The many benefits of Chia seeds.

Introduction:

Chia is an edible seed that comes from Mexico and Guatemala. The name chia translates to “strength,” which is why chia seeds are a common source of energy.

Benefits of Chia on the Skin:

They Make An Amazing Facemask:

Chia seeds are a fantastic regimen your face. Chia seeds mask will help soothe inflammation and eliminate acne. Regular use of a chia seeds mask will make the skin radiant.

Repair the Skin And Delay Aging:

Chia seeds contain anti-oxidants that speedily repair the skin and keep you looking fresh and young.

They help your hair grow and glow:

Chia seeds are high in protein that your hair needs to grow. If you incorporate Chia seeds in your diet, the hair growth is good.  Chia seeds have all the necessary amino acids to make your hair shine and remain healthy and radiant. Chia seeds are packed with iron, zinc and copper and prevent greying of the hair>

Help With Digestion:

Besides helping the outer body, chia seeds are also great for the digestive system. These seeds contain a lot of good fibre which is essential for effective digestion.

Great for the Health of Your Heart:

Chia seeds help regulate the heart issues like blood pressure and cholesterol and soothe inflammation. The high linoleic acid content in chia seeds is helping your body absorb vitamins A, K, E and D and improve the metabolic function of the heart.

Helps Treat Diabetes:

Chia seeds contain linoleic acid as earlier mentioned as well as fibre. These two components give chia seeds the power to fight against resistance to insulin and excess fats in the blood.

Help Fight Breast and Cervical Cancer:

Chia seeds inhibit the growth of cancer cells in the cervix and the breasts. This is due to one of their omega 3 fatty acids, alpha lipoid acid.

Are Good For Dental Health:

Dental issues include bad breath, weak gums and cavities and tartar are taken care of by Chia seeds. Chia seeds are an excellent source of calcium, zinc and phosphorous. These elements take care of the health of your teeth, tartar and bad breath. Vitamin A in chia seeds also helps with the health of your mouth.

Increased Energy

Chia seeds have more energy boosting nutrients such as rice, wheat, corn and oats. Chia seeds provide a major source of stamina and energy especially for athletes.

Other health benefits include:

  • Improved Brain function
  • Increased joint comfort
  • Improved mood
  • Tougher immune system
  • Relief of PMS symptoms

Conclusion:

This little seed is a source of so many nutrients. The benefits of chia seeds are almost miraculous as the seed works for the health of your whole body. Incorporating chia seeds into your diet brings you all round positive health benefits.

HOME REMEDIES FOR A SORE THROAT.

Introduction:

The flu season is full swing, and a sore throat is one of the most common symptoms you might experience. A sore throat can be painful — and contribute to your misery during a sickness. Fortunately, there are plenty of KITCHEN REMEDIES you can try to soothe your inflamed throat.

Salt Water

Gargling salt water can relieve some of the pain associated with a sore throat. Gargling salt water every hour will get rid of your sore throat in no time. Salt water also helps to kill bacteria in your throat and break down secretions. Mix a half teaspoon of salt into a full glass of warm water. Gargle for as long as you want.

Honey

The first way to soothe your sore throat is to incorporate honey into your day to day routine… Honey is a traditional remedy for soothing throats. Of all the honeys, Manuka honey is the best choice. Honey has antiviral and antibacterial properties making it a great choice. Honey is also a wound healer. You can use it on wounds anywhere, which contributes to its effectiveness against sore throats.

You can use honey several ways. The first is just eating a tablespoon of honey, without anything else. You can mix honey with a delicious cup of herbal tea.

Garlic

Garlic has amazing antibacterial properties that will fight off infections. For example, it is one of the best treatments for a yeast infection.

So, to use garlic to soothe your sore throat, try taking a garlic supplement throughout the day. It is a good idea to include a garlic supplement all the time to reduce the risk of catching a virus. You may also add some garlic to your lunch and dinner today.

