Dherbs - Herbal Supplements, Herbal Remedies, Natural Healing Remedies, Full Body Detox » General Topics https://www.dherbs.com Buy herbal supplements, natural remedies, and herbal remedies from Dherbs, the #1 alternative medicine product store. Mon, 18 Jun 2018 18:05:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lettuce Eat On National Eat Your Vegetables Day 2018 https://www.dherbs.com/articles/lettuce-eat-on-national-eat-your-vegetables-day-2018/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/lettuce-eat-on-national-eat-your-vegetables-day-2018/#comments Sun, 17 Jun 2018 09:45:51 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=82107 You should be eating 3-5 vegetable servings a day! If you aren’t eating that many veggies, your GI tract could be in serious trouble.

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Annually observed on June 17th, National Eat Your Vegetables Day is a day to remind everyone about the importance of a healthy diet. Vegetables of all shapes, sizes, and colors (not the frozen ones!) contain phytochemicals, dietary minerals, carbohydrates, vitamins, and antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, and anti-carcinogenic properties. Fresh vegetables also contain fiber, which is integral for a healthy gastrointestinal tract.

 

Eat Your Vegetables Day is not just about eating the familiar vegetables like carrots, celery, lettuce, or onions; rather, it is about encouraging people to expand their vegetable horizons. Get yourself a diverse assortment of vegetables and then figure out what you can make with them. It can be fun to just pick out a couple new vegetables in the grocery store and find out that you end up liking them. Try getting things like bok choy, watercress, eggplant, purple kale, or summer squash varieties.

 

It’s important to spread awareness about Eat Your Vegetables Day because of the role vegetables have played throughout the course of human history. Vegetables are arguably the reason that people started to settle, as opposed to their previous nomadic existences. If they planted crops, they had to stick around and establish civilizations to harvest what they grew.

 

Vegetables were staples in our diet long before science proved what people already knew. Vegetables helped with growth, digestion, and longevity. Many tests have confirmed that vegetables provide nutrients that are impossible to get from animal sources, especially animal sources that contain hormones, antibiotics, and saturated fats. The nutrients in vegetables help to improve bone health, decrease the risk of heart disease, and work to offset diabetes.

 

Make sure that you are eating at least a half-cup of each vegetable you consume when you eat salads, stir-fries, or vegetable medleys. Don’t layer them with cheese or sauté them in a cream sauce. A little olive oil, sea salt, and pepper is all you need. Let us know what vegetables you eat today and which ones are your favorites.

 

Sources:

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-eat-your-vegetables-day-june-17/

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/eat-your-vegetables-day/

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DIY Sunburn Relief Gel With Aloe & Essential Oils https://www.dherbs.com/articles/diy-sunburn-relief-gel-with-aloe-essential-oils/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/diy-sunburn-relief-gel-with-aloe-essential-oils/#comments Sat, 16 Jun 2018 17:50:47 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=81945 Avoid the chemicals, soothe your skin, and cool yourself down with this all-natural sunburn relief gel. Talk about fast and natural relief!

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It is almost summertime and that means that people are about to have some fun in the sun. We encourage being outside, but we also encourage you to take care of your skin. Sunburns and summer go together like two peas in a pod. Don’t let a sunburn get you down; rather, accelerate the healing process with the natural sunburn relief gel in this post.

 

Sometimes the sun can take its toll on the body, despite preventative measures. After getting burned, the skin becomes hot, itchy, and quite sensitive. While many people reach for creams, gels, or lotions that contain aloe vera, we prefer going to straight to the source for the maximum benefits.

 

Aloe Vera:

Aloe vera has long since been used to help remedy a variety of skin conditions. Primarily used for topical application, aloe vera works to reduce sunburn symptoms and promote healthier skin. The gel from the aloe plant is safe to apply to the skin, provided the person is not allergic to the plant. Homemade preparations can be made from 100% pure aloe gel, which is used in the recipe below.

