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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Herbs That Interact With Other Medications

Here is a partially listing of herbs that react to certain medications. Make sure you check out the herb remedies that you are wanting to try to ensure they will not react or effect the medicines that you may currently be taking.

Herb Interaction
Bearberry Reduce absorption of drugs
BilberryCounteract short-acting blood thinners
Thrombocytic aggregation inhibitors
Buckthorn barkAntiarrythmic agents
Cardiac glycosides
Increase action of Licorice root
Thiazide diuretics
Cascara Sagrada barkAntiarrythmic agents
Cardiac glycosides
Increase action of Licorice root
Thiazide diuretics
Chaste Tree fruitDopamine-receptor antagonists
Cola nutCaffeine-containing beverages
Psychoanaleptic drugs
EchinaceaCounteract immuno-suppressive drugs
EphedraCardiac glycosides
MAO inhibitors
Secale alkaloid derivatives
Exacerbate other stimulants
FlaxseedMay delay absorption of drug if taken at same time
GarlicMay increase action of blood thinning drugs
Ginkgo BilobaMay increase action of blood thinning drugs
GinsengIncrease working of other stimulants
GoldensealCounteract short-acting blood thinners
Green TeaReduce absorption of drugs
Kava Kava rootAlcohol
Psychopharmacological agents
Licorice rootChronic use can cause potassium loss
Digitalis glycosides
Thiazide diuretics
Oak barkAlkaline drugs
Psyllium husksMay delay absorption of drug if taken at same time
Raspberry leavesReduce absorption of drugs
Senna leafAntiarrythmic agents
Cardiac glycosides
Increase action of Licorice root
Thiazide diuretics
Senna podAntiarrythmic agents
Cardiac glycosides
Increase action of Licorice root
Thiazide diuretics
St John's WortIncrease effects of antidepressants and narcotics
Uva Ursi leafUrine-acidifying agents
ValerianIncrease effect of sedatives
Witch hazelReduce absorption of drugs
Yeast, Brewer'sMAO inhibitors

As we progress through this journey to health and knowledge, I will add more to this list as the information is obtained. Until then, stay safe, stay healthy.


Homemade Natural Face Cream

Here is an excellent home recipe for face cream.

Equipment Needed:

Small pan or skillet
Measuring cup and spoons
Wooden spoon
Rubber spatula
Amber storage jar

Ingredients Needed:

2/3 cup rosewater, orangewater or distilled water (don't use tap water)
1/3 cup aloe vera gel (can substitute with comfrey root tea)
Essential oil (such as coriander)
Vitamin A or E (if desired)

Oils Needed:

3/4 cup apricot or almond oil
1/3 cup cocoa butter
1 teaspoon anhydrous lanolin
2 tablespoons liquid lecithin
1/2 oz. grated beeswax


Without burning, melt the wax and oils together. Set aside and allow to cool. Cut and peel the aloe vera until you have 1/3 cup, then whip this in the blender. Add the rosewater, orangewater, or distilled water that you decided to use to the whipped aloe and then blend.

Pour the oil mixture into the measuring cup and turn on the blender to its highest setting. Slowly drizzle the oil mixture into the top of the blender. The consistency will change quickly. It will thicken suddenly and you should hear a "glug, glug" sound. This indicates it is done. Spoon the mixture into the amber glass jar and you are finished.

Fill out and apply the lable to the jar with the date and what is in the jar for later indentification.

Note: If you add any herbs to this mixture you should add 5 drops of Benzoin tincture as a preservative or keep the cream refrigerated.


Monday, May 24, 2010

Emergency Replacement For Antibiotics

In this post I felt the need to discuss alternatives to antibiotics. With the current economic fears and the drastic changes occurring within the United States and other global concerns, as well as possible pandemics, the availability of antibiotics many not be readily available.

If a pandemic or other catastrophe were to force the wide spread shut down of the power grid, financial system, or the like, resulting in several months with no power or chaos- the likelihood that the supply of antibiotics would slowly dwindle away.

What do you do then when you or a family member develops a serious infection? If you planned ahead and did have a small supply of antibiotics like inject able penicillin, how long do you think it will last if you cannot keep it cold due to power outages or having to quickly leave your home for some unforeseen reason.

