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Healing Chamomile Poultice to Nix That Sore Throat

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Try a warm chamomile poultice to help relieve the pain of a sore throat.

Poultice: Mix 1 cup of dried chamomile flowers into 1 or 2 cups of boiling water, steep for 5 minutes, strain. Soak a clean towel or cloth in the tea, wring it out, and apply to the sore throat. Remove when the towel becomes cold. Repeat as often as necessary.

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Balance PH Levels With The 7 Most Alkaline Foods

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Balance your ph levels with these wonderful foods in your diet and say good-bye to low energy, poor digestion, extra pounds, aches and pains, and diseases.

Instead, find renewed vigor, better over-all health, mental clarity, and a leaner body.

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Healing Nopal Cactus

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The Nopal Cactus, scientifically known as Opuntia Ficus-Indica, grows in the southern areas of North America. It has been used as a food and healing plant for thousands of years. The fruit (cactus fruit), stems and leaves are used as a food substance and as an extract in a multitude of medicinal remedies. The cactus is harvested and dried as a natural supplement. It is used medicinally to help clear the digestive tract, treat hangover, inflammation of the blood vessels near the heart, viral infections, and diarrhea, treat enlarged prostate and high cholesterol, prevent the absorption of insulin into the blood stream, and promote heart and liver health. It is also used as a diet pill to curb hunger pangs. Many have used Nopal cactus as a diet pill. The dried Nopal fibers can swell up to 50 times their dried size. This produces a temporary feeling of fullness. This helps those on a diet to eat less without resorting to chemicals that may have unpleasant side effects.
Nopal cactus is not only high in dietary fiber, niacin, and vitamin B; it is known to be a powerful antioxidant. It is also high in pectin and mucilage. Those are the two main components helping to reduce the glucose absorption in the intestinal tract. Studies link the consumption of Nopal cactus to lower glucose levels in some diabetes patients.

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Diabetic patients using certain medications should consult their physician before using Nopal cactus due to the chance of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), and other adverse effects.

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Wonderful Lemon Balm

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Lemon Balm is part of the mint family and widely grown in Europe, Africa and Asia. It is also known by Dropsy Plant, Honey Plant, Sweet Balm, Sweet Mary and Melissa. A strong lemon mint smell and flavor are characteristic. Lemon balm plants grow up to about 2 feet tall and have pale yellow flowers.
The leaves and the essential oils extracted from the plant can be used. The essential oils are soothing to the skin and nerves around the area where applied. Studies show that lemon balm is one of the herbs most widely used for its medicinal benefits in the United States and elsewhere. The medicinal benefits of lemon balm include a calming effect with anxiety, sleep problems, vomiting, menstrual cramps, headaches, toothaches and mental disorders like melancholia and hysteria. It has traditionally been used to treat bronchial inflammation, earache, fever, flatulence, headaches, high blood pressure, influenza, mood disorders, palpitations, vomiting, and to soothe menstrual cramps and help relieve PMS. Lemon balm is also known to be effective with the herpes simplex virus, sores, painful swellings, and gout when used as a compress. Research  suggests that, when used in combination with common sage, lemon balm has a positive effect on improving memory.

The volatile oils in lemon balm are said to contain chemicals that relax muscles, particularly in the bladder, stomach, and uterus, thereby relieving cramps, gas, and nausea. European studies show internal use of Lemon Balm effective for tenseness, restlessness, irritability, and symptomatic treatment of digestive disorders, such as minor spasms.

Topical application of the ointment is likely to be felt almost immediately, while  treatment of the nervous system with a good tincture may have to be taken three times a day to be beneficial. Post surgery treatment guidelines warn individuals that combining lemon balm with other forms of medication may cause drowsiness. Any usage of the oil should be stopped at least two weeks in advance of any surgery.

Lemon balm is regularly used as a flavoring in a number of foods and beverages.

Not enough information is available on the impact of lemon balm on breastfeeding or pregnant women. Please consult your physician before use.

