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Top 10 Natural Headache Remedies and Cures

When a headache strikes suddenly, it’s not just painful, it’s downright infuriating! The pain can feel like just a tiny pinch at first, but given enough time, that pinch turns into a sledgehammer that keeps pounding away at your head until you can’t stand it anymore. Luckily though, you don’t have to just sit there and take it like you have in the past — you’ve got options, the best of all being fast acting, natural headache remedies & cures.

You and I both know that headache relief medication — such as aspirin — is becoming increasingly more UNRELIABLE to heal your headache pain. Not one day goes by where we don’t see a commercial about how a drug was recalled because it caused SERIOUS side effects or even death. Having said that, it’s only getting more foolish with each new day to turn to pills in order to get headache relief.

Most people don’t realize it, but NATURAL headache remedies and cures are the best way to go about treating headaches quickly and SAFELY. In fact, you can actually heal your headache in as little as 5 to 10 minutes so long as you’re using the right headache cures. Don’t believe it? Well, then you’ve obviously never tried using these 10 outstanding headache remedies. Take a look.

10 Easy Remedies That Can Heal Your Headache Fast

1. Large Glass of Water. Sounds too easy, right? Well it works more often then you think. Dehydration is one of the MOST COMMON causes of headaches, so a glass of cool, clear water might be all you need to start relieving pain.

2. Deep Massage. You probably already know about massages and how they help to relieve stress & tension. However, what you didn’t likely know is that a firm massage on the head, face, AND neck can quickly get rid of headache pain.

3. Aromatherapy. This is quickly becoming one of the most well known headache remedies around. Why? Because it actually WORKS. Sandlewood, peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, and a wide assortment of other natural oils can be used to reduce, if not completely eliminate pain. These scents can be found in oils, candles, and even soaps.

4. Take a Hot Shower. Stand in the shower and allow the hot water to cascade down your neck and back. This should loosen your muscles and allow for better blood flow. Also, this would be a good time to use the aromatherapy “soap” that was mentioned in headache cure #3.

5. Ice Pack. You can use an ice pack, a cold towel, a bag of frozen peas, or anything else that’s really cold. Apply this cold item to the back of your neck (or wherever the pain is located) and allow it to sit for about 5 to 10 minutes. This technique should help reduce any inflammation, not to mention help numb the pain a bit.

6. Using Pressure Points. One of the most underrated of all headache cures & remedies is using pressure points. It sounds far-fetched, sure, but it can provide great results if done correctly. Try It Out: Find where the bones of your “index” finger & thumb meet (the fleshy area). Apply pressure to this spot for 2 minutes.

7. Relaxing & Resting. Sometimes a headache is just your body telling you that you’re overworked and way too stressed. Lie down in a dark room, shut your eyes, and just relax for awhile. Once this particular headache “attack” goes away, you should try to dial down your stress a bit and look for ways to relax and enjoy life just a bit more. (This is another one of those headache remedies that is much too often overlooked)

8. Diet. Do certain foods you eat always seem to trigger a headache? Then it’s time to dump these items from your daily diet. Everyone reacts differently to foods (and the ingredients they contain) so it’s important to take a CLOSE look at what you’re eating and when these “attacks” occur. If need be, keep a headache diary.

9. Calcium Supplement. This can help to relax your muscles and increase bloodflow, which should help to alleviate pain a bit. A large glass of orange juice should do fine if you are without supplements. Many experts recommend taking a supplement which has both magnesium & calcium for maximum headache relief.

10. Exercise. Depending on the severity of the attack, this is one of those headache cures which might not be that easy to do. But regardless, you should definitely consider doing this before AND after the headache. Exercise will increase circulation & bloodflow throughout the body, allowing more blood & more oxygen to reach your brain. Exercising regularly should GREATLY help to PREVENT headaches from returning.

Well, there you have it, 10 great remedies you can use right now to heal your headache pain. Do yourself a favor and write these down, print them out, or just bookmark this page and come back to it later — you never know when you might need to use them for instant headache relief!

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The Health Benefits of Chamomile

The health benefits of chamomile include safe, soothing stress relief. Although it is possible to have an allergic reaction to chamomile, it is usually considered safe enough for even the elderly and young children.

There are two kinds of chamomile, Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobilis) and German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita). Their actions are quite similar. The German Chamomile is usually used in the United States. It is tastier and more effective for soothing digestion.

