Tiger Nut Benefits

02/03/2014
by Gabriel Kuperman

Although many people haven’t heard of them, tiger nuts have been around for nearly 4,000 years.  Contrary to the name, tiger nuts are not actually nuts at all, but small tubers. They are safe for those with nut allergies to enjoy. They are known by a wide variety of names, including zulu nut, chufa and rush nut. Tiger nut benefits

Tiger nuts come from the Cyperus family of plants, which grow in various locations throughout the world. Cyperus rotunda, grows in South Asia and has been used in India for hundreds of years to stimulate immunity and for its anti-inflammatory properties.  This plant has proven to have the same healing properties as the more well-known tiger nuts, or “chufa” from Spain.

One variety of tiger nut was harvested by ancient Egyptians and used to make a sweet treat, a sort of ancient equivalent of a modern day energy bar.  The nuts were ground into a flour like consistency; honey and milk were added, and then small loaves were cooked over a fire.

Tiger nuts are loaded with minerals and are a good source of chromium, phosphorous, manganese, magnesium, iron, zinc and copper.  They also contain some of the B-complex vitamins and vitamins C and E. Tiger nuts are a bit chewier than traditional nuts and they have a naturally sweet taste, similar to coconut. They tend to get sweeter as they dry.  

In Ayurvedic medicine, tiger nuts are used to treat poor eyesight, improve digestive disorders, and help balance mental disorders. They are emmenagogues that help stimulate blood flow to the pelvic region and are often used to help with uterine contractions during childbirth.

In Asia, tiger nuts are used for their potent antioxidant properties and are believed to decrease the risk of colon cancer.  They are also used to increase blood circulation and to prevent deep vein thrombosis and heart disease.

In Spain, tiger nuts are used to make a very popular health drink chufa de horchata. This milk is rich in nutrients having more magnesium and iron content than regular milk. It contains several key digestive enzymes that make it easy to assimilate. It is a great alternative to cows milk since it has similar nutritional value, without the lactose or casein content that cause digestive upset in many people.

Unsweetened tiger nut milk is also a good choice for diabetics. It is high in the amino acid arginine that helps suppress the excess production of insulin. This balancing effect, combined with the high fiber and nutrients, also make tiger nuts a great appetite suppressant and weight loss aid. In Spain, this drink is promoted as a healthy alternative to soft drinks and as a general tonic for its health benefits and great taste.

Tiger nuts and tiger nut milk are also believed to soothe the GI tract and help rid the body of excess gas and prevent both diarrhea and constipation. The enzymes catalasa, amilasa and lipase are digestive enzymes found in abundance in tiger nut milk. They have an astringent and anti-inflammatory action along the GI tract and are also high in fiber, promoting good colon health.

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Natural Colic Remedies

02/02/2014
by Gabriel Kuperman

Any parent who has experienced colic knows all to well that helpless feeling of watching your baby cry inconsolably, sometimes for hours. Colic usually begins a few weeks after birth and can last until the baby is three or four months old. All babies cry for various reasons, hunger, cold, heat, being wet or feeling tired, but colic is a very distinct, piercing wail.  Natural colic remedies

Colicky babies are usually inconsolable and the crying fit will last from a few minutes to several hours. This can be extremely distressing to new parents, who often blame themselves, however colic is a phase that does not have lasting negative impacts.  Most babies with colic feed and gain weight normally.

What Causes Colic?

There is no specific, identifiable cause for colic, but many experts believe it is due to some form of digestive distress.  Young infants with digestive systems that are immature may struggle to process the various components of breast milk and formula.  Colic occurs in breastfed and formula fed babies equally. 

Help for Colic

There are some techniques that may help comfort a colicky infant.  Swaddling is a technique of wrapping a baby snugly in a blanket to mimic the cozy feeling of being in utero.  Slings that allow you to carry the baby against your chest where he can hear your heartbeat can also be soothing.

