PMS Natural Remedies

90% of women report having painful menstrual cramps from time to time. In parts of the world, women use fennel seeds to relieve cramps and pain during menses. In studies done with fennel versus placebo, they worked just as well as over the counter pain drugs and without the side effects.

Fennels seeds also have the added bonus of helping reduce bloat and painful abdominal gas. They’re like tiny 1-2 punches of goodness.

Note: Fennel seeds relax the uterus so you may bleed heavier than normal. Please exercise caution if you have very heavy periods.

On the other hand, ginger is one of the most effective herbs for cramps AND to reduce bleeding. Having ginger tea regularly throughout your period can just do the trick. In studies, ginger seems to appears to be a highly effective treatment for the reduction of menstrual blood loss.

And of course, it is safer than most prescription medication, and with fewer side effects

In combination, these 2 powerhouses may work incredibly well to manage PMS symptoms.

Here’s how I used them:

BENEFITS:
(1) Ginger Root
Effective for cramps
Reduces inflammation
Relieves pain
Reduces bleeding
Helps with anxiety and depression

(2) Fennel Seeds
Reduces gas and bloating
Can increase blood flow
Reduces cramps and discomfort
Anti-inflammatory
Relaxes muscles

Tea Recipe
1-2 inches of ginger root
1 Tbsp of fennel seeds
3-4 cups of water

Boil at low heat for 5 mins. Let cool and drink 1 cup twice a day at least one week prior to your period or when the first symptoms appear.

Natural Remedies for Chronic Pain

Medical and recreational cannabis is all the rage today and for good reason. When it come to treating and managing chronic pain cannabis is considered one of the most effective herbal remedies available.

Sadly, cannabis is still not available to many people in the US and other countries due to its status as an illegal drug. So, if you live in an area where cannabis is not available or legal to use, what natural cure alternatives do you have? Here are 4 of my favorite herbal remedies to help with pain, naturally:

Fever Few

A medicinal plant traditionally used for the treatment of fevers, migraine headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, stomach aches, toothaches, insect bites, infertility, and problems with menstruation and labor during childbirth.

 

Arnica

Arnica is applied to the skin for pain and swelling associated with bruises, aches, and sprains. It is also applied to the skin for insect bites, arthritis, muscle and cartilage pain, chapped lips, and acne.

 

CA Poppy

Mostly used for nerve pain, various psychiatric conditions, blood vessel problems, sensitivity to weather changes, and sedation.

Also for long term mental and physical tiredness.

 

Kava Kava

Kava Kava for tension headaches and neuropathic pain

 

Have you tried any of these? Which ones and how was your experience? Let me know in the comments below.

A Time of Rest and Contemplation: Thanksgiving 2018

Most of my family doesn’t celebrate or observe this weekend in the traditional way. Instead, we use it as a time for remembrance, rest and contemplation. And a chance to honor and give an offering on behalf of someone or something important in my life.

This year, I decided to dedicate this time to my cats: Sage and Blackjack, who came into my life to remind me never to judge a book by its cover and give all creatures a chance to show who they truly are before passing judgment.

Sage and Blackjack both passed on a few months ago. I’m still totally heartbroken about it, but I get stronger with each passing day.

Looking at pictures of my kitties have become a sort of routine for me, a way to remember their magnificence and unconditional love.

So, for this time of thanksgiving, I honor their memory and with it, the memory of all sentient beings that came before them and gave their loved ones their all (humans and animals alike).

Thank you for watching the little memorial video I created for them.

May this weekend be filled with all the joy and laughter your heart desires.

Home Remedies for Mood Swings

Mood swings are a normal part of life. Temporary ups and downs in your state of mind are not that uncommon and should not be a cause for concern, unless they become a regular occurrence and hard-hitting. If you’re struggling with recurrent mood swings, first PLEASE get help from a therapist, or a qualified health professional. You never have to struggle alone.

As an herbalist, I see people with mood swing, anxiety and elevated levels of stress all the time. And some of the herbal remedies that I share with my clients have been really effective for them. So today, I want to share a couple of the ones that have helped me the most. Check the video and the written details below the video

Essential Oils

  • Chamomile Essential Oil
  • Orange Essential Oil
  • Frankincense Essential Oil

Instructions

  • Add 1-2 drops of each oil in your palms

 

Herbs

  • Rhodiola
  • Ashwagandha
  • Lemon Balm

Tinctures:

  • 20-30 drops of each herbal tinctures in about 4 oz of water
Fever Blister / Cold Sores Remedies

Have a fever blister? Those nasty, painful, ugly things you sometimes get on your lips, nose or even in your eyes (yikes)! The herbal world has a ton of alternatives to help you shorten the duration of a blister and help you feel better in a flash! Here are some natural remedies (scroll down, below the video):

No 1 Apply lemon balm

Mild, yet potent remedy

How to use: Apply ointment to the affected area several times per day (you can also drink the tea)

 

No 2 Take L-lysine

Amino acid that can help shorten the duration of a fever blister

How to use: Up to 3,000 mg. Follow the recommendation on the package

 

No 3. Oregano oil

Inhibit different animal and human viruses, including herpes.

