Banana Hair Conditioner

June 11th, 2006

To make a conditioner that will leave your hair soft and silky, mix 2 cups mayonnaise with half a banana (mashed).

Massage the mixture into your hair, leave 10 minutes, then rinse and Shampoo out.

Apple Hair Rinse

June 11th, 2006

Combine 1 large cored apple (peeled and cut into small pieces), 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar and 2 cups water in a blender and set on High for 15 seconds.

Strain to remove solid pieces. Pour liquid over hair, massage in, and rinse with cool water.

Gallstones (Liver Flush)

June 11th, 2006

It is estimated that nearly half of Americans with Gallstones do not have any symptoms. Symptoms of Gallstones are often misleading but may include Constipation, upset stomach, fatigue, hepatitis, and even Diabetes. The symptoms can be so varied that Gallstones are rarely thought of to be the culprit. Removal of your gallbladder does not exclude you from having Gallstones either. They can still form in your bile ducts.

What Are Gallstones?

Gallstones are not truly stones. For one thing they float. The majority of Gallstones are roughly 92-94% cholesterol, which is an oil.

Supplies:

  • Fresh Organic apple juice ~ 1 gallon
  • 1 pint (2-cups) cold pressed Olive Oil (DO NOT use heat processed)
  • Organic lemons – enough to make 1 cup of fresh juice

Optional Supplies:

  • Netting or colander large enough to fit underneath toilet seat
  • Rubber or disposable gloves
  • Pitcher of water
  • Glass jar
  • Pineapple juice

The Cleanse

Prepare for your cleanse by drinking all the fresh apple juice you desire for 1 day. The more juice the better, but only drink juice and water. No food. At 6:30 p.m. stop drinking.

Beginning at 7:00 p.m., drink ¼ cup Olive Oil along with 2 tablespoons of the juice from a fresh squeezed lemon. Repeat this process every 15 minutes until you have consumed 1 pint of Olive Oil and at least ½ pint of lemon juice. Finish off any remaining lemon juice. Lie down and rest during this time and when finished go to bed.

Note: you may feel nauseous after consuming the Olive Oil but this should pass in a few minutes. If you still feel nauseous when it is time to consume your next ¼ cup, STOP, you are finished. Even if you have not consumed the entire amount.

Drape the netting or place the colander beneath the toilet seat and place a pitcher of water nearby. The water is to be poured over what you eliminate to wash the feces though the netting and leave the Gallstones. Use your gloves to pick through the remains, remove and rinse the Gallstones, and place them in your glass jar.

What to expect

You should expect to eliminate between ¼ cup to 2 cups of Gallstones. They are usually green in color but may also be tan, black or red. They may be as small as a seed or as large as a dime, quarter, or even larger.

Many people begin eliminating around 2:00 a.m. the next morning, and may continue to eliminate for a while. Some people don’t begin eliminating until late morning. Many folks experience discomfort, Headaches, Flu-like symptoms and occasionally Vomiting may occur. If Nausea is experienced, drink a few small sips of pineapple juice.

If you want to save your Gallstones, place them in the freezer since they will continue to disintegrate otherwise.

Reference: Are You Stoned? by Claude M. Lewis, D.C., Edith Hiett and Leon Hiett

Your Child Has Autism

June 11th, 2006

Many parents who first hear the words “Your child has Autism” are shocked and dismayed.

While we have all heard about Autism, many of us have only vague ideas of what the diagnosis means and what can be done to help children and adults lead as normal a life as possible.

The truth is that Autism, being a spectrum disorder, affects different people in different ways and no two Autistic children are exactly alike. There are also many different theories about what causes Autism and what can be done to treat it.

This makes things very confusing for parents who are struggling to come to terms with what is best for their child.

Diagnosis and symptoms of Autism

Autism is a neurological disorder and one of five developmental disorders classified under the heading of Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD).

Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) is made up of 5 different disorders:

It is estimated that as many as 1.5 million Americans, including children and adults, may have Autism. There are currently no medical tests which can diagnose Autism.

Diagnosis is usually based on careful observation as well as information provided by parents and other caregivers on the child’s behavior, communication, social interaction and developmental levels.

There are also a number of screening tests or questionnaires which can be performed, including the CARS rating (Childhood Autism Rating Scale) and CHAT (Checklist for Autism in Toddlers). Diagnosis can be made by Pediatricians, Psychiatrists and Clinical Psychologists or by a multi-disciplinary team.

