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5 Natural Headache Beaters By Matt Jackson

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Headaches and migraines can be caused by any number of factors but they all have one thing in common –  without an effective cure they can bring your life to a grinding and painful halt. This guide is meant for  those who don’t wish to take prescription or over the counter drugs and would rather use natural remedies  and healing techniques to cure their headaches.

 

 

Headache

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Care should always be taken when looking at homeopathic or any other alternative remedies to ensure that  they won’t interact with medication you are currently taking and, of course, to make sure they have the  desired effect. However, what works for one person won’t necessarily work for the next so experiment to  find the best cure for you.

 

Aromatherapy

 

There are a number of different ways to use aromatherapy Among the most effective application methods  for headaches are the use of candles, oils and massage oils. Eucalyptus, lavender and sandlewood have  proven to be particularly effective at combating migraines and other forms of headache. You should avoid  the temptation to buy cheap products because often they contain very little of the actual ingredient you  actually want and supplement this with chemicals that could well worsen your headache.

 

Feverfew

Feverfew

Feverfew (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Feverfew has recently become an incredibly popular method to combat headaches and, in particular, migraines. The active component in feverfew is parthenolide that is becoming increasingly popular with researchers and physicians alike because it has shown promising signs of fighting Leukemia and other more serious complaints. Feverfew acts as an anti-inflammatory and as well as preventing the onset of migraines  it can also help combat a sensitivity to light and nauseous feelings.

 

Research is still ongoing and, as such, it is difficult to give guidance with regards to the amount to take. Common side effects include a sore throat and mouth and skin rash if large quantities are taken. Recommendations range from 100mg to 200mg per day; any more is not advised. Feverfew capsules are available but many migraine relief tablets also include feverfew in their active ingredients so some shopping around in your local store may yield results.

 

Passion Flower

 

Passionflower (Passiflora) has gained a lot of respect in herbal medicine as providing a potential cure for various ailments. Among its uses, passionflower shows strong signs of combating migraines and headaches as well as lowering anxiety levels and works effectively as an anti-inflammatory. This combination means that passionflower extracts can help to prevent the throbbing sensation in your head associated with cluster headaches and migraines.

 

Peppermint

 

Peppermint has several advantages as a headache and migraine cure. It tastes and smells pleasant and is

 

easily obtainable. Clinical tests have also shown excellent results for many patients. Peppermint is best

 

used as an essential oil but you should avoid its consumption if you have acid indigestion or other digestive  complaints. Peppermint has been widely recognized as a headache cure for many hundreds of years but has  also been used as a coolant and a mild relaxant.

 

Gingko

Gingko biloba

Gingko biloba (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who hasn’t heard of Gingko Biloba and its various uses as an herbal remedy? As well as being used to help alleviate headaches it is also popular as an antidepressant and to improve memory and alertness. This unique combination of uses has made it extremely popular in health supplements and products for some  years now. Many Gingko supplements are available that also contain peppermint, cayenne and other beneficial plants and herbs. Superstores and health stores have a stock of different Gingko products available so choose wisely and, if necessary, experiment until you find the perfect remedy for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yoga – the mental side.

This article was written by Danielle Gault. I loved it so much that I wanted to share it with all of you.

Thirty years ago when the healing arts was beginning to blossom in

people’s minds, I was introduced to Yoga, Jung and Reflexology.  These three topics formed the basis of who I am today and what I do and provided the structures that have helped keep me balanced mentally, socially, and physically.

This blog covers the topic One – Yoga – the mental side.

ImageThe Yoga Chakras showed me how to reduce inner tension through self-understanding.  The Yoga Chakra system defines energy in terms wheels of consciousness. The 3 lower wheels represent our ‘human’ side, which is more of a contractive nature, while the 3 upper wheels represent our ‘spiritual’ or being side, which is more of an expansive nature.  The pivotal wheel or center of consciousness is at the heart area. When this centre is maturely developed, it helps connect us to the upper 3 expansive centers of meaning, purpose, and love as well as assists us in the development of the 3 lower chakras which can harbour greed, martyrdom, competitiveness, and aloofness. When all centers are maturely developed they contribute toward evolving, supporting, and mentoring self and others. Staying healthy using Yoga philosophy means to use supportive actions to serve humanity. If you had to chose one of the chakras that you feel requires more attention and development, which one would it be?