I have listed three alternatives that can be used as emergency antibiotics. These items can be purchased readymade with a long shelf life and should be put in your emergency home medical kit.

These items can be made under emergency conditions at home, but I recommend buying them readymade so that you know you are using the proper dosages. If you plan on learning to make them yourself, I suggest you do a lot of research and make good notes that can be followed when the time comes to make them.

Here are the three alternative remedies for antibiotics:

1. Cat's Claw Extract or Uña de Gato (Uncaria tomentosa)- has antioxidant, antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties and may be helpful in the treatment of, arthritis, rheumatism, asthma, bursitis, genital herpes, herpes zoster, ulcers, candidiasis, chronic fatigue syndrome, PMS, menstrual irregularities, gastric ulcers, gonorrhea, hemorrhoids, gastritis, colitis,
diverticulitis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and stimulating immune function.

Dosage: 7-10 drops, 3 times day. For chronic use may increase to 15 drops, 5 times a day.

2. Venus Fly-Trap Extract- (Dionaea Muscipula) is a species of carnivorous plants that contains a powerful immune modulator "naphthoquinone plumbagin". Published scientific research indicates that plumbagins used in low doses are potent stimulators of macrophage activity, anti-mutagenic, elevates HDL, the good cholesterol, and prevented bacterial resistance to antibiotics in animal studies. Metabolic effects: - increases or normalizes body temperature (anecdotal reports).

Dosage: (Shake well before using) Mix 15-30 drops in warm water and take this tea 1-3times daily

3. Colloidal Silver liquid. (The natural alternative to antibiotics.) Colloidal silver is micro-sized particles of pure 99.99% silver suspended in a distilled water solution. Colloidal Silver can be made at home using Colloidal Silver generators.

Basically this consists of running a current of electricity through two 99.99% pure silver wires which cause micro silver particles to be suspended within the water.

Colloidal silver must be used sparingly. If you use too much over a long period of time, or use solution where the silver particles are larger than they are supposed to be, you could develop what is called "Argyria". This is where your skin turns bluish or grayish, but is not usually fatal.

There are many critics in favor of colloidal silver and many against. Do your research and decide what the benefits are for you. Cayenne pepper remedies are sometimes used in conjunction with colloidal silver for treatment of the really tough stuff.

The testimonies I have read of people in favor of colloidal silver were overwhelming.

Dosage: 1 teaspoon 2 to 3 times a day sublingually. For acute situations take 1 teaspoon 4 times per day.

May be applied to minor cuts, rashes, athlete's foot, sunburn and other skin conditions. The reference dose, published by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in 1991, which recommends the estimated daily exposure which is unlikely to incur an appreciable risk of deleterious effects during a lifetime, is 5 µg/kg/d; meaning 5 microgram of silver per kilo of weight per person each day – about 1 liter of 10 ppm colloidal silver per month for a 66 kg person.


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Emergency Medical Survival Kit - What You Must Have to Protect Yourself and Your Family

Global economic collapse that could leave billions of people without access to adequate medical care for a year or longer is a terrifying specter on the horizon, say experts, but you can protect yourself from a health disaster with an inexpensive medical survival kit that includes the items we recommend below:

1. Five or more gallons of fresh distilled water, bottled, for flushing wounds and other sterile purposes in emergencies.

Una de Gato (cats claw): jungle herb for 100 or more health challenges will come in handy after economic and social collapse.

2. Bandages, gauze, sharp scissors, tweezers, throw-away scalpels, disposable gloves, adhesive bandages, needle and sterile thread and other rudimentary medical and surgical tools.

3. Several bottles of rubbing alcohol.

4. A years supply of aspirin or any other pain reliever of your choosing, prescription if you can get it, over-the-counter if you cant. Herbal stress relievers such as Rescue Remedy and no-stress capsules can help with anxiety generally, as related to the economic crash, and specifically as related to trauma or injury.