You can also try sucking on a clove of garlic to soothe your throat. Yes, this can be an effective treatment. However, make sure you brush your teeth very well afterward.

Apple Cider Vinegar

It seems an unpalatable and an uncomfortable solution. However, ACV is known for its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that make it an ideal choice to fight your sore throat. The higher content of acid will help to break down the mucus leading to a sore throat and stop any bacteria from spreading.

Try diluting one to two tablespoons in a cup of water. Then, gargle it. Also, you can sip on warm water, ACV and honey. That makes it more palatable to sip.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is known for its calming and soothing effects. Aside from aiding sleeping problems, chamomile can also soothe your sore throat. Chamomile contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and astringent properties.

To use chamomile to soothe your pain, you can try inhaling chamomile steam. Many people create a tent with a towel over a pot of hot water. You can add some drops of chamomile essential oil or dried herbs.

Another choice that tends to be the most popular is drinking chamomile tea. You can purchase pre-made chamomile tea bags or make your own at home with home-grown herbs. Chamomile tea will also help to boost your immune system to fight off the bacteria or the virus that is causing the sore throat.

Conclusion:

Common ingredients found in our kitchens can offer great solutions to the vexing problems of seasonal flu’s.

How to reduce your blood pressure naturally.

Introduction:

A healthy Lifestyle plays an important role in controlling and treating high blood pressure. If you successfully control your blood pressure with a healthy lifestyle, you might avoid, delay or reduce the need for medication.

Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline:

Blood pressure often increases as weight increases. Being obese can cause disrupted breathing while you sleep (called as sleep apnoea), which further raises your blood pressure.

Weight loss is one of the most effective lifestyle changes for controlling blood pressure. As a thumb rule, you may reduce your blood pressure by about 1 millimetre of mercury (mm Hg) with each kilogram (which is about 2.2 pounds) of weight you lose.

Keep an eye on your waistline. Carrying too much weight around your waist can put you at greater risk of high blood pressure.

In general:

  • Men are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 40 inches (102 centimetres).
  • Women are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 35 inches (89 centimetres).

Exercise regularly:

Walking about 150 minutes a week, or about 30 minutes most days of the week — can lower your blood pressure by about 5 to 8 mm Hg.

If you have elevated blood pressure, exercise can help you avoid developing hypertension. If you already have hypertension, regular physical activity can bring your blood pressure down to safer levels.

Eat a healthy diet:

Eating a diet that is rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products reduces saturated fat and cholesterol can lower your blood pressure by up to 11 mm Hg.

Reduce sodium in your diet:

Even a small reduction in the sodium in your diet can improve your heart health and reduce blood pressure by about 5 to 6 mm Hg if you have high blood pressure.

If you can limit sodium to 2,300 milligrams (mg) a day or less it will help reduced elevated blood pressure However, a lower sodium intake — 1,500 mg a day or less — is ideal for most adults.

To decrease sodium in your diet, consider these tips:

  • Read food labels. If possible, choose low-sodium alternatives of the foods and beverages you normally buy.
  • Eat fewer processed foods. Only a small amount of sodium occurs naturally in foods. Most sodium is added during processing.
  • Don’t add salt. Just 1 level teaspoon of salt has 2,300 mg of sodium. Use herbs or spices to add flavour to your food.

Limit the amount of alcohol you drink:

Alcohol can be both good and bad for your health. By drinking alcohol only in moderation — generally one drink a day for women, or two a day for men — you can potentially lower your blood pressure by about 4 mm Hg.

Drinking more than moderate amounts of alcohol can actually raise blood pressure by several points. It can also reduce the effectiveness of blood pressure medications.

Quit smoking:

Each cigarette you smoke increases your blood pressure for many minutes after you finish.  Stopping smoking helps your blood pressure return to normal and reduces your risk of heart disease and improves your overall health

Cut back on caffeine:

The role caffeine plays in blood pressure is still debatable.  Caffeine can raise blood pressure up to 10 mm Hg in people who rarely consume it. But people who drink coffee regularly may experience little or no effect on their blood pressure.

