Sore Throat Gargle

December 16th, 2005

Put two cups of water into a saucepan and bring to boil.

Remove from heat and add 5 heaping tablespoons of Calendula flowers (fresh or dried).

Cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain through cheesecloth and use as a gargle for sore throat while the liquid is still warm.

Cold and Flu Combo Tea

December 16th, 2005

3 parts Echinacea 3 parts Goldenseal Root 2 parts Pau D Arco 2 parts peppermint leaf 2 parts Mullein 1 part Ginger Root


Combine all of the Herbs together. Place 2 Tablespoons of mix in jar that can be completely covered. Pour 6 ounces of hot water over the Herbs and seal. Steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain Herbs.

Drink 1 cup 3 times a day. Inhale the tea to relieve sinus congestion.

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)

December 16th, 2005

What is Premenstrual Syndrome?

PMS is a disorder characterized by a set of hormonal changes that trigger disruptive symptoms in a significant number (estimated 40 million suffers) of women for up to two weeks prior to menstruation.

Often symptoms tend to taper off with menstruation and women remain symptom-free until the two weeks or so prior to the next menstrual period. These regularly recurring symptoms from ovulation until menses typify PMS, premenstrual syndrome.

Characteristics of PMS

Over 150 symptoms have been attributed to PMS. After complaints of feeling “out-of-control”, anxious, depressed and having uncontrollable crying spells, the most common complaints are headache and fatigue. But symptoms may vary from month to month and there may even be symptom-free months.

Characteristically symptoms may be both physical and emotional. They may include physical symptoms as headache, migraine, fluid retention, fatigue, constipation, painful joints, backache, abdominal cramping, heart palpitations and weight gain.

Emotional and behavioral changes may include anxiety, depression, irritability, panic attacks, tension,lack of co-ordination, decreased work or social performance and altered libido. (some useful PMS information)

What is Femalite?

Femalite is formulated especially for women and the effective treatment of the symptoms of Pre-menstrual Syndrome (PMS). It contains three powerful ingredients - Fennel, Pulsatilla and Melissa - to treat the most troublesome symptoms of PMS.

Use Femalite for a few days before your period and say goodbye to bloating, sore breasts and mean mood swings!

Use Femalite for relief from symptoms of PMS including:

  • Mood swings
  • Bloating
  • Swollen and tender breast
  • Headaches
  • Cramping

How has Femalite helped others?

“I had such bad PMS - every month I cried and nothing seemed to go right for me. My boyfriend said I was like a different person. I don’t think he could understand and we would have one fight after the other. Since taking Femalite I can feel the difference. I don’t feel so moody and I can talk about how I feel rather than yelling and crying. Thanks for all your help” - Carol, USA

“For years my PMS has been completely out of control. I have been hospitalized twice for my symptoms which have been as severe as passing out, throwing up, diarrhea, and fever. Doctors have tried everything from birth control pills to heavy medication, yet nothing has really worked. To control my cramps recently I have been exceeding the prescribed about of pain killers and even doubling my dosage of prescribed medicine. Recently, I went on the internet in search of something homeopathic, although I was skeptical that anything could help me. When I saw the description for Femalite I thought it was seriously too good to be true. However, I figured it would be better to try something that didn’t work and wasn’t harmful for my body rather than the heavy drugs that I have been prescribed.

Normally five days before my period I have intense mood swings; I feel really sad or frustrated and usually yell and cry at my loved ones. Also during this time I get the worst headaches (irritated by light and uncontrollable) and cramps. Yesterday, I felt those symptoms coming on so I started taking Femalite. Honestly my body’s reaction was almost immediate. The pain literally disappeared and I was in a completely euphoric state all day. Honestly, I have not been in a mood that great since I was a child. My fiance commented that he looks forward to me being this happy before every period.

This is my second day using Femalite and I can say with confidence that I will use this product for the rest of my life!” -Alexandria, GA, USA

Femalite contains:

Foeniculum Vulgare (Sweet Fennel), Pulsatilla Vulgaris (Pasque Flower), Melissa Officinal (Lemon Balm) (more detail on these natural Herbs)

Femalite is 100% Safe, Proven and Totally Effective and can be also be used together with Dong Quai to balance hormones and to treat both the symptoms and the causes of PMS.

