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. Take 2 tablets every 20 minutes for 2 hours and slowly extending to every 3 hours.

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

 

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Ocean

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I love the ocean. I enjoy swimming a few laps and then just lay in the water looking at the sky. Not everyone loves the ocean and not everyone can stand the cold water on their skin. The elderly are no different. Some may enjoy the cool water on their ankles and others may not. If your parent used to enjoy swimming, why not take them to beach? Let them enjoy the cool water on their skins. The benefits of ocean water will also benefit them. Note: One can mix their own salt and water at home and add a little epsom salt if you are too far from the ocean or landlocked.

Just be cautious and observant with your parent’s balance when walking on the sand. It is not a firm or solid ground and they might lose balance often and falling might result in twisted ankles or fractured hips. 

But don’t let this fear stop your elderly parent from having fun. Let them also experience the benefits of ocean water on their skins. Just be careful with mobility.

The ocean has many benefits on the human body:

The salty ocean water provides minerals that benefit the skin. Here are a few minerals found in the water: magnesium, calcium, and potassium. These all help to treat skin infections, absorb toxins in and on the body, encourages the skin to heal and works to treat eczema.

Ocean water helps to soothe itchy, flaky or dry scalp.

The ocean sounds can help to reduce stress and encourages a person to relax. There is that calm quiet and peaceful feeling oceans bring to a person.

Ocean/sea air is very beneficial for the respiratory organs. The air causes the mucus in the lungs and bronchiole tracts to loosen and this makes coughing easier and it will encourage the airways to become clear. The sea air is also free of pollution and this makes it free from harmful particles.

Ocean air improves circulation in the body.

Ocean air improves sleeping habits.

One way that the ocean can indirectly benefit an elderly person, is that you get bonding time together. You have a chance to get a change of scenery and spend time together while you sit on the beach, or in the car. You both will benefit from the outing together.

I do understand that not everyone can get to the ocean or seaside, so if that is the case for you here is what you could do to set the ‘seaside’ scene. Play some ocean sounds on a ipad, tablet, laptop or CD, sit together and let the sounds flow over you. You can enjoy a cup of tea, or a cold beverage while listening to the ocean sounds. One can even get some builder’s ‘white’ sand and put your feet into it. There are a few ways to set up your own home beach. Don’t forget sunscreen if you sit outside.

I hope you enjoyed this article.

Herb, Spice and All Things Nice

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Herbs and spices are today’s topic.

I love working with herbs and I am always ready to try new spices in all my dishes. I know that herbs and spices have many health benefits for the human body. In fact they are all very useful to have in the house. If you were wanting to start a little indoor garden, I would recommend you try a herb garden. Herbs are reasonably easy to grow and they are perfect for beginners in the gardening hobby.

But why am I talking about herbs and spices? Well, let me get to it then…

Most people loose their appetite as they age. This can cause the elderly to acquire nutritional deficiencies and lose weight. A poor appetite can lead to illness. This is where spices and herbs come in to the diet.

Herbs and spices can flavor the foods, boost appetite, and prevent diseases.

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Rosemary is has a refreshing and uplifting aroma. It is easy to grow – trust me my rosemary plant is huge! Rosemary can be used as a room scent and this will help improve memory. It is perfect to add rosemary to soups, meats and potatoes. Rosemary essential oil can help with the prevention or treatment of Alzheimer’s. Rosemary essential oil is also very beneficial for the relief of indigestion, bloating and constipation.

 

Turmeric

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Turmeric is an orange spice with an earthy flavor. This spice has been known to alleviate arthritic pain. Turmeric is also perfect for stomach pain, bypass surgery, headaches, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and urinary bladder infections.

 

Ginger

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Ginger is a spice that is a relative of curcumin. It is a great spice that is used to treat gastrointestinal complaints. Ginger is used as a pain-reliever and it may used in the treatment for degenerative health disorders. This spice has also been known to show antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.

 

 

Cinnamon

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Cinnamon helps with regulating treatment for type 2 diabetes by increasing the action of insulin. Cinnamon contains antioxidants and is an anti-inflammatory spice. Cinnamon also helps to regulate blood sugar levels by decreasing the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream after a meal.

Cinnamon has an effect on neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.

Well this is some of the spices of the world which I have listed. There are so many more spices in the world, and they all have many benefits on our health.

 

Fun with Farting!!!

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I thought I would write a blog on something lighthearted today. We all fart, pass wind or have flatulence and it’s considered impolite to speak about farting, farts, and smells in public. It is also considered rude to fart in public, whether it’s loud, soft, smelly or odourless. Not to mention, it’s embarrassing to do it in public.

Today, I say it’s cool to speak about them. Let’s go and have a look at the benefits of farting, the dangers of holding it and so much more.

Okay let’s start with my saying that we all fart. All day to be exact. About 18 times a day to be more accurate. Not only the aged fart, younger people are also guilty of letting a little wind out here and there.

The components of farts:

According to thefartfacts.com,

  • 9% nitrogen
  • 21% hydrogen
  • 9% carbon dioxide
  • 7% methane
  • 4% oxygen
  • 1% hydrogen sulfide (this is what makes it smell)

It is true that smelling your farts can have health benefits for us. Gross, right?

The methane smell can help to reduce life altering diseases. The most important one is the dreaded DEMENTIA. The hydrogen sulfide can change the enzymes’ function in the diease.

