Kids Love Gardening

imageApparently, we can see how nature is treated these days.  It is a sad thing to know that people do not pay attention so much anymore to the environmental problems.  What can we do about this?  It’s as simple as starting with the children.  It is good to see the children’s involvement with environment-friendly activities. One such nature-loving activity that children could easily get their hands on is gardening. Why should you consider gardening for your children?

Here are the benefits that gardening could easily provide the children with:

1.  Science
In planting, children are indirectly taught the wonders of science like the plants life cycle and how humans intervention can break or make the environment.  They can have a first hand experience on the miracle of life through a seed.  This would definitely be a new and enjoyable experience for the kids.

2.  Life
Watching a seed grow into a tree is just as wondrous as the conception to birth and growth of a child.  In time, kids will learn to love their plants and appreciate the life in them. Gardening could actually help simulate how life should be treated — it should be with care. The necessities to live will be emphasized to kids with the help of gardening – water, sunlight, air, soil. Those necessities could easily be corresponded to human necessities, i.e., water, shelter, air, food.  By simply weeding out, one could educate how bad influences should be avoided to be able to live life smoothly.

3.  Relaxation
Studies show that gardening can reduce stress because of its calming effect. This is applicable to any age group.  More so, it stimulates all the five senses.  Believe it or not, gardening may be used as therapy to children who have been abused or those who are members of broken homes.  It helps build one’s self-esteem.

4.  Quality Time with the Family
You can forget about your stressful work life for a while be soothed by the lovely ambience in the garden.  You can play and spend quality time with your children.  You can talk while watering the plants or you can work quietly beside each other.  The bottom line is, always do what you have to do, together with your kids.  You might discover a lot of new things about your child while mingling with them in your garden.

Let kids become aware of their environment’s needs. And one way to jump start that environmental education may be through gardening.  It’s hitting two birds with one stone — teach them to respect life while you bond with them.

For Better Plants

English: A picture of compost soil

English: A picture of compost soil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear Dr. Mom,

Many people worry a lot when it comes to caring for their plants. When talking about house plants, there is no need to worry. There are just a few things you need to consider.

1. Watering
A watering can is a must-have in every garden. It is recommended that you purchase the one with a narrow spout to ensure adequate watering. But that does not always apply, so the finger test may come in handy. Insert your index finger up to the first joint into the soil. If you feel that the soil is damp, don’t water it. Otherwise, do.

2. Feeding
With foliage plants, they always need to be high in nitrogen. For flowering plants, on the other hand, K2O is needed. Fertilizers such as the slow release ones can be mixed with the compost. However, some plants like cacti and orchids need special feeds. Feed plants on the height of their active growth.

3. Lighting
Plants like Sanseveria and Aspidistra require no shade. They can be placed away from a window. Spider plants need semi-shade. You can put plants like these near a window that does or does not get sunlight. Others need sun or no sun at all like cheeseplants.

4. Temperature
With houseplants, they can survive in temperatures a little bit higher than 15 – 250 C or 55 – 750 F. But drastic fluctuations of temperature may not be good for them.

5. Humidity
Some houseplants require a humid environment. One tip to maximize humidity is to put the pot inside a larger pot and fill in the gaps with stones or compost to keep in the moisture. The compost will not dry out. Plants are capable of creating their own climate if grouped together. This tip can also be used for keeping the soil moist. If you want, you can spray them with water once or twice a day depending on the day’s temperature.

6. Re-potting
Other plants require re-potting for optimum growth but some plants may not be suitable for this idea. They would not want their roots to be disturbed or other plants’ root system is small. One way to check if your plant needs re-potting is to turn it upside down. Tap the pot to release the plant and check its roots. If roots are all you see, then re-pot.

You just need to have a little care for your plants and in turn, you’ll reap its benefits. You don’t only have a garden that can add to your house’s beauty you can also learn how to respect and nurture life in its varied forms.

STEPS OF HEALING

One step at a time.

One step at a time. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an overview of a healing process that you might consider or at least ponder:

These are remedies you can use for your problem in order from safest to most dangerous: Step 0 is the safest; Step 6 the most dangerous. Use Steps 0, 1, 2 and 3 as preventive medicine. Prevention is an important, though often invisible, way of healing. Deep relaxation, information exchange, energetic engagement, optimum nourishment (including touch) and exercise promote health with little or no side effects.

