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Homeopathics for a Better Brain

Homeopathics are safe for all ages. You can experiment with a homeopathic remedy with virtually no risk, with most retail-available  dosages and brief use. Try some of these remedies for improving your brain function.

Zinc metallicum 30c– weak memory, lethargic, slow comprehension, indecisive, evening irritability, restless legs

Lycopodium 30c – doesn’t tolerate contradiction especially after intellectual fatigue, using wrong word, forgetful, morning debility, sensitive to noise and odors

Baryta carb 30c – mental weakness, lost confidence in self, grief over trifles, impaired thinking, prone to distended arteries 

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Have you experienced The Pod?

Choose from the following settings: 
Energy
Relaxation 
Skin Care
Sleep

The Pod at Health InSyncs is reported to promote sleep, improve skin tone, increase energy. It uses different colors of LED lighting, suspended above and around you. It looks a little like a space capsule that could take you into outer space – or different inner spaces? 

Allow 45 minutes for a session: 20-30 minutes for the treatment plus 15 to change  clothing (as you want) to maximize skin exposure to the lights.

Call 804.377.2222 to schedule an appointment.

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Your Best Friend for Spring: Arnica Montana

Working in the garden? Starting outdoor activities again? Feeling some aches and pains as those muscles get worked more than usual?

Arnica Montana is a homeopathic remedy of many uses, but is well appreciated  for “early garden enthusiasm” – working more hours, more muscles than you planned! Or for those first games of good weather – muscles you didn’t remember you had, that are now talking to you!

Arnica is useful for speeding the healing of bruises, for helping the body recover from any shock or trauma – physical, mental, or chemical, for reducing bleeding from injuries, for reducing hemorrhoids, for sore gums after dental work, for muscular pain in general, but especially for sprains or strains. Arnica is sometimes used by plastic surgeons after facial surgery, to reduce pain, swelling, and bruising, especially around the eyes.  Used after any surgery, it can help the body heal faster.

Topically use Arnica for bee stings, sore or bruised muscles, for sprains and strains. Use the oral forms, usually perles or tablets, to deal with lacerations or any bleeding injury, shock and trauma, hemorrhoids, gum soreness, and eye injury. 

Cautions

Homeopathic remedies are generally safe for all ages. Consider these exceptions with Arnica Montana (mountain daisy):

  • If you have an allergy to the daisy flower family, you might not benefit from Arnica, and might have an allergic response to the homeopathic form.
  • Never apply topical arnica to an open wound.

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Multiple Choices for Vitamin C

Vitamin C is much more than oranges!  The preference is that most of your food is local and/or seasonally appropriate, but it’s fun and productive to have occasional diversity. Explore these options:

  • Acerola Cherries – half cup = 820 mg
  • Rose Hips – six hips = 119 mg
  • Chili Peppers – red = 65 mg 
  • Chili Peppers – green = 109 mg 
  • Guava – single fruit = 126 mg
  • Sweet Yellow Peppers – half cup = 137 mg
  • Blackcurrants – half cup = 101 mg
  • Thyme – one ounce fresh herb = 45 mg
  • Mustard Spinach – cup raw = 117 mg
  • Kale – cup raw kale = 80 mg; light steaming = 53 mg 
  • Kiwi – one fresh = 70 mg
  • Broccoli – half cup cooked = 50 mg
  • Brussel Sprouts – half cup = 50 mg
  • Lemons – one whole raw = 83 mg
  • American Persimmons – one = 16.5 mg
  • Papayas – cup = 87 mg
  • Strawberries – cup = 90 mg
  • Oranges – medium size = 70 mg
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Nightshades & Pain

Nightshades are an enormous family of plants (Solanaceae) that includes tomatoes, potatoes (not sweet potatoes or yams), eggplant, peppers (not peppercorns), goji berries, ashwagandha, Cape gooseberries, ground cherries, and garden huckleberries (not blueberries).

If you suffer from inflammation, joint pain and cracking, if you’re sensitive to weather changes, if you experience muscle pain and tightness, morning stiffness, gall bladder issues, heartburn – avoiding nightshades may offer pain relief. If you get pain relief from pain treatments for only a day or two, consider that you may have nightshade sensitivity.

Some people are just more sensitive to nightshades, but insufficient magnesium, Vitamin D, or Vitamin K2 may exacerbate the sensitivity. Excessive use of nightshades contributes to calcinosis, the deposit of calcium in soft tissue (tendons, ligaments, cartilage, cardiovascular tissues, kidneys and skin). Osteoarthritis is an example, as the deposition of calcium in the soft tissues of joints.

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Gifts of Honey

Did you know that honey is an anti-microbial? And a proven cough remedy? 
These are not folk remedy tales, but randomized controlled research studies:

  1. A South African research study with mine workers demonstrated the equivalent benefit of topical honey, compared to a conventional wound healing topical, for treating shallow wounds and abrasions. (Honey cost significantly less.)
  2. An American study compared conventional cough suppressant and honey for coughing children. Honey surpassed the cough medicine on every measure, including cough frequency and severity, and sleep quality.

And it tastes good, too….

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Essential Oils for Forgetfulness

You walk into a room – and forget why you’re there. Or pick up a pen and forget what you wanted to write. Often considered memory lapses, these experiences are more likely a loss of concentration, with interference from stress, distraction, or multi-tasking. Lapses of concentration affect everyone. What can you do when you need to stay focused with alert memory?

To improve concentration, Dr. Valerie Worwood, English aromatherapist, suggests a mixture of equal proportions of the essential oils of basil, cardamon, ginger and black pepper. Use a room diffuser or dilute with water in a mister and sparingly spray the solution in the area, for a quick concentration lift.

When lack of concentration is accompanied with fatigue,  combine the essential oils of basil, grapefruit, lavender and rosemary. Inhale the oils or dilute and apply to the temples and neck as needed to revive your focus. 

Don’t forget the basics! Sufficient restorative sleep, brain nutrients and hydration are key to brain focus and memory.