And new recent studies by Exeter University in England explain that farts help prevent mitochondrial damage. This will help prevent the risk of strokes, heart disease, and arthritis from happening.

Foods that contain sulfur make our farts smelly, and some intestinal bacteria can add an odour to our farts.

Here is a list of foods that our bodies can’t properly digest, which causes us to become windy:

  • Beans and lentils
  • Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and onions
  • Whole-grain foods such as cereals, breads, and crackers
  • Sugars found in fruit and juices, but also in processed foods containing high-fructose corn syrup
  • Sugars and some artificial sweeteners found in diet drinks and foods. Sorbitol is super gassy and is found in both.

Lactose intolerant people will also get windy when they intake dairy products.

 

The benefits of farting:

  • Farting helps the body to get rid of digested foods that the body can’t use.
  • Farting helps with the awful bloating we get on occasion.
  • Farts can be a warn sign that you are eating something that your stomach can’t fully or properly digest.
  • Fart holding can injure your colon. It may cause your colon to burst if you suffer with colon obstruction. Don’t worry, it is such a rare injury.
  • Farts provide the obvious – relief.

If you feel that you fart, pass wind and toot way more than 18 times in the day, there is a simply solution. All you have to do is adjust your diet, reduce the use of many spices, and stay away from foods that you may have allergies to.

Now I am at the end of my smelly subject.

I obtained all my information from various reliable sources and experiences.

 

 

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Crochet and my health

I crochet a lot. I have been crocheting since I was 15 years old and 13 years later I am still at it. I am hardly ever without my hook and wool. I have found crocheting to help keep me sane in my work. It has also helped me get through the most stressful times in my life.

I found this picture in my gallery and thought I should share it with you all.

Enjoy the read.

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Rose Benefits

Roses are so lovely to look at. Their aromatic fragrance is a delight to our noses. But they also have many benefits for our health.

The benefits of rose tea:

Roses contain vitamin C, malic acid, pectin and citric acid. This makes roses a safe diuretic and it is perfect for those on a weigh-less journey. Just drink the tea throughout the day.

Rose petals are an ideal home cure for various skin conditions including acne as they contain antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties.

Washing your face with rose tea helps to keep your skin soft, tightened and hydrated. Thus making it great for reducing wrinkles and fine lines. It also helps to clear blemishes and dark circles. Rose tea is wonderful for premature ageing as the antioxidants delay the free radicals from damaging our skin.

Rose tea is also an effective anti-allergen. It helps with skin prone to rashes and allergies. And it helps to heal sun damaged skin over time.

Rose tea is great for women who suffer from heavy periods with intense pain. They can  take the tea to help with the pain and reduce the blood flow. You make this tea with 2 cups of warm water and black pepper powder and honey. It is also a good home remedy for infertility and irregular periods.

Regular drinking of rose tea can boost the immune system due to the vitamin C content it contains. And it is great to have a cup of the rose tea when you have a sore throat or cold.

 

Rose tea is a natural laxative and this aids in constipation and it is just as efficient as a diarrhea cure. It is effective for those who have liver conditions. Rose tea helps the intestines to expel waste from the gut and it nourishes the gastric mucosa making it suitable to encourage good bacteria growth.

By drinking 2 to 3 cups of rose tea has been known to cure urinary tract infections. Just remember to crush the rose petals when you make this tea.

Roses are a natural stress reliever. It balances the stress and emotional hormones.

 

 

 

You are allowed to feel that way!

As a primary caregiver of your loved parent or family member, you can become tired, stressed, upset or even bored. Every caregiver goes through different emotions. It is not always easy to care for a loved one, especially as you witness their deterioration and their aging process.

The emotional strain can be very great and it may feel like no one else understands or cares how you feel. But don’t despair, you aren’t alone with those feelings. There are many out there who feel all that you feel, but they are keeping it to themselves. Maybe they aren’t sure how to relay the feelings and emotions. There is also a guilt issue at times. 

All primary caregivers need to speak to someone about their feelings. Holding it all in can cause you to become very unhappy and depressed.

You need to find the right person and off-load onto them. Preferably someone who is also a caregiver or someone who has a understanding heart. You mustn’t feel guilty talking about the negative feelings that you are experiencing. Just like anger can eat a person inside-out, so can all your emotions regarding your selfless duty and care towards your family member.

We are human and in order to give our best, we need to be in tip-top shape. 

My experience:

I was living with my patient, one week on and one week at home, and she wasn’t the easiest person to live with. Let me give you some history: she had multiple problems – dementia, OCD, epilepsy and she needed assistance to be mobile. That said, she wouldn’t ask for help, I would find her hobbling unassisted and I most often found her just before she had a topple. To top it all, she refused help of any kind, she would be verbally abusive and she would refuse to do anything that was suggested to her which would improve her health. I didn’t get any support from my colleague. I eventually burnt out. I felt totally finished, I would not eat food, I felt drained and eventually I started to keep getting sick.

Well, I found a trustworthy, honest friend who was willing to listen to me complain (yes I complained) and speak about my feelings of the treatment I was receiving from my patient. After letting loose of all my feelings, I felt better. I felt energized and ready to go back and face the patient again and this time without the frustration and anger. My health improved.

Go and find a trustworthy friend and let loose!! Don’t feel guilty, you are human and we all need to talk, cry and feel things. Emotional strain can make a person sick, and cause early aging.