Diatomaceous Earth benefits

Diatomaceous Earth 

Human Use


Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth 
Health Benefits
On this page, we have categorized some of the results from testimonial reports that we have reviewed regarding Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth human health benefits, and wherever possible between this page and our “How DE Works” page, we try to reflect the science behind the testimonials. Of course, most actual in depth health related studies are initiated and controlled by the pharmaceutical industry, and why should those companies study the value of health remedies found in nature that could actually hurt their bottom line?  
So here, we will endeavor to discuss the results that DE users have experienced by taking a heaping tablespoon of DE in their favorite juice or liquid on a daily basis without the benefit of an industry sponsored study. For more background on how Diatomaceous Earth works within the human body to create the benefits related on this page, see How DE Works. Some people react with great skepticism regarding human consumption of DE, and while it is not allowed by government regulators for distributers to make claims about DE’s use as a human health supplement, we do hope to help illuminate the logical reasoning behind the health claims of CONSUMERS regarding the use of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth for human health.
My name is Larry Smith, (President of Earthworks Health, LLC and EarthworksHealth.com). For better health, people like me and my family take one or two tablespoons of Diatomaceous Earth in a liquid every day. Many people benefit from just one teaspoon daily!  I mix it with grapefruit juice and my wife mixes it with just water. Other options are mixing the DE with soda pop, juice, or whatever liquid you prefer. Some mix DE in protein shakes, applesauce or yogurt. Our Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is pure. There is no actual flavor or taste to it. Since DE does not dissolve, stirring the mixture several times as you drink it will prevent settling. Some folks experience higher energy levels, so it is probably best not to take just before sleeping. Not to worry about taking too much –  any excess silica not needed by the body is naturally eliminated through the kidneys and intestines… but we must find our own comfortable levels.

Remarkable Diatomaceous Earth health benefits through Silica 

As previously noted, like most wonderful natural products, this product requires an FDA Disclaimer: “This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Discussion of Diatomaceous Earth health benefits is based solely on personal experience and testimony shared by individual DE users and this company cannot market or label DE as a human health supplement with specific medical claims.” Having said that, we look at what consumers say about DE and at evidence of DE’s important cleansing properties and value as a rich source of Silica.

Diatomaceous Earth (DE) has been reported to absorb methyl mercury, E. coli, endotoxins, viruses (including poliovirus), organophosphate pesticide residues, and drug residues. DE is a natural organic colon cleanser and detoxifier. This cleansing and detoxification alone has a myriad of positive effects in the human body. Mechanisms are cited on “How DE Works” page. Adding to this is the widespread deficiency in human dietary sources of what is called “the most important trace element in human health” – Silica, and how rich DE is in this substance, we begin to understand the basis of the health benefits that so many have attested to. Only a trace amount of the DE silica is absorbed into the blood stream, and just that amount is a substantial gain for the user.

A growing number of people count beneficial human side effects of Diatomaceous Earth and SILICA as being nothing short of vital to their well being and exhibit genuine devotion toward its use. The only cautionary side effect that we have found relating to Food Grade DE has to do with direct inhalation and is essentially the same caution that is advised when handling baby powder. DE is a very fine powder.

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is 89% Silica.

It was established in the 1940s that life can’t exist without Silica. More recently, in her book “Water & Salt” Dr. Barbara Hendel states: “Silica is the most important trace element in human health.”Silica plays an important role in many bodily functions and has a direct relationship to mineral absorption.

The average human body holds approximately seven grams of silica, needing significantly more silica than even important minerals such as iron. Most people are, in fact, silica deficient. Among other things, enough silica in the body is vital enough for calcium absorption to allow calcium supplements to work. If Silica deficient, as is the case in the vast majority of us, calcium supplementation can even be a negative. Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is an excellent natural and organic source of silica.

Other Reported Health Benefits of Silica / DE Include 
Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Osteoperosis, Weight Loss, Cosmetics, Hair, Nails, Teeth & Gums, Energy, Bacteria, Mucus, Anti-Aging, Urinary Infections, Headache.Here’s what consumers have to say about Diatomaceous Earth:

Lower High Blood Pressure
Of the thousands of people that are using Diatomaceous Earth, most that have high blood pressure have reported that it has gone down.  It has been so thrilling to talk to people all over the United States and have them tell their stories. We are not just talking a few points – we are talking about LIFE-CHANGING numbers.  Doctors are amazed–customers are amazed. You will be, too.

Lower High Cholesterol
According to consumers, just as Diatomaceous Earth health benefits include lowering blood pressure, it has also been lowering cholesterol!  I have not talked with one person that has high cholesterol that has not had lower numbers after taking Diatomaceous Earth.  Most are reporting 40-60 points lower after only 2 weeks on DE.  I know it sounds too good to be true, but it works!

Just received this feedback from a user..
“I have been on DE for 6 months now and I just had my lab work done. My triglycerides have been reduced from 495 down to 203. I have so much more energy and my hair and nails are growing so much better. My husband has had high blood pressure and since being on the dirt, his BP is now in the normal range. It has also helped with my varicose veins and I no longer have any pain from them..”
.. Rhonda from Louisiana

Osteoporosis, Joints & Calcium
Osteoporosis is a symptom of the aging process. As calcium in our body system depletes, our bones become brittle and weak. Taking only a calcium supplement cannot correct or stop this threatening and crippling disease because the body cannot assimilate and make use of the calcium without the presence of silica. Evidence suggests that, instead of affecting healing, supplemental mineral calcium, on the contrary, accelerates the leaching away of bone calcium and thus hastens the degenerative process of osteoporosis and similar diseases that affect the supportive and connective tissues in the human body. The Silica found in Diatomaceous Earth enhances calcium absorbtion.

For Osteoporosis
Silica can stop the pain and even restore the body’s self repair process. Osteoporosis symptoms attack women primarily after menopause but the degenerative process starts much earlier in their younger days. More women are dying of fractures caused by osteoporosis than of cancer of the breast, cervix, and uterus combined. Silica is responsible for the depositing of minerals into the bones, especially calcium. It speeds up the healing of fractures and also reduces scarring at the site of a fracture. More and more research evidence shows that through a transmutation process, silica is turned into calcium when it is needed. That is why some scientists refer to silica as a precursor of calcium. Even when calcium is insufficient, the body can turn silica into calcium that the bones need.

Natural Weight Loss
We have been getting hundreds of reports from all over the United States that DE is helping people lose weight.  Everyone is saying that DE taken in the morning helps curb their appetite throughout the day.  Just one more reason to take it everyday!

Detox Your Body
Diatomaceous Earth health benefits reported to inlude detox! According to Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN and Galen D. Knight, PhD in their article “Mad as a Hatter” there is no better product to detox HEAVY METALS and RADIATION from your body than with Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth!

Nature’s Internal Cosmetic
In Europe and Asia, Diatomaceous Earth health benefits are widely recognized to include use as a health and beauty product for hair, skin, nails, bones, and joints.

Tissue Degeneration
Accelerates due to aging when connective tissue develops an increasing inability to retain moisture when left unassisted. Silica can help slow the degenerative process of connective tissue. With silica, vitality and life, which are often lost as the years accumulate, can be naturally maintained or even restored to your skin. Collagen, largely made up of silica, is the glue that holds us together. If our body has enough silica glucosaminoglycane, the collagen will make us look younger. Silica helps with skin problems and injuries including itching, rashes, abscesses, boils, acne, callouses, warts, eczemas, burns, frostbite, benign skin sores, insect bites and bed sores. If you regularly follow a silica regimen, your skin will keep its youthful look. A good silica supplementation program works far better than other products for maintaining healthier and longer lasting collagen.

Hair That Grows
Hair is nature’s greatest beauty enhancer. Hair deserves to be pampered. Hair at 90 micrograms per gram is almost as rich in silica as are healthy bones, which contain 100 micrograms per gram. Silica is a major component of hair. Using a good silica supplement should be part of your ongoing hair care program for revitalizing hair. Silica helps to prevent baldness, stimulates healthier hair growth and assures beautiful shine, luster and strength.

Teeth and Gums
By hardening the enamel, silica prevents cavities and preserves teeth. Silica also prevents bleeding gums, gum atrophy, and recession that causes the loosening of teeth, which could ultimately lead to tooth loss. Silica effectively fights ulceration and the decay of bones and teeth and also lessens inflammation.

Tough As Nails
Your nail plates are complex protein structures that grow four to five millimeters per month on average. With silica supplementation, fragile nails become normal within a short period of time. Silica will beautify the appearance of your nails and improve their hardness, making them shinier and less prone to breaking.

Restorative Effects Of Silica 
This will be most noticeable on your hair, skin, nails and teeth. Our skin and hair require silica essentially for the same purpose as do other tissues. As we know, the supporting collagen underneath the skin enhances elasticity and beauty. Collagen owes that quality to silica, which provides a beautiful complexion that is more than skin deep.