In order to make a formal diagnosis of Autism, the following symptoms must be present (DSM lV-TR)

Impairment in social interaction

  1. Lack of eye contact, facial expression and social gestures
  2. Failure to develop peer relationships
  3. Does not seek out social interaction
  4. Lack of social or emotional reciprocity

Impairment in communication skills

  1. language delay or absence
  2. inability to initiate and sustain conversation
  3. stereotyped or ’strange’ use of language
  4. lack of make believe or social play

Restricted, stereotyped and repetitive behavior, interests and activities

  1. abnormally intense preoccupation with certain activities or areas of interest
  2. inflexible insistence on certain nonfunctional rituals or routines
  3. stereotyped and repetitive movements e.g. hand flapping, preoccupation with parts of objects

To make the diagnosis at least 6 of the above must be noted, as well as developmental delays in at least ONE of the following areas:

  1. Delayed or abnormal social interaction
  2. Delay or abnormal use of language in social interaction
  3. Delay or absence in symbolic or imaginative play

The delays or impairment described above can vary from mild to severe. Remember that many healthy children will display some of the above symptoms. This does not make them Autistic!

It is important that the full cluster of symptoms described above be present. Some of these symptoms may be present from early infancy, but usually become more obvious by 2 - 4 years of age.

What causes Autism?

There is no known single cause of Autism. It is known that Autism is a neurological disorder and that there may be differences in the shape and the structure of the brain of Autistic children as opposed to non-Autistic children.

It is thought that, in certain cases, there might be a genetic predisposition to Autism, which may run in families. Whether the predisposition to Autism is genetic or not, there may be several ‘triggers’ which can precipitate the disorder.

These could include problems in Pregnancy and birth, viral infections, exposure to certain environmental chemicals or pollutants, digestive abnormalities or even Allergies to certain foods (e.g. milk and dairy products).

There are also suggestions that Autism may be caused by a reaction to childhood Vaccines. Obviously more research is needed in this area.

It is important for parents to note that Autism is not a mental illness and is not caused by bad parenting or problems in the home. All too often parents are made to feel guilty and as if they have done something wrong, which is not the case.

Parents of Autistic children need as much support and help as possible and should not be made to feel that they are the cause of their child’s problem.

What are the natural treatment options?

While there are many different theories about the best course of treatment for Autism, most professionals agree that the earlier treatment begins, the better the chances are that the child will be helped.

Educational and therapeutic approaches

These include specialized Education as well as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, Music Therapy, sensory integration, behavior modification and speech therapy. Depending on the symptoms and the areas of developmental delay, these therapies can be extremely effective and can be combined into the overall treatment plan.The earlier they are begun the better the chances of improvement. It is important to realize that none of these therapies are ‘quick fixes’ and need perseverance over a long period of time.

Dietary intervention

There are indications that certain Vitamins and mineral Supplements may improve functioning in Autistic people. While there is some disagreement regarding this amongst medical professionals, many parents have reported marked improvements after a program of nutritional Supplements. There are also a number of clinical studies which strongly support the use of vitamin and mineral supplementation in the treatment of Autism and have demonstrated significant improvement.

As nutrition is such a vital ingredient in brain development, it stands to reason that supplementation may have a positive benefit, although this would vary from individual to individual. Some experts have gone as far as to suggest that certain cases of Autism could be as a result of nutritional deficiencies or mal absorption of nutrients from the diet. The subject is a very complex one and outside the scope of this discussion.

There are also suggestions that Autistic symptoms can be caused as a result of mal absorption and intolerances to certain foodstuffs, especially dairy products and gluten contained in wheat and grain products. Some parents have reported remarkable changes after the elimination of these foodstuffs from the diets of their Autistic children.

Natural alternatives

Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies can be viable alternatives to the synthetic drugs and may be just as effective, with far fewer risks and side effects.

Depending on the symptoms that need treatment, Native Remedies recommends the following remedies to assist in an overall treatment plan.

Remedies may be used independently or in combination. See bottom of page for discount combination packages.

Herbal Remedy for Depression, Mood Swings, repetitive behaviors, Irritability, and Aggression

These may all be symptoms of serotonin imbalance and may show improvement with the use of our100% herbal MindSoothe Jr. formula (available in capsules for adults and drops for children).

