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Benefits of Using Organic Wool in Your Baby’s Sleep Environment

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Benefits of Using Organic Wool in Your Baby’s Sleep Environment

When deciding which materials to use for your baby, there is nothing that can compare to organic wool.  It has everything you would want for your baby.  It is the ultimate in organic baby care!

How traditional (non-organic) wool is processed:

In traditional wool production, after the sheep have been shorn, the wool is washed with chemicals to remove dirt and grease and to also sanitize the wool.  It is then dipped in a chlorine bath, where the wool absorbs about 1.5% of the chlorine.  It then may be treated for bugs by adding even more chemicals, some of which can cause neurotoxic effects in humans.  It does not stop there because the wool then is turned into yarn and a variety of synthetic dyes are used in that process.

How organic wool is processed:

The production of organic wool begins with the sheep.  In order for wool to be certified organic, the sheep must not be given synthetic hormones, must not be dipped in chemicals (before or after the processing of the wool) and must be fed an organic (grazing) diet.

When making wool into fabrics, organic wool is minimally processed and does not use toxic dyes or toxic chemicals.  The fibers are also weaved using environmentally responsible practices.

Organic wool production is much simpler and safer.  The wool fiber Simply Mommy uses to fill their Snuggle Me Wool is shorn, washed in a mild detergent and sent to the distributor with zero added detergents, chemicals or toxins.  This minimal processing allows the beneficial attributes of wool to shine.

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Snuggle Me Wool co-sleeping beds & infant loungers for babies; hand-filled with organic virgin lamb’s wool, shorn humanely in the USA.  Comes with removable Merino wool cover, handmade in Minnesota.  Comes packaged in our reusable muslin travel bag.  Perfect for co sleeping, tummy time, play, travel and more.

So what are the benefits of organic wool?

  • Naturally regulates body temperature.  

Sheep have evolved over millions of years and their wool has adapted to ensure the sheep stay cool in warm weather and warm in cold weather.

  • Wicks away moisture.

Sheep wool has adapted to keep the animal not only a perfect temperature, but also to keep the animal dry.  Wool wicks away moisture which is perfect for keeping human skin dry.

  • Naturally fire resistant.  

Wool will not burn, but will only smolder.  It will also not melt or stick to the skin.  This makes it an ideal choice of material to have around babies and children.  It also means that no fire retardants need to be used in organic wool fabrics or fibers.

  • Does not create static.

Wool does not create static like other fibers will, so it does not attract dust or other allergens.  This means that it is a perfect material for people who are affected by allergies.

  • Environmentally safe.

Because organic wool is a natural fiber, it is biodegradable, making it gentle on the earth.

  • Incredibly comfortable. 

Merino wool, in particular, is incredibly comfortable against the skin, making the perfect material for baby clothes, blankets and other bedding. Simply Mommy uses an organic Merino wool fabric for their Snuggle Me Wool co-sleeping bed for babies.

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Reasons to use organic cotton for your newborn

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Why use organic cotton for your newborn?  

When you buy organic cotton, you are buying the cotton in a form that has not been touched with toxic chemicals during the growth or manufacturing process. In the normal cotton growing process, pesticides and poisonous fertilizers are used, which is not only harmful to the soil, but to the farmers who grow it, the workers who pick it and to the end consumer. Infants and children are at a greater risk to the effects of pesticide and synthetic chemical exposure.  Pesticide and synthetic chemical exposure has been linked to developmental issues in babies and toddlers and a wide range of other negative effects. In non-organic cotton, these chemicals will actually stay and be present in the finished cotton fabric.  These chemicals and pesticides are then transferred to your baby through the respiratory system and also through the skin, which is the largest and most absorbent organ in the body.  

organic cotton, snuggle me organic, cosleeping beds There are also studies being conducted on the link between synthetic materials in crib mattresses and SIDS deaths in the UK as I write this.  

On the other hand, when you purchase organic cotton products, none of these chemicals are used and natural methods of repelling pests and nourishing the plants are used instead.  Choosing organic cotton not only protects your own family, but also the farmer’s and the field workers and the ground it’s grown on.

Why use organic cotton for your baby?  Using organic cotton keeps baby’s environment safe and non-toxic during their most crucial developmental years. Organic cotton is a fantastic material to have around your baby!  Organic cotton is comfortable, warm, breathable and very rarely the cause of allergies.  It also protects your baby against all of the harmful effects of synthetic materials or chemically treated cotton. It is biodegradable and when used in it’s raw form, it is also compostable. To limit baby’s exposure to these harmful chemicals, make sure that your baby’s clothing, bedding, play/sleep surfaces, and also skin care products are organic. Organic cotton makes a fantastic material for these items.  

