worse when the person is under general stress or in a stressful situation.

 

There are some statistics that show that heart attacks occur more frequently between the hours of 4 AM and 10 AM, and are increased in the winter (particularly in northern areas of the globe). But this doesn’t mean that a person can’t have a heart attack at any time, in any place.

 

There are certain risk factors that are associated with heart disease and heart attacks. When these factors are present the likelihood of a heart attack or heart disease being present are increased a great deal (although the presence of these factors doesn’t mean that you will have a heart attack or heart disease, it certainly increases your chances). Thus, if you can associate any or all of these factors with yourself, you really need to reduce or eradicate as many of them as possible, as quickly as possible. Remember these are things that you can change if you want to!

 

Risk Factors:

 

  • Being overweight (particularly severely)
  • Smoking (or other form of nicotine addiction, like chewing tobacco, etc) Even nicotine replacement products (like those kits that help you quit smoking) can increase your risk
  • Alcohol abuse (here in Kuwait this isn’t a huge problem, since alcohol is banned here but Westerners take note!
  • If you are on certain medications that have been associated with heart attacks or heart disease (such as Vioxx, Celebrex, or Aleve (which are promoted for the reduction of pain, particularly joint pain, rheumatism and arthritis)
  • Inactivity (if you don’t exercise regularly)

 

There are also several health factors that may make heart attacks and heart disease more likely:

 

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • If you are a male (sorry guys!)
  • You have a family history of heart attacks or heart disease
  • You are a post menopausal female (sorry ladies!)
  • Age (the older you get the more likely)
  • You are highly stressed or often angry
  • Accumulation of body fat around the midsection area
  • Gout
  • If you have ever suffered from rheumatic fever in your life

 

All of these factors are important and many of them are completely reversible. You don’t necessarily have to suffer from a heart attack or heart disease. But you do have to be careful. These are factors associated with an increased risk, so be aware!

 

The bottom line is if and when you suffer from chest pain for no apparent reason (you haven’t just fallen from the top of a four story building or gotten in a fight with Mohammad Ali, etc), particularly if this pain lasts for more than 15 minutes you need to get medical help immediately. If your pain is accompanied by any of the other symptoms mentioned above, you need to hurry. There is no need to wait to see what will happen. It might already be too late. Heart attacks kill swiftly.

 

Knowing the symptoms of heart disease isn’t really enough to do in order to save your self from the dangers of getting heart disease or having a heart attack. You really have to do whatever you can to prevent getting ill in the first place. While it is true that some people have a genetic predisposition to this problem, this in itself doesn’t mean that the person is going to get the disease for sure, and even those people who have several family members that have died from or suffer from heart problems don’t have to consider themselves impossible to help. Almost everyone can be helped. But, action must be taken. You really can’t sit back, do nothing and expect miracles.

 

If you are one of those unlucky people who have a strong genetic link to heart disease, then prevention for you could mean the difference between life and death. If you already suffer from heart problems, it still isn’t too late to prevent further damage, and, in certain cases, you may even be able to reverse your damage. It is possible to do that, and research has shown that it can be done. The question is what is it that you have to do, and are you willing to do it?

 

Dietary changes are important steps to improving your chances against heart disease. If you are overweight this is particularly dangerous, and must be taken care of as quickly as you can. The people who are in the most danger with regards to weight are those who have a spare tire of fat right around the midsection. Particularly those who have bodies that are proportioned like apples, with more weight around the upper body, and less at the bottom, but this doesn’t mean that all overweight people aren’t at risk, because they really are. The good news though is that you can reverse the effects of obesity on your heart by simply losing weight! So, even if you are only slightly overweight, you should really get started on losing it as fast as you can. This can be done with diet and exercise.

 

The heart health diet is the same as practically every other healthy whole foods diet. Eat plenty of fresh, healthy proteins (you can have red meats too, but everything must be in moderation and not altered by preservation methods, like curing, salting, etc). Eggs are not a no-no if you are on a heart healthy diet, but with everything you do, eat in moderation. Don’t overdo any food in particular, no matter how healthy it is supposed to me.

 

Be sure to have plenty of fresh whole fruits and vegetables, particularly vegetables. Stay away from corn, tomatoes, and starchy vegetables, and keep fruit intake low, and preferably concentrate on low glycemic fruit like berries. Blueberries are some of the best of all and contain so many good nutrients that they are considered a “super food”, but unfortunately they aren’t widely available in Kuwait, so unless you like frozen ones stick with fruit that is more available, like strawberries, for example. It is preferable to stay away from fruits and vegetables that are grown in far away places and from completely different climates than this one, and since we live in a desert region, fruit like oranges, bananas, etc are better left alone. You can get more vitamins and minerals from dates for the most part anyway.

