The red raspberries are not the only edible part of the red raspberry bush that is eaten and used for their health benefits. The red raspberry leaves that are light green in color are used to for making medicinal herbal teas due to the rich source of nutrients packed in them that nourish and protect our bodies naturally.
Appearance, Texture and Flavor of Red Raspberry Leaves
Red raspberry leaves grow off the perennial red raspberry plants that are native to places like North American, Europe, Asia and South America. The light green tender leaves are edible with a sweet tart red raspberry flavor to them. When the leaves are placed in boiling water and steeped for ten minutes or longer the water turns a pinkish brown color, which is red raspberry leaf tea. The tea is sipped on to help improve overall health and certain conditions such as pregnancy.
Nutrients in Red Raspberry Leaves
The nutrients in red raspberry leaves are vitamins C, E, A, and B complex, minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and iron and antioxidants. Red raspberry leaves also contains tannins a natural astringent that can help cleanse the outside and inside of the body naturally. These leaves even contain anti-inflammatory properties that can help ease pain and inflammation safely and naturally.
Health Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea for Women
Women who are trying to improve fertility should consider drinking several cups of red raspberry tea throughout the day because of its ability to enhance the chances of getting pregnant. Woman and teenage girls should drink red raspberry leaf tea daily if their menstrual cycles are irregular because the nutrients in the tea can help regulate the cycles and help ease the symptoms that come before and after the menstrual cycle such as mood swings, bloating and cramping. Women pregnant can also benefit from drinking red raspberry tea throughout their pregnancy because of its potent nutrients and ability to nourish both mother and baby without harming them. Drinking red raspberry tea while pregnant can even help improve and strengthen the muscles in the reproductive system so delivery of the baby goes smoothly and can help ease nausea away gently and effectively.
Other Health Benefits of Drinking Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
Those of you who suffer from constipation, poor blood circulation, inflammation, diarrhea, irritated skin, gum diseases, oral cavities, the cold and flu, respiratory infections and digestive issues can help treat this conditions natural by sipping on 2 to 3 cups of red raspberry leaf tea throughout the day. Due to the high amount of vitamin C and other potent nutrients in red raspberry leaves, the tea is also useful for treating bacterial and viral infections as well as dehydration and fevers. Those of you who suffer from high blood sugar levels can help reduce them by sipping on some red raspberry leaf tea to help lower them when needed.
Using Red Raspberry Leaf Tea as a Gargle
Cold red raspberry leaf tea can be useful as a gargle to help cleanse and soothe the mouth and throat naturally due to the natural antiseptic properties it has in it. It is also useful for soothing toothaches, canker sores, cold sores, fever blisters, throat infections and dry mouth. Adding a little pinch of sea salt can help enhance the red raspberry leaf gargle since sea salt has the ability to cleanse and kill bacteria as well.
Red raspberry leaf tea is relatively safe to use to help improve health and treat common health conditions. However, it is still best to talk to the doctor before using this herbal remedy to make sure it is right for you. Some side effects that have occurred are allergic reactions, interactions with medications, increase chances of breast, ovarian, prostate and uterine cancers and low blood sugar levels.
Warts are unsightly and they are contagious because they are in fact a virus caused by the papillomavirus. The good news is just because you touch someone with a wart does not mean you will catch one in that moment. If you do happen to catch the wart virus or have the wart virus, the best news is there are natural ways to treat this virus, rid warts and prevent them from coming back. One remedy my family makes and has found useful is a homemade basil ointment. Basil naturally contains antiviral medical properties that help treat and rid warts naturally.
The Ingredients Needed
The ingredients needed to make the basil ointment for warts are fifteen drops of pure organic basil essential oil, forth cup of zinc oxide ointment, two drops of tea tree essential oil, tablespoon of manuka honey and five drops of black walnut oil. You know why the basil is useful for treating warts, but you are probably wondering why the other ingredients are used as well to make the wart ointment. The other ingredients are used because they also contain antiviral properties that help treat and heal up warts naturally too. They also contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help protect and heal damaged infected skin as well. You can find these natural ingredients at any local whole food or herbal shop in your area. I tend too always have these ingredients on hand because I believe highly in natural remedies to heal the body.
Making the Basil Wart Ointment
The way I find easiest to make the basil wart ointment is by placing all the ingredients into a medium size clean glass jar and combining them together with a spoon. After, I have this silky thick creamy ointment with a strong basil scent to it that is slightly refreshing. Some people may find the scent to be too strong, but I do not mind it at all. Once the ointment is made, place the lid on it and store it some place cool and dry such as the medicine cabinet until you are ready to use it.
Using the Basil Wart Ointment
The best way to use the basil wart ointment to treat warts is by first making sure your hands are really clean. I find washing my hands with organic tea tree oil hand soap helps tremendously since tea tree oil contains anti-viral properties and naturally cleanses infected skin. After, I take a cotton swab, dip it into the wart ointment, and apply a nice thin even layer to the wart or warts. Next, I allow the ointment to absorb into the wart or warts well and after cover them up with a bandage for twelve hours. Once the twelve hours is up, I repeat the same steps until the warts of cleared up completely. The process can take anywhere between two weeks to a month with consistent applications every twelve hours each day. Sometimes two applications a day is needed for a severe outbreak of warts or stubborn warts that just will not go away. If your warts persist longer than a month, it is best to see a homeopathic doctor or your regular modern medicine physician for further treatment.
The basil wart ointment should not be used to treat gentile warts unless it is recommended by a doctor that it is safe to do so. Those allergic to the ingredients in the ointment remedy should not use it to treat warts at all because you do not need another problem on your hands. Overall, the ointment is safe to use and no one in my family or I have ever suffered any negative side effects from using this remedy. We have all seen positive results and have seen warts disappear with this passed down remedy. I hope those of you who make and use this remedy find relief from your warts naturally too.
Restless nights with constant tossing and turning are things I use to experience a lot. Now, I no longer suffer with being awake all night long or with the feelings of being extremely fatigued and exhausted in the morning. Instead, I make and take a homemade cherry vanilla sleep aid syrup that helps promote sleeping by inducing the hormone that helps the body into a restful state of being, which by the way makes me fall asleep naturally without the use of other dangerous sleep aids.
Useful Ingredients for Making the Cherry Vanilla Sleep Aid Syrup
The ingredients I use to make a homemade cherry vanilla sleep aid syrup are one pound of freshly pitted cherries, a cup of honey, a half cup of lemon juice, a cup of distilled water, tablespoons of dried passionflower herb, and three sliced open vanilla beans. These ingredients can be expensive depending on what grocery store or herbal shop you purchase them at, but once you have them on hand, make a big batch of the syrup and you will have plenty of hand. The syrup will not go bad once it is made because the honey and lemon in it help preserve the syrup naturally.
The Reasons the Ingredients Are Used
The reasons I use the ingredients I do to make the cherry vanilla sleep aid are endless. First of all, thecherries are used because they naturally contain melatonin, which is a natural hormone the body needs to help induce sleep. However, as we get older or certain diseases and other illnesses creep into our bodies along with stress, the melatonin levels in our body drops. When this occurs, falling asleep naturally on our own is nearly impossible.
The reason vanilla beans are used in the sleep aid syrup is that they contain sedative properties that help relax the nervous system of the body. The scent of the beans alone helps ease anxiety, headaches, tension, depression, restlessness, panicking, stress, aches, and pains away naturally. The herb is also useful for treating restful leg syndrome, which typically occurs most often at nighttime keep people away. It is even useful for treating cramping, backaches, nausea and vomiting as well, which are symptoms we experience will illnesses or overworking our bodies.
Dried passionflower is helpful because it contains sedative-calming properties as well that relieve insomnia and restfulness naturally. The herb is a good natural pain reliever of headaches and body aches too.
Honey and lemon are useful for making this syrup because they help preserve the flavor and shelf life of the syrup while adding antioxidants, vitamins and minerals our bodies need to stay healthy and strong naturally.
Making the Cherry Vanilla Syrup
When it comes to making the cherry vanilla syrup, I find it is easiest to toss the ingredients into a medium saucepan, place it on the stove on medium to high heat and bring it to a roaring boil. However, you will want to watch the syrup closely because it can over boil and create a huge sticky mess. Once, all the ingredients have reached a boil, it is best to reduce the heat to medium low heat and allow the liquid in the pan to reduce in half. This takes about twenty five to thirty minutes. Then, once the liquid is reduced in half it is time to strain the cherries from the syrup carefully. The way I do this is by taking my big glass-measuring cup with the spout and placing a medium sized metal strainer over it. Then, I carefully strain the syrup from the cherries so all I have left in my measuring cup is the syrup. After, I carefully pour the syrup into clean glass pint sized mason jars and allow them to cool for an hour. Once the syrups have cooled, I place a lid on them and store them in the refrigerator until I need to use some to help me fall asleep naturally.