Pubic Lice (Crabs) and Hair Lice
Dust Diatomaceous Earth on all areas of the body that are infested with the Lice (Crabs). Also dust your bedding and rooms you have been in. 

More Reported Benefits Of Diatomaceous Earth:

  • Silica lowers bad cholesterol and raises good
  • Silica fades age spots
  • Silica stimulates metabolism for higher energy levels
  • Diatomaceous Earth has a negative charge and bacteria has a positive charge. It is believed that Diatomaceous Earth sweeps bacteria out of the body by trapping it in its honeycomb shaped skeletal form.
  • Silica supplementation helps repair and maintain vital lung tissue and protects them from pollution. By maintaining or restoring the elasticity of lung tissue, silica reduces inflammation in bronchitis.
  • It acts as a cough decreasing agent. Silica tones the upper respiratory tract (nose, pharynx, larynx) and reduces swelling because of its positive action on the lymphatic system.
  • Silica supplementation keeps menopause free of stress and helps to prevent many unwanted side effects of menopause
  • Silica works with other antioxidants to prevent premature aging and to preserve youthfulness.
  • Silica can help prevent kidney stones and heal infections of the urinary tract. It is a natural diuretic which can increase excretion of urine by 30 percent, thus flushing the water-excreting system and restoring normal function to these vital organs.
  • The presence of sufficient silica in the intestines will reduce inflammation of the intestinal tract. It can cause disinfection in the case of stomach and intestinal mucus and ulcers. Silica can prevent or clear up diarrhea and its opposite, constipation.
  • Silica will help normalize hemorrhoidal tissues.
  • In regulating and normalizing the bowels, silica has a pleasant side effect; it can alleviate lower back pain, which often troubles the elderly.
  • Silica proves effective with female discharge, abscesses and ulcers in the genital area and cervix, as well as mastitis (especially for breast feeding mothers).
  • The intake of silica acts as a supportive treatment for inflammation of the middle ear. Because of the beneficial effectiveness on the lymphatic system, silica can be used for swelling of the lymph nodes in the throat.
  • Has anti-inflammatory disinfecting, absorbing and odor binding effects.
  • Silica can normalize circulation and regulate high blood pressure (hypertension).
  • Silica can decrease vertigo, headache, tinnitus (buzzing of the ears) and insomnia.
  • Silica can help diabetes by promoting synthesis of elastase inhibitor by the pancreas.
  • Silica can help arterial disease by strengthening the blood vessels. Studies confirm that with age, silica disappears from the aorta, the heart’s key blood vessel, thus weakening its critical connective tissue and resulting in a greater cardiac risk.
  • Silica can help prevent Tuberculosis.
  • By improving the elasticity of the joints, silica helps rheumatism.
  • Silica has inhibitory effects on coronary diseases.
  • Silica can help avoiding or alleviating Alzheimer’s disease by preventing the body from absorbing aluminum and may flush out aluminum from the tissues. Silica can stimulate the immune system.

USAGE:
 Most who use Diatomaceous Earth mixed with a juice or liquid say that they use one to two tablespoons daily.  

Diatomaceous Earth FAQ:
http://www.earthworkshealth.com/Diatomaceous-Earth-FAQ.php

See Home Page For Diatomaceous Earth Video

Don’t forget that Diatomaceous Earth has many Household Uses.

REQUIRED FDA DISCLAIMER: *
Content on this site is for reference purposes only, based on reviews from users of diatomaceous earth. It is not intended to substitute for advice given by a physician, pharmacist, or other licensed healthcare professional. User statements regarding this dietary supplement have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. Those with health problems, pregnancy or who are nursing are specifically advised that they should consult their physician before taking any nutritional supplement.

* Any food grade diatomaceous earth uses other than those approved by the EPA, FDA, or USDA are strictly anecdotal reports of what countless numbers of users as well as we ourselves have done with diatomaceous earth.

Source: http://www.earthworkshealth.com/human-use.php

Other interesting links :

http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_human_use.html

http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2013/02/foodless-friday-health-benefits-of-diatomaceous-earth.html

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Diatomaceous Earth – Household Uses

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Enjoy the many practical and money saving benefits of

Diatomaceous Earth for every day household use:

Metal Cleaner:

Make a paste with Diatomaceous Earth and water to make a metal polish. Diatomaceous Earth also makes a very inexpensive soft scrub for the shower, sink and faucets.

Face Mask and Cleanser:

Mix Diatomaceous Earth and water together until you have made a paste. Apply to the face with circular scrubbing motion until face is fully covered. Leave on face for approx. 2 min. and then wash off with warm water. Your face will be fully exfoliated and toned for pennies!! Mix Diatomaceous Earth with your favorite cleanser and you will have cleaner, smoother skin.

Teeth Cleaner:

Sprinkle a small amount on your favorite brand of toothpaste and brush as you normally would. You will notice that your teeth look and feel “Just went to the dentist” clean.

Household Pests:

Use Diatomaceous Earth for control of roaches, silverfish, ants, bedbugs, flies, fleas, box elder bugs, scorpions, crickets, and many other insects. Diatomaceous Earth can be used in and around the home, yard, animal housing, etc. Diatomaceous Earth will not harm earthworms or beneficial soil microorganisms. *

Garage/Driveway Oil Stains:

To remove oil stains from garage floor or driveway: Make sure area is dry and completely cover the stain with diatomaceous earth. Let the powder soak up the oil for 24 hours. Remove the excess with a metal spatula or paint scraper and dispose.

Refrigerator/Freezer Odors:

Diatomaceous Earth can be used in the same way as baking soda to banish odors. Leave an open box or jar of DE in the refrigerator and freezer. Replace with fresh DE every week or so.

Foot Odor:

For fresh smelling footware, place some DE into the ends of two knee high nylon stockings and tie a knot the top. Place the stockings inside shoes or boots. Leave until used again.

Carpet Stains:

To remove stains from carpets, cover the stain with DE and lightly work into the stain. Let set for at least 2 hours and vacuum up.

Garbage Can Odor:

To deodorize a garbage can with DE, sprinkle a cup or so of diatomaceous earth in the bottom of the garbage can. Not only deodorizes, but will kill any bugs and larvae that are present.

Diatomaceous Earth FAQ:
http://www.earthworkshealth.com/Diatomaceous-Earth-FAQ.php


10 Effective Home Remedies For Yellow Teeth

home remedies for yellow teeth

10 Effective Home Remedies For Yellow Teeth

Isn’t it sad that you need to think before you smile? Laughing aloud is a strict no, no and just is limited to texting! Yellow teeth sure can be embarrassing!

Yellow teeth are usually a sign of decay and indicate an accumulation of plaque as well. Yellowing of teeth is caused by various foods that we consume and due to ageing. We focus so much on how our face looks and tend to overlook the health of our teeth. Fortunately, with these simple top 10 home remedies for teeth whitening, you can protect the enamel of your teeth and keep your pearly whites gleaming!

1. Holy Basil:

This wonder herb is a remedy for a plethora of ailments and is an excellent tooth- whitening agent as well. It also protects the mouth from a variety of dental problems. Sun- dry the leaves and grind it to a powder. You can mix this powder with toothpaste and utilize it daily.

2. Salt:

This is one of the oldest remedies for teeth cleansing. All you have to do is mix a bit of salt and charcoal and use the mixture to clean your teeth. The salt granules act as an abrasive and remove the yellow layer stuck onto the teeth. This remedy is mild on the tooth enamel when compared to toothpaste.

3. Orange Peel:

Orange peels are an excellent remedy for bad breath as well as for yellowing teeth. Simply rub an orange peel on your teeth each night before going to bed. The calcium content and Vitamin C in orange peels eliminate microbes from the mouth apart from reducing the yellow tinge from your teeth, leaving you with fresh breath. One can also add dried orange peel and basil powder to regular toothpaste and use every day.

4. Carrots:

The fibre content in carrots is very high, and this acts as a scrubber to cleanse the teeth of accumulated plaque, leading to the removal of the yellow tinge on the tooth enamel. Carrots are as good for your teeth as they are for your eyes!

5. Neem:

Neem has been used since ancient times as a teeth whitening agent. The neem twigs can be used as a toothbrush, all one has to do is chew on the twig. This action not only loosens up any food particles stuck between the teeth, but also reduces bad breath and cleanses the tongue. One can also mix neem oil along with toothpaste while brushing. Neem is a natural antibacterial and antiseptic, so its regular use will ensure that your mouth is fresh and teeth are nice and shiny.

6. Baking Soda:

Baking Soda is one of the best remedies for yellow teeth. It neutralizes acids in the oral cavity and is a mild abrasive. Gently rubbing a bit of baking soda on the teeth can help to scrape off the yellow layer accumulated on it. One can mix a bit of baking soda, salt, and toothpaste for effective teeth whitening.

