Have you ever wondered why, when you were younger, your parents tried to force Chamomile tea upon you whenever you suffered from an illness? They weren’t just doing it for the sake of it, they were trying to make you better. There is no herb more versatile or beneficial than Chamomile. Not only can it treat a range of conditions – and alleviate a range of symptoms – but it also comes with very few, if any, side effects. This is not often the case with most natural herbs.
It offers several disease-fighting anti-oxidants, and promote tranquility, youthfulness, health and vitality. We would battle to list all the health benefits of Chamomile within this article, but below you can read about five of the most popular and well-known benefits of this magical plant.
It helps those suffering from anxiety and depression
As the leading cause of disability in the world, it’s of little wonder to many that people are always on the lookout for alternative depression medication. While anti-depressants are effective, they come with a whole host of side effects – many of which can be worse than depression or anxiety itself. As 350 million people suffer from depression on a daily basis, it’s important we make it known that there are natural ways to reduce the impact depression has on your life.
Chamomile, in essential oil form, works as a sedative. It calms the nerves, relaxes the body and improves your sleep quality. Simply inhale the vapors and apply drops to the back of your neck and wrists.
It’s a natural alleviator of allergy symptoms
Between 10 and 30 percent of the world’s population suffers from an allergy. Although Chamomile can’t alleviate them all, it can certainly help with seasonal allergies. Not only does it work as effectively, if not more so, than conventional over-the-counter allergy medication, but it’s cost-effective as well. As a natural anti-histamine, it can help you to build up a natural resistance with just 2-3 cups of Chamomile tea per day. Sweeteners such as honey can also be added if you’re not a huge lover of the taste! Oddly enough, however, if you’re allergic to ragweed, chamomile will not help. In fact, you may find that it further enhances the symptoms, rather than alleviates them.
It has anti-inflammatory properties
If you’re tired of over-the-counter anti-inflammatories not removing your source of pain, try chamomile. As either an oil or an herb, it will help with reducing pain, swelling, redness, irritation and congestion. It’s often referred to as an herbal aspirin and can be far better for your health than standard aspirin and anti-inflammatory medication.
It helps those suffering from menstrual conditions
It’s all too easy when you’re suffering from menstrual cramps to reach for a bottle of Aspirin, or a block of chocolate… however, there is a far more natural and beneficial way of fighting menstrual cramps. Chamomile tea contain compounds that not only fight infections, colds and flus, but work to relieve menstrual cramps as well. It definitely makes sense to include it into on your shopping list!
It enables you to get a good night’s sleep
Do you struggle to doze off at night? Are you tired of taking sleeping pills that can be dangerous if taken for long periods of time? Try chamomile tea. As a mild sedative and sleep inducer, this tea could be the answer you’re looking for. Within chamomile is a flavonoid called apigenin. This binds to the benzodiazepine receptors within your brain, telling it to slow down, relax, and go to sleep. Having a good night sleep has many benefits to your health especially if you have Eczema.
It can seem so convenient to keep a range of different pills in your medicine cabinet for ailments, but one simple herb can be enough to alleviate symptoms for a range of conditions. The next time you’re at a grocery store, stock up on chamomile tea and notice the difference in your everyday life. If you are curious about other healthy teas, then you should check out this article.
When you’re out and about doing your weekly grocery shop, why not spend a little longer in the health and well-being section? By adding a bottle of moisturizer to your shopping cart, your skin can begin to feel and look 100 percent better. And, as the colder weather sets in, it’s essential that your skin is as well-equipped as it can be. We’ve included 4 reasons why moisturizing your skin is so important.
It Slows Down Fine Lines And Wrinkles
There’s no way to stop the aging process. When you’re beginning to notice more fine lines and wrinkles appearing on your skin, take back control. Invest in a quality moisturizer and start using it daily.
It Helps Your Wrinkles Become Less Noticeable
As mentioned above, there is no way to stop the aging process. We all get older, and the harsh reality is that our skin will become wrinkled due to lesser collagen production. However, the more dehydrated your skin is, the more prominent your wrinkles are. A moisturizer featuring hyaluronic acid can help plump up your skin to make the wrinkles less visible while combating dryness in the process.
