How to Help Your Dog With Kennel Cough

When I officially met my mother’s new baby girl Miniature Schnauzer, Precious, she was one adorable pup! What an angel!

However, before we were due for her 1 week health check up required by our breeder, she came down with a lot of coughing and hacking. She sounded like she had something stuck in her throat that she wanted to cough up.

Poor little Precious has Kennel Cough, and it has gotten to be quite a pain for her, as she will have fits of trouble breathing, hacking and coughing, and is just generally uncomfortable, especially at night.

Kennel Cough is also called tracheobronchitis. It is a virus contracted by dogs, often when they are housed or come into contact with other dogs in a common area, such as the kennels, doggie daycare, groomers, and any other area frequented by a number of dogs. It is highly contagious. Incubation is 8-10 days and then your dog will start to show symptoms.

So, one of Precious’ kennel-mates must have been infected with this virus and passed it on to her. It just breaks your heart to see a little puppy suffering so.

It is very important to do something proactive for this infection, especially in small pups and elderly dogs, as it could turn into something worse: Pneumonia!

What Your Vet Is Likely To Do:

The vet gave Precious 2 antibiotics to take at home:

1. Clavamox: A liquid antibiotic that comes with a dropper – 1 cc twice a day

2. Temaril P: A pill that we give her 1/2 of twice a day.

3. She was also given a shot to increase healing time, of which I am unsure of the name.

4. It was recommended by our vet that on top of the liquid vitamins our breeder gives us to give the puppies 2 cc twice a day in dropper format, that we also supplement her with more vitamins to increase her immune system response.

5. It is called Lickables Nutritional Gel – Super Charger. They really like the taste of it (I am told by outside resources that it tastes something like honey) and it boosts their immune system. In fact, the vet gave her a generous amount during this check up.

This stuff is great and we have used it before with our dogs that don’t like or will not take vitamins because you an put it on their nose (don’t cover their nostrils), or let them lick it off your finger or whatever. Sugar, my mother’s dog will NOT take any kind of medication without a lot of trickery on our behalf! This stuff is fantastic for her! The vet says that a dog could live off of this stuff, especially if they are sick and don’t want to eat, for a time…It is great for aging dogs as well!

6. We were also instructed to buy a Vicks Vaporizer: The same thing you would use for a baby or yourself when you have a similar infection.

You will also have to get the Vicks Vapo Steam, and the Steam Inhalant for this system. (This has really helped her a lot, especially at night!)

What Else You Can Do At Home:

The whole point here is to boost your terrier’s immune system. The things you would do, you can do for your pup as well! Also, boosting any dog’s immune system is important for prevention of infections and sicknesses.

We have been supplementing Precious’ diet with:

1. Vitamin C: You can get a supplement specifically for dogs, or you can give them chewable human vitamin C tablets (our dogs won’t take the human chewables from us, so we have to crush them and put them into their food if we use these).

Obviously, the difference is in the price.You can give them 500 mg 3 times/day (250 mg for tiny terriers). If you get Vitamin C specifically for canines, follow the directions on the bottle.

2. Echinacea: Again, you can get Echinacea especially for dogs, or get the kind for humans (we have been using the human form, as it is cheaper and does the trick).

Follow the instructions on the bottle, but probably reduce the dosage in 1/2 if it is for humans. We just open up the capsules and mix the contents in with the food. For canine specific Echinacea, follow instructions on the bottle.

3. You can also use Colloidial Silver, Goldenseal Herb, etc. etc. The list goes on and on with supplements that can boost immunity!

4. Homemade Chicken Soup:

I am not kidding. If you know how to make chicken soup from scratch at home, this is fantastic for your terrier! Reduce salt levels though.

Who doesn’t want Chicken Soup when they feel sick? Your terrier is no exception!

5. Sleep!: Let your pooch sleep as much as they desire! They need it, especially if they are very uncomfortable at night.

Some other things to keep in mind are:

1. Keep your terrier dry! Since we are in fall, it will be raining quite a bit, and winter is around the corner. If they get wet outside, dry them off thoroughly. Don’t let them “catch cold”. Don’t bathe them while they are sick with Kennel Cough if you can at all help it!

2. Love: Give your terrier lots of love! They will need and want it!

Disclaimer: Any information contained in this site relating to various medical, health and fitness conditions of Terriers and their treatments is for informational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for the advice provided by your own veterinarian. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing the health of any animal. You should always consult and check with your own vet or veterinarian.

by Kimberly Edwards

Do You Recognize the 10 Early Warning Signs of Candida Infection?

Candidiasis, commonly known as candida or yeast infection or thrush, is a fungal infection ranging from superficial, such as oral thrush and vaginitis among women and superficial infections of skin and mucosal membranes by Candida causing local inflammation or discomfort common in many human populations, to systemic and potentially life-threatening diseases like those that develop among severely immuno-compromised persons such as cancer, transplant, and AIDS patients, whereas Although frequently associated with female health systems, it can also occur on the male genitals. Children suffer from this ailment during the years between three and nine. If there are white patches around the mouth, then it could be possible that the child is infected with candida infection.

Regardless of age or gender, here are ten common Candida symptoms:

1. Adult onset allergies to foods and/or airborne chemicals with the number of offending substances increasing until an individual becomes so sensitive to the everyday environment that they must live in isolation

2. Incessant fatigue after eating

3. Gastrointestinal or signs of poor digestion such as constipation or diarrhea, gas, bloating, cramps, heartburn, nausea, gastritis and colitis

4. Neurological symptoms such as cravings, irritability, mood swings, headaches, migraines, “fogged-in” feeling, inability to concentrate/mind “wanders off”, poor memory, confusion, dizziness, M.S.-like symptoms (slurred speech, loss of muscle co-ordination, vision affected), depression and/or anxiety without apparent cause (often worse after eating), paranoia without apparent cause, not in total control of one’ actions (know right thing to do but unable to execute), mental incompetence, a variety of other behavioral disturbances.

5. Genito-urinary symptoms such as vaginal infections, menstrual difficulties, impotence, infertility, prostatitis, rectal itch, urinary tract infection/inflammation or burning.

6. Respiratory symptoms that reflect compromised immune system. Frequent colds, flu’s, hay fever, mucous congestion, postnasal drip, asthma, bronchitis, chest pain, frequent clearing of throat, habitual coughing.

7. Development of various skin infections like athlete’s foot, jock itch, skin rash, hives, dry brownish patches, psoriasis, ringworm, rough skin on sides of arms which gets worse at certain times of the month or under increased stress.