7. Lemon:

This very common citrus fruit stimulates the formation of saliva in the mouth, which helps to rinse the teeth and gums, ridding them of stuck food particles. Mix equal proportion of water with lemon juice and use this as a mouthwash after each meal. This remedy also helps to reduce bad breath. The citric acid in the lemon acts as bleach and whitens yellowing teeth. It is important that the lemon juice is diluted as the citric acid may erode the teeth over a period of time.

8. Strawberries:

These are one of the tastiest remedies for yellow teeth! The malic acid in strawberries is an effective tooth cleanser. Mix some strawberry pulp along with a bit of baking soda to whiten your teeth. Within a month of this, you can notice that your teeth are significantly whiter!

9. Banana Peel:

One of the most unlikely remedies for yellow teeth, Banana peels are an excellent teeth whitener. Simply rub the banana peel on your teeth thoroughly and leave it on for 15 minutes. Brush your teeth with regular toothpaste after that. Regular use of this remedy will show a marked decrease in the yellowish tinge covering your teeth.

10. Apple Cider Vinegar:

Blend a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil with a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in a bowl. Dip your toothbrush in this and scrub your teeth. Repeat this process until the mixture is finished. This remedy not only whitens teeth, but also reduces bad breath and swelling of gums.

Why hide your joy? Use these top 10 home remedies to get rid of the stains and yellowing layers and restore the confidence to your smile!

Source : http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/effective-home-remedies-for-yellow-teeth/


Remove Scars naturally

How To Remove And Reduce Facial Scars?

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Dec 26, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Girls who have oily and acne-prone skin, might suffer from the embarrassment caused by acne scars. Not only oily-skinned women but even combination skinned girls stand the chance of suffering from acne and acne scars. Acne tends to mellow down eventually but it makes sure to leave behind a few scars just to remind us that it can be back any time. So, you must be thinking, is there a way to get rid of these facial scars without going for laser treatments?

I know you want the scars to disappear instantly. However, please do remember you need to follow certain things to get the desired effect. As you know, “Rome was not built in a day”; similarly you need to patiently follow the routine listed below for a few days to see results.

Facial Scar Removal

Follow these homemade remedies to remove facial scars which will help loosening and scrubbing off the acne scars.

1. Loosening of Scars:

facial scars remedies

To get rid of skin discolorations caused by scars, use a non-comedogenic oil to loosen the scar and soften it. Olive oil is best suited for this purpose.

Massage your face with one tablespoon of olive oil slowly. Then put a steaming towel over the face. This will open up the pores and will also soften the skin. When the towel cools down, wipe off the oil.

2. Scrubbing Off :

scrubbing for facial scars

The discoloured and the scarred areas can be sloughed away with a naturally made scrubber. You need to use only a natural and a soft scrub to slough away the scarred skin.

Baking soda is the best scrub for this purpose. Add one spoon of baking soda in one teaspoon of water and make a paste. Rub this paste on the particular areas for 1 minute in circular motion. Then rinse it off with lukewarm water.

[ Read: Pimple Marks Removal Cream ]

3. Formation of New Cells :

lemon juice for facial scars

Once the dead skin cells are removed, apply any substance which is high in Vitamin C content. This will help in the building new cells.

Concentrated lemon juice is the best option. Take a cotton ball and soak it in the juice. Now apply them on the face. After 5 to 10 minutes remove the cotton balls and let the skin dry. You can also use a mask made up of lemon juice daily to build new skin cells. Lemon also helps to even the skin tone.

face scar before after

Apart from these tips, there are several cosmetic procedures to remove the scars like dermabrasion and also laser resurfacing. Also there are many over-the-counter gels and creams which can help you get rid of facial scars.

Now, dermabrasion is a process of scraping the scarred skin surgically. This definitely helps in making the skin smooth. Dermaplaning is another procedure which is quite similar and can reduce acne scars. Laser skin resurfacing removes the scarred skin layer by layer.

Ointments like Mederma cream contain onion extracts and claim to reduce scars. Kelo-cote Advance Formula Scar Gel, which can be found online at Amazon.com – it is a silicon based gel which reduces scars.


Banana skins and skin problems!

Treat Acne & Other Skin Conditions With Banana Peels!

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treat acne and skin conditions with banana peels

Adult acne is a nasty thing. Just when you thought you’d put those awkward teenage years behind you, you wake up one morning in your mid to late twenties, and there it is: a ginormous, inflamed, middle school-esque pimple staring back at you from your forehead…or your nose…or your chin… Or all of the above – ewww…

Whether you’ve done your time with teenage acne or not, seeing it again during your adult years is not fun – and I’m speaking from personal experience! I’ve tried everything, from pills, to creams, to Proactiv-type products. Nothing worked, at least not for long. Fortunately for me, the problem fixed itself on its own and I now only battle the random breakout here and there.

treat acne and skin conditions with banana peels

My younger cousin is now going through the same thing, so for the past few months, I’ve made it my mission to find something that would help her. I didn’t want her to go down the same path as I did with pills, creams, etc. Now that I have this blog, I knew it was my duty to help her find a natural, chemical-free alternative to the steroid-laden pills and creams that are prescribed at the conventional dermatologist’s office.

treat acne and skin conditions with banana peels

Lo and behold, this link about using banana peels randomly crossed my path one night, and I sent it to my cousin and never thought about it again. A few weeks later, on our visit down to Florida, I noticed her skin looked much better and her acne scars were starting to fade. Imagine my surprise when she told me she’d been using the banana peels trick and loved it!

She even jokingly informed me that she’s become the “banana-nazi” so to speak, making sure no one throws away banana peels in her presence LOL :)

The steps are very simple:

  • Take a small piece of banana peel and rub it on the affected area for a few minutes until the inside of the peel turns brown.
  • As it dries, your skin will absorb the vitamins and nutrients in the peel. I leave it on for about 30 mins. and then wash it off with warm water. At night, I just leave it on overnight, then wash off in the morning.
  • Do this 3 times a day, and in a few days, you’ll notice results!

treat acne and skin conditions with banana peels

Even if you don’t have actual pimples on your skin, this trick can also help reduce acne scars from old breakouts. That’s where I come in: I used this on some old scars around my chin and jaw line and really noticed results within a couple days!

I’m not brave enough to share before/after pictures for the world to see, but the original poster graciously did this for us in her follow-up post. Just seeing those pictures was reason enough for me to try it and to send the link to my cousin!

If you’re looking to do away with commercial products and harsh chemicals on your skin, I urge you to give this a try. It’s totally worth a shot: what’s the worst that can happen – you get some banana on your face for a couple days? Totally worth the risk :)

So Why Does This Work?

Banana peels are chock-full of antioxidants, including lutein, which may help protect the skin against sun damage. They also contain esterified fatty acids, which have actually been isolated and incorporated into a patented lotion (Exorex lotion) used to treat eczema and psoriasis!

Some extra notes and other uses

  • Banana peels can also be used to treat warts as well! Just tape a piece of the peel to cover the wart, leave on overnight, and remove in the morning. Continue with nightly treatments until wart is gone.
  • To stop the itch from bug bites and poison ivy, rub banana peels on the affected area – no more itching!
  • Banana peels may also help with hemorrhoids because of the sugar content, which helps them shrink.
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by rubbing banana peels on your skin, which helps to tighten and tone the skin.
  • Psoriasis sufferers may also find relief by rubbing banana peels on the affected areas, and may see results within a few days or weeks.
  • Banana peels contain lots of potassium, and the antioxidant, lutein.
  • Use ripe banana peels, to ensure the best results! And make sure they’re fresh; you don’t want to use an old peel that’s been lying on the counter for a few hours. (So yes, you may have to recruit some scheduled banana eaters for you ;)

How To Save the Banana Peels

There’s been lots of questions and ideas regarding how to save the peel to use it for subsequent treatments, so you’re not eating several bananas per day. And a reader (Hi Alison!) was kind enough to share her technique, which works great:

ive fine tuned my technique to cutting a portion of the skin from the banana at a time- just a shallow incision around a section big enough to do my face with, then peel off and use. That way it all stays in tact and 1 banana can go 1 or 2 days depending on size. The fruit gets exposed to the air but still good in a smoothie at the end on the day!

Do you have any great tips or remedies to help clear up acne or scarring? What about other uses for banana peels? Please share your ideas in the comments!

This post is part of a series on Natural Skin Care. To view more posts in this series, click here.


DIY natural eyeliner / shadow

Make Your Own Natural Eyeshadow or Liner Out of Charcoal

I recently read No More Dirty Looks after putting it off for years—knowing full well that once I read that book, I would toss all my “natural” products because they wouldn’t be “clean” enough. I have been making my own body oils, lotions, lip glosses and blush for a while now, but I did have some suspect hair products that I loved, lip glosses and shadows that were in a variety of stunning, unnatural colors that I wouldn’t, couldn’t, believe were loaded with carcinogens and my deodorant, well, it claimed to be natural. But I knew that it was time for me to be more informed, so I picked up No More Dirty Looks, read it cover to cover in one day with my jaw on the floor, and as anticipated, tossed a good bit of my toiletries and makeup pronto.

