Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Three Natural Remedies for Tired Eyes

Your eyes are starring all day at the computer monitor. When you do not work, you browse through Facebook. No wonder you feel like you have sand in your eyes! Here are some handy remedies for when your eyelids feel heavy and your eyes are tired.

Nothing is a benefactor to your eyes as clean and cold water is. It is indicated to treat your eyes every morning to some cold water. It is best not to use tap water but bottled mineral water, kept in the refrigerator. You could also use herbal infusions, but ophthalmologists believe that water is still the best...

The starch content of the potato soothes irritated and tired eyes. Cut crosswise two thin potato slices, and lay them on your closed eyelids. Lie down with the "mask" on the eyes, until the slices dry out. Besides the fact that your eyes will feel refreshed, you will notice that repeating this treatment alleviates dark circles and makes the bags under the eyes disappear. Instead of potato slices you can also use refreshing cucumber slices.

Palming is a therapy invented by an English physician: rub your hands together for a few seconds to warm them, and then place them on your eyelids. Wait for about five minutes, staying relaxed, and your eye fatigue and headaches will be relieved.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Natural Remedies with Lilly of the Valley

Although few people know about this, there are some lily of the valley natural remedies, particularly effective and useful in relieving and healing health problems or helping improve beauty. Here are the simplest natural remedies with lily of the valley.

Lilly of the valley regulates blood pressure. The flowers have a beneficial effect on the heart, and are recommended in case of heart failure, as well as other cardiovascular problems. You can use herbal concoctions, essential oils and drugs containing essence of lily of the valley. All these have the ability to regulate the heart rate, but even if they are natural remedies, they still cannot be taken unless prescribed by a doctor.

Lilly of the valley is a natural diuretic. The flowers are useful in kidney disease, gout and to treat PMS symptoms. You can drink lily of the valley tea or use the tincture.

Lilly of the valley calms the eyes. Compresses infused with lily of the valley leaves quickly soothe puffy eyes and fade dark circles. In addition, compresses with lily of the valley flowers tea are effective in relieving symptoms of seasonal allergies.

Lilly of the valley relieves headaches. Massage oils or creams containing lily of the valley sooth headaches effectively. Also, you can add essence of lily of the valley or natural essential oil in apple cider vinegar, put a tablespoon of this apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink it.

Lilly of the valley is recommended in women health problems. An excellent tea is made ​​of lily of the valley, motherwort and sage, ideal for relieving menstrual pain and menopausal disorders.

For natural remedies, you can use lily of the valley flowers, roots, and leaves. They should be dried and used to make tea. Lily of the valley is not recommended during pregnancy. You can find all the information written on the tea or essential oil box, and it is best to follow the instructions, because the plant can be toxic if not used correctly.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

St. John's Wort is a Remedy for Over Eighty Diseases

St. John's Wort has sedative, antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, vasodilator and healing properties. But the most popular therapeutic property of this plant is the antidepressant. Impressive amount of St. John's worts are used annually for making medicines that treat the most common diseases worldwide: depression, heart disease, insomnia, hypertension, obesity and the tendency to gain weight. Herbalists in Europe, USA, China and Japan consider however, that both internally and externally, St. John's wort possesses healing virtues for well over eighty conditions, from liver and the stomach diseases, to conditions of the respiratory system. St. John's wort is a real pharmacy. The composition of the plant has over fifteen active compounds, such as valeric acid, saponins, choline, rutin, volatile oil, and galactose. These substances confer the plant many therapeutic qualities.

St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a plant that grows spontaneously in temperate zones, from sub-mountain regions to plains. It is a perennial (its root hibernate in winter, and at spring a new plant is born from it), rising to a meter tall, but most commonly with a height of 40-50 centimeters. Its yellow flowers and reddish-rust pointed leaves make St. John's wort is unmistakable. Its bloomed tips have the strongest therapeutic effects, as they contain several substances which, when macerated in water or alcohol, give these liquids a very characteristic reddish color.

Combats depression and sleep disorders
Treatments with St. John's wort infusions and tinctures are effective in nervous system diseases due the antidepressant and sedative effect of the hyperforin, a substance present in the plant’s composition. Infusions (two cups per day consumed within two to three months) work very well on people with depression. The effects can be seen after the first three weeks of treatment.

