Dherbs - Herbal Supplements, Herbal Remedies, Natural Healing Remedies, Full Body Detox » Health & Beauty https://www.dherbs.com Buy herbal supplements, natural remedies, and herbal remedies from Dherbs, the #1 alternative medicine product store. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:45:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Promote Healthier Skin With These DIY Sugar Scrubs https://www.dherbs.com/articles/promote-healthier-skin-with-these-diy-sugar-scrubs/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/promote-healthier-skin-with-these-diy-sugar-scrubs/#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2018 11:50:24 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=83086 While sugar may get a bad rap from sweets, it is excellent for exfoliating your skin. Try making some of our favorite DIY sugar scrub.

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Everyone is always searching for ways to improve the health of their skin, but people seldom look for the answer in their own kitchen. Sugar is an amazing ingredient for skin care because of its natural ability to exfoliate. That’s right, people, we are talking about good old-fashioned sugar.

 

Sugar is a natural humectant, meaning that it draws moisture from the surrounding environment into your skin. Exfoliating your skin with sugar works to hydrate your skin and helps it retain moisture. Secondly, sugar is a great source of glycol acid, which works to penetrate the skin and encourage healthier, more youthful looking skin. Glycol acid is also beneficial for sun-damaged skin.

 

Tip: If you are ever plagued with ingrown hairs, use a sugar scrub because it helps discourage bumps and ingrown hairs. In fact, using a sugar scrub three times a week can help prevent ingrown hairs in the areas where they typically appear. Additionally, sugar scrubs also help to achieve a closer, smoother shave.

 

Our last piece of advice is that you should strive to use brown sugar when making your own sugar scrubs. It is less abrasive and can be used on the face or more sensitive areas. You can also use raw sugar, also known as turbinado sugar, but it is a bit more coarse and recommended for less sensitive areas. Always do a small patch test on a certain area before going all in; you want to see how your skin will react. See if you like the following sugar scrubs and let us know how you like them in the comments below.

 

DIY Exfoliating Green Tea Sugar Scrub:

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Green tea is full of antioxidants that work to reactivate cells and repair damaged skin. Some people like to make toners or lotions with green tea because of the natural healing properties. This recipe uses the green tea leaves to scrub unwanted pollutants from the skin.

Click here to make the sugar scrub.

 

Coffee Sugar Scrub To Exfoliate Your Skin:

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Coffee is more than a drink that gives you a caffeine boost in the morning. Those grounds can do wonders for your skin, for example, helping to reduce inflammation or get rid of cellulite. Coffee grounds work to exfoliate the skin, helping to remove dead skin cells.

Click here to make the sugar scrub.

 

Anti-Aging Sugar Scrub:

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This cucumber scrub is incredibly soothing because cucumbers are rich in antioxidants. Add in a little peppermint essential oil to help freshen your skin with the healing properties.

Click here to make the sugar scrub.

 

Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub:

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With its beautiful fragrance and ability to help moisturize and soften your skin, you’ll want to use this all the time!

Click here to make the sugar scrub.

 

Sources:

https://www.cleancoconut.com/blogs/news/top-benefits-to-use-sugar-scrub-regularly

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/emilie-davidson-hoyt/sugar-skincare_b_2133060.html

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Easy To Make Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub https://www.dherbs.com/articles/easy-to-make-vanilla-brown-sugar-scrub/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/easy-to-make-vanilla-brown-sugar-scrub/#comments Tue, 10 Jul 2018 17:45:11 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=82987 With its beautiful fragrance and ability to help moisturize and soften your skin, you’ll want to use this all the time!

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Homemade sugar scrubs are easy DIY ways to pamper yourself and give your skin some much-needed TLC. While store bought body scrubs can be lovely, they can be expensive and contain questionable ingredients that are not conducive to skin health. Making your own sugar scrub is a very simple process, and you may already have a lot of the ingredients in your kitchen.

 

Diets typically instruct us to steer clear of sugar, but you aren’t going to ingest this sugar scrub; although, it does look and smell good enough to eat. When used topically, brown sugar acts as a great natural exfoliator that doesn’t break the bank. Some people argue that sea salt is also a great inexpensive exfoliator, but the size of the grains can cause microscopic tears or aggravate cuts or scrapes. Softer than regular sugars, brown sugar helps to scrub away dead skin cells, allowing newer, healthier skin cell growth.

 

A lot of exfoliators can leave your skin feeling dry. Brown sugar actually absorbs moisture from the surrounding environment and deposits that moisture into your skin, helping to hydrate and condition. Additionally, brown sugar keeps the moisture locked in and guards the skin from harmful toxins.

