Remedies For Canker Sores

The inside of the mouth is lined with a delicate mucus. Canker sores or aphthous ulcers are a type of sore that occur in said mucosa, and they differ from cold sores because they are not caused by the herpes virus. Also, its appearance is different.

They can be very painful and cause discomfort when talking and eating. They appear on the inner side of the cheeks, the inner part of the lips, the base of the gums and the lower and upper part of the tongue, but they even form in the upper part of the mouth and the area near the tonsils.

But guess what? They are preventable and easy to treat.

Here are my 6 top remedies for this pesky condition:

6 Home remedies for canker sores.

Sage rinse

  • 1 cup and pour over boiling water
  • Let it sit for at least 20 minutes
  • Use only cold liquid as a mouthwash 2x per day

Infusion (tea) of marshmallow and chamomile

  • use ½ teaspoon of each herb per cup
  • steep for 5-10 mins
  • Use cold as a mouthwash and gargle for several seconds 2x per day

Tea Infusion of 2 herbs: Lemon Balm and St John’s Wort

  • use ½ teaspoon of each herb per cup
  • steep for 5-10 mins
  • Use cold as a mouthwash and gargle for several seconds 2x per day

Chamomile tea

  • 2 teaspoons of dried flowers in 1 cup with boiling water,
  • Let stand to cool and rinse your mouth with the liquid 2x per day

Herbal tinctures

  • Use tinctures of Echinacea root
  • Pour 10 drops into a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth
  • Repeat 2x per day

Infusion with mint

  • use 1 teaspoon of fresh mind per cup
  • steep for 5-10 mins
  • Use cold as a mouthwash and gargle for several seconds 2x per day
Whiter Teeth At Home In 5 Minutes A Day

You love teas and herbal remedies as much as I do… but after months of drinking teas, coffee and other drinks, your teeth are looking a bit yellowish… what do you?

Whitening gels bought in stores can be very abrasive and irritating to your gums. And similar procedures at the dentist office can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. What to do?

Check out my one-two teeth whitening routine that will get you a beautiful smile in a giffy.

1. Coconut swish / oil puling

3-10 mins TOPS per day

You don’t want to aspirate some of the oil into your lungs

Always spit out the oil in the trash, never in the pipes

ALWAYS brush your teeth immediately after oil pulling.

2. Activated charcoal

Gets rid of free radicals and pollutants too

Use a thin layer of charcoal

Brush LIGHTLY, never too harsh

Do it 3-4 days in a row, then rest for 3-4 days

After brushing gently, I follow with another brush and clear water, to remove the charcoal excess from my tongue, gums, etc.

Copper Vessel Water Benefits

Storing water in a copper vessel creates a natural purification process. It can kill all the microorganisms, molds, fungi, algae and bacteria, present in the water that could be harmful to the body and make the water perfectly fit for drinking. In addition, water stored in a copper vessel for a few hours acquires some quality from the copper. Copper is an essential trace mineral that is vital to human health. It has antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps neutralize toxins.

Unlike some nutritional elements, the body cannot synthesize copper, so you need to get it from dietary sources. The best dietary sources of copper include seafood, organ meats, whole grains, lentils, nuts, seeds, chocolate, cereals, potatoes, peas and some dark green leafy vegetables. Or you can drink water stored in copper.

According to Ayurveda, drinking copper-enriched water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach helps balance all three doshas (Kapha, Vata and Pitta). This also ensures proper functioning of different organs and several metabolic processes.

In addition to that, here are 10 reasons why drinking water from a copper vessel is beneficial for you.

1. Helps the digestive system perform better

2. Aids weight loss

3.Helps heal wounds faster

4. Slows down aging

5.Helps reduce high blood pressure

6. Can reduce the risk of cancer

7. Protects you from infections

8. Helps arthritis and inflamed joints

9. Boosts skin health and melanin production

10. Beats anemia

Drinking 2 to 3 glasses of water that has been stored in a copper vessel is another easy way to supply your body with enough copper.

Have you tried this or think you would? Let me know in the comments below!

Remedies for Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an uncomfortable autoimmune disorder that causes your skin to overproduce cells and build them into scaly-looking patches across the skin. It is often accompanied by redness and inflammation and can be itchy or painful when a flare-up happens.

Western medicine is not clear about what causes psoriasis. In the word of alternative treatment, it is believed that a weakened immunity, unhealthy gut and poor nutrition can increase the chances of developing or exacerbating this condition.

So, what can you do if you struggle with psoriasis?

Readjusting your diet should be step no 1. Visit your doctor, nutritionist or herbalist (like myself) to help you learn how to change your diet to help improve your condition.