How do I use Femalite?

Age 10 – 12: Ten drops in a little water two to three times per day.

Age twelve and up: 10-15 drops in a little water three to four times a day.

Caution: Safety during pregnancy or breastfeeding has not yet been established.

How long until I see results?

Begin use about 5 days before the onset of menstruation or when the first signs of PMS are noted. Improvement is apparent within about 5 minutes.

Femalite can be used before menstruation begins and also for the first day or two of bleeding to prevent menstrual cramps and irritability.

How long will a bottle last?

One bottle of Femalite will last through four to five menstrual cycles.

Winter Facial Skincare Tips

December 16th, 2005

Winter is here and the frost is not only nipping at your nose but the whole face. Fortunately, with a facial Skin Care routine that meets your exact Skin Care needs you can be on your way to healthy, radiant skin tone.


• Stings or burns when skin-care products are used • Is easily irritated • Sometimes appears red and inflamed • Feels itchy, dry, rough and flaky

Facial Skin Care for dry skin:

Regular bath Soaps clean well but are powerfully alkaline and irritating for both dry and sensitive skin. Clear Soaps containing glycerin and alcohol may also be too drying. So, as an alternative of Soap, dermatologists suggest a Soap-free, sensitive skin cleansers. If your skin is very dry or sensitive, you may need to alternate a washable lotion with a sensitive-skin bar. After cleansing dry skin, apply a Moisturizer that is light, hypoallergenic, preservative-free, all-purpose and water based. For extremely dry skin, Moisturize with petroleum jelly or an oil-based lotion with 20 percent urea. After cleansing sensitive skin, apply a light, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free Moisturizer, like Eucerin. To check your tolerance of the product, dab the Moisturizer behind your ears for the first few days.


• Is usually smooth and supple • Is generally clear/blemish-free • Appears neither dry nor oily

Facial Skin Care for normal skin:

You’re one of those lucky people whose face can take some abuse and still bounce back, looking fresher than ever. Almost any cleanser (from regular bath Soap to sensitive-skin bars) will work for you. If you need a Moisturizer — some people with normal skin don’t! — choose a light, hypoallergenic, preservative free, all-purpose, water-based Moisturizer after washing.


• Has enlarged pores or blackheads • Appears shiny and feels greasy

Facial Skin Care for oily skin:

Regular bath Soap, morning and night, is fine for cleansing — your skin actually benefits from the drying effect of strongly alkaline bath Soaps. If necessary, use an astringent pad at midday. Because your skin is naturally oily, you may not need a Moisturizer. But if you do, choose one that’s noncomedogenic (won’t cause acne) and either oil-free or water-based —Neutrogena or Aveeno, for example.


• Is oily on your forehead, nose or chin • Is dry on your cheeks and around your eyes

Facial Skin Care for combination skin:

Dermatologists recommend one of two cleansing routines for women with combination skin. You can wash with a gentle facial cleanser in the morning and use an alcohol-free astringent on oily areas later in the day. Or wash with a Soap-free cleanser on dry areas and with regular bath Soap on oily areas. Treat dry patches as dry skin, then apply a water-based or oil-free noncomedogenic Moisturizer to your entire face.

Skin Care tips for every type of skin:

No matter how oily, dry or sensitive your skin, always clean gently. Use warm (not hot) water and your fingertips (not a wash cloth). Rinse well. Then use a towel to pat (not rub) your face dry. Wash your face no more than once or twice a day. After patting Skin Dr., apply Moisturizer to skin while it’s still damp to ensure that it is absorbed. Unless your Moisturizer provides protection from damaging sun rays, consider applying a light sunscreen as well.

About the author:

For further facial Skin Care tips, articles and information on acne and rosacea treatment, please, visit Facial Skin Care Guide

Lip Tips

December 16th, 2005

Nice lips are every woman’s wish but as we get older some things grow and some things shrink, and never in the order we wish. Your lips are going to get smaller and thinner. Now stop! It’s not the end of the world. There are plenty of things you can do to make your lips look fuller.

