What’s the telltale sign of spring for you? Is it the weather finally breaking and the trees starting to bloom? Or is it relentless itchy eyes and a runny nose that has you reaching for the antihistamines?
To put it simply, allergies are an immune system overreaction to allergens. This triggers the annoying puffy eyes, sneezing, and congestion that can leave you stuck inside on gorgeous spring days. While conventional drugs may relieve allergy symptoms, they don’t address the root cause and often come with side effects—like heavy drowsiness that can leave you nodding off at your desk.
So what’s the solution? We talked to our ND, Dr. Jeremy Wolf, about a few natural remedies to help keep you from sniffling through an entire season!
Treating allergies through diet
When it comes to diet, Dr. Wolf says, “natural substances such as quercetin, stinging nettles, bromelain, vitamin-C, and omega 3 fatty acids may help kick the allergy symptoms. You can find many of these ingredients in every day foods such as onions and berries for quercetin, salmon and fatty fish for omega 3’s, citrus fruits for vitamin c and pineapple for bromelain.” Incorporating anti-inflammatory foods can help keep your immune system strong so it can help fight off common allergies.
Try homeopathic formulas
“There are some homeopathic remedies that are more commonly used for allergies than others,” says Dr. Wolf. “One of these is Allium Cepa, a formula made from onions. If you think about the symptoms you experience when chopping an onion (burning and watery discharge from the eyes and nose) it makes sense that this may be used to combat allergies.” This follows the homeopathic principle of “like cures like.”
You can also try combination remedies “which include a variety of single remedies that are commonly used to treat allergies. The idea is if you take a variety of different remedies, your body is likely to react to one of them.”
An important note from Dr. Wolf: “there isn’t one homeopathic remedy for allergies that trumps others, as it depends on the individual and the symptoms a person is experiencing.” This is why you should alwaystalk to your physicianbefore starting a new supplement or treatment.
Can eating local honey prevent allergies?
A common practice touted in the wellness world is taking a tablespoon of local raw honey every day in the weeks prior to allergy season. When asked about this, Dr. Wolf replied “The thought process behind that treatment is if you eat local honey, you might be ingesting local pollen, and over time you may become less sensitive to pollen which could result in fewer allergy symptoms. This is similar to using allergy shots or sublingual drops to desensitize the body to the allergens.”
He continues to say “It’s hard to know exactly how much pollen you’re actually ingesting. I don’t recommend this to my patients as I don’t think there is any research that currently proves the honey trick to have actually worked.”
You don’t have to stay stuck indoors this spring! Talk with your doctor about your options, and consider taking a natural route to allergy prevention this season.
Filed Under: Homeopathy at 10:19 am | By: Madeline Reiss
Homeopathy has been used for more than 200 years, building a remarkable safety record and generating a great body of knowledge. Today, homeopathy is used by millions of patients in more than 65 countries and recommended by more than 400,000 healthcare providers. Since the passing of the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act in 1938, homeopathic medicines have been regulated as drugs by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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Filed Under: Homeopathy at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Homeopathy has been growing in the past years for a variety of different reasons. Known to help stimulate the body’s own mechanism, homeopathy is an inexpensive remedy that can help people who are in pain and may be dependent on drugs that may cause more problems than the original issues. Let’s look a 6 good reasons to try homeopathy.
1. No Side Effects
Homeopathy is a treatment without side effects, making it easier for anyone to try and use it on a regular basis. Plus, there is no risk of addiction to homeopathic medicines, a common issue with regular drugs.
2. Effective Treatment
Homeopathy works. This effective treatment can help minimize your health problems permanently and, as long as the remedy is chosen and used correctly, it will provide quick relief, acting within minutes or hours.
Homeopathic remedies are much more affordable than conventional ones. These inexpensive products are below the $20 range per bottle and can be as low as $2.