Reduce your stress:

Chronic stress may contribute to high blood pressure. Often times stress also can contribute to high blood pressure if you react to stress by eating unhealthy food, drinking alcohol or smoking.  Try to cope with stress in a healthier way.

 Try to:

  • Change your expectations.
  • Focus on issues you can control and make plans to solve them.
  • Avoid stress triggers. For example, if rush-hour traffic on the way to work causes stress, try leaving earlier in the morning, or take public transportation. Avoid people who cause you stress if possible.
  • Make time to relax and to do activities you enjoy. Take time each day to sit quietly and breathe deeply. Make time for enjoyable activities or hobbies in your schedule, such as taking a walk, cooking or volunteering.
  • Practice gratitude. Expressing gratitude to others can help reduce your stress.

Monitor your blood pressure at home and see your doctor regularly:

Home monitoring can help you keep tabs on your blood pressure, make certain your lifestyle changes are working, and alert you and your doctor to potential health complications.

Conclusion:

Supportive family and friends can help improve your health.  If you find you need support beyond your family and friends, consider joining a support group. This may put you in touch with people who can give you an emotional or morale boost and who can offer practical tips to cope with your condition.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies Part- 192.

ZINCUM METALLICUM.

Useful in Pterigium

This remedy presents a picture of brain fag and that of depression.

This remedy suits individuals, whose tissues are worn out faster than they are replaced.

It is a very useful remedy in anaemia and eruptive diseases.

This remedy suits persons, who have a weak memory, who are sensitive to noise and averse to work and talk and for those who suffer from melancholia.

This remedy suits persons, who have headache, which forces them to roll from side to side. Brain Fag brings about the headaches in overtaxed children.

This remedy is very useful in persons who have a Pterygium in the eye, which smarts and causes watering of the eye. It is useful when the Pterygium is in the inner angle of the eye.  It is useful in cases of inflammation of the conjunctiva. It is useful in Ptosis of the eyelid.  This remedy is also useful in persons who have blurring of the inner half of the eye.

This remedy suits persons who have a dry throat with an inclination to hawk tenacious mucous.

This remedy suits persons who have hiccough, nausea and vomiting of bitter mucous. This remedy suits persons who have burning in the stomach from sweet things and cannot tolerate the least bit of wine. This remedy suits persons who have a ravenous hunger and cannot eat fast enough.

This remedy suits persons who can only pass urine when sitting bent backwards. This remedy suits persons with hysterical retention of urine. This remedy also suits persons who have involuntary urination while walking, coughing or sneezing.

This remedy suits persons who have a sudden cessation of diarrhoea, which is followed by cerebral symptoms.

This remedy is useful in males who have testicular swelling with violent errections with hypochondriasis  with falling of the pubic hair.

It suits female subjects who have a tendency for nymphomania, whose nipples are sore and whose breasts are painful. This suits females who feel better from the onset of their periods.

This remedy is useful in backaches where the subject cannot bear to have his back touched which, is worse sitting. This remedy is useful for those subjects whose neck becomes weary after writing or prolonged exertion.

This remedy is useful when the extremities feel weak and there is twitching and the subject cannot keep still. It is a good remedy for RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME.  It is also useful when subjects have the sensation of Formication in the soles of the feet.

This remedy  is useful in Somnambulism, when the child cries out in the sleep and jerks and wakes up frightened.

This remedy suits subjects, who are worse from the menstrual period, worse touch, worse 5 to 7 pm, worse after dinner and worse from wine.

This remedy suits subjects who are better from eating, discharges and appearance of eruptions.

This remedy can be compared with Agaricus, Ignatia, Plumbum, Argentum, Pulsatilla, Helleborus and Tuberculinum.

