Holistic Nutrition

One of the most amazing sources of anti-inflammatory properties on the planet, coconut oil is being hailed for its many healing capabilities. Not only is it anti-aging for the outside skin, hair and nails, it is repairing for the internal body as well.

Many people also find that coconut oil decreases cellulite, stretch marks, increases lymph movement, when used as a deodorant, significantly promotes healthy digestion when used as cooking oil or on top of foods, evens out skin tone, controls blood sugars, assists in healthy thyroid functioning and decreases cholesterol (to list my favorite few). Also, coconut oil is one of the few plant sources of saturated fat, and contains lauric acid (said to possess antibacterial, antiviral, and antioxidant properties) and medium-chain triglycerides (purported to speed up metabolism and promote weight loss).

Which type of coconut oil to buy? Look for extra virgin, raw coconut oil, which does not go through deodorizing, heating or any chemical, solvents or bleaches added in the process. There is also the expelled pressed type which can also be very good for the body. Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Olive Oil is a great pick.

Turmeric, the main spice in curry, is arguably the most powerful herb on the planet at fighting and reversing disease.  It has so many healing properties that currently there have been 6,235 peer-reviewed articles published proving the benefits of turmeric and one of it’s renowned healing compounds curcumin.

This puts turmeric on top of the list as one of the most frequently mentioned medicinal herbs in all of science and the next most popular studied herbs include garlic, cinnamon, ginseng, ginger and milk thistle.

Of the 6000+ studies referencing curcumin, the most interesting finding is that when turmeric is compared to conventional medicine it’s benefits equal that of the pharmaceutical medications. In fact, a number of studies have even reported that using curcumin is more advantageous than prescription drugs.

Pomegranate Tea to Cure Stomach Ulcers

Pomegranate’s peel is an amazing tool that will help you with all of stomach infection and will relieve you of intestinal disorders. 

1. Dysentery, diarrhea (and other stomach viruses), appendicitis disappear within five hours.
2. Salmonellosis disappears within five hours.
3. Stomach ulcer – disappears within seven days.
4. Intestine dysbacteriosis – disappears within seven days.

Besides, this remedy was used for treating destructive and stab-like wounds. People used to put cotton soaked in the tea over the wounds. They constantly kept moist onto the wound until it heals.
The ratio of dry bark of pomegranate and boiling water is 1:20. Put 10-12 grams of dried bark of pomegranate in pre-warmed mug or cup and pour 200 ml of boiling water over them. Cover the mug. Let the mixture stand still for 25-30 minutes.

In order to treat ulcers, ulcers of the small intestine, colitis (inflammation of the colon), you need to consume the pomegranate-peel tea in the following way:
Start drinking the tea after it has been standing still for 25 to 30 minutes. Divide the amount of tea, which is 100 ml, into four parts. Drink the parts in approximately equal portions (20-25 ml) in approximately equal intervals. Start drinking in the morning on an empty stomach upon waking and finish drinking the last fourth dose before bedtime.
You must not drink this tea every day, instead, drink it every second day (1, 3, 5, 7 day – drink, 2, 4, 6 day – do not drink). This is enough to completely cure you.

If you want to continue with the treatment, and to make sure you have completely treated stomach ulcer, you must make a break of seven days after first treatment.

In the treatment process the tea must not be strained. During treatment do not consume alcohol. The ratio between the dry pomegranate peel and boiling water is 1:20. This is very important for you to remember. The essence of the treatment is the fact that in the entire gastrointestinal tract all pathogenic bacteria are constantly destroyed while the healthy ones remain healthy.

Choosing the Best Natural Remedy

Are you looking to seek relief through the use of a natural remedy? If so, you are definitely not alone. Due to their many benefits, natural remedies also commonly referred to as home remedies are increasing in popularity. If this is your first time looking to try a natural remedy, you may be looking for some guidance. For example, you may be curious as to which natural remedy, say for a headache, is best for you. For tips on how you can get your answer, please continue reading on.