Using the Syrup
In the evenings, when you know you are not going to fall asleep on your own, pour two to three tablespoons of the syrup into a small paper cup. Then, drink the syrup down and go relax by reading a book, listening to music, taking a hot bath or simply by laying in bed and watching the television. If in twenty to thirty minutes you do not begin feeling sleepy, take another dose of the syrup. Usually within two doses, you begin to feel like you can finally fall asleep and actually stay asleep. For me, it takes one dose of this syrup. On days when I have had a bit too much caffeine, I do need to take two doses. After taking the homemade sleep aid, I usually begin feeling tired within the first fifteen minutes and by the time thirty minutes has gone by I am in bed and out for the night. In the morning, I actually wake up well rested and ready to tackle the day without and drowsiness, which is very nice. However, everyone and reacts different to different remedies so if you wake up drowsy, just drink some green tea or coffee and that should help immensely.
If you do decide to take the sleep aid syrup too ease anxiety, stress, depression, headaches, or as a natural pain reliever during the day, it is best to not do heavy tasks throughout the day. You should not drive or operate any machinery while using this remedy at all. Women pregnant should not use this cherry vanilla syrup for relieving nausea or vomiting because the side effects are unknown. Those with allergies to any of the ingredients in this syrup such as the cherries, vanilla beans, honey, lemons or passionflower should not make or use this syrup at all. Otherwise, the syrup is safe and effective to take on a regular basis at nighttime to help ease you onto a peaceful sleep naturally.
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Mosquito bites are itchy, always red and puffy and most of the time annoying. When a mosquito bites me, I do not run to the medicine cabinet for one of those drug store brand anti-itch creams for insect bites. I do not like the unnatural ingredients they contain. Instead, I make and use my own mosquito bite relief cream and it works just as good, but without the side effects or unnatural ingredients of a drug store brand one. You can make and use your own as well and you will learn how to do just that right here.
The Ingredients Needed
The ingredients needed to make the mosquito bite relief cream are a cup of pure aloe vera cream, a half cup of vitamin E cream, five drops each of lavender oil, chamomile oil, menthol oil and tea tree oil, and a tablespoon of organic honey. Now, I always have these ingredients on hand in my herbal pantry because I am always making remedies and wellness products when they are needed instead of buying medicines from the drug store. If you do not have these ingredients on hand, you can find them at local grocery stores, whole food organic grocery stores, herbal shops and spa shops. Even some craft stores have these ingredients on shelves to buy.
Reason the Ingredients Are Used
The reasons I choose to use these ingredients are because they contain a natural anti-histamine effect on insect bites and stings and they provide cooling soothing relief. In addition, the ingredients reduce swelling due to the anti-inflammatory properties they contain along with the anti-septic, anti-bacterial and pain relieving ones as well. Along with the medicinal properties these ingredients contain, they also contain antioxidant, vitamins and minerals, which are healing and nourishing to insect bitten or stung skin.
Along with all the ingredients needed, you will also need a medium size glass jar or container that is sterile and clean, a mixing spoon or small wire whisk and some paper towels or a cotton cloth near by just incase you make a mess. If you do not have a glass jar or container on had with a sealable lid, you may use a small squeezable bottle instead and make a squeezable mosquito bite relief cream instead. This will allow you to squeeze small amounts of the cream out of the bottom directly onto the insect bite or sting.
Making the Cream
To make the mosquito bite relief cream, place all the ingredients carefully into the container you are storing them in, and than combine them together with the spoon or wire whisk until they are evenly combined. If you are making the cream in the squeezable bottle instead, you will have to give the bottle a good shake to combine the ingredients together. Once the ingredients are combined together, you will have a healing and soothing herbal scented mosquito bite relief cream to apply to any insect bite or sting for soothing relief. Now you may store the cream in the refrigerator once it is made so anytime you need to use it, it is cold and soothing to the insect bite or sting as soon as it is applied to the infected area.
Who Should Not Use the Cream?
Those of you with allergies to any of the natural ingredients in this cream should not make or use it for soothing insect bite or stings naturally. Possible allergic reaction can occur. Otherwise, the cream is safe to use and without any side effects at all.
Using the Cream
When you are bit by a mosquito or stung by a stinging insect, it is best to make and apply a small amount of the cream to the infected area immediately. The sooner the cream is applied to the infected area the sooner it can provide relief and prevent further inflammation, stinging, or itching. The best way to apply the cream is by taking about a half teaspoon of it and massaging it into the infected area well. You may apply the cream up to three to four times daily. You may also use the cream to relieve hives, poison ivy rash symptoms and wind or sunburned skin to help calm and nourish it back to health.
The next time an insect bites or stings you, try making and using the homemade mosquito bite relief cream instead. It will soothe the infected area just as well as any drug store brand insect bite or sting creams, but without the side effects and unnatural ingredients that are possibly harmful to the body and the environment.
Do you have a large family that gets a lot of cuts, scrapes, scratches and burns? Do you always have a first-aid kit on hand, but seem to always be out of antibiotic cream to apply to your injured family member's wound? If you said, "Yes!" to any of those questions, you need to go out and buy an aloe vera plant for your home.
The reason all households should have an aloe vera house plant in their home is because aloe vera plants have many healing powers that help treat many skin wounds naturally without side affects.
What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera is a plant that has thick spiky leaves and contains a powerful clear healing gel inside the leaves when you break them open. The gel inside this plant contains really powerful antioxidants that help rapidly heal any type of skin wound as well as protect it from any possible infections. Aloe vera is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits because it helps bring down severe swelling and even helps bring down painful itchy skin rashes too.
What can Aloe Vera help Treat?
Other ailments aloe vera help cure and prevent are fugal and bacterial infections, yeast infections, constipation, ulcers and arthritis. However you have to drink aloe juice to help heal these common illnesses. You can buy aloe juice at any of your local health food store for around ten dollars, which I know sounds pricey, but I can guarantee you; you will be satisfied with the healing results it brings.
Now if you can't find aloe juice or simply do not like the taste of the beverage, you can also by aloe vera gel supplements from your local drug store or health food store and take these instead, but make sure you talk to your doctor first to make sure the supplement is right and safe for you. You will also want to discuss with your doctor the proper dosage of aloe that needs to be taken per day to achieve the healing benefits you are looking for.
You see, aloe vera plants are not just used for unique exotic household plants. They are used for many common health problems too, which is why every household should have an aloe plant near by for treating those cuts, scrapes and burns naturally.
However, severe cuts, scrapes, burns and other skin problems should be checked out by a doctor for proper treatment to prevent serious infections.
Written by Elise Marie
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If you are dealing with a cold or the flu, and you have a lot of discomforting symptoms you should try making a homemade cold and flu bath soak that is really relaxing and soothing.
All you need is some cold and flu teabags along with some peppermint teabags, a few cups of Epsom salts and a bathtub full of warm water.
Making the Bath
The first thing you want to do is fill up your bathtub up with hot comfortable water. Next all you do is toss in five cold and flu teabags, five peppermint teabags and one cup of Epsom salt directly into your bathtub. After, allow the teabags and salts to create a lovely relaxing bath soak to help ease your cold and flu symptoms right away.
When the bath is ready to get into, it will have a brownish color with a minty herbal aroma coming from it, which is good to breathe in because it helps open up your sinuses, eases tension and stress, relieves headaches and lifts your spirits.
Then all you do is simply get into the bath and allow your whole body, mind and spirit to relax completely. As you do this, your cold and flu symptoms will begin to ease away naturally.
After your bath, you should make a hot cup of cold and flu tea, sip on it and then hop into bed for some much needed rest. After all, the best medicine for fighting off the cold and flu besides a hot bath is plenty of rest.
When I have an upset belly and do not have any tummy tea, ginger ale, or stomach medicine, I like to make my own homemade ginger honey tea. It helps calm my belly and get fluids back into me to help hydrate me again, and gets me feeling a whole lot better.
The ingredients you will need to make the ginger honey tea are 1 teaspoon of powder ginger spice, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 cup of boiling water. You will also need a coffee mug and spoon to stir all the ingredients together. Now if you do not have these ingredients in your kitchen you can usually get them at your local health food or grocery store for under $5.