 

Do you guys know what glycolic acid is? Well, brown sugar has it and it works to fight bacteria and keep your skin looking youthful. Brown sugar also helps to reduce sun-damaged skin and break down glue-bonded cells, which is conducive to healthy skin cell production.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic brown sugar
  • ½ cup virgin coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 1 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract

Instructions:

  • Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix well.
  • Store this in an airtight glass jar in a cool dry place and use once a day.
  • Because this doesn’t contain any preservatives, it is best used within one to two months.

 

Sources:

http://www.suburbansimplicity.com/vanilla-brown-sugar-scrub/

https://www.livestrong.com/article/156037-what-are-the-benefits-of-brown-sugar-as-a-skin-exfoliator/

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DIY “Bug Away” Essential Oil Candles For Summer https://www.dherbs.com/articles/diy-bug-away-essential-oil-candles-for-summer/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/diy-bug-away-essential-oil-candles-for-summer/#comments Mon, 09 Jul 2018 11:45:54 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=82939 Don't let insects get the better of you during the summer months. Keep the bugs away with these easy-to-make, DIY essential oil candles.

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Summer is a beautiful season, but there are a lot of bugs that try to attack you in the hotter, more humid regions. Some bugs and pests definitely have their purpose, but others can be hazardous to our health. Mosquitos can carry harmful diseases and flies can transfer over 100 pathogens, which can cause a person to digestive discomfort, fever, or cholera.

 

As a defense mechanism, a lot of people coat themselves with chemical bug sprays during the summer months. These insect repellents typically have an unpleasant odor, and they can also be the cause of allergic reactions. Bug sprays are also not the most beneficial for the environment. In fact, most insect repellent sprays contain DEET, which was developed by the US Army during WWII to fight off fleas, ticks, chiggers, mosquitos, and some types of deer flies. The use of DEET was deemed harmful to the environment, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) actually re-approved its use in the 1990s, even though it can interfere with healthy nervous system function. Additionally, reports have linked DEET to seizures, hypotension, hives, or impaired brain cell function.

 

No matter how well-sealed, clean, or dry your home is, bugs manage to find their way in the house. Bugs don’t like essential oils, but certain essential oils work better at repelling various insects. Let’s take a look at some essential oils you may want to use:

  • Peppermint: Proven to be a natural insecticide, peppermint essential oil is great for repelling mosquitos, ants, fleas, spiders, flies, and beetles.
  • Lavender: Lavender essential oil has a calming aroma, but this same aroma can help get rid of fleas, flies, and beetles.
  • Lemongrass: Among its many uses, lemongrass essential oil is good for repelling fruit flies, flies, fleas, and mosquitos.
  • Eucalyptus: In addition to aiding decongestion, eucalyptus essential oil, can be effective against sand flies, aphids, earwigs, and whiteflies.
  • Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is definitely worth keeping on hand because it has multiple uses. It can also repel spiders, mosquitos, ants, and more.

 

You don’t have to worry about using damaging chemical bug sprays because making “bug away” essential oil candles is incredibly easy. If you feel up to it, you can make a few essential oil blends to add to these candles. Try them out and see if they help. Let us know how you like them in the comments below.

 

Ingredients:

  • Mason jar that holds about 16-20 ounces
  • Water
  • 1 small lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • essential oil of your choice
  • floating candles or tea lights (metal casing removed)

Instructions:

  • Slice the lemon and lime into thin rounds.
  • Fill each mason jar with about 14 ounces of water. You can use less water if you have a smaller mason jar.
  • Add the lemon and lime slices and the rosemary to the mason jar. Put about 10-12 drops of your desired essential oil and mix it up.
  • Place the floating candle in the jar and light it to help keep the bugs away.

 

Sources:

http://www.naturallivingideas.com/essential-oils-to-repel-bugs-pests/

https://oneessentialcommunity.com/diy-bug-repellent-floating-candles-essential-oil/

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How To Use Bentonite Clay As a Natural Remedy https://www.dherbs.com/articles/how-to-use-bentonite-clay-as-a-natural-remedy/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/how-to-use-bentonite-clay-as-a-natural-remedy/#comments Sat, 07 Jul 2018 11:45:14 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=82971 Have you ever wondered how you could use bentonite clay? It can be a great natural remedy for oral care, skin care, and digestive care.

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Nowadays, it seems like we have largely forgotten that our ancestors once used healing clays as part of their nutrition, well being, and lifestyle. Bentonite clay, in particular, doesn’t usually appear on dietary recommendations, or isn’t included in homemade recipes. However, its benefits are plentiful.

