Back Acne Treatment

Struggling with back or body acne? Back acne is one of the most annoying skin conditions: most of us don’t notice until it’s become aggressive, it tends to be stubborn to treat, can leave long-term scars and make you feel less confident in your appearance.

Luckily, I’ve been using and recommending a remedy, so simple and accessible, you’re going to wonder why it isn’t more widely known. It just uses 3 ingredients that you can easily find your local markets and can be used as often as needed.

Check out the video below and of course the ingredients and process below the video:

INGREDIENTS

2 TBSP of green tea leaves

3 TBSP Epson salt

10 drops of tea tree oil

Method: Acne bath remedy – 
Mix together equal quantities of green tea and epsom salts, add in few drops of tea tree oil in it. Store it in a jar and use 2 tablespoons of this in your bath tub every time you soak. Wash your face too with it while you soak. 

Menstrual Cramps Relief

Each month, the lining of a woman’s uterus produces chemicals called prostaglandins, which help the muscles of the uterus to contract and expel tissue and fluids during menstruation.

If the levels of prostaglandins rise a lot, they cause strong contractions of the uterine muscle which are called pains, menstrual cramps or dysmenorrhea.

In addition to menstrual cramps, other discomforts may occur such as:

– Pain that radiates to the lower part of the spine and to the thighs.

– Headache

– Vomiting

– Cramps

– Fatigue, etc.

Herbal and home remedies to fight pain or menstrual cramps

Remedy for menstrual colic #1: Boil, for 10 minutes, 1 tablespoon of calendula and another one of lemon balm in 1/2 liter of water. After that time, remove from heat, cover and let cool. Take this infusion throughout the day.

Remedy for menstrual colic #2: Pour 2 tablespoons of cinnamon in a cup of water that is boiling. Cover and let stand. Take 3 cups of this infusion daily. It is important that this infusion is very hot (but not burned) for ingestion.

Remedy for menstrual colic #3: Pour 1 tablespoon of licorice and another of chamomile in a cup of water that is boiling. Cover and let stand. Take, still hot (but not burning) to feel the first manifestations of pain.

Remedy for menstrual colic #4; Take a mineral bath. To do this, add 1 cup of sea salt and another of sodium bicarbonate to the bath water. Immerse for 20 minutes. This bath helps to relax the muscles and relieve abdominal pain.

Remedy for menstrual colic #5: Crampbark and red raspberry blend. This is my favorite. I take them in tincture or tea.

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.

Sunburn Home Remedies

Sunburn! Can happen at any time in the year and regardless of whether you’re at the beach, at a picnic, climbing Machu Pichu or skiing. They are never fun and can be downright dangerous. What I love about these 5 super easy sunburn remedies is that you’re not only soothing your skin, you’re helping the skin heal and potentially preventing serious consequences in the future.

Here are my top 5 go-to sunburn cures:

1.Potato paste

You will need…
-1 potatoes
-A grater, blender

Directions
Wash and scrub your potatoes thoroughly, and then either grate them over a bowl or cut them up and put them in a blender. There is no need to remove the peels. If you’re using a blender, give them a whirl until they’ve become quite liquid.

Let it sit for 15-20 mins

Pour out the mixture, soak cotton balls thoroughly in it, and apply to sunburn. An easier perhaps more effective method would be to soak gauze and lay it over the burn. If you’re using a grater, grate the potatoes over a bowl and apply the pulp, trying to get as much juice as possible.

 

2.Cornstarch/baking soda

What you’ll need:

Cornstarch or baking soda
-Cool water

Directions
How much cornstarch or baking soda you need will vary depending on how big of an area you want to cover. Whichever one you are using add cool water-not cold- little by little until it has reached a paste-like consistency. Smear the paste gently over your burn and leave on until the heat or pain has let up some. Rinse off completely.