Making the Tummy Tea
Now the way you make the healing beverage for soothing your upset tummy is by first boiling a cup of water in your microwave or tea kettle. Once 1 cup of water is boiled, pour it directly into your coffee mug. Then, all you do is add the 1 teaspoon of powder ginger spice and 1 teaspoon of honey into the water and stir it with a spoon so it can dissolve in the water completely. Next, all you do is sip on the ginger honey tea slowly until it is completely gone. You should notice within a couple minutes of drinking it your upset tummy ache has completely gone away or has at least settled down.
Benefits of the Tea
The reason why this homemade tea works so well on upset tummies is because the ginger works as an anti-inflammatory to help relieve any inflammation in the stomach, and works as a natural pain reliever to help calm and soothe the lining of the stomach.
The honey in this tea helps sweeten up the beverage while the body with B vitamins for energy and acts as a natural coating on the lining of the stomach so the acids in your tummy do not upset it anymore. The water in the tea simply helps hydrate your body again so you can feel good and function properly again.
I do hope this remedy helps soothe your tummy aches and other digestive discomforts right away. I know it has helped me out tons when I was throwing up and cannot run out to my drugstore or grocery store right away to get some tummy medicine and ginger ale.
Oh, and remember before using any remedy to check with your doctor first to make sure it is safe and right for you.
Being nauseous and vomiting isn't fun, and you usually have to take some over the counter medicine that sometimes does or doesn't work. I know when I am nauseous and vomiting, I do not want over the counter nausea medicine because it seems to make me more sick.
When I am nauseated and vomiting a lot I like to use herbal remedies that stop me from feeling sick. Some of the best herbal remedies that help relieve nausea and vomiting are peppermint, ginger, chamomile, slippery elm, red raspberry leaf tea, spearmint, papaya and licorice root, and I will tell you how each one helps ease nausea and vomiting right away.
Peppermint & Spearmint
The reason why peppermint and spearmint help ease nausea and vomiting is because these herbs contain menthol in them. Menthol provides a cooling sensation in the mouth and belly that seems to help ease nausea and vomiting by calming down the digestive tract and muscles. Menthol is also a vital oil in mint herbs that can help relieve inflammation and pain in the body too.
The forms you can get peppermint and spearmint in are herbal teas, herbal oils and in hard candies and gum forms. The way I personally like to take peppermint or spearmint when I am nauseated and need relief from vomiting is in the form of an herbal tea.
I simply boil water on top of the stove in my tea kettle and pour some of the boiling water over my peppermint or spearmint teabag inside of my teacup and allow the tea to steep for around five-minutes. After I simply sip on the mint tea a little bit at a time until my nausea and vomiting has eased away.
Overall, peppermint and spearmint are fairly safe herbal remedies to take for easing nausea and vomiting, but some people tend to have allergies towards different kinds of mints so that is the one thing I would be careful of.
Now, the reason why ginger helps soothe away nausea and vomiting is because ginger is an anti-inflammatory and seems to ease pain in the body and stomach. Ginger also has a warm soothing sensation that seems too soothe the stomach lining as well as stop the vomiting caused by nausea. The forms of ginger root you can get and take too help you feel better are supplements, spices, teas and ginger root.
The form of ginger I like to use when I am feeling nauseated is tea form. I find that ginger tea is very warming and soothing to my body and really helps ease away my nausea and vomiting.
The way I make ginger tea is simply by boiling some water in my tea kettle on top of the stove, then I pour the boiling water over my ginger teabag in a teacup and allow the tea to steep and brew for around 10-minute.
After, I simply sip on the tea until my nausea and vomiting is gone. My personal favorite ginger tea to drink is Yoga Ginger Tea, but you may prefer a different kind.
Ginger is one of the safest herbal remedies to take for nausea and vomiting and doesn't seem to have any real side effects at all unless you are allergic to it.
Now, chamomile helps ease away nausea and vomiting because it contains calming and soothing compounds in it that helps the body's muscles relax easing away stomach aches and vomiting, which means less nausea.
The forms chamomile come in are teas and supplements. The best form to take when your trying to ease nauseous and vomiting away is in tea form. You would make chamomile tea the same way you would make the peppermint, spearmint and ginger tea, and you would sip on it the same way until your nausea is gone. The only difference with chamomile tea is, it always taste better and works better with organic honey when it comes to easing away nausea and vomiting, but this is what I have noticed.
However, chamomile does cause severe allergic reactions in people who are allergic too ragweed and feverfew. I would recommend that you talk to your doctor before using chamomile as a natural herbal remedy for easing away your discomforts naturally.
Now the way slippery elm helps ease away nausea and vomiting is by a substance in it called, "mucilage," which is a thick gel like substance that helps coat the digestive tract and stomach lining so the acid doesn't burn the stomach causing nausea and vomiting.
The mucilage substance in the slippery elm also contains antioxidants that seem to help reduce inflammation inside the digestive tract too, which also helps relieve any discomfort and pain you are feeling in your tummy.
The forms slippery elm comes in are teas, supplements, liquid, powder extracts, and lozenges. I personally think the best forms of slippery elm to take when you have an upset stomach are by sucking on lozenges, taking supplements, or sipping on teas.
However, slippery elm has side effects because it can interact with medication you are on so you should talk to your doctor before using slippery elm to help treat your nausea and vomiting. Other than that slippery elm seems to be a safe herbal remedy to take for nausea and vomiting.
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
Red raspberry leaf herbal tea is another potent herb that helps ease away nausea and vomiting because it contains vitamins and minerals that help the body heal itself when it is not well. It also seems too help support the immune system making it stronger so it can fight off sickness faster.
The herb also contains tannins. Tannins is an astringent that helps cleanse and calm the lining of your intestines and stomach, which helps balance out the acid levels so you can stop vomiting.
The aroma of the red raspberry herbal leaf tea alone also seems to help relieve the sickness you are feeling when you are vomiting, or at least this is what I have noticed from using this herbal tea to help ease my nausea and vomiting away.
The form red raspberry leaf comes in is in teabags or in loose tea leaf form. The way I personally like to make red raspberry herbal tea is by simply boiling water in my teakettle, pouring the boiling water over the teabag and allow it to steep and brew for around 10 minutes. Then, I simply sip on the tea until my nausea and vomiting begin to go away. There doesn't seem to be any side effects from using this herb.
Now one of my favorite nausea and vomiting relieving remedies is papaya. The reason why papaya works to help ease away nausea and vomiting is because of the antibacterial agents it contains that help fight off certain types of bacteria in the stomach and intestines that cause illness.
Papaya also contains natural enzymes that help digest food and balance out the acids in the stomach, and contains chemicals that can remove parasites from your intestines which can also relieve the feeling of being nausea and having to vomit all the time.
The forms papaya come in are in juices, fruits and in chewable supplement form. The best form in my opinion to take is the chewable supplement form. However, simply eating ripened papaya fruits can help too.
However, papaya can cause miscarriages, skin discoloration and can be toxic if taken in high dosages. I would highly recommend you talk to your doctor before taking this supplement as an herbal remedy. Otherwise, I believe papaya is a fairly safe and effective herbal remedy to use too help ease away nausea and vomiting.
Last, but not least, and another one of my favorite herbal remedies to help ease away nausea and vomiting is licorice root. Licorice root contains an active acid in it called, "glycyrrhizin." Glycyrrhizin helps treat bacterial and viral infections inside the stomach and intestines. It also helps coat and heal stomach ulcers and is a very mild laxative for those who are suffering from constipation that is also causing nausea and vomiting.
Licorice root comes in the form of powders, supplements, teas, and candies. The best way to use licorice root to help ease nausea and vomiting is by simply taking it in the form off a tea. You would make licorice root tea the same way you would make all the other teas and you would sip on it slowly until you felt better.
I hope all of this information helps those of you out there looking for herbal remedies to help ease away your nausea and vomiting. I know these herbal remedies have helped me and my loved ones feel better when we have suffered from sickness. I wish you all the best at feeling better soon.
Tension, Migraine, and simply every day headaches can be treated and put to ease using herbal remedies. Some of the best herbs to use for treating all kinds of headaches are feverfew, catnip, chamomile, rosemary, peppermint and white willow bark. I will explain to you what each herb is, how it can be taken, and what type of headache it can help treat.
The first herb I will explain to you is feverfew. I take feverfew every day to help prevent and treat my constant migraine headaches. Feverfew is a flower that is related to the sunflower family and grows like a small daisy with white petals and a yellow center. The parts of the feverfew flower that are used to help treat migraine headaches are the leaves. The leaves are crushed and used to make herbal teas or placed in capsules to make an easy to swallow pill when the herb is needed for treating headaches.
