Here is my oldest Grandson, Zach, with one of his baby goats "Tiny".
Ease Joint Pain 7 Homeopathic remedies for relief
1. Rhus toxicodendron: This remedy can help painful strains, sprains, and other joint conditions. Stiffness is very characteristic. Restlessness is also common; the pain is worse from initial motion (e.g., rising from a seat) but better from continued motion (e.g., stretching, limbering up, changing position). Complaints are worse after rest, from cold, and from weather changes, especially a change to cold damp weather. Complaints are better from heat.
2. Arnica: This is the major first-aid remedy, the one to consider after any injury, blow, or bruising. It can also help sore, sprained, strained, overused muscles. The person often says, “I’m fine,” and/or asks to be left alone when they are clearly not well and need emergency medical attention after an injury or accident; they are probably in a state of shock from the injury, and this remedy can help in such cases. The affected area feels worse from touch, pressure, or motion.
3. Bryonia: Joint pains are severe, sharp, stitching, or tearing. The pain is worse from the slightest motion, so the person wants to keep perfectly still; they feel better from rest, pressure, lying on the painful side, tight bandaging or bracing, and warmth on the affected area. The person is often irritable, preferring to be left alone.
4. Hypericum: This is often the first choice for injuries to nerve-rich areas such as the fingers, toes, and spine. Pains are sharp and tend to shoot upward along the spine or from the site of the injury. The pain may seem out of proportion to the severity of the injury. This remedy can also be useful for puncture wounds, animal bites, and burns.
5. Symphytum: This is useful for trauma to bony areas; it is known to help broken bones to knit and heal. Some people use it routinely for fractures, but only after a bone is set. It can also be used for pain that remains at the site of older fractures or other injuries to hard tissues.
6. Bellis perennis: This can be indicated for sprains and traumas with much soreness, especially when there is bruising, similar to the way Arnica is used. However, injuries calling for Bellis may be in deeper tissues and may exhibit more swelling. The injured area feels worse from touch and warmth but better from motion and rubbing. Bellis can also be helpful for old back strains and repetitive strains (e.g., in gardeners, manual laborers). It is especially indicated for injuries or surgeries of the breast, abdomen, or pelvis.
7. Ruta graveolens: This remedy has an affinity for action or tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. That’s why sprains are a common injury helped by Ruta, especially of the ankle, wrist, knee, or spine. A “lame” feeling in the joint is typical, with stiffness and a feeling of bruised soreness. The area is better from heat, wrapping, and a gentle motion; worse from cold and exertion. Those needing Ruta may be restless and frequently change their position (similar to Rhus tox). Ruta can help inflammation of tendons from overuse/repetitive use, sprains that fail to heal, and bone bruises (i.e., injuries to the periosteum, which is the thin membrane that covers the bones).
Up Magnesium to Lower the Risk of Metabolic Syndrome
Affecting an estimated one in four Americans, metabolic syndrome is a cluster of health conditions that includes elevated blood pressure, high fasting blood sugar, excess belly fat, and abnormal cholesterol levels. Together, they can raise your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. But an analysis of six clinical trials involving nearly 25,000 people shows that simply boosting your magnesium levels may reduce your risk of metabolic syndrome by 31 percent. The researchers also found that the risk declined by 17 percent for every 100 mg of magnesium taken. The problem is, 80 percent of Americans aren’t getting the recommended amount. Fortunately, supplementing with 400 mg of magnesium every day can help meet your needs. But, since magnesium can have a relaxing effect, take it just before bedtime for best results.