Health benefits of chamomile
have a long history in traditional herbal medicine

  • This gentle herb can relax muscles and have a calming influence on nervous irritability and anxiety.
  • It can promote proper functioning of the stomach, improve digestion and dispel accumulated gas.
  • It is often used for babies suffering from colic spasms or teething irritability.
  • Chamomile has an anti inflammatory action and can promote healing of wounds.
  • It can help promote perspiration and have a beneficial influence on fevers, colds and flu.
  • It can help with nervous headaches, insomnia, and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Chamomile supports refreshing and relaxing sleep.
  • It is useful for nervousness due to common every day over work and fatigue.
  • Chamomile has a gentle calming sedative effect on the central nervous system.
  • It is often recommended by herbalists to ease the impact of stress.

That’s quite a lot of relief from one simple herb!

Constituents of Chamomile

The health benefits of chamomile seem to come from its unique assortment of natural plant oils including azulene, chamazulene, pro azulenes, bisabolol, farnesine, pinene, anthermal, spiroether, angelic acid and a number of various sesquiterpenes.

The beneficial phyto nutrients in chamomile include flavones, glycosides, bitter glycosides, valerianic acids, tannins, salicylic acid and coumarin derivatives.

Using Chamomile

Chamomile can be used as capsules and tincture. Most often it is probably used as a simple tea.

How to Make Chamomile Tea

  • Boil water
  • Place dried chamomile blossoms in a tea pot or cup
  • Use about 1to 2 teaspoons of blossoms per 8 ounce cup of water
  • Pour boiling water over the blossoms and cover the pot or cup
  • Allow the tea to steep for 30-45 minutes
  • Drink and enjoy

The tea can be used as a relaxing foot bath. It can also be used as a mouth wash for sores in the mouth, or as a gargle to soothe a sore throat.

Availability

Chamomile is a common herb which is widely available. The health benefits of chamomile can be obtained by purchasing this inexpensive herb in most health food stores. It grows freely in many gardens. In fact the Victorians used to create a whole lawn of chamomile blossoms which were very soothing to relax on. (If you decide to try this, be sure to border your lawn with bricks or stones which will inhibit invasion of weeds and other grasses.)

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The Healing Effects of Cherries

The Benefits of Cherries

Health Benefits of Cherries

Cherries like many other fruits are packed with antioxidants that fight free radicals in the body and may help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as slow the aging process. Perhaps you’ve heard about the controversy between the FDA and the cherry industry and wondered what the fuss was about. Are cherries not as healthy to eat as you thought they were? Should you stop eating cherries? The answer is no.

The controversy is over certain health claims made by the cherry industry and those who sell products containing or made from cherries such as pills, capsules, and juice—and not the health benefits of cherries. While numerous scientific studies have demonstrated the health benefits of cherries, the FDA says that makers of products containing cherries cannot claim that their products prevent, treat, or cure a specific disease such as gout or cancer. The FDA says that these types of claims imply that cherries are “drugs” that cure a disease—without the backing of controlled double-blind clinical trials.

For the general population however, the bottom line is that there’s no reason not to eat cherries. There are two types of cherries, sweet and tart or sour cherries. The most popular type of sweet cherry is the Bing cherry, which is sold fresh in the grocery store. Tart or sour cherries are canned and used in pies, dried into fruit snacks, and made into juice concentrate. Like most other fruits, cherries are fat-free, low in calories and sodium, and high in certain minerals and vitamins such as potassium, Vitamin C, and B-complex vitamins.

Most of the scientific research has centered on the health benefits of tart cherries. Sweet and tart cherries contain pigments called anthocyanins, antioxidants that give cherries their dark red color. Tart cherries are among the top fruits as far as antioxidant levels go. Tart cherry juice and dried tart cherries are even higher in antioxidants than blueberries and more powerful than Vitamin E. Anthocyanins have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and according to the American Chemical Society, eating 20 tart cherries (or drinking the equivalent in juice concentrate) a day could provide the same pain relief that aspirin or ibuprofen do.

Researchers in Texas recently discovered that tart cherries contain high levels of melatonin; an antioxidant and substance produced naturally by the body that is thought to help slow the aging process as well as fight jetlag and regulate sleep. Eating tart cherries, particularly Montmorency tart cherries, can actually increase the levels of melatonin in the body.

Although many of the studies concerning cherries are preliminary and require additional research, the health benefits of eating cherries, both tart and sweet, and drinking cherry juice concentrate are indeed many. Cherries are a potential source of treatment for diabetes achieved by lowering blood sugar levels, may help prevent colon cancer, significantly reduce pain due to muscle damage, provide relief from the pain of gout and arthritis, and lower LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, a contributing factor in heart disease and strokes.