The ingredients of MindSoothe Jr. have been clinically proven to assist in balancing serotonin levels and act as SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors) in much the same way as the synthetic SSRI’s do.

Herbal Remedy for Anxiety (calm and soothe)

Tranquilizing drugs may be very effective in calming Autistic children and adults, who can easily become highly distressed and volatile over seemingly small changes in their environment. However, many tranquilizing drugs are also addictive and individuals may build up tolerance, resulting in the need for increasingly higher doses.

PureCalm is a herbal formula which has been especially formulated to calm and soothe children and adults without the risk of side effects and potential addiction.

Available in easy to administer drop form, the dosage may be adjusted to suit children or adults. PureCalm may be taken on its own when needed for quick symptomatic relief, and is also safe to use with most prescription and herbal medicines.

Herbal Remedies for ADHD, hyperactivity and concentration

Like the benzodiazepines and tranquilizing drugs, the psycho-stimulants come with documented side effects and potential for dependency.

Yet many parents find it very difficult to deal with Autism children who also have symptoms of ADHD,hyperactivity and concentration problems.

For the treatment of hyperactivity, Restlessness and lack of concentration, Native Remedies has developed two highly effective remedies:

Focus ADHD Formula is a 100% Herbal Remedy which has been especially formulated to treat the symptoms of ADHD in children and adults alike. Focus comes in a tincture an is easily administered as drops in some juice or water.

Native Remedies also offers BrightSpark, a safe and effective homeopathic formula.

BrightSpark can be effectively used on its own or it can be combined with Focus ADHD Formula for severe or stubborn cases or for children with defiance and anger problems.

Herbal Remedy for tantrums

Many Autism children have violent tantrums, sometimes seemingly without cause. Tantrums may often be a result of the child’s frustration at being unable to communicate or understand, and may also be a response to changes in routine or environment.

Tantrum Tamer, a specially formulated homeopathic remedy, uses proven homeopathic ingredients which can greatly reduce or eliminate distressing and hard to handle tantrums.

Tantrum Tamer dissolves easily in the mouth and is pleasant tasting and readily accepted by children.

The above remedies may be used independently or in combination. See bottom of page for discount combination packages

How have these products helped others?

“My son was diagnosed with Autism when he was three years old and we have struggled with him a lot because he rocks himself and is very Restless all the time and also gets frustrated and he hurts himself. I was recommended that he go on an Antidepressant to help the stimming which really worried me as he is so young and also he is very sensitive to medicines. After I found MindSoothe Jr and all the information on your website, I thought I would rather try a natural product and I am very glad I did. My son is much calmer and the stimming has improved a lot - to only when he is upset or Stressed. Then we let him suck on the K-OK KiddieCalmer and he is much better. He is also happier and can play with us now which he never did before. This is after only 6 weeks and I know that we will see more improvement from now on because he is much easier to reach. Thank you very much - I can really recommend your products and I have put my name down for repeat orders” Sharon, CA

I have an 18 year old, mid-range functioning, Autistic son that was in such Anxiety over the transition to the bus and school that we were considering putting him in a group home. I was desperate in trying MindSoothe, but thought anything is worth a try. We have been giving him a child’s dose as soon as he gets up, in his juice and our mornings have never been so smooth. Thank you so much for keeping our family together and giving him the peace of mind to make these transitions easier. His school notes have NEVER had words like fun, cooperative, and finishes his work before. THANK YOU - Karen, GA

My daughter was diagnosed w/PDD.NOS and the doctors put her on prescription medicine which helps ADHD children. She had some side effects so we took her off of it. I found your website and ordered Focus. She is only 5 and I give only in the morning before school w/some juice. After a few weeks on Focus she has been getting much better reports sent home from school and has even been able to discontinue her OT. I feel that Focus along with a small adjustment in her diet has helped more than the prescription meds. the doctor originally had her on - Lisa S., NY