It Stops The Weather From Having An Impact On Your Skin
Winter can play havoc with our bodies, but it affects our skin even more. Humidity levels are lower in the winter, and therefore the dry air is known to dehydrate our skin. When it’s (the skin is) dry, there are fewer lipids, and this allows irritants to get into your pores which cause itching, redness, and flaking. An appropriate moisturizer (mostly those containing ceramide and other key ingredients) can act as a barrier, reducing the risk of this happening.
It Reduces The Risk of Acne Aggravation
If you’re an acne sufferer, moisturizing alongside your everyday acne treatment routine can dramatically reduce the chances of your acne becoming aggravated. In saying that, it’s vital that you choose a moisturizer that’s oil and fragrance-free.
Your Makeup Looks Better
If you’ve ever put foundation or concealer over dry skin, you will know just how much it enhances the flaky appearance. Even if the rest of your face looks perfect, one dry patch can be enough to draw attention to your face for all the wrong reasons. Moisturizer not only helps reduce the dryness in your skin, but it gives the foundation something to stick to and blend into the skin much smoothly. This stops it from seeping into your fine lines and enhancing your imperfections rather than hiding them. If you do wear makeup and have a condition like Eczema like myself, make sure to read this post where I write about talc and parabens.
We’re bombarded with skincare commercials on a daily basis, and there’s a reason for it. If you’re wanting to fight the signs of aging and keep your skin from becoming dry or irritated, moisturizer can help. However, there’s a common misconception that the more expensive the moisturizer, the more beneficial it is. Without controlled scientific studies, it’s impossible to know whether an expensive moisturizer is any more useful than a cheaper one. The best way to find out is by buying one within your price range and trying it out. If you notice a positive difference in your skin, then stick with it. Trial and error can help you find the best moisturizer for your needs.
Boswellia Sacra tree is the source for Frankincense oil that is found in the country of Somalia. Not only has it been associated with various religions, especially Christianity as it was one of the first gifts from the three wise men given to baby Jesus. It is also known as the “King of the Oils.”
It has also been used for hundreds of years for its health benefits.
Frankincense oil can be used topically or as a scent . Typically, it’s mixed with another oil, or a lotion, so that it goes further. However, a little oil can go a long way, and large quantities are not recommended. Below, we’ve listed six exceptional benefits, and side effects.
Stress and anxiety
When you’re having a particularly bad day, and you can’t fight the feelings of stress and anxiety, Frankincense oil can help. Just add a couple of drops to a hot bath or put some in a diffuser. It helps you to feel relaxed, less stressed, and many people believe it even increases your levels of intuition and spiritual connection.
If you’re suffering from bad breath or you like to keep your mouth fresh and free of cavities, consider adding Frankincense oil to your toothpaste. It has a sweet aroma and helps prevent nasty breath, decay and cavities of the tooth and even oral infections.
Frankincense can help tighten and lift aging skin that can become saggy over time. As it’s a powerful astringent, it protects skin cells while fighting the typical signs of aging. Mix it with unscented oil and apply directly to your skin. We recommend doing a test patch first to ensure you won’t have an allergic reaction.
If you’re suffering from IBS, PMS, cramps, stomach aches, gas, constipation or gastrointestinal discomfort, try Frankincense oil. It works by speeding up the digestive process and functions similarly to digestive enzymes.
Supposedly you can ingest it if you drop in one or 2 drops of it into a cup of water.
I haven’t tried this yet so make sure to do more research on this and one major note, make sure to use the oil in the one hundred percent pure form (avoid the fragrance version)
If you’re tired of dark marks, blemishes, acne, stretch marks and wounds, add two drops of water mixed in with lotion and apply to those affected areas. Ensure the skin is not broken. It helps to reduce any scars(to a certain extent) and works just as efficiently as other skin products that are far more expensive.
Cold and flu
A common cold or influenza can strike anyone at any time. If a side effect of your condition is a respiratory infection, we recommend inhaling Frankincense oil. It removes blocked phlegm while providing relief from incessant coughing. For best results, use one of them oil diffuser or inhale from a cloth.
