The Natural Health Benefits of Dill Weed Herb

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 27-03-2016

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Dill

The next time you visit your green grocer, there’s another green herb that you can buy and use as medicine. This herb is widely available in Kuwait and all over the world, and can be purchased in every supermarket and also at roadside stands. The herb I am talking about is called dill, and in Arabic it is called “shbint”. Dill grows naturally in many places, especially in the Mediterranean, and is well known in Italy, Portugal, Spain, and even grows in Russia. Dill was even used by the ancient Egyptians, the ancient Syrians, and in ancient Iraq (by the Babylonians) thousands of years ago! The ancient Romans used it for the gladiators, because they claimed that it made them stronger. It is widely used in Iran and around the Middle East today as a flavoring herb. In many European and American countries too, dill is used as a common flavoring for many different types of foods. Commercially today dill is mostly from India and the United States, where it is widely cultivated. This herb is used with rice and “marag” (which is a Kuwaiti style soup or curry-like dish), and sometimes with fish. The seeds of dill herb can also be used, either in essential oil form or herb form, but it is the herb that is more widely available in Kuwait, while the seed is more widely available in the USA and some other places, since it is used in those yummy dill pickles, and the essential oil is available wherever essential oils are sold.

starwest organic dill herb

Dill herb is very useful as a medicinal herb and has been used in this capacity for centuries. Dill is well known in folk medicinal lore, and is one of the most important Western herbs. It is well known for its properties of reducing abdominal gasses, and is an antispasmodic, particularly useful in babies, since it is such a safe and mild herb. If you have a baby or know someone who does, perhaps you are familiar with gripe water. This is given to colicky babies to soothe them, and one of the main ingredients is dill. It is also good for nausea (even the nausea of motion sickness) as well as a general digestive tonic, and is great for those who suffer either acutely or chronically from various types of bowel disorders. It is even good for diarrhea, in fact even dysentery, as it kills the bacteria that are prevalent in that illness. People who are suffering with a hiatus hernia may find help from this wonderful aromatic herb. Many swear by its ability to rid a person of bad breath.

frontier organic dill seed

Dill is great as a diuretic, and is supposed to help new mothers to increase their breast milk. Over the years dill has become known to help people who are suffering from insomnia as well. Perhaps a nice cup of dill tea a little while before going to bed would do a person well. If you suffer from menstrual pain, then dill herb is just what the doctor ordered, and dill also regulates it, and stimulates the flow.

dill seed essential oil

Dill is known as an anti-inflammatory herb, and is good for drinking if you are constantly coming down with something, in order to build up your immune system. If you have any skin problems, then dill should help you with that problem as well, and you can either drink it or apply it directly for helping the skin.

dill weed essential oil

Dill is well-known for its respiratory healing properties, and it is particularly useful when it comes to helping to cure asthma, bronchitis, flu, chough, and more. Dill can also be used as a poultice (on the outside of the body). All you have to do is crush the dill weed, or cook it slightly, till it turns into a blob, and put it directly on the skin for injuries (particularly swollen ones), boils, wounds (even ones with pus), bruises, etc, then, cover it with gauze or another type of bandage. This is also good for achy joints, rheumatic pain, and other muscle ailments.

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One important note though. Take it easy and don’t go overboard on this herb (at least until you’ve tried it several times), because some people claim that it makes people sensitive to the sun, and we all know that the sun is one of those commodities that we have plenty of here in Kuwait! Test it out for a while first, to be on the safe side, because, while it has never had that effect on me, and the Arabs and Iranians eat it extensively without complaining of this effect, you never know. That way, if you try it and are fine, then you can continue to eat it to your heart’s delight. It really does taste delicious in foods, and makes a really great tea. You can also blend it with many other lovely seeds and herbs to make wonderful aromatic teas and tisanes to drink, so use your imagination!

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NOTE: To all those people who have been wondering where that juice place that sells wheatgrass juice is that I mentioned in an article a while back, there are lots of places now in Kuwait where you can get wheatgrass shots.

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The Natural Health Benefits of Basil Herb

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Beauty, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 15-03-2016

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basil herb

This week we will carry on with our look at fresh herbs as medicines and health foods. There are so many choices out there and they are all so healthy and good for us! Today’s fresh herb is basil. Fresh basil is used around the world in countless delicious dishes. Italian food is a favorite, and sprigs of fresh basil in a sauce or on pizza are a delightful touch to a delicious dish. But, I’ll bet you didn’t realize how wonderful basil was for your health too!

Scientifically basil is called “Ocymum basilicum” (sweet basil), and also ” Ocymum minimum” (basil bush). Basil can actually be found growing all over the place here in Kuwait, and is next to homes and buildings, along the street sides, in public parks, and just everywhere! You can also buy fresh basil herb in most supermarkets in the green grocer section. If all else fails though, you can use it dried as well. In Arabic it is called “rayhaan”. While basil belongs to the mint family of plants, it doesn’t really resemble mint in taste or aroma.

basil herb organic

Basil is one of the most versatile and beneficial fresh herbs. It has a wonderful strong aromatic aroma that is sweet yet powerful. If you are looking for it on the streets, it is a leafy bushy plant with lovely purple flowers growing up in spikes. Basil is practically indestructible once it gets started, and that is probably how it is able to grow all over the dry desert lands of Kuwait. Here in Kuwait the basil plant that you find outside in the “wild” is a bushy, woody type, but the leaves are the same, and extremely loaded with the essential oil that is what makes basil medicinally beneficial. It is the leaves of this plant that are used medicinally, but you might like putting the beautiful purple aromatic flowers in a vase, giving your home an aromatic spicy smell (and having the basil aroma flowing around in your home will keep it a healthier place as well).

basil seeds organic

If you suffer from digestive problems, particularly upset stomach, vomiting, nausea, or flatulence, just drink a light basil tea or eat a few basil leaves. You can make basil into a lovely tea by infusing it with plain steaming hot water for a few minutes. You can also just pop a few leaves right into your mouth! It is also great for aches and pains, and can be applied directly onto a painful area.