 

Essential Oils:

This recipe utilizes lavender and peppermint essential oils. Lavender essential oil is commonly used to aid the healing process of bug bites, stretch marks, itching, and more. When it comes to sunburns, lavender helps the skin heal faster than aloe vera does. Peppermint essential oil helps to cool the skin down, which stops the burning sensation.

 

Together, the aloe vera, lavender essential oil, and peppermint essential oil help to soothe the skin, moisturize, reduce the likelihood of peeling, and offer an instant cooling effect. If you use this after sun gel, let us know how you like it.

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons pure aloe vera gel
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

  • Put 3 tablespoons of pure aloe vera gel in a small glas jar.
  • Add the lavender essential oil to the jar, followed by the peppermint essential oil.
  • Stir the mixture until the oils are mixed in with the aloe. It should look a little cloudy.
  • Seal the lid and store in the refrigerator for an extra cooling effect. Apply to the sunburn every few hours, or whenever you experience pain.

 

Sources:

https://www.livestrong.com/article/5163-need-using-aloe-vera-sunburns/

https://busycreatingmemories.com/aftersun-sunburn-relief-gel/

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Have A Soak For International Bath Day 2018 https://www.dherbs.com/articles/have-a-soak-for-international-bath-day-2018/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/have-a-soak-for-international-bath-day-2018/#comments Thu, 14 Jun 2018 09:35:57 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=82100 June 14th is International Bath Day! Soaking helps relieve muscle pain, but baths also help to improve your child's cognitive function.

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Soaking in a bath is an incredible sensory experience. Occupational therapists say that a child’s fine motor and visual motor skills are improved as he or she plays with bath toys. While children may be more sensitive and thrilled about the bubbles, sound of splashing water, bonding with parents or siblings, and bathroom echoes, adults can take baths too. You don’t need an excuse or special reason to take a bath; just take one.

 

A Brief History:

On this day in history, the story goes that Archimedes, a Greek mathematician and scholar, discovered that an object’s volume could be accurately measured by being submerged in water. He was taking a bath at the time, but was so ecstatic that he jumped out of the bath and ran naked through the streets of Syracuse, Greece shouting “Eureka! Eureka!”

 

The time you spend in the bath doesn’t have to be profound like it was for Archimedes, although certain people do some of their best thinking in the bath. You can have fun in the tub with your child(ren)! In a recent survey conducted with 300 U.S. mothers, 73% of them believed it was important to use bath time as a way to discover and explore. Check out some quick bath facts from the study below:

  • 58% of the moms gave their child a bath 4-7 times a week
  • 90% of the moms looked forward to bath time because their child was more relaxed and happy afterwards
  • 65% of the moms used bubbles during bath time

 

How The Temperature Affects You:

The temperature of your bath can offer a variety of therapeutic benefits. While a hot soak can provide relief from muscle pain or temporarily block your pain sensors, a warm bath can benefit the immune system. After a hard workout, a cold bath may be better to help decrease the built-up lactic acid in the bloodstream. The cold temperature works to improve recovery time.

 

Keep in mind that the time at which you take a bath can also affect the body in different ways. A warm bath in the evening may help to relax the body and induce a better night’s sleep, while a morning bath can be beneficial for creative ideas.

 

Celebrate your soak on International Bath Day! Taking baths can help improve your mood and promote optimism, in addition to the physical benefits we explored in this article. When you take a bath, do you add anything to it? Have you tried using some of our bath drops? Let us know!

 

Sources:

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/international-bath-day-june-14/

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-parents-weigh-in-on-the-benefits-of-bathtime-in-advance-of-international-bath-day-on-june-14-300636734.html

http://www.decolav.com/blog/celebrate-international-bath-day-june-14/

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Here’s Why You Should Smile More https://www.dherbs.com/articles/heres-why-you-should-smile-more/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/heres-why-you-should-smile-more/#comments Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:30:52 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=81906 Indulging in a smile means more than just showing your teeth. It helps to boost your mood, your immune system, and can even reduce stress.

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How many times do we smile a day? And not just the mandatory customer service smile we have to pull off during work hours, but the genuine, happy smile that can instantly improve our moods.

