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How to Use Raw Aloe Vera

Natural Medicine November 1, 2016

How to Use Raw Aloe Vera

The aloe vera plant is familiar to most people who live a natural lifestyle. Aloe has also been commercialized to the point that just about every health and beauty product on the shelves has its name on the label. How much aloe is actually in these products can be questionable and therefore we don’t really know how much the addition of aloe benefits the consumer. However, many people are getting informed about the great benefits of raw aloe vera. Many consumers have started growing the plant in their gardens so they can have aloe vera at will.

If you’ve never seen an aloe vera plant, its leaves are thick and spiked around the edges. It could remind you of a variety of cacti. You can break the leaves of the plant open to reveal the gel-like consistency of natural raw aloe vera. Aloe vera’s most simplistic and common use is rubbing the gel on minor cuts and burns or to create a face mask to tighten the skin and keep blemishes away. There are newly discovered ways on how to use raw aloe as researchers and naturalists experiment with this very powerful medicinal plant.

Here is a simple tutorial on how to use the aloe vera plant:

1. Break one of the leaves off the aloe plant and wear gardening gloves, as we stated above, the aloe vera plant can be a little spiked around the edges.

2. Using gardening scissors to trim those spiny edges away by cutting all the way around the leaf. You should now see the aloe gel oozing out of the sides.

3. Carefully slide a knife between the top and bottom layer of the leaves. This enables you to get to the aloe vera gel in the center. Place the leaf on a cutting board if that feels sturdier and safer.

4. Now that the aloe vera gel has been exposed, you can rub it into your skin, treat any blemishes, small bruises, or as we shared above, you can also treat minor burns with aloe instead of ice.

Here are some lesser known, but just as effective, uses for pure raw aloe vera:

Hair Conditioner

Just as aloe vera is great for the skin, it also promotes healthy and shiny hair. This is the very reason so many beauty products tout the benefits of aloe, because the natural gel itself is widely known for being a healing product for dry and itchy scalp, plus damaged hair. If you have access to an aloe vera plant or a health store that sells pure raw aloe, you can apply it directly to the scalp and hair. Pure aloe vera also controls frizzy and curly hair, making the hair more manageable. When purchasing shampoos and conditioners with aloe in it, the other ingredients are usually fragrance, color, and chemicals to change the texture of the aloe vera, none of these ingredients are needed to benefit from the natural healing powers of the plant.

An Occasional Laxative

To use aloe vera for mild constipation, you would simply put it in the juicer, leaves and all, and due to its fibrous texture on the outside, an aloe vera smoothie would cause the bowels to contract, therefore acting as a mild laxative. Just like with any laxative, you should use caution and not overdo it. Using any laxative too much can be harmful to your system, so use aloe vera in that same manner. It is of utmost importance that the aloe vera you use for this purpose or any internal purpose, be raw and pure.

Strengthens the Immune System

Acemanna, a very powerful substance that assists in stimulating the immune system, is naturally within the aloe plant. This same stimulant also helps with digestion issues. According to a study on how aloe vera affects the immune system, aloe vera attacks abnormal cells within the immune system, ultimately strengthening the system. This study was done on cancer patients during the period of their treatments.  The study was conducted by the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California.

If for various reasons you don’t have access to an aloe vera plant, do your research to choose one from the many brands who produce pure digestible aloe vera. For a healthy diet, you can use a teaspoon or two a day in your water, smoothie, or even in your dessert recipes. Aloe vera is also a great product to keep in the home because it does have such a wide variety of uses for adults and children. Don’t neglect to do your research on natural products as you would on any commercial product, when it comes to giving it to your children.

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This Woman Drank Honey and Lemon for a Year, Guess What Happened Next

Natural Medicine October 27, 2016

Honey and Lemon

Though modern medicine has proven itself to be constantly and forever evolving, there will always be people who choose the natural way of healing their bodies. There is nothing that says that prescription medications cannot work hand in hand with natural remedies, but there is a dedication which many people have that keeps them true to Mother Earth. Shamans of every culture believe that nature has a remedy for every ailment. However, you do not have to fully believe that, to benefit from natural solutions.

Let’s talk about a natural health remedy that one woman used faithfully for over a year now; warm lemon water with honey.