I will never forget the time a friend and I were preparing my first herbal clinic in Kuwait for opening back in 1994 and I was standing on a ladder, painting herbal names around the ceiling. I was busy painting and I reached back with my arm, when suddenly I felt a horrible searing pain! Without realizing it I had put my arm into the path of the ceiling fan, which hit my forearm with force. The pain was excruciating and I’m blessed that my arm wasn’t cut off. The only thing that we had around was some fresh basil that was growing coincidentally outside the front door of the place. My friend Renee, who was also into herbs, rushed out and picked some basil, crushed it, and immediately applied it to my arm, which, by then, I was incapable of moving and which was becoming blacker by the minute. The pain immediately eased when the basil was applied, and we wrapped it in gauze to keep the basil on, and continued working. Thanks to good ole’ basil, the day was saved, the basil helped the bruise to resolve itself in record time, and I was none the worse for wear!

basil essential oil

Basil is also great for respiratory ailments such as bronchitis, or any other phlegmy ailment that causes coughing, because it helps to get the phlegm out of the system. If you have a fever basil can be applied directly to the head or body, in the form of hot packs (make an infusion and soak cloth or towels in it). It is also good for colds and the flu, and is noted to be great for earaches. Basil is know to strengthen the immune system, so if you are one of those people who seem to be sick all the time, basil might be just what you need!

Some people swear that basil can get rid of any migraine, and since most migraines are sinus related, that makes perfect sense. If you are having trouble with your menstrual cycle, basil can help to regulate it for you, and if your problem is that your cycle is too light it will solve that problem for you as well. If you suffer from skin problems, basil might be just what you are looking for. It is said to be antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal, thus, people who are suffering from acne and other inflammatory ailments can try applying fresh basil directly to the places where they have problems, and it should help.

The Chinese use basil for many purposes as well, including bladder and urinary problems, and blood diseases. Some people throughout history have even used basil to cure cancerous tumors! In Ayurvedic medicine basil is called “tulsi”, and is used widely in India for many purposes similar to how basil is used medicinally in the West and other Eastern lands.

For those who suffer from nervous disorders, such as anxiety attacks, basil is going to be your friend. Keep some with you wherever you go, if possible, and whenever you feel an anxiety attack coming on, just take out your sprig of basil leaves or basil flowers and take a big whiff of it. Inhale as deeply as you can, and you should feel better right away. Basil is relaxing and calming, and is certain to help you to forget why you were anxious in the first place! If you are prone to feeling tired, basil is also your friend. Again, just keep a sprig or two of basil with you and deeply inhale the refreshing aroma. The essential oils that are abundant in the fresh basil herb are great for reviving you and helping you to feel refreshed and revived. This can be particularly useful at the end of a long work day, when you are feeling like you can’t concentrate any longer. Just breathe in the lovely aroma of the basil and you will be able to continue with your day!

So, if you are suffering from any of the ailments we just talked about, carry a few sprigs of basil around with you and use them frequently! You will be glad that you did!

 

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Mint and its Benefits

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 25-02-2016

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mint herb

 

There are all kinds of fantastic beneficial herbs that you can find right in the vegetable section of your supermarket. In fact, the herb that we are going to talk about this week can be easily found right in your backyard! Mint grows practically everywhere, and is easy to cultivate and harvest. It smells wonderfully fresh, and tastes delicious as well. Mint is also widely available all over the world, particularly here and in this vicinity, with mint being used in practically everything! The great thing about mint is that it tastes so good too!

mint essential oil

The history of the use of mint as a medicine is practically as old as mint itself, and there are records of its use in ancient China (and other countries in the Far East), India, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas. It is truly an international herb.

spearmint herb cut

You can get mint as an herbal medicine, in many different forms, including as a fresh herb, dried herb, essential oil, herbal oil, and even in capsule form (for taking as a digestive medicine). But, if you want it in its most natural form, then fresh mint is the route for you. And, what’s even better is that mint is so well tested that some companies are even selling it as a non-prescription medicine, but who needs that when you can have the fresh version and it’s as inexpensive as can be!

peppermint herb cut

There are so many ways that you can have mint as well. If you like warm drinks, then a lovely mint infusion will be the way. If you prefer chewing on green leafy things, then fresh, either plain, in a salad or sandwich is what you need. And, dried is another option that keeps things fresh, practically indefinitely.

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And mint is great for so many different medical ailments that some people call it a panacea. It is particularly well known for its use as a digestive aid. If you suffer from intestinal gasses, heartburn, flatulence, digestive upset, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), nausea, and even intestinal cramping, then mint is just what the doctor ordered (although it is highly unlikely that any conventional doctor that you know will prescribe it)! Many people swear by its use for diarrhea too. Mint is also great for hemorrhoids, shrinking the swollen veins (you can use fresh mint, or mint juice here, but I find that the essential oil is particularly helpful in this case, particularly if mixed with calendula oil and other essential oils).

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Mint is great for problems in the respiratory system, being a great help with people suffering with phlegm problems such as bronchitis and asthma, breathing-type allergies, and is even used historically for helping with tuberculosis. Mint is good for those suffering with the flu, but try to catch it early before it takes hold. Mint is also great for feverish conditions as well as any type of inflammation.