St. John's wort tincture combats fatigue, insomnia, restless sleep and sleepwalking. It is taken 15 drops per day, diluted in tea or water, three times daily. The treatment with St. John's Wort tincture lasts a minimum of 21 days and works for four types of depression: reactive depression caused by unpleasant events, biological depression (sometimes inherited), mental depression caused by loss of contact with reality, and winter depression specific to cold seasons, when natural light is reduced in duration and intensity.

Prevents emotional weight gain
The therapy to combat emotional weight gain fund seeks losing the extra kilos accumulated due to unpleasant events or problems with a stressful career. In this case, it a combined infusion of St. John's wort is recommended. It is prepared from a liter of water, in which in four tablespoons of plant are soaked. After eight hours, the preparation is filtered off and set aside. The plant left after the filtration is boiled in half a liter of water for five minutes and strained after cooled. Finally, the two extracts are mixed and a cup of the obtained infusion is consumed 30 minutes before the main meal. The treatment should be followed for four weeks, and repeated after a one month break.

It is the ally of the digestive system
The antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and astringent effects of the St. John's wort infusion and tincture are also helpful in liver disease (acute and chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, ascites, hepatic cell degeneration, biliary dyskinesia). Take ten drops three times a day for 21 days. The tincture treatment must also include the every day consumption of St. John's wort tea, an infusion foot bath in the evening and a general infusion bath weekly. St. John's wort also combats hyperacidity gastritis, gastric and duodenal ulcers, stomach cramps, intestinal worms and the lack of appetite. In such conditions it is recommended drinking St. John's wort tea three times a day.

Treats cardiovascular diseases
St. John's wort therapy has proven very effective in cardiovascular diseases (hypertension, heart and circulatory failure) and arthritis obliterans, varicose veins and varicose ulcers. Drink half a cup of St. John's wort tea three times a day, for one month.

It also has contraindications

The most important contraindication to the use of St. John's wort preparations address patients using synthetic drugs for depression, insomnia, anxiety, epilepsy and against HIV. St. John's wort allergy manifests as stomach pain and skin rash. At the beginning of a St. John's wort therapy, these patients should only use a tenth of the normal dose and gradually increase the quantity, as recommended by a specialist. In addition, there are other side effects such as excessive sensitivity to sunlight. Therefore, individuals taking St. John's wort should not be exposed to the sun. Prolonged exposure to the sun during or immediately after a treatment with St John's wort is dangerous, as it can cause photoderma, manifested by redness, itching, skin swelling, and eyelids and lips swelling.

The recipe for St. John's wort syrup, a tonic for the nervous system, and a cure for regulating bile secretion is prepared from the following: 250 ml of concentrated infusion (obtained from two tablespoons of flower left to macerate in 250 ml of boiling water for ten minutes) and sugar syrup (prepared from 400 g of sugar and 250 ml of water). The syrup is used for a week (a spoon four times a day).

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Remedies with Blackcurrant

The blackcurrant diet is useful against rheumatism, arthritis, and gout. The plant stimulates digestion, functions of the liver, pancreas, spleen, and kidneys. Because of its diuretic qualities, it is also useful for people suffering from oliguria.

Blackcurrants are also useful against tiredness and overwork and, because of its astringency, against diarrhea and dysentery. This diet is also recommended to plethoric and lymphatic people and to women who suffer from circulation disorders due to menopause.

Blackcurrant is a systemic anti-inflammatory agent with actions similar to natural cortisone for cutaneous, acute and chronic allergies, bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis, and diabetic retinopathy. In external use, the mixtures from blackcurrant fruits are used for treating abcess, dermatosis, eczema, and insect stings. The mixtures from buds are used in urticaria.

Blackcurrant tea is prepared from two teaspoons of leaves cut into small pieces, soaked in 250 ml of boiled water. Drink three cups a day, between meals, in long diets of five to six months. Natural currant juice is obtained from 400 fruits and four big leaves. It can be consumed as is or diluted in 200-500 ml water, three or four times a day. It has beneficial effects against digestive inflammations and febrile states. Throat washes can be made with it more times a day for treating inflamed tonsils and throat aches.

