The human body has also come equipped with several warning systems which, if listened to, provide insight into the body’s inner workings. Many times, we attempt to treat these warnings with drugs and unhealthy foods that only address the symptoms, but don’t necessarily fix the underlying problems.
It’s pretty normal to indulge in a cup of coffee every morning or an energy drink before those weekend parties. But the effects of caffeine on the body are often underestimated. Many avid coffee drinkers don’t realize that caffeine meets all the requirements to be labeled as an addictive substance; it induces periods of dependence, tolerance, and withdrawal in consumers.
Migraine headaches can be a significant disruption in a person’s life. While not all migraines have a known cause, there are some migraines that are related directly to problems that can actually be fixed with chiropractic care – when the top of the spine, or the atlas, is moved from its normal position.
Acupuncture has been practiced in Asian medicine for thousands of years. It could be argued that since acupuncture has been around for so long, clearly there is something about it that works. However, critics of the procedure claim that like many types of complementary medicine, acupuncture is not effective. So, what is the truth about acupuncture and does it really work?
Everyone knows the traditional hangover prevention tips like consume alcohol on a full stomach, drink a lot of water and get plenty of rest. And, there are some strange hangover remedies like taking a wasabi bath or eating deep fried canaries, but I think I’ll stick to the nourishing foods that have been proven to alleviate the symptoms.
Chamomile and lavender are two unique flowers, both valued for their calming and relaxing effects on the human body and mind. Lavender tends to reach the mind/body channel through the olfactories, while chamomile is less pungent and is typically ingested or used topically. However, both flowers are used in a variety of different ways: tisanes, creams, oils, perfumes, and in cooking.
It’s estimated that about 16% of us experience a migraine headache at some point in our lives. These massive, incapacitating headaches strike at what seems like random intervals – or do they? Is there something we can do to avoid them? And once they strike, is our only option to take a strong dose of medicine and lie down in the dark until the symptoms subside?
Bergamot (citrus bergamia) is best known for lending its strong flavor to Earl Grey tea. But, within its herbal family is another species of bergamot called Monarda (also known as bee balm, oswego, and horse mint) which has strong antiseptic properties within the stalks, leaves, and flowers.
How do we address the issue of natural pain relief ? We live in an increasingly hectic world, and many of us have no time for pain management solutions. So we pop a couple of pills, forget about it, and before we know it, we’re dependent on ibuprofen and aspirin to get us through the day.
Pennyroyal Oil is an essential oil that has many benefits. Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) is a member of the mint family and thereby related to spearmint, peppermint, and thyme. It was reportedly useful against gout, headache, and stomach trouble, as well as repellent to snakes and insects when worn as a garland or in a satchel around the neck.