Aloe Vera

by Tiffany in Health & Healing

Healing Uses for Aloe VeraAloe Vera has been used to heal both internally and externally. Derived from the Aloe Vera plant, it has long, spiked leaves, which are thick-skinned and contain a clear gel-like substance. It is used today in many products, including cosmetics, skin lotions and moisturizers, burn gels and even sun screen creams.

It speeds the healing of many skin injuries, including burns, hives and poison ivy; and also acts as a laxative. For minor burns, the stabilized aloe gel is applied topically to the affected area of the skin three to five times per day. Treatment of more serious burns should only be done under the supervision of a healthcare professional. In addition, apart from providing relief from itching, it helps to heal blisters and sores. For people suffering from Psoriasis, Aloe Vera has provided relief by reducing the pain and itching. It has been proved that the gel causes considerable improvement in the nature of lesions as well.

The laxative element of the plant works by preventing the absorption of water from the bowel. For constipation, a single 50-200 mg capsule of aloe latex can be taken each day for a maximum of ten days. This component of Aloe also kills some bacteria, and is believed to act against a variety of viruses including herpes, chickenpox, and flu. It is recommended not to combine Aloe with other medications that are used to flush water and potassium from the body.

For internal use of aloe gel, two tablespoons, three times per day, is used by some people for inflammatory bowel conditions, such as Crohn’s disease and colitis. However, while commercial gels and juices, which are processed under strict controls, can be found at most health food stores as well as many supermarkets, it is always recommended that one consult a physician before self-treating a medical condition.

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

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Mean Green Machine Smoothie

by Tiffany in Healthy Eating, Recipes

fruit smoothieThis smoothie is full of antioxidant rich foods like greens, berries, kiwi, and flax, making it a powerful and flavorful way to start the day. Kids love the unusual color.

Makes 4 servings

1 (10oz) package of frozen mixed berries
2 green kale leaves, washed and chopped
1 and 1/2 cups apple juice or filtered water
1 mango, peeled and cubed
1 kiwi peeled and cubed
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

Place all ingredients in a blender – I suggest the VitaMix – :) and process until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.


Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

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Natural Home Beauty Remedies

by Tiffany in Beauty

Natural Beauty with home ingredientsWould you be surprised to learn that spending a small fortune on beauty products is quite unnecessary? All of the ingredients you’ll ever need are in your kitchen or pantry cabinet.
Here are two ways in which you can use natural home beauty remedies in a flash.

Olive Oil: You cook and bake with it; but did you know you can use it in a variety of other ways? Because olive oil is chemical free, it can be used on your skin; as a bath oil, moisturizer, massager, and conditioner. For example: You can apply a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice to your skin before bedtime to reduce wrinkles and, at the same time, moisturize your skin. To strengthen your nails, soak them in warm extra virgin olive oil for five minutes. Massage your sore muscles with a mixture of extra virgin olive oil and rosemary. Apply olive oil to dry hair as an overall conditioner. It will leave your hair smooth and shiny.

Oatmeal: Wouldn’t you love a facial? Get out the box of oatmeal from your cabinet and begin. This oatmeal facial will not only exfoliate, but moisturize your skin as well. Here are the steps: Take out a package of instant oatmeal; add a half a cup of water; two tablespoons yogurt; two tablespoons of honey and one egg white. Mix the water and oatmeal, then add the additional ingredients. Apply a thin layer to your face. Leave it on for about 15 minutes or until you feel tightness; then rinse your face with warm water.


Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

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Escape the Bird Flu

by Tiffany in Book Reviews, Self Sufficiency

Bird Flu BookI had the good fortune to come across a wonderful book just the other day. It isn’t normally the subject matter that would have grabbed my attention while standing in Barnes and Noble but I quickly became engrossed nonetheless. The book is called What You Must Do To Escape the Bird Flu.

I knew I would like the book right after reading the introduction in which we meet the author and learn about her motives for writing the book and gain some insight into her life. She is a woman after my own heart….a cancer survivor like myself, a supporter of homeopathic medicine and alternative health, and the director of an organic foods buying co-op.

I went on to read the first chapter with tears in my eyes as I became engrossed in the story of a family that comes into contact with the bird flu after one family member is exposed while traveling. I cry for the mother who loses her husband within days after exposure to the bird flu and must watch her children slip away, all the while becoming increasingly sick herself. I cry for what “could” be.

This is where we learn that we must be prepared for something like this. We cannot be so arrogant as to think that global disasters cannot touch us. We are threatened by many disasters in this day and age: global warming, terrorist attacks, hurricanes, and yes pandemic illness. The question is: If one of these disasters were to find its’ way to our doorstep would we be prepared? And of course that leads to another question…why not prepare yourself, even if you believe you will not ever be affected? “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.” That is what it comes down too and that is why this book is so important.

I did not know much about the bird flu pandemic of 1918 so it was nice to learn a bit about his chapter in human history. The Chapter “What Did We Learn from the 1918 Bird Flu?” was a big eye-opener and it outlined some of the reasons why that pandemic hit so hard and a BIG factor in that situation according to the author and other sources was stress. The stresses we put on our body…chemical, physical, emotional, and sleep related contribute to our overall health and can make us susceptible to illness. These factors are detailed in the book…and it may shock you to discover what age group was hardest hit by the 1918 flu. It surprised me at first but the logic was overwhelming.

Some other great topics discussed where: the people who will be hit the hardest by Bird Flu, 10 simple things you can do, how to survive if the Bird Flu hits, medical care and home remedies if conventional medicine is not available, and food storage and cooking tips. I was delighted to see that many of the survival skills recommended for us to learn were ones that I already have courtesy of my natural family living lifestyle.

Not only does this book outline the ways in which you can protect yourself in the event of pandemic illness it gives us good information about staying healthy and avoiding illness in general. The information about vitamins, health supplements, and healthy lifestyle practices is great to have. Who doesn’t need that information right? The correlation between an alkaline pH and a body that is a ripe host for viruses and cancers was information that I really needed, having just went through a battle with cancer.

I really enjoyed this book. It is now totally dog eared where I have marked pages with important information or sources that I want to explore further. I have also spent a little too much at Amazon buying books and other products that were referenced by the author. So be warned! But this is one book that a health conscience person should not be without…especially if you are concerned with pandemic illness like the Bird Flu!

And don’t forget to stop by the author’s web site: www.escapethebirdflu.com

[tags]Bird Flu, Health, Illness, Pandemic, Sickness, Book Review[/tags]

Monday, February 26th, 2007

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Natural Toothpaste for Children

Goofy Grape Toothpaste for KidsThere are lots of reasons why you might want to ditch the Crest or those sugary, children’s toothpastes that you find at the grocery store and go with a more natural option. For me this is clear whenever I see my three year old daughter brushing her teeth for the…oh I don’t know…eleventh or twelve time in a day. :)

Luckily, there are some great options out there in the natural toothpaste department. The options are not as great though for children’s toothpastes (aka toothpastes they will actually use) but here are a few to ponder:

Tom’s of Maine Fluoride Free Children’s Toothpaste – Natural fruit extracts provide flavor; fluoride free so you don’t have to worry if more ends up in your child’s tummy than in the sink. No artificial ingredients. No animal testing.

Children’s Zinc Plus Herbal Toothpaste – Does Not Contain: Artificial Sweeteners, Dyes, Chemical Preservatives.

Weleda Toothpaste, Children’s Tooth Gel – Gently Cleans Baby Teeth. Safe to Swallow, Pleasant Taste, Fluoride-Free.