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April Issue of Natural Alternatives
April 02, 2012

Natural Alternatives for Your Total Health

April 2012

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“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~Hippocrates






By James Mclean

The effectiveness of eucalyptus oil cannot be thwarted. As it is an internationally renowned oil, rubbing a little drop can immensely supply relief to aching muscles whenever put into a massage oil. But more than that, you can surely benefit from Eucalyptus oil as you scrutinize the following uses.

Uses for Eucalyptus Essential Oil

1. As an antiseptic product. Eucalyptus oil brings a good antiseptic gargle. Varieties of toothpastes as well as mouthwashes combine this oil within their products thus promoting healthier gums, as well as dealing with plaque, cavities and gingivitis.

  2. As a catalyst. As a catalyst, Eucalyptus oil can improve cardiac activity.  

3. It can be used as healing agent. It can be used outwardly to deal with spasmodic throat issues. Eucalyptus essential oil can help in the treatment of asthma, fever, whooping cough along with other maladies.

  4. As lubricant. This oil can be used to sterilize as well as lubricate urethral catheters.

  5. It can be used by veterinarians. Equine or horse veterinarians work with Eucalyptus essential oil to relieve influenza among horses. Some veterinarians additionally discover this oil in treating dogs along with distemper. Moreover, other animals struggling with septicemia or even blood poisoning and parasite infestations can be treated by this oil.

  6. It can be used as an effective diuretic. This oil acts as a diuretic to deal with Dropsy.  

7. As a deodorizer. This oil is a potent deodorizer when utilized locally for foul-smelling discharges such as cancerous ulcerations, gonorrheal, vaginal, gangrene and septicemia.

  8. As a reliever. When utilized externally, Eucalyptus oil can offer relief in a variety of additional respiratory distresses. Putting a few drops can aid in sinus congestion and respiratory diseases such as bronchitis.  

9. As skin treatment. This oil can help treating burns, minor cuts and scrapes as well as insect bites and stings.

  10. It can be used as first aid cure. Those with fever can use this as first aid to lower the temperature by applying a few drops on the forehead.  

11. To treat fungi. Athletes’ foot as well as other fungal infections can be controlled using this particular oil.

  12. For dandruff control. Dandruff as well as infections in the scalp can be dealt by using this oil if regularly massaged lightly onto the scalp. Significantly, numerous anti-dandruff hair shampoos available in the market include this particular oil as one of the ingredients.

  13. As massage oil. For body therapeutic massage oil, you can incorporate eucalyptus essential oil with other products.

  14. As room freshener. This essential oil is additionally utilized as a room freshener to perk up a good smelling surrounding.

  15. As a mosquito repellent. It is actually a popular choice for mosquito repellents in liquid form.

  16. Natural vaporizer. In vapor treatment, eucalyptus oil works extremely well with regard to recurrent sneezing, hay fever, flu and related respiratory issues.  

17. As stimulant. This oil possesses rejuvenating and stimulating effect to enhance concentration.

  18. It can be used in bathing. This essential oil can be blended in bath tubs by putting a diluted amount.  

19. To deal with pain. This oil can help in the recovery of wounds and stomach problems. Furthermore, it can calm skin outbreaks and distinct congested skin.

  20. It can be used to ease other conditions. It can also aid with arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism, sinusitis, fatigue in addition to muscle discomfort.


Furthermore, eucalyptus oil blends nicely with other oils specifically with thyme, lavender, benzoin, pine and lemongrass. What’s more, the actual leaves from this sapling are widely-used as tea leaves. Thus, eucalyptus tea is an organic tea that can treat several ailments.



Eating certain foods can dramatically improve the appearance of our skin, hair, nails, and eyes.

A diet rich in "phyto-compounds" can stimulate DNA repair, increased collagen production, reduce inflammation, and improve blood flow. This not only keeps you healthy but it keeps you looking younger longer.

Creams and lotions can do wonders for your skin, but your diet is by far the most crucial when it comes to having healthy skin. Beauty is dependent on the overall health of your body. In order for your skin to look attractive and vibrant you need to make healthy lifestyle choices, and a great place to start is with the foods you eat.

So if you want your skin to feel soft and look firm here are a few foods that you can eat starting today.

