Sunday, December 29, 2013

Natural Way to Get Rid of Psoriasis and Eczema

Intestinal problems are the major issue for eczema and dermatitis. Your skin has a very strong connection to the Large Intestine as well as the Lungs (in Chinese medicine, we call the skin the third lung, and in our medicine the Large Intestines and Lungs are a considered paired organs). That is why intestinal imbalances might reflect outwardly on the skin. 

Most of the eczema patients have intestinal problem no matter if they have the intestinal complaints or not. Toxic colon is the major source of toxins in the body. Candida, bad bacteria and parasites produce toxins and the toxins are recycled back to the system through Leaky Gut and wear out the liver detox function. In the meantime the toxins lead to high inflammation and hypersensitive immune system and cause autoimmune response and skin damages. Fixing digestive system is the major focus in treating eczema and other dermatitis.

I suggest a whole body approach that includes healing the gut, improving your immune system, controlling Candida and incorporating the supplements below in your treatment plan.

Good posts about Candida and Intestinal healing:
An extract from the bark of the Oregon Grape, known botanically as Mahonia aquifolium, offers new hope for psoriasis sufferers. Historically, Mahonia aquifoliumhas been used to treat a variety of skin disorders.
Researchers have discovered that an extract of the tree's bark inhibits keratinocyte (abnormal skin cell) growth. (1)Scientists at the U.S. National Cancer Institute have found the extract inhibits 5-lipoxygenase and lipid hydroperoxide (lipid peroxidation). These actions are thought to be responsible for the beneficial effects produced in its treatment of psoriasis. (2)

In a multicenter trial with 89 medical practices participating, German dermatologists studied the effects of Mahonia aquifolium ointment on 443 patients with both acute and chronic psoriasis. After 12 weeks the doctors concluded that psoriasis symptoms improved or disappeared in 81% of the patientsTolerability without side-effects was evaluated as good or very good by 82% of the participants. At the start of the study, 30.1% of the patients had significant or severe symptoms. After the 12 week treatment with Mahonia aquifolium ointment, that number dropped to 5.6%. (3) A product based on Mahonia aquifolium is marketed as M-Folia® and can be ordered online.
The phrase "oldies but goodies" certainly holds true for this product. Tamanu (TAW-man-oo) oil has been used for centuries by the inhabitants of the South Pacific islands where the tree from which it is derived proliferates. 
According to ethnobotanist Chris Kilham, tamanu is one of the most effective agents known in aiding scar formation at the site of a healing wound —a process called cicatrization. 
The oil has antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties contributing to its regenerative abilities. (4)

Tamanu Oilis produced from the large, blond nut of the apricot-sized fruit of the tree. In the Pacific Islands where the tree grows by the sandy beaches, the islanders use the oil for everything having to do with the skin. 

The Fiji islanders call the oil "dolno," meaning "no pain." Traditionally, the oil has been used topically to treat abrasions; acne; anal fissures; blemishes and wrinkles; blisters; body and foot order; burns (including chemical and X-ray); diabetic sores; diaper rash; dry or scaly skin; eczema; herpes sores; insect bites and stings; neuritis and neuralgia; psoriasis; rheumatism; sciatica; shingles; and sunburn. (5)
Tamanu oil has only recently become available to those in the Western world. It is typically harvested on the small, pristine island of Vanuatu. The nuts from which the oil is derived are hand-gathered, sun dried, and cold-processed using only a simple mechanical screw press. The resulting oil is rich, dark-green, and readily absorbed by the skin. Tamanu is available in health food stores and can be ordered at a discount on the internet.

Two to four tablespoons of organic, cold-pressed flax oil (Barlean's Organic Oils or Omega Nutrition are recommended) often produce noticeable results.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Ayurvedic and Yoga remedies to stop a Common Cold

At the first signs of a sore throat, try the following remedies to shorten or even stop the cold from developing.

  • Gargle with salt water (1 tsp in a cup of warm water) first. An hour later, gargle with a few sips of extra virgin olive oil, and then gargle with some hot water with a pinch of robust cinnamon powder in the third hour, then repeat. (Often in herbalism how often you do something is more important than what you do.)
  • Vaporize conifer essential oils, like pine, in a nebulizer near you, or simply put the essential oils in a bowl of water on a heat source near you. Use therapeutic grade oils, for instance from Floracopeia or VeriditasDo vapor steam essential oil inhalations of the above oils with the hot-water-in-a-bowl-towel-over-your-head trick. Be careful not to over do this one, especially with kids, and use only a single drop of essential oil, and to be sure, you can gargle with the olive oil or with Aloe Vera before and after this technique. My favorite way to do this is to scrunch some Eucalyptus leaves up and put them in the hot water.
  • Rub essential oils like Tulsi and/or lavender and/or tea tree, diluted 1:10 in jojoba or sesame oil, directly onto your throat skin after testing a little to make sure your skin is OK with it.
  • Make Tulsi/Ginger topical chest compresses with essential oils, organic castor oil, hot water bottles and towels. It is best to have a loved one do this to you as it also can feel so great to your heart.