Let it sit for 15-20 mins

 

3. Wash with witch hazel 

What you’ll need:

-3 tablespoons of witch hazel, approximately
-Cotton balls or a clean soft cloth

Directions
The amount of witch hazel you will need will depend on the area of the burn you want to cover. Pour the necessary amount into a bowl, and soak cotton balls or a clean cloth in the liquid. Dab on just enough to cover the burn-it doesn’t need to be dripping off. Reapply as needed for pain.

Let it sit for 15-20 mins

 

4. Vinegar

Pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar seems to work the best, and often times proponents of this method say is most effective after a cool or tepid shower.

What you will need…
-1 cup raw apple cider vinegar
-a spray bottle (optional)
-Cotton balls or something similar for application

Directions
Take a shower and before patting dry, spray the burnt area with the raw apple cider vinegar.

Let it dry.

 

5. Mint & Green tea 

What you will need…
-1 quart of boiling water
-5 green tea bags
-5 bags of mint leaf tea

Directions
Steep all bags into the water letting is sit for approximately an hour so you can get all the good stuff out of it.

Strain and then chill.

Apply directly onto the burn with a cotton swab. You can substitute de green tea for black if you don’t have green tea.

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!

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!

Your Best Skin Ever with this Eczema Salve

When dealing with eczema and any other inflammatory auto-immune condition, starting with the diet and supplementation could be critical. My clients with eczema are always advised by their doctors to consume anti-inflammatory foods, eliminate dairy to reduce symptoms and take an omega-3 supplement.

You can also follow some lifestyle practices like reducing the amount of baths you take, avoid harsh detergents and beauty products and do a cleanse/detox a few times a year.

As an herbalist, I also recommend a fantastic balm/cream to keep the skin moisturized with anti-eczema and anti-inflammatory properties.

Homemade Eczema Cream

Key Ingredient: Lavender

Lavender is known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Other studies have shown its ability to combat fungal infections by destroying the cells of the fungus and killing it. Lavender also has an acceleratory effect on wound healing.

Key Ingredient: Shea Butter

Shea has been used by women in the African continent for centuries and I personally believe it is the main reason why African women have such incredible-looking, silky, shiny skin (I challenge you to find me an African woman whose skin is not smooth and healthy-looking). It is full of all-natural vitamin A, works as an anti-inflammatory and aids in numerous skin conditions.

How To Make Your Own Eczema Cream

INGREDIENTS:

½ cup raw shea butter

½ cup coconut oil

30 drops of lavender essential oil

8 drops of tea tree essential oil

1 Tbsp of Jojoba oil

1 Tbsp of vitamin E oil

DIRECTIONS:

Using a double boiler or something similar, melt the shea butter and coconut oil until they’re combined and fully liquified.

Once everything has melted, remove from heat and add the lavender, tea tree and jojoba oils.

Mix together with a spoon and let it cool slightly cool until mix begins to thicken, but keep it soft. Do not let it to harden too much.

Transfer to the mason jar or other container. Store at room temperature.

Important Note: Always test in a patch of skin first, to make sure you don’t have a reaction to any of the ingredients.

Once you have tested the product, simply apply once or twice a day over the affected area. Make sure to avoid eye contact.

Pink Eye (Conjuntivitis) Remedies

Suffering from pink eye?

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis is a rather uncomfortable infection that looks pretty nasty, although it’s fairly harmless. Most of us have had it (or know someone who has) and know how uncomfortable it can be.

The disease can be caused by both a viral and bacterial infection and, while the bacterial infection can be treated with antibiotics, the viral version of the disease cannot (sadly, this is the most common type of pink eye!)

So what to do?

Do not fret: half of all cases of conjunctivitis or pink eye clear up on their own. So, while you might have to deal with this for a little over a week, there are a few herbal remedies you can get to help you feel better and make symptoms more tolerable while you wait for the infection to clear up. Here are five of my favorite remedies for pink eye!

Remedy 1

A fennel bulb, in a blender along with a little water. Liquify and paste. Wash eyes with fennel juice.

Remedy 2

Black tea – boil for 5 mins. Wash the eyes with the tea an apply the sachet over closed eyelids.

Remedy 3

Chamomile tea. Soak two small cotton cloths with this tea and place each cloth over the closed eyelids.

Remedy 4

Peel and grate a fresh potato. Then wrap this in a gauze and put it over your eyes.

Remedy 5

Witch hazel. Steep herb and make tea. Soak a gauze and add this compress on affected eyes.

Have you tried any? Will you? Let me know in the comments below! Feel better.

An Herbal Flu Remedy You’ve Never Heard of Before

Suffering from the flu? Don’t want to take the flu shot (your personal reasons are personal)? Or just got a nasty cold and just want to shorten it as much as you can?

This 3-herb blend has helped me through the years stave off the cold/flu and shorten the length of the cold when I do get it.

And it’s a blend you’ve probably never heard of before! Check out the video below.

And, check the herbs and its benefits here:

Dandelion

  • Improves upset stomach
  • Help liver and gallbladder
  • Mild laxative

Ginger

  • Reduces spasm and nausea
  • Helps with pain in GI tract
  • Promotes healthy digestion

Lemon Balm

  • Calms the nervous system
  • Protects immunity
  • Natural antibacterial

Will you try it? Let me know in the comment section below!

 

3 Teas That Can Improve Your Focus and Memory… WITHOUT CAFFEINE

When people ask me about what to take to stay alert without the caffeine, I always go to these 3 herbs. They are popular today, most people have either heard of them or have tried them for one action or another.

What I love about them is that they can be used by most of us, are considered tonic herbs (they can be used on a long term basis with no adverse side effects) and help not just your brain power, but all kinds of other organs as well.

They are little marvels of the plant world!

Check out today’s video to learn more (and scroll down to check out their benefits)!

Ginseng

  • Stimulate nervous system
  • Decreases mental fatigue
  • Promote brain blood flow

Sage

  • Antioxidant
  • Improves brain function
  • Reduces memory loss

Ginkgo Biloba

  • Improves blood flow
  • Blocks free radicals
  • Activates the brain

Have you tried any of them? Do you know what else they are awesome for? Let me know in the comment box below!

Herbs to Relief Heartburn

Have you ever suffered from that awful burning sensation at the top of your stomach? Or what about stomach pain, stinging sensation in the throat and chest, and persistent throat sore throat!

If you have or know someone who does, do not despair. There’s one little herbal remedy that people have been using for decades to help relieve these symptoms and more (it’s great for ulcers too)!

Even my dad uses it to help manage his GERD.

What’s the magic ingredient???? Slippery Elm!

First things first: to get yours, Click Here

Secondly: Check Out the video below (more below the video)

Thirdly, a fun Trivia: Slippery Elm is one of the few herbs that’s FDA approved as a medication!

Fourth and finally:

Here’s the recipe:

  • Mix slippery elm, cinnamon, nutmeg and water in a small pot to form a smooth paste.
  • Add nut or coconut milk and stir over a low flame, gently heating the mixture and stirring constantly until there are no lumps.
  • Turn off the heat and add your sweetener of choice.

Enjoy and feel better!

Top 5 Herbs that Help Digestion

In my experience as an herbalist and a patient suffering from fibroids and endometriosis, I’ve found that, creating a balanced environment in your gut can allow your hormonal system to work a bit more efficiently and eventually reduce pain and discomfort until your body returns to a balanced state.

Here are the 5 herbs I’ve used through the years to soothe my GI tract and also help balance my hormonal self.

*Chamomile – very popular and mild. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s common and wildly used. Chamomile increases gastric juices, helps you expel gas, reduce painful spasms and reduce inflammation. It is wildly used because it is mild so even people with IBS and other serious gastric conditions can use it.

*Hops (will help you sleep, sedative, nerving relaxant), but it revs up your digestive juices.