Examples are in parenthesis: (with a few of the modalities available at each step)

Step 0: Do Nothing 

A vital, invisible step.

  • sleep
  • meditate
  • unplug the clock or the telephone

Step 1: Collect Information 

  • low-tech diagnosis
  • books
  • support groups
  • research

Step 2: Engage the Energy 

  • prayer
  • homeopathy
  • ceremony
  • affirmations
  • color
  • laughter

Step 3: Nourish and Tonify 

  • herbal infusions and vinegars
  • hugs
  • exercise
  • food choices
  • gentle massage
  • yoga stretches

     Note: Healing with Steps 4, 5, and 6 always causes some harm.

Step 4: Stimulate/Sedate 

For every stimulation/sedation, there is an opposite sedation/stimulation. Sooner or later addiction is possible if this step is overused

  • hot or cold water
  • many herbal tinctures
  • acupuncture

Step 5a: Use Supplements

  • synthesized or concentrated vitamins
  • fresh juices
  • minerals
  • food substances such as nutritional yeast, blue-green algae, bran, royal jelly or spirulina

Supplements are not Step 3. There’s always a risk with synthesized concentrated substances that they’ll do more harm than good.

Step 5b: Use Drugs 

Overdose may cause grave injury or death.

  • chemotherapy
  • tamoxifen
  • hormone
  • high dilution homeopathics
  • potentially toxic herbs

Step 6: Break and Enter 

Side effects are inevitable and may include permanent injury or death.

  • threatening language
  • surgery
  • colonics
  • radiation therapies
  • psychoactive drugs
  • invasive diagnostic tests such as mammograms and C-T scans

 

HOW TO USE THE SIX STEPS OF HEALING

If you want to remedy your problem with the least possible side effects and danger,

  • start at Step 1.
  • After reading Step 1, pick one remedy from Step 2 and set a time limit for working with it. If your problem is unresolved within that time, decide if the time limit needs expanding or if you are ready to go to Step 3.
  • Continue in this manner, moving to Steps 4, 5 or 6 as needed, until your problem is solved.

Each step up increases the possibility of side effects and their severity so try at least one of the Step 2 techniques, even if they seem strange to you, before going onto the remedies of Step 3 and beyond (note also that time spent at Step 2 will help you choose appropriate remedies at Step 3 and so on). When your problem is resolved don’t stop. Go back through the steps, in reverse, before resting at Step 0.

You can continue to take remedies from a previous Step after moving on, but be cautious about the use of Step 4 remedies in combination with Step 5 remedies.

If you deem it necessary to heal through Step 5 and/or 6 (and real healing can and does take place with the aid of drugs and surgery) and have not yet tried any techniques from Steps 2 and 3, do so immediately. Engaging the energy, nourishing and tonifying will aid and abet the healing powers of the more dangerous healing ways and help prevent or moderate their side effects.

Green Tea – A Treat (ment)

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Green tea (Photo credit: theseanster93)

Did you know that tea is one of the top selling consumable drinks, only toped by water?  Drinking green tea provides all kinds of health benefits.

Green Tea has long been valued in China for its contribution to good health. Popularity of Green tea in the United States continues to grow, showing that green tea is a natural source of antioxidants. These antioxidants help protect the body from accelerated aging and increased risk of diseases. Decades of research show that green tea inhibits the development of undesirable cell colonies, thus making it the healthiest tea available.

Green tea has higher contribution to health than other teas, because of the way it is dried. Green Tea is organically grown and the traditional drying technique used with Green Tea prevents the tea from the negative effects of fermentation. Green tea products come in potency levels. Some supplements contain low potencies of the active polyphenols, while others go as far as using un-standardized green tea leaf powder.

It has been proven that green tea is bursting with health benefits. It acts as a powerful antioxidant, which has been known to help prevent cancer, recover from the harmful cholesterol, and protect against damage caused by free radicals.