Even though almost all my products claimed naturalness, it wasn’t really so. See, horrifyingly, beauty products aren’t regulated by the FDA which means that anything goes, including known carcinogens and ingredients that react with others (including your skin) to create formaldehyde and other evilness. Even if your product claims to be natural, and all ingredients are a-ok, if it lists “fragrance,” beware. “Fragrance” is protected by trade secret laws and the ingredients (usually dangerous) aren’t disclosed to the companies buying them for their “natural” products. Le sigh. Another reminder that keeping it simple is the smartest, and safest, way to go.

I highly recommend this book to YU. Not only does it reveal the truth about your beauty products, but replacements are listed along with what to watch out for on your labels.

Since the big purge, my hairdresser is in awe at the healthy condition of my hair, my skin is less dry and fine lines are diminished. I’ve been hearing more “miss” than “ma’am” from strangers and I cannot believe what a difference a matter of weeks has made overall.

One of my favorite changes? Homemade eye shadow made with activated charcoal. It’s so easy and looks great, so give it a try!

What you’ll need:
Activated Charcoal capsules
A small glass jar with a tight lid
Eyeshadow brush, preferably with one thin end for liner and one rounded for smokey effects

Let’s get started.
Open up a charcoal capsule and pour into the small glass jar. Open up another one, and another, and another until you fill your jar about halfway. Store extra charcoal caps for when you run out or when you are feeling an upset, gassy stomach (that’s what they are really for).

Thanks to the jostling around in my purse the cap side is always nice and powdered for me…

When I apply, I just open the jar, flip the cap upside down and dab up some charcoal from the lid. Try mixing with a bit of water to paint on as a liner, but know that I get a nice liner effect without water by using a thin brush.

I’ve applied the eyeshadow to my left eye in the pics below: simple liner-style (bottom, left) and the smokey-style (bottom, right). It lasts a long time, all day really, and washes off easily.

You can also try powdered spirulina for a green shadow and powdered mica for shimmer. Mix them for different effects—have fun and show us what you come up with.

Fun!

Source: http://yumuniverse.com/make-your-own-natural-eyeshadow-or-liner-out-of-charcoal/


All Natural Herbal Hair Colour Recipes

Natural Hair Color Recipes

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Since I posted by recipes for homemade shampoo and DIY dry shampoo I’ve gotten a few emails asking about natural/herbal options for hair color. I’ve experimented with natural hair lightening in the past, but hadn’t tried dark or red shades. Many wasted herbs and a bunch of randomly colored streaks on the underside of my hair later, I figured out some good dark and red options as well!

I started with sandy blonde hair, so I used the lightening herbs on most of my head, and I’m the blondest I’ve been since childhood (with some interesting red/brown streaks underneath). I think the reds and browns would be even more dramatic on hair that was already darker, but they definitely had my hair not-blonde anymore. If any of you with dark hair try the red or dark colors, please let me know how they work on you!

These are natural colors and as such will create natural hues on your hair. They will not create artificial colors like hot pink, completely platinum blonde, or jet black (ok, so that isn’t a fake color, I just haven’t figured out how to do it…) The blonde/light recipes will actually permanently lighten hair since they naturally bleach it but the red and dark hues will leave a temporary tint for a few weeks (depending on how often you wash it). The sun will help set all the hues.

Also, I haven’t tried these on dyed/chemically treated hair, so I don’t know how it reacts with those types of hair! Not sure why you’d want to use herbal hair dyes? Read the ingredients and then get back to me! icon smile Natural Hair Color Recipes

Herbs for Light Hair

I’ve tried several basic herbal variations including:

  • Pure, strong Chamomile Tea (brewed with 1/2 cup herbs per 2 cups water) and sprayed or poured on hair and left on for several hours. Sitting in the sun during this time will enhance the lightening effect.
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice, sprayed and brushed through hair and left on for several hours (in the sun) will also produce natural highlights.
  • chamomile tea rinse at the end of each shower (leave in hair!) will produce smooth, silky hair and naturally lighter hair over time.

For a stronger and faster effect, I’ve used the following recipe. It has left my hair very blonde, easy to work with and not yellowy/brassy at all.

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups of strong chamomile tea
  • 1/2 cup strong calendula tea (optional and will produce more golden tones)

What to do: Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle or other small bottle. Shake well before each use. Spray or pour into hair and brush through to get even. This works best when applied to hair directly before sun exposure and left in for 1-2 hours before being rinsed out. Can be used several times a week until desired color is reached. I suggest putting this in hair and doing a kettlebell workout in the sun for maximum benefit icon smile Natural Hair Color Recipes

You can also use this as a rinse at the end of a shower (and then lightly rinse with water) though it will take longer to have an effect. This will not have an overnight dramatic effect, though when I’ve put it in my hair before gardening in the sun for a few hours I definitely noticed a difference.

Herbs for Red Hair

These will create a red/dark strawberry blonde tint in lighter hair and an auburn tint in darker hair. The effects are cumulative, so extended use over time will create a more vibrant red. The easiest thing is to make it part of your hair care routine if you want continual red hair.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of calendula flowers or fresh marigold petals from your garden
  • 2 tablespoons (or more for more red hues) of hibiscus petals (also available fromMountain Rose Herbs)

What to do: Boil the water and simmer with the calendula/marigold and hibiscus for at least half an hour. Strain off the flowers and store in the fridge. Use as a final hair rinse at the end of each shower. Dry hair in the sun if possible. Repeat daily until desired shade is maintained and then every few days to maintain.

Faster Way: If you want faster and more permanent results, you can use Henna Hair Color from Mountain Rose Herbs. This is the only brand I can vouch for the quality of, and the results are very dramatic. They have a lot of color variations with red hues (and darker ones) and the results last for several months (or longer if you wash your hair less often). They won’t completely cover grey hair, but will darken it. Don’t use on chemically treated hair or test on a small section before using on the whole head!

Herbs for Brown Hair

It is easiest to darken hair that is already light brown or darker, though these colors will even darken blonde tones. Always test on a small part of hair before using on the whole head, especially on chemically treated hair. Used as a rinse, these will also darken grey hair over time. The more they are used, the darker the results. For faster, dramatic effect, use a Henna Color Like Black, Dark Brown or Mahogany. For a slower or more gentle tone, use these herbs:

Ingredients:

What to do: Simmer the herbs with water in a small pan for at least 30 minutes or until water is very dark. Remove from heat and when cool, strain herbs out, making sure all small pieces are removed (I use cheesecloth). Store mix in the fridge. Spray or brush into hair about an hour before showering each day, then shampoo as normal. Can also use as a rinse and leave on at the end of each shower. Repeat until desired color is reached. It has a cumulative effect and you probably won’t notice much difference the first few days. The herbs in this mix are also great for getting rid of dandruff and for increasing hair growth…

Herbs for Dark Brown Hair or Black Hair

If you have very light hair, it will be difficult to get really dark hues with just herbs, though with enough patience, it can be done. I’ve listed herbs that work, and you can use any combination. As always, test on a small section of hair before using.Henna hair colors will provide really dark results that last longer, but if you want to go dark gradually, these are the recipes I’ve tried:

  • For very dark hair, put 1/4 cup of Black Walnut Powder in a tea bag or cheesecloth bag and steep in 3 cups of water in a quart mason jar for at least 6 hours or overnight. Use as a rinse in the shower for hair and dry in the sun if possible. This will create VERY DARK hair, especially if you have dry or color treated hair. It will also provide the darkest coverage for grey hair. Repeat daily or as needed to darken and maintain dark shade.
  • Use strong brewed black tea as a final rinse to darken any color hair. This is also nourishing for the hair and will provide a temporary darkening effect on most hair types. Repeat as necessary to get desired shade and sun-dry if possible.

With any of these herbal hair colors, make sure to test on a small part of your hair first, especially with color treated hair and especially with the henna colors as they have more lasting effects. Experiment with any of the above and mixtures of them to get the right mix for your hair! Ever used natural hair colors or rinses? Please let me know below!


Castor Oil great for hair, eyelashes and brows

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Castor oil is great for thickening and regrowing hair, eyelashes and eyebrows

 Castor oil is often overlooked for its benefits for the skin and hair because of its extremely thick and sticky consistency.  However, if you’re looking for a cheap, natural remedy for several common skin and hair complaints, then castor oil is definitely worth your time.

Castor oil for regrowing and thickening hair, eyelashes and eyebrows

I first stumbled on castor oil as a remedy for regrowing thin eyebrows. I had over-plucked my brows back in the nineties when it was the hip thing to have pencil thin brows, and they never did quite recover.  It became necessary for me to pencil in the “bald” spots and I missed the natural look of real hair where these spots were missing.

