Natural Facelifts

Increasing interest in Botox alternatives might be due to fear of side effects from the injections, such as ptosis, or drooping eyelids.

A neurotoxin, Botox works by paralyzing the muscles at the point of injection, such as the areas around the eyes known as crows feet, and the brow and forehead. It blocks the signal in the body that tells the muscle to contract. It lasts for 3 to 8 months. Said to be safe, many people are pleased with the results of Botox injections.

But for those who don’t like the idea of injecting a toxin into the body and are interested in more natural ways, good affordable alternatives are available. The self performed Acupressure Face Lift is one of the most natural and least expensive alternatives. This was popularized almost 20 years ago by actress Lindsay Wagner.

Eighteen acupressure points surround each eye, as well as many other points located throughout the face. When we apply our own finger pressure to these points with conscious intent, we can affect the flow of electricity, life force and circulation to that area. Well nourished tissues result.

Want a sampling? Try it now. Do it on one side so you can tell the difference from the other side.

An excellent way to enhance the acupressure face lift is by using therapeutic essential oils on the tips of your fingers. The oils naturally add oxygen and their own chi to vitalize the area.

Collagen and Restylane injections are dermal fillers that plump up the skin and make it more taut and youthful looking. Here again, they are injections. Wouldn’t it be great to get a collagen filler naturally without an invasive procedure?

A cream known as “topical botox” Argireline, is intended to relax facial tension but it can increase facial sag. This can happen because the neurotransmitters that it inhibits actually help maintain firmness.

There are a zillion creams, lotions, and potions on the market that claim to be natural and organic. Check the labels carefully to see if ingredients contain anything like propylene glycol, sodium laurel sulfate, or DEA (diethanolamine). If they do, they are not truly natural ingredients. These things are known to be carcinogenic. So whether they temporarily plump the area or not, having a carcinogen is not worth it

Natural Tips For Better Sleep

Is it hormonal? Emotional? Ill-health? Foods? Medications? Mental stress and worry? Breathing difficulties? Tense muscles or pain? The person next to you?

There are so many possible factors that can be attributed to sleep disorders.

And there are just as many or more medication-based “answers” to this problem that work for some people some of the time.

If this is a problem for you then one of the best things to do is begin by taking your own inventory.

Make a list of what in your life is making you feel out of balance and track that daily for a few days. Notice if it’s an ongoing situation that could be disturbing your sleep.

This process helps you to focus in on yourself and start paying attention to things in your life and body that you might not have noticed before. Some imbalances can be contributing to your problem.

Here are some natural sleep aids and tips that can help you snooze the night through:

–Keep your bedtime routine consistent
–Make your bedroom as comfortable as possible
-Eliminate clutter
-Remove televisions, computers, phones, and unnecessary lighting

–Wear pure cotton (organic is best) sleepwear
–Have comfortable pillows
–Take a Lavender Bath
-A few drops of St. Marie’s Lavender
(my fav from Young Living) in your tub!
–Eliminate Caffeine and Sugar after 12 noon
–Put essential oils on your feet before you get into bed (see essential oils tips)
–Use a Sleep Affirmation:
“I will sleep deeply and peacefully, to awake in the morning fresh and full of energy”

Simple Health

For the body to function well it is important to clear out the harmful toxins on a regular basis. It is one of those simple things in life and nature that keeps us balanced and functioning. The body is bombarded on so many levels on a daily basis and long life is dependent on the ability to keep the body as free of toxins as possible.

Toxins build up resulting from the metabolic processes, that is the natural organic processes that happen in the cells that are necessary for life. We breathe in toxins, the body accumulates toxins from eating. The opportunities for toxins to attack our system are everywhere.

So lets look at some simple ways of helping the body detoxify itself.

Eating a high fiber diet will enable the bowel to flush out waste with regularity. Eating a diet that consists mainly of fresh food and not processed food will give the body less work to do in flushing out the system from say alcohol or coffee.

Drinking herbal teas and eating a healthy amount of fresh vegetable and fruit will give the body a generous helping of antioxidants which help fight disease in the body. Herbal and green tea will also help to flush out waste from the body.

Water is essential for this job also. Your body needs sufficient water to carry out it’s daily processes and if it does not have enough of a supply it will conserve water and defer the detoxification process until it does. So you will need to drink plenty of fresh water to maintain a good supply.