Using organic cotton with your baby is safe and creates a healthy environment for baby!  Choose wisely!

Why Organic?

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BABIES NEED ALL THE PROTECTING THEY CAN GET, so it’s best to keep their environment safe and clean by using organic fabrics and products.

Organic products are those that are grown, harvested and manufactured without synthetic chemicals, pesticides or other harmful chemicals.

The market for organic baby products is exploding due to parents’s growing awareness of the dangers.

When you buy organically grown products, you are voicing your opinion on where you stand and slowly, more and more farmers will switch to a more safe way of producing their crops.

So which organic products are worth the money and which can be skipped?

Not all organic products should be treated with equal value.  Some make a big difference in reducing baby’s exposure to harmful chemicals, and some don’t.

When deciding which items to splurge on, and which to skip, consider how much time a baby will be close contact with that item.  The longer the time, the more important it is to go with organic versions.

Clothing: Babies spend almost all of their time wearing clothing of some kind.  Buying a few, high quality organic clothing items for baby is one of the biggest ways to reduce harmful chemical exposure.  Since the organic clothing market has been exploding, you can usually find good deals if you look for them!  Look for organic cotton, wool, bamboo or even hemp materials.  As an added bonus, organic baby clothes are usually very original and down right adorable.

If you’re decide a crib is an investment you’re planning on making then it is well worth the money to splurge on an all organic mattress for it as well.

It can take quite a while for baby to get used to sleeping in the big wide open spaces of a crib. A good rule of thumb is that they were tucked safely inside you for 10 months, it’s important to give babies (and you) AT LEAST that long to adjust to the outside world.

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Some parents choose to skip the crib all together and co-sleep with their little one. Dr. James McKenna & Dr. Helen Ball have proven time and again the clear benefits as well as safety of co-sleeping with our children. FACT:  Even if you don’t choose co sleeping, 50% of parents will still bring baby to bed with them within the first few months of life and almost all will have baby sleep on a non-crib surface during the day time.  These hours add up, so make sure any and all surfaces your baby sleeps on are 100% pure organic.

We will recommend our signature Snuggle Me Organic or Snuggle Me Wool in this category, not just because we make the best organic lounging and co sleeping bed for babies, but because we are the only product available with the both the high quality organic materials and flexibility to be both a sleep and play surface.  You can save a great deal of money by only using the Snuggle Me Organic or Snuggle Me Wool in the first few months of baby’s life and you will also keep them safe from the harmful toxins found in other mainstream bouncers, swings, play mats, and co-sleepers.

Skin Care Products: The skin is the largest organ of the body and is extremely absorbent. Therefore, anything you put on baby’s skin, goes directly into the body.  It is well worth the trouble of finding an organic skin care line for your baby.  This includes, shampoos, soaps, lotions and bottom creams.  Once you find something that works, stick with it!  There are so many fantastic, organic skin care lines out there it is hard to know where to start, but we’ve listed our favorite places as a starting point.

Here are our favorites in each category. Do you have any to add? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear what yours are.

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Homeopathy for the Holidays

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HOMEOPATHY IS A COMPLETE SYSTEM OF MEDICINE that uses remedies to trigger the body’s innate ability to heal itself. It is based on the principle of “treat like with like” – if a substance in nature can cause symptoms in a healthy person, then, in homeopathic doses, it can stimulate the healing of similar symptoms in a sick person. Classical homeopathy is the use of a single homeopathic remedy to stimulate the deepest healing.

trees-358418_1920When the body is out of balance, it produces symptoms. Conventional pharmaceuticals work by suppressing symptoms. However, the underlying reason for the problem has not been resolved. The body is still out of balance, so it works harder to overcome the drug and express the symptom.

Homeopathy helps the entire body regain balance so symptoms improve. Remedies are not directed at simply removing symptoms or killing germs, but toward strengthening the person so their own healing capacities work more effectively.

Homeopathic remedies are often prized around the holidays for their effectiveness with common GI problems. Here are some homeopathy for the holidays. Remedies to consider adding to your kit for digestive issues. You can find these remedies at most health food stores for around $10.

Arsenicum Album – This remedy is called for in cases of food poisoning, traveler’s diarrhea, and any digestive ailments that burn.

Cocculus  – Useful for vertigo or motion sickness resulting from travel. Indicated if vertigo comes on even from simply watching things in motion.

