Certain herbs can help take the edge off an ear infection. The following herbs can be combined in a tea to help relieve and heal this painful condition:
- Actions: antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory (reduces pain), vulnerary (encourages healing), calms the nervous system
- Actions: antimicrobial, enhances immune function, anti-inflammatory, anti-catarrhal (loosens mucus – think eustachian tube), vulnerary
- Actions: demulcent (protects mucosal tissues and helps thin thickened mucus), anti-inflammatory, expectorant
- Slippery Elm
- Actions: demulcent, astringent, anti-inflammatory, nutritive
- Sambucus (Black Elder)
- Actions: expectorant, diaphoretic (enhances sweating – aids fever), vulnerary, anti-catarrhal
Do not consume if allergic to Asteraceae (Asters) or Chrysanthemum family herbs/plants.
Consult your naturopathic doctor or registered herbalist to see if this tea is indicated for you.
Posted in Ear, Home Page, Pain & Inflammation, Sore Throat & Colds
Tagged althea, black, chamomile, chamomilla, Ear, ear infection, earache, echinacea, elder, elm, herb, herbal, marshmallow, natural, naturopath, pain, remedy, safe, sambucus, slippery, Tea, treat, ulmus
Taurine is an amino acid that works to remove toxic chemicals and metabolites from the body through the phase II liver detoxification pathway. Vitamin B6 is a necessary cofactor the body uses to produce taurine. B6 and taurine levels tend to be low in individuals sensitive to perfume, which usually contain aldehydes that deplete B6 and taurine. If you suffer from a perfume/odour sensitivity, you may want to consider supplementing vitamin B6 and taurine. Also be aware of certain drugs that lower vitamin B6 such as oral contraceptives, amphetamines, chlorpromazine, isoniazid and reserpine. Consult your naturopathic doctor if you think you may benefit from taking taurine and vitamin B6.
Other signs of possible vitamin B6 deficiency: dry cracks in the corners of the mouth (cheilosis), inflammation of the tongue, eczema, fatigue, depression, anxiety, insomnia, irritability, and confusion.
Posted in Allergies, Home Page, Nausea and Vomiting
Tagged allergy, B6, chemical, detox, help, natural, naturopath, nausea, odor, odour, perfume, remedy, sensitivity, sick, smell, taurine, vitamin
I remember my father having to pause, annoyed, as he rested his eyes from a sudden incident of “welder’s flashburn.” This is like a sunburn to the eye, the more serious burns resulting in pain and redness. A proper assessment by your doctor is highly recommended for this event; however, few will actually go. To preserve your vision for your senior years, here are 4 practical treatments that offer relief and effective recovery for an eye flashburn/sunburn:
- Raw potato poultice – shred potato, clump it together and apply to closed eye(s)
- Vitamin A oil drops – apply to open eye(s)
- Cold pack – apply to closed eye(s) for 10 minutes
- Euphrasia 30Ch homeopathic – take as per label
FYI: potatoes can stain purple or black.
Consult your ND or MD as to whether any of the above remedies are right for you.
Posted in Eye, First Aid, Home Page, Homeopathics, Pain & Inflammation, Poultices, Wounds/Sores/Burns
Tagged Burn, euphrasia, eye trauma, eyes, flashburn, Home Remedy, homeopathy, Medicine, natural, naturopath, Potato, Poultice, sunburn, trauma, vision, Vitamin A, welder, welding
Maybe it’s just me, but shingles seems to be on the rise. Like any other herpes virus (e.g. cold sores) it may be helpful to supplement with the amino acid lysine to decrease the duration, while avoiding the amino acid arginine (arginine can worsen or prolong the outbreak). Foods high in arginine are turkey, pork, chicken, soy, dairy, chickpeas, lentils, peanuts, and peas. Talk to your ND to see if this is the right choice for you.
Posted in Cold Sores, Emergency, Herpes, Home Page, Pain & Inflammation, Prescription Foods, Skin, Supplements/Vitamins
Tagged Alternative, arginine, cure, Food, Home Remedy, lysine, natural, naturopath, Shingles
Natural head lice remedy:
- 10 drops of Tea Tree oil
- 5 drops of Lavender oil
- Mix the oils into hair conditioner and let sit in hair for 30 minutes before rinsing out.
Check with your ND first to ensure whether this is the best treatment remedy for your hair infestation 🙂
Posted in Essential Oils, Hair, Home Page
Tagged cure, essential oil, head lice, lavender, lice, natural, Naturopathic, remedy, shampoo, tea tree, treat
Protein is the single most important nutrient for aging well. A lack of protein = a susceptibility for musculoskeletal injury (e.g. a broken hip) AND cognitive dysfunction (e.g. dementia). The thing to remember is older populations have less ability to absorb nutrients than younger populations. Therefore, eating frequent, small amounts of protein daily rather than large amounts of protein once or twice a day is ideal to offset this nutrient absorption limitation. As a general measure, you can calculate your daily protein requirement (grams) by multiplying your body weight (kilograms) by 0.8 (e.g. 70kg x 0.8 = 56g of protein minimum per day).
Posted in Aging, Dementia, Home Page
Tagged aging, Alzheimer's, broken hip, calculate, dementia, elderly, Food, injury, natural, Naturopathic, nutrition, prevention, protein