The fruit decoct is obtained from a teaspoon of dried fruit to 250 ml of cold water. The composition is boiled with slight bubbling, left to infuse for 30 minutes, then filtered, after which the entire content is consumed during the day in three or four stages. Infusion of leaves is made from 10 grams to a liter of boiled water, and consumed daily in the morning and evening, before going to sleep. Decoct made from fresh or dried leaves is prepared from 30 grams of leaves to a liter of cold water. It is boiled on a weak fire to the first bubbling; it is then infused for 10 minutes and consumed in three or four cups a day. Combined with cataplasms of fresh crushed leaves, it is applied as an external dressing against wounds and other ulcerations.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Healing Virtues of Calendula

Beautiful pot marigolds, popularly known as Calendula or simply marigolds, are appreciated and valued as ornamental flowers, but especially for their therapeutic and culinary effects. Just a few people know that their leaves are very tasty and healthy in salads of raw vegetables, and their petals have the same properties as saffron. Since ancient times, pot marigolds were famous for their healing virtues, mainly for the stomach, intestines and liver. Moreover, in many parts of Europe, these plants are nicknamed “flower rain”, because they act as a barometer: the morning the flowers do not open their corolla between 6 and 7AM, it will rain.

Marigold flowers contain saponins, carotenoids, fatty acids, volatile oils and manganese salts. This chemical composition stimulates the functions of the liver and kidney, and helps in the absorption of calcium and iron. In addition, they have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and healing effects, and therefore are indicated for the treatment of infections, inflammation and skin lesions. Pot marigold products are recommended in the treatment of many diseases, such as hyperacid gastritis, gastric and duodenal ulcers, inflammation of the colon, liver disease, acne, leucorrhoea, burns, frostbite, purulent wounds, skin cancer, skin ulcers, breast cancer, skin diseases, fungus, osteoporosis, and the list goes on.

Internal remedies
Combined infusion for ulcers and gastritis:
These diseases are treated for eight weeks with a combined infusion prepared as follows: Macerate four tablespoons of flowers into 500 ml of water, for eight hours, and then filter. Add another 500 ml of water and boil for five minutes. After it cools down, mix the tea from the first and second filtering. Consume three cups of tea per day, unsweetened.

Fights colitis
A mixture of powder of pot marigold flowers and St. John’s Wort has proven to be a cure for both types of fermentation and putrefaction colitis. Four to six teaspoons per day is administered in cycles of three weeks. Abdominal cramps can also be treated with powder of the flowers, half a teaspoon before and after meals, until pain recedes.

Tincture, good for cholecystitis
Calendula tincture helps calm gallbladder crisis. Take a teaspoon of tincture diluted in water 15 minutes before each meal. Treatment must last three weeks and has anti-inflammatory effects on the gallbladder, regulates bile secretion, and supports its secretion into the duodenum. It also has a stimulating effect on digestion.

Remedies for external use
Lavage and compresses with Calendula tincture are beneficial for varicose ulcers and slow-healing wounds. Wash the affected area daily with a compress sprayed with tincture of pot marigold. To speed up healing, remove the compress after two hours and apply on the affected area an ointment containing Calendula. Marigold oil has healing, anti-inflammatory, soothing, antibacterial and antifungal effects. This oil is used as feedstock in the preparation of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals (ointments, creams, gels, lotions, eggs). Pot marigolds are useful in treating warts. Use Calendula tincture or tea twice a day. Cover the area with a gauze. After 10-15 minutes, rinse with warm water.

Do you have heartburn? Drink Calendula tea!
Our stomach lining secretes acidic gastric juice containing pepsin, an enzyme that degrades proteins, hydrochloric acid to kill bacteria in the food and promote the action of the pepsin, and intrinsic factor (IF), a glycoprotein essential for the absorption of vitamin B12 in the small intestine. Sour sensations and heartburn are often only a transient acid hypersecretion caused by certain foods (fried fat, alcohol and others). If confronted with this issue, use a natural healer: Calendula tea. Soak a teaspoon of ground Calendula flowers in a cup of water (preferably spring water) for four to six hours at room temperature, or allow infusing for three to five minutes in boiling water. Drink four cups a day with small sips.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Fennel - Therapeutic Qualities

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a sweet, aromatic, diuretic herb that relieves digestive problems, increases lactation, relaxes spasms, and reduces inflammation. Its leaves, stems, roots, seeds and oil are used for medical and culinary purposes.

