Natural healing, natural wellness

Archive for July, 2009

Beat Insomnia

Why on earth would Michael Jackson willingly let Propofol (also known as Diprivan) be administered to him just to induce sleep? This drug is meant to be used in the operating theatre, to put patients into an unconscious state before surgery begins. It is delivered through a drip, which means that a needle has to be stuck in you. Why would anybody in their right minds want to go through this procedure if it wasn’t absolutely necessary? There are many other ways – safer and much more pleasant – to beat insomnia.

I’ve been put under for surgery a couple of times in my life, and I can tell you it’s not a nice experience. The drug certainly knocks you out quickly, but waking up always made me nauseous. Each time, I felt like I was in a deep, dark hole, from which I was forcibly being dragged out of. My mind would feel groggy and heavy, and my body would feel like it weighed a ton. When I was roused from this deep state of artificial slumber, or rather unconsciousness, I would be disoriented and the room would seem to sway.

Imagine regularly putting yourself through such a dreadful experience at home! If you must take a pill to help you get to sleep, make sure it’s completely safe and will really help you to enjoy natural sleep. As far as I’m concerned, sleeping pills and drugs like Diprivan / Propofol are an absolute no-no. Practically all drugs have side effects, so I avoid them like the plague.

There are all kinds of commonsensical ways to soothe yourself to sleep. Taking melatonin, an antioxidant as well as an anti-aging health supplement, just 30 minutes before bedtime, is a safe option for those who are still wide awake when it’s time to sleep. Neways’ Megatonin can help your body set its internal clock to snooze. It contains safe ingredients like melatonin, gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), and L-Theanine. Melatonin, a hormone as well as an antioxidant naturally produced by the body, supports the body’s sleep-wake cycle. GABA is a naturally occurring neurotransmitter in the brain, while L-Theanine is a beneficial phytonutrient found naturally in green tea.

Natural healing, natural wellness – it’s the way to go for a good night’s sleep. Don’t ever put your life in danger.

Nuts To You

Horrors! I’m almost out of almonds. The cashew nuts are gone, the pine nuts are running low and Andrew just finished the pecans. I think the sunflower seeds are gone too. Time to stock up. Nuts and seeds make great snacks. Even Ginger, our dog, loves nuts. The minute I take some out, she stalks me. She locks her big, melting brown eyes on me and doesn’t budge until she gets her fair share.

Nuts and seeds are great sources of omega-6 essential fatty acids and the antioxidant Vitamin E. Together, these two compounds work to keep skin elastic and reduce the signs of aging. Free radicals cause aging, sickness and disease and antioxidants fight free radicals. A study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2005 found that eating almonds together with heart-friendly foods like soya products can also significantly reduce cholesterol levels.

I like to eat my nuts and seeds raw. They taste sweeter this way, and they also retain their nutrients and other health benefits. For guilt-free snacking which is even anti-aging, always keep some nuts and seeds handy. They’re great in salads and cereals too.

Natural Sore Throat Remedy

The sun is bathing the fields and forest with golden light, the sky is blue, the breeze is cool and refreshing – it’s much too nice a day to be indoors, but here I am, sitting at my computer. I absolutely must share about a natural cure I just tried out for a sore throat. It’s a beautiful day though and I’m just itching to go outside, so I’ll keep this post short, but useful as always.

A sore throat almost always degenerates into a cough and a cold for me, followed by bronchitis. Once it takes hold, it’s downhill for at least a month. The last time it was so bad that I was sick for four months. With the H1N1 flu spreading rapidly throughout the world – it’s killed at least 800 people so far – getting a sore throat can be a sign of worse to come.

A couple of days ago, when my throat started feeling scratchy and sore, I decided to try an old natural remedy which I had just read about. It was something new to me, however. I gargled with warm salt water. This cure for sore throat seems to help some people, but I didn’t like the salty taste, so I tried another alternative remedy a short while later. It was equal parts of apple cider vinegar and honey, a few dashes of cayenne pepper, and water to dilute. As I used manuka honey with it’s active healing properties, I was careful not to use hot water, in order not to kill the enzymes in the manuka honey.

I sipped the concoction slowly, gargling briefly with each sip, so as to coat my throat with the mixture. Although the cayenne pepper burned slightly, my throat felt better immediately. In one day, I drank and gargled this concoction about three times and, hey, it really works! My sore throat is completely healed!

This natural kitchen remedy just might nip the flu bug in the bud the next time you feel a sore throat developing.  For a more refreshing and zesty taste, try it with cold water.

I’m going out now to enjoy the sunshine and a gloriously beautiful day! You should too!