It may sound like a simple tea, something our mothers would have given us when a cold was coming on. But according to Crystal Davis of  Australia, this simple concoction can remedy more than just the common cold.  Water, lemon, and honey have their own healthy attributes, but when you combine the three, there is something magical about what they can do for the body. Crystal Davis believes in this remedy, and here’s why:

Raw honey, in particular, has amazing antibacterial properties which naturally powers up the immune system and assists with a quicker recovery of various flu and cold related symptoms. Lemons are packed with vitamin C, and we all know how important water is to our entire body’s health system. Water to our bodies is like fuel to an engine, it keeps everything hydrated and assists in the proper functioning of all of our organs. So with three naturally potent ingredients, what does the combination do for the body that makes Crystal Davis’ story so intriguing?

After drinking a glass of warm water, lemon, and honey tea every day for a year before breakfast, Davis began seeing results she never imagined. Not only did she avoid colds and flues but whenever the symptoms would begin, she found that they would cease much more quickly than before. For Davis this proved the fact that honey in the recipe did work to speed up recovery and do away with symptoms. Davis outlines the other health benefits she received from this daily dietary practice and one major benefit was increased energy levels. She also gave up coffee during this particular health experiment and replaced coffee time with her lemon, water, and honey tea. Davis also experienced UTIs (uterinary tract infections) quite often in her life, but during this year she noticed that they had gone away and that she was not plagued with these infections as usual. The reason for this is that the combination of lemon, honey, and water is a powerful enough natural diuretic that it cleanses toxins from the body.

Davis also experienced healthier skin that she accredits to this same mixture of water, lemon, and honey. She noticed clearer and tighter skin on her face. There is also science behind these findings that explain why. Honey helps to stimulate collagen which causes a natural smoothing and filling out, of the skin. Lemon juice cleanses the blood which is great for overall body health and not just the skin alone. However when toxins are removed from the body and the blood is being cleansed daily, it is no surprise to scientists that one would begin to look younger. A healthier diet that includes more fruit and vegetables than animal protein, will usually make you look younger; the water, lemon, and honey tea was simply the route that Crystal Davis chose. You would need to try it for yourself.

The recipe is simple:

  1. You can make this healthy combo very simply by boiling water as you would for hot tea, then adding one to four squeezes of fresh lemon juice. Pour in honey to your taste, but one to two teaspoons should do the trick. If you find this version too bland for you, pure unsweetened cranberry juice into the mix, which is also great for UTIs and should give the tea a more refreshing taste.
  2. Drink your lemon and honey water at room temperature or with a little chill if that suits your taste buds better.
  3.  Add in other healthy fruits, like a slice of orange, frozen or fresh blueberries, or strawberries, chopped up.

The main objective is to keep the drink healthy. Don’t add ingredients that will cancel out its health benefits. Keep the recipe simple; hot, warmed, or chilled. Combining this combo with other healthy lifestyle habits is a strong suggestion. There is no evidence of what Crystal Davis ate or drank besides the water with lemon and honey, but precedence would tell us that she probably changed many of her eating and lifestyle habits as well.

Source: This Woman drank honey and lemon for a year

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Herbal Remedies for Joint Pain

Natural Medicine October 26, 2016


Joint pain is more common than you may think. Physicians state that patients as young as twenty-five years old come in complaining of joint pain and arthritis symptoms. More often joint pain is not about old-age but instead, inflammation and overuse. Though it is a very common pain, joint pain can be excruciating and also debilitating. It can stop you from doing many of the activities you enjoy, such as, gardening, crafts, and cooking. So besides prescription and over-the-counter pain medication, what can we do to soothe the discomfort?

We offer you a few herbal remedies that may help to calm the pain in your joints and make you more active:

Cat’s Claw

Cat’s Claw is a tropical vine that helps to reduce the inflammation in our joints. The ancient Inca civilizations used Cat’s Claw for  joint pain and other forms of pain that are caused by inflammation. If Cat’s Claw is going to be your herb of choice, be aware that using too much of this herb can have reverse effects. Always do your research before taking herbs, and make certain that you check with a physician, especially those who are on other medications.


