Dherbs - Herbal Supplements, Herbal Remedies, Natural Healing Remedies, Full Body Detox » Wellness & Prevention https://www.dherbs.com Buy herbal supplements, natural remedies, and herbal remedies from Dherbs, the #1 alternative medicine product store. Sat, 21 Apr 2018 18:35:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Eat These Foods To Help Keep Your Body Alkaline https://www.dherbs.com/articles/eat-these-foods-to-help-keep-your-body-alkaline/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/eat-these-foods-to-help-keep-your-body-alkaline/#comments Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:15:38 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=79967 Are you making your body acidic without even realizing it? You could be worsening your health if you aren't consuming these alkaline foods.

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The idea that an overly acidic body leads to a variety of illnesses is not a new concept. In his 1933 publication of A New Health Era, Dr. William Howard Hay argued that all diseases are caused by “self-poisoning,” due to the accumulation of acid in the body.

 

The presence of too much acid weakens the body and it can become dangerous for your organs and systems. The blood needs to have a 7.4 pH because a change in blood pH of 0.2 could be lethal. Now, the body doesn’t want to drop dead; therefore, it borrows essential minerals like magnesium, calcium and potassium from other organs and bones to neutralize the acidity. This is why people may not realize that they have highly acidic bodies for years.

 

Too much acidity is caused by poor nutrition. Americans typically consume acidifying foods like meats, processed ingredients, dairy products, refined carbs, and oily foods with saturated fats. Habits like drinking caffeine, smoking cigarettes, or consuming alcohol also contribute to acidifying the body.

 

How Do You Make The Body More Alkaline?

Let’s clear this up: drinking alkaline water and consuming a Standard American Diet is not going to make the body more alkaline. Since the body is 80% alkaline and 20% acidic, it is recommended to balance your diet according to those percentages. The acid/alkaline balance is integral to maintain healthy tissues, cells, and fluids. There are some foods like citrus fruits, all of which are considered acidic. When ingested, however, they supply the body with alkaline minerals. The diet is the most efficient way to balance your pH levels, which is why we are giving you some of the best alkaline foods!

 

Spinach:

From a nutritional standpoint, spinach is one of the most complete foods out there. It is rich in vitamins A, C B2, B9, E, & K, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, and dietary fiber. These minerals help the body to complete its primary functions. Additionally, spinach is rich in chlorophyll, which is incredibly alkaline and beneficial for the blood.

 

Chestnuts:

Chestnuts are number one when it comes to alkaline-forming nuts. Their alkalizing effect on the body is primarily due to the high water content (about 52%). Chestnuts are also rich in vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant. You can also consume chestnuts to increase your intake of manganese, copper, magnesium, folate, and vitamins B1, B2, and B6.

 

Cucumbers:

Cucumbers are about 95% water, which is where most of the benefits come from. They are also low in calories and high in antioxidants like lignans, which have been associated with inhibiting chronic diseases. Cucumbers can be used in various ways and contain selenium, copper, potassium, iron, zinc, and vitamins A, C, K, and B-complex.

 

Lemons:

Even though these are acidic outside the body, lemons deliver alkaline minerals when you ingest them. Each lemon has a pH of 9.0, which helps to alkalize the blood during digestion. They are also rich in potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, dietary fiber, and the mighty vitamin C! Remember: lemons are not acidic in the body, even though they have the citric acid taste.

 

Broccoli:

Broccoli is a great source of plant-based protein and contains tons of chlorophyll, which can help with cell production. The dietary fiber in broccoli also aids with the reduction of blood acidity. Broccoli is commonly recommended for cardiovascular health because it boosts the immune system and supports the metabolic process. The potassium in broccoli works to remove excess sodium from the body, which is beneficial for people who are trying to lower their blood pressure.

 

It is beneficial to start eating a lot of plant-based foods to help alkalize the body. Continually eating acidic foods with minimal fruit & vegetable intake is a surefire way to maintain an acidic body. Focus on legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.

 

Other Alkaline Foods Include:

  • Celery
  • Avocado
  • Kale
  • Bell Peppers
  • Basil
  • Lima Beans
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Cauliflower
  • Ginger
  • Lentils
  • Asparagus
  • Cabbage
  • Garlic
  • Tomato
  • Sweet Potato
  • Zucchini
  • Beet Greens

 

Sources:

https://steptohealth.com/6-best-alkaline-foods-planet/

https://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-benefits-of-a-properly-alkalized-body.html

http://efm.net.au/best-alkaline-foods/

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5 Amazing Benefits of Rose Hips https://www.dherbs.com/articles/5-amazing-benefits-of-rose-hips/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/5-amazing-benefits-of-rose-hips/#comments Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:56:20 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=79890 You may be neglecting one of the most important parts of the rose plant. Learn how rose hips can help boost digestion and improve your skin.

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A lot of people neglect rose plants once the flowers are gone. This is a shame because that is the time when rose hips (also known as rose heps, rose haw, or fruits of the rose plant) begin to grow, often times forming in late summer or fall. They are usually red and contain a high concentration of nutrients. They are little super fruits, much like blueberries, but more powerful.

 

Americans and Europeans have used rose hips for their medicinal properties for hundreds of years. The therapeutic properties can be attributed to the antioxidant concentration, phenolic compounds, phytochemicals, and healthy fats. Additionally, they contain nutrients like calcium, iron, selenium, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, C, E, and B-complex.

 

Recently, rose hips have undergone several studies to explore their health benefits. Researchers have found that they may have the potential to naturally remedy certain skin disorders, arthritis, inflammatory disorders, or hyperlipidaemia, among several others. We have detailed five of their amazing benefits below.

 

Skin Care:

People always want their skin to look smoother, younger, and free of blemishes. Hundreds of creams, cleansers, or lotions claim to do these things, but how many of them work? And are they even beneficial for you? The vitamin A content in rose hips helps to improve skin elasticity to avoid wrinkle development. The vitamin C also works to produce healthy skin cells to help your skin look more youthful.

 

Improve Circulation:

Iron, which is necessary for the creation of red blood cells, is a prominent nutrient in rose hips. Regularly consuming rose hips can help oxygenate essential organs, which helps to increase metabolic activity. This, in turn, helps to optimize organ function and boost circulation.

 

Anticancer Activity:

The onset of cancer is typically related to intracellular levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which ultimately leads to DNA mutations and tumor development. Research suggests that the antioxidants and phenolic compounds in rose hips may have an effectiveness in fighting back against cancer cells. The antitumor effects have been tested on various cancer cell lines and the results are very promising. They may be even more effective when combined with other herbs, which have similar anticancer properties.

 

Digestive Aid:

In addition to the pectin content, rose hips contain a variety of acids, which help to induce urination and excretion. In the past, many people have used rose hips as a diuretic to flush toxins, excess salt, and liquids from the body. Because rose hips help to regulate bowel movements, they can help people avoid many of the discomforts and symptoms people experience during constipation.

 

Immune Booster:

Vitamin C is a notorious immune booster. Rose hips are full of vitamin C, which helps to stimulate white blood cells and support the respiratory system (one of the reasons why vitamin C is recommended if you have a cough or cold). If you come down with the cold or flu, consider drinking rose hip tea to naturally fight off the virus.

 

Sources:

https://www.livestrong.com/article/117457-rose-hips-benefits/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5485961/

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/rose-hips.html

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Improve Digestive Health With These 8 Herbs https://www.dherbs.com/articles/improve-digestive-health-with-these-8-herbs/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/improve-digestive-health-with-these-8-herbs/#comments Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:15:46 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=78503 If you want to start improving your digestive, start adding a few of these herbal remedies to your daily life. You'll thank us later!

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Digestion is a natural bodily function, yet a lot of people are embarrassed to talk about their digestive health. If digestive discomfort is neglected, serious health problems can occur. A 2014 survey indicated that about 74% of Americans were living with digestive problems. Whether the symptoms are bloating, gas, indigestion, abdominal pain, or diarrhea, a person’s way of life can be interrupted by poor digestion.

