Monday, August 30, 2010

Migraines: More than just a headache

Before having my son, I suffered from migraines about 6 times a year.  I remember hearing people talking about how they couldn't understand someone going home because of a headache.  If you suffer or have suffered from migraines, you know how annoyig that comment can be.  Migraines are very debilitating and scary. 

Below are some natural remedies suggested for the various types of migraines.  Always read the label and take as directed.

*"Belladonna: Migraines that start in the back of the skull or upper neck and spread to the forehead and temple (especially on the right) may indicate a need for this remedy. Pain is throbbing or pounding, and worse from jarring, light, and noise. Headaches often begin in late morning or afternoon, and may be worst around three p.m. The face may be flushed and red, and the skin feels hot, although the feet and hands are often cold. The pupils may be dilated, with sensitivity to light, and the person may either feel delirious or drowsy.


Bryonia: This remedy can be helpful if a person has a heavy or “splitting” headache, with steady pain that settles over one eye (especially the left) or spreads to the entire head. Pain is worse from any motion, even from moving the eyes, and the person wants to lie completely still and not be talked to or disturbed. Nausea with a heavy feeling in the stomach and vomiting may occur. The person can have a very dry mouth and usually is thirsty.

Cimicifuga: This remedy is often indicated for migraines with throbbing pains (“as if the top of the head would fly open”) or shooting pains in the eyes. Headaches are often associated with the menstrual period or come on after long-term study or worrying. The muscles of the neck are usually involved in the headache, feeling very stiff and painful. The person (normally talkative and energetic) feels mentally dull and gloomy, or even fearful, during a migraine. Pain is worse from motion and sometimes improved by eating.

Cyclamen: Migraines that start with flickering in the eyes, dim vision, or dizziness suggest a need for this remedy. Pain is often right-sided and may involve the ear—which can also ache or itch. The person feels very weak and sick (the nausea is often worse from fatty food) and is thirsty, very sensitive to cold, and worse from open air. People who need this remedy are sympathetic and emotional; they often have an anxious or remorseful feeling that they may have neglected some responsibility.

Gelsemium: When this remedy is indicated, the person feels weak and lethargic, with a heavy feeling in the face and eyes, and droopy eyes with diminished vision. Pain may be mostly felt in the back of the head and muscles of the neck. The person may tremble, and sometimes heat or chills run up and down the spine. Pain often is relieved by urinating. Worry, fear, or dread of a stressful event may precipitate a headache.

Ignatia: This remedy is helpful for migraines in sensitive people, especially headaches after emotional upsets or caused by grief. The headache is often focused on one side of the head, and may feel as if a nail is driven in. Twitching in the face or spasms in the muscles of the neck and back frequently occur. The person often sighs or yawns and may sometimes weep or seem “hysterical.”

Iris versicolor: Intense migraines with blurry vision and pain that extends to the face and teeth, along with vomiting and a burning feeling in the throat and stomach, can often be relieved with this remedy. The person feels worse from resting and better from motion.

Kali bichromicum: Migraines with excruciating pain that is felt in little spots, or pain that settles over the eyebrows (or one eye), suggest a need for this remedy. When the headache begins, the person is very sensitive to light, and vision gradually diminishes. Nausea and dizziness can be intense, but vomiting does not relieve the headache. The person may feel better from lying in bed and keeping warm.

Lachesis: Left-sided migraines with congested, pulsing pain that is worse from pressure or tight clothing may respond to this remedy. The person’s face looks deeply flushed or blotchy. Headaches are often worst before the menstrual period and better once the flow begins. The person feels worse from sleeping (either in the daytime or at night) and is usually worse from heat.

Natrum muriaticum: Migraines (often on the right) that are worse from grief or emotional upsets, worse from too much sun, or occur just before or after the menstrual period, are likely to respond to this remedy. The headache feels like “a thousand little hammers were knocking on the brain” and is often worse from eyestrain. The person may have numb or tingling feelings in the lips or face before the headache starts, and the eyes are very sensitive to light. The person often feels better lying in the dark and after sleeping.

Sanguinaria: Right-sided migraines with tension in the neck and shoulder, extending to the forehead with a bursting feeling in the eye, are often relieved with this remedy. Jarring, light, and noise aggravate discomfort. The headaches improve after vomiting, as well as from burping or passing gas, and are often better after sleep. A person who needs this remedy often comes down with migraines after missing meals, and also has digestive problems and allergies.

Sepia: Left-sided migraines with dizziness and nausea, worse from missing meals, and worse near menstrual periods or during menopause, often responds to this remedy. Pain may come in shocks or jerks, and the person feels worse indoors and from lying on the painful side. A person needing Sepia feels weary, cold, and irritable, wanting no one to make demands on them.

