Potent Anti-Viral Tea

October 5th, 2007

By Annie Bond, Executive Producer of Care2’s Green Living content. http://www.care2.com/

A gifted African healer from Ghana gave my fiancé Len, who had the flu, instructions for how to make and use this strong and delicious tea remedy formula. In getting the ingredients I bought out the store’s fresh Ginger supply and made enough of this potent tea to last for a few days. I drank some too because it had such a vibrant apple cider/ginger/lemon essence that I found irresistibly sweet, tart and spicy (and of course, I didn’t want to get sick either). I never got the virus and Len recovered without lung problems, to which he is prone:


Ginger helps stimulate a therapeutic Sweat. Studies also show that it helps fight against bacterial infections that may develop as a result of the viral infection. Lemon juice does the same thing, warding off secondary bacterial infections and giving a whopping amount of Vitamin C. Apple cider (and apple cider vinegar), is extremely rich in Minerals and has been employed since ancient times for this reason.

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SSRIs for treating depression - Why they are not recommended in some cases

October 5th, 2007

Antidepressants are the most common type of drugs that are used in Treating Depression. Since Insomnia is one of the most common symptoms of depression, these drugs are often used to elevate depressive moods and induce sleep.

Among the various kinds of antidepressants, SSRI’s are among the latest that are now being used extensively for treating Insomnia. Despite their rampant use, the efficacy of antidepressants like SSRIs to treat Insomnia is not supported by clinical studies. Using SSRI’s to treat Insomnia has also not been approved by the FDA.

SSRIs are indicated mainly for clinical depression. This class of drugs should be used to treat Insomnia only if it is one of the many symptoms of depression. However, primary care physicians tend to over-prescribe and suggest that SSRIs be used for Insomnia to get quicker results.

Different antidepressants have varying effects on depressive patients. An Antidepressant is a drug that acts by blocking the reuptake of brain chemicals like norepinephrine and serotonin making more of those substances available to act on receptors in the brain. SSRIs act to maintain the level of serotonin (a neurotransmitter that is involved in sleep, memory and depression) by restricting its absorption.

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Fall Herbal Medicine Chest

October 5th, 2007

With the change of seasons from Summer to Fall we need to change our supplies in our medicine cabinet. With cooler weather comes a different set of illnesses that can be nipped in the bud with the right medicinals.

Arnica (Arnica montana): This year round herb helps stop pain. Use this for arthritic aches, often set off by seasonal changes. Rub the tincture, cream, or gel on sore spots, Do not use on broken skin.

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceous) : Take two capsules of this Antiviral herb twice a day to prevent or treat colds and flu. Look for Astragalus products standardized to 15-percent polysaccharides.

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) : Use Calendula tinctures, oil, lotions, or creams to soothe chapped skin and lips. Look for products with at least 10-percent extract of Calendula.

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita): This soothing herb works great as a dust-irritant reliever. Brew a cup of tea and let it cool. Place the room temperature tea soaked in cotton on your eyes. Drink a cup of Chamomile tea for upset stomachs, Heartburn, Indigestion, or to promote relaxation.

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Green Bathroom Germ Cleaning Kit

October 5th, 2007

By Annie B. Bond, author of Home Enlightenment (Rodale Press, 2005). http://www.care2.com/

Take this simple quiz to dispel any myths you may have about where germs are found in the bathroom. Then follow these easy directions for making your own green bathroom sanitizing kit using ingredients most of us have in our cupboards. With this kit you will effectively clean away the germs where they really are, without contributing to the creation of drug-resistant superbugs that can be caused by the overuse of disinfectants:

The truth is that even if you wanted to, you can not sterilize your bathroom. If you want to reduce the germ population to keep things more sanitary, it helps to know where to put your efforts.

Where are the highest Concentration of germs in the bathroom?

  • Doorknob
  • Bathtub
  • Drains
  • Toilet
  • Toilet seat
  • Floor
  • Shower stall floor

Answer: The drains.

Where is the least germ-contaminated place in the bathroom?

  • Doorknob

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What is pseudo sciatica?

October 5th, 2007

Sciatica is often confused as a disease. However, Sciatica is actually a symptom of a disease commonly understood as compression of the Sciatic Nerve. This is mainly caused by a slipped or a herniated disc. Sciatica pain transmits from low back, via one of the buttocks, along the path of the Sciatic Nerve at the back of a leg down to the toes. The pain can be excruciating and can aggravate on exertion. In severe cases the lower back can also get ‘locked’ in a sideways bending position.

However, conditions other than a compressed Sciatic Nerve can also create symptoms of pain that mimic the typical Sciatica pain. Sciatica-like pain may be triggered if the nerve gets trapped along its path. And for some reason Sciatica has become a general term that is used for any pain that is associated with the buttocks and the legs.

Pseudo Sciatica is the compression of the peripheral sections of the Sciatic Nerve. The Tension in the soft tissue of the piriformis, gluteal and other related muscles is usually the cause behind it. Such Tension may be caused by unhealthy postures, sports activity and lack of exercise.

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