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You Can Use Aspirin for What?

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You didn’t know these uses of aspirin – try it now!

 

One of the best-known painkillers in the world is aspirin. It is most commonly used for headaches. But in its composition, has chemicals can help to other, non-medical purpose.

Here is a list of purpose that aspirin can help you.

  1. Skin refresher

If you are experiencing problematic skin, aspirin is the solution. The salicylic acid removes oil and dead cells. As it is reported in Everyday Health, it is an incredible opponent to acne and psoriasis, as it can unclog pores and lowers swelling, skin lesions and redness. Make a mixture of five crushed pills with a quarter cup of water and, optionally, a teaspoon of honey. Apply to your skin and leave it to stay for 10 minutes. After that, wash it off.

 

  1. Removes stains from sweat

Sweat stains are very uncomfortable on your clothes that they become nearly waterproof, and hard to wash off with regular laundry cycles. In this case aspirin can help. Make a paste like the one above and apply it to the stains on your clothing. Leave it to act for a few minutes, and after that rinse and run through a regular wash cycle.

 

  1. Eliminate dandruff

As we said, aspirin consists of salicylic acid. That is a chemical that can do many things. It has a strong moisturizing ability, and can aid in reducing the formation of dandruff in your hair. According to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, cosmetic and clinical researcher in dermatology, applying aspirin combined with shampoo to your scalp may help reduce scalp inflammation that leads to dandruff and help exfoliate flakes on the skin. Crush two to three aspirins into your shampoo and massage your scalp with the mixture. After that, leave it to stay a few minutes before rinsing off.

 

  1. Car mechanic

If your car’s battery leaves you hanging in the middle of nowhere, but, you cannot wait for a rescue, then you should try this: Inscrutable advises dropping crushed aspirin tablets directly into the battery, a couple for each cell, after popping it open. As per Reader’s Digest, the salicylic acid can act with the sulfuric acid within the battery. Additionally, it helps itself get just enough of a boost for your car to drag itself to a station.

 

  1. Helps in the garden

Salicylic acid is also capable of blocking both ethylene production and mold. These are the two major causes of wilting in garden flowers and in cut flower arrangements. You will help your greens live longer, if you add a crushed tablet of aspirin to the water you pour on your flowers, or the water you place bouquets in.

 

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Try Rosehip Oil on Your Skin.

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Don’t Skimp on Your Skin — Try Rosehip Oil Now

 

Rosehip oil has been making a name in the cosmetics industry because of its phenomenal benefits for the skin. Supermodels and actors even swear by its skin rejuvenating and clarifying effects. But what exactly is rosehip oil and where does it come from? Keep reading this article to find out.

 

What Is Rosehip Oil?

 

Rosehip oil, sometimes called rose hip seed oil, can be obtained from wild rose (Rose moschata, Rosa rubignosa or Rosa canina) bushes, which grow in various areas around the world, including Europe and South Africa.1

 

Not to be confused with rose essential oil, rose hip comes from the “hips,” the small fruits found behind the flowers, which are left once the roses have bloomed and lost their petals.

 

Rosehip oil has a subtle woody smell — it doesn’t have a rosy fragrance since it’s not made from the flower. The color can range from a deep golden hue to a rich red-orange color to a light yellow color.

 

This can be an indicator of quality: golden or reddish rosehip oil is cold-pressed, while light-colored ones may be heavily processed or obtained from an inferior source.2

 

Uses of Rosehip Oil

 

Rosehips have been used for generations by Egyptians, Mayans and Native Americans because of their healing properties.3 The Andean Indians of Chile also recognized the exceptional skin and hair care benefits of the plant as well as its essential oil.4

 

Rose hips can be used to treat wounds and inflammations. For example, researchers in Germany and Denmark found that rose hip can actually ease rheumatoid arthritis pain and improve mobility by 20 to 25 percent.5

 

Today, rosehip oil is most notably added to cosmetic products like moisturizers, shampoos and lotions for its skin and hair rejuvenating and healing properties. However, you can actually purchase rosehip oil and mix it with a safe carrier oil to make your own topical applications.

