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April 14, 2006

Indigestion Massage Oil

Filed under: Oil Blends For Health — Administrator @ 8:48 am

4 d. Peppermint oil
4 d. Marjoram oil
4 d. Coriander oil
4 d. Fennel oil
4 d. Basil oil: in 1 oz Olive Oil.

Massage gently into stomach.

April 11, 2006

Natural Breath Freshener

Filed under: Oil Blends For Health — Administrator @ 7:43 pm

1 part distilled water
1 part 100 proof vodka
1 drop Peppermint Essential Oil per teaspoon of liquid

Place ingredients in a small bottle or Atomizer. Shake well. Use one drop on your tongue.

Variations: Use Spearmint or Wintergreen Essential Oil for flavoring.

April 10, 2006

Arthritis and Gout Oil Blend

Filed under: Oil Blends For Health — Administrator @ 9:50 am

1 Tablespoon fresh crushed Rosemary
3 teaspoons Celery seeds crushed
1 large Chilli crushed
250 ml oil any but canola

Sterilize jar, place oil and other ingredients [make sure it covers] close, shake place in sunny spot for 10 days shaking every day strain into dark sterilized jars.

FANTASTIC for Gout,Arthritis or Aches and Pains

Keeping Your Liver Healthy With Herbs

Filed under: General Aromatherapy Articles — Administrator @ 9:48 am

What does your liver do?

The liver is found within the lower part of the rib-cage on the right hand side of the body. It has a huge variety of functions in the body and is the only organ that can repair and re-grow itself after damage. The liver is the second largest organ in the body and is often seen as the most important one. In traditional Chinese medicine, for example, a healthy liver is seen as the most critical element in the body’s ability to fight disease and function optimally.

For this reason, complimentary and Holistic Medicine always emphasizes liver health as one of the most vital components in overall systemic health. Amongst other important functions, the liver is responsible for eliminating and detoxifying the poisons that enter our blood stream.

It is very important in the digestion of food and produces bile which is essential in the breakdown of fats, thereby preventing obesity – one of the biggest contributors to ill health. It also regulates blood sugar and stores any excess sugar in a useful “quick-release” form for when it is needed.

The liver clears the blood of old red blood cells, bacteria and other infectious organisms as well as ingested toxins including alcohol. It is responsible for producing a large number of different proteins including hormones and blood clotting factors and is the organ which stores Vitamin A, D, E and K.

Environmental pollution, fast foods, drugs, alcohol and sedentary lifestyles all contribute to sluggish and diseased livers. The result? Depressed immune systems, constant fatigue, obesity, sluggish livers and digestive systems, Allergies, respiratory ailments, unhealthy skin and many other health problems.

What can go wrong with your liver?

As with all organs of the body, the liver is subject to a range of disorders and diseases. The liver’s functioning does not really decrease with age so, in the absence of disease, the liver should work optimally right into very old age.

The most common diseases affecting the liver are Viral Hepatitis and alcoholic Liver Disease. Hepatitis A, B and C are the commonest causes of Viral Hepatitis. Although Hepatitis A is usually a transient infection, both Hepatitis B and C can be serious and progress to chronic Liver Disease, even causing liver Cirrhosis or liver cancer. There are usually very few warning signs until Liver Damage is far advanced.

Liver Cirrhosis can be due to any long-term, continuous cause of Liver Damage. These causes include alcohol excess, Hepatitis B and C and inherited Liver Disease. When the liver is damaged some of the functioning cells die and are replaced by Scar Tissue. Once Cirrhosis has developed, the process cannot be reversed even if the underlying cause improves.

Alcoholic Liver Disease does not affect everyone who drinks alcohol. Though it is dependant on the amount of alcohol drunk over time, some people seem to be more susceptible to the adverse effects of alcoholic beverages.

Consistent heavy alcohol intake can cause a condition called Fatty Liver in which the liver cells become filled with fat. It can also cause alcoholic hepatitis (Inflammation of the liver) or Cirrhosis.

What are the symptoms of Liver Disease?

  • Jaundice (Abnormal yellow discoloration seen on the skin and in the eyes.)
  • Dark urine
  • Light-colored stools
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Abdominal pain
  • Itching of the skin
  • Vomiting blood or bloody/black stools
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of Libido

How is Liver Disease diagnosed?

There are a number of laboratory tests that may be done to establish Liver Disease. Commonly, enzymes produced by the liver when it is damaged are measured in order to see if the levels are raised. Bilirubin- a breakdown product of destroyed red blood cells may also be measured as well as proteins produced by the liver such as albumin and blood clotting factors.

