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St. John’s Wort April 30, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — smakol @ 6:22 am

This old herb is great for

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Skin Inflamation
  • Blunt Injuries
  • Wounds and Burns
  • Many other things!

St. John’s Wort is made from the hypericum plant. This plant has been used for over 400 years as an aid to depression and worrying. To date there have been no deaths or over doses from St. John’s Wort, lets compare that to the hundreds of thousands of deaths related to many common pharmaceutical medications. There is one side effect of St. John’s Wort and that is phototoxicity. However, that is only if you take an incredibly large amount of the herb.

Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs reports:

The herb is said to soothe the digestive system. In particular, its ingredients were thought to relieve ulcers and gastritis, and the herb was called on as a folk medicine for diarrhea and nausea. Bruises and hemorrhoids are said to respond to it. It has served as a sedative, painkiller, and analgesic. The blossoms have been added to sweek oil (a refined olive oil used medicinally) for a soothing dressing for cuts. Herbalists credit it with increasing and inducing a sense of well-being.

 

 

Cornsilk April 27, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — smakol @ 6:20 pm

This herb is a savior. I have a very personal experience with it. So I am really prone to bladder infections, I get them even sometimes during really stressful situations. So one time I was coming back from a particularly stressful trip to San Diego to visit my best who goes to UCSD. I was on the plane flight and needless to say I was incredibly stressed out. I got up to go pee and if you are a woman who has had a bladder infection you know that it pretty much feels like you are peeing out fire. 

So I got home and my grandma gave me two cornsilk pills every 4 hours. I thought she was crazy and was ready to go to the doctors to get pyridium and some other antibiotics. Then, after about 24 hours there was no more peeing fire! The bladder infection was cured, sans antibiotics. However, the only thing about cornsilk is that you must take it at the onset of symptoms. If you are already 2 or 3 days into a bladder infection you are going to have to take antibiotics.

 

Green Tea April 25, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — smakol @ 11:11 pm

green-tea1Who knew something so yummy could be so very good for you. As I type i’m sitting in Starbucks sippping some wonderful green tea with a little bit of raw sugar. Green tea has some very healthy benefits such as weight loss, antooxidants(which help our cells from turning into free radicals and turning into cancer cells), polyphenols, which have been linked to decreasing the risk of heart disease and cancer. One study even found green tea to help women with breast cancer.

I first fell in love with green tea this summer. I was a coffee addict. Seriously, if I didn’t get my one cup I would be bitching by 10am. I figured that this probably wasn’t very goodso I decided to ween myself off the stuff. Well after a week of caffine headaches I was pretty much cured. My grandma sent me to buy a book called The Ultimate Tea Diet. It ended up not being a real diet book at all, just a book with a bunch of great recipies that included tea and about 200 pages of explanations of why tea is the best drink in the world for your body and mind.

So if you were like me and had a serious coffee addiction try out some green tea, you won’t regret it.

 

Organic Raw Virgin Coconut Oil April 22, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — smakol @ 8:37 pm

This all natural remedy can help a very wide variety of ailments. VRO coconut oil is no match when it comes to any ailment from dry skin to high blood pressure. I first read about it in a health food book and got it for my Dad because he has high blood pressure that he treats with Lasix which has some very discomforting side effects. Here is just a small part of the list from the Lasix site

 

Adverse reactions are categorized below by organ system and listed by decreasing severity.

Gastrointestinal System Reactions

  1. hepatic encephalopathy in patients with hepatocellular insufficiency
  2. pancreatitis
  3. jaundice (intrahepatic cholestatic jaundice)
  4. anorexia
  5. oral and gastric irritation
  6. cramping
  7. diarrhea
  8. constipation
  9. nausea
  10. vomiting

 

So naturally I wanted to give my Dad some kind of alternative. No updates yet on how much it has helped him, but there is info all over about how much it helps many people. Now when it comes to other uses, the possibilities are endless. You can put it on your toast as a alternative to butter, use it as a lotion(your skin soaks it up and it leaves a non greasy wonderful smell on your skin), rub it on your chest to help asthma, it has antibacterial qualities, and it is great for cooking in the kitchen.

 

Organic, Raw, Virgin Coconut Oil

Organic, Raw, Virgin Coconut Oil

 

Headaches April 21, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — smakol @ 3:12 am

A good friend of mine and I were talking about holistic medicine once and he said something really interesting to me. He said ok so when you get a headache, you should think, “ok what can I put in my body to make it go away?” you should saying “what is my body lacking that is causing my head to hurt?”. Am I dehydrated? Not get enough sleep? Or am I lacking in some sort of vitamin?

One thing that is great for headaches is putting pressure on your pressure points. At the base of your neck and at your shoulders. This relieves tension in a natural, safe way. Also a great way to get rid of headaches are chamomile, lavender, and rosemary oils. These will calm you and naturally relieve tension from your head by relaxation.

 

Sinus Rinse April 14, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — smakol @ 4:29 am

I just dicovered this stuff and I am a firm believer in it! So sinus wash is basically saline solution with warm water. What it does is flushes out all of the snot and crap in your nose. It is a great alternative to nasal spray, which I used to rely on because there is nothing I hate more than a stuffy nose. But the thing about nasal spray is that they irratate the delicate mucosa lining of your nose, then it swells. You body starts to get immune to the nasal spray and before you know it you must use it inorder to breathe normally, then you have to ween yourself off and all that jazz. The most popular one on the market is NeilMed sinus wash, which is the one I use.

Sinus Rinse

I have been struggling with mild allergies for the past few weeks. I used this and within one day my nose was better and more comfortable than then I use a nasal spray. Also a good friend of mine is just one of those people who is always sick, she began to use the nasal rinse a few months ago and did not get sick. However when she ran out first thing that happened to her was she got sick, so this stuff must really be helping her!

 

Naturopathic Medicine April 6, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — smakol @ 1:34 am

I’m not all to familiar with this sort of medicine seeing as I just stumbled upon it, but lets try and learn together. Here is a definition of naturopathic medicine from a naturopathic medical clinic just down the road in Palo Alto, it’s called Natural Health California.

Naturopathy (also known as naturopathic medicine or natural medicine) is an alternative medical system that focuses on natural remedies and the body’s vital ability to heal and maintain itself. Naturopathic philosophy favors a holistic approach and minimal use of surgery and drugs. Citation

The clinic that I stumbled upon seems pretty legit. All of the doctors came from amazing schools and hold doctoral or post doctoral degress. They outline their services and how they will treat your condition without the use of conventional medicine, which I think is awesome. They treat a multitude of ailments such as:

  • autism
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • ADD
  • mental disorders
  • PMS and other women issues
  • allergies
  • pain
  • heavy metal toxicity
  • digestive issues
  • detoxification

All the while they use no conventional medicine. Here is the catch though, many if not all insurance companies will NOT reimburse you. So unfortunately naturopathic medicine is only a luxury for the wealthy, or  for those who save up. I personally would love to save up enough for a few visits and detoxification sessions. They can be a bit pricey, but not anymore so than a regular doctor, it’s just that you don’t get a reimbursement. Here is the link for the naturopathic medicine clinic in Palo Alto. I do hope some of you find yourselves checkin them out!