The reason feverfew can help treat migraine headaches is because it contains powerful compounds in it called, "Parthenolides," which helps inhibit compounds that cause inflammation inside the head and body. Reducing the inflammation in the head and body is key to relieving a painful migraine. The best way I find to take feverfew is in standardized capsule form because it is easier to take, but the most effective way to take it is using tincture because it gets the herb into the body faster and helps relieve the headache faster. The only problem I have with taking it in the tincture form is it can leave painful mouth sores in my mouth.
The next herb to use to treat mild migraine headaches and tension headaches is catnip. Catnip is a small purple or white flower that has mint shape leaves on it. It is also known as, "catmint," because it smells a little bit like the mint herbs.
The parts of this herb that is used to help treat mild migraines and tension headaches are the flower and the leaves. The flower and the leaves are dried and used to make an herbal tea to sip on. The reason it is used in this form is because it helps release more of a substance called, "Nepetalactone," which is a natural sedative that helps relax the muscles in the body and reduce spasms. By relaxing the muscles in the body and reducing spasms it helps relieve the headaches.
However, there are side effects from taking this herb to relieve your mild migraine or tension headaches such as drowsiness. I know this first hand. It does work with relieving a headache, but it makes you super sleepy.
Now, the third herb I am sure everyone has heard of is chamomile. Chamomile is a small daisy like flower and is related to the daisy family. Chamomile flowers are usually dried and used to make chamomile tea.
Chamomile tea is the best form to take when trying to relieve a simple every day headache because it produces a calming sweet aroma that helps relieve stress and anxiety which are known to cause headaches. Chamomile also helps reduce inflammation and helps soothe away pains.
However, this herb has been known to cause server allergic reactions in people who are allergic to any flower in the daisy family.
The best herbal remedy to take for treating any kind of headache without any kind of side effects unless you are allergic to it, is rosemary. Rosemary is a weed like herb that gross in most all herb gardens. Dried cut rosemary is placed in boiling water to help release a powerful healing aroma from it that helps relieve headaches within 30 minutes.
All you need to do is place your face over the steam coming from the boiling water with the rosemary in it and breathe in deeply to receive the healing benefits of the rosemary aroma and vapors. After you have done that you should be headache free. Now isn't this an excellent herb for headaches. I know I sure do think so.
Now another excellent herb for all kinds of headaches is peppermint. Peppermint is a green leafy herb with a mint aroma. The parts of the peppermint herb that are used to help treat headaches are the leaves. The leaves are crushed into a paste and placed on a persons forehead to help relieve a headache because they provide a cooling sensation that help ease away pain. Peppermint leaves are also dried and used to make a tea to sip on to help relieve headaches to because the powerful vapors and aromas that come from a cup of peppermint tea that helps bring inflammation down in the sinuses and head. Peppermint also has very few side effects which is really nice.
White Willow Bark
The last herb I know of to help treat all kinds of headaches and especially tension headaches is white willow bark. White willow bark comes from willow tress and is used to help treat headaches because it contains a chemical called, " Salicin." Salicin is used to help bring down inflammation and reduce pains in the neck, shoulders, and back which helps relieve tension headaches. The best way to take white willow bark for treating headaches is by chewing on a piece of clean white willow bark which can be found at an herbal store.
However, people who are allergic to aspirin should not take this herb to treat your headache because it does cause serve allergic reactions.
So, there you have it some herbal remedies to help treat and relieve your headaches naturally. However, before taking any of these herbs it is best to talk to your doctor first to make sure they are safe for you to take. If they are safe for you to take, I wish you all the best of luck with getting rid of your headaches naturally.
Written by Elise Marie
Poison ivy, oak, and sumac rashes are painful, sore, oozy, red, and itchy. They can cause the skin to blister and become infected when they are not taken care of properly. One of the best ways to care for a poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash is by soaking in a homemade chamomile oatmeal bath soak that can cleanse, heal and dry out the rash properly while relieving the pain, soreness, oozing, and itching.
The natural ingredients you will need to make the homemade chamomile oatmeal bath are 3 cups of dried chamomile flowers, 3 cups of ground oatmeal, 1 cup of baking soda, 2 cups of buttermilk powder, and 30 drops of tea tree oil. You can find all these natural ingredients in your local health food and grocery store if you do not have them in your kitchen.
Skin Soothing Benefits
The reason chamomile and oatmeal is used to make this bath soak is because dried chamomile flowers help cleanse the rash while relieving any inflammation, and the reason oatmeal is used is because it can soothe and dry out the rash while relieving the itching. The baking soda in this soak helps relieve the oozing of the rash while the buttermilk powder and tea tree oil in this soak help condition, cleanse, and disinfect the poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash.
Making the Soak
The way you make the homemade chamomile oatmeal bath is by pouring the 3 cups of dried chamomile flowers, 3 cups of ground oatmeal, 1 cup of baking soda, 2 cups of buttermilk powder, and 30 drops of tea tree oil into a small bowl. Next, you will take a wire whisk and combined all the ingredients together until you get a powdery oat bath soak with dried chamomile flowers throughout it. After, all you do is pour the mixture into a glass jar and cover it tightly with a lid until you are ready to use it.
Making the Bath
When you are ready to use the chamomile oatmeal bath soak in a warm bath to treat your poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash all you need to do is fill the tub up with warm water and place 2 cups of the bath soak into the tub. After, allow the bath soak to melt into the water and completely dissolve. Next, all you do is get into the tub and soak in it as long as you can. The longer you stay in the bath soak the better results you get. Once you are done with the bath soak get out of the tub, pat your skin dry and you should notice the rash has less pain, soreness, oozing, redness, and itching. You should soak in this bath at least 2 to 3 times a day to help relieve and treat a poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash faster.
I do hope this information will help those of you out there looking for a natural home remedy to help ease and treat your poison ivy, oak, and sumac rash. I wish you all the best of luck with making the homemade chamomile oatmeal bath soak, and I do hope it helps get you feeling better soon.
Written by Elise Marie
Having poison ivy, oak, or sumac on your face can be a real itchy painful mess. You can treat and soothe poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash using a homemade tea tree mint oatmeal face mask. It helps disinfect, soothe, dry out and heal your rash right up if it is used properly.
The ingredients you will need to make a homemade tea tree mint oatmeal face mask are 10 drops of tea tree oil, 10 drops of peppermint, 1 cup of ground oatmeal and 3 tablespoons of witch hazel. You can find all of these ingredients in your local herbal and health food stores.
The tea tree oil in this face mask will help disinfect and help draw out the oils from the rash so the skin can heal up. The peppermint is used to provide a cooling sensation while you are wearing the mask on your face and to bring down the inflammation of the rash. The ground oatmeal is used to help dry out and provide soothing relief from the itching, and the witch hazel helps to cleanse and detoxify the skin. All these ingredients work together to provide soothing relief and treatment to your poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash without harming your delicate facial skin.
Making the Mask
The way you make the homemade tea tree oil mint oatmeal face mask is by placing the 10 drops of tea tree oil, 10 drops of peppermint, 1 cup of ground oatmeal and 3 tablespoons of witch hazel into a small bowl. Next, you will take a small wire whisk and combine the ingredients until you get a thick pasty facial mask with a mint aroma to it. If you find the mask is to watery simply add in more dried ground oatmeal. If the mask is too thick add in more witch hazel. I think the thicker the mask is the better it stays on your skin and face, and the better it works. Now after you are done making the mask it is best to use it right away or store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.
The way you apply the homemade tea tree mint oatmeal mask is by taking a handful of it and layering it all over your face in a nice thick even layer until your face is completely covered. After you simply allow the mask to stay on for 30 minutes or longer to help draw out as much oil and puss as possible.
Once you are done with the face mask wash it off with warm water by rinsing your face underneath the shower not with a wash cloth. You want to allow the water to run over you face washing the mask off. You do not want to rub the mask off because it will spread the poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash all over the place. You basically want to rinse all the nastiness down the drain. After you will simply pat your skin dry and leave it be. You should notice after the mask is off your rash is drier and not oozing as much, and the painful itching is almost gone.
The amount of times throughout the day that you are going to want to use this facial mask is about twice to really help treat and keep the rash soothes and under control.
I wish you all the best of luck at treating and soothing your poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash on your face using this homemade tea tree mint oatmeal facial mask. I hope you all become rash and itch free soon.
Written by Elise Marie
An amazing home remedy I have been making to help relieve and treat my viral infections is a garlic and honey syrup. It doesn't taste good, but it does work and has relieved the symptoms that have come with my viral infection. It is very simple to make and very effective.
