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How Nutritious is Black Rice

Oryza sativa or commonly known as rice, has different varieties – most popular ones are white rice, brown rice and red rice. The rare type is the black rice.

Black rice is an ancient grain in Asian countries. It is known as the forbidden rice, because way back  in China thousands of years ago, only the emperor or wealthy families could eat black rice. Read more

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

,

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

,

Matcha Green Tea Face Mask DIY – Exfoliate Face Naturally

Today we are going to be making a Matcha Face Mask. This, again, is super easy, You probably already have the ingredients at home.

Matcha, on the other hand, can be hard to find. You can get it from a health food store. Otherwise, buy it online and that’s quite easy. Read more

,

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

,

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

,

Top 6 Health-Risk Substances in Cosmetics

Wearing makeup has become an everyday routine by most people, especially women. Various techniques and styles were applied to enhance the features of the face. The goal is to look attractive — it’s a no-brainer.

Beauty comes at a price, and we’re not talking about the monetary expense of make-up. But the potential dangers to your health. Read more

,

Feminine Wash and Douching – Is it Safe?

Personal hygiene is synonymous with better health. It is probably the most effective way to protect yourself from any health problems — just be clean and you are good to go!

To add, having proper hygiene boosts your self-confidence and lessens your feeling of awkwardness in social circles.

One known personal hygiene habit of most women is douching. 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

,

Darkening of Lips – Causes and Natural Remedies

Yes,it’s a no-brainer, having soft,smooth and pinkish or rosy lips enhances a woman’s beauty. In fact, many women spend a lot to purchase different lip products to maintain the beauty of their lips.

Lip discoloration, usually unnatural darkening of the lips is not appealing even to people with naturally darker skin pigmentation. So it is not uncommon for women who have discolored darker lips to undergo various treatments to lighten them.

Read more

How to Take Care of Your Fingernails

Proper care of your fingernails is as important as washing your hair or brushing your teeth. Regular nail hygiene always results to stronger fingernails. It prevents bacteria from growing under each nail, which can result to chipping and breakages.

Aesthetically, well-groomed fingernails make your hands look like a million bucks.

Some people invest or get extra help to make sure they can give the best care for their nails.

Long fingernails are sexy but in general, health is better than length, so follow these tips and make it a habit to maintain beautiful fingernails. Read more

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How to Make a Coconut Oil Eye Mask for Dark Circles – DIY Beauty Tip!

Coconut oil is one of the most favored oils for beauty and skin care. It is more popularly known as an effective natural skin moisturizer.

But not so many people know about the other positive effects of coconut oil to the skin apart from moisturizing. Coconut oil can reduce the appearance of fine lines and lighten blemishes. It is especially effective in lightening dark circles around your eyes.

Here’s a Do-It-Yourself Coconut Oil Eye Mask for Dark Circles Read more

6 Awesome Outdoor Workouts You Can Do

No gym? No problem.

You can get rid of your expensive gym membership and still get a better body workout — outdoors.

Outdoor fitness doesn’t mean you have to quit resistance training all together or stop doing the workout program or routines you have been doing in the gym. All you need is a tweak or improvisation in your workout program.

Outside workouts are mainly functional workouts that can be done in the park, beach or in your own backyard. This is a perfect way to get through plateaus or the monotony of gym exercises and environment. Working out outdoors gives a new perspective and ambiance without compromising effective exercise.

This is a perfect chance to interact with nature while burning calories and strengthening muscle.

You will be surprised; outdoor workouts will challenge you — whatever fitness level you’re on right now. This is mainly because your body will encounter movements you don’t usually encounter in the.

For starters, check out these cool outdoor workout ideas and choose what works best for you. 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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Sleeping Position Tips for Better Sleep

Sleeping is not easy when you have body aches and pains. You feel the need to toss and turn but when you do, pain shoots and disturbs you. The pain can be annoyingly dull or excruciatingly sharp. Either way, it’s a bummer.

One good tip to get a satisfying sleep at night is to observe good sitting posture during the day – do not slouch, and make sure that you stand frequently to increase blood flow.

Good day habits should be complemented with healthy sleeping positions. You should learn how to have a healthy sleeping posture and support so that have quality zzz’s.

With specific aches however, the optimum position may vary.

Take note that there are certain sleeping positions that can put added strain on the already aching muscles, but there are other tricks to help you find relief as well. Find those positions that work for you and help you the most.

Sleeping On your Back

Back sleeping benefits spine and back health.

If you are comfortable sleeping on your back, lie in a neutral position instead of arched or curved, for this will increase pressure on your spine.

Slightly bent your knees upward and place a pillow under your knees, or you can use a McKenzie night roll under the curve of your back for lumbar support.

It is also suggested to use a small rolled up hand towel right under your neck to add support, or use a contoured pillow to alleviate neck strain.

Moving around a bit while you sleep is normal and a good thing. Minimal movements can lessen burden on your back rather than staying in one position the whole night.

Sleeping On Your Stomach

What’s good about stomach sleeping is that it reduces snoring and eases sleep apnea.

However, stomach sleeping is not really a good sleeping position for it causes awkward bends and twists in your spine’s natural curve, putting more tension on your back muscles. Moreover, your neck is ninety degrees rotated to the left or right, which can actually result in neck, back and shoulder pains.

Now, if you really favor sleeping on your tummy, you can put a pillow under your hips to keep your pelvis slightly elevated. Select a firmer mattress type for your pelvis to have better support.

For your neck, it is better to move from left to right from time to time and do not let it stay for a longer moment on either side. A thinner, low loft pillow (than thicker pillow) can be of help, to prevent your neck to bend upwards and reduce unnecessary pressure.

Sleeping on Your Side

Side sleeping is the most desired position because it promotes best spine alignment from the neck all the way down.

In a side-sleeping position, draw your legs up slightly toward your chest and have a pillow between your knees. The pillow will keep the spine-pelvis alignment throughout the night and maintains comfort to the knees.

It is better also to alternate sides often to prevent organ strain and arm numbness. A rolled-up towel under your waist can be an advantage against back pain.

As much as possible, keep your top leg from falling over your bottom leg to restrain more weight on the lower leg.

 

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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 Nutritious is Black Rice

Oryza sativa or commonly known as rice, has different varieties – most popular ones are white rice, brown rice and red rice. The rare type is the black rice.

Black rice is an ancient grain in Asian countries. It is known as the forbidden rice, because way back  in China thousands of years ago, only the emperor or wealthy families could eat black rice. Read more

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

,

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

,

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

,

Matcha Green Tea Face Mask DIY – Exfoliate Face Naturally

Today we are going to be making a Matcha Face Mask. This, again, is super easy, You probably already have the ingredients at home.

Matcha, on the other hand, can be hard to find. You can get it from a health food store. Otherwise, buy it online and that’s quite easy. Read more

,

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

,

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

,

Top 6 Health-Risk Substances in Cosmetics

Wearing makeup has become an everyday routine by most people, especially women. Various techniques and styles were applied to enhance the features of the face. The goal is to look attractive — it’s a no-brainer.

Beauty comes at a price, and we’re not talking about the monetary expense of make-up. But the potential dangers to your health. Read more

,

Feminine Wash and Douching – Is it Safe?

Personal hygiene is synonymous with better health. It is probably the most effective way to protect yourself from any health problems — just be clean and you are good to go!

To add, having proper hygiene boosts your self-confidence and lessens your feeling of awkwardness in social circles.

One known personal hygiene habit of most women is douching. 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

,

Darkening of Lips – Causes and Natural Remedies

Yes,it’s a no-brainer, having soft,smooth and pinkish or rosy lips enhances a woman’s beauty. In fact, many women spend a lot to purchase different lip products to maintain the beauty of their lips.

Lip discoloration, usually unnatural darkening of the lips is not appealing even to people with naturally darker skin pigmentation. So it is not uncommon for women who have discolored darker lips to undergo various treatments to lighten them.

