Once upon a time, we used to turn to our parents or grandparents when something was wrong with our little ones. More often than not, now we turn to our doctors. Unfortunately, our doctors were never taught what our grandmothers learned from their mothers, methods that have been tried and true for centuries. Here is a not-so-complete list of some of my favorites passed down from my Grandma. ADD Grandma didnt call it this back then, but thats probably what it was. Aside from some good discipline, Grandma made sure her kids ate lots of fish to improve brain function and behavior. She knew that feeding us fish was a great way to boost the brain cells. Another way to get essential fatty acids (that key ingredient in fish) into your children is to mix liquid Flax Seed Oil with real butter to make a spread. Use this on toast or pancakes and waffles in the morning and on potatoes or veggies at dinner. Asthma Apply lobelia (either liquid or mixed with a carrier such as aloe vera or massage oil) to the chest and rub in. Bed Wetting Dont give those children sweets before bed! Grandma would always say. She believed bed wetting was caused by too much sugar at bedtime. I know now that this relates to blood sugar spikes and may have some basis in fact. Grandma would also use Goldenseal for about a week to clear up any possible kidney infections. Bites & Stings Grandma would make a paste using black cohosh and aloe vera and apply to the area. It always helped to take out the sting. Chicken Pox If we came down with this, Grandma would insist on getting us into a warm bath to help cause the pox to break out and speed recovery. Pau D Arco applied externally may help with discomfort and cause quicker healing. Colic Grandma knew that colic could be the result of an allergy. If mom is breast feeding, she should avoid chocolate, onions, caffeine, garlic, broccoli, sugar, cauliflower and dairy. If she is not, the babys formula should be switched. Grandma would tie lavender flowers to babys crib. Today you can use lavender essential oil diluted with aloe vera or massage oil and applied to the bottom of feet and on abdomen. A few drops of Catnip can be given every couple of minutes until crying stops. Diaper Rash Grandma used to use yogurt on a babys bottom when this would occur. Today you can open a capsule of probiotics, mix with a small amount of water and feed to baby. This can also be applied to the bottom by mixing with aloe vera. Diarrhea Another possible culprit of that darn milk. Make sure neither baby nor mom (if breastfeeding) is receiving any cows milk. Goats milk can often remedy the situation by itself. You can also try Red Raspberry, a couple of drops every 3 to 4 hours. Earaches Use garlic oil or tea tree oil as drops inside the ear. Fever Infants under 3 months should be taken to a doctor if they run any sort of fever (defined as temperatures above 101 degrees) however, for infants older than that, a fever can be beneficial as it helps to burn off the infection. Unless a fever is approaching 105 degrees or has been over about 103 degrees for more than a few hours, it should be left to do its job. When there is need to reduce a fever, either because it has met one of the above criteria or because the child is not getting any rest due to discomfort, then Grandma would always grab her catnip and make a tea mixing it with chamomile. Whooping Cough (and other coughs) Grandma knew that formula thing wasnt good; no one did that in her day. Milk and other dairy products can cause or aggravate whooping cough. Lobelia applied to the chest and/or a few drops of Blue vervain internally would often be enough. I didnt know it when I was growing up but Grandma was pretty smart. Try some of these natural health suggestions and your children and grandchildren may someday think the same of you.