 

organic mint tea

Mint infusion (made with hot water and some mint leaves) is great for calming down raw nerves and anxiety. In this same capacity, it is well known for helping to get rid of heart palpitations, which is particularly helpful for nervous, anxious people. Mint is also great as an antibacterial and antifungal. It is great for muscle aches and pains, and is also useful for cleansing the liver. It even helps to get rid of nasty urinary system gravel that can be one of the most painful ailments of all.

mango and mint cookbook

In addition to being a great medicament, mint is also loaded with important nutrients as a food too. It contains a certain amount of protein, calcium, iron (and other minerals), and a host of vitamins, including a healthy dose of Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E, along with other things like B vitamins. It also contains chlorophyll, which is nature’s antibiotic and freshener. So, mint is clearly great for your health from a variety of standpoints. And it’s much better to get your vitamins and minerals naturally from whole fresh foods than it is to get them from a tablet. The same goes for medicine. Isn’t it better to take your medicine in the form of fresh whole food, rather than a tablet or capsule? I know that I am certainly going to choose natural food over pills any day!

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For those people who suffer from skin ailments, such as acne, mint is just what you need. You can put mint juice directly on your skin, in order to help kill the excess bacteria that are plaguing you, and it will also help clear up eczema. If you get a bug bite or sting, then applying mint directly over the area will help reduce the burn, sting or itching.

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Mint has been used in candies and chewing gum for ages, and now you will know one of the reasons for that. Mint actually helps get rid of the harmful bacteria that flourish in our mouths, particularly in the presence of food or during the night when we sleep and our mouths are not active in producing saliva (which helps to clean our mouths). It is great for the tongue as well as the mouth, stamping out the harmful bacteria that grow and helping to keep our mouths feeling and smelling minty fresh and clean. (Now you know where all those toothpaste commercials came from).

Another great thing about mint is that it is safe and beneficial for babies as well as adults, and thus is one of the most useful medicinal foods anywhere. Then you have the added benefit of its being available practically everywhere, and you have perfection. So, get out to your supermarket, green grocer (or the little Afghani guys on the street) and get some fresh mint! It’s inexpensive and great for your health!

 

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Cilantro and Its Benefits

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 20-02-2016

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cilantro

 

Green leafy vegetables are always touted as being some of the healthiest of all, as are green leafy herbs. There is a good reason for that. The reason is that they are loaded with all kinds of good vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and medicinal benefits. Last week we talked about wheatgrass. This week we have another of the great green wonders. The best thing about this one (unlike wheatgrass) is that it is readily available all over Kuwait and the world! All you have to do is go to any supermarket, any vegetable market, or even to the roadside guys that sell fresh vegetables from a pseudo-bicycle veggie stand. The herb I am referring to here is cilantro, which is also known as coriander leaf. Here in Kuwait it is called “kuzber”. It is used as a cooking herb here and around the world, but not many people know that it is also great as a medicinal herb, and that it has countless benefits.

organic cilantro

Cilantro is known for the fact that it looks very much like parsley, but has a different, somewhat stronger aroma, and a slightly different leaf configuration. (Some people call it Chinese parsley, even though it is indigenous to the Middle Eastern areas and some parts of Europe originally, and in spite of the fact that it is grown in many places including India, where it is widely used in cooking and as a medicine). So, when you want to go and buy it, look for it in the same place as the parsley. It is generally right next to the parsley, and is the same price (super cheap!) The seeds, which generally are called coriander (not cilantro), are also available everywhere, and are renowned for their healing properties too. They are quite inexpensive, so no one should have any trouble buying them. Coriander essential oil can also be found in the repertoire of any aromatherapist worth his or her salt (which is good for the same ailments but only used externally due to the oil’s strong properties).

cilantro essential oil

Cilantro, which is known scientifically as “Coriandrum sativum”, is used for many ailments, including digestive problems. It is great for indigestion (which is why it is often added to dishes that have gas causing ingredients, etc) and it helps to get a flailing appetite back. It is also renowned for getting rid of heavy metal (aluminum, mercury, etc)(or other) toxicity, and it is so effective in doing this that the metal are found in the urine almost immediately after eating a dish containing cilantro (or coriander)! This is important because it has been found that several diseases concentrate in areas where these heavy metals accumulate. Also, people with heavy metal accumulation in their bodies exhibit many other symptoms as well, such as anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, serious allergies and sensitivities, heart problems, hormonal imbalances, migraines, and a host of psychological symptoms (including anxiety, memory problems, and many more serious problems). Thus, getting rid of them is of utmost importance. In fact, cilantro (or coriander, whichever you prefer) is known as being one of the best overall medicinal tonics! Who knew?

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Cilantro is good for diabetics as well, and there has been research that shows that it is effective in helping to balance blood sugar levels. It is known to balance and lower blood cholesterol too. When trying to get rid of infections (bacterial, fungal, and viral), or prevent them, (in fact, historically it was used as an antibacterial agent, a fact that has now been verified scientifically). Scientifically it has been found to kill the salmonella bacteria, which is probably one of the reasons that cilantro is used so extensively with fish and other seafood, chicken, and other dishes here in the Middle East, particularly Iran. And the most delicious herb to eat with shrimp is coriander. If you haven’t tried the well-known Kuwaiti shrimp dish that uses generous amounts of fresh cilantro as a base for a delicious sauce, don’t miss it! Coriander is supposed to be fantastic also as an antimicrobial. Using it in foods apparently helps them not to spoil! People have been using both the leaf and the seed since ancient times for these and other purposes, and this herb was even found with the Egyptian pharaohs inside their tombs. Ancient Greeks and Romans also used it as a medicine. At that time in history cilantro was considered a great talisman against evil spirits and the devil himself. In Indian ayurvedic medicine coriander or cilantro is considered a balancing herb, and they use it when a cooling cure is needed.

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Many people use cilantro for helping with rheumatism and arthritis and the associated pain that accompanies these problems. Since it helps to increase the circulation in the body, it is going to be great for many other ailments as well, including getting rid of excess body fluids, particularly for those who suffer from edema. This is also great for people who are suffering with cellulite! Many people swear by its use as a deodorant as well, and say that it gets rid of their unpleasant smelling perspiration odor. This will hopefully be good news to those people out these who have a problem with that. (If it’s not good news to them, it will be good news for the rest of us!)