How to use: Apply diluted oregano oil to a cotton ball and hold it on the affected area for as long as is comfortable.

 

No 4 Licorice extract

Licorice root is gaining popularity as a treatment for cold sores.

How to use: Apply diluted licorice extract with your finger tip.

No 5 Apple cider vinegar

Some people report benefits with this new remedy

How to use: Use a cotton ball and apply it diluted to the affected area

Now, on the comments below the video tell me, which ones of these have you actually used? Let me know!

Better than a XANAX… to help you RELAX & Good Sleep

These 2 substances can help you relax, reduce anxiety and sleep better without creating dependency or addiction. What am I talking about? Melatonin and Valerian root.

Check out this video to learn why I love them so and how to use them (see my notes below the video as well)…

Valerian Benefits

Insomnia

Anxiety

Pain Relief

Muscle Relaxant

Heart Health

Typical Use
  • Strong steeped cup about 2 hours before bed

Melatonin Benefits

Antioxidant

Reduce Reflux

Improve Relaxation

Reset Circadian Rhythm

May Reduce Seasonal Depression

Typical Use
  • Take 2-3mg, 2 to 3 hours before bed

THIS will kill a cold in a FLASH | Dragon’s Breath

Got a nasty call that lingers for days and days? Not feeling any better after a week?! Try this remedy when you have a lingering cold with chest congestion and phlegm that doesn’t move: Dragon’s Breath.

It is a blend of 4 plants/roots: ginger, garlic, cayenne pepper and lemon. Check out the video below and the recipe listed below the video.

This one has:
1 1/2 large lemons (juice only)
4 garlic cloves
2 inches of ginger root
1 tsp of cayenne

Blend and store in the fridge. It lasts about 5 days and you can take 1-2tsp per day.

HINT: to get rid of your dragon’s breath after taking it, eat apples!

5 Tips To Stay Healthy When Stress Is High

Let’s say you’re traveling, working crazy hours or overwhelmed with school. You’re running in a million direction and can’t really pay attention to your diet or your routine. What to do?

These super simple 5 tips can make the difference between getting sick as a dog or staying healthy in the face of high stress!

Food Poisoning? Try these 5 Home Remedies

Food poisoning is the worst! We’ve all been there: food is tasty but perhaps a little greasy and after a great now out things take a turn for the worse. Awful stomach cramps. Vomiting. Diarrhea. Chills, Fever feeling. Aches all over.

Yep, you are one of the estimated 37 million cases of food poisoning that take place within the United States every year.

Here are my 5 tips to deal with this awful condition (video below):

Hypnosis for Weight Loss and MORE

Do you know hypnosis? No, not the silly comedic skits you may have seen at college or the scary (and deeply untrue) thing that caused Chris to drop to the “sunken place” in the film Get Out.

Hypnosis is “meditation with a goal” as my friend, colleague and guest today, Grace Smith will tell you. It is a technique of deep and controlled relaxation that helps you access your subconscious mind and change deeply engrained behaviors that are hold you back and keep you from feeling great.

On today’s video, Grace, the author of the multiple No 1 Amazon best-selling book “Close Your Eyes, Get Free”, tells me how hypnosis changed her life (I tell my story with hypnosis too) and how it can help yours.

Grace also addresses the controversial use of hypnosis as a “mind-control” technique in the film Get Out (we love the film but man, did that do hypnosis – and the rest of humanity – a major disservice)!

AND, as an added bonus, we get to see Grace in action! We’ll do a short hypnosis session on air (check out timing below).

Affirmations start at 21:09

Hypnosis starts at 23:00

Get the #1 Bestselling Book “Close Your Eyes Get Free” here >>> https://amzn.to/2mKxAMj

Produce Market Visit

Today, my friend Raul and I went to a produce market to get fruit and veggies at dirty cheap prices….

No, not a farmer’s market. This is an outdoor produce market: the market in LA where restaurants and food markets get their produce. These types of markets exist on every major city (even mid-size cities) and it is a great place to discover amazing fruit and vegetables that you may not know about (or re-discover oldies but goodies).

Most of these markets sell in bulk and at less than wholesale prices (we got a box of 16 mangoes for $5 or about $.31 cents per mango. That’s 3-5 times cheaper than in a regular market.

Check out our tour here:

I encourage you to find them in your home town and visit your local produce market. Get a couple of friends, pool your cash together and buy enzyme-filled, super yummy foods for a fraction!