If you want to try some natural remedies and herbal remedies, I have seen good success with the remedies featured on today’s video

Oregon
Graperoot  
500 mg Take 3x / day for severe psoriasis
Probiotics   2 caps /
day
On an empty stomach, either first thing in the AM or last thing in the PM
Digestive
Enzymes
1 cap Take one capsule with each meal of the day
Organic
Coconut oil
On skin Use daily to moisturize your skin
10 Rules to Live By

Have you ever been curious, really curious, about the rules, traditions and dogmas you follow? Have you ever take time to analyze or think through some of the “rules” given to you by your school, your parents, your religion, your society? Do these rules work for you? Do they make you a better, kinder, happier human? Do they negatively affect others around you (who deserve as much happiness and peace as you do)?

I ask myself these questions regularly and come up with my own set of rules to live by based on my experiences and the curiosity that makes me ask others about their own. I truly believe that natural curiosity makes me a more compassionate and understanding member of the human species.

Here are the 10 ones I have been contemplating for the last few months and wanted to share them with you, in hopes they help you build your own. Enjoy!

Rule 1: All living creatures deserve happiness and safety

Rule 2: Take responsibility (for your actions, your thoughts, yourself)

Rule 3: See both sides of the argument before making a judgment call

Rule 4: Great achievements involve great risk, an a healthy dose of fear

Rule 5: Embrace your fear, not the other way around

Rule 6: Practice the 2-1 rule, listen twice as often as you talk  (two ears for one mouth)

Rule 7: Change is part of you, and it’s a darn good thing

Rule 8: If things don’t go your way, take a step off, regroup, re-plan and redo

Rule 9: Don’t hold anger for others in your soul. That anger only hurts you

Rule 10: Be a lifelong student. Every day, find a new lesson to enrich your life.

Remedies For Dry Persistent Cough

I’ve had a cough for 8 straight weeks! Got a cold 2 months ago and the silly cough stayed and stayed. 8 weeks later, I was freaking out, not knowing what could possibly be causing this crazy cough. So yet again, I paid attention to foods that can be aggravating and creating the wrong internal environment, while using some awesome herbal and home remedies. Within 7 days, the cough was gone!

Check out the video and tips in writing below!

Dietary guidelines:

  • Reduce dairy, white food and sugar. Essentially, anything that cause phlegm!
  • Drink a TON of water

Remedies include:

  1. Gargles of warm water and salt
  2. Eucalyptus essential oil on your chest
  3. Use a steamer or humidifier in the evening
  4. Nasya oil for the nose
  5. Thyme tea
  6. Marshmallow root powder tea

Important Reminder: Any cough that lingers longer than 8 weeks should be revised by a specialist. In my case, I went to my acupuncturist who recommended me some herbs and that helped out as well!

Home Remedies for Endometriosis

Struggling with endometriosis pain? There’s much you can do. First of, check out the video below for details, then check out the notes below the video.

Here are the foods that you should avoid or favor:

Foods to avoid

  • dairy
  • processed foods high in refined sugars
  • caffeine
  • alcohol

Foods to increase include:

  • green leafy vegetables
  • broccoli
  • celery
  • blueberries
  • ginger
  • chia seeds

Regarding the herbs and natural remedies to try, check these out:

  1. Castor oil

Castor oil has been used for hundreds of years to treat endometriosis. It can be used at the very beginning, when cramping is first felt, to help the body get rid of excess tissues. It’s important that this technique is only used before the menstrual flow, and not during.

Castor oil should be massaged directly into the abdomen. You can also mix it with a few drops of a relaxing essential oil like lavender to help relax the pelvic muscles, and apply it to a warm compress to place on the abdomen.

  1. Turmeric /ginger

Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory properties that can be beneficial to people experiencing endometriosis symptoms. It can also be used to manage endometriosis in the long term. Some research has even found that it has the ability to inhibit endometrial growth.

You can take turmeric capsules, or make turmeric tea by boiling one cup of water and adding a teaspoon of both turmeric and ginger powder. You can also add honey and lemon. Drink this three times daily while experiencing symptoms, and at least once daily when you’re using it for maintenance.

Ginger tea

Some people with endometriosis experience nausea as a result of the condition. Ginger tea is one of the best home remedies for treating nausea, and research has consistently shown that it’s both safe and effective.

You can purchase ginger tea packets at many supermarkets and grocery stores. Just add them to a cup of boiling water and drink two to three times daily when experiencing nausea.

  1. Pelvic massages with Motherwort oil

Massaging the pelvic muscles can help relax them and reduce inflammation, reducing cramping. Using a few drops of high-quality lavender essential oil can help further relax the muscles. Gently massage the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes at a time.

Pelvic massages should only be used before the menstrual cycle; it may aggravate symptoms if you use it as a treatment during your period.

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!

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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