The Benefits of Pilates

October 31st, 2005

Pilates is comprised of over 500 controlled exercises that are a balanced blend of strength and flexibility training intended to improve posture, create long, lean muscles, and reduce Stress. Pilates exercises have evolved over the past 75 years.

Through smooth, continuous motion, Pilates works multiple muscle groups simultaneously. Its Focus is particularly on strengthening and stabilizing the abdominal region. Because Pilates focuses on quality of movement, one feels invigorated after a session instead of feeling exhausted.

Your first Pilates session should be a private lesson in which the instructor will introduce you to the equipment, give you an idea of where your body’s strengths and weaknesses lie, and enable you to make informed decisions.

The Pilates exercises can be performed either on machines or on a mat. A variety of equipment is used to perform some of the over 500 exercises. On the mat you perform with a group, performing the same exercises, at the same pace.

Different instructors, training institutions and equipment manufacturers have developed several props to help you carry out exercises on your own. Small props such as Pilates balls, Pilates circles and Pilates resistance bands can be incorporated into any personal training program.

There are many similarities between Yoga and Pilates. But, the Breathing is different for the two disciplines. In Pilates, you pull your stomach in, while in Yoga you allow it to expand with breath. While Pilates is about movement, Yoga involves holding of postures.

If you want to achieve the maximum slimming effect with least amount of effort, then you should go for the Winsor Pilates Exercise. The Exercise works every part of your body and focuses on the core muscle groups - abdomen, lower back, hips and buttocks - which are going to burn the most energy for weight loss and make the biggest difference in your physical appearance.

About the author

The author’s site provides detailed information about Pilates exercises, equipment, videos, classes, studios, Certification, and more.

Building Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence

October 30th, 2005

You can feel a deep sense of inner satisfaction as you learn to feel comfortable as you really are. Face all situations – even the most difficult and confrontational – with confidence and poise.

Would you like to:

  • Feel more comfortable in social situations?
  • Handle confrontations more easily?
  • Experience a sense of inner comfort and Relaxation?
  • Handle criticism more positively?
  • Assert yourself naturally?
  • No longer rely on approval from others?
  • Reduce your need for perfection?
  • Feel more connected to others?
  • Express yourself more naturally and with less fear?
  • Have the strength to be able to do the “right” thing?

Enhance all these life skills and more by building your Core Inner Strength. You’ll find that shifts at a deep level make surface-level changes easier and longer-lasting.

Find the strength within yourself

After you finish this Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence building Hypnosis program you’ll notice that you feel more relaxed in general and that people (whether they are co-workers, family, prospects or complete strangers) may react to you in a more positive manner. Authenticity attracts others and makes you more persuasive and confident. In essence, this Self-Confidence building Hypnosis program will help you find the strength to be authentic.

We are not promising that you will be “Super-Charismatic,” a “People Magnet,” or that you’ll gain “Amazing Powers of Persuasion.” Frankly, as far as we know acquiring these skills via Hypnosis or any other method is simply impossible.

What we are saying is that our program can help you find and access the strength you already have, attaining optimum levels of Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence and inner strength FOR YOU.

At the core level you will:

Realize your true inner strength

A healthy sense of self will help you in almost any role you play in life. When you’re able to come from a place of true inner strength, people respond to you in a more authentic and positive way. It will make you more effective in business and enable you to be a more effective parent, partner, performer or teacher.

Once you experience the positive effects of greater inner strength, you’ll wish you were able to do things this easily much sooner.

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Stress Management Tip: Progressive Relaxation

October 27th, 2005

Negative thoughts and feelings can significantly contribute to the Tension we experience in our bodies. Most of the time we are unaware of the Tension in our bodies until it manifests as a physical condition such as muscle tightness in the body, Headaches and even stomach ulcers. Progressive Relaxation serves as a great way Relax the body at the first sign of Tension.

Progressive Relaxation involves systematically tensing and relaxing various groups of muscles in an orderly sequence. By regularly practicing this technique, you can train yourself to recognize the feelings associated with tensed and relaxed muscles. Recognizing the Tension or Stress in your body at an early stage gives you the opportunity to stop it before it becomes a major physical problem.

When performing the progressive Relaxation technique it important to follow the following guide lines

* Do this technique in a quiet room where no one can interrupt you
* Sit on a comfortable chair, couch, recliner or lie on a bed
* Allocate around 10-15 minutes every day as your scheduled time for this technique
* Note the sensations you experience tensing and relaxing the various muscle groups

Start off by closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths for one minute. Then start progressive tensing and relaxing the various muscle groups. The sequence of muscles varies slightly depending on how much time you have however the general order is as follows:

* Toes
* Knees
* Entire right leg
* Entire left leg
* Right hand
* Right forearm and hand
* Entire right arm
* Left hand
* Left forearm and hand
* Entire left arm
* Abdomen
* Chest
* Neck and shoulders
* Face

At the end you should be feeling quite relaxed. Keep your eyes closed and breathe in deeply. Slowly start moving your fingers and wriggling your toes. Breathe in deeply again and stretch gently. Then breathe in deeply one more time and open your eyes.

NOTE: because this technique involves deliberate tensing of muscles, it is important to check with your physician if you have any medical history of muscle problems.

About the author

David Tomaselli is the creator of the Wholistic Development Exchange. The Wholistic Development Exchange is a web site focusing on Stress Management. Here you can access frequently updated tips, news and resources on how to reduce Stress and manage Stress.

Dealing With ADHD

October 26th, 2005

What is ADHD?

Imagine living in a fast-moving kaleidoscope, where sounds, images, and thoughts are constantly shifting. Feeling easily bored, yet helpless to keep your mind on tasks you need to complete.

Distracted by unimportant sights and sounds, your mind drives you from one thought or activity to the next. Perhaps you are so wrapped up in a collage of thoughts and images that you don’t notice when someone speaks to you.

For many people, this is what it’s like to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. They may be unable to sit still, plan ahead, finish tasks, or be fully aware of what’s going on around them.

To their family, classmates or coworkers, they seem to exist in a whirlwind of disorganized or frenzied activity. Unexpectedly–on some days and in some situations–they seem fine, often leading others to think the person with ADHD can actually control these behaviors.

As a result, the disorder can affect the person’s relationships with others in addition to disrupting their daily life, consuming energy, and diminishing Self-Esteem.

ADHD, once called hyper kinesis or minimal brain dysfunction, is one of the most common mental disorders among children. It affects 3 to 5 percent of all children, perhaps as many as 2 million American children.

Two to three times more boys than girls are affected. On the average, at least one child in every classroom in the United States needs help for the disorder. ADHD often continues into adolescence and adulthood, and can cause a lifetime of frustrated dreams and emotional pain.