5. Several 8-oz. bottles of colloidal silver liquids (in dark color glass bottles) that can be used in lieu of or in addition to prescription antibiotics for dental and systemic infections. Potent trace-mineral wound sprays derived from purified sea salts have a long shelf-life and will come in handy for direct application as needed.

6. A supply of anti-bacterial, immune-supporting herbs to defend against bacterial outbreaks and epidemics or, if it should happen, a terror attack against the U.S. For sheer affordability, as we gave judged in ou rlong experience with herbals, Venus Flytrap Extracts and Cat's Claw products are excellent choices.

7. A supply of any good anti-viral formulation that contains licorice root, goldenseal root extract, and St. Johns wort extract for additional support against viral outbreaks.

Many people already have these herbs on their medicine shelf already. Survivalists, for example, almost certainly have them stashed away, as do herbalists and people who prefer natural medications over synthetic pharmaceuticals.

8. Toilet paper - and lots of it. Not necessarily a medical need, but important for people who are used to it. Considered a joke by some, survivalists have long made it clear that TP, like ammunition for guns, will become extraordinarily valuable during an economic meltdown.

The Department of Homeland Security and other authorities include the items below for the most comprehensive possible kit to meet any emergency:

Dressings ( sterile , applied directly to wound ):


Sterile eye pads

Sterile gauze pads

Sterile non-adherent pads

Burn dressing (sterile pad soaked in a cooling gel)


Gauze roller bandages - absorbent, breathable, and often elastic

Elastic bandages - used for sprains, and pressure bandages

Adhesive, elastic roller bandages - very effective pressure bandages or durable, waterproof bandaging

Triangular bandages - used as slings, tourniquets, to tie splints, and many other uses

Adhesive bandages (band-aids, sticking plasters )

Straight adhesive bandages

Moleskin for blister treatment

Butterfly (knuckle) bandages and wound closure strips


Adhesive tape , hypoallergenic

Trauma shears , for cutting clothing and general use


Lighter , for sterilizing tweezers or pliers etc

20-cc syringe with catheter tip for wound irrigation with sterile saline solution

Rubber suction bulb, for clearing the airway of an unconscious patient


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Gloves , disposable non- latex

CPR mask or other breathing barrier such as a face shield


Eye cup or small plastic cup

Flashlight (with extra batteries and bulbs)

Instant-acting chemical cold packs

Sterile eye wash (commonly saline)

Sterile saline (used for cleaning wounds where clean tap water is not available, but note that even clean tap water should be converted to normal saline by adding salt)

Swabs, sterile non-woven

Space blanket (lightweight plastic foil blanket, also known as emergency blanket)
Alcohol rub (hand sanitizer) or antiseptic hand wipes


Penlight (with extra batteries)


Antiseptics / antimicrobial

Povidone iodine wipes (use for first-aid disputed)

Benzalkonium Chloride (use for first-aid disputed)

Alcohol pads - used to prep unbroken skin for injections etc. or to disinfect equipment such as thermometers.

Antibiotic pills (use for first-aid disputed)

Antibiotic ointment - single, double, or triple antibiotic ointment in petroleum jelly base

Antiseptic/anesthetic ointment, fluid or spray, for example Lidocaine

Anti-fungal cream

Anti-itch ointment

Hydrocortisone cream

Calamine lotion

Painkillers / fever reducers:


Ibuprofen - anti-inflammatory, often more effective than acetaminophen.


Anti diarrhea medication such as Loperamide Immodium

Oral rehydration salt


diphenhydramine (brand name Benadryl)

Aloe vera gel - used for a wide variety of skin problems, including burns, sunburns, itching, and dry skin; used as a substitute for triple-antibiotic gel to keep a wound moist and prevent bandages from sticking

Burn gel - a water-based gel that acts as a cooling agent and often includes a mild anesthetic such as lidocaine and, sometimes, an antiseptic such as tea tree oil

Epinephrine auto-injector (brand name Epipen) - often included in kits for wilderness use and in places such as summer camps, to treat anaphylactic shock.

Poison treatments:

Activated charcoal

Syrup of ipecac

QuikClot is a hemostatic agent sometimes included in first aid kits, especially military kits, to control severe bleeding.

Tincture of benzoin improves tape adhesion to skin, toughens cracked skin.