How is Liver Disease usually treated?

Effective drug treatment of Liver Disease is very limited and is often restricted to treating the symptoms and preventing complications.

Treatment will depend on the specific condition; commonly used medications are anti-viral drugs for Viral Hepatitis, steroids for auto-immune disorders and iron-removing or copper-removing medications in the inherited disorders Hemochromatosis and Wilson’s disease respectively.

Medications that cause very unpleasant and even dangerous side-effects when combined with alcohol, are commonly used to try and keep people who are dependant on alcohol from drinking. In people taking anti-viral drugs, which are used to prevent virus replication in Hepatitis B and C, relapse is common once the drug has been discontinued.

People with Liver Disease or dysfunction need to be very careful about the drugs they choose to take as many common prescription and over-the-counter drugs can be toxic to the liver and severely worsen the condition and functioning of this important organ. In extreme and irreversible cases of Liver Damage such as liver failure due to Cirrhosis, liver transplant is the only long-term effective therapy.

Can Natural Remedies help?

If ignored or left untreated, many liver diseases will lead to permanent and irreversible damage to the liver and can be a significant threat to your health.

Liver problems respond well to a holistic approach, including complementary medicine, avoidance of alcohol, drugs and other toxins as well as a healthy diet.

These measures can prevent organ damage, improve Liver Functioning and ward off irreversible changes due to toxins. As the treatment options in the allopathic medical world are very limited and liver transplants are uncommon, a holistic approach to liver dysfunction and disease is your best chance of keeping this vital organ healthy and functioning well into old age.

In the ‘old days’ people used to say that they were ‘feeling liverish’ to describe a feeling of being bloated, uncomfortable, slightly nauseous, lacking in energy and generally ‘out of sorts’. Liver tonics were more widely used than they are today – with good effect.

What is Liver Dr.?

At Native Remedies, we recognize the vital importance of liver health – for quality of life and wellbeing, as well as for the treatment of Liver Disease and dysfunction. For this reason, together with the experts, we developed Liver Dr. to address these important health needs.

Liver Dr. is a 100% Herbal Remedy containing Herbs known for their ability to improve the functioning of the liver and protect it from damaging toxins and disease, thereby improving overall systemic health.

Apart from their beneficial effect on the liver, the Herbs chosen for Liver Dr. also have other important therapeutic benefits, which further contribute to a healthy body and better quality of life.

Use together with Immunity Plus for viral infections of the liver and/or Fatigue Fighter for chronic fatigue conditions.

It is recommended that people with Diabetes use Liver Dr. along with Insulate Plus and Triple Complex Diabetonic.

Use Liver Dr.:

What are the ingredients of Liver Dr.?

Liver Dr. contains the following ingredients in our unique 100% herbal formula:

Silybum marianus: (Milk Thistle) This herb has been used since ancient times for treating a wide variety of ailments but particularly liver problems. Milk Thistle is widely prescribed for preventing and treating Liver Disorders including Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease associated with long-term alcohol usage. Studies suggest that this herb protects the liver from damage by Viruses and toxins including alcohol and drugs and is widely used for treating Hepatitis C. Milk Thistle is also a potent antioxidant and laboratory studies indicate it may have useful anti-cancer properties.

Taraxacum officinale: More commonly known as Dandelion, this herbal ingredient contains bitter principles which have a beneficial effect on the liver and Digestive System. It is considered a very effective general tonic and is known to improve bile flow and reduce inflammation associated with hepatitis and Cirrhosis. Dandelion also improves Gall Bladder Functioning and helps to dissipate Gallstones. Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, D, C, various B Vitamins, iron, lecithin, silicon, potassium, magnesium, zinc and manganese.

Verbena officinalis: Also known as Vervain or Wild Hyssop, this herb is native to the Mediterranean region. Used as a hepatic (liver) remedy, it will treat inflammation of the gallbladder and is also used for jaundice. It is well-known for its ability to Relax Tension and Stress and relieve mild Depression.

(Liver Dr. contains no animal products, gluten, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives)

How has Liver Dr. helped others?

