Marigold Soap Recipe

June 5th, 2006

Place 2 tbsp of fresh marigold Petals, finely chopped, in 2 tbsp of warm glycerine and leave to infuse in a warm place for two hours. Melt 12 tbsp of grated castile Soap in a double-boiler.

Remove from heat and add the glycerine infusion, 1 tbsp of clear honey, and if desired, food colouring.

Pour the sap into glycerine-greased moulds and leave to set.

Vizu-All Plus For Eye Health

June 5th, 2006

What is Vizu-All Plus and how does it work?

Vizu-All Plus contains Herbs especially selected for their effectiveness in the natural prevention and treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma,Cataracts and Macular Degeneration.

It does this by improving the supply of blood, oxygen and nutrients to the tiny capillaries of the eye and by counteracting and protecting against the damage caused to the eye by free radicals in the system.

Because it also strengthens the walls of the blood vessels in the eye, Vizu-All Plus also helps to reduce hemorrhages in the eyes - a condition often associated with Diabetes.

Vizu-All Plus has been especially formulated to:

What does Vizu-All Plus contain?

The following medicinal Herbs were carefully selected for inclusion in Vizu-All Plus:

Vaccinium myrtillus (Bilberry) is the principal ingredient in Vizu-All Plus and has an impressive history in the natural treatment of eye disorders. It is routinely recommended in Europe as an addition to conventional medical treatment, particularly for eye disorders. Medically active components of Bilberry include flavonoid compounds known as anthocyanosides, which work to counteract cell damage caused by free radicals. By strengthening the tiny blood vessels of the eye, Bilberry helps to facilitate delivery of essential oxygen and nutrients to the eye and has been shown to be effective in the prevention and treatment of degenerative diseases of the retina. It also reduces the incidence of hemorrhage in the eye, often associated with Diabetes. Further studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of Bilberry in treating and preventing Cataracts and Glaucoma - two very common eye disorders in older people. Because of this, it is recommended that all people over the age of 50 take Vizu-All Plus daily to prevent eye disorders and promote optimal visual health.

Aspalathus linearis (Rooibos) is found only on the slopes of the Cedarberg mountains in the Western Cape of South Africa and has been used medicinally for thousands of years by the indigenous people of that area. It is used as an effective all round tonic and restorative, to reduce digestive complaints, improve Liver Functioning and balance blood Sugar Levels. Like Bilberry, Rooibos also has powerful anti-oxidant properties, mainly due to its superoxide dismutase (SOD) mimetic properties. SOD is an enzyme in the body which is especially designed to neutralize unstable oxygen molecules (free radicals) as soon as they occur and can therefore help to prevent a broad spectrum of diseases. Due to its high mineral content, Rooibos is also instrumental in the maintenance of healthy Metabolism, bones, skin and teeth. Rooibos can help to control blood Sugar Levels, lower blood pressure and enhance Immune Functioning. It is an extremely nutritious herb, containing Vitamin C, Alphahydroxy Acid, potassium, copper, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, manganese and fluoride.

Sutherlandia frutescens, (also called Kanker Bossie or Cancer Bush) was originally used by the indigenous Khoi and San peoples of Southern Africa and is indigenous to this region. Although it is well known in the traditional treatment of internal cancers, Sutherlandia is also effective in a wide range of ailments, including Diabetes. Research has shown that Sutherlandia contains the active ingredients canavanine, pinitol, and ,the amino acid GABA. Pinitol is a well-known anti-Diabetic agent (Narayanan et al, 1987). Recent research has confirmed the adaptogenic properties of Sutherlandia as well as its anti-oxidant effects (Swaffer et al. 1995, Crooks and Rosenthal, 1994, Ostlund and Sherman, 1996)

Can I use Vizu-All Plus along with my prescription medications?

Yes, you can. No adverse interactions have been noted between the ingredients in Vizu-All Plus and other prescription medications.

However, as with any medicine, it is always advisable to consult your doctor before making any changes or additions to your medical program, especially if you are already using prescription medicines.

How do I use Vizu-All Plus?

Vizu-All Plus is a concentrated tincture which comes in convenient drop form. It is used internally and NOT as an eye drop formula.

Dosage: The therapeutic dose is approximately 15 drops in a little water or juice, three times a day.

As a preventative and to maintain healthy vision, use 10 drops in a little water or juice, three times a day.

