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Health and Vitality, Oil Recipes, Scented Baths »

[25 May 2010 | No Comment ]

Here is another variation on bath salts.

* 1 cup Buttermilk Powder
* 1 cup Sea Salt
* Add up to 24 drops of essential oils.

Blend well, keep in a sealed jar. Use 1/2 cup per bath. This makes enough for 4 baths.

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Health and Vitality, Homeopathy »

[25 May 2010 | 4 Comments ]

By Susy Parker Goins

You’re strolling though your friendly enlightened grocery store and come to a shelf of tubes and assorted containers with numbers on them: 6X, 30C, 12X. What is this? Sizes? Algebra?

Welcome to the world of homeopathy. Those numbers refer to the potency or strength of each remedy. To better understand the meaning of the numbers, let’s examine how the remedies are made.

Mother tinctures

To start, a “mother tincture” is made from a substance. The substance can come from plants, animals or minerals. An amount of a given substance is coarsely chopped, then added to an alcohol and water mixture in a glass jar. (If a substance is insoluble, then it ground up with lactose or milk sugar.) There it sits for a few weeks, with occasional shaking to ensure the matter and liquid are mixed. Then the liquid is pressed out and drained off into a dark bottle. You now have a “mother tincture.”

Pregnancy, Birth »

[25 May 2010 | No Comment ]

Prenatal care in the first trimester is an important part of a healthy pregnancy. Your doctor or nurse practitioner is a part of your team that will help you to deliver a healthy baby that has a good start in life. Whether you chose to use a family practitioner, gynecologist or nurse mid-wife your prenatal care is the key to monitoring your health and the health of your growing baby.

As soon as you think you may be pregnant schedule your first prenatal appointment. As the receptionist that schedules the appointment how much time the appointment will take. You and your health practitioner will likely have plenty to discuss. If you choose to use your family practitioner they may already have some of the information that is gathered in the first visit. But if you are going to use an obstetrician or nurse mid-wife they will be gathering all of this information during your first visit.

Anxiety and Depression »

[25 May 2010 | No Comment ]

Depression is diagnosed along a continuum in which Major Depression is the most severe category requiring immediate care and attention. Most of the symptoms of depression are present and are usually more intense or severe than in moderate or milder forms.

A Major Depression episode can result from a single traumatic event in your life or from a series of personal problems, traumas and disappointments and life problems. Some appear to develop the symptoms of Major Depression without any obvious crisis causing it. Other have less serious forms of depression such as dysthymia for years that can further develop into Major Depression.

Although Major Depression can occur once following a significant trauma and never return again, many people are plagued with more than one episode followed by several years without depression. Generally the treatment for both is the similar.

Hand, Foot Beauty, Oil Recipes »

[25 May 2010 | No Comment ]

* Peppermint 4 drops
* Thyme 4 drops
* Lavender 4 drops
* Marjoram 3 drops
* Massage Oil 1 teaspoon (5 ml)

Add this mixture to a basin of warm water and soak your hands for 20 to 30 minutes.

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Reflexology »

[24 May 2010 | No Comment ]

The differences between the right and left foot in reflexology massage in this free alternative medicine video. Expert: Anne Brashier Bio: Anne Brashier is a licensed massage therapist with the American Massage Therapy Association. Filmmaker: Nili Nathan

Women's Health »

[24 May 2010 | No Comment ]

If you’ve ever breastfed your child, then you know that there can be issues that arise. One of those issues is mastitis. It can be painful and alter your breastfeeding experience with your child. But, there are ways to treat it.

Mastitis is an often painful condition where the milk ducts in the breast are clogged. The ensuing infection can leave a mother with flu-like symptoms and feeling too tired to continue breastfeeding. While the condition is distressing, the milk is still okay for baby even with this infection.

When it comes to treatment options, reach for your grandmother. Before they were treating this condition with medications but were unsure of the results, more natural remedies were used to give the mother comfort.

A doctor may want to prescribe antibiotics, but in light of the fact that you are nursing, it might be a last resort. But, it is not the only thing that you can do. Here are some natural treatments to try:

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