For anyone who suffers from cold sores, there is a feeling of dread that washes over you when you feel the first sign of pain by your mouth: a cold sore is coming. You can’t plan or prepare for them and they always pop up at the most inconvenient time.
The severity of cold sores can vary from person to person, from outbreak to outbreak. Sometimes they are extremely painful, and at other times they are just an inconvenient embarrassment (and no kissing allowed!).
If you’ve suffered from cold sores, you will no doubt want a quick and easy treatment to diminish pain and get rid of the cold sore quick. As a fellow cold sore sufferer, I totally understand. A few years ago I was keen to find an alternative to over the counter medicines – I just don’t like using them.
After consulting one of my favourite essential oil books (The Fragrant Pharmacy), I found a couple of oils to try…and it worked! So now whenever a cold sore strikes, it’s straight to the essential oil cupboard for me.
Today I’m going to share the best essential oils for cold sores and how to use them.
You probably imagine a toned midsection that would make you feel super confident in your swimsuit when you think about your core. Move beyond performing crunches or situps in pursuit of the toned mid-section you desire. Your abdominal muscles, however, are a mere fraction of your body's core. If you're interested in better balance, a confident posture and improved stability, you need a more comprehensive core workout. Don't worry: you can train your core without having to walk out the door. You also don't need any fancy equipment or an expensive gym membership. All you need is a little time and dedication.
Belly fat is linked to serious medical conditions, such as heart disease and stroke, and reducing it can improve your health, as long as you do it in a safe and gradual manner. Fast weight loss often requires drastic measures and is short-lived. According to Helpguide.org, it can leave you feeling sick and drained, and the weight you lose is most likely muscle tissue and water weight, the latter of which is quickly gained back. To lose weight safely, do not attempt to lose more than 2 pounds per week. Healthy food choices and the right exercise routine can help you accomplish this.
Colds and allergies are distinctly different disorders, but can produce similar symptoms, including sneezing, sinus congestion, runny nose, scratchy throat and sinus headache. The common cold targets the upper respiratory tract and is the result of exposure to one of more than 200 different cold viruses. Allergies are the result of your immune system reacting abnormally to otherwise harmless substances. Herbal teas, made from a variety of herbs, may offer some relief for mild cold or allergy symptoms. See your doctor if your symptoms persist, and ask your doctor if herbal teas are safe for you.
Natural treatments for menopause and perimenopause work in a completely different way than prescription drugs. The natural approach works with your body, which means that it can actually prevent or reduce the severity of nearly all of your symptoms rather than just relieving them temporarily!
We all know mental health is a critical piece to leading a full, productive life. Yet maintaining good mental health isn’t always as easy as it might seem. More than 18 million adults in Canada and the United States suffer from depression and/or anxiety.
Muscle pain is never fun and there are a variety of causes including sports injury, accidents, exercise, and general wear and tear. Sometimes fatigue and overwork or certain types of jobs involving repetitive movement can also cause muscle pain.
Resulting pain levels can vary greatly and in some instances can be quite severe. At the other end of the spectrum, it may be a niggling pain that doesn’t go away, but is just enough to impede movement and daily activity.
Regardless of the cause, muscle pain can be hard to manage (because we often still need to keep moving), inconvenient and just plain annoying.
While it is tempting to go to the pharmacy or doctor and take painkillers, these just treat the pain, not the cause. This is far from ideal because although the pain goes away, the underlying cause remains untreated.
This can actually be dangerous, because while the pain is masked, you may be tricked into thinking all is well and actually do more damage. And there is also a good chance the pain will simply keep returning.
As an alternative to painkillers, there are a number of natural ways to treat sore muscles and reduce the pain. Here is a list of 10 methods for you to try.
Nutrition and lifestyle-based treatments for acid reflux disease not only relate to how much one eats, but also when one eats. In addition, cigarette smoking and position of the body while sleeping make a difference. Losing weight, quitting smoking, avoiding late-night eating and elevating the head of the bed are all lifestyle-based treatments that can be useful for treating acid reflux disease. Lifestyle modifications are primarily focused on either reducing pressure on or strengthening the muscle of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which is the circular muscle that separates the acid-laden stomach from the esophagus.
Thankfully, there are several options available for managing acid reflux disease. The options can be viewed as a progressively more complex management approach that begins solely with diet and lifestyle adjustments, then adds medications and, under certain specific circumstances, utilizes surgery. Complementary and alternative medicine approaches may also be helpful in some cases. There are many choices because management decisions for acid reflux disease are typically based not only on a person’s general health, but also ultimately on their particular desires.
If you have heartburn or regurgitation at least twice a week for multiple weeks, then your symptoms fit the typical definition of acid reflux disease. This condition is one of the most common diseases on the planet among adults, with a prevalence in the United States and Europe of 10 to 20 percent of the population, according to a study published in the June 2014 issue of Gut. Acid reflux is a miserable disease, not only profoundly affecting quality of life, but also causing a huge economic burden. The cost of the diagnosis and treatment is colossal — to the tune of about $40 billion annually.
There are two basic types of acid reflux disease: gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (LPRD). As the name suggests, the main source of the problem with acid reflux disease is stomach acid. The primary difference between the two types is the location in which the acid travels, either up to the esophagus (GERD) or further up to the throat (LPRD).