When allergies strike, most allergy sufferers head to the drugstore where they purchase an antihistamine. They take it, and soon their symptoms begin to subside. Theyre all set until the next outburst. Over-the-counter antihistamines are effective but unfortunately, taking them often causes unpleasant side effects such as drowsiness and a feeling of lethargy. If youre tired of feeling tired when allergies strike, maybe its time you reach for natural allergy remedies instead.Natural "allergy remedies" come in all forms and are made from many different types of ingredients including herbs, plants, ground up honey bees, and other vitamins and nutrients. Most natural allergy remedies have been designed to either stop histamine outbursts from occurring in the first place, or they act to combat the individual symptoms that occur with the release of histamines. They accomplish these tasks naturally, which is why unpleasant side effects are non-existent.Besides treating allergy symptoms with all-natural ingredients, the term natural allergy remedies has come to mean something more. In addition to being a natural and effective way to treat allergy symptoms after they develop, the term can be used to describe taking control of your surroundings so that you limit exposure to the allergens that cause you trouble. For example, if pet dander is a problem, dont keep pets. Or if you must, youve got to be vigilant about keeping pet dander under control. Likewise with dust mites. You need to protect your furnishings with casings that keep this type of problem under wraps. Watching what you eat is important if youve got food allergies, so taking steps to control your diet can also be considered a natural allergy remedy. In addition to closely monitoring what you eat, there also are foods you can consume that are known to contain naturally-occurring histamine combatants. For example, Quercitin, a flavinoid found in onions and apples, is capable of blocking the release of histamines which cause the familiar allergy symptoms like runny nose, congestion, and itchy, watery eyes. Besides being effective against allergies, there are countless other health benefits of eating these and other types of fruits and vegetables, like lowering your risk of developing heart disease and keeping your blood sugar levels stable. If youre like a lot of people and find that monitoring what you eat is too much work, then consider taking a daily multi-vitamin. Many of the vitamins and minerals benefit the immune system which in turn helps keeps the symptoms of allergies under control. With so many natural allergy remedies being offered, understanding the ingredients as well as the actual benefits of each can be mind-boggling. Even though these types of products are available without a prescription, if youre confused, it might be advisable to speak with an allergist or someone who specializes in natural remedies. These specialists can help explain how each of the individual ingredients work and why theyre thought to be effective. This type of information may help you decide whether natural allergy remedies are right for you.
Without being on war we can spill blood in our very home. A simple chore like shaving can cause severe burns. This can be dealt with easy and useful home care remedies. It can be stated as one of the easiest way to get hurt without any other persons interference. Razor burn is usually caused due thick, coarse hair and sensitive skin.Home RemediesThe level of discomfort can be minimized if you shave, once you are through with your bath or shower. Bathing helps to soften your skin making it much easier to shave.Use shaving cream instead of soap as it may dry your skin very easily making it more prone towards razor burns.Razor burn can be treated by patting apple cider vinegar at the affected areas.Dissolve two uncoated aspirins in a teaspoon of warm water. Mix it into a paste and rub it on your skin. Keep it for sometime and wash it later with luke warm water. You will have no burning sensation.A home made razor burn mask can be made by using 2 strawberries and 1 tsp sour cream. Mash strawberries and mix sour cream into a fine paste. Once done with your shaving you can apply this on your face and legs. Leave it for 10 minutes and wash it later. If done even twice a week it would keep your skin fresh and free from burns.If you prepare your skin before you shave it saves lot of time on razor burns. Firstly use hot compresses on the areas to be shaved; this will dampen the area for easier shave. Dowse a wash cloth in hot water mixed with lavender essential oil. Use this cloth on your skin and pat it several times. Before shaving apply a thin layer of moisturizing oil such as avocado or jojoba. Start shaving in the direction of the hair growth which will prevent any inflammation of the skin. This looks like a long procedure but it hardly takes any time.This after-shave lotion once prepared can be used for more than six months. To make this soothing lotion you would need 1 tablespoon each of dried comfrey leaves and dried calendula flowers to be mixed in 1/2 cup of witch hazel extract for two weeks. Strain and mix 1/4 cup of witch hazel mixture with 1/4 cup of rose water. In this solution add 1/4 tsp vegetable glycerin, 5 drops of lavender essential oil and 5 drops of sandalwood essential oil. Store it in a cool place and shake it well before use.Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.