When choosing a natural remedy to seek relief, it is important to first take a look at what you are trying to treat, cure, or seek pain relief from. This is important, as natural remedies vary depending on the medical issue at hand. For example, clove is natural way to relieve a toothache, as well as prevent infection; however, this approach does not prove successful when treating a headache. As for headaches, a cold compress or a cold cabbage compress works as a natural way to seek relief. The variance is why it is important to find a natural remedy that targets exactly what it is you are looking to treat, cure, or seek relief from.

Another important point to take into consideration is the ingredients. As it was previously stated, many natural remedies are also commonly referred to as home remedies. This is because many of the needed ingredients can already be found in most homes. For example, potatoes, fresh pineapples, and onions work with wart removal. Since potatoes, fresh pineapples, and onions are all commonly consumed foods, there is a good chance that you already have one of the items in your home. Also, since you will have multiple home remedies to choose from, you should choose the one that is most convenient in terms of supplies.

In keeping with convenience, it is not only important to choose a natural remedy that requires the use of items that you already have at home, but it also important to choose a natural remedy that is easy to follow. Typically, you will find that most have short and easy to follow directions, but it is still important to make sure. For example, there are around fifteen to twenty natural remedies recommended for headaches and migraines. You should choose the natural remedy that has short, but detailed directions, as well as the natural remedy that produces the quickest results.

Speaking of quickest results, it is important to note that you will see a variance. For starters, it is important to know that just because a natural remedy has proven successful for another individual, it does not mean that you will see that same results. That is one of the many reasons why many online websites and natural remedy books recommend multiple natural remedies. It is also important to make note of the length of treatment. For example, there are some natural remedies for wart removal that produce results in as few as two to three days, while other natural remedies may require months worth of treatment.

The health benefits of lavender essential oil include its ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems. The Latin name of lavender is Lavare, which means “to wash”, due to its aroma which has a particularly clean aroma.

Lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. The flowers of lavender are fragrant in nature and have been used for making potpourri for centuries. 

Traditionally, lavender essential oil has also been used in making perfumes. The oil is very useful in aromatherapy and many aromatic preparations and combinations are made using lavender oil.  Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including cedarwood, pine, clary sage, geranium, and nutmeg. Today, lavender essential oil is frequently used in various forms including aromatherapy oil, gels, infusion, lotion, and soaps.

Medicines On Your Spice Rack

The most common herbs and spices, often added to our favorite dishes for flavor, also have considerable medicinal use. It is likely, these spices and herbs were originally added to foods for this very reason. Most herbal spices aid in digestion as well as prevent and relieve gas. Spices can be used to treat problems from headaches to infection. The next time something ails you, before going to your medicine cabinet, why not give one of these remedies a try.

Anise is very useful for breaking up mucous and is used for hard dry coughs where expectoration is difficult. Add one cup of boiling water to three teaspoons crushed anise seeds, steep for 20 minutes.

Basil is good to use as a tea for indigestion, fevers, colds, flu, bladder troubles, headaches, nausea, vomiting and constipation. Add one ounce of basil leaves to a pint of water and simmer for 20 minutes with three black peppercorns.

Bay Leaves are too strong to use in large amounts internally, but can be added to soups and stews to improve flavor and prevent gas and indigestion. Bay oil, made by heating bay leaves with olive oil, can be used to treat arthritic aches and pains.

Caraway is an excellent digestive aid. It can be taken for indigestion, gas and colic. Let an ounce of crushed seeds soak overnight in two cups of cold water. Take in two tablespoon doses until relief is obtained.

Cardamom is good for diarrhea, colic and headaches. It is an important ingredient in Chai tea. Simmer for ten minutes, two cups water, one ounce grated fresh ginger, seven whole peppercorns, a cinnamon stick, five cloves and fifteen cardamom seeds. Add half cup almond milk or coconut milk and simmer for ten additional minutes. Add a sprinkle of nutmeg, a drop or two vanilla extract and stevia.

