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Heavenly Benefits of Devil’s Claw

Devil’s claw is a type of an herb with a botanical name of Harpagophytum procumbens. The name “Devil’s claw or Devil’s claw root” was derived from the appearance of its fruit, which is covered with hook-like structures meant to catch animals in order to spread its seeds. Thus, most Greeks called it ‘Hook Plant’. Read more

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Natural Teeth Whiteners

Having chipped, crooked and discolored teeth are sometimes embarrassing, and reason enough for you to conceal your smile in photos or in social gatherings. You get conscious because your teeth are one of the first things people will notice.

In making first impression, your beautiful smile with sparkling white teeth can send an impressive aura, thus it boosts your confidence. In fact, most of you use white strips at home or visit your dentist to gain whitening treatments.

But instead of turning to chemically-loaded oral and dental products in the market, below are some teeth whitening remedies which work and are completely safe and mostly natural! Not only they will whiten your teeth but will improve your oral hygiene in general. Read more

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Vervain, the Healing Herb

Vervain is a verstile herb. It belongs to Verbenacea plant family with a botanical name of Verbena officinalis.

Others call it with names like Juno’s Tears, Pigeon’s Grass, Wild Verbena or Wild Hyssop. Other varieties of vervain are Verbena Hastata (blue vervain) and Verbena Urticifolia (white vervain).

Vervain is native to the Mediterranean region in Europe, but grows wildly on bare and dry grounds often along roadsides. It is a slim plant with hairy leaves alternatively arranged in a square-like stem and with a beautiful lilac-colored flowers. Read more

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Baby Wipes Safety and How to Make Homemade Natural Wipes

Baby wipes are mothers’ bestfriend!

As the name implies, they are commonly used to clean babies. They are very handy, easy to use and so economical.

True indeed that these baby wipes are so convenient to use, especially when you’re always on the go, but you must still scrutinize every ingredient included in these wipes.

You have to bear in mind that baby skin is super sensitive and even the so-called “baby-safe” wipes might cause skin allergic reaction. Read more

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6 Immediate All Natural Remedies for Fever

Actually, having fever is considerably a ‘good’ thing. It usually goes away within a few days.

But then again, fever can make you feel uncomfortable and weak. And most of you want to be relieved from it, as soon as possible to feel better.

Usually, you would take over-the-counter antipyretic meds to stop the fever. But you should know that there are other remedies which are safer and they are just right in your kitchen. Read more

3D Food Printing – The Revolutionary Food Tech Trend

Preparing food is a fundamental daily human activity. Shaped by geography and culture, the preparation of meals vary. The way we cook and serve differ from one culture to another. Read more

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How to Keep Mosquitoes Away Naturally

Insect bites like that of mosquitoes are very itchy, plus the redness and swelling — it can be a huge bother. The bite can make you feel uneasy and irritable, that sometimes you would scratch it again and again until it gets infected.

Furthermore, mosquitoes are carriers of alarming diseases like hemorrhagic fever or yellow fever, malariae, West Nile virus and others. Read more

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Pink Himalayan Salt – What about it?

You might have heard about this unique and prime salt from Himalayas Mountain Range. It is known for its nutritional and therapeutic qualities..

Its uses are overwhelming — from body scrubs, bath soaks, water flush and salt inhalation therapy. It is also a healthier option in cooking, and in preserving meat and fish. Lately, lamps made of Himalayn salt are trendy, saying that they have health benefits. Read more

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Karela – Bitter is Better

Karela (Momordica charantia) is a unique fruit-vegetable food. It derives from a flower and usually bears seeds, and in culinary classification, any part of a plant can be a vegetable – roots, stems, flowers, fruits and leaves.

But whether it’s a fruit or a vegetable, one thing is certain. Karela is a healthy food. Read more

Cacao VS Cocoa, What’s the difference? Which is Better?

Cacao and Cocoa may sound the same and may mean the same thing to you, Chocolates!

But there are several differences between these cacao and cocoa other than their spelling. Each of them has its own unique taste, as well the health benefits and cost. Yes, even though they both came from the same source — the Theobroma cacao tree. Read more

Plant-based Milk Alternative

When it comes to buying milk, you usually pick the one with most nutrients, the tastiest, with minimal processing and which can be used in most of your cooking.

Nowadays, plant-based milk substitute is gradually taking over and there is no sign of slowing down. There are dozens of brands and options to choose from. It is just a matter of meeting your preferences. Read more

Flavored Water – A New Kind of Hydration

Are they really healthy?