Medical Benefits: 

Green tea has many medical benefits, and is known for prevention of the following diseases:

Other Benefits:

  • Promotes weight loss- the leaves of green tea plants help raise metabolism in the body. By increasing the amount of calories burned in a 24-hour period, green tea promotes weight loss.
  • Prevent bad breath- an element found in green tea decreases the growth of odor-causing bacteria. It is said that drinking a cup or two of green tea may help maintain fresh breath.
  • Reduce smoking risks- cigarette smokers who drink up to six cups of green tea daily reduces their susceptibility to risks caused by the toxins emitted in cigarette smoke.
  • Beauty remedy- green tea may be used to freshen up the face and sooth tired or strained eyes. It can be applied to spots and blemishes to lessen their visibility.
  • Antiseptic properties- Green tea is also known to treat minor cuts and rashes, and is an effective treatment for sunburn.
  • Green teas inhibit the expression of antigens made by the body, substances that can trigger an immune response.
  • National Cancer Institute reports that Green Tea has Cancer preventing abilities and Cancer fighting components add new life to the market.

People who have relied on expensive anti-oxidant products are finding that Green Tea is very economical and all natural. Tea is one of the top selling consumable drinks, only topped by water.

Travel Safe

English: Ginger cross-section

English: Ginger cross-section (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

50% of people, who travel, suffer a travel – related illness. All travelers should be well prepared for travel and be prepared to protect themselves from travel related illness. In this issue various aspects of travel related illness have been discussed with related protective measures.

Motion sickness:

Almost everybody is susceptible to motion sickness. Fatigue, giddiness, deprivation of sleep, nausea and vomiting are the main unwelcome symptoms of motion sickness. don’t drink alcohol, pain killers, spicy foods, fried foods and junk foods during traveling. Try to relax and chose a window seat. Do not read or talk or watch someone who has motion sickness. Eat light food. Include pomegranate, ginger and curds in your diet while traveling. Ginger is great to prevent motion sickness. Rinse your mouth and wash your face with cold water as soon as you take your food.

Diarrhea:

Though travelers’ diarrhea is mild inconvenience to a traveler, it may at times be life threatening too. Upsets in digestive system frequently occur in travelers due to stress, time zone changes, irregular meal times and new foods. But serious diarrhea during traveling is caused by bacteria, viruses or parasitic infections. The best way out is to take ample precautionary measures.

  1. Wash your hands frequently.
  2. Use sanitizing liquids, hand soaps or gels which clean the hands without water.
  3. Always use disposable, hygienically packed tissue papers rather than towels.
  4. Avoid street food, roadside foods, and buffet meals.
  5. Select food which is well cooked and served hot.
  6. Thick-skinned fruits which you can peel yourself are usually safe.
  7. Avoid raw or undercooked meat, fish, uncooked vegetables, salads.
  8. Be careful with unpasteurized milk and milk products.
  9. Always use sealed mineral water, canned juices and beverages.
  10. Never use ice cubes or unsealed bottled beverages.
  11. Bottled Beer, wine and hot coffee or tea are safe.
  12. Drink from original containers or clean glasses.
  13. If you get mild diarrhea eat light, soft and semi solid foods like, soups etc. which are easily digestible. Avoid heavy, spicy and choose vegetarian foods.
  14. Drink plenty of fruit juices.(canned or hygienically packed.).
  15. Keep yourself well hydrated.
  16. Consult a doctor immediately if diarrhea leads to dehydration.
  17. Constipation: people often become constipated when traveling because their normal diet and daily routines are disrupted.
  18. Drink plenty of water and consume food which are rich in fibers to avoid constipation .
  19. Try to have a routine for eating meals regularly.
  20. Drink a big glass of bottled water every day morning.
  21. Avoid frequent consumption of tea or coffee.
  22. Taking some fiber product with warm water before going to bed. This helps to normalize bowel movements. Laxatives should be avoided during pregnancy.
  23. Tired feet – Even healthy people can get blood clots in their legs after long hours of traveling. Try to walk every now and then. Drink water, stretch your calf muscles while you’re sitting and wear support stockings.

Foot bath for tired feet:

Massage your foot with little coconut oil and soak them in warm water. You can add few drops of lavender oil or peppermint oil or sandal wood oil to warm water. After a foot bath rub your foot. Relax after a foot bath.