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Boost Your Metabolism and Improve Your Health with Bitter Melon & Green Tea

For centuries Chinese and Japanese cultures have been knowing the secrets and enjoying the benefits of Green Tea and Bitter Melon. Numerous studies on the benefits of miracle green tea concluded that when you consume green tea and bitter melon you can help your body with cancer prevention, reducing hypertension, bringing down blood sugar levels, cutting down on cholesterol, liver protection, reducing atherosclerosis risks, inflammatory bowel disease prevention, diabetes prevention, antibacterial and antiviral functions, metabolism stimulation, anti-ageing, tweaking immune system functions, oral health benefits and stress-relieving properties. Imagine enjoying all of these benefits just by drinking green tea with some bitter melon powder every day.

Research suggests that green tea may prevent many types of cancer. Not only does green tea prevent the growth of new cancer cells, but some experts believe that it may even have cancer cell destroying properties. The antioxidant EGCG, that is, Epigallocatechin Gallate is the protective substance in green tea doing this good work. EGCG is a lot more powerful that Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Many studies show that bladder cancer, stomach cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, stomach cancer, colorectal cancer, esophageal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer and skin cancer can be prevented by drinking green tea regularly. It brings down the level of unwanted cholesterol and ups the “good” cholesterol levels. Diabetic patients can drink green tea to reduce blood glucose levels. Effects of hypertension can be considerably reduced. Drinking green tea helps oral hygiene as it kills plaque-forming bacteria. Some believe that green tea strengthens the immune systems and therefore protects us against different infections and diseases such as cold, flu, fever and diarrhea. Green tea is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and can even help prevent inflammatory bowel disease. Due to green tea’s metabolism stimulating properties, many dietitians are strongly advising its consumption for weight loss. Green tea is believed to burn fat and helps digestion.

Bitter melon’s applications in traditional medicine include killing bacteria, viruses, and some cancer cells, reducing inflammation, high cholesterol,  psoriasis and cleansing the blood. As most bitter-tasting foods, bitter melon stimulates digestion. This can be very helpful for people with sluggish digestion, dyspepsia, and constipation. So far 32 active chemicals have been identified in Bitter Melon, beta-sitosterol-d-glucoside, citrulline, GABA, lutein, lycopene and zeaxanthin.  Bitter Melons are rich in iron. They also have twice the beta carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, twice the potassium of bananas, and contain Vitamins A, C, B1 to B3, Phosphorus and good dietary fiber.

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Add Shine And Fabulous Red Undertones To Your Hair With Red Tea

Ready to update your look? Chemical dyes open the hair shaft, and can damage the hair, causing dryness, frizz and breakage.  Dying your hair naturally eliminates the need for chemical processing at a fraction of the cost. Brewed tea enhances hair color and protects from damage, while gently brightening hair and hiding greys. Red tea, commonly called  rooibos, is ideal for those with red or light brown hair when applied as a rinse.

  1. Fill about 6 to 8 ounces of water for each teabag you intend to use in a large pot.  2-3 tea bags for short to medium length hair, for longer hair, you will need more water and extra teabags. Bring the water to a boil. Add the tea bags to the pot and cover. The more teabags, the stronger the brew. Let the tea steep until the water is room  temperature.
  2. Put an old towel around your shoulders and secure under your neck to protect your skin and clothes from the tea. Tip your head over a tub or sink, and pour the tea over your hair, beginning at the roots. Massage the tea into your hair, the same as shampoo is applied. Leave the tea on for a minimum of three to 10 minutes and a maximum of  30 minutes. The effect of the tea is more intense the longer it stays on. Rinse hair thoroughly and apply a conditioner. Rinse hair again and style as usual.

Applying the red tea rinse in great frequency and lengths of time will increase the effect. Use with caution as to avoid brassiness.

Chamomile Hair Rinse For Sun-Kissed Highlights

If you like those sun-kissed highlights, but the salon price kept you from getting them: Try a chamomile hair rinse.  Why spend a lot of money at the hair salon to highlight your hair when natural products and the sun can do it for you. Is your hair blonde or light brown, or tends to have light highlights?  A chamomile rinse will make the lighter strands pop, giving you those sun-kissed highlights with very little time or money.

