Spring is just around the corner, start it off right with an all natural body cleanse! A body cleanse is good for anyone and especially great if you already have health aliments. We want to share with you ways to maintain bowel, liver and kidney health the natural way! There are a number of detox programs out there, and not only are some of these ineffective, many are actually dangerous so always do your research!
1. Turmeric to Reduce Joint Pains
Turmeric is a common spice that is used everyday in South Asian cooking, especially in India. Ayurveda as well as Chinese medicine use turmeric for various medical conditions including pains and inflammation. If your joint pain is due to arthritis, turmeric is the herb for you as it contains curcumin which eases pain miraculously. A study conducted by the University of Michigan Health System found out that turmeric works better than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve inflammation after surgery. So, if you are suffering from rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, use turmeric to reduce inflammation and stiffness of your joints. When you take turmeric with ginger, you have even more chances to relieve your joint pains because ginger too, like turmeric, contains anti-inflammatory properties. Here is a recipe for a tea made with turmeric and ginger for your joint pain relief.
Warning: If you are taking medicines meant for thinning the blood, you should avoid having turmeric as well as ginger or take them under medical supervision. Both these herbs are capable of thinning your blood. Do not take Turmeric if you have gallstones or gallbladder pain, this can inflame the issue.
How to Make Turmeric Ginger Tea for Joint Pains
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy for oral health and detoxification. It involves the use of pure oils as agents for pulling harmful bacteria, fungus, and other organisms out of the mouth, teeth, gums and even throat.
The most effective oil pulling is done by placing around a tablespoon of cold pressed organic sesame oil into the mouth and swishing the oil around the mouth for approximately 10-15 minutes and then spitting it out.
As the cold and flu season ramps up many of us have already felt the effects of sore throat and shared some sniffles. If you choose to wait out our cold rather than running to the nearest pharmacy, you may appreciate these all natural recipes for relief of the most common symptoms of colds and flu’s.
Make your own lozenges:
Pour 1/2 cup of honey (local and raw is best) and a few drops of peppermint extract into a small pot. (You may choose to also you cinnamon or ginger in your recipe.)
Place the pot over medium high heat and bring the honey to a boil, stirring the whole time.
Use a candy thermometer to check the temperature, remove the honey from the heat when it reaches 300 degrees F.
Use a teaspoon to pour drops of the honey onto oiled parchment paper. Allow them to harden. Keep away from heat, or refrigerate to keep their shape and hardness. You can make this same recipe into a lollipop by adding a lollipop stick to each poured out lozenge, great for kids. *Children under 12months should not be given honey.
Mosquito's are one of the less enjoyable aspects of summer time, but you don't have to slather your family in toxins to keep them safe!
It’s summer and that means fun in the sun! with all are local beaches, parks and summer festivities it is important to keep in mind our skins sensitivity to ultra violet rays. If you have done your research you may already know that store bought sunscreens have a compilation of unhealthy chemicals and additives. These absorb through the skin and make their way into our bloodstream that can cause anything from hives to totally immune system breakdowns. There is some good news!
A teaspoon of honey and a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon will usually knock out a cold within two days. Take twice a day for three days for best results. Honey and cinnamon are antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. Also knocks out bladder and kidney infections, reduces blood pressure, reduces sugar levels, and acts as a pain reliever for arthritis! So much can be done with these two simple ingredients. Local raw honey is best and fresh cinnamon is preferred but use what you have in a pinch!
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Many of the benefits we experience can also be used for our family pets!
From digestive upset to bug repellents apple cider vinegar is for everyone! Tellington TTouch practitioner, Karen Doyle, recommends Apple Cider Vinegar as a flavoring agent. “When dogs travel they are sometimes unwilling to drink water that smells and tastes different from what they are used to at home. Most dogs adapt quickly to the taste of apple cider vinegar and will drink any water to which small amounts have been added. Cider vinegar is inexpensive insurance against dehydration.”
It can be easy to over look simple solutions to health issues. You may not think of water as a remedy but after reading this you may think again!
Our body is made up of anywhere between 50% and 75% water. Each of us are at least half water! The percent of water depends on your hydration level. People feel thirsty when they have already lost around 2-3% of their body's water. Mental performance and physical coordination start to become impaired before thirst kicks in, typically around 1% dehydration.
Water also plays a crucial role in disease prevention. In a study conducted at the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Sheffield, England, researchers concluded that women who stay adequately hydrated reduce their risk of breast cancer by 79 percent. Another study, done at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, found that women who drink more than five glasses of water a day have a 45 percent reduced risk of colon cancer compared with women who drink two or fewer glasses of water a day.
Many doctors believe that proper hydration can help prevent chronic joint diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, because water reduces inflammation and promotes cartilage health.
Adequate water consumption can also slow the signs of aging and improve conditions such as constipation, diabetes, hypoglycemia, obesity, arthritis, kidney stones, dry skin, wrinkles, cataracts, and glaucoma.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the kidneys and bladder regulate the fluids in our bodies and make up the Water Element. Our kidneys are fantastic waste removers; they get rid of the waste products from protein metabolism -- uric acid, urea, and lactic acid -- but they need lots of water to accomplish this.
Traditional Chinese Medicine reveres the kidneys because they distribute qi, or vital life energy, throughout the body. The kidneys are responsible for removing excess hormones, vitamins, minerals, and foreign toxins such as drugs, chemicals, and food additives.