Motion is often helpful for soothing babies with colic.  Take a ride in the car or push the baby in a stroller.  Some people place the infant in a carrier and sit it on top of the dryer or washer.  The background noise and gentle vibrations sometimes calm the infant without the need to go outdoors when it's too hot or cold. 

Baby swings can also provide relief, but be careful to set the swing to rock back and forth, not side to side. Side to side rocking stimulates some babies and may make the situation worse. Also ensure that you are nearby so baby can hear your voice, and keep the swing on the gentlest motion settings.

Some parents report success with smaller, more frequent feedings. Holding the baby more upright while feeding can also prevent excess air from being swallowed. Women who breastfeed should avoid potential triggers like caffeine and spicy food.

Remedies for Colic

Gentle massage can be very effective for soothing an upset stomach.  Add a drop of lavender essential oil to ½ teaspoon organic olive oil and gently rub this into your babies abdomen.  Rub in clockwise circles to help stimulate the digestive tract and ease pain caused by gas bubbles.

Chamomile settles the nerves and soothes the stomach.  Small amounts of the tea can be given to babies safely. Chamomile is also a common ingredient in homeopathic colic remedies. 

Probiotics are also given by some doctors to help instill healthy gut flora.  It's important to seek the advice of a medical professional before giving probiotics to infants. 

Natural homeopathic remedies are completely natural and safe to administer to infants. They can help ease tension and stress while relieving abdominal pain and discomfort.

You can find a variety of natural colic remedies online in our shop.

Natural Remedies for Healthy Hair

02/02/2014
by Gabriel Kuperman

Salons love to get you to spend a great deal of money on expensive hair products to make your hair thicker, fuller, shinier and stronger.  What most don't want you to know however, is that you can use many natural remedies that are more effective, without all the chemicals, that will actually improve the health of your hair from root to tip. Natural remedies for healthy hair

Great hair starts with good nutrition.  A healthy diet with a good supplement to fill in the blanks is key.  For your hair to be healthy, the body requires certain nutrients. Vitamin C helps build collagen.  Silica is found in foods like cucumbers and mangoes.  Pumpkin seeds, eggs and pecans are great sources of zinc, which is vital for hair growth. Vitamin A has antioxidant properties that fight free radical damage and work to condition the sebum in the scalp. B Complex vitamins slow graying, reduce hair loss and add shine. Vitamin E softens the hair and helps prevent split ends. When you consume all of these nutrients as part of a healthy lifestyle, you give your hair what it needs from the inside.

Home Remedies for Healthy Hair

You can also treat your tresses from the outside.  If you have very dry, brittle hair, mash up a banana with a few drops of vitamin E oil and coconut oil.  Apply it to your hair from root to tip and leave it on for 15 minutes before washing as usual.  This is a simple hair mask that works better than overpriced salon treatments and it's completely natural.

Coconut oil can be used alone as a scalp treatment to eliminate dandruff and as a deep hair conditioner. To remove dandruff, massage the oil directly into the scalp using a circular motion.  Massage it in for ten mintues and then allow the oil to remain on the scalp for an additional ten minutes before shampooing.  As a conditioner, comb melted coconut oil through dry hair and allow it to sit for 20 minutes or more before shampooing.

If your hair is looking a little dull and lacking its usual luster, flat beer or apple cider vinegar can be sprayed onto the hair with a spray bottle.  Apply it to dry hair, allow it to soak in for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse.  It helps bring natural shine back to the hair without the need for dyes and processing that can cause further damage.

Amla powder and lime juice can be used to naturally thicken the hair.  Give your hair a fuller, thicker appearance by blending 1 Tbsp amla (gooseberry) powder  with the juice of a lime.  Stir to dissolve the powder and massage into the scalp and pull down through the hair.  Leave it in for 10 minutes, then rinse and shampoo.  Amla can also be added to shampoo to help thicken and repair damaged hair.

You can also purchase many natural hair care products that are free of chemicals like sulfates that strip the natural moisture and shine from the hair.  Using shampoos, conditioners and other hair products that are rich in nutrients and created with natural oils, can help protect your hair and keep it looking healthy.