 

The best part is that cilantro (coriander) is considered totally safe as a food and as a medicinal herb. Even in very large quantities, it doesn’t show toxicity, and on the contrary, is well tolerated and good for us. So, make it a point to go out now and try it if you haven’t before. You don’t want to miss out on such a good thing, and the fact that you can buy it right in your local supermarket, on the streets, or practically anywhere in Kuwait for a very low price is certainly a big plus. So, what are you waiting for?

 

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The Benefits of Wheatgrass

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Herbs, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Beauty, Natural Health | Posted on 13-02-2016

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wheatgrass

 

There is a health food item that so many people seem to be talking about these days! I have a friend who has been really into wheatgrass, even growing it himself, and either juicing it or eating it fresh every day. He brought some of it once for us to taste, and it reminded me of freshly cut lawn! It was very sweet tasting and it sure did taste like it was good for you! Then another friend of mine mentioned it too. She said she has been growing it and juicing it for treating cancer and some other ailments that she suffers from. It still seemed like a rather complicated way to get to good health! Growing your own grass inside your home or on a farm in Kuwait didn’t sound like the easiest way to get healthy! But, the other day I heard that there is a juice bar in Kuwait that actually sells wheatgrass juice! I was shocked and happily surprised, even more so when I found out that it is located in a convenient place, right smack in Souk Salmiyah, upstairs in the restaurant court. (This juice bar is no longer there, but there are others that you can find around Kuwait these days as of this post). So, now wheatgrass is easy! And that is why I’m going to tell you all about the benefits of wheatgrass.

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Wheatgrass has so many benefits that we will hardly be able to list them all here, but we can try! Wheatgrass is considered a food, not a supplement, because it contains so much good stuff that you could actually live off of it, never eating anything else, and still be healthy! How’s that for amazing? It has a complete range of vitamins, minerals, and it even has protein. This is the breakdown of the vitamins and nutrients that are in it (taken from the Green Pastures Wheatgrass website):

wheatgrass seeds

Analysis of Wheat Grass

Wheat Grass is not an herb or a food supplement. It is a complete food. An analysis performed by Harvey Lisle and provided by the Anne Wigmore Foundation showed 3500 mg. of Wheat Grass to contain the following:

Protein 800 mg
Crude Fiber 600 mg
Calories 10
Chlorophyll 19 mg

Minerals Amino Acids Vitamins
Calcium 18mg Lysine 29mg Vitamin A 1750 IU
Phosphorus 18mg Histidine 16mg Vitamin K 280 mcg
Potassium 112 mg Arginine 39mg Vitamin C 11mg
Magnesium 3.6 mg Aspartic Acid 78 mg Vitamin E 1.1 mg
Iron 2 mg Threonine 37mg Thiamine 10mcg
Manganese .35 mg Glutamic Acid 85 mg Choline 1 mg
Selenium 3.5 mcg Proline 33 mg Riboflavin 71 mcg
Sodium 1 mcg Glycine 41 mg Pyroxidine 45 mcg
Zinc 17.5 mcg Alanine 48 mg Vitamin B12 45 mcg
Iodine 7 mcg Valine 44 mg Niacin 1 mcg
Copper .02 mg Isoleucine 31 mg Pantothenic Acid 263 mcg
Cobalt 1.75 mcg Leucine 57 mg Biotin 4 mcg
Sulfer 7 mg Tyrosine 18 mg Folic Acid 38 mcg
Phenylalanine 38 mg
75+ other Methionine 15 mg Carbates 1.3 gm
trace minerals Cystine 8 mg
Tryptophan 4 mg
Amide 10 mg
Purines 2 mg
Senne 85 mg

Other sources list these additional factors in Wheat Grass:

Cytochrome Oxidase Transhydrogenase Lipase Superoxide
Protease P4DI Amylase DEAE
Peroxidase Abscisic Acid Catalse

 

Now if that isn’t amazing I don’t know what is! This is only grass we’re talking about for crying out loud!!! Well, grass or no grass, this stuff is so healthy that we practically have to have it! The great thing is that if you can’t find wheatgrass in your area, you can also have it dried and powdered. While there hasn’t been a ton of scientific research done on wheatgrass (although some has certainly been done), people are raving about the great things that it has been known to do, including curing cancer! It is also known for helping rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis, all kinds of digestive problems, detoxes the entire body, cleans the liver, balances the blood sugar, helps get rid of all kinds of toxic-type problems (like eczema, acne, etc), sore throats, flu, colds, balances the blood pressure, fights tooth decay, helps build the blood up and purify it, helps in wound healing, gets rid of heavy metal deposits in the body, helps with radiation poisoning, and on and on.

VonShef Wheatgrass Juicer

In fact, if you get on the Internet and do a web search, you will come up with so many sites and so much information that you will probably not have time to read it! There is a wealth of information out there and it is all good. In fact, the only negative thing I have read anywhere about wheatgrass is that some people don’t like the flavor. I personally didn’t mind it too much. It tastes like you are eating freshly cut lawn grass, which is exactly what it smells like too. So what!? If it is THAT healthy, then we might as well bite the bullet and get as much benefit from it as we can. So, if you are suffering from an ailment that you can’t seem to get rid of, try wheatgrass! People swear by it, and it’s certainly worth a try. And, since it’s available in Kuwait now, it’s convenient too!

 

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Quick and Easy Natural Remedies for Depression

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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 20-11-2015

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When you are feeling down, it might be because something awful has happened in your life, or it might just be that you are bored. So, how about getting out there and taking up a hobby? Think of all the things you love to do and choose one or two of them to do on a regular basis. If you can’t think of anything, then why not try something completely new and different? You’d be surprised at what you might end up liking! Don’t limit yourself to certain things though, keep your mind open and go for something unusual or something that you would never have thought of yourself as doing. Whatever it is might just be the answer you’ve been looking for, and you’ll never know till you try it. You might even make some new friends while doing your new hobby!

