Quick and Easy Way to Get Rid of UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections)

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Herbs, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 27-07-2015

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Many people suffer from recurring UTIs (short for urinary tract infections). This can be a particular problem in the hot weather that we’re having now, when you don’t manage to get enough liquids into your body and become more dehydrated than you should be. While making sure that you get plenty of liquids helps, some people suffer anyway, no matter how much liquid they drink. Wintertime can also be a problem, since people drink less and less liquids at that time.

Our kidneys and bladder need plenty of liquids, preferably plain, fresh water, flushed through them all the time in order to keep all the bacteria that pass through these organs in check. If the intake of liquid falls too low, bacteria are given a chance to grow and multiply, which they do so fast that a UTI is the result. People who are suffering from certain diseases are particularly likely to get UTIs. Those who have diabetes, etc. are more likely to get UTIs. Elderly people are more prone to getting UTIs as well. Also, women are more susceptible than men to bladder infections, due to the short distance that the bacteria have to travel from the outside to get into the bladder. Pregnant women and those going through the menopause are more likely to get UTIs. While most UTIs are not normally life threatening or seriously dangerous, they are most certainly extremely uncomfortable and can sometimes be excruciating, and left out of control can lead to more severe problems.

You know that you have a UTI if you suffer from the following symptoms:
• Feeling of fullness while urine output is minimal
• Stinging or pain on urination
• Feeling of constant need to urinate
• Discomfort in the lower abdomen
• Pain in the back or sides of the back
• Bloody urine
• Fever
• Chills
• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Discharge (from the urethra (the opening of the bladder) or surrounding areas, particularly for women).
• Referred pain in the thighs, etc.
• Cloudy urine
• Bad smelling urine
• Confusion (in more serious cases, or with the elderly)

A simple test will be able to tell you right away if you are suffering from UTI, in fact the one that is used in the government hospitals here now is instant. You will know your results within seconds of dipping the stick into the urine. If that type of test is not available in your area, a more traditional urine test will be done with the results in several hours, up to a day or two.

So, what do you do if you are suffering? Naturally, prevention is the best medicine, so do your best to make sure that you eat well and get plenty of liquids in order to keep UTIs away in the first place, but if you end up with one anyway, don’t worry, there are plenty of things you can do. If you seem to be prone to getting UTIs then keep out of the bathtub! Make sure that you shower instead, in order to prevent the entry of more bacteria through the urethra. Make sure that you wash very well with water after going to the bathroom. This is particularly important for those women on their monthly cycles. Wearing cotton underwear instead of synthetics has been shown to help prevent UTIs as well.

Conventional doctors usually treat UTIs with antibiotics, which kill the bacteria. But, the problem with that solution is that the antibiotic kills other good bacteria as well as the bad guys, which causes other problems. The good news is that there are plenty of natural alternatives to treating the UTI with chemicals. Nature has given us many options when it comes to this.

The easiest solution is to drink plenty of water. Flushing out the bacteria is the easiest method of preventing and solving UTIs. Also, make sure that you urinate often enough, because leaving the urine to build up in the bladder is another way that the bacteria have a chance to grow. But, if you still end up with something more serious even after taking these precautions, there are several herbs that are great for getting rid of UTIs.

Probably the most potent that I have ever found, is one of the easiest to get and use. Corn silk is one of the best herbs for UTI. Just take it out of the husk while it is fresh and steep (preferably don’t boil) it covered in a big pot of water. The resulting light tea can be drunk hot or cold, and doesn’t have much of a taste at all. If you suffer from frequent UTIs you can dry your corn silk for future use, and some people like to keep it in the freezer.

cornsilk

Cranberry juice (which has always been the old standby) is still a great choice but try to make sure that your juice is pure and not mixed with lots of sugar or other juices. Blueberries and blueberry juice are also good for this problem, but they are not widely available in Kuwait and are very expensive. You can find some lovely frozen blueberries in most freezer sections in most supermarkets.

cranberry juice   organic cranberries

There are other herbs that are great for dealing with urinary problems. Some of them are: parsley, ginger, juniper berries, dandelion leaf, marshmallow, golden seal, uva ursi, buchu leaf, dong quai, birch leaf, Echinacea, stinging nettle leaf, horsetail, and more. While most of these are not available in Kuwait, you can certainly find them easily and widely available in any herb shop in the USA or the UK, so do make an effort.

dandelion leaf       nettle leaf

echinacea

UTIs are not the way you want to start (or end) your day, but help is certainly on the way. It’s right there in your kitchen or at your local grocery store. So, you don’t have to suffer in silence any more, and you can often get rid of the problem yourself, without having to take chemical medications. So, what are you waiting for?