It is recommended that all people over the age of 50 use Vizu-All Plus to maintain visual health and prevent eye disorders.

Caution: Although no adverse effects have been noted, safety during Pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established.

How long till I see results?

Improvement should be noted within 3 - 6 weeks, although some people respond even sooner.

Continued use will result in long term strengthening of capillary walls, reduction or elimination of hemorrhage and ongoing protection against damage to the eye caused by free radicals and illnesses like Diabetes.

How long does a bottle last?

One bottle of Vizu-All Plus lasts approximately one month. A 90-day supply is offered at a discount (see our Buy 2 Get one FREE special below)

How has Vizu-All Plus helped others?

“I want to let you know that I have had problems for ages with my eyes and circulation because of Diabetes. My homeopath recommended Vizu-all and after 10 weeks there is an enormous difference! I don’t have blurred vision any more and all the tiredness is gone. Thank you Native Remedies! ” - Fran

“Because of Diabetes, I often used to have a hemorrhage in my eyes, which made it difficult to see until it cleared up, not to mention the way it looked!. My doctor told me that there was not much I could do about it. After taking Vizu-All Plus for about two months it hasn’t happened again once. I am so pleased about this and just wanted to let you know.” - Lizzy

“I have noticed many improvements since using your Vizu-All Plus remedy. My vision is much clearer and I can definitely feel less pressure in my eyes. I have had far fewer Headaches and the constant tingling in my hands and feet is almost gone now. Thank you very much for an excellent remedy.” - Terence

Indigo - Color Profile

June 5th, 2006

INDIGO is the deep blue of night, blue before it edges into purple, the color of new blue jeans.

Indigo is a higher vibratory aspect of blue, it has all the attributes of blue plus an aura of deep mystery and of the unexpected, the unknown and the unknowable, the well of the mystic journey, indigo provides an entry to the astral world. Spirituality, clarity, detachment, Relaxation, deep emptiness, travel into the self, presence, sedative, Hypnotic, safe, anti Stress, anesthetic, intuition, patience, integrity, psychic skills, ancient memories, secrets, sixth sense, deep intuition, moody, sorrow, creativity, efficiency, determination.

Indigo relates to the sixth chakra which is the brow chakra, located in the middle of the forehead and known as the third eye, the sense organs - nose, ears and eyes, extra sensory perception, Meditation, mysticism, subconscious and super conscious.

Indigo empowers intuition and creativity. A color of transformation and metamorphosis, unexpected change and deep wisdom conversely it has also been associated with ignorance and repression of individual freedoms and _expression. Indigo has associations both with exotic sensuality and with celibacy and asceticism, a color of possibilities and changes. This is a color associated with the great innovators of history both spiritual and scientific, it has also been associated with the radical, the trouble makers and heretics, who are often the great innovators once time has worn off the shock.

In the aura indigo indicates people who are clairvoyant, gifted in magic, empathic and often spiritual. Indigo is dominant in the auras of people who act as catalysts, who accelerate the spiritual and psychic development of everyone they encounter. Indigo can provide structure in unstructured lives and can often be seen transient in the aura of actors and lawyers. Blind devotion and fanaticism are possible weakness in Indigo dominant people as is addiction and Depression.

Indigo blue has often been a popular color for clothing wherever it has been available, and is a color of the clothing of the “common man” at the same time as the shades that range toward the deep Violet purple range are associated with the royal and noble the elevated and elite.

Indigo is one of the best pain killers, heals the etheric body and etheric template, it is deeply healing and effects all senses, uses in healing include treatments for bone problems, strengthens the pituitary gland, use for sinus problems, head Colds and mental illness, emotional hurt, diseases of the ears and nose, eyes and vision problems, Insomnia, removing fear. An astringent and purifier, use for headache but only in small doses as too much can actually give some people Headaches, can help open communication and clear up confusion, any condition involving the blood, varicose veins, boils, ulcers, Bruising. Can help with transition and ease dying, lower blood pressure, chest complaints, back pain, reduce swellings and treatment of growths, lumps, tumors of any kind, kidney problems, Overactive Thyroid. Do not use for Depression. Indigo is also used to enhance psychic awareness and clarity of divination.

Indigo; brow chakra, perception, understanding and intuition are qualities promote deep peace and spiritual connection.