“I am writing about the big improvement in my daughter, Janey who is Autistic. She can’t be taught in a mainstream school because she can’t keep up in a big class but she is in a special needs school. The teacher said that unless she had Ritalin she would never be able to learn anything, which I was very upset about due to all the negative stuff you read. My daughter is such a sweet child but she cannot Concentrate on one thing and jumps around not even able to sit still on her seat. If she does sit still, she is flapping her hands or tapping her pencil and nothing goes in. After one week of Focus we could see that she was calmer and after 6 weeks she could sit still and do some drawing. Now she is more calm and responsive in class and I can notice that she is happier to go to school. I can tell you that the teacher can’t believe it as she said that the natural stuff is not strong enough for my child, but she was wrong!!” Stacy, CT

“This remedy (BrightSpark) has brought about the most amazing change in my daughter who is Autistic! We want to recommend it to other parents who have been told that their children will never change as we have been told by the doctors. She is so much more calmer and will even sit on my lap for the first time in her life which makes my heart so happy!!! I know that you cannot cure Autism but my daughter is a different child and we can see the changes every day. I think that it is because this is the first time that she is beginning to notice what is going on around her. I just wanted to say that if anyone has any doubts, rather try it for yourself and you will see the difference. Thanks for everything!” One Happy Mother.

“My 11 year old becomes very upset and stresses over small things, for example if we have to move the furniture to clean underneath it then we have to do it when she is asleep! This is because of her Autism which she can’t control so we understand but it is very difficult to keep everything the same all the time, which obviously we can’t - so sometimes she screams and cries and then you can’t get her to stop. My friend was taking PureCalm Drops for herself and said why not try it, so we did. It helps very much when my poor child needs to calm down and we just drop it in her juice and she drinks it because she loves her juice! She doesn’t get Drowsy just calmer.” Cathy L.

“Thank you for all your advice and for lending an ear in my hour of need. I have received the Tantrum Tamer and am giving you the results as you requested. I am very happy with the way that it calms my son when he becomes so angry and starts to scream and kick. I am using it every day as you directed and he is definitely calmer and has less tantrums. When he does get upset I give him an extra dose and the tantrum seems to disappear. He likes to take the medication and seems to know that it will help him.” Diana

“Dear Sirs, I am very happy to say that my youngster is finally Falling Asleep after using your Serenite Jr.for children. She has Autism and instead of hours of rocking and walking up and down, my wife and I can sit down and eat our dinner together for the first time since our child was born, which was almost four years ago. I have no hesitation in recommending this product to anyone who is facing the same problem.” Henry.

Autism Natural Treatment Packs

To assist you with your choice of remedies, Native Remedies has put together a number of treatment ComboPacks, based on the problems most commonly associated with Autism.

All remedies are developed with care by our practicing Clinical Psychologist, are 100% natural, safe, and manufactured according to the highest pharmaceutical standards. Individual ingredients are well-researched and have been put to the test over the years as a complement to the treatment of real people with real problems.

Our remedies are backed by our 60-day money-back guarantee so you can experience relief risk-free.

Prayer Meditation

June 11th, 2006

Most people believe that you must have religious training or attend a church regularly in order to pray. The truth is anyone can pray. You can pray anywhere you like. No one needs to hear you pray except GOD or Jesus, if you believe in them.

Prayer is the best Meditation there is. Simply chanting or Breathing a certain way might calm you outwardly, but inner peace comes through prayer Meditation.

So many people think all praying is like what they have heard. Children saying bless mother, grandmother, etc. Others who say lengthy prayers that seem to be formatted in some special way.

GOD doesn’t listen more to prayers that are said in some sort of format invented by holy men than he does to simple prayers issued by people who are sinners. As a matter of fact, He listens to the prayers of the sinner even more and the angels in heaven rejoice whenever a sinner asks Jesus into his heart.

Jesus didn’t come to earth to gather the righteous, he came to save the sinners. We all sin. None of us are perfect. You do not need to be perfect to use prayer and Meditate with GOD. He listens to everyone.

There is always a lot of Focus on things to pray for and whether or not GOD will answer your prayers. GOD knows what is in your heart and knows what you need more than you do. Praying for a Ferrari and not getting one does not mean GOD isn’t listening to you or answering your prayers.

Ask for things that will help you achieve the purpose that GOD has for you. Ask GOD to guide you and let you know what that purpose is. Ask GOD for wisdom. Ask Him to fill you with the Holy Spirit so that you will know the things to ask for.

You do not need to go to a special location to use prayer Meditation. You simply need to make time for GOD in your life. Even those of you who go to church need to do this. Not only on Sunday morning, either. Who are you to say how much time you are willing to give GOD, who gave you the time you now have in the first place?