I read about castor oil as a remedy for thinning brows and hair, and thought I’d try it. I bought a hexane free, organic and cold pressed castor oil and started applying it to my eyebrows every night after washing my face.  After about three months, I noticed my brows were noticeably thicker (and they seemed to be growing in darker as well), and attributed it to the nightly application of castor oil.

I’m not the only one that this has worked for.  So, why would castor oil help you regrow hair – both on your head and the other two important places, the eyebrows and the eyelashes.

Castor oil is high in ricinoleic acid.  This acid is a very effective natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent.  This can help keep any fungus or bacteria from inhibiting hair growth.  Since the oil is also very thick, it may help to prevent hair loss simply by helping to coat the hair and protect it from falling out.

Castor oil is also high in omega 9 fatty acids, which are nourishing to both the hair and the follicle, as well as the surrounding skin.  Castor oil has a unique ability to be deeply penetrating, and this helps it to deliver its nourishment deeply into the pores and the follicles that produce hair.

It also has a high gloss, so it lends a lush glossiness and shine to the hair. A little goes a long way, and it is best to only add a tiny bit to the very ends of your hair instead of putting it up near the scalp if you’re just looking for a natural hair smoother.

Simply put about two drops on your hands and rub, then smooth through the ends.  If you use too much, there is a fine line between subtle shine and a heavy greasiness so go very light until you figure out the amount that works right for your hair type.

If you’re looking to regrow the hair on your head, you can use castor oil as a scalp treatment. However it can be tricky to get on the scalp without thinning it out with a lighter oil. You can add some melted coconut oil, apricot kernel oil or another lighter oil to help get it spreadable enough.

If you’re simply looking to help thicken hair that is thinning at the edges of your hairline, you can use pure castor oil, with a light hand of course.  Another use is to apply the oil to eyelashes to help thicken and strengthen them, as well as to help prevent thinning and shedding.

Castor oil for scar tissue reduction and shiny, smooth lips

Many attest to the wonders castor oil offers for keloid types of scars and other scars that involve a lot of hardened scar tissue.  This is presumably due to its ability for deep penetration through multiple skin layers.

Because castor oil softens the skin so much, the thought is that this softening helps to break down deep scar tissue so it may be smoothed out.  In addition, castor oil has shown promise as a white blood cell stimulating agent.  Studies have also shown that castor bean oil helps reduce the inflammatory response in subcutaneous tissue.  This may be why it seems to speed wound healing, and may also contribute to its ability to reduce scarring more quickly.

Castor oil is also excellent for the lips.  Our lips needs constant protection against the elements. Although our lips regenerate and recover quickly, they also dry out and begin to peel when they are dehydrated.

Castor oil not only smooths the lips with fatty acids, but it also helps protect them due to its naturally thick and immovable nature. In other words, it doesn’t budge without being wiped off. It also imparts a natural shine to the lips, which makes it ideal for both improving the appearance and health of the lips.

Danna Norek is the founder of AuraSensory.com, which offers a line of natural body, skin and hair care products. The Herb Mint Citrus lip balm uses castor oil as one of the primary ingredients to add shine, moisture and protection to the lips (all naturally flavored).  Line also includes a Natural Shine Enhancing Shampoo (sulfate free), Deep Hydration Conditioner, natural deodorant and a popular MSM and Vitamin C Face Cream.

Sources for this article include:http://science.naturalnews.com/2010/2015454_Subcutaneous_tissue_reaction_to_castor_oil_bean_and_calcium_hydroxide.html


Athlete’s Foot – bye bye!

Colloidal Silver for Athlete’s Foot and Other Topical Fungal Infections

Can colloidal silver help with stubborn topical fungal infections such as athlete’s foot?  Well, according to these colloidal silver users, it sure can!

Hi, Steve Barwick here, for www.TheSilverEdge.com

Topical fungal infections can be quite nasty and very frustrating.

Prescription anti-fungal drugs don’t always work.

And because of the potentially harmful side effects – such as liver damage — not everybody with a fungal infection wants to use the prescription drugs.

Is there a safe, natural alternative?  You bet there is!

Colloidal silver has been demonstrated in clinical studies to literally decimate fungal pathogens, including those that cause athlete’s foot.

In fact, in the recent study described in the article at the link above, colloidal silver even proved to be more effective than some of the most powerful prescription antifungal drugs!

But that shouldn’t be surprising.  After all, Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D., known as the father of electrically generated silver ions, demonstrated back in 1976 (in a study titled “Antifungal Properties of Electrically Generated Metallic Silver Ions”)…

…that silver has astonishing anti-fungal properties!

A Practical Method of Killing Athlete’s Foot Using Colloidal Silver!

My good online friend and fellow natural health journalist Tony Isaacs wrote a great article for NaturalNews.com covering seven different natural ways to heal athlete’s foot.  One of those ways, of course, included colloidal silver.

Here’s what he said:

“One sure-fire home remedy is to use a combination of apple cider vinegar, water, colloidal silver and moisturizer.

Soak your feet in one part white vinegar and four parts water for 20-30 minutes. Dry your feet and apply colloidal silver over the entire foot, being sure to get in between the toes.

Allow to air dry thoroughly and then apply a good moisturizer, such as the oil found in crushed garlic from the grocery store. Other good choices are tea tree oil, sesame oil and olive oil.

The combination of vinegar and colloidal silver kills the athlete’s foot fungus and the moisturizer helps the skin heal.

Repeat the procedure twice daily and your athlete’s foot should be gone in a matter of days. To prevent future outbreaks of athlete’s foot, repeat the above remedy once each week.

Note: colloidal silver is optional, but it helps speed the remedy and makes it more effective.”

Does It Work?

I’ve heard from many readers that colloidal silver does indeed work wonders for fungal infections such as athlete’s foot.  In fact, in many cases, colloidal silver alone was all that was needed!

Here’s a testimonial from the Colloidal Silver Success Stories web site, from a man who uses colloidal silver to cure stubborn fungal infections in horse’s feet:

Colloidal Silver Works for My Athlete’s Foot, As Well as for Fungal Infections On My Horse’s Feet!

“I use the colloidal silver for many things.

I’m a farrier and I give it to customers for clearing up thrush in horse’s feet. It has controlled chronic infections in a number of horses I treat.

It’s been successful in treating summer itch which is a fungal infection that horses get in warmer weather.

I also use it myself for athlete’s foot, skin injuries, as a mouth wash, and just about any external injury.”

– Philip S., Littlerock, CA

And here’s another testimonial from the Colloidal Silver Success Stories web site, from a woman who tends to get athlete’s foot often during the hot summer months.  She wrote:

Cured of Athlete’s Foot By Soaking My Feet In Colloidal Silver!

“I often get athlete’s foot, especially in the summer when it’s hot and I have to wear shoes, for example to work in my flower garden.

I do go without shoes whenever I can or wear sandals. The athlete’s foot seems like it can strike overnight! I will even get blisters between my toes and the itching almost drives me crazy!

But since I have your Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator I can use as much silver as I want at a fraction of the cost.

So when these “attacks” happen, I use a glass 8×8 cake pan and put 2 cups of full strength colloidal silver in it. I then soak both my feet at the same time.

I wear a size 7 shoe and put the pan at an angle in front of me, it being a diamond shape not a square. My big toes are in the top point and my heels in the bottom point. They fit perfectly.

I soak them for at least 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening, after my shower.

Usually the first couple of soaks will relieve the itching, and within 2-3 days the blisters are healing nicely. I use the same silver for 2 soakings and then discard.”

– J.K., Presque Isle, MI

Here are a couple more short testimonials, also from the Colloidal Silver Success Stories web site:

Colloidal Silver Healed My Athlete’s Foot, Bronchitis and Red Eye!

“My own experience has been phenomenal.

I had bronchitis for about 3 weeks when my Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator arrived. I made a batch and started taking it.

Within two days I didn’t have any bronchitis symptoms. I was only taking a teaspoon per day. I was amazed.

It also cleared up my red eye which occasionally happens, as well as my athlete’s foot!”

– W.E. Quirein

Colloidal Silver Clears Up My Athlete’s Foot Immediately!

“I’m diabetic, which means cuts and scratches in the leg or feet are sometimes difficult to heal.

If I get a scratch or a cut on my legs, I rub colloidal silver up and down where the wound is.  The silver heals the wound twice as fast.

I also use the colloidal silver for athlete’s foot — clears it up immediately.

I will not go anywhere without my machine.”

– Mike T., Challis, ID

Spraying My Athlete’s Foot 3 Times Per Day With Colloidal Silver Healed It!

“I had athlete’s foot. Sprayed colloidal silver on my feet and it went away in a short time. I sprayed generously, 3 times per day.”

– D.A. Lenz, MN

Colloidal Silver Cured My Boyfriend’s Athlete’s Foot For the First Time In Years!

“My boyfriend has cured his athlete’s foot for the first time in years. He also suffered from bleeding gums, also gone.