WHAT THE MASTERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT ZINCUM METALLICUM?

A tedious aggravation in the convulsion and fever, and a continuous brain cry is to be expected if a perfect cure is to result after the administration of

ZINCUM METALLICUM

Dr. Kent.  M.D.

This is a sovereign remedy in Post-measles Encephalitis; ZINCUM.

Dr. E. W. Hubbard. M.D.

This is beneficial in Diabetic Neuritis.

Dr. R.A. F. Jack. M.D.

Home Remedies for Constipation.

Introduction:

Bowel movements can be especially tough when you are bloated and blocked, and yet straining over the toilet.

The causes of constipation may vary, but the end result is the same; discomfort and, at times, pain. Your diet and exercise regimen also plays a role in the function of your digestive system. While constipation can be both incidental and chronic, if you are visiting the toilet any less than 4 times a week, it is time to inform a doctor and take professional advice.

How to prevent constipation:

Fiber supplement

If constipation is caused by dehydration, a little fibre in the diet will be beneficial Foods like rice, whole grains, beans, oats, fruits, vegetables, are a few additions that you can make in your diet will go a long way in ameliorating constipation

Drink lots of water

Water helps avoiding constipation… It increases the water in the stool and pushes it through the digestive tract. Drink a minimum of 2 litres of water per day to reduce your chances of dehydration.

Take a natural laxative

There are some foods like prunes and apple that contain a lot of fibre.
Even psyllium husk or wheat or oat bran is useful in constipation

Osmotic laxatives

They directly affect the colon by retaining more water and increasing the frequency of movement. Some examples are polyethylene glycol, magnesium hydroxide, lactulose,

Exercise for constipation

Sometimes, a lack of exercise can lead to constipation. Not much is known about the mode of action, the popular theory is that it increases heart rate and leads to natural contractions of the gut muscles, thereby producing motions.

Enema or stool softeners

Enemas soften the stool enough to push it out of the body. However, before buying one, you must learn about the proper manner in which to administer an enema.  Stool softeners work like enemas and add moisture to the stool. They pull water from the intestine and reduce constipation.

Colonic Massage

A massage around the bloated area can provide relief. Also, they can stimulate motions.

Conclusion!

These were a few home remedies for constipation. Even if you cannot always avoid constipation, you can make sure to take enough precautions to ease up the symptoms. Eat enough fibre to increase the bulk of the stool. Prolonged use of laxatives can lead to constipation itself as once you drop your habit, your stool hardens in comparison and the gut transit time increases.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 192.

WYETHIA.

It has marked effects on the throat.

It is useful in Follicular Pharyngitis.

It is useful in irritable throats of singers and public speakers where there is a constant clearing and the throat feels swollen.

It suits those persons who throats have a tendency to get worse while talking and singing.

It suits those persons, who have a constant desire to swallow with a constant desire to swallow.

This remedy is also useful in haemorrhoids.

This remedy is useful in Hay fever, where there is itching in the posterior nares.

This remedy is useful in cases where there is a dry hacking cough caused by the tickling of the epiglottis.

This remedy suits those who have fever at 11 am with a thirst for iced water during the chill.  The fever is associated with sweat all night.

This remedy is compared with others such as; Arum T, Lachesis and Sanguinaria.

WHAT THE MASTERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT WYETHIA?

Wyethia is a specific when with the usual symptoms of Hay Fever, there is itching of the Soft Palate. 

Dr. E. A. Farrington. M.D.

The benefits of Thyme oil.

Introduction:

Thyme essential oil, made from the herb Thymus vulgaris, has been traditionally used in the Mediterranean region for thousands of years as a common remedy for a number of ailments. It had a widespread reputation across many countries and ancient cultures.

The oil is derived from the leaves and flowers of the plant and has a strong smell that is hot and spicy in character.