 

Composition of Rosehip Oil

 

Rosehip oil contains a bounty of nutrients including vitamins A, C and E, essential fatty acids (linolenic, linoleic, and oleic acid), stearic acid and palmitic acid.6 Carotenoids, flavonoids and trans-retinoic acid, which have therapeutic properties, are also found in this oil.7

 

Benefits of Rosehip Oil

 

Do a quick search of rosehip oil on the internet, and you will surely be blown away by the number of testimonials on its beneficial effects on skin and hair. Here are some of the most popular benefits of rosehip oil:

 

  • Promotes healthy and vibrant skin. Rosehip oil is widely used in various skin care products. It helps fight the signs of aging and assists in diminishing photoaging.

 

  • Nourishes dry hair and prevents dandruff. Apply lukewarm rosehip oil onto your scalp, leave it on for an hour and then wash it out.

 

  • Keeps nails healthy. Massaging rosehip oil onto dry and brittle nails will hydrate them and make them strong.

 

  • Helps heal wounds and burns and removes scars. Rosehip oil can help speed up the healing of wounds and burns, while keeping the area hydrated. It also helps reduce the appearance of stretchmarks, age spots, scars and hyper-pigmentation.

 

  • Relieves sunburn. Apply rosehip oil to sunburn for a soothing and healing effect, while reducing inflammation.

 

How to Make Rosehip Oil

 

High-quality rosehip oil is made via cold pressing, which uses a press or a screw-driven machine to extract the oil, while preserving its potent antioxidants and essential fatty acids, which can be reduced via a chemical extraction process. Cold pressed rosehip oil is solvent-free and rich in nutrients.

 

As mentioned above, color can be used to gauge the quality of your rosehip oil. However, I still advise looking for one with an independent organic certification. This will guarantee that the oil will come from plants that are grown and processed without chemicals, pesticides and herbicides.

 

How Does Rosehip Oil Work?

 

What makes rosehip oil stand out from other essential oils is its vitamin A content, which binds the skin cells together and acts as an astringent. This washes away impurities and tightens your skin, giving it a youthful look.

 

The essential fatty acids also hold the same effect, binding the skin cells together for a more taut appearance. Because rosehip oil’s benefits are more readily obtained through the skin, your best bet to ensure that it works for you is to apply it topically as a:

 

  • Conditioner — Add it to your favorite shampoo, or directly rub it into your scalp, and leave it on overnight.

 

  • Facial moisturizer — Gently massage two to three drops of rosehip oil onto your freshly washed face twice a day, once in the morning and at night.

 

  • Massage oil — Mix it with a safe carrier oil and use it as a massage oil.

 

  • Treatment for skin conditions — Simply rub it onto the affected area to get its healing benefits.

 

Make sure to massage rosehip oil well into your skin to absorb all its nutrients. This oil has an ultrafine consistency and is lighter than other mineral oils, so it can be absorbed more quickly, instantly hydrating the skin without clogging your pores.

 

As with any essential oil, I advise doing a skin patch test before using this oil onto your skin. Simply apply a drop on your arm and see if any allergic reactions occur. I recommend diluting this oil in a safe carrier oil, such as coconut oil or olive oil before applying it on your skin, especially if you have a very sensitive complexion.

 

Is Rosehip Oil Safe?

 

Rosehip oil is typically safe to use, as long as it is used in moderation and in diluted topical applications only. Do not ingest rosehip oil without the advice of your physician or qualified aromatherapist.

 

While it’s been said to help remove or prevent stretchmarks, I advise pregnant or breastfeeding women to use this essential oil with caution, and only with the approval of their doctor.

 

Some rosehip oils may smell slightly fishy instead of woody, which may trigger vomiting in some pregnant women. Very young children should refrain from using rosehip oil.

 

Side Effects of Rosehip Oil

 

I advise you to use rosehip oil with caution, as its high vitamin C content may pose a danger to people with diabetes, and increase the absorption of iron, which may affect people with hemochromatosis, anemia and similar conditions.8 It may cause allergic reactions, especially if used undiluted, in people with very sensitive skin.

 

Please share with family and loved ones, and do call us for your healthcare plan, and questions you have about prevention and reversal of health conditions.

 

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Healthy on the Inside, Healthy on the Outside

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Get Beautiful Looking Skin

 

Get beautiful looking skin by reducing your skin allergies, wrinkles and dryness

 

Your skin is an amazing organ. It serves many health functions and is really important in the detoxification process. After your liver and kidneys your skin is the next in line for detoxing your system.