“I have to thank you for helping me to improve my health naturally- I have been using Liver Dr. to help my liver as I am infected with Hepatitis C and I have really seen the effects. My condition is in the early stages and my main aim was to prevent the long-term problems that I know Hep C can cause like liver cancer. Amazingly, I have already noticed that my constant Aches and Pains have improved, I have more energy and my Digestive System has settled down. Thanks for a great product- I am definitely going to keep taking it!” JF, 34 years old

“Although I wouldn’t call myself a big drinker I certainly feel the effects of a few glasses of wine the morning after. Knowing I had a number of parties and functions coming up I decided to minimize the damage and give your Liver Dr. a try. Not only did I feel 100% after my nights out- I have been feeling better and more healthy overall. I am going to make your Liver Dr. a regular supplement- it’s great to enjoy a few drinks with my friends without the guilt of how I am damaging my liver or the reminder the next day!” Amy, USA

“I started taking your product when I was diagnosed with Gallstones and scheduled for Surgery. Not only did the pain and Indigestion improve within weeks but my surgeon was also dumbfounded as to how much smaller the stones seemed when he took them out! If I had realized how effective this remedy would be or had been diagnosed earlier I probably could have avoided the knife! Either way I love your Liver Dr. and just wanted you to know that.” Pam

“After years of heavy drinking and generally not taking care of his health very well, my husband had to be hospitalised for alcoholic Liver Disease. He was completely yellow and very sick for a few weeks- we were all so worried about him. When he was discharged he swore off alcohol and took a great interest in his health- understandably. He heard about your product but he had been told to stay away from all medications including herbal ones to avoid any more Liver Damage. My husband took the information from your site to his Dr who researched the ingredients and said they would be “liver friendly” and he could give the product a try. Ray has been using Liver Dr. for 3 months now and his Liver Function has improved hugely! When the test results came back I could see he was so proud of sticking to all his new healthy habits- especially his “herb drops”! Thank you so much!” A very grateful wife

How do I use Liver Dr.?

Liver Dr. comes in convenient tincture form and is diluted in water or juice.

Dosage:

Adults: Dilute 15 drops in about 1/4 cup water or juice three times daily.

Children over 6: One drop per age year in 1/4 cup of water or juice three times daily.

Caution: Safety during Pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established.

Note: Use together with Immunity Plus for viral infections of the liver and/or Fatigue Fighter for chronic fatigue conditions.

It is recommended that people with Diabetes use Liver Dr. along with Insulate Plus and Triple Complex Diabetonic.

How long till I see results?

With regular use, results should be noticed within 3 – 6 weeks, although some people may respond sooner. You should begin to feel more energetic, notice improved digestion and a greater sense of well-being.

By far the most important results, however, will remain ‘unseen’, as Liver Dr. silently and effectively works to protect and condition the liver to achieve optimum health.

How long does one bottle last?

One bottle of Liver Dr. should last 3 – 4 weeks.

What else can help?

1. Avoid alcohol completely if you have any liver problems.
2. Quit Smoking.
3. Exercise regularly and drink plenty of water (preferably purified or still mineral water)
4. Be very careful of using any prescription or over-the-counter medications. Liver Disease can make you very susceptible to the adverse effects of medications. Even seemingly safe medications like paracetamol can be extremely toxic and damaging to the liver.
5. Avoid eating raw shellfish. These can harbor bacteria that cause severe infections in people with Liver Disease.

When ADHD Assessment Tests Say Your Child Needs Special Attention: Evaluating the Need for Separate ADHD Schools and Knowing Your Child’s Legal Rights

Filed under: Parenting Corner — Administrator @ 9:48 am
by Tess Thompson

When a child has ADD ADHD, it is not uncommon for the first person to recognize the symptoms to be the child’s teacher. Many of the symptoms of ADHD can seem more pronounced in a structured classroom setting, when a child is forced to sit still and Focus on something specific. Of course, a teacher’s suspicion is not grounds for assumption that your child has the condition. A diagnosis of ADHD should come only after valid ADHD assessment tests and extensive professional evaluation that includes such factors as his or her behavior at school, at home and at play, and that eliminates the possibility that your child is suffering from other conditions, such as Depression or Anxiety, that can produce similar symptoms.

If you do determine that your child has ADHD and needs special child ADHD treatment, you should be aware of the legal rights your child has to an Education that accomodates his or her needs. ADHD children can have difficulty performing well in school and teachers can become frustrated with students who have behavioral problems or who require constant attention. Although you can weigh the benefits of private tutors, homeschooling or “ADHD schools”—special schools for children with learning disabilities (ADHD is not technically a learning disability, but some schools have programs that include instruction for ADHD children), there are laws which mandate that your child receive specialized Education within the confines of the public school system as well.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal statute that requires schools to identify children who have ADHD or other learning disorders and to provide special Education or provide other services to qualifying students. In order to qualify under IDEA, a child’s ADHD must be found to be severe enough to impair the child’s Education. Children who suffer from ADHD may also qualify under IDEA if they have simultaneously been diagnosed with a learning disablity or with emotional problems.