Active ingredients
Essential oil: anethole, estrogal, fenchone, lipids, aleurona, sugars, mucilage, bitter substances.

Pharmaceutical action
Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, carminative, sedative, diuretic, galactogog, expectorant, sudorific, antispasmodic.

Therapeutic indications
Asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, abdominal bloating, dyspepsia, enterocolitis, pancreatic insufficiency, hipogalactie, abdominal bloating, anorexia, abdominal colic.

The fennel has diuretic properties similar to those of parsley. Infusions (one pinch each of fennel seeds and aniseed in 250 ml boiling water, allow to infuse for 10 minutes) can be drunk three times a day by people who have fluid retention or arthritis (together with the treatment recommended by a physician). Phytotherapy specialists recommend a daily cup of the above infusion to improve vision, but also in compresses applied on tired or irritated eyes.

Fennel oil remedy for runny nose
Put some boiling water in a pot and add four to five drops of fennel oil. Lean over the vessel, wrapping your head with a towel, and do inhalations for two to three minutes,
once a day in the evening, for seven days. Wondering what to do with fennel? Consider this fennel slaw a fresh alternative to regular cabbage coleslaw. This is a fast, easy and fresh fennel salad recipe. The combination of mint and fennel creates a light and healthy
taste, and the naturally pronounced licorice taste of fennel is strongly muted by the vinaigrette, so that only a hint comes through.

Fennel Slaw with Mint Vinaigrette Recipe
1 large fennel bulb (or 2 medium bulbs)
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
2 teaspoons minced shallot or onion

Make the vinaigrette. Put the lemon juice, shallot, mustard, salt, sugar and mint in a blender and pulse briefly. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil until it is well combined. Using a mandoline, shave the fennel into 1/8 inch slices starting from the bottom of the bulb. Don’t worry about coring the fennel bulb, it’s unnecessary. If you don’t have a mandoline, slice the bulb as thin as you can. Chop some of the fennel fronds as well to toss in the salad. Toss with the fennel and marinate for at least an hour. Serve this salad either cold or at room temperature.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Secrets of the Snowdrop

Did you know that spring’s herald – the snowdrop, is an excellent remedy to treat diseases, some even serious?! A flower as small as it, is as controversial .Because, though it seems slender and thin, colored in pure white, the snowdrop is not commonly seen in many countries as it is in Romania. For example, while in Romania it is a symbol of hope and redemption from sin (as it appears under the thick layer of snow after heavy winter), in the U.K. it is believed that if you bring home a snowdrop, you may attract misfortune. Studied by specialists, it was discovered that snowdrops can be helpful in treating diseases.

An infusion of dry snowdrops (leaves, stems and flowers) is an excellent remedy to combat cramps and relaxes the muscles. In ancient times, at the countryside, people put snowdrops in pools to relieve rheumatic pains. Externally, snowdrop flower infusions are great to treat the pain of varicose veins.

Galantamine is extracted from snowdrops. Among other substances, galantamine is present in the composition of drugs used in treating Alzheimer's disease, and other forms of dementia.

Snowdrop decoction is used as a remedy for certain vaginal diseases. If you want to get rid of vaginal candidiasis, prepare a decoction of snowdrops (simmer for 15 minutes 30 grams of dried flowers and leaves in 1.5 liters of water) and use it for local washes.

Compresses with snowdrop infusion (flowers and leaves) do wonders for the skin, especially when the signs of aging (stains) appear. Applied at night on a clean face (single, or combined with lemon juice or infusion of parsley), the snowdrop infusion soothes, reduces blemishes and freckles.

Do not use the bulb!
If you want to enjoy the therapeutic effects of snowdrop, use it only dry, otherwise the plant can be toxic! For the same reason, the bulb is never used.