 

If healthy digestion is what you seek, it has to start with the food you eat. If you eat unhealthy foods, then your body usually pays for it. Things like processed foods, meats, or dairy products can take up to three times longer than fruits, vegetables, legumes, or nuts & seeds for the body to digest. When you eat food, enzymes in your saliva begin to break down the food you are chewing. Acids and enzymes continue to break the food down when it enters the stomach. The food then enters the small intestine, where the body takes the nutrients it needs and sends the waste to the large intestine for elimination.

 

Whether you are trying to lose weight, live healthier, or feel less gassy or bloated, improving your digestion is always beneficial. Use these eight herbs to help naturally improve your digestion.

 

Chamomile:

In addition to calming the nervous system, naturally relieving nausea, and soothing heartburn, chamomile is a great herb for relief from gas and bloating. It aids digestion and can help remedy stomach cramps, IBS, and colitis.

 

Cumin:

Cumin, much like coriander, is a great digestive spice that helps cool the digestive system and boost digestive strength. It also helps with the proliferation of good microbes, and it aids with the detoxification of the digestive tract. It has a powerful taste, but makes up for it with powerful properties that can help reduce gas and bloating.

 

Fennel Seeds:

Fennel seeds have been widely used in Ayurvedic medicine for years. They help to boost lymphatic flow, but they also combat bloating and gas in the digestive tract. Not only do fennel seeds strengthen the digestive system, but they also help alleviate cramping, nausea, and gas.

 

Ginger Root:

Ginger helps to stimulate saliva, bile, and gastric juices, which can help stimulate healthy digestion. The easiest way to reap the benefits of ginger is to brew it into a tea. Pour hot water over freshly sliced ginger root. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of raw, organic honey and consume it; you should feel digestive relief shortly after.

 

Dandelion: 

Dandelions are abundant in a variety of vitamins and minerals. They have been used to natural remedy various health conditions, and sometimes people use them as a mild laxative, which can be beneficial for those with constipation.

 

Slippery Elm:

Slippery elm, which is obtained from the inner bark of the red elm tree, may be helpful in remedying irritated tissues in the digestive tract. You can obtain slippery elm powder and make it into a tea. Take 1 teaspoon of the powder, 1 teaspoon of raw honey, and put them in 2 cups of boiling water. You can add cinnamon for added flavor if you like. Drink this concoction once or twice a day.

 

Orange/Lemon Peels: 

Both orange and lemon peels help increase the natural secretion of digestive juices. This can help your body break down food more efficiently and can contribute to better waste elimination. Additionally, the peels also improve digestion and can help relieve gas.

 

Peppermint: 

Peppermint is an excellent herb for those with IBS because it calms digestive spasms and can relieve gas. Additionally, it helps to relieve stomach pain, especially if you consume it after eating a meal.

 

Sources:

http://lifespa.com/five-spices-digestive-world/

https://www.consciouslifestylemag.com/herbs-for-digestion-healing/

http://guthealthproject.com/8-herbs-improve-digestion-infographic/

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A.D. Dolphin Explains How To Keep Your Colon Healthy On The Real https://www.dherbs.com/articles/wellness-prevention/a-d-dolphin-explains-how-to-keep-your-colon-healthy-on-the-real/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/wellness-prevention/a-d-dolphin-explains-how-to-keep-your-colon-healthy-on-the-real/#comments Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:00:33 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=79843 A.D. Dolphin, the CEO of Dherbs Inc., will appear on The Real to talk about cleansing and the importance of proper waste elimination.

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A.D. Dolphin, the CEO of Dherbs Inc., will appear on The Real on April 18th, 2018, to talk about cleansing and the importance of proper waste elimination. The average person can hold up to 20lbs of waste in the digestive tract, and A.D. has tips and a very special product to help you keep your colon healthy.

