Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Amla: Benefits of Indian Gooseberry

Amla is medically called ‘Emblica officinalis’. It is popularly called Indian gooseberry in western countries and amalaki in India. It is a popular home remedy and natural antioxidant.

Several studies have confirmed that amla has multiple health benefits for the mankind. Now let us navigate through these.

Amla has the ability to prevent early aging in humans. It is good for hair. It is good for preventing respiratory and skin disorders. Alternative medicine recommends Amla for treating eye disorders. Amla fruit is helpful in treating human scurvy. Traditional saints and doctors call amla “the king of herbs”. Amalaki extract or Amla comprises a lot of cytokine-like substances called as z-riboside, zeatin and z-nucleotide. It contains a high amount of vitamin C and also has a lot of natural bioflavonoids, which are important in proper functioning of vitamin C and help strengthen and protect human cell membranes from oxidative damage. Just like gold is the best mineral, Amla is the best herb.

Amla or Indian gooseberry is frequently and consistently used in Ayurvedic medicine. Even popular yoga saint of India, Baba Ramdev, has named it a ‘wonder herb’. One hundred grams of fresh amla pulp comprises vitamin C up to 720 mg and 100 gm of amla juice contains 900 mg of vitamin C. It remains stable in heated temperatures. It does not lose its value while or after processing. It also contains dried form of tannins which is the reason why it retains most of the vitamin C content. To allow several weeks of long-lasting benefits, 1 to 2 tablets of Indian gooseberry or Amla two times a day with meals for 3 months is recommended. Amla treats the disease from its roots and not just the signs and symptoms, like allopathic medicine. So it is better to take it consistently for longer durations.

There is no evidence of long-term adverse effects of using Indian gooseberry capsules on human body. Amla is free of any side effects.

Juice of amla comprises approximately 20 times as much vitamin C as orange juice contains. Amla fruit tissue comprises nearly three times the concentration of protein and approximately 160 times the concentration of ascorbic acid found in 1 apple. Fruit of amla comprises a vast amount of concentration of most beneficial amino acids and minerals than what are contained in apples. Fruit ash of amla (Indian Gooseberry) comprises 3 ppm copper, 4 zinc and 2.5 chromium. Amla is also called an adaptogenic herb by various naturalists around the world, as it is helpful in preventing immunocompromised situations and it also boosts the immune system.

It is a strong rejuvenator, neuralizes stomach acids, enhances absorption of food, prevents premature aging of cells, strengthens the lungs, improves function of brain, detoxifies and cleanses the human body. Its juice enhances fertility. It boosts natural immunity and builds up a deteriorated immune system. As a natural coolant, it is beneficial in heat intolerance or heat rash. It is beneficial in treatment of bleeding, diarrhea and dysentery. Regular use of amla shampoo prevents premature graying and loss of hair. Amla murabba and amla pickle are healthy and yummy.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Benefits of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

The scientific name of eucalyptus is eucalyptus globulus. According to natural medicine and aromatherapy, there are many health benefits and healing properties of eucalyptus aromatic tree which I will describe in detail in this article. But before doing that, let us take a stroll through the brief history, symbolism, origin, and distribution of eucalyptus and its oil which has numerous health benefits.

Eucalyptus oil is one of the most widely used essential oil by millions of people around the world. What makes eucalyptus so important is the fact that almost all respiratory conditions can be treated with eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is one of the widest grown and fastest growing trees in the world. It grows up to a height of 100 meters. The enormously large space occupying roots of eucalyptus absorb vast quantities of water so it needs a lot of water to grow. Eucalyptus trees have been planted since ancient times in malaria infested swamps in order to dry the soil due to its enormous water requirement and purify the air at the same time with its highly aromatic leaves that are blue-green in color and are heart shaped when are young and turn long and lance shaped at maturity.

There are approximately 200 species of Eucalyptus. It is also interesting to note that the famous tea tree oil that is utilized by almost all natural product manufactures in mostly all natural products like natural shampoos, oil, etc. comes from the same family, Myrtaceae. About 50 species of Myrtaceae family provide valuable oils, some are therapeutic and some are beneficial to the industry. It is also interesting to note that eucalyptus essential oil when massaged has a refreshing aroma that gets penetrated and has stimulating effects on our body.

"Eu" and "kalypto" words are of Greek origin and they mean "good" and "covered" which is in reference to their stamina. The word "globulus" means a "small ball" referring to button-shaped fruit of eucalyptus. The Australian eucalyptus trees were the first trees which brought essential oil that has been used medicinally.