8. Hypochondriac and/or neurotic tendencies, which are resistant to standard modes of therapy

9. Early childhood clinical history with any of the following ADD, ADHD, hyperactivity, aggressiveness, skin problems like cradle cap, diaper rash, thrush, respiratory problems, chronic ear infection, tonsillitis

10. Heightened sensitivity to cold temperatures with arthritis-like symptoms

If you have some combination of these symptoms, you may have candidiasis and it is imperative that you take measures. A thorough intestinal clean-up using Caproyl antifungal, Psyllium cleanser and Bentonite detoxificant, will improve your overall condition, regardless of what you are suffering from. The safest option of course is to see your local physician or health expert.

Golden Rutilated Quartz – The Crystal of Wealth and Decision-Making

Rutilated Quartz

Chakra: The third wheel-Maripura sun wheel in the center of the solar plexus

Rarity: Not Always Available

Titanium Rutilated crystal is in one of transparent rock crystal with the needle (for the shape of Venus’s golden hair, so another name for Golden Rutilated) or a plate made of titanium minerals wire, titanium oxide crystal was shining after the gold, is the most precious crystal. Part of the selection of crystal clear and transparent when no clouds or Binglie shape, thick and golden hair shining, neat attached to beauty products as well as. Origin has been discontinued now heard, because very few in appearance and lovable, but also the highest price the market crystal, which gradually replace the status of white crystal, crystal in the industry as the king.

Yellow shade corresponds to the sun wheel, stomach and other digestive organs can help, on the stomach, duodenum, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, or skin, diaphragm (respiratory) are also said to help other Rutilated frequency pole strong, highly effective, thyroid disease, respiratory disease, bronchitis and colds, and even have heart palpitations heartache help, partial financial wealth are being recruited, an exceptionally strong magnetic field! But when talisman, lucky charm use particularly auspicious to worship Buddha.

In particular, they have to keep working at night, or out of gas for various gas disease places a heavy man, say the medical establishment, cemetery, etc., or special place of business, there are evil spirits melt the ghost, the effect of good luck, witchcraft, or some is a low-level spiritual body has to resolve the interference effect. on the indecisive, hesitant, weak-minded person of enterprise, but also to strengthen its decisive decision making, and increase the usefulness of courage bold, especially leaders often make decisions or executives, wearing titanium crystal, and close to the solar plexus, decision-making capacity will be more lead, and lead with the opening of its Innovation Council, the career achievements of extraordinary achievements.

Baseball – Top Seven Injuries That Will Plague Most Baseball Players

Baseball injuries usually do not end a player’s career. However, any injury can be a setback. With proper care and knowledge beforehand, the player will know what to look for, and will return to normal activities in a shorter amount of time.

The top seven baseball injuries that will plague most baseball players are described below.

1. Shoulder Injury

Throwing or hitting a baseball utilizes the entire physical body. A shoulder injury is normally associated with an arm and shoulder injury of the pitching or throwing arm and shoulder. In medical terminology, a baseball player’s common shoulder injury is a torn Rotator Cuff. Pitchers are most prone to suffer from this injury, but anyone who plays baseball can become afflicted with a shoulder injury.

2. Sprained Wrist

A sprained wrist injury demands special attention so that the swelling and pain can subside. A sprained wrist injury rarely lasts for more than a few days since the wrist is so flexible and pliable. Should a player take a tumble or have to chase a fast dropping line drive hit, he could easily suffer from a sprained wrist.

Sometimes when a player is running for a base, he’ll slide into the base and sprain his wrist. It hurts and it will swell, but most likely, the wrist will not get broken. Within a few days after cold compresses have been applied, and the wrist is later soaked in warm water, the wrist will be fine, and the baseball player will be ready to participate in his next game.

3. Dislocated or Broken Fingers

When a baseball player’s glove webbing is improperly aligned at the moment when a ball impacts the glove, the player’s fingers and hands will sting. However, most players will tell you that catching a ball with an ungloved hand can feel like being shot with a high-powered arrow.

Whenever a finger is exposed at any angle other than in an open and flexed state, the player will feel his finger joints getting crunched, dislocated, or broken. Catchers and infielders are the most common players to receive such finger injuries, but it can happen to any player, regardless of the position they’re playing.

4. Hyper-extended Knee

When a baseball player grabs a fly ball out of the air, he is most certainly prone to suffering from a hyper-extended knee injury.

Whenever a player’s foot lands awkwardly after he has lunged for a fly ball, the knee joint takes the bulk of the landing. Although he may show the other players that he can walk off the immediate hurt, his knee joint will be sore for days.

When that same player pays attention to his knee’s soreness, he will recover quickly. However, if the player aggravates the injury by playing several more innings, or another game within a day or two, the injury will worsen and the pain will reappear.

Another way that a player can hyper-extend his knee is when his spikes get jammed into a base that’s fixed into place. The knee joint could twist in the wrong direction, thereby causing the knee to hyper extend.

5. Pulled Hamstring

Even the most in-shape and toned baseball player who appears to have strong muscled legs can be prone to suffering from a pulled hamstring when he’s running at break-neck speed to catch a ball or run a base.

Mickey Mantle’s entire career and Albert Pujols’s existing career have been fraught with hamstring muscle pull problem injuries. The injuries are painful, and the player will most likely need to take some time off to heal, but his career will not be ended due to a pulled hamstring.

6. Sore Elbow

Whenever a baseball player throws a ball hard to one of his teammates, he becomes susceptible to a sore elbow injury the same day or the next day. Sore elbows heal fairly rapidly, so there’s no need for medical attention, except to remember to reduce the velocity that a player throws the ball the next time he’s out on the field. A sore elbow is caused when the player suddenly stops or slows down the fling. That action is known to cause stress at the elbow’s bone joint.

7. Bruises on Legs and Hips

When a baseball player does not wear sliding pads, he is quite vulnerable to receiving big bruises and strawberries on his legs and hips from sliding into a base. The painful part comes when a well-meaning attendant tries to apply any medication that contains alcohol or witch hazel in it. You’ll be sure to hear the player’s screams from many fields away.

Bruises will change colors and are certainly sensitive to the touch, but they’re not the most serious injury a player can receive. So, try to remain tough when you look in the mirror after the game and see raw fleshy spots. Within four or five days, the tenderness will be gone, and most likely the color of the bruise will have faded away.

