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12 Surprising Benefits Of Jojoba Oil For Beautiful Skin & Hair. Jojoba oil is a liquid wax extracted from the nut of an indigenous American shrub that goes by the scientific name Simmondsia chinensis, a misnomer as the plant has nothing to do with China.

12 Surprising Benefits Of Jojoba Oil For Beautiful Skin & Hair

The shrubby tree still grows wild in the United States, mainly in the arid regions of the Southwestern states. The Jojoba nut has been used by the Native American tribes from time immemorial, its common name coming from ‘Hohowi’, the O’odham name for the nut. They used a paste of the nut for skin and hair care, and the whole nuts as survival food in emergencies. Wildlife also have their fill of both the leaves and the nuts which also go by common names like deer nut, goat nut, pignut etc., but the wax that constitutes nearly 50% of the nut is generally indigestible.

It passes unchanged through the digestive tract of mammals, including humans, making this edible oil an effective laxative. Here are some very good reasons to stock up on this versatile healing oil… Want to try Jojoba oil for yourself? Properties and Benefits of Hibiscus – NatureWord. Properties and benefits of Hibiscus: Aside from being a delight to one’s eyes, hibiscus (Hibiscus Sabdariffa) is also a popular medicinal herb, rich in potent antioxidant compounds.

Properties and Benefits of Hibiscus – NatureWord

In addition to promising health benefits such as hypertension reduction and lowering of LDL and triglyceride levels, hibiscus infusions and extracts boast mild laxative effects as well as antidiabetic properties. Preliminary studies indicate the species exerts mild diuretic properties and a strong anti-inflammatory action, contributing to an overall good health. The polyphenols in the infusion provide antioxidant protection to cells and help reduce inflammation levels in the body, preventing the development of chronic disease.

Hibiscus holds cardiovascular benefits and exerts a beneficial action on the nervous system. Lion's Mane: A Mushroom That Improves Your Memory and Mood? Mushrooms provide a vast array of potential medicinal compounds.

Lion's Mane: A Mushroom That Improves Your Memory and Mood?

Many mushrooms — such as portobello, oyster, reishi and maitake — are well-known for these properties, but the lion’s mane mushroom, in particular, has drawn the attention of researchers for its notable nerve-regenerative properties. Lion’s mane mushrooms are not your classic looking cap-and-stem variety.

These globular-shaped mushrooms sport cascading teeth-like spines rather than the more common gills. From these spines, white spores emerge. Defining the Human Microbiome. 12 Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds and Sesame Oil. An amazingly healthful food utilized for over 5,000 years, sesame may be one of the most potent, nutrient-dense medicinal foods still used today.

12 Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds and Sesame Oil

Sesame seeds are not only praised for their nutritional content in seed form, but are also highly valued for their rancid-resistant oil. In fact, once you learn of the health benefits of sesame seeds, you may just find yourself stocking up on this ancient condiment. Sesame Seeds Nutritional Profile As mentioned, sesame seeds have a fabulous nutritional profile, granting their capabilities in fighting, preventing, and reversing illness and disease. Duke scientists treat depression with intestinal worms. News Eating intestinal worms may be a possible treatment for depression and other neurological diseases, according to a group of Duke scientists.

Duke scientists treat depression with intestinal worms

Air Pollution Is a Leading Cause of Cancer. By Kate Kelland and Stephanie Nebehay LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) - The air we breathe is laced with cancer-causing substances and is being officially classified as carcinogenic to humans, the World Health Organization's cancer agency said on Thursday.

Air Pollution Is a Leading Cause of Cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) cited data indicating that in 2010, 223,000 deaths from lung cancer worldwide resulted from air pollution, and said there was also convincing evidence it increases the risk of bladder cancer. Depending on the level of exposure in different parts of the world, the risk was found to be similar to that of breathing in second-hand tobacco smoke, Kurt Straif, head of the agency's section that ranks carcinogens, told reporters in Geneva. "Our task was to evaluate the air everyone breathes rather than focus on specific air pollutants," deputy head Dana Loomis said in a statement. Air pollution is highly variable over space and time. Walking off depression and beating stress outdoors? Nature group walks linked to improved mental health. ANN ARBOR, Mich. — They are common suggestions to remedy stress: You just need a breath of fresh air.

Walking off depression and beating stress outdoors? Nature group walks linked to improved mental health

Walk it off. Get out and see people. Turns out all those things combined may in fact make you feel better – a lot better – a new large scale study suggests. A Copper Bedrail Could Cut Back On Infections For Hospital Patients : Goats and Soda. A copper bedrail can kill germs on contact.

A Copper Bedrail Could Cut Back On Infections For Hospital Patients : Goats and Soda

Courtesy of CopperBioHealth hide caption itoggle caption Courtesy of CopperBioHealth A copper bedrail can kill germs on contact. Courtesy of CopperBioHealth Checking into a hospital can boost your chances of infection. And it doesn't matter where in the world you're hospitalized. The World Health Organization estimates that "each year, hundreds of millions of patients around the world are affected" by healthcare-acquired infections. Hospital bed safety railings are a major source of these infections. Copper definitely wipes out microbes. Mix of Bacteria in Gut May Depend More on Diet than Genes. Genes are important, but diet may be even more important in determining the relative abundance of the hundreds of health-shaping bacterial species comprising an individual’s gut microbiota, according to UC San Francisco scientists whose latest mouse experiments to probe this nature-versus-nurture balance were published online December 18, 2014 in Cell Host and Microbe.

Mix of Bacteria in Gut May Depend More on Diet than Genes

Gut bacteria vastly outnumber our own cells, and the microbial species normally dwelling within us throughout our lives can affect our health by influencing our metabolism and perhaps even our behavior. Peter Turnbaugh, PhD But the makeup of the gut microbiota varies tremendously among individuals, and can vary over time.