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Akilah M. El, N.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor and board-certified Master Herbalist with a private practice in Atlanta Georgia and Berlin Germany. Join Dr Akilah El on Facebook and Twitter

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The Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel and Juice

Health benefits of aloe vera gel are abundant and we can maximize our experience by supplementing this healthy, non-tasty-nectar with other healthful components.

Aloe vera is a very convenient product that is available in many topical creams, ointments, as long as it is produced from stabilized aloe vera leaf ‘s gel.

Stabilization is the process that allows aloe to keep nearly 100% of all the ingredients intact by the oxidation until the moment we consume it.

Some of the most outstanding benefits of aloe are related to cicatrization. The substance in the aloe plant is conducive to regenerating and this is particularly effective for the skin. Topical solutions that contain high-conciseness pure aloe vera gel are naturally healthful for the surface of the skin for many reasons.

Skin readily absorbs aloe because one of many aloe’s components, Lignin has the ability to penetrate all three human skin layers (epidermis, dermis, hypodermis) and convey the health benefits of aloe vera gel. As well as, composition of the plant is much like the composition of the human body. The similarities make the gels and creams containing stabilized aloe vera gel more compatible with skin and organism than many other products.

Aloe Vera Juice

Thе health benefits οf aloe vera juice hаνе long bееn known. It hаѕ bееn used historically аѕ a soothing balm, applied externally fοr cuts, scrapes аnd burns. Modern uses οf aloe vera аrе extensive.

Thе health benefits οf aloe vera taken internally include: improved circulation, regulation οf blood pressure, promotes healing οf bones аnd joints, strengthens thе immune system, defends thе body against bacteria, heals internal tissue dаmаgе, heals ulcers, improves аnd even eliminates constipation, blood sugar regulation, аnd reduces itchiness іn psoriasis helping іt tο heal.
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Drinking two tο four ounces a day іѕ аll thаt іѕ required tο gain thе many benefits οf aloe vera juice. If уου drink іt daily, aloe vera саn aid уουr digestion, improve уουr circulation аnd detoxify уουr body аnd cleanse уουr colon.
Thе detoxification properties οf aloe vera juice аlѕο act tο detoxify уουr blood stream. If уου hаνе intestinal οr stomach problems іt саn hеlр уουr digestive tract tο work smoothly.
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Aloe vera аlѕο helps tο dilate thе capillaries аnd support cell growth, thereby improving circulation.
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One οf thе mοѕt іmрοrtаnt health benefits οf aloe vera juice іѕ іtѕ operation аѕ аn anti-bacterial аnd anti-fungal agent, helping tο prevent thе onset οf disease іn thе body. Thus, taking aloe vera juice daily helps tο maintain gοοd health аnd provide a sense οf wellbeing аnd energy.

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Supplementary Nutritional Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

Supplementary nutritional qualities in the aloe plant are wondrous and we can enjoy the effects on our skin, digestive system, external appearance and our energy levels. Aloe contains over 75 nutrients, among other 20 minerals, 12 vitamins and 18 amino acids, including 7 of the 8 that our body have to take them solely from food. Aloe vera juice is ideal for maintaining a healthy digestive tract. This element is naturally detoxifying, allowing nutrients to be readily absorbed.

Topical care is another great benefit of using aloe vera skin care products. Many people use this component to relief symptoms of skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

The solution is ideal for the first care of burns, minor traumas, abrasions, skin irritation and it can help skin recover faster, without inelegant, ugly scars after minor surgery.

Aloe is a natural anti-infectious that has been used to relief peptic ulcers. Results are readily apparent inside and out. People take aloe vera to boost their immunity to bacteria, disease and illnesses.

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How Your Tongue Can Detect The State of Your Health

The tongue is one of the most important diagnostic areas in ancient medical traditions. What makes the tongue such a great diagnostic tool? In Chinese medicine, the tongue is a “map” of the internal body. Like the face, the tongue is divided into five-element

Wonder if you’re coming down with a cold? Stick out your tongue and say “Ah!” Or at least give it a glance. Your tongue is one of the easiest ways to check in with your health status. The tongue is such an important diagnostic tool for Chinese medicine practitioners that it merits a full article.

How Chinese medicine uses the tongue to interpret your health
The tongue is one of the most important diagnostic areas in ancient medical traditions. What makes the tongue such a great diagnostic tool? Your tongue, containing water, electrolytes, mucus, and enzymes, is a very sensitive organ and its appearance changes with many physical changes in the body. In Chinese medicine, the tongue is a “map” of the internal body. Like the face, the tongue is divided into five-element zones that correspond to your internal organ networks.

