Asperger’s Syndrome - Special Interest Topic

February 28th, 2006

Let’s talk about perseverating on a topic – a characteristic common to Asperger’s Syndrome. Children with Asperger’s Syndrome often have an area of interest that is all-consuming e.g. dinosaurs, sharks, horses, astrology, computers etc. and they are passionate about it. These high interest areas can remain constant or change every couple of months or so. Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome usually develop an in-depth knowledge of these high-interest topics, often amassing an astonishing recall of facts and data on their favorite topic. This renders Asperger children experts on their chosen topic and their expertise should be commended and respected, whilst directing them to appropriately make use of their knowledge in social situations.

Children with Asperger’s Syndrome will need very specific direction as to when and how they may appropriately talk about their high-interest topic in the classroom or in the playground, (this should be part of an on-going Social Skills program involving both children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and their neurotypical peers) so as to learn about turn-talking and following topic-shifts in conversation.

As the ASD child matures their friends and family can use a ‘signal’ word to let them know if they are tending to run on too long about their topic. E.g. bananas. Also, give them some specifics to look for signs of boredom or disinterest in the listener, and encourage them to use these cues to stop talking about their favorite topic. E.g. listener breaks eye contact, or turns their shoulders/body away. However keep in mind that while you may have heard it again and again, the new listener may find their knowledge interesting and engaging. Everyone’s star deserves to shine brightly sometimes!

Smart educators will use this favorite subject or topic to actively engage Asperger Syndrome children in the classroom, keeping their interest and motivation levels at a premium across all curriculum areas E.g. in a Math’s lesson Addition may be a problem area, but for a child interested in dinosaurs “2 Diplodocus in a field, and another one came along, how many Diplodocus altogether?” Addition takes on meaning.

To encourage children to Focus on subjects other than the high-interest area, draw similarities, or point out differences E.g. High-interest topic – Dinosaurs. “Unlike Dinosaurs which were reptilian, sharks are cartilaginous fish.”

As the child matures their knowledge base can be used as an example of preferred learning styles or methods, by examining the Asperger child’s information categorising technique. (Note: you will have to carefully refocus attention back to the task to avoid hearing all about dinosaurs, but if you can make the connection it’s worth the effort!)

Within the classroom Asperger children should be acknowledged as experts on their topic, and their peers should be encouraged to refer to them for assistance in that area. Over the years our son has amassed vast amounts of knowledge on a variety of very unrelated subjects and always the fascination was taken to the nth degree. This has given him expertise in many areas, and we often refer to him for definitive answers to our queries. We always squabble over whose team he should be on when we play Trivial Pursuit or other general knowledge games!

So I recommend nurturing your Asperger child’s thirst for knowledge, in a supportive and directed manner. In this way you may manage to turn their ‘obsession’ into their source of income in their adult lives, otherwise referred to as their “bread and butter” specialty.

About the author

Nelle Frances is the mother of a 15 year old with Asperger’s Syndrome, a Special Needs Educator and Author of the Ben and His Helmet series of books for Asperger children. She is also an active member of 5 Asperger’s Syndrome Support and Advocacy Groups. For more information and Support Strategies visit http://www.nellefrances.com

Detoxification and your skin

February 28th, 2006

Learn to help your body glow from the inside out. Nourish it with foods that are pure and natural. Remove harmful substances from your diet and you will notice a difference in the way you look and feel.

What is Detoxification?

Detoxification is the process of removing toxins or poisons. We all know that toxins are harmful and cause damage, potentially even death if taken in certain levels. Living cells, whether in plants or in the body, are constantly in the process of bringing nutrients and fresh substrates in while eliminating by-products and waste that is not useful to the organism. Therefore, Detoxification is a natural, ongoing process in our bodies.

Keeping your body healthy requires maintaining all of its systems in good working order. Minimizing the amount of toxins you take into your system is one way that we can Detoxify our bodies. Benefits of Detoxification may include increased energy and improved health, better breath, reduced Allergies, and potentially fewer Aches and Pains.

Wastes leave the body in the form of gases, solids, and liquids. Carbon dioxide is the gas that we exhale. We excrete other waste from the body after it accumulates in the bladder and in the bowels.

Other organs that play a major role in Detoxification include the:

  • skin
  • liver
  • kidneys
  • lungs

Blood also plays a critical role in the Detoxification process. It carries dissolved gases like carbon dioxide to the lungs, and then it is traded for oxygen through respiration. Both the liver and kidneys help to Detoxify the blood by removing wastes and sending them to the urine. In the form of stool, unused solids are carried away.

