Pottery and Our Health

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Today is all about the benefits of pottery for our wellbeing.

  1. Pottery is creative: There are physical and mental benefits to pottery. Pottery allows you to express yourself by what you create with the clay. And as an added bonus, you end up making something for yourself and this gives you a sense of self achievement.
  2. Pottery provides outlets: Pottery has been known to provide a person with outlets for grief and spontaneity. It allows you to find self-identification and self-expression. It also boosts self-esteem and confidence.
  3. Reduce stress: Pottery keeps the hands busy and the sense of touch is important. The need for focus is high and this keeps the mind busy so that outside distractions are ignored and this in turn reduces stress, and anxiety.
  4. Pottery and focus: pottery improves your focus. The important need to be focused on your creation, helps the brain to keep focused on one thing and this helps the mind to relax and expand aiding in future ability to focus on one activity at a time.
  5. Pottery and pain: Pottery helps to reduce stress which is usually cause for pain.
  6. Arm to finger exercise: The movement needed to create with clay strengthens the arms, wrists and hands. It is usually a gentle, fluid and calm movement and the movement has been known to benefit those suffering with arthritis in the hands.
  7. Improve life quality: Just like all hobbies and crafts, pottery is important in boosting self-esteem, self-exploration and self-worth.

 

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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

 

Laughter is a Medicine

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I love the sound of people laughing and being happy. I can’t go through my day without laughter. Laughter is the best medicine in the world for the human body and the best thing about it is that it’s free. The human body cannot distinguish between a real laugh or a fake laugh. Laughter stimulates the motor region of our brain to become active and that produces the physical reaction – the sound of laughing.

Laughter has many health benefits:

Laughter boosts our heart rate.

Laughter boosts the production of certain antibodies that are responsible for boosting our immune systems.

Laughter reduces stress hormones – cortisol and epinephrine

Laughter releases endorphines which are responsible for relieving the body of physical pain.

Laughter protects the human heart by improving the function of the blood vessels and increasing the  blood flow. This will lower your risk of a heart attack and other heart problems.

Laughter can burn unwanted calories. 13 minutes of laughter burns around 40 calories.

Laughter can calm anger. It is the hardest benefit of laughter as one needs to laugh when they feel angry and that is not easy. Great news about the human body: it can’t distinguish between a real or fake laugh. So when you feel angry, fake laugh and you will start laughing for real and the anger will subside.

Laughter is great medicine for cancer victims. It has been noted that those suffering with cancer who laugh are able to cope better with pain and it provides them with a better sense of wellbeing.

 

Resourses:
https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm
https://www.medicalbag.com/lifestyle/laughter-therapy-shown-to-boost-immune-function-in-cancer-patients/article/472627/
https://www.sciencealert.com/watch-here-s-what-happens-to-you-brain-when-you-laugh

 

 

Basic Lifting Advice

All of us have to at one time or another needed to lift or transfer a person. Whether we have had to move a person up in the bed, transfer from the bed to a chair, we are going to need to lift the weight. Don’t lift alone if it can be helped. But sometimes we do need to lift and we are alone. I am going to give you some tips on how to lift in the correct way and not hurt yourself.

First things: If the person is very heavy, being uncooperative or in a difficult position, don’t try to lift alone. Ask a neighbour to help or a friend.

Right, let us start on the lifting techniques:

Always lift with your knees.

Don’t bend at the waist.

Don’t ever twist your spine when lifting or carrying a person.

Your feet need to be kept shoulder width apart.

The leg muscles are the best muscles to use when lifting or pulling.

Keep the person who is being lifted close to your body.

How do you sit a lying person up in bed? Let me explain:

Bend the knees of the laying person. Place the crook of your arm in the armpit of the person you are wanting to lift. With the other hand, support behind the head. Let the person hold onto your arm and then slowly sit the person up and pop a pillow in behind the back and neck.

How do you transfer a person from the bed to the chair?

Sit the person on the edge of the bed so that their feet are flat on the floor. Place your one knee in between the knees of the person you are wanting to lift, and you other knee on the outside of the knees of the person you are lifting (it will be 1 your knee, 1 patient knee, 1 your knee and then 1 patient knee). Ask the elderly person to hold you around your neck with both of his/her hands. You need to hold the elderly person around the waist and interlock your fingers at their back. Remember not to twist your spine! Bend at the knees and lift the person up and slowly swing them until they are directly in front of the chair they are going to sit on. Slowly let the person sit down.

There are a few equipment that will make lifting and transfers easier for you. And some can be found in the house.

Transfer boards – a board that is smooth, thinner wood and has a grip on the ends. This board allows you to slid a person from one piece of furniture to another with minimal lifting.

Lifting/transfer belt – this belt takes the weight of the person being lifted, off your body.

Hoists are a little pricey, but these aid in lifting a person from almost any position and it can also be useful with bathing a lame person.

 

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.

 

 

 

UTI’s

I would like to start this article by explaining the term – UTI. You most probably have heard the doctor or nurse saying “UTI” in passing or when you complain of discomfort during urination. It is nothing to panic about, yes it can be serious, but it is an abbreviated term for Urinary Tract Infection. It is a medical jargon term.

Another thing before I officially start on my topic, I have stated all the facts from numerous reliable sources and from my own personal experience and work experiences. If you are offended, please just scroll past.

Thank you for reading my blogs.

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Right…

What is an UTI?

  • It is a bladder infection and it occurs when the bacteria – escherichia coli – enters the bladder.

How do I know I have an UTI?

  • pain or burning when urinating
  • cloudy or bloody urine
  • urinating more often than usual, which is called frequency
  • foul-smelling urine
  • a frequent sensation of having to urinate
  • cramping in the lower abdomen or lower back

This said…Don’t ever hesitate to go to the doctor!!! You might think it is just a little problem, which might be the case, but it ends up becoming a huge complicated problem if it is left untreated.

How do I get UTI’s and how do I treat it?

Women are more susceptible to UTI’s. UTI’s may be caused by numerous reasons:

  • How you wipe when you use the toilet is very important. Always wipe front to back, this reduces the risk of faecal matter entering the urethra.
  • Poor hygiene may be a cause. Reduce the use of scented soaps and use soap or wash specially formulated for that area.
  • Cotton underwear is a healthier option rather avoid nylon underwear. Nylon encourages sweating.
  • When the urge hits, go to the toilet. Avoid holding it in. A full bladder is not healthy and it also causes other problems in the long run ( I will do a blog on that subject). And wipe front to back!
  • Drinking more water is better. Water helps the body to flush out impurities and waste products from the body. There has been a lot of debate on how much water a person should drink daily, it can range from 1 litre to 2 litres a day. I am not going to tell you what you should do, use your discretion.
  •  UTI’s may also be caused by frequent sexual intercourse. It is recommend that urination directly after sexual intercourse will reduce the risk of a bladder infection.
  • Long term indwelling catheters increase the risk of an UTI. It is important to do catheter care regularly and correctly to reduce the risk.
  • A narrowed urethra can also be a cause.
  • Enlarge prostate glands can cause bladder infections in men.
  • Diabetes may be a factor in bladder infections in some people.
  • Kidney stones can also cause UTI’s. It is painful to urinate and a person tends to hold the urine in longer than it is healthy to.

One can use precautionary measures to avoid UTI’s but it won’t avoid them altogether. Cranberry juice is one idea. Reducing your sugar intake is another precautionary measure. Also maintaining a healthy body hygiene is important.