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From the Arab Times June 2006

Heartburn

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Practically everyone has suffered from heartburn at one time or another in their lives. Those who have know that it is a most uncomfortable situation to be in. People who suffer often pop anti-acid tablets like they are going out of style. While this may help the problem, this help is only temporary. It is, by no means, a permanent solution. Heartburn is one of those things that repeats itself again and again, literally. (No pun intended).

Another name for heartburn is acid reflux, and some people who suffer from this ailment have a variety of other similar disorders, one of which is called GERD, otherwise known as “gastroesophageal reflux disease”. GERD has been in the news a lot lately. Acid reflux and GERD are not usually one, but a variety of digestive disorders. This is when you feel like your food is repeating on you, when you feel a burning sensation in your chest (and it’s not heart problems). If you suffer from an overabundance of acid reflux you might have a hiatus hernia (where the stomach comes up through the opening in the diaphragm). When this happens you might end up needing surgery. Luckily most acid reflux (heartburn) is a simple problem of some of your stomach acid coming up through your esophagus and causing the burning sensation of these delicate membranes. While, for most people, this is an occasional distraction, some people are practically debilitated by it. When the problem becomes serious, medical professionals often recommend a variety of chemical medicines, and, even when the problem isn’t being caused by a hiatus hernia, sometimes even surgery. Luckily, in the overall majority of cases, surgery for heartburn isn’t necessary. It certainly isn’t very common in any case, and if more people tried prevention and alternative methods of treatment, surgery and chemical medication would be unnecessary in most, if not all cases.

I remember one patient of mine who actually got to the point of not being able to eat at all. This patient literally was living on tiny amounts of tea and coffee and had lost tons of weight. What he didn’t realize was that it was his lifestyle and habits that were causing the problem, and in continuing them the way they were, he was unwittingly causing it to get worse. It was like a vicious circle. He would feel pain, drink tea, smoke a cigarette, suffer, drink coffee, suffer, and smoke another cigarette. His esophagus could take no more. It was almost completely seized up and he couldn’t eat any form of solid food at all. He was literally on death’s doorstep. His treatment was simple. Stop smoking, drinking tea, and coffee, eat a healthy diet, and drink an herbal combination (in a tea) that included several soothing and healing herbs. He followed my advice to the letter. He had an immediately improvement in his symptoms, and was better within two days!

There are several factors that contribute to the occurrence of acid reflux (heartburn). These factors can be easily turned around with a little effort. These factors include: lack of sleep, eating too close to bedtime, weight gain, smoking (especially heavy smoking), lack of exercise, poor posture, too tight clothing (particularly tight waistbands, belts, etc.), eating too many spicy, acidy, or fatty foods, overeating (in general), and pregnancy.

The dietary recommendations would include a low carbohydrate diet. This means, little or no bread, rice, pasta, sugar, flour products, fruit, etc., and more vegetables, and a wide variety of proteins. Avoid tomatoes, citrus fruits, heavy spices, chocolate, mints (like candy, etc), tea, coffee, colas (and other soft drinks, particularly those with carbonation and caffeine), artificial additives, colorings, and preservatives, and certain kinds of fatty foods, particularly dairy products. Eating smaller meals will always be beneficial in these cases. Also there are certain medications that can increase reflux problems, for example ibuprofen. So, if you are taking medication and aren’t sure if it might be causing your problem, consult your medical professional.