Benefits for your skin via Detoxification

Your skin is a barrier but it is not impermeable. Just as products that you use on your skin are able to enter your body through this physical barrier, toxins are also able to leave your body through the skin. Free radicals and UV light in the environment also damage the skin which over time cause it to show signs of premature aging.

How can Detoxification help your skin? By minimizing the number of chemicals in your body, you help you body to function more efficiently. Eating well is one way to maintain healthy skin with a smooth texture, elasticity, and a proper level of moisturization. Skin complexions troubled by Acne and imperfections can also benefit from the inside out with Detoxification methods. For example, vitamin A reduces the amount of sebum produced by the skin cells and therefore pores are less likely to become blocked.

Ways to Detoxify your body

Some of the best ways to Detoxify include:

  • eating a balanced diet
  • juicing Organic fruits and vegetables
  • exercising regularly
  • Exfoliation
  • using Organic products for personal hygiene

Before trying any detox method always be sure to check with your doctor. People with serious medical conditions should also consult a doctor as these methods are not recommended. Pregnant women should not try these methods.

Eating a balanced diet

Nutrients in foods contain many elements that can help your body and especially your skin to remain in good condition. When your body is ‘happy’ and ‘efficient’, through Detoxification, it will show on the outside.

Your skin needs:

  • essential Fatty Acids (Omega-3 and omega-6) found in oily fish and flax seeds
  • Antioxidants Vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene to retaliate against the damaging effects of UV light and free-radicals
  • minerals zinc and selenium to build tissues and heal wounds. Find these minerals in foods like seafood, nuts, grains, and vegetables
  • vitamin B6 to balance hormone levels, particularly for women that have pre-menstrual break-outs
  • vitamin A to help reduce sebum levels on the skin
  • potassium to help maintain elasticity, water to maintain hydration and flush toxins from the body
  • water to maintain hydration and flush toxins from the body

Juicing Organic fruits and vegetables

Have you ever tried freshly squeezed juice? It is delicious and nutritious. You get a truckload of Vitamins, enzymes, and minerals. The enzymes contained in vegetables and fruits help to digest your food so try drinking these natural cocktails with meals.

One important thing to remember is that you should always start with Organic fruits or vegetables. Because most fruits and vegetables are sprayed with pesticides, using non-Organic products means that you will be ingesting harmful pesticides too. Keep these toxic chemicals away from your cells in order to maintain their proper functioning.

Exercising regularly

Oxygen is vital to life. Incorporating Exercise into your lifestyle brings this element into your body and skin. Studies at the University of Wisconsin have shown that oxygen reduces the effects of free radical damage and premature aging.

Sweating encourages the release of toxins from the skin. Working up a good sweat during your Exercise program will help in the Detoxification process. You could also try saunas and steambaths to encourage the excretion of toxins.

If you are not currently exercising choose something that you enjoy doing. Walking is a great way to increase your heart rate and pump oxygen through your lungs. Other ideas include Yoga, swimming, cycling, and running. Whatever you do, choose an activity that you will be motivated to do on a regular basis.

Exfoliation

Shedding skin cells is a continual process. Dead Skin Cells sit on the uppermost level of the epidermis and they make the skin look dull and less healthy. Our clothes play a big part in helping to remove cells on a daily basis. By sloughing off Dead Skin Cells from time to time, you can stimulate the skin renewal process. Try any of the following methods once a week to naturally Exfoliate your skin:

  • briskly towel off after a shower
  • use an Organic scrub during your shower
  • use a washcloth during your shower
  • use a loofah (Important: keep it dry when it’s not in use to minimize bacterial count)

Using Organic products for personal hygiene

Decreasing the number of synthetic chemicals entering your body through your food and personal products is yet another way to help Detoxify. Modern research at the Herb Research Foundation found that the skin absorbs up to 60% of the chemicals in products that it comes into contact with directly into the bloodstream. This means that chemicals, some of which are known carcinogens, are entering your body and potentially causing unnecessary harm.

The next time you need to stock up on personal hygiene products, look for alternatives to the chemically items offered in most stores. Using Organic products decreases the number of preservatives and chemical additives your skin comes into contact with and therefore, that may enter your body.

References:

  • www.meriam-webster.com, accessed October 26, 2004.
  • www.detox.org/skin.aspl, accessed October 26, 2004
  • www.saga.co.uk/health_news/article/D2164785-92E3-11D6-B8AC-00508BAEC55 C.asp?bhcp=1, accessed Oct. 26, 2004.
  • Farley, Josephine. Organic beauty: look and feel gorgeous the natural way. Dorling Kindersley, London, 2001, page 66.