The ingredients in the garlic and honey syrup are 5 cloves of fresh raw crushes garlic and 3 tablespoons of organic honey. For materials you are going to want to get a garlic crusher, a small glass bowl, and a small metal spoons. You can find all these ingredients and materials at a local grocery store.
Making the Syrup
The best way to make the garlic and honey syrup is to place 5 clove of garlic in the garlic crusher and crush them right up and place the crushed garlic into the small glass bowl. After place the 3 tablespoons of honey in with the crushed garlic. After combined the to ingredients together until you have formed a golden syrup with crushed garlic in it. Then you will need to allow the syrup to sit for a minute or two before taking it, and you will need to take it right after it has settled.
Taking the Syrup
The best way I find to take the garlic and honey syrup is by taking a tablespoon at a time and swallowing it down with some milk until it is all gone. The syrup is sweet and spicy and takes a little bit getting use too, but it will help relieve coughing, sneezing, sinus pressure, runny nose, sore throat, and chest congestion. It even seems to help treat the viral infection because fresh raw garlic contains a natural antibiotic in it called, "allicin." Allicin may help kill bacterial and viral strains that make us sick. Honey contains H2O2 which is another natural antibiotic that helps kill bacterial strains and works as an antimicrobial and antiseptic. Both these ingredients together will help treat the viral infection you have naturally, but you should talk to your doctor to make sure a natural antibiotic will work for you because some viral infections need professional medicinal treatment. Some viral infections are life threatening.
So, remember the next time you are sick with a viral infections and are allowed to take a natural antibotic to make a garlic and honey syrup as a home remedy to treat it. I wish you all the best with feeling better very soon and hope that viral infection can be treated.
Written by Elise Marie
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Chronic coughing and chest congestion is very irritating and tiring. It can cause upset stomachs, sore throats, breathing difficulties and chest pains. An herbal remedy that helps relieving chronic coughing and chest congestion is speedwell.
Speedwell is a perennial herb that contains tannins, resins, Flavonids, natural acids, and sugar in it, and it is usually made into an herbal tea or tincture to take orally to help relieving coughing and congestion.
The reason why speedwell can be used to help relieve chronic coughing and chest congestion is because it contains an antioxidant in it called, "Leptandrine". Leptandrine works as a natural expectorant and helps get the thick white, green, clear, or yellow phlegm out of the airway, lungs, and throat. In other words it makes you have a productive cough by thinning out the thick mucus so you can cough it up easier. Speedwell is even used to make gargles for relieving sore throats because it works as a natural antiseptic.
Other uses speedwell is used for is detoxifying the blood and organs in the body. It also helps with cleansing the digestive system when it is sluggish and not working properly. Other times it is used to help treat diarrhea, ulcers, bladder infections, nerve disorders, skin infections, stomach discomfort, and mouth sores.
The way to make the speedwell herbal tea to help treat chronic coughing and chest congestion is by placing 1 tbs. of dried speedwell leaves and flowers into a small cup, along with a few pieces of licorice, and 1 tsp. each of dried chamomile and peppermint leaves.
The reason other dried herbal leaves are added to the speedwell tea is to help give it a better flavor since speedwell has a natural bitter taste to it that is unpleasant for some. If you prefer drinking the speedwell herbal tea straight up with just speedwell that is fine also. Once all the herbs are in the cup add 2 cups of boiling water to it and allow the dried herbs to steeps and soak in the boiling water to create a healing herbal tea for 5 to 10 minutes. You can cover the cup up with tin foil or a lid to help steep a strong batch of herbal tea. Once the herbal tea is made you can strain the herbs from the tea and sip on the herbal tea alone or with some honey. I personally prefer honey with this herbal tea because I can not stand the taste of it. You should drink up to 3 to 5 cups of the herbal tea a day until your chronic coughing and chest congestion begins to go away.
The stores you can find dried speedwell herbal leaves and flowers at would be your local herbal stores. I really haven't been able to get it anywhere else. Not to many stores carry this herb because it isn't really popular. An herbal store is also where you would find organic speedwell tinctures. Tinctures is a mixture of grain alcohol and extracts of the herb combined together to form a strong natural medicine. The speedwell tinctures are very bitter tasting and sometimes can make you throw up of you are not use to bitter tasting herbs. I would recommend just drinking the herbal tea because it is very hard to take.
Anyways, I hope those of you who are suffering from chronic coughing and chest congestion can find some relief using speedwell. I wish you all the best with feeling better soon.
Written by Elise Marie
My whole entire life I have suffered from cold sores and fever blisters, and I have tried a lot of over the counter medicines to help treat them. However, not many of them worked well.
A few months ago I had a cold sore coming on and I didn't want it to become full blown, if you know what I mean. I did some research online to see what herbs could help treat and prevent them. With the information I learned, I was able to create a cold sore and fever blister herbal mask to help get the sores to disappear fast without becoming full blown.
Sure enough, my homemade cold sore and fever blister herbal remedy mask worked and prevented my cold sores and fever blisters from breaking out worse. Now, I am going to share with all of you who suffer from these sores as well how to make this remedy at home so you don't have to suffer from them anymore either.
The herbs you will need to make the cold sore and fever blister herbal mask are ¼ a teaspoon each of pure organic herbal powder extracts such as Echinacea, goldenseal, comfrey, green tea, chamomile, feverfew and ginger. The reason why I like to use these herbs in this remedy is because they have antiviral fighting compounds and antioxidants in them that help reduce inflammation and redness.
The other ingredients you are going to need to make this remedy are 3 drops of peppermint oil, 2 tablespoons of lysine ointment, 2 drops of vitamin E oil, 2 drops of olive oil and 1 drops of menthol oil.
You can find all these ingredients in your local herbal store along with all the herbal powder extracts. The reason I use these ingredients is because lysine contains natural amino acids in them that help fight the virus that causes cold sores and fever blisters in the first place. The vitamin E in it helps soothe and protect the sores from scaring and becoming inflamed, and the oils help soothe away any tingling burning sensation caused by the cold sore and fever blister when they are about to breakout and become full blown.
Making the Herbal Mask for the Sores
The way you make the cold sore and fever blister herbal mask is by taking a ¼ teaspoon each of herbal powder extracts and dumping them into a small bowl.
Next, you take your 3 drops of peppermint oil, 2 tablespoons of lysine ointment, 2 drops of vitamin E oil, 2 drops of olive oil and 1 drops of menthol oil and dump them into the small bowl as well.
Now, you simply combine all these natural ingredients together until your form a thick kind of gritty mask that is brownish in color and slightly oily and greasy. If you find the mask not thick enough just add some more herbal powder extracts to it too help thicken it up. If you find the mask is too thick add some more oils.
Then, all you do is simply place the remedy in a small empty lip balm container until you need to use it.
Applying and Using the Mask
The best way I find to use the cold sore and fever blister herbal mask is to take my fingertip and dip it into the mask. Then, I like to apply a nice thick even layer over the infected area where the cold sore and fever blisters are about to breakout. After, I simply leave the mask on for an hour or two.
I know that sounds like along time, but it's faster at treating and fighting off the cold sore and fever blister outbreaks than regular cold sore and fever blister treatments.
Once I have left the cold sore and fever blister herbal mask on for as long as I possibly can, I simply wipe it off with a tissue and apply some plain lysine ointment to my sores too help treat them some more. I usually like to apply the mask twice a day, once in the morning and once at night too help prevent outbreaks. You however, can do it as many times as you need to.
I hope this helps some of you others out there who are suffering from cold sore and fever blister outbreaks as well. I know my homemade cold sore and fever blister herbal mask has helped me a great deal lately. I wish all of you the best of luck at treating and preventing your cold sore and fever blister outbreaks as well.
Written by Elise Marie
Whenever I become fatigued due to illness or overworking the body, I find a homemade herbal tea made from green tea, eleuthero root and orange peel helps boost my energy levels back up naturally. It seems to also help provide my body with a good dose of antioxidants as well to help keep me healthy, which is definitely a plus when cold and flu season comes around and I need natural prevention. However, before any of you try this fatigue combating remedy it is recommended that you speak with an herbalist or naturopath doctor first to make sure it is safe and right for you.
Creating the Loose Leaf Tea Blend
To create the fatigue combating loose left herbal tea blend you will need two cups of dried organic green tea leaves, half cup of dried organic eleuthero root and a forth cup of dried orange peel chunks. You can find these herbs at any local herbal shop or whole food grocery store if they are not ingredients you keep on hand. I know that in my house I always keep these herbs handy in my pantry since herbs contain multiple nutrients and medicinal properties in them that can help heal and nourish the body naturally.