Advanced first aid manual

Strong backpack to hold all the supplies.

There are many different ways to compile an emergency medical kit. By doing a little studing and research, you may find several other alternatives or extra additions that can be added to this kit.

The most important point here is the need to have an emergency medical kit, one which is portable, in case you need to bug out (leave home).

For excellent information on bugout bags and kit information can be found at The webmaster is a retired special forces soldier and an expert on survival topics.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Appetite Suppressants and Your Health

It is so easy, when you wish to lose a couple of unwanted pounds to simply pop an appetite suppressant. These weight-loss supplements can normally be bought over the counter without a prescription, or those which are only obtainable with a prescription.

General information on appetite suppressants

Although appetite suppressants may help you lose weight by suppressing your normal desire to eat, they carry a certain amount of health risks. It is strange that people will look at the side effects of prescription drugs when scripted for illness or disease, but will merrily disregard the fine print on the packing slips of the suppressants.

The reason for this rationale might be the fact that some people still think that appetite suppressant pills are not detrimental to your health. The unfortunately truth is that countless people have found out the truth behind this easy way of weight loss.

Some side effects of appetite suppressants

Dry mouth, addiction, euphoria, psychotic reactions, hyper excitability, agitation, fatigue, sleep disturbances, insomnia, anorexia, altered metabolism, hyper salivation, organ disorders, diarrhea, hair loss, depression, nightmares, cardio arrhythmia, shivers, anemia, fluid retention, impotency, dizziness, frequent urination, conjunctivitis, stomach pain, itchiness, pulmonary hypertension, headache, sweats, thirst, muscle weakness, tremors, anxiety, restlessness, heart palpitations, angina, skin rash, blurred vision.

It is very clear that anyone taking appetite suppressants, other than healthy herbal remedies, should think twice.

Losing weight

Although it may take more time to lose weight naturally, your health will not be compromised and you will not be affected by the constant yo-yo effect of losing and gaining weight. When losing weight at a constant and lesser rate, the body has more time to adjust to the lighter you, and you will look less haggard than those that went on weight loss sprees and losing too much weight too fast.

It may sound great to lose ten or more pounds a week, but this is far too much unless you are severely overweight. Crash diets can remove the bulk of excess weight, yet very seldom will they help you lose the last couple of unwanted pounds, as the body will fight this unnatural rate of losing body mass.

With this, the last couple of excess pounds, a more moderate weight loss is called for, which unfortunately will call for some sacrifice and work.

We unfortunately live in a society where people do not want to take responsibility for their own actions, where other people and companies are sued for the fact that they cannot control their own obese eating habits.

But in real life the truth still remains that you will not have a perfect body unless you are prepared to put work into your body and to watch your diet.

Natural appetite suppressant

Some herbs can help to curb your appetite, and will do so with fewer side effects and in a far more natural way. A natural folk remedy to lose weight is apple cider vinegar. One teaspoon is taken in half a glass of water 30 minutes before meals and is followed by another half a glass of clear water to rinse the vinegar from your teeth, as the vinegar could affect your teeth.

If you are suffering from a stomach ulcer you will not be able to take the apple cider vinegar on an empty stomach, and will then have to take it after eating.

To lose weight you will need to curb your food intake and start a healthy exercise program.

Good Luck!


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Homocysteine Levels

What are Normal Homocysteine Levels?
by: Dr. Ray Strand

The medical literature has shown us that a homocysteine level below 6.5 micromols/L is a safe level. As the homocysteine level rises above this level the risk of cardiovascular disease will increase.

The higher these levels the greater your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Most labs report a normal homocysteine should be in the range of 5 to 12 or even 15 micromols/L. If your homocysteine level is above 12 micromols/L, you are in serious trouble.

There are now even studies that show that individuals with elevated homocysteine levels are also at greater risk of developing several different kinds of cancers and even Alzheimer’s dementia.

The main point you must remember that the lower your homocysteine level the better. You certainly would want to see your homocysteine level below 6.5. The lower the better is the key when it comes to homocysteine levels.