Cinnamon is used medicinally to treat chronic diarrhea, cramps, abdominal pains and lower back pain. Simmered in almond milk or coconut milk, cinnamon is very effective for indigestion, gas and diarrhea.

Cloves are effective in warming the body, increasing circulation, improving digestion, and treating flatulence, vomiting and nausea. Whole cloves may be chewed to relieve a toothache.

Cumin is one of the best spices to use to prevent and relieve gas. It is of benefit to women after childbirth to shrink the uterus and increase breast milk. To make a tea use one teaspoon crushed seeds to one cup boiled water.

Garlic is a well-known cure-all home remedy. It is used in the treatment for high and low blood pressure, headaches, infections and anxiety. For high blood pressure eat one clove of garlic a day.

Ginger is of great benefit to the stomach, intestines and circulation. Ginger tea is an excellent treatment for colds and flu. Simmer for ten minutes two cups of water with one ounce fresh grated ginger.

Rosemary contains compounds that are useful for stimulating the immune system, increasing circulation and improving digestion. Rosemary tea is great at treating and relieving headaches. Steep covered, half an ounce of rosemary with two cups boiling water.

Stevia is a herb that is anywhere from 10 to 300 times sweeter than sugar. It has a long history of use in South America in the treatment of diabetes and reducing blood glucose levels. The extract can be used in cooking and baking and as a sweetener for herbal extracts and teas.

Thyme is used for bronchial problems, whopping cough and laryngitis. An ounce of the herb is steeped in two cups water then strained and sweetened. One ounce is an adequate daily dose. It can be used as a mouthwash as well.

Turmeric is a blood purifier and can be applied externally and internally to heal wounds. It is very beneficial to circulation and helps regulate the menstrual cycle and alleviate menstrual cramps. Add a teaspoon of turmeric, along with a teaspoon of almond oil to a cup of warm almond milk.

When we talk about the medicinal benefits of marijuana, those who disapprove of its use tend to roll their eyes. But the fact is, this powerful plant has numerous potential applications in healthcare and pain management in particular. A new study has once again demonstrated that the vilified plant can safely and effectively treat general pain along with the painful symptoms of neuropathy

Neuropathy is damage to the nervous system – particularly the peripheral nervous system (not including the brain and spinal cord). It is characterized by pain and numbness especially in the hands and feet, and is often the result of diabetes. Neuropathy can also be caused by injuries, toxic exposure, infections, and more.

This latest study was conducted by researchers at the University of California Davis Medical Center and was published in The Journal of Pain. It was a double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study that looked at the effectiveness of using vaporized, inhaled cannabis in 39 participants. These participants were experiencing neuropathic pain despite having tried traditional treatments (like opiate drugs). All participants continued to take their prescribed medications throughout the 4 week study period.

Researchers gave participants doses of cannabis with moderate THC levels (3.53 percent) or low THC levels (1.29 percent). (THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the plant’s primary psychoactive chemical). Some also received a placebo with no THC. They found both doses of cannabis to be effective in reducing pain significantly.

“Both the low and medium doses proved to be salutary analgesics for the heterogeneous collection of neuropathic pain conditions studied. Both active study medications provided statistically significant 30% reductions in pain intensity when compared to placebo,” stated the researchers.
This is far from the first study to illustrate the pain-relieving benefits of cannabis. In fact, cannabis (even in THC-free form, or free of psychoactive effects) has been identified as a powerful pain reliever in more than 80 peer-reviewed studies. Still, the herb is classified as dangerous by the U.S. government.

Why is marijuana still illegal? Opponents of medicinal marijuana (including the federal government) say the research isn’t enough. It isn’t clear what they would like to see in marijuana studies, but it’s beginning to look like they want the impossible. It seems they would rather Americans continue consuming addictive prescription pain medications than use a plant.