In your visit in the supermarket or convenience store, you may notice that there are varieties of bottled and flavored water on the aisle. If you are one to study nutritional facts, it would take time analyzing the best healthy beverage for you.

Flavored water is specially made for people who dislike the taste of pure spring water or to bored to drink plain water. It offers an alternative to hydrate your body.

The word “flavored water” might be interesting or may appear healthy, but you should take note of the ingredients as they vary from bottle to bottle and some might be harmful which can affect your health.

It has gained popularity in the market because they were advertised as having zero to low calorie content and some were fortified with vitamins and minerals. Read more

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4 Natural Treatments for Sciatic Pain

Ever woken up with a throbbing pain that might have started from either side of your lower spine, which traveled through your pelvis and buttocks and all the way to the lower limbs?

And this kind of pain that keeps nagging you and wouldn’t subside easily; the more pressure you put on, the more this nerve gets irritated and may cause feeling of numbness, weakness, and tingling sensations going to the entire legs.

This is likely Sciatic Pain or ‘Sciatica’.

This pain can worsen by prolonged sitting, coughing, sneezing, lifting or bending. It is usually repetitive, often felt in one leg (sometimes both extremities) and often described as intolerable similar to having a terrible toothache.

The Sciatic Nerve

Quick science lesson: The sciatic nerve is one of the biggest in the body. Starting from either side of your lower spine; passing through the pelvis, buttocks, divides at each knee and ending down to the lower limb of the foot.

Its location makes it responsible for the feeling, strength and movement of legs.

 

Read more

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What is Marjoram Plant and Essential Oil

Are you familiar with marjoram essential oil and its wonderful health benefits?

This oil is extracted from Origanum marjorana plant and usually use as treatment oil for individuals with sleep apnea along with other essential oils with the same effect.

But there are more benefits that marjoram oil can offer. Discover what these are.

About Marjoram Plant

Marjoram plant is an herb cultivated in the Mediterranean region. The ones called ‘sweet marjoram’ is the Origanum marjorana specie. It is always confused with ‘wild marjoram’ oregano.

Both plants have a lot in common, since they belong in the same genus, the Origanum. Sweet marjoram has a finer texture and milder mint flavor while oregano has robust scent and flavor. Because of their likeness, oregano is the common substitute of marjoram in some treatment oil mixture.

Sweet marjoram oil is usually yellow green in color, warm, spicy and with camphor-like aroma. To add, another variety is the Spanish marjoram oil which has a red-orange color.

According to history, Greeks and Romans called marjoram “joy of the mountain” and used to offer this oil to Aphrodite, the goddess of love. This led to most of them to use this oil as a love potion.

Uses and Benefits

Today, sweet marjoram oil focuses on health and culinary purposes.

Healthwise, marjoram oil is used to:

Improve Cardiovascular Health
Smelling of marjoram essential oil is an effective vasodilatation. It reduces cardiac strain and decreases blood pressure by lowering sympathetic nervous system and stimulating parasympathetic nervous system.

Reduce Muscle Tension
Most massage therapists add marjoram oil in their lotion or massage oil to relieve muscle tightness as well as headache caused by tension.

It is packed with natural therapeutic properties which calms both body and mind. You can add marjoram oil to your bathwater, or try diffusing it in your home to alleviate stress and relax your mood.

Blend with other essential oils
Blend excellently with other oils to induce calming, relaxing and sedative effects on the whole body. It works effectively for those who find it difficult to have a goodnight sleep.

Treat Other Health Issues
Majoram essential oil has been shown to have positive results in treating cough, runny nose, dizziness, and migraine.

In the culinary aspect, sweet marjoram fresh or dried leaves and flowers are popularly added to most common dishes like soups, salads and other recipes.

Precautions
For medicinal purposes, this herb is safe to be taken by mouth but only for a short period of time. If taken for a longer durations, it may encourage cancer cell growth.

Take note if you are allergic to oregano, then you’re probably allergic to marjoram as well.
Always check with your doctor if you have any health concerns before taking marjoram products.