This stuff is magic and no wonder the selling of it has been banned in Europe.  Why? Because it WORKS! And it can be made for cents by every individual.

This is NOT what the pharmaceutical industry wants. They want us sick and paying them to remain sick.”

– Lucy J.

I Could Feel The Colloidal Silver Working On My Athlete’s Foot Immediately!

“Hi, I’ve used colloidal silver for about a year. It’s cured my nail fungus, athlete’s foot, swimmers ear.

I’ve used it for sinus with success and many other problems. I have a generator and wouldn’t be without it now.

The nail fungus was only on my big toe to one side. I trimmed that portion off, exposing the nail bed. I soaked my feet in a baking dish full of colloidal silver.

The athlete’s foot problem was on the other foot, so it took care of both problems at the same time.

I could feel the colloidal silver working on the fungus toe almost immediately and continued this for about a week and half.  It took a while for my nail to grow, now I can wear sandals again.”

– Susan A.

Colloidal Silver Resolves Athlete’s Foot for Postal Carrier!

“I said that I would write back and let you know how things have been going with my new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator.

I have to say, things are great and I know it’s working. I’m still trying it on different things but it has worked very well on some issues.

… I used it on my feet, since I’ve had athlete’s foot and I’m walking in my shoes all day long six days a week, as I am a postal carrier.

Again, problem was solved. No more itching. And my feet were getting very nasty during that time!”

– Curt S.

Colloidal Silver Cured My Daughter’s Athlete Foot!

“My 25 yr old daughter had been treating a foot fungus with many different over-the-counter products, with no luck in clearing up the fungus.

She had suffered with the pain and itching for almost a month. I encouraged her to dab on some silver water. She did and immediately the itching stopped.

I sent her home with a small bottle. The next day she called me….she had applied it several times that day. The pain was gone and the deep redness had changed to a pale pink. In 3 days after first application…..fungus was gone!!

I am no longer skeptical about it.”

– Nancy S., Topeka, KS

Colloidal Silver Cured Athlete’s Foot and Several Other Problems!

I have cured “athletes foot problems) and several other problems with the home made silver.

You people have a fantastic product. Thank you very much!”

– Mike T., Idaho

Colloidal Silver Healed Nasty Fungal Infection That Even Lamisil Wouldn’t Cure!

“While trimming her toe nails one day my sister discovered a hole in the skin between her baby toe and the next toe, she could actually stick the end of a Q-tip into it. She hadn’t felt any pain from it so I guess that’s why it took so long to notice it.

She showed her doctor and he said to put some Lamisil Antifungal Cream on it several times a day. Janie applied the cream 3 to 4 times a day for 3 weeks with no results at all. The hole did not get any bigger but it also was not getting any better either. She was very discouraged.

I suggested she try using the Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver I had given her, which I made with my generator bought from The Silver Edge.

So she stopped using the cream and began only using the colloidal silver by putting a cotton ball between her 2 toes to hold them apart and then used a glass eye dropper to put drops in the hole.

Janie would let it air dry before removing the cotton, but if she was in a hurry she used the hair dryer to blow it dry.

She would do this whenever she thought about it throughout the day and being it was summer and warm out, it was quick and easy to do because of being able to wear open toed shoes and no socks to remove each time.

In addition to the topical applications, she also was drinking 1 ounce of the colloidal silver 3 times a day.

After just several days she could see the hole was definitely healing and beginning to close up. Soon after that it had completely healed and the problem has not returned.”

– S. Glentz, MI

Colloidal Silver Heals Persistent Fungal Infections Of the Feet!

“I use the colloidal silver water to treat persistent fungus infections, dipping my feet in silver water for 15-20 minutes every day.

Also I take it to prevent developing stomach flu. In this case I drink a glass of silver water 1-2 times a day.

Thanks for your wonderful product!”

– A.B. Houston, Texas

Used Colloidal Silver to Heal Fungal Infection on Clydesdale’s Legs!

My Clydesdale, Taz, got a type of fungus under his feathers on his legs.

This happens because the feathers — hair — is so long on Clydesdales legs that the hair creates a wet, dark, warm environment for microbes and other things like that to grow.

I would spray Colloidal Silver on his legs/feathers on day, and the next day the fungus was already healing.

During wet weather season I did this 1x per week. He never got fungus again on his legs.

– Sherri

Chronic Toenail Fungus Doing Better After Spraying Colloidal Silver On It!

“Toenail fungus: A chronic problem for several years.

I have been to Podiatrist and had a RX for Penlac. It did nothing.

I then sprayed the silver on my toes daily before putting on my socks. The fungus is not completely gone, but in eight months my toenails have grown back in clean and clear!

I will keep using the silver daily.”

– Dan F., Naples, FL

“I’ve had one of your Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generators for some time and my daughter has used colloidal silver on her fingernails that had some kind of fungus. The silver healed the fingers.”

– George, Torrance, CA

“Impossible To Get Rid Of” Nail Fungus Cured With Colloidal Silver!

“Folks, if you’ve never tried it, this is just amazing stuff. Both my husband and I had toenail fungus, which we found impossible to get rid of—even with tea tree oil—but the colloidal silver did the trick! You could see the changes in just a couple of weeks.

We take an ounce or so orally whenever we think about it throughout the day and spray the silver water onto the affected area first thing in the morning and last thing at night or whenever else remember to do it.

We bought our generator from http://thesilveredge.com, but there are other companies out there as well.

We have no piece of the action at this site, but we highly recommend it because of our results.”

– elfExpressionsEzine.com

Colloidal Silver “Really Clears Up Toenail Fungus Fast!”

“We have two of your ‘Micro’ machines and love them – as do our clients in our clinic.

We make up our own foot bath electrolytes to treat Peripheral Neuropathy – and colloidal silver makes up a healthy amount of said electrolytes. It really clears up toenail fungus fast!”

– JDS, Chico Holistic Healthcare

“We bought our Micro-Particle generator back in November 2009 and have been using the product which has been helping to rid my feet and legs of a dark fungus.

I take two shot glasses three to four times a day.

I have made over 25 gallons since …we got our unit.

All of the CS is given away to our friends and family. Sometimes they provide the jars and distilled water. Thank you again for all you are doing.”

– David S.

What the Experts Say About Colloidal Silver and Fungal Infections

Experts agree that colloidal silver and other silver-based antimicrobials are often astonishingly effective against fungal pathogens.
Here are just a few quotes from various experts attesting to the powerful healing qualities of colloidal silver against fungal pathogens:
“In addition to its antibacterial properties, silver is also being studied as an antifungal agent.
A study published in Mycoses in 2007 indicated that silver is effective against four fungi ‘which cause major fungal infections in humans':
Trichophyton rubrum, Candida albicans, Microsporum canis, and Aspergillus flavus.
Silver has also been studied as an antiviral, and has been shown ‘to prevent [certain viruses] from being infective.'”
— S.M. Foran, Therapeutic Properties of Silver: an Historical and Technical Review
“Silver is taken up rapidly by fungus spores, so that germination can be completely inhibited after a contact time of 1 minute or less.
Only mercury( I) and (II), and to a lesser extent copper, offer serious competition.”
— Miller, Lawrence P., and McCallan, S.E.A. 1957. Toxic action of metal ions to fungus spores. Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 5(2), 116-122.
“Silver was similarly toxic to a range of [fungal] pathogens including Pythium aphanidermatum, Thielaviopsis basicola and Fusarium oxysporum f.spp.
Most zoospores of phytophthora spp were killed by Ag+ in the range 5-50 ppb, bursting at the higher concentrations…
Zoospore cysts and germlings showed the same sensitivity to silver. Oospores were mostly killed over the range 25-100 ppb…
…It is surprising that no silver-based fungicide has been developed.”
— Slade, S.J., and Pegg, G.F. 1993. The effect of silver and other metal ions on the in vitro growth of root-rotting Phytophthora and other fungal species. Annals of Applied Biology, 122, 233-251.
“Spherical silver nanoparticles (nano-Ag) were synthesized and their antifungal effects on fungal pathogens of the skin were investigated.
Nano-Ag showed potent activity against clinical isolates and ATCC strains of Trichophyton mentagrophytes and Candida species (IC80, 1-7 microg/ml).
The activity of nano-Ag was comparable to that of amphotericin B, but superior to that of fluconazole (amphotericin B IC80, 1-5 microg/ml; fluconazole IC80, 10- 30 microg/ml).
Additionally, we investigated their effects on the dimorphism of Candida albicans. The results showed nano-Ag exerted activity on the mycelia.
Thus, the present study indicates nano-Ag may have considerable antifungal activity, deserving further investigation for clinical applications.”
— J Microbiol Biotechnol. 2008 Aug;18(8):1482-4., Kim KJ, Sung WS, Moon SK, Choi JS, Kim JG, Lee DG. Department of Microbiology, College of Natural Scienes, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701, Korea.
“…the antifungal activity and its mechanism of silver, Nano-Ag specifically, was investigated.