As with most essential oils, there are a few things to be aware of. First of all there hasn’t been reports on major side effects associated with the use of frankincense oil, ingesting large quantities can be toxic. Some people also suffer from rashes, stomach pain, nausea and digestive problems as a result of its use. Anyone with a history of blood clotting please refrain from using it.
For more information on how to mix this oil or other essential oils and use it as a body cream then please visit this link.
If Mother Nature was a person, she would have received more accolades and rewards than any other, for simply creating clary sage. Clary sage, a plant native to Europe, has been known as an alleviator of many conditions for a number of years. However, it’s not the plant itself that deserves the pat on the back, it’s the essential oil that’s extracted from the buds and leaves.
Clary sage essential oil is used to treat a variety of modern day conditions, and is even used to flavor muscatel wine. As a “jack of all trades”, it’s clear to see you’re onto a winner when you find yourself in possession of clary sage.
It helps with depression
When you’re tired of handing your money over to pharmaceutical companies for beauty products that just aren’t working, it’s time to look elsewhere. When you purchase a beauty product, you expect to get results, but often these results are substantially more noticeable when you get to the source of the ingredients.
Take glycerin for example. Glycerin is the by-product of water and fat. While it might not sound appealing, it actually has many beauty and health benefits above and beyond those you would normally get from a standard beauty topical cream (so why not make your own home- made concoction). In fact, glycerin oil is preferred by many people due to its ability to absorb and retain water, while offering a sweet flavor when consumed. Did you know glycerin is removed from most commercial soaps?
Below are ways you could be using glycerin to your advantage.
For skin conditions
For many people, eczema and psoriasis, among many other skin conditions, can be a nightmare. You could clear the drugstore of all kinds of topical creams and end up making the condition worse. So, when you’ve tried almost everything, would you consider using glycerin oil? Because of the water-retaining benefits, glycerine has been known to contribute to healthy skin regeneration. Try it for yourself and notice the results.
To treat acne
If you suffer from acne, you will no doubt be familiar with the full range of acne products. Some work, some don’t. But if you’re ready to try something new, give glycerin a go. It’s a great acne cleanser because it won’t dry out your skin or clog your pores. It can clear oil, dead skin and anything else that you’ve put on your face.
As a moisturizer
There could be nothing worse than constant dry skin – especially on your hands. Glycerin is an effective moisturizer due to its water-retention properties. It’s non-comedogenic, won’t clog pores, and keeps your skin supple and smooth.
For your hair
While this won’t suit everyone – glycerin is effective at helping those with dry or frizzy hair. It will hold and draw moisture, all the while keeping hair slicked down. You will benefit from shiny, well-kept hair!
On your feet
When you’re on your feet all day, over time you will begin to suffer from cracked heels. They become sore, irritated and just plain annoying. If you wash your feet well then apply glycerin onto your heels, it can start to heal those cracks! It traps moisture into your skin and softens the surrounding skin. This works best when you apply it and night and sleep with it lathered on.
As with most things, there is such a notion as ‘too much of a good thing’. While it’s very unlikely you would experience side effects of glycerin oil, it’s a possibility. This could include redness and irritation. On the more severe end, some people have suffered from rashes, itching and an allergic reaction. If symptoms persist, see a health professional and stop using it.
So, while many modern-day creams, potions, lotions and balm are beneficial, many just don’t work for the average person. There’s no harm in stepping out of your comfort zone and trying a product a little closer to nature.
Who would have thought that a seed added to curries, stocks, sausage mixtures and salads could be so beneficial for your health that it’s made into an essential oil? It’s an odd thought, but fennel seeds, when steamed, create a beneficial oil that has been used for health benefits for many centuries.
It’s a laxative, a stimulant, a tonic, an antiseptic and so much more. It’s fair to say that once you reap the benefits of fennel oil once, you’ll never be without it again.
Below we list five of the many benefits of fennel oil. You’ll be off to your local health store to buy it in no time! This may be off-topic from the usual Eczema article, but I want to occasionally explore healthy ingredients that can benefit you internally which is just as or more important than any topical product. Continue reading
It has been drilled into us for a long time to always rely on antibiotics and other man-made products for help with our health problems. While they are effective, there are still so many natural products that can offer the same relief. So why not try them first?
