Tissue Salt No. 7

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Let us continue with the tissue salts. This article is all about the tissue salt Kali. Sulph (Kalium Sulphate). It helps to keep the cell membrane tissues healthy. This tissue salt helps to keep all the cell treat the third level of infection. This is when the person will go to a doctor for an antibiotic. Kali. Sulph. is able to transport oxygen to the cells and it aids in the healing process. There has been proof that this awesome tissue salt has cured chronic ailments.

The skin can benefit from this salt if the following problems are experienced:

  • psoriasis
  • eczema
  • rashes
  • warts
  • ringworm
  • dandruff
  • baldness
  • herpes blisters
  • pimples
  • old damaged skin

Lightens:

  • liver spots
  • age spots
  • freckles
  • scaly skin eruptions
  • shaving rashes

For all the above mentioned ailments, conditions and discomforts, dissolve 2 tablets under the tongue 3 to 5 times a day until the condition clears. Then reduce the dosage to twice a day.

For children with chicken pox, measles: use as a lotion by mixing 20 drops in half cup of warm water.

Kali. Sulph will benefit those with vision complaints:

  • poor vision
  • failing vision
  • visual disturbances
  • itchy, swollen eyelids
  • conjunctiva inflammation

The dosage for these ailments and complaints is to dissolve 2 tablets under the tongue 3 times a day.

The nasal passages will really benefit from this tissue salt. All of those who suffer with the seasonal sniffles, sinusitis or any other nasal and sinus complaints will find that this salt can relieve the symptoms and you will be amazed.

Nasal complaints:

  • sinusitis
  • thick blocked nose
  • sinus headache
  • nasal congestion

Dissolve 2 tablets 3 to 4 times a day until the condition is resolved and then reduce the dosage to 2 tablets once or twice a day.

This tissue salt will improve hair complaints such as:

  • hair loss
  • falling hair
  • thin, dull hair
  • straggly hair
  • sticky dandruff
  • flakiness

Dissolve 2 tablets 3 to 4 times a day until the condition is resolved and then reduce the dosage to 2 tablets once or twice a day.

We all at one time or another have be infected with that awful flu virus. It may start out as a flu bug, and before we realize it we have a chest infection. This is where the Kali. Sulph. tissue salt will come to the rescue.

It will also help to treat third stage respiratory infections (when you need antibiotics) such as:

  • bronchitis
  • pneumonia
  • chronic cough
  • asthma
  • whooping cough (relieves the spasms)
  • feverish colds ( encourages perspiration and thus lowers the body temperature)

Dissolve 2 tablets inder the tongue 4 to 6 times a day for an adult. For a child 10 to 20 drops in 125ml glass of water 2 to 4 times a day.

This tissue salt can combat a large list of ailments of the human body, I won’t go into detail on the below mentioned complaints, but I will list them and if you have any questions I will do my best to provide answers or you can buy the book by Margaret Roberts – Tissue Salts for Healthy Living.

Here are the other ailments that Kali. Sulph can assist in the healing process and relieve the symptoms:

  • blocked ears
  • thick yellow tongue coating
  • suppresses sugar cravings
  • a variety of digestive disorders
  • Menopausal flushes
  • cystitis
  • menstruation pains
  • nail fungal problems
  • thickened, distorted nail growth
  • nails that flake and peel
  • loss of smell and taste
  • rheumatic pain
  • aching joints
  • stiff joints
  • neuralgia of the face and jaw
  • typhoid
  • blood poisoning
  • small pox

Information obtained from the book: Tissue Salts for Healthy Healing by Margaret Roberts

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Art therapy

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noun
  1. a form of psychotherapy involving the encouragement of free self-expression through painting, drawing, or modelling, used as a remedial or diagnostic activity.

I love art therapy! I actually love anything that is considered creative.

Sounds silly? Well it is a very important for all ages – especially the elderly.

