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Bael Fruit for Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome

Tue, 27 May 2014 07:39:41 +00002014-05-27T07:39:41Z

Estimated to affect as many as 1.4 million Americans, inflammatory bowel disease includes a painful condition called colitis. While colitis is often treated with medication or surgery, natural remedies like bael fruit are sometimes used to alleviate colitis-related pain and other symptoms (such as bloating and diarrhea). An aromatic fruit long used to treat digestive troubles in ayurvedic medicine, bael fruit is thought to soothe colitis symptoms in part by reducing inflammation.

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Lomi Lomi Massage for Healing and Happiness

Wed, 21 May 2014 07:35:15 +00002014-05-21T07:35:15Z

For centuries, Hawaiian healers have practiced a form of massage known as lomi lomi. Rooted in a philosophy based on attaining harmony in mind, body, and spirit, lomi lomi aims to boost emotional wellbeing in addition soothing stress and easing health troubles. A typical session begins with a prayer, and may involve the use of meditation and breathing exercises. Also meant to clear blockages in the circulation of energy throughout the body, lomi lomi generally entails the use of rhythmic, flowing massage strokes.

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Say No to Sassafras Oil

Sun, 18 May 2014 16:05:59 +00002014-05-18T16:05:59Z

An essential oil with a sweet scent, sassafras oil is extremely varied in its uses: sometimes touted as a natural remedy for issues like head lice, it's also used in the production of the drug MDMA (more widely known as "ecstasy"). But while sassafras oil was once widely used as a perfume and flavoring agent as well, it's now banned in the United States due to the potentially cancer-causing effects of a compound called safrole. What's more, the nonprofit conservation group Fauna & Flora International warns that production of sassafras oil is closely linked to the destruction of rare trees (and their surrounding ecosystems) throughout southwest Cambodia.

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Avipattikar: Natural Relief for Stomach Ulcers?

Wed, 14 May 2014 07:24:54 +00002014-05-14T07:24:54Z

For help in soothing stomach troubles (such as indigestion and stomach ulcers), practitioners of ayurveda sometimes rely on an herbal formula known as avipattikar. Available in dietary supplement form, avipattikar contains a dozen herbs (including amla, clove, ginger, and haritaki).

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Bhringaraj Oil for Beautiful Hair?

Mon, 12 May 2014 07:17:32 +00002014-05-12T07:17:32Z

In ayurveda, a natural remedy known as bhringaraj oil has long been used to enhance hair health. Made from a mix of extracts of bhringaraj (a plant also known as false daisy) and sesame or coconut oil, bhringaraj oil is thought to help treat imbalances in pitta (one of the three doshas) and, as a result, help strengthen hair, fight premature grayness, and aid in the treatment of alopecia areata.

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Ferulic Acid: An Anti-Aging Solution for Skin?

Wed, 07 May 2014 07:13:07 +00002014-05-07T07:13:07Z

Some skin-care products said to slow aging contain ferulic acid, a compound sourced from such plants as sweet corn and tomatoes. Rich in antioxidants (and also taken in dietary supplement form to enhance heart health and curb cholesterol and blood pressure), ferulic acid is said to treat sun-induced damage and help remove fine lines and wrinkles from the skin.

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Carrot Seed Essential Oil for All-Natural Stress Relief?

Mon, 05 May 2014 21:08:09 +00002014-05-05T21:08:09Z

A sweet-scented substance long used in aromatherapy, carrot seed essential oil is sometimes touted as a natural solution for stress relief. It's thought that breathing in the somewhat earthy fragrance of this essential oil can send messages to the limbic system (a brain region known to influence the nervous system) and, in turn, promote relaxation.

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Red Raspberry Leaf for Menstrual Cramps?

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:14:43 +00002014-04-24T07:14:43Z

An herb said to relax the uterus, red raspberry leaf is often taken in tea form to help ease the pain of menstrual cramps. Also said to enhance overall women's health, red raspberry leaf contains such antioxidants as quercetin and kaempferol.

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Can Maracuja Oil Revitalize Your Skin?

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:39:21 +00002014-04-22T09:39:21Z

One newly trendy ingredient in natural skincare products is maracuja oil, a substance sourced from the seeds of the passionflower or passion fruit plant. Fans of maracuja oil suggest that it can help shield skin by locking in moisture and reversing signs of aging (such as fine lines and wrinkles).

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Thalassotherapy for Fibromyalgia

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:49:40 +00002014-04-17T07:49:40Z

To soothe the pain and ease the fatigue commonly associated with fibromyalgia, some patients have tried a type of alternative medicine known as thalassotherapy. Sometimes considered a form of hydrotherapy, ...

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