 

Roughly 80-90% of diseases start in the colon because of bacterial build up. According to new research, about 16% of Americans suffer from chronic constipation, and general constipation accounts for over six million visits to the doctor’s office every year! There are an additional 700,000 visits to the emergency room. These numbers are saddening because constipation can be easily avoided, and A.D. has the information you need to help keep you regular.

 

If you are constipated, bloated, having an issue with weight loss, and are not eating enough fibrous foods like vegetables and fruits, you are in some serious trouble. The Standard American Diet is ruining the digestive system day by day. A.D. will explain how to keep a healthy colon and how keep the digestive system functioning like it should. Additionally, he has an all-natural product that can help anyone experiencing constipation, bloating, or gas. It promotes toxin elimination and can nourish the GI tract.

 

Don’t forget to tune in to The Real on April 18th, 2018, because you won’t want to miss out on A.D’s beneficial tips that not only help to relieve constipation, but also help with weight loss, better metabolism, and overall digestion. Check your local listings for show times and channel information or visit http://thereal.com/.

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How You Can Naturally Remedy IBS https://www.dherbs.com/articles/how-you-can-naturally-remedy-ibs/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/how-you-can-naturally-remedy-ibs/#comments Sat, 14 Apr 2018 12:00:40 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=78591 Don’t let your IBS dictate how you live your life! There are many ways to help naturally combat the condition. Learn how with these tips.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that can either cause diarrhea, constipation, abdominal cramping, or even bloating. Even though symptoms of IBS are uncomfortable, it does not change your bowel tissue or increase your risk of developing colorectal cancer like Crohn’s Disease. IBS is a chronic condition, but people can keep symptoms under control by managing diets, lifestyles, and stress.

 

Symptoms of IBS:

Because IBS can affect each person differently, people will experience varying symptoms, but the primary symptom is abdominal discomfort. If you are a woman, symptoms can worsen during menstruation. Symptoms of IBS can include:

  • Abdominal bloating
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Mucus in the stool
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sudden urge to have bowel movements

 

Natural Remedies For IBS

Exercise:

Exercise can be a beneficial remedy for those with IBS because it helps stimulate proper intestinal contractions. Additionally, exercising may help to relieve stress and anxiety, both of which can induce symptoms of IBS. If you don’t exercise regularly, you may want to start with low-intensive exercises like walking, swimming, riding an exercise bike, Tai Chi, yoga, or even Pilates. It is recommended to exercise 30 minutes a day for five days a week to see positive effects.

 

Drink Water:

Hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate some more. When you have IBS, it is important to drink water because energy, caffeinated, or alcoholic drinks can make diarrhea worse, and carbonated drinks can induce gas or bloating. It is recommended to drink half your bodyweight in ounces of water each day. If you weigh 150 pounds and divide that by two to get 75, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water every day.

 

Change Your Diet:

It can be beneficial, for IBS symptoms as well as overall health, to avoid processed foods, dairy products (especially if you are allergic to them), meats, fried foods, sugars, salts, and stimulants. These foods can often inhibit proper digestive function or worsen symptoms of IBS. Switching to a more plant-based diet can help regulate gastrointestinal health and eating fibrous fruits and vegetables can help firm up stools or promote bowel movements.

 

Avoid Certain Foods:

Certain foods are notorious for producing gas. It can be optimal to eliminate these foods from your diet to decrease the amount of gas you have. These foods include beans, cabbage, cauliflower, bran, Brussels sprouts, pears, raisins, onions, and the list continues. Additionally, you should avoid carbonated drinks, eat slowly, and chew your food thoroughly.

 

Use Ginger:

Use ginger as a natural remedy any chance you get! Ginger helps to stimulate saliva, bile, and gastric juices, which can help stimulate proper digestion. The easiest way to reap the benefits of ginger is to make tea. Pour hot water over freshly sliced ginger and stir in 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of raw, organic honey. Drink this once or twice a day until IBS symptoms subside.

 

Slippery Elm:

Slippery elm, which is obtained from the inner bark of the red elm tree, may help heal irritated tissues in the digestive tract. You can obtain slippery elm powder and make it into a tea. Take 1 teaspoon of the powder, 1 teaspoon of raw honey, and put them in 2 cups of boiling water. You can add cinnamon for added flavor if you like. Drink this concoction once or twice a day.

