Category Archives: Natural

HOME REMEDIES: Sore Muscles

Young Woman Holding Her Neck in PainWe all overdue it once in a while, but there’s no need to suffer afterward.

Hot baths are the best for sore muscles. They increase circulation, relax the muscle and promote quick healing by doing so. If you’ve really done yourself in, and need something you can take to work with you or during the day when you can’t soak 24/7, below are a few good herbal alternatives to aspirin or chemical salves.

Kava Kava works great to relax the muscles of the neck and shoulders. Natives on the Islands where it grows also use it to lift their mood. So you can’t go wrong with this herb. It was difficult to find in the stores for a while because the FDA wanted to ban it, but I am now starting to see it at Whole Foods.

Bergamot is the herb used to flavor Earl Grey tea. It also happens to be a good relaxer. It can numb your tongue if it is very fresh and strong.

Valerian is a very stinky herb that has been used for years to treat headaches and relax nerves. If you are experiencing pain, try this herb, however, it tastes like stinky feet, so try mixing it with something or bite the bullet and take it in water and do it like a shot.

Salves: There are some good herbal salves on the market made with arnica, cayenne or menthol for sore muscles when you need something for on the go. They may label the cayenne as capsaicin, but it’s the same thing. Also the menthol may be from eucalyptus.

 

Foods That Heal: Grapes

grape_purpleDo you know what foods will give you more energy, calm your nerves, act as an anti-inflammatory, help prevent cancers, or help you lose weight? Hopefully this column will help you to have a better understanding of food and its healing properties. The best diet for optimal health is a wide variation of foods, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and minimally cooked  and processed whole foods. Sweets, fatty foods, meat, dairy and carbs in moderation.<

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Therapeutic Properties: Red and purple grapes are the highest in antioxidants like Quercetin. Grape skin raises HDL (good) cholesterol and is antibiotic and antiviral. Grape juice can be laxative. Grapeseed oil is considered one of the most potent antioxidants on the market.

Acid or Alkaline: Alkaline, grape juice with sugar added is slightly acidic.

Significant Nutrients: Fairly high in potassium, iron and vitamin C. Grapeseed oil is higher in Vitamin E than olive oil.

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Foods That Heal: Gogi Berries

Do you know what foods will give you more energy, calm your nerves, act as an anti-inflammatory, help prevent cancers, or help you lose weight? Hopefully this column will help you to have a better understanding of food and its healing properties. The best diet for optimal health is a wide variation of foods, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and minimally cooked  and processed whole foods. Sweets, fatty foods, meat, dairy and carbs in moderation.

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Sometimes called wolf berries, Chinese wolfberries and Tibetan goji, this little gem has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries.

Therapeutic Properties: Low in calories, packed with fiber, may protect eye health, some reports suggest an increase in a feeling of happiness and overall health, improved digestion and less fatigue.
We talked about vision loss due to computer screens and the benefits of zeaxanthin to protect the retina of the eye by absorbing blue light and acting as an antioxidant in last month’s Health Circkles.. In fact, increased intake of foods containing zeathanthin may decrease the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in people over the age of 65. Guess what is high in zeathanthin? Gogi berries.

Goji has only been tested on humans in two published studies. A Chinese study published in the Chinese Journal of Oncology in 1994 found that 79 people with cancer responded better to treatment when goji was added to their regimen.

Acid or Alkaline: Neutral.

How to Use: You can eat them raw or soak them in hot water before munching. Others prefer adding goji berries to trail mixes, smoothies or as a garnish on cereals, salads or yogurts. Basically, goji berries can be baked, cooked, steamed, and processed in any way after they are washed.

Significant Nutrients: High in antioxidants, beta carotene and vitamin C as well as zeaxanthin.

Warnings: Anyone who uses blood thinners or takes diabetic medication may have a negative reaction eating goji berries.

Foods That Heal: Cucumber.

Do you know what foods will give you more energy, calm your nerves, act as an anti-inflammatory, help prevent cancers, or help you lose weight? Hopefully this column will help you to have a better understanding of food and its healing properties. The best diet for optimal health is a wide variation of foods, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and minimally cooked and processed whole foods. Sweets, fatty foods, meat, dairy and carbs in moderation.

Cucumber.

Therapeutic Properties: Cucumbers are good for the digestion (they make you burp.) Also known as being good for the skin and so it is incorporated in many skin creams etc.

Acid or Alkaline: Alkaline and cooling.

Significant Nutrients: The only nutrient of any sizable amount in cucumbers is potassium.

Phytoestrogen? No.

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