Ipecacuanha  – Homeopathically prepared Ipecac is a gentle solution for nausea, vomiting, and stomach “flu” which is worse from the mere smell of food.

Lycopodium – Indicated when the person is suffering from heartburn with boating, gas, burping.

Nux Vomica – Highly useful for digestion problems from doing things in excess – hurrying, eating, working, or partying. Vomiting can be painful or attempts to vomit might be ineffectual. Reach for Nux to ease tummy aches from too much Halloween candy… and even your holiday hangover.

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Just remember, homeopathic remedies are not a substitute for conventional medical care when such
care is necessary. Standard first-aid practices always apply. If you are unfamiliar with basic first-aid techniques, contact the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association for a class near you. I highly recommend a first-aid class for every parent. They’re informative, fun, and can make a big difference for your family in an emergency situation.

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Homeopathy for Families

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YOU MAY KNOW parents who have successfully evaded clinic visits, along with their high costs and long waits, by treating acute illness at home with homeopathy. They may have helped a fever run its course more quickly, prevented bruising after a fall, or resolved a bout of poison ivy – all with homeopathy.

What is homeopathy?

The term “homeopathy” is sometimes mistakenly used as an umbrella term to refer to all alternative health modalities. However, Homeopathy is its own separate and distinct medical system that uses specially prepared remedies to support the immune system and stimulate the body’s own ability to heal.

It is not herbs or vitamin and mineral supplements. However, herbs and other substances may be used to make homeopathic remedies.

How does it work?

The body is innately intelligent. All homeopathy for familiessymptoms, no matter how uncomfortable, are the body’s attempt to restore itself to health. So, in the case of a mucusy cough, a readily available over-the-counter medicine will dry it up – an example of working in the opposite direction of the body. The body produces mucus to protect delicate linings and to move out irritants – there is a purpose for this symptom. A well selected homeopathic remedy will stimulate the body to move quickly in the direction it is already going, and, in the process, clear the mucusy cough.

Homeopathy is a system that looks at individuals and not at diseases. Each of us suffers a cold in his or her own unique way. Conventional medicine offers a common series of drugs – something to dry up the nose, something to bring down the fever, something to suppress the cough, something to ease the headache. Classical Homeopathy, on the other hand, looks for the one substance that will cure the individual case. The person with a beginning cold, characterized by slow onset, aching, loss of appetite, chills, and desire to be left alone will need a different remedy than someone who wants company and whose cold comes on a bit quicker, and is characterized by intense sneezing and runny nose. We characterize both as colds, but they are expressed differently, and, therefore, are in need of different homeopathic remedies.

Is homeopathy new?

Homeopathy is a complete system of healthcare that is over 200 years old. Its founder was a German Physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. The guiding principle of homeopathy is “like helps like”. If a substance in nature can cause symptoms in a healthy person, then, in homeopathic doses, it can stimulate healing of similar symptoms in a sick person.

Today homeopathy is used worldwide. It is advocated by the World Health Organization. There are entire hospitals devoted to homeopathic care in places such as London, Moscow and India.

There are also many well-known people who use or have used homeopathy…The British Royal Family, Mahatma Gandhi, Cindy Crawford, David Beckham, and Catherine Zeta–Jones to name just a few.

What are the remedies?

homeopathy for familiesThe homeopathic remedies that stimulate healing are highly diluted and shaken preparations, derived primarily from botanical and mineral sources. They are made according to a book of standards called the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS). The manufacture of all remedies is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Thousands of homeopathic remedies are available today and new remedies are continually being made.

Are homeopathic remedies safe?

Homeopathic remedies are gentle, non-toxic, and without side effects because of the minute doses that are used. It is safe for everyone from children and adults to seniors on multiple medications, infants and pregnant women, and even your pets. There are no known or suspected contraindications or drug interactions between homeopathic remedies and conventional pharmaceutical drugs.

What can I treat at home?

Parents through the years have had great success treating acute conditions at home. Acute conditions are those that are considered self-limiting – for example, the common cold or the flu.

It is not recommended to use remedies at home for treatment of chronic conditions. Homeopathy has amazing success with chronic conditions as well, but they should be managed by a trained practitioner.

Try it on yourself!

 

An excellent way to learn a little about homeopathy is to try it yourself. The remedy most commonly found homeopathy for familiesin home kits is Arnica. Not the topical cream or gel (although it’s a good idea to have one of those on hand as well), but the little bottle of tiny pills. These are available at food coops for less than $10. Arnica is indicated when you feel aches and soreness, as if bruised. The next time you have a minor injury, dental work, or jet lag with soreness, give Arnica a try!

