Tissue Salt no.6

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Tissue salt no.6: Kali. Phos. (Kalium Phosphate)

This tissue salt is characterized by the functions: brain and nerve tonic. It specializes in the nervous system’s health.

It is perfect for assisting:

  • Nervous exhaustion
  • Nervous indigestion
  • Nervous headaches
  • ADHD
  • Insomnia
  • Exam stress
  • Poor memory
  • Exhaustion
  • Age related memory loss
  • Irritability
  • Grief
  • Halitosis
  • And even – Foul-smelling sweat or secretion
  • Nervous asthma
  • Chronic asthma
  • Eases painful periods
  • Gangrene

You can read more about this Tissue Salt in the Tissue Salts for healthy Living by Margaret Roberts.

Information in this article obtained from the following sources:

https://allisone.co.za

Tissue salt for Healthy Living by Margaret Roberts

 

 

 

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Multiple Sclerosis

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Have you ever heard of MS?

Well, today I am going to give you some information on this autoimmune disease.

Autoimmune diseases are diseases that attack the body and damage the tissues. There are so many autoimmune diseases.

With multiple sclerosis, the body attacks the nerves. This will cause you to feel dizzy, numbness, tingling, and have muscle spasms. You might also experience vision problems, imbalance, loss of muscle control which will also affect the bowel and bladder continence and you could also have slurred speech.

No one really knows the exact cause of this disease, though it might be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Oh and it is not contagious!

The treatment that can be given for this disease will not cure it, though there are experimental treatments that are still in the trial stages, it will only help with the symptoms and relieve the discomforts of the disease.

The treatments might include medication, homeopathic or natural treatment. Physical therapy will also alleviate some of the pain or strengthen the muscles. Helping aids will be needed in the future, as these will promote a close to normal lifestyle.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned at the beginning of my article, there is no known cure.

Who is at risk for MS? Having relatives with MS will increase your risk of developing MS and if you have diabetes type 1, thyroid disease or inflammatory bowel disease you are at a high risk. But if you are experiencing any of the symptoms, you should not think you have MS, go to the doctor and let him diagnose you correctly.

But don’t let that stop you if you are suffering from MS, try your best to do what you can and stay positive (this is hard to do but it can happen).

 

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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Tissue Salt no.4

I have been slow with continuing with the tissue salts and the benefits of using them.

But I am determined to complete them all this year…

Here is tissue salt no. 4 – Ferrum Phosphoricum.

This is an iron tissue salt. Iron is very important for the human body.

Iron is important for the treatment of many ailments.

The Head

Ferrum Phos. will bring relief if you are experiencing: headaches, dizzy spells, fevers, feel faint, have a high temperature, experiencing congestive headaches, or have nose bleeds.

Infections

Ferrum Phos. carries oxygen and this makes it important when illness, injury or disease is present.

Eyes

Ferrum Phos. will relieve eyes which are tired, bloodshot or inflammed.

Digestive system

Do you experience nausea, diarrhoea, haemorroids, undigested stools or multiple food allergies? Ferrum Phos. will be the answer to the problem.

Skeleton

The elderly tend to be the people who suffer with joint pains, stiffness, skeletal complaints and rheumatism. Ferrum Phos. can be very effective to relieve the symptoms.

For the care-giver: When you start feeling panic, irritable, depressed, restless sleeping or have bouts of insomnia, take the tissue salts no. 2, 4 and 6.

There is many more useful benefits of taking tissue salt no. 4. But I will leave it for another time….

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

Honey

Honey is sweet. Who would’ve thought that this sweet viscous food could have many health benefits. I love to use honey in my coffee instead of sugar as it makes my coffee taste “fuller”. I also use honey when I have a cold and my throat becomes hoarse.

Here are some of the health benefits of honey which I am going to list:

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Natural cough syrup
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Suitable for external wounds, burns and bruises
  • Helps to alleviate allergy symptoms
  • May help to boost memory
  • Boosts energy levels
  • Regulates the length and the quality of sleep

 

Honey is great in teas, cereals, coffee, and my all time favourite : Honey in warm milk at night.

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Be careful what you say

We sometimes we might say something to the elderly and it may be heard wrong by them. We need to be a bit more careful what and how we say something.

  • ‘You just said that…”

When your elderly parent starts talking about the same story that they just spoke on or spoke about all day, try and change the subject to something else that they remember. Don’t try and shush them or if you are unable to change the subject, be careful on what your body language is saying. The elderly are very perceptive and they are remarkably good at picking up on the vibes you give off.

  • “You are too old to drive.”

All of us will be too old to drive one day, and when that happens we will become house bound. Imagine not being able to go where and when you like. Try and make arrangements for 2 days a week outing for the elderly charge in your life. Uber assist is suited for the person with nursing aids, like walking frames, wheelchairs and more. Or if you are not comfortable to use them, make a set times and take them to the places that they want to go to.

  • “You are unable to live alone anymore.”

This is a hard one. There will come a time where a person can’t live alone anymore and will need 24 hour assistance. It is not fair to keep reminding the elderly that they are incapable to live alone anymore. They won’t be able to make the decision to change that. It is not fair to expect that of them. Rather try and tell them in a nice way of all the benefits of not living alone. Many people can’t always accommodate the elderly in their homes and will put the elderly into a nursing home. I don’t condemn a person for doing that, but I am not for it either. I believe that having the elderly at home or with family to be the best option for them. They thrive under love and great care. Family is the best way to provide that for them. Move in with the elderly person/s. Or move them into your home. They will disrupt a bit of your daily life, but you will be in that same position one day. Each person is to decide what works best for them.

  • “Where is your walking frame?”

Most of the elderly people I have worked with forget to use the walking aids they have. I sometimes wonder if they do it on purpose or if they are genuinely forgetting. They don’t like to be reminded that they can’t do what they used to do when they were younger. Put the walking aid near by them when they are sitting down, so they have easy access to it when standing up. Something I like to do when I notice that the elderly person is walking unaided, I just walk along side them with the aid, they will look at it, look at me and then take the aid and use it. I don’t let on that it is a big issue. Just a simple slip of the mind. I am not trying to say that I don’t see it as an important equipment to use, rather I am mindful of the embarresment or humble feelings that the walking aid might bring. Do tell them in the beginning of the importance of the aid and the importance of them using it. Be careful not to make them feel like a child.

  • “Why do you complain so much?”

They are old. They feel the cold more than us. They have medical problems. Let them complain. You can try change the subject, but be gentle.

  • “You forgot your appointment!”

Don’t we all forget something in our everyday lives? If there is an appointment made, make a note and stick it on the refrigerator for the elderly to see it clearly. Call them up on the appointment day and remind them or ever offer to take them to that appointment. That is a good way to bond amidst all the hustle and bustle of our busy lives.

  • “It’s not cold today.”

The elderly feel the cold more intensely than we do. With age, our capillaries become hardened and slow to react to weather or climate changes. And the elderly are less active so they tend to feel the cold a lot more. If the elderly is cold and it’s a warm day out, advise on a lighter jacket to the one that they were planning to wear. The elderly also suffer from heat strokes a lot quicker than the younger people. So they need to wear clothing that keeps the body temperature at a balance.

 

I hope that you all enjoyed reading this post. I don’t mean to offend anyone and I am not saying your way is the wrong way. We all have different circumstances and act on them in the ways we think are best. I have mentioned some ideas and I hope you will be able to use them or that they will spark an idea you never thought of.

Hygiene Time

Good personal hygiene is very important. Why is it important? Well, let me explain all the benefits of good personal hygiene. Hope you enjoy reading…

The first step to good personal hygiene is – Hand-washing! It is important to wash your hands before you do a task and after you do a task. This helps to void the spread of germs and micro-organisms that are lurking around. Hand-washing is the first step to a better health. I am going to just say it, but with respect, the elderly can be like small children. They touch objects and won’t hesitate to put their fingers into their mouths. By allowing the elderly person to soak their hands in a bucket of warm water is very relaxing and therapeutic. One can put a few bubbles into the water and this can make for a great way to encourage water play.

Good hair hygiene is the best way to void dandruff and scalp diseases. And clean hair looks so lovely. Be cautious as to what shampoo one uses on the elderly’s  hair. Not all people’s hair thin as they age, though there is a large group that have that happen to them. Try to use a gentle shampoo and avoid vigorous scrubbing of the scalp. A gentle scrubbing will not be a problem.

Regular brushing of the teeth is the best way to reduce the risk of gum disease and it also lowers the risk of cavities. Most people brush their teeth in the morning before breakfast and again at night before bed. But don’t forget to brush the tongue. Plaque builds up on the tongue – especially in the elderly frail people. The elderly don’t ‘clean’ their mouths with the tongue like younger people do. I also noted that the elderly don’t swallow all the food in the mouth. They sometimes forget that they need to swallow after chewing. Encouragement to swallow might be needed in the elderly during meal times. If your elderly charge hasn’t got any teeth, use a baby toothbrush to gently clean the gums and tongue. You can also use baby toothpaste as it is gentler on the sensitive gums.

Regular body washing is also important to keep healthy. From my experience with working with the elderly, their skin is thin and a lot more sensitive than younger skin. Also their skin tends to dry out a lot faster and then it becomes hard, flaky or itchy. To try and avoid this from happening might take a little time as you will need to find the ‘right’ soap to use. I also don’t suggest a heavy thorough shower or bath every day. Rather wash ‘top and tail’ on every second day and do a full wash every other day. The arms, legs and feet don’t need such a lot of washing like the body’s core does. Private areas need to be kept clean at all times and this will lower the risk of infections developing. Bacteria can breed in the armpits if they aren’t cleaned regularly. And the process of drying with a towel encourages blood circulation in the body. There are exceptions to body hygiene limits – if your elderly charge has oily skin a more regular full washing might the best answer or if there is a skin condition then you need to follow the doctor’s orders as to the best hygiene care needed.

I need to add, that people with dementia can’t see water and this might make for a very difficult bathing session. Put a little colour into the water or bubbles. If you are showering the person, don’t just put the water over their heads, rather take it slowly and introduce the water to one part of the body and slowly wet more body until the whole body is wet and the person is comfortable with allowing you to wash them.

Nail care is sometimes forgotten. Finger nails should be kept short and clean. Under the nails bacteria will breed and this might contribute to the spread of bacteria. Also toenails should be kept short and clean. When you cut the toenails, cut straight across the nail and not round it like with the fingernails. If you don’t cut straight, ingrown toenails will form and it is painful. Also be very careful when cutting the toenails of a diabetic person. Don’t cut it too short. Take time when cutting nails. Make a spa session out of it. Soak the hands or feet in warm water with a little soap. Cut the softened nails gently and finish off with a lovely relaxing massage by using a lotion of the elderly person’s liking or a water-based cream. Be gentle as the skin is thin and can tear easily.

All of the above mentioned hygiene actions not only provide a good personal hygiene for the one person, but it allows for bonding time together. So don’t rush, take your time, talk about general topics (this also helps to avoid the embarrassment that might be present when you have to wash your father or mother).

I hope you enjoyed this article.