Aloe Vera

This extraordinary plant has a vast history ranging back over 6000 years to the Egyptian civilization.  It has been to connected with various health benefits and has displayed properties of antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and antioxidant.  This plant is packed with a substantial amount of vitamins and minerals.  It is also considered an herb that has the ability to help the body adjust normally to changes that would typically lead illness.  While stimulating the defense mechanisms in your body, it helps cope with various forms of stress.

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Aloe Vera is not only a very good skin care product, (Many cases, dealing with burn victims, have healed twice as fast when using this natural plant as opposed to silver sulfadiazine, a synthetic drug) but is great for the immune system. Research now tends to show its potential when dealing with cardiovascular problems and even certain forms of cancer.

Studies in India dealing with albino mice with stage-2 carcinogenisis have displayed the effectiveness when given topically or orally.They immediately noted that when DMBA and croton oil were used as a treatment on the test subjects, tumors consistently developed 100% of the time. On the other hand, the ones that were given Aloe Vera as a treatment were up to 60% less likely to develop tumors.

Further experiments, when introduced directly into the bloodstream, Aloe Vera was able to lower cholesterol levels, control blood pressure levels and improve circulation by making the blood more fluid. The results of these tests were a clear sign that consuming Aloe Vera will potentially lower risks of heart disease.

Sources:

http://sacredsourcenutrition.com/top-12-benefits-of-aloe-vera/

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/aloe

100% Pure Beauty and Bath Products

With as much as 60% of skin-care toxins leaking into your bloodstream though open pours in your body its important to know what your putting on. Cosmetic products have been clinically linked with health problems such as cancer, tumors, irritation and many different skin disorders. With 100% Pure products there are absolutely no synthetic chemicals, preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, or any other harsh products.

Organic materials are used in all products. This means no gums, thickeners, or emulsifiers that are cheap fillers that other products use. Colored products are pigmented with natural fruits, including blackberry mascara, pomegranate wine lip gloss and cranberry cheek tint. That is the great thing about 100% Pure, you can look your best and get the healthy fruit vitamins and antioxidants at the same time. See testimonials for feedback.

100% Pure is also Vegan friendly. No animals were hurt or tested on with their products where as other products that are chemical induced must be animal tested. Since all products do not contain any type of synthetic chemicals, parabens, sulfates or harsh detergents, artificial fragrances or colors, phthalates, they are 100% safe for children and those with sensitive skin conditions. Check out below for some their products available.

 

Help Dealing with a Case of Hives

Recently, my two year old broke out in a startling case of hives. They came out of nowhere and rapidly spread across her face and body; burning and making her skin itch. Though alarming and concerning, I assumed given my own allergies, and her recent exposure to an exotic Persian cat, that she was having an allergic reaction to the cat. My husband and I watched her closely, but decided to take her to the doctor to confirm she would be alright.

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The doctors’ office was frustrating as the Dr. spent very little time listening to me, or evaluating my child. He then told me that she was not having an allergic reaction, but that she had strep throat and that it was relatively common for children to break out into a rash with strep throat. A moment after he “diagnosed” her, he left, ordered the strep culture, and left me, more than a little confused. My daughter did not have a fever, nor had she complained of a sore throat.

 

At length, the doctor came back to tell me that the strep culture came back negative and proceeded to tell me that she had a viral infection instead. I reasserted that she did not exhibit any symptoms of an illness, and still had no fever. He insisted again that she had a viral illness, and informed me that the hives could last up to 6 weeks, and that if they had not resolved in 2 months, then I should come back. I about fell out of my chair, 6 weeks?? Not better in 2 months?? I stared in disbelief as the doctor nonchalantly left the room, and I decided that there must be a better solution. I promptly went home, cleaned car seats and clothes to get rid of any pet dander, and called my good friend Fawn Christopher. She recommended Kid-e-Soothe to calm my toddler’s immune system.

 

We immediately gave her the Kid-e-Soothe and to my great relief, the hives went away; quickly, safely, and without any harmful side effects. I did not have to worry if she weighed enough to give her Bendadryl, Zyrtec, or any other medicine the doctor had suggested, nor did I have to worry about her becoming drowsy as a result. I did not have to wrestle her and pin her down to give her the medicine, for the Kid-e-Soothe was easy on her palette as well as her stomach. But my biggest comfort was that I did not have to worry about having my toddler covered with hives for 6-8 weeks.

 

After the hives had dissipated and I conducted some studious research, I have discovered that it is possible to develop a case of hives with the onset of a viral infection, but as of yet, I am unconvinced that this was the case with my daughter. Short of going back to visit the exotic cat there is no way to show who was correct. But for me, it is mostly irrelevant. I have found a product (and subsequently a whole line of products) that I can feel safe in giving my child when she is ill. I have found a solution that I can feel good about. And with the proper education and information, I can take these herbs and take care of my family.