What is your experience with homeopathy? What remedies have you tried?

 


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Herbs for Postpartum Care | Midwifery Today

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ORIGINAL SOURCE: Midwifery Today | By Demetria Clark  | Herbs for Postpartum Care

Photo by Heather Long

Photo by Heather Long

THE FOLLOWING HERBS FOR POSTPARTUM support mother in a holistic fashion. If she has been given any type of drug, please properly research the drug and herb combination.

Moms will need extra nutrition, and this tea is a staple in my herbal and doula practice. Clients love it, as do the midwives and family members.

YOU ROCK! Mamma Tea and Infusion

  • 2 parts chamomile flower (Matricaria recutita)
  • 2 parts hibiscus flower (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
  • 1 part rose petal (Rosa spp.)
  • 1/8 part lavender flower (Lavendula officinalis)
  • 1/4 part rose hips (Rosa canina)
  • 3 parts lemon balm leaf (Melissa officinalis)

Make this by the gallon. It is rich in nervines, vitamins and minerals. Mom, family and care providers can drink this throughout the day, hot or cold.

Delayed Placenta

  • For a delayed placenta you can use angelica root extract (Angelica sinensis). Place a drop under the tongue and drink with a swig of water. This will swiftly bring the placenta.
  • Hot basil leaf (Ocimum basilicum) infusion smells and tastes great, as well as producing results. Drink this by the cupful.
  • Make a feverfew flower (Tanacetum parthenium) infusion when labor starts by adding four teaspoons of the herb to a quart jar, fill with boiling water and cap. Allow to sit at room temperature for thirty minutes, then refrigerate. This keeps the infusion fresh, in the case of a longer birth.

Hemorrhage

All hemorrhage mixtures should be made ahead of time.

  • Prepare a hemorrhage extract from:
    • 1 part yarrow flower extract (Achillea millefolium)
    • 1 part shepherd’s purse seed, leaf or flower extract (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

    Drink a half-teaspoon in warm water every half hour.

  • Make an infusion using equal parts raspberry leaf and nettle: This can be drunk as a beverage.
  • Make an extract blend using this recipe:
    • 1 part shepherd’s purse seed, flower or leaf (Capsella bursa-pastoris)
    • 1/4 part blue cohosh root (Caulophyllum thalictroides)
    • 1 part motherwort leaf (Leonurus cardiaca)
    • 1 part witch hazel leaf or bark (Hamamelis virginiana)

    Give mother two dropperfuls orally. You can follow with juice. Repeat in one minute, if needed, then again in ten minutes.

  • Or use:
    • 1 part motherwort flower and leaf extract (Leonurus cardiaca)
    • 1 part witch hazel leaf or bark extract (Hamamelis virginiana)
    • 2 parts shepherd’s purse flower, seed and leaf extract (Capsella bursa-pastoris)
    • 1 part bayberry bark or root extract (Myrica cerifera)

    Use two dropperfuls as above and repeat if needed in ten minutes.

If a woman is hemorrhaging, please follow proper protocols and seek appropriate medical attention. Transport if the herbs are having no effect.

Afterpains

Afterpains are caused by the contraction of the uterus. They are generally worse after the second child.

  • Alleviate pain by having the mother relax and nurse regularly (this will really hurt, but it will contract the uterus faster), and try the following herbal extracts or combine them in an extract blend: cottonwood bark, black haw and cramp bark. This can be prepared as a tincture and given in doses of 20 drops two to three times a day.
  • Apply the following after birth pain relief extract
    • 2 parts motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)
    • 1 part lavender flowers (Lavendula officinalis)
    • 1 part chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
    • 1 part cramp bark (Viburnum opulus)
    • 1 part lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)

    Use 20–30 drops two to three times a day.

Night Sweats

Yarrow Photo by Heather Long

Photo by Heather Long

Yarrow

Make a tea from strawberry leaf. Drink a cup before bed.

Varicosities

Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) serves as a base for many remedies for varicose veins, vaginal area varicosities and hemorrhoids.

  • 1 cup 80 proof alcohol
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup witch hazel leaves (Hamamelis virginiana)

Cover the leaves with the alcohol and water. You can add more leaves if you want. After four weeks strain and bottle. Add five to ten drops cypress oil, if desired. Apply to affected area with a cool cloth.

