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Herbs For Stomach Top 10 Herbs For The Stomach image to repin / shareHerbs background pic © viperagp - Fotolia.com Please share this page: Google + StumbleUpon Reddit Stomach problems are some of the most common ailments. Peppermint Doctors of naturopathy know that peppermint isn't just a breath freshener. Lavender Linalool and linalyl acetate are the principal constituents of lavender that contribute to the herb's gastroprotective effects, as one study has shown. Chamomile Considered one of the gentlest and therefore safest herbs, chamomile (aka camomile) possesses antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and carminative qualities to act upon common gastrointestinal issues. Ginger What makes gingerunique among herbal remedies for the stomach is its ability to treat nausea and vomiting. Fennel Dandelion A powerhouse of valuable health nutrients, dandelion is a wonderful herb that contains riboflavin, ascorbic acid, zinc, iron, manganese, protein, phosphorus, carotene, calcium, B-vitamins, sterols and flavonoids. Thyme
How to Grow Vegetables Some general considerations for growing vegetables: Sowing Tips When sowing seeds, a good general rule of thumb is to sow to a depth of approximately twice the thickness of the seed. Keep seeds well-moistened while awaiting germination and check regularly. Select a light-weight, well-drained medium for sowing to ensure good seed to soil contact. Growing Tips Most vegetables will produce better results if sown and grown in a soil-medium that is well-drained, rich in organic matter (fertile), and fairly lightweight. Most vegetables will prefer good quantities of natural, direct sunlight daily. If direct sowing your vegetables (planting seeds straight into the ground), thin plants to recommended spacing and enjoy culled vegetables in salads, sandwiches or elsewhere vibrant, young greens can be appreciated. Harvesting and Seed Saving Many vegetables will be harvested in the fall, especially if grown in lower hardiness zones.
Natural mosquito repellents (NaturalNews) Mosquitoes can be a nuisance when trying to enjoy the outdoors, especially if you're trying to host guests. The faint buzzing reminds us of those pesky pricks we receive when we least expect it. Soon thereafter the itching and swelling begins as our bodies react to the foreign attack. Sometimes deadly, the mosquito bite is more of a nuisance than anything. Carbon Dioxide/ Lactic Acid: When we have been exercising or working vigorously, our bodies give off more carbon dioxide. Dark Clothing: Mosquitoes are highly attracted to dark clothing. Fruity/ Flowery Fragrances: Another thing that attracts mosquitoes are certain scents. Moisture: When perspiring, mosquitoes are drawn not only to the chemicals that are released as a direct result of sweating, but also to the humidity around our body. Forget using commercial varieties of mosquito repellent. Some oils include: It is important to understand that there are several things that lower the effectiveness of repellents. 1.
Make Your Own Simple Exfoliating Body Scrub Morning Bump! Originally posted on 10/19/2011: I had a proud “Mom Moment” last week when my daughter decided to give making her own Body Scrub a try. Believe me, I don’t take credit for that girl’s incredible intelligence (well, maybe a teeny, tiny bit), but I do like to think I’ve been an example of how easy it is and how much sense it makes to make your own products for home, health and beauty. I’ve never been one to use body scrubs with any regularity. Last week we were making preparations for my son’s wedding when Britta came across the idea of making her own body scrub as a special pampering treatment before the big day. She LOVED the results! The “RECIPE” is basically a 2-to-1 ratio of sugar to coconut oil and as many drop of essential oil as you like. Put the amount of sugar you want in a jar or bowl, add 1/2 that amount of coconut oil that you have warmed up in the microwave for a few seconds to make it liquid and the lavender drops, and stir. Wow! Ingredients: Directions:
Dr. Oz Transformation Nation 10 Percent Weight Loss Follow "Dr. Oz's Transformation Nation: Million Dollar You" to get inspired and take control of your health—and be there when Dr. Oz announces the winner of the $1 million prize! Dr. Weight loss can seem daunting, but do you know how much of your body weight you need to lose to really reap the benefits? If you imagine a 160-pound person, then that’s 16 pounds. QUIZ: Calculate Your BMI Losing 10 percent of your body weight (only if you’re overweight or obese) can boost your energy and confidence, as well as improve your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. MORE: Six Apps That Help You Lose Weight Rather than upending your life with a fantastically ambitious workout plan and lettuce-only diet, small changes are the best way to reach that goal. Swap soda for water. Eat a daily dose of chocolate. MORE: Eat Chocolate, Slim Down Be more mindful. Sleep 7-8 hours per night. COLUMN: Sleep More and Fit Into Your Skinny Jeans
How To Make A Homemade Herbal Decongestant Please Share This Page: Google + stumbleupon tumblr reddit If you are a first-time visitor, please be sure to like us on Facebook and receive our exciting and innovative tutorials on herbs and natural health topics! Image – This homemade decongestant is reported to be great for breaking up chest congestion so you can clear it out. The formula uses all herbal and natural ingredients – and it should have a little bit of a kick to it, as it includes raw garlic, onion, radishes, lemon juice and honey. Looking at these awesome ingredients, you should find that it is not only decongestant but also powerfully antibiotic – and a kind of cleansing formula to boot. Because of the onions and garlic, it reminds me somewhat of the turbocharged “master tonic” – only this formula is not made with hot peppers so it should be valuable for people of all constitutions. I wish we had had this kind of stuff when I was a kid. Ok back to the topic, I don’t want to give anyone bad dreams!
