Saturday, March 21, 2015

The 13 Vitamins, A-K

Friday, March 20, 2015

Self Sacral Therapy For Headaches, Anxiety & Lower Back Pain

1. Cranial Sacral Therapy for Headaches

How can you try this at home on yourself? Place both hands behind your head. Use your middle three fingers from each hand, placed on the base of the neck.

Apply light pressure, dropping the head forward and back. This light pressure can give you relaxation, alleviating headaches and lessening neck pain.

2. Cranial Sacral Therapy for Anxiety

For anxiety, place both hands on the top of your head, where the center part would be. Use all five fingers and play along the part like piano scales. Move from the front toward the back of the head. Repeat this three to five times in five-second intervals.

3.  Cranial Sacral Therapy for Lower Back Pain

The lower back is another common area for pain. Tennis balls are part of this solution. Lie on the floor and place a tennis ball beneath your tailbone on each side of the butt. Gently rock back and forth to get some relaxation and relief. Straighten out your legs if that is comfortable.

You can also place the tennis balls beneath the neck while you are lying in the floor to relax your neck and head.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

3 Surprising Medicinal Uses of BLACKBERRY

                         3 Medicinal Uses of Black Pepper

1.Black Pepper Aids Digestion

Like many aromatic kitchen herbs, black pepper is considered a carminative in Western herbalism, and in Ayurveda black pepper is known to enkindle agni, the digestive fire (Lad, 1984). These actions are likely due to the taste of black pepper on the tongue triggering the stomach to release hydrochloric acid, which is needed to digest protein, and pepper’s ability to stimulate digestive enzymes in the pancreas (Srinivasan, 2007).

2. Black Pepper is an Antioxidant 

A constituent in black pepper, piperine, protects against oxidative damage by inhibiting free radicals and reactive oxygen species, as well as positively influencing antioxidant enzymes (Vasanthi, 2010).

3. Cold and Flu Remedy

Black pepper and honey is a traditional Ayurvedic approach to respiratory congestion, helping to expectorate and dry up mucus membranes (Frawley, 1986). In Western herbalism, it is used in antiseptic cold and flu preventatives like fire cider.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

15 Herbs for HEADACHES

1. Allspice:

This spice is an analgesic, which means it has a numbing effect on the nerves and gives relief from pains such as headaches and sinus problems. It is also a relaxant, and has a calming effect on the body and mind.
2). Borage:

Borage is known for its soothing properties and it helps the body cope with stress and nervous tension. This is perfect for tension headache problems.

3). Catnip:

This herb is a wonderful sedative and helps relax your body and relieve stress. Even better, it is safe for children. It will help as a pain reliever for your headaches and can even work for migraines, though you will need to take a strong infusion in order to fully relieve a migraine.

4). Chamomile:

Chamomile is a wonderful remedy for stress, nerves, and anxiety. This one is also safe for children. It has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body, helping with certain types of headaches.

5). Feverfew:

This herb is a famous remedy for migraines and headaches. It also has a calming effect and helps reduce stress. However, it is most famous for reducing the amount of migraines a sufferer has. If you often get bad headaches or migraines, this herb is best used as a preventative. Take it every day, either eat the leaves raw, in a salad, in a piece of bread, in your tea, in tincture form, etc. You will get less migraines by taking feverfew daily.

6). Horseradish:

This herb/root is a wonderful nasal and sinus decongestant, for those that suffer from sinus headaches. The raw leaves are supposedly an analgesic, and if you press the leaves on your forehead, they help numb headache pain. In addition, if you have a sinus headache, take some juice or sauce made with horseradish and watch the sinus problems vanish. I find that just chopping the horseradish helps drip out the clogged sinuses and brings relief.

7). Lavender:

Lavender’s scent promotes relaxation. It eases anxiety and increases calmness, which means that lavender is a big help for stress-related headaches. I find massaging lavender essential oil on my forehead helps my headaches, and sometimes just smelling the essential oil is enough to make my headache ease up.

8). Lemon Balm:

This herb is good for tension and anxiety-type headaches. It promotes a calming and relaxing feeling and is a mild sedative as well, if you are like me and you need to sleep off some of the bigger headaches.

9). Lemon Verbena:

Lemon Verbena is also a calming herb, excellent for relaxing and aiding nerves and anxiety. It is also full of Vitamin C, which is helpful for bad headaches.

10). Passionflower:

Passionflower is a wonderful sedative and helps those that suffer from nervousness or anxiety. It gives a calming effect and is also a mild pain reliever.

11). Rosemary:

This herb is a stimulant to the nerves and also improves circulation. For this reason, it is a good tactic for some headache-types, like cluster headaches. It reminds me of the remedy where you put your feet in as hot of water as you can handle. You do this to help improve your blood circulation, because the blood rushes to your feet, giving you instant headache relief. A rosemary tea/infusion would be excellent in combination with this tactic to help improve circulation and relieve these types of headaches.

12). Sage:

This common culinary herb is wonderful for a few specific types of headaches. It is good for cluster-type headaches, where you need to keep the blood circulating (making it a great combination with Rosemary). It is also good for headaches from eating too heavy of meals (stimulates digestion). It is also good for hormonally caused headaches, especially those from menopause (it also helps with hot flashes). In large doses, it is also great for tension and nerve-related headaches.

13). Skullcap:

This herb is a relaxing nervine and has antispasmodic properties. It is an excellent remedy for anxiety/stress/tension headaches and is a mild sedative as well.

14). Valerian:

Valerian is a strong sedative and also a strong pain-reliever. It helps heal the nervous system and is also an excellent remedy for stress and anxiety. I always include valerian in my teas or as a tincture for my headaches. I find that it is more of a pain reliever than Tylenol-type pills, without the negative side effects. I love that it helps me sleep off my headaches as well.

15). Vervain:

This herb has a restorative effect on the nervous system. It is wonderful for stress and tension headaches for this reason. It also has pain-relieving qualities.