 

Smiles are free and contagious, but sometimes those aren’t enough reasons to show those pearly whites. When we transition from children to adults, we often tend to lose the habit of indulging in the little things that bring us joy. We let in the stress of modern life bring us down and we forget just how good it can feel to crack a grin. Well, not only does smiling make you feel emotionally good, it can also bring great benefits to your overall physical and mental health:

 

It Reduces Stress:

Smiling activates the release of “feel good” messengers that work towards fighting stress. Dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin are all released into your bloodstream, helping your body relax while simultaneously lowering your heart rate and blood pressure. When we smile our system recognizes that there’s an absence of threat, and it relaxes us by slowing down the production of the stress hormone cortisol.

 

It Can Strengthen Your Body’s Cells:

Just as smiling can help rid the body of stress, so can it release tension on a cellular level. A person’s thoughts have a direct impact on cellular function. When we smile we can reduce the rigidness of our cells, and this physical relaxation can help combat cell mutations that can lead to the development or persistence of various cancers.

 

Longevity:

According to recent research, the more you smile, the longer you’re likely to live. Since smiling can reduce the risks of high blood pressure, high stress levels, and depression, the probability of a longer life increases. Indulge in happiness, people!

 

It Boosts Your Immune System:

The weakening of the immune system can be attributed to many things: stress, depression, or anger. The act of smiling pushes back against all of these factors, while having a direct and positive impact on the brain and the neurochemicals that work towards a better immunological balance.

 

It Improves Your Mood:

Smiling can boost your mood when you’re feeling blue, and may be beneficial for people struggling with anxiety and depression. Recent research found that making yourself smile when you’re feeling down helps improve your mood and increases positive thoughts. Smiling also releases serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that can positively affect your mood.

 

Although it may seem hard to smile at times, doing so, even if just for a moment, can bring you positivity and benefits into your life.

 

Sources:

https://www.neuronation.com/science/benefits-of-smiling

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/08/smiling-benefits_n_6598840.html

https://benefitsbridge.unitedconcordia.com/top-7-health-benefits-smiling/

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How To Stay Energized During The Day While Cleansing https://www.dherbs.com/articles/how-to-stay-energized-during-the-day-while-cleansing/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/how-to-stay-energized-during-the-day-while-cleansing/#comments Tue, 12 Jun 2018 11:15:49 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=81880 How do you avoid crashing during the day when you don't have access to caffeine? Follow these tips to help you stay energized during your cleanse.

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We understand that cleansing can be difficult at times, but, as you may discover or have discovered, it is not impossible. The raw foods diet is vastly different than the Standard American Diet (SAD), which most of us are used to. You don’t want to get used to the foods in the SAD because they contribute to high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, high cholesterol, or diabetes. This diet also makes us dependent on certain vices like caffeine.

 

Some people hankering for caffeine during the cleanse, but we urge you all to overcome this craving because there are natural ways to keep yourself energized. You don’t have to worry about getting out of bed or sinking into an afternoon slump. To do this, it is integral to eat nutrient-dense foods that can provide the body with energy. To help you power through your days, we are going to give you some strategies for how to stay energized.

How To Start Your Day:

It is crucial to start your day with a protein-rich breakfast. How do you do this without eating eggs, meat, or dairy, you ask? Always remember that leafy greens like spinach and kale or nuts & seeds are loaded with plant-based protein. You can also accompany a fruit smoothie with some homemade chia pudding, which is protein-rich. Before you start eating, though, start your morning with a cup of warm water mixed with the juice of half a lemon. This boosts your metabolism, gets the juices flowing, and helps to alkalize the body.

Starting your mornings with a superfood smoothie is beneficial because smoothies are predigested. This means that the body doesn’t really have to work to break down the foods and absorb the ingredients. You save energy this way and can use it to propel yourself until your next snack or meal.