According to AlterNet, sales of opiate pain pills have tripled since 1999. Oxycodone (one of the more popular choices on the legal and illegal market) has increased from 8.3 tons in 1997 to a whopping 105 tons in 2011. Overdose deaths are similarly climbing as is the number of people addicted to these substances. To date, no one has died from a marijuana overdose.

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Did you know the Ancient Egyptians believed that eating lemons and drinking lemon juice was an effective protection against a variety of poisons, and that recent research has confirmed this belief?
There are many health benefits of lemons that have been known for centuries. The two biggest are lemons’ strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and their use as a weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser. Lemons contain many substances--notably citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene--that promote immunity and fight infection.
These are well-known health facts about lemons. But there’s so much more to this little yellow fruit. Here are 15 that I’ll bet you didn’t know. Whether you use them in the form of juice, teas, drinks, dressing, poultices or in the bath, take advantage of lemons’ natural healing power.

All You Need Is Aloe 

Aloe vera is quite an incredible medicinal plant full of nutritional benefits. It is a succulent plant and part of the lily family (Liliaceae), the same family that garlic and onions belong to. Different parts of the plant are used for different purposes and aloe vera has both internal and external applications. I love to juice aloe and use it in my clear skin juice and recently started making fresh aloe vera salads. I also like to add aloe to my smoothies to gain some of the benefits of this incredible plant. (Update: Due to the tremendous amount of emails I now receive each week about aloe vera, I will include here that I don’t consume aloe every day. Its medicinal, and like all plant medicines, should not be consumed every single day. I use my intuition when working with plant medicines and never usually consume it for more than a week at a time. When I do use aloe in my smoothies or juices, I cut a piece of aloe about 1 inch long and open up the skin and only add in the clear inner gel of the aloe plant.) Be sure to read the last section about over-use of this plant as well as dose recommendations. 

Aloe Vera contains over 200 active components including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharide, and fatty acids – no wonder it’s used for such a wide range of remedies! The bulk of the aloe vera leaf is filled with a clear gel-like substance, which is approximately 99% water. Humans have used aloe therapeutically for over 5000 years – now that’s a long-standing track record! The list of benefits and effects for this miraculous plant are many.

The herb not only tastes good in culinary dishes such as rosemary chicken and lamb, but it is also a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B6. It is typically prepared as a dried whole herb or a dried powdered extract, while teas and liquid extracts are made from fresh or dried leaves.

Rosemary is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae along with many other herbs, such as oregano, thyme, basil, and lavender. The name rosemary derives from the Latin ros meaning "dew" and marinus meaning "sea" - "sea dew."

The herb has been hailed since ancient times for its medicinal properties. Rosemary was traditionally used to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and cPrecautions and side effects
Rosemary is usually safe when taken in low doses. However, extremely large doses can trigger the following side effects (although rare):

pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs)
High doses of rosemary may cause miscarriage. Therefore it's not advisable for pregnant women to take any supplemental rosemary.

Drug interactions
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center5, rosemary can affect the activity of some medications, including:

Anticoagulant drugs - blood-thinning medications, such as Warfarin, Aspirin, and Clopidogrel.
ACE inhibitors - drugs used for treating high blood pressure, including lisinopril (Zestril), fosinopril (Monopril), captpril (Capoten), and elaropril (Vasotec).
Diuretics - medications that increase the passing of urine, such as hydrocholorothiazide and furosemide (Lasix).
Lithium - a medication used to treat the manic episodes of manic depression. Rosemary can act as a diuretic and subsequently cause lithium to reach toxic levels in the body.irculatory system, and promote hair growth.

All About Camu Camu Powder

Move over oranges, camu camu fruit contains 30-60 times more vitamin C. In fact, this is the richest source of vitamin C in the world! Camu camu fruit also contains important amino acids and significant levels of beta-carotene, calcium, iron, niacin, and phosphorus.