Brewing Up a Batch of Tea
Anytime you are ready to brew up a batch of tea you will need to fill up a pot with six cups of water and add in a forth cup of the dried loose-leaf tea blend. Then, place the lid on the pot and the pot onto the stove burner. Next, turn the stove burner on, bring the herbs, and water to a roaring boil. As soon as the ingredients reach a boil, immediately remove the pot from the stove and allow the ingredients to steep and brew up a lovely batch of energizing herbal tea. When the hot nourishing beverage is ready it will have a golden color to it and a sweet citrus green tea scent and flavor, which can be bitter also. However, you can ease the bitter flavor away by adding honey or nectar to the tea.
Pour Yourself a Cup of Healing
When you are ready to battle the fatigue feelings away and energize your body simply, pour yourself a cup of the herbal healing beverage and sip away. However, you should make sure you drink this beverage in a calm peaceful environment so you can thoroughly enjoy the cup of tea and begin to heal the body properly.
Source: Holistic Primary Care
Written by Elise
There are several people out there suffering from gum disease. Mouthwashes and toothpaste can keep your mouth feeling clean, cavity free and help heal up your gums, but the key to really preventing and treating gum disease is eating a proper diet consisting of the right whole foods.
Best Whole Foods for Preventing Gum Disease
Some of the best whole foods to eat are fresh fruits such as grapefruits, lemons, limes, oranges, kiwis, mangoes, strawberries, blueberries, pomegranates, peaches, cantaloupe, apricots and papayas. These fruits contain high amounts of vitamin C and vitamin C is needed to help keep our gum tissues healthy and strong.
Limes especially help with preventing and treating gum disease because the juice from them helps slow down and even kill some of the harmful bacterial that cause gum disease in the first place. By killing the bacteria that causes gum disease you are also killing the germs bacteria that cause plaque build up on teeth as well.
Another reason it is good to use fruits for preventing and treating gum disease is because not only does the vitamin C help keep gum tissue healthy and strong, but it also keeps are teeth healthy and strong and prevents them from decaying, which is another cause of gum disease. When are teeth are full of cavities we know our gums are not healthy. So start eating some fruits containing high amounts of vitamin C.
Another great way to prevent and treat gum disease is by drinking aloe vera juice. Aloe vera juice contains antibacterial properties to it that help fight off and kill the bacteria in your mouth that cause gum disease. It can also help repair gum tissue and relieve and heal mouth ulcers on the gums making gums healthy and strong again. The best way to get aloe juice into your diet to help prevent and treat gum disease is by simply drinking an 8-ounce glass a day, but be careful to do this on spare time when you aren't planning to go anywhere because it is a natural laxative. You could also pour a small glass of it and use the aloe juice as natural mouthwash instead of drinking it and you will still receive the same gum disease preventing and treating benefits from it.
Other excellent whole foods to eat for preventing and treat gum disease are whole milks, yogurts and cottage cheeses. They contain high amounts of calcium and vitamin D which are need vitamins and minerals that help keep the teeth and jaw bone strong and healthy. When teeth and jaw bones are healthy and strong, bacteria is less likely to seep into your gums and cause disease. Drinking milk and eating yogurts and cottage cheese will even help prevent cavities in your teeth, and like I said before when cavities start you know your gums are not as healthy as they should be. So eat and drink up some of those vitamin D and calcium rich whole foods.
Now some vegetables that are fantastic to eat for preventing and treating gum disease are red, yellow and orange peppers, carrots, leafy greens, sweet potatoes, squashes and red cabbage. These vegetables contain a powerful antioxidant in them called, "beta carotene." Beta carotene contains vitamin A, which is needed to help fight off inflammation that usually always occurs with gum disease. These veggies also contain high amounts of vitamin C, which is needed, like I have mentioned before to help keep gums and teeth healthy and strong so they do not become infected with a gum disease.
Now, you may all find this as a surprise, but meats such as beef, lamb and oysters are also whole foods that should be eaten to help prevent and treat gum disease. These types of meats contain vitamins and minerals in them like zinc and B vitamins. These nutrients are also needed to help fight off inflammation in people suffering from gum disease and also help prevent infection in the gums by boosting the immune system.
So, see not only should you brush your teeth with a good toothpaste and rinse your mouth out with a good mouthwash, but you should also eat a proper diet consisting of certain whole foods that help prevent and treat gum disease.
stinging sensation. The acid from the stomach that enters the esophagus eats slowly away at the lining of it making it weak and even destroying it. What causes heartburn to happen is eating food containing high amounts of fat, alcohol, salt and acids. There are several ways to treat heartburn, but the best ways are the natural ways such as herbal teas like I mentioned.
One of the best herbal teas to drink for treating and relieving heartburn is slippery elm tea. Slippery Elm comes from a deciduous tree that grows here in North America. The red sticky bark of the tree is what is used for making the herbal tea that helps soothe and ease heartburn symptoms naturally. The reason slippery elm can help soothe heartburn is because it contains an active constituent in it called, "mucilage." Mucilage helps form a slim gel like substances that is able to coat the esophagus during heartburn so the acid has a harder time creating that burning and stinging sensation that is usually known as heartburn.
The way to make slippery elm tea is by boiling a pot of water on top of the stove and placing 2 tablespoon spoons of dried slippery elm bark into a cup. After the water boils you simply pour the boiling water into the cup with the slippery elm and allow it to settle and steep for 5 minutes to draw out the healing properties. Then all you do is sip slowly until you heartburn has gone away.
Another herbal tea that helps treat and relieve heartburn is licorice root tea. Licorice root grows in countries such as Greece, Asia and Turkey. It is a long green leave filled bush. The main part of the bush that is used is the root. The root contains an acid in it called "glycyrrhizin," which helps stimulates mucus production. The more mucus formed the better protected your esophagus is from heartburn.
The best time to drink licorice root tea to prevent heartburn is before you eat dinner and then again after dinner. The way to make licorice root tea is by taking 1 licorice root tea bag and place it in a tea cup and than take some boiling water and pour it over the tea bag. After allow the licorice root tea to brew for 5 to 10 minutes until it is a golden brown or yellowish color. Then sip on the tea slowly until it is gone.
Peppermint tea is another wonderful herbal tea to drink for relieving heartburn symptoms. Peppermint tea is made from dried peppermint leaves. Peppermint leaves contain menthol in it which helps provide a cooling soothing sensation in the esophagus and digestive system when you are suffering from heartburn. Peppermint leaves also contains muscle relaxant properties to it that help relax the stomach muscles preventing them to contract and push the acid content up towards the esophagus. This means peppermint tea can help prevent heartburn if sipped on before dinner time. However, you can sip on peppermint tea after a meal to help relieve heartburn.
The way you make peppermint tea is by taking a peppermint tea bag and placing it into a cup and pouring some boiling water over it. After allow the peppermint tea to steep until it forms a golden color. After all you do is sip on the tea to prevent or relieve heartburn symptoms.
So next time you are suffering from heartburn reach for a cup of herbal tea to help relieve your heartburn instead of those nasty over the counter heartburn medicines. I wish you all the very best of luck with preventing, treating, and relieving your heartburn naturally.
Body aches are the worst kind of pain to feel and are usually caused by cold, illness, or injury. One of the best ways to treat body aches is by taking a bay leaf bath with a homemade bay leaf herbal soak. It is very easy to make and very nice to relax in and it really helps relieve body aches from head to toe.
Natural Ingredients Needed
The natural ingredients needed to make the bay leaf herbal bath soak are 1 cup of dried crushed bay leaves, 5 cups of Epsom salt, ½ cup of buttermilk powder, ½ a cup of dried chamomile flowers and 20 drops of lavender oil. All these ingredients should be as natural and organic as possible because they will hold more healing and soothing benefits to them. These natural ingredients can be found out at local herbal stores and pharmaceutical stores.
The main ingredients in this bath soak that helps relieve the body aches the most are the crushed bay leaves. Bay leaves contain an oil in it called, "Oleum Lauri," which helps relieve pain and body aches caused by being cold, having an illness, or an injury. Bay leaves also contain, "parthenolides," which are compounds that help relieve aches and pains as well. They even contain antioxidants in them called, "eugenol," and this helps relieve and reduce inflammation in the body that could be causing the body aches and pain.
The reason the other ingredients are in this bath soak are because the Epsom salt helps relax sore muscles, lavender helps calm and soothe, chamomile helps relieve aches and pains while soothing, and the buttermilk is to help nourish the skin and keep it soft and beautiful appearing. These ingridents also contain antioxidants in them that can really help body aches as well and any kind of stiffness and tension the body might have.