Chidren who don’t qualify for specialized Education under IDEA can still find help under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which is an anti-discrimination provision designed to protect people with disabilities. It prohibits programs that are federally funded, such as public schools, from discriminating against people with disabilities, and requires schools to accomodate them. Accomodations can include things such as altering test-taking rules or providing help with note-taking.

The Americans with Disabilities Act also prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, but includes organizations which recieve no federal funding. Under this provision, children with ADHD qualify for special help at public and at private schools.

Although these statutes must be legally upheld by schools, some school systems do not accurately train teachers and administrators to recognize the symptoms of ADHD, and they are often unaware of their legal obligations to accomodate children who suffer from it. Your child does have a legal right to these provisions, and you have the right to request them. In rare cases, when a school has been found to lack in sufficient accomodation, the state has paid for children to attend specialized private schools. Many public schools, however, have excellent systems in place, and more and more frequently, teachers are being trained to teach all kinds of students, including those with ADHD.

April 8, 2006

Natural Nasal Spray Recipe

Filed under: Oil Blends For Health — Administrator @ 8:31 pm

10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
10 drops Marjoram Essential Oil
1 tablespoon of water, distilled if possible

Don’t blow your nose for at least 5 minutes after using the spray. The effects of the formula should last for several hours.

April 4, 2006

RealHeal - Aromatherapy For Muscle Pain, Aches and Bruising

Filed under: Oil Blends For Health, General Aromatherapy Articles — Administrator @ 11:38 am

The Healing Process explained

Healing is about more than cure. While it is important for tissue to heal, for bones to knit and for regeneration to take place, healing also occurs on a deep emotional level. In order to heal, we also need to be nurtured, to feel safe and loved and to be cared for. We need to put aside our worries and stresses and Focus inward in order to harness the natural ability of the body to heal itself. The best healers are those who are able to nurture their own spirit and release the Healing Process from inside.

How can Natural Remedies help?

Natural Remedies have a big role to play in healing after injury of any kind. Herbal medicines have been used for centuries to help repair broken bones, torn and sprained muscles, internal and external Bruising and Injuries of all types.

Ongoing pain and stiffness due to conditions like Arthritis, Rheumatism and sports Injuries respond well to natural intervention without the side effects commonly associated with the prescription drugs.

Aromatherapy is a holistic form of treatment which uses concentrated extractions from a wide range of plants in order to effect and assist with healing. Therapeutic massage using carefully selected aromatherapy oils brings the important soothing element of touch to the Healing Process.

Not only does this help us to feel good, but it also helps to release endorphins and other pain relieving chemicals in our body, thereby bringing relief. Massage also promotes the flow of oxygen rich blood to the affected areas, thereby speeding up the Healing Process. In addition, the therapeutic aromas enter the system via the sense of smell and stimulate areas of the brain, assisting with Relaxation and Pain Relief and facilitating the Healing Process.

Along with massage, one can therefore burn the oils in a special Oil Burner for further benefit. The area of the brain which interprets smell is very close to the area that processes emotions. Aromatherapeutic oils therefore work very effectively on the emotional level – a crucial factor in any Healing Process.

Aromatherapeutic oils may be used along with conventional medicines to reduce the need for prescription painkillers, Anti-Inflammatories, etc.

What is RealHeal Massage Oil?

RealHeal Massage Oil is a blend of especially chosen aromatherapy oils well known for their healing, restorative and pain killing properties. It may be used for a wide range of Injuries and physical Trauma, as well as after childbirth and to assist with sport-related injury.

RealHeal Massage Oil may also be used along with our natural RealHeal Tablets to assist the Healing Process internally and externally. For those using RealHeal Massage Oil for Arthritic and rheumatic conditions, we also recommend JointEase Plus, our natural Anti-Inflammatory.

Use RealHeal Massage Oil to soothe and relieve pain and promote faster healing:

NOTE: Not for use directly on broken skin or open wounds. RealHeal Massage Oil works by bringing relief to the painful area by means of massage and absorption into the affected tissue, as well as via the inhalation of the aromatherapeutic properties of the blend.