M. Fisher is a mother of two, and a new Student in the School of Natural Healing.

How to Revitalize Your Water

Put one of each, or any of the combination of the crystals listed below, pebble sized, into a gallon or 2.5 gallon sized glass or clay pitcher/container. Fill with distilled water and let it sit for 8 hours. Cover the container with a cloth. You may also refrigerate the water if you desire. I have a 2.5 gallon container on my kitchen counter that has my crystals and I continually add water to it when it is almost depleted.

 

Once a month clean the container to avoid any bacterial growth and reenergize the crystals by placing them outside for 24 hours. This exposes the crystals to natural piezoelectric and solar frequencies which in turn revitalizes the water. It is that simple!!

 

Possible Crystals to use and their purported healing indications;

Amethyst-Alertness, awareness, justice, release of attachment, clarification, inner release, encourages perception and the ability to discern, and helps in dealing with sorrow and conflict. For the brain, nerves, lungs, skin and intestinal tract; releases tensions; helps reduce pain, bruising and swelling, has a blood-pressure reducing effect.

 

Sodalite-(blue) -Awareness, striving for truth, idealism, being true to oneself. Good for the throat, larynx, vocal cords, kidneys and bladder. Has a cooling, fever-abating effect, regulates high blood pressure and water balance. Supports the absorption of fluids.

 

Fluorite-(green) -Order, self-determination, flexibility, free spirit. Encourages concentration, thinking and learning; promotes clarity. Regulates growth, strengthens teeth and bones; helps with ganglions and joint problems. Good for the skin, mucous membranes, respiratory system, lungs, intestines, nerves and brain. Alleviates allergies.

 

Clear Quartz-Clarity, awareness, neutrality, a firm stand point. Strengthens perception, attention, memory and understanding. A good energy distributor, lowers temperatures,alleviates pain. Harmonizes brain, nerves, glands,and balances water and hormones. Good for the skin, hair and nails. Increases the effect of other crystals.

 

Rose Quartz-Warmth, love, empathy, directness, sensitivity, sensuality, romance. Makes one aware of one’s own needs. Strengthens the heart, circulatory system, reproductive organs; encourages fertility in women. Helps sexual problems. Makes skin soft and velvety.

 

Calcite-Stability, steadfastness, self confidence, healthy growth, harmonious development. Combats laziness; strengthens the ability to overcome difficulties; makes one capable and successful. Regulates the digestion, metabolismand elimination. Good for bones, teeth, connective tissue, the skin, mucous membranes and intestines.

Make your lips naturally kissable

Okay ladies if you have been searching high and low for a natural organic lip balm that is lip worthy you may want to check out this fruity fun lip balm!

Okay, I admit the intriguing shape and color of this Eos Summer Fruit Lip Balm caught my eye first and then my lips.  I have been eye balling it for months every time I would see it at the checkout register and finally I thought what the heck for $3.00 I should just buy it and give it a try. And I love it, it isn’t sticky or gooey, it glides right on and has a lovely scent and tastes great! and I can’t forget to mention it is 100% natural; not tested on animals – 95% organic; USDA organic – Evolution Of smooth – now I can’t beat that for $3.00 dollars. My lips are in heaven and no this is not a paid post. I am just happy that I have finally found my go to lip balm that will be in my coat pocket, purse, car, drawer at home and the office. If it hasn’t caught your eye at your local health food market, grocery or pharmacy store yet.  It’s definitely worth a try! You should be able to find it at Whole Foods, Target or Walgreens. Here’s to sweet kisses for Valentines day! xoxoxoxo

10 healthy eating tips for kids

Do you remember when you learned to ride a bike? The most important part was getting the balance right. Once you could balance easily, the pedals could turn smoothly, to drive the wheels and get the bike moving.

The same thing is true when it comes to choosing our food. Once we have learned to carefully balance the amounts and types of foods eaten, all the organs in the body will function smoothly and the body will work efficiently.

Following these ten tips will help you stay fit and healthy. It’s as easy as riding a bike, once you’ve got the balance right!

1. Food is Fun… Enjoy your food

Sharing a meal with family and friends at home or at school is a great way to enjoy food. It is fun to see other people’s choice of food – what sandwich fillings do others have? Have you tried having a different filling every day? Check out your lunch box or dinner plate. How many different kinds of fruit and vegetables can you spot?

2. Breakfast is a very important meal

Our bodies always need energy, and after a night’s sleep, energy levels are low. Cars, buses and trains cannot run without fuel. So, whether you are off to school, or out and about at the weekend, start the day with breakfast. Plenty of carbohydrates is just the ticket: try cereal with semi-skimmed milk, fruit or yoghurt, toast or bread, perhaps with lean meats.

