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Your August Issue of Natural Alternatives
August 01, 2023
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“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~Hippocrates
IN THIS ISSUE:
1) NATURAL REMEDIES FOR MOSQUITO BITES: EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS FOR ITCH RELIEF
2) FIVE SEEDS TO IMPROVE HEALTH
3) NATURAL REMEDIES FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN
Mosquito bites are a common nuisance during the summer months. When a mosquito bites the skin, it releases a chemical into our skin that causes an allergic reaction, causing itching, swelling, and redness. The itching and irritation caused by these bites can be very uncomfortable, but fortunately, there are several natural remedies that can help relieve symptoms without the use of harsh chemicals.
Mosquitoes are pesky insects that can spoil a pleasant evening outdoors or disturb your sleep at night. Their bites are often unavoidable, especially in areas where mosquitoes are more present. However, there are many natural solutions that can provide itchy relief and reduce inflammation caused by mosquito bites.
Natural remedies to soothe mosquito bites
Here are some natural remedies that can help relieve the discomfort and itchiness of mosquito bites:
Applying ice to the mosquito bite can help reduce swelling and itching. The cold will numb the nerves in the affected area, reducing the itchy sensation. Wrap a few ice cubes in a clean cloth and gently place it on the sting for a few minutes.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Aloe vera gel can reduce itching and inflammation caused by mosquito bites. Gently apply aloe vera gel to the sting and let it dry on the skin.
3. Lavender oil
Lavender oil is known for its calming and anti-inflammatory properties. You can apply a few drops of lavender oil on the mosquito bite to reduce itching and speed up the healing process. Be sure to dilute the oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, before applying to the skin.
4. Baking soda
Baking soda is a common remedy to soothe itching and inflammation. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a little water to make a thick paste. Apply the paste to the mosquito bite and leave it on for about 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off.
Honey has antimicrobial and soothing properties that can help relieve itching and reduce the risk of infections. Apply a small amount of honey to the mosquito bite and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing off.
6. Green tea
Green tea contains antioxidants that can reduce inflammation and itching caused by mosquito bites. Brew a cup of green tea, let it cool, and apply the iced tea to the sting using a cotton ball or gauze.
7. Oatmeal bath salt
Taking a bath with added oatmeal bath salt can help relieve itching and soothe skin irritated by mosquito bites. Oats have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that can provide instant relief.
8. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve itching and reduce inflammation caused by mosquito bites. Apply a small amount of apple cider vinegar to the bite using a cotton ball.
Mosquito bites can be annoying, but with the help of the above-mentioned home remedies, you can soothe the itch and reduce inflammation safely and naturally. Experiment with different remedies to find the one that works best for you. Always remember to see a doctor if you have a severe allergic reaction to mosquito bites or if itching persists for a long time.
FIVE SEEDS TO IMPROVE HEALTH
Seeds, as the starting point for growing rich, thriving plants, are a source of complex nutrition. They deliver not just fiber but also a formidable list of good fats and nutrients of great health value and importance.
They are rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that protect the plant DNA from oxidative stress and help perpetuate the species, as well as contain beneficial components in the endosperm to sustain the embryo's growth.
There's significant evidence that increased consumption of seeds can lower the risk for cardiovascular disease, notably reducing risk factors such as high blood pressure.
Seeds played a major role in pre-agricultural diets due to their high energy content and nutrient density. But they remain a crucial part of nutrition today for their unique composition -- and distinct benefits for wellness. Here are five seeds that can be a rich addition to your everyday diet.
Flaxseed is a rich source of the plant-based omega-3 fat alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) as well as lignans and fiber, all assisting in enhanced health through their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Current evidence highlights the role of flaxseed in a range of cardiovascular conditions, breast cancer and other cancers, gastrointestinal problems and hormonal status in menopausal women.
In a systematic review, researchers associated flax with decreased breast cancer risk, where the seed helped stunt potential cancer spread and reduce mortality risk in those already afflicted with the disease.
Studies also concluded that flax can heal arteries, help manage weight and reduce it in obese and overweight subjects, protect against ovarian cancer and even help treat carpal tunnel syndrome.