Prevention of Malaria:

To prevent mosquito bites and malaria wear mosquito repellent. Stay indoors between dusk and dawn. The malaria spreading mosquitoes generally feed at this time. Apply mosquito repellent, to your clothes and bedding. Wear socks, long pants, and long-sleeve shirts when outdoors. Use a mosquito net while sleeping. Stay in air-conditioned, screened accommodation.

Jet lag:

To avoid jet lag get plenty of sleep before you leave. Don’t drink a lot of alcohol while on flight. Eat well-balanced meals and avoid over eating. Exercise as much as you can on your trip. Get used to a new time zone by immediately going along with the local meal and bedtime schedules.

Prevent Accidents:

Do not drive in unfamiliar places especially where you know very little about the local language, road conditions, rules of the road, condition of the vehicles. etc. Choose your transportation carefully. Check the security, life saving facilities provided in the transport. Chose the cab with seat belts, hotels with fire escapes and ferries with life preservers. Never swim in unknown rivers or seas when you are not familiar with sea currents and waves. Sex: Have a safe sex when you are with unfamiliar new partners. Alcohol, drugs and sex are dangerous combination

Immunization:

Get immunized with vaccines before traveling. Avoid animal bites and saliva. If you are bitten by a dog, wash the wound immediately with soap and water.

Travel during pregnancy:

If you chose to travel during pregnancy the second trimester (weeks 14 to 27) is the best time. Before traveling, consult your doctor and provide him the sufficient details about the places you are visiting, mode of transport etc.

Tips for older travelers:

See your doctor for a checkup and discuss your fitness. See your dentist and ophthalmologist. Keep a spare pair of glasses, any medications you need in a small medical kit. Organize travel health insurance with pre-existing illness cover if needed. Make sure it covers emergency evacuation. Make sure routine immunizations are done before traveling. Consider your back – use luggage with built in wheels. Take clothes and hats to suit the climate.

Other safety precautions:

Check with the regional office or through internet the situation of places you are planning to visit. The destination places must be free from riots, terrorism, floods or other calamities.

Mental tensions:

Preparations for traveling lead to worry and tensions. Here are few relaxing tips before and during traveling.

  1. Close your eyes , take five deep breaths through your nose and pay attention only to your breathing while doing this.
  2. Taking a hot shower relaxes your muscles, and the break from more stressful activities helps too.
  3. Laugh. Laughing helps to relax. Find people who can make you laugh and make your moments lighter.
  4. Listen to relaxing music.
  5. Take a walk.
  6. Get a hug. A visit to your family physician and some thought and planning ahead make your trip more successful and memorable.

These small reminders will help you to have a rewarding, memorable, safe and healthy trip.

Eczema And Logic

Eczema on arms

Eczema on arms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear Dr. Mom, The following story illustrates active reasoning from cause to effect.This is a talent that we can exercise and improve upon every day especially while we fill up our knowledge of natural remedies in our “first aid kit”. After all moms are the first go-to professionals when hurt happens.

“The purpose of this article is to tell the world what I have learned from my own personal experience about an inexpensive and effective treatment for eczema. Because psoriasis is a very similar affliction, there’s a good chance that this treatment would be effective for psoriasis too. Eczema is a skin irritation characterized by red, flaky skin that sometimes has cracks or tiny blisters. It’s believed to be hereditary and if both parents have it, there is an 80% chance that their children will have it too.

Once upon a time, I had medical insurance coverage and I was able to afford any medication my doctor prescribed. I used to have a slew of little bottles and creams that were somewhat effective in relieving the itching, but nothing I ever tried had any effect whatsoever in terms of reducing the severity or frequency of eczema attacks. Topical applications of cortisone cream have a limited effect in terms of relieving the itching, but cortisone just suppresses eczema and can actually cause it to spread. There’s a theory that eczema can be brought on by stress, and I believe that may be true. After experiencing a year long constant virulent attack during 2004 through 2005 when I was under severe stress, I decided to seek medical help in order to find out whether anything new had been discovered regarding eczema treatment. The only treatment I didn’t already know about involves exposure to ultraviolet light radiation which is very expensive. For many years there have been medications that are taken internally, but all of them require regular blood testing for possible liver damage. For me, this is out of the question because any medication that is capable of causing liver damage comes under the category of unacceptable.