You can find a wide variety of natural products for hair health in our online shop.

Natural Thyroid Support

02/02/2014
by Gabriel Kuperman

The thyroid regulates metabolism, body temperature, maintains normal blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and aids in the production of hormones required by the body to perform all of these functions. Diminished function can lead to a variety of health issues including weight gain or loss, fatigue, anxiety, infertility and heart disease. Natural thyroid support

Millions of people have issues with proper thyroid function, but the majority go undiagnosed due to the varying symptoms that are often attributed to other issues.  There is testing available to determine if your thyroid is over or under active.  If any of the following symptoms are present, it may be time to get tested.

Symptoms of Thyroid Disorders

Muscle and Joint Pain
Severe Constipation or Irritable Bowel
Hair Loss
Skin rashes or changes
Irregular menstrual cycles
Difficulty conceiving
High cholesterol levels that are not responsive to diet and exercise
Anxiety or depression
Difficulty losing excess weight
Severe daytime fatigue
Insomnia at night

Fortunately, there are some natural remedies that can help regulate the thyroid and balance hormone levels.  Regular exercise, at least 40 minutes, 3 times per week, is required for optimal thyroid function. This alone can sometimes kick start a sluggish thyroid.  There are several nutrients and supplements that can also help.

Remedies for Thyroid Support

Iodine deficiencies have been directly linked to hypothyroidism. This trace mineral is essential for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland.  Kelp is one of the best all-natural sources for iodine. It has a normalizing effect on the thyroid, ensuring that iodine levels are properly balanced.  For iodine to be effective, it is also essential to consume the proper amount of vitamin A. It is required for the production of thyroxin, the hormone that allows your body to absorb and use iodine effectively.

Bladderwrack is another form of seaweed that can be taken in supplement form.  It is rich in iodine and many other minerals like potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc. It has been shown to stimulate the thyroid gland and increase metabolism, while providing essential nutrients required for proper thyroid function.

Selenium is a micro-nutrient that is essential for proper thyroid function.  It has a more complicated role in thyroid health; it serves as a protector and also assists in enzyme and hormone creation.  Thyrocytes are cells within the thyroid gland that produce the protein thyroglobulin, which connect iodine and tyrosine to form the thyroid hormone T4. During this process, many free radicals are generated.  If they are not deactivated, they damage the thyroid gland. To handle this problem, the thyrocytes use selenium to create the enzyme gutathione peroxidase, which mops up the free radicals before they can inflict damage. When selenium levels are low, the enzyme is not made in sufficient quantities, leading to thyroid damage.  Selenium can be supplemented or easily attained by eating a single Brazil nut every day.  One nut contains 100% of your daily requirement. 

Ashwaghanda is a powerful adaptogenic herb that has been used to effectively support and boost the thyroid. It stimulates the thyroid and helps increase production of the T3 and T4 hormones.  It also supports the adrenal glands and helps regulate and balance the entire endocrine system.

You can find remedies for natural thyroid support in our online shop.

Natural Remedies for Urinary Tract Infections

02/02/2014
by Gabriel Kuperman

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI's) are caused by bacterial infection that enters the urinary system, including the bladder, urethra and ureters. Although they can happen in both males and females, they are most common in women. Half of all women will experience a UTI at some point, and recurrence is common. Common causes of UTI are waiting too long to urinate, hormonal changes due to pregnancy and menopause, sexual intercourse and diabetes. Natural remedies for urinary tract infections

Common symptoms of UTI include a burning sensation when passing urine, difficult passage, frequent urge to urinate and producing only small quantities of urine, changes in urine color, abdominal pain, and in more severe cases nausea, vomiting and fever.  In the elderly and very young, standard symptoms may not appear at all.  In the elderly, one of the first signs of UTI is sudden behavioral changes.  In small children, fever may be the only indicator present. 

UTI's should be treated right away to prevent a more serious kidney infection from developing. Pain or fever requires immediate medical treatment. Fortunately, there are several natural remedies that can help prevent or stop UTI's before they can progress. 

