AuthorSusan Knowlton

Stepped on a Rusty Nail? Do You Need a Tetanus Shot?

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So if you’re stepped on a rusty nail and it has broken your skin, what do you do? You may have heard that you need to get a shot to help you protect against it. But how recent does your injection need to have been? And what happens if you don’t get one in time? What Is Tetanus? Tetanus is a bacterial disease that affects the nervous system and which can be fatal. Tetanus has the ability to enter...

Homemade Deodorant/Antiperspirant

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Deodorant and antiperspirant can get expensive but unfortunately most of us would consider them ‘non-optional’. Sure, you can forego your morning armpit regime if you feel so inclined but in all likelihood it will quickly clear up your social calendar. You’ll get lots of space on the commute to work though! Unfortunately though, the cost isn’t the only issue with deodorant and antiperspirant...

What Happens When You Get Stung by a Nettle – And How to Treat It

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Stinging nettles, technically termed Urtica dioica, are something that many of us feared as children when playing outside. They get their name from the fact that they are able to deliver a nasty sting, leaving behind a painful and itchy rash. This often catches us out thanks to the ability of nettles to blend seamlessly into the background among other fauna. Long trousers are a must! Luckily...

Sore Throat in the Morning?

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Waking up with a sore throat can be an unfortunate way to start the day and it can make it hard for you to get the motivation you need to drag yourself out of bed and to your respective work/school run. Being motivated day in and day out to get up early is hard enough, so it’s not a help when you have to contend with what feels like an almighty cold. If you experience this regularly then it...

How to Get Rid of Congested Ears

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Having congested ears is a surprisingly unpleasant experience and one that can make you feel somewhat ‘detached’ from the world around you as you struggle to hear what is going on and as it sounds like you’re floating around underwater. There are many causes of congested ears from trapped water, to ear infections, but regardless of the problem there are some methods you can use...

Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

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Vitamin B12 is an important water soluble vitamin that has many crucial roles in the body. The roles of B12 include the production of healthy red blood cells in the blood, and it is found mostly in meat sources such as red meat and poultry, as well as in fish and dairy products. Here we will look at the problems caused by vitamin B12 deficiency, the factors that cause it and the symptoms. Causes...

Vinpocetine Health Benefits

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Who would have thought, when walking past a pretty periwinkle plant, that it could have amazing health benefits? Vinpocetine, which is also known simply as periwinkle extract, actually comes from a substance known as vincamine. It’s found within the periwinkle plant and has been found to be excellent for using in alternative treatments. “Alternative,” means that it’s a natural method...

Almond Oil Health Benefits

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From its sweet aroma to its silky soft feel, almond oil has a variety of health benefits that aid your body from the inside out. Most people are aware of the health benefits of just eating almonds themselves, but almond oil offers even more incredible benefits. Essential oils of any kind are made by pressing the source until its natural oils are extracted. This means that the oils are pure and...

The Health Benefits of Cinnamon Oil

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Cinnamon is an incredibly popular spice that many put in their tea or on their toast on a regular basis. What most don’t realize, however, is that cinnamon in its oil form, has incredible health benefits. The benefits of cinnamon oil far outweigh those of any other form, but because it can cause irritations, most people don’t use the oil. Originally found in the tropical parts of Asia...

Reasons for Contact Lenses Discomfort

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The first time you put in contact lenses is often an ordeal to say the least. We find ourselves blinking them out, jabbing our eye, dropping them on the floor and gradually making our eyes redder and redder and more and more watery. Over time, most of us manage to get the hang of it, and find that the contact lenses pop in and out with relatively little difficulty. Some however are not so lucky...

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