On a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 is totally not me and 10 is totally me, how would you rate the following in terms of what’s happening in your life right now?

  1. Upper 3 Chakras relating to meaning, purpose and love, I rate as ____
  2. Heart Center Chakra (pivotal point where upper and lower meet), I rate how connected with compassion I feel towards others right now as ____
  3. Lower 3 Chakras relating to feelings of competitiveness, martyrdom, and greed in my life right now, I would rate as ____

The first step to making change in our lives is to first become aware of our unconscious patterns.  From there, we can make more conscious choices.

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Heart Palipitation in Women with Menopause

Suffering from heart palpitations during menopause is with no doubt due to the changes taking place within the hormonal  system of a woman.

women during midlife time, tend to be more sensitive towards things and regimes that don’t serve them most.

For example, if you have been a regular caffeine drinker but now feel that you have started suffering from some palpitations during your menopause , a possible reason may be that your body cannot tolerate caffeine as before.  Aspartame ( often used in diet sugar) could also be one of the most common things used by women , however, when reaching their menopause stage , one needs to assess if the body can still tolerate it or not. Caffeine, aspartame and alcohol are categorized to be over stimulants for the heart. elements can work as over-stimulants for the heart.

The caffeine in one cup can take up to ten hours to be metabolized in women, hence it created a stimulatory effect on the central nervous system along with the heart nerves for some time.

Looking at your palpitations now from another aspect.. palpitations are defined as irregular heart-beating which incurs either regularly or irregularly.

When we feel such irregularities they are usually not only on the physical level.

Our body is a reflection of what we feel on all three levels, mental, emotional and spiritual.

If you experience palpitations the message is that you need to listen more to your heart.

Women with the change of hormones either during menopause, pregnancy or even during the Pre-menstrual cycle are prone to be more sensitive. Therefore, as part of helping yourself heal your palpitations you may need to  avoid any extreme emotions ( if you can!).

During midlife , a woman is seeking more balance and freedom for her heart, she needs to create a healthy connection between what she needs and how to get it.

I have once read that a woman stopped getting palpitations once she got the promotion she needed at work!

A woman needs to find a way to learn to listen to her body when there is anything calling for more attention , the heart needs more nourishment as we grow older so make sure you nourish it and enjoy the outcomeJ

Nada Rashed

CAM Practioner

International Reflexology Teacher

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De-Stress the alternative way

Modern life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. Lately, we are all passing through a high level of stress due to the changes taking place around us.For many people, stress is such a common place that it has become a way of life.

When you’re constantly running in “emergency mode”, that is all at the expense of your body and mind.

If you frequently find yourself feeling stressed and overwhelmed, that is the time to take action to bring your nervous system back into balance.

You can protect yourself by learning how to recognizethe signs and symptoms of stress and taking steps to reduce the harmful effects.

Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. Stress management involves changing the stressful situation when you can, changing your reaction when you can’t, taking care of yourself, and making time for rest and relaxation.

Using flower essences (Flower essences are made from blossoms of plants prepared from a sun infusion in a bowl of water. Drops are taken by mouth from a tincture bottle as a therapeutic remedy. It is very successful in treating mental and emotional problems).

Some colors will help you release your stress such as:

Blue is the symbol of inspiration, devotion, infinity and religious goals. It produces calm and peace. The throat chakra is the focusing point of the spoken word, and the expression of feelings via communication. Hence if you feel stressed buy can’t express what it, blue is the color to use. You can either surround yourself by anything blue (look at the sky for example…)

Green symbolizes harmony, creativity, health, abundance and nature. It is the combining of yellow (soul) and blue (spirit).

Green, nature’s color, offers new energy and revitalizes tired nerves.

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Your Life in Color – Part 1

Your Life in Colour

By:

Nada Rashed

CAM Practitioner

If you look through a prism you will see that everything in the world is surrounded by colour. From the beginning of time, people have recognized the healing power of colour.

We all depend on light for our existence, without the sun for example we would have no plants to give us the nutrition which we need, we would have no trees to absorb the toxins and produce oxygen. As we get and maintain our health from the sun, hence, we benefit from the interrelated element of the light, which is colour.