Treating Elevated Homocysteine Levels

When I encounter patients with elevated homocysteine levels above 10 or 12 micromols/L, I encourage them to start high quality, complete and balanced nutritional supplements that contain at least 1,000 mcg of folic acid, 100-200 mcg of vitamin B12, and at least 50 mg of vitamin B6.

If my patients are already taking this level of these B vitamins and their homocysteine levels are still elevated, I will add Betaine or Trimethylglycine (TMG). I will gradually increase the dose from 1 gram to even 6 grams in order to get their homocysteine levels at least below 8 micromols/L and hopefully below 6.5 micromols/L.

Some physicians who understand the seriousness of elevated homocysteine levels will sometimes prescribe very high doses of B vitamins. I have not had that much success with this approach. However, I don’t mind increasing the B vitamins as long as they also are adding significant levels of Betaine (TMG).

You should have your mocysteine rechecked after 2 to 3 months on either B vitamins or Betaine to be sure your homocysteine level has come down into that safe range. If not, you need to add more Betaine (TMG) up to 6 grams daily in order to reach that goal.

(Source: Dr. Ray Strand, expert on Nutritional Medicine.)


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Path To Fitness And Health

Walking towards health and fitness is not really the hard arduous job that everybody seem to think it is. When you really think about it, the hard part is often the start. Afterwards, everything else will be easier once you really get the hang of it. All it takes is discipline and commitment.

Below are some tips on how to get a head start on your road to health and fitness. Read each one and you’ll realize that it is actually easier to undertake. You just need to take the first few steps.

1. Start small If your favorite dish is something that your doctor asked you to avoid, there is no sense in skipping it altogether and then binging on the dish when you can’t take the abstinence anymore. Take moderate steps towards the goal.

If you eat the dish everyday, try to cut down on your consumption and make it just three times a week. IF you have managed that, cut down further and make it once a week. That way, you are able to still enjoy the food and not increase your craving for it.

2. Plan modestly Set goals for yourself but that does not mean that you have to kill yourself to get it and when you don’t you’ll also kill yourself. Setting too high goals will often only lead to disappointment and frustration. When you plan, make sure that you can do it. How will you know?

Be realistic. You know what you are capable of. It is better to set goals for yourself that you know you can do. Accomplishing them will give you a sense of achievement that will make you more confident and more willing to continue with your task.

3. Have a buddy Sharing the aches and pains as well as the joys of accomplishment with a buddy will help make the process easier and more bearable. In fact, people with a buddy when doing a self-improvement project are better able to stick with their plans than those who are doing the projects alone.

This is because when you have a buddy with you, he or she acts as a support system that will help keep you on track and prevent you from giving up. Besides having a friend with you experiencing the same things makes the process more fun and more enjoyable.

4. Have discipline This is one of the few things that will make or break your plans to finally live a healthy lifestyle. In order to really stick to the plan, you need to develop self-discipline especially when it involves things that you really want to do or things that you are used to doing.

Temptations along the way will be many and you need to be prepared to face all that!

5. Do it for yourself A lot of people start to live a life of health and fitness when they are trying to get a new guy to notice them or when they want to impress a lover.

Although these are valid reasons, sometimes, they are not enough to see you through the entire process. It is better that you do it for yourself because you want a healthier and better you than do it for other people’s approval. After all, the only approval that you will ever need is your own.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Why Muscles Get Sore

People begin to complain more of pain in their joints and muscles as they grow older. Simple chores like bending over to pick up the morning news paper make them wince as they seem to stiffen up with age.

Such pain can grip so fiercely that they are sure it begins deep in their bones. According to a Johns Hopkins Medical School research, the real cause of soreness and stiffness is not in the joints or bones, but actually in the muscles and connective tissues that move the joints.

The frictional resistance generated by the two rubbing surfaces of bones in the joints is negligible, even in joints damaged by arthritis.

Flexibility is the medical term used to describe the range of a joint’s motion from full movement in one direction to full movement in the other. The greater the range of movement, the more flexible the joint.

If you bend forward at the hips and touch your toes with your fingertips, you have good flexibility, or range of motion of the hip joints. But can you bend over easily with a minimal expenditure of energy and force? The exertion required to flex a joint is just as important as its range of possible motion.