Making the Soak
The way to make the bay leaf herbal soak is by taking the 1 cup of dried crushed bay leaves, 5 cups of Epsom salt, ½ cup of buttermilk powder, ½ a cup of dried chamomile flowers, and 20 drops of lavender oil and placing them into a large metal mixing bowl. Then what you do is take a large metal spoon and combined the ingredients together until you get a creamy white powdery herbal mixture that smells like lavender and bay leaves. Once the mixture is combined, you will then have a nice bay leaf herbal soak to use for making a nice soothing relaxing bath to help heal your achy body right up. You can store the homemade bath soak in an air tight container and place it next to your bathtub until you are ready to use it.
Using the Soak
When you are ready to use the homemade bay leaf herbal bath soak ,the best way to use it is by filling your bathtub up with plenty of hot water. Then what you want to do is take 3 cups of the bath soak and pour that into the bathwater and allow it to dissolve into the water for about 5 minutes. The bath will look milky and have dried herbs floating all around, but this is what the bath is suppose to look like. Then what you do is step into the tub and soak in it for as long as you possibly can or until you become ache free.
I personally like to soak in this bath soak for an hour when my body is super achy. The bath really is very soothing and has a lovely herbal lavender aroma to it that helps calm my mind as I am sure it will yours as well. After the bath you will notice less aches and pains and you will feel more relaxed. You skin will also feel very soft and smooth and have a lovely light lavender scent to it. This bath soak is also very good for irritated dry skin. However, if you are allergic to chamomile, lavender, or bay leaves you should not use this homemade bay leaf herbal soak at all. Other than that begin said this is an excellent natural way to relieve body aches from head to toe.
I do wish all of you the very best with relieving your body aches and I do hope those of you who make this bay leaf herbal bath soak have a very easy time making it. I also hope those of you who use this soak like what it does and how it relieves your body aches naturally. I wish you all the best with feeling your best very soon.
When you do not have any lotions on hand to soothe your itchy eczema away, you could always go to the kitchen and create one yourself.
Eczema has been a skin problem in my family for several years now. Some of my family members get it pretty bad, but I only get it slightly and sometimes hardly any at all. The reason my eczema isn't as bad is because I make and use my own homemade olive oil eczema bubble bath. It helps condition my dry flaky eczema spots while treating the rash it causes.
The natural ingredients used to make my homemade olive oil eczema bubble bath are 1 cup of olive oil, 1 cup of castile soap, 1/4 each of almond oil, jojoba oil and grape seed oil, 1/2 cup of aloe vera juice, 1/2 cup of honey, 15 drops of tea tree oil and 10 drops of lavender oil. These natural ingredients are moisturizers and antiseptics that contain antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are all beneficial for eczema prone skin because they help treat, heal, protect and sometimes can even help prevent eczema breakouts. All of these natural ingredients can be found at your local herbal store and possibly even grocery store. They are expensive, but well worth getting because they naturally help treat and heal eczema better than any eczema cream out on the market can.
The way to make the olive oil eczema bubble bath is by first taking a 64 ounce bottle and placing a funnel in it. Then you carefully measure out the ingredients and pour them directly into the funnel to help fill up the bottle. Next all you do is remove the funnel and place the cap over the bottle and give the bottle a good shake to help mix the eczema bubble bath right up. The bubble bath will be oily and have a golden color to it with a sweet soft lavender scent. After you can place the olive oil eczema bubble bath next to your tub until you are ready to use it.
Now when you are ready to use this bubble bath, you will need to fill the bathtub up with warm water and pour 2 cups of this bubble bath into the water. The bubble bath is oily, but there will be some light foamy bubbles on top of the bathwater. You will want to mix it into the water with your hands before getting into the bath. Once the bath is made all you need to do is get into the bath and soak in all the natural soothing and healing ingredients of the bubble bath. You should soak as long as possible too really help treat the eczema rashes and dry flaky skin.
Before you get out of the bath, you will want to rinse down with warm water to help rinse some of the oil off. Then you simply get out of the tub and pat your skin dry with a warm cotton towel. Next you will want to apply a thick eczema cream or shea butter body cream to your skin to help give your skin extra moisture. You should notice after the olive oil eczema bubble bath and using a body cream a great improvement in your eczema spots and your skin in general. Your skin should be a lot softer and well hydrated and your dry itchy skin should be soothed away. You will want to use this bubble bath several nights a week before bed to help treat, heal, protect and prevent eczema rashes and spots on your skin.
Tension headaches are usually caused by stressful situations that make us tense. These types of headaches can cause pain, stiffness, dull aches and tightness in the neck, shoulders and head. Sometimes they can even cause nausea, lack of concentration and sensitivity towards load sounds and bright lights. Treating tension headaches doesn't have to be done using over the counter pain relievers. Instead try relieving tension headaches with natural medicines and treatments that are safe and effective.
One of the best natural and most effective treatments for tension headaches is sipping getting up and moving around. Stretching the neck and shoulders out can help loosen up the muscles in the neck and shoulder areas, which helps relieve the pain and aches in the head. Try doing some neck, shoulder and arm exercises. You may also want to try doing yoga for several minutes each day to help prevent tension headaches from even happening because yoga helps relieve stress and keep the muscles in our body loose and free from pains and headaches. Walking out in fresh air can also help too.
Hot & Cold Compresses
Another great natural treatment for tension headaches is hot compresses to the neck and shoulder area. Heat helps the muscles loosen up and relaxes them so they don't become tense causing you a tension headache. Heat can also relieve some of the pain caused by a tension headache as well. If you don't find heat soothing for your tension headache you could always try using cold compresses. Cold compresses can be very soothing and help relieve inflammation in the neck, shoulders and head also.
Sip on Herbal Teas
One of my personal favorite ways to relieve tension headaches is drinking soothing and calming herbal teas like chamomile, peppermint, ginger and spearmint teas. Sometimes you can even find herbal teas specifically for relieving headaches, stress and tension. Sipping on herbal tea when you have a tension headache helps relax the mind, body and spirit while also relieving stress. Herbal teas also help hydrate the body and relieve inflammation. One of the biggest reason many of us get headaches is because we are simply dehydrated and need more fluids.
Warm Baths & Showers
Another really nice way to help get some relief from tension headaches naturally is by taking a warm bath or shower. Sometimes the warmth of the water helps relieve stiffness and tightness as well as aches and pains that come along with a tension headache. Warm showers and baths can also help relieve stress and refresh your mind, body and spirit so you can get through the rest of you day and relax a little bit easier. I know when I get really strong tension headaches I like to take some lavender or eucalyptus mint bubble bath and make a relaxing aromatherapy bath to relax in. I find they work well and it usually only takes 20 to 30 minutes before I feel completely relieved and happy again.
Another great remedy to relieve mild tension headaches is by burning natural soy or beeswax lavender candles. Lavender helps calm the mind and spirit and by doing that it helps relax the body and relieves stress and tension from it. The scent of the lavender also helps relieve headaches and helps get rid of the nausea feeling that sometimes come with those types of headaches. Other soy and beeswax scented candles you might want to consider burning to help relieve a tension headache are ginger, cinnamon, eucalyptus, mint, chamomile and lemongrass.
Some natural herbal medicines to take to help relieve tension headaches would be Valerian root, ginger, skullcap, spearmint, rosemary, feverfew, white willow bark and kava kava. These herbal medicines come in the form of teas, tinctures, supplements and loose dry leaf form. These herbal remedies help relieve stress, inflammation, tension, muscle stiffness and tightness, headaches, nausea and body aches. However, you will want to talk to your doctor before trying any of these herbal supplements to help relieve your tension headaches. If your doctor gives you the okay then try one of the natural herbal remedies.
Well now you know some natural ways to help relieve tension headaches. See, you don't need over the counter pain medicines to help relieve them. I wish you all the best of luck with relieving your tension headaches naturally.
Suffering from dry itchy eyes can be annoying, but there is away to solve the annoying eye condition by making a homemade herbal chervil eyewash for cleansing your eyes and soothing the irritation.
How is Chervil Beneficial to the Eyes?
Chervil contains antioxidants, vitamins and volatile healing and soothing oils that help cleanse the eyes gently and remove the irritation and dryness from them.
Making the Eyewash
The way you make the chervil eyewash is by boiling 6 to 8 cups of water on the top of the stove in a medium saucepan with a lid. Once the water is boiled remove it from the stove and set it on a table. After place 5 chervil teabags into the boiling water and allow them to steep for 10-minutes covered with a lid to form an herbal tea.
If you can not find chervil teabags you can place 5 tablespoons of dried chervil in cheese cloth and tie it up and toss it into the boiling water instead to steep.