About the Author

Lori Stryker has been researching and developing all natural Skin Care and make-up for the purpose of offering men and women safe, natural cosmetics for everyday use. She brings to her research a specialist in human biology from the University of Toronto, coupled with a professional home economics degree and an Education degree from the University of British Columbia, fusing chemical and biological knowledge with food, family and textile sciences

Body and Facial Skin Care during Winter

February 28th, 2006

Are you having trouble with maintaining your Skin Care during the the harsh winter season? Welcome to the club! But do not fret since there are still very practical ways for a perfect Skin Care even during winter.

The activities of your mind and body are governed by three psycho-physiological energies known as Vata, Pitta and Kapha, as per the philosophies of ayurveda. Having perfet balance of this three energies is important for your good health. Once even one of these energies became imbalanced, your health may suffer.

Further, these three energies are associated with a season. Vata, which qualities are dry, rough and cool, rides higher than usual in most people’s physiologies during winter. Once mid-October to mid-February comes, Vata begin to show signs into people’s physiologies. This is the time when we feel that our skin is dry and flaky. We feel the experience of having disappointingly chapped lips and dry, brittle hair. So, once these manifestations begin to annoy you, you will soon experience more aggravating conditions. Your skin may be the worse hit.

This is the time when you should be “armed” with the knowledge of important ways to keep Vata dosha in balance. These ways will prevent Vata-associated skin problems that may occur during the winter season. So take not of the following and be well-guided:

1.Do not expose your skin to freezing temperatures and drying cold winds that are usually the elements brought about by the harsh winter. You can prevent exposure by dressing warmly in layers and wearing a hat, scarf and gloves whenever you have to go out during cold weathers. Natural lip balm should be used to protect your lips from drying. If you have none available, a light layer of ghee or clarified better will do. 2.Using a rich, natural Moisturizer will protect your facial skin from cold winds and dry air of heaters. You can apply this at least twice a day. Remember to apply it after cleansing though. 3.If you have a naturally dry facial and body skin, give it additional lipid support by doing oil replenishment about three or four times a week. A nourishing Base Oil like almond can be a good option. 4.During winter, do a routine pre-bath warm oil self-massage to keep your skin silky smooth and tones the muscles. It will also help to calm nerves and aid in circulation. Almond or Sesame oil are very much recommended for use in this kind of massage. 5.To prevent the dryness and cracking of your feet’s skin, which tends to occur more during winter, give your feet a relaxing soak at night about three times a week. You can use a large, wide-mouthed bowl with warm water for a quick foot bath. Then, rub herbal Lotion, some shea butter or Almond Oil on your feet after the soak. 6.if your skin is very dry, it is not recommended to bathe more than once a day. Warm water is ideal temperature for a bathe or shower and it is gentler for the skin. Do not use very hot water.

Aside from these Skin Care tactics, eating the right foods that would help in nourishing the skin and drinking lots of water are among the best and original ways of facial and body Skin Care. By doing a holistic approach in caring for your skin, you will surely get the best results. -30-

About the Author

Kay Zetkin is the author name used by Lala C. Ballatan. She discovered the pleasure of writing through her daily journals as a teen-ager.

For her, writing is an effective tool to express your viewpoints… To write is already to choose, thus, writing should be done along with a critical mind and a caring soul. She hopes to become more professional, skilled and mature in her craft.

For comments and inquiries about the article visit http://www.facialskincareproducts.net/

Anxiety Disorder Treatments: The Best Herbal Remedies for Anxiety

February 28th, 2006

by Tess Thompson

Anxiety disorders are the most common of all mental health disorders and affect the lives of millions of people every year, including approximately 19 million in the U.S. alone. If you are one of them, you may wonder if your symptoms are standard, and if there are behavioral and medical treatments that might be effective for you. While everyone experiences Anxiety in some form — perhaps before giving a public presentation or in the midst of major life changes — those with Anxiety disorders experience it unusally often and irrationally.

There are many different types of Anxiety disorders, each of which have unique features, but all of them share the symptoms of dread and excessive fear. Five common types are panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic Stress disorder, social Anxiety disorder and generalized Anxiety disorder. As with most disorders, each individual will experience symptoms slightly differently, and response to treatment will vary as well. While there are prescription medications for Anxiety, for those who are wary of the side effects there also exist natural treatments for Anxiety which contain herbal ingredients that can produce equally positive effects.

Passion Flower (or Passiflora Incarnata) is a natural ingredient that is often used for Anxiety relief, as well as to treat hyperactivity, Insomnia, Nervous Tension and even Parkinson’s Disease. Passion Flower helps to calm and soothe and is believed to be able to reduce Nervous tremors and lower High Blood Pressure.