 

Bentonite clay is clay that consists of aged volcanic ash. It is odorless, with mostly grey/cream colors, and has a soft, very fine consistency. It has a high concentration of minerals including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium, but the way it works is mainly due to electricity. Bentonite clay produces an electrical charge when it comes in contact with water. This negative charge attracts positive-charged toxins and chemicals, and, like a magnetic sponge, it holds onto impurities before carrying them out of the body in our waste.

 

While this clay can be used externally, you can also ingest it to reap its many benefits. However you use it, you’ll find how to use it as a natural remedy below:

 

Important: Do not mix bentonite clay in a metal bowl or with a metal utensil. This can destroy its negative charge. 

 

As An Oral Rinse: 

Bentonite caly can be easily used as an alkalizing and toxin-removing mouth rinse by simply mixing it with water. Also, just like activated charcoal, it can be used to help whiten teeth naturally. Try this by mixing ½ teaspoon of clay in ¼ cup of water, shake well, and rinse for one to two minutes before spitting it out.

 

As A Face Mask:

Clays, such as bentonite, make for great natural masks, especially for oily skin, clogged pores, and acne. Simply mix one tablespoon of bentonite clay with one tablespoon of water and apply to your face for 15 minutes. This mask can help reduce scar appearance, draw out toxins, and regenerate skin tissue.

 

For Drawing Out Harmful Bacteria And Viruses:

You can do this easily by drinking ½-1 teaspoon of bentonite clay with a glass of water. Due to the negative charge in bentonite clay, it acts as a magnet for toxins, bacteria, and pathogens that are positively charged. Eventually, as the digestive system does its job, both the clay and the toxins stuck to it are eliminated from the body. Researchers have also found that bentonite clay can relieve nausea, acid reflux, and diarrhea.

 

To Heal Poison Ivy, Dermatitis, And Wounds:

Try applying a thick layer of clay on the skin before applying damp gauze over it. With the same effects as the aforementioned face mask, when it is combined with water and left to dry on the skin, the clay is able to bind to bacteria and toxins, reducing the outbreak of blemishes or allergic reactions. Bentonite clay also has the ability to act as an antibiotic treatment when applied topically on skin infections.

 

As Baby Powder: 

Plain bentonite clay can make for a very soothing baby powder alternative to use when there is infection or redness. It can also be mixed with water to turn into a mask that can be applied to help speed up recovery in this area.

 

Sources:

https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/6-health-benefits-bentonite-clay/

https://draxe.com/10-bentonite-clay-benefits-uses/

https://keeperofthehome.org/clay-as-a-natural-home-remedy-yes-really/

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The Best Home Remedies Using Raw Honey https://www.dherbs.com/articles/the-best-home-remedies-using-raw-honey/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/the-best-home-remedies-using-raw-honey/#comments Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:35:50 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=82110 If you don't keep raw honey in your house, you need to get some right away because it is way more useful than just sweetening herbal teas.

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Honey is much more than just a natural sweetener we add to our foods and drinks. Considered the nectar of life by our ancestors, raw honey has been a staple in the human diet for thousands of years. Its benefits have been published everywhere from ancient books to clinical trials in modern society. It is full of antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, it accelerates the growth of body tissues, and it can be a great natural remedy for many physical ailments.

 

Raw honey is honey that has not been filtered or processed by pasteurization or heating. This most natural state of honey has the most healing properties, which is why you should use it for the home remedies that are detailed below.

 

For Healthier Skin:
Naturally rich in antioxidants and antibacterial properties, raw honey has the ability to treat damaged skin and has been used in homemade skincare regimens for a long time. Not only can it help prevent acne, slow down aging, and unclog pores, raw honey is also extremely moisturizing and soothing for the skin. You can use it as a simple moisturizing mask by spreading a teaspoon of raw honey on clean skin, letting it sit for 15-20 minutes, and rinsing with tepid water. Or you may try it as a gentle exfoliator by mixing with ground oats, massaging the mixture on your skin for a minute or two, and rinsing off.

 

As A Natural Sleeping Aid:

One of the main reasons why raw honey can help you sleep at night is because it provides an adequate supply of liver glycogen, ensuring that you may get through the night before the brain triggers a crisis search for fuel. When you consume raw honey before bed, you are less likely to suddenly wake up from a deep sleep, due to the fact that your glycogen levels are stable. Try mixing a teaspoon of cinnamon and a tablespoon of raw honey in a cup of hot water and consume an hour before bed.