 

Why does our skin age and get wrinkles? That’s because as we grow older, the elasticity of our skin becomes lower. The skin loses moisture causing sagging and lines to appear. But luckily there are solutions to beating wrinkles.

 

Tips For Keeping Your Skin Healthy

 

  1. Don’t smoke – smoking makes your skin lose its lustre and is also extremely detrimental to your overall health. Smoking causes oxidative damage to the skin and antioxidants are needed to reverse the damage.

 

  1. Prolonged exposure to sun can damage your skin cells and cause wrinkles

so applying a small amount of sun cream will help. However, we need vital vitamin D to make our immune system function properly and this is only produced in the presence of sunlight. Just 15 -20 minutes a day is needed to get a sufficient dose of vitamin D. Many of my patients reported the disappearance of their skin allergies post-holiday to a tropical destination with plenty of sunlight.  You might need to start taking a dose of Vitamin D, BUT, yes, a big but, there are many different kinds of vitamin D, and it needs to be taken in conjunction with other supplements.  Contact us, and we can help determine the right one for you to take, and what you need to take with it.

 

  1. Try to get regular facials and skin peels– skin peels can greatly facial peels improve the skin’s surface and is carried out by a dermatologist. By removing the top layer of the skin with a chemical solution, the damaged layer of skin naturally repairs leaving smoother clean skin.

 

  1. Don’t sleep with your face buried into the pillow as this will cause your skin to be pushed inwards and wrinkle lines to appear. This will also help to prevent puffy eyes when you wake up in the morning. Also ensure you regularly change your pillow case to avoid the buildup of bacteria and dirt. Satin pillowcases do help reduce pillows, if you can keep them on the bed.

 

  1. Manage your exercise regime– exercise releases the feel-good hormones endorphins, enables good blood circulation and promotes sweat to keep your skin glowing from the inside out. Exercise also improves sleep quality due to your body requiring more rest, therefore adding to the skin’s vitality and appearance.

 

  1. Manage your stress – Stress will make you age fast. Meditation, lavender sleeping well and eating the right foods will help give you the foundations needed to manage your stress. When adrenalin and the main stress hormone cortisol is released in response to stress, this can even bring out a rash. High levels of cortisol as a result of stress can bring about cravings for greasy fast food, which is not what you want for glowing skin.

 

  1. Try to use skin creams that have a good track record. Those containing a high level of antioxidants and collagen are ones you want to aim for. Resveratrol, vitamin E and acai berry extracts are also powerful ingredients to look out for in antioxidant creams. Using an antioxidant-based cream will reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in the skin.

 

  1. Try to use as pure ingredients as much as possible– use products with plant oils instead of petrol based oils which clog up your pores. Get into the habit of researching the ingredients that are contained in your skincare products so you know which chemicals you need to avoid. Many skincare products will do more harm than good over a long term period.

 

  1. Eat a diet high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Try fresh vegetables avoid a

high sugar intake. Cinnamon and bilberry are high in skin friendly super antioxidants. Green vegetables, low sugar fruits and omega 3’s from fish oils are beneficial. Pomegranate oil is helpful as it helps to prevent breakdown of collagen. Eating the fresh pomegranate fruit is also high in antioxidants.

 

  1. Drink plenty of water, at least 4-5 half pint glasses a day. This helps keep you hydrated and assists in the detoxification of the system, by eliminating waste from the body and doesn’t come with a price tag. When you don’t stay properly hydrated your skin can appear dull and lifeless.

 

Why do we get skin allergies?

 

Skin allergies can be a serious and embarrassing problem for many people. It is one of the most common things I get asked about . But why do we get them? Sometimes it is very difficult to pin point the cause but in my own experience I have had some miraculous results by advising on the following:-

 

  1. Improve the digestive system – when your digestion is slow, the toxins from food can sometimes be reabsorbed back into the body and cause allergies. We can help you determine which foods you are either sensitive to, allergic and/or addicted to.

 

  1. Avoid products containing the following ingredients:

 

-Mineral oil, paraffin and petroleum – petroleum products coat the skin like plastic and clog up the pores so they are not able to breathe. This causes a build up in toxins which can lead to skin complications.

 

-Parabens – these are widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic industry and are some of the worst known carcinogenic chemicals in skincare products. Parabens interfere with your bodies’ hormone system and lead to long-term complications.