Lavendar (or Lavandula Augustifolia) is one of the most popular natural ingredients for treatment of a variety of conditions, including Anxiety disorder. Lavendar is a general tonic for the Nervous system and is well-known for it’s calming properties, making it among the most effective of natural Panic Attack treatments. The active ingredients in lavendar are tannins, flavinoids, coumarins, triterponoids and volatile oil.

Lemon Balm (or Melissa Officinalis) is a natural ingredient that is used as a resorative for the Nervous system and also calms the Digestive System and reduces blood pressure. Lemon Balm has also been used to treat Grave’s disease (Hyperthyroidism), and to treat Depression and Insomnia.

There are no quick fixes for Anxiety disorder and Anxiety disorder treatments should usually Focus heavily on behavioral therapy. No matter how many times you might hear that you “worry too much” or that you should Relax, your symptoms are not character flaws but indications of a serious disorder that is not your fault. Anxiety disorder is caused by biological, physiological and genetic factors, and may make your life seem stressful and difficult. There are many others like you who have found effective treatment through therapy, medication, Herbal Remedies for Anxiety or some combination of the aforementioned, and you too have the ability to overcome your disorder to lead a happier, healthier life.

Helping You Slim Down With Tissue Salts

February 23rd, 2006

What is Triple Complex Slimmer’s Assist?

Triple Complex Slimmer’s Assist contains Kalium Phosphate, Calcium Phosphate and Calcium Fluoride. Slimmer’s Assist helps to improve Metabolism and the breakdown of Dietary Fat and can also reduce the Craving For Sweet Foods.

For maximum benefit, use together with our EcoSlim Drops and the Native Remedies 5 Day Detox and WeightLoss Program.

How has Triple Complex Slimmer’s Assist helped others?

“My history is of being overweight since a child. This has been worse since I had my three children and nothing would help me. Native Remedies helped so much! First the Detox Diet for only 5 days which made a loss of 5 pounds. I carry on with EcoSlim Drops and Triple Complex Slimmer’s Assist and the weight continues to go! Also I have more energy and feel better about myself. Thank you for helping me - I know I will succeed now” Hilda.

“I have followed your WeightLoss program along with EcoSlim Drops and Slimmer’s Assist and have already lost 7 kg in the past month - even though I must admit I cheated a bit as well. I feel very motivated to carry on and firmly believe that your products have helped to correct an imbalance that has been causing me to put on weight even when I ate a healthy diet. I am also very grateful for all your help and support” Janine, CT

How do I take Triple Complex Slimmer’s Assist?

Tissue salts are easy to take! For everyday use, simply place the tiny tablets under your tongue and allow to dissolve. They are pleasant tasting and even children love to take them! For babies and smaller children, the tablets can be crushed and sprinkled on the tongue or mixed in a little warm water.

As a preventative or part of a maintenance program - dissolve 2 - 4 tablets under the tongue in a clean mouth three times a day.

For symptomatic treatment - dissolve 2 - 4 tablets under the tongue up to six times daily.

How long till I see results?

People can differ widely in their response times to Tissue Salts depending on individual makeup, severity of symptoms, lifestyle, diet, etc.

Some may experience symptomatic relief within days, while others can take up to 6 weeks before an effect is felt.

Often, as in the case of all good tonics, a gradual improvement is felt over time.

How long does a bottle last?

Each Native Remedies Triple Complex Slimmer’s Assist bottle contains 360 tablets.

If you are taking Triple Complex Tissue Salts as a preventative (2 - 4 tablets three times a day), one bottle will last approximately a month.

What are Tissue Salts?

Tissue Salts, also called cell salts or biochemic salts, are composed of minerals which occur naturally in our bodies and all Organic matter on earth, such as plants, rocks and soil.

Dr Scheussler, a prominent 19th Century German doctor, conducted research which demonstrated that, when reduced to ashes, each human cell contains 12 minerals or biochemic tissue salts and that these minerals should be present in all living cells in perfect balance to ensure good health.

Imbalance, or a deficiency of any of the tissue salts, causes disease and the body begins to develop symptoms associated with the tissue salts that are lacking.

Restoring the correct balance of tissue salts in the body will therefore remove the symptoms and restore health and Vitality.

This system of medicine is called Biochemistry and is still practiced today by homeopaths and naturopaths all over the world.

Are Tissue Salts Supplements or Medicine?

A little of both in a way! Tissue salts can be described as ‘Nutroceuticals’ - nutritional substances which are used to maintain optimal health and functioning and also to restore balance and relieve symptoms of disease.

Tissue Salts can therefore be taken regularly to prevent illness and improve functioning (just like Vitamins), but can also be used to treat symptoms when this is necessary (as one would do with medicines).

The only difference is that they are taken more frequently to treat symptoms and less frequently as a preventative and a health aid.

As an example, certain tissue salts can be taken three times a day to promote digestive health. However, if symptoms like Indigestion, gas, Nausea or Bloating occur, the frequency can be increased too.

If Tissue Salts are also nutritional, can I get them from a healthy diet?

Yes, in theory you can - and that is how it is supposed to be! Since the 12 different tissue salts are present in all Organic matter, our bodies obtain tissue salts from the food that we eat and the water that we drink.

A healthy diet should be able to provide all the tissue salts that our bodies need. Unfortunately, due to modern farming methods, the food that is available to us is often deficient in the minerals and Vitamins that are essential for health - even if we follow a healthy diet.

Added to this is the fact that many people rely on fast food or pre-packed processed meals due to time constraints and a stressful lifestyle.

Over time, this can lead to symptoms of poor health or even disease. This means that the majority of people in Western countries are deficient in essential Vitamins and other nutritional substances, and need to take supplements on a daily basis.

Are tissue salts safe?

Even some Vitamins taken in excess can do harm! Not so with Tissue Salts.

Due to a unique and specialized manufacturing process, our tissue salts are present in a highly absorbable form and only minute amounts are therefore present in each tablet.

This means that tissue salts are extremely safe and free of side effects.

It is impossible to overdose with tissue salts and they may be safely be taken by people of all ages, as well as infants and women who are Pregnant or nursing.

Caring For Your Hands Naturally

February 16th, 2006

When you hear about Wrinkles and skin aging, your first thoughts are about face and neck. But the earliest signs of aging will show on your hands.

Often neglected, hands need to be regularly taken care of. Frequent contacts with water and chemicals, sun, cold weather, gardening - all put your skin under a big Stress. While hands do not have many oil glands, they will give away your age earlier than your pampered face.

In the meantime, it has been noticed that after making eye contact, the next thing people pay attention to is your hands.

What can you do to keep your hands beautiful?

  • Moisturize! Several times a day. Dry Skin is easily injured and looks wrinkled.
  • Protect your hands - wear gloves when gardening, washing dishes, or dealing with chemicals
  • Use sun protection
  • Keep your hands dry. Any water left on your hands will evaporate and dry out the skin.
  • Give your hands a special treatment - herbal or oil bath - once in a while.

Here are a few suggestions for your next hand spa:

  • Herbal hand bath Bring 1 qt of water to boil and pour over 1 tbsp of Herbs (you can use all of these or just one: Chamomile, Nettle, Sage, Coltsfoot, Calendula). Let the infusion cool to 100-110F and soak your hands in it for about 15-20 minutes. Dry your hands thoroughly and apply a rich Moisturizer.

  • You can make your own nourishing hand cream. Thoroughly mix 1 teaspoon of honey and 3 tbsp of unsalted butter. Add 1 tbsp of strong herbal infusion. This will make a very rich cream. It will take a while to absorb, but leave your hands silky and smooth.

  • For Dry Skin use this hand treatment 1-2 times a week: 1 tbsp Glycerin 1 Egg yolk 2 tbsp vegetable oil (olive, almond, or another oil of your choice) Lemon Juice of 1 lemon 3 1/2 - 4 oz of an herbal infusion (for example: Chamomile, Calendula, elderflower) or Rose water.

Other tips: - Mashed potatoes (with milk) will make a great hand Mask. - When cooking with eggs, don’t throw the eggshells away. Scrape out the remaining egg white and spread it over your hands. - Rubbing your skin with a piece of lemon will give the skin a more even tone. - After washing dishes or dealing with other alkali detergents, rinse your hands with sour milk or with vinegar-in-water solution (1 tbsp. vinegar per 2qt of water). This will help to restore pH balance of the skin. - Keep your hands warm. Not only for the sake of better skin, but for your overall health. Flue and Colds often start with cold hands.

Tip for gardeners: - Before digging in the dirt, scratch a bar of Soap with your nails. When you are done working, cleaning your hands will be so much easier!

Nails. Just like your skin and hair, your nails need moisture and conditioning too. Here are few tips for better nails:

  • If you use nail polish, do not use acetone polish removers.
  • From time to time give your nails a break - let them be “naked” for a few days.
  • For stronger nails, soak them in Horsetail infusion.
  • Olive Oil that you probably have in your pantry will make a perfect strengthening nail bath (warm it first).
  • Cuticles. Removing them is not always a good idea because it makes your nails more vulnerable to infections. Yet, if you decide to do the procedure, prepare the nails first: apply a rich cream to the cuticle area soak your nails in warm soapy water for 5-6 minutes. after drying your hands, push the cuticles back and then carefully cut them off with small scissors.

As always, topical measures are not always enough, especially if you have brittle, split or dull nails.

There are Vitamins that will help:

  • Organic Silica - to speed up the growth, avoid brittle and split nails.
  • Essential Fatty Acids - Omega 3-6, Primrose Oil, Borage Oil, Fish Oil - for healthy and strong nails.
  • Vitamin B (particularly B5) - for healthy nails and skin.
  • Chelated Iron - to avoid vertical ridges and spoon nails.
  • MSM (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane) - provides building material for healthy cells.

For better absorption of Vitamins and minerals, take digestive enzymes or bitters to stimulate digestion and help your body clean itself of toxins.

Whichever way you choose to care for your hands, even if it is just a hand Lotion from your local grocery store, use it regularly. After all, doing so many things, your hands deserve care and attention.

More Herbal Preparation Methods

February 16th, 2006

Infusion

Infusions are basically a herbal tea. You let the herb steep in hot or cold water for a while, then either reheat and drink, or drink it cool. You can use infusions in a bath, as a wash and for many other uses.

Method #1 – Hot – Infuse 1 heaped teaspoon of dry Herbs with one cup of boiling water. Steep for approx. 3-5 mins, and strain. - Cold – put 1 heaped teaspoon of dry Herbs in 1 cup of cold water and soak for 8-10 hours, strain and slightly warm before drinking.

Method #2 – (Chinese method) If you are using oyster shell, dragon bone or other minerals you have to add them to 6 cups of boiling water, simmer for 30 mins. If you have no minerals, or after the minerals have simmered for 30 mins, add your heavy roots and bark and simmer for another 20-30 mins. Then add any lighter twigs, fruits and leaves, simmer for another 10-15 mins. Finally remove from the heat and add any leaves and flowers, cover and steep for 10-20 mins. Strain, it’s ready to drink.

Method #3 – Steep 2 teaspoons of dry herbal mixture in 2 cups of boiling water for 10-15 mins.

Method #4 – Steep ½ oz – 1oz dried herbal mixture to 1 pint (600ml) of water for 10-20 mins, then strain and drink.

Herbal Wine

Use a sweet red wine with an alcohol content of at least 12%. Cover four ounces of herb with three cups of wine. Leave for a week before straining.

Take four teaspoons one or two times daily. Herbal wine is best used within a month.

Cream

A cream is a blend of oil, beeswax and water. You can make your own, or purchase an unscented, water based cream. After adding herb to purchased cream, simmer in the top of a double boiler for 30 minutes. Strain before it cools.

Melt two ounces beeswax in a double boiler. Add one cup olive or other vegetable oil and blend. Add two ounces herb. For lighter cream, add a little water, mixing well. Simmer 20 minutes, mixing well. Add a drop of tincture of Benzoin as a preservative. Strain thorough a cloth in to sterilized jars

Decoction

A Decoction is used when a plant is not soluble in hot or cold water but will be released by simmering. This is used for roots, heavy wooden plants. Make sure you don’t use an aluminium saucepan, as the metal will leech into the tea. Glass or ceramic is best.

Method #1 – Use 1teaspoon dried plant matter to 1 cup of water. Simmer for 5-20 mins. 5 minutes for shredded plant, and 20 mins for larger pieces. Strain while hot. Drink.

Method #2 – Use a handful of fresh herb, or 1 teaspoon of dried herb, simmer for 30 mins in 1cup of water.

Method # 3 – Take 30g (1oz) dried herbal mixture and 500ml (16floz) cold water in a pan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10-15 mins.

Compress

Also called Fomentation. This is used when the Herbs are too strong to ingest, as the skin allows a smaller amount of the herb to be absorbed slowly by the body.

Method – Make a herbal infusion/decoction and soak a face cloth, or cotton cloth in this. Squeeze out excess liquid, and apply to the effected area.

Capsules

Capsules are used when the plant is unpalatable to take as a tea, or for Herbs which require small doses. You can purchase empty capsules from most health food shops.

Method – Capsules come in 3 sizes, “0”, “00”, “000” being small, medium (normal) and large. A medium capsule will hold approx ½ teaspoon of herb. Fill the capsule with powdered herb. 1 capsule is equivalent to 1 cup of herbal tea.

Bolus

A bolus is a suppository made from adding powdered Herbs to cocoa butter to form a thick paste, which is then refrigerated. Once the bolus is hardened, bring it to room temperature, and it is ready to use. The cocoa butter will melt with the body heat releasing the Herbs. You might like to wear old underwear to prevent staining as the bolus melts.

Extracts

These are made to treat ailments such as strained muscles, Arthritis or inflammation. It is similar to a tincture, but may be made using oil, vinegar or alcohol.

Method – Place 4oz of dried Herbs of 8oz of fresh herb into a jar. Add 1 pint of Vinegar, alcohol or Vegetable oil. Shake the jar twice a day for 4 days for powdered herb, or 15 days for whole/chopped/sliced etc. Herbs. Vitamin E or wheatgerm oil can be added to oil based extracts to help preserve them.

Ointments

Ointments are used when the active principles of the herb are needed for longer periods of time, such as muscular Aches.

Method #1 – Take 1 – 2 heaped tablespoons of herb and bring to the boil in vaseline, stir then strain. Use cold.

Method #2 – Melt ¼ cup each of beeswax and vegetable oil in a double boiler until the wax is molten. Add a tablespoon of herbal extract (in an oil base), herbal infused oil or Essential Oils. If you wish to use Herbs, use 1 tablespoon of dried herb, and strain through a heated metal strainer.

Oils

Oils are used when ointments or compresses are not practical. Always store your oils in amber glass bottles to prevent sunlight from reacting with the oils.

Method – Take 2 oz plant matter to 1 pint of oil. Leave this to stand for 4 days. If you want this process to happen quickly, you can heat the oil in a saucepan for 1 hour. A small amount of Vitamin E or Wheatgerm oil can be added to help preserve the oil.

Poultice

A poultice is made from warm mashed Herbs, which are applied directly to the skin. Used for inflammation, bites, boils, abscesses etc. You should apply oil to the area before applying the poultice.

Method #1 – Add hot water, apple cider vinegar, herbal tea, liniment or tincture to the desired Herbs, and mash them into a paste.

Method #2 – In a saucepan bring water to the boil, suspend a sieve over the pan, and place into the sieve the fresh or dried Herbs you will be using. Steam, these for a few minutes. Spread the softened Herbs onto a cloth and apply to the affected area. Cover the compress with a bandage and leave for 2 hours.

Salve

A salve is similar to an ointment

Method – Take dried or fresh Herbs and cover with water. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 30 mins. Strain and add to an equal amount of vegetable oil. Simmer until the remaining water has evaporated from the oil. Add enough beeswax to give the salve a thick consistency (Remembering that it hardens as it cools) and pour into a jar.

Syrup

Syrups are used for coughs, congestion, Sore Throats etc.

Method #1 – Take 2 oz herb and boil in 1 quart of water until it has reduced to about 1 pint. While still warm ass 2 oz of honey and/or glycerine..

Method #2 – Take 600ml (1 pint) boiling water and 900g (2 lb) of sugar. Bring this to the boil. Take off the heat, stir in tincture (3 parts syrup to 1 part tincture)

Tincture

Tinctures are similar to extracts but are made using alcohol, allowing it to keep for longer periods of time. People with weak digestion may have trouble with tinctures.

Method #1 – Combine 4oz of powdered or chopped herb with 1 pint of alcohol (Vodka, brandy, Gin, Rum etc.) Shake daily for 2 weeks, strain and bottle.

Method #2 – Take a jar and place the dried herbal mixture into the bottom. Add alcohol to cover the Herbs plus 1 inch. Leave sit for 2 weeks, strain.

Herbal Bath

A herbal bath is goof for fevers and Stress related conditions. A foot bath can be made for soaking tired sore feet, or for food conditions such a tinea, athletes foot and corns.

Method – Steep 200g of dried herb in cold water for 12 hours. Heat the infusion and then add it to your bath water. For a foot bath, steep 50g of herb with the method above, and add to a bucket of water.

Inhalation

Place 50g of dried herb in a bowl or in the sink. Pour a litre of boiling water over the Herbs. Cover your head with a towel and hang your head over the bowl/sink to inhale the steam.

Eardrops

Slice Garlic and place in a small amount of Olive Oil. Add a few Lavender flowers. Leave sit for 2 hours then strain. Warm 1 tsp of oil by placing it over a cup of hot water. Put few drops into the ear and plug with cotton wool.

Medication for Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Alternative Anxiety Disorder Treatments

February 16th, 2006

by Tess Thompson

Generalized Anxiety Disorder is the most difficult of the Anxiety disorders to diagnose because it lacks many of the more dramatic symptoms of other disorders. People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) are not always prone to Panic Attacks, for example, and do not necessarily fear social situations. GAD usually includes subtler symptoms, such as excessive worry about things like work, family, health or money, and can be accompanied by physical symptoms that include muscle twitching, Headaches, sweating, or gastrointestinal trouble. The National Institute of Health classifies a specific symptom of GAD as being excessive worry or Anxiety occurring more days than not for at least a six month period. Many who experience this can begin to feel frustrated and helpless, but there are a variety of successful treatments and therapy that can help restore patients to a normal life.

Individual therapy is generally recommended for people with GAD, as many do not feel comfortable discussing their symptoms in a group environment. Therapy sessions should Focus on identifying Stress factors, practicing Relaxation techniques and Breathing exercises, and helping the individual find a balance between work, family, personal time and other obligations.

Doctors occasionally prescribe medication as one of the treatments for Anxiety if the individual’s symptoms are so intense that they interfere with psychotherapy and Relaxation exercises. Benzodiazepines such as diazepam (also known as Valium) and lorazepam (Xanax) are the most commonly prescribed medications for this type of disorder, but it should be noted that there is not much clinical research that has shown these types of medications to be more effective than others. Benzodiazepines can produce sedative side effects that affect performance and daily functioning, and medication for Generalized Anxiety Disorder should only be taken if absolutely necessary and always under professional supervision.

It can often also be beneficial to explore alternative Anxiety disorder treatments like herbal medications. The herb Passiflora Incarnata (Passion Flower) is regularly used to provide Anxiety relief, and as a treatment for isomnia, hyperactivity and Nervous Tension. Lemon Balm is an overall Nervous system restorative that can also successfuly calm symptoms, as well as Lavender - the most popular and widely used natural ingredient for treatment of Anxiety and an active ingredient in Panic Attack treatments as well.

Successful treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder is attainable and should generally include a much more intense Focus on therapy than on prescription medication. Many who suffer from the disorder are able to overcome the symptoms purely through focusing their energy on learning how to identify stressors in their lives and regularly practicing methods for coping with them. Each person’s life is different, and so are each person’s symptoms, but individualized treatment can go a long way toward alleviating Anxiety and restoring a healthy life.

ADHD Natural Remedies: Finding the Best Herbs for Hyperactivity

February 15th, 2006

by Tess Thompson

If you are like many parents, deciding how best to medicate your child for ADHD is not an easy task. Along with the increased prescription of stimulant drugs for children has come a heightened awareness of the risks these medications can pose, and more and more parents are searching for natural alternatives. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, the manufacture of stimulant drugs has increased by more than 500 percent since 1991, and over 50 percent of the prescriptions for these drugs are written by pediatricians. Unsurprisingly, these alarming statistics have raised questions about whether some doctors and parents are too quick to medicate children, and whether it might be worthwhile to try Homeopathic Remedies for ADHD before turning to stimulant drugs.

The reason drugs like Ritalin and Adderall can be successful in treating ADHD is because they stimulate brain activity. While extra stimulation may seem like the last thing a Hyperactive child needs, the heightened activity in fact helps the brain to Focus and pay attention. There are several herbal ingredients which act similarly to stimulate the brain, and can be used as part of an effective child ADHD treatment plan.

Among these ingredients is Brahmi, an herb that has long been known to enhance Cognitive Function. Brahmi can help increase learning abilities, and according to research, it provides another healthful benefit of protecting the brain from damage from free radicals.

Ginko Biloba is well-known herb that is often found in natural medications. It is popular for it’s ability to generate increased blood flow to the brain, as well as increased neurotransmitter levels, helping the brain to Focus. Perhaps one of the best qualities of Ginko is the tendency of its positive effects to become permanent, eliminating the need for its continued use.

Centella Asiatica, which is also called Gotu Kola, is a natural ingredient that has been shown to reduce Anxiety levels and enhance memory and brain function. Recent research has also suggested that it helps to increase blood flow to the brain and improve general circulation.

Siberian Ginseng is another natural brain stimulant that increases Endurance and concentration. This particular herb also moderates the release of body energy and normalizes body function. Similarly, Panax Ginseng, a Chinese herb, has been shown to reduce Stress and fatigue, strengthen the Immune System, increase motivation and also normalize body function.

There are effective Herbs for hyperactivity, and the Herbs mentioned above have all been used successfully in treatment for ADHD. There are a wide variety of Herbal Remedies available that are created by experts in the field, and combine multiple ingredients that both stimulate and soothe for the best effect. Since many herbal stimulants have effects on the brain that are similar to the effects produced by prescription stimulants, the two types of medications should never be taken together. It is essential to consult a doctor before trying any new medication or before stopping any medication, and if you do ultimately decide to try ADHD Natural Remedies, remember to give them at least a few weeks to take effect. You might be among those who find it is a healthy and effective alternative to prescription stimulant drugs for your child.

Reach Your Full Athletic Potential by Harnessing the Power of Your Unconscious Mind

February 14th, 2006

Get in the zone today. Now you too can get that competitive edge in any sport you choose. Try the same cutting-edge sports Hypnosis techniques that many star athletes currently use. And maximize your skills for peak performance.

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You should know…

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