4. Works for Everyone
Homeopathy can help adults, children, infants, the elderly, and even pets and livestock. This simple treatment may offer anyone of any age the solution for different health problems that conventional medicine has no cure.
5. FDA Approved
Homeopathy is approved by the FDA, Food and Drug Administration. Unlike conventional drugs, there are no reports of homeopathic remedies which have been forced off the market due to consumers having adverse reactions.
6. Worldwide Data
With over 200 years of data to support its claims, homeopathy has been used throughout the world in many countries in Europe and South America as well as some countries in Asia.
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If you’re keeping tabs on wellness trends, chances are you’ve come across cannabidiol (CBD) oil. It’s all over wellness blogs and even landing on the shelves of health stores—but what exactly does it do?
CBD oil is derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant and contains the potent health benefits of the plant minus the THC (the psychoactive part that makes you high). Researchers find CBD oil extremely useful as an anti-inflammatory and has even replaced over the counter pain relief drugs like NSAIDs for some users. It’s being used both clinically and by health conscious consumers as it proves extremely effective at promoting an overall healthy balance in our bodies.
Not sure if CBD is right for you? Here are a few of the many benefits of taking a cannabidiol supplement:
1. Relieves pain CBD oil often substitutes traditional over-the-counter pain relievers and has been said to reduce pain and discomfort from a number of health conditions. Scientists believe that when CBD interacts with receptors in your brain and immune system, it creates an anti-inflammatory effect. It has even been useful in alleviating pain from chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis and arthritis.
2. Helps ease nausea The cannabis plant has actually been used for centureis to manage nausea and vomiting. In large doses, nausea can be a side effect of CBD, but when taken in small, therapeutic amounts it can actually help curb nausea. Researchers found that CBD indirectly activates what’s called 5-hydroxytryptamiine-1A (5-HT1A)—a very complex name for a compound that plays a major role in reducing nausea sensations. Because of this, CBD is often used to reduce queasiness and vomiting from chemotherapy treatments.
3. Can help manage seizures While more research is needed to fully understand how it works, CBD oil has been said to have anti-seizure properties. One study found that CBD may have similar effects to current drug treatments for seizures and it may even be a safe and effective treatment for patients with schizophrenia.
4. Balances and supports mental health While CBD does lack the psychoactive component (THC) of cannabis, it does have several effects on the brain that can possibly help ease anxiety. Research has shown that CBD can boost signaling through serotonin receptors, which is often the goal of mental health treatments. Evidence found in animal studies are paving the way for more CBD testing on humans to provide more effective solutions for mental health disorders.
5. Excellent for hair, skin and nails In addition to its clinical uses, CBD is an excellent beautifying oil! it contains a number of essential nutrients that are helpful in maintaining youthful skin, hair and nails, such as vitamins E and C. It’s also been said that CBD oil is helpful in treating acne by controlling inflammation, and is also great at calming irritated scalps for soft, shiny, dandruff-free hair.
6. Can improve your sleep cycle You may already associate sleepiness with THC, but CBD can help you catch some needed Zs in a different, non-psychoactive way. While it won’t make you drowsy, a therapeutic dose can help those with sleep disorders maintain a regular REM cycle by staying asleep once they’re dozing. Considering CBD oil can help you maintain a more balanced state of mind, falling asleep may prove easier while taking it as well.
How Can You Take CBD Oil?
Tinctures If you’re concerned about taste and not a fan of taking capsules, CBD oil tinctures are an enjoyable way to take the supplement. Tinctures are dropper bottles of sweetened and flavored CBD oil designed to yield all of the health benefits and make you actually want to take it!
Capsules For a more convenient way to get your dose of cannabidiol, you can purchase the supplement in capsule form. These are great for taking with you on-the-go or for adding into your daily vitamin and supplement capsule regiment.
Liquids If pills are not your style, CBD also comes in liquid form. This is a great option if you were looking to add cannabidiol into your daily smoothie or if you wanted to use it topically. Many CBD liquids come blended with other fatty acids such as MCT oil for additional benefits.