Reiki is the Magic YOU Can Do!

Do you find the title intriguing? The intention is not to intrigue but motivate and convince you that the magic of Reiki is within you.

Reiki is a benign energy that brings happiness and light into the lives of everyone who embraces it. It is an energy that can be harnessed to fulfill the little desires of life. Often the way Reiki works seems like magic.

Reiki asserts that the world is energy vibrating at different frequencies. Thought is energy and action is also energy. Every single object in the physical world is energy vibrating at different frequencies. Since energy cannot be destroyed, it remains in its current state until it is converted into other forms or reactions to form new energy vortices. Reiki gives you the power of conversion-the power of making the negative, positive.

However, Reiki energy, by itself, is neither positive nor negative. It corrects negative energy and stimulates the flow of positive energy. It releases blocks and enhances energy levels and makes dynamic all that is sluggish and diseased. Reiki is not a healing method alone it is also a method of developing yourself spiritually.

A number of meditations are taught while a person is initiated into Reiki. People who have been meditating earlier would find that they are able to attain the perfect state easily after Reiki initiation. Those who are new to meditation would find that with almost no ascetic practice they are able to enter the meditative state. They would also find that their relationship with God and the universe is being subtly altered and they are able to relate intensely with both animate and inanimate things.

A person who constantly uses Reiki to heal themselves and others will find that their thought processes are clearer, their memory is improving and that they have more energy for everything. The fundamental demand that the energy makes of us, is that we surrender to its intelligent power and allow it to guide us to the goals we desire.

Innovative uses of Reiki

Having said that let us examine how Reiki can be used innovatively to make our lives better.

A Reiki practitioner who met me during one of our discussion sessions told me of some strange ways in which she had used Reiki energy. She had gone with her family to a hill station. She has a little daughter aged four, who would eat her meals only if nursery rhymes are being played. As soon as the cassette player had been switched on preparatory to feeding her, she found that the batteries were dead and she had forgotten to bring fresh batteries. In desperation she decided to do Reiki to the batteries and charge them. Her husband laughed at her while she focused all her attention on energizing the batteries. After about fifteen minutes of doing Reiki she inserted the batteries into the player and lo behold, the batteries functioned normally for almost an hour. Her husband, who was a skeptic till then, became a believer. He enrolled for Reiki immediately on return from their holiday.

Plants and trees respond to Reiki, just as human beings do. Reiki enhances plant growth and increases their life energy. Start by doing Reiki at the roots to enhance their function of providing sustenance to the plant as a whole. When you intuitively understand that enough energy has been given move your hands to the stem. Hold your hands a few inches beyond the leaves and feel the energy flow. When plants have to be replanted, Reiki helps them take root easily. A friend who experienced the wonderful impact of Reiki on plants narrated the following episode to me.

She had several indoor plants in her drawing room and she was very fond of them. She would talk to them while she cleaned them and took them out for sunning. Suddenly she was called away from home to attend to her sick aunt. She left strict instructions with her maid to tend to the plants. When she returned after ten days, the maid was in tears. She said that she had taken care of the plants as directed but they seemed to be dying without reason. My friend was shocked and upset. She saw that most of the plant leaves had browned and fallen off. The plant itself was also drooping. In tears herself, she began talking to the plants and doing Reiki to them. She could not sleep all night and spent most of the night giving Reiki energy at repeated intervals. In the morning she dozed off and woke up hearing the exclamations of her maid. The plants had suddenly revived and had even sprouted fresh new leaves!

Fruits and vegetables respond to Reiki and remain fresh for a long time. The energy content in the food is enhanced and improves the health of the individual who ingests them. Though I have not tried it, colleagues who have tried it tell me that; Reiki improves the taste of sticky toffee! However, I can authoritatively state that you can increase the taste of food if you do Reiki to it while you cook.

Animals who are sick and distressed by injuries can be soothed and comforted by Reiki. Homes can be energized by thoroughly cleaning the rooms and drawing the first symbol of the second degree of Reiki in the four corners of the room. You can secure your home by visualizing a pyramid over it and drawing the power symbol on the four faces of the pyramid. You can do the same for your children or your family members who are leaving home for work or school.

A friend of mine who was accident-prone was extremely distressed when a series of accidents marred the best day of his life. He began the day by falling off his bed and slipped on the wet bathroom floor while bathing and banged his head on the sharp edge of the tub. While rushing to the hospital, his car skidded and he hit the meridian and ended up with a fractured arm. While setting his bone, the nurse accidentally pricked him with the hypodermic she was preparing. He rushed to my clinic straight from the hospital before the hospital fell on him! I gave him Reiki to reduce the pain of the fracture and quicken the healing. I asked him to visualize himself in the center of a colorful beach ball. I asked him to surround himself with giant power symbols and pray to the Reiki energy to protect him from accidents and negative energies for the next five days. He was so desperate that he went through the entire exercise sincerely. He did not have a single accident for the next five days. He was so elated that he rushed to the phone to ring me up on the sixth day babbling with joy. He promptly banged himself on the nearest chair and I was greeted with an “ouch!” as I picked up the phone. Needless to say, he promptly sat down to get his Reiki insurance for the next five days!

Reiki seems like magic to the uninitiated. My mother, my sisters and myself were residing in a rather crime prone area of a city during our teens. One pleasant evening we decided to visit the beach. We duly locked up our home and went to sit on the golden sand, located at a walking distance from our home. As the evening slipped into dusk and darkness, we decided that it was time to go home. We were also a little afraid of the loitering youth of the area. We returned together, chatting and laughing to keep up our courage. On reaching home we suddenly realized that the key to house was not with us. We were perturbed and a little desperate. We clung to each other as we made our way back to the beach in search of the key, which had fallen into the sand. The place was deserted and the street lamps were dim. We had almost no hope of finding the key in the vast sea of sand. My sister and I decided that we would try Reiki, while my mother and other sister kneeled down to pray to God. As we did Reiki, a passing car headlight caught on the tip of the key and it flashed brilliantly in the light. I quickly dug around the area and there was our key partly buried in the sand! We thanked both God and Reiki for the timely help that we had received!

One of my patients complained that people were constantly borrowing money from her and were not bothered to return it at the time specified. She was particularly angry with some people who had taken large sums from her a year ago and were avoiding her now. I advised her to place all these people in a pyramid filled with pink light of love and hold the thought that all of them were ringing her bell with the specific intention of returning her money. She agreed after a lot of persuasion and she sat with me at the clinic doing the exercise. After she returned home, she called me back excitedly to say that one of the persons she had placed in the pyramid had met her at her doorstep and had returned her money. He had also apologized for the delay in returning the same. The next few days were the most wonderful days of her life as every one of the persons who had borrowed money from her returned the sums with apologizes and thanks!