  1. Art therapy can positively improve a person’s mood.
    The elderly sometimes feel frustrated by their loss of mobility, hearing, or the physical changes due to the aging process. Taking time to do some art therapy can relieve the feelings of anxiety and stress.
  2. Art therapy can be a new form of expression for the elderly with difficulty in verbal communication or for those who have difficulty in writing. Those with memory loss will also benefit from art therapy. Art allows for a new way of communication and expression.  It opens up a whole new world for the elderly with limitations.
  3. Art therapy can reduce the feelings of depression.
  4. Art therapy has been known to assist in encouraging socialization in the elderly. It is hard to think of topics to talk about if you are not learning anything new, if you can’t read or even speak. Art therapy makes opportunities for talking and discussions.
  5. Art therapy gives the person a increased feeling of self – esteem. They are proud of their latest creation. People will admire and discuss the latest handiwork.
  6. And lastly, art therapy will reduce the feelings of boredom. It will help the day to pass in a short time. Sitting all day and looking at the 4 walls of the room can really be boring and depressing. I can say from the experience of being in hospital a lot of my childhood, the walls can start to feel like they are getting closer and closer. It is not a pleasant feeling. Don’t forget to display the finished project in the best possible way. It can be on the wall, on a bed or couch, or even hung up to move in the breeze from an open window. Please make sure that the art is visible to the creator.

The types of art therapy:

  • painting
  • line drawing
  • collages
  • pastels
  • chalk
  • stenciling

Art therapy can also benefit you as the primary caregiver. It gives you time to connect to your creative side. And art therapy can help relieve the stress that caregiving brings.  And you don’t need to be highly gifted to participate in art therapy. If I may, I strongly believe that if you can paint or draw lines, you are creative. There is no manual to creativity. Give it a try, you are creative in your way.

Missing Sleep

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It is very important that as the carer, we don’t miss out on our sleep. An adult needs on average 6 – 8 hours sleep to be fully functional during the day. I know it is not easy to always get the required amount of sleep, especially if you are caring for an elderly person who is up and down during the night (this can happen a lot with the elderly).

I have a few methods that I used with one of my clients.

Before bedtime, I would ready the room by making it warm – in winter, and closing the curtains. This way I introduce the transition from daytime to nighttime. It also promotes a feeling of ‘winding down’ from the day’s activities.

I sometimes used lavender essential oil to encourage relaxation for a stressful person, or if the day had a stressful outcome.

If the person allowed it, I would give a light body massage or foot massage with some lavender scented cream. I mixed my own lavender scented cream by combining lavender essential oil and a water-based unscented cream.

I tried to stick to light suppers and avoided heavy meat or many starches for the last meal of the day. Keep the larger meal for lunch, and for supper make a salad, sandwiches or some vegetables. I tried to keep the meats for the lunchtime meal as this can make a person feel heavy and uncomfortable.

If it was possible, I would keep activities that could cause anxiety or stress (visiting the doctor, having many visitors) for the morning, and the calmer activities for the late afternoon (watching TV, reading a book).

Keep a routine at all times. There are those days that the idea of a routine is an impossibility. But on average, keep a routine. This will help the elderly person to know the different stages of the day and even if they are unaware of time, the human body will automatically adjust. Eg: tea every day at 10am, the human body will start to feel thirsty at around 10am, and the elderly person will or might start asking to drink something. They won’t be aware of the time, they just know that this is the time for something to happen.

I hope that everything I have said can help you get a good night’s rest. It is not easy. I know. If you find another technique that works for you, please let me know, I am always open to learning new ideas.

 

Valentine’s day

Yesterday it was Valentine’s Day.

It is a day where loved ones will buy roses, chocolates or write letters to their loved ones. I got a Valentine’s wish from a friend. It felt so nice to see on my phone that I had received a message. I opened the message and lo and behold it was a wish from a lovely friend.

I hope everyone can show love to their loved one all year round and not only on 1 day a year. Don’t wait for the designated day, it might be too late. Say “I love you” everyday. Show your love everyday by caring and giving to the person you are caring for. Actions are great, but sometimes we also want to hear the words.

And don’t wait for that special occasion to say those important words. It might be too late and you will never ever get to say the words to that special person. Love everyday. Life is too short.

Love!

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Diarrhea Solutions

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Diarrhea can happen to anyone. But when an elderly person contracts diarrhea they are at a greater risk of dehydration than the younger age group.

Here is a list of some of the possible causes of diarrhea in an elderly person:

  • Food poisoning
  • Malabsorption
  • Viral stomach flu
  • Medication

There may also be more serious conditions that can cause diarrhea in an elderly, and only a doctor will be able to assist. If you suspect something more serious than stomach flu, go straight to the doctor or ER.

When an elderly person starts with the first signs of diarrhea, fluids need to be replaced in the body almost right away. As diarrhea doesn’t only contain water, but also electrolytes (sodium, chloride, potassium, and bicarbonate) the person shouldn’t only drink water on it’s own. There is a solution that a person can make which will replace more than the water lost by the diarrhea or ask your pharmacist for a rehydrate solution.

Here is the recipe to make your own rehydrate electrolyte solution: 1 liter cooled boiled water, 6 teaspoons of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Give the electrolyte solution as often as possible during the duration of the diarrhea.

Diarrhea usually lasts up to 3 days, if it should last longer than that don’t hesitate to go to a doctor.

For at least a day after the symptoms have cleared, light meals are to be eaten. Just take it slowly.

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Simple Activities

What does one give to someone with dementia to keep them busy and occupied? What is easier enough to keep the hands active?

I have tried and seen these activities to be effective for people with dementia.

If your Mother used to knit in her younger days, then try this activity:

Give the person thick brightly coloured wool to wind into a ball. If prefer you can wind it into a ball and let them unwind it. Ribbon or cord will be just as effective as wool. If you are able to knit a sample piece and leave it on the needles, give it to the person to ‘knit’ over your work or let them pull it all off. The activity is to keep the brain stimulated and the hands busy. It doesn’t matter if the work is messy or knotty, let them have a go at it.

For men who used to work with wood, on cars or in workshops: give them a box of unsorted odd nails and screws. Let them sort it for you into 2 or 3 containers. Let them know that they are doing you a great favour and that you need this to be done for them. Men need a little more encouragement than women as they need to feel that they are not doing something silly or insignificant. If the man used to work with paints let them paint. There is ‘safe’ paint on the market. Finger paint will be a great type to use. For severe dementia persons, the small items will become dangerous as it might be a choking hazard. So for those cases, try hitting a few nails, screwing down a few hinges or bolts onto a wooden panel and let them ‘fiddle’ with all the bits while sitting at a table.

Ladies who used to sew can be given something similar like for the men with a wooden panel, but in material with the ‘fiddly’ bits sewn on them. This will keep the hands and fingers busy.

There are a few more ideas that one can adapt for an adult with dementia. Just never make the person feel like they are playing with children’s ‘toys’. Always let them feel that they are important and that they are the helping you out with every task they attempt.

This article is based on my experiences with working with the dementia people. If you don’t find any of the above listed activities helpful or if you have ideas of your own, please let me know. I am always interested to learn more.

Tissue Salt no. 5

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It’s time for our next tissue salt…Kali mur. – Kalium Muriaticum

This tissue salt is a decongestant, a second stage inflammation reduce and a waste eliminator.

I need to add that I always used this when I got a cold and my nose and sinuses became very congested. It worked like a bomb. It’s more effective than pharmaceutical decongestants and without the side affects.

When you have the flu, your nose is all congested and there is a thick mucus discharge, your throat is sore, your eyes are having a discharge, your tonsils are swollen with pustules or you are experiencing crackling noises in the ears then Kali Mur is for you.

If you are experiencing heartburn, burping, take 2 tablets 3 to 4 times a day.

Kali mur. aids the skeletal system and the joints in numerous ways. If you are experiencing backache, shoulder pains, stiffness and arthritis pains take Kali mur. to sooth the pain.

Information taken from:
Tissue Salts for healthy living by Margaret Roberts
https://allisone.co.za