 

Raw Honey, Orange Juice, And Nutmeg To Treat Anxiety:

Research has shown that oranges have a calming effect that can provide relief from exhaustion and anxiety. Additionally, oranges are rich in vitamin C, which helps you curb the adrenal glands and calm the brain down in stressful situations. Nutmeg has anti-anxiety and antidepressant properties, while raw honey enables serotonin production, a neurotransmitter responsible for boosting your mood. Squeeze a couple fresh oranges into a glass before adding 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder and a tablespoon of raw honey. Drinking this mixture every morning may help alleviate anxiety levels throughout the day.

 

Ginger And Honey To Relieve A Sore Stomach:

Ginger root has been known to effectively treat stomach ailments because it reduces inflammation in a similar way to anti-inflammatory drugs. Raw honey also contains a number of enzymes that aid in digestion. This combo is easy to turn into a homemade drink by adding one-inch of finely chopped ginger root and a tablespoon of raw honey to 1 cup of hot water. Let the flavors infuse for a few minutes and drink when you have an upset stomach or feel nauseous.

 

Always keep in mind that honey is best when it’s raw. It may give you benefits by simply taking a spoonful of honey a day, but combining it with other healthy ingredients may also provide even more benefits to your body.
Sources:

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/25-ways-use-honey-home-remedies.html

https://www.care2.com/greenliving/14-healing-remedies-with-honey.html

https://allremedies.com/honey-for-anxiety/

http://everydayroots.com/healing-honey-infusions

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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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5 Things Your Earwax Says About Your Health https://www.dherbs.com/articles/5-things-your-earwax-says-about-your-health/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/5-things-your-earwax-says-about-your-health/#comments Mon, 04 Jun 2018 12:15:05 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=81362 While digging around inside your ears is absolutely terrible for your ear canals, examining your earwax can tell you a lot about your body.

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Earwax is not the most glamorous thing to talk about (it’s quite gross as a matter of fact), but it can reveal a lot about the goings-on inside the body. Similarly, the consistency and color of your urine, saliva, mucus, or stool can indicate things, both good and bad, that are happening in the body. People clean their ears and never know what the color and consistency of the earwax means!

 

Just like mucus, earwax has a job to do; it isn’t just there in your ears. Earwax works to inhibit bacteria and dirt from entering the ear canal. It is also a self-cleaning agent that contains antibacterial, lubricating, and protective properties. Because of these properties, experts agree to leave earwax alone, unless there is a serious blockage. Chewing and other jaw movements actually decrease earwax buildup within the ear canal. This explains why little clumps of earwax can fall out of your ears at random.

 

Stop Using Cotton Swabs:

Poking around inside the ear with a cotton swab is not recommended. You can damage the delicate skin in the ear canal, introduce foreign invaders, or even puncture the eardrum. Swab incidents are more common than you think. Rather than causing earwax blockages, do yourself a favor and tilt your head to the side, put a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in your ear, and let is remove earwax buildup before draining it out.

 

Gray Color:

If you see that you have gray earwax, it can most commonly be attributed to an accumulation of dust. This can indicate that you live in a polluted area if you don’t experience pain or other symptoms.

 

Stinky Earwax:

Earwax has a natural odor because it consists of oils, which are produced by the ear canal, dust, dirt, or dead skin cells; however, it should not be foul smelling. Stinky earwax often indicates an infection of the middle ear or ear canal. You may experience greenish earwax, depending on where the infection occurs.

 

Flaky Earwax:

Flaky earwax does not mean that you are sick. In fact, it is a common sign of aging, but it can also indicate eczema, which can cause a buildup of dead skin cells in the ears. If the flakiness is accompanied by pain, then it may be a symptom of psoriasis. According to research in the Nature Genetics journal, people of Asian descent commonly have dry earwax, while people of African or European descent develop sticky or “wet” earwax.

 

Itchy Earwax:

Itchy ears are more common than you think, but it can become a serious problem if you feel the need to stick objects in the ear canal for relief. This can cause trauma to the ear canal. While this can be a nervous habit, common causes can be a fungal infection, the beginning of an infection, dermatitis, or allergies. Intense itching can cause abrasions, which can become irritated by bacteria or dirt.

 

Watery Earwax:

Watery earwax typically indicates excess sweat in the ears, which is no cause for concern. If earwax drips onto your pillow at night or leaves crusty residue in the ear, you may want to consult a medical professional because the eardrum may be torn or ruptured.

 

Sources:

http://time.com/4290668/q-tip-ear-wax-removal/

https://www.thealternativedaily.com/5-things-your-earwax-says-about-your-health/

https://www.prevention.com/health/a20436355/6-things-your-earwax-says-about-your-health/

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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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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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