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Doctors are quick to give medication for depression and other problems, when medication is not necessarily the answer, and it definitely isn’t the first line of action in any case. Why take medication when you can get similar results from fairly simple changes in your life, along with some simple dietary rules that aren’t THAT difficult to follow. If you go to the doctor for something like depression or any other kind of anxiety disorder, don’t be quick to jump on the chemical medication bandwagon. Wait for a while and take your cash in hand. There is almost no time when this ordeal happens that medication is a good answer. So, leave that market to the hucksters and others, but in order to keep your good health at a maximum, pay attention to your own body, make sure that you take as few medications as possible, and stay as natural as you can.

 lemon balm herb  linden flowers herb  st johns wort

There are some natural alternatives to the chemical medications that conventional medicine prescribes for depression and other similar ailments. They act to relax, reduce the stress reaction, and calm the nerves, as well as to balance glands. These are herbs such as lemon balm, lemon verbena, linden flowers, chamomile, lavender, Siberian ginseng, valerian, fennel seed, mint, rose petals, licorice root, basil, gingko, rosemary, marjoram, and Saint John’s wort. These can be infused as a tea, with only a teaspoon of the dried herb for a half or whole liter of water in a thermos. You do not boil the herbs, but only the water, and then put the herbs in the hot water and cover it for 15 minutes or so, until a light colored tea has been gotten. Then you can drink that throughout the day. You can choose any one or more of these herbs, but whichever you choose, make sure that you still only use one teaspoon total of the herbs for your tea. It shouldn’t be too strong. Remember, as always, less is more.

     lavender oil   melissa oil     chamomile oil    jasmine oil    ylang ylang oil

Essential oils can also be used for the same purpose and they are basically the same as the herbs. Lavender is good, as is marjoram, basil, rose, lemon balm (Melissa), chamomile, neroli, patchouli, lemongrass, sandalwood, frankincense, myrrh, ylang ylang, rosemary, jasmine, clary sage, bergamot, geranium, orange, and grapefruit essential oils are all good for depression, so choose oils that you like the aroma of, and use them in oils (with just a few drops), inhale them, burn them (in oil burners to diffuse the aroma in your home), in the bath (a few drops in the very warm bath water), and some people even put a drop or two in their tea (although I don’t recommend this unless you are under the care of an aromatherapy professional).

It is important to remember though, that if you decide to try herbal teas or essential oils you can’t take chemical drugs along with them. While herbs and oils are generally extremely safe to use, you must still consider the fact that they are natural medications nonetheless, and will react in your body, so you mustn’t use the two together. Also, if you are under the care of a medical, psychiatric, and/or psychological professional, please make sure that you inform them of your desire to try going natural for your problems, and if you find that they are not very receptive to your wishes, then perhaps you would be better off finding another professional who is more receptive and willing to help you and work with you in your quest to become a healthier, happier person.

stresstabs

When you are depressed it is important to make sure that you are getting the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that your body needs, so make sure that you are taking a good multivitamin (preferably without iron). A good one on the market here is Stresstabs. They are very inexpensive and loaded with high levels of important vitamins and minerals. You might also want to take evening primrose oil or borage oil as well. I personally don’t like fish oil capsules, just because when they melt in my stomach they make me feel ill and I feel like I’m breathing fish (which isn’t pleasant), but if you don’t suffer from those problems then by all means, fish oil is another great supplement. And, if you have been tested and you know that you need a certain supplement, then you really need to make sure that you are getting it. If your iron is low, then take iron, or preferably get natural iron from eating good, wholesome foods with iron, such as liver, dark green leafy vegetables and the like. We mentioned food last week, but again, please remember that there is no replacement for a good diet. Keep away from the dairy products if you suffer from depression. Also, too many carbohydrates, particularly refined ones will keep you feeling lethargic and miserable, which will make you feel worse than before. Additionally, some research is pointing to the idea that for some people the diet they are eating is what is actually causing the depression in the first place, and that has been my own hypothesis all along. So, if you are suffering from depression, check your diet and lifestyle, make necessary changes, take supplements if you need them, change your attitude, drink herbal teas, use essential oils, and get happy!

(To be continued)

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Do You Suffer From Depression? Natural Ways to Deal with Depression

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The widespread problem of depression is being talked about practically everywhere these days. Oprah is always talking about it, and so is Dr. Phil and others. There are literally hundreds and thousands of self help books out there on the market today based on peoples’ struggles with depression. Statistics show that around one million people commit suicide worldwide every single year, thousands (if not millions) more who tried but didn’t succeed, and many, many thousands, or probably millions, who are thinking about it or have thought about it. Most of those people began their quest for death with depression. In fact there are almost 20 million people a year, in the USA alone, with depressive disorders. Now THAT is scary!!! So, the big question is what can we do about it? The answer to that is A LOT! We can actually do a lot, and if you are someone who suffers from depression, then read on, because you are going to learn tools that can help you get over and out of your slump and back into life.

Let’s face it. Life is sometimes hard, and it isn’t going to get any better unless we take a different viewpoint. We have to begin looking at the glass as “half full” instead of “half empty”, or another famous saying that really sums it all up is, “When life gives you a lemon, make lemonade”. Looking on the bright side may seem like an effort in the beginning, but it will become easier and easier as time goes on and soon you will be able to do it automatically without even thinking about it. It’s all just basically mind over matter.

depression cure book

Before we get into the mental aspects of the problem, let’s look first at the physical aspects. The first thing that you have to do is take an inventory of your diet. This is imperative, because no matter how much mental work you do, if your diet is a contributing factor in the problem, then you won’t feel completely better. Do an honest food diary for several days and analyze what you are eating. The ideal would be to have plenty of fresh vegetables, fresh healthy proteins, and a small amount of fresh fruit and whole grains. Keep away from things with artificial colors, flavors, and additives as much as possible. Try to stay away from tea and coffee and other toxins (like tobacco, etc) also. This change alone might be all you need!