 

-Phenol carbolic acid – this chemical has been shown to cause an allergic response.

 

-Propylene glycol – this is shown to cause dermatitis in the skin

 

-Acrylamide (or polyacrylamide) – also a known skin irritant and at the worst has been linked to cancer.

 

Feel free to share with those you care about.

 

You can learn more about how to overcome disease and reach optimum states of health by contacting us at:

 

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Health and Disease, Lifestyle

Skin Cancer Signs

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Skin Cancer Signs Not Clear To Three-Quarters Of People, Threatening Healthy Practices

The most common form of cancer in the United States may also be one of the least obvious to spot. New research from British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) finds that 77 percent of people do not feel confident in their abilities to recognize melanomas of the skin, despite 72 percent admitting to getting sunburned in the last year.

In 2011, the latest year data are available, some 66,000 Americans were diagnosed with melanomas of the skin and more than 9,000 people died. The majority of both cases were men, who are about twice as likely to suffer from skin cancer and die from it as women. Experts fear many of the cases could be due to ignorance over the disease’s risks, particularly as people fail to spot the warning signs early enough.

“This is a reflection of poor sun protection habits,” said Johnathon Major of BAD. “People underestimate the damage that sunburn can do to their skin, and many think that skin reddening is just a harmless part of the tanning process, rather than a sure sign that you have damaged your skin irreparably.”

In addition to checking for new lesions that itch, scab, and bleed for at least four weeks, health officials use the ABCD rule of thumb for checking suspicious spots:

  • Asymmetry: each half may be a different size or shape
  • Border: edges of the area may be irregular or blurred, and sometimes show notches
  • Color: may be uneven with different shades of black, brown, or pink
  • Diameter: at least 6mm in diameter

Not all skin cancers appear as melanomas, however. People should take care to look out for other signs, such as new patches of scaly, crusty, and inflamed skin or “a growth with a pearly rim surrounding a central crater, a bit like an upturned volcano,” the BAD reports.

How To Prevent

Warnings to use sunscreen are nothing new — most people are well aware of the dangers posed by ultraviolet rays, said Charlotte Proby, professor of dermatology at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School. “However, this has yet to translate into a culture of sun protection and skin checking which would do a lot to curb the incidence and deaths from this disease.”

Please also note that lathering up with sun screen more than once every 6 hours can lead to other major complications and diseases. No, you do not need to put sunscreen on your children everytime they go in and out of the water. Once every 6 hours.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends monthly head-to-toe screenings for any new or changing lesions on the skin. In their survey of 1,018 people in 2014, however, BAD researchers found only four percent of people abide by the guideline and 40 percent never check their skin at all.

Checking for abnormalities isn’t the only strategy for avoiding life-threatening skin cancer, Rokhsar points out. While most people know sunscreen can offer protection, they may not know how much to apply and how often. UV rays can damage the skin in as little as 15 minutes, even on cloudy days. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends applying a broad spectrum sunblock — meaning one that covers both UVA and UVB rays — of at least SPF 15 every two hours or after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.

“As summer comes around again,” Proby said, “we want people to consider the message that you can enjoy the warm weather whilst staying safe.”

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7 Ingredients You Never Want to See on a Skin Care Label

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7 Ingredients You Never Want to See on a Skin Care Label

If you took the skincare grooming section of a store and buried it in the ground, it would be declared a hazardous waste dump. That is how dangerous many of the chemicals in these products are.

One in eight ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals that include carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors.

Many of these chemicals are considered sade in low doses by themselves, but we should be concerned about the damage they can cause repetitively over time and synergistically with each other.

The Food and Drug Administration has no authority over cosmetic manufacturers and does not require these companies to test products for safety. Cosmetic companies may use any ingredient except for certain color additives and substances classified as drugs.

More than 500 cosmetic products sold in the U.S. contain ingredients banned in Japan, Canada and the European Union. Certain skin care ingredients should be avoided at all costs.

These include dioxin, triclosan, and products with color pigments. Here are the seven chemicals you never want to see on a skincare product label.