Silicea (also called Silica): Migraines that come on after mental exertion or near the menstrual period may indicate a need for this remedy—especially in a nervous person who is very chilly. Headaches are usually right-sided, starting in the back of the head and extending to the forehead, and are worse from drafts or from going out in the cold without a hat. The person may feel better from lying down in a dark, warm room and also from covering the head.

Spigelia: Excruciating headaches on the left side of the head, with violent throbbing, or stitching pains above or through the eyeball, may respond to this remedy. Pain may extend through the face and is worse from motion, touch, position changes, and jarring. The person may feel better from lying on the right side with the head supported, and keeping still."

Aromatherapy can also be helpful in preventing or easing the pain of migraines. Below are three examples:
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**Aromatic Blend #1
Migraines related with negative emotions
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-3 drops Roman Chamomile
-8 drops Lavender

Massage the forehead, temples, solar plexus. Breathe it in deeply. Pour 15 drops of this aromatic blend into the bathtub and soak for at least 15 minutes.

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Aromatic blend #2
Migraines related with muscular tension
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-4 drops Lavender
-5 drops Peppermint

Massage the forehead, temples, neck and shoulders.

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Aromatic blend #3
Migraines related with nervous tension
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-3 drops Roman Chamomile
-3 drops Neroli
-5 drops Marjoram **

As always, consult with a physician about your migraines and planned remedies.  If they do not help, seek medical care immediately.

*REFERENCE: http://www.truestarhealth.com/Notes/2242005.html#Homeo-Options
**REFERENCE: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/Rapp18.html

Saturday, August 28, 2010

STRESS!!!! AHHHHH!!

We all deal with stress everyday.  And in our fast-paced; technological; fast food society, which is intended to simply life, the stress seems to be mounting more and more. 

Of course, the first thing is to slow down a bit and make sure to take time for yourself.  Most people want to but rarely know how.  I also want to add that slowing down to eat is really important here.  Not only does it help reduce stress, it helps maintain a healthier weight.  Reducing caffeine will also help lower stress.

So on to what other natural ways there are to help relieve stress. 

*"Medical studies have shown that people suffering from high levels of stress often have lower levels of B-Complex vitamins in their system. Whether the stress lowers the levels or the lower levels contribute to the stress is yet another question. The answer, however, is obvious. Increasing levels of B-Complex vitamins can help.

B-Complex vitamins include B1 (improves mood and is vital to nerve function); B3 (regulates sleep); B6 (for optimum production of serotonin); and, B12 (helps produce “feel good” brain chemicals).


Vitamin A helps to clean up the system of toxins that naturally deplete energy levels. Low energy levels can contribute to stress because of the decrease in the energy we need to manage our own stress.


Vitamin C is also used up quickly during stressful situations, and in addition, a Vitamin C deficiency can contribute to feelings of anxiety and irritability, resulting in a vicious cycle of stress.


Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which helps control the production of free radicals in our bodies, which can be harmful. The production of free radicals in the system is natural, and sometimes occurs as part of the disease prevention process in order to neutralize viruses and bacteria. However, sometimes unnatural factors increase the production of free radicals – things such as pollution, cigarette smoke, radiation, and chemicals and herbicides. Our bodies require an adequate influx of antioxidants to combat overproduction of harmful free radicals. Damage from free radicals also increases with age.


Pantothenic acid affects the activity of the adrenal glands, which play a very important role in our responses to stress. "


Now remember you don't have to take a bunch of pills to stock up on these vitamins.  There are tons of foods like citrus fruit, green vegetables, proteins and so on that you can introduce or increase in your diet to meet these needs.

And since meditation and relaxation are a big part, aromatherapy is especially helpful in relieving stress.  The following are great stress relief aromatherapy oils:
Anise (Pimpinella anisum)


Chamomile, German (Matricaria recutica)

Chamomile, Roman (Chamaemelum nobile)

Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

Helichrysum or Immortelle (Helichrysum agusifolium)

Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)

Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia)

Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)

Marjoram (Origanum majorana)

Neroli (Citrus aurantium bigaradia)

Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Rose (Rosa damascena)

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Sandalwood (Santalum album)

Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi)

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

Check out the various scents and see which one(s) you like before purchasing.  It will do no good to get something you don't like the smell of to relieve stress.

*REFERENCE: http://www.essortment.com/lifestyle/vitaminsrelieve_tqsp.htm

Friday, August 27, 2010

Fatigue

One of the most prevalant issues in our busy lives today is the complaint of fatigue.  Sometimes it can be the symptom of something bigger; however, in most cases it is the product of poor eating, stress or vitamin deficiency.