 

Choose your cooking oils carefully as well. Corn oil isn’t the best choice, even though it is of vegetable origin. It is better to choose coconut or palm oil for hot cooking (like deep frying, etc),or even better tallow, and cold pressed extra virgin olive oil is the best choice for cold oil use (like for salads, etc).

 

Whole grains are an important part of your daily diet. Note the part where I say “whole”. This means that white refined flour isn’t one of those things that you should allow yourself to have. Have whole wheat, whole barley, whole oats, etc. There are many other grains available in the market as well, and if you’ve never tried them before, now is the time to experiment. You can make pilafs with them, use them as additives for soups, bake with them, and more. Just use your imagination and cook! But, remember, if you are overweight and need to lose a lot of weight, it is easier to lose weight if you cut down on your carbohydrates a fair amount. So, for those who are considered obese, stick with your proteins and non-starchy vegetables until you have lost most of your weight, and then you can begin to add in more carbohydrates again later.

 

An important part of any weight loss program is exercise. This is even more important for those who suffer from heart problems. But, with heart problems you must be very careful to do the type of exercise that is conducive to a healthy circulatory system, and weight loss without overdoing it. If you exercise too strenuously you could even cause yourself a heart attack or angina (which is when your chest hurts and you can’t breathe well), so moderation is the key here. Moderately paced walking or swimming are always the best choices when it comes to heart problems or preventing them. Other more strenuous forms of exercise could also be fine for some, depending on whether or not they already suffer from any kind of heart problem. Join a good gym if you don’t like to be outside, and, here in Kuwait, the heat is often too much for people to take, particularly in the middle of the summer months here where it can get into the 50’s (centigrade)! If you like to walk, go to the mall. It’s air-conditioned there and there are long walkways that you can go around in, but don’t stop too often to window shop! Bicycle riding, trampoline, and any other mildly aerobic sports, done in moderation are going to be great for you! So get out there and start taking action right away!

 

These are just a few of the simple things that people can do for heart disease prevention and even to help reverse the damage that heart disease does. If you know that you have a family history of heart problems or if you are suffering from heart problems already, do something right away. You will be able to help yourself and save your family from the deep sadness that they will feel when you are gone.

 

How Can We Get Rid of Anemia Naturally?

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Millions of people all over the world from every conceivable country suffer from anemia of one form or another at one time or another. Many of these people have chronic anemia that can sometimes be so severe that it is life threatening. Others have anemia that is so mild that they don’t even know they have it. So, what is anemia anyway?

Anemia (which actually means “lacking blood”) is when your blood doesn’t have enough good red blood cells (hemoglobin is found in the red blood cells, and is the agent that carries the oxygen from the lungs around the body). When this happens there isn’t enough oxygen in the blood, thus the various organs in the body won’t be able to get enough oxygen, which they require to function properly. This usually occurs when the body doesn’t have enough iron for one reason or the other (but there are many other causes as well). Women are more likely to have anemia than men, but men can get it as well. There are several possible causes of anemia including; specifically a lack in the body’s production of red blood cells, too much red blood cell destruction, blood loss (such as that which occurs during menstruation or childbirth), lack of iron in the diet, pregnancy, lack of certain other vitamins (like B12, for example), certain cancers or other acute or chronic diseases, inherited anemia due to genetic problems, hormonal imbalances, and a host of other more obscure causes, including anemia that has no known cause at all.

The way that you can know that you have anemia is if you feel any of the following (but many people who have anemia don’t even know that they have it): fatigue, weakness, a fast heart beat, heart palpitations, difficulty in breathing (shortness of breath), uncalled for sweating, drained looking skin color, and sometimes dizziness. So, if you are suffering from any of these symptoms without knowing the cause, then please go get a blood test and confirm whether or not you are suffering from anemia, what type, and why (if possible). Then, you really need to begin some sort of curative program right away in order to preserve your health.

Generally, the most common anemia (iron deficient anemia) is treated with iron supplements. This is fine, but there are several problems that taking iron supplements can cause, such as constipation (or diarrhea), nausea (even vomiting), and more. Be particularly careful when using iron supplements with children, since it can be severely toxic to them, even causing death. So, instead of taking ordinary iron supplements, try to do something to help your self without artificial (or even real) iron and get to the nature of the problem naturally. There are tons of great tasting foods out there that are loaded with iron. Some of them are: red meats (beef, lamb and goat, which are all widely available in Kuwait), particularly liver, beets (particularly a blend of carrot and beet juice expressed juice), beet greens, chives, green leafy vegetables (like romaine lettuce, spinach, sea vegetables (your local Japanese restaurant will love you since that is the best place to get seaweed in Kuwait, although it is sold at Sultan Center in the Oriental foods section), and more), blackstrap molasses, eggs, okra, raisins, almonds (and almond milk, which you can make by blending almonds in a blender with water and drinking the resulting milky liquid, making sure that you don’t let the almond paste float to the bottom). Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables that contain vitamin C, like strawberries, or anything bright or dark red, purple, bright orange, bright yellow, or bright green. Also, if you are suffering from anemia, you should really discontinue coffee, tea, soft drinks and smoking, since the use of those things really impairs your absorption of the important vitamins that you need to recover. This also goes for foods containing preservatives, additives, etc. Here in Kuwait stuffed and plain grape leaves are widely available too, so eat up!