There are several alternative methods of treating acid reflux, including herbal teas. Some of the most effective herbs for this problem are: oatmeal, marshmallow leaf, chamomile, fennel seed, rose petals, anise seed, slippery elm, calendula, and marjoram, which all soothe and reduce swelling in the mucous membranes. Some people swear that if you eat a banana a day you will not have to suffer from heartburn. I haven’t tried this myself, though. I have tried the herbs on many patients, and any one or more of the herbs I mentioned work like a charm. But, it is important that the other behaviors change along with the treatment. Getting rid of the coffee, tea, and cigarettes is particularly important.

If you suffer from acid reflux, otherwise known as heartburn, help is right around the corner. Yes, you will have to change your lifestyle a bit, but not THAT much, and the relief that you will feel will be enormous. It will be well worth every effort that you have made. So, what are you waiting for?

Here are the herbs you can use (Click on any of the images to buy from Amazon and help to support this website):

Slippery Elm Bark calendula flowers
marjoram leaf fennel seeds

 

oatmealchamomile flowersmarshmallow leaf

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From the Arab Times June 2006

Too Much Sun! (Sunstroke and Sunburn)

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 23-04-2015

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Here in Kuwait where the sun is so bright and hot, we must always be very careful about how much of it we get. Don’t think that just because you see people walking around and even working in the middle of the day that you can do the same thing. Particularly if you are new in Kuwait and are from a normally more temperate climate, don’t try to fight with nature. Don’t think that you can just push yourself a little more. Even when the weather is beautiful, the sand is great, and the water is calm and perfect for skiing, boarding, sailing, or jetskiiing, don’t be tempted. You might end up sautéed or worse. This goes the same for golfers, volleyball players, basketball players, and anyone else who thinks that they can stand the sun. When the temperature is more than 45 degrees (or even when it’s more or less) you just don’t want to take chances with your health.

Always make sure that you have water with you, and are properly covered when going out in the sun. You are probably wondering what I’m talking about here, but, in fact, if you cover up you will feel cooler and more comfortable than if you go around with the sun beating on your bare skin. Those flowing desert clothes are not for nothing! At least wear a big floppy hat to keep the sun off of your head, or use an umbrella (like many people do). You don’t want to get sunstroke, which is very dangerous, particularly in the Kuwaiti heat. You also don’t want to get dehydrated. So, always take precautions, and make sure you are fully prepared for your outings, particularly if you are going to be any distance away from amenities. Remember, if you feel dizzy, are sweating too much, feel faint, or light headed, disoriented, nauseated, or feverish, these are danger signs. Heed them! Get out of the sun immediately, and get help.

Always wear sunscreen when you’re out in the sun, and if you are in the water, you must keep on applying more sunscreen every time you get in and out of the water. Also, you must make sure that you do not choose the hottest times of day for your outings. Between the hours of 10 AM and 3 PM you really do not want to be baking in the sun!
Del Mar Organic Sunscreen

Sunburn in Kuwait is not something that you ever want to experience. It is just about as miserable as anything you will ever have to endure. I know because I have had the most horrible sunburn, acquired in 55 degree weather, on a boat and beach trip, stuck on a deserted island for more than 6 hours, on a sea trip gone wrong, with sparkling water glistening on me, my friend, and our children, reflecting the beautiful (Ha) sun. Not!

Badger Organic Childrens Sunscreen

We were burned crispy. The excruciating pain was awful and almost more than I could bear. Also, because I hadn’t thought ahead, I didn’t have anything to treat myself or anyone else with, except for a small bottle of blended essential oil that I used to carry around everywhere that wasn’t even enough to cover a small area. We had to wait several hours later until after we got rescued by the coast guard (it’s a long story) so that we could put some lavender essential oil on! Needless to say, take a lesson from my horrible experience, and don’t do what we did! Remember, it doesn’t take that long for a burn to occur either. It can take as little as 15 minutes.

But, if for some reason, even after taking all the precautions in the world, you still do get sunburned do not fear, help is near. Right off, if you get any kind of burn at all, sunburn included, the first thing you should always tried to do is plunge it (yourself) into cold water, in order to stop the burn. If you don’t have any cold water, any water will do, or even ice cubes if they are available (although they aren’t ideal).

