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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.

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Anxiety & Chronic Stress

Hypericum perforatum is a homeopathic remedy (derived from St. John’s Wort) known for healing the nervous system, whether it is expressed as hypersensitivity, anxiety, heightened pain, or injuries to the spine, the coccyx, fingers, toes, and face.

Rhodiola rosea (also known as Golden Root) is an herbal remedy known as a “stress-buster” that addresses anxiety and the metabolic changes created by chronic, uncompensated stress. Clinical studies demonstrate its effectiveness in increasing work capacity and sense of well-being.