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Summertime fun in the sun! Protect yourself Naturally

Summertime means fun in the sun! Try these remedies using creamy, luxurious skin care oils and herbs to protect our skin from sun damage and wrinkles. Get ready for bathing suit season with essential oil skin treatments that help to rid your body of unsightly cellulite while restoring a healthy, natural glow.  My favorite skin care delight is African Shea Butter, a natural sunblock.  Ready to use right from the jar, to smooth those rough patches on heels and elbows, or cream it with luxurioustamanu oil for an easy, summer skin cream that rivals any overpriced store-bought lotion you can buy. Another no fuss summer skin rescue remedy is coconut oil , a wonderfully rich skin care oil that is readily absorbed into the skin, perfect for rehydrating skin after a day in the sun. Buy only cold pressed, virgin unrefined, coconut oil.

You will want to stock up on natural insect repellents like lemongrass and catnip, eucalyptus, and neem oil to keep the mosquitoes, flies and other biting insects at bay. Replenish your home first aid kit and make sure you have plenty of witch hazel, aloe, lavender and tea tree oil on hand to treat sunburns, scrapes and bites.

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Natural Migraine Relief

Natural Remedy #1  Homeopathic combination headache formula Migraine Relief

This contains the most common homeopathic remedies for headaches. Take as directed on the container for the treatment of all three types of acute headaches. For an individualized remedy, see the Homeopathy section below.

Natural Remedy #2  Magnesium

Take 1 or 2 teaspoons two to three times daily. (200mg) Reduce the dosage if diarrhea occurs. Magnesium has been shown in several studies to be effective in alleviating migraine headaches, and we also find it very helpful in preventing tension headaches. 

Natural Remedy #3  Riboflavin (vitamin B2)

Take 1 capsul 4 times a day  (400 mg) daily for at least three months. Studies have shown it to be effective in preventing migraine headaches.

Natural Remedy #4 Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) or even MygraFew by Natures Way

Take 1 to 2 capsuls  a day (250 to 500 mcg) of parthenolides daily. Several studies have shown feverfew to be effective in reducing the severity, the duration, and the frequency of migraines.

Natural Remedy #5  5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)

Take 50 to 100 mg three times daily. Several studies have shown 5-HTP to be effective in preventing migraine and tension headaches. It has a direct effect on serotonin levels, which affect circulation in the blood vessels of the brain, and increases the body's endorphin levels (natural painkillers). Do not use if you are currently on a pharmaceutical antidepressant or an antianxiety medication.

Natural Remedy #6 Essential fatty acids

Take 5,000 mg of fish oil or 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil daily. Essential fatty acids improve circulation and reduce inflammatory prostaglandins that may contribute to migraine headaches.

Natural Remedy #7  Vitamin B6

Take 50 mg daily. Vitamin B6 is involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, which may be deficient in migraine sufferers.

General Recommendations

Calcium relaxes the nervous system, the muscles, and the blood vessels, making it helpful for all types but especially for tension headaches. Take 500 mg twice daily.

Ginkgo biloba improves circulation to the brain and has anti-platelet activity. Take 60 mg two to three times daily of a 24 percent flavone glycoside extract.

Melatonin has been shown in preliminary research to help migraine headaches. This is a hormone supplement to consider, especially if you have insomnia. Take 0.3 to 0.5 mg before bedtime.

Peppermint or menthol cream applied to the temple area has been shown in studies to be helpful for tension headaches.

White willow bark (Salix alba) contains salicin, the ingredient from which aspirin is derived. White willow bark is a highly effective pain reliever that's much easier on the stomach and the entire body than its pharmaceutical counterpart is. Take 60 to 120 mg daily.

Take a few quiet moments with a relaxing cup of tea to reduce tension/stress headaches. Peppermint, chamomile, and passionflower are all good choices.

Enzymes taken with meals improve digestion and absorption. Take a full-spectrum enzyme with each meal or as directed on the container.

Aromatherapy

My-graine and No-Mo-Pain you could also try Lavender and peppermint will soothe both head pain and stress. Add a few drops of either to a carrier oil, and massage the temples. You can also add these oils to a cold compress.

If your headache is brought on by sinusitis, use eucalyptus and peppermint in a steam inhalation. The oils will open up your sinus cavities quickly.

Other Recommendations

  • Breathe deeply. Some headaches are caused or made worse by an inadequate supply of oxygen.
  • To reduce muscular spasms, lie down in a darkened room and apply a cold compress to the painful area. Some people may find that a warm compress is more effective.
  • A heating pad, a warm compress, or a hot towel on the neck or the shoulders is a relaxing way to ease muscular tension.
  • Place an ice pack or frozen vegetables (wrapped in a thin towel) on the back of the neck and put the feet in a bucket of warm water for ten minutes.
  • Poor posture and the resulting misalignment of the vertebrae can lead to headaches. Wear flat or low-heeled shoes that fit well, and if you work long hours at a telephone, ask your company to invest in a headset for you. Ergonomic chairs are also recommended for people who sit a long time during the day.
Homeopathy

Pick the remedy that best matches your symptoms in this section. For acute headaches, take a 30C potency four times daily. For chronic headaches, take a 6x, 12x, 6C, 12C, or 30C twice daily for two weeks to see if there are any positive results. After you notice improvement, stop taking the remedy, unless symptoms return.

Belladonna (Atropa belladonna) helps when it is a right-sided headache that starts on the back of the head (right side) and extends to the right eye or the forehead. There is throbbing pain, as if the head would burst. The face is flushed and the skin feels hot, but the feet are cold. The person feels better lying down in a dark, quiet room.

