Self-care is about identifying your needs for your physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual well-being and taking deliberate action to meet those needs. Self-care includes taking the time to do activities that nourish you; it also requires restricting situations or activities that interfere with your well-being. Knowing your limits and setting appropriate boundaries is important in your self-care. Letting go of people or situations that deplete you and making space for that which fills you with energy and joy is the essence of self-care. Self-care is an essential aspect self-love, and it means treating yourself with the same kindness and respect that you would treat others. [Read more…]
A castor oil pack is a safe and efficient way to get the healing benefits of castor oil. Castor oil packs are an important part of many holistic healing protocols including detoxification programs, cancer treatments, and protocols that work to improve conditions of the digestive system. [Read more…]
Constipation is when bowel movements become infrequent. Although it is ideal to have at least one bowel movement per day, a person is generally not considered constipated unless they have less than three bowel movements per week. More specifically, constipation is when there is a significant change in bowel patterns, for example, if two bowel movements a day is the norm for an individual, then having three bowel movements per week would be infrequent for them.
In addition to infrequent bowel movements, signs of constipation also include strained or difficult bowel movements, hard or dry stools, and incomplete bowel movements. Constipation may also be accompanied by abdominal pain, intestinal gas and bloating. [Read more…]
Fibre is a type carbohydrate which gives plants their structure and rigidity. Fibre is indigestible by the human body, meaning that it is not broken down by gastric acid and digestive enzymes, or absorbed through walls of the intestine. Some types of fibre pass through the digestive system untouched, whereas other types are metabolized by the beneficial bacteria in the colon.
Adequate fibre intake is 14g for every 1000 calories consumed. This equates to a recommended daily intake of about 25g-30g per day for women, and 30-36g per day for men, but it will vary according to an individual’s caloric intake. Children and the elderly, who consume fewer calories, also need less fibre. Pregnant or breast-feeding women should increase their fibre intake slightly as they need to consume more calories than the average woman. The average person only gets 8-18g of fibre per day, which may explain why digestive disturbances, such as constipation and gas and bloating are so common. [Read more…]
While enemas in general have health benefits, there are some dangerous enema solutions that you should avoid. Here are four types of enemas that are potentially hazardous to your health: [Read more…]
Diarrhea is an unpleasant condition where one experiences the frequent evacuation of loose or watery stools and an urgent need for bowel movements. Diarrhea is usually accompanied by abdominal pain or cramps, as well as abdominal bloating and intestinal gas. In some cases, nausea and vomiting may also be experienced. Most people experience a feeling of weakness or light-headedness during bouts of diarrhea, an overall feeling of being unwell may also be present.
More severe cases of diarrhea or diarrhea that involves infection may have additional symptoms, such as fever, chills, or bloody stool. [Read more…]
Unforeseen accidents, injuries, and ailments can quickly spoil a summer outing or a family trip. Be prepared with a first aid kit stocked with natural remedies to relieve any annoyances which may come when travelling or spend time outdoors.
Below are some remedies that everyone should consider adding to their natural first aid kit. Many of the remedies are multipurpose, and you’ll notice some remedies have the same uses as others. By no means do you need to include every remedy on this list; choose the items you like best and which ones you feel are most helpful for your circumstances. Use the Natural First Aid Quick Reference Chart to help determine which remedies you need. Keep your kit simple and relatively light so that it is easy to pack with you. [Read more…]
Dry skin brushing, otherwise known as dry body brushing, is a very simple technique where you use a stiff bristled brush on the skin, making strokes in the general direction of the heart. Dry skin brushing has many benefits including healthier and softer skin, increased circulation, and enhanced body detoxification.
Dry skin brushing has been practiced in various cultures for centuries, but it became more well known in the 1960’s through the Finnish Doctor Paavo Airola, as well from Dr. Bernard Jensen promoting the technique in the United States.
Dry skin brushing is one of the easiest and cheapest things you can do to help improve your skin care regime and boost your overall health. [Read more…]
Continued From Part Four: Natural Remedies and Complementary Therapies that Help You Quit Smoking
Although maintaining a proper diet, taking supplements and herbs, trying remedies and using complementary therapies can all help you quit smoking – it may be the seemingly little things that will make or break your success. Consider implementing the following tips before you quit and while you are in the process of quitting. [Read more…]
Continued From Part Two:Diet and Supplements that Help You Quit Smoking
Did you know you can use a wide variety of herbs to quit smoking? Different herbs will assist you to quit in different ways; certain herbs will decrease withdrawal symptoms, others will ease stress and anxiety, reduce cravings, or help detoxify the lungs and body. [Read more…]
Continued From Part One: Understanding Addiction and Withdrawal
Remember to eat sensibly once you have stopped smoking. Be aware that your appetite may increase, and you will most likely crave unhealthy foods. Include foods and beverages that will support your body while quitting smoking, and avoid those that will aggravate your withdrawal symptoms. Here are some dietary guidelines you want to consider and helpful supplements to quit smoking: