Natural allergy relief is something I’m asked about every spring and summer. Many of us suffer from allergies but don’t like to take medications for it. They often make us feel worse in other ways, like drowsiness or a spacey feeling. I, for one, prefer to stay away from nearly all medications. However, since I also suffer from spring and summer allergies, I thought I’d write a post addressing natural allergy relief.

Here are my top 6 suggestions for Natural Allergy Relief

Natural Allergy ReliefLocal Honey:

The top suggestion that you’ve probably heard before (but is worth repeating) is to add locally harvested honey to your diet in place of sugars. Since it’s locally harvested, the honey will help to naturally build a resistance to the pollen in your area. Might sound a bit strange, but it is excellent for natural allergy relief!

Green Drinks:

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Chickweed – Natural appetite suppressant

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

ChickweedChickweed is said to curb the appetite and aid in weight loss by emulsifying fat and then getting rid of it.

As a diuretic its medicinal properties aide the assimilation of other herbs and help them process and dissolve of fat. My personal experience is that Chickweed is a better appetite suppressant than the over the counter products on the shelf today.

Some say that Chickweed is purely an ‘old wives’ tale’ remedy for obesity. But in fact, there’s supporting scientific evidence that Chickweed may indeed be beneficial to weight loss, when included in a healthy lifestyle included proper diet and exercise. Basically, as a mild diuretic containing saponins, Chickweed emulsifies the fat cells and assists them out of the system. Read More→

Burdock

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In traditional herbal texts, burdock root is described as a “blood purifier” or “alterative,” and was believed to clear the bloodstream of toxins.

It was used both internally and externally for eczema and psoriasis, as well as to treat painful joints and as a diuretic. In traditional Chinese medicine, burdock root in combination with other herbs is used to treat sore throats, tonsillitis, colds, and even measles. It is eaten as a vegetable in Japan and elsewhere.

Burdock root has become popular as part of a tea to treat cancer.  Burdock’s use against cancer goes down through the centuries and has been used as a tumor treatment in Russia, China, India and the Americas. In the United States, it was an ingredient in the popular but highly controversial Hoxsey Cancer Formula, an alternative therapy marketed from the 1930s to the 1950s by ex-coal-miner Harry Hoxsey. Read More→

Aloe – Special Precautions!

Friday, September 5th, 2014
Aloe

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The thick, juicy leaves of Aloe contain two distinct products used medicinally and are important to be distinguished for the purposes of caution and to avoid confusion.

  1. a thin clear gel or mucilage that oozes from the middle of a broken leaf.
  2. a bitter latex, referred to as aloe vera juice, derived from the cells just under the surface of the leaf.

Their compositions and uses differ.  The active ingredient in the gel is mucopolysaccharides.  The latex provides anthraquinone derivatives, mostly in the form of aloins, with smaller amounts of hydroxyaloins, aloe-emodin, and aloeresins.

The gel is used topically on wounds and burns to help them heal more rapidly. Taken internally, it is considered a general tonic. Unfortunately, separation of the gel from the latex for commercial preparations is often incomplete, and the gel may end up with some laxative action due to inadvertent inclusion of latex. Read More→

Alfalfa

Alfalfa, a natural alternative, may help control high cholesterol, menopause and poor appetite.

Alfalfa leaves also contain flavones, isoflavones, sterols, and coumarin derivatives. The isoflavones are thought to be responsible for the estrogen-like effects seen in animal studies. Although this has not been confirmed with human trials, it is sometimes used to treat menopause symptoms.

Historic Use

Many years ago, traditional Chinese physicians used young alfalfa leaves to treat disorders of the digestive tract.  Similarly, the Ayurvedic physicians of India prescribed the leaves and flowering tops for poor digestion. Alfalfa was also considered therapeutic for water retention and arthritis. North American Indians recommended alfalfa to treat jaundice and to encourage blood clotting.

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Gentian Root

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Gentian root and other highly bitter plants have been used for centuries in Europe as digestive aids (the well-known Swedish bitters often contain gentian). Other folk uses included topical use on skin tumors, decreasing fevers, and treatment of diarrhea. Its ability to increase digestive function, including production of stomach acid, has been validated in modern times.

Gentian root contains some of the most bitter substances known, particularly the glycosides gentiopicrin and amarogentin. The taste of these can be detected even when diluted 50,000 times. Besides stimulating secretion of saliva in the mouth and hydrochloric acid in the stomach, gentiopicrin may protect the liver.

Gentian root is also considered useful for poor appetite and indigestion according to the German government’s Commission E monograph.

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Black Cohosh for Menopause ReliefIn Europe, black cohosh is used to relieve menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, headaches, psychological difficulties, and associated weight gain. It is also reputed to be helpful for premenstrual problems and painful menstrual cramps.

Native Americans prized black cohosh and used it for a variety of purposes. The settlers learned about it from the Indians, but by the middle of the nineteenth century it was renowned as being helpful for women’s problems, and other uses were more or less forgotten.

Effect of Black Cohosh is Impressive

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Basil Herbs - Culinary and Health Benefits

Basil herbs — not without reason called l’herbe royale — these versatile herbs have a great affinity for tomatoes, fish and egg dishes, but are good in almost all savory dishes. It has a mild, sweet flavor.

It is said that basil herbs help control blood pressure and are rich in antioxidants, among other benefits.

Serve basil herbs as they do in Italy — where basil is very popular — in a bouquet of sprigs set in water in a small vase. Keep in mind that they darken quickly after cutting.

Ocinum basilicum grows to 2 feet, dries poorly and should never be dried in heat above 110 degrees.

It roots in a few days in water. Make cuttings and pot up before frost in rich soil.

It is worth keeping at least one plant over the winter. Ocinum minimum, dwarg bush basil, less than one foot tall, is the sweetest and mildest in flavor and the best for indoor culture.

RECIPE: Basil Herbs Pesto

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Tips to Get Food Fit

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

eatwellIf you’re hoping to get more fit in 2013 and change unhealthy habits, remember that small, persistent steps are the best way to reach your goals and stick with them. So let’s talk about some small steps to get you started…

Planning your meals ahead of time can make it much easier to ensure healthy ones. Like the old saying, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” (paraphrased)

Whether you want to simply get fit or lose weight, slowing down when you eat (and chewing thoroughly) is healthier. When you eat fast, you don’t know when you’ve had enough and you’ll keep eating. Proper chewing is also best for your digestion. If you’re a “fast eater” try listening to soft, comforting music. It may help you slow down and enjoy your food more! Read More→

Getting Fit and Staying Fit

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going!” (Jim Ryun)

exerciseWe all know we “should” exercise and many of us will make resolutions to fit that into our busy lives. That’s a good thing! Don’t forget to add the fact that after exercising it’s good to relax for a few minutes in a sauna, if possible, or a very warm bath (not hot), if a sauna isn’t available. This is an excellent way to release fat stored toxins in your cells.

In addition, researches have found that exercising to music helps you to stay with it longer! So put on those tunes and have some fun while you exercise. In fact, the Brunel School of Sport and Education in England found that high-energy music listened to by treadmill runners had 15% more endurance and felt more positive afterwards! Read More→