 

Heavenly Benefits of Devil’s Claw

Devil’s claw is a type of an herb with a botanical name of Harpagophytum procumbens. The name “Devil’s claw or Devil’s claw root” was derived from the appearance of its fruit, which is covered with hook-like structures meant to catch animals in order to spread its seeds. Thus, most Greeks called it ‘Hook Plant’. Read more

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Natural Teeth Whiteners

Having chipped, crooked and discolored teeth are sometimes embarrassing, and reason enough for you to conceal your smile in photos or in social gatherings. You get conscious because your teeth are one of the first things people will notice.

In making first impression, your beautiful smile with sparkling white teeth can send an impressive aura, thus it boosts your confidence. In fact, most of you use white strips at home or visit your dentist to gain whitening treatments.

But instead of turning to chemically-loaded oral and dental products in the market, below are some teeth whitening remedies which work and are completely safe and mostly natural! Not only they will whiten your teeth but will improve your oral hygiene in general. Read more

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Vervain, the Healing Herb

Vervain is a verstile herb. It belongs to Verbenacea plant family with a botanical name of Verbena officinalis.

Others call it with names like Juno’s Tears, Pigeon’s Grass, Wild Verbena or Wild Hyssop. Other varieties of vervain are Verbena Hastata (blue vervain) and Verbena Urticifolia (white vervain).

Vervain is native to the Mediterranean region in Europe, but grows wildly on bare and dry grounds often along roadsides. It is a slim plant with hairy leaves alternatively arranged in a square-like stem and with a beautiful lilac-colored flowers. Read more

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Baby Wipes Safety and How to Make Homemade Natural Wipes

Baby wipes are mothers’ bestfriend!

As the name implies, they are commonly used to clean babies. They are very handy, easy to use and so economical.

True indeed that these baby wipes are so convenient to use, especially when you’re always on the go, but you must still scrutinize every ingredient included in these wipes.

You have to bear in mind that baby skin is super sensitive and even the so-called “baby-safe” wipes might cause skin allergic reaction. Read more

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6 Immediate All Natural Remedies for Fever

Actually, having fever is considerably a ‘good’ thing. It usually goes away within a few days.

But then again, fever can make you feel uncomfortable and weak. And most of you want to be relieved from it, as soon as possible to feel better.

Usually, you would take over-the-counter antipyretic meds to stop the fever. But you should know that there are other remedies which are safer and they are just right in your kitchen. Read more

3D Food Printing – The Revolutionary Food Tech Trend

Preparing food is a fundamental daily human activity. Shaped by geography and culture, the preparation of meals vary. The way we cook and serve differ from one culture to another. Read more

,

How to Keep Mosquitoes Away Naturally

Insect bites like that of mosquitoes are very itchy, plus the redness and swelling — it can be a huge bother. The bite can make you feel uneasy and irritable, that sometimes you would scratch it again and again until it gets infected.

Furthermore, mosquitoes are carriers of alarming diseases like hemorrhagic fever or yellow fever, malariae, West Nile virus and others. Read more

,

Pink Himalayan Salt – What about it?

You might have heard about this unique and prime salt from Himalayas Mountain Range. It is known for its nutritional and therapeutic qualities..

Its uses are overwhelming — from body scrubs, bath soaks, water flush and salt inhalation therapy. It is also a healthier option in cooking, and in preserving meat and fish. Lately, lamps made of Himalayn salt are trendy, saying that they have health benefits. Read more

,

Karela – Bitter is Better

Karela (Momordica charantia) is a unique fruit-vegetable food. It derives from a flower and usually bears seeds, and in culinary classification, any part of a plant can be a vegetable – roots, stems, flowers, fruits and leaves.

But whether it’s a fruit or a vegetable, one thing is certain. Karela is a healthy food. Read more

Cacao VS Cocoa, What’s the difference? Which is Better?

Cacao and Cocoa may sound the same and may mean the same thing to you, Chocolates!

But there are several differences between these cacao and cocoa other than their spelling. Each of them has its own unique taste, as well the health benefits and cost. Yes, even though they both came from the same source — the Theobroma cacao tree. Read more

Plant-based Milk Alternative

When it comes to buying milk, you usually pick the one with most nutrients, the tastiest, with minimal processing and which can be used in most of your cooking.

Nowadays, plant-based milk substitute is gradually taking over and there is no sign of slowing down. There are dozens of brands and options to choose from. It is just a matter of meeting your preferences. Read more

Flavored Water – A New Kind of Hydration

Are they really healthy?

In your visit in the supermarket or convenience store, you may notice that there are varieties of bottled and flavored water on the aisle. If you are one to study nutritional facts, it would take time analyzing the best healthy beverage for you.

