7 Natural Ways To Manage Eczema

Eczema is a general term used to describe varying skin conditions that result in inflamed and discolored skin. Typically the skin is red, dry, inflamed, and occasionally blisters or crusts form. The term eczema is often times used interchangeably with the term dermatitis, which literally translates to “inflamed skin.” There are many types of eczema, but the most common type is atopic eczema. Thought to be hereditary and triggered by allergens, atopic eczema is most common in children, but can reappear during adult years. Unfortunately there is no cure, but often the key to determining what causes it to flare up and treating the symptoms is usually the course of action to take. If you have eczema, your skin is most likely producing less fats and oils than it should be, and the ability to retain water is diminished. The space between cells widens since they aren’t plump with moisture, you begin to lose water from the dermis, and irritants and bacteria can enter easier. This is why things like soaps and detergents can worsen eczema, as they strip away what lipids your skin is producing, and it will breakdown faster than healthy skin would to become dry, inflamed, and sometimes cracked or blistered. Natural home remedies for eczema  Here are 7 natural, home remedies to take a close look at.  They will work to strengthen the barrier of your skin and retain moisture, as well as focusing on addressing specific troubles like itching and inflammation. 1. Coconut Oil Coconut oil does a great job of sinking into the skin and filling in that intercellular space that’s opened up... read more

4 Natural Ways To Settle An Upset Stomach

An upset stomach can come out of nowhere. It may be as a result of something we ate, a virus or infection we are fighting or simply because we are nervous and churned up over something. Whatever the reason, the best news is we don’t have to reach for chemical-based drugs to help settle an upset stomach. There are a number of tried and tested natural remedies that can be applied which can effectively settle the tummy and help you get back on track. Please be aware that none of the methods offered below are based on medical advice so please take them on board knowing that you should seek professional medical advice if your symptoms persist. 1. Alkaline Water An upset stomach is usually the result of acid buildup. Did you know that alkaline water helps to counteract this? Drinking alkaline water, regularly, will almost eliminate any upset tummy issues caused by acidity. Why? Because alkaline water, sometimes referred to as glacier water, has zero acidity. The pH level of alkaline water is 3 or 4. Coconut water is natural alkaline water. Just make sure there is no sugar added. 2. Peppermint Peppermint is a fantastic herb and useful as a natural medicine in many ways. Try peppermint tea or pick mint leaves from your garden and soak them in some warm water and sip it. 3. Crackers and Lemonade Very commonly we hear about eating some soda crackers, or dry salty biscuits and sipping on some lemonade or ginger-ale. Ginger itself is a fantastic natural remedy and commonly used to help with nausea associated with pregnancy too.... read more

3 Natural Ways To Improve Your Memory

Do you need a boost, naturally?  Are you looking for a safe and natural way to improve your memory? It can be extremely frustrating when you’re at work and you can’t even remember what you had for breakfast that morning or when you walk into a room and are not even sure why.  Let’s face it, we all do it.  Unfortunately, this problem comes with age and we all have to deal with it. However, there’s good news! You can slow the effects of memory loss by eating certain healthy foods.  3 healthy foods in fact. So, if you want to improve your memory to help you get the job done, start munching on these healthy, brain-boosting foods today! Memory boosting anchovies Whether or not you like them on your pizza, anchovies are a great food to add to your diet. Anchovies are a great source of omega-3s which can help fight against memory loss. Plus, the healthy fats in these these little fish can put you in a better mood! Who knew? Healthy berries We all know about the antioxidents berries provide however these juicy treats are even better than you thought! Research has shown that fruits like blueberries and strawberries can help boost memory. Apparently it is the flavonoids found in the berries that are the natural triggers that help our brain. Flavonoids slow stress, help to reduce inflammation; it’s these 2 elements which can contribute to causes memory loss. Onions, onions, onions Yes onions make you cry and yes they can also give you bad breath but don’t shy away from adding onions to your sandwich!  Studies show that the quercetin found in... read more

6 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Garlic Breath

Garlic is amazing. For many though it’s a love hate relationship. The enjoyment we get from eating it can be greatly outweighed by the stench we encounter sitting next to someone with awful garlic breath. And if we know we have just endowed a huge meal, full of garlic, it may be worth being aware of some of the most common to fight garlic breath. Here are 6 foods that you can enjoy (not all at once) that will go a long way to absorbing the excess garlic and helping you to feel a little more comfortable next time you need to get up close and personal with someone. > Apples > Spinach > Basil > Parsley > Green tea > Milk You can also squeeze a few drops of lemon juice onto your tongue or even drink lemon water. Do you have a natural cure for garlic... read more

Skin-Nourishing Massage Oil Recipe

There’s nothing more enjoyable than a massage, and better still being able to make your own skin-nourishing massage oil using ingredients that are natural. Building from a base using a natural oil such as almond oil always works well on its own, but there are also endless ways to customize a massage oil for skin and relaxation needs. This recipe is a favourite blend and incorporates all the top elements. Read more Skin-Nourishing Massage Oil Recipe... read more

40 Natural Toothache and Wisdom Tooth Remedies

Are you seeking natural remedies for a toothache or pain as a result of having wisdom teeth removed? If you’re unable to get into the dentist as soon as you’d hoped, some of these tips may help you relieve the pain. Remember: Different remedies work for different people. Some remedies may work well at first but slowly stop working. Clove Oil – Rub a little on the tooth and gum. Hot water bottle or heat pack on the side of the jaw. Cold ice pack on the side of the jaw. Peanut butter applied directly to the tooth. Repeat applications as saliva will remove it. An onion placed on the cheek side of the tooth. Bite it occasionally to let out juice. Gently tap the sore tooth with your nail 3-4 times. (Temporary relief only.) Swish a mixture of salt (preferably natural sea salt) water around in your mouth for 30 seconds and also brush your teeth with it. Remove the veins from cabbage, roll it with a rolling pin then put this compress against the tooth and gum. Apply a small dab of vanilla essence to the tooth. Have someone pour a very small amount of warmed olive oil into the ear on the side that the tooth aches. Boil guava leaves and then hold the mixture in the mouth for 30 seconds and spit. Hold a shot of whiskey in the mouth for 1 minute. Place a thumb and forefinger (one inside and one outside your mouth) and slowly work your way back towards the molar. There is a muscle near the back of the cheek which,... read more

9 Natural Remedies for Sore Feet

Feet are one of the most important parts of the human body when it comes to movement and balance. However most people take them for granted until they develop some type of pain or problem that stops them doing what they want to do. Of course it’s best to care for your feet even when they’re not sore, but if you suffer from sore feet, here are 9 natural tips to consider which can both help to minimise pain and go a long way to stopping it reoccurring!   What causes damaged or sore feet? There are many reasons that feet can become sore or damaged but these are some of the more common everyday causes: • Standing in one place all day. • Wearing high heels. • Uneven flooring. • Shoes that are too tight.   Medical Causes of Sore Feet Sometimes more serious foot problems can come about either because of foot abuse or due to genes or other problems. Here are some common ones: • Collapsed arches. • Back problems. • Infections and fungus. • Corns, calluses, warts, ingrown toenails and bunions. • Spurs (calcium deposits on the bones.) For most of these problems it’s a good idea to see either your doctor or a podiatrist (foot doctor) to work on a long term treatment plan. 9 Natural Remedies for Sore Feet 1. Walking Walking is a great way to help your feet feel better, especially if you’ve been standing in one spot all day. Walking helps the muscles of your feet stretch and uses muscles that don’t get used much if you’re always sitting or... read more

26 Ways to (Naturally) Not Be Nervous

Nervousness and anxiety happens to us all at some point in our lives. Whether in your professional or your personal life, nerves will hit and there isn’t much you can do about it. Or is there? Without resorting to medication, if nerves are becoming an issue and affecting your day to day routine, then here is a list of natural remedies to help reduce those jitters. Chamomile Chamomile tea, two to three times a day, is an especially good remedy to resort to when nervousness strikes or failing that, chamomile supplements. Chamomile is known to significantly reduce anxiety and nervousness due to the relaxation promoting ingredients, apigenin and luteolin. Green Tea Green tea is a refreshing and relaxing drink which can help soothe the nerves. The amino acid L-theanine in green tea can also help with blood pressure and a rising heart rate. L-theanine As mentioned above, L-theanine is found in green tea however it is also found in black tea and can be taken in capsule form. This water-soluble amino acid works to combat nervous and anxiety without any drowsiness or other side effects. Hops Hops otherwise known as Humulus lupulus can sometimes be found in tea form. The herb is often used as a sedative to help promote relaxation and sleep. Valerian Root Valerian is generally taken as a capsule, tea or in liquid form, but note that it can have a rather unpleasant smell. It has been used as a sedative to help insomnia since the ancient Greek and Roman empires and can help reduce anxiety and nerves. Lemon Balm Lemon balm has been used for... read more

10+ Alternative Natural Medicines To Treat Common Colds, Bites and Skin Issues

There are many tried and tested natural remedies for ailments and alternative medicines to consider. This list is by no means exhaustive, however will give you some ideas when you are looking for an alternative. 1. Echinacea Also known as echinacea purpurea, helps support a healthy immune system and has both antibacterial and antibiotic properties. If you start to feel something coming on, dosing yourself with echinacea is a good way to help you stay healthy. At the very least, you won’t stay sick as long. It works well in conjunction with vitamin C. 2. Goldenseal  Goldenseal, also known as Hydrastis Canadensis, is a powerful antibacterial, antibiotic, and anti-parasitical potion.  It comes in a variety of forms, capsules, powder and liquid. In its powdered form, it can be applied to open cuts to help them from getting infected. It can zap parasites and help to keep your intestinal tract free of them. Coupled with echinacea, it can take on more serious colds like strep throat when you are in a pinch. Goldenseal is an all around healing herb! This is the type of herb that you do not take every day, it is for times when you are sick. When your family starts to get the flu take Goldenseal along with Echinacia and Garlic. These last two you can take every day. Echinacia is like an immune system builder. Garlic is good for all sorts of things. It helps lower cholesterol, blood pressure, immunity builder, plus a slew of other things. Goldenseal is a cycle herb, meaning that you take it for 10 days and then stay off of it for 10 days.... read more