Here is a book that will get you started on the proper anti-depression and good health diet that you need…

the primal blueprint

Proper sleep is extremely important, and if everything is right in your body, you will be able to sleep. The only time that will go wrong is when you turn your schedule around, for whatever reason, for example work hours, staying up regularly watching TV, chatting on the Internet, studying late hours, or whatever. The fact is that your body has an internal system of regulation and if something is not going well you have got to do something about it. Otherwise you’ll most likely be in for a host of diseases and other problems. The correct way to do this is to wake up early in the morning and stay up until whenever you go to bed at night (which shouldn’t be too late). The body thrives on the idea that the daylight hours will be your waking hours, and the dark hours should be your sleeping hours. You should also get enough sleep without getting too much, so try to make sure that you sleep at least 6 hours a day, preferably 8. Staying up all night at your friend’s house or sitting in the diwaniyah all night long isn’t good for your health. The bottom line is that your body was created to make sure that you don’t get into negative emotion, so don’t let yourself.

21 day primal

Exercise is a very important activity that you need to get involved in if you are trying to beat depression. Any kind of exercise will do, including walking, swimming, jogging, yoga, martial arts, aerobics, and more. Do what you enjoy, because you need to have an activity that you are going to stick with for the long term, and make sure that you have more than one choice, if possible, so that you don’t get bored.

get your shift together

Jog your funny bone. If you want to stop feeling depressed then you have to laugh. Even laughing when you don’t feel happy, when you feel miserable, when you are totally depressed will have a positive effect on you immediately. Even when you are feeling like a total fake, it is still working, so keep it up anyway. Scientifically it has been discovered that laughing and smiling actually releases some important hormones into the body that help to make us feel better. Also, it’s important to remember that you will feel and be what you think of, so make sure that you always visualize and think of good things. So, remember, if you are suffering from depression, don’t watch sad and depressing movies. Watch comedies only. Watch happy shows, read happy and uplifting stories and news, and try your best to have a positive attitude, even in the face of adversity. You’ll be surprised what a little “mind over matter” action will do for you! Don’t hang around with people who are negative, depressing, or mean. You don’t need to add to your problems, and they will just drag you down with them unless you are extremely careful.

the end of stress book

Try to keep stress to a minimum at all times. If something happens that wasn’t quite what you expected, don’t worry about it. If it’s something that you are capable of changing then great, but if it isn’t, big deal. Just accept the idea that situations and people are different, that not everyone likes the same things that we do, that things happen, and get on with it. There is no benefit whatsoever in whining about things you can’t do anything about. All that does is bring in more and more negativity, which is exactly the opposite of what you are supposed to be doing. You need to think positively, be positive, and put yourself in the best possible state of mind. It’s not that difficult to do, but it takes a little bit of time to get the hang of what is required to do to get there, particularly if it doesn’t come naturally to you. No matter what your life is like, you can always find someone who has more problems than you do, more illnesses than you have, and more stress. So, don’t look up to those who are doing better than you, but always look down at those who don’t have it as good as you. You can always find people who are better off than you, no matter how rich, how happy, or how whatever you are, but looking at people whose situations are worse than yours will help ground you and make you understand how lucky you really are. That alone will make you smile for real.

(to be continued)

 

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Quick and Easy Ways to Get Rid of Minor Hearing Problems

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hearing problems

The next time you notice that you are saying “excuse me” or more likely “huh” to your friends too much because you can’t hear what they are saying, think about the idea that whatever you are suffering from might be something to look into and not a figment of your imagination. Don’t ignore it and let it slide, because minor ear problems can easily turn into something serious. Remember, you might have an infection and your ear is close to your brain! You don’t want whatever is bothering you to get in there do you? While an infection is one of the most serious of the possible problems, chances are it’s something much less frightening than that.

Hearing problems are commoner than you think. They can be caused by lots of different things, including loud noises (yes, turn the music down please), injury, infection, and more. Lot’s of people have hearing problems and most of these problems are quite easy to take care of. If you are having trouble hearing and the onset was sudden, then chances are that you have some wax buildup in your ear canal. Also, if you are suffering from itchiness, tinnitus (ringing in your ears), or dizziness, etc, those are also signs that you could possibly have wax buildup in your ears. This is something you can clear up fairly easily most of the time. And you must keep in mind that it is quite normal to have ear wax. If you didn’t have it your ear would end up being one unhealthy place! One of the reasons it is there is to protect your ear from invaders of the bacterial and viral type, to keep out the dirt, and also to act as a water-repellent. It’s just a problem when it is produced in an over abundance, which can sometimes be natural (for some people), and sometimes it is a response to a problem in the ear.

Did you know that those cotton buds that you are so in love with are really not so great after all? You should really be cleaning your outer ears with plain (or perhaps mildly soapy) water (when you bathe or shower), or, at most, a towel or tissue on the outer part of your ear. But, you’re not supposed to be shoving those cotton buds halfway (or all the way) into your ear to coax that earwax out. All that does is poke the wax in deeper and can cause possible problems. Some people have even caused eardrum perforations by using cotton ear buds too vigorously.

One of the problems that can occur in your ear is that the ear wax can get impacted in the ear, and sometimes it goes up against the eardrum and causes further problems. This can happen due to over zealous cleaning with ear buds, or naturally. This is not usually serious but can cause hearing loss, which can often be quite severe. When this happens you need to do something right away. The doctor will normally give you ear drops right away to begin breaking down the earwax. Then, when you go back several days later, they can use a vacuum machine to draw out the excess wax that has built up. If you want to try your own natural solution, there are also several ways you can do it. One of the most interesting and oldest methods is called “candling”. This consists of taking a special cone shaped contraptions (such as reeds, wax cones, candles, etc, and lighting a flame at the outer end, which causes a vacuum to form, it turn pulling out the earwax. Some people claim that this method not only cleans out the ears but also does something for a person’s inner self as well. This method is said to have been used by the ancient Egyptians, and is used by the Native Americans to this day. Some professionals claim that it doesn’t work and can be dangerous, but natural practitioners continue to use it, and swear by it. (If you are going to try this yourself, please do it under the supervision of an expert, and make sure that you do not have perforated ear drums or no ear tubes, because in those cases this method could be detrimental). So, in this case, when in doubt, don’t. Some people use a simple hot water bottle to heat the earwax and allow it to come out on its own. The hot water bottle method is a lot simpler and safer than candling.

lamb hot water bottle

Other people use a wash of hydrogen peroxide (which is a naturally occurring chemical). Apparently all you have to do it pour a small amount of it in your ear and wait. Shortly ear wax and other things will begin to come out. Another method is to use the hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ear bud. That method won’t get rid of serious wax buildup but it will make you feel better.

hydrogen peroxide

An even safer method is to put olive oil in your ear. Olive oil is like a natural antibiotic and it is oily as well. If you want an even stronger remedy, you can also try adding some squeezed garlic juice in with the olive oil before you put it in. After allowing it some time, the wax should begin to soften and will often come out on its own.

cortijo de suerte alta picual extra virgin olive oil

The fact is that some people just produce more earwax than others. Those people have the choice of doing nothing and leaving it, or, if it is bothering them, they can try one of the solutions mentioned above. You can always take preventative measures and use a softening agent (like olive oil) once in a while to make sure that it doesn’t become worse. If your problem is chronic though and bothers you, or if it is accompanied be severe deafness or pain, you should do something right away. Even if you decide to use a natural home style remedy it is better to consult the doctor before doing so, just to rule out any organic ailment like a perforated eardrum, etc. Don’t leave your ear health to chance because once you lose your hearing you may never get it back. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

 

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Quick and Easy Way to Keep Those Mosquitoes and Bugs at Bay

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Mosquito
The mosquitoes are out in force these days, as are the biting ants, and other annoying insect pests. Some people just never seem to get bitten by them at all, but others just attract them it seems, and are usually covered in annoying itchy bites. So far, for us here in Kuwait, the idea of a mosquito bite, while being unwanted and really uncomfortable, is not something that we need to consider extremely dangerous, but there are places on the earth where they are, such as in places where malaria, yellow fever, encephalitis, etc. are prevalent. Also, West Nile disease is more and more worrying, although we have not had to deal with it in Kuwait so far. So, what can you do if you’re one of those sweet smelling human beings that those mosquitoes and ants want so badly? Plenty!

mosquito essential oil blend

The first plan of action is to prevent those insects from coming around you at all. That is the ideal situation, so that you don’t have to deal with the bites afterward. The most obvious protection is the basic mosquito net. It might be cliché but they are still probably the most effective protection around. The only problem is that you can’t go out with a mosquito net wrapped around you. So, while mosquito nets are great for when you are going to sleep, you would look kind of funny walking around with one draped over your head. The “practical version” of the mosquito net is to simply wear clothing that covers all of your exposed areas. Also, it is important not to wear colors that look too flowery or bright, so the best thing is to wear light and dull earthy colors. Some perfumes and soap fragrances can also attract mosquitoes (and other bugs). The worst time for mosquitoes to bite is during the dark hours (specifically at the exact times of dusk and dawn), although that is not the only time they bite, and they are particularly pleased with dank, stagnant areas, swampy areas, or places where the humidity is high and it is hot. Also, having yellow tinged outdoor lights for places that might have mosquitoes is supposed to help reduce their numbers.

mosquito bracelets

There are practically countless products on the market right now, including some that are really not that safe or healthy. There are several that are safe and hopefully as healthy as chemical formulations would allow without being totally ineffective. There are yet others that are natural and considered totally safe under all circumstances, even pregnancy! Mosquito repellents are what you need to ward off those little rascals. They don’t kill the mosquitoes but they make life so miserable for them that they stop coming around. Citronella is one of the most well known natural items on the market. You can get it in the form of pure essential oil, and also as a blend and in products containing certain quantities of it. Probably the most well known product containing citronella oil is “Skin-So-Soft” from Avon. The great thing is that this product is available right here in Kuwait. Other important mosquito repelling essentials oils that have been included in many name brand marketed products include lemongrass, geranium, cedar, and peppermint.

mosquito sticks

As far as chemical repellents go “Deet” (which is actually N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide or N,N-diemethylbenzamide) is probably the most well-known (or at least one of the most) mosquito repellents around. It is sold practically everywhere too, and comes in several brand names, such as “Off!”, so it’s not difficult to find. These come in many different forms including sprays, wristbands, creams, oils, and more. Just be careful to follow the directions for use, because overusing can result in too much absorption through the skin, which can be toxic. Permethrin is another well known repellent chemical mosquito repellent that is particularly effective on clothing and cloth, and in fact is effective for weeks. If you can’t find one of the types that I have mentioned, then just make certain that whichever type of repellent that you end up using it has been approved by a bona fide, official, and respected health agency. I’m not certain whether any of these are available right now in Kuwait, but even if they aren’t, you should be able to get something similar, if need be.

citronella fire log mosquito repel

Some scientific studies also suggest that if you are prone to being bitten by mosquitoes, taking thiamine (which is vitamin B1) regularly will prevent mosquitoes from bothering you, and this is supposed to be particularly true for those who have serious allergic reactions to the bites.

skin so soft mosquito

But, if it’s already too late and you have already gotten bitten, then relief is easier than you think. There are some great herbs and essential oils out there on the market that you can use to get practically instant relief from mosquito bites. You can use pure lavender or tea tree essential oils directly on the mosquito bites, or you can blend calendula or olive oil (as a base) with several drops of pure lavender, tea tree, peppermint, geranium, German or Roman chamomile, or cypress essential oils. You will get immediate relief from the itching and redness and if the bite is swollen that will improve as well. These essential oils work so well that it is practically miraculous.