The natural approach

Rather than prescribing strong and sometimes addictive psychiatric drugs, (Ritalin, Concerta, Adderall) naturopathic approaches to the treatment of ADHD and ADD take a more holistic look at the individual and take into account diet, lifestyle, personality type, surroundings and emotional factors.

Natural Remedies are used to gently and effectively treat the symptoms, while at the same time helping the person to heal and to reach a state of balance and health.

The natural approach is less harmful and more thorough and has a greater chance of curing the problem altogether, instead of keeping the individual on psychiatric drugs for many years.

This is very important, especially in the case of children, because of the frequent side effects of prescription drugs and the risk of addiction. (side effects of drugs like Ritalin, Concerta, Adderall)

What is Focus?

Too often, doctors and psychiatrists quickly prescribe powerful psychiatric drugs such as Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall to treat the symptoms of ADHD, subjecting ADHD sufferers to unnecessary risk and possibly devastating side effects.

Focus ADHD Formula is a 100% safe, non-addictive alternative treatment for ADHD, without the risks and side effects of prescription psychiatric drugs.

Focus is a proven, complex Herbal Remedy, specially formulated by a practicing Clinical Psychologist to safely and effectively treat the symptoms of ADHD.

In combination with a healthy lifestyle and diet which excludes excess sugar, stimulants, artificial preservatives and colorants, Focus acts as a calmative remedy which can Focus the mind and improve concentration.

Focus is formulated for children and adults with ADHD. Adults With ADD (no hyperactivity) refer to Focus ADDult

Use Focus to treat symptoms of ADHD naturally to:

How has Focus helped others?

Focus has been happily used to help control, calm and soothe thousands of ADHD sufferers. Here is what some of them have to say:

“Hi guys, today is probably one of the happiest days of my life. My 8 year old son is on Focus and BrightSpark. Doctors have said he has ADD, frankly I always suspected Aspergers. Anyway he has taken the above 2 for the past 5 days. His teacher left a message on my job and home phone until he finally got me on my cell phone during his lunch break, I was so scared that my child was ill or fell or something else negative. Needless to say he was calling to tell my he was “blown away in the difference” with my child. He was “Attentive, involved, sharing, and focused” during class. He then asked my what was going on? I then mentioned your company and the items my son was taking. When I came home, I played the teachers message over and over again. I was so happy I actually started to cry. I have to admit I was not a whole believer in non conventional medicine, but that has certainly changed. I will very happily recommend Native Remedies to everyone. Thank you and God Bless You.” - Suzan C., NY

“This is our second order and I am so glad that we are placing it. This product has made such a difference in our lives that I am almost brought to tears. Thank you doesn’t seem enough.” - John, KS, USA

“I ordered your product for my 25 year old son with tourette’s syndrome and add. he agreed to try the drops as directed… anything to slow down the tics and improve his Focus and attention that didn’t involve drugs that make him tired and Depressed! After a few weeks on the product, he now attests to feeling more focused and tics have slowed. Rosemary, KY, USA

“The Focus product is excellent! I noticed a change in my son Micah’s disposition with a week - even my teenage son (who is 14) said he noticed the difference in Micah (he’s 7)!” - Karen, MI, USA

“I must admit I was a helpless skeptic when it came to the effectiveness of Natural Remedies vs the use of prescription drugs. Does it really work? That’s the bottom line. However within three days I noticed an amazing sense of peacefulness and comfort I have longed for, for over three years! I no longer feel Impulsiveness and Anxiety, it’s been replaced with rest! And no pun intended here but there is a reason why they call it Focus! Sincerely, Skeptic turned believer!” - Randy, FL, U.S.A.

“I have a 10 year old son Lewis who has had ADHD since the age of 6. He was prescribed Ritalin by the consultant. I thought it would be better for him if I get him of the Ritalin as it had a lot of side effects, ie, Insomnia, nightmares, loss of appetite “highs”, lows of Ritalin wearing off. I was a bit skeptical about trying natural products, but after looking through the internet I came across Focus, living in the UK Natural Remedies for ADHD are not greatly advertised, so I thought I would give it a try. Lewis has been on the drops for about 2 weeks now and his dosage for Ritalin has been halved. He was also on sleeping tablets as well. I have noticed a considerable change in his eating habits, he is of the sleeping tablets, and is a lot calmer and is able to Concentrate a lot more at school. I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking to take their child off a prescribed drug given for ADHD. I have no hesitation in continuing ordering Focus and completely taking Lewis off the Ritalin altogether. Thank You” - Tanya, UK

“My 11 year old daughter had been on Concerta for 4 years. I had been researching Herbal Remedies for years but was skeptical about their effectiveness. Recently, our insurance changed and the cost of her medication went up $35 a month, so again, I started looking into the Herbal Remedies and came upon the Native Remedies website. We decided that we would try her on the Focus ADHD Remedy. I sent her teacher an email advising her of what we were going to try and sent her the website also so she would be able to read up on everything and been a bit informed about what exactly it was, that my daughter would be taking. I can say that I am TOTALLY amazed and her teacher is as well!! She can tell the difference in her concentration level and Attention Span also!! IS THAT NOT THE GREATEST??????? Even if for some crazy reason, insurance would cover the cost of her meds again - it wouldn’t matter one bit. I’d pay for the Focus over the meds ANYDAY!!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!” - Suzanne, IN, USA

“We are so very pleased with both Focus and BrightSpark. My grandson was having major problems as he entered the second grade, he was getting bad notes on his conduct and his inattention. We took him to the doctor and a medication was prescribed for ADHD. He had side effects and said his chest hurt, so we immediately took him off. I found Native Remedies on the internet and ordered the products, he has been helped tremendously. He has been on this all this school year and doing much better. We are so thankful for this product” - Kaye, AL, USA

What are the ingredients of Focus?

Ginkgo Biloba, Scuttellaria Laterifolia (also known as Skullcap)

Matricaria Recutita (also known as German Chamomile)

Centella Asiatica (also known as Gotu Cola)

Avina Sativa (Green Oats), also called Hawer

Urtica Urens, called Umbabazane in Africa

Aspalathus linearis (also know as Rooibos)

How do I use Focus?

Children up to the age of 15: Take one drop per age year of the child or adolescent in a little water or juice every morning and evening after meals.

Adults: Take 20 drops in a little water every morning and evening after meals.

Focus may be also be combined with BrightSpark homeopathic ADD/ADHD remedy, MindSoothe or MindSoothe Jr (ages 3-15).

How long until I see results?

While an immediate calming effect is usually noted, it takes a little longer for improvements in concentration, distractibility and memory to be noted.

Best results are achieved when Focus is used consistently and the recommendations regarding diet and consistent discipline are followed.

How long will a bottle last?

One bottle of Focus at full adult dosage (20 drops twice daily) will last 25-30 days.