Body Care Cannabidiol is also finding its way into personal care products! There are more and more products infusing CBD into their formulas to leverage its amazing topical benefits.
No matter how you decide to take CBD (internally or topically) always be sure to test a patch of skin for allergic reactions or start with small internal doses and consult with your doctor to ensure it is a right choice for you.
Has anyone had success while using CBD Oil? Share below!
For a parent, when that first tooth pops up it is like seeing the first flower of spring—a new milestone, a Facebook life event status update! However, the cutting of teeth is different from other childhood milestones in that it isn’t a one-time occurrence, but rather an ongoing process, sometimes lasting up to three years.
And while the first tooth is a photo opportunity and a special notation in your baby book, the rest can just be, well, uncomfortable for not only baby but also for mom. So it’s important to find a teething relief medicine for your child that is easy to administer, contains natural active ingredients and relieves the pain instead of just masking it. Many parents have found this solution in Camilia®, made by Boiron, world leader in homeopathic medicines.
Camilia is a homeopathic medicine that relieves teething pain* without risk of overdose or drug interactions. Camilia’s sterile, single-use liquid oral doses are pre-measured and worry-free. They do not cause numbness, drowsiness or an upset stomach. The single-use doses are also extremely convenient; keep them in your diaper bag, car, purse, etc., so they’re ready to use when needed. The drops contain the following three plant-based natural active ingredients that work together to relieve pain and restore the peace:
Rheum 5C HPUS (Chinese rhubarb) – Relieves minor digestive disorders associated with teething.*
Camilia can be used for children ages one month and older, and parents can administer the medicine as frequently as every 15 minutes, up to nine doses per day. With Camilia, there’s no risk of overmedicating, drug interactions, masking of other symptoms, or numbing your baby’s gag reflex. It is made without benzocaine, dyes, sugar or preservatives, and is tasteless. Visit camiliateething.com for more information or connect with Camilia on Facebook or Twitter.
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*These “Uses” have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
For sufferers of joint and arthritis pain, relief can be tough to come by. If soaks, clammy ointments and cold compresses aren’t doing the trick, it might be time to check out some homeopathic remedies that can help heal organically. Homeopathic medicines, which come in many forms and can be used systemically or applied topically, assist your body’s natural healing process to bring you fast, natural relief.
If there is one homeopathic treatment to carry on your person it’s everyone’s favorite all-natural anti-inflammatory, arnica! Derived from the arnica montana plant, arnica works on a cellular level by combining fast relief with active healing and reduces swelling, bruising and pain associated with injuries sustained as part of leading an active lifestyle. For common aches and pains, a little arnica goes a long way.
Rhus Toxicodendron, or as it’s more commonly known…poison ivy. Yup, I know, but hear me out! This homeopathic remedy is typically taken for joint pain that is worsened by cold, dampness and humidity. Whenever initial movement is difficult and painful, Rhus tox is likely to offer some fast (non-itchy, we promise) relief.
If what ails you is associated with dryness or acute inflammations, whether stiff joints or dry nasal passages, bryonia may be your answer. More specifically, this remedy assists with pain that results from tearing and is made worse by motion.
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Summer is coming to an end and the beginning of school is right around the corner. For parents, it’s back to the school year routine. For a child, it commonly means a new teacher, new classmates, new routines, new thoughts and maybe even a new school. However, all this excitement can unfortunately bring some anxiety. While the cause of anxiety in children can differ, anxious feelings are normal and even expected as children make these important transitions in their life. I have found that when dealing with a fear driven thought, it’s important to walk through the fear in its entirety to help them problem solve. For instance, if your child is nervous about attending a new school and is afraid they’ll get lost or be late to class, don’t just reassure them that everything is going be “OK.” Instead, help walk them through the worst things that could happen and go through different scenarios of what to do if they get lost. Besides talking out the fears, I have found homeopathic remedies may be helpful in calming back to school jitters. These remedies can be taken as pellets and dissolved in the mouth. Below are just a few examples of some of the remedies that may be helpful. Remember it is always best to consult with a trained health care provider before starting to more accurately get the correct remedy and potency for your child.