  1. BHA and BHT These are closely related antioxidants are used as preservatives in moisturizers and makeup, particularly lipstick. They are both linked to endocrine disruptions.       BHA has been linked to cancer. They have been proven harmful to fish and other wildlife.
  1. Coal tar dyes. These are found in dark hair dyes and antidandruff products.       They are widely linked to cancer and also may be contaminated with heavy metal which are toxic to the brain.       Sometimes they are listed on labels as p-phenylenediamine or CI ( for color index) followed by a five digit number.
  1. PEG compounds. These are found in cosmetics cream bases and can be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a widely known carcinogen. Sine manufacturers use a purification process to remove the 1,4 diozane, but there is no way of knowing for sure which PEG is safe, which means it is best to avoid all.
  1. Benzoyl Peroxide. Pregnant women should stay away from this acne medication ingredient at all costs. If you are thinking of becoming pregnant in the next year, you need to stay away from this. If you are having a hard time getting pregnant, then look to see if you are or have used a product with this ingredient in it.
  1. Dioxin   This ingredient is often found in skin cleansers and other bath products. Dioxin has been linked with cancer, reduced immunity, nervous system disorders, birth defects and miscarriage.
  1. Triclosan   This synthetic antibacterial chemical is used as a pesticide. It has the same molecular structure as Agent Orange, the defoliant used during the Vietnam War that was associated with many soldiers health problems and death.
  1. Parabens   Found in antibacterial hand sanitizers, among other products, these chemicals are suspected endocrine disruptors and may interfere with male reproductively function. They are commonly used in deodorants and antiperspirants and have also been linked to breast cancer.

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Health Benefits of Rosemary

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Rosemary has had the reputation for miracles for thousands of years. It has been used as an antiseptic, antidepressant, analgesic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, aphrodisiac, and expectorant. Rosemary has earned praise for alleviating nerve-related conditions, boosting the immune system, fighting off bacterial and viral infections, aiding respiratory ailments, strengthening digestion and improving circulation. Rosemary contains both caffeic acid and rosmarinic acid which act as a powerful anti-inflammatory making it ideal for those who suffer with auto-immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia. It also contains properties and volatile oils that work similarly to anti-histamines and make it very useful to treat conditions such as asthma and chronic migraines. Rosemary’s diuretic properties have been known to help relieve gout, edema, and kidney stones. Rosemary has the ability to stimulate memory, improve concentration, and help overcome mental fatigue by increasing the blood flow to the head and brain. It is also known to alleviate depression and sadness and can decrease anxiety brought on by stress. Rosemary oil is often added to hair and skin care products due to its ability to cleanse and nourish the scalp and heal and repair the skin. Essential oil of rosemary can also be used through a steam vaporizer to disinfect the air in your home &/or office which is especially beneficial during cold and flu season. Rosemary can be taken as a tea, supplement, or simply added to fresh guacamole, salads, soups, or any of your home cooked meals. It is a potent and effective herb that can provide a myriad of health benefits.

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Lemon Balm

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Lemons are a powerful healing fruit that contain phenomenal antibiotic, antiseptic, and anti-cancer properties. Lemons are rich in vitamins C and B-complex and minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, silicon, copper, and potassium. They are considered to be a wonderful tonic and can help to cleanse and detoxify the entire body. Although lemons have an acidic taste they actually have a very strong alkaline reaction on the body and can help to alkalize blood, cells, lymph, organs, and tissues. Lemons are known to help destroy putrefactive bacteria in the mouth and intestines which can help alleviate flatulence, indigestion, and constipation. Lemons contain a compound called limonene which is used to dissolve gallstones and kidney stones and can help to fight oral, lung, skin, breast, stomach, and colon cancer. Lemons are also rich in bioflavonoids which can significantly boost the immune system and reduce inflammation in the body. Lemon juice is known to be particularly beneficial for colds, coughs, sore throats, hiccups, ear infections, fevers, arthritis, heart disease, COPD, atherosclerosis, diabetes, high cholesterol, autoimmune disorders, stroke, and cancer. Topically, lemon juice is a great remedy for wrinkles, warts, toothaches, corns, sunburns, poison ivy, acne, psoriasis, and as a hair rinse and facial astringent. A tall glass of lemon water upon waking is an excellent way to hydrate and cleanse the body first thing in the morning. Fresh lemon in tea and green juice and added to salads, wraps, hummus, guacamole, and nori rolls is another great way to add this healing and nutritious fruit into your diet. Fresh lemons can be found at your local grocery and health food store.