Kyanite: does not accumulate negative energy, aligns all chakra automatically, with conscious direction can open the chakra and align the subtle bodies, tranquility and calm, Facilitates Meditation, moves blocked energy, reduces inflammations, calming, clearing, restores equilibrium. Enhances and amplifies other healing work.

Lapis Lazuli: powerful stone, releases stresses, enabling experience of deeper peace, stimulates the mind and higher understanding ,assists in receiving access to sacred mysteries and understanding them, expands awareness energizes the throat and brow chakra , protection, courage.

Azurite: Insight, spirituality, psychic abilities, communicate with spirit guides, and clears blocks in the energy system, frees up difficult long standing blocks in communication, reveals what is stopping us from living to out fullest potential, stimulates memory and recall.

Sodalite: calms the mind and allows new information to be received, communication, writing, logic, balances energy, enhances working of thyroid, pituitary, lymph glands relieves Insomnia, cooling for infections.

Sapphire: relaxes and improves the mind balances all aspects of self Indigo is also linked with Angelite. This stone has a link with the angelic kingdoms.

Tooth Powder for Healthy and Beautiful Teeth

June 5th, 2006

Mix together equal amounts of baking soda, Celtic salt and arrowroot powder in a glass container to get fantastic mixture for brushing your teeth. Dip a dam toothbrush in a glass container with a powder and massage teeth and gums thoroughly. Brush your teeth for at least two full minutes.

During transition to the raw food diet, the body goes through a Detoxification process. A lot of these toxins are released through the mouth, creating a sour unpleasant aftertaste. This tooth powder will create an alkaline environment that prevents harmful microorganisms from proliferating. Its antiseptic qualities will keep your whole mouth fresh and clean.

Celtic Sea Salt is obtained from evaporated ocean water. Celtic Sea Salts are harvested in Brittany, in the northwest of France, near the Celtic Sea. Expert salt farmers gather the salt from the marshes by hand with wooden tools. The ocean water is channeled into pristine marshes, which are lined with natural layers of clay, sand, and wild vegetation. Clay gives Celtic Sea Salt its characteristic gray color. It is a good abrasive agent with antiseptic properties.

Baking soda is a mild abrasive and neutralizes acids. It is very effective in cleaning the teeth and gums.

Arrowroot is a fine, white powder that looks like cornstarch. It can be found in the spice section of most grocery stores. Its healing properties were known to Native Americans. They used it to heal arrow wounds.

Citrus Anti-Frizz Spray

June 5th, 2006

If your hair is frizzy and staticky, mix 1/2 tsp. lemon juice, 1/4 tsp. Lime juice and 1/2 cup water in a spray bottle. Shake well.

Spray in your hair whenever you have the frizzies and store in the fridge.

Aloe Vera - The Medicine Plant for the 21st Century

June 5th, 2006

by Karen Masterson Koch, C.N.

Aloe Vera is nothing new. You may have discovered it back in the sixties or seventies, when it began to gain household recognition in the U.S. as a salve for burns. But it’s been around much longer than that. Egyptian Queens Cleopatra and Nefertiti both gave tribute to Aloe Vera as one of their most important Beauty secrets. Alexander the Great carried the Aloe Vera plant into battle to treat wounded soldiers. In fact, this high-sulfur member of the Garlic family dates back 6,000 years, and has been in use for all that time.

When you peruse the literature, it’s easy to see why Aloe Vera has earned a reputation as a medicine plant. A dermabrasion study done ten years ago showed that facial wounds healed seventy-two hours faster when Aloe Vera was added to the polyethylene oxide gel wound dressing (Journal of Dermatological Surgery and Oncology, 1990, vol. 16). More recently, vascular surgeon Dr. Tyler, M.D. of Louisiana recorded the near-miraculous second chance that Aloe Vera afforded a Diabetic in danger of losing her arm (Bossier Medical Center, 1997). Aloe Vera also is great for avoiding Scarring after reconstruction and facial Surgery. In fact, studies have confirmed that Aloe Vera serves each of the following functions:

  • speeds healing, tensile strength and repair of damaged skin

  • holds moisture and adds flexibility to retard aging

  • with its antibacterial properties fights infections including fungus and staph

  • tightens and balances skin through astringent pH properties

  • moisturizes by carrying added emollients into the skin up to seven layers

  • with natural Anti-Inflammatory agents reduces pain

  • minimizes Scarring and may reverse Scars less than five years old

How does Aloe Vera heal the skin?

Aloe Vera is 99 percent water, and yet, it contains a storehouse of nutrients - more than 200 active elements that support health. In its most direct effects, Aloe Vera increases fibroblast production in skin tissue. The fibroblasts stimulate new collagen, thus accelerating wound healing. Collagen can be likened to cement that glues all of the body cells together like a large cellular puzzle.

Aloe Vera at Home

A recent clinical study has confirmed Aloe’s effectiveness as a home remedy for Skin Care. A double blind, placebo-controlled study of Psoriasis patients showed that topically applied Aloe cream treated Psoriasis with no bad side effects. In this study, Aloe cured twenty-five of thirty subjects compared to the placebo cure rate of two out of thirty (Tropical Medicine and International Health, 1996, vol.1). A peer-reviewed eighteen-month study conducted on 250 wounds, including many Diabetic lesions, revealed 100 percent resolution of every wound, stages I-IV, with application of a quality Aloe Vera skin gel (C. Levescy, LVN, Aloe Life International, 1997).

Drink your (Aloe) Juice

Yes, you can drink Aloe! In fact, researchers recommend it. Aloe Vera, along with protein; calcium; magnesium; zinc; Vitamins A, C, and E; vitamin B-complex; and essential Fatty Acids, is a valuable component of a diet that’s healthful for skin.

Healthy skin also depends on good digestion. A healthy digestive tract and liver are needed to properly convert Vitamins, Minerals, fats, and Proteins into absorbable nutrients essential for healthy skin. Researchers have found that eating on the run and having reduced digestive juices in the body can create an internal environment in which as little as 10 percent of nutrients eaten may actually be absorbed into the blood stream. Aloe Vera juice is an herbal bitter. This means that when no sulfites or water are added the juice contains a pH range of 4.7-5.2 and AIDS digestion. The best time to drink the juice is before meals.

Today, you can buy Aloe juice at most health food stores and progressive grocers. (Bottled Aloe juices and skin gels that are golden in color have more medicinal value than products that look like water.) But you can drink the Aloe from your plant, if you have one. People in ancient cultures commonly cut a leaf from the outer plant close to the base. If the plant received adequate sun and water, and was grown in rich soil, then a sufficient amount of yellow sap from the plant would seep out of the cut leaf. After allowing the sap to drain into a cup of water, they would drink it. Eating the plant’s inner mucilage also was common.

Note: Consult a physician when medical attention is required.

Traditional Uses for Aloe Vera

  • burns
  • insect bites
  • infection
  • abrasions
  • Rashes
  • Acne
  • skin cancer
  • Chicken Pox
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • cuts
  • Scars
  • skin ulcers
  • stretch marks
  • varicose veins
  • sore feet
  • Sore Muscles
  • frostbite
  • scalp rejuvenation
  • hair rejuvenation
  • Gum Disease
  • Herpes
  • shingles
  • poison ivy
  • poison oak
  • diaper Rash
  • hemorrhoids
  • sunburn
  • brown skin spots
  • after shave
  • aged skin
  • weathered skin
  • vaginal dryness
  • athletic injury
  • general body Pains

How Does It Work?

Over 200 worldwide scientific research papers have been published on the effects of Aloe Vera. The three main categories of research include Anti-Inflammatory, anti- bacterial, and anti-viral actions of Aloe Vera. The juice is said to soothe digestive tract irritations such as colitis, ulcers and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Aloe’s ability to encourage the release of pepsin (a gastric juice enzyme necessary for digestion) when the stomach is full is a possible reason for its Ulcer-healing effects (Journal of the American Osteopathic Society, 1963, vol.62) In one study, oral use of Aloe for six months helped mitigate asthma symptoms in almost half of the participants. Eleven of twenty-seven patients studied who drank Aloe reported feeling better at the end of the study. Researchers think that results might be due to stimulation of the Immune System, as well as naturally occurring Anti-Inflammatory agents in Aloe Vera.

In 1997, University of San Antonio researcher Jeremiah Herlihy, Ph.D., conducted a study to observe any negative effects of drinking Aloe daily. Rather than exhibiting negative effects, however, test animals receiving daily Aloe showed a remarkable reduction in leukemia, Heart Disease, and Kidney Disease. Dr. Herlihy concluded, “We found no indication of harm done to the rats even at high levels.” In fact, the Aloe-drinking animals actually lived 25 percent longer than those in the control group (IASC Conference, Texas, 1997).