This remedy is appropriate for a child that is very timid, mild and tends to have a yielding disposition. Often times they have a strong emotional bond with the mother and cling to them. They may display their anxiety by demanding excessive attention, weeping often and crying at almost everything. Generally their anxiety is worse in a warm room and they seek the open air.
This remedy is one of the first remedies that come to mind when speaking about anticipatory anxiety. Lycopodium is suitable for children who have an aversion to undertake new things, yet when they do so they go through it with relative easiness. A lot of the anticipatory anxiety is because they are afraid they will fail and look foolish. Most of these children try to conceal these insecurities with over confident mannerisms.
This remedy is often the first remedy considered when it comes to test anxiety and stage fright. One of the keynote symptoms for this remedy include anticipation of any unusual ordeal, such as appearing in public, public speaking or test anxiety that can bring on diarrhea.
This remedy is good for a child that is generally very sharp, alert and desires creative activities yet has many anxieties. In their anxious state they become fearful when they are alone and for that reason strongly desire company. They are very restless and fidgety and desire to be rubbed gently. When they are anxious they can bite their nails. Lastly, they have a strong fear of the dark and their anxiety is often time worse during thunderstorms.
This is a great remedy if your child is afraid to go to school because of undertaking anything new, such as new people, new classes, etc. This child is excessively shy, they oftentimes hide behind the mother, their hands or furniture as to not be looked at by strangers. They tend to lack self-confidence. If this type of child walks into a room with people laughing, they may assume the people are laughing at them. They easily get homesick because they feel a sense of safety in their home. Lastly, this child may also have some problems in the classroom with learning. They tend to be very forgetful and inattentive, and have a hard time learning and remembering new information.
Dietary and Emotional Health
Diet may also play a major role in emotional health. While sugar itself may not cause anxiety, researchers have found that it might worsen anxiety symptoms. In one study, researchers found that rats that binged on sugar and then fasted displayed anxiety-like behaviors. It’s important to limit the amount of sugar laden, processed foods in your child’s diets throughout the school year. This may not only help with keeping their anxiety at bay but also may help improve their overall health and immunity.
Other Tips to Consider
Role playing can help your children to come up with different plans for different scenarios that they may be anxious about.
Focus on the positives and help your children to redirect their attention from negative worries to positive thoughts. This could be getting to see friends they haven’t seen since the last day of school, focusing on a special snack in their lunch bag, or any other positive experiences you can come up with.
Pay attention to your own behavior. Remember, children are very aware of how parents react to situations. Even if it doesn’t seem like they are paying attention, they hear and see more then we think they do. Children also learn many cues and emotions from their parents. If you can show more confidence and less anxiety, your children are more likely to follow suit.
While back to school jitters are common, there are many tips to help tackle them before they get out of hand. Consider some of these tips the next time you are faced with a child who is experiencing anxiety around school and life. Best wishes for a happy and healthy school year.
This webinar focuses on an introduction to homeopathy. It will discuss a brief history and philosophy to homeopathy and how classical homeopathy works. At then end of the presentation you will have a clear understanding of what homeopathy is and how homeopathy is different from other natural modalities.
Whether you workout, play sports or sit at a desk all day, your bound to have some aches and pains. It’s your body’s way of adapting. Get relief and alleviate sore muscles with the remedies below. You’re body will thank you!
Tart Cherry Juice – As a recent Newsweek article said, “the day when doctors say – ‘take 10 cherries and call me in the morning’ – may not be far off.” This tart cherry juice recipe makes a great addition to your post-workout recovery drink and is packed with anthocyanins that help reduce inflammation.
