Saturday, April 11, 2015

How to Take Charge of Your Allergies

It’s here.  Allergy season in the San Luis Valley and along with spring comes “The Wind!“  Which only stirs up the dirt and blows any new sprouts everywhere. 

The other day, my allergies kicked my butt and then I learned about a few natural remedies to try without compromising my immune system.  In fact, these remedies build up your immune system.

 “Local” Honey-  It has to be locally from the area, otherwise how could it work?  I have been taking a tablespoon twice a day of my “local” honey and have been very much surprised.  My congestion and sneezing cleared up in about 4 days.  Even with the wind howling.  Honey contains a variety of vitamins and minerals. Commonly, honey contains Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron. If you check the vitamin and mineral content in regular sugar from any other source, you will find it to be completely absent or insignificant. Plus honey has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, so it is often used as a natural antiseptic in traditional medicines. How wrong can you go there?

Bee Pollen- This also has to be local.  It can be used along with the local honey.  Pollen reduces the presence of histamine, ameliorating many allergies. According to Dr. Leo Conway, M.D of Denver Colorado, he reported that 94 percent of his patients were completely free from allergy symptoms once treated with oral feeding of pollen. Everything from asthma to allergies to sinus problems were cleared, confirming that bee pollen is wonderfully effective against a wide range of respiratory diseases.

I thought I might have to get some of this, if my allergies continued.  But, just taking the honey alone proved effective enough. Check with your local health food store for your areas organically grown honey and bee pollen.

Stinging Nettles -  Stinging nettles offer a large amount of Vitamin C as well as iron, silica, potassium and manganese to ease your suffering.  While similar to the dandelion leaf, promoting the elimination of uric acid from joints with an alkalizing diuretic activity. A study conducted by the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon found positive evidence of freeze-dried nettle leaf for treating hay fever, asthma, seasonal allergies, and hives. Australians have been using nettle for years as a treatment for asthma, but Americans didn’t catch on to this until about 1990.  Here are ingredients for a green smoothie that contains stinging nettles. 

    Sweet Allergy Aid
2 cups stinging nettles
1 cup spinach
2 apples
2 bananas
1 piece ginger (1-2 inches)
3 cups water

For more information about Green Smoothies and their regenerative health benefits, visit Join the Green Smoothie Revolution.

If you try any of these remedies, let me know how it goes by posting below this article. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

How Happy is Our Planet?

The Happy Planet Index (HPI) is the leading global measure of sustainable well-being.  

The HPI measures what matters: the extent to which countries deliver long, happy, sustainable lives for the people that live in them. The Index uses global data on life expectancy, experienced well-being and Ecological Footprint to calculate this.

To learn more, visit their website, Happy Planet Index

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Don’t Throw Away Another Used Tea Bag Until You Read This!


For some people a tea bag is something that you use once, and that’s it. On to the next one. Then you have the people (call them what you want) who will save the tea bag, just to get more tea out of it to drink, by using 2 to 3 used tea bags to make 1 more cup of tea.

It is true that after you use the tea bag for your cup of tea that there is still some tea residue left within the little bag. But so that you don’t feel wasteful, I will reveal to you what other uses that used tea bag can serve.

I used to be one of those people who never wanted to throw the tea bag away, because I knew that there was more tea in the bag. But to try to use that bag for another cup of tea, I would not do. That was just being too  (call them what you want)…

So I would always get the maximum use out of my tea bags by drinking a large cup of tea. More so because I don’t like anything too concentrated.

I water almost everything down…

But for those of you who don’t want a large cup of tea, there are many uses for a used tea bag.
Keep your used tea bags to:
    Don't Throw Away Another Used Tea Bag Until You See This
  • Draw Out Infections: Pinkeye, canker sores, fever blisters, plantar warts, or any other similar infections to draw out the infection, reduce pain, and help speed the healing process.
  • Soothe Irritated Skin: Place them over tired eyes to ease discomfort. Massage over sunburn to cool skin and reduce inflammation. Place against bruises to ease discomfort and help speed healing. Gently rub over stings and bites to draw out the toxins and lessen pain and swelling.
  • Soak Your Feet: Add used tea bags to warm water and soak your feet to neutralize foot odors, soften calluses, and nourish your skin.
  • Degrease Dirty Dishes: Soak your dishes in warm water with a couple of used tea bags to break up grease. Will also help to loosen any stuck on food.
  • Deter Household Pests: Mice, Spiders, Ants etc. Tuck used tea bags into cupboards, pantries, and in any areas where these pests may enter your home to make them think twice about coming inside. Use peppermint tea for this or use peppermint essential oil on tea bags.
  • Air Freshener: Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to dry used tea bags to create air fresheners for your home, office, or vehicle. Also, because tea leaves absorb odors, these creative homemade air fresheners will work double-time to keep your living areas smelling great!
  • Neutralize Household Odors: Used tea is also great for removing lingering odors from your home. Mix dried used tea leaves into cat litter. Store pre-brewed tea bags in the refrigerator to keep it smelling fresh. Drop a few dry used tea bags into the bottom of your trash bins to neutralize bad smells before they can escape into your kitchen.
  • Clean Carpets and Rugs: Use pre-brewed tea to clean and deodorize your floor coverings. Store used tea bags in the refrigerator in a cup of water to keep them from spoiling until you have enough to cover the surface you want to clean. Then open the used tea bags and let all of the leaves dry until they are still slightly damp, but no longer wet. Sprinkle the loose tea over rugs and carpets and leave them until they are totally dry. Then vacuum them up or sweep the dried tea leaves away.
  • Feed Your Garden: Re-brew used bags in a bucket of water and use the resulting weak tea to water your plants and protect them from fungal infections. Alternately, open up used tea bags and sprinkle the damp leaves around the base of your plants to fertilize the soil and deter garden pests. You can also add previously-brewed tea bags to your compost pile for a boost of nutrients.
Since learning about this I've really put this to use, especially because I drink a lot of tea.