For children under the age of 15 one bottle will last longer as less drops are taken, a bottle of Focus for a 10 year old child for example would last around 50 days.

A 90-120 day supply of 3 bottles is offered at a discount

Aromatherapy diffusers - The natural alternative to synthetic air fresheners

October 25th, 2005

There are several types of aromatherapy Diffusers, all of which are designed to disperse fragrant and therapeutic Essential Oils into the air. An aromatherapy Diffuser can be used as a natural air freshener in a room or even in a car.

Natural plant oils offer an alternative to synthetic fragrances that can cause Allergic reactions in some people. As well as having a nice fragrance, pure Essential Oils can be used to promote physical and psychological well being. As the aroma molecules are diffused into the atmosphere, they’re inhaled into the lungs and absorbed into the bloodstream, where their benefits can take effect on the body and mind.

Aromatherapy Essential Oils can be used to produce a calming, refreshing or uplifting mood. Different oils have different aromas and uses. For instance, Lavender oil is well known for its relaxing properties, whereas Tea Tree oil is used by many people to ward off symptoms of Colds. Diffusion can be done in a number of ways.

Essential Oil burners are widely used. These involve a few drops of pure Essential Oil being diluted in a small bowl of water, which is then heated above a tea light. Some people prefer to simply add the oil to a bowl of boiling water, to avoid the risks of a burning flame. The heat helps to disperse the aroma into a room.

Other types of aromatherapy Diffusers that use heat include light bulb rings and those that use an electric heat source. Using aromatherapy Candles is another popular way to freshen a room. Fan Diffusers, powered by either batteries or electricity, work by blowing air over a tray or pad of oil.

A special aromatherapy nebulizer is believed by many aromatherapists to be an even more effective way to disperse oils. Nebulizers break down the oil into separate molecules, to make it easier for the lungs to inhale them. For a cheap and portable way to benefit from aromatherapy oils, clay pots are really useful. A few drops of oil added to the pot can slowly disperse through the porous surface to freshen the air in a room or in a car.

Essential Oil Diffusers are brilliant for freshening the air in a room and creating a welcoming atmosphere, without the use of any artificial chemicals.

About the Author

Caroline Smith is a freelance writer and regular contributor to this site - A comprehensive guide to aromatherapy and Essential Oils.

Yoga Can Help You Lose Weight

October 24th, 2005

We all know that Yoga is good for your health and well-being, but does how does it tie into weight loss? After all, it isn’t aerobic Exercise so can it really help to shed pounds?

A recent study conducted by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA investigated the effects of Yoga on weight, which is the first study to investigate the role between the two. More than 15,000 participants were asked to recall their physical activity patterns and weight history between the ages of 45 and 55. The study found that during this period, most people gain about 1 pound each year. The people who practiced Yoga at least 30 minutes once a week for four or more years gained 3 pounds less weight than the non-Yoga participants.

This is not necessarily staggering results but it gets better! Both men and women who were overweight at the beginning of the period and who started to practice Yoga lost about five pounds, while those who were Yoga free gained an average of 14 pounds within the next ten years. Now that is news! Imagine what the results would be for people practicing Yoga 2-3 times a week.

The researchers have not concluded why the Yoga participants lost more weight especially when most of them were not in advanced levels. More studies are needed at this time to give us more insight into the topic.

Participating in regular Yoga classes and even getting good enough to venture into some advanced classes, has so many benefits. Here is what Yoga can do for you.

• Physical Benefits: Creates a toned, flexible, and strong body…yes, it helps to build muscle which will also help to improve your Metabolism. It also promotes cardio and circulatory health.

• Mental Benefits: Helps you Relax and handle Stress more easily. Teaches you to quiet all that chatter in your mind so you can Focus on how you want to direct your energy. Encourages positive thoughts and self-acceptance. This alone can do a lot for those emotional/stress eaters out there.

• Spiritual Benefits: This is a nondenominational value that helps to build awareness of your body, your feelings, and the world around you. It also helps you to learn patience, forgiveness, and the value of gentleness. We all could use some regular reminders of this!

So why not join a Yoga class? It can add so many benefits to your life and now you can add weight management to the list! Take action and sign up for an introductory class today!

About the author

Meri Raffetto is a Registered Dietitian and a recognized professional in the area of nutrition and wellness. Learn about her online Balance Weight Loss Program and sign up for her free monthly newsletter to receive nutrition tips, inspirational stories, and healthy recipes.

Herbal Medicine For Children

October 24th, 2005

Herbalists use the leaves, flowers, stems, berries, and roots of plants to prevent, relieve, and treat illness. From a “scientific” perspective, many herbal treatments are considered experimental. The reality is, however, that Herbal Medicine has a long and respected history.

Many familiar medications of the twentieth century were developed from ancient healing traditions that treated health problems with specific plants. Today, science has isolated the medicinal properties of a large number of Botanicals, and their healing components have been extracted and analyzed.

Many plant components are now synthesized in large laboratories for use in pharmaceutical preparations. For example, vincristine (an antitumor drug), digitalis (a heart regulator), and ephedrine (a bronchodilator used to decrease respiratory congestion) were all originally discovered through research on plants.

The History of Herbal Medicine

The history of herbology is inextricably intertwined with that of modern medicine. Many drugs listed as conventional medications were originally derived from plants. Salicylic acid, a precursor of aspirin, was originally derived from white willow bark and the Meadowsweet plant. Cinchona bark is the source of malaria-fighting quinine.

Vincristine, used to treat certain types of cancer, comes from periwinkle. The opium poppy yields morphine, codeine, and paregoric, a treatment for diarrhea Laudanum, a tincture of the opium poppy, was the favored tranquilizer in Victorian times. Even today, morphine-the most important alkaloid of the opium poppy-remains the standard against which new synthetic pain relieves are measured.

Prior to the discovery and subsequent synthesis of antibiotics, the herb Echinacea (which comes from the plant commonly known as purple coneflower) was one of the most widely prescribed medicines in the United States. For centuries, herbalists prescribed Echinacea to fight infection. Today, research confirms that the herb boosts the Immune System by stimulating the production of disease-fighting white blood cells.

The use of plants as medicine is older than recorded history. As mute witness to this fact, Marshmallow root, hyacinth, and Yarrow have been found carefully tucked around the bones of a Stone Age man in Iraq. These three medicinal Herbs continue to be used today. Marshmallow root is a demulcent herb, soothing to inflamed or irritated mucous membranes, such as a Sore Throat or irritated digestive tract.

Hyacinth is a Diuretic that encourages tissues to give up excess water. Yarrow is a time-honored cold and Fever remedy that may once have been used much as aspirin is today. In 2735 B.C., the Chinese emperor Shen Nung wrote an authoritative treatise on Herbs that is still in use today. Shen Nung recommended the use of ma huang (known as Ephedra in the Western world), for example, against respiratory distress.