Keeping A Child Health Naturally

The time of great joys and big challenges, childhood is often accompanied by minor health problems that affect the child’s well-being. Close medical observation is undoubtedly a must, but there are lots of things a parent could do to prevent trouble. Some of the most frequent child affections are colds and flu; how can you keep it away from the family? In autumn, winter and spring, the body is more exposed to the aggression of viruses; therefore, you need to enter the cold period with a fortified system.

Besides a diet rich in vegetables and fruit that strengthen the child’s immune function, there are several herbs that work wonders. For instance, instead of administrating vitamin C tablets to your child, you can replace them with wild rose extract added in the tea. Or you can even prepare tea out of wild rose fruit; it has a high content of organic vitamin C, thus preventing infections and helping to the assimilation of calcium. In the same line of great herbs that boost the child’s immunity we cannot leave Echinacea out, since, it works better than any antibiotic, with an action similar to a vaccination.

In order to support the child’s growth and bone formation, many parents give their young, calcium, under various forms. What most people don’t know is that chemically processed calcium is more difficultly assimilated by the system, consuming essential cellular enzymes in the process. Hence, it is highly advisable to use organic mineral supplements such as oyster calcium, which is an organic extract from the shell of sea creatures. Keep in mind that all calcium treatments require vitamins C and D for the assimilation. Fish is an excellent source of vitamin D, not to mention that sun exposure accelerates the process.

In case you have to fight anemia in children, seaweed and blueberries are an essential source of organic substances that bring balance to a weakened body.

Does indoor humidity affect your health?

Fortunately, the human body is something versatile and does not have a big purpose in a particular figure. The most important factor is the avoidance of extremes. Life inside is not completely natural. The bad environments that we produce usually generate extreme humidity. For a short time, your time does not bother you at all, but the long-term effects will be rather uncomfortable.

If the humidity is often above 500 degrees, you should know the growing population of mud mites, which can affect people with allergies. Wet rooms tend to have a musty smell. Moist air can be a good breeding ground for mushrooms, fungi and fungi, which can lead to serious health problems. A modern dehumidifier with built-in hygrostat is programmed to provide less than 500 humidity. You can find a helpful dehumidifier guide at DehumidifierTips.com

Low constant humidity is dangerous. The most surprising effects are sore throat and sinusitis, common symptoms in fashionable society during the safety periods of the year. The answer is to buy a humidifier that can bring moisture into the air. Just like dehumidifiers, these are programmed to adjust automatically and there is a wide variation in the market that is the most important of a variety of different humidification techniques. These techniques are well documented in HumidifierInformation.com in combination with everything you want to understand about this topic.

If you are aware of any of these symptoms, you may need to take a hygrometer (hygrometer) and take a series of steps to determine if the cause is moisture. With fashion technology at your disposal, you do not want your health to suffer.

How to Improve Mental Health Naturally

Mental health problems, like depression and anxiety are experienced by more people worldwide than any other physical disorder. According to predictions from the World Health Organization, by 2020 depression will cause greater disability than any other mental or physical disorder.

Other interventions are also effective, although not promoted as much as the previous mentioned treatments, including exercise, relaxation/ meditation, and sleep-based interventions. Herbs and nutrients are also often used to treat mental health problems, but there is doubt whether they actually work.

The following more commonly used natural supplements will be reviewed to see if there is actually any evidence to support their efficacy.

1. Omega-3 fish oils. There has been a substantial amount of research on the effects of fish oil, mostly in the area of depression, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD ). The overall evidence suggests that fish oil is moderate effective for these conditions. In several meta-analyses it had been confirmed that fish oil can improve depressive symptoms that occur in major depressive disorders and bipolar disorder. The most effective fish oils for mental health are those ones that contain greater concentration of EPA ( a type of omega-3 fat)

2. St John’s wort. This herb has always been very popular for the treatment of depression and there has been many good quality studies in several meta-analyses. St John’s wort has been shown to be effective for the treatment of depression. However, research on stress, ADHD and other mental health problems have not been so convincing. The major problem with St John’s wort is that it interacts with many medications.

3. Saffron. Positive studies on its effect on depression has increased over the last decade. Follow up studies have all confirmed that saffron is effective for the treatment of depression. In comparison with antidepressants such as Prozac and Trofanil, Saffron has proven to be as effective, but with less side effects. Although it is the most expensive spice in the world, only a small amount is needed, which make the cost quite affordable (approx $30 – $40 a month). Another advantage is that in combination with pharmaceutical antidepressants, it was more effective than the antidepressant alone.

4. Rhodiola rosea. This herb was originally used in Russia to enhance athletic performance. It was later discovered to be effective for stress, feelings of burnout, and depression. A few good quality European studies have indicated that rhodiola is helpful for improving mood and seems to be particularly helpful for people with stress related fatigue. People who feel run-down, find it hard getting out of bed in the morning, lack motivation/drive,experience energy slumps in the afternoon, and feel quite flat, may also benefit from rhodiola. Natural practitioners often refer to this condition as ‘adrenal fatigue’.

5. Theanine. This is an amino acid derived from green tea and is claimed to help people experience a relaxed and calm state. Some good studies indicate that it can reduce levels of stress hormones in the body (e.g. cortisol) and can move people’s brain waves into ‘alpha’ states. Alpha brain waves are associated with relaxation and meditation. People with a mind that is constantly racing report positive effects from theanine. It has also shown to improve sleep in children with ADHD, and was even helpful for people with schizophrenia.

Enhance Your Dental Health Naturally

Modern studies and centuries of use show that a wide variety of herbs, essential oils, and other natural substances improve oral hygiene and help prevent and heal many tooth and gum disorders. Many herbalists advocate a preventative, holistic approach to mouth care that combines herbs with an improved diet and an effective daily oral-hygiene routine.

Dental-health professionals agree that the most important factor in tooth and gum health is diet. Since the bacteria in the mouth thrive on sugar, it is best to reduce or eliminate refined simple sugars from the diet, and eat primarily fresh foods free of chemicals, additives, and preservatives. Eating whole grains and high-fiber foods like raw carrots, and chewing them thoroughly, stimulates the gums.

Nutritional supplements also improve dental health. Antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, zinc, selenium, and beta carotene improve oral health, and folic acid reduces plaque, inflammation, and bleeding in the mouth. Daily doses of Coenyzme Q10 combat receding gum lines. Supplemental vitamins and minerals are important, since the body takes needed calcium from the jaw bone first in the event of a deficiency, which can lead to loose teeth. Eating kelp daily promotes healthy teeth and gums, since it is rich in vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

In addition to diet, a thorough, consistent oral-hygiene routine is important for healthy gums and teeth. Since gum disease and tooth decay stem largely from excess bacteria residing between the teeth and gums to form plaque and tartar, the main goal of oral hygiene is to remove excess bacteria from the mouth. Dental professionals recommend brushing your teeth at least twice, and flossing at least once, daily. Since bacteria can also collect on the tongue, cleaning the tongue with a toothbrush, a commercially-available tongue scraper, or even an upside-down soup spoon, eliminates twice as much bacteria from the mouth as just brushing the teeth. It is also beneficial to thoroughly brush the gums, as well as the insides of the cheeks. Over time, bacteria can inhabit your toothbrush and reenter your mouth with each brushing, so dental-care professionals advocate changing your toothbrush twice a month. You can also buy a toothbrush sterilizer, or soak your toothbrush in an antibacterial mouthwash between uses. Electric rotary brushes have been shown to remove significantly more plaque than regular brushes.

Many traditional cultures make natural, disposable toothbrushes and gum stimulators from the twigs or roots of healing plants. Bay, fir, juniper, eucalyptus, oak, willow, and neem-tree twigs have served this purpose, as well as the roots of marshmallow, horseradish, alfalfa, and licorice. Health-food stores often sell a rough equivalent, wooden toothpicks soaked in healing essential oils. You can even make your own by placing undyed wooden toothpicks in a glass jar and covering them with a dental-health-enhancing essential oil. Let them soak in the oil overnight, then allow them to air-dry.

How to Improve Your Health Naturally

Learning how to improve your health naturally may give you immeasurably more improved quality of life. And it’s probably the quality of life that most people want, rather than the quantity, or length of life.

If you have good quality of life, you can think clearly, have good energy and so motivation, enjoy good company, don’t suffer particularly and, perhaps best of all, don’t see life through a drugged haze.

Here are some suggestions which will cost you little, but have the potential to make significant changes on the quality of your life.

  1. Make sure your diet is rich in quality raw foods, which are living foods, full of enzymes, easy to digest and are quickly converted to available energy. By comparison, cooked and processed food is ‘dead’.
  2. Drink when you’re thirsty. Drink mainly filtered water. Mild de-hydration can be the cause of many ailments, including high blood pressure. Avoid excess coffee (a diuretic so will increase your dehydration) and soft drinks (which increase your body acidity).
  3. The sun is essential to all life. Ensure you are exposed to it without sun screen. Without sun, you can easily suffer with vitamin D deficiency.
  4. Look upon pain as a sign your body, or some part of your body needs attention. Pain is your friend, not your enemy. It alerts you to something that you may not otherwise realise. Avoiding the pain with pain killers detaches your mind from your body.
  5. Use holistic medicines, in particular homeopathy, as your health modality, as these work by improving your immune system. Drugs work by depressing your immune system.
  6. See something beautiful or wondrous every day. It may be the colour of a flower, the flight of an insect, the gentle breeze in a tree, a bird’s song, a child’s giggle, a shop assistant’s care and attention, the smile of your partner. Stop and enjoy the moment. Savour it. Then look for it in other areas.
  7. Learn something new every week. This not only enriches your life with more information, but it keeps your learning skills honed and your brain eager for more. This can be one of the fastest ways of countering depression.
  8. Learn to spend time only with those who enrich your life. Either avoid those who drain your energy, or learn to switch off, to disengage, in their presence. This will prevent them ‘stealing’ your energy. Soon, they will leave you alone and move on to others less well armoured.
  9. Take regular (daily) time to unwind, to de-stress, to relax. This can be simply a few precious seconds of meditation several times a day, or an hour in the part. Just make sure it’s regular. Learn to put your mind in neutral.
  10. Learn to trust your intuition, that feeling which often comes out of the blue, but will always alert you to trouble and is always on your side. Learning to trust this little used ability can take time, but it is much more valuable than ten PhD’s.

Once you realise that your body has a natural ability to heal you, when it is supplied with the right ingredients, you’ll never look upon illness in the same negative light again.

The First Step to Good Health Naturally

Alternative medicine is very effective in curing many health conditions, even those that the conventional system can not treat. However there are numerous alternative therapies and medicines and it is important to use the most appropriate and proven alternative therapy for your health condition – be it pain, menopause problems, blood pressure, acne or allergies.

A particular alternative therapy or medicine addressing a health condition may work with one person but may not work with another with the same condition. For example a back pain relief herbal medicine may work on one person but may not work with someone else with the same problem. This is because we are all products of our environment. How we live, what we eat, when we eat, stress at work, stress at home, etc, all this has an impact on our body type.

This means that our body will need body specific alternative therapy or medicine to encourage our body to heal itself.

And there is a way to do that.

Let us discuss the first of the 6 Easy Steps to Good Health Naturally:

Evaluate Your Health Using Free Online Tools

First and foremost you need to determine and evaluate your health condition. It is important to know what exactly is the problem and then what is causing it.

You see unlike conventional medicine Alternative medicine addresses the cause of the problem and not its symptom. Once the cause is healed, the health problem goes away forever.

There is no reason to be embarrassed about your particular health condition. The fact is that there will be others like you in the same situation.

How to Treat Mental Health Naturally

Mental health covers many problems, not always considered important in mainstream medicine until now. However, there are health care systems which have always considered this area of the utmost importance. And probably the one which can be most effective in dealing with it is homeopathy.

Homeopathy is a very powerful form of natural treatment. It is also a very gentle form. It is a natural and complete form of health care. Professional homeopaths know that most ill health stems from a deep disturbance at a psychological level.

When these disturbances, which may not seem very important to an observer, are not resolved, then mental health can become affected. Any disturbance which has a profound effect on you is important, regardless of how others see it.

One of the most common causes, and perhaps one which most people can easily understand, is grief. The loss of a loved one, be-it a pet, grandparent or a closer family member, can have a profound effect on a person, especially a child, if it is not handled sympathetically by the parents.

Grief needs an outlet. Often the crying of a child is not allowed full expression. But grief needs full expression. If it has this, then the grief can be resolved fully.

Homeopathic treatment works by finding out your personal cause of your mental health disturbance, in a supportive way. The treatment stimulates your immune system so that you can cure you.

This caring, supportive, natural and effective ways of treating mental health has to be one of the best. And definitely one of the fastest.