Bryonia (Bryonia alba) is for pain in the left eye or the forehead that extends to the whole head. Symptoms are worse with any movement and feel better with pressure and stillness. Constipation may be associated with the headache. There can be nausea and a great thirst.

The person is irritable and wants to be alone

Calcarea Phosphorica is for schoolchildren who get chronic headaches and stomach aches. The pain is intense at the back of the head. The child craves smoked meats, may be homesick, and is often irritable.

Cimicifuga is helpful when there is severe neck stiffness and pain with the headache, which often occurs with the menstrual cycle or with hormonal changes during menopause.

Gelsemium (Gelsemium sempervirens) is for a dull, heavy pain at the back of the neck, which then spreads like a tight band around the head. The person feels tired and dizzy and may have blurred vision. The headache improves after urinating.

Glonoinum is for a congestive headache with intense pounding. Symptoms are worse from the sun and from heat and better from cold applications.

Ignatia (Ignatia amara) is for headaches associated with neck or back spasms. It feels as if a nail were driven into the head. It's also good for headaches that begin after emotional grief or a trauma.

Iris (Iris versicolor) is for right-sided migraine headaches that feel as if the head is constricted. Nausea and vomiting occur with the headache. There is often blurry vision. The person feels better with movement.

Lachesis is for left-sided headaches, with a burning, congestive, pulsating feeling. The face can be flushed. The person wakes up with a headache. Heat and touch worsen the headache, and the open air improves it.

Lycopodium (Lycopodium clavatum) is for a right-sided headache in the temple or the forehead area. Symptoms are worse from 4 to 8 p.m. and from being overheated or going too long without eating.

Magnesia Phosphorica is for tension headaches. This remedy helps to relax tight muscles.

Natrum Muriaticum is a great remedy for migraine headaches caused by being in the sun or headaches that come on from stress or grief. The person feels better lying down in a dark, cool room.

Natrum Sulphuricum is for headaches that come on after a head injury.

Nux Vomica is for headaches caused by stress, overwork, and bad reactions to food. The headache feels better with cold applications. There is often a stomach ache and nausea. This remedy is used for headaches caused by alcohol or food allergies. The person is irritable from the headache and feels worse from noise, light, and opening the eyes. Nux Vomica is also useful for headaches caused by constipation.

Pulsatilla (Pulsatilla pratensis) is helpful when headaches occur around the menstrual cycle. The location of the headache changes rapidly. Symptoms are worse from the heat or from stuffy rooms and better in the open air.

Sanguinaria is for a headache that begins in the right side of the neck or the shoulder and radiates to the right eye. There is relief from vomiting.

Spigelia is for a stitching, sharp headache around the left eye. Symptoms are worse with movement or any jarring and better with heat or hot bathing.


Report: Hospital Errors Affect One-Third of Patients

The number of “adverse events” in hospitals — injuries caused by medical error — could be 10 times greater than previously thought, a new study reveals.

Dr. David C. Classen, a medical professor at the University of Utah, and his colleagues used a new method to look for adverse events, reviewing medical records for nearly 800 patients at three major American hospitals with “well-established operational patient safety programs.”

They searched through paperwork to look for “triggers” indicating problems, including a stop order on medications, an abnormal lab result, or use of an antidote. When they found a trigger, they investigated further to see if there had been an error.

“Disturbingly, the method picked up 10 times more confirmed significant adverse events than other methods — and determined that adverse events occurred in one-third of hospital admissions, even in hospitals that had instituted advanced patient safety programs,” Susan Dentzer writes in the April issue of the journal Health Affairs.
“To be sure, not all of these resulted in serious injuries to patients or deaths. But try to imagine the reaction if one of three patients arriving at hospitals were notified that something bad would happen during their stay — and that, to make matters worse, they might be stuck with higher hospital copayments as a result.”

The research team was affiliated with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a Cambridge, Mass., think tank.

The researchers state: “Our study suggests that despite sizable investments and aggressive promotional efforts by local hospitals, [traditional] reporting systems fail to detect most adverse effects.”

A much-publicized study in 1999 estimated that avoidable medical errors contributed to as many as 98,000 deaths at American hospitals each year.

The Los Angeles Times observes that based on the new study, “a dozen years later, quality of care remains a problem.”

April 7th, 2011 by chris fleming


Fun Information
Eliminate ear mites. All it takes is a few drops of Wesson Corn Oil in your cat's or dog's ear... Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

Kills fleas instantly... Dawn Dishwashing Liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Good-bye fleas.

Rainy day cure for dog odor: Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

Did you know that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately-without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers?

Did you know that Colgate Toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns?

Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 tablespoon horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil for instant relief for aching muscles.

Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria (This also works for a cough and you can't overdose)

Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly-even though the product has never been advertised for this use.

Honey remedy for skin blemishes... Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

Listerine therapy for toenail fungus: Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine Mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again. (White distilled vinegar is also good for this - pour some in 2 - one gallon baggies and let your feet soak while you attend to your daily nature's call)

Easy eyeglass protection... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear Nail Polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer... If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly. Windex works too

Smart splinter remover: Just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue- All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin . The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

Hunt's Tomato Paste boil cure... Cover the boil with Hunt's Tomato Paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

Coca-Cola cure for rust... Forget those expensive rust removers. Just saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done.

Balm for broken blisters... To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine or Porixide,  powerful antiseptics.

Vinegar to heal bruises... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

Quaker Oats for fast pain relief... it's not for breakfast any more! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of hot water in a bowl, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

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