What are the ingredients of RealHeal Massage Oil?

RealHeal Massage Oil contains only 100% pure aromatherapy oils in a natural carrier base:

Peppermint Essential Oil: – has many therapeutic uses and may be used for a wide variety of conditions including respiratory and Digestive Conditions as well as musculo-skeletal pain. Used in massage, Peppermint has strong Anti-Inflammatory and analgesic properties and also assists in promoting blood flow to the affected areas. On the emotional level, the aroma of Peppermint oil will Relax and refresh the mind as well as the body, helping to uplift the spirits and restore courage and mental Focus.

Ginger Essential Oil: – obtained from the root of the Ginger plant, Ginger, like Peppermint, is a highly versatile Medicinal Plant with thousands of years of therapeutic history. The oil is warming and toning and has particular application to all musculo-skeletal conditions, soothing Pains and Aches and also helping to reduce Fever. Inhalation of Ginger also helps to boost tired spirits and strengthen resolve.

Pine Essential Oil: – In traditional Herbal Medicine, the shoots of young Pine trees were used during bathing to treat Rheumatism, promote circulation and relieve Nervous fatigue. Therapeutically, Pine Essential Oil is very effective in relieving the pain caused by conditions such as Arthritis, Rheumatism and Gout and promotes circulation. Strongly recommended in the treatment of post surgical or post illness fatigue, Pine oil is refreshing and helps to lift the spirits.

Carrier base consists of arachis, wheatgerm, almond and Grapeseed oil. These Carrier Oils are also chosen for their nourishing and healing properties.

(RealHeal Massage Oil contains no synthetic ingredients and is manufactured according to strict aromatherapeutic principles for therapeutic use.)

How has RealHeal helped others?

“This massage oil works well for me with my Aches and Pains. As you said, I dont have to use my painkillers as much and the oil is very soothing and relaxing! ” Shari

“I had Bruising all over after an accident and the Realheal Oil was marvelous for the pain and the bruises disappeared in record time. A few months later I developed a painful neck and remembered the oil I still had in my bathroom. My wife massaged my neck before bed and the next morning the pain was gone. I will always keep some of this product on hand!” Brent P.

“Fortunately my sister bought me a bottle of your RealHeal Massage Oil for my frozen shoulder. It has been a great relief and with gentle massage every night I can begin to move it again. Best of all is I get some sleep after the massage instead of tossing and turning all night trying to avoid lying on my shoulder! Thanks a lot! ” Lisa

How do I use RealHeal Massage Oil?

With aromatherapy, a little goes a long way! RealHeal Massage Oil may be self applied or (even better) massaged on by someone else.

Pour a little into the palm of the hand and rub together to warm the oil. For postoperative and postnatal use, or for use on bruises, massage should be gentle and applied slowly with the palm of the flat hand. For Arthritis, rheumatic conditions or muscular Aches and Pains, some pressure may be applied in order to reach deep into the muscle fiber. At no point should pressure be strong enough to inflict any pain and it is important that this be a relaxing and positive experience.

Use twice daily or more often if required.

Caution: May be used from the age of 3 years. However, safety during Pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established. Contains groundnut oils and is therefore not recommended for people with nut Allergies. RealHeal Massage Oil should not be used on open wounds or cuts.

Note: For even better results, use with RealHeal Tablets or JointEase Plus.

How long till I see results?

Immediate relief is usually obtained during massage. With frequent use, healing should be greatly facilitated.

For those treating Arthritis and rheumatic conditions, regular use should help to minimize reliance on pain and Anti-Inflammatory medication as well as reduce the frequency, duration and severity of pain.

How long does one bottle last?

One bottle of RealHeal Massage Oil should last approximately 3 weeks, depending on frequency of use.

April 1, 2006

Aromatherapy For The Common Cold

Filed under: Oil Blends For Health — Administrator @ 9:07 am

Use the following oils in a hot bath. Lie back and inhale deeply;

Thyme 2 drops
Tea Tree 2 drops
Eucalyptus 1 drop
Lemon 3 drops

For the steam inhalation method, use one drop each of the following: Thyme, Tea Tree, Lavender, and Clove.

Carry with you a tissue on which you have placed one drop each of Thyme, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Clove, and inhale deeply whenever possible.

Massage around the chest, neck, and sinus area (forehead, nose, and cheekbones) with the following:

Lemon 1 drop
Eucalyptus 2 drops
Rosemary 3 drops

Dilute this mixture in 1 teaspoon Massage Oil.

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