 

Sources:

http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/ibs-home-remedies-that-work

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART00680/Irritable-Bowel-Syndrome-IBS.html

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Calming Magnesium Butter To Improve Sleep https://www.dherbs.com/articles/calming-magnesium-butter-to-improve-sleep/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/calming-magnesium-butter-to-improve-sleep/#comments Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:10:46 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=79245 Need some help getting more magnesium in your diet? Use this DIY magnesium body butter to help improve sleep and relieve stress or anxiety.

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Being that magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, you could say that it is kind of important. Magnesium has several functions in the body and brain. Most people, however, do not get enough of this mineral. While there are plant-based, magnesium-rich foods you can consume, we are bringing you a magnesium body butter to help replenish magnesium levels, which works to improve sleep and reduce anxiety.

 

The majority of magnesium in the body is found in bones, while the rest is found in soft tissues, fluids, and muscles. Magnesium is necessary for cells to function properly. Involved in more than 600 biochemical reactions in the body, magnesium aids with protein formation, gene maintenance, muscle movements, nervous system regulation, and energy creation. The bottom line is that magnesium is necessary for a healthy body, but most people don’t get the amount they require.

 

What Is A Magnesium Deficiency?

About 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium, but they don’t know it. Some people mistake symptoms of magnesium deficiency as part of natural life or other health conditions. General fatigue, poor sleep, regular headaches, digestive troubles, or feelings of stress or anxiety are common symptoms of magnesium deficiency.

 

Causes of Magnesium Deficiency:

  • Consuming too much caffeine
  • Eating junk food (especially processed sugars)
  • Excess stress
  • Poor sleep patterns

Benefits of Magnesium:

  • Reduces stress
  • Increases energy
  • Soothes muscle cramps
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Calms nerves

 

Ingredients For Magnesium Body Butter:

  • ½ cup unrefined cocoa butter
  • ½ cup virgin coconut oil
  • ¼ cup magnesium oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 10 drops frankincense essential oil
  • double boiler
  • 4oz glass jars for storing body butter

Instructions:

  • Using a double boiler, melt the cocoa butter. Once it is melted, add the coconut oil and melt.
  • Add the magnesium oil, mix well, remove from the heat, and allow the mixture to cool for 30-60 minutes in the refrigerator. The mixture should be completely solid.
  • Remove the mixture from the fridge and add to a mixing bowl or cake mixer. Whip the mixture for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the essential oils and whip for an additional 5 minutes, or until you have a light and fluffy consistency like whipped cream.

 

How To Use

For Muscle Cramps: Massage one teaspoon of body butter on the affected area to relieve tension.

For Relaxing Sleep: Before bedtime, massage 1 teaspoon of body butter on the bottom of each foot, and rub a thumbnail size amount on the back of the neck.

For Stress & Headaches: Massage a small amount of the body butter on the back of your neck near the base of your skull. It is also beneficial to massage a small amount on the temples and forehead, but be careful to avoid getting the body butter in your eyes.

 

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-proven-magnesium-benefits#section2

https://oneessentialcommunity.com/calming-magnesium-body-butter-essential-oils/

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DIY Antihistamine Balm For Allergy Relief https://www.dherbs.com/articles/diy-antihistamine-balm-for-allergy-relief/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/diy-antihistamine-balm-for-allergy-relief/#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2018 18:10:42 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=79486 A lot of people suffer from allergies or general congestion during springtime. Protect yourself by making this DIY antihistamine balm.

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Spring is in full swing and the flowers are in bloom. Those with intense pollen allergies, however, may not be rejoicing during this time. No need to fret because there are natural remedies that can help you get fight off allergies. If you want some quick relief, we found an all-natural antihistamine balm.