Most of us are familiar with the eucalyptus plant. It is often used for clearing the sinuses and other mild breathing issues. Since eucalyptus can come in many forms, the best way to use it for joint pain is as a topical cream. The leaves of the eucalyptus plant contain tannins, like that which appears on wine grapes, and helps to reduce swelling in the joints and puffiness in the hands, fingers, and feet. Applying heat to the painful areas along with the topical cream may be a bit more effective.


One of the basic ingredients in many varieties of curry powder, turmeric can also act as an anti-inflammatory natural medicine for joint pain and arthritis symptoms. You can begin by using turmeric in your cooking, but research suggests taking a turmeric capsule instead. Turmeric appears to be more effective when consumed as a supplement. It certainly won’t hurt to try the supplement while also incorporating turmeric into your weekly recipes.

Aloe Vera

We hear so much about aloe vera, it may seem like some kind of wonder drug. Though this plant can be used to treat many mild illnesses, cuts, abrasions, sunburn; in liquid gel form it has proven itself to be a natural elixir for joint pain. Nowadays you can find aloe vera in liquid gel form in just about any local heath food and herbal store. You can apply this gel topically, directly onto the painful areas.


Nettles may be a lesser-known herb than the others on this list, but it is widely known in the world of herbal medicine. Herbalist Susun Weed says if you have no other herb but Nettles, you’ll be fine. Besides containing an extensive list of vitamins, Nettles is an anti-inflammatory that works well to fight against joint and arthritis pain. A cup or two of nettles tea a day may help reduce water weight, plus swelling of the joints. With every herbal suggestion on this list, we advise you to always consult your physician.


The flax seed is full of those great Omega-3s that are wonderful for your overall health. While fighting off inflammation, flax seed is also a great anti-inflammatory vegan food that helps to soothe the pain of inflamed joints and other arthritis symptoms. You can now find flax seed at any good supermarket in small packs or at your health food store or herb store. You can use flax as an oil and drink a teaspoon daily and/or place some flax seeds on your breakfast cereal each day.

Though there are plenty plants and seeds out there provided by mother nature that are proven effective, it is wise not to try to treat joint pain as if it is a common cold. Take the same precautions as you would with improving your overall health. Eat a healthy diet, and all fats, alcohol, and others sugars, in moderation. Remember to exercise daily because even a short walk for 15 or 20 minutes will help your entire body become healthier and more able to fight off disease.

Sources: 9 Herbs to fight arthritis pain5 Herbs for arthritis and joint pain. Photo by Fotolia

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Three Healthy Meals To Fight Cold or Flu

Natural Medicine October 16, 2016

“Food feeds both the body and soul – there are clear reasons to eat a balanced diet, but there are also reasons you cling to your mom’s secret chicken noodle soup recipe when you’re sick.” -Michael Mena

With cold and flu season upon us, it is no surprise people are scrambling about in a dozen different directions for a cure, a preventative, or at least a soothing aid when the sickness descends.

However, perhaps the easiest (and tastiest) way to combat germs and bacteria is to eat a balanced diet of natural, healthy foods. That’s easier said than done, you might say, but keep reading and you’ll find that these meals are simple, cost-effective, and packed with nutrients that will do their best to stave off those pesky illnesses.

What vitamins, minerals and spices are best suited to do battle with the cold and flu? Research published in the Journal of Nutrition and on the U.S. National Library of Medicine website (and others) indicates that Vitamins A, B, & C, the mineral zinc, and spices garlic and tumeric are the best when it comes to preventative care.

Where can these be found? In a plethora of foods including beef, tuna, salmon, chicken, (and chicken broth), sweet potatoes, beans, and dark, leafy greens. Adding onions and garlic or tumeric to the dish will also increase its immune-boosting power. Combining these foods in savory dishes will not only ensure that you’re getting the nutrients you need, but will prepare it to fight against disease.

The first dish is of course the perennial favorite, chicken soup. Consisting of chicken stock or broth, chicken, vegetables (onions, celery, carrots, and whatever else you fancy), and either noodles or rice, this dish is a hearty staple that not only provides relief to a sore throat, but also keeps you hydrated and provides much needed amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.

The second dish is vegetarian chili, comprised of a tomato base, black beans, onions, garlic, and sweet potatoes (a replacement for meat). The sweet potatoes provide Vitamin A, the black beans give us antioxidants, and the garlic shares the benefits of its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.