Origin and Distribution
Eucalyptus has been native to Tasmania and Australia. Eucalyptus was introduced in the Europe as an ornamental tree in 1788. It was in 1850s when the French government sent seeds to Algeria in order to drain out wetlands infested with malaria mosquitoes. This plantation of eucalyptus trees for draining out malaria infested swamps showed positive results because a large amount of water was required to grow eucalyptus tree in the ground which helped in total drying out of the soil and preventing the proliferation of disease-transmitting mosquitoes, which usually use these types of wetlands as "breeding grounds". Since that time, seeds of eucalyptus spread across the globe and its trees naturalized in almost all temperate areas of the globe

Extraction of Essential Oil
It takes about 25 kilograms of young branches and leaves of eucalyptus to produce only 500 grams of essential eucalyptus oil by the process of steam distillation.

Health Benefits
Eucalyptus essential oil is an analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, natural healer, natural deodorant, an aromatic tonic for brain, natural expectorant, a febrifuge and stimulant and contains hypoglycemic properties. According to aromatherapy, eucalyptus oil is one of the best oils to treat respiratory problems. Eucalyptus oil is good for drying up phlegm and combat sinusitis. According to alternative medicine, eucalyptus oil helps in breathing better and relaxing and dilating muscles of bronchi, trachea, and lungs, therefore, decreasing the discomfort caused by influenza, catarrh, bronchitis, and lung congestion. Eucalyptus has antiviral action. It is very effective in neutralizing airborne germs and when two of its chemical constituents, aromadendrene and phellandrene, come in contact with air, they produce a layer of protection which hinders survival of bacteria. It helps in lowering febrile conditions.

It is helpful in treating wounds, burns, and blisters and helps in regenerating new tissue. Eucalyptus is a great source as a deodorant.

It is also an effective insect repellent. For the urinary system, eucalyptus oil works as an antiseptic and is helpful in treatment of urogenital infections such as cystitis. Eucalyptus has mild diuretic effect and helps in increasing the excretion of urea. Its essential oil massage helps in treatment of rheumatism and neuralgia or nerve pain. On the emotional level, aromatic eucalyptus oil inhalation stimulates and clears the mind out of negative feelings, promotes concentration, and gives a breath of fresh air.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Benefits of Jasmine Essential Oil: Buy Online

Jasmine oil helps in making us depression free, healthy, calm, eternally relaxed, and free of diseases. Let us see how:

The delicate jasmine flowers are shaped like stars and have floral-fruity fragrance. Jasmine essential oil is an aphrodisiac, antiseptic, and antispasmodic. It is a galactagogue for women. It is a sedative and a tonic at the same time. Jasmine oil also helps women at the time of childbirth due to its analgesic effects.

The aroma of jasmine oil is pleasant, sweet, warm, and sensual. Gentle jasmine essential oil massage is reassuring and inspiring at the time when you are fed up of your life and are physically and mentally distressed, as this oil is helpful in reducing emotional lability and depression and your total life changes. 

Jasmine oil calms the nerves and stimulates sensuality. This wonder oil also helps in overcoming lack of confidence and anxiety.

Jasmine oil massage introduces optimism and indifference. It is also helpful in combating postpartum depression. On the sexual level, jasmine oil as an aphrodisiac restores sexual confidence. On the physical level, jasmine oil massage relieves pain and muscle spasms. This aromatherapy oil also reduces inflammation, fights infections, and removes excess mucus from the respiratory glands.

Jasmine oil helps in facilitating normal vaginal delivery because it acts as an analgesic at the time of childbirth. Jasmine oil massage on head stimulates the nervous system and application of jasmine oil on breasts stimulates the milk glands and ease off the flow of milk during lactation. Jasmine oil is good for skin as it has a soothing and softening effect on our skin. Jasmine oil helps in reduction of wrinkles and fine lines.
Jasmine oil on face treats inflamed skin and oily skin and scalp. Jasmine oil also works well for dry and sensitive skin. Jasmine oil also inhibits growth of bacteria and helps regulate oily secretions. Jasmine oil is also helpful in treating prostate problems. It also strengthens male sexual organs and increases reproductive health.

Jasmine Oil Extraction - How to choose jasmine oil?

It is interesting to note that jasmine flowers are collected at night. The jasmine plant is full of aromatic smell and flowers can release essential oil for several days after harvesting.

It takes about 3.5 million flowers (approximately 500 kg of flowers) to obtain just 500 grams of pure jasmine essential oil and this is the reason why aromatherapy essential oils are a little bit expensive. Jasmine essential oil is extracted through four types of methods, namely steam distillation, maceration, cold pressing, and solvent extraction.

Steam distillation is an expensive method, but with the introduction of advance technology for oil extraction, jasmine oil extraction can done by cold pressing and solvent distraction.

In solvent extraction, a hydrocarbon solvent is mixed in the jasmine plant material to help dissolve essential oil but this method is not worth because it uses carbon dioxide to extract jasmine essential oil and can leave some solvent residue which can cause skin allergies and can affect the immune system so it is best to use jasmine essential oil extracted through steam distillation or cold pressing.