lavender mosquito       calendula oil mosquito

There are also several herbs that are great for bug bites, and some of them even grow in your garden. Marjoram, basil, marshmallow leaf, chamomile flowers, calendula flowers, licorice, and aloe (which is widely available in Kuwait) can all be used topically right on the mosquito bite for quick relief, and if you don’t have the herbs fresh, then you can also use dried herbs. You can either soak them in warm water, or brew them into an herbal infusion and then put them on the bites in the form of warm compresses. (These remedies are good for other types of bug bites as well).

calendula 2 mosquito      calendula mosquito

So, if you are one of those people who are prone to getting bitten, you don’t have to worry any more. Even if you can’t prevent the bites, you can get quick relief by using one of these great natural remedies.

 

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Quick and Easy Way to Get Rid of Sinus Congestion Due to Cold, Flu, or Allergies

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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 07-11-2015

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sinus problems

Well, here we are again in the middle of the changing of the seasons here in Kuwait. Practically everyone is suffering from sinus and ear problems, allergies, colds, or the flu. They are sniffling, coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and worse! So, what can we do about this difficult time? Plenty!

There are so many alternative methods of dealing with the symptoms that come alongside any of the above-mentioned ailments. Some of the symptoms are:

  • excessive sneezing
  • coughing (either dry or productive, depending on the problem)
  • drippy or clogged nose
  • wheezy or whistling sounds when breathing (coming from the throat or chest area
  • tightness or pain in the chest area
  • feeling of pressure or pain in the forehead, temples, sides of face, cheeks, and       teeth (in the absence of other dental problems)
  • dizziness
  • ear pain with or without popping or whooshing sounds
  • headache concentrated in the frontal area, over the eyes
  • inability to taste or smell

 

The first thing you must do if you are suffering from any of these symptoms or others that may not have been mentioned here is to stop all dairy products immediately. Dairy (like milk, cheese, cream, etc) will cause you to have more phlegm, which you definitely do not want, since you already have a problem with too much phlegm. There are other foods that you would be better off stopping, for example oranges (that includes the juice)(I know, I know, since you were a small child everyone has been telling you to eat more oranges and drink orange juice whenever you were sick because you needed the vitamin C, well just pretend you didn’t hear it from them), onions, most store bought fruit (because they are usually loaded with pesticides and other preservatives that will cause you to become worse), heavy spices, tomato products (again the phlegm problem), and anything else that you have noticed increases your symptoms (you may have an allergy or sensitivity to some other type of food and not even realize it).

eucalyptus essential oil

Once you have reduced the influence of the foods that you are eating you can then move on to do something about your actual symptoms. If you are suffering from migraines, pressure or pain around the head and face, drippy or stuffed nose, or any number of other sinus type symptoms then there are several plans of action that you can take. The more you do of these the better you will feel. Steaming will always make you feel much better and more clear-headed. Just boil some water until it is steaming hot, and prepare some essential oils or fresh (or dried) herbs. The ones that I have found to work best are the camphorous ones, like eucalyptus, sage, thyme, and pine, but there are others that also work, like mint, marjoram, and rosemary. If you can get these in essential oil form great, otherwise, you can buy the fresh or dried herbs in the supermarket, or even better, grow your own. Once the water is hot and steaming, get your large bowl and towel ready, pour the hot water in the bowl, put in a few drops of the oil or a small handful of the herbs and immediately put your face over the steam with the towel over your head to make sure that none of the steam escapes. Breathe as deeply as you can until you can’t smell the oil or herbs anymore or until the steam dissipates. This process can be repeated up to several times a day. If you try this you will love it, because its action is fast and relieving. Steaming is definitely one of the best remedies for this type of problem. You can use essential oils for small infants as well, either with a vaporizer in the bedroom, or by putting a few drops of the essential oil on their pillow case before they sleep.

essential oil vaporizer

You can also have herbal teas. Naturally different teas will have different actions, but all of them will be soothing and warming, which is exactly what you need. The best to have are sage, thyme, marjoram, marshmallow (the plant not the confection), basil, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, mint, and the list goes on, but those are the best choices, and since some of them are available in practically every supermarket, it won’t be difficult for you to find them. These are herbs that are good to always keep on hand, just in case, and even the smallest infant can drink these safely (just remember with a small baby to reduce the concentration of the tea by half or more). When you make your tea, boil the water first, and then when the water is in your cup add a scant teaspoon of the herbs (or you can also put a heaping teaspoonful into a thermos), cover it will a saucer and let it steep for at least 10 minutes. The idea is that the water should be tinted but not dark, preferably. The reason that you cover it is because you don’t want the essential oils (which are the most important part of the herb) to escape and evaporate. You can add sugar if you want but you probably won’t feel that you need it since most of the western herbs (American and European) are mild and tasty on their own. You can drink several cups of this type of tea daily until you feel better.

marshmallow herb

Remember, you don’t HAVE to suffer from sinus problems, colds, the flu, etc. All you have to do is take action and do something about it. We tend to get lazy when we aren’t feeling well, and don’t really feel like preparing whatever it is that we need to do to help ourselves, but we find it easy to get up and make a trip to the doctor. So, instead of making trips to the doctor, make that little extra effort in order to cure yourself. Herbs and essential oils are certainly better choices than the usual antibiotics that conventional medical practitioners love to give out. And when you’re not feeling well, it is difficult to get yourself up and out in the first place. Also, don’t forget that if you catch whatever you are suffering from early, when you first feel it coming on, you will be able to prevent it from getting worse and taking hold. You may never have to be ill again! Wouldn’t that be great?!

thyme essential oil

 

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