UTI Remedies

D-Mannose is a non-digestible sugar found in many fruits, including cranberries. It prevents bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract, making it a good preventative and treatment.  D-Mannose encourages the growth of healthy bacteria to strengthen the digestive system and urinary tract.  It is found in many urinary health supplements.

Cranberry is very effective for helping to prevent UTI. Unfortunately, many juices made with cranberries are also high in sugar, which can counteract their benefit.  Excess sugar fuels the growth of harmful bacteria that can contribute to infections.

Pineapple contains Bromelain, a natural enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties that helps to reduce UTI symptoms. It can also be used as an all-natural digestive aid.  Eating fresh pineapple or drinking the juice daily can help prevent UTI's.

Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda), can be used to balance acidic urine and provide pain relief. Add a half a teaspoon to an 8 ounce glass of water and drink twice daily, first thing in the morning and last thing at night.  Neutralizing acidity also helps to speed recovery. 

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is another effective preventative that has numerous other health benefits. Add a tablespoon to water or juice and drink it every day to prevent a buildup of the bad bacteria that cause UTI's. Raw vinegar like Bragg's is required. Other brands are highly processed and filtered, removing the nutrients and beneficial properties.

Other Tips for Preventing UTI's

  • Take showers instead of baths 
  • Avoid using personal care products that have artificial dyes or perfumes 
  • Practice good hygiene 
  • Wear only cotton undergarments and avoid all synthetic fabrics 
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Increase daily water consumption to 8 – 10 glasses to flush the urinary system and prevent bacterial infections from taking hold.


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Health Qualities of Ginger

01/31/2014
by Gabriel Kuperman

Ginger is well known for its distinct, sweet and spicy smell and flavor.  It is a favorite in many dishes, from main entrees to desserts.  Ginger can be purchased fresh in many supermarkets, or in dried or powdered form.  Ginger can be used fresh or dried and provides many nutritional benefits.Health qualities of ginger

Ginger provides many nutrients and is a good source of vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, manganese and copper.  It is a natural carminative, meaning it promotes the elimination of gas in the intestines. It is commonly used for its ability to ease nausea and relieve vomiting.  Many pregnant women use it as a natural cure for morning sickness because it is 100% safe and also highly effective.  Only small doses are required and it has none of the side-effects associated with anti-vomiting medications. Chewing on dried ginger can also help prevent motion sickness and other periodic forms of nausea. It also helps relieve indigestion after a heavy meal.

Ginger gets its distinctive flavor from its active component, gingerols.  Gingerols have been the subject of cancer prevention research.  They are believed to inhibit the growth of colorectal and ovarian cancer cells. Studies conducted on lab mice showed that the phytonutrients in ginger helped kill ovarian cancer cells by promoting apoptosis (cell death) and autophagocytosis (self-digestion). Extracts of ginger have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and to have anti-tumor effects on cells.

The anti-inflammatory effects of ginger also make it an excellent remedy for those with arthritis. Research in the Journal of Pain suggests ginger is not only an effective anti-inflammatory, it can also help reduce pain better than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), without the potential side-effects. NSAIDs only block the formation of inflammatory compounds.  The active components in ginger do this too, and also have an antioxidant effect that breaks down existing inflammation and acidity within the joint fluid.

In one study at the University of Denmark, patients with arthritis were given daily doses of ginger for three months. The majority reported significant improvements in swelling and pain levels and also a reduction in morning stiffness.

An effective daily dose is 5 grams of fresh, or one teaspoon of dried ginger used throughout the day.  It can be made into tea, used as a seasoning in dishes, or even sprinkled on top of soups.  If you don't like the taste of ginger, it can also be put into capsules and taken as a supplement.

Choosing and Storing Ginger

Fresh ginger can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three weeks, or frozen for up to six months. Fresh ginger root should be firm and smooth. It will have a tough outer skin that needs to be peeled and removed before usage. Dried ginger is easier to use, but is often less nutrient-dense than fresh. It should be stored in a tightly sealed glass container and kept in a cool, dry place.  It can also be kept in the refrigerator to extend its shelf life.