Massage melts are a unique body product because they stay solid at room temperatures, but when applied directly to your skin, start to soften and melt due to body temperature. Their main purpose is to moisturize dry skin, as well as, relax and soothe tight muscles. Essentially, massage bars are composed of natural butters and oils. Most recipes for this type of product call for the use of cocoa butter. Even though it has great moisturizing properties, I feel this butter produces too hard a product. Therefore, I recommend using such butters as shea and mango, which create a silkier, luxurious feeling to your melts. For oils, I highly recommend using sweet almond and jojoba. Sweet almond oil is light and penetrates easily making it well-suited for dry skin conditions. Plus, it is effective on all skin types. Jojoba oil, which is not actually an oil but is a liquid wax, is similar in composition to the oil your skin secretes, which is known as sebum. Jojoba is a quickly absorbed oil that soothes the skin, as well as, extends the shelf life of other oils. Other light oils you can substitute, for the above, are apricot kernel, grapeseed, sunflower, safflower, or soybean. Rounding out the rest of the ingredients are beeswax, vitamin E, and essential and fragrance oils. Beeswax helps formulations keep their shape, as well as, act as a humectant. Vitamin E oil protects your product from rancidity and is also a great natural antioxidant. Essential oils are natural ingredients that are the very essence of the plant itself. Extracted from the flowers, fruit, leaves, bark, and roots of the plant, the oils are used for scent and therapeutic purposes. A word of caution, due to their volatility, research any essential oil before use. Fragrance oils, though synthetic in nature, do provide an inexpensive and easy way to achieve a scent that might not be possible with essential oils. Ingredients:3 oz. of shea butter3 oz. of beeswax2 oz. of jojoba oil2 oz. of sweet almond oil tsp. of Vitamin EEquipment:Mold(s) of your choice1 digital cooking thermometer2 Pyrex glass measuring cups1 small digital postal scale1 set of measuring aluminum spoonsWax paper for measuring on the scalePlastic wrap to cover Pyrex cupsDirections:Step 1: Gather all equipment onto a clean, sterile surface. Place a sheet of wax paper over the small digital postal scale to measure out the shea butter and beeswax base. Place base in a Pyrex cup and cover with plastic wrap. Melt ingredients, completely, in the microwave. Step 2: While the base is melting, use the second Pyrex cup for your jojoba, sweet almond, vitamin E, and essential/fragrance oils (if used). Mix, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside.Step 3: Once the base has melted, mix thoroughly. Pour the Pyrex cup from step 2 into the base Pyrex cup, mix together, and pour into your mold(s). Set aside for a couple of hours to cool and set. When soft, transfer the melts to the fridge until they are really hard. They should just pop out of the molds easily. Massage into skin and let product become absorbed. Due to melting properties, keep unused portions out of direct sunlight and store in a cool place. Note: If you plan on using essential and/or fragrance oils in your recipe, place a digital thermometer in the melted shea butter and beeswax base. Wait for the temperature to drop down to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything higher will burn off the fragrant oils. After the temperature has reached this point immediately dump your Pyrex cup from step 2 into the Pyrex cup with the base, mix quickly, and pour into your mold(s). Follow the rest of step 3 instructions. Muscle Relief Essential Oil Blend tsp. of Eucalyptus tsp. of Peppermint (do not use if pregnant)30 drops of RosemaryTropical Fragrance Oil Blend (Substitute shea butter with mango butter) tsp of Heliotrope fragrance oil tsp of Coconut Milk fragrance oil30-50 drops of Tahitian Vanilla fragrance oilAll recipe ingredients, listed above, can be found by searching Google.com.