One day I was returning from a doctor visit when I passed a health food store, and I had some time to spend so I went in. The woman behind the counter turned out to be a certified nutritionist so I asked her whether she knew anything about eczema treatment that the doctors don’t know about. She said “Yes, I do.” I said “Really. Tell me.” She brought out a small bottle of liquid zinc and told me that some of her customers had reported success with topical applications on their eczema sores. So I bought a bottle. I figured “What have I got to lose? Nothing. Twenty bucks, maybe.” To my surprise, it relieved the itching and seemed to have some limited effect in reducing the inflammations. The health food store lady had told me that zinc is a healer so I started thinking about it. I remembered that Desitin is a very effective and well known treatment for baby rash and that the active ingredient is zinc oxide. I thought “If liquid zinc is effective topically, how much more effective could it be if I take it internally?” Being inherently cheap, I was a bit bothered by the idea of buying another small bottle of liquid zinc and I knew that zinc tablets are inexpensive. And that certainly appealed to my wallet. I discussed my idea with the nutritionist who agreed that it could work. So I began with the 75 mg. daily dose that the woman recommended and gradually worked my way upwards until I reached 200 mg. a day.

Eczema makes me so angry that I often curse “the eczema Nazis” each time the first blister occurs with the unmistakable itch that feels like it originates in my bones. I say to myself, “Damnation, I’m under attack again!” Now I say “Come on zinc, be John Wayne and kill every last one of those eczema Nazis!” Eight months after I began my inexpensive experiment with zinc taken internally, I can report real progress. Where previously one tiny eczema blister always signaled a serious outbreak, now it stops without spreading any further and heals very quickly. The indicative first blister is not necessarily accompanied by itching either. To me, this is very significant because it constitutes a completely new pattern that has never before manifested in my entire life.

If you want to try taking zinc internally, I’d recommend “chelated” zinc because zinc is a mineral and minerals are not easily absorbed into the bloodstream. Back in the early 1980’s, the health food industry discovered that if minerals are chemically linked to something the body can easily absorb, they are far more effective. The chemists who invent these things decided to use amino acids which are natural proteins, and proteins are more easy to absorb. The process of chemically linking a mineral to an amino acid is called chelation.  I’ve written all this with a sincere desire to help others benefit from my experience and I really hope that somebody out there has found my article to be valuable.”

Old And Tired

old age home

old age home (Photo credit: jaded one)

Dear Dr Mom, Many times life includes taking care of and being kind to an elderly person, family member or not (old age homes can be lonely places). For the elderly getting a good nights sleep can impact the quality of life during the day. It may be difficult to quieten the loud and lousy thoughts that crowd in on the mind of older folk who might have all the answers but have forgotten the questions.

Sleeping problems in the elderly are more than likely to manifest in a particular pattern, depending on the health of the person, and the prescription drugs they may be taking for their health problems.The quality of their sleep may change considerably, either because of less demands on their energy as a result of retirement, or through illness.

Illness disrupts sleep patters in the elderly, and may result in increased awakenings due to physical discomfort. Urinary urgency, cramps, angina, chronic obstructive airways disease,and left ventricular heart failure may be some of the many illnesses which cause sleep problems in the elderly.

An elderly person may become very anxious about a change in their sleep pattern, however, it will be necessary to thoroughly investigate the problem in order to find out if this perceived sleeping problem causes dysfunction in their waking activities. If the elderly person has a care-giver, or lives with family then the problem may be easier to assess, for what appears to be a problem may only be a normal change in sleep pattern for the age.

The most frequently occurring sleep problem in the elderly  appears to be trouble falling asleep (sleep latency), the person may spend some hours in bed before they can fall asleep. This may be seen by the elderly person to be a problem, and they may turn to sleeping pills. Sleep latency is more common in women, and this appears to apply to all age groups, not just to the elderly.

Maybe less daytime activity, combined with daytime naps might be contributing to the fact that they cannot fall asleep. The pressure of a normal working day has been taken away, so the energy output is considerably less. While this may be offered as a possible reason for not being able to fall asleep, many others factors may be involved.

Adding to the confusion about sleep latency, the difficulty may be exaggerated because the person who experiences it may be convinced that unless they have 8 hours of quality sleep, they will become ill. Sometimes it is difficult to convince an elderly person that they no longer require 8 hours of unbroken sleep, but that it may be better to have a shorter night’s sleep with added day time naps.

How about the old remedy of a glass of milk before bed?
According to Jean Carper, The Food Pharmacy, milk for insomniacs? Never!
Milk, particularly low fat milk wakes you up. ” Milk delivers tyrosine to the brain, which in turn triggers production of dopamine and norepinephrine, stimulating you to think more quickly, and accurately” (Good for brain function). There are some indications that nodding off after a glass of milk might indicate a milk allergy.

So how can sleep problems in the elderly be resolved?

  • Feeling loved and included
  • A warm comfortable quiet environment,
  • regular exercise,
  • good diet,
  • no heavy meals at night,
  • no eating late at night,
  • relaxation therapies,
  • aromatherapy,
  • herbs like Camomile or Valerian may be taken as a tea, provided that your doctor has been consulted.

Sleep problems in the elderly should be thoroughly investigated before any medications are prescribed. Unfortunately this is not always the procedure that is adopted, for often a script is written for what has been described as insomnia by the elderly person, however, it is most likely not the case, but rather it’s a normal progression of a resetting of the circadian rhythms (biorythms, body clock) which requires education, not medication.

Provided that there is no evidence of disease of the central nervous system, such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic brain damage (where daily doses of coconut oil might just help), and chronic pain, then sleep problems in the elderly are far better managed conservatively.

Easy Relief For Night Leg Cramps

Magnesium chloride

Magnesium chloride (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Night leg cramp is a very common and painful problem that many American people suffer. Indeed, several late studies demonstrate that more than 70% percent of adults over fifty years old suffer some degree of night leg cramps. The situation is always similar, you are sleeping peacefully; suddenly, you start feeling an aching sensation in your leg, which make you get up and make it hard for you to fall asleep again.

By the way, do you know what night leg cramps are? Night leg cramps are abrupt and involuntary contractions of the calf muscles that occur when you are sleeping. It is possible to feel the pain in the muscles in the soles of the feet. In any case, the duration of these cramps can be variable, occasionally they can last a few seconds and but usually they last some minutes. Either way, you still feel the soreness for a while after the leg cramp. Leg cramps can take place in anybody, yet older adults are more likely to experience this kind of problem.

A supplement of Magnesium (Magnesium Chloride seems to be the best – SloMag) could prevent cramping. A lot of people seem to be deficient in Magnesium. And Magnesium prevents cramping or spasms in the muscles. Also a Calcium supplement during the night when the cramp happens. There are Calcium powders that can be put in a bit of milk and taken immediately to ease cramping. This is especially helpful for children with leg pains at night.

There are some exercises that might help too:

Nowadays, there are several alternatives to relieve night leg cramps. Once they take place, the first thing to do is to walk or jiggle the hurting leg and then lift it up. Another excellent way to relieve leg cramps is to straighten the aching leg and bend your foot toward the knee, so you will have the sensation of your calf muscles enlarging; too, you can have a hot shower and then have an ice massage in the cramped muscles. Massaging the cramp also tends to move the blood around to soothe the cramp.

The easiest and most effective way to relieve leg cramps

Although the precise causes of night leg cramps are not very clear. Occasionally, night leg cramps are provoked by over-exercising the muscles, structural disorders, sitting for too long or incorrect leg posture during sleeping. Actually, the latter cause is the most common because doctors frequently notice it in their patients. Therefore, it is crucial to maintain right and comfy leg positions during sleeping to avoid night leg cramps.
The orthopedic Leg Wedge Pillow proves to be very helpful for people who suffer frequent night leg cramps and for people who want to feel more comfy during the night. This great leg support pillow works as a great the leg spacer, and it’s very useful for people who sleep on a side. Also, the Leg Wedge Pillow can be used as an ankle support for both legs for people who sleep on their back.