 

Rather than buying pharmaceutical antihistamines, it is better to use natural ingredients to provide allergy relief. This balm is always beneficial to have on hand, especially during spring when a lot of people are prone to sinus issues, congestion, throat irritation, itchy eyes, seasonal allergies, or allergies that involve stings or rashes. The active ingredients are powerful essential oils and we are going to give you some information as to how they benefit you.

 

Peppermint Essential Oil:

This oil contains antispasmodic properties and acts as an expectorant. Inhaling the aroma can help relieve a sore throat or clear up sinuses. Outside of using this oil in the DIY balm, you can add a few drops to an aromatherapy diffuser and leave it in your room. This will help relieve allergy symptoms and contribute to better breathing.

 

Frankincense Essential Oil:

While people may think of the three wise men when frankincense oil is mentioned, it should also be thought of as an essential oil that helps to relieve anxiety and reduce inflammation. Your frankincense inhalation should be done sparingly because it is very powerful. That is why there are two carrier oils in this DIY balm.

 

Lavender Essential Oil:

Rich in powerful anti-inflammatory properties, lavender is a natural antihistamine that is extremely beneficial to use during an allergic reaction. It has been commonly used with a carrier oil to help those suffering from skin irritations like insect bites, hives, or other reactions.

 

Lemon Essential Oil:

Supporting the lymphatic and immune systems, lemon essential oil helps to stimulate white blood cell production and aids with overall body detoxification. Lemon essential oil is commonly used around the home to get rid of airborne allergens. You can add some lemon essential oil to a diffuser and place it in common areas to help lessen allergies.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2-4 small balm containers
  • 5 ounces beeswax, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons organic coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons sweet almond oil (you can also use another carrier oil like jojoba oil or olive oil)
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 6 drops frankincense essential oil

Instructions:

  • Fill the bottom half of a double boiler two-thirds of the way with water and place the whole thing over medium heat. Put the beeswax in the top of the double boiler and melt the wax. Make sure that you don’t burn it because that will destroy the benefits.
  • Once the beeswax is melted, stir in the coconut oil and sweet almond oil. Make sure that you stir this mixture well.
  • Remove from the heat and then add the essential oils in, drop by drop. Make sure to thoroughly mix these in so they are evenly distributed throughout the balm.
  • Pour the mixture in the little balm containers and let the mixture cool at room temperature. This should take about 45 minutes.
  • Once they are cooled, put the lids on and store them in a cool, dry place.

How To Use:

  • Take a thumbnail size amount of the balm and rub on the affected area. You can also rub it on the bottoms of your feet, your chest, neck, or below your nostrils to help with clearer breathing.

 

Sources:

https://www.happy-mothering.com/02/health-2/antihistamine-balm-natural-allergy-relief/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=302815332_8639268_346935

https://organicaromas.com/blogs/aromatherapy-and-essential-oils/5-essential-oils-for-allergy-relief

http://www.naturallivingideas.com/essential-oils-for-allergies/

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5 Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of An Ear Infection https://www.dherbs.com/articles/5-natural-remedies-to-get-rid-of-an-ear-infection/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/5-natural-remedies-to-get-rid-of-an-ear-infection/#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:15:48 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=79236 Don't let an ear infection permanently damage your hearing. Take action immediately by using one or several of these natural remedies.

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Ear infections occur when there is a viral or bacterial infection in the middle ear, which is directly behind the eardrum. The middle ear can become inflamed or fluid can build up in there, which is typically why ear infections are painful. People can either develop chronic or acute ear infections. The former typically does not clear up or it is recurring (sometimes causing permanent damage to middle and inner ear), while the latter is painful for a short period of time.

 

What Causes An Ear Infection?

An ear infection is the result of the Eustachian tubes becoming swollen or blocked. This causes fluid to build up in the middle ear. Eustachian tubes run from each ear directly to the back of the throat. There are several factors that can cause blockage in the Eustachian tubes, the most common of which are listed below.

