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1Hour Break, Effective, All Natural Stress Relief in a Spray

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
March 26, 2014
File under: Alternative Therapies, Health Concerns, Herbs, Natural Alternatives, Natural Products, Natural Remedies


The demands of modern life can leave many of us feeling overwhelmed and physicians all too often prescribe medications with significant side effects that make it difficult to function.

Sales of antidepressants continue to rise and industry experts are forecasting that sales of these anti-stress medications will reach almost $6 billion by 2017. According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) about one in every 10 Americans is taking a prescription antidepressant and among women from 40 to 50, the figure is one in four.[1]

Antidepressants most widely prescribed come from a class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and include well-known antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft.

Kava is a root that is best known for its relaxing qualities and has been used as a ceremonial beverage in the Pacific Islands for hundreds of years. Kava is said to produce a feeling of relaxation, elevate mood, wellbeing and contentment, and several studies have found that kava may be useful in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia and related nervous disorders. …read more of 1Hour Break, Effective, All Natural Stress Relief in a Spray here

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Increasing Muscle Strength with Fenugreek

By Michael Greger M.D.
August 9, 2013
File under: Alternative Therapies, Natural Alternatives, Natural Remedies

The spice fenugreek appears to improve muscle strength and weight lifting power output significantly, while possessing anti-cancer properties in vitro.

In this two-minute video Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds, I profile a study entitled, “The effects of a commercially available botanical supplement on strength, body composition, power output, and hormonal profiles in resistance-trained males.”

Something had a “significant impact on both upper and lower-body strength and body composition in comparison to placebo in a double blind controlled trial.

These changes were obtained with no clinical side effects. Something allowed these men to leg press an extra hundred pounds compared to those given the placebo.

And what was the magical substance? Powdered fenugreek! And it is a spice that may very well double as an anti-cancer agent. …read more of Increasing Muscle Strength with Fenugreek here

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The Sensory Garden

By Toni Salter
July 25, 2012
File under: Alternative Therapies, Gardening

Imagine experiencing a garden with all five senses.  That’s what a sensory garden allows you to do.  A carefully designed garden can stimulate, not only the sight, but also sound, smell, touch and taste.

A trolley with an assortment of potted herbs and vegetables is an example of a sensory garden.  This can be placed in a sunny courtyard or balcony where space is limited.

It could also be set in an aged care facility where residents may have more limited mobility. A trolley will allow the garden to come to them.  People living with dementia respond to sensory stimulation and tasting, crushing and smelling different herbs can be beneficial.

Take lavender and chamomile, for example. These plants can have very soothing qualities, as when the oils are released through rubbing the leaves. The smooth and furry leaves of various lavenders are also soothing to the touch. Do this while sipping a cup of tea made from fresh Chamomile flowers and the effect is multiplied. …read more of The Sensory Garden here

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Ayurveda and Menopause

By Lissa Coffey
June 12, 2012
File under: Alternative Therapies, Ayurveda, Health Concerns, Natural Remedies

Are you experiencing signs of menopause? Occasional hot flashes, mood swings and problems sleeping?

While there are all manner of modern pharmaceutical interventions, there is a gentler and more natural way to address these issues.

According to Maharishi Ayurveda, menopause is not a disease; it is a natural progression from childbearing years. If this is true, what causes such uncomfortable symptoms?

Accumulated toxins can prevent your body from adjusting to hormonal changes of midlife. The key to a comfortable, easy transition is to cleanse the body of impurities that build up before and during menopause.

It is these toxins that lead to uncomfortable and often more serious consequences, such as loss of bone density that most women accept as a normal part of menopause. …read more of Ayurveda and Menopause here

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Eight Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

By Vincent Pedre M.D.
March 29, 2012
File under: Alternative Therapies, Natural Alternatives, Natural Remedies

With 50 million Americans suffering from allergies, it is no wonder that there are so many over the counter (OTC) antihistamines.[1]

A nationwide survey found that 54.6 percent of all US citizens test positive for one or more allergens.[2] Unfortunately, OTC medications are often either ineffective, or cause untoward side effects.

If you are an allergy sufferer, you know that spring rings in a season of itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion and postnasal drip.

In the worst of cases, spring allergies can turn into a sinus infection.  These natural remedies can help to ward off the discomforts of allergy season.


Eight Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

  1. Medicine at the tip of your fork:  It is as much what you eat, as what you don’t eat.  This is so dramatically helpful that I have to put it at the top of the list.  Eliminate wheat, dairy and sugar and you may be surprised at how your sinuses clear up within a week or two. …read more of Eight Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies here
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