Blog Fourteen

 

Good day all.

I’m a bit all over the place today so forgive me. At this very moment I’m gonna jump ahead and skip back or whatever to people spoofing Beyonce’s Single Ladies video. Justin Timberlake did it and it was very unfortunate and thankfully it went away quickly and our eyesight was saved for a short while. Now! The scary middle Jonas Brother has decided to do a spoof on it. For those of you who like the Jonas Brothers and are rushing to find this clip to go aawwww (I doubt many of you like the Jonas Brothers to begin with, and if you do and you are looking….I advise you to stop this second…it is not a pretty sight) It is scary how much he actually looks like Prince in this video. I’m sure you would be able to label this video and say that it was Prince spoofing Beyonce and I bet many people would just comment “Prince looks like one of the Jonas Brothers” Scary, Scary, Scary.

So I’m reading about things that are good for your skin and I’m thinking back to time I would walk through stores and they would expect me to pay $24 for one small bottle of Acai juice. Your only suppose to drink a small amount every day but is it really worth it? Part of me wants to say yes, and the other part wants me to say no. Acai is just an exotic berry that has good vitamins and anti-oxidants, another exotic berry that you might have heard of is the Goji berry. These are advertised heavily in many products from beverages to skin care lines. Just because these are so good for you, doesn’t mean you should forget about other things. Just a thought. Would you rather spend tons of money on these exotic berries when you can get similar vitamins and anti-oxidants from more common berry’s like blueberry’s, raspberry’s, cranberry’s and blackberry’s? People can argue that the exotic ones have higher levels but I’m sure eating twice as many of the common ones to get the same level would probably be alot cheaper haha.
Another interesting thing was milk!….Not drinking it… was using it for your skin. You may have heard of things like Cleopatra took milk baths for her skin. Don’t go buying a jug of milk and pouring it in your bathtub just yet, it won’t do you any good. You would benefit more from that milk if it was sour! The benefits only occur when lactose has been converted in lactic acid. Lactic acid is actually present in the skin, so the skin recognize it. The lactic acid in your skin helps to protect against injury as well as UV damage.

While we are on the topic, I thought I would share natural remedies that actually work!
Garlic – It helps to lower elevated bloor pressure, reduces the risk of blood clots and it also protects your arteries and veins. (Interesting fact: If using garlic in cooking, chop the garlic up and let it sit at room temperature for about 15min before adding it to anything! This will trigger certain reactions that will boost the benefits of garlic)
Horse Chestnut – Now this one I actually had to look up because I had no idea what this was. If you have varicose veins, you should check out this herb. Although the usage of compression stockings is still a useful method, Horse Chestnut helps to reduce swelling and pain of varicose veins. This herb is the best of three to choose from but it does not hurt to try recommended doses of all 3. The other two herbs are Gotu Kola, and Butcher’s Broom.
Tiger Balm – Tiger Balm is a topical ointment containing camphor, menthol, cajeput and clove oil. It is actually very useful is the relief of TENSION HEADACHES. Interestingly enough, in a study it provided the same relief as taking tylenol. If you have migraines, try Feverfew. It helps to prevent migraines but doesn’t help your tension headaches. Magnesium is said to help but low levels of magnesium actually trigger tension headaches and migraines, so consult a doctor about taking a supplement.
Ginkgo Biloba – Contrary to what you may have heard, GINKGO BILOBA DOES NOT HELP DEPRESSION. It helps to increase blood flow to the brain and CAN help in minor depression when not taking other forms of medication. (Avoid Ginkgo Biloba if you have bipolar disease) St.John’s Wort is a plant that is helpful in fighting depressing BUT!!! Just a helpful point to keep in mind that St.John’s Wort has the most documented interactions with drugs.
If you were looking to buy herbs, which of these three would sound more appealing to you and which do you think you would be more likely to buy?
Loose herbs – bulk, powdered herbs – or Tinctures and freeze-dried extracts
Tinctures contain high percentages of grain alcohol to
prevent it from spoiling. These forms of herbs are very stable and preserve the active ingredients of plants in a concentrated form. Freeze-drying helps to maintain potency of medicinal plants. Loose, dried, or powdered herbs may not retain all of the beneficial qualities.
6)Curcumin – Many experts have recommended the use of glucosamine for the wear and tea of osteoarthritis, but there is no evidence that it helps rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disease) Curcumin is a yellow pigment of the herb turmeric, which is effective as potent anti-inflammatory for improving morning stiffness and joint swelling without side effects. For an effective therapy for RA, try acupuncture. It is greatly effective in reducing the pain. Practicing meditation for long periods of time (6months) can help cope with RA.
Chocolate – More specifically Theobromine. Theobromine is a chemical in cocoa beans, this chemical is actually more effective in calming a persistent cough than codeine and without the drowsiness. Dark chocolate contains higher levels of theobromine than milk chocolate. If chocolate is not your thing (your crazy) but you can try a teaspoon of a tincture of contmullein. Contmullein is a wildflower that helps loosen mucus and soothes your throat. Try adding it to some warm water and drinking it every 4 hours.
Echinacea – Although echinacea is good for colds, you should actually avoid it if you have a fever! It can also worsen symptoms of ragweed or other weed pollen allergies. For allergies, instead of taking standard allergy medicine you could try stinging nettle which can actually be just as effective. If you find that this helps with your allergies but not as much, try adding the anti-inflammatory quercetin which can help stabalize the mast cells in the eye, nose, and lungs which are highly sensitive to allergens.
plant-derived sterols and stanols – Incorporating these into your daily diet can help to reduce your total cholesterol, as well as LDL or “bad” cholesterol.
Preventing cavities – Fresh cranberries contain anti-adhesive compounds that keep bacteria that cause cavities from sticking to your teeth and gums. Apples help increase the flow of saliva which washes away sugars from food and reduces bacteria buildup. Aged cheeses like: Cheddar, Gouda, Provolone, Edam, and Gruyere have high levels of calcium and phosphorus which form a protective layer on the teeth. Grapefruit seed extract has antibiotic abilities. Try adding a drop to your toothpaste when you brush!

I hope you enjoy all my random tid bits of information. Another healthy thing is sleep! Which I am so desperately lacking.

 

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