Blueberries: These blue little balls are one of natures most potent anti-aging foods. They help keep the skins elasticity, strengthen the gums, and contribute to the health of our eyes. Brazil nuts: Help protect our skin from UV rays and they help reduce dryness.
Strawberries: Help protect our skins collagen structures. Collagen is what keeps our skin firm. Wrinkles form when our collagen levels start depleting.
Salmon: Promotes soft smooth skin, free from dry itchy patches.
Avocados: These contain folate which helps blood formation. This is essential for cell regeneration.
Acai: This is the king of all berries. It has 50% more antioxidants than pomegranates, and twice as much as blueberries. They also contain omega 6,9 fatty acids, fiber, calcium, and vitamins.
Apricots: Very rich in fiber and phytochemicals like beta-carotene and lycopene. They also have vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, folate, iron and potassium, making them very beneficial to our skin.
Broccoli: Also very high in fiber, vitamin C, and folate. There's a compound in broccoli called sulforaphane that protects our bodies cells from injury.
Beans: Jammed packed with phytochemicals, fiber, folic acid, protein, calcium, and magnesium. These guys can stabilize blood sugar as well as lower cholesterol.
Black currant: Has a high source of vitamin C and antioxidants. Also contains a high amount of calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
Carotenoids: This isn't a food, but it's found in fruits and vegetables. It's a fat soluble pigment which helps fight against cancer and cardiovascular disorders.
Carrots: Have lots of beta-carotene which is a powerful antioxidant.
Cruciferous vegetables: A.K.A.- cabbage, broccoli, kale, collard greens, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. These guys release a compound called glucosinolates and an enzyme called myrosinase when chewed, which are known for their anti-cancer properties.
Cranberries: High in vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin E, fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, and citric acid.
Cucumber: A great source of essential vitamins and minerals necessary for increasing collagen production.
Camu-Camu: Very rich in vitamin C.
Dark leafy greens: A.K.A - Spinach, kale, and dark lettuce are loaded with vitamins and minerals like beta-carotene, vitamin C, folate, iron, magnesium, phytochemicals, and antioxidants.
Fish: Has lots of vitamin A, B1, B12, and B6. It also has omega 3 fatty acids which are very beneficial to the skin, as well as the heart and brain.
Flax, grapeseed, walnut, seaweed, spirulina, watercress: These are very high in zinc which is vital for the health of our skin. Plus they have been known to help clear up acne, and help keep us regular.
Grape seed oil: Has trace elements of selenium, zinc, copper, and iron. It's also a unique source for oligomeric procyanidine, which is known to improve our skins elasticity.
Honey: A nutrient rich alternative to refined sugar. Refined sugar is believed to contribute to aging.
Myrtle: Is known to slow down our skin aging process. Has been used in folk remedies for centuries.
Millet: A nutritious seed, high in silica, which is good for our skin, hair, and nails.
Oats: Very high in soluble fiber, and complex carbohydrates. High in iron, manganese, phosphorous, calcium, vitamins B and E, and silicon. Silicon is crucial for healthy skin by maintaining collagen levels.
Papaya: When applied as a paste on the skin, it's enzymes help breakdown dead skin cells.
Pomegranate: Very good source of polyphenol antioxidants.  These antioxidants help neutralize free radicals that can damage the skin.
Water: Hydrated skin naturally looks younger.

If you are one of the millions of people worldwide that spend money on lotions and creams in an attempt to look better, then it only makes sense to incorporate these beauty foods into your diet.

It wont take very long to start seeing the major benefits these beauty foods will have on the health of your skin and the way it looks and feels.

By Margie King

According to an Irish proverb, a good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. As far as sleep goes, that may just be true according to three recent studies concluding that good sleeping habits may promote weight loss, lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and increase longevity.

In the first study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers found that although dieters lost the same amount of weight whether they had adequate sleep or not, those who got a full night's sleep lost 55% more body fat than those who cut back on sleep.

The small study followed 10 overweight volunteers on a carefully controlled diet of 1,450 calories for one month. Each participant slept for an average of 7 hours and 25 minutes for two weeks and then 5 hours and 14 minutes for two weeks. When the dieters got two to three hours less sleep, they felt hungrier and produced higher levels of the hormone ghrelin which triggers hunger, increases fat retention and reduces energy expenditures. The result was that they lost more lean body mass than fat.

The researchers believe that had they not been on a strict calorie regimen, the participants would likely have lost less weight, as well as less body fat, during the time they slept less.

In another study published in the Annals of Epidemiology, researchers looked at six years of data from 1,455 people and concluded that those who sleep less than six hours a night may be three times more likely to develop incident-impaired fasting glycaemia (IFG), a pre-diabetic state, compared to those who sleep six to eight hours.

The authors believe their study confirms that sleep quantity and quality are strong predictors of type 2 diabetes, strokes and heart attacks.

Finally, a third study published in Sleep Medicine suggests that the secret to a long life may come with more than five hours of sleep per night but less than eight hours. Looking at data from 459 women from the Women's Health Initiative, researchers found that the best survival rates were enjoyed by women who slept 5 to 6.5 hours.

The message from these studies is clear. The quantity and quality of your sleep can powerfully affect your weight and your risk of diabetes and heart disease, as well as your lifespan.

To insure that you are getting enough good quality sleep, here are seven natural tips for a restful night without prescription sleep aids:

1. Be in bed by 9:30 pm and lights out by 10:30 pm at the latest.

2. Don't drink or eat anything after 7:30 pm so that your sleep is not disturbed by bathroom visits.

3. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.

4. Make your bedroom a sanctuary with no television, computer or briefcase allowed.

5. Keep your bedroom dark to get a better, deeper sleep.

6. Don't overheat your room and open a window if possible.

7. Relax for an hour or two before bed without work or watching TV.

About the Author
Margie King is a certified holistic health coach, Wharton M.B.A. and former corporate attorney. She received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Margie leads workshops on nutrition, conducts healthy cooking classes, and offers individual and group health and nutrition coaching to women and busy professionals. For more information and to receive her free report "Bread: What You Need to Know Before Buying Your Next Loaf," check out Margie's website: Read more of Margie's articles as the Philadelphia Nutrition Examiner here:


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