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Ashwagandha Uses and Benefits

01/31/2014
by Gabriel Kuperman

Ashwagandha, also known as “Indian Ginseng” and “Winter Cherry”, is one of the most commonly used herbs in Ayurvedic medicine.  It has been used for more than 3,000 years to treat a variety of conditions. Although it's not related to ginseng, it has been given the name due to its similar adaptogenic and rejuvenating properties. Ashwagandha uses and benefits

Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub and member of the nightshade family. It bears small yellow green flowers and red fruits, similar to a tomato plant. The roots and leaves are the parts used for their medicinal properties. Ashwagandha is used in teas, extracts, tinctures and in powdered form in capsules.  It can be taken as an overall energy boosting tonic or used to treat a variety of specific conditions. It is often blended with other herbs due to its ability to enhance their effects.

Stress and Anxiety

Ashwagandha is growing in popularity as an anti-anxiety supplement.  It is sought after for its anti-inflammatory and anti-stress properties. It is used in many formulas to promote adrenal recovery and fight the effects of chronic stress in the body.  It's natural calming properties can be used to promote sleep and ease restlessness and anxiety. It stabilizes mood and promotes a positive overall sense of well-being.  It works well to combat stress-induced insomnia. 

Cognitive Function

Ashwagandha is also used to enhance brain function and prevent cognitive decline. In India, it is prescribed to older patients to help with memory and mental agility.  It energizes the nervous system and helps prevent age related disorders like dementia and Alzheimer's.  It also prevents the depletion of vitamin C due to stress and  helps reduce levels of cortisol in the blood that can lead to muddled thinking and difficulty concentrating.

Inflammation

Ashwagandha is used to treat the pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis. It can be taken as a supplement internally to fight overall inflammation, or the oil can be applied directly to affected areas for quick pain relief.

Immune System Function

increases the production of white blood cells, helping your immune system resist illness.  The roots of this plant also provide natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to help ward off infection.  Ashwagandha increases energy and helps boost strength and stamina. It can help battle the heavy fatigue that often accompanies viral illnesses like colds and flu. 

Healthy Skin and Hair

Ashwagandha provides many benefits to skin and hair and is revered for its anti-aging properties. The high levels of anti-oxidants help fight signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. The leaves are used to heal minor skin wounds and irritation. It's anti-inflammatory properties help fight breakouts and reduce puffiness.

Excess cortisol in the body wreaks havoc on the skin causing dryness and premature aging. Ashwagandha decreases the levels of cortisol in the body and also acts as a precursor to DHEA, the body's natural anti-aging hormone. It also contains steroidal compounds that stimulate collagen production and increase natural oil production in the skin.

You can find natural Ashwagandha supplements in our online shop.

Natural Acne Remedies

01/31/2014
by Gabriel Kuperman

The American Academy of Dermatology has listed acne as the most commonly treated skin condition. Acne is a  skin disorder characterized by the appearance of different types of skin blemishes like pimples. Although experts are unsure what specifically causes acne, there are many well-known triggers including hormonal fluctuations, especially rising androgen levels in adolescents. Natural acne remedies

Androgens are male hormones that stimulate the production of keratin, a skin protein and sebum, an oily skin lubricant.  Acne breakouts occur when sebum is secreted faster than it can move through the pores of the skin. In severe acne cases, this buildup can spread beneath the skin, leading to inflammation. Teenagers are not the only ones affected by acne.  Many women have acne flareups around their menstrual cycles. These breakouts are triggered by the release of progesterone after ovulation.  Certain oral contraceptives that are high in progesterone can also cause outbreaks.

Other factors that can contribute to breakouts including heredity, hormonal imbalances, stress, improper diet, the use of certain prescription drugs, and exposure to environmental pollutants.

The skin is the largest organ. One of its many functions is to remove waste products from the body. When the liver and kidneys are overtaxed, the skin takes over, removing toxins by pushing them out through the pores of the skin through perspiration. When pores become blocked, acne results. Fortunately, there are several natural remedies that can help keep the skin healthy and looking great.