In the herbal medicine world there are many plants that are known to increase iron, help red blood cell and hemoglobin production, and improve the general health of the body, which will be run down with anemia, particularly if it has gone unnoticed for any length of time. One of the newly discovered ones is called “Cassia grandis” (which is not the same as regular cassia, which is like cinnamon), and hails from Puerto Rico. Alfalfa leaf is another great herb to take, along with any of the green herbs, like spirulina (which is algae), yellow dock, dandelion, stinging nettles, gentian, burdock (leaf and root), Dong Quai, St John’s wort, astragalus, licorice (which also helps by keeping the adrenal glands going strong), horsetail, red raspberry leaf, parsley, and Panax ginseng (the Asian version).

Here are some of the herbs recommended above from Amazon… very nice, organic, and perfect for getting your anemia under control… combined with a good anemia friendly diet….

Red Raspberry  Horsetail LicoriceNettleAlfalfa  Dandelionburdock

You also need to get out there and exercise, even if you really don’t feel like it. Because exercise will help your glands to work better, and get your circulation moving. Walking is good, swimming too, and any other kind. You can dance, jump, lift weights, do Karate, or anything else!

So, if you suffer from anemia, help is right around the corner at your local grocery store and right in your own kitchen! Get out and do something now, so that you hang on to your good health for as long as you can!

Hair Today Gone Tomorrow

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                       It seems like practically everyone in Kuwait complains of some sort of hair loss (or at the least falling hair to the point that it is annoying) or other hair or scalp problem. I don’t know why that should be so, but I can certainly speculate a variety of possibilities. Some of the possible reasons include the type of water here in Kuwait, the type of pipes in most places here in Kuwait, the weather, the pollution, the food, and the list goes on. Chances are that it is a combination of all of these, with a heavy dose of stress and anxiety added in for good measure. OK, so we’re stuck with the environment, and we’re basically stuck with the water as well, although a good carbon filter will do wonders on that front for a little up front expense. We’re not stuck with the food though, nor are we exactly stuck with the stress and anxiety either, unless we choose to be, but getting rid of stress and anxiety is easier said than done, to be sure.

                      The first thing you need to do if you are suffering from any kind of hair or scalp problem, is to straighten up your diet. Without getting into minute detail, make sure that you are eating a well balanced diet, and having plenty of fresh raw or cooked vegetables and fruit. Included in your well-balanced diet is a necessary dose of protein, as well as healthy carbohydrates, including whole grains, dried beans, and lentils. Try to leave out as much of the junk as you can, even if you don’t completely eradicate it, although, eradication is certainly the ideal. So, do your best to cut out pre-prepared foods with additives and preservatives, things with colorings, flavorings, and other enhancing agents. Remember that you are in need of the foods that have the most vitamins and nutrients.

The Bald Truth

The Bald Truth : The First Complete Guide To Preventing And Treating Hair Loss

                      The next thing you have to look at is what the possible cause is. If you find that stress or anxiety is playing a role in the process, you must take action against it. Stress will not only make your hair fall out, but can cause many other very serious diseases as well, and must be dealt with as quickly as possible. If you can get away from whatever is causing you the stress that is the ideal situation, but if you can’t then you need to look for other ways to cope. You need to make sure that you take care of yourself. Get out and do things that make you happy. If the stress is from your job, then perhaps you would do well to find another one, if possible. If that isn’t possible, then try to take a more optimistic view, and find the good in it. (Remember, no matter how bad your situation seems to be, there is always something good about it too, and in any case, if you are feeling miserable, think of those who have it far worse off than you, and then maybe you won’t feel quite as miserable).

Try to make yourself smile, even when you don’t really feel like it, because it has been scientifically proven that the act of smiling releases certain hormones into the body that will actually make you feel better. Don’t spend time wallowing in your misery either. Many sad, depressed, and stressed people out there make it worse by languishing in front of sad movies, rehashing all of their old and new problems, and contemplating “eating worms” (for those of you who aren’t familiar with this phrase, it is an English cliché for what people who are miserable do). Instead, watch comedies, get out there and pick up a new hobby, get out with your friends (and not to discuss your miserable life, but to discuss positive things), take up a new sport, and do your best to have fun! You will find that your stress levels will drop and your hair will stop falling out.