Lavender Essential Oil

The next step is to immediately apply lavender essential oil. Lavender oil is so effective against burns that it is absolutely amazing. Not only will it deal with the burning immediately, but it will also prevent other problems that occur with burns. You will not have problems with peeling skin, nor will you have to deal with the stinging pain of serious sunburn. It will also prevent infection and inflammation, which can sometimes be a problem with sunburn, particularly bad ones. (Another side benefit is that your tan won’t even be ruined, although, I am certainly NOT recommending tanning by any stretch of the imagination, unless you want to look like an old piece of leather by the time you are 35!) Not to mention the dangers of skin cancer!

One recommended home cure for sunburn is the tea cure. You just brew some tea (it’s easier to use tea bags so you don’t have such a mess) and use old towels to apply it lukewarm (not cold) directly onto the areas that are burned. This will help with the burn, and also help to prevent infections and help stop the pain.

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera is a great healing plant. They are widely available in Kuwait and are very inexpensive. All you have to do is to break or cut off one of the leaves, and inside you will find a succulent, slimy, gel-like substance. You can apply that substance just the way it is, in order to relieve the burning and itch of sunburn. It also helps prevent against infection with its special constituents.

Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar

Some people swear by vinegar (specifically apple cider) to take away the stinging and burning, and help the burn to heal much faster than it normally would. One of the good things about using vinegar is that you will probably always have it around in your kitchen, but the smell might put you off, so you may want to stick with the lavender. Chamomile oil is another recommendation that some have mentioned. Mouthwash has also been used for applying to sunburn, and it is supposed to have been used in the military for burns when nothing else was available. Others claim the same from Preparation H (this is actually supposed to be a hemorrhoid treatment). Try them in a pinch. Vanilla is another option when it is available. Both real and artificial are supposed to be equally as good. It is supposed to stop the stinging and prevent peeling. Oatmeal is a good option as well, since it is so soothing. It is good for any kind of inflammation, and can easily be made into a bath additive by powdering the oatmeal and adding it to very warm (but not hot) water.

Calendula Oil

I have found that calendula (marigold) infused oil also works wonders to sooth the burn and heal it, and there are plenty of people who say that olive oil (either plain or mixed with a little vinegar) has a similar effect.

But, while lavender essential oil is probably your best choice in treating sunburn, the best treatment for sunburn is prevention. So, follow all precautions, don’t ignore the signs, and try to stay out of the sun as much as possible.

What Is Anemia?

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Herbs, Medical Terminology, Natural Alternative Diet | Posted on 31-03-2015

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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 theyhave 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.

Herbs for Common Ailments

            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!

The Gift of Healing Herbs

            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).

SEE BELOW FOR LINKS TO ALL OF THESE HERBS :)

            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!

Mia Ponzo

May 9, 2006

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  spirulina   spirulina  Dandelion Leaf

 

Alfalfa Leaf                                                  Spirulina                                       Dandelion Leaf

 

Red Raspberry Leaf  Horsetail Herb      Stinging Nettle leaf cut

Horsetail Herb                        Red Raspberry Leaf                           Nettle




Check Out This VERY Useful Information About Sugar!!!

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Natural Alternative Diet | Posted on 15-10-2014

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Discover the fructose content of common foods, beverages, sauces, and even sugar substitutes in our infographic “Fructose Overload.” Use the embed code to share it on your website or visit our infographic page for the high-res version.

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Quick and Easy Way to Get Rid of Hemorrhoids

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 03-06-2014

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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)…

 

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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)…

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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

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Natural Health | Posted on 03-06-2014

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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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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Herbs, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 31-05-2014

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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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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Natural Beauty, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 27-05-2014

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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.

Balding

Androgenetic Alopecia: Modern Concepts of Pathogenesis and Treatment

                       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.

Rosemary Oil

NOW Foods Rosemary Oil, 4 ounce

                       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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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 18-05-2014

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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.

Citronella Essential Oil

Citronella 100% Pure Essential Oil, 16oz

                               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!

Cedar Oil

16 Ounce Virginiana Cedarwood Oil (Juniperus Virginiana)

               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?