Remedies for Acne

Acidophilus and probiotics help replenish the body's supply of healthy bacteria making it easier for the body to remove toxins.  This can help reduce and prevent outbreaks by allowing the kidneys and liver to function more effectively.

Potassium is a vital nutrient used by every cell in the body.  Deficiencies have been linked directly to acne breakouts. Potassium is available in a variety of food, but the standard Western diet often contains too little.  There are high levels of it in dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, and beans. It can also be taken in supplement form in addition to a healthy diet.

Tea tree oil is an all-natural yet potent antiseptic and antibiotic. Dab a bit directly onto blemishes to fight infection. Tea tree oil soap also works very well for cleansing acne-prone skin and fighting breakouts.

Coconut oil is rich in omega 3 fatty acids that soften the skin and improve elasticity.  It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe swelling and redness in the skin.  Coconut oil is used in many skin care products for its ability to heal and nourish skin. It can be taken orally as a supplement to fight inflammation within the body, and also used directly on the skin.

Lavender essential oil is another natural antiseptic that can be applied directly to blemishes using a cotton swab.  Many natural skin care products contain lavender because it also has anti-inflammatory properties and is very safe and gentle for all skin types.

Burdock root and red clover are excellent herbal supplements for acne.  They work as blood cleansers and help to detox the liver.  When the liver is functioning optimally, many breakouts can be avoided. Burdock also contains inulin, which improves the quality of the skin by fighting harmful bacteria.

You can find a variety of natural acne remedies in our online shop.

Fennel Health Benefits

08/29/2013
by Gabriel Kuperman

Fennel is a very well-known herb for both culinary and medicinal purposes. This hardy perennial plant is native to the Mediterranean region, but is grown throughout the world. The entire plant is edible, the fern-like leaves are used to season dishes and as garnishes. The bulbs can be eaten raw or used in salads. Fennel seeds are used in many sauces, pickles and breads. It is similar to dill in appearance and flavor. fennel health benefits
Fennel also has a rich history. Ancient Roman gladiators would eat fennel seeds to boost their courage before entering the arena. In Europe, during the middle ages, fennel bulbs were used to repel ghosts. A bulb placed outside the front door with some seeds tucked into the keyhole was believed to protect the home from evil spirits lurking about at night.
Today, Fennel is used for more practical purposes due to its many health benefits.

Fennel for Digestive Health

Fennel is used to treat an array of gastrointestinal issues including colic, irritable bowel, constipation and indigestion. Fennel's essential oils, anetol and cineole, have antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help balance the gut. Fennel is also a rich source of histadine, an amino acid that enhances production of gastric juices, aiding healthy digestion.
Fennel tea can provide relief after a filling meal, reducing gas and bloating and preventing stomach cramps. Fennel seeds can be consumed directly, made into a tea, or taken in supplement form to relieve an upset stomach. To treat colic, prepare fennel tea and allow it to cool to room temperature. 1/3 tsp of seeds is sufficient to make a colic tea.
Fennel seeds in powdered form act as a laxative. They stimulate bile production and contraction of the intestines. Fennel is so well known for its digestive health properties, that it can be found in a variety of medicines used to treat abdominal pain, diarrhea and IBS.

Fennel for Cardiovascular Health

Fennel helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels, a major factor in strokes and heart disease. Fennel is a rich source of potassium, an important mineral that acts as a vasodilator, relaxing blood vessels and improving circulation. High blood pressure is directly linked to artherosclerois (hardening of the arteries), heart attack and stroke. For those with diabetes, high blood pressure can be particularly dangerous, because it interferes with insulin and blood glucose management. Fennel tea or a daily fennel supplement can help maintain good cardiovascular health, preventing disease and other complications.

Cardamom for Anxiety and Depression

Cardamom is simultaneously warming, relaxing and energizing. It helps overcome mental fatigue and combat nervous exhaustion. Use it in tea or add some of the essential oil to a bath to relieve stress. It promotes mental balance and enhances alertness. In some countries it is used medicinally as an aphrodisiac for its ability to enhance mood and improve circulation.