Ephedrine, extracted from Ephedra, is widely used as a decongestant. You’ll find it in its synthetic form, pseudoephedrine, in many Allergy, sinus, and cold-relief medications produced by large pharmaceutical companies. The records of King Hammurabi of Babylon (c. 1800 B.C.) include instructions for using Medicinal Plants. Hammurabi prescribed the use of mint for Digestive Disorders.

Modern research has confirmed that Peppermint does indeed relieve Nausea and Vomiting by mildly anesthetizing the lining of the stomach. The entire Middle East has a rich history of herbal healing. There are texts surviving from the ancient cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and India that describe and illustrate the use of many Medicinal Plant products, including Castor Oil, linseed oil, and white poppies. In the scriptural book of Ezekiel, which dates from the sixth century B.C., we find this admonition regarding plant life: “. . . and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and leaf thereof for medicine.”

Egyptian hieroglyphs show physicians of the first and second centuries A.D. treating Constipation with senna pods, and using Caraway and Peppermint to relieve digestive upsets. Throughout the Middle Ages, home-grown Botanicals were the only medicines readily available, and for centuries, no self-respecting household would be without a carefully tended and extensively used herb garden. For the most part, herbal healing lore was passed from generation to generation by word of mouth. Mother taught daughter; the village herbalist taught a promising apprentice.

By the seventeenth century, the knowledge of Herbal Medicine was widely disseminated throughout Europe. In 1649, Nicholas Culpeper wrote A Physical Directory, and a few years later produced The English Physician. This respected herbal pharmacopeia was one of the first manuals that the layperson could use for health care, and it is still widely referred to and quoted today.

Culpeper had studied at Cambridge University and was meant to become a great doctor, in the academic sense of the word. Instead, he chose to apprentice to an apothecary and eventually set up his own shop. He served the poor people of London and became known as their neighborhood doctor.

The herbal he created was meant for the layperson. The first U.S. Pharmacopeia was published in 1820. This volume included an authoritative listing of herbal drugs, with descriptions of their properties, uses, dosages, and tests of purity. It was periodically revised and became the legal standard for medical compounds in 1906.

But as Western medicine evolved from an art to a science in the nineteenth century, information that had at one time been widely available became the domain of comparatively few. Once scientific methods were developed to extract and synthesize the active ingredients in plants, pharmaceutical laboratories took over from providers of medicinal Herbs as the producers of drugs.

The use of Herbs, which for most of history had been mainstream medical practice, began to be considered unscientific, or at least unconventional, and to fall into relative obscurity.

Herbal Medicine Today

Today, the U.S. Pharmacopoeia, with its reliance on herbal compounds, has been all but forgotten. Most modern physicians rely on the Physician’s Desk Reference, an extensive listing of chemically manufactured drugs.

It is important to note that each entry in this enormous volume, in addition to specifying the chemical compound and actions of a particular drug, also includes an extensive list of contraindications and possible side effects. Rather than using a whole plant, pharmacologists identify, isolate, extract, and synthesize individual components, thus capturing the active properties.

This can create problems, however. In addition to active ingredients, plants contain minerals, Vitamins, volatile oils, glycosides, alkaloids, bioflavanoids, and other substances that are important in supporting a particular herb’s medicinal properties.

These elements also provide an important natural safeguard Isolated or synthesized active compounds can become toxic in relatively small doses; it usually takes a much greater amount of a whole herb, with all of its components, to reach a toxic level. Herbs are medicines, however, and they can have powerful effects. They should not be taken lightly.

The suggestions for herbal treatments are not intended to substitute for consultation with a qualified health care practitioner, but rather to support and assist you in understanding and working with your physician’s advice.

There are over 750,000 plants on earth. Relatively speaking, only a very few of the healing Herbs have been studied scientifically. And because modern pharmacology looks for one active ingredient and seeks to isolate it to the exclusion of all the others, most of the research that is done on plants continues to Focus on identifying and isolating active ingredients, rather than Studying the medicinal properties of whole plants.

Herbalists, however, consider that the power of a plant lies in the interaction of all its ingredients. Plants used as medicines offer synergistic interactions between ingredients both known and unknown. The efficacy of many Medicinal Plants has been validated by scientists abroad, from Europe to the Orient.

Thanks to modern technology, science can now identify some of the specific properties and interactions of Botanical constituents. With this scientific documentation, we now know why certain Herbs are effective against certain conditions. However, almost all of the current research validating Herbal Medicine has been done in Germany, Japan, China, Taiwan, and Russia.

And for the most part, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is responsible for licensing all new drugs (or any substances for which medicinal properties are claimed) for use in the United States, does not recognize or accept findings from across the sea. Doctors and government agencies want to see American scientific studies before recognizing the effectiveness of a plant as medicine.

Yet even though substantial research is being done in other countries, drug companies and laboratories in the United States so far have not chosen to put much money or resources into Botanical research. The result is that Herbal Medicine does not have the same place of importance or level of acceptance in this country as it does in other countries.

Working With an Herbalist

As of this writing, there is no national licensing or Certification for herbalists in the United States. If you wish to locate a qualified herbalist, the best place to start is probably in your local herb shop or health food store. They may be able to refer you to a knowledgeable herbalist who can advise you.

If you are unable to locate an herbalist this way, you may wish to contact the Herb Research Foundation, located at 1007 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado 80302 (telephone 303-440-2265) for suggestions. An herbalist may assess your child’s health needs in a variety of ways.

Along with taking your child’s history, methods of observation used by herbalists include pulse and tongue diagnosis, abdominal diagnosis, and iridology, which involves the correlation of minute markings on the iris with specific parts of the body.

After making an evaluation of your child, an herbalist can be expected to suggest individual Herbs or herbal combinations known to be beneficial for your child’s particular condition. An herbalist will often recommend Herbs or herbal combinations to both strengthen the underlying system or organ and to relieve symptoms.

Ask your herbalist when the preparation can be expected to effect an improvement in your child’s condition. When you administer an herbal prescription, observe how the preparation makes your child feel. Promptly report improvement, lack of improvement, or any side effects to your herbalist.

If the specified amount of time passes without any change in your child’s symptoms, it is important to report this, too. A change in prescription may be indicated.

Treating Your Child With Herbs

The power and potency of the healing Herbs are very real. Every herbal treatment suggested in this book has specific healing properties, carefully balanced to create a particular action within your child’s body. Natural medicines are not like manufactured drugs. Herbal preparations work gently, so they take time to act internally.