Epsom Salt Bath – Soothe aches while softening skin at the same time. Epsom salt, otherwise known as magnesium sulfate, is a popular remedy for flushing built-up lactic acid from muscles. Also, magnesium is a mineral known for increasing absorption of other vitamins in the body. Add two cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath and feel the pain melt away.
Arnica – Treat muscle pain with the help of Mother Nature! Arnica Montana is a plant that grows in mountainous areas in the northern United States, Canada and the European Alps and is used in homeopathic circles for the treatment of muscle aches and stiffness, swelling from injuries and discoloration from bruising.
Nutmeg Oil – Besides its culinary uses, Nutmeg oil is an essential part of Chinese medicine used to treat muscle soreness and inflammation by reducing the swelling of joints. It’s more than just a holiday spice; nutmeg has been used since prehistoric times to treat fevers, headaches and even the plague!
Spring has officially arrived, and so has the dreaded allergy season! Few problems affect more people in the United States than allergies. In 2012, 17.6 million adults and 6.6 million children reported having hay fever symptoms in the past 12 months.1-2 Yet, the drawbacks of usual approaches to allergy symptoms tend to leave these sufferers dissatisfied. Antihistamines can make people drowsy. Decongestants can have rebound effects. Corticosteroids may affect growth in children and should not be used long-term. Allergy shots require years of expensive doctor visits and often don’t work well despite the investment of time and money. Many American allergy sufferers think there are only two choices when they are hit with nasal congestion, watery eyes, sneezing and wheezing—take an over-the-counter or prescription medication that bears warnings about side effects, or simply suffer.
Fortunately, homeopathic medicines, such as Sabadil® and Sinusalia®, offer a reliable, low-cost third choice when properly matched with an individual’s symptoms.
Sabadil Tablets and Children’s Sabadil® Pellets work naturally with your body to temporarily relieve hay fever and other upper respiratory allergy symptoms including itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy throat and nose.* These quick-dissolving tablets and pellets are recommended for everyone ages 2 and up.
Sinusalia Tablets and Pellets temporarily relieve nasal congestion, sinus pain and headache due to the common cold or allergies. These quick-dissolving tablets and pellets are recommended for everyone ages 6 and up.
Both medicines are ideal choices for appropriately-aged children, seniors taking other medications, and busy adults who need to remain alert. They do not cause drowsiness or interact with other medications. They’re also non-habit forming, and there’s no risk of overdose. Sabadil and Sinusalia work best when taken at the first sign of allergies to help nip those symptoms in the bud.
1Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, table 3 & 4.
Usually around this time of year, the sun is starting to shine, the flowers are beginning to bloom and allergy season is just mere weeks away. Don’t let fear of allergies and allergy season ruin the beautiful spring and summer weather. There are many alternative and natural ingredients to help relieve and prevent your allergy symptoms. But don’t just try one ingredient, check out LuckyVitamin for many top rated and recommended allergy formulas to help keep the sniffling, sneezing,, watery and red itchy eyes away. Below is a look into some of our top selling products.
Ortho Molecular D-Hist and D-Hist Jr
One of my personal favorites and go to formulas for allergy season is this product. The D-Hist formulas include Quercetin, Bromelain, stinging nettles leaf and N-Acetyl Cysteine to promote optimal support for nasal and sinus passageways. This professional grade supplement combines the best herbs and supplements for comprehensive support for seasonal challenges and best of all won’t cause drowsiness. It is best taken before allergy season starts to help prevent symptoms but also works well if symptoms have already developed.
This combines the most commonly used homeopathic medicine to treat seasonal allergies into one formula. This formula is meant to help relieve a runny nose, spasmodic cough, burning eyes, sneezing, discharges and other symptoms associated with allergies. Sabadil is an FDA regulated homeopathic medicine. Homeopathic medicines are a non-drowsy, safe and effective alternative to common standard medications.