Benefits:

 As an antiseptic and antibacterial agent

Thyme oil has been used for ages as an antiseptic to prevent infections from developing on damaged skin. However, since it is a strong oil, it should be diluted with coconut oil before applying directly on cuts and bruises. It is also effective in fungal infection of the skin.

 For gastrointestinal health

Thyme oil is edible used for therapeutic purposes, it is useful in colitis and many stomach infections.  Thyme oil has a carminative property similar to peppermint oil. It reduces gas formation in the stomach and helps one pass gas to relieve the symptoms of bloating.

To treat rheumatism

It is useful in the treatment of rheumatic and arthritic pain.

To promote good sleep

Dab a few drops of thyme oil on the pillows or using a few drops in a diffuser kept by the bedside. It actually helps in inducing deep sleep.

 For cardiovascular health

Thyme oil improves the circulatory system by relaxing the walls of the arteries and veins. It also rejuvenates the heart muscle and the heart valves for more effective pumping.

To get rid of pests and parasites

Like other strong-smelling oils, thyme oil also has a bug-repellent effect, particularly on blood-sucking insects like mosquitoes, fleas, bedbugs and lice.

 Relief from menstrual problems

Improvement in blood circulation and the antispasmodic effect combine to regulate menstrual flow and reduce cramping. Thyme oil has a stimulating effect on the endocrine system and is known to delay menopause, too.

Cosmetic use

Regular application of thyme oil on scars caused by acne, burns, chicken pox and surgery may help them to fade gradually.

For oral hygiene

Thymol is a common ingredient in toothpastes and mouthwashes. Anyone can formulate a healthy natural mouthwash by mixing a few drops of thyme essential oil in water and shaking well. The antibacterial agents in the oil will reduce plaque formation and cavities.

Conclusion:

Thyme oil is a valuable home remedy. However, Thyme oil is a strong oil that can cause allergic reactions or even burn the skin if applied in full strength. For topical application, dilute thyme with olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil. Always test on a small area of the skin before using it more generously.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 191.

VIBURNUM OPULUS.

It is a general remedy for cramps and often prevents miscarriage in women.

It is useful in false labour pains.

It is a useful remedy when the menses are too late and scanty and last for a few hours. It is useful when the menses are offensive in odour and the crams extend down to the thighs.

It is useful in Spasmodic and membranous Dysmenorrhoea.

It is useful in excoriating leucorrhoea with smarting and itching of the genitals

This remedy is also useful when the stools are large and hard with cutting pains in the rectum and soreness in the anus.

This remedy is useful in pains in the nape of the neck, when the back feels as if it would break.

This remedy suits persons who are worse lying on the affected side, who are worse in a warm room and who are better in open air.

This remedy compares with Cimicifuga, Caulophyllum and Sepia.

WHAT THE MASTERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT VIBURNUM OPULUS?

Cramps in the abdomen and legs of pregnant women are controlled very quickly by VIBRUNUM OPULUS.

Dr. Hale M.D.

I have used VIBRUNUM in many cases of neuralgia and spasmodic dysmenorrhoea and have yet to meet a single case where it has failed to cure.

Dr. Hale M.D.

Foods to avoid in Thyroid deficiency.

Introduction:

Hypothyroidism is a condition where the body doesn’t make enough thyroid hormones.  Thyroid hormones help control your growth, repair and metabolism. As a result, people who suffer from hypothyroidism may experience tiredness, hair loss, weight gain, feeling cold, feeling down and many more symptoms .Hypothyroidism affects 1 to 2% of people worldwide and is ten times more likely to affect women than men.  Foods alone won’t cure hypothyroidism. However, a combination of the right nutrients and medication can help restore thyroid function and minimize your symptoms.