Nano-Ag, in an IC80 range of 1-25 µg/ml, showed significant antifungal activity against T. mentagrophytes and Candida species.
Toward all fungal strains, Nano-Ag exhibited similar activity with amphotericin B, showing IC80 values of 1-5 µg/ml, but more potent activity than fluconazole, showing IC80 values of 10-30 µg/ml.

…Many studies have shown the antimicrobial effects of Nano-Ag (Klasen, 2000; Russell & Hugo, 1994; Silver, 2003), but the effects of Nano-Ag against fungal pathogens of the skin, including clinical isolates of T. mentagrophytes and Candida species are mostly unknown.

The primary significance of this study is the observation that Nano-Ag can inhibit the growth of dermatophytes, which cause superficial fungal infections (Kim et al., 2008).
Nano-Ag also exhibited potent antifungal effects, probably through destruction of membrane integrity (Kim et al., 2009).

To the author’s knowledge, this is the first study to apply Nano-Ag successfully to dermatophytes and pathogenic fungal strains.
Secondly, the fact that preparation method of Nano-Ag described here is cost-effective is also of importance. Therefore, it can be expected that Nano-Ag may have potential as an anti-infective agent for human fungal diseases.”
— The Silver Nanoparticle (Nano-Ag): a New Model for Antifungal Agents, Juneyoung Lee, Keuk-Jun Kim, Woo Sang Sung, Jong Guk Kim and Dong Gun Lee School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, College of Natural Sciences, Kyungpook National University, Republic of Korea
“In addition to being effective against fungi, this method of silver application has also been demonstrated to be efficacious against a broad spectrum of bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant strains.
The results of the current study demonstrate the excellent in vitro performance of silver, particularly the nanocrystalline form, against a variety of common fungal pathogens.
The most remarkable aspect of the fungicidal experiments is that nanocrystalline silver appears to be effective against the resistant spores produced by some of these organisms.”
— Wright, J.B., et al. 1999. Efficacy of topical silver against fungal burn wound pathogens. American Journal of Infection Control, 27(4), 344-349.
“The present study demonstrated that anodic silver (Ag+) at low direct currents had inhibitory and fungicidal properties.
Broth dilution susceptibility tests were made on several species of Candida and one species of Torulopsis.
Growth in all isolates was inhibited by concentrations of electrically generated silver ions between 0.5 and 4.7 mg/ml, and silver exhibited fungicidal properties at concentrations as low as 1.9 ,ug/ml.
The inhibitory and fungicidal concentrations of electrically generated silver ions are lower than those reported for other silver compounds.”
— Antifungal Properties of Electrically Generated Metallic Ions, by Becker, Spadaro, Berger, Bierman, Chapin, published inAntimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Nov. 1976, p. 856-860
“Silver ions are bactericidal, antifungal, protozoicidal, and active against herpes simplex virus.”
— Russell, A.D., et al. 1994. Antimicrobial activity and action of silver. Progress in Medicinal Chemistry, 31, 351-370.
“Beginning in the 1970s, several independent researchers found that silver ions easily destroy Candida and other fungi.
But it wasn’t until a pilot study during the mid- 1990s that included human patients suffering from terminal AIDS that medical researchers established solid evidence showing just how quick and effective silver ions can be in the treatment of Candida as well as HIV.
In this study, nine individuals who were near death were divided into two subgroups. One group suffered from HIV and a terrible Candida infection.
The other group suffered from both HIV and an extreme form of malnutrition (known as Wasting Syndrome).
The researchers found that in both groups the colloidal silver was capable of killing pathogens and purging the bloodstream of germ defenses in order to restore the immune system.”
— Dr. Jonathan Wright, M.D.
“Topically, it can be used to fight fungal infections of the skin or nails and to promote the healing of burns, wounds, cuts, rashes, and sunburn. It can be used on toothaches and mouth sores, as eye drops, and as a gargle to fight tooth decay and bad breath. It can also be used as sterilizer and can even be sprayed on air-conditioning filters and air ducts and vents to prevent germs from growing.”
— Prescription For Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A Balch CNC and James F Balch MD, pg 66
“I sincerely recommend that everyone have electrically generated colloidal silver in their home as an antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal agent.”
— Dr. Joseph Weissman, M.D. board certified immunologist and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California Medical School
“In contrast to medical antibiotics that can be used only against specific microbes, colloidal silver has a wide range of effectiveness, eliminating bacteria as well as viruses and fungi.”
— The Natural Way to Heal by Walter Last, pg 161
“Silver is an anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal anti-metabolite that disables specific enzymes that microorganisms use for respiration.”
— Rare Earths, Forbidden Cures by Joel D. Wallach, BS, DVM, ND and Ma Lan, MD, MS
“Many strains of pathogenic microbes, viruses, fungi, bacteria or any other single celled pathogen resistant to other antibiotics are killed on contact by colloidal silver, and are unable to mutate. However, it does not harm tissue-cell enzymes and friendly bacteria.”
— Ron Barnes, PhD., Pharmacist, Capital Drugs

“In recent decades, studies have revealed the biochemical reactions of ionic silver that result in the inactivation of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, spirochetes, viruses, etc. However, the broad use of silver as a powerful clinical tool is still in the future because its full range of activity remains to be elucidated.”

– Davies, Richard, and Etris, Samuel. 1997. The development and functions of silver in water purification and disease control. In Catalysis Today, 36, 107-114.
“Metallic silver and silver compounds are used widely in medical devices and health care products to provide antibacterial and antifungal action. Experience has shown that they are generally safe in use and effective in controlling pathogenic organisms.”
— A.B.G. Lansdown, PHF, FRCPath, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, London, UK
Ag-NP’s have strong antifungal activity on Candida albicans, Candida globrato, Candida parapsilosis, Candida krusei, and Trichophyton mentagrophytes.”
— Biometals, 24 September 2010, Antibiotic effect of silver nanoparticles on Staphylococcus aureus
“For all bacterial, fungal and viral attacks on plants, flowers and fruit, simply spray diluted colloidal silver on the leaves; also, add to water, mixing one tablespoon per liter.
I put silver in my hydroponic system to eradicate root rot.
A friend of mine grows very rare orchids; these are sold overseas for a large amount of money. He was getting a fungus growing on some of them and they became worthless. We came up with the idea that the silver might eradicate the fungus, as it does on humans and animals. So why not give it a try?
It worked and he is a very happy man. he has now put a spray system in and all his flowers are sprayed at regular intervals and have never had any trouble since.”
— Colloidal Silver: the Hidden Truths, by Dr. Keith F. Courtenay (U.L.C., USA)
“Ag(e) has also proved adept at killing various yeast/fungus species at very low Silver concentrations, including Candida albicans, C. parapsilosis, C. tropicalis, C. pseudotropicalis, Torulopsis glabrata and Aspergillus niger.”
— James South, MA, Biochemist
 

More About Colloidal Silver and Fungal Infections

While we’re on the subject of getting rid of fungal pathogens, here’s a great article you might want to read about a simple way to use colloidal silver to cure stubborn toenail fungus infections.

And for women who may suffer from Candida Yeast infections from time to time, here’s a short piece on how to use colloidal silver effectively to get rid of a Candida Yeast infection.

The bottom line is this:

The clinical studies show, and the experts agree that colloidal silver is a powerful and effective remedy for fungal infections of all sorts.

Yours for the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver,

Steve Barwick, author
The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual

 


Lovely Lavender for healing

Lavender oil is for healing

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Source : naturalnews.com 

Originally published September 14 2013

 

Lavender oil is for healing

by Willow Tohi

(NaturalNews) One of the most powerful forms of ancient medicine, aromatherapy, has been used for millennia to treat all manner of ailments. Use of essential oils, today called aromatherapy, was well documented in ancient Persia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. There are more than 100 references to their use in the Bible for things like anointing and healing the sick. Today, essential oils are used for aromatherapy, massage, personal care, emotional balancing, and household uses, among others.

Essential oils come from the natural aromatic liquids found in plants, trees, and shrubs. The distinctive components that defend a plant against insects, environmental pollutants and disease, and allow it to grow and adapt to its surroundings, make up the plant’s essence. The essence is extracted from the plant’s flowers, leaves, roots, seeds, or peels into a concentrated volatile liquid, most often through steam distillation. They are highly concentrated and more potent than any dried herb. Essential oils will strengthen most holistic programs, including herbal and nutritional supplements.

 

The best-known healing oil

Lavender essential oil has many wonderful uses. One of the best known healing oils, lavender oil has a chemically complex structure with over 150 active constituents, which explains its effectiveness at helping with everything from insect bites to rheumatism. The botanical name, Lavandula, comes from Latin, lavare, which means “to wash,” probably for its history of use cleansing wounds, as well as washing linens and in personal bathing. It is a known anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, analgesic, calmative, detoxifier, hypotensive, and sedative.