How To Power Through The Afternoon:

While it may be tempting to nurse yourself back to life with a cup of coffee or can of soda after lunch, don’t do it! You have to remember that you are looking for something to sustain your energy, not just a quick burst. Try eating half an avocado seasoned with a little sea salt and pepper. This not only keeps energy levels stable, but it also fills you up. You can also eat a green pear and dip it in homemade tahini. A cup of homemade chia pudding can also give you sustained energy in the afternoon. If you want something a little lighter that you can sip, a green vegetable juice is a great option. Just make sure to avoid packaged snacks, caffeine, and sugary products.

 

For more information about snacks that work to give you energy, try the following recipes and let us know how they work out for you.

 

No Bake Key Lime Pie Energy Bars:

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You can never have enough snack recipes. These zesty bars are full of healthy protein and help to keep you full throughout the day. They are great for cleansing or just to keep as a healthy snack!

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Raw Vegan Apple Energy Bites:

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Sometimes you need a snack that is filling, healthy, and delicious. You don’t want to eat a snack that doesn’t taste good, which is why you should eat these energy bites. They’ll change your snacking game for good!

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Homemade Energy Bars:

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Sometimes snacking on a raw food diet can be difficult, only because the options seem limited. Now that you have these raw energy bars, you’ll be energized and full throughout the day.

Click here to make the recipe.

 

No Bake Pecan Pie Energy Bites:

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You can never have enough snacks, especially when you are cleansing. Make these energy bites on the weekend so that they are ready to go when you need them. These are like bites of pecan pie goodness!

Click here to make the recipe.

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Let’s Get Flavorful For National Herbs & Spices Day 2018 https://www.dherbs.com/articles/lets-get-flavorful-for-national-herbs-spices-day-2018/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/lets-get-flavorful-for-national-herbs-spices-day-2018/#comments Sun, 10 Jun 2018 09:25:58 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=81766 June 10th is National Herbs & Spices Day, so let's get flavorful! Herbs and spices are near & dear to our hearts because of their awesome benefits.

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’Tis the season, or the day, of herbs and spices, which are an essential part of cooking. Without herbs and spices, food would be bland or mundane. Spices and herbs can take us on a culinary tour of the world, depending on how we combine them. While growing various herbs can be easy, fresh and dried herbs are easily found in many grocery stores.

 

Herbs and spices are tasty, pretty, and they are usually loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. While taking herbal supplements can be a great way to absorb the nutrients of various herbs, you can also reap their benefits by adding them to your diet. We have listed some of our favorite herbs and spices below, and have detailed their benefits.

 

Oregano:

Containing a hefty amount of vitamin K, oregano is great for bone and cardiovascular health. It is also rich in calcium, iron, and manganese, all of which support bone health and reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis.

 

Rosemary:

Since rosemary has natural antibacterial properties, it can be used as a mouthwash to help freshen your breath. Boil a few sprigs of rosemary in water and strain it. Let the solution cool and keep it in your bathroom. Swish a small amount of the solution around in your mouth to help clean your teeth, gums, and freshen your breath.

 

Dill:

Dill is actually packed with flavonoids and B-vitamins, both of which have a calming effect on the brain. Consuming dill seeds can help to freshen your breath and soothe the digestive system. Did you know that 1 tablespoon of dill seeds contains more calcium than one-third cup of milk? To keep dill fresh, wrap it in a damp paper towel and store it in the fridge.

 

Thyme:

Recent studies have shown that thyme extract has the ability to reduce the heart rate in rats with high blood pressure. Additionally, it was also helpful in lowering cholesterol levels. Thyme has many health benefits, including the ability to help the formation of red blood cells. It can also help relieve lupus, fibromyalgia, arthritis, Hashimoto’s disease, and vertigo.

 

Lemongrass:

Not only does lemongrass benefit the nervous system, but it also can help the body absorb nutrients better and strengthen the body’s immune defense mechanism. Recent studies have shown that lemongrass has beneficial anti-inflammatory properties that work to encourage immune responses throughout the body.

 

Cinnamon:

The compounds and anti-inflammatory properties in cinnamon have been known to combat allergy symptoms by reducing inflammation and fighting histamine reactions. Additionally, cinnamon helps boost the immune system, which is beneficial for fighting off viruses and bacteria.