If you’ve got a really big pocket book you can have collagen injections but if you are like most of us and can’t quite afford to go that route don’t worry there are lots of makeup artist tricks that will have give you the illusion of larger pouty sexy lips.

Lipstick always looks best when your lips are nice and smooth. To keep your lips smooth exfoliate them and always wear some type of lip balm when not wearing lipstick.

Start by applying lip liner to define the shape of your lips and make them larger. By the way you can use it to make your lips look smaller too. Make sure your lip pencil is nice and sharp so as to create a very narrow line.

Outline your lips with the liner then fill in between with your lipstick. The liner will also stop your lipstick from bleeding through. Never draw fake lips, always stay within the natural lines of your lips.

Start at the v in your lips with short strokes then outline the rest of your lips then fill with your lip liner. Now apply your lipstick, blot, then reapply. If you want your lips to look fuller you need to apply a lighter shade in the center of your lips.

A matte lipstick will last longer than any other type of lipstick but it is drying. A gloss lipstick will make your lips look fuller. Sheer lipstick doesn’t last very long at all.

Neutral shades will match everything while a medium color will make your lips look bigger. The moisture the lipstick the more likely it is to bleed.

When buying lip balms makes sure they have SPF protection. Some lipsticks also have SPF protection. It’s a good idea to use it all the time if possible.

See with a few little make up artist tricks you’ll have beautiful lips all day long!

About the author

Sher from Estate Jewelry International has been serving customers for over 20 years, providing affordable estate jewelry, and a wealth of information on jewelry, fashion, designers, and Beauty with on staff industry professionals. Please visit us at Estate Jewelry International.

The History of Yoga

December 16th, 2005

The history of Yoga is long and steeped in tradition. Contrary to what some people may believe, Yoga was not developed as the newest way to slim down so they could fit into a smaller pants size.

The history of Yoga goes back 5,000 years. It originated in India, and the first time the word Yoga was found in written form was in the Rig Vada, one of the sacred texts used by Vedic priests. Yoga is a means of achieving spiritual enlightenment.

Originally, Yoga techniques were passed down from teacher to student through word of mouth. These techniques had never been written down until the Indian sage Patanjali wrote down a systematic method of Yoga in the Yoga Sutras. Patanjali is considered to be the father of Yoga.

According to Patanjali, there are eight limbs of Yoga, which lead to the ultimate goal of enlightenment.

Yama - abstaining from violence, stealing, lust, greed

Niyam - developing devotion, purity, studiousness, contentment, discipline

Pranayama - controlling the breath

Pratyahara - going inward and withdrawing attention from the outside world

Dharana - concentration

Dhyana - Meditation

Samadhi - merging with the universal consciousness

The Swami Vivekananda added to the history of Yoga by bringing it to America. In 1893, he addressed the Parliament of World Religions and discussed the path of Yoga. As a result of his speech, it quickly began to blossom as a practice in many areas of the country. Yoga has since gained major popularity in the United States and many different styles including Hatha, Bikram, and Iyengar, are practiced by millions of people.

Knowing the history of Yoga can help you, the practitioner, realize the richness that it has to offer. More than just a means of being fit and trim, Yoga can help you live a healthy, whole, and empowered life.

About the Author

Della Menechella is a Yoga and fitness enthusiast who has been involved in fitness for over thirty years. Her website is filled with practical information about how you can make Yoga and fitness a positive part of your life.

Old-Time Herbal Recipes

December 16th, 2005

NOTE: Many of these are folk-lore and really, really shouldn’t be tried!

ACNE: Juice from the leaves of a rose hip bush applied daily over the affected area.

APPETITE - LOSS OF: Boil two cups of dogwood bark with 2 cups of water and drink 3 times a day.

ARTHRITIS: Two tsps. of powder from a creek willow bark in a cup of water, drink morning & night.

ASTHMA: Make a pillow, about * inch thick and fill with rabbit tobacco. This helps night attacks. Or take a stick the exact length of the sufferer, store it in the attic and the asthma would go away. Or wear amber-colored beads.

BALDNESS: Rub cow dung over scalp.

BED WETTING: Make a tea out of corn silks.