The third and last dish is curry – particularly curry with tumeric, which is both anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. If you don’t like curry or if it’s difficult to find in your area, you can try mixing tumeric into the following: eggs, leafy greens, or roasted vegetables like cauliflower, squash, and zucchini.

Be prepared this flu season by putting together some easy, nutritious meals with natural ingredients – the benefits are bountiful.

By Kaitlin Cone

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Three Alternative Therapies to Try

Natural Medicine October 16, 2016

Three Alternative Therapies to Try

If you’ve ever considered going to therapy, the options can be a bit overwhelming. Whether you’re going for physical, mental, emotional, or even spiritual reasons, there are dozens of possibilities open to you, depending on the area where you live, available time, and resources.

While research is currently underway to back up the claims that alternative and complementary therapies do indeed have merit for a host of ailments, many types have been used for centuries, although of course they have evolved to be of best use in the modern world.

Acupuncture is perhaps the best known alternative therapy in this list, as it traveled to the West and found popularity here first. It is widely used for physical and mental ailments. Acupuncture is the practice of placing needles in the skin, stimulating the tissue in order to boost the immune system, alleviate pain, or improve sleep. People with anxiety issues and depression have also found relief through acupuncture, according to  UC San Diego’s Center for Integrative Medicine. If the thought of needles makes you nauseous, however, you could try these other forms of acupoint therapy: massage, cupping, or heat therapy.

Hypnotherapy is becoming more and more common in the West as time goes on, though it is difficult to find in some regions, prompting many professionals to offer their services via phone or internet. Some hypnotherapists have also begun including technology in their sessions, such as headphones and light glasses. People searching for help with addictions, weight loss, insomnia, and phobias have found relief with hypnotherapy, and it can also be used to alleviate physical pain or teach relaxation techniques, to great effect, as noted by Melinda Beck in The Wall Street Journal. Once you experience hypnotherapy and learn some techniques, it is also possible to self-hypnotize when needed.

Reiki is perhaps the least well known alternative therapy in this list, though it is rapidly gaining popularity after efforts to back up its claims, such as The Touchstone Process. It is a hands-on method of therapy, though different from massage in that it is purported to carry life-force energy from the therapist’s hands to the client’s body. With this intention, the body begins to release stress and relax, entering into a state of well-being that enhances the health and energy of the body. This therapy too can be self-applied as required, after some initial training. Reiki has been used to help with depression, stress, physical pain, and relaxation.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (abbreviated as CAM) has included these three therapies in its fold as popular and successful forms of alternative therapies for years, and with the growing legitimacy from medical professionals and research, they will most likely become a standard of treatment in years to come.

By Kaitlin Cone

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CDC confirms lemon eucalyptus oil as effective as DEET

Natural Medicine October 3, 2016


More than likely, if you start a conversation with most people about the insect repellent DEET, you will end up with a negative response. People who have used DEET say that it actually works, and if you have ever been camping or simply at a summer BBQ, you know how bad it feels to be a meal for vicious mosquitoes. Mosquitoes will not give up and the presence of food makes the situation worse. However, products like DEET are so filled with toxins that many researchers and physicians say that it’s just not safe to put on our skin. So, if DEET and other mosquito repellents that are made with the same dangerous toxins aren’t safe to use, then what can we carry with us that is equally effective during our outdoor activities?

If you ask the CDC these days (Centers for Disease Control), they will say, “lemon eucalyptus oil”. Difficult to believe? Maybe so, but the research on natural tree and plant oils have been going on for decades now and many naturalist theories have now been confirmed. The CDC reports that lemon eucalyptus oil has been found, through testing on mosquitoes in the United States, to be just as effective as repellents with low amounts of DEET. The oil is also much more comfortable on the skin than DEET products, as DEET can feel heavy and sticky for hours after application. The studies were performed by two publications whose expertise and major focus is science.  It is the actual oil extracted from the lemon eucalyptus plant that acts as the natural mosquito repellent and this lemon eucalyptus oil is not only registered with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), but is now the only other repellent recommended by the CDC and EPA approved.

Why choose lemon Eucalyptus oil over an effective product such as DEET?