10 Spices That Heal By Vicky Uhland, Natural Solutions There’s good reason to season: Doctors and dietitians agree that your spice rack can be just as essential as your medicine cabinet when it comes to preventing and treating disease. Research consistently shows that many spices and herbs have medicinal qualities and can help prevent everything from cancer to the common cold. We asked two experts–Glen Aukerman, MD, medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Ohio State University Medical Center, and Ruth Knill, PhD, LAc, a Chinese herbalist–about the spices and herbs that best improve overall health. Here are their picks, plus easy ways to work them into your diet. Cumin: Prevents Cancer HOW IT WORKS: It’s no surprise to many spice researchers that cancer rates are lower in India, where cumin is a diet staple. Basil: Combats Colds HOW IT WORKS: Basil is rich in antioxidants, which help boost immunity. Next: Diabetes, Memory, Cholersterol and Blood Pressure
Top 100 Best Love Songs Of All Time Love songs are central to pop music. It is quite possibly the most common topic for pop songwriters. Narrowing the list down is not easy, but these are 100 of the best love songs of all time. 100. Cure - Lovesong (1989) Courtesy Fiction Records Robert Smith, leader of the pop new wave band the Cure, wrote this song as a gift to his future wife. Watch Video 98. Courtesy Columbia Kenny Loggins wrote "Danny's Song" as a gift to his brother Danny on the birth of his son Colin. Watch Video How To Make Your Own Lotion Bars With all the “experimenting” I do on a daily basis trying out new homemade solutions….my hands are in and out of hot, soapy water a LOT! It seems like I’ve never used more moisturizers on my person than I have this past winter. I am CONSTANTLY slathering some greasy goo on my hands, feet, etc in an effort to alleviate the extreme dryness! The problem is….I never seem to have the lotion with me when I need it! I love my homemade moisturizing lotion…but it’s hard to keep even a small mason jar of it in a purse! So when I heard about Lotion BARS I was intrigued. What is a lotion bar you ask? Hard lotion bars are also very CONVENIENT! But I think what I like even MORE than the convenience…is the simple, natural ingredients that blend to “lock” in moisture. If you’re feeling do-it-yourselfish…Renee is sharing her simple 3-ingredient Lotion Bar recipe with us! Well, as you can see…while they’re not picture-perfect like hers…I was pretty happy with how they turned out! Ingredients:
Hawthorne Tree Hawthorne (Crataegus) is deciduous and a member of the rose family. The common name for hawthorne comes from haw, which is an old English word for "hedge." The tree's name simply means "thorny hedge." After the British General Enclosures Act of 1845 hawthorn was used extensively as hedgerow because of its thorny nature and quick growth, angering peasants who no longer could enter the lands they previously roamed at will. Cultivation The hawthorne is native to the Mediterranean region including north Africa and all of Europe and central Asia, and now grows in many areas of North America. Crateaegus will grow in most soils, including alkaline, in sun or partial shade. The flowers of the hawthorne are interspersed with the newly opened leaves and look like tiny white balls. On the back of each hawthorne flower are five green, star-like sepals. The C. laevigata flowers and fruits better in an open, sunny position. The C. pinnatifida is native to northeastern Asia. Harvesting Diseases Pests
Herbs For Menopause Herbs For Menopause - image to repinHerbs background photo - © viperagp - Fotolia.com Please share this page: Google + StumbleUpon Reddit What Is Menopause? The term menopause is used to describe the time in a woman's life when menstruation stops naturally as the result of hormonal changes. What Causes Menopause? The onset of menopause is associated with decreases in the production of estrogen and progesterone - the hormones that regulate menstruation. What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Menopause? Menopause is said to officially begin once a woman has experienced a full year without a menstrual period. Irregular periods: During the peri-menopausal years, irregular periods are often experienced. Decreased fertility: Due to the drop in estrogen levels that occur during the peri-menopausal stage, the chances of becoming pregnant are reduced significantly. “Hot flashes”: A sudden feeling of heat in the face, neck or chest, sometimes accompanied by redness and swelling of the skin in those areas.
What is the difference between cinnamon and cassia? Although related, cinnamon and cassia are not obtained the same plant. They should be treated as separate foods, both from a nutritional and a health standpoint. Scientifically speaking, there is only one true cinnamon, which is most commonly called "Ceylon cinnamon," and comes from the plant Cinnamomum zeylanicum. The term "cassia" never refers to Ceylon cinnamon but rather to other species of cinnamon, including Cinnamomum cassia (alternatively called Cinnamomum aromaticaum) and Cinnamomum burmannii. Ceylon cinnamon is typically more expensive than any of the cassia versions, and it is also the cinnamon more closely associated with potential health benefits involving blood sugar regulation. What true cinnamon and cassia do not have in common is their coumarin content. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell the difference between cinnamon powders that have been made from Ceylon/true cinnamon versus the cassia cinnamons. References Anderson RA.
The End of Acne - Finally! While doing research today, I came across some very interesting information that will likely put an end to acne for everyone. All you need is four key ingredients: Honey, baking soda, powdered oats and coconut oil. This article describes the role of each, with references to scientific studies, in controlling your acne. You can use this routine to help keep your skin healthy and glowing even if you do not have acne. Controlling acne is actually easy. All you have to do is keep your pores free-flowing so they can't back up with sebum and oils. First, learn how it works. How it Works: Honey is known for its antibacterial properties. The most important part of this information is the honey. The baking soda is included for its abrasive properties. Dead skin cells that can plug your pores are easily removed with baking soda. Oatmeal has long been recognized as a beneficial ingredient to skin care. The oatmeal is soothing and anti-inflammatory. The Routine: Resources: 1.