3. Eat lots of different foods every day, variety is the recipe for health

You need over 40 different kinds of vitamins and minerals every day for good health. Since there is no single food that contains them all, it is important to balance your daily choices. In fact there are no good or bad foods, so you do not need to miss out on the foods you enjoy. The best way to make sure you get the right balance is to eat a wide variety of foods each day.

4. Which group would you tip for the top? Base your food on carbohydrates

Many people don’t eat enough carbohydrate foods, such as cereals, rice, pasta, potatoes and bread. At least half the calories in your diet should come from these foods, so it is a good idea to include at least one of these at every meal. Try whole-grain bread, pasta and other cereals to give you extra fibre. Have you tried baking your own bread? It’s good fun and smells wonderful!

5. Gimme five! Eat fruits and vegetables with each meal and as tasty snacks!

Fruits and vegetables are among the most important foods for giving us enough vitamins, minerals and fibre. We should all try to eat 5 servings a day. For example, a glass of fruit juice at breakfast, perhaps an apple and banana as snacks and two vegetables at meal times then you have already reached your total. How many different kinds can you spot in the supermarket? Why not try some new ones?

6. Fat facts. Too much saturated fat is not good for your health

Eating too many of those tasty, fatty foods (such as butter, spreads, fried meats and sausages, pies and pastries) might not always be so good for your body. So remember, a big helping of potatoes, but go easy on the butter. Although we need some fats to get all the nutrients we need, it is better for our health if we don’t eat too much of these foods and get knocked off balance. So, if you have a high-fat lunch, choose a low-fat dinner.

7. Snack attack! Eat regularly and choose a variety of snacks

Even if you eat regular meals during the day, there will still be times in between that you feel hungry, especially if you have been very physically active. Snacks can fill the gap, but should not be eaten in place of meals, only as an extra. There are lots of different snacks available. Your choice may be crisps, nuts and other packet snacks, chocolate bars, cakes and biscuits. On other occasions, you may prefer a sandwich, some fresh or dried fruits, or perhaps sticks of vegetables like carrots and celery. Whichever snack you enjoy, remember it is always good to include a variety of different types to keep things in balance.

8. Quench your thirst. Drink plenty of liquids

Did you know that more than half of your weight is just water? So as well as giving your body all the food it needs each day to keep healthy, you need at least 5 glasses of liquids a day. It is particularly important if the weather is very hot or if you have done lots of exercise, to have plenty to drink to prevent dehydration. Usually – but not always – your body will tell you this, by making you feel thirsty. Plain tap water is great of course, but bottled water, fruit juices, tea, soft drinks, milk and so on, can all be okay too.

9. Care for those teeth! Brush your teeth at least twice a day

Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Eating foods high in sugar or starches too often during the day can play a part in tooth decay. So don’t nibble foods and sip drinks all day long! However, the best way to keep a nice smile is to brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Also, after brushing your teeth at bedtime, don’t eat any food, or drink anything but water!

10. Get moving! Be active every day

Just like a bike may become rusty if it is not used for some time, our muscles and bones need to be kept moving too. Activity is needed to keep your heart healthy and your bones strong. It can also be good fun. Try to include some form of activity every day: it may be just walking to school and running up the stairs. However, games like skipping and football at break times are good for giving the body a workout. Swimming is a particularly good sport for keeping you healthy.

Avocado All Natural Facial

 

Avocado makes a great all-natural facial.  Packed with essential  vitamins A, E, B and K, including minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium, sodium, copper, magnesium, etc. With these vitamins and minerals you can replenish your beautiful skin without worrying about harmful chemicals leaking into your bloodstream through your pours.  All natural for an all natural beauty.

Basic instructions:

Peel  1/2 of a ripe avocado and mash it into a paste. Spread it onto your skin, leave it for 15 minutes, and then rinse it away. and feel the refreshed feeling of your soft skin.

Home Remedies for Dry Skin

Dry skin has no permanent cure but the skin can be softened and made smoother by using a few remedies. Most popularly, lotions and creams are used to soothe the dry skin. Using a mild soap or a cleansing body wash might eliminate the problem temporarily. However, this option can turn out to be pretty expensive if the skin is genetically dry or just exceptionally dry. Certain remedies can be used to soften the dry skin right at home.

 

A face pack made of fruits rich in vitamins and water can have a good effect on the dry skin. Some of the fruits that can be used are papaya, peach, and banana. Mashed avocado can also be applied to the skin for a glowing effect. A mild lotion or moisturizer can follow these face packs, to retain the moisture produced by the face pack. It is advised to use oil-based lotions in such instances. Moisture has to be applied with upward circular motion always.

 

Night creams containing alpha hydroxy acids can be used as night cream so as to have a fresh looking skin in the mornings. These are more oily than the regular creams and work more effectively for longer time during the nights.