You can magnetize money by doing Reiki to it. Take a dollar or whatever currency your country has and do Reiki to it. Visualize in your mind that the money is attracting more money to it. Do this daily for a week or so and watch your money grow!

Reiki requires no testimonials other than those that you will provide for yourself. You can easily verify all the facts narrated above. Why don’t you just for once put aside any secret doubts that you entertain and test out the efficacy of Reiki? Take a plant that it dying and revive it with Reiki. Do Reiki on a person or animal that you always considered hostile (you can do distance Reiki too). Try to find an object you have misplaced by focusing your attention on it and doing Reiki to it. Imagine yourself winning a prize and do Reiki to the image it brings to your mind. Make a Reiki Box and write your desires on a piece of paper and put it into the box. Do Reiki to the box everyday and enjoy the pleasure of having your wishes fulfilled!

Reiki is not a science that is confined to clinics and medical tables. It is something that can become a part of your everyday life and enrich it beyond your dreams! It is not witchcraft or dark magic. It is a proof of concept that the Universe is abundant and we have to only focus our energies and dip into the abundance for the fulfillment of our desires.

Caput Succedaneum Vs Cephalohematoma

When it is finally time for the birth of a baby, parents are ready to hold their precious and perfect child in their arms. They should not have to worry about birth injuries suffered by their baby during the delivery. Sadly, though, medical staff does not always perform up to their expected level, which can result in injuries to a baby. Two such problems are caput succedaneum and cephalohematoma.

A caput succedaneum is swelling that occurs in the scalp of a newborn. This means that bruising occurs in the thin layer of tissue between the hair and the skull itself. This typically appears as a puffy spot on the baby’s head, but it can even be so large as to cover the whole top portion of the skull, making the newborn’s head look misshapen. A caput can also cause molding of the head.

While this problem can be caused from the pressure of the newborn’s head against the vaginal wall during a normal, headfirst delivery, it can also be due to a vacuum extraction. Thankfully, this injury typically goes away on its own. However, it can later contribute to jaundice as the baby’s body tries to process and rid itself of the excess blood in the bruise.

A caput’s main difference from a cephalohematoma is that it can occur across the midline of the skull. Additionally, while the former is swelling of the scalp tissue, the latter occurs deeper towards the skull itself. There is a tough tissue that lines the outside of bones, called periosteum. A cephalohematoma is a collection of blood under this material.

Slightly similar to a caput, a cephalohematoma can result from a forceful delivery. As the baby’s body is forced forwards either during a natural birth or a specialized extraction process, the scalp sticks to the interior of the birth canal. This results in the tearing of blood vessels connecting the periosteum to the scalp and skull. While a caput succedaneum typically disappears in a few days, a hematoma of the periosteum can last longer.

Although some babies can develop a caput while still in the womb, many others suffer from the injury during the delivery process. In most instances, bruising is unavoidable, but proper and responsible management of labor and delivery should reduce your baby’s chances of having this problem. Additionally, cephalohematomas are most often caused by vacuum and forceps-assisted deliveries. While these two extraction methods may be necessary, proper care and use of the tools should help protect your baby from this injury.

You should be able to trust your doctors to help you through delivery in a careful, efficient, and safe manner. However, sometimes doctors fail in their responsibilities to us. If you or someone you know has had a baby that suffered from a caput succedaneum or cephalohematoma due to unsafe use of forceps or a vacuum, you should speak to an attorney regarding your options.

The Ten Bridges of Transformation by Marianne Williamson

The Ten Bridges of Transformation teaches you to go ahead and make that radical shift toward a powerful, purposeful, and peaceful life. Marianne Williamson, a world-renowned spiritual teacher, tackles ten universal challenges that humans face on a daily basis. These challenges then serve as gulfs that separate humans from the things they need and want in life, things that would have helped them achieve their purpose. More often than not, the ten challenges reap their ugly head, and when they do, they produce a kind of paralysis over humans, rendering them useless and powerless to move on their own.

To counteract these negative and paralyzing effects, The Ten Bridges of Transformation offers solutions in the form of “bridges.” These bridges help you to see and realize that behind the door of these setbacks lies an incredible opportunity to grow and be enlightened, according to Marianne Williamson. With this mind-set, you will no longer shrink away from the challenges and adversities that may come your way. Instead, you will face them with your head held high because you know that you are given a chance to grow and become a better person.

The ten bridges are the compass you need as you travel along the path toward spiritual wholeness. What makes these ten bridges effective is the fact that you can apply their principles right away in your daily life. The Ten Bridges of Transformation does away with fancy words and complex sayings. What it delivers is a message that is straight to the point, telling you that you can reorient yourself from the negative to the positive. It may not sound easy, but it is definitely very possible.

Marianne Williamson is one of the most insightful and profound spiritual teachers in this modern era. Without a doubt, you are assured that the ten principles presented by Marianne really do work. Marianne herself injects an incredible amount of enthusiasm and energy in her many workshops, and you can feel this enthusiasm and energy yourself in the program. People trust Marianne because she is profound and is incredibly animated with her eye-opening teachings. But people trust Marianne mostly because everything she says is true, and they can see the illusion they have held for so long shatter before their very eyes.

The Ten Bridges of Transformation must be on the priority list for every individual who is a fan of Marianne Williamson. It is for every person who strives to make a stronger and smarter being out of himself from every challenge or setback he encounters along the way. It is for every human who yearns to disentangle himself from the deadly tentacles of negative emotions, experiences, and thoughts. It is for every person who wants to be enlightened in whatever circumstance he finds himself in, and to use that enlightenment to escape the suffocating hole of self-doubt he may have made for himself.

The Ten Bridges of Transformation is packed with live segments from Marianne’s famous workshops. If you never thought it was possible to transform hardships into opportunities for growth, then perhaps you might want to give this CD a spin and see-or hear-the message from Marianne Williamson herself. Prepare to be transformed. Prepare to have a better life!

Probiotics and GERD is a Matter of Digestive Healing

Probiotics and GERD are a good combination because probiotics help to restore normal function to the stomach in order to maintain a healthy and balanced digestive system. Probiotics is the term given to the more than 400 types of good bacteria that exists in our gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Without the right balance of probiotics, your immune system fails to fight illness and disease, and your intestinal tract becomes unbalanced. In order to control acid reflux and heartburn, your digestive system needs to be functioning properly.