Many consumers will say that they know about the toxins in DEET, but what exactly are the dangers to the body? Studies on lab animals show that the toxins in DEET can affect the central nervous system. Lab rats exposed to the same amounts of DEET that a human would use during application, experienced a serious lack of muscle coordination and the fact that DEET has also been used on children is an even deeper concern. According to the CDC, you can tell if a child’s nervous system is being affected by the use of DEET because there are certain common symptoms they’ll display. Reports show that children affected by DEET report headaches, tremors, involuntary muscle movements, and seizures. However, the CDC does not have information on how much DEET was used on each child and at what point that variation would matter.


For many families who have been living more naturally for decades for the health of their children, it is confirmation that nature itself does hold many of its own remedies and cures for common health problems, concerns, and nuisances such as bug bites. Though many natural remedies often include a list of ingredients, some unknown to those who are not studied in this area, oils are becoming more familiar to the average person simply by reading the deluge of articles on the internet and floating around on social media. A natural remedy, such as lemon eucalyptus oil is far less intimidating than a natural recipe with six or seven different herbs. Therefore this CDC confirmation will make it easier for families and organizations that use DEET to replace it with this healthier and easily available alternative.

How is lemon eucalyptus oil applied for best results?

As a plant-based natural repellent, lemon eucalyptus oil can be diluted with water in a spray bottle and applied to the skin in that manner. A few drops of any natural oil is highly effective and can be diluted for longer use. You can also use a natural sunscreen product with a few drops of lemon eucalyptus oil to be rubbed onto the arms, legs, and feet. Rubbing any oil or natural plant or tree oil on the face is not recommended. Many people are sensitive to oils and the skin on the face is a most sensitive area.

There are many other ways to protect yourself from mosquitoes and if you can combine a few of them, that would be the best option:

  • If it is cool enough or you’re going out at night, cover up as much as possible with longer sleeves, long pants, a long skirt, etc.
  • Bring your chosen mosquito repellent with you on your outing in case you need to reapply.
  • Most varieties of mosquitoes will bite from dawn to dusk, so if you can, stay inside. The Nile Virus, Malaria, and Japanese vector mosquitoes tend to bite at night, so if you have heard reports that they are in your area, beware. Late afternoon to early evening hours, for example 3pm-6pm is the optimum time to be outdoors if you’re not sure what type of mosquitoes are in your neck of the woods.
  • You can also pre-treat your clothing with a natural repellent after you treat the naked skin. If you get dressed and find you have forgotten to apply your repellent, spray or rub your repellent on the exposed skin.

Just as with any new product you try, use a small amount of lemon eucalyptus on your skin to make sure that you don’t experience any bad reactions before applying it over the entire body. Do your own research on natural products as you would with any standard commercial product to make sure it is right for you. Visit the CDC and EPA websites for new and updated information on insect and mosquito repellents and all products that may concern you. The health of our family and ourselves requires being proactive.

Sources: Protection Against Mosquitoes, Ticks, and other AnthropodsCDC Confirms lemon eucalyptus oil as effective as DEETThe Dangers of Deet

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Reflexology – In your hands … and feet!

Natural Medicine September 5, 2016

What is reflexology and how does it work?

The body is connected by nerves, and reflexology seeks to best affect the body by manipulating nerves in particularly areas, thought to be connected in a way that can be understood by looking at the images here.

in reflexology, the feet are correlated to their own sides of the body, and parts of the feet to all the other parts of the body along those sides.

Reflexologists manipulate the parts of the feet (or hands or ears) that correspond to the part of the body they want to effect. They seek to treat body maladies in this way.

Reflexology is an old practice, dating back to the Chinese and Egyptians, two of the earliest civilizations we have historical evidence of. Most modern reflexologists practice a form of reflexology pioneered by American Eunice Ingham.

Reflexologists don’t claim to be able to do everything and cure everything with their practice, but numerous health issues have seen beneficial results after those suffering received reflexology treatments. Top complaints that reflexology is sought for include: migraine, sinus problems, hormonal imbalances, breathing disorders, digestive problems, circulatory problems, back problems, tension and stress.

A further benefit of reflexology is that unlike much medicine and treatments like surgery, there aren’t usually negative side effects from the treatment.