You can take these ideas yourself and get very creative.

So in conclusion you don’t have to try to use the used tea bag to make another cup of tea. That’s just (call them whatever you want)… You can now save that tea bag and re-purpose it to fulfill another useful need.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

DR. SCHULZE'S VIP EVENING 2015: My Ten Commandments!

If you haven't heard of Dr. Schultz, then you are missing out on a dynamic and interesting man.  I have been paying attention to him for a few years and I always have to agree with his philosophy.  His Ten Commandments are  exactly what I tell myself, friends and family.  Here it is for you to ponder as well.

When speaking recently in Los Angeles to a small group of customers at the American Botanical Pharmacy Store, Dr. Schulze added how his “Ten Commandments” were also an important part in achieving his goals. And, how these are for everyone to assimilate into their daily lives!

1. I DRINK Liquids that Hydrate, Flush and Nourish Me
I Drink Pure Water, Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Juices and Herbal Teas!

2. I EAT Food that Creates Powerful Health
Vegetarian, Whole, Nutritious and Organic—Dr. Schulze's Health-Building Food Program!

3. I Use Natural Herbal and Food MEDICINE
To Prevent Dis-ease and Nourish, Clean, Detoxify, Tone, Balance and Heal My Body!

4. I MOVE My Body Every Day
Walking, Dancing, Running, Jumping, Stretching, Breathing, Sweating, Sex… Always Fun!

5. I Take a Week Off Every Season to CLEANSE Myself Internally
Juice-Flushing or Dr. Schulze's Purifying Food Program and his 5-Day Herbal Detox Programs!

6. I Use Only Natural HEALING to Prevent and Treat Dis-ease
Massage, Bodywork, Hydrotherapy and All Therapies that HEAL and Do No Harm!

7. I Create a Healthy HOME Environment for My Well-Being
Natural Soaps, Cleaners and Clothing, No Negative Television, Frequently Trashing!

8. I Have Positive THOUGHTS that Create Powerful Health
Positive Thoughts and Affirmations that Create Love, Laughter, Passion, Peace, Fun and Bliss!

9. I COMMUNICATE to Others as I Like to Be Treated
I Communicate Being Happy, Friendly, Positive, Clear, Honest, Sincere, Caring and Loving!

10. I LOVE Myself and My Life More and More Every Day
Practice Being Self-accepting, Self-ish, Self-centered, Self-involved, Loving YOU! Appreciate All That You Have and Focus On All That You Want To Create. Your FOCUS Determines Your FUTURE! Tomorrow Is What You Believe And Do Today!

Following these ‘commandments' can change your life, too. That’s why Dr. Schulze always says, "it's a joy to be ALIVE!"

To learn more and watch his video, please visit

Thursday, March 5, 2015

What Risks Can Diabetes Pose to Eye Health?

What Risks Can Diabetes Pose to Eye Health 

What Risks Can Diabetes Pose to Eye Health?

We’re not exactly going out on a limb when we call diabetes a serious, surprisingly common problem. Recent estimates have pegged the number of Americans with the disease at around 29 million, meaning that, if you’re reading this article from within the US, there’s a roughly 9% chance that you’re currently dealing with diabetes yourself.

While anyone living with diabetes has likely heard at least a short warning about the effects it can have on your vision, you may still be left wondering exactly what those effects are, how to recognize them, and how to handle them. This article aims to cover some of the disorders most likely to affect diabetics’ eyes, chief among them diabetic retinopathy, and to cover some of the common symptoms, risks, and treatments they require.

What Should You Watch For?
One of the most worrying things about diabetes is how easily it can fly under the radar. In 2012, an estimated 8.1 million people were living with undiagnosed diabetes in the US. As difficult as the disease is even with a diagnosis and appropriate treatment, it can be much, much worse without.

Type II, or adult onset diabetes, often doesn’t even cause obvious symptoms, a tendency that has earned it the moniker of “the silent killer.” As a result, it’s important to be aware of the some of the signs of diabetes. It may be time to get tested if you notice any of the following symptoms.

Diabetes sufferers often find themselves urinating more frequently than before, a symptom that goes hand in hand with the increased thirst that many diabetics experience. If you find yourself consistently hungry, even after eating, that may also be a symptom. Extreme fatigue and slow healing are also red flags. Type II patients might also feel pain, tingling, and numbness in their extremities.