No Magic Bullet

There is no single ingredient that makes Aloe Vera potent and healthful. Researcher Robert Davis, Ph.D., an endocrinologist-biologist, explains that fifteen different compound groups of nutrients work together to make the plant effective. Much as a symphony creates a fuller, richer sound than any single instrument, the ingredients in Aloe are more effective together than any single element taken by itself.

On the down side, that means that Aloe Vera’s effects cannot be synthesized easily in a laboratory. On the upside, it makes the plant useful across a wide spectrum of circumstances. And because the various elements that make Aloe effective are nutrients rather than drugs, Aloe juice can complement medical treatments. In fact some cancer patients state that Aloe Vera seems to reduce Nausea, increase energy, and may help to minimize low blood counts caused by chemotherapy or radiation.

Allergies to Aloe Vera are very rare. Yet any food can be a potential Allergen. Test a small amount on the inner arm to see if any reaction takes place. If no irritation on the skin is observed then it is generally tolerated. If ingestion causes diarrhea, then reduce the amount you ingest, increasing use slowly over several days until the desired amount is tolerated.

Take it! It’s a gift…

Aloe Vera can help adults, children, and even pets receive more value from daily foods and Supplements, and it can heal wounded skin, as well. It’s valuable enough for everyone to keep on hand. To gain the most therapeutic support it’s wise to use a quality Aloe Vera product. Look for products that use the entire plant or whole leaf concentration; they contain up to five times more active elements than inner gel products. If possible look for products that state “no sulfites or water added.” The strongest, purest product will allow you to use less and have more success in experiencing firsthand the magic of the ancient medicine plant.

Karen Masterson Koch, C.N., is a clinical nutritionist who has studied Aloe Vera for over eight years. She is the author of a book entitled Gift of Nature: Whole Leaf Aloe Vera.

Exercising in the Heat - 5 Tips To Keep Your Cool

June 5th, 2006

On a hot day we may feel like we’re melting, but did you know that our internal temperature (or core temperature) only changes by a few degrees. Our normal body temperature at rest is maintained between 36 and 38 degrees Celsius. Our core temperature is extremely important as the processes that occur in our cells need it to be very constant in order to keep the body alive. In fact, you will require medical intervention if it drops below 34.4 degrees, or above 41 degrees.

Sources of heat

Apart from the obvious source of heat: the environment, the body also has another major contributor: metabolic processes. Anything that increases energy production, the release of hormones, or basal metabolic rate, also increases heat production.

Body temperature whilst exercising

Body temperature reflects the balance between heat production and heat loss. As we Exercise we increase our body temperature and for us to be able to continue we must be able to release the excess heat.

This is done using the circulatory system. The heat is carried by the blood, to the skin. It is then released into the external environment.

The release of heat is completed by any of 4 mechanisms:

  • Conduction: the heat is transferred through contact with another object. This object must have a lower temperature. The body loses only small amounts of heat due to this process.

  • Convection: the heat is transferred by the motion of a gas or liquid (eg, air across the skin when running, or water across the skin when swimming). As these air or water molecules come into contact with the body, heat is released to them, they move on, and are replaced by cooler molecules.

  • Radiation: the heat is transferred from one object to another without contact. This can result in heat loss or heat gain, depending on the environmental conditions

  • Evaporation: heat is transferred through the evaporation of bodily fluids when brought into contact with the external environment (eg, sweat evaporating off the skin, and to a lesser extent our breathe as we exhale). This is usually the most important form of heat loss during Exercise. In this process the heat is transferred from the body, to water on the surface of the skin (sweat). When the sweat reaches a certain temperature it is converted to a gas and the heat is released into the environment.

What does all this mean to the average exerciser?

The human body’s automatic temperature controls work very well, but you’ll perform much better if you follow these guidelines:

  • Expose as much of the skin as possible to the open air. This will not only allow the sweat on your skin to evaporate, but it will also allow some heat loss via convection.

  • If you are not able to expose much skin (eg, sports uniform), then take frequent water breaks.

  • Wear cotton clothing whenever possible.

  • In extremely hot weather, take frequent rest periods.

  • If you do not regularly Exercise in hot conditions, take time to acclimatize before participating in high intensity Exercise.

About the author

Ray Kelly has a degree in Exercise Science and 15 years experience as a Lecturer and Fitness Trainer. Sign up today for his free 7 Day Weight Loss Course at: Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Weight Loss

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