A healthy intestinal tract should be comprised of a minimum of 85% good bacteria to effectively prevent the over-colonization of disease causing micro-organisms such as salmonella and E. coli. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people have more bad bacteria than good. But how does the above information relate to probiotics and gerd?

Essentially, probiotics are vital to a healthy GI tract. When the GI tract is unbalanced and prone to problems, this can result in a number of symptoms, including indigestion – otherwise known as heartburn. Therefore, if you are experiencing frequent heartburn, you are suffering from GERD, which is primarily due to a weakened digestive system that is insufficient in necessary stomach acid and/or enzymes and a lack of probiotics.

Therefore, instead of taking medication such as a proton pump inhibitor or antacid to treat your heartburn, you should consider ingesting a more natural form of treatment by increasing your intake of probiotics. In other words, the idea is to provide your GI tract with the essential probiotics it needs to function properly to prevent acid reflux from occurring.

It is a fact that probiotics can relieve chronic indigestion, because they make the digestion process more efficient. Probiotics enhances the digestion of lactose, and breaks down undigested food, even tough carbohydrates. Good bacteria also helps to relieve bloating, cramping and many other digestive problems.

How do you obtain probiotics? Some probiotics naturally exist within your body, while others are ingested and excreted. Probiotics that are ingested come in natural food forms and as herbal remedies, usually in tablet form. Ideal sources of probiotics in food include:

o Yogurt with active bacteria culture

o Homemade sauerkraut

o Flax oil

Each of these food sources helps us to maintain sufficient gut flora.

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When all is said and done, probiotics will help aid in digestion to help your body absorb the essential nutrients it requires, and waste material can be effectively removed. Improving your digestive system will dramatically improve any indigestion you suffer, and reduce your risk of cancer, which is especially important if you happen to suffer from a more severe form of GERD known as Barrett’s esophagus, which can develop into esophageal cancer.

However, keep in mind that if you are taking probiotic supplements, the probiotic should be comprised of at least five billion microorganisms in each tablet, capsule, etc. Acidophilus is the most common probiotic strain, but there are many other beneficial bacteria as well.

Finally, when using probiotics and for treatment of gerd symptoms, probiotics should be taken in combination with digestive enzymes. You can find both probiotics and digestive enzymes online or at local health stores.

Remember both probiotics and GERD are related to your digestive system, which is why probiotics can help relieve and prevent GERD symptoms. If you are interested in using probiotics as a natural treatment, you should first consult your doctor about your decision.

Allergies Vs Sinus Infection – Do I Have Allergies or a Sinus Infection?

Nasal symptoms affect millions of Americans all the time. But is it allergies or sinus infection? What’s the difference? How does it matter?

Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) is an allergic response to pollen or other microscopic particles or organisms. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis include:

  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose

Colds or flu may cause some of these same symptoms, but are usually accompanied by fever, sore throat, and body aches. Colds typically last about seven days, then go away. But with allergies, symptoms last longer. And allergy symptoms occur in a predictable pattern: The symptoms of allergies tend to be present when pollen counts are high, and go away when they are lower.

Sinus Infection

Sinus infection (sinusitis) is inflammation of one or more of the sinus cavities in the skull. Sinuses have small openings into the nasal cavity and are normally just filled with air, but when they become blocked and filled with fluid, they become a breeding ground for germs that cause an infection. These can include bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Based on the length of time symptoms are present, sinusitis is classified as acute, chronic, or recurrent

Acute Sinusitis

In acute sinusitis, the primary symptoms last about 7-28 days and include:

  • Facial pain/pressure
  • Nasal stuffiness
  • Nasal discharge
  • Loss of smell
  • Cough/congestion

Additional symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue
  • Teeth pain

A health care professional will make a diagnosis of acute sinusitis when a person has two or more symptoms and/or thick, green, or yellow nasal discharge. Treatment for allergies is usually symptomatic. These include medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal corticosteroids. Antibiotics are not needed. Non-medicinal remedies such as nasal irrigation has been proven helpful as well.

Chronic Sinusitis

People with chronic sinusitis may have the following symptoms for 8 weeks or more:

  • Facial congestion/fullness
  • A nasal obstruction/blockage
  • Pus in the nasal cavity
  • Fever
  • Nasal discharge/discolored postnasal drainage

Additional symptoms of chronic sinusitis may include:

  • Headaches
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue
  • Teeth pain

A physician may treat sinusitis with symptomatic medication or antibiotics in severe cases. Overuse of antibiotics has lead physicians to be more reserved in prescribing antibiotics. Nasal irrigation has been proven effective, as well, in helping to relieve the symptoms of sinusitis and maintain nasal health.

One Condition May Lead to Another

It is not uncommon for allergies to lead to sinusitis. Nasal allergies cause swelling of the lining of the nasal passages, which can lead to a blocked sinus. Sinus infection can then develop because of the blockage.

Nasal allergies and sinusitis affect the body in different ways and are treated differently, so it is important to know the difference.

7 Things You Are Unaware of That Can Cause Depression, Anxiety and Panic Attacks!

Most of us go through life unaware of the various reasons that cause the many ailments that plague us… take snoring for example; are you aware that you can actually become mentally or physically ill by just sleeping next to someone who snores? Ah… it could also happen to you if you are fond of missing breakfast! I bet you didn’t know this. This article will discuss 7 things that you might be unaware of that causes your depression, anxiety and panic attack…

1. Eating Large Sizes Of “Crap”

We no longer dish out correct portion sizes during meal time because we have become so used to the so-called super-sized meals that those take-away shops and fast food joints offer. It doesn’t help that the restaurants also serve large helpings of pasta and the like too. You are not starving your family if you serve proper portions during meal. Re-learn it if you must.

2. Inadequate Community Time

We have become so busy in today’s world that we no longer have time to leisurely spend with members of our community; we no longer engage in community group activities like; walking clubs, or book clubs, or playing a sport like street basketball or football (soccer). You must realize that not creating time for activities that allow you interact with members of your community is a surefire way of developing depression, anxiety and panic attack.

3. Depriving Yourself Of The Goodies

In one simple word; Don’t! Yes, I know you are suppose to watch what you eat and all that, and you should, but get this; the occasional “pig-out” – be it a coffee binge or a steak binge is okay (in fact advised) – just don’t overindulge or do this regularly, it is a once-in-a-while event. Food cravings are caused by food deprivation and you don’t want to be craving anything.

