CategoryAlternative Medicine

What Is Frankincense Good For? Health Benefits of Frankincense Oil

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Essential oils are oils extracted from a number of plants, herbs and even fruits (such as lemon). Often these contain the distilled aspects of the original source which gives it its smell as well as any active properties. From there, essential oils can be topically massaged into the skin, they can be inhaled via aromatherapy or they can be consumed, sometimes mixed with hot water to make a tea...

How to Use Niacin to Detox

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When it comes to improving your health, it can be tempting to look for quick fixes. We love the idea of detoxing because it suggests that we can get some kind of ‘fresh start’ on our health and start again from scratch, undoing anything negative we may have put our health through. But this is unfortunately the wrong way to approach our health and indeed the wrong way to approach most things that...

Colloidal Silver Benefits and Uses

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Colloidal silver is a mineral that is often promoted for numerous health effects. Despite this though, it actually has no known function in humans and is not an essential mineral. In fact, it is actually highly unsafe and as such, the FDA ruled against its sale. Medical products containing colloidal silver are now considered misbranded and should be avoided. There are cheaper and safer products...

Do Essential Oils Really Work?

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If you read up on essential oils, you’ll no doubt find that they claim to cure just about everything. Essential oils can cure your migraines, your depression, your acne, your stress… you name it, there’s an oil you can sniff, rub in or burn in order to overcome that ailment! And whenever you come across something like this, especially a so called ‘natural remedy’, it always pays to be sceptical...

Uses for Peppermint Oil

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Peppermint oil is an oil that can provide a pleasant cooling sensation when applied topically and that many find very calming. Peppermint itself is a hybrid between spearmint and water mint, while the oil is collected via steam distillation using the leaves. The most active ingredient is menthol at 35-45%, followed closely by menthone at 10-30%. People have been using peppermint since back in...

Bentonite Clay Uses and Benefits

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Believe it or not, people have been eating dirt and clay for thousands of years. Over 200 cultures eat clay or dirt on a regular basis and in Europe it was commonly used as a digestive aid, as well as to combat ageing. And as it happens, some people still are eating clay – bentonite clay being one of the most popular choices. It’s not exactly a delicacy you’d order at a fancy restaurant but...

Please Do Not Use This Crazy Health Product: Tampons Made of Herbs

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You might think that the title of this article is the kind of thing that doesn’t need to be said… Think again! One of the latest health trends apparently involves exactly that – inserting ‘herbal tampons’ in a bid to try and ‘detox the womb’. As you can possibly already guess, there’s so much wrong with this concept that it’s hard to know where to start… The Product The small, round tampons are...

Shilajit Benefits and Side Effects

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Shilajit is a ‘nutrient-rich biomass’ which oozes from between the rocks in high-mountain crevasses throughout India. The substance, which looks like a black tar, is the result of the collision between Asia and India that formed the Himalayas and centuries of decomposition that followed. This collision crushed and compressed much of the tropical forests present at the time and all the biomass...

Black Salve

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Black Salve (brand name Cansema) is an alternative cancer treatment that carries many health risks and is highly dangerous and controversial. This product is what’s known as an ‘escharotic’ – a topical paste that destroys skin tissue leaving behind a black scar known as an ‘eschar’. During the early 1990s, these products were commonly used to treat skin lesions but have since been replaced for...

Black Cumin Seed Oil

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Black seed is a type of plant and a relative of the buttercup family; the seed of which has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, particularly throughout ancient Egypt. In fact, the ancient Egyptians believed that black cumin seed oil was necessary to take with them to the afterlife! As with many such traditional medicines, modern science has more recently been able to test...

Dr. Janice Rachael Mae

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