Going to church is a good thing, but setting time aside to pray and Meditate alone with GOD is even more important. You can do it at home or anywhere you choose. You can choose a special place that helps you be calm and in a meditative mood.

I like to turn off all the lights and play worship music for awhile. As I listen to the music, I Focus on ridding my mind of all things worldly. I attempt to not think about my work, things I need to do, things that bother me, people who irritate me, or anything else that might distract me during Meditation.

Once I have achieved that calmness, (you will know), then I begin to pray. I ask GOD to fill me with the Holy Spirit, reaffirm my love and belief in GOD and Jesus Christ, and ask GOD to reveal to me the things I should pray for.

This works. Ask and ye shall receive does not mean you get the Ferrari. It means you can gain the wisdom to know your true purpose on this earth, something that most people, even Christians, do not know.

When you know what GOD wants you to do, then pray and Meditate for the things you need to achieve those Goals, you will see your prayers answered quickly. You cannot just believe in GOD, you have to believe GOD will provide those things you need.

Believe those prayers will be answered. Meditate and envision those things being given to you, those doors opening for you, that life you want being given to you.

Getting your prayers answered through prayer Meditation is the easy part. It is what you do after you receive your gifts from GOD that is difficult. You must openly and proudly give GOD all the glory for the things He has helped you to accomplish.

Give credit where credit is due. We all like to proclaim how smart we are or how good we are and we like people to think that is why we prosper. We want them to think we are special. It is much better for you to let them know that all that you have and all that you achieve is because GOD gave it to you for believing in Him.

However you choose to Meditate before GOD, I advise you to start soon. The sooner you start, the sooner you will learn how to talk with GOD and the sooner He can give you all the things He wants you to have.

Remember to do this alone. Remember to rid your mind of all things that are of this world and Focus on GOD. Remember that he listens to everyone who will set this time aside in His Name. You will find also that the more glory you give to GOD for all He has done for you, the more He will continue to do for you.

This article is not intended to offend anyone’s chosen religious preferences. I wrote the truth as I know the truth to be. I hope you will come to know the same truth or at the very least some parts of this article reach you and teach you how to pray.

About the author

Robin Darch has a website giving useful information and links about Meditation and its benefits.

Natural Antibiotic - Cinnamon Bark, Leaf

June 11th, 2006

Cinnamon BARK (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)- A powerful antiseptic oil with a strong pungent, spicy aroma and reddish brown color. Cinnamon has a long tradition of use, having been produced in Sri Lanka for more than 2,000 years.

Research shows that virus, bacteria, and fungus cannot survive in the presence of Cinnamon oil. Cinnamon bark oil has even stronger antiseptic properties than Cinnamon Leaf and readily kills bacterial and fungal infections.

Historically Cinnamon has been used in the Middle East and the Orient for combating Viruses and infectious diseases. It has been used as a treatment for Fever, diarrhea and menstrual irregularities, as well as Indigestion, Cramps, Nausea, Vomiting and Colic. Inflammations of the throat and pharynx may also be relieved through its use. Inhalation of Cinnamon has proven effective for relieving respiratory infections.

In Ayurvedic medicine Cinnamon is used to relieve many common complaints such as those already noted and to balance the various doshas or body types: Vata, Pita and Kapha.

The trees are cut every two years to just above ground level. The bark is harvested from the new shoots, then dried. The outer bark is stripped away, leaving the inner bark, which is the primary part of the herb used for medicinal purposes. The medicinal value of the herb is attributed to the oil extracted from the inner bark as well as the leaves.

Cinnamon bark is one of the most popular food flavoring and a valued commodity on the world market. Because it kills the bacteria that causes tooth decay and Gum Disease Cinnamon Bark is a common ingredient in many common oral hygiene products like Toothpaste, mouthwash and breath fresheners. It is also used for making perfume, Soap, chewing gum, lip stick, nasal spray, cough syrup and soda pop drinks.

Cinnamon Bark continues to be a valued treatment for various common ailments. As in ancient times modern day herbalists continue to prescribe Cinnamon bark as a remedy for Nausea, Vomiting, diarrhea and Indigestion. Chinese herbalists recommend it for asthma sufferers when their symptoms are brought on by cold, digestive disturbances, Backache, or menstrual related difficulties.