 

A diet consisting of a lot of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and Vitamin E can be taken for an inner glow in the skin. Leafy vegetables help the most in replenishing the moisture in the skin. The water intake needs to increase a lot to help the body have the required amount of fluids. Fruit juices are also considered to be very helpful in softening the skin.

 

Rose water, almond oil, honey, olive oil, and beaten curd can all be used as good face packs. Other than this, daily massage or facial sauna with herbal oils and use of mild detergent and fragrance free soap can work wonders on dry skin.

 

Source: JimmySturo

6 Things You Can Do To Get A Better Night Sleep Tonight

Let’s face it-we live in a “go-go” world! Our lifestyle is harried, our food is fast and statistics now show it’s taking a toll on one of the most important parts of our life–our sleep. The 2002 National Sleep Foundation (NSF) Sleep in America poll found that 74 percent of American adults are experiencing a sleeping problem a few nights a week or more, 39% get less than seven hours of sleep each weeknight, and more than one in three (37%) are so sleepy during the day that it interferes with daily activities. Our fast paced way of life is getting the best of us. What about you?

 

Answer True or False?

 

1. Five hours of sleep at night is good enough.

2. It’s ok to skimp on sleep during the work week as long as you make up the time over the weekends.

3. The effects of sleep deprivation are short-term (e.g., darkness under the eyes and dull and/or splotchy skin after a bad night’s sleep) and has no effect on long-term health.

4. Drinking caffeine early in the evening does not affect sleep.

5. Keeping a TV or computer in the bedroom has no effect on sleep.

6. The amount of sleep I get has nothing to do with my weight.

 

If you answered “true” to two or more questions you may need to make a few changes in order to achieve the highly coveted “goodnight’s” sleep and keep yourself in optimal health.

 

Experts suggest that most people need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night but that doesn’t apply to everyone. Some people only require 6 hours while those who are more active or have an illness may require more.

 

So how do you know if you are getting enough quality sleep? Those who are sleep deprived often look the part. Dark circles and the “sleepy” look are common, but they also can have unpredictable moods, drowsiness during the day, have difficulty concentrating, weak immune systems, recover poorly from injury and get sick more often. Sounding a little too familiar?

 

In fact, poor sleep has been found to impair the ability to perform tasks involving memory, learning, and logical reasoning. This may contribute to mistakes or unfulfilled potential at school or on the job as well as strained relationships at home. Even more disturbing, inadequate amounts of sleep have been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, weight gain, obesity, heart disease and depression, to name just a few.

 

But what if you go to bed early, have every intention on logging in your 7-9 hours but only to lie awake watching the clock…eyes wide open? Well, there are several simple adjustments you can make to stack the cards in favor of a better night’s sleep.

 

1) Avoid watching TV before bed…especially in bed!- The bed should be reserved for two things…sleep and romance…not Desperate Housewives or football! Research shows that those who experienced the most sleep disturbances had televisions in their bedrooms and used the TV to fall asleep.

 

2) Try a different pillow or mattress. It’s scary to think how long some of us have been sleeping on the same pillows and mattresses for years and years. Does your mattress provide the support you like? Do you wake with your back aching? Is there enough room for you and your sleep partner? Do you sleep better, or worse, when you sleep away from home? These are all things to ask yourself to determine if your mattress could be the “sabotager” of your good night’s sleep. Or more simply, just replacing your pillow with a new, fresh, higher quality version could be all that you need.

 

3) Avoid caffeine late in the day. Did you know that even a small amount of caffeine even 10-12 hours before bedtime can cause problems falling asleep! Try eliminating the tea, soda and even chocolate and see if sleep improves.

 

4) Listen to relaxing music. Establishing a relaxing bedtime routine, such as listening to music, could be just the thing you need to signal your body it is time to sleep. So, dim the lights and throw some slow jazz or purchase a “relaxing sounds” CD to help slow your mind and body down for an evening of peaceful sleep.

 

5) Try mind- body techniques. After an action-packed day, your brain and body need to unwind and detox before sleep can occur (a.k.a. you need to chill!) Create a “ritual” for bedtime – take a bath, meditate, do some easy stretches or yoga. Try to do your “ritual” in the same way, in the same place, at the same time each night. The repetition will trigger your mind and body that it is time to relax and sleep.

 

6) Try a natural sleep aid. For many people, while the above tips and suggestions may help, it often isn’t enough. if you are one of those people who really have a hard time getting to sleep and staying asleep, you may want to try a natural sleep aid.

 

While over the counter sleep medications may help you fall asleep, they cannot be taken long-term and have risky side effects. A sleep aid that uses natural ingredients is a better approach to getting a solid night’s sleep.

 

SOURCE: Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS