Monthly Archives: February 2017

Aloe Vera Health Benefits

Aloe Vera – there’s a name! What does it mean to you? Have you heard of it? Do you know what the reputed benefits are?

This plant that looks like a cactus, is in fact, a member of the onion/lily family. Growing in desert type conditions to heights of five to six feet. There are over 200 varieties but only 7 have any health giving properties. The Barbadensis Miller is the main one used. Only the inner leaf gel should be used as the outer rind contains alloin with can cause stomach upset.

Some people believe that the health giving properties of the Aloe Vera plant really work and there are numerous testimonials from people who have received improvement for many conditions: joint pain, IBS, Crohns disease, Colitis, Diverticulitis, Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Eczema, Asthma, Prostate, Urinary, Psoriasis plus many more.

It is also said that Aloe Vera can also help improve and slow the signs of aging. Aloe Vera contains over 72 active ingredients along with 19 of the 20 Amino Acids that our bodies need. It also contains lignin, which allows the aloe to go down to the dermis layer of the skin, and improves appearance of skin from the inside out which has the anti aging effect. It also contains saponins which are a natural soapy substance so provides safe and gentle cleansing.

Other views are that some people do not believe and cannot see that something so natural and does not contain chemicals can help relieve or improve any symptoms. They would rather get a prescription from the doctor for instant relief, filling their bodies full of chemicals but which do not provide any long term benefits.

Animals are a guarantee’d proof of the health giving benefits as they cannot lie. If they have symptoms which show improvement after being given Aloe Vera then we can be pretty certain that the Aloe which has caused the improvement.

In conclusion, there are always going to be believers and non believers, and people who will not give it a try but continue to deny that it “could” help them. You can never get everyone to change their views and to be honest, this is perhaps a good thing as it doesn’t do for us all to be the same.

Dying To Be Beautiful

Most people love it when the winter snow and freezing winds start giving way to the soft beauty of springtime. It means summer, sun and fun are right around the corner. And most of us love those long, warm, sunny summer days. It’s a chance for us to get outside and be more active, breath fresh air, have a bit of fun while losing some weight, and start getting back that wonderful, healthy looking summer glow .

“Weight loss and beauty”

The sunlight we so adore though, can be quite damaging to our skin over the years. Spending too much time in the sun unprotected can damage our skin’s collagen and elastin – both of which are critical components to having healthy, younger looking skin. The UV rays from the sun also cause dark spots to develop on your skin over time too. These are often called liver spots, and they’re caused by damage the sun has done to the pigment cells of your skin.

The hot, humid weather in summertime can also cause us to sweat more. This creates more oil in our faces particularly, and can lead to additional blocked pores, the dreaded blackheads, and acne breakouts.

All these things contribute to premature aging. When we get wrinkles, dry leathery looking skin, and brown spots… we simply look old. Sometimes much older than our years.

Thankfully there are many ways to enjoy the beautiful sun while still protecting our skin from it too. So let’s look at some of the most essential steps to taking care of your skin during the summer.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) one out of five people in the United States will develop some kind of skin cancer during their life. So first and most importantly: You must wear sunblock. Sunblock will not keep you from getting a tan, so you can still get a bit of the healthy summer glow you really love. It will however, prevent your skin from burning as quickly. And burning the skin is one of the fastest ways to make it look horrible, and much older than it should.

Wear sunblock on all exposed skin, and be sure it’s at least SPF 15 or higher. If you don’t care for sunblock itself, you’ll find excellent high quality hand and body moisturizers which have SPF 15 or higher in them, so use those instead. Really good ones have added antioxidants, special age-defying oils and other essential ingredients for helping your skin retain its softness and elasticity, which helps keep it looking fresh and young.

Protecting your face and lips from harsh sunlight is even more important, because these areas have very tender skin. And your face is where the wrinkles and other age revealing issues will usually start showing up first.

Use high quality facial moisturizers which have SPF and antioxidants in them as well, and put this on right out of the shower each morning while your skin is still damp and open to absorbing additional moisture. If you wear makeup each day, let your moisturizer absorb and dry fully, then apply your makeup over it as you normally would. Using makeup products which also have SPF protection in them is an excellent additional precaution.

Don’t forget to protect your lips too. Your lips have no sweat glands of their own, so they can dry out very quickly when you’re out in direct sunlight. This leads to dryness, cracking and bleeding that’s quite painful and ugly too.

Apply your lip moisturizer at least every two hours while out in the sun, and try to use a product that will actually be absorbed into your skin and help it stay soft. Baby oil and Vaseline stay on top of your lips and create a shine, which will draw the sun to your lips even more, and cause them to burn faster.

Forever With These Health Secrets

Many people from the Himalayas live past 100 years. And, they do this while feeling well and walking with few problems. Wouldn’t you like to know what these wise and healthy persons rely on?

Leave it to the native spices, plants, and fruits they’ve been relying on for thousands of years. Fortunately, the secret’s out and these natural healers are now available in other countries.

Here’s a list of 7 top Tibetan healing gifts from nature:

Live Longer With Goji Berries

This tasty, small red berry is known for helping the Himalayan population live 20 years longer than the rest of most of us. The goji berry is high in iron and vitamin C which helps the body absorb iron. It also contains essential amino acids. Drink goji juice daily or eat organic berries a few times a week. Find them at your local health food store. If they’re hard to find, have your grocer order them and freeze them so you can use them all year.

Heal Your Heart With Pomegranates

According to modern science, pomegranates, which grow wild in the Himalayas, contain natural substances that boost your heart’s health. Pomegranate juice is three times healthier than green tea and red wine. You will find it at your local supermarket in many different brands. Drink 2 ounces daily for an optimal effect.

Get To Sleep With This Herb

The Asian herb ashwagandha has been used for thousands of years to treat insomnia. It is just making its appearance and increasing in popularity in the West. One study proved that 100 mg taken before bedtime is effective for helping those who can’t sleep. Ashwagandha is also an adaptogen used for curbing the release of cortisol and controlling stress. So, it also helps relieve inflammation and improves the immune system.

Stop Anxiety And Welcome Peace With This Tree

The spicy, woodsy scent of the sandalwood tree has been used for centuries to reduce stress and eliminate anxiety and depression. Yogis even apply the essential oil to their third eye (middle of forehead) during deep meditation. They use it to cool an overstimulated mind. You can use a few drops of sandalwood essential oil in your diffuser at anytime, or relax with it in your bath.

Soothe Your Tummy With This Spice

Tame an upset stomach, stop gas and bloating, or soothe your digestive tract with cardamom. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the ground spice in tea or coffee, and drink it 10 minutes before meals. It is found in most grocery stores.

Heal Your Skin With Neem

The people of the Himalayas bathe in warm water steeped with neem leaves to help heal rashes and wounds. Oil from the leaves of the neem tree has been used in Asia for over 2,000 years. Infuse your skin in neem by choosing health store bath products that contain it.

Glow With Sea Buckthorn

Sea buckthorn is the latest hit in natural skin care as an anti-aging winner. This Nepalese shrub bears the berries that are proven to stimulate skin-cell renewal and protect against the damaging rays of the sun. Sea buckthorn contains cell healing antioxidants and Omega-7, a renowned skin rejuvenator. To get glowing skin, use a moisturizer which contains sea buckthorn as a main ingredient. Pure sea buckthorn oil is also useful for preventing and reducing stretch marks.