Cinnamon bark is known to regulate blood Sugar Levels and may reduce the amount of Insulin required for glucose Metabolism by diabetics. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers found a dose of 1/8 to 1/4 tsp of ground Cinnamon to be beneficial in regulating blood glucose levels.

I rely on Cinnamon Bark in my health care practice to keep the air fresh and clear of “bugs” and for preventing the spread of infection. Clients absolutely love its fresh, clean scent and enjoy the benefits it so readily bestows that of preventing and relieving cold and Flu symptoms.

Cinnamon’s powerful scent is a definite pick-me-up! It is useful for relieving “brain fog,” common among Chronic Pain sufferers, as well as the winter “blahs.”

Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil enhances circulation making it excellent for warming you when you are feeling chilled down to your bones! Try 1-8 drops of Cinnamon Bark or Leaf Essential Oil blended in 1 ounce of Jojoba oil and massage your feet with a small amount of the mixture then put on your socks and enjoy warm happy feet all day!

Keep warm when engaging in winter outdoor sports by rubbing a small amount of this same mixture on your chest and abdominal area, as well as over the lung area on your back.

Please note: There are many cheap chemical copies of Essential Oils available, but these are not recommended for therapeutic use. For best results always use ethically wild crafted or pure, Organic Essential Oils that are pesticide free!

CAUTION: An intensely powerful oil to be used with respect and extreme caution. Generally not for skin applications except in weak dilutions of less than 1%. May cause an Allergic reaction in some individuals. Due to its stimulating properties should be avoided during Pregnancy, by lactating mothers, or young children.

Aromatherapy is a gentle and noninvasive complementary and Alternative Health care system used for balancing and synchronizing your body, mind and spirit to enhance your health. Please consult with your physician regarding your health concerns

About the author

KG Stiles is a certified aromatherapist practicing in Ashland, OR USA PurePlant Essentials is her line of pure Organic and ethically wild crafted Essential Oils. KG’s DVD & book, “Your Aromatic Signature ~ How to Formulate Blends that Heal,” are scheduled for release in 2006. To learn more & purchase: Order Certified Organic Cinnamon Bark Please refer to KG’s Essentials Safety Guide before using any aromatic oils! KG invites you to Subscribe to Health Mastery Ezine to WIN FREE Aromatherapy Products. Contact: KG Stiles Springhill Wellness Center, 2520 Springhill Drive Ashland, OR USA (541) 941-7315

Purity Ensured Through Pure Essential Oils

June 11th, 2006

Scholars in English grammar would be livid at the phrase pure Essential Oils. For them Essential Oils are by nature pure and adding the expression ‘pure’ to this is nothing but being verbose. Leave apart the criticism of the scholars, in practice one can regularly come along instances when the Essential Oils have been mixed with other oils or the customer has been duped with entirely synthetically manufactured oil. So, now you will appreciate the concern for people when they demand pure Essential Oils.

For the beginners, let us first elucidate about what Essential Oils are. An Essential Oil is extracted from different parts of the plant such as stem, leaves, flower, bark etc. You name a plant and an Essential Oil derived from it will be available. The list of Essential Oils is really impressive. Some of the most common Essential Oils include Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Rose, Jasmine, Cedar wood and so on. These are derived from a complex process of distillation through water or steam. Certain Essential Oils like Rose leave a fragrant water after the distillation process. This is available in the market as hydrosols. Other hydrosols include Lavender water and Orange blossom water.

Pure Essential Oils have been proved to have benevolent effect on human beings. Several adverse conditions can be treated through the proper use of Essential Oils. The most common of these is treating burns with Lavender Essential Oil. French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé found this effect of Essential Oils as quite interesting. He has contributed largely to the science of using Essential Oils for medical purposes. This science is known as aromatherapy or treating through plant aroma.

However, Essential Oils will produce the desired effects only when they are pure. Chamomile Essential Oil is derived from the Chamomile flowers and has a soothing and comforting impact. When used in the bath after the end of the day, one will experience a rejuvenation of the body and mind. Nevertheless, do you get the same effect if the Essential Oil used is impure? No. Moreover, if an oil to which one is Allergic to has been mixed with the Essential Oil, you can also count on the side effects.