Once the tea is made remove the teabags or cheese cloth filled with herbs from the water and allow the water to completely cool for about 2-hours. After the chervil tea is cooled you can use it as an eyewash.
Using the Homemade Eyewash
The best way I find to use the homemade chervil eyewash is by pouring 2 cups of the eyewash into a large metal bowl with 6 cups of cool water. After stick your face into the bowl of eyewash and open your eyes up in the water just like you would if you were swimming underneath water. This will help really wash the eyes out. If you do not like the sound of doing this you can take a cotton cloth and soak it in the eyewash and place it over your eyes and soak your eyes this way instead.
Doing this will help reduce the swelling and some of the irritation in your eyes. I personally like washing them out in the bowl because it is more effective. The eyewash doesn't sting or anything. It just feels soothing and refreshing, and after my eyes feel a lot better. The homemade chervil eyewash can also be used to help rinse dust, sand and pollen from the eyes.
Another way you can use the homemade chervil eyewash is by pouring it into a squeezable bottle and using it as a wound cleaner when you get cuts or scrapes. It will help wash out the wound and clean it right up. You may also use the squeezable bottle as another way to rinse out your eyes by tilting your head back and gently squirting the herbal wash directly into your eyes. Just make sure the bottle is super clean and has a gentle squirt cover on top because you do not want to be to rough with your eyes.
I hope this helps some of you out there suffering from dry itchy eyes looking for a natural way to relieve the irritation. I know this homemade gentle chervil eyewash works well for me. I hope you are able to find some relief as well.
High blood pressure doesn't always need to be lowered using prescription drugs. Sometimes high blood pressure can be reduced by simply adding tarragon to your meals.
What is Tarragon?
Tarragon is an herb that helps naturally reduce high blood pressure while giving food a wonderful bittersweet fresh herbal flavor.Tarragon is a green leaf herb related to the sunflower family and comes in two different forms which are Russian and French. When cooking many prefer to use French tarragon because it has a milder bittersweet flavor than the Russian.
I personally like to use both kinds of tarragon to create a balance when I am using it in my cooking to help flavor my chicken or salads. I know some people even use the herb to make tasty salad dressings and sauces. Although I will say you really only need a little bit of tarragon in your cooking because it is extremely strong and using too much of it will leave food tasting like it was dipped in black licorice.
Benefits of Tarragon
The reason Tarragon can be used in cooking to help lower high blood pressure and help regulate it is because it contains a compound in it called rutin. Rutin is an antioxidant compound that helps not only lower high blood pressure, but it also helps prevent certain cancers such as colon and stomach. It also helps prevent some illnesses and rids the body of any toxins because it keeps the bile moving and removing waste from the body's organs. Tarragon is used as well to prevent strokes and heart attacks.
In order to get the full health benefits of tarragon you would need to add 2 teaspoons to your food every night after cooking it, or adding it towards the end of the cooking processes for at least a month to see your blood pressure start to lower. Cooking the tarragon at high heat or even making an herbal tea out of it can destroy the rutin in it making it less beneficial for lowering high blood pressure and prevent cancers, strokes, and heart attacks. Sometimes the best way to eat tarragon is simply by eating it raw in it's natural form in a salad with other fresh veggies and an olive oil or vinaigrette dressing.
Now, I wouldn't recommend you stop taking your blood pressure medicine if you have extremely high blood pressure. I would recommend changing your diet and adding tarragon along with your medicine to help promote a normal healthy blood pressure until your doctor says you no longer need medication to control it your high blood pressure. You will also want to talk to your doctor before taking tarragon with your medication because it may interact with it or cause allergic reactions. Otherwise I say tarragon is an excellent safe natural way to reduce high blood pressure with or without prescription drugs.
So, get cooking some delicious food and use some of that tarragon to help flavor your food instead of salts and butters. As soon as you start doing this the sooner the tarragon will help lower and regulate your high blood pressure and bring it back to normal. I wish you all the best of luck with lowering your high blood pressure.
Fevers are no fun. They give you the chills and make you feel achy all over. Other times they make you sweat endlessly. However, there is away to bring down a fever naturally using yarrow. Yarrow has been used for years to help bring down high fevers and cool down the body naturally.
What is Yarrow?
Yarrow is an herb related to the chamomile family. It contains salicylic acid in is which is similar to aspirin and helps thin the blood and cool the body down naturally while relieving inflammation.
Yarrow also helps make the body sweat the fever right out by opening up the body's pores and making them much larger than they naturally are.
It is also used to help relieve body aches and pains associated with a high fever. I personally have used it to relieve painful headaches and symptoms related to a viral infection I had and I must say yarrow worked like a charm since I didn't want over the counter medication to reduce my headache since they usually make me sick.
The best way to take yarrow to help bring down a fever is by chewing on raw yarrow leaves. I personally like to take the dried yarrow leaves and flowers and make a tea to sip on when I am sick and need to bring down a fever or relieve a headache.
The way I make the herbal yarrow tea is by taking a piece of cheese cloth and placing 3 tablespoons of chamomile leaves and 3 tablespoons of yarrow leaves into the center of it. After I fold the cheese cloth up nice an tight and tie a thin piece of string around it to help keep the herbs nicely wrapped inside. Then I boil a pot of water and remove it from the stove once the water is boiled. After I place the cheese cloth with the herbs in it directly into the boiling water and allow them to steep and form a golden yellow sweet calming relaxing tea to sip on. Once the tea has steeped for 10-minutes I pour some of the tea into a tea cup and drink up as much as I can until my fever or headache begins to go away. This is also a good way to hydrate and flush your system when it needs help healing and staying hydrated.
Some precautions you might want to take before trying yarrow to bring down a fever is to make sure you are not allergic to it. Most people who are allergic to chamomile flowers or flowers in the family are allergic to yarrow. I would also make sure yarrow is safe for you to take by talking to your doctor first. Sometimes yarrow can interact with certain medications you might be own. Other than those concerns yarrow is fairly safe to take and does a wonderful job with bringing down a fever naturally without side effects.
So, next time you are suffering from a nasty high fever go get some yarrow and chew on the leaves of make a yummy healing herbal tea instead of taking over the counter fever relievers. I wish you all the best with relieving your high fever naturally and hope you feel much better soon.
Chronic coughing can be caused by asthma, viral or bacterial infection and smoking. There are many over the counter medicines that can be taken to help relieve chronic coughing, but there are also plenty of home remedies that can be taken as well to help relieve and even treat chronic coughing.
One of the best home remedies to treat chronic coughing is a homemade berry cough syrup made with whole foods that contain, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can relieve and treat chronic coughing.
Ingredients & Materials
The ingredients you will need to make the homemade berry cough syrup are 1 cup each of red raspberries, strawberries and blueberries, 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of dried peppermint leaves, and 2 ½ cup of organic honey.
For materials you will need 1 small saucepan, a metal strainer, a mixing spoon and a small sterile jar with a lid.
If you do not have these ingredients or materials on hand you can find them at your local grocery store.
Making the Berry Cough Syrup
The way the homemade berry cough syrup is made is by placing the berries, water and peppermint into a small saucepan. You will boil the ingredients together for 10-minutes on medium heat. The berries will burst and let out all the juices from them that contain the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in them. After you will take the metal strainer and strain the berry juice into the small jar. You basically want to remove all the pulp and seeds from the juice so it is a deep reddish purple liquid. Next you will add 2 ½ cups of honey into the berry juice and mix them together until you get a homemade berry cough syrup to relieve and treat your chronic coughing. You should store the homemade berry cough syrup in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.
Using the Syrup
Now when you are ready to take some of the = berry cough syrup all you need to do is pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of the syrup into a small cup. After you can drink it down. The berry syrup will have a sweet berry taste to it with a hint of soothing mint, and will be thick in texture just like syrup. The syrup will help soothe and coat your throat and relieve and treat your chronic coughing.
The vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in the syrup will relieve and reduce any inflammation and pain caused by the coughing, and will help treat any infection you may have that is causing the chronic coughing in the first place.
This berry syrup can also be taken to ease an upset stomach. You would take the same amount of syrup. The only thing you need to be cautions of is giving this homemade berry cough syrup to a young child, baby, or person who is allergic to berries, mint, or honey. Other than that this is a fairly safe home remedy to take to treat chronic coughing.
You can take this homemade berry cough syrup up to 6 times a day safely without any side effects. However, this home remedy may not be able to treat server cases of chronic coughing so you may want to seek out a medical professional for medical advice and help.
For those of you who are suffering from chronic coughing I hope this homemade berry cough syrup helps relieve and treat it. I hope you all get well soon.