Vegan Restaurant Outing

I went with my friend and fellow #vegan, Raul Ramirez, of VR Vegan to this super yummy Ethiopian Restaurant right on the heart of LA.

It had been well over a decade since I tried Ethiopian food (why did I wait so long) and Raul found this awesome place that offered a lunch buffet, so we decided to give it a go and take you along with it for fun.

What I loved about the experience (apart from the food) is how easy it was to find yummy flavors in foods that I (or you) may not regularly eat AND how easy it was to find different vegan food choices in this cuisine.

Come check out the video and let me know if you’ve ever tried Ethiopian vegan food and what has been your experience!

5 Surprising Reasons why I use Apple Cider Vinegar all the Time (And The Best Way To Take It)

Yes, we all know how amazing apple cider vinegar is but do you know how good? Here are the top 5 reasons why I take it all the time and the best way to take it!

 (Hint: scroll below the video to see the benefits and get a discount code)

  1. Weight Loss:Many people drink apple cider vinegar to help with weight management. Consuming it daily is thought to:
  • help reduce bad cholesterol
  • fight off cravings
  • reduce abdominal fat

Overall, it seems like apple cider vinegar is useful as a weight loss aid, mainly by promoting satiety and lowering blood sugar and insulin levels.

  1. Can Kill Many Types of Harmful Bacteria

Vinegar can help kill pathogens, including bacteria. It has traditionally been used for cleaning and disinfecting, treating nail fungus, lice, warts and ear infections.

  1. Can help manage blood sugar levels and even fight diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is characterized by high blood sugar levels, either because of insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin.

However, high blood sugar can also be a problem in people who don’t have diabetes. It is believed to be a major cause of aging and various chronic diseases.

  1. Can Reduce Candida

Candida is a naturally occurring bacteria in the body, often associated with yeast infections and negative bacterial overgrowth. The natural enzymes in apple cider vinegar can help the body get rid of yeasts associated with candida overgrowth in humans. Candida excess symptoms include foggy brain, excessive tiredness, poor memory, sugar cravings and others.

  1. Can Lower Cholesterol and Improve Heart Health

Heart disease is currently the world’s most common cause of premature and preventable deaths. There are a few biological factors linked to heart diseases and those factors can be improved by consuming vinegar.

An observational study from Harvard show that women who ate salad dressings with vinegar had a reduced risk of heart disease.

But this type of study can only show an association, it cannot prove that the vinegar caused anything.

So, how do you take it, how much, for how long?

You can take the raw apple cider vinegar directly from a bottle (mixed with water) every day. But that is often hard to take for a lot of people because:

  • it has a harsh, acidity taste
  • can cause people to gag or even get nauseous
  • the acidity in the vinegar can damage your teeth enable in the long term

A better option is to take it in capsules, like the ones from Apple Cider Vinegar Superior

This one is infused with Spirulina and kelp and all you have to do is take 1 capsule with each meal (3 capsules per day).

If you’re interested in getting it, simply visit:

Apple Cider Vinegar Superior
Use Code JOVANKA15 for a 15% discount

 

Remedies for Gum Disease

What are the best remedies to help maintain teeth and gum health, control gum disease, gingivitis, gum inflammation, bad breath, etc.?

Here are 5 amazing ways I use to keep my smile beautiful and my breath fresh. Check them out!

The remedies mentioned in the video include:

1. Clove gargles
2. Brush with coco oil and tea tree oil
3. Oil of oregano after treatment
4. Salt gargles
5. Floss like crazy

Go to the video to learn why they are so good for you and how to incorporate them!

6 Sugar Craving Hacks

Today, most of us struggle with sugar cravings and more than a few of us are downright sugar addicted! So what to do?

While there are a dozen options I can recommend, especially involving herbal remedies, I wanted to share here the top 6 hacks: quick and easy ways that are scientifically proven ways to help you reduce your sugar cravings in the short term and give you a chance to slowly learn to control and reduce your sugar intake.

Check them out here:

1. Breathe – activates parasympathetic nervous system
2. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar – Take it in pills or liquid (1 TSP in a glass of water)
3. Cinnamon spice – use in your smoothies, oatmeal, breakfasts and even soups
4. Shake around or walk around for just 5-10 mins drastically reduces your post meal sugar spike
5. Eat sour foods. When you crave sugar, eat foods that are sour and bitter. This helps to counteract sweet cravings. Include bitter ingredients like endive, dandelion greens and kale into your green smoothies or green juices. I also recommend drinking lemon-infused water daily.
6. Add fat to your meals – slows down your gastric empty

Do you know of any others? Let me know in the comments section below!

About Jovanka

Jovanka Ciares is a former entertainment executive turned Wellness expert, detox specialist, nutrition educator and author. She is the creator of the Wellness Smackdown™, a proprietary detox and weight loss program for natural weight loss which was featured on the first season of ABC’s “My Diet Is Better Than Yours”...

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