4. Inadequate Intake Of Fruit & Fibre

As an adult you ought to eat like one – don’t eat like a child! It will surprise you the number of adults who actually don’t take fruits or fibres at all. You want to ensure that you indulge in meals that contain these like; oats, fish, beans, eggs and the like. Eating the above will prevent depression, anxiety and panic attack from affecting your life.

5. Sedentary Work

Exercise is swell for your body but even more importantly you need to engage in sedentary work – little bits and pieces of movement which we ought to engage in daily. These movements help keep up our metabolic rate. This is especially useful if you are like me who spends quite a lot of time in front of the PC.

6. Don’t Believe Every Myth You Hear

Myths and legends are a part of human lore. You probably grew up on stories about heroes and so on. But you must make it a point of duty not to believe every myth you are told! What do I mean by “myths” in this context? Well, out there are many so-called “Doctors”, you know “MDs” – these guys spew out all sorts of crap from their mouths. I’ll give you an example; A doctor told his patient that it was okay for him to accompany his meal with a huge glass of vegetable juice. Reason? Well, he said that there would be a zero calorie count since the drink went straight into the patient’s bloodstream!

Or check out this one; Almonds contain what these Doctors call “negative calories”. The truth is this; there is no food anywhere in the world which contains “negative calories.” Morale of the story; don’t believe the myths if you want to avoid depression, anxiety and panic attack.

7. Beware Of “Hidden Calories”

Do you really take the time to investigate what’s in the food you eat? What is its composition, what is it made up of? I bet you don’t – I may be wrong but most of us do not. Hidden calories are probably the worst culprits where depression, anxiety and panic attacks are concerned because not knowing the composition of what you ingest can cause you to experience these nasty conditions. Example; the so-called energy drinks that are suddenly so popular mostly contain a high level of caffeine. Stay away from these and other foods that contain hidden calories if you aim to escape suffering depression, anxiety and panic attack.

What Is Nerve Gliding and Can It Help With Diabetic Neuropathy in the Feet?

A common complication of elevated blood sugar or diabetes is damage to the nerves throughout the body. This is known as peripheral neuropathy and can produce debilitating pain, numbness and other distressing symptoms in patients. Typically the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy start in the feet and progress to the hands and other parts of the body. The sustained elevated blood sugar found in diabetes causes damage and degeneration to the nerves via a number of different metabolic pathways. Our knowledge about the deranged metabolism that is the actual cause of diabetic nerve damage has increased dramatically, unfortunately there are currently few, if any, medications specifically designed to treat the underlying cause of the condition. For patients suffering with the symptoms of neuropathy associated with diabetes, current treatment consists of strict blood glucose control and several drugs that may relieve the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. Regrettably the current state of treatment for most patients suffering from diabetic neuropathy is truly inadequate.

There are a number of drugs in the research pipeline that may potentially address some of the metabolic pathways associated with the development of diabetic neuropathy. If these drugs pan out, they have the potential to offer the first-ever therapy that seeks to address the cause rather than mask the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.

Until these new classes of medications become available for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy, arguably non-pharmaceutical interventions may offer superior relieve for diabetic patients suffering with nerve related complications.

There are, in fact, advances in the realm of physical treatment of neuropathy that may potentially benefit diabetic neuropathy patients right now. Let me tell you about the research findings of a team of surgeons from Johns Hopkins and related research findings from the physiotherapy profession in Australia. If you or someone you know is suffering from diabetic neuropathy, you are going to want to know about this research.

But first we need a little lesson on how a nerve behaves physically in the body and also a little background on what may happen to nerves in diabetic patients. Once we understand these fundamental properties of the peripheral nerves, we can talk about the specific research findings of these two groups and how they may benefit diabetic nerve pain sufferers.

What happens to the nerves in your arms and legs when you reach, stretch, bend, walk or simply move from one position or posture to another? It is probably not something you have ever really considered, but it is important and relevant especially to patients with diabetic neuropathy. Consider for a minute that nerves are very much like wires running through your body. Now picture for a moment if your arm is bent at the elbow. The nerves in your arm are also bent and have very little tension on them in this posture. But what do you suppose happens to these nerves when you reach and stretch to grab something overhead?

The nerve will first straighten and then become tight and taunt due to the change in position. To prevent overstretching, which can damage a nerve; the nerve must also glide and move. This is the concept I want you to keep in mind; that healthy nerves glide and move with changes in the position of the parts of the body. This gliding is essential to prevent the build up of tension in a nerve which can cause damage to it.

In fact using an imaging technique called high resolution ultrasound, researches have actually measured the amount of gliding (they call it excursion) that occurs in a nerve when the body is placed in different positions. What we know from these studies is that the median nerve which is one of the main nerves in the arm and the tibial nerve, a major nerve in the leg, move between 2-4 mm when the body is placed in different positions. Now this might not seem like a huge amount of movement or gliding, but chances are that if you would directly stretch the nerve this amount, you would rupture many of the delicate fibers within it. So the take home point is that this gliding movement of the nerves while small is very important for the ongoing health of the nerve. Anything that would reduce or restrict this movement has the potential to damage, injure or irritate the nerve and its individual nerve fibers.

So remember that nerve movement or gliding is healthy for the nerve, nerve fixation or restriction of movement can be harmful.

So how does all this relate to diabetic neuropathy which is caused by prolonged excessive blood sugar? The same researcher that were studying nerve motion discovered that nerve gliding in diabetic patients was substantially less than nerve mobility in control patient without diabetes. Although we don’t know why the nerves are less mobile in diabetic patients, this finding suggests that in additional to the damage to the nerves caused by high blood sugar, patients with diabetic neuropathy may also have nerve irritation and micro trauma due to restricted nerve gliding.

These observations lead surgeons to develop a surgical procedure designed to decompress and release the trapped nerves in the feet of patients suffering with diabetic neuropathy. The results of a large clinical trial were very encouraging. These results suggest that in addition to treating the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy with medications, physical release of the nerves in feet of these patients could produce dramatic improvement in burning pain, numb toes and other symptoms of diabetic nerve complications.

The problem is surgery in general and especially foot surgery in diabetic patients can be risky business.

So the next logical question should be; is it possible to decompress diabetic damaged nerves in the feet without resorting to surgery?

It appears so.

A technique called nerve gliding or sometimes called nerve flossing may do the trick. Basically nerve gliding treatment seeks to mobilize fixed and entrapped nerves to restore their normal motion. The technique consists of gentle stretches applied across the fixated nerve. While the foot is stretched the patient simultaneously will flex and extend the head and neck. This produces a “flossing” type motion on either side of the nerve fixation. Over time this reciprocal nerve mobilization may break down adhesions and decompress the nerve. According to the theory of nerve gliding this type of nerve mobilization may non-surgically decompress and restore motion to entrapped nerves.

Once again using high resolution ultrasound scanning to measure nerve excursion and movement, researcher were able to document that the nerve mobilization and flossing techniques can and do indeed cause the nerves in the arms and legs to move and glide in response to this non-surgical procedure.

This means that, at least in theory, patients suffering from diabetic neuropathy could benefit from nerve flossing or nerve gliding techniques applied to the feet and legs. Because these techniques can mobilize the nerve with gentle stretches and foot positioning they appear to be an exciting potential new treatment option for diabetic peripheral neuropathy patients. What is more they are non-surgical and relatively safe with very little potential for injury. Nerve mobilization and gliding techniques may offer a potential alternative to foot surgery in high risk diabetic neuropathy patients.

How Much Does Stomach Stapling Cost? – Price of Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass is the term used for stomach stapling. It is a very major operation, which makes a small pouch in the stomach using staples. Really overweight people undergo this. Stapling the stomach makes the person eat less. He just cannot eat more. If he does eat more than what the doctor advised and what the pouch can hold, he may vomit or feel uneasy or may even make the staples loosen and break off causing an emergency and another operation.

Obesity has been recognized as a disease and a lot of premature deaths occur because of overweight. By undergoing gastric bypass a lot of weight can be reduced in a very short time. In fact almost a hundred to two hundred pounds can be lost by this method. The overweight person looks smarter and thinner, his problems having vanished over night because of the operation. Nearly 300,000 people die prematurely in the US because of obesity. About one third of the American population is grossly overweight.

After this operation people can be more active, get into smaller clothes, and reduce the problems associated with overweight and obesity. After this type of gastric bypass, the patient can eat just about a cup of food. He cannot mix food and liquid and there are many other restrictions as well. Patients who are too overweight and have failed at least five to six diets normally opt for this surgery, as it is a very expensive one. Not only is it very expensive, it also carries a lot of side effects and risks along with it.

The ideal patient is one who knows the risks, studies the procedure beforehand, and is between the ages of sixteen and sixty five and does not have vices like smoking and is reasonably healthy. Also he has to be psychologically suited for the operation.

Normally the cost of the operation includes the surgeon’s consultation charges, his operating fees, the medicines used, the hospital stay, cost of anesthesia and postoperative check ups. It differs from surgeon to surgeon, from place to place and greatly depends on the problem and its correction. The cost of stomach staple operation can be between $ 20,000 and $ 55,000. It also depends on the amount of medicines given and used, nurses charges etc. The operation involves a lot of time of the operating surgeons who are highly trained, anesthesiologists, psychologists and others, plus hospital time, numerous follow ups and other such things which need strict monitoring. The operating surgeon has to be very careful while doing the operation as a slight negligence may result in even death.

Is Jock Itch Worse in Summer Or Winter?

The cause of jock itch, crotch itch, crotch rot (dhobi itch, or scrot rot in British English) is Trichophyton rubrum, a fungus that breeds in warm moist places. The groin, in both males and females, meets these parameters any time of year.

In summer, heat, humidity, sweating, swimming in public pools and wearing wet or tight clothing create an upsurge of jock itch cases.

Winter doesn’t lessen the incidence of this itchy problem; it may even increase it! Wearing layers of clothing that do not allow for proper ventilation or clothing that rubs (like a jock strap), playing sports indoors and using crowded locker rooms all add to the issue. Winter’s dry flaky skin, brought about when skin loses moisture from indoor heating and hot showers, is the perfect breeding ground for “winter itch”.

Even gaining weight if/when you lessen the amount of exercise you did in summer is a factor. Heavier people are more prone to getting this rash than their thinner counterparts.

Is jock itch contagious?

YES. You can get it from intimate contact with a partner or with towels or clothing that harbor the fungus. Jock itch (tinea cruris) can also spread from another Tinea infection on your body, like ringworm or athletes’ foot.

Conventional treatment involves the use of an anti-fungal cream, spray or powder.

Natural cures for jock itch include poultices of peppermint, oregano, or lavender. Tea tree oil, diluted with a carrier oil of almond oil can be applied to the rash several times per day. Washing with the diluted juice of a freshly squeezed lemon can help dry up the rash.

How can you avoid getting this rash?

1. Remove sweaty underwear and clothing after exercising.

2. Avoid sharing clothing, towels or washcloths.

3. Allow groin and inner thigh area to dry completely before getting dressed after a shower.

4. Change underwear, clothes or athletic garments regularly. Loose-fitting, cotton underwear is recommended.

What Most Men Don’t Know About the Health Benefits of Penis Vitamins

Most men experience common penis health issues from time to time, such as dry penis skin, red penis, penis rash, soreness of the penis, and penis itching or irritation and diminished penis sensitivity. While these problems are generally treatable, they can cause discomfort that cannot be ignored. The good news is that daily treatment of the penis skin with moisturizing crèmes or oils containing penis vitamins and minerals can help to prevent most of these issues and keep the sensitive skin of the penis smooth, supple, and responsive to stimulation. Some of the important health benefits provided by penis vitamins and other nutrients are described here.

Eliminate dry, flaking, itchy penis skin – Frequent dry masturbation, cleansing products, and the spermicides often found in condoms can dry the skin, causing flaking, irritation, and an unattractive appearance. If left untreated, dry skin can become calloused, leading to an eventual loss in penis sensation. Shea butter and vitamin E are highly effective natural moisturizers that can penetrate the outer dermal layers and promote soft, smooth, supple skin that appears youthful and healthy.

Enhance penis sensitivity and restore lost penis sensation – Many men experience noticeable loss of penis sensitivity over time. Rough handling from frequent masturbation or aggressive sex can dull the nerve endings, as well as toughen the skin of the penis; in addition, circulatory issues such as damaged blood vessels or reduced blood flow can cause a loss of sensation. Amino acids such as acetyl L carnitine, alpha lipoic acid and L arginine, as well as vitamin B5, are known to promote healing, increase blood flow to the penis, and improve penile sensation by helping to repair damaged nerve cells.