Hemorrhoids

  • Apply the following herbal teas, once cooled, to the area: St. John’s wort, witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), plantain leaf (Plantago major), sage (Salvia off.), parsley (Petroselinum crispum), shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris).
  • Extracts or tinctures of these plants can also be used as a compress.
  • Create afterwipes by applying witch hazel extract (Hamamelis virginiana) to soft tissue or cloth and using it to wipe the affected area if traditional wiping is uncomfortable. These can also be used for tears and swelling. Cotton pads from the drug store placed in a small plastic food container and covered with witch hazel extract (Hamamelis virginiana) also make wonderful healing wipes for mom. I suggest using cotton flannel cloths.

Difficulty Urinating

  • Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to the toilet before mom goes to the bathroom. Relaxation and deep breathing also helps.
  • Encourage the mother to use a vaginal steam. Find an old chamber pot chair or cut a hole in the seat of a thrift store chair and chop the legs down to a foot and a half. Then when the mother feels she needs to go but is unable, place a bowl full of hot water with steeping lavender flower (Lavandula officinalis), peppermint leaf (Menthe piperita) and comfrey leaf (Symphytum officinale) under the chair. Wrap the mother in blankets and have her sit over the steam. (Don’t fill the bowl completely, in case the mother accidentally urinates in the bowl. This may happen when she feels soothed and her body relaxes.) Make sure the steam is not too hot or too close, so she will not get burned. Women can also use the steam for yeast infections, vaginal infections and so on.

For Tears and Episiotomies

I suggest allowing a small tear versus a large cut. The body can repair itself much more easily.

  • A perineum wash can be made with a diluted infusion of lavender flower. To a cup of warm water add 1/4 cup of lavender infusion. Add a drop of tea tree or patchouli oil to a liter of water or the lavender infusion. Rinse the vulva after urinating. This is used to sooth swollen and sore vaginal tissues after birth.
  • Apply ice immediately after the repair to decrease swelling.
  • Apply aloe vera gel (best if extracted directly from the plant, as commercial types can contain irritating preservatives). You can break off a leaf and squeeze out the fresh gel and apply to the affected area.
  • Encourage the mother to get plenty of fresh air. Exposure to sunlight speeds healing. This is at times an unrealistic recommendation. I just encourage mom to get fresh air, as exposing the bottom to the air is not always easy or appropriate for your neighborhood!
  • Have mother decrease activity; severe tears heal faster with bed rest.
  • Increase mother’s internal dosage of vitamin E to 600 mg/day.
  • Use comfrey leaf (Symphytum officinale) for compresses and sitz bath. The mother can also drink it to promote healing.
  • Calendula flower (Calendula officinalis), comfrey leaf (Symphytum officinale), St. John’s wort flower(Hypericum perforatum) and plantain leaf (Plantago major) are all used as ointments or in sitz baths.
  • Recommend sitz baths with infusion of vulnerary herbs (see below).

Sitz Baths

Sitz blend:

To 3 cups simmering water add:

  • 2 tablespoons comfrey leaf (Symphytum officinale)
  • 2 tablespoons St. John’s wort flower (Hypericum perforatum)
  • 4 tablespoons calendula flower (Calendula officinalis)

Turn off the heat. Allow it to steep for 20 minutes. Pour into shallow bath. Add four drops lavender essential oil(Lavendula off.) and two drops cypress essential oil. Mix well to disperse essential oil.

Postpartum Sitz Bath:

  • 2 parts plantain flower (Plantago major)
  • part calendula flower (Calendula officinalis)
  • 1 part comfrey leaf (Symphytum officinale)
  • 1 part burdock (Arctium lappa)
  • 1/2 part violet flower and leaf (Viola odorata)
  • 1 part yarrow flower (Achillea millefolium)
  • 1/2 part lady’s mantle flower and leaf (Alchemilla vulgaris)
  • 1/2 part lemon balm leaf (Melissa officinalis)

Mix well. You can add sea salt to the mixture if you wish. Add approximately one cup of herb and salt blend to six quarts boiling water, strain and add to shallow bath. You can also use as a compress.

Or try the following blend:

  • 1 part uva ursi leaf (Arctostaphylos uva ursi)
  • 1 part shepherd’s purse leaf, seed (Capsella bursa-pastoris)
  • 1/2 part myrrh gum powder (Commiphora momol)
  • 1/2 part garlic (Dried or fresh. If fresh, use 1–2 cloves. Use whole; do not cut or smash as fresh oil can be very strong and irritating.)
  • 1/2 part comfrey root (Symphytum officinale)
  • 1/2 part sea salt (optional)

Prepare in same manner as Postpartum Sitz Bath (see above).

Another popular sitz bath blend contains:

  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 1/2 cup plantain leaf (Plantago major)
  • 1/2 cup calendula flower (Calendula officinalis)
  • Use six cups of water.

Oak bark (Quercus robur), rosemary leaf (Rosmarinus officinalis), witch hazel leaf or bark (Hamamelis virginiana)and yarrow flower (Achillea millefolium) are great for healing sitz baths. If the mother is stitched, limit the bath to once a day. Other great herbs and herbal sitz baths for the perineum are calendula flower (Calendula officinalis), St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) and essential oil of cypress or lavender

Handling postpartum issues naturally gives the mother more control and is generally less invasive then going to a doctor. Make sure the mother knows when to seek additional medical care.

Originally shared and created for/on Midwifery Today by Demetria Clark


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Master Herbalist | Demetria Clark

Demetria Clark writes the must have books for anyone interested in herbs or aromatherapy. Demetria is a North American herbalist specializing in herbals for pregnancy, birth, postpartum, nursing and children. She is a traditional family herbalist. She has worked with families for over 20 years as an herbalist, aromatherapist, midwife, doula and traditional medicine maker. She works extensively in the US and Europe, blending the two traditions. Demetria lectures extensively on herbal care for sexuality, pregnancy and woman’s health.

Demetria believes in families having options to self empower and have health and wellness options. She has raised her two teenaged sons herbally, she also homeschools and is a family advocate.

She is the Founder and Director of Heart of Herbs Herbal school and the doula training program, Birth Arts International.

12 Antibiotics our Ancestors Used | Natural News

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ORIGINAL SOURCE: Natural News | Phyllis Bentley

OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DECADES, over-use of antibiotics has reached an all-time high. The result has been drug-resistant bacteria and “superbugs” that evolve faster than scientists can figure cabbagefreeimagescomout how to fight them. A future where bacteria are at the top of the food chain is not unheard of.

Long before there were pharmaceutical antibiotics – developed in the 1940s, there were foods and
herbs that helped guard against infection and disease on a daily basis. Many of these natural defenders are still in use today with holistic healers around the globe.

Our ancestors also had a solution for healing, using antibiotics from nature and it would be good to remind ourselves who these antibiotics are and possibly think about using them in case of an illness.

12 Antibiotics Our Ancestors Used Instead of Pills

Oregano and the oil of oregano

You’ve probably used oregano as a flavoring in your favorite Italian dishes without even realizing the health benefits that it contains. Beyond its antibacterial properties, oregano can help with digestion and aid in weight loss. An oil that is found in oregano, Carvacrol, has been found to fight the bacteria that can lead to infections. The oil of oregano has been found to treat digestive infections, and even one particular yeast infection. It is more than just a food flavoring.

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The far-reaching benefits of daily doses of apple cider vinegar (ACV) include antibiotic and antiseptic properties, naturally alkalizing your system, and can aid you in everything from managing your weight to lowering cholesterol and your risk of cancer.
A chemical-free astringent, ACV can be used topically to disinfect and sterilize.

Honey

Ancient Romans used honey on the battlefield to treat wounds and prevent infection.
Civilizations all over the world continue to consider honey one of the best natural antibiotics, antimicrobials, anti-inflammatories, and antiseptics known to man after thousands of years.
New Zealand’s Manuka honey has been proven to have the highest levels of antioxidants and curative powers. An enzyme found in honey releases hydrogen peroxide. This process helps your body fight infection and prevents the growth of bacteria. Soothing to the digestive system, honey removes toxins from the blood and helps your liver operate more efficiently. A great boost to the immune system, consider combining honey with cinnamon to strengthen your white blood cells! Raw, organic honey is the best option since most pasteurization methods kills the antioxidant effects.

Turmeric

This spice isn’t just rich in color and flavor, but it also products your body against harm. Turmeric and be both consumed and applied externally, making it a great choice for fighting against bacteria. For extra benefit, from combining two bacteria fighting substances, you can mix turmeric with honey and create a paste to apply to infected areas on your skin.
You can protect your body against infections and bacteria based sicknesses by taking advantage of these safe and natural remedies that are available in the average kitchen. Protect your body without the use of prescription drugs by using honey, oregano, garlic, echinacea, and turmeric.