  • Colds
  • Excess mucus build-up
  • Smoking
  • Allergies
  • Sinus infections
  • Infected or swollen adenoids (tissue near your tonsils)
  • Air pressure changes
  • Pacifier use
  • Climate changes

 

Natural Remedies

Garlic In Your Ear:

This may sound a little odd, but putting a few drops of garlic oil (or an entire garlic clove) in your ear is a great natural remedy. Garlic has amazing healing properties, the primary ones being antibacterial and anti-viral. The compounds in garlic help to attack the bacteria or virus in the inner ear, while the antiseptic properties of garlic work to inhibit the infection from spreading. Make sure your eardrum is not busted when you do this.

 

Probiotics:

When you have an ear infection, a great way to naturally remedy the situation is to boost your immune system. Probiotics are often included as alternative treatments and have been effective in helping pediatric ear infections. Probiotics are easily absorbed by the body and strengthen the immune system. The best probiotics to consume are kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, and fermented vegetables.

 

Chiropractic Treatment:

Several studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between receiving chiropractic adjustments and resolving ear infections. It is possible that ear infections can be caused by misalignment of the upper neck. Chiropractic adjustments can help to align the vertebrae, relaxing the muscles around the Eustachian tubes, which allows proper fluid drainage.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar:

Ear infections are occasionally caused by fungus in the ear. If this is the case, raw apple cider vinegar can be a great solution. Mix one part apple cider vinegar with one part filtered water and soak a cotton ball in this mixture. Plug your ear with the cotton ball and leave it in for about five minutes. After removing the cotton ball, lay on your opposite side to allow the liquid to drain from the ear. You can use a hair dryer to dry your ear after draining.

 

Saline Wash:

Clogged sinuses can cause ear infections, so it is optimal to relieve sinus pressure if this is the case. A great way to relieve sinus pressure is to use a saline wash with a Neti Pot. Relieving pressure in the sinus area allows for healthy drainage, which is crucial if you have an ear infection.

 

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/ear-infections

https://draxe.com/natural-ear-infection-remedies/

http://www.naturallivingideas.com/home-remedies-for-ear-infection/

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Reduce Overall Inflammation With Apple Cider Vinegar https://www.dherbs.com/articles/reduce-overall-inflammation-with-apple-cider-vinegar/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/reduce-overall-inflammation-with-apple-cider-vinegar/#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:30:34 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=79229 Raw apple cider vinegar is one of the most powerful natural remedies out there. Consume it daily to help reduce overall inflammation.

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If you don’t have raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in your pantry already, you are missing out on some serious health benefits. Apple cider vinegar, commonly referred to as ACV, has been used as a natural remedy for a variety of health conditions. In addition to all the benefits of ACV, it is very affordable and readily available in most stores.

 

Before we continue, we have to mention that it is integral to purchase organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Bragg makes an incredible product. Regular ACV that isn’t raw or unfiltered will not give you the same health benefits because it has been processed differently.

 

Why Is ACV So Special?

When you ingest ACV, healing begins to take place very quickly (depending on the condition you are treating) on a cellular level. Made from fermented apples, ACV contains healthy prebiotics, which are organisms that feed good bacteria (probiotics) that live in the digestive system. Keeping a healthy balance of good bacteria in the body with nourishing, plant-based foods is a great way to stay healthy. Consuming ACV won’t do this alone, but it can help reduce inflammation in the digestive system, joints, the blood, heart, and more.

 

Beginning in the gut and cells, inflammation can be caused by excess stress, poor sleep patterns, or more commonly an unhealthy diet that consists of processed ingredients, refined grains and sugars, meats, caffeine, alcohol, dairy products, and manmade fats. Typical symptoms of inflammation include joint pain, headaches, digestive problems, fatigue, acne, and more. To remedy these symptoms, people resort to over-the-counter medications that can actually contribute to more inflammation.

 

Remember: ACV cannot heal the body on its own. It can help reduce symptoms of inflammation, but it is more effective when you implement lifestyle changes along with its consumption.

 

The acetic acid in ACV gives it the tart taste, but this acid has an alkalizing effect when the body metabolizes it. ACV also contains polyphenolic compounds like epicatechin, quercetin, chlorogenic acid, and catechin. The alkaline pH level in ACV works to keep the blood from becoming too acidic, and acidity levels in American bodies are quite high. Consuming ACV for reduced inflammation can be done in the following ways.

