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Black Seed Oil

Black Seed Oil
Black seed (Nigella sativa) is the new preferred therapeutic oil prized for its immune-boosting and antibacterial benefits to reduce respiratory, viral, and digestive ailments. This oil has been used medicinally in Middle Eastern cultures for millennia. Anecdotally, it’s been said to “cure everything except for death!” And the research is starting to back that up. Studies show that this versatile oil can regulate the immune system, benefit blood sugar, and has anti-cancer activity (Butt et al, 2010). Even though it’s known for its medicinal power, it can be used in cooking and food preparation. Look for a coldpressed black seed oil and for a synergistic blend, use oregano oil and black seed oil together. Look for a combination with vitamins A and D added to give your immune system the best tools to beat the bugs!

Benefits of Resistance Training

Many people associate resistance training with strictly muscle growth, but there are many other benefits from incorporating this type of training into your exercise regimen. Resistance training builds strength and tone to help protect your joints from injury. It improves balance to help you remain independent and reduce the chance of falls. Resistance training helps with weight management, as your body will burn more calories when you gain more muscle mass. Talk to your doctor to see if you are healthy enough to begin resistance training. An exercise professional can then help you develop a safe and effective program.

Citrus Oils Are Happy Oils!

Besides smelling amazing, citrus oils like bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, lime, and orange offer many health benefits. Limonene or D-Limonene, a natural compound found in citrus oils, has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Citrus oils have a positive effect on the lymphatic system, which helps your body detoxify. This can also help with problems such as poor circulation, allergies, cellulite, and fluid retention. The scent of citrus oils is a great mood booster, and you can add these oils to dish soap, hand soap, a carrier oil (for massage), or room freshening spray to enjoy them all day long!

Eye Care for All-day Computer Users

Depending on the study, 50 to 90 per cent of people who are on their computers a lot experience issues with their eyes, including eye strain, red eyes, and eye twitching. Unfortunately, those of us using computers for work can’t just turn them off and walk away; we need to find ways to care for our eyes in spite of our computer use. The first step is to get an eye exam to evaluate how your eyes are doing today. After that, there are actions you can take to protect your eyes as much as possible, such as reducing ambient lighting and using floor lights rather than overhead fluorescent lights.

Massage for Dealing with Cancer

Few things are as stressful as the experience of having cancer and going through chemotherapy or radiation. That’s why massage is becoming increasingly popular for cancer patients. Some treatment facilities even have massage therapists come in as volunteers to provide hand and foot massages during treatment. The benefit comes from the fact that massage transforms an anxiety-producing treatment into a relaxing experience. Patients report that massage has helped them by reducing pain and fatigue, lifting their spirits, raising white blood cell counts, enhancing sleep, and dealing with side effects. It brings about the relaxation response, which puts us back into balance, helping us heal.

DIY Nourishing Hair Mask

In the middle of winter, we need all the help with moisturizing that we can get! Luckily, ingredients like aloe vera can help soothe and moisturize winter dryness and itching. If you have a dry and itchy scalp or dry hair, try this nourishing aloe vera-based hair mask recipe. Combine about ½ cup of aloe vera gelly (increase amount if you have longer hair), a few drops of pure lemon juice, and 1 tbsp of coconut oil in a blender. Add mixture to hair and let sit for 30 minutes. Use shampoo on hair before wetting it, then rinse thoroughly.

Children Who Struggle to Read

A child who really struggles to learn to read could be among the 1 in 4 children who suffer from learning-related vision disorders. It’s important that parents and teachers recognize the signs and symptoms that indicate a vision problem (unrelated to glasses) that is interfering with a child’s ability to read and learn. To ensure a child is not suffering from a hidden visual dysfunction, a developmental visual evaluation is required. This evaluation looks at 16 other visual skills required for learning that regular eye exams do not address. Through vision therapy, these vision problems can be fixed.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Q: What did the pickle say to the sliced cucumber? A: Dill with it!
FUN FACT: Eating pickles increases good bacteria in your gut. A pickle can boost the probiotic content of any meal you eat. (find pickles without added sugar in the refrigerated section of your local health food store)

Structured Water

Science proves waters responsible for longevity. Dr. Marcel Vogel (Father of Structured Water Science) calls it ‘liquid crystal’ completely compatible with instant cell wall entry & exit. Natural Action Technologies Structuring Devices mimic nature, transforming any water energetically by double vortexing, creating a 6 molecule cluster, an easy uptake into each cell’s aquaporin channel. “Water inside your cells is absolutely critical for health”, Dr. Mercola. Suzanne Forcese.

Product Review: Kyäni Sunrise™

Energize your body, boost mental clarity, promote vitality with an energy drink that’s actually GOOD for you! Kyäni Sunrise™ is carefully designed for all ages, to provide the body with the essential vitamins, trace minerals and antioxidants it needs to flourish. A natural, healthy way to help your energy soar while fighting free radicals and inflammation. Featuring superfoods like the wild Alaskan Blueberry, Mangosteen, Ashwaganda and over 20 other powerful natural ingredients packed in a 1 oz pouch, Kyäni Sunrise™ IS the perfect way to start your day!

Mental Health for Moms

Remember the old saying, “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”? It’s true, but it’s also another weight on those of us who are moms and feel like we’re responsible for everyone’s happiness. The stress of feeling responsible for kids, our partner, our work, and everything else in life takes its toll on our mental health. Still we push on, because it seems like everyone else has a grip and is doing just fine. Nothing could be further from the truth. Almost everyone struggles with mental health issues, which include anxiety, depression, negative thoughts, and a lack of joy. Talking to a professional can help improve mental health and your life overall so you can be the best mom possible.