Soda Accelerates Aging
Here’s something to consider before you order that supersized soda: sugary soda consumption might cause your cells to age faster. According to UC San Francisco researchers, telomeres—the protective DNA caps found at the end of chromosomes—were shorter in the white blood cells of people drinking more soda, and shorter telomeres mean your cells are aging faster. The study’s authors noted that drinking just one 20-ounce soda each day was associated with 4.6 years of additional biological aging. This affect on telomere length is comparable to the effect of smoking. The finding adds to the growing list of health conditions that has tied sugary beverages to obesity, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
DGL for Peptic Ulcers
DGL is short for deglycyrrhizinated licorice, it is produced by removing glycyrrhetinic acid from a concentrated licorice extract. This particular compound is removed from the herb because it can raise blood pressure in some individuals. DGL is used effectively in treating even the most severe peptic ulcers. Rather than inhibit the release of acid, DGL stimulates the normal defense mechanisms that prevent ulcer formation. It improves both the quality and quantity of the protective substances that line the intestinal tract, increases the lifespan of the intestinal cell, and improves blood supply to the intestinal lining There is also some evidence that it inhibits growth of H. pylori bacteria.
Numerous clinical studies support the use of DGL as an effective anti-ulcer compound. In several head-to-head studies, DGL has been shown to be more effective than Tagamet, Zantac, or antacids in short-term treatment and maintenance therapy of peptic ulcers.
The standard dosage is 2-4 chewable tablets (380 mg) taken at least 20 minutes before meals. DGL should be continued for at least 8-16 weeks after there is a full therapeutic response.
Age-Defying Argan Oil
Argan oil is pressed from the nut of the argan tree, which is found almost exclusively in a small desert region in Morocco. The tree’s life span is about 150-200 years, but it doesn’t start producing fruit until it’s at least 30 years old.
Moroccans slather the oil on their skin, hair, nails, and even their babies. They eat it, too—drizzling it over salads and couscous, or using it to make amlou, a tahini-like spread with almonds and honey. And for good reason. Rich in vitamin E, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids, argan oil can remedy dry skin, psoriasis, eczema, acne, and wrinkles. It soothes brittle or frizzy hair, helps control itchy scalp, and can moisturize flaky nails and rough cuticles.
The real appeal of the oil is that it is lightweight, yet very moisturizing, and it creates a barrier that locks moisture in and dryness out. Unlike many anti-aging products that are too hydrating for oily skin, the fatty acids in argan oil have anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial for all skin types.
A concentrated formula of 100 percent argan oil is dense, so apply it in small amounts. Use it as a daily facial moisturizer, morning or night. Apply a drop or two and then rub gently until evenly absorbed. You can also use argan oil for a full-body moisturizer, applying right after you get out of your shower. Massage a drop or two into dry cuticles and nails that are prone to cracking and peeling.
For dry hair, emulsify a couple of drops in your palms and apply to the ends of your hair while it is still damp for an all-over treatment. For dry scalp massage in a few drops of argan oil and give it time to moisturize before you wash your hair.
Also, it is a good carrier oil for your aromatherapy oils!
A growing body of research points to the health benefits of Vitamin D, including its effect on brain health. Lower levels of vitamin D in the blood have been linked to a higher risk of cognitive impairment in multiple studies. Vitamin D receptors are widespread in the brain and research suggests that vitamin D modulates the production of nerve growth. In addition to being important to bone health, vitamin Ds positive effect on neuromuscular and cognitive functions may help prevent fractures from falls as we age.
I am sharing one of my favorite cookie recipes with you…
Yum! Coconut and cocoa are a match made in cookie heaven. If you are looking for a healthier snack, you’re in luck. These easy-to-make, no-bake cookies are far more nutritious than any sweet treat has a right to be!
COCOA-NUT PEANUT BUTTER NO-BAKE COOKIES
(Makes about 20 Cookies)
½ cup coconut oil, well softened
2/3 cup natural peanut butter, (I use almond butter)
½ cup raw honey, or more to taste
6 Tablespoons dark cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ teaspoon sea salt
1 ½ cup coconut flakes
1 ½ cup whole rolled oats
1. Combine coconut oil, peanut butter, honey, cocoa powder, vanilla, and sea salt in bowl of mixer, and beat until well combined and smooth. Add coconut and oats, and beat until well incorporated and mixture forms a loose “dough”.
2. Using a tablespoon, drop generous dollops (about 1.5-inch rounds) of dough into a glass storage container or wax paper lined plastic container. Cover container and chill for 30 minutes in freezer or 1 hour in refrigerator. Serve cold