So what to do about it?  Well, I can't emphasize enough the need to start with a multivitamin!!  After you've been taking one for several weeks, you will be able to pinpoint what things you want to improve like battling fatigue.

Let's start with vitamins that help with fatigue:
Vitamin A helps in strenghtening the immune system.


Vitamin B1 aids nervous system functions and boosts energy

Vitamin B5 reduces fatigue and relieves stress

Vitamin B9 is vital for healthy red blood cells which are essential for energy.

Vitamin B6 increases energy levels

Vitamin B12 is widely used to treat problems affecting energy levels

Vitamin C detoxifies the system

Vitamin E supports the immune system.
 
Next, minerals that can be useful:
Calcium helps improving sleep patterns


Iron relieves tiredness caused by red blood cell deficiency

Magnesium reduces weakness and fatigue

Molybdenum helps keep nerves healthy

Selenium is a vital antioxidant

Zinc detoxifies the body

Omega-6 oils boost energy


Lactobacillus Acidophilus helps to restore normal intestinal balance by inhibiting the overgrowth of the Candida albicans organism

Co-enzyme Q10 increases oxygen uptake in the cells, increasing energy levels.

This is not to say that eating properly can be ignored altogether.  Fresh fruits; green, leafy vegetables; whole grains; tuna; chicken; lentils; nuts and seeds are great sources of energy for your body as well.

Other sources, for help, include aromaterapy. 
To energize, try:
Combine the Following Aromatherapy Oils:


2 drops Ginger (Zingiber officinale) essential oil

3 drops Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) essential oil

3 drops Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) essential oil

4 drops Juniper (Juniperum communis) essential oil

10 drops Orange (Cistus sinensis) essential oil

Combine essential oils in a small glass vial with an orifice reducer. Diffuse the blend for 5 minutes using an electric nebulizer. Or, place a few drops on a cotton pad for passive diffusion.


To help you unwind, at the end of the day, try this unwind bath salt:

***AS WITH ALL SUPPLEMENTS, BE SURE TO READ LABELS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE PREGNANT, LACTATING OR SUFFER FROM SERIOUS ILLNESS.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Flu Season is Rapidly Upon Us

Every year I hear about going and getting a flu shot...then I think about the time I actually did and how sick I got.  Now I'm not saying it's not important but let's face it.  Preventative isn't 100% protective. 

So whether you get the flu shot or not, you'll need to be prepared to deal with the possibility of dealing with the flu or flu-like symptoms.  Now you can get liquids, meds, over-the-counter relievants and family remedies but they only help make the flu tolerable. 

My family's secret to dealing with the flu has proven at least 99% effective in stopping the flu in its tracks.  It's called Oscillococcinum.  You can visit the official website for more information: http://www.oscillo.com/index.php

It used to be that this was only available at vitamin stores but now you can find it at most pharamacies, including Kmart and Wal-Mart.  It tastes just like sugar and now Boiron offers Children's Oscillococcinum. 

When we start feeling like we are getting achy and flu-like, we buy some; take it as directed and it's like the flu magically passes us by, within 8-12 hours.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Multivitamins--Does it matter which kind you take?

Of course, taking vitamins is beneficial to the overall well-being of a person and prevention of problems.  So everyone should just run to the store and grab any bottle of multivitamin, right?  Wrong!

As most of us are aware, our bodies change from the time we are born until the day we meet our Maker and so do nutritional eeds?  After all, pediatricians will tell you that there are certain amounts of foods that are good for infants, which is different from a toddler...preschooler...teen and so on.  The same goes for multivitamins.  Getting your kids to take vitamins isn't the only reason they make "gummie bear" or "flintstone" vitamins.  Their needs are different from our. 

So my advice to you is when shopping for a multivitamin take into account age and gender.  Read the label and make sure you are getting the right one for you and your needs, as well as those of your family.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Preventing poor health

In an era of drug company battles to see who can come up with the next Viagra; cure for the common cold or bladder control, the best medicine is actually prevention.

How to do that is simpler than most people think.  Starting by taking a multivitamin can minimize fatigue and the onset of illness.  Each person also has different body needs that can be met by simply addressing the problems and seeking a supplement rather than a pill that will cover up the problem...or worse, have horrid side effects that aren't any better than the problem.

Want to know where to look and get more information, contact me at asset4you@live.com and I will help you out. 

**NOTE: THIS IS NOT A SUBSTITUTION FOR MEDICAL CARE OR CONSULTATION.