About Flower Essence TherapyUse of flower essences is an extremely safe therapy for shifting emotional states which may be causing or perpetuating outward physiological illness. Developed by homeopath, naturopath, and allopath Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930's, these liquid preparations are intended to work in subtle ways on one's emotional/spiritual energetic patterns. Through repeated dosage, essences have helped individuals release 'negative' emotions or fears, and support transformation to higher states of health and wellness.While a few 'formal' methods are given, there are no hard-and-fast rules for the use of "flower essences" . It can be best to begin with one of the 'commonly' prescribed methods, and explore creative ways to incorporate the flowers into your life as you see fit. Flower essence therapy has a certain flexibility, and will likely be most effective when used in a way that feels right in your life. Here are a few guidelines to take into consideration:Frequency of UseMost flower essences can be used directly from the 'stock' bottle (the dilution level at which essences are most often sold). A typical usage schedule is four drops directly in the mouth (or added to a glass of water), four times daily. Because of the particularly dynamic nature of daily awakening and retiring, the most important times may be immediately upon waking, and just before going to sleep. The other two times may be before lunch and upon arriving home at the end of a workday - whatever times might best suit your daily rhythms. Some folks apply essences to their heart chakra, pulse points on their wrists, or on their forehead; essences can be dropped in a bath or added to a spray bottle and sprayed about a room or house (more about further dilution in a minute). Sixteen drops can also be added to a water bottle and taken throughout the day this is a very effective method for those with a busy schedule who otherwise may forget to take their essences.Duration of UseBecause flower essences work on an emotional level, sometimes described as the 'soul level', it is important to remember that changes may best be made gradually. Flower essence therapy has been most successful when the essences are taken regularly, most often for the period of about 1 month, for changes in 'core' emotional issues to be seen. Some essences, like Rescue Remedy, are blended to have an effect regarding a recent (minutes, hours, days) traumatic event. Yarrow Environmental Solution by Flower Essence Services was created to offer protection from our modern environment on a daily basis, while not necessarily addressing personal emotional situations. Still other essences, like 'Impatiens' - used to calm an impatient aspect of personality - works fairly quickly in some cases. One user regularly felt the effect within 10 minutes while the impatience was still a significant part of his personality, with the entire personality aspect being slowly washed away after long-term use. So, in most instances, if trying to clear or change some significant part of your soul makeup, try at least a few weeks of regular use.Dilution and BlendingFlower Essences can be further diluted from the 'stock bottle' (the 'dilution level' available on this site) to a 'dosage bottle' for regular use. One can add 1 or more droppersful from the stock bottle to a clean 1 ounce (30ml) dropper bottle and fill the rest with spring water (optimally) or other clean water source. Blends can also be made this way, adding 1 or more droppersful from each flower essence to the 1 ounce dropper bottle, filling the rest with spring water. The receiving bottle should either be new, or boiled in water to remove old residue - because of the nature of flower essences, they can pick up etheric vibration left over. Also, whenever using flower essences from the stock bottle, be conscious of not touching the dropper tip to anything - your tongue, hands, another bottle, etc. - to help maintain the vibrational purity of the flower essence.Dilution EffectsDilution of the essences will have different effects for different; Some do not find the effect as pronounced with a dilution from the stock level, while others find the effect just as significant. Dilution is usually best, however, for children - either from a dosage bottle or from the stock bottle into a glass of water (this can also be good for alcohol-sensitive persons, because of the small amount of brandy in every drop). If you chose not to dilute and are making a blend, simply add equal amounts of each essence to a clean dropper bottle and use from there (unless you intend to have more of one essence than another). Misting Your EnvironmentMisting your environment is also an effective means to surround yourself with the energies of your essences. To use as a spray to mist your home, office, or other environment, a dilution in spring water is best. Also, glass bottles are preferred over plastic, as almost every type of plastic has been shown to release at least a little residue into the water.Pets and PlantsAnimals and pets respond wonderfully to flower essences, perhaps because of their lack of expectations or any 'resistance' to being healed. If giving flower essences to pets, it's usually easiest to add drops, perhaps 4 per day, to their water bowl. Success has also been noted with misting growing plants - particularly with Rescue Remedy when transplanting or repotting.Other Resources This is in no way intended to be an exhaustive description of ways to use flower essences. Many fine books are available both on the Bach essences (those flowers originally described by Dr. Edward Bach) and the many other flower species now available in remedy form. The 'Flower Essence Repertory' from Flower Essence Services is a fantastic guide to essence selection and use, with in-depth flower descriptions and a reference of primary emotional conditions and useful remedies. Experimentation with [*_*] is encouraged, for as you begin to use them, their place in the dynamics of your personal healing journey will unfold.