Garlic

garlic-635375_1280Flavorful and wonderful on a piece of butter toast, this plant also has very powerful qualities to it. Garlic can fight such simple infections as the common cold, pushing the germs away before they have a change to disrupt your life. Using the allicin that it contains, garlic protects against yeast, parasites, bacteria, and more. If you are looking for a simple way to live healthier, add more garlic to your diet.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a study that found grapefruit seed extract (GSE) effective against more than 800 forms of viruses and bacteria, more than a hundred strains of fungus, and many parasites.
High in many antioxidants, GSE boosts immunity, alkalizes the body naturally, and aids in digestion by improving your beneficial gut flora.

Echinacea

So, you might not have as much experience with this product, but it is a safe herb that is found in many kitchens. The consumption of this herb has been proven to reduce the amount of colds that a person deals with in their life, and shorten the colds that the person does have to face. This herb is a great choice when taken as a preventative measure.

Cabbage

There are sulfur compounds found in cabbage – a member of the cruciferous family that includes broccoli and kale – that have been shown effective as cancer fighters.
What many people don’t realize is how much vitamin C is found in cabbage. One cup provides 75% of what you need every day.
Naturally antibacterial, eating shredded raw cabbage in your salad, as a side dish in the form of slaw, or drinking fresh cabbage juice (with honey added to sweeten) is an excellent way to improve digestion, prevent disease, and even manage your weight!

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

There is not enough that can be said for the benefits of coconut oil. It coconut-390933_1280has naturally occurring anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties and is packed with antioxidants you can’t find anywhere else in nature.
Use it to boost your immune system, balance thyroid, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, and even improve brain function. Safe to use internally and externally, coconut oil is one of the most versatile and unique gifts from Mother Nature.
Stir a spoonful into your morning coffee for added energy and a clearer head all day.

Fermented food

Unpasteurized cabbage, homemade pickles, kefir and probiotic yogurts, all of these renew our intestinal flora, protects us from cancer and keeps our body fit to fight off infections.

Colloidal Silver

A natural antibiotic, colloidal silver is a mixture of silver particles suspended in fluid that have been used for centuries.
This treatment is temporary since too much silver – a heavy metal – can be toxic. However, it disables the enzyme that single-cell bacteria require to multiply. Deprived of their oxygen supply, the bacteria and viruses are destroyed without damage to you.

Reference:

http://www.myhealthwire.com/news/herbs-supplements/796

http://higherperspective.com/2014/05/5-natural-antibiotics-already-kitchen.html

http://www.coolhealthyrecipes.com/10-natural-antibiotics-that-our-ancestors-used-instead-of-pills/2/

Originally created and shared for/on Natural News By Phyllis Bentley 

(not meant as medical advice)


Author Phyllis Bentley .. “I have 12 years’ experience in the medical industry. As a freelance writer, I have written a number of articles which have been published in highly read publications. I have a strong knowledge base in a range of medical and wellness topics and in the business of health care. Specialities in Family health; autoimmune diseases; mental health; diabetes, cancer; fitness and nutrition.”

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The Work of Demetria Clark

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The Work of Demetria Clark | Master Herbalist

MS. CLARK is a master herbalist, beloved author, and sought after birth educator. She writes the must have books for anyone interested in herbs or aromatherapy. Demetria is a North American herbalist specializing in herbals for pregnancy, birth, postpartum, nursing and children. She is a traditional

The Work of Demetria Clark | Master Herbalist

Master Herbalist | Demetria Clark

family herbalist. She has worked with families for over 20 years as an herbalist, aromatherapist, midwife, doula and traditional medicine maker. She works extensively in the US and Europe, blending the two traditions. Demetria lectures extensively on herbal care for sexuality, pregnancy and woman’s health. Demetria believes in families having options to self empower and have health and wellness options. She has raised her two teenaged sons herbally, she also homeschools and is a family advocate. She is the Founder and Director of Heart of Herbs herbal school and the doula training program, Birth Arts International. Below are her beloved books cherished by thousands of Mamas. You can find them on Amazon.

 


 


 

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How To Breathe | Anders Olsson

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ORIGINAL SOURCE: Elephant Journal By Anders Olsson | How to Breathe..

 

Featured Writer | Anders Olsson

How to breathe by Anders Olsson

How to Breathe

 
THERE IS NOTHING NEW ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF BREATHING —just a few minutes of oxygen deprivation is enough to destroy the brain’s ability to process incoming information forever—but few of us realize that how we breathe affects every single aspect of our life.

Poor breathing habits, such as breathing too much, too shallowly, holding our breath or feeling as if we are not breathing at all, can cause major stress to our body, resulting in oxygen depletion and energy shortage.