BIRTH PAINS: Put a knife between the straw-tick and the feather bed.

BITES - INSECT: Place a small amount of turpentine on the bite or hold a chaw of tobacco over it. (this is still used).

BITES - SNAKE: Slice open a live chicken and leave the intestines inside. Place over the bite to draw out the poison.

BLEEDING: Put chimney soot over the wound as needed; also cobwebs were usedor a mush-room.

BLISTERS: Scrape two carrots, add 2 tbls. lard and 2 plaintain leaves. Stew & strain, apply to blister.

BLISTERS - FEVER: Put cucumber juice on them.

BLOOD - TONICS: The powdered red roots of a sassafrass bush, drink 2 tablespoons a day.

BLOOD - POISONING: Use green berries from bullnettle and boil in a quart of water; drink daily.

BLOOD - PRESSURE: Chop several onions fine and place in a quart of water for a day. Drink a cup a day for a week.

BOILS: Take out the inner skin of a raw egg and place on boil. (Used that one many times!).

BRONCHITIS: Drink a mixture of honey, lemon juice and alum. (Never heard of the alum).

BRUISES: One egg (shell included), 1 tbl. salt, * pint turpentine; one large cake of shredded camphor Gum, one tbl. coal oil or kerosene; one pint apple vinegar. Fill a bottle 2/3rds full, cork and Shake. Spread over bruise, do not bandage.

BURNS: Scrape the inside of an “arsh” potato until it is a pulp and rub on the burn.

CHIGGER BITES: Rub bacon rind over them.

COLDS: * cup molasses, 1 tbl. butter, 2 tbls. White vinegar cooked 10 minutes. Take 1 tbl. Every hour. OR 1 tbl coal oil, one tsp. turpentine, 1 tbl. lard. Heat and apply on chest as needed. Onlywear red flannel underwear. Or, catch a sowbug and put in a bag and wear around the neck.

COLIC: 1 drop peppermint and 6 tsps hot water. Give 1 tbls. every two hours.

CONSTIPATION: 1 tbl. white mustard seed and 1/4th pint syrup; take 1 tbl. a day.

COUGHS: * pint whiskey, 2 boxes rock candy; 1 tbl. glycerine. Put in bottle and shake, 1 tbl. at a time.

CROUP: One piece of pine and wrap a piece of old bacon around it. Hold over coals and catch the Drippings. Give to baby as needed.

CUTS: Rub cow dung over the cut. (I’ve had that used on bee stings when I was a child.)

DIARRHEA: Boil the smallest roots of the blackberry bush in a quart of water until it boils down to 1 pint. Cool and strain, take 1-2 tbls 3 times daily. (Note, I know those who will just chew on the roots of the blackberry bush).

EARACHE: Cut a twig from a hickory tree, hold over a stove until the sweet oil runs out. Use in ear. Or: Pour warm urine in the sore ear.

EYES - BLACK: A peeled raw potato will draw the black out.

EYEWASH: Bottle March snow - save for use during rest of year.

FRECKLES: Locate a stump that has rain water standing in it and wash the face with the water.

HAIR - LOSS: One bottle of alcohol, one chopped onion, 20 white birch leaves. Bring to boil, let it Sit overnight, then rub into scalp for 15 minutes.

HEADACHE: Put camphor on a dry cloth and tie around the head.

HIVES: Mix 2 cups of sheep manure to * gallon of water to make a tea and drink a cup 3 times a day!

INDIGESTION: * ounce rhubard, * oz. Gentian root, * oz. Orange peel, 1 qt. Brandy. Drink as needed.

INFECTION: * cup epsom salts in a pan of water, soak.

INSOMNIA: 2″ onion sliced up and boiled in a pint of water, strain and drink as a tea.

ITCHING: Sulphur powder mixed with lard. Cover affected area.

MEASLES. To break out use a 8 oz. Glass of whiskey and add 2-3 tbls. sugar, fill rest of glass with water. Or: use sheep dung and make a tea, drink tea. Chicken dung could be used also.

MOLES: Squeeze juice from a milkweed plant and apply to mole.