Patchouli oil, for example, is one of the many natural products with the ability to treat a range of illnesses and conditions.
Before you reach for the medicine cabinet, find out about the top five, of many, conditions Patchouli oil can help with. And make sure to read this article to learn how to make your own body butter using essentials oils.
Infections and healing
The human race readily relies on antibiotics and antiseptics to help with cuts, burns and wounds. But did you know there was a far more natural solution? What would you do if the world’s supply of antibiotics ran out? You could turn to Patchouli oil.
It is found in many health stores, helps prevent infection taking hold on wounds and ulcers. In fact, this oil can even reduce the risk of tetanus forming if you’ve injured yourself on rusty metal. Not only does it reduce the risk of infection, but it even speeds up the healing process and helps scars fade. Many people use it for fading scars caused by acne, chicken pox, measles and even boils.
If you’re at risk of developing kidney or gallbladder stones, or even gout, you could benefit from Patchouli oil. Using the oil in its natural form increases both the quantity and the frequency of urine produced. This helps you to lose weight, remove toxins from the body, lower blood pressure, increase your appetite and lower your cholesterol.
Just one natural oil can do the job of 10 different medications, with ease.
If you’re struggling to get that spark back in the bedroom but you’re unsure about trying man-made medications, give Patchouli oil a try. For hundreds of years, this oil has been used as an aphrodisiac. It works by stimulating estrogen and testosterone which can reduce impotency, loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, sexual anxiety and more.
If insects are a problem in your home and backyard, it always pays to keep a bottle of Patchouli oil handy. Just a few drops is all it takes to keep those pesky mosquitos, fleas, flies, moths, bed bugs and lice at a healthy distance. You can even wash clothing and bedding in it. It’s that effective that many lotions, fumigants, sprays and incense sticks feature the oil. Just be careful about burning incense indoors as the smell can seep into furniture and even fabric. You can read this article here where I demonstrate how to make your own insect repellent targeted to Eczema sufferers.
If standard deodorant doesn’t work for you, then Patchouli oil could be a good option. It’s sweet and spicy and masks the smell of body odor. Just ensure you dilute it well to avoid the scent becoming too strong and overbearing. Otherwise, the Patchouli oil might be more off-putting than the body odor!
While Patchouli oil is beneficial in many forms for many different applications, it is a very potent oil. Too much of it can be very off-putting and unpleasant. Always dilute where possible, and be aware of others around you who may be irritated by the scent.
I am very excited to announce that I was recently interview by Health Monitor.
You can find my piece in their Guide to Living with Atopic Dermatitis which is distributed across the United States. Also in this guide you will find other interesting interviews and tips on living with Eczema.
Below my image I have added more information that didn’t make into the guide.
1) What do you usually do to relieve your flare ups?
Almonds are fast becoming a preferred snack in many households, and it’s easy to see why. Right now in Fresno County, California; harvest has just begun where it is a billion dollar business in that area.
Aside from the dramatic evidence to suggest they reduce cardiovascular disease and diabetes, this south-west Asian and Middle Eastern delight also boast several other health benefits.
However, in oil form, the benefits are that much more noticeable and enhanced. If you ever want to use this oil in a cream mixture, then make sure to take a sneak peak at this link where I explain the different mixtures you can use.
Below are just 4 of the many benefits
It regulates your cholesterol levels
Did you know there are two kinds of cholesterol – good and bad? Almond oil can help raise your good cholesterol levels and lowers your bad cholesterol in the process. This results in an overall naturally lower cholesterol level. This is because almonds are full of unsaturated fats and Vitamin E, both which allow oxygen and nutrients to flow freely through your blood.
It can greatly reduce the risk of heart disease
Chronic inflammation is often the leading cause of high cholesterol and heart disease. Because almonds feature anti-inflammatory properties, they reduce chronic inflammation which, in turn, reduces the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol. Simply add a few drops of almond oil to your meals every day, and start to notice the drastic change in your health.
It can help your skin
While most skin care products claim to feature premium levels of vitamin E for skin health, why not get it directly from the source? Almond oil is mild, it’s hypoallergenic, and it’s suitable for most skin types – adults, babies and children. Because it’s light, it’s easily absorbed by the skin and can help reduce sun damage while leaving your skin feeling soft and supple.