Many feel that yoga helps them to reduce stress and improve their overall health. There’s two main reasons for this: a) the focus on breathing and b) the different postures that many times are aimed at creating open airways and well functioning breathing muscles. But just because we breathe in a certain way during a yoga exercise doesn’t mean that we shall breathe like that in our daily life.

Even though it’s highly likely that yogis have better breathing habits outside the yoga mat than other people, my experience is that the power of our breath in our daily life is usually either overlooked or has room for improvement, even amongst yogis. As the well known spiritual teacher Ram Dass said after doing breathing retraining for a few weeks, “It has helped me magically, magically.”

There are three very efficient ways to increase stress and imbalance in our body by changing the way we breathe: we can breathe fast and shallow through our mouth, we can hold our breath and finally we can tighten our airways. If we do any of these things, which are pretty much the opposite of the five principles of conscious breathing listed below, we will set our body on red alert, moving to fight or flight and increase stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol.

One important aspect which is often forgotten is that we have to distinguish between whether we’re talking about good breathing habits outside the yoga mat or if it’s an exercise on the yoga mat aimed at creating a specific result, for example:

• Breath of fire to increase energy.
• Alternate nostril breathing to balance the autonomic nervous system.
• Count to 4 on the inhale, hold for 7 and then count to 8 on the exhale to increase relaxation.
• Inhale through the nose and exhale through pursed lips to increase lung pressure and muscle relaxation.

When I trained to become a yoga instructor in Medical Yoga, which is based on Kundalini Yoga, we used our breathing in many different ways. I found it fascinating how we could change the state of our body just by altering our breathing. However, soon I realized that there seemed to be a lack of knowledge or even misunderstanding amongst yogis on how to breathe outside the yoga class.

Nose, Low, Slow, Rhythmic, Quiet

Nose, Low, Slow, Rhythmic, Quiet

I decided to learn more about what constitutes good breathing habits in our daily life. The result of over five years of studying available literature and several hundred scientific researches reports on breathing as well as experimenting with my own body, is the book The Power of Your Breath. It contains more than 120 scientific references and is based on five simple principles for better breathing in your everyday life, away from the yoga mat:

1. Nose.

Good breathing starts in the nose where the inhaled air is humidified, warmed and cleansed of bacteria and other particles in the air before reaching the airways and lungs. On the exhale the nose is rewarmed and remoistened and the particles that get trapped on the inhale are blown out on the exhale.

When we breathe through our mouth we take in unprepared air that is cold, dry and full of particles, making our airways irritated, inflamed and narrow which is why we should both inhale and exhale through the nose.

2. Low.

Our breath should reach deep down in the lower part of our lungs, using our diaphragm—our most important breathing muscle. However deep is not the same as big, so the second principle means that our breath is deep while at the same time the amount of air drawn in is small. The diaphragm is a dome-shaped muscle, like an umbrella and with an inhale, the diaphragm moves down and expands in all directions—forward, to the sides and back. Hence, it’s not only about “stomach out” on the inhale and “stomach in” on the exhale.

3. Slow.

 A healthy breathing rate at rest is only about 8 to 12 breaths per minute. When I count the number of breaths on people, without them knowing it, most of them over breathe severely, taking between 18 and 25 breaths per minute.

4. Rhythmic.

How do you breathe when concentrating, writing a text message or sitting in front of the computer? It is very common that we hold our breath in these situations. At night, we call it sleep apnea and it has a severe negative impact on our sleep and overall health. At daytime, I call it concentration apnea or fight/flight apnea, and it can be linked to a very bumpy car ride where we first have the foot on the gas pedal and the next second we have the foot on the brake.

5. Quiet.

When we huff and puff, sniffle, clear our throat, sigh or snore we are actually breathing. Every time we make a sound air is moved in and out of our lungs and these breaths are very inefficient, creating an unnecessary strain on our body.

We take 1,000 breaths per hour and by following these simple tips you will not only improve your everyday breathing habits but also your overall health and harmony.


Anders Olsson is a passionate Swedish breathing nerd who thinks he can change the world into a more loving community by inspiring people to improve their breathing habits. He loves to exercise and once ran a half-marathon with duct tape over his mouth, just to show that it’s possible to run while only breathing through the nose. Anders is the founder of Conscious Breathing, a method he teaches in online seminars to individuals, sport coaches, therapists, doctors etc. You can connect with Anders on his Facebook page, on Twitter and via his website.

Originally created and shared for/on Elephant Journal, by Anders Olsson