When you give your child an herbal preparation, begin with a small amount. Watch closely for signs that symptoms are easing. Observe how the preparation makes your child feel. Using herbal treatment requires observation, coupled with good judgment. Natural herbal preparations are generally well tolerated by children.

Most Herbs are nontoxic, with few, if any, harmful side effects. However, it is important to know the action and possible side effects of an herb before you give it. Although it is very unusual, some children may show signs of sensitivity to a particular herb. Reactions can include a headache, an upset stomach, or a Rash.

If your child has a reaction, discontinue use of the herb. If your child is responding favorably to the herb, but the reaction is too intense, either decrease the dosage or discontinue use of the herb. For example, say your child is constipated and you administer a Laxative herb. If your child begins having diarrhea, you have obviously achieved relief of Constipation. It’s the right idea, but the reaction is too intense.

Use your judgment and discontinue the herb. Likewise, if you are giving an herb with expectorant properties and your child begins coughing up large quantities of mucus, you should consider decreasing the dose so expectoration is manageable. Herbal treatment is useful for both acute and chronic conditions.

It is also valuable in maintaining health and preventing illness. Many of the herbal preparations recommended in this book will help boost the immune response and help arm your child against recurrent infections.

Common Herbs and Herbal Preparations

Herbs are available in a variety of forms, including fresh, dried, in tablets or capsules, or bottled in liquid form. You can buy them individually or in mixtures formulated for specific conditions. Whatever type of product you choose, the quality of an herbal preparation-be it in capsule, tablet, tea, tincture, bath, compress, poultice, or ointment form-is only as good as the quality of the raw herb from which it was made.

Generally, Herbs fall into two categories: wild-grown and farm-grown. A wild-grown herb is one that grows naturally, without human intervention. As a result of natural selection, plants tend to be found in places with conditions that optimize their growth.

For example, Horsetail grows best in moist, swampy areas, while arnica thrives at high altitudes in alpine meadows. The process of gathering Herbs from their natural habitats is called wildcrafting. The disadvantage of wild-grown Herbs is that there is no guarantee the plants haven’t been exposed to chemicals and pesticides.

Herbs harvested from a meadow, for example, may have been exposed to chemical drift from a crop-dusted farm nearby. Exhaust fumes from passing traffic may have settled invisibly on plants growing near a country road. Water-loving plants, like Horsetail, may be rooted in the bank of a polluted stream.

Because of the possibility of contamination, unless you are very sure of the source of wildcrafted Herbs, Organic Herbs grown commercially may be a better choice. Organic farm-grown Herbs are becoming increasingly available, as more and more herb farms are being established.

With careful management, Organic herb farms can provide a steady supply of quality Herbs to the consumer. To produce top-quality products, herb farmers require a great deal of specialized knowledge. For maximum potency, it is important that particular Herbs be harvested at the optimum moment.

For example, Echinacea is gathered in the spring, winter, and fall, but not in summer, when the plant’s energies are concentrated on growth and flowering. Responsible farmers use compost and Organic matter to fertilize and replenish the health of the soil. For obvious reasons, we favor the use of certified organically grown Herbs, produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers or chemical pesticides.

As of this writing, not all states have agencies inspecting and certifying Organic growers, so to be sure you are getting pure, pesticide-free Herbs grown without chemical contamination, check the label for the words “certified Organic” before you make a purchase.

The name of the certifying agency should be specified on the label. Two reliable organizations that certify Organic products are the Organic Growers and Buyers Association and California Certified Organic Farmers.

Organic products grown in the states of Washington and Texas should be certified Organic by the Department of Agriculture of the relevant state. As of this writing, federal legislation on requirements for labeling a product “Organic” has been passed, but is not yet being fully implemented.

Once it is, it should be easier to be sure that you are buying a genuine Organic product. Hopefully this will take place in the next few years. The herbal treatments recommended here include Teas, baths, compresses, poultices, oils, and ointments.

In some instances, you will be starting from scratch and preparing herbal treatments for your child. Some of the most commonly used herbal treatments and their applications are reviewed in the following table

Administering Herbal Treatment

Herbs and prepared herbal compounds are available in different forms, each of which has its own particular characteristics. Your health food store will have individual Herbs as well as complex herbal formulations, including raw Herbs, tinctures, extracts, capsules, tablets, lozenges, and ointments. Here’s a look at what’s available.

Tinctures

If the label says tincture, the preparation contains alcohol. In a tincture, alcohol is employed to extract and Concentrate the active properties of the herb. Alcohol is also a very effective natural preservative. Because a tincture is easily assimilated by the body, it is a very effective way to administer herbal compounds.

Tinctures are concentrated and cost-effective. However, the full taste of the herb comes through very strongly in a tincture. Children-and adults, too-may find the taste of some Herbs unpleasant. Goldenseal, for example, is bitter-tasting. Another concern when using tinctures is the presence of the alcohol.

If you wish to lessen the amount of alcohol in a tincture before giving it to your child, mix the appropriate dose with one-quarter cup of very hot water. After about five minutes, most of the taste of the alcohol will have evaporated away, and the mixture should be cool enough to drink.

Extracts

Extracts can be made with alcohol, like tinctures, or the essence of the herb can be leached out with water. When purchasing a liquid extract of an herb, the only way to be certain of the extraction process (alcohol or water) is to read the label.

Extracts offer essentially the same advantages and disadvantages that tinctures do. They are the most concentrated form of herbal treatment and therefore the most cost-effective. They are easy to administer, but have a strong herbal taste.

Capsules and Tablets

Capsules and tablets contain a ground or powdered form of raw herb. In general, there seems to be little difference between the two in terms of clinical results. Because finely milled Herbs degrade quickly, it is important that Herbs be freshly ground and then promptly encapsulated or tabeleted, within twenty-four hours of being powdered.

When making your selection, read the label to make sure fresh Herbs have been used in the product. With the exception of certain herbal concentrates in capsule form, both capsules and tablets tend to be much less strong and potent than tinctures and extracts.

Teas

There are many delicious blends of herbal Teas on the shelves of your health food store; they need no introduction here. You’ll find loose Herbs ready for steeping, herbal formulations aimed at specific conditions, and convenient pre-bagged Teas. Some are just for sipping; some are medicinal.

When your child is ill, a comforting cup of herbal tea (medicinal or not) is a wonderful way to give additional liquids.

Lozenges

Herbal-based, nutrient-rich, naturally sweetened lozenges are readily available in most health food shops. You’ll find cold-fighting formulas, natural cough suppressants, some with decongestant properties. Many are boosted with natural vitamin C. Choose lozenges made without refined sugar.

Ointments, Salves, and Rubs

From Calendula ointment (for broken skin and wounds) to Goldenseal (for infections, Rashes, and skin irritations) to Aloe Vera gel (to cool and speed the healing of minor burns, including sunburn) to heat-producing Herbs (for muscle Aches and strains), there’s a wealth of topical herbal-based products on the market. Your selection will depend on the condition you are treating.