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                       There are several medical reasons that hair might fall out as well, and these reasons must be accounted for in any case. If you are a woman the reason might be your hormones. Get them checked just in case, and even if nothing shows up in the tests, you still might have a mild hormonal problem. If you are a man, you might be facing male pattern baldness, which is hereditary, and basically hormone based as well (it seems that the men with the most testosterone have the most tendency toward this problem). Both of these cases are not the end of the world. There are several alternative choices that you have, and they don’t include hair transplants!

                  If you take a blend of natural essential oils are apply it to the scalp, or any other area where hair is lost (eyebrows, for example), you should notice a difference in less than a month. For areas where the hair is long, it might take up to 2 months to really notice a change, but you will. All you have to do it take about 10 ml of a base oil. I find that calendula is the best, but if you don’t have it available, then olive oil works fine as well. Add about three drops of the following pure essential oils: rosemary, juniper, cedar, and eucalyptus. There are others as well, but those are the strongest and most effective for this problem. They will work individually as well, but they definitely work the best together. For itchy scalp you can use the same oils as for falling hair, and if that doesn’t help, try lavender or tea tree instead, in case you have an allergy or dermatitis. Also, if you are suffering from drab, lackluster hair, your best bet is to do oil treatments for it. There are several great oils, including coconut oil, jojoba oil, and almond oil. You can add essential oils to the mix, depending on what your problem is. If you hair is too oily, then add lemon oil, too dry, add sandalwood. But, again, eating correctly is one of your main allies.

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                       You may also wish to try any of several alternative body therapies as well, in order to remedy any glandular problems that you might have, particularly if you are suffering from hair loss due to a hormonal imbalance. The best choices are reflexology, acupressure, and acupuncture, but, in my experience, reflexology works the best. These treatments work to activate all the glands and the circulatory system in the body, for total health rejuvenation.

So, just because your hair is falling, or in a miserable state, it’s not the end of the world, but it is a sign that you need to take action right away. So, listen to what your body is telling you, and do something about it. Your health is a precious gift that you have to take care of.

Natural Insect Protection

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The insect season is beginning here, and will continue to get worse as the summer approaches. Here in Kuwait we are bothered by flies, ants, mosquitoes, spiders, cockroaches, and many other bugs too. Mosquitoes, ants and spiders are particularly annoying since they not only bother us, but also bite. Some people have allergic reactions to bug bites, and swell up when bitten, which can be extremely dangerous and, for a few people who have severe reactions, even life threatening. Luckily, here in Kuwait, we don’t have a lot of bees and wasps, but they are still present and we still must be careful. Cockroaches don’t bite, but they are certainly annoying and dirty. No one wants to have cockroaches in their home. Flies also don’t bite, but they bother us with their buzzing and they carry diseases as well. To be sure, the general idea is to keep insects out of our lives, but how can we do this without using dangerous chemical sprays and lotions?

In order to keep bugs off and away from you both at home and out in parks, zoos, at the stables, and in the desert, there are several essential oils that will do the job. All you have to do is make a light blend of one or more of the following pure essential oils in a base oil. Citronella is considered the strongest and most effective of all the essential oils when it comes to mosquitoes and other insects (including fleas), but also good are lavender, peppermint, clove, lemon grass, eucalyptus, tea tree, geranium, and cedar oils (if you don’t have the essential oils, the dry or fresh herbs will work almost as well). Olive oil is a good choice for your base and it is widely available here in Kuwait, and is good for your health (as are all of the above mentioned essential oils too).

Just take a few teaspoons full of the essential oil and add several drops of essential oil (not a lot, less is more when you are dealing with essential oils, so for every 5 ml (one teaspoon) all you need is three drops of oil (total), which isn’t a lot). If you have already been bitten, the best oils to use are lavender and tea tree. You can simply apply either or both of them straight out of the bottle. They are mild and I’ve never seen anyone with an allergic reaction before, but you might want to check by doing a skin test first, just in case. For post bite itch calamine lotion works, but the essential oils are much more effective. The faster you apply them, the more effective they will be. Along those lines, Skin-So-Soft from Avon contains citronella and is great for keeping off the mosquitoes. Some people also swear by vanilla! But they say it must be the pure, real vanilla, not the artificial type that is sold in many places. Popping some natural sage or rosemary onto your barbecue next time you have a cookout should keep away the mosquitoes without any problem at all. For flies, hanging little sachets of the herbs mentioned will generally keep them away.