 

Turmeric:

Curcumin, which is the active ingredient in turmeric, has been known to improve circulation and reduce inflammation. More recently, it has demonstrated that it can help to positively influence brain function. For people who have a history of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other neurological disorders, these findings are very exciting. Early intervention could help to reduce the burden, both by halting the disease and reducing the severity of the disease at hand.

 

Sources:

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-herbs-and-spices-day-june-10/

http://www.health.com/food/7-great-recipes-for-national-herbs-and-spices-day

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-healthy-herbs-and-spices

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6 Natural Remedies To Help Those With Bursitis https://www.dherbs.com/articles/6-natural-remedies-to-help-those-with-bursitis/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/6-natural-remedies-to-help-those-with-bursitis/#comments Thu, 07 Jun 2018 17:45:50 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=81523 It’s common for those who have bursitis to treat the condition at home with the use of natural remedies. Try these to help your situation.

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Inflammation of the bursa is referred to as bursitis. The bursa is a sac filled with fluid, which helps lubricate and provides cushion between the bones, muscles and tendons. When the bursa becomes inflamed or infected the collagen like fluid is affected, causing pain in the area of movement. Bursitis commonly occurs in the knee and elbow areas, but it can develop in other places like the hips, shoulders or ankles, as there are at least 160 bursae in the body. The pain and swelling that comes with bursitis is typically mild; however, it can also be severe and consistent. The inflammation can make it painful to support body pressure and certain movements. Anyone can experience bursitis, but it is typically seen in adults, especially those over 40.

 

What Causes Bursitis?

Anytime you persistently engage in physical activities, for everyday life or in sports, it can take a toll on the health of your joints and bones. Repetitive movement is the most probable cause for bursitis. Consistent motions or holding positions for long periods of time can irritate the bursa, which causes inflammation. Sitting on hard surfaces for long durations, excessive kneeling, throwing a ball repeatedly, or even constant exercises can cause bursitisThe other causes are mainly related to trauma incidents, but age can also play a role in bursitis.

  • Injury
  • Excessive movement or pressure
  • Infection (entering the body by injury of skin such as scrape, insect bite, or staph Infection)
  • Pre-Existing conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriasis, thyroid disease and scleroderma)
  • Overuse of the body
  • Constant stress of body parts or movements (overuse of the body)
  • Certain sports (baseball, golf and tennis are the more common ones)
  • Incorrect Posture
  • Strenuous activities
  • Wearing improper gear while exercising, training, running etc.
  • Age (bones become more brittle as you get older, decreasing the strength and endurance of them)

 

Natural Remedies

Dietary Change:

It’s common for those who have bursitis to treat the condition at home with the use of natural remedies. The body is capable of healing itself as long as you give it what it needs. Eating foods like bell peppers, flax seeds, spinach, kale, tomatoes, broccoli, beets, chia seeds, walnuts, ginger and turmeric all help reduce inflammation in a short period of time. Sugar, coffee, alcohol, dairy and white flour products are foods that contribute to inflammation the most. In order for your body to heal itself, it’s best to avoid the things that cause inflammation.

 

Use Protection:

Protecting the area that’s affected by bursitis is important to avoid further complications. In some cases bursitis stems from infections, so it’s best to keep it protected as best as you can. You can provide relief from bursitis by using things that provide assistance like canes, crutches, compressions, pads, and wrapping the affected area.

 

Ice Packs & Elevation:

Ice packs are always ideal when it comes to treating issues related to bone and joint health. Cold compressors can help reduce the initial swelling and pain. It’s best to ice the body part for at least 15 minutes a day, repeating as needed. In combination with icing the affected area, elevating the body part can be beneficial because it helps promote better blood circulation.

 

Bath Soaks:

Bath soaks can be physically therapeutic, especially for conditions like bursitis. Baths relax the muscles, helping to eliminate aches and pains. Adding sea salt, vanilla extract, essential oils like lavender and mint, or even apple cider vinegar can help soothe the body.

