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Complementary and alternative medicines are treatments and medicines that range from acupuncture and homeopathy to aromatherapy, meditation and yoga. There is a wide range of popular treatments that fall into this category, some of which are based on prin



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Can avocado oil strengthen my hair?

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:00:00 PDT

Oils play an important role in the health of a person’s hair. Avocado oil may have specific benefits due to its vitamin and mineral composition. When the hair’s natural oil balance is uneven, or the environment has damaged the hair, using oils on the scalp or hair may moisturize it and prevent further damage.



Essential oils for a sore throat: Lemon, peppermint, and more

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Essential oils are a popular home remedy for many ailments, but can they soothe a sore throat? In this article, we look at the evidence behind using essential oils, such as lemon, lavender, peppermint, echinacea, and ginger, for a sore throat. Learn how to use them safely and if there are any adverse side effects.



What essential oils are good for preventing stretch marks?

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Stretch marks can affect many areas of the body and are associated with changes in the body’s shape and appearance. This might be due to rapid weight gain or loss and pregnancy. Essential oils can help to stop marks appearing and improve existing ones. Learn more about the best essential oils for stretch marks here.



Can essential oils treat a UTI?

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:00:00 PDT

Essential oils are popular home remedies for many ailments, but can they help to relieve the symptoms of a UTI? In this article, we look at the essential oils that may be best able to fight bacteria, including cinnamon, oregano, and lavender. Here, learn about potential risks and how to use these oils safely.



What are the benefits of barley water?

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:00:00 PDT

Barley is a great source of fiber and contains many other essential minerals, including magnesium, manganese, and selenium. In this article, we look at the benefits of barley water and how to make this nutritious beverage.



Is apple cider vinegar good or bad for diarrhea?

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:00:00 PDT

Apple cider vinegar has recently been touted as a cure-all for many ailments, including diarrhea. However, this common household ingredient is highly acidic and can cause stomach problems in some people. In this article, learn about the potential risks and benefits of apple cider vinegar for diarrhea.



Can essential oils reduce varicose veins?

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 05:00:00 PDT

Varicose veins occur when blood pools in the veins as it tries to return to the heart to pick up fresh oxygen. They are common in people's legs as they age and can be irritating and often painful. We discuss some essential oils and other treatments that may ease symptoms and reduce the appearance of varicose veins.



Eight benefits of avocado oil for the skin

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:00:00 PDT

Cooking with avocado oil has many well-known advantages, but the oil can also benefit the skin. Here, we look at the research behind its many healing properties. Learn how avocado oil can soothe burns, reduce dandruff, moisturize the face, and reduce inflammation. We also describe the best ways to apply it to the skin.



How to relieve fibromyalgia pain

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes chronic pain. The pain caused by fibromyalgia may be treated with specific pain relief drugs, or with natural methods, such as acupuncture and exercise. In this article, learn about scientifically proven methods to improve fibromyalgia pain symptoms.



Can I get rid of a mole by myself?

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Some people use home remedies to get rid of their moles. However, these remedies have not been proven to be safe or effective. Instead, people are advised to see a dermatologist about any moles they are concerned about. In this article, we look at 14 home remedies that some say could lead to mole removal.



COPD: Tai chi a 'viable alternative' to standard treatment

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers conducted a randomized trial that examined the benefits of tai chi for people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.



Is meditation the answer to cognitive decline?

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Could meditation be a useful tool in the fight against cognitive decline? This week, the first study to investigate its long-term impact is released.



How do you prevent pimples?

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 06:00:00 PDT

Several factors can cause acne, but simple hygiene techniques and lifestyle changes can often prevent pimples from forming. Washing regularly and reducing stress are some of the best ways to ward off this common skin issue. Here, learn more about effective methods of prevention and treatment.



Treating endometriosis symptoms at home

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Endometriosis is a common condition among women. During menstrual periods it can cause severe pain, cramping, and heavy bleeding. While there is currently no cure, several home remedies have been shown to alleviate symptoms. Here, learn more about home remedies, causes of endometriosis, and when to see a doctor.



What essential oils are good for the flu?

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 11:00:00 PDT

Essential oils have been used for a variety of ailments for hundreds of years. Research is beginning to confirm that many essential oils can help fight off the flu virus, including eucalyptus oil, bergamot oil, and lemon balm. In this article, learn about how to use six essential oils safely and if there are any risks.



How to use a baking soda bath

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Baking soda baths are used for a variety of purposes, including as a skin detox and to relieve itching and irritation from eczema, yeast infections, UTIs, and more. Learn how to make a baking soda bath and whether there are any risks. We also look at additional remedies using baking soda and other types of detox baths.



How to treat whiteheads on the nose

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Whiteheads are stubborn acne lesions that develop just under the skin. The nose is a common site for whiteheads to form, as this part of the face produces a lot of oil and is touched frequently throughout the day. We look at several ways to treat whiteheads on the nose, as well as how to prevent them in the future.



Why do I have dark spots on my lips?

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Black spots on the lips can indicate many things, from vitamin deficiency and dehydration to a variety of skin conditions. Learn more about these causes, and when to see a doctor, here. In this article, we also explore home remedies and other treatment options, as well as ways to prevent black spots from forming.



What does rice water do for your hair?

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 06:00:00 PDT

Rice water has been used as a traditional beauty treatment for centuries. It is said to make the hair strong, smooth, and shiny. It may also help it grow longer without split ends. In this article, we look at the scientific evidence behind these claims to find out whether rice water is an effective beauty treatment.



I tried leech therapy, and it was unpleasant

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Leech therapy has been around since the dawn of civilization, and it is still practiced today. I gave it a try and here's what it felt like.



How long does a yeast infection take to go away?

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Vaginal yeast infections are common and the result of an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina. How long vaginal yeast infections last can vary, depending on their severity and what treatment is used. Learn more about what to expect and home remedies that may be worth trying to treat the infection and ease the symptoms.



How to get rid of burn scars

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Treating burn scars depends on the severity of the burn and how recently it occurred. The article examines the various types of burn scars, how to remove or reduce existing burn scars, and how to prevent new scars developing. Also, learn about how to treat a burn in the first instance and possible complications.



Can baking soda treat a UTI?

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 09:00:00 PDT

In this article, we take a closer look at how safe and effective baking soda is for treating urinary tract infections, otherwise known as UTIs. Also, we recommend other home remedies and treatments for the symptoms of UTIs, which can be uncomfortable and debilitating but are a common occurrence, especially for women.



What to do when you can't stop sneezing

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 05:00:00 PDT

Sometimes sneezing is a mild annoyance, other times it can impact everyday life. Fortunately, there is a range of things to try that might stop the sneezing. This article looks at some simple tips and tricks that may work, including pinching the nose or saying an unusual word before sneezing. Learn all about them here.



Why self-love is important and how to cultivate it

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Moving from a self-criticizing inner voice — the hallmark of perfectionism — to a more compassionate one can be challenging. Here's our guide to help you.