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                               If you are having trouble with bugs in your home, then there are several natural solutions to your problem that might help you get away with not using Fleet, Raid, or any of the other chemical sprays which can all be dangerous. First of all, if you want to keep the ants, cockroaches and other bugs away don’t feed them! While I’m sure you don’t do this intentionally, you are probably still doing it by leaving food around uncovered. Small crumbs are discovered by ants right away, and before you know it there will be an army of them carting off the remnants of your last cookie. If you have children in the house all the more reason to be careful, because not only do children get crumbs all over the place, but they are also very susceptible to bug bites. The bugs will have to go elsewhere if you don’t give them gourmet meals all the time. Then, if you still have problems, there are several natural remedies that you can try. Cedar will help in many cases, particularly with moths, and you can put cedarwood in your closet to ward them away, or you can get a cedar chest and keep your wool items in it for storage. If you are bothered by bugs in your yard, you can plant marigolds. They are easy to grow and keep the bugs away. For ants and cockroaches, spraying them with soapy water helps and even kills cockroaches (much better than those nasty sprays, don’t you agree?), but even better put cucumber peels or mint tea bags around the places where you see them, and the ants and cockroaches too will be far less likely to enter your abode. Some people swear by cayenne pepper, lemon, cinnamon, or coffee grounds as well. They say all you have to do is put a small line of whichever of these you choose (mine would be one that smells nice) and the ants won’t cross. Also, I bet you didn’t know that catnip is a safe cockroach repellent!

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               So, you see, you don’t have to put up with bothersome pests, and you also don’t have to put up with dangerous chemical repellents and bug killers either. Just look around your kitchen for some great and healthy solutions to your problem. And the natural remedies usually work better than the chemical ones anyway, so what are you waiting for?

 

Easy Natural Remedy for Sinus Problems

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For the past few days in Kuwait we have been having some unusual weather. Cloudy, a little humid, dusty, sometimes sunny and warmer, then rainy has been our daily serving of weather and it looks like it’s taking its toll on us, the people who live here. Although this is the time to sit outside at night and chat at a coffee shop, café, or restaurant, while taking advantage of the cool, breezy weather, unfortunately it’s not so good for our sinus health. This is the time of year when lots of people are suffering from sinus complaints, and this includes people who don’t normally have such problems.

If you go to a conventional doctor you will most likely be given the usual antihistamines or steroids to control your allergic reaction or dry up your excess mucous, and if those aren’t what you are complaining of, then you might even get sent away with nothing more than Panadol, and thus, have to live with your drippy sinuses, and perhaps a headache that you don’t normally have. Well, don’t worry, because help is on the way, and it’s only as far as your kitchen!

If you are one of those people suffering from a runny nose at this time of year, welcome to the club, I also found myself suffering from sinus drainage this year. First of all you really need to cut out dairy as much as possible, and also yeast products if those bother you. (Even if they don’t bother you normally, sometimes it helps to stop them for a period of time, until the season passes and then you can go back to them). Then, you can take in plenty of warm fluids, like herbal teas, hot soups (but preferably clear not creamy ones), and other hot or warm foods, and also plenty of fresh vegetables, preferably cooked. And everybody knows what happens when you eat horseradish! Instant sinus drainage! So, if you suffer from sinus blockage or stuffiness, get right out to your local supermarket or Japanese food supplier (or restaurant), and get some nice hot horseradish to eat with your food.

Try to stay away from places that will increase your symptoms. This means, don’t hang around with people who smoke (or sit outside with them), try to keep your home as dust free as possible, stay away from chemicals and pollution as much as possible, and stay away from pets, plants, and other possible allergens (which you will have to determine yourself, through experimentation).

You also need to do steam inhalations as much as possible at this time, in order to keep your sinuses as free as possible. All you have to do to make a wonderful home steam inhalation is to get some nice cooking sage or thyme, and, if you have rosemary that is nice too. Boil some water and get it ready. Prepare a large steady bowl, a spoon, a towel (to cover your head with), and a place where you can sit comfortably with your head over the bowl with the towel over your head. Once everything is prepared, you can take a handful of the sage and/or other herbs, and crush them lightly in your hand. Pour the hot water into the bowl, drop the herbs in, and swish them around lightly with the spoon, then get your towel right away and situate yourself with your face over the bowl, the towel over your head, and the steam going directly into your sinuses with every breath. You should be prepared to stay there for at least several minutes, taking deep breaths and letting the herbal aroma permeate into your sinuses. Once you feel that the steam has dissipated, you can either continue by adding more hot water, or stop if you feel that you have had enough. If you have essential oils, even better, because when you steam with essential oils, their benefits are directly received by our nasal mucosa and enter our bloodstreams immediately which make the action against the sinus inflammation or mucous buildup even stronger. Some good choices in essential oils would be thyme, eucalyptus, and pine. These three oils are some of the strongest and safest in the world, but all you need are a few drops! Remember, even if you don’t have those herbs or oils around the house, and if you can’t find them anywhere (as they are scarce here in Kuwait) then you can always use other herbs that you find around your kitchen, like marjoram, oregano, chamomile, lavender, or even just plain hot water! If you don’t have time to steam, then the next best thing is to inhale the essential oils right out of the bottle. Although this is not as effective as steam inhalations, it is still better than nothing.