 

Physical Therapy:

Any type of physical therapy can help recondition the way the bones and joints function and aid the ability to use them. Attending physical therapy can help rehabilitate the bursa. After allowing the body time to rest, it’s important for it to also remember its functions. Hydrotherapy is one the best types of physical therapy. It involves doing exercises in specific temperatures of water, using the water’s energy and therapeutic properties to help heal and recover. The pain is less intense when exercises are done in water.

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5 Natural Ways To Protect Yourself From Seasonal Allergies https://www.dherbs.com/articles/5-natural-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-seasonal-allergies/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/5-natural-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-seasonal-allergies/#comments Tue, 29 May 2018 22:15:30 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=81185 Don't let seasonal allergies get the best of you. If you don't want to end up sneezing every few seconds, try these natural remedies.

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From the birds to the pollen, there are many things that may cause suffering from the classic symptoms of an allergic reaction. Millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies, which can result in sneezing, sore throat, watery eyes, or combination of all three. While pharmaceutical drugs may provide temporary relief, natural methods may prevent allergy symptoms from occurring in the first place. Here are five natural ways to protect yourself from seasonal allergies:

 

#1: Diet

A healthy diet will boost your overall immune function. A scientific study done on the island of Crete found that nasal allergies were almost non-existent. The islanders’ diet mainly included olive oil, nuts, fruits, and veggies. The key to an allergy preventing lifestyle is getting enough sleep, eliminating stress, avoiding processed foods, and consuming a healthy whole food diet rich in healthy fats and probiotic-rich fermented foods.

 

#2: Visit the Lake or Beach

Research suggests that pollen levels are lower around open bodies of water. People who live by and swim in the sea tend to have healthier respiratory systems because seawater mimics the body’s own fluids in the lining of the airways, and doesn’t irritate them.  If you live inland, just a few weeks by the seaside during the summer can do wonders for your allergies; plus, it is something the whole family can enjoy.

 

#3: Go Natural

Keeping your home clean is one of the best ways to avoid indoor allergens. Because harsh chemicals can irritate your nasal passages and aggravate your symptoms, opt to make natural cleaners with everyday ingredients like distilled white vinegar or baking soda. Use a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter to trap allergens.

 

#4: Essential Oils

Essential oils have the potential to kill some allergens that cause allergic reactions. Some popular essential oils for allergies include:

Eucalyptus can open the respiratory system, reduce inflammation and allow better breathing.

Peppermint can help to open stuffed nasal passages and can reduce headaches.

Lavender has natural antihistamine, anti-inflammatory and calming properties. It can help reduce irritation and relax breathing.

Lemon improves immunity and helps to relieve respiratory issues and inflammation.

Chamomile is a relaxing oil that works to naturally relieve headaches and reduce inflammation.

 

#5: Rinse With Saline

Spritz a saline rinse into your nose daily to wash away pollen. In one study, participants who rinsed their sinuses twice a day for three to six weeks reported less nasal congestion than those who didn’t.

 

Sources:

https://www.healthstartsinthekitchen.com/2017/05/03/fight-prevent-seasonal-allergies-naturally/

https://www.rd.com/health/conditions/12-natural-allergy-remedies-that-provide-relief/

https://www.webmd.com/allergies/allergy-education-17/slideshow-natural-relief

https://www.health24.com/Medical/Allergy/About-allergy/will-moving-to-the-coast-cure-your-allergies-20160725

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National Learn About Composting Day https://www.dherbs.com/articles/national-learn-about-composting-day/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/national-learn-about-composting-day/#comments Tue, 29 May 2018 10:15:39 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=81212 Learning to compost may just be the best thing you ever do. No more smelly garbage and you get to be more eco-friendly in the process.

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Do you like to garden, but don’t like paying for potting soil? Be more environmentally friendly, nourish your dirt, and lessen the stink in your trashcan by learning how to compost! Composting is one of the easiest ways to get high quality soil without doing a lot of work.