When administering herbal treatment, you can follow the same basic suggestions that you would for administering conventional medications. If the taste of an herb is too strong, dilute the appropriate dosage in a little juice or water.

Tableted Herbs or capsules can be mixed with a spoonful of cream-style cereal or applesauce, or dissolved in sweet fruit juice. For older children, herbal Teas can tee sweetened with honey (a child under eighteen months old should never be allowed to take honey because there is a risk of infant botulism, which can be fatal).

For an infant, the herbal tea can be mixed with mother’s milk or formula and put into a bottle, an eyedropper, or empty syringe (without the needle), and gently squirted inside the child’s mouth. A nursing mother can also take an adult dose of an Herbal Remedy, and the effect will be transmitted by her breast milk.

When treating your child with Herbal Remedies, use your judgment and common sense. The herbal treatments recommended in this book are gentle and have been especially selected for use on children.

It is still possible, however, for any herb to cause adverse reactions in some children. If your child develops a Rash, a stomachache, a headache, or any other new symptom after treatment with an Herbal Remedy, discontinue using the herb and consult with your health care provider.

Adverse reactions are unusual if Herbal Remedies are used in recommended doses. Problems are more likely to occur if an herb is overused-if the dosage is too high or if the herb is given continuously for too long. Chamomile, for example, may cause a child to develop an Allergy to ragweed if given on a daily basis for too long; the prolonged use of Licorice can lead to High Blood Pressure.

This is why, even if an herb is beneficial for a chronic condition, it is not usually recommended that an Herbal Remedy be given on an ongoing basis, but rather that it be used for set periods of time, or alternated with another remedy or remedies. When using herbal treatment-as with most other aspects of a healthy life-moderation is the key.

If you have any question about the use of a particular herb, consult with a qualified herbalist or health care professional. Herbal Medicine has a long history, and a time-tested, valuable place in the treatment of many common health problems.

Because they act gently, Herbs are particularly suitable for treating children. When using Herbs to treat an illness, often you not only help to alleviate symptoms, but also to address an underlying problem and strengthen the overall functioning of a particular organ or system.

Herbs are readily available-they can even be grown in your own back yard. To be sure you are getting the best and purest product possible, however, we recommend that you use certified organically grown Herbs.

The more you use Herbs, the more comfortable you will become with this gentle, effective form of health care.

Effective Weight Loss Through Hypnosis

October 23rd, 2005

Discover the Weight Loss Hypnosis Program that Doctors and Psychologists recommend to their patients….

“The research is mounting: Hypnosis can help you Lose Weight and keep it off longer…..Compared with individual Hypnotherapy, a Hypnosis CD can be a cost-effective way to get entranced….

….This set Enjoying Weight Loss has a lot to offer: a warm, fun hypnotist offering sound dietary advice and a variety of trances for a range of issues, from choosing a food plan to avoiding temptation.”

- Shape Magazine: as reviewed by Jean Fain, Harvard Medical School

Enjoying Weight Loss will enable you to reach your ideal weight. Guaranteed.

You know deep down that the only way to Lose Weight and keep it off is to eat right and Exercise more. Simply put: There is no pill, mental program, or diet that will allow you to reach and maintain your ideal weight without eating better and working out.

No Gimmicks, Just Results:

  • Avoid Excess Calories Without Relying on Willpower
  • Create Healthy Eating Patterns
  • Choose Your Own Food Plan and Follow it with Ease
  • Automatically Stick to Your Exercise Plan
  • Experience the Natural Sleep Patterns that Aid Weight Loss
  • Keep the Weight Off

And the best thing is - this time you’ll lose the weight forever.

You’ve tried everything

You may have tried one of the following weight loss plans already: Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, South Beach, Body for Life, Beach Body, Atkins, The Zone, and the list goes on… All of these plans work if you follow the plan consistently. Then why are so many of us overweight?

We don’t always follow the Weight-Loss plan correctly. And if we do, we go back to our old eating habits after losing the excess weight.

There is hope

You can harness the power of your unconscious mind and make following your Weight-Loss plan easy. Eating properly will become automatic, and your Weight-Loss experience enjoyable.

Even if you got the wrong end of the genetic stick, and losing weight has always been a struggle, this program will help you. You’ll see and feel the results - making it easier to reach and maintain your ideal weight.

The Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis Weight Loss Program can help you eliminate cravings and self-sabotage. These techniques garnered from the latest Weight-Loss research, will help you reach and maintain your optimal weight. Each session will change and reinforce how you interact with food, giving you total control over how and what you eat. Sessions will also motivate you to Exercise more. The combination of eating right and exercising is the only winning combination for Weight-Loss success. You are only going to stick to it if you enjoy it.

This program is designed to help you follow the proper eating and Exercise plan. It’s perfect if you:

  • Need to lose lots of weight
  • Need to lose those last ten pounds
  • Need motivation to stick to your Exercise program
  • Need help following South Beach, Sugar Busters or Atkins
  • Need help following Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig
  • Need help sticking to your particular Weight Loss Program
  • Need motivation to maintain your Weight-Loss

When you see how easy it is to eat right and Exercise regularly, you’ll regret not having tried this program sooner.

The Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis Weight Loss Program was created by Dr. Roberta Temes, author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Hypnosis and the editor of Medical Hypnosis, the first medical school textbook about Hypnosis. Dr. Temes has helped hundreds of people from all over the world lose unwanted pounds and keep them off! All of the therapists with The Hypnosis Network have to meet stringent guidelines. And, as with all our associates, Dr. Temes is an exceptional therapist and Hypnosis practitioner.

“The CD programmes from the Hypnosis Network are nothing short of amazing!! Its probably one of the toughest things to accomplish as a clinician..to change a mindset of a patient, even if its for their own good and they truly want to alter their lifestyle, habits, psychological patterns of thinking, etc. We as doctors can set up protocol after protocol to help people on the road to wellness..but if they are not totally convinced on a core level…forget it!

I have been using the “Enjoying Weight Loss” program with my patients who tell me they don’t even think about “bad” food anymore…its just a fact in their mind. They find it easy to change self-destructive behaviour and “stay with the programme” that I reccomend. This has always been my biggest challenge as a clinician”

Dr. Deborah Baker Racine Huntsville, Canada

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Herbs For Allergy Sufferers

October 22nd, 2005

What causes airborne Allergies, Hayfever and Allergic Rhinitis?

With every breath we take, we breathe in millions of microscopic particles such as dust, pollen, plant spores, Viruses, bacteria and even pollutants in the form of chemicals in the air.