Among the most versatile of oils, lavender is very effective at soothing, calming, balancing (both mind and body), and revitalizing. It is used through inhalation, massage, bath or shower, humidifier or vaporizer, or added to skin and personal care products. Your female ancestors most likely used lavender water as perfume. It is good for all skin types including sensitive skin, unless the scent puts you off – this seems to be a built-in warning system useful for gauging your compatibility with all the essential oils. Too much can be toxic to any system, so obey your nose and avoid it if you don’t care for the smell.

 

Uses

Lavender oil has a well documented history of effectively treating burns and scalds. It’s pain relieving properties, combined with its antibacterial and antiseptic properties make it an effective wound treatment that stimulates the cells of a wound to regenerate more quickly, and prevent scarring. It is useful for treating headaches, insomnia, fever blisters, acne, anxiety, stress, and depression. Additional uses include:

• Apply lavender oil to insect bites, including bee and wasp stings, to neutralize pain and swelling almost immediately
• Mix with aloe vera to treat sunburns
• A cool compress on the forehead with lavender eases sinus headaches
• Add it to shampoos to prevent dandruff and reduce hair loss
• Lavender in your linen closet repels moths
• Add a few drops to the rinse water to give your laundry a good smell
• It is a great room deodorizer; add to potpourri
• A drop or two on a pillow or pajamas will encourage sleep
• Lavender in bath water will help relax children for bedtime
• Place leaves and flowers in sachets for your underwear drawer
• It can be used to treat urinary tract, bladder, and yeast infections
• Lavender is an effective at-home treatment for athlete’s foot and other fungal infections
• It eases coughs and colds, and reduces fever
• Lavender can be used to treat animals for fleas
• It is an effective treatment for head lice
• Lavender stimulates growth of healthy new cells
• Add a few drops of oil to unscented lotion or make your own perfume water for a nice, clean personal scent
• Lavender is useful in easing motion sickness and high blood pressure
• A couple drops on a cotton ball in the bottom of a trash can or diaper pail helps neutralize odors
• Add a few drops to a carrier oil – something in your kitchen will probably work, such as olive or almond – for a massage of muscles or joints

Lavender also combines well with several other oils to make nice blends, which extends its usefulness. For example, mix with grapefruit or eucalyptus for insect repellent.

Lavender, the plant and its oil, has been used continuously for thousands of years and is native to the Mediterranean. There are several varieties, and they grow at varying altitudes. The finest, which is for medicinal use, grows at higher altitudes, making it more difficult to cultivate, which in turn makes it more expensive. The more common and available lavender is best for most users and uses. For around $15 you can have a great addition to your at-home health cabinet. As you only need a drop or two for most uses it will last a long time. For access to the plant itself, lavender is widely grown today and there are many ‘pick your own’ farms here in the U.S. There are probably plants for sale at your local nursery if you’d like to grow your own.

 

Rules for use

Essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin in their concentrated, undiluted form. They are not for internal use, unless under the care of a qualified practitioner. Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes. Keep out of reach of children and pets. Always store oils tightly closed in a cool, dark place as they are sensitive to heat and light. If they are in dark glass bottles, they should keep for a long time if stored properly. Do not use in conjunction with flower essences or homeopathy without guidance. Several oils should be avoided during the first trimesters of pregnancy and by those with conditions such as high blood pressure or epilepsy, again, unless under the care of a qualified aromatherapist. Sensitivity or even allergy to essential oils is possible, so trust your instincts – and your nose.

Essential oils are powerful, ancient medicine. Today, they are also readily available in less volatile varieties for ease of use by laypeople for topical and everyday purposes. There are lots of recipes online, or pick up a good book on essential oils. You’ll probably save yourself some money and some exposure to the chemicals in most personal care products and topical treatments.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.organicfacts.net

http://www.youngliving.com/en_US/wellness/about-essential-oils/

Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy. New World Library, San Rafael, CA, 1991. P. 19-20.

Fischer-Rizzi, Susanne. Complete Aromatherapy Handbook. Sterling Publishing Co, New York 1990. p. 110-117

Davis, Patricia. An A-Z Aromatherapy. Barnes and Noble Books, New York 1995. P. 183-187.

 



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Smoking Cessation Results In Dramatic Biological Skin Age Reversal

Skin Age Reversed 13 Years In Just 9 Months

By Doing This

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By Sayer Ji

 

Dramatic reversal of skin aging has been seen in smokers who stopped for at least nine months. This does not mean, however, non-smokers will not also experience similar improvements by eliminating avoidable chemical exposures, detoxifying, as well as changing their diet to include longevity-promoting nutrients and phytocompounds, such as blueberry, zinc, and chocolate. In fact, a wide range of natural substances have been studied to contribute to restoring youthfulness, elasticity and health to the skin, as you shall soon see.

First, let’s take a closer look at what happens to your skin when you stop smoking….

Smoking Cessation Results In Dramatic Biological Skin Age Reversal

In a study published in the journal Skinmed in 2010 entitled “Quitting smoking rejuvenates the skin”, the results of a pilot project on smoking cessation conducted in Milan, Italy were released. Researchers documented the benefits on the skin obtained by cessation of smoking in a sample of 64 Italian women who smoke, and who, over a period of 9 months, were followed by a team of dermatologists, psychologists and nutritionists.[i]

Each participant was given a clinical score to measure each of several criteria of skin health and appearance. Participants’ skin was assessed on the basis of presence of lines, vascular and pigmentation state, elasticity, brightness, and texture.

These measurements were then used to determine a biological age of the skin. At the beginning of the study the average biological age of participants was 9 years older than their chronological age. Amazingly, after 9 months after cessation of smoking, the average reduction of the biological age of the patient’s skin was 13 years.

If simply stopping smoking is responsible for reversing the aging process by as much 13 years, can you imagine what removing fluoride, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, and thousands of other chemical exposures would do to your skin, and bodily health in general?

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Comparison of results before and after 9 months of smoking cessation for one of the studied patients.

Natural Substances That Pack A Powerful, Age Defying Punch!

A number of clinical studies have been performed in order to ascertain the value of natural compounds in improving signs of aging, including the following:

  • Aloe: A 2009 study in women, published in the Annals of Dermatology, found that the daily ingestion of between 1.2 and 3.6 grams of aloe gel, taken daily for 90 days, significantly improved wrinkles and elasticity in photoaged skin in healthy female subjects over the age of 45.[ii]
  • Pine Bark: A 2012 study in women, published in the journal Clinical Interventions in Aging,found that oral administration of 40 mg or 100 mg of French maritime pine bark (pycnogenol) daily for 12 weeks, improved clinical symptoms in photoaged facial skin. [iii]
  • Chocolate: A 2006 study in women, published in the Journal of Nutrition, found that long-term ingestion of high flavanol cocoa provides photoprotection against UV-induced redness (erythema) and improves skin condition.[iv]
  • Green Tea: A 2005 study in women, published in the journal Dermatologic Surgery, found that a combination of topical and oral green tea supplementation resulted in improvement in skin elasticity following exposure to ultraviolet light.[v]
  • Multi-Nutrient Mixtures: In 2004, a study published in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment found that a multi-nutrient mixture of vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids, selenium, zinc, amino acids and glycosaminoglycans, blueberry extract and pycnogenol improved visible signs of aging in women 45-73 years of age after only 6 weeks of treatment.[vi] In 2005, a study published in the Journal of International Medical Research found that a multi-nutrient mixture of marine proteins, alpha-lipoic acid, pine bark extract, vitamins and minerals is safe and efficacious in the treatment of aging symptoms of the skin in women, after six months.[vii] Finally, a 2006 study, published in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that  multi-nutrient mixture of soy extract, fish protein polysaccharides, extracts from white tea, grape seed and tomato, vitamins C and E as well as zinc and chamomile extract improves signs of skin aging in post-menopausal women, after six months.[viii]

Only The Tip of the “Anti-Aging” Iceberg…

Of course, there are many things that will help to improve skin quality and the appearance of youthfulness that have not yet been officially vetted through human clinical trials, and probably never will, due to the amount of time, effort and prohibitive quantities of money that it takes to do such research. There is, however, a sizable body of preclinical research on other natural compounds that appear to promote longevity. Those concerning skin, in particular, can be viewed here: Preventing Skin Aging, and now include over 80 natural substances. The wider set of data concerns Aging as a whole, and includes over 180 natural substances that have experimentally confirmed longevity promoting potential, which can be viewed here: Anti-Aging Research.

References:

Further articles by Sayer Ji

About the author:
Sayer-JiSayer Ji is the founder and director of GreenMedInfo.com and an advisory board member at the National Health Federation, an international nonprofit, consumer-education, health-freedom organization. He co-authored the book Cancer Killers: The Cause Is The Cure, and is working on another one with Tania Melkonian titled EATomology: An Edible Philosophy of Food.


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