The most common of impurities found in Essential Oils are pesticides and insecticides. Now, the use of pesticides and insecticides to grow plants has become widely prevalent. In this case, it is very difficult to do away with pesticides to the most miniscule levels. The process of distillation ensures that most of this is removed from the pure Essential Oils to give just the unadulterated extracts of plants.

Nowadays, Organic Essential Oils have becoming increasingly popular. Organic Essential Oils are manufactured from organically grown plants. When a plant is grown organically, no artificial fertilizers are utilized. This ensures that the Essential Oil that you are using is totally free of pesticides. However, be prepared to shell that extra price for procuring organically pure Essential Oils. Yet no one complains since they are buying Essential Oils for the desired effect and not just for showing off their collection.

About the author

Bryan Josling is working with the Horticultural Research Station in Adelaide. He has also been involved with research on plants. http://www.ndaroma.com

Hypnosis - Is It a Joke?

June 11th, 2006

Is it really possible to be someone else, or act a certain way, just because of a suggestion. Is the mind and your control of it, so weak that a total stranger could infiltrate your consciousness. It sounds so unbelievable, but then again, the whole basis of Hypnosis is your willingness to believe. If you open the door to your mind, there’s no telling who might come in.

Is Hypnosis just another word for mind control? Hypnosis is stated as a psychological condition, in which an individual is put into an unconscious state, also called a trance. Once in the trance, suggestions are given to the individual and the person is supposed to act on the suggestions, after he or she is released from the trance. Apparently, being put in a trance is not a requirement, because some people can receive their suggestions without being in an unconscious state.

So who are these people with the power to control your mind? Are their powers genetic, or just some special gift that very few people have? The people mostly associated with Hypnosis, are called hypnotists and frankly, anyone can learn to be a hypnotist, it doesn’t require a degree. There are sites, all over the internet, with people trying to sell their “how to be a hypnotist” information. But there is a more professional version of the hypnotist and they’re called hypnotherapists. Hypnotherapists attend classes and are trained and certified in the use of Hypnosis.

What is happening when someone is in a trance, are they sleeping, dreaming or is it an act? The person under Hypnosis, is called the subject. When the subjects are under, they are more concentrated and focused than they’ve ever been. The Focus is so enhanced, that the subjects can temporarily forget certain aspects of their lives. Being under Hypnosis, can bring about feelings of heaviness, lightness and numbness. Some subjects feel like, they’re just observing what is happening, without actually being a part of it.

Many benefits can be achieved, by using Hypnosis. Hypnosis can be used as a way to help people better understand themselves. It’s also used to terminate bad habits, recover past memories and to reduce Anxiety. On the health side, Hypnosis can also be used to help reduce pain associated with medical procedures, such as childbirth and burn treatments. It’s also helpful in Surgery, when anesthesia is not appropriate.

Hypnosis has been around for many years but no one really knows how to classify it, as it’s not a medicine, drug, or even a cure. Most people have to see something, before they can believe it, but with Hypnosis, there’s nothing to see, because everything is happening in the mind. Hypnosis may have a long history, but it’s not accepted by everyone. Many people will never see Hypnosis, for being anything more than a cheap form of entertainment. But Hypnosis has created a loyal following, who believe that the process works. Ironically, the only people that can give a true assessment of Hypnosis, are the subjects, but they’re in a trance.

About the author

Michael Russell

Your Independent guide to Hypnosis

Current Information From Hoodia Studies

June 11th, 2006

The Hoodia information that is currently available comes mostly from a British pharmaceutical company called Phytopharm, but they do not like for their findings to be applied to natural Hoodia Gordonii products that are currently on the market. They say that the Hoodia studies that they have completed at this time show that Hoodia Gordonii is safe and is effective as an Appetite Suppressant, but they say that the Hoodia Gordonii products that are currently on the market may not be genuine Hoodia Gordonii. They also say that the active molecules may not be present in sufficient amounts to cause the desired effect. Perhaps they would have been happier if they could have kept all Hoodia information “under wraps” until they were ready to release their product.

