In cases of acne, we’re usually so desperate that we go get the prescription stuff because we want it to go away. But there are natural options you can try first that just might do the trick without you having to apply strong medicated products to your already stressed-out skin – and one of the best and most powerful of these natural options is tea tree oil.
Your teeth can say a lot about you. When you smile, they’re your first impression; if you’re confident with the appearance of your teeth, you’ll smile big and show them off. But if you’re insecure, it shows. Today I’ll cover a few do’s and don’ts of safe and effective natural teeth whitening.
Once upon a time, though, ho shou wu was a crucial part of the ancient Chinese apothecary. Its delicate flowers and rapidly vining stalks were a common sight, and it was second only to ginseng in its variety of uses. Ho shou wu was, and still is, used to treat the common ill effects of old age, including appetite loss, sexual dysfunction, and, most interestingly, hair loss.
Açaí berries are the fruit of an Amazonian palm of the same name. The palms are picturesque, with slender trunks growing up to 30 meters in height, and in its native area, the Açaí palm’s fruit provides up to an astounding 40% of total nutritional intake to the surrounding populations.
Dandelion is one of those plants we tend to think of as a weed. But few people regard dandelion for its forgotten use as a medicinal herb. For centuries, perhaps even millennia, this “weed” was highly prized in ancient China as well as in Tibetan medicine and the Ayurvedic healing tradition for its use as a natural liver detoxifier and diuretic and to treat gallstones, eczema, and even cancers.
All the time, we try to improve our bodies with natural remedies and whole ‘good-for-us’ foods. But what about the places where we live? The chemicals we breathe in and absorb through our skins affect us just as much as the things we ingest, so it only makes sense to investigate natural cleaning products — green chemicals.
One thing that the Atkins Diet has consistently failed to do is reduce levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol – (LDL-C, that is, the “bad” cholesterol). This is because of the high levels of meat and dairy that the Atkins diet requires in order to be effective. Now, Dr. David J. A. Jenkins has made news by coming up with a potential alternative – the “Eco-Atkins” diet – a low-carb, high-protein, entirely vegan regimen.
Kombucha is a fermented tea made from a combination of a scoby, sugar and green or black tea. People erroneously call the scoby a mushroom, when in reality it’s a byproduct of the bacteria and yeasts in the kombucha brew – scoby is an acronym that stands for “symbiotic collection of bacteria and yeast”.
Ugh! The weather outside is beautiful – the sun is shining, the trees are blooming and the air finally feels tolerably warm. So why do I find myself suffering? The answer is – seasonal allergies. I knew a few other people, too, with this problem, so I decided to do a little investigation into the field of natural antihistamines.
Kale, the nutritious, dark-green member of the Brassica family, is one of the best values in the vegetable world in terms of nutrition-calorie ratio. Kale is truly a superfood that deserves more attention than it gets. The best way to consume it is to eat it raw (in salads etc) or lightly steamed (this keeps the nutrients available).