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Also, don’t forget to wash your nose regularly with water, and try to sniff some up a little as well. For those who find that difficult, you can make a saline solution by taking a little salt (preferably sea salt, of which there is plenty available here in Kuwait), and mixing it with water, which you can put into a dropper and use in your nose from time to time throughout the day. This solution will help you a great deal, and will enable you to breath better if you are suffering from sinus blockage. Now, for those of you who are not faint of heart, you can actually wash out your sinus passages with this saline solution that you have made, and doing so regularly is really a great idea for continued sinus health.

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Another helpful thing that you can do is reflexology. If you press on the areas around your finger and toe nails, and on the tops of your fingers and toes, you will be helping to clear out your sinuses. If you can’t do it yourself or don’t want to, then seek the help of a professional reflexologist. Acupuncture is good for sinus problems and acupressure is as well. But, before you go to people for treatment, make sure that the ones doing the treatments are professional, because here in Kuwait there are so many different places offering such treatments, and one wonders how qualified a lot of them are? You also have some Ayurvedic options in Kuwait, which are well known to be helpful and beneficial for sinus problems.

Since we can do nothing about the weather here in Kuwait, and this is the time of year that we enjoy for warm, comfortable, breezy evenings, we might as well do our best to enjoy it while it’s here, because pretty soon it’s going to be hot and we will be wishing that this weather were back. So, if you suffer from sinus problems, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the weather too, but that you must take other precautions in order to stay healthy and comfortable. It’s certainly not the end of world, is it?

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Help! I have a headache!

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I don’t think there is a single person on this earth who can say that they have never ever suffered from a headache of any sort. I can happily say that I rarely suffer from them, and when I do have one it is mild, but, indeed, I have experienced it none the less. Some people suffer from headaches all the time, every day, all day, for almost every day of their lives. That is not living to be sure.

Just to give you some statistics about the prevalence of headaches, in the USA it is said that up to 45 million Americans have debilitating headaches that are chronic, that almost 90% of mean and 95% of women have had a headache sometime or another, and that every 10 seconds or so a person enters an emergency room in the USA complaining of a headache. Statistically over 1 billion dollars (US) are spent on over the counter medicines or headaches of different types and that the cost of lost work is 13 billion dollars (US) on a yearly basis! That is just to name a few of the multitude of statistics available out there on headaches.

While it is clear that conventional medical practitioners have a very difficult time curing or relieving headaches, in general, even with strong medications, in my own personal experience with treating various types of headaches (including the most severe migraines), alternative choices are easy to apply and are highly effective.

First of all the cause of the headache must be sought out. Chances are that it is sinus related in my experience. If you suffer from headaches that are mostly in the front of your head, or around the sides (near the front), in and around your eyes, forehead, cheeks, etc, then you can be almost positive that the problem is sinus related. Now this doesn’t necessarily mean that you are suffering from a sinus infection, and it’s likely that if you did an x-ray there would be no cloudiness at all, but none the less you are still having sinus related problems.

So, if this is you, then there are many ways that you can help yourself, including steaming with essential oils and herbs (like sage, thyme, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus, etc), getting reflexology treatments (or treating yourself by pressing the areas around your nails and at the tops of your fingers), acupressure or other body techniques, drinking herbal teas (also made of sage, thyme, rosemary, and eucalyptus, among other choices), and dietary changes (stay away from dairy, corn, soy, coffee (and other items containing caffeine), MSG, aspartame (diet drinks and foods), yeast, white sugar, white flour, fermented foods, prepared meats (such as cold cuts like smoked turkey, bologna (also known as mortadella here in Kuwait), artificial preservatives, additives and colors, and anything else that you discover causes you problems). Make sure that you are eating plenty of healthy, wholesome foods, like fresh meats, poultry, and seafood, and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with whole and healthy grains. If you are a smoker, you must quit!

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There are sometimes other causes of headaches, like from tension (when the pain is at the back of your head, starts at your neck and goes up to your skull). In order to get rid of this type of headache, there are several simple things that can be done. First of all, make sure that you do your best to get rid of the cause of all your tension. If you hate your job, change it! Either that or change your attitude about it, and try to find the good things in it. Become an optimist. Then, stretch! The best and easiest way to get rid of tension related headaches is to stretch and thereby loosening those tight muscles preventing future tightness (which is what caused your headache in the first place). Just sit calmly in a chair or on the floor, which your body and head as straight as possible, shoulders down and relaxed, and then slowly let your head drop, with your chin heading toward your chest. Just let the weight of your head bring it down further. Don’t hold your head up, just let it hang, and the muscles will be slowly released. You can do this several times a day, and it can be done anywhere. After only the first day you will feel a great deal of relief, and after several days, you should be totally rid of your tension headache. You can also use essential oils, like ginger, rosemary, lavender, geranium, peppermint, and others directly on the area that you are feeling pain in, by mixing a few drops of each in a base oil (such as olive oil), which will also help to loosen those tight muscles. Don’t forget heat either. Whenever you are suffering from pain or tightness, practically anywhere in your body, heat is your best bet. You can use hot compresses, a hot water bottle, or a heating pad. Tension headaches also respond quite well to reflexology, acupressure, and other forms of bodywork, and with reflexology, you can even help cure yourself! Meditation, yoga, deep relaxation, and more will also be extremely useful in such cases. The idea is not only to deal with your tight muscles, but also to deal with the mental causes that brought on your headaches in the first place.