Read more

How to Take Care of Your Fingernails

Proper care of your fingernails is as important as washing your hair or brushing your teeth. Regular nail hygiene always results to stronger fingernails. It prevents bacteria from growing under each nail, which can result to chipping and breakages.

Aesthetically, well-groomed fingernails make your hands look like a million bucks.

Some people invest or get extra help to make sure they can give the best care for their nails.

Long fingernails are sexy but in general, health is better than length, so follow these tips and make it a habit to maintain beautiful fingernails. Read more

,

How to Make a Coconut Oil Eye Mask for Dark Circles – DIY Beauty Tip!

Coconut oil is one of the most favored oils for beauty and skin care. It is more popularly known as an effective natural skin moisturizer.

But not so many people know about the other positive effects of coconut oil to the skin apart from moisturizing. Coconut oil can reduce the appearance of fine lines and lighten blemishes. It is especially effective in lightening dark circles around your eyes.

Here’s a Do-It-Yourself Coconut Oil Eye Mask for Dark Circles Read more

6 Awesome Outdoor Workouts You Can Do

No gym? No problem.

You can get rid of your expensive gym membership and still get a better body workout — outdoors.

Outdoor fitness doesn’t mean you have to quit resistance training all together or stop doing the workout program or routines you have been doing in the gym. All you need is a tweak or improvisation in your workout program.

Outside workouts are mainly functional workouts that can be done in the park, beach or in your own backyard. This is a perfect way to get through plateaus or the monotony of gym exercises and environment. Working out outdoors gives a new perspective and ambiance without compromising effective exercise.

This is a perfect chance to interact with nature while burning calories and strengthening muscle.

You will be surprised; outdoor workouts will challenge you — whatever fitness level you’re on right now. This is mainly because your body will encounter movements you don’t usually encounter in the.

For starters, check out these cool outdoor workout ideas and choose what works best for you. 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

,

Sleeping Position Tips for Better Sleep

Sleeping is not easy when you have body aches and pains. You feel the need to toss and turn but when you do, pain shoots and disturbs you. The pain can be annoyingly dull or excruciatingly sharp. Either way, it’s a bummer.

One good tip to get a satisfying sleep at night is to observe good sitting posture during the day – do not slouch, and make sure that you stand frequently to increase blood flow.

Good day habits should be complemented with healthy sleeping positions. You should learn how to have a healthy sleeping posture and support so that have quality zzz’s.

With specific aches however, the optimum position may vary.

Take note that there are certain sleeping positions that can put added strain on the already aching muscles, but there are other tricks to help you find relief as well. Find those positions that work for you and help you the most.

Sleeping On your Back

Back sleeping benefits spine and back health.

If you are comfortable sleeping on your back, lie in a neutral position instead of arched or curved, for this will increase pressure on your spine.

Slightly bent your knees upward and place a pillow under your knees, or you can use a McKenzie night roll under the curve of your back for lumbar support.

It is also suggested to use a small rolled up hand towel right under your neck to add support, or use a contoured pillow to alleviate neck strain.

Moving around a bit while you sleep is normal and a good thing. Minimal movements can lessen burden on your back rather than staying in one position the whole night.

Sleeping On Your Stomach

What’s good about stomach sleeping is that it reduces snoring and eases sleep apnea.

However, stomach sleeping is not really a good sleeping position for it causes awkward bends and twists in your spine’s natural curve, putting more tension on your back muscles. Moreover, your neck is ninety degrees rotated to the left or right, which can actually result in neck, back and shoulder pains.

Now, if you really favor sleeping on your tummy, you can put a pillow under your hips to keep your pelvis slightly elevated. Select a firmer mattress type for your pelvis to have better support.

For your neck, it is better to move from left to right from time to time and do not let it stay for a longer moment on either side. A thinner, low loft pillow (than thicker pillow) can be of help, to prevent your neck to bend upwards and reduce unnecessary pressure.

Sleeping on Your Side

Side sleeping is the most desired position because it promotes best spine alignment from the neck all the way down.