MUMPS: Mix 1 lb. Oatmeal and * pint yeast, heat and apply to swelling.

NAUSEA: Chew mint leafs.

NERVES: 1 piece rock candy in a jig of whiskey. Drink.

NOSEBLEEDS: Pour a gallon of milk on the back of the victim’s neck. Or fold a piece of paper over and Place on the upper lip; a bean will also work; or soak feet in cold water.

PNEUMONIA: Mash cooked onions and put between two cloths, fasten to victim’s chest.

POISON IVY: Put washed leaves of a sweet fern in boiling water and apply to affected area.

RHEUMATISM: Boil dried apple peelings, strain, drink hot 4 times daily. Or: Wear the front foot of a mole in a bag - a rabbit foot would also work. Or: turn your shoes upside down at night. Or put a Copper wire around the joint (sound familiar?), or carry sulfur in your pocket. Or break the ice and Jump into the river. Or get stung by bees. Or blind a live toad and hold it over the achingplace. Or put the entrails of a chicken on your feet. Or rub with racoon grease, bacon grease, fishing worm oil, goat grease or skunk grease. Or: sleep with a dog or cat as the animal will take your pains away.

SHINGLES: Kill a black chicken by wringing its head off and while the body is still warm, rub over the affected area.

SINUS: 1 tsp salt and 1 cup warm water - sniff through nasal passages.

SORE THROAT: 1 cup vinegar, 2 tbls. sugar and a spinkle of black pepper. Gargle.

SPRAINS: Soak brown paper in vinegar and wrap around affected joint.

STOMACH ACHE: 2 mint leaves in 8 oz. glass cold water, drink as needed.

SUNBURN: Cider vinegar to affected areas.

TEETHING: Boil catnip, steep, 1 tsp. at bedtime.

THRUSH Let an old woman (preferably a witch) blow in the child’s mouth. Or, let the seventh son or daughter blow. Even the breath of a jilted lover would work.

TOOTHACHE: Wad of tobacco on sore tools or two cloves (the latter I’ve always used!)

WARTS: Rub castor oil over wart. Or take 9 grains of corn and rub them over the wart. Feed the corn to one old hen. OR: Steal a dishrag, rub it over the wart, bury the rag and when the rag is rotted, wart will disappear.

MILD SEDATIVE: Pour 1 pint boiling water over 1 tsp. dried catnip. Cover and steep until cool.Strain and sweeten. Start with 2 Tlb. increase by 1 Tlb. until you find the right amount. Store inthe fridge.

HOP SEDATIVE: Pour 1 pint boiling water over 1 1/2 tsp. dried hops flowers. Let steep, covered,10 minutes. Strain and sweeten. Add lemon juice. Drink the entire pint.

FEVERFEW TEA: Pour 1 pint boiling water over 1 ounce of feverfew flowers. Cover and steep until cool. Strain and sweeten with honey. Drink cool.

TO INDUCE SLEEP: Mix 2Tlb dried peppermint with 1Tlb each of rosemary and sage. Pour 1pint boiling water over the Herbs, steep for 5 to 10 minutes, strain and sweeten with honey.Acne Treatments

ACNE TREATMENT: Dilute some liquid hand Soap and apply a thin layer to the face. Leave on overnight and it will help to dry up eruptions. CAUTION: This can dry out the skin pretty fast, so only use this once a week.

ANOTHER ACNE TREATMENT: Make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply to the face and leave on for 5 minutes. Rinse off with apple cider vinegar. Rinse again with clear water. Apply acoating of vitamin E oil to your face and leave on overnight.

TREATMENT OF ACNE: Clean face thoroughly. Apply fresh onion juice to the area. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse well. Use daily.

A COUPLE MORE TREATMENTS FOR ACNE: Pour 1 1/2 cups boiling water over 3-4 table-spoons of dried thyme. Let steep 30 minutes Strain and bottle the liquid. Keep refrigerated. Teenagers with acne problems can use this daily as a facial rinse.

Rub the face with a crushed strawberry. Leave it on for about 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly withwarm then cold water. This will help to clear blemishes. CAUTION: Many people are allergic tostrawberries. Try a patch test before proceeding to use the facial treatment.

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