Foods to avoid in Hypothyroidism:

1. Eating Fried Foods

Eating fried food always can be harmful to your thyroid gland functions as it reduces the glands ability to secrete thyroid hormones. If you are on thyroid hormone medication you should avoid trans-fat rich fried food which will impede the proper functioning of the thyroid gland

2. Refined Sugar

If you suffer from autoimmune thyroid disease then avoiding refined sugar is a must. Your body’s blood sugar levels and causes great harm to the proper working of your pancreas which can result in your body becoming resistant to insulin and ultimately it damages your thyroid causing a decrease in your thyroid hormone levels.

3. Eating Gluten Rich Foods

The gluten-rich food you consume is rich in a substance called as gliadin. Your thyroid gland generates an enzyme similar to gliadin called – transglutaminase. When you then eat gluten your body will treat both the gliadin and the transglutaminase limiting the use of and the benefits derived from the transglutaminase produced by your thyroid gland.

4. Excessive Drinking of Coffee

Excessive drinking of coffee would cause your adrenal glands to secrete large amounts of epinephrine and nor-epinephrine hormones, leading to adrenal fatigue and this greatly affects your thyroid gland adversely.

5. Eating Cruciferous Vegetables

When taken in excess your broccoli can be harmful to you if you have a thyroid condition and where you are deficient insufficient iodine levels in your body.

6. Consuming Soy

If you have iodine deficiency, the isoflavones in soy can affect the proper functioning of your thyroid gland. Taking excess of Soy can hamper your body’s absorption and use of synthetic thyroid hormone if you are on thyroid medication. Doctors advise that if you are on thyroid medication you should wait for a minimum of 4 hours before you eat soy, as it would enable your body to properly metabolize every substance separately and more effectively.

=Conclusion:

While it’s easy to gain weight with hypothyroidism, there are plenty of things you can do to help maintain a healthy weight. For example, you can try to get plenty of rest, eat a good amount of protein and practice mindful eating which will help you to manage this disease well.

Some useful Homeopathic remedies – Part 190.

VERATRUM VIRIDE.

It is an excellent drug for auricular fibrillation. It induces a fall in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

It is a good remedy when there is great prostration and weakness.

It combats the ill effects of sunstroke and it can also abort early stages of pneumonia.

It suits patients who are quarrelsome and delirious.

It suits patients who are thirsty and have nausea and vomiting after the least quantity of food is ejected.

It is useful in heart conditions, where the heart rate is slow, weak and irregular. It is also useful in valvular diseases.

It is a suitable remedy in Erysipelas and in suppurative fevers, where there are great temperature variations.

Related remedies are Gelsemium, Baptisia, Belladonna and Aconite.

WHAT THE MASTERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT VERATRUM VIRIDE?

In Meningismus, two remedies give good results. They are ACONITE AND VERATRUM VIRIDE.

Dr. Griggs. M.D.

Acute and chronic congestions of hypertensives with hypertension itself come under the domain of VERATRUM VIRIDE. Oppression, sighing, rapid respiration and gasping for breath are their distressing symptoms and VERATRUM VIRIDE is the only salvation.

Dr. Bellokossy. M.D.

In Pneumonia, Dr. Hale considers VERATRUM VIRIDE better than ACONITE. But VERATRUM VIRIDE should be discontinued immediately after the pulse falls to its normal rate.

Dr. Ruddock. M.D.

VERATRUM VIRIDE comes in as an invaluable remedy in those violent congestions, which precede Pneumonia. It may even abort the whole disease.

Dr. E. A. Farrington. M.D.

Impending Tetanus, we certainly have efficient preventives of the full-fledged disease.  ACONITE, with fever, anxiety, tension of muscles, tingling and numbness. VERATRUM VIRIDE, HYPERICUM with excruciating pain in the wound; BELLADONNA, CICUTA, SILICEA and probably AUGUSTURA; if the wound is suppurating or has ceased to discharge pus.

Dr. Farrington. M.D.

In all inflammatory conditions where there are marked gastric symptoms, I prefer VERATRUM VIRIDE TO ACONITE.

Dr. Peterson.