Another common symptom is blurred vision. Eyesight changes should always be taken seriously, and in this case, if they’re noticed in tandem with some of the other symptoms listed above, then you’ll want to see a physician quickly.

Early intervention is important for any of the problems caused by diabetes, but it’s doubly important for your eyes, as blurred vision can signal the presence of a serious complication known as diabetic retinopathy.

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetic Retinopathy occurs after tiny blood vessels in the eye are damaged by changes caused by diabetes. In the early stages of the disease, very few individuals will show any noticeable symptoms, and will generally have apparently normal vision.

Occasionally, damaged vessels will leak fluid into the eye, causing a condition called macular edema that results in blurred vision; however, the only truly reliable way to catch the initial, or nonproliferative, stage of diabetic retinopathy is to schedule consistent eye exams, something all diabetics should do.

If the nonproliferative stage is left untreated, it will eventually progress to the proliferative stage. During this second, more serious period, new blood vessels will form, bleed, and eventually destroy the retina if allowed to continue unchecked. Diabetic retinopathy accounts for 12% of new cases of blindness in the US annually, making it the leading cause of blindness for people between the ages of 24 and 60.

While the average outlook for diagnosed diabetic retinopathy isn’t as grim as that statistic might suggest, it is important to note that the disease does affect an extremely high percentage of diabetics. Roughly 40% of all Americans with diabetes do have some form of retinopathy, and the risk scales with time – some sources estimate that up to 90% of individuals living with diabetes for over 25 years will experience some form of retinopathy.
As consistent eye exams are the only way to catch the disease in its earlier, less damaging phases, it’s best for diabetics to schedule at least yearly checkups with a specialist.

If you do find yourself diagnosed, as we said above, the outlook isn’t entirely grim. Even individuals with advanced retinopathy have a very good chance at keeping their vision if the disease is caught before it causes major damage to the retina. Treatment often involves using a laser to destroy encroaching blood vessels. Additionally, several drugs have been proven to help in the management of diabetic retinopathy.

In some cases, a full vitrectomy, the replacement of the clouded vitreous (clear liquid in the eye) with saline solution, may be necessary. All options are effective if begun early enough. Maintaining healthy levels of blood pressure and blood sugar is also important while trying to control the progression of diabetic retinopathy.

Other Worries
While retinopathy is likely the largest threat to diabetic eyes, there are a couple of other linked diseases worth discussing.

Glaucoma, or chronic increased pressure in the eye, can easily lead to nerve damage if left untreated. Diabetics are at increased risk for glaucoma, partly because the same mechanisms that contribute to diabetic retinopathy also interfere with normal blood flow to the eye. Like diabetic retinopathy, open-angle glaucoma (which comprises roughly 90% of cases in the US) is largely asymptomatic, with the only real changes being slow loss of an individual’s field of vision.

Diabetics are also more likely to encounter cataracts, or the clouding of the eye’s lens, which leads to reduced vision. While cataracts are hardly rare among the general population, diabetes is a known risk factor, and bump the odds of contracting cataracts by as much as 60%.

It’s extremely important to stay ahead of these eye conditions. You need to make sure your getting the 17 Essential Vitamins to Eye Health to prevent or manage the symptoms. You also need to schedule regular eye exams. If left undetected and untreated, these problems can spread and cause major health issues down the line.  To learn more about eye health, please click on the banner below. 

Learn which eye vitamins naturally improve eye health. The Rebuild Your Vision Ocu-Plus Formula was designed to improve vision and eye health, and help people with Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, and Cataracts.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Investigating Energy Drinks

I don't know about you, but my system isn't able to handle coffee and I certainly am unable to tolerate energy drinks.  If I'm tired, I rest and I do try to get adequate sleep.  This is an eye-opening report that you can download for free about Energy Drinks. 

Despite their rocketing sales, energy drinks have come under attack in recent years by authorities, politicians and consumer advocacy groups. A number of deaths potentially tied to the products have come to light, and the increased scrutiny may have triggered more investigations.

 Download this free Digital Issue for an in-depth look at past and current litigation facing companies like Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy and Monster, as well as market data and insight on the possibility of increased government interference-including the imposition of age restrictions on energy-drink consumption.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How To Unclog Sinuses Using Essential Oils

Using Essential oils is excellent for respiratory problems. You can get immediate benefits if you know how to use the right combination of oils the right way. The video below shows how you should breathe easy and protect yourself from illnesses with essential oils that clear the sinuses and allow you to breathe a lot better. These essential oils are known to restore the natural balance of the body so that it is better equipped to fight off infections. 

 NaturalhealthinactionBolaji Alli is the lead contributor and editor for Natural Health In Action , a website committed to empowering the physical well being of humanity. He is a qualified Naturopathic Nutritionist from the College of Natural Nutrition and a member of The Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners in the United Kingdom. Bolaji was awarded the order of Merit for outstanding contribution to Alternative Medicine by Empire Magazine. He is the author of “The Miracle Power of Holistic Medicines”.