There are headaches that are caused by other rarer neurological or other organic causes (like tumor, etc), which would show up with medical examinations. For this reason you should always consult a medical practitioner if your headaches last longer than normal, or don’t respond to ordinary treatments, such as those that have been mentioned above.

With all of the different types of headaches, you need to make sure that you are getting enough sleep, enough exercise, enough sun, and enough of anything else you might be lacking. All of these factors play an important part in our every day well being.

So, if you are suffering from headaches of any type (particularly sinus or tension) remember that help is right around the corner. You don’t have to suffer any more. Take action and get rid of your problem with alternative therapy. You can choose the method that you like the most, or that is most suited to your particular complaint, and you’ll be on the road to comfort in no time at all!

 

Do You Have Phlebitis? Quick and Easy Ways To Help and Even Get Rid of Phlebitis

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As people age their health can often deteriorates, and one of the common ailments that people, particularly women, suffer from is phlebitis. For those of you who don’t know what this is phlebitis is an inflammation, which can form a blood clot in the veins (which is called thrombophlebitis), normally of the lower legs, although it can also occur in the arms. Under most normal circumstances this is not a huge problem and is fairly easily remedied, but sometimes phlebitis or thrombophlebitis can turn into a life threatening situation where huge blood clots break free in the vein and travel up to the lungs, causing pulmonary embolisms, and often enough, death. With the risks being so high it is only natural that people would want to do their best to avoid getting this disease. Before you work yourself into a tizzy worrying about it, take note that there are many things that people can do to prevent this problem from occurring in the first place, and to help it if you already suffer from it.

So, how do you know that you have it? Before we get into the remedies though, we need to talk about how you know you even have it. If you suffer from leg pain, perhaps accompanied with swelling (edema), redness, heat, or varicose veins, you may be at risk for having phlebitis. Your leg or arm may itch profusely, and some people even get ulcerated areas. It is possible that you may suffer from a low fever at this time as well. Often you or your doctor can see the clot right through the skin, and if that isn’t possible, a professional should be able to feel it. If even that is not possible, and your problem is deeper than that, there are many diagnostic tests that can be done to confirm your suspicions. So, if you suspect that you have phlebitis, or even the beginning of it, and it doesn’t spontaneously disappear soon after you first notice it, make sure that you get to a medical practitioner who can handle this problem, and make sure that they follow your progress carefully.

Some of the causes of phlebitis are long term inactivity, post-operative recovery, long plane or car trips, lack of exercise, obesity, cigarette smoking, limb injuries, some cancer treatments, varicose veins, hormone therapy (including birth control pills), and pregnancy.

So the best thing to do is to prevent phlebitis from happening in the first place. Make sure that you keep active, and try to involve yourself with as many different sports as you like. Walk daily, swim, or do any other sport that requires plenty of movement. If your legs normally swell after you have been on them for long periods of time, then you can put them up while you rest, and make sure that you have a hot water soak available whenever you need it after a hard day’s work.

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The good news is that even if you don’t do a single thing, phlebitis will normally rectify itself several days to two weeks after you notice that you have it. You may also want to apply cold packs, or heat (to promote better circulation). If those simple measures don’t help you can also use compression, like elastic stockings, or wraps. There is medication that some conventional medical practitioners will normally prescribe for phlebitis cases, which can include anti-inflammatories and sometimes mild blood thinning medications (like aspirin, for example). Your doctor may even prescribe an antibiotic, if you have an infection in the area.

As for alternative medical treatments, there are many that are quite effective against phlebitis, including the various forms of bodywork (reflexology, acupressure, etc, with aromatherapy being particularly effective, when the appropriate essential oils are used alongside a special type of massage, but it is important NOT to massage the area directly if there are ulcerated (cut) areas). Essential oils like rosemary, peppermint, lavender and others are good for inflammation, swelling, pain, circulation, and the other symptoms that phlebitis sufferers have.

With phlebitis, dietary changes are often recommended, with lots and lots of fiber and natural whole fruits and vegetables included at all meals. Healthy proteins like fish, and organic, free range meat and chicken will help to reduce the swelling and also to provide important nutrition. It is often recommended to eat more cherries, blueberries, and blackberries, because of a special chemicals that are present in these fruits called ” proanthocyanidins and anthocyanidins”, pineapple (since it contains bromelain), and if your diet is lacking, then taking supplements of Folic Acid, B, C, and E and vitamins is important.