Flavored water is specially made for people who dislike the taste of pure spring water or to bored to drink plain water. It offers an alternative to hydrate your body.

The word “flavored water” might be interesting or may appear healthy, but you should take note of the ingredients as they vary from bottle to bottle and some might be harmful which can affect your health.

It has gained popularity in the market because they were advertised as having zero to low calorie content and some were fortified with vitamins and minerals. Read more

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4 Natural Treatments for Sciatic Pain

Ever woken up with a throbbing pain that might have started from either side of your lower spine, which traveled through your pelvis and buttocks and all the way to the lower limbs?

And this kind of pain that keeps nagging you and wouldn’t subside easily; the more pressure you put on, the more this nerve gets irritated and may cause feeling of numbness, weakness, and tingling sensations going to the entire legs.

This is likely Sciatic Pain or ‘Sciatica’.

This pain can worsen by prolonged sitting, coughing, sneezing, lifting or bending. It is usually repetitive, often felt in one leg (sometimes both extremities) and often described as intolerable similar to having a terrible toothache.

The Sciatic Nerve

Quick science lesson: The sciatic nerve is one of the biggest in the body. Starting from either side of your lower spine; passing through the pelvis, buttocks, divides at each knee and ending down to the lower limb of the foot.

Its location makes it responsible for the feeling, strength and movement of legs.

 

Read more

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What is Marjoram Plant and Essential Oil

Are you familiar with marjoram essential oil and its wonderful health benefits?

This oil is extracted from Origanum marjorana plant and usually use as treatment oil for individuals with sleep apnea along with other essential oils with the same effect.

But there are more benefits that marjoram oil can offer. Discover what these are.

About Marjoram Plant

Marjoram plant is an herb cultivated in the Mediterranean region. The ones called ‘sweet marjoram’ is the Origanum marjorana specie. It is always confused with ‘wild marjoram’ oregano.

Both plants have a lot in common, since they belong in the same genus, the Origanum. Sweet marjoram has a finer texture and milder mint flavor while oregano has robust scent and flavor. Because of their likeness, oregano is the common substitute of marjoram in some treatment oil mixture.

Sweet marjoram oil is usually yellow green in color, warm, spicy and with camphor-like aroma. To add, another variety is the Spanish marjoram oil which has a red-orange color.

According to history, Greeks and Romans called marjoram “joy of the mountain” and used to offer this oil to Aphrodite, the goddess of love. This led to most of them to use this oil as a love potion.

Uses and Benefits

Today, sweet marjoram oil focuses on health and culinary purposes.

Healthwise, marjoram oil is used to:

Improve Cardiovascular Health
Smelling of marjoram essential oil is an effective vasodilatation. It reduces cardiac strain and decreases blood pressure by lowering sympathetic nervous system and stimulating parasympathetic nervous system.

Reduce Muscle Tension
Most massage therapists add marjoram oil in their lotion or massage oil to relieve muscle tightness as well as headache caused by tension.

It is packed with natural therapeutic properties which calms both body and mind. You can add marjoram oil to your bathwater, or try diffusing it in your home to alleviate stress and relax your mood.

Blend with other essential oils
Blend excellently with other oils to induce calming, relaxing and sedative effects on the whole body. It works effectively for those who find it difficult to have a goodnight sleep.

Treat Other Health Issues
Majoram essential oil has been shown to have positive results in treating cough, runny nose, dizziness, and migraine.

In the culinary aspect, sweet marjoram fresh or dried leaves and flowers are popularly added to most common dishes like soups, salads and other recipes.

Precautions
For medicinal purposes, this herb is safe to be taken by mouth but only for a short period of time. If taken for a longer durations, it may encourage cancer cell growth.

Take note if you are allergic to oregano, then you’re probably allergic to marjoram as well.
Always check with your doctor if you have any health concerns before taking marjoram products.

 

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How to have quality sleep, rest, and recovery

Sleep is everyone’s basic need. Putting your body at rest in between sheets for at least six to eight hours is heaven. It soothes and refuels your body after a day’s work — and play.

But a lot of people cannot get the sleep quality they deserve. Many find it extremely difficult to fall or stay asleep — such as insomnia or sleep apnea which would later result to narcolepsy. Read more

Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s day is here.

You are probably wondering what to give or what to do on her special day. Your mom or wife deserves something special — something that she will appreciate. Several things come to mind – DIY, creative gifts, or tickets to a show.