Many of these particles are filtered and removed by the nose and respiratory system, while others enter the body. If the Immune System is strong and healthy, it can ward off infection against pollutants, Viruses and other harmful airborne substances that may enter the body.

Normally the Immune System will ignore harmless airborne particles entering the body such as pollen, house dust, animal dander, etc. In some people, however, the Immune System misinterprets these harmless particles and identifies them as being dangerous to the system.

This triggers a release of a substance called histamine, as well as other inflammatory compounds in the body, which cause a condition called ‘Allergic Rhinitis’ and Hayfever.

People who develop Allergic Rhinitis in warm weather, wind or at spring time are generally Allergic to grass, tree and flower pollens. Those who have this reaction all year round are probably also Allergic to house dust, mold or animal dander.

Because the mucous membranes of the nose and respiratory tract are affected, people with Allergic Rhinitis are often more vulnerable to Colds, Sinusitis, Influenza and other respiratory infections, setting up a vicious cycle of compromised Immune System, increased Allergies, progressive fatigue and weakening of the system.

What are the symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis and Hayfever?

  • Runny Nose (clear discharge)
  • Red, itchy or puffy eyes
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Sneezing and itchy nose
  • Swollen nasal passages
  • Irritated throat
  • Fatigue

What about conventional Antihistamine treatment for Allergic Rhinitis and Hayfever?

Doctors usually treat Allergies supportively and with Antihistamine drugs which can block the release of histamine and therefore reduce or prevent the Allergic reaction. Antihistamines may be short acting or long acting and come in tablets, nasal sprays, inhalers, eye drops or syrups.

Antihistamines can be very effective and many people with severe Allergies to airborne substances find it very difficult to lead a normal life without them. By preventing or reducing the Allergic reaction, Antihistamines can also help to prevent the illness cycle that arises due to frequent Allergic attacks.

However, as always, the advantages of any medication should always be weighed against its disadvantages. Antihistamines can also cause unwanted side effects and even make Allergies worse in some cases.

Disadvantages of Antihistamines

  1. Antihistamines may lose their effectiveness over time
  2. They can cause sedation and reduce concentration and increase the risk of motor vehicle and work related accidents
  3. They may thicken mucus secretions and increase the risk of bacterial infection and Sinusitis
  4. They may make it more difficult for men with Prostate Problems to pass urine
  5. Other side effects include Insomnia, nightmares, dry mouth, rapid heart beat, Anxiety and agitation
  6. They should not be used with alcohol which can increase side effects
  7. Some Antihistamines are not recommended along with certain antibiotics or prescription antidepressants.

What is AllergiClear?

Due to increased demand from our regular customers, we realized the need to provide an effective, yet safe alternative to the conventional treatment of Allergic reactions like Allergic Rhinitis and Hayfever.

Together with experts in the field, we have developed AllergiClear - a compound remedy containing herbal, homeopathic and nutritional ingredients known for their positive effect on preventing the Allergic reactions to airborne Allergens and improving respiratory health.

Taken regularly, AllergiClear can help you to become Allergy free and reduce or even eliminate your dependence on synthetic Antihistamines with their troublesome side effects.

NOTE: Use Native Remedies SOS-HistaDrops along with AllergiClear when needed for acute attacks of Allergic Rhinitis and Hayfever.

Use AllergiClear to:

Use Native Remedies SOS-HistaDrops along with AllergiClear when needed for acute attacks of Allergic Rhinitis and Hayfever.

What are the ingredients of AllergiClear?

Quercitin is a well known flavonoid, usually found mostly in onions and apples and is considered to be a ‘building block’ for other flavonoids. Flavonoids are important and powerful anti-oxidants found in fruits, vegetables and Herbs and can also reduce inflammation, boost immunity, strengthen blood vessels and Improve Circulation. Quercitin is known for its ability to block the release of histamine, thereby preventing Allergy symptoms like swollen nasal passages, congestion, Sneezing, Watery Eyes and itchiness in eyes and nose. Other benefits include reduced risk of Heart Disease, stroke and Cataracts, anticancer properties and the ability to promote stable blood Sugar Levels.

Euphrasia officinalis (Eyebright) has been used since the Middle Ages to reduce eye inflammations. It may be used topically, but is very beneficial taken internally to reduce watery, painful and Itchy Eyes caused by Colds and Allergies. Other benefits include the maintenance of good vision and eye health.

Arsen Alb. C15 - a proven homeopathic remedy for a variety of conditions, including inflamed and stinging eyes, Sneezing and Hayfever. other benefits include improvement in Eczema, Headaches and general Restlessness.

Nat. Mur. D6 - a biochemic tissue salt which has an excellent effect in reducing and preventing Runny Nose, Hayfever and other conditions linked to inflamed and watery mucus membranes. Other benefits include promoting feelings of well being and reducing anger and Irritability.

Kali Mur. D6 - a biochemic tissue salt with a wonderful soothing decongestant and Anti-Inflammatory effect, helping to prevent the secondary infections of Allergic Rhinitis (Sinusitis, bronchitis and other respiratory tract infections). Regular use of Kali Mur is also beneficial in improving Liver Functioning, as a glandular tonic and to strengthen blood and nerve tissue.

How do I use AllergiClear?

AllergiClear comes in tablet form and is taken regularly to prevent Allergic Rhinitis and Hayfever and strengthen systemic functioning.

If year-round Allergies are experienced, use AllergiClear along with your daily supplements. If you experience seasonal Allergies, begin taking AllergiClear every year just before the ‘Allergy season’ to reduce or prevent Allergic reactions to airborne Allergens.

Children 12 months - 6 years: 1/2 to one tablet once or twice daily. If the child can not take tablets, they may be crushed and combined with food like yogurt, apple sauce, etc

Children 6 - 12 years: One to two tablets once or twice daily

Adults and children over 12: One to two tablets twice daily

Precautions: Safety during Pregnancy has not been established. NOTE: Use Native Remedies SOS-HistaDrops along with AllergiClear when needed for acute attacks of Allergic Rhinitis and Hayfever.

How has AllergiClear helped others?

“At the age of 45, I have suffered from Hayfever all my life, especially in the spring. My doctor and I have tried almost all the Anti-Histamines one by one which are usually effective at first and then less so as time goes by. Some years it got so bad I could not go out of the house and I always felt so unattractive with swollen and watering eyes and huge red nose! I have tried other Herbs with limited success, but I was drawn to this remedy because it contained homeopathics and Herbs. So far I have had far fewer symptoms with only a few mild attacks even though this is the time of year that usually really gets to me. I am going to purchase your SOS Hista Drops as advised when I spoke to your consultant. ” Shirley,M UK

“Do you know what it is like to breathe in and smell freshly mown grass? Well I could never dare to do this or risk horrible Runny Nose and streaming eyes. All summer long I had to put up with Sneezing, red nose and Swollen Eyes. I HATED it!!! AllergiClear has made a big difference to my life and I can really recommend it to anyone with an Allergy to pollen and grass. Thank you for this opportunity to submit my testimonial and all your help and sympathy! ” Freda Jane

“I developed Allergies in my teens to just about anything, especially house dust and animals. Antihistamines went everywhere with me, but didn’t do the job completely. Without them I was a mess - with them I managed but always felt Drowsy, Depressed and Listless. As a young man I did not even date much because I felt I could not kiss a girl when my nose was blocked and swollen and I felt unattractive. These tablets and the drops have helped more than I can say. Native Remedies products have helped every time I have used them for anything, including my Allergies ” Bennett, Melbourne Australia

How long will a bottle last?

