Heartburn

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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 26-07-2015

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heartburn

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

About Marjoram Essential Oil

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Information About Essential Oils | Posted on 08-02-2014

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Marjoram

Last week we talked about the glory of oregano, and this week we are going to talk about oregano’s sister. This herb is very similar to oregano, but is much sweeter, lighter, and less overpowering. It is used as a cooking herb in most countries, especially in Italy, where it is one of the important ingredients in every tomato based sauce. In the Middle East, it is more likely to be used as tonic, usually in liquid form, which is very big in Bahrain, and called “Mai Margadoosh”. This tonic is most likely to be derived from the process of steam distilling the plant, specifically the flowering tips and leaves, in order to get the essential oil.

The herb that I am referring to here is Marjoram. Some people also like to refer to it as sweet marjoram. Its scientific name is “Origanum majorana”, being derived from the Latin, meaning “great”, and also from the Greek, meaning “joy of the mountains”. Even though the essential oil of marjoram is a fantastic medicinal oil, marjoram is generally used as a dried or, more rarely, fresh herb for culinary purposes. In ancient times marjoram was used medicinally by the Greeks, and it was thought to prolong life. It was known to the ancient Egyptians too. It is native to Asia and the Mediterranean, and nowadays the biggest areas producing this amazing herb are Spain, Hungary, Egypt, and other areas of North Africa, but can grow almost anywhere!

In ancient Greece and Rome, this plant so symbolized love and honor that the people of that time took to making wreathes of marjoram that were worn by newly married couples.

Marjoram is famous for many, many medical ailments, including digestive problems, intestinal spasms, and more. If you suffer from gassiness marjoram will soothe and ease your problem.  

When it comes to respiratory illnesses you can’t do much better than marjoram. It is great for soothing spastic coughs, asthma, bronchitis, and all the symptoms of colds and flu. One of the ways that it does this is by soothing the inflammation in the mucous membranes. This can also be accomplished with the dried herb made as a tea. It gets rid of a sore throat in a jiffy too!

Marjoram is generally a very soothing and relaxing herb, helping with stress and anxiety. It also tends to bring down high blood pressure. In fact, it is fantastic for the circulation in general. As a general heart tonic, it is practically as good as rosemary oil.

And if you are one of those people who suffer from insomnia, then a few drops of marjoram essential oil on your pillow might be just what the doctor ordered. Tests have shown that marjoram even relaxes brain waves.  This may lead to results in the future for hyperactive children, which is a prevalent problem these days. Part of the benefit of marjoram in this respect is the anti-allergic aspect, as with the soothing of the inflammation and reaction, the hyperactivity will be reduced, and other undesirable behaviors will cease as well. Marjoram is even known for reducing depression. It is also good for ordinary headaches, and even migraines, again, probably for its amazing anti-allergic properties.

Marjoram Essential Oil

NOW Foods – Marjoram Oil – 1 oz – Liquid

The essential oil of marjoram is also an antioxidant, and has been reported to be great for aging skin.

It helps with painful muscles and for those that suffer from rheumatism, recurrent muscle cramps, generalized or specific neuralgia, and even for sprains. Indeed marjoram is one of the best essential oils to use in massage blends, and sports clubs should use it for their injured athletes, for quick relief. It is very detoxifying and has a strong analgesic action, as well as having a strong capability of reducing swellings. It also encourages the production of urine and, thus, kidney and bladder health. 

It helps with feminine hormonal and reproductive problems. It is great for girls and ladies who suffer from painful menstruation, and all you have to do is make a little oil blend, using olive oil as a base, and adding a few drops of marjoram essential oil. Then you apply it over the lower abdominal area for speedy relief. Marjoram is also helpful with the symptoms of PMS, but best not used during pregnancy.

Because marjoram oil is so anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti-microbial, it is great against fungus outbreaks and bacterial infections.  In fact, some studies have shown that marjoram in a test tube with the herpes virus reduces the virus. 

But, as always, less is more, as marjoram is considered dangerous in very high doses, so, as with all herbs and essential oils, care should be taken in the use of marjoram. But, it is certainly one of the safest herbs of all.

Organic Marjoram

Whole Spice Marjoram Leaves Organic, 1 Pound