  • Practice Ujjayi Pranayama, bringing luminous/organizing/purifying awareness to your throat

  • Ujjayi is especially known for the soft hissing sound the breather makes by directing her inhales and exhales over the back of her throat. To learn how, try this.
    Inhale through your nose, then exhale slowly through a wide-open mouth. Direct the out-going breath slowly across the back of your throat with a drawn-out HA sound. Repeat several times, then close your mouth. Now, as you both inhale and exhale through your nose, direct the breath again slowly across the back of your throat. Ideally, this will create, and you should hear, a soft hissing sound.

  • Take solid doses of Turmeric (3-5 grams 3x daily), Tulsi (four bags of  Tulsi Lemon Ginger Tea non-stop through the day) and Elderflower Berry (Sambuca -  follow the dosage instructions on the bottle) as these are excellent for maintaining throat health and helping with common cold.
  • Add pinches of robust cinnamon powder to your food and drinks as the oil in the cinnamon is fantastic for throat health.
  • Do not overeat.
  • Alternate Sarvangasana/Halasana (Shoulder stand/plow pose)

    with chest openers like cobra pose in a gentle vinyasa (flow).

  • Eat gel caps of Oregano oil taking care to follow dosage suggestions on the bottle (Gaia Herbs is good)

  • Add copious amounts of Herbs de Provence to your food. Every herb in this recipe/formula is wonderful to protect your true wellness.
  • Eat garlic as raw as you can, also onion. For instance, make warm nourishing Shitake Kale Ghee cream soups and garnish them with minced garlic.Fill half of a wide mouth pint jar with raw minced garlic and Herbs de Provence in equal proportions. Fill with olive oil, shake, and strain. Then gargle with it and use it for sauce/dressing on food. Shake before using.
  • Get quiet and audit your life to see what stress at what level opened you to anything other than a happy throat.
  • Gaze at this Yantra below and bring its presence into your throat (5 minutes every hour).

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    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

    Home Remedies For Warts

    Warts are small benign growths on the skin, caused by a variety of related, slow-acting viruses HPV (human papilloma virus). There are at least sixty known types of HPV. Warts may appear singly or in clusters. We will talk about three types of warts: Common warts, Plantar warts, and genital warts.
    Common warts can be found anywhere on the body, but are most common on the hands, fingers elbows, forearms, knees, face, and the skin around the nails. Most often, they occur on skin that is expose to constant friction, trauma, or abrasion.

    They can also occur on the larynx (the voice box) and cause hoarseness.

    Common warts may be flat or raised, dry or moist, and have a rough and pitted surface that is either the same color as or slightly darker than the surrounding skin. They can be as small as a pinhead or as large as small bean. Highly contagious, the virus that causes common warts is acquired through breaks in the skin.
      Common warts can spread if they picked, trimmed, bitten or touched, Warts on the face can spread as a result of shaving. Common warts typically do not cause pain or itching.
    Plantar warts occur on the sales of the feet and the underside of the toes. They are bumpy white growths that may resemble calluses, except that they can be tender to the touch and often bleed if the surface is trimmed. They also often have an identifiable hard center. Plantar warts do not tend to spread to other parts of the body.

    Genital warts soft, moist growths found in and around the vagina, anus, penis, groin, and/or scrotum. In men, they can grow in the urethra as well. They are usually pink or red in color and resemble tiny heads of cauliflower. Genital warts most often occur in clusters, but they can appear singly as well. They are transmitted through vaginal, oral, or anal intercourse, and are highly contagious. Because the warts do not usually appear until three months or more after an individual becomes infected with the HPV that causes them, the virus can be spread before the carrier is even aware that he or she has it. Although genital warts are not cancerous, they appear to cause changes in the cervix that may be a precursor of cervical cancer. An infant born to a mother with genital warts may contract the virus. If you have genital warts, you are not alone. Between the start of the “sexual revolution” in the sixties and the late eighties, reported occurrences of these warts increased tenfold. By 1990, one million cases a year were being reported in the United States alone.

    We recommend:

     * Fresh Aloe Vera juice is applied directly to dissolve warts and tone the skin.

     * Proteolytic Enzymes: Papaya (papain), Pineapple (bromelain), banana peel and figs contain enzymes that digest and dissolve warts in a safe manner.

     * The fresh plant, sap (figs) or concentrate (papain) can be applied; any of these can be taped to the skin for several hours.

    Milkweed a weed that is wide spread across North America; the fresh milky sap of the leaf or stem is applied directly to warts once a day. Usually works dramatically; non-irritating, does not affect normal skin.

    * Increase the amount of sulfur-containing amino acids in your diet by eating more asparagus, citrus fruits, eggs, garlic, and onions.

    Written by Charles Silverman N.D.

    You can also try My favorite Meditation for Self-Healing

    I also recommend boosting the immune system with the following 8 Exercises for Fitness, Healing, and Longevity

    And using Yogic Detox that has a profound effect on the nervous system.