Natural Healing: Jojoba Oil

             Jojoba oil (pronounced “ho-ho-bah”) is primarily used for cosmetic purposes these days, but it has other medicinal uses as well.

    Jojoba oil is not really an oil, but is actually a liquid wax ester that comes from a desert plant found mostly in the southwest part of America. Because it isn’t oil, it can be used on the skin without fear of causing the skin to become oily. In fact, it can prevent oil skin by reducing the body’s production of sebum which can clog pores and cause oily skin. It can be used as a lip balm to prevent dry, cracked lips. It softens the skin and reduces wrinkles. Native Americans used it on burns, sores and wounds to aid healing. It helps sunburn heal. Jojoba has antibiotic properties. It is also anti-fungal and is sometimes used on athlete’s foot and nail fungus. It helps prevent and treat acne, cold sores, canker sores and warts. It is often added to soaps and shampoos as well as cosmetics. It can be used as a hair conditioner, especially by those with dry hair, dry scalp, or dandruff. It can be used as a conditioner before shaving to prevent razor burn. Rub a little in your hair before swimming to protect from damage caused by chemicals in the pool or salt in the ocean. Jojoba is also a carrier oil which means that, when it is mixed with other healing oils, it helps the body to absorb them. It can promote hair growth in those who have thinning hair due ti clogged follicles. Jojoba oil is edible and, like the plastic fat Olestra, it has no calories because it is not absorbed by the body, but, also like Olestra, using it in food may result is greasy, loose bowel movements.

    In addition to it’s medical and cosmetic uses, recent studies show that it may be a good alternative fuel source. It creates less pollution and doesn’t corrode engines as much as diesel fuel.

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Natural Healing: Rhodiala

                     Rhodiola, also known as Arctic root or golden root, is a healing herb popular in Europe and Russia close to the Arctic circle. It is used in Russia as a general tonic and to fight fatigue and memory problems as well as poor attention span. Scandinavian countries use it to increase strength and to make workers more productive. It is also used to improve mood and fight depression. It strengthens the nervous system. It helps strengthen the immune system. The Vikings used it to increase strength and stamina and the ancient Greek physician Dioscorides wrote about it in 77 A.D. It helps prevent high altitude illness. It helps muscles recover after strenuous workouts. It can help with heart problems, especially those caused by stress. It inhibits the growth of cancer tumors. It helps regulate blood sugar levels and also aids hearing problems. It aids in fat breakdown in those trying to loose weight (a Russian study found that dieters that took rhodiola lost weight more than twice as fast as those who didn’t). It improves thyroid function which can also aid in weight reduction. It slows down aging in the thymus and adrenal glands. It is said to be a fairly effective treatment for erectile dysfunction. It fights insomnia, irritability and headaches related to stress. It improves circulation problems. It fights infections and helps one to cope with very cold weather, a purpose for which it is often used in Siberia. It aids in lowering cholesterol and serum fat levels.

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Natural Healing: Linden Blossom

            Linden Blossom is also known as basswood, white wood and lime tree. It is traditionally used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). It has been used since the middle ages to promote sweating. It has a mild sedative effect and is calming on the digestive system. It is used to treat colds and flu primarily because of its expectorant properties. It aids the cardiovascular system and helps relieve headaches including migraine. It reduces stress and panic. Tea made from the blossoms is used to treat insomnia and nervous tension. It stimulates the appetite and relieves cramps. It has a diuretic effect and helps clear the digestive and urinary tract of toxins. It helps maintain a healthy liver by stimulating bile flow.

    Externally, linden is used to treat itchy skin. It helps regenerate the skin and can reduce puffy eyes. It is said to help with fungal infections.

    In aromatherapy, it is used for relaxation, reducing stress, and thinning the blood. It reduces fever and stuffy sinuses. It is said to help with fungal infections.

    In the middle ages, the tree was considered sacred and court cases were often heard while sitting under a Linden tree as it was believed to inspire fairness and justice. It was dedicated to Venus, goddess of love, because of it’s heart-shaped leaves.

    The linden blossoms produce a lot of nectar which results in a top quality honey in hives near linden trees.

WARNINGS:  While generally consider safe, some research indicates that very large amounts can cause heart problems.

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Natural Healing: Kola Nut

              Kola Nut is best known as the flavoring agent that gave us Coca Cola and other cola drinks, although the version sold today does not contain any kola nut, just a synthetic flavor of kola.

    The kola nut is high in caffeine and so is often used as a stimulant. It kept tired soldiers moving. It restores vitality. It also helps curb hunger, so is often chewed in poorer countries to relieve hunger. It is also used to treat weakness and seasickness. It is sometimes used to help alcoholics get off of alcohol. Kola nut is also reputed to be an effective nerve tonic. It also improves depression, anxiety and weak emotions. It helps strengthen a weak heart. Although it is used to curb hunger, when chewed before a meal it aids digestion. It sharpens mental focus and is claimed to be an aphrodisiac. It is sometimes used to improve male potency. It is used for migraine headaches and to treat asthma in children.

WARNINGS: AS kola nut is high in caffeine, taking it together with other caffeine sources such as coffee is not recommended. Chewing the actual nut, as is done in parts of Africa, can discolor the teeth.

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