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Study: Probiotics in Yogurt Can Improve Chronic Fatigue Symptoms

Study: Probiotics in Yogurt Can Improve Chronic Fatigue Symptoms | Holistic & Alternative Health | Scoop.it

Solving the life-altering condition of chronic fatigue syndrome is a huge challenge for anyone facing the illness. Recent Swedish research suggests probiotics or “good” bacteria found in the live active cultures of yogurt can reduce chronic fatigue symptoms for a significant percentage of individuals. Let’s take a look at what well-known author Bob Condor has to say on the subject . . .

 

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Avoid Toxic Beauty: The Natural Alternative to the Cosmetic Counter

Avoid Toxic Beauty: The Natural Alternative to the Cosmetic Counter | Holistic & Alternative Health | Scoop.it

Next time you’re tempted to spend a fortune at a department store beauty counter, take a look in your kitchen cabinet first. You may be surprised what’s in store for you. In addition to the foods you eat for a healthy body, you probably have a lot of natural foods that are great for beautifying your skin and hair, too. And if you’re concerned about the toxic chemicals you may be putting on your face with over the counter cosmetics, what’s in your pantry could put your mind at ease.

 

Add these 7 foods to your beauty routine. . .

 

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Calendula - (Marigolds)

Calendula - (Marigolds) | Holistic & Alternative Health | Scoop.it

Calendula - (Marigold) grows as a common garden plant throughout North America and Europe. The golden-orange or yellow flowers of calendula have been used as medicine for centuries. Calendula flowers were historically considered beneficial for reducing inflammation, wound healing, and as an antiseptic. Calendula was used to treat various skin diseases, ranging from skin ulcerations to eczema. Internally, the soothing effects of calendula have been used for stomach ulcers and inflammation.

 

Traditionally, a sterile tea was topically applied in cases of conjunctivitis.

 

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Kudzu

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Kudzu - a coarse, high-climbing, twining, trailing, perennial vine. The huge root, which can grow to the size of a human, is the source of medicinal preparations used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and modern herbal products.

 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, kudzu root is used for the treatment of headache, and stiff neck with pain due to high blood pressure. It is also recommended for allergies, migraine headaches, and diarrhea. The historical application for drunkenness has become a major focal point of modern research on kudzu.

 

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Thinking about Doing an Herbal Detox? The 7 Crucial Ingredients to Look For!

Thinking about Doing an Herbal Detox? The 7 Crucial Ingredients to Look For! | Holistic & Alternative Health | Scoop.it

Herbal detox is used to cleanse your body and benefit your digestive organs. The process of herbal detoxification helps to rid your body of toxins while replenishing it with natural benefits from herbal ingredients. There are many products on the market that are used for the purpose of detox . . . which can be confusingto you at times. Which one should you choose? Keep reading to find out which ingredients you should be sure to look for in an herbal detox supplement.

 

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Sandalwood

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Sandalwood trees grow in India and other parts of Asia. The wood is renowned for carving and also yields the volatile oil used in herbal medicine.

 

Sandalwood oil was used traditionally by herbalists to treat skin diseases, acne, dysentery, gonorrhea, and a number of other conditions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, sandalwood oil is considered an excellent sedating agent.

 

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Holistic Tips to Fight Aging on the Inside and Out

Holistic Tips to Fight Aging on the Inside and Out | Holistic & Alternative Health | Scoop.it

There’s no denying it: your body is growing older each and every day. But all is not lost! By taking proper care of your body now, you can dictate how your body handles the aging process. Keep reading for some simple, holistic tips to help you keep your youthful appearance – both on the outside of your body, as well as the inside.

 

Grate a coconut and squeeze the milk from it. Apply the milk to your face for a glowing effect.

 

Avocado will help you look rejuvenated when you apply the pulp or slices to your face.

 

Rub castor oil into your skin to soften it and remove wrinkles. . .

 

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7 Natural Acid Reflux Cures You Probably Have In Your Kitchen Right Now

7 Natural Acid Reflux Cures You Probably Have In Your Kitchen Right Now | Holistic & Alternative Health | Scoop.it

Searching for acid reflux cures? If you’re tired of the painful symptoms of acid reflux then looking for an answer is certainly understandable. After all, “suffering through” can make for some miserable days. The chest discomfort, painful burning as acids from your stomach recede into your throat and esophagus . . . not only is it uncomfortable, it can lead to more dangerous conditions.

 

Water , Apples, Milk...

 

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Lavender

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Lavender - Eastern European countries, particularly Bulgaria, as well as France, Britain, Australia, and Russia grow large quantities of lavender. The fragrant flowers of lavender are used in the preparation of herbal medicines.

 

Traditionally, herbalists used lavender for a variety of conditions of the nervous system, including depression and fatigue. It has also been used for headache and rheumatism. Due to its delightful odor, lavender has found wide application in perfumes and cosmetics throughout history.

 

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Provigil: The New Speed?

Provigil: The New Speed? | Holistic & Alternative Health | Scoop.it

Provigil, or modafinil, is described on its website as a prescription medicine used to “improve wakefulness in adults who experience excessive sleepiness due to sleep disorders like sleep apnea, shift work sleep disorder, or narcolepsy.”

 

If restlessness is affecting you at night, there is always a plethora of natural and holistic options you can look at before turning to a drug that could cause “sensing things that are not really there.” There are aids out there for insomnia and other sleep problems, like acupressure.

 

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Lime Blossom

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Since time immemorial, the fragrant and tasty linden flowers have been used medicinally as a calming agent and to relieve indigestion, the common cold, and griping or colicky pain in the abdomen. Many of these uses have been confirmed or partially confirmed in modern research.

 

This tree grows in the northern, temperate climates of Europe, Asia, and North America. Many medicinal species of linden exist, with Tilia cordata and Tilia platyphyllos generally being the most available and studied. Regardless of species, the flowers are used as medicine. Though sometimes called lime flower, linden is not related to the familiar green lime fruit.

 

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5 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

5 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet | Holistic & Alternative Health | Scoop.it

A majority of American households consist of at least one pet. And, now it looks like the reasons for having a pet reach far beyond companionship. Research, especially over the last decade, has shown that the presence of animals in a person's life can have significant health benefits. But just how do pets aid your health? Keep reading to find out how having a pet can actually make you healthier.

 

Having a furry friend (or non-furry in some cases) can actually be an asset to your health for a number of reasons . . .

 

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Living a Natural Lifestyle in an Allopathic World

Living a Natural Lifestyle in an Allopathic World | Holistic & Alternative Health | Scoop.it

Whether it’s a personal journey towards spirituality, prevention or recovery from illness, or you simply want to “clean up” your way of living, many people are adopting a more holistic lifestyle. While the change to a more natural lifestyle may initially seem daunting, it is not impossible.

 

One of the most challenging aspects, certainly, is how to handle healthcare when the world of modern medicine no longer fits into your life’s purpose.

 

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The Truth about Germs and Kisses: Just How Safe is a Smooch?

The Truth about Germs and Kisses: Just How Safe is a Smooch? | Holistic & Alternative Health | Scoop.it

Perhaps the most universal sign of enamored affection is the kiss. Young adolescent girls dream of their first kiss; newly married couples seal their commitment with a kiss; and steamy make-out sessions on the big screen usually signify at least some level of affection. But aside from the obvious pleasures, what else can a kiss deliver?

 

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5 Reasons Integrative Medicine is Better for the Patient

5 Reasons Integrative Medicine is Better for the Patient | Holistic & Alternative Health | Scoop.it

“The essential element of the Integrative Medicine approach is that the physician approaches the patient holistically. It’s not just about treating symptoms; specific medical problem are viewed within the context of the patient’s overall physical, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing,”

 

Integrative medicine combines the best of both conventional medicine and alternative medicine. This approach to health and wellness sees the patient holistically and utilizes the tools of conventional medical where appropriate and natural alternative approaches whenever possible. Because of this, patients benefit in a variety of ways. . .

 

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The Cleanse Guide: How to Safely and Naturally Banish Toxins

The Cleanse Guide: How to Safely and Naturally Banish Toxins | Holistic & Alternative Health | Scoop.it

There are dozens of heavy metals that are common in our environment and diet, including mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, and others.

 

There are several ways to complete a natural chelation cleanse, but an approach that includes nutrients which chelate heavy metals and toxins gently and gradually, will be the safest and most effective.

 

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'Tis the Season! Fresh Fruits and Veggies You Don't Want to Miss

'Tis the Season! Fresh Fruits and Veggies You Don't Want to Miss | Holistic & Alternative Health | Scoop.it

Which Types of Produce Are In Season?

 

During the summer, there are several different foods that can be grown just about anywhere (well, maybe not Antarctica!) . . . including tomatoes, spinach, cucumbers, and lettuce. Other foods that are in season right now include kale, broccoli, zucchini, basil, green bell peppers, beets, carrots, and all kinds of berries.

 

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Licorice

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Licorice - Originally from central Europe, licorice now grows all across Europe and Asia. The root is used medicinally. Licorice has a long and highly varied record of uses. It was and remains one of the most important herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 

Among its most consistent and important uses are as a demulcent (soothing, coating agent) in the digestive and urinary tracts, to help with coughs, to soothe sore throats, and as a flavoring. It has also been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat conditions ranging from diabetes to tuberculosis.

 

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Passion Flower

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Passion Flower - a climbing vine renowned for its beautiful white flowers with purple, blue, or pink calyx crown blooms. The plant is native to North, Central, and South America. While primarily tropical, some of its 400 species can grow in colder climates.

 

The historical use of passion flower is not dissimilar to its current use as a mild sedative. Medicinal use of the herb did not begin until the late 19th century in the United States. Passion flower was used to treat nervous restlessness and gastrointestinal spasms. In short, the effects of passion flower were believed to be primarily on the nervous system, particularly for anxiety due to mental worry and overwork

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Bamboo Extract: The Richest Known Source of Natural Silica

Bamboo Extract: The Richest Known Source of Natural Silica | Holistic & Alternative Health | Scoop.it

Decide not to suffer any more! The fastest growing plant in the world, with the richest source of natural silicon, can really help you relieve your pain, stiffness, swelling and aches by banishing your arthritis in just a few weeks and even better, prevent osteoporosis, tendinitis, sciatica, backache, lumbago, and polyarthritis.

 

Early Chinese books were written on bamboo slats and bamboo has been used as a source of medicine since ancient times. The plant is known in China as zhu The shaved young shoots, the resin (both fluid and dried), and the leaves are all of medicinal value, with slightly differing applications.

 

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Herbal Terms Defined

Herbal Terms Defined | Holistic & Alternative Health | Scoop.it

The benefits of adding herbs to your healthy lifestyle are many, but being able to pick the right herbs for your unique health needs depends upon a better understanding of the lingo. Being a big fan of both herbs and defining glossary terms, I'm here to help you brush up on your vocabulary with this terminology crash course!

 

Arnica: A deep yellow flower native to Europe, arnica is applied topically to bruises, sprains, and strains, and is also used in foot baths and as a scalp treatment to help stimulate hair growth.

 

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“Is That You, Déjà vu?”

“Is That You, Déjà vu?” | Holistic & Alternative Health | Scoop.it

Have you ever walked in to a place and felt like you’ve been there before… even though you’ve never actually been there before? Or met a total stranger for the first time and instantly felt like you had met them previously in another time or place? If so, you may have experienced the unnerving, uncanny sensation known as déjà vu. Can déjà vu be scientifically explained, or is it simply an ambiguous phenomenon?


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Sage

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Sage has one of the longest histories of use of any culinary or medicinal herb. It was used by herbalists externally to treat sprains, swelling, ulcers, and bleeding. Internally, a tea made from sage leaves has had a long history of use to treat sore throats and coughs—often used as a gargle. It was also used by herbalists for rheumatism, excessive menstrual bleeding, and to dry up a mother’s milk when nursing was stopped.

 

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More Great News for Grape Lovers: Grape Seed Extract Is Excellent for Your Health Too

More Great News for Grape Lovers: Grape Seed Extract Is Excellent for Your Health Too | Holistic & Alternative Health | Scoop.it

The news just keeps getting better and better for red grape lovers. If you're not a fan, now may be the perfect time to give grapes another try. First of all they have numerous health-boosting ingredients like proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and something called polyphenols.

 

Polyphenols are rich in antioxidantsand are thought to be more powerful than vitamin C, E, and beta-carotene. Not only is grape seed extract more potent than these vitamins, but it remains in the body much longer after ingestion.

 

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Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is a member of the family of tropical oils, which also include palm, palm kernel, cocoa, and shea nut oils. These oils have been used for centuries in the traditional diets of people living in tropical regions such as the Polynesian islands.

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