What makes the Leg Wedge Pillow a unique pillow is its dual-purpose features. So, this memory foam pillow can be used as contour leg spacer knee wedge in its close or folded mode. Also, this leg support pillow can be used as a leg elevation pillow in its open or unfolded mode, to promote better circulation through the lower limbs. Besides, the Leg Wedge Pillow is designed to adapt to the natural curves of your body and legs. Therefore, you can maintain a correct sleep position, eliminating night leg cramps in a safe and natural way.

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What’s Inside a Smile?

English: Really bad gingivitis, before and aft...

English: Really bad gingivitis, before and after scaling. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Smiling is an instant connection with someone else. And it echoes. But behind some smiles are painful teeth and gums – silently destroying the spontaneous reflection of joy that everyone has in their stash of “giveaways” .

Behind the scenes: Bacteria. Everyone has a variety of bacteria in their mouth. Some have more than others. This bacterium helps you by beginning the digestive process.

Excess bacteria in your mouth has now been found to cause more than tooth decay, gingivitis or gum disease. So, you need to know, even though you might not have gingivitis, how to control these plaque-building bacteria in your mouth.

Bacteria that create gingivitis live in the plaque in your mouth and cause your gums to inflame, bleed, and separate from your teeth. These bacteria thrive in an acidic environment which acid builds up if you do not brush often or drink water and rinse your mouth when you do so. Water can alkalize the environment in your mouth and this discourages the gingivitis bacteria to a small degree. If you drink enough water your saliva will be thin and easy to swallow and your teeth will feel cleaner to your tongue. If you do not drink enough water the environment in your mouth gets acidic, the gingivitis bacteria (and other cooties) thrive and your saliva becomes thick and your tongue gets coated with plaque as well. Brushing your teeth more often changes the PH in your mouth and thins your saliva. You can also have bad breath when you have gingivitis. In more severe cases, your gums become sore, teeth hurt, gums recede, and teeth loosen.

To stop the inflammation and gum separation use this natural remedy to kill some of these bacteria and strengthen your gums in your mouth. Taking a supplement of Co-Enzyme Q10 is great to heal gums and the soft tissue and mucous membranes. It is a pleasant side effect of taking CoQ to boost your immune system.

Here are the herbs and the formula you will need to make a remedy for a mild case of gingivitis:

2 parts white oak bark herb – powder

1 part myrrh gum herb – power or granules

3/4 part Peppermint leaves converted to powder

½ part anise herb – power or seeds

1/8 part clove – powder

If herbs and leaves are not in powder form, grind them in a coffee grinder. Use this formula to make as much powder as you want.

Place the mixture into a small container or use a small-unused vitamin bottle.

Mix a small amount and use a tablespoon as a measuring tool. For example, 2 tablespoons of white oak, 1 tablespoon of myrrh gum, ¾ tablespoon of peppermint leaves, and so on. The measurements do not have to be so precise.

How to use it:

To control bacteria in your mouth, use this power once a week. If you have gingivitis, you can use this 3 times a day. Place some powder on your toothbrush and brush your teeth and gums. After brushing spit out the saliva and residue powder a few times . Don’t rinse out your mouth since you want to keep the active herb powders in your month. You can swallow any that remains in your mouth with no problem.

This powder combination is bitter, but quite powerful and will get the job done. You can add more peppermint powder to make it less bitter, if you like.

For severe cases of gingivitis and toothaches, you can also moisten some powder with distilled water and then place the paste all along the your teeth and gums – front and back. Leave the paste in your mouth as long as you can. Don’t worry about the herbs getting in between your teeth. This remedy works.

A friend was scheduled for a root canal and a few weeks before the procedure, the tooth started paining. So she used this remedy. She just placed the powers around the painful area. It wasn’t long before the pain stopped and she was able to go to sleep.

Using this remedy may prevent having the dentist apply gingivitis treatment. In cases of severe gingivitis, go see your dentist and at the same time use this remedy.

Friendly Flora – the ‘good guys’ in your gut

On a “Need to Know” basis – this is what everyone Needs to Know! Especially to repopulate the gut with friendly bacteria while taking antibiotics.

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What are they?

13-400-species-probioticsProbiotics are food supplements that contain ‘friendly’ gut bacteria. Regular consumption of strains that survive gut transit help beneficial bacteria to increase, and those considered harmful bacteria to decrease. 

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