Soothe redness and rash – Red penis skin and rash can result from dry skin or from bacterial or fungal infections. Boosting the body’s ability to fight off disease with important nutrients such as vitamins C and D can help to keep the skin of the penis healthy and prevent minor infections. In addition, applying a moisturizing crème or oil containing vitamins E and A can improve the appearance and texture of the skin’s surface.

Heal sore and irritated penis skin – The penis skin is easily irritated, especially in the presence of chemical cleansers and detergents, friction from overly-restrictive clothing, or even the bodily fluids of sexual partners. Irritated skin can easily develop microscopic cracks and fissures, which lead to further irritation and discomfort and may detract from the enjoyment of sex. Vitamin A, which is found in many healing crèmes and lotions, is known for its healing properties; it can restore and rejuvenate damaged tissue and enhance the appearance of the skin.

To avoid common penis problems and promote overall penis health, it is important to maintain good eating habits, exercise regularly, and keep up-to-date with periodic health checks; in addition, men of all ages should limit their alcohol consumption, avoid tobacco products, and choose sexual partners with care.

Supplementing the daily penis care regimen with penis-specific vitamins and minerals can also promote optimum penis health. However, taking over-the counter vitamins seldom benefits the skin of the penis, as these substances are generally absorbed by the internal organs or eliminated as waste products. A nutrient-rich penis health crèmes (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) that is specifically designed to be applied directly to the penis skin can ensure that the sensitive dermal tissue of the penis receives the full benefits of rejuvenating and healing penis vitamins and minerals. All natural treatments that are free of fragrances, dyes and other chemicals are the best bet when it comes to maintaining a healthy penis.

Massage Oils – Advantages & Disadvantages

Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil is the most widely used oil for body massage. It is finely textured, smooth and free-flowing. It is high in linoleic acid (E.F.A.) and contains some vitamin E.. This will nourish the skin and allow it to store for longer, vitamin E. being an antioxidant prevents rancidity.

Advantages

o Smooth hence good for full body massage.

o Provides good slip and is easily absorbed.

o Suitable for all skin types and areas

o Cheap and readily available.

Disadvantages

o Usually produced by hot extraction, has lost a lot of its beneficial properties.

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil is a pale yellow, thick liquid that mixes well with most other carrier oils and essential oils. It is rich in nutrients, such as unsaturated fatty acids (EFA), and also contains a high percentage of vitamins such as A, B1, B2, B6, D and E. It is excellent in treating psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis due to its vitamin E. content. It also has some anti-inflammatory properties, which allows it to be beneficial to conditions such as sunburn.

Advantages

o Stores well due to vitamin E. content

o Cold pressed therefore relatively pure.

o Has protective and nourishing qualities to the skin

Disadvantages

o Not suitable for full body massage on its own, becomes too sticky.

o Expensive

o Contra-indicated in diabetics, and those suffering from nut allergies.

Wheatgerm Oil.

Unrefined wheatgerm oil has a strong odour, which many people find unpleasant. It contains high levels of vitamin E., which is a natural antioxidant. Although expensive wheatgerm oil is the richest food source we have of vitamin E.

Advantages

o Moisturisers dry/mature Skin.

o Good for reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.

o Relieved symptoms of dermatitis.

o When added to an aromatherapy blend will help prevent oxidation.

Disadvantages

o Too thick and sticky for use on its own.

o May cause allergies, as it is a protein.

o Contraindicated with celiac sufferers.

Evening Primrose Oil.

Evening Primrose oil is an expensive oil, but has excellent moisturising benefits. It contains linoleic acid, and gamma linoleic acid (GLA). Also contains some vitamins and minerals.

Advantages

o useful for dry skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dandruff.

o Useful for PMT, period pains, arthritis and rheumatism.

Disadvantages

o Too expensive for use on full body.

Avocado

Avocado oil is a highly penetrative oil, rich in essential fatty acids, and also has a high vitamin content. It contains vitamin A. vitamin B. and vitamin D.. It also contains proteins and fats, and the minerals potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium. It can be mixed in a small ratio (10%) with other carrier oils, and is commonly used in beauty care.

Advantages

o Stores well.

o Emollient

o Unrefined,

o Viscous-but still penetrates the skin deeper than most carrier oils.

o Has healing properties-helps reduce inflammation (beneficial to psoriasis/eczema).

Disadvantages

o Can become too sticky during massage-blend with another carrier oil.

o Has a strong smell.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba is actually a liquid wax, not on oil. It is a nutritious oil containing vitamin E., minerals and proteins. It is beneficial to many conditions as its structure is similar to sebum, therefore it can be used on oily or dry skin. Unlike many oils, it can be heated to high temperatures and still retain its nutrients.

Advantages

o Nourishing-beneficial to all skin types.

o Highly penetrative with anti-inflammatory properties-excellent for acne, psoriasis, eczema and arthritis.

o Helps control the release of sebum, useful for seborrhoeic skin conditions.

o Stable-does not evaporate or react with air.

Disadvantages

o Very expensive-use small amounts, mixed with another carrier oil.

Calendula

This is an infused oil produced by maceration for its medicinal properties. It contains anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and healing properties. It is generally used for medicinal purposes on specific areas.

Advantages

o Very suitable for skin problems-chapped skin, eczema, bruising and sunburn.

Disadvantages

o Very expensive.

o Not as pure as cold pressed oil due to maceration process.

Macadamia

This is a stable, fine textured cold pressed oil, and is available either refined or unrefined. In either case solvents are not used and the oil retains its natural properties.

Advantages

o Emollient

o Contains palmitoleic acid (found in sebum), good for oily and dry skin conditions.

o Help prevent ageing, good for driving wrinkled skin.

o Good keeping properties, lasts a long time before becoming rancid.

Disadvantages

o Very expensive.

o Has slight aroma, nutty smell.

o Contra-indicated on clients with nut allergies.

Peach kernel.

This is cold pressed from the kernels of the fruit. It is similar in appearance and chemically to apricot oil and sweet almond oil. It is finely textured and rich in vitamins a, B1, B2 & B6. It is especially ideal for facial blends, since it is kind to the skin and easily absorbed.

Advantages

o Keeps well.

o Protects, nourishes and moisturises the skin.

o Useful for dry skins and eczema.

o Helps relieve itching, so can be useful for psoriasis.

o Good for sensitive skin.

Disadvantages

o Expensive