How to use jasmine oil for health?
  1. For stress, depression, sadness, and low libido: Jasmine essential oil massage or inhalation of jasmine oil spray should be done.
  2. For menstrual pains: Jasmine essential oil can be used in the form of warm oil compresses or baths and also jasmine oil massage.
  3. For labor pains: Use of jasmine oil massage directly to the painful area helps in reduction of pain due to its analgesic effects and it also strengthens the muscles during contractions.
  4. Inhalation of jasmine spray or jasmine oil massage helps in increasing milk production during lactation.
  5. For skin: It is helpful in getting rid of wrinkles and expression lines: Add one drop of diluted jasmine essential oil in face cream.
  6. For joint stiffness and muscle aches and pains: Jasmine oil massage to the affected body parts helps in movement of stiffened joint and helps in calm down aching and painful muscles as it works as a natural muscle relaxant and analgesic.
  7. For the respiratory system, jasmine oil works a natural cough and mucus expectorant with the use of inhalation technique.
  8. Application of one drop of jasmine perfume to the wrists and behind the ears works as a home remedy for body odor.
Side Effects of Jasmine Oil
  1. Do not use jasmine oil during pregnancy until the childbirth and should use it when the labor pain starts.
  2. Excessive use of jasmine oil can alter fluid from the body, especially phlegm.
  3. Excessive use of jasmine oil on scalp may impede mental concentration.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Got head lice from a girl at school. Pls help

I got lice from a girl at school. We were best friends so we hung out every day. I tried the chemical treatments. All the people that helped me treat it got it. My mom. My sister. My dad. My grandma. Then after endless treatments (store bought chemical) we got rid of them. Well recently she got them back and she gave them to me again! I tried the chemical treatment again not knowing the side effects. I really want to get rid of lice because this is getting really expensive and I am currently on a basketball team and do not want my teammates to get it as well. Please help! What is the best antilice treatment!

Head Lice Solution: Six Proven Home Remedies

Monday, March 7, 2016

Head Lice Solution: Six Proven Home Remedies

In order to get rid of head lice naturally and to wipe the nits off from roots of your kid’s scalp, you can consider some home remedies for resistant head lice that I have listed below:

  1. Our house especially our kitchen is a great source of natural antilice home remedies. You can wash your hair off with vinegar, as vinegar has the capability of killing the nits in your child’s hair in only two days.
  2. Application of coconut oil as a conditioner to the kid’s hair is also beneficial. Vinegar combined with any mineral oil or Johnson baby oil in equal proportions can be applied on the hair. You have to leave this application on your kid’s scalp for an hour and then rinse off with a baby shampoo. Now comb off your kid’s hair with an antilice comb to remove all the unconscious lice and eggs from your child’s hair.
  3. Another effective and proven natural remedy to get rid of head lice is use of 15 drops of tea tree oil mixed with your kid’s regular shampoo. You can use it daily as it has no side effects with daily use. You can also mix one tablespoon of tea tree oil, three tablespoons of olive oil, and one teaspoon of eucalyptus oil with your kid’s regular shampoo like Johnson shampoo or Mother Care or any other baby shampoo. This mixture can be applied to your kid’s hair and scalp. After application of this mixture, cover your kid’s head with a plastic bag for approximately half an hour and rinse it out. This is the most important way to get rid of head lice naturally.
  4. Also overnight application of mayonnaise as a conditioner makes it easier for the lice to slide off of your kid’s hair when you will use antilice comb after rinsing thoroughly.
  5. Application of a mixture of butter and lemon on your kid’s head for just about fifteen minutes again helps in getting rid of head lice naturally. You can rinse it off with your regular shampoo or for kid’s, you can use baby shampoo.
  6. In India, Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash has become a famous natural remedy for head lice because Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash includes some essential oils like thymol, eucalyptol, methyl salicylate, alcohol, and menthol which are beneficial in getting rid of head lice. Listerine is also effective when it is rubbed on your head.

How lice infest our hair? Allopathic antilice treatment

How lice infest our hair?

Most people believe that lice come on their own in hairs but this is not true because head lice are contagious and come from head-to-head contact with a currently infected person. This is the reason why head lice are mostly seen in kids who join the school for the first time at 3 years of age. Our kid’s daily interaction with other kids in the school and head to head contact results in transfer of head lice from one kid to another. It is important to note that head lice not only transmit via head to head contact, but can also transmit to people using currently infected person’s towel, comb, or hat.

How effective are allopathic antilice treatment methods?
Some effective allopathic anti lice treatment include use of pyrethrins like over the counter Pronto and Triple-X, use of permethrins like over the counter Nix lotion and Perlice cream and other prescription drugs including Malathion for only kids above 6 years and Lindane which includes many types of side effects. All these allopathic medications are proven to be helpful in lice treatment but carry some or other side effects and risks like Lindane can be toxic to our nervous system and some parts of our brain. Also overuse or misuse of these prescriptive and non-prescriptive drugs can cause serious problems. As head lice are most commonly found in kids, their end users are kids and you need to be very cautious with small children like two to three years of age.