Different factors limit the flexibility and ease of movement in different joints and muscles. In the elbow and knee, the bony structure itself sets a definite limit. In other joints, such as the ankle, hip, and back, the soft tissue—muscle and connective tissue—limit the motion range.

The problem of inflexible joints and muscles is similar to the difficulty of opening and closing a gate because of a rarely used and rusty hinge that has become balky.

Hence, if people do not regularly move their muscles and joints through their full ranges of motion, they lose some of their potential. That is why when these people will try to move a joint after a long period of inactivity, they feel pain, and that discourages further use.

What happens next is that the muscles become shortened with prolonged disuse and produces spasms and cramps that can be irritating and extremely painful. The immobilization of muscles, as researchers have demonstrated with laboratory animals, brings about biochemical changes in the tissue.

Here are some other factors trigger sore muscles:

1. Too much exercise

Have you always believed on the saying, “No pain, no gain?” If you do, then, it is not so surprising if you have already experienced sore muscles. The problem with most people is that they exercise too much thinking that it is the fastest and the surest way to lose weight. Until they ache, they tend to ignore their muscles and connective tissue, even though they are what quite literally holds the body together.

2. Immobility

Sore muscles or muscle pain can be excruciating, owing to the body’s reaction to a cramp or ache. In this reaction, called the splinting reflex, the body automatically immobilizes a sore muscle by making it contract. Thus, a sore muscle can set off a vicious cycle pain.

First, an unused muscle becomes sore from exercise or being held in an unusual position. The body then responds with the splinting reflex, shortening the connective tissue around the muscle.

This cause more pain, and eventually the whole area is aching. One of the most common sites for this problem is the lower back.

3. Aging and inactivity

Connective tissue binds muscle to bone by tendons, binds bone to bone by ligaments, and covers and unites muscles with sheaths called fasciae. With age, the tendons, ligaments, and fasciae become less extensible. The tendons, with their densely packed fibers, are the most difficult to stretch.

The easiest are the fasciae. But if they are not stretched to improve joint mobility, the fasciae shorten, placing undue pressure on the nerve pathways in the muscle fasciae. Many aches and pains are the result of nerve impulses traveling along these pressured pathways.

4. Spasm theory

In the physiology laboratory at the University of Southern California, some people have set out to learn more about this cycle of pain.

Using some device, they measured electrical activity in the muscles. The researchers knew that normal, well-relaxed muscles produce no electrical activity, whereas, muscles that are not fully relaxed show considerable activity.

In one experiment, the researchers measured these electrical signals in the muscles of persons with athletic injuries, first with the muscle immobilized, and then, after the muscle had been stretched.

In almost every case, exercises that stretched or lengthened the muscle diminished electrical activity and relieved pain, either totally or partially.

These experiments led to the “spasm theory,” an explanation of the development and persistence of muscle pain in the absence of any obvious cause, such as traumatic injury.

According to this theory, a muscle that is overworked or used in a strange position becomes fatigued and as a result, sore muscles. Hence, it is extremely important to know the limitations and capacity of the muscles in order to
avoid sore muscles. This goes to show that there is no truth in the saying, “No pain, no gain.”

What matters most is on how people stay fit by exercising regularly at a normal range than once rarely but on a rigid routine.

A good stretching and warm up and cool down routine is important to an effective exercise program.


Monday, May 3, 2010

Caring For Dry Skin

It is hard to ignore dry skin. Dry skin gives one a bad appearance as the upper layer of skin show signs of cracking. Some of the main causes of dry skin are: too much exfoliation, dry climate and treatment of other skin problems.

Dry skin could just be the inherent of one's nature. Whatever the causes are, caring for dry skin is important and easy to accomplish.

Dry skin care starts with moisturisers, the most effective remedy for dry skin. Generally, moisturisers are classified under two categories based on the way they treat dry skin.

Category 1- includes moisturisers that provide dry skin care just by preserving the moisture within the skin. Vaseline would be one example of this. These moisturisers are inexpensive and are readily available, even at grocery stores.

Category 2- includes moisturisers that work by drawing moisture from the environment and supplying it to the skin. This is a very effective way of dry skin care in humid conditions. The moisturisers that provide this type of care are called humectants. For proper dry skin care, you must use a non-greasy type of moisturiser. Humectants fall into this category. The ingredients of humectants include propylene glycol, urea, glycerine, hyaluronic acid.

Dry skin care is not just about using moisturisers, it is also about using them properly. The best skin care procedure would be to cleanse the skin before applying the moisturiser. You can make the application more effective by applying the moisturiser while the skin is still damp after the cleansing. Make sure that you use soap-free products, especially on your face, neck and arms.

Exfoliating helps in dry skin care by removing dead skin cells. However, don’t exfoliate too hard. Skin care products should also provide some type of sun protection. Avoid too much sun exposure. Use a good sunscreen lotion before going out. A lot of moisturisers provide sun protection too, along with dry skin care.

There are natural skin products that provide dry skin care in a natural way without the use of synthetic chemicals. These skin care products supply lipid enhancements to the skin, hence enabling moisture retention within the skin.

Another important factor for skin care is the temperature of the water you use for showering or for washing your face. Use warm water, as water that is too hot or too cold can cause dryness.

Dry skin care is also about being gentle with your skin. You should avoid harsh detergents and alcohol based cleansers. Also, after a face wash, do not rub your towel on your face, just pat gently to soak the water off.

Dry skin care is really simple for anyone who is willing to take it seriously.

Don't forget to wash behind the ears!


Fighting Kidney Stones- the natural way

People suffering from kidney stones increase every year. This is a result of living an unhealthy lifestyle leading to the painful condition.

Kidney stones are pieces of waste material formed within the kidney and is the most common problem faced by many people who have kidney problems. The stones can be one or many and are hard like rock and can be very painful for the unlucky person that develope them.

But, unlike the real stones, kidney stones can be dissolved once they are diagnosed early.

Many experts say that the easiest way of dealing with kidney stones is to flush them out from the bpdy. This can be achieve through medication or by a simple medical procedure, although it is always best to do it the natural way.

Drinking tea is one of the natural ways of dissolving kidney stones and flushing it out from the system. Throughout the ages, tea has been providing people with a lot of benefits. And one of which is helping the body's system to flush out waste products that could bring health complications.

People who have suffered from kidney stones would agree that tea—those that contain Chinese herbs such as plantain leaf, meadowsweet, Joe-pye weed, and sarsaparilla, can help dissolve kidney stones because these contain natural properties, which are good in eliminating excess uric acid in the body.

China uses the mentioned herbs, in the form of tea, to treat kidney stones. Combined with other herbs such as corn silk, wild yam root, hydrangea root, yarrow leaf, and cramp bark, tea preparation can be an effective means of dissolving small kidney stones.

It takes time to prepare the tea in order to make it more effective and potent. This is done to ensure that all the natural properties will be intact. Many people attest to how great the tea preparation works, but its effectiveness may not work for everyone especially to those who bleed easily.

Another method of dissolving kidney stones the natural way is through diuretic tea. For this type of tea, you can choose either dandelion or corn silk. Many people say that these herbs are the two most popular choices of diuretic that can produce early results.

When combined with other herbs such as fennel seed, nettle leaf, and oat straw, diuretic tea can be more effective in dissolving even medium-sized kidney stones.

Preparation for a diuretic tea:

You need the ½ teaspoon of each mentioned herb and a quart of water that is boiling. Once it has reached it boiling point, cover the pot and set it aside for about 30 minutes. Before drinking it twice daily (one cup in the morning and one cup in the evening) filter it first.

If you are not the type of using herbs as a natural means of fighting kidney stones, there are other ways such as:

- drinking at least 8 glasses of water to flush out body waste

- taking in lemonade preparation to delay the development of stones

- eat foods that are rich in fiber but low in protein, calcium, and salt because these three are the primary causes of kidney stones

- engaging on a regular physical exercise because lack of movements in sedentary living can lead you faster to the formation kidney stones.

Once you have experienced the pain of having kidney stones, you will not want to go through it again.

Take care of yourself!