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23 Ways to Get Natural Allergy Relief

Now that the long, dark days of winter have passed and the first few indications of spring have sprung, it’s time for many people to start thinking about allergy season. There are a number of effective ways to prevent and ease allergy symptoms using natural therapies. Many have been in use for centuries and now we have the scientific validation of their efficacy as well.

Prevention

It’s always advantageous to prevent illness rather that try to treat it after it has taken hold. Here are a couple of ways to prevent allergies from starting in the first place.

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Why You Should Be Using Adaptogens – Part 2

Adaptogens are all the rage these days. In the first post in this series, we talked about what adaptogens are and what they are used for. In this post, I’m going to describe some of the most commonly used adaptogenic herbs and how to determine if they are right for you.

  • Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) – Also known as Siberian Ginseng, Eleuthero is a mild, tonic adaptogen that can be used over long periods of time to help strenghten the immune system, increase endurance and stamina and improve the quality of sleep. Clinical studies have shown that it also can be of benefit in lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

 

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Why you Should be Using Adaptogens

Adaptogens are all the rage these days, it seems. For the last couple of years, everybody and their dog has been talking about adding adaptogens to their smoothies, consuming them in teas, tinctures, powders, you name it. What is all the hype about? What are these adaptogens and why would I want to take them? These are great questions and here are some answers.

 

What are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are substances that have the ability to help the body adapt to stress. In this case, we will be focusing on herb or plant adaptogens. In the past, this category of herbs has been called rejuvenating or restorative herbs, qi tonics or rasayanas. And, modern research has proven that these superior herbs, that have such a long tradition of use, are safe and effective.

 

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How to Craft a Natural Home Medicine Kit

Crafting a home medicine kit can be easy and inexpensive — and is something no home should go without!

It wasn’t that long ago when every home had an herbal or homeopathic medicine kit filled with natural remedies to treat injuries or illnesses that family members might encounter. These days it is not so common and many people feel at a loss when they are faced with a feverish child at 2 am, the beginnings of a respiratory infection, or a finger burned from a kitchen mishap. Not only is it common sense to have a natural medicine kit at home, but it is inexpensive to put together and quite empowering to realize that you have the ability to heal yourself and your family of just about any acute illness or injury that you may encounter. Following is a brief summary of some of the items you may want to include in your natural home medicine kit. They can be purchased ready made, but most of them you can make yourself very easily and inexpensively. A combination of any or all of the herbal items listed below would make a great addition to any home.

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Staying Healthy Through the Cold and Flu Season with Natural Remedies

The cold and flu season hits us every year, and every year the media plays on our fears and leaves us feeling helpless to keep ourselves healthy. This year the media circus has been quite intense and, unfortunately, the public is in a frenzy of panic, lining up to get flu shots and tamiflu. While I could go on and on about the dangers of these protocols, what I really want to do is empower people to be in charge of their own health and wellness.

We are far from helpless when it comes to preventing and treating winter colds and flus. Natural remedies abound for the prevention and treatment of these types of illnesses. I’d like to illustrate just a few of the ways we can accomplish the goal of staying well during the winter season using natural modalities.

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Parents’ Natural Home Medicine Kit ~Heal Your Family with Nature’s Remedies~ Part 3

In the first post in this series, we talked about herbal remedies that may be valuable to your family in times of acute health issues. In the second post, we covered homeopathic remedies that may be good additions to your home medicine kit. In this last post in our series on creating your own natural medicine kit, we are going to talk about several other categories of remedies that you might find helpful to include.

 

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Parents’ Natural Home Medicine Kit ~Heal Your Family with Nature’s Remedies~ Part 2

In the first post in this series, we discussed various herbal remedies to keep in your natural home medicine kit. In this post, we will talk about another category of natural remedies that are invaluable to the health of you and your family – homeopathic remedies.

For homeopathic remedies, choosing the 6c or 30c potency is usually the best option. Those potencies are readily available at health food stores. Dosage, in acute conditions, may be 1 or 2 pellets repeated every 1/2 to 1 hour if necessary, up to 3 doses. Dosage frequency can then be reduced to 3 times a day for a couple of days, if necessary. Here are some basics, for the beginner, on homeopathy.

 

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Parents’ Natural Home Medicine Kit ~Heal Your Family with Nature’s Remedies~ Part 1

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5 Reasons Lemon Balm is the Herb for You!

One of the most perfect herbs for those new to herbalism is Lemon Balm. Lemon Balm, whose botanical name is Melissa officionalis, is remarkably versatile in its uses. Its pleasant taste makes it great as a beverage tea, while its medicinal properties make it valuable for healing a variety of issues.

Throughout history, Lemon Balm has been used medicinally. The writings of Dioscorides and Pliny the Elder mention the use of Lemon Balm on surgical dressing for wounds, and to treat venomous bites and stings. The 12th century herbalist, Saint Hildegarde von Bingen, said “Lemon balm contains within it the virtues of a dozen other plants.”

Here are a few of the areas in which Lemon Balm excels:

 

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Nutritional Therapy – Part 2

In the last post in this series, we talked about what real food is and is not. We spoke about various ingredients to avoid when changing your diet to a real-food diet. In this post, I’d like to focus more on foods to include in your diet – foods that are not only healthy, but medicinal as well.

Before we go into specific foods that can be healthy and healing, I’d like to touch on the concept of medicinal foods for a moment. To do this we need to go all the way back to Hippocrates.

Hippocrates was a Greek physician born around 460BC and came to be known as the “Father of Modern Medicine”. One of his most famous quotes is, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Isn’t it interesting to note that someone we consider to be one of the greatest physicians of all time considers food the most important medicine?

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