The best part is, almond oil in most cases is far cheaper than several skincare products.
It’s good for your hair
If you’re experiencing hair loss or damaged hair, a few drops of almond oil can make a huge difference. Almond oil works by adding a level of silkiness, all the while nourishing your scalp. It also gives your hair that lovely shiny appearance and infuses magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E.
Too much of a good thing
There is such a thing as “too much of a good thing” and unfortunately this also applies to almond oil. Although it’s exceptionally good for you in small doses, it’s not so beneficial in large doses.
Side effects of excessive almond oil use are:
Weight gain – Almonds are full of fat and calories, and although it’s the good kind of fat, it’s still fat nonetheless. Health professionals recommend people should only consume around 1 ounce of almond oil with each serving, and no more than 3 ounces per day. To counteract weight gain, it may pay to reduce your fat intake in other foods while you give almond oil a try.
Medicine interruptions – If you’re on antibiotics, antacids, laxatives or even vitamins, tread carefully with almond oil use. Because almond oil is so rich in manganese, it can allow you to inadvertently overdose on it which counteracts the effectiveness of other medications.
Gastrointestinal troubles – Even though almond oil is used to reduce the risk of constipation, too much of it can actually have the opposite effect. It can end up causing bloating and constipation. If you find yourself suffering from this problem, drink plenty of water and eat high-fiber foods to get your bowel movements kickstarted again.
There’s a common misconception that hemp seed oil is too closely related to hash oil in order to be beneficial. However, while one is in the news for all the wrong reasons, the other is taking the health and beauty scene by storm. Don’t be fooled by its name, for if you’re particularly interested in natural skin care products, you will just love what hemp seeds and its oil can do for you.
For such a small seed, it’s incredible how many vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients are packed into it. You can expect to benefit from its exceptional amount of protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids, fiber, omega 3 and 6 and so much more. Try it out by implementing it into your homemade cream recipe.
You can even reap the benefits of minerals such as potassium, zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. All of these vitamins and minerals work together to provide a beneficial formula for the health of your skin. You can find out what it can do for you below.
It can counteract aging skin
Have you ever felt like no matter which skincare product you bought, nothing ever did the trick? You would expect with so many ingredients packed onto the back of the label, and a price tag indicative of a product that actually worked, you would see some results.
Sometimes, all it takes is to go back to nature. Because hemp seed oil is high in essential fatty acids such as Omega 6 and 3, you will notice a vast improvement in your skin. These fatty acids counteract aging skin and can even help slow down the aging process due to linoleic acid within the oil as well.
Possibly help with Psoriasis?
There are so many products available on the market seeking to combat the painful and irritable skin condition psoriasis. Although there are several different diets you can go on, you can also look into using hemp seed oil. Some people suffer from psoriasis, no matter what they do with their diet. So, when conventional methods fail – or come with negative side effects – there’s no harm in trying hemp seed oil.
One study has shown that hemp seed oil, among other cannabinoids, was able to inhibit the growth of overactive skin cells. By using hemp seed oil, the growth was slowed by various levels depending on the level of oil used.
It can help keep your skin moisturized for longer
Many people battle with dry, flaky and often irritable skin. This problem can often be exacerbated during colder seasons, or with manual labor. Drug store moisturizers are okay, but they don’t change the behavior of your skin. Hemp seed oil works by training your skin to retain moisture for longer. Daily use will significantly affect how dry your hands get, and can ultimately remove the need to ever buy hand creams and moisturizers again.
It can help prevent oily skin
If you suffer from oily skin, you are sure to have tried everything to get it under control. In fact, you’ve probably spent several hundred dollars and have still come up short. Give hemp seed oil a go. Because it doesn’t clog pores, it’s thought to be the best kind of moisturizing option to give your skin a proper chance to breathe.
Know the Risk!
However, with all the health benefits, hemp seed oil does come with some risks. It can increase the risk of prostate cancer because it promotes the growth of tumors. It’s also an anticoagulant and can cause diarrhoea and cramps.
People looking to use hemp seed oil should check with their doctors, in case they have a condition that may become exacerbated with its use.