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Natural respiratory remedies

Here are some natural approaches to treating lower respiratory disease

First you should look at your diet.  Nutrition, nature's health insurance, must be a priority for anyone wanting to treat their ailments and heal properly.  A diet low in fruits and vegetables and high in red meat and prepackaged foods is linked to lung weakness.
  Ginger, cabbage, radish, seaweed, watercress, garlic, onions, and leeks, in contrast, help with bronchitis.  Make sure to cut out items that will worsen your respiratory condition.  Alcohol, sugars, fruit juice, and dairy products should be avoided.

Another good approach is to steam with essential oils.  Many essential oils have strong antiviral and antibiotic properties.
  • Eucalyptus essential oil:  Effective decongestant effect.  Good for steaming or adding to a sauna or bath.
  • Basil essential oil:  Useful as an antispasmodic and for chest infections.
  • Thyme essential oil:  Strengthens body's resistance to infections and useful for respiratory infections.

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Enhance Your Sex Drive Naturally

Herbs have been used as a method for enhancing sex drive for thousands of years.

Sex Drive can be affected in a number of ways. Testosterone levels can affect sex drive; personal circumstances related to work and family, can inhibit it too; as well as psychological factors, like personality and stress. Lifestyle,medical conditions, relationships problems and medications can also play a major part in decreasing sex drive.

Fortunately there are a number of Natural Remedies, for both men and women, that can help. Listed below are the 6 most popular:

Ginseng: Known primarily for its energy enhancing powers it helps improve mental and physical stamina providing a good basis for significantly increasing sex drive in both men and women.

Ashwagandha: This is known in India as a male herbal sexual health tonic.It works by increasing blood circulation to the male sexual organs.

Yohimbe: This is considered to be one of the most potent herbs for male sexual dysfunction. It is so potent that, if consumed in excessive amounts, can cause blood pressure related issues. It is available in supplement form and used in the right dosage can be a good natural way to increase sex drive. There have been no conclusive studies as to whether it is suitable for women and therefore it is not recommended due to the risk of side effects.

Damiana: This is a herb traditionally used by the Mayan people to enhance sexual function in both men and women. Although there is currently no scientific evidence to support this, it has been used to improve both mood and sex drive.
Horny Goat Weed: Also known as Yin Yang Hue has the benefit of improving overall health whilst helping with sex drive and stamina. The only negative side to this herb is that it takes approximately one week for the effects to be noticed.
Maca: This is one of the oldest known sexual enhancement herbs, being used as far back as the Incas. It is also commonly know as Peruvian Ginseng. It is particularly effective for women.

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Cancer Fighting Foods

Natural ways to shrink tumors!

Here are some proven cancer fighters, some may even be in your kitchen!

A diet rich in antioxidants and full of alkaline foods can help prevent and even fight cancers.  Here are a few anticancer items to add to your diet.

Green Tea
A study published in the journal Nanomedicine concluded that two-thirds of tumors treated with green tea extract shrank while causing zero side effects to healthy surrounding tissue.  Green tea is also a powerful antioxidant that removes free radicals from the body.

Reishi mushroom extract is a government registered anti cancer.  Reishi, shitake, oyser,  and even common crimini mushrooms all have anticancer properties.  Reishi mushrooms inhibit tumor growth and reduce size of tumors by increasing the body's production of interleukin 1 and 2.  Regular consumption of crimini mushrooms reduces the risk of hormone related breast cancer by inhibiting estrogen production.

An Ohio State University study has shown that blueberries shrink blood vessel tumors, the most common tumor in young children.  In 2005 a University of Illinois study concluded that wild blueberries inhibited the initiation and proliferation of bladder and liver cancer cells as well.

If you or someone you know has cancer, it may be worth your while to take the nutritional approach to healing.  Remember, nutrition is natures health insurance.  Chemo and radiation kill more people then they save and these natural remedies have no harmful side effects.  In fact, they taste delicious and are not nearly as expensive as poisonous conventional treatments.

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Surprising health benefits of avocado!

Who doesn't like a bit of guacamole?  Well it may turn out that there is much more to like about the super-fruit avocado than just the flavor!

Nature's health insurance!

Anti Cancer:  Avocados are a rich source of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that attacks free radicals in the body by blocking the absorption of certain fats in the intestines.  Scientists also suspect that avocados may be useful in treating viral hepatitis, a cause of liver cancer.