The independent Hoodia study performed by Brown University Medical School in Rhode Island concluded that Hoodia Gordonii affects nerve cells in the hypothalamus which monitor blood glucose levels. Undoubtedly future Hoodia studies will be based on their research. When we have not eaten for a while, blood glucose levels drop. The brain sends out a “hungry” signal. We eat and blood glucose level stabilizes. The brain sends out a “not hungry” signal. According to the Hoodia information that is currently available, which relies heavily on this study performed at Brown, Hoodia Gordonii causes the brain to send out a “not hungry” signal, even though we have not eaten. However, Hoodia studies do not indicate that Hoodia Gordonii has any real effect on blood Sugar Levels.

It does appear, according to the research done at Brown, that an increase in ATP in the bloodstream follows injection of Hoodia Gordonii extract. At least this is the effect that it had on the rats’ bloodstreams that were used in this study. It is this Hoodia information that leads professionals to believe that Hoodia Gordonii could increase Metabolism, as well as suppress appetite. ATP supplies large amounts of energy to the cells of the body for various processes, including Metabolism. So, some current Hoodia information states that Hoodia Gordonii can increase energy.

Informal Hoodia studies have been performed by practitioners interested in their patients’ progress while taking Supplements containing Hoodia Gordonii. Hoodia information obtained from these sources indicates that those people who continue to take the Supplements (some people drop out because of price) experience a decrease in their appetite. Weight loss varies depending on individual lifestyle. Psychological cravings are not always alleviated and you still may not be able to get over the urge to clean your plate, because that is what you were taught to do as a child. But, if you are busy then you may not even think about food, in fact you may need to remind yourself to eat. As a reminder, this is Hoodia information obtained from informal Hoodia studies. Complete clinical Hoodia studies are still underway at Phytopharm and have not been released at this time.

There is a lot of Hoodia information out there. Some of it is based on scientific evidence and some is conjecture. There are products which mix other Herbs (usually stimulants) with Hoodia Gordonii and there are products which claim to be 100% Hoodia Gordonii powder obtained from the Hoodia plants grown by African farmers. Many people have had to use a little trial and error to find a product that works well for them. If you are considering a Hoodia Gordonii supplement, check with your doctor first and if you have any unusual side effects (formal and informal Hoodia studies have shown no side effects associated with the use of 100% Hoodia Gordonii products) report those to your doctor, along with the ingredients in the product you are taking.

About the author

For more information about the results of Hoodia studies, visit http://hoodiainfo.blogspot.com

Acidophilus: The Benefits of Acidophilus Lactobacillus

June 11th, 2006

People know that bacteria are harmful to human’s health. It causes different types of diseases and may even cause death. Talks have been going around about good bacterias, yet so many people have great knowledge about them.. Good bacteria are the bacteria that give good effects and aid the body to achieve better health. One example of a good bacteria is the Acidophilus.

Acidophilus or lactobacillus Acidophilus is the most commonly used good or friendly bacteria. These bacteria inhabit the intestines and vagina and protect against the entrance and proliferation of harmful organisms that can cause diseases.

Acidophilus protects the body through different aspects. One mechanism is through the breakdown of its food. When food is brokedown, it leads to production of lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide and other by products that make the environment hostile for undesired organism.

Acidophilus offers variety of potential therapeutic uses. These include:

  • AIDS digestion and suppresses disease-causing bacteria.
  • Treat overgrowth of bad organism in the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Prevent and treat diarrhea, including the infectious diarrhea, particularly from the rotavirus.
  • Alleviate symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and possibly, inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Replaces the friendly intestinal bacteria that are destroyed by antibiotics.
  • Prevent and reduces the recurrence of vaginal Yeast Infection, Urinary Tract Infections and Cystitis.
  • Improve lactose absorption in people who are lactose intolerant.
  • Enhances the immune response. Studies have suggested that the consumption of yogurt and milk that contains specific strains of Acidophilus Supplements improve the natural immune response.
  • AIDS the treatment of respiratory infections such as Sinusitis, bronchitis and pneumonia.
  • Lower the risks of Allergies such as asthma, hay Fever, Allergies to milk and skin reactions such as Eczema.
  • Help in treating High Cholesterol.

Acidophilus is one of the good bacteria that should be part of the daily diet of humans. They can be taken and ingested in different forms, such as a drink or in capsule form.

About the author

Hector Milla, editor of http://www.acidophiluseffects.com, a website about amoxicillin and Acidophilus, they have recently published a free online guide about healthy eating habits, you may read it at http://www.acidophiluseffects.com/healthy-eating-habits/



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