In a side-sleeping position, draw your legs up slightly toward your chest and have a pillow between your knees. The pillow will keep the spine-pelvis alignment throughout the night and maintains comfort to the knees.

It is better also to alternate sides often to prevent organ strain and arm numbness. A rolled-up towel under your waist can be an advantage against back pain.

As much as possible, keep your top leg from falling over your bottom leg to restrain more weight on the lower leg.

 

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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

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Before and After Meal Habits

Whether we are aware of it or not, we all have our routines after eating a sumptuous meal, a ritual of some sorts. Some of these habits are gradually formed by nurture or taught by our elders.

When asked why we do such things, we all have our reasons — whether they are based on scientific fact or simply from myths or total ignorance, which was handed down from one generation to the next.

However one thing is for sure. We need to optimize our digestion and make most of the nutrients we consume and what you do after a meal has a significant effect on the process of digestion and metabolism of food. Read more

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How to Get Your Kids to Eat Vegetables

When you were a kid, your mom would always remind you,

“Eat vegetables! They’re good for you.” or “Eat this, not that.”

Those words would start countless of drama in your home. This usually ends up with you in tears as you forced yourself to eat the greens on your plate.

But you had your tricks. You had made your mom believed you finished your plate of veggies but little did she know that those green beans were in the dog’s bowl and the celery and asparagus were thrown out of the window.

As parents, it’s so challenging to make your children understand the idea of eating healthy foods such as vegetables. Sometimes you just want to give up and throw in the towel, and let the children eat their own way.

What is with these veggies that kids find so disgusting? Is it the texture? The color? Or the general taste?

Here are some tips to get your children to eat vegetables. Read more

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10 Health Foods to Get your Sexy On

You have been into different diet plans to achieve and support your fitness goal — which is to feel good and look even better.

To go along with your dieting, you also hit the gym to look hot and attractive. Moreover, wear cute clothes and try out new beauty tricks to come out pretty and elegant. The quest to look and feel sexier is within our nature.

There are plant-based foods that will help prepare your body and brain to feel and look sexier. Foods untainted with chemicals and that will surely improve your sex appeal and vigor. Hey, these foods can turn the heat up in your intimate relationships.

Read more

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Essential Oils For Your Nails

Your finger nails (and toenails) are as precious as the other parts of your body. Healthy and better-looking nails reflect overall health and good grooming. Some just love to care and art their nails while others just do not care.

Some of the causes of thinning nails are your everyday household chores — washing dishes, use of detergents, and of different cleaning solutions around the house. Furthermore, unhealthy diet and Vitamin A deficiency can also be the culprit for poor nails.

To prevent the weakening and thinning of your nails, add using essential oils to your beauty. These oils are not just limited to hair, and skin, or for aromatic bath or spa treatments. They also make your nails naturally healthy and beautiful. Read more

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How to properly wash your hair – The right way

After a hard day’s work and exposing your hair on the road, you’d long for a good relaxing shower. It not only cleanses your hair, it’s therapeutic too.

Washing hair is rather mundane — you might not put too much thought on the process but you’d be surprised that there’s more to just “wash-rub-rinse”. There’s a good chance that what you are doing right now could cause more damage to your strands.

Read on and see what you’ve been missing or doing wrong. Read more

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Bamboo for skin care?

Bamboo plants are known to be the tallest grass. In fact, other varieties can reach up to 151 feet (46 meters). They self-propagate, and this is the reason why they are one of the fast growing plants in the planet. They are also a great help to soil quality, and are eco-sustainable.

These plants widely grow in Asia but are now cultivated everywhere, except of course in polar areas, because of their popular benefits – health and beauty advantages. Usually, they are nurtured as source for building materials, clothing fibers, and crafted into a beautiful furniture, or home decor.

Many also include bamboo plants in their garden to simply add beauty and a sense balance. Others love to have bamboo at home because it symbolizes longevity, tenacity, strength, and flexibility.

You might have not thought that bamboo could be a beneficial skincare ingredient. But today, bamboo plants are gradually making their way into the beauty industry. 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