*Slippery Elm (Ulnus spp) – is used in lots of OTC’s. Slippery Elm is great for the mouth (soft tissue, canker sores, stomach walls). Awesome to sooth the gut when your hormones are causing LOTS of issues

*Yarrow: Yarrow leaf and flower can be added to food or used in tea. This bitter plant may be helpful in managing blood sugar, which is so important in maintaining digestive health AND regulating thyroid function, which is key in maintaining strong and balanced hormonal health.

*Triphala, an Ayurvedic combination of the fruits amalaki, haritaki and bibhitaki, is the classic herbal remedy for long-term digestive benefit. It tones the intestinal walls, detoxifies the system and promotes evacuation. Triphala has a high tannin content, so in low doses, it treats diarrhea (1 gram per day). In higher doses, it treats constipation in a slow, gentle way, toning the walls of the gut while it works.

Favorite Herbs For Sleeplessness And/Or Low-Level Anxiety

When talking about lack of sleep and and low level anxiety that keeps you up at night, we always want to focus on calming our central nervous system, rather than forcing it to shut down.

On this video, I show you my go to “hacks” and a few herbs (including an awesome,  yet simple remedy) to help your mind and body relax and manage your sleeplessness and low level anxiety:

Ashwagandha

Known as Indian Ginseng, Ashwagandha can increase energy to the body at a cellular level but it can also help you handle stress more effectively, helping you deal with anxiety and high levels of stress. In India it is used as an energy tonic, known to increase memory and brain power.

 

Get Some Magnesium

Take some magnesium with dinner (about 350 mg) as this calms your central nervous system and helps you relax. Make sure to take it with dinner, not in the morning! I prefer the powder versions, CALM is a great brand.

 

Massage Your Feet

Massage your feet with oil (sesame or coconut will do) before going to bed. If it’s cold, put some sock on.

 

My Go-To Herbal Remedy

½ cup of almond milk

½ tsp of honey (or coconut syrup)

1 tsp of aniseed

Warm and drink after dinner (7-8pm) every night

Herbal Tonic for Feminine Health

Regardless of where you are in your life: early 20’s and enjoying singlehood, perhaps ready to conceive, struggling with hormonal issues, have absolutely no sex drive, dealing with pre menopause or menopause, just to name a few, this female tonic herb will help you for sure!

First, here are the ingredients and why they are so amazing:

*Stinging Nettle

This is my most favorite all around fertility herb. Not only does it tone and nourish the uterus, it also promotes strengthening of the kidneys and adrenal glands.  If you are or have ever been a coffee drinker, this herb is for you!

One, two, or even more cups per day of this high mineral tea which is also loaded with chlorophyll (a detoxifier) for several months goes a long way toward preparing a woman’s body for pregnancy and for sustaining the embryo once conception occurs.

*Red Raspberry

Red Raspberry leaves, particularly the wild kind, are very high in calcium.   Like Nettle and Red Clover, Red Raspberry leaves serve as a soothing uterine tonic and hence a very effective fertility herb.

The fertility promoting effects of Red Raspberry are enhanced in combination with other herbs, particularly Red Clover.

 

*Red Clover 

Red clover is an excellent fertility herb primarily due to the high amounts of calcium and magnesium. These two minerals are believed to be of high importance in affecting a woman’s ability to conceive.

Red clover contains every single trace element needed by the glandular system.   As such, this alkalizing herb is probably the single most effective plant used for balancing of the hormones needed for conception to take place.    Balancing the body acid/alkaline PH, and thereby, the uterus PH, goes a long way toward favoring conception.

Now there’s the awesome infusion:

Equal parts of:

  • Red Clover
  • Red Raspberries
  • Nettles

Combine in about 24 ounces or warm to hot water (not boiling hot, please) and steep overnight or during the day. Drink 1-2 cups a day and leave the rest in the fridge, drinking it daily or at least every other day.

Try it, you won’t regret it. Give it a go and let me know in the comments 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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