Vital Nutrients Aller-C
This combination supplement combines Quercetin, Vitamin C, and other Bioflavonoids into one effective formula. One of the main ingredients in this formula Hesperidin a flavanone glycoside found commonly in citrus, known to help relieve allergy symptoms. Another ingredient in this formula is Vitamin C. Vitamin C has antihistamine properties and some research suggests it might help reduce allergy symptoms.
Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme Allergy
This Gaia herbs formula contains organic and Non-GMO ingredients. An herbal blend of ingredients to promote a healthy inflammatory response as well as promote respiratory health. This product combines Turmeric along with other herbal extracts to help fight off symptoms of allergies. One of the main ingredients in this product is Quercetin, which is well known for its ability to decrease the histamine response, the main chemical in the body responsible for allergies. Quercetin and other allergy fighting supplements are best taken before allergy season starts to help keep your body from over-reacting to the allergens.
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Homeopathy is a medical practice based on the Law of Similars: that is, if a natural substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, giving the person a very small amount of the same substance may cure the illness. Homeopathic medicines enhance the body’s normal healing and self-regulatory process.
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As winter weather and the holiday season approaches, we spend more time indoors with family and friends, trading hugs and handshakes and sharing meals. Unfortunately, this increases our risk of catching a cold or flu. Simple proactive steps such as frequent hand washing and getting adequate rest can make a difference. However, if cold and flu-like symptoms can’t be avoided, try nipping them in the bud with a homeopathic medicine.
For cold symptoms: Coldcalm® addresses symptoms at every stage of a cold, such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and minor sore throat. These quick-dissolving tablets are recommended for everyone ages three and up.
For coughs:Chestal® Cough Honey works naturally with the body to relieve all types of common coughs. The natural goodness of honey coats and soothes the throat, while the blend of homeopathic medicines loosens chest congestion. Recommended for everyone ages two and up, this dye-free syrup does not contain artificial flavors or colors.
For flu-like symptoms: At the first sign of fatigue, fever, chills and body aches, families around the world have relied on Oscillococcinum® for more than 65 years to reduce both the duration and the severity of flu-like symptoms. Recommended for everyone ages two and up, Oscillo’s sweet-tasting, kid-friendly pellets dissolve quickly under the tongue, meaning no water, chewing or swallowing is required.
These three medicines are must-haves for your family’s medicine cabinet this winter. They do not cause drowsiness or sleeplessness, and they do not interact with other medications. They work best when taken at the first sign of illness, so you can take them as soon as you develop symptoms. There’s no need to wait until you’re “sick enough,” so you won’t miss out on your office’s holiday party or a trip to cut down the family tree with your children.
As the fall running season jogs towards us, more than 36 million runners in the U.S. are trading the heat and humidity for cooler, dryer temperatures, enjoying the beautiful foliage, and signing up for a few holiday-themed races. But before you hit the pavement, here are four tips to help keep you pain-free all season long:
When selecting a running shoe, look for a style that fits comfortably and accommodates your foot anatomy. Once your mileage exceeds 500-600 miles, it’s time for a new pair of shoes.
Wear proper running clothes. Loose clothing is more likely to rub against your skin, so choose a fabric that is sweat-wicking. Stay away from cotton—once it’s wet, it stays wet, and it can rub your skin raw.
If you do suffer a minor injury, relieve your leg, foot or knee pain naturally with Boiron Arnicare. Arnicare topicals, pellets and tablets temporarily relieve muscle pain and stiffness, swelling from injuries, and bruising. Arnicare Gel has a cooling effect for fast pain relief. This non-greasy, unscented gel is quickly absorbed by the skin. Arnicare Tablets and Arnica pellets are both easy-to-take oral medicines. They provide widespread pain relief for the whole body and may be combined with Arnicare Gel.
A gradual return to running post-injury (i.e., a 10 percent increase in mileage per week) is advised, once your flexibility and strength have returned.