A to Z of natural living. Letter A.

Hey lovely people, I thought it would be a great idea to do an A to Z of natural living, including remedies, ailments, healthy tips and idea, alternative therapies etc, I think this could be fun and I want you to feel free to add your own in the comments.

Today I bring you the letter A (I feel like Count von Count from Sesame street!).

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Ageing:
Aging affects us all from the time we hit adulthood until we die, but we have a choice over how we age. I think aging is beautiful and so are the lines on someones face that map their lives to the world, but sometimes its nice to slow down the process a little. There are many things you can do without going to drastic lengths like botox or plastic surgery. I mean who seriously wants botulinum toxin pumped into their face, the warning on the box says ” may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening”, the main reactions that have been reported are itching, rash, red itchy welts,breathing difficulties. – nice, that will improve your glowing skin!

So a great place to start would be the usual healthy advice like drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, excercise, eating a balanced diet full of fruit, especially red fruit and fruit containing vitamin C, kiwi is great because its rich in antioxidants (thought to slow down the destructive action of free radicals) eating a plant based diet, keep your memory fresh by playing games, reading, eating oily fish or if you don’t eat fish, taking a supplement full of omega 3 and 6. Relax and reduce your stress levels. I would also recommend not smoking or drinking alcohol as this ruins your skin. We quit smoking easily by reading Allen Carr (author not comedian) stop smoking book, I got the women’s version and Tom got the mans version (we think differently men and women), you can get it from the library or Amazon.

Marigold cream and Evening primrose is super for your skin and to combat wrinkles.  Coconut oil is marvelous too, for keeping your skin hydrated and soft. Using black or green teabags under your eyes helps to get rid of eye bags. Infuse two teabags in boiling water for 5 minutes, allow to cool and then place over each eye for 5-10 minutes.

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To improve the blood supply to the brain to help with memory loss, Ginkgo capsules are amazing, sniffing rosemary for 20 seconds improves memory and sage and lemon balm oils have both been shown to inhibit an enzyme that causes the breakdown of acetylcholine (a key chemical involved in memory storage) which has great potential for reducing memory loss when used in aromatherapy massage.

Allergies:

Firstly you need to be aware of what you are putting on and in your body and the environment you live and work in. Normally allergies are caused by something you are coming into contact with. So rashes, itching etc are being caused by either something you are imbibing or putting on your skin, this doesn’t have to be direct, think about your washing powder, you don’t rub washing powder on your skin but you wear clothes everyday (unless you are a nudist then I would watch out for poison ivy instead haha). Pay attention to your diet, dairy, tomatoes, chocolate and eggs are the most frequently implicated in chronic food allergies.

Baths with oats, lavender and chamomile in are soothing to skin, you can also make a paste using honey, turmeric and fennel and put this on your sore skin to heal it. Note turmeric is messy and will dye everything it comes into contact with yellow, so its best to do it before bed and put a cottonpad over the area (don’t use your best sheets either). Coconut oil is a lovely natural skin cream.

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To ease digestive allergic reactions drink some peppermint tea, this is super for getting rid of wind and bloating, you can even rub the oil, mixed with a carrier oil onto your tummy and rub it in to ease cramps.

Hayfever can be treated naturally by having a teaspoon of local (should be local to you) honey daily from spring through summer, also use a barrier like coconut oil on your nostrils before going somewhere that’s full of pollen. You can also use german chamomile tea at least 3 cups a day or ginger tincture (30 drops in water daily). Increase your intake of fluid to keep the mucous membranes wet.

Acid reflux:

Acid reflux can be caused by eating excessively large meals, anxiety, stress, wearing tight clothes, acid producing foods such as tomatoes, balsamic vinegar etc. It can also be associated by a hiatus hernia.

Choose one of the following at any given time to use:

Basil tea, infuse 4-6gms of dried leaves in boiling water for 10 mins, strain and drink 1 cup a day.

Hops tincture, 20 drops in water 3 times a day before meals.

Lemon balm tea, infuse 2-3gms of dried leaves in a cup of boiling water for 5 minutes, drink 1 cup at midday and 1 in the evening after meals.

Eat less and more often, chew slowly. Drink slightly sparkling mineral water. Don’t lie down or go to bed directly after a meal, give yourself plenty of time to digest your food before snoozing!. Lift the head of the bed a few inches. Reduce your alcohol and stop smoking ( this loosens the valve that keeps your food and acid down, so increases the reflux of acid back up into your throat.

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Asthma:

I am not going into massive details about asthma because there are many level of asthma, and many ages which you can be affected by it, all I know from personal experience is, I had asthma from the age of 7 when my dad split up with my mum and left our home, apparently it lies dormant in everyone and appears through some trauma, I was on two inhalers all my life and had frequent attacks each week, until I was about 33, I quit smoking (yes I know its stupid to smoke when you have a lung problem, but I like many other addicts thought it helped my breathing haha, this sounds ridiculous to me now but I truly believed it at the time) and most importantly I quit dairy products, these are mucus forming and do you no good if you have asthma. I know since if I have eaten something with dairy in it (like a naan bread from the indian) straight after, this gloopy build up of mucus forms in my throat and I start wheezing. I haven’t had an inhaler or an asthma attack since my early 30’s. Doing breathing excercise as part of yoga and meditation have helped to.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine sterile needles to clear blockages in the meridians of the body.

 

Alexander Technique

A technique devised to improve posture and balance within the body.

Ayurveda

An entire medical approach developed and practised in India over the last 3000 years. It promotes the use of a range of therapies to keep the consciousness, mind and body healthy.

 

 

Acupressure

The use of digital pressure to clear blockages in the meridians of the body.

 

Aromatherapy

The holistic use of aromatic plant essential oils to treat mind, body and spirit

Have an Awesome, Amazing, Astounding day.

 

 

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