 

ACV Tea: Add one or two tablespoons of raw, unfiltered ACV to one cup of warm water with a little freshly squeezed lemon juice. Drink this in the morning to promote detoxification.

 

ACV Salad Dressings: ACV is a great salad dressing ingredient because it provides that signature tang. Whisk it with olive oil and your favorite seasonings for a simply delicious dressing. For more dressings with ACV, click here.

 

ACV Morning Tonic: Add one or two teaspoons of ACV to one cup of filtered, room temperature water. Stir and enjoy. This works well when consumed in the morning or after a workout.

 

Cleansing Super Shot: You will create a one-ounce shot of ACV, water, lemon juice, a dash of cayenne pepper, and a little raw agave for sweetness. You may have to experiment with liquid ratios to get the flavor right.

 

It is best to use one or two of the above suggestions with a healthy, plant-based diet. ACV cannot be as effective if you are consuming foods that harm the body.

 

Sources:

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/how-to-use-apple-cider-vinegar-internally-to-relieve-inflammation/

http://www.naturallivingideas.com/apple-cider-vinegar-for-arthritis/

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The Benefits of Colon Cleansing https://www.dherbs.com/articles/the-benefits-of-colon-cleansing/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/the-benefits-of-colon-cleansing/#comments Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:00:54 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=78588 Don't ignore symptoms that can indicate a problem with the digestive system. Keeping the colon healthy can help you experience these things.

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We live in a toxic age with pesticides, genetically modified organisms, and processed ingredients in our food. This can mean that our bodies are full of toxins. Toxic build-up in the body can take a toll on overall health, and the health of the colon. If the colon doesn’t function properly, this can cause the rest of your body to operate at a lower level.

 

Even though your body does an efficient job of cleansing itself and eliminating waste, certain toxins may be difficult for the body to detox without any help. Additionally, the body may have trouble detoxing if the person continually eats toxic foods. These include processed foods, junk foods, fried foods, meats, dairy products, salty foods, and refined sugars.

 

Help your body detoxify by cleansing your colon. Eating a healthy diet and exercising are beneficial for the detoxification process, but sometimes a colon cleanse or colonic is necessary for optimal health. Below are the benefits of colon cleansing.

 

Increases Energy:

Having all those extra toxins in your body can slow you down, ultimately decreasing your energy levels and concentration. When you cleanse your colon of toxins, it allows you to better absorb vitamins & minerals, which can help increase energy levels. And if you have more energy, then you can be more active and have better mental clarity!

 

Improves Digestion:

The colon is the last part of the digestive tract, so it can impair digestion if it isn’t functioning right. Built up toxins in the colon can lead to constipation, bloating, or gas. If waste lingers in your colon, your body doesn’t properly absorb nutrients. This takes a toll on your entire body and can weaken the immune system. Cleansing the colon allows for regular bowel movements, proper nutrient absorption, and it prevents constipation, which is never fun.

 

Improves Overall Colon Health:

All the toxins that you ingest inevitably have to make their way out through the colon. If the colon isn’t cleansed, the toxins stay in the body and can be the cause of different health conditions. Many health conditions actually originate in the colon, so cleansing it can keep it and the rest of your body healthy. Plus, detoxing the colon encourages the growth of beneficial gut flora.

 

Kick-Starts Weight Loss:

When the digestive system is functioning properly, it can greatly benefit your weight loss goals. A lot of people have trouble losing weight because of built-up waste in the colon. In combination with exercise and a healthy diet, the digestive system needs to be firing on all cylinders for weight loss. Cleanse the colon to help kick-start your quest to losing weight.

 

Give your body a fresh start by cleansing your colon, and focus on eating healthy, plant-based foods to supply your body with the nutrients it needs for optimum health.

 

Sources:

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/5-benefits-of-colon-cleansing/

http://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/colon-cleansing.aspx

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