Most of us know the edelweiss flower from a Sound of Music song but in real life it is a powerful mountain flower and has been part of alpine home remedies for centuries. Teas and salves compounded with edelweiss have been used to relieve chest pains, arthritis, digestive problems, bronchitis and even cancer. Eueopean mountain villagers knew that edelweiss based care just worked. In recent years researchers have demonstrated that this yellow and white flower works because it contains anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant chemicals.
This daisy like flower grows in montain regions in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It blooms only in August and September and has become so popular that in 2004 Switzerland created plantations of edelweiss to meet the demand. A few years later it was declared a protected species.
Tumeric is a vivid yellow root that has been use dfor centuries to season food and heal the body. Popular in South Asian cuisone, tumeric has been part of medica care since 600 BC. It is a multi-talented spice that valued valued for its ability to reduce inflammation warts and acne. It even was a standard care for wound healing after battles.
Modern research has shown that this spice is an effective antioxidant, anti bacterial and even has anti-cancer fighting abilities. It is used to treat burns, insect bites, eczema psoriasis and skin ulcers. That’s a pretty impresive list– and if something is that good there is usually a downside– and its true with tumeric.
The brilliant yellow color of this effective spice can cause problems for certain skin … Continue Reading… →
Question: My Dad worked in construction and after an especially hard day he would dump some epsom salts in a hot tub nd soak until dinner. He claimed it took the “kinks” out of his joints. My mom used an epsom salt soak to help remove splinters and relieve sore feet after a day in heels. Do epsom salts really work or is this another old wives tale?
Answer: Epsom salts have been a home remedy for centuries. Chemically it is a mix magnesium and sulfates and named after Epsom in England where it was first made by boiling down mineral water. My family were also big fans of epsom salts for sore feet and splinter removal. But despite centuries of use, finding published studies on the benefits of … Continue Reading… →
I have to admit that I was disappointed to learn that seaweed had limited nutritional value as well as a troubling downside. But I was then thrilled to discover that seaweed is a skin care superstar. Different forms of sea plants have long been used in the manufacture of creams, lotions and balms to provide natural thickening and emulsification ( eg keeping oil and water together). In the past decade, peer reviewed published studies have shown that seaweed varieties can benefit skin in four much needed ways:
Seaweed for Super Hydration
Sea plants helps the skin hold moisture in two ways. The gel-like properties of seaweed acts like a shield to prevent water evaporation from the skin– sort of the way plastic wrap … Continue Reading… →
Question: Is camomile safe for my skin? You have been writing some scary posts about unsafe beauty products. Is camomile a better option?
Answer: The past few months have been troubling, but in the past six years and almost 800 posts , there have been only two posts about real health problems with skin and hair care treatments. That being said, camomile is an amazing plant with a wide range of benefits. It is actually one of the top five natural herbal remedies. A daisy like plant, it has been shown to offer both internal and external benefits that include relief from ulcers, muscle spasm, colic, anxiety and eczema.
There are actually to types of camomile– German, is a wild species that is used … Continue Reading… →
Microbeads are tiny plastic bits that are used as exfoliators in skin care products. Regular exfoliation is essential to remove the top ead layer of skin cells and dirt that make a complexion look dull and muddy. Not only does exfoliation freshen and clarify the skin, it also stimulates cell growth. Nice.
Microbeads may be good for the skin, but not so much for the environment. Microbeads are not biodegradable and when rinsed off the skin, these little round plastic bits are accumulating in the lakes and oceans. Studies indicate that fish consume microbeads which can put these beads into our food supply. That’s the bad news. The good news? At the very end of last year President Obama signed the Microbead Free Water Act of 2015.2015. This … Continue Reading… →
It’s that time of year when pumpkins and apples are stacked high on roadside farm stands and cinnamon drenched desserts are on every menu. Turns out that all these three iconic symols of autumn are packed with health and beauty benefits.
Pumpkin– Inside and Out
One cup of cooked pumpkin has three grams of fiber, zero cholesterol and sodium, 100% of vitamin A and 20% of vitamin C, and 10% of potassium, copper, manganese, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin B6– and all for just 50 calories.
Most of the pumpkin we eat in the US comes from cans. It retains most of its nutritional payload and is much easier to use. Just make sure that you purchase plain canned pumpkin not canned pumpkin pie filling which … Continue Reading… →
Question: My neighbor has diabetes and she puts honey on her foot to heal a cut. How crazy is that?
Answer: Given that sugars like honey should not be part of a diet for diabetics, the idea of honey wound treatment is bizarre, but here’s the shocker– its actually a good treatment option. Honey is a centuries old remedy for a wide variety of skin problems. It contains an astonishing number of beneficial ingredients including carbohydrates, different forms of vitamin B, minerals( eg calcium, zinc, and potassium) antioxidants, lactic acid , and powerful flavinoids. These components give honey powerful antibacterial, antitumor, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers.
Some studies have shown that honey can heal burns, ulcers and wounds while other research has indicated that it stimulates the production of fibroblasts. These are the fibers that go on to become collagen and elastin. Seriously.