2. Nigella Sativa (Black Seed)
Nigella sativa (N. sativa), or black seed, has a long history of dietary and medicinal uses. It hails from the Ranunculacaeae family and is native in areas such as Southern Europe and North Africa, maintaining a rich historical and religious background.
N. sativa and its oil have been widely used for centuries in the treatment of various ailments. Among Muslims, it is deemed a great miracle for healing that can remedy many illnesses, thus earning a revered place in Tibb-e-Nabwi, or Prophetic Medicine.
As a remedy, N. sativa's flexible benefits include:
~ Type 2 diabetes -- Two grams of black seed a day led to decreased fasting glucose, reduced insulin resistance, increased beta-cell function and decreased glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) in human subjects.
~ Epilepsy -- A 2007 study with epileptic children, whose condition was resistant to conventional drug therapy, found that a water extract of black cumin significantly slashed seizure activity. Black seed is traditionally known to have anti-convulsive action.
~ High blood pressure -- Using 100 milligrams (mg) to 200 mg of black seed extract twice every day for two months led to a blood pressure-lowering effect in mildly hypertensive individuals.
~MRSA -- Black seed has strong antibacterial properties against clinical isolates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
3. Hemp Seed
Hemp seeds are tiny seeds that offer a creamy, nutty taste and have versatile uses in the kitchen as a welcome addition to cereals and granola, salad dressings and desserts, to name a few.
But they are also a rich source of easily digestible proteins, along with providing an ideal balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats. Hemp seeds also provide essential amino acids, antioxidants and other nutrients aiding optimal health.
Hemp seeds have a vast array of health benefits, including nourishing hair, skin and nails to fight dryness and inflammatory conditions such as eczema; exhibiting anti-rheumatoid arthritis properties; and providing an abundance of fiber, brain-nourishing omega-3s and minerals such as iron, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc.
Hemp seed can be added to your smoothies, sprinkled on your morning bowl of granola or added to breads or muffins as effective ways to incorporate it into your diet.
4. Sesame Seed
Sesame seeds are interesting in their variety of colors, from black to white to yellow or red. They come from the tropical plant Sesamum indicum, believed to have hailed from Africa, and are commercially cultivated today in countries like India, China and Mexico.
The magic phrase "open sesame" from "Arabian Nights" likely rings a bell for many, and it may be interesting to know that this is based on the seeds growing pods and bursting open once ripe. It's just as curious to know that sesame seeds are packed with nutritious components, from vitamin B1 to minerals such as calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc.
As a therapeutic agent, sesame seed is widely recognized for its healthful effects against cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It was thought to exert a beneficial effect on endothelial function in hypertensive males, as well as lead to a synergistic effect with an anti-diabetic medication in Type 2 diabetes patients.
5. Chia Seed
We're wrapping up this list with a superfood that's popular and has found its way to virtually everything from water and juices to salads and stir-fry to pancakes.
Chia, or Salvia hispanica L., originated in Mexico and Guatemala, serving as an integral part of the human diet for about 5,500 years now. It was traditionally used by Aztecs and Mayans in preparing folk medicine as well as for food and canvases.
This seed is a reliable source of the polyunsaturated fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 as well as soluble dietary fiber. It also has notable amounts of protein and phytochemicals. This nutritional profile is why chia is used in addressing a number of prevalent non-infectious diseases, including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.
3) NATURAL REMEDIES FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN
One of the most well-known remedies is tea tree oil, which has natural antibacterial properties and can fight acne-causing bacteria. Applying a diluted tea tree oil solution to affected areas can help reduce inflammation and promote clearer skin.
It helps control excess sebum production, shrinks pores and reduces the risk of clogged pores that often lead to breakouts. Eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and antioxidants can also contribute to clearer skin. Nutrients like vitamin c and zinc help promote skin health and may help prevent acne.
While these natural remedies may work for some people, remember that everyone's skin is unique. It is very important to test any new remedy and consult a dermatologist to determine the most appropriate approach to effectively treat acne-prone skin.
Additionally, maintaining a consistent skincare routine, avoiding excessive touching of the face, and practicing good hygiene can complement natural remedies for clearer, healthier skin.
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