Helps Diabetes:  Avocados are absolutely packed with monounsaturated fats also known as "the good fat."  These fats actually help lower bad or LDL cholesterol and raise beneficial HDL cholesterol in the blood.  Cholesterol management is crucial for diabetes patients due to the heightened heart disease risk due to diabetes.  Monounsaturated fats may also help the body process insulin and glucose more readily.  Avocados also tout high levels of Vitamin E which is believed to reduce the risk of heart disease and nerve damage in diabetics.

Reduces Inflammation:  Since avocados remove free radicals, they prevent cell damage and reduce inflammation throughout the body.  Some even believe that consuming avocados regularly can slow the process of aging!

Remember that avocados can be incorporated into several recipes and even help you absorb more of the nutrients from the meals in which they are included and even aid in weight loss!  The darker part of the fruit closest to the skin contains most of the beneficial compounds so don't let any go to waste!   Oh yeah, plant the seed too.

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Mint and its amazing healing powers

How refreshing

So, besides making your breath fresher, what else does mint do?

Digestive:  Indegestion, cramps, and morning sickness are all treatable with fresh mint juice.  It can also be used to treat irritable bowl syndrome.  Mint is also effective at treating diarrhea when the oils from the plant are used.

Skin:  Mint oil can be applied to pimples, skin rashes, sunburn, and bug bites.  The oils from mint leaves can also relieve hemorrhoid pain.

Respiratory:  Fresh mint clears out the sinuses and even helps with asthma and bronchitis.  Mint is an ingredient in many cough drops and cough medicines because it helps relieve a soar throat.

Women's Health:  Mint extract can be taken prior to and leading up to menstruation to lessen painful cramps.

Joints:  Mint oil can be applied topically to relieve the symptoms of arthritis.
Mint oil is an effective antiseptic!

Mint is native to temperate Europe.  The ancient Romans and Greeks knew of the medicinal qualities of mint.    Ancient Greek physician Saufarsats included it in the use of several carminative medicines.  Even ancient Chinese and Japanese physicians were familiar with this spice!

Although the health benefits of mint are every bit as astounding as the freshness it leaves behind, mint also has an impressive nutrient profile.  Mint is rich in minerals, contains vitamin D, vitamin E, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin B3.  About 50% of the composition of the plant's oils is menthol.

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Surprising healing properties of apples!

An apple a day could literally keep the doctor away.

Apples are delicious and refreshing fruits that are used in a variety of dishes or enjoyed right off of the tree.  Though apples and their juice is loved for the sweet amazing flavor, the impact that apples have on your health may be surprising as well.  Nutrition is nature's health insurance!

  • Weight loss:  A study out of Brazil concluded that women who consumed 3 apples or pears a day and dieted lost more weight than women who dieted and didn't eat the fruit.
  • Breast cancer prevention:  A Cornell University study found that rats fed apples every day had a decreased chance developing breast cancer.  The greater amount of apples the rate were fed, the lower the risk of breast cancer.
  • Alzheimer's prevention:  A Cornell University study on mice found that the quercetin in apples may protect the brain from the type of free radical damage that could cause Alzheimer's disease.
  • Bone protection:  French researchers found that a flavanoid called phloridzin that is found only in apples may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and could increase bone density as well.  Apples also contain boron, another bone strengthening compound. 
  • Diabetes management:  The pectin in apples supplies galacturonic acid to the body which lowers the body's need for insulin and could aid in the management of diabetes.
  • Asthma:  A recent study concluded that children who consume apple juice daily suffer from the symptoms of asthma less than those who did not.  Another study showed that children born to women who consume a lot of apples had a lower rate of asthma than those born to mothers who ate less apples.

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Healing powers of oregano oil

Oregano oil is nature's heavy hitting healer!

Oregano is regarded as a powerful natural antibiotic.  The oil from oregano has been shown to battle serious pathogens like staph and e coli.  Oregano is also effective in preventing fungal infections and is even believed to be effective as a natural food preservative.  Since it is absolutely loaded with antioxidants, oregano oil can reduce the cellular damage resulting from free radicals in the body and thus slow the aging process.  When spring rolls around, take oregano oil to help with inflammation, allergies, and congestion.  Oregano oil is also thought to help with digestion by stimulating bile.  Women can benefit from using oregano oil to manage irregular menstruation and 
the oil even helps to alleviate some of the symptoms of menstruation as well.  Oregano oil can be used to improve your quality of life by easing discomfort and, according to Science Daily, is just as effective against pathogens as prescription antibiotics.

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