So many choices, you feel stressed and unsettled.

To lessen your burden, here’s a bunch of interesting ideas: Read more

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and Its Healing Benefits

Malignant conditions have plagued man ever since — especially nowadays when toxicity is rampant. People would try anything to treat, prevent, or reduce cellular damage. This demand gives birth to alternative methods and breakthroughs in modern healthcare.

Back in 1600 up to 1800, innovators tried to build pressurized medical chamber to treat a variety of conditions. One after another, scientists try to improve and update the concept of this so-called healing chamber. Read more

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Ventosa Massage – How it works

Stress, strains, and chronic pains are very prevalent nowadays. This is the main reason why natural relief is in very high demand. Getting a massage is perhaps the most popular natural solution.

One wonderful method that’s becoming trendy today particularly among movie stars, athletes, and celebrities is the Ventosa Massage or also known as Cupping Therapy. It’s recently popular, but it’s really nothing new.

Cupping therapy has long been practiced in Chinese medicine, were used by ancient Egyptians and other cultures — in the Middle East and other European and Asian countries. Today, this alternative therapeutic method has been modified into several varieties but the original philosophy remains. Read more

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Flowers You Can Eat and Their Benefits

Flowers are admired for their stunning colors, their sweet scent and varying facade. They bring superb impact in different special occasions when artistically arranged. It also symbolizes love, peace, and calmness. Some are easily cultivated, but some has special needs that favor their growth. Read more

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Fruit-Infused Water makes Hydration Interesting Again

Water is probably the most basic of needs for survival. Most adults know the importance of hydration and would drink water even without the feeling of thirst. Adults drink to hydrate and not just to quench their need. Read more

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Plant-based Meat and Protein is the New Food Revolution

Proteins are the building blocks of human life. They are many types that vary in function.

In general, major sources of protein are from animal meat. A huge majority of human population loves to consume meat. This is due to the fact that by nature, we crave for protein.

Lately, there is plenty of focus on vegetarianism and plant-based diets. It has been established that plants are great sources of protein as well.

The 68th United Nations General Assembly declared the year 2016 as the official “International Year of the Pulses”. Pulses — beans, lentils and peas — are cheap, low-fat source of protein. Typically, they have twice as much protein found in whole grains. They are with high fiber content, vitamins, and minerals. Read more

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Soup Detox. Cleansing the Body Through Souping.

Detoxing (detox) and cleansing started decades ago and now, they have become so popular and highly recommended.

The process usually utilizes fresh, natural products to eliminate harmful toxins and it is very appealing to many. Moreover, detox and cleansing diets are often nutritious and packed with essential antioxidants.

Cleansing diets nowadays come in different shapes and forms. There is a specific diet made to improve a particular organ or body system. There are also cleansing diets made specifically for weight loss and general health improvement.

Perhaps the most popular way to detox is through juicing. Simple and ease of preparation are its major pros. Another popular method is through souping or ‘soup detox’ and this cleansing method is trending at the moment.

A lot of people divert to soup as a replacement for juicing because of the following reasons: Read more

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Health and Fitness Trends to Look for in 2017

Over the years, health and fitness gurus crack their heads with new methods, and ways of making an impact within the fitness circle.

Some of the ‘new’ stuff are merely ‘remakes’ or ‘repackaged’ goods. They are not necessarily bad. In fact, they are beneficial for the most part — particularly for beginners. Many trends would fail and lose steam but many would last and even become ‘regular’ of health, wellness, and fitness if they are found to be effective by the masses.

So as you say good bye to the old, unhealthy you last year and start embracing the upcoming year like a breath of fresh air, let’s look at the health and fitness trends expected this year 2017. Read more

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Matcha Green Tea: The Most Powerful Anti-Oxidant?

Being healthy and fit has become a main concern nowadays. Antioxidants are definitely one of most popular substances highly regarded by health buffs. Read more

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Magnetic Bracelets: Do they really work?

With alternative medicine so popular today — and so many claiming they are effective, you can’t help asking yourself which of these are truly helpful.

One hotly debated product is the ‘magnetic bracelet’. Magnetic bracelets are typically made from iron, copper, or alloys. Magnetic Bracelet Therapy has been widely known as being effective to lessen migraine headaches, improves circulation, relieves pain due to arthritis and some assert that it can eliminate cancer cells. Read more