There are many herbs that are highly effective against circulation problems such as phlebitis, including: Gingko biloba, Gotu Kola, and butcher’s broom (known scientifically as “Ruscus aculeatus”). You can also apply “curcumin”, which is an agent derived from tumeric, and, if that isn’t available, you can make sure that you eat tumeric in your food, and you can even apply it to the area of the phlebitis or clot. Cayenne is thought to help with circulatory diseases, both internally and externally, and ginger is known to be effective against clot formation and to help general cirulation.

Although phlebitis and thrombophlebitis can be very dangerous, and can even be lethal, just because you have been diagnosed with them doesn’t mean you have a death warrant. There are many things that you can do to help yourself, and the only thing to do is to get started right now! For those of you out there (particularly those of you who are over the age of 40) who are lucky enough not to suffer from any circulatory disorders such as phlebitis, keep healthy, keep moving, eat well, and hopefully you will prevent this from ever happening to you!

Here are some items that will help you keep your circulation at it’s best, in addition to doing reflexology, etc.

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2 Pair EvoNation Women’s Energizing 15-20 mmHg Moderate Compression Socks (Large, Nude)

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Ouch, My Feet Hurt! Get Rid of Foot Pain Right Away

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After a hard day on your feet at work, play, shopping, waiting in lines or running back and forth doing errands, your feet will surely be aching and possibly swollen. There is a statistic out there that states that 40% of Americans suffer from foot problems. This is particularly true for ladies who wear high heels, or men who wear uncomfortable businesslike shoes. Do you have to suffer? Absolutely not!  Help is on the way.

            The first piece of advice is to wear shoes that are comfortable and fit well. That way you can, perhaps, avoid the problem of stiff, swollen, achy feet in the first place. But, if you still come home with throbbing, swollen feet, the first thing that you should do is get into comfortable clothing, and find a comfortable place to sit, so you can have your feet in the hot water for as long as possible. Get some reading material like a magazine or a good book, so that you won’t be totally bored. Or just set up your gear in front of the television, so that you can watch your favorite program while you relax. Draw some hot water into the bathtub or into a large basin. Make the water as hot as you can possibly stand it, but not to the point of burning (be careful here, because you may not even realize how hot the water is before you have already burned yourself). Once you have set everything up, add some sea salt, lavender essential oil, mustard powder, peppermint essential oil, vinegar, fresh ginger pulp, sage leaves, or any other soothing herb or essential oil that you may have around the house. Then, sit down and carefully put your feet into the hot water, taking great care that you do not burn yourself. Keep a thermos of hot water sitting next to you in case your footbath water cools down a bit. Whenever you notice that the water is getting cool, just add hot water, until it’s nice again.  Then, sit and relax!

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If you are lucky enough to have someone around to massage your feet for you (whether it be a professional foot therapy like reflexology, or a friend or family member) then do take advantage of the opportunity. You can easily make your own fantastic massage oil by blending together olive oil and a few drops of almost any essential oil that you may have on hand, particularly lavender, peppermint, marjoram, tea tree, eucalyptus, sandalwood, rosemary (which is great for the swelling too), or any other nice smelling essential oil, cream or lotion. But, you don’t need to have any oil or cream for a good foot treatment, and reflexologists don’t normally use anything, preferring to keep the feet dry so the various pressure points can be more easily concentrated on.

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If one or both of your feet hurt in an inordinately severe manner, you might have something else wrong, and you should definitely check into it, because you might be suffering from something more serious that simply aching feet. There are many people who have a certain type of severe pain around the base of their toes. This pain is especially excruciating when wearing tight shoes, walking for long distances, dancing, or doing any action that required the front of the foot to be compressed. This problem is called “Morton’s Neuroma” (when the nerves in the base of a toe become surrounded and pressure is put on them), and is not normally not debilitating, but sometimes requires surgery. (I actually suffer from this problem, and you can easily live with it if you are careful). You may also suffer from gout, rheumatism, or arthritis (which can all be confirmed by a blood test normally), or any number of other ailments, even blood clots (if you suffer from this, your leg (or legs) will be painful, hot, and swollen). So, if you are suffering from an acute or chronic type of foot pain that doesn’t go away when you soak or massage it, do see a conventional medical practitioner or an alternative specialist to be sure that you aren’t suffering from anything serious.

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Acupuncture is another option that many people have had success with when dealing with aching feet. Magnetic therapy has also been showed to be fairly successful as well, although not everyone benefits in the same way in this respect. Walking on hot stones is a popular treatment right now as well.

            The fact is that there are multitude ways of making your feet feel better, and when your feet feel better your whole body feels better. After all, isn’t it true that your feet are carrying all the weight of your entire body? So, don’t just sit and suffer in silence when there are so many different solutions to your problem. Do something about it and feel great right away!

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