Get in front of the mirror and look at your tongue right now. The tip exhibits the fire element; behind the tongue tip is the metal element; both right and left sides the wood element; in the center towards the back is the earth element; and the very back of your tongue is the water element. Now that you know what element is where, how do you translate what your tongue is telling you?

Signs and symptoms
Here is what you want to see: A normal tongue should be pink, muscular without tooth marking or discoloration, and have a very thin clear coating that exhibits proper salivary secretions. Monitor your evolving health level by noticing color, shape, and coating changes in specific zones.

Tongue Color: When the color becomes deeper — going from pale to scarlet to purple — it means that there is increasing heat in the body. Heat may mean inflammation, infection, or hyperactivity of the organ network. When the tongue’s color becomes lighter — from pink to pale to paper white — it indicates cold, which can mean anemia, pathogenic cold factor, or low energy and function of the corresponding organ network. I treat patients with low immune system function, sometimes due to chemotherapy or chronic fatigue syndrome, and many of them exhibit a pale tongue indicating low energy.

Tongue Coating: The thickness and color of the coating, or a lack of coating, can indicate different issues. When the coat of your tongue becomes thick, it is frequently a sign of imbalance in the digestive system. When the coat turns thick and cruddy, it generally points to decreased immune system with Candida (yeast infection). When the coat turns yellow, it often signals infection or inflammation in the body. A peeling coat is usually a sign of damage or weakening to certain systems of the body.

You can further diagnose underlying problems by analyzing the regions of your tongue; these show you which organ network is affected.

1. Tongue tip

Fire: Cardiovascular System

The fire element zone, which corresponds to the heart-small intestine network, is located at the tip of the tongue. This includes matters of the heart, both emotions and the physical health. In Chinese medicine, the spirit is said to reside in the heart network. Stress and anxiety will show up as red color and red dots on the tip of the tongue. Increasing heat signs means hyperactivity in the heart network due to stress and tension.

2. Sides of your tongue

Wood: Liver Network

The sides of your tongue display the wood element. Teeth markings on the sides of the tongue usually mean stagnant energy in the liver network. You may also notice a bluish-green or purplish hue or spots in this zone. Dark spots may indicate more serious problems. On several occasions, I’ve noticed purple spots in the wood zone in patients that suffer from low energy, discomfort, distension around the lower ribs, and swelling in the abdomen.
3. Behind the tongue tip

Metal: Respiratory and Immune System
The band-like area across the tongue and just behind the tip is the metal element zone, which corresponds to the respiratory and the immune systems. When this area turns reddish, or when red pin-sized dots occur, it usually means a respiratory infection is on its way or is settling into the body. Paleness in the metal zone may reflect a weakened immune system. In rare fungal infections of the lungs, there may appear a brownish black coating over this zone, which was the case with several of my patients who suffer from lesions in their lungs.
4. Center of the tongue

Earth: Digestive System

This area is the earth element zone, and it is related to the stomach-spleen-pancreas network. Problems of the digestive system most often show up here in the center of the tongue. G.E.R.D. — stomach and esophagus acid reflux that keeps many people awake at night — may be seen with redness and a yellowish coating in the center of the tongue. Subtle changes in this area may indicate digestive problems that have not surfaced yet; observe this area and take prophylactic steps if necessary.
5. Back of your tongue

Water: Kidney-Bladder Network
The back of the tongue reflects many of the body’s functions, but is mainly the domain of the water element, or kidney-bladder network, which includes the hormonal system and sexual glands. The two large, elevated papilla on the back of the tongue are a normal part of the taste buds. What you should look for is color and coating. For example, when I see a thick yellow coating at the back-center of the tongue in my female patients, I know that they are very likely to get a bladder infection. I tell them to immediately start drinking 8 to 12 glasses of filtered water a day, take 5,000 mg of vitamin C, and to drink cranberry juice or take its extract — this regimen will typically help prevent a bladder infection. More often than not, those who didn’t follow this preventive treatment will call me a few days later with an infection.

Your body alerts you to imbalances in many more ways than just your tongue. Ideally, you should confirm your findings from your tongue with observations from others, such as the eyes, face, and nails. You can learn more in Secrets of Self-Healing, which contains in-depth information on this subject.

You can keep all five elements balanced in your body with a specialized combination of 44 traditional Chinese herbs that support healthy function of the bodily systems, the Five Elements of Health Formula.

I hope this article helps you translate your tongue! I invite you to visit often and share your own personal health and longevity tips with me.

May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

-Dr. Mao askdrmao.com

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