One bottle of AllergiClear will last approximately one month.

How long till I see results?

Results will be gradual. You will notice that you are less vulnerable to air borne Allergens and your Allergic reactions (e.g. Hayfever, watering Itchy Eyes and nose, Sneezing, etc) will decrease over time. As your system becomes stronger, these may disappear altogether. Some people notice a big difference within the first month, while for others it may take slightly longer. If you do experience a recurrence, SOS HistaDrops taken as needed will quickly relieve the symptoms.

What else can help?

About the Dead Sea

October 21st, 2005

The beneficial effects of the Dead Sea’s raw materials on the skin and their unique therapeutic and beautifying powers have been recognized since ancient times. The “Sea of Salt”, as it is often referred to, lies at the lowest point on earth and has greater solid content than any other body of water. The atmospheric pressure at the Dead Sea is the highest on the planet. This combination of the atmosphere and the mineral rich water makes the Dead Sea unusually therapeutic.

The Dead Sea Research Center’s website offers detailed information about the Dead Sea, its composition and its health benefits. Check it out at http://www.deadsea-health.org

Scientific studies have proven that bathing in Dead Sea salts not only improves such skin ailments as Psoriasis and Eczema, but also stimulates circulation and encourages the skin to renew itself. In addition, subcutaneous penetration helps relieve Aches and Pains in joints and muscles, providing much relief for those who experience Rheumatism and Arthritis. Enjoy a hot, relaxing soak in the tub, or use the salt Soap to treat your skin when you take a shower.

Dead Sea Skin Care products’ unique ingredient – Mineral Mud – is the key to unlocking your skin’s natural Beauty. The remarkable absorbency of this mineral and oxygen rich substance gives it the ability to reach deep into the skin. Dead Sea Mineral Mud thoroughly cleanses clogged pores while using reverse osmosis to tighten them. Mineral Mud’s natural ingredients revitalize and nourish, helping the skin to look and feel its best.

More About the Dead Sea . . .

The Dead Sea, also known as the “Sea of Salt”, is located near what was once the western edge of the “Cradle of Civilization”; the land that lies between the Tigris River to the north, the Euphrates River to the south, the Persian Gulf to the East and the Mediterranean Sea to the west. This area was known as Mesopotamia and held our planet’s earliest settlements in its palms in about 3500 BCE. It now houses most of modern day Iraq.

Going forward about 2500 years, King Solomon set out to make peace in this region that had become entangled by many enemies. King Solomon is known as a peaceful king, in part because he worked to make peace by diplomacy, creating external quiet surrounding his kingdom. With peace achieved, he then set about industrializing his kingdom. Perhaps as part of his move to industrialize, the beneficial effects of the Dead Sea were put into production. And just maybe King Solomon provided all of the people of his kingdom access to the Dead Sea and made its many healthy and beautifying products affordable, creating an environment of relaxed, peaceful, and beautiful neighbors!

Just a mere 900 years later, not too far from the Dead Sea, Cleopatra enters history’s stage and among her accomplishments charms two powerful rulers, Mark Antony and Julius Caesar. She does this on her way to becoming the last pharaoh of Egypt. Cleopatra’s legendary Beauty will probably never be confirmed, but it lies somewhere between her unflattering profile on the eighty drachma coin used during her rule to the few still exisiting sculptures that show a flawless Beauty with a small nose and full lips. Regardless of Cleopatra’s actual features, we do know she used them well. It is reputed that she went to great lengths and expense to obtain exclusive rights over the Dead Sea area.The remains of pharmaceutical and cosmetic factories that she had built near the Dead Sea can be seen on the western bank in Ein Bokek and Ein Gedi.

And now travel 2000 years forward and we find that on both the Israeli and the Jordanian shores of the Dead Sea there are many spas and medical programs to which thousands of people flock annually. These spas and medical facilities make use of the health promoting environment of the Dead Sea. Only now what was once known intuitively has now been researched and documented.

The Dead Sea contains, according to the Dead Sea Research Center, “a unique solar irradiation, an increased oxygen density, a high density salty sea with an unusual salt composition, thermo-mineral springs and a special natural mud”. The synthesis of these unique properties that occur only at this location that is the lowest point on earth and that has greater solid content than any other body of water has been critically evaluated, “in terms of types of diseases treated, modes of therapy, and mechanism of healing”. In addition, the “increased attenuation of a specific spectrum of ultra-Violet radiation provides unusual therapeutic properties with an impressive impact on a number of diseases. The air is denser here at sea level, rich in magnesium and bromine, unpolluted, and almost totally free of Allergens.

There is a high salt concentration in the Dead Sea. One can fly low over the sea and see the salt clumps floating in the water. The hot, dry air and high evaporation rate have attributed to this phenomenon that does not exist in other salty bodies of water. The Dead Sea’s water contains 32% salts and is high in magnesium, calcium, bromide, potassium, and other minerals. For example, exposure to this water has been proven to nourish skin, ease discomfort from Rheumatoid symptoms, activate the circulatory system, and Relax nerves. Walk in to the Dead Sea, and you’ll find yourself able to float endlessly without effort.

The Dead Sea’s Black Mud is a homogeneous mixture of its Organic elements that are retrieved from the shoreline and mixed with the earth. This mud is not only good for cleaning, and softening the skin; when applied to the skin and permitted to dry before washing off, the mud’s thermopoxic properties improves and stimulates blood circulation, especially in the affected areas of joint diseases (Dead Sea Research Center, www.deadsea-health.org).

The thousands of people who fly to Israel and Jordan each year stay at hotels and spas to undergo a few weeks of treatment that significantly and naturally, without pharmaceuticals, improves their health.

However, without taking time out from work, leaving family, and spending thousands of dollars, similar results can be obtained by spending significantly less money, staying home, and using products with Jericho Spa and Dead Sea Secrets labels. The products made with Dead Sea Black Mud, salts, and minerals are of the highest quality and excellent for both healthy skin and circulation as wel as for skin that needs improved circulation and has been damaged due to disease or the side effects of disease.



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