Additional Health Benefits of Fennel

Cardamom acts as a natural expectorant and can help remove excess phlegm. It is effective for soothing sore throat and easing congestion throughout the sinuses and in the lungs. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is also used to improve circulation to the lungs and treat asthma.

Cardamom for a Healthy Heart

  • The essential oils in fennel seed act as a natural expectorant and can help in the treatment of upper respiratory infections like colds, flu and bronchitis.
  • Fennel is a natural diuretic that increases urination. It can be used to help flush toxins through the kidneys.
  • Fennel protects the eyes against inflammation and can also help prevent age-related disorders like macular degeneration. It contains many anti-oxidants and amino acids that detoxify and help restore tissue. The flavonoids in fennel also protect against the destruction of pigment cells in the eye.
  • Fennel is used to treat menstrual disorders. It is a natural emenagogue that helps regulate proper hormonal actions in the body. It eases menstrual pain and acts as a relaxing agent, reducing the effects of PMS. It is also used in menopausal women to help regulate hormone levels and manage symptoms.

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Natural Salt Lamps

08/29/2013
by Gabriel Kuperman

Natural salt lamps are a beautiful way to purify the air and beautify your space. The lamps are made of crystallized salt mined from dried ocean beds around the world. The crystals are excavated, shaped and drilled in order to be equipped with lighting. Many are fitted with a low watt bulb, while others use tea light candles. Natural salt lamps
The lamps emit a soft glow and are very soothing to look at, but beauty isn't their only function. Salt lamps are used to cleanse the air of toxins and some studies suggest they also provide mental and emotional health benefits as well.

How Salt Lamps Work

The salt attracts moisture from the air, drawing it to the lamp. The warmth from the light source causes the water molecules to evaporate, releasing a negative ion charge. Most airborne pathogens carry a positive charge and need humidity to grow and thrive. Salt lamps inhibit this process, making the environment inhospitable to allergens like dust and mold.  They also help reduce the number of airborne viruses and bacteria.
Salt lamps are safe to use anywhere and are of great help to those with asthma and allergies. If you've ever walked along the ocean or near a waterfall and felt that you could breathe easier, it is likely due to the fact that negative ions are abundant near rapidly moving water. The air in these locations stays cleaner naturally. A salt lamp provides similar benefits to your environment.
Salt lamps are also purported to enhance the mood and relieve tension. Many European nations use hot salt springs as a way to rejuvenate and reduce stress. In other nations, people visit salt mines for similar reasons. It is believed the dry air and negative ion environment not only clean the air, they relieve mental and physical stress created by overexposure to positive ions.
Have you ever noticed how prior to a thunderstorm there is a tension you can feel? This is due to a buildup of positive ions. When the storm moves in and rain falls, it releases negative ions. After a rain shower passes, there is often a feeling of calm and the air smells cleaner.
Unfortunately, our modern environments tend to be overrun with electronics. Everything from computer monitors, to large flat screens and cell phones all emit electromagnetic energy, creating a form of pollution known as “electro-smog”. Some studies suggest that constant exposure to these high-frequency vibrations can lead to nervousness, insomnia, difficulty concentrating and even an increase in free-radicals in the body.
One simple and inexpensive way to clear the air and possibly improve your mood and concentration is introducing a natural salt lamp to your environment. The negative ions help to neutralize all types of air pollution.  
Salt lamps come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Most vary in color from soft pinks to deeper orange hues. Some come in natural chunks, while others are made into specific shapes. They emit a soft light that makes any environment more soothing.
Salt lamps are a bit limited in the amount of air they can clean. One lamp for instance is not enough to cleanse the air in your entire home. Ideally, it's best to place a few lamps around the house, concentrating on rooms where you spend the most time. The family room, home office and even the bedroom are all great places for an energy-efficient salt lamp.
You can find a variety of natural Himalayan crystal salt lamps in our online shop.

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