 

It’s interesting to think that the waste from your kitchen can turn into nutrients for your soil. Whether you have used coffee grounds, eggshells, carrot tops, or other fruit/vegetable scraps, bury them in your yard to enrich your soil with a plethora of nutrients. Composting is the practice of taking certain kitchen scraps and making them work for your benefit. Some people buy composting bins, in which they can add wood chips, newspapers, or grass clippings, while others like to do it on a smaller scale.

 

Vermiculture:

If you are familiar with the idea of composting, you will probably recognize this word. Vermiculture is the practice of using worms to decompose organic food waste, thereby turning it into nutrient-rich material that benefits the growth of plants. Think of vermiculture as nature’s way of recycling. Instead of sending food scraps down the garbage disposal, where it will end up in a landfill, bury them in the earth to create healthier soil structure.

 

To start off, get an airtight container to store your kitchen scraps. If you are burying these in the ground, you can add apple cores, banana peels, broccoli stems, wilted leaves, carrot tops, crushed eggshells, citrus peels, melon rinds, or celery butts, among many other fruit/vegetables scraps. Once your container fills up, dig a little hole in the dirt and bury the scraps. Make sure you cover the scraps with dirt and pack it down. Worms will come and work their magic! 

 

After doing this for a couple weeks, you can begin to plant different fruits, vegetables, herbs, or flowers. It is easier for these plants to grow when the soil is replete with nutrients. Just so you are aware, you may get a couple volunteer plants from the scraps you bury in the dirt. Tomatoes, melons, and potatoes are common volunteers!

 

Composting is a very easy way to benefit the environment. Give back to the earth because it has given us so much!

 

Sources:

http://www.compostfoundation.org/icaw

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/learn-about-composting-day/

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Think Before You Lather Up For National Sunscreen Day 2018 https://www.dherbs.com/articles/think-before-you-lather-up-for-national-sunscreen-day-2018/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/think-before-you-lather-up-for-national-sunscreen-day-2018/#comments Sun, 27 May 2018 09:15:27 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=81175 Does sunscreen really protect your skin or cause organ damage & hormonal imbalance? Find out what you should use on National Sunscreen Day.

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The days are warmer and people are going to be soaking up the sun this Memorial Day Weekend. We want you to have as much fun as possible this holiday weekend, and throughout the summer, but we also want you to protect your skin. Since May 27th is National Sunscreen Day, how are you going to protect yourself from getting sunburned? You may want to think twice before lathering yourself with sunscreen.

 

In case you haven’t seen this in the news, Hawaii recently passed a bill banning the sale of sunscreen that contains chemicals that harm coral reefs. This legislation essentially prohibits the sale of sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, both of which contribute to coral bleaching. An estimated 14,000 tons of sunscreen are deposited in oceans every year, with the greatest damage to reefs in the Caribbean and Hawaii.

 

Hawaii’s reefs have been worsening over the past 20 years, which is why so many people have come together to support the passing of this bill. There are already some sunscreen companies that are making mineral sunscreens with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These minerals must be non-nano in order to be reef-safe. Anything under 100 nanometers can be ingested by coral. The new rule will go into effect on January 1st, 2021.

 

What Should You Use To Protect Your Skin?

Sunscreen either protects your skin with a mineral barrier or a chemical barrier. Mineral sunscreens essentially create a physical barrier to protect your skin from the sun. Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, usually contain oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate. With all these chemicals, you might be wondering if any get absorbed by your skin and enter other tissues in the body.

 

New research suggests that these chemicals disrupt normal endocrine and thyroid function, and they may even interfere with other hormone processes in the body. Oxybenzone, the most commonly used chemical in sunscreen, was found in roughly 96% of the population. This chemical can reduce sperm count in men and contribute to endometriosis in women.

 

Get your vitamin D and go out in the sun, but make sure to do so responsibly. If you don’t want to wear a hat or cover up a little, use natural sunscreen alternatives from TropicSport and Raw Elements. These sunscreen companies make healthy, reef-safe products.

 

Sources:

https://nationaltoday.com/national-sunscreen-day/

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/03/travel/hawaii-sunscreen-ban.html

https://wellnessmama.com/55366/sunscreen-is-harmful/

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