Colour influences us to a great extent as each colour affects the brain differently. For example, the very bright, intense hues and shiny colours affect the most primitive, deep part of the brain known as the “limbic system”. Some people see the colour red when they are angry and this reflects the connection between physical reactions to colours and emotions.

Colour therapy involves the use of the energy vibrations of colour in treating some conditions. It helps balance the natural rhythms of the body through identifying what colour the body feels a deficiency for then giving that colour to the body to create a balanced state.

It has been proven that every colour has its own therapeutic value and each one can be used to treat a particular physical or emotional problem resulting from an unbalanced level of vital energy. There are many ways of working with colour but out of experience the most effective ones are to direct the colour needed to the person either over the whole body or on a particular spot you feel it is out of balance or is suffering from a disease, the other way is to simply lie a scarf in the colour needed on the part which the practitioner sees required. The body then starts to change its vibrational energy as it interferes with the vibrational energy of the colour allowing for a more balanced state.

 

Chakra Colors:

Every colour has a complementary colour  for example, red has a complementary color green, yellow has a complementary of violet etc and usually the practitioner uses the colour and its complementary to make sure the chakras (energy centres) of the body are well balanced. There are 7 main chakras of the body, each one is located in a particular part of the body and they divide the body into a right side and a left side. The chakras start at the centre of the forehead and go down in a vertical line until the base of the spine (some people regard the base chakra as the first chakra). Each chakra is associated with a particular organ/gland and colour.

The base chakra is related to the legs, feet, large intestines and reproductive organs and has the colour red.

The sacral chakra comes next with its orange colour, it is found in the pelvic area just below the navel and it is the body’s sexual energy centre, it is associated with the liver, pancreas, spleen, kidneys and bladder.

The solar plexus chakra is above the navel it has a yellow colour which relates to the stomach and the functioning of the nervous system. A person often experiences feelings of grief or even depression when there is a deficiency in that chakra and hence the yellow colour.

The heart chakra comes next and is located at the centre of the chest and it rules feelings of compassion and emotional balance and has the colour green. Pink is a lovely colour for love and balancing the heart chakra would either require red or green depending whether the chakra is over or under active.

The throat chakra is at the front of the throat and is connected to the thyroid gland which controls the body’s metabolism. This chakra has the colour blue and is the centre of speech, communication and self-expression. One of the easy ways to balance out a deficiency in that chakra is to wear a blue stone around the throat or wear a blue scarf.

The brow chakra is the sixth chakra (between the eyebrows) which is associated with the pituitary gland and which controls the body’s hormone production, this chakra has an indigo colour and when this chakra is in good condition, it allows people to be clairvoyants and develop their personal intuition.

The crown chakra is the last chakra, which has the colour violet, it is connected to the pineal gland and is the centre of spirituality.

 

Clothing

Another form of simple colour therapy which anyone can do is the clothes we are wearing and how to choose their colours  First we should know that it is very important that our wardrobe contains all colors and if you find that you dress mostly one or 2 colors that certainly indicates an unbalanced state of the body and the definite lack of other colours within our bodies which will help us maintain a balanced state of health. You do not have to use the colours you dislike in clothes but include them in your accessories or as a scarf to benefit from its energy, which will be absorbed through your body.

For example:

  • Red indicates a certain state of mind, which is anger or frustration.
  • Yellow means you are disappointed or feeling powerless.
  • Green means you feel lonely and rejected.
  • Brown indicates the longing to feel independent.
  • Black means that you like to be in control and you do not want to give up personal power.

If you have a certain favorite colour it also indicates a state of mind, for example, people who have blue as their favourite colour are gentle, friendly they are usually passive but other people feel comfortable around them and they care about other people, however, they can pass through stages of depressions every now and then.

On the other hand, people whose favorite color is orange tend to be cheerful and can express themselves well. They are organized and think logically more than emotionally, however, they are prone to have digestive problems.

The main emotions associated with each chakra colour tells us the following:

  • Green is associated with unconditional love 
  • Red indicates vitality and sexuality
  • Yellow may be used for low self-esteem
  • Blue is good for communication, intuition and expression
  • Violet is associated with spirituality
  • Orange, feelings of fear

Color Test

Close your eyes and think of the first 3 colors which come to your mind, the first color you choose indicates the energies you are mostly using in your life, the second shows you the areas of challenges for you and the third tells you the energies which you need to work on those challenges.

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