Try this:

  • Make a large pot of chamomile tea stronger than you normally would to drink. Steep the chamomile tea until cooled to room temperature and pour into a large bowl.
  • Shampoo and condition hair. Rinse with warm water and squeeze excess water from hair. Don’t use hot water, it can dry out hair. If you suspect you have product build-up on your hair, rinse it with equal parts vinegar and water before proceeding.

  • Saturate hair with cooled chamomile tea, allowing to soak. Keep your hair in the bowl or wrap saturated hair in a towel for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Let your hair dry naturally, in the sun if possible to boost results. This will bring out the natural blonde and golden highlights in your hair.
  • For an overall lightening effect, or to get the “dull” out: mix chamomile tea with conditioner and apply to hair, leave on for about 30 minutes like you would when coloring hair with commercial products. Rinse out. Done. Chamomile is gentle to your hair, so you can use it whenever you like.

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Cool Sunburn With Black Tea And Mint

Sunburn can strike any time of year even the most diligently lotioned sunblock enthusiast. An infusion of black tea and fresh mint makes a tincture that is both fragrant and soothing to a sunburn. The black tea contains tannic acid, a compound that draws heat from the burn and restores the skin’s acid balance. The mint soothes and cools the skin.

Pour four cups of boiling water over two cups of fresh mint leaves and three or four tea bags. Cover, let it stand for 10 minutes. Strain and let it cool. The infusion will keep in a glass jar in the refrigerator for a few weeks.  Soak a washcloth or cotton balls with the infusion and pat onto the sunburned skin. If your eyelids got red as well you can apply the cooled wet teabags directly for 10-20 minutes.

For severe sunburn, especially when blisters start forming  you should always consult your doctor.

Pumpkin Seeds A Tasty Treat For Better Health

Pumpkin seeds – if you have tried them you know that they are a delicious treat.   Did you know they also provide many health benefits?

Here are ten:

1. Prostate Protection – They promote overall prostate health and alleviate the difficult urination associated with enlarged prostate. Men should eat a handful of pumpkin seeds every day. They work as prevention as well as treatment.

2. Improved Bladder Function – Studies show that pumpkin seed extracts improved bladder function.

3. Depression Treatment – Pumpkin sees contain L-tryptophan, a compound naturally effective against depression.

4. Prevention of Osteoporosis – Pumpkin seeds are a natural protector against osteoporosis, because they are high in zinc. Studies show that low intake of zinc is linked to higher rates of osteoporosis.

5. Natural Anti-Inflammatory – Pumpkin seeds reduce inflammation effectively without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.

6. Prevention of Kidney Stones – Studies show that pumpkin seeds prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation.

7. Treatment of Parasites – Many cultures use pumpkin seeds as a natural treatment for tapeworms and other parasites.  Studies have also shown them to be effective against acute schistosomiasis, a parasite contracted from snails.

8. Good Source of Magnesium – Only 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds contains 92% of your daily value of magnesium. Studies show that most Americans are deficient of this important mineral.

9. Lower Cholesterol Naturally – Pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, which are compounds that have shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.

10. Cancer Prevention – Studies show that the same phytosterols that lower cholesterol also protect against many cancers.

Get Rid Of Pesky Ants Naturally

Ants can be a nuisance when they invade our living space. We all know how painful ant bites are. Try to keep them out of your garden, off your lawn, the driveway, or even the deck. It seems you get them out of one spot, the mount just pops up again a little further down. Most chemical pesticides do the job for a little while, as long as it doesn’t rain after application. Reapply, treat again, use again after… and with every application you leave a chemical trail in your living space, around your children, pets, vegetables and herbs you may be growing for yourself and your family.

Peppermint, the kind that’s wonderfully soothing as a tea, please look it up under Herbs for all its benefits, can also be the secret weapon when it comes to ants. Those pesky crawlers don’t like the scent of fresh peppermint leaves. Plant  some peppermint, or keep some potted peppermint on the deck, wherever ants are trying to invade and get rid of them naturally.