The practice of treating pain is assuredly as old as the human race itself. Anyone who has ever witnessed someone (especially a loved one) in pain, knows how much everyone wants to help them. And so human history is filled with some seemingly foolish and not so foolish methods of treating pain. Ancient cultures, believing pain was a punishment from the gods, offered religious offerings and sacrifices.
Probably the most effective natural treatment for headaches is combing lavender oil with peppermint oil. Recent research finds that lavender essential oil can help relieve migraine attacks as an alternative migraine treatment. A 2012 study performed by Iranian and German scientists and published in the medical journal European Neurology concluded that “inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches.”
A widow with ten boys to feed was once asked how she does it? She replied, “I feed them what they don’t like and give them as much of it as they want”. Sound advice from a women in a impossible situation for most of us. But it highlights what should be a parents priority, to feed their kids and feed them well. This does not always include what they like… as far too may parents are focused on pleasing their kids, often attempting to get them to eat more. Unfortunately, this often means compromising health and nutrition for quantity and compliance.
Chia has been around for thousands of years. Chia seeds were a staple of the ancient Aztec diet, and they are now grown commercially in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico. Chia seeds are becoming increasingly common as a source of fiber, omega-3’s, and various other health benefits.
Peppermint is one of the most used essential oils. It’s loaded with many nutrients including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Omega-3 fatty acids, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese and copper. Its main constituent is menthol, which imparts the famous heady, minty aroma. It is this unique combination of nutrients that makes peppermint oil so effective at restoring health to the body.
Like many other essential oils, peppermint oil has many uses for your health, beauty and you can also use it around your home. Following are some popular uses for peppermint oil:
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has long been used as a natural hair care product to promote healthy hair in both men and woman. Did you know its acidity is close to that of natural hair? It’s a powerful cleaning agent and a conditioner.
Raw apple cider vinegar (ACV) is loaded with nutrients. It brings back body and shine, decreases residue and clarify, can help with tangles and frizzy hair, stimulates the scalp, helps get rid of dandruff, and unclogs hair follicles.
Did you know that baking soda has been used as a tooth cleanser for over 150 years? Unfortunately, it got the reputation as being abrasive to the enamel. Nothing could be further from the truth. Usually toothpastes are rated on a scale from 0 – 200 according to their abrasiveness. This is called the RDA value or “Relative Dentin Abrasiveness”. Pure baking soda has an RDA of 7. Did you know the closest RDA to this is 35, which is Arm & Hammer baking soda toothpaste?
Vaginal yeast infections (and other yeast infections) are common due in large part to a diet high in refined sugars and other refined foods, and antibiotics which kill bacteria, including beneficial bacteria that helps us digest our food and keep yeast in check. Yeast infections are very common after taking antibiotics. Unfortunately, most women turn to vaginal creams. Did you know that most feminine care products contain toxic chemicals? These chemicals can lead to serious health problems, such asbreast cancer, reproductive problems, asthma, and allergic reactions. Chemicals of concern commonly used in feminine care products include carcinogens, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, and allergens.
Blue lotus (nymphaea caerulea), also known as the Egyptian water lily, is a flowering water-lily native to Egypt but may be found growing in other parts of the world. The Blue Lotus flower is used as an aid for many ailments as well as for recreational purposes. Blue Lotus is reportedly used to relieve pain, to enhance memory, to increasing circulation, to experience feelings of euphoria and ecstasy, and as a sexual aphrodisiac.
Another member of the labiatae, or mint, family, thyme is an herb native to the Mediterranean basin and comes in many varieties. There is only one plant, thymus vulgaris, but the composition of the oil distilled from the plant shows variations in chemical components based on the location or region the plant grows in, despite being botanically identical.