Images: Kevin and Barbara Kunz

Reflexology information sources: Reflexology directory


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Top 10 Medicinal Plants You Can Grow Yourself

Natural Medicine September 2, 2016

Medicinal Plants You Can Grow Yourself

There is no reason to become intimidated by growing herbs and other medicinal plants in your garden. The internet provides a multitude of websites that can help you choose which ones you and your family will actually use. You can also consult with herbalists online if you’re in an area where it is difficult to find a practitioner. Some medicinal plants are more challenging to grow and maintain than others, but it doesn’t mean that it is impossible. The most important things to consider is your geographic area and the quality of your soil.

Here are 10 medicinal plants that most anyone can grow in their yards:

1. Marsh Mallow: This is the same medicinal plant that commercial marshmallow products are made with, but here we will share its healing benefits. The Marsh Mallow plant is great for topical skin issues, such as bites, wounds and bruises, and inflamed skin from insect bites. For internal health issues, such as ulcer pain and discomfort, Marsh Mallow should be brewed as slow-brewed in cold water to preserve its natural healing ingredients for those types of illnesses.

2. Tea Tree: A lot of people who use herbal products have heard of Tea Tree. This plant is in shampoos, lotions, and various skin products. The benefits of Tea Tree focus mostly on the health of the skin. Besides being great for minor skin burns, acne, and warts, Tea Tree can also help with symptoms of fatigue, fevers, and vaginal infections. The best way to use the Tea Tree plant is to soak it water and then place the juice into a bottle along with the water, to use as an antiseptic and anti fungal agent. Tea Tree can also be mixed with olive oil to apply on the skin and diluted with water to drink for internal health problems once a day. You will only need a drop of Tea Tree extract per 8 oz. of water, juice, or tea.

3. Basil: The thought of basil may make you hungry for a delicious Italian meal, but you will be surprised about basil’s health benefits for the body. Speaking of appetite, basil will assist in increasing the appetite for people who have trouble gaining weight or who may have gone down to an unhealthy weight due to illness. Basil also works to heal stomach gas and flatulence.

4. Sage: Sage is another smell-good plant medicinal that many people use to season foods, but what are its other great qualities? The sage leaf is good for gum aches, by rubbing a small piece of sage leaf on your gums or brewing the sage to use as a mouth rinse. This wonderful smelling plant also helps to cure skin infections, ease the discomfort of digestive problems, along with soothing menopause symptoms.

5. Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is a very well-known plant used in many drugstore products such as face creams, medicinal creams for cuts and burns, and anti-aging products. You can easily take a leaf off of the aloe plant and break it open to place the aloe gel directly on a cut or minor burn. However, if you have a serious burn, please visit the nearest hospital emergency room. Aloe Vera when made into a juice or tea, also relieves the symptoms of constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.

6.  Peppermint: We aren’t talking about holiday candy canes here, but instead the pure peppermint plant with all of its medicinal uses. Peppermint, as a leaf, or a tea, is great for nausea, upset stomachs, and many other digestive blockages. This common plant is also an effective breath freshener just by chewing a small piece of the leaf. Peppermint has an abundance of menthol in it which can act as a cooling agent for the skin. For example, those who work outside in the summer, menopause hot flashes, and fevers, would all benefit from a wash cloth dipped in cool water combined with plain peppermint tea placed on the neck and shoulder areas to cool the skin.

7. Pot Marigold: The Marigold is not just a gorgeous flower we use to decorate the porch, with its lovely yellow and orange hues. If grown organically, marigolds are edible and are delicious in salads or tossed with sea salt, pepper, and lightly dusted with flour for frying. Pounding the petals with a mortar and pestle will transform marigolds into a poultice for soothing sunburns. Skin blemishes and acne are both soothed by the same marigold poultice.

8. Lavender: Lavender is best known for its pretty fragrance and its ability to act as a relaxant, but there is more to this beautiful flower than that. This gorgeous plant can relieve the symptoms of a headache with just a few sniffs, and can help to soothe occasional bouts of depression. *disclaimer* If you suffer from clinical depression, please visit a doctor as soon as possible, and if you are already diagnosed and on medication for clinical depression, consult your physician before adding the powers of the lavender plant into your medicinal plan.

9. Chinese Yam: The Chinese Yam is used in cases of fatigue syndrome and assists the weight loss process. Problems with digestion and urination can also be soothed by consuming the Chinese Yam. Since diarrhea is often a symptom of regular bouts of constipation, the Chinese Yam will assist with that as well. When the digestive system is balanced, many of the other issues will dissipate.

10. Lemon Balm: It is the leaves of the lemon balm plant that are packed with medicinal properties. During summer, the lemon balm plant will flower and those flowers can be rubbed directly on the skin for insect bites and minor sores. The lemon balm can be taken internally as a tea or juice for the symptoms of the common cold and insomnia.

As we stated above, check out books like The Farmer’s Almanac to see which of these medicinals will grow best in your area. The fact is, many of these plants help to treat some of the same health issues, so if you are unable to grow one of them, you can always seek out a an effective substitute.


: 12 Healing Herbs You Need to Grow in Your Medicinal Garden 

15 of the Most Effect Medicinal Plants to Grow in Your Garden

Uses for Australian Tea Tree Oil


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Benefits of Hanging Eucalyptus in Your Home

Natural Medicine August 31, 2016


There are benefits to hanging eucalyptus elsewhere as well. What people who try this out are aiming for is having the eucayptus in the air so they and others can inhale it.

So what some people do is hang eucalyptus in the shower or elsewhere where there will be a lot of steam to spread the airborne minerals from the plant more thickly.

The benefits of having eucalyptus in the air:

– Antiseptic

– Anti-stress

– Mental clarity

– Mood enhancer

– Respiratory health

– Anti inflammatory

Some people have also recommended hanging Rosemary. You could hang a bouquet of various herbs, which would at least give your house a nice, fresh, natural and tended to aroma.

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Canadian clay kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria on contact

Natural Medicine August 29, 2016

aboriginal clay

A 10,000-year-old deposit of clay used as medicine by aboriginal Canadians is highly effective against many serious antibiotic-resistant infections, according to recent UBC research.

The natural cure clay is from Kisameet Bay, B.C. — long used by the Heiltsuk First Nation.

The report: Kisameet Clay Exhibits Potent Antibacterial Activity against the ESKAPE Pathogens

The report’s findings:

“More than 50 years of misuse and overuse of antibiotics has led to a plague of antibiotic resistance that threatens to reduce the efficacy of antimicrobial agents available for the treatment of infections due to resistant organisms. The main threat is nosocomial infections in which certain pathogens, notably the ESKAPE organisms, are essentially untreatable and contribute to increasing mortality and morbidity in surgical wards. The pipeline of novel antimicrobials in the pharmaceutical industry is essentially empty. Thus, there is a great need to seek for new sources for the treatment of recalcitrant infectious diseases. We describe experiments that demonstrate the efficacy of a “natural” medicine, Kisameet clay, against all of the ESKAPE strains. We suggest that this material is worthy of clinical investigation for the treatment of infections due to multidrug-resistant organisms.

“Infections caused by ESKAPE bacteria are essentially untreatable and contribute to increasing mortality in hospitals,” said UBC microbiologist Julian Davies, co-author of the paper published today in the American Society for Microbiology’s mBio journal.

“After 50 years of over-using and misusing antibiotics, ancient medicinals and other natural mineral-based agents may provide new weapons in the battle against multidrug-resistant pathogens.”

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    Alkaline and acid are two fluids in the body that are measured in pH balance levels. There should be a balance of both in a healthy system. There are many products out there on the market that claim to be able to alkalize your body. There are certain kinds of diets as well. According to […]

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    Canadian clay kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria on contact

    by on August 29, 2016 - 6 Comments

    A 10,000-year-old deposit of clay used as medicine by aboriginal Canadians is highly effective against many serious antibiotic-resistant infections, according to recent UBC research. The natural cure clay is from Kisameet Bay, B.C. — long used by the Heiltsuk First Nation. The report: Kisameet Clay Exhibits Potent Antibacterial Activity against the ESKAPE Pathogens The report’s […]

  • Can Your Eyes See THIS?

    by on September 11, 2016 - 0 Comments

    Only 3 percent of people have the ability to see the number on the photo. Click on the image above (not on the social buttons